The Dramatic Works of John Crowne, Volume 4 (Google eBook)

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William Paterson, 1874
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Page 71 - So, so, break off this last lamenting kiss, Which sucks two souls, and vapours both away ; Turn, thou ghost, that way, and let me turn this, And let ourselves benight our happiest day. We ask none leave to love ; nor will we owe Any so cheap a death as saying,
Page 341 - He was a graceful man, and had lived long in the court, where he had some adventures that became very public. He was a man of a sweet and caressing temper, had no malice in his heart, but too great a love of pleasure.
Page 10 - Committee, and in the boobily Heaviness of Lolpoop in the Squire of Alsatia, he seem'd the immoveable Log he stood for! a Countenance of Wood could not be more fixt than his, when the Blockhead of a Character required it: His Face was full and long; from his Crown to the end of his Nose was the shorter half of it, so that the Disproportion of his lower Features, when soberly compos'd, with an unwandering Eye hanging over them, threw him into the most lumpish, moping Mortal that ever made Beholders...
Page 13 - Arthur," she was a capital and admired performer. In speaking, too, she had a sweet-toned voice, which, with her naturally genteel air and sensible pronunciation, rendered her wholly mistress of the amiable in many serious characters. In parts of humour too she had a manner of blending her assuasive softness even with the gay, the lively, and the alluring. Of this she gave an agreeable instance in her action of the (Villiers) duke of Buckingham's second Constantia in the
Page 221 - The Married Beau: or, the Curious Impertinent, a comedy: Acted at the TheatreRoyal, by their Majesties Servants.
Page 337 - I have for some few years been disorder' d with a distemper, which seated itself in my head, threatned me with an epilepsy, and frequently took from me not only all sense, but almost all signs of life, and in my intervals I wrote this play. Therefore if it have any wit or poetry in it, I wonder how they came there. But many of the first rank, both for quality and understanding, have said they were pleased with it, and therefore I value it. Now I will say one word in defence of my morals.
Page 227 - Edmund, heir to the titles and estates, was five years of age. He died, however, in his 20th year at Rome, " no son of his succeeding," and with him the titles of the Sheffield family expired. His Grace died, aged 70, on the 24th of February...
Page 7 - It was reprinted, December 28, 1717, "in which may be seen the plot, characters, incidents, and most part of the language of the 'Nonjuror,'" and it was again acted, June 20, 1718, according to Geneste, who has this brief notice. "Not acted thirty years, ' Tartuffe ; or, the Hypocrite.' Comedy. Bullock, Spiller, &c.
Page 29 - Heaven to the Muses well may coin deny, Pleasures attend on 'em no gold can buy. Our poet even in poetry is poor, Yet he so charming finds his little store, All England seems to him less rich than he, For he's content, which England ne'er will be. All sects and parties lend him stuff for plays, And his delight, though not his fortune raise. Goods borrowed thus he does not long retain, But on the stage brings fools and knaves again To those that lent 'em, that they may have use, Profit and pleasure...
Page 232 - Scripture tells us, will make a wise man mad ; if so, 'tis not probable that it will make a fool wise. How many kings and queens have I had the honour to divertise ! and how fruitless has been all my labours ! a maker of legs, nay a maker of fires at Court has made himself a better fortune than men much my superiors in poetry could do, by all the noble fire in their writings.

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