The epics of Hesiod, with an Engl. comm. by F.A. Paley

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Page 44 - Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still in thy right hand carry gentle peace, To silence envious tongues. Be just, and fear not. Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's, Thy God's, and truth's; then if thou fall'st, O Cromwell, Thou fall'st a blessed martyr!
Page 123 - Or ascend the stream of time still further to find, some centuries earlier, the most perfect picture of the whole of human life that was ever given in two poems, each of them short enough to be read through in a summer day. Think in particular of one passage of 130 lines, the description of the Shield of Achilles in the eighteenth book of the Iliad, where many scenes of peace and war, of labour and rejoicing, are presented with incomparable vigour and fidelity.
Page 38 - Saepe ego, inquit, audivi, milites, eum primum esse virum, qui ipse consulat, quid in rem sit ; secundum eum , qui bene monenti obediat : qui nee ipse consulere, nec alteri parere sciat, eum extremi ingenii esse.
Page 32 - ... terris 40 presserat externa navita merce ratem. illo non validus subiit iuga tempore taurus, non domito frenos ore momordit equus, non domus ulla fores habuit, non fixus in agris qui regeret certis finibus arva lapis. 45 ipsae mella dabant quercus, ultroque ferebant obvia securis ubera lactis oves...
Page 190 - ... bas-reliefs. May this not have reference to the family of Europa contending with the wild animals of this country ? The lion is seen everywhere throughout the valley of the Xanthus ; every bas-relief, tomb, seat or coin, shows the figure or limbs of this animal. Lions still live in its mountains, the goat is found at the top, while the serpent infests the base of the Cragus, illustrating the imaginary monster of its early fables*.
Page 26 - Nona aetas agitur pejoraque secula ferri Temporibus, quorum sceleri non invenit ipsa Nomen, et a nullo posuit natura metallo.
Page 97 - Nunc torrete igni fruges, nunc frangite saxo. Quippe etiam festis quaedam exercere diebus Fas et jura sinunt : rivos deducere nulla Religio vetuit, segeti praetendere sepem, 270 Insidias avibus moliri, incendere vepres, Balantumque gregem fluvio mersare salubri.
Page xv - ... says will never cease from toil and wretchedness, albeit some good shall be mingled with their ills. These are men such as history tells of, and their perversities, which are somany, there is no need to recount, for we know the men of this age not by hearsay only. The theogony of Hesiod, says Paley, "might seem to contain traces of what appear to be primitive and nearly universal traditions of the human family ; obscure reminiscences relating to the creation of the world, to ancient races which...
Page vi - essentially personal or subjective. ... In the Works not only is the author never out of sight, but it is the author, at least as muchas the subject, which imparts interest to the whole. Instead of an inspired being transported beyond self into the regions of heroism and glory, a gifted rustic impelled by his private feelings and necessities, dresses up his own affairs and opinions in that poetical garb which the taste of his age and country enjoined as the best passport to notice and popularity...
Page 172 - FA Paley aids the imagination of his readers as follows : " We might familiarly illustrate the Hesiodic notion of the flat circular earth and the convex overarching sky by a circular plate with a hemispherical dish-cover of metal placed over it and concealing it. Above the cover (which is supposed to rotate on an axis, 11-0X09) live the gods. Round the inner concavity is the path of the sun, giving light to the earth below.

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