Poetical Works, Volume 2

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W. Porter, 1785
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Page 178 - Ed ecco verso noi venir per nave Un vecchio bianco per antico pelo. Gridando : Guai a voi, anime prave! Non isperate mai veder lo cielo : I' vegno, per menarvi ali' altra riva Nelle tenebre eterne in caldo, e 'n gielo: E tu, che se...
Page 160 - ... in alto, e vidi le sue spalle vestite già de' raggi del pianeta che mena dritto altrui per ogni calle. Allor fu la paura un poco queta che nel lago del cor m'era durata la notte ch'i
Page 164 - Ed ha natura si malvagia e ria, Che mai non empie la bramosa voglia, E dopo il pasto ha più fame che pria. Molti son gli animali, a cui s' ammoglia, 100 E più saranno ancora, infin che il Veltro Verrà, che la farà morir di doglia.
Page 285 - That this matter is but indiftinctly handled by critics: the poetical privilege of animating infenfible objects for enlivening a defcription, is very different from what is termed machinery, where deities, angels, devils, or other fupernatural powers, are introduced as real perfonages, mixing in the action, and contributing to the cataftrophe; and yet thefe two things are constantly jumbled together in the reafoning.
Page 286 - If thefe too mould wear out of the popular creed (and " they feem in a hopeful way, from the liberty fome late Critics have " taken with them) I know not what other expedients the Epic Poet " might have recourfe to ; but this I know — the pomp of verfe, the " energy of defcription, and even the fineft moral paintings, would ftand *' him in no ftead. Without admiration (which cannot be effected but " by the marvellous of celeftial intervention, I mean the agency of fu...
Page 253 - And the fair form was ill prepared for speed ; For at her breast she bore her huddled son ; To fifteen months the infant's life had run : From our brave captive sprung the blooming boy, Of both his parents the chief pride and joy. The Negro carelessly his victim brought, Nor knew th' important prize his haste had caught.
Page 206 - Embrac'd with ardor and with pride careft ; Thou common vice, thou moft contagious ill, Bane of the mind, and frenzy of the will ! Thou foe to private and to public health ; Thou dropfy of the foul, that thirfts for wealth, Infatiate Avarice ! — 'tis from thee we trace The various mifery of our mortal race. With this fpirited and generous...
Page 285 - ... be raised successfully, but by the actions of those who are endued with passions and affections like our own ; that is, by human actions: and as for moral instruction, it is clear, that none can be drawn from beings who act not upon the same principles with us.
Page 157 - No stormy terrors of the watery waste, Might bar our course, but heighten still our taste Of sprightly joy, and of our social tie. Then that my Lucy, Lucy fair and free, With those soft nymphs, on whom your souls are bent, The kind magician might to us convey, To talk of love throughout the live.long day ; And that each fair might be as well content, As I in truth believe our hearts would be.
Page 158 - Z a under under all the difadvantages of an unfortunate and agitated life. It does not appear at what time he completed it ; perhaps before he quitted Verona, as he dedicated the Paradife to his Veronefe patron. The Critics have varioufly accounted for his having called his poem Comedia. He gave it that title, faid one of his fons, becaufe it opens with diftrefs, and clofes with felicity.

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