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Sida 167 - From thence to honour thee I would not seek For names ; but call forth thundering ^Eschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles to us, Pacuvius, Accius, him of Cordova dead, To live again, to hear thy buskin tread And shake a stage ; or, when thy socks were on, Leave thee alone, for the comparison Of all that insolent Greece or haughty Rome Sent forth, or since did from their ashes come.
Sida 76 - ... there is still a vast difference betwixt the slovenly butchering of a man, and the fineness of a stroke that separates the head from the body, and leaves it standing in its place. A man may be capable, as Jack Ketch's wife said of his servant, of a plain piece of work, a bare hanging ; but to make a malefactor die sweetly, was only belonging to her husband.
Sida 187 - A man so various, that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome : Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong, Was everything by starts, and nothing long; But, in the course of one revolving moon, Was chemist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon ; Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking, Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking.
Sida viii - They have not the formality of a settled style, in which the first half of the sentence betrays the other. The clauses are never balanced, nor the periods modelled ; every word seems to drop by chance, though it falls into 30 its proper place. Nothing is cold or languid ; the whole is airy, animated, and vigorous ; what is little, is gay
Sida 93 - But this hint, thus seasonably given me, first made me sensible of my own wants, and brought me afterwards to seek for the supply of them in other English authors. I looked over the darling of my youth, the famous Cowley...
Sida 103 - Tis one thing to draw the outlines true, the features like, the proportions exact, the colouring itself perhaps tolerable ; and another thing to make all these graceful, by the posture, the shadowings, and, chiefly, by the spirit which animates the whole.
Sida 16 - I had intended to have put in practice, (though far unable for the attempt of such a poem,) and to have left the stage, (to which my genius never much inclined me,) for a work which would have taken up my life in the performance of it. This, too, I had intended chiefly for the honour of my native country, to which a poet is particularly obliged...
Sida 154 - Friar, an fond as otherwise I am of it, from this imputation; for though the comical parts are diverting, and the .serious moving, yet they are of an unnatural mingle: for mirth and gravity destroy each other, and are no more to be allowed for decent, than a gay widow laughing in a mourning habit.
Sida xvii - There is more of salt in all your verses than I have seen in any of the moderns or even of the ancients; but you have been sparing of the gall, by which means you have pleased all readers, and offended none.
Sida 106 - ... that verse commonly which they call golden, or two substantives and two adjectives, with a verb betwixt them to keep the peace.

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