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Sceff. Aye, and to punish the prigmatical poets, for in that kind of work you will have no occasion for them.-There you know our trade takes the lead.
Foote. Well, well, we'll feel a little for the taste of the town; and, if no other method can be found of paying your bill;---for we, Mr. Scaffold, may assume what airs of reforming we please, the stage is at best but an echo of the public voice; a mere rainbow; all its gaudy colours arise from relection : or, as a modern bard more happily says,
“ The drama's laws, the drama's patrons give;
SEYMOUR'S NOTES UPON SHAKSPERE.
CYMBELINE-ACT. IV. u Struck the main-top, o' Posthumus ! alas !" This is the only line, of twenty, occurring in the play, where the accent rests on the first syllable of Posthumus; in all the others, it is decidedly (or by probable inference in the few imperfect lines) Pósthūmus. Mr. Steevens, in his Remarks upon Pericles, prince of Tyre, has made a strange mistake in asserting that “this name, in Cymbeline, is always Pósthởmus, and not Posthūmus. But the false acceptation, so prevalent in this play, is not without authority.In Warner's Albion's England, the same objection occurs more than once both in Posthumus and Arviragus.
“ Posthūmus Sylvius did succeed; Lavinia was his mother.
And Saturne him; from mother thus, Posthûmus lacked not. · Duke Arvirāgus, using then, the armour of the king. · And through his gentle victorie bound Arvirāgus still.
() fortunato, che si chiara Tromba, • Trovasti, & che di te si alto scrisse'!
Ma questa pura, e candida Colomba
Nel mio stil fial'assai poco rimbomba,
Che d'Omero dignissima 8 d'Orfeo
Che andassen sempre lei sola cantando,
Of fierce ACHILLES, with a sigh thus said ;
· From that illustrious Trumpet to be spread "O'er Death for ever !--But beyond the gloom
Of deep oblivion shall that loveliest Maid Whose like to view seems not of earthly doom
By my imperfect Accents be convey'd ?
HER, of the Homeric, the Orfeàn Lyre
To be the theme of their immortal Lays,
6 Aug. 1803. C. L. The structure of this sonnet, which is imitated in the translation, is rare and peenliar. It is a proof of the regularity with variety, by which the Italian sonnet, in to different forms, is characterized. C. L.
TO BONY. A PARODY ON COWPER'S POEM, “TO MARY." « The twentieth year is well nigh past,”
&c. &c. &c. The ninth long month is well nigh past, Since first thy threats on us were cast; Ah! would that thou would'st come at last,
My Bony ! Thou fear’st to strike the threaten'd blow; We see thy hopes still fainter glow : 'Tis Britain that shall bring thee low,
My Bony ! Thy armies, once a shining host, Who England's conquest hoped to boast, Now skulk, disus'd, along thy coast,
My Bony! For tho' foul envy prompt thee still, Thy haughty purpose to fulfil; Thy pow'r now seconds not thy will,
My Bony ! Yet well thou playd'st the treach'rous part; But all thy threats and wily art Serve but t’unite each British heart,
My Bony ! From place to place, thy journies seem Like idle wand'rings of a dream; Yet still Invasion is thy theme,
My Bony! Thy low'ring looks, which France affright, And hateful in each Nation's sight, Now scowl on England, dark as night,
My Bony ! But should'st thou dare to cross the sea, Th’ attempt would thy destruction be : The sun would rise no more on thee,
My Bony ! Suff’ring beneath thy yoke malign, Thy grov’ling slaves their wills resign, And, grossly prest, dare not repine,
Such wickedness of soul thou provost,
My Bony !
. My Bony !
My Bony !
APOSTROPHE TO ENGLAND,
FROM AN UNPUBLISHED POEM, BY W. HOLLOWAY,
Author of “ Peasant's Fate,” « Scenes of Youth,” &c.
Torn by the blast, which, roaring, shakes the pole,
For like the leaves assail'd by stormy blasts,
And upon death a thought, full anxious, casts :
And shaft on shaft successively returns;
And from the verge in doubtful horror turns ;
DRURY-LANE. Dec. 15.-Mr. Wroughton, for the first time, performed Shylock; his conception of the part is extremely just, and he displayed, in the scene with Tubal, and in the trial scene, all that earnestness, force, and originality of expressio which have so deservedly ranked him among the most sterling actors of the age.
29.-George Barnwell.--Mr. H. Johnston presented an animated and interesting portrait of this unhappy victim to meretricious seduction.
JAN. 2.---Mrs. Jordan, the darling of Thalia and of the public, made her appearance for the season in her favourite part of the Country Girl; and was received with that enthusiastic applause which always accompanies her return to the boards.
3.---CINDERELLA ; or, the Little Glass Slipper.---A new grand Allegorical pantomimic spectacle, under this title, which was produced on this evening, has been performed upwards of twenty nights to houses crowded to the very ceiling; and its attraction will probably rival that of the mighty Abomęlique.We do not think that the English stage ever exhibited (certainly not within our memory) a more captivating entertainment of its kind. One of the stories of the nursery, [it will be needless to relate it,] which has amused the infancy, probably, of the whole present generation, and the impression of which on the mind, is scarcely ever eradicated by maturer years, is here recommended to the eye and the ear with all the fascinations of dramatic spectacle, embellished with true