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A Cure for the Heartache.
Old Rapid. Why don't you finish the job ;-why don't you?
Act III. Scene 1.
A CURE FOR THE HEARTACHE:
En Five Acts.
BY THOMAS MORTON, ESQ
Author of The Way to get Married, Town and Country, School of Reform,
PRINTED FROM THE ACTING COPY, WITH REMARKS,
To which are added,
A DESCRIPTION OF THE COSTUME,-CAST OF THE CHARACTERS,
As now performed at the
THEATRES ROYAL, LONDON.
EMBELLISHED WITH A FINE WOOD ENGRAVING
By Mr. BONNER, from a Drawing taken in the Theatre, by
JOHN CUMBERLAND, 19, LUDGATE HILL.
THE balm that applies to the mind is, of all others, the most rare and subtle. Bodily suffering yields to human skill; but mental anguish is beyond the physician's art. Macbeth anxiously inquires,
"Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased;
Cleanse the foul bosom of that perilous stuff
To which question he receives this comprehensive reply, "Therein the patient
Must minister to himself."
"A Cure for the Heartache" is a pleasing illustration of this principle. Certain characters are introduced, who, having more or less offended against justice and virtue, are baffled in their pursuit of happiness by a disturbed and reproaching conscience. For it is not in scenes of wealth and grandeur, that happiness consists
"The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy ?"
It is in acts of kindness and benevolence to our fellow
"Would ye be blest, the proper means pursue;
In conscious rectitude and integrity
"The soul's calm sunshine, and the heartfelt joy
It is not to be found abroad, but at home. Not in riot aud gaiety; but in reflexion and contentment
"With these, celestial wisdom calms the mind,
The plot of this comedy is interesting; the incidents possess sufficient bustle and whim, without descending to