The Life of Shakespeare; Copied from the Best Sources, Without Comment

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General Books LLC, 2010 - 112 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... traditions. They are in unison with possibilities that furnish an intelligible explanation of the known circumstances; and all becomes clear if it be assumed that a persistive, harsh, and injudicial treatment elicited the obnoxious ballad. Its author could have been severely punished under the common law for its exhibition; and there can be little doubt that it was a contemplated movement in reference to the libel, in addition perhaps to some other indictment, that occasioned his flight to the metropolis." (H.-P. i. 75-76.) Dr. Johnson, in 1765, reports the tradition of his day, and says that Shakespeare "came to London a needy adventurer, and lived for a time by very mean employments." A tract called "Ratseis Ghost," entered at the Stationers' Hall, May 31, 1605, contains a passage reasonably believed to refer to the great dramatist. Eatsey says to a strolling player: -- "' Get thee to London, for if one man were dead, they will have much neede of such a one as thou art. There would be none in my opinion fitter than thyselfe to play his parts. My conceipt is such of thee that I durst venture all the mony in my purse on thy head to play Hamlet with him for a wager. There thou shalt learne to be frugall (for players were never so thriftie as they are now about London) and to feed upon all men, and to let none feede upon thee; to make thy hand a stranger to thy pocket, thy hart slow to performe thy tongue's promise. And when thou feelest thy purse well lined, buy thee some place or lordship in the country, that, growing weary of playing, thy mony may there bring thee to dignitie and reputation; then thou needest care for no man, nor not for them that before made thee prowd with speaking their words upon the stage.' 'Sir, I thanke you, ' quoth the player, 'for this ...

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