Henriade: An Epick Poem. In Ten Canto's

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C. Davis, 1732 - 311 pages

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Page xvii - The birds their quire apply ; airs, vernal airs, Breathing the smell of field and grove, attune The trembling leaves, while universal Pan, Knit with the Graces and the Hours in dance, Led on the eternal Spring.
Page xvii - Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose : Another side, umbrageous grots and caves Of cool recess, o'er which the mantling vine Lays forth her purple grape, and gently creeps Luxuriant; meanwhile murmuring waters fall Down the slope hills, dispersed, or in a lake, That to the fringed bank with myrtle crown'd Her crystal mirror holds, unite their streams.
Page xvii - Hung amiable (Hesperian fables true, If true, here only) and of delicious taste ; Betwixt them lawns, or level downs, and flocks Grazing the tender herb, were interpos'd, Or palmy hillock, or the flowry lap Of some irriguous valley spread her store — Flowrs of all hue, and without thorn the Rose ; Another side, umbrageous grots...
Page 240 - ALL were attentive to the god-like man, When, from his lofty couch, he thus began : Great queen! what you command me to relate, Renews the fad remembrance of our fate...
Page xiii - Idol Oak, In Double Rhymes our Thor and Woden Spoke; And by Succession of unlearned Times, As Bards began, so Monks Rung on the Chimes. But now that Phoebus and the sacred Nine With all their Beams on our blest Island shine, Why should not We their ancient Rites restore, And be what Rome or Athens were Before?
Page xxiv - But (laves we are, and labour on another man's plantation : we drefs the vineyard, but the wine is the owner's : if the foil be fometimes barren, then we are fure of being fcourged : if it be fruitful, and our care fucceeds, we are not thanked ; for the proud reader will only fay, the poor drudge has done his duty. But this is nothing to what follows ; for, being obliged to make his fenfe intelligible...
Page ix - Let the French and Italians value themselves on their regularity : strength and elevation are our standard. I said before., and I repeat it, that the affected purity of the French has unsinewed their heroic verse.
Page xxiv - If the soil be sometimes barren, then we are sure of being scourged; if it be fruitful, and our care succeeds, we are not thanked; for the proud reader will only say — the poor drudge has done his duty.
Page 283 - We had once in France the fame happinefs, and the fame privileges which you have; our laws were made by...
Page iv - Virtues ? Your Majesty will find in this book bold impartial truths, morality unstained with superstition, a spirit of liberty equally abhorrent of rebellion and of tyranny, the rights of kings always asserted, and those of mankind never laid aside. The same Spirit, in which it is written, gave me the confidence to offer it to the virtuous consort of a king who among so many crowned heads enjoys, almost alone, the inestimable honour of ruling a free nation ; a king who makes his power consist in...

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