Hand-book of Universal Literature: From the Best and Latest Authorities

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Osgood, 1876 - 559 strani

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Stran 492 - My name and memory I leave to foreign nations, and to mine own countrymen, AFTER SOME TIME BE PAST OVER.
Stran 41 - Persia; their fundamental tenets are, that nothing exists absolutely but God ; that the human soul is an emanation from His essence, and though divided for a time from its heavenly source, will be finally reunited with it...
Stran 481 - The Saxon tongue of England decayed, but like the healthy seed in the ground it germinated again. The Saxon Chronicle which had been kept in the monasteries ceased abruptly on the accession of Henry II., 1154, and at the same period the Saxon language began to take a form in which the beginning of the present English is apparent. During the 13th century appeared a series of rhyming chroniclers, the chief of whom were Layamon and Robert of Gloucester.
Stran 331 - But there were other circumstances that aided in producing these surprising results, the first of which is the principle, that runs through all his plays, of making all other interests subordinate to the interest of the story. For this purpose he used dialogue rather to bring out the plot than the characters, and to this end also he sacrificed dramatic probabilities and possibilities, geography, history, and a decent morality. Another element which he established in the Spanish drama, was the comic...
Stran 42 - MS. in which the name of Mohammed was fancifully adorned with a garland of tulips and carnations, painted in the brightest colours. The favourite works of the Persians are written on fine silky paper, the ground of which is often powdered with gold or silver dust ; the leaves are frequently illuminated, and the whole book is sometimes perfumed with essence of roses or sandal wood. The Romans had several sorts of paper...
Stran 195 - Some of them are to be met with in our old tableaux, in Boccaccio, and in Ariosto; and these very tales which have charmed our Infancy, passing from tongue to tongue and from nation to nation, through channels frequently unknown, are now familiar to the memory, and form the delight of the imagination of half the inhabitants of the globe.
Stran 95 - Bacchus, of taking the disguise of satyrs, doubtless originated in this feeling, and not in the mere desire of concealing excesses under the disguise of a mask ; otherwise, so serious and pathetic a spectacle as tragedy could never have originated in the choruses of these satyrs. The desire of escaping from self, into something new and strange, of living in an imaginary world, breaks forth in a thousand instances in these festivals of Bacchus.
Stran 477 - ... any craft, without wisdom. Because whatsoever is done through folly, no one can ever reckon for craft. This is now especially to be said ; that I wished to live honourably whilst I lived, and after my life to leave to the men who were after me, my memory in good works.
Stran 312 - Yet Alfonso is among the chief founders of his country's intellectual fame, and he is to be remembered alike for the great advancement Castilian prose composition made in his hands, for his poetry, for his astronomical tables — ' which all the progress of modern science has not deprived of their value — and for his great work on legislation, which is at this moment an authority in both hemispheres. Juan Lorenzo...
Stran 335 - To destroy a passion that had struck its roots so deeply in the character of all classes of men, to break up the only reading which at that time could be considered widely popular and fashionable, was certainly a bold undertaking, and one that marks...

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