If the source of power lies neither in the physical nor in the moral qualities
of him who possesses it, it must evidently be looked for elsewhere- in the relation to the people of the man who wields the power.
Saintsbury admits, such lines being frequent in his favourite Dryden; yet, on the other hand, it might be maintained, and would be maintained by its French critics, that our English poetry has been too apt to dispense with those prose qualities
, which, though not the indispensable qualities
of poetry, go, nevertheless, to the making of all first-rate poetry--the qualities
, namely, of orderly structure, and such qualities
generally as depend upon second thoughts.
Touching these matters, therefore, let it be granted that David excels Porthos; and in divers similar qualities
the one is no more than a match for the other, as in the quality of curiosity; for, if a parcel comes into my chambers Porthos is miserable until it is opened, and I have noticed the same thing of David.
Let me see," said Margolotte; "of those qualities
she must have 'Obedience' first of all," and she took down the bottle bearing that label and poured from it upon a dish several grains of the contents.
If these are not good qualities
," he reasoned, "it is folly to claim them.
As the supreme perfection and universality of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" cast into oblivion whatever pre-Homeric poets had essayed, so these same qualities
exercised a paralysing influence over the successors of Homer.
If gifted with these qualities
, and he studies his subject for years, and devotes his lifetime to it with indomitable perseverance, he will succeed, and may make great improvements; if he wants any of these qualities
, he will assuredly fail.
The outline discussion of literary qualities
which follows is intended to help in the formation of intelligent and appreciative judgments.
All these qualities
, he replied, will certainly be required by them.
These noble qualities
flourish as notably in a country church and churchyard as in the drawing-room, or in the closet.