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MRS. ST. ORME.
Mrs. Mattocks were outraged ; and, itself (as appeared to us to be the case) amid convulsions of approving laughter, too weak to be effectively employed in the Epilogue was driven unfinished from so large a Theatre; or he had wholly the Siage. It has since been with. mistaken its pitch; for when he perdrawn*, the following concluding lines formed those scenes wherein the dialogue being now tacked to the end of the is merely of the conversation kind (as in Comedy :
a part of the scene with Odrick, &c.) his HONORIA.
voice was scarcely audible in the centre of “ Then crown our pleasures with your
the pit ; and when, on the other hand, he genial praise;
attempted to exert it into exclamation, it Blame not
A few lera our blunders-pardon our
was harsh and dissonant. All aid my suit.
fons from the maitre de danse will easily
polith Mr. Foot's demeanour; and, -Let me your favour court;
perhaps, practice may beget a due moA married Sailor hopes you won't spoil dulation of his voice ; in which case we sport.
really think that his natural abilities will
render him a very refpe&lable performer. So does a Fox hunter-a finish'd man.
-The Bills foon after announced him
as intending a second appearance in the Ay, Ladies look-refuse him if you can.
13. Ac Covent Garden, a new AfAnd we entreat you.
terpiece (rather affectedly called a Melon POSTPONE.
Drame) was presented for the first time Yes, and Paul Postpone,
under the title of "A TALE OF MYSYour miles are fees for all his labours TERY," the Characters being as follow: done.
Count Romaidi Each chearing nod demonstrates he has
Mr. H. JOHNSTON. Francisco
Mr. FARLEY. And ev'ry clap's a glorious fix and eight
Mr. MURRAY. pence,
(lawsThen take the hint; and, 'fpite of critic
Mr. CLAREMONT. cause."
Michelle (a Miller) Mr. BLANCHARD. At Drury-lane Theatre, a Mr. Pero (a Gardner) Mr. SIMMONS, Foot*, made his first appearance on the Selira
Mrs. GIBBS. Stage in the arduous character of Ham. Flametta
Mrs. MATTOCKS, ket. He possesses a good manly perfon, Villagers, Soldiers, &c.-Scene, Savoy. about the middle size. His conception of the part was generally just; and he judici The Scene lies at a Village in Savoy. ousiy varied his manner with the various A person named Francisco has been refeelings by which the character is fuc ceived into the house of Bonaino, who, cessively animated. His enunciation also knowing nothing of his atory, is not is correct, and free from any provincial disposed to harbour him any longer. habits. So far we are juftified in ap- Francisco had been deprived of his plauding the attempt; and his reception tongue, but was able to deliver his by the audience was very Hattering. thouglies in writing. Flametta, BonaTwo objections, however, remain to be mo's old female fervant, bad found Fran. made againit Mr. Foot's personification circo about eight years before the opening of Hamlet : his walk was ungraceful, and of the Piece, in an expiring state, manhis action, particularly in the first two gled by ruffians; and by the assistance of acts, redundant, His voice also is either in Michelle, a neighbouring miller, the
* On the following night, when the Comedy was finished, Mr. Fawcett came forward, and said, “ Ladies and Gentlemen-The Epilogue was advertised to be spoken this evening, only through the mistake of the printer : as it did not meet your approbation, it is withdiawn. Mrs. Mattocks therefore hopes, that you will indulgently dispense with her undertaking the irksome talk of again atrempting to recite it.” Perhaps a limilar icttance of the theatrical damnation of an Epilogue, on the second night of repetition, is not on recurd.
+ This gentleman, we urderfland, seceived a good classical education at Wines chester College, served an apprenticeship as a Compositor to Mr. Deputy Nichols, and was lately in bulinels as a Printer in Crane Couit, Fleet-ftreet, VOL. XLII. Nov. 1802.
wretched man was preserved. Bonamo the officers of justice pursue them and hearing this account, and persuaded by take the latter. Romaldi flies to the very his son, and the rest of his family, re- spot where he and his accomplice had solves to continue his protection to committed their horrid butchery on FranFrancisco. Count Romaldi, at this cisco. The honest Miller who protected time arrives, for the purpoie of con Francisco affords a refuge to Romaldi, cluding a marriage between his son and but afterwards perceiving a scar on bis Selina, the supposed niece of Bonamo, right hand, one of the ligns by which to which Bonamo assents, though he his person was described, suspects him. knows that his son Stephano and Selina Romaldi, however, induces the honeft are devoted to each other. Romaldi Miller to protect him, rather than instarts on seeing Francisco, who discovers volve in danger one who may be inno. equal emotion, and hurries away. Ro cent. At length, Francisco and Selina maldi is soon joined by his servant Mal. arrive at the lame spot, and the horror viglio ; and as they know that Francisco they discover at the right of Romaldi is to sleep in Bonamo's house, they re. induces the Miller to run for the officers solve, in the dead of the night, to kill of justice. In the mean time, Romaldi him. Selina overhears the wicked de. offers his pistol to Francisco, that he may sign, and gives information to Francisco. revenge himself for all the injuries he The assaflins approach, but Francisco, has suffered. Francisco, who had re. who is prepared with pistols, for some mained in concealment rather than imtime prevents them from executing their peach his brother, throws away the purpose. At length, under a periualion pistol. Romaldi then attempts to escape, that he has too much humanity to fire, but is taken by the foldiers. Bonama they rush upon hin; but the screams and the rest of the characters assemble ; of Selina, who has been upon the watch, and as Romaldi seems to repent of bis bring all the family into the room, and villanies, the Piece concludes with the Francisco is preserved. Bonamo's fuf restoration of Stephano and Selina to each picions are then 10 strongly roused against other, and the avowal of an intended apRomaldi, that he refolves to break off plication for mercy in behalf of Rothe intended marriage, and to give Se maldi. lina to his fon Sephano. Romaldi This Piece is an alteration, by Mr. departs in anger, declaring that unless Hcrost, of a French Drama called Bonamo alters his mind beiore ten “ Seline : ou, L'Enfant Mystère," which o'clock the following morning, he shall met with great success at Paris. It is repent. Bonaino delpiles this threat, a pleasing mixture of novelty and in. a rural fête takes place, and the lovers feirii, comprising incident, dialogue, are on the point of being married, when music, dancing, and pantomiine, and has at the appointed time a better cones since continued almost uninterruptedly to from Romaldi, affuming that Selina is be performed to crowded Houtes with the daughter of Fianciico, and annex. unanimous applause. ing a certificate or her birth, in proof of The music, by Dr. Busby, is adthe allertion. Francisco is then con. mirably expreffive of the various passing sidered by Bonamo as a wretch who had Scenes ; and in the Overture, which was protured the bed of his, Bunamo's, de rapturoully applauded, a sportful use has cealed brother. Fianciico and Selina are been made of extraneous sharps and fats, then discardedi. Sirphano resolves to with the happieit effect. follow them, but is contined by his fa We have scarcely ever seen a Piece ther.--A benevolent Lawyer in the better performed ; the dumb eloquence of neighbourhood contins the account that Farley, and the varied deportment and Selina is the daughter of Francisco; but expreilica of H. Johnston, are equal proves that she is the offspring of a to any thing that we have witneled on fecret marriage, and that he is obiruded the mimic icene. on Bonamo, as lois niece, by the artifice The drelles are superb, the scenery is of Romaldi. It appears that Romaldi is finely pi&turesque ; and the dancing of the brother of Francisco, and that he young Bologna, Dubois, King, and contrived iu get the latter into the hands Mrs. Wybrow, with the hoinpipe of of the Algerine'i, and when he escaped, the infant Byrne, gave a pleasing reby the alliitarice of Malvoglio, way laid lief to the fombre liue of the rest of the him, cut out his tongue, and left him, piece. as they suppoled, dead. The cry is now 17.
A New Mufical Farce, called up against Romaldi and Maivoglio, and « A HOUSE TO BE SOLD," was pre
fented for the first time at Drury-lane, has long wanted to purchase Mrs. Dorof which the Dramatis Persone were
ville's house at a low price. Finding as follow :
that it is now sold, he offers Charles an Captain Kellon Mr. DOWTON.
advance on his purchate. The young Charles Kellon Mr. J. BANNISTER.
failor, finding his anxiety to buy, talks Belfield Mr. KELLY.
to him of planting trees and building Melchifedec Mr. WEWITZER.
a wall to obftruét the view from Mel. Hawler Mr. SEDGWICK.
chifedec's house, and at length fo far Matthew Mr. SUETT.
works on the Jew, thai he agrees to give Servant Mr. WEBB.
him an advance of three thousand pounds
for his purchale. This tum of three thou. Mrs. Dorville Mrs. SPARKS.
fand pounds Charles destines as a wedding Charlotte Mils DE CAMP,
gift to Belfield and his conitant CharMrs. BLAND.
lotte ; and the generosity of the young Charles Kelson, a young officer in the Sailor is rewardei by his uncle, Captain navy, and his friend Belfeld, a compoter Kelson, who restores him to favour, and for the Italian Opera, are travelling to declares him heir to his fortune. Plymoutb : when within a few miles of This entertainment is an alteration by their journey's end, they find their money Mr. Cobb from a Frer.ch Farce called run short. They walk a part of the “ La Maison à Vendre ;” but the characway, but at length, overcome with fa ters, as well as the manners, have been tigue and hunger, they leat themselves naturalized to our own country. on a bench, near the door of Mrs. Dor. Taken as a whole, we think it equal in ville's house, which is situated in a merit to most of the mulical farces that village about fifteen miles from Ply we have seen brought forward for three mouth. Mrs. Dorville's house, and the or four years pait; at least it is ungrounds adjoining, are to be foid ; and tainted by any of the extravagant carica the travellers Teeing a bill to that effect ture on which farce too often relies for posted on the houle, Charles Kelion re. fuccess. Charles Keljon is drawn with solves to gain a dinner, and perhaps a conbillency and preciion, and was adnight's longing, hy pretending to be a mirably supported by Bannister. The purchater. The Icheme lucceeds, and Jerus
, by Wewitzer, must be noticed as a Mrs. Durville, delighted in the expe&t. chaite, natural, and truly comic per. ation of telling her house, and miltakung formance. Charlotte is the character Charles Kellon for his uncle Captain text in interelt and importance. She is Kellon, o: Plymouth, invites the young a lively mad-cap, whole head is full of adventurers to stay till the next day. dancing and linging, and who fighs for They are recognised by Marthew, 'a the enjoyment of there and other plea. foctuh lervant of Mrs. Dorville's, who (ures which the town affords. In perhad 'een them walking on the road; he sonating this character, Miss De Camp is, however, bribed to filence. Charles gave some imitations of figure-dancing Kellun accedes to the terms propoled by and Italian tinging, in the caricature ths old Lady for the purchale of the Ityle, which exciied much laughter and house, and the produces a written agiee- applaute. ment, which he figns. It now appears The scenery is rural and pituresque ; that Charlotte, the nece of Mrs. Durville, but the music, which is chic Hy the comis attached to Belfield. The two tra policion of Mr. Kelly, is its great ornavellers are again nearly discovered by ment. The overture abounds in sweet Charlotte's lurprise in meeting her lover and pleasing movements, judiciously vaso unexpectedly; Charles Kellon's ad
ried and contraried, not ftraining at disdreis relieves them from this embarialt. culties, and attempting to furprise by ment; but a more ferious event threatens execution, but Rowing in an ealy courie, him in the anival of Captain Kelion, and speaking to the heart. The same who intends to bid for the house him character prevails through the airs and Telt. Charles too begins to feel that duets. he is involved in an alarming difficulty, The Farce received much applause, by binding himself to purchase a houle has fince had a very succesiul run, and tur tive thousand pounds, without a we doubt not will becoine a itock-piece. Oulling in his pocket. Chance, how. 19. Ai Covent Garden, Drs. Litib. ever, extricates him from this critical fichl performed, for the first time, the chasituation. Melchiledec, a Jew, who has racter of the Widow Brady, in the Irish made a fortune by telling llops to tailori, l'idorv, gave the brgac well, and lure
ported the part throughout with confi. the chara&ers that had been usually rederable eclai. This is certainly too good presented by Mr. Kemble ; that of Leontes a farce to be laid alide (as it had been for (Winter's Tale), Leon (Rule a Wife, several years) ; the parts are in general &c.), and the Abbé de L'Epée (Deaf and well cast ; but, on a future representa. Dumb) ; in all of which he is entitled to tion, we should think it improved if Mr. very honourable mention ; indeed, had Emery took the character of Kecksy instead not Mr. K.'s performance of them been of that of Whittle.
seen, that of Mr. Pope might have met In the course of the month, Mr. Pope with unqualified approbation. has appeared at Drury-lane in three of
The dismal dungeon where immur'd we lay
(yield his breath, FROM DANTE, CANTO XXXIII.
(Where many a starving wretch mutt Dante, conducted by Virgil, is supposed And which, from me, is call'd the Cave to visit the infernal regions : there
[day, he sees the figure of a man gnawing Thro' its dread bars t'admit the darken'd a skull with Savage joy, and, ftruck
Had just begun—when, by my woes opwith horror, inquires the causes of
prelt, his dreadful fury. Thus ends the I sunk at lait to seep and troubled reft ; 32d Canto ; the 33d opens in the fol. Troubled indeed! for dreaming 1 beheid lowing manner.
Sights which my future horrid fate unveil'd.
[height, Rousp by my words-he gazia with Methought hiltood upon the billion, we ofte frenzied fare,
the hairhides plains from And ceas'd his horrid meal-then with
[tranc race, Which hung in clotted malles down the There Ghaland, Sismond, and the Lanhead,
[wildly said- Prepar'd with bim, the matter of the Cleansing his blood- smear'd jaws-he chace,
[rude ; Thou bidit me deeds of direst woe de- To hunt the wolf amid these mountains clare,
A wolf and whelps they rous'd, and Which, but to think of, is itself despair ; quick purfued, [houting fird; Yet if my words can fix this traitor's With fierceit' dogs, whose rage their Mame,
Soon they o'ertook the panting preyAnd blalt with jofamy his hated name,
(no more Tho's alding tears bedew my anguilh'd And faint from swift pursuit could run face,
(trace. Then with fell bite their bleeding fides I Mall with joy my cruel wrongs re. they tore,
(pir'd. Thy features are to me unknown-the And all beneath their cruel tooth exfame
[leeft these dark Starting I woke and heard my children The means by which, 'lore death, thou
(fleep. Abodes; thy speech a Florentine should And call for bread in anguilh as they na ka
[name : Sure thou wilt shed it, if thou halt a tear, But, so or not, Count Hugoline my Thinking on that hard fate which now And he whose Ikull I gnaw, o franger, know,
Foresaw- The customary hour drew near Was once a Prelate, and my mortal foe, When they were wont to bring our Ruggiero call dhe tropp'd and gave a wretched fare ; groan
(known, Yet, by our dreams forewarn'd, we did I Mall not tell, for they on earth are Expect the usual food. I heard a sound, By what vile arts he won me to his Noi as of doors which on their hinges pow'~
creek, But how he agoniz'd my dying hour But the harsh grating bolts. I look'd How the fell monster lengthen'd out iny
On my poor children--but I did not Hear thow- and judge if not deserv'd speak
I did not weep-despair my tears had And should'st thou wish to learn my tale, drieda
Go alk-but not in Dura's vale ! They all were weeping—and my Anselm Yet have I told it o'er and o'er, cried,
(itern!” And spread the tale to ev'ry shore ! " Father, dear father, do not look so Alas! unheeded in the galé, Still not a tear-I felt my temples burn It floated down my Dura's vale! That day was past, and all the dreadful night,
Yet Dura's is my native stream ! In deathlike silence 'till the next day's There first I told my hapless tale,
Her green banks were my earliest theme ; Began to dawn again-then, when I law Four wretches brought to life and fuch All, all forgot in Dura's vale ! delpair
[gnaw Go! speed thee to the east, the welt; By me-to frenzy rous'd, I 'gan to Go! aik each Muse delighted breast; My unoffending hands and tear my hair- of Atrangers learn the arelels tale They, thinking it was hunger, rose, and But alk it not in Dura's vale ! said,
[dead - Go! ask old Thames, for he has heard, * Eat our flesh, father--we must loon be
And knows my story, word by word : And happier we shall die, if we relieve
To thee he will repeat the tale Yous pangs-eat--and the life you gave Thou'lt alk in vain in Dura's vale! receive."
[gloom To stop their cries, I fat in fullen Or Should't thou, fond of science, stray Why did not then the gaping earth en
Where Isis rolls her classic way, tomb
Thou'lt hear it in the passing gale :
But ask it not in Dura's vale !
Or thould kind Fortune chance to guide heard.
(teous cry, Thy iteps near Esk, by Edin's side, On the fourth morn, Gaddo, with pi. There Pity will repeat the tale Exhausted, faid, “ Help, father, or I Thou'lt aik in vain in Dura's vale ! die !"
Yet once did Pity haunt her stream, I had no help to give--and by my side, And sooth'd with hope my plaintive Whilit I gaz'd vacantly, he firuggling theme. diid.
Tone, There first I liften'd to her tale, Within the next two daysmall, one by Ah! now unheard in Dura's vale ! Expir’d--the sixth day saw me left alone There, firit, the taught my heart to feel, My dungeon strew'd with death.my And mourn o'er woes I could not heal! eye-right gone,
We mix'd our tears o'er many a tale ; For three days more I grop'd about the
O'er griets, remote from Dura's vale ! Callid on their names, and took a cold embrace
[do. And when my hand poffefsid the pow's Then famine did what not despair could To loothe Misfortune's lingering hour, He ended here the itory of his woe ;
Thou might'st have heard me, in the And his grim cyes, of fellest rancour gaie, full,
[the Ikull. Sing the glad tidings down the vale ! With tooth, like familh'd wolt, he leiz'd And am not I the oply Bard,
o Dure ! that paid thee due regard ? THE RETREAT TO THE COT.
The Mujes firit, in my fad tale,
Heard the fond praise ot Dura's vale !
And much the hope inspir'd my breast, BY JOHN, THE HERMIT. (Concluded from page 295.)
That Dura yet might grant me rett,
When, weary of each distant dale,
I sought repose in Dura's vale !
I oft, with philosophic mind,
Strive to forget that vale unkind;
But still, in ev'ry warbled tale,
Perhaps some future day, when I
Embosom'd in the earth shall lie,
STRANGER! Tould my plaintive Too late for me, alas ! my tale
May find its way to Dura's vale !