The Expedition of Gradasso: A Metrical Romance. Selected from the Orlando Innamorato

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Graisberry, 1812 - 320 páginas

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Página 304 - And twixt the green sea and the azur'd vault Set roaring war; to the dread rattling thunder Have I given fire, and rifted Jove's stout oak With his own bolt; the strong-bas'd promontory Have I made shake, and by the spurs pluck'd up The pine and cedar; graves at my command Have wak'd their sleepers, op'd, and let 'em forth By my so potent art.
Página 311 - Two urns by Jove's high throne have ever stood, The source of evil one, and one of good ; From thence the cup of mortal man he fills, Blessings to these, to those distributes ills; To most, he mingles both : the wretch decreed To taste the bad, unmix'd, is cursed indeed; Pursued by wrongs, by meagre famine driven, He wanders, outcast both of earth and heaven.
Página 305 - And without more words you will readily apprehend that the fancies of our modern bards are not only more gallant, but, on a change of the scene, more sublime, more terrible, more alarming, than those of the classic fablers.
Página 303 - The current popular tales of Elves and Fairies were even fitter to take the credulous mind, and charm it into a willing admiration of the specious miracles which wayward fancy delights in, than those of the old traditionary rabble of Pagan divinities.
Página 305 - ... use of to amuse mankind, and frighten them into a sense of their duty. Our forefathers looked upon nature with more reverence and horror, before the world was enlightened by learning and philosophy, and loved to astonish themselves with the apprehensions of witchcraft, prodigies...
Página 306 - Whereas the poet has a world of his own, where experience has less to do, than consistent imagination.
Página 308 - That which passes in representation and challenges, as it were, the scrutiny of the eye, must be truth itself, or something very nearly approaching to it.
Página 305 - Horrour, before the World was enlightened by Learning and Philosophy, and loved to astonish themselves with the Apprehensions of Witchcraft, Prodigies, Charms and Enchantments. There was not" a Village in England that had not a Ghost in it, the Churchyards were all haunted, every large Common had a Circle of Fairies1 belonging to it, and there was scarce a Shepherd to be met with who had not seen a Spirit.
Página 307 - The reason is, we must first believe, before we can be affected. But the case is different with the more sublime and creative poetry. This species, addressing itself solely or principally to the imagination (a young and credulous faculty, which loves to admire and to be deceived...
Página 308 - The tales of faery are exploded, as fantastic and incredible. They would merit this contempt, if presented on the stage ; I mean, if they were given as the proper subject of dramatic imitation, and the interest of the poet's plot were to be wrought out of the adventures of these marvellous persons. But the epic muse runs no risque in giving way to such fanciful exhibitions.

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