Knights and Their Days

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Richard Bentley, 1856 - 509 pages

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Page 354 - I must have wanton poets, pleasant wits, Musicians, that with touching of a string May draw the pliant king which way I please: Music and poetry is his delight; Therefore I'll have Italian masks by night, Sweet speeches, comedies, and pleasing shows...
Page 355 - Sometime a lovely boy in Dian's shape With hair that gilds the water as it glides, Crownets of pearl about his naked arms, And in his sportful hands an olive-tree, To hide those parts which men delight to see...
Page 509 - They are happy as brutes are happy, with a piece of fresh meat - with the grossest sensuality. But, Sir, the profession of soldiers and sailors has the dignity of danger. Mankind reverence those who have got over fear, which is so general a weakness.
Page 214 - Majesty sitting under his state in the banqueting house, the chirurgeons cause the sick to be brought, or led, up to the throne, where they kneeling, the King strokes their faces, or cheeks with both his hands at once, at which instant a chaplain in his formalities says, " He put his hands upon them, and he healed them.
Page 15 - In 67 months she was tapped 66 times : Had taken away 240 gallons of water, Without ever repining at her case, Or ever fearing the operation.
Page 48 - The ladies' hearts began to melt, Subdued by blows their lovers felt. So Spanish heroes, with their lances, At once wound bulls
Page 402 - His genius lay chiefly in war, in which his courage was more admired than his conduct. Great errors were often committed by him ; but his heroical courage set things right, as it inflamed those who were about him.
Page 355 - Sweet speeches, comedies and pleasing shows; And in the day, when he shall walk abroad, Like sylvan nymphs my pages shall be clad. My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns, Shall with their goat-feet dance an antic hay.
Page 354 - Saunders, her body was by her express request dressed ' in a very fine Brussels lace head-dress, a holland shift with a tucker and double ruffles of the same lace, and a pair of new kid gloves, and was then wrapped in a winding-sheet of fine linen.
Page 330 - But there be no such comedians as we have here ; yet the women are the best actors, they play their own parts, a thing much desired in England by some ladies, inns o...

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