Oxberry's dramatic biography and histrionic anecdotes [ed. by C.E. Oxberry]., Volume 1

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Page 30 - And let those, that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them : for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too ; though, in the mean time, some necessary question}: of the play be then to be considered : that's villainous ; and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
Page 92 - See! how she leans her cheek upon her hand: O! that I were a glove upon that hand, That I might touch that cheek.
Page 30 - O, there be players that I have seen play, and heard others praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely, that, neither having the accent of Christians nor the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
Page 132 - ... that bear me from your side, Where I was rooted where I could have died. Stand forth, ye elves, and plead your mother's cause : Ye little magnets, whose soft influence draws Me from a point where every gentle breeze Wafted my bark to happiness and ease Sends me adventurous on a larger main, In hopes that you may profit by my gain.
Page 63 - I, to fill up the rooms of them that have bought out their services, that you would think that I had a hundred and fifty tattered prodigals' lately come from swine-keeping, from eating draff and 3o husks.
Page 128 - And he said, little maid, will you wed, wed, wed ? I have little more to say, Than will you, yea or nay, For least said is soonest mended ded, ded, ded. The little maid replied, Some say a little sighed, But what shall we have for to eat, eat, eat ? Will the love that you're so rich in, Make a fire in the kitchen ? Or the little god of Love turn the spit spit, spit?
Page 172 - Tora from me, torn from me, which way did they take her ?" a dissatisfied musical critic immediately answered the actor's interrogation in the following words, and to the great astonishment of the audience, in the exact tune of the air, " Why towards Long-acre, towards Long-acre.
Page 201 - She received a letter from his Royal Highness desiring her to meet him at Maidenhead, where they were to bid each other farewell. Mrs. Jordan had concluded her engagement, but remained one night over to perform Nell, for the manager, Mr.
Page 232 - But deeds and language such as men do use, And persons such as Comedy would choose, When she would show an image of the times. And sport with human follies, not with crimes; Except we make 'em such, by loving still Our popular errors, when we know they're ill.
Page 208 - ... which stood in his way, he seized a kettle-drum, which he threw with such violence at the head of the leader of the band, that he lost his...

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