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Title:Richard III
Description:Richard III, Richard played by Mr. C. Kean.
Theatre:Drury Lane
Source:The Illustrated London News, Feb 17, 1844, p. 109
Review:The Illustrated London News, Feb 17, 1844, p. 109

DRURY LANE THEATRE.

       Rich.  Lo, I here I lend thee this sharp-pointed sword;
    Which, if thou please to hide in this true breast,
    And let the soul forth that adoreth thee,
    I lay it naked to the deadly stroke,
    And humbly beg the death upon my knee.

    (He lays his breast open: she offers at it with his sword.)

    Nay, do not pause; for I did kill King Henry;--
    But 'twas thy beauty that provoked me.
    Nay, now dispatch; 'twas I that stabb'd young Edward;--

    (She again offers at his breast.)

    But 'twas thy heav'nly face that set me on.

    (Here she lets fall the sword.)

    Take up the sword again, or take up me.

We need not say how ably this passage was delivered by Mr. C. Kean.  It was one to which his celebrated father gave a new tone of subtlety of persuasion, that almost vindicates the conduct of Lady Anne, and which, without being servilely copied, is fairly rivalled by his son, the inheritor of his genius.  The engraving represents the cloisters of old St. Paul's, one of the scenic novelties in the "getting-up" of the play.

 

The Illustrated London News, Feb 17, 1844, p. 109

 



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