The Works of Virgil:: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis, Volume 1

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Jacob Tonson in the Strand., 1721 - 1043 pages

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Page 255 - His bulky body, but unmoved he grows ; For length of ages lasts his happy reign, And lives of mortal man contend in vain. Full in the midst of his own strength he stands, Stretching his brawny arms, and leafy hands : His shade protects the plains, his head the hills commands.
Page 229 - And rocks the bellowing voice of boiling seas rebound. The father of the gods his glory shrouds, Involved in tempests, and a night of clouds; And, from the middle darkness flashing out, By fits he deals his fiery bolts about. Earth feels the motions of her angry god ; Her entrails tremble, and her mountains nod, And flying beasts in forests seek abode...
Page 230 - And drags her eggs along the narrow tracks: At either horn the rainbow drinks the flood; Huge flocks of rising rooks forsake their food, And, crying, seek the shelter of the wood.
Page 294 - Assaults with dint of sword, or pointed spears, And homeward, on his back, the joyful burden bears. The men to subterranean caves retire, Secure from cold, and crowd the cheerful fire: With trunks of elms and oaks the hearth they load, Nor tempt the
Page 209 - Virgil seems no where so well pleased, as when he is got among his Bees in the Fourth Georgic ; and ennobles the actions of so trivial a creature, with metaphors drawn from the most important concerns of mankind. His verses are not in a greater noise and hurry in the battles of...
Page 296 - They oint their naked limbs with mother'd oil ; Or, from the founts where living sulphurs boil, They mix a med'cine to foment their limbs...
Page 276 - The fiery courser, when he hears from far The sprightly trumpets and the shouts of war, Pricks up his ears; and, trembling with delight, Shifts place, and paws, and hopes the promis'd fight.
Page 17 - God infused into both sexes before it was corrupted with the knowledge of arts, and the ceremonies of what we call good manners. My Lord, I know to whom I dedicate: and could not have been induced by any motive to put this part of Virgil, or any other, into unlearned hands.
Page 300 - The victor horse, forgetful of his food, The palm renounces, and abhors the flood. He paws the ground ; and on his hanging ears ) A doubtful sweat in clammy drops appears : Parched is his hide, and rugged are his hairs. ) Such are the symptoms of the young disease...
Page 208 - ... and heightened the images which he found in the original. The second book has more wit in it and a greater boldness in its metaphors than any of the rest.

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