As much valour is to be found in feasting as in fighting, and some of our city captains and carpet knights will make this good, and prove it. BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 2. Subsect. 2.
There was a sound of revelry by night, And Belgiums capital had gatherd then Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright The lamps shone oer fair women and brave men. ByronChilde Harold. Canto III. St. 21.
The music, and the banquet, and the wine The garlands, the rose odors, and the flowers, The sparkling eyes, and flashing ornaments The white arms and the raven hairthe braids, And bracelets; swan-like bosoms, and the necklace, An India in itself, yet dazzling not. ByronMarino Faliero. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 51.
The service was of great array, That they were served with that day. Thus they ate, and made them glad, With such service as they had When they had dined, as I you say, Lordis and ladies yede to play; Some to tables and some to chess, With other games more and less. The Life of Ipomydon. Harleian Library. (British Museum.) MS. No. 2,252.
Non ampliter, sed munditer convivium; plus sails quam sumptus. A feast not profuse but elegant; more of salt [refinement] than of expense. Quoted by MontaigneEssays. Bk. III. Ch. IX. From an ancient poet, cited by Nonnius Marcellus. XI. 19. Also from Cornelius NeposLife of Atticus. Ch. XIII.
This night I hold an old accustomd feast, Whereto I have invited many a guest, Such as I love; and you among the store, One more, most welcome, makes my number more. Romeo and Juliet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 20.