The Deipnosophists; Or, Banquet of the Learned, Volume 1

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H.G. Bohn, 1854 - Literature - 1252 pages
 

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Page 292 - Tis ours the chance of fighting fields to try, Thine to look on, and bid the valiant die. So much 'tis safer through the camp to go, And rob a subject, than despoil a foe.
Page 61 - True love's the gift which God has given To man alone beneath the heaven : It is not fantasy's hot fire, Whose wishes, soon as granted, fly ; It liveth not in fierce desire, With dead desire it doth not die ; It is the secret sympathy, The silver link, the silken tie, Which heart to heart, and mind to mind, In body and in soul can bind.
Page 299 - They cried, No wonder, such celestial charms For nine long years have set the world in arms ; What winning graces ! what majestic mien ! She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen ! Yet hence, oh Heaven '. convey that fatal face, And from destruction save the Trojan race.
Page 296 - Of these the sides adorn'd with swords of gold, That, glittering gay, from silver belts depend. Now all at once they rise, at once descend, With well-taught feet: now shape, in oblique ways, Confus'dly regular, the moving maze: Now forth at once, too swift for sight, they spring, And undistinguish'd blend the flying ring: So whirls a wheel, in giddy circle toss'd, And, rapid as it runs, the single spokes are lost.
Page 59 - These are the wholesome draughts which wise men please, Who from the banquet home return in peace. From a fourth measure insolence proceeds ; Uproar a fifth, a sixth wild license breeds ; A seventh brings black eyes and livid bruises, The eighth the constable next introduces ; Black...
Page 294 - Tis sweet to play the fool in time and place, And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile, The grave in merry measures frisk about, And many a long-repented word bring out.
Page 206 - The early Greek poet, Simonides, while at a banquet, observed that the liquor served to the other guests was cooled by snow. Whereupon he expressed his dissatisfaction in the following ode: "The cloak with which fierce Boreas clothed the brow Of high Olympus, pierced ill-clothed man While in its native Thrace; 'tis gentler now, Caught by the breeze of the Pierian plain. Let it be mine : for no one will commend The man who gives hot water to a friend.
Page 305 - The shining veil, and thus endearing said: "Accept, dear youth, this monument of love, Long since, in better days, by Helen wove: Safe in thy mother's care the vesture lay, To deck thy bride and grace thy nuptial day. Meantime may'st thou with happiest speed regain Thy stately palace, and thy wide domain.
Page 27 - Ithaca what sort of game the game of dice, as played by the suitors, was. For the suitors being a hundred and eight in number, arranged their pieces opposite to one another in equal numbers, they themselves also being divided into two equal parties, so that there were on each side fifty-four ; and between the men there was a small space left empty. And in this middle space they placed one man, which they called Penelope. And they made this the mark, to see if any one of them could hit it with his...
Page 308 - Replenish'd from the cool, translucent springs; With copious water the bright vase supplies A silver laver of capacious size; They wash. The tables in fair order spread, They heap the glittering canisters with bread: Viands of various kinds allure the taste, Of choicest sort and savour, rich repast! Delicious wines the attending herald brought; The gold gave lustre to the purple draught.

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