Poems, original and translated, Volume 2

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Pickering, 1838
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Page 41 - Plautus whom he confesses to have been reading not long before, next, to correct him only, and let so many more ancient fathers wax old in those pleasant and florid studies without the lash of such a tutoring apparition ; insomuch that Basil teaches how some good use may be made of " Margites," a sportful poem, not now extant, writ by Homer ; and why not then of " Morgante," an Italian romance much to the same purpose...
Page 41 - Ciceronianisms, and had chastised the reading, not the vanity, it had been plainly partial, first, to correct him for grave Cicero, and not for...
Page 42 - Even the critics most positive in favour of the ludicrous side of the question admit the grand tragic effect of much of the latter cantos ; nor can they fairly do so much without also admitting a considerable portion of the earlier part of the poem to be equally serious. On the other hand, it is impossible to deny that, in the most serious passages, the reader is often offended by the sudden interposition of low buffoonery or of the grossest profaneness ; and the same debasing strain is often continued...
Page 19 - Yet, at thy word, to Syria I return, And make but one request — Remember me ! Yes, o'er the memory of my friends to mourn, With...
Page 29 - In her accustom'd arms encased anew, She breathes of war; while, ready to attend her, Standards, pavilions, engines, crowd around, And the wide hills with martial toils resound.

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