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and shed tears, which seemed to relieve her, and she went through her part with her usual excellence. At the end of the sleeping scene, the plaudits continued from the time of her going off till she again appeared to speak her address, which was nearly a quarter of an hour, which she delivered in a very impressive manner; and at the conclusion of which Mr Kemble came and led her off by the hand. She then, as well as himself, appeared much affected; for the audience, not satisfied with the usual method of shewing their approbation, stood up upon the seats and cheered her, waving their hats for several minutes. It having appeared to be the wish of the majority of the audience that the play should conclude with her scene, the curtain was dropped; but Mr Kemble came forward and announced, that if it was the wish of the house, the play should proceed. The audience were divided, and the Farce of The Spoil'd Child commenced, amidst loud acclamations from one side, and disappointed from the other. This continued during the whole of the first act, there being a constant cry from pit and gallery of 'The fifth act! the fifth act!' It was then found in vain to proceed any further, as the house was all noise and confusion, and the voices on the stage were totally inaudible; it wras therefore deemed advisable to drop the curtain, and the audience, in some short time after, quietly dispersed.
The following is a copy of the Address spoken by Mrs Siddons:
Who has not felt, how growing use endears The fond remembrance of our former years ? Who has not sigh'd, when doom'd to leave at last The hopes of youth, the habits of the past, The thousand ties and interests, that impart A second nature to the human heart, And, wreathing round it close, like tendrils, climb, Blooming in age, and sanctified by time ?
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