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descends to sing his requiem, and the Epilogue is spoken by a personage, called Doctor, who recapitulates the whole, and delivers the moral, as follows:

" This moral men may have in mind;
Ye heavens, take it if worth, both old and young,
And forsake Pride for he deceiveth you in the end,
* And remember Beauty, Five-wits, Strength, and Dis-
They all, at the last, do Every-man forsake, (cretion,
Save his Good-deeds, these doth he take :
But, beware, an' they be small,
Before God he hath no help at all.
More excuse may there be for Every-man,
Alas! how shall we do then ?
For, after Death, amend may no man make,
For, then, Mercy and Pity doth him forsake;
If his reckoning be not clear, when he doth come,
God will say,--Ite, maledicti, in ignem æternum :
And he that hath his account whole and sound,
High in heaven he shall be crown'd;
Unto which place God bring us all thither,
That we may live body and soul together.
Thereto help the Trinity ;
Amen, say ye, for Saint Charity !"

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HARRY ROWE, THE YORK TRUMPETER. This well known genius was born at York, in the year 1726. He was a trumpeter to the

Duke of Kingston's light-horse, at the battle of Culloden, in the year 1746, and attended the high Sheriffs of Yorkshire, as a trumpeter, at the assizes, upwards of forty-six years.

He was the master of a puppet-show ; and, for many successive years, opened his little Theatre, in that city, during the summer seasons ; and attended his artificial comedians to various other parts of the kingdom, during the course of the winter.

In the year 1797, he published, at York, an edition of Shakspeare's “ Macbeth,” 12mo.“ with notes and emendations by himself," and embellished with his portrait. A second edition of this work appeared in 1799–1800.

The reason for this publication, he relates in the Preface ;--the following are his words:

“ I am master of the puppet-show ; and as, from the nature of my employment, I am obliged to have a few stock plays ready for representation, whenever I am accidentally visited by a party of ladies and gentlemen, I have added the tragedy of “ Macbeth” to my green-room col. lection. The alterations that I have made in this play are warranted, from a careful perusal of a very old manuscript in the possession of my prompter, one of whose ancestors, by the mother's side, was rush spreader and candle snuffer, at

the Globe play-boase, as appears from the following memorandum, on a blank page of the manuscript.

This day, March the fourth, 1598, received the sum of seven shillings and four-pence for six bundles of rushes, and two pair of brass snuffers.'


Our commentator's erudition likewise manifested itself in a dramatic piece which he wrote, entitled “No Cure, No Pay." In the early part of his life he distinguished himself by his filial affection, in the support of his poor and aged parents, through the various means above detailed; will not, then, the feeling heart experience a pang at being imformed, that, bowed downby age, poverty, infirmity, and a long and painful illness, Harry Rowe expired in the poor-house at York, many years ago!


The last engagement of this eminent actor was at Liverpool; and, on the morning of the day on which he was to have performed The Stranger, he received, for the first time, the distressing intelligence of the death of his second son, a youth in whom his tenderest hopes were centered, and whose amiable manners had brought

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into action the tenderest affections of a parent The Play, in consequence of this, was deferred ;. and, during the interval, he had in vain endeavoured to calm the agitation of his mind. The success with which he performed the part called for a second representation (August 2, 1793,) in which he fell a sacrifice to the poignancy of his own feelings, and when the audience were doomed to witness a catastrophe which was truly melancholy.

In the fourth act, Baron Steinfort obtains an interview with The Stranger, whom he discovers to be his old friend. He prevails on him to relate the cause of his seclusion from the world : in this relation the fee lings of Mr. Palmer were visibly. much agitated, and, at the moment he mentioned his wife and children, having uttered (as in the character,) there is another and a better world !” he fell lifeless on the stage. The audience supposed for the moment that his fall was nothing more than a studied addition to the part; but on seeing him carried off in deadly stiffness, the utmost astonishment and terror became depicted in every countenance. Hamerton, Callan, and Mara, were the persons

, who conveyed the lifeless corpse from the stage




into the Green-room. Medical assistance was immediately procured ; his veins were opened, but they yielded not a single drop of blood, and every other means of resuscitation were had recourse to, without effect.

The gentlemen of the faculty, finding every endeavour ineffectual, formally announced his death. The surgical operations upon the body continued about an hour; after which, all hopes of recovery having vanished, he was carried home to his lodgings on a bier, where a regular inventory was taken of his property. Mr. Aickin, the manager, came on the stage to announce the melancholy event to the audience, but was so completely overcome with grief as to be incapable of uttering a sentence, and was at length forced to retire, without being able to make himself understood : he was bathed in tears, and, for the moment, sunk under the generous feelings of his manly nature. Incledon then came forward, and mustered sufficient resolution to communicate the dreadful circumstance. The house was instantly evacuated, in mournful silence, and the people forming themselves into parties, contemplated the fatal occurrence in the open square, till a late hour next morning. Doctors Mitchell

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