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TO A FRIEND, By an Officer under sentence of Death, for absent.

. ing himself from his Regiment. . START not, my friend, to trace the well-known

hand, Nor feel your cheek the crimson dye of shame; Still am I worthy of that sacred tye,

Tho' branded with a base deserter's name. Can you forget our vows of early youth?

Ah, no! I know your generous soul too well; Say, will you brave my dungeon's horrid gloom,

To bid me then one long, one last farewell ? Come, then, the test of love and friendship prove,

Justice demands, with stern relentless pow'r, This feeble frame must for my crime atone;

Oh! kindly soothe me in the parting hour. When the deep bell shall warn me it is near,

And my breast hease in a convulsive sigh, Support my fortitude, and cheer my soul,

Bid me remenaber I should nobly die! 'Tis not the thought of death or silent grave,

Religion bids me all those fears controul; 'Tis scorn and infamy, alas! I dread;

'Tis these that thus distract my sinking soul. The proud contempt that marks each soldier's eye,

The muffled drum and th' ignoble bier; Those who oncelov'd me too, shall view this scene,

And o'er my fate not one will shed a tear!, And when no more my name perhaps may live,

A mark'd example to the worst of men; Some gen'rous few may sigh to hear the tale,

The good shall pity--while the bad condemn. ||

In nature's handsome plumage dress'd,

Like rainbow's varied hues;
A proudly waving topknot crest,

It strutted to amuse.
Destroyer of the reptile class,
· Most hurtful to the soil ;
Nor could devouring insects pass,

They prov'd his welcome spoil. When sallying forth at niidnight gloom,

A wand'ring cat espies; Poor helpless bird thy dreadful doom,

Heart'rending shrieks, and cries. Vain are those struggles, vain those cries,

The bloody deed is done; In agony poor Pewet dies,

The cat is fled, and gone.
Amusing, inoffensive bird,

No more I'll see thee strut;
No more thy simple note is heard,

Stopt by the mura’ring cat.
Thus innocence is early ta'en,

While guilty victims 'scape;
Who, reptile like, the country draio,

Tho' in another shape.
Excuse the soft and pitied tear,

The deep and mournful sighs; I'll now attend his parting bier,

And often where he lies..

LINES TO A YOUNG LADY, WITH A PRESENT OF A SMELLING BOTTLE.

ON THE DEATH OF A PEWET. 'Twas in the dead of sable night,

Couch'd 'neath an evergreen; Nought but the twinkling starry light,

Or glow-worm could be seen.
A cloud had cas'd the pallid moon,

Increasing mist around;
No music save the screech owl's tune,

A melancholy sound.
And mowing nightly wandering cats,

A thieving murd'sous race,
Whose, unbarmonious debates

Resound in every place.
No murm'ring of the gentle wind,

Or clearish glassy rill;
The peasantry in sleep confind,

Fair nature hush'd and still.
A hapless bird in sweet repose,

(Apparently secure,) Had crept beneath the spreading boughs

To 'scape the chilling air,

Whilst thousands round to Folly's temples

pour, And grasp the trifles of the passing hour, Swim with the stream, nor seek to stem the tide; Fashion their God, frivolity their guide; To win a heavenly, not an earthly name, Is the bright end of Dorothea's aim, To calm the soul upon the bed of death, And watch the humble Christian's parting breath, "The sick to comfort, succour those in need, And prove to all the “ Gift of God" indeed !

If such thy name, accept then from a friend, The simple offering which these lines attend, Their pompous presents to the rich I leave, Nor envy those who give but to receive. My gift accepted, each kind task will share; Refresh the weak, revive the fainting fair;

And whilst you in its brilliant lustre find, | Th' unsullied emblem of a spotless mind, It teaches all who view its tragic form, That man is mortal, and at hest a worm,

PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER.

FRENCH THEATRE.

} Therese. Ursule is fond of scandal and discord;

she thinks herself a wit, and it is easy to fancy MAIDS TO BE MARRIED). that other people have the same tastes as our [Continued froin Page 110 )

selves.

Pauline. The truth of this we have proved Act II. Scene I -AGATHE, PAULINE, THE to-day, Therese; you are right to refresh our RESE, LEDOUX, and CORSIGNAC.

memory. Therese. I told you how it was; the blow came

Therese. First you, Mr. Ledoux, try to lead from Ursule.

back to us Mr. Sainville, as you have been led Corrignac (to Pauline). Do not let me suffer

by Mr. Corsignac. .. for the offence of your friend.

Ledoux. Only give me the power to act, and Paaline. You are forgiven.

I'll work wonders. I am naturally cunning and Ledons (lo Agathe). Do not compel me to

wily, and will tell him. What shall I tell run away a third time.

Mr. Sainville? Agathe. You may stay.

Therese. That it is very wrong in him to have Pauline. How wicked if Ursule make my sister

thus forsaken an old friend, and that he ought to put on her riding dress.

have excused my father's impetuosity. Agathe. And to incite Pauline to put a ro

Corsignac. Stay; I have the whole plan in iny

head, and will direct its execution. But Ursule mance in her ridicule. Corsignac. And to made such a mixture of

is cunning as well as Mr. Ledoux. She will sustruth and falsehood, so as to compromise my

pect both you and me. She is fund of scandal, innocence.

and consequently curious. Therese. You will find that she has told some

Therese. She is. other story to Louise.

Agathe. How often we have surprised her Agathe. But how came she not to fear lest

listening to our conversation, and watching our We should reveal to each other the bad advice

actions. she gave us ?

Corsignac. Oh! she is in the habit of listening! Therese. What does she care for this, now she ||

excellent! The whole now is to get her back has bred a quarrel between my father and Sain.

here with Sainville; and this I will attempt

to perform, assisted by the abilities of Mr. LePauline. I have been told that Mr. Sain ville

doux. . has been seen going to visit Ursule's mother.

Ledoux. Thank you for the honour you confer Therese. You see, she draws him into her net.

upon me, by choosing me for your ally in this imAgathe. God knows with what colour she will

portant negociation. Let us lose no time.-I adorn our portraits.

go-Ihasten.-(To Agathe.) Too happy if I could Therese. The first condition she will impose

but obtain your approbation. upon him will be, never to see us again.

Corsiynac. Let us lose no time, as you righly Corsignac. And my poor friend is so easily led.

said; follow me.

[Exeunt Corsignac and Ledoux. Therese. Don't affect sorrow; you are happy. I, therefore, will give you litile credit for your

Therese. I do not know exactly what this Mr. demonstrations of grief, It is my sister alone,

| Corsignac means io do. But, where is my fa. my good Louise, whom I pity-and if I could,

ther? would assist. But stay-Oh! I have it! She

Pauline. Gone to scold his workmen. deceived us with false representations and perfi

Therese. No doubt of it; for when he is in a dious counsels, let us make use of the same || passi

passion, every one must feel its effects. weapon.

Agathe. Hush! Here he is. Corsignac. I understand you; you may rely upon me.

Enter JAQUEMIN. Ledoux. As for me, I cannot boast that I do; || Jaquemin. Here you are all at last. but will always be ready to help you.

Agathe (to Pauline). Is his anger gone? No. XXII. Vol. III.

ville?

Pauline. I believe it is.

Jnquemin. The deace take me if I understand Jaquemin. Well! are you frowning at me? It is any thing in all this. true I have flown into a passion. Therese. Yes, it frightens us at first, but as you

Enter URSULE. are well known.

Ursule. Good morrow, a second time, my dear Jaquemin. Where is Louise ?

friends. Therese, In her roon, where she weeps, and Therese. Good morrow, my dear Ursule. refuses to be comforted.

Ursule. What have I learned? Has Mr. Sain: Jaquemin. Poor girl! I have been in the wrong, ville been unfortunate enough to displease Mr. I am afraid, yet I cannot go and beg her pardon. | Jaquemin. It is your fault, you three, that I have been l Therese. It is a mere trifle. unable to chain my anger.

Pauline. A light cloud passing through a fair Pauline. Very well, my dear guardian; scold us sky. as much as you please.

Ursule. I am very glad to hear it; à propos, he Agathe. I prefer your violence to Miss Ursule's has paid us a visit. flattery.

Theresë. Very natural; your parents knew Jaquemin. What of Ursule? Why she is one each other. of the best girls in the world.

Ursule. My mother engaged him to dine with Therese. She! she is a deceitful intriguing us. coquet.

Jaquemin. He dines with you! I congratulate Pauline. It is she who was the cause of vour you upon the power you exercise over himn. quarrel with Mr. Sainville.

Ursule. But I am determined to force him to Jaqueinin. Is it she? Yet Sainville is not the || an explanation with you. Jess guilty in my sight.

Therese. An explanation! there is no occasion Therese. Should we try to make him under- || for it. stand reason.

Ursule. He refuses in vain; I will find some Jaquemin. What! that I ask him here without || means of bringing him here. resenting the manner in which he left me.

Jaquemin. I have no wish to see him. Therese. Never mind, leave that to me. Well Ursule. Let me act, and all will soon be right. have already sent for him; and all I beg of you But where is Louise ? is to receive him well. Jaquemin. That I should receive him well

Enter CORSIGNAC and SAINYILLE. Therese. But especially do not let Ursule sus Corsignac. I have triumphed over his obstinacy: pect you are acquainted with her actions. come in, and make your re:appearance, Sain.

Jaquemin I shall have no difficulty to obey this | ville. injuuction, since I know nothing of them. Ursule. Mr. Sainville!

Sainsille. Truly, Corsignac, you exact too Enter Ledoux,

much. Ledoux. Here I am, ladies.

Cursignac. My exertions have proved more Therese. Where is Mr. Sainville ?

successful than yours (to Ursule). I hope you Ledoux. He refused to accompany me. do not feel hurt. Well, what mean all these Jaquemin. Here again, you see how he behaves. || serivus faces ?

Ledoux. But I nust give Miss Ursule and her Jaquenim. I do not wish to compel Mr. Sain. mother their due. These two ladies united their vilje to visit ipe, if it be not pleasant to him. entreaties with ours, to persuade Sainville to Sainville. Remember, Sir, you forbade me. come, but he declared Mr. Jaquemin had forbid | Jaquemin. I am too impetuous ! den him his house, and then we were invited to | Therese. Let's forget the past. (To Sainville) dinner; Mr. Corsignac accepted, but I refused | Had you not agreed to accompany my father be. the invitation.

fore dinner to the house which is to be sold in Pauline. He accepted; is this the way to prove our neighbourhood : his love for me?'

Sainville. I had. Agathe. Is not Mr. Ledoux a skilful am-\| Jaquemin. I beg to be excused, in the present bassador?

moment, I cannot accompany you; but Mr. Ledour, Every one cannot be successful, and Ledoux will have that pleasure. 1 assure you, my exertions have not been spared. | Ledour. It will really be a great pleasure to me. But I must inform you that Miss Ursule is follow. Sainville. I am ready to attend your com. ing me. She no sooner heard of a misunderstand mands. ing with Mr.Jaquemin, than she offered herself Ursule ( aside). I'must make Agathe and as a mediator betwixt the two forner friends. Pauline speak,

Jaquemin. Very well; good bye, Mr. Sainville, H Corsignac. Causticity, and a strong inclina:ion I hope to see you soon. (To Therese.) I am to turn every body into ridicule. going to see Louise.

[Exit. Therese. How strange! I have heard honeyed Agathe. I follow you. (Low to Sainville as || words alone drop from his lips. . she passes by him.) Louise alone will suit you.

| Corsignac. He was just arrived then; and long

[Exit. ed to make himself a miable. His heart is good, Pauline (low to Sainville). Believe me, Louise his wit alone is malicious. is as good as Ursule is wicked.

[Erit. U Therese. Then all is lost, for Ursule is also Ursule. Wait for me, my good friends, I wish | malignant, satirical and talkative. to converse with you.

(Exit. | Corsignac. We have only to persuade her, that Sainville. They are all leagued against the she ought to affect simplicity and good nature, amiable Ursule,

Sainville will fancy she is silly or an hypocrite, Therese. I'll lay any thing you had been for- and in either case be disgusted with her. His bidden to come and see us.

second failing seems incompatible with the first, Sainville. Yes, by your father.

it is a strong pretention to be a wit. Therese. Not alone, but by Ursule and her Therese. Indeed ? mother.

Corsignac. He writes yesses; he has formed Sainville. Well; their conduct only proves the plan of a descriptive poem, according to the they felt acutely for my honour.

present fashion. He has composed a satire which Therese. Now answer me plainly, do you think I think very harmless; no matter, it shows his you can be happy with Ursule.

intention. He lays down all his thoughts, all his Sainville, She seems to have received a good || actions, and dedicates the greater part of his life education, to possess liberality of sentiments to preparing posthumous memoirs. Corsignac, And to love you; if you wish for

Therese. Lord preserve us ! Ursule comments a proof of this assertion, tell me what defect you

on the Mercure de France, and guesses its chawill feign to have, and I'll be hanged if she does

rades ; scolds Pauline because she only reads not instantly assume it.

novels, and speaks of nothing else but literature, Sainrille. What is it you say?

morals, sciences, chemistry, botanyCorsignac, Stay; I know you hate pretensions

Corsignac. Botany! it is Sainville's favourite to wit and a disposition to slander; goodness and

study, let us tell her that he does not like a learn. simplicity you admire. Go with Mr. Ledoux | ed wife. And on your part, advise Louise to as you are engaged, at your return you will meet reveal her wit, and especially not lo spare Ursule Ursule here and pronounce upon her merits. in her sallies.

Sainville. But I should like to know your mean- || Therese. This is impossible--my sister is so ing and not to be treated like a child.

good natured. Corsignac. Never mind, you must go.

Corsignac. Let her feign a while. It is so easy (Exeunt Sainville and Ledoux. to speak ill of others, and to believe what is said Corsignac (low to Therese). Ursule is coming, let against them, that she cannot help succeeding. us speak as though we did not see her. (dloud) |

Therese (low). Enough, let us withdraw now. Yes, my only motive for accepting their invitation, II.

III. Corsignac (aloud and going). Every thing is was the hope of baffling Ursule's secret intrigues,

settled; I shall marry Pauline, and you your for that she is intriguing there is no doubt. cousin.

Terese. I have been telling every body so, but I Therese (going). Try to find Ursule, I go to no one will believe me

meet Louise.

[Exeunt both. (Ursule walks tip-the towards a closet in which she conceals herself, leaving the door a jar.)

Enter URSULE from the closet. Corsignac. Our interests are the same, let us | Ursule. Very kind intentions lovards me! Ah! act in concert. (Low) She is now in the closet. Il you wish to ruin my plans; I am attacked, and (Aloud.) Well, as I told you, I am to dine with must defend myself. Poor Louise, it is in vain Ursule, I'll try to win her confidence, and nothing they wish you to show what nature has denied will then be so easy as to overthrow all her plans. Il you-wit. He writes verses 100! what symTherese. But how?

pathy! Pauline seeks for it, and I find it, Ob! Corsignac. This morning I revealed to her every I am so angry, so joyful-I shall be avenged ! good quality which adoros Sainville's mind; but but hush! here he is. this knowledge will be useless to her, we must

Enter SAINVILLE and LEDOUX. study the defects of others to be able to please them.

Ledoux, We could not see the house, the key Therese. And what are those of your friend? I was not to be found; but you do not want me

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any more, and will permit me to leave you for racter, the Country Girl. The house was crowded Miss Agathe.

[Exit. ' to the top, and she was welcomed on her entrance Ursule. Is not Mr. Ledoux an excellent man? | with the most enthusiastic applause. Mrs. JorSainrille I think so.

Jan is somewhat less embonpoint than when we Ursule. He never meddles with intrigue; he saw her last. Her performance of this character never attempts to injure any body in the opinion has long been the pride of the stage, and the chef of others,

d'cuvre of modern comedy. An actress of such Sainville. What do you mean?

distinguished merit can scarcely become a subject Ursule. To be frank with you, you must know of criticism. OF Mrs. Jordan it may be said, I have got enemies

without fattery, what was said by Voltaire of a Sainville. You ?

certain French actress,“ That her merit was

of that species as rather to give new principles to Enter Therese, and steals into the closet. criticism than to become a subject of its scrutiny. Ursule. Jealousy is a base and degrading vice. The standard of equality is not to be measured I am not blind; the visit you have paid my | by line and rule." mother has made me the object of the hatred of Wroughton, whose performance of Moody does certain persons and yet what have we done? | him great credit, was loudly welcomed, as were we have told you as much good of Mr. Jaquemin, Palmer, Barrymore, and Holland Miss Mellon, his daughters, and wards, as we possibly could. whose reception was equally flattering, must not Sninville This is true.

be forgotten. In the Afterpiece, Bannister was Ursule. I am feared, and why? because I have most flatteringly received; his performance was been fortunate enough to receive a better educa admirable as usual. Mathews and Mrs. Mountion than ladies generally do. No one can hate Il tain were heartily welcomed. affectation of wit and learning more than I, but a woman ought not to be an ignorant idiot. [To be concluded in our next.]

COVENT-GARDEN.
This theatre opened for the season on Mon-

day, the 14th, with Romeo and Juliet. Mr. C. HAYMARKET.

Kemble is the best Romeo on the stage. Miss This theatre closed on Tuesday, the 15th, Smith has more spirit, but not so much warmth with the tragedy of Hamlet. In this play Mr. and tenderness as Mrs. H. Siddons in Juliet; alYoung well employed the last opportunity that together, we think her inferior to the abovefor some time he was likely to enjoy of demon.

mentioned actress. strating to the public his eminent talents. It is

The Performers were greeted on their respecsurely unjust, that an actor who has qualifications tive appearances with the usual testimonies of that in the important character of Hamlet are

-welcome. The Beggar's Opera was performed

welcome. always respectable, and sometimes even brilliant,

on Wednesday-Ineledon was rapturously reshould be without an engagement at a winter

ceived, and his Macheath was excellent. Muntheatre. Covent Garden, possessing the Kembles den was welcomed in a manner equally flattering. and Cooke, has certainly no need of tragic rein. Mrs. C. Kemble's Lucy was in the true spirit of forcement; but in Drury-Lane there certainly is the character, and her reception was such as she, room for so good a tragedian as Mr. Young. After must have coveted. Miss Bolton was equally the play Mr. Fawcett ielarned thanks in the name

simple and pleasing, and is much improved in of the proprietors and performers.

the character of Polly.

On Friday Mr. Kemble appeared in the part of

Penrudelock, in the Wheel of Fortune; his unrie DRURY-LANE.

valled excellence in this character is well known.

Mr. K. was of course flatteringly received. On Thursday, the 17th, this theatre opened A sister of Mrs. C. Kemble has appeared in for the season. Mrs. Jordan, whom the Ma. the Farce of Raising the Wind; she is a good nagers have very wisely engaged for three suc figure, and may become, by instruction, a useful dessive seasons, appeared in her favourite cha- || actress.

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