The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and critical, by S. Johnson, Volume 22

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Page 281 - ... verum ubi plura nitent in carmine, non ego paucis offendar maculis, quas aut incuria fudit aut humana parum cavit natura.
Page 107 - While he from high his rolling thunder throws, And fires the mountains with repeated blows : The rocks are from their old foundations rent ; The winds redouble, and the rains augment : The waves on heaps are dash'd against the shore ; And now the woods, and now the billows, roar.
Page 183 - All, with united force, combine to drive The lazy drones from the laborious hive: With envy stung, they view each other's deeds: With diligence the fragrant work proceeds. As, when the Cyclops, at th...
Page 27 - While dusky hyacinths for use remain. My passion is thy scorn ; nor wilt thou know What wealth I have, what gifts I can bestow ; What stores my dairies and my folds contain...
Page 279 - His words are not only chosen, but the places in which he ranks them for the sound. He who removes them from the station wherein their master set them spoils the harmony. What he says of the Sibyl's prophecies may be as properly applied to every word of his: they must be read in order as they lie; the least breath discomposes them and somewhat of their divinity is lost.
Page 215 - AEneas would appear ridiculous in our dwarf-heroes of the theatre. We can believe they routed armies in Homer or in Virgil, but ne Hercules contra duos in the drama. I forbear to instance in many things which the stage cannot or ought not to...
Page 314 - And must the Trojans reign in Italy? So Fate will have it, and Jove adds his force; Nor can my pow'r divert their happy course.
Page 294 - He studies brevity more than any other poet : but he had the advantage of a language wherein much may be comprehended in a little space. We, and all the modern tongues, have more articles and pronouns, besides signs of tenses and cases, and other barbarities on which our speech is built by the faults of our forefathers. The Romans founded theirs upon the Greek: and the Greeks, we know, were...
Page 252 - It seems, he feared not Jupiter so much as Dido. For your Lordship may observe, that as much intent as he was upon his voyage, yet he still delayed it, till the messenger was obliged to tell him plainly, that if he weighed not anchor in the night, the queen would be with him in the morning ; notumque furens quid femina possit : she was injured, she was revengeful, she was powerful.
Page 139 - And shady groves that easy sleep invite, And, after toilsome days, a soft repose at night. * Wild beasts of nature in his woods abound ; And youth, of labour patient, plough the ground, Inur'd to hardship, and to homely fare. Nor venerable age is wanting, there, In great examples to the youthful train ; Nor are the gods ador'd with rites profane.

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