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" Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must now feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping ; and how one god asks another god what is become of Lycidas,... "
Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical Observations on Their ... - Page 141
by Samuel Johnson - 1854
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Samuel Johnson

Leslie Stephen - 1908 - 200 pages
...Nothing can less display knowledge or less exercise invention than to tell how a shepherd has lost liis companion, and must now feed his flocks alone, without any judge of his skill in piping ; how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and neither god can tdl. He who thus grieves...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...excite no sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honor. This poem has yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and...
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Readings in English Prose of the Eighteenth Century

Raymond Macdonald Alden - English prose literature - 1911 - 724 pages
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...excite no sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honor. This poem has yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and...
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A Book of English Literature, Selected and Ed

Franklyn Bliss Snyder, Robert Grant Martin - English literature - 1916 - 889 pages
...flocks alone, without any judge [80 of his skill in piping; and how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell. He...excite no sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honor. This poem has yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful and...
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A Book of English Literature, Volume 1

Franklyn Bliss Snyder, Robert Grant Martin - English literature - 1916 - 889 pages
...tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must now feed his flocks alone, without any judge [80 of his skill in piping; and how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell. He who thus grieves will excite no sympathy; he...
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Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 280 pages
...with such imagery as a college can supply. "Nothing can less display knowledge or exercise invention than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion...what is become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell.1 Such an account will neither excite sympathy nor confer honour." 2 Johnson, in consequence of...
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A History of Modern Criticism 1750-1950: Volume 1, The Later Eighteenth Century

René Wellek - Literary Criticism - 1981 - 368 pages
...and they had no flocks to batten." 1§ "Nothing can less display knowledge or less exercise invention than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion...excite no sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honor." " Two Ramblers (Nos. 42 and 46) are devoted to a satire on the ideal rural life portrayed by...
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Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton: The Minor English Poems, Part 2

A. S. P. Woodhouse, Douglas Bush - Literary Criticism - 1970
...imagery, such as a College easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge or less exercise invention than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion...sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honour. Lycidas 'This poem has yet a grosser fault. With these trifling fictions are mingled the most awful...
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The Cornhill Magazine

George Smith, William Makepeace Thackeray - Electronic journals - 1874
...such as a college easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion, and must now feed his flocks alone ; how one god asks another god what has become of Lycidas, and how neither god can tell. He who thus...
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Samuel Johnson: Literature, Religion and English Cultural Politics from the ...

J. C. D. Clark, Jonathan Charles Douglas Clark - Biography & Autobiography - 1994 - 270 pages
...such as a College easily supplies. Nothing can less display knowledge, or less exercise invention, than to tell how a shepherd has lost his companion,...excite no sympathy; he who thus praises will confer no honour.65 Edmund Waller fell into a similar error: He borrows too many of his sentiments and illustrations...
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