Life of Torquato Tasso Volume 2; with an historical and critical account of his writings

9781130130157: Life of Torquato Tasso Volume 2; with an historical and critical account of his writings
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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. 1810 Excerpt: ...former of these cities, about the tenth of November. The fatigue of this journey confined our poet a fortnight to bed; and, on his convalescence, he wrote an account of himself to his friends at Naples, and to Constantini, at Mantua. To this gentleman, Tasso made frequent, and sometimes not very delicate applications for money; and, as he had probably dropped some hints about attention to economy, the bard thus justifies himself: "As to myself, I may with truth affirm, that I have never indulged my desires; and, though I was born a gentleman of no low estate, I have neither lived suitably to my birth, which was noble, nor to my education, which was not mean. Hence I marvel that any person should affirm that I squander, or dissipate, any thing; seeing that I go clothed in a manner less honourable than becomes my condition, and that I do not even satisfy VOL. II. 2 L Chap, xxi. an immoderate appetite. Scarcely, during the course of AetD46690-this summer, have I purchased, for my eating, two pairs of melons; and, though I have been almost always indisposed, often I have been contented with beef instead of chicken; and the soup of lettuce, or of gourd, when I could get it, has been considered as a dainty. If, indeed, expending on medicines be squandering, I confess I have wasted in this way a good number of scudi; but I will not confess that the little I have laid out on books is prodigality, since I have need of them, either to learn something, or to remember what I have learned/-It would appear from this, that Tasso did not fare very sumptuously; but it is true also, that he was the most careless of mortals, and that he possessed in a sovereign degree, that negligence and inattention, which is even more fatal to independence than profuseness. In November...

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