Essays on Shakespeare's Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff, and on His Imitation of Female Characters: To which are Added, Some General Observations on the Study of Shakespeare

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J. Murray, 1788 - 96 pages
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Page 38 - A' made a finer end and went away an it had been any christom child; a' parted even just between twelve and one, even at the turning o' the tide: for after I saw him fumble with the sheets and play with flowers and smile upon his fingers...
Page 64 - If by your art, my dearest father, you have Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them : The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch, But that, the sea, mounting to the welkin's cheek, Dashes the fire out.
Page 38 - God, God, God/' three or four times: now I, to comfort him, bid him a' should not think of God. I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet. So a...
Page 30 - ... to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit.
Page 81 - We are disgusted with that clamorous grief which, without any delicacy, calls upon our compassion with sighs and tears and importunate lamentations. But we reverence that reserved, that silent and majestic sorrow, which discovers itself only in the swelling of the eyes, in the quivering of the lips and cheeks, and in the distant, but affecting coldness of the whole behaviour.
Page 81 - On the other hand, what noble propriety and grace do we feel in the conduct of those who, in their own case, exert that recollection and self-command which constitute the dignity of every passion, and which bring it down to what others can enter into ? We are...
Page 90 - SHAKESPEARE, in his Timon of Athens, illustrates the consequences of that inconsiderate profusion which has the appearance of liberality, and is supposed even by the inconsiderate person himself to proceed from a generous principle; but which, in reality, has its chief origin in the love of distinction.
Page 86 - No modern poet has afforded more employment to critics and commentators than Shakespeare. As he wrote while the manners, no less than the language of his countrymen, were very different from what they are at present, and as he is reported to have been very careless about the fate of his performances after they were given to the public, he has become, in many instances, obscure, and almost unintelligible. Hence several learned and discerning editors have rendered essential service to the literature...
Page 54 - He turns, as soon as possible, from the view given him of his baseness ; and rattles, as it were in triumph, the fetters of habituated and willing bondage. Lear, violent and impetuous, but yet affectionate, from his misfortunes derives improvement. Macbeth, originally a man of feeling, is capable of remorse. And the understanding of Richard, rugged and insensible though he be, betrays his heart to the assault of conscience. But the mean sensualist, incapable of honourable and worthy thoughts, is...
Page 80 - And now and then an ample tear stole down Her delicate cheek. It seemed she was a queen Over her passion; who, most rebel-like, Sought to be king over her. KENT. O then it moved her ! GENTLEMAN. Not to a rage. Faith, once or twice she heaved the name of father Pantingly forth, as if it pressed her heart, Cried, Sisters ! sisters ! Shame of ladies ! Sisters ! What, i...

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