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BY THE LATE WILLIAM BECKFORD, ESg.
SONNET I. SPRING.
Child of the year, sweet spring, once more is seen,
With genial showers, and zephyrs in her train; Again the meads assume their robes of green,
Again the corn looks vivid on the plain. Her balmy influence on the grove appears,
When lucid dew-drops glitter to the day; When emeraldine tints, and diamond tears,
Paint ev'ry leaf, and water ev'ry spray. Now nature, from a torpid state, revives,
And birds and beasts th' auspicuous season hail: To shun the cold, the fish no longer dives,
But skims the surface, and enjoys the gale. The flow'rs, thick set, enamel o'er the ground,
And the rich landscape beams with splendour round.
Written on the Death of Dermody the Poet.
Child of misfortune! Offspring of the Muse 1
I see, I see him near:
Oh come ye thoughtless, ye deluded youth,
For Dermody at rest:
Saw'st thou his dying bed! Saw'st thou his eye,
Oh God! I hear it still:
Say didst thou mark the brilliant poet's death;
Support his languid head:
Now come around, ye flippant sons of wealth,
Is purchas'd but by woe:
For me, poor Moralizer, I will run,
Yet ere I go I'll drop one silent tear,
Where lies unwept the poet's fallen head:
No friend a tear shall shed:
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WRITTEN IN CONSEQUENCE OF A DEFECT IK SPEECH.
Addressed by a Lady to her stammering tongue.
Why shrinks thy coward sense:
Do instigations datk assail,
And move thy timid frame?
Nor earn a traitor's fame.
If 'tis thy office to bring forth
The lie by spleen conceiv'd,
Unheard and unbeliev'd.
Still falter on, if such thy trust,
And if not wholly good,
And be not understood.
Or may we not as fairly ask,
If big with glorious deeds,
That common pow'rs exceeds?
To such a fate had been consign'd
The fire of Chatham's son,
And England been undone.
But no, securely may'st thou prove
Beneath so high a crime:
Entrust their words sublime.
A simple head and honest heart
Exert an humbler sway,
Why tremble to obey?
"Alas," replies th' accus'd—" Indeed "My task is hard, though common, "Blame not the tongue that lacks of speed, "When it belongs to Woman!" Chester. M. Holforb. MEMORANDA DTtAMATICA, Gfr.
Sept. 23.—Mr. Dwyer, who made his dtbdt last year, made his second appearance in Belcour, and was greeted with the warmest applause. We have already given our opinion of this gentleman", which remains unaltered.
25.—Brothers, and Two Strings to your Bow.—Sir Benjamin Dove, and Lazarillo, Mr. Cherry. We refer the reader to B. Stage of last month,
28.—Cymbeline.—Pope's Posthumus, though this evening he laboured under a hoarseness, is a very fine performance. It is, indeed, one of his happiest efforts; and Mrs. Pope is such an Imogen as Shakspere, were lie living, would be proud to acknowledge.
Oct. 2.—The Jew and Fortune's Frolic,—Jahal and Robin Rough head by Mr. Collins. [Vide B. Stage.J Mr. Allmgham's farce was acted for the first time at this theatre, and went off with infinite spirit, though, upon the whole, not so well cast as it ought to have been. We hope the author of this pleasant entertainment is not lying idle—we want a few such farces.
4.—The Lyar.—Young Wilding by Mr. Dwyer, who was less fortunate in this character than in Belcour,
1.—Henry IV.—Talstaffhy Mr. S. Kemble. [Vide B. Stage.] Pope's Hotspur wzs much and deservedly applauded. The impetuosity of the character was veil sustained in the scene with his uncle. Mrs. Powell looked beautifully in Lady Percy, and, in the repetition of the interrogatory to her husband,— u Do you not love me ?** her tone and manner were exquisite. Mr. Charles Kemble, in Hal, proved * a true prince/ and deported himself most gallantly in the latter scenes of the play.
11-—Winter** Tale,—With Pope in Leontcs, Mrs. Powell in Hermione, and Mrs. Ansel I (late Mrs. Yates) in Paulina. The performance of the lady Inst mentioned was spirited and impressive, and she will make a considerable addition to the strength of the company; but if she were less elaborate, her acting would ■be much the better for it, and by all means let her avoid the imitation of Siddons, into which we perceive she is too apt to fall. Miss Hicks, in Perdita, introduced the following air, written by Mr. Sheridan, and composed by Lanza, As shepherds, through the vapours grey.
Behold the dawning light,
So varying passions, in my breast,
Its former calm destroy; With hope and fe*.r at once opprcss'd, I tremble at my joy. The Lying Valet was the farce, in w hich the Sharp of Collins was extremely entertaining.
13.—Mr. Hardinge appeared in Major O^Flaherty. [See the B. Stage.] Mrs. Mountain rendered Louisa Dudley unusually interesting, it was her first performance of the part in this theatre; but we remember seeing her play it, with great pleasure, on the boards of Covent-Gardcn.
21.— Jealous Wife,—Mrs. Glover, who we rejoice to find has obtained an engagement in London, made her appearance in Mrs. OaUty, and was received. M M—VOL. XiV.
with ttie loudest applause. 6hc ployed, as she always did, with unabating spirit, and gave full effect to the leading points of this arduous character -9 but the play has never before been so feebly cast. It is the chef d'oeuvre of the elder Colman#,and merited belter attention.
Sept. 15.—-Mr. Cooke made his appearance for the season in Richard the Third % which he performed, if possible, with improved spirit, and was rapturously applauded by the audience. Mr. Brunton and Mr. Siddons succeed Messrs. Whitfield and Betterton in Buckingham andTressel.
22—Henry IV.—Mr. Lewis has resigned the Prince of Wales into the hands of Mr. Brunton, who, when he gets a little practised in the part, will do it much justice. This gentleman has talents Cor genteel comedy, which, with proper cultivation, will render him a popular performer in that line,
24.—Suspicious Husband.—Clarinda, Miss Marriott. [See B. Stage.] Mr. Lewis was most admirable in Ranger. He played with exhaustless spirit; and, often as he has gratified the town with his inimitable performance of this character, he scarcely ever appeared to more advantage m it than on the present evening.
11.—Hamlet.—Ophelia, Miss Reeve. [Sec B. Stage.] Mr. Cooke's Hamlet attracted a crowded audience. His peison, voice, and the leading features of his acting, are much against him in this character. His recital of several passages was honourable to his judgment; and, in the closet'Scenef he exhibited several beauties: but the part is decidedly out of his M ay, and his reputation is so high with the public-, that there is no necessity for venturing upon hazardous novelties in its support, Mr. Cory's fine deep voice is well calculated for the solemn delivery of the Ghost, He appeared on this evening to be somew hat alarmed, which prevented his giving it all the effect of which he is capable.
'29.—Beaux Stratagem.—Mrs. Sullen by Miss Marriott. [See B. Stage.] Oct. 1.—Jane Shore.—Jane Shore by Miss Marriott. [See B. Stage.] A disturbance took place on the drawing up ol the curtain, in consequence of Mr. AVaddy's informing the audience that the sudden indisposition of Mr. Murray had occasioned an alteration in the cast of the tragedy ; and that Mr. Cory, who was announced in the bills for Glostcr, would assume the part of Shorcs and Mr* Claremont would undertake to read the Duke of Ghster. The latter intelligence was received with the most decided and noisy disapprobation. The play commenced in the midst of this uproar, which continued, notwithstanding an address from Mr. Siddons, (who acted Hastings) in confirmation of his father-in-lawV situation, until the entrance of Miss Marriott, when, in consideration of the feelings ol a lady almost new to the stage, the riotous multitude " governed their roaring throats,*' and the storm was suddenly appe.ised. Mrs. Litchfield played with uncommon energy in Alicia, and was very loudly applauded. Siddons, in the scene immediately before the execution of Hastings, was. animated and impressive: in the earlier scenes he seemed to have been loo much affected by the clamour of the audience, to recover sufficient possession of his powers.—— Con's Shore, particularly under the circumstances \ie have mentioned, was a manlj arid commendable performance; and it is but justice to Mr. Claremont to say that, obnoxious as he appeared to the audience, he read his part in a very Sensible and accurate manner.
8.—Way to get Married.—Miss Waddy, the. young lady whose first a ppearance w e noticed last season, made her second attempt in Julia Faulkner,—+