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Like Atlas firm thou scorn d'st each ruffian blast,
And stood'st immoveable amidst a sea,
And swore eternal misery to Thee!
True to herself, immutable and strong!
And kindly whisper that thy passion's true;
Thy dubious heart, and every care subdue !
Spreading its radiance on my bapļess state ;
And bless the star, for my auspicious fate!
Like thee, pale moon! I'm doom'd alas ! to wane ;
So fly my hopes before remorseless pain !
Thy genuine smiles wou'd all my woes adorn !
M. P. A. Z.
TO MISS SARAH MORGAN,
How sweetly all its folds expand !
It courts thy kind relieving band !
And, ah! I view the struggling tear,
As radiant and as crystal clear !
Adorn'd with every winning charm;
And lingers, void of Friendship’s arm!
But thou wast form’d by Heaven divine,
To shield the weak from every storm;
To lure us, and our ways reform!
And though e'en Guilt herself attend,
And all her craving wants befriend!
Of sparkling eyes and peerless graces,
For that outshines the sweetest faces!
And blended with exterior graces;
And in his Fair an angel traces !
Dear charming girl! I soon discover,
And that an angel is my lover !!
ALLA SPAGNA, ALL'ITALIA, ALL'EUROPA.
FREME I' Tiranno altero, che sol pone
Ma gia pena condegna
Mandagli giù da la sfera superna
Londru, Luglia, 1808.
L. E. discendante
THE LONDON THEATRES.
28. Iron Chest-Plot and Counterplot.
29. (Never acted.] THE AFRICANS; or War, Love, and Duty: The overture and music composed and selected by Mr. Kelly Fa. rulho (the priest), Mr. Thompson ; Torribal, Mr. Farley, Madi. boo, Mr Fawcett; Selico, Mr. Young; Demba Sego Jalla (King of Kasson), Mr. Palmer, jun.; Daucari, Mr. Carles; Fetterwell. Mr. Grove; Marrowbone, Mr. Menage; Henry Augustus Mug, Mr. Liston ; Berissa, Mrs. Gibbs ; . Darina, Mrs. St. Leger; Sutta, Mrs. Liston. The scenery by Mr. Morris, &c. Sylvester Daggerwood Mrs. Wiggins.
30. Ib. -Seeing is Believing—Cheats of Scapio. AUGUST
1. IbLove laughs at Locksmiths.
3. Ib.- Mock Doctorm-Spoilt Child. Little Pickle, Mrs. Bel. lamy.
4 Ib.-Ways and Means. 5. Ib.-Ghost-Cheats of Scapin. 6. Ib. - Music Mad-Follies of a Day. 8. Ib.-Spoilt Child-Catch him who can. 9. Ib - Mrs Wiggins-Tale of Mystery, 10. Ib.--Seeing is Believing-Hunter of the Alps. 11. Ib.-Mock Doctor-Katharine and Petruchio. 12. Ib.-Blind Boy. Edmond (1st time), Miss A. De Camp. 13. Ib -- Plot and Counterplot-Music Mad. 15. Ib.-Recruiting Serjeant-Tom Thumb.
16. [Mr. FARLEY's Night.] Blind Boy-Plot and Counterplot -Valentine and Orson. Valentine, Mr. Farley; Orson, Mr. Grimaldi, (his ist appearance on this stage); Hugo, Mr. Grove; Green Knight, Mr. Menage.
18. [Mr. TAYLOR'S Night.) Five Miles off-Review. Looney Mactwolter, a Gentleman, (1st appearance on any stage). Imitas tions-Hob in the Well, (1st time for 15 years.) Hob, Mr. Taylor; Hob's Father, Mr. Noble; Betty, Mrs, Taylor; Flora, Mrs. Ma. thews.
19. Africans-Blind Boy.
22. [Mr. MATHEW's Night.] Young Quaker-Blue Devils... (Never acted] FIRST COME FIRST SERV'D; or, the Biter Bit. Cha. racters by Messrs. Liston, Farley, Mathews, Noble, Mrs. Davenport, Miss De Camp.
The AFRICANS, is the production of Mr, Colman, an autbor whose name ranks deservedly high among the dramatic writers of the day. In the present instance he has not been eminently successful. There is a substantial interest in the story; but it is too much dilated, and the deficiency of Incident is supplied by a superabundance of Dialogue, the plot is from a Tale of Florian's, which,
carrative, is beautifully simple and impressive, but in adapting it to the Stage, the author has been obliged to look to other sources for materials, and thus, “mixed with baser matter," much of the original interest, and pathos bas escaped. The Comic scenes of Mug, whimsical as they are in the contrivance, and comic in the effect, can only be considered as so much intrusive buffoonery, suddenly interrupting the interest which the distress of the African family has excited. When their history is resumed, sympathy is again to be awakened, the interim, haviug dissipated all our emotions. This may be said of all serio comic pieces, but the defect, unavoidable in a Drama so coustructed, has seldom been felt more powerfully than in this instance. The story will not well bear to be broken, especially by means so violent. The following, taken from the newspaper, seems to be a pretty correct sketch of tbe fable.
Act 1st.-Selico is about to be married to Berissa, when the Mandingoes invade Bondon. Madiboo in a shooting excursion sees a party of the enemy, but supposing them to be stragglers, he resolves not to give any alarm till the nuptials of his brother shall be celebrated. In the mean time the town is attacked, and as the priest is uniting the hands of the lovers, intelligence is brought that half the city is already in Aames, and the invaders sparing neither sex nor age, are rapidly advancing to the temple. The ceremony is of course stopped-the Mandingoes destroy Tatteconda, and exter, minate its inhabitants.
Act 2.-Torribal and Madiboo escape with Darina, and conceal her in a hut.Madiboo leaves this asylum to seek provisions for bis mother-he meets Selico, who relates to him that anongst the slain he found the headless and mangled bodies of Berissa and her father. Madiboo persuades him to seek sustenance for his mother, and soon after his departure, falls in with Mug, who has become secretary of state to the conqueror, and obtains from him a basket of provisions. With these, he returns to the hut, where he finds Selico, whose search has been unsuccessful. The three brothers consult on the means of providing for their mother. Selico proposes to be taken to the Mandingo camp, and sold to the English slave merchants, who have arrived to purcbase prisoners. Torribal and Madiboo wish to have it decided by lots, but he overrules them, and sets off with the latter.
Act 3.-On his arrival he finds that his sale can only produce a sufficiency to support his mother for a few days, and hearing a very large reward offered for the apprehension of some unknown person who had on the preceding night procured access to the favourite captive of the King, he determines that his brother shall give him up as the delinquent. This is done, and Madiboo obtains the reward. He is for his alleged crime sentenced to be burned with the female prisoner he is supposed to have visited. The culprits are led to stakes opposite each other, and in his fellow-sufferer he discovers his Berissa. Her father now rushes in, and proves to · have been her clandestine visitor. Darina also appears with Torribal and Madiboo; and the King touched with the constancy and filial affection of the lovers, pardons and gives them to each other.
The story being ready for his purpose, and so finely wrought by the Inventor that nothing was necessary to be added, Mr. Colman