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MR. E. L. BLANCHARD says : -“There are many playgoers who are somewhat puzzled to understand the full significance of the satire conveyed in the adapted comedy of “The Colonel " at the Prince of Wales's, and Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's original comic opera of “ Patience," still prolonging its singularly successful career at the Savoy Theatre, To these, and many others, may be safely commended a curiously interesting book, just published, called “ The Esthetic Movement in England." The author, Mr. Walter Hamilton, has treated a very important subject with much care and considerable research. His chapters on the painters and poets of the Æsthetic school are excellently written and replete with information not readily accessible, while his sketch of the career of Mr. Oscar Wilde will solve many questions to which few, even in well-informed circles, could readily reply. -." Birmingham Daily Gazette."
MR. W. M. ROSSETTI says :--" There are, I think, many true and pointed observations in your book, and I necessarily sympathise in the general point of view which it adopts on the questions at issue.'
MR. G. A, Sala writes : _"Many thanks for your book on “The Esthetic Movement in England.' It will be historically curious and valuable long after the silly opposition to the movement has passed away."
“ The West Middlesex Advertiser" thus described the scope of the work :“ The origin of the Esthetic Movement in England is here ascribed to the small circle of artists and poets who styled thenu. selves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as far back as 1848. These were seven young Oxford students, namely, Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, G. F. Stevens, and James Collinson, and they started a small magazine, entitled “The Germ," to advocate their peculiar views in art and poetry. After describing the attacks this circle was subjected to, and Mr. Ruskin's able defence of it, comes an outline of Ruskin's influence on art, and Sir Coutts Lindsay's formation of the Grosvenor Gallery, in which nearly all the most celebrated pictures of the Esthetic School have been exhibited, including the works of E. Burne-Jones, who is by some held to be the head of the School in painting, and the peculiar paintings by J, A. M. Whistler. In connection with the latter artist, an account is given of the remarkable action for libel he brought against Mr. Ruskin.
" The chapter devoted to 'Esthetic Culture'is one that will probably excite the greatest interest and curiosity; in it the influence of the new School on art, music, architecture, furniture and dress is distinctly pointed out; and the undoubted good it has achieved prove that the ridicule which has hitherto been directed against the Æsthetes was both unjust and unreasonable,
“ The poetry of the Esthetic School is next described, and naturally leads up to an account of Robert Buchanan's attacks upon Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Fleshly School, with the law-suit that arose out of the curious anonymous poem, " Jonas Fisher." These chapters are full of literary details, which will interest admirers of Swinburne, Morris, Rossetti, and Buchanan, whilst the article on Oscar Wilde contains facts aud anecdotes concerning that talented young poet, which will certainly be new to the general public, and extracts from his poems of a stamp likely to astonish some of those who now think it good forin' to sneer at the Esthetic bard.
“ The author has throughout treated his topic in a reverent spirit; indeed, he deprecates the frivolitr of those who without understanding its aims or meaning, choose to ridicule Estheticism, and if he is not himself an Esthete, he is at any rate an appreciative Philistine."
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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (continued.)
Topside Galah :
The shades of night were falling fast,
His brow was sad ; his eye beneath
It is possible that Longfellow had the motto of New York, “ Excelsior," in his mind when he composed this hackneyed poem, which has served as the model for hundreds of parodies, and particularly for advertising purposes. A few of the more amusing only can be inserted.
“That nightee tim begin chop-chop,
Excelsior IN “PIDGIN ENGLISH.” The following article is from Pro and Con, December 14, 1872.
“Pidgin English is the name given to an absurd patois which is used in conversation between the Chinese celestials, and the outer barbarians. It appears to be a physical impossibility for a Chinaman to pronounce the letter ras in rough, cry, or curry, which he turns into lough, cly, and cully, as young English children often do. V, he turns into W, th into f, and to most words ending with a consonant, he adds a final syllable, as in find findie, catch catchee, &c. I, me, my, and mine, are all expressed by one word, miy. The vocabulary consists of a few words of French origin, such as savey, one or two from the Portuguese, many common Chinese expressions, such as chop-chop for quick; man-man, which means stop; maskee, never mind, or do not mind; chin-chin, good-bye ; Welly culio, or muchee culio, very curious; Foss-pidgin-man, a priest; and Topside Galah, hurrah for the top, or Excelsior. There is also a plentiful use ofthe word pidgin, which is simply a corruption of our word business, but it appears to be applied with the utmost impartiality, to a variety of most incongruous phrases. As an example of every day talk, a lady telling her nurse to bring down her little girl and boy to see a visitor would say,* Aymah, suppose you go topside catchee two piecee chiloe, bull chiloe, cow chiloe, chop-chop.' From a gentleman well acquainted with China and the Chinese, we have received the following clever imitation of Excelsior, which is pronounced a very fair specimen of Pidgin English”:
MOLAL. “ You too much laughee ! what for sing? I tink you no savey what ting! Supposee you no b’long cleber inside, More better you go walkee topside,
Torside Galah !!
Another, but, on the whole, inferior version of the above parody appeared in Harper's Magazine, and is quoted at page 122 of Poetical Ingenuities and Eccentricities, by W. T. Dobson (Chatto and Windus, 1882.)
The shades of night were falling fast,
“ Your name and college !"
Shone like a wrathsil bull-dog's teeth ;
“Your name and college !"
My name and college!"
Cries, “Name and college !"
For cutting college !"
They'd run from college !"
College Rhymes, 1863.
THE THEATRE. “ Nam quae pervincere voces Evaluere sonum referunt quem
Of "Turn him out !"
His nose was red, his lips beneath,
“Ugh! Turn him out !"
EXEXOLOR. The shades of night had fallen (at last!) When from the Eagle Tavern pass'd A youth, who bore, in manual vice, A pot of something monstrous nice
XX-oh lor! Ilis brow was bad-his young eye scann'd The frothing flagon in his hand, And like a gurgling streamlet sprung The accents to that thirsty tongue,
In happy homes he saw them grub
“XX-oh lor !".
“ Young man," the Sage observ'd, “just stay,
XX-oh lor !"
I left the place with aching brain,
“Ugh! Turn him out !"
Lays of Modern Oxford (Chapman and Hall, 1874.)