I should like to hear you pronounce the opening speech of Richard the Third. The New York Herald was particularly nasty. It remained for him to be a dramatic critic of the first order and the profound commentator on Shakespeare. The Falstaff of our age has been honored with an autograph letter from the American autocrat just as Shakespeare was honored with an amicable letter from King James the First and which we are told that most learned prince and great patron of learning was pleased with his own hands to write.
Greatly embarrassed by the assaults on Lincoln, Hackett wrote the president to apologize, and in his return the president refrained from chiding the actor for publicizing his letter.
They are a fair specimen of what has occurred to me through life. I have endured a great deal of ridicule, without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. But Lincoln was not silenced by the sneers. His love of Shakespeare was so deep that he could not help expressing his opinions about the plays he knew to the actors he chatted with in the theater and sometimes invited to the White House for talks.
The fact is that Shakespeare had become such an inextricable part of Lincoln that it is hard to imagine him without the great English writer. Sometimes Lincoln had fun with Shakespeare. Since he regarded himself as ugly, he once singled out a passage in King Richard the Third that he thought fit himself perfectly. At the outset of the play, he noted, Richard complains bitterly about his homeliness:. Taft to Dr. Adams Joseph Quincy Adams. In March , when the painter Francis B.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Shakespeare collection. The title page of the Hamlet volume is seen here. With his inscription on the flysheet, President Roosevelt gave the set to the Folger Shakespeare Library. There were days when I could scarcely look into it without crying. The first week of the battle of the Wilderness he scarcely slept at all. One day, John W. My God! I cannot bear it! The illustration features a view of Coolidge's homestead in Vermont.
Shakespeare was with Lincoln to the end.
On Sunday, April 9, , with the war over, he was returning to Washington on the River Queen from City Point, Virginia, where he had visited the front, and he talked Shakespeare to his companions, read aloud to them, and recited his favorite passages from memory. He spent most of his time on Macbeth. When Lincoln finished, he paused for a moment, and then read the lines slowly over again.
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For you, the city, thus I turn my back: There is a world elsewhere. What I have done is yours; what I have to do is yours; being part in all I have, devoted yours. Were my worth greater, my duty would show greater; meantime, as it is, it is bound to your lordship, to whom I wish long life, still lengthened with all happiness. Lucius Tarquinius, for his excessive pride surnamed Superbus, after he had caused his own father-in-law Servius Tullius to be cruelly murdered, and, contrary to the Roman laws and customs, not requiring or staying for the people's suffrages, had possessed himself of the kingdom, went, accompanied with his sons and other noblemen of Rome, to besiege Ardea.
During which siege the principal men of the army meeting one evening at the tent of Sextus Tarquinius, the king's son, in their discourses after supper every one commended the virtues of his own wife: among whom Collatinus extolled the incomparable chastity of his wife Lucretia. Want to join?
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