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cannot be removed, for if removed, it soon ceases to be permanent. What stationary absurdity can vie with that ligneous barricado, which decorated with frappant and tintinabulant appendages, now serves as the entrance of the lowly cottage, and now as the exit of a lady's bed-chamber ; at one time insinuating plastic Harlequin into a butcher's shop, and at another, yawning as a flood-gate to precipitate the Cyprians of St. Giles' into the embraces of Macheath. To elude this glaring absurdity; to give to each respective mansion the door which the carpenter would doubtless have given; we vary our portal with the varying scene, passing from deal to mahogany, and from mahogany to oak, as the opposite claims of cottage, palace, or castle, may appear to require.'
In submitting the address of Crabbe, we must ask the attention of his familiar reader to the ‘syllabus' or 'argument' which precedes the text. Certainly, it is not less admirable in its 'keeping,' than the main article itself, which is the perfection of imitation. It runs as follows: Interior of a Theatre described ; Pit gradually fills. The Check-taker. Pit full. The orchestra tuned. One fiddler rather dilatory. Is reproved - and repents. Evolutions of a play-bill; its final settlement on the spikes. The gods taken to task — and why.
Holywell-street, St. Pancras. Emanuel Jennings binds his son Apprentice. Not in London - and why. Episode of the Hat.' But to the poetry :
"Tis sweet to view from half past five to six,
At first, while vacant seats give choice and ease,
Now the full benches, to late comers, doom
Hark! the check-taker moody silence breaks,
"See to their desks Apollo's sons repair ;,
soft vibration sighs the whispering lute,
Now all seems hush'd - but no, one fiddle will
"Say, why these Babel strains from Babel tongues?
After describing a motley group of play-goers, among whom are :
"The lottery cormorant, the auction-shark,
He passes to the 'episode of the hat :'
"John Richard William Alexander Dwyer
"Silence, ye gods ! to keep your tongues in awe,
'Pat Jennings in the upper gallery sat,
Thank you, cries Pat, but one won't make a line;'
Like Iris' bow, down darts the painted hue,
It would be doing injustice to Mr. CRABBE, to omit the preface of apologies' which accompanied his communication. He says:
"A few words of explanation may be deemed necessary on my part, to avert invidious misrepresentation. The animadversion I have thought it right to make on the noise created by tuning the orchestra, will, I hope, give no lasting remorse to any of the gentlemen employed in the band. It is to be desired that they would keep their instruments ready tuned, and strike off at once.
This would be an accommodation to many well-meaning persons who frequent the theatre, who not being blest with the ear of St. Cecilia, mistake the tuning for the overture, and think the latter concluded before it is begun.
One fiddle will
was originally written 'one hautboy will;' but having providentially been informed, when this poem was upon the point of being sent off, that there is but one hautboy in the band, I averted the storm of popular and managerial indignation from the head of its blower ; as it now stands one fiddle' among many, the faulty individual will, I hope, escape detection. The story of the flying play-bill is calculated to expose a practice much too common, of pinning play-bills to the cushions, insecurely, and frequently, I fear, not pinning them at all. If these lines save one play-bill only from the fate I have recorded, I shall not deem my labor ill employed. The concluding episode of Patrick Jennings, glances at the boorish fashion of wearing the hat in the one shilling gallery. Had Jennings thrust his between his feet at the commencement of the play, he might have leaned forward with impunity, and the catastrophe I relate would not have occurred. The line of handkerchiefs formed to enable him to recover his loss, is purposely so crossed in texture and materials, as to mislead the reader in respect to the real owner of any one of them. For, in the satirical view of life and manners which I occasionally present, my clerical profession has taught me how extremely improper it would be, by any allusion, however slight, to give any uneasiness, however trivial, to any individual, however foolish or wicked.'
With the subjoined choice bit of COLERIDGE, we close our quotations for Part One. It may be necessary to remind the reader, that the original bard once made overtures of intimacy to a jackass ; but the 'babbling, jingling simplicity,' and the speculative philosophy,
upon trivial matters, need no explanation. The 'likeness' cannot fail of being recognised :
'My pensive Public, wherefore look you sad?
From that hour,
Oh! 't was a goodly sound to hear the people
"Oh Mr. Whitbread! fie upon you, Sir!
Heaven grant it prove not in the end pound foolish !
'Nought born on earth should die. On hackney stands
Indeed, indeed, I'm very, very sick!' The ‘Baby's Début,' of WORDSWORTH, Drury's Dirge,' by • Laura Matilda,' MOORE's 'Living Lustres,' • The Rebuilding,' by Souther,' and 'Fire and Ale,' by `the horrid Monk Lewis,' will form the subjects of another and concluding number.
SILENCE, and night! it is the time for thought; And the lone dreamer turns his wearied eye, Out from the casement, up to the dim stars, And deems that from those rolling worlds comes to him A cheering voice. How beautiful they are Those sparkling lamps in that eternal void ! They seem like gems upon the crown of HimThe Lord! the crucified! They still hang there, Bright, as when bursting on this lower world Then heaving into beauty - the fair lands, Valleys and hills; the streams, the lakes, the seas With their blue depths; the ocean with its waves Restless forever - as when these burst forth, And over them God spread this canopy Of grandeur and of glory! There they hang, Emblems of his great hand who placed them there, And bade them roll to one eternal hymn Of heavenly harmony! Away — away Farther and farther on --- thought flies; and yet Reaches them not. Beyond the wild blue track of this our world, it sweeps; beyond the track Of that ring'd orb, the heathen deified, Old Saturn named ; beyond the path of that They called the Thunderer; ay, and beyond The track sublime, of our great burning orb, Hanging alone in heaven -- beyond all these, Thought, seraph-wing’d, sweeps daringly - and yet Reaches not the first trace of those far fires, Glowing yet never fading; myriads burning In the blue concave, where no thought may pierce, Save the Eternal's. And yet those bright orbs Created were, and in harmonious march Traverse the air together. Not one of all Those sparkling points of scarce distinguishable flame, But hath its part and place in that grand scheme Fixed by the God of Heaven. Laws, times, place, motions, All these each hath; and there they roll for ever, Changing and yet unchanged. The wilder'd mind Turns from the scene amazed, and asks itself If this can be !
And yet, how fancy dreams Of those bright worlds! Tell us, ye unseen influences, Ye that do gather round us in these hours When the impassion'd world lies locked in sleep, And the day's whirl is over tell us here, What are those rolling worlds! Are there bright scenes, Such as we dream of here? Are there fair realms, Robed in such hues as this? Do wild hills, there, Heave their high tops to such a bright blue heaven As this which spans our world? Have they rocks there, Ragged and thunder-rent, through whose wild chasms Leap the white cataracts, and wreathe the woods With rainbow coronets?' Spread such bright vales There in the sunlight, cots and villages, Turrets, and towers, and temples - dwell these there, Glowing with beauty? Wilderness and wild, Heaving and rolling their green tops, and ringing With the glad notes of myriad-colored birds, Singing of happiness - have they these there? Spread such bright plains there to th' admiring eye, Veined by glad brooks, that, to the loose white stones, Tell their complaint all day? Waves, spreading sheets, That mirror the white clouds, and moon, and stars, Making a mimic heaven ? Streams, mighty streams Waters, resistless floods, that, rolling on, Gather like seas, and heave their waves about,