Joan of Arc Play
By J.A. Sargant
A Play in Five Acts
Table of Contents
TO THE QUEEN DOWAGER
When I first requested permission to dedicate this
humble effort to your Majesty, I felt—a feeling I confess which I had
no right to indulge—that I should be much disappointed if you were
pleased to refuse me; but now that you have graciously condescended
to honour me by granting it, a fear of the unworthiness of my offering
diminishes the gratification I should otherwise experience, and makes
me almost envious of talents which might better have justified your
patronage. Let others, however, excel me as much as they may in
those endowments which are supposed to constitute genius, I have at
least the comfort of reflecting that none can excel me in dutiful affection
to your Royal Person, in profound reverence for your character, and
in respectful admiration of those virtues which have long endeared you
to all British hearts, and will remain a monument of your goodness
when you shall have exchanged time for eternity.
More than this I dare not say, lest it should be imputed to a want of
delicacy: less than this I will not say, certain that it would be considered
as an omission of duty.
With the highest respect,
Your Majesty's most dutiful, most humble,
And most devoted Servant,
J. A. SARGANT.
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