My spirits obey; and time goes upright with his carriage.
I would just like to pay a moment of homage to the great Canadian actor William Ian deWitt Hutt, more commonly known as William Hutt. This morning he passed away. William was recently diagnosed with acute leukemia and grew ill at a rapid rate. Part of my Family who were friends and dressers of Mr. Hutt are taking the news rather hard, as I'm sure all that knew him are.
If you never saw Mr. Hutt in a stage performance you truly missed the greatest Canadian actor of our time. His last performance was in Stratford as Prospero in The Tempest, So I thought it appropriate to quote the final speech.
SPOKEN BY PROSPERO
Now my charms are all o'erthrown,
And what strength I have's mine own,
Which is most faint: now, 'tis true,
I must be here confined by you,
Or sent to Naples. Let me not,
Since I have my dukedom got
And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell
In this bare island by your spell;
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands:
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant,
And my ending is despair,
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon'd be,
Let your indulgence set me free.