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What they got, it is obvious, was something that their own sex was unable to supply; and it would not be rash, perhaps, to define it further, without quoting the doubtless rhapsodical words of the poets, as some stimulus, some renewal of creative power which is in the gift only of the opposite sex to bestow.
John Maffitt's preaching was described as containing "specimens of every thing that is extravagant, enthusiastic, and rhapsodical in thought or expression," accompanied "in delivery with extravagant gesticulation.
We speak not of Arnold's admirable Empedocles; but some of us still recall Swinburne's attitude towards Alexander Smith's Life-Drama, Sydney Dobell's Balder, and the whole set of rhapsodical works of which they were the type.