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358                       MEMOIRS 01? JOSEPH GRIMALDI.

poignant may perhaps teach more strongly than a hundred
homilies, that there are no afflictions •which time will not soften
and fortitude overcome. Let those who smile at the deduction
of so trite a moral from the biography of a clown, reflect, that the
fewer the resources of a man's own mind, the greater his merit
in rising superior to misfortune. Let them remember too, that
in this case the light and life of a brilliant theatre were ex-
changed in an instant for the gloom and sadness of a dull sick-


Savill & "Edwards, PHnters, 4, Ohaados-straet, Covent-garden.n Ms mind to a greater or less extent for