At last the golden age
of Chinese poetry is at hand.
Mankind have never been so happy, as when the greatest part of the then known world was under the dominion of a single master; and this state of their felicity continued during the reigns of five successive princes.[*] This was the true aera of the golden age
, and the only golden age
which ever had any existence, unless in the warm imaginations of the poets, from the expulsion from Eden down to this day.
All this long harangue (which might very well have been spared) our knight delivered because the acorns they gave him reminded him of the golden age
; and the whim seized him to address all this unnecessary argument to the goatherds, who listened to him gaping in amazement without saying a word in reply.
Then, think how narrow the gap between a negro and a white man of our own times, and how wide the interval between myself and these of the Golden Age
! I was sensible of much which was unseen, and which contributed to my comfort; but save for a general impression of automatic organization, I fear I can convey very little of the difference to your mind.
THE fifteenth century, the century in which King James I reigned and died, has been called the "Golden Age
of Scottish Poetry," because of the number of poets who lived and wrote then.
"It's the easiest thing in the world," said the Story Girl, tiptoeing to the edge of the pool to peep at her own arch reflection, as some nymph left over from the golden age
When the first poet or romancer told these marvellous legends (such is Eustace Bright's opinion), it was still the Golden Age
. Evil had never yet existed; and sorrow, misfortune, crime, were mere shadows which the mind fancifully created for itself, as a shelter against too sunny realities; or, at most, but prophetic dreams to which the dreamer himself did not yield a waking credence.
Is it not time to awake from the deceitful dream of a golden age
, and to adopt as a practical maxim for the direction of our political conduct that we, as well as the other inhabitants of the globe, are yet remote from the happy empire of perfect wisdom and perfect virtue?
He received them with the hospitality of the golden age
, and with something of the same kind of fare; for, while he opened his arms to make them welcome, the only repast he set before them consisted of roots.
George I., an infant of eighteen, and a scraggy nest of foreign office holders, sit in the places of Themistocles, Pericles, and the illustrious scholars and generals of the Golden Age
In the picture men lived again in a kind of pastoral golden age
. Across a green open country came clean-limbed young men, some afoot, some mounted upon horses.
My first quarter at Lowood seemed an age; and not the golden age
either; it comprised an irksome struggle with difficulties in habituating myself to new rules and unwonted tasks.