The Works of Thomas Love Peacock: Dramatic criticisms and translations & other essays. 1926

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Constable & Company, Limited; New York, 1926
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Page 131 - Wouldst thou the young year's blossoms and the fruits of its decline, And all by which the soul is charmed, enraptured, feasted, fed, Wouldst thou the earth and heaven itself in one sole name combine ? I name thee, O Sakuntala,- and all at once is) said.
Page 237 - At our feast, wee had a play called Twelve Night, or What you Will. Much like the Comedy of Errors, or Menechmi in Plautus ; but most like and neere to that in Italian called Inganni.
Page 237 - Plautus, but most like and neere to that in Italian called Inganni. A good practise in it to make the steward believe his lady widdowe was in love with him, by counterfayting a letter, as from his lady, in generall termes telling him what shee liked best in him, and prescribing his gestures, inscribing his apparaile, &c., and then, when he came to practise, making him beleeve they tooke him to be mad.
Page 300 - Some Fury's in that gut: Hungry again ! Did you not devour, this morning. A shield of brawn, and a barrel of Colchester oysters ? GREEDY. Why, that was, sir, only to scour my stomach, A kind of a preparative.
Page 78 - Though myself a water-drinker, I cannot resist the pleasure of transcribing what follows, as an instance still more happy of Fancy employed in the treatment of feeling than, in its preceding passages, the Poem supplies of her management of forms.
Page 259 - Clem, In what way do you serve him ? Lelia. As his page in all honesty. And in this fortnight that I have served him, I have become so much in favour, that I almost think appearing in my true dress would revive his love. Clem. What will people say when this shall be known ? Lelia. Who will know it, if you do not tell it ? Now what I want you to do is this : that, as my father returned yesterday, and may perhaps send for me, you would prevent his doing so for four or five days, and at the end of this...
Page 184 - He was therefore nearly in the prime of his life- at the time when Xerxes invaded Greece, and the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis were fought. He thus belongs to that period of the Greek nation, when its great qualities were first distinctly unfolded; and when it exhibited an energy of action, and a spirit of enterprise, never afterwards surpassed, together with a love of poetry, art, and philosophy, which produced much, and promised to produce more. The modes of thought, and style of art, which...
Page 121 - Greek was as little capahle of imagining, as they were of realizing the elements of Grecian life. They shut their eyes to this world of outward seeming and activity, to open them full on the world of thought and rest. The ancient Hindus were a nation of philosophers, such as could nowhere have existed except in India, and even there in early times alone. It is with the Hindu mind as if a seed were placed in a hot-house. It will grow rapidly, its colors will be gorgeous, its perfume rich, its fruits...
Page 214 - a violent affection to that art, being in some sort his own invention ; so that he often loses himself in little trifling distinctions and verbal niceties ; and, what is worse, leaves you to extricate him as well as you can. Thirdly, he has suffered vastly from the transcribblers, as all authors of great brevity necessarily must. Fourthly and lastly, he has abundance of fine uncommon things, which make him well worth the pains he gives one.
Page 272 - ... disappeared from the window, with as much anger and fury as if she had seen some hideous and horrible thing. Lelia. Let her go, I tell you. Is it possible that in all this city there is no other who merits your love as much as she does ? Flam. I would it were not so. I fear this has been the cause of my misfortune ; for I loved very warmly that Lelia Bellenzini of whom I have spoken; and I fear Isabella thinks this love still lasts, and on that account will not see me ; but I will give Isabella...

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