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A History of English Literature in a Series of Biographical Sketches
William Francis Collier
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A.D. Died Alcuin Archbishop of Canterbury beauty became Bible born brilliant Bruges called Cambridge Canterbury Cavalier century CHAPTER Charles Chaucer chief chiefly Church College coloured court death drama Earl early Edinburgh Elizabeth England English poetry English Reformation Essays Faerie Queene fame father finest France Gavin Douglas genius gentle heart Henry Henry VIII History honour Illustrative extract James John John Heywood King Lady land Latin learned Leicestershire letters literary lived London Lord Milton mind minstrels monk night noble novel Oxford play poem poet poet's poetic poetry poor prose published Puritan Queen Raleigh reign Roger Ascham romance round royal Saxon scene Scotland Scottish Scriptorium Shakspere Shakspere's song specimen Spenser spent story style Supplementary List sweet Thomas Thomas Fuller thought took tragedy translation verse Westminster William wonderful words writer written wrote young
Page 493 - Kent. Vex not his ghost. O, let him pass! He hates him That would upon the rack of this tough world Stretch him out longer.
Page 148 - Mine eyes are made the fools o' the other senses, Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still, And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, Which was not so before. There's no such thing: It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes.
Page 392 - Almighty's form Glasses itself in tempests ; in all time, — Calm or convulsed, in breeze or gale or storm, Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime Dark-heaving — boundless, endless, and sublime, The image of eternity, the throne Of the Invisible ; even from out thy slime The monsters of the deep are made ; each zone Obeys thee ; thou goest forth, dread, fathomless, alone.
Page 209 - The other Shape — If shape it might be called that shape had none Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb ; Or substance might be called that shadow seemed, For each seemed either — black it stood as Night, 670 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as Hell, And shook a dreadful dart : what seemed his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
Page 211 - Almighty hath not built Here for his envy ; will not drive us hence : Here we may reign secure, and, in my choice, To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven...
Page 378 - It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision.
Page 391 - And monarchs tremble in their capitals, The oak leviathans, whose huge ribs make Their clay creator the vain title take Of lord of thee and arbiter of war,— These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake, They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar Alike the Armada's pride or spoils of Trafalgar.
Page 363 - It was on the day, or rather night, of the 27th of June 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page in a summer-house in my garden. After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias, which commands a prospect of the country, the lake, and the mountains.