Old English Drama: The second maiden's tragedy

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Hurst, Robinson, and Company, 1825 - English drama
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Page 95 - In the play of The Ball, written by Sherley, and acted by the Queens players, ther were divers personated so naturally, both of lords and others of the court, that I took it ill, and would have forbidden the play, but that Biston...
Page 51 - THE Spaniard loves his ancient slop, The Lombard his Venetian, And some like breechless women go, The Russ, Turk, Jew, and Grecian : The thrifty Frenchman wears small waist, The Dutch his belly boasteth, The Englishman is for them all, And for each fashion coasteth.
Page 9 - That rings all into heaven or hell, And this is love, and this is love, as I hear tell. Now what is love I will you show : A thing that creeps and cannot go, A prize that passeth to and fro, A thing for me, a thing for mo...
Page 58 - Tis poor, and not becoming perfect gentry To build their glories at their fathers' cost, But at their own expense of blood or virtue, To raise them living monuments ; our birth Is not our own act ; honour upon trust Our ill deeds forfeit ; and the wealthy sums Purchas'd by others' fame or sweat, will be Our stain, for we inherit nothing truly But what our actions make us worthy of...
Page 3 - My opinion, as you shall do him no pleasure, You can do me no injury : I know His lordship has the constitution Of other courtiers ; they can endure To be commended.
Page 95 - Your meetings, call'd the Ball, to which repair, As to the court of pleasure, all your gallants And ladies, thither bound by a subpoena Of Venus, and small Cupid's high displeasure ; 'Tis but the Family of Love, translated Into more costly sin...
Page 20 - I'd made a fearful separation on thee ; 1 would have sent thy soul to a darker prison Than any made of clay, and thy dead body As a token to the lustful king, thy master. Art thou struck down so soon with the short sound Of this small earthly instrument, and do'st thou So little fear the eternal noise of hell ? What's she ? does she not bear thy daughter's name ? How stirs thy blood, sir ? is there a dead feeling Of all things fatherly and honest in thee ? Say thou cou'dst be content for greatness...
Page 71 - And keep him from all harm. But is he married ? much good do his heart : Pray God, she may content him better far Than I have done ; long may they live in peace, Till I disturb their solace ; but because I fear some mischief doth hang o'er his head, I'll weep my eyes dry with my present care, And for their healths make hoarse my tongue with prayer. [exit. Ful. Ar't sure she is a woman ? if she be, She is create of nature's purity.
Page 9 - Lord R. Since it is so, That I'm not able to determine which My heart, so equal unto both, would choose, My suit is to your virtues, to agree Between yourselves, whose creature I shall be ; You can judge better of your worths than I. My allegiance shall be ready if you can Conclude which shall have the supremacy ; Take pity on your servant, gentle ladies, * And reconcile a heart too much divided : So with the promise of my obedience To her that shall be fairest, wisest, sweetest, Of you two, when...

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