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the preterite used for the participle, matter, it now remains to speak of is very inelegant, if not altogether the versification. In this part of incorrect.—Between the 75th and the performance, the gentleman has 84th lines, is a most singular ac- been peculiarly unfortunate ; there count of the origin of Fashion, with are so many rough angles in his some wonderful things she did, and tortured prosody, that the best genalso something the earl of Salisbury eral comment, I can possibly make, did!

is comprised in the 225th line of Are they to learn, the author should the poem itself, unite

Full many a tedious corner I go round ! Wisdom with wit, & profit with delight? Who thank the show'r denied the thirs.

Some of his lines are annexed, ty plain,

which I believe to be the worst. Were all its blessings scatter'd on the

Sibilant lines. main ? If the cold soil no genial heat expand; Languid with ecstacy soft pleasure The sunbeam wasted on the desert land?

sings,-1.19 1.153.

Then mingled ranks no marks distinct

express,-1.111. In the four last of these lines, not By her insidious blandishment misled : content, like the poet of last year, -1.126. with sporting on the verge of non- Unlicenc'd on the sacred off'ring feast, sense, the author plunges

in at once. A rapid sight to instantly decide—1.205.

-1.167. and rivals the renowned Colley Cibber of diving memory:

Rough, Voracious harpies, they the food defile. Systems elaborately harmonize.—1.200. 1. 193.

They have a patient ear, smiles at comThe learned author informs us

mand.-1.203. in his notes, that these very harpies Change principle or party with thelr,

coat. -1.208. are described in Virgil !!! I take Folly to blind, and ignorance to conit this must be none other than the found,-1.244. Virgil

, who flourished in the reign Self-satisfied, contemplate a life. well of Augustus Cæsar, who dwelt in spent.–1.170. Rome, which is in Italy !

Prosaick. Sir, you mean me! some warning con.

The moral constitution of the soul ;

-1.170. science cries,

To restrain vice and folly is their plan, You mean yourself, Experience replies :

-1.179. Full many a tedious corner I go round, Last testaments at pleasure, break or Lest, my good friend, I trespass on your ground.

prove ;-1.196. Who sat ? the picture of a dog I drew,

With pleasure, I turn away from Not " Tray, nor Blanch, nor Sweet: this dreary side of criticism, to the

heart”-Sir, did you ?-1.203 more grateful, though more laboriThis is a specimen of familiar sa- ous task, the selection of beauties. tire-Begging pardon for the allu- The field before me is by no means sion, these lines are like stale pan- extensive, and whoever would cull cakes, they are sour, and they are the few flowers that remain, must fiat.

Satire is not often wielded reach them, through briars and with a dexterous hand; the princi- thorns. The most regular and pal requisites of good satire are wit connected lines are in the beginning and judgment, and these are seldom and end-Between the 159th and properly assimilated by those who the 184th lines, there are some depossess them.

cent verses, and good sentiments Having noticed some errors of The best conceit in the poem is,

no more,

where, after speaking of false pre- the morals, manners and feelings is tenders to taste, the author adds- perhaps more decided than any othThis stupid sign-post stands at Learn- er object of such universal attention. ing's door,

That, the drama's laws the drama's Tells, “entertainment here," but knows patrons give, and that the stage but

echoes back the public voice, are freShows, would have been much quent and on the whole not untrue better in the last line than knows.

remarks. Yet it also may be asThis couplet is very well, serted that auditors in their turn, Here Fashion reigns, her silken banner are essentially influenced by the fies,

performances. The sentiments of Bright with a thousand ever-changing the world are constantly progresdies.

sing from change to change, and There are some others, but“ nu- the Stage among other causes, has mero pauci labuntur.”

a very powerful operation in produTaking this performance“abovo," cing the effect. it appears like an unfinished hall,

In particular the influence of hung here and there with a piece Theatrical performances on proof tapestry, which though it may nunciation and delivery, is strikattract for a moment, is soon for- ingly great. People in general gotten in the surrounding rudeness have no determinate idea of proof the place.

priety in the utterance of language, In conclusion—This poem holds and are ready to receive any imno mean rank, among productions, pression as a standard, which an delivered before the Phi Beta Kap- eminent actor may be disposed to pa Society. Although it is not the

stamp. Hence arises the necessity most splendid performance, which of keeping a check on Stage pronunhas come from this holy brother- ciation ; and hence too results the hood, yet it is not the least so.


great effect which injudicious actWhitwell's good sense will show ing may have on the public taste. him, that I do not intend to hurt his It should therefore be a primary feelings, by any high strains of flat- principle with the Manager to suftery, when I express my opinion fer nothing but pure English to be that he may say in the words of uttered from the Boston Stage ; and Columella, “ Nec sum primus ho- in laying his emphasis, the actor rum nec ultimus."

should be careful of conveying the most complete sense, of which the sentence (pronounced may be sus

ceptible. An attention paid to these FOR THE EMERALD.

objects by Garrick, extorted a comTHE ORDEAL......NO. 1. pliment from Edmund Burke, in

Parliament, which will not soon be INTRODUCTORY.

forgotten. He said, that himself

and every member of the house, Bid scenic virtue form the rising age, And truth diffuse her radiance

from the stage that consummate master of elo

were under infinite obligations to Every exhibition for public a-quence, for the lessons they had remusement, is a subject of public ceived from him in their own art ; investigation. The Theatre in a and he moved that Mr. Garrick apeculiar manner is subjected to ge-lone, of the whole kingdom, should ñeral observation; as its influence on be made an exception to the rule which closed the galleries on a de-criminations of passion, instead of bate, then about to be taken up. being led away by the pomp of

But this is not all; the perform- shew, and declainatory vehemence. ers should be reminded that by their In comedy, it should be the manattention, the stage may be made, ager's endeavor, not to suffer any to use the expressions of Archbish- obscenity or indecency to be utterop Tillotson, not only innocently ed; or any appearance of buffoonery diverting, but instructive and use to be observed. These catches of ful, to put some vices and follies vulgar admiration “betray a very out of countenance, which cannot pitiful ambition in the fool that uses be so decently reproved, nor so ef- them.” The dress in comedy should fectually exposed and corrected any be nicely observed ; let every perother way.'

Let these lines too be former be in character, as respects impressed on the attention of the the fashion at the period representperformers,

ed, as well as the individual appear

ance. A nation's taste depends on you;

Any anachronisms in this Perhaps a nation's virtue too.

particular, betray palpable igno

rance, and are at the same time disWhile the Manager therefore, is gusting to the mind of a man of attentive to his own interest, he must sense. also consult the effects, which his

Such salutary purposes as the representations may be calculated to produce. Do not let him merely to effect. We do not mean wan

foregoing, it will be our endeavours think of his purse, and be content only to cut away the flesh, but ed to vend that commodity which where the wound can only be cured will sell best; but says Lord Shafts

by the lancet our hand will be found bury, he «

may know by certain tokens that his audience is disposed general intend, in our numbers, to

steady and unflinching. We in to receive noble subjects, and to taste a better manner than that give a concise character of the play which, through indulgence to him- represented, to introduce any exemself, more than to the world he may then to offer either a general or par

plifying anecdote respecting it; and be pleased to make his choice.”

ticular account of the performance. In tragedy he should often exhi. The report of acting on this week bit the best historical pieces, by will not be made, excepting in genewhich the scope of common know-ral terms; as well because, we are ledge is enlarged, and the usurpa- willing to make allowances for the tion of forgetfulness is resisted. few first performances, as because Perhaps the most accurate informa- we presume the company is not yet tion, upon particular subjects of an- to be considered as formed. Besides, cient history, is that which is ob- we wish to view the new performers tained after seeing some of our best in many characters before we can tragedies performed. As a subject estimate their importance. We of polite literature, plays should be confidently expect soon to see a consulted for the purity of their number of recruits in the company, style ; their acumen of thought, and or else the task of criticism would clegance of expression. All rant, prove unavailing, from the incorrifustian and bombast should be care-gible dullness of the objects of it, fully avoided ; and in time the pub- and uninteresting, from the constant lic taste may be recalled to true dis- repitition of its censures.

SPEED THE PLOUGH— Morton.) must that father and mother be, Monday, Oct. 13.

says Ashfield, that do blush and tremThe intention of this play was ble at their daughter's coming.” laudable. To free the English He then refuses to read the letter, stage from the vile immorality, in- and giving it again to his wife, he coherence and ill-designed feeling tells her to “ Put it where thee found which pervaded it ; from its Ger- it and as thee found it." The deman importations, of character with mand is complied with, and their out consistency, and sentiment with peace of mind follows; the inevitaout virtue: Mr. Morton wished ble result of a consciousness of right .... To bid the reign commence,

behaviour. “ Now” says he, “ I can Of rescued nature and reviving sense. with pleasure hug my wife, and look He has happily succeeded in his un- my dear child in the face's Thus dertaking He reconciled the fa. one of the most interesting scenes vors of the German stage, by ab- in the play was garbled and mutilaruptness and mystery, but not by ted, and its advantage lost. immorality and licentiousness; and Messrs. Usher and Dickenson he revived a taste for the genuine conducted respectably. But the English comedy, by the charms of play on the whole lagged with connative integrity and honesty, and siderable heaviness; which it is perthe useful mirth which pervade the haps but candid to attribute to a first whole piece.

night's representation. This evening, a Mr. and Mrs. Poe, Mr. Turnbull and Mrs. Dykes appeared, as new performers. Our

For the Emerald. opinion of their respective merits,

DESULTORY SELECTIONS, cannot yet consistently be announced. But in respect to some other parts of the performance, we do not SOMETHING NEW IN DOMESTIC ECOconceive it necessary to withhold our remarks. When Ashfield and We have not taken animals enough wife, anxious for their daughter's into alliance with us. In one of welfare, determine on opening her the most interesting families which trunk to discover the contents of a it was ever my good fortune to visit, letter they saw her throw into it, I saw a child suckled by a goat. Mr. Powell as Ashfield was palpably The Gull should be taught to catch incorrect in his part ; and for that fish for us in the sea, the Otter in reason lost an opportunity of con- fresh water, The more spiders veying much excellent morality: there are in the stable, the less After attempting to open the trunk, would the horses suffer from the Mr. Powell says, . I am sure she is flies. The great American fire-fly innocent," and leaves it unopened. should be imported into Spain to Now there is no such expression in catch musquitos. Snakes would the play ; but there is a deal of mat- make good mousers ; but one fater which was entirely omitted by vourite mouse should be kept to rid Mr. P.

the house of cock roaches. 'The In. the play, the box is opened ; toad is an excellent fly catcher, and and the letter taken from it. Then, in hot countries a reward should be conscious guilt renders them (Ash- offered to the man who could disfeld and his wife) cowardly, “What cover what insect fed upon fleas ;




for, say the Spaniards, no ay criatu- Would you load it with parisatical ra tan libre, a quien falta su Alguacil. luxury ? Oh no : every ornament

would conceal a grace, would rob CROSS PURPOSES : A DIALOGUE. it of a charm. A simple and light

I have to inform you, that I was robe, complaisantly accommodating married since I saw you.

itself to her ravishing form, hair So much the better,

turned up with taste, or flowing Not so much the better ; for my gracefully; a single rose and you wife proved an arrant shrew. will behold one of those elegant and So much ihe worse.

airy nymphs with which Albani has Not so much the worse; for she embellished his lovely compositions. brought me a fortune.

Three things a wise man dare not So much the better.

trust; Not so much the better; for with The wind, the sun shine of an April day the money I bought a great number And Woman's plighted faith. I have

belield of sheep, which died of the rot.

The weathercock upon the steeple point So much the worse.

Steady from morn till eve ; and have Not so much the worse';, for I sold the wool, and with the produce The Bees go forth upon an April morn I built a house.

Secure the sun shine will not end in So much the better.

showers ;

But when was woman true. ..... Not so much the better ; for my house was burned.

O fate, unjust So much the worse.

Of woman kind, (she cried :) Virtues

bloom Not so much the worse ; for my Like violets in shade and solitude : wife was in it.

While evil eyes hunt all our failings out
For evil tongues to bruit abroad in jest,

And song of obloquy.
Love does not awake in the heart

Southey': Madloc. of a virtuous woman those violent feelings the offspring of a delirious

In the following neat little Epiimagination.

It does not at once gram there is equally the sentioccupy her soul ; it steals into it. ment of affection and the spirit of It is not like a devouring fire ; but poetry. as the genial warmıh of spring, it animates and fertilizes. It is Adressed by a Gentleman to his IVife on timid and unassuming, that it ap

the Anniversary of their Wedding day, pears abashed; it is so generous

when he presented her with u Ring. that it resembles friendship.-De- Thee, Mary, with this ring I wed; eresse de la Valhere.

So sixteen years ago I said :
Behold another ring ; for what ?
To wed thee o'er again ? why not?

With that first ring I married youth, Her elegant and delicate figure Grace, beauty, innocence and truth ; ci arms the eye while k awakens Taste long admir'd, sense long reverd: kesire, and the bosom of this new

And all my Mary then appear'd TIebe, agitated with a' sentiment Proved twice the woman, I suppos'd ;

If she by merit since disclos'd, which she cannot define, fills the I plead that doubled merit now soul with involuntary pertu®ation. To justify a double vow. Tell me what art is capable of embellishing this celestial perfection ?

HAPPINESS. you cover it with diamonds ? Do you wish for happiness? En






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