Works, Made English from the French Original: With the Author's Life, Volume 1

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J. Churchill, 1714 - Criticism
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Page 299 - I should think him to blame, if he could have seen the letter you have done me the honour to write to me, and yet not conform to the rules you have there laid down. When he lived, there had not been a Voltaire both to give laws to the stage, and to show on what good sense those laws were founded. Your art, Sir, goes still...
Page 271 - Tis certain that old age shuns a crowd, out of a nice and retired humour, that cannot endure to be either importuned or tired ; and yet it avoids solitude with greater diligence, where it becomes a prey to its own black disquietudes, or to sullen vexatious imaginations. The only remaining relief against all this is the conversation of a virtuous society. Now what society can better agree with it than a religious one, where one would think all manner of human helps should be...
Page 83 - With thefe Perfons, to be content with a little, takes off rather from their Pain, than their Pleafure. Befides, when it is not defpicable to be Poor, we want fewer Things to live in Poverty with fatisfadion, than to live magnificently with Riches.
Page 161 - When in a Dream presented to our view, Those airy Forms appear so like the true; Nor Heaven nor Hell the fancy'd Visions sends, But every breast its own delusion lends: For when soft sleep the body wraps in ease, And from th' unactive mass our fancy frees, Whatever 'tis in which we take delight, And think of most by day, we dream at night. Thus he, the now sackt City justly fear'd, Who all around had death and ruin shar'd. From fancy'd darts believes a darkned sky, .And Troops retreating in confusion...
Page 254 - ... in his Sophonisbe. Mairet, who described his [Sophonisbe as] unfaithful to old Syphax, in love with the young and victorious Massinisse, pleased the whole world, in a manner, by hitting upon the inclination of the ladies and the true humor of the courtiers. But Corneille, who makes the Greeks speak better than the Greeks, the Romans than the Romans, the Carthaginians than the citizens of Carthage speak themselves — Corneille, who is almost the only person that has a true taste of antiquity,...
Page 2 - ... a polite conversation. Meditation has still worse effects in civil society; wherefore, let me advise you to take care that you lose not by it with your friends what you think to gain with yourself.
Page 311 - ... all these together, I say, make me believe, upon better consideration, that we must pitch on some other time than that of Augustus to find the sound and agreeable wit of the Romans, as well as the pure and natural graces of their tongue. It may be said that Horace had a very nice palate in all these matters, which persuades me that the rest of his contemporaries had not. For the nicety of his relish consisted chiefly in finding the ridicule of others. Were it not for the impertinencies, false...
Page 257 - To banish love out of our tragedies as unworthy of heroes is to take away that secret charm which unites our souls to theirs by a certain tie that continues between them. But then to bring them down to us by this common sentiment, don't let us make them descend beneath themselves, nor destroy what they possess above men. Provided this discretion be observed, I dare affirm that...
Page 66 - Rvius, was to have an exact account of the Eftates of the Romans ; and according to thofe, to divide them into Tribes, that fo they might all equally contribute to the publick neceflities.
Page 160 - In a word, there is no part of Nature, no profession, which Petronius doth not admirably paint. He is a Poet, an. Orator, and a Philosopher, at his pleasure.

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