Giovanni Boccaccio: A Biographical Study

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J. Lane, 1910 - 426 pages
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Page 316 - ... merry tales of errant knights, queens, lovers, lords, ladies, giants, dwarfes, theeves, cheaters, witches, fayries, goblins, friers, &c.
Page 275 - Though hereof somewhat, I declare aloud, Were due to others, not alone to me. False hopes, true poverty, and therewithal The blinded judgment of a host of friends, And their entreaties, made that I did thus. But of all this there is no gain at all Unto the thankless souls with whose base ends Nothing agrees that's great or generous.
Page 253 - Tanto, che l' ombra del beato regno Segnata nel mio capo io manifesti, Venir vedra' mi al tuo diletto legno, E coronarmi allor di quelle foglie, Che la materia e tu mi farai degno.
Page 278 - And in my noble book doth every kind Of earthly lore and heavenly doctrine dwell. Renowned Florence was my mother, — nay, Stepmother unto me her piteous son, Through sin of cursed slander's tongue and tooth.
Page 142 - mid flowers and grassy space, Singing I saw, with others who sat round. V. Of his last sight of Fiammetta. ROUND her red garland and her golden hair I saw a fire about Fiammetta's head ; Thence to a little cloud I watched it fade, Than silver or than gold more brightly fair ; And like a pearl that a gold ring doth bear, Even so an angel sat therein, who sped Alone and glorious throughout heaven, array'd In sapphires and in gold that lit the air. Then I rejoiced as hoping happy things, Who rather...
Page 84 - ... quali dice che nobili giovani furono e di real sangue discesi , in latino volgare e...
Page 142 - DANTE, if thou within the sphere of Love, As I believe, remain'st contemplating Beautiful Beatrice, whom thou didst sing Erewhile, and so wast drawn to her above ;— Unless from false life true life thee remove So far that Love's forgotten, let me bring One prayer before thee : for an easy thing This were, to thee whom I do ask it of.
Page 304 - O'er Doccia's dell, and fig and olive blend. There the twin streams in Affrico unite, One dimly seen, the other out of sight, But ever playing in his smoothen'd bed Of polisht stone, and willing to be led Where clustering vines protect him from the sun, Never too grave to smile, too tired to run. Here, by the lake, Boccaccio's fair brigade Beguiled the hours, and tale...
Page 138 - Think ! If, ere the next hour struck, Each of our lovers should come here to-day, Think you that we should fly or feel afraid ? " To whom the others answered, " From such luck A girl would be a fool to run away.
Page 138 - BY a clear well, within a little field Full of green grass and flowers of every hue, Sat three young girls, relating (as I knew) Their loves. And each had twined a bough to shield Her lovely face ; and the green leaves did yield The golden hair their shadow ; while the two Sweet colours mingled, both blown lightly through With a soft wind for ever stirred and still'd.

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