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...to spread it over the page of desolation. Then the nightingale of affection is heard to warble to the rose of loveliness, while the breeze of anxiety plays around the brow of expectation. This is what the Easterns are said to consider fine writing; and it seems pretty much the idea of the school of critics to whom I have been referring."
It was a pleasure to him to "think out" expressions like the following:--
"Ten thousand difficulties do not make a doubt."
"Calculation never made a hero."
"Here below to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often."
(2) Like Macaulay, Newman excelled in the use of the concrete. In his _Historical Sketches_, he imagines the agent of a London company sent to inspect Attica:--
"He would report that the climate was mild; the hills were limestone; there was plenty of good marble; more pasture land than at first survey might have been expected, sufficient certainly for sheep and goats; fisheries productive;... Newman, John Henry
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