Sir Charles Wyndham: A Biography

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Hutchinson, 1904 - 362 pages
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Page 317 - It is good to be merry and wise, It is good to be honest and true, It is good to be off with the old love Before you are on with the new.
Page 353 - His was the spell o'er hearts Which only Acting lends, — The youngest of the sister Arts, Where all their beauty blends : For ill can Poetry express Full many a tone of thought sublime, And Painting, mute and motionless. Steals but a glance of time. But by the mighty actor brought, IJlusion's perfect triumphs come, — Verse ceases to be airy thought, And Sculpture to be dumb.
Page 20 - HOW ARE YOU, SANITARY?" Down the picket-guarded lane Rolled the comfort-laden wain, Cheered by shouts that shook the plain, Soldier-like and merry: Phrases such as camps may teach, Sabre-cuts of Saxon speech, Such as "Bully!" "Them's the peach!" "Wade in, Sanitary!" Right and left the caissons drew As the car went lumbering through, Quick succeeding in review Squadrons military; Sunburnt men with beards like frieze, Smooth-faced boys, and cries like these,— "US San. Com.
Page 158 - CHATEAUX D'ESPAGNE. (A Reminiscence of " David Garrick " and " The Castle of Andalusia.") . ONCE upon an evening weary, shortly after Lord Dundreary With his quaint and curious humour set the town in such a roar, With my shilling I stood rapping- — only very gently tapping — For the man in charge was napping— at the money-taker's door. It was Mr. Buckstone's play-house, where I linger'd at the door ; Paid half price and nothing more. Most distinctly I remember, it was just about September —...
Page 20 - In such cheer it struggled on Till the battle front was won, Then the car, its journey done, Lo ! was stationary ; And where bullets whistling fly, Came the sadder fainter cry, " Help us, brothers, ere we die, — Save us, Sanitary !
Page 159 - Tis an Andalusian story of a castle old and hoary, And the music is delicious, though the dialogue be poor ! " (And I could not help agreeing that the dialogue was poor ; Very flat, and nothing more.) But at last a lady entered, and my interest grew center'd In her figure, and her features, and the costume that she wore. And the slightest sound she utter'd was like music; so I mutter'd To my neighbour, " Glance a minute at your play-bill, I implore. Who's that rare and radiant maiden ? Tell, oh,...
Page 159 - or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore. Pardon my apparent rudeness. Would you kindly have the goodness To inform me if this drama is from Gaul's enlighten'd shore ? ' For I know that plays are often brought us from the Gallic shore, Adaptations — nothing more ! " So I put the question lowly ; and my neighbour answer'd slowly, ' It's a British drama wholly, written quite in days of yore. Tis an Andalusian story of a castle old and hoary...
Page 241 - Salvini's conception of Othello is that we expect from a thoughtful, perceptive, and cultivated man. Othello with him is a barbarian, whose instincts, savage and passionate, are concealed behind a veneer of civilisation so thick that he is himself scarcely conscious he can be other than he appears. Friendly, loving, and courteous, he can, as lago says :— As tenderly be led by the nose As asses are.
Page 266 - London Assurance" [Madame Vestris was the original Grace Harkaway] bursting out with certain praises (they always elicited three rounds) — of a country morning, I think it was ? The atrocity was perpetrated, I remember, on a lawn before a villa. It was led up to by flower-pots. The thing was as like any honest sympathy, or honest English, as the rose-pink on a sweep's face on May Day is to a beautiful complexion ; but Harley (he was the "creator" of Mark Meddle) generally appeared touched to the...

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