John Hoole

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John Hoole

John Hoole (2 December 17272 August 1803) was an English translator.



Orlando Furioso of Ludovico Ariosto (1773)[edit]

  • The spotless maid is like the blooming rose
    Which on its native stem unsullied grows;
    Where fencing walls the garden-space surround,
    Nor swains, nor browsing cattle tread the ground.
    But if some hand the tender stalk invades,
    Lost is its beauty, and its colour fades:
    No more the care of heaven, or garden's boast,
    And all its praise with youths and maidens lost.
    • Book I, line 300
  • Love what we see can from our sight remove,
    And things invisible are seen by Love.
    • Book I, line 396
  • Ah! why so rare does cruel Love inspire
    Two tender bosoms with a mutual fire?
    Say, whence, perfidious, dost thou pleasure find
    To sow dissension in the human mind?
    • Book II, line 1
  • What has that wretched damsel left to boast,
    What good on earth, whose virtuous praise is lost?
    • Book VIII, line 285
  • So from a water clear, the trembling light
    Of Phoebus, or the silver queen of night,
    Along the spacious rooms with splendour plays,
    Now high, now low, and shifts a thousand ways.
    • Book VIII, line 490
  • The youth, who pants to gain the amorous prize,
    Forgets that Heaven with all-discerning eyes
    Surveys the secret heart; and when desire
    Has, in possession, quenched its short-lived fire,
    The devious winds aside each promise bear,
    And scatter all his solemn vows in air!
    • Book X, line 24
  • Reflect, ye gentle dames, that much they know,
    Who gain experience from another's woe.
    • Book X, line 32
  • What more our folly shows,
    Than while we others seek, ourselves to lose?
    • Book XXIV, line 7
  • In blaming others, fools their folly show,
    And most attempt to speak when least they know.
    • Book XXVIII, line 7
  • For oft the grace
    Of costly vest improves a beauteous face.
    • Book XXVIII, line 82
  • Of all the sex this certain truth is known,
    No woman yet was ever content with one.
    • Book XXVIII, line 370
  • To others never do
    That which yourselves would wish undone to you.
    • Book XXVIII, line 591
  • Behold the state of man's unstable mind,
    Still prone to change with every changing wind!
    All our resolves are weak, but weakest prove
    Where sprung from sense of disappointed love.
    • Book XXIX, line 1
  • Never let us utter what we never can know,
    And chiefly when it works another's woe.
    • Book XXXII, line 753
  • But such their power who rule with tyrant sway,
    Whom most they loath the people most obey.
    • Book XXXVII, line 774
  • When Fame, O monarch! good or evil tells,
    Evil or good beyond the truth she swells.
    • Book XXXVIII, line 327
  • And Neptune's white herds low above the wave.
    • Book XLI, line 66
  • These friendly words awhile consoled the fair;
    For grief imparted oft alleviates care.
    • Book XLII, line 202
  • Not beauty, wealth, or lineage e'er could raise
    A woman's name (he said) to height of praise,
    If not in action chaste.
    • Book XLIII, line 628
  • When highest placed on giddy Fortune's wheel,
    Unhappy man must soon expect to feel
    A sad reverse, and in the changing round
    With rapid whirl as sudden touch the ground.
    • Book XLV, line 1

Dramas and Other Poems of Metastasio (1800)[edit]

  • The toils of honour dignify repose.
    • "Achilles in Scyros", Act III, last scene
  • 'Tis often constancy to change the mind.
    • "Siroes", Act I, scene viii
  • For while the treason I detest,
    The traitor still I love.
    • "Romulus and Hersilia", Act I, scene v

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