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DRYDEN'S ODE TO MUSIC IMITATED.
The scarecrow of an hour,
To see their fallen power.
The various turns of chance below;
To think the dangers of a row.
Fighting still, and still destroying;
Think, oh think her worth-enjoying,
Gaz'd on the fair,
Then tore his hair,
Rav'd and stamp'd, and rav'd again.
ØRYDEN'S ODE TO MUSIC IMITATED.
Burst his bands of sleep asunder,
Hark! hark! the horrid sound
Has rais'd up his head :
As awak'd from the dead.
See the constables rise,
Which our bands view with fear,
Behold yon ghastly band,
Each O. P. in his hand;
Friends that never would fail,
Inglorious in jail.
To the ragged crew :
FALKLAND; Notes.For Clifford won The following is written on one of the pillars in Westminster Hall:
Dan and his Master in Westminster Hall,
Long waited a client to spy;
Ste John Bull.
Were the glad shouts of starving Dan.
Lyar, Lyarist. I have preferred this spelling as best suited to the character of a certain print, as it also leaves the reader in suspense between a living and an inanimate instrument
RAISING A NOISE.
[From the Public Ledger, Nov. 25.) SIR, BEING an enemy to noises of every description, I
am one of those who have determined to stay away from Covent Garden until a peace shall be established. But my quiet disposition need not prevent my praising the ingenuity of the 0. P.'s in inventing new species of noise, or which, at least, were never heard before within the walls of a Theatre. Some, discovering that the human voice, in its most powerful elevation, was not sufficient for their purpose, have called in the aid of trumpets, rattles, and bells. But, Sir, ingenious as all this may seem, I would have them to reflect that the public are soon tired of the best performances, and that, like other managers, they must soon provide them with a greater variety of sounds. As to coughing and sneezing, they appear to me to be many notes too low for their purpose ; and other discharges of wind ought to be practised with moderation, because they have a tendency to encourage the sale of articles which cannot at present be procured at the old prices.
Industrious, therefore, as the 0. P.'s have been in multiplying the instruments of clamour, I do not by any means think that they have exhausted the subject. They have not, for example, made a sufficient use of those patriotic ladies who accompany them, and who, with very little effort, might be made to squall an octave higher than any trumpet ever invented. I would also recommend to them the use of that excellent in. strumeti ile saw, A few of these might be placed with great advantage in the pit, and the operation of sharpening practised with prodigious effect; as this is supposed to be the most irresistible attack that can be made upon the nerves. And truly, Sir, at a time that the eyes of all Europe are upon us, nothing ought to be wanting to convince them that the concerns of a play
(VERSES ON THE DECEASE OF OLD PRICES. 323 house and a rabble are of more importance in our eyes than the progress of Bonaparte's arms and the subjugation of Europe
I am, Sir, yours,
ELEGIAC VERSES ON THE DECEASE OF OLD
Kept London town in constant strife,
The gods on high, from that abyss,
The pit, heard this vile demon hiss,
" His horn is blown, his rattle sprung,
His bell, yea, his death-bell is rung,
De mortuis nil nisi bonum,
himFor of the bad, what may be said ?
" As spirit, his vile schemes to cheer,
Was Chronicled his sour small.beer, Who spiritless upon the bier lies low;
Bad were The Times that gave him breath,
And, had he not been Presse'd to death, He might have wrought a world of woe!
" Upon the stage he'll strut no more,
His loud rehearsals all are o'er,
A coffin now his private box,
(That house that wants nor keys nor locks;) And Charon's boat his only chance to row.
" To nonage Managers he tried,
And all his country's laws defied;
He scorn'd the baize and spurn'd control,
But grave is now his pigeon-hole ;
Норов PopcЕ. .
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[From the Morning Post, Nov. 27.]
[From the Morning Chronicle, Nov. 27.] IT has been for some time a matter of surprise to pbi
losophers, that the heterogeneous compound known by the name of the Administration, but which was in fact a neutral salt, in the strictest sense of the term, should not long ago have been decomposed. The weakness of the affinities between its component parts was well known; and we are obliged to Berthollet for the term “complex affinity,” by which it is well described.
A volatile substance, called Canning, having a great capacity for caloric, has, as might have been expected, effected the decomposition ; deflagration and detonation took place upon exposure at an increased tempe. rature to atmospheric air, on Putney Common; this must have had the effect of the Galvanic battery, as a piece of metal, of a spherical form, supposed to be Mr. Davy's potassium, was projected from a tube containing nitrate of pot-ash, sulphur, and carbon.
Thus was Mr. Perceval's famous compound decomposed; Canning yielded red Auid, of the colour of human blood, highly concentrated sulphuric acid, and an impure alkali of a caustic nature.
Castlereagh gave a considerable quantity of aqueous fuid, and an oxyde of lead, which had of course lost all its metallic splendour. The residuum, consisting of vapours, and of various weak solutions, was not