Life of William Congreve (Google eBook)

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Scott, 1888 - CONGREVE, WILLIAM,1670-1729 - 192 pages
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Page 57 - So much the sweetness of your manners move, We cannot envy you, because we love. Fabius might joy in Scipio, when he saw A beardless Consul made against the law, And join his suffrage to the votes of Rome, Though he with Hannibal was overcome.
Page 156 - To feel for ever its soft fall and swell, Awake for ever in a sweet unrest; Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath, And so live ever, or else swoon to death.
Page 90 - Looking tranquillity ! It strikes an awe And terror on my aching sight; the tombs And monumental caves of death look cold, And shoot a dullness to my trembling heart. Give me thy hand, and let me hear thy voice; Nay, quickly speak to me, and let me hear Thy voice my own affrights me with its echoes.
Page 57 - The second temple was not like the first ; Till you, the best Vitruvius, come at length, Our beauties equal, but excel our strength. Firm Doric pillars found your solid base ; The fair Corinthian crowns the higher space : Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace.
Page 68 - And to our world such plenty you afford, It seems like Eden, fruitful of its own accord. But since in paradise frail flesh gave way, And when but two were made, both went astray ; Forbear your wonder, and the fault forgive, If, in our larger family, we grieve One falling Adam, and one tempted Eve.
Page 177 - He spoke of his works as of trifles that were beneath him; and hinted to me, in our first conversation, that I should visit him upon no other footing than that of a gentleman who led a life of plainness and simplicity.
Page 166 - But instead of endeavouring to raise a vain monument to myself, of the merits or difficulties of it, (which must be left to the world, to truth, and to posterity,) let me leave behind me a memorial of my friendship with one of the most valuable men, as well as finest writers of my age and country...
Page 133 - If that be found a forfeited estate. He owns with toil he wrought the following scenes; But, if they're naught, ne'er spare him for his pains: Damn him the more; have no commiseration For dulness on mature deliberation...
Page 18 - Novels are of a more familiar nature ; Come near us, and represent to us Intrigues in practice, delight us with Accidents and odd Events, but not such as are wholly unusual or unpresidented, such which not being so distant from our Belief bring also the pleasure nearer us . Romances give more of Wonder, Novels more Delight.
Page 57 - That early promise this has more than paid. So bold, yet so judiciously you dare, That your least praise is to be regular. Time, place, and action, may with pains be wrought, But genius must be born, and never can be taught.

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