Observations on the Fairy Queen of Spenser Volume 1

Observations on the Fairy Queen of Spenser Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1807 edition. Excerpt: ... lan A SONG, showing the crucltie of Gannurus a Jewe, who lending to a merchant an hundred crownes, would have a pound of his flcshe, because he could not pay him at the time appointed. In Venice towne not long agoe, A cruell Jewe did dwell; Which lived all on usurie, As Italian writers tell. Gernutus called was the Jewe, &c._ The whole song would be too prolix for this place. I shall transcribe only the close of the story; having premised, that the cunning and rapacious Jew is represented, in our ballad, to have lent an eminent merchant of Venice an hundred crowns, upon a bond, in which promise of payment is made within a. year and a day; under the forfeiture of a pound of the merchant s flesh, in case of non-payment: that the merchant, on account of his ships being detained by contrary winds, was unable to perform his contract at the time appointed: that the affair was referred to a judge; that the friends of the merchant offered ten thousand crowns to absolve him, but that the Jew obstinately persisted in his demand of the forfeited pound of flesh. guage, which he so closely copied, was the pure English. Dan Chaucer well of English umlefilde. 4. 2. 32. " A learned and sagacious lexicographer gives a very difiereut account of the purity of Chaucer-s style.4 Chaucerus, pessimo exemplo, integris vocum plaustris ex eadem Gallia in nostram linguam invectis; eam, nimis antea. a Normannorum victoria adulteratam, omni fere nativa gratia et nitore spoliavit, pro genuinis coloribus fucum illinens, pro vera facie larvafn induens. ---Skinner, Praefat. ad Etymolog. Ling. Anglic. But although Spenser disapproved of this corrupt adulteration of style, so fashionable At the last he doth demand But for to have his owne; No, ...show more

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  • 9781236648334