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" Witness the lameness of their plots ; many of which, especially those which they writ first (for even that age refined itself in some measure), were made up of some ridiculous incoherent story, which in one play many times took up the business of an age. "
The Works of John Dryden: Now First Collected ... - Page 213
by John Dryden, Walter Scott - 1808
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An Account of the English Dramatick Poets: Or, Some Observations and Remarks ...

Gerard Langbaine - Digital images - 1691 - 556 pages
...be. j. (V) ijofttcnpt to Grenada, pag. 14^. ,(.V ind. Fag. 143. c many of them were made up of fbme ridiculous, incoherent Story, which in one Play, ' many times took up the bufinefs of an Age. 'I fuppofe (fays he) I need not name Pericles 'Prince of Tyre, nor the Hiflorical...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden, Now First ...

John Dryden - 1800
...was then, if not in its infancy among us, at least not arrived to its vigour and maturity: witness the lameness of their plots; many of which, especially those which they writ first, 4 (for even that age refined itself in some measure,) were mado up of some ridiculous, incoherent story,...
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The Critical and Miscellaneous Prose Works of John Dryden ..., Volume 1, Part 2

John Dryden - 1800 - 596 pages
...was then, if not in its infancy among us, at least not arrived to its vigour and maturity : witness the lameness of their plots ; many of which, especially those which they writ first,4 (for even that age refined itself in some measure,) were made up of some ridiculous, incoherent...
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The plays of William Shakspeare, pr. from the text of the ..., Volume 4

William Shakespeare - 1805
...their plots; [the plots of Shakspeare and Fletcher;] many of which, especially those which they wrote first, (for even that age refined itself in some measure,)...the business of an age. I suppose I need not name, Ptricles, Prince of Tyre, [and here, by-the-by, Dryden expressly names Pi-rides as our author's production,]...
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“The” Plays of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the ..., Volume 6

William Shakespeare - 1806
...their plots; [the plots of Shakspeare and Fletcher;] many of which, especially those which they wrote first, (for even that age refined itself in some measure...ridiculous incoherent story, which in one play many times tool* up the business of an age. I suppose I need iiot name Pericles, Prince of Tyre, [and here , -by-the-by...
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Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at ..., Volumes 37-38

American Philosophical Society - Learned institutions and societies - 1808
...Prologue to The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards, speaking of the early plays as notable for " some ridiculous incoherent story, which, in one play, many times took up the business of an age," supposes he " need not name Pericles, Prince of Tyre nor the historical plays of Shakespeare." In June,...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1813
...plots ; [the plots of Shakespeare and Fletcher ;] many of which, especially those which they wrote first, (for even that age refined itself in some measure,)...took up the business of an age. I suppose I need not nime, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, [and here, by-the-by Dryden expressly names Pericles as our author's...
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The Works of Ben Jonson...: With Notes Critical and Explanatory ..., Volume 8

Ben Jonson, William Gifford - Dramatists, English - 1816
...one ere you despise the other. His plots are lame, and made up, many of them, of some ridiculous and incoherent story, which in one play many times took up the business of an age. Many of his plays, as the Winter's Tale, Love's Labour Lost, and Measure for Measure, are either grounded...
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The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare, Volume 14

William Shakespeare - 1821
...their plots; [the plots of Shakspeare and Fletcher;] many of which, especially those which they wrote first, (for even that age refined itself in some measure,)...one play many times took up the business of an age. 1 suppose I need not name, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, [and here, by-the-by, Dryden expressly names Pericles...
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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Winter's tale. Comedy of errors ...

William Shakespeare - 1826
...of the Conquest of Granada, speaking of the plays of Shakspeare and Fletcher, says : — ' Witness the lameness of their plots ; many of which, especially those which they wrote first (for even that age refined itself in some measure), were made up of some ridiculous incoherent...
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