Giovanni Boccaccio: A Biographical Study

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J. Lane, 1910 - 426 pages
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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 142 - 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 should have then discerned how God Had haste to make my lady all His own, Even as it came to pass. And with...
Page 316 - ... merry tales of errant knights, queens, lovers, lords, ladies, giants, dwarfes, theeves, cheaters, witches, fayries, goblins, friers, &c.
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.
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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 - 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. I know that where all joy doth most abound In the Third Heaven, my own Fiammetta sees The grief which I have borne since she is dead O pray her (if mine image be not...

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