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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... an authority derived from the facred function , be more strongly arraigned , than
in the speeches of Westmorland , and John of Lancaster , WESTMORLAND .
Then , my lord , Unto your grace do I in chief address The substance of my
here an Wherefore do you so ill translate yourself , Out of the speech of peace ,
that bears such grace , Into the harsh and boist'rous tongue of war ?
LANCASTER . My lord of York , it better shewd with you , When that your flock ,
assembled by ...
We admire indeed the art of the sculptors who give their images with grace and
majesty ; but no devotion is excited , no enthusiasm kindled , by the
representations of characters whose divinity we do not acknowledge . When the
Hamlet's terror , his astonishment , his vehement desire to know the cause of this
visitation , are irresistibly communicated to the spectator by the following speech .
HAMLET . Angels and ministers of grace defend us ! Be thou a spirit of health ...
What tributaries follow him to Rome , To grace in captive bonds his chariot
wheels ? You blocks , you ftones , you worse than senselemis things ! > O you O
you hard hearts ! you cruel Men of Rome 250 Upon the Death of Julius CÆSAR .
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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