By Jonson, Ben; Craig, D. H
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Mit. You have seene his play Cordatus? pray you; how is’t? Cord. Faith Sir, I must refraine to judge, onely this I can say of it, ’tis strange, and of a perticular kind by it selfe, somewhat like Vetus Comœdia: a worke that hath bounteously pleased me, how it will answere the generall expectation, I know not. Mit. Does he observe all the lawes of Comedie in it? Cord. What lawes meane you? Mit. Why the equall devision of it into Acts and Scenes, according to the Terentian manner, his true number of Actors; the furnishing of the Scene with Grex or Chorus, and that the whole Argument fall within compasse of a daies efficiencie.
156). With these changes through the middle decades of the century went other shifts in attitudes to Jonson. It had been accepted as early as the Restoration that Jonson’s tragedies were better enjoyed in the study than in performance. In the eighteenth century the comedies, too, are spoken of as better read than seen. 65 A reviewer in 1771 says Volpone’s lack of incident and of ‘interest in the catastrophe’ makes it better adapted to the closet than to the stage (No. 163(a)). There was a great deal of Jonson performed on stage in the century, before Garrick as well as in his time.
99. ), The Plays of William Shakespeare (1785), iv, 503, 516; viii, 59. 76 Edward Capell, Notes and Various Readings to Shakespeare (1783), iii, 479. See No. 156. 77 Ireland is quoted in Schoenbaum, p. 219; Chalmers’s identification of the ‘Poet-Ape’ is in A Supplemental Apology for the Believers in the Shakespeare-Papers (1799), pp. 240–2. 78 A Complete History of the Stage (1800), iii, 308. Jonson is the subject of chs 5 and 6 of volume iii. 79 Coleridge’s Miscellaneous Criticism, ed. Thomas Middleton Raysor (1936), pp.