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ROBERT BLOOMFIELD. We learn with pleasure that the Bloomfield entirely dependant "for Muse of our rural poet, after a seces- support on the produce of his former sion of some years, is about to step poems; and as his hand has ever forth again; and, we trust, with been open to the demands of those undiminished attractions. An infirm dear to him, that resource has been state of health, and an almost total extremely limited. loss of sight, have rendered Mr.
DR. REED ON HYPOCHONDRIASIS, &c. A book on this disorder is also losopher, as well as a physician might in the press.
We do not know do something in this matter, at in what way this subject is treat- least, in tracing the causes of this ed, but it is one obviously of great physical error. One-who is a phiand painful interest; to literary men, losopher as well as a poet, tells us, and men of sedentary habits, it is that people of imagination are liable more particularly of importance to to the malady, and that, though full know in what way this curse of of gladness and buoyancy at first, study may be obviated or allayed': yet in the end comes “ despondency it seems to us, indeed, (but, per- and madness." haps, we talk ignorantly) that a phi
TABLE-TALK BY MR. HAZLITT.
A volume of essays, under this they would rather consult the struc title, is, we understand, in the press. ture of their neighbours' minds than We quote, from memory, the heads their own, and they are consequently of some of the chapters. The content to sit down with but half of past and the future, - Character the knowledge which they might of Cobbett,' — People with one idea,' otherwise acquire. Had Mr. God- The Indian Jugglers,'— On liv- win forborne in this manner, when he ing to one's self,'_' On Country Thea wrote · St. Leon' and · Fleetwood," atres,'—' On Sir Joshua Reynolds’s he would never have developed the discourses,' and various others. strange and fluctuating characters That Mr. Hazlitt is a man of un- of his heroes with the magnificent doubted and original mind, no one
effect that we know he has done. who has read any of his books can A good deal of this fearless and well refuse to acknowledge. Per- profound self-investigation is, haps there is no living writer who think, discernible in the writings of combines so much fancy and occa- Mr. Hazlitt, though it is necessarily sional pathos with qualities of a more less apparent in a book made up of stern and logical cast as he does; and essays on various subjects, than in we believe, that no one ever ventured the biography, or rather in that anato consult his own nature more close tomy of character which Mr. Godly than himself, or to display with win has exhibited in almost all his greater truth the treasures derived works of fiction. We shall take an from such investigation. The vanity early, opportunity of noticing Mr. of men in general prevents their Hazlitt's volume. • looking at home' for information :
MR. SOANE's MUSEUM. The gallery which the Professor which it contains, and to the valuable has now completed, at his residence studies which it presents. The colin Lincoln's Inn Fields, cannot fail lection is distributed through four to excite great interest among the principal rooms; and the effect of the admirers of architecture ; and we general arrangement, and the era doubt not, but that the liberality of semble, is very striking, owing to Mr. Soane will, under proper limita- the tasteful decorations of the aparttions, allow professional men and ments, and the judicious manner in amateurs to have access to the stores which the light is introduced. Bee sides the valuable architectural mo- Certain we are, that whatever dels and fragments, the Vases, Cine- may have been his occasional errors rary Urns, and specimens of Etrus- and delinquencies in matters of taste, can art, the walls of one of the rooms no one has displayed greater energy, are covered with architectural paint- zeal, and perseverance in the cause ings and drawings, by Canaletti, of architecture, or has more warmly Clerisseau, and the Professor him- advocated its interests. His best self. The library too presents a rich works present many elegant embela assemblage of every architectural lishments, and a delicacy of dework of importance, several of which coration that deserves to be stuare exceedingly rare and costly. died by his successors. His lec
It is gratifying to see an artist tures—but we do not intend to write thus unequivocally displaying that a panegyric-our only object was disinterested enthusiasm for his art, to point out to the admirers of which ought ever to distinguish the the Fine Arts, a private museum professors of a liberal and elegant which reflects honour on the liberascience. We admire Mr. Soane's lity and zeal of its possessor, and zeal, we commend his taste, and we which deserves to obtain à place on farther hope that the example which the list of the objects of attraction in he has here given, may incite others our metropolis. to an honourable emulation.
THE CHALCOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION. In addition to the usual exhibi- palette, because the shop of the printtions, forming so prominent a fea- seller has formed, as it were, a perture among the amusements of the manent and interesting gallery, prém metropolis during spring, and visit- senting a constant succession of noed from such opposite motives by velties, whether to the glance of the the indolent and the sedulous, the in- profuner passenger at the window, telligent and the vacant, the men of or to the gaze of those initiated into taste and the mere men of ton, the the adytum of the fane. Still the bees and the butterflies of society, adoption of the present plan appears there is announced an Exhibition of highly commendable and judicious : Engravings by living artists, which it will annually concentrate upon one is intended to be opened about the spot all the finest' and most exquimiddle of the present month, at a site productions. We hail it too as gallery now fitting up in Soho- an indication' of zeal and effective square.
energy, for it originates, we are perFor the accomplishment of this de- suaded, in feelings more connected sirable project, which would otherwise with art than with trade. While upon have been abandoned in an early this subject, we will notice an obstage, the public are, we under- vious desideratum that is capable of stand, indebted to the exertions of being easily supplied, viz. a complete an individual artist, who is willing and correct list, published periodically to incur the whole risk of the under- (like those of books, in the Magataking, not, however, with any view zines) and noticing every new print, to private emolument, but with the of whatever description it may be, hope that it may prove ultimately togetl:er with its size and price. beneficial to the profession at large. The inconvenience arising from the It is somewhat extraordinary that want of some such intelligence is this class of artists should not have not strikingly felt by the residents before resorted to so obviously be- of the metropolis, but it is by the neficial a mode of displaying their distant amateur and collector, who works: perhaps they have hitherto frequently continue ignorant of the deemed it less necessary for the existence of what they would otherthan for their graphic brethren of the wise introduce into their portfolios.
velopement of the characters, or the Richard the Third-(according to expression of the passions." the text of Shakspeare.) -- The resto- Is This rule" Mr. Hazlitt is now ration of Shakspeare to the stage, speaking of the altered play by Cihis an event worthy of commemora- ber This rule has not been addtion. He had been maltreated, and hered to in the present instance. deposed, for many years; and, though Some of the most important : and the 'mok of gentlemen' were con- striking passages, in the principal tent with his gloomy successor, the character, have been omitted, i to few,' whose opinions are worth hav- make room for idle and misplaced ing, pretty generally lamented the extracts from other plays; the only usurpation of Cibber; and some were intention of which seems to have been, even bold enough to avow it.- Mr. to make the character of Richard as Charles Lamb many years ago ob- odious and disgusting as possible.” jected strongly to the interpolations (Hazlitt's Character of Shakspeare's of Tate and Cibber, in the tragedies Plays, p. 231.) of Richard the Third, and Lear. The public are indebted for the (See his works, vol. ii. p. 20, et seq.) play of Richard, as it is now acting, Among other excellent things, he to Mr. Macready. Whether the sug-says truly, when speaking of Cibber's gestion of Mr. Hazlitt, or the ani. alterations, that " the poetry of the madversions of Mr. Charles Lamb, part” is gone; "the buoyant spirit, instigated him to this good work, we the vast insight into human charac- do not profess to know, nor is it mater is no where perceptible. “No- terial. The introduction of Shaksthing but his crimes, his actions, is peare to the theatre merits our hest visible: they are prominent, and approbation, whether done from prestaring; the murderer stands out, vious hint or not. The plan adopted but where is the lofty genius, the by Mr. Macready, however, is not man of vast capacity,—the profound, precisely the same as that suggested the witty, the accomplished Ri. by Mr. Hazlitt ; for some material chard ?
transpositions have been made, and Nor is Mr. Charles Lamb the only some of the language of Cibber has eminent writer who has opposed the been retained. We could have wished, innovations of Cibber; for Mr. Haz- certainly, that the whole of what litt, in his “ Characters of Shaks- Cibber introduced, had been omitted; -peare's Plays," has done the same for it is rather hard that he should thing, and has even suggested a plan suffer, while any advantage is made for the revival of the original tragedy. by the matter which he himself wrote, As his observations are much to the or collected: but, perhaps, it was not point, we shall take leave to tran- easy to avoid this. There are certain scribe them here.-" The character points, in an old established play, of his hero is almost every where which an audience is wont to look predominant, and marks its lurid forward to; and the omission of which track throughout.— The original play, it will not easily permit. There are however, is too long for representa- things, indeed, for the sake of which tion; and there are some few scenes people put up with a good deal of .which might be better spared than tediousness at times; and it might preserved, and by omitting which it be perilous to omit them. Such, for would remain a complete whole. The instance, is the “ Chop off his head: only rule, indeed, for altering Shaks- so much for Buckingham.” . Our peare, is to retrench certain passages friends in the gallery would not tamely which may be considered as super- endure that this should be lost to fluous, or obsolete ; but not to add them. If a soliloquy, or a fine piece or transpose any thing. The arrange- of poetry, were omitted, they might ment and developement of the story, feel themselves resigned, and cry, and the mutual contrast and combina- “ coulent:" but an effect, as it is tion of the dramatis personæ, are in called on the stage, is material to general as finely managed as the de- both actor and auditor; and must
neither be set aside unwittingly, nor His lordship knows me well, and loves me trifled with. With the exception of
well. the fact of retaining about two hun- My lord of Ely, when I was last in Hol. dred lines of Cibber's, we entirely
born, approve of Mr. Macready's adapta
I saw good strawberries in your garden tion of Richard, and think that he I do beseech you, send for some of them.,
there ; deserves his success. The character of Richard the Third, We no more doubt that Richard
drawn by Shakspeare, differs uttered these words, than that he perhaps less from his own Macbeth lived and reigned; or that he would than from Cibber's Richard. It is have uttered these words, and it is true that Macbeth and Richard are all the same thing. Listen to Hasvery different persons; the one being tings's account of him. an active, and the other (if we may His grace looks cheerfully, and smooth this use the expression) a passive agent.
morning; Macbeth is the puppet of his wife, and There's some conceit or other likes him of circumstances; but Richard seems well, to ride on the waves of Fate, and to When he doth bid good morrow with such make circumstances almost subser
spirit. vient to himself. Yet both are (com- I think, there's ne'er a man in Christendom paratively) pleasant and companion- Can lesser hide his love, or hate, than he ; able people at first setting out ;, it is For by his face straight shall you know his
heart. only in their progress through repeated crimes, that they catch shadow Now, in Cibber, there is little or after shadow, and are finally toned nothing of this: we do not recognise down into a deep and melancholy his cheerful look, nor do we feel his hue, as dark as the pictures of Rem- alacrity of spirit. He is not the brandt.-The Richard of Cibber is a mounting character of Shakspeare fierce and gloomy monotony: but and of truth, but he seems to have Shakspeare's is sparkling, and active, reached the “ midway air” already, and witty, full of high intellect and and keeps floating on (there is scarcely deep design,-a soldier, a prince, and an exception to this) like a bird of a man of the world; full of the blunt- prey, fearfully and alone, sweeping ness of the one, yet with something every thing out of his road as it meets of the courtly dignity of the other; him, but ascending no more: he no replete with lively sayings, and shrewd longer bounds from point to point, remark. He is a perfect piece of clearing every successive difficulty biography, as it were, in Shakspeare; as it presents itself, and taking but in Cibber, he seems to have al- his station at last amidst tempest ready lost his youth : he speaks and and gloom. There is no necessity acts like one grown grey in crime, for this, for Cibber places him and banquets on nothing but blood there at once; and all that we have and tears.
to do is to wonder that there could One, very great merit which the have been so wicked a man; we have historical plays of Shakspeare have, no notion how he became so. The is, that they are national; and not Richard of Shakspeare, in short, only national, but they are necessarily may be compared to the series of of the period to which they relate:- pictures, called the “ Rake's Prothus, what a reality does the follow- gress of Hogarth; and Cibber's, to ing speech of Gloster give to the the last scene only. It might make play ; it stamps it of the time wherein that terrible picture the more valuathe facts were supposed to happen, ble, in one sense perhaps, were any and is highly characteristic of Richard person to destroy the others; but it also.
would still be a mere fragment of the
original design, and every true lover Buck. Had you not come upon your of that most delightful art would
cue, my lord, William, Lord Hastings, had pronounced
execrate the folly of the destroyer.
The principal scenes which have your part,I mean, your voice—for crowning of the been restored are—the scene between king.
Richard, Clarence, and Brakenbury; Glos. Than my Lord Hastings, no man in wliich the wit and irony of Richard might be bolder ;
shines out so excellently; the one wherein Queen Margaret comes sud- to comedy, (and quite to real life,) denly on Richard, the Queen (of Ed- to the very darkest hues of despair ward), and her relatives, and utters and remorse. It was entirely worthy her terrible curses on them all; and, of the alteration : we cannot say thirdly, the council scene, where more of it. Gloster bares his arm, and orders the The Stranger.- This play has been death of Hastings. This last scene' brought forward for the purpose of produced a stronger effect than any introducing a young debutante in one in the play, and the others were the character of Mrs. Haller.' Miss excellently performed. Perhaps Mar- Dance (for that is her name) expegaret's curse was too long, and might rienced a very kind and flattering rebe retrenched with advantage; but ception, and her success was unwe certainly saw no reason why the equivocal. It is scarcely possible uneasy delicacy of two or three per- to arrive at an opinion of this young sons should shew itself, at the recita actress's powers from what we have tion of the following passage. We as yet seen her perform : there is dare say, that the same people have little room for display in Mrs. Haller. satè very quietly at Othello, where If the part is kept from languishing; things twice as objectionable are re- it is all that can be done for it; for peated; but let the reader judge. the author, except in the confession Glos. An please your worship, Braken. scene, has cast no opportunities in
the actress's way. bury, You may partake any thing we say :
Judging from what we have seen, We speak no treason, man ;--we say the we may pronounce Miss Dance to be king
a very elegant actress, and certainly Is wise and virtuous; and his noble queen a handsome one. She reminded us Well struck in years ; fair, and not jea of the daughter of old Isaac of York, lous :
the beautiful and matchless RebecWe say that Shore's wife hath a pretty ca, though there does not appear foot,
to be a great variety of expression A cherry lip,
in her countenance. Her voice (but, A bonny eye, a passing pleasing tongue; And the queen's kindred are made gentle. perhaps, it was depressed by timifolks :
dity) is scarcely powerful enough How say you, Sir ? can you deny all this? for a large theatre; yet, there are Brak. With this, my lord, myself have some notes in it which are very munought to do.
sical; and her pathetic and tremuGļos. Naught to do with Mistress Shore? lous utterance, which brought tears He that doth naught with her, excepting into many bright eyes on the even
ing of her debut, reminded us of the Were best to do it secretly, alone.
better part of Miss O'Neil's acting, Act I. Scene 1.
though upon the whole she cannot The plan, adopted by Cibber, of making the queen of Edward cajole that lady.-Miss Dance, then, is a
at present claim any comparison with the deep-desiguing Gloster, is untrue very elegant, and handsome, and we to history, and revolting. In the ori
We ginal, play, Richard promises, in a hope to see her in Belvidera shortly,
may say, promising actress. magnificent speech (act iv. scene 4), when we will take an opportunity, all possible good to her and to her perhaps, of speaking of her more at relatives ; and beneath his false pro- large. misings, her obduracy relaxes.
Love in a Village, which is a pleaAgain shall you be mother to a king,
sant opera, though an old one, has
been revived here : the airs are dehe says, who shall call “ familiarly, lightful, and Hodge and Madge, and thy Dorset-brother ;” and Elizabeth Mr. Justice Woodcock, are pera is thus forced into perplexity, and, at sonages whom we do not easily forlast, consent.
We think of them in connecOur limits will allow us but a few tion with gravel-walks and borders words, by which to mark the perform- of clipped box,—with bouquets of ance. Mr. Macready's Richard was pinks and sweet-peas and lilies, a highly admirable and spirited por- with yew-trees tortured into the trait, shadowed down finely from shapes of pea-hens and pyramids, something which approached almost and all the garden ornaments of