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  • When the dignus vindice nodus is resurrected in the 1790s in relation to the use of the supernatural, Horace's words should be translated to mean "you should not use this device unless you have a legitimate reason."

    Haunted Britain in the 1970s

  • Speaking of the ideal drama, Horace says: "nec deus intersit, nisi dignus vindice nodus."

    Haunted Britain in the 1970s

  • How far this argument will avail as a reason for her thus calling on the tomb to ope its ponderous and marble jaws, must be left to the candour of the public, though we cannot help remarking, that the observation of Horace on the dignus vindice nodus, will not bear her out in the present difficulty.

    Haunted Britain in the 1970s

  • Appealing to an older and more venerable technology, the London Review invoked Horace's "dignus vindice nodus" from The Art of

    Haunted Britain in the 1970s

  • Not only did the Gothic become unworthy of the supernatural, and hence illegitimate, but criticism itself was losing its originality, and hence its "dignus vindice nodus."

    Haunted Britain in the 1970s

  • The former is steady and unshaken, where the nodus is dignus vindice; the latter is oftener improperly than properly exerted, but always brutally.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Et quamuis maledici regnum Dei possidere non possint, creditum tamen est, quod hi qui merito impietatis su� maledicebantur, ocyus Domino vindice, poenas sui reatus luerent.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • If his enemies were all sottish, weak, foolish, childish, until he makes them so, where would be the praise of his great name? when would there be "Nodus Deo vindice dignus," -- work worthy of the appearance of the Most High?

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • Here, therefore, again occurs dignus vindice nodus — a difficulty which nothing but divine wisdom could expedite.


  • Horace would allow that this was "dignus vindice nodus."

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 6, June 1810


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