Elizabethan Critical Essays, Volume 1

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George Gregory Smith
Clarendon Press, 1904 - Criticism
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Page 204 - I know some will say it is a mingled language. And why not so much the better, taking the best of both the other?
Page 389 - Historia vero testis temporum, lux veritatis , vita memoriae , magistra vitae, nuntia vetustatis, qua voce alia , nisi oratoris, immortalitati commendatur?
Page 357 - He that will write well in any tongue, must follow this counsel of Aristotle, to speak as the common people do, to think as wise men do : and so should every man understand him, and the judgment of wise men allow him.
Page xxvi - ... cometh to you with words set in delightful proportion, either accompanied with, or prepared for, the well enchanting skill of music; and with a tale forsooth he cometh unto you, with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.
Page 172 - ... with a tale, forsooth ; he cometh unto you, with a tale, which holdeth children from play and old men from the chimney-corner...
Page 157 - ... bringeth things forth far surpassing her doings, with no small argument to the incredulous of that first accursed fall of Adam: sith our erected wit, maketh us know what perfection is, and yet our infected will, keepeth us from reaching unto it.
Page 312 - The sea exhaled by droppes will in continuance be drie, and Seneca let bloud line by line, and page by page, at length must needes die to our stage...
Page 2 - These be the inchantementes of Circes, brought out of Italie, to marre mens maners in England: much, by example of ill life, but more by preceptes of fonde bookes, of late translated out of Italian into English, sold in euery shop in London, commended by honest titles the soner to corrupt honest maners: dedicated ouer boldlie to vertuous and honorable personages, the easilier to begile simple and innocet wittes.
Page xix - Crantore: but truly, I imagine it falleth out with these poet-whippers as with some good women, who often are sick, but, in faith, they cannot tell where. So the name of Poetry is odious to them, but neither his cause nor effects, neither the sum that contains him, nor the particularities descending from him, give any fast handle to their carping dispraise.
Page 196 - For proof whereof, let but most of the verses be put in prose, and then ask the meaning, and it will be found that one verse did but beget another, without ordering at the first what should be at the last; which becomes a confused mass of words, with a tingling sound of rhyme, barely accompanied with reason.

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