Master Virgil: the author of the AEneid as he seemed in the middle ages

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Σελίδα 174 - No more shall nation against nation rise, Nor ardent warriors meet with hateful eyes, Nor fields with gleaming steel be covered o'er, The brazen trumpets kindle rage no more; But useless lances into scythes shall bend, And the broad falchion in a ploughshare end.
Σελίδα 174 - Rapt into future times, the bard begun; ' A Virgin shall conceive, a Virgin bear a son ! From Jesse's root behold a branch arise, Whose sacred flower with fragrance fills the skies ; The ethereal Spirit o'er its leaves shall move, And on its top descends the mystic dove.
Σελίδα 220 - Talibus orabat dictis, arasque tenebat, Cum sic orsa loqui vates : 'Sate sanguine divom, 125 Tros Anchisiada, facilis descensus Averno; Noctes atque dies patet atri janua Ditis; Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hie labor est.
Σελίδα 176 - ... drove the poison from the root. The tree, before barren, was now loaded with fruit. APPLICATION. My beloved, the child represents the soul and body of man. The tree is also man ; the fruit good works. The serpent, is the devil; and the gardener is God. The branch is the blessed Virgin Mary : — so Isaiah, " A branch shall spring from the root of Jesse.
Σελίδα 213 - A descent into hell," been now extant, it would, perhaps, have shown us, that no more was meant than Orpheus's initiation; and that the idea of this sixth book was taken from thence. But further, it was customary for the poets of the Augustan age to exercise themselves on the subject of the mysteries, as appears from Cicero, who desires Atticus, then at Athens, and initiated, to send to Chilius, a poet of eminence, an account of the Eleusinian mysteries; in order, as it would seem, to insert into...
Σελίδα 108 - ... ground, he marked the spot. At night he came to the place, with a page carrying a lamp. There by a magical operation he opened a wide passage in the earth, through which they both descended, and came to a vast palace. The walls, the beams, and the whole structure, were of gold : they saw golden images of knights playing at chess, with a king and queen of gold at a banquet, with numerous attendants in gold, and cups of immense size and value. In a recess was a carbuncle, whose lustre illuminated...
Σελίδα 216 - This was no other than the doctrine of the old Egyptians, as we are assured by Plato ; who says they taught that Jupiter was the spirit which pervadeth all things. We have shown how easily the Greek philosophy corrupted this principle into what is now called Spinozistn.
Σελίδα 215 - It was one of the wisest contrivances of ancient politics; and came originally from Egypt, the fountain-head of legislation. Those profound masters of wisdom, in projecting for the common good, found nothing would more contribute to the safety of their fellow citizens than the public and solemn interment of the dead; as without this provision, private murders might be easily and securely committed. They therefore introduced the custom of pompous funeral rites ; and, as Herodotus and Diodorus tell...
Σελίδα 211 - A third reason for his initiation, was their custom of seeking support and inspiration from the God who presided in the Mysteries.^. A fourth reason for his initiation, was the circumstance in which the poet has placed him, unsettled in his affairs, and anxious about his future fortune. • Now, amongst the uses of initiation, the advice and direction of the ORACLE was not the least : and an oracular bureau was so necessary an appendix to some of the Mysteries, as particularly the Samothracian, that...

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