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Her Majesty's Tower (by Hepworth was to be crowned with her as king. Crowned as Dixon). -Even in the hands of an ordinary king! Surprised and hurt at what the Treasurer had writer, the subject Mr. Dixon has chosen could let fall, she sat in silent pain, until Guilford came not fail to be replete with interest. The grim into her room, when she broke into a fit of honest old building, palace and prison, associated as it wrath. “The crown,” she said, was not a playis with times and personages of the utmost thing for boys and girls. She could not make him a importance in the annals of this nation, has king. A duke she had power to make, but only Parhitherto afforded rich materials to our historical liament could make a man king.". Guilford began to
cry, and left the room. In a few minutes he came romancists. In Mr. Dixon's hands it over- back with his mother, still whimpering that he wanted flows with the romance of history; he deals in to be king, and would not be a duke.” The Queen facts, untrimmed except with the brilliancy of
was firm, and, after a hot scene, the Duchess took her his charming style; and, having access to in- boy away, declaring that he should not live with an formation only to be found in out-of-the-way ungrateful wife. places, and even then at an outlay of tedious and painstaking research, he has been enabled to
There is no need to tell the bitter story of her add many charming touches to the stories with enforced marriage with the weak son of the which we are all familiar, and to tell others less Duke of Northumberland, to which she had generally known. Clear, sharp, and graphic, been driven even with blows, or of her genuine the pictures of the haughty Elinor, of reluctance to sovereignty, which her rectitude
In a former Maud the Fair, of Anne Boleyn, of the no less than her reason refused. best and noblest of the Tudor race the un
page the story of her studious, retired life at fortunate Lady Jane Gray, the gallant glorious Bradgate, where, secluded from the pleasures Raleigh, and a host of other unforgotten men and suited to her youth, her sex, and her position, women, great by the force of virtue, patriotism, she learned to look on her books as her most religion, endurance, or suffering, are brought beloved companions, and the hours spent with before us, refreshed and glorified, if that were
Roger Ascham, or good Master Aylmer, her possible, by the style and verbal colouring of preceptor, 'as the only happy ones she enjoyed. ihe author. Take for instance the following
Who forgets the former's description of the last description of the first day of the reign of Queen
time he ever beheld “ that sweet and noble Jane :
lady"- & girl philosopher in her chamber read
ing the “ Phædon" of Plato in Greek-and On a bright July morning Queen Jane embarked answering, when he inquired why she was not in the Royal barge at Sion, and followed by a cloud
in the park, where the Marquis and Marchioness of galleys, bright with bunting, gay with music, of Dorset and the ladies and gentlemen of the riotous with cannon, dropt down the river, making household were engaged in hunting ; "I wis holiday along the banks, passing the great Abbey: all their sport in the park is but a shadow to calling for an hour at Whitehall Palace, and for that pleasure I find in Plato. Alas, good folk! another hour at Durham House, and shooting through the arches of London Bridge. She landed at the they never felt what true pleasure means !" The Queen's stair about three o'clock, under the roar of speaker had arrived at this conviction at foursaluting guns, and was conducted through the crowds teen years of age, through the severity of her of koeeling citizens to her regal lodgings by the two sharp parents and the sweet gentleness of her Dukes, the Marquises of Winchester and Northampton, schoolmaster, who taught her 80 pleasantly with Arundel, Pembroke, Paget, Westmoreland, Warwick such fair allurements to learning, that her book --all the great noblemen who had made her Queen, bad become so much her pleasure, and brought Her mother Frances bore her train, and her husband her daily so much more, that all other pleasures Guilford walked by her side, cap in hand, and bowing seemed but trifles and troubles in comparison lowly when she deigned to speak. The Lieutenant, to it. . Our space obliges us to be brief: but, Sir John Brydges, and his deputy, Thomas Brydges, often as the sad story has been told, we venture received her Majesty on their knees. At five o'clock to bring her last hour before our readers as Mr. she was proclaimed in the City, when the King's death Dixon has depicted it : was announced and his final testament made known. But the day was not to end in peace; for after supper
When she looked out upon the green, she saw the was over, and the Queen had gone to her rooms, the archers and lancers drawn up, and Guilford being led Marquis of Winchester (Lord Îreasurer) brought up away from the Lieutenant's door. She now sat down the private jewels, which he desired her to wear, and and waited for her summons to depart. An hour went the Royal crown, which he wished her to try on. slowly by ; and then her quick ear caught the rumble Jane looked at the shining toy, and put it from her in of a cart on the stones. She knew that this cart conhaste, saying, “It will do." Winchester told her tained poor Guilford's body, and she rose to greet the another crown would have to be made.” Another corse as it passed by. Her women, who were all in crown! For whom must another crown be made ?” tears, endeavoured to prevent her going to the window, "For the Lord Guilford,” said the Marquis, since he from which she could not help seeing the block and headsman waiting for her turn; but she gently forced parelled as became such a figure in scarf and band of them aside, looked out on the cart, and made the dead the richest colour and costliest stuff, in cap and plume youth a last adieu. Brydges and Feckenham now worth a ransom, in jacket powdered with gems; his came for her. The two gentlewomen could hardly whole attire, from cap to shoe-strings, blazing with walk for weeping; but Lady Jane, who was dressed in rubies, emeralds, and pearls, he was allowed to be one a black gown, came forth, with a prayer-book in her of the handsomest men alive. The council got alarmed hand, a heavenly smile on her face, a tender light in at the crowds who came down to see him. Harvey her grey eyes ; she walked modestly across the green, was thought too careless, and a strict gaoler was appassed through the files of troopers, mounted the pointed to abridge the very few liberties which Ra. scaffold, and then, turning to the crowd of spectators, leigh then enjoyed. softly said : "Good people, I am come hither to die. We cannot afford space to follow the tragic The fact against the Queen's highness was unlawful ; story of this soldier-poet, seaman, historian, but, touching the procurement and desire thereof by man of science, remarkable alike for the variety me, or on my behalf, I wash my hands thereof, in in. of his talents and his heroic enterprise and nocency, before God, and in the face of you, good
courage to its close. Christian people, this day.” She paused, as if to put away from her the world, with which she had now done
HANOVER SQUARE. (London: Ashdown and for ever. Then she added—“I pray you all good Parry, Hanover Square.)—
The present number Christian people, to bear me witness that I die a true Christian woman, and that I look to be saved by tions. First, we have “ Patrouille, Ronde de
of this musical miscellany is rich in contribuno other means than the mercy of God, in the merits of the blood of His only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Neut,” by D. Magnuss: an effective composiAnd now, good people, while I am alive, I pray you tion with considerable work in it for our muto assist me with your prayers.” Kneeling down she sical readers. A "Spinning Song,” the words
by said to Feckenham, the only divine whom Ilary would W. Storey, music by Virginia Gabriel, depends allow to come near her, "Shall I say this psalm ?” very much for its effect upon its characteristic The abbot faltered “Yes.” On which she repeated, in accompaniment, and the expression of the a clear voice, the noble psalm :-" Have mercy upon singer. The change from one to five flats me, O God, after Thy great goodness : according to gives interest and versatility to the air. The the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine of- 'Dancing Sea Spray,” by J. Theodore Trekell fences." When she had come to the last line she (a “morceau de salon”), is light and brilliant, as stood up on her feet, and took off her gloves and ker. its name implies, with plenty of scope for that chief, which she gave to Elizabeth Tylney. The Book legerdemaine of fingering which young ladies of Psalms she gave to Thomas Brydges, the Lieu- with pretty hands delight in. “Autumn Song," tenant's deputy. Then she untied her gown, and took off her bridal gear. The headsman offered to assist by Henry Smart, is a graceful little melody,
effective her, but she put his hands gently aside, and drew a
accompaniment. white kerchief round her eyes. The veiled figure of the executioner sank at her feet, and begged her forgiveness for what he had now to do. She whispered in his ear a few soft words of pity and pardon; and then said to him openly, “ I pray you despatch me quickly.”. Kneeling before the block, she felt for it
NEW MUSIC. blindly with her open fingers. One who stood by her touched and guided her hand to the place it sought ; RESIGNATION, Song. Claribel. on which she laid down her noble head, and saying Sweet MotâER. Song. W. H. Weiss.
' Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit,” passed, THE BELLE OF THE SEASON, Waltz. R. with a prayer on her lips, into her everlasting rest.
COOTE-(George Emery 8. Co., 408, Oxford One more word-picture, and we must end our
Street). imperfect notice of this charming work-a picture that flashes and scintillates like the gems Longfellow's sweet minor poems, set by Claribel
RESIGNATION, the first on our list, is one of in Millais' “ Eve of St. Agnes,” while we gaze to as sweet music. The air, like the words, is
full of pathos and expression. It is written
within easy compass for a mezzo soprano voice. Though Raleigh was now lodged in the Tower, with
SWEET MOTHER. Music by W. H. Weiss. three poor servants, living on £5 a-week for food and Words by W. H. Bellamy, Esq. Like the fire, the men in office considering him far too strong. former, it is written in three flats—a key that inHis fame was rising, instead of falling. Great ladies from the court cast wistful glances at his room. Men
sures a pleasing melody. The accompaniment
is from the streets and ships came crowding to the wharf
very flowing and pretty. whence they could see him walking on the wall. Ra
The Belle OF THE SEASON. Valse. R. leigh was a sight to see, not only for his fame and Coole. The author of the above is so well name, but for his picturesque and dazzling figure. known to our musical friends as a skilful arFifty-one years old, tall, tawny, splendid, with the ranger of dance music, that his name will be a bronze of tropical suns on his leonine cheek, a bushy sufficient guarantee for the agreeableness of the beard, a round moustache, and a ripple of curly hair, valse before us; the time is well marked, and which his man Peter took an hour to dress. An.) the music light and simple.
with a very
THE TI E A TRE S.
THE NEW ORATORIO CONCERTS.
Now, we have above described an actual in.
cident in convict life, and we have brought it Our Feuilleton for March left off with a re- forward through our belief that it is precisely ference to the production of another sensation the incident that would be considered valuable drama of Mr. Watts Phillips', at the HOLBORN to the dramatist in constructing some great senunder the title “ Fettered," by which, we sup- sational scene. But we doubt whether the propose, was meant a sequential work, and cor- fessional dramatist would make the right use of relative to the “ Not Guilty" of the Queen's. the " situation” we have found for him, after We heard such an unsatisfactory account of all. He would not write a drama to lead up to "Fettered,” that made us in no hurry to wit- the catastrophe, but he would more likely use ness an apparently hurried and imperfect play; the catastrophe to heighten the scenes of some and, indeed, after a very short run, we find that drama which had nothing to do with the quarry the piece has been withdrawn. The fate of Mr. scene, and the impending fate of the warder. Waits Phillips's last hasty production recalls We believe that those dramas (now of short duan anecdote, by which we merely desire to show ration), attempting to realize prison-life, convictwhat a real sensation incident is, in contrast life, &c., owe their occasionally untimely fate to with a stage sensation one. Not long ago we the baste with which they are concocted, the were present at a criminal trial, held at Maid- artificiality of their incidents, and their general stone Assizes. The culprit, a short, stout, bull. unfaithfulness to truth and nature. necked, coarse-visaged fellow stood in the dock, We resume our usual record of theatrical charged with a ferocious and murderous assault events during the month, by noticing that a on one of the warders or guards, placed over a novelty of " mark and likelihood" has been gang of conyicts at work" in a quarry, near produced by Mr. E. T. Smith and Dr. Marston Chatham. The prisoner had diligently nursed a at the LYCEUM, now under the direction of the supposed injury he had received at the warder's former enterprising manager. On March 6th hands. The latter had reported him for some was produced a poetical play, by Dr. Westland misconduct, and bad thus temporally increased Marston, entitled “Life for Life.” This prothe vigour of the punishment the man was un- duction has proved to be a literary work of high dergoing as a felon. Shortly after this, on a character, containing much fine poetry; but certain day at the quarry, the prisoner with the test of acting has also shown that “ Life others was removing debris from the side of the for Life" is a play deficient in action and overexcavation at a very elevated spot. While the laid with diffuse dialogue. It is a more elaborate warder was standing near the edge of the preci- sort of “ Douglas,” that old Scotch play which pice, giving some directions, the prisoner passed has kept the stage so long, on account of the with his barrow, and, as if by accident, tilted spirited and ingenuous part of Young Norval. the barrow against the legs of the unsuspecting The experience of a first night's representation officer, wbo made a quick movement to escape of “ Life for Life” showed that the time has the load of chalk covering him. At the same gone by when audiences would listen patiently moment the convict was seen staggering against to soliloquies longer than those in the tragedy the officer, and the latter, thus losing his equi. of “Hamlet,” without being either anything like librium, ovorbalanced himself, and rolled over 80 poetical or philosophic-soliloquies such as into the yawning gulf. In the man's descent Joanna Baillie introduced into her “Plays on he caught at a beam projecting from the per- the Passions." The tiresome and verbose pendicular side of the quarry, a few feet “reflections” of the Scottish chief, Murdoch, below, and succeeded in making good his the hero of " Life for Life,” annoyed the hold of this precarious safeguard. Thus be audience, the more so since it was to be swung from the beam until assistance came, reasonably expected that such a warlike which it fortunately did promptly. It was a character would at least "give the name of moment of great suspense while his rescuers action” to his thoughts. Mr. Vezin performs attempted to pass the noose of arope over the the part of the Murdoch unexceptionally well. head and round the body of the warder. But Mr. Coghlan as Oscar, the lover of Lillian, it was done, and the man soon drawn up to showed to advantage. Mr. Jordan was exterra firma. The convict who had caused the cellent as an old Highlander, and Miss Minnie accident had been already removed into custody, Sidney gave a thorough artistic rendering to and charged with the attempt to murder the the part of Kenelm, an important feature in the warder in the atrocious manner stated. At the drama. trial for his new offence the malefactor was “OLD DRURY" has completed its short sentenced only to two years' additional penal ser- month's interregnum devoted to the Shakevitude beyond some five years he had yet to serve sperian drama, triumphantly. The répertoire as an already condemned convict,
was the old familiar one; but Mr. Phelps has
been assisted this year by strange rivals and money upon its professional artistes, while the debutantes. Mr. Charles Dillon is not an amateur "700" themselves have always had to adequate supporter of Mr. Phelps in “Othelo;" pay for singing instead of being paid. nor qualified to enact, efficiently we think, either Between £6,000 and £7,000 a year, as we are Othello or Iago. To pit the provincial actor informed, is about the income of the Sacred against the town actor was uncomplimentary to Harmonic Society, much of which goes into the Mr. Phelps, and damaging to the reputation of pockets of Italian and other eminent vocalists. Mr. Dillon himself. It is by comparison that
The New St. James's Hall Oratorio Concerts, the true qualities of the artists become manifest. Mr. Phelps is a conscientious actor, and our kind of basis to that of the Sacred Harmonic
as an institution, has an altogether different best tragedian. Mr. Dillon is, in all essentials, Society. Its choir is professional ; its vocalists a conventional actor. The “ iron that has and instrumentalists are the saine, The chorus entered his soul” has been driven there by the is not so numerous as that of M. Costa or Mr. stage manager, not by the gods, who“ bave Martin at Exeter Hall; but it is the conviction made men poetical.” “ Macbeth" has been
of the musicians who manage Oratorio repeatedly acted with Mr. Dillon as Macbeth (the ordinary stage Macbeth), and Mrs. Howard Concerts,” that a limited number of voices for Paul as Lady Macbeth! Mrs. Paul's engage
a choir may constitute as efficient a body of ment was probably more due to her Hecate executants as the hundreds of amateurs who (which she doubles with the part of Lady
assemble round the big organ of Exeter
Hall. Macbeth) than her histrionic powers. But Mrs.
We have witnessed two out of the six an. Howard Paul certainly did her utmost to please her public. As a singing actress she was all nounced “performances of standard Oratorios that could be desired in Hecate. A provincial and other sacred works” at St. James's Hall. actor named King, from the Dublin boards, The season began with Handel's Oratorio of obtained a début at Drury Lane in the course "Jephtha," and this noble work was followed by of the Shakesperian revivals. His Hamlet, Mendelssohn's " Elijah.” Both Oratorios were without manifesting anything more than most efficiently executed under the able direction thorough knowledge of the actor's art, was a
of Mr. Joseph Barnby, before stylish and creditable impersonation. Mr. King has sub- immensely numerous audiences. Elijah” was sequently enacted Richelieu, with much
power. succeeded on the 23rd ultimo (in Holy-week) by He is a performer we should like to see per- a most appropriate selection, namely, Handel's manentlyretained on the London stage, to which chef d'oeuvre—the Oratorio of "The Meswe are sure he would become a conspicuous siah.” ornament. For Easter a new piece, founded on One of the principal features of the Oratorio Victor Hugo's powerful but highly-eccentric Concerts has been the introduction of the connovel of “ Les Miserables," has been produced tinental pitch (le diapason normal) in the treatat Drury Lane : thus we have a competitor ment of the instrumental music. Whatever the against the “ Yellow Passport" at the Olympic, advantages may be to musicians by the introa piece which has already had a long run. The Juction of a lower key-note on the English Christmas pantomime has been revived at Drury musical stage, we question whether the gener. Lane, without, however, its harlequinade. It ality of audiences have been able to detect the certainly constitutes as good an afterpiece as difference. Suffice it, that Oratorio music has could be selected. E. H. MALCOLM. beea better performed than ever at the St.
James's Hall Sacred Concerts, under the able direction of Mr. Joseph Barnby, a musician more au fait with choir music than any conductor we are acquainted with. Mr. Barnby's aim has been to gain effect to Oratorio music
not by excessive numbers of executants, but by SAINT JAMES'S HALL ORATORIO
well-balanced power, and thus to keep in due
proportion the solo parts with the choir and CONCERTS.
orchestra. Although Mr. Sims Reeves has, as usual, disappointed indisposition causing
him to break his engagement), the Concerts have At last we have a rival to the Sacred nevertheless been well performed by first-rate Harmonic Society, which has laid down the law artistes, including Mesdames Rudersdorff and for Sacred music uninterruptedly for more than Lemmens-Sherrington, Malle. Drasdill, Miss thirty years. Although the Society is profes- Banks, Miss Julia Elton, Signor Foli, Herr sedlý amateur, it has fourished under the ægis Stepan, Mr. Montem Smith, &c. of " high professionals," and had M. Costa for its Director. The “ Sacred Harmonic Society"
The classical “Stabat Mater" is promised for has, we believe, always lived up to its income at the 12th of next month. Exeter Hall, and spent the greater part of its
E. H. M.
THE GIPSIES OF A RT.
(Translated from Henry Murger's "Scenes de la Boheme.")
BY CHARLES ASTOR BRISTED.
THE CROWN OF CHARLEMAGNE.
PROGRAMME OF THE ENTERTAINMENT:
Toward the end of the month of December, “At twelve, Mr. Marcel, historical painter, will the porters of the Bidault Express distributed suffer his eyes to be bandaged, and extemporize in a hundred copies, or thereabout, of an invitation crayon the meeting of Napoleon and Voltaire in the of which the following is an exact transcript:
Elysian Fields. Mr. Rodolphe will simultaneously
extemporize a poetic parallel between the author of “Mr.
-- Messrs. Rodolphe and Marcel request | Zaire and the author of the Battle of Austerlitz. the honour of your company on Saturday evening deshabille, will imitate the athletic sports of the Fourth
At twelve and a-half, Mr. Colline, in a modest next (Christmas eve), to hear a little laughter. "P.S.- We have but one life to live."
At one in the morning, reading of the Report on And enclosed was the following
the Abolition of Capital Punishment, by Tragedy (re-continued), and subscription for the benefit of the tragic authors, whose occupation is to be gone.
At two, quadrilles will be organized and continued till morning.
At six, sunrise and final chorus. “ It seven, doors open. Lively and animated con- · During the whole continuance of the performance versation.
all the ventillators will be in play. “At eight, the talented author of the Mountain in “N.B.- Any person attempting to read or write Labour,' a comedy refused at the Odeon, will enter verses will be immediately handed over to the police. and walk about.
“N.B. 2nd.--Gentlemen are requested not to "At eight and a half, Mr. Alexander Schaunard, a pocket the candle-ends.” distinguished virtuoso, will execute on the piano The
Two days after, copies of this invitation were Influence of Blue in the Arts :' an onomatopaic circulating in the third storeys of art and literasymphony. At nine, reading of a Report on the Abolition of theless, there were some of the guests who
ture, and creating a profound sensation. NeverCapital Punishment by Tragedy. * At nine and a half, Mr. Gustave Colline, hyper
doubted the splendours announced by our two
friends. physic philosopher, will open a discussion with Mr. Schaunard, on the Comparative Merits of Philosophy
“I have grave suspicions," said one of the and Metapolitics.* To prevent any collision between sceptical. "I was at Rodolphe's Wednesdays the disputants, they will be tied together.
sometimes, when he lived at Rue de la Tour “At ten, Mr. Tristan, a literary man, will recount d'Auvergne. You could only sit down metathe story of his first love, accompanied on the piano phorically, and had nothing but water to drink, by Mr. Schanınard.
and not filtered at that." "At ten and a half, reading, a Report on the Abo- Now, a word as to the origin of this party, lition of Capital Punishment, by Tragedy (continued). which was causing so much astonishment in " At eleven, Account of a Cassowary Hunt by an
the Transpontine world of art. For about a Eastern Prince.
year, Marcel and Rodolphe had been talking of * If metaphysics is what comes after physics, accord. this sumptuous gala, which was always to come ing to etymology (though in practice I have generally off next Saturday, but disagreeable circumfound to be what comes after liquor), this new science stances had forced their promise to run the must be what comes after politics. What in the naine round of fifty-two weeks; so that they were in of every thing awful is that? The deluge is to come the condition of not being able to move without after some politicians, according to Prince Metternich encountering some ironical remark from their and Lord Maidstone.
acquaintances, some of whom were even rash † The structure of this sentence does not make it enough to demand its fulfilment! The thing quite clear whether the Eastern Prince was actually
was beginning to take the character of a present to relate the Cassowary Hunt, or whether his performance was limited to hunting the animal, and standing joke against them; the two friends the account of the hunt was to be another person's resolved to put an end to this by liquidating work. A somewhat singular ambiguity I recollect in their engagement. Accordingly they sent out a magazine title some years ago : Lines on a Lady the above invitation. Slandered, by Barry Cornwall; which one of our “Now,” said Rodolphe, “there is no retreat. newspapers reprinted so as to cast a grave imputation
We have burned our ships. Eight days are on the poet, thus: Lines on a Lady, Slandered by left us to procure the hundred francs indisBurry Cornwall.
pensable to doing the thing properly.”