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OF THE THEATRE ROYAL, COVENT GARDEN.
From the retirement of Miss Every art or science has its discreO'Neil the metropolitan stage was pant dogmas, and able advocates to destitute of every actress, who could defend them, however futile; and do honour to the tragic muse, until more knowledge at this premature the début of the sabject of our pre age is to be unlearned, iban can sent memoir. As Miss Kelly's ex- be afterwards acquired in the short traordinary talents will not only space of human existence: for, beepsure to her a splendid portion of fore the regions of philosophy can contemporaneous celebrity, but will be entered, it is necessary to pass transmit her name to posterity the almost invincible barriers of among the brightest ornaments of prejudice and error. the stage, we have selected her, as a besign and guardian herald, to Hic labor, hoc opus est. proclaim the commencement of our periodical labours for the New Year.
But the tragic muse is a far more The stage, apparently, presents a
generous maid than her sisters; very short road to fame and opu- she is less reserved, has neither lence, when it is considered that prudery nor coquetry; and, when an actress, only seventeen years of she bestows her smiles on her most age, can arrive at the bighest pitch favoured worshippers, she requires of theatrical eminence. In all other
less labour and less waste of years professions a similar degree of ex- in sacrifice, than any of her pierian cellence cannot be attained without sisters; her the labour of many years; and a " Bounty is as boundless as the sea," permanent fame is searcely possible to be acquired until approaching her throne is the human beart; and old age has blunted the keeper feel in all the variety of sorrowful and ings of enjoyment, and prompts the tender emotion she delights most melancholy reflection, that all hu- to poor the current of her woes. man fame and consequence are sel- Her treasures are in the deepest dom worth the time and labour con- recesses of feeling; and she prosumed in acquiring them. At the duces them with the unerring hand early age of seventeen, the aspiring of nature. children of genius can in no other The best tragedian has little to profession obtain the universal do with art; for which reason exapplause of their contemporaries. traordinary proficiency may be ab