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TO STUDENTS AT LAW.
SIR MATTHEW HALE'S OPINION OF PLAYS. 1 When a student in the Inns of Court, Sir Matthew Hale took up a resolution which he punctually observed, that he would never more see a play, having spent all his money on them at Oxford, and having experienced that it was so great an alienation of his mind from his studies, by the recurring of the speeches and actions into his thoughts, as well as the loss of time when he saw them. He had often disputes with the learned Selden, who was his great friend, and used to say he found great refreshment by it; but Sir Matthew told him he had so much knowledge of the inconvenience of them, that he would not see one for 1001. But he said he was not of Mr. Pryone's judgment, for he did not think it unlawful, but very fit for gentlemen, sometimes, but not for students.
TRAGI-COMEDIES. . DRYDEN has been said by some persons to have written his Tragi-Comedies upon his own judgment of the excellence of that neutral drama. In a manuscript letter of his, however, he says, “ I am afraid you discover not your own opinion concerning my irregular way of Tragi-Comedy (or my Doppia Favola).”. I will never defend that practice, for I know it distracts the hearers : but I know withal that it has hitherto pleased them, for the sake of variety, and for the particular taste which they have to Low Comedy. This has been the excuse of dramatic authors, from the earliest times down to the present day.
The Drama's laws the Drama's patrons give,
HAMLET. “And let the kettle to the trumpets speak,” &c. M. DE BROSSES, in his Supplement to the Remains of Sallust, tom., 1. p. 377, seems to have imitated this pompous formula of the King, in the last scene of Hamlet : Le sénat répondoit aux trompettes par des acclamations lugubres : les chevaliers répondoient au sénat : l'armée aux chevaliers : toute la populace à l'armée.
T. M. VOL. IV.
IMPROMPTU, ON HEARING OF THE TREATY CONCLUDED BETWEEN TAL FRENCH
AND BRITISH FORCES IN PORTUGAL.
« Si Nalura negat, facit INDIGNATIO Cersum."-JUVENAL,
AND is it so ? Has Well'sley fought for this?
And scoffing cry,-“ Where now is Britain's glory?" 16th Sept. 1808.
And the pale moon strikes my romantic eye
Assume a nobler energy and height,
Here sought a refuge for the sweet delight!
Now thro' the alleys of the silent grove,
The tedious story of my injur'd love!
I trace the semblance of the beauteous maid.
Whose charms outstrip the force of thought !
'Till Delia I saw and approv'd;
But how chang’d since the moment I lov'd! ..
No pleasures can soften my grief; .
Bat if she rejects my food plaiat with disdais,
And colly regards my soft prayer,
But ead my sad days in despair.
WRITTEN IN RICHMOND PARK.
TO XY LYRE.
That long hath lain neglected and forlorn,
From those wbo treat me with indecent scorn;
For though perhaps to poverty I'm born,
For she is gone who succour'd thee with care;
And smooth the ragged brow of dark despair!
Bid me look calmly on the threatening show'r !
A BURLESQUE SONNET. : A SONNET -how ridiculously vain
Is the request in these degenerate times !
When scarce a poet can produce two rhymes
By searcbing Walker* for the various chimes!
I am unequall'd in this wondrous lay!
Why, he would naturally yield to me,
Without the least reserve, the victory, Grafton-street, Sept. 1908..
. .J. G.
* Walker's Rhyming Dictionary.
THE LONDON THEATRES.
DRURY-LANE Opened for the season on Saturday the 17th of September, with the Honey inoon and Rosina.
20. Hamlet. Opbelia, by a young Lady (her 1st appearance ou any stage). Irishmaa in London.
22. Love in a Village. Young Meadows, Mr. Gibbon; Hodge, Mr. SCRIVEN (fron Edinburgh, his įst appearance in London). Citizen. Oid Pbilpot, Mr. Penley.
[Mr. J. Smitb announced for Young Meadows ; but, for what cause we know not, be did not perform.]
24. Country Girl-Ella Rosenberg.
The Company is the same as last season ; and the interior has undergone no alteration,excepting that some additions have been made to the private boxes, before too numerous. The new Ophelia is a Mrs. Corri, wife of the musician. She has been well instructed, and has a good voice, but præterea nihil. Mr. Scriven, the Hodge, has been long a favourite comedian in the North, and his merits, though not extraordinary, fully entitle him to a respectable cast of characters in London. He was very well received.
14. Woodman-Portrait of Cervantes.
This Company also remains as it stood last year; with the loss of Miss Smith, who winters it in Dublin. The dreadful Fire, of which we insert the most authentic account we can procure, put a stop to the representations for one week. On Monday the 26th the proprietors, opened the Opera House, with Douglas and Rosina ; those pieces requiring but few dresses, and but two or three scenes.
23. African-Blind Boy.
24. Mr. and Mrs. LISTON's Night.] Pannel. Don Gusman, Mr. Noble; Don Carlos, Mr. Thompson; Don Pedro, Mr Carles; Don Fer. dinand, Mr. Palmer. jun. Lazarillo, Mr. Farley; Octavio, Mr. Treby; Muskato, Mr. Liston. Marcella, Mrs. St Leger ; Aurora, Mrs. Man thews; Beatrice, Mrs. Gibbs. Who Wins ? Matthew Mole, Mr. Grove; Widow Bellair, Mrs. Taylor.-Critic.
25. Africans-Seeing is Believing-Plot and Counterplot. : 27. Ib.Mrs. Wiggins--Tom Thumb.
29. [Mr. Young's Night.] Pizarro. (Pizarro, (for that night, only) Mr. Chapman ; Alonzo, Mr. Abbot, (from Bath,'his ist ap