Percy Society Volume 9

Percy Society Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...'Tis not a cheek, a lip, an eye, But 'tis the soul that lights them all. For that I drop the tender tear, For that I make this artless moan; Oh! sigh it, Love, into her ear, And make the bashful lover known. I (lo not think that in giving general circulation to a poem like this, and the following Commemoration of Congreve, I am adding only to the bulk of Thomson"s vritings--oppressing with weight, and with weight only, the neat pyramid of white marble he had erected for himself. I could swell this publication with other poems by Thomson equally genuine, but they would rather detract from than add to his well-earned and high reputation--supplying quantity rather than quality. Among the more curious minutiae of the p0et's life, well enough known in his own day, but lost in our own, is the curious circumstance connected with our stage history, that part of the Prologue to " Agamemnon" was not allowed by the licenser to be spoken. This circumstance is at once both new and curious. Every copy of " Agamemnon" has the forbidden passage printed in inverted commas, but no one has explained or assigned the reason. The London Daily Post, April 24, 1738, affords the necessary explanation: "Tomorrow morning, at nine o'clock, will be published, price 1s.6d., AGAMEMNON, a Tragedy, as it is now acting with great applause, &c. "N.B. The lines in the Prologue, not allowed by the licenser to be spoken, are printed and distinguished by inverted commas." " As such our fair attempt, we hope to see " Our judges, --here at least, -from influence free; " One place, ----unbiass'd yet by party-rage, --" Where only honour votes, --the British stage. " We ask for...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890523
  • 9781236890528