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lover's glittering eyes
Whose charms outstrip the force of thought !
SLOW, pleasant, and tranquil, my time pass'd away,
'Till Delia I saw and approv'd;
But how chang'd since the moment I lov'd !
No pleasures can soften my grief;
But if she rejects my fond plaint with disdain,
And coldly regards my soft prayer,
But end my sad days in despair.
WRITTEN IN RICHMOND PARK.
TO MY LYRE.
That long hath lain neglected and forlorn,
And as I taste the mellow draugbt of morn,
From those who 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 rugged 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 searching Walker * for the various chimes !
One could as soon arrest the sun that climbs
I am unequall'd in this word'rous 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 Honeyinoon and Rosina.
20. Hamlet. Opbelia, by a young Lady (her 1st appearance on apy stage). Irishman in London.
92. Love in a Village. Young Meadows, Mr. Gibbon; Hodge, Mr. SCRIVEN (from Edinburgh, his įst appearance in London). Citizen. Oid Philpot, Mr. Penley.
Mr. J. Smith announced for Young Meadows; but, for what cause we know not, he 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 Ferdinand, Mr. Palmer. jun. Lazarillo, Mr. Farley ; Octavio, Mr. Treby Muskato, Mr. Liston. Marcella, Mrs. St Leger ; Aurora, Mrs. Ma 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
pearance in London). Elvira, Miss Marriott, (from Bath, her 1st appearance on this stage).-Critic.
30. Africans-Music Mad-Blind Boy.
31. Ib.-YES OR No? (Never acted.) The Overture and Music by Mr. C. Smith. The Characters by Messrs. Grove, Liston, Farley, Palmer, jun. Noble, Mathews, Treby; Mrs. Davenport, Mrs. Liston, SEPT.
1. Blue Devils-Yes or No ?
3. [Mr. Fawcett's Night.] Zorinski-Critic-Plot and Counterplot. : 5. Africans-Blind Boy-Yes or No ?
6. Ib.- Escapes-lb.
9. [Mrs. Gibbs' Night.] Honeymoon, Duke, Mr. Young.–Plut and Counterplot-Valentine and Orson.
10. Africans, Music Mad_Yes or No ?
13. Africans-Critic-Tom Thumb. · 14. Hamlet-Cheats of Scapin.
15. Africans-Plot and Counterplot-Yes or No ?
The Theatre closed on the 15th, with the usual compliment to the audience from Mr. Fawcett. The farce of YES OR No ? is a pleasant trifle, and having the advantage of some pretty music, and excellent acting, no doubt sufficiently answered the purpose both of manager and author.
DESTRUCTION OF COVENT GARDEN THEATRE
On Tuesday morning (Sept. 20), at 4 o'clock, took place one of the most tremendous conflagrations which this Metropolis has · witnessed for many years, and which ended in the total destruc
tion of Covent Garden Theatre, certainly one of the most complete and splendid in Europe, together with a great number of the adjoining houses; but the circumstance which consummated the calamity is the melancholy destruction of human life which ensued, in a most fatal and shocking manner. The play and entertainment announced for representation on the previous evening were Pizarro, .and the Portrait of Cervantes, which were performed with the greatest éclat, and produced a remarkably full house.-During the performance, nothing transpired which could indicate, in the least degree, the possibility of the melancholy catastrophe which in a very few hours afterwards took place. The representation was over by eleven o'clock, ani about twelve Mr. Brandon, after going round the house, saw every thing apparently safe, and retired to rest. The watchman also went his usual rounds at two o'clock in the morning, vhen there was no appearance to excite suspicion. At four Mr. Brandon was called up by the watchman, when the whole bouse
was in flames. About this time a thick smoke, and immediately afterwards flames, were seen issuing from the large ventilator on the roof of Covent Garden Theatre. Within ten minutes, several parts of the roof were perceived to be on fire, and in half an hour ihe whole covering of that immense building was in flames, burning with such fury and intenseness, that, though it was then broad day light, the column of fire thrown up was perceivable even in many of the more distant environs of the metropolis. The engines of every fire-office in town, and of all the neighbouring parishes, rattling through the streets, spread an universal alarm. Every person within half a mile supposed, on looking out, the fire to be within three or four houses of him. The theatre was speedily surrounded with engines, and thousands of persons, ready to give all the assistance in their power; but the building is so closely surrounded by bigh and deep houses, that for some time very little or nothing could be done by all their efforts to check the progress of the flames. The roof fell in about six, and before eight o'clock, the whole interior of this magnificent building, the audience part, the stage, the different entrances, the treasury, and music-room, were consumed. Of so great a destruction, effected in so short a time, there is perhaps no former instanee; but the large area of the Theatre gave air to the flaines, and almost every material composing it was highly combustible.
The endeavours of the firemen were now all applied to the prevention of an increase of the calamity, the bouses on the four sides of the theatre being evidently in great dauger. Their height made it impossible for the engines to play over them; but the
athern pipes were carried up the stair-cases of the houses to the third floors, and being thrown down the ends were fastened to the engines below. All these exertions could not prevent the progress of the flames to the houses in Bow-street, to which side the wind inclined. Several of these are connected with the theatre, and appropriated to differeut parts of the establishment. Most of these are destroyed, and some others. Soon after four o'clock, when the fire was at its height, from the direction and force of the wind, there was reason to fear the destruction of the whole mass of houses reaching to Russel-street; but the wind soon fell considerably, and the fire seemed to take a different direction. It is impossille to describe the horrors of the scene at this moment. The immense volume of fire, the crashing of the beams, and the roof, the knocking up of the families in the neighbourhood in order to save themselves from the devouring element, altogether formed a scene that beggars all description. As the heavy timbers fell, the light burning matter was thrown up to an immense height and extent, and the whole atmosphere was filled with foating takes of fire, which fell in all directions, spreading consternation, and threatening ruin to the wbo!e neighbourhood. Pieces of scenery and ornaments were carried to a considerable distance, and a piece of carve. ed wood, all on fire even fell near St. Clement's Church. The Apollo ou the top of Drury-lane Theatre, formed a striking spectacle, as the fiery materials fell around it ia a sort of shower. The conflagration continued to extend itself without the least prospect of a stop being put to its fury. The alarm was spread all over the town with the utmost rapidity--the fire engines poured in from all quars,