A Series of Plays, Volume 1

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1821 - English drama

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Page 121 - The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fear subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.
Page 314 - Think'st thou there are no serpents in the world, But those who slide along the grassy sod, And sting the luckless foot that presses them ! There are, who, in the path of social life, Do bask their spotted skins in fortune's sun, And sting the soul — Ay, till its healthful frame Is chang'd to secret, fest'ring, sore disease, So deadly is the wound.
Page 337 - twill haunt me still; Jane. Ah! say not so, for I will haunt thee too; And be to it so close an adversary, That, though I wrestle darkling with the fiend, I shall o'ercome it. De Mon.
Page 324 - PAGE. Madam, there is a Lady in your hall, Who begs to be admitted to your presence. LADY. Is it not one of our invited friends? PAGE. No, far unlike to them; it is a stranger. LADY. How looks her countenance? PAGE. So queenly, so commanding, and so noble, I shrunk at first in awe; but when she smil'd, For so she did to see me thus abash'd, Methought I could have compass 'd sea and land To do her bidding.
Page 98 - Tis ever thus when favours are denied ; All had been granted but the thing we beg ; And still some great unlikely substitute, Your life, your soul, your all of earthly good, Is proffer'd in the room of one small boon.
Page 354 - De Mon. He is too old to revel with the gay. Freb. But not too old is he to honour virtue. I shall partake of it with open soul ; For, on my honest faith, of living men I know not one, for talents, honour, worth, That I should rank superior to Rezenvelt.
Page 304 - As turns e'en the offence into a favour. Man. Yes, some indeed do so : so will not he : He'd rather die than such confession make. Jer. Ay, thou art right ; for now I call to mind That once he wrong'd me with unjust suspicion, When first he came to lodge beneath my roof; And when it so fell out that I was prov'd Most guiltless of the fault, I truly thought He would have made profession of regret. But silent, haughty, and ungraciously He bore himself as one offended still.
Page 328 - Methinks unknown, I e'en might speak to him, And gently prove the temper of his mind ; But for the means I must become your debtor. (To Lady.) Lady. Who waits ? (Enter her Woman.) Attend this lady to my wardrobe, And do what she commands you. [EXEUNT Jane and Waiting-woman.
Page 337 - Let it pass, my brother. I'll stay by thee ; I'll cheer thee, comfort thee : Pursue with thee the study of some art, Or nobler science, that compels the mind To steady thought progressive, driving forth All floating, wild, unhappy fantasies ; Till thou, with brow unclouded, smil'st again ; Like one who, from dark visions of the night, When th...
Page 145 - At honour's call, I've led you dauntless on; Nor do I know the man of all your bands, That ever poorly from the trial shrunk, Or yielded to the foe contended space. Am I the meanest then of all my troops, That thus ye think, with base unmanly threats, To move me now? Put up those paltry weapons ; They edgeless are to him who fears them not ; Rocks...

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