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stance we forgot to mention), which and the traces of national affinity was published there on the occasion still existing between their descendas a supplement to the newspaper, ants; adjudged to the Rev. T. Price, whose Editor has so long and so of Crickhowell. earnestly exerted himself to bring 2. On the propagation and estaabout the meeting. The total col- blishment of Christianity among the lected at Newcastle was about Cymry, by the three zealous families 4,000l. with the Ball money, the of Bran ab Llyr, Cunedda Wledig, receipts of which were included in and Brychan Brycheinog, as commethe general estimate, and of course morated by the Triad XLII. in Arch. were divided by the Chevalier with of Wales; to Mr. John Hughes, of the charity. Madame Catalani, Miss Wexham. Stephens, Mr. Braham, and Mr. 3. (In the Welsh language.) On Phillips, are highly extolled. Mori the Welsh language, its excellency, led with his accustomed fire.

the advantage of cultivating it, and Among these Festivals there is one the most likely means to ensure its which almost escapes the general perpetuity and success; to Mr. John eye-the Eisteddvod, or Cambrian Blackwell, of Berriew. Literary and Musical Session. This meeting takes its rise so far back as

Verses. previous to the Christian æra, and 1. For the best copy of Verses in has been muntinued at different pe- the Welsh Lyric Metre on the folly riods, under various auspices, until of belief in witchcraft, and all other the year 1819, up to which period, vulgar superstitions; to Mr. Edw. from 1771, it had been promoted by Jones, of Denbigh. the Gwyneddigion, a society in Lon 2. For the best Cywydd on the don for the cultivation of the Welsh invasion of Anglesy by Suetonius language. Of late years societies Paulinus, and the consequence of have been formed in the four provin- that event ; to Mr. Wm. Jones, of ces of Powys and Gwynedd, in North Carmarthen. Wales, and Dyved and Gwent, in 3. For the best Awdl on the des South Wales, for the encouragement struction of Jerusalem by the Roof Welsh literature. The present mans. This prize was adjudged to Eisteddvod was held under the aus- Mr. Ebenezer Thomas, of Evionydd, pices of the Powys Cymmrodorion, who received the Bardic, and was inat Welshpool, on the 7th, 8th, and stalled by proxy into the Bardic 9th of September, Viscount Clive Chair of Powys. president. The main object of all The amateur silver harp was prethese meetings has been the cultiva- sented to Mr. Henry Humphreys, tion of the music and poetry of of Pool, for his performance on the Wales; and for this purpose, medals triple harp. ! are given to the authors of the best The premium for the best cataprose compositions in the English logue of MSS. in Welsh and English, and Welsh languages, who recite relating to Wales, was adjudged to them after the prizes have been ad- Mr. A. 0. Peighe, of Nantglyn. judged. With these recitations are The same gentleman gained the mingled Pennillion (epigrammatic reward for the best unpublished colverses) which are sung by the mountai- lection of old Welsh tunes. neers for prizes, and performances on Mr. R. Woodhouse, of Bettws, obthe triple harp by the minstrels. In the tained the prize for the best original evenings miscellaneous concerts are psalm tune in Archdeacon Pey's meheld, and one morning is devoted to tre, and Mr. David Harris a remuthe performance of a selection of sa- neration. cred music. The following were the The premium for the best original subjects of the essays and verses this hymn in one of the present Welsh year:

popular measures, was awarded to Essays.

Mr. D. J. Morgan, of Llangoedmore.

The prize for the best set of varia1. On the causes and extent of the tions on a Welsh air for the triple early intimacy and mutual intercourse harp, was adjudged to Mr. John between the Armoricans and Britons, Hughes, of the Royal Denbigh band. Nov. 1824.

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In singing the Pennillion, or epi- month, with the exception of a brief grammatic verses, a fine trait of feel- notice of the very few compositions ing was evinced by two of the com- that are offered to an empty town, petitors, la sourers. Two were left Der Freischutz is got to Covent Garto contend for the prize; and upon den. Of all the music that has lately their coming forward to sing, they been produced, this is the most exdeclared that as they were neigh- traordinary. Its contrivance is the bours they must decline contending most curious, and it is wrought up against each other. The President in a few passages, tesșelated togestated that he would give a medal to ther, in a most singular manner. It the unsuccessful candidate, and thus is certainly not vocal, except in so terminated this friendly contention. far as respects a very few traits of

Mr. J. Jones obtained the medal melody; but the accompaniments as the best performer on the triple picture, in the liveliest manner, the harp, who had never obtained a silver scenes, passions, sentiments, and in. harp at any Eisteddvod.

cidents of this romantic drama. The principal performers were Miss Stephens, Miss Carew, Masters Smith Mr. Kalkbrenner and Mr. Cramer have and Parry, Messrs. Vaughan, Smith, two very splendid compositions for the Collyer, Parry, and Rolle. The Piano Forte. Lindleys, Nicholson, and Harper, as

L'Heureux Retour, a Divertimento for the sisted by an effective band of amá

Piano Forte, composed by Philip Knapton, teurs from Shrewsbury, led by Mr. march-are spirited, and perhaps the trio

is a tasteful lesson ; the introduction and Tomlins of that city, with some

recommends itself more particularly to our London performers, composed the notice from the resemblance it bears in its band, which consisted of nearly 100 concluding passages to a certain part of performers. The entire arrangement our old favourite There be none of beauty's and conducting was under the direc- daughters. The rondo combines originality tion of Mr. Parry, the Editor of the with much elegance, and concludes a very Welsh Melodies. The selection of agreeable composition. ancient music performed at the

The Rose, the Lily, and Lavena, three church was excellent; the neighbour- aits with variations for the Piano Forte. hood of Welshpool and Shrewsbury tion with pleasing melody, and thus carry.

Lessons combining much facility of execufurnishing upwards of fifty chorus singers greatly aided the perform- who are not far advanced in conquering the

ing their own recommendation to those ances. The whole performance gave difficulties of the instrument. the highest satisfaction; and when it

The arrangements consist of a tenth drais recollected that the Festival was matic Divertimento by Bruguier on “Ah held in a small town, amid the moun- perche la morte." No. 2 of Amusemens tains of Wales, the receipts, which des Sæurs, with No. 6 of Les Belles Fleurs; amounted to nearly 2,0001. may be also Mr. Klose's Operatic Divertimentos, considered as highly creditable to the Book 4, on the airs from Weber's Opera inhabitants. The surplus money is of Preciosa. applied, in donations, to aged and Flower, duet by Alexander D. Roche.

There was a time, ballad, The Paphian indigent bards and minstrels—in the These are light and pleasing, particularly publication of scarce MSS. tending the former, which has the rare merit to throw light on the early history of amongst these little things of being both the Bretons; and it is the intention original and agreeable. of the Cymmrodorion to send a qua Where may sweetest Peace be found, a lified person among the Bretons, in ballad by I. S. Graeff, is not simple enough order to ascertain what affinity they either to do justice to the words to which bear in their customs, manners, and it is adapted, or to have much title to the language to the Welsh, and then to name appended to it, either as regards the publish the account.

voice part or the accompaniment. After the Festival Lord and Lady voice of a stranger, ballads by G. Herbert.

Here's a health to thee, Mary, and The Lucy Clive gave a most magnificent The first of these combines very sweet mefête at the Castle ; the splendour of lody, with the simplicity and plaintive tone the scene was beyond description. called for by the expression of the words, Upwards of 400 persons were pre- and both compositions do credit to the abisent.

lities of the composer. Thus must end our article for this

VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

Having in our last number de- --the republic—the empire-and all tailed the circumstances which pre. the different, and sometimes frightceded and attended the death of ful, phases of the revolution had glared Louis XVIII, we now resume our and passed ; and here, even by the narrative, which naturally falls into corpse of the first monarch of the the events which followed it. As restoration, sat the only man who had soon as propriety allowed, after his survived every change, and triumphdecease, the body of the King was ed through them all! Ex-royalistexhibited to the people. On a plain ex-republican--ex-priest-ex-bishop bed, surmounted by a green canopy, -ex-minister--there, he crouched, it was placed in a half reclining pos- the cameleon of the state; now livid ture, in its hands a crucifix, and on with death's hue, but contemplating its head a cap trimmed with lace; his brightest change in the beam of a melancholy spectacle, and one the successor! What a spectacle! which might have been spared. As He was in the room when Louis soon as the coffin could be com- died-watched, through his tears, the pleted, the royal remains were placed countenance of M. Portal the physiin it, and it was transferred to the cian, as he leaned over the monarch; throne room of the Thuilleries, where and the moment the decease was another public exhibition took place, authenticated" Go, go, and tell his to please those loyal subjects, who Majesty," said Talleyrand. That moseem to have flocked in greater num ment and that speech might be said to bers and with as much homage round have concentrated the character of his bier as they were represented to his life. The funeral of Louis took have done around his throne. The place on the 23d of September, and ball of the Marshals, and the long was celebrated with all the pomp suite of apartments intervening be- which the occasion called for. The tween that and the throne room, troops under arms amounted to were dimly lighted and hung with 11,000, and the day passed off in the black; the meaning of this seems to greatest tranquillity, although, as have been to give greater effect to might have been expected, the entire the show-room itself, which was one population of Paris was in motion. blaze of gold and brilliancy! There, The procession set forth with the elevated from the ground, covered scund of cannon, and all the bells of with a gorgeous pall of cloth of gold, the city tolled a mournful knell. The and surrounded with innumerable housings of the horses were of black burning tapers, stood the royal coffin, cloth fringed with silver, and the upon which were placed the crown, heads ornamented with plumes of the sword, and sceptre. All around feathers. The funeral car itself was the platform were ranged mace- remarkable for its magnificence; the bearers and heralds, splendidly ar upper part formed a canopy, surrayed, intermingled with the officers mounted by the crown of France, of the crown, and crowds, of course, supported by four genii, seated, and of ecclesiastical attendants, who with inverted torches. The canopy chaunted from time to time the ser was adorned with velvet, enriched vice for the dead. Nearest to the with fleurs-de-lis in gold, and supcoffin, with downcast eyes and de- ported by four angels bearing palm jected countenance, sat the mourner branches ; at the head was the crown of many changes, the court-spectre, of France, and at the feet, the sceptre Talleyrand. The French are re- and hand of justice. Upon reaching markable for rendering their specta- St.' Denis, the royal remains were cles imposing, and this last touch was presented by the Grand Almoner to certainly par excellence; they should the Dean of the Royal Chaptre, prestop here, nothing can exceed it. ceded by the Canons and the Clergy. The old regime--the sans culotterie The coffin was then temporarily

placed under a canopy erected in the upon which Louis is reported to have midst of the choir, ornamented with asked, “ How could you have me the royal mantle of cloth of gold, reign in bed ?” We remarked in our and surmounted by the crown covered last number on the extraordinary with crape. At the reception of fortitude with which Louis met death, the remains the usual prayers werere

and every subsequent account goes cited, and after the “Magnificat” they in corroboration of the statement. were conveyed to the chapel of St. The day before his decease he said to Louis, which was converted into a the present king who stood by his chapelle ardente, and there they are to bed-sidem Judgment will soon be continue for thirty days, before their passed on my reign; but, whatever final deposition in the vault of the may be the opinion which may preBourbons. It is a remarkable fact, vail, I assure you, brother, that every that the clergy, whose place had thing I have done has been the result been assigned in a programme pre- of long deliberation. I may have viously published, did not attend the been mistaken, but I have not been ceremony; the absence of a body ge- the sport, the slave of events; every nerally obsequious enough in its ho- thing has been conducted and argued mage to majesty, whether dead or by me." It is not consistent with alive,

has caused general observation, the plan which we have laid down and been variously accounted for. for ourselves, nor would it accord The Dauphin, the Duke of Orleans, with our limits, to enter into a detailand the Duke of Bourbon, were in the ed analysis either of the late king's same carriage, habited in deep mourn- reign or character ; he was placed ing, and wearing long mantles. An certainly under perilous and difficult account has been published in the circumstances, and the “judgment” Gazette de France of the medical passed has been upon the whole, as examination of the body of the late perhaps it ought to be, favourable King, made subsequent to his de- both to his intentions and his intelcease; amongst other passages it lect. In four days after the funecontains the following, sufficient of ral of Louis, the new monarch, itself to show the consummate art Charles X, entered, in grand state, by which life was, under such cir- his good city of Paris. At half cumstances, so long protracted. after eleven on the forenoon of the “Both legs, from the knees down- 27th, he stepped into his carriage at 'wards to the feet, were of a substance St. Cloud, and on his arrival at Porteapproaching the consistency of lard; Maillot, mounted on horseback, alit was of a yellow colour, and the though the rain fell in torrents. At cellular membranes, the muscles, and half past twelve he was met at the even the bones, were converted into it! barrier l'Etoile by the Municipal The instruments penetrated with fa- Body, whose Prefect presented him, cility even into the bones! The right after an appropriate congratulation,

foot, and the lower part of the leg, with the keys of the city of Paris.as high as the calf, was sphacelous; Charles replied—“I leave the keys the bones were softened, four toes in your care, because I know that I hail dropped off successively by the cannot commit them to more faithprogress of the disease! A short time ful hands. Keep them, then, gentleafter death, the body was washed men, keep them. It is with sentiwith the chloride of M. Labarraque, ments of deep sorrow and sincere which immediately destroyeđ every joy that I enter within these walls, sort of bad smell : it was embalmed in the midst of my good people--of with this chloride and corrosive sub- joy because I know well that I wish limate.”. Surely the prolonged exist to occupy myself in consecrating my ence of this sovereign may be well life, to my last hour, to secure and styled the triumph of medicine. It consolidate their happiness.” The is said, that even thus M. Portal, the King arrived at Notre Dame a little chief physieian, declared that the after two, where he had to encounter king might still survive for a long the congratulations of the clergy time, if he could resolve “ to eat presented by the Archbishop of Paris, lying down and to live lying down;" to whom he thus addressed himself

"Sir, my first duty, as it was my lieved to be meant as a hint to the first care, on an occasion so afflicting clergy, whose pretensions to royal to my heart, was to prostrate myself favour were rather too openly exbefore the Lord, to solicit from him, pressed. We hope sincerely the through the intercession of the holy anecdote may prove authentic. InVirgin, the strength and courage nea deed, from the little we have seen of cessary to enable me to fulfil the im- Charles X, we are inclined to augur portant task which has been imposed favourably of him ; the second act upon me.

Without him we are no- of his reign was a popular, and just, thing-with him, we can do every and wise one, the discontinuance of thing. Assist me, gentlemen, with the Censorship of the Press. He your prayers ; I solicit them not so could scarcely have commenced with much for myself as for France, which an act of better omen, and, as friends my brother has rendered so happy. of the press, we say to him sincerely Yes, notwithstanding the grief I feel, L“ I pede fausto." There have been I am confident that with the support no ministerial changes, nor are any of the most High, I shall succeed, mentioned as being in contemplation. not in making you forget the loss We regret very much to state that you have sustained, but at least, in a dissension of a serious nature has softening its bitterness.” Charles arisen between the English ministry then took the place which was re- and the provisional government of served for him in the church, when a Greece, which must tend to neutragrand Te Deum was performed. Al- lize the efforts and perhaps ultithough the day was most unfavour- mately defeat the cause of those able to the ceremony, still every brave men, in aid of whom the praystreet and avenue through which the ers of every pious patriot and every king passed was crowded to the ut- grateful scholar in christendom are most, and of course, as on all similar offered. The point in dispute, if we occasions, the 'loyal enthusiasm of may credit the advocates of our Cathe Parisians was at its height. The binet, seems to be merely verbal ; king received upwards of four hun- and if so, we cannot sufficiently dedred petitions, and even returned his precate the hyper-criticism which personal thanks to a young female, ministers choose to exert at such a who at some risk pressed through moment, and upon such an occasion. the guards to present him one; with Even admitting us to be ever so the prayer of which he since has com- much in the right, which is very plied. The good people are in rap- doubtful, and the Greeks to be egretures at a gallantry which looks ra- giously in the wrong, still some litther like a relic of the youth of the tle allowances on our part would but Count d'Artois than a type of the barely expiate our anti-Christian age of the priest-reformed Charles. neutrality in such a contest. The The day passed off well—the king point at issue is the right of aid, on spoke to every one, even to the na the part of neutrals, to the enemies tional guard ; and, as he re-entered of the Greeks. It seems that the the Thuilleries, exclaimed—“I am provisional government of Greece, not fatigued and I am satisfied.” goaded by the continual infringeThe first act of his reign was to be- ment of neutrality, issued a proclastow upon the Dukes of Orleans and mation, containing, amongst others, Bourbon the title of “ Royal High, the following obnoxious paragraph. ness.” He has declared that he will “ That as the masters of sundry preside in person at his council, and European vessels have freighted their the Duke d’Angoulême, whose opi- ships to the Turkish government, nions are said to weigh much with for the conveyance of ship’s stores, his royal parent, attends the sittings and provisions, in opposition to the also. Charles is reported to have advice of their Consuls, and in consaid to the Duke of Orleans (who, travention of the principles of neuon being pressed, told him the peo- trality professed by their respective ple feared an increase of regal in- sovereigns, in the present contest in fluence during his reign), that their which Greece is engaged, all such fears were groundless, as - all should ressels, together with their crews, be kept in their places.” This is be- shall be considered as no longer be

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