The Works of William Mason, M.A. Precentor of York, and Rector of Aston: The art of painting by Charles Alphonse du Fresnoy. Notes by sir Joshua Reynolds. Mr Dryden's Preface. Mr Pope's epistle to Mr. Jervas. Essays on English Church music

T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand, 1811

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Página 314 - Anon they move In perfect phalanx to the Dorian mood Of flutes and soft recorders...
Página 208 - This, says my author, is the gift of Jupiter; and, to speak in the same heathen language, we call it the gift of our Apollo : not to be obtained by pains or study, if we are not born to it; for the motions which are studied are never so natural as those which break out in the height of a real passion. Mr Otway possessed this part as thoroughly as any of the Ancients or Moderns. I will not defend every thing in his Venice Preserved?
Página 199 - ... only true imitations of nature, but of the best nature, of that which is wrought up to a nobler pitch. They present us with images more perfect than the life in any individual ; and we have the pleasure to see all the scattered beauties of nature united by a happy chemistry, without its deformities or faults. They are imitations of the passions, which always move, and therefore consequently please ; for without motion there can be no delight, which cannot be considered but as an active passion....
Página 310 - The interim of unsweating themselves regularly and convenient rest before meat may both with profit and delight be taken up in recreating and composing their travailed spirits with the solemn and divine harmonies of music, heard or learned either while the skilful organist plies his grave and fancied descant in lofty fugues or the whole symphony with artful and unimaginable touches adorn and grace the well-studied chords of some choice composer — sometimes the lute or soft organ-stop waiting on...
Página 209 - Otway possessed this part as thoroughly as any of the ancients or moderns. I will not defend every thing in his Venice Preserved; but I must bear this testimony to his memory, that the passions are truly touched in it, though, perhaps there is somewhat to be desired both in the grounds of them, and in the height and elegance of expression ; but nature is there, which is the greatest beauty.
Página 221 - THIS verse be thine, my friend, nor thou refuse This from no venal or ungrateful Muse. Whether thy hand strike out some free design, Where life awakes, and dawns at every line, Or blend in beauteous tints the colour'd mass, And from the canvas call the mimic face...
Página 298 - Enlarged the former narrow bounds, And added length to solemn sounds, With Nature's mother-wit, and arts unknown before. Let old Timotheus yield the prize, Or both divide the crown : He raised a mortal to the skies : She drew an angel down.
Página 355 - HARRY, whose tuneful and well-measured song First taught our English music how to span Words with just note and accent, not to scan With Midas' ears, committing short and long, Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng, With praise enough for Envy to look wan : To after age thou shalt be writ the man That with smooth air couldst humour best our tongue. Thou honour'st verse, and verse must lend her wing To honour thee, the priest of Phoebus...
Página 178 - And upon this account the noblest Poets and the best Orators, when they desire to celebrate any extraordinary beauty, are forced to have recourse to statues and pictures, and to draw their persons and faces into comparison...
Página 23 - RUE poetry the Painter's power displays : True Painting emulates the Poet's lays ; The rival sisters, fond of equal fame, Alternate change their office and their name ; Bid silent Poetry the canvass warm, 5 The tuneful page with speaking picture charm.

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