Comedies of Plautus: Amphitruo, Amphitryon. Miles Gloriosus. Captivi

T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1769

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Sivu 100 - Where either I must live, or bear no life; The fountain from the which my current runs, Or else dries up ; to be discarded thence...
Sivu 263 - Of every hearer; for it so falls out, That what we have we prize not to the worth, Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, Why, then we rack the value; then we find The virtue, that possession would not show us, Whiles it was ours...
Sivu 16 - It began with Jupiter's falling in love out of a peep-hole in the clouds, and ended with the birth of Hercules.
Sivu 16 - I could not easily pardon the liberty the poet has taken of larding his play with, not only indecent expressions, but such gross words, as I don't think our mob would suffer from a mountebank.
Sivu 49 - Be with yon soldier present, as if absent. All night and day love me : still long for me : Dream, ponder still " on " me : wish, hope for me, Delight in me : be all in all with me : Give your whole heart, for mine's all yours, to me.
Sivu 13 - Having translated, call'd COMMORIENTES. In the beginning of the Grecian play There is a youth, who rends a girl perforce From a procurer : and this incident, Untouch'd by Plautus, render'd word for word, Has our bard interwoven with his Brothers — The new piece which we represent to-day. Say then if this be theft, or honest use Of what remained unoccupied.
Sivu 86 - Of ev'ry thing ; but arc not. These I follow ; Not for their sport and laughter, but for gain To laugh with them, and wonder at their parts : Whate'er they say, I praise it; if again They contradict, I praise that too : does any Deny ? I too deny : affirm ? I too Affirm : and in a word, I've brought myself To say, unsay, swear, and forswear, at pleasure: And that is now the best of all professions.
Sivu 287 - For when my father is informed of this, And learns how well your heart has been inclin'd Both to his son and to himself, he'll never Prove such a niggard, but in gratitude He will reward you with your liberty ; And I, if I return, with all my power Will urge him the more readily to do it. For by your aid, your courtesy, your courage, Wisdom and prudence, you have been the means Of my return to...
Sivu iii - I can never forget the time," he says, " when our literary amusements were so intimately blended, that we seemed to have one invention, one sentiment, one expression. The regularity of a periodical publication led us to a constant intercourse and communication of ideas ; and whatever may be the fate of this present undertaking, I shall never repent my having dipt in ink, since it gave me an opportunity of cultivating a social as well as literary connection with you.
Sivu iv - I own, indeed, I shall feel a more than ordinary disappointment if I should be judged unworthy to rank with you in this humbler branch of literature ; for I confess, in the pride of my heart, that one great inducement to my engaging in this task was the hope that our names would be mentioned together as the translators of Terence and Plautus ; though I cannot aspire to an equal share of reputation with the author of

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