The life of Handel [tr. by J. Lowe]. (Google eBook)

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Handel, George Frideric, -- 1685-1759.
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Page 241 - But soon, ah soon, rebellion will commence, If music meanly borrows aid from sense : Strong in new arms, lo ! giant Handel stands, Like bold Briareus, with a hundred hands ; To stir, to rouse, to shake the soul he comes, And Jove's own thunders follow Mars's drums, Arrest him, empress ; or you sleep no more...
Page 294 - Handel has set up an oratorio against the operas, and succeeds. He has hired all the goddesses from farces and the singers of Roast Beef* from between the acts at both theatres, with a man with one note in his voice, and a girl without ever an one ; and so they sing, and make brave hallelujahs ; and the good company encore the recitative, if it happens to have any cadence like what they call a tune.
Page 289 - My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: And let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Page 213 - Yet it must be allowed to the present age, that the tongue in general is so much refined since Shakespeare's time, that many of his words, and more of his phrases, are scarce intelligible. And of those which we understand, some are ungrammatical, others coarse ; and his whole style is so pestered with figurative expressions, that it is as affected as it is obscure.
Page 221 - The unseen clouds of the dew, which lie Like fire in the flowers till the sun rides high, Then wander like spirits among the spheres, Each cloud faint with the fragrance it bears...
Page 61 - Another age shall see the golden ear Imbrown the slope, and nod on the parterre, Deep harvests bury all his pride has plann'd, And laughing Ceres reassume the land.
Page 157 - Accordingly he hath published papers for a performance to-day, at 5s. a ticket. This performance began a little after five o'clock in the evening. This is an innovation. The players might be as well permitted to come and act.
Page 197 - One evening, as my grandfather and Handel were walking together and alone, a new piece was struck up by the band. ' Come, Mr. Fountayne/ said Handel, ' let us sit down and listen to this piece ; I want to know your opinion of it.' Down they sat ; and after some time the old parson, turning to his companion, said, ' It is not worth listening toŚ it's very poor stuff.
Page 184 - Wales, the bride was conducted to her bed-chamber and the bridegroom to his dressing-room, where the Duke undressed him and His Majesty did His Royal Highness the honour to put on his shirt. The bride was undressed by the princesses, and, being in bed in a rich undress, His Majesty came into the room, and the Prince following soon after in a night-gown of silver stuff, and cap of the finest lace, the quality were admitted to see the bride and bridegroom sitting up in the bed surrounded by all the...
Page 226 - In the mean time I am writing a song for St. Cecilia's Feast, who, you know, is the patroness of musick.

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