The humanistic movement led these learned writers to engraft the graces of the antique upon their native literature, and to refine it by emulating the lucidity of Petrarch.
Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
2 " The old English balladist may stir Sir Philip Sidney's heart like a trumpet, and this is much; but Homer, but the few artists in the grand style, can do more - they can refine the raw natural man, they can transmute him " (On Translating Homer, p. 61).
To dwell here upon the Italianizing versifiers, moralists and pastoral romancers who attempted to refine the vernacular of the Romancero would be superfluous.
(Paris, 1889-1893); Le Roux de Lincy, Vie de la refine Anne de Bretagne (Paris, 1860); H.