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" For books are 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. "
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Rifle, Axe, and Saddle-bags

William Henry Milburn, Thomas Binney - Blind - 1860 - 151 pages
...men ; and thereafter to confine in prison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a progeny of life in them, to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are. Nay, they do preserve, as in vial, the purest efficacy and extraction of...
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The Prose and Prose Writers of Britain from Chaucer to Ruskin: With ...

Robert Demaus - English literature - 1860 - 552 pages
...and thereafter to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors, — for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a,...progeny 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...
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Russell's Magazine

Paul Hamilton Payne - Literature, Modern - 1860
...absolntelv dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active n 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. Unless wariness be used, as good almost...
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The Poetical Works of John Milton: With a Memoir and Critical ..., Volume 1

John Milton, James Montgomery - 1861
...men ; and thereafter to confine in prison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors ; for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a progeny of life in them, to be aa active as that soul was whose progeny they are. Nay, they do preserve, as in a vial, the purest...
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The Victoria Regia: A Volume of Original Contributions in Poetry ..., Issue 11

Adelaide Anne Procter - English literature - 1861 - 349 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potencie of Life in them to be as active as that soule whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest eflicacie anil extraction of that living intellect that bred them. — 1 know they are as lively, and...
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The Victoria Regia: A Volume of Original Contributions in Poetry ..., Issue 11

Adelaide Anne Procter - English literature - 1861 - 349 pages
...not absolutely dead things, but doe contain a potencie of Life in them to be as active as that soule whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve^ as in a vial the purest efficacie and extraction of that living intellect that_ bred them.— I know they are as lively, and...
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In the Spirit of Powys: New Essays

Denis Lane - Literary Collections - 1990 - 268 pages
...another of Milton's sentiments: For books 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. I know they are as lively and as vigourously...
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Theory Now and Then

Joseph Hillis Miller, Uci Distinguished Professor Emeritus J Hillis Miller - Literary Criticism - 1991 - 405 pages
...makes literature a massive extension of anthropomorphism, as when Milton says books "contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are." 1 The second extended moment represented in these essays is the reception, assimilation, and transformation...
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The Ennobling of Democracy: The Challenge of the Postmodern Age

Thomas L. Pangle - Political Science - 1993 - 240 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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If We Build It: Scholarly Communications and Networking Technologies ...

North American Serials Interest Group - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1993 - 344 pages
...sixteen centuries later, are books: "for books 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" (Areopagitica). The medieval book,...
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