Don Juan

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This was tremendous fun to read. Byron's personality infuses the work and he's a likable, open-hearted narrator. It's a picture of England just before the clouds of Victorian prudery turned love from ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A very modern and readable epic. Though some (maybe... 5%) takes a pretty hardcore reader to appreciate, it was easy for even a big noob like me to have a lot of fun. One of the finest long poems in English. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Seite viii - The Family Shakspeare ; in which nothing is added to the Original Text ; but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud. By T. BOWDLEB, Esq. FRS New Edition, in Volumes for the Pocket ; with 36 Wood Engravings, from Designs by Smirke, Howard, and other Artists.
Seite 112 - And angling, too, that solitary vice, Whatever Izaak Walton sings or says: The quaint, old, cruel coxcomb, in his gullet Should have a hook, and a small trout to pull it.
Seite viii - LOUDON'S ENCYCLOPEDIA of AGRICULTURE: comprising the Laying-out, Improvement, and Management of Landed Property, and the Cultivation and Economy of the Productions of Agriculture. With 1,100 Woodcuts. 8vo. 21s. London's Encyclopaedia of Gardening: comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape Gardening.
Seite 87 - Amidst the court a Gothic fountain play'd, Symmetrical, but deck'd with, carvings quaint — Strange faces, like to men in masquerade, And here perhaps a monster, there a saint : The spring gush'd through grim mouths of granite made, And sparkled into basins, where it spent Its little torrent in a thousand bubbles, Like man's vain glory, and his vainer troubles.
Seite 165 - Tis strange, — but true ; for truth is always strange ; Stranger than fiction : if it could be told, How much would novels gain by the exchange ; How differently the world would men behold ! How oft would vice and virtue places change I The new world would be nothing to the old, If some Columbus of the moral seas Would show mankind their souls
Seite 138 - There's nought in this bad world like sympathy : 'Tis so becoming to the soul and face ; Sets to soft music the harmonious sigh, And robes sweet Friendship in a Brussels lace. Without a friend, what were humanity, To hunt our errors up with a good grace ? Consoling us with — " Would you had thought twice ! " Ah ! if you had but follow'd my advice !
Seite 85 - The annals of full many a line undone, — The gallant cavaliers, who fought in vain For those who knew not to resign or reign.
Seite 121 - Besides, my Muse by no means deals in fiction : She gathers a repertory of facts, Of course with some reserve and slight restriction, But mostly sings of human things and acts — And that's one cause she meets with contradiction ; For too much truth, at first sight, ne'er attracts ; And were her object only what's call'd glory, With more ease too she'd tell a different story.
Seite 140 - I told you so," Utter'd by friends, those prophets of the past, Who, 'stead of saying what you now should do, Own they foresaw that you would fall at last, And solace your slight lapse 'gainst " bonos mores," With a long memorandum of old stories.
Seite 106 - Or sauntered through the gardens piteously, And made upon the hot-house several strictures, Or rode a nag, which trotted not too high, Or on the morning papers read their lectures, Or on the watch their longing eyes would fix, Longing at sixty for the hour of six. • cm. But none were

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