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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 181, October 8, 1850

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Identifier: DX09674047

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 181, October 8, 1850

Description: Comments on William Shakespeare's play, As You Like It.

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brave. To love sweet Rosalind, dear Rosalind, with her wit and beauty and tenderness — But Oh! what shall I — what can I say of her — ? I can appreciate, and love and ponder on her, barely describe. A noble anecdote of Mrs [Sarah] Siddons comes into my mind, when thinking of [William] Shakespeare. Being shown the statue of the Apollo Belvidere she remained silent, musing awhile; — at last saying “What a being mind must it be which created the Mind capable of conceiving this!” Her thoughts were at once carried to the Fountain head. And in like manner I feel when thinking of Shakspere For the thought of Deity is too immense to be readily grasped; and by this intermediate mental link we are able to elevate our power. Oh woe, good and divine Human Creature! how great, how good, and how infinitely loving must be the God who created thee, and left us the legacy of thy thoughts. Full of hope and sweet consolement is this thought to the meanest of us. — And what a glow of delight is it to me; to think that the play was prompted by that feeling, which, after Love, is the divinest in our nature. Friendship. / Not such unpleasing state of mind to be in when finishing this chronicle, after all. Faith I wonder where the last page of next book will land me? May be on the shores of the Pacific.

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1850-10-08

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Theater
Plays
Actors

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