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Collection: Gustave Doré Illustrations
Vivien encloses Merlin in the tree.
The cave scene.
The sea fight.
Merlin paints the young knight's shield.
The knight's progress.
The knight's carouse.
Vivien and Merlin enter the woods.
Vivien and Merlin Disembark.
Vivien and Merlin Repose
I most humbly beseech your lanternship to lead us back.
Friar John and Panurge
The furred law cats scrambling after the crowns from Panurge's purse.
The Master of Ringing Island.
With this accident we were all out of sorts, moping, drooping, metragrabolized, as dull as dun in the mire.
Immediately one of the girls brought him a tall-boy brimfull of extravagant wine.
In the middle of July, the devil came to the place aforesaid, with all his crew at his heels.
He lugs out his trusty sword with both his fists, and cut the sausage in twain.
Pantagruel then arose from table to visit and scour the thicket.
The monstrous physetere was slain by Pantagruel
They came where two old women were weeping and wailing.
In fine, they were all of them forced to sea, and drowned like so many rats.
Cost what they will, cried Panurge, trade with me for one of them, paying you well.
He comes to Chinon, the ancient city, yea the first city in the world.
My hatchet, lord Jupiter, my hatchet ! only my hatchet, O Jupiter !
It was the pantagruelion manufactured and fashioned into a halter, and serving in the place and office of a cravat.
By sucking very much at the purses of the pleading parties, they to the suits already begot form head, feet, claws, beaks, teeth, &c.
Bridlegoose relateth the history of the reconcilers.
The altercation waxed hot in words ; which moved the gaping hoydens of the sottish Parisians to run from all parts thereabouts.
Rondibilis the Physician
The chamber is already full of devils.
They found the old woman sitting in a corner of her chimney.
Panurge seeks the advice of Pantagruel and his friends as to whether he should marry.
I saw them, said Epistemon, 'all very busily employed in seeking of rusty pins and old nails in the kennels of the streets.
I saw Epictetus there most gallantly apparelled after the French fashion, sitting under a pleasant arbour, with store of handsome gentle-women, making good cheer.
Striking them down as a mason doth little knobs of stone.
How six hundred and threescore horsemen were very cunningly vanquished and discomfited.
After dinner, Panurge went to see her.
At another time he laid in some fair place, where the said watch was to pass, train of gunpowder.
Is there any greater pain of the teeth than when the dogs have you by the legs?
With this I ran away a fair gallop-rake.
Comrades,' said Gargantua to his men, 'I hear the enemies' horse-feet ; let us rally and close here, then set forward in order, and by this means we shall be able to receive their charge, to their loss and our honour.
Thus went out those valiant champions on their adventure.
How Gargantua passed the ford.
The monks knew not, in that extremity, to which of all their saints they should vow themselves.
He did swim in deep waters, on his belly, on his back, sideways with all his body, with his feet only, with one hand in the air.
Gargantua visiting the shops.
He went to see the city, and was behold of everybody there with great admiration.
He led them up the great staircase of the castle.
On the road to the castle
Immediately thereafter were appointed for him seventeen thousand nine hundred and thirteen cows, to furnish him with milk.
All stiff drinkers, brave fellows, and good players at ninepins.
Rabelais dissecting society and writing his book.
My so good wife dead, who was the most this, the most that, that ever was in the world.
Oh God! That bread should be so dear, And flesh and blood so cheap!
A house, but under some prodigious ban of Excommunication!
A little fairy comes at night, And from the moon she flutters down.
But love may haunt the grave of Love, And watch the mould in vain.
And her hat with shady brim, Made her tressy forehead dim!
So wills the fierc avenging sprite, Till blood for blood atones!
At last she startled up, And gazed on the vacant air.
Glad to death's mystery. Swift to be hurl'd Any where, any out of the world!
Take her up tenderly, lift her with care, Fashion'd so slederly, young, and so fair!
Some natural tears they dropt, but whiped them soon.
They beseech, That Moses might report to them his will, And terror cease.
All dwellings else, Flood overwhelmd, and them, with all their pomp.
Began to build a vessel of huge bulk.
The heavenly bands
This said, they both betook them several ways.
Dreadful was the din
And now expecting, Each hour their great adventurer from the search, Of Foreign Worlds
They heard, And from his presence hid themselves among, The thickest Trees
Nor only tears, Rained at their eyes, but high winds worse within, Began to rise
Back to the Thicket slunk, The guilty Serpent.
Nearer he drew, and many a walk traversed, Of stateliest covert, cedar, pine, or palm.
Him fast sleeping soon he found, In Labyrinth of many a round self-rolled
O Earth, how like to Heav’n, if not preferr’d, More justly
In with the River sunk, and with it rose, Satan
So parted they, the Angel up to Heav’n, From the thick shade, and Adam to his Bower.
And now on Earth the Seventh, Eev’ning arose in Eden
Meanwhile the tepid caves, and fens, and shores, Their brood as numerous hatch
And seems a moving Land, and at his Gills, Draws in, and at his Trunk spouts out a Sea.
And God said, let the Waters generate, Reptile with Spawn abundant, living Soul: And let Fowl fly above the Earth
Wave rolling after wave, where way they found, If steep, with torrent rapture
Hell at last, Yawning received them whole.
Nine days they fell.
On the foughten field
Now Night her course began.
Then Satan first knew pain, And writhed him to and fro.
Now storming fury rose, And clamor such as heard in Heaven till now
This greeting on thy impious crest receive.
To whom the wing’d Hierarch replied
Eastward among those trees, what glorious shape
Leaning half raised, with looks of cordial love, Hung over her enamoured