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passages, it is a very shower of delicious poble energy of acting, or listen to sound, and quite as remarkable for its more glorious music. It is by Donifeeling, as its brilliancy. Donzelli, and zetti, and (they say) it is chietly stolen Tamburini, are rich tenors. Donzelli, from Mozart's Masses.—I cannot tell, has the greater volume of voice ; in-, but if it be, I forgive the theft, as I deed, I never heard any thing to be have heard the Opera, and, probably, compared to his voice, for the pro- would never have heard the Masses as digious hcap of sound which he can such. Pasta's voice is finer than ever, pour forth, and it is all inusic. Bra- though, it has still, in some few notes, ham's fortissimo passages, were little that slight huskiness, which prevents it better than shouting ; but Donzelli, is from being perfection. Mori, now louder, and yet does not seem to leads the orchestra. I don't know shout. We used to think a good deal what has become of Spagnioletti, we of Curioni, but, now, that we have bave Dragonetti, as of old, and Lindbecome accustomed to Donzelli, he ley, and Nicholson, and Wilmer, and would appear but a second rate singer. Platt, and Harper. What a concert Tamburini's voice is deeper, mellower, of instrumental music these performers and richer than Donzelli's. He is the make !-yet they cannot bring atmore delightful singer, I think, of the diences without the great singers, and, two ; though, the less powerful. He now, that we have them, the audiences is an admirable actor also. I have are so great, that in the pit, one almost seen him play a great variety of cha- half dies with the heat." Every thing racters from the merry Figaro, to the has its draw-back-every luxury its atbluff Harry the Eighth of England, tendant inconvenience. and he sang and played in all, with But, notwithstanding the delights of admirable discrimination of character, Italian music, I have, for my own pasand correct appreciation of the senti- ticular part, so much of national feel ment he was to pourtray. Zuchellising about me, that I derive more gevoice goes much lower than Tambu- nuine hearty satisfaction--more solid rini's, and equals it in rich softness of enjoyment, if I may thus express my. tone. When Rubini, Tamburini, and self, from a good, plain English song, Zuchelli, sing together, in La Gazza by such a man as H. Phillips, than Ladra, it is the most delicious concord from any other kind of vocal music. of sweet sounds, that I ever heard, If you have never heard H. Phillips, or am like to hear again.

you can scarcely have an idea of what Madaine Činti, has a delightfully a very admirable thing, a good English soft, round tone of voice, with singular song is, when given with the plain, ease and flexibility in the use of it. "unaffected, incomparable excellence of Her singing, seems to give ber no his singing. Certainly, the English trouble whatever, yet, she is by no are the most "unmoveablerace in mcans deficient in such energy as the the world, or they would get into much parts she performs require. Her greater raptures than they do, with greatest success is, in the expression of Henry Phillips's singing. They es joy-nothing can be more expressive, teem'it very much, but it is not in than the beautiful gushings out of the power of music or sentiment to make 'melody, in such passages--it is hap- John Bull enthusiastic. Nothing, but piness set to music. But, Pasta — an infringement of what he considers Pasta, is the Queen of operatic per- ' a public right, or an alarm about matformance. In that iinmense theatre, ters of money, or credit, will shake with thousands gazing upon her from him from his propriety. I heard Philthe wide pit, and tier above tier of lips, sing a song the other night, before closet boxes, and gallery far away in a huge crowd, so finely national in its the distance, filled to the top with fecling, and sung with such admirable heads, all fixed in attentive gaze upon expression, that I thought they ought the stage, Pasta, comes forth, habited to have gone wild about it ; but it was like a Queen, and, for the time, no , merely encored, and very little apdoubt, feels herself every inch a Queen. plauded when repeated. The song is Her Medea, you have, perhaps, seen, a curious one, and as I never heard it, but, her Anna Bolena, I believe you or heard of it before, I copy it here, have not. Never did I behold such for your edification :


I'll sing you an old song, which was made by an old pate,
Of a fişe old English gentleman, who had an old estate,
And he kept a brave old mansion up, at a bountiful old rate.
And he had a good old porter to relieve the poor at his gate,

Like a fine old English gentleman, all of the olden time.

His spacious hall was hung around with pikes and guns and bows,
And swords, and good old bucklers that had stood against old foes ;
And there his worship sat in state, in doublet and trunk hose,
Aud quaffd a cop of fine old sack, to warm his good old nose,

Like a fine old English gentleman, all of the olden time.
When winter old brought frost and cold, he open'd house to all,
And though threescore and ten his years, he featly led the ball ;
Nor was the houseless wanderer then driven from his hall,
For, whilst he feasted all the great, he ne'er forgot the small,

Like a fine old English gentleman, all of the olden time.

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These good old times have pass’d away, and all such customs fled,
We've now no fine old gentlemen, or young ones in their stead ;
Necessity has driven hope and charity away :
Yet may we live to welcome back that memorable day

Which rear'd those fine English gentlemen, all of the olden time.
He sung this in a kind of chaunt, ac more way amongst us, than is for our
companying himself on the piano good. Be the cause what it may, good
forte, and gave every line and word English tragedy and comedy are out of
with a distinctness of articulation, and fashion. Malibran's singing, and the
feeling expression of the sentiment French ballet, and the German operas,
they conveyed, such as I think it would are given for the popular entertainment
le impossible to surpass. As an Eng- at one of the great national theatres,
lisha singer Braham does not deserve to and the other is shut up, and its com-
be named in the same day with Henry pany forced to take refuge in an insig-

nificant minor theatre, which, small as Our English acted Drama seems to it is, I believe they cannot fill

, even by have received the coup de grace it is the performance of Knowles's new all over with it in London. This is play, which is highly spoken of by all rather a strange illustration of the who speak of it at all." Knowles deboasted progress of intellect and infor- serves a better fortune than this—his mation among the people, which we dramatic genius is an honour to our hear of from those who wish to make country, and our time, and it ought to this alledged improvement the apolo- be more fitly rewarded. His new dragist of political revolution. If sound ma The Wife” is a delightful play, knowledge, and good taste, had really and abounds in those passages of vimade great progress with the public at gorous freshness and touching simpliJarge, is it probable that we should city, which one wonders can be written mark their consequences in the com- by a man who has rubbed through the plete desertion of the regular drama, world, and been made subject to its hawhile opera, and spectacle, and dancing, bits of continual affectation, or mere obtain large audiences ? I suspect designing hypocrisy. Knowles writes that the people have been of late ac- like one with the strength of a man, quiring more of French habits and and the spirit and feelings of a youth. tastes than of " useful knowledge,” and “The Wife” is—but you have seen the that the amusements and moral senti- plot set forth in the newspapers, and ments, as well as the political principles perhaps some extracts, which were of the modern French are making well chosen. I cannot help, however,

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quoting one for you, which I believe Mariana, who had just avowed her love the newspapers did not give. It is for him, not knowing he was present. when Leonardo discovers himself to

Mariana.--'Tis he!
Leonardo.It is my love !

'Tis he who won thy heart not seeking it!
'Tis he whose heart thou won'st not knowing it!
Who saw thee rich in all but fortune's gifts
And-servant unto men, though lord of then-
Balanc'd their poor esteem against thy wealth,
Which fortune could not match! accountable
To others, never I reveald the love
I did not see the way for thee to bless
As only thou would'st bless it! Now that way
Is clear! is open! lies before my sight
Without impediment, or anything
Which with the will, I cannot overleap!
And now, my love before ! my love till now!
And still my love! Now, now, I call thee wife
And wed thee here, here, here, in Mantua!

The passionate joy of this passage-- has formed an idea of the perfection to its simplicity, and yet fervour of ex• which dancing may be brought. pression, are, to my thinking, exceed But it is time now to try to answer ingly felicitous. But our people, en- your serious question, the which I have lightened as they are by "useful know. deferred so long while I discussed these ledge,” will not crowd to hear such trifles, from a reluctance to enter upon music of sound and sense as this, they a subject to which I can do so little like opera better, and the French dan- justice. You ask me what seems to me seuses, with their short petticoats, and to be the moral and religious state of much-revealing pirouettes !

this great metropolis, and whether A word here, however, about Tag. London society, with regard to these lioni, whom I was atrocious enough to great concernments, appears to be adforget just now, when I jotted down vancing or retrograding? It would something about the Opera. Taglioni require a greater experience, a more is by no means to be confounded with extensive knowledge, and perhaps a the ordinary herd of Premieres dan- more deeply serious habit of observascuses. She is no mere jumper and tion than mine, to give an answer of twister, and twinkler of the feet; there any value to this question ; but such an is gentleness, sentiment, and most ex opinion as I am enabled to form from quisite gracefulness in her movements. what I see, and hear, and read, I shall Her action is festina lente done into give you. I am, then, inclined to think dancing. Her motion is as leisure, that the effect of our continental interand as lightsome as the waving of a course since the peace has been to de, downy feather in a gentle air. As teriorate the morals, and to weaken Tommy Moore singeth

the religious principles of the mass of

society. I have no donbt that the arisYou'd swear That her steps are of light, that her home tocracy and gentry of England, not

withstanding their manifold vices, for Or you might alter a little, one of the which I seek neither to be their judge lines of a still greater poet, and apply. nor their apologist, are, considering ing it to her, speak of

their temptations and opportunities, and

luxuriant mode of living, a less sinful “ The inind - the music breathing from her feet.

race than might have been almost ex

pected, but, for the most part, their She is—in short she is TAGLIONI, the morality I should say, is the morality first danseuse in Europe, and let nobody of good manners, rather than the rethat has not seen her, suppose that he sult of religious impressions, and to

is the air."


many, the Tartuffe morality, would not of the metropolis and the class between seem very heinous,

them, and what may be called the mid

dle class, I fear that there is a great “ Le scandale du monde, est ce qui fit l'offence Et ce n'est pas pecher, que pecher en silence,” ligion. This I believe is owing very

and increasing amount of positive irreBut after all, it is very difficult to judge of certain political teachers, by news

much to political causes. The object what may be the average progress or retrogression of these classes in sound papers, and tracts distributed at a very doctrine and virtuous practice, for cheap rate to the lower orders, is to though vice and presumptuous philo

root out of their minds the principle of sophy are more rife than formerly, yet

A Parson is held up as a on the other hand the active zeal of man worthy only of hatred and ridicule Ministers of the Church is foundin

--a part of the machinery of “corrupt

many places much greater than it was wont government," and from the Parson, the to be, and I believe this pious activity that which it is his business to teach.

scorn and contempt is transferred to seldom fails to produce at least some good fruit. The churches and chapels - pale mechanics,” most of them young

It is lamentable to see the crowds of in the districts chiefly inhabited by the gentry, are, for the most part, crowded, men, and well clothed, who stray about and the preaching is generally good, London in groups on Sundays, and though by no means so energetic or

never think of going to church. I exciting as I remember to have heard in have endeavoured sometimes to catch Dublin. Preachers here seldom ad- the general conversation of these groups dress the feelings of their congregation, and I have found it a strange mixture and they are right, for nine out of ten of smartness, jest, obscenity, irreligion, English people would be wholly un

and self-satisfied contempt of every moved by any appeal to their sensibi- thing and every body in the world exlities. Within the limits of the "city," cept those who have made speeches in which is thickly studded with fine old public in favour of the popular side in churches, blocked up among ware

politics. houses and counting houses; I am told

Now all this is a very meagre answer that the congregations are very scanty, to your question, but you will, after the forthe more wealthy have their houses of manner of the wise, extract something residence in some other part of London, from my, nothings, and so I leave it. and very many of the middling classes in

You interdict me from writing you trade are dissenters. It were much to what you call an essay on Tories, be wished that some arrangement could Radicals, and Whigs, (I am glad you be made to transfer the revenues and put Whigs last) but you will permit me service of these unattended churches to tell you that I have seen the quonto places where they are very much dam idol of the mob, Hobhouse, pelted wanted, and would be constantly and off the hustings of Covent-garden with abundantly useful, but unfortunately rotten cabbages and turnips, and I have the tide of Church Reform runs rather heard Burdett execrated by a thousand towards stripping the church of its tongues as the vilest of mankind. This revenues and abridging its influence, is what I call “retribution." than towards the application of its ex

Make my affectionate remembrances isting strength to the spiritual wants of to my cousins, and believe me, my the people, by a better apportionment dear aunt, of the means it possesses.

Your affectionate nephew, But as regards the working classes

H. R.

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Co the whole of this flesh and blood world in general, the

whole wide family of mian*, Antony Poplar, Esq. Editor of the Dublin University Magazine, offers by these pres sents a gentle greeting and friendly salutation.

“ From the first moment that there will testify, they have admirably sucissued from the press the first number ceeded, we were fully aware of the of this our magazine, a work, the idea of inconvenience which, from the public which first suggested itself to our nature of our editorial office, would worthy publishers, when casting about result to a person like ourselves of re in their minds to confer a solid prac- tiring habits, and endowed with tical benefit on the species; and in degree of " sensitive shrinkingness, effecting which, as a grateful world as Leigh Hunt, the cockney poet,

Some of our excellent Țory friends may, perhaps, be offended at the possibility of the act of courtesy we have just performed in the text, being construed from the general nature of the terms employed, to include among its objects that class of existences unhappily too well known in these days by the name of Whigs. This most grievous misapprehension of our meaning, for most grievous it is, could only result from an ignorance of the late improvements in zoological science; the fact being, that in addition to certain peculiarities of external form and the power of emitting articulate sounds in succession, the capacity of accompanying them with something like ideas or common sense, and which, of course, decides the question against the poor Whigs—is now absolutely insisted on as a mark of humanity among the soundest thinking naturalists of the present day. Of this most comfortable conclosion, and one in which every stickler for the dignity of our species must heartily rejoice, we were well aware when we used the terms above referred to. Before we dismiss this nice point of classification, the effect of which is to turn our present rulers out of their places in creation; which, perhaps, they might seem to lament much, as in any other times it would lose them their places in the cabinet, a case which they would lament far more, ploratur lacrymis amissa pecunia veris; we confess that in our softer moods; for really we do not hate the Whigs, we merely despise them;

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