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by some wanton school boys into the dripping-well at Knarsborough, and become a transparent petrifaction. Inscribed
And next, the broad-brim Chapeau turned up and jewelled in the front, which King Charles appeared in before the gates of Hull, when on horseback be summoned the town to surrender, and was boldly refused by that honest patriot Sir John Hotham. This was wreathed with withered laurel mingled with sprigs of cypress, and inscribed
Adjoining, and under a canopy of state, the very beaver surmounted with a lilly-like plume, worn by King William the Third, when that prince majestically rode through the Boyne-waters attended by Schombourg and victory. On a scroll at the bottom was written
This once covered the sacred head of him who timely came to deliver us from popish tyranny and superstition, and all such yokes as rational men, acquainted with the worth of liberty must always think intolerable, wbich was indeed
Vendicice secundum libertatem.
Opposite to this, the brown-broad-brim covered with a crim, son feather, worn by Oliver Cromwell when he entered the house of commons, and dissolved the long parliament that disgraced the nation, when he drove Lenthall the speaker from the chair, and exclaimed to one of his soldiers take up that shining bauble, (the mace) lock up the doors of this augean stable, and give me the keys.” This was inscribed
Close to this, was the H at that Wolfe fell in before Quebec, wreathed with an evergreen. Granby's had been there, but he always appeared in battle like Cæsar, bald headed, leaving no obstruction where Fame delighted to fix her cir: cle of glory. Inscribed
Near to the entrance, fitted up with great splendour, the Chapeau in which our Nelson fought when he received his last wound for England.
66 E'en in his ashes honor'd." As Shakespeare has it, and on the crown was laid this friendly stanza :
O'er dauntless Nelson's cold sepulchral urn
Where weeping victory wreaths th' inverted spear,
Orere neglect her sleeping fav’rite's bier ?
And bid his glories still more radiant blaze.
The Nile ! and Trafalgar !
Over and above the objects already enumerated, were many others of equal celebrity, which the narrow confines of this paper will not permit me to describe.
Such was Sir Benjamin Beaver's hobby, and I have some. times heard the knight declare, that he found more felicity and amusement in the indulgence of this fancy, than in gluttonously feasting with the corporation, swan-hopping, or the Easter revels, and more room for rational reflection, than in mingling in a long procession with a petition to the crown for a redress of grievances; for while he bestrode his harmless favorite, the pleasures that followed were quiet and content, while too often the rewards for his civic attachments ended in disappointment, chagrin and contempt,
'Tis thus the inoffensive amusements of the mind keep the faculties awake, and contribute to the health of the body, keep the wicked out of mischief, and furnish employment for the independent idle, who are too much inclined to yield to an inglorious indulgence, and thereby deserve those maladies which open the way to an untimely dissolution, and at once shew us 'unprofitable to the state we live in, which, as good subjects we are bound to support and dignify,
PS. I shall now lead off my Beverrian hobby-horse and make way for one engendered by the Pegasus of Apollo on the Diacoustics of the Muses, named
THE AEOLUSSIAN HOBBY, and he who is not moved by the concord of sweet sounds, let bim be diverted by the beating of a leaden spoon on a milestone, or the windy bagpipes of an itinerant highlander.
'Bout modes of pastime let fools disagree,
REMARKS on the "SLAVE.”
(Concluded from our last.) An inverse ratio to that of their popularity, and of late they have arrived at such a pitch of inanity and stupidity, that were any thing capable of weaning the public mind from its love of shew, it would certainly be the heavy tax which is laid upon the enjoyment of this darling passion, in the intolerable fatigue of listening to the “bald disjointed chat” called dialogue, with which the intervals between the shiftings of the scenes are filled up. It must nevertheless be evident that Melo-drame, which includes, together with the attributes both of Tragedy and Comedy, the combined attractions of dialogue, action, music, and scenery, is susceptible of the highest stage effect, and in skilful hands might be rendered intensely interesting. It is not-indeed with the species that we quarrel, but with individuals of that species. The barbarous treatment which Melo-drame has received from certain paltry scribblers is no proof of its innate worthlessness ; on the contrary, one or two splendid exceptions from the stupidity which characterises the common run of these things, have shewn that a composition of this nature may excite in the strongest degree emotions of laughter and of sadness; may at one moment wind up our attention to a feverish pitch of anxiety and interest, and at another (extend an influence equally irresistable over our risible faculties.
From the Melo-drame have sprung the Musical Drama, the Serio-comic Spectacle, et it genus omne, which are all
productions of a similar nature, differing merely in name, and for nearly the whole of which we bave been indebted to the French. Few men, indeed, now-a-days trouble themselves so far as to attempt the production of an original tragedy, a comedy, or even a farce. The method by wbich dramatic honors, such as they be, are attained, is extremely simple. From some kind correspondent at Paris a retainer of the theatre receives the last new Melo-drame, no matter of how vile a description, wbich he does into French," or if unequal to the task, procures it to be done by some
damn’d good-natured friend;" a few doggrel lines are then tacked together for songs; the composers and sceneshifters are set to work, and in due time the play-bills announce that “ speedily will be produced, with new scenes, dresses, and decorations, a Melo-drame, which has been in preparation all the summer.” The newspaper editors are then furnished with orders, quant suff; they swear solemnly and repeatedly that 'tis a divine Shakespearian piece, and upon the strength of this, silly Bull runs head. long to the theatre, claps and bellows most lustily, the piece is played twenty or thirty nights, the managers' pockets are plentifully filled, and their ends completely answered.-In such a melancholy state of things the slightest glimmering of common-sense is most acceptable, and though the “Slave” is positively a poor composition, yet compared with others of its tribe it is infinitely preferable. This praise, at least, is due to Mr. Morton, that he has not, as far at least as we can perceive, had recourse to any foreign assistance, but has trusted to his own powers to produce the piece before us; we confess however we should have expected something better from the Author of the “ School of Reform" and " Speed the Plough.” Novelty it has none either of plot or character : Gambia, the Slave is a compound of Rolla, Bertram, and Oronooko; Fogrum is a mere counterpart of Lubin Log, and the remainder of the characters have to boast of quite as little originality. The dialogue is for the most part easy, and undebased by vulgarisms, and one or two of the songs are extremely pretty, particularly that sung by Malcolm in Act 1st. A comic song, however, by Sam Sharpset is most execrable ;-take a specimen : “King Solomon's Temple had pillars made of brass,
Fal de ral, &c.
“But surely our Temples of Lawyers surpass,
66 Fal de ral, &c.
66 Fal de ral, &c.
With a heigho ! • Is it aye or no ?
66 Fal de ral, &c. Sad stuff this, it must be confessed, yet we know not why Mr. Morton need trouble himself to write better, for we do most solemnly aver that we never witnessed an audience half so delighted with the wit of Congreve or of Farquhar, as by the doggrel lines we have just quoted. The managers assert that comedy and tragedy will not fill their houses, and verily we yield implicit credence to their assertions; the mind which is amused with such loathsome trash as the above, can experience but little satisfaction from witnessing the productions of Shakspeare and Otway ; yet of such minds the majority of a play-house audience we believe is generally constituted.
Superstitions opposed and detected. Towards the end of the Greek empire at Constantinople, a general who was an object of suspicion to his master, was urged to undergo the fiery proof of the ordeal, by an arch. bishop who was a supple courtier. The ceremony was this Three days before the trial, the patient's arm was to be inclosed in a bag, and secured by the royal signet ; he was expected to bear a red hot ball of iron three times from the altar to the rails of the sanctuary, without artifice or injury. The general thus eluded the experiment-"I am a soldier and will boldly enter the lists with any of my accusers; but a layman, and a sinner like myself, is not endowed with the gift of miracles. Your piety, holy prelate, may deserve the interposition of Heaven, and from your bands I am ready to receive the fiery globe, as a test of my innocence: The archbishop started, the emperor laughed, and the generał was pardoned.