Prince Arthur: An Allegorical Romance ; the Story from Spenser, Volumer 1-2

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G. Riley and sold, 1779
 

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Side 258 - Before thefe expeditions into the eaft became fafhionable, the principal and leading fubjefts of the old fablers were the achievements of king Arthur with his knights of the round table, and of Charlemagne with his twelve peers. But in the romances written after the holy war, a new fet of champions, of conquefts, and of countries, were introduced.
Side 255 - ... nothing remained to employ the activity of adventurers but the protection of innocence at home. Chivalry by degrees was consecrated by religion, whose authority tinctured every passion, and was engrafted into every institution of the superstitious ages ; and at length composed that singular picture of manners, in which the love of a god and of the ladies were reconciled, the saint and the hero were blended, and charity and revenge, zeal and gallantry, devotion and valour, were united.
Side 18 - A little lowly hermitage it was, Down in a dale, hard by a forest's side, Far from resort of people, that did pass In travel to and fro : a little wide There was...
Side 227 - Knights, each of which, in the particular adventure allotted to him, proves an example of some particular virtue, as of holiness, temperance, justice, chastity; and has one complete book assigned to him, of which he is the hero. But...
Side 250 - Even the common arbitrary fictions of romance were (as is hinted above) most of them familiar to the ancient scalds of the north long before the, time of the Crusades.
Side xv - Author feems to be poflefied of a kind of poetical magick ; and the figures he calls up to our view rife fo thick upon us, that we are at once...
Side 250 - That our old romances of chivalry may be derived in a lineal descent from the ancient historical songs of the Gothic bards and scalds, will be shown below, and indeed appears the more evident, as many of those songs are still preserved in the north, which exhibit all the seeds of chivalry before it became a solemn institution. "Chivalry, as a distinct military order, conferred in the way of investiture, and accompanied with the solemnity of an oath, and other ceremonies," was of later date, and sprung...
Side xvii - Abroad in arms, at home in studious kind, Who seeks with painful toil shall Honor soonest find. " In woods, in waves, in wars, she wonts to dwell, And will be found with peril and with pain, Ne can the man that moulds in idle cell Unto her happy mansion attain ; Before her gate high God did Sweat ordain, And wakeful watches ever to abide...
Side 254 - ... hence, even in time of peace, they had no conception of any diversions or public ceremonies but such as were of the military kind. Yet, as the courts of these petty princes were thronged with ladies of the most eminent distinction and quality, the ruling passion for war was tempered with courtesy. The prize of contending champions was adjudged by the ladies ; who did not think it inconsistent to be present or to preside at the bloody spectacles of the times ; and who, themselves, seem to have...

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