The Renaissance, an essay

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Page 3 - Society. (0) The Church. VII. Conclusion. THE RENAISSANCE. The world's great age begins anew, The golden years return, The earth doth like a snake renew Her winter weeds outworn; Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam Like wrecks of a dissolving dream. The last
Page 16 - the nations have come to the birth, but there is not strength to bring forth.
Page 15 - Mox de generibus et speciebus illud quidem sive subsistant sive in solis nudis
Page 41 - which is not without significance, as belonging to an age when contempt was being brought upon the cherished institutions of other days, and men knew not what to reverence. Its object seems partly to ridicule the spirit of chivalry and religion, partly to sympathise with it, exhibiting a truly Italian mixture of levity and
Page 51 - and Amadis de Gaul idealize. It makes us understand what the courtly devotion " par amours " of knights to ladies, what the splendid jousts and pageants of their mock warfare, really meant. It was written in 1459 by Antoine de la Salles, a gentleman of Lorraine, and has lately been translated into "English by Mr. Alexander Vance.
Page 49 - of that nation. J Philosophy begins with the relative scepticism which asks all questions, it ends with the absolute scepticism which refuses to answer any. Thus Descartes brought all knowledge down to the one fact of Consciousness ; and Bacon, letting go the Past, interrogated no oracle but Nature's. § See the stories of Dame Linet and Morgan La
Page 41 - poet was twentyfour. He says that Menckenius [Vita Politiani] placed it about 1466, which would make Politiano about twelve years old. t See Roscoe's Life of Lorenzo, p. 47. J The duller critics try to make the Morgante wholly serious. Tiraboschi says of it, " La sconnesione e il discordine de
Page 33 - Renaissance, finding himself among men already fascinated by the charms of antiquity, led his contemporaries still farther from the national spirit of * What principally strikes us in Andrea Mantegna is the austerity with which he uses his profound science and knowledge of the antique. In the church of the
Page 39 - the glory of the Renaissance. He, it is true, encouraged eminent men with a liberality suitable to that golden age of patronage ; and France, by her meddling in Italian affairs, aided the diffusion of Renaissance spirit. But of claim to originality Francois and the French have none.
Page 41 - Pulci to record the prizes gained by Lorenzo on a similar occasion. It is characteristic of the Renaissance that this future patron of antique study and prince of diplomatic Florence f, bearing the fleur-de-lys of France for arms, and taking as his motto,

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