Sheridan and His Times, Volume 2

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J.F. Hope, 1859
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Page 302 - Whatever Sheridan has done or chosen to do has been, par excellence, always the best of its kind. He has written the best comedy (School for Scandal), the best drama (in my mind, far before that St. Giles's lampoon, the Beggar's Opera), the best farce (the Critic...
Page 299 - When the loud cry of trampled Hindostan Arose to Heaven in her appeal from man, His was the thunder, his the avenging rod, The wrath — the delegated voice of God ! Which shook the nations through his lips, and blazed Till vanquish'd senates trembled as they praised.
Page 131 - Hastings's ambition to the simple steadiness of genuine magnanimity. In his mind all was shuffling, ambiguous, dark, insidious, and little; nothing simple, nothing unmixed ; all, affected plainness, and actual dissimulation ; a heterogeneous mass of contradictory qualities; with nothing great but his crimes, and even those contrasted by the littleness of his motives, which at once denoted both his baseness and meanness, and marked him for a traitor and a trickster.
Page 302 - Opera), the best farce (the Critic — it is only too good for a farce), and the best Address (Monologue on Garrick), and, to crown all, delivered the very best Oration (the famous Begum Speech) ever conceived or heard in this country.
Page 131 - The most grovelling ideas he conveyed in the most inflated language, giving mock consequence to low cavils, and uttering quibbles in heroics ; so that his compositions disgusted the mind's taste as much as his actions excited the soul's abhorrence. Indeed, this mixture of character seemed by some unaccountable, but inherent quality, to be appropriated, though in inferior degrees, to everything that concerned his employers.
Page 300 - Is fixed for ever to detract or praise; Repose denies her requiem to his name, And Folly loves the martyrdom of Fame. The secret enemy whose sleepless eye Stands sentinel — accuser — judge — and spy; 70 The foe, the fool, the jealous, and the vain, The envious who but breathe in others...
Page 96 - I again engage in the composition he alludes to, I may be tempted to an act of presumption — to attempt an improvement on one of Ben Jonson's best characters, — the character of the angry boy in the Alchymist.
Page 130 - ... in great actions directed to great ends? In them, and them alone, we are to search for true estimable magnanimity. To them only can we justly affix the splendid title and honours of real greatness. There was indeed another species of greatness, which displayed itself in boldly conceiving a bad measure, and undauntedly pursuing it to its accomplishment.
Page 305 - ... the tenderest of men, or particularly accessible to "any kind of impression out of the statute or record; and yet " Sheridan, in half an hour, had found the way to soften and seduce "him in such a manner, that I almost think he would have thrown "his client (an honest man, with all the laws, and some justice, " on his side) out of the window, had he come in at the moment. "Such was Sheridan! he could soften an attorney ! There has " been nothing like it since the days of Orpheus.
Page 144 - All that he had ever heard, all that he had ever read, when compared with it, dwindled into nothing, and vanished like vapour before the sun;

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