A book of operas, their histories, their plots and their music

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The Macmillan company, 1909 - History - 345 pages
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Page 139 - And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power ; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.
Page 139 - And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Page 139 - Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Page 306 - Glowing all over noble shame; and all Her falser self slipt from her like a robe, And left her woman, lovelier in her mood Than in her mould that other, when she came From barren deeps to conquer all with love...
Page 265 - Ganhardine on land, And led from ship with swift and reverent hand Iseult : and round them up from all the crowd Broke the great wail for Tristram out aloud. And ere her ear might hear her heart had heard, Nor sought she sign for witness of the word ; But came and stood above him newly dead, And felt his death upon her : and her head Bowed, as to reach the spring that slakes all drouth : And their four lips became one silent mouth.
Page 227 - Goddess' self he steps with that canticle of love triumphant, and now he sings it in ecstatic praise of her. As though at wizard spell of his, the wonders of the Venusberg unroll their brightest fill before him: tumultuous shouts and savage cries of joy mount up on every hand; in drunken glee Bacchantes drive their raging dance and drag...
Page 226 - Venusberg's' seductive spells, that show themselves at dead of night to those whose breast is fired by daring of the senses. Attracted by the tempting show, a shapely human form draws nigh: 'tis Tannhauser, Love's minstrel. He sounds his jubilant Song of Love in joyous challenge, as though to force the wanton witchery to do his bidding. Wild cries of riot answer him : the rosy cloud...
Page 87 - Recommend to your children virtue ; it alone can bring happiness, not money. I speak from experience. It was virtue which bore me up in time of trouble ; to her, next to my art, I owe thanks for my not having laid violent hands on myself.
Page 283 - The time was the last quarter of the twelfth century and the first quarter of the thirteenth.
Page 31 - Stentorian lungs, the effect was electricity itself, for the whole of the performers on the stage, and those in the orchestra, as if actuated by one feeling of delight, vociferated Bravo ! Bravo ! Maestro. Viva, viva, grande Mozart. Those in the orchestra I thought would never have ceased applauding, by beating the bows of their violins against the music desks. The little man acknowledged, by repeated obeisances, his thanks for the distinguished mark of enthusiastic applause bestowed upon him.

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