The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies, Zväzok 1

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Chatto and Windus, 1876 - 196 strán (strany)
My edition of the Complete Poems of Sir John Davies in the Fuller Worthies' Library in 1869; since being followed up with a similarly complete collection of his much more extensive Prose, as Volumes II. and III. of his entire Works—met with so instant a Welcome, that very speedily I had to return the answer of 'out of print' to numerous applicants. Accordingly it was with no common satisfaction I agreed to the request of the Publishers that Sir John Davies' complete Poems should succeed Giles Fletcher's in their Early English Poets.In the preparation of this new edition I have carefully re-collated the whole of the original and early editions, with the same advantage and for the same reasons, as in Giles Fletcher's. I have likewise been enabled to make some interesting additions, as will appear in the respective places.

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Strana xcix - But tell me, tell me! speak again, Thy soft response renewing— What makes that ship drive on so fast? What is the ocean doing?' Second Voice 'Still as a slave before his lord, The ocean hath no blast; His great bright eye most silently Up to the Moon is cast— If he may know which way to go; For she guides him smooth or grim. See, brother, see! how graciously She looketh down on him.
Strana 83 - O, what is man, great Maker of mankind, That Thou to him so great respect dost bear, That Thou adorn'st him with so bright a mind, Mak'st him a king, and e'en an angel's peer.
Strana xxv - O thou invisible spirit of wine ! if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.
Strana 5 - JOHN.) — Nosce teipsum. This Oracle expounded in two Elegies. 1. Of Humane Knowledge. 2. Of the Soule of Man, and the Immortalitie thereof.
Strana 90 - In that to God she doth directly move ; And on no mortal thing can make her stay, She cannot be from hence, but from above.
Strana 26 - tis corrupted, both in Wit and Will. I know my Soul hath power to know all things, Yet is she blind and ignorant in all ; I know I am one of Nature's little kings, Yet to the least and vilest things am thrall ! I know my Life's a pain, and but a span ; I know my Sense is mocked with every thing : And to conclude, I know myself a Man ; Which is a proud, and yet a wretched thing ! Of the Soul of Man ; and the Immortality thereof.
Strana 56 - For what are men better than sheep or goats That nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer Both for themselves and those who call them friend? For so the whole round earth is every way Bound by gold chains about the feet of God.
Strana xciv - Noah's dove, can no sure footing take, She doth return from whence she first was sent, And flies to Him that first her wings did make.

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