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THE SERIOUS

The Drama.

objection, however, to this mixed kind of drama, engaged in this joteresting play; and I do not hesi.

and are very well content to leave the songs where tate to assert that, upon the whole it was never bet. 07 Under this head, we purpose, occasionally, to present and Darnley to join in the concert. The title, Da- Londoo. Mr. Younge’s Rob Roy, though somewhat

they are, without calling upon Mary Queen of Scots ter performed in any theatre, either in or out of to the readers of the Kaleidoscope some analysis. or rid Rizzio, will suggest to the reader at once the inferior to our late favourite's personation of the outline of the plot of any new Dramatic Pieces which is ential particulars of the plot, and the tragical ca- brave Highlauder, is, nevertheless, a very respectmay be brought out on the London stage, and which tastrophe. The principal characters and incidents able piece of acting; and I challenge Europe to is deer worthy of recording. We coinmence with are delineated with historical fidelity, and the ma- produce a finer Duugal than Mr, Browne. The the following brief notice of

nagement of the poet, in giviug Rizzio a mistress humourous, sentimental Baillie, was ably pourtrayed

who becomes his wife, and at the auptial banquet by Mr. Tayleure. Mr. Bass, as Rashleigh OsbalNEW OPERA OF DAVID RIZZIO.

with whom, given by the Queen in her own apart. distone, of a bad character, certainly made the best, ments, he is slain, is judicions, as it removes more Mr. Larkin is a very pleasing singer, though as yet

completely the imputation on the Qneen, and throws no great musician ; uis Francis Osbaldistone would This opera, lately produced at Drury-lane, is as

a deeper shade over the infatuated jealousy of her be an excellent performance, if be would only de. cribed to Col. Hamilton, the author of several other husband: though, at the same time, it must be con- vote as much attention to his acting he he generally productions for the theatre; and the music bas call-fessed, that apears a little extraordinary that he does to his person. If Mr. Ayres really wishes to ed into requisition the talents of Atwood, Braham, should be the only person in the court upacquainted please, he must assume less importance. Helea and other distinguished musicians. In the construc- with this amour.

Macgregor found an efficient representative in Mr. tion of the story, the politics of the period are stu.

We should pardon, however, very readily, a little Buon, whose excellence in characters of this descripdiously avoided, and only such points of the history incongruity of this sort, if the author, in other re- tion, exceeds that of any female at present on the of this celebrated favourite of the Queen of Scuts, spects, had made the most of his materials. But he British stage. Miss Hammersley sung most delight: as were deemed conducive to the stage interest, liave lacks the art of developing the passions and awaken- fully; and I never recollect having seen a more in been preserved. Some slight deviations have been ing that deep and vital interest of which bis story is teresting Diana Vernon. This lady possesses grent made too from the authentic records, which, bow. susceptible. His language, however, though not power of voice, and judgment; but, like most other ever, principally consist in giving Rizzio a mistress, remarkable for pith and preguancy, is good; and, singers, seems to think little about her acting. and in the consequences that arise from that passion thouglı not highly imaginative, is sufficiently poeti- Nature has however, been very bountiful to ber in One cause of the unhappy fate of Rizzio is well cal. The blauk verse, in which all the serious scenes every respect; care and attention, are only wanting known to have been the jealousy entertained hy are written, is correct and harmonious, seldom either to complete the work. Darnley of his influence over Mary; and the fall sinking into flatness or swelling into turgidity. One

Yours truly. of the favourite is accelerated in the drama by a si. incongruous metaphor, indeed, particularly offended milar passion on the part of Earl Ruthven, whom he our critical perceptions; and we quote it the more

DRAMATICUS. was supplanted in the love of Lady Mary Livingston, especially, because it furnishes also a specimen of Liverpool, 28th June, 1820. The eatastrophe, which closely resembles in its man that open plagiary of which we could easily produce ner the authentic narrative, is completed in the pre- abundant instances, sence of the Queen, at the celebration of the nup 0! furu Mose of fire to burst their chains !" says

The Rev. Mr. Colton, in his " Many Things in few tials of Rizzio and his mistress, whose hand is be- Rizzio, speaking of the modern Italians.-Whnt fire words,” is often happy in his illustrations by apt quostowed on him by Mary herself

. A want of variety can have to do with bursting chains, we are at a loss tations. Thus: “ Wit is one of the few things which is the chief fault discerpable in the plot, which is to cosceive. But the fine ode (for it deserves that has been rewarded more often than it has been defined. 100 much occupied by stratagems for the destruc- name) which follows, and which was sung by Braian A certain Bishop said to his Chaplain, • What is wit.' tion of Rizzio; but that fault is compensated by se. in his very best and most animating style, makes The Chaplain replied, • The rectory of B. is vacant ; veral striking scenes and interesting situations. The atonement. The recollection of those best days of give it to me, and that will be wit. * Prove it,' said his lavguage is in general elevated, perhaps too uni. Rome, when “her eagle perch'd ou Freedom's tree,” | Lordship, and you shall have it.' . It would be a good formly so for the natural expression of the sentiments deserved all the distinctness and expression with thing well applied,' replied the Chaplain.” of the different characters, but that in a serious opera which it was sung: and we might particularize will be received as an excess on the right side, and a some other instances of beautiful poetry that rival Society, which took place at the central establishment in

At the late anniversary meeting of the National Schools proof of high refinement and cultivation of the the most brilliant passages in Smith's Phædra and Baldwins's Garden, many Dignitaries of the Church, music, which shares equal honours with the literary Hippolytus, of the style of which, indeed, they Noblemen, Gentlemen, and personages of distinction, department of an opera, we must speak in terms of very much reminded us. Upon the whole it is, were present; the report stated that the number of great praise; indeed, the author bimself cannot fail at least, a very respectable performance, and would schools had greatly increased ; 270,000 children are now to acknowledge that be found in his composers must please, perhaps, even more in the closet than upon receiving instruction in England. powerful auxiliaries. The piece contains three airs the stage. The music does not aspire to originahy Atwood, whose character as a musician cannotlity ; but a good deal of it is very pleasing ; be more 'briefly or more powerfully described than and Miss Carew, Mr. Braham and Miss Povey do To Correspondents. by stating what his own erodesty too often allows full justice to a considerable part of it. We cannot him to conceal, that be is a pupil of Mozart, and a exted this commendation, however, to Mr. Braham's popil worthy of that celebrated master. A ballad first song, one of his own, we conjecture by the style. We feel not a little flattered by the very exalted opinion

entertained of us by A SUBSCRIBER, as evinced ia the second act, commencing, “ Beo-Lomond, o It is in the minor key, and is said to be very difficult.

by his suggestion that we should " write an original soft at thy foot are the breezes," is a beautiful spe-We wish, with Dr. Johnson, that it were impossi

essay each week, for the Kaleidoscope, in the manner ei meu of his manner jo tbat species of composition, ble. To us it was perfectly offensive. We should of the SPECTATOR.” Suppose we were to improve as the air sung by Braham in the third act, and ac- call it neither sioging nor saying. We would upon the idea, by giving an original column in the companied by the organ, was of his more solemn rather hear a simple melody from a ballad-singer style of Shakespeare or Milton ? aud elaborate style. There are also some excellent in the streets; aud the audience evidently sympathisairs of Braham's composition, and a few ingenious ed with us. But others of his songs repaid us; and two INDEX TO THE SECOND VOLUME.-In reply to A

READER, we refer him to the address to the public in pieces by Reeve, the son of the composer of that duets between him and Miss Carew were really de

our first page. The index will be put in hand immeuim?, 's0 coospicuous in the operatic annals of the licious; that in the second act " together we will

diately, and will be offered to the public at as low a kaat twenty years. The character of Riztio was per-tread life's rogged road,” in particular. We never rate as possible. forined by Braham, au at of Lady Mary Living-heard Migs Carew trill so deliciously. It was rapston by Miss Carew; those eminent vocalists turously and resolutely encored. Some of the new We shall attend to the recommendation of AN AXTI. seened in full possession of their usual powers.scenery gave high satisfaction ; and the piece, upon Mary, Queen of Scots, was played by Mrs. West, the wbole, has been unequivocally successful : Further Favours to acknowledge.--ADDENDA AND Easi Ruthven by Rre, and Darnley by Hamblin though we cannot venture to promise it a succession

CORRIGENDA-A FRIEND-OLD MORTALITY. The other characters were somewhat weakly cast, of overflowing houses." and to that cause we attribute the languor which was discernible in the audience in the latter part of

Printed, published, and sold the second art, and which was followed by some

LIVERPOOL THEATRE.

BY EGERTON SMITH & CO. slight expression of dissatisfaction. TO THE EDITOR OF THE KALEIDOSCOPE.

Liverpool Mercury Office.
ANOTHER CRITIQUE.

Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane: Messrs.

Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mor. Tho. SIR,- I was so much gratified with the represen- mas Smith, Paradise-street; Mr. Warbrick, PubDrury-lane hae produces a new serious opera of tation of Rob Roy at our theatre on Monday even- lic Library, Lime-street ; Mr. G. P. Day, News. some merit: if that may be called an opera iu which ing tast, but I cannot refrain from thus publicly man, Dale-street; and Mr. John Smith, St. Jemes's. tiae principal charactura. do not sing. We have no expressing my admiration of almost every person

road, for ready money only.

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FEATS OF SWIMMING.
attacks, are too obvious to need any observations from travellers, and massacring them in their sleep. This

vile prorost has made the offer in hopes of a reward Bet in his native stream the Guadalquiver

The foregoing remarks were prepared for another for which he conditions privately, heedless of the Judx, to lade his youthful limbs was wont, journal, in catering for which, brevity is indispensible; bloodshed' and ravage which our soldiery · would And having learnt to swim in that sweet river, but, as we have transferred the subject to the Kaleido- spread among the poor villagers in the blindness of

Had often turn'd the art to some account. scope, in which we bave more " elbow room,” we their fury: – You are right,' replied the Count A better szimmer you could scarce see ever,

shall subjoin the paragraph to which we have alluded, and it would be well to gain this advantageous post He could perhaps hade pass'd the Hellespont, and which we copy from the Liverpool Mercury, vol. As once (a feat on which ourselves we prided) ix. page 86.

without disgrace to our characters as Prussian solo Leander, Mr. Aitkenhead, and I did.

SWIMMING.-A young man, a native of the island diers, or outrage to the unoffeodiņg natives. Through BYRON'S Don Juay.

of St. Croix, lately swam over the Sound from whose means did this honourable offer come? For I

Cronenburg, and this outdid Leander and Lord suspect the communicant is willing to share the reThe following paragraph, which has recently ap

Byron, who swam across the Hellespont. The ward ?-The young engineer cast down his eyes, distance from Abydos to Sestos, is only

an English peared in the Liverpool papers, we select as a text to mile; but the distance which Lord 'Byron and and answered, after a short and graceful hesitation, some commentary of our own; observing, that if any Lieutenant Aitkenhead swam in an hour and ten

'He is my enemy, my Lord; forgive me if I do not of our readers are in possession of, or could refer us

minutes, is estimated at four miles; because the to, any well authenticated anecdotes of swimming,

strong current carried them away. The distance name bim.'

between Cronenburg and Kelsinburg is four Eng. Count Lieuwen's brow grew. smooth. "Well, we should be glad to put them on record in the co- lish miles; but as the swimmer could not land lomas of the Kaleidoscope :

ac Kelsingburg, on account of the surf, he had to Lichtenstein,' he said, with a tone of familiarity he * On Thursday, three gentlemen swam from the

swim down to the village of Graves, cwo English seldom used, except when his heart was touched,

miles further, making six English miles in all, Well; there will be no surer way, I see, to secure, north pier of the Regent's Dock, and landed with

which he did in two hours and forty minutes. A in one hundred yards of Birkenhead-hotel, on the

Danish officer and three men followed him in a both our military credit, and this poor village from opposite shore of the Mersey. The first crossed

boat, and never lost sight of him. In the middle plunder, than to give you the command of the in 35, the second in 36, and the third in 37 mi. of the Sound he had to contend with a bigh sea, affair. Chuse your comrades and conduct them. nutes. This was a great exertion of physical

which dashed over bim. strength, as well as of skill in swimming, as the

But how is it that you know the avenues of this distance wbich the gentlemen swam cannot be much less than a mile."

obscure place so well ? Non, without wishing or intending to detract in the

The Gleaner.

Ewald was silent a few moments only because he smallest degree, from the merits of these modern

was conscious of feelings likely to make his voice LEANDERS, we must take the liberty to surmise, thar

I am but a gatherer and disposer of other men's less firm. When he had stifled them, he replied, there are many hundred individuals in Liverpool who

stuff."

W OTTON. 'to you who know my humble birth, and have remecan with ease perform the same teat. The fact is,

died it so kiudly by your patronage, I need not be that almost any man who can swim with moderate

THE BRONZE STATUE.

afraid to confess this village was my birth-place, and speed, and can endure the temperature of the water

that farm which the provost intends to deliver op for about half an hour, will accomplish the task.

Count Lieuwen, a favourite officer in the service to-night for the purpose of massacre and riot, is What would our LEANDERS think of tbe feats of of the deceased King of Prussia, had under his spe- or was—.' He could not add his meaning, but LORD BYRON and Lieu T. AITKENHEAD, who swam cial patronage and tuition a young engineer of high Count Lieuwen felt it. Brushing a tear hastily across the Hellespont, in an oblique direction, by talent, whose advancement to his notice had been from his eyes, the old soldier bade him take his dewhich the distance was rendered four miles, a task which they performed in an hour and ten minutes ? solely due to his merits. His battalion, led by the tachment, and obtain possession of the place in the and what will they say to the still greater feat of the Austrian general Clairfait, then on bis unarch through manner he deemed fittest. Ewald departed instantyoung man who, not long since, swam, in cwo hours the Low Countries towards France, was ordered to ly, and returned in the morning to announce his and forty minutes, across the sound, from Cronenburg, surprise a small village on the frontiers in the ene complete success without lose to the inhabitants, being a distance of six miles?

iny's possession. Jo the middle of the night young and without the escape of a le Frenchman. He We have an habitual dislike to wagering, in any Ewald entered his commander's tent, and informed brought besides a valuable dispatch, which his ad. shape ; but would have no objection to bet a few him that a negociation had been begun by the chief vanced guard had intercepted, and the Count, de. pounds, for the benefit of some of our public charities, magistrale of the district to admit the Prussian lighted with the important result of the affair, and that we will produce a young man, now in Liverpool, soldiers into an ambuscade, by which they might with the generous spirit it had exhibited, offered his who shall cross our river and return without resting | surround the French stationed in the village of young lieutenant a thousand crowns, the sum for

Bat although we regard the mere act of crossing the Altheim, and put them to the sword. "Sir,' be which the treacherous provost had negociated, gal. Mersey to be within the power of an ordinary swimser, we think it is a feat which it is prudent to avoid, added, 'I am acquainted with a path through the lantly saying, his Sovereign would more willingly aad, indeed, madness to attempt

, without the atten- thicket that skirts the churchyard; and by leading pay it as the recompense of a hazardous and welldance of a boat. The time which the body must ne-fifty chosen men through it, we may enclose the performed duty, than as the premium of a traitor.cessarily be immersed, exceeds that to which many farm and outhouses in which these Frenchmen lodge, If,' said the lieutenant, modestly, 'your Lordship constitutions can be subjected, withopt injury. The and force them to surrender, without the baseness thinks this poor village worth a thousand crowns to further danger arising from cramp, or other sudden of entering their host's gates in groupes disguised as his Majesty, I pray you to consider them due to my senior officer Dorffen : your personal kindoess in- / been one, Ewald, notwithstanding bis heart-burnings, unfortunare stranger sufficiently to make his deposiduced you to waive his right; aud to give me the would have chosen this. He renewed bis cautions tion. He named his master, and stated that the command of last night's affair; yet it is just that to his servant, and entered the miserable house, gloomy looks and eager questions of the innkeeper he should have the price of what he deserved to win.' where the master sat surlily smoking his pipe in a bad alarmed him on the night of Ewald's arrival

, - He shall have it,' answered Lieuwen, compres- kitchen with broken windows, and a hearth almost especially wheu he was desired to sleep in a ruined sing his lips sternly; 'bat 1 now know who would cold. To bis courteous request for accommodation, out-house. He had left it, and applying his ear to a have bought what you have won honestly.' this man, whose suitable name was Wolfenbach, crevice iu the house door, heard Wolfenbach me.

The first care of this brave veteran on his return hardly returned an answer, except throwing him the nacing his wife with death if she prevented or beto Berlin, was to lay the circumstances of this fact remnant of a chair, and calling loudly at the door trayed his search into the traveller's portmanteau, before the King. The consequence was Ewald's for his wife. A woman in wretched apparel, bending which had been left below; for probably, in the promotion; and before the war ceased, he rose to under a load of sticks, crept from a ruined out- heedlessuess of anguish, Ewald bad not thought of raok even higher than Count Lieu wen; and the last house, and came fearfully towards him. "Bring a attending to it. He also heard Josephine's timid favour his old commander asked at court was, that faggot, drone, and cook some fish,' said her ruffian expostulations, and the shriek of her child in ils his adopted son might be appointed his successor in busband: 'where is the bread I bought this morn- father's savage grasp, held perhaps as a hostage for the fortress of Plauen, which his age reudered him ing, and the pitcher of milk?'-There was but her silence. "He went to warn his master, and by averse to govern longer. This high distinction was little milk,' she answered, trembling, and I gave it calling through the casement of the loft where he granted ; and the King, to suit the new governors to our child. '-— Brute ideot!' he muttered, with a lay awake, drew him from his bed. The stroke of title to his important office, added the rank of Baron hideous oath, and pushed her forwards by a blow an axe felled him to the ground, and be remembered to the cross of the black eagle already worn by which Ewald's heart felt. That moment would nothing more. The fate of Ewald might be easily Ewald de Lichtenstein. These unexpected honours have discovered him if the innkeeper had not left surmised. Detachments of the peasants traversed did not alter the temper of the young hero: still the house to attend his servant; and Ewald, as lie the country round to gain intelligence of him withpreserving the bland urbanity of Marshall Turenne, looked again on Josephine's face, had courage out success; and, without knowing his claims on whose elevation he bad imitated so successfully; be enough to restrain a confession which would have them as their countryman, were all eager io their was proud to hear his comrades hint that he too was aggravated her misery. Perhaps she had been left zeal to trace a man of rank and honour. Couriers a miller's son, and always strove to remind them desolate; perhaps her husband had been made met them from Berlio despatched to busten his re. how much he resembled his noble predecessor in brutal by misfortune; at all events, he had no right turn; but after six months spent in the most earnest benevolence and grace. But when he had offered to blame a marriage which circumstances had not search, even his paternal friend Count Lieuwen his graceful obeisance, he solicited permission to permitted him to prevent. She might have had no despaired of seeing him more, and believed him the absent himself one month before le assumed his alternative between it and disgrace; or Wolfenbach victim of a ferocious robber. Wolfenbach had been new duties. Count Lieuwen's friendship, and the might have possessed and seemed to deserve her seized with the horses of Ewald and bis servant, peaceable state of the country, made the royal assent choice better than himself. This last thought held which he had taken -to sell at the nearest fair, and easy, and Ewald de Lichtenstein left Berlin to dedi- him silent, as he sat with his face shaded near the could not attempt even a plausible account of them. cate this short interval to his private bappiness. fire. Josephine took but one glance at him, and His miserable wife was in a state of delirium which

But Ewald, with all the splendour of his profes- another at the cradle wliere a half-starved infant lay, unfitted her to give coherent evidence; but the sub*sional success, had not altered the humility of that before she began her humble labours to prepare a ject of her ravings, the purse of gold found io her private happiness. He had no hope so dear us to supper. Ewald attempted to say something, but infant's cradle, and a ring dropped near the travelreturn to the little village of Altheim, which ten his voice, hoarse with emotion, appeared unknown to ler's bed, were powerful presumptive proofs against years before he had preserved from destruction; and her, and she turned away with a look of repressed her husband. The rifled portmanteau was also disto reclaim the farmer's daughter, with whom the pride and shame. Yet as she could not but observe covered in a well, and the axe stained with blood. first affections of bis boyhood had been exchanged. the earnest gaze of the stranger, her cheek Aushing Wolfenbach maintained an obstinate and contumeliDuring the various and busy vicissitudes of a soldier's with conscious recollection, recovered some part of ous silence, during a long trial, which ended in a Iffe, no correspondence had been possible, and he had its former beauty, and Ewald had taken the infant sentence of death, received with acclamations by the time to soatch only a short interview when he entered on his knee, when Wolfenbach returned. His guest populace. He was carried to the scaffold attended the village with a hostile detachment. He took with overcame the horror which almost-impelled him to by no friend, and died without confession. him one attendant, a soldier of bis own regiment, throw from him the offspring of a ruffian so debased, Count Lieuwen resumed the government of the but upacquainted with his birth-place, though suf- intending to convey into its cradle some aid for the fortress he had resigned, but not till be had urged ficiently attached to his person to ensure the secresy unhappy mother, which might suffice to comfort repeated inquiries, and proffered large rewards for he required; not from mean fear of exposing his her wants without betraying the giver. He bid at any trace of his lost favourite, without effect. And humble origin, but from a generous wish to avoid purse of gold within its wrapper, and gave it back when, after some years had passed, a public duty displaying his new and self-acquired greatness. The to Josephiue; while the father, murmuring at such compelled him to visit the coustry in which Ewald joarney was tedious to his fancy, though he travel- pests, rebuked her slow cookery. But Ewald could had perished, he travelled hastily, and loathed the led rapidly; for the pleasantest dreams of his youth bot eat; and tasting the dark to propitiate the bru- necessity which forced his equipage to rest at Alwere ready to be be realized. His servant had or. tal landlord, withdrew to the bed meant for him, and theim for a few hours. During his short stay, the ders to make no mention of his name or rank when was seen po more.

master of the new inn found means to introduce he arrived at his place of destination, and the little Late on the following morning, two men, as they himself and beg his guest's attention to a rare cu. village of Altheim came in sight in all the beauty of passed near the remains of a spoiled hay-rack, per- riosity which he possessed. Finding, from his valet's a summer evening, and a happy man's imagination. ceived motion in it, and heard a feeble noise. They account, that this exhibition was a tax imposed on As he entered it, however, he perceived that several took courage to remove some part, and, led on by every traveller, the Count assented, and listened pacottages were in ruins, and the farm where Josephine traces of blood, examined till they found a body tiently to his host's history of a bronze statue found bad lived was half unroofed, and its garden full of yet warm with life, but wounded in a ghastly manner. in a peat-bog at a short distance, and from thence grass. Ewald's heart misgave him, and his servant They conveyed it to the village surgeon, and col- brought to his house. He went into the room where went on before to inquire who occupied it. Schwartz lected help to surround the house of Wolfenbach, it was deposited, prepared to see some antique relic brought his master intelligence that the niece of the whom they remembered to have seen on the road or cunning counterfeit; but he saw with feelings former occupier bad married a farmer, whose specu- mounted on a horse which had been observed the that need not be told, the body of his beloved Ewald lations had ended in innkeeping with but little suc day before entering Altheim with the wounded man in the travelling habit he had seev him wear, vitrified cess. There was no other inn; and if there had and another stranger. Skill and care restored this by the power of the morass to the semblance of a bronze statue. He stood a few moments' aghast | Altheim; we met alone, we were map. to man, it self surrounded by lovely damsels, singing, playing, with astonishment and horror, not unmingled with was night, but I won the cross fairly, and now let and attracting, his regards by the most fascinating

caresses; serving him also with delicate viands and gladness, at this testimouy of the truth preserved by him take it back.'

exquisite wines ; until intoxicated with excess of a special operation of nature; for on the forehead The self-accused murderer made a desperate effort enjoyment, amidst actual rivulets of milk and wine, and in the neck of the seemring statue, two deep to throw it from his breast, and fell with his whole he believed himself assuredly in paradise, and felt seams rendered the fact of Ewald's violent death weight and a laugh of madness at the foot of the an unwillingness to relinquish its delights. When

four or five days had thus been passed, they unquestionable. Bat he had presence of mind bier. The crowd raised him, but he spoke no more,

were thrown once more into a state of somnolency, enough to soppress his agitation, and affecting to His last words were truth, as subsequent inquiry pro- and carried out of the garden. believe the innkeeper exhibited, as he supposed ved. Accident or the hope of vengeance had led him Upon their being introduced to his presence, and himself, a strange piece of ancient sculpture, gave to the neighbourhood of Ewald's village; they had questioned by him as to where they had been, their him a much larger sum than bad been expected even met on the road, and fatal opportunity completed answer was, “in paradise, through the favour of from a nobleman of his koown munificence, and Dorffen's guilt. He was buried under the scaf- your Highness;" and then before the whole court,

who listened to them with eager curiosity and carried off the prize. He caused it to be conveyed fold, and the Bronze Statue remained a monument astonishment, they gave a circumstantial account to Berlin without noise, and made it no subject of of Ewald's fate and of retributive justice. of the scenes to which they had been witnesses.

The chief thereupon addressing them, said, “We conversation among his attendants,

have the assurances of our Prophet that he who de. Couet Lleuwen's return to the metropolis was THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN.

fends his lord shall inherit paradise, and if you sbow always followed by banquets given to his friends,

yourselves devoted to the obedience of my orders, and on this occasion he celebrated his arrival among

that happy lot awaits you." Animated to enthu(From Marsden's Trarels in Marco Polo.)

siasm by words of this pature, all deemed themselves them by inviting the chief uobility and all the mili

happy to receive the commands of their master, and fary officers who had shared and survived bis cam

Thé district in which his (the old man of the were forward to die in his service. paigas. After supper, before any bad departed, he mountaiu) residence lay, obtained the name of The consequence of this system was, that when spoke of a most rare specimen of sculpture which Muleht, signifying, in the language of the Saracens, any of the neighbouring priuces, or others; gave umhę bad reserved for their last regale."

“You all the place of heretics, and bis people that of Mule. brage to this chief, they were put to death by these bis know,' said he, my teuder affection for Ewald de the term of Pathurini to certain heretics amongst the risk of losing their own lives, which they held in

hetites or holders of heretical tenets; as we apply disciplined assassins; none of whom felt terror at Lichtenstein, my regret for his untimely loss, and Christians. The following account of this chief, little estimation, provided they could execute their my wish to preserve bis memory. I think you will Marco Polo testifies to his having heard from master's will. On this account his tyranny became agree with me in the wish to erect a monument, if sundry persons. He was named Alo-eddin, and his the subject of dread in all the surrounding counwe could decorate it with a representation of him religion was that of Mahomet. Jo a beautiful val. tries. He had also constituted two deputies or re

ley enclosed between two lofty mountains, he had presentatives of himself, of whom one had his resisuitable to his merits and his fate. But though we formed a luxurious garden, stored with every deli. dence in the vicinity of Damascus, and the other all know his merits, where shall we find an artist cious fruit and every fragrant shrub that could be in Kurdistan; and these pursued the plan he had able to give us a symbol of his death, since we procured. Palaces of various sizes and forms were established, for training their young dependants.

erected in different parts of the grounds, ornament. Thus there was no person, however powerful, who know neither tbe time nor eircumstance?'

ed with works in gold, with paintings, and with for having become exposed to the enmity of the old The Count cast his eyes round the table as he niture of rich silks. By means of small conduits man of the mountain, could escape assassination. spoke, aud met approving and earnest looks from all contrived in these buildings, streams of wine, milk, His territory being situated within (he dominions of his companions, except one, whose bead was averted. honey, and some of pure water, were seen to flow Ulaù (Hulugu) the brother of the grand khan * But,' he added, rising after a short pause, 'l in every direction. The inhabitants of these palaces (Mangu); that prince had information of hisatrocious

were elegant and beautiful damsels, accomplished practices, as above related, as well as of his employing think I have found a statue sufficient itself for his in the arts of singing, playing upon all sorts of people to rob travellers in their passage through his , monument,'

musical instruments, dancing, and especially those country, and in the year 1262 sent one of his armies A curtain suddenly drawn aside discovered the of dallianee and amorous allurement. Clothed in to besiege this chief in bis castle. It proved, howbronze statue of Ewald lying on a bier composed of rich dresses they were seen coptinually sporting and ever, so capable of defence, that for three years no

amusing themselves in the garden and pavilions; impression could be made upon it; until at length black turf, A silence of surprise and awe was fol. Their female guardians being confined within doors, he was forced to surrender from the want of provilowed by exclamations of wonder at the exquisite and never suffered to appear. The object which sions, and being made prisoner, was put to death. symmetry of the figure, and at the expression of the the chief had in view in forming a garden of this His castle was dismantled, and his garden of paradise countenance, so nearly resembliug its usuat charac- fascinating kind, was this: that Mahomet having destroyed."

promised to those who should obey his will the ter, except in the balf-closed eyes and lips parted as enjoyments of Paradise, where every species of sen. in the pangs of deaths. Some gathered round to sual gratification should be found, in the society of

['Note. The appellation so well known in the observe the accurate folds of the drapery, and re beautiful nympbs, he' was desirous of its being an histories of the crusades, of “Old Man of the cognised every part of his usual travelling apparel. derstood by his followers, that he also was a prophet Mountain,” is an injudicious version (for which it

and the compeer of Mahomet, and had the power of would seem they were first indebted to our author "There is even the shape of the seal-ring he wore admitting to paradise such as he should chuse to or his early translators) of the Arabic title Sheikh al upon his fioger,' said one of the spectators; and favour. In order that none without his license Jebal, signifying “ Chief of the Mountainous' rehere is the ribbon he received the day before his might find their way into this delicious valley, he gion. But as the word “ sheikh,” like “ signor," departure from the King; but where is the cross of caused a strong and inexpugnable castle to be and some other European terms, bears the means

erected at the opening of it; through which the ing of “ Elder, as well as of "'Lord, or Chief,” a the black eagle?

entry was by a secret passage. At his court, like choice of interpretations was offered, and the less ap* In bis grave,' replied Count Lieuwen, fixing his wise, this chief entertained a number of youths propriate adopted. The places where this personeyes on a guest who bad never spoken: that guest from the inhabitants of the surrounding mountains, sect, exercised the rights of sovereignty, were the

from the age of twelve to twenty years, selected age, who was the bead of a religious or fanatical was Dorffeu, the senior officer superseded by Ewald. who shewed a disposition for martial exercises, and castles of Alamüt, Lamsir, Kirdkuh, and MaimunHe suddenly lifted up his head and answered, “It is appeared to possess the quality of daring courage diz, and the district of Rudbar ; all'situated within Rot" The terrible sound of his voice, the decision To then he was in the daily practice of discours- the limits of that province which the Persians name of his words, made the assembly fall back from him, Prophet, and of his own power of granting admis. tion d'Alamout,

says De Sacy, in his Mémoire sur ing on the subject of the paradise announced by the Kuhestan, and the Arabians Al-Jebal. “ La posileaving him alone standing opposite the corpse. His sion, and at certain times he caused draughts of a la Dynastie des Assassins et sur l'Origine de leur features wrought a few instants in convulsions, and soporific nature to be administered to ten or a dozen Non, " située au milieu d'un pays de montagnes, his lips moved in unconscious mutterings. “Then, of the youths; and when half dead with sleep, he fit appeler le prince qui y régvoit scheikh-aldjebal ou (said a voice from among the groupe) “ the murderer had them conveyed to the several apartments of the c'est à dire, le scheikh ou prince des montagnes

, et robbed him of the cross ?_ No, no, I robbed him palaces in the garden.

l'équivoque du mot scheikh, qui signifie également of nothing, he robbed me of my place and honour, senses were struck with all the delightful objects des croisades et au célèbre voyageur Marc Pol, de

Upon awakening from this state of lethargy, their vieillard, et prince, a donné lieux aux historiens and of that cross which I might have earned at that have been described, and each perceived him. I le nommer le Vieux de la montagne." ']

VERSES BY QUEEN ELIZABETH.

[Communicated by a Friend.

Poetry.

SKETCHES FROM ST. GEORGE'S FIELDS.

BY GIORGIONE DI CASTEL CHIUSO.

“ The main story of this little volume, (says the Monthly Reviewer) which most generally reminds us of the celebrated humourist, George Colman, jun. is the following, to our minds, a happy tale; and we hope that it may be found equally to the relish of our readers. Lawless, a genial companion, of more wit than principle, has issued from the King's Bench, armed with a day-rule; and in Leicester-square, at the very door of Brunet's hotel, he is arrested by a bailiff and his follower. Dissembling his security, he instantly conceives a plan for amusing himself at the expense of these old enemies. He therefore invites them to dinner at Brunet's; which invitation, on the sight of a pocket-book seeming to contain notes, (the only unnatural thing in the story !*) and on the expect. ed assistanee of Mr. Spare his follower in case of an attempted rescue, Mr. Fang politely accepts. He suggests, however, the natural difficulty of dining at a French coffee-house, without possessing a word of French, and inquires how he is to proceed?

• A bow, a smile, from Jaunay, and a look

Most knowing, answer gaye, and testified
That well the spirit of the

plot he took ;
The parties dining smoked the jest, and eyed

The awkward Fang, who turn'd on every side
The unintelligible bill of fare,

And, loth to own his ignorance, still pryed
On every column with a studied stare,
As if he knew one item printed there.'-
• At length the jest a little tedious grew;

And Lawless from his much bewilder'd eyes
The puzzling columns of the carte withdrew,

And search'd them o'er a dinner to devise,

That well the bailiffs' throats might cauterize: Of each high-season'd dish he made selection ;

And oft he nodded to his new allies, Who cried, “ Oui, oui,” aloud, while each direction In French, to add cayenne, escaped detection. . And since high-season'd dishes thirst create,

He order'd larger glasses for their wine, And call'd for those that most exhilarate,

Champagne, and Hermitage, and Chambertin,

And this he call'd superb, and that divine ; And, as each bottle was demanded, made

To Fang and Snare the stipulated siga;
These manfully the part of Frenchmen play'd,
And roar'd “ Oui, oui," with laughable parade.
• Dinner was served. It would have made you smile,

To see the uninitiated pair
Sit looking at each other for a while,

As doubting what to think of their new fare,

Then turn to Lawless, with inquiring stare,
To learn from him the true style of proceeding;

Then clumsily attempt, with awkard care,
To catch the right Parisian mode of feeding,
So indispensible to men of breeding.
• They sipped the soup, and found it wond'rous hot;

The fish came next, and that was hotter still ;
And fire, as each of the fricandeau got

A taste, their mouths and throats appeared to fill.

Large draughts of wine might mitigate the ill ; And Lawless, as he pledged them, gaily cried, “Come pass the bright Champagne; who heeds

the bill ? I care not, so my friends be satisfied, And wine, so excellent, be still supplied." • The wine indeed was bright; and most divinely

With briskness leaping in the glass it show'd; And o'er their brains their subtile fumes crept findy,

As down th'unwonted throats the nectar flow'd.

Each glass they took new zest for more bestow'd; And now, so fairly were they enter'd in,

So loudly did their laughter now explode, So near to riot was their mirth a-kin, That soon 'twas needful to restrain the din.' We are forced to curtail the lively description that follows of the bailiff's openness of heart, encouraged by his wine. At last, however, he grows very offensive, and Lawless is obliged to produce his day-rule.

I grieve and dare not show my discontent,

I love, and yet am forc'd to seem to hate;
I do, yet dare not say I ever dieant,
I seem stark mute, but inwardly do prate :

I am, and not, I freeze, and yet am bum'd,

Since from myself my other self I turn'd. My care is like my shadow in the sun,

Follows me flying, flies when I pursue it ; Stands and lies by me, does what I have done, This too familiar care does make me rue it.

No means I find to rid him from my breast,

Till by the end of things it be suppress'd.
Some gentler passions slide into my mind,

For I am soft, and made of melting snov;
Or be more cruel, Love, and so be kind,
Let me, or float or sink, be high or low,

Or let me live with some more sweet content,

Or die, and so forget what love e'er neant (Signed)

“ Finis, ELIZA. REGINA, upon Moun- departure," Ashmol. Mus. MSS. 6969, (781,) p. 142.

THE BEAUTIES OF

. The author had better have rested the success of Lawless on his powers of persuasion, as Felding before bim:

« Thou hast a tongue Would charm a bailiff to forego his hold."

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• " A very proper question,” Lawless cried,

“ And one that shows you are a man of sense; Faith, you must do as others who can hide Their want of learning with their impudence,

Affect an easy careless negligence ;
If aught should puzzle you, pray look at me,

And when, surprised by any exigence, A nod or movement of my eye you see, ('Tis all the French you need) exclaim, Oui, oui."* • The bailiff having briefly thus instructed,

Who promised to observe his orders well, His new companions Lawless now conducted

Up the three steps that front Brunet's hotel Fang, am in arm with Lawless, with a swell Moved boldly forward; Snare brought up the rear;

And, tho' from Jaunay's kitchen the rich smell
Regaled him with the promise of good cheer,
Felt his new situation somewhat queer.
• Lawless was known; so when the coffee-room

He entered, all the waiters stared to see
Him so attended ; yet did none presume
To laugh, or shrug; and stared the company

There dining, as the oddly sorted three
One of the largest tables occupied ;

And some suspected how the case might be; This Lawless saw; and willing to decide All doubts at once, he to the waiter cried, • “ Eh Garçon ! vite ! la carte à Monsieur Snare;

Et faites venir ici Monsieur Jaunay.t. (Fang, choose our dinner-here's the bill of fare)

Ecoutez, Jaunay, vous me connoissez,

Ce sont des sergents, qui m'ont arrêté, Mais sans aucun droit de me deténir ;

Faites les payer-je serai donc vengé. A leur dépens je veux me divertir. N'est ce pas juste, eh Fang?" “Oui,oui, Mounseer.”

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• Not more Morocco's prince in horror stares,

When, Portia's picture trusting to behold, From the Death's head, the upbraiding scroll he tears, Deluded by the specious glare of gold, Than stared both Fang and Snare, when now unrollid The talisman of mighty power they saw:

That wondrous amulet at once controll'd, As with the force of an acknowledged law, The disappointed bailiff's outstretch'd paw. Fang and his follower both stood astonished,

With gaping mouths and eyes extended wide: Them Lawless thus with gravity admonished,

While peals of laughter rang on every side

From guests and waiters, who the scene had eyed : “Good evening, friends ; enjoy your jubilee ;

And, if you think yourselves well Frenchified, Whene'er you pass the square remember me: And never mabove all-forget OUI, QUI.' • He said; and though like famish'd wolves they raged,

Or tiger disappointed of their prey,
His person Lawless quickly disengaged,

And left them to the mercy of Jaunay,
Who forced reluctant Fang, a bill to pay,
Whose length and total fill'd him with affright,

Swearing, he left the house ; and, ripe for fray,
His spleen soon vented in a drunken fight,
That lodged him in the watch-house for the night.'

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• Yes, yes.

+ Here waiter ! quickly! the bill of fare for Mr. Snare, and send Mr. Jaunay here.

Hark ye, Jaunay, you know me, these are bailiffs who have arrested me but have no right to detain me. Make them pay and then I shall be revenged ; I want to amuse myself at their cost. Is it not right Fang? Yes, yes, Sir.

SOLUTION.

WHITE. 1 Castle ....1-7+ 2 Castle i...1-3+

....2-3

BLACK
1 King
3 Either King

or Pawn 2-3 potting the White in stare Mate,

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