Moral and political dialogues: being the substance of several conversations between divers eminent persons, with critical and explanatory notes by the editor [R. Hurd]. With letters on chivalry and romance by mr. Hurd, Volume 3

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Page 254 - 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 197 - ... knights, as to give birth to the attentions of gallantry. But this gallantry would take a refined turn, not only from the...
Page 250 - 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 255 - 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 324 - The only favourable circumftance that attended him (and this no doubt encouraged, if it did not produce his untimely project) was, that he was fomewhat befriended in thefe...
Page 252 - Under this idea then of a Gothic, not classical poem, the Faerie Queene 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 259 - ... 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 270 - This was the poet's moral ; and what way of expressing this moral in the history but by making Prince Arthur appear in each adventure, and in a manner subordinate to its proper hero ? Thus, though inferior to each in his own specific virtue, he is superior to all, by uniting...
Page 250 - There was not a village in England that had not a ghost in it; the churchyards were all haunted; every large common had a circle of fairies belonging to it; and there was scarce a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit.
Page 237 - 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.

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