Players of a Century: A Record of the Albany Stage. Including Notices of Prominent Actors who Have Appeared in America

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J. McDonough, 1880 - Theater - 412 pages

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Page 232 - From his cradle He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one ; Exceeding wise, fair spoken, and persuading : Lofty and sour to them that loved him not ; But, to those men that sought him, sweet as summer...
Page 80 - With fairest flowers, Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele, I'll sweeten thy sad grave : thou shalt not lack The flower that's like thy face, pale primrose ; nor The azured hare-bell, like thy veins...
Page 95 - Yes, as rocks are, When foamy billows split themselves against Their flinty ribs ; or as the moon is moved, When wolves, with hunger pined, howl at her brightness.
Page 121 - Were less ethereally light: the brightness Of her divinest presence trembles through Her limbs, as underneath a cloud of dew Embodied in the windless Heaven of June, Amid the splendour-winged stars, the Moon Burns, inextinguishably beautiful...
Page 108 - Who made a nation purer through their art. Thine is it that our drama did not die, Nor flicker down to brainless pantomime, And those gilt gauds men-children swarm to see. Farewell, Macready; moral, grave, sublime; Our Shakespeare's bland and universal eye Dwells pleased, through twice a hundred years, on thee.
Page 170 - I was married in Philadelphia, on the 7th of June, 1834, to Mr. Pierce Butler, of that city." And with that the book ends, an exquisite book, written by a real poet, in places a little too romantic and exhortatory for our taste; but that is a matter of epoch and education. A single point offends us, and that is the conceited tone, intensely English, in which the actress on several occasions...
Page 108 - Thy power, well-used to move the public breast. We thank thee with our voice, and from the heart. Farewell, Macready, since this night we part, Go, take thine honours home; rank with the best, Garrick and statelier Kemble, and the rest Who made a nation purer through their art. Thine is it that our drama did not die, Nor flicker down to brainless pantomime, And those gilt gauds men-children swarm to see. Farewell, Macready; moral, grave...
Page 95 - I seem still to hear the words and the voice as I pen this passage ; now composed, now grand as the foamy billows ; so flute-like on the word ' moon,' creating a scene with the sound ; and anon sharp, harsh, fierce in the last line, with a look upward from those matchless eyes that rendered the troop visible, and their howl perceptible to the ear ; the whole serenity of the man, and the solidity of his temper, being illustrated less by the assurance in the succeeding words than by the exquisite music...
Page 94 - I have met one actor in this country, a young man named Edwin Forrest, who gave proofs of a decided genius for his profession, and will, I believe, rise to great eminence.
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