The History of the Theatres of London and Dublin: From the Year 1730 to the Present Time. To which is Added, an Annual Register of All the Plays, &c. Performed at the Theatres-Royal in London, from the Year 1712. With Occasional Notes and Anecdotes. By Mr. Victor, ...

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G. Faulkner, and J. Exshaw, 1761 - 218 pages


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Page 86 - 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 86 - 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 85 - Then Jonson came, instructed from the school, To please in method, and invent by rule...
Page 85 - Shakfpeare's flame. Themfelves they ftudied, as they felt they writ ; Intrigue was plot, obfcenity was wit. Vice always found a fympathetic friend ; They pleas'd their age, and did not aim to mend. Yet bards like thefe afpir'd to lafting praife, And proudly hop'd to pimp in future days.
Page 111 - Several citizens, who seldom were seen in the theatre, were so sensible of the advantages and importance of a well regulated stage, that they declared to Mr. Sheridan and his friends, that they would now more than ever appear there, and doubted not being able to protect the manager and the actors in general in the discharge of their duty. With assurances of this kind, and a consciousness of his being in the right, Mr.
Page 86 - 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 99 - His name being on the bills some days after, to perform Horatio, several letters, cards, and messages were sent to him, warning him not to leave his house that evening, and to take particular care to be well guarded even there. He followed that friendly advice : and when Mr. Dyer went on the stage to apologise for his not performing the part, and to acquaint the audience with his reasons, at that instant, about...
Page 34 - England, and his companion, a baronet of 12,O00Z. a year, were surrounded and destroyed by a set of honourable sharpers. Mr. Fleetwood unfortunately fell into this set, and received great injury in his fortune before he had time...
Page 84 - WHEN Learning's triumph o'er her barb'rous foes First rear'd the stage, immortal Shakspeare 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 pow'rful strokes presiding Truth impress'd, And unresisted Passion storm'd the breast.
Page 59 - ... before the King, and he doubted not but a speedy end would be put to their acting." The answer to this proposal was very short and very expressive :

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