On Two Continents: Memories of Half a Century

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Doubleday, Page, 1905 - Authors, American - 307 pages
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Page 127 - She will refuse any invitation of the kind. Russia will occupy the same ground as at the beginning of the struggle. You may rely upon it, she will not change. But we entreat you to settle the difficulty. I cannot express to you how profound an anxiety we feel — how serious are our fears." We were standing face to face during the conversation, and the earnest, impassioned manner of the prince impressed me with the fact that he was speaking from his heart. At the close of the interview he seized...
Page 175 - Far along, From peak to peak, the rattling crags among Leaps the live thunder! Not from one lone cloud, But every mountain now hath found a tongue, And Jura answers, through her misty shroud, Back to the joyous Alps, who call to her aloud!
Page 272 - Faust to render Schiller's smooth iambic verse into his native tongue — he even enjoyed doing so. Only the circumstance that he was required to shorten the idealistic work of the German poet and to adapt it to the stage representation in such a fashion as the actor wished, was an irksome condition which caused him considerable difficulty. Many were the deliberations we held with German friends upon the knotty points before Taylor was able to steer safely to port, avoiding both Scylla and Charybdis....
Page 184 - Hat sie so herzlich mich geküßt, Mit Bändern meinen Hut geschmückt Und weinend mich ans Herz gedrückt! Sie liebt mich noch, sie ist mir gut, Drum bin ich froh und wohlgemut. Mein Herz schlägt warm in kalter Nacht...
Page 274 - Doch sind wir auch fern von einander, So bleiben die Herzen sich nah', Und Alle, ja Alle wird's freuen, :,: Wenn Einem was Gutes geschah!
Page 227 - to which he confessed. The purity with which he spoke English, and the careful grammatical construction of his sentences, along with the total absence of any accent, led me at first to think that he was neither English nor American.
Page 225 - Allen Gewalten Zum Trutz sich erhalten; Nimmer sich beugen, Kraftig sich zeigen, Rufet die Arme Der Gotter herbei.
Page 174 - ... husband's death, adds little of importance: I was struck by his appearance the moment he entered the room; his slender form, the reddish hair that curled thickly over his head, his fine and mobile features, high forehead, bright brown eyes, and a thin mustache above the sensitive mouth — all were combined to give him the air of an unusual personality. He was very excitable, impulsive in speech and gesture. He teased our little daughter, romped with her and hid under the long folds of the tablecloth....
Page 272 - ... with which he was burdened, to translate Schiller's Don Carlos and adapt it to • the American stage. The suggestion came from Lawrence Barrett, who believed himself peculiarly fitted to impersonate the hero, and succeeded in persuading Taylor to furnish the English version of the tragedy. Thus the few leisure hours that were at his disposal must be devoted to the accomplishment of this great task. The poetic character and the sublimity of the subject, however, excited his interest to such a...
Page 184 - Her heart was full of love and gratitude as she lay, her blue eyes more lovely than ever in their tenderness, watching the tiny songster, who bent his shiny black head on one side, and trilled forth the melody of the sweet Thuringian folk-song, telling of " Treue Liebe " : " Ach, wie ist 'B moglich dann, Dass ich dich lassen kann ? Hab' dich von Herzen lieb, das glaube mir ! Du hast die Seele mem.

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