But, leaving these victims of vanity, let us, with new hope, observe how nature, by worthier impulses, has ensured the poet's fidelity to his office of announcement and affirming
, namely by the beauty of things, which becomes a new and higher beauty when expressed.
It was the feeling that induces a volunteer recruit to spend his last penny on drink, and a drunken man to smash mirrors or glasses for no apparent reason and knowing that it will cost him all the money he possesses: the feeling which causes a man to perform actions which from an ordinary point of view are insane, to test, as it were, his personal power and strength, affirming
the existence of a higher, nonhuman criterion of life.
his lodge, or affirming
his consequence in the Scheme of Things as an
A Star, not seen before, in heaven appearing, Guided the Wise Men thither from the East, To honour thee with incense, myrrh, and gold; By whose bright course led on they found the place, Affirming
it thy star, new-graven in heaven, By which they knew thee King of Israel born.
Because you cannot without affirming
what you wish to deny, namely, intelligent cooperation among the constituent elements of the crystals.
In the course of the evening, Miss Wilmot was called upon to sing and play for the amusement of the company, and I to exhibit my drawings, and, though he likes music, and she is an accomplished musician, I think I am right in affirming
, that he paid more attention to my drawings than to her music.