The Idea of Tragedy in Ancient and Modern Drama: Three Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution, February, 1900

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A. Constable & Company, 1900 - Drama - 132 pages

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Page 87 - tis not to come ; if it be not to come, it will be now ; if it be not now, yet it will come ; the readiness is all ; since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes?
Page 131 - I shall have no weapon to fight with — not one serviceable little bit of prettiness left me to defend myself with! A worn-out creature — broken up, very likely, some time before I ought to be — my hair bright, my eyes dull, my body too thin or too stout, my cheeks raddled and ruddled — a ghost, a wreck, a caricature, a candle that gutters, call such an end what you like! Oh, Aubrey, what shall I be able to say to you then? And this is the future you talk about! I know it — I know it!
Page 88 - Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too, — Who loses, and who wins; who's in, who's out; — And take upon us the mystery of things, As if we were God's spies...
Page 86 - Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heaven : the fated sky Gives us free scope; only, doth backward pull Our slow designs, when we ourselves are dull.
Page 1 - ... was, act: and after the play was done, he addressed him, and asked him if he was not ashamed to tell so many lies before such a number of people; and Thespis replying that it was no harm to say or do so in play, Solon vehemently struck his staff against the ground: "Ah," said he, "if we honour and commend such play as this, we shall find it some day in our business.
Page 69 - Yet nature is made better by no mean But nature makes that mean : so, over that art Which you say adds to nature, is an art That nature makes. You see, sweet maid, we marry A gentler scion to the wildest stock, And make conceive a bark of baser kind By bud of nobler race : this is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather, but The art itself is nature.
Page 59 - I know thee not, old man : fall to thy prayers : How ill white hairs become a fool and jester...
Page 26 - Zeus, — by what name soe'er He glories being addressed, Even by that holiest name I name the Highest and Best. On him I cast my troublous care, My only refuge from despair : Weighing all else, in Him alone I find Relief from this vain burden of the mind.
Page 130 - I shall drift the way of the others; I sha'n't be able to help myself. And then, some day — perhaps very suddenly, under a queer, fantastic light at night or in the glare of the morning - that horrid, irresistible truth that physical repulsion forces on men and women will come to you, and you'll sicken at me. AUBREY...
Page 130 - We'll make our calculations solely for the future, talk about the future, think about the future. PAULA. I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.

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