The Iliad of Homer, Volume 1

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S.F. Bradford, for J. Laval, 1822 - 559 pages

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Page 226 - As when the moon, refulgent lamp of night ! O'er heaven's clear azure spreads her sacred light, When not a breath disturbs the deep serene, And not a cloud o'ercasts the solemn scene; Around her throne the vivid planets roll, And stars unnumber'd gild the glowing pole, O'er the dark trees a yellower verdure shed, And tip with silver every mountain's head ; Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise, A flood of glory bursts from all the skies : The conscious swains, rejoicing in the sight, Eye...
Page 17 - Homer was the greater genius, Virgil the better artist. In one we most admire the man, in the other the work. Homer hurries and truns' ports us with a commanding impetuosity ; Virgil leads us with an attractive majesty : Homer scatters with a generous profusion; Virgil bestows with a careful magnificence...
Page 17 - We ought to have a certain knowledge of the principal character and distinguished excellence of each : it is in that we are to consider him, and in proportion to his degree in that we are to admire him. No author or man...
Page 32 - Read Homer once, and you can read no more; For all books else appear so mean, so poor, Verse will seem prose: but still persist to read, And Homer will be all the books you need.
Page 41 - But since for common good I yield the fair, My private loss let grateful Greece repair ; Nor unrewarded let your prince complain, That he alone has fought and bled in vain.
Page 37 - ACHILLES' wrath, to Greece the direful spring Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing ! That wrath which hurl'd to Pluto's gloomy reign The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain ; Whose limbs, unburied on the naked shore, Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore; Since great Achilles and Atrides strove, Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove.
Page 294 - A wise physician, skill'd our wounds to heal, Is more than armies to the public weal.
Page 178 - To seek his spouse, his soul's far dearer part; At home he sought her, but he sought in vain; She, with one maid of all her menial train, Had thence...
Page 12 - Every thing in it has manners (as Aristotle expresses it); that is, every thing is acted or spoken. It is hardly credible, in a work of such length, how small a number of lines are employed in narration. In Virgil the dramatic part is less in proportion to the narrative; and the...
Page 181 - Trojans, to defend the crown, Against his country's foes the war to wage, And rise the Hector of the future age ! So when triumphant from successful toils Of heroes slain he bears the reeking spoils, Whole hosts may hail him with deserv'd acclaim, And say,' This chief transcends his father's fame :' While pleas'd amidst the general shouts of Troy, His mother's conscious heart o'erflows with joy.

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