The Works of Ben Jonson: With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and a Biographical Memoir, Volume 3

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Bickers and Son, 1875

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Page 335 - Than all the adulteries of art; They strike mine eyes, but not my heart. True. And I am clearly on the other side : I love a good dressing before any beauty o' the world. O, a woman is then like a delicate garden ; nor is there one kind of it
Page 274 - pointing to his forehead : the allusion, in the next line, is to the hornbook of children. Our old writers are never weary of their ridiculous jests on the transparency of these badges of cuckoldom : thus Shakspeare ; " He hath the horn of abundance, and the lightness of his wife shines through it.
Page 266 - next the sun, to the queen-apple.'] This burlesque similitude seems to have furnished sir John Suckling with a very pretty allusion, in his description of the rural bride : " For streaks of red were mingled there, Such as are on a catharin-pear, The side that's next the
Page 194 - To quote, is to notice, to write down. Thus Polonius: " I'm sorry that with better heed and judgment I had not quoted him." And thus Webster, in the White Devil: " It is reported you possess a book Wherein you have quoted by intelligence, The names of all offenders.
Page 166 - no beasts, To feed the shambles; have no mills for iron, Oil, corn, or men, to grind them into powder : I blow no subtle glass, 3 expose no ships To threat'nings of the furrow-faced sea; I turn no monies in the public bank, No usure private. Mos. No, sir, nor devour Soft prodigals. You shall
Page 165 - and far transcending All style of joy, in children, parents, friends, Or any other waking dream on earth : Thy looks when they to Venus did ascribe, They should have given her twenty thousand Cupids; Such are thy beauties and our loves ! Dear saint, Riches, the dumb god, that giv'st all men tongues,
Page 222 - But your fine elegant rascal, that can rise, And stoop, almost together; like an arrow; Shoot through the air as nimbly as a star; Turn short as doth a swallow; and be here, And there, and here, and yonder, all at once ; Present to any humour, all occasion
Page 516 - Perhaps he did a little too much romanize our tongue, leaving the words which he translated almost as much Latin as he found them; wherein though he learnedly followed their language, he did not enough comply with the idiom of ours.
Page 6 - the mean time, if in truth of argument, dignity of persons, gravity and height of elocution, fulness and frequency of sentence, I have discharged the other offices of a tragic writer, let not the absence of these forms be imputed to me, wherein I shall give
Page 334 - causes are not found, All is not sweet, all is not sound. Give me a look, give me a face, That makes simplicity a grace ; Robes loosely

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