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The Women of Israel. By Grace Aguilar, | chateau, there a village; a cheerful cottage, a wild author of " The Spirit of Juadaism, &c.” No. 1. chalet, a country house, a villa, sparkling cascades, Price One Shilling. (Wertheimer, Finsbury Cir- small pieces of delicious stenery, enlivened ever cus.)– To illustrate by biographical sketches, and by the busy habitations of men ; lofty and rugged develop by no weak analysis, the characters of bills, with venerable pine-groves clinging to their distinguished Hebrew women, form the interesting rapid slopes; little spires peeping up over the task, of which the first monthly part has recently rustic hamlet of its equally diminutive congregaappeared. Miss Aguilar proposes dividing ber tion: such are the features which are caught in at history into seven periods, commencing with the a glance on the free banks of Leman's lake, where wives of the Patriarchs, and ending with the liberty, law, and a paternal government smile on women of Israel of the present day. Accordingly the labours of husbandman and artizan. she begins at the very beginning, the first chapter Savoy, where despotism sways unchecked, being entitled “Eve;" and on this text, with 'the presents to the view a series of naked hills and scanty yet all-sufficient outlines of holy writ, does almost barren plains, beelling cliffs, overhanging the authoress find scope for many pages of beau- and green promontories protruding far into the tiful writing, inculcating woman's duties, painting lake;
a few scattered habitations and mean villages, the lights and shadows of her character, showing solitary and lonely, amid the wild and savage her influence, and exhorting her to the perform grandeur of some deep ravine; an isolated chateau ances of many of the Christian virtues, in a frowning from its rocky mount; a dark ridge of style that must make the work suitable and stunted pine: such are ihe features opposed to the improving reading to the liberal-minded of every more smiling tableau presented by the garden and creed.
granary of Switzerland on the opposite side; and
then behind-the range of bills near the lake sinkFrancois De BonniVARD; OP, The Prisoner | ing by their side into ulter insignificance-rise the OF CAILLON.
An Historical Romance of the chaos of the Alps, white with eternal snow; and Sixteenth Century.--We had only time in our high towering far above them all, the pinnacle of last merely to allude to this promised work, just Mont Blanc. Up the lake is the narrow gut of then commencing in the columns of the Brighton the Valais, whence rushes the Rhone ; in fact, Guurdian. We can now say that as it progresses, whichever way the glance is turned, it rests on the interest of the work, and the powerful picture- scenery the most sublime and magnificent the eye like painting of the characters, fully bear out our hath seen or the heart of man imagined. One high expectations. The beginning of the sixteenth morning in May, 1526, however, whatever its century was the dawn of a most eveniful era—the general splendour, Leman lake presented to those advent of civil and religious liberty; and Geneva, individuals whom we are about to introduce to the locale of the story, contained within itself the our readers a very unfavourable aspect. A stiff seeds of the mightiest and most momentous events. south-east breeze blew over its waiers, rain fell, With such elements of power and interest, and not in torrents-in which case the wind would soon withi so romantic and already immortalized a hero bave moderated—but with a steady, drizzling peras Bonnivard, we feel confident that this produc- severance, and amid a thick damp fog, which shut tion will take a high place among works of its out all observation at a less distance than a class. We must ma
room for a very graphic hundred yards. Above, a dark, murky sky, undescription :
diversified by ordinary clouds, hung like a canopy “The lake of Geneva, which, in addition to its by the steady rain, were not swelled into waves of
over the muddy looking waters, which, bea: down host of political, bistorical, and literary associa- any very great magnitude. A more circumscribed tions, disputes even with that of Constance the horizon was perhaps scarcely ever presented in the pre-eminence in magnificent scenery and chaste
open grandeur, has already decreased in width between dismal, bleak, and heavy. A funeral atmosphere
air than by the lake at this moment, all being Nyon and the opposite bank of Savoy, and been weighed upon the mind, and under its pestilent shorn of its fair proportions, though the view from influence the very buoyancy and elasticity of youth either side be still gorgeously picturesque. On the side of Switzerland rise terraced meadows of human beings refused to take their wonted
were overcome, and the spirits of the most joyous covered with mulberry and chesnut trees in rich fights. profusion, and gradually increasing gigantic steps, miserable, than that morning could be conceived;
Nothing indeed more wretched, more until, reaching to the foot of the Jura, they merge the wind was cold, the rain penetrated through into the mountains, some of which, like that of every aperture, and soaked through every particle Dole, the loftiest in the range, are but an hour's of clothing, while the fog was intense in its piercwalk from Nyon, hanging as it were over the ing power and effects. In that wind, in that rain, waters, and casting at times their deep, shadow in that fog, two men, in one of the small boats on the lake. In this, different from the other still so common on the lake, with tall masts and mountains of Switzerland, the Jura is clothed enormous sprit sails, were dashing over the troubled from base to summit with dark forests of the pine waters, as if eager to escape from the physical tree; here jutting out on to the very edge of awful miseries of their position.” precipices, and in other instances vanishing up dismal gorges, or beetling at the top of serrated Echoes or Mind. By C. Wharton Mann and precipitous ridges. Green pasture and corn and Charles H. Hitchings. No. 1. (Mitchell.) — fields, bushy copses, shady groves; here an ancient We consider this a very spirited undertaking
which, whether it meet with encouragement_or “ But oh! that bounding brook doth shed all not, will have the merit of deserving it. The silently its showers authors say in their preface, “At irregular and of pure and sweet and cooling drops upon its indefinite intervals, this present work will be neighbour flowers. followed by others, differing in the nature of their And oh! that summer cloud on high doth watch contents. Sometimes we shall offer a play, some- them when they fade, times a poem, and possibly, at some distant | And pause upon his merry way to gather to a period, a collection of essays.'
Thus will rever- shade; berate the “ echoes” of two minds of no ordinary For all things in this world of ours-the lovely stamp; and though we believe it is the fashion to and the fair, consider poetry-yes, reader, heart-stirring poetry, That would be bright and happy things that such as thirty years ago would have won fame and happiness must share. gold—as not worth paper and print; we have a The heart that still o'er all around its happiness strong hope that this unpretending publication doth Alingwill meet with numerous readers. We rejoice Oh! never doubt that heart must be a happy, that it is published at the low price of one shilling, happy thing. for it is among the mass that poets must look for
“C, H. H." appreciation and encouragement. This first number contains eleven poems, all really and truly And a few lines now from “ The Spirit of the deserving the name; although, for the inost part, Ice,” to which we find the initials, “C. W.M.”:they are too long to extract entire. We will choose nearly the shortest :
“Why doth the maiden in terror start?
The air grows dim, the air grows grey ;
There gleams a light, not the light of day;
But the white waves seem in their path to stay ; « All who joy would win,
The wave was swelling, but now it is still, Must share it. Happiness was born a twin.'
It slandeth like a crystal hill.
Just now were dancing all about
The bright-eyed spirits of the sea,
To the sound of the mermaid's melody; “The bounding brook's a happy thing, as on its
But now in terror they fly from the might way it goes
Of the Spirit that cometh in this sad light. Through silent glens and leafy woods how merrily it flows !
“ The Spirit is coming, the Spirit of dread, The flowers upon its banks that grow are lovely His pathway is on the ocean ; 10 behold,
The waters have frozen beneath bis tread, And fish upon its surface lie of silver and of All stilled is their restless motion. gold.
He comes on the path where the pale moonbeam And, brightly as it runneth on, how merrily it Afar on the ocean doth faintly gleam. breaks
A diadem resteth on his head, The silence of the lone wood, with the melody it
Set around with jewels red, makes !
Each of a frozen blood-drop made. While to the music, as it floats, the rising lark
The sceptre cold doth sing
That his band doth hold Oh! who can doubt the bounding brook's a happy,'
Is a human bone, that for years hath laid, happy thing ?
To rest in a chilly and desolate sleep,
Grown white beneath the salt waves deep.” “The summer cloud's a happy thing, as merrily
The Musical EXAMINER. (Wessel and Stapleon high It wanders on in beauty through the bright blue musical events, continues to prove itself as admira
ton.)— This cheap weekly record of music and summer sky:
bly conducted as we some time ago declared it to It is the last of happy things on which the linger- be. In fact, it is, beyond question, the most
ing son Pours out his purple splendour, when the weary musical journals.
informing as well as the most interesting of the day is done. It is the speechless messenger that travels from
afar: To bear love's pure and holy thoughts, it wends from star to star.
LITERARY ANNOUNCEMENT. -We understand And on it sails through pathless space on free and that Mr. Mortimer has for early publication a chainless wing.
new novel, from the pen of Percy B. St. John, Oh! who can doubt the summer cloud's a happy, the scene of which is, we believe, laid in the happy thing?
AMUSEMENTS OF THE MONTH. 1 jealous young guardian. The damsels, indignant
at the state of the case, determine to storm the house. Buckstone, as a London cockney architect,
here enters, in love it seems with the fair chatelaine Tue ITALIAN OPERA.
of Peckham, and by his inimitable personation of
the character, induces a very great amount of The most important feature in the last month's applause; the milliners take him for the guardian arrangements has been the first appearance in of their former friend, and indignant at his tyranny, England of Signor Moriani, the celebrated tenor.
scale the wall ; 10 the top of which he has been He made his debut in Edgardo, in Donizetti's driven by fear of a huge Cerberus-like mastiff, “ Lucia de Lammermoor," and rarely has success which opposes his clandestine entrance into the been more deserved or more complete. In fact, it mansion." Other incidents follow, and the result is scarcely possible to speak of him (truthfully) of the whole is an active, rapid, and successful as actor or singer in terms which, to those who farce ; which will, doubtless, run during a very have not seen or heard him, may not appear those considerable period. The other entertaioments of exaggeration. Ilis voice is of extraordinary have been characterized by their usual variety and compass, and the purest quality. His style is excellence. quite distinctive from the Rubini school, and is,
Eurly in the month, the proceeds of one night, in our judgment, infinitely superior; being simple after paying expenses, &c., were devoted to increase and natural, he embellishes but little, and
the funds destined for the support of the Provident rarely has recourse to the art (to us disagreeable) | Institution of General Post-Office sub-sorters of falsetto to astonish his hearers. His acting is and letter-carriers. Our own opinion is that such perfection, with a passionate earnestness and important servants of the government and of the intensity in it which rouses even the most public ought to be placed beyond the need of phlegmatic of his audience into attention, and so-called charitable assistance. However, better excites the more sensitive to a pitch of enthusiasm. receive it than want it; and we were glad to hear He was received with deafening cheers, and called, the house was crowded. The prize-comedy, a new on the occasion to which we refer, four times
farce, and the Polka, with the additional attraction before the curtain, to receive the appropriate of John Parry to sing Albert Smith's “ Fair homage due to his wonderful powers.
Rosamond,” formed a capital bill of fare.
The opera company are playing here with
Miss Romer and Leffler are Rubini. There is not so much scope for passionate
Of the former it is superfluous 10 acting here as in the Edgardo, but he sang the speak, since so established a favourite requires not music deliciously; Grisi and Lablache sustaining
a word of praise from us or any other critic; her their accustomed parts with even more than their voice is melody itself, and wo English vocalist sur“ Lucrezia Borgia” was to have
passes her in sweetness, taste, or elegance. Mr. heen played on the 18th, when Moriani would D. W. King, who has taken the place of Harrison, have appeared as Gennaro. Severe illness, how has at once placed himself in a commanding posiever, we regret 10 say, prevented his doing so, and lion. Indeed we cannot regret the substitution the 'disappointed audience found the following which has given us the pleasure of welcoming !! notice at the top of the bills :“It is with great pain that Signor Moriani is deserved eminence in his profession. His persona.
the London boards a singer who must allain compelled respectfully to announce to the nobility, tion of Elvino was admirable in every sense of his friends, and the public, that a severe catarrh the word, and “So gently o'er me stealing" was and hoarseness, under which he is suffering, bas increased to such an extent, as to render it impossi- already deservedly popular artiste.
never better executed than by this rising and ble for sing this evening, and, instead of the opera of Lucrezia Borgia,' will be presented
LYCEUM. Donizetti's celebrated opera 'Don Pasquale.'”. We hardly know whether to be sorry or glad
It is but fair to add that “Don Pasquale," that “ Martin Chuzzlewit,” one of the most subtle supported by Grisi, Lablache, Mario, and Forna- and delicately-finished of all the stories of “ Boz,” sari, charmed as much as ever, and was certainly should have been draniatised. So much must calculated to make the pit forget its grievance. necessarily be omitted, warped, or changed, in such Cerito, St. Leon, and Ferdinand appeared in the undertakings, that in due proportion to the original ballet.
genius of the novelist, who has chosen narrative HAYMARKET.
for the vehicle of his ideas, must we be reminded “ The Milliner's Holiday” is the novelty of the" with a difference," of dear clever Punch's month, and a very successful and bustling little “Shakspere a little compressed.” However we farce it is. Mrs. Flumby is the leader of a party believe Mr. Sterling, who has used the scissors and of young milliners who go out on a pleasure ex- paste for the occasion, has done the thing as well pedition, in the neighbourbood of London, and as it could be done; and the actors all sustain fall in with a former sister of the craft, now an their parts very well. Pecksniff and Pinch have, heiress, guarded by what Alfred de Musset would of course, as far as appearance goes, stepped out call un dragon jaune et bleu ; in other words, a of the engravings; but the latter, however poetical,
is not a dramatic character. The scenes in America | managers being supported by a well chosen corps, are among those omitted. The prologue, written of whom Mr. J. Webster, Mr. Hudson, Mr. by Albert Smith, was spoken by Mrs. Keeley. It Forman, and Miss Lebaut are by no means the was as follows:
least effective. We do not wonder at the house
filling as it does, for here is offered a really "Good Mr. Pickwick first, with smiling face, intellectual treat, which is quite enough to give And kindly heart, entreats your courteous grace; Then, arm in arm, led onwards by one will,
one a distaste of such buffooneries, melo-dramas,
and clap-trap productions, as bave very often The brothers Cheeryble endorse our bill,
desecrated the boards of Covent Garden and Drurya And warm by kindness, ever both alike,
lane. We have little hesitation in saying that The timid hopes of poor neglected Smike. Sheridan's comedy of “The Rivals," as we witWhilst not unmindful of your past kind deeds, nessed it a few evenings since, was supported in Oliver Twist next for indulgence pleads.
a manner that would not have disgraced the large Dick Swiveller, who has crept here quite by stealth, theatres, in days far more “palmy" than the 'Passes the rosy' ere he drinks your health ;
present. With all those kindred friends we kuew so well,
Mr. Phelps' personation of Sir An
thony was a fine piece of acting; the Captain, Watch'd over by the shade of Little Nell. of Mr. J. Webster, both spirited and easy; and Next, laughing at Joe Willett in her train,
the Sir Lucius O'Trigger, of Mr. Hudson, in perDear Dolly Varden Airts and laughs again,
fect keeping. Mrs. Warner was the Julia, and And hopes your pleasure will not be alloyed,
most touchingly did she represent the loving, yet Because she knows that Miggs will be annoyed. discreet and most forbearing woman. We must And lastly, whilst around both cot and hall, The echoes of the · Christinas Carol' fall,
own we were not pleased with the Faulkland
which, by the way, is a most difficult character to Bob Cratchet, on raised wages, spruce and trim, redeem from insipidity or maudling sentiLeads forward, with his crutch, poor Tiny Tim."
mentality--but the gentleman who represented “Everybody" knows Mr. Dickens is now in the part succeeded, afterwards, so admirably in Italy; be is occupying the palace near Genoa, so Lovel, in the farce of “ High Life below Stairs,” long the residence of Byron, and which must
that we cannot find in our hearts to be severe on henceforth have a double hold on the imaginations his Faulkland. We look upon it as a mistake to of those who cling to the cherished associations of have cast him in a part for which his talent was the resting places of genius. May health and not suited. It was the only mistake, however, happiness atiend one who has cheered, delighted, apparent; for every other character was supported and instructed lens of thousandsmall good wishes
con amore, and the detail of dress and scenery bore 10 the author of “ Chuzzlewil” and “The Christ- evidence of a careful superintendence. We are mas Carol"!
sure no lover of a good play, well acied—which is By the way, while on the subject of on dits, and
a mental recreation to the intellectual, and we good wishes of, and for, gifted absent genius, devoutly believe, a most influential means of moral we ought to mention that Helen Faucit is now
and mental improvement to the uneducated winning hearts, and adding to her laurels (if that would regret a pilgrimage from the “far west" of were possible) at the good city of Cork. We London, to the north-east of Sadler's Wells. most sincerely—though perhaps selfishly-hope that some London establishment may, next winter, be made attractive by her presence; for she is almost the only actress we have who can feel, and
FINE ARTS. so pourtray, the delicate shades of “Shakspere's women,” or the fine characters of some of our modern dramatic poets. She has been starring We have recently had an opportunity of viewlong enough at Edinburgh, Glasgow, and we know ing, at the Gallery of Mr. Thompson, in Welbecknot where else; she is absolutely wanted at home street, that distinguished artist's fine picture of and the “home” of English genius we take to be the embarkation of George the Fourth at Kingsthe Metropolis.
town, on the occasion of the Sovereign's visit to
Ireland, in the year 1821. The moment chosen is PRINCESS'S THEATRE.
that of the King receiving an address from the Aladdin's Lamp“ in a new light," from the pen Mayor, which took place just before he stepped of Mr. G. A. A'Beckett, has brought down roars on board the vessel which was to convey him from of laughter, from the rich spirit of burlesque the shores of Erin ; and on which occasion he exwhich pervades it throughout. 'It is one of the pressed himself in those warm terms of interest and most sparkling things of the season.
admiration which Irishmen to this day so fondly
remember. The circumstance of presenting the Sadler's Wells,
address must naturally have thrown the crowd This pretty little theatre, where everybody can into an artistic grouping, which Mr. Thompson see and hear, has been, under the spirited and has seized on and preserved with peculiar felicity. talented management of Mrs. Warner and Mr. We understand that, with a few trifling exceptions, Phelps, the home of the legitimate drama ever he bad sittings for all the portraits which crowd since they commenced. “Othello,” “Werner," and the canvas, and comprise, of course, some of the "Virginius" have been admirably represented most distinguished personages of that day; and within the last month; the clever and efficient from the personal knowledge we have of this artist's
rare skill in conveying expression, we have strong
FASHIONS FOR AUGUST. faith in the accuracy of his likenesses; although the “ lapse of twenty years' has removed many
of the actors from this shifting scene, and so many who could have decided
Rue du Faubourg, St. Honoré, on points of resemblance: indeed, the events of
à Paris, July 24. 1821 are fast becoming past history, rather than
My Dear FRIEND, even youthful recollections, to the generation which, treading so closely on its predecessor's heels, dis- Our élégantes have now deserted Paris for the places it by slow, but certain degrees. But for sea side, or the fashionable spas. I observe that this very reason is it that such pictures as this are the very simple style of dress usually adopted for of national value; and we hope very soon to find these excursions seems less prevalent this year than its fame spread, by it being suitably engraved. We usual; it is true we have a variety of materials ought to have mentioned that the vessels riding in brought forward expressly pour les eaux, but with the beautiful bay, and the adjacent county scenery, the exception of Nankin, batiste écru, and a kind give, as back-ground to the picture, a singular de- of gingham called toiline, all three intended for gree of relief, and a grace seldom found, when early morning négligé. I have seen nothing of similar subjects have been chosen for the artist's the comparatively cheap kind that used to be pencil.
adopted; the others are summer silks of the prettiest description, plain and twilled foulards, either Indian or French, all of new patterns,
bareges, batistes of poil de chevre, coutils de soie, PANORAMA OF THE RUINS OF and taffetas d'Italie, such are the materials for BAALBEC.
robes. As to the chapeaux and capotes, those
intended for the early morning walk are either The ruins of the Temples of Baalbec, the an. capotes composed of a silk crown set somewhat cient Heliopolis, are unquestionably among the in the horseshoe form, and a brim of Leghorn, most magnificent and interesting of the relics of sewed straw, or else a capote of plain white straw; antiquity; and Mr. Burford, whose peculiar talent in either case the trimming is composed of ribbon and extraordinary industry are so well-known, has only, with the addition of a veil of either lace or just opened a Panorama in the Upper Circle in tulle. Chapeaux and capotes for public promeLeicester Square, representing these mysterious nade and half-dress, are all of the most elegant remnants of architectural magnificence. The view description. Several capotes of rice straw, and of is taken from the centre of the ruins, one of the paille à jour are trimmed with wreaths of geranium, most prominent objects being a portion of the forget-me-nots, and muguet, or else a tuft of pinks, peristyle of the great Temple of the Sun, consist- or a bouquet of hortensia. Those of fancy straw ing of six magnificent Corinthian pillars. In every
are decorated with a long ostrich feather, a superb direction do we find the broken columns and di- willow plume, or, what is in my opinion prettier lapidated walls, which, beneath the radiance of than either, a wreath of marabouts. Capotes of an eastern sky, give that air of gorgeousness, com- crape, covered with tulle, are trimmed in a style bined with desolation, that makes itself felt, but of extreme lightness, with feathers and ribbons may not easily be described. Imagination tries shaded in canary colour, light blue and pink; the 10 picture the scene as it must have appeared plumes are formed of the barbes of marabouts, when the city was complete, and its busy denizens and the ribbons are gauze, of a transparent, but thronging to the temples. We try 10 fancy the very brilliant kind. may cite as equally pretty, procession of the idolatrous priests, and the adora. bui in a more simple style, white crape capotes
, tion at the shrines; for thought can traverse back lined with blue or pink, and trimmed with field the buried centuries. What a lesson on the flowers, or with neuds of white gauze ribbon, edged mutability of human greainess is such a scene as with a narrow stripe of the colour of the lining of this! These gigantic remnants of unsurpassed the bonnet. A fashion is gaining ground that is, architectural grandeur, crumbling from the breath I think, rather singular than pretty, of having two of time, while snow-capped Lebanon rises in the strongly contrasted kinds of crape in drawn bon. same majesty with which it appeared to Solomon, vels, as azure blue and pink lilac and
and and the undulating range of Anti-Lebanus, alike other hues equally opposite ; the trimming is unchanged, terminates the horizon on the east. always composed of a wreath of flowers panachées
in the two colours of the capote, and brides of gauze ribbon, shaded in both hues. Lace cupotes and
chapeaux, both black and while, are a great deal in MUSIC.--Miss Eliza Farrell has made her request. The black ones are trimmed with pensées debut in the musical world this season, at the and heliotropes ; this is a revived fashion, and one Gardens of St. Peter's, at Margate; and from all that I do not think very likely to last. White we have heard of this young lady, we augur fa- ones are variously trimmed, some with a wreath of vourably of her future success. We suspect some shaded tétes de plumes; others with sprigs of roses of the London managers will think it worth while or wreaths of different flowers, and a good many to secure the services of the fair vocalist, as to a composed of point d'Angleterre, have no other comipanding person she adds a voice of consi- garniture than a superb veil corresponding with the derable richness of tone.
fond of the chapeau.