How does the lyric quality of 'Alexander's Feast' compare
with that of the best lyrics of more Romantic periods?
The State governments will have the advantage of the Federal government, whether we compare
them in respect to the immediate dependence of the one on the other; to the weight of personal influence which each side will possess; to the powers respectively vested in them; to the predilection and probable support of the people; to the disposition and faculty of resisting and frustrating the measures of each other.
Dear Madam [I wrote], It has come to my knowledge that when you walk in the Gardens with the boy David you listen avidly for encomiums of him and of your fanciful dressing of him by passers-by, storing them in your heart the while you make vain pretence to regard them not: wherefore lest you be swollen by these very small things I, who now know David both by day and by night, am minded to compare
him and Porthos the one with the other, both in this matter and in other matters of graver account.
And never a flake That the vapour can make With the moon-tints of purple and pearl, Can vie with the modest Eulalie's most unregarded curl - Can compare
with the bright-eyed Eulalie's most humble and careless curl.