Comedies of Plautus, Volume 1

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T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1769
 

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Page 100 - Where either I must live, or bear no life; The fountain from the which my current runs, Or else dries up ; to be discarded thence...
Page 16 - It began with Jupiter's falling in love out of a peep-hole in the clouds, and ended with the birth of Hercules.
Page 263 - Of every hearer; for it so falls out, That what we have we prize not to the worth, Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, Why, then we rack the value; then we find The virtue, that possession would not show us, Whiles it was ours...
Page 16 - Amphitrion's taylor and cheats him of a laced coat, and his banker of a bag of money, a Jew of...
Page 49 - Be with yon soldier present, as if absent. All night and day love me : still long for me : Dream, ponder still " on " me : wish, hope for me, Delight in me : be all in all with me : Give your whole heart, for mine's all yours, to me.
Page 16 - I was almost squeezed to death. But if their operas are thus delightful, their comedies are, in as high a degree, ridiculous. They have but one...
Page 13 - Having translated, call'd COMMORIENTES. In the beginning of the Grecian play There is a youth, who rends a girl perforce From a procurer : and this incident, Untouch'd by Plautus, render'd word for word, Has our bard interwoven with his Brothers — The new piece which we represent to-day. Say then if this be theft, or honest use Of what remained unoccupied.
Page 86 - Of ev'ry thing ; but arc not. These I follow ; Not for their sport and laughter, but for gain To laugh with them, and wonder at their parts : Whate'er they say, I praise it; if again They contradict, I praise that too : does any Deny ? I too deny : affirm ? I too Affirm : and in a word, I've brought myself To say, unsay, swear, and forswear, at pleasure: And that is now the best of all professions.
Page iii - Instead of prefixing your name to this work, with the distant air of a dedication, I wished to have had it coupled along with mine in the title-page ; I wanted you as a comes jucundus, an agreeable companion, in this new, unbeaten track of translation, which you have so happily struck out before me.
Page 18 - ... like spears and lances at me. Well, the greatest plague of a serving-man is to be hired to some great lord ! They care not what drudgery they put upon us, while they lie lolling at their ease abed, and stretch their lazy limbs, in expectation of the whore which we are fetching for them.

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