Palaestra: Untersuchungen und Texte aus der deutschen und englischen Philologie, Volumes 53-56; Volume 59

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Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1906
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Page 288 - Suspends the infant audience with her tales, Breathing astonishment! of witching rhymes, And evil spirits; of the death-bed call Of him who robb'd the widow, and devour'd...
Page 93 - Is it, in heaven, a crime to love too well ? To bear too tender, or too firm a heart, To act a Lover's or a Roman's part ? Is there no bright reversion in the sky, For those who greatly think, or bravely die...
Page 284 - I think a person who is thus terrified with the imagination of ghosts and spectres much more reasonable than one who, contrary to the reports of all historians, sacred and profane, ancient and modern, and to the traditions of all nations, thinks the appearance of spirits fabulous and groundless.
Page 282 - ... reader's imagination ; and made him capable of succeeding, where he had nothing to support him besides the strength of his own genius. There is something so wild, and yet so solemn, in the speeches of his ghosts, fairies, witches, and the like imaginary persons, that we cannot forbear thinking them natural...
Page 287 - The only supernatural agents which can in any manner be allowed to us moderns, are ghosts ; but of these I would advise an author to be extremely sparing.
Page 279 - King. We sail with thunder in our mouth, In scorching noon-day, whilst the traveller stays, Busy, busy, busy, we bustle along Mounted upon warm...
Page 283 - I seated myself by the candle that stood on a table at one end of the room ; and pretending to read a book that I took out of my pocket, heard several dreadful stories of ghosts, as pale as ashes, that had stood at the feet of a bed, or walked over a church-yard by moonlight: and of others that had...
Page 290 - ... such is the power of the marvellous, even over those who despise it, that every man finds his mind more strongly seized by the tragedies of Shakespeare than of any other writer; others please us by particular speeches, but he always makes us anxious for the event, and has perhaps excelled all but Homer in securing the first purpose of a writer, by exciting restless and unquenchable curiosity, and compelling him that reads his work to read it through.
Page 289 - mid his bold design, Before the Scot, afflicted, and aghast ! The shadowy kings of Banquo's fated line Through the dark cave in gleamy pageant pass'd.
Page 97 - THOU ! who glad'st the pensive soul, More than Aurora's smile the swain forlorn, Left all night long to mourn, Where desolation frowns, and tempests howl ; And shrieks of woe, as intermits the storm, Far o'er the monstrous wilderness resound, And cross the gloom darts many a shapeless form, And many a fire-eyed visage glares around, O come, and be once more my guest ! Come ! for thou oft thy suppliant's vow hast heard, And oft, with smiles indulgent, cheered And soothed him into rest.

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