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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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 ...
... vain comparative ; Grew a companion to the common streets , Enfcoff'd himself
to popularity . That , being daily swallow'd by mens eyes , They surfeited with
honey , and began To loath a taste of sweetness ; whereof a little More than a
Afford no extraordinary gaze ; Such , as is bent on sun - like majeftyn When it
shines seldom in admiring eyes ; But rather drowz'd , and hung their eye - lids
down , Slept in his face , and rendred such aspect As cloudy men use to their ...
... possessed with a thousand wrongs ; Or if that surly spirit melancholy Had bak'd
thy blood , and made it heavy thick , Which else runs trickling up and down the
veins , Making that idiot laughter keep men's eyes , And strain their cheeks to idle
Without a tongue , using conceit alone , Without eyes , ears , and harmful sound
of words ; Then , in despight of broad - ey'd watchful day , I would into thy bosom
pour my thoughts : But ah , I will not - yet I love thee well ; And , by my troth , I ...
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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