The Chief Elizabethan Dramatists: Excluding Shakespeare; Selected Plays (Google eBook)

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William Allan Neilson
Houghton Mifflin company, 1911 - English drama - 878 pages
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Although some are obvious choices easily available elsewhere (e.g. Marlowe) others are useful examples of plays by lesser-known writers who are otherwise hard to find Read full review

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Page 214 - But deeds and language such as men do use, And persons such as Comedy would choose, When she would show an image of the times. And sport with human follies, not with crimes; Except we make 'em such, by loving still Our popular errors, when we know they're ill.
Page 123 - I'll have Italian masks by night, Sweet speeches, comedies, and pleasing shows; And in the day, when he shall walk abroad, Like sylvan nymphs my pages shall be clad; My men, like satyrs grazing on the lawns, Shall with their goat-feet dance an antic hay...
Page 81 - Philosophy is odious and obscure, Both law and physic are for petty wits ; Divinity is basest of the three, Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile: 'Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me.
Page 83 - Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God, And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, Am not tormented with ten thousand hells, In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss ? O, Faustus, leave these frivolous demands, Which strike a terror to my fainting soul ! Faust.
Page 142 - Gallop apace, bright Phoebus, through the sky, And dusky night, in rusty iron car, Between you both shorten the time, I pray, That I may see that most desired day When we may meet these traitors in the field.
Page 567 - So high in thoughts as I. You left a kiss Upon these lips then, which I mean to keep From you for ever; I did hear you talk. Far above singing. After you were gone, I grew acquainted with my heart, and searched What stirred it so : alas, I found it love ! Yet far from lust; for, could I but have lived In presence of you, I had had my end.
Page 231 - Sir, believe me, upon my relation for what I tell you, the world shall not reprove. I have been in the Indies, where this herb grows, where neither myself, nor a dozen gentlemen more of my knowledge, have received the taste of any other nutriment in the world, for the space of one and twenty weeks, but the fume of this simple only: therefore, it cannot be, but 'tis most divine.
Page 553 - em false as were my hopes, I cannot urge thee further. But thou wert To blame to injure me, for I must love Thy honest looks, and take no revenge upon Thy tender youth. A love from me to thee Is firm...
Page 333 - Do you think I fable with you ? I assure you, He that has once the flower of the sun, The perfect ruby, which we call elixir, Not only can do that, but by its virtue, Can confer honour, love, respect, long life; Give safety, valour, yea, and victory, To whom he will. In eight and twenty days, I'll make an old man of fourscore, a child.
Page 543 - ARE. Of love to me ! alas, thy ignorance Lets thee not see the crosses of our births ! Nature, that loves not to be questioned Why she did this or that, but has her ends, And knows she does well, never gave the world Two things so opposite, so contrary, As he and I am...

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