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character; but as there are so many indis- somewhat after the model of Miss Edgecriminate novel readers in the world, we worth's Vivian. The interest of the novel apprehend any thing we can say will have increases as the reader proceeds, and is but little effect. Such of our readers as finely wrought up in some parts of the last will take the trouble to cut open the pages volume. of Happiness, a Tale for the Grave and
It is with unmixed pleasure that we once the Gay, will, we think, be inclined to more behold Miss EDGEWORth before the concur in our opinion. It is an attempt to public in the shape in which she is so unite two of the most opposite things in the pre-eminently excellent. Perhaps there is world—satire and sanctity; and dandies not a single writer of the present day who and serious christians are mingled toge has been the means of bestowing at once ther in strange confusión. It is perhaps so much instruction and delight, as this useless to say any thing further of a work lady. To our juvenile friends her early which, like many of its cotemporaries, is lessons are well known, and many older fated to take its silent stand on the green- eyes bave perused them with almost equal baize-protected shelves of country circu- pleasure. To those excellent little volumes lating libraries.
Miss Edgeworth has lately added a contiTo the other works of Mrs. Taylor of nuation, called Rosamond, a sequel to Ongar, all distinguished by their plain good Early Lessons, which exhibits our old sense and useful tendency, is now added friend more advanced towards womanhood, Retrospection, a Tale ; in which, from a
but possessing the same engaging frankness review supposed to be taken by an elderly of disposition and purity of heart. It is unmarried lady, in the middle ranks of life, superfluous to say that these volumes in. it is intended to point out those errors of culcate the best morality; it is sufficient temper and indiscretion, which, in the ab- perhaps to add that they fully equal any of sence of greater calamities, suffice to make the writer's former productions. human life abundantly miserable. The
A small volume of Miscellaneous Poetry, story is quite unaffected, and follows with by SAMUEL BAMFORD, wearer, of Middlean air of great reality the ordinary course.
ton, Lancashire, has just issued from the of domestic events, yet the interest is press, which, amidst some rude composiwell supported. After all other means of tion, 'exhibits so much energy of thought happiness fail, the old lady finds it at last and diction, that it well deserves a longer in the arms of devotion, a resource by no
notice than we can in this place bestow means uncommonly resorted to by persons
upon it. There is a bold and manly love of that age and sex, in all times and coun
of liberty in the mind of this humble bard, tries. There is a decided spirit of evan- which needs no assistance from the tricks gelical devotion in this little volume, ac
of art, to make a deep impression on the companied however with such correct feel, feelings. His style and matter are all his ings and sentiments, that we do not feel own, and display as singular an instance inclined to find fault with it, or to quarrel
as we can recollect of a naturally strong on dogmatical points with a work which is
and poetical mind struggling against the obviously intended and adapted to pronote disadvantages of station and education. the cause of virtue. If not brilliant, the
The author is a professed radical reformer, abilities of this lady are solid, and in their and during the suspension of the habeas exertion, useful. To those who are fond of novel reading, goals; a circumstance which gives his po
corpus act, was imprisoned in different we think we can recommend The Sisters, litical allusions a bitterness bordering a Novel in four volumes, as a well-written sometimes on coarseness. Setting, howwork and not devoid of instruction. The
ever, such passages as chese out of the story, which relates the fate of two sisters, question, we do not hesitate to say that the one attached to the world and all its Mr.Bamford possesses originality of genius fashionable frivolities, the other of a nobler and more than common powers of mind. and purer mind, is well told, and posses. The book has not been well edited, many ses a reasonable share of interest. The obvious errors of one sort or other, excharacter of Felicia is by no means heroine. isting in every page; but we hope soon to like, in the sense in which many of our
see a second edition, which, if passed modern novelists would use the term; she through competent and careful hands, will is rather serious and useful, than romantic
prove the justice of these observations. and sentimental. Perhaps she will be con: sideredby some of our readers as too strict
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The celebraied Orerture to the Grand Seri- ginal. The key is G major; but after ous Opera of IL RATTO DIPROSERPINA.
twenty-eight bars of a soothing and Composed by Winter, and arranged for
truly rural cast, it bursts into a strain the Piano Forte, with Accompaniments of a bold and animated description, in (ad libituin) for a Flute and Violon
the minor of the same key, in which cello, by I. H. Litile. 38. 6d.
the powers of imagination, and the THIS is one of Winter's best sym- evolutions of science, are largely dis
phonic productions. The leading played. A subject, or burthen, prevails movement (an Andante Pastorale), pos- through the movement, but without sesses much sweetness, and is very ori- shackling the excursive fancy of the
composer, or excluding that relief and visibly, wauts further cultivation. The variety which form so prominent a melody is alla polacca ; but the pas. beauty in musical composition. Mr. sages are not always modelled to triple Little, in his transformation of this or- time; and the bass is far froin being chestral production to a piano-forte ex- uniforınly legitimate; and in very few ercise, has fully evinced his competency instances, is the best that might have to such a task. The passages are judi- been selected. We have, however, alciously re-modelled, and well-arranged lowed Mr.Wordsworth a scintilla of gefor the finger, while the management of nius; and that is equivalent to admit. the flute and violoncello accompani- ting, that brightened by exertion, and ments, announces a thorough acquaint- guided by an improved judgment, it ance with the powers of those instru- may hereafter shine forth in a superior ments, and with the art of their combi- style of composition. nation.
Charles N. Weiss's Tenth Fanstasia, for
the Flute, with a Piano-Forte Accom« Oh smile, and all your cares shall end."
peniment. 48. A Duett, composed by M. P. Corri.
This Fantasia (in which Mr. Weiss 18. 6d.
has introduced the air of The Blue If the production now before us, is
Bells of Scotlund) is what amateurs uot of the highest description of excellence, neither is it wanting in a respec
call a shewy piece.
It has much exetable degree of merit; though the ideas
cution, some eccentricity, and a consi
derable portion of brilliant passages. are not particularly novel or striking, they are smooth, natural, and connect
The opening movement is bold, rapid, ed; and the two parts blend with good
and striking; the variations given to
the Blue Bells are florid and fantastic, effect. The passage in the relative mi
and the total desertion of the subject, nor, beginning at the words “ Be every vain endeavour,” affords a very pleas
in the seventh page, though savouring
of wildness, is scarcely objectionable in ing relief to the previous portion of the strain; and returns with ease and grace
its effect. On the whole, this publica
tion is far above mediocrity; and to the to the principal theme. As a chamber duet, we feel assured, this composition formers, will
prove an eligible acquisi
library of flute and piano-forte perwill prove very acceptable to the lovers
tion. of vocal music.
“ Oh, Clara, Clara !" A Ballad ; the The celebrated Hungarian Waltz, with
Music composed by W. A. Mozart. Variations for the Piano Forte. Con
18, 6d. posed by T. H. Butler. 2s.6d.
This ballad, the words of which are Respecting the qualities of a melody by Walter McGregor, is easy and which has been so often heard at every minor theatre, and in every public
graceful in its melody; but not of very
distinguished beauty in its general street, it is scarcely necessary to echo
effect. It wants that passionate appeal the general voice, by dwelling on its
without which, songs founded on the simplicity and beauty. The proper ob
tenderest sentiments of the heart, fail ject of our criticism is the new form and
of their intended interest. The pianoauxiliary additions it has derived from Mr. Butler's talents and science. These,
forte accompaniment is commendable
on account of its simplicity, and we must say, are highly creditable to
prothe labour he has bestowed upon it.
per subordination to the notes of its
principal. The piano-forte exercise into which he has magnified an air of a few bars is, “ They tempt me not.” Sung by Miss R. so respectable, and useful, as to be at- Corri ; composed by M. P. Corri. ls.6d. tributable only to the efforts of supe
This is an interesting little ballad rior qualifications; and the more this
of two verses, the burden of each of ingenious master furnishes practition
which consists of the four monosylla
bles that furnish the title of the song. ers with compositions as well calculated to please and improve, as are his varia
The passages of the air are elegantly tions to this popular waltz, the more
and effectively turned ; and the general they will be obliged to him.
impression is strong and appropriate.
We venture little in prognosticating “ All my Soul's love." Composed by that “ They tempt me not,” will be
W. A. Wordsworth. ls. 6d.
come a general and lasting favourite,
in musical and tasteful families. spark of talent; but of talent that, as