The History of English Poetry, from the Close of the Eleventh to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century: To which are Prefixed Two Dissertations. I. On the Origin of Romantic Fiction in Europe. II. On the Introduction of Learning Into England, Volum 1

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Side clx - This circumstance was highly favourable to the circulation of their learning in England. The suddenness of their dismission obliged them, for present subsistence, and other reasons, to sell their moveable goods of all kinds, among which were large quantities of Rabbinical books. The monks in various parts availed themselves of the distribution of these treasures. At Huntingdon and Stamford there was a prodigious sale of their effects, containing immense stores of Hebrew manuscripts, which were immediately...
Side cx - ... four hours, he committed them to the care of the keepers of his <chapel, who from time to time gave him notice how the hours went; but as in windy weather the candles were...
Side 9 - Ther is a wel fair abbei, Of white monkes, and of grei, Ther beth bowris and halles: Al of pasteiis beth the walles, Of fleis, of fisse, and rich met, The likfullist that man mai et. Fluren cakes beth the schingles alle, Of cherche, cloister, boure and halle. The pinnes beth fat podinges, Rich met to princez and kinges.
Side 242 - Herod's court is introduced, desiring of his lord to be dubbed a knight, that he might be properly qualified to go on the adventure of killing the mothers of the children of Bethlehem. This tragical business is treated with the most ridiculous levity.
Side v - The conftraint impofed by a mechanical attention to this diftribution appeared to me to deftroy that free exertion of refearch with which fuch a hiftory ought to be executed, and not eaiily reconcileable with that complication, variety, and extent of materials which it ought to comprehend.
Side 461 - ... variety ; that his merit was not less in painting familiar manners with humour and propriety, than in moving the passions, and in representing the beautiful or the grand objects of nature with grace and sublimity. In a word, that he appeared with all the lustre and dignity of a true poet, in an age which compelled him to struggle with a barbarous language, and a national want of taste : and when to write verses at all, was regarded as a singular qualification...
Side 294 - ... the differences of princes, concluding treaties of peace, and concerting alliances: they prefided in cabinet councils, levied national fubfidies, influenced courts, and managed the machines of every important operation and event, both in the religious and political world.
Side 437 - Genuine humour, the concomitant of true taste, consists in discerning improprieties in books as well as characters. We therefore must remark under this class another tale of Chaucer, which till lately has been looked upon as a grave heroic narrative. I mean the RIME OF SIR THOPAS. Chaucer, at a period which almost realised the manners of romantic chivalry, discerned the leading absurdities of the old romances: and in this poem, which may be justly called a prelude to Don Quixote, has burlesqued them...
Side 400 - An attempt to unite order and exactness of imagery with a subject formed on principles so professedly romantic and anomalous, is like giving Corinthian pillars to a Gothic palace.
Side 399 - That bare up all the fame of hell ; Of Pluto and of Proserpine That queen is of the darke pine.

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