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" I remember the players have often mentioned it as an honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My answer hath been ' Would he had blotted a thousand ! ' ; which they thought a malevolent speech. "
Timber: Or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter - Page 23
by Ben Jonson - 1892 - 166 pages
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Ben Jonson - 1616 - 282 pages
...mentioned it as an honour to Shakespeare, that in his writing (Whatsoever he penned) he never blotted a line. My answer hath been, Would he had blotted a thousand.' We are not criticising these judgments now — simply using them to indicate Jonson's attitude toward...
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The dramatick writings of Will. Shakspere: with the notes of all ..., Volume 2

William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens, John Bell - Drama - 1788
...remember the players have often mentioned it " as an honour to Shakspcre, that in writing (what" soever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My " answer...ignorance, " who chose that circumstance to commend their friend " by, wherein he most faulted : and to justify mine " own candour, for I loved the man, and...
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The plays of William Shakespeare: accurately printed from the text ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - Drama - 1803
...his words : " I remember the players have often mentioned " it as an honour to Shakspeare, that in writing " (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted...speech. " I had not told posterity this, but for their igno" ranee, who chose that circumstance to commend " their friend by, wherein he most faulted: and...
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The British essayists; with prefaces by A. Chalmers

British essayists - 1803
...they originate. Ben Jonson says, ' that the players often mentioned it as an honour to Shakspeare, that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My answer hath been ( adds he) Would he had blotted out a thousand ! which they thought a malevolent speech. I had not...
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The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 104

Sydney Smith, Lord Francis Jeffrey Jeffrey, Macvey Napier, William Empson, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Henry Reeve, Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot (Hon.), Harold Cox - 1856
...remember the players have often ' mentioned it as an honour to Shakspeare, that in his writings, ' whatsoever he penned, he never blotted out a line. My ' answer hath been, " Would he had blotted out a thousand ! " ' Rogers always laid a strong emphasis on the concluding sentence. He one morning...
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The Plays of William Shakspeare: Accurately Printed from the Text of Mr ...

William Shakespeare, George Steevens, Gerhard Fleischer - Drama - 1804
...remember the players have often mentioned „ it as ail honour to Shakipcare , that in wri„ ting (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted „ out a...posterity ,,this, but for their ignorance, who- chose fh«r „ circumstance to commend their friend by, whe,,rciii he most faulted: and to justify mine...
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The lives of the most celebrated English poets, with criticisms extr. from ...

Samuel Johnson - 1805
...the players have often mentioned it " as an honour to Shakespeare, that in writing— what " soever. he penned — he never blotted out a line. " My answer hath been, Would lie had blotted a thou" sand! which they thought a malevolent speech. " I had not told posterity this,...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare: With Notes of Various Commentators, Volume 1

William Shakespeare, Manley Wood - 1806
...remember the players have often mentioned it " as an honour to Shakspeare, that in writing (what" soever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My " answer hath been, JVoultl he had blotted a thousand ! " which they thought a malevolent speech. I had " not told posterity...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: With Explanatory Notes ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare, Samuel Ayscough, Nicholas Rowe - 1807
...in writing (whatsoever he penned) lie never blotted out a line. My answer " hath been, Would he hud blotted a thousand! which they thought a malevolent...ignorance, who chose that " circumstance to commend their friend by, wherein he most faulted : and to jus" tify mine own candour, for I loved the man, and do...
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The British Essayists;: Observer

Alexander Chalmers - English essays - 1807
...which they originate. Ben Jonson says, ' that the players often mentioned itas an honour to Shakspeare, that in his writing (whatsoever he penned) he never blotted out a line. My answer hath been (adds he) Would he bad blotted out a thousand ! which they thought a malevolent speech. I had not told...
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