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James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Dante. (search)
om which alone, he drew his inspiration, and not from muddy Fra Alberico or Abbate Giovacchino, from stupid visions of Saint Paul or voyages of Saint Brandan. She has written by far the best comment that has appeared in English, and we should say t Aristotle and of Plato And many others. Purgatorio, III. 34-44. The allusions in this passage are all to sayings of Saint Paul, of whom Dante was plainly a loving reader. Remain contented at the Quia, that is, be satisfied with knowing that thin. i. 18-21). He refers to the Greeks. The Epistle to the Romans, by the way, would naturally be Dante's favorite. As Saint Paul made the Law, so he would make Science, our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith (ith the narrow conception which limits the interest of the Deity to the affairs of Jews and Christians. That saying of Saint Paul, Whom, therefore, ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you, had perhaps influenced him, but his belief in the divi
James Russell Lowell, Among my books, Milton. (search)
long with him in the processes of his investigation, instead of giving us the sifted results in their bearing on the life and character of his subject, whether for help or hindrance. We are blinded with the dust of old papers ransacked by Mr. Masson to find out that they have no relation whatever to his hero. He had been wise if he had kept constantly in view what Milton himself says of those who gathered up personal traditions concerning the Apostles: With less fervency was studied what Saint Paul or Saint John had written than was listened to one that could say, Here he taught, here he stood, this was his stature, and thus he went habited; and 0, happy this house that harbored him, and that cold stone whereon he rested, this village where he wrought such a miracle. . . . . Thus while all their thoughts were poured out upon circumstances and the gazing after such men as had sat at table with the Apostles, . . . . by this means they lost their time and truanted on the fundamental gro