Lives of the Queens of England, from the Norman Conquest: With Anecdotes of Their Courts, Now First Published from Official Records and Other Authentic Documents, Private as Well as Public, Volume 6

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Page 320 - Since once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath. That the rude sea grew civil at her song, And certain stars shot madly from their spheres, To hear the sea-maid's music.
Page 115 - Christ was the word that spake it; He took the bread and brake it ; And what the word did make it, That I believe and take it.
Page 493 - At a fair vestal, throned by the west ; And loos'd his love-shaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts...
Page 148 - Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith &c.
Page 196 - ... there is not a single portrait of her that one can call beautiful. The profusion of ornaments with which they are loaded are marks of her continual fondness for dress, while they entirely exclude all grace, and leave no more room for a painter's genius than if he had been employed to copy an Indian idol totally composed Of hands and necklaces. A pale Roman nose...
Page 58 - The king left her rich clothes and jewels ; and I know it to be true, that, in seven years after her father's death, she never in all that time looked upon that rich attire and precious jewels but once, and that against her will.
Page 493 - That very time I saw, but thou couldst not, Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all arm'd : a certain aim he took At a fair vestal throned by the west, And...
Page 321 - The Daughter of Debate, that eke discord doth sow, Shall reap no gain where former rule hath taught still peace to grow No foreign banished wight shall anchor in this port; Our realm it brooks no stranger's force, let them elsewhere resort. Our rusty sword with rest shall first his edge employ, To poll their tops that seek such change and gape for joy.
Page 166 - of the most high and mighty princess, our dread sovereign, lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God, queen of England, France, Ireland, Defender of the true, ancient, and catholic faith, most worthy empress from the Orcade Isles to the Mountains Pyrenee.
Page 55 - I judged best adapted to supply her tongue with the purest diction; her mind with the most excellent precepts; and her exalted station with a defence against the utmost power of fortune. For her religious instruction, she drew first from the fountains of Scripture; and afterwards from St. Cyprian, the 'Common-places' of Melancthon, and similar works, which convey pure doctrine in elegant language.

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