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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He had no legs , that practis'd not his gait ; And speaking thick , which nature
made his blemish , Became the accents of the valiant ; For those , that could
speak low and tardily , Would turn their own perfection to abuse , To seem like
him : So ...
If thou hast any sound , or use of voice , Speak to me . If there be any good thing
to be done , That may to thee do ease , and grace to me , Speak to me . If thou art
privy to thy country's fate , Which happily foreknowing may avoid , Oh speak !
Fiery ? what fiery quality ? why , Glo'iter , I'd speak with the Duke of Cornwall ,
and his wife a The king would speak'with Cornwall . The dear father Would with
his daughter speak , commands her fervice : Are they inform'd of this ? my breath
I speak not , to disprove what Brutus spoke , But here I am to speak what I do
know , You all did love him once , not without cause ; What cause with - holds you
then to mourn for him ? O judgment ! thou art fled to brutish beasts , And men
... speak of him ; For I have neither wit , nor words , nor worth , Action nor utt'rance
, nor the power of speech , To ftir mens blood ; I only speak right on . I tell you that
which you yourselves do know ; I tell Upon the Death of Julius CÆSAR . 269.
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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