"Their Majesties' Servants.": Annals of the English Stage, from Betterton to Edmund Kean. Actors-Authors--Audiences, Volume 2

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W. J. Widdleton, 1865 - Actors - 459 pages

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Page 5 - Resolved, &c., nemine contradicente, that in all aids given to the king by the Commons the rate or tax ought not to be altered by the Lords.
Page 125 - Sincerity, Thou first of virtues! let no mortal leave Thy onward path, although the earth should gape, And from the gulf of hell destruction cry, To take dissimulation's winding way.
Page 43 - ild you! They say the owl was a baker's daughter. Lord! we know what we are, but know not what we may be.
Page 308 - The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome.
Page 10 - I had rather not suppress, viz. that it was the best first play that any author in his memory had produced ; and that for a young fellow to show himself such an actor and such a writer in one day, was something extraordinary.
Page 70 - ... after long and eager expectation, I first beheld little Garrick, then young and light and alive in every muscle and in every feature, come bounding on the stage, and pointing at the wittol Altamont and heavypaced Horatio — heavens, what a transition! — it seemed as if a whole century had been swept over in the transition of a single scene...
Page 70 - When Lothario gave Horatio the challenge Quin, instead of accepting it instantaneously, with the determined and unembarrassed brow of superior bravery, made a long pause, and dragged out the words, ' I'll meet thee there !' in such a manner as to make it appear absolutely ludicrous.
Page 315 - ... tis what I prize so well that I ne'er pawned it yet, and hope I ne'er shall part with it. Nature and fortune were certainly in league when you were born ; and as the first took care to give you beauty enough to enslave the hearts of all the world, so the other resolved, to do its merit justice, that none but a monarch, fit to rule that world, should e'er possess it; and in it he had an empire.
Page 241 - All Mrs. Siddons did, good sense or good instruction might give. I dare to say, that were I one-and-twenty, I should have thought her marvellous ; but alas ! I remember Mrs. Porter and the Dumesnil — and remember every accent of the former in the very same part.
Page 316 - ... possess it, and in it he had an empire. The young prince you have given him, by his blooming virtues, early declares the mighty stock he came from; and as you have taken all the pious care of a dear mother and a prudent guardian to give him a noble and generous education; may it succeed according to his merits and your wishes: may he grow up to be a bulwark to his illustrious father, and a patron to his...

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