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For the Emerald.

(first, because the introduction of DESULTORY SELECTIONS,

the comie, must always weaken the energy of the tragic part ; and se

condly, because the emotion of difDERMODY

ferent passions at one moment, as Looked upon the stage with the eye in an hysteric, is not in itself pleasof a critic and with a correct judg-ing) yet I must give the palm to ment ; his praise is valuable-his one whose two great productions censures not to be disregarded are thus huddled together, as the The subsequent sketches, tho' brief poet of the heart.”. This intellecoutlines, designate characters with tual sovereign is Southerne ; whose skill and truth but tho’something Isabella and Oroonoko must charm may be said in favor of the intellect as long as the human breast can of Dermody, very little can be urg- feel, or the human passions can be ed in favor of the man. The Re-interested. viewers speaking of his life lately

I know that those author's who published by Raymond, say, It is

countenance tragi-comedy the most, the life of another Savage of lower

aver that it is a true and faithful de. birth and greater profligacy. Like lineation of the checkered scenes of his father, he seems to have been a real life ; no indifferent plea in its good scholar and a great drunkard; favoar. Yet Dryden, who was himhis early acquirements might have self an acept in the practice, lays been considerable, but they were the blame on the distempered and overpowered by habits of brutal de- vitiated taste of the audience ; and bauchery. The account of his life is altogether an interesting perform- these lines :

even Sontherne, in a prologue, has “You see we try all shapes, and shifts,

and arts, I applaud Steele as the manly

To tempt your favours, and regain your

hearts ; restorer of scenic decency of plot, We weep and laugh, join grief and interesting, not intricate ; and of

mirth together, di logue sprightiy though not splen- Like rain and sunshine miz'd in April did. Thc sentiments of Cato are

weather." confessedly elevated and noble; but, alas ! too far removed beyond the

MASSINGER: sphere of common life : while even The immortal Shakespeare, from the most censorious must allow that the narrow limits of his education there is that moderate emulation of and original habits of life, must ncvirtue still remaining suficient to cessarily have adopted many rulimpress any spectator not totally garisms and low conceits, very imcallous, with a respect and love for proper for a modern to copy ; and the beneficent, aflable, and elegant as for his happier and sublimer character of Bevil.

flights, they are indeed inimitable.

Jonson's comedies, with all their SOUTHERNE,

merit, are so laboriously stilf; and Though I cannot reconcile my- the joint compositions of Beaumont self to that strange jumble of smiles and Fletcher, with all their wit, so and tears, levity and anguish, which insufferably licentious ; that I can constitutes a tragi-comedy, or what select from the whole dramatic ga.. ve more emphatically term a play, l-laxy of these times, but one author




who is not quite exceptionable as to gland has been doubled within twenregularity and moral precision.-ty years. In 1805, nearly thirteen This is Massinger. His incidents millions of pounds were retained are generally well conducted ; the for home consumption. unities regarded with much attention ; his characters delineated in a

HUMOROUS. masterly and forcible manner ; and his dialogue, considering the age in which he wrote, remarkably chaste

Santieul, the French poet, returning and nervous.

one night to Saint Victoire, at eleven I am surprised that o'clock, the porter refused opening the more of his plays are not revived door, saying he had positive orders to and adapted for representation : admit no one at that hour. which they might be with very lit After much altercation, Santieul slipt tle trouble, and less expence, as

half a louis d'or under the door, and he

obtained immediate entrance. As soon they are seldom loaded with pagean- as he had got in, he pretended he had try and show.

left a book upon a str ne on the outside, on which he had rested himself while

he waited for the door opening. The Every person is acquainted with officious porter, animated with the pothe absence of mind peculiar to M. et's generosity, ran to get the book, de Brunens. Fontaine was subjec: upon him. Master Porter, who was

and Santieul immediately shut the door to as extraordinary aberrations. half naked, knocked in turn, when the He once attended the funeral of a poet started the same difficulty as he friend and the next day called on had done. Aye; but master Santieul, him as if he had been living.

said the porter, I let you in very civilly -Said Santieul, so will I you, as civil.

ly ; you know the price, in or out is the REPARTEE.

word, and I can dally no longer ; the A Venetian asked a Frenchman

porter finding he was to sleep in the what was the origin of the salic law street, half naked, and run the risk of which his nation held so much in losing his place, slipt the piece of gold aye. It was found, replied the oth- under the door, saying, I thought a poer very cooly, on the back of that et's money would not stay long with same charter which gave the Vene- mittance.

me, and accordingly purchased his ad. tians the dominion of the Adriatic.


Take a portion of wit, Lately published a Dictionary of the And fashion it fit, Latin language as used in the lower Like a needle, with point and with eya : ages. I have been employed above A point that can wound, 60 years (said Father Vavasseur, And at folly or vice let it-ig.

An eye to look round, whose studies had been exclusively employed on authors of most ac

ANECDOTE. knowledged merit and purest anti The celebrated Duke of Roclore quity) in learning to avoid every was, in his person, very far from word and phrase in this industrious being agreeable ; another noblecompilation.

man, whose personal beauty was

even inferior to that of Roclore,har. PROGRESS OF SMOAKING..

ing killed his antagonist in a duel, It appears by accounts on the ta- applied to the duke for his interest, ble of the House of Commons, that who fairly rallied the King into a the consumption of Tobacco in En-compliance. After the King had

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finished his fit of laughter, and giv ANECDOTES OF VOLTAIRE. en his royal-promise, he added, but When M. L'Abbé Pellegrin, com. u for heaven's sake Roclore, whiat plained that he had pillaged some lines could induce you to be so strenuous from him, and introduced them into a in this intercession ?" “ I will tell taire, have 1 stolen from you! I can

trageriy of his own. What, replied Vol. your Majesty,” replied Roclore,“ if now account for the damnation of my he had suffered, I then should have play. teen the ugliest man in France." As he was one day praising Hallar,

in the presence of a Haiterer of that ces THOVOHTS ON KAPPINESS.

lebrated naturalist ; ah ! sir, said HalHappiness is an object pursued be wished that he would speak thus of

lar's deceitful friend, how much it is to hy all, and though the road to it is the works written by you, which he direct, few arrive at it. The coin- always abuses. Perhaps we are botii pass liy which we should be guided mistaken (returned the poet.) to this consummation of our hopes, A celebrated actress reciting her part wholly consists in this little maxim, in a segligent manner before him, Moderate your desires."

“ Really madam,” said he, “it is to

very little purpose that I write verses A Frenchman, having undertaken to six feet high, if you gulp down three of translate an English oook mto his own

them." language, on coming to the words

He told Sarrazin, who recited a scene thesnut-harse, literally translated it, "a in Brutus in a languid manner, you seem borse made of chesnuts!!

to be saying, “Oh Holy Virgin, grant

that I may get a hundred pound prize Upon a circuit, Mr. Serjeant in the lottery." K -p, who is a Sussex man, had

Another actor, pronounced the folo been laboring for his client in a

lowing lines in a fat and insipid mani.. long-winded speech, but the verdct being found against him—

Instant the conquerer peaceful shall “Zounds," exclained the serjeant,


The truce proclaimed, he comes, be* here have I been spending my holil him here." breath for an hour, rainly endeavor Yes," says the poet, “the conquer. ing to convince twelve blockheads or is coming; but you announce him as, of a point, that's clear as demonstra- dont you see the cow.”'

if one should say,, stand out of the way, tion-I bclicve my countryme! have been inoculated for dullness.” “ That

Lines written upon an ingenious Musician, may be," said the wit who had gain

who had as cunning a Head as he had a! cd the cause, “but it seems you, Mr. Finger, and who lately performed a serjeant," unlike your countrymeni, Solo at Bath, which provell rather af. « have it in the natural way.fecting to some of the Tradesmen.

“ His time was short, his touch was The style of Buonaparte's commands

neat, is wonderfully gentle ;, he persuades Our gold he freely finger'd ; Prussia to hostilities with this country, Alert alike with hands and feet, and he induces the Pope to resign his His movements have not linger'd. dignity. His arguments are as friendly as those of Jack Ketch to a refractory But where's the wonder of the case, convict:" Do, my good fellow, be A moment's thought detects it ; hanged quietly?"

His practise has been thorough bass,

A chord will be his exit. An advertisement in The Connecticut Yet while we blame his hasty fligh“, Mercury begins thus-" To let a large Our censure would be rash ; farm, on any terms, good, bad, or in- A traveller is surely right, different."

To change his notes to cash.

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The Clergyman's answer to a young lady, custody, on suspicion of having com

who sent him her compliments on the mitted the robbery ; but, after examin. ten of hearts.

ation, they were liberated, and the rob. Your compliments, Lady, I pray you, ber has not yet been apprehended.

forbear, Our old English service is much more

EPIGRAMS. sincere :

Toothless Malice. You sent me ten hearts; the tithe only is mine ;

(nine. George, tho’he must abstain from meat, Give me but one, and burn the other Yet wont abstain from spite ;

The rogue has nothing left to eat, As a certain steward was viewing the Yet can't forbear to bite. boundaries of his lord's royalty, amongst the rest of the company, he was honor

The cruel Beauty weeping. ed with the attendance of the clergy. Fantastic nymph! that grief should move man of the parish; and coming to a Thy heart, obdurate against love. certain mark in the boundary, which he Strange tears! whose power can soften wished the whole company particularly all, to remember-"Here," says he to the But that dear breast on which they fall. clergyman" please to take this spade, and dig up a turf, but to dig you cannot,

On a set of bad Dancers. and to beg you are ashamed."" Hark ye,'

How ill the motion with the music suitar replies the clergyman, " that was not Thus Orpheus fiddld and thus danc'd said of the clergy, but of an unjust stew

the brutes. ard."

To a covetous Lady.
Written in a Lady's table book.

So bright is thy beauty, so charming With wliat strange raptures would my

thy song, sou be blest,

As had drawn both the beasts, and their Where but her book an emblem of her

Orpheus along; breast!

But so great is thy av'rice, and such is As I from that all former marks efface,

thy pride And, uncontroul'd, put new ones in That the beasts mast have stary'd, and their place ;


the poet have died. So might I chase all others from her And my own image in the stead impart. On Dean Swift's bequeathing his Fortune But, ah? how short the bliss would

to build a Mad-house.

[by me. Who seized it next, might do the same

To madness, Swift bequeaths his whole

estate ; The Bristol mail was robbed a few Why should we wonder ? Swift is right

in that : nights since in the following curious way; It is customary to desposit the For 'tis a rule, as all our lawyers know, mail bags at a private house in Castle - Men’s fortune to the next of kin should street,, Reading, near to which the go,

(lyd. horses belonging to the mail are chan. And 'tis as sure, unless old bards have ged. The guard announces the ap

Great wits aud madness are most near proach of the mail to the inn by sound.

ally'd. ing his horn, and whilst the horses are putting to, he goes to the receiving On two young ladies ironing their linen. house and exchanges his bags. A horn Were but your hearts, as are your heawas sounded according to custom, and ters, warm, soon after a man called for the downward Your kindness then would, like your bag, which was delivered to him as beauty, charm : usual out of a window, and in return for But you are ice, your lovers all on fire : which, he gave a bag, which was found You, strong aversion ; they, all o'er deto contain shavings. The robbery was discovered on the arrival of the 'mail, Make but a compound, and you'll well a short time after the bag bad been de

agree i

[be. livered. Two men have been taken to the ice will melt, the fire less furious

prove, if he

sire :

On two Millers.

antiquity has been prevented by his Bone and Skin, two millers thin,

judicious manner of repairing and propWould starve us all, or near it,

ping it. The rubbish having been re. But be it known to Skin and Bone,

moved, a great number of rare and That Flesh and Blood can't bear it.

curious articles have been discovered,

such as Etruscan vases, cuirasses, paThe dangerous Fair.

seras, bronze and ivory candelabres, &c. If Lucy but wear it, a feather's a charm; They intend to publish an exact desAh! who can be safe, when a feather cription of each of these articles, which can harm?

cannot fail to prove highly interesting Fly, Youth, from this beauty, whoever and useful to antiquaries and the culthou art i

tivators of the fine arts. We may in And warn’d by the feather, beware of particular notice, in this point of view, the dart.

an Etruscan vase, which, without any

thing extraordinary either in form or Epitaph on a Blacksmith.

size, must be considered as one of the

most curious of that kind of antiques, My zledge and hammer lie declin'd,

on account of the Greek inscriptions, My bellows have quite lost their wind,

which indicate not only the names of Myfore's extinct, my forge decay'd, My cice is in the dust all laid,

the mythological figures represented on

the vase, but likewise of the painter ; a My coal is spent, my iron gone,

circumstance, which renders it of very My nails are drove, my work is done, 3. My fire-dry'd corpse lies here at rest,

great value, and which is rarely found

in such works. My soul, smoak-like, is soaring to be blest.

Dr. Walcot has returned to the The Odds.

metropolis from Fowey, and is at this The bright, bewitching Mary's eyes,

time employed in printing a new collecA thousand hearts have won,

tion of Odes and Elegies in his own inWhilst she, regardless of the prize,

imitable style, to be entitled Tristia, Securely keeps her own.

or the Sorrows of Peter. The idea is Ah! what a dreadful girl are you,

founded on his alleged exclusion from Who if you e'er design

his share of the loaves and fishes dur. To make me happy, must undo

the late changes it Administration, 999!

Mr. Robert Hallet, of Axminster, has

discovered that the striped or ribband VARIETIES-LITERARY AND PRILO- grass is found to be very excellent food

for cattle ; that it produces an earlier It has been calculated, that in 1805 crop than most other grass, and that England produced 800 new literary it will bear cutting three or four times works, France 1150, and Germany not during the summer : of course he re. less than 4645-although the Leipsic commends the culture of it to farmers atalogue for the Michaelmas fair, 1000 in general. works less were announced than in

; among which there are only 63 The expence of fitting up Westminlovels, and 61 almanacks. the most ster hall, for the trial of Lord Mellville merous class of books were those on amounted to about 3,0001. aedicine and education.

Some further dctails have been pub. shed relative to the excavations and esearches made at Pæstum, the ancient Posidonia, under the superintedance of II. NICOLAI ; who had been ordered Our readers who are fond of variety y the Neapolitan Government to res. will find we have this evening provided ore the largest of the three temples at for them a liberal entertainment. We Pastum. One of the columns was in feel some pride however in being able langer of beingthrown down by frequent to declare that there is nothing in our thocks of earthquakes, but the total most desultory selection which will wig of this most precious remains of cause modesty a blush.


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