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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6994
AUTHOR:William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863)
QUOTATION:The play is done; the curtain drops,
  Slow falling to the prompter’s bell
A moment yet the actor stops
  And looks around to say farewell.
It is an irksome word and task:
  And when he’s laughed and said his say
He shows, as he removes the mask,
  A face that’s anything but gay.
ATTRIBUTION:The End of the Play.
WORKS:William Makepeace Thackeray Collection.
 

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