Seventeenth century lyrics

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byGeorge Saintsbury

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... ( 182 ) John Dryden. Ah, fading joy! how quickly art thou past! Yet we thy ruin haste. As if the cares of human life were few, We seek out new: And follow fate which would too fast pursue. See how on every bough the birds express In their sweet notes their happiness. They all enjoy and nothing spare, But on their mother nature lay their care: Why then should man, the lord of all below, Such troubles choose to know, As none of all his subjects undergo? Hark, hark, the waters fall, fall, fall And with a murmuring sound Dash, dash, upon the ground, To gentle slumbers call. NOTES p. i. This admirable poem was first printed in Davison's Poetical Rhapsody (1600). It is not certainly known to be Donne's, but all the best judges assign it to him, not merely on the internal evidence of the last stanza, but on early MS. authority, In some of the editions of the Poetical Rhapsody the piece is headed by an argument-couplet That time and absence proves Rather helps than hurts to loves. P. 9. It has been suspected that this piece, also, is Donne's, and it is worthy of him, though less in his style than in that of Ben. There are other versions and other readings, but this is the best. One text, printed from MS. by Dr. Grosart, has two additional verses, but they are only a feeble amplification of these. P. 10. The 'subtle wreath' is again referred to in The Retique. The line containing the reference A bracelet of bright hair about the bone is one of the most famous and beautiful of all Donne's; but the poem as a whole is inferior to this. P. 12. From the Shoemaker's Holiday. This is one of my borrowings from the sixteenth century; but Dekker specially belongs to the seventeenth. P. 14. Not very probably Raleigh's; but attributed to him. Gate.--A common form for 'gait.' ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... ( 182 ) John Dryden. Ah, fading joy! how quickly art thou past! Yet we thy ruin haste. As if the cares of human life were few,...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217253210

ISBN - 13:9780217253215

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