"TO CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN, ON SEEING HER PLAY "BIANCA," IN MILMAN'S TRAGEDY OF "FAZIO"", Eliza Cook's Journal,[no date], 1853

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Title

"TO CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN, ON SEEING HER PLAY "BIANCA," IN MILMAN'S TRAGEDY OF "FAZIO"", Eliza Cook's Journal,[no date], 1853

Subject

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876
Cook, Eliza, 1818-1889
Arts--Literature

Description

This is a poem in Eliza Cook's journal written by her and dedicated to Charlotte Cushman.

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Gale Digital CollectionsNineteenth Century Collections Online

Creator

Cook, Eliza, 1818-1889

Source

Eliza Cook's Journal

Publisher

Eliza Cook

Date

1853-00-00

Type

Reference

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From

Cook, Eliza, 1818-1889

To

Cushman, Charlotte Saunders, 1816-1876

Text

TO CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN,

ON SEEING HER PLAY "BIANCA," IN MILMAN'S TRAGEDY OF "FAZIO."

I THOUGHT thee wondrous when thy soul portrayed
The youth Verona bragged of; and the love
Of glowing southern blood, by thee was made
Entrancing as the breath of orange grove.

I felt the spirit of the great was thine:
In the rapt Boy's devotion and despair,
I knew thou wert a pilgrim at the shrine
Where GOD's high ministers alone repair.

No rote-learned sighing filled thy doting moans;
Thy grief was heavy as thy joy was light;
Passion and Poesy were in thy tones.
And MIND flashed forth in its electric might.

I had seen many "fret and strut their hour;"
But my brain never had become such slave
To Fiction, as it did beneath thy power,
Nor owned such homage as to thee it gave.

I did not think thou couldst arouse a throb
Of deeper, stronger, beating in my heart
I did not deem thou couldst awake the sob
Of choking fulness and convulsive start.

But thy pale madness, and thy gasping woe,
That breathed the torture of Bianca's pain;
Oh! never would my bosom ask to know
Such sad and bitter sympathy again!

When the wife's anguish scars thy hopeless check,
Let crowds behold and laud thee as they will;
But this poor breast, in shunning what they seek,
May yield perchance a richer tribute still.

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Location

London, England

Geocode (Latitude)

51.5073219

Geocode (Longitude)

-0.1276474

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1853-XX-XXXX

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Cook, Eliza, 1818-1889, “"TO CHARLOTTE CUSHMAN, ON SEEING HER PLAY "BIANCA," IN MILMAN'S TRAGEDY OF "FAZIO"", Eliza Cook's Journal,[no date], 1853,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed April 22, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/637.

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