The Works of Ben Jonson: With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and a Biographical Memoir, Volume 4

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Bickers and Son, 1875 - English drama
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Page 7 - I give thee this warning, that there is a great difference between those, that, to gain the opinion of copy, utter all they can, however unfitly; and those that use election and a mean. For it is only the disease of the unskilful, to think rude things greater than polished; or scattered more numerous than composed.
Page 515 - In good set terms and yet a motley fool. '.Good morrow, fool,' quoth I. ' No, sir,' quoth he, ' Call me not fool till heaven hath sent me fortune : ' And then he drew a dial from his poke, And, looking on it with lack-lustre eye, Says very wisely, ' It is ten o'clock : Thus we may see...
Page 35 - THE Law against Witches does not prove there be any ; but it punishes the Malice of those People, that use such means to take away Men's Lives. If one should profess that by turning his Hat thrice, and crying Buz, he could take away a Man's Life, though in truth he could do no such thing, yet this were a just Law made by the State, that whosoever should turn his Hat thrice, and cry Buz, with an intention to take away a Man's Life, shall be put to death.
Page 503 - It is your old stale argument against the players, but it will not hold against the puppets ; for we have neither male nor female amongst us.
Page 44 - If he deny, ha' him beaten to 't, as he is That brings him the commodity. No more Shall thirst of satin, or the covetous hunger Of velvet entrails, for a rude-spun cloak, To be displayed at Madam Augusta's, make The sons of Sword and Hazard fall before The golden calf, and on their knees, whole nights, Commit idolatry with wine and trumpets: Or go a feasting after drum and ensign.
Page 217 - Sejanus you may take notice of the scene betwixt Livia and the physician which is a pleasant satire upon the artificial helps of beauty: in Catiline you may see the parliament of women; the little envies of them to one another; and all that passes betwixt Curio and Fulvia: scenes admirable in their kind, but of an ill mingle with the rest.
Page 30 - But I do think, now, I shall leave the law, And therefore Face. Why, this changes quite the case! Do you think that I dare move him? Dap. If you please, sir, All's one to him, I see. Face. What! For that money? I cannot with my conscience. Nor should you Make the request, methinks. Dap. No, sir, I mean To add consideration. Face. Why then, sir, I'll try. Say that it were for all games, Doctor? Sub. I say, then, not a mouth shall eat for him At any ordinary, but o' the score, 100 That is a gaming...
Page 37 - Doctor, do you hear ? This is my friend, Abel, an honest fellow ; He lets me have good tobacco, and he does not Sophisticate it with sack-lees or oil, Nor washes it in muscadel and grains, Nor buries it in gravel, under ground, Wrapp'd up in greasy leather...
Page 87 - These chastisements are common to the saints, And such rebukes, we of the separation Must bear with willing shoulders, as the trials Sent forth to tempt our frailties. Ana. In pure zeal, I do not like the man, he is a heathen, And speaks the language of Canaan, truly.
Page 28 - That is the heir to forty marks a year, Consorts with the small poets of the time, Is the sole hope of his old grandmother ; That knows the law, and writes you six fair hands, Is a fine clerk, and has his cyphering perfect, Will take his oath o' the Greek Testament, If need be, in his pocket ; and can court His mistress out of Ovid.

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