The Truth Concerning Stratford-upon-Avon, and Shakespere: With Other Essays

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Coburn publishing Company, 1907 - Stratford-upon-Avon (England) - 61 pages

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Page 13 - They do best, who, if they cannot but admit love, yet make it keep quarter : and sever it wholly from their serious affairs, and actions of life : for if it check once with business, it troubleth men's fortunes, and maketh men that they can no ways be true to their own ends.
Page 28 - You may observe, that amongst all the great and worthy persons (whereof the memory remaineth, either ancient or recent), there is not one that hath been transported to the mad degree of love; which shows that great spirits and great business do keep out this weak passion.
Page 29 - There is in man's nature a secret inclination and motion towards love of others, which, if it be not spent upon some one or a few, doth naturally spread itself towards many, and maketh men become humane and charitable; as it is seen sometimes in friars. Nuptial love maketh mankind ; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it.
Page 40 - The house is shown by a garrulous old lady, in a frosty red face, lighted up by a cold blue anxious eye, and garnished with artificial locks of flaxen hair, curling from under an exceedingly dirty cap.. She was peculiarly assiduous in exhibiting the relics with which this, like all other celebrated shrines, abounds.
Page 27 - THE stage is more beholding to Love, than the life of man. For as to the stage, love is ever matter of comedies, and now and then of tragedies ; but in life it doth much mischief; sometimes like a syren, sometimes like a fury.
Page 46 - Upon his leaving school, he seems to have given entirely into that way of living which his father proposed to him ; and in order to settle in the world after a family manner, he thought fit to marry while he was yet very young. His wife was the daughter of one Hathaway, said to have been a substantial yeoman in the neighbourhood of Stratford.
Page 20 - It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the will.
Page 50 - Shakspeare's hand, became first. an object of his dislike, because it subjected him to answer the frequent importunities of travellers, whose zeal might prompt them to visit it. In an evil hour the sacrilegious priest ordered the tree, then remarkably large and at its full growth, to be cut down ; which was no sooner done, than it was cleft to pieces for fire-wood...
Page 3 - Tyrtaeus in war matters; and Solon in matters of policy; or rather they, being poets, did exercise their delightful vein in those points of highest knowledge...
Page 41 - ... the house to sit : whether this be done with the hope of imbibing any of the inspiration of the bard I am at a loss to say, I merely mention the fact; and mine hostess privately assured me, that, though built of solid oak, such •was the fervent zeal of devotees that the chair had to be new bottomed at least once in three years.

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