The Early Romantic Drama at the English Court ...

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University of Chicago, 1917 - English drama - 147 pages
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Page 137 - Now of time they are much more liberal; for ordinary it is, that two young princes fall in love; after many traverses she is got with child; delivered of a fair boy; he is lost, groweth a man, falleth in love, and is ready to get another child; and all this in two hours...
Page 137 - Now ye shall have three ladies walk to gather flowers, and then we must believe the stage to be a garden. By and by we hear news of shipwreck in the same place, and then we are to blame if we accept it not for a rock. Upon the back of that comes out a hideous monster, with fire and smoke, and then the miserable beholders are bound to take it for a cave. While in the meantime two armies fly in, represented with four swords and bucklers, and then what hard heart will not receive it for a pitched field?
Page 137 - ... decency nor discretion, so as neither the admiration and commiseration, nor the right sportfulness, is by their mongrel tragi-comedy obtained. I know Apuleius did somewhat so, but that is a thing recounted with space of time, not represented in one moment : and I know the ancients have one or two examples of tragi-comedies, as Plautus hath Amphitrio.
Page 137 - But, besides these gross absurdities, how all their plays be neither right tragedies nor right comedies, mingling kings and clowns, not because the matter so carrieth it, but thrust in the clown by head and shoulders to play a part in majestical matters, with neither decency nor discretion ; so as neither the admiration and commiseration, nor the right sport fulness, is by their mongrel tragi-comedy obtained.
Page 140 - Sometime you shall see nothing but the adventures of an amorous knight, passing from country to country for the love of his lady, encountering many a terrible monster made of brown paper, and at his return is so wonderfully changed, that he cannot be known but by some posy in his tablet, or by a broken ring, or a handkercher, or a piece of a cockle shell.
Page 129 - Through thy crafty dealings how am I perplexed ! Did ever any win a dame and lose her in such sort? The maladies are marvellous the which I do support Through her deceit; but forth I will my company to meet : If ever she be caught again, I will her so...
Page 136 - Gorboduck, how much more in all the rest ? Where you shall have Asia of the one side, and Africa of the other, and so many other under-kingdoms, that the player, when he comes in, must ever begin with telling where he is, or else the tale will not be conceived.
Page 126 - Apollo's garland by desert in time for to aspire; Wherein the froward chances oft of fortune you shall see, Wherein the...
Page 57 - The Mirrour of Princely deedes and Knighthood: Wherein is shewed the worthinesse of the Knight of the Sunne, and his brother Rosicleer, sonnes to the great Emperour Trebatio: with the strange love of the beautifull and excellent Princesse Briana, and the valiant actes of other noble Princes and Knightes.
Page 54 - Lord : what multitude of bookes ful of all sin & abhominations, haue now filled the world ! Nothing so childish, nothing so vaine, nothing so wanton, nothing so idle, which is not both boldly printed...

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