Page images
PDF
EPUB

morn.

was

(Cheering)-Would it not be well for the Blue-stocking frailties, cards and ratafia; country if ten times as many, that hold And thus she gives them prattle for the their heads high, outside these walls, were day. now inside them ?-(Cheering.)-I scorn

She sits by ancient politicians, bowed to appeal to your passions; but shall we

As if a hundred years were on her back ; suffer our honourable straw, our venerable Then peering through her spectacles, she bread and water, our virtuous slumbers,

reads and our useful days, to be invaded, crushed, A seeming journal, stuff”d with monstrous and calcitrated, by the iron boot-heel of

tales arrogance and audacity ? (Cheering:). Of Turks and Tartars ; deep conspiracies, No: freedom is like the air we breathe, (Born in the writer's brain ;) of spots in the without it we die !-No! every man's cell

sun, is his castle. By the law, we live here ;

Pregnant with fearful wars. And so they and should not all that live by the law, die

shake, by the law ?-Now, gentlemen, a general And hope they'll find the world all safe by cheer ! here's Liberty, Property, and Purity of principle ! Gentlemen of the jail And thus she makes the world, both young (They carry him round the hall.

and old, Loud Cheering.)

Bow down to sovereign Curiosity ! No person on the stage understands

We have no doubt but that “ Pride stage eloquence better than Jones. shall have a Fall” (we are pretty He has a steady resolute manner of sure

we have written that title in discharging his great guns, which no

round hand in our copy-book, many a one can resist. The following pas- time and oft, for our schoolmaster sage has been much lauded for its a moral writer)—we have no beauty of language, and it certainly doubt, we say, but that the piece will

And if the is a very lively imitation, but it is have a successful run. made doubly effective by Jones's de- public desire to be amused with good livery.

acting, on foot,-dashing humour,

and pleasing music; they ought to Tor. He must be bribed. I'll lead make a resolute squeeze at the doors them from the scent;

of Covent Garden Theatre. I'll rhapsodize the fools.

(Aside.) Curiosity !

There has been no novelty at True, lady, by the roses on those lips, Both man and woman would find life a

Drury Lane Theatre. A new farce waste,

has been promised at the bottom of But for the cunning of_Curiosity !

the bills, but very probably the nuShe's the world's witch, and through the thor has not yet been selected. The world she runs,

horses still eat Mr. Elliston's oats, The merriest masquer underneath the and Mr. Winston is preparing to moon!

make hay, whenever the sun shall

shine. To beauties, languid from the last night's

rout, She comes with tresses loose, and shoulders

Mr. Mathews. wrapt

Oh Jonathan! Jonathan ! very In morning shawls; and by their pillows sits,

pleasant art thou to us, we must Telling delicious tales of-lovers lost,

Mathews has at length pubFair rivals jilted, scandals, smuggled lace, lished his Travels, and those who do The hundredth Novel of the Great Un- not subscribe for a copy of his Ameknown !

rican Trip, do not know a good work And then they smile, and rub their eyes, when they see it. He is all fun,

whim, frivolity, pun, song, activity, And wonder what's o'clock, then sink Joe Miller, and life! He is every

again; And thus she sends the pretty fools to sleep. He goes through his entertainment

thing by turns, and something long !

hop, step, and jump; and, we are She comes to ancient dames, and stiff as steel,

carried through America as though In hood and stomacher, with snuff in hand,

we were on wings. She makes their rigid muscles gay with

It is not fair to criticise his pro

ductions, for they are put together Of Doctors' Commons, matches broken off, for loud laughers, and not for critics;

ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE.

own.

and yawn,

news

Indeed, we flatter ourselves, that we owes all its pleasantry to the talent can open an Adelphi arch in the mid- of the actor: We cannot, however, dle of the phiz, as well as that fat help recommending to especial noman in powder; whenever we are in tice the story, told by a Yankee, of Mr. Mathews's presence. His Ame- his uncle Ben,-and the German marica is, indeed, a land of promise! gistrate's charge to an American He leaves England in company with jury, in which the law is right lumiJack Topham, a young blood from nously expounded. Saville Row, with a voice, which On the first night, the house was John Bull has heard often before, and crowded, with curious English and with cousin Bray-a fat delightful curious Americans; the tone and lover of old jokes,-than whom we temper in which the merry tourist respect no man more! They pass tells of his travels, were such as to from vessel to land, from land to a delight both sides,—and yet to shake boarding-house--from boarding-house them! Indeed, we are disposed to to Boston,—and so on through the believe that Mathews's entertainprincipal towns of America. Fun ment is more likely to conciliate the gathers, like a lump of snow, as they two nations, than a thousand books, proceed ; and we are full of merry though written by a thousand men as riches when we part. It is impos- kind and as clever as Washington sible at this late moment to describe Irving. the entertainment, which certainly

SONNETS FROM THE MOST EMINENT POETS OF ITALY.

ANGELO DA COSTANZO.

Quella Cetra gentil che 'n sulla riva
Cantò di Mincio Dafni e Melibeo
Si, che non so se 'n Menalo, o'n Liceo,
In quella o in altra età simil s'udiva ;

Poichè con voce più canora e viva
Celebrato ebbe Pale ed Aristeo,
E le grand' opre che in esilio feo
Il gran figliuol d'Anchise e della Diva,

Dal suo Pastore in una quercia ombrosa
Sacrata pende: e, se la move il vento,
Par che dica superba e disdegnosa ;

Non sia chi di toccarmi abbia ardimento:
Chè, se non spero aver man sì famosa,

Del gran Titiro mio sol mi contento.
The Lyre that on the banks of Mincius sung
Daphnis and Melibæus in such strains,
That never on Arcadia's hills or plains
Have rustic notes with sweeter echoes rung;

When now its chords more deep, and tuneful strung,
Had sung of rural Gods to listening swains,
And that great Exile's deeds and pious pains,
Who from Anchises and the Goddess sprung,

The shepherd hung it on yon spreading oak,
Where, if winds breathe the sacred strings among,
It seems as if some voice in anger spoke:

Let none dare touch me of th' unhallow'd throng:
Unless some kindred hand my strains awoke,
To Tityrus alone my chords belong.

LODOVICO ARIOSTO.
Chiuso era il Sol da un tenebroso velo,
Che si stendea fin all'estreme sponde
Dell' orizzonte, e mormorar le fronde
S'udiano, e tuoni andar scorrendo il cielo ;

Di pioggia in dubbio, o tempestošo gelo,
Stav' io per gire oltre le torbid' onde
Del fiume altier che 'l gran sepolcro asconde
Del figlio audace del Signor di Delo,

Quando apparir sull' altra tipa il lume
De "bei vostrocchj vidi, e udj parole
Che Leandro potean farmi un giorno :

E tutto a' un tempo i nuvoli d' intorno
Si dileguaro, e si scoperse il Sole,

Tacquero i venti, e tranquillossi il fiume.
The sun was hid in veil of blackest dye,
That trailing swept th' horizon's verge around,
The leaves all trembling moan'd with hollow sound,
And peals of thunder scour'd along the sky;

I saw fierce rain or icy storm was nigh,
Yet ready stood o'er the rough waves to bound
Of that proud stream that hides in tomb profound
The Delian Lord's adventurous progeny;

When peering o'er the distant shore the beam
I caught of thy bright eyes, and words I heard
That me Leander's fate may bring one day;

Instant the gather'd clouds dispersed away,
At once unveil'd the Sun's full orb appear’d,
The winds were silent, gently flow'd the stream.

BERNARDO TASSO.
Quest' ombra che giammai non vide il Sole,
Qualor a mezzo il ciel mira ogni cosa,
Dai folti rami d'un mirteto ascosa,
Çol letto pien di calta e di viðle ;

Dov' un garrulo rio si lagna e duole
Con l'onda chiara, che non tiene ascosa
L'arena più ch' una purpurea rosa
Lucido vetro e transparente suole ;

Un povero Pastor, ch'altro non ave,
Ti sacra, O bel Dio della quïete,
Dolce riposo dell'infirme menti,

Se col tuo sonno e tranquillo e soave
Gli chiuderai quest'occhj egri e dolenti,

Che non veggon mai cose allegre e liete.
THIS SHADE, that never to the sun is known,
When in mid-heaven his eye all seeing glows,
Where myrtle boughs with foliage dark enclose
A bed with marigold and violets strown;

Where babbling runs a brook with tuneful moan,
And wave so clear, the sand o'er which it flows
Is dimm'd no more, than is the purple rose
When through the crystal pure its blush is shown;

An humble swain, who owns no other store,
To thee devotes, fair placid God of sleep,
Whose spells the care-worn mind to peace restore,

If thou the balm of slumbers soft and deep
On these his tear-distemper'd eyes wilt pour,
Eyes,--that alas ! ve'er open bút to weep!

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

STEEL.

VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

March 25, 1824. Our foreign intelligence for this

It is probable however that month is very limited, and, to say the the rumour may have originated soletruth, it does not make up in interest ly in the notoriously deplorable what it wants in quantity. The ac- finance difficulties of the cabinet of counts from Spain are such as might Madrid. The last accounts say, that naturally have been expected, after the French are not able to collect the crisis which has occurred, and enough even to defray the contingent the way in which it has terminated. expences of their troops, and that in Poverty, anarchy, tyranny, distrust, consequence they will be obliged to and bigotry, are the general heads apply to the new Chamber for 25 under which that unhappy country millions of royal bonds, in order to may be classed.

Ferdinand is on a meet some of the extra expences of throne-nominally—but to him it the late campaign. So far as we can must be a throne of torture. The mo- see, the new French Chamber, conderate policy of the French will not stituted as it promises to be, will be permit him to follow the bent of his found not very refractory in the case inclination, and the fury of the fana- of any ministerial demand. The sitical monks strongly coincides with tuation of the French troops in Spain his inclination against what he feels is represented as none of the most to be his interest; so his revenge is desirable—there is no peace beyond reluctantly kept in check by his cun- the immediate neighbourhood of their ning. Nó act of Amnesty has how- quarters, and not much within it ever as yet made its appearancemit the liberals are their enemies of is alternately promised and procras- course, and the bigoted national tinated, and there is little doubt this pride of the faithful will scarcely farce will continue until the deaths of deign to recognise them as friends; the imprisoned and the despair of the so that, between foes and friends, and expatriated render an act of amnesty the natural desire which they must not worth the parchment which will have for home, we scarcely wonder, be defiled by its record. There was holy allies as they are, that they a report within these few days, that have dubbed Spain the-Hell of LeFerdinand, induced either by his gitimacy. The phrase, and the cause fears or his necessities, had despe- of it, naturally recall our old friend rately resolved upon something like Merino, the military monk, who has liberal measures, and was even will- once more appeared upon the scene. ing, upon certain pecuniary stipula- Discontented, it seems, with the tions, to recognize the independence present order of affairs, he is at the of the Colonies. Mexico was men- head of 4000 armed men, opposed tioned as likely to be first in the to the system which the French have recognition list, as having pro- established. In Segovia he is said to bably been the best bidder. This have taken a great many of the however rests upon mere rumour, royalists prisoners, and to have imand there is no account to be relied on mediately dismissed them with a as at all approaching to authenticity. present of a dollar a man and an enWith respect to the Colonies, it sig- treaty that they would turn their arms nifies very little whether the report against the invaders of their country, has any foundation or not. It ap- This fanatic has already_produced pears to us as if the bargain would such effects that various French dem be at this instant a very uncommer- tachments have been sent off in purcial speculation-one only to be ex- suit of him. The state of society in cused on account of their infancy in Spain must at present be a strange trade. If they do pay Ferdinand, they one; private letters from Madrid deare certainly paying him for what he clare that the servile ladies in varihas not to give, and what, if he could ous parts of the country are very give, he would undoubtedly with- busy in presenting petitions against ħold—their freedom. Liberty is an the constitutional ladies in their rearticle not to be bought with gold; spective neighbourhoods ! the metal which acquires it is. APRIL, 1824.

2 F

The news from the Brazils is of a tholic religion is the established religion character which we certainly should of the state, and no other shall be tole not have anticipated, at least so im- rated! Surely one would suppose mediately after the abrupt dissolu- that such a sentiment was traced, tion of the congress, and the vio- not by a hand which wielded the lent transportation of the opposition. sword of freedom, but which had Certain, however, it is, that the been busied about the chains of the Brazilian Emperor has promulgated Inquisition. Upon the whole, howa constitution which partakes much ever, the Brazilian constitution is of the character even of English free- much more liberal than could posdom. There are two Chambers, in sibly have been expected, and is whom the legislative power is vested. such, whether it be of Don Pedro's Both are elective. The first is called own conception, or forced upon him a Senate, and it continues for life. by the demands of his subjects, as to Of this body the Emperor has the put an end for ever to the hopes of nomination of the third part. The those ultras in Lisbon, who might senators must be Brazilian citizens, have still speculated on regaining an possess a fixed portion of property, ascendancy in Brazil. no matter whether it arises from land, In France the chief subject of inindustry, or commerce, and they are terest since our last has been the not eligible till they have attained progress of the elections, which have the age of forty; an exception in this terminated almost universally, in falast respect is made in favour of the vour of the powers that be! There Imperial Princes, who are eligible at will not, we should suppose, be found twenty-five. The Chamber of De- in the new Chamber above twenty puties is quartennial. It originates liberals; so that, in fact, their parevery measure relative to taxation, liament will be little more than a and to the recruiting of the army, mere silent registry office of the royal and is to choose a new dynasty on will. The last accounts announce the the extinction of the reigning family. death of two very celebrated revoThey have also the power of inquir. Jutionary characters, Cambaceres, ing into the conduct of ministers, and who was in power under the consuof instituting an impeachment, if ne- late, and afterwards during the emcessary. To this body, also, a certain pire, and Eugene Beauharnois, Naportion of property is requisite, and its poleon's adopted son and late Vicemembers receive a salary for their ser- roy of Italy. vices. Both these bodies are elected From South America we learn, hy primary assemblies, and the suf- that a Peruvian force, under Santa frage is withheld only from the army, Cruz, had been defeated by the roythe clergy, minors, servants, and pau- alists under Valdes. This however, it pers. The Catholic religion is of was supposed, was of no consequence course the established religion of the whatever, as Bolivar had succeeded state, but the private worship of other in capturing Niva Aguero and his sects is to be tolerated;which, after all, staff; and having that ambitious for a Catholic, and a Braganza, and chieftain in his power, he could now a nephew of King Ferdinand into the turn his undivided attention to the bargain, is going a great way. When foreign enemy: there is such a clamour raised against · Our domestic news is little more Protestantintolerance, these examples than an epitome of the proceedings in in our own day of Catholic states, parliament, which, however, we shall aye, and those professing to be free endeavour to present as faithfully as "states too, ought not to be forgotten possible.

not that we think the illiberality The first subject in order which of one sect should form any excuse for occupied the attention of the House the illiberality of another, but still of Commons sinee our last, was a "those who are the first to establish discussion, or rather a resumption of such a system ought not to feel either last year's discussion, on the subject surprised or aggrieved at its gaining of the delay attendant on the present adherents. We have observed with system in the Court of Chancery. considerable pain, that the very first This was introduced in a very able article in the free, nay, the republic speech by Mr. J. Williams, who con. can constitution of Mexico is, The Co cluded by moving for a committee to

« PreviousContinue »