The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes. Illustrated with Notes, Historical, Critical, and Explanatory, and a Life of the Author, Volume 8
William Miller, 1808 - English literature
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Page 453 - Sheba; but he fell down and humbled himself before her, and was carried to an inner chamber, and laid on a bed of state, which was not a little defiled with the presents of the Queen which had been bestowed on his garments; such as wine, cream, jelly, beverage, cakes, spices, and other good matters.
Page 459 - His onset was violent: those passages which while they stood single had passed with little notice, when they were accumulated and exposed together, excited horror; the wise and the pious caught the alarm, and the nation wondered why it had so long suffered irreligion and licentiousness to be openly taught at the public charge.
Page 453 - I will now, in good sooth, declare to you, who will not blab, that the gunpowder fright is got out of all our heads, and we are going on, hereabouts, as if the devil was contriving every man should blow up himself, by wild riot, excess, and devastation of time and temperance.
Page 458 - All, all of a piece throughout ; Thy chase had a beast in view : Thy wars brought nothing about ; Thy lovers were all untrue. 'Tis well an old age is out, And time to begin a new.
Page 459 - He was formed for a controvertist ; with sufficient learning ; with diction vehement and pointed, though often vulgar and incorrect : with unconquerable pertinacity ; with wit in the highest degree keen and sarcastick ; and with all those powers exalted and invigorated by just confidence in his cause.
Page 195 - Enriching moisture dropp'd on every thing ; " Plenty he sow'd below, and cast about him light ! " But then, alas ! to thee alone " One of old Gideon's miracles was shown; " For every tree and every herb around " With pearly dew was crown'd, " And upon all the quicken'd ground " The fruitful seed of heaven did brooding lie, " And nothing but the Muse's fleece was dry.
Page 451 - I shall leave him dressed to posterity in the colours I saw him in the next progress after his inauguration, which was as green as the grass he trod on : with a feather in his cap, and a horn instead of a sword by his side ; how suitable to his age, calling, or person, I leave to others to judge from his pictures...
Page 342 - But, as when vizard-mask appears in pit, Straight every man, who thinks himself a wit, Perks up, and, managing his comb with grace, With his white wig sets off his nut-brown face...
Page 116 - ... and he was endless in consultations ; for when after much discourse a point was settled, if he could find a new jest to make even that which was suggested by himself seem ridiculous, he could not hold, but would study to raise the credit of his wit, though it made others call his judgment in question.
Page 453 - I am certain she was not joined with good works, and left the Court in a staggering condition; Charity came to the King's feet, and seemed to cover the multitude of sins her sisters had committed...