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directed; and nothing which had been yet ad- The influence of the Crown had been men. vanced could satisfy him that it was an improper tioned. He was surprized to hear it lo itrongly particular in the general institution.

imputed to his Biil. The fact was, that any The Honourable Gentleman had been at no influence it lent was indirectly, and tberefore small pains to thew, that recall was equal to could not operate so as to create any power of nomination. This argument he would not, an alarming nature: for the Officers abroad by any means whatever, adopt. Had not the were directed to promote, both in the militury House of Commons the power of recall by and civil line, according to a regular succesiion Address ? Would any Gentleman stand up and gradation; and the nomination of the and afiert, that this was equal to the power of Crown by this, must of consequence be not a nomination ? In what respect could they be littic abridged. In this ftate of the case he did compared ? The one was a power which was not hesitate to say, that no arguments could circumscribed by no limitation, the other could prevail on the House o persuade them, that operate only under certain circumstances. He there was any danger where these undoubtedly was therefore disposed to think all the arguments, which went to prove the deficiency on A great variety of other particulars, no these premilea, must, in their own nature, fall doubt, demanded his attention, but he would sto the ground. He was not unwilling, at the not encroach farther on the patience of the {ame time, to allow much real force in what House. He politely acknowledged his obliga. had been said, about lodging the nomination in tions to their indulgence through the whole of one power, and the recall in anoiher; and he the business, and oniy requested, that what he did not doubt but should the Bill go to the Com- had produced with a sincere intention of fersmittee, the House would take the advantage of ing his country, they might receive and judge it.

ot with candour and impartiality. He complained that much sander had been Lord North concluded the Debate, and in circulated on the subject of his Bill. Great very strong terms contended for the imbecility, industry had been usea to exhibit it as a moniter folly, and dark patronage of the present Bill

. unworthy of seeing the light. But he protei- He put the principle into a variety of prospects, ted againit ail fuch arts, as giving him an ad- and argued that it was not a syfiem of practi. vantage which he did not with, and which he ca!, of sound, or of rational governineni truited no cause in which he should ever embark should ever stand in need. The epithets vided on the fecund scading,

The House, at half past eleven o'clock, die thrown out against it had been harth and un

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214 pleasant. He was not disposed to present it to

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= the House as a model of perfection. He allowed it had many faults. It was committed to the House in confdence that they would cor.

Majority against the Bill rect it, and render it in all respects worthy of It was then rejected. their wisdom.

222

FRENCH TH E A TRE S.

OPERA - HOUs L.

by M. Méreau, who is well known for several

Superb and popular oratories. The fable, 'HE frequenters of the French opera are Alexander, the conqueror of the Perfans, fainous Generals M. Chevalier Gluck and Sac already reached the court of Porus, which bechini. The stream of popularity is in favour comes the scene of the first act. The picce of the former, but the queen having patronised opens with the representation of the temple of the latter, the opposition is carried on with Bacchus, adorned with palm trees, and such fpirit and emulation. Orpheus and Euridicé other as are common to those climates. A is generally cíteomed a chief-deóuvre, and its grand sacrifice is prepared to this victorious fuccess on the French and Italian ftages has in- god, and protector of the eastern world. sured Mr. Gluck a brilliant reputation. At Axiane, surrounded by her women, announces the court of Parma, and upon almost every all the terrors which the invincible conqueror theatre in Europe, it has been received with threatens the prince, at the moment in which the highest plaudits; and what is a little ex- she was to be proclaimed queen. The theatre traordinary, this is the first opera that has is filled with warriors, who implore their sovebeen ever engraved in Italy. The translation reign to lead them forth to battle. · Poris apin French has been represented torty-nine pears, encourages thcir ardour, but previously Dię hts fucceffively in the fummer of ?s, and orders the sacrifices to begin. 'I he high priett, its revival has proved very fortunate to the followed by the priests and priestesies of Bac. managers.

chus, begins the ceremony by a hymn to BacThe beau monde has also been highly en- chus. A dance of priestefies and warriors suc. tertained with a new upera, intitled Alexander ceed, but are interrupted by the arrival of in India, written by M. ***, and the music Ephestion, Alexander's ambassador, who care

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to offer Porus war or peace, in the name of his COMEDIE FRANÇOIS E. maiter, who was the conqueror of the world.

At this house has been revived the Les The magnanimous king returns the following Troyennes, a tragedy by the late M. de answer :

Châteaubrun. In the years 1754 and 69, this

piece was extreme y popular, but the eternal Je jure par ces auteli,

lamentations of H cuba and her daughters De ne pas imiter le reste des matiels.

have failed this year in affecting the gay ParifiVas redire à con Maître, au tyran de la terre, We notice this performance the more Rae Porus lui déclare une éternelle guerre. readily, înce it abounds with many interesting

incidents; and pafrages happily transfused from Epheftion retires, and a choir of warriors the Greek tragedians. The outline of the follow their prince to the scene of action, Troyennes is, Hecuba, king Priam's widow, which opens with the second act. A furious and her three daughters are taken pritoners by battle fucceeds, when Porus being hard pressed the victorious Greeks. The unhappy queen by the enemy is ready to perish, when Alexan. deplores the miseries the has entailed upon her der eaters, and commands his foldiers to re

country in favouring the criminal love of her lạ& the valour of that Indian, whom he took fon. Cassandra had predicted the misfortunes for a fimple soldier. He is interrogated, and which were to befall her mother, her sisters, without discovering himself, with a firmnefs and the Grecian states. Aftyanax is to be that inlpired esteem. He is employed by the sacrificed to appeare the Manes of Achilles, conqueror to offer terms of peace to Porus, but news is brought that the high priest had bat he replies that Porus could never submit effected his escape : They therefore seize upon to terms to ignominious.

Polixena, and drag her from her mother's Thc Macedonians celebrate the victory of arms to the tomb of Hector's conqueror, where ther royal master, when their songs of triumph she was facrificed. Hecuba dies with grief, are interrupted by the arrival of Axiane, who despair, and distraction. descends from a vefsel, followed by her women There has been a new comedy of five acts, loaded with presents. She throws herself at called Les Marims, ur, Le Mediateur mala Alexander's feet, and implores him to see the adroit; but as it was not well received by the dead body of her intended lord. Alexander audience, we shall only add, that we suppose endeavours to pacify the princess, when the character of Marplot was not totally unEphestion as nounces that Porus is still living, known to this writer, who seems to be well acand at the head of his shattered army. Axiane quainted with the drama, and who failed in conjures Alexander not to pursue an unhappy the wished for success from his precipitancy, warrior, and proposes a treaty between him and and an ill chosen fable. Porus. Alexander yields to her intreaties, receives her presents, and conducts her to the COMEDIE ITALIENNE. thip.

Among the newest pieces performed on this The third act opens in the king's palace, theatre are, the Heureuse Erreur, and the where this prince reproaches Axiane for having Bateau Volant. The first is a petite piece, bumbled herself in asking a favour from the that was received with great indulgence. M. hands of his enemy; he breathes nothing but Patras, the author, is well known for several vengeance, and resolves to conquer or die in other dramatic performances, which have been the attempt. The cries of the soldiers; who played with various fuccess. announced the approach of the enemy to ate The plot of the Happy Error is simply thus : tack their ramparts, cause the king to leave A young widow forms the resolution of never Aziane abruptly, who is left to deplore the fate admitting a second engagement; and that this swaiting her royal lover. The scene changes resolution might be carried into effect, she 10 a representation of the city, where Porus secludes bcrself from the company of men, gallantly defends the fortifications, and re

except one who is a beloved brother. The pulses the furious attacks of the Macedonians. count of Elval is pasfionately enamoured of At last a breach is made, and Porus falls a. this lady, and secks every method to obtain an mong the ruins; nevertheless he flies to face interview. His fifter, Sophie, giving way to the Grecian hero; at that instant Axianc his importunities feigns a didike for her wait. throws herself between the combatants, and mag woman, discharges her, and as matters saves the life of her lover. Alexander touched

were ordered the en:ers into the widow's ser. with the personal courage of his enemy, re- vice. The new comer tells her mistress, that Pored him to liis chrone, and gave him Axiane Mifs Sophie was projecting a scheme of finding in marriage.

admiffion into her house in men's apparel,.in This poem

the whole well conduct order to gain her affections. The widow proed, the action dramatic, and the file in ge- posed to receive her in this affumed character, neral correct, perfpicuous, and often elegant. that the might return the compliment of deSeveral entire scenes were justly applauded, forception. In these circumstances the count is they abound with every species of good writing. introduced to the widow and her brother as The Cognoscenti speak of the mugc as a Sophie in disguise. He is received with all masterly Corxposition.

pollble courtesy by the lady, and the modes 1 2

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adopted by the brother to bring about a dif- A young lady of some reputation in the capital covery of the tu pored sex, render the scene retires into the country to indulge her paffios bighly diverting. He went so far as to pro- for the polite arts and sciences. The various ir pose a written contract of niarriage; the count fruments necessary for experimental philosophy Signs it with transport, and the widow, firmly and astronomy, she had brought with her persuaded that Count Elval was a woman, signs into the village, where she was soon confide: ed likewise. Sophie, in the assumed character of as deeply versed in the black art.

A young a country girl, informs the widow of the in.

couple, persecuted by an old guardian, who, trigue, and has not only the pleasure of secing according to custom, is in love with his Ward, an union take place between her and the count, come to this lady to consult her concerning the but also a double marriage in her own person fuccess of their penchants. The lover is conwith the widow's brother.

ducted into a cabinet, when the shows him in a The “ Flying Vessel," or, Bateau Volant, glafs the object of his wishes. The guardian, is an opera of one alt, and is a fquib of the not so credulous as the young couple, being a day. Caffandre, a mere pretender in the professed Freethinker, comes to puzzle the science of mechanics, publishes in all the prints lady with his studied questions. Here by prethat he was building a Flying Vessel, by which ended incantations, he trembles exceedingly; he could traverse unknown regions in the air. and being conducted into a whimsical apartOur thip-builder is represented to be guardian ment is ftri&ly charged not to leave it till the tu a young lady, whose name is Isabella, and clock strikes eight. The lovers hut up in what is very common, the guardian loves other rooms endeavoured to leave the house, Isabella, and Isabella hates her guardian. when they met; at that initant the clock Leander, the happy lover, having filled Car- strikes, and the guardian hastens to the door, Yandre's head with the practicability of con- sees the young couple, whom he took for apAru&ing this ærial vessel, and of his first at- paritions. Lights are then introduced, and tempting the experiment, obtained by this the denouement takes place, by the guardian's means, an opportunity of carrying off the prize consenting to the union of his Ward's withes. of beauty. A number of persons are collected The piece ends with the following verses, which to see Leander mount into the skies, and when are spoken by an actress: the moment arrived for the experiment, llabella and Leander throw themselves at Car- Dans le monde on connoit une forcellerie, sandre's feet and demand pardon. This baga- C'eit l'art de faire des heureux; telle, composed with such night materials, is Celle-là, je l'avoue, et je m'en glurifie, nevertheless extremely gay, witty, and amus- Je m'en sers tant que je peux. ing in the representation. The author's nama is Goulard.

This close excited repeated bursts of laughtes, The latt new piece at this theatre is La and the most lively applause. The actres Sorciere par Hasard, an opera of two acts. was encored, and the house was kept in one

The story of this little piece is simply thus ; continued roar.

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JANUARY 7.

termines to travel and see the world; and,

contrary to all advice and persuasion, lets oft Drury-Lane.

with the Clown, whom he entices into his fer

vice, in purfuit of adventures. He is cheated, New Pantomime was exhibited, entitled, however, in the outset, by the interpofition of

GIC CESTUs. The ftory of the Pantomime father, and who, to punith his desertion of contains a pleasant satire on the inconftancy of Columbine, deprive him of the Sword; at this modern husbands, exemplified in the capricious time Columbine and Old Harlequin repair to changeableness of Harlequin Junior; and at thefe Magicians, to enquire of his fate. Old the same time give due credit to the unabating Harlequin is blamed for entrusting bis power tenderness of female fidelity, in the character to his lon, but is forgiven, and Columbine is of a married Columbine.

presented with the Magic Ceftus, which con. The Pantomime opens and thews Harlequin iains all female virtues and accomplishments, in despair, not being able to obtain Colum- and by which she at length reclaims and fixes bine on account of his supposed poverty. Old his wandering heart. Hence the Pantomime Harlequin and Columbine are affected by his is called the Certus. Columbine has likewise distress, and his father is at length prevailed given her a Magic Wand, by which she has a upon to trust him with the Magic Sword, by power of controuling the effects of Harlequin's the means of which he procures riches, and by Sword, whenever he prepares to abuse it by the consent of the parents on both sides, ob- gratifying his inconstancy. Thus equippco, tains his Columbine. Young Harlequin foon the follows him to Paris, and pursues and regidus tired of the confinement of a domestic Atrains him in his wild attempts in that city. life, and being in polietion of the sword, de. From this arises the perplexities and business

of

of the Pantomime. At length he is again de

SPIRITS. prived of his power, and cold, chat he thall

We hear, we own our master's voice, never more retrieve it, or obtain Columbine,

To speed his wishes we rejoice; till he has by his own virtue and courage per- Pleas'd we obey our potent chief, formed such actions as may deserve her; and,

Thrice pleas'd to bring a friend relief. to give him an opportunity of doing so, he is sent to the fiege of Gibraltar, where, after

MAGIJIAN. fighting gallantly in defence of his country, he

Prepare the Magic Zone, prepare, is at length forgiven, and directed to " stray

Grac'd with each virtue of the fair, no more ;” while at the same time, Colombine

That Columbine again may win is reminded to retain the qualities that have

The wandering heart of Harlequin. been fo fortunate to her.

CHORUS.
By sense and gentleness to prove
Here is the Magic Cestus of true love. Pleas'd we ubey our potent chief,

Thrice pleas'd to bring a friend relief.
The Pantomime concludes with a view of
the rock and fortifications of Gibraltar, and SONG and CHORUS of SPIRITS.
repulse of the Spaniards by General Eliott.
The Pantomime is unquestionably one of

I, the belt that has been brought forward for re- TAKE, happy fair, this dearest charm veral years. In point of hory, business, sce- The youthful heart can know; nery, character, and machinery, we have not Smiles that the faithless heart can warm, for several years scen so finished a performance. And bid new raptures glow. It abounds with that which is the life of pan- Dismiss then each sorrow, each happiness prove, temine, business, and the incidents follow one

Good humour's soft grace is the Ceftus of Love. 220ther with a rapidity which sustains the intereft, and gives it the quality of a drama. It

II. has the recommendation also of a moral ten

Soon by this aid, the wandering youth deacy: for the fable is conducted with allegogit chattity, and inculcates conjugal fidelity by Soon shall this charm restore his truth,

Thy virtues thall allure; the demonstration of the calamities that flow

His conftancy secure.

Dismiss then each sorrow, cach happiness prove, The changes are in some instances admirable, Good-humour's soft grace is the Cettus of Love and in particular that of the Caisse d'Escompte, which is converted into an air balloon—it is a

SONG and CHORUS of SAILORS, palpable hit; and indeed we do not know any tranGtion in pantomime more pointedly epi.

1. grammatic. The scenes are beautiful, and

OLD England to thyself be true, taey are given us in a profufion which does

Firm as this rock thy fame shall stand : , peat credit to the liberality of the house.

The sword that Eliott, Curtis drew, There are upwards of twenty highly finished kzaes, and we understand that they are all

Be never wanted thro' the land: liecuted under the direction of Greenwood.

Join then this prayer, our focs fall run, The last scene, exhibiting the deitruction of

Let England to herself be true. the gun-boats at Gibraltar, is full of terrible

II. pandeur. The red-hot balls, the bombs, and

Tho'rves on foes contending throng, the chips on fire, from a pi&ture of sublime

And dreadful havock threaten round,

Thyflaming bolts thall whirl along,
The following are some of the Airs :

Thr-ughout the world thy thunder's found :

Nought then on earth hall make us rue, SONG and CHORUS by :be MAGICIAN

Let England to herself be true.
and SPIRITS.

III.
MAGICIAN.

What tho' no grand alliance fare

Each warlike, envied deed of thine;
YE elves, ye sprites, that love to dwell 'Tis doubly glorious thus to'dare,
In gloomy bower or rocky cell,

Against the world in arms to shine.
Attend my summons'tis your chief Nuught then fhall make Britannia rue,
That calls you to a friend's relief.

Let Britons to themselves be true,

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ODE for the NEW YEAR, Jan. 1, 1784. Compell'a to wander, and oblig'd to bear

The harsh impression of a ruder air.
Her forward view, Britannia bends :

With hcany sorrow and with weeping eyes, Her generous hosts, who grasp'd the sword, Look'd back and mourned the loss of ParzObedient to her awful word,

dise; Tho' martial glory cease,

With a concern like his do I review Shall now with equal industry,

My native plains, my charming Anna too, Like Rome's brave fons, when Rome was free, There's such a sweetness in a female's mi id, Resume the arts of peace..

Which in a man's we can't expect to find;

(Nor can I e'er to those gay nymphs address, O come, ye toil-worn wanderers, come Whose pride is greater and whose virtue less; To genial hearths, and social home,

Their cinsel beauty may perhaps subdue The tender housewife's busy care !

A gaudy coxcomb or an upstart beau; The board, with temperate plenty crown'd, And likewise may, with greedy rapture seize, And smiling progeny around,

Their fond embraces, such the zenith breeze.) That liften to the tale of war!

A soul the has for greater actions fit,

Prudence and wisdom to direct her wit; Yet be not war the favourite theme;

Her mind is generous, open and sincere, For what has war with bliss to do?

Her heart is free, and no deceit reigns there. Teach them more justly far to deem,

Th'expression of her thoughts are ever such, And own experience taught it you :

She never seems reserved, nor talks too Teach them, 'tis in the will of fate;

much : Their frugal industry alone

That shews a want of judgment and of sense, Can make their country truly great,

More than enough is but impertinence. And, in her bliss, secure their own. Her conduct's regular, her mirth refind,

Civil to ftrangers, to her neighbours kind; Be all the fongs that footh their coil,

Averse to vanity, revenge and pride, And bid che brow of labour smile;

In all the methods of doceit untry'd, When thro' the loom the shuttle glides, So faithful to her friend, and just to all; Or shining are the glebe divides ;

No censure can upon her actions fall. Or bending to the woodman's ftroke,

Now may pale envy be compellid to say, To waft her commerce, falls the British oak; She goes the least of womankind astray. Bc all cheir songs, that foften these,

To this fair maid I sometimes do retire, Of calm Content, and future well-earn'd case. Her conversation does new joys inspire;

Gives life fo keen an edge, my surly care, Nor drcad left inborn spirit die : One glorious leffon, early taught,

Would venture to assault my soul, or dare With all the boasted powers supply,

Near my retreat to hide one secret snare. Of practis'd rules, and studied thought.

Sometimes I please myself, and think her far From the first dawn of Reason's ray,

Too good to make me wretched by despair; On the young bosom's yielding clay,

That tenderness, which in her soul is plac'd, Strong be their country's love impreft,

Will move her to compassion sure at laft. And with your own example fire their breast. I've nought that can encourage my address,

My worth is little, and my fortane less : Tell them, 'tis theirs to grasp the sword, But if a love of the sublimest kind When Britain gives the awful word,

Can make impressions on a gen'rous mind, To bleed, to die, in Britain's cause :

If all has real value that's divine, And guard, from faction nobly free,

There cannot be a nobler Hame than mine. Their birth-right blessing, liberty,

Perhaps the pities me, I know the muft, True liberty, that loves the laws.

And my affection can no more diftruft:

But what, alas, can helpless pity do!
The COMPLAIN T. She pities, but the may despise me too.

Still I am wretched, it no more fhe'll gives
S Adam by an injura Maker driven, The starving orphan can't on pity live;
From Eden's grove, che vicinage of He must receive the food for which he cries,
Heaven,
Or he consumes, and, cho' much picied, dies!

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