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ment to so excellent a purpose ? I hope, and Like the compressure of a coiled boa, REVIEW OF NEW BOOKS. strongly hope, that good will be derived, even
Loathly but irresistible.
A bride! from such a feeble effort as the present; and It cannot be !- Though her unveiled face The Bride ; . Drama. In Three Acts. By that the time will come when the different Was of surprising beauty how lovely!
Joanna Baillie. 8vo. pp. 112. London, 1828. races of the East will consider every human And still continued to repress my ardour,
a brother; while Englishmen, Whene'er I spoke of the fair mountain maid, WHEREVER the honoured name of Joanna under whose rule or protection they may live, it is not natural.
With silent stern reserve.-Is this like love? * Baillie appears, we may look for what is be- will contemn that policy which founds its se
Ah! but it is ; nevolent and virtuous, as well as for what curity upon ignorance. 'All past experience is It is too natural, - deep subtle nature. is eminent in literature. The object of this unfavourable to the unmanly and ungenerous That I ne'er thought of this ? drama is that, being translated into Cingalese, maxim. And in the present time, when per
Yes, yes, he loves her! it may be performed in Ceylon, and so ad- fect undisturbed ignorance cannot be obtained, Loves her whom I so well --so dearly love, dressed to a people whose moral intelligence the preservation of it in a middle state, to take is from my heart effaced, like curling mists and Christian instruction are most likely to no higher view of the subject, will be found to That, rising from the vale, cling for a while be promoted by this visible mode of appealing be a very precarious and expensive means of to the tall cliffs brown breast, till the warm sun to their sense. The preface thus feelingly governing. But do I not wrong my country- Whom I have thought of, dreamt of, talked of~ay, speaks of the design.
men, connected with the East, in supposing and talked to, though in absence, as a thing “ I heard with the most sensible pleasure, that the great proportion of them do entertain Like the pure air around me, every where. some months ago, of the intended translation such narrow views ? Of this, at least, I am
(After a pause) of my, drama, called • The Martyr,' into the thoroughly persuaded, that if such a supposi. And he must have this creature of perfection? Cingalese language, as a work which might tion does not wrong them at present, it will As there is blood and manhood in this body, have some good effects upon a people of strong do so grievously some years hence : 'for the it shall not be ! passions, emerging from a state of comparative ignorance I speak of is that which stands op: Must thy long course of wedded love and honour
And thou, my gentle sister, barbarism, and whose most effectual mode of posed to the useful, simple learning which come to such end !-Thy noble heart will break. receiving instruction is frequently that of dra- promotes industry and charity. Of those su- When love and friendly confidence are fled, matic representation, according to the fashion perfluous fantastical acquirements which the Like a dress'a idol in its carved alcove, of their country.- A gentleman, to whom overstrained refinement of modern plans of A thing of silk and gems and cold repose." Ceylon owes the great benefits, conferred on education seems anxious to extend to the lower a people by the pure and enlightened admi- classes of society, I do not speak."
The same speaker, in mentioning the cruel nistration of justice, and to whose strenuous The grand moral inculcated is that of the invaders of his country, the associates of the exertions they are also indebted for the in- forgiveness of injuries ; to supplant, if possible, good De Creda, says finelyvaluable institution of a trial by native juries, by that mild Christian doctrine, the strong
“ Solitude in trackless deserts, entertained this opinion of the drama in ques- passion of the demi-barbarous state, which on the bare summit of a rugged peak,
Where locusts, ants, and lizards poorly thrive, tion, and afterwards did me the farther honour places the highest glory in the indulgence of Where birds of prey in dusky circles wing to suppose that I might write something of the terrible revenge. The drama is very simple. The troubled air with loud and claro'rous din kind, more peculiarly appropriate to the cir- A ruler, Rasinga, falls in love with a moun. Rather than such associates." cumstances of that island, which would natu- tain chieftain's beautiful daughter, whom he rally have a stronger moral effect on the minds has rescued from banditti ; and, agreeably to We have some difficulty in exemplifying the of its inhabitants. Pleased to be made, in the the custom of the country, resolves to make spirit of Samar, it is so mixed up with other humblest degree, an instrument for their good, her his second, or younger wife. Artina, his dialogue ; but the subjoined are striking traits. I most readily promised to endeavour at least first and devoted partner, is broken-hearted in The first scene is where his mother expresses to do so. And when they read this piece, or consequence of this event; and her brother, her wretchedness on learning that she is to when it is brought before them in representa- Samarkoon, a young chief (who is also a lover have a rival queen. tion, they will regard it as a proof that their of the fair mountaineer), way-lays the royal
" Rasinga. Yes, dear Artina, former judge and friend, though now absent escort, and appropriates the bride to himself. Thou wert, and art, and shalt be loved and honour'd and far separated from them, still continues Rasinga marches against him and takes his while there is life within
Rasinga's bosom. to take a deep interest in their welfare. So fortalice by assault ; loads him with chains, Although another mate within my house considered, it will not fail to make an impres- and orders' him to be executed. Artina, his May take her place to be with thee associated, sion on their minds to which its own power own mother Montebesa, and Juan de Creda, Such union is in many houses found. or merit would be altogether unequal." But a Spanish physician, in vain endeavour to avert Artina. I have no skill in words, no power to reason : should the individual effects of this drama be his purpose ; and Artina, attempting to save
How others live I little care to know : ever so inconsiderable, the profits arising from her brother, is only involved in his fate, and No love, no honour, if thy altered heart
But this I feel, there is no life for me, its publication in England may be the means also doomed to dic. In the end, her son, a Hath put me from it for another mate. of procuring translations into the Cingalese boy, Samar, by nobly determining to perish That were so oft caress'd, so dearly cherishod, language of more able and useful works, and with his parent, forces his father to relent; Must then divide thy love with younger sav'ritos, make, as it were, a first, though a low, step and happiness is restored to all the parties of younger mother born?. Alas alas! to an invigorating moral eminence. In these Such is the plot: the character of this boy is small will the portion be that falls to them. days, when many excellent men are striving, simply and forcibly drawn; and wherever he Artina. I know it well. Thou thinkest now, belike, at the expense of health and ease, and all that appears, the interest is the deepest and most That thou wilt love them still: but ah! too soon is valued by the world, to spread the light of affecting, though the other parts are depicted Lacking another horne, uncheer'd, uncared for. Christianity in the East; when the lamented with much talent. A few extracts will put it And who will heed their wants, will soothe their sorrow, Bishop Heber, with the disinterested devotion in the power of our readers to judge of this.
When their poor mother moulders in the grave, of an apostle, joined to the mildness, liberality,
Samarkoon, on hearing a whisper of Ra- Is on its way to gain the dreamless sleep?
And her vex'd spirit, in some other form, ability, courteousness, and good sense, which singa's intention of marrying the “ Bride," Kneel, Samar, kneel! thy father loved the first, promote and grace every laudable undertaking, utters the following soliloquy:
In our first happy days.--'Wilt thou not, boy?
Why dost thou stand so sullen and so still? has proved himself to be the genuine and 'noble - Hateful suggestions! base and vague conjectures, follower of his blessed Master,—who will not which vulgar minds on slight foundation rear!
Artina. Nay, nay, but he will love us. All false be willing to lend some aid and encourage
Down on thy knees! up with thy clasped hands! And yet they are upon my heart
Rasinga, o kasinga ! did I think
Samar. He loves us not.
Go to implore thy pity, me and mine
fires if not in the full blaze which a more So to implore thy pity, and in vain !
Who are all three prepared? [Sinks on the ground exhausted with agitation. Rasinga.
What dost thou say?
stirring subject might have excited, at least in Rasinga (raising her gently in his arms).
Mihdoony. The three prepared for death abide your a fine glow and sheen of milder lustre, conDearest Artina! still most dear to me;
sistent with the end in view, We have been Thy passionate affections waste thy strength ;
Rasingn. There are but two. Let me support thee to another chamber,
Mihdoony. Forgive opposing words, there is a third. somewhat amused at the skill with which eastern More fitting for retirement and for rest.
Rasinga. A third, sayst thou ? and who?
words, phrases, and imagery, have been woven Come also, children. Come, my little playmates!
Your son, my lord;
into the theme : they look as if written with a Rasinge. What dost thou say? Can move to be divided from his mother.
pen from the wing of an oriental bird of para. Samar. Thou dost not speak and smile and sport with us Rasingu. I cannot credit this; it is some craft, dise, instead of the common gray goose quill of As thou wert wont : we're not thy playmates now. Some poor device. Go, bring the boy to me.
[Mihdoony leads Samar to his father.
our northern regions. Rasinge. Thou art a fearless knave to tell me so."
Why art thou here, my child ? and is it so,
Seven Years of the King's Theatre. By John termines to share his mother's fate; and we Alive or dead.
Ebers, late Manager. 8vo. Plates. London, cannot do better than quote the scene, as one of Rasinga. Think well of what thou sayst !
1828. Ainsworth. the best illustrations of the author's talents, It shall be so if thou indeed desire it. But be advised : death is a dreadful thing.
If any one unacquainted with the writer's Scene II.- A large court or open space, with every thing Samar. They say it is: but I will be with her;
name and character were to ask us who is the prepared for the erecution of Samarkoon: a seut of state Pu die her death, and feel but what she
suffers. near the front of the sluge. Spectators and guards disco- Racingn. And art thou not afraid ? Thou’rt ignorant; author of this book, we conceive we could give vered. Thou dost not know the misery of drowning
no more comprehensive reply than is conveyed First Spectator. There is a mass of life assembled here: The booming waters closing over thee,
in these words ; " Mr. Ebers has been me. All eyes, no voice; there is not even the murmur And thou still sinking, struggling in the tank, Of stified whispers.Deep and solemn silence ! On whose deep bottom weeds and water-snakes,
nager of the Opera House seven years, and has Second Spectator. Hush, hush! Artina, comes, and by And filthy lizards will around thee twine,
lost by it forty-five thousand pounds.” The her side
Whilst thou art choking. It is horrible!
knowledge of these two facts would be enough
do create an interest in the work, were other It is impossible. Clinging to her I shall not be afraid,
causes of interest wanting. It would also yield First Spectator. I hope it is.
No, nor will she. Enter Artina and Samar, with Sabawatts on the one side of Rasinga. But wherefore wilt thou leave thy father, some grounds for forming a due estimation of them, and Juan de Creda on the other ; attendants fol. Samar?
the author's qualifications for his task. lowing. Thou'st not offended me; I love thee dearly;
In the autumn of 1820 the King's Theatre Artina. Alas, for thee, my noble, generous child ! I have no son but thee. Samar. Pear not for me, dear mother! Lean upon me. Samar.
But thou wilt soon.
was left, by the sudden disappearance of Mr. Nay, let me feel your hand pressid on my shoulder, Thy new young wife will give thee soon another, Waters, the then proprietor and manager, Press'd more upon me still. It pleases me,
And he will be thy son; but I will be
huge hulk, floating without a pilot.” The Artina. O what a prop thou wouldst have been to me When in the form of antelope or loorie,
performers were turned adrift, the engageAnd what a creature for a loathly graveShe wends her way to Boodhoo, I shall still
ments were unsatisfied, and the theatre was For death to prey upon !-Turn, turn! oh, turn! Be as her young one, sporting by her side. Advance no farther on this dreadful path.
Rasinga (catching him in his arms, and bursting into tears). seized by the hands of the law. Those who Samar. I came not here to turn; and for the path, My generous boy? my noble, valiant boy!
felt interested in the Italian Opera were at a And what it leads to, if you endure it, O such a son bestowed on such a father!
loss ; plans were formed for its re-establish. Then so can I : fear not for me, dear mother!
Live, noble creature! and thy mother also!
ment, and successively abandoned. In this Artina. Oh, my brave heart! my anguish and my pride, Ye shall not be divided."
emergency, when no one else would venture on Even on the very margin of the grave.
The dénouement follows to the utmost extent undertaking a concern so apparently ruinous, Good Sabawatte! hold him; take him from me. Subarvotte. I cannot, madam; and De Creda says, of forgiving and gratitude.
Mr. Ebers, at the urgent request of certain 'Tis best that you should yield to his desire. Artint. It is a fearful--an appalling risk.
As examples of the author's lyrical powers, 1 distinguished subscribers and others, volun. Sahawatte
. Is there aught else that you would charge we quote the only two songs which are to be teered as manager, under the patronage of the me with ?
found in the drama : the first sung by Saba- King, and aided by a committee, consisting of Artina. Yes, dearest friend, there is it is my last.
watte, the faithful attendant of Terebesa; and the Lords Ailesbury, Mount Edgcumbe, Fife, Let not my little daughters know of this; They are too young to miss me. Little Moora
the last an epithalamium on the entrance of Lowther, and Count St. Antonio. Will soon forget that she has seen my face ; the Bride into Samarkoon's castle.
The great point of Mr. Ebers's first season Therefore whoe'er is kind to them they'll love.
“ The gliding fish that takes his play
was the establishment of the ballet on a footing Say this to her who will so shortly fill Their mother's place, and she will pity them.
In shady nook of streamlet cool,
vastly superior to what had been previously Add, if thou wilt, that I such gentle dealings
Thinks not how waters pass away,
known in this country. The third or fourthExpected from her hands, and bade thee teach them
And summer dries the pool. To love and honour her.
The bird beneath his leafy dome
rate gleanings from the Académie de Musique, Sabawatte. My heart will burst in uttering such words.
Who trills his carol, loud and clear,
which had hitherto constituted the onlystrength Arting. Yet for my sake thou'lt do it; wilt thou not?
Thinks not how, soon his verdant home [Sabawatte motions assent, but cannot speak.
of the ballet, were discarded, or reduced to
The lightning's breath may sear.
their original grades, to be succeeded by such
With braids of budding roses twined,
splendid ornaments of the dance, as Albert, My brother, my young Samarkoon, my brother, Whom I so loved in early, happy'days;
Look forward to a coming hour
Coulon, Noblet, and Bias. A double esThou top and blossom of my father's house !
When he may prove unkind?
tablishment was retained in the second part of Samarkoon. Weep not, my sister-death brings sure The bee reigns in his waxen cell,
the season; and the amount of the engagerelief;
The chieftain in his stately hold, And many a brave man's son has died the death
To-morrow's earthquake-who can tell 2
ments of dancers alone was upwards of 10,0002. That now abideth me.
May both in ruin fold."
The next two seasons were distinguished by Artina. Alas! ere that bright sun which shines so
the talents of Camporese, Curioni, Caradori, brightly
« Open wide the frontal gate, Shall reach his noon, of my brave father's race
The lady comes in bridal state;
Zuchelli, Albert, Anatole, Barré, Mercandotti, No male descendant shall remain alive
Than wafted spices sweeter far,
and Paul, with others of less, though still Not one to wear the honours of his name
Brighter than the morning star, And I the cursed cause of all this wreck!
Modest as the lily wild,
considerable, merit, both in the departments of Oh, what was I, that I presumptuously
Gentle as a nurse's child,
the opera and the ballet. At the conclusion Should think to keep his undivided heart!
A lovelier prize of prouder boast,
of the season of 1823 the theatre passed into 'Twere better I had lived a drudge, a slave,
Never chieftain's threshold crost. To do the meanest service of his house,
Like the beams of early day,
the hands of Mr. Benelli, who deserted it at Than see thee thus, my hapless, poble brother.
Her eyes' quick flashes brightly play
the end of the following season, leaving the Samarkoon. Lament not, gentle sister; to have seen the
Brightly play and gladden all
concern loaded with encumbrances, and a host Debased and scorn'd, and that most wondrous creature,
On whom their kindly glances fall. Whose name I will not utter, made the means
of unfulfilled engagements, for some of which
Her lips in smiling weave a charm of vexing thee it would have driven me frantic.
To keep the peopled house from harm.
Mr. Ebers was legally liable, and by which he Then do not thus lament; nor think that I
In happy moment is she come
sustained a loss of several thousand pounds. Of aught accuse thee. Let us now take leave,
To bless a noble chieftain's home. In love most dearly link'd, which only death
With a hope of reimbursing himself, that gen
Hapry be her dwelling here, Has power to sever.
tleman now retook the Opera, which continued (to Samar, as first observing him)
Many a day, and month, and year!
in his hands until the conclusion of the season Samar. To be my mother's partner and companion.
In her fruitful ark of love!
of 1827, when his career terminated, though 'Tis meet; for who but me should cling to her?
Happy in her tented screen!
the losses of that year were considerably less Enter Rasinga, and places himself in the seat ; a deep silenge follows for a considerable time.
Thus we welcome, one and all,
than those of any previous year of his manageMihdoony (who has kept guard with his spearmen over
Our lady to her chieftain's hall."
ment, Samarkoon, now approaching Raxingn).
With these we take our legve of this estima. The hour is past, my lord, which was appointed
It may now be as well to mention the And you commanded me to give you notieg,
blo porformance, in which the latent gening of immediato cause of the increased embarras. is it your pleasuro that the executionera
the much-admired writer displays its sonted ment whlch occasioned Mr. Ebers's failuro,
The first year of his management the house (nate situation in life, elevated himself to such as materials for their meal. A good deal of exwas let to him at the moderate rent of 31801.. station in fortune and repute as to obtain the change of looks ensued between the guests, the proprietor being thus reasonable in his Opera-house, appears to have been one of the terminating in a roar of laughter, from which demands, because nobody else would have the most practised hoaxers on record ; and Mr. none refrained, save only Taylor, who, looking place at any rent whatever. But Mr. Ebers Ebers has given several specimens of his cha- on with suppressed exultation, enjoyed the fun, comes to renew his lease at the end of the first racter in this light, which we regret our limits which was increased when the company caused year, and Mr. Chambers demands a rent of do not allow us to lay before our friends. The their various importations of game and meats 10,000l. ; and after this has been paid for four boldness he seems to have displayed in breaking to be introduced. The host very quietly or. years, his assignees require and exact the enor- the rules of the King's Bench, in which he was dered these into his own larder, and the commous sum of 15,000l. per annum for the house ! long confined and where he died, is entertaining. pany sat down in high glee. Breakfast over, As Mr. Ebers's only hope of retrieving his Another name, equally celebrated in operatic under pretence of shewing them a valuable past losses resided in the chance of better for- history, is that of Mr. Waters, first as the pioture, Taylor introduced his friends into an tune in succeeding years, he was compelled to representative of Mr. Goold, who bought a adjoining room, where, apologising for a moaccede to these demands, though the unreason- share in the theatre, and afterwards in his mentary absence, he left the room, locked the ableness of them has since been tacitly ad- own right as a proprietor in the Opera. Mr. door softly, and set forth to join the procession mitted, by the theatre being let to the present Waters, who was a decorous and God-fearing to the site of the new theatre. The unconmanagers at not more than 8000%.
man, did not well coalesce with Taylor, who scious prisoners, beginning presently to wonder It is obvious that, with drawbacks like these, was of the poco-curante school, and fond of at his prolonged absence, tried the door of their wuccess was next to impossible ; though such joking upon his more orderly partner. place of durance, and, by repeated knocks and had been the manager's unwearied exertions The chancery suits which were commenced vociferations, brought up the servant. The to establish the character of the theatre,_s0 between Messrs. Taylor and Waters terminated man protested he had no key to the door, but great an improvement had consequently taken in the latter ceasing to have any connexion with would instantly follow Mr. Taylor and procure place in the relative amounts of receipt and the Opera, which was thenceforward conducted it. This he did; and the released captives expenditure, - that had he been allowed to by Mr. Waters alone, until his abrupt depar- issuing forth, were greeted with a large plahave the theatre during his last season at the ture from London in 1820.
card, announcing to the public an unparalleled rent now paid, the balance in his favour on Another change of ownership has subse- novelty in natural history, in the exhibition of that season would not have been less than 40001. quently occurred, in the purchase of the theatre fourteen full-grown jackals, or lion's providers,
The present managers of the King's Theatre, by Mr. Chambers, the banker, who had pre- to be seen at the house of Mr. William Taylor, impressed with the hardships to which their viously an interest in the house as a mort- all living in one den, in perfect amity! Finally, predecessor has been subjected, have granted gagee to a considerable extent. Mr. Chambers after renewed laughter, the jackals, on posting him a benefit at the house, which we hope may bought the theatre from Mr. Waters, who to the Haymarket, arrived there just after the be as gratifying as possible to Mr. Ebers in its commenced a suit in Chancery to set aside the conclusion of the ceremony; while Taylor exresult.
sale ; and Mr. Chambers having since become pressed his surprise that so contemptible an With the information and experience derived bankrupt, the cause is now pending between inducement as a wild-beast show could have from his management during the seven years his assignees and Mr. Waters.
detained them from the foundation laying." 1821-27, Mr. Ebers has come to the task of This introductory chapter brings us to the “ Taylor, entirely cut out of the concern, authorship as the chronicler of his own times time of Mr. Ebers's management. His familie found great amusement in practising on the in the King's Theatre, and this task he has arity with the arcana of the place his know- fears of Mr. Chambers, by means of anonyexecuted, not merely with ability, but with so ledge of persons and things connected with it, mous letters, and otherwise prophesying the much spirit, so much liveliness, and so much must obviously render a man of half his tact inevitable ruin of Waters, and the consequent judgment, as to produce a work which must capable of writing a curious and entertaining loss to ensue to Mr. Chambers. I particurank among the most entertaining and inter- book.
larly remember his addressing a letter to Mr. esting of the day—a work not merely valuable It is as inconsistent with our limits as with Chambers, informing him that Michael Kelly, (we give all due importance to dramatic matters) our usages to give any thing like a detailed then at Brighton, was lying on the point of for the curions information with which its account of the contents of works of this kind; death at an hotel there, and wished, while he pages are pregnant, but highly amusing from they are, indeed, of much too diversified and yet lived, to communicate to the banker some che anecdotes and moroeaux piquants of per- miscellaneous a nature for such a course. We particulars respecting Waters. Mr. Chambers sonal history with which is is embellished. can only request our readers to run with us departed immediately for Brighton in a post
Preparatory to entering on the period to through the volume, gleaning, as we go, such chaise and four, eager for information, and which the work avowedly relates, Mr. Ebers of its anecdotes as may give an idea of the dreading lest he should arrive too late. Alight. has given a rapid but clever sketch of the his- very amusing nature of the whole. Take these ing at the hotel, the first object that presented tory of the theatre since the rebuilding of the out of several relating to Mr. Taylor, so long itself to his sight was the vivacious Michael, house in 1789, which the delineation of the eccen- a party in the Italian Opera.
not in the agonies of death, but basking on a tric character of Mr. Taylor, the then proprie. " A party of friends, with whom this hu- shady balcony, with his cool bottle of claret tor and manager, renders very pleasant reading. mourist had been dining, had, by well-timed and pine-apple before him !" Mr. Taylor, who, from a somewhat subordi. raillery, driven him to invite them to break- Of Camporese we have the following men
fast on the morning of the day appointed for tion:When we consider the immense total of loss which, laying the foundation of the new theatre. De- " Whilst in Paris I was introduced to Cam. by the subjoined statement, Mr. Ebers will be seen to termined to enjoy a joke at the expense of his porese, in the autumn of 1816, by Pucitta, have sustained, how little in comparison do the
proceeds friends, and at the same time to be reimbursed at the house of the celebrated composer Paer. do his claims to public support seem augmented! In- for his breakfast, he wrote a note, in the name She did me the favour to sing, and was accom. deed, when the nature of the Opera, as a subject of indi- of a common friend, to each of the gentlemen panied by that great master. The next place mitted to have a title to every aid in his misfortunes which who had engaged themselves to partake of his where I saw her was at the Scala at Milan. ment lends its support, and supplies the deficiencies: here supposed writer had learned that Taylor in- was an immense favourite ; and many anecthe public can grant him. In other countries the govern- déjeuner. The billet informed them, that the The people crowded nightly to hear her. She the resort of the fashionable world and the aristocracy of tended to practise a joke on his visitors, by dotes were told of her kindness and the excelthe land, requires that those who undertake its conduct setting them down to empty dishes, and recom- lence of her disposition. An intimate acquaintshould be reimbursed, as far as possible, by the public of mending them to turn the tables on him, by ance waited on her one morning to make a liberality. We renew, in this place, the expression of our taking, each man, his provision with him, and request. In the hospital for the insane a man hope that on Wednesday night the result of Mr. Ebers's upbraiding their host with his narrow conduct. was confined, literally fanatico per musica ; he benefit may prove the actual'influence of such a spirit as The advice was followed by the guests to a had lost his senses on the failure of an opera,
The following is the statement compiled from Mr. man, every one sending or taking in his car. in which the labour of the composer was greater
5,367 joicing in the confusion with which Taylor porese, whose fame filled the city, and imme........... 5,771
would, as they expected, be overwhelmed, diately conceived an ungovernable wish to hear
Their' astonishment was considerable, when, her. For awhile his representations passed .......... 7,537
on entering the breakfast-room, with half. unnoticed, he grew ungovernable, and had to "!!!..., 9,972
suppressed laughter at the anticipated Joke, be fastened to hie bod. Jo this state Cam, they found the tables por out with the choicesti porgan's friend had beheld him. She m4r
1822 1823.. 1824 1825.. 1826.
dressing for an evening party when this re- with propriety as with the habitual dignity do not believe a word of this story, but I give presentation was made to her. She paused a and self-possession of Camporese's demeanour.” you what I hear; and as it was told me, 80 I moment on hearing it. Then throwing a Speaking of the last-named opera, he says:- tell it you." cloak over her shoulders, said, “Come, then.' " Pietro l'Eremita, Lord Sefton, one of the Among many engagements for which Mr. "Whither ?' • To the Ospedale.' * But why ? most competent judges of the day, pronounced Ebers made arrangements, is that of the fasci. there is no occasion to go now-to-morrow, or to be the most effective opera produced within nating Sontag, whose correspondence, which he the next day.' • To-morrow-no, indeed, if his recollection ; and the public confirmed the gives, contains her aksent to the terms offered I can do this poor man good, let me go in- justice of the remark, for no opera brought out her for the present season, so long ago as the stantly.' And they went. Being shewn into during my management had such unequivocal latter end of 1826. a room separated from that of the maniac success. It was, indeed, the strong point of " Wherever Sontag went,” says Mr. Ebers, only by a thin wall, Camporese began to sing the season, to strengthen which every effort “ the estimation of her beauty and her talent one of Haydn's melodies. The attendants in was made. The subordinate aids of scenery was the same. The sentiment excited towards the next room observed their patient suddenly and decoration were unsparingly resorted to, her in the earlier part of her career was tbat become less violent, then composed, at last he to give effect to this opera ; and the nature of astonishment, which was succeeded by un. burst into tears. The singer now entered, she of the story rendered these important. A bounded admiration. A crowd of worshippers sat down, and sang again. When she had gentleman well known in high life, indeed, attended her footsteps, and many were the concluded, the poor composer took from under not satisfied with telling me that I deserved romantic tales in circulation about her. One the bed a torn sheet of paper, scored with an well of my country, positively testified his ad- of these has denoted her as the destined bride. air of his own composition, and handed it to miration of the opera by avowing a determina of a German prince, another has bestowed her her. There were no words, and nothing in tion to propose the manager at White's. on an ambassador at the French court. A rethe music; but Camporese running it over, That pretty contralta, Brambilla, (of whom port of more interest, though perhaps of no sang it to some words of Metastasio, with such we have so often spoken with praise, and of greater authenticity, was retailed to me: its sweetness, that the music seemed excellent. whom, par parenthèse, we have here an excel. purport is as follows:-A few years ago, an
Sing it me once more,' said the maniac. She lent portrait, as we have elsewhere another attachment subsisted between the beautiful did so, and departed accompanied by his prayers enthusiastic one, which does justice to the Henriette and a young student of good family and the tears of the spectators.”
loveliness of Ronzi de Begnis,) is the subject and excellent character. His application, his We read with interest the ensuing anecdotes of an anecdote equally brief, pointed, and learning, and his abilities, had gained him respecting Velluti, a performer who is here characteristic.
the highest estimation at Jena ; but his misspoken of with that respect and estimation to “ Brambilla was certain of popularity, for her tress valued him more because he had main. which his character and talents equally entitle beauty ensured it, had her voice been less ex- tained an unsullied reputation, keeping free him.
cellent than it was. . She has the finest eye,' from the excesses in which other youths of “ At Milan, Velluti was the idol of the said a gay cardinal, the sweetest voice, and the university too frequently indulged. In people; he was received con furore, and his the best disposition : if she is discovered to an evil hour, under the excitement proceeding. fame spread on every side. A Milanese gen- possess any other merits, the safety of the from having obtained some academic honour, tleman, who had a rich uncle who was ill, met Catholic church will require her excommuni- the student was induced to indulge beyond his his friend in the street. Where are you cation.'"
wont in the festivals of the table; and as one going ? To the Scala, to be sure.'
• How ?
Our next is an extract from a letter relating temptation yielded to, levels the path for another, Your uncle is at the point of death. Yes, but to Mlle. Toso, now Madame Puzzi :
he was led to play: unaccustomed to games, Velluti sings to-night
“ I have seen La Toso, whom, you tell me, he rose from the table a loser of five hundred " At Vienna, the place of his next engage- Signor Puzzi has engagedo a friend of mine florins. The report quickly spread; but his ment, he was still more flattered; he was is acquainted with her parents, and speaks mistress received the information from a better crowned, medallised, and recorded in immortal highly of the whole family. Giacinta is a source - - the lover himself wrote to her, with
From Vienna his next remove was to beautiful woman, stately and graceful as a the confession of his error. • I still love you,' Venice, where, I believe, he afterwards sang cedar. Her figure is magnificent, her counte was the reply; ' but you are no longer the with Catalani. Velluti sang at Verona the nance full of pleasing expression. She has same, and we must not meet again. Farewell.' cantata, 'Il vero Omaggio' with wonderful suc-made many admiring cavaliers sigh, but all 'An Italian gentleman at Paris, the firmest, cess. Every body applauded except an old in vain; she seems proof against all the ma- item of whose creed was that none but Italians Austrian officer, who thought nothing good chinery of love. They tell a story of an ena- could possibly sing well
, refused to admit that out of Germany. But is not this good ?' moured, swain, who received proof palpable of Sontag (whom he had never heard) could at they said to him. Yes, it is good—but I her powers of resistance. This giovanetto all equal the singers of Italy. know a man at Vienna that would sing it as having employed the usual means of ogling difficulty he was induced to hear her. After loud again!". After going the tour of the at church, verse-writing and letter-writing, listening five minutes, he rose to depart. But principal Italian and German theatres, Velluti with music and serenades, to no purpose what- do stay, said his friend ; “ you will be convinced arrived at Paris, where the musical taste was ever, scaled the wall of a garden, in which presently. I know it,' said the Italian, and not prepared for him. Rossini being at this Toso was seated alone, about sunset, and, therefore I go.' time engaged at Paris under his agreement to availing himself of her being unattended, fell In mentioning a lady whose, distinguished direct there, Velluti did not enter into his on his knees, and would have exhausted his qualifications are yet well remembered -- we plans ; and having made no engagement there, eloquence in endeavouring to soften her hard mean Mrs. Hughes Ball - Mr. Ebers has done he came over to England without any in- heart, but she rose at his exordium, and pro- himself much credit by the very delicate and vitation, but strongly recommended by Lord ceeded towards the house. The disappointed discriminating tone in which he has touched Burghersh and other people of distinction gallant sprung before her, and attempted to on the union of that estimable person with abroad.”
detain her. She, inspired by the exigency of Mr. Ball. The account of her first introducDuring the representation of Pietro l'Ere- the occasion, seized his throat with both hands, tion to the stage is highly pleasing. mita, one of those not unfrequent altercations and held him, half strangled and black in the “ During Lord Fife's residence in Spain, which enliven the business behind the scenes face, until her cries brought assistance, when where he had served in the progress of the occurred between Madame Rouzi de Begnis he was dismissed with as little ceremony as Peninsular war, he had become acquainted and Camporese, and is thus neatly detailed by could possibly be shewn to an inamorato. I with a widow of a respectable family, whose Mr. Ebers: «. The beautiful quartett in the second act, A body of Proops pass (in our case, they only cught to have rate dancer, united with all the charms of
One part of the mechanical arrangements only falled. daughter evinced all the capabilities of a firstMi manca la voce,' was accidentally the cause passed) over a bridge, which breaking in the midst, they Spanish beauty- the darkly bright and im. of a most inharmonious interruption of busi- are submerged in the waves. These troops being made pressive beauty of romance. At his lordship's ness. At a rehearsal of this opera, Camporese fortunately became refractory on their passage, and very recommendation, Mlle. Mercandotti and her commenced the piece in her character of Agia. sensibly refused, when the bridge was about to give way; mother visited England, where Maria, then On uttering the initial word, Ronzi de Begnis, of the arches took place, the basket-mene remainer very only fifteen years of age, displayed, on a single in a whisper not too gentle for Camporese to quietly
on that part of the bridge which was left standing, evening, her powers in dancing the bolero of overhear, said, “ E vero!' a remark which pro- and, instead of being consigned to the waves
, had nearly her native country. This was at the Opera ; duced a retort courteous, somewhat more than due credit for their prudence, found 18 Yitie fault
with she afterwards danced a very few times at verging on the limits of decorum, though not this compliance with the law of self-preservation. In the Brighton, in the presence of the late Queen proceeding to the extremity assorted by ru- folketinge representation of the opera, the bridge and Charlotte, and
never without unbounded apmour, which would have been as inconsistent I cost fifty pounds, were omitted.**
plause. To perfect herself in her art, she bien