Greece, ancient and modern, lects, Volume 2


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Page 10 - SLOW sinks, more lovely ere his race be run, ^ Along Morea's hills the setting sun ; Not, as in Northern climes, obscurely bright, But one unclouded blaze of living light ! O'er the hushed deep the yellow beam he throws, Gilds the green wave, that trembles as it glows.
Page 42 - ... the pilot the rudder is the inanimate organ, and the man on the look-out the animate. The slave is an animate organ, and indeed the first of organs. But if every organ, either commanded or foreknowing, could perform its proper office, — as did the works of Daedalus, and the tripods of Hephaestus which the poet describes as moving of themselves into the assembly of the gods, — if the shuttle could thus weave and the quill could thus play the lyre, the architect would want no servants, the...
Page 424 - Tread those reviving passions down, Unworthy manhood! — unto thee Indifferent should the smile or frown Of beauty be. If thou regret'st thy youth, why live? The land of honourable death Is here: — up to the field, and give Away thy breath! Seek out — less often sought than found — A soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around and choose thy ground, And take thy rest.
Page 428 - All Troy then moves to Priam's court again, A solemn, silent, melancholy train: Assembled there, from pious toil they rest, And sadly shared the last sepulchral feast. Such honours Ilion to her hero paid, And peaceful slept the mighty Hector's shade.
Page 10 - Salamis ! Their azure arches through the long expanse More deeply purpled meet his mellowing glance, And tenderest tints, along their summits driven, Mark his gay course, and own the hues of heaven ; Till, darkly shaded from the land and deep, Behind his Delphian cliff he sinks to sleep.
Page 81 - Another commendable law of Solon's is that which forbids men to speak evil of the dead ; for it is pious to think the deceased sacred, and just, not to meddle with those that are gone, and politic, to prevent the perpetuity of discord. He likewise forbade them to speak evil of the living in the temples, the courts of justice, the public offices, or at the games, or else to pay three drachmas to the person, and two to the public. For...
Page 423 - Greece is, at present, placed between three measures : either to reconquer her liberty, to become a dependence of the sovereigns of Europe, or to return to a Turkish province. She has the choice only of these three alternatives. Civil war is but a road which leads to the two latter.
Page 504 - University, organized in 1836, has a corps of nearly forty professors, and an excellent library of eighty thousand volumes. Among the professors .are men who would do honor to any European university. The venerable Asopios expounds Homer with the vivacity of a Nestor. The lectures of Philippos Johannis, on moral philosophy, are admirable for purity of style and clearness of method. Rangabes expounds the fine arts with learning and taste.
Page 149 - That makes against ye !-~the only thing against ye— The being able to read, in any way • For now; no lead nor influence is allowed To liberal arts or learned education, But to the brutal, base, and under-bred. Embrace then and hold fast the promises Which the oracles of the gods announce to you.
Page 423 - ... exposed, have detained me here, and will still detain me, till some of them are removed. But when the money shall be advanced for the fleet, I will start for the Morea, not knowing, however, of what use my presence can be in the present state of things. We have heard some rumours of new dissensions, — nay, of the existence of a civil war. With all my heart I desire that these reports may be false, or exaggerated, for I can imagine no calamity more serious than this...

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