What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
British Biography; Or, an Accurate and Impartial Account of the Lives and ...
No preview available - 2020
accordingly affairs afterwards againſt alſo appears appointed Archbiſhop army attended authority Biſhop body brought called cauſe character Chaucer church Clergy Colet College command common continued Court death deſign Duke Earl of Warwick Edward England Engliſh Eraſmus father favour firſt formed France French friends give given granted hands hath head himſelf honour Houſe Italy John Judge kind King Edward King Henry King's kingdom Lancaſter land late learning lived London Lord manner marched matter means moſt nature never obſerved opinion Oxford Parliament particularly party perſon Pope preſent Prince Queen raiſed reaſon received reign Richard ſaid ſame ſays ſeems ſent ſet ſeveral ſhould ſome ſon ſuch taken themſelves theſe thing Thomas thoſe thought thouſand tion told took Univerſity uſe whole Wickliff Wincheſter writings Wykeham York
Page 107 - We can only say that he lived in the infancy of our poetry, and that nothing is brought to perfection at the first. We must be children before we grow men. There was an Ennius, and in process of time a Lucilius and a Lucretius, before Virgil and Horace; even after Chaucer there was a Spenser, a Harrington, a Fairfax, before Waller and Denham were in being; and our numbers were in their nonage till these last appeared.
Page 108 - Tis sufficient to say, according to the proverb, that here is God's plenty. We have our forefathers and great-grand-dames all before us, as they were in Chaucer's days: their general characters are still remaining in mankind, and even in England, though they are called by other names than those of Monks, and Friars, and Canons, and Lady Abbesses, and Nuns; for mankind is ever the same, and nothing lost out of Nature, though everything is altered.
Page 108 - Porta could not have described their natures better, than by the marks which the poet gives them. The matter and manner of their tales, and of their telling, are so suited to their different educations, humours and callings, that each of them would be improper in any other mouth.
Page 106 - In the first place, as he is the father of English poetry, so I hold him in the same degree of veneration as the Grecians held Homer or the Romans Virgil...
Page 107 - Tis true, I cannot go so far as he who published the last edition of him; for he would make us believe the fault is in our ears, and that there were really ten syllables in a verse...
Page 108 - Chaucer's side ; for though the Englishman has borrowed many tales from the Italian, yet it appears that those of Boccace were not generally of his own making, but taken from authors of former ages, and by him only modelled; so that what there was of invention in either of them may be judged equal.
Page 107 - Tacitus commends, it was auribus istius temporis accommodata : they who lived with him, and some time after him, thought it musical ; and it continues so even in our judgment, if compared with the numbers of Lydgate and Gower, his contemporaries : there is the rude sweetness of a Scotch tune in it, which is natural and pleasing, though not perfect.
Page 127 - Prince of Peace, who sent out His soldiers to the subduing of nations, and gathering them Into His Church, not armed with the sword, or other instruments of force, but prepared with the Gospel of peace, and with the exemplary holiness of their conversation.