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i been happy to see her any where but in this A new tragedy, entitled Faulkener was tragedy. brought forward at this theatre on Wednesday, It seems thai this worthy matron had a son December 16th. The following are the prin-| by an English gentleman of the name of Faulkcipal
ener, previous to her becoming the inistress of DRAMATIS PERSON E.
Charles, and wife of Count Orsini.—This son
(from whom she conceals herself as a parent) Faulkener........Mr. ELLISTON.
she protects in the character of a benefactress; Count Orsini....., Mr. POWELL.
and the piece is set in motion by the auxiety Standey.......... Mr. H. Siddos.
of Faulkener to discover his mother, and the Benedetto........Mr. PALMER. Countess Orsini... Mrs. Powell.
eagerness of his inother to conceal herself. Lauretta..........Mrs. H. SIDDONS.
After going over the old ground of intrigue,
and a course of much common-place plotting, This play is ascribed to Mr. Godwin; but, Faulkener is seized in his inother's bed-chamber, we are persuaded, without reason. Mr. God and taken to trial for the murder of Benedetto, win is a gentleman of an eccentric but vigorous a fellow who seems introduced for little purmind; a writer perhaps not very conversant pose, but who, as being the first of thein diswith the Muse of Tragedy, but who has never patched out of the way, is to be ranked as the been suspected of failing in his intimacy with most pleasing character in the play. Common Sense. If Mr. Godwin, however, be Faulkener is tried in a manner more ridiruthe author of tbe present piece, he must be an lous than solemn--in a scene in which the alien to the society of both,--an outcast both majesty of justice is sallied by ribaldry and of Poetry and Prose,-- wanderer on the wide || nonsense.-He is acquitted of course. Now wastes of folly,-ot indeed without a home, enters his mother, and discovers herself, mucha for he found one at that welcome Hospital of in the same manner in whicū the Justice's Fools,--that long established eleemosynary wife, in the Critic, developes the mystery of Board of Dullness --'yclept Drury-Lane. his birth to her son Tom.
In the name of wonder, what do the managers | Whilst Faulkener is in an agony of tilial af. mean by this rank fraud upon the public? || fection, and the dullness and dialogue are hasHave they no name in their liveried tribe oftening to an equal crisis, Mr. Stanley walks in, fools,-no worn out stump of authorship,- | in an erect posture, and an easy tone. This -no tacker of terce pantomimic prose,-no gentleman has not much to say for himself; miserable compiler of old rhimes for old music, | he mentions however, with much nonchalance, a larcener without the merit of that brave theft || a trifling circumstance-" that he has cut the which compensates for its disgrace in its dex- || throat of Orsini, and that his relict may now terity ;-have they none of these (or have their || again take to her weeds." slaves rebelled against them) tbat they should | One word more. The language of this play attempt to sink down a popular and splendid | is the fattest prose we ever renenuber in a name, by so heavy a charge as making him the li picce styling itself tragedy. Author of this Tragedy. We have no patience with this trick. The principal figurante in the tragedy is
THE STAGE. Arabella, Countess of Orsini; a lady to whom England had the honour of giving birth, and 1 The knowledge of human nature has Italy a husband. It appears, by ber own con been retarded by the difficulty of making, just fession, that she had been guilty of some gal
experiments.---The materials of this study are lantries in her youth; that she bad some share commonly gathered from reflection on our in the private history of Charles II. a monarch own feelings, or from observations on the conwho seems to have possessed as many mistresses
duct of others. Each of these methods is ex25 King Priam, and who, from his fame in posed to difficulty, and consequently to error. secret amours, has the honour of being im Natural philosophers possess great advanputed father to most of the illustrious families tages over moralists and metaphysicians, in so of European bastards.
far as the subjects of their inquiries belong to The Countess, however, seems fairly entitled the senses, are external, material, and often to have her portrait suspended in the “ Gallery permanent. Hence they can retain them in of Beauties at Hampton-Court,” and to rank their presence till they have examined their with Polly Horton, Nell Gwynne, and the motion, parts, or composition: they can have Duchess of Portsmouth. We should have recourse to them for a renewal of their im
pressions when they grow languid or obscure, But you proceed by recollection. Still, hov. or when they feel their minds vigorous, and ever, your observations are limited, and your disposed to philosophize. But passions are theory partial. To be acquainted with the excited independent of our volition, and arise nature of any passion, we must know by what or subside without our desire or concurrence. combination of feelings it is excited, to what Coinpassion is never awakened but by the view temperament it is allied; in what proportion of pain or of sorrow. Resentment is never it gathers force and swiftness; what properkindled but by actual suffering, or by the view sities, and what associations of thought either of injustice.
retard or accelerate its impetuosity; and bow Will auger, jealousy, and revenge, attend | it may be opposed, weakened, or suppressed. the summons of the dispassionate sage, that But, if these circumstances escape the most he may examine their conduct and dismiss U vigilant and abstracted attention, when the them? Will pride and ambition obey the voice inind is actually agitated, how can they be reof the humble hermit, and assist him in ex-collected when the passion is entirely quieted? plaining the principles of human nature? Or Moreover, every passion is compounded of by what powerful spell can the abstracted phi inferior and subordinate feelings, essential to losopher, whose passions are all chastened and | its existence, in their own nature nicely and subdued, whose beart never throbs with desire, minutely varied, but whose different shades prevail with the tender affections to appear at and gradations are difficult to be discerned. his unkindly comunand, and submit the de To these we must be acutely attentive, to licacy of their features to tlie rigour of strict mark how they are combined, blended, or opinquiry. The philosopher, accustomed to posed; how they are suddenly extinguished, moderate his passions, rather than indulge in a moment renewed, and again extinguished. them, is of all men least able to provoke their But these fleet volatile feelings, perceived only violence; and, in order to succeed in his re 11 when the mind is affected, elade the most searches, he must recall emotions felt by him dexterous and active memory. Add to this, at some former period; or he must seize their that an object suggested by memory is ever impression, and inark their operations at the faiater and less distinct than an actual per. very moment they are accidentally excited. - ception, especially if the object to be renewed Thus, with other obvious disadvantages, he is of a spiritual nature, a thought, sentiment, will often lose the opportunity of a happy il or internal sensation... mood, unable to avail himself of those ani Even allowing the possibility of accurate mating returns of vivacity and attention es observation, our theories will continue partial sential to genius, but independent of the will. and inadequate. We have only one view of
Observations made, while the mind is in- ll the subject, and know not what aspects it may famed, are difficult in the execution, incom assume, or what powers it may possess in the plete, and erroneous. Eager passions admit constitution of another. No principle has no partuers, and endure no rivals in their au been more variously treated, nor has given thority. The moment reflection, or any fo- rise to a greater number of systems, than that reign or opposing principle, begins to operate, Il by which we are denominated moral agents, they are either exceedingly exasperated, agi and determine the merit or demerit of human tating the mind, and leaving it no leisure for actions. But this can scarcely proceed from speculation; or, if they are unable to main | any other cause than the diversity of our feeltain their ascendant, they become cool and ings, and the necessity we are under of mesindistinct, their aspect grows dim, and obser- || suring the dispositions of others by our own. vations made during their decline are imper Even this moral principle, though a compe fect. The passions are swift and evanescent; tent judge of the virtue and propriety of buwe cannot arrest their celerity, nor suspend man actions, is apt to mislead us in our inthem in the mind during pleasure. You are quiries concerning the structure aud dispomoved by a strong affection: seize the oppor- | sitions of the mind. Desirous of avoiding the tunity, let vone of its motions escape you, and rebuke of this severe and vigilant censor, we observe every sentiment it excites. You can are ready to extenuate every blameable quanot. While the passion prevails you have no lity, and magnify what we approve, leisure for speculation; and be assured it has suffered abatement, if you have time to phi
. [To be continued.] losophize.