A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Macmillan and Company, limited, 1899 - English drama - 1940 pages
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Page 289 - If we shadows have offended. Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here, While these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, No more yielding but a dream, Gentles, do not reprehend: If you pardon, we will mend.
Page 567 - Yet nature is made better by no mean, But nature makes that mean : so, o'er that art Which, you say, adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock ; And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race. This is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather : but The art itself is nature.
Page 318 - Marlowe, bathed in the Thespian springs, Had in him those brave translunary things That the first poets had ; his raptures were All air and fire, which made his verses clear ; For that fine madness still he did retain Which rightly should possess a poet's brain.
Page 492 - With neither of them that take offence was I acquainted, and with one of them I care not if I never be...
Page 279 - Harry, I do not only marvel where thou spendest thy time, but also how thou art accompanied : for though the camomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows, yet youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears.
Page 211 - A tragi-comedy is not so called in respect of mirth and killing, but in respect it wants deaths, which is enough to make it no tragedy, yet brings some near to it, which is enough to make it no comedy...
Page 326 - FROM jigging veins of rhyming mother-wits, And such conceits as clownage keeps in pay, We'll lead you to the stately tent of war, Where you shall hear the Scythian Tamburlaine Threatening the world with high astounding terms, And scourging kingdoms with his conquering sword.
Page 510 - I' th' ladies' questions and the fool's replies Old fashioned wit, which walked from town to town In turned hose, which our fathers called the clown; Whose wit our nice times would obsceneness call, And which made bawdry pass for comical; Nature was all his art, thy vein was free As his, but without his scurrility; From whom mirth came unforced, no jest perplexed, But without labor, clean, chaste, and unvexed.
Page 506 - ... stolne and surreptitious copies, maimed, and deformed by the frauds and stealthes of injurious impostors, that expos'd them: even those are now offer'd to your view cur'd, and perfect of their limbes; and all the rest, absolute in their numbers, as he conceived them.
Page 305 - He that will swear, Jeronimo, or Andronicus, are the best plays yet? shall pass unexcepted at here, as a man whose judgment shews it is constant, and hath stood still these five and twenty or thirty years.

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