Calderon, His Life and Genius: With Specimens of His Plays

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Redfield, 1856 - 233 pages
 

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Page 112 - The law that rules his else eccentric action. So he that's in himself insensible Of love's sweet influence, misjudges him Who moves according to love's melody : And knowing not that all these sighs and tears, Ejaculations, and impatiences, Are necessary changes of a measure, Which the divine musician plays, may call The lover crazy; which he would not do Did he within his own heart hear the tune Play'd by the great musician of the world.
Page 10 - However turbid they may be in themselves to him, such is the religious medium through which he views them, they are all cleared up and perfectly bright. Blessed man! he had escaped from the wild labyrinths of doubt into the stronghold of belief; from thence, with undisturbed tranquillity of soul, he beheld and portrayed the storms of the world; to him human life was no longer a dark riddle.
Page 230 - Este matiz, que al cielo desafia, Iris listado de oro, nieve y grana, Será escarmiento de la vida humana: ¡Tanto se emprende en...
Page 118 - Tutto è menzogna, e delirando io vivo! Sogno della mia vita è il corso intero. Deh tu, Signor, quando a destarmi arrivo, Fa ch'io trovi riposo in sen del Vero!
Page 103 - With respect to translation, even I will not be seduced by it ; although the Greek plays, and some of the ideal dramas of Calderon, with which I have lately, and with inexpressible wonder and delight, become acquainted, are perpetually tempting me to throw over their perfect and glowing forms the grey veil of my own words.
Page 154 - Dreams, whom anxious thoughts oppress, Dreams, who for high place contends, Dreams, who injures and offends ; And though none are rightly ware, All are dreaming that they- are In this life, until death ends. I am dreaming I lie here, Laden with this fetter's weight, And I dreamed that I of late Did in fairer sort appear. What is life ? a frenzy mere ; What is life ? e'en that we deem ; A conceit, a shadow all, And the greatest good is small : Nothing is, but all doth seem — Dreams within dreams,...
Page 153 - Mid his wealth which brings more cares; And the poor man dreams he bears All his want and wretchedness; Dreams, whom anxious thoughts oppress, Dreams, who for high place contends, Dreams, who injures and offends; And though none are rightly ware, All are dreaming that they are In this life, until death ends. I am dreaming I lie here, Laden with this fetter's...
Page 124 - Painter win, Ere the instinct doth begin Of its fierceness and its pride, And its lair on every side It has measured far and nigh, While with better instinct I Am its liberty denied. Born the mute fish was also, Child of ooze and ocean weed ; Scarce a finny bark of speed To the surface brought, and lo! In vast circuits to and fro Measures it on every side...
Page 99 - Germany during the second half of the sixteenth and the first half of the seventeenth century if she did not actually begin, at any rate she encouraged and actively aided, the religious wars.

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