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would wish much to see her in a character found interesting and instructive to my in which she could fully display her his own children, might not be wholly unprotrionic power.
fitable to those of others; and, in that I am, &c.
hope, I have been persuaded to the present THEATRICUS publication.
Such an explanation removes ail apREVIEW:
pearance of absurdity or presumption An Abridgment of Paradise Lost. in the design; and if our children are
By Mrs. Siddons. Murray, 1822 to be familiarised with Hilton, we 58., 6d.
consider the present method far better Milton's Pararlise Lost has, at va- than the common one of short and rious' times, undergone some very disconcerted extracts, such as are found Strange transformations. Dryden me- in our common school antholigies. tamorphosed it into an heroic play. We confess, however, that we have One learned gentleman, observing that doubts as to the propriety of the prothe delight and edification which many ceeding altogether. Even by the mass worthy persons received from Mr. of adult readers, from causes which we Milton's excellent poem,' was greatly have not time to enumerate, Paradise diminished by the outre and perplex- Lost is almost as little understood as ing nature of the verse, kindly under- Newton's Principia. To appreciate took to tag the lines with rhyme; in Milton's real beauties, and even to, imitation, we suppose, of a brother comprehend his meaning, in any conwiseacre of old, who rendered a some-siderable degree, demands a variety of what similar service to the Iliad: and requisites, such as few possess; nor another, with different, but equally would it be any great loss, in this re-* laudable intentions, converted it into spect at least, if Paradise Lost were, « 'honest brown brick prose.'
The like the Bible, in the middle ages, a idea of abridging Paradise Lost may, scaled bouk to the multitude. But if at first sight, appear to savour of a si- this is the case with mature readers, milar absurdity. Mrs. S., however, how much more with children. The shall'speak for herself :
vein of reflection, too, which pervades The following Abridgment of the Para- it, and distinguishes it from the great dise Lost was made several years ago for epic poeins of antiquity, and the com A taste for the sublime and beautiful is parative want of story and character; an approach to virtue; and I was naturally conspire to render it far less attractive desirous that their minds should be inspired in the eyes of youth than its rivals, the with an early admiration of Milton. The Ilia) and Odyssey. We do not mean,'' perfection of his immortal poem is seldom of course, that appreciated by the young; and its perusal
young persons is, perhaps, very generally regarrici rather meaning, or feel no interest, in Paraas a duty than a pleasure. This has been dise Lost ; we only think, that the attributed by Dr. Johnson to the want of gratification and instruction they are human interest. In those passages, there likely to derive from thence, are not fore, which I selected for our evening read- such as to compensate for the injury ings, 'my purpose was to obviate this objection, by bringing before my family, in which, we think, may result in various uninterrupted connexion, those parts ways. We shall only mention one which relate to the fate of our first parents ; instance--that palling of the mental and by omitting every thing; however ex- appetite, of which Lord Byron so quisite in its kind, which did not immediatěly bear on their affecting and important
complains in the case story. Some friends lately suggested to
and which we have me, that the Abstract, which had been ourselves experienced with regard to
the speeches of Moloch and Belial, Ito us one of the most entertaining the Morning Hyma, and other stock parts of the poem. On the other extracts; the last mentioned passage, hand, the celestial dialogue in book after all, appeared to us flat and meagre 3, is judiciously expunged ; - the openat the time, in comparison with the ing address to Light, however, appears, parallel one of Thomson. We are a in consequence, somewhat irrelevant. good deal of the mind of those Italian The Paradise of Fools, and other teachers mentioned by Lord Byron, in marvels of this book, are likewise his note on the passage of Childe Ha- omitted. The description of Paradise, rold above alluded to, who consider in book 4th, is given almost entire ; it a sort of profanation to make use of we wonder, however, that the lines, the old and approved writers as schools About them frisking play'd,' &c. I. books, If, however, Milton is to be 340, were not retained. The domesabridged for the purpose in question, tic scenes, in this and the other books, we think our author's plan, as stated are printed almost without abridgment. in the preface, the best which can be The 6th book, notwithstanding Dr. followed. Probably the judgment of Johnson's observation, that it is the faher audience coincided with that of a vourite of children, is wholly omitted ; lady of our acquaintance, of ordinary as is likewise the 7th, probably tlie buť unsophisticated taste, to whom most unattractive of the whole 'In the domestic scenes afforded unmixed the 8th, on the contrary, the most delight, while the sublimities wearied delightful of all
, the philosophical disand confused. We have only room, cussion at the beginning is almost the however, to add to this general ex. only passage retrenched. The repression of approbation, a few remarks mainder of the abridgment requires on the detail of the performance. no particular remark : except, that we
In the first book, the speeches of are rather sorry to see that the whole Satan are, properly, shortened. We of the vision in book 11th is wanting. are less satisfied with the oinission of The 12th book, though a favourite of all from 1. 643-to 1034, of the 2d ours, may very safely be spared'; 'as book ; with the exception of the epi- has indeed been done by Mrs. S. with sode of Sin and Death, which, of the exception of the concluding paracourse, could not be retained. The graphs. wanderings of Satan used to appear
SONG FOR CHRISTMAS.
Blythe, welcome round again!
Joy, kindness, balm for pain !
Without the beams of social joy! Our hearts to join-to banish strife, To dry the tears that bliss annoy!
Blythe, blythe, &c.
Without a resting place from care,
Blythe, blythe, &c.
*Cold, cold's the blast!--while here you feast
Relieve the child of want and woe! Some cordial cheer give him to tasto, And blessings on your head shall How!
Blythe, blythe, &c. 'A
Content and peace be us among!
Blythe, blythe; &Q-1
N. B.Print this, 'twill be an explanation,
An'cause your friens nae mair vexation.
SAUTMARKUT, DEAR MISTER EDITOR,
Bailie Nicol Jarvis's Laun,
Nineteendays afore New'rday.
Farewell--farewell, since it must be, * In this great city, whar there's plenty
Farewell-perhaps for ever; O science, arts, ilk thing that's dainty
But roam I, or by land or sea, But I'N mak just ae short remark
Shall I forget thec ?-never. Upon your worthy, weekly wark.
I ne'er can banish from my mind, I think it was a whim most strange,
The beauty of thy form;
I'll hear thee in the gentle wind,
And see thee in the storm.
Should our proud ship be tossed at sea, You'd laugh to hear how it's misca't,
And hope flee from the helm ; Though maybe this is no your faut :
My last sad thought shall be of thee, My Grand-papa began to read it,
Though wreck and waves o’erwhelm. But faith he couldna weel unthread it,
But should we reach our port' all well.' Melange a queer name for a beuk
My heart shall never waver;
I'll think on thee, and this farewell
I'll love thee-yes, for ever.
I saw the moonbeams purely bright,
Smile o'er the waters dark and deep, Says he, this word has come frae France,
And show the lake, by heavenly light,
Swath'd beauteous in a golden sleep.
I saw again that golden light,
Play sweetly o'er its chequer'd breast,
And gild the small wave, sparkling bright, This name behoves focks learn'd an' read;
As soft I sunk to glassy rest.
I thought of that bright angel smile,
Which broke the bosom's cheerless gloom, Though it is modish in our days,
And shed a light, devoid of guile, To name in Greek and Latin phrase,
Its moonless midnight to illume. Ye needna ap'd these great high-fiers
I thought of that soft sainted glow, Till ance we've a' turn'd Frenchifers.
Which steeped in bliss my troubled breast, But Sir, I'n pardon thae abuses,
And hop'd, that where the blessed go, An' frankly tak your best excuses,
Beneath that smile I might be bless'd. Provided you redeem the title,
ON A PORTRAIT
Intended to represent a Lady.
Painters, despair! in vain your efforts rise, - In fine, let talent be the leader,
The lovely your art defiles An' i'll remain
Dim are your colours, and your touches faint: Your Constant Reader.
An Angel only can an Angel paint.
ent, VARIETIES.; } }, COPENHAGEN, Nov. 28.-—Professor for 50 pounds the square inch ; the whole Onsted, the discoverer of the affinity be- apparatus has been proved at 200 pounds. tween electricity and magnetisın, or gal. The steam from the safety valves and the vanismn, is engaged on a considerable work cylinders is condensed in Hat copper tubes, on the subject. He is at present on a tour and reconducted to the reservoir. The apto Germany, France, and England, in paratus is ingeniously suspended, so as to which he will see the distinguished Natural be unhurt by the motion of the wlieels. Philosophers whose attention has been ex. The whole is so constructed that the boricited by his discovery, and collect valuable zontal position will be preserved, severe materials for his intended work.
shocks avoided, and the outer wheels Fontenelle, being praised for the clear- enabled to make, in turning the carriage, ness of his style on the deepest subjects, a larger segment than the inner. The said:-- If I have any merit, it is that I carriage may be made to stop or retrograde have always endeavoured to understand at the wish of the conductor, who sits in myself.'
front, and, by means of a bevel pinion, diIt is said that Lord Byron has indulged rects the carriage. There are two rates of his imagination to the utmost, in the three velocity by means of pinions of different Cantos of Don Juan that are about to diameters. On ground tolerably level, the appear.
velocity will be 5 miles and an 8th an hour. STEAM CARRIAGE.-The steam carriage When the acclivity is considerable, it will of Mr. Griffith is very ingeniously con- be reduced to something above 2 miles aa structed. The inventor has been assisted hour: and on going down hill it will be by the eminent mechanicians, Bramah and controlled by a mechanical pressure on the Artzberger. The structure is altogether wheels. "The' weight of the carriage, inin length 27 feet, of which 7 are occupied cluding apparatus, water, and fuel, will be by the boiler and apparatus for motion.- only a ton and a half. It will carry 3 tons The steam is formed in heated tubes, 1 inch of merchandise and passengers.. With this and a half, to 3 inches in diameter, and no load it is expected to go at the rate of 5 more water is introduced to them at a time miles an hour, or 100 miles in 20 hours than what is immediately wanted. These on ordinary roads. Should it succeed, it tubes supersede the common large boiler. will be the greatest triumph ever gained in The reservoir of water will serve for at least mechanics, and invaluable to commerce 8 hours. The safety valves are calculated and agriculture.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.
The Effects of Society and Dissipation will shortly appear.
We received A. B. Ć. D's, letter : expect to hear from him this week. We will attend to bü hinta as far as consistent with propriety.
The subject on which B. O treats, is of such a lengthy nature, that a whole year would not be a quantum suit of time to make a finish. It would require a whole volume of the Encyclopedia.
The translator of Ovid's story of Europa is indeed a bull. We hope he is without horns.
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WA erkly Register of Literature and the arts.
WEDNESDAY, 1st January, 1823.
“SERIA MIXTA JOCIS.”
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