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had, to say nothing of their music, a by more than onc surmounter of gates body of poetry : which is more than, and double posts and rails. their scoffing oppressors could boast for We will venture however to say, that centuries after: The bravest of the the sanction which the author has reCambrian warriors of that age rank ceived for the publication of the Greek amongst the most illustrious of their lines, is such as may not only be coo. nation's poets. Still many of the works sidered an authority, but even a proud of Hywel-ab-Owain Gwynedd, of Owen distinction. Cyveiliag, of Cynddelio, and of Gwilchinai, are extant. Mr. Southey appears Chemicnl Amusements ; comprising e to the author to excile a strong interest Scries of Curious and Instructive Er. in his Madoc, wherever his hero treads
periments in Chemistry, which are his native soil; and we have often
easily performed and unaltended by wished, that when he laid his hand
Danger. By Frederick Aceum, Opeupon his harp, to celebrate the strife of
rative Chemist. jemo.
Pp. 249, a pcople against oppression and forcign
Price 7s. dominion, he had taken “The Cain.
These pages bare heen written with tviad” for his subject, rather than
a view to blend chemical science with & The Maid of Orleans."
rational amusement. To the student The first of the subsequent portions is an Episode, connected with the main they inay serve as a set of popular in. action of the poem. The character of structions for performing a variety of Idwal, and the scenery amid which the well calculated for illustrating the most
curious and instructive experiments, events of the episode pass, are detailed for striking facts which the science of chethe purpose of varying a poem founded on military events, and from which the
qnistry has to offer. contrast obtained by much admixture
Stories, of female character is excluded by cir.
Explanatory of Ilie Church
Cairchism. Hy lirs. Sherwood, Ano Cuinstances. The Greek hexameters* which con,
thor of lillie Genry and his Bearer, clude this volume, need little apology.
dc. dr. 1210. Pp. 307. They may afford amusement to some of Tue foilowing Stories were written a class who, hut a few years ago, were
for the use of children of his Majesty's supposed to have no taste for ibe dead 53d regiment, at that time stationed at languages. Thanks to the general dif- Cawnpore, in the East Iudies. As these fusion of learning, many of our keenext, stories were intended for a particolae sportsmen may now read Oppian, and the class of children, there is of course a Cynegetics of Xenopbon, and run the peculiarity in the style which it would bazard of being found at fault in Greck not be possible to alier without render
ing the tale less natural, aud, producing * The verses are also inserted in the Clas- a less accurale picture of the characters sical Journal, No. XXX., for June 1917. described in them. THEATRICAL JOURNAL.
DRURY:LAVE. TAXUARY 27.-The Belle's Strata- of the situations required. The broad O gent was revived at Drury-lane comic part appeared to us, io some theatre, for the purpose of introducing instances, a lille overacted; it was, a new actress, á Miss Sipithson, from however, conceived and executed with the Dublin theatre, in the character of spirit. The speaking voice is rather Letitia Ilordy. It is a favourite cha distinct than powerful, and she gave racter for appearances of this na- The song of where are you going my ture, because wie different situations pretty muid,” in a style wore remarkaof Lelilin Iardy afford an opportu- ble for humour than sweetness. The mity for the exlubition of the varie Minuel de la Cour was substituted for ous and different powers of the ac- the song at the masquerade, and her tress.
fine figure ap'l gracelul movements Miss Smilhson pronuiscs to be an ac- were displayed to advantage. A little quisition to the company. Her person more acquaintance with our theatres, is tall and well formed; her countenance and confidence in herself, will probably is handsome. She is naturally graceful encourage her to higher efforts, and in her action, but perfectly capable of qualify her to assume no inconsiderable assuming the awkwardness which some sank in the professions sbe has selected,
We observed with regret that two poet; and though it is the current ranges were made in i he distribution fashion of the day to admire him in the of the other characters, for which it gross, and to receive some good destoch be difficult to slale any satis! ac. criptive passages in excuse for much tery reason. Mrs. Robinson performed turbulence and obscurily, we must add, the part of Lady Frances Touchte end, that he is no favourite with us, and that in the room of Mrs. Orger, whose in- we would rather be without such a poet, sinted gaiety and dignified simplicity than see him pervert what talent he hud, we thought, established her in possesses, in disguising and varnishing possession. Mr. Stanley, as Doriconit, inisanthropic and anti-social principles. sopplied the place of Mr. Rae, but with The play is much better than could less of that air which marks the Ira: have been anticipated, from the circum felled gentleman, and generally with stances of its being the abridgement of less effect. Those are not only gralui. the poem. There are many passions tous changes, but changes for the and situations which only admit of worse. Withoul serving the art, they being exhibited at full length. Hence, Gerale lo disappoint the poblic. Mr. a poet or a novelist, has a larger field Dowloa's Bardy was, of course, admi- than a dramatic writer; the former may rable, and the play was announced for take what space they require, but the Tepetition with applause.
Jaller must confine himself within the Jox, 29.—The comedy of Taun'and more limilted period allowed to the Country was revived, in order to intro: drama. Hence, it very seldom happens, duce Mr. Kean's Reuben Glenroy. This that a novel or a poem can be success* one of those plays in which every fully reduced into a play. Ging is sacrificed io oddity, and in the play, however, does not follow which the humour, as it is called, is the poem too closely. Many effective centras'ed by a dullness as solid and incidents are added to the poetical mmpact, as the olher is frivolous and history of the Corsair and the bride. ftetur. Nefer was such a composition The father of Selim; whom Giafier mur. at the character of Heuben Glenroy, dered in the poem, is brought to life in ad rever were soch incidents as are the play; and Osman Bey, the intended fepresented for life and nature in this husband of Zulieka, is introduced as cords. Mr Kean performed the cha. an active character. Lassan, a slave, racter with his isual excellence, and and Abdallah, under the name of Mirza, gave it a meaning which, in itself, it who are supposed to have perished by does not possess. Mr. Stanley's Plastic, Ginfier's dagger, meet Selim in the ** nodertaken at a very short notice, cavern on the sea-shore, and inform him *ad it, therefore, entitled to a lenient of his birth. Mirza further adds, tirat estsideration. Mr. Dowion, as Casey, by the Sullun's orders he is to attack and Mr. Monden, as Trot, excited much the usurper's castle with a band of faith
Mrs. Robinson, who ap. ful troops that night. Selim seeks peared for ibe first time as Rosalie Zulicka in the garden, and, while reSmers, was much applauded. She lating to her his history, and urging her looked interesting and beautiful, and to escape, is discovered and seized, but, delivered the sentiments with propriety atile intercession of his mistress, spared, and effect. Nothing more could be re- though made a prisoner, hy the Bashaw quired from her jo a character so sub. Hassin releases bim; the first adventure
of the Corsair then becomes the conFeb. 5.—The Bryde of Abydos is cluding one of the lover of Zulieku. from a poem of the tanie name, by He atiends, disguised as a tervise, the Lord Byron. It is unnecessary to say marriage-feast of the Timariot chiefmuch of the character of his lordship's rain and his mistress. At the hoor of poetry and poem, as it has become the midnight the distant blaze is scen. Selira fashion of the present day to read no makes the appointed signal, is discoother poetry. He excels in the deserip vered and escapes ; his father's troops tion of that which is the peculiar cha- attack and force the castle, which they tacter of tris own mind. He is deeply set on fire: Selim rescues Znlieka from imbued with a melancholy, occasionally a burning tower; Abdallah appears be. approacting to insanity, if not madness, fore the tyrant, who is appalled and and, as usually happens to tempera: subdued by his own conscious guilt: and merils of this kind, is sometimes savage, that poetical justice which Lord Byrort - frequently malignant, and always has denied, is rendered to the parties by hregalar. This is his character as a the unidir of Sclim aud Zulieka
The actors performed their several ported with ability the parts allotted to parts with much talent and effect. Mr. ihem. Mrs. Mardyn fooked as well as Kean performed with that spirit and usual. The scenery was excellent, and vigoor which are characteristic of him ; the music good. The piece was received and Messrs. H. Johaston and Pope sup- with great applause.
Feb. 10. Bryde of Abydos-Hit or Miss.
li. Oratorio, 98. Lilliput-Turret Clock-Ditto.
19. Rryde of Abydos---Falls of Clyde. 8). Town and Country-Ditto-Ditto.
13. No performance. $). Sacred Oratorio.
14. Bryde of Abydos-Ditto. 31. Richard Duke of York-Turret Clock.
16. Diito-Ditto. Feb. 2. Richard the Third-Ditto.
17. Ditto-Hosina. 3. Mountaineers-Ditto.
18. Oratorio. Oratorio.
19. Bryde of Abydos-What Next. 5. Bryde of Abydos-Raising the Wind.
No performance, 6. No performance.
21. Bryde of Abydos-Rosina. 7. Bryde of Abydos--Irishman in London.
23. Bryde of Abydos-No Song no Supper 9. Bryde of Abydos-Children in the Wood.
COVENT GARDEN. JAN.27.--This evening Mrs. Garrick, attention, as it was first represented at from the Liverpool Theatre, appeared Bath, avd only repeated in London. in the character of Lucy Bertram, in from the report of its merit and attraca Guy Mannering. This lady, both as lion.
lion. This tragedy is one of the most an actress and a singer, displays consi-, pleasing dramas which has appeared for derable self-possession and experience, the last twenty years. The plot is of the stage. Her voice and style are romantic, without being improbable, Wood, and her musical taleot is far above and is tragical without being repulsive mediocrity : some of her upper notes it is poelical, though in common life, are a little harsh and imperfect, but her and deeply interesting though of a most, lower ones are remarkable for smooth- simple construction. The plot is not Dess and inflexibility. With all the dis- only well selected, but is admirably disadvantages of impediate comparison tributed, and the interest is thus mainwith the Lucy Bertram of Miss Ste- tained from the commencement to the phens, we are much gratified with Mrs. conclusion. Garrick's performance; and though we The language of the drama is that of 'should hesitate to place her in the very a young man of a bold poetical concepfirst ránk, we consider her an acquisi- tion and expression, and accordingly tion to the theatre.
abounds in figure and metaphor beyond Feb. 3. -The Illustrious Traveller; what a more suber judgment would or, The Forges of Kanzel, a Melo approve or adopt. But it is belter to Drama, was performed at this Theatre. exceed in this respect than to fall short, It would be worse than solly to detail as the one is the remediable error of a the plot. A nobleman who, like the quick imagination, whilst the other is Stranger, has fled from a wife he still the absence of that which no industry, loves, though she has ruined him by. will supply. The character of Fazio gaming, and precipitated biin into a is peculiarly attractive, and never ceases duel, where he kills bis adversary, and to excite a lively sympathy and interest. absconds to avoid the death awarded to Miss O'Neil, in Bianca, divided the inthat offence. Suffice it to say, that he terest of the audience with Mr. Charles has been six years coocealed near the Kemble, in Fazio. The crime of Fazio, Forges of Kanzel, to which spot at the such as it is, is calculated to excite this openiog of the piece the military come strong sympaths in his sufferings and in pursuit of him.. At the same time. misfortunes, because it appears a frailty arriveth his lady, who most conside- rather than a crime, and seems almost rately and materoally lays her child to compensaled by his other qualities. This rest on the edge of a tremendous preci- tragedy, was as well received as it, un-. pice which overbangg a furious water, doubledly, well merited. There bas fall, while she goes to seek shelter at beep no play within our own memory. the Forges. It is saved from death by. wbich exceeds it in interest and attrac its father, and recognition and reconci- tion, and it gives us a very sincere satisbialion ensile. The King restores the faction, that its young writer, a Mr. Count lo favour, and the piece con; Millman, is thus encouraged in the cludes.
commencement of a course which he is The Tragedy of Fazio, at Covento calculated to run with honour. Garden, excited su much llic more The Tbeatres of Covent Garden and
Drury-Lane, have produced nothing this is detected by the viceroy himself, and month to call for observations, Fazio not daring, op account of her fears for and the Bryde of Abydos having been her ehild, to avow her real motive, sbe. repeated every evening, with the ex- is convicted, on the streogth of some atliea of the Oratorios, wild increased dubious expressions she was overbeard efæt to crowded audiences. The Ora. to utter, of a design to poisou the viceWres, the one voder the direction of queen, and is coodemned to the flames. Sir George Smart, and the other under It hapen fortunately, however, that that of Är. Ashley, have been honoured Picquillo (Liston), a young Spaniard, with the most distinguished approba- has in the mean time discovered the tion.
secret, and communicating it to the chief The pripcipal attractions at Co- physician, Dr. Bonoro Fawcett), the Teat-Garden hare been, Mr. Bra- vice-queen is restored to health, and ham, Miss Corri, Miss Stepbens, Mr. Zumn, with her husband Mirvan, who Tborte, and Mr. Yardley. This was had resolved ru share her fate, is saved, the first appearance of the latter gen- after the pile had been' kindled, by an lieman, and the second of the preceding act of grace, on account of her mistress's tte. The sweetoess, taste, and expres. recovery. The interest excited by the rion, with which Miss Corri gave the piece is compartively trifling, nor do we celebrated “ Angels ever bright ind ihink it by any means as good as any of fsi," were exquisite. The new duetto, the author's other productions. The for the first time, performed by Mr. incidents, as may be seen, are few, and Braham and Miss Stephens, did not give one so absurd as to excite merited dise the degree of satisfaction which was approbation. We allude to Chinchilla's expected. Miss Frith, Miss George, (Mrs. Garrick) project for Picquillo's Mr. Thorpe, aud Ms. Yardley, exhibited escape. The music, with a single cyn taleats, certainly far beyond the sphere ception, is the composition of Bishop of mediocrity-Miss Frith, indeed, pro- and Braham, and possesses considerable mises to rank amongst some of the first merit. The airs or single songe, in gerate singers. Mr. Braham was accura. neral, form the least successful part; panied in a song by Mr. Lindley upon they are not remarkable either for orithe violoncello, which was loudly ap- ginality or distinctuess of character, and plauded. The admirable selection gave, some passages in them are obvious plan upon the whole, great satisfaction. giarisms from well-known subjects. The
FEB. 21. — This evening the new concerted pieces are very good ; We Opera, wbich has been long in prepara- particularly admired the opening trio, fios, was produced with the title of the septetto ju the 2d act, and the lune; or, 'the Tree of Health. The chorus in the 3d, “ Daughter of error, scene is placed at Lima, and the period' hear.” The introductory slow moveA about the middle of the 17th century. ment of the overture also deserves ove Cuma (Miss Stephenson), a Peruvian tice, as the evident work of a musician lady, the wife of 'Mirvan (Braham), an of taste and experience. The exception lodian chief, being one of the attend-above alluded io, is the celebrated Marals on the vice-queen (Miss Foote), seillois Hymn, “ Aux urmes mes citoand known to be greatly attached to yene," so popolar during the first years her
, is suspected by her countrymen, of the French revolution, and which who, detesting the Spaniards, would produced in its dag a greater sepsalioa keep the secret from tbem, of an inten- ihan any other. The words to which it tion to reveal the properties of the was applied on Satorday night, are a bark, which appears to be the only parody on the original ones, and, admeam left for restoring the health of milling an application to some late unher mistress. To secure ber fidelity, popular mioisterial acts, raised a cuvai. her child is deposited as a hostage, and derable lumult in the house. It was its life is to be the forfeit of the mo- sung by Braham. On the whole we ther's treachery. Distracted between anticipated a favourable result of its be desire to save the vice-queen, and success, as the music is pretty. The the terrors of material love, she re- scenery is beautiful, aod the dialogue polves, at the suggestion of ber hus replete with pning though, on a better bzed, to iafuse secretly tbe healing por foundation, it might have produced
bettion into the accustoined drick of the ter effects. sick lady; in the act of doing this sbe.
1818, Jan. es. Point of Honour-Bombastes Furioso.
7. Gav Mannering-Harlequin Gulliver. Harlequin Gulliver,
9. Fazi-Ditto. 97. Guy Mannering--Ditto.
10. Guy Manpering-Illustrious Traveller, 98. She Stoops to Conqaer--Ditto.
11. No Performance. 89. Point of Honour --Three Miles from Pa.
13. Fazio--Hariequin Gulliver. ris-Harlequin Gulliver.
13. Oratorio, 30, No Performance.
14. Guy Mannsring-Illustrious Traveller. 31. Guy Mannering-Harlequin Gulliver.
16. Fa -Harlequin Gulliver. Feb. 2. Point of Honour-Bombasies Furioso
17. Point of Honour Illustrious Traveller. Harlequin Gulliver.
18. No Performance. 3. Artaxerxes - The Illustrious Trayeller
19. Fazio-Harleguiu Gulliver. Harlequin Gulliver.
20. Oratorio. 4. Oratorio.
21. Zund-Illustrious Traveller. 5. Fazio-Illustri ous Traveller.
23. Fazio-Harlequin Gulliver. 6. Oratorio.
THE SURREY THEATRE. FEB. 2. • Facin, or the Italian some clue to his fate. He bere meets Iife." It is one of the proudest com- with bis royal mother-an explanation plimients which could be paid to Mr. engles-the villainy of Emeric recoils Dibuin's management of this concern, upon himself, and he falls by the hand that the tragedy of Fazio, now so popu- of Lord Cossimer, Kinprili's son: The lar at Bath, and from its very superior rightful sovereigns of Illyria are cast of characters, promising to be so po- stored --vice meets its punishment, and pular in London, was originally brought virtue its reward. out as an acting piece at the Surrey From this slight skelch, it will be evi. Theatre, and from its first performance, dent, that the piece is more than usubas continued to attract crowded houses, ally interesting, aud from the excellent and to elicit undiminished applause. It acting of the prineipal characters, it rewas tbis evening re-produced, and the ceived every assistance that could ald principal characters sustained by Miss to its effect. Between the first and Tayler, and Mr. Huotley, with their second acts, an Address somewhat on usual excellence.
tire plan of Shakspeare's Choros, in adFus. 9. - Nouveauté encore! -- Mr. mirably recited by Miss K. Adcock in Coleridge's Dramatic Poem of Zoolya the character of Ariel, and concludes has furnished the Surrey Theatre with with the favourite air of " Where the a splendid Melo. Drama, entitled “ The Bee sucks"— It priocipally alludes to War Wolf.” It consists in the successful the lapse of 20 years in the interval of altempts of Emeric to secure in his own the two acts, and contains much point person the, sovereignty of Illyria, by and humour. We have only to add that deposing the Queen Zu polya and her in this piece, Mrs. T. Dibdin made her infant son, who with Kinprili, a lord of first appearance this seasoit, and was rethe court, only escape the vengeance of ceived with loud and merned applause, the usurper' by secret flight to the and that thie scenery, always good, was forest to which they fice for shelter, lhe upon this occasion superior to any we Queen entrusls the infant l'rince to a have lately witnessed. peasanl, and seeks refuge in a cavern. FEB. 16.--. Tom Jones" still retains
Twenty years are now supposed to bave its popularity, and in fact seums to inclapsed before the curtain again rises prove on repetition. In our original and discovers all ibe ebaracters as tbey notice of this Burletta we omitted to were left, with only the changes which announce the devil of Miss Jonas from time has wrought in their various arcs. Wiodsor in the character of Sophis Zapolia aud Kinprili still inhabit the Western. This young Lady appears to cave, which, from the terrific sounds possess much musical talent; and bas that occasionally issue from it, is deemed since appeared in one or two other parts the residence of a War Wolf. The to much advantage. The Algerine speeyoung Prince, hitherto brought up as a tacle revived this evening, has lost uone Mountaineer, is now informed of the of its attractions by laying on the shelf mystery attaching to his birth, and since last su temer. searches the forest to gain, if possible,
House Waming Pazio Tom
House Warming-Zapolya; or, the
War Woll-Tom Jones.
16 to 21.