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Environed me, and howlèd in mine ears
Brak. No marvel, lord, that it affrighted you ;
(CLARENCE reposing himself on a chair.
WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE, one of the greatest of all poets, was born at Stratfordon-Avon, Warwick County, England, in April, 1564. His father, John Shakspeare, a woolcomber or glover, rose to be high bailiff and chief alderman of Stratford. William is supposed to have received his early education at the grammar-school in his native town. We have no trace how he was employed between his school-days and manhood. Some hold that he was an attorney's clerk. Doubtless he was a hard, though perhaps an irregular student. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582, and soon after became connected with the Blackfriar's Theater, in London, to which city he removed in 1586 or 1587. Two years subsequent he was a joint proprietor of that theater, with four others below him in the list. Though we know nothing of the date of his first play, he had most probably begun to write long before he left Stratford. Of his thirty-seven plays, the existence of thirty-one is defined by contemporary records. He became rich in the theaters, with which he ceased to be connected about 1609. He had previously purchased the principal house in his native town, where he passed the residue of his life, and died in April, 1616. We can only refer students that wish to know more of this great poet, to his writings, an extended description of which is rendered unnecessary by the selection immediately preceding the above. V.
Enter first GLENALVON ; and soon after, Norval. The latter seems
looking off at some distant object. LENALVON. His port I love; he's in a proper mood
To chide the thunder, if at him it roared. [Aside.
The setting sun
Glen. Thou talk'st it well ; no leader of our host
Norv. If I should e'er acquire a leader's name,
Glen. You wrõng yourself, brave sir ; your martial deeds
Norv. Sir, I have been accustomed, all my days,
I did not mean • To gall your pride, which now I see is great.
Norv. My pride!
Suppress it, as you wish to prosper ;
Norv. A shepherd's scorn! [Crosses left.
Glen. (Right.] Why yes, if you presume
took the měasure of their minds, And said in secret, You're no match for me, What will become of you?
Nerv. Hast thou no fears for thy presumptuous self?
Didst thou not hear?
Norv. Whom dost thou think me?
So I am ;
Glen. A peasant's son, a wandering beggar boy ; At best no more, even if he speaks the truth.
Norv. False as thou art, dost thou suspect my truth ?
Glen.' Thy truth! thou'rt all a lie ; and basely false
Norv. If I were chained, unarmed, or bedrid old,
Glen. (L.) Dost thou not know Glenalvon born to command
Villain, no more!
But heaven accelerates its vengeance on thee.
[Both draw their swords.
Norv. Another voice than thine
Glen. Hear him, my lord; he's wondrous condescending! Mark the humility of shepherd Norval!
Norv. Now you may scoff in safety. [Both sheathe their swords.
Speak not thus,
Noru. Nāy, my good lord, though I revere you much,
Lord R. Thus far I'll mediate with impartial voice :
[LORD R. retires.
I agree to this.
Norv. Think not so lightly, sir, of my resentment: When we contend again, our strife is mortal.
[Exeunt Glen., NORV.
HOME. . John HOME, author of "Douglas" and various other tragedies, was born at Leith, Scotland, in 1722. He entered the Church, and succeeded Blair, author of “The Grave," as minister of Athelstaneford. After writing “Douglas," so violent a storm was raised by the fact that a Presbyterian minister had written a play, that he was obliged to resign his living. Lord Bute rewarded him with the sinecure office of conservator of Scots privileges at Campverc, and on the accession of George HII., in 1760, he secured a pension for the poet of £300 per annum. With an income of some £600, and the friendship of David Hume, Blair, Robertson, and other distinguished men, Home's life was passed in happy tranquillity. He died in 1808, aged eighty-six,
124. SCENE FROM CATILINE.
(In the Senale. ] YICERO. Our long dispute must close. Take one proof more
Of this rebellion.-Lucius Catiline'
[CATILINE comes in hastily, and flings himself on the
bench; all the senators go over to the other side. Cicero. (turning to CATILINE). Here I repeat the charge, to
gods and men,
1 Lucius Sergius Catiline, the de province, and frustrated in a conspirscendant of an ancient and patrician acy to kill the new consuls, he orfamily in Rome, whose youth and ganized the extensive conspiracy in manhood were stained by every vice which the scene here given occurs. and crime. He was prætor in B. C. The history of this conspiracy, which 68, was governor of Africa during ended by the death of Catiline, in a the following year, and returned to decisive battle fought early in 62, Rome in 66, to sue for the consulship. has been written by Sallust. He was Disqualified for a candidate, by an a man of great mental and physical impeachment for oppression in his powers, without moral qualities.