Old Drury Lane: Fifty Years' Recollections of Author, Actor, and Manager, Volume 2

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Chatto and Windus, 1881 - Actors

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Page 13 - twould a saint provoke" (Were the last words that poor Narcissa spoke), " No, let a charming chintz, and Brussels lace Wrap my cold limbs, and shade my lifeless face : One would not, sure, be frightful when one's dead — And, Betty, give this cheek a little red.
Page 228 - With those that I saw suffer : a brave vessel, Who had no doubt some noble creatures in her, Dash'd all to pieces. O ! the cry did knock Against my very heart. Poor souls ! they perish'd.
Page 66 - Your Kemble's spirit was the home Of genius and of taste : — Taste like the silent dial's power, That when supernal light is given, Can measure inspiration's hour, And tell its height in heaven. At once ennobled and correct, His mind survey'd the tragic page, And what the actor could effect, The scholar could presage.
Page 298 - THE TRAGEDY OF HAMLET Originally written and composed by the celebrated Dan Hayes of Limerick, and inserted in Shakespeare's works.
Page 282 - I have not anything to leave thee to perpetuate my memory but two helpless girls; look upon them sometimes, and think of him that was to the last moment of his life thine, "GEORGE FARQUHAR.
Page 279 - this lady can bear plain dealing; for she appears to be so accomplished, that what would be compliment said to others, spoken to her would be plain dealing."
Page 66 - Tis all a transient hour below ; And we that would detain thee here, Ourselves as fleetly go ! Yet shall our latest age This parting scene review : — Pride of the British stage, A long and last adieu ! GERTRUDE OF WYOMING.
Page 26 - LADIES AND GENTLEMEN : It has been customary with persons under my circumstances to address you in a farewell epilogue. I had the same intention, and turned my thoughts that way ; but indeed, I found myself then as incapable of writing such an epilogue, as I should be now of speaking it. " The jingle of rhyme and the language of fiction would but ill suit my present feelings.
Page 30 - You are the best fellow in the world. Bring the Cupids to the Theatre to-morrow. If they are under six, and well made, you shall have a guinea a-piece for them. Mr. Lacey will pay you himself for the Bishop. He is very penitent for what he has done. If you can get me two good murderers...
Page 266 - Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler sister woman ; Though they may gang a kennin wrang, To step aside is human : One point must still be greatly dark, The moving why they do it ; And just as lamely can ye mark How far, perhaps, they rue it.

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