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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
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y. Paradiso, V. 19, 20, he calls it the greatest gift that in his largess God creating made. Dico quod judicium medium est apprehensionis et appetitus. (De Monarchia, ubi supra.) Right and wrong, Between whose endless jar justice resides. Troilus and Cressida. As to every man is offered his choice between good and evil, and as, even upon the root of a nature originally evil a habit of virtue may be engrafted, Convito, Tr. IV. c. 22. no man is excused. All hope abandon ye who enter i68. It is the same thought which Shakespeare puts in the mouth of Ulysses:— Degree being vizarded, The unworthiest shows as fairly in the mask, . . . . When degree is shaked, Which is the ladder to all high designs, The enterprise is sick. Troilus and Cressida, Act I. s. 3. The whole speech is very remarkable both in thought and phrase. Yet no one can read Dante without feeling that he had a high sense of the worth of freedom, whether in thought or government. He represents, indeed, the