The Works of Virgil

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F. Warne, 1877 - 492 páginas
 

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Página xvi - Homer was the greater genius ; Virgil, the better artist. In one we most admire the man ; in the other, the work. Homer hurries and transports us with a commanding impetuosity ; Virgil leads us with an attractive majesty : Homer scatters with a generous profusion ; Virgil bestows with a careful magnificence...
Página 88 - Let him for succour sue from place to place, Torn from his subjects, and his son's embrace. First let him see his friends in battle slain, And their untimely fate lament in vain: And when, at length, the cruel war shall cease, On hard conditions may he buy his peace: Nor let him then enjoy supreme command; But fall, untimely, by some hostile hand, And lie unbury'd on the barren sand!
Página xvi - We ought to have a certain knowledge of the principal character and distinguished excellence of each : it is in that we are to consider him, and in proportion to his degree in that we are to admire him. No author or man...
Página 348 - Mark well the flowering almonds in the wood ; If odorous blooms the bearing branches load, The glebe will answer to the sylvan reign ; Great heats will follow, and large crops of grain.
Página 148 - Nysa's top descending on the plains, With curling vines around his purple reins. And doubt we yet through dangers to pursue The paths of honour, and a crown in view?
Página 343 - While yet the spring is young, while earth unbinds Her frozen bosom to the western winds ; While mountain snows dissolve against the sun, And streams yet new, from precipices run...
Página 150 - Let others better mould the running mass Of metals, and inform the breathing brass, And soften into flesh, a marble face ; Plead better at the bar ; describe the skies, And when the stars descend, and when they rise. But Rome ! 'tis thine alone, with awful sway, To rule mankind, and make the world obey. Disposing peace and war, thy own majestic way : To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free: — These are imperial arts and worthy thee.
Página 376 - A winding valley, and a lofty wood. Some god conduct me to the sacred shades, Where Bacchanals are sung by Spartan maids, Or lift me high to Haemus...
Página 151 - The gods too high had raised the Roman State— Were but their gifts as permanent as great. What groans of men shall fill the Martian field ! How fierce a blaze his flaming pile shall yield ! What...
Página 276 - To fight with caution, not to tempt the sword : 1 warn'd thee, but in vain ; for well I knew What perils youthful ardour would pursue ; That boiling blood would carry thee too far, Young as thou wert in dangers, raw to war ! O curst essay of arms, disastrous doom, Prelude of bloody fields and fights to come.

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