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has granted favours to, and still conti- " With horror now my danger I forenues to love another; and he has taken care not to dentroy the unity of his fa- “ Nor ask indulgence--but restraint ble by a dull system of domellic æcono

from thee." my, after the transports of love, the tears of repentance, and the firug les Julia makes no answer to this letter, of duty. But an analysis of this per nor to a second ; but when Emilius bids formance only can do justice to its me- her a solemn adieu in a third, being re

solved to leave the family, rather than Lord Palmerston, an English noble- give her uneasiness, the reveals with man, has committed the education of his trembling her secret flame, as she has only daughter, Julia, to Emilius, a no hopes of being able to gratify it with young man, educated by his bounty, honour. and depending upon his patronage : The fears of innocence, and the soEmilius is smitten with the beauty of licitude of virtue, are finely marked in his fair pupil ; and notwithstanding the the following elegant lines. conbined motives of intereit and gratitude, he is unable to restrain his passion, “ Am \, eternal powers! reduc'd lo and at last reveals it to Julia. With

low! this declaration the first book commences. Kneeling I write, and bathe my One would think it impossible to say

words with woe. any thing new in a declaration of love; " To thee, Emilius, I this homage pay; the following lines, however, have no- “ To thee, upon my knees, I trembling thing in them that is familiar to me,

pray : and yet they are perfectly natural. " Should'it thou now hear me, what

may'st thou not claim “ Oft have I fondly thought, as in our ! For rescued reason, and protected years,

fame? 66 And' in our taste similitude appears, " How sweet the union of two souls A tender sympathy may likewise tie

combin'd “ Our virgin-hearts in chords of har- “ By virtuous tenderness and love refin'd! mony.

“ With no desires, but what to saints Unsway'd by custom, unseduc'd by are given, pride,

“ We should anticipate the joys of « Our inclinations sweetly coincide :

heaven." “ Our general feelings are so much alike, That every obje:t seems our souls to Emilius silences Julia's fears by a letAtrike

ter pregnant with love, virtue, and po" With one emotion; and why not etry. She takes, however, the precau. fuppose

tion to invite her friend Conftantia to be " That warm affe&tion in our bosoms her guardian, and with Conftantia's

friendly answer the first book ends.

The second book opens with a letter What follows is highly pathetic for from Emilius, which begins thus : the subject.

!! O, Julia, what a mystery is love ! “ Sometimes our eyes in soft confu- " How full of caprice !-tho' now rais'd

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above !! And fighs and tears our hearts in fi- '" My highest hopes, I pine with dif" O, Julia, should that impulse be from content;

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[given! “ Thy breast I share-and yet new “ Should Jove this unison of soul have “ This restless heart itill higher would "! Should we be destin'd by the powers aspire,

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her lover, and invites him to return to

some place in the neighbourhood, that “ One month I have triumphantly with- the may visit him—" at least in thought,” stood,

(my blood; as the expresses it; for she is still afraid “ And but one month—the tumult in to trust herself with him. With this “ But I'm entitled to the full reward invitation the third book ends. Of years of tenderness, and fond re- The fourth book commences with

Emilius's return to the opposite bank of

the Severn, whence he is supposed to This letter is answered in a firmly view her father's house, and where he virtunus and spirited one from Julia: to writes a letter to her, full of all the whigh Emilius replies in a most seduc- transports of love, and the madness of tive strain ; but another letter from Ju- despair. It concludes thus : lia brings him to himself, and the book concludes with these lines :

" Another word of her that I adore.

“ Julia has heard of fam'd Leucatia's • Since Julia fill is present to my soul,

fhore : “ And sees its restless passions as they " It was the refuge of the Nighted maid ; roll,

“ And there his vows the hopeless lo" On her my fate with confidence I rest: ver paid. My hopes, my fears, repose upon her This place, and my distress'd condibreaft."

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To that, alas! resemblance but too The third book begins with a letter ". The rock is rugged, and the flood is from Julia, in which she says,

deep;

“ Where may a lover in despair not “ I will convince you, spite of vulgar

leap?" fame, “ And of the blushes of my virgin fhame, Julia, in distraction of mind, grants " That sweeter are the favours love be- him an interview, and is overcome. ftows,

This, as we learn in a letter to Constan" Than what proud man to intercession tia, was partly owing to her father's owes.”

threatening to marry her to another.

The raptures of Emilius, and the reAll that the grants him, however, is morse of Julia, make up the rest of this only a kiss ; which, trifling as it may book, and are delineated with a force seem to some people, has so violent an of colouring that does honour to Engeffect upon him, that he exclaims, lish poetry. Emilius cries, “ O Julia! Julia !--though thy frown “ O let us diei my sweet, my gentle were fate,

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friend! That I must risque-nay, I mult risque My belt belov'd! let us our beings end; " I muft-that kiss has set

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“ Let us to heaven restore that life it lent, fire

" Since we its pleasures have already " Or at thy feet, or--on thy breast ex- spent. pire !"

Say, if thou can'it, last night what I enjoyd :

(be cloy'd ; She is, therefore, obliged to banish " And then convince me I ihall ne'er him; and as he had formerly intimated “ Or let me boldly from existence leap, an intention of making the tour of “ And throud my transports in eternal Wales, she makes that her pretence. sleep." He complains grievoully, but departs. In the mean time her father returns from Julia, in a very different tone, exSpa in renewed health, which is the claims to her friend Conftantia, subject of joy to both; and Emilius, resigned to his lot, sends her a description " Does not all nature my reproach proof Wales; but all these are insufficient

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merly mentioned ; she remonstrates; he “ Let me then weep, let me for ever insists; and at last, in a kind of pious mourn !"

phrenzy, the consents. They are mar

ried, and the bridal day passes; but In the beginning of the fith book, when they enter the fatal bed-chamber, Julia is, in fome measure, reconciled to where Julia had first yielded her virgin her condition, from a sense of the wor- beauties to her dear Emilius, she is althiness of her lover, and the fincerity of toyether distracted, and is going to rehis passion; but that tranquility is foon veal her Thame, when her father unexinterrupted by the suspicions of her fa- pectedly rushes into the apartment: the ther, which, however, extend no further embraces his knees, and begs forgivethan to Emilius's affection for her, but ness; he dashes her from him as the dirare, notwithstanding, attended with ve- grace of his blood, and the poem conry extraordinary consequences. She, cludes with her approaching death, therefore, resolves to banith Emilius, These last circumstances, and likewise till a favourable opportunity shall offer those of the marriage, are related in a of being united to him for ever, and letter from Julia to Emilius, not infemakes Constantia the bearer of the me- rior to any thing of the epiftolary lancholy news. The whole of this kind. transaction, and the two letters that The reader of taste will perceive by follow it, and conclude the book, are this analysis, imperfect as it is, that the pathetic in excess.

fable of Julia has all the regularity of The sixth book opens with an offer a well wrought tragedy, or epic poem : from Lord Summerfield, Constantia's the mind of the reader is kept in perpebrother, to provide for Julia and her tual suspence from the beginning to the lover, if they can be contented with a end of the piece; every circumstance moderate competancy. This offer is rises easily out of the subject, and is in made to Julia, who rejects it from re- timately connected with something that gard to her parents, whose life she sup- went before ; and the poem itself conposes to depend upon her conduct : mhe, cludes with the natural consequences of however, recommends to his lordship the passion that gave it birth, as ob Emilius, her lover, who now rouses structed by the pride of an imperious from his melancholy, and things begin father, and fed by the sensibility of a to wear a more favourable appearance too tender heart. on all sides, a few jealousies excepted, The lovers of poetry will excuse my which still cloud the mind of Emilius, not illustrating the four last books of this but are at last dispelled by a solemn pro- excellent poem by extracts, as it would mise of fidelity from Julia. Lord Sum- have swelled the article to too great a merfield's invitation, his sentiments on length; I cannot, however, conclude, marriage, and Emilius's jealousy, in without making one extract from the this book, are equal to any part of the last letter of the seventh book, as it poem.

both serves to throw light upon my anaThe seventh and last book is ushered lysis, and display the genius of the auin with an alarming circumstance. Ju- thor. lia misses Emilius's letters ; her mother, it appears, has seized them : the old la- I dared to urge-but, ah, I urged in dy was formerly in a bad state of health,

vain ! the discovery of her daughter's Name“ “ My plighted troth, my never-ending makes her worse; she dies. Julia con

pain.” siders her guilty passion as the cause of her mother's death ; and, in the agony Her father is obstinate, and inufts on of her heart, renounces Emilius for ever. her promising to marry Lord Winter He is humbled with a sense of his base- ford ; after which the proceeds thus : ness, and submits to his sentence with a patience that would otherwise have been “ I bow'd assent; to speak I likewise impollible. In the mean time Lord Palmeriton presies Julia to marry Lord “ So let it bel if so it must!-I cried.

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« In after-times it never shall be faid, season under the direction of Mr. Yates, “ That by your Julia you were diso-' the comedian. This gentleman has bey'd;

{pared no pains of affiduity to render “ That at his daughter's feet an aged them as agreeable as possible, by enGire

gaging the best vocal and instrumental “ Was left in supplication to expire; performers, and dressing all the charac“ But truth, I tear, will say, a daugh- ters to the greateft advantage, which, ter died

united to the grandeur and magnificence “ To feed her father's unrelenting of the scenery and decorations, afford pride."

one of the grandelt spectacles that can

be suggested. The orchestra contains A speech from her father here fol- upwards of thirty inftrumental perforlows : after which Julia continues her mers, some of the most capital hands letter in the following animated man- that can be found : and amongst his

vočal, performers the following are of

greatest estimation ; first, fignor Mil“ Think what emotions now my heart lico, who has great judgment and exeaflail'd!

cution; though there is Tomething whin“ But pious extacy at latt prevaild. ing in his manner that takes off great “ Methought I saw my mother's foul part of his merit. 2d. Signor Schiroli, defcend,

[hand; who has a fine manly voice, with a “ And gently seize my much-contested good figure, and obtains great applause, “ Methought the pointed to the sacred particularly from the ladies. 3dly. fpire,

(guilty fire. Signor Mechili, who has a pleasing “ And said, There, Julia, quench each person, and a very extenlive melodious “ Rob not thy mother's spirit of its rest; pipe. 4thly. Signora Merchetti, who " No more with forrow wound a fa- is a fine woman, with an exprefsive eye, ther's breast I"

and a very good voice, united to much A holy transport o'er my senses judgment; but she is not so happy in stole;

her action, which is aukward and un" It shall be fol"-I whisper'd to my pleasing. 5th. Signora Galli has long soul :"

been considered as a first-rate finger,

and she still preserves her powers in And she breaks out into a blaze of great perfection. She occasionally poetry and passion, which continue to performs a man's character, and acquits the end of the piece.

herself with much ease and propriety

and, 6thly. Signora Davies, Detta inThe present State of Amusements in Lon- glesina. When I speak of this lady, don, in an Original Letter from a I must tell you I have been particularGentleman in London, to his friend. ly charmed with an English woman, who

surpasses in compass of voice and judgDear Sir,

ment all the Italians, at least in Engmersed in pleasure in this em- plaudits Nie receives are scarce to be porium of voluptuousness, as to have paralleled, and the encores constantly no leisure for business, much less for a

echo through the house after every air friendly correspondence; but in this the fings. The principal dancers are respect you will find yourself mistaken : Mr. Pitrot, Mr. Fierville, signor Mafor though the Opera, the Oratorio, riottini, fignor Lorenzo ; madame Mimi the Masquerade, the Pantheon, the Favier, mademoiselle Favier, and ligRidotto, Ranelagh, and even Sadler's- nora Mazzoni. Madame Heinel, the Wells may have their attractions, the celebrated dancer, also made her apmorning will admit of reflexion, and pearance here before her departure for other pursuits.

Versailles where she is to dance in a Having mentioned the opera, I shall new opera before the king and royal attempt to give you some idea of this family. To point out the various mespecies of entertainment. The operas rits of these different dancers in chaar performed at the king's theatre in connes, ballets, &c. is scarce practica

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ble ; I shall therefore content myself years been the superintendant of this with saying, that Heinel, Pitrot, Fier- house, to the protection of the nobility ville, and Mimi Favier, furpass all the and gentry. The masquerades at the dancers I ever saw before. It may not Hay-Market have been crowded and be improper to inform you that there brilliant, and many of the characters are three kinds of operas; the serious, well supported, though the generality the comic, and what is fti ed a paf- appear in dominos, for the convenience tichio, being a collection of some of the of not being compelled to maintain any most favourite airs in different operas, particular character. The ladies Thew blended together under a general fable. much taste and elegance in their ihepOf the first of this kind is Perfeo, a herdesses, as well as their Cleopatras; new serious opera, the music by signor and enter into the true spirit of the diSacchini. Of the second, Il Puntiglio version, being free, vivacious, and eterAmoroso, the music by signor Galluppi; nal dancers. I engaged with an old and of the third, Lucio Vero, by lig- witch, whose appearance bespoke her nor Sacchini and others, and Antigone, seventy, and who did not seem capable by fignor Giardini, and several eminent to go down a single dance : and yet she matters. This last has had a run for was so fascinating as to dance me, and many nights, meeting with great ap- two others tired, before morning. I plause ; in which signora Davies re- must add, that the suppers here are ceives uncommon plaudits in her airs, in sumptuous and plentiful, and the wine the character of Berenice, an Ægyp- excellent. tian princess.

A ridotto is an unmasked ball, at the Another species of entertainment is Opera-House, where the greatest dethe oratorio ; these are poems, chiefly corum is preserved, every one being full upon sacred subjects, borrowed mostly dressed as at court, and very few but from Holy Writ, and set to music by people of rank alsociate here. As these the most eminent masters. The cele- balls are only in Lent, the generality of brated Handel was the first who intro- the company appear in full trimmed duced them. His choruses are extreme- black, whether the court is or is not in ly grand and awful, finely adapted to mourning. Besides the dresses, this the subject, and always executed in a entertainment differs materially from a masterly manner. These were perform- masquerade, as there is no supper given, ed three times a week in Lent this year and ihe only refreshments are tea, coffee, at Drury-Lane; and there was a new wine, lemonade, orgeat and the like. one, said to be composed by Handel, The company generally dance till under the title of Omnipotence at the morning, when they retire with much theatre in the Hay-Market; but though decency and politeness. the music was excellent, and conducted The Pantheon is a new edifice, built by Mr. Bartholemon, and the vocal by subscription at a great expence, beperformers were Mr. Vernon, Mr. ing of stone, and most magnificently Champnes, Mrs. Scott, and Mrs. Bar- decorated and embellished; where are tholemon, they performed to very thin subscription masquerades, and balls, audiences, except the last night. that in every respect resemble those at

You will naturally think my curiosity the Opera house; but as the latter here has led me to the masquerade; indeed are not confined to Lent, the dresses are it has to every one, since I have been generally more diversified and brilliant, in this metropolis. Those that have ihan those at the ridotto. been this year at Carlisle-House, have Ranelagh is an elegant rotunda, eonly been preludes to those at the Hay- rected in a beantiful garden, about two Market ; a kind of association of the miles from the capital. The inlide is masks, previous to their going to the finely ornamented, and when illuminatregular one at the Opera-House. But ed, with a number of glass chandeliers, if the malquerades here have not been makes one of the most beautiful coup equal to those elsewhere, the fplendour d'oeils that can be conceived. The enand magnificenc of the apartments, which tertainment consists of a concert of music, are decorated with so refined a tafte as executed by some of the most eminent to surpass all description, and jusly en- vocal and instrumental performers. title Mrs. Cornelys, who has for some

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