Alcibiades. Don Carlos, prince of Spain. Titus and Berenice, with The cheats of Scapin

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C. Hitch and L. Hawes, 1757

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Page viii - is the gift of Jupiter;" and, to speak in the same heathen language, We call it the gift of our Apollo, not to be obtained by pains or study, if we are not born to it: for the motions which are studied are never so natural as those which break out in the height of a real passion. Mr. Otway possessed this part as thoroughly as any of the ancients or moderns.
Page xi - tis so with me; — For every step I tread, methinks some fiend Knocks at my breast, and bids it not be quiet: I've heard, how desperate wretches, like myself, Have wandered out at this dead time of night To meet the foe of mankind in his walk: Sure I'm so curst, that, tho...
Page vii - ... for its ruin and subversion, the audience could not enough pity and admire him. But as he is now represented, we can only say of him what the Roman Historian says of Catiline, that his fall would have been glorious (si pro Patria sic concidisset) had he so fallen in the service of his country.
Page x - All that bear this are villains, and I one, Not to rouse up at the great call of nature, And check the growth of these domestic spoilers, That make us slaves, and tell us 'tis our charter.
Page 103 - But this I may modestly boast of, which the author of the French Berenice has done before me, in his preface to that play, that it never failed to draw tears from the eyes of the auditors; I mean, those whose souls were capable of so noble a pleasure...
Page viii - Preserved; but I must bear this testimony to his memory, that the passions are truly touched in it, though, perhaps, there is somewhat to be desired both in the grounds of them, and in the height and elegance of expression : but nature is there, which is the greatest beauty, " In the passions," says our author, " we must have a very great regard to the quality of the persons who are actually possessed with them.
Page 103 - Igad, he knew not a line in it he .would be author of. But he is a fine facetious witty person, as my friend Sir Formal has it ; and to be even with him, I know a comedy of his, that has not so much as a quibble in it which I would be author of. And so, reader. I bid him and thee farewell.
Page 117 - My glorious father got me in his heat, When all he did was eminently great : When warlike Belgia felt his conqu'ring pow'r, And the proud Germans own'd him emperor. Why should it be a stain then on my blood, Because I came not in the common road, But born obscure, and so more like a god ? No ; though this diadem another wear, At least to all his pleasures I'll be heir.
Page 272 - Sir, he lias courage ; he fears you not. Thrifty. You lie, I have not courage; I do fear him mortally ! Shift. He, he, he ! Ounds he ! would all his family were in him, I'd cut oft
Page 102 - I am well satisfied I had the greatest party of men of wit and sense on my side; amongst which I can never enough acknowledge the unspeakable obligations I. received from the Earl of R*. who, far above what I am ever able to deserve from him, seemed almost to make it his business, to establish it in the good opinion of the King and his Royal Highness ; from both of whom I have since received confirmation of their good liking of it, and encouragement to proceed.

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