The Description of Greece, Volume 3

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R. Priestley, 1824 - Art, Greek

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Page 164 - That adverse gods commit to stern debate The best, the bravest, of the Grecian state. Young as ye are, this youthful heat restrain, Nor think your Nestor's years and wisdom vain. A godlike race of heroes once I knew, Such as no more these aged eyes shall view ! Lives there a chief to match Pirithous' fame, Dryas the bold, or Ceneus...
Page 282 - Thamyris' disgrace, Superior once of all the tuneful race, Till, vain of mortals' empty praise, he strove To match the seed of cloud-compelling Jove ! Too daring bard ! whose unsuccessful pride The' immortal Muses in their art defied.
Page 287 - With dulcet beverage this the beaker crown'd, Fair in the midst, with gilded cups around ; That in the tripod o'er the kindled pile The water pours ; the bubbling waters boil ; An ample vase receives the smoking wave ; And, in the bath prepared, my limbs I lave : Reviving sweets repair the mind's decay, And take the painful sense of toil away.
Page 320 - Nigh the cursed shore, and listen to the lay. No more that wretch shall view the joys of life, His blooming offspring, or his beauteous wife ! In verdant meads they sport ; and wide around Lie human bones, that whiten all the ground : The ground polluted floats with human gore, And human carnage taints the dreadful shore.
Page 238 - Hence the celestial bodies, which are the first parts of the universe, perpetually subsist according to nature, both the whole spheres, and the multitude co-ordinate to these wholes*; and the only alteration which they experience is a mutation of figure, and variation of light at different periods : but in the sublunary region, while the spheres of...
Page 317 - Atreus' hand, which not with Atreus ends, To rich Thyestes next the prize descends ; And now the mark of Agamemnon's reign, Subjects all Argos, and controls the main.
Page 320 - Nigh the cursed shore and listen to the lay. No more that wretch shall view the joys of life His blooming offspring, or his beauteous wife! In verdant meads they sport; and wide around Lie human bones that whiten all the ground: The ground polluted floats with human gore, And human carnage taints the dreadful shore Fly swift the dangerous coast: let every ear Be stopp'd against the song!
Page 295 - In all the initiations and mysteries, the gods exhibit many forms of themselves, and appear in a. variety of shapes, and sometimes, indeed, a formless light of themselves is held forth to the view ; sometimes this light is according to a human form, and sometimes it proceeds into a different shape.
Page 259 - Diana ; the three-tongued Sicilians, Stygian Proserpine ; and the inhabitants of Eleusis, the ancient goddess Ceres. Some again have invoked me as Juno, others as Bellona, others as Hecate, and others as Rhamnusia : and those who are enlightened by the emerging rays of the rising sun, the .^Ethiopians, Arriians, and ^Egyptians, powerful in ancient learning, who reverence my divinity with ceremonies perfectly proper, call me by a true appellation queen Isis.
Page 258 - Dearumque facies uniformis : quae cceli luminosa culmina, maris salubria flamina, inferorum deplorata silentia nutibus meis dispense : cujus numen unicum, multiformi specie, ritu vario, nomine multijugo totus veneratur orbis.

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