Letters and Poems

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J. Johnson, 1786 - Actors - 333 pages
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Page 59 - ... of Romeo, he was reciting it all the way, and when he came into the greenroom it was with extreme difficulty they could perfuade him he was to play any other part. That when the time came for his appearance, they pufhed him on the ftage, fearing he would begin with a fpeech of Romeo.
Page 59 - ... so near had a perfect view of his face. The instant he came in sight of the audience his recollection seemed to return, his countenance...
Page 260 - The a&or only fhrinks from time's award; Feeble tradition is his memory's guard; By whofe faint breath his merits muft abide, Unvouch'd by proof, to fubftance unallied! Ev'n matchlefs Garrick's art, to heav'n refign'd No fix'd effect, no model leaves behind. The grace of action, the adapted mien, Faithful as nature to the varied fcene; Th...
Page 109 - I have of seeing you a great and happy man. Garrick is the greatest creature living in every respect ; he is worth studying in every action. Every view and every idea of him is worthy of being stored up for imitation, and I have ever found him a generous and sincere friend. Look upon him, Henderson, with your imitative eyes, for when he drops you'll have nothing but poor old Nature's book to look in.
Page 294 - Above all others the phoenix of her sex ; And like that bird one young- she did beget That she might not leave her sex disconsolate. My grief for her loss is so very sure I can only write two lines more. For this and every other good woman's sake Never let a blister be put on a lying-in woman's back...
Page 54 - Added to this, he had an hilarity that brightened every eye, and gladdened every heart. I knew his mind well, but that knowledge should have deterred me from attempting to describe it, had I considered that Sterne has so exactly delineated the leading features by which it was actuated, in the benevolence and sensibility of character which distinguished his uncle Toby. "In the society of Mortimer I passed some of the happiest years of my life, and the remembrance of the very intimate, brotherly, and...
Page 122 - ... it must be for the manager's interest, as well as his own credit, to have him studied in the parts he was to appear in : he added, ' to learn words, indeed, is no great labour, and to pour them out no very difficult matter ; it is done on our stage almost every night, but with what success I leave you to judge — the generality of performers think it enough to learn the words; and thence all that vile uniformity which disgraces the theatre.
Page 110 - Look upon him, Henderson, with your imitative eyes, for when he drops you'll have nothing but poor old Nature's book to look in. You'll be left to grope it out alone, scratching your pate in the dark, or by a farthing candle.
Page 48 - ... M'Lean gave us several tunes on a spinnet, which, though made so long ago as in 1667, was still very well toned. She sung along with it. Dr. Johnson seemed pleased with the musick, though he owns he neither likes it, nor has hardly any perception of it.
Page 112 - Why, sir, what makes the difference between man and man is real performance and not genius or conception. There are a thousand Garricks, a thousand Giardinis and Fischers, and Abels. Why only one Garrick, with Garrick's eyes, voice, etc., etc., etc.?

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