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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King Henry is as prudent ą 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 ...
Young Hamlet's indignation at his mother's hasty and incestuous marriage , his
sorrow for his father's death , the character he gives of that prince , prepare the
spectator to sympathize with his wrongs and sufferings . The Son , as is natural ...
should put in the rank of the greatest milfortunes , the death of an enemy , which
costs fo many tears . But can one shed tears when one revenges a Father ? Is
there a loss which does not seem light at that price ? And when his assassin dies
The following foliloquy , prophetic of the civil war , subsequent to the death of
Cęsar , spoken by Antony addressing himself to the dead body , is sublime and
folemn . ANTONY . O pardon me , thou bleeding piece of earth , ' That I am meek
... a player , had been led into the mistake of charging Shakespear with the
absurdity of making Cęsar say , SA say , he never did wrong without just cause :
Upon the Death of Julius Cęsar . 279.
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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