The Dramatic Works of Sir William D'Avenant: With Prefatory Memoir and Notes

William Paterson, 1872

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Page lxxii - Committee," a merry but indifferent play, only Lacey's part, an Irish footman, is beyond imagination. Here I saw my Lord Falconbridge, and his Lady, my Lady Mary Cromwell, who looks as well as I have known her, and well clad; but when the House began to fill she put on her vizard, and so kept it on all the play; which of late is become a great fashion among the ladies, which hides their whole face.
Page xxxviii - Instead of which, are recommended to the people of this land, the profitable and seasonable considerations of repentance, reconciliation, and peace with God, which probably may produce outward peace and prosperity, and bring againe times of joy and gladnesse to these nations.
Page xvii - I have chosen to write my poem in quatrains, or stanzas of four in alternate rhyme, because I have ever judged them more noble, and of greater dignity, both for the sound and number, than any other verse in use amongst us; in which I am sure I have your approbation.
Page xxx - The milk of unicorns, and panthers' breath Gather'd in bags and mixt with Cretan wines. Our drink shall be prepared gold and amber; Which we will take until my roof whirl round With the vertigo ; and my dwarf shall dance, My eunuch sing, my fool make up the antic, Whilst we, in changed shapes, act Ovid's tales...
Page xxxviii - ... public sports do not well agree with public calamities, nor public stage-plays with the seasons of humiliation, this being an exercise of sad and pious solemnity, and the other being spectacles of pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious mirth and levity...
Page 170 - Through which he could discern the cause, th' effect Of its being there. I told him all the truth : And truth's oftener praised than rewarded Here on earth ; for he dismiss'd me straight With fatal looks. / CORSA. My brother is a noble gentleman. Go, go, and kneel to him. All jealousy Must still be strangled in its birth, or time Will soon conspire to make it strong enough To overcome the truth. Shield us, sweet heaven ! The sybils dance about my heart. They lay Their verges here : infusing a prophetick...
Page xxiii - Beware, delighted poets, when you sing To welcome nature in the early spring, Your numerous feet not tread The banks of Avon ; for each flower, As it ne'er knew a sun or shower, Hangs there the pensive head.
Page 2 - D'avenant K* Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed, and Those which he design'd for the Press: Now Published Out of the Authors Originall Copies. London: Printed by TN for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange.
Page 114 - Ibid., p. 899. train-bands kc]it a guard on both sides of the way, all along from Wallingford House to Westminster Church, beating up their drums loud, and carrying their pikes and muskets upon their shoulders, as in a march, not trailing them at their heels, as is usual in mourning. As soon as the coffin was entered the church, they came all away without giving a volley of shot at all ; and this was the obscure catastrophe of that great man.

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