Players of a Century: A Record of the Albany Stage

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J. McDonough, 1880 - Theater - 412 pages

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Page 78 - 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 ; no, nor The leaf of eglantine, whom not to slander, Out-sweeten'd not thy breath...
Page 91 - 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 104 - 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 119 - 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 166 - 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 91 - I pen this passage ; now composed, now grand as the foamy billows ; so flutelike 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 in the tone with which he uttered the word...
Page 90 - 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.
Page 137 - Navy Department. . . . And the parties of the second part hereby agree to pay to the party of the first part for said piles, delivered at said Naval Academy, after approval by said architect or his representative and said engineer in charge, at the prices set forth in the attached schedule, which forms a part of this agreement. . . . And it is further agreed that in the event of the...
Page 103 - ... he stole into the sleeping-chamber of Duncan like a man going to purloin a purse, not like a warrior going to snatch a crown.
Page 202 - ... power to embody the highest ideals of majesty, pathos, and appalling anguish. She was not a great actress merely, but she was a great woman. She did not possess the dramatic faculty apart from other faculties, and conquer by that alone; but, having that faculty in almost unlimited...

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