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Achilles Ajax armies arms Atrides bands battle bear bend beneath blood bold brave breast chariot chief combat command coursers daring dart death deep descends divine dreadful earth eyes fair fall fame fate fear field fierce fight fire flames fleet force Full fury give glory goddess gods grace Grecian Greece Greeks ground hand haste head hear heart Heaven Hector heroes Homer honours host immortal Jove king lance light maid mighty monarch move Nestor night o'er once plain prince prize proud race rage replied rest rise sacred shade shakes shield shining ships shore side sire skies slain sons soul sound spear spoke spread stand steeds stood swift tent thee thou thunder toils towers train trembling Trojan troops Troy Tydides Ulysses voice walls warrior whole woes wound yield youth
Page 34 - 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 23 - O thou ! whose glory fills th' ethereal throne, And all ye deathless powers ! protect my son ! Grant him, like me, to purchase just renown, To guard the 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,...
Page 4 - It is to the strength of this amazing invention we are to attribute that unequalled fire and rapture which is so forcible in Homer, that no man of a true poetical spirit is master of himself while he reads him.
Page 16 - ... him, and in proportion to his degree in that we are to admire him. No author or man ever excelled all the world in more than one faculty ; and as Homer has done this in invention, Virgil has in judgment. Not that we are to think...
Page 24 - Me glory summons to the martial scene, The field of combat is the sphere for men. Where heroes war, the foremost place I claim, The first in danger as the first in fame.
Page 10 - Like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground ; Another race the following spring supplies ; They fall successive, and successive rise : So generations in their course decay ; So flourish these when those are pass'd away.
Page 7 - Nor is it only in the main design that they have been unable to add to his invention, but they have followed him in every episode and part of story. If he has given a regular catalogue of an army, they all draw up their forces in the same order.
Page 39 - 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 3 - And perhaps the reason why common critics are inclined to prefer a judicious and methodical genius to a great and fruitful one, is, because they find it easier for themselves to pursue their observations through an uniform and bounded walk of art, than to comprehend the vast and various extent of nature.