Spenser

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Harper & Brothers, 1879 - Poets, English - 180 pages

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Page 180 - Then gin I thinke on that which Nature sayd, Of that same time when no more Change shall be, But stedfast rest of all things, firmely stayd Upon the pillours of Eternity, That is contrayr to Mutabilitie ; For all that moveth doth in Change delight : But thence-forth all shall rest eternally With Him that is the God of Sabaoth hight : O ! that great Sabaoth God, grant me that Sabaoths sight ! COMPLAINT OF THALIA (COMEDY).
Page 101 - If music and sweet poetry agree, As they must needs, the sister and the brother, Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me, Because thou lov'st the one, and I the other. Dowland to thee is dear, whose heavenly touch Upon the lute doth ravish human sense ; 6 Spenser to me, whose deep conceit is such As, passing all conceit, needs no defence. Thou lov'st to hear the sweet melodious sound That Phoebus...
Page 142 - But let that man with better sence advize, That of the world least part to us is red ; And daily how through hardy enterprize Many great Regions are discovered, Which to late age were never mentioned. Who ever heard of th...
Page 6 - Hercules' two pillars standing near Did make to quake and fear. Fair branch of honour, flower of chivalry, That fillest England with thy triumph's fame, Joy have thou of thy noble victory, And endless happiness of thine own name • That promiseth the same: That through thy prowess and victorious arms...
Page 4 - Prothalamion Calm was the day, and through the trembling air Sweet-breathing Zephyrus did softly play A gentle spirit, that lightly did delay Hot Titan's beams, which then did glister fair; When I, (whom sullen care, Through discontent of my long fruitless stay In princes...
Page 116 - I, that was wont to behold her riding like Alexander, hunting like Diana, walking like Venus, the gentle wind blowing her fair hair about her pure cheeks, like a nymph, sometimes sitting in the shade like a goddess, sometimes singing like an angel, sometimes playing like Orpheus ; behold the sorrow of this world ! once amiss hath bereaved me of all.
Page 121 - In which I have followed all the antique Poets historicall; first Homere, who in the Persons of Agamemnon and Ulysses hath ensampled a good governour and a vertuous man, the one in his Ilias, the other in his Odysseis...
Page 5 - I gained gifts and goodly grace Of that great lord, which therein wont to dwell, Whose want too well now feels my...
Page 180 - Of the heav'ns rule, yet, very sooth to say, In all things else she beares the greatest sway : Which makes me loath this state of life so tickle, And love of things so vaine to cast away ; Whose flowring pride, so fading and so fickle, Short Time shall soon cut down with his consuming sickle...
Page 122 - For the methode of a poet historical is not such, as of an historiographer. For an historiographer discourseth of affayres orderly, as they were donne, accounting as well the times as the actions ; but a poet thrusteth into the middest, even where it most concerneth him, and there recoursing to the thinges forepaste, and divining of thinges to come, maketh a pleasing analysis of all.

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