Jenny Lind: her life, her struggles, and her triumphs

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Stringer & Townsend, 1850 - 82 pages
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Page 54 - On one occasion only did I hear her express her joy in her talent and her self-consciousness. It was during her last residence in Copenhagen. Almost every evening she appeared either in the opera or at concerts ; every hour was in requisition. She heard of a society, the object of which was, to assist unfortunate children, and to take them out of the hands of their parents by whom they were misused, and compelled either to beg or steal, and to place them in other and better circumstances. Benevolent...
Page 57 - Jenny's opening note was given, The sweetest songstress under heaven Forth bursting into melody, But fainter the applause shall grow, At waning Drury's wild-beast show, And feebler still shall be the flow Of rhino to the treasury. The Opera triumphs ! Lumley brave, Thy bacon thou shall more than save ; Wave, London, all thy 'kerchiefs wave, And cheer with all thy chivalry.
Page 53 - There is not anything which can lessen the impression which Jenny Lind's greatness on the stage makes, except her own personal character at home. An intelligent and child-like disposition exercises here its astonishing power; she is happy ; belonging, as it were, no longer to the world, a peaceful, quiet home, is the object of her thoughts — and yet she loves art with her whole soul, and feels her vocation in it.
Page 57 - With which he was accustomed to Pen such a deal of poetry. He wrote the maiden to remind Her of a compact she had signed, To Drury Lane's condition blind, And threatened law accordingly. Fair as in face, in nature, she Implored the man to set her free, Assuring him that he should be Remunerated handsomely. Two thousand pounds she...
Page 58 - kerchiefs wave, And cheer with all thy chivalry. 'Tis night; and still yon star doth run ; But all in vain for treasurer DUNN, And Mr. HUGHES, and poet BUNN, And quadrupeds, and company. For Sweden's Nightingale so sweet, Their fellowship had been unmeet, The sawdust underneath whose feet Hath been the Drama's sepulchre." Died on I5th May, at Genoa, on his route to Rome, aged 72, Daniel O'Connell, the erst
Page 56 - ON LIND, when Drury's sun was low, And bootless was the wild-beast show, The lessee counted for a flow Of rhino to the treasury. But Jenny Lind, whose waken'd sight Saw Drury in a proper light, Refused, for any sum per night, To sing at the Menagerie.
Page 57 - With rage and ire in vain displayed Each super drew his wooden blade, In fury half and half afraid, For his prospective salary. Bunn in a flaming frenzy flew, And speedily the goosequill drew With which he is accustomed to Pen such a deal of poetry. He wrote the maiden, to remind Her of a compact she had signed, To Drury Lane's condition blind, And threaten'd law accordingly.
Page 54 - I not still a disengaged evening ? " said she ; "let me give a night's performance for the benefit of these poor children ; but we will have double prices ! " Such a performance was given, and returned large proceeds ; when she was informed of this, and, that by this means, a number of poor children would be benefited for several years, her countenance beamed, and the tears filled her eyes.
Page 67 - On the* night appointed, Macready had one of the best boxes in the Princesses' theatre, at which he was then engaged, set apart for the operatic syren. She was delighted with his performance, and applauded frequently...
Page 55 - It is very right and very proper that jackdaws should build in the church. They have vested interests there. But farewell to the primitive purity of the establishment when it affords a resting-place to nightingales.

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