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Title: Percy  A Tragedy
Author: Hannah More
Release Date: November 21, 2009 [EBook #30524]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1
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PERCY.
A TRAGEDY,
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BY MRS. HANNAH MORE.
CORRECTLY GIVEN,
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AS PERFORMED AT THE THEATRES ROYAL.
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London:
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REMARKS.
This tragedy, in which Mrs. Hannah More is supposed to have been assisted by Garrick, was produced at Covent Garden Theatre, in 1778, with success; and revived, in 1818, at the same Theatre. The feuds of the rival houses of Percy and of Douglas have furnished materials for this melancholy tale, in which Mrs. More1 embodied many judicious sentiments and has excellent passages, producing a forcible lesson to parental tyranny. The victim of her husband's unreasonable jealousy, Elwina's virtuous conflict is pathetic and interesting; while Percy's sufferings, and the vain regret of EarlRaby, excite and increase our sympathy.  
 
 
DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.
Percy, Earl of Northumberland Mr. Lewis. Earl Douglas Mr. Wroughton. Earl Raby, Elwina's Father Mr. Aickin. Edric, Friend to Douglas Mr. Whitefield. Harcourt, Friend to Percy Mr. Robson. Sir Hubert, a Knight Mr. Hull.  Elwina Mrs. Barry. Birtha Mrs. Jackson. Knights, Guards, Attendants, &c. SCENE,—Raby Castle, in Durham.
PERCY.
ACT THE FIRST.
SCENE I. A GOTHIC HALL.
Enter Edric and Birtha.
Bir.What may this mean? Earl Douglas has enjoin'd thee To meet him here in private?  Edr.Yes, my sister, And this injunction I have oft receiv'd; But when he comes, big with some painful secret, He starts, looks wild, then drops ambiguous hints, Frowns, hesitates, turns pale, and says 'twas nothing; Then feigns to smile, and by his anxious care To prove himself at ease, betrays his pain.  Bir.Since my short sojourn here, I've mark'd this earl, And though the ties of blood unite us closely, I shudder at his haughtiness of temper, Which not his gentle wife, the bright Elwina,
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