G.E. Lessing's gesammelte Werke

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Page 41 - Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them; Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun And descant on mine own deformity; And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover, To entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain And hate the idle...
Page 41 - My mind as generous, and my shape as true, As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us , With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base? Who in the lusty stealth of nature take More composition and fierce quality Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed, Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops, Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well then, Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land: Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund As to the legitimate. Fine word, legitimate!
Page 41 - Thou, nature, art my goddess ; to thy law My services are bound : Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom ; and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines Lag of a brother? Why bastard?
Page 205 - N'at-il pas ces adulateurs à outrance, ces flatteurs insipides qui n'assaisonnent d'aucun sel les louanges qu'ils donnent, et dont toutes les flatteries ont une douceur fade qui fait mal au cœur à ceux qui les écoutent? N'at-il pas ces lâches courtisans de la faveur, ces perfides adorateurs de la fortune, qui vous encensent dans la prospérité et vous accablent dans la disgrâce?
Page 29 - That not in fancy's maze he wander'd long, But stoop'd to Truth, and moraliz'd his song...
Page 41 - I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling Nature, Deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them...
Page 157 - Sans cesse, il a, tout bas, pour rompre l'entretien Un secret à vous dire, et ce secret n'est rien; De la moindre vétille il fait une merveille, Et, jusques au bonjour, il dit tout à l'oreille.
Page 4 - Cast on the wildest of the Cyclad isles Where never human foot had marked the shore, These Ruffians left me — yet believe me, Areas, Such is the rooted love we bear mankind, All ruffians as they were, I never heard A sound so dismal as their parting oars.
Page 182 - España le hacemos mil agravios, cierren los doctos esta vez los labios. Lo trágico y lo cómico mezclado, y Terencio con Séneca, aunque sea como otro Minotauro de Pasífae, harán grave una parte, otra ridicula; que aquesta variedad deleita mucho. Buen ejemplo nos da naturaleza, que por tal variedad tiene belleza.
Page 58 - Donasti, Lupe, rus sub urbe nobis: Sed rus est mihi majus in fenestra. Rus hoc dicere, rus potes vocare! In quo ruta facit nemus Dianae, Argutae tegit ala quod cicadae, Quod formica die comedit uno, Clausae cui folium rosae corona est: In quo non magis invenitur herba, Quam costi folium, piperve crudum: In quo nee cucumis jacere rectus, Nee serpens habitare tuta possit.

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