An Essay on the Learning of Shakespeare: Addressed to Joseph Cradock, Esq

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J. Archdeacon, 1767 - 50 pages

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Page 31 - Their downy breast ; the swan, with arched neck Between her white wings mantling proudly, rows Her state with oary feet ; yet oft they quit The dank, and rising on stiff pennons tower The mid aerial sky.
Page 22 - Bible, by consulting the Concordance of Alexander Cruden. But whence have we the Plot of Timon, except from the Greek of Lucian?
Page 88 - How would it have joyed brave Talbot (the terror of the French) to thinke that after he had lyne two hundred yeares in his Tombe, hee should...
Page 70 - A compendious or briefe Examination of certayne ordinary Complaints of diuers of our Countrymen in these our...
Page 77 - He was esteemed,' says Anthony Wood, ' a most noted poet, 1579 ; but when or where he died, I cannot tell, for so it is, and always hath been, that most Poets die poor, and consequently obscurely, and a hard matter it is to trace them to their graves.
Page 8 - ... peruse over before, once or twice, the chapters and homilies, to the intent they might read to the better understanding of the people.
Page 90 - I have quoted many pieces of John Taylor, but it was impossible to give their original dates. He may be traced as an author for more than half a century.
Page 9 - Wagstaff on Tom Thumb; and I myself will engage to give you quotations from the elder English writers (for, to own the truth, I was once idle enough to collect such,) which shall carry with them at least an equal degree of similarity. But there can be no occasion of wasting any future time in this department: the world is now in possession of the Marks of Imitation. " Shakespeare however hath frequent allusions to the facts and fables of antiquity.
Page 85 - Heminge and Condell ; who at their own retirement, about seven years after the death of their author, gave the world the edition now known by the name of the first folio ; and call the previous publications " stolne and surreptitious, maimed and deformed by the frauds and stealths of injurious impostors.
Page 88 - Talbot (the terror of the French) to thinke that after he had lyne two hundred yeare in his tomb, he should triumph againe on the stage, and haue his bones new embalmed with the teares of ten thousand spectators at least, (at seuerall times) who, in the tragedian that represents his person, imagine they behold him fresh bleeding?

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