Bell's British Theatre,: Consisting of the Most Esteemed English Plays ...

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John Bell, near Exeter Exchange, in the Strand, and C. Etherington, at York, 1776 - English drama
 

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Page 8 - ... tis but necessary, when they cannot please, that they should take care not to offend. But as the civilest man in the company is commonly the dullest, so these authors, while they are afraid to make you laugh or cry, out of pure good manners make you sleep.
Page 44 - Caesar loves beyond the love of women: He could resolve his mind, as fire does wax, From that hard rugged image melt him down, And mould him in what softer form he pleased.
Page 35 - You do not know How weak you are to her, how much an infant; You are not proof against a smile, or glance; A sigh will quite disarm you. ANT. See, she comes! Now you shall find your error. Gods, I thank you: I formed the danger greater than it was, And now 'tis near, 'tis lessened.
Page 4 - Plays founded on moral tales in private life may be of admirable use by carrying conviction to the mind with such irresistible force as to engage all the faculties and powers of the soul in the cause of virtue by stifling vice in its first principles.
Page 30 - It is the industrious merchant's business to collect the various blessings of each soil and climate, and, with the product of the whole, to enrich his native country.
Page 21 - Lie there, thou shadow of an emperor; The place thou pressest on thy mother earth Is all thy empire now: now it contains thee; Some few days hence, and then 'twill be too large, When thou'rt contracted in thy...
Page 19 - Because his other parts are more than man.— He must not thus be lost. [ALEXAS and the Priests come forward. Alex. You have your full instructions, now advance; Proclaim your orders loudly, Serap. Romans, Egyptians, hear the queen's command. Thus Cleopatra bids: Let labour cease; To pomp and triumphs give this happy day, That gave the world a lord: 'tis Antony's.
Page 12 - I would not that they should, unless his merit recommends him more. A noble birth and fortune, though they make not a bad man good, yet they are a real advantage to a worthy one, and place his virtues in the fairest light.
Page 81 - I should die With a hard thought of you ? Ant. Forgive me, Roman. Since I have heard of Cleopatra's death, My reason bears no rule upon my tongue, But lets my thoughts break all at random out.
Page 25 - em, patient both of heat and hunger, Down from the Parthian marches to the Nile. 'Twill do you good to see their sun-burnt faces, Their scarred cheeks, and chopt hands ; there's virtue in 'em: They'll sell those mangled limbs at dearer rates Than yon trim bands can buy.

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