The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected in Eighteen Volumes, Bind 13

A. Constable & Company, 1821

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Side 29 - And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river which is Hiddekel ; then I lift up mine eyes, and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz : His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning...
Side 30 - Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee ? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia : and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth : and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
Side 98 - ... there is still a vast difference betwixt the slovenly butchering of a man, and the fineness of a stroke that separates the head from the body, and leaves it standing in its place. A man may be capable, as Jack Ketch's wife said of his servant, of a plain piece of work, a bare hanging ; but to make a malefactor die sweetly was only belonging to her husband.
Side 33 - I had intended to have put in practice, (though far unable for the attempt of such a poem,) and to have left the stage, (to which my genius never much inclined me,) for a work which would have taken up my life in the performance of it This, too, I had intended chiefly for the honour of my native country, to which a poet is particularly obliged.
Side 23 - As for Mr. Milton (whom we all admire with so much justice), his subject is not that of an heroic poem, properly so called. His design is the losing of our happiness ; his event is not prosperous, like that of all other epic works : his heavenly machines are many, and his human persons are but two.
Side 29 - But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days ; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days : for yet the vision is for many days.
Side 142 - Add, that the rich have still a gibe in store, And will be monstrous witty on the poor ; For the torn surtout and the tatter'd vest, The wretch and all his wardrobe, are a jest ; 'The greasy gown, sullied with often turning, Gives a good hint, to say — The man's in mourning; Or, if the shoe be ripp'd, or patches put, — He's wounded ! see the plaister on his foot.
Side 22 - Spenser, in affecting the ancients, writ no language; yet I would have him read for his matter; but as Virgil read Ennius.
Side 24 - JUVENILIA, or verses written in. his youth ; where his rhyme is always constrained and forced, and comes hardly 'from him, at an age when the soul is most pliant, and the passion of love makes almost every man a rhymer, though not a poet.
Side 97 - Neither is it true, that this fineness of raillery is offensive, A witty man is tickled while he is hurt in this manner, and a fool feels it not.

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