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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, C. P. Cranch. (search)
. Cranch's baritone voice was like his poem, the Riddle, deep, rich and sonorous. He might have earned a larger income with it, perhaps, than he did by writing and painting. He sang comic songs in a manner peculiarly his own,--as if the words were enclosed in a parenthesis,--as much as to say, I do not approve of this, but I sing it just the same, and this made the performance all the more amusing. He sang Bret Harte's Jim in a very effective manner, and he often sang the epitaph on Shakespeare's tomb, Good friend, for Jesus sake forbeare, as a recitative, both in English and Italian,--In questa tomba. He seemed to bring out a hidden force in his singing, which was not apparent on ordinary occasions. His reading of poetry was also fine, but he depended in it rather too much on his voice, too little on the meaning of the verse. It was not equal to Celia Thaxter's reading. The same types of physiognomy continually reappear among artists. William M. Hunt looked like Hora
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
a place in one of them; but Andrew replied that the list was full; he could, however, give him a Lieutenancy in the Twentieth Massachusetts, which was then in pursuit of General Lee. Sumner Paine accepted this, and ten days later he was shot dead on the field of Gettysburg. Governor Andrew felt very badly; for Paine was not only a fine scholar but very handsome, and, what is rare among hard students, full of energy and good spirits. Governor Andrew tried a number of conclusions, as Shakespeare would call them, with the National Government during the war, but the most serious difficulty of this kind resulted from Secretary Stanton's arbitrary reduction of the pay of colored soldiers from thirteen to eight dollars a month. This, of course, was a breach of contract, and Governor Andrew felt a personal responsibility in regard to it, so far as the Massachusetts regiments were concerned. He first protested against it to the Secretary of War; but, strange to say, Stanton obtained
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Centennial Contributions (search)
the wailing song he breathed, And his chain when life was done. It is still more difficult to compare Emerson with Shakespeare, for the one was Puritan with a strong classic tendency, and the other anti-Puritan with a strong romantic tendency; but allowing for this and for Shakespeare's universality, it may be affirmed that there are few passages in King Henry IV. and Henry V. which take a higher rank than Emerson's description of Cromwell: He works, plots, fights 'mid rude affairs, Wlo; but he is one of the most unique figures among the world's geniuses. action and royal abandon which greets us in Shakespeare's and Plutarch's Cleopatra. Story might have taken a lesson from Titian's matchless Cleopatra in the Cassel Gallery, opatra. Hawthorne was an idealist, and he idealized the materials in Story's studio, for literary purposes, just as Shakespeare idealized Henry V., who was not a magnanimous monarch at all, but a brutal, narrow-minded fighter. The discourse on a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
rk and in his constant anatomical demonstrations, just as Agassiz found that his scientific skill had already made him a good rifle-shot before he had touched the weapon. The Saturday Review once pointed out as the two faults of Lowell's prose writings an overconfident tone and a grotesqueness of illustration. It must, undoubtedly, be conceded by his admirers that, though he is never coarse, yet his taste is not always to be trusted. The Saturday Review quoted this sentence from his Shakespeare once more, Hamlet and the Novum Organum were at the risk of teething and the measles at the same time; and from the paper on Italy, Milton is the only man who has got much poetry out of a cataract, and that was a cataract in his eye. Of such passages the Saturday Review remarked, with some reason, that they are relics of the hobbledehoy stage of literary production, and are serious blemishes in a style making just pretensions to maturity. Akin to this is the remark of one of Lowell's fe
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 9: Garrison and Emerson. (search)
Jesus was the perfect man. I bow in reverence unfeigned before that benign man. I know more, hope more, am more, because he has lived. But, if you tell me that in your opinion, he hath fulfilled all the conditions of man's existence, carried out to the utmost, at least by implication, all man's powers, I suspend my assent. I do not see in him cheerfulness: I do not see in him the love of natural science: I see in him no kindness for art: I see in him nothing of Socrates, of Laplace, of Shakespeare. The perfect man should remind us of all great men. Do you ask me if I would rather resemble Jesus than any other man? If I should say Yes, I should suspect myself of superstition. This passage is like the stalk of the pieplant without the sap. But nature had gifts in her lap for the youth that penned it; and imagination can detect some sort of power even here. Here is at least a creature who will test other persons by himself, and not himself by others. The lacking element seems
William Hepworth Dixon, White Conquest: Volume 2, Chapter 29: fair women. (search)
has many campaigns to carry on; campaigns in the civil order, and on both her moral and material sides. She has to recover her fair proportion of the female sex. She has to restore a true balance of the sexes on her soil. She has to cure her people of that love of strong drinks which they get from their English ancestors, but which is quickened by a climate rich in extremes of heat and cold. She has to meet a vast amount of that illiteracy which is not only the bane of nations but, as Shakespeare says, the curse of God. Among the evils which impede White growth in America, that poverty in the female sex, which is caused by separate male adventure in the outset, is the first and worse. No riches in the soil, no beauty in the landscape, no salubrity in the climate, can make up to a colony for the paucity of women. Women are the other halves of men. The absence of White women at San Diego and San Carlos, was the chief, if not the only, reason for the waste and failure of th
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 65: in Europe, Egypt, and Constantinople (search)
om the institution. The girls were all in tears while they threw rice after the departing couple. I think that my most instructive visit was to a large room of the harem of a great Turk (Achmet Vefik, Pasha). He had at one time been the governor of a large province, but just then was on the retired list of officials. He had many wives but we were not allowed to see them. He spoke several languages and conversed with us in very fair English. He told us that he preferred the French tongue. He was, however, fond of English books, especially of Shakespeare. He had tea brought in and served on little tables and gave us the opportunity to sit on the side cushions, or floor mats, and smoke. However, he had several chairs for us in his reception room. He was not offended because I did not smoke. The Pasha appeared to enjoy his visitors as much as we did the interview. We had with us Professor Grosvenor of Robert College, a scholarly man who was a great favorite of this pasha.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 4: a world outside of science (search)
at its highest point. Up to the age of thirty, Darwin tells us, he took intense delight in poetry --Milton, Byron, Scott, Wordsworth, and Shelley-while he read Shakespeare with supreme enjoyment. Pictures and music also gave him much pleasure. But at sixty-seven he writes that for many years he cannot endure to read a line of poetry ; that he has lately tried Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated him; and that he has almost lost all taste for pictures and music. This he records, not with satisfaction, but with great regret ; I. e, by his son, Am. ed. pp. 30, 81. he would gladly have it otherwise, but cannot. It is simply ty the mere force of patient will. Keats, in one of his fine letters, classifies the universe, and begins boldly with things real, as sun, moon, and passages of Shakespeare. Sun and moon lie within the domain of science; and at this moment the astronomers are following out that extraordinary discovery which has revealed in the bri
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 8: local fiction (search)
, it is the less educated classes which are more easily drawn, though not necessarily or always the most worth drawing. Hence we are acquiring a gallery of rustic groups spread over the continent, while the traditions of polish and refinement are ignored either for want of personal experience or of skill. Unluckily, the writer who has succeeded with village life always wishes to deal with more artificial society. It is as inevitable as the yearning of every good amateur comedian to act Shakespeare. Bret Harte and his successor, Hamlin Garland, handle admirably the types they knew in early life, but the moment they attempt to delineate a highly bred woman the curtain rises on a creaking doll in starched petticoats. Few, indeed, of our authors can venture to portray, what would seem not so impossible, an every-day gentleman or lady. But Miss Jewett can produce types of the old New England gentry, dwelling perhaps in the quietest of country towns, yet incapable of any act which is
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 10: Favorites of a day (search)
In these various ways a man sometimes escapes, perhaps forever, from the personal renown that should seemingly be his. Even if he gains this, how limited it is, at the best! Strictly speaking, there is no literary fame worth envying, save Shakespeare's-and Shakespeare's amounted to this, that Addison wrote An Account of the Greatest English Poets in which his name does not appear; and that, of the people one meets in the streets of any city, the majority will not even have heard of him. HoShakespeare's amounted to this, that Addison wrote An Account of the Greatest English Poets in which his name does not appear; and that, of the people one meets in the streets of any city, the majority will not even have heard of him. How many thousand never heard the name Of Sidney or of Spenser, and their books; And yet brave fellows, and presume of fame, And think to bear down all the world with looks. Happy is that author, if such there be, who, although his renown be as small as that of Thoreau in his lifetime, does not greatly concern himself about it, being so occupied with some great thought or hope for man that his own renown is a matter of slight importance. It is for this that Whittier always expressed thanks to t
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