The Gallery of Portraits: with Memoirs ...

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C. Knight, 1834
 

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197. oldal - ... our sage and serious poet Spenser, whom I dare be known to think a better teacher than Scotus or Aquinas...
161. oldal - He is a great lover and praiser of himself, a contemner and scorner of others, given rather to lose a friend than a jest, jealous of every word and action of those about him, (especially after drink, which is one of the elements in which he liveth...
9. oldal - I have seen of them myself amongst reluctant nations submitting to our authority. I know what they feel, and how such feelings can alone be repressed. I have heard them in my youth from a naked savage, in the indignant character of a prince, surrounded by his subjects, addressing the governor of a British colony, holding a bundle of sticks in his hand as the notes of his unlettered eloquence.
13. oldal - ' are most of them old decayed serving men and tapsters, " ' and such kind of fellows ; and,' said I, ' their troops " ' are gentlemen's sons, younger sons, and persons of " ' quality ; do you think that the spirits of such base and " ' mean fellows will ever be able to encounter gentlemen. " ' that have honour and courage, and resolution in them...
62. oldal - Hath left to their disputes, perhaps to move His laughter at their quaint opinions wide Hereafter; when they come to model heaven And calculate the stars, how they will wield The mighty frame; how build, unbuild, contrive To save appearances; how gird the sphere With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er, Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb.
177. oldal - Chaucer) were of the Inner Temple ; for not many years since Master Buckley did see a record in the same house where Geoffry Chaucer was fined two shillings for beating a Franciscan Friar in Fleet Street.
158. oldal - That the argument of his comedy might have been of some other nature, as of a duke to be in love with a countess, and that countess to be in love with the duke's son, and the son to love the lady's waiting-maid : some such cross wooing, with a clown to their servingman, better than to be thus near, and familiarly allied to the time.
200. oldal - If there be any poem whose graces please, because they are situated beyond the reach of art ; and where the force and faculties of creative imagination delight, because they are unassisted and unrestrained by those of deliberate judgment, it is this : in reading Spenser, if the critic is not satisfied, yet the reader is transported.
164. oldal - Till then, our authors had no thoughts of writing on the model of the ancients : their Tragedies were only Histories in dialogue ; and their Comedies followed the thread of any novel as they found it, no less implicitly than if it had been true history.
157. oldal - The Winter's Tale is sneered at by B. Jonson, in the induction to Bartholomew Fair, 1614: " If there be never a servant-monster in the fair, who can help it, nor a nest of Antiques ? He is loth to make nature afraid in his plays, like those that beget TALES, Tempests, and such like drolleries.

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