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How melts her soul with pious tenderness!
As she surveys them, all her looks express
She eager clasps; another strives to bless
With words of sweet import; a third no less
Sooths; while another sports upon the ground. Vor ll.
By all their little ways their wants she knows ;
To each dispenses what its wants demand,
His glauce from high, to Man each need supplies ;
Withholding, but to bless the more denies.
Soothing and sweet its notes respire.
*Tis such a strain as bids my soul
Or boldly glow, or sighing languish;
Can fire with joy, depress with anguish.
"Tis sach a strain as mocks the pow'r
Of rules, by bloodless critics pennd,
Shall o'er its raptur'd bosom bend.
Yes, yes, each sensate soul must feel,
And own the magic of ihy line,
But none e'er felt it more than mine?
THE LONDON THEATRES,
29. John Bull. Peregrine, Mr. Chapman ; Sir Simon Roc'. dale, Mr. Mathews; Frank Rochdale, Mr. Palmer, jun ; Hon. Tom Shuffleton, Mr. De Camp; Job Thornberry, Mr. Fawcett ; Dennis Brulgruddery, Mr. Waddy; Dan, Mr. Liston. Lady Caroline Braymore, Mrs. Litchfield ; Mrs. Brulgruddery, Mrs. Powell; Mary, Mrs. Gibbs.-Village Lawyer. Scout, Mr. Fawcett; Snarl, Mr. Waddy; Sheepface, Mr. Liston ; Mrs. Scout, Mrs. Powell.
30. Seeing is believing-Dramatist-Paul and Virginia. Paul, Mr. Bennet, from the Theatre Royal, Bath, his first appearance in London, and seventh on any stage; Alhambra, Mrs. Taylor ; Tropic, Mr. Taylor ; Dominique, Mr. Mathews; Virginia, Mrs. Mathews; Jacintha, Mrs. Liston. JULY.
Wonder.-Don Felix (1st. time) Mr. Young ; Don Pedro, Mr. Mathews; Don Lopez, Mr. Grove; Colonel Briton, Mr. De Camp; Frederick, Mr. Carles; Gibby, Mr. Waddy ; Lissardo, Mr. Fawcett. Violante (Ist. time) Mrs. Litchfield ; Isabella, Mrs. Mathews; Inis, Mrs. Taylor; Flora, Mrs. GibbsCatch him who can.
2. Mogul Tale-Five Miles off-Tom Thumb. 3. The Stranger-Stranger (1st. time) Mr. Young; Solomon, Mr. Mathews; Peter, Mr. Liston ; Steinfort, Mr. Palmer, jun.; Wintersen, Mr. Carles ; Tobias, Mr. Chapman. Charlotte, Mrs.
the Countess, Miss Mortimer (her first appearance on this stage) Mrs. Haller, Mrs. Litchfield.Lock and Key.
4. Mountaineers-Paul and Virginia. 6. Hamlet-Waterman. 7. Sighs-Mrs. Wiggins--Review.. 8. Wonder--Agreeable Surprize. 9. Castle Spectre. Osmond (1st. time) Mr. Young; Father Philip, Mr. Waddy ; Motley, Mr. Liston. Evelina, Mrs. Taylor; Angela, Mrs. Litchfield-Prisoner at large.
10. Sylvester Daggerwood-Five Miles off-Tom Thumb. 11. Stranger. Counters, Miss Taylor--Waterman.
13. Henry IV. Part I. Hotspur, Mr. Young; Falstaff, Mr. Fawcett-Poor Soldier. Patrick, Mr. Bennett; Dermot, Mr. Taylor ; Bagatelle, Mr. De Camp; Darby, Mr. Mathews, Kath, lane, Mrs. Liston; Norah, Mrs. Mathews.
Poor Gentleman-Frederick, Mr. Young. Tom Thunb.
Hamlet-Fortune's Frolic. 16. Waterman-FORTRESS (1st. time).- Mock Doctor. 17. Poor Soldier-Fortress. 18. Fortress---Lying Valet Peeping Tom. . 20. Fortress-Agreeable Surprize-Tom Thumb. 21. Padlock. Leander, Mr. Bennett ; Diego, Mr. Taylor ; Mungo, Mr. Mathews. Ursula, Mrs Powell; Leonora, Mrs. Mac thews-Fortress---Catherine and Petruchio. Petruchio, Mr. Young,
Grumio, Mr. Mathews; Biondello, Mr. Grove; Tailor, Mr. Liston,
32. Catch him who cin-FortressmTom Thumb.
The Fortress is a Melo drama by Mr. Theodore Hook, the successful author of Tekeli, and is borrowed from the same French author;
whose piece bears the title of Les événemens d'un jour. It is the old story of escapes, which always interest, however often re. peated, and in the present instance, there is not much novelty in the incidents, nor ingenuity in the contrivance. One situation there is both interesting and dramatic. A young man who has the care of the Fortress, is induced to connive at his prisoner's escape, and even points out the means of effecting it, but on learning inmediately afterx ards, that such an event will affect the Jife of his commandant, he instantly gives the alarm, and the prisoner is brought back to his confinement. The outline of the plot is this : Count Everard, an Austrian nobleman (Mr. Young) is thrown into prison upon false accusations. Alice (Mrs. Gibbs) a faithful attendant, persuades Lieutenant Oliver (Mr. De Camp) to assist his escape. Accordingly upon relieving guard, he informs the count of a secret passage, by which he might gain the banks of the Danube, Whilst the count is supposed to be in the very act of this escape, the lieutenant is informed by the governor (Mr. Chapman) that the life both of himself and of the lieute. nant, must answer for the safe custody of the prisoner. An interesting situation is here produced.' The lieutenant gives the alarm, and stops the flight. The count at length escapes by means of his daughter Celestina (Mrs. Taylor).-Alice and Oliver, in a generous contest, each take upon themselves the crime of having aided in this purpose. The lieutenant is condemned to death :the count discovers himself to save bis friend. The field marshal (Mr. Carles) then opens a sealed dispatch, which, instead of containing, as supposed, his sentence of execution, incloses a pardon.
The other characters are Vincent, a drugken gardener, (Mr. Mathews), Philip, a one-eyed soldier, (Mr. Liston), Thomas, an Austrian serjeant (Mr.Taylor), and Pauline, his wife (Mrs. Liston.)
The count, the hero of the piece, is not drawn with any force, and he is placed at times in very awkward situations ; his second escape is clumsily contrived; he sneaks out at the gate like a thief with his booty ; and the concealment afterwards in the greenhouse has a low and Judicrous effect. The denouement is feeble and unsatisfactory. But it must be confessed, that Mr. Hook has made the most of the materials with which his French original supplied him. For the barrenness of the incidents, he has made some amends by the pleasantry of his dialogue, and the humour of his comic characters, and as an after-piece, to which it is now very properly reduced, the Fortress will no doubt hold out for the remainder of the season.
The Music is by Mr. Hook, the father. The overture is one of the best we have lately heard, and a duett, between Taylor and Mrs. Liston was much applauded,
The performers merit the best thanks of the author. Mr. Young had not much opportunity of exercis.og his fine powers, but all that was required from him he gave with full force and effect. Mrs. Gibbs displayed her usual correctness and accuracy in Alice A considerab e portion of the vis comica was happily displayed hy Mathews in the gardener, and of the phiz cornica, by Lision in the garrulous old soldier. Mrs. Taylor looked extremely well in her Saroyard disguise.
Mr. Beonett, the new singer, is of the Brabam school. His voice is clear and firm, but not bold or extensive. His ear, however, seems perfect; his ad libita are full of grace and ornament, and his transitions easy and natural; bis figure is small, and as an actor lię has every thing to learn; but we shall not be surprised if he very soon acquires eminence as a vocal performer. He is now gone back to Bath, to fulfil (say the play bills) a musical engagement, but whether at the theatre or in the concert room we have not learnt.
Mr. Young has been in constant play ever since his appearance. Hamlet he has performed four or five times, and the versatility of his talents, as well as the extent of bis powers, have been fully tried and effectually established by his Stranger, Octavian, Osmond, Hotspur, Felix, Frederick, Gondibert, and Pe'ruchio. It cannot be supposed that he was equally successful in all, but in some he wils excellent. The Stranger we consider his most perfect performance. He seldom fell below Kemble, and in some instances went beyond him. He has been powerfully supported by Mrs. Litchfield in Mrs. Haller, Angela, Queen Margaret and Violante.
A new comedy, by Mr. Dibdin is to be produced immediately,
THE COUNTRY THEATRES, &c.
Theatre-Royal, LIVERPOOL.-Since the departure of Mrs. Siddons this Theatre has been but thinly attended, although the managers have done every thing in their power to please the public, both in respect to novelty and personal exertions, and notwithstanding the professional merits of Lewis, Knight, Ellistou, Simmons, and Mrs. Glover. The Curfew and Tekeli are the only pieces which seem to be attractive. The scenery, dresses, &c. of the latter were purchased at a high price from Mr. Ward, of Manchester. In adrli. tion to the performers named in my last, I have to mention a Mr. Terry, who in pantomime and Frenchmen is rather clever, but in tragedy the monotony of his voice is much against him. Mr. Banks in characters of rough feeling has great merit. Mr. Claremont is still Mr. Claremont, whether he plays tragedy. or comedy. Mr. Jones as a young actor merits some commendation, but his appearance is rather too effeminate, and his deportment too stiff, for the heavy characters which have been assigned him : his delineation of a fop has given us some pleasure. I would advise Mr. Waring to read Hamlet's instructions to the players, beginning with this line" but if you mouth it, as many of our players do, I bad as lieve the town crier spoke ny lines.".There is another