Spirit of Boccaccio's Decameron; comprising three days entertainment, tr., and versified, from the Italian

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Side 13 - For there is no nation of people under the sun that doth love equal and indifferent justice better than the Irish, or will rest better satisfied with the execution thereof, although it be against themselves ; so as they may have the protection and benefit of the law when upon just cause they do desire it.
Side x - Niuna corrotta mente intese mai sanamente parola: e così come le oneste a quella non giovano, così quelle che tanto oneste non sono la ben disposta non posson contaminare, se non come il loto i solari raggi o le terrene brutture le bellezze del ciclo.
Side 13 - ... past there have not been found so many malefactors worthy of death in all the six circuits of this realm (which is now divided into thirty-two shires at large) as in one circuit of six shires, namely, the western circuit, in England. For the truth is that in time of peace the Irish are more fearful to offend the law than the English or any other nation whatsoever.
Side 13 - ... to any other Lord or King as long as they may be Protected and Justly Governed, without Oppression on the one side or Impunity on ' the other. For there is no Nation of people under the Sunne, that doth love equal and indifferent justice 1 Ibid.
Side iv - Pe- generality of writers, and even by trarch a copy of Daute, whom he called Fontanini, Crescembini, and Muratori, bis father, written with his own hand. is brought forward, and related at And it is remarkable that he accom- large, in the third volume, p. 507, of panied...
Side 13 - ... which this accursed practice produces, is not checked by any due system of religious instruction. Let those who doubt the efficacy of education and religion, look at what Scotland is, and recollect what it was two centuries ago. At present the Scotch are, beyond all doubt, a peaceable, orderly, and moral nation; two centuries ago they were as turbulent» ferocious, and brutal as the wild Irish are now. The Feroe islands also invite us to a nearer comparison. There are no feudal oppressions; no...
Side vii - ... unsuitable to the sex, and frequently productive of very serious consequences. " As to the Monasteries, it is not surprising that Boccaccio should have made them the scenes of his most libertine stories. The Plague had thrown open their gates. The Monks and Nuns wandered abroad, and partaking of the common liberties of life, and the levities of the world, forgot the rigour of their institution, and the severity of their ecclesiastical characters.
Side viii - Contemporary historians give a dreadful picture of the unbounded debaucheries of the Florentines on this occasion, and ecclesiastical writers mention this period as the grand epoch of the relaxation of monastic discipline.
Side vii - Only a few of the women had survived this fatal malady ; who having lost their husbands, parents, or friends, gradually grew regardless of those constraints and customary formalities which before of course influenced their behaviour. For want of female attendants, they were obliged often to take men only into their service : and this circumstance greatly contributed to destroy their habits of delicacy, and gave an opening to various freedoms and indecencies unsuitable to the sex, and frequently productive...
Side 180 - ... Similarly, Pietro Canigiano, who helps Salabaetto to outwit Madonna lancofiore,13 is connected with the Orient when he is presented as the man 'Who humbled so Tartaria's Khan'.14 The Tartars are again mentioned in the tale15 where Neri degli Uberti buys an estate near Castello da Mare. It is situated from that town so far, As could a Tartar's gut-strung bow, A well-tipp'd feather'd arrow throw.16 Edition of 1794, ch. i.

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