The Poetical Works of Will. Somervile

The Poetical Works of Will. Somervile

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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. 1780 edition. Excerpt: ...trifle dispersed abroad, and as he is credibly. insormed that he shall soon be exposed to view in such an attitude as he would not care to appear in, he thinks it most prudent, in this desperate case, to throw himsels on the mercy os the publie, and osser this whimsical work a voluntary sacrisice, in hope that he stands a better chance sor their indulgence, now it has received his last hand, than when curtailed and mangled by others. The poets os almost all nations have celebrated the ffatnes os their several countries. Homer began, and all the mimic tribe sollowed the example os that great sather os poetry. Even our own Milton, who laid his scene beyond the limits os this sublunary world, has sound room sor descriptions os this sort, and has persormed it in a more sublime manner than any who wentbesorehim. His, indeed, are sports, but they are the sports os angels. This gentleman has endeavoured to do justice to his countrymen, the British sreeholders, who, when dressed in their holiday clothes, are by no means persons os a despicable sigure, but cat and drink as plentisully, and sight as heartily, as the greatest hero in the Iliad. There is also some use in descriptions os this nature, since nothing gives us a clearer idea os the genius os a nation than their sports and diversions. Is we see people dancing, even in wooden shoes, and a siddle always at their heels, we are soon convinced os the levity and volatile spirit os those merry flaves. The samous bull-seasts are an evident token os the Quixotism andromantic taste os the Spaniards; and a country-wake is too sad an image os the insirmities os our own people: we see nothing but broken heads, bottles flying about, tables overturned, outrageous drunkenness, andeternal smiabble Thus much os the...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644727
  • 9781236644725