The Dissertations of Maximus Tyrius, Volumes 1-2

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C. Whittingham, 1804
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Page 105 - The wanton courser thus, with reins unbound, Breaks from his stall, and beats the trembling ground ; Pamper'd and proud, he seeks the wonted tides, And laves, in height of blood, his shining sides ; His head now freed, he tosses to the skies ; His mane dishevell'd, o'er his shoulders flies ; He snuffs the females in the distant plain, And springs, exulting, to his fields again...
Page 55 - Fire lives the death of air, and air lives the death of fire; water lives the death of earth, earth that of water.
Page 45 - Pallas tells me, and forbids to fly. But if she dooms, and if no god withstand, That both shall fall by one victorious hand ; Then heed my words: my horses here detain, Fix'd to the chariot by the straiten'd rein; Swift to Eneas...
Page 38 - Maeonia bred, Stains the pure ivory with a lively red; With equal lustre various colours vie, The shining whiteness, and the Tyrian dye: So great Atrides!
Page 12 - The herald now arrives, and guides along The sacred master of celestial song : Dear to the Muse ! who gave his days to flow With mighty blessings, mix'd with mighty woe: With clouds of darkness quench'd his visual ray, But gave him skill to raise the lofty lay.
Page 61 - But when she places herself on the seat of the god, she becomes accommodated to his stable prophetic power ; and from both these preparatory operations, she becomes wholly possessed by the god. And then, indeed, he is present with and illuminates her in a separate manner, and is different from the fire, the spirit, the proper seat, and in short from all the apparent apparatus of the place, whether physical or sacred.
Page 198 - As the providence of the gods is every where extended, a certain habitude or fitness is all that is requisite in order to receive their beneficent communications. But all habitude is produced through imitation and similitude...
Page 166 - He sits superior, and the chariot flies ; His whirling wheels the glassy surface sweep ; Th' enormous monsters, rolling o'er the deep, Gambol around him on the watery way, And heavy whales in awkward measures play : The sea subsiding spreads a level plain, Exults and crowns the monarch of the main ; The parting waves before his coursers fly ; The wond'ring waters leave his axle dry.
Page 256 - ... with the perfections of the gods. Besides this, it produces an indissoluble communion and friendship with divinity, nourishes a divine love, and inflames the divine part of the soul. Whatever is of an opposing and contrary nature in the soul it expiates and purifies, expels whatever is prone to generation, and retains any thing of the dregs of mortality in its aetherial and splendid spirit, perfects a good hope and faith concerning the reception of divine light ; and, in one word, renders those...
Page 6 - There is one God, the king and father of all things, and many gods, sons of God, ruling together with him. This the Greek says, and the barbarian says, the inhabitant of the continent, and he...

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