« ElőzőTovább »
counted a fine tragedian; but Mr. colourings with a potent skill, make Kean it was, who, since the days of ing him neither too weak for admiraGarrick, first gave a strong impulse tion, nor too fierce for sympathy. In to popular taste, and turned once a word, he was, and is a great actor, more the current of opinion.
who has had power enough to make Mr. Kean. Our country readers the public his proselytes, and has will be glad to hear that this gentle- judgment and discretion enough to man has returned from the shores of keep them so. We do not wish to the Mississippi and the Ohio, with discuss his transatlantic disputes, nor all his great powers unimpaired. to inquire how his time was there Unfortunately, he came a fortnight occupied.-But there is one thing or three weeks too late, to give all which it is right to record ; namely, his friends an opportunity of mani. the fact of his having erected a mofesting the delight which they felt on nument to the memory of Cooke, who, his return; but there were still many. after having excited the strong admiremaining in town, whom the corona- ration of the great Republicans, died tion had not occupied or fatigued; there, without leaving, one person and by these he was welcomed in a behind him who had generosity way that left him no room to sus- enough to raise a simple stone to his pect any decay of old regard. honour. Mr. Kean did this for him One can scarcely conceive that this at his own expense. fine performer could have acted for And now what shall we say of the years without attracting any notice theatres? - Covent-Garden, after hava whatever : and yet, when he first ap- ing reaped very large benefit from peared on the London boards, he had the Coronation, has closed its doors certainly come direct from some pro- till the 27th of September. Mr. vincial theatres in the west of Eng- Fawcett delivered the usual address land, where he had been performing at the close of the season, and bade in tragedy, comedy, opera, and pan- the audience farewell. There is tomime, without acquiring either something hearty in Fawcett's manfame or fortune.
ner, when he comes in contact with a Kean ?-Kean?” said the manager theatrical assembly; and he is no of the Bath theatre; “ I think we had despicable orator on an emergency. a man of that name with us last We like to meet him. summer ; but he is gone, I believe, to. Exeter or thereabouts;”—and thus it The Coronation.We are no prowas that Kean had been (we won't phets; and yet Mr. Elliston has ensay wasting his sweetness on the des acted the King in pursuance of our sert air, because that is not a new forebodings. His Coronation' bore quotation, but) losing the best years a strong resemblance to the actual of his life in toiling for the illiterate pageant, and was got up with beand other vulgar of the west. But coming splendour. This is all that he sprang at once from obscurity to we need say about it ; for the daily fame, eclipsing every other repu- papers have teemed with accounts tation, counteracting old opinions, of the great show, till every person, and vanquishing every thing but pre- however curious, must, we should judice, which is blind, and interested think, be satisfied. Mr. Elliston's enmity that will not see. It was an- exhibitors invaded the peaceable doticipated that he could not have main in the front of the lamps; and height enough for one part, nor dig- in this they differed from the quieter nity' enough for another; but he folks at Covent-Garden, as well as in contradicted prophecy at once; and having dresses precisely similar to ran the whole round of tragic cha- those used by the lords, and pagès, racters with a success which was as and great ones, at Westminster. eminent as it was marvellous. The The Mountaineers. - Mr. Cooper Roman, the Greek, the Moor,-the has appeared in the character of Octyrant, the lover, the master, and the tavian in this play of the younger slave - he undertook, and accomplish- Colman. His performance does not ed all. He made Richard what he require any particular notice. He is never was before ; and drew out all an inoffensive actor, but has no great the shades of Othello, showing off points about him. Kemble used to and contrasting the gentle and darker give effect to several parts of Octavian; though he always made love in man whom he has fixed upon." He a mournful style, and not at all to our tells her also, that he has already taste.
6. Let me
written to him, and that she may THE HAYMARKET.
expect him without delay. The lady Rise and Fall, - a short comedy, protests against this, and says, that from the pen of Mr.T.Dibdin, has been no military hero shall enter the house. produced here, and Jones made his In the mean time, Rakely, who is debut in it for the season, as a village Colonel of Belmont's regiment (and school-master. The play is a light according to an impudent servant's, lively thing, adapted to the summer Shuffle's, account, a jewel of a man) weather, and contains the characters discovers the particulars of Match'em's of a London citizen, a nabob, an letter, and, by way of a frolic, disattorney, a French valet, a reduced patches his captain on regimental gentleman, and so forth, none of duty, and sets off for Match'em's which strike us as containing much house, as Captain Belmont. Here pretension to originality. The play he is recognized by Shuffle, and itself, is a mixture of comedy and somewhat jeered by the young lady, farce, with a dash of the impro- who speaks in lavish terms of the bable in it, and some jokes that are accomplishments of Colonel Rakely. laughable enough, and have not wit At this period, the real Captain enough to set us thinking. Jones Belmont is announced; and though his played excellently well, and Terry actual presence is delayed by the also; and Oxberry, who was 'Voluble, ingenuity of Shuffle, he finally breaks let his flood of discourse escape with in upon them, and is recognized as out any apparent exertion. We much having preserved Lady Emily from like this easy sort of actor. Mrs. some danger at the Opera. This ocChatterley made a very handsome eurs in the absence of Rakely, who * Rose' (her father is a gardener, now returns, and is overwhelmed and is called ' Dogrose,' which is with confusion, for Belmont now altogether silly), and forced from us affects to be really the Colonel, and a certain quantity of admiration. exhibits the airs of high military She is a fine oriental-looking woman, rank, to the no small edification of and would become the silken garo his superior officer. At last the joke ments of a Georgian sultana, better is made clear, and Belmont and Lady than the boddice and scanty dress of Elizabeth are matched: Jones was the an English gardener's daughter. She Colonel, and Terry the Maker of plays very pleasantly; and the comedy Matches (he played admirably), De was on the whole well · got up.' Camp, the Captain ; and Mrs. Chat
Fontainbleau has been performed terly, the Lady Elizabeth. This here, and I ackland' (the principal theatre seems well attended, though character) was performed by Jones. the scent of the paint, &c. is not yet He is always lively and bustling; but gone. he does not give us quite so good an
LYCEUM THEATRE. idea of Lackland as Elliston, who This agreeable little summer house really looks the thing to perfection; which is not “ too hot to hold," and we give credit to his hungered looks, is therefore a favourite place of aand have inplicit reliance on the musement during this piping month, holes in his elbows. Jones seems is continually producing some scarcely so much in earnest, as his pleasant or pathetic little drama, of brother actor; he does not cast the its own size, which never fails to insame eager and anxious looks on all terest and delight us. strangers, nor does he borrow a The Miller's Maid, founded upon guinea with the same felicity. Bloomfield's ballad of the same name,
Match-making-This is a pleasing is really one of the most affecting little interlude. Mr.Terry (Match'em) pieces we ever recollect seeing. The is one of those persons who have incidents are natural and forcible, the passion on them for making and the dialogue is throughout easy two people happy. His benevolence, and sensible. in this instance, leads him to his own Our readers will recollect that the niece, Lady Emily, to whom he sub- ballad, as told by Bloomfield, relates mits his list of bachelors, and tells the loves of two Foundlings who are her that * Captain Belmont is the very nearly afflicted with an insur
mountable relationship. By dint, suasions of Phæbe, after having plothowever, of certain marks and ted her ruin, is deeply affecting; as chances common to ballads, this the tears of the men (the best of evi. alarming trouble is averted—and the dence !) testify. Miss Kelly plays as lovers are duly married in the course though she never was two miles from of the last lines of the poem. The the mill in her life. Bartley had a author of the drama has retained all good dusty look, and carried himself the difficulties, and all the “miracu, bravely like a corn-factor. The frank lous escapes," of the ballad; and in character of George was well repreaddition to these, he has introduced sented by Mr. T. P. Cooke (a sensia Foundling's rival with uncommon ble man at all times), and Mrs. Grove vigour and effect. This character, was exquisitely tedious in the Miller's Giles (a name taken from the Fara wife. We should not forget Harley, mer's boy, we presume), is very for- who, of all men on the stage, is the cibly delineated by the author, and most restless and contented ;---he most admirably struck out by Emery played an illiterate narrator of ghost in the performance. The rude and stories with great spirit and humour. powerful passion of a rustic is given Ghost stories, however, are no to the life. The scene in which he jokes !". ruggedly yields to virtue by the per
A NEW HYMN-BOOK..
. It is, doubtless, pretty well known may be, are by this new light of muto most of our readers (for old stories sic, reminded of the vanities and retravel fast), that a celebrated Dis- velries of their youth, and are blessed senter of the present day laid holy with the opportunities of connecting and violent hands on sundry favourite the old airs with the profound organ, jigs and country dances, and putting and of dismissing for ever the volatile decorous verses to them, and sober- rhapsodies of the dancing master's ing down the time to a chapel-like kit. Music, so chastened, becomes placidity, set them before his congrer à Magdalen, and repents of its ergation and his organist, declaring rors. Its beauty is deemed pardonthat “ it was a pity the devil should able, being thus controuled by a have all the best tunes!” Thus the staid dress, and tamed to an orderly young and devout milliner, who tenderness. Country dances become flaunted about in flowers during the the elect. The graceless Puddy Carey week, and whose ears were occa. walks forth like the old gentleman in sionally flattered, yet shocked, with the Antient Marinere, a wiser and faint sounds of the White Cockade, a better man." The Dusty Miller and Money Musk, and Go to the Devil whines like Mawworm ; and Voulez and shake yourself, as she carried the vous danser drops its erring request, band-box along by the side of the and goes off with “ a dying, dying palings of Vauxhall gardens, was fall." rewarded for her resolute and decor- Is it absolutely necessary, in this ous resistance of the tunes, by hear- strange age of reform and refineing them float about her on Sunday- ment, that the solemnity and depth evenings, with a propriety that sank of the rich old church music should her into a justifiable tenderness. be changed for the light and frivolWhile the eye was turned up to the ous airs which are associated only brazen branches of the chandelier, in our minds with « dance and and the hands were crossed upon the song, and sun-burnt mirth? "-Will tippet, the feet might be trying little not those grave and awful hymns, pardonable steps under the shade of which made our fathers, virtuous, the hassock, and the heart dance a and lifted the souls of men to the devout minuet with the heart of skies, strike sacredly on living ears, young Mr. Jones in the next pew for and lead the hearts that now beat to a partner. Old ladies, maiden they holy and serious joy? Indeed, we
* The beauties of Mozart, Handel, Pleyel, Haydn, Beethoven, and other celebrated composers, adapted to the words of popular psalms and hymns. London, 1821.
suspect the most fatal reverse of What young lady, after a day's what is good must follow this mare preparation in such a chapel as we riage of the chapel and the ball-room. have hinted at, and with her heart It is not possible to conceive that over-brimmed with Haste to the Wedany mind can retain that passionless ding, or the Emperor Alexander, quiet which is the soul of devotion, could sit down to her evening piano, when the disordered spirit of the and play and sing such hymns as dance passes with new allurements these with sincere devotion: The over it.
very certainty that she was swindWe have been led to make these ling the day, that she was passfew observations, by the strange ing flash notes:--that the music she publication now before us:- The was playing had an alias, and that beauties of Handel, Mozart, Pley, too of a very suspicious description, el, Haydn, Beethoven, and others, would go some way to the deadapted to the words of popular spoiling of her sincerity. She is told psalms and hymns. We cannot but that Don Giovanni must not be regard this work as more outrageous thought of,—with the Italian errors in its intentions, and more dangerous which associate with it during the in its effects, than that sprightly in- week,-- but with a slight clipping it troduction of pleasure into the Dis- is made fit for use on the Sunday, senter's organ loft of which we have We shall now proceed to point out a been complaining. The book is evi- few of the airs, and to give our readently planned for a Sunday piano. ders some notion of the words acThe 'serious family need no longer companying them. start up in horror at the twinkle of
Fly not yet! that beautiful invoa harpsichord key, for those tunes cation to late hours, and love, is not which, on the Saturday, clothed words forgotten in this selection. And the of gay passion and laughing plea- lines are provided after the following sure, are
or other guess sort of crea- fashion: tures" on the Sunday, and become Since life in sorrow must be spent, infused with a holy rapture. We So be it, I am well content, really look upon this work as the
And meekly wait my last remove, opera of the devout, the play for the And seeking only growth in love, insincerely pious. Will the reader And seeking growth in love. believe, that all, or nearly all, the joyous airs of Don Giovanni are thus
Would any given boarding-school converted, We have somewhere girl, with this tune running in her read, that poor Ned Shuter, the head, consider this growth of love as comedian, who was the soul of hu- any other than that love which grows mour during the week, moaned and
at Mr. Newman's nursery, in Leapined in tabernacles on the Sunday,
denhall-street ? « Mercy on us ! ” as and lived « with a difference."
uncle Noll says,
“ what a profliMusic seems now becoming a Ned cate!” Almost the next air to the
one we have just mentioned, comes singular adaptation of music that The pretty Maid of Derby, o! (a we so much object; we must also sufficiently serious title of itself!) protest against the artful arrange
and this sprightly piece, which would ment of some of the words, to suit be sprightly though Sternhold and the acknowledged tendemess of the Hopkins, and Whitefield and Wesley air, by which the mind is thrown held it down, is comfortably fitted înto a doubt, whether it is listening
with the following words: to what is human or divine. In one
O tell me no more page we have the serenade from Don Of this world's vain store, Giovanni, with words as demure and the time for such trifles with me now is o’er; suspicious as the music calls for. A country I've found, In another page, the celebrated air 'Tis heavenly dwelling in that happy ground.
Where true joys abound, « La ci darem is made questions ably serious, by such lines as these ; Is this a Hymn ? Oh speak that gracious word again,
In the words to John Anderson my And cheer my broken heart;
Jo! we might almost suspect that No voice but thine can soothe my pain, the principle (if principle it can be Or bid my fears depart !
called) upon which this singular work is wrought, is intended to be Thus another year is flown, quaintly promulgated :
Now it is no more our own, Come ye that love the Lord, and let your
If it brought or promised good, joys be known,
Than the year before the flood. Join in a song with sweet accord, while ye surround the throne,
We have the Mermaid's song filled The sorrows of the mind be banish'd from with trumpets, and joy, and grace, this place,
which become it as properly aş Religion never was design d to make our Barry's introduction of Dr. Burney pleasure tess.
floating down the Thames among th We give the following verse, quite water gods, in his wig. The Hunsure that our readers will read in it garian Waltz, and the Miss Denthe air, and all the original language; netts’ Waltz, are also given. But so closely, in fact, is it a parody of enough of this wretched and irre Moore.
verent work. Go where mercy waits thee,
We cannot conclude without seriBut while hope elates thee,
ously and earnestly protesting against Oh still submissive be!
the attempt which many writers of Dangers may o'ertake thee,
late have made, to introduce volupGod will ne'er forsake thee,
tuous songs under the garb of reliOh humbly bend thy knee !
gion. Moore and Lord Byron have The world may p'rhaps reject thee, Dearest friends neglect thee,
alike been guilty of this; and it is, But God will still protect thee,
perhaps, owing to them, that we Then most grateful be!
have the professed hymn-book now beThink of all his mercies,
fore us. The Sabbath has ever been a While thy voice rehearses
day of rest; let not its quiet now be What he has done for thee. disturbed by these deceitful and seThe very Oh ! in the third line is ductive infringements.
The hyporetained, that the sigh may not be crisy of this invention is its main sin; lost to which the music gives so ten- and it is to this that we direct our der an echo.
most serious opposition. If hymns Let the reader try these words to
are played and sung on the Sabbath, the tune of Away with Melancholy! let hymns be played and sung :-and and see how they go.
not those doubtful songs which di
vide the heart between heaven and Time my moments steals away, First the hour, and then the day;
earth ;-which appeal to the senses Small the daily loss appears,
in a holy disguise ;-and set up saintYet it soon amounts to years.
ed vice as a divinity.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE, &c. New Game of Chess.Giuseppe Cicco, united together serve equally well as the lini of Rome has published a description of iron rods now fixed upon buildings for the a new game of chess, under the title of former purpose ; at the same time that Tentativo di un nuovo Giuoco di Scacchi. they are not attended with similar inconThe board is so much enlarged that instead veniences. In consequence of this discoof 64 squares, it contains 100, and in order very, the commonest buildings may be sestill farther to increase the variety of moves, cured from the effects of lightning in the and the complexity of the game, a new
most economical manner, and even crops piece is added, which the author denomi- on the land may be protected from the nates The Elephant.' He has also con- ravages which they sometimes suffer from siderably extended the power of the Bishop, hail. The Professor treats of the importo which he allows the same movements as tant advantages that may be expected to the Rook, with the exception of their being result from the practical application of his confined to its own colour. Nor has the discovery, in a publication entitled Traité Knight been less favoured, since his pro- des Parafoudres et des Paragréles en cordes gress through the board is now almost un
de paille. limited.
Bust of Bonaparte.-A fine marble bust Natural History.- Professor Lapostolle of the late Ex-emperor of France, executed of Amiens has discovered that straw pos- from the life by Canova, has been placed sesses the quality of serving as a con- in the Library of the Devon and Exeter ductor to lightning and hail. Repeated Institution at 'Exeter. It is a very highly experiments have convinced him that straws finished piece of sculpture.