Lives of Scottish Worthies: James I [pt. 2]. Robert Henryson. William Dunbar. Gavin Douglas. Sir David Lindsay. Antiquarian illustrations

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Seite 117 - Nymphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets mourn. In consecrated earth And on the holy hearth The Lars and Lemures moan with midnight plaint ; In urns, and altars round A drear and dying sound Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint ; And the chill marble seems to sweat, While each peculiar Power foregoes his wonted seat.
Seite 117 - The lonely mountains o'er And the resounding shore A voice of weeping heard, and loud lament; From haunted spring and dale Edged with poplar pale The parting Genius is with sighing sent; With flower-inwoven tresses torn The Nymphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets mourn.
Seite 117 - His burning idol all of blackest hue; In vain with cymbals' ring They call the grisly king, In dismal dance about the furnace blue...
Seite 41 - among us moderns, James, King of Scotland, who not only composed many sacred pieces of vocal music, but also of himself invented a new kind of music, plaintive and melancholy, different from all others, in which he has been imitated by Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, who, in our age, has improved music with new and admirable inventions,
Seite 59 - A radiant crown of rubies she him gave, And said, " In field go forth and 'fend the lave.
Seite 43 - Henderson wittily obseruing, that Chaucer in his 5th booke had related the death of Troilus, but made no mention what became of Creseid, he learnedly takes vppon him in a fine poeticall way to expres the punishment & end due to a false vnconstant whore, which commonly terminates in extreme misery...
Seite 58 - Baith Beast and Bird and Flower, before the Queen; And first the Lion, greatest of degree, Was called there, and he most fair to sene, With a full hardy countenance and keen. Before Dame Nature came, and did incline, With visage bold, and courage leonine.
Seite 68 - When I saw her so trimly dance, Her good convoy and countenance, Then for her sake I wished to be The greatest Earl or Duke in France: A merrier dance might no man see *. The lighter and shorter pieces of Dunbar present us with great variety in subject, in humour, and in beauty.
Seite 33 - In her was youth, beauty, with humble port, Bounty, richesse, and womanly feature ; God better knows than my pen can report, Wisdom, largesse,* estate, f and cunning \ sure, In every point so guided her measure, In word, in deed, in shape, in countenance, That nature might no more her child advance.
Seite 168 - I am but ane fool to seek grace at a graceless face ; but had I known, sir, that ye would have taken my life this day, I should have lived upon the borders in despite of King Harry and you both ; for I know King Harry would downweigh my best horse with gold to know that I was condemned to die this day.

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