A Select Collection of Old Plays: Adventures of five hours

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Robert Dodsley
J. Nichols, 1780 - English drama
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Page 347 - Smithfield, which continued three days together, the king, queen, and nobles of the realm being present. And of another, in the year 1409, which lasted eight days, and was of matter from the creation of the world, whereat was present most part of the nobility and gentry of England.
Page 343 - ... and the actors forbidden to present us with any of their tragedies, because we had enough of that in earnest; and comedies, because the vices of the age were too lively and smartly represented ; then all that we could divert ourselves with...
Page 364 - WITNESS whereof, we have caufed thefe our Letters to be made Patents ; Witnefs Ourfelf, at Weftminfter, the tenth Day of April, in the fourth Year of our Reign of England, France, and Ireland, and of Scotland the nine and thirtieth.
Page 340 - That tho' the Town was then, perhaps, not much more than half so Populous as now, yet then the Prices were small (there being no scenes) and better order kept among the Company that came; which made very good People think a Play an Innocent Diversion for an idle Hour or two, the Plays themselves being then, for the most part, more Instructive and Moral.
Page 356 - VIII. both the subject and form of these plays began to alter, and have since varied more and more. I have by me, a thing called A merry play between the Pardoner and the Frere, the Curate and Neybaur Pratte.
Page 345 - Years, when Mr. Hart and some of the Old Men began to grow weary, and were minded to leave off ; then the two Companies thought fit to Unite ; but of late, you see, they have thought it no less fit to Divide again, though both Companies keep the same Name of his Majesty's Servants.
Page 328 - Printed by the Originall Copy. London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley and are to be Sold at his Shop, at the Sign of the Princes Arms in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1652. 4to. On the title-page of a copy of the 4to, in my possession, "Ben: Johnson...
Page 413 - He twirles his chain, and looketh big, As if to fright the head of pig, That gaping lies on greasy stall, Till female with great belly call.
Page 425 - Lie heavy on him, earth, for he Laid many a heavy load on thee.
Page 341 - Never, as I have heard; (for he was Dead before my time.) He was Master of a Company of his own, for whom- he Built the Fortune Play-house from the Ground, a large, round Brick Building.

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