King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon Version of the Metres of Boethius De Consolathius

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W. Pickering, 1835 - 144 pages

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Page 23 - Jovful that they may. But the stark storm, When it strong comes From north and east, It quickly takes away The beauty of the rose. And also the northern storm, Constrained by necessity, That it is strongly agitated, Lashes the spacious sea Against the shore. Alas ! that on earth Aught of permanent Work in the world Does not ever remain . METRE XIII.
Page 141 - ... it, for the various and manifold worldly occupations which often busied him both in mind and in body. The occupations are to us very difficult to be numbered which in his days came upon the...
Page 92 - children of men, Throughout the middle earth ! Let every one of the free Aspire to the Eternal good Which we are speaking about, And to the felicities That we are telling of. Let him, who is now...
Page 13 - The darkling mind, When it the strong Storms lash Of worldly cares; When it, thus contending, Its proper light Once forsakes, And in woe forgets The everlasting joy, And rushes into the darkness Of this world, Afflicted with cares ! Thus has it now befallen This my mind ; Now it no more knows Of good for God, But lamentations For the external world : To it is need of comfort METRE VI...
Page 23 - ... When the sun Clearest shines, Serenest in the heaven, Quickly are obscured Over the earth All other stars ; Because their brightness is not Brightness at all, Compared with The sun's light. When mild blows The south and western wind Under the clouds, Then quickly grow The flowers of the field...
Page 93 - That is a pleasant place, After these miseries, To possess. But I well know, That neither golden vessels, Nor heaps of silver, Nor precious stones, Nor the wealth of the middle earth, The eyes of the mind...
Page 101 - And of himself 10 The swarthy mist, The darkness of the mind Can dispel! We will as yet, With God's help, 15 With old and fabulous Stories instruct Thy mind; That thou the better mayst Discover to the skies 20 The right path; To the eternal region Of our souls. METRE XXIV.
Page 53 - That it is strongly agitated, bashes the spacious sea Against the shore. Alas ! that on earth Aught of permanent Work in the world Does not ever remain . METRE XIII. I WILL with songs Still declare, How the Almighty All creatures Governs with his bridle, Bends where he will, With his well ordered Power Wonderfully Well moderates. The Ruler of the heavens Has so controlled And encompassed All creatures, And bound them with his chains, That they cannot find out That they ever from them May slip...
Page 14 - Storms lash Of worldly cares; When it, thus contending, Its proper light Once forsakes, And in woe forgets The everlasting joy, And rushes into the darkness Of this world, Afflicted with cares ! Thus has it now befallen This my mind ; Now it no more knows Of good for God, But lamentations For the external world : To it is need of comfort METRE VI THE* Wisdom again His treasury of words unlocked, Sung various maxims, And thus expressed himself.
Page 55 - Her tameness will keep: 50 But I think That she this new tameness, Will naught regard ; But will remember The wild habits 55 Of her parents. She will begin in earnest Her chains to sever, To roar, And first will bite 60 Her own...

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