Lusitania Illustrata; Literary Department. Selection of Sonnets Volume 1

Lusitania Illustrata; Literary Department. Selection of Sonnets Volume 1

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... thy expected conquests all should foil. Ponder; again to earth resign'd the trust, Lies one whose beauty bore the praise of all Think, that whate'er has life is nought but dust, That thy existence too is less than small. Let this my tomb instruct-death comes, and then E'eu beauty bows before his rigorous power; And skill avails not to avert the hour, To all appointed, but uncertain when. Live as thou oug-ht'st, be mindful that thy fate Is fix'd--although unknown if soon or late. Wa know little of this author, who was a native of Funchal, in Madeira. He studied at the University of Coimbra, and took his degree of Bachelor of Canon Law. Machado speaks too highly of his abilities as a poet, and Bouterwek allows that he was one of the few who at the period when he lived " still evinced sound judgment and some portion of the old and nobler style of art." He published, amongst other things, a poem in ottava rima on the story of Polyphemus and Galatea, and seven of his Sonnets appeared in the first volume of A Fmiz renascida, published at Lisbon in l7l7_ Thirty-two are also given in the second volume, which came out in the following year. In the Sonnet, selected for this work, the poet dwells upon the idea, that concealment of grief renders it less painful; which is at variance with the opinion generally entertained, and for which we have the authority of our great bard. Allowing, however, that he is incorrect, (as we are bound to confess he is, after such an authority, ) it must be admitted that he has treated the subject with considerable skill. v: Shakspeare, in Macbeth, makes Malcolm address Macdun' in the following words: " Give sorrow words; the grief, that does not speak, Whispers more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236749340
  • 9781236749345