Plays: Advertisement to the second edition. Introduction; Essay on the writings of Massinger

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G. and W. Nicol, 1813
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Page cxxxii - Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty: For in my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo The means of weakness and debility; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly: let me go with you; I'll do the service of a younger man In all your business and necessities.
Page xxxix - Underneath this sable hearse Lies the subject of all verse: Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother. Death, ere thou hast slain another Fair and learn'd and good as she, Time shall throw a dart at thee.
Page 31 - Was ravished with a more celestial sound. Were every servant in the world like thee, So full of goodness, angels would come down To dwell with us : thy name is Angelo, And like that name thou art. Get thee to rest ; Thy youth with too much watching is opprest.
Page 136 - On the other side, Incensed with indignation, Satan stood Unterrified, and like a comet burn'd, That fires the length of Ophiuchus huge In the Arctic sky, and from his horrid hair Shakes pestilence and war.
Page cxxxiii - Humanity then lodged in the hearts of men, And thankful masters carefully provided For creatures wanting reason. The noble horse, That, in his fiery youth, from his wide nostrils Neigh'd courage to his rider, and brake through Groves of opposed pikes, bearing his lord Safe to triumphant victory; old or wounded, Was set at liberty, and freed from service. The Athenian mules, that from the quarry drew Marble, hew'd for the temples of the gods, The great work ended, were dismiss' d, and fed At the public...
Page lvii - They were lodged in the Council Chamber, where the King in his shirt and nightgown gave them a Reveille Matin before they were up, and spent a good time in or upon the bed, chuse which you will believe.
Page 102 - It was played by six people, three of each sex, who were coupled by lot. A piece of ground was then chosen, and divided into three compartments, of which the middle one was called hell. It was the object of the couple condemned to this division to catch the others, who advanced from the two extremities ; in which case a change of situation took place, and hell was filled by the couple who were excluded by pro -occupation from the other places ; in this
Page 103 - They break, and Love would Reason meet, But Hate was nimbler on her feet; Fancy looks for Pride, and thither Hies, and they two hug together: Yet this new coupling still doth tell That Love and Folly were in hell.
Page 100 - I had a mistress, late sent hence by you Upon a bloody errand ; you entreated, That, when she came into that blessed garden Whither she knew she went, and where, now happy, She feeds upon all joy, she would send to you Some of that garden fruit and flowers ; which here, To have her promise saved, are brought by me.
Page cxxvi - But look on gold with contempt. And yet I found, What weak credulity could have no faith in, A treasure far exceeding these. Here lay A manor bound fast in a skin of parchment ; The wax continuing hard, the acres melting. Here a sure deed of gift for a market town, If not redeem'd this day ; which is not in The unthrift's power.

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