Dramatists of the Restoration: Sir Aston Cokayne (Google eBook)

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W. Patterson, 1872 - English drama
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Page lx - Changeling,"1 the first time it hath been acted these twenty years, and it takes exceedingly. Besides, I see the gallants do begin to be tyred with the vanity and pride of the theatre actors, who are indeed grown very proud and rich.
Page xxii - The piteous river wept itself away Long since, alas ! to such a swift decay, That, reach the map and look ; If you a river there can spie, And for a river your mock'd eye...
Page lxxiii - Committee," a merry but indifferent play, only Lacey's part, an Irish footman, is beyond imagination. Here I saw my Lord Falconbridge, and his Lady, my Lady Mary Cromwell, who looks as well as I have known her, and well clad; but when the House began to fill she put on her vizard, and so kept it on all the play; which of late is become a great fashion among the ladies, which hides their whole face.
Page xvi - I have chosen to write my poem in quatrains, or stanzas of four in alternate rhyme, because I have ever judged them more noble, and of greater dignity, both for the sound and number, than any other verse in use amongst us; in which I am sure I have your approbation.
Page xxxvii - ... public sports do not well agree with public calamities, nor public stage-plays with the seasons of humiliation, this being an exercise of sad and pious solemnity, and the other being spectacles of pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious mirth and levity...
Page lxviii - Tis possible a virtuous woman may Abhor all sorts of looseness, and yet play; Play on the stage, where all eyes are upon her: Shall we count that a crime, France counts an honour? ' In other kingdoms husbands safely trust 'em; The difference lies only in the custom. And let it be our custom, I advise; I'm sure this custom's better than th' excise, And may procure us custom: hearts of flint Will melt in passion, when a woman's in't.
Page 113 - Ibid., p. 899. train-bands kc]it a guard on both sides of the way, all along from Wallingford House to Westminster Church, beating up their drums loud, and carrying their pikes and muskets upon their shoulders, as in a march, not trailing them at their heels, as is usual in mourning. As soon as the coffin was entered the church, they came all away without giving a volley of shot at all ; and this was the obscure catastrophe of that great man.
Page lxx - I never heard a line in tragedy come from Betterton, wherein my judgment, my ear, and my imagination, were not fully satisfied; which, since his time, I cannot equally say of any one actor whatsoever...
Page lxix - Desderaona, injur'd by the Moor : Then he that censures her in such a case, Hath a soul blacker than Othello's face. But, ladies, what think you ? for if you. tax Her freedom with dishonour to your sex, She means to act no more, and this shall be No other play but her own tragedy. She will submit to none but your commands, " And take commission only from your hands.
Page xxxvii - Playes with the seasons of humiliation, this being an exercise of sad and pious solemnity, and the other spectacles of pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious mirth and levitie : It is therefore thought fit, and ordeined by the Lords and Commons in this Parliament assembled, that while these sad causes, and set times of humiliation doe continue, publike Stage Playes shall cease, and bee forborne.

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