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always wished to see them adopt, and to think of running again round the which can alone fix victory in their bloody circle of their former follies. ranks.
The Revolution is dead in France; In the second place, a royalist mi- certain principles, which cannot renistry fixes limits to certain ambitions, store it to life, may perhaps agitate it and 'destroys many chimeras. Elec- for a time in the grave; like that elections made in virtue of a monarchical trical power, which cannot raise the form o law, under a monarchical ministry, dead, but by the help of which one promise to be monarchical ; and, with may give frightful convulsions to a these elections, an increasing royalist corpse. majority puts an end to hopes that had The ministry remained firm in the long been nourished,
But a party midst of this storm ; and in a few days which feels that in a few months it more this legislative fever will be sucmay have lost its influence, will, of ceeded by profound repose. The vecourse, make a last effort while it is hement discourses and desperate de i Norg still in the field. In this desperate clamations that were poured forth in the line position any weapon will do; the li- the Chamber do not belong to the other berties of the charte are invoked on times we live in, and they recall recolaccount of the pestilence at Barcelona; lections one cannot think of without hand! Bayonne is another Coblentz, and the horror. If they were addressed to the sanitory cordon an army; a measure those without, it was very vain; for of precaution, publicly discussed in the they affect nobody; and their effect is face of the sun, is a secret measure is over with the debate which excited against Spain !
them. What will be the result of all Another reason, which seems to have this violence and agitation? The abomade the discontented lose all patience, lition of the censorship, and a much is, that some changes which have taken greater degree of freedom of the press. place in the police system, greatly to The ministry, by this single act, has the advantage of the people, have be- merited the thanks of all those who gun to unhinge and take down that are sincerely attached to the constitufrightful machine which the French tional liberties of their country, and inherited from the Revolution. This who consider those liberties as a pledge in:leed, may for a time impede the of the public tranquillity. In less march of the administration, but still than six weeks, this new administrathey have done it; and certain it is, tion, the object of so much distrust that the old links are broken, and that and of so many sarcasms, has acquired there is now reason to hope for a po a strength which superficial minds did lice set in motion by monarchical ma not expect, but which, however, it chinery
was not difficult to foresee. A ministry In fine, the masses of the nation formed according to one of the two remain incorruptible. Some ridiculous great opinions in France--a ministry conspiracies, fomented by irritable which began its career by abolishing passions and irremediable regrets, may the last law of exception to the charte, still find a few dupes, but when once immediately placed itself in its natural they descend to the people and the political order; and all natural order soldiers, they find nothing but fidelity. is durable: yielding to the impulse of The general conspiracy, going on in new institutions, instead of thwarting Europe, and especially in France, them, its power is increased by all the which was to burst forth at the mo- power of those institutions thenment of a supposed rupture between selves. The consequence of this true Russia and Turkey, is an abortion. position was quick and perceptible
. The prolongation of peace, and the The public funds rose rapidly; a striformation of a royalist ministry, made king inajority declared itself; and the it dart out partially and prematurely liberty of the press, which was to set in France ; but it is no sooner know everything in a flame, and destroy than it is no longer to be found. every thing, with which it was imposThose, therefore, who are so little in- sible to govern, took place without structed by the past, as still to think being perceived, as soon as the miniswithout horror on political commo- ters shewed themselves courageous tions, have no hope for the future ; enough to submit their acts and their and the fate which seems to threaten persons to the scrutiny of public opiSpain will hardly induce the French nion.
Such a ministry has little to fear for by the beauty of the style than by its duration, and could only fall by one some rapid stroke which flashes on the or other of these faults; if it departed sight. It does not seem that morality, from monarchical ideas, or if it exag- philosophy, nor even poetical allegory, gerated them. In the first case, it in however gay, lively, or interesting would alarm la France ancienne, and colours they might be exhibited, could
men more monarchical than the mi- ever have much success at the Opera. to nisters would soon rise up on the coté Dancing, music, decoration, scenery,
droit, who would turn them out ; in and all its other brilliant appendages,
mapie. He had the rare felicity to see The Marvellous Lamp of Aladdin her first during the night when her has made its appearance at the grand palace was in flames, and he ran to her French Opera, which, you know, is assistance. Since that time her image called, in Paris, by the singular name pursues him in his dreams, and he of the Royal Academy of Music. Never never ceases, in his boat, and even was the first representation of a dra- when asleep, to sing of his love, and matic work preceded by so many do- to sigh for another smile. The Cadi of lorous and remarkable facts. Nicolo, Prince Timorken comes to Aladdin, who
was composing the music of it, and orders him to demolish his hut,
and who was scarcely thirty years of which happens to be on the road of the Dege, was suddenly carried off by death. sublime Prince who is going to espouse
This musical performance-the object the Princess Almanie. Aladdin some of his dearest hopes, which was to time after appears again on the stage,
place him in the first rank of modern with a little antique lamp, and relates Evo musicians, while it would have cer- that he has just saved an unfortunate
tainly raised much higher the great man, who was carried away by the rareputation he had already acquired by pid current of the river; and that this a number of operas which have en- mysterious personage gave him, as a riched the lyric scene-this fine com- mark of gratitude, a marvellous talisposition was only half finished. man, which leaves him nothing to Benincori
, equally commendable for wish for. In fact, he touches a spring bis talents and his modesty, was cho- of the lamp, and it immediately besen to terminate the music of the comes lighted. The theatre is filled with Wonderful Lamp, and he gave himself genii, and Isminor, one of them, on a up with ardour to the task confided to car adorned with the attributes of light, bin. The Opera was already ordered informs him that he is the person for representation, and some rehearsals whose life Aladdin saved ; that his had been made, when, just as he was destiny is attached to the Lampe Meron the point of enjoying the merited veilleuse, but that if it should be exrecompence of his labours, inexorable tinguished, it would pass into the death also snatched him away.
hands of another, who would be the I shall tell you nothing new by in- master of it and of him. The Cadi reforming you that the subject of the turns with his people to destroy the Wonderful Lamp is very well known. cottage, but Aladdin, who had raised Different theatres have long since ta an army, drives him off, defeats Prince ken possession of this ingenious fairy Timorken, and obtains the hand of tale, which is borrowed from one of Almanie. But, in a nuptial interview, those admirable books, in which we find the lamp, which Aladdin can never all the brilliant and fertile imagination quit, and which lights up of itself in of the East. The Arabian Nights have the middle of the night, astonishes the enriched all the theatres in Europe. princess, and she determines to leave Though strangers to dramatic repre- him. Aladdin, overcome with love, Sentation, the Arabs have pointed out puts out the lamp himself, when the to us the most picturesque situations ; genii of darkness, headed by Timorbut it is only an able hand that can ken, seize
it, and Aladdin is condemned seize and develope the delicate shades. to be precipitated from a tower. AlAt the Opera, especially, an ingenious manie is now to marry Timorken, but idea reaches the spectators much less she gets hold of the lamp in her turn,
are not of the same opinion respecting of the statue is as much finished on the oldet that this work, notwithstanding the posed statue, says M. de Clarac, may is baie
and the first use she makes of it is to The upper part of the statue is endeliver Aladdin.
tirely naked down to the waist, all the The work met with the most bril- rest below is covered with an eleganta are o liant success, and nothing could be drapery. The two arms have been almore magnificent than the decorations most entirely destroyed, so that what it and costumes, which are said to have remains of them is only sufficient to cost 150,000 francs, about 6000 gui- shew that the figure had a very proneas. The spectators of the grand minent attitude. But what was its opera never witnessed, I believe, a motion or action? The authors of the lead de more superb and elegant spectacle: two notices have each their system, The most remarkable pieces of scenery which they support by ingenious hy slave were three palaces ; that of Aladdin, potheses, and reasons that appear wellin the third act, the bronze palace of founded; nevertheless, notwithstandTimorken in the fifth act, and, lastly, ing all their conjectures, there is no the palace of light, at the extremity thing on this point but doubt and of which was a moving sun. I must uncertainty.
But as it is evident not forget to mention, that the new that there would have been a want of in be lustre, on this occasion, was lighted equilibrium between the different parts katibu with hydrogen gas, which had a most of the statue, if it had not had a resting brilliant effect.
point, which it seems to be seeking Two interesting and pretty volumi. for, we may come to the conclusion, nous notices have lately been published that it was not originally destined to bien q on an antique statue in the Museum figure alone on a pedestal. This is of the Louvre, which is called Venus the opinion of Mr Quatremere de ti Victorieuse. This statue, of Parian Quincy, who presumes, and even marble, was discovered in the Greek thinks he can affirm, that it belonged kule island of Milo, in 1820, was transport- to a group of two figures, and was derai tha ed to Paris the year following, and pre- thus in relation with the god of war, are sented to the King by the Marquis de and was soothing his savage temper. la Riviere, French ambassador at the He cites, in support of his opinion, Ottoman court.
two or three antique groups represent- urbia The author of these two notices, M. ing the same subject with a remarkQuatremere de Quincy, of the Aca- able conformity. demy of Inscriptions and Belles Let The Comte de Clarac is not altogen Maiden tres, and the Comte de Clarac, Con. ther of the same way of thinking ; servator of the Museum of Antiques, having ascertained that the drapery the composition, and the primitive des- side where the second statge is supra disp tination of the statue. Such discre- posed to have been, he concludes that pancies, you know, are not uncommon, both were insulated. The two statues, il even among the most renowned anti- according to him, were not contiguous, quaries. However, these two learned but at a certain distance from each gentlemen are unanimous in thinking other, perhaps opposite. The sup damage it has experienced, is really a have been Mars, Paris, Adoniş, or production of the golden age of the one of the two goddesses over whom fine arts in Greece, and all the con Venus has just obtained a victory; noisseurs who have seen it agree with After all, this question, which is them. In fact, among all the fine sta- difficult to resolve, is not the most imtues of this kind, which time has al- portant object. The essential point lowed to reach us, there is perhaps for the satisfaction of amateurs, and none worthy to be compared to this, for the progress of the
art of sculpture
, if not for the fineness, the purity, and is the acquisition of a masterpiece
, the correctness of the forms, at least for the superiority of which cannot be dethe grandeur of the style, the fulness nied, not only over that crowd of anof the naked parts, and, above all, for tiques collected with so much care, the beauty of the execution, which, and transported at such expence, the every where ample and mellow, is at chief merit of which is often nothing the same time disengaged from those but their antiquity, but over the very useless details, that individual imita- small number of choice pieces, worthy tion, which the sentiment of ideal of being held forth as models of taste beauty always rejects.
statement Besides the arms of the Venus of following anecdotes will give you some FREKU Milo, which are wanting, some other idea of her imagination and feeling, h a parts are more or less injured ; but all She had a friend for whom she had hare bene the rest is as well preserved as could the greatest esteem, but who lived a so eder er be expected, after twenty centuries of great way from her. For many years she subdo ravages and vicissitudes. It is to be wrote him a letter every day; at length
hoped, indeed, that this rare produc-, she had the misfortune to lose him, but what was tion may be scrupulously preserved in notwithstanding, she continued to autunde the state of degradation in which it write to him every day, for two or the site has been transmitted to us, and that three years, as if he had been alive. ngentes no rash hand will attempt to restore A friend remonstrating with her on
what time has destroyed. Not that this strange proceeding, she said: 11 notrilise the French are without able statuaries, y a des morts qui nous entendent mieur ebere j but I should scarcely think any of que beaucoup de ces étres qui se croient decis a them would have the pretention to vivans. There are deceased persons is te continue or finish a work of Praxi- who understand us much better than
teles, if, to be sure, this piece may many of those beings who think themfer really be attributed to that celebrated selves alive. This lady was implicated bedes sculptor, or to one of his school, as the in the conspiracy of Pichegru, and was two ingenious antiquaries above men- put into prison. Hearing some beg
gars one day asking for charity under The Venus of Milo was exh ted her window, she immediately looked a for some time in the Musée des An- for some money for them, but found
tiques in the Louvre, near the Diana she had none. She directly began to
of Ephesus. It has since been trans- strip off almost all her clothes, and i Price ported to the upper story, and placed thrust them through the bars of her
in the round hall which precedes the window, saying to those who were de Gallery of Apollo; but the public are with her, “ We must give something
not admitted there at present, as some to these poor people, they are in want decorations are going on which will of every thing, and we want nothing soon be finished.
but liberty." Numerous pamphlets and literary The joyous Carnival, which lasted essays, both in prose and verse, have this year only fifteen days, has passed been published respecting Bonaparte off very quietly with all its masquesince his death; but none of them, rades, its harlequins and scaramouchperhaps, are worthy of much notice, es, its masked balls of twelve hours, as except an Ode or lyrical poem on the they are called, which last all night, death of Napoleon by Lebrun, author of and the grand annual procession of the the tragedies of Ulysses and Marie Fat Ox, with all its motley accompaStuart. Educated at the Prytarée niments of buffoonery, which is the francais, by the benevolence of Bona- glory of Paris, and the pride and joy parte, this author bas interrupted the of the Boulevards for three whole days course of his silent studies, to cele- together. A grand improvement was brate his benefactor, and to throw a made in the procession of the Fat Ox garland on his tomb.
this year for the first time. FormerIncapable of disturbing the tran- ly, the child who represents Cupid quillity of any individual, and very used to sit in a chair on the back of far from wishing to offend any thing the ox; but this year the ox was led that is now respected in France, the first covered with a fine pall, and Cuauthor of this Ode has thought it pid sat in a canopied throne, fixed on right to reveal to the public his im a triumphal car, in which there were pressions and involuntary impulses on other smiling loves like himself. This receiving the intelligence of the unex- arrangement is much more comfortable pected death of Bonaparte.
for the child, and is an additional emMadame la Marquise de Montpezat, bellishment to the parade and pomp of who died here lately, was a native of the procession. Some persons pretend Provence, and endowed with all the that there were not so many masks as vivacity and sensibility which is ob- usual; that masquerades are going out servable in the natives of that southern of fashion, &c. &c., but I look upon region. She was an authoress, but never this as only a touch of party spirit
, to put her name to her works; and was well make us believe that the people are acquainted with Tacitus and Horace, unhappy and discontented. I am, who were her favourite authors. The &c.
RHAPSODIES OVER A PUNCH-BOWL.
By Paddy from CORE, with his Coat Buttoned Behind.
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DIOGENES (see Lempriere) took a true Socratic principle, and get him to kwes Fox lantern in his hand, and sought all go ong with me in all my examinaover Athens for an honest man. If he tion of the affairs of his rivals; and water and be di had found one, I know his first ques- then, still adhering to the same prin. tion would have been, " '2yabe, is not ciple, I would turn upon him in such asistond po this a world full of humbug?" and the a way that he should find himself to alma honest man's answer must have been, most woefully entangled,--and, if I “Yes, truly, Diogenes; and you, with mistake not, look, with all his long your tub and your lantern, are the teeth, very like
a hairy fool that finest piece of humbug in the whole of hath ta’en a hurt from the hunters.” Atë ta it.” Now, in regard to the professional I will not trouble you with the cun. How to critics of the present day, it appears to ning method by which I should inme that any given member of their veigle him: but I will tell you what mai bine ? -sect resembles very much Diogenes the end of it should be: and do you, beze strolling up and down the town with my good friend, write this down for her not his dark lantern in his hand, exclaim- gospel meo periculo. What things I mieru ing against humbug, and trying to pass should make him confess! himself off upon the women and chil I would make him own, in the first dren crossing the streets as a person place, that the Quarterly Review is in pursuit of honesty. I am the honest conducted upon no plan whatever; man they all pretend to have been that it is written by a great number of los con seeking after: and none of them in men,-no two of their number holdreality ever did seek for me: but here ing any thing like the same set of opie I am-and I tell each and all of them nions about almost any one of those that they themselves are the very hum- great questions in literature, without bug they pretend to detest, and let me unity and the air and influence of see which of them it is that will have unity, as to the which no literary the assurance to bandy any more words journal ever did or ever can proluce with me. I assure you I will “cleave an effect honest, direct, comprehenhis beaver with a 'downright blow," sive ;-by far the greater part of them and not imagine myself to have me
not only totally ignorant of these matrited a second long cork neither. Me- ters,—but, speaking in a large and thinks I can vividly and briefly pour- philosophic sense, totally ignorant of tray to myself how I should deal with literature, and perfectly incapable of thein ! how finely I would illustrate forming any opinion worth one straw Coriolanus saying, “ It is better to upon any one thing that deserves to follow thine enemy in a fiery, gulf, be considered as a literary subject. ! than to flatter him in a bower.' would not condescend, however, togire
And, first of the first, let us imagine myself much trouble, or him much for a moment (for, as Pantagruel
pain, by bringing out his confessions says,
now is the very time for sweet in regard to his canaille. It would imaginations”) let us suppose that the
serve my turn quite well enough to most atrabilious Lord Protector of the make him speak the truth about the Quarterly came forth at my asking. I very first of the band-himself incluwould question him, although you -ded and I think I should find means may perhaps think, that, as was said to make him do so. of Shylock of old,“ one might as well What is the opinion of the Quarteruse question with the wolf.” I would ly Review upon any given subject? wenture, however, for all his growling; it is possible that it may be the opifor I know very well “ he would not nion of nobody : at the very best, it is be a wolf, but that he sees the Romans the opinion of Mr Southey, or of Mr be but sheep.” I would begin on the another person, (who must be pleased,