The Works of Virgil in English Verse, Volume 4

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Page 27 - And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
Page 158 - Then, crush'd by rules, and weaken'd as refin'd, For years the pow'r of Tragedy declin'd ; , From bard to bard the frigid caution crept, Till Declamation roar'd whilst Passion slept; Yet still did Virtue deign the stage to tread, Philosophy remain'd, though Nature fled.
Page 303 - Bruyere declares that we are come into the world too late to produce any thing new, that nature and life are preoccupied, and that description and sentiment have been long exhausted.
Page 52 - It was the place the Romans chose for their winter retreat; and which they frequented upon account of its warm baths. Some few ruins of the beautiful villas that once covered this delightful coast still remain; and nothing can give one lake; the other actually touches it. The first, supported as it were by the lofty buskin," I call my tragic; the other, as resting upon the humble rock, my comic villa.
Page 156 - No man man delights in furrows and ftumbling-blocks : and let our love to antiquity be ever fo great, a fine ruin is one thing, and a heap of rubbifh another. The imitators of Milton, like moft other imitators, are not copies, but caricaturas of their original ; they are a hundred times more obfolete and cramp than he, (and equally fo in all places ; whereas it mould have been obferved of Milton, that he is not lavifh of his exotic words and phrafes every where alike, but employs...
Page 271 - Hector, and making signs to the troops not to dart at him. But all this does not appear when we read the poem ; for what is wonderful is always agreeable, and as a proof of it, we find that they who relate anything usually add something to the truth, that it may the better please those who hear it.
Page 291 - The unity of the epic action, as well as the unity of the fable, does not consist either in the unity of the hero or in the unity of time; three things, I suppose, are necessary to it. The first is to make use of no episode but what arises...
Page 70 - The assembly, as when hollow rocks retain The sound of blustering winds, which all night long Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Seafaring men o'erwatched, whose bark by chance Or pinnace anchors in a craggy bay After the tempest: such applause was heard...
Page 287 - ... clearnefs whatever is too remote to be difcovered by the reft of mankind, but are totally blind to all that lies immediately before them. They difcover in every paffage fome fecret meaning, fome remote allufior.
Page 181 - Camilla; who, though .she seems to have shaken off all the other weaknesses of her sex, is still described as a woman in this particular. The poet tells us, that after having made a great slaughter of the enemy, she unfortunately cast her eye on a Trojan, who wore an embroidered tunic, a beautiful coat of mail, with a mantle of the finest purple. ' A golden bow (says he) hung upon his shoulder; his garment was buckled with a golden clasp, and his head covered with a helmet of the same shining metal.

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