Homer, Volume 1

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A. J. Valpy, 1833 - Epic poetry, Greek
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Page 131 - inquire? ISO Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground ; Another race the following spring supplies ; They fall successive, and successive rise ; So generations in their course decay
Page 142 - When, ah ! oppress'd by life-consuming wo, She fell a victim to Diana's bow. ' Yet, while my Hector still survives, I see My father, mother, brethren, all in thee ; 545 Alas ! my parents, brothers, kindred, all Once more will perish, if my Hector fall. Thy wife, thy infant, in thy danger share:
Page 183 - A flood of glory bursts from all the skies: The conscious swains, rejoicing in the sight. Eye the blue vault, and bless the useful light. So many flames before proud Ilion blaze, And lighten glimmering Xanthus
Page 184 - arms, by fits, thick flashes send ; Loud neigh the coursers o'er their heaps of corn, And ardent warriors wait the rising morn. BOOK IX. ARGUMENT. The Embassy to Achilles. AGAMEMNON, after the last day's defeat, proposes to the Greeks to quit the siege, and return to their
Page xii - They pour along like a fire that sweeps the whole earth before it." It is, however, remarkable that his fancy, which is every where vigorous, is not discovered immediately at the beginning of his poem in its fullest splendor : it grows in the progress both on himself and others, and becomes on fire, like a
Page 23 - High heav'n with trembling the dread signal took, And all Olympus to the centre shook. Swift to the seas profound the goddess flies, Jove to his starry mansion in the skies. The shining synod of the immortals wait 690 The coming god, and from their thrones of state Arising silent,
Page 18 - The priest to reverence, and release the fair. Not so Atrides : he, with wonted pride, The sire insulted, and his gifts denied. ' The insulted sire (his god's peculiar care) To Phoebus pray'd, and Phoebus heard the prayer; A dreadful plague ensues ; the avenging darts 496 Incessant fly, and pierce the Grecian hearts. A prophet then,
Page 164 - book. The scene here (except of the celestial machines) lies in the field toward the sea-shore.] AURORA now, fair daughter of the dawn, Sprinkled with rosy light the dewy lawn ; When Jove convened the senate of the skies, Where high Olympus' cloudy tops arise. The sire of gods his awful silence broke,
Page xxxi - me ; of whom it is hard to say, whether the advancement of the polite arts is more owing to his generosity or his example : that such a genius as my Lord Bolingbroke, not more distinguished in the great scenes of business than in all the useful and entertaining parts of learning,
Page xiv - him of so great an invention, as might be capable of furnishing all those allegorical parts of a poem. The Marvellous Fable includes whatever is supernatural, and especially the machines of the gods. He seems the first who brought them into a system of machinery for poetry, and such a one as makes its greatest importance

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