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Stran 524 - Thus, while it is true on one level of mind that there is nothing in the intellect that was not first in the senses, it is not necessarily true for both levels.
Stran 324 - Sancho are thus brought before us, like such living realities, that at this moment the figures of the crazed, gaunt, dignified knight, and of his round, selfish, and most amusing esquire, dwell bodied forth in the imaginations of more, among all conditions of men throughout Christendom, than any other of the creations of human talent.
Stran 183 - Koran were followed by the union of the tribes who, inspired by the feelings of national pride and religious fervor, in less than a century made the Arabian power, tongue, and religion predominant over a third part of Asia, almost...
Stran 165 - It is customary with me to refer to you, my lord, matters about which I entertain a doubt. For who is better able either to rule my hesitation, or to instruct my ignorance? I have never been present at the inquiries about the Christians, and, therefore, cannot say for what crime, or to what extent, they are usually punished, or what is the nature of the inquiry about them. Nor have I been free from great doubts whether there should not be a distinction between ages, or how far those of a tender frame...
Stran 514 - ... the first man of the world during the second quarter of the 18th century, and as a theologian, Dr. Chalmers and Robert Hall declare him to have been the greatest in all Christian ages.
Stran 189 - 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 346 - possesses merits not dissimilar from those of the Iliad, and will claim its place as the fifth national epic of the world, side by side with the Ionian songs, with the Mahdbharata, the Shahndmeh, and the Nibelunge.
Stran 316 - Lake his other works, it shows marks of haste and carelessness, but its value is great, notwithstanding his too fervent zeal for the Indians. It is a repository to which Herrera, and through him all the historians of the Indies since, have resorted for materials, and without which the history of the earliest period of the Spanish settlements in America cannot even now be written. There are numerous other works on the discovery and conquest of America, but they are of less consequence than those already...
Stran 328 - ... lost something of their primitive simplicity, they have been made to form a delightful portion of the national literature. We cannot do better than to quote on this the eloquent remarks of our author. "Ballads, in the seventeenth century, had become the delight of the whole Spanish people. The soldier solaced himself with them in his tent, and the muleteer...
Stran 313 - ... of the time are full of it, and the national theatre, in more than one form, becomes its strange and grotesque monument. Of course the body of Spanish poetry and eloquent prose produced during this interval — the earlier part of which was the period of the greatest glory Spain ever enjoyed — was injuriously affected by so diseased a condition of the national character. That generous and manly spirit which is the breath of intellectual life to any people was restrained and stifled.