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" ... and the actors forbidden to present us with any of their tragedies, because we had enough of that in earnest; and comedies, because the vices of the age were too lively and smartly represented ; then all that we could divert ourselves with... "
A Select Collection of Old Plays: Adventures of five hours - Page 345
by Robert Dodsley, Isaac Reed - 1780
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The works of Beaumont and Fletcher: in fourteen volumes: with an ...

Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher - 1812
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humours and pieces of plays, which, passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called...the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabber, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that by stealth too, and under pretence of ropedancing,...
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History and description of the parish of Clerkenwell

Thomas Kitson Cromwell - History - 1828 - 80 pages
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humours and pieces of plays, which, passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called...Weaver', ' Simpleton the Smith', ' John Swabber", or some snob title, were only allowed us, and that bat by stealth too, and under pretence of rope-dancing,...
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Life and works of Cowper, by R. Southey

William Cowper, Robert Southey - Literary Criticism - 1836
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humours, and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called Bottom the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swahbler, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth, and under pretence of...
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The life of William Cowper, esq, Volume 2

Robert Southey - 1839
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humors, and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called Bottom the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabbler, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth, and under pretence of...
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The Life of William Cowper, Esq, Volume 2

Robert Southey - 1839
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humors, and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called Bottom the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabbler, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth, and under pretence of...
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An Introduction to Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream

James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps - 1841 - 104 pages
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humours and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow called...the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabber, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth too, and under pretence of rope dancing...
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The First Sketch of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor

William Shakespeare - Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character) - 1842 - 141 pages
...great applause," 4to. Lond. 1661. ourselves with were these humours and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow called...the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabber, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth too, and under pretence of rope dancing...
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The Life of William Cowper, Volume 2

Robert Southey - 1843
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humors, and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called Bottom the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swahbler, or some such title, were only allowed us. arid t!iat but by stealth, and under pretence of...
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The Works of William Cowper, Volume 1

William Cowper - Literary Criticism - 1853
...then all that we could divert ourselves with were these humours, and pieces of plays, which passing under the name of a merry conceited fellow, called Bottom the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabbler, or some such title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth, and under pretence of...
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The doctors of Dull-head college, a droll formed out of the lost play of ...

Dull-head college - 1860
...then all that we could divert our selves with were these humours and pieces of Plays, which passing under the Name of a merry conceited Fellow, called...the Weaver, Simpleton the Smith, John Swabber, or some such Title, were only allowed us, and that but by stealth too, and under pretence of Hope-dancing,...
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