A Brief History of the English Drama: From the Earliest to the Latest Times

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Welch, Fracker Company, 1890 - 227 страници

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Страница 101 - Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely but too well ; Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought Perplex'd in the extreme; of one whose hand, Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe...
Страница 51 - For where the stage should always represent but one place, and the uttermost time presupposed in it should be, both by Aristotle's precept and common reason, but one day, there is both many days and many places inartificially imagined.
Страница 82 - ALL that is known with any degree of certainty concerning Shakespeare, is — that he was born at Stratford upon Avon — married and had children there — went to London, where he commenced actor, and wrote poems and plays — returned to Stratford, made his will, died, and was buried.
Страница 60 - The lamentable and true tragedy of Master Arden of Feversham in Kent, who was most wickedly murdered by the means of his disloyal and wanton wife, who for the love she bare to one Mosbie, hired two desperate ruffians, Black Will and Shagbag, to kill him.
Страница 104 - He has never, in fact, varnished over wild and bloodthirsty passions with a pleasing exterior, never clothed crime and want of principle with a false show of greatness of soul, and in that respect he is every way deserving of praise.
Страница 50 - The Englishman, in this quality, is most vain, indiscreet, and out of order. He first grounds his work on impossibilities : then in three hours runs he through the world ; marries, gets children ; makes children men, men to conquer kingdoms, murder monsters ; and bringeth gods from heaven, and fetcheth devils from hell.
Страница 29 - ... games and the bloody contentions of the tournament, which had so long prevailed as the sole species of popular amusement. Rude, and even ridiculous as they were, they softened the manners of the people by diverting the public attention to spectacles in which the mind was concerned, and by creating a regard for other arts than those of bodily strength and savage valour.
Страница 26 - They began first at the Abay gates, and when the first pagiante was played, it was wheeled to the highe crosse before the Mayor, and so to every streete, and soe every streete had a...
Страница 151 - ... nor Public Stage-plays with the Seasons of Humiliation, this being an Exercise of sad and pious Solemnity, and the other being Spectacles of Pleasure, too commonly expressing lascivious Mirth and Levity: It is therefore thought fit, and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in this Parliament assembled, That while these sad causes and set Times of Humiliation do continue, Public Stage Plays shall cease, and be forborne...
Страница 78 - ... in which the Corporation made its unsuccessful onslaught on play-acting, may be regarded as the birth-year of the English Drama. Three theatres, at least, were then established in the purlieus of the City. The first of these was styled ' The Theatre ; ' the second took its name, in all probability, from the plot of ground on which it stood, and was called