Moral and Political Dialogues: With Letters on Chivalry and Romance

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T. Cadell, 1788 - Chivalry - 338 pages
 

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Page 260 - With store of ladies, whose bright eyes Rain influence, and judge the prize Of wit or arms, while both contend To win her grace, whom all commend.
Page 261 - Of Camball, and of Algarsife, And who had Canace to wife, That own'd the virtuous ring and glass; And of the wondrous horse of brass, On which the Tartar king did ride...
Page 256 - And without more words you will readily apprehend that the fancies of our modern bards are not only more gallant, but, on a change of the scene, more sublime, more terrible, more alarming than those of the classic fablers. In a word, you will find that the manners they paint, and the superstitions they adopt, are the more poetical for being Gothic.
Page 258 - Queen is to be read and criticized. And on these principles, it would not be difficult to unfold its merit in another way than has been hitherto attempted.
Page 283 - Albracca, as romances tell, The city of Gallaphrone, from thence to win The fairest of her sex Angelica, His daughter, sought by many prowest knights, Both Paynim, and the peers of Charlemain.
Page 265 - ... for all their grievances. This was the real practice, in the days of pure and ancient chivalry. And an image of this practice was afterwards kept up in the...
Page 316 - Under this form the tales of fairy kept their ground, and even made their fortune at court, where they became, for two or three reigns, the ordinary entertainment of our princes. But...
Page 243 - Liberata into competition with the Iliad. So far as the heroic and Gothic manners are the same, the pictures of each, if well taken, must be equally entertaining. But I go further, and maintain that the circumstances in which they differ are clearly to the advantage of the Gothic designers.
Page 292 - Ifland, and all the reft of the love-ftory is as natural, that is, as fuitable to our common notions of that paffion, as any thing in Virgil or (if you will) Voltaire.
Page 246 - As to religious machinery, perhaps the popular system of each was equally remote from reason, yet the latter had something in it more amusing, as well as more awakening to the imagination. The current popular tales of elves and fairies were even fitter to take the credulous mind, and charm it into a willing admiration of the specious miracles which wayward fancy delights in, than those of the old traditionary rabble of pagan divinities.

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