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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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Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review, Volume 231

1871 - 910 pages
...we constantly recur to the well-known and sensible lines in Dr. Johnson's Prologue : — " The stage but echoes back the public voice : — The Drama's laws, the Drama's patrons give ; And ' they ' that live to please, must please to live." The next play I would introduce to notice...
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The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith - 1872 - 524 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 Christian Observer, Volume 30

1831 - 864 pages
...bubbles of the day. Ah ! let not censure term our fate our choice, The stage but echoes back the public's voice ; The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please must please to live. Were I to venture on a parody, I might convert Dr. Johnson's acknowledgment...
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The Works of Ben Jonson: With Notes Critical and Explanatory, and ..., Volume 3

Ben Jonson, William Gifford - 1875 - 550 pages
...his verses /] Jon son plays upon the word live, as his namesake Samuel did in the next century : " The drama's laws the drama's patrons give. For we that live to please must please to live ;" which may have been stolen from Bacon's " Help me (dear Sovereign Lord...
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Works, Volume 3

Ben Jonson - 1875 - 538 pages
...by his verses f] Jonson plays upon the word live, as his namesake Samuel did in the next century : " The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please must please to live ;" which may have been stolen from Bacon's " Help me (dear Sovereign Lord...
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Epigrams & epigraphs, by the author of Proverbial folk-lore

Alan Benjamin Cheales - 1877 - 192 pages
...touch No nation needed it so much ! THE STAGE. 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 those, that live to please, must please to live. Dr. Johnson. ON A BUINED SPENDTHRIFT. His whole estate...
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The Theatre, a monthly review and magazine. Vol.1-new [4th], Volume 1

1881 - 436 pages
...BBOUOHTON. Charmeur de Serpents, MB. JOHN D'AUEAN. ACT III.-GUILDHALL. YE SHOW OF YE LORDE MAYOR. " THE drama's laws, the drama's patrons give ; For we that live to please, must please to live," said Dr. Johnson through the mouth of Garrick in a certain prologue....
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The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 249

1880 - 918 pages
...present. The stage exists but to gratify the public. As Johnson wrote in his famous prologue : 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. The general public have flocked to the performance of Shakespeare's plays...
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Addison to Blake

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1880 - 642 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 English Poets: Addison to Blake

Thomas Humphry Ward - 1880 - 636 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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