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Far other they who reard yon pompous shrine, || Th’ Apostate chief,- from Misraim's subject And bade the rock with Parian marble shine.
shore Then hallow'd Peace renew'd her wealthy reign, To Acre's walls his trophied banners bore ; Then altars smok'd, and Sion smil'd again.
When the pale desert mark'd his proud array, There cculptur'd gold and costly gems were seen,
And Desolation hop'd an ampler sway ; And all the bounties of the British queen; What hero then triumphant Gaul dismay'd ? There barbarous kings their sandal'd nations led, | What arm repell’d the victor Renegade? And steel-clad champions bow'd the crested head, | Britannia's champion !-bath'd in hostile bloud, There, when her fiery race the desert pour’d, High on the breach the dauntless Seaman stood: And pale Byzantiuin fear’d Medina's sword, Admiring Asia saw th' unequal fight, When coward Asia shook in trembling woe, E’en the pale crescent bless'd the Christian's And bent appall'd before the Bactrian bow;
might. From the moist regions of the western star Oh day of death! Oh thirst, beyond controul, The wandering hermit wak'd the storm of war. Of crimson conquest in th' Invader's soul! Their limbs all iron, and their souls all flame, The slain, yet warm, by social footsteps trod, A countless host, the red-cross warriors came: O'er the red moat supplied a panting road; E'en hoary priests the sacred combat wage, O’er the red moat our conquering thunders flew, And clothe in steel the palsied arm of age;
And loftier still the grisly rampire grew. While beardless youths and tender maids assume While proudly glow'd above the rescu'd tower The weighty morion and the glancing plume. The wavy cross that mark’a Britannia's power. In bashful pride the warrior virgins wield
Yet still destruction sweeps the lonely plain, The ponderous falchion, and the sun-like shield, And heroes lift the generous sword in vain. And start to see their armour’s iron gleam Still o'er her sky the clouds of anger roll, Dance with blue lustre in Tabaria's stream. And God's revenge hangs heary on her soul. The blood-red banner floating o'er their van,
Yet shall she rise ;-but not by war restord, All madly blithe the mingled nyriads ran: Not built in murder,-planted by the sword. Impatient Death beheld his destin'd food, Yes, Salem, thou shalt rise : thy Father's aid And hovering vultures snuff'd the scent of blood. Shall heal the wound his chastening hand has Not such the numbers nor the host so dread
made; By northern Brenn, or Scythian Timur led, Shall judge the proud oppressor's ruthless sway, Nor such the heart-inspiring zeal that bore And burst his brazen bonds, and cast his cords United Greece to Phrygia’s reedy shore !
away. There Gaul's proud knights with boastful mien Then on your tops shall reathless verdure spring, advance,
Break forth, ye mountains, and ye vallies, sing ! Form the long line, and shake the cornel lance ; No more your thirsty rocks shall frown forlorn, Here, link'd with Thrace, in close battalions The unbeliever's jest, the heathen's scorn; stand
The sultry sands shall tenfold harvests yield, Ausonia's sons, a soft inglorious band;
And a new Eden deck the thorny field. There the stern Norman joins the Austrian train, E'en now perhaps, wide waving o'er the land, And the dark tribes of late-reviving Spain; The mighty Angel lifts his golden wand; Here in black files, advancing firm and slow,
Courts the bright vision of descending power, Victorious Albion twangs the deadly bow : Tells every gate, and measures every tower ; Albion,-s:ill prompt the captive's wrong to aid, || And chides the tardy seals that yet detain And wield in freedom's cause the freeman's ge- Thy Lion, Judah, from his destin'd reign. nerous blade!
And who is He ? the vast, the awful form? Yet sainted spirits of the warrior deed, Girt with the whirlwind, sandald with the storm ? Whose giant force Britannia's armies led ! A western cloud around his limbs is spread, Whose bickering falchions, foremost in the His crown a rainbow, and a sun his head. fight,
To highest heaven he lifts his kingly hand, Still pour'd confusion on the Soldan's might; And treads at once the ocean and the land; Lords of the biting axe and beamy spear,
And hark! his voice amid the thunder's roar, Wide conquering Edward, lion Richard hear! His dreadful voice, that time shall be no more! At Albion's call your crested pride resume,
Lo! cherub hands the golden courts prepare, And burst the marble slumbers of the tomb ! Lo! thrones are set, and every saint is there; Your sons behold, in arms, in heart the same, Earth's utmost bounds confess their awful sway, To Salem still their generous aid supply,
The mountains worship, and the isles obey; And pluck the palm of Syrian chivalry !
Nor sun, nor moon they need,-nor day, nor When he, from towery Malta's yielding isle,
night; And the green waters of reluctant Nile,
God is their temple, and the lamb their light; No. XIV. Vol. II.
And shall not Israel's sons exulting come,
Ten thousand harps attune the mystic song,
RETROSPECT OF POLITICS
FOR FEBRUARY, 1807.
THE foreign news of the last month con of the chief branches of the Ways and Means sists of little else than contradictory reports from for the support of the current expenditure, it the seat of war. For many days it was believed will be necessary to supply this deficiency. For that the Russians had utierly defeated the army | this purpose, the Minister intends to have reof Napoleon, and that the French were retreat course to a Supplementary Loan to the amount ing homewards : the authority of these reports of the deficiency. The interest of this Loan, was mostly contained in private letters, and the in the first year, will not reach 60,0001. In the delusion was too agreeable not to be cherished second, the Loan being 2,400,0001. the interest in a manner which precluded a fair examination will be proportionate. In the third year, it will of the circumstances. At length, however, all proceed in the usual ratio.- This interest, in the Joube has been cleared up on this subject. --The process of his plan, the Minister calculates to Russians, in having repelled a desperate attack supply by the expected increased productiveness made upon them, may at least lay claim to a of the present taxes.
For the first seven years, greater success than the French who were foiled it will be supplied by the annuities which are in their enterprise; but as the former have not now falling in, and which, of course, relieve so thought it prudent to advance, or bring on a ge- much of the present revenue as is now employed neral batile, the situation of the latter cannot be to pay them. For seven years, therefore, no said to be much deteriorated.-In a word, the further taxes will be required upon this head. armies are mostly in the same positions which 5. This process of borrowing 12,000,0001. they occupied six weeks ago.
annually, and taking 1,200,0001. annually from The most important domestie intelligence of the war taxes for its interest and Sinking Fund, the month, is the formal abolition of the Slave is to be continued during fourteen years, in which Trade by the House of Lords.
time the whole produce of the war taxes, The next is the system of finance, of which we 20,000,0001. will be pledged. shall give a short explanation.
6. At the end of the 14th year, the Sinking 1. The sum required for our annual expen-Fund of the first Loan will have redeemed that diture, (exclusive of course of the interest of the particular Loan, and of course have relieved the National Debt, as charged upon the Consolidated one million two hundred thousand pounds, Fund) is taken by the Minister at £32,000,000 hitherto employed as its interest and Sinking He estimates the annual produce of
Fund. The former process is then to be conthe war taxes at.....
20,000,000 tinued. Twelve millions are to be borrowed on There remains, therefore, to be raised
the pledge of part of the war taxes, relieved by annually...
.12,000,000 the extinction of an expiring and liquidated 2. This 12,000,000 he proposes to raise by an Loan. And the deficiency of the war taxes is to annual loan to that amount, the interest to be paid be supplied in the same manner, as in the first from the war taxes. Twelve hundred thousand fourteen years, namely, by a Supplemental Loan. pounds is to be taken from the produce of the 7. Should Peace return in the lapse of any of war taxes for this, of which six hundred thou- these years, the sum required for the Peace saad is to pay the interest of the Loan, and six Establishment is estimated so low, that the Mi. hundred thousand to contribute a fund for its re nister has pledged himself that the war taxes shall demprion. By the operation of compound in- be removed in the moment in which Peace shall terest the Minister calculates that this Sinking be declared. Fund will redeem the Loan in fourteen years. We cannot here but observe, that this appears
3. Twelve hundred thousand pounds being to us the most doubtful part of the new system, thus taken from the produce of the war taxes, one and that which lias been least explained.
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS FOR FEBRUARY.
the opinion of many, we understand, the former
of these is regarded as a successful, and even a tii. On Tuesday, February 3, a new Comic Opera,
umphant rival. in one act, was performed at this theatre, called Roberto l'Assassino. Although the Opera is
We shall not deny to Mrs. Billington, the usually supposed to be merely a vehicle for music, praise of unequalled brilliancy of voice and exe
cution; and if the feelings of patriot partialiiy yet the story of this short piece is by no means without interest. The scene is supposed to be
could interfere with such a question, we should, in the neighbourhood of Seville, and finberto is perhaps, be as forward as any of our cotemporathe captain of a formidable banditti in an adjoin- || ries, to exult, that even in the mere sensual acing forest. Astolfo, who is the lover of the complishments of the opera, an English per
former can maintain a successful competition daughter of Alberto, leads his soldiers to the at
with the mo tack of the robbers. Liselta, his mistress, follows
idolized proficients of the school him, and falls into the power of the robbers, but
of Italy. But justice obliges us to declare, that is rescued by her lover. When Roberto and his
if in this brilliancy (of which Catalani is not degang are brought in chains to the palace officient), Mrs. Billington remains unequalled, yet Alberto, Roberto is discovered to be his son, and
this is the only particular in which the competiLiselia is united to Astolfo. Alberto is conse
tion can be at all sustained. As an actress, Mrs. quently reconciled to both his children, and the Billington cannot even be named; and, for our robbers are pardoned. Fagotto, a servant that
own parts, we confess, that in every thing drafollows Liselta in her elopement, affords a consi
matic, our eyes expect their gratification as well derable degree of entertainment by his terrors at
as our ears; and that the total deficiency of our meeting the robbers.
country-woman, in all that relates to the deco. The music of this Opera is by Trento, and has
rums and verisimilitude of the scene, occasioned considerable merit. Naldi, in the character of
us to regard even Grassini as her successful
rival. Roberto, both acted and sung extremely well. Siboni and Signora Perini were also much ap.
To confine ourselves, however, for the present, plauded, and one of their duets was loudly en
to the mere comparison of powers of voice; we cored, Rovedino supported the comic part of
must admit, that we have never before witnessed Fagotto with considerable humour as well as mu
such an assemblage of various excellence, such sical abilities. At the close of the piece there | richness of tone or primitive melody-such comwas, however, some disapprobation expressed, pass in the scale, such complete command of all which we conceive to have been principally oc
the intermediate notes and intervals, such power casioned by the length of the act. As the Opera
of minute gradation, and of, abrupt and rapid was performed, it was certainly long for a single transition, such variety of those expressive mo
dulations, which (without interfering with, or The Serious Opera, La Semiramide, or rather | absolutely depending upon, the mere harmonic the magical attraction of Madame Catalani, drew
arrangement of the notes), rénder the intoraon Saturday night, the 14th, the customary
tions completely descriptive of all the varieties of throng, and afforded the customary banquet of sentiment and feeling; in short, such range of delight and wonder. The boxes, indeed, were
voice, such exquisitiveness of tone, such pathos, not quite so full, nor the attendance in them,
and such judgnient, we have never known united quite so early, as we understand them to have
in one individual. been on former occasions; but the pit was full to If, upon these grounds, we are disposed to overflowing, half an hour before the rising of the prefer Catalani to Billington, it will easily be curtain; and the performance of the sole indi-supposed that we have grounds enough for a vidual who can be regarded as any object of at like preference over the other competitor, whom traction in this Opera, was such as fully to justify
we have mentioned. Grassini had patios inle the curiosity she has inspired.
deer, both of voice and deportment: but she In reviewing the merits of this performer, it is was always pathetic; ani, in many parts of her natural to draw some comparison in one's mind, respective characters, which required very diffrom the recollection of recent examples of ope- ferent expressions, could neither divest her voice, ratical excellence. In this point of view Billing her looks, nor her action, of that air of affliction ton and Grassini are the singers that come into or melancholy dignity, which she so finely permost immediate contact with Catalani; and, in sonified. She was, indeed, a fine actress, but ilin
in some particulars, she surpassed Catalani in Tiad married an Italian Marchioness, runs away this point of view, there are more, we think, in from his wife, and falls in love with a sentiwhich Catalani surpasses her. The dramatic mental young lady, who is attached to another. powers of this latter are certainly much more The Marchioness puts herself into breeches, and varied, if not more impressive.
follows her husband to England. It is this foolish One thing, indeed, detracts, in a considerable | disguise whic puts the plot motion. The degree, from the dramatic excellence of this ac young lady, the object of Sir Harry's attentions, tress- we mean that sort of half-convulsive and happens to be the friend of his wife, and produces half.a fjected smile, which, in the more difficult a re-union, by making an Assignation with Sir parts of her songs, perpetually obtrudes itself; || Harry, and surprising him with his Lady. The even where the sentiment requires, and her voice Banonet repents, and the Lady is satisfied. is imparting, expressions of the mosi exquisite This is the leading feature the plot; the pathos and distress.
other under stories are equally trite and unnaTwo other particulars in the manner and ma tural:- A young Lady, of immense fortune, and nagement of this singer, deserve particular no great accomplishments, discloses her love for her tice, and claim our most unequivocal approba- || guardian to his face; though the guardian isa man tion, namely, the peculiar address with which, | of fifty, a stiff old Peer, dressed in the Windsor by the tension of the mouth, and the minute, l uniform, and a star. Somerville, the natural son but decisive action of the upper lip, she contrives of this Peer, falls in love with a sentimental still further to vary the modified tones of the Miss, of the name of Emme, whom, in the usual larynx and internal organs, and occasionally to style of romance, he prefers to Lady Laura and impart to particular notes, a sort of expressive her wealth; and an old widow, who apes youth, and pathetic tremor; and the judgment by which and whose vanity is to be taught to ride, 10 sing, she prevents the too rapid distention, and conse and dance, like a boarding school girl, is thrown quent labour of the chest, by suddenly closing in, together with a drunken Admiral, as makethe mouth, either by means of the lips or of the weights to these foolish plots. contact of the tongue and teeth, during the That all these elements have long been floating pauses, or rests, after particularly exhausting in the atmosphere of a circulating library we efforts. This practice (so contrary to vulgar ap scarcely need tell our readers. There is nothing prehension), which we recommend particularly, which can make the least pretension to invention not only to singers but to actors also, both for in either of the stories, and, the worst of it is, there their own convenience, and for the sake of cer is neither grace nor skill in the combination. tain obvious effects, first struck our notice in The general character of this play was, a sickly Madaine Grassini, who (probably from superior sentiment, a pedantic humour, virtue out of necessity for husbanding her physical powers,) || place, common situations most ungracefully carried it to a much greater extent.
placed upon stilts, and absolutely nothing of life To reason upon this topic would lead us into and manners. some long, though curious details; and we have The patience of the audience was exhausted in already extended this article to an exorbitant the second act; and though the play, by the dex. length.
terity of Wroughton, was procured to be heard
out, it was unanimously dismissed at the close. DRURY-LANE.
On Tuesday, February 3, a new Dance, comTHE ASSIGNATION.
posed by Mr. D’Egville, and entitled Emily; or, Under this title a new play was produced on Jurenile Indiscretion, was performed at this theWednesday, January 28. It is attributed to
atre, between the Opera and Afterpiece, for the Miss Lee, author of The Chapter of Accidents, first time. The pantomime outline of this bagaa comedy which has kept possession of the stage telle is partly borrowed from Fielding's farce of upwards of twenty years.
The Virgin Unmask'd, with alterations, to give it The characters of Jacob Gawkey and Bridget an appearance of novelty. It was supported have been the materials upon which our most with much grace and agility by Joubert, Montpopular dramatists have worked, but without ap
gomery, Mrs. Sharp, Miss Gayton, and the whole proaching to the originals; and the more serious Corps de Bullet of the house, and graced with parts of this Comedy have been the source of some elegant decorations. But, perhaps, the pillage and imitation with as little success. chief attraction was Mademoiselle Parisoi, who
The plot of this piece was meagre and com introduced a pas seul. The Ballet itself, of two mon-place. It consisted of four parts, which acts, was however su tediously long, occupying had no connection with each other, and not the an hour and a half in the representation, that leasi claim to novelty or interest in themselves. the audience was tired and disgusted before the For example, Sir Harry, a gay young rake, who, fall of the curtain.