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whose pious and respectable character did not shield them from the sufferings of persecution, entailed upon

too many of the worthy men, who, at that period, did WATTS.

not choose to sacrifice principles, they believed to be ALTHOUGH the name of Isaac Watts, be not asso

formed, on a true interpretation of the Divine Word. ciated with any pre-eminent and long poem, for rea

About the year 1690, our poet was sent to London sons we shall presently offer, we consider him entitled for his education, and there placed under the tuition to an early notice, in our Sketches of the British mo

of an eminent Divine, Mr. Thomas Rowe. Here ral Poets. We beg our readers to understand, that,

Watts' early piety manifested itself, in the attention in wandering through the extensive Valley before us,

he paid to religious duties, and bere, it is probable, he we shall, at times indeed, rest under the shadows of

first woo'd the Muse. the lofty, the towering, the expanded Oak, but we

Having successfully pursued his studies, under the shall not, therefore, neglect the sweetness of the

superintendence of the clergyman we have mentioned, Briar-rose, the gracefulness and purity of the Lily,

he was, in 1696, enabled to accept of a favourable sior the still less obtrusive beauties of the Primrose and tuation which presented itself at this time, that of the Daisy : there are inducements for offering our tri- tutor in the family of Sir J. Hartop, Bart., at Stokebute of admiration to all ; our readers must bear

Newington, whose son continued, for several years, with us, whilst we endeavour to select for them. the pupil and scholar of Watts. This employment Watts is, certainly, one of the very best of the

was, probably, very agreeable to him, as, in after English Lyric Poets. His popularity has, and ever

life, the education of youth seems often to have emwill continue to be, unbounded. His works have ex- ployed his attention, to which subject he has devoted ercised more influence, over the youth of the success- several chapters in his “ Improvement of the Mind.” ive generations which have followed each other, than In 1698 he began to preach, and was at once received any uninspired production ; whilst, not unfrequently, an assistant, to Dr. Channcey, whose pastoral they offer enjoyment and consolation to maturer years.

charge he succeeded to in 1702, and over which he For we have heard of Christians, when sickness had continued to preside for life. enfeebled the mind, as it had debilitated the earthly Now settled according to his wishes, he did not form—when the eye could no longer see, and the ear

relax in the cultivation of his talents, nor did he necould no longer hear the words of Sacred Writ, and, glect those charities, so appropriate to the christian when memory herself had become treacherous; we character; for, although the income of Watts amounthave heard, that at such a moment, hymns and spirit- ed to little more than ninety pounds a-year, he devotual songs of youth, would rush upon the mind with ed one third part of it to the relief of the poor ; and, all the freshness of early remembrance, and, in a holy although he was zealous in his studies, and ever solicihymn, the soul would breathe itself away, and be at tous for the spiritual welfare of his flock, he was also rest!

enabled to compose


numerous prose and poetical We need not then advert to our earlier years alone,

works, that have rendered his name so celebrated in to acknowledge the influence of the poetry of Watts.

literature, and conferred benefits so invaluable on his Has it not, in many instances, regulated our man

countrymen. hood? Were not the advantages of industry irresist- His lyric poems, his psalms and hymns, and his ibly enforced, in the example of “ The little busy divine songs for children, evince his poetical talents ; Bee?” When the nursery was in an uproar, and the his treatise on logic, and his sermons, prove the

power faithful attendant exhorted, and called for peace in of his mind and his fervent piety.

He died at the age vain, was not the whole scene changed in a moment, of seventy-four, a faithful pastor, a sincere friend, and when she exclaimed,

a genuine christian. “ Oh! children, you should never let.

The great charm of the poetry of Watts is its

extreme simplicity. It is never so very high as to Such angry passions rise ; Your little hands were never made

enrapture, nor so deep as to agitate. It is not so

imaginative as to obscure, nor so unadorned as to be To tear each other's eyes !"

uninteresting. It touches the heart by its appeals to And, have not our too-dormant feelings of humanity our best feelings, and leaves a delightful impression, been cherished into sympathy, by our recollection of by the distinct, although common images, that it inthe beautiful stanzas, commencing with

troduces. Whilst there is not verse which he who “ Whene'er I take my walks abroad,

runneth may not read, each stanza is expressed in How many poor I see.”

harmonious numbers ; so that both the mind and the

ear are gratified, and, as the moral is in all cases apYes! the best feelings of our nature have been ex

parent, the heart is made better by their perusal. It cited and exercised, by the influence of the poetry of cannot be assumed that Watts possessed the grasp of Watts; and, although he had been unknown as an au

mind requisite for a poet of the first rank; at the same thor, in any other department of literature, he is

time, he never loses the dignity that is due to his subentitled, in this alone, to rank as an important bene-ject, by descending into familiarity; and his hymns, factor to his country.

addressed to infant minds, never degenerate into puerThe life of Watts appears to have been as virtuous ility, but sustain throughout a very appropriate degree and pure, as his poetry is sweet and expressive. of elevation. The productions of Watts, are also

Dr. Isaac Watts was born in Southampton, Hamp- solemn and impressive occasionally, when his subject shire, in the year 1674. His parents were dissenters, leads him to such compositions. We never hear the


following lines, without tacitly acknowledging their was not tempted to publish any more. It is said how power :

ever, that a MS. Poem has been lying some years in Hark, from the tombs a doleful sound,

the hands of Mr. Murray, which now probably will Mine ears attend the cry,

be rendered patent to the public. Ye living men, come, view the ground

At present we have not room to enter into any Where you must shortly lie;

analysis of Mr. Crabbe's works, or of the peculiarity Princes ! this clay must be your bed,

of his style. This we intend doing in the course of In spite of all your towers-

our remarks on the “Moral Poets of Britain." In the The boary and the reverend head Must lie as low as ours.

meantime, suffice it to say, that Mr. Crabbe's poetry,

like that of Cowper, is at once homely in its style and Great God! is this our certain doom,

mechanism, while it is stamped with a character of truth And are we still secure? Still walking downward to the tomb,

which more than atones for its defects. It has been And yet prepare no more !

well remarked, by an able critic, now also no more, There are many beautiful expressions in the follow- when, speaking of Mr. Crabbe's writings, that “ his ing, taken from the thirty-third edition of his large best pieces are flat and uninviting at the commencecollection, printed in 1771 >

ment, but his power is felt as we advance, and at the close, we are surprised often, and delighted to find

ourselves overwhelmed with pathos of the deepest Glory to God, who walks the sky,

kind; though raised out of very humble materials, and And sends his blessings tbrough;

with little help from those illusions which form the Who tells his saints of joys on high,

staple resources of poetry. Like a Dutch painter, he And gives a taste below.

is content to copy nature with a severe fidelity, withWhen Christ, with all his graces crown'd,

out seeking to exalt her beauties by the fictions of Sheds his kind beams abroad,

fancy. His pencil is hard and dry, but has unerring 'Tis a young heaven, on earthly ground, And glory in the bud.

precision; and he keeps strictly within the limits of

actual existence neither magnifying the virtues nor When shall the time, blest Jesus, when The shining day appear,

the powers of human nature beyond their natural diThat I shall leave the clouds of sin,

mensions, for the sake of effect." Of guilt, and darkness here.

Independent of the literary reputation which Mr. Up to the fields above the skies

Crabbe enjoyed, such was the high estimation in which My hasty feet would go;

he was held in the town of his religious labours, that, There everlasting flowers arise,

on his decease becoming known, the shop windows of And joys unwithering grow.

the whole of Trowbridge were immediately half closed. We shall now conclude our quotations; for, why should we quote, wben all our readers are familiar with the original ? The astonishing popularity of

ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MIND. Watts' lyrics is, in their case, a sufficient testimony to their value; and we doubt not, that popularity will

The cultivation of the mind is the most noble subject be sustained, as long as the importance of early ac

that can occupy the time, and engage the attention of quainting youth, with the true principles of piety, sball

mankind; it is agreeable and remunerating; for it yields be acknowledged.

both amusement and profit. The advantages resulting from it can be observed every day of our lives, they

can be recognised in our ordinary transactions, as well DEATH OF CRABBE.

as in those of superior importance. It is an ennobling

employment; for it promotes the comfort and dignifies ANOTHER of Britain's celebrated Poets has quitted the character of man. It crowus bim with laurels less our sphere, but bas left to his country an intellectual fading than those gained at the olympic games, which legacy, perhaps scarcely legs valuable than that of any were in most cases but the trophies of physical excelof his imaginative contemporaries. The Rev. George lence, rewards which frequently exercise an injurious Crabbe expired at the Rectory house, Trowbridge, influence upon the intellectual faculties, making us on the 10th of this month, in the seventy-third year more easily the victims of those unhallowed propensiof his age. It appears that Mr. Crabbe was born in ties and passions that are hostile to our best interests. 1754, at Aldborough, in Suffolk, where his father held To enlighten the understanding, we must have an a situation in the Customs. Report states, that “ he obstinate perseverance, an insatiable desire, an ardour was originally intended for the medical profession, sufficiently lively to surmount all difficulties in acquirand that he served an apprenticeship to a provincial ing it. If we are sensible that our personal persever. apothecary.” Be this as it may, it is certain that he ance, our desire and ardour are incompatible to the early testified a taste for the waters of Helicon, and task, we must take courage by the example, the exthereby soon attracted the attention of many eminent perience, and the entreaties of our friends, picturing persons, from his more than ordinary talents. At the occasionally to excite ambition, the applause and reage of twenty-four he went to London, and there wards which are due to learning as its legitimate ingained the friendship of Burke, “ at whose recommen- heritance. Some are so eminently gifted with natural dation he published, in 1781, his poem of · The Lib- qualifications for study, that what is often a toil is to rary.' The “ Village” was published soon after,—a them an amusement; and yet it is often observed, poem which “ gained for his genius the high and en- that ultimately the attainments, even of such persons, viable approbation of Dr. Johnson.” Previous to this, rank no higher than those of ordinary abilities, being Mr. Crabbe had entered the University of Cambridge, generally as deficient in application as their contem- . and had taken orders, and soon after he accompanied poraries are in natural endowments : so that, were nathe Duke of Rutland, as chaplain, on his appointment to ture and industry to enter the lists in the field of comthe Lieutenancy of Ireland ; through whose patronage petition, the victory would be doubtful. Circumstances he afterwards obtained some small church preferment. and situations bave much sway over the mind. The inIt was not till 1807, upwards of twenty years after the digent and obscure possess not the means, nor does publication of the “ Village,” that Mr. Crabbe again the uplettered and unknown consider the intrinsic presented himself as an author. This was a collection value of literary acquaintance, which cherishes a lauof Poems, which being favourably received, induced him dable emulation, pressing us onwards in the attainment to print “ The Borough," in 1810, “ Tales " in 1815, of that high reward--the honour of citizenship in the and “ Tales of the Hall” in 1819. Although the three republic of letters. latter works were eminently successful, their Author But the right improvement of the mind is chiefly

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endeavours; if we reverse it, a few years will suffice to shew, that our hopes have been as transient and delusive as the visions of night.

The progress which the arts and sciences have made towards perfection has been rapid and gigantic. A new and splendid epoch in the annals of our land has commenced. Enlightened and charitable sentiments have succeeded to priestly intolerance and laical apathy. The prejudices of country, of youth, of education and of religion, are checked by the derision of an observing world. Like the Israelites of old, that sojourned by Euphrates' stream, we may now tune our harps ; but our themes will not be those of painful recollections, but of delightful anticipations and heartfelt gratitude.

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“ CONJECTURES concerning the Identity of the Patriarch Job, bis Family, the time in which he lived, and the Locality of the Land of Uz,” is about to be published, by the Rev. Samuel Lysons, B. A.

The “ Criterion, or Miracles,” examined by John Douglas, D.D., Bishop of Salisbury, is in the press.

J. B. B. CLARKE, M. A. is about to publish volume II. of a Concise View of the Succession of Sacred Literature, in a Chro. nological arrangement of Authors and their Works, from the invention of Alphabetical Characters, to the year of our Lord 1300.


ency is the

dependent upon the following, viz.—Reading, conversation, observation, contemplation, and study. These are the bases of real knowledge, and according to the manner in which they are applied are we to form an estimate of our acquisitions. When reading, let our books be select, and a little diversified : let due discrimination be observed in assenting or objecting to the opinions and positions of the author, as we find them in accordance with our judgment. When conversing let a proper respect be yielded to the remarks and suggestions of those who are advanced in years, or who, by education, may have a more accurate and luminous knowledge of the subject in hand, giving our arguments in a careful and unassuming manner, exposing and reprobating all unchaste expressions. When engaged in contemplation, be particular in the selection of themes, having this truth impressed upon the mind-tbat to receive an important benefit, the cause must be in keeping with the effect desired. By choosing subjects lofty and extensive, we cannot fail of having our ideas refined andamplified, while at the same time, we must avoid what is too complicated, and beyond the limits of our understanding-remembering that contemplation is the employment of the seraphic host, and remembering also, that if intelligent we are consequently accountable beings—when unveiling and surveying the fair goddess, nature, in all her loveliness, see that we render her not that supreme ado. ration which is the prerogative of her creator. When engaged in study, let all thoughts that are unconnected with, and foreign to the subject, be banished and forgotten, that we become not the victims of ambiguity and unrequired volubility. The style must be elegant, especially when intended to delight the taste, as well as to improve the mind—and aware, also, that consist


that shines most brilliant in the beauties of illustration. The young and inexperienced are in imminent danger when following the path strewed with exuberant imagery—they are bewildered in the unnecessary profusion—they grasp at the shadow which eludes their endeavours, and, when sensible of the futility of their efforts, are apt to give no better character to the loftiness of imaginative excel. lence than that of enchantment. In observation, strive to divest the mind of every prepossession, which, being always either favourable or depreciating, disqualifies it for rigid examination. To search for truth, truth of course must be the guide. The decisions of the insecure and unthinking, upon matters in general, display much of the servility of the painter's pencil-at times forming wreaths to adorn the brow of the gladiator, the voluptuary and the profane, and then clothing them with a dress emblemati. cal of their conduct-a mirror of the defilement that bas polluted their soul. Observation is the very element of experience; a profound knowledge of things is the consequence of persevering and just observation. The world bas never witnessed a sublime poesy, a sound philosophy, or a mechanical talent, enriching the intellect of the unobserving. Of all these methods for obtaining information, study may justly claim to be the most useful and satisfying. We gain, by study, an intimate acquaintance with ourselves. Study will make us acknowledge, less reservedly, the genius and good actions of others ; for it is admitted that, when we perceive our personal frailties, we will the more readily confess the superiority of others.

The path to honour and reward is, indeed, cheerless at first ; but we must proceed, and be animated with the spirit that incites the navigator to explore the inhospitable regions of the North Pole, and the traveller to climb the rugged snow-covered sides of Mount Blanc. Those literary pursuits that we find to be most congenial must, of course, have an ascendancy over others, or our aspirings after eminence will be unrewarded. Give a proper deference to those studies that best accord with present business and expectations ; let practice, not theory, be the aim of our

THIERSCH, the author of the Homeric Grammar, is about to visit Greece, where he will remain till the spring.

At the commencement of the year 1832, a new Medical Journal was published at Berlin, under the title of Berliner Medicin. ische Zeitung, in weekly numbers, containing the most recent and interesting intelligence respecting Natural History aud Medicine. It is edited by Dr. J. J. Sachs.

At the same time was commenced, a new Law Journal, entitled Juristische Zeitung für die Konigl. Preussischen Staaten,' in weekly numbers.


THE STAR OF JUDAH. Encamp'd upon the sunny plain,

The tents of sacred Israel shone. The cloudy pillar, rear'd its form,

On the blue sky, alone. The Tribes all sing, with voice of Psalms,

The death-devoted victims, bleed. The altar, crown'd with sacred fire

Priests for the people plead ! The Prophet view'd the wond'rous scene,

His soul, in vivid rapture rose, No curse escap'd his quivering lips,

And thus, his blessing flows. “ How goodly, Jacob, are thy tents,

That as luxurious vales, appear ! Or gardens, by the river side,

Which the young cedars rear ! From the bigh rock, I see thee come,

From the green hills, and waters clear.
The people, who shall dwell alone,

Held by Jehovah dear!
A Star shall rise, whose bright expanse,

O'er Israel's sons, sball calmly sbine;
A sceptre, never to depart,

0, Jacob! shall be thine! For ever! shall bis name endure,

And as the shout that hails a king,
The wonders that thy God bath wrought,

Prophets and seers shall sing !
I cannot curse whom God hath bless'd,

Then, impious king, thy offering's vain" The prophet left the wond'rous scene,

And homeward turn'd again.



Ir is now some years since the last attempt was made, in this city, to try Sacred Music in the high walks of the Oratorio ; and, however faulty may have been the last attempt, which was made to revive a taste for this species of music among us, the individuals that were instrumental in getting up the Thursday's programme are entitled to our best thanks. It does not require us to tell our musical readers how difficult it always has been to get up a chorus in a country where there is no regular set of cathedral choristers. So necessary is the assistance of these persons found, even in the metropolis, that no Oratorio ever takes place, without certain of them being brought from the provinces to assist those which the choirs of St. Paul's and Westminster can always furnish. If such be the case in London, cannot, certainly, be expected that the Episcopal choirs of Glasgow can furnish a sufficient number of vocalists, for performing the choruses of Handel and Haydin with the effect, which is ever produced at the various Festivals throughout England. The wonder is, how they could even do as well as they did; for, it is only fair to state that, both the “ Hallelujah Chorus," from the Messiah, and the “ Heavens are telling," from the Creation, were very respectably got up. What sublime specimens these two choruses afford, of the two great heroes of sacred harmony! How glorious their effect, when performed as they ought to be! In the music of the one, it is not difficult to conceive that the Heavens are proclaiming the power of the Mighty Creator, to the astonished angels ; or, in the other, that grateful men are pouring forth, all that mortals can do by sounds to God, for his unspeakable gift! The invention of the Oratorio has been ascribed to St. Philip, of Neri, who was born in 1515, and who founded, at Rome, the Congregation of the Oratory. This poor ecclesiastic, anxious to turn towards religion the mania which the inhabitants of Rome displayed for the theatre, formed the idea of having these sacred interludes, written by good poets, set to music by good composers, and performed by the most celebrated singers. The experiment succeeded to the utmost of his wishes. Crowds were attracted to these concerts, which took the name of Oratorios from the church of the Oratory, where they were performed.

The solos were better sung on Thursday than we expected. Miss Phillips, in “ Ye Sacred Priests,” shewed very considerable talent and taste, and, from her efforts that day, has risen very much in our estimation as a vocalist. Miss Paxton shewed, throughout the possession of a sweet and sonorous voice, but she is still deficient of that confidence in her own powers that is so absolutely necessary to constitute an effective singer. The execution of the instrumental part of the Musical meeting was entitled to our best praise. We formerly stated, that we considered the Band of the Fourth Dragoon Guards as one of the very best English bands we ever beard, and the performances in the Chapel, on Thursday, more firmly fixed us in the opinion we had formed.

The Chapel was well filled, and, we trust, that the religious Institution for which the Oratorio was got up will be benefitted by that day's Musical meeting. Let us only add, that we hope to live to see the day when the study of Sacred Music, in all its departments, will be more attended to here than it now is, and when the advice of Bishop Atterbury, on this point, as connected with the employment of the Saints in Heaven, will be more generally followed by all our Christian community.

We have had several letters, respecting our Saturday's papers on Christian Unity, approving of our views, and exhorting us to per. severe in the course which we have commenced.

The following epistle, from its caligraphy, intimates that it is from one who has seen even more summers than ourselves, and it is therefore better entitled to the consideration of our readers, than the theories of young and immature intellects':-

To the Editor of The Day. Sir,- I am happy you are in part realizing the days of our fathers, by your entertaining and moral instructions. I would wish to see a few more of your Saturday's papers ; and, although they may not please all your readers, they would be an intellectual feast to a great number. For this end, I send you an extract from a work very little known, with a sketch of a sermon--a rough outline, full of massive and brilliant thoughts, ample and extended reflection, and sufficiently indicating the intellectual powers and the pious feelings of the distinguished mind from whom it originated. You will perhaps object against extracts, and wish your paper all original ;- you will find this difficult, and almost impossible. You must bring out of your treasure things new and old; only in this way you will ascend to a perfect day. The extract is upon unity of religious views, which, I am afraid, we will never arrive at till the Millenial days.

EBENEZER. “What is the most proper way of bringing about union aod harmony among Christians ? The scriptural method is, to seek for union, not by conforming ourselves to one another, but by all seeking conformity to Christ. “ Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Let, then, every one press forward to a bigh and holy scriptural and spiritual standard of faith, and hope, and love of doctrine, and practice of devotion and charity. And, though herein those who lead the devotion will seem to be separating themselves, not only from the world, but from the church, yet the end will be that of getting nearer and nearer to the same point. All the radii of the spiritual circle will meet at length in the true centre of union. All will come, in the unity of faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, into a perfect man-into the measure and fullness of Christ. This is the only true spiritual union, but real invisible. Whatever union you form, cling to this. This is union to one who never changeth ; the first dawning of it is peace, and the perfect sunshine of it is blessed oess in heaven for ever and ever.”


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MISCELLANEA. The immense continent of Australasia, or New Holland, is supposed by some to have been formed, at different times, from what is called the old world, so different and peculiar are many of its animal and vegetable productions ; and the idea of a later formation, receives countenance from the existence of immense tracts of marshy land discovered in the interior, into which rivers flow, but seem not yet to have worn down a sufficient outlet, or discharging channel, towards the ocean.--Dr. Arnott.

Whatever be the bitter stream of cares and anxieties which the events of life send into the soul, there is, yet, an under current, which, springing from religion, sets out to the ocean of eternal good, and, as it flows onwards, is purifying and sweetening the whole tide of human ills and sorrows.-Dr. Muir, Edinburgh.

Many elegant and admirable sentiments, and descriptions of things, are found among the Poets, well worth committing to memory; and the particular measures of verse greatly assist us in recollecting such excellent passages.—Dr. Watts.

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the adornments of his stage more appropriate than those

of many provincial theatres. As he says himself, Mr. Good, my lord ; will you see the player well bestowed ?

Alexander bas been many years in the employment of

the public, and he is now devoting a great portion of his We happened to be at the theatre, the other night,

time to the duties of his situation. Besides this, we may when an occurrence of rather a curious nature took add that, he has done a thing highly creditable to himplace upon the stage. The Manager was performing self, in paying all his debts. These are instances which the part of M-Gilpin, in the Highland Reel, and was shew that the Manager of our theatre is both punctual amusing his audience with all the grotesque transi

and active, and that no man could be more fit for the tions into which he has the bappy power of metamor- business part of his profession. But energy is not all phosing the human face and figure. In this manner that is required in the Manager of a theatre, nor are he took off some of the most absurd traits in the cha- all the exertions which Mr. Alexander has made, suffiracter which he was representing, and elicited more cient to procure him the approbation of the public. A laughter from the galleries than from the pit or boxes. quality that is wanted more than any thing else, is In one of the scenes, however, when he wished to ex- taste; for upon the developement of it depends the press contempt by a significant gesture, he kicked out encouragement and the very existence of the stage. bis leg in a manner not the most elegant in the world. Unfortunately, it is in this point that the performances This active pleasantry was quite familiar to the fre- in the Glasgow theatre offend most. The players quenters of the theatre ; but somehow it did not please whose names are daily exposed in the Dunlop Street upon the present occasion. A gentle hiss was all that hand-bills are, most of them, so notoriously unfit to followed it; yet even this slight mark of disapproba- fulfil the expectations of the public, that every person tion sufficed to irritate the dignity of the person by in this city, except the friends of the Manager, bas whom it was elicited. Indignant that the critics of long ago desisted from encouraging them. Some of the upper regions should presume to censure a stroke them, no doubt, have powers for particular characof genius which they had frequently applauded, the ters, and might appear with advantage, were they Manager stopped his acting, and directed a look of confined to their particular line. Miss Richardson, unutterable surprise to the quarter from which the for instance, would she consult some judicious adnoise proceeded. This produced only a temporary

viser, might, we think, improve herself into a very quiet; for, as soon as the obnoxious motion was repeat- good actress of passionate characters, and Miss ed, the hissing was recommenced. A second time the Philips has life enough for a spirited heroine. We Manager paused, and, in tones which spoke the most do not mean our strictures to apply so much to the sarcastic contempt, told his rebellious favourites to females ; but, if we turn to the other sex, we may well “ amuse themselves.” They followed his advice ; for, challenge Mr. Alexander to produce us one of his no sooner was the Manager's kick given a third time, company who is at all tolerable in tragedy. Some of than the marks of displeasure became more violent them have acquired that babit of mouthing the parts than ever. This was too much, for the commander wbich Shakspeare remarks is only becoming in a to be braved on his own quarter-deck, and accordingly, town crier, and the monotonous drawl in which every he advanced to the front of the stage, and, in a speech thing is spoken by others, can only be relished by that was meant to be in the heroic style, but which those who go to the theatre to sleep. It is their gewas rather ludicrously contrasted with his comfortable neral fault that they make no difference between the night-cap, dressing-gown and slippers, enquired " what pronunciation of an impassioned and of an unimpaswas wrong, and what was the cause of the disapproba- sioned speech, but deliver a calm soliloquy with the tion?" Of course, no answer was returned, and the same modulation of voice, and with the same punctuaManager took the opportunity of setting forth, in an ex- tion with which they rant a burst of fury. Instead of temporaneous speech, his long acquaintance with the appearing to address each other, they evidently direct stage, a circumstance which he thought was sufficient to all their discourse to the audience, and, without seizmake him “understand his profession.” Now, if the ing the moment for reply, according as the sense of Manager will have a moment's patience, we will answer the passage dictates that it should be immediate or his question, and explain to him the delusion under not, they invariably allow just a certain space of time which he is labouring, when he supposes that the mere to elapse before they frame their lips into articulation. fact, of having been long a servant of the public, is as One speaker follows another, just at his regular dismuch as to be a good servant of the public. At the tance, and in his regular tone. There is no energy in same time, however, we must premise that, if he shows bis manner, no nature in his language, no soul in his bimself as impatient of reproof as in the instance we acting. have related, he will receive no benefit from our re- We should be extremely sorry to injure any one in marks, and we shall therefore consider it lost labour to procuring his means of livelibood, and we are, thererevert again to the subject.

fore, above all things desirous, that our remarks Mr. Alexander has performed his duty faithfully in should not hurt the individuals by whom they are prosome respects. He has been at considerable expense voked. Our advice to the Manager is, that he should in decorating and enlarging his house, and in fitting it employ his present performers, but only in such parts as for the accommodation of the public. He has adorned they are really capable of performing. It is no secret, the interior in a style suitable to its dimensions ; he that the work which they have at present to do, is tou has got scenery which is not deficient in effect, and a much for them, and that one great cause of their defiwardrobe which, if used with judgment, and supplied ciency is, that they are obliged to depend, in a great with some things which are now wanting, might render measure, upon the prompter. If they have not time

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