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the closing beauty of this perform- Could I but deem them happy, I would

half "i Adah. A dreary, and an early doom, Through thrice a thousand generations !

Forget - but it can never be forgotten, my brother, Has been thy lot! Of all who mourn for

Shall men love the remembrance of the thee, I alone must not weep. My office is

Who sow'd the seed of evil and mankind Henceforth to dry up tears, and not to In the same hour ! They pluck'd the tree shed them;

of science But yet, of all who mourn, none mourn like me,

And sin ;-and, not content with their

own sorrow, Not only for thyself, but himn who slew Begot me, thee,-and all the few that thee.

are, Now, Cain! I will divide thy burden And all the nnnumber'd and innumerable with thee.

Multitudes, millions, myriads, which Cain. Eastward from Eden will we take

may be, our way;

To inherit agonies accumulated "Tis the most desolate, and suits my steps. By ages !- And I niust be sire of such Adah, Lead! thou shalt be my gnide,

things ! and may our God Be thine! Now let us carry forth our

Thy beauty and thy love,-my love and

joy, children.

The rapturous moment and the placid Cain. And he who lieth there was child.

hour, less. I

All we love in onr children and each other, Have dried the fountain of a gentle race,

But lead them and ourselves through Which might have graced his recent mar

many years riage couch,

Of sin and pain,

-or few, but still of And might have temper'd this stern blood

sorrow, of mine, Uniting with our children Abel's off. Intercheck'd with an instant of brief

pleasure, spring!

To Death, - the unknown !”.
O Abel!

Adah. Peace be with him !
Cain. But with me! - [Exeunt."

And again! a child sleeping.
We have been, in this cursory re-

“ Cain. How lovely he appears ! his

little cheeks, view, rather desirous of exhibiting, In their pure incarnation, vying with the beauties than the faults of Cain,"

The rose leaves strewn beneath them. for it's blemishes are many and glaring, Adah.

And his lips, too, and some, of a character even puerile: How beautifully parted ! No; you shali and we refer those, who may doubt

not the possibility of this word ever being Kiss him, at least not now : he will awake justly applied to the creations of a

soon, Byron, to the description of the Pre- His hour of mid-day rest is nearly over ;. Adamites' Leviathans in the second But it were pity to disturb him till Act. Indeed the only truly admirable 'Tis closed.

Cain. You have said well ; I will con. passages, are those in which human

tain passions are painted ; where, as in

He smiles, and most of his other works, the author is My heart till then. concentrated, apd feeling pours from And smile, thou little, young inheritor

sleeps !-Sleep on his pen the richest streams of poesy-- Of a world scarce less young : sleep on, “ Adah. O Cain ! choose love.

and smile! Cain. For thee, my Adah, I choose Thine are the hours and days when both not,-it was

are cheering Born with me, but I love nought else. And innocent ! thou hast not pluck'd the Adah. Our parents ?

fruit, Cain. Did they love us when they Thou know'st not thou art naked ! Must' snatch'd from the tree

the time That which hath driven us all from Come thou shalt be amerced for sins un, Paradise ?

known, Adah. We were not born then,-and if Which were not thine nor mine? But we had been,

pow sleep on! Shorld we not love them and our children, His cheeks are reddening into deeper Cain ?

smiles, Cain. My little Enoch ! and his lisping And shining lids are trembling o'er his pister !

Jong .

Lastes, dark as the cypress which waves cal effect; and we believe the warmest o'er them ;

admirers of Lord Byron must admit Half open, from beneath them the clear that his performance has fallen far blae

below that standard of expectation Langtis out, although in slumber. He formed upon such a subject, and from

must dream, Of what? Of Paradise ! - Ay! dream

such an author. All the pomp and of it,

splendour of the story are left with the My disinherited boy! "Tis but a dream ;

original; and all the poverty of the For never more thyself, thy sons, nor

drama is the Poet's own. Of “ The fathers,

Two Foscari,” we can conscientiously Shall walk in that forbidden place of joy! speak rather better, though the few

incidents are rendered most amazingly Adah. Soft! be awakes. Sweet Enoch! drowsy, by being spun out beyond all Oh Cain! look on him; see how full of endurance. The Doge, however, is life,

a very respectable, ill-used, old genOf strength, of bloom, of beauty, and of tleman ; his son, Jacopo, a meek, joy,

mild sufferer; and Jacopo's wife, MaHow like to me,--how like to thee, when rina, most noisy, impatient, and yocigentle,

ferous. The brilliant passages are For then we are all alike ; is't not so, numerous, and in many cases of the

Cain?
Mother, and sire, and son, our features counterbalanced by several others,

highest order of poetry; but they are
are
Reflected in each other; as they are

miserably weak, and remarkably ineflo the clear waters, when they are gentle, fective. Indeed both dramas bear far and

too great a resemblance to Lord HopWhen ther art gentle. Love us, then, my pergollop's ancient staircase ; being Cain!

throughout, And love thyself for our sakes, for we

Long, dull, and old, . love thee.

As great Lord's stories often are.” Look! how he laughs and stretches out his arms,

We come now to the awful Mystery And opens wide his blne eyes upon thine, of “ Cain," which, whatever repuy'To hail his father ; while his litile form

nance we may feel to the unpleasant Flutters as wing'd with joy. Talk not of task, it is equally our duty to expose pain !

and to condemn; and if Lord Byron is The childless cherubs well might envy thus placed upon a level with such

thee The pleasures of a parent! Bless him, Hone, he will have only himself to

despicable wretches as Carlile and Cain ! As yet he hath no words to thank thee, censure for exciting the comparison, but

by the publication of his " horrible His heart will, and thine own too." imaginings" now before us. His dis

rect attacks upon the goodness of God, Were all like these, with what are such as no arguments can justify, different emotions would this poem and no criticism can sanction. The have been read; but they are only the character of Lucifer is apparently bright stars of a black night, throwing introduced for no other purpose than an unhallowed glimmering through the to blaspheme; and though acquitting, stormy clouds. The pains taken to as Christian charity would 'urge us to shake the faith of believers in revela- acquit, his Lordship of all intentional tion ever obtrude, to remind us, that error and 'wilful perversion, yet we the bright specks are but lamps to a cannot but deplore that he should sepulchre; the dismal fires of a char- have ever embarked on a voyage so Del-house, rendering the darkness perilous, where danger threatened not still more bideous.

himself alone, but might include a Oar summing up must be brief, for shipwreck of the faith of thousands. we have left ourselves but little space, We have indeed higher hopes, and and have certainly quite as little in- better expectations, than to anticipato clination to pursue ad ungracious sub- such a result; but our opinion lessens ject. “ Sardanapalus" is a weak and not the evil; and that having been very inadequate version of a tale, committed, our anxious wish now is, whimb alorded the amplest opportn- that he, whose mighty and commandnities for powerful display, and poetic ing talents have been thus dcbased,

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DRURY LANE. DEC. 22. Our dramatic friends are a spot where nothing has danced since well aware, that it has always been the creation but a ship or a mermaid. the practice at this season, of mirth Don Giovanni, (Madame Vestris) lands, and festivity, to prepare a banquet followed by Leperello, (Harley) and is suitable to the inclinations of every received by the dancers with rapturtasto; and thus, during the Christmas ous recognition. He begins to make holidays, to permit the comic tricks love without loss of time, and the scene and practical jokes of pantomine to changes to Castle Rackrent, transsupersede the more legitimate drama. formed into the Palace of King CorIt is said also that these absurdities are ney, immortalized by Miss Edgeworth. principally intended for the amuse In the hall of audience, Glorrinn ment of those "Little Folks” who, at (Miss Cubitt) appears; and is imme. this period, congregate in the metro- diately wooed by the irresistible Spapolis ; though, if we may judge from the niard, whose nodding feathers and crowded houses during such repre- laced jerkin are miraculously familiar sentations, the old, as well as the to all the Irish, both peasantry and young, derive an equal pleasure from gentiefolks. The scene shists, with a the same sources.

rapidity worthy of the deprecated Drury-lane, however, departing from Pantomine, to Donnybrook fair, as the the hacknied track, but at the same bill says, during fair time !" As we time not less assiduous in catering for cannot easily recognize a fair during the mirthful appetite of John Bull, any other time, this is probably a spethis winter, for the antics of Harlequin, cies of the pleasant pleonasm thought substituted adventures of a ditlerent indigenous to Ireland. Giovanni is still description, which were scarcely likely the presiding genius of the bour, makes to prove equally attractive.

love to Florence M'Carthy (Miss CopeA new Extravaganza Opera in three land) and is at length hustled off' in acts, entiled “ Giovanni in Ireland,the clouds of a cudgel fight. From by Mr. Moncrieff, had, therefore, long Donnybrook the scene changes to a been advertised, of which a dress re- whiskey house in Tipperary, where his hearsal took place this evening. The new enchantress officiates as mistress, eccentric and accomplished libertine, Nothing but the Don's exhaustless Giovanni, has been introduced to the gallantry could supply the innumerapublic under so many different dis- ble demands on his flirtation; for withguises, that a description of his cha- out loss of time, a new trial assails racter would be superfluous ; and the him in the shape of The Novice of St. piece has been very properly entitled Dominic, (Miss Povey) who falls desan Ertravaganza, as it is not marked perately in love, and is desperately by any very distinct plot, but consists fallen in love with, on the spot. The of a series of comic situations, in Abbess, (Mrs. Bland) is next captiwhich a vast number of national cha- vated, and the Don is apparently in racters are introduced ; and in which serious danger of being overwhelmed opportunities have been taken to pa- by the whole Nannery; he flies, howrody the most celebrated Irish airs. ever, to Phænir Park, the Hyde Park

The Grand medley overture, and the of Dublia; but is seized and brought whole of the new music, was composed to answer for his fascinations before and arranged by Mr.T. Cooke, with his King Corney, is found guilty on a re. accustomed taste; and on the rising of gular hearing, and reprieved at the the curtain, Mr.Cooper delivered a very sound of the cannon announcing the common place Address. The busi- King's arrival in Ireland. Thus ends ness of the piece then commenced the second act: though we should with a beautiful scene of the Bay of have mentioned, as the close of the Dublin, by moonlight, and the arrival first,-a view of the Kilkenny Amateur of the Holyhead packet off the Pigeon

Theatre, in which the amateurs cut a House, where a groupe of peasants very moderate figure ; with dressed were seen dancing with great hilarityon busts as company in the upper boxes,

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