A Compendious History of English Literature, and of the English Language, from the Norman Conquest: With Numerous Specimens, Volume 1

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C. Griffin, 1871 - English language
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Page 460 - Forget not yet the tried intent Of such a truth as I have meant ; My great travail so gladly spent, Forget not yet ! Forget not yet when first began The weary life ye know, since whan The suit, the service none tell can ; Forget not yet ! Forget not yet the great assays, The cruel wrong...
Page 491 - Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight, And burned is Apollo's laurel bough, That sometime grew within this learned man. Faustus is gone : regard his hellish fall, Whose fiendful fortune may exhort the wise Only to wonder at unlawful things, Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits To practise more than heavenly power permits.
Page 496 - With a refined traveller of Spain; A man in all the world's new fashion planted, That hath a mint of phrases in his brain : One, whom the music of his own vain tongue Doth ravish, like enchanting harmony...
Page 444 - Saxon at this day, yet it is not so Courtly nor so currant as our Southerne English is: no more is the far Westerne mans speach. Ye shall therefore take the vsuall speach of the Court, and that of London and the shires lying about London within Ix. myles, and not much aboue.
Page 465 - And next in order sad Old Age we found, His beard all hoar, his eyes hollow and blind, With drooping cheer still poring on the ground, As on the place where nature him...
Page 442 - He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle, to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do : and so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him.
Page 479 - I have seen), which notwithstanding, as it is full of stately speeches and well-sounding phrases, climbing to the height of Seneca his style, and as full of notable morality, which it doth most delightfully teach, and so obtain the very end of poesy...
Page 495 - Our nation," says Sir Henry Blount, in the preface to a collection of some of Lyly's dramatic pieces which he published in 1632, " are in his debt for a new English which he taught them.
Page 423 - And the second time we came to " New College, after we had declared your injunctions, we " found all the great quadrant court full of the leaves of " Dunce, the wind blowing them into every corner.
Page 518 - Bring hether the Pincke and purple Cullambine, With Gelliflowres ; Bring Coronations, and Sops in wine, Worne of Paramoures : Strowe me the ground with Daffadowndillies, And Cowslips, and Kingcups, and loved Lillies : The pretie Pawnee, And the Chevisaunce, Shall match with the fayre flowre Delice.

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