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Page 29 - Verum, ubi plura nitent in carmine, non ego paucis Offendar maculis, quas aut incuria fudit, Aut humana parum cavit natura.
Page 28 - ... conveniet Satyros, ita vertere seria ludo, ne quicumque deus, quicumque adhibebitur heros, regali conspectus in auro nuper et ostro, migret in obscuras humili sermone tabernas, aut, dum vitat humum, nubes et inania captet. 230 effutire levis indigna Tragoedia versus, ut festis matrona moveri iussa diebus, intererit Satyris paulum pudibunda protervis.
Page 29 - Ut pictura poesis : erit quae si propius stes Te capiat magis, et quaedam si longius abstes. Haec amat obscurum, volet haec sub luce videri, Judicis argutum quae non formidat acumen ; Haec placuit semel, haec decies repetita placebit.
Page 28 - Carmine qui trágico vilem certavit ob hircum, Mox etiam agrestes Satyros nudavit et asper Incolumi gravitate iocum temptavit eo quod Illecebris erat et grata novitate morandus Spectator functusque sacris et potus et exlex.
Page 28 - Priami cantabo et nobile bellum. ' quid dignum tanto feret hic promissor hiatu ? parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. quanto rectius hic qui nil molitur inepte : 140 ' die mihi, Musa, virum, captae post tempora Troiae qui mores hominum multorum vidit et urbes.
Page 22 - In a word, Homer fills his readers with sublime ideas, and, I believe, has raised the imagination of all the good poets that have come after him.
Page 12 - Almost every poem consisting of precepts is so far arbitrary and immethodical, that many of the paragraphs may change places with no apparent inconvenience ; for of two or more positions depending^ upon tome remote and general principle there is seldom any cogent reason why one should precede the other.
Page 28 - Difficile est proprie communia dicere ; tuque Rectius Iliacum carmen deducis in actus, Quam si proferres ignota indictaque primus.
Page 24 - Maecius' critic ears/ Your sire's and mine, and keep it back nine years. What's kept at home you cancel by a stroke : What's sent abroad you never can revoke. , Orpheus, the priest and harper, pure and good, Weaned savage tribes from deeds and feasts of blood, Whence he was said to tame the monsters of the wood. Amphion too, men said, at his desire Moved massy stones, obedient to the lyre, And Thebes arose. 'Twas wisdom's province then To judge...
Page 24 - Tyrtaeus, armed with song, Made manly spirits for the combat strong : Verse taught life's duties, showed the future clear, And won a monarch's favour through his ear: Verse gave relief from labour, and supplied Light mirth for holiday and festal tide. Then blush not for the lyre : Apollo sings In unison with her who sweeps its strings.