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Mr. Usher is not a consummate Jo- ! Mrs. Downie undertook to play La. geph Surface. He requires that smooth. cy Sneerwell ; but with her well-matchness of ceremony and oiliness of tongue, ed confident, Mr. Vigors in Snake, which can make the worse appear the “came tardy off." better carise,” and render "the lie like
We are fearful Mrs. Stanley's bene. truth ;” he is not the man to "smile fit did not answer her own expectations and smile and be a villain”; he exhibits in point of profit ; it fully equalled ours well the deformity of vice, but wanits in point of entertainment. the plausibility which makes it appear like virtue.
The Revenge ( Dr. Young) and Raising
) We are really to make allowances the Wind. IVednesday, Feb. 18. for Mr. Poe's deficiency in Sir Charles
The character of Dr. Young, as a Surface, in manners, spirit and orthoe. moralist and a poet is too well underpy. The suddenness with which the stood to require enforcement, too fa. character must have been assuined is a vourable to need the labour of panegy.. inantle, which like charity, covers a ric. In the play, or dramatic poem of inultitude of sins.
the Revenge, he has been extremely We wish Mr. Dykes had been more careful to make the unities of action correct in Sir Oliver Surface.
and place complete : but nevertheless, Mr. Dickenson has much improved lit drags heavily its slow length along, in his deportment in the part of Crab. for want of frequency of incident, lantree since the last year; where former
guage of passion, and rapidity of ex. ly, we saw buffoonery, we now observe pression. 'Thongh the reflections it wit. It is intended to be a gentlemanly conveys are noble; poetical and just ; cliaracter, as far as manners make the though the imagery is bold and illusgen:leman; it has heretofore been retrative, and the characters various, conpresented as a vulgar ignoramus in the sistent, energetic and distinct, it has inidst of an elegant circle of scanda- never suited the taste, nor gratified the lisers.
curiosity of mankind.
The story of Is it too much to require of Mr. Fox this play is founded, it is supposed, on correctness in the words of bis parts ? the Abdelazar of Mrs. Bhen, and ShakeSo long as he will neither speak the speare's Othello ; that is, the character language, nor enforce the sense of his of Zanga, resembles the former, and anthor, we think we are exonerated his means of working on the jealousy from affording him approbation. Sir of Alonzo, the latter ; but Dr. Young Benjamin Backbite, abstracting these has in many respects improved on both. qualities, was tolerably performed.
The causes of Zanga's revenge are Mrs. Stanley in Lacly cazle gave much stronger than those of lago's ; he additional evidence of her powers in vi- says himself, speaking to Alonzo, after vácious comedy. In her scene with Sir having completed his purpose, Peter she evinced the complete power « Thou see'st a prince, whose father of a young, beautiful wife, over a doting and testy husband: but she did not dis- Whose native country thou hast laid in.
thou hast slain, cover sufficient pathos in her screen
blood, scene with Joseph and her husband. Whose sacred per30:1, Oh ! thou hast proIn the epilogue, though it was not
faned, without its faults, she gave great effect; especially in those lines relating to her: Whose reign extinguished, What was
left for me self, where she was feeling, judicious, so highly born ?" powerful
We have every day additional reason The probabilities of exciting jealousy, to congratulate Mrs. Shaw, on the more favour Young more than Shakespeare. frequent recurrence of her comic char. Othello is a man "not easily jealous," acters. She personated Mrs. Candour but Alonzo is of a country famed for this evening in a very spirited style ; ite littleness of mind, and meanness of but had she clothed her insinuations, passion ; jealousy is inhaled with its so that they should have possessed in a very air. The trifles which “perplex greater degree the apparent spirit of Othello in the extreme,” are mere tri. candour we think she would have much files ; but with Alonzo, “proofs rise on improved the part
proofs, and still the last the strongest."
in the Revenge as in Othello, the sto. he marked others and tell, with what ry is single, and its mark is seen from propriety we know not. the beginning; but after the plot is de. In the soliloquy, beginning: Thus it veloped, the moral of the Revenge has stands, lis esecution was as astonishing, a decided preterence. For Zanga is as his conception was correct. completely punished, while lago pre The expression, serves his self-possessed malignity: - "You will not wel her then ?" Iago says,
we do not think should be uttered in a “What you koow, you know tone of mortification, but with ironical From this time I neverwill speak more;' | acuteness; and his ensuing observation but Zanga expresses himself in these the part was well conceived, and in most
enforces this notion. The bye-play of terms,
cases very well executed. “ Oh vengeance, I lave follow'd thee
In the scene of consummation, that too far,
[fires." is, the last scene of all, as it required, so Avd to receive me hell blows all her Mr. F.evinced the greatest power. The
The first appearance of Mr. Fennel words, " I forg'd the letter,” were forcia on the Boston boards had not much bly and accurately expressed. On the attracted the public observation ; his whole, if Mr. Fennel should perform his appearing in the Revenge, which is not other characters, in comparitively as a favourite play, and the foulness of correct a manner as he performed Zan. ! the weather we presume prevented ga, it will not be too much to pronounce, the collecting of a numerous audience. that in Boston we shall have never seen. We confess our expectations were more judicious representations, in vighighly raised, to witness his powers in our of conception, accuracy of deportZanga; but had they been much higli- ment, and general comprehension. er, they had been surpassed. It docs Mr. Usher in Alonzo, never performnot derogate from any other performer (ed it in a superior manner; he was of. to pronounce his Zangaa the best which tentimes quite strong in apprehension. has ever been seen in Boston. With But in this line he was defective. the apprehension of the whole part (the “The conquest of the world would cost general divisions, as well as the minute me dear" ; ramifications of the character) he seem. He spoke it as if he had conquered the ed perfectly acquainted. His enuncia. worki; but the word world should be tion is bad, which is a great detriment particularly marked in contra-distinc. to passionate expression ; and often the tion to Africa, from whence he had closing words of his sentences were just returned a conqueror. lost in the indistinctness and feebleness Mrs. Powell was respectable in Leo. of his articulation. His countenance nora ; and gave sonie passages with wants a subtlety of expression, and his effect.
Bice failed in tones of irony. Mr. Fen. nel evinced the two natures of Zanga ; the princely when alone, and the servile
For the Emerald: when, before Alonzo, in the most cor
DESULTORY SELECTIONS. rect manner. In his conception of the text, he is more completely judicious than any actor we have seen in Boston ; and if he ever varies from received
Men of liberal education someopinion, it is for readings at the same times speak of merchants and comtime original and bold, reasonable and merce in illiberal terms. The folvigorous. He once or twice commit- lowing sentence is from a writer of ted blunders with the text ; as in this
no racan celebrity. “ You should not hazard death* to gain
The real lainp of Aladdin is that? the secret."
on the merchant's desk.
All the In this expression, ·
geniis, white, olive or black, who “But others' groans, shall tell the world people the atmosphere of earth it
puts in motion at the antipodes. , It For Life."
builds palaces in the wilderness and
AND ORIGINAL REMARKS.
cities in the forest ; and collects An old pun has been thus neatly every splendor and every refinement versified : of luxury from the fingers of sub- Thoo Myra's check love's native hue servient toil. Kings of the East are discloses, slaves of the lamp: the winds blow, I like her two lips better than her roses. and the seas roll only to work the
MADOC. behest of its master.
An English reviewer speaks of The following parodies with some this poem in these flattering terms: felicity the Persicos odi of Horace : “ All things considered, we are placFriz me not I cannot hear
ing Madoc below the Odyssey and Mountains of powder in my hair, above the Lusiad ; and for concedAnd oceans of pomatum ;
ing to the Anead a precedence Let city prigs, or courtly beaux Wear the scarce bag, or scarcer rose, birth, and assisted by a cosmopolite,
founded on elder rather than higher I will not, for I hate 'em.
instead of a national language."
Two Englishmen, who were exBut bring my scratch, whose Tyburn top ploring the distant regions of the Lies snug upon my forehead.
East, determined upon visiting the
Polygars in the peninsula of India. THE POETS.
“Do not go there," said the veneIt was well remarked in one of rable chief of a town : “it is a brown the best English magazines, when and bladeless waste, and the people a new collection of British poets of that country are wild and savage ; was announced, “that such collectheir covering is the skin of a tyger, tions were not desirable ; that to and they banquet upon human flesh; the good writers there should be in the moment that you place your inore comment, and of the indiffer- foot upon their frontier, they will ent ones less text; that the great kill and devour you.” The wanderpoets ought to be edited with accu- ers became grave, but not disheartracy, labour and learning, and the ened: they pursued their journey, little ones cut down into antholo- and when they reached the penin, gies.” We are happy to observe sula, they found the most luxuriant that a new edition of Spencer's province, smiling in all the prodigal works has been presented to the bounty of a beneficent Providence, public by Mr. Todd, to whom Eng: and a people the most gentle, pollish literature was before indebted ished, cultivated, and hospitable. for a learned, laborious and accurate edition of Milton, and that the acute The poet Dermody delineated Gifford has published a complete danger in the following beautiful edition of the works of the old dra- colours : matist Massinger, whose value has High o'er the headlong torrent's foamy not till lately been duly appreciated. fall,
Whose waters howlalong the rugged PAINTING.
steep, The pen, says Ben Jonson, is more on the loose-jutting rock, or mould'ring noble than the pencil, for that can
See where gaunt Danger lays him speak to the understanding, the oth down to sleep! (keep: er but to the sense,
The piping winds his mournful vigile
The lightnings blue lis stony pillow The following irregular lines disAnon, incumbent o'er the dreary
play the brilliancy of poetic fancy : deep,
(storm, Zephyr, whither art thou straying? The fiend enormous strides the lab'ring Tell me where : And mid the thund'rous strife expands With prankish girls in gardens playing, his giant form.
False as fair. As the dress of Pat is pretty nearly A butterfly's light back bestriding, the same from Dublin to 'Galway, and Queen-bees to honeysuckles guiding, from Fairlread to Bantry, and has con: Or in a swinging hair-bell riding, tinued so for ages, one description will Free from care. be sufficient, and I shall take it from Spenser in his Review of Ireland : It is Before Aurora's car you amble a long loose coat, or mantle made of
High in air: woollen, of stone-colour, which Pat al. At noon, when Neptune's sea-nymphs ways wears alike in the nipping winter
gambol, and the sultry summer, and of which
Braid their hair. the poct with some bitterness of spirit, When on the tumbling billlows rolling, thus speaks : " It is a fit house for an Or on the smooth sands idly strolling, outlaw, a meet bed for a rebel, and an Or in cool grottos they lie lolling, apt cloak for a thief: first, the outlaw You sport there. being for his many crimes and villanies, To chrase the moon beams up the mounbanished from the towns and houses of tains lionest men, and wandering in waste You prepare ; places far from danger of law, maketh Or da:ice with elves on brinks of founhis mantle his house, and under it cov. tains, ereth himself from the wrath of Heav. Mirth to share. en, from the offence of the earth, and from the sight of man. When it rain. Now seen with love-lorn lillies weeping, eth, it is his pent-house ; when it blow. Now with a blushing rose-bud sleeping; eth, it is his tent; wherr it freezeth, it Whilst fays from forth their chambers is his tabernacle. In summor he can
peeping, wear it loose, in winter he can wrap it
Cry, oh rare ! close : at all times he can use it ; never heavy, never cumbersome. Likewise for a rebel it is serviceable ; for in this war that he maketh (if at least it de. The following remarks from an intelli. serves the name of war,) when he still gent writer, might very well have fieth froin his foe, and lurketh in the
been added to the last disertation of thick woods and strait passages, wait.
the Wanderer, on Conversation-The ing for advantages, it is his bed, yea,
hours which are consumed in the idle and almost his household stuff.” The
amusement of a card table, or wasted lower order of women are also very fond
in useless discussion of needless polof a long great coat, with many capes.
itics, if applied to the improvement of social intercourse, and the
increase of polite literature, would A person who had contracted the
aid much to the charms of society, bad habit of rising very late, excused
increase the civilization and refinehimself in the following manner to his
ment of the age, and make the cir: friends who upbraided him : “ 'The
cle of the fire-side worshippers at fact is, every morning before I rise I
the temple of retinement. hear a curious cause pleased before
THE HARP AND DICE. ine, between diligence and sloth. The one advices me to get up and employ Although refinement has of late myself about some useful business; polished our social intercourse with the other speaks much in praise of a warm bed, and the superiority of rest
many graces, yet foreigners have. orer toil. In a scrupulous attention to
unanimously censured the ineleboth parties, I find a great deal of m; gance and dullness of our ordinary time in the morning is passed in bed." I society. Our women are insipid
PLEASANTRY OF A SLUGGARD.
and silent, and our men monoton LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. ous politicians, or inveterate whist.
Mr. Sancho is about to publish a fac players. In the tone of our con- simile engraving of King Richard the versation there is no versatility ; in Third and Anne his Queen, from the its subject there is no taste. When- original, which the late Lord Orford alever it shall not be deemed pedant- ways, imagined was in existence, and ry to make the fine arts the objects library of a nobleman in a perfect state.
which has lately been discovered in the of our serious conversation ; when
Mr. Boyd's translation of the Tri. ever it shall become fashionable to umph of Petrarch, will shortly be pubrender our colloquial ideas the lan- lished. guage of criticism ; and whenever
The Teylerian Society at Haarlem the collusion of splendid minds has proposed the following questions, shall reflect their lustre in domestic as the subject of a prize essay, to be circles; a Grecian amenity will adjudged on the 8th April, 1807 :-1. In adorn our national character, and what does the difference between natur. diffuse its elegance even in a village whether various publications have not
al and revealed religion consist? 2. neighborhood.
appeared at different times which tend It was a custom among the an. to obscure this difference, and to cause cients, at their entertainments to
the advantages possessed by Christian.
ity over the religion of nature to be for. have a harp carried round the table, gotten? 3. Whether, in proportion as and presented to every guest, which these writings are disseminated, and if any one refused, out of ignorance the two religions assimilated to each or unskilfullness, he was considered other in every point, the most fatal efas illiterate or ill-bred. Pindar, in fects may not be expected to result to one of his odes alludes to this cus-ness of man - The prize is a gold
christianity, morality, and the happitom :
medal of 400 forins in value. The es. Nor does his skilful hand refuse says must be written either in Dutch, Acquaintance with the tuneful muse,
Latin, French, or English. When round the mirthful board the A new novel from the pen of Mr barp is borne.
WEST. Lewis, has lately been issued from a
London press. P. du Halde, in his history of China, furnishes us with an extract from a Chinese author, who inveigh TO CORRESPONDENTS. ing against such who neglect their
We must dismiss the “Querist" with studies, adds, “ These persons are a remark from the play. “When good most at loss at the conclusion of a luck comes into the house the best way banquet. The plate and dice go is to seize fast hold of him and not stop round, that the number of little to inquire at what crivice be crept in.” verses which every one ought to
We admire the classical quotations pronounce may be determined by of Alecto! but why should he wish chance. When it comes to their us to give our reader sa fit of Ennui by
the dull detail of private misfortune and turn they appear quite stupid.”
the splenetic fancies of ideal griefThere is a singular similarity in Let him turn to his favourite author both these customs ; and were they and read the lines, introduced into our country, might Numina nulla pramunt ; mortali urgemur
ab hoste awaken many of our associates from their drowsiness, or occasion
Mortales; totidem nobis animæque ma
nusque. some to protest loudly against the use of the poetical dice, and the
Ri's very elegant “PRESENT”shall
appear next week. We regret not re. inclodious instruments.
ceiving it in season for this number.