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Book III

Reign of Kia Busurgomid, and his Son, Mohammed. Kia Busurgomid, who had been the general and Dai...

That Politics may be reduced to a Science.

It is a question with several, whether there be any essential difference between one form of gove...

Of Impudence and Modesty.

I am of opinion, That the common complaints against Providence are ill-grounded, and that the goo...

Advertisement. (1741)

Most of these essays were written with a view of being publish'd as Weekly-Papers, and were inten...

Of the Delicacy of Taste and Passion.

Some People are subject to a certain delicacy of passion, which makes them extremely sensible to ...

On the Mystical Poetry of the Persians and Hindus

Published in 1792, ‘On the mystical poetry of the Persians and Hindus’ is an essay describing Ori...

An Epode From a Chorus in the Unfinished Tragedy of Sohrab.

  What pow'r, beyond all pow'rs elate,  Sustains this universal frame?  'Tis not nature, 'tis not...

From the Persian Poem of Hatifi, in the Measure of the Original

  With cheeks where eternal paradise bloom'd,  Sweet Laili the soul of Kais had consum'd.  Transp...

A Persian Song of Hafiz

  Sweet maid, if thou wouldst charm my sight;  And, bid these arms thy neck infold;  That rosy ch...

Of the Passions

Section I. Some objects produce immediately an agreeable sensation, by the original structure of...

The Natural History of Religion

Introduction As every enquiry, which regards religion, is of the utmost importance, there are tw...

Of Tragedy

It seems an unaccountable pleasure, which the spectators of a well-wrote tragedy receive from sor...

Of the Standard of Taste

The great variety of Taste, as well as of opinion, which prevails in the world, is too obvious no...

To Lady Jones: From the Arabic. Written in 1783

  While sad suspense and chill delay     Bereave my wounded soul of rest,  New hopes, new fears, ...

The Seven Fountains; an Eastern Allegory: Written in 1767

  Deck'd with fresh garlands like a rural bride,  And with the crimson streamer's waving pride, ...

Macbeth

The poet’s eye in a fine frenzy rollingDoth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;A...

110. Summer Sights and Indolencies

June 10th.—AS I write, 5 1/2 P. M., here by the creek, nothing can exceed the quiet splendor and ...

109. Cedar-Apples

AS I journey’d to-day in a light wagon ten or twelve miles through the country, nothing pleas’d m...

108. Bumble-Bees

MAY-MONTH—month of swarming, singing, mating birds—the bumble-bee month—month of the flowering li...

107. Birds Migrating at Midnight

DID you ever chance to hear the midnight flight of birds passing through the air and darkness ove...