The Poetical Works Of Thomas Moore

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Description : Excerpt from The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore: Edited With Memoir and Notes To the last, among the most treasured recollections of his childhood were the occasions when with Kate and their younger sister, Nell, he took part in the little drawing-room charades they were in the habit of getting up for the amuse ment of the home-circle Of an evening. Moore's earliest instructor was a boosing old fellow named Malone, who gathered a little day-school about him only a few doors off in the very 'same street, now so notable among the streets of Dublin as comprising among its tenements the poet's birthplace. One peculiarity this peda gogue had, arising out of the drowsiness consequent upon his overnight's potations far into the small hours at the neighbouring taverns, namely, that he pretty gene rally ogged the boys all round for disturbing his slumbers. From this elemen tary teacher's care he was fortunately removed betimes to the Grammar School, presided over by Samuel Whyte, already remarkable as having had entrusted to his tuition no less celebrated a pupil than Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Private theatricals being just then especially the rage, even in what might have been expected to have proved the uncongenial atmosphere of a grammar school, Master Moore, already regarded at home since the date for him of first articulate speech as a born declaimer, soon came to the front, Lilliputian as he was, as Mr. Whyte's show performer. As a manikin of ten he delivered in a high treble, in the midst of a roar of applauding laughter, at the School Exhibition of 1789, a comic epilogue entitled, A Squeeze at St. Paul's. Prior to that, indeed, he had, while a yet smaller and younger urchin, acted with great aplomb as Patrick in the Poor Soldier, and had even - after sedulously practising the incidental leaps at home over a tent-bedstead - appeared effectively as a miniature Harlequin in the panto mime. Upon that occasion (it was at the Christmas of 1788) he had, further still, gone the length of reciting an epilogue of his own composition. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."