Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick: Interspersed with Characters and Anecdotes of His Theatrical Contemporaries. The Whole Forming a History of the Stage, which Includes a Period of Thirty-six Years, Volume 1

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Joseph Hill, 1780

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Page 110 - Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live.
Page 110 - Durfeys, yet remain in store; Perhaps where Lear has rav'd, and Hamlet died, On flying cars new sorcerers may ride ; Perhaps (for who can guess th' effects of chance) Here Hunt may box, or Mahomet may dance.
Page 110 - Then crush'd by Rules, and weaken'd as refin'd, For Years the Pow'r of Tragedy declin'd; From Bard, to Bard, the frigid Caution crept, Till Declamation roar'd, while Passion slept.
Page 286 - The exhibitions of the stage were improved to the most exquisite entertainment by the talents and management of Garrick, who greatly surpassed all his predecessors of this and perhaps every other nation, in his genius for acting ; in the sweetness and variety of his tones, the irresistible magic of his eye, the fire and vivacity of his action, the elegance of attitude, and the whole pathos of expression.
Page 111 - The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Then prompt no more the follies you decry...
Page 301 - This was a bitter cup ; and, to make the draught still more unpalatable, upon his asking whether his majesty approved his playing the Bastard, he was told, without the least compliment paid to his action, it was imagined that the king thought the character was rather too bold in the drawing, and that the colouring was overcharged and glaring. Mr. Garrick, who had been so accustomed to applause, and who of all men living most sensibly felt the neglect of it, was greatly struck with...
Page 11 - Garrick is to be with you early the next week, and Mr. Johnson to try his fate with a tragedy, and to see to get himself employed in some translation, either from the Latin or the French. Johnson is a very good scholar and poet, and I have great hopes will turn out a fine tragedy-writer. If it should any way lie in your way, doubt not but you would be ready to recommend and assist your countryman. "G. WALMSLEY.
Page 46 - tell me if there is not something like envy in your character of this young gentleman. The actor who pleases everybody must be a man of merit.
Page 318 - Genius stoop to them who've none at all ! Ne'er will I flatter, cringe, or bend the knee To those who, slaves to all, are slaves to me. Actors, as actors, are a lawful game, The poet's right, and who shall bar his claim ? And if, o'erweening of their little skill, When they have left the stage...
Page 233 - The manager,' he continues, admitting the whole question at issue in his complaints, 'whether player or ' harlequin, must be the sole pivot on which the whole ' machine is both to move and rest ; there is no drawback ' on the profit of the night in old plays ; and any access ' of reputation to a dead author, carries no impertinent ' claims and invidious distinctions along with it. When

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