Ben Jonson, Volume 2

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Clarendon Press, 1925

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Page 386 - Soles occidere et redire possunt: nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux, nox est perpetua una dormienda.
Page 433 - The first creature of God, in the works of the days, was the light of the sense ; the last was the light of reason : and His Sabbath work ever since, is the illumination of His Spirit.
Page 79 - ... tis so admirable that when it is done no one of the audience would think the poet could have missed it, and yet it was concealed so much before the last scene that any other way would sooner have entered into your thoughts.
Page 113 - Posteritie may pay your benefit the honor, & thanks: when it shall know, that you dare, in these Jig-given times, to countenance a legitimate Poeme.
Page 243 - She should have shone: search thou the book. Had the moon shone, in my boy's face there was a kind of grace, That I know— nay, I do know — had the murderer seen him, His weapon would have fall'n and cut the earth, 50 Had he been framed of naught but blood and death.
Page 442 - I myself could, in my youth, have repeated all that ever I had made, and so continued till I was past forty ; since, it is much decayed in me. Yet I can repeat whole books that I have read, and poems of some selected friends, which I have liked to charge my memory with.
Page 62 - A whimsy in my blood : I know not how, Success hath made me wanton. I could skip Out of my skin, now, like a subtle snake, I am so limber.
Page 440 - From each most praised and praise-deserving booke, And could the world of that choise treasure boast, It need not care though all the rest were lost : And such his wit, he writ past what he quotes, And his productions farre exceed his notes, So in his...
Page 384 - I will studie falshood, to be true. O, that you could but by dissection see How much you are the better part of me; How all my Fibres by your Spirit doe move, And that there is no life in me, but love. You would be then most confident, that tho...
Page 446 - For a man to write well, there are required three necessaries. To read the best authors, observe the best speakers : and much exercise of his own style. In style to consider, what ought to be written; and after what manner. He must first think and excogitate his matter ; then choose his words, and examine the weight of either. Then take care in placing, and ranking...

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