1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cyril Tourneur

Charles Lamb, in Specimens of Dramatic Poets (1808) in Works of Charles Lamb, ed. Lucas (1903-05) 4:160n.



The reality and life of this Dialogue [in Revenger's Tragedy] passes any scenical illusion I ever felt. I never read it but my ears tingle, and I feel a hot blush spread my cheeks, as if I were presently about to "proclaim" some such "malefactions" of myself, as the Brothers here rebuke in their unnatural parent; in words more keen and dagger-like than those which Hamlet speaks to his mother. Such power has the passion of shame truly personated, not only to "strike guilty creatures unto the soul," but to "appal" even those that are "free."