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To hear they've several pieces to peruse,

The trembling Bard still hovers o'er the And when I call, all answer they refuse.

mainBut say, is't fit that mine be laid aside,

Still dreads the dancing waves that lah in To gratify their present author's pride? Who comes with nature, and such die stuff Clings like th' affrighted failor to the mast, As please my friends above there well And shudders at the dangers he has paít. enough

[obe galleries. Danger's indeed-tor who in times like When I more bold and daring, quit ali rules,

there [In ebe, pompous burlegue of Tragidy. Would launch his ship to plough dramatic And scorn to draw from Ciastics and the

seas? Schools;

Where growling thunders roll, and temper's But bid the dreadful surges form a grave

Tweep To fink the merchant "

" in the baukrupt · Such crowds of bold adventurers to the deep ; Wave :"

O’er his poor head the winds of malice blow, Or when I long for fair Aurora's light, And waves of angry censure rage below. “ I am witch-ridden by the haz of night :" Critics, like monsters, on each five ap. Thius always kaip fublimity in eye,

pear, And fumetimes Icad in hand—implicity;

Herald che Whale, and Shark the Gazii. New troops, new pallages for ever ralle, With Itarts and attitudes to gain your praise ; If there be chance t'escape, there comes a Try every incident of trick and art,

squall To mend, at once, the drama and the heart, From Lloyd's, St. James's, London or Mbite Such is my style and such cach nervous

ball; line,

Here Chronicle, like Scylla, guards the coaft, Which all my friends who read pronounce

There foams Charybdis -in the Morning Pet. divine :

Mark how they break his rudder, cut lots And yet these hostile doors their barriers

cable, keep, ,

Tear up plan, diction, sentiment and fable; And all my labours--in my pockets Neep.

Their order is—an order they enjoy,

[ Pointing to them. To seize, to burn, to tink, and to destroy. Revenge my canie, allert each critic right,

What wondrous chance oui author 1hould And damn with me the author of tv-niglar,

survive, Whole play, tho' yet unknown, intrird, wijen,

That in such boilt'rous seas his bark's alive? Has felt in paragraphs an author's ipleen.

But fond anbilion led the bard along, But hark !--I'll tell you a lecrei----'was I

And Syren Mules tempted with a fong i Who Uruw the ihaft, and forg'd ch' envenum'd

Fume like another Clice beck'ning tood,

Way'u her fair hand, and bad hin, brave the To cruth this simple nature which he boasts,

flood. Diawn from the manners of the northern

Who could resist, when thus the thew'd her coails;

charms, For thould bis hope your generous plaudits

Cooth'd his fond hopes, and wood him to ber meti, I Mall be found aboard--the Lighter fleet.

Half-rigg - half mann'd, half leaky, yet (-/dvurces forward and krievis. Then hear a nalet.ciur in blank verie,

He trick'd his frigate out, and bravd the Nor be led cuptive, ty uis Gothick Eite,

wind, But uige niy vengeance in the cat-call's Your partial favour ftill may swell bis fails,

And fiillis vellel with propitiouis Gales : [Goirzfiops, and looks around the house. Though pepper'd with imall-thut, aid tem. Yet buld, muchinks my words item loit

pelt-lofs'd, in air,

You still may land liim on this golden coaft: And niles of canduur for the b.rd declare;

Convic'd that those the fuseft path pusrue, For de 110 jerred irjiwence c'er was known,

Who trust their ali to candour and to you. But weil di sumplis in berje's alonc ;

11. The Conicious L vers was acted at Ascowi kuvw ye, muit in this agree, Covent Garden ; Young Bevil and lodidll., A bin 'udience tvor will be free.

for the fimi time, by W. Hlman and Me E PILO GU

Waren. Mi. Hoiman has not yet acquired By the SAN E.

eait iurivient to perform Comedy ct all, and

on this occation be wa ftitf and unnarura. Spoken by Mrs. SIDDONS,

Mis. Warren's ; erformance was above mtu.. AT le S'h our Bark has reach'd the withd. ocrity. Mirs. · bington ip Phillis, and Mi. for dere,

Lewis in Tou, did great justice co their eThe Wudis die lucid-hut is a'i danger o'er?



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14. Werter, a Tragedy, by Mr. Rey, from the author's own invention; and in the nolds, was acted at Covent Garden for Miss persons of Sir Gregory Craveall, Cripplegait, Brunton's benefit. The characters were as and Dry, an attempt is made to relieve the follow :

moral doctrine of Marmontel hy bumour. Werter

Mr. Holman. We cannot say that the best success has tSebastian

Mr. Davies. tended this effort. Sir Gregory Craveall, Leuthorp

Mr. Fearon. being the half brother of Justice Greedy, is Albert

Mr. Farren. in love with a charming woman ; and Dry is Laura

Miss Stuart.
a character somewhat too trifling to be


Miss Brunton.

trayed by Edwin, but which was much in.

debted to burlesque powers of song. The scene lies at Walheim, where Sebas. tian arrives in search of Werter. He there

The airs were too numerous, there being learns the story of his unfortunate attachment

no less than thirty in the course of the perfor Charlotte, who is betrothed to Albert.

formance. Most of them were new ; but Werter, on Sebastian's remonstrances, deter

some were from the Vauxhall collections in mines to return with him to Manheim. On former days; among these were “ I winna the night of their departure, he goes distract

marry any man,” &c. and a glee which ter

minated the second act, the best we ever ed, and Sebastian, to assuage him, consents to remain till the next day. In this interme- heard of Mr. Hook's composition. The air diate time, Werter resolves on suicide. of “ O fhe's a dainty widow," written about Charlotte discovers his intention, and com

twenty-five years since on a celebrated beaumunicates it to Sebastian, who flies to save ty of high rank, was also introduced; and a his friend. Werter deceives him, and, left to duet, which we cannot consider as original, himself, finishes his design. On his death he

because we have heard something too like it, Thews the deepest remorse for his rash action, in the Strangers at Home. The new airs and Charlotte goes mad.—Albert, who had

were in a pleasing stile, but did not possess reproved Charlotte for infidelity—is convin- force, or any strong marks of originality. ced of the falsehood of his suspicions, and

The only air which had pathetic character only laments he did not resign her to Wer.

was, “O can'lt thou then behold unmov'd!”

This, as well as the other airs given to Mrs. 18. The Peruvian, a piece of three acts, Billington, met the fullest proofs of approbawas acted at Covent-Garden, the author un

tion. From this performer's abilities, more known, and the composer avowedly Mr.

than the merits of the piece, was it attended Hook. Of the literary part of this compo.

to with avidity, and received nemine contra fition it is to be said, to speak with an ap

dicente applause, and upon being given outy proach to nationality, that report faibers it

was received with pleasure. upon an Irish Lady. The characters are as

PROLOG E follow : Sir Gregory Craveall

Mr. Quick.

To Captain Topbam's Farce of the FOOL. Sir Harry Cripplegait Mr. Booth

Spoken by Mr. Lewis. Belville (nephew to Sir

} Mr. Johnstone.

Written by Miles PETER ANDREWS, Eja. Gregory)

IN early times, when wit was rare indeeds Blandford

Mrs. Kennedy

And few could write, as very few could
Mr. Palmer.
Mr. Edwin.

Then, but to pen a couplet was to shine,

Mrs. Billington. And poetasters all were dubb'd divine ; Clara

Mrs. Martyr. Then Wbittington and Cat went glibly down, Susan (Maid to Clara) Mrs. Moreton. And Margaret's grimly Gboft secur'd renown ;

This opera has for its basis Marmontel's A ling-song fcribbler, then, in want of food, tale of L'amitié à l'épreuve; with this diffe- Might feast upon the Children of the Wood: rence, that the Nelson of the story is the The Drama likewise shar'd an equal, chance, Belville of the Drama, and Lady Juliet Al- And found its safety in its ignorance ; bury, the prototype of Clara.--All the dia. In number too as moderate as in worth, logue in which Belville, Blandford, Coraly One season hardly brought one bantling forth. and Clara, are sentimentally concerned, holds Far different now-dramatic plenty reigns ; a faithful adherence to the original ; or rather Each threatening week teems with prolific the translation ; for the latter seems the most

brains; ftrictly attended to. The heroine of the Play, farce, and pantomime succeed each tale, instead of being an Afiatic Indian, is

other made a native of Peru. The other charac. So quick, we scarce distinguish one from ters which help to fill up this opera, are EUROP, MAG.

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“ Bobby,

While the throng'd lobhy as each drama « Hah! Lady Fuz! now for a little chat. ends,

“ How do? who's here? who's there? what's Swarms with the circling croud of critic “ this ? what's that?" friends.

A fine man, who but newly ris’n from dia. * Well-our friend's play may do! Why,

ner, pops “ faith, I've known

His head in careless, as the curtain drops, “ Things rather worse than this sometimes And hearing only the last speech or two, go down.

Boldly afferts, “ all this will never do;" « We must all come to croud the Author's Then flies to Brookes's, and in half a minute

Paints the whole piece, and swears there's " He's a good soul! I wish he would not nothing in it.

Thus are the writers of our time undone; " Tho' he's my friend, betwixt ourselves, while they, not their productions, take a « d'ye see,

run: “ I'm pretty near as much aseep as he.” For spite of all their store of Greek and

(yawr.s) grammar, These are the kind remarks of friends if you're vociferous, echoing duns will cla

that flatter, More open foes less dangerously bespatter, Far other patrons then the bard must court : “ Damme, what cursed stuff !” cries booted The great green-grocer must his mnie support;

Taylors and tallow-chandlers too unite, A Cheapfide 'prentice, frutting thro' the Those to ro-dress him, these to lend new light

. lobby.

Such is the general fate! Our luckier bard " Why this here fellow here, who writes Plays the same game, but holds a surer card ; « that there,

He from such grand alliance seeks no fortune, “ Has no more gumption than my founder'd His taylor's bill, perhaps, is but a short one ; mare.

His farce too has been partly seen before ; , Miss, in the boxes, calls it "vastly low.” If dull at first, he adds a little more. “Why would you come, mama ? Why Let then this court be merciful as strong i “ won't you go ?"

Our author's scenes, if languid, are not long i 6 The play is always such a vulgar place! Scanty of wit, to weary you he's loth, " I vow one doesn't know a single face. So cuts his coat according to his cloth. THE DEATH OF PRINCE LEOPOLD OF BRUNSWICK.

[Illustrated by an ELEGANT ENGRAVING.] HE heroic atchievements of Warriors his feet, beseeching him to give orders fer ted by painters and poets. The milder vir. children, whom, bewildered by the ludders tues of private life, the nobler acts of huma- danger, she had left behind her in the house ; nity, compassion, tenderness, and benevo. some soldiers, who were also in the same Jence, have been too much neglected. In place, were crying out for help. The Duke the annexed Plate we have given a represen- endeavoured to procure a flat-bottomed boczka tation of an event which will transmit the but no one could be found to venture acros name of Leopold to posterity with the the river, even though the Duke offered admiration of mankind. On the 2-th of large fums of money, and promised to Mare April, 1785, he luft his life in endeavouring the danger. At laň, moved by the cries of to relieve the inhabitants of a Village that the unfortunate inhabitants of the saburby was overflowed at Frankfort on the Ojer. and being led by the sensibility of his own

The Leiden Gazette gives the following benevolent heart, he took the resolution of account of this unfortunate event : “ We going to their allistance himself: those who have within these few days experienced the were about him endeavoured to diffuade him greatest calamities by the overflowing of the from this hazardous enterprise : bat touched Oder, which burst its banks in several places, to the soul by the distress of the miserable and carried away houses, bridges, and every people, he replied in the following words, thing that opposed its course. Numbers of which'fo nobly picture his character ; people have lost their lives in this rapid in- or What am I more than either you or they? undation ; but of all the accidents arising I am a man like yourselves, and nothing from it, none is so generally lamented as the ought to be attended to here but the voice of death of the good Prince Leopold of Brunf- humanity.” Unfhaken, therefore, in his rewick: this amiable prince itanding at the solution, he immediately embarked with fide of the river, a woman threw herself at three watermen in a small buat, and crolled

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