The Dramatic Works, Volume 1

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W. Paterson, 1872
 

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Page xxiii - The piteous river wept itself away Long since, alas ! to such a swift decay, That, reach the map and look ; If you a river there can spie, And for a river your mock'd eye...
Page 169 - And who dares doubt the poets wise? Philosopher. But ask not bodies doom'd to die To what abode they go ; Since Knowledge is but Sorrow's spy, It is not safe to know.
Page xlix - Jilts rul'd the state, and statesmen farces writ ; Nay wits had pensions, and young lords had wit ; The fair sat panting at a courtier's play, And not a mask went unimprov'd away ; The modest fan was lifted up no more, And virgins smil'd at what they blush'd before.
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 xlix - 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 xxvii - Playes with the seasons of humiliation, this being an exercise of sad and pious solemnity, and the other spectacles of pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious mirth and levitie : It is therefore thought fit, and ordeined by the Lords and Commons in this Parliament assembled, that while these sad causes, and set times of humiliation doe continue, publike Stage Playes shall cease, and bee foreborne. Instead of which, are recommended to the people of this land, the profitable and seasonable considerations...
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 xxvii - 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 xxvii - ... 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 118 - 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...

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