Specimens of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare; With Notes

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 414 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...From this my humble frailty. Cal. To their wisdoms, Who are to be spectators of thine end, I make the reference. Those that are dead, Are dead; had they not now died, of necessity They must have paid the debt they owed to nature One time or other. Use dispatch, my lords.--We 'll suddenly prepare our Coronation. Exit. Arm. 'Tis strange these tragedies should never touch on Her female pity. Bass. She has a masculine spirit. The Coronation of the Princess takes place after the execution of Orgilus.--She enters the Temple, dressed in White, having a Crown on her Head. She kneels at the Altar. The dead body of Ithocles (whom she should have married) is borne on a hearse, in rich Robes, having a Crown on his Head: and placed by the side of the Altar, where she kneels. Her devotions ended, she rises.--Calantha. Nearchus. Prophilus. Crotolon. Bassanes. Armostes. Euphanea. Amelus. Christalla. Philema, and others. Cal. Our orisons are heard, the gods are merciful. Now tell me, you, whose loyalties pay tribute To us your lawful sovereign, how unskilful Your duties, or obedience is, to render Subjection to the sceptre of a virgin; Who have been ever fortunate in princes Of masculine and stirring composition. A woman has enough to govern wisely Her own demeanors, passions, and divisions. A nation warlike, and inured to practice Of policy and labor, cannot brook A feminate authority: we therefore Command your counsel, how you may advise us In choosing of a husband, whose abilities Can better guide this kingdom. Near. Royal Lady Your law is in your will. Arm. We have seen tokens Of constancy too lately to mistrust it, Crot. Yet if your Highness settle on a choice By your own judgment both allow'd and liked of, Sparta may grow in power and proceed To an...

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Charles Lamb (1775a1834) is an English essayist best known for his "Tales from Shakespeare," which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764a1847).
Marina Warner is a prizewinning author of fiction, criticism, and history.

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