Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq: 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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Page 54 - And chase the new-blown bubbles of the day. 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 5 - Come, come, Gibber, tell me, if there is not something like envy in your character of this young gentleman: the actor who pleases every body, must be a man of merit.
Page 53 - Perhaps if skill could distant times explore, New Behns, new 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 42 - in such a manner as to make it appear absolutely ludicrous. He paused so long before he spoke, that somebody, it was said, called out from the gallery, ' Why don't you tell the gentleman whether you will meet him or not?
Page 35 - Between the pauses or acts of this serious representation, he interwove a comic fable, consisting chiefly of the courtship of Harlequin and Columbine, with a variety of surprising adventures and tricks, which were produced by the magic wand of Harlequin; such as the sudden transformation of palaces and temples to huts and cottages; of men and women into wheel-barrows and joint-stools; of trees turned to houses; colonnades to beds of tulips; and mechanic shops into serpents and ostriches.
Page 52 - Then Jonson came, instructed from the school, To please in method, and invent by rule...
Page 52 - Vice always found a sympathetic friend; They pleas'd their Age, and did not aim to mend. Yet Bards like these aspir'd to lasting Praise, And proudly hop'd to pimp in future days. Their...
Page 5 - That Garrick was a new religion ; Whitfield was followed for a time ; but they would all come to church again.
Page 52 - WHEN Learning's triumph o'er her barbarous foes First rear'd the stage, immortal Shakespeare rose; Each change of many-colour'd life he drew, Exhausted worlds, and then imagin'd new: Existence saw him spurn her bounded reign, And panting Time toil'd after him in vain. His powerful strokes presiding truth impress'd, And unresisted passion storm'd the breast.
Page 53 - 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.

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