Orlando Furioso, Bind 1


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Side lix - Works of imagination excel by their allurement and delight ; by their power of attracting and detaining the attention. That book is good in vain, which the reader throws away. He only is the master, who keeps the mind in pleasing captivity...
Side xxxv - ... and the like, to the Echidna, to the Circe, to the Medea, to the Achilles, to the Syrens, to the Harpies, to the Phryxus, and the Bellerophon, of the ancients ? The cave of Polypheme might...
Side 206 - Of Camball, and of Algarfife, And who had Canace to wife, That own'd the virtuous ring and glafs, And of the wondrous horfe of brafs, On which the Tartar king did ride...
Side xxxv - Andromeda might give occafion for ftories of diftrefled damfels on the point of being devoured by dragons, and delivered at fuch a critical feafon by their favourite knights. Some faint traditions of the ancients might have been kept glimmering and alive during the whole barbarous ages, as they are called ', and it is not impofilble, but thefe have been the parents of the Genii in the eaftern, and the B 2 Fairies Fairies in the weftern world.
Side lxxx - Ariosto, the chief of the banditti addressed him with intrepid gallantry, and told him, that since he was the author of the Orlando Furioso...
Side 57 - Or daunt unequall armies of his foes, Or when the flying heavens he would affray: For so exceeding shone his glistring ray, That Phoebus...
Side ii - He was the first to grant them quarter. The battle won, of Roland's soul Each milder virtue took possession ; To vanquish'd foes he o'er a bowl His heart surrender'd at discretion.
Side 33 - A multitude with fpades and axes arm'd To lay hills plain, fell woods, or valleys fill, Or where plain was raife hill, or overlay With bridges rivers proud, as with a yoke ; Mules after thefe, camels and dromedaries, 335 And waggons fraught with utenfils of war.
Side xlviii - ... his narration. He charms by the force and clearness of his expression, by the readiness and variety of his inventions, and by his natural pictures of the passions, especially those of the gay and amorous kind : And however his faults may diminish our satisfaction, they are not able entirely to destroy it.
Side 76 - Merlin mewed to her in a roche [rock] whereas was a great wonder, and wrought by enchauntment, which went under a ftone, fo by her fubtile craft and working Ihe made Merlin to go under that ftone, to let him wit of the marvailes there.

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