King Alfred in Literature

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J. Murphy, 1902 - 130 pages

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Page 123 - BEHOLD a pupil of the monkish gown, The pious ALFRED, King to Justice dear ! Lord of the harp and liberating spear...
Page 16 - ... should not be forgotten, and concealed. For every craft and every power soon becomes old, and is passed over in silence, if it be without wisdom; for no man can accomplish 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.
Page 15 - This year, during mid-winter, after twelfth night, the army stole away to Chippenham, and overran the land of the West-Saxons, and sat down there; and many of the people they drove beyond sea, and of the remainder the greater part they subdued and forced to obey them, except king Alfred : and he, with a small band, with difficulty retreated to the woods and to the fastnesses of the moors.
Page 60 - Wrapt in pale tempest, labour'd through the clouds. The demons of destruction then, they say. Were all abroad, and mixing with the woof Their baleful power: The sisters ever sung, Shake, standard, shake this ruin on our foes.
Page 83 - Which is not garner' d up until 'tis cut ; Which is not fit for use until 'tis ground ; Nor use'd then till kneaded into bread ! Ne'er knew you this ? It seems you never did, Else had you known the value of the bread ; Thought of the ploughman's toil, the reaper's sweat, The miller's labour...
Page 27 - II [yElfred] fist escrivere un livre Engleis Des aventures e des leis E de batailles de la terre E des reis ki firent la guere E maint livre fist il escrivere U li bon clerc vont sovent lire.
Page 122 - Scouring of the White Horse. Or, the Long Vacation Ramble of a London Clerk. By the Author of
Page 67 - Is it improbable to suppose, that a young hero was in love ? Is it inconsistent to represent the person, who was a legislator when advanced in years, as a lover in his youth ? Does it degrade the character of a hero to suppose, that he was in love with the Princess, whom he afterwards married ? Is it not rather injurious to his heroism to conclude, that he chose a consort whom he did not love ? If this reasoning is just, there will be no difficulty in vindicating the subsequent conduct of the hero.
Page 116 - A Heroicall Poem may be founded somwhere in Alfreds reigne. especially at his issuing out of Edelingsey on the Danes, whose actions are wel like those of Ulysses.
Page 59 - Lyttelton professed himself the patron of wit: to him Thomson was introduced, and being gaily interrogated about the state of his affairs, said, " that they were in a more poetical posture than formerly ;" and had a pension allowed him of one hundred pounds a-year.

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