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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If they have avoided monstrous errors and absurdities , it is but the common
privilege of Mediocrity to do so ; but let not Mediocrity assume the airs and
presumption of Excellence and Perfection , nor pretend to obtrude on others , as
rules , any ...
and represented them with sentiments and manners agreeable to their historical
characters ; and to those things , which common fame had divulged of them ,
must have engaged the attention of the spectator , and affifted in that delusion of
So , so , thou common dog , didst thou disgorge Thy glutton bosom of the royal
Richard , And now thou would'st eat thy dead vomit up , And howl'st to find it .
What trust in these times ? They that when Richard liv'd would have him die , Are
Had I so lavila of my prefence been , So common - hackney'd in the eyes So stale
and cheap to vulgar company ; ' Opinion , that did help me to the crown , Had still
kept loyal to poffeffion , And left me in reputeless banishment , A fellow of no ...
Fawning courtiers would be strangely rendered by feet - licking courtiers : a
fawning stile , a fawning address , are common expreffions ; but did anyone ever
think of a feet - licking style ? a feet - licking address ? Nor is ye te rollerai a juster
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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