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« On the other hand , the dte&wenes w ISdtenfce , pattiduialiy those of astronomy , have opened fresh fields for tile ittagraadooy vmdtafcej added ia Various ways to the beauty and sublimity of natural objects . vSo at least thought Akeuside when he wrote the following ihies : ^ - ¦ ** * . Nor ever yet The sinHing rainbow ' s veit » eti * th * efcu £ ed hues , To acoe have shfesvs * £ p pleasing ,, as when first The hand of science pQtated o » t * he path In which the aun-beuB&s , gleaming from she west , Fall on the w » t r : y ctoiitL , whose darksome veil Involves' the orient : '
" following passage , from the same author , owes all its s&blimity to modern discoveries : — . . " * The highborn soul Disdains to J * est her heav ' n-aspiriag wiug Beneath Us native quarry . Tir'd of earth , And this diurnal scene , she springs aloft Through fields of aiu , pursues the frying storm ,
Rides ou the vollied lightning through tfre heavens , Or , yok'd with whirlwinds and the northern blast , Sweeps the long track of day . Then Jiigh she soars The blue profound , and ^ hpv'ring rqund the suii , Beholds him pouring the redundant stream Of light ; beholds his unrelenting sway Bend the reluctant planets to absolve The fated rounds of time : thence far etfus'd She darts her swiftness up the long career
Of devious coroets , through its burning signs Exulting measures -the perennial wheel Of nature , and looks back on all the stars , Whose blended light , as wi $ h a niilky zone , Invests the orient . Now amaz'd she views The empyreal waste , where happy spirits hold Beyond tjiis conqave heav ' n their calm abode , - And fields of radiance , whose unfading iigjhfc Has travell d the profound six thousand years , Nor yet arriv'd in Sight of mortal things /
" Iu the discussion of this $ ubj # ct , there is one consideration , which has been generally overlooked . It is evident , that as civilisation advaoces , as the boundaries of science are enlarged , as the world * grqws older , t £ e ? e i « a w ^ Ler and wider field opening for imagination ia the past . livery day is adding tq the page of history , and Time is perpetually covering y # ar after year , and century after cewtury , with his visionary hues # nd sonitue colouring , with the uuoss and ivy of association . Pact events are gat bet ing round them $ iat power of awakening thought and feeling , which must ever belong to what is separated from us by the flood of ages . Here , then , in m ^ ination has a ^ omSrlually increacsing empire , tt territory iauvhich she m ^ y always 4 reign and fceiNel . ' Oar finest poets hare aceorflhif ^ y'resorted to it for borne of their most splendid passages > and ic tna ^ be fairly ^ lo ^ bted Whether modern poetry has not gained more from this single source , than she has loot by tfhe difiper&iGn of those -pow erful $ upei ? stiuons , wliich have fled the light of scienee , f
** A » Etna ' s fires grow dim before the fight of day . * "Where i& the superstition , that eoukl afford a finer range to the imagination than the follpwing ?— " . ° " The stars ape forth , the moon a ^ ove tl | e tpps C ^ f the snow-ahining ipountp as * —Beautiful J Iljnger yet , wifh nature , for the wb * Hath been to me a more f-amiliar face Than , tfcaj af . m ^ n : aid hi h er 3 tariry shade Of ^ lim ' and ^^ oltt ^ r loveifeifes , ] I ieat-tngil the langaage of another wprM , 1 do xemember rtie , ^ iat in nay yo \ ifih , ' . When I was wandering , —uf > on such a tfitfn
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1823, page 721, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1791/page/41/