from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bestowed by heaven.
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But as the spirit of prophecy consisted with the avarice of Balaam and the disobedience of Saul, so God knows all the stops of the heaven-gifted but self-corrupted artists, and, in spite of themselves, has often made them discourse high harmonies, and give the most eloquent and earnest enunciations of the very sentiments and principles in which their own condemnation could be found clearly and vividly written.
Bat these accretions merely entailed the fuller realisation of a tendency which had been marked from the earliest stage of Republican history -- the tendency to fit isolated elements in the marvellous discoveries made by the heaven-gifted race of the Greeks into a framework that was thoroughly national and Roman.
As the vulgar idea of a Juliet -- that all-beautiful and heaven-gifted child of the south -- is merely a love-sick girl in white satin, so the common-place idea of Lady Macbeth, though endowed with the rarest powers, the loftiest energies, and the profoundest affections, is nothing but a fierce, cruel woman, brandishing a couple of daggers, and inciting her husband to butcher a poor old king.
a heaven-gifted cherub to my aid, and, like a ruffian, I have driven her from my side!