Biography: Or, Third Division of "The English Encyclopedia", Volume 5

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Charles Knight
Bradbury, Evans & Company, 1867 - Biography
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Page 453 - Adonis, his Lucrece, his sugared sonnets among his private friends, etc. "As Plautus and Seneca are accounted the best for Comedy and Tragedy among the Latins, so Shakespeare among the English is the most excellent in both kinds for the stage...
Page 451 - ... if your honour seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, and vow to take advantage of all idle hours, till I have honoured you with some graver labour.
Page 451 - For this he was prosecuted by that gentleman, as he thought, somewhat too severely ; and in order to revenge that ill usage, he made a ballad upon him. And though this, probably the first essay of his poetry, be lost, yet it is said to have been so very bitter, that it redoubled the prosecution against him to that degree, that he was obliged to leave his business and family in Warwickshire, for some time, and shelter himself in London.
Page 455 - The humour of ... the constable, in A Midsummer Night's Dreame, he happened to take at Grendon, in Bucks, which is the roade from London to Stratford, and there was living that constable about 1642, when I first came to Oxon.
Page 267 - Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer...
Page 451 - He had, by a misfortune common enough to young fellows, fallen into ill company ; and amongst them, some that made a frequent practice of deer-stealing, engaged him more than once in robbing a park that belonged to Sir Thomas Lucy, of Charlecote, near Stratford. For this he was prosecuted by that gentleman, as he thought, somewhat too severely ; and in order to revenge that ill usage, he made a ballad upon him.
Page 97 - Half a Dozen of them when met to work with their Needles, used, when they got a Book they liked, and thought I should, to borrow me to read to them ; their Mothers sometimes with them; and both Mothers and Daughters used to be pleased with the Observations they put me upon making.
Page 445 - Steevens, the most acute, and perhaps the most learned, of his commentators, stated, long before, that " all that is known with any degree of certainty concerning Shakespeare is — that he was • born at Stratford-upon-Avon — married and had children there — went to London, where he commenced actor and wrote poems and plays — returned to Stratford, made his will, died, and was buried.
Page 449 - ... as gentlemen. His father, who was a considerable dealer in wool, had so large a family, ten children in all, that though he was his eldest son, he could give him no better education than his own employment.
Page 39 - The Whole Booke of Psalmes : With the Hymnes Evangelicall and Songs Spirituall. Composed into 4 parts by Sundry Authors with severall Tunes as have been and are usually sung in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands : Never as yet before in one Volume published.

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