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on his snuff-box to a march played by his , when is your King Alfred to appear? Can't lady from his own opera of Edmondo Iron- you get some of the airs sung at the Ansides, an Anglo-Saxon spectacle with British cients ?'” music.
Why, no;" said Lord Gorehampton. The next distinguished personage was the “You see they won't sing things there till Hon. Harry — an aging tenor, full of one is dead. It is a great bore that one airs, (not of music, though,) with a much must die first one's self. Isn't it, now ?" finer manner than he had a voice, and looks “A shameful regulation !” said Vane; more saucy than supercilious. He had been and, to conceal a smile, he began to examine the “tame man” of fashionable singers for I saw his noble and intelligent face, many a long year, and he had been the and longed to be introduced to his notice and Rubini of his own set until he far surpassed love. He soon became absorbed in me. He the great tenore in consequential capers. put me on the music-desk. “ You will sing There was, besides, a spiteful, middle-aged this for me,” he said, to the trembling Lisa. bass, a Mr. Melville, and an old gentleman She sat down, and, with a voice veiled whom every one declared to be a person of with fear of failure, she breathed me forth. exquisite taste-for nothing, however, but I only half existed on paper ; it was while his dinners, that I could see or discover. floating through space, that I truly lived and This was the party, with the addition of one felt the joy and glory of life. I passed more gentleman, who arrived late.
through those mirrored and gilded chambers, I was looked through.
and felt that splendor added no ray to my “Stefano! Ah, non lo conosco !” murmured own brightness. Better to rise beneath Lord Gorehampton. He spoke Italian on the humble roof of a cabin encircled by high days and holydays. He begged to be loving hearts and longing ears, than under spared the infliction of any obscure music, the cold gilding of a palace, with a fool on and invited Lisa to try her mettle on an aria the music-stool. Lisa could not give me my for William the Conqueror, in the grand full honors, but she was true and good, as opera of The Norman Conquest, written by far as she went. She had the artistic heart himself. He kindly sat down to accompany, of a faithful disciple, and she interpreted and I listened to a performance of loathsome clearly the outline of my intentions. Vane length. Such an indecent clattering of ivory listened attentively, and soon after went I never before gave ear to. It was a mix- away. The evening concluded with another ture of Balfe and Bunn, and a delicious dash selection of airs from Gubba's répertoire, and of Donizetti's dregs. Shade of Orpheus ! then we went home; home, to dreary lodghad you only heard the imbecile pomp of ings, such as foreign song-birds must have the conclusion, you would have dashed your for their cage in London. And the prosgolden lyre from the seventh heavens down pects of Lisa darkened daily ; she put me on the nodding head of his lordship of Gore- away from her sight, and it was only by a hampton, and have silenced him thus for chance opening of my portfolio, that I over
heard the following dialogue between Lisa He was just finishing his air on the unu and an old friend, a dancer, whom she had sual word in an Italian song, Felicità, known at Vienna : felicita! when the door opened, and a gen “Ah,
it is a fine thing to be a prima tleman entered, and approached the piano. donna! Fancy Giulia getting her two and
“Ah, there you are! Good night, Vane. three hundred a-night, while we have to I'm busy, you see, as usual. Just listen to starve and dance for twenty.” So sighed this idea of a Norman-Gothic cadence;" and Mademoiselle Carlotta, in a pink gingham, my lord plunged both his hands into a flat and white satin shoes with orange bindings. ninth, and then danced up and down like a “ And she is such a vain wretch, and so cat's fugue for a few minutes, then he stopped shabby to the chorus ! Fancy her poor and looked up
women, who attend her in all her deaths and " It's more Danish, do you know, I think,” faints, not to speak of other things, never get said Lord Vane, quite gravely.
a farthing from her. And she never pays my dear fellow, excuse me there!” | her Medea and Norma brats; not a bit, poor cried the performer. “ This is Gubba the things ! Besides, she is a pest to the promptDane's flourish, you know, in the The Herds- er, and a disgrace to the profession. Ah, man's Cake.”
well, it's a fine thing to be a prima donna ! “Ah, yes !" said Vane, with an assump- But I on't want to have diamond shoe-ties tion of interest, the rogue. “By the bye, at the expense of my peace of mind. I could
not do the pirouette with any weight on my | Lisa's mind. I rose with an unapproachaconscience !"
ble glory on the ear and heart of the sole • Lord Vane admires her, does he not ?” listener. She could have fallen down on her
“Oh, that is an old story! Oh, yes, I dare face before the form of the Greek, for it was say.
Who does not admire her? But I am she ! Xanthi, the long-remembered, the sure he cannot esteem her; and what is love adored of Spiro, the Ionian girl I had seen without respect ?” said Carlotta, with much years before at Florence, and I had dwelt in dignity. “However, she expects to be a her heart ever since. We met like longviscountess some fine day. Vedremo noi parted lovers, and I trembled beneath the altri.”
joy of a full interpretation by a voice and That evening Lisa sat alone, musing over genius of matchless power. I had at last the past and the gloomy present. She heard met with my equal ; I was fitly mated at last. voices on the stair, and her landlady entered. Ah! were we now to part ? She said that there was a lady below asking, It was the morning of the rehearsal at she supposed, for lodgings, but that she length, and I trembled for my fate. Poor could not comprehend her; and she begged Lisa, I did thee injustice! At eleven o'clock Lisa to come and help her, for Lisa spoke a she came and took me up, looked at me little English. A stranger stood on the stair ; once with tears, and then walked to the door she wished for lodgings; she had just come
of the next room. from abroad, and was anxious, if possible, to
“I am ill!” she said : “you, signora, are procure them that night. She was establish the most fit to take my place. See, take my ed accordingly in a room next Lisa's. She music; my name, too; and, as Lisa, sing, went to bed early, and Lisa saw no more of
Lisa herself her that night.
ever will !” It was about noon next day that a note Joy! joy! I entered the concert-room in reached Lisa. It was an offer to her to sing, Xanthi's hand. That grave audience of dowaat the Ancient Concert of the following gers and directors was delighted out of its Wednesday, the piece performed at Lord propriety. But who shall recount the surGorehampton's. Lisa almost fell on her passing glories of the Wednesday night, when knees with gratitude, and accepted the en I was encored by the queen, and lauded by gagement without delay. Then, poor girl, the bishops present, and when a venerable she hurried out to buy gloves, a wreath, countess was removed in fits to the tea-room, and a pair of new shoes, and I was left and Field-marshal the Duke of Wellington alone.
said, “Good !” twice, and when the Morn“Ho, ho!" I thought, now my time is ing Post screamed itself hoarse with admira
I feel frightened rather. Ahem! Ition next day? But I am becoming quite too wonder how I shall sound.” Lisa came confidential. home heated, feverish, and penniless, for she One paragraph more.
Xanthi made her had been more extravagant than seconda appearance at the Opera House, Giulia took donnas should be ; and it was with a very the jaundice, and Lord Vane took his leave uncertain voice that she sang me through, of a termagant whom he had never loved. or rather, she had only begun to sing, when The tide of fashion left Giulia stranded on the door was suddenly opened and the the shore where she had ruled the waves, stranger stood there. She sprang forward like Britannia, for some sixteen years. and listened.
“I could poison, kill, burn, mangle the “ Canta
pure e !” she cried; and then she wretched woman!” said Giulia to her favorite leant over the piano, and tears fell over her tire-woman, as she sat glaring over the last face. Lisa finished and rose, and the stran- tirade of praise.
“ And what is this monger approached the piano, seized me, and strous song that she sings fifteen times every kissed me with tears of joy.
night ? It makes me sick and faint to hear of “ Ti rilrovo ancor !" and then she paused. such sinfulness. I'm sure it's ugly. Tell Costa She laid her hand on the chords ; like a he must get it for me without delay.” prophetess preparing to declare her awful Costa obeyed; the original sheet was promission she stood. Lo! what sound of un cured ; again I met the prima donna's eyes, earthly sweetness invested itself in my form! and she read on my brow, Addio, Giulia ! a meaning, new and unexpected, dawned on
NOTICES OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Highlands and Islands of the Adriatic. By A. A nected with the intermediate link of Hanover, from Paton. 2 vols. 8vo.
the beginning to the middle of the last century; and
the tidal Aux and reflux of the negotiations for interAlready well appreciated by the public, from his marriages between the royal families, display very works on Servia and Syria, Mr. Paton has here remarkable political data, and show on what odd extended and complemented, not only his own pre circumstances the fates and fortunes of a people are ceding work, but also Sir Gardner Wilkinson's often dependent. But we cannot enter upon the Dalmatia, Montenegro, and Herzegovina, by super vast expanse of Silesian, Prussian, French, Austrian, adding more of the Adriatic coasts, Croatia, and Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Bavarian, Bohemian and different portions of the Southern provinces of Austria. other interwoven systems of policy minutely opened We need not speak of the high interest of these to examination in these volumes. They close the countries at this era, when the fate of races is at im
page nearly a hundred years ago; and Frederick's mediate issue on their territories, and much of the religious, literary, and scientific concerns occupy the future destinies of Europe are involved in the de- last two or three sheets. The foundation of the cision. Who are to predominate--Magyar, Croat, or Academy, the Society of Sans Souci, Maupertuis, German—and how the Austrian empire is to be re Voltaire, and other strange companions, are cursorily composed and governed, are mighty questions, upon noticed, and in the end the theme is wound up in a which Mr. Paton throws new, clear, and important manner which satisfactorily completes a work, not lights; whilst, to the general reader, (in opposition only of great attraction to the children of German to the political,) bis various sketches of travel and Fatherland, but generally to every European counsociety are of a most pleasing and attractive charac- try.-Literary Gazette. ter; and a number of engravings illustrate them in a very satisfactory style. There is also an excellent map.
On the national topics we will merely observe that Anecdotes of the Aristocracy, and Episodes in Anexperience, opportunity, and employment have ena cestral Story. By J. BERNARD BURKE. 2 vols. bled the author to know what he is writing about; and therefore his views are of much public value. Some books, from their being of a kind to lift and His disapprobation of the Magyar movement, and lay down during any small vacant space of time, looking forward to better things from Illyria and and furnishing enough of various entertainment to the Croat population, we leave, however, for dis- beguile the patch of day or night in a pleasant mancussion to statesmen who may determine how far in ner, have been called Parlor Books; and this is one revolutions, like serpents, the heads are moved by of them par excellence. You cannot dip into it any. the tails; whilst from the more miscellaneous con where without finding something to interest and tents we select a few extracts, to indicate the nature
There are hundreds of tragical or of a very agreeable publication.—Literary Gazette. touching tales, curious anecdotes, remarkable legends
and traditions, historical facts, family relics, and other miscellanies, which are all the more attractive
from being generally authentic, and the rest not inMemoirs of the House of Brandenburg ; and History vented, but derived from old beliefs and transmitted
of Prussia, during the 17th and 18th Centuries. stories. Some have made much public noise before, By LEOPOLD RANKE. Translated by Sir Alexander but others are collected from less known sources, and Lady Duff Gordon. 3 vols. 8vo.
and form, with the more notorious, a melange alto
gether of delectable light reading, not without a conThe translators of this work have done it
every siderable proportion of instructive information.justice, and its Continental repute is a guaranty of Literary Gazette. its value and importance. It reflects many new lights upon points of biographical and national interest; and the former, indeed, are most national, for in the characters of the monarchs was concentrated and The Old Judge; or, Life in a Colony. By the Auevolved the rise of Prussia from a secondary to a first
thor of “Sam Slick." 2 vols. rate German power. The account of the utilitarian The majority of these papers appeared in Frazer's soldier, Frederick William, and of his miserable Magazine, and the author has remodelled and added quarrels with his son, Frederick II , is one of the to them for this mode of connected publication. This most striking instances; and the author labors hard would have been sufficient to recommend the work to paint the tyrannical cruelties of the former, as to us, devoted admirers as we are of the Clockwell as his perverse scheme of princely education, maker ; but he has increased our obligation, by giv. and the consequent foibles and vices of the latter, in ing us six or eight new chapters, full of his usual as favorable colors as possible. Many documents humor, keen acuteness, and insight into haman life have been consulte to authenticate this picture and character. The chapters are the 1st, 6th, 8th, The relations between Prussia and England, con and 9th, in the first volume, and the 19th, 20th and
21st, in the second. The colonial portraits are indeed | land of unbridled passions, poetry, and romance, and replete with truth and nature; and only varying from the source from which the genius of Byron drew the the original stock as circumstances shape the human material for his poem of Mazeppa." mind and human actions.--Literary Gazette.
Making every allowance for certain expressions of hatred to Russia—a feeling which, to a Pole, is as
inextinguishable as it is spontaneous—the reader Friends and Fortune : a Moral Tale. By Anna will find in the Count's work many suggestive obHARRIET DRURY.
servations as to the probable future of both Poland
and her oppressor. Whether the author's splendid When the poem of Annesley, from the same hand, vision of the Pole, the Cossack, and the Mahometan, appeared, it fell to the Literary Gazette, as if an old locked in a friendly embrace, and constituting a harand established privilege, to give the first all-hail of monious coalition, will ever be realized, remains to welcome to the young and unknown débutante on be seen; but no one will doubt the wisdom and the the perilous public platform of authorship. Tracing policy of real friendship being cemented between in it features to call to mind such names as Gold | England and France. The two countries thus united, smith and Crabbe, we offered it the reception it de- might bid defiance not alone to Russian power, but served, and within a few weeks thereafter, the most to that of the whole world. Westminster Review. efficient of our contemporaries re-echoed the strain, and the just estimation and consequent popularity of Miss Drury was the result.
Thus cheered on, our gifted poetess has now es The Town ; its Memorable Characters and Events. sayed her powers on a prose composition; and, we By LEIGH Hunt. St. Paul's to St. James's. With think, with no less comparative success than before. forty-five Illustrations. Two volumes. London : It is a tale delightfully told, and abounding in pas Smith, Elder, & Co., 65 Cornhill. 1848. sages of great feeling and beauty. Again we are reminded of Goldsmith, and that which reminds us, How delightful are such books as Leigh Hunt's; in a right sense, of the Vicar of Wakefield, must be books which one may take up at any odd moment a production of no mean order.
of leisure with the certainty of meeting with some[This work has been republished in a handsome thing to amuse, something to instruct, something to style by the Messrs. Appleton, and fully justifies assist in clothing the realities of every day life with
radiations from the realms of fancy, or in re-peopling the commendations of the Gazette.)
the actual world with life-like idealities of its former tenants! This is especially the case with the volumes before us. Mr. Hunt is better fitted, perhaps,
than any living writer to illustrate the rich store of The Cossacks of the Ukraine ; comprising Biogra- poetical and historical associations connected with
phical Notices of the most celebrated Cossack Chiefs, the world of London, wherewith his sympathies and a description of the Ukraine. By Count have ever been identified; and the elucidation of its HENRY KRASINSKI,
by-gone glories must have been to him indeed a labor
of love. A well written and interesting narrative of the As Mr. Hunt well shows in his opening chapter history of a curious and little known people, who played an important part in a very eventful portion is nowhere more clearly exhibited than in the thor
the moral of that charming tale, ' Eyes and no Eyes, of Napoleon's career, The author is well fitted for oughfares of a crowded city. One man “may go the task he has undertaken, having spent a consider- from Bond-street to Blackwall, and unless he has able part of his life in the inhospitable land he the luck to witness an accident or get a knock from writes upon. He compiled a regular history of the Polish Cossacks three years ago; but circumstances returned, of nothing but the names of those two
a porter's burthen, may be conscious, when he has having prevented its publication, the present work places, and of the mud through which he has passis substituted. In its pages the author says:
ed;" another may take the same route, and while “I describe their [the Cossacks] piratical expedi- mind, as Leigh Hunt says, to “put on wings angeli
actively observant of the present, he may allow his tions into Turkey, and sketch their dangerous rebel cal, and pitch itself into the grand obscurity of the lion (fostered by Russia) in Poland, under Chmielnic- future," without any let or hindrance to its running ki, Zelezniak, and Gonta ; and not less formidable re
back also upon
the more visible line of the past ;" bellions in Russia, under Stenko Razin, Mazeppa, and
of that past which is “the heir-loom of the world.”– Pugatchef, which rebellions cost Russia nearly a mil
Westminster Review. lion of human beings, and shook that empire to its very foundation, and even to this time has not only impaired its whole strength, but rendered its continued existence a mysterious problem. Having further described all the branches of the Polish Cossacks, 1. Annals of the Artists of Spain. By William with their most noted chiefs, from almost the begin.
Stirling, M. A. In 3 vols. London: Ollivier. ning of their political existence till our time, I then 2. Sacred and Legendary Art. By Mrs. JAMESON. unveil many interesting facts respecting Catherine In 2 vols. London: Longmans. II., as connected with Poland, and give a short account of her lovers, and the victims of her hatred, The appearance of these elaborate works almost as also the various diabolical intrigues for which she simultaneonsly is an event in the history of Art in was so infamously celebrated. I conclude the work England; evidencing, as it does, the general desire with a statistical, historical, and geographical de- which is felt for a more ample critical apparatus
Each of these scription of the Ukraine, from time immemorial the than we have hitherto possessed.
works would amply deserve a more extended notice too, his own observations—especially those which of its contents than we can possibly supply at pre have a quasi-religious character—and a great porsent, in consequence of the pressure of matter. Mr. tion of the sublime and the sentimental might have Stirling's work comprises a history of Painting in remained unwritten. Despite, however, all this, Spain from the first origin of the art to the present there is really a great deal of what is useful and day. It enumerates all the works of the Spanish agreeable in the book; and it may be read with painters which are now extant, and supplies ma- pleasure by any one who will excuse the follies in terials for judgment on their merits, which either to which extreme conceit has at times led the author the artist, the collector, or the traveller, will be in- to indulge.--English Review. valuable. The sister arts of Sculpture and Architecture are also incidentally illustrated, and the work is furnished with extensive indices, and adorned by some very excellent engravings of the principal Spanish painters, and of a few of their most striking RECENT BRITISH PUBLICATIONS. works. Even the general reader will find in Mr. Stirling's pages much to interest and gratify him, A New Historical Tale, by Sir E. Bulwer Lyttonfrom the biographical character of the work, and the conclusion of King Arthur. the numerous anecdotes which it contains.
Mordaunt Hall, by the author of Emilia Wyndham. Mrs. Jameson's book, which is also richly and
Vols. 3 and 4 of the Castlereagh Papers. abundantly illustrated with wood-cuts and engrav
Part 3, of Chateaubriand's Memoirs of his own Time. ings, will be found eminently useful as a book of Sam Slick’s New Work, The old Judge. reference to travellers, and also to those who are
The Highlands and Islands of the Adriatic, by A. A. engaged in the study of paintings. It brings to
Paton, Esq. gether all the Legends of the Saints which are
California ; or Four Months among the Gold Diggers, ordinarily to be found represented in Sculpture and by J. Tyrwhitt Brooks, M. D. Painting, with a view to the explanation of the A reprint of Bryant's What I saw in California. subjects which continually meet the eye in all old The Bird of Passage; or Flying Glimpses of Many works of art. It will be found useful in directing Lands, by Mrs. Romer. modern artists to the appropriate symbols and
The Apostolical Acts and Epistles from the Peschito, representations of sacred and legendary subjects.
by J. W. Etheridge, M. D. We regard these two works as indispensable to
Sir Aymer, a Poem in four Cantos.
The Western World, or Travels in the United States every one who is engaged in the study of the Fine Arts.- English Review.
in 1846-7, by Alexander Mackay. Correspondence of Schiller and Korner, edited by
Leonard Simpson, Esq.
Six Months' Service in the African Blockade, by Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years
Lieut. Forbes, R. N. 1846 and 1846. By JAMES RICHARDSON, 2 vols. Harmony of History with Prophecy, by Josiah 8vo.
Raphael, or Rays from Life, from the French of LaThere is a good deal of amusement and informa martine. tion to be obtained from these volumes—though “The Rock of Rome, wherein the fundamental tradithey might be advantageously subjected to a win tional dogma of the Roman Catholic Church is nowing machine. Mr. Richardson gives a graphic confronted with the obviously true interpretation account of life in the desert—and his very careless of the Word of God; and proved to be nothing ness at times renders the picture more actual and more nor less than a mere invention of Antichrist, full than it would otherwise be. His repetitions and to be forthcoming from the pen of James and varying impressions of the same external cir Sheridan Knowles.” cumstances and things give a reality to the picture
Sir George Staunton is about to give the public he draws; though some of them might have been the result of his examinations on the various modes omitted with advantage. We could have spared, I of rendering the word God in the Chinese language.