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Commission'd to destroy. They perish'd here
From this cursory survey of Monmouth's rebellion, both Rulers and People may learn lessons of wisdom. Nei. ther heaven nor earth, indeed, could suffer such unparalleled barbarities to pass long unpunished. Three years only was the deftined period of impunity. Vio. lence of every kind defeats even its own favourite purposes. The paflions of the multitude are to be soothed rather than infamed. There is a point, beyond which the pressure of mifery cannot be borne. Wise, therefore, are those legislators who, ever attentive to the wants and grievances of the community, are defirous of establishing upon the broad basis of equity that fa
* The battle of the Boyne, the siege of Londonderry, and the fight of La Hogue, off the coast of France, to which Mr. Southey here alludes, were signal defeats which James received, and by which William was firmly established on the throne of Groat Britain. The above beautiful lines were taken from the Anthology for 1799, a collection of poems of considerable merit by different hands, and on a pleasing variety of subjects.
lutary authority which degenerates not into oppreffion, and that rational liberty which is far removed from licentiousness. Thankful for your present privileges, it is the incumbent duty of all ranks amongst us to lay aside inveterate prejudices, to seek unremittingly the interests of our country, and to clasp each other in the bands of love and amity. Far distant from the shores of Britain be the torch of civil discord, and may the continue to be the abode of harmony and peace to the latest generations. That incomparable Biographer, Mr. Roscoe, has in his Lorenzo De Medicis, laid down this golden MAXIM, “ No end can justify the sacrifice of a principle ; nor was a CRIME ever necessary in the course of human affairs. The sudden burst of vindictive paffion may sometimes operate important consequences on the fate of nations, but the event is seldom within the limits of human calculation. It is only the calm energy of reason constantly bearing up against the encroachments of power, that can with certainty perpetuate the freedom, or promote the happiness of the human race?"
I fall trouble you with only one Epistle more, in which will be included Bridgewater, Glastonbury, Wells, Frome, Stonehenge, and Salisbury. Should these my rough and hafty Sketches of an interesting journey impart any degree of entertainment or instruction, the reflection will gratify Yours, respectfully,
'HE Pavilion, a new opera, was per
doubtful approbation. An edifice in the garden of the
Caliph of Bagdad, gives name to the piece, being the scene where the plot is laid. The whole is enriched with beautiful scenery and splendid decorations. The fable is taken from the Persian Tales, but it is entitled to no great praise. The music is to be admired for its tone and variety. Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Crouch, Mrs. Bland, and Miss De Camp exerted themselves with success. The company was large and elegant; the piece was received with a mixture of approbation and disapprobation. It is difficult to determine which prepon. derated. Its fate, however, will be soon ascertained.
COVENT GARDEN. Nov. 1. A new comedy, called MANAGEMENT, from the prolific pen of REYNOLDS, was brought forward this evening, of which the following were the
Mr. Lewis Sir Harvey Sutherland
Mr. Pope Mist the Manager
Mr. Fawcett Wormy
Mr. Munden Alltrade
Mr. Farley Geoffrey
Mr. Davenport Stopgap
Mr. Simmons Juliana Sutherland
Mrs. Pope Mrs. Dazzle
Mrs. Davenport Chamberinaid
: Mrs. Lefence. The un happiness of marriage is the basis of this play, and therefore presents us with a sufficient variety of incidents. Sir Harvey Sutherland, is a diffipated character-uses his wife extremely ill, which eventually occasions her death. He goes abroad, leaves behind him a daughter, who is badly treated by her relation, Mrs. Dazzle.' Suiherland, however, returns, is angry
with his daughter for commiserating the fate of her mother ; but they are prevented from coming to an explanation, and this is the chief management of the play. It is easily seen, therefore, that such a plot is capable of great variation, and the curiosity is both duly heightened and gratified. It is difficult to form a jut idea of the fable, without beholding with our own eyes, the particular mode by which it is planned and accomplished.
Mift is the manager of a strolling company, and Alltrade is a swindler of a vile description. They are both well depicted, and Juliana, the daughter of Suther. land, is a character which interests and pleafes the spec
Pope, Fawcett, and Lewis, exerted themselves with fuccefs; nor were Mrs. Pope and Mrs. Davenport lefs ftrenuous in the performance of their parts.
Lewis, in Captain Lavish, exhibited a young man of fashion, profeffing and boasting of his economy, and re. curring to that principle for arguments to justifyw a feries of acts of the most unbounded prodigality. Thus he considered it the cheapest method always to travel with four horfes, as he came sooner to his destination, and had lefs occasion to stop frequently on the road.
Mift, the manager, abounded with witticisms, and with the following curious declaration the house was much delighted : " That he always made it a point to get drunk whenever there was a thin houle, because he then faw double !
The house was crowded with the better fort of com. pany, and the piece, though not faultless, was received throughout with almost unanimous approbation.
FOR NOVEMBER, 1799.
“ Glitter in the thiftle's beard;
“ O'er the misty heights of Sweard.
“ Short the respite sleep affords
“ Hasten to the strife of swords.
“ Lo the Mercians press around!
« Soon the foe shall bite the ground.
“ Proudly great shall* Reafan soar;
6 Shall be red with Saxon gore.”
* Reafan, or the magic banner, contained the figure of a raven, the symbol of Hela, the God of Victory. Before a battle the Danes imagined they saw various movements in this bird; if it clapped its wings, they thought their success would be inevitable ; but if it hung down its head, it was a sure presage of their defeat. The symbol of Woden, the Saxon god, was a dragon, VOL. VIII,