The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume 4

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William Pickering, 1839 - English poetry

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Page 259 - Upon the pillours of eternity, That is contrayr to Mutabilitie : For all that moveth doth in change delight: But thence-forth all shall rest eternally With Him that is the God of Sabbaoth hight: O that great Sabbaoth God graunt me that Sabaoths sight!
Page 248 - That he had banisht hunger, which to-fore Had by the belly oft him pinche'd sore : Upon his head a wreath, that was enrold With ears of corne of every sort, he bore ; And in his hand a sickle he did holde, To reape the ripened fruits the which the earth had yold.
Page 257 - Then since within this wide great universe Nothing doth firme and permanent appeare, But all things tost and turned by transverse: What then should let, but I aloft should reare My trophee, and from all the triumph beare? Now...
Page 393 - Fluttring among the Olives wantonly, That seem'd to live, so like it was in sight : The velvet nap which on his wings doth lie, The silken downe with which his backe is dight, His broad outstretched homes, his hayrie thies, His glorious colours, and his glistering eies.
Page 158 - In vaine," said then old Melibee, " doe men The heavens of their fortunes fault accuse; Sith l they know best what is the best for them: For they to each such fortune doe diffuse, As they doe know each can most aptly use. For not that, which men covet most, is best; Nor that thing worst, which men do most refuse; But fittest is, that all contented rest With that they hold: each hath his fortune in his brest.
Page 239 - To hide the terror of her uncouth hew From mortall eyes, that should be sore agrized; For that her face did like a lion shew, That eye of wight could not indure to view...
Page 170 - Such was the beauty of this goodly band, Whose sundry parts were here too long to tell ; But she that in the midst of them did stand Seem'd all the rest in beauty to excell...
Page 355 - ... no art, but a divine gift and heavenly instinct not to be gotten by labour and learning, but adorned with both; and poured into the wit by a certain Enthousiasmos and celestial inspiration, as the Author hereof elsewhere at large discourseth in his book called The English Poet, which book being lately come to my hands, I mind also by God's grace, upon further advisement, to publish.
Page 45 - TRue is, that whilome that good Poet sayd, The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne. For a man by nothing is so well bewrayd, As by his manners, in which plaine is showne Of what degree and what race he is growne.
Page 157 - I had ten yeares my selfe excluded From native home, and spent my youth in vaine, I gan my follies to my selfe to plaine, And this sweet peace, whose lacke did then appeare : Tho, backe returning to my sheepe againe, I from thenceforth have learn'd to love more deare This lowly quiet life which I inherite here.

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