Sixty Years' Stage Service; Being A Record Of The Life Of Charles Morton, "the Father Of The Halls."

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byWilliam H. Morton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER L. MORE TRIBUTES. Mr. Morton had also a faculty of drawing around him important poets, playwrights and (as a certain still-surviving satirist would say) "similar members of the dangerous classes." Here, for example, is a celebrated address by the late distinguished critic and playwright, Mr. Clement Scott:--ON MR. MORTON'S EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY. Recited by Mrs. Beerbohm Tree. What has he done for us, Grand Old Man! In his Record of Eighty Years? He has fought for Liberty! Planted Truth! With trouble, maybe with tears! With its ebb and flow, the tide of life has " beached " him safe and sound, But the struggle was tough, and the straits were sore, till his feet touched solid ground. His Harbour Light was a vista view of things as they ought to be, "The Pleasures of England should be Puie, and Art it must be Free!" He took with pluck, this parable up, at Duty's bugle call, And swore he would lead to Paths of Peace the degenerate Music Hall! Sixty or seventy years ago, in the days of the " drinking ken," The jokes they made, and the songs they sang, were sorrow to Englishmen, If you doubt my word, take Thackerary down, and Colonel Newcome call To tell you the tale of the days of " Ross," and the shudder at vile "Sam Hall." But he dreamed of the madrigal, Grand Old Man, and the English catch and glee, And murmured " Pleasure, it should be pure, and Art it must be free." So he opened a " Sing-Song " bright and gay, Vice took to its heels and ran! Said the women "Oh, Governor! Let us in!" "You shall come," said the Grand Old Man. But the dogs in the manger scowled and snarled, as they gnawed Protection's bone! You are giving the patient Public Bread! For you here's a Paving Stone! So they dug old Acts of Parliament up, and tinkled the legal bell, And said " ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER L. MORE TRIBUTES. Mr. Morton had also a faculty of drawing around him important poets, playwrights and (as a certain sti...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217792359

ISBN - 13:9780217792356

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