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" The play, like many others, was plainly written only to divert, without any moral purpose, and is therefore not likely to do good; nor can it be conceived, without more speculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of much evil. Highwaymen... "
The lives of the English poets - Page 244
by Samuel Johnson, Arthur Murphy - 1792
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: With Critical Observations on ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781 - 503 pages
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good; nor can it be conceived, without more /peculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of...reprieved upon the ftage. This objection however, or fome other rather political than moral, obtained fuch prevalence, that when Gay produced a fecond part...
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PREFACES BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL TO THE WORKS OF THE ENGLISH POETS.

SAMUEL JOHNSON - 1781
...productive 2 of of much evil. Highwaymen and houfe-' breakers feldom frequent the play houfe, ormingle in any elegant diverfion ; nor is it poffible for...fafety, becaufe he fees Macheath reprieved upon the flage. This obje&ion however, or fome other rather political than moral, obtained fnch prevalence,...
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The lives of the most eminent English poets; with critical observations on ...

Samuel Johnson - 1781
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good ; nor can it be conceived, without more fpeculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of...feldom frequent the playhoufe, or mingle in any elegant diverfiorj; nor is it poffible for any one to imagine that he may rob with fafety, becaufe he ices...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets;: With Critical Observations on ...

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1781 - 503 pages
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good; nor can it be conceived, without more fpeculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of...Highwaymen and houfe-breakers feldom frequent the play-, houfe, or mingle in any elegant diverfion;' nor is it poffible for any one to imagine that he...
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Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets ...

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1781
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good ; nor can it be conceived, .without more fpeculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of much! evil. . Highwaymen and houfc* breaker&feldom frequent the playhoufe, of mingle in any elegant diverfion ; nor is it poffible...
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The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and critical, by ...

English poets - 1790
...Highwaymen and houfe-breakers feldom frequent the play-houfc, or mingle in any elegant diverlion ; nor is it poffible for any one to imagine that he...fafety, becaufe he fees Macheath reprieved upon the fege. This obje&ion however, or fome other rather political than moral, obtained fuch prevalence, that...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets,: With Critical ..., Volume 3

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1791
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good ; nor can it be conceived, without more Speculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of...playhoufe, or mingle in any elegant diverfion ; nor is it poflible for any one to imagine that •he may rob with fafety, becaufe he fees Macheath reprieved...
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Fables

John Gay, Samuel Johnson - Fables - 1793 - 256 pages
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good ; nor can it be conceived, without more fpeculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of...becaufe he fees Macheath reprieved upon the ftage. This This objeñion however, or Come other rather political than moral, obtained fuch prevalence, that when...
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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: Prior. Congreve. Blackmore ...

Samuel Johnson - Poets, English - 1794
...purpofe, and is therefore not likely to do good ; nor can it be conceived, without more fpeculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of...frequent the play-houfe, or mingle in any elegant ciiverfion ; nor is it poffible for any one to imagine that he may rob with fafety, becaufe he fees...
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Elegant edition of fables by John Gay, with the life of the author

John Gay - 1796
...purpose, and is therefore not likely to do good ; nor can it be conceived, without more speculation than life requires or admits, to be productive of much evil. Highwaymen and house-breakers seldom frequent the play-house, or mingle in any elegant diversion ; nor is it possible...
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