The life and pontificate of Leo the Tenth: In six volumes

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J. M'Creery, 1806

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Page 9 - Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. Not free, what proof could they have given sincere Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love, Where only what they needs must do appear'd, Not what they would ? what praise could they receive ? What pleasure I from such obedience paid ? When will and reason, reason also is choice, Useless and vain, of freedom both despoil'd, Made passive both, had served necessity, Not me?
Page 73 - So that these four causes concurring, the admiration of ancient authors, the hate of the schoolmen, the exact study of languages, and the efficacy of preaching, did bring in an affectionate study of eloquence and copie of speech, which then began to flourish.
Page 122 - I look upon the revolution there, as one of the most important events in the history of the world.
Page 240 - J'ay aussi remerqué cecy, que de tant d'âmes et effects qu'il juge, de tant de mouvemens et conseils, il n'en rapporte jamais un seul à la vertu, religion et conscience, comme si ces parties là estoyent du tout esteintes au monde...
Page 73 - This grew speedily to an excess; for men began to hunt more after words than matter; and more after the choicencss of the phrase and the round and clean composition of the sentence, and the sweet falling of the clauses, and the varying and illustration of their works with tropes and figures, than after the weight of matter, worth of subject, soundness of argument, life of invention, or depth of judgment.
Page 74 - Rhetorician, besides his own books of Periods and Imitation, and the like. Then did Car of Cambridge and Ascham with their lectures and writings almost deify Cicero and Demosthenes, and allure all young men that were studious unto that delicate and polished kind of learning. Then did Erasmus take occasion to make the scoffing echo, "Decem annos consumpsi in legendo Cicerone"; and the echo answered in Greek One, Asine.
Page 304 - 1 doppio raggio in fronte : Questi e Mose, quando scendea dal monte, E gran parte del Nume avea nel volto. Tal era allor, che le sonante e vaste Acque ei sospese a se d' intorno ; e tale Quando il mar chiuse, e ne fe tomba altrui.
Page 500 - It is not my intention to detract a single particle from the praises due to Leo X. for the services rendered by him to the cause of literature. I shall only remark that the greater part of the Italian princes of this period might with equal right pretend to the same honour ; so that there is no particular reason for conferring on Leo the superiority over all the rest.
Page 240 - ... du tout esteintes au monde ; et, de toutes les actions, pour belles par apparence qu'elles soient d'elles mesmes, il en rejecte la cause à quelque occasion vitieuse ou à quelque profit.
Page 238 - It is the most authentic I believe (may I add, I fear) that ever was composed. I believe it, because the historian was an actor in his terrible drama, and personally knew the principal performers in it; and I fear it, because it exhibits the woeful picture of society in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

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