Orlando Furioso, Volume 4

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Henry Hudson, 1816 - Italian poetry

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Page 70 - O! why did God, Creator wise, that peopled highest heaven With spirits masculine, create at last This novelty on earth, this fair defect Of nature, and not fill the world at once With men, as angels, without feminine; Or find some other way to generate Mankind?
Page 113 - Tis somewhat more from Neptune to proceed, Than from a daughter of the sea to spring : Thy sire is mortal; mine is ocean's king. Secure of death, I...
Page 122 - So on the third day he rode over a long bridge, and there stert upon him suddenly a passing foul churl, and he smote his horse on the nose that he turned about, and asked him why he rode over that bridge without his licence. Why should I not ride this way?
Page 116 - Achilles was as well provided with them as ^Eneas, though he was invulnerable without them. And Ariosto, the two Tassos, Bernardo, and Torquato, even our own Spenser, in a word, all modern poets, have copied Homer as well as Virgil : he is neither the first nor last, but in the midst of them ; and therefore is safe, if they are so.
Page 114 - Thy pray'rs alone can open this abode; Else vain are my demands, and dumb the god." She said no more. The trembling Trojans hear, O'er-spread with a damp sweat, and holy fear.
Page 112 - O son of Peleus ! greater than mankind ! (Thus Agamemnon's kingly shade rejoin'd) Thrice happy thou, to press the martial plain 'Midst heaps of heroes in thy quarrel slain : In clouds of smoke rais'd by the noble fray, Great and terrific ev'n in death you lay, And deluges of blood flow'd round you every way.
Page 95 - ARIOSTO. Orlando Furioso, XXVIII. , 72. " Were numerous as his hairs a husband's eyes, A wife's deceit would every watch surprise.
Page 71 - On prickly thorns appears the blooming rose ; And from a fetid herb the lily grows.
Page 110 - The lurking purpose of his impious breast: Lost was the courtesy which first he show'd, When fair his speech in gentlest accents flow'd. To him the damsel—Would'st thou but ensure My honour safe, a gift thou may'st procure, 90 Of far more worth than aught thou canst obtain From what must fix on me eternal stain. Scorn not a lasting prize, a prize to raise O'er all the sons of war thy deathless praise. A hundred and a hundred may'st thou find, 95 Fair dames the loveliest of our female kind ; But...
Page 118 - Rais'd his fell arm, and bar'd his murdering sword. And, lo !' that head, where love was wont to dwell, From her fair neck and breast divided fell : Thrice from the floor the head...

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