“The Streaks of the Tulip”

  • D. D. Devlin


Jeffrey, as we saw, was scornful of “Strange fits of passion have I known” and particularly of the two last lines:

“O mercy!” to myself I cried,

“If Lucy should be dead”


Human Nature General Truth Common Nature Human Passion Individual Worth 


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  1. 4.
    Joshua Reynolds, Fifteen Discourses Delivered in the Royal Academy “Discourse VII” (1776). All further quotations from Reynolds in this chapter come from this Discourse unless otherwise stated.Google Scholar

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