The two noble kinsmen [by J. Fletcher]. Repr. of the quarto, 1634, ed. by H. Littledale. Ed. from the quarto of 1634, by H. Littledale

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Page 31 - You common cry of curs ! whose breath I hate > As reek o' the rotten fens, whose loves I prize As the dead carcasses of unburied men That do corrupt my air, I banish you...
Page 29 - Why is my verse so barren of new pride? So far from variation or quick change? Why, with the time, do I not glance aside To new-found methods and to compounds strange? Why write I still all one, ever the same, And keep invention in a noted weed. That every word doth almost tell my name, Showing their birth, and where they did proceed?
Page 60 - With a more riotous appetite. Down from the waist they are centaurs, though women all above : but to the girdle do the gods inherit, beneath is all the fiends' ; there's hell, there's darkness, there is the sulphurous pit, burning, scalding, stench, consumption.
Page 111 - Dis's waggon! daffodils That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty; violets dim, But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes Or Cytherea's breath...
Page 45 - Thy mistress is o' the brothel! Son of sixteen, Pluck the lin'd crutch from thy old limping sire, With it beat out his brains! Piety, and fear, Religion to the gods, peace, justice, truth, Domestic awe, night-rest and neighbourhood, Instruction, manners, mysteries and trades, Degrees, observances, customs and laws, Decline to your confounding contraries, And let confusion live!
Page 42 - From musical coinage, why, it was a note Whereon her spirits would sojourn, — rather dwell on, And sing it in her slumbers : this rehearsal — Which, every innocent wots well, comes in Like old importment's bastard — has this end, That the true love 'tween maid and maid may be More than in sex dividual.
Page 15 - The Two Noble Kinsmen : Presented at the Blackfriers by the Kings Maiesties servants, with great applause : Written by the memorable Worthies of their time ; !Mr. John Fletcher, and Mr. William Shakespeare. Printed at London by Tho. Cotes, for lohn Waterson : and are to be sold at the signe of the Crowne in Pauls Church-yard. 1634.
Page 142 - Hecate there, the moon, Doth give consent to that is done in darkness. And all those stars that gaze upon her face, Are aglets on her sleeve, pins on her train : And those that should be powerful and divine, Do sleep in darkness when they most should shine.
Page 24 - Eternal reader, you have here a new play, never staled with the stage, never clapper-clawed with the palms of the vulgar...
Page 47 - Yet, cousin, Even from the bottom of these miseries, From all that Fortune can inflict upon us, I see two comforts rising, two mere blessings, If the gods please to hold here, — a brave patience, And the enjoying of our griefs together.

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