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" I cannot say he is everywhere alike; were he so, I should do him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind. He is many times flat, insipid ; his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling into bombast. But he is always great when... "
The Plays of William Shakespeare: Accurately Printed from the Text of the ... - Page xci
by William Shakespeare - 1803
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An Essay on English Poetry; with notices of the British poets. [Edited by ...

Thomas Campbell - 1848 - 468 pages
...bombast. But he is always great when great occasion is presented to him ; no man can say he ever bad a fit subject for his wit, and did not then raise...poets — Quantum lenta solent inter viburna cupressi. Dryden.] t [If Shakspeare's embroideries were burnt down, there would still be silver at the bottom...
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Studies of Shakspere: Forming a Companion Volume to Every Edition of the Text

Charles Knight - 1849 - 582 pages
...do him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind. He is many times flat, insipid, his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling...did not then raise himself as high above the rest of the poets, ' Quantum lenta soient inter viburna cupressi.' The consideration of this made Mr. Hales...
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Studies of Shakspere: Forming a Companion Volume to Every Edition of the Text

Charles Knight - 1849 - 574 pages
...do him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind. He is many times fiat, insipid, his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling...occasion is presented to him ; no man can say he ever bad a tit subject for his wit, and did not then raise himself as high above the rest of the poets,...
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Specimens of the British Poets: With Biographical and Critical Notices, and ...

Thomas Campbell - English poetry - 1853 - 838 pages
...comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling into bombast. But he is always great, when great occasion is presented to him ; no man can say...rest of poets — Quantum lenta Solent inter viburna cupressl. Dr.TDEN» — C. t If Shakspeare's embroideries were burnt down, thero would still bo silver...
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Notes and Queries

Electronic journals - 1854 - 778 pages
...him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind. He is many times flat, insipid ; his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling...poets, * Quantum lenta solent inter viburna cupressi.' " John DRYDEN, Of dramatick poesie, an essay. London, 1668. 4to. p. 47. The metrical specimen shall...
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A Compendium of English Literature, Chronologically Arranged from Sir John ...

Charles Dexter Cleveland - English literature - 1854 - 796 pages
...him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind. He is many times flat, insipid ; his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling...himself as high above the rest of poets, Quantum lenta sclent inter vibnrna eiipressi.1 The consideration of this made Mr. Hales of Eaton say, that there...
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Proceedings of the Literary & Philosophical Society of Liverpool, Issues 1-50

Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool - 1896 - 496 pages
...him injury to compare him with the greatest of mankind. He is many times flat, insipid ; his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling...himself as high above the rest of poets — " Quantum lento, talent inter viburna citpressi." Again, I have scarce referred to Dryden as a comic dramatist,...
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Lives of the most eminent English poets, with critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - 1854 - 468 pages
...into bombast. Hut he is always great when some great occasion is presented to him ; no man can ever say he ever had a fit subject for his wit, and did...poets. Quantum lenta Solent inter viburna cupressi. labour, notwithstanding the multiplicity of his productions, the is sufficient reason to suspect that...
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The Miscellaneous Works, Volume 2

William Hazlitt - English literature - 1854 - 980 pages
...serious, swelling into bombast. But he is always great when some great occasion is presented to bins. No man can say he ever had a fit subject for his wit,...raise himself as high above the rest of poets, Quantum Ifnta talent inter VOmrna C*pressi." 8 His alteration! from Chaucer and Boccaccio knowififfi bi tho...
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Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets: With Critical ..., Volume 1

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1854 - 472 pages
...bombast, lint he ig always great when some great occasion is presented to him ; no mtin can ever sixy he ever had a fit subject for his wit, and did not...above the rest of poets. Quantum lenta solent inter viburua cupressi. DRYDEN: On Dramatkk Poesy. labour, notwithstanding the multiplicity of his productions,...
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