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“ The thing that I loe best of a',
Lass an ye loe me, tell me now; The dearest thing that ever I saw,
Though I canna come every night to woo, Is the kindly smile that beams on me,
Whenever a gentle hand I press,
Of a dear, dear lassie that they ca’ Bess."
“ Aha! young man, but I cou'dna see,
Wha I loe best I'll tell you now,
Though ye canna come every night to woo ; Yet I would rather hae frae you
A kindly look, an' a word witha', Than a' the flowers o' the forest pa',
Than a' the lads that ever I saw.”
tion, we venture to say the audience would have been thin enough. Let our histrionic friends therefore study novelty ;-it is one half of the battle. Moreover, if they have any genius at all, let them choose such characters as will give them an opportunity of displaying it; for it is a ridiculous thing to see them on their benefit nights sinking into situations far below those to which they are entitled, and which they are well able to support.
At the same time, it is not to be denied, that our company is far from being strong at present, and that there are some excellent pieces which it is as well for it not to attempt. We have no first tragedian, and no first comedian, either male or female ; and no lady capable of taking the lead in opera with any thing like eclat We do not know whether a manager can altogether expect the permanent members of his company to be satisfied with benefits at the fag end of a season, after he has allowed some of his most attractive performers to take their departure. Be this as it may, it is plain that things must not remain long as they now are. A sort of sleepy half-and-half feeling seems to have crept over the establishment, from which it must be roused ere long, else it will get into a state of confirmed lethargy. Our only reason for forbearing to press this subject more fully to-day is, that a new grant of the patent has not yet been actually signed and sealed, and given over to Mr Murray; and that the assignees, who seem to be rather a dilatory set, have, within the last week, been prevented from finally arranging the matter by the unexpected death of Sir John Hay, who was one of their pumber. But something must be done immediately, and we shall then take the liberty of speaking pretty freely as to the preparations which ought to be made for next season.
Among the benefits announced for next week, we observe that Pritchard's is to take place on Monday, and Denham's on Thursday. They both deserve well of the public. Pritchard is one of the most industrious and in. defatigable men in the company. He has, on the whole, made a very good selection of entertainments, and is to have the assistance of the military band of the 4th dragoons. In several Scotch characters Denham is unrivalled, and in nothing that he attempts does he offend ;-on the contrary, his acting is in general characterised by modesty and sound judgment.
Notwithstanding the puffing and blowing of the frogs who enact the part of toads to the Caledonian Theatre, that establishment remains very much in statu quo. There are one or two respectable persons connected with it; but on the whole, its entertainments, whether musical or otherwise, are heavy, vulgarish, and balt-price-like.
“ Then, dear, dear Bessie, you shall be mine,
Sin' a' the truth ye hae tauld me now, Our hearts an' fortunes we'll entwine,
An' I'll ay come every night to woo; For, o I canna descrive to thee
The feeling o' love's and nature's law, How dear this world appears to me
Wi' Bessie, my ain for good an' for a'!”
Far doon in yon deep dell;
But whar-troth I'll no tell :
Oft finds that soothing hourStars in the sky-dew on the earth
And me beside my flower.
My gentle flower receives
Call forth its blushing leaves ;
Delights to strew his bower, Where many an unseen spirit smiles
L'pon my happy tower.
By the Ettrick Shepherd.
Lass an ye loe me, tell me now
For I canna come every night to woo." “ The gouden broom is bonny to see,
An' sae is the milk-white flower o' the haw, The daisy's wee freenge is sweet on the lea,
But the bud o' the rose is the bonniest of a'.” “ Now, wae light on a' your flow'ry chat,
Lass an ye loe me, tell me now; It's do the thing that I would be at,
An' I canna come every night to woo !" “ The lamb is bonny upon the brae,
The leveret friskin' o'er the knowe, The bird is bonny upon the tree
But which is the dearest of a' to you?"
Ah ! weel ye guess that fancy gives
This living gem o' mine
A soul in't a' divine,
A fringe o' midnight hue,-
Aye melting kindly through. 'Tis a' the wealth that I am worth,
'Tis a' my praise and pride, And fast the hours flee over me
When wooing by its side-
So innocently fair,
And love, that's growin' there.
Wi' saftest words I woo my flower,
But wi' a stronger arın
Frae every ruthless harm;
Betray my flower so rare, May he live without a cheering friend,
Aud die without a prayer!
THE FALLEN ROCK.
By Thomas Brydson. No mortal hand, save mine, hath yet
Upon thy cold form prest, Thou mighty rock, just freshly torn
From off the cliff's dark breast,
Oh! glorious our fate that where'er we be,
So steep that never hunter climb'd
Unto its helm of snow, To gaze across the wide expanse
Of desert spread below.
LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
But yesterday the fleecy cloud
Went ourling o'er thy face ; But yesternight the eagle slept
Within thy calm embrace ;
While moon and stars, thine ancient friends,
In glory journey'd by,
Up in the silent sky.
Ah, me! and thou art downward hurl'd
Into this lowly glen ;
Down to the haunts of men ;
Thou who throughout all time hast been
So lofty and so lone,
Scarce reach'd thy marble throne.
Thou'st stood unmoved, while age on age
Earth's myriads pass'd away : Strange destiny, methinks, that I
Should mark thyself decay !
I saw on the shore of the wintry sea
THE CAPTIVE OP F8z.-We have been favoured with an early copy of Mr Aird's forthcoming poem, which we announced some time ago, entitled the Captive of Fez, in four cantos. We pteter delaying our review of it till next week, that we may be able to do it the greater justice.
The EncycLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA.We have received Volume 1. Part I. of this great national work. It contains a portion of Duca Stewart's admirable Preliminary Dissertation on the History of the Sciences, and the alphabetical matter from A to Ætna, together onth seventeen plates beautifully executed, illustrative of the article
Acoustics, Aerostation, Africa, and Agriculture. It is evident that | both the Editor and Publishers are determined to make the seventh edition the best which has yet appeared.
Messrs Colburn and Bentley have commenced a new work, to be entitled the Library of Modern Travels, Voyages, and Discoverie, comprising original journals of recent travellers in various parts of the world, and presenting an epitome of the present state of geogra phical knowledge. The work is to appear in monthly volunes, like the Family Library.
The forthcoming Number of the Family Library will consist of the third volume of the lives of eminent British painters, seulptor, and architects, by Allan Cunningham.
We understand that Sir Thomas Lauder Dick's work on the floods in the North of Scotland in the early part of this year, is nearly ready for publication.
CHIT-CHAT FROM LONDON.-Poor Haydon the painter is again in the very last extremity of poverty, and has written a letter to s newspaper to say, that unless some assistance be speedily afforded him, he will be incarcerated. We do not exactly understand this: Haydon is a clever man, and his necessities must, in a great mea sure, be of his own making. Besides, we do not approve of people writing letters to the public press concerning their own wantsTwo collections of great interest to the antiquarian and the scholar are, in a few days, to be sold by Mr Sotheby : the one consisting of a valuable series of medals, the other of a well-chosen library. The medals are those of the late Earl of Morton, a nobleman of noted
taste; the books belonged to Sir Thomas Lawrence. The former I possess only their own intrinsic worth, which is great; but the books
of such a man as the late President, derive an adventitious value from their being associated with the private studies of a man of genius.--Mr Burchell, the well-known African traveller, has st length returned to England, after an absence of nearly six years. In this period he has explored those vast inland provinces of Brazil into which no European traveller, at least of modern times, has vebtured to penetrate. We may look for an interesting work from his pen ere long.--Now that the weather has become warm, the Londoners are beginning to indulge in their annual fear of mad dogs. It would be well were they never bit in any way but this.-A monument is erecting in Westminster Abbey, by Mr Westmacott, to the memory of the late Mr Tierney. The fund for this splendid testimonial to his worth has been raised by private subscription.--A new periodical, of the same size as the Edinburgh Literary Journal, is about to be commenced in London, to be published every Saturday morning, and to be called The Chat of the Week. It is to contain, besides original matter, the most interesting passages on all subjects from all the periodicals. This is not a bad idea, and may succeed. It is said that a large sum is subscribing for the institution of a per morning paper. The Star Evening Paper is for sale, the price de manded is L. 800, which includes types, lease of the house, &c. This is by no means a good time for newspapers; the best established cannot hold their ground, and the Sunday newspapers in particular feel the pressure of the times, for the middling and lower orders, who chiefly read Sunday newspapers, either cannot afford the expense, or the occurrences of the week are not sufficient to excite interest. In France, however, things are different; new papers are starting there daily, and succeeding well:--at Lyons two new papers have appeared within the last three months, and in different parts of France about fifteen papers have been successfully started during the present year.--A University Club is in the progress of formation, on the model of the other great clubs of London. It is to consist, in the first instance, of 600 members 3:0 from each University.
But, lo! as I look'd on that face of despair,
Alas! how rarely we pause to say, How precious a blessing it is to pray!
The first volume of the Juvenile Library, to be published by
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MR PRITCHARD begs to announce that his of Europe-the Court of Rome-the Ottoman Court--the Marshals
BENEFIT is appointed for MONDAY EVENING next, May of France, &c. &c. full details will be given. Among the curious
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Guards, he is enabled to gratify his Friends and the Public with the Theatrical Gossip.-Nothing but benefits are now going on in
valuable services of their very celebrated London, -At Drury-Lane, Farren, Harley, and Wallack, have had
MILITARY BAND. excellent houses.-At Covent-Garden, Fawcett has made his fare.
Miss I. PATON and Mr WILSON will also appear. well exit with the utmost eclat; and on Tuesday last, Mrs Daven
The Entertainments will commence with port, one of the best perforiners of old women that ever appeared on
IVANHOE. the stage, took her first and last benefit. She chose the part of the
Isaac, the Jew of York, by Mr Pritchard, being Nurse in “ Romeo and Juliet,"part she has played for 30 years
his first appearance in that character. to all the Juliets who have come out during that period.-On Tues.
Rebecca, by Mrs Stanley. day next Miss Stephens takes her benefit at Drury-Lane, and on
To which will be added, Thursday Miss Foote at Covent Garden, on which occasion she is to
OF AGE TO-MORROW. appear as Donna Violante in " The Wonder,” and “ Moggy M'Gil
Maria, by Miss Isabella Paton. pin" in “ The Highland Reel."-Last night Miss Kemble was to
The whole to conclude with the Drama of make her first appearance in comedy, as Lady Townly, in “ The
THE BRIGAND. Provok'd Husband."-Lablache, the new buffo singer at the Opera, Alessandro Massaroni, the Brigand Chief, by Mr Pritchard. is a native of Naples, and, in allusion to his enormous size, he has
Carlotti, by Mr Wilson. been called, " le veritable gros de Naples."-It is said that Mr Lee, Tickets and Places for the Boxes to be had of Mr KENNEDY, at the new lessee of Drury-Lane, has selected Mr Cooper as the stage- | the Box-Office, from 11 unul 4 o'clock; and of Mr PRITCHARD, No. manager.-Kean is engaged to appear next season at the Haymarket
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MR DENHAM'S BENEFIT. as ever. We can only say to the Parisians, as some old women are MR DENHAM most respectfully announces to reported to have said to a certain gentleman when they saw him car
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THE SLAVE, Daggerwood, and giving imitations of all the popular performers, to
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