- The golden sun rose from the silver wave,
And with his beams enamel'd every green.
- Book I, stanza 35
- Aurora bright her crystal gates unbarred,
And bridegroom-like forth stept the glorious sun.
- Book I, stanza 71
- Better sit still, men say, than rise to fall.
- Book II, stanza 79
- The throne of Cupid had an easy stair,
His bark is fit to sail with every wind,
The breach he makes no wisdom can repair.
- Book IV, stanza 34
- Patience, a praise; forbearance is a treasure;
Sufferance, an angel is; a monster, rage.
- Book V, stanza 47
- Base affections fall, when virtue riseth.
- Book V, stanza 62
- Sorrow, misfortune's son, despair's foul sire.
- Book XII, stanza 88
- The rosy-fingered morn with gladsome ray
Rose to her task from old Tithonus' lap.
- Book XV, stanza 1. Compare: Ῥοδοδάκτυλος Ἠώς ("Rosy-fingered Dawn"), Homer, Iliad, 1.477.
- Nature gives beauty; fortune, wealth in vain.
- Book XVI, stanza 65
- Remembrance is the life of grief; his grave,
- Book XVIII, stanza 2
- In their speech is death, hell in their smile.
- Book XIX, stanza 84
Quotes about FairfaxEdit
- His diction is so pure, elegant, and full of graces, and the turn of his lines so perfectly melodious, that one cannot read [his translation] without rapture; and we scarcely imagine the original Italian has greatly the advantage in either, nor is it very probable that while Fairfax can be read, any author will attempt a new translation of Tasso with success.
- Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. I (1753), 'The Life of Edward Fairfax', pp. 223–224
- Prevailing poet, whose undoubting mind,
Believed the magic wonders which he sung.
- William Collins, Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland (written 1749, published 1788), lines 199–200
- Fairfax has translated Tasso with an elegance and ease, and at the same time with an exactness, which for that age are surprising.
- David Hume, The History Of Great Britain, Under The House of Stuart, Vol. I (1759), p. 128
- Gerusalemme Liberata – the Edward Fairfax translation, in its entirety, at The Online Medieval & Classical Library