Longi Pastoralia e codd. mss. duobus italicis primum graece integra ed. P. L. Courier

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F. Didot, 1829 - 211 pages
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Page 65 - Through this interposition she is allowed to return home, and is speedily restored to the arms of Daphnis. The grateful lovers sing hymns to the Nymphs. On the following day they sacrifice to Pan, and hang a goat's skin on a pine adjoining his image. The feast which follows this ceremony is attended by all the old shepherds in the neighbourhood, who recount the adventures of their youth, and their children dance to the sound of the pipe. " The Third Book commences with the approach of winter.
Page 75 - French transation by Amyot, which appeared in 1559, and one in Latin verse by G-ambara in 1569, either of which might have been seen by Tasso. But although this argument, brought forward by Villoison, be of little avail, he is probably right in the general notion he has adopted that Daphnis and Chloe was not the origin of the pastoral drama. The Sacrificio of Agostino Beccari, which was the earliest specimen of this style of composition, and was acted at Ferrara in 1554, was written previous to the...
Page 67 - Lycaenium ; and the reader is again tired with the repetition of preludes, for which he can no longer find an excuse. In the fourth book we are told that, towards the close of summer, a fellow-servant of Lamon arrives from Mytilene , to announce that the lord of the territory on which the reputed fathers of Daphnis and Chloe pastured their flocks, would be with them at the approach of vintage.
Page 74 - ... occupations are extremely pleasing, and, if I may use the expression, there is a sort of amenity and calm diffused over the whole romance. This, indeed, may be considered as the chief excellence in a pastoral ; since we are not so much allured by the feeding of sheep as by the stillness of the country. In all our active pursuits, the end proposed is tranquillity, and even when we lose the hope of happiness, we are attracted by that of repose ; — hence we are soothed and delighted with its representation,...
Page 61 - Daphnis collects the wandering sheep of Chloe , and Chloe drives from the rocks the goats of Daphnis. They make reeds in common, and share together their milk and their wine ; — their youth , their beauty, the season of the year...
Page 60 - L 0 NGU S. ROMANCE OF DAPHNIS AND CHLOE. SUMMARY.* " IN the neighourhood of Mytilene, the principal city of Lesbos, Lamon, a goatherd, as he was one day tending his flock, discovered an infant sucking one of his goats with surprising dexterity. He takes home the child, and presents him to his wife Myrtale ; at the same time he delivers to her a purple mantle with which the boy was adorned, and a little sword with an ivory hilt, which was lying by his side. Lamon having no children of his own, resolves...
Page 62 - ... tends to inspire them with a mutual passion : at length Daphnis having one day fallen into a covered pit which was dug for a wolf, and being considerably hurt, receives from Chloe a kiss, which serves as the first fuel to the flame of love. " Chloe had another admirer, Dorco the cowherd, who having in vain requested her in marriage from Dryas, her reputed father, resolves to carry her off by force ; for this purpose he disguises himself as a wolf, and lurks among some bushes near a place where...
Page 69 - Dionysophanes, who had by this time arrived, the mysteries attending the infancy of Daphnis. He at the same time produces the ornaments he had found with the child, on which Dionysophanes instantly recognizes his son. Having married early in youth, he had a daughter and two sons, but being a prudent man, and satisfied with this stock, he had exposed his fourth child, Daphnis: a measure which had become somewhat less expedient, as his daughter and one of his sons died immediately after, on the same...
Page 75 - Amint.it to those in Daphnis and Chloe, which should lead us to imagine that the Greek romance had been imitated by Tasso. It bears, however, a stronger likeness to the more recent dramatic pastorals of Italy. These are frequently founded on the exposure of children, who, after being brought up as shepherds by reputed fathers, are discovered by their real parents by means of tokens fastened to them when they were abandoned. There is also a considerable resemblance between the story of Daphnis and...
Page 70 - Dionysophanes in paternal tenderness , had exposed his child while in difficulties. There being now no farther obstacle to the union of Daphnis and Chloe, their marriage is solemnized with rustic pomp , and they lead through the rest of their days a happy and a pastoral life. In some respects a prose romance is better adapted than .the eclogue or drama to pastoral composition.

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