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" Alas, I cannot see in the dark; nature has not furnished me with the optics of a cat. Must I pore upon mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four farthings... "
The Quarterly Review - Seite 6
1854
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Alexander Pope

Leslie Stephen - 1902 - 216 Seiten
...neither taste nor patience. "It is very possible," he writes to West, " that two and two make four, but 1 would not give four farthings to demonstrate this...the profits of life, give me the amusements of it." His account of the low condition of classic learning at Cambridge we must take with a grain of salt....
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An Anthology of Modern English Prose (1741 to 1892)

Annie Barnett, Lucy Dale - 1911 - 450 Seiten
...I pore upon mathematics ? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...who inspires me with any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by the name of Babylon, that the prophet...
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Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard: And Other Selections

Thomas Gray - 1911 - 112 Seiten
...mathematics?" he said. "Alas! I cannot see in it too much light. I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four farthings to demonstrate this ever so clearly." In 1742 he wrote his " Ode on the Spring " and the " Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College," his...
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The Cambridge History of English Literature Volume X the Age of Johnson

...exhibit a petulance for which youth is the only excuse ; and Gray himself writes ' It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four farthings to demonstrate this ever so clearly.' Then follows the splenetic outburst : Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known...
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The Oral Study of Literature

Algernon de Vivier Tassin - 1923 - 431 Seiten
...Must I pore upon mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...who inspires me with any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by the name of Babylon, that the prophet...
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Bare Souls

Gamaliel Bradford - 1924 - 340 Seiten
...Must I pore upon mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light: I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...the profits of life, give me the amusements of it." 35 Later perhaps, when the amusements palled, the wide paths of reflection may have taken on something...
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Thomas Gray: A Life

Robert L. Mack - 2000 - 718 Seiten
...Must I pore upon mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...who inspires me with any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by the name of Babylon, that the prophet...
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The Threshold of English Prose

Henry Arthur Treble - 1930 - 240 Seiten
...I pore upon mathematics ? Alas, I cannot see in too much light; I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...who inspires me with any ambition of being like him. Surely it was of this place, now Cambridge, but formerly known by the name of Babylon, that the prophet...
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Greek Prose Composition

Henry Carr Pearson - 2016 - 192 Seiten
...Must I pore upon Mathematics? Alas, I cannot see in too much light. I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...amusements of it. The people I behold all around me, it /5 seems, know all this and more; and yet I do not know one of them who inspires me with any ambition...
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The North American Review, Band 96

Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge - 1863
...pore upon mathematics ? Alas ! I cannot see in too much light : I am no eagle. It is very possible that two and two make four, but I would not give four...the profits of life, give me the amusements of it." Though he did not approve of the course of study laid down, it was highly injudicious in him, to say...
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