Eighteenth Century Studies: Essays

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S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881 - English literature - 386 pages
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Page 160 - Cato it has been not unjustly determined that it is rather a poem in dialogue than a drama, rather a succession of just sentiments in elegant language than a representation of natural affections, or of any state probable or possible in human life. Nothing here 'excites or assuages emotion'; here is 'no magical power of raising phantastick terror or wild anxiety.
Page 232 - Here Cumberland lies, having acted his parts, The Terence of England, the mender of hearts; A flattering painter, who made it his care To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
Page 30 - Wilkes, esq. herewith sent you, for being the author and publisher of a most infamous and seditious libel, intitled, The North Briton, No. 45, tending to inflame the minds and alienate the affections of the people from his majesty, and to excite them to traitorous insurrections against the government...
Page 182 - For physic and farces his equal there scarce is— His farces are physic, his physic a farce is.
Page 158 - Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live.
Page 65 - In obedience to the command of God by St James, and by the advice of Peter Bohler, it is agreed by us, 1.
Page 10 - Mead lived more in the broad sunshine of life than almost any man.
Page 160 - Let him be answered, that Addison spenks the language of poets, and Shakespeare of men. We find in Cato innumerable beauties, which enamour us of its author, but we see nothing that acquaints us with human sentiments or human actions; we place it with the fairest and the noblest progeny which judgment propagates by conjunction with learning; but Othello is the vigorous and vivacious offspring of observation impregnated by genius.
Page 30 - Parr" quoted the passage; which, to Mr. Dyer's delicate feelings,1 conveyed the apprehension that Mr. Rogers 1 Mr. Dyer had complained to Mr. Lamb of some suggestions in Elia, which annoyed him, not so much for his own sake as for the sake of others...
Page 200 - Garrick, then young and light and alive in every muscle and in every feature, come bounding on the stage, and pointing at the wittol Altamont and heavy-paced Horatio— heavens, what a transition ! — it seemed as if a whole century had been swept over in the transition of a single scene...

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