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Pagina 377 - Full oft within the spacious walls, When he had fifty winters o'er him, My grave lord-keeper led the brawls, The seal and maces danc'd before him. His bushy beard and shoe-strings green, His high-crown'd hat, and satin doublet, Mov'd the stout heart of England's queen, Though Pope and Spaniard could not trouble it.
Pagina 222 - of his time. He was the first Englishman who added the praise of the elegant arts to the other glories of his country. In taste—in grace—in facility—in happy invention, and in the richness and harmony of colouring, he was equal to the greatest masters of the renowned
Pagina 221 - I reflect, not without vanity, that these discourses bear testimony of my admiration of that truly divine man ; and I should desire that the last words which I should pronounce in this Academy, and from this place, might be the name of Michael Angelo.
Pagina 146 - he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere : he was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great : he was a mechanical poet." In 1791 Walpole writes, "After the Doctor's death, Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Boswell sent an ambling circular letter to me, begging subscriptions for a
Pagina 295 - of gallantry, pleasure, and entertainment, shall be under the article of White's Chocolate House ; poetry under that of Will's Coffee House ; learning under the title of Grecian; Foreign and Domestic News you will have from St. James's Coffee House.
Pagina 146 - I agree with you most absolutely in your opinion about Gray ; he is the worst company in the world. From a melancholy turn, from living reclusely, and from a little too much dignity, he never converses easily ; all his words are measured and chosen, and formed into sentences : his writings are admirable; he himself is not agreeable."!
Pagina 214 - No wonder the Incorporated Artists soon sunk into oblivion, for they must have been deprived of almost every man of any eminence among them. Goldsmith's couplet on Reynolds, and the empty pretenders to knowledge who used to buzz about him, " When they talk'd of their Raphaels, Correggios, and stuff, He shifted his
Pagina 101 - thy own Phœbus, reigns, Joys in my jigs, and dances in my chains. But soon, ah soon, Rebellion will commence, If Music meanly horrows aid from Sense : Strong in new arms, lo ! giant Handel stands, Like hold Briareus, with a hundred hands ; To stir, to rouse, to shake the soul he
Pagina 170 - Let him that is no coward, nor no flatterer, But dare maintain the party of the truth, Pluck a red rose from off this thorn with me.