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Page lxiv - Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live.
Page 40 - Othello, the mixture of love that intruded upon his mind upon the innocent answers Desdemona makes, betrayed in his gesture such a variety, and vicissitude of passions as would admonish a man to be afraid of his own heart, and perfectly convince him that it is to stab it, to admit that worst of daggers, jealousy.
Page 152 - That Mr. Cowley had not, left a better man behind him in England.
Page 205 - Dryden sent a challenge to the lord Jefferies, who refusing to answer it, he sent several others, and went often himself; but could neither get a letter delivered, nor admittance to speak to him: which so...
Page xxvii - Writers to this strict Account had a very wholesome Effect upon those who writ after this time. They were now a great deal more upon their guard ; Indecencies were no longer Wit ; and by Degrees the fair Sex came again to fill the Boxes on the first Day of a new Comedy, without Fear or Censure.
Page 176 - Latin proverb, were not always the least happy ; and as his fancy was quick, so likewise were the products of it remote and new. He borrowed not of any other ; and his imaginations were such as could not easily enter into any other man.
Page 270 - The person who acted Polly, till then obscure, became all at once the favourite of the Town. Her pictures were engraved and sold in great numbers, her life written, books of letters and verses to her published, and pamphlets made even of her sayings and jests. ' Furthermore, it drove out of England for that season the Italian opera, which had carried all before it for ten years...
Page 213 - Tom observed to me, that after having written more odes than Horace, and about four times as many comedies as Terence, he was reduced to great difficulties, by the importunities of a set of men, who, of late years, had furnished him with the accommodations of life, and would not, as we say, be paid with a song.
Page 107 - We knocked at the door (not attempting to pull the latch-string), which was opened by a tall, meagre, ragged figure, with a blue apron, indicating what else we might have doubted, the feminine gender ; a perfect model for the copper captain's tattered landlady — that deplorable exhibition of the fair sex in the the comedy of Rule-a-Wife. She with a torpid voice and hungry smile desired us to walk in.
Page 142 - There seems to be a strange affectation in authors of appearing to have done everything by chance. The Old Bachelor was written for amusement, in the languor of convalescence. Yet it is apparently composed with great elaborateness of dialogue, and incessant ambition of wit.