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his tailor to Dover, thence to embark English Christmas festivities will close for the continent, or will leave town, the period of his residence amongst for a blind, and rusticate three months kind neighbours and prosperous tenantafterwards in the prospects of the Obe- ry; when he may again meet the high lisk and in St. George's Fields, where circle of his town mansion, without fear he will wait until he meets his old of having it run down by creditors ; friends, with long faces, in the persons pigeoned by birds of prey ; winged in of his jeweller, his perfumer, his horse- an affair of folly,growing out some gadealer, his livery-stable keeper, with all ming-table, tavern, or play-house quarhis other quality serving tradesmen, not rel; or bring the retributive sacrifice forgetting the Jew, the attorney, and to unlawful inclination, or to the transthe hotel keeper.
gressions of gallantry in high life :Happy the man, who,baving resided there will be no slipping off, edging off, in town for moderate recreation, or for making off, or moonlight march; no the discharge of his senatorial or other Sunday's departure, or unperceived duties, can calmly quit his town house, disappearance ; all will be honest and and post it down in good health and above board, a kind farewell will be ut. spirits to his family seat, there to glad. tered by esteeming acquaintances; and den every heart; to improve a property the Morning Post will notice his Lordtransmitted to him by his ancestors, to ship, or the Baronet, or the indepenpromote the interests of agriculture and dent wealthy Commoner's leaving of patriotism ; to maintain the charac- town, for his manor, or a wateringter of hospitality of sire and grand place, without dread of rxposure to sire ; to provide for the working poor those who have him in their columns in by furnishing them with industrious the shape of a debtor ; and who wish employment, and to relieve the aged to have him out of their books in the and infirm. The harvest-home and way of payment instead of the form of autumnal sports will be enlivened and ill-report. honoured by his presence, and the old
(Lond. Lit. Gaz.) MASTER GEORGE ASPULL, THE MU SICAL PRODIGY. THE fame of this youthful musician and, if so astonishing as report gave
has already spread far and wide. out, something of the history of their His precocious and extraordinary tal- origin, growth, and promise. In atents have not only attracted the notice taining this object we have indeed enof the profession and of fashion, but joyed a very high gratification. Young been honoured by the regards of royal- AspuLL is a surprising instance of gety itself; and His Majesty, one of the nius ; and affords one of those rare exfinest judges of music in the kingdom, amples of mind, so early imbued with has been pleased to express his warm- superiority in a particular branch of est approbation of the boy's perform- science, as to make philosophy pause ances.
on the disputed doctrine between ac. Having heard much of this phenom- quisition and intuition. enon, and seeing a concert advertised This child, for he is no more, is now for the display of his powers on the about eight years and a half old, and 14th, at the King's Concert Rooms,* has cultivated his musical faculty for a we were desirous of ascertaining the na- little more than three years; for he had ture and extent of his accomplishments, reached the age of five before it devel
· oped itself so much as to excite attenThis bids fair to be a great treat : it commences
at eight o'clock, and the bill embraces some of the best music we know, and in the hands of the most popular performers-Pasta, R. de Begnis, Stephens,
Fatou, Garcia, Curioni, Kellner, Cramer, Greato- he has already attained that proficienTex, &c. &c.
55 ATHENEUM VOL. 1. nero serics.
cy which renders him so remarkable. Lixt at Paris, may give an interest to, It is not easy to convey by description and have an interest reflected by the an adequate idea of his astonishing cha- following account, taken from Grimm's racteristics. His appearance is alto. Correspondence, of the first appeargether very interesting ; and his man- ance of Mozart in Paris in 1763. ners are playful and pleasing, like those “ True prodigies are so rare, that it of other fine boys of his age. When is worth while to speak of one when we seated at the instrument, it seems as have had an opportunity of seeing it. if his soul and body were part of its A musician of Saltzburg, of the name movements and the tones produced- of Mozart, has arrived here with wo there is no effort, and the whole is like very pretty children. The girl, who one piece of curiously organized me- is about eleven years of age, plays the chanism. His execution is firm, cer- harpsichord in the most brilliant mantain, and brilliant ; and this is the more ner; she performs the greatest and surprising when you watch the little most difficult pieces with the most ashand (which resorts to so many expe- tonishing precision. The brother, who dients, unnecessary when it is of suffi- is not yet seven years old, is so extraorcient stretch) overcoming all the diffi- dinary a phenomenon, that it is almost culties of the most difficult pieces that impossible to believe what we see with ever were composed to try the skill of our eyes and hear with our ears. It is a performer. His ear, it need hardly a trifle for this child to execute, with be said, is perfect. This is evident from the greatest correctness, with hands his 'play ; but was made much more that can hardly reach a sixth : what is strikingly so by an experiment which most astonishing, is to see him play he had several times tried. A bar of from his fancy, for an hour together, music was sung to him, and he instant- and follow the inspiration of his genius ly repeated it on the pianoforte in the and a crowd of beautiful ideas, which sanie key with the truth of an echo, he introduces with taste, and without and then, starting away, composed an confusion. The most accomplished extempore piece upon it, beautiful and leader of a band cannot be more provarious in itself, and never departing foundly skilled than he, in the knowlfrom the original theme! This won-. edge of harmony and of modulations, derful effort he repeated as often as he which he knows how to conduct by unwas asked, and always with the same common means, but always correctly.success; which clearly proved that na- He is so perfectly master of his instruture had endowed him with these ex- ment, that if a napkin is laid upon the traordinary qualities, beyond aught keys, he plays upon the napkin with which art or instruction could give the same rapidity and precision. He He also sung with great sweetness; and can not only decypher whatever is set altogether delighted the company as- before him, but be writes and composes sembled towitness bis performances. with wonderful facility, without want
Our object in penning this brief ac- ing to approach the instrument and to count, is to make this admirable child seek the chords. I wrote him a mimore generally known to the public, nuet with my own hand, and begged and consequently to recommend him him to put a bass to it ; the child took to the encouragement and patronage he the pen, and without the help of the so eminently deserves. What may be harpsichord, wrote a bass to my minuthe result of his future progress it is im- et. You may suppose that he finds no possible to predict ; but surely, if not difficulty in transposing and playing spoilt by mismanagement, and properly any air you lay before him, in whatevtaken care of, we may anticipate that er key you please. But the following he will become one of the brightest or- fact, though I have seen it, appears to naments the musical world ever saw. me incomprehensible. A lady asked His appearance, and that of *young him the other day if he could accom
pany by his ear, and without seeing it, * It is to be observell, that the young Hungarian, Lixt, is twelve years of age, aud does not yet com
raordinary performances seem rather heart : she began to sing--the child The effect of interes: and feeling thau of science.
tried a bass which was not absolutely twenty times if he had not been stopped. correct, because it is impossible to pre- It would be no wonder if this child pare beforehand the accompaniment of were to turn my head, if I were to see a song which you do not know. When him often.” the air was finished, he begged the lady Quite as much, or more, may be said to sing it again, on which he not only of our native genius, young Aspull, played the tune with his right hand, but and we sincerely hope that he will added the bass with the other, without meet with that kind and fostering proany confusion; after which he begged tection, which will reflect honour on her ten times to begin again, and every those who bestow it, and produce, in all time changed the style of his accompa- probability) the noblest effects upon niment: he would have repeated it him.
(Eclectic Review, July.) TYPES of eternal rest-fair buds of bliss,
In heavenly flowers unfolding week by week ; To raise our thoughts, and purify our powers The next world's gladness imag'd forth in this Periods appointed to renew our trust,
Days of whose worth the Christian heart can speak. A gleam of glory aíter six days' showers! Eternity in Time-the steps by which
A milky way mark'd out through skies else drear, We climb to future ages-lamps that light
By radiant suns that warm as well as shineMan through his darker days, and thought enrich, A clue, which he who follows knows no fear, Yielding redemption for the weeks dull light,
Tho' briars and thorns around his pathway twine, Wakeners of prayer in Man-his resting bowers
Foretastes of Heaven on earth--pledges of joy As on he journies in the narrow way,
Surpassing fancy's flights, and fiction's story Where, Eden-like, Jehovah's walking hours
The preludes of a feast that cannot cloy, · Are waited for as in the cool of day.
And the bright out-courts of immortal glory
“ With fairest flowers,
D in a meadow, a short distance west torious Cromwell, after having brought of Cardiff Castle, may, (or might at nearly the whole of England into subleast a few years ago,) be seen a small jection, by the matchless prowess of his mound of earth, ornamented during the arms, was proceeding with his accusmonths of spring and summer, not only tomed vigour to chastise the few bold with the choicest flowers of the field, but spirits who were still firmly attached to also with many others which serve to the cause of the king, in the principality, decorate the gardens of the peasant; the he met with an unexpected opposition cowslip, the primrose, the violet, and from the Governor of Cardiff Castle, who, the wall-flower flourished in wild, but notwithstanding the terror of Cromneglected luxuriance; while the rose- well's name, sent a bold defiance in mary and southern wood, and thyme, answer to the herald, who, in the name loaded the air with their powerful per- of the Parliament summoned him to fume, and served to embellish the spot surrender," I hold my Castle from the during those months when the charms King,” exclaimed the haughty Beauof their less hardy companions had ford, “ and to him only will I give
winter. No person claimed them as swer, and still more so at the unlooked his own, or attended to them as they for obstacle, thus suddenly starting up appeared ; and both the flower and to check, as it were, the rapidity of his shrub seemed to spring into existence, conquests, commanded his officers inapparently for no other purpose than stantly to commence the siege of the “ To waste their sweetness on the desert air."
place. The command was hardly given It is true they escaped not the sharp
ere it was obeyed. The trenches were eye of the school-boy in his daily ram
dug, and batteries erected, with the bles, but they remained unmolested
rapidity which always marked the
movements of the rebel army, when even by his thoughtless and all-plundering hand. He would admire ihem
headed by the commander, who this as he passed, or, mayhap, stoop down
day led them on. The works were to inhale more effectually the odour not begun till some time after sun-rise, which they emitted-it was all he dared yet before noon the siege had regularly
commenced, and the lofty battlements to do, for same invisible being seemed to whisper bim “thus far shalt thou
of Cardiff Castle rung with the sounds go and no farther.” Obedient to the
of the invader's cannon as they voice, he left them where they were, nor
“Roar'd aloud, ever ventured to gather them, to give
« And from their throats with flash and cloud, thein a place in his nosegay. Thus, in
“ Their showers of iron tbrew." the place where they first blossomed, The massy walls of the Castle how. they withered and it cayed, no one ever resisted stoutly; and suffered no being found so irreverent as to pluck very material injury, from the repeated then, for they were guarded by the discharges of the enemy's artillery, spell which superstition frequently casts which failed in every attempt to make around the final resting-place of man. a breach : thus passed the first day. The spot was known by the name of On the morning of the second day, “the Traitor's Grave," and the circum- the parliamentary general again sent stances connected with it are thus pre- his challenge for them to surrender, served in the records of tradition , but the herald returned with an answer of similar import with the first. Crom- case he proved as unsuccessful on that well was not a man who could be in- (the third) day as he had hitherto been. duced to waste his time in fruitless He determined however by his conduct, parleys; and when he found that not to give the enemy any ground to threats were unavailable, he instantly entertain such hope, and obedient to had recourse to more powerful argu- his command, upon the appearance of ments. These therefore he ordered once day-light, the batteries were again more to be brought into action against mounted, and every gun put into rethe enemy, in hopes that his cannon quisition. Nothing could possibly have would accomplish that, which his flag withstood the fire of this day, except of truce had failed to do,-to bring the the most determined bravery on the garrison to reason. The second day part of the besieged; this they happihowever closed, without bringing with ly possessed ; and, the military skill it any greater hopes of success, than shown by their engineers was such, that that which had preceded, at least it ere sun set, they had effected the deappeared so to the besiegers, who have struction of nearly the whole range of ing of late been accustomed to sudden batteries, which had been erected by and easy surrenders, began to despair the enemy, in order to effect a breach. of being able to reduce a fort that had But, unfortunately, this was not done thus for two days gallantly withstood until their own walls were in such a their hitherto irresistible artillery. Even shattered condition, that another such Cromwell himself grew fearful of the day must inevitably have sealed their event, and could ill brook that a single fate, by compelling them to surrender castle should thus be able to retard his whether they willed or willed not. march, and occasion him such loss of Under these circumstances, on the time, men, and ammunition. Nor was part of the garrison, Sir J. Beauford This all : he beheld with no small de- consented after much solicitation, to gree of chagrin, that the friends of call a council of the officers who comCharles, taking advantage of his pres- posed it, in order that some measures ent stationary position, were preparing for their mutual safety might be speedifor a vigorous defence, and strengthen- ly adopted in the present emergency; ing their respective castles for this pur- for the ramparts had given way in pose against his approach. The un- several places, and it would be vain to successful attempt of the second day had attempt a resistance, should the enemy indeed so far emboldened some of the endeavour to force an entrance, as more daring royalists, that they ven- breaches were visible in every part of tured under cover of the night, to attack the fortifications. The approach of his very camp, succeeded in driving in night was the only thing which prethe picquets, and caused such confusion vented them taking immediate advanamong the troops, that it was not until tage of these circumstances. At the Cromwell himself came forward, that time appointed, the council assembled ; the intruders were driven back, and despair was plainly depicted upon the order restored. This unfortunate inci- features of those who composed it; but dent, made him sensible of the awk- at the same time their bandaged apward situation in which he was placed, pearance, told that they had resolution and convinced him of the absolute ne- even in despair. Though each person cessity of altering bis present plan of was in his place, yet no one ventured action as speedily as possible, as he to break the ominous silence which saw that by occupying his present posi- reigned in the apartments. At length tion, unless the garrison very shortly Beauford himself addressed those acapitulated, the longer he remained round him— Fellow Officers," said there, the greater would be his disgrace, he, “ This Castle was confided to my if, from any circumstance he should be keeping by the King, and it is my inat last compelled to give up the un- tention to be faithful to the trust. We dertaking. He therefore formed a de- have assembled here to consult further termination in his own mind, of raising means for its safety : to this point conthe siege on the succeeding night, in fine then, your observations and advice,