Two Centuries of Testimony in Favour of Mrs. Aphra Behn, Volume 15

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John Pearson, 1872 - 24 pages
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Page 3 - The whole liberal education of our countrymen is conducted on the principle, that no book which is valuable, either by reason of the excellence of its style, or by reason of the light which it throws on the history, polity, and manners of nations, should be withheld from the student on account of its impurity.
Page 3 - We cannot wish that any work or class of works which has exercised a great influence on the human mind, and which illustrates the character of an important epoch in letters, politics, and morals, should disappear from the world.
Page 16 - Whilst bleeding hearts around him flowed, For whom fresh pains he did create, And strange tyrannic power he showed ; From thy bright eyes he took his fires, Which round about in sport he hurled ; But 'twas from mine he took desires Enough to undo the amorous world. " From me he took his sighs and tears, From thee his pride and cruelty, From me his...
Page 8 - Theams, your Power is the same. Of Buskin, and of Sock, you know the Pace ; And tread in both, with equal Skill and Grace, But when you write of Love, Astrea, then Love dips his Arrows, where you wet your pen. Such charming Lines did never Paper grace ; Soft, as your Sex ; and smooth, as Beauty's Face.
Page 11 - The Passions, that of Love especially, she was Mistress of, and gave us such nice and tender Touches of them, that without her Name we might discover the Author, as Protogenes did Apelles, by the Stroak of his Pencil, (sig.
Page 9 - I stand engag'd to Mrs. Behn for the Occasion of a most Passionate Distress in my Last Play; and in a Conscience that I had not made her a sufficient Acknowledgment, I have run further into her Debt for Oroonoko, with a Design to oblige me to be honest; and that every one may find me out for Ingratitude, when I don't say all that's fit for me upon that Subject. She had a great Command of the Stage...
Page 11 - who had the happiness to be personally acquainted with her, were so charmed with her wit, freedom of temper and agreeable conversation, that they in a manner adored her.
Page 20 - ... world. If we err in this matter, we err with the gravest men and bodies of men in the empire, and especially with the Church of England, and with the great schools of learning which are connected with her. The...
Page 4 - On the other hand, we find it difficult to believe that, in a world so full of temptation as this, any gentleman whose life would have been virtuous if he had not read Aristophanes and Juvenal, will be made vicious by reading them.
Page 10 - Behn, whose genius was of that force, to maintain its gaiety in the midst of disappointments, which a woman of her sense and merit ought never to have met with. But she had a great strength of mind, and command of thought, being able to write in the midst of company, and yet have...

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