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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Prophetically does fore - think thy fall . is in Had I fo lavilh of my presence been ,
i n So common - hackney ' d in the eyes of men , iii So stale and cheap to vulgar
company ; ' , . . . ( Opinion , that did help me to the crown , Had still kept loyal to ...
... and stand the push Of every beardless , vain comparative ; Grew a companion
to the common streets , “ Enfeoff ” d himself to popularity . That , being daily
swallow ' d by mens eyes , They surfeited with honey , and began * To loath a
taste of ...
Afford no extraordinary gaze ; Such , as is bent on sun - like majesty , 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 ...
... where we stand , And thou pofseffed with a thousand wrongs ; Or if that surly
fpirit 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 ...
But that I am forbių To tell the secrets of my prison - house , I could a tale unfold ;
whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul , freeze thy young blood , Make thy
two eyes , like stars , start from their spheres , Thy knotted and combined locks ...
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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