The Comedies of Terence: Literally Translated Into English Prose, with Notes

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Harper & brothers, 1872 - The comedies of Terence - 609 pages
 

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Page 528 - Never did man lay down so fair a plan, So wise a rule of life, but fortune, age, Or long experience made some change in it ; And taught him that those things he thought he knew He did not know, and what he held as best, In practice he threw by.
Page 139 - It is said this sentence was received with universal applause. There cannot be a greater argument of the general good understanding of a people, than a sudden consent to give their approbation of a sentiment which has no emotion in it. " If it were spoken with never so great skill in the actor, the manner of uttering that sentence could have nothing in it which could strike any but people of the greatest humanity, nay people elegant and skilful in observations upon it.
Page 139 - Self-Tormentor.' It is from the beginning to the end a perfect picture of human life, but I did not observe in the whole one passage that could raise a laugh. How well disposed must that people be, who could be entertained with satisfaction by so sober and polite mirth...
Page 79 - ... suppose it is managed by those means? You are quite mistaken. Once upon a time, in the early ages, there was a calling for that class : this is a new mode of coney-catching ; I, in fact, have been the first to strike into this path. There is a class of men who strive to be the first in everything, but are not ; to these I make my court ; I do not present myself to them to be laughed at ; but I am the first to laugh with them, and at the same time to admire their parts ; whatever they say, I commend...
Page 370 - And look ; so modest, and so beauteous, Sosia ! That nothing could exceed it. As she seem'd To grieve beyond the rest; and as her air Appear'd more liberal and ingenuous, I went and ask'd her women who she was. Sister...
Page 407 - Twere tedious to expect his coming forth : Along with me then to Glycerium ! Davus, do you go home, and hasten them To fetch her hence. Away, away ! Danus.
Page 173 - I'm vexed that such a tempting morsel has been so suddenly snatched away from my jaws. What am I to do ? Or what shall I devise ? I must begin upon my plan over again. Nothing is so difficult, but that it may be found out by seeking.
Page 372 - Go first: I'll follow you. (Exit SOSIA. Beyond all doubt My son's averse to take a wife: I saw How frighten'd Davus was, but even now, When he was told a nuptial was preparing. But here he comes. SCENE II. Enter DAVUS.
Page 577 - Wherefore ev'ry man, When his affairs go on most swimmingly, E'en then it most behoves to arm himself Against the coming storm : loss, danger, exile, Returning ever, let him look to meet; His son in fault, wife dead, or daughter sick: All common accidents, and may have happen'd, That nothing shall seem new or strange. But if Aught has fall'n out beyond his hopes, all that Let him account clear gain.
Page 404 - I shall make him hear Something that may displease him. — Do I stir In these affairs, or make them my concern? Bear your misfortunes patiently! For me, If I speak true or false, shall now be known. — "A man of Athens once upon a time "Was shipwreck'd on the coast of Andros: with him "This very woman, then an infant. He "In this distress applied, it so fell out, "For help to Chrysis' father

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