Publications, Volume 20 (Google eBook)

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Page xviii - And let those that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them : for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too ; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villainous; and . shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
Page xxvii - Our Tarlton was master of his faculty. When queen Elizabeth was serious (I dare not say sullen) and out of good humour, he could un-dumpish her at his pleasure. Her highest favourites would, in some cases, go to Tarlton before they would go to the queen, and he was their usher to prepare their advantageous access unto her. In a word, he told the queen more of her faults than most of her chaplains, and cured her melancholy better than all of her physicians.
Page x - ... and exquisite actors for all matters, they were entertained into the service of divers great lords, out of which companies there were twelve of the best chosen, and, at the request of Sir Francis Walsingham, they were sworn the Queen's servants and were allowed wages and liveries as grooms of the chamber. And until this year 1583, the Queen had no players.
Page 54 - The next, by his sute of russet, his buttond cap, his taber, his standing on the toe, and other tricks, I knew to be either the body or resemblance of Tarlton, who, liuing, for his pleasant conceits was of all men liked, and dying, for mirth left not his like.
Page 25 - Henry the fift, hit Tarlton a sound boxe indeed, which made the people laugh the more because it was he, but anon the judge goes in, and immediately Tarlton in his...
Page 95 - Divers yong gentlemen proffered large feoffments, but in vaine, a maide shee must bee still: till at last an olde doctor in the towne, that professed phisicke, became a sutor to her, who was a welcome man to her father, in that he was one of the welthiest men in all Pisa; a tall stripling...
Page 100 - ... doore, who went home with a flea in his eare to his lodging. Well, the next day he went againe to meete his doctor, whome hee found in his woonted walke. What newes...
Page 134 - Beside, they open our crosse-biting,1 our conny-catching, our traines, our traps, our gins, our snares, our subtilties : for no sooner have we a tricke of deceipt, but they make it common, singing jigs and making jeasts of us, that everie boy can point out our houses as they passe by.
Page xliii - Greene's Vision : Written at the instant of his death, conteyning a penitent passion for the folly of his pen, 4to., bl.
Page xxvii - Bourbidge, and Edward Allen, two such Actors, as no age must ever look to see the like...

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