The History of English Poetry: From the Close of the Eleventh Century to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century, Volume 3

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Printed for, and sold by J. Dodsley, 1781 - English poetry - 470 pages

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Page xxx - ... Detested wretch !" — but scarce his speech began, When the strange partner seem'd no longer man His youthful face grew more serenely sweet ; His robe turn'd white, and flow'd upon his feet ; Fair rounds of radiant points invest his hair ; Celestial...
Page 490 - Ovid's metamorphoses were exhibited in confectionary ; and the splendid iceing of an immense historic plum-cake was embossed with a delicious basso-relievo of the destruction of Troy. In the afternoon, when she condescended to walk in the garden, the- lake was covered with Tritons and Nereids ; the pages of the family were converted into Wood-nymphs who peeped from every bower ; and the footmen gamboled over the lawns in the figure of Satyrs.
Page 80 - Was call'd the merry fiend of Edmonton. If any here make doubt of such a name, In Edmonton yet fresh unto this day, Fix'd in the wall of that old ancient church, His monument remaineth to be seen : His memory yet in the mouths of men, That whilst he liv'd he could deceive the devil.
Page 226 - With reckless hand in grave doth cover it, Thereafter never to enjoy again The gladsome light, but in the ground ylain, In depth of darkness waste and wear to nought, As he had never into the world been brought.
Page 141 - These were festal chansons for enlivening the merriments of the Christmas celebrity ; and not such religious songs as are current at this day with the common people, under the same title, and which were substituted by those enemies of innocent and useful mirth, the Puritans.
Page 494 - ... under certain conditions, and for a limited duration of time. It was actually one of the pretended feats of...
Page lxxii - They pretended that he appeared and fought with irresjstible fury, completely armed, and mounted on a stately white horse, in most of their engagements with the Moors ; and because, by his superior prowess in these bloody conflicts, he was supposed to have freed the Spaniards from paying the annual tribute of a hundred Christian virgins to their infidel enemies, they represented him as a professed and powerful champion of distressed damsels. This apotheosis of chivalry in the person of their own...
Page 334 - Our maker therfore at these dayes shall not follow Piers plowman nor Gower nor Lydgate nor yet Chaucer, for their language is now out of vse with vs...
Page 136 - Those seats, whence long excluded, ttiou must mourn : That gate, for ever barr'd to thy return : Wilt thou not then bewail ill-fated love, And hate a banish'd man, condemn'd in woods to rove?
Page 67 - These ladies doth enspire) embraceth all. The Graces in the Muses weed, delite To lead them forth, that men in maze they fall. It...

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