Gaiety Chronicles (Google eBook)

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A. Constable & Company, 1898 - 497 pages
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Page 455 - That the Globe, Wherein (quoth he) reigns a whole world of vice, Had been consum'd ; the Phoenix burnt to ashes ; The Fortune whipt for a blind * * * ; Black-fryers He wonders how it scap'd demolishing I...
Page 349 - ... while hobbling on by the aid of a stick ? (I have sometimes been badly supported even by two). It is the first time I ever disappointed the public on a similar occasion, and only comfort myself with the reflection that I shall not be missed among so many; and that, after all, so that the illustrious John be in good form, the audience will be amply gratified, and pardon my unavoidable absence. I need not wish Parry success one who has never known anything else, and can only envy those who...
Page 271 - LOVE laid his sleepless head On a thorny rosy bed ; And his eyes with tears were red, And pale his lips as the dead. And fear and sorrow and scorn Kept watch by his head forlorn, Till the night was overworn And the world was merry with morn. And Joy came up with the day And kissed Love's lips as he lay, And the watchers ghostly and grey Sped from his pillow away. And his eyes as the dawn grew bright, And his lips waxed ruddy as light : Sorrow may reign for a night, But day shall bring back delight.
Page 454 - It was a zealous prayer I heard a brother make concerning playhouses. Bird. For charity, what is't.
Page 399 - a favourable specimen of the new school of burlesque, in which artistic dancing is substituted for the cellar-flap breakdown, in which the music is carefully selected, and executed in a way worthy of comic opera, and in which gracefully designed costumes take the place of the old red, green, and blue...
Page 455 - He wonders how it scap'd demolishing I' th' time of Reformation ; lastly, he wish'd The Bull might cross the Thames to the Bear-garden, And there be soundly baited . Bird. A good prayer. Flow. Indeed it something pricks my conscience, I come to sell "em pins and looking-glasses. Bird. I have their custom too for all their feathers : Tis fit that we, which are such sincere professors, Should gain by infidels.
Page 3 - In the most literal of senses, "the earth hath bubbles as the water hath ; and these are of them.
Page 350 - ... illustrious John be in good form, the audience will be amply gratified, and pardon my unavoidable absence. I need not wish Parry success one who has never known anything else, and can only envy those who are able once more to witness and enjoy it. I send no doctor's certificate. I wish I was enabled to do so. But if any one doubts, all the harm I wish him is that he should exchange places with me for four-and-twenty hours. Faithfully yours, CJ MATHEWS.
Page 280 - ... Gaiety company a company not generally associated with the socalled ' legitimate drama' he behaved as if he had been amongst them all his life ; and with the company mentioned above some of them specially engaged for the ' Merry Wives of Windsor' he was soon on the very best of terms. Instead of sitting in state in his dressing-room, he passed much of his time in the green-room, and entered into all the little amusements of the place in the most pleasant manner. Fines were instituted...
Page 349 - I cannot tell you how disappointed I am at not being able to assist at the benefit of my dear old friend John Parry to-morrow. I should have been delighted to put my best leg forward. But alas ! at this moment I have no one leg that is better than the other. That agreeable complaint, so airily spoken of by those who never had it, as ' a touch of the gout,' has knocked me off my pins altogether.

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