Ovid, Volume 1

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Harper & brothers, 1836
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Page 57 - The breathless Phaeton, with flaming hair, Shot from the chariot, like a falling star, That in a summer's evening from the top Of heaven drops down, or seems at least to drop ; Till on the Po his blasted corpse was hurl'd, Far from his country, in the western world.
Page 21 - Nor drum was heard, nor trumpet's angry sound; Nor swords were forged ; but void of care and crime. The soft creation slept away their time. The teeming earth, yet guiltless of the plough, And unprovoked, did fruitful stores allow : Content with food which nature freely bred, On wildings and on strawberries they fed; Cornels and bramble-berries gave the rest, And falling acorns furnished out a feast The flowers, unsown, in fields and meadows reigned ; And western winds immortal spring maintained.
Page 196 - I see the right, and I approve it too ; Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue.
Page 22 - Thus cursed steel, and more accursed gold, Gave mischief birth> and made that mischief bold ; And double death did wretched man invade, By steel assaulted, and by gold betray'd.
Page 36 - And am the great physician call'd, below. Alas that fields and forests can afford No remedies to heal their love-sick lord! To cure the pains of love, no plant avails; And his own physic the physician fails.
Page 26 - To multiply his legs for chace of prey. He grows a wolf, his hoariness remains, And the same rage in other members reigns. His eyes still sparkle in a narrower space, His jaws retain the grin, and violence of his face.
Page xii - I will confess, that the copiousness of his wit was such, that he often writ too pointedly for his subject, and made his persons speak more eloquently than the violence of their passion would admit ; so that he is frequently witty out of season : leaving the imitation of nature, and the cooler dictates of his judgment, for the false applause of fancy.
Page 256 - It smokes; and then with trembling breath she blows, Till in a cheerful blaze the flames arose. With brushwood and with chips she strengthens these And adds at last the boughs of rotten trees. The fire thus form'd, she sets the kettle on (Like burnish'd gold the little seether shone;) Next took the coleworts which her husband got From his own ground (a small, well-water'd spot;) She stripp'd the stalks of all their leaves; the best She cull'd, and them with handy care she dress'd.
Page 17 - Nor seas about the shores their arms had thrown; But earth, and air, and water, were in one.
Page 249 - O'er dreary plains, or tread the burning coast ! I cannot, cannot bear ; 'tis past, 'tis done ; Perish this impious, this detested son ; Perish his sire, and perish I withal ; And let the house's heir, and the hoped kingdom fall.

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