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The tragedy, whether considered as to have been employed so many years. in Europe.' Of this there can be no the choice of the subject, the plot, inci- A copy of this work cost nearly 400 doubt; and the circumstance may be dent, or language, is not entitled to the guineas, and was, consequently, beyond ascribed both to the isolated situation slightest praise. What motive the au- the reach of most purchasers. Go- of Wales and to the character of the thor had in publishing it we know not. vernment had furnished all the funds language itself, which is of a principle As he has concealed his name his repu- for it, and, to enable others to possess so different from that of other modern tation cannot suffer ; but, as the tragedy the most splendid work in existence, it tongues, as hardly to admit of the least is said to be printed for the author,' we has granted to the famous printer, M. intermixture with it. But, when the will not answer for bis purse. We Panckoucke, the privilege of publish- article proceeds to assert, that Welsh, should be sorry to be severe on any ing a second edition, which will only because the most uncorrupted, is therewriter, but particularly on a young come to eighty guineas. An octavo tore the worst, I beg leave to deny the one, yet we cannot avoid censuring the volume of text, with twenty-eight conclusion, as most • lame and impovanity of those who attempt an effort plates, will be sold for 6s. and the grand tent,' inasınuch as the converse of the so noble as that of writing a tragedy, Atlas, in numbers of five immense folio same proposition would prove the most without the slightest qualification for plates, at 8s. 6d.-the mere cost of pa-corrupted to be the best. But the asthe task.

per and printing. I will, with your sumption, in this case, can only have

permission, send you an account of the been founded in a total ignorance of Foreign Literature. contents of this iinportant work as the the Welsh language, which, whether volumes appear.

z. for its copiousness, its expressiveness, Paris, Jan. 10th, 1821. ENCOURAGEMENT

or its poetical capabilities, has no rival

in any living European tongue, with ARTS AND SCIENCES IN FRANCE. Original Communications.

which I ain acquainted.

After what I have now said, it is To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. SIR,I do not know whether the

WELSH LANGUAGE.

hardly necessary for me to notice the To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle.

assertion, immediately following the great difference between the English

last, which charges the Welsh with beand the French Governments has been Sır,-An article appears in your ing . harsh and guttural, and of a very stated relative to the encouragement af- last nuinber, under the head of • Ény- limited range.' The truth is, that it is forded to whatever can conduce to the lish Language, which is so inaccurate by no means a harsh language, and posinterest or fame of the country. In on one point, that I hope you will per- sesses fewer guttural sounds than most England, the government throws a damp mit me to offer a few observations re- others. The sounds, most generally on every effort of genius; and, unless specting it. And this I shall do with prevailing, are the lingual, labial, and proposed by one of its own creatures, the less reluctunce, as I am aware, that palatal : even the dental, which are the greatest discovery may remain dor- the mis-statement does not origivate really harsh sounds, are not at all mant for want of the slightest encou- with yourself.

of frequent occurrence in it. And to ragement. In France, on the contrary, The part of the article to which I this I may add, that it possesses an upthe King, the royal Family, and the mi- particularly allude, is that relating to usual proportion of vowels and dipnistry, each iu his department, not only the Welsh tongue, upon which subject thongs. With respect to its ' limited encourage but invite the efforts of ge- I feel myself qualified to speak with range,' I am quite at a loss to conceive nius: and if person has conceived a

some degree of confidence, from having, upon what the writer of the article happy idea, likely to be of public uti- for some years past, paid considerable could found his assertion. The lanlity, he has only to communicate it to atteution to it.

guaye comprises sone thousand words the Minister, who refers to a Secret Com- In the first place, the number of inore than the English, as a reference mittee, not appointed ad hoc, but a English words derived from the Welsh, to Owen's Dictionary will sufficiently permanent one charged with the exa- stated to be 111 only, is exceedingly prove: and the faculty it possesses, of mjuation of all projects for the public under-rated, perhaps by some hun- forming compound terms on the pringood, and composed of men the most dreds. The fact seems to be, that nu. ciple of the Greek, is illimitable. eminent for their learning and practical merous words, traced by English lexi

I beg, in conclusion, to notice, that knowledge in every art and science. If cographers to the Saxon tongue, ori- the Welsh is presumed by the best the project be found useful, govern- ginated in reality with the Welsh, from scholars to be, in fact, the ancient ment affords the means of carrying it whom the Saxons not only received Cimbric, or, at least, to forin the most into execution. M. De Cazes, if not their alphabet, but, most probably, also

perfect remains of that venerable tongue the founder of this system, was at least some part of their languge. But this

now in existence. And it is rather a the great encourager of it; he nomi- does not rest upon mere conjecture, singular confirmation of this hypothenated several committees for commerce, since a competent knowledge of Welsh sis, that the Welsh call their language agriculture, and manufactures, with enables us to discover the roots of Cymraeg, and themselves Cymry, a salaries, and the system has been con- many Saxon words in that tongue; dame, that is clearly to be identified tinued by his successors.

and, had Johnson and others possessed with the Cimbri and Cimmerii of formThe liberality of the government even a moderate acquaintance with

er times, all which terms imply, acdoes not rest here: it is anxious the Welsh, they would not have committed public should be in possession of every the flagrant etymological errors, which cording to the etymology still pre

served in the Welsh name, a primitive thing relative to the glory of the coun- at present disfigure their works. or aboriginal people. try. You know the grand work in I agree with that part of the article

ORDOVEX. Egypt, on which the inost learned men in question, which states, that the

Jan. 15, 1821. and the most able artists in Europe Welsh tongue is the most uncorrupted

«The

SOCIETY FOR RECOVERING as bricks, then, when it is worked all gesture of the body. When by words, ESTATES.

together very well, take four sacks of these were the usual forms : To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. the dust ofsmall coal, and with that used Lord be with you! or, the Lord bless Sır,—Two or three letters having then cast the ingredient as you cast as they do the sand for casting of brick; you!' Froin the last of these, blessing

is often taken for saluting : If thou appeared in a daily print, in reference brick, but half so thick, and dry it as meet any, bless him not; or if any bless view of assisting individuals by legal in round balls, not so big, with char- times they said, ' Peace be unto thee'

brick is dried ; or you may make it up thee, answer hirn not again.' Someprocess to recover their estates which have been enjoyed by others vot enti- coal or smallcoal dust on the outside, Peace be upon thee'— Go in peace, tled to them, I would call the attention and so lay to dry; when they be tho- and such like. When ye come into

roughly dry, burn them with a little a house, salute the same;' and, if the of your readers and correspondents to Scotch coal or wood, or any combusti- house be worthy, let your peace come the subject, and, through your respect- ble matter to fire it; or with two or upon it, but if it be not worthy, fet able payes, suggest an eligible plan, three wooden chips to kindle your fire your peace return to you.' in which I am desirous to unite; for I could enumerate several instances of

withall, and to keep in the life of the By Gesture.—Their salutations were families who have lived in a state of

fire, and these cast a most excellent signitied, sometimes, by prostrating the poverty, when, if they had had legal as

heat, and keep fire for any use, to roast, whole body; sometimes, by kissing the sistance, they might have shared the boil, or bake, for the richer short; but feet; commonly, by an ordinary kiss. comforts of independence.

be sure you lay them not too close on Moses went out to meet his father-inYour's, respectfully,

the fire, but as you see your pattern* | law, and did obeisance and kissed him. Jan. 8, 1821.

P. P.P.

upon this paper, mingled with a Scotch Moreover, Joseph kissed all his brecoale or two.

thren, and wept upon them. This . For the poorer sort, cow-dung, Saint Paul calls an holy kiss ; Peter, a ARTIFICIAL COALS.

mingled with sawdust and smallcoal, kiss of charity; Tertullian, osculum To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. made up into balls, or in a square, like pacis, a kiss of peace.

These were SIR, -Although the present winter, a tile, not too thick, and dried, make a kisses a Cato might give and a Vestal so far as it has advanced, has not been very good fuel, but something noisome. receive. Of this sort, the Jews had so severe as to require any extraordinary Also that which comes out of the three kinds,-a kiss of salutation, a kiss demand of fuel, yet as some of the paunches of beasts killed, it being of valediction, and a kiss of homage; or, daily papers have, during the last week, dried, is excellent fire.

as the Hebrew signities, a kiss of state given an account of a substitute for • Horse-dung in balls with sawdust, or or dignity, to testify their homage and coals

, I beg leave, through the medium the dust of small coal or charcoal dust, acknowledgment of their king's soveof the Literary Chronicle, to make dried, is good fuel, but the smell is of reignty. Sanuel took a vial of oil and known to the public, a similar plan fensive.

poured it upon Saul's head and kissed which was published nearly two centu

• Greenwich Heath or Hounslow him, which is referred to in the second ries ago. In the course of my re- Heath' turf, well dried, is very good psalm, kiss thy son, lest he be angry.' searches at the British Museum, for a fuel, with a little Scotch coal burnt

J. R. P. very different purpose, I met with a with it. tract entitled, Artificial Fire, • Peat, if well dried, but well fatted Original Poetry. Coale for Rich and Poore. This being with seggy or flag roots, from fenny the offer of an excellent new Invention, places, is a very good firing mingled

THE NOSE. by Mr. Richard Gesling, Ingineer, with coals when it is burnt.' (late deceased,) but now fit to be put I am very far, Mr. Editor, from

'Twas evening, and the setting sun in practice. London, 1644.'

thinking this plan of service to your His farewell glance was giving, This tract, which is printed on an general readers, but in Lincolnshire, When Hal and Joe, quite ripe for fun, open sheet, laments the want of fuel and some counties where coals are dear,

And eager to observe the living,

Tripping fast the pathway o'eramong the lower orders in winter, which and beyond the reach of the poor for

Seated themselves outside the door, it stated to be so great, as to make general consumption, these hints may And soon began some turne thieves that never stole be- be of some service.

To mark each man fore, steal posts, seats, benches from

I am, &c.
B. T.

That nature had mark'd before. doores, railes, day, the very stocks that Great Russell Street, Jan, 13.

Each took his pipe, and whiff'd away,

Moistening well, with ale, his clay, should punish them, and all to keep

Then talk'd of ladies' lovely eyes, cold winter away.' The remedy pro

And then of cheeks of roses ; posed is as follows:

THE SALUTATIONS

Till, at the last, First provide a piece of ground

Their converse past THE JEWS AT THEIR FEASTS. To what, indeed, must all surprize, where the sun lies upon it, and for the better ordering, take a brickmaker or

(FOR THE LITERARY CHRONICLE.)

Of large and little noses ! a labourer to do it: do thus ::

Now Joe, a curious one had got,
"Come kiss me sweet and twenty.'-Shakespeare. A nose without a bridge; and so
Take three loads of red mortar, such
The salutations of the Jews were tes-

The tip cock'd up, as if, I wot, as you make bricks with, donble loads, tified either by words or some humble

To view bis eyes roll to and fro, half a chaldron of good sea coals, of the

Spurning the mouth that laugh'd below. smallest and best, three sackfuls of the * An engraved diagram of a grate, with the Cried Hal to Joe, best small coal, four bushels of saw

bricks and balls piled up, in which there is no- What think you now of that one's nose? dast , "four trusses of straw chopped ; are perpendicular, and not tabsverse, as in the thing remarkable, but that the bars of the grate He look'd and laugh'dfor you must

know, work all these together with water, stiff) present day.

It from his eye-brow stately rose

or

A TALE.

OF

Round as sickle. Then came one

Fine Arts.

nor all the fairy frost-work of polished Who caus'd the 'gay ones' greater fun :

refinement to melt at the glare of the 'Twas round and ruddy-cover'd o'er

ESSAY I. With fifty little bills or more,

red torch of Gothic superstition and And look'd just like an artichoke,

( Whatever adorns

intolerance. The world seems rather When people say—' 'tis full of eyes.'- The princely dome, the column and the arch, to be inclining to the opposite extreme And 0! they deem'd it was a joke

The breathing marbles and the sculptured of infidelity. At any rate, the arts, we Philosophers could not despise.

gold.' Come tell me now,' said Hal to Joe, 'Do you imagine that what is good is may venture to bope, will have nothing • Before I go, not beautiful?' Have you not ob- their excellencies to purposes unwor

to fear ; unless it is the perversion of (And my house is from this a long way ;)

served that these appearances always What sort of nose do you prefer? coincide ? Such are the questions

thy of their divine origin. The liberty For, were I to choose, I tell you, sir, A hook'd one would, methinks, be best.'

which Xenophon has recorded as those of our own glorious constitution will of his master, the divine Socrates ; from those accomplishments of life

not withhold its enlivening influence Indeed!' cried Joe, quite full of jest, "A hook'd one, aye? Then I am blest; such too are the questions which we

For look ye mine is hook'd you know:- may be allowed to put to those, who which digpify, support, and adorn the But then, ha? bu!—'tis hook'd the wrong would degrade the Fine Arts to the national character of a powerful em. way.”

WILFORD.
base office of the panders of luxury and pre:

We will indulge in the hope

that she will spread her protecting TO THE SUN.

licentiousness, though they are in re0! thou that from Heav'n's azure field,

ality the graces who attire in fresh and wings over the gerins of art, and the Dispellest all the mists of night, attractive charms, the Venus of Virtue,

diffidence of genius; and that our Round as the warrior's ample shield, and who, by the extraneous ornaments country, which has already gained the Whence is thy everlasting light? which they lend her, afford new mo

wreath of naval glory, which was once When, from the portals of the east, tives to prompt the mind of man * to

the crown of Athens, may hereafter Thou comest in all thy majesty, The trembling planets sink to rest,

high heroic deeds and fair desires.' rival her in the developings of genius The stars before thy splendour fly, They have, at times, indeed, been se

and the encouragements of art. The The moon, herself, grows cold and pale, duced from their allegiance; they have nautical fame, the warlike achieveAnd sinks beneath the western wave. been bribed, to paint in more glowing

ments of Athens have passed away, and But thou-o sunshalt never fail,

• like the baseless fabric of a vision, Till Nature sinks into her grave.

beauty, the mask that conceals the de

formity of vice; they have, by their leave not a wreck bebind, save the Lo! when the winds of Heav'n are loud, When lightning flies in awful form,

syren strains and angel forms, lured the narration that they were.' Her arts, Thou lookest from behind a cloud

unsuspecting voyager of life over the her sculpture, her architecture, still And laughest at the empty storm; ocean of excess to the rocks of misery ing time.” The nations still send forth

exist, in spite of corniorant devourBut thou, O Sun! perhaps, like me,

aud guilt. But let him, who, on this their pilgrims to the shrine of her MiArt lent but for a season here, account, would discard them from

poThe sleep of Death may come on thee, lished life, shew us the human good trace each record of skill, each bright

nerva; with patient assiduity they No more the voice of morn to hear. Exult! resplendent orb of light!

that has never been abused, and we While yet thy youth knows no decay; will acquiesce in his opinions.-Let animated relique of genius; where the Age is unlovely-dark as night,- the enemy of the polished elegancies of from each mutilated limb, justifying

marble still breathes life and vigour And youth returns not, when away. life, prove to us that the greatest gift the application of Horace's remark ou Jan. 1821, Downing Street. J. B. O.M. of God to man, religion, has not been

a sister art ;-
KINGS OF THE BEAN.
perverted to the anomalies of supersti-

* In venias etiam disjecti membra poetæ.' (A FREE TRANSLATION.)

tion and the cruelties of bigotry ; and, The day is auspicious to me,

if in spite of history and fact, he shall Her painted Stoa,' her sculptured On the throne I am borne with delight; be able to prove this, then he may be at temples, glowing with the heroic deeds

of Come, my friends, and rejoice in that glee liberty to discard the arts of civilization,

a Theseus, a Codrus, a Miltiades, Which my royalty gives me to-night: as liable to be turned aside to purposes

were the means which My reign's but a dream that is gay ;

• Raised for which they never were intended ; To height of noblest temper heroes old Prolong happy sleep so serene; For soon you'll awake me from pleasure, and then let the xxnozãyador of the At:.e- Aiming to battle; and, instead of rage, say,

nian philosopher be thrown aside, and Deliberate valour breathed firm and unmov’d, • Thou wast only a King of the Bean!' the barbarous bigotry and ignorance

With dread of death to fight and foul retreat. We may often behold on the scene,

of an Omar be planted in its stead. In Athens, the sculpture and the painHistorical heroes of fame;

Then, too, let the palm be torn from ter were employed to perpetuate the But Melpomene's children are e'en

the brow of our great delineator of memory of illustrious men and illusOf these kings but the shadow and name: When the pictures are perfect and just,

human nature; for he has declared trious feats ; and the representation of The allusion disperses in sheen,

that he who hath not music in his whatever had been achieved for the And kings, though exalted to greatness and soul, and is not pleased with coucord of service of the public by heroic virtue, trust,

"sweet sounds, is fit for murders, strata- was preserved in the public buildings Are no more than as Kings of the Bean.

gems, and spoils.' But the world is and the monuments of the dead; and If the blessing is found on the throne, not doomed to gaze with terror on the the encouragement of these arts, in

I will play in these moments so free; But, if glory about me have shone,

death-struggle of the arts, or the de- the metropolis of Greece, with the efTo conceal the true picture from me,

struction of the Corinthian capital of fects which they naturally produced, When I look to the skies I exclaim,

society. The age of Cromwell is fully indicate the necessity, or at least * These king who in pride I have seen,

passed away-our country is not de- the utility which accrues to the state To the kings of the universe vanish in fame :

stined again to behold the softer ele- from the cultivation and fostering of What are they?--of the Kings of the Bean.'

J. R. P. gancies of life crumble beneath the taste and genius in its individual mem* See Literary Chronicle, p. 11. rude touch of prejudice and fanaticism; l bers.

W. H. PARRY.

ence.

The Drama.
markable degree, the power of ascend-

MR. KEAN, IN AMERICA: ing or descending the scale with ra

pidity and great distinctness; and, oc- [Although we have no very exalted opiDeury LANE.-Miss Wilson.- casionally, she passed from one part of

nion of the critical acumen of our transOld Drury,' had its trinmph on the scale to another, omitting the inter- atlantic brethren, yet to gratify those of Thursday, in one of the most crowd. inediate notes, with quickness and ac

our readers, who, like ourselves, are ed and elegant audiences we ever wit.

* admirers of Mr. Kean's talents, we incurary. nessed ; and in the debut of a young

sert from a New York paper, entitled Mr. Braham, whom we have often lady who is one of the greatest acquisi- seen and admired in Arbaces, never

the American, a critical notice of two tions that the musical world has receive appeared to greater advantage. A col

of that distinguished actor's best cha

racters, those of Richard III. and Othello. ed for many years. Miss Wilson, for lision of talent is always favourable to -ED. that is the name of the young lady, the best performers, and it was evident Richard III.-The character of Ricame forward with a royal imprimatur:

on the present occasion. Madame Ves-chard, we might readily imagine from his present Majesty, whose knowledge tris sang charmingly in Artaxerxes, his history, must be extremely difficult of music is, perhaps, equal to that of and Miss Povey was a sweet Semira. to be represented in any manner comany of his subjects, having spoken in We inust not, however, forget Mr. ing up to the peculia: traits that disthe highest terms of her talents. Ever Horn, who deserves much praise for the tinguished it; and though Shakespeare smce she was announced, public ex. spirited style in which he acquitted found in the groundwork of his chapectation had been on the tiptoe, and himself in Artabanes: it was his first racter certain leading marks, in the dewe never saw an audience look so ansi

appearance in that character, and was lineation of which he particularly exously for the rising of the curtain as on inarked by the audience as a very suc- celled, yet that mixture of intellecThursday night, when Miss Wilson

cessful one. On the conclusion of the tual vigour with morał depravity,' so made her first appearance in the cha

opera,

the pit waved their hats annidst conspicuous in the features of his life, racter of Mandane, in the opera of Ar- the loudest cheers of the whole audio and the different passions that actuated tarerres. Independent of this novelty, Miss Wilson's success was so him at times, must ever make the part the opera presented great attractions : great that Mr. Elliston has announced extremely difficult for a perfect execuBrahain in Arbaces, Horn in Artabanes, operas three nights a-week.

tion, although the character bas been and Madame Vestris in Artaxerxes. Sheridan's truly inimitable co- most ably and happily portrayed. An opera th us cast gave a powerful aidmedy of the School for Scandal, Many performers, who were at the to the fair debutante, who, on her en

was performed at this theatre, on Tues height of their profession, and who extrée, was welcomed with a burst of ap, day night, with the novelty of two first celled in characters in which it might plause which overwhelmed her; and

appearances. Miss Chester, a young be supposed success was more unather trepidation was, for some time, evi- lady who, we believe, once played Por- tainable, have entirely failed in that of dent. Miss Wilson, in person, is ra- va at this house, was the Lady Teazle Richard. The part of Macbeth has ther tall, but graceful and elegant; of the evening, and sustained the cha- been successfully personated by those her countenance is agreeable and ex-racter with much judgment and discri- who have entirely misconceived that of pressive; her voice is powerful, and, in mination. She was most successful in the crooked-backed tyrant. It was one compass, nearly equal to Catalini, of scenes which were serious and pathe- of those characters the late Mr. Cooke whom she often reininded us, as she

tic. Mr. Cooper was the Joseph Sur- particularly excelled in; it was that in did, in other respects, of Mrs. Billing- face, and although, in some scenes, he which Garrick first appeared, and that · ton. The character of Mandane is one acquitted_himself well, yet we must which laid the foundation of the high in which the passions alternately swell confess that he is not a good hypocrite. standing which Mr. Kean has acquired ia disdain, and melt into tenderness, Elliston's Charles Surface and Mun- in his own country, and the first in touching, occasionally, on both ex- den's Sir Peter Teazle are too familiar which he has appeared in our's. That tremes, and requiring a power of ex-to the public to need any remark. Mr. Kean's performance of the characpression suitable to these vicissitudes. Covent GARDEN, - Mr. Barry ter is original, is indisputable; it was When she sung, • If o'er the cruel Ty- Cornwall's new tragedy of Mirandola so in England when he first appeared rant love,' she electrified the audience, has been frequently repeated since our in it, and is clearly so to us.

It is who testified how they had been en- last with increased success, and may be right, therefore, that we should throw raptured by an universal encore. In fairly said to be fully established in asi any dislike we might have, on the the beautiful airs of • Fly soft ideas' public favour.

ground of our being unaccustomed to and Let not rage,' she was equally

COBURG THEATRE.-On Monday the execution of the character as done happy, but her greatest triumph was evening, a new melo-dramatic romance in the manner of Mr. Kean. Indeed, her bravura singing in "The soldier was produced, entitled-Who owns the in England, on his first appearance in tired of war's alarms, in which great Hand? or, The Monk, the Mask, and Richard, there were considerable doubts power, rapidity of execution, and pre- the Murderer. The piece has been got as to his merits, for no other reason than cision were delightfully combined. Al- up with great splendour; the incidents that his performance was original. It though power is the predominant cha- are striking and well-inanaged, the is but justice to Mr. Kean, therefore, racteristic of Miss Wilson's voice, it

scenery very good and appropriate, and that, if he has hit upon a happier conpossesses much softness and delicacy; the piece is interesting throughout. ception, according to his own belief, we She sometimes struck a low chord Mr. T. P. Cooke and Miss Watson should judge and criticise it with canwhich was quite melodious, and soon performed the parts allotted them ad- dour and fairness. Full of curiosity after raised her voice to a key where, mirably well, and, indeed, the whole and anticipated pleasure, we went to permitting it to rest awhile, it died away of the performers played with much witness Mr. Kean's first appearance on like an echo. She has also, in a re- spirit and effect.

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ing is the result of our observations: as Mr. Haslitt, in his lectures, calls it, The tone here used, was nearly similar to speak generally, his figure and looks his ' exuberance of manner.' He gave to that before mentioned, and apwere well adapted to our ideas of the ty- a new reading to several passages, peared to strike us more as if it were rannical Richard ; his voice is not good, which much pleased us; and the man- delivered tauntingly, or so spoken from especially when he elevates it, when it ner of his bidding his friend good malicious delight at Brabantio's cerbreaks in the most disagreeable man- night,' was very striking, although we tain defeat and his own sure acquittal, ner; and his delivery is new: every cannot but believe the long pause was than the observation of the dignified word comes forth as if it were measured more intended by Mr. Kean for effect, Othello, who, though sure of success in a slow method of speech he uses, than for the display of any real talent he from Desdemona's presence, yet does which, as it was continued through all thought the idea possessed; we could not manifest any eager anticipation, those scenes where it was possible to mention several scenes in which he ap- which would leave an inference, that if employ it, rendered it at length very peared to effect, and several in which the decision of the senate were in his fatiresome, and by no means agreeable. effect was partially destroyed.—The vour, he would evince more malicious We really thought, at times, that he was American, Dec. 1, 1920.

pleasure at it than proud satisfaction, reading the part in bis own closet, deep Othello.-One of the peculiar traits From not only the different passions ly intent on the study of it, preparatory in Mr. Kean's acting is seizing on the that take possession of the Moor, but to his performance.

imagination by frequent, sudden, and from their constant collision, the chaWe agree with a London critic, that striking changes; as from the highest racter of Othello becomes one wherein the courtship scene, with Lady Ann, key to which his voice is elevated, when the power of an actor can have full disis an admirable exhibition of sinooth in an ebullition of passion, down in a play. In the onset, we find him all and smiling villainy;' but we witnesse moment to either a soft or familiar fondness for the beauteous Desdemona; ed not only in that scene attempts at tone, according as Mr. Kean conceives then the seeds of distrust are stage effect, but repeatedly in the de- the particular passage requires. This, by the villain lago; Iago's continual nouement of the plot. The apparent un- it is true, is very often applicable and feeding of the fire he had kindled fol. easy delivery of the sentences, if ori- conformable to the true spirit of the lows next; his surmise concerning ginal, is certainly not pleasing, not author, but that it is proper to inake Cassio, his infernal scheme with the withstanding each word is expressed those pointed transitions in all the handkerchief, and the warring conficts with great precision and distinctness ; particular places Mr. Kean has thought between doating fonduess and supposed and although an English writer, (Mr. right to employ them, can scarcely be dishonour, are inimitably deliveated. Haslitt,) • cannot imagine,' as he ob- allowed, when we once come to consider. Although the character of Othello serves, any character represented with the propriety or correctness of it. Two possesses these great advantages for the greater distinctness and precision, more instances of misapplication in this re- display of the talents and genius of an perfectly articulated in every part,' yet spect, we observed in Mr. Kean's per- actor, yet none can claim a perfect inthis perfect articulation,' distinctness, formance of Othello. The first, when fallibility in an accurate conception of it; and precision, appear to us to be at Othello is before the senate, on the and that Mr. Kean does not enjoy this tended with a most uneasy way of deli-charge of Brabantio, that his daughter infallibility, and that he is by no means very, there being too much an appear- had been stolen, and corrupted by exempt from error, and those not unance of artificial manner. In repeated spells and medicines bought of moun- important or accidental, has appeared sentences, too, we observed a pause at tebanks ;' Othello requests the duke to us on a critical investigation of his the end of the word preceding the last, to send for Desdemona, and the duke merits and faults, and that, too, withand after stopping a few seconds or so, gives orders to that effect; iminediately out any nice acumen or determination pronouncing the last word. This was after, indeed the words • fetch Desde- to pick out every little mistake or inacdone, doubtless, in order to give effect mona hither had scarcely escaped the curacy that may have been casually to the whole. We took notice of this, duke's lips, before Mr. Kean (Othello) committed, we were about to say, in almost every says to lago, in a hurried, quick, and In the third scene of act third, scene he appeared. Another circum- unnatrual tone and manner,

Othello and lago enter immediately stance strụck us, which more fully

* Ancient, conduct them; you best know the after Cassio had been importuning evinced the aim of the performer; it

way.'

Desdemona to procure of the Moor the was those sudden transitions which were the immediate attendance of his wife, to

Othello, without doubt, was desirous of restitution of his lieutenancy. Desdeso strikingly displayed. It cannot be clear him from the charge of Braban Cassio, and says,

mona begs of her husband to call back denied that some of them were power- tio; but the tone he had employed befully and ably executed, where they fore his judges in a preceding speech,

Shall’t be to-night at supper? were required; but in the words of one

Oth. No; not to-night.

Des. To-morrow dinner, then? of his own critics. his delineation of it being so dissimilar, could not at all reshould have soinewhat less brilliancy, manner exercised in delivering the concile us to the unsuitable effect the Oth. I shall not dine at home;

I meet the captains at the citadel.' fewer glancing lights, pointed transi. above words produced. This quick The tone in which these answers were more solidity, depth, sustained and transition may force an applause from given, would lead to the belief that the impassioned feeling; or, in other the sudden way in which they were previous exclamation of lago, on see words, he seems to have at his command spoken, and the tone and manner above ing Cassio in entering the room, Ha! a variety of resources, in order to give mentioned, but never can be quoted as I like not that," had already instilled

The other into the mind of the Moor a distrustful a continual eclat to his performance instance occurred in the same scene. feeling towards his wife. Any thing and be incessantly employed them, as After the conclusion of his defence be conducive to such belief, or thut would in making those long pauses, quick fore the senate, he observes,transitions, and, among other things,

in the least leave any suspicion of the • Here comes the lady, let her witness it.' sort, should be particularly avoided;

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