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1. And Tragedy should blush as much to stoop To the low mimic follies of a farce, As a grave matron would to dance with girls. HoRACE—Of the Art of Poetry. L. 272. WENTworth DILLON's trans.
2 The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give. For we that live to please, must please to live. SAMUEL Johnson—Prologue. Spoken by Mr. Garrick on Opening Drury Lane Theatre. (1747) L. 53.
3. Who teach the mind its proper face to scan, And hold the faithful mirror up to man. Robert LLoyd–The Actor. L. 265. (See also SPRAGUE)
4 This many-headed monster. MAssDNGER—Roman Actor. Act III. Sc. 4. (See also Pope)
5 A long, exact, and serious comedy; In every scene some moral let it teach, And, if it can, at once both please and preach. Pope—Epistle to Miss Blount. With the Works of Voiture. L. 22.
6 This is the Jew that Shakespeare drew. Attributed to Pope when Macklin was performing the character of Shylock, Feb. 14, 1741.
7 There still remains to mortify a wit The many-headed monster of the pit. Pope—Horace. Ep. I. Bk. II. L. 30. (See also MAssINGER. Also CoRIOLANUs, Scott, under PUBLIc)
8 To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart; To make mankind, in conscious virtue bold, Live o'er each scene, and be what they behold— For this the tragic Muse first trod the stage. Pope—Prologue to Addison's Cato. L. 1. 9
Your scene precariously subsists too long,
On French translation and Italian song.
Dare to have sense yourselves; assert the stage;
Be justly warm'd with your own native rage.
Tom Goodwin was an actor-man,
In all the light and spritely parts,
ially the ghost.
J. G. SAxE—The Ghost Player.
11 The play bill which is said to have announced
the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the
Prince of Denmark being left out.
12 If it be true that good wine needs no bush,
'tis true that a play needs no epilogue. As You Like It. Epilogue. L. 3.
13 Like a dull actor now, I have forgot my part, and I am out, Even to a full di
Coriolanus. Act W. Sc. 3. L. 40.
Good, my lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used; for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 545.
15 Is it not monstrous that this F. here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit That from her working all his visage wann'd. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 577.
What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That,he should weep for her? What would he O,
Had he the motive and the cue for passion
That I have? He would drown the stage with
tears. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 585.
17 I have heard That guilty creatures sitting at a play, Have, by the very cunning of the scene, Been struck so to the soul that presently They have proclaim'd their malefactions; For murder, though it have no tongue, will
With most miraculous organ. Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 617.
18 The play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 633.
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all †† for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 1.
20 Suit the action to the word, the word to the
action, with this special observance, that you
o'erstep not the modesty of nature. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 19.
21 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. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 32.
22 A hit, a very palpable hit. Hamlet. Act W. Sc. 2. L. 294. 23 Come, sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts. Mormonwr. Dream. Act III. Sc. 1.