The Poetical Works of Mr. Samuel Daniel, Author of the English History: To which is Prefix'd, Memoirs of His Life and Writings

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R. Gosling ... W. Mears ... and J. Browne, 1718 - Great Britain - 384 pages
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Page 314 - And know, sweet Prince, when you shall come to know, That 'tis not in the power of kings to raise A spirit for verse, that is not born thereto, Nor are they born in every Prince's days For late Eliza's reign gave birth to more Than all the Kings of England did before.
Page 17 - ... all our understandings are not to be built by the square of Greece and Italy. We are the children of nature as well as they ; we are not so placed out of the way of judgement, but that the same sun of discretion shineth upon us ; we have our portion of the same virtues as well as of the same vices : Et Catilinam quocunque in populo videas, quocunque sub axe.
Page 64 - But here an end, I may no longer stay, I must return t' attend at Stygian flood; Yet ere I go, this one word more I pray, Tell Delia now her sigh may do me good, And will her note the frailty of our blood; 53 And if I pass unto those happy banks, Then she must have her praise, thy pen her thanks.
Page 8 - Having been first encouraged and framed thereunto by your most worthy and honourable mother, and received the first notion for the formal ordering of those compositions at Wilton, which I must ever acknowledge to have been my best school, and thereof always am to hold a feeling and grateful memory.
Page 44 - Which were not small: I wrought on no mean object. A crown was at my feet, sceptres obey'd me : Whom Fortune made my king, Love made my subject ; Who did command the land most humbly pray'd me: Henry the Second, that so highly weigh'd me, Found well, by proof, the privilege of beauty, That it had power to countermand all duty.
Page 24 - And surely mee thinkes these great wittes should rather seeke to adorne, than to disgrace the present, bring something to it, without taking from it what it hath. But it is euer the misfortune of Learning, to be wounded by her owne hand.
Page 35 - ... seem another kind of speech out of the course of our usual practice; displacing our words, or inventing new, only upon a singularity, when our own accustomed phrase, set in the due place, would express us more familiarly and to better delight than all this idle affectation of antiquity or novelty can ever do.
Page 24 - Non conualescit planta quce sapius transfertur, and therefore let vs hold on in the course wee haue vndertaken, and not still be wandring. Perfection is not the portion of man, and if it were, why may wee not as well get to it this way as...
Page 273 - deep we feel impreflcd in our Blood, That Touch which Nature without Breath did give. And yet what Blafts of Words hath Learning found, To blow againft the Fear of Death and Dying ? What Comforts unfick Eloquence can found, •• . And yet all fail us in the Point of Trying ? For whilft we reafon with the Breath of...
Page 16 - For the body of our imagination, being as an unformed Chaos without fashion without day, if by the divine power of the spirit it be wrought into an Orbe of order and forme...

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