The miscellaneous works of John Dryden, esq: containing all his original poems, tales, and translations ... (Google eBook)

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J. and R. Tonson, 1767 - English poetry
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Page xxxii - Tis true, I cannot go so far as he who published the last edition of him; for he would make us believe the fault is in our ears, and that there were really ten syllables in a verse where we find but nine; but this opinion is not worth confuting; 'tis so gross and obvious an error that common sense (which is a rule in everything but matters of faith and revelation) must...
Page 137 - For, letting down the golden chain from high, He drew his audience upward to the sky; And oft with holy hymns he charm'd their ears, A music more melodious than the spheres; For David left him, when he went to rest, His lyre; and after him he sung the best.
Page xxxi - There was plenty enough, but the dishes were ill sorted; whole pyramids of sweetmeats for boys and women but little of solid meat for men. All this proceeded not from any want of knowledge, but of judgment. Neither did he want that in discerning the beauties and faults of other poets, but only...
Page xl - ... when the reason ceases for which they were enacted. As for the other part of the argument, that his thoughts will lose of their original beauty by the innovation of words; in the first place, not only their beauty, but their being is lost, where they are no longer understood, which is the present case.
Page 84 - gramercy for your care; But Cato, whom you quoted, you may spare. Tis true, a wise and worthy man he seems, And (as you say) gave no belief to dreams: But other men of more authority, And...
Page 290 - And fill the assembly with a shining train. A way there is in heaven's expanded plain, Which, when the skies are clear, is seen below, And mortals by the name of "Milky" know. The groundwork is of stars ; through which the road Lies open to the Thunderer's abode.
Page xxxi - In the first place, as he is the father of English poetry, so I hold him in the same degree of veneration as the Grecians held Homer or the Romans Virgil...
Page 67 - The clotted blood lies heavy on his heart, Corrupts, and there remains in spite of art: Nor breathing veins, nor cupping will prevail; All outward remedies and inward fail: The...
Page xxxv - Even the grave and serious characters are distinguished by their several sorts of gravity, their discourses are such as belong to their age, their calling and their breeding — such as are becoming of them and of them only.
Page xxxv - Tales the various manners and humours (as we now call them) of the whole English nation, in his age. Not a single character has escaped him. All his pilgrims are severally distinguished from each other; and not only in their inclinations, but in their very physiognomies and persons.

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