Read online or download a free book: Rasselas, Prince Of Abissinia: A Tale
Publisher: General Books LLC (1 Jan. 2012)
By: Samuel Johnson (Author)
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1811. Excerpt: ... vime, and commit his claims to the justice of posterity. He musT write as the interpreter of nature, and the legislator of mankind, and consider himself as presiding over the thoughts and manners of future generations, as a being superior to time and place. ' His labour is not yet at an end: he must know many languages and many sciences: and, that his style may be worthy of his thoughts, must by incessant practice, familiarize to himself every delicacy of speech and grace of harmony.' CHAP. 11. Imlac's Narrative continued. A Hint on Pilgrimage. I ML AC now felt the enthusiastic fit, and was proceeding to aggrandize his own profession, when the prince cried out, ' Enough'. thou hast convinced me that no human being can ever be a poet. Proceed with thy narration.' 'To be a poet,' said Imlac, 'is indeed very difficult.' 'So difficult,' returned the prince, ' that I will at present hear no more of his labours. Tell me whither you went when you had seen Persia.' 'f 'From Persia,' said the poet, 'I travelled through Syria, and for three years resided in Palestine, where I conversed with great numbers of the northern and western nations of Europe: the nations which are now in possession of all power and knowledge: whose armies are irresistible, and whose fleets command the remotest parts of the globe. When I compared these men with the natives of our own kingdom, and those that surround us, they appeared almost another order of beings. In their countries it is difficult to wish for any thing that may not be obtained: a thousand arts, of which we never heard, are continually labouring for their convenience and pleasure: and whatever their own climate has denied them, is supplied by their commerce.' ' By what means, said the prince, are the Europeans thus powerful: or why, since they can so ...
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