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and it was his task merely to exhibit would destroy whatever admiration
The scene and personages of his
poem being thus forines, and the who had lived without intercourse erly considered as a requisite emwith the rest of the world, and bellishment being laid aside, the auconfined within their own domain thor's credit, as an original cwriter, all their knowledge and experience, will depend on the conduct of the it would have made so bold a claim fable, the descriptions with which on the praise of originality that we it abounds, and the delineation of its might justly have wondered at the prominent characters.
On these invention of the author ; but in this grounds he may confidently rest a old age of the world such novelties large portion of his fame. The are not to be expected and the want story is ingeviously told it goes of them is not considered as a fault. perhaps beyond the actual works of
The entire absence of all mytho- nature, but not against its conceived logical fiction and supernatural a possibilities.” We hear of the civil gency, diminishes in no degree the commotions of an antient kingdom. interest of this poem, although by without surprise, of a bold and advenmeans of it Pope insured inmor- turous expedition with admiration; tality to his Rape of the Lock, and and though the dangers which the acquired for himself a reputation not heroes incurred and the success more deserved by the harmony of which crowned their valor may his verses than by the merit of such little astonish us, yet the known suan original design. The conduct periority of skill and arms to the necessary to be observed in the plan rashness of inconsiderate valor, and and arrangement of superior agen
the recollection that in latter times cy, and the talents necessary to em- the same scenes were repeated, preploy and regulate the operations of vents us from considering the aca set of beings, upon whom huinan count as an incredible hyperbole. motives and human passions have The first part of the poem is not a sure and determinate effect, re. rather desultory. It consists of quires in no ordinary degree original too many disconnected descriptions, talents, and makes large drafts on which the poet is obliged to leave the invention of the writers. The unfinished at the moment they are absurdity however of uniting the beginning to excite our interest: the imaginary personages of hea- The object was not an historical then mythology, in the same scene delineation of the times, but an ac. with Christian heroes, and the grea- count of Madoc, and his companter absurdity of attributing events ions of the waves. We have no to miraculous interposition, to the need therefore, of a minute account influence of demons or witches, of Wales or any of its inhabitants or
customs not immediately connected Selected for the Emerald.
A TALE FOR THE LADIES. racters, of whose condition the poet,
ALEXANDER, and GODFREY, were consistently with the plan of his work, could not inform us.. DAVID ance had begun with the earliest period
two young gentlemen, whose acquainthimself, whose ungoverned pas- of their lives. They were sons of the sions had placed him on an insecure principal families of the same town ; throne, is the object of some inter- they had been accustomed to play toest; and the lovely Emma is painted gether in their infancy : they had been
educated at the same school; the same in colors so beautiful that the story tutor had attended them in their travappears but half finished without in- els : and they had, during tliat interest. forming' us of their fate. But what ing period of their lives, continued that shall we say of the bold, the gener-amity, which was begun when fancy, ous, the magnanimous LLEWELYN, Godfrey, in their return from their
rather than reason, had inspired it. He, who appears in the story like tour, had left his friends at Lyons : some angel in a dream just to fasci-fixed by the radiant eyes of some beaunate us with his virtues and disap-ty of the place, and without a desire pear forever. We cannot but no
ever to see his country, at the expence tice it as a very prominent fault, that of leaving the object of his warmer
wishes. Alexander was not the only these unformed, unfinished beings man who had a heart susceptible of im. should be unnecessarily introduced. pressions from the fatal charms of this In the books containing these cha- beauty. Among the number who beracters is some pretty descriptions came his rivals, an English Nobleman and good poetry, but the characters setting forward on his tour, was stopthemselres are perfectly irrelevant vals met at her lodgings : the lady cuas
ped by the soft enchantment. The ri. to the main purpose of the poem, divided in her choice ; and neither of and are not even justifiable in the then could give up their pretensions. rank of episodes.
They determined on the only decision.
They pursued the same route to the To these objections Mr. Southey confines of Flanders. They fought, may think himself not obligated to and Alexander was the more fortunate. reply by reason of the title which The consequence of a duel is seldorn forebe bas chosen to assume.
seen by those who engage in it:-even
“ A po- the best is terrible. The death of his ttical story” may perhaps claim rival, instead of making his way easy Teater liberties than the degraded to his mistress, separated Alexander pic, and we confess we know not from her forever. The affair was no low far these liberties extend, as the secret. lle could not return to Lyons. Hesent is the first being of the race
It was equally unsafe for him to see his eadl a kind of anomaly in literature; unhappy antagonist were powerful. He
own country, where the friends of his it judging by Mr. S's. own stand- engaged in the Russian service : he Fel, we think them unjustifiable, not made several campaigns with glory: ecause they are not formed on the he was estemed, and lie was preferred. nes of Aristotle, “ but because From the time of his fatal dispute with ach unfinished pictures are not
his countryman, he kept up a constant
correspondence with his friend. The dapted to purposes of poetry.” interest of Godfrey, of his family, of his The subject will be resumed in a
friends of all whom they could influence, xture number.
was employed to soften the rigor of those E.
who had lost the hope of their house : but every letter contained the same piece of mournful news, that they were resolute, and cruel, and all applicatious
ineffectual. “ The person who had been the credit of her account, leaving had most determined and immoveable, in it from Alexander. When Alexander his resentment, was Timoleon, an offi- paid his next visit, the coquette insultcer of rank, and honorable reputation. ed him for imposing upon her, and in What all the entreaties of the world had all the petulance of a peerish beauty, attempted with the revengeful man in told him “s every body did not thirik só vain, an accouut from the Russian army slightly of her, as he did, or as he of the manner in which the English" would make her believe they did."" volunteer had signalized himself, ef. And, as an instance, told him that she fected. He declared the man who be found Godfrey had never said any such haved so well in the field could not have thing, as he had repeated to her.killed his nephew unfairly, and sent to Nothing is more tender than the honer the relations of Alexander, to congra- of a soldier. A suspicion of his veraci. tulate them on account of the youth's ty is like a doubt of liis courage. He gallant behaviour, and to assure them was rettled at the reproof: he was conthat he had no objection to his coming cerned that it was Godfrey who had over whenever le pleasel, nor should contradicted him. He called upon hin carry his resentment any farther. Al. immediately. He asked if he remem. exandcr received the news with trans- bered what he had said of a certain port. He solicited his discharge from lady upon such an occasion ? Grdfrey the service ; and he obtained it with replied with some warmth, that he reuncommon marks of honor. . He wrote membered what he had not said of her ; to his friends, and to none with so sin though he had been charged with it cere a joy as Godley, that he was on Alexander, fired at the expression, de- his return. Their friendship was re- sired he would recollect, and not make newed with more than its original his character suffer for his forgetful. warmth ; they lived together; their ness. The other answered it was ime company was the same ; and there was possible he should remember what had not a pleasure the one enjoyed of which never happened. Both were piqued, the other had not his share. Among both were fiery in their dispositions. their female acquaintance was Sabina, They grew more warm as they talked a woman of spirit and some wit, anél, more on the subject, till some unhappy in consequence of those qualities, with word passed between them, whichi an ungoverned temper, she was excep) was scarcely possible to overlook. Godtions and petulent. Both the friends frey walked out without company :clmirel here but neither of them loved but without any determined resolutio. her. She could have been very happy | Alexander followed him, as if he had in the tddresses of either ; but it was understood it was expected that te impossible, wlule both were on the should. When they were in a place samo terins with her. She would to distant from all interruption, Golfrey doy give one the preference, and when stopped ard turned about:--Alexander she saw it give no pain where it with tears in his cyes, caught hin by was intended, slie would lo-morrow the hand“ Friend--what are se c: pay the same compliment to the other. ing?"--Gorrey was pale, irresolate, She would to the oue be forever ex. and yet too angry to be melted by the cepting against, and quartelling with, aftectionate mamer in which his utend the words that had dropped from the had addressed him. “What can I do* other, in their last conversation ; and said he, drawing as he spoke. Aler fi'on criticising on theni without etrect, ander could not hesitate on such a subie she feil into the next step-misrepresent- mons. The conflict was long, neither ing theriin Some expression of indiffer- attempted to hurt the other. The is. ence which Alexander had repeated to tent on both sides was to disa men-buite her from Godfrey, on an occasion of by some malicious fate, Godfrey slice no conseq.icnce, she had exaggerated ped, and fell upon the point of his car in the repetition, till she taxed him antagonist's suord!!! Alexander snaicha with something, which in reality be cd him up in his arms: called Lease had not said. The lover, for they were and earth to witness, that he would both so in raillery, though neither any have died rather than willingly hare; farther, denied his having said what she hurt him. T unhappy man contes! charged him with, and she insisted on sed the fatal accident of his own
ing ;-even he had compelled him to The only change on this evening, wbat had occasioned this misfortune, was the cast of Mrs. Shaw in the part begged he would forgive him ;-and of Elvira. Mrs. S. in several scenes espired in his arms -Chance had brought up two villagers to the place, as displayed spirit and judgment. The the dying Godfrey made his declaration. part, however, is beyond her reach. They comforted, in their homely way, Mr. Caulfield lost no ground in the distracted Alexander, and promis. Rolla, and Mr. Usher was more at ed to assert, whenever it should be home in Pizario. necessary, what they had heard. It was the opinion of the wretched youth's SECRETS WORTH KNOWING, ( Morton) friends that it was his business to es.
and Don JUAN. cape, since the former misfortune would cancel the efect of every favourable incident on this. He obeyed their re.
Friday, Nov. 7. quest-he took no leave of any one This comedy we think one of lie went without preparation,--and has Morton's best pieces. Much vanever since been heard of !--The fam. riety of character is depictured and ilies are both unhappy in the highest degree. Women are seldom aware of although the colouring in some inthe consequences of those disputes in which stances, may be expended too larthey engage men. Thus 'I would ob- ishiy, portraits and not caricatures serve, triftes may be raised into things of are presented. Many happy alluimportance by the way of treating thein ; sions are made to popular follies that 10 ties are of force against an injury and customs, which though they in reputation ; and that while women are misrepresenting things in secret, they are
lose part of their interest as these playing with the lives of those who are cease to influence the votaries of most dear to them !
fashion, they may hereafter serve to point out the path in which the fickle goddess once delighted to walk.
The performance on the whole
was good, and the audience fully THE ORDEAL.....NO. 4.
testified their satisfaction, but we Si quid novisti rectius istis think the characters might have Candidus imperti, si non his ntere mecum. been better cast. The part of April,
which dragged heavily, maugre all We regret our inability to give a the support Mr. Barnes could give critique on the performance of it, would have added much interest Shakespeare's As you like it, noted to the play had it been taken by Berin the last Ordeal. Report says that
nard. Mr. Usher played Grenville Mrs. Stanley, in the part of Rosa
to our entire satisfaction, This is lînd ; and Mr. Caulfield, in Jaques, is generally most fortunate.
a species of character in which he acquitted themselves well.
The former character requires no incon
Rostrum of Mr. Bernard was the siderable talents; we should have character which the author intendbeen happy to have witnessed their ed, but while his talents could have display and to have bestowed the
been 'employed more usefully, thos meed of praise.
less prominently, we could have
wished to see Mr. Fox in the part. PIZARRO (Kotzebue and Sheridan) and Egerton was better played by the the WRANGLING LOVERS. latter gentleman than perhaps it Wednesday, Nov. 5.
could have been by Mr. Poe, but. We gave our opinion of this dra- Mr. P. might have supported that ma and its performance last week, I character tolerably, and thus the
FOR THE EMERALD.
whole cast been much strengthened. the character of Jane Shore, baš The Managers are certainly bound failed in execution. Her tones have to make the best of such a compa- too much of monotony in ordinary ny as they have, and the rights of recitation, and she often loses the actors ought to cede to the wishes command of her voice in displays of the public. We have in no in- of passion. The closing scene of stance seen Mr. Dykes to more ad- the drama we thought well played, vantage than in Undermine, Mr. but it lost effeet by an attempt to Dickenson, was truly Old-Nick, and display more than was possible. even Mr. Downie is entitled to praise The throes and convulsions of exfor his personation of Plethora, in piring nature ought not to be mithe latter character the effects of nutely exhibited on the stage, modern bloodzam, ignorance of the
Non tamen intus, true objects of life, and the approach Digna geri promes in scenam ; multaof premature old age, were conspicuous. The female characters were Ex occulis.uniformly well supported. Mrs.
Let something be left for the ima.' Powell interested us in Mrs. Gren- gination of the spectator, and his at: ville. Mrs. Poe charmed in Rose tention will be secured. Mrs. Pow. Sydney. Mrs. Shaw was Sally, ell shone in Alicia. Mr. Poe was Downright. Excepting the draw
correct and sometimes animated in back we before noticed, no perfor- Belmour. Mr. Usher's Dumant inance this season has given us was well, but of Mr. Downie's Glos, more satisfactioni.
ter, Mr. Turnbull's Catesby, and
Mr. Morgan's Ratcliffe, what shall JAxe SHORE (Rowe) and THE RIVAL
we say ? Such a lord protector and
such worthy supporters seldom Monday, Nov. 10.
meet in council. What we had This tragedy, it is said, was avow- most to admire in the first, was the edly written in iinitation of Shakes appropriate starts, shrugs and knitpeare. If this was really Mr. ting of the brows, in the scene where Rowe's intention, we think his
the designing Richard endeavours cess was small, though the play has to obtain Hastings' opinion of his always been, and will long continne views without disclosing them, and to be, a favorite. Its motal is for- it would be unjust not to praise the cible and correct. The represen- extraordinary retentiveness of Mr. tation of Jane's penitence for past
Morgan's memory. folly, and her subsequent misery and death, cannot but excite pity in to the public as a vocal performer
Mr. Vining has been introduced the feeling breast. With the per- In this line he will doubtless be a formance of this evening we were favorite. With a clear and melomuch dissatisfied. Mr. Caulfield, cious voice, he sings in a chaste in Lord Hastings, though in some stile, and does not pain the ear with scenes he was brilliant, in most was unnatural trills or affected and rididestitute of spirit and feeling, parti- culous quavers. We listened on cularly in the conference with the Friday evening to “The Streamlet,” Duke: Indisposition, it has been and « Sally in our Alley," with unsuggested, was the cause, and mus
mixed delight. be accepted in palliation. Mrs. Stanley had a correct conception of