the dramatic works of sir william avenant


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Page 265 - 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 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 lxxix - The front of the stage is opened, and the band of twenty-four violins, with the harpsicals and theorbos which accompany the voices, are placed between the pit and the stage.
Page xlvii - I am here arrived at the middle of the third book. But it is high time to strike sail and cast anchor, though I have run but half my course, when at the helm I am threatened with death ; who, though he can visit us but once, seems troublesome ; and even in the innocent may beget such a gravity, as diverts the music of verse.
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 lix - Changeling,"1 the first time it hath been acted these twenty years, and it takes exceedingly. Besides, I see the gallants do begin to be tyred with the vanity and pride of the theatre actors, who are indeed grown very proud and rich.

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