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circumstances as well as Nebuchad- yet " look upon their like again.” nezzar.
Such, in hurrying along the North
Bridge, were our expectations,—but The following is an example of an long ere the curtain
fell, they were undue limitation of the sense of a pas sorely disappointed. The play was Ve sage, which is manifestly intended to nice Preserved. Recollecting,
fas we do, be of universal application. “He the Belvidera of Mrs Siddons, around came unto his own, and his own re whose 'magic eye all the passions of ceived him not.” (John, i. 11.) in our nature stood ranged to obey the Greek, “E'os rà mora 120€, rý oi idios signals of its portentous flash; and αυτόν και παρέλαβον.” The common recollecting, as we do, the “all-love, translation of this passage invariably all-tenderness," of Miss O'Neill, and leads the mind of the reader to the (here comparisons are not odious) of belief that all the Evangelist intendo
Mrs Henry Siddons in the same chaed to convey was, that Christ came to racter, --we must confess, although in his countrymen the Jews, and that the the face of female youth and beauty Jews" received him not." It is sub it sounds harshly,
that we were disc mitted that this is not the meaning appointed, and that, in Miss Dance's of the inspired hagiographer: “He Belvidera, we saw little either to ad came"-5 Td Porce" to his own ter
mire or to love.
To the fair debutante Nature has ritory-his own dominions:"
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indeed been somewhat partial. Her " and his own subjects :" — Š form is exquisite, but her attitudes Tagéraßor" did not receive him:'
ara deficient in grace; her features A meaning which involves a striking are lovely, but their tout ensemble though melancholy truth,--that Chris lacks the energy of expression adapttianity, though soliciting the atten- ed to the tragic muse, while the gore tion of men by the highest possible geous encumbrance of her dress, and moral motives, is too frequently re her apparently-directed appeal to the jected by those who are under power, audience as often as to the beloved ful obligations to give it a cordial and Jaffier, stole her attention somewhat honest reception.
too much from " scene undivided.”
So much for the externals of Miss Every body feels that the vulgate
Dance's translation does not give to the fol
In some of her scenes she surpassed lowing, verse any tangible meaning: mediocrity. Her “ remember twelve” we shall be happy to receive a solution of the obvious difficulty from any shriek in the mad scene was truly
was given with fine effect ;-her of our friends, who have made the Scriptures a subject of critical exami, the whole of that scene she displayed
appalling ;-and, indeed, throughout nation. The verse is this: EYÉVETO O
a mellow chasteness and a correct έν ΣΑΒΒΑΤΩ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΟΠΡΩΤΩ style of acting, which atoned for deδιαπορεύεσθαι αυτόν δια των σπορίμων: fciencies in some of her earlier scenes. και έτιλλον οι μαθηται αυσά τους σαχνας, She is possessed of the elements of is vos, tuzovtis tais megsé
. Luke, her art, but has still to be tutored as vi. 1.
to stage effect. Her acting presents
an excellent outline, but it requires Theatre.-Miss Dance.
some filling up and colouring. She
has yet to cultivate a still stronger Our numerous avocations, in read- feeling of sympathy for Jaffier before ing manuscripts, in prose and verse, she can substantiate the claims which correcting proof sheets, and sending interest, or private worth, or a lovely directions to our printer, &c. &c. appearance, may have awakened in would permit our stealing away one
her behalf. Until these points are evening only, to witness the perform- attained, we confess, it would afford ance of Miss Dance, the new candi. us more pleasure to spend some hours date for histrionic fame, and the suce in a drawing-room with Miss Dance, exSSOT to Miss O'Neill. The young than with the orchestra interposed lady, as « fame's loud clarion rung, betwixt us. She is a lovely woman, possessing talent, elegance, and beau. and those hints which, with a surly ty-the temptation was irresistible regard to candour and truth, we have Mrs Siddons, Miss O'Neill! we shall now thrown out, are ineant in friend
ship, which prompts us to say, that, subject of his discourse, in which he until she has vanquished those obé indulged in much of that singularity stacles to more perfect fame, her of expression so natural to him on all claim to be the legitimate successor occasions, concluding thus: “ It now of Miss O'Neill is just as deficient as only remains to shew the situation of that of the “ Doge of Venice" is to Hell, and this shall be clearly pointed rival Otway's unrivalled (in modern out in our afternoon's discourse." times) “ Venice Preserv'd.”
Anxious to hear the local situation of We totally disagree with a contem that place of punishment particularisporary journal in its strictures on Mr ed, he had a full attendance in the Abbot's performance of Jaffier. A afternoon ; but to the disappointment richer and more varied expression of of his audience he had a new disfeatures was only required to render course, on the government of the pasthe performance perfect. It was at once sions; but before concluding, he adchaste, mellow, and judicious. We dressed his congregation thus : -" In disagree with the same journal in its the forenoon, I promised to show you estimate of Calcraft's powers to sup- where hell is situate-Oh ! my plant Abbot. Mr Calcraft played the friends! it is much nearer than you part of Pierre ; we have seen several imagine:-it is at your very door, and in this character, but unfortunately, I see some here, who are on the very having neither witnessed Kemble nor brink of that dreadful pit. In short, Cooke in it, we may say we have never my friends, hell is in the very heart seen a good Pierre. Mr Calcraft, in- of our town-do not start; for I can deed, sometimes overtopped his usual prove that hell is in Homer's Wynd, height, but in some of the most im- (a lane in the town,) for as I was coma passioned scenes, he was unsufferably ing to the kirk this afternoon, I heard tame. In proof of this, we would such a brulzie in Tam Lindsay's, that only instance in the last scene, the I looked in at the door, wher. I saw words addressed to Jaffier,
Tam and his wife fighting, both with See'st thou that engine.
tongue and hands; he had riven her Is't hit a soldier, who has lived with honour; from her neck; she had given him a
mutch off her head, and the napkin Fought nations' quarrels, and been crown'd with conquest,
blue eye; and he was bleeding at the Be expos'd a common carcase on a wheel? nose, like a sheep! Now, sirs, where Speak ! is't fitting ?
there is so much mischief at a fireThese lines were delivered just as with me, that it must be hell upon
side, I am sure you will all agree if the actor had said, instead, This
earth !" rainy weather is unfortunate for the Musselburgh Races, but it will bene- tricity of manner being matters of
His freedom of speech and eccenfit the corn."
public notoriety, his discourses were
often attended by strangers, from Clerical Eccentricities.
motives of curiosity:
mounting the pulpit, he observed that Early in the last century, the min the front seat of the magistrates' zalnister of Arbroath was Mr Ferguson, lery was occupied by a party of gena man remarkable for freedom of tlemen from Montrose: their faces speech, even in the pulpit, where he were not unknown to Mr F. who read sometimes gave great offence, by his out as a subject of his discourse, “ Ye plain and apposite illustrations. Ma are spies; to see the nakedness of the ny of these are still remembered and land you are come;" from which he repeated in that quarter, among which took the opportunity of giving the are the following:
strangers a sound drubbing, for what Lecturing one Sunday upon Zac- he termed idle, profane, and imperticheus climbing the tree to see Jesus, nent curiosity. Warmed with his suhhe said, “ This Zaccheus, my friends, ject, he addressed his congregation in was a wee bodie, just such another as the following peroration : " But my our carlie of a gauger sitting there," instructions are despised, and my warn. pointing with his finger to the quare ings are in vain: ye are a wicked ter of the kirk where the exciseman people-workers of iniquity, and I was seated.
know not to whom I can compare One Sunday forenoon, Hell was the you; for you are worse than Sodom ;
yea, your wickedness is nearly equal patible with the worship and service to that of Montrose; it has ascended in which you pretend to join ; and to heaven, and drawn down vengeance not only unworthy of Christians, but on your heads ; you have provoked most unbecoming in men! Look at the Almighty to visit you with great that couple of strangers who have and singular judgments, for since your honoured our assembly with their last election, he has cut off your ma presence ; just now they are blushgistracy root and branch ; all are car ing for your conduct. Although I ried away captive by death ; and there can readily believe that neither of remains not one to bear rule in the them have been in a kirk for many city, except that drunken beast Bailie years before to-day; yet has any one Her, there where be sits !" of you heard them whispering, or
Of the late Mr Ogilvy, minister of marked a smile, upon their faces ? Lunan,situated on theroadbetweenAr. No! they knew where they were broath and Montrose, many anecdotes in a word--they are gentlemen! and are told, some of which are always be- have behaved accordingly.” After fore the public. The following is less pronouncing the benediction, Mr O. generally known, and is very charactere called out,
“ Mr S. you and your istic of his manner. Mrs. of Ld, friend will take pot luck in the in the neighbourhood of Lunan, resida manse.” Mr S. was in waiting at ed inuch in London; but haviog come
the kirk door till Mr 0. made his to —d, accompanied by an Eng- egress, when, after exchanging comlish gentleman, they one Sunday pliments, Mr S. said, “You were not went to the kirk of Lunan; most prepared for strangers to dinner Mr probably induced by the celebrity of 0., you must go and dine with us at Mr Ogilvy's character. Being con
D -d." “ That is just what I inspicuously seated, and the kirk very tended," replied Mr 0., “but I could small, they soon attracted Mr O's. obe not say so before the congregation ; servation. Their previous knowledge and I wished to prevent your deparof the parson's eccentricities might be ture before I got out.' an inducement to them to infringe Every one will allow that the lanupon that decorum due to the service guage most generally understood, and of the day; and they continued to most expressive of the speaker's ideas, whisper even audibly to their neigh- is often very unsuitable for the pulbours, and their repeated smiles were pit, and improper for the illustration sometimes with difficulty suppressed of serious or sacred subjects. This is from bursting into a laugh. At the particularly the case when it is the conclusion of his sermon, Mr 0. with style in vulgar use, and applied to the much earnestness admonished his lit. lower purposes of life, for it then cantle flock, concerning their faith and not fail of calling up recollections, practice, but suddenly changing his and of producing associations in the tone, said, that he believed it was vain minds of the hearers, incompatible to talk of the principles of Christianity with devout feeling. to them who were still ignorant of the
About ten or a dozen years ago, rudiments of good behaviour: Then he the writer of this article heard a seradded, “ Indeed, my flock,--for I am mon from the text, “ Wherefore laydoubtful whether I ought to call you ing aside every weight, and the sin friends,- I have often been ashamed which doth most easily beset us, let of you; but never more so than to-day. us run with patience the race set beThink of your behaviour, since you fore us.” The preacher shewed an entered the sanctuary, and blush with intimate acquaintance with his subshame; instead of listening with de- jeċt ; and the doctrines laid down and vout attention, you have looked as illustrated were suited to improve the round you, gazel on the faces of the minds and hearts of his hearers, and modest and bashful maidens, till the creditable to himself as a minister of glow of shame has mantled on their the gospel. But in the application of cheeks ; you have whispered one to his discourse he had several strange another, yea, you have even laughed ! figures and modes of expression, among Although all this was insulting to me, which the following, being distinctly that I forgive, but duty compels me remembered, are given verbatim. to reprehend such conduct as highly “Those who have made the philooffensive to the Almighty; as incom- sophy of the human mind their pecu
liar study, have said that every man to leisure to look at yourselves; and has his
weak side I will go further, for what do you so keenly scrutinize for I affirm that there are many men your neighbour? Why, nine times who, if they had as many sides as this out of ten, for no better purpose, than house, (it was an octagon, they would that you may the more easily pick a be all weak sides." He then went hole in his coat; but let me assure over many of the prophets and you, when this is your occupation, apostles, shewing what inight be con Satan is no less busily employed picksidered as their weak sides. Of Peter, ing a hole in your heart, and buildhe said, “ Peter, my friends, had two ing himself a snug warm nest in it." weak sides : one was too much con He concluded thus : “Now, my ceit of himself, and the other, a fiery friends, only one word more. The hastiness of temper ; speak to him. Christian's life, as we have already and he was in a blaze-only touch him observed, is not a life of slothful and off he went like gunpowder!" languor or effeminate repose-you While thus speaking, he stretched must up and be doing—you must run out his hand to the Bible before him, with patience, but also with unremite as if applying a match to a cannon, ted alacrity, the race set before you. and then threw back his arm with a You must fly for your lives; for the sudden jerk, as it were to intimate avenger of blood is behind you. that the explosion had taken place. However, if there are any among you “Every man should know his own who cannot take this trouble, who weak side best ; and so he would, if prefer their present pleasure to their he would take the trouble to look at future safety, and who wish only to bimself; but my friends, I must use doze away their lives in careless indow the freedom to tell you, that many of lence; to such I can only say, enjoy you are so much oceupied in obsery- your dream--fold your arms sit ing your neighbours, that you have down-and be damned !"
SONNET BY QUEEN ELIZABETH.
MR EDITOR, The following Sonnet is a copy of one at present among the papers preserve ed in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, and may not be altogether unacceptable to some of the readers of your agreeable Miscellany, as containing the complaints of one whose heart was at times as susceptible of the tender, as it was at others of the most violent and ungovernable passions. Though there is no date, one may well conceive such to have been the sentiments of the Royal Fair while enduring the torments of separation, after the Earl of Essex, the once ill-fated object of her capricious affections, had quitted her court on his unfortunate expedition to Ireland in 1599. London.
H. A. N.
I love and yet am forst to seeme to hate,
I am, and not, I freese and yet am burn'd,
Since from myself my other self I turn'd.
Followes me flyinge, flies when I pursue it,
Noe meanes I finde to rid him from my breast,
Till by the end of things it be supprest.
For I am softe, and made of melting snowe,
Or let me live with some more sweete content,
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
Water-Spouts.-(From the Newbury face, while its lower stratum remains in its Herald, American paper, of June 19.) – original state of soft mud; here, as soon as Captain Wilson, who lately arrived here, the retaining matter, whatever it may be, from the West Indies, has furnished us is by some means or other displaced, the from his journal with the following account whole incumbent mass is put in motion, of a very dangerous water-spout :
and launched into the plain. There are “On the 22d of May, in lat. 36° 35' long. several submarine forests that owe their 69° 50', fresh gale from S. S. W. and existence to a circumstance of this nature, squally; at 4 P. M. a heavy cloud appear the swampy subsoil having burst its bared on our weather-quarter about west, riers, and carried them, with the whole which approached very fast ; prepared the ground on which they grew, into the advessel for a heavy squall, when the rain joining ocean. But for farther particulars began to descend in torrents.
All at once
on this interesting subject, see extracts of a we saw five large water-sponts forming parliamentary report on the bogs of Ireunder the cloud upon the sea, about one land, which may be found towards the end and a half mile from us, going with the of Professor Kidd's Gcological Essays. cloud nearly in a line N. E. by E. with Aerostatics. It is a fact interesting to astonishing swiftness. They appeared about science and important to the progress of half a mile from each other, at about equal aerostation, that the Balloon which ascenddistances, and connecting themselves with ed from the Green Park, on the day of the the cloud.
Coronation, was filled with ordinary coal. « The sea, for a considerable space, when gas, or carburetted hydrogen, instead of the base of the spouts appeared, exhibited gas prepared from sulphuric acid and zinc, the most tremendous commotion ; they ap or iron filings, by the usual tedious and peared in the cloud above to be as large as expensive process. A pipe was laid on to a tierce. At this time a nuniber more the main which supplies the street lamps, were forming, and appeared to approach and the balloon was filled without solicius very fast. We now thought ourselves tude in a shorter time than the same opein the utmost danger, for all our efforts to ration was ever performed before, and at dissipate them in the usual way were una the expence of 1.5. Taking the gas at Failing ; but the wind hauling north-wester- 555, and the diameter at 32 feet, the power ly, and blowing fresh, we let out some of of ascension exceeded 7 cwt.
of course our reels, trimmed sharp by the wind, and the machine acted well, and the ascent was fortunately gained to windward of them. one of the most beautiful ever beheld since They passed us a little astern, so that we the first ascent of Lunardi, in 1785. The kad à fair view of them, and they varied currents of air in the atmosphere presented one of the most awfully sublime were strikingly exemplified. The wind scenes in nature. We had seamen on was nearly east; but, at a certain height, board the brig who had followed their pro the balloon was wafted northward, then fession from ten to thirty years, and none eastward ; and it fell at the distance of onof them had ever before witnessed so dan- ly thirteen miles, after making traverses of gerous a water-spout, or any of such mag- nearly fifty miles in forty-five minutes. nitude. Had we been thirty minutes sail Fossil Remains.--The following is an astern, I conceive there would have been extract of a letter from M. Cuvier to the no possibility of escape from utter destruc Royal Academy of Sciences at Caen, retion. The water was in continual agita turning thanks for a well executed model tion for fifty or sixty minutes, and I am which it had sent that learned anatomist of free to confess, I never before had an ade a fossil crocodile lately discovered in the quate idea of the horrors of one of these neighbourhood of that city. “ It is now phenomena.”
certain that this crocodile is of a species Moving Bog.-The account of the moving quite peculiar, and different not only from bog of Kilmaleady has startled many read all living crocodiles, but from all fossil croers, and not a few are somewhat incredu codiles hitherto discovered. The only one lous about it. The phenomenon, however, which comes near it is that dug up near is well known to geologists, and is not one Pappenheim, and which is preserved in the of rare occurrence in the neighbouring Cabinet of the Royal Academy of Bavaisland. It has occasionally happened also ria.” in this country, as in the vicinity of Gala Geology. An interesting paper, in the A. shiels, and in some parts of Dumfries-shire. merican Philosophical Journal, by L. Brin. It generally takes place when a morass or gier, Esq. of Louisiana, contains observasloping ground has become indurated and tions on the regions of the Mississippi, and converted into firm soil on its upper sur. shows clearly how thousands of square miles