THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOM THUMB THE GREAT
With the Annotations of H. SCRIBLERUS SECUNDUS*
[ HENRY FIELDING]
DOOD. Sure such a1 day as this was never seen!
The sun himself, on this auspicious day,
Shines like a beau in a new birthday suit:
This down the seams embroidered, that the beams.
|All nature wears one universal grin.||5|
|4Giants! to whom the giants in Guildhall †||10|
The morning dawns with an unwonted crimson,
The flowers all odorous seem, the garden birds
Sing louder, and the laughing sun ascends
The gaudy earth with an unusual brightness:
All nature smiles. Cæs[ar] Borg[ia] [LEE].
Massinissa, in the new Sophonisba [THOMSON], is also a favorite of the sun:
--The sun too seems
As conscious of my joy, with broader eye
To look abroad the world, and all things smile
Memnon, in the Persian Princess [THEOBALD], makes the sun decline rising, that he may not peep on objects which would profane his brightness:
--The morning rises slow,
And all those ruddy streaks that used to paint
The day's approach are lost in clouds, as if
The horrors of the night had sent 'em back,
To warn the sun he should not leave the sea,
To peep, &c.
Not to be is not to be in woe.
State of Innocence [DRYDEN].
Love is not sin but where 'tis sinful love.
Don Sebastian [DRYDEN].
Nature is nature, Lælius
Men are but men, we did not make ourselves.
In Arthur's court Tom Thumb did live.
'But then,' says Dr. B[ente]y, 'if we place Tom Thumb in the court of King Arthur, it will be proper to place that court out of Britain, where no giants were ever heard of.' Spenser, in his Fairy Queen, is of another opinion, where, describing Albion, he says,
----- Far within a savage nation dwelt
Of hideous giants.
And in the same canto:
Then Elfar, with two brethren giants had,
The one of which had two heads --
The other three.
Risum teneatis, amici. ['Restrain your laughter, friends.']
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Publication information: Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan. Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor. Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,.. Place of publication: Boston; New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 581.
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