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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This intimation of discontent encourages Cassius to try to incense Brutus against
the growing power of Cęsar . On the shouts of the mob , Brutus expresses his
fear that they are making Cęsar king ; this encourages Caffius to proceed in his ...
break in upon the harmony of sentiment , and the proportion of characters , and
fall greatly short of the easy propriety , and becoming grace , of a perfect set of
imitations designed for , and fitted to the work , as in this tragedy of Julius Cęsar
He hath brought many captives home to Rome , Whose ransoms did the general
coffers fill ; Did this in Cęsar seem ambitious ? When that the poor have cry'd ,
Cęsar hath wept ; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff , Yet Brutus says , he
1 Have patience , gentle friends , I must not read it ; It is not meet , you know how
Cęsar lov'd you , You are not wood , you are not stones , but men ; And , being
men , hearing the will of Cęsar , It will inflame you , it will make you mad .
You all do know this mantle ; I remember The first time ever Cęsar put it on , '
Twas on a summer's evening in his tent , That day he overcome the Nervii . Look !
in this place , ran Cassius ' dagger through ; See , what a rent the envious Casca
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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