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Σελίδα 425 - Là, content du succès que le mérite donne, Par d'illustres avis je n'éblouis personne ; Je satisfais ensemble et peuple et courtisans , Et mes vers en tous lieux sont mes seuls partisans : Par leur seule beauté ma plume est estimée : Je ne dois qu'à moi seul toute ma renommée; Et pense toutefois n'avoir point de rival A qui je fasse tort en le traitant d'égal.
Σελίδα 283 - at the Mount of St Mary's, in the stony stage where I now stand, I have brought you some fine biscuits, baked in the oven of charity, carefully conserved for the chickens of the church, the sparrows of the spirit, and the sweet swallows of salvation.
Σελίδα 79 - It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter,* that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.
Σελίδα 434 - The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, With loads of learned lumber in his head, With his own tongue still edifies his ears, And always list'ning to himself appears.
Σελίδα 425 - Je sais ce que je vaux, et crois ce qu'on m'en dit. Pour me faire admirer je ne fais point de ligue : J'ai peu de voix pour moi , mais je les ai sans brigue ; Et mon ambition, pour faire plus de bruit, Ne les va point quêter de réduit en réduit ; Mon travail sans appui monte sur le théâtre; Chacun en liberté l'y blâme ou l'idolâtre : Là, sans que mes amis prêchent leurs...
Σελίδα 377 - Leave things so prostitute, And take the Alcaic lute ; Or thine own Horace, or Anacreon's lyre ; Warm thee by Pindar's fire : And though thy nerves be shrunk, and blood be cold Ere years have made thee old, Strike that disdainful heat, Throughout, to their defeat, As curious fools, and envious of thy strain, May, blushing, swear no palsy's in thy brain.
Σελίδα 352 - ... could not read the Bible, but in abolishing the barbarous attachment to military games and the bloody contentions of the tournament, which had so long prevailed as the sole species of popular amusement. Rude, and even ridiculous as they were, they softened the manners of the people, by diverting the public attention to spectacles in which the mind was concerned, and by creating a regard for other arts than those of bodily strength and savage valour.
Σελίδα 183 - I only wear it in a land of Hectors, Thieves, supercargoes, sharpers and directors. Save but our army ! and let Jove...
Σελίδα 422 - Tho' still some traces of our rustic vein 270 And splay-foot verse remain'd, and will remain. Late, very late, correctness grew our care, When the tir'd nation breath'd from civil war. Exact Racine, and Corneille's noble fire, Show'd us that France had something to admire.