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Page 230 - By and by we hear news of shipwreck in the same place, and then we are to blame if we accept it not for a rock. Upon the back of that, comes out a hideous monster, with fire and smoke, and then the miserable beholders are bound to take it for a Cave. While in the meantime two armies fly in, represented with four swords and bucklers, and then what hard heart will not receive it for a pitched field?
Page 200 - Prologue are strongly characteristical of the dismal gloom of his mind ; which in his case, as in the case of all who are distressed with the same malady of imagination, transfers to others its own feelings. Who could suppose it was to introduce a comedy, when Mr. Bensley solemnly began, 'Press'd with the load of life, the weary mind Surveys the general toil of human kind.
Page 198 - Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls, must dive below.
Page 264 - To the Theatre, where was acted ' Beggar's Bush,' it being very well done ; and here the first time that ever I saw women come upon the stage.
Page 246 - ... notwithstanding any anxieties which he pretends for his mistress, his country, or his friends, one may see by his action, that his greatest care and concern is to keep the plume of feathers from falling off his head.
Page 4 - That old Artaxerxes evening had never done ringing in my fancy. I expected the same feelings to come again with the same occasion. But we differ from ourselves less at sixty and sixteen, than the latter does from six. In that interval what had I not lost ! At the first period I knew nothing, understood nothing, discriminated nothing. I felt all, loved all, wondered all — Was nourished, I could not tell how — I had left the temple a devotee, and was returned a rationalist.
Page 159 - Ibs. of tallow : now, all things civil, no rudeness anywhere ; then, as in a bear-garden : then, two or three fiddlers ; now, nine or ten of the best : then, nothing but rushes upon the ground, and every thing else mean ; now, all otherwise...
Page 139 - Farewell the stage ! if just as thrives the play The silly bard grows fat or falls away. There still remains, to mortify a wit, The many-headed monster of the pit; A senseless, worthless, and unhonoured crowd, Who, to disturb their betters mighty proud, Clattering their sticks before ten lines are spoke, Call for the farce, the bear, or the black-joke.
Page 320 - Here, my dear Lucy, hide these books. Quick, quick Fling Peregrine Pickle under the toilet - throw Roderick Random into the closet - put The Innocent Adultery...
Page 18 - As scriveners draw away the bankers' trade. Howe'er the poet's safe enough to-day, They cannot censure an unfinished play. But, as when vizard-mask appears in pit, Straight every man, who thinks himself a wit, Perks up, and, managing his comb with grace, With his white wig sets off his nut-brown face...