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THE BRITISH 'T HEATRE. March the dignity of his perlun, and an un- gloom was now converted into an ap. uiual transport which we telt at first pearance of inconceivable satisfaction. perceiving him, the fatters her. This princess, upon hearing Orestes fell, warmly, that he is really her bro- acknowledge himielf the murderer of ther. Tois conjecture the communi. Orelles, took a secret resolution of lacates to Electra, who endeavours, in crificing him with her own hand to the tulness of her heart, to obtain an the manes of her brother. For this int-rview with him, and succeeds, just purpose the watched an opportunias he is offering an urn, in an act of ty, and stealing behind him with a devotion at the thrine of Agamem- drawn fword, attempted to strike, but non. The light of the urn, and some the sword feil from her hand the moequivocal expresions which Electra ment it was raised, and a scene imme. overhears, renew all her fears for Orel diately ensued, in which Orestes re. tes, and the fuppofes that the ashes vealed his real character. are bis which Nie sees brought to the On the imprisonment of her brother tomb of her father. Her grief upon and his friend, Iphisa kneels to Ægir. this is violent, but it exceeds all thus to implore their pardon, and the bounds when Agilthus entering at the fortitude of Electra, who had always same time with Ci, temnestra, questions treated the tyrant with the utmost inOreftes, and asks him what the urn dignation, relaxes to such a degree, contains. The price alluming the that me condescends also to kneel for character of his own murderer, tells the same purnoles. Ægisthus triumphs him, it contains the ashes of Orer. at having thus fubdued the haughty tes; whom he hated with an in- fpirit of the latter, and retires, de. vincible obftinacy, and therefore few nouncing vengeance on the deltroyer in Epidaurus. Ægitthus is charmed of his lon. Electra then addresses with ihe intelligence; and after Elec- herleif to Clytemnestra in pathetic tra retires to give imple vent to the terms, acknowledging who Oreftes anguith of her heart, the king deter: realiy is, and conjures her to interpole anines to give her in marriage to the for the prefervation of his life. Tbe stranger, as a reward for his impor- danger of ihe youth, and the plead. tant service.

ings of Electra, rekindle the dying Ægisthus had indeed resolved, pre enibers of nature in her bolom, and vious to this circumstance, to marry the supplicates her husband in favour his own lon, Pliithines to Electra, that of her unfortunate ton. Her fupplihis ritle of succeffion to the crown of cation however is to no purpose. Ægil. Argos inight be the more citectually thus, happy in having Orestes actually fecured. He had, however, fent Plit in his power at last, prepares to glut thines into Epidaurus, with an order, his revenge for the death of Plifthines, if posible, to discover Orelies, and and to secure the throne of Argos. effectually put an end to his claim by With this view he orders Oreftes and murder ; but now that Oreltes, as he his friend to publick execution, togeimagined, was no longer to be dread. ther with Pammenes, for firring up ed, he thought there was no longer a the people in favour of Agamemnon's 3:eceflity for the match between bis family. But as they are led to the son and Electra. But while he is in place of death, the people, who deteft dulging himself in the pleating dream Ægisthus for his complicated crimes, of his fecurity, a courier arrives with and feel the strongest attachment to the news of Plifthines's being killed in the line of their lawful kings, rife Epidaurus.

unanimously to their aid. - Oreftes Alarmed to the last degree at this heads them, and soon puts the fol. unexpected Itroke, and froin some diers of Ægyfthus to flight, he then recent circumitances having reason to attacks the tyrant himself, whom he inagine Orestes the affalin of his son, dispatches, but unfortunately kills his Egitt hus orders the prince and Pylades mother in the attempt, who had to prison, and threatens them both thrown herself in the way of his fword with immediate death. The circum- to defend the life of her busband. Stances which 'chiefly roufed bis suipi. This incident is with great propriety cion of Oreftes was, his finding him franíacted behind the scenes, and in secret with Electra, whole general Orestes enters in the greatest horror at

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117 the accident. -Ele&ra too feels the original in the prefent case ; fince Soutmost concern for the fate of Cly- . phocles in his Electra, not only furtemnestra, whofe new display of ma Dishes himn with the ground-work, ternal tenderness had roused the warm but with all the material businefs of his affection of her children.

play, and we cannot help thinking, Confiderations on the Conduct of the Fable. Francklin himself, would, if divested

that the Electra, as translated by Mr. The conduct of this fable is not so of the Chorus, and adapted to the accurate as might be wilded, and there English stage, be a much more agreeis that visible want of incident through able entertainment than the Orestes. the whole, which lo peculiarly diftin There is one ficuation in the Elecgaishes the productions of the French tra particularly beautiful even in its theatre. Thele faults, however, must antient simplicity, and which as it has be attributed to Mr. Voltaire, not to been univerfally admired through a Mr. Francklin; who, with the can. long succession of ages, we mhall give dour that ever accompanies real me the reader, especially as the discovery rit, acknowledges he meant rather to Orestes makes of his real character to gire a translation than an original Electra (omitting the Chorus) in Vol. performance : yet indeed Voltaire taire's tragedy is materially indebted himself is not to be considered as an to the Greek author.

А с т IV.

Orefles, Pylades, Elektra, Chorus.
Orestes. Say virgins, if by right instruction led,

This way, I tend to Chorus. Whither woud'd thou go?
Orestes. To the palace of Ægisthus, Cborus. Stranger, well

Wert thou directed; thou art there already.
Oreftes. Who then amongst your train thall kindly speak

A friend's approach, who comes with joyful news
Of highest import?

Chorus. (pointing to EleEl.) Be that office ber's
Whom bound by nature's ties it best fits.
Oreftes. Gothen, and say, from Phocis are are arriv'd

Who beg admittance to the king. Elera. Alas!
And com'st thou then to prove the dreadful tale
Already told * Oreftes. What you have heard I know npt,
But of Orestes I come here to speak
By Strophius's command. Elektra. What is it, say!
O how I dread thy message !

Oreftes. (Jewing an urn) Here behold
His poor remains. Ele&tra O! loft undone Electra!

'Tis then too plain and misory is complete.
Dreftes. If for Orestes tbüs thy sorrows Aow

Know that within this urn his alhes lye.
Eleara. Do they indeed? Then let me, by the Gods

I do intreat thee, let me snatch them from thee,
Let me embrace them, let me weep my fate
And mourn our hapless race Orestes. Give her the urn,
Whoe'er the be ; for not with hoftile mind
She craves the boon ; perhaps some friend, perhaps
By blood unired.

Electra (taking the urn.) O ye, dear remains
of my Orestes, the most lov'd of men !
How do I fee thee now! how much unlike
What my fond hopes presag'd, when last we parted !
I sene thee forth with all the bloom of youth
Fresh on thy cheek, and now O dismal change!
I'bear thee in these hands an empty shade
Wou'd I had dy'd e'er I had sent thee hence,

Death of Oreftes.

Ere

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March
Ere I bad sav'd thee from the tyrant's hand!
Wou'd thou had'It dy'd thyself that dreadful day,
And join'd thy murder'd father in the tomb,
Rather than thus a wretched exile fall'n,
Far from thy lifter, in a foreign land !
I was not there with pious hands to wash
Thy breathless corps, or from the greedy flam?

To gatlier up thy ases; what have all
My pleasing toils, my fruitless cares availd,
E'en from thy infant years that as a mother
I watch'd thee itin and as a mother lou'd !
I wou'd not trust thee'to a servant's hand,
"But was inyself the guardian of thy youth,
Thy dear companion; all is gone with thee;
Alas thy death, like the devouring storm,
Hath borne down all; my father is no more,
And thou art gone, and I am going too;
Our foes rejoice; our moiher mad with joy,
Smiles at our mis'ries ; that unnat'ral mother,
She whom thou oft halt promis'd to destroy i
But cruel fate hath blasted all my hopes,
And for my dear Orestes left ie nought
But this .poor thadow ; O'th' accursed place
Where I had sent thee! O my hapless brother,
Thou hast destroy'd Electra ; take me then
O! take me to thee! Let this urn inclose
My ashes too, and dult to dust be joind,
That we may dwell together once again
In life united by one hapless fate,
I wou'd not with in death to be divided ;

The dead are from sorrows
Oresles. (afide.) What Mall I say? I can refrain no longer
EleElra. Why this emotion !

Orefies. (looking at ber:) Can it be Electra ?
That lovely fuim ? Electra. It is indeed that wretch !
Orejles, Q dreadful! EleEtra. Stranger dolt thou w'pep for me?
Orestes. By impious hands to peris thus ! EleEtra. For me

Doabiless thou weep'lt, for I am chang'd indeed
Oreftes, Of nuptial rites, and each domestic joy

To live depriv'd ! Elektrą. Why dost thou gaze upon me?
Orefics. Alas I did not know I was so wretched !
Electra. Why, what hath made thee so? Orefies, I see thy woes-
Ele&tra. Nos half of them

Orefi. Can there be worle than there?
Electra. To live with murtherers ! Orejl. With murtherers! whoin?
Electra. The murtherers of my father ; bound to serve them
Orefies. Who binds thee? Elect, One who calls herself a mother,

A name the little merits... Orest. But say, how
Doth the withlold the means of life or act
With brutal violence to thee? Elect. Both alas !
Are my hard lot; she trics a thousand means
Tomalie me wreiched... Oreles. And will none affift?
Will none defend thee? Elçêlra. None. My only hope

Lies buried there... Orejies. 's how I pity thçc !
Elera. 'Tis kindly done, for none wail pity me,

None but thyself; art thou indeed a stranger..

Or do'h some nearer tye unite our sorrows
Orejles. I cou'd unfold a tale; but say, these virgins

May I depend on them? Ele&tra. They are our friends
And fairliful all... Orefies. Then lay the urn aside,
And I will tell thee Electra. Do not take it from me,

Do • The Clorus.

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119 Do not dear stranger

Orest. But I mult indeed
Eleira. Do not, I beg thee--- Orejles. Come you'll not repent.
Elc&ra. O my poor brother, if thy dear remains

Are wrested from me, I am most unhappy...
Oreffes. No more hou must not grieve for him Ele27. Not grieve

For my Orestes. Oreftes. No, you should not weep-
Elektra. Ami unworthy of him then? Orifles. O no!

But do not grieve. EleEtra. Not when I bear the ashes
Of my dear brother! Orestes. But they are not there ;
Unlels by fi&tion, and a well wrought tale

That bath deceiv'd thee Elect. Where then is his tomb ?
Orefies. The living need none. Ele Et. Ha! what say'lt thou? Oreft. Truth.
Electra. Doth he iben live? Oreft. If I have life he lives.
Ele&ra. And art thou he? Orest. Look here and be convinced;
This mark 'tis from our father.

Elect. O bleit bour !
Orefies. Blessed indeed ! Eleft. Art thou then here?

Orrfies. I am From the foregoing scene the reader will be able to judge for himself of the diction of Orestes. As to the sentiments they are frequently just and elevated in the amiable characters; but those in the mouth of Ægitthus, like those in the mouth of every tyrant, are lavage to an extravagance. The manners are all preserved from Sophocles ; and the characters given down without any alteration from antiquity. The moral, as the reader will see by the catastrophe of the fable is frictly just, and as to the representation, we fall only say, that Mrs. Yates was inimitable in Electra.

To be PRINTER, &c. election at Brentford comes on, in or. SIR,

der to vacate his seat for Boliney : A

FTER every gentleman in the dough I have already been in leveral

county of Middle!ex, who has a parts of the county of Middlesex, I fufficient landed qualification to re cannot find any Freeholder that knows present that county in parliament, has him and it is certain he has not a Mil. been applied to in vain, we find one ling property in the county. Mr. Luttrell has offered himself. As This is all that I can learn of this Mr. Lartrell has never been publickiy extraordinary perfon. If he can give mentioned before this period, it will, any better account of himself, than no doubt, be agreeable to many of the above, before the 13th of April your readers to hear something inore next, the freeholders will then know of nim than his warne. Alter a good whether he is a proper person to rspre. deal of enquiry, I have been able to fene them or not. But if he cannot, procure the following parțiculars, I would advise him to be content with which may be depended on.

his present leat, and noi expose himMr. Luttrell's father is an Irishman, self to the ridicule of mankind, as and was joint member with Sir Flet. Mr. Dingley did at the latt ele Stion. cher Norton in the last parliament for

I am, Sir, your's, &c. the borough of Wigan, in Lancashire,

J. N. and at prelent represents the Sorough To the PRINTER, &c. of Weobly in Herefordthire. He was,

SIR, about a year ago, created an Irish JOTHING gives me more plealord, by the citle of Baron Crnham sure than to obleive that merit in that kingdom. The candidare for is equally rewarded in every part of Middlelex is bis eldest son, and is this wide extended empire. The last joint member with Lord Mount. Sun Gazette theus, that adniiniftration are ári, fon to the earl of Bute, for Boil. not leis attentive to any lervices done Dey in Cornwall. He has already a to the cause of liberty at Botton than lieut. col. commission in the army, at London. We have the kiistaction and must have another place before the of reading in the lam: pag?, that Sir

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the subject, give me leave to addrels A is not only a wit but a wag, ha. I20 Hints to the Supporters of the Bill of Rights. March Fletcher Norton, that declared enemy to duty to see it carried chither ; I say, the mode of Proceeding, by INFORMA- gentlemen, it is your duty to do TiON, was sworn of his majefly's moff it, as you are the first moving princihonourable privy council, and Francis ples of ro very respectable a fociety. Bernaril, Ejq; governor of his majesty's The House of Lords never refule jul. province of the Maffachujets Bay in Ame- tice, especially in 10 clear a cafe. You rica, who is unhappily too far remo- have already money enough subscribed ved from the seat of the government to to defray the expence, if not the asist the council with his wife and tem- whole body of the people will flock to perate advice; bot is equally a sworn subscribe to fuch

an undertaking. enemy to the mode of proceeding by You are not in want of friends in that jword and Dayonet, has the dignity of a noble house to open and defend your Baronet of the kingdom of Great Britain. cause. You will then fee what the I cannot however help expressing my lords will do for the liberty of the hopes that he will soon be recalled, and subject and the laws, and then you take his place even the in cabinet council, will likewise put the altar of attachand that the military troops will be ments on a more certain fooring; and put under the command of Sir Francis, whether you fucceed or not, you will as the law banditti are under Sir gain a more lasting and glorious name Fr.

than Hampden. If you neglect this How like in inanners, and how like opportunity, you will establish very in mind !

justly the accusations of your ad vertaFortunati ambo!

ries, that your meetings are factious, Nulla dies unquam memori vos eximet and that your aims are directed more

at men than measures, contrary to the I am, Sir, your's, &c. advice and opinion of that great pa

E. F. triot Mr. Alderman Beckford, who For the PRINTER, &c.

argues very juftly in saying, " That To Sir Joseph Mawbey, Mr. Sawbridge, measures, not men, are the object of and Mr. Townshend,

our inquiries."

I am, Gentlemen, Gentlemen,

Your most obedient humble servant,

LIBERTAS. A of society formed for the good of

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A you in their behalf. As you taken the title of supporters of the bill ving obliged us with a drawing of the of righrs, no doubt but you think that late King's- Arms Squabble, we have has been invaded, and particularly in got it engraved for the entertainment the imprisoning the subject arbitrarily, of our readers, this month, referring without giving bail for trial, and a them to pages 147, 148, 154. an explatrial refuled, but on condition of giv: nation, if necessary. ing evidence against himself and We have also gratified them with a friends by answering to interrogato. fine view of a beautiful natural calriés. I believe the contempt of a cade in Bolton-Park, Craven, Yerkcourt, relating to the affair of inter- thire, belonging to the late earl of rogatories, is only meant in refusing Burlington. to answer in matters between contending parties? the judges may in that In cur next we fall give, what cale fine and imprison, but not ad libi. is defired by several correspondents, ibe tum, much less thould they do it wirere reajin for our non injersion of their pieces, a criminal is to answer again it himlelf. as we bave been used, nozu and iban, Here they take upon themselves to be to do. Lord -'s requejt cannot be judges, juries, and accusers, a cir- complied with yet; and as in the ebjeccuintance not to be found in our tions of Scrutator, and Castigator, at Jaws. But, gentlemen, the judges, believe, as things fiard at present it if they refuleroact according to the first would be vain to attempt to obviatt and principal of our laws confirmed to them. One word for all, bo zvever ; us by Magna Charta, are amenable in a where abufe is fubfiituted for argument, higher count; it is therefore your it can have no place in the Lond. Mag,

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