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He is of course acquitted, and repaid tations against detraction, and on the with gratitude and admiration for the injustice of deciding in cases where the unfounded censures of which he had character of an individual is at stake, been the object. The parties are now from being informed of one side of the all made happy. Headlong is united question only. to Caroline Mesford, the identical the The writing is, for the most part, that had smitten him at Venice. Tranfit correct, and the reasoning sound ; the turns out to be the son of Sir Ralph action is regular, and the plot tolerably Alpen, who had married in his youth a well managed, considering the grave nymph stolen from a convent in Flan. cast of the play ; but the scene is freders. His mate is Eliza Afpen, his quently too long, sometimes tedious, own cousin, whom he had married and not always either instructive or before knowing the relation tip that entertaining; and the language dir. fubfilted between them; but they had plays none of those striking Aalhes of been some time separated, and he had wit, or burits of imagination and fancy, believed her dead. He now finds her which at once illumine and enliven with her uncle. The malpractices of dramatic dialogue. Quillet are detected, and he is handed No Piece, perhaps, ever was better over to the rigours of the law. performed than this in all its parts ;
From these materials the Author (to and it would seem in vidious to diftin. whom the public ftand much indebted guilh particular merit where all were for some former labours) has construct. entitled to praise. It was, however, ed a piece which, when tried by the received with coolness the first night, principles of dramatic compofition, pof- performed to very indifferent audiences felles few claims to public favour. It for about seven or eight more, and then is the province of the Conic Muse to laid alide. deal out satire upon vice, and ridicule [Mr. Holcroft has since published the upon absurdity ; but the borrows the Play, with a Preface, which, we are malk of Melpomene, and wears it awk. sorry to observe, is much more rewardly, when the attempts to attain markable for spleen and petulance than her object by uttering prolix leffons of for any other quality : his play was virtuous adınonition, and tediously patiently heard ; so far as we have seen, dogmatizing on human fallibility. it has been impartially criticised; and
Though we cannot say that the we believe Mr. H. is the only person Piece is absolutely devoid of interest, who will be found to tettify, that dur. yet it is on the whole of a most tombre ing the performance“ burits of laughdescription, pollelling little novelty ter have constantly accompanied the either of plot or character; and what comic parts, and deep attention and ever feature of originality may attach increasing applause the serious scenes;” to the equivocal part of Fairfax, it is that "the attack was planned,” and so much forced and distorted as to be “that the charges brought against the rendered but little plealing, while it play were falle, ludicrous, and inli. fets nature and probability at defiance. pid.”] Headlong has liitle to recommend him FEB. 2. At Covent Garden Theatre, to superior notice-he constantly speaks CAPTAIN CAULFIELD, of the Guards, of magnanimity, resolution, and elafo made his debut in the character of Ham. cicity of mind ; yet as constantly be. let; and we have seldom seen a more trays a mean, grovelling, and despon. fortunate first attempt. His performdent spirit. "Transit, Melford, the ance was not, indeed, equally effective honeft Steward, Quillet, and Caroline in all its parts, but the rays of genius Melford, do not differ from thore which illumined the whole. Captain Caulwe see every day on the Itage; but Sirfield's person is well proportioned and Ralph Alpen is too contemptible to genteel; his articulation diftinct ; his escape centure ; and his niece Eliza is countenance, though not remarkable guilty of such incongruities as to be for any superior powers of expreslion, incapable of exciting intereft. Had is capable of depicting the various emoany other actress than Mrs. Jordan per- tions which arise from Hamlet's fituaformned it, we think that it would have tion; and his discrimination and feel. been hissed off the stage.
ing leemed generally correct and natuThe Play, in short, excepting a comic ral. We have, however, to remark Scene or two, may be said to consist of that his deportment, attitudes, and a number of detached elaborate differ- gesticulation, were too evidently the
result of labour and art. He seems to Scene-Dalecarlia, a remote Prohave consulted his mirror for that ac
vince of Sweden. tion which, in order to be suited to the word, thould spring spontaneoully from
Time-The early part of the fix.
teenth Century. the momentary impulse of pation, or the actual business of the scene. He
The FABLE was always in pursuit of some new attitude ; and the result was, that he pro. Commences with that period of the duced nothing fteady and effective. By Swedish History when the renowned stooping forward too much, and con- Gustavus, overwhelmed by superior ftantly inclining his body, he loft much force, and despairing of an effectual of his height, and injured the graceful resistance, retires to the mountains of effect that would have resulted from an Dalecarlia, and seeks, amidst the darkerect carriage, and greater firmness of ness of the mine, a shelter from the deportment. His address to the Ghost persecutions of his foes. During the of Claudius was happily managed, and period of his concealment, his faithful the soliloquy of
subjects, unable to endure the oppression “Oh! what a wretch and peasant Nave
of their Danish conquerors, a second am I !"
time throw off the yoke, and contend
for their liberties with the sword-surwas delivered with true spirit and just
cess crowns their first efforts; and only indignation. In the two lait acts, his
the presence of their Hero becomes voice rather failed him; and thence he
wanting to perfect their emancipation : could not give the ranting part of the - Frederica, beloved by Gustavus, and scene, where Hamlet leaps into Ophe
her father Rubenski, set forth in search grave, with the necessary force and
of his retreat. Their iteps are closely effect; but, upon the whole, he evinced
pursued by Carlowitz, a Chief of the much judgment, and was warmly ap- opposite faction; and it is not without plauded.
many perils and narrow escapes, that 16. Capt. Caulfield undertook the
they reach the mine. Here, at length, part of Ranger, in the The Suspicious
they obtain the reward of their advenHusband; but this was a feeble and in
tures, and persuade Guttavus again effective performance; and we shall not to command the patriot army'.
His dwell upon it, because we think that
people in multitudes dock around the he has talents which in another line of
Royal Banner ; and the power of the acting may be made useful to the Itage. Danes is soon 'confined within a single 19. A New Historical Play, written
fortress, which Carlowitz is appointed by Mr. Dimond, jun. of Bath, was
to defend, and where Gunilda, the performed for the first time at Drury, Sister of Gustavus, is imprisoned. The lane Theatre, under the name of
great strength of the caitie for a while “THE HERO OF: THE NORTH;" the
baffles every attack; but itratagem Charadiers heing thus represented : etfects what force cannot. Alexa, a Guftavus Vasa Mr. Pope.
lovely peasant girl, of whom Carlowitz Cafimir Ru- }. Mr. WroughtON.
is enamoured, forms an allignation with
him at a poltern gate, and while the Carlowitz Mr. RAYMOND.
Governor is lost in the delirium of
passion, contrives to admit her countryCalmar
men within the ramparts, the signal Gabriel Mr. DowTON.
being the fixth hour struck by the caltle Marcoff Mr. BANNISTER, Jun. clock, and her singing an air, when the Iwan
Mr. SEDGWICK. Governor, in keeping the assignation Princess Gu-} Mrs. YoUNG.
with her, would naturally leave the
castle gate open. Confusion deprives SantaMichel . } Mrs. Harlowe.
the garrison of the power of defence;
and every where the patriots are tria FredericaRu- } Mrs. Mountain.
umphant. The Danes then, driven to
desperation, drag forth Gunilda from Alexa Mrs. BLAND.
her prison, and threaten to sacrifice her Ulrica Miss TYRER.
on the spot, unless their aflailants re. Chorus of Warriors, Priests, and tire. Fraternal affection prevails upon Miners. Gustavus, and he instanțly offers to
withdraw VOL. XLIII. FEB. 1803.
withdraw his troops, as the price of her her to take the veil. Sigismund, her safety and release ; but the Princess lover, disguised as a pilgrim, prevails hertelf, with patriotic heroilm, refuses upon Gabriel, the gardener of the life upon such degrading terms, and Convent, to allow him an interview, exhorts her brother to charge the re- The next scene represents the interior mains of the garrison, and disregard of the Convent, with the accustomed her life, when compared with the ceremonies of a Novice taking the public good, and the freedom of Swe- veil; but upon Gunilda refusing to den. Enraged at hier fortitude, the comply, she is remanded to her cell; Danes offer to plunge their daggers in and the scene drawing discovers an her bofom, when Carlowitz (who, awful view of a copper mine, the gloom though seduced from his allegiance by of which is merely enlivened by the the Tyrant, retains the sentiments of light of a solitary lamp, whose rays are an honourable heart) interferes, and dimly reflected by the surrounding bids his yatrals release the Princess, and masses of metal. Here Gustavus is seen truit to their own courage only for with Frederica and her father, and, defence. The cause of the Danes is being supported by the Miners, they become hopeleis; but Guftavus, un· fally forth, surprise the Castle, seize willing to be surpafled in generolity by Carlowitz; and, as before stated, a foe, voluntarily waves the advantages Gustavus and his fair Confort are of fortune, and offers to decide the unanimously placed upon the Throne of battle by single combat. The extra- Sweden. ordinary magnanimity displayed in this From the above sketch a tolerable proposal, at once subdues the pride and idea may be formed of the business of inflexibility of Carlowitz; the virtues this piece; which, we must say, does of his lawful Prince Atrike fully upon not display much ingenuity in its conhis mind; and, unable to persevere in Itruction, nor contains any great degree a conduct which his own feelings.now of interest. Its principal attractions are, condemn as atrocious, he recants the its music, chiefly by Kelly, its scenery, errors of rebellion, and supplicates the dresles, and decorations. Aided by Royal Pardon. Gustavus beltows it there, it will probably repay as frankly ; and assures his misguided Spectacle the almost profuse expence opponents, that the niemory of their that seems to liave been bestowed on it. pait offences is obliterated in the fin. The approbation, however, which it cerity of their present repentance. received was by no means unqualified; Rewards are liberally difpenfed to those as the attention was frequently fatigued characters whose virtues have deserved by the recurrence of languid lovea recompence : and the Play concludes scenes between Sigismund and Gunilda ; with the rejoicings of a gallant and and neither the characters nor incidents loyal people, upon the recovery of had much claim to novelty:-We re. their liberties, and the overthrow of collect, however, that the Pieces most foreign tyranny. The other business productive to the Treasury of the of the Piece is as follows: – The first Theatre have not been always those scene represents the Cottage of Mar. which met with the best report from coff, extremely appropriate in jts fur- the Board of Criticisin. niture ; and one of the windows being open, discovers a distant view of the surrounding country covered with
PROLOGUE snow, and glittering with the tilvery
TO THE NEW COMEDY OF effulgence of the moon beam. A coise being heard without, Alexa goes to the
HEAR BOTH SIDES. door, and introduces Caliinir RubenIki, and his daughter Frederica, pur
Spoken by Mr. BANNISTER, sued by Carlowitz. Marcoff has just RASHNESS and Enterprise twin bro. time to hide them when Carlowitz
[dare ; enters with his guards; but not being Rivals, that teach each other how to able to find the fugitives, they retire to So like, that they, to man's eternal wonthe sound of martial music. The
[der, Second Act opens with a view of an Can never perfeally be known asunAbbey (a beautiful scene), wherein Until the ended allion shall decide, Gunilda (the lister of Gustavus) is Which is the blind, and which thencontined for the purpose of compelling lightend guide.
thers are ;
In him who fails, we Rahness recognise; And wherefore thus expose hinself to fall?
(air, of modern plays are we nat daily told Drop from the clouds, and vibrate in the How very vile ihey are ? Unlike the old Rahness himself; who dar'd a madman's Strong sense, and sterling wit, of those Alight,
(hays ! As if he fought the Prades of endless When bolder bards with glory won the The boldest bolom felt unheard-of fears; The charge, alas! contains too much In terror, thousands shed hysteric tears !
of truth !
(youth ! Downward he comes-he falls not yet! This the old age of wit, and that the but, oh!
[throw ! The 1courge of latire now we dare not The next dread sweep all hope must overTerrific interval! Safe when he came We dread newspapers, magazines, re. 'Twas Enterprise, accompanied by Fame ! Pursuing talte, which changes like the We dread the Christians ; nay, we moon,
dread the Jews ! An author rises in his air balloon : Aptiy compar'd to Nature's keeneit Awhile he fails the regions of the air ;
throes Dull earth contemning, builds his caitles Are theirs who face such formidable foes. there :
On that the flag of peace might be unOnward he foars, with hope of famte elate, furi'd!
[out the world! Then cuts the cord, and ralhly tempts Peace here to-night' sweet peace through.
How shall the Muse the fugitive reprove,
Who.boalts her lex's charms, with. TO THE RIVER DERWENT, AT MAT
out their leaven ; [move, LOCK, BATH, 9TH SEPTEMBER 1802.
Fond thro' a gay admiring world to BY EYLES IRWIN, ESQ.
While CHATSWORTH lacks the influ
ence of his DEVON!
[phire hreast; So, on our Parents' fenfe, when first the On the fain'd Peak unveil'it'thy fap
(grten, Thro' sparry dells, unnoted, win'st thy Of Eden burst, array'd in Spring's frein way,
(come guelt : Faint was its odour-lead its vivid bue, 'Till DARLEY's vale embrace his wel- 'Till smil'd abroad the charmer of the
Icene! 0! while thy ride on CHATSWORTH throws a grace
[art ; Thy banks how verdant, as thou linger'it Uoknown to all his costly works of
(bjunds, The eye of talte, with rapture, kens thy And, when enforc'd to quit the magic race,
[impart. A fertile foil divides, thy wealth to share, Which nor his fountains nor calcades Where Pan and Ceres cheer the cul.
tui'd grounds. On MARY'S woes while Pity haply dwells,
Hence noisy pleasures ! and the gidiy Who there fome hours of blighted life throng!
s'er'd bail, beguild ;
Who Folly's rites, in haunts lequelAttention catches those romantic spells, Be Fashion mute !-while DERWENT Wbich, to his lot, a TALLARD + re
In silence, eloquent, thro' MATLOCK's Mary Queen of Scots was kept some time at Chatsworth, then the property of the Earl of Shrewsbury. A luite of apartments, and the bed in which tie tipi, ale Hill pointed out, as thole inhabited by that persecuted Prince's.
+ Marhal T aliard visited Chatsworth during his parole in England after the balle of Blenbein. Ancat and appolite compliment to its beauties las buen attributed in him.
Or if a found the wanderer's step arrest, To fhew thou hast not quite forgot
As o'er thy woody precipice he Atrolls; Thy guardian, and his humble cot.
ROBERT JONES. drelt
[BOWLES! Lodge, near Bala, Merionetb. Illume his visions with the lay of Shire, February 3, 1803. Thy poet, MATLOCK ! ftill alive to ON THE DEATH OF A YOUNG fame, (painter burn
LADY. For whom no more thall Flora's HARK! 'twas the knell's fad found! Weep, DERWENT ! weep thy sage's attic
alas ! The's dead ! [design'd,
[urn ! That charming maid, hy Nature fair And bear this tribute to thy DARWIN'S To bless, to please, to captivate man
[fied ! While lives the page botanic, dear to To realms of endless bliss her spirit's taste,
Lo! o'er her urn each lovely maiden Melodious cadence, images sublime,
(complains Shall Science cherith his descriptions And of relentless Death's harth stroke chaste,
(While o'er each face a general sorrow And Fancy banquet on the nectar'd
[friend. By Arkwright train'd, the Arts enrich And mourns the early doom of their lov'd thy tide ;
Well (nown :
may each Muse in tender Itrains de. The Loves and Muses sanction thy re
[card, Whate'er from Beautir beams is fill thy
To see so fair a flow'r ro foon depride, [spring crown!
Which only blossom'd on the sight to And Genius' choicest gifts thy off-.
(more. And make us feel its early lois the LINES
Delia farewell ! may angels guard thy breast,
(of reft. ADDRESSED TO A LITTLE REDBREAST, And waft thy spotless soul to realis
Jan. 24, 1803
A. On seeing him hop wistfully before my Window in the late Snow,
TO THE RIVER OUSE. SHIV'RING franger ! shield thy head
FAREWELL, lov'd stream of many a
joy the scene ! [I've pac'd ! ’Neath my warm, though rustic lhed ; Little forms my daily fare,
Where oft, at eve, thy verdant banks
While Memory all those pleasures has But that little freely share.
retrac'd, Here shall no un feeling boy
Which oft I've felt, when, with a breast Harass thee with cruel joy ;
Juft freed from school, I've fought this Here no purring foe Mall aim
[pride, To destroy thy tender frame :
Where the tall poplar stands in haughty Peace and safety here ahide ; Therefore in my cot reside,
And plung'd my limhs in thy retrelh. And when Sprirg along the plain
[difturled my lot. Leads her rosy langhing train,
Thrice happy days ! No troubles then
And oh !'o'er all farewell my only love! And on downy fragrant wings Healih and glee and plenty brings,
My hapless lot now bids me swift repair
(from care, Then again, my warbler, rove,
To distant scenes ; but when, releas d Seek thy favorite hill and grove ; Pensive I wander in some lonely grove, Gladly join the woodland throng,
To my fond light will Fancy paint thy Rich in plume, and rich in fong.
[arıns. All the flight return I ask
And waft me grateful to my Delia's Is, when evening crowns my task,
Jan. 24, 1803.
M. And my limbs are gaily thrown On the hay that's newly mown,
TO WILLIAM GIFFORD, ESO: Or the bank, with flow'rets dreit,
ON HIS TRANSLATION OF JUVENAL. Gives me loft delightful rest,
WHEN Satire's ny, inlinuating dart That upon some neighb'ring spray
Rebounded, blunted, from the Thou wilt tune a grateful lay',
callous heart, 1 The cotton-mills of the late Sir Richard Arkwright, at Matlock, Bath, are a nonument of the ingenuity and spirit of Britons. The profits of this inagnificent undertaking are said to produce 70,occl. annually to his family!