Hand Book for Visitors to Stratford-upon-Avon

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F. & E. Ward, 1851 - Stratford-upon-Avon (England) - 40 pages
 

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Page 20 - Be not too tame, neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor; suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature; for anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.
Page 31 - And tho' this, probably the first essay of his poetry, be lost, yet it is said to have been so very bitter, that it redoubled the prosecution against him to that degree, that he was oblig'd to leave his business and family in Warwickshire, for some time, and shelter himself in London.
Page 31 - Upon his leaving school, he seems to have given intirely into that way of living which his father propos'd to him ; and in order to settle in the world after a family manner, he thought fit to marry while he was yet very young. His wife was the daughter of one Hathaway, said to have been a substantial yeoman in the neighbourhood of Stratford.
Page 20 - ... t were, the mirror up to Nature ; to show virtue her own feature ; scorn, her own image ; and the very age and body of the time, his form and pressure. Now, this overdone, or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve ; the censure of which one must, in your allowance, o'erweigh a whole theatre of others.
Page 31 - In this kind of settlement he continued for some time, till an extravagance that he was guilty of, forced him both out of his country, and that way of living which he had taken up : and though it seemed at first to be a blemish upon his good manners, and a misfortune...
Page 12 - On the upper border of the plinth are these words— " Take him for all in all We shall not look upon his like again," On the plinth is the following inscription— " The corporation and inhabitants of Stratford, assisted by the munificent contributions of the nobility and gentlemen of the neighbourhood, rebuilt this edifice in the year 1768. The statue of Shakspeare was given by David Garrick, Esq.
Page 15 - The celebrated mulberry-tree, planted by Shakspeare's hand, became first an object of his dislike, because it subjected him to answer the frequent importunities of travellers, whose zeal might prompt them to visit it. In an evil hour the sacrilegious priest ordered the tree, then remarkably large and at its full growth, to be cut down ; which was no sooner done, than it was cleft to pieces for fire-wood...
Page 31 - He had, by a misfortune common enough to young fellows, fallen into ill company ; and amongst them, some that made a frequent practice of deer-stealing, engaged him more than once in robbing a park that belonged to Sir Thomas Lucy, of Charlecote, near Stratford. For this he was prosecuted by that gentleman, as he thought, somewhat too severely ; and in order to revenge that ill usage, he made a ballad upon him.
Page 25 - Stranger, to whom this monument is shown, Invoke the poet's curse upon Malone ; Whose meddling zeal his barbarous taste betrays, And daubs his tombstone, as he mars his plays.
Page 18 - players of enterludes" came to any town, first to attend on the mayor, inform him what " nobleman's servants" they were, and so get license for their public playing, the mayor, aldermen and council of the city appointed the first play, attending upon it, and paying the actors out of the corporation purse, the audience on that occasion being admitted gratis. The place of performance in Stratford was this Guildhall ; and Mr. Halliwell, in his

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