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bịrcer jesting with his own deformities, is above thèmest' This, howeteit, linday deri which is so marvelloasly blended with said with truthsofrereby ono doba has atpride in his infinite mental powersy and tempted the character within sdure mes gratulation on the tone grandeur of his. mory. Who shall presenti antyo palpable spirit, are - within the risphere of Mrse image of thosersabile movements of thui Kean's happiest qualities. His opening soul-of that philosophic thought whichq soliloquy is at once too-sombré and too: misery prompts, yet which gentleness tricksome, and his scene with Lady sweetens--of that tender virresolution, I Anne too full of britliant sarcasm, for that filial piety, that heroism wnhinged the general truth and keeping of the per until it looks like cowardice, or of that'l formance, though individually they ate i grief-broken courtesy which are only a striking and effective. His last contest few of the elements-mingled in this sad and death, however, have virtue to rel' dest and most profound of Sbakspearo's, i deem a thousand terrors, 'Theuprearing creations. The revering love for bis faof his head in superhuman defiance-the ther---the aflection for Ophelia, faintly. noble swelling of his chest-the inex- counterfeiting anger and the indignatinguishable spirit breathing in every tion and scorn for his own wrongs are : limb, when' mere nature is exhausted all beautifully depicted by Mr. Kean. Butd present perhaps the sublimest picture his performance is a thing of shreds. ever witnessed, of the momentary "tri- and patches,” though some of them! umph of the energetic will over mortal are of the fairest hues. He gives the agony.
philosophy not like a moody thinker, Mr. Kean's Jaffier is greatly improved whose words are but faint indications: since he performed it for his benefit of the stream of meditation within, but! when he was probably thinking of his like a moral lecturer, endeavouring to:2 first appearance in Harlequin. His de- impress his doctrines on unwilling hear-s clamation is purer, and his touches of ers. He is too bitter, peevish, and sarwis beautiful pathos more frequent than on castic, to give an adequate representations a the former occasion : but the part is of one who has been truly described as not, on the whole, suited to his genius. “ the most amiable of misanthropes." He is not fitted to pourtray luxurious im- His last performance, however, i was a bebility-to exhibit a fond pliancy of much nearer approach to the great origi- s. temper or to sail a light feather on the nal, than any of his preceding attemptsis wave of fortune. If he cannot, like which we have witnessed the melansi Kemble, if “ look on tempests and be choly deeper, the sensibility anore pros? never shaken,” the passions with which found, and the whole more gentle andia he is agitated are great and serious, not harmonious.
| 7419 Peni engentered in wretched pride; if he In Sir Giles Overreach-bis fourth ex-11 does not command emotion like a stoic, hibition-Mr. Kean is always at homews he will struggle with it, or yield to its He is fitter, on the whole, to play Mas-'ı force like a man. Jaffier, ever acted on singer than Shakspeare. The earlier rather than actings--the poor sport of scenes are, perhaps, too boisterous, and base desires and pitiful needs--the vacil- too little relieved by that parental pride.s lating inconsistent wretch, who wants in the attractions of Margaret, e with virtue eren to be a villain--has little which both Cooke and Kemble were in which a power like Kean's can grasp, accustomed to humanize the characterite or a spirit like his embody. Yet there The last act is terrifically fine, like the ii are certain“ primal sympathies,” which struggles of a wild beast in the toilsa , the most degraded do not lose-certain The play, however, is a very painful one. forms of affliction which cannot fail to presenting, only gigantic oppressioni i move our human pity; and wherever undermined by mean artifice, and leave the miserable husband is attended by ing no one gentle thought for the mindi. these, Kean deeply and irresistibly to repose on, moves us. He does indeed but mar the Of Kean's Othello and Lear we have, eloquent expressions of fondness which so lately spoken at length, that we have precede the more tragical distresses--but little now to observe. He has made i where tenderness breaks in upon rage or some changes in the first of these, which is despair, he gives us glimpses into the do not improve it. Instead of speaking uttermost depths of affection in the soul. Othello's richly-imaged farewell to all is It is orily when agitated that his mind his glories and joys, in a tone of fond, discloses its riches.
retrospection and quiet despair, he now t) As Jather is below Mr. Kean's pow. , breaks it by sighs and tears, and suffers it rs, Hamlet, which he performed next, his lips to quiver and his yoice (to fal,
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into childish treble. The far greater The piece opens with an introductory part of the third and last acts are, how vision--not a miserable allegory, as the ever, still above all eulogy. "
title would lead us to fear-but an ex-Mr. Booth has been engaged to per- cellent preparatory explanation, which form here with Mr. Kean, and has ap- at once renders the plot intelligible, and peared to greater advantage than on any prepares our feelings for all which is to preceding occasion. He has declaimed follow. Lady Margaret, the daughter Richmond: with good emphasis and of Lord Ronald, Baron of the Isles, beenergy-bustled with effect through trothed to the Earl of Marsden whom Pierre--and performed Jayo with a ri- she has never seen, after chasing the gidity and directness of purpose which red-deer among the woods, falls asleep we have not often seen in representa- in the tremendous cavern of Fingal. tions of the character. We are happy While she slumbers, two spirits of the to welcome him as an improving actor. haunted spot appear, from whom we A great relish has been given to the tem learn that her intended bridegroom is a porary entertainments of the theatre, by vampire, the spirit of Cromal the bloody, a variety of agreeable farces. There has whose tomb is in that cavern, but who been Modern Antiques, in which Mun- has existed by draining the life-blood of den is so grotesquely humourous-Three numberless virgins, and who now has Weeks after Marriage, in which Elliston marked her for his prey. To warn her and Mrs. Edwin quarrel so delightfully of her peril, they call up the phantom in and the Liar, in which Elliston lies its old form, which rises slowly from the with so high and imaginative a grace. grave, pronounces her name, and vanish
To have humour, and whim, and plea- es in fire. She returns terrified to the santry, like these, after sterling tragedy, is castle, where Lord Ruthven soon ara treat indeed, which we hope the ma- rives to claim her as his bride. To the nager will often provide for us in the en- astonishment of Lord Ronald, he discosuing season.
vers that the visitant is no other than
his beloved friend, whose apparent death The celebrated story of the Vampire, he had witnessed, while travelling in which has been successfully dramatized Greece. He is, however, satisfied with at Paris, has supplied materials for one of his story of sudden succour and revival ; the best melo-drames, we have ever seen
and is filled with delight at finding that at this or any other theatre. The super- he will see his godlike friend the hussuition on which it is founded, is one of band of his child. When, however, the most appalling at which the blood Lady Margaret sees him, she is horrorhas ever curdled with a chill and myste- stricken—for his form is that of the rions pleasure. A being in whom death spectre in her dream. His spells, howand lite are strangely mingled with all ever, change this hostile feeling to a the coldness of the grave and all the strange attachment, which she can neiseeming immunities of existence-sus- ther resist nor explain. At his earnest tained by the blood of female victims solicitations the wedding is fixed for that whom he first is permitted to fascinate evening; but, in the meanwhile, he is
-has a spell far more fearful than ordi- touched with pity for the youth and nary specires. The author of the piece loveliness of the lady, and being requestshould not, however, have moralized on ed to patronize the marriage of one of the fiction, by insinuating that “ for wise Lord Ronald's retainers with the daughpurposes," the spirits of the wicked were ter of his own steward, he resolves to permitted to live so long as they paid for make the lowlier damsel his victim. To their existence by a dreadful crime. The this purpose he carries her off-hut is scheme of moral government which pursued by her lover-mortally wounded should grant existence to the guilty, on and staggers in to die. This unpleacondition of the mortal agonies of inno sant incident does not, however, very cent victims, would be somewhat in- materially embarass him. He requests comprehensible to our human sympa- Lord Ronald to swear that he will throw thies. The idea itself has so much of a ring which he gives him, into the sea, the disgusting, that there appeared con at the sepulchre of Fingal, and that he siderable hazard in its representation on
will conceal his death until the moon, the stage. This danger has, however, then riding in meridian splendour, shall been admirably avoided in the new sink beneath the horizon. The Baron drama--where the literal design of the complies--but, on returning to the fiend is so little obtruded on us, that we castle, finds Lord Ruthven alive again, feel throughout only a pleasing horror. and his daughter resolved to marry him New MONTALY Mag.–No. 80.
rally desire to see the players: exposing Poole, formerly of the Lyceum, appeared the secrets of their art, and needlessly as the wayward heroine, who does and shewing that they are not very different who repairs the mischief, and gave proof from matter of fact mortals. "It was of much vocal excellence. Her tones originally produced at the Lyceum, with have attained a mellow ripeness, which great success, and has been ingeniously is delicious, and her acting is as sprightly altered to suit the actors. Miss Cope- and as good-hunoured as ever. land sings the good old song of Old King The tragic melu-drame of Orsino, or Cole with due merriment, and imitates the Vaulted Cavern, taken from Lewis's the French ballad-singers with surprising tragedy of Alphonso, King of Castile, is skill. Her acting is as sprightly and na- too full of guilt and horror. It has, howa tural as usual. There is no comic per- ever, many striking situations, which former, except Miss Kelly, who is so en- afford opportunities to the actors, espe. tirely absorbed in the business of the cially to Mr. Huntley, Miss Taylor, and scene, and acts with such apparent uncon- Miss Norton, which they do not fail to sciousness of the presence of spectators. improve. The Allot of San Martino, The burletta of Wheels within Wheels one of the last revivals,
is very superior affords a very edifying glimpse into the to the altered tragedy. There are in this mechanism of society. It evinces the piece delineations of majestic passions, extent to which a single impulse, whe- and glimpses of the purer and gentler ther of spleen or good nature, may be emotions which lie beyond them, which felt; by shewing a young lady's periness, give it a dignity and an interest of the provoking her lover to refuse an appoint- highest and best kind. Mr. Huntley's ment to her relativemher relative reveng- performance of the Abbot is a mastering his disappointment on his valet-his piece. His costume has a massiveness valet naking his dependent feel his con- and grandeur worthy of Kemble, and sequent ill-humour-and his dependent, the vast flow of his passionate declamaready to turn on the only one below him, tion, where the long-cherished desire of till the reconciliation of the lovers makes revenge bursts forth in a broad and dark all right, and diffuses cheerfulness to the tide, is as magnificent as any thing of lowest of the social gradations. Miss the kind which we can imagine.
ships having been dispersed by weather, that Important Geographical Discovery.--An which was commanded by Gherritz was opinion of the existence of an Antarctic Con- driven to the south of the Straits, to 64 tinent has prevailed ever since the discovery south latitude, where he saw a high country, of America rendered us more intimately ac- with mountains, and covered with snow like quainted with the figure of the earth ; nor, the land of Norway. He ran about 100 when all the circumstances that led to it are leagues along the coast of this new country ; considered, can it be called an unreasonable but discovery not being his object, he soon opinion, The vast quantity of floating ice directed his course towards the coast of Chili. in the higher southern latitudes, justly indi- He, however, was captured by the Spaniards cated its origin to be in fresh-water rivers at Valparaiso. The whole of this voyage, and lakes, at no great distance. And again, which is detailed in Burney's History of Disthe immense space of ocean in the southern coveries in the South Seas, is curious and inhemisphere, in the absence of such a conti- teresting. The discovery of Gherritz is nonent, led to an inference that that beautiful ticed in Kitchen's Atlas, published in 1787, arrangement and disposition of land and where the land is laid down as extending in water, so conspicuous in the northern, was a bay-formed shape for about 2 degrees from overlooked, and the equilibrium neglected north-west to south-east. But the name of in the southern, hemisphere. In 1599 land the Dutch navigator is in this map anglicized was first discovered in this quarter by Dirck to Gerrard. Captain Cook failed in his enGherritz, a Dutchman, who commanded one deavours to make out this land, and several of a squadron of five ships that sailed from other navigators have been equally unsucRotterdam in 1598 for the East Indies, under cessful. But last year Mr. Smith, Master of orders to proceed by a western course, the Brig William, of Blythe in Northumberthrough the straits of Magalhanes (or Ma- land, and trading between the Rio Plata and gellan), and across the South Sca. At that Chili, in endeavouring to facilitate his pasperiod the Dutch trade to India was in its sage round Cape Horn, ran to a higher lainfancy, for the first.voyage actually perform- titude than is usual in such voyages, and in ed by them to the contigent of Asia, sailed ļatitude 62° 30' and 60° west longitude, disfrom Holland in 1595, and proceeded by covered land. As circumstances did not the Cape of Good Hope. "The above five then admit of a close examination, he deferred it till his return voyage to Valparaisód no other purpose, than to impel fools leo during which, in February last, he ran in a laughter. 1 be 1 - 1400 to +997) westward direction along the coasts either of Let it be recollected then that the price a continent or numerous islands, for two or cipal concomitant symptoms of hydro: three hundred miles, forming large bays, phobia are gloom and despondency, against and abounding with the spermaceti whale, which this gas seems a temporary specific; scals, &c. He took numerous soundings and surely it cannot be thought piesumptuand bearings, draughts, and charts of the ous to say that there is a possibility, not only coast; and in short, did every thing that the of temporary relief, but even of permanent most experienced navigator, dispatched pur- eure from its exhibitions. In second posely for the object of making a survey, place, we know that heat has been, perhaps could do. He even landed, and, in the justly, considered as the cause of the disease usual manner, took possession of the country in the canine species-- is it not possible then for his sovereign, and named his acquisition, that an extraordinary degree of refrigeration “New South Shetland.” The climate was might tend to counteract its influence? The temperate, the coast mountainous, appa- experiment is simple. Let the patient be rently uninhabited, but not destitute of ve- placed in a common tin bath, surrounded by getation, as firs and pines were observable in pounded ice, which perhaps he may bear, many places; in short, the country had even when the dread of water is at its height. upon the whole the appearance of the coast If the experiment should kill, it only does of Norway. After having satisfied himself that which the disease in a short time most with every particular that time and circum. infallibly will do. stances permitted him to examine, he bore Doctor Lyman Spalding, one of the most away to the north, and pursued his voyage. eminent physicians of New York, announces, i On his arrival at Valparaiso he communi- in a small pamphlet, that for above these cated his discovery to Captain Sherriff of fifty years, the Scutellaria lateriflora L. has His Majesty's ship Andromache, who hap- proved to be an infallible means for the prepened to be there. Captain S. immediately vention and cure of the hydrophobia, after felt the importance of the communication, the bite of mad animals. It is better applied and lost not a moment in making every ar- as a dry powder than fresh. According to rangement for following it up; he immedi- the testimonies of several American physiately dispatched the William, with officers cians, this plant, not yet received as a refrom the Andromache, to ascertain the medy in any European Materia Medica, afnature of the country. The ship has re- forded a perfect relief in above a thousand turned from this voyage, and on her arrival cases, as well in the human species, as the off the harbour, and making her report to brute creation (dogs, swine, and oxen). The Captain Searle, of the Hyperion, orders were first discoverer of the remedy is not known: given that no intercourse with the shore Doctors Derveer (father and son) first should be permitted. This has naturally brought it into general use. led to the inference, that the discovery turns Classical MSS. discovered. The learned out to be important, and that this precaution world may reasorably expect in a few years, is taken to prevent the interference or claim complete and perfect translations of Plutarch, of any foreign nation, previous to the usual Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, Aristotle, Hippocrates, measures of taking possession in the name &c. from the Arabic; the French have been of His Britannic Majesty. The only draughts- lately assiduous in their researches after such man on the station, competent to perform Arabian treasures. the scientific part of the investigation, was M. Giardin, the French ambassador at Mr. Bone, a son of the distinguished artist Constantinople, has sent to Paris fifteen of this name : he accordingly went in the valuable works in Arabic from the Imperial William, and made the drawings of the Library at Constantinople, among which are coast, &c. Government is, it seems, fitting the complete works of Plutarch and Heroout an expedition for the new country, and dotus! several of the southern whalers have already The works of Aristotle, Hippocrates, Livy, sailed thither.
Tacitus, Sallust, &c. are known to have been Hydrophobia. A medical correspondent translated into Arabic, and might be discorecommends the trial of the two following vered and purchased by well-directerl search experiments in cases of this dreadful dis- after them, at Fas, Morocco, or some other order :
ports of West or South Barbary.-Mr. JackWhoever has attended any common course son, in his recent travels in those countries, of chemical lectures must have witnessed the annexed to Shabeeny's Account of Timbucly extraordinary effects which result from in- too and Housa, page 325, says, “ It is more
haling the nitrous oxide, or Laughing Gas, than probable, that the works of ciany as it has been designated. Now, we well Greek and Roman authors, translated durknow, upon general principles, that Provi- ing the æra of Arabian learning, are to be dence has made nothing in vain, and it is found in the hands of literary individuals, in impossible to believe that such a powerful several parts of West and South Barbary gascous combination could be intended for Mr. Jacks, librarian to the Royal Library
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at Bamberg, has discovered there a manu- of Connor, the Rev. Dr. Henry,
unfor script of the Roman history of Eutropius, tunately did not understand the aboriginal which was probably brought from Rome by. language, and he sent it to Dr. Macdonald, the Emperor Henry, the founder of the of Belfast, who soon discovered the MSS. to Bishopric of Bamberg. The MS. is more be the original of the Poems of Ossian, complete than any of the best editions his written at Connor, by, an Irish Friar, named therto published of this author, and very Terence O'Neal, a branch of the now noble likely to correct a number of false readings. family of the Earl of O'Neal, of Shane's Professor Goeller, of Cologne, had previously Castle, in the year 1463.-The translations discovered in the Royal Library a MS. of by Macpherson, the Scotchman, appear to Livy,
be very imperfect: this is accounted for by Professor Cramer, at Kiel, discovered two the Scotch Gaelic poets having no character years ago, in the library of the Convent of in which to preserve their poems; they had, St. Gallen, a MS. of the eleventh century, therefore, borrowed from the sister country. containing illustrations of Juvenal which The Irish translation of the poems, however, are said to be of greater importance than any by Baron Harold, who dedicated the work to hitherto known. He has now published a Edmund Burke, is nearer the original; for specimen on occasion of the king's birth-day, the wily Scot, Macpherson, to give them a under the title of, Specimen novæ editionis greater air of antiquity, omitted all allusions scholasticæ Juvenalis.
to the religious subjects which the originals Bibliomania. — At no time during the possess. highest rage of Bibliomanianism, did books “ The fixing of the scenes of the poems at of rarity bear higher prices than at the con- and round Connor, by the antiquarian Campcluding sale of Mr. Bindley's library. The bell, who travelled here a few years ago, competition for old poetical tracts and bal- gave rise to the digging and searching about lads was unexampled :
the old abbey and castle, which has thus No. 87 A small collection of Poeti
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Discovery of the original Ossian's Poems. vernor for those arrangements. If you have -The following is an extract of a letter from not brought waggons, they can be procured Belfast, dated Aug. 4:
of the boors, with a team of oxen, and off « On opening a vault where stood the you set. The settement is about 190 miles cloisters of the old Catholic Abbey, at Con- from the sea. You pass a good Dutch farm nor, founded by St. Patrick, the workmen every 15 or 20 miles. The government sell discovered an oaken chest, of curious and you a good tent for two guineas, which you ancient workmanship, whose contents, on set up every night, making a blazing fire, being opened, proved to be a translation of and, surrounded by your team, sleep in the the Bible into the Irish character, and several greatest safety. other manuscripts in that language. The “The arrangements of Government were box was immediately taken to the Minister most liberal, and every attention was paid to
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