An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets: With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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... bleeding victim is expiring in agonies , by a description of the unhappy object ;
but how fully , and how forcibly is the consciousness of guilt expressed by
Macbeth , when , speaking of the grooms who lay near Duncan , he says ,
He must not , says the old statesman , carve for himself , as vulgar persons do .
The French author translates it , he must not cut his own victuals ; and runs on
about morsels , as if Hamlet's dinner , not his marriage , had been the subject of ...
Augustus adds too , that it was by his advice he retained his power ; and after all
this , says he , you would assassinate me . Cinna does not barely deny the
conspiracy , but exclaims , “ I , Sir , have I such a treacherous soul , such a base ...
He was my friend , faithful and just to me ; But Brutus says he was ambitious ; And
Brutus is an ho ble man . He hath brought many captives home to Rome , Whose
ransoms did the general coffers fill ; Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious ?
... a player , had been led into the mistake of charging Shakespear with the
absurdity of making Cæsar say , SA say , he never did wrong without just cause :
Upon the Death of Julius Cæsar . 279.
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review