Lectures on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth

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Wiley & Putnam, 1845 - English drama - 218 pages
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Page 86 - Blessings be with them and eternal praise, The poets, who on earth have made us heirs Of truth and pure delight in deathless lays. Oh, might my name be number'd among theirs, Then gladly would I end my mortal days
Page 86 - Books, dreams, are both a world ; and books, we know, Are a substantial world, both pure and good, Round which, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood, Our pastime and our happiness may grow.
Page 38 - doubts on this subject just before, when he exclaims to his friends: " Oh, gentlemen! Hear me with patience, and tremble not at my speeches. Though my heart pant and quiver to remember that I have been a student here these thirty years; oh ! would I had never seen Wittenberg, never read book I
Page 43 - List awhile to me, And then thy heart, were it as Gurney's is, Or as Matrevis, hewn from the Caucasus, Yet will it melt ere I have done my tale. This dungeon where they keep me, is the sink Wherein the filth of all the castle falls.
Page 169 - prospects. There were hills which garnished their proud heights with stately trees : humble valleys whose base estate seemed comforted with the refreshing of silver rivers; meadows enamelled with all sorts of eye-pleasing flowers; thickets, which being lined with most pleasant shade were witnessed so to, by the cheerful disposition of many •well-tuned birds; each pasture stored with sheep feeding with
Page 144 - saw the grave where Laura lay, Within that temple, where the vestal flame Was wont to burn, and passing by that way To see that buried dust of living fame, Whose tomb fair Love, and fairer Virtue kept. All suddenly I saw the Faery
Page 144 - Of his dull life ; then when there hath been thrown Wit able enough to justify the town For three days past, wit that might warrant be For the whole city to talk foolishly, Till that were cancell'd; and when that was gone, We left an air behind us, which alone Was able to make the two next companies Right witty,
Page 55 - A CHARM SONG. ( The Witches going about the cauldron.) Black spirits, and white; red spirits, and grey; Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may. Titty, Tiffin, keep it stiff in ; Firedrake, Puckey, make it lucky ; Liard, Robin, you must bob in. Round, around, around, about, about; All ill come running in ; all good keep out! 1st
Page 36 - Faustus. Was this the face that launch'da thousand ships, And burnt the topless tow'rs of Ilium 1 ' Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. Her lips suck forth my soul! See where it flies. Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again. Here will I dwell, for Heav'n is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena.
Page 36 - to live, therefore object it not." In his colloquy with the fallen angel, he shows the fixedness of his determination:— " What! is great Mephostophilis so passionate For being deprived of the joys of heaven 1 Learn thou of Faustus manly fortitude, And scorn those joys thou never shalt possess.

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