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Youth of Shakspeare


Youth of Shakspeare

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    Robert Folkestone Williams (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 Excerpt: ...drollery as was not to be met with elsewhere. None like him could play the Hobby-horse in Friar Tuck, or the Fool in the May Games, or the Lord of Misrule in a Twelfth Night revel, or the Vice of a Moral Play. At plough Monday none was so much in request, and not less so was he at Candlemas eve, or Shrovetide, or Hocktide, or at Witsun-ales, at a sheep-shearing, or a harvest home. Dick Burbage was more for the playing of ingenious tricks, which he carried off with such a careless happy impudence, that its pleasantry often took away all offence. Hemings had none of this humor, though he could enjoy it in others: yet when he joined his companions, he choose to play a courtly part, if such could be had. As for Condell he was ready enough to do whatever the others did. He would play with them at shuffleboard, or shove-groat, in a mumming, or an interlude, as eagerly as he would join them in running at the quintain, or assist them in the threshing of a shrove-tide hen. In fact he seemed to care not what it was, so he was one of the party, but if he might be allowed a preference he would gladly stand out for the playing of Gammer Uurton's Needle. During the time his thoughts were so busy feeding of his fantasy for the fair maid of Charlcote, William Shakspeare had joined his companions but seldom. In very truth he somewhat shrunk from their boisterous mirth, for he liked best to be alone: but seeing nought of Mabel, his mind for want of that necessary nourishment, relaxed something in the earnestness of its worship. At such an age and with such a nature this ideal idolatry requireth at least the frequent presence of the object, before it can take upon itself that warmer devotion which alone is lasting and natural: and without sight ot the idol, the mere imaginati...
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