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To W.C. Macready

         
            1851

    Farewell, Macready, since to-night we part;
        Full-handed thunders often have confessed
        Thy power, well-used to move the public breast.
    We thank thee with our voice, and from the heart.
    Farewell, Macready, since this night we part,
        Go, take thine honors home; rank with the best,
        Garrick and statelier Kemble, and the rest
    Who made a nation purer through their art.
    Thine is it that our drama did not die,
        Nor flicker down to brainless pantomine,
        And those gilt gauds men-children swarm to see.
        Farewell, Macready, moral, grave, sublime;
    Our Shakespeare’s bland and universal eye
        Dwells pleased, through twice a hundred years, on thee.
     


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