Cornell Studies in English Volume 6

Cornell Studies in English Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...Nor can the rage of time, or tyrant's wrath Encloud so bright a flame: but it will shine In spight of envy, till it grow divine. As when Augustus reign'd, and war did cease, Rome's bravest wits were usher'd in by peace: So in our halcyon days, we have had now Wits, to which, all that after come, must bow. And should the stage compose herself a crown Of all those wits, which hitherto she has known: Though there be many that about her brow, Like sparkling stones, might a quick lustre throw; Yet, Shakspeare, Beaumont, Jonson, these three shall Make up the gem in the point vertical. And now since Jonson's gone, we well may say, The stage hath seen her glory and decay. Whose judgment was't refined it? or who Gave laws, by which hereafter all must go, But solid Jonson? from whose full strong quill, Each line did like a diamond drop distil, Though hard, yet clear. Thalia that had skipt Before, but like a maygame girl, now stript Of all her mimic jigs, became a sight ' With mirth to flow each pleas'd spectator's light, And in such graceful measures, did discover Her beauties now, that every eye turn'd lover. Who is't shall make with great Sejanus' fall, Not the stage crack, but th' universe and all? Wild Catiline's stern fire, who now shall show, Or quench'd with milk, still'd down by Cicero? ' Where shall old authors in such words be shown, As vex their ghosts, that they are not their own? Admit his muse was slow. 'Tis judgment's fate To move, like greatest princes, still in state. Those planets placed in the higher spheres, End not their motion but in many years; Whereas light Venus and the giddy moon, In one or some few days their courses run. Slow...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236818660
  • 9781236818669