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The following singular production has al. ready been published. There is something so extremely poetical in it, and it is so little known, that I cannot but wish to see it preserved in the New SPECTATOR.
Such of the beaux as choose to put themselves in the entire livery of Fashion, sport a colour something darker, and, if possible, something more horribly ugly, than the Boue de Paris. This, however, Fashion has ordained to be a charming Spring colour; and, should the Spring be attended with the gloom and the dirt of December, I think it vastly well adapted. A regulation in the important article of hair dressing has not yet taken place; but it is thought the large club will be rendered completely enormous, by way of keeping the back of the neck warm, and of bearing, as it were, some affinity to the colour of the coat, which seems to promise a retention of every particle of heat.-To contemplate the figure of of a beau dressed in his Spring uniform, one would imagine Christmas was at hand.
The ladies, ever the best judges of dress, have began by laying aside their dark colours, their winter fattins, and comfortable cottons, and exhibit themselves in the lawns and muslins of Spring. The favourite Fox-coloured muff and fur-cloak are carefully deposited till the ensuing winter. Their faces assume a more delightful bloom fron improved cosmetics, and they appear like the “ eldest daughters of the Spring." Thus arrayed, they parade the parks, “ seeking whom they may devour," and wound their admirers with as much certainty, and at as great a distance as Mellor's guns which arc furc to kill “ without aiming!"
Vale, longum vale !
VIRGIL. Once more, my lute, and then be fill!
Since after this another end Its destined measure must fulfil,
Ere to those blissful bowers we tend--Once more, my lute, and then be fill! Once more, my lute, and then be fill!
To warn the world to count their days,
In evil works, and evil ways ;
Once more, my harp, and then be ftill!
To which I fang of Israel's wrongs, When the proud foe who wrought their ill,
Demanded one of Zion's fongs ;--Once more, my harp, and then be fill! Once more, my harp, and then be fill!
To warn the world how they transgress Against the lord of Zion hill,
Who loves his chosen flock to blesse And now, my harp, thou may'st be still! Once more, my pipe, and then be fill!
Attuned to dead Timeus' praile, Who taught his bard, with heavenly skill,
Sweet Lucon's monument to raise ! Once more, iny pípe, and then be fill! Once more, my pipe, and then be fill!
To warn the world how they affect Things all too high, with stubborn will,
And Rable joy for man expect ! And now, my pipe, thou may'st be fill! My pipe, my lute, my lyre, be fill!
Yet silent shall not be your fate!
Retire the little and the great
Po E T R Y.
I DOUBT not but MARIA, who favoured you with the French stanzas of M. Cuinet D'Orbeil, will feel herself much indebted to C. V. Esq. for the following poetical translation, which reflects honour on the translator.
To YOUNG LOVER S..
From tảe French of M. CUINET D'ORBEIL.
BU LI A.
As life is but a transient joy,
But fill preserve your power with art,
Then (pare the oft repeated dart,
Refign, well pleased, your vanquish'd heart.
Evil, be thou my good !-SATAN. DURING the contest between Sesilra and Reynardam, the Bulians received many corroborating proofs of the justice of their opinion respecting the character of the latter. Reynardam, whom nature intended for a great man, by his vices and debaucheries, had rendered himself despicable. He was a professed gamester, and the most infamous character amongst the Bulians was that of a gamester. He omitted no opportunity of exercising his abilities in his profession, even at a
time when one would least have expected it; and he became doubly anxious respecting the fate of his contest with Sesilra, because he had betted .confiderable sums that he should
successful. It is not therefore to be wondered at that he should use every effort and every art in his power to recover his situation in the Etanes, the loss of which would entirely have ruined him. I have already informed you that a Bulian lady of distinction had rendered herself conspicuous by soliciting the mob in his defence. But Noveda did more : she not only folicited but bribed ; she corrupted the indigent; and gave liberty to those prisoners who promised to give their voices for Reynardam, All Bulia stood astonished at her conduct. She lavished immense sums of money on the people, who, in return, derided her; The suffered her reputation to be questioned by the ignorant and the assuming; she became a byeword amongst wretches who had been taught to look up to her with reverence ; and all this for a notorious gambler; a man scouted from the society of the good ; who fubsisted by noise and clamour, and depended on his impudence and his cunning for his daily support.
In defence of this precious fellow, the lovely Noveda, as she was called, assisted by some of the molt infamous amongst the men, and of the most abandoned amongst the women, for such only were the friends of Reynardam, stood chief championess; and as the success of Reynardam became more apparent, it was discovered that her influence had been the more extensive.
You will probably be much surprised, when I inform you that Noveda was married, and that her husband had the proper use of his faculties ; that he was neither bed-ridden nor blind, and was reckoned “ a good sort of a man." This, however, was actually the case. Ekud, for that was his name, was held in as great esteem amongst the virtuous, as Reynardam was amongst the vicious, of the Bulians. But it was the misfortune of Ekud to be a political partisan ; and nature never designed him for a politician. Reynardam was artful; Ekud fimple, Reynardam was active ; Ekud indolent. Reynardam was poor; Ekud rich. Reynardum was ambitious, and had skill enough to render Ekud the tool of his ambition. So that between the folly of the husband and the affectation of the wife, Reynardam found himself well fupported in his contest with Selilra, for many of the Bulians who wished to retain the fa. vour of Ekud appeared under the banners of Reynardam.
The exertions of Noveda at length had the desired effe&t. A superiority of numbers appear.
ed on the part of her hero ; and it was expected that he would bave proved victorious. And it was natural to suppose so. In Bulia, as in London, the worthy part of the community cannot boast of numbers equal to the unworthy and the careless. In support of Reynardam appeared all those of Bulia, who, in this metropolis, would be distinguished by the vulgar appellation of - Blackguards;" an innumerable train !-headed by Noveda, fome common prostitutes, and a few characters who called themselves gentlemen, and who by their profefons were
ntitled to the appellation ; but who, by their conduct on this and some other occasions, discovered that they were neither very gentle, nor really men; but were characterised by a peculiar phrafe in the Bulian tongue which I cannot very well transate, tho' the word Bully conveys a faint idea of its meaning. These latter gentry were the tools of Reynardam, and would have been the tools of any one from whom they could reasonably expect present reward, or future emolument.
On the personal influence and bribery of Noveda, the flatterirg impudence of the prostitutes, the activity of the abovementioned gentlemen, and his own perseverance, Keynardam relied for fupport, and apparently, relied not in vain. But I shall hereafter inform you of the exultation of virtue over vice, and of the downfal of Reynardan. Meanwhile, accept of the following translation of his private address to his friends.
REYXARDAM to his Friends.
[Private] Your assembling in my favour, does me great honour. Let it, however, be recollected that your interest in the present contest is more deeply concerned than mine. The society of Blacklegs is particularly interested. Should I not regain a seat in the Etanes fome honest fool, like Sefilra, may introduce laws tending to the abolition of gaming, and the institution of that order in society upon the breaking of which depends our very existence. If we cannot plunder the weak, cheat our rich friends, and bilk our creditors, we shall be totally undone. These are the liberties and privileges which I trust you will endeavour to preserve inviolate, and which you may depend shall receive every public and private support that I can give them. I am exceedingly sorry, that my attempt on the Balloon merchants of Aidni was not attended with success. Had I obtained their wealth, you should have shared my happiness, and it would have enabled us to have introduced that system of government
HARMONY prevailed through the whole, that is, the company were as dull as might reasons ably be expected at an English masquerade; and having had a tolerable supper for their guineay departed highly satisfied with themselves.
without which we must sink to insignificance and ruin, if we do not previously meet a more ignominious fate. But, aided by your exertions, doubt not, my friends, that I shall be able to accomplish the great purposes I have sworn to see established ; and that nothing can finally prevail against the determined perseverance of my dear friends, the Black-legs, the Proftitutes, the Sharpers, and the Bullies of Bulia. I have given the necessary orders to upwards of three hundred Bulian Blackguards for desending my own cause and person, and who will take care to assail the adherents of my opponent in such a manner as to prevent their appearance in his behalf a second time. I conclude with wishing that your daily toils in my behalf, may be succeeded by nocturnal success, whether it be on the high-way, or at the gaming-table, in picking locks, or in picking pockets. But your virtues and your dex. terity are unrivalled, and will, doubtless, be crowned with fuccess.
MAS QUE R A D E.
Kings Theatre. Tue Masquerade of Thursday night was unexpectedly attended by upwards of eight hundred people ; amongst which were many gentlemen of rank, and a few ladies of fashion. In the train of Venus the Watsons led the van; the noted Perdita being so terribly reduced as not to have a spare guinea ; and being engaged on a private committee at the Shakespeare. Corhyn, the White Crow, the While Dove, and other White Deoils in abundance, graced the fcene.
The charaéters were very few, and of those few, not above two were decently fupported, A good deal of low wit was sported amongst the political gentry, but it was not my fortune to hear any thing worth recording.
The Prince of Wales was present, and feemod struck with the appearance of feveral Foxbrushis entwined with laurel, which the political folly of some had induced them to wear as badges denoting the particular lunacy with which they were unhappily affected. His Highnefs appear. ed extremely sorry for the poor wretches that were thus distinguished, and, unable to bear the fight of fuch egregious folly, quitted the rooms in less than an hour.
The ufual assortment of nofegay and orange girls, pastoral nymphs, milk-maids and nuns, gave fome relief to the black dominos, which formed a more numerous body than ordinary. The fupper rooms were well served, and the wines goodo
E x HIBITION.
Somerset-House. I Am now going to give you my sentiments on some of the paintings exhibited in the Royal Academy. But I will first premise, that I judge of each piece from its effect, and not from peculiar perfections or imperfections in its minutiæ, Being neither a painter nor a connoisseur, I have an advantage on my part, which I should be forry to lofe ; for it has been well and justly remarked, “ that the painter and 6 connoisseur are often in danger of having their 6 sensibility deadened, or their natural taste cor“ rupted, by a knowledge of the technical 6 minutiæ of the art, so far as to throw the balance “ (of right judgment) towards the fide of the
The Exhibition of this year produces very few paintings which difcover genius as well as imitation; and it must be matter of regret to all lovers of this delightful art, that the names of some of its greatest ornaments are not to be found in this year's catalogue: Gainsborough, Romney, &c. &c.
Out of the fixteen picces exhibited by Sir Joshua Reynolds, no lefs than fourteen are mere portraits, unless I except that of Mrs Siddons which has already received more commendation than I can fubscribe to. We are told that it represents that inimitable actrefs as the Tragic mufe ; a circumstance which, in the picture itself, is to be discovered only by the aukward figures on each side of her, the one bearing a bowl, and the other a dagger. Sir Joshua is the first painter, I believe, that ever attempted to exhibit the Tragic muse sitting, if the strange position in which he has placed her, may be called sitting. The bowl and dagger gentry stand like two pillars, both of a height, and about equal distances from the mufc, and by being brought forward, take a good deal from the effect of the principal figure. It is a great pity that they were not otherwife difpofed of.
With respect to the likeness, I cannot say much in its favour. There is indeed a likeness, but it is by no means an happy one.
I was standing by the side of Mrs. Siddons, on Wednesday, at the time I was examining this picture, and could not help remarking that there is a foft
remarkable, that every pupil of the pencil can produce a likeness of Mr. Fox; and that scarcely one has given us a tolerable face of the Siddons.—But of painting and of painters, more hereafter.
Toftness, a dilicacy, something indescribably pleafing in her countenance of which neither that picture, nor any other that I have yet seen of her, conveys any adequate idea, Of this celebrated picture, then, my opinion is briefly this ; that the polition of the muse is bad; the likeness of Mrs. Siddons not good ; the attendant figures aukward, and vilely placed ; and the colouring in Sir Joshua's usual stile--whether that is good or bad,
Tus Theatre, ever embracing novelty, and variety, will on Monday next, offer to the public for thcir derifon, a New Comic Opera, called Too Loving BY HALF, from which great expectations are formed. I am amazed that the Author, who at this period flourishes in the zenith of literature, should choose a Benefit night, for its first representation ; but, I must acknowledge that Mrs. Martyr's melodious powers, and attention to the Theatre, are worthy of the obligation, which the manager and author has bestowed
I am, Dear Spec,
" Who shall decide when Doétors disagrec ?" Remember, that this is the critique of John Brill. Your amateurs and connoisseurs will perhaps point out innumerable beauties in this fublime picture ; and, by discrimination, doubtless they may very justly commend it. But it is my business to judge of the whole; and, judging of the whole, I think nothing but the name of Sir Joshua Reynolds could confer celebrity on this piece; and it may be remarked, that those who have already been lavish in their praises of it, have carefully confined themselves to general commendation, without pointing out any particular instance wherein either the sublime or the beautiful is strikingly predominant.
The picture No. 81, and called in the cataIngre. ". The apotheosis of Prince Alfred and * Prince Oétavius," is, by far, the most pleasing picture in the Exhibition. It is painted by Mr. Weit; and represents the guardian angel introducing the princes to each other in the regions of the blessed. The design is ingenious and elegant. The likenesses of the princes are very happily preserved. The divine sweetness of the angel's countenance, and the delightful fimplicity of the children are, beyond expresiion, charming. The colouring is lively and beautiful. I do not recollect ever seeing a more happy effufion of the modern pencil.
To the New SPECTATOR.
PERHAPS the discovery of the Philosopher's Stone would not have made more noise than the invention of the Air-Balloon, which, however, is not so new as we have been taught to believe. The principle was known two thousand years ago. There is a remarkable passage in Aulus Gellius which confirms me in this fact. He tells us, l. 10. c. 12, that Archytas, a difciple of the famous Pythagoras, made a wooden pigeon to fly by means of air confined within it, and on the motion being somewhat rarified, kept afloat, whilst certain wheels within set it forward.
As the present Exhibition boasts of few historical pieces, I shall not trouble you with many animadversions ; for, with respect to portraits, he can but badly judge of the pictures who is a stranger to the originals.
The portraits of Mr. Fox and Miss Kemble, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, are as good as any in the room. The likenesses are strong, and, what is extraordinary, the colouring is good ; and it is with much pleasure, that I observe this painter to have rejected, in some measure, that rough, coarse manner of laying on his colours for which he has been so universally admired, and which, to a connoissieur, may be very fine, but which never fails to disgust a common spectator.-It is
PROBABLY Mons. Mongolfer never saw this passage, or if he did, could reap but little benefit from it; for he found out the principle purely by chance; having thrown the conical
paper cover of a sugar-loaf into his chimney, he observed it to remain sespended by the smoke ; and from this circumstance Mons. Mongolfier took the first hint of his Air Balloon, which, notwithstanding the ridicule thrown on it by the ignorant, is likely to be productive of many important discoveries.
I am, Sir,
A CERTAIN lady of fashoin, whose father is lately dead, has her black
gown decorated with bows of blue ribbons, and as she is said to be a leader of female taste, I desire to know whether the bows of blue are the decoration of fashion, or marks of infanity in the lady? She reminds me of Ophelia, who, in her distraction for the loss of her father, decorates herself with straws: probably the lady in question, from the fame principle, may express her distraction by a fantastical use of coloured ribbons. If this be the case, I recommend her to the care of Monro, and sincerely with her better.
I am very much obliged to Mr. K. for his friendly intimation, which shall be attended to; and I shall chearfully acknowledge his future favours.--The Curious Club do me much honour; and I shall be glad to be favoured with the laws of their inftitution.
The lady who figns herself Euphrasia, is mistaken in her conjecture, and must be referred to Doktor Katterfelto.—The verses, said to be written by a young lady, on Spring, have already appeared in a magazine, and having nothing particular to recoramend them, are inadmiffible.—The Political Prebend, Satire, is received, and shall have due attention. The addition to the Bevy of Blockheads, is also received, and the whole hall appear at a convenient oppor. tunity.
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CORRESPONDENTS are requested to address their favours to the New SPECTATOR, to be left at Mr. Swift's, in Charles-Street, St. James's-Square, where a LETTER-Box is affixed for their reception.