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grows peremptory in her turn, and says that she will his acting. Miss Grant's Louison, although inferior | in the piece put together. The former ought to be
make such idle haste against her father's wish. The io archness and vivacity to that of the charming seen by every ene who admires stage machinery, and - ampure now grows wild in his turn, for the moment of Miss Tree, is pevertheless an excellent performance. if that were the case, the managers would be well mit e going down of the moon is approaching. He seizes Repeated plaudits testified the decided approbation repaid for their expense and spirit. Amongst all the te behand, draws his dagger, and is about to carry her |
of the audience, which is no ligbt compliment after novelty of the season, how is it that these gentlemen by foree, when the attendants prevent him; the fa- |
the receut interesting personation of this character have not brought out Virginius ? Surely il is not ba, communicating his eagerness to all about him, WWW looks eagerly at the sky; a supernatural noise is heard: 1 by ber predecessor...
possible they can be wailiog for the London repreBich, she Famoure shrieks and crys out he is lost; and the It affords me considerable pleasure to record the sentative, atter the success which this season and the Ls moon dipping down at that minute, he is struck with improvement in the isugene de Biron of Mr. Bass. the last attended the exertions of their own company, Hghtning, and spirits appear at the window, bencath The notorious faults pointed vutio my last no lon. Liverpool, Friday Noon,
G.N. hich, he rolls into a sudden gap.
ger disfigure this performauce, which is now a cbaste This is certainly one of the best melo dramas that have been seen for a long while, and will undoubtedly be and favourable specimen of Mr. Bass's dramatic
TO THE EDITOR. per popular. The interest of it is very striking; and it is
gay be powere. Mr. Davis's D'Aumont is still deficient ia i naturally so, and may be accounted for upon other prin dignity, and the bumour is too low : the particular SIR.Having observed in the Lirerpool Adrer.
i ciples than that of a mere survival of the tastes of our vulgarism, however, noticed in a late Kaleidoscope, tiser, of Tuesday last, a paragraph animadverting trang childhood. The liking for stories of a supernatural turn is considerably softened, if not entirely eradicated. upon the impropriety of introducing a song and
bas long been one of the signs of the times; and whether of these judicious alterations have origiuated in tbe duet in the new Opera of the Antiquary; and being ad in its highest or commonest shape, originates in that restrictures which have appeared in your pages, it one of the individuals liable to be affected by the
vired sense of our nature and its mysteries, which great proves the usefulness of such strictures, and a desire charges contained in the accusation, I shall, I trust, BREI convulsions of the world always press upon the human
to profit by them. I hope your theatrical corres-escape the imputation of presumption, if through r mind. An inclination for supernatural stories is thus re
pondents will be stimulated to make their observa Se vived, not in the shape of actual belief as of old, but in the
the medium of your interesting miscellany, I take baer pint of that very fiherality and enlargement of think
ious still more worthy of attention; and that, by the an opportunity of stating, that the music of the de em ing whứch allows every one his own belief: which finds correctness, spirit, aud good temper of their criti.
piece as performed here, is precisely the same as up at the cause of their excitement; and which has dis-risms, they may become powerful auxiliaries to the that now sung at Covent Garden: ihe duet « Sure
vered that there may be "more things in heaven and rational and elegant amusemnents of the stage. due the bopeless fame," the poetry of which has sa carth, than were dreamt of" by the drawing-room phi- The Antiquary, which has attracted attention by been adapted to the valgar although popular air of het losophy of a hundred years back. The self-satisfaction the
the just celebrity of the novel from which it is taken, 1 " Miss Builey's Ghost," which was found to prowhich some persons exhibit in finding out that scepti. a cism itself can enjoy an old wife's story, and even be 's from
he is from first to last a dull insipid piece, and the duce a ridiculous association of ideas, very injuri. - superstitious, is very idle and shallow. Scepticism, / acting I am sorry to add, is by vo menos such as to ous to its effect as a serious production, and in conJ' from its very nature, has a wider range of imagination increase the fame of the Liverpool company; or of sequence, the substitution of «Go where Glory in than superstition itself; for the latter fixes what we are Mr. Blancbard, who enacts the part of Caxon io an waits thee! took plaee, which latter duet has been
to believe; while the former does not pretend to be able unnatural and baby like style." Mr. Tayleure's sung by Miss Stepbens and Mr. Duraset ever since to fix any thing except the general kindness of nature, Oldbuck is a strange compound of some six or eight the first or second vight of performance. The and would only make the best and pleasantest both of of his other characters, and bore no resemblance omission of the Ballad " Adored and beauteous this world and that which is to come.
whatever to the satirical and humourous priginal. Isabel," arose from its having been found totally To return to the melo drama. We do not mean to horniy any of our readers, old or young, with saying
Mr. M'Gibboy, whom for his geperul propriety of ineffectise, and the song " Adieu my native shore, faat du spectre in a hat and boots is at all in the most
acting I admire, commits himself egregiously in was introduced in its stead; the name of the au. pravbahle taste of the improbable. Though appaling
the the character of Sir Arthur Wardour. It is thor of which (Lord Byron) will prove a sufficieut from his singularity, and from that mixture of the fa. excessively coarse and vulgar, and he deserves the attestation of its merits; and to shew that such milar with the unaccustomed, and death with life, which severest castigation for the buffoon-like and farcical innovations are not without precedent, it is only is the most ghastly of irrational fancics, we only speak of manner in wbich he conducts the quarrel with Mr. yecessary to refer to most of the modern Operas, him wawakening the feeling above mentioned in a ge- Oldhuck. I confess that Mr. M.Gibboo perfectly viz. Guy Mannering, Rob Roy, The Slave, &c.; need para peitit of view, And yet we are not at all sure he coufounded me by his gross departure from cha-1 adduce the alterations made in all the acting ra not to be met with. If there are not Vampyres who suck Tracter in this particular ipstance. He could | Plays of Shakespear, Massinger and Beaumont, ne blond there are Vampyres who waste the heart and
bave throwo a caustic severity into this scene, which and Fletcher, &c. I am, Sir, happiness of those they are connected with. There are Varupyres of avarice, Vampyres of spleen, Vampyres of of would have made it very effective. Why he did not '
Your obedient servant, debatichery, Vampyres in the shapes of selfishness and it is impossible to say, but assuredly his performance | Sprin field-street, Aug. 181h. W.P. LARKIN. domestic tyrany. What is the seducer and abandoner is at present altogether beneath what might be ex. of a trusting young girl but a Vampyre, not sufficiently pected from a man of bis judgment. alive to the harm of his own cruelty? What is a hus- MrsMGibbon is an actress of considerable
$OCIAL GUNBALOGY. band who marries for money and then tramples upon his wife, but a Vampyre? What is
on merit, she does nothing very ill, and her per
the poisonous brasom.anake," of which Milton writes so much, but a formances are occasionally very fine. Her Lady
dl It is a curious and pleasant thing to consider, that a Mucbeth and Queen Kathurine cannot be excelled female Vampyre, wearing a man's heart out by holding
link of personal acquaintance can be traced up from
the authors of our own times to those of Shakspeare, him without loving him? by any actress now upon the English stage. I, how
and to Shakspeare himself. Such of us as have sbaken It has justly been objected to the author of the meloever, differ from those who lavish praise on her for hands with a living poet might be able, perhaps, to drama that he has laid his scenes in the Isles of Scotland, the trutb or power with which she depicts the “old reckon up a series of connecting shakes to the very which, though a country of superstition, has not parti decrepit care-worn Elspeth.” Her performance is by hand that wrote Hamlet, Falstaff, and Desdenuna. exlarly given into this. 'He had better have put it in the no means equal to what I had expected. She en- With some living poets, it is certain. There is Thos. an, anong our old Arabian-Night acquaintances, the tirely overlooks the fierce and vivid wildness of the
v overlooks the fierce and vivid wildness of the Moore, for instance, who krrew Sheridan. Sheridan aces or in Germany, whiere che Vampyre came to character, and there was an unnatural dissonance
knew Johnson, who was the friend of Savage, who knew his ghastliest estate ; or in Greece, where it is first traceable as the Lamia- creature which Mr. Keats has between her voice and action : this was weak and Steele, who knew Pope. Pope was intimate with Con
greve, and Congreve with Dryden. Dryden is said to just turned to such fine aceount. But in calling his pro-tottering; that was round, full toned, and forced.
have visited Milton. Milton is said to have known Da. duction a mele drama, and sprinkling it with the occa- Il is bul fair to ndu, that many good judges give
venant; apd to have been saved byhim from the revenge uonal music of that class of drama (which he need not great praise to her entire performance +
of the restored court, in return for having saved Davehave done he seems to have purposely made his preten- The storm scene and “ the offspring of Apollo | pant from the revenge of the Commonwealth. But if
a modest as possible, and a perfect propriety is not and Euterpe" pleased me more than every thing else the link between Dryden and Milton, and Milton and to be demanded of him. With little that is worth se
Davenant is somewhat apocryphal, or rather dependant Mops mention in the writing, he has contrivel to produce
• Not only do we differ from G. N. on this point, & dramatic action of much interest and suspence.
from C N.on this point on tradition (for Richardson, the painter, tells us the but inform him, that we have seen a very well written latter from Pope, wbo had it from Betterton the actor. critique of the Antiquary, in which the acting of Mr. one of Davenant's company) it may be carried at once Blanchard is highly eulogised. The fact is, the cha
from Dryden to Davenant, with whom he was unquesLIVERPOOL THEATRE. racter itself is so insipid, that it requires sauce piquant
rionably intimre. Davenant then knew Hobbes, who to render it palatable.
knew Bacon, who knew Ben Jonson, who was intimate
with Beaumont and Fletcher, Chapman, Donne, DrayTO THE EDITOR. + In our opinions G. N. had a much greater score
ton, Canıden, Selden, Clarendon, Sydney, Raleigh, for criticism in the character itself, than in its very able
and perhaps all the great men of Elizabeth's and James's representative. We are surprised that any dramatic
rime, the greatest of them all undoubtedly. Thus have author could venture upon so hazardous an experiment SIR, -The new plays of Henri Quatre and the
we a link of a beamy liands" from our own time up co on public patience and public taste, as to introduce sh Antiquary bave been successfully repeated this
Shakspeare. upon the boards the revolting spectacle of a miserable week.
decrepit old wretch, withered alike in body and in The Death of Actwon, by Titian, which sold at the Of Mr. Johnstone it is needless to say, that his mind; whose occasional glimmerings of intellect serve late Mr. West's sale of pictures for seventeen hundred O'Doue is distinguished by that richuens of brogue only to render her still more wretched, by the recol. guineas, was, it seems, purchased by the late venerable and gentlemanliness of deportment, which distinguish lection of dreadful and unexpiated guilt. 0 l President of the Royal Academy for thirty pounds,
TO THE EDITOR.
to have been committed some time previous to my
coming. The sorrow and despair which had before TO THE EDITOR.
lowered in her countenance were now for ever va.
SIR,-The following letter was never intended for nisbed, and she seemed wrapt up in the serenest and SIR-As you have lately devoted a space in your publication ; but should you think the facts it contains most placid sleep. I gazed round to see if I could disincreasingly interesting miscellany to the subject of
t of worthy a place in your valuable and interesting miscel cover any memorial of this act of her frailty; or the
h swimming, you will perhaps give insertion to the
causes which had led ber to commit so deplorable a lany, it is very much at your service. followidg remarks; which have suggested themselves
deed. On a blank leaf of the Sorrows of Werter, A SUBSCRIBER.
which was left on the rock where I had before kell to me, on reading some of your own, in tbe second
her, and which seemed to have been her compariso. number of the present series of this work.
I found penned the following unconnected fragment You quote the feat of Lord Byron and Mr. Ait
« August 3, 1820. Will the wild blasts of adversity for ever roar round kenhead, wbo, you say, crossed the Hellespont in L " MY DEAR FRIEND,-Few incidents ever left a this aching bead? Shall I never again feel the pleasure an hour and ten mioutes, as a superior one to that more vivid impression on my mind than the melan- of human sympathy? Will map still shew himself performed by the three gentlemen who lately swam
choly tale I am about to relate. However, as my in the demon of the world? Yes! Eliza, must still be from the north pier of the Regent's Dock to Birken
tention is not to examine and account for the various, the child of sorrow; the keen pang of anguish erns head. Now, Sir, I do not for my own part consider
and seemingly opposite images, that rushed upon my for ever corrode her heart. Ob thou vain world! I
mind, from the contemplation of the unbappy event, lonce could give joy to the heart; I once basked in the it in that light; and, at the same time, I do not con
shall merely confine myself to distressing facts ; consunshine of thy meridian. Shall the days of other sider it an extraordinary feat to swim across the
sidering that they may not be altogether uninteresting years never again return, when my Edward would Mersey ; for I know very well, that only a mode to you.
soothe the sorrows of my breast? Never-Elizarately good swimmer may do it, provided he can
“ You know it is my invariable custom, when not
never! O nature! when thou wrapped him up in tby endure the temperature of the water for a sufficient pressed by business, or incommoded by society, to de
cold bosom, why didst thou not in piry take me too! length of time: a constitution that can bear that, is vote my evenings to amusement and recreation. It
and recreation. But prayers are vain ; I will flee to bim-my Edward far more requisite for its accomplishinent iban any was, then, about the commencement of the present
Yes, yes! I will rush to the realms whereparticular degree of skill in swimming, or of muscu. month, as I was wandering by the side of the river
"Such was the melancholy end of the unfortunate kreugth. Now, as we may very naturally sup-|Lune, in the county of W- , the delightful tran
Eliza W- who I have since learnt was the daugh
ter, of a respectable tradesman in Lquillity of the evening, and the varied beauties of capose the water of the Hellespont to be warmer than
: she had ture in this highly-picturesque and romantic country that of the Mersey, in the same proportion as the
married early in life to a young gentleman in this beguiled my way till I reached the forest of B- :
neighbourhood, in whom she found every endearmet: climate is hotter than our own, Lord Byron and Mr. here I proposed to rest a short time, and had begun a
that the heart can desire. But not long after their Aitkenhead bad in that respect a most material
musical air on my flageolet, suitable to the associations | marriage he fell a victim to the typhus fever: aftet advantaoge. a long absence from this scene of my earliest years na
| this, a variety of severe domestic misfortunes, and the - But what struck me as being the most singular curally inspired: when I was interrupted by a call and I harsh usage of a step-father, bad driven her to comme in your remarks (believing you to be a scientific man) interesting female. She seemed eagerly devouring the
| the rash act I have attempted to relate." was the stress you seemed to lay on the oblique di contents of some book; and her pensive deportment, rection swam by the noble bard and bis friend. I and the air of deep melancholy that sate on her emaume you will admit that if the two sides of a ciated countenance, led me at first to suppose that there
was something more than imaginary in the stories of river were parallel and regular, it would be immale
To Correspondents. ghosts, fairies and genii, with which superstition rial, in crossing it, whether there were a strong has more or less peopled every country; at all events, PROFESSIONAL SQUABBLES.--After having given current or none at all. Suppose an even platform my curiosity was strongly excited, and I felt anxious were placed opposite your office, just the width of to'bespeak this unknown wanderer. It was not long
place to the letter of Timothy, in reply to that of Lord-street, over which you could walk to the cor
ALIQUIS, (in our 6th No. page 47) we must be perbefore she seated herself on a projecting rock, down mitted to decline any further interference on a subject hier of Messrs. Thoro and Gregson's shop in five one side of which the Lune dashes, with a tremendous
which is not peculiarly adapted to the genius of our seconds; now, if this platform were put in motion, noise, into a deep pool below. 1 advanced, unper
work. In taking our leave of the discussion, we mus at the time you crossed it, at the rate of five yards ceived, till I was close by herfside, when she suddenly
observe, that TIMOTHY has not bestowed that all in five seconds, you would be no longer in crossing turned round, and, seeing me so near, she gave a faint
tion to the style of his letter, which we have a night the street than if it had remained stationary; but, scream and fainted away.
to expect from all our correspondents. We entirely on arriving at the further extremity, you would find
« Asit was sometime before she recovered, I had time agree with him, however, upon the subject of pró yourself just five yards lower down the street than to examine her person and countenance. She was viding another Dispensary. if the platform had never moved—“ D'ye catch the
dressed in a plain white gown; her fine auburn locks idea ?"-But as the stream in the Mersey, and I
hung down in ringlets on her shoulders, and twisted | THEATRICAL COINCIDENCES.- This kind of literary round her snowy neck like the tendrils of a vine ; on
bagatelle seems to take mightily with our reades: presume also, that in the Hellespont is different her finger sparkled two elegant rings. She was really
but we must stipulate that limits be put to a subject, from the aforesaid imaginary platform, inasmuch as beautiful, though it was but the faint semblance of
which, after all, has no higher pretension to popular it does not maintain a direct parallel course with other years; for I could easily perceive the worm had
favour than what is derived from any subject of mere its boundaries, but is influenced by the irregular | been long preying at her heart. She appeared to be
amusement; and, as our motto is "Utile Dulci," ** projection of its sides, I consider that great skill about twenty-four; and in the words of Sterne, If
wish the contents of our work to combine those essen may be employed in selecting the most advan ever I felt the force of an honest heart-ache it was at
tials. We have selected from several answers, thus tageous point to start from. This appears to have
tbis moment.' By the sad wildness in her looks Icon of CHARLES DANGLE and ADONIS. been attended to by the gentlemen who swam the
cluded I was in the abode of misery, and could scarcely Mersey; for the current, after sweeping througb;
repress the risiptear. to see so fair a flower blighted | JOHN BULL, if he must be a plagiarist, would do well foroug" in its bloom. When she came to herself, I thought I
at least to pilfer something of more value than the Bootle Bay is materially set towards Birkenhead by I heard her mutter, « There is still then some humanity
article he recommends for insertion in the Kaleidoscope. the projection of the north pier of the Regent's Dock. in the world.' : Yes, my child,' said I, I hope he
Under the garb of an enigma, it is one of the mos! This advantage, I tbiok, is proved by the distance who now addresses you has ever been mindful that he
objectionable of all the filthy things which disgrace swam in half an hour, which, though you and your is a man,' At these words she started, and with a wild
the works of Dean Swift. Mr. Bull must not, there. brother Editors have considered less than a mile, glare, replied, “Nay, you cannot deceive me, I have
fore, be very angry when he hears that his COPY has
been consigned to the flames. will, I have no doubt, prove to be much more than seen too much.' In a moment she sprung from me, and a mile; and I believe the best swimmers cannot
hid herself from my sight in the depths of the forest. We have further to acknowledge W. O. of Manchester, perform much more than a mile in half an hour in I pursued and called her in vain; but the night coming | PHILOLOGOS,-W. S. R.-MODESTUS.-A. L.still water; at least, I know that, although I have
on I was compelled to abandon the fruitless search, INQUISITIVE, - M. R.-A SUBSCRIBER, -R.been somewhat of a swimmer for at least eighteen
and to retire to my lodgings, with a beart, I assure A. L.-E. E.-ANONYMOUS,-and F. S. G. whose you, very little at ease.
former favours are not overlooked. years, I pever could perform as much. Under this view of the subject, either the place of starting
“I was too much interested in the fate of my fair must have been injudiciously chosen by Lord Byron ing to elapse, before visiting again the scene where
starmmg unknown-one to suffer much of the succeeding mornand Mr. Aitken head, or else they are very slow such dreadfully-pleasing emotions had been excited;
Printed, published, and sold swimmers, for the distance across that strait is not but, my friend ! how shall I describe the sequel ?
BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. much different from that across our river. Below that very precipice, where the evening before
Liverpool Mercury Office. If, therefore, we take into account the great dif. the beauteous Eliza had sat in the deepest meditat
Sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane ; Messrs. ference in the temperature of the water, and I assure she was now lying in the whirlpool below, a wretched
Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. Thos. vou, from the idea I have of it, I would much rather victim of sorrow and despair.
“ With trembling anxiety I began to look and call
| Smith, be immersed for an hour and ten minutes in the
Paradise-street ; Mr. Warbrick, Public for assistance; but all remained still, save the hoarse
Library, Lime-street ; Mr. G. P. Day, Newsmaa, Hellespont, than for thirty minutes in the Mersey, it leaves the feat of his Lordship apd his friend ra. Ilancholy task of dragging this unfortunate being from
Dale-street; and Mr. John Smith, St. James's-road, sey, murmuring of the waters, and I was left to the me
for ready money only. ther in the background, in comparison with that of her watery grave. When this was accomplished I be
AGENT FOR DUBLIN: 66 these modern Leanders," Yours, &c. Jgan to examine if there were any traces of lingering Messrs. J. K. Johnson & Co. No. 1, Eden Quay, Lomer, 1 Aug, 1820. F. P-Y. life; but alas ! I was too late; for the fatal act seemed |
Then corelay still, and so
lagony of grief bowenn words ?
smote their ears and startled their secret thoughts. If this be nothing more than
sorrowing with its measured and obstinate womanly timidity, bcar with it, dearest, for "I are but a gatherer and disposer of other men's recurrence? The glad colour of the grass my sake, and give me courage by staying
Wotton. and of the leaves was not in harmony with by my side through the night." The following singular and pathetic story is taken their mourning garments; and the vital sun “Be comforted, my love," replied het from the first number of a recently published work, could scarcely be rejoiced in, shining as it husband. “This weakness is common malled the Literary Miscellany, for the long of which did on their tears, and on that dark, slow-enough. You will be better in the mornwe have to thank a friend.
moving hearse. . in. . .. ing; and in the mean time I shall not suit
The service for the burial of the dead is from your bed. You will talk to me in á THE DISINTERMENT,
not easily endured by even an unconnected different manner, when, after you have bad A SKETCH.
auditor ; so oppressive is the obscure and a good 'sleep, I shall show you the cheerful JÝ THE AUTHOR. OF "ALTHAM AND HIS WIFE.” gloomy imagination in which it is written. sun-light stealing on the dawn. I see, even
What then must out mourners have felt now, your eyes are closing; compose yourS........My late espoused saint
(their loss being unexpected and sorely self therefore, dear one, and steep.". .' Brought to me, like Alcestis, from the grave, afflicting) when the priest, meeting the dull The chamber was hushed: the patient Rescued from death by force, though pale and faint.
coffin at the church-porch; walked on before lay still, and seemed in so profound a repose, 1.9. Milton. fit repeating his solemn words? Then the that her breathing was not heard. The
Jagony of grief burst forth in sobs and hys-curtains were softly adjusted round her On a fine day in the month of June, a terics; and then did the dreary thought bed; and Sir William, happy and full of funeral procession issued from the park arise, that there was nothing but corruption favourable omens in the idea that his wife gates of Woodley Hall, in the county of and mortification in the world!
had at length a remission of pain, took a Gloucester. The poor inhabitants of the But we are slaves of circumstances ; for book, and fixing as much attention on it as neighbouring village hovered about the these ideas, which seemed to lle down im- he could command; wore the night-hours train with mute reverence; paying the last moveably in despair, were soon lifted into away. Everything within and without sad testimony of respect and affection to happy aspirations on the swell of the organ's continued in deep stillness, broken only one who had been endeared to them by sounds; and the cottagers who stood cowards the morning by the pleasant sounds many acts of kindness and solicitude. They moodily in the churchyard while the silence of awakening nature, which might be heard were following to its cold home the corpse continued, were also relieved by the music, in so removed a place, the shrill birds, the of Eliza, wife of Sir William Fanshaw. and blest it as it trembled out into the sunny wheeling hum of the bees darting from their Never was there a lovelier summer-day air.
hives in the garden below, and the leaves than the one appointed for this dismal cere- When the lady of whom I write was dallying with the morning breath. These, mony. The trees looked proudly in the stricken with illness, which was only a week together with the strong white lines which Justiness of their young green ; the dark before her death, she begged her husband intersected the shutters; admonished Sit blue of the sky was unspotted by a single to bring her the gold chain and locket en William and the nurse of the time their clond; and the sun shot out his sultry closing his hair, which he had given her patient had slept. The light was therestrength, making the birds wanton and before their marriage. This she hung fore admitted into the room, and they looked noisy with the exuberance of their joy. round her neck, and solaced her weary and into the bed. . . . .
Alas! what was all this glory of nature painful hours with contemplating it, and by “How is this?" said Sir William. “ She to the sad company who were moving along force of the association of ideas it excited, has not moved a hair's breadth since we saw the road, thinking of the tomb and the living again in times gone by. One evening her last night.' Good God! how pale her premature death of that young, beautiful, she beckoned Sir Winiam, who was sitting face and lips are! Heaven grant all may and virtuous one whom they were conveying in her chamber, to her side, and said ; be well; but I tremble under my fears. thither? How could they enjoy the quick - Reach me your hand, nay dear husband. Go instantly, and bring the physician." carols of the birds, when the death-bell, I am growing much worse. I feel a perilous The physician came ; he was alarmed at gaining in strength as they proceeded, sinking in my frame, and death is in my her appearance ; & feather was placed on
wish she me day. He is soul regretted
Has She story
, her lips, and Sir William bent with keen from the genial air without, and the vacant (derment, the first thing which met his eyes
eyes over it. It did not move. Alas ! alas! pews standing in deep shadow like melan- was the great moon lifting itself in the upher spirit had passed away, while her bus-choly and drear recesses. The nature of abated power of its light over the horizon's band, sitting close to her, was congratu- his office had given him a familiarity with the edge. It shone right opposite, and seemed lating himself on the prospect of her re building, but had not worn away the idea looking at and coming to expose him. He covery.
in his mind of its sacredness, and he quaked did not dare to lift his eyes again ; but, She must have stirred once in the night, to think that it should be the spot where he without stopping even to lock up the church though it was done with such gentleness as was to perpetrate the first deed in his life he flew over the fields pursued by his fears. not to be perceived; for one of her hands which he would be ashamed to own. As It was at this time about eleven o'clock, was found inside her garment pressing the he went along the aisle with his lamp, the The domestics at Woodley Hall had not yet locket, of which I have spoken, on her white tombstones on the walls glared, as it retired to rest. Their minds were agitated paked breast.
were, reproachfully upon him one by one, and unsettled by the funeral; and they I will not attempt to describe the swelling and his perturbation was increased by the found relief in sitting up together and talkof her husband's heart, and the gush of his dart of a bat close to his face. · He almost ing over the circumstances connected with tears, when this touching instance of her regretted he had come, but he went on their lady's illness and sudden death. With love was made known to him. His soul nevertheless, and passed into the lady's hearts so full, they could not endure the brooded over it night and day. He saw in sepulchre. - .
silence of their chambers, and it would her action the wish she had not strength to Having laid down his lamp upon a coffin have been vain to try to sleep; therefore utter in words, and determining it should close by, he proceeded with his instruments about the time I have just mentioned, they not be violated, he gave directions that to take off the lid of the one he sought, left their room and dull candles, to go out she should be placed in her coffin without which was soon effected. This was the first under the portico of the house and enjoy disturbing the locket or her hand.. moment of real irresolution and terror. the balmy night air and the bright-moon.
It will be readily imagined that so affect. The sight of the corpse lying there by that. The subject of their talk continued the ing a circumstance could not escape being dim light in the heavy stillness of death same: the youth of their lady, her gentle. much talked of, and as in these cases no with its white and placid countenance, made ness, her unaccountable illness, the sublime particulars are ever omitted, the value of his heart swell and his nerves powerless. testimony she gave of her love even in the the trinket, which was set round with bril. The sublimity of the sight made him feel grasp of death; and then of what would liants, found a place in the story.. the meanness of his action with double become of their heart-broken master who
The sexton of the church containing the force; he almost fainted, and with the had been secluded in his room all day, family vault was one of the persons to whom intention of abandoning the business he scarcely admitting any one even to bring this anecdote became known, and he was returned into the body of the church. him needful refreshment, when one of not long in conceiving a plan by which he There he supported himself for a time while them with a low voice said: "What can might possess himself of the buried jewels the coolness of the air refreshed him, and that white thing be which is futtering about which glittered so temptingly in his mind's he was at length about to depart, when the beech trees there at the farthest end of eye. I do not think he would have medi. recollecting that the lid of the coffin should the long walk ?". They looked and nothing tated a common theft, a theft capable of be replaced, he summoned a strong effort, was seen. It was however only leaf-hidden injuring any living creature : nay, although, and went again into the vault for that pur- for a time, for presently it emerged altogs he was in business, he was never known to pose.
ther from the obscurity of the trees, and practice any of the usual tricks or decep. But the sight of the corpse was not now they saw it plainly enough. tions of trade. He was a charitable, well. so awful to him as before. The consterna. The walk was about a quarter of a mile meaning man; but he could not comprehend tion had done its utmost. There was an in length. The object advanced dowull, the sentiment which ordained those love-imperceptible return of the original inten- and soon a fearful sight was seen by the tokens to lie in hallowed immoveability on tion in his mind, and by a quick effort he company under the portico; an apparenty a dead breast. It was in his opinion a silly lifted the body, drew the chain over the human figure with long trailing white care waste of treasure: no harm could come of head, disengaged the locket from under ments, staggering and stumbling across to his appropriating it; and he therefore de the hand, and then lowered the corpse open park at that solemn hour, and under termined that on the night of the funeral | again into its place. As he did this, the the keen moonlight.... he would enter the vault, open the coffin, l arm which before lay upon the breast fell! They did not stop to see any more; . and remove the jewels. The church was with a strange flexibility over the side of hastening to their master's room, tolan well situated for his purpose ; it stood apart the coffin, and a faint sigh came from the what they had witnessed. from the village to which it belonged, and body.
He answered them with his faint voice was a solitary edifice in the midst of fields. Had a thunderclap broken in upon the from within :-"Go to rest, my friebus, 5
Behold him then in the darkness of the silence, the man would not have been more to rest. Your minds are disturbed; a night with his lantern at the lone church-staggered than he was at this little sigb. tell you the truth, my onn 18.00 door. He unlocks it and passes in. He He rushed hastily forth, left the sepulchre subdued just now to bear the near was at first rather awe-struck by the dead unclosed, and opened the church-door to such things. Shut up the house ; stillnesss, the sudder cold smell so different go out; when, as if to increase his bewile night.”
iment whicho wed immoveability. Od lifted the body,
the locket from
jewels. The chhe coffin, arm which ite place. As he didebie rose open park at these
would not h in upon the l. de ans had witness
But they all persisted so strenuously in dreary, dark place, and was startled there l ' " I received,” says he," on the evening before the uching the truth of what they had by a sudden rush of cold wind. I seemed / remarkable day, a note, or invitation ticket, from
is any patron, which was on red paper, strewed with its sed, that Sir William
Villiam came from his to fall many times and to bruise myself
came from his to fall many times and to bruise mysem gilded flowers, and folded up in the form of a fan : e mber, and said he would go with them exceedingly in endeavouring to struggle i had to return an immediate answer, but was again into the park and see whether the apparition out towards the light. This must have been written to on the following morning, for fear I might was yet visible. Poor man! he was at this a dream ; but I am certain I have been have forgotten the invitation : I replied however, as aime ill calculated to dissipate the terror wandering out of doors in my sleep, for I directed, that I had rather forget the name of my
father and my own; and received therefore towards : which had taken hold of his servants. thought I should have gone mad when my le
ought I should have gone mau wien wy evening a third message, stating that all was now Sorrow. want of food, long privation of perceptions came to me and I found myself | ready, and that Kraghao expected me with the most sleep, the dismal business of the day, and alone, barefooted, and the wide and silent | lively impatience: I sent him word, that his im. then this phantom story, had almost bewil- park stretching far around me. I have patience could not possibly equal my own, and
lect ihat I was now on the point of setting out on the -- dered his faculties, and he descended the endeavoured, but it is in vain, to recollect the
bappiest journey of my life. . Stairs trembling and uncollected,
Jany circumstance connected with my leaving
* I then stepi gravely into my palanquin, having Before they had reached the bottom, one the house."
on each side a servant, who beld a large fan in such of the servants cried out with a wild voice, Her husband shook from head to foot at a manner, that I could not see a step before me in **Look, Sir, look !" . this. The coffin and the hearse swam in the street, and, arriving at the mansion, I issued
from under my faus, and proceeded slowly tbrough Sir William cast his eyes downwards, stantly in his eyes. He was sick at heart
the first court into the second, where I perceived and lo! there, upon the cold stone-floor of with the oppression of a mystery ; but he before - the hall, lay a figure entangled in unseemly | looked at his wife again and blessed heaven. ters, holding the parasol and the larve fan of their * clothes, moaning and sobbing naturally. Having addressed a few cheering words master, that one might not be able to look into the
The face was partially exposed. Sir Wil- to her, and promised not to leave her side, room; but all at once they withdrew their imples lian saw it. His faculties seemed suddenly he exhorted her to be composed and to
need and to ments, and the great man stood before me. .
| “ Now began a series of compliments, which any scattered, for in a confused manner he endeavour to sleep.
uninformed spectator would take for mere jokes, topped on his knees by the side of the In the morning the whole thing was ex- notwithstanding the gravity with which they are per figure, and there remained a few moments | plained. Some rustics passing by the formed : we bowed and courtisied from one side to the with clasped hands and vacant and im- church had observed it to be open, and, other, pushed each other from the right to the left
because the right hand is not always the place of Inovcable looks. At length a weak falter- going in, saw that one of the family vaults
bonour in China-we kneeled sometimes on one knee ing female voice was heard : was unclosed, and that there was an empty
and then on the other ; in short, I danced with mine I am afraid I have done wrong," it coffin in it. This information they carried host a kind of pantomime, whereby the pumber of said, " but I must have been in a dream; forthwith to the sexton, who, alarmed at motions was exactly prescribed. After that followed do not be angry with me.” the probability of being detected (as some the spoken civilities, the fine phrases and the hoa
nourable titles wbich we bestowed upon each other : God! God! my wife !-How is this?-one might have seen him escaping by the
at last, the master of the house invites his guest by No. no, no: it cannot be. She is in her | moonlight) and fearing that his guilt would dumb'sbow to advance, but this is in the line tomb! And yet this countenance and seem greater than it was, went to Woodley declined, aud when the landlord repeats bis request these grave-clothes strike away my senses Hall, and confessed the whole business, in words, the stranger replies for a long time--with wonder -Eliza! Eliza !She cannot making a restitution of the locket, but de-Lucan I dare not; until he gives way in the end speak again. Yet she is not quite cold. claring that he knew nothing whatever of
know nothing whatever ofl to a soft compulsion.
“ I stept into a great hall, which rested upon ing. What can this mysterious visitation portend? the removal of the corpse.
mense pillars, covered, like the walls, with a shining -Eliza! Let me once more hear that He was readily enough forgiven, and I varnish, spangled with gold : bere and there were voice.-Silent! silent ! Lift her up. Look! believe rewarded. It was plain now that sweet-smelling fowers' in fine vases, various picit is herself, her own self; her lips move :/ Lady Fanshaw had been buried in a trance. I tures, and costly jars of earthenware. There were
already several guests assembled, and they all rose and see, her poor face is wet with tears. It was of the utmost consequence that the
from their seats to meet me a few steps : this civility God alone knows how this has come to subject of the interment should be kept | I had to return to every one singly, and also to ob. - pass; but I will thank him for it for ever| from her knowledge. The sexton was serve it afterwards to all the new comers. Kragbao There, gently, move her gently; lay her in enjoined to silence; but it was not so easy conducted me to the chair which he had destined for
me, bowed towards it and wiped over it with a cormy arms, and some one go before me with to quell the tongues of the village. Besides,
ner of his dress, as if to clear it from dust: 1 sat a light."
hen the lady recovered sufficiently to go down, and, according to rule, kept myself as straight i li was indeed his wife whom he embraced. out, every object she saw in the direction as a fir, with downcast eyes, and both hands upon - He carried her to his chamber, laid her in of the church perplexed her with some the kuees, which were to be only three or four inches c. the bed, and ordered warm restoratives to dim and uncomfortable reminiscence. She asunder. Tea was served, until all the invited were
and arrived, and then the governor of the household or be prepared. These he administered him. might some day stumble on the truth, and an
chief butler announced that dioner was ready : imself, and she slept for two hours. On Sir William in the fear of this sold his estate,
mediately we rose from our seats, and went in the S awaking she said : -
Land purchased another in a distant part of same order as we had sat into a large yet more "Are you there, my dear? let me hear the country. In this latter place Lady splendidly decorated room. Here we found a table you speak. Something strange has hap-Fanshaw gave birth to a large family, and spread for every individual, but in such a manner.
both that there were always two opposite to each other pened to me, I am sure. Have I been lived many years with her husband in health
along the wall. delirious ?" I wish they had watched me and comfort.
" A small silver cup was now brought for the better; for I am certain that I have been
master of the house, and he seized it with both wandering out in the open air. It terrifies
hands, saluted the guests all round, proceeded then
A CHINESE DINNER. toe to think of it. The dream I have had
a few steps forwards, directing both the cup and his
eyes towards heaven, and shed the wine upon the since I saw you, dear husband, last night,
ground, to sigaify, that he owed every gift to hea. Presses-on me with an intolerable sense of Translated from the German of Kotzebue, for the
Kaleidoscope.. se reality. It must have been those ghastly
"A second cup was then brought to him, which he Visions which scared me out of the house
placed, after much resistance, upon the table of tbe in my sleep. I am full of pain. My feet! Ao European, having rendered a service to a principal guest; who replied immediately to this
Chinese officer of consequence, was invited by him civility, by asking likewise for a cup, and placing it -- are sore and bleeding. Reach me your
to a feast, and being aware how important the ob- on the master's table, potwithstanding all protestahand, and comfort me with your voice. Tservation of the most minute ceremony would be in tions. At last the servants brought the litile ivory fancied that I was just now staying obsti- such a case, he took care to get properly instructed, sticks, laid out with gold, of which the Chinese make Dately and yet unwillingly in a painful, I that be 'might enjoy himself in comfort.
use inste.d of forks : another quarter of an bour wais