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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The character of Henry IV . is perfectly agreeable to that given him by historians .
The play opens by his declaring his intention to war against the infidels , which
he does not undertake , as was usual in those times , from a religious enthusiasm
Nothing can be better imagined than the parallel he draws between himself and
Percy , Richard and Henry of Monmouth . The affectionate Father , the offended
King , the provident Politician , and the conscious usurper , are all united in the ...
And we see . Henry , as foon as he is called to the high and serious duties of a
King , come forth at once with unblemished majesty . The difpofition of the Hero is
made to pierce through the idle frolics of the Boy , throughout the whole piece ;
In the play of Henry V. you are told , that in his youth he had been fedulously
observing mankind ; and from an apprehension , per haps , how difficult it was to
acquire an intimate knowledge of men , whilst he kept up the forms his rank ...
King Henry is as prudent à politician on his death - bed , as at council ; ' his eye ,
just before it closed for ever , stretching itself beyond the hour of death , to the
view of those dangers , which from the temper of the Prince of Wales , and the ...
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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