A New History of the English Stage, from the Restoration to the Liberty of the Theatres, in Connection with the Patent Houses ...

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Tinsley brothers, 1882
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Page 317 - ... who has lengthened, and one who has gladdened life ; with Dr. James, whose skill in physic will be long remembered ; and with David Garrick, whom I hoped to have gratified with this character of our common friend. But what are the hopes of man ? I am disappointed by that stroke of death which has eclipsed the gaiety of nations, and impoverished the public stock of harmless pleasure.
Page 165 - Nature fled. But forc'd, at length, her ancient reign to quit, She saw great Faustus lay the ghost of Wit; Exulting Folly hail'd the joyful day, And Pantomime and Song confirm'd her sway.
Page 288 - JOHNSON. " Because, Sir, she is a favourite of the public ; and when the public cares the thousandth part for you that it does for her, I will go to your benefit too.
Page 25 - He began on it ; and" when first he mentioned it to Swift, the doctor did not much like the project. As he carried it on, he showed what he wrote to both of us, and we now and then gave a correction, or a word or two of advice ; but it was wholly of his own writing.
Page 252 - ... by the name aforesaid shall be able and capable in law to have, hold, receive, enjoy, possess and retain for...
Page 165 - With every meteor of caprice must play, 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 164 - The wits of Charles found easier ways to fame, Nor wish'd for Jonson's art, or Shakespeare's flame. Themselves they studied, as they felt they writ ; Intrigue was plot, obscenity was wit.
Page 217 - Not content with this, he proceeded to declare, that the author possessed the true theatric genius of Shakspeare and Otway, refined from the unhappy barbarism of the one and the licentiousness of the other.
Page 187 - WITH that low cunning, which in fools supplies, -* And amply too, the place of being wise, Which Nature, kind, indulgent parent ! gave To qualify the blockhead for a knave...
Page 127 - The trial scene wound up the fulness of my reputation. Here I was well listened to, and here I made such a silent yet forcible impression on my audience, that I retired from this great attempt most perfectly satisfied. On my return to the green-room, after the play was over, it was crowded with nobility and critics, who all complimented me in the warmest and most unbounded manner ; and the situation I felt myself in, I must confess, was one of the most flattering and intoxicating of my whole life....

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