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Frances Anne Kemble

Frances Anne Kemble was born on November 27, 1809. A successful actress from a notable theater family, Kemble was also a popular writer, who published memoirs, plays, and poetry. She lived and worked in the United States and England.  

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Oft, when my lips I open to rehearse
Thy wondrous spell of wisdom, and of power,
And that my voice, and thy immortal verse,
On listening ears, and hearts, I mingled pour,
I shrink dismayed – and awful doth appear
The vain presumption of my own weak deed;
Thy glorious spirit seems to