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  • n. Plural form of extasy.


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  • In the case of Donne's poem, there are two extasies happening at once:

    John Lundberg: Some Poetic Advice for a Love-Struck Governor

  • This therefore is the praise of Shakespeare, that his drama is the mirrour of life; that he who has mazed his imagination, in following the phantoms which other writers raise up before him, may here be cured of his delirious extasies, by reading human sentiments in human language; by scenes from which a hermit may estimate the transactions of the world, and a confessor predict the progress of the passions.

    Preface to Shakespeare

  • Heaven, they fall short in describing their extasies; a failing on the right side, or perhaps purposely made, for the happiness of mankind.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 281, November 3, 1827

  • When Sir Charles came to me the next morning, he was in extasies at the successful termination of his suit, which he asserted was in a great measure due to my good advice, and he urged me to attend him on the happy occasion.

    Laura Middleton; Her Brother and her Lover

  • In these extasies she often perceived things so sublime, that, returning to her senses, she could in no way find words fitly to explain what she understood by divine enlightenment.

    Spiritual Works of Louis of Blois

  • She often fell into extasies of this sort, and was wholly rapt in God.

    Spiritual Works of Louis of Blois

  • The brethren were in extasies at this demonstrative evidence of completion of the work; and whenever Suggs shouted "Gloree!" at the top of his lungs, every one of them shouted it back, until the woods rang with echoes.

    The Captain Attends a Camp-Meeting (Chapter Ten of Adventures of Simon Suggs)

  • Poets may sing of love as convulsing the frame, and rending the heart, and transmuting a human sentiment into divine extasies.

    The Young Maiden

  • Upon being answered in the negative, he betook himself again to his prayers, and, after a short interval, was once more absorbed in celestial extasies, and heard a loud voice from heaven saying -- _Ite, missa est_.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

  • At the sight of the wounds and of the blood of a crucified God, he fell into sighs and tears, and languishments, and extasies of love.

    The Works of John Dryden


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