acted actor afterwards appeared ascribed bachelor of arts became Ben Jonson born buried called Cambridge character Christ Church College church College comedy court Covent Garden daugh daughter death died dramatic pieces Drury Lane Theatre Dublin Duke Dunciad Earl edition England English entitled Farce father favour fortune friends genius gentleman Henry honour humour Ireland JOHN King Charles lady Langbaine late Leicestershire letters lished lived London Lord Love married master matic ment merit Middle Temple never Oxford performed person play poems poet poetical poetry printed profession published Queen racter received returned Richard Royal satire says Shakspeare Sheridan soon stage success talents Theatre Royal THOMAS thor tion tleman Trag tragedy translated Trinity College university of Cambridge verses vols volume Westminster school wife WILLIAM writing written wrote young
420 psl. - But he has done his robberies so openly, that one may see he fears not to be taxed by any law. He invades authors like a monarch ; and what would be theft in other poets, is only victory in him.
631 psl. - ... the inhumanity of his mother had given him a right to find every good man his father*.
421 psl. - To conclude of him: as he has given us the most correct plays, so in the precepts which he has laid down in his Discoveries we have as many and profitable rules for perfecting the stage as any wherewith the French can furnish us.
667 psl. - Of all species of rhetoric, of every kind of eloquence that has been witnessed or recorded, either in ancient or modern times, whatever the acuteness of the bar, the dignity of the senate, the solidity of the judgment-seat, and the sacred morality of the pulpit have hitherto furnished, nothing has surpassed, nothing has equalled, what we have this day heard in Westminster Hall.
685 psl. - We have old Mr. Southern at a gentleman's house a little way off, who often comes to see us ; he is now seventy-seven years old,* and has almost wholly lost his memory ; but is as agreeable as an old man can be, at least I persuade myself so when I look at him, and think of Isabella and Oroonoko.
507 psl. - ... he fell from his duty, and all his former friends, and prostituted himself to the vile office of celebrating the infamous acts of those who were in rebellion against the king ; which he did so meanly, that he seemed to all men to have lost his wits, when he left his honesty ; and so shortly after died miserable and neglected, and deserves to be forgotten.
421 psl. - Shakespeare was the Homer, or father of our dramatic poets; Jonson was the Virgil, the pattern of elaborate writing; I admire him, but I love Shakespeare.
496 psl. - Heart-merit wanting, mount we ne'er so high, Our height is but the gibbet of our name. A celebrated wretch when I behold, When I behold a genius bright and base, Of towering talents and terrestrial aims, Methinks I see, as thrown from her high sphere, The glorious fragments of a soul immortal, With rubbish mix'd, and glittering in the dust...