John Edwin

English actor, born 1749

John Edwin (August 10, 1749October 31, 1790), English actor, was born in London, the son of a watchmaker.


  • A man's ingress into the world is naked and bare,
    His progress through the world is trouble and care;
    And lastly, his egress out of the world, is nobody knows where.
    If we do well here, we shall do well there:
    I can tell you no more if I preach a whole year.
    • The Eccentricities of John Edwin (second edition, 1791), vol. i. p. 74. These lines Edwin offers as heads of a "sermon". Longfellow places them in the mouth of "The Cobbler of Hagenau," as a "familiar tune". See "The Wayside Inn, part ii. The Student's Tale".
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