Lives of the Most Eminent Literary and Scientific Men of Great Britain, Volume 3

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1838
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Page 81 - O, pardon! since a crooked figure may Attest in little place a million; And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work.
Page 95 - I'll strip the ragged follies of the time Naked as at their birth . . . and with a whip of steel Print wounding lashes in their iron ribs.
Page 91 - Heart," warmly exasperated the irritable disposition of our poet. He printed the title in the following manner : " New Inn, or The Light Heart ; a Comedy never acted, but most negligently played by some, the King's servants ; and more squeamishly beheld and censured by others, the King's subjects, 1629.
Page 77 - True, representing some principal pieces of the reign of Henry the Eighth, which was set forth with many extraordinary circumstances of pomp and majesty, even to the matting of the stage; the knights of the order with their Georges and Garter, the guards with their embroidered coats and the like; sufficient, in truth, within a while to make greatness very familiar...
Page 87 - George the Third by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that we of our special grace, certain knowledge and mere motion, have given and granted, and by these presents, for...
Page 180 - This whole celebrated piece is a perfect contradiction to good manners, good sense, and common honesty ; and as there is nothing in it but what is built upon the ruin of virtue and innocence, according to the notion of merit in this comedy, I take the...
Page 185 - The little talent which he has is fancy. He sometimes labours with a thought ; but, with the pudder he makes to bring it into the...
Page 120 - Davenant It being forbidden him in the rebellious times to act tragedies and comedies, because they contained some matter of scandal to those good people, who could more easily dispossess their lawful sovereign than endure a wanton jest, he was forced to turn his thoughts another way, and to introduce the examples of moral virtue, writ in verse, and performed in recitative music.
Page 120 - The original of this music, and of the scenes which adorned his work, he had from the Italian operas ; but he heightened his characters, as I may probably imagine, from the example of Corneille and some French poets.
Page 73 - ... t; these are now the fashion, and so berattle the common stages — so they call them — that many wearing rapiers are afraid of goose-quills, and dare scarce come thither.

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