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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. 1759 Excerpt: ... in Virgil, silence (as Longinus justly observes) is more expressive than words could be; and a naked thought fays more, than a volume. Line 124.--for believing, me. Nothing could possibly set her indignation in a stronger light, than this paragraph. She is angry even with the gods for not punish ing herself. And for what? for only being so imprudent and simple, as to give credit to the flattery and lies of an impostor. But to have been cast away by winds and waves, by storms and seas, would have been a prosaic death; the poetical one, is to be split by Rustling rocks, or devoured by sea-monsters. This is what we call poetic creation, and animating the piece; and from it poets derived their name; which, in Greek, signifies Makers or Creators. e Why cou'd not justling rocks, conflicting stone! 125 Split the tall ship, and crush us into one? Or Scylla's dogs, rapacious to devour, At least your base, ungratesul corpse have tore? Or t she, who sucks and spouts th' alternate deep, Have in her whirling eddy funk the ship? 130 Yet sase to Thessaly the youth returns, And the rich fleece bis houshold gods adorns. What need I mention all the ills I wrought? The Pelian sisters, duteous to a fault? How at my instance, with destructive steel, 135 In hopes of youth, their aged sire they kill. Let others blame:--from you I merit praise; Forc'd as I was by crimes your pcw'r to raise. You dar'd, a wretch! (but words desert my woe, You dar'd, from Eson's roof, to bid me go. 140? Carybdis. Notes. Line 137. Let others blame, CSV. Jason is represented?s an ambitious man; and, as such, he makes use of Medea, as a tool, 'till he has carried his point: and then discards her, when she can be of no surther service to him. Line 139. You dard, a wretch, CSV. The passion of anger is ne...
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