The Influence of Plautus on the Comedies of Ben Jonson

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Knickerbocker Press, 1901 - 121 Seiten
 

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Seite 11 - As Plautus and Seneca are accounted the best for Comedy and Tragedy among the Latins, so Shakespeare among the English is the most excellent in both kinds for the stage...
Seite 59 - Majesty and the lords — observe me — I would undertake, upon this poor head and life, for the public benefit of the state, not only to spare the entire lives of her subjects in general, but to save the one-half, nay, three parts of her yearly charge in holding war, and against what enemy soever.
Seite 65 - None else but thee in the house. Face. Yes, sir, my fellow, The cat that kept the buttery, had it on her A week before I spied it; but I got her Convey'd away in the night: and so I shut The house up for a month — Love. How! Face. Purposing then, sir, T...
Seite 26 - ... and men of hope and service do, or perhaps we may wear motley at the year's end, and who wears motley, you know), have got me afore in this disguise, determining here to lie in ambuscado, and intercept him in the mid-way. If I can but get his cloke, his purse, and his hat, nay, any thing to cut him off, that is, to stay his journey, Veni, vidi, vici, I may say with captain Caesar, I am made for ever, i'faith.
Seite 26 - Slid, I cannot choose but laugh to see myself translated thus, from a poor creature to a creator ; for now must I create an intolerable sort of lies, or my present profession loses the grace : and yet the lie, to a man of my coat, is as ominous a fruit as the fico.
Seite 58 - I will tell you, sir, by the way of private, and under seal, I am a gentleman, and live here obscure, and to myself: but were I known to his majesty, and the lords, observe me, I would undertake, upon this poor head and life, for the public benefit of the state, not only to spare the entire lives of...
Seite 12 - For though the poet's matter nature be His art doth give the fashion : and, that he Who casts to write a living line, must sweat, (Such as thine are) and strike the second heat Upon the Muses...
Seite 120 - True happiness Consists not in the multitude of friends, But in the worth and choice. Nor would I have Virtue a popular regard pursue : Let them be good that love me, though but few.
Seite 59 - ... till they could all play very near, or altogether as well as myself. This done, say the enemy were forty thousand strong, we twenty would come into the field the tenth of March, or thereabouts; and we would challenge twenty of the enemy; they could not in their honour refuse us: Well, we would kill them; challenge twenty more, kill them; twenty more, kill them; twenty more, kill them too...
Seite 59 - Why thus, sir. I would select nineteen more, to myself, throughout the land ; gentlemen they should be, of good spirit, strong, and able constitution ; I would choose them by an instinct, a character that I have : and I would teach these nineteen, the special rules, as your punto, your reverso, your stoccata, your imbroccata, your passada, your montanto ; till they could all play very near, or altogether as well as myself.

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