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Daniel Deronda

George Eliot - 1909
...though dead was yet to speak with him in those written memorials which, says Milton, " contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are," he seemed to himself to be touching the electric chain of his own ancestry ; and he bore the scrutinizing...
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Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American Protest ...

Richard Newman, Patrick Rael, Phillip Lapsansky, Routledge - History - 2001 - 326 pages
...books," to use the lofty periods of Milton, "are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them, to be as active as that soul whose...— nay, they do preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them! I know they are as lively, and as...
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The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Expression

Richard Moon - Law - 2000 - 312 pages
...word as the expression of reason: '[B]ooks are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose...are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them ... [U]nless wariness be used, as good...
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Living Texts: Interpreting Milton

Kristin A. Pruitt, Charles W. Durham - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 312 pages
...the intelligence, the potency, indeed, the very blood and marrow of their creators — "a Potencie of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are" — is, of course, the inspiration for Living Texts: Interpreting Milton. No other writer of the seventeenth...
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Radical Religion from Shakespeare to Milton: Figures of Nonconformity in ...

Kristen Poole - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 288 pages
...spawning ideas: "For books . . . contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively and as vigorously...
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Liberty: Its Meaning and Scope

Mordecai Roshwald - Philosophy - 2000 - 204 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them." Consequently, if he "who kills a...
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Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American Protest ...

Richard Newman, Patrick Rael, Phillip Lapsansky, Routledge - History - 2001 - 326 pages
...books," to use the lofty periods of Milton, "are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them, to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are—nay, they do preserve, as in a vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect...
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Osler's "a Way of Life" and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations

Sir William Osler - Medical - 2001 - 378 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. JOHN MILTON, Areopagitica OSLER STRESSES...
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Dictionary of Literary and Dramatic Censorship in Tudor and Stuart England

Dorothy Auchter, Dorothy Mays - Reference - 2001 - 403 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, and as...
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Guilty Creatures : Renaissance Poetry and the Ethics of Authorship ...

Dennis Kezar Assistant Professor of English Vanderbilt University - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 280 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively and as vigorously...
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