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" I but deceiv'd your eyes with antick gesture, When one news straight came huddling on another, Of death ! and death ! and death ! still I danced forward ; But it struck home, and here, and in an instant. Be such mere women, who, with shrieks and outcries,... "
The Broken Heart - Page 113
by John Ford - 1894 - 132 pages
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb: Dramatic specimens and the Garrick plays

Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb - 1904
...death, and death, and death, still I danc'd forward But it struck home, and here, and in an instant. Be such mere women, who with shrieks and outcries...vow a present end to all their sorrows ; Yet live to vow new pleasures, and out-live them. They are the silent griefs which cut the heart-strings : Let...
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb: Dramatic specimens and the Garrick plays

Charles Lamb - Authors, English - 1904
...death, and death, and death, still I danc'd forward But it struck home, and here, and in an instant. Be such mere women, who with shrieks and outcries...vow a present end to all their sorrows ; Yet live to vow new pleasures, and out-live them. They are the silent griefs which cut the heart-strings : Let...
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The Broken Heart

John Ford - 1906 - 143 pages
...and death ! and death ! still I danced forward : 8 I But it struck home, and here, and 1n an instant. Be such mere women, who, with shrieks and outcries,...which cut the heartstrings; Let me die smiling. Near. 'Trs-zrteuth_tocLaI»iBeas. Cal. One kiss on these cold lips, my last ! — [Kisses Ithocles^ — crack,...
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The Rochesterian: Selected Writings, Volume 2

Joseph O'Connor - 1911
...the dying speech of the Spartan queen in an old English play, and he murmured with a bitter laugh, "They are the silent griefs which cut the heart-strings ; Let me die smiling." "Well," he added, "there is nothing for me to do but 'dance forward' like Calantha in the tragedy —...
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An English Anthology of Prose and Poetry, Shewing the Main Stream of English ...

Sir Henry John Newbolt - English literature - 1922 - 1011 pages
...deceived your eyes with antic gestures, Of death 1 and death ! and death ! still I danced forward ; Be such mere women, who with shrieks and outcries...Let me die smiling. Near. 'Tis a truth too ominous. Cal. One kiss on these cold lips, my last! [Kisses ITHOCLES. —Crack, crack !— Argos now's Sparta's...
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Themes in Drama: Volume 3, Drama, Dance and Music

Redmond, James, M.A - Drama - 1981 - 254 pages
...triple death blow to interrupt her courtly dancing was all an 'antic gesture', pointing the moral that 'They are the silent griefs which cut the heart-strings; / Let me die smiling.' To the strain of a pre-arranged dirge, she dies simply by transfiguring her deathwish into a royal...
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The Selected Plays of John Ford: The Broken Heart, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore ...

John Ford - Drama - 1986 - 356 pages
...Additional Notes, p. 349. 64 See Textual Notes, p. 341. But it struck home, and here, and in an instant. Be such mere women, who with shrieks and outcries...vow a present end to all their sorrows, Yet live to vow new pleasures, and outlive them. They are the silent griefs which cut the heartstrings. 75 Let...
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The Summons of Death on the Medieval and Renaissance English Stage

Phoebe S. Spinrad - Civilization, Medieval, in literature - 1987 - 334 pages
...death, and death. Still I danc'd forward; But it struck home, and here, and in an instant. . . . These are the silent griefs which cut the heartstrings; Let me die smiling. (5.3.67-71; 75-76)* This acknowledgment of grief balances her earlier reaction to the news, a reaction...
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The Brontės: The Critical Heritage

Miriam Allott - Reference - 1995 - 475 pages
...death, and death, and death; still I danced forward. But it struck home, and here, and in an instant. They are the silent griefs which cut the heartstrings. Let me die smiling. One kiss on these cold lips - my last; crack, crack, Argos now 's Sparta's king. They looked terror...
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Women on Stage in Stuart Drama

Sophie Tomlinson - Drama - 2005 - 294 pages
...women' (5.3.72), Calantha resolves to die a death which will testify to her truth of heart as a Spartan: 'They are the silent griefs which cut the heartstrings. / Let me die smiling' (5.3.75-6). Calantha's commanding of her heart to crack is a supreme exertion of will, differing from...
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