HOME of gay Thalia! greeting wide the view|
Where column, stage, and fretted arch combine,
As touched by fairy wand - bedecked anew
To grace loved Comedy's fair Columbine;
Like wanderer, with commingling smiles and tears,
Who turns to scan his field of bygone dreams,
We, lingering, note how every scene endears-
E'en barren parts bear mellow Memory's themes!
Here Smith and Keach bequeathed a generous soil,
Here nightly gleamed the Thespian glow- worm's spark,
Ripe merit meeting histrionic toil,
Where reaped a Barrett, Barron, Vincent, Clarke.
Time's change to rue - the favored Past to cite,
Befits old friends, of cherished joys bereft;
Yet may we warrant all the present right
While long our blithe, perennial Warren's left.1
1. The last line Is left unaltered, as the poem is to he regarded
only in connection with the time of the event for which it was written.
|HARRY MURDOCH||CONTENTS||TO LAWRENCE BARRETT|