New Poems by James I of England, from a Hitherto Unpublished Manuscript (Add. 24195) in the British Museum

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Columbia University Press, 1911 - Dissertations, Academic - 121 pages
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Page 105 - All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Page xc - In vain have some men of late, transformers of everything, consulted upon her reformation, and endeavoured to abstract her to metaphysical ideas and scholastical quiddities, denuding her of her own habits and those ornaments with which she hath amused the world some thousand years. Poesy is not a thing that is yet in the finding and search, or which may be otherwise found out...
Page lxi - A Declaration concerning the Proceedings with the States Generall of the United Provinces of the Low Countreys, in the Cause of D. Conradus Vorstius.
Page 65 - GOD gives not kings the stile of Gods in vaine, For on his throne his scepter do they swey : And as their subjects ought them to obey, So kings should feare and serve their God againe. If then ye would enjoy a happie...
Page lxxx - But two things rare the Fates had in their store, And gave thee both, to shew they could no more. For such a poet, while thy days were green, Thou wert, as chief of them are said t' have been. And such a prince thou art, we daily see, As chief of those still promise they will be. Whom should my muse then fly to, but the best Of kings, for grace ; of poets, for my test...
Page lxv - But the King gave a positive denial to all requests and, having a discerning spirit, replied, "I know Mr. Donne is a learned man, has the abilities of a learned divine, and will prove a powerful preacher, and my desire is to prefer him that way, and in that way I will deny you nothing for him.
Page lxxxi - ... they were all good, especially his Epitaph on Prince Henry, save that they smelled too much of the Schools, and were not after the fancy of the times ; for a child (says he) may write after the fashion of the Greek and Latin verses in running ; yet that he wished for pleasing the King, that piece of Forth Feasting had been his own.
Page lxiv - The king had formerly both known and put a value upon his company, and had also given him some hopes of a State employment, being always much pleased when Mr. Donne attended him...
Page lxxx - Of all his Playes he never gained two hundreth pounds. He had oft this verse, though he scorned it : " So long as we may, let us enjoy this breath, For nought doth kill...
Page xlviii - Latin already, and ynew of poor scholars would match you in these languages ; and besides that, it best becometh a King to purify and make famous his own tongue, wherein he may go before all his subjects, as it setteth him well to do in all honest and lawful things. And amongst all unnecessary things that are lawful and expedient, I think exercises of the...

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