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Page 137 - Here's an equivocator that could swear in both scales against either scale ; who committed treason enough for God's sake ; yet could not equivocate to heaven " (Act II. Sc. iii. L. 9) has been supposed to allude to the doctrine of equivocation, avowed by Henry Garnet, Superior of the order of Jesuits in
Page 134 - preceded within a month by an eclipse of the moon, and that the words which follow shortly after the mention of eclipses, " machinations, hollowness, treachery, and all ruinous disorders, follow us disquietly to our graves," had special point if delivered on the stage while the Gunpowder Plot of Nov. 5,
Page 73 - The thrice three Muses mourning for the death Of Learning, late deceased in beggary, have been thought to refer to Robert Greene's miserable death (1592); it is much more likely, if they contain an allusion to anything contemporary, that the reference is to Spenser's poem The Tears of the Muses
Page 149 - Bartholomew Fair, 1614, there is what seems an allusion to Shakspere's Caliban of The Tempest: " If there be never a Servant-monster i' the Fayre who can helpe it, he sayes ; nor a nest of Antiques ? He is loth to make Nature afraid in his Playes, like those that beget Tales, Tempests, and such like Drolleries
Page 40 - Which served me as fit, by all men's judgments, As if the garment had been made for me, Therefore I know she is about my height. And at that time I made her weep agood, For I did play a lamentable part. (Act IV.
Page 43 - sail'd Before the always wind-obeying deep Gave any tragic instance of our harm : But longer did we not retain much hope ; For what obscured light the heavens did grant Did but convey unto our fearful minds A doubtful warrant of immediate death. (Comedy of Errors, Act I.
Page 115 - Manningham writes of the play : " Much like The Comedy of Errors or Menechmi in Plautus, but most like and neere to that in Italian called Inganni." There are two Italian plays of an earlier date than Twelfth Night, entitled
Page 62 - The eagle suffers little birds to sing, And is not careful what they mean thereby, Knowing that with the shadow of his wings He can at pleasure stint their melody. A play, Titus and
Page 42 - (JK INGRAM.) It should be noted that commonly a pause occurs before the weak final monosyllable, after which the verse, as it were, leaps forward. This structure, as has been said, gives to the verse something of the bounding life which Ulysses describes Diomed as showing in the manner of his gait : He rises on the toe ; that spirit of his
Page 33 - a student of the Middle Temple, notes in his Diary, Feb. 2, 1601-2, "At our feast wee had a play called Twelve Night, or What You Will; " and he goes on to describe Shakspere's comedy. In another Diary, that of Dr. Simon Forman, we find that, on April 20, 1610, he saw, for the first time,