Studies in Italian Literature, Classical and Modern: Also, the Legend of "Il Cenacolo," a Poem

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S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1891 - Italian literature - 326 pages

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Page 208 - It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in— glittering like the morning star, full of life, and splendour, and joy.
Page 86 - For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin?
Page 178 - A voice as of the cherub-choir Gales from blooming Eden bear, And distant warblings lessen on my ear That lost in long futurity expire.
Page 265 - Before St. Mark still glow his steeds of brass, Their gilded collars glittering in the sun ; But is not Doria's menace come to pass ? Are they not bridled...
Page 55 - The noise Of worldly fame is but a blast of wind, That blows from diverse points, and shifts its name, Shifting the point it blows from.
Page 141 - WHEN learning, after the long Gothic night, Fair, o'er the western world renew'd its light, With arts arising, Sophonisba rose : The tragic muse, returning, wept her woes. With her the Italian scene first learn'd to glow, And the first tears for her were taught to flow.
Page 211 - For ill can poetry express Full many a tone of thought sublime, And painting, mute and motionless, Steals but a glance of time. But by the mighty actor brought, Illusion's perfect triumphs come — Verse ceases to be airy thought, And sculpture to be dumb.
Page 139 - Pelops' line, Or the tale of Troy divine, Or what (though rare) of later age Ennobled hath the buskined stage.
Page 20 - Voi ch'ascoltate in rime sparse il suono di quei sospiri ond'io nudriva '1 core in sul mio primo giovenile errore, quand'era in parte altr'uom da quel ch'i' sono, del vario stile in ch'io piango e ragiono fra le vane speranze e '1 van dolore, ove sia chi per prova intenda amore, spero trovar pietà, non che perdono.
Page 126 - It is a very striking circumstance, that the Beauty of high-minded inventors of this great art tried at the very outset so bold a flight as the printing an entire Bible, and executed it with astonishing success. It was Minerva leaping on earth in her divine strength and radiant armour, ready at the moment of her nativity to subdue and destroy her enemies.

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