A Select Collection of Old Plays: God's promises (Google eBook)

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printed by J. Nichols for J. Dodsley, 1780 - English drama
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Page xlvii - By and by we hear news of shipwreck in the same place, and then we are to blame if we accept it not for a rock. Upon the back of that comes out a hideous monster with fire and smoke, and then the miserable beholders are bound to take it for a cave. While in the meantime two armies fly in, represented with four swords and bucklers, and then what hard heart will not receive it for a pitched field?
Page xxxix - The country people flock from all sides many miles off, to hear and see it. For they have therein devils and devices, to delight as well the eye as the ear.
Page xvi - ... whose names will be revered by posterity ; by most of whom he was loved as much for the virtues of his heart, as he was admired on account of his writings.
Page 83 - ... being acted with mighty state and reverence by the friars of this house, had theaters for the several! scenes, very large and high, placed upon wheels, and drawn to all the eminent parts of the city, for the better advantage of spectators : and contain'd the story of the New Testament, composed into old English Rithme, as appeareth by an ancient MS. intituled Ludus Cffrporis Chrtsti, or ZWws Conventria. I have been told...
Page xcvii - ... 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 141 - I despeire that ever time could winne him frend to me, then saw I how he smiled with slaying knife wrapped under cloke, then saw I depe deceite lurke in his face and death prepared for me ; even nature moved me then to holde my life more...
Page xli - But the moralities were also very often concerned wholly in religious matters ; for religion then was every one's concern, and it was no wonder if each party employed all arts to promote it. Had they been in use now, they would, doubtless, have turned as much upon politics.
Page lxix - That, the women's parts in plays have hitherto been acted by men in the habits of women, at which some have taken offence, we do permit, and give leave, for the time to come, that all women's parts be acted by women.
Page lix - He had all the parts of an excellent orator, animating his words with speaking and speech with action, his auditors being never more delighted than when he spoke nor more sorry than when he held his peace, yet even then he was an excellent actor still, never falling in his part when he had done speaking but with his looks and gesture maintaining it still unto the height...
Page xlviii - ... upon a footing with the other nations of Europe. But now, as it were, all at once (as it happened in France, though in a much later period), the true drama received birth and perfection from the creative genius of Shakspeare, Fletcher...

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