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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His trespass may be well forgot , It hath th ' excuse of youth and heat of blood ,
And an adopted name of privilege , A hare - braind Hotspur govern'd by a spleen
. The great aspiring soul of Hotspur bears out rebellion : it seems , in him , to flow
... usurper , are all united in the following speeches : K. HENRY I know riot ,
whether God will have it fo , For some displeasing fervice I have done ; That , in
his secret doom , out of my blood He'll breed revengement , and a scourge for me
Thy place in council thou hast rudely lost , Which by thy younger brother is supply
'd ; And art almost an alien to the hearts Of all the court and princes of my blood .
The hope and expectation of thy time Is ruin'd , and the soul of every man ...
... low and tardily , Would turn their own perfection to abuse , To seem like him :
So that in speech , in zait , In diet , in affections of delight , In military rules ,
humours of blood , He was the mark and glass , copy and book , That fashion'd
But now , the bishop Turns insurrection to religion : Suppos'd fincere and holy in
his thoughts , He's follow'd both with body and with mind , And doth enlarge his
rising with the blood Of fair King Richard , scrap'd from Pomfret ftones ; Derives ...
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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