Voltaire related to Mr. Sherlock an anecdote of Swift. Lady Carteret, wife of the lord lieutenant, said to Swift, “The air of Ireland is very excellent and healthy.” “Madam,” said Swift, “don’t say so in England; for if you do, they will certainly tax it.”
— Vademecum Für Junge Freunde Des Englischen, 1840
That lingering star! that single star!
Th’ attentive eye alone can see;
As darkness shrouds the firmament,
Its beams alone shine down on me.
Oh, dearer for its loneliness —
Hope’s emblem ov’r the wilderness!
— Angelo Canoll, The Ladies’ Repository, Vol. 14, March 1854
Poetry of the Sea
[Thomas] Campbell was a great lover of submarine prospects. “Often in my boyhood,” says the poet, “when the day has been bright and the sea transparent, I have sat by the hour on a Highland rock admiring the golden sands, the emerald weeds, and the silver shells at the bottom of the bay beneath, till, dreaming about the grottoes of the Nereids, I would not have exchanged my pleasure for that of a connoisseur poring over a landscape by Claude or Poussin. Enchanting nature! thy beauty is not only in heaven and earth, but in the waters under our feet. How magnificent a medium of vision is the pellucid sea! Is it not like poetry, that embellishes every object that we contemplate?”
— Reynolds’s Miscellany of Romance, General Literature, Science and Art, Vol. 1, August 12, 1848