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" Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. "
A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands - Page 233
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Rudiments of Public Speaking and Debate: Or, Hints on the Application of Logic

George Jacob Holyoake - 1853 - 154 pages
...new-blown bubbles of the day. Ah ! let not censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back tlw public voice ; The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Then prompt no more the follies y«u decry, As tyrants doom their tools...
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The National Magazine, Volume 2

Abel Stevens, James Floy - 1853 - 594 pages
...the loss scrupulous portion of society ; and since, as Johnson himself so happily expresses it — "The drama's laws the drama's patrons give; For we that live to please, mutt pítate to lin" — the manners of the drama must be adapted to their tastes ; and as...
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The Poetical Works of Johnson, Parnell, Gray, and Smollett

Samuel Johnson - 1855 - 276 pages
...chase the new-blown bubbles of the day. 50 Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The Stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Then prompt no more the follies you decry, As tyrants doom their tools...
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The Poetical Works of Johnson, Parnell, Gray, and Smollett

Samuel Johnson - 1855 - 272 pages
...chase the new-blown bubbles of the day. BO Ah ! let not Censure term our fate our choice, The Stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Then prompt no more the follies you decry, As tyrants doom their tools...
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Notes and Queries

1855 - 1080 pages
...mind when he wrote the lines in his Prologue at the opening of Drury Lane Theatre, in 1747 ? — " The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please must please to live." Query, where is Lord Bacon's letter to be found in extenso f BALLIOLESSIS....
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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 115

1915 - 980 pages
...famous lines: criticisms of the stage, as true to-day as when they were uttered; as where he says, — "The Drama's laws, the Drama's patrons give. For we that live to please, must please to live.' It has also the line in which, speaking of Shakespeare, he says, 'And...
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The Cornhill Magazine, Volume 98

William Makepeace Thackeray - 1908 - 870 pages
...'THE BOX OFFICE: BY HIS HONOUR JUDGE PARRY. Ah ! let not censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; » The drama's...laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please must please to live. SAMUEL JOHNSOS. 1 HAVE a vague notion that I wrote this paper on the Box...
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Public Speaking and Debate: With an Essay on Sacred Eloquence by Henry ...

George Jacob Holyoake - 1863 - 254 pages
...And chase the new-blown bubbles of the day. Ah ! let not censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice ; The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Then prompt no more the follies you decry, As tyrants doom their tools...
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The adventures of a man of family, Volume 2

lord William Pitt Lennox - 1864 - 330 pages
...And chase the new-blown bubbles of the day. Ah, let no censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public voice, The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give ; For we that live to please, must please to live." He then proceeded to expatiate upon my merits, winding up a somewhat...
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A Dictionary of Quotations from the English Poets

Henry George Bohn - 1867 - 752 pages
...looks so many fathoms to the sea, And hears it roar beneath. Sh. Ham. I. 4. DBAMA— DBAMATIC WBITEBS. The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Johnson, Prologue (On opening Drury Lane I'1t.). Some force whole regions,...
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