Shakespeare and the Emblem Writers; An Exposition of Their Similarities of Thought and Expression

Shakespeare and the Emblem Writers; An Exposition of Their Similarities of Thought and Expression

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...mind, Because thy cooking pot allures very many of the bad ones. Lo, a new Actaeon, who after he assumed the horns, Himself gave himself a prey to his own dogs." The device is graphically drawn: Actaeon is in part embruted; he is fleeing with the dogs close upon him. Supposing Shakespeare to have seen this print, it represents to the life Pistol's words in the Merry Wives of Windsor (act ii. sc. 1, 1. 106, vol. i. p. 186), --"Prevent, or go thou, Like Sir Actaeon he, with Ringwood at thy heels." "Ex DOMINO SERVUS,"--The slave out of the master, --is another saying which the tale of Actseon has illustrated. The application is from Aneau's "Picta POESIS," fol. 41. On the left hand of the tiny drawing are Diana and her nymphs, busied in the bath, beneath the shelter of an overhanging cliff, --on the right is Actseon, motionless, with a stag's head; dogs are around him. The verses translated read thus, --"Horns being bestowed upon Actaeon when changed to a stag, Member by member his own dogs tore him to pieces. Alas! wretched the Master who feeds wasteful parasites; A ready prepared prey he is for his fawning dogs! It suggests, he is mocked by them and devoured, And out of a master is made a slave, bearing horns." But Sambucus in his Emblems (edition 1564, p. 128), and Whitney after him (p. 15)--making use of the same woodcut, only with a different border--adapt the Actaeon-tragedy to another subject and moral, and take the words, Pleasure purchased by anguish. Qvi nimis exercet 'venatus, ac fine fine Haurit opes patrias, prodigit inque canes: Tantus amor 'vani, tantus furor 'vfque recur fat, Imluat 'vt celeris cornua bina fera. Accidit Aclxon tibi, qui cornutus ab ortu, A' canibus propriis dilaceratus eras....show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236530209
  • 9781236530202