fellow speeding along crossed his path. | admonition which Dr. Franklin tells His lordship asked if any accident | us a venerable friend bestowed on had happened, or if any dangerous him against a lofty carriage. With illness urged his fleet steps to the assumed awkwardness, his lordship doctor's residence. The lad, in bro- | pulled off his bonnet, making a rustic ken English, said, he was dispatched bow to a young woman, who, with on a joyous errand. Farmer Mac- | inexpert fingers, was attempting to arthur and all his people and cattle | spin. Her beauty, her attire, and were at a shealing three miles up manners assured him she was the through the mountains: his daughter distressed fair-one he came to suchad come thither from the Lowlands, cour in her utmost need. after an absence of six years, with a || In a short time her father came lady who took a fancy to her while in, and having welcomed the stranbut a little girl, and nothing was ever Il ger, commanded Effie to put off her so lovely or so fine as Effie Macar- fantastic trappings, and get ready to thur; yet she was sad and tearful. I appear in garments more beseeming Her father wished to make that same the daughter and destined wife of a day a wedding agreement for her farmer. The girl could not refrain with a rich farmer, his nearest neigh- || from weeping: her sobs brought her bour;and the foolish lassie was break- | mother from a little pantry, saying, ing her heart for a far-off Sassanach it was of no real use to be in such (Anglicè Englishman), whom she || haste; the agreement might be dehad promised to marry if her parents | layed a few days, and surely Effie gave their consent. The Sassanach asked no unreasonable indulgence would follow her in a few days, and when she begged that the minister they intended to have a grand pub- should be employed to inquire John lic-house in some part of the Low-Robinson's character from the Earl lands. However, farmer Macarthur of Dunmore, as his lordship knew had decreed that Effie must give her the young man since childhood. The hand to a man of his own country. | farmer listened with dogged conLord D. considered that he might tempt, as conscious of power to enderive more pleasure from interesting force his will—a power he was dehimself for the afflicted damsel, than termined not to forego; but at the by pursuing the heath-cock, a recre mention of Lord D. his stubborn ation he could have any day. He sent composure kindled into wrath, and the gamekeeper on another course | darting fiery glances at his wife, he with the dogs, and took a zigzag | exclaimed, “ You silly woman, what track pointed out by the messenger | business has Lord D. with our confor whisky to ratify the agreement. cerns?”

By day the cottage of a High-! The wife mildly pleaded, “ Your lander is ever open, and all strangers daughter told you her sweetheart are cordially received. The earl | was reared in that great lord's house, walked sans ceremonie to the sheal- || and only left it two years ago, when ing, and forgetting to stoop as he his lordship recommended him as passed the lowly entrance, a contu- butler to the lady, who, at her death, sion on his forehead gave a memento, ordered so much money and all her perhaps not less impressive than the clothes to Effie. Lord D, would

piacra pause, the farmera for bring

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not send a bad servant to his own the misery of being tied to a proflicousin."

gate or spendthrift husband, and had “ The lad may be a clever ser- | any clear notion of the wretchedness vant, and yet good for nothing in of poverty, you would thankfully providing for a wife and children.” | take the offer of spending your days

with an honest industrious farmer." “Perhaps Effie has reasons for bring- ! The old farmer and his circle spoke ing her cause before the earl. We Gaelic, which Lord D. understood, are country bodies to be sure, yet though he could imperfectly speak we know what is likely to happen the language. To free all parties when great lords take notice of pretty from restraint, and to learn how he giglets."

could best interpose for Effie and “O my dear father!” cried Effie, his protégé, John Robinson, he an“it is killing to hear you speak such swered the few sentences addressed words. God forbid that I should to him as if he was ignorant of the wish to see Lord D.! I only beg you Gaelic. The farmer repeated his will not hurry on this cruel agree injunction to Effie to strip off her ment, till you get some one you can gaudy dress, and borrow a homebelieve to ask his lordship about spun suit from her sister. John Robinson."

In her absence, the helpmate she " And why am I to care whether was doomed to accept was most kindJohn Robinson is good or bad ?" re- ly greeted by the farmer. He was torted the farmer. “Do you think a squat, red-pated, middle-aged man, I will ever allow you to have a pub l with none of that open cast of counlic-house far from me, and nothing tenance generally pertaining to Highto call your own except what is with landers. The old farmer plainly in four walls, in place of having communicated to him Effie's particows and calves, goats and kids, ality to a young Sassanach, and her sheep and lambs, covering a range reference to Lord D. of miles, joining my own tenement? “ Such a reference is not to be Your outlandish John Robinson may regarded," said the suitor. " Lord take to drinking, and soon leave you D. may have his own reasons for a beggar. Many a man, sober enough wishing her money to go to his fain his early days, has turned out a vourite; and he may have other views: drunkard in old age, if he was much I would not take his word in such a in the way of temptation."

case." “ All that know John Robinson,” The earl could hardly repress his replied Effie in timid accents, “ will indignation, and he had no doubt testify his good conduct. I should that Effie's money was the most powdo him injustice if I did not clear erful attraction for this sordid wooer: him of blame."

but he must not carry off a prize so “ Aye, aye,” returned the farmer much above his deserts. The carscornfully, “we are all good and wiseroty-pated farmer added some jeertill we are much tried; but, poor ing remarks upon Lord D.'s affectsimple creature, let my gray heading the garb and the popularity of a gain some credit from you while I Highland chieftain; but the old man say, that if you knew for one week sternly interrupted him.

“ You must not speak disrespect-1 “His freaks!" repeated the farmer: fully of the earl under my roof. I“ if you was not in my own house, I never saw him; but his bounty saved would tell you these words are unmany shearers from starving when civil. Lord D. has no freaks." they went south before the harvest “Perhaps I know Lord D. better was generally ripe, and among these than you,” said his lordship," and was my sister. He speaks kindly | he is no better than other folks.” and frankly to the meanest that come “Don't provoke me to say you in his way, and no distressed creature are worse than other folks," said the ever left him without relief." I farmer, raising his voice; but recol

As the old farmer spoke, the lecting he spoke to a stranger under younger inquisitively eyed Lord D. his own roof, he continued in a calmer and beckoned to his host to follow tone: “ Can you tell me any thing him out. Before the two farmers of a young man whose father and reappeared, Effie came in, clad ac- mother died in a far-off country in cording to the orders of her father. Lord D.'s service?" Her mother soon joined her, placed “ If you mean John Robinson, I a wheel before her, and was seating can tell you much to his commendaherself to similar employment, when tion. His parents left some money, Effie said, “ Mother, I never saw and he has added to the amount: a you till now omit to offer a stranger | better behaved lad does not live." a drink of milk.”

Effie's crimsoned cheeks bore witThe old woman went for the milk, ness to her deep feeling while these and Effie whispered to Lord D. praises were spoken; but the old “ Poor man, if you are afraid of farmer changed the subject, asking pursuit, this is no safe place for you." || a variety of questions, to discover Lord D. thanked her with a clown- | the name and abode of his guest. ish bend of his head, and said he The conversation was broken by the feared not to remain. The old farmer | tread of measured footsteps, and a and his wife entered. The wife set corporal's command of soldiers, headbread and cheese and milk before ed by Effie's suitor, surrounded Lord the stranger, and the farmer pressed D. Effie's complexion changed to him to take time and eat a hearty deadly pallor, and starting up, she meal. Lord D. was never fastidious: | involuntarily uttered, “ Oh! do not he availed himself of the hospitable hurt the unfortunate man!" invitation; and when he declined eat- | Lord D. had also risen in surprise, ing more, the farmer asked how it when the corporal roughly accosted happened, that he, who neither un- him with, “ Now we have you, and derstood nor spoke Gaelic, came to if you again attempt an escape, we wear a tartan kilt and plaid. Lord shall stop you with a brace of bulD. indeed wore that garb, but then lets. Come along !" he knew all that was said, and could . " I must first know whither and convey his own ideas in the language wherefore,” said Lord D. of Highlanders.

" You are so innocent that you “ I have lived so near Lord D.” || cannot guess!" said the suitor:“ then answered his lordship, “ that I am you shall be told that, and may be infected by his freaks."

more than you wish to hear, when I The above remarks, although not || ment from La Donna del Lago will, immediately applying to the article we are sure, be found equally attracwhich gave rise to them, will scarce tive. It contains four or five of the ly be viewed in the light of a digres- most interesting airs of that opera, sion. The subject lies within our ju so far as their nature seemed most risdiction; and as the performances calculated for mere instrumental exat the King's Theatre are not regu- | hibition; but, in this respect, we wonlarly noticed in our Miscellany, we der the elegant female chorus, “ Dithought ourselves warranted in tak- nibica Donzella," has not been ading the present opportunity of speak- | mitted. This, and some other good ing a word or two in what we con- melodies, however, may possibly have ceived to be the proper time and been reserved for another book, for season: but our principal object in which there is abundant matter left this instance has been a sincere and in the opera; and no one is more fitardent wish for the preservation and ted for the task than Mr. P. He the further advancement of a con knows, in an eminent degree, how to poser's fame, whose genius is justly preserve the true spirit of the airs, appreciated in this country, and has how to concentrate their harmony no warmer admirers than ourselves. | into a narrower yet perfectly adeWe feel anxious that his arrival in quate compass, and how to intersperse England should be viewed as an short, tasteful, and judiciously conepoch by his future biographer: weceived digressions founded upon the are convinced that it only depends original subjects. All the operatic upon his will and exertions to return selections which he has furnished from our shores with increased ce- | are really valuable. lebrity, and with rewards adequate Mozart's celebrated Grand Symto ensure independence to his future ll phony, adapted for the Pianocareer.

forte, with Accompaniments for a Favourite Airs selected from Ros- | Flute, Violin, and Violoncello (ad

sini's celebrated OperaĻa Don lib.), by S. F. Rimbault. Pr. 6s.; na del Lago," arranged as a Di without Accompaniments, 4s. vertimento for the Piano-forte, (Hodsoll.) with an (ad lib.) Accompaniment. This is the sixth of the grand symfor the Flute, and performed on phonies of Mozart, commencing with the Apollonicon, by John Purkis. an allegro in G minor, followed by Pr. 35.-(Hodsoll, High-Holborn.) || an andante, s, in E b, universally ad

This divertimento may be consi- | mired for its beauty and scientific condered as a continuation, under a dif- struction. Mr. Rimbault's arrangeferent name, of the several books of ment, like all his prior labours of operatic selections published by Mr. this kind, is completely satisfactory, P. under the title of Fantasias, and and by no means intricate. A thesuccessively founded upon the Ma- | matic catalogue of his numerous adapgic Flute, Figaro, Tancredi, Il Bar- tations of classic orchestral works, biere di Siviglia, &c. all of which on one of the leaves in this book, we have in their turn commented up- | met our eye, and filed us with suron in terms of deserved approbation. I prise at the extent to which this genThe present collection and arrange- tleman's industrious perseverance has

ntinuation, wal books of this kind, 1

in it which strongly reminded us of Whatever opinion the Continent Beethoven's profound strains. The may entertain of the musical taste of allegro is Rossini all over, and over the English public in general, Mr. and over again; for it is full of his Rossini may be assured, that the mannerisms, and presents many re- bulk of the audience in the King's miniscences from his former works. Theatre consists of persons capable The latter, we regret to say, is a fea of forming a most correct judgture which every successive produc- ment in musical matters, little swaytion of this gentleman exhibits with ed by transient musical fashions, strictgreater force and frequency, and ly impartial, and often fastidious criwhich has tended to diminish the tics. These audiences, he ought to number of his votaries, and to lessen consider, are familiar with everything in some degree the enthusiasm still classic in music: Mozart, Haydn, fondly karboured by those whom his Beethoven have for years constitutprevious works had filled with delight. ed their almost daily musical fare;

The author is at this moment in and of Rossini they have of late had the midst of us: he has been called such abundance, that the least repefrom the scene of his earlier triumphs tition, plagiarism, or reminiscence will and of his more recent failures to not escape unnoticed. Commonplace a country fully sensible of his me- ideas of the Italian school, hackneyrits, and willing to honour them. He ed terminations, cannot be expected is engaged to write new works for to create sensation at the King's our stage: we are anxious for their || Theatre. success. May we be permitted to of. Melody, fresh, original, bloomy fer two words of advice towards the | melody, will be the most essential accomplishment of these our sanguine charm by which a composer for that wishes? We are the more induced establishment can expect to fascinate to take this liberty, by the opinion we, his hearers. Next to that, we place and the majority of the public, have the attraction of rich, select, and wellformed of the first opera---not a new entwined harmony, as distant from one it is true—which has been recent- the homely fare we are frequently ly brought out under his own direc-doomed to endure at our national tion. But for this latter circumstance, theatres, as it should be free from Zelmira, we make no doubt, would the eccentricities which form blehave proved a failure: the two or three mishes of the modern school, and pieces of real merit which it presents which have crept into the more rewould not have been deemed an in-cent works of Rossini himself. Noise demnity for the abstruse eccentrici- and clangour of wind instruments, ties, not to say more, the want of fresh brass and ass's skin, such as the opemelody, and the stunning noise of ra of Zelmira is loaded with, will not trumpets, drums, and trombones, enhance or maintain Rossini's fame which disfigure this composition. in this country. These expedients, The overwhelming din of these in- | like paint in the other sex, while they struments before and behind the cur- | momentarily conceal defects or imtain renders the choruses of thirty perfections, at the same time act as or more vocalists scarcely audible! heralds of their existence. · Vol. III. No. XV.


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