The Contrivance gave them Delight, and the Novelty rais’d their Admiration. They could learn them perfectly, and repeat them often, by which means the Instructions of Virtue covertly contain’d in them, were inculcated on their Minds. –Sir Richard Blackmore, Prince Arthur: A Heroick Poem in Ten Books When I first decided to write The Renaissance ..
Let the bird of loudest lay, On the sole Arabian tree, Herald sad and trumpet be, To whose sound chaste wings obey. But thou shrieking harbinger, Foul precurrer of the fiend, Augur of the fever’s end, To this troop come thou not near! –William Shakespeare, The Phoenix (1601) It has come to my attention that ..
he Star that bids the Shepherd fold, Now the top of Heav’n doth hold, And the gilded Car of Day, His glowing Axle doth allay! –John Milton, 1608-1674, Comus Day 5, 18 October 2003 Actually, if you think about it for more than a millisecond, it’s really astounding that something like this hasn’t happened to ..
Her feet beneath her petticoat, Like little mice, stole in and out, As if they fear’d the light: But oh! she dances such a way No sun upon an Easter-day Is half so fine a sight. — Sir John Suckling (1609-1642), Fragmenta Aure, 1641 Day 7 minus 1, 25 October 2003 I have beige carpeting ..
Were all my loud, evil days Calm and unhaunted as is thy dark tent, Whose peace but by some angel’s wing or voice Is seldom rent; Then I in Heaven all the long year Would keep, and never wander here. — Henry Vaughan (1621-1695), The Night, from Silex Scintillans, Part II, 1655 Day 9 -1, ..