Sir Walter Ralegh: A Biography

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At the Clarendon Press, 1891 - Explorers - 413 pages
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This is “the plain story of an eventful life,” said the author, but it is written in ornate and archaic language. It is not an easy read. Understandable, yes, if you are willing to make the effort ... Read full review

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Page 190 - History of England from the Accession of James I. to the Disgrace of Chief Justice Coke
Page 84 - Here die I, Richard Grenville, with a joyful and quiet mind, for that I have ended my life as a true soldier ought to do, that hath fought for his country, queen, religion, and honour...
Page 76 - Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay, Within that temple where the vestal flame Was wont to burn : and passing by that way To see that buried dust of living fame, Whose tomb fair Love, and fairer Virtue kept, All suddenly I saw the Faery...
Page 78 - Say to the court, it glows, And shines like rotten wood; Say to the church, it shows What's good, and doth no good. If church and court reply, Then give them both the lie. Tell potentates they live Acting by others' action; Not loved unless they give, Not strong but by a faction.
Page 66 - The Spaniards had an army aboard them, and he had none ; they had more ships than he had, and of higher building and charging; so that, had he entangled himself with those great and powerful vessels, he had greatly endangered this kingdom of England.
Page 378 - I have been a soldier, a sailor, and a courtier, which are courses of wickedness and vice ; that His Almighty goodness will forgive me ; that He will cast away my sins from me, and that He will receive me into everlasting life ; so I take my leave of you all, making my peace with God.
Page 129 - ... ends by the ships' sides, under the water even to the lips; many swimming with grievous wounds, strucken under water, and put out of their pain ; and withal so huge a fire, and such tearing of the ordnance in the great Philip, and the rest, when the fire came to them, as, if any man had a desire to see hell itself, it was there most lively figured.
Page 62 - I had no joy to be in any place, but loath to be near about her, when I knew my affection so much thrown down and such a wretch as Ralegh highly esteemed of her.
Page 24 - English court in good habit (his clothes being then a considerable part of his estate), found the queen walking, till, meeting with a plashy place, she seemed to scruple going thereon. Presently Raleigh cast and spread his new plush cloak on the ground ; whereon the queen trod gently, rewarding him afterwards with many suits, for his so free and seasonable tender of so fair a footcloth.

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