The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ...

W. Miller, 1808

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Page 162 - I can never go an inch beyond my conscience and my honour. If they will consider me as a man who has done my best to improve the language, and especially the poetry, and will be content with my acquiescence under the present government, and forbearing satire on it, that I can promise, because I can perform it...
Page 189 - ... of our especial grace, certain knowledge,- and mere motion, have given and granted, and by these presents, for us, our heirs and successors, do...
Page 255 - HOW long, great poet ! shall thy sacred lays Provoke our wonder, and transcend our praise ! Can neither injuries of time, or age, Damp thy poetic heat, and quench thy rage ? Not so thy Ovid in his exile wrote, Grief...
Page 133 - Towards the latter end of this month, September, Charles will begin to recover his perfect health, according to his nativity, which, casting it myself, I am sure is true, and all things hitherto have happened accordingly to the very time that I predicted them : I hope at the same time to recover more health, according to my age.
Page 148 - ... drudging on ; always a poet, and never a good one. I pass my time sometimes with Ovid, and sometimes with our old English poet Chaucer; translating such stories as best please my fancy ; and intend, besides them, to add somewhat of my own ; so that it is not impossible, but ere the summer be passed, I may come down to you with a volume in my hand, like a dog out of the water, with a duc,k in his mouth.
Page 134 - Remember me to poor Harry, whose prayers I earnestly desire. My Virgil succeeds in the world beyond its desert or my expectation. You know the profits might have been more; but neither my conscience nor my honour would suffer me to take them : but I never can repent of my constancy, since I am thoroughly persuaded of the justice of the cause for which I suffer.
Page 19 - Hisiory of Polybius the Megalopolitan ; containing a general Account of the Transactions of the World, and principally of the Roman People during the first and second Punic Wars. Translated by Sir HS To which is added a Character of Polybius and his Writings, by Mr Dryden, 1693.
Page 137 - In spite of the publisher's magnificence, the book was carelessly printed : ' the printer is a beast, and understands nothing I can say to him of correcting the press.
Page cxviii - I I [The Art of Painting ; by CA du Fresnoy. With Remarks. Translated into English ; with an Original Preface, containing a Parallel between Painting and Poetry. By Mr. Dryden.
Page 152 - Sunderland, then lord chamberlain of his majesty's houshold, to prevent the profaneness and immorality of the stage, several plays have lately been acted, containing expressions contrary to religion and good manners : And whereas the master of the revels has represented, that, in contempt of the said order, the actors do often neglect to leave out such...

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