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King Lear's Wife; The Crier by Night; The Riding to Lithend; Midsummer-Eve; Laodice and Danaë   By: (1874-1948)

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KING LEAR'S WIFE

THE CRIER BY NIGHT

THE RIDING TO LITHEND

MIDSUMMER EVE

LAODICE AND DANAË

PLAYS BY GORDON BOTTOMLEY

BOSTON SMALL, MAYNARD & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

MADE AND PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN BY CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND GRIGGS (PRINTERS), LTD. AT THE CHISWICK PRESS, TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE.

CONTENTS

PAGE KING LEAR'S WIFE 1

THE CRIER BY NIGHT 49

THE RIDING TO LITHEND 81

MIDSUMMER EVE 131

LAODICE AND DANAË 169

APPENDIX A (KING LEAR'S WIFE) 207

APPENDIX B (THE CRIER BY NIGHT) 211

NOTE. Throughout the stage directions in the following pages the words "right" and "left" are used with reference to the actor's right and left, not the spectator's.

"REMEMBER THE LIFE OF THESE THINGS CONSISTS IN ACTION."

JOHN MARSTON: 1606.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

THE plays here collected were originally published separately at various dates during the past eighteen years, and are now brought together for the first time. The details of the previous issues, now for the most part out of print, are appended.

I. THE CRIER BY NIGHT. (1900.) Published by the Unicorn Press, London, 1902. 32 pp. Quarto, boards. 500 copies.

II. MIDSUMMER EVE. (1901 2.) Printed and published at the Pear Tree Press, South Harting, near Petersfield, 1905, with decorations by James Guthrie. iv 36 pp. Large post 8vo, boards. 120 copies.

III. LAODICE AND DANAË. (1906.) Printed for private circulation, 1909. iv 26 pp. Royal 8vo, wrappers. 150 copies.

IV. THE RIDING TO LITHEND. (1907.) Printed and published at the Pear Tree Press, Flansham near Bognor, 1909, with decorations by James Guthrie. vi 40pp. Foolscap 4to, boards. 120 copies (20 of which had an extra plate and were hand coloured.)

V. KING LEAR'S WIFE. (1911 13.) Published in "Georgian Poetry, 1913 1915," pp. 1 to 47. The Poetry Bookshop, London, 1915.

THE CRIER BY NIGHT, THE RIDING TO LITHEND, and LAODICE AND DANAË have been reprinted in the United States of America, the first in 1909, the second in two separate forms in 1910, the third in 1916.

NOTE

APPLICATIONS for permission to perform these plays in Great Britain and the Colonies should be addressed to the author, care of Messrs. Constable and Co. Ltd., 10 12 Orange Street, Leicester Square, London, W.C.2; and in the United States of America to Mr. Paul R. Reynolds, 70 Fifth Avenue, New York.

KING LEAR'S WIFE is copyright by Gordon Bottomley in the United States of America , 1915.

KING LEAR'S WIFE

TO T. STURGE MOORE

THE years come on, the years go by, And in my Northern valley I, Withdrawn from life, watch life go by. But I have formed within my heart A state that does not thus depart, Richer than life, greater than being, Truer in feeling and in seeing Than outward turbulence can know; Where time is still, like a large, slow And lofty bird that moves her wings In far, invisible flutterings To gaze on every part of space Yet poise for ever in one place; Where line and sound, colour and phrase Rebuild in clear, essential ways The powers behind the veil of sense; While tragic things are made intense By passion brooding on old dread, Till a faint light of beauty shed From night enfolded agony Shews in the ways men fail and die The deeps whose knowledge never cloys But, striking inward without voice, Stirs me to tremble and rejoice.

For twenty years and more than twenty I have found my riches and my plenty In poets dead and poets living, Painters and music men, all giving, By life shut in creative deeds, Live force and insight to my needs; And long before I came to stand And hear your voice and touch your hand In that great treasure house new known, Where in their tower above the Town The masters of The Dial sit, I loved in every word of it Your finely tempered verse that told me Of patient power, and still can hold me By its authentic divination Of the right knowledge of creation, Its grave, still beauty brought to day Tissue by tissue in nature's way, Petal by petal sure to shew Imagination's quiet glow That burns intenseliest at the core... Continue reading book >>




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