The Plays of Philip Massinger,: Advertisement to the second edition. Introduction; Essay on the writings of Massinger, by John Ferriar, &c. The virgin-martyr. The unnatural combat. The Duke of Milan
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Page iv - EPITAPH. ON THE COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE. UNDERNEATH this sable hearse Lies the subject of all verse, Sidney's sister, Pembroke's mother : Death, ere thou hast slain another, Fair, and learned, and good as she, Time shall throw a dart at thee.
Page cxiv - Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty: For in my youth I never did apply Hot and rebellious liquors in my blood; Nor did not with unbashful forehead woo The means of weakness and debility; Therefore my age is as a lusty winter, Frosty, but kindly: let me go with you; I'll do the service of a younger man In all your business and necessities.
Page lxiii - Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.
Page 102 - It was played by six people, three of each sex, who were coupled by lot. A piece of ground was then chosen, and divided into three compartments, of which the middle one was called hell. It was the object of the couple condemned to this division to catch the others, who advanced from the two extremities ; in which case a change of situation took place, and hell was filled by the couple who were excluded by pro -occupation from the other places ; in this
Page cvi - Hermes' moly, Sibylla's golden bough, the great elixir, Imagined only by the alchemist, Compared with thee are shadows, — thou the substance, And guardian of felicity ! No marvel My brother made thy place of rest his bosom, Thou being the keeper of his heart, a mistress To be hugg'd ever!
Page cviii - A treasure far exceeding these : here lay A manor bound fast in a skin of parchment, The wax continuing hard, the acres melting ; Here a sure deed of gift for a market-town, If not redeem'd this day, which is not in The unthrift's power : there being scarce one shire In Wales or England, where my monies are not Lent out at usury, the certain hook To draw in more.
Page 31 - No, my dear lady, I could weary stars, and force the wakeful moon to lose her eyes, by my late watching, but to wait on you. When at your prayers you kneel before the altar, methinks I'm singing with some quire in heaven, so blest I hold me in your company.
Page xv - To our most loving friend, Mr. Philip Hinchlow, these : " Mr. Hinchlow, " You understand our unfortunate extremitie, and I doe not thincke you so void of Christianitie, but that you would throw so much money into the Thames, as wee request now of you, rather than endanger so many innocent lives.
Page 113 - And now, in the evening, When thou should'st pass with honour to thy rest, Wilt thou fall like a meteor? SHAKESPEARE: I shall fall Like a bright exhalation in the evening, And no man see me more. Here the lines of Massinger have their own beauty. Still, a "bright exhalation...
Page cxvi - Athenian mules, that from the quarry drew marble, hewed for the temples of the gods, the great work ended, were dismissed and fed at the public cost ; nay, faithful dogs have found their sepulchres ; but man, to man more cruel, appoints no end to the sufferings of his slave...