Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1663755
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dignified, sopathetic, and so enthusiastic, that Mr. 
West was 
scarcely less 
interested 
his 
by 
appear. 
ance than those 
who enjoyed the subject and me- 
]odY 
of 
his 
numbers. 
He 
sung 
the 
darkness 
which 
for 
SO 
many ages veiled America -from the 
eyes of Science. 
He described the fulness of time 
when the 
Purposes 
for which 
it 
had 
been 
raised 
from the deep were to be manifested. He-painted 
the seraph of knowledge descending from heaven, 
and directing Columbus to -undertake the disco- 
very ; 
and 
the 
he related the leading incidents of 
v0y3ge' 
He invoked the fancy of his auditor's to 
contemplate 
wild 
the 
magnificence of 
mountain, 
Vlake, and wood,- 
-the new world ; 
in 
-and he raised, 
the Indians in the 
in vivid perspective, 
as it were, 
chase, and"at their horrible sacriiices. 
exclaimed, 5' the be'neficent'spirit of 'impfovem'en't 
is ever on the Wing, and, like "the ray "frbin 
the throne of God" which inspired the c0n'c'eption 
of the Virgin, it has descended on thisiyouth, and 
the hope which ushered in its new miracle, like 
the star that guided the magi to Bethlehem,whaS 
led'h_im-to Rome. Methinks I behold in him 
an instrument chosen by heaven, to raise in Ame- 
rica the taste for those arts which elevate the
        

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