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and, in compliance with a wish al- terests, so many feelings, so many most universally expressed, he re- hopes, so many fears. If an Asmopeated his entertainment. At Glas- deus could develope the strange gow there had also been Concerts, anomalies of pleasure and of pain, and Mr. Braham was invited from of fresh delight and past recollections thence to assist at the Edinburgh -of innocency indulging its newest Festival.
hopes, and of vice plotting its darkIt has been determined to hold the est intrigues,-the results of this York Festival next summer, and the magnificent exhibition of splendour preparations are upon such a scale as and art,-of intellectual and techni. most probably to exceed all other cal power, when applied to such counties. The band will number six multifarious combinations of exhundred performers; and the greatest citement and of passion, as are pains will be taken to procure no- here displayed; it would afford a velty and excellence. Expense seems speculation to rejoice a fiend. No! the least matter of consideration with too many senses are to be gratified, the committee, and this is the way to and too many passions indulged, and ensure the looked-for reward. They too many interests upheld in this, who deal with the public must now the largest Metropolitan mart of deal liberally. The magnificent As. pleasure and iniquity, to allow of its sembly Rooms, upon which six thou- suspension through the operation of sand pounds are to be expended, will slight causes.
How the funds are to then be opened. The morning per- be raised to re-open the King's formances will be in the Minster. It Theatre, it is not so easy to foresee, is intended that Mr. Greatorex should but that it will be re-opened there is conduct the morning, Sir George scarcely any danger in prophesying. Smart the evening Concerts.
The fittest person to manage the There has never been so complete stage department is, probably, Mr. an apparent pause in the preparations Ayrton, who we happen to know was for public music in London as at this not long since engaged in some negomoment. The fate of the Opera is ciations concerning the direction of become even darker and more in- the house. At present the rumour is, volved than ever, by the crisis in the that the property will come to sale, affairs of the principal proprietor, and that it is now contended for (proMr. Chambers. If the world is bably only ad interim) by one comrightly informed, Mr. Ebers is under mittee of noblemen, and another of a positive contract to pay a rent of the booksellers who have been enten thousand pounds for the next gaged in the commerce of tickets and season, whether the house be opened boxes. The decision must probably or not, as well as some not less posi- soon be made, otherwise there will be tive engagements with Signor Garcia no adequate time to collect the memand other principal performers. If this bra disjecta of this shattered fabric. be true, individual interest will com- Parliament, however, meets late, and bine with the general desire of the a month may be thus deducted from fashionable world. We cannot, in- the usual season; but if, on the other deed, imagine the metropolis without hand, a dissolution takes place early, an Italian Opera, after the time and as it is thought will be the case, that money that has been spent, in plant- season will be but a very short one ing and fixing the taste; and, above at the best. The example of former all, when to frequent the King's years demonstrates that no time can Theatre is, perhaps, the strongest be lost with impunity, so far as propublic habit (if we may use such a fit is concerned. The best thing that term) of the fashionable world. could perhaps arise out of this comLuxury among the great in this coun- plication of distress, would be the try is now carried to such an excess, satisfaction of all matters concerning that not one, but thousands of Eng- the house, and the liquidation of all lish, would contribute as large- claims under the sweeping powers of ly as the Royal sensualist, who a commission. It would be alikė a offered a largess for the invention of benefit to future managers, the proa new pleasure. No establishment prietors, and the public. While the in this country touches so many in- property is liable to such incessant
legal litigation, all chance of success train of reasoning applies to all other must be completely hopeless, if ex- concerts; and indeed, we hear of none, perience is a guide to be trusted. As except of the City Amateur, which matters now stand, one thing is quite it has been in contemplation to revive. certain—which is, that the public They indeed did not expire for want pays infinitely more for their amuse- of funds or want of support, but siminent in this way than at any other ply from the recession of zeal, which theatre in Europe, or than they all establishments depending upon ought to pay for what may be called the voluntary contributions of the the legitimate charges of the esta- time and talents of Amateur-directors blishment.
are liable to suffer. Sir George The Oratorios hang on the same Smart (the former conductor) has causes of hesitation, namely, the loss been applied to, we are told; but we experienced by former speculators. are not informed as to any ulterior The difficulty here lies not upon proceedings. They were, however, legal embarrassments or expences ; amongst the best concerts the mebut upon the difference between what tropolis ever enjoyed—malgré their the public appetite has been trained being held east of Temple Bar. to require, and the receipts at the These embarrassments will probadoors. So vast and so various an bly excite new projectors to new assembly of principal performers as schemes; but as the town will not the public have been accustomed to, fill early, their promulgation may be has not only the effect of increasing safely delayed a little later than the charges in the ratio of the num- usual. What will Signor Rossini ber of singers employed, but also to and Madame Catalani undertake? augment the demands of these sin. They are not the folks to sit idle gers themselves. The manager is with their hands in their own pockets. no longer able to play them off against each other; he must perforce have them all, and consequent
The new publications are, viz. ly their demands are augmented by
Tems Heureux, Petite Fantasie for the the imperious nature of the requisition Pianoforte, by J. B. Cramer. Op. 68. which they know lies upon him.
This title tells either of the present or the Hence it is obvious that a new plan past; and as Mr. Cramer is not now a young must be struck out; for with no other looks back to his youth as le tems heureux. competition than theConcerts Spirituels At least this was our impression on first Mr. Bochsa still found a great defal- opening the piece, and we expected to trace cation of receipts. It is yet to be visions of the past in every line. Perhaps tried; 1, Whether the singers will we were too romantic; for we were mistaken, lower their charges; 2, Whether a and even disappointed. The variations upon lesser number will content the pub- an original air are similar to those on Rouslic; or 3, Whether the price of ad- seau's Dream, but very inferior. They are mission can be increased. Against easy, we suppose intentionally so; and if the latter proposition the public will the lesson be not the production of an ordijustly take exception. The Orato- nary mind, it is beneath that of a Cramer. rios have been hitherto the only con
Le Carillon du Village, a favorite Air, certs of comparatively cheap national an Accompaniment for the Flute, ad lib.
with Variations, for the Pianoforte, with resort, and they ought not to be by T. Latour. Neither has Mr. Latour made any thing else. It will be a
been quite so fortunate as usual. There is sufficiently hazardous experiment to much of gracefulness and melody in the try under any circumstances, but composition, and it is of a useful kind, for particularly under what upon the although the pianoforte part may be played face of the nightly bills of fare may independently of the flute, yet the latter is seem to be a falling off, either in the of considerable importance; and, notwithnumbers or the rank of the perform- standing
the height of many of the passages ers, or in the quantity of the en- puts it beyond the capabilities of all but tertainment provided. The singers will, however, stimulate to exertion.
accomplished performers, its difficulties should be made to understand and to
" Where the bee sucks," with Variations feel this, and learn to relax their for the Harp by Chipp, has much to recomgrasp. If not, let them pay the pe- 'mend it ; it calls into use passages of monalty of non-engagement. The same derate difficulty, and these are arranged with taste and even novelty. The air, here his modalations are redundant, but in which is an old and worthy favourite, is many instances they are very effective. treated with much taste.
The arrangements are a selection from Mr. Cianchettini has a Fantasia for the Pietro l'Eremita as a duet, by Webbe, for Pianoforte upon the Preghiera in Zelmira. the Pianoforte ; select movements by Him. The Horid manner of this composer is a mel, also as duets by Haigh, and the 15th little subdued in this instance, and his for. Book of Mr. Bochsa's selections from bearance is repaid by greater chastity of Rossini's operas, containing Ricciardo c style and regular acceni. Perhaps even Zoraide.
Guide. Your two-legged monsters
were held to be gone by, and the A Woman never Vext ; or, the Widow
« coat and breeches comedies” fitonly of Cornhill.
to be cast aside like old garments The Taste of the town has at length and in their stead, elephants, horses, had one chance offered it of escape dogs, stags, " and such small deer," from a violent fate on that public were only brought up to the stage. scaffold, the stage ;-and from the Our national theatres became Noah's way in which the offer has been arks, wherein all creeping things were met, one would almost be induced to assembled—and it has been fully behope that “ a disgraceful end” might lieved that the town came to the be avoided, and that, duly penitent play only with a couple of eyes, and for the sinful past, the poor reprieved that the two ears were enjoying Taste was about to commence a well- sinecure places on the sides of the ordered life for the future. The re- head. The revival of Rowley's vival of a comedy from the pen of play certainly promises better things one of Will Shakspeare's playmates in managers,—and, a taste for better was a thing scarcely to be looked for things in the town. Farley has had in these distempered times,--in these his day,--and he will not object to days of Dapples and Ducrows !- giving tin foil and red fire a little these days of talking birds, flying rest. horses, and hell fire !>It seems, William Rowley lived in the reign however, that the managers of of James I. and was of the CamCovent-Garden, warned from the bridge University. He was on friendcattle madness by the failure of ly and authorly terms with Mid Elliston's Tale of Enchantment; dleton, Massinger, and Webster and, it may be, touched with some all of them undoubtedly poets of a respect for the character which their higher genius than himself,—and theatre gained in John Kemble's for shares in several partnership plays, reign by its classic revivals,-have performances not uncommon in the determined on trying to work one of golden days of those famous men, the old mines,-and though the first Rowley might put in his claim. He attempt has not been attended with also acted on the stage, though, like an absolute Mexican result, the suc- most authors, his dramatic power cess has indisputably proved that the lay rather in his pen than in his pero ore will repay the working. It has for son. The best productions to which a considerable period been conceived Rowley's name appears, are geneby the managers of the great theatres rally those which he wrote in conthat comedy was not worth its keep, junction with others, such as “ The that wit was of no more value in the Spanish Gipsey," and " The Changemarket than broken glass or old rags, ling," in which he was assisted by —and that to command success won- Middleton :--and there is therefore ders must be piled upon wonders, some ground for supposing that to that Buffon's Natural History must Middleton much is owing. A man be studied as the only Dramatists of a fair capacity, in habits of love,
and friending with such men as of the long severed families. There Fletcher, Webster, Middleton, and is an under plot of love, in which a Ford,--the last a poet of matchless Miss Jane Brown, the daughter of a pathos.--could not but catch the merchant, is wooed by a prose Sir trick of writing, and of writing Toby Belch, ycleped Sir Godfrey well :--that Rowley was rather an Speedwell, and a simpleton called imitator than a man of original Mr. Innocent Lambskin ;-but the genius, appears from the similarity girl's heart is of course sought and which his unaided plays bear to the won by Robert Foster. The Knight plays of his friends. About twenty and his feeble little friend are fools productions hold his name, and the both, and debtors to the widow, who play in question, produced some- with a generosity only known in where about 1630, was, we believe, 1630, accepts a composition of two his first-born, and perhaps his best shillings in the pound from her single Drama.
debtors, without pursuing them with The original title of the play is latitat or bill of Middlesex through " A New Wondery-A Woman never all the cold avenues of the King's Vext,”—but for some unaccountable Bench prison and the Insolvent reason the title is altered in the play Court. as it is acted. The widow is a lady In the old play, the widow tells of of fair face and fortune,--one who having lost her wedding-ring while has had happy hours! and none else, crossing the Thames, and lo! even as a maid, a wife, and widow ;- on the word, a servant brings in a indeed, so surfeited is she of good fish from market containing the ring. fortune, that she wishes for a grief This incident was borrowed from to give life a fillip. Seeing a gay an anecdote preserved in Fuller's gentleman, one Stephen Foster, re- Worthies of one Citizen Anderson, velling at a dicing house, she makes who while talking on Newcastle love to him, and offers her hand, if bridge with a friend, dropped his he will pledge himself to disperse ring which he was fingering into the her wealth and bring her to beggary. river, and recovered it from a fish Stephen marries her and at once be caught from the same river. There is comes reformed-from gaming and much of the marvellous and but little drinking he betakes himself to a care- of the dramatic in this incident, and ful husbandry of her fortune and her therefore its omission in the acted happiness—and in the end becomes play is judicious. Sheriff of London. Stephen Foster The plot, which is simple enough, has, at the opening of a play, a Bro- is partly historical. Sir Stephen ther Foster (not a Foster-brother) Foster, 'son of Mr. Foster, Stockwealthy, and wedded to a rare shrew. fishmonger, was Sheriff of London, The son of the rich Foster succours in 1414, and Lord Mayor in 1454. · Stephen in Ludgate prison, when he Speaking of Ludgate, Strype says. is in ruin and ill fame,- and for this, sparred on by the termagant mother
“ There happened to be a prisoner there, in-law, old Foster drives his boy
one Stephen Foster, who (as poor men are with malignant hate from his house.
at this day) was a cryer at the grate, to beg
the benevolent charities of pious and comStephen when rich takes the boy, misserate benefactors that passed by. As Robert, into his affection and care; he was doing his doleful office, a rich and Foster and his wife are crazed at widow of London hearing his complaint, the success of the uncle and their enquired of him what would release him ? child. Towards the end of the play To which he answered, Twenty pound; the ship ventures of old Foster fail which she in charity expended ; and clearat sea, and the mouth of the Thames ing him out of prison, entertained him in swallows up his wealth ;-then the her service ; who, afterward falling into the son visits his father in Ludgate, as
way of merchandize, and increasing as well he had visited his uncle, and Stephen, Dame Agnes, and married her.
in wealth as courage, wooed his mistress, in pretended malice, pursues Robert
“ Her riches and his industry brought for expending his money on his him both great wealth and honour, being enemy. The play ends, however, afterwards no less than Sir Stephen Foster, with a generous payment by Stephen Lord Mayor of the honourable City of of his brother's debts, and a fair union London : yet whilst he lived in this great
honour and dignity, he forgot not the place So that for lodging and water prisoners of his captivity; but mindful of the sad and
here nought pay, irksome place wherein poor men were im- as their keepers shall answere at dread. prisoned, bethought himself of enlarging
full domes day. it, to make it a little more delightful and
“ This plate, and one other of his armes, pleasant for those who in aftertimes should be imprisoned and shut up therein. And, be fixed over the entrie of the said qua
taken downe with the old gate, I caused to in order thereunto, acquainted his lady with this his pious purpose and intention, drant, but the verses being unhappily in whom likewise he found so affable and turned inward to the wall, the like in effect willing a mind to do good to the
poor, that is graven outward in prose, declaring him she promised to expend as much as he light occasion (as a maydens heade in a
to be a fishmonger, because some upon a should do for the carrying on of the work ; glasse window) had fabuled him to bee a and having possessions adjoining there. unto, they caused to be erected and built mercer, and to have begged there at Lud. the rooms and places following, that is to
gate.' say, the paper house, the porch, the watch- It is well remarked by the editor hall, the upper and lower lumbries, the of Old English Plays, to whom Mr. cellar, the long ward, and the chapel for Planche (the patron of the present codivine service ; in which chapel is an in. medy) is, with ourselves, indebted for scription on the wall, containing these much interesting information, that the words :
“ This chapel was erected and ordained play is filled with gross anachronisms; for the divine worship and service of God, but we will warrant that an audience by the Right Honourable Sir Stephen would not think it wrong if Falstaff, Foster, Knight, some time Lord Maior of Sir William Curtis, and Anne Bullein, this honourable city, and by Dame Agnes were produced on the stage at one his wife, for the use and godly exercise of time as contemporaries. the prisoners in this prison of Ludgate, There is little poetry in the play, Anno 1454.
and less wit. The widow, perhaps, “ He likewise gave maintenance for a speaks fairly, and there are some preaching minister," and " ordained what good popular lines about prisons and he had so built, with that little which was before, should be free for all freemen, and the boards with good effect; but the
liberty, which come sounding from that they, providing their own bedding, should pay nothing at their departure for talk of the widow's clown is homelodging or chamber-rent.”
spun enough, and the dialogue is,
taken generally, rather in the cosThis worthy Knight, whose me
tume than in the true spirit of the mory should be married to that of
age of Fletcher and Ford. Mr. Cat-Whittington, deserved his for- Planche has endeavoured, in various tune--for it is not now, in these
tread- places, to pamper up the language mill days, the fashion to make prisons into poetry; and, to this end, he has " a little more delightful and plea- introduced the following very passsant” for those who are to abide in able imitation of the old style. them. In speaking of Ludgate prison, Stow says:
Rob. (Aside, L.) Can she be mortal ? I “ The said quadrant strongly builded of Like that, in legends of the olden days,
have read of shapes stone, by the before-named Stephen Foster, The beautiful imaginings of men, and Agnes his wife, contayneth a large Rapt and inspired! Such a form she wore, walking place by grounde, the like roome it hath over it for lodgings, and over all a
The nymph of Elis, whom the river god fayre leades to walke upon, well imbat. Through earth and ocean follow'dor tayled, all for ease of prisoners, to the ende young Thisbe,
The fond, ill-fated girl of Babylon ! they shoulde have lodging and water free
How fair her forehead is! and that soft without charge: as by certaine verses
cheek grauen in copper, and fixed on the said
Wherein the bashful blood seems loath to quadrant, I have read in forme following:
dwell Deuout soules that passe this way,
Lest it should stain such purity! her eyes, for Stephen Foster late mayor, hartely How bright, and yet how full of gentleness ! pray,
Fit lamps for such a shrine ! what heart And Dame Agnes his spouse, to God con- may 'scape secrate,
The silken meshes of yon nut brown hair, that of pitty this house made for Lodon. That clusters round her neck, like a dark ers in Ludgate.