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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... to abide a field 105 Where nothing but the found of Hotspur ' s name Did seem
defenfible . So you left him . The Never , O , never do his ghost the wrong , To
hold your honour more precise and nice With With others ; than with Him , Let
Ghosts , Fairies , Goblins , Elves , were as propitious , were as assistant to
Shakespear , and gave as much of the Sublime , and of the Marvellous , to his
fictions , as Nymphs , Satyrs , Fawns , and even the triple Geryon , to the works of
His witches , his ghosts , and his fairies , seem Spirits of health or goblins damn '
d ; bring with them airs from heaven , or blasts from kell . His ghosts are sullen ,
melancholy , and terrible . Every sentence , utter ' d by the Witches , is a prophecy
Witches holding their fabbath , and faluting passengers on the blafted heath ;
ghosts , at the midnight hour , visiting the glimpses of the moon , and whispering
a bloody secret , from propriety of place and action , derive a credibility very ...
... and the temples demolished , the tales that sprung from them were still
preserved , with religious reverence , in the minds of the people . · The Poet
found himself happily situated amidst amidst enchantments , ghosts , goblins ;
every element ...
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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