The Works of John Dryden: Prose works


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Página 86 - And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.
Página 326 - Preserved; but I must bear this testimony to his memory, that the passions are truly touched in it, though, perhaps there is somewhat to be desired both in the grounds of them, and in the height and elegance of expression ; but nature is there, which is the greatest beauty.
Página 211 - What will it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul ?' Remember how often Paul appeals to his holy, just, unblameable life.
Página 348 - Nomentanus?" pergis pugnantia secum frontibus adversis componere. non ego avarum cum veto te fieri, vappam iubeo ac nebulonem. est inter Tanain quiddam socerumque Viselli : 105 est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines, quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.
Página 303 - ... manners which are most proper to their several characters. The thoughts and words are the last parts which give beauty and colouring to the piece. When I say, that the manners of the hero ought to be good in perfection, I contradict not the Marquis of Normanby's opinion, in that admirable verse, where, speaking of a perfect character, he calls it " A faultless monster, which the world ne'er knew :" For that excellent critic intended only to speak of dramatic characters, and not of epic.
Página 320 - ... a name. Another, who had a great genius for tragedy, following the fury of his natural temper, made every man and woman too, in his plays, stark raging mad ; there was not a sober person to be had for love or money : all was tempestuous and blustering; heaven and earth were coming together at every word ; a mere hurricane from the beginning to the end ; and every actor seemed to be hastening on the day of judgment. " Let every member be made for its own head," says our author, not a withered...
Página 316 - Without invention, a painter is but a copier, and a poet but a plagiary of others. Both are allowed sometimes to copy, and translate ; but, as our author tells you, that is not the best part of their reputation. " Imitators are but a servile kind of cattle...
Página 430 - From the genitories to the upper part of the knee, two faces. " The knee contains half a face. " From the lower part of the knee to the ankle, two faces. " From the ankle to the sole of the foot, half a face. " A man, when his arms are stretched out, is, from the longest finger of his right hand to the longest of his left, as broad as he is long.
Página 77 - Plutarch, to thy deathless praise Does martial Rome this grateful statue raise ; Because both Greece and she thy fame have shared ; Their heroes written, and their lives compared. But thou thyself couldst never write thy own : Their lives have parallels, but thine has none.
Página 298 - I may so call it) of the eyebrows ; and in short, whatsoever belongs to the mind and thought. He, who thoroughly possesses all these things, will obtain the whole ; and the hand will exquisitely represent the action of every particular person.

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