Observations on the Fairy queen of Spenser, Volume 1
C. Stower, 1807 - Epic poetry, English
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afterwards ancient appears Ariosto Beast beautiful bite borrowed called castle character Chaucer circumstance common concerning copied describing doth drawn edit English express Faerie faire Fairy Queen fiction formed French frequently give golden hero horn horse imagination imitation instances introduced Italian Italy kind King King Arthur knights Lady Lake land language less letter likewise lines live Lost manner means mentioned MICHIGAN Milton Morte Arthur nature never noble observed occasion Orlando Orpheus particular passage passe Pastorals perhaps poem poet present Prince printed probably produced Queen reader reason remarkable represented rest rhyme romance round table says seems seen song speaks Spenser stanza story style supposed sword Tale tell thought tion tongue translated tree true twelve unto verses written
Page 23 - With mazy error under pendent shades Ran nectar, visiting each plant, and fed Flowers worthy of Paradise, which not nice Art In beds and curious knots, but Nature boon Pour'd forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain...
Page 72 - ... blind harpers or such like taverne minstrels that give a fit of mirth for a groat, and their matters being for the most part stories of old time, as the tale of sir Topas, the reportes of Bevis of Southampton, Guy of Warwicke, Adam Bell, and Clymme of the Clough, and such other old romances or historicall rimes, made purposely for recreation of the common people at christmasse diners and brideales, and in tavernes and alehouses, and such other places of base resort.
Page 342 - Through the dear might of Him that walked the waves, Where other groves and other streams along, With nectar pure his oozy locks he laves, And hears the unexpressive nuptial song In the blest kingdoms meek of joy and love. There entertain him all the Saints above, In solemn troops, and sweet societies, That sing, and singing in their glory move, And wipe the tears for ever from his eyes.
Page 350 - Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp, When Agrican, with all his northern powers, Besieged Albracca, as romances tell, The city...
Page 348 - Sirens' harmony, That sit upon the nine infolded spheres, And sing to those that hold the vital shears, And turn the adamantine spindle round On which the fate of gods and men is wound. Such sweet compulsion doth in music lie, To lull the daughters of Necessity, And keep unsteady Nature to her law, And the low world in measured motion draw After the heavenly tune, which none can hear Of human mould with gross unpurged ear.
Page 190 - The eugh obedient to the benders will, The birch for shaftes, the sallow for the mill, The mirrhe sweete bleeding in the bitter wound, The warlike beech, the ash for nothing ill, The fruitful olive, and the platane round, The carver holme, the maple seeldom inward sound.
Page 338 - The immortal mind that hath forsook Her mansion in this fleshly nook : And of those...
Page 302 - AND I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Page 166 - What recks it them? What need they? They are sped; And, when they list, their lean and flashy songs Grate on their scrannel pipes of wretched straw; The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed, But, swoln with wind and the rank mist they draw, Rot inwardly, and foul contagion spread; Besides what the grim wolf with privy paw Daily devours apace, and nothing said. But that two-handed engine at the door Stands ready to smite once, and smite no more.
Page 21 - Impros?, io canto*. |J3ut it is absurd to think of judging either Ariosto or Spenser by precepts ,which they did not attend to.