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acquainted also with the common topics of the day, he inay then be justly considered as all-sufficient to superintend the education of two youths of great birth and opulence."
Though we cannot withhold our general approbation froin these thonghts, we are compelled to observe that the stile in which they are conveyed is sometimes not remarkable either for elezance or correctness; a fault which ought not to be expected from a writer who employs his pen on the subject of education.
For instance “ boih derision, contempt, and disgrace," (page 11.) “ Now let us look to the manner in which he shall impart his instruction, for them to acquire." (page 24.) He should not open the book “ without first giving them a selection of his most sparkling thoughts, &c. before he proceeds to the developement of his latent and complete beauties." (page 25.] In pages 26, 27, the stile is so perplexed as to be nearly unintelligible; the" former" appears to be used for the “ latter," and they and their should be he and his. Liberalize (page 32.) is, as Polonius says, a vile phrase. Again, page 33.
« For one of these important vocations the pupil of the single master is of course designed. Even in their conversation therefore he should accustom them to that pitch and arrangement of the voice, as shall communicate an interest and spirit to their language.
The marks of similar haste, carelessness, and inelegance, are very frequent. “ How much characters of this active and enlightened description are now wanting the profligacy and irreligion of the times shew, alas, too much.” (page 55.)
We should not have noticed these defects so particularly, but that we are reviewing the second edition of the work, and because we think a writer whose sentiments appear to be so just, should be anxious to cloath them in a inore attractive garb.
ness of discernment. Certainly if the clergyman of the present day emerged from acader cal privacy and rustic retirement, the other might then be better qualified as tutor to a young nobleman, but as it is notorious to all, that the contrary is the fact, we confess our. selves at a loss to comprehend this argument.
The Works, Moral and Religious, of Sir Matthew Hale,
Knt. Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench; the whole now first collected and revised. To which are prefixed his Life and Death, by Bishop Burnett, D. D. and an Appendix to the Life, including the additional Notes of Richard Barter. By the Rev. T. Thirlwall, M. A. Editor of the Latin English Dictionary. 8vo. 2 vol. 18s. Symonds.
This complete Edition of the works of so learned a man, so able and upright a Judge, and so pious a Christian as Sir Matthew Hale, cannot but prove in the highest degree acceptable to the public.
The Life by Bishop Burnett, with Baxter's Additions are prefixed.
The Editor has discharged his trust with great ability.
Edgar; or, Caledonian Feuds : a Tragedy, performed
with universal applause at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. By George Manners, Esq. 8vo. 2s. 6d. Tipper and Richards.
This Tragedy (if Tragedy we can call what seems only calculated to excite laughter and contempt) was first acted for a Benefit at Covent Garden, and with the assistance of the author's friends was performed to a good house; a few common-place sentiments in the shape of Clap-traps were eagerly seized by these friendly hands, and the writer, (poor mistaken man!) fancied that he had produced a fine Play. His supporters, however, having performed their duty, staid away on the second night (“their state was the more gracious"); 'consequently the house was almost empty, and the Clap-traps passed without notice. We had the misfortune to be present at the acting of this drama, but we have since had a greater, that of reading it.
The Plot is taken from Mrs. Radcliffe's Romance of the Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne. But we do not suppose the lady will think that any compliment has becn paid her. Three Lyric Odes, on late celebrated occas ins. By the Rer.
William Clubbe, . Vicar of Brandeston, 4to. 2s. 6d. Ipswich.
The Battle of the Nile; and the Action off Trafalgar ; are two of the celebrated occasions which have inspired
our author's muse. The broad-bottomed administration suggested his third composition, which is entitled Harmony, a fit theme for a versifier, and as far as his own stanzas go, it is tolerably well preserved. The author of course did not foresee, though there is always supposed to be something prophetic about a poet-how little harmony would exist between the two accounts of an interesting conversation in a certain closet.
A Complete Verbal Index to the Plays of Shakspeare, adapted
to all the editions. Comprehending erery substantive, adjectide, derb, participle and adverb, used by Shakspeare ; with a distinct reference to every individuil passage in which each word occurs. By Francis Twiss, Esq. 8vo. 2 vols. 31. 3. Egerton.
This must have been a work of great labour, and it appears to be well executed; in some instances too well; for surely to specify every substantive, adjective, &c. can answer no useful purpose whatever; for instance, who would wish to know in what particular play such words occur as after, again, &c. Ayscough's Inder is, on the contrary, too laxly made. Many of the Bard's most remarkable expressions are not included. Mr.Twiss's work has thus far the advantage over its predecessor. But not introducing any quotations, the necessary information will in general be more readily furnished by Ayscough,
REVIEW OF MUSIC.
“ Ode to Liberty,"
For five voices, composed by Samuel Webbe. Birchall. Price 28. 6d.
The lovers of vocal harmony will ever hold the name of Webbe sacred. If among the numerous glee-writers of this kingdom there is one who deserves to be esteemed more highly than the rest, Webbe is that man. We feel warrauted in saying of him what can be asVOL. II.
serted of few glee-writers that all his compositions of that kind, arc good, and that most of them are excellent. We know not of a single glee that he has written, which is not to this day frequently performed among the various glee-parties and harmonic societies in the kingdom. We rejoice, for the sake of the lovers of harmony, that the spirit of the father has so fully descended upon the son. The Ode to Liberty is completely worthy the name and character of its author. Mr. Webhe has entered into the spirit of Addison's beautiful words like a true lover of liberty, and has given to them a glowing and animated effect. We sincerely hope that he will produce a succession of glees similar in excellence to the Ode to Liberty. We also hope that he will imitate his father iu never publishing a glee which can be ranked among the inferior productions of the day.
“ The Grave of Tom Moody, the noted Whipper-in."
The words by Mr. Churchill, composed by I. Watlen, and sung at all the
theatres, also at the principal concerts. Watlen. Price ls. This is
a poor attempt to imitate Mr. Shield's popular and excellent ballad, the Death of Tom Moody. There are a few tolerable passages in it, but the rhythm is frequently bad, and the composition in general not very good.
“ Kate of the Castle,"
An English ballad, written and composed by I. Watlen. Price 1s. 6d.
Some strains of this ballad are pretty enough; we cannot say so much for the whole. Those passages which we suppose Mr. Watlen meant as embellishments, we think have materially injured the sim. plicity of his melody,
“ Hark to Philomela singing,”
A Glee for four roices, with an accompaniment for the piano-forte, com
posed and dedicated, by permission, to his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge by Wm. Knyvett. Birchall. Price 28. 6d.
This is a very cleverly arranged composition. The melody bas nothing striking to recommend it, but the inner parts are arranged in a very pleasing stile; they bespeak the author's intimate knowledge of glee singing. The accompaniment is well calculated to heighten the general effect of the piece.
“He's gone away from me,"
Sung by Mrs. Bland at Vauxhall-Gardens, composed by Mr, Hook, the
words by Alfred Allendale, Esq. Purday and Button. Price 1s. Mr. Hook has written so much that, it seems almost impossible for
him to write any thing more which may fairly be said to possess the charm of novelty. Whether this is to be attributed to him as a fault we sball not now attempt to determine; we shall only observe that this ballad does not contain a single passage that is not familiar to us : it is not at all necessary therefore to criticise music that has been so often before the public. For the benefit of juvenile performers we will just remark that the cadence at the close may be omitted without any material injury to the song.
“ The Cottage that stands by the sea," Sung by Mrs. Margerum at Vau rhall-Gardens, composed by Mr. Hook,
the words by Mr. Upton. Purday and Button. Price is. We must frankly confess that for compositions of this kind we have no relish. Our opinion of the ballad before us is briefly this that the poetry is poor namby pamby stuff, and that the music is worthy of the poetry,
« Queen of the Valley," A Glee for five roices, the words from the Madoc of Southey, composed
and inscribed to John Heaviside, Esq. by Dr. Callcott. Birchall. Price 38.
After having so lately taken occasion to censure Dr. Callcott, we rejoice in the opportunity which this glee affords us of being able to award him our sincere approbation. It is a composition in every respect worthy of him; for although we cannot rank it first among bis glees, it certainly must be placed among the first. The conception and execution are equally masterly. Two or three things struck us which we rather wished otherwise—the point led off by the second tenor at the conclusion of the first movement is too good to be dismissed in a single page-a ludicrous effect is given to the opening of the second movement by an attempt to express the word "long” by length of sound—the tiine of the respective movements is not given to either of them. These trifling defects excepted, we hesitate not to pronounce “Queen of the Valley” an excellent glee.
Proposals are in circulation for publishing a collection of glees, dnetts, and catches, selected from ihe most eminent authors. The work will consist of two volumes, and to each subscriber will be given two books of the words printed separately. For the use of young piano-forte players, a compressed accompaniment will be added by Mr. Samuel Webbe, by whom the work will be edited, Price to subscribers Two Guineas.
Mr. Marsh, of Chichester, is arranging for publication an extensive collection of chants, from the best masters.