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Strona 155 - But Italy, reviving from the trance Of Vandal, Goth, and Monkish ignorance, With pauses, cadence, and well-vowell'd words, And all the graces a good ear affords, Made rhyme an art, and Dante's polish'd page Restored a silver, not a golden age.
Strona 135 - And therefore it was ever thought to have some participation of divineness, because it doth raise and erect the mind, by submitting the shows of things to the desires of the mind ; whereas reason doth buckle and bow the mind unto the nature of things.
Strona 3 - ... notaque fatali portenta labore subegit, comperit invidiam supremo fine domari. urit enim fulgore suo, qui praegravat artis infra se positas: extinctus amabitur idem. 15 praesenti tibi maturos largimur honores iurandasque tuum per numen ponimus aras, nil oriturum alias, nil ortum tale fatentes.
Strona 138 - ... them as throws the difcourfe out of the ordinary and common phrafe of converfation. Novelty and variety are certain fources of pleafure: a...
Strona 188 - ... portraits of this vicious taste are the admiration of common starers, who, if they find a picture of a miser for instance (as there is no commoner subject of moral portraits) in a collection, where every muscle is strained, and feature hardened into the expression of this idea, never fail to profess their wonder and approbation of it. — On this idea of excellence, Le Brun's book of the PASSIONS...
Strona 44 - ... for its novelty, preferable to the fublimer, but trite, themes of the Greek writers. Not but he intended, on fome future occafion, to adorn a nobler fubjeft.
Strona 74 - ... be taken in a different sense when it is joined with one of the things, from what it has in conjunction with the other.
Strona 245 - And lastly, his style in picturing characters, though masterly, was without that elegance of hand, which is required to correct and allay the force of so bold a colouring. Thus, the biass of his nature leading him to Plautus rather than Terence for his model, it is not to be wondered that his wit is too frequently caustic ; his raillery coarse ; and his humour excessive.
Strona 6 - Scriptor abhinc annos centum qui decidit inter Perfectos veteresque referri debet, an inter Viles atque novos? Excludat jurgia finis. Est vetus atque probus centum qui perficit annos.
Strona 82 - FATA Nepotum. This idea then of the sacred shield, the guard and glory of Rome, and on which, in this advanced situation, depended the fame and fortune of his country, the poet, with extreme elegance and sublimity, transfers to the shield which guarded their great progenitor, while he was laying the first foundations of the Roman Empire.