The Book of Table-talk, Volume 1

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C. Knight, 1836


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Page 158 - True, representing some principal pieces of the reign of Henry the Eighth, which was set forth with many extraordinary circumstances of pomp and majesty, even to the matting of the stage ; the Knights of the Order, with their Georges and Garter, the guards with their embroidered coats, and the like : sufficient in truth, within a while, to make greatness very familiar, if not ridiculous.
Page 2 - Quidquid agunt homines, votum, timor, ira, voluptas, Gaudia, discursus, nostri est farrago libelli.
Page 37 - AND in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel : only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
Page 160 - Lodge at my Lords Bishopps House, with his feete in the stocks, and attyred with his asse head, and a bottle of hay sett before him, and this subscription on his breast:— " Good people I have played the beast, And brought ill things to passe: I was a man, but thus have made Myselfe a silly asse.
Page 157 - Now to let matters of state sleep, I will entertain you at the present with what happened this week at the Bankside. The king's players had a new play, called
Page 158 - This was the fatal period of that virtuous fabrick; wherein yet nothing did perish but wood and straw, and a few forsaken cloaks; only one man had his breeches set on fire, that would perhaps have broiled him, if he had not, by the benefit of a provident wit, put it out with bottle ale.
Page 123 - ... tell your ladyship that the reverend Matron, the Olla podrida, hath intellectuals and senses : Mutton, Beef, and Bacon are to her as the Will, Understanding, and Memory are to the Soul ; Cabbage, Turnips...
Page 158 - King Henry, making a masque at the Cardinal Wolsey's house, and certain cannons being shot off at his entry, some of the paper or other stuff wherewith one of them was stopped, did light on the thatch, where being thought at first but an idle smoke, and their eyes more attentive to the show, it kindled inwardly, and ran round like a train, consuming within less than an hour the whole house to the very ground.
Page 182 - Je n'en ai encore lu que les deux tiers, j'attends le dénouement de la pièce avec grande impatience. On n'a jamais raisonné ni mieux, ni plus plaisamment Oh ! le plaisant livre, le charmant livre que les Dialogues sur le commerce des blés!
Page 79 - The way of punishing scolding women," he writes, " is pleasant enough. They fasten an arm chair to the end of two beams, twelve or fifteen feet long, and parallel to each other, so that these two pieces of wood, with their two ends, embrace the chair, which hangs between them upon a sort of axle, by which means it plays freely, and always remains in the natural horizontal position in which...

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