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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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The Theatre: An Essay Upon the Non-accordancy of Stage-plays with the ...

Josiah Woodward Leeds - 1884 - 96 pages
...reformed basis, there occurs this sentiment : '* Ah t 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." Dumas, who wrote Camillc, said : " You do not take your daughter to see...
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Red-letter Poems by English Men and Women

1885 - 686 pages
...And chase the new-blown hubbies 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 Poet and His Audience

Ian Jack - 1984 - 214 pages
...romantic than they know. They should recall Samuel Johnson's pithy comment on the history of drama The Drama's Laws the Drama's Patrons give. For we that live to please, must please to live3 — and reflect that the history of European music, painting and sculpture...
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Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America

Lawrence W. Levine - 1990 - 324 pages
...when on the stage." Here was literal proof of the continued validity of Samuel Johnson's prologue: The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. 'The public," an American critic agreed in 1805, "in the final resort,...
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The Plays of Henry Fielding: A Critical Study of His Dramatic Career

Albert J. Rivero - 1989 - 198 pages
...with its audience. Gibber's pragmatic defense of his dramatic procedures — his version of Johnson's "The Drama's Laws the Drama's Patrons give,/ For we that live to please, must please to live"15 — is a shrewd one; it allows him to deplore the declining taste of...
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Shakespeare in His Context: The Constellated Globe

Muriel Clara Bradbrook - 1989 - 238 pages
...Johnson's words for the opening of the New Theatre in Drury Lane, 1747 by Garrick, may apply today The Drama's Laws the Drama's Patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live or in the blunter form that Garrick used in his own 'Occasional Prologue'...
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The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1989 - 414 pages
...tragedies are finish'd by death, all comedies are ended by a marriage. Lord Byron (1788-1824) English poet The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, For we that live to please, must please to live. Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English author, lexicographer A first night...
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The Columbia Granger's Dictionary of Poetry Quotations

Edith P. Hazen - 1992 - 1172 pages
...plac'd, Must watch the wild Vicissitudes of Taste; (1. 47—48) 9 The Stage but echoes back the publick Voice. The Drama's Laws the Drama's Patrons give. For we that live to please, must please to live. (1. 52-54) EBEV; NAEL-1; NOEC; NoP A Short Song of Congratulation 10 Long-expected...
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Northrop Frye in Conversation

Northrop Frye, David Cayley - 1992 - 244 pages
...time? FRYE: In the eighteenth century there was a great deal of feeling that, as Samuel Johnson says, 'The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give, / For we that live to please, must please to live."126 Well, that is true, but with other people, like Addison, for example,...
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of British Theatre

Simon Trussler - 2000 - 420 pages
...the first night of Garrick's management at Drury Lane that Samuel Johnson famously coined the dictum: The drama's laws the drama's patrons give, /For we that live to please, must please to live.' Ironically, Johnsons own single dramatic effort, the tragedy Irene (1749),...
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