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First Line: This is that theater the muse loves best
Last Line: What peacock playhouse will contend with you?
Subject(s): Muses; Plays & Playwrights; Theater & Theaters


This is that theater the muse loves best.
All dramas ever dreamed are acted here.
The roles are done in earnest, not in jest;
Hero and dupe and villain all appear.
Her falsehood skulks behind an honest mask,
And witless truth lets fall a saving word,
As the blind goddess tends her patient task
And in the hush the shears of fate are heard.
Here the slow-shod avengers keep their date;
Here innocence uncoils her snow-white bloom;
From here the untrapped swindler walks elate,
And stolid murderer goes to meet his doom.
O stage more stark than ever Shakespeare knew,
What peacock playhouse will contend with you?





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