« VorigeDoorgaan »
darest thou enter my domain? Have , Next morn, or ere the dawn of day, I'not long since forbidden thy detest- Came the bride and wedding-folk so gay;
The wine-cup circled, with good cheer; ed race to approach my palace? But
“ But where tarries Sir Oluf, my bridegroom instant death shall be the punish
dear?'ment of thy presumption.” With " Sir Oluf with horse and hound is gone these words the giant, brandishing to his chamber soon the damsel sped;
To the forest, and will be here anon. his club, hastened towards Jaroslaw, Tbete lay Sir Oluf—be was dead! who fearlessly struck the cords of At the first note the giant drophis lute, and sung aloud the follow-ped his club, and when Jaroslaw ing song:
began to play a lively interlude, he
immediately fell to leaping and ca'Tis late-Sir Oluf speeds away, To bid the guests to his wedding-day;
pering, as if he had been bitten by When, lo! as he passes the haunted green,
a tarantula; and by the time the A troop of elfin sprites are seen.
shepherd had finished the song, his Phie Eri-king's daughter was one of the band, enemy sunk to the ground completely She stepp'd forth, and tender'd the knight exhausted with the severe exertion.,
her hand: “Welcome, Sir Oluf! what hurry?” said Jaroslaw, thinking it not advisable she;
to allow so strong and so dangerous "Come join our ranks and dance with me."
an adversary time to recover his "I may not dance, I must not stay, For to-Inorrow is my wedding-day."
strength, ran up to him, and touched
him with the ivory staff, on which "But hark ye, Sir Oluf, come dance with
he instantly expired. The conqueror me, And a pair of gold spars P'll present to thee, could not suppress his curiosity to' And a shirt of silk most fair and white, search the garment of his vanquished By' my mother bleach'd in the pale moon- | foe, and found in his pocket a golden
light.” “Imay vot dance, I must not stay,
key. Haha! thought he, to this For to-morrow is my wedding-day.”- key there must certainly be a lock
somewhere in this valley, and to “But hark ye, Sir Oluf, come dance with
the lock a house, or some other me, And-a purse of gold I will give to thee."- || building, and it would be a shame " Your gold," said Sir Oluf, were welcome
to return without discovering it. He I trow, But I may not stop to dance with you now.”- therefore coủlected his flock, and “ Not dance, Sir Oluf! and wilt thou not? drove it forward in high spirits. He Then sickness and sorrow shall be thy lot.” had gone scarcely a mile when he : She struck him on his manly breast,
perceived a magnificent palace, built So sore a weight his heart ne'er press'd;
of black marble: he went up to it, Then rais'd' him faint on his steed, and cried, “ Speed thee now, if thou wilt, to thy bonny and, behold! the key exactly fitted bride !"
the lock of the door, which he opens
ed. At that moment he heard a And when he reach'd his castle-gate, His mother all trembling the e did wait; loud neighing in the stable, which In anxious tone, said she, “ My son,
was exactly opposite to the entrance, Why art so pale? Why lookst so wan?"
and when he reached it, he saw an “ Wan, mother, and pale ! Ah! well I might; I have been in the Erl-king's domain to- exquisitely beautiful coal-black horse, night.”
which pawed the ground, as if im« Dear, i iny child, say not so," she sighed,
patient of inactivity. The bold youth, Or what shall I tell thy buxom bride?". “Tell her with horse and hound I'm gone
delighted with the handsome spiTo the forest, but shall be back anon." rited animal, sprung upon his back,
and trotted him round the spacious | he
sent for the shepherd, and asked, court-yard.
he it amused himself for some time, he large? and to whom do the black conducted the horse back to the sheep belong?"-" Most gracious stable, and ascended the stairs. Af- lord and master,” humbily replied ter passing through several sumptu- Jaroslaw, “ to whom should the ous apartments, he entered a spa- sheep which are under my care becious hall, the walls of which, like long but to thee ?" The duke then all the rest of the palace, were hung frowned fearfully, and said, “ Thou with costly tapestry; and in the mid- hast certainly disobeyed my condle stood a round table, upon which mand, and hast risked thine own were a large sword, a bowl, and a life and my flock, to gratify thy cucrystal flaggon filled with black wine. riosity with a sight of the valley of On the black marble table Jaroslaw Sharka.” The shepherd, in an attiread the following inscription in let- tude of supplication, rejoined, "Forters of gold: “ Hail to the hero who give me, O my lord and sovereign; shall drink off the contents of this I did yesterday drive my flock to flaggon without being overcome by graze at the entrance of the valley, the potent beverage! he and no other and on merely looking from a hill can wield this sword.”
among the trees, I saw the black Near the table on black velvet sheep skipping about without a shepcushions lay a bright suit of black herd, and as they soon came and armour, together with shield and joined mine, I drove them all home lance, and other requisite accoutre together.” The duke raised his ments. The youth examined every finger with a threatening motion, and thing with great pleasure, and then said, “ This time I pardon thy intried to lift the sword, but was un- discretion; but I repeat my injuncable to raise it a hand's breadth from tion, and advise thee to beware of the table. He was almost tempted again rousing my displeasure.” to empty the bottle, but an inward When the duke had thus spoken voice seemed to say, that there would he retired, and Jaroslaw went quietcome a time when he should have ly to his sheepfold: but he felt by occasion for such extraordinary no means disposed to obey the restrength.
newed command of his master, for The shepherd at length quitted he had been too successful. in his the splendid hall, and having de- first visit to the valley not to feel descended to the court-yard, found all sirous of trying his fortune there his sheep assembled round a small once more. Apprehensive, however, low door: no sooner had he opened lest the duke might have him watchit than out sprung a hundred black ed for some days, he waited a whole lambs, and mingled with his sheep. fortnight before be ventured to drive When he was driving his flock, thus his flock again into the forbidden increased by the stock of the giant, valley. He then proceeded through into the duke's fold, that prince the same pastures as he had done chanced just then to be in his plea- on the former occasion, and a few sure-grounds, and surprised to see hundred paces beyond the black pathe black among the white sheep, | lace he came to a plain surtounded by delicious hills. Presently a giant longer. The shepherd several times advanced towards him: he was much repeated his song, and played till taller than the other, so that the his arm sunk with fatigue from the youth could have walked upright be- instrument; but the giant had not tween his legs. In other respects 'he yet danced away all his strength. was not so hideously ugly as the other; When the music ceased, he recohe was of the ordinary colour of men, vered himself, stepped up close to dressed in a white woollen garment, the youth, and again raised his treand armed with a sickle of polished mendous sickle; but Jaroslaw nimsteel. This white giant called out bly slipped between his legs, at the as furiously as his black brother to same time touching one of them the shepherd, when at the distance with his staff, on which his enormous of several hundred paces, asking, antagonistimmediately dropped down how he had come thither, and what dead, and would have crushed him business he had on his domain. Ja- in his fall, had he not sprung aside roslaw, not in the least intimidated, with all his agility. replied, "Take my advice, Mr. Giant, Jaroslaw, as before, searched the and don't be quite so haughty. I garments of the giant, and found a have humbled the pride of one such key cut out of a single precious as thou already. I am come hither stone; and he had not gone much because I had a mind to see this farther when a wonderful palace of valley, and to let my sheep graze in crystal appeared before him. The these rich pastures; and if thou dost key opened the gate, and he found not molest me, I will neither rob every thing arranged here in the thee of any thing, nor do thee any same manner as in the other: a noother injury." The giant was too ble horse, a fold full of sheep, all much astonished at the hardihood of sorts of costly furniture; in the hall the diminutive intruder to be able to a complete suit of armour, with shield, reply," but raised his sharp sickle to sword, and lance, and also a table, dispatch the young shepherd. Ja- upon which was placed a flaggon of roslaw immediately began to play on wine, but every thing of a white cohis lute, and to sing a jolly hunting lour. On the table was this inscripsong; and the white giant fared no tion in black letters: “ Drink withbetter than his black brother: he | out fear: he who can empty this flagbegan to leap and caper, but was
gon may defy the devil himself.” able to continue the exercise much
(To be continued.) ಮ ಹ rit
FILIPPO PISTRUCCI, THE ITALIAN IMPROVISATORE.
The gift of making and reciting || and genius, and their ardent imagiextempore verses, at a moment's no- | nation, render them more susceptitice, upon any given subject, has ble of momentary inspiration. We long been a boast of the Italians. tramontane frost-bitten personages Their happy climate, their few phy- cannot think of these things; we skcal wants, allow them time for these have enough to do to make both mental gambols; their native taste ends meet. We toil from morning
Pnk IV. No. XX.
till night to provide sustenance for ment, began to string the whole of ourselves and our offspring; and the these subjects into connected poetry, sustenance craved by a tramontane which, like almost all his subsequent stomach is exceedingly substantial: deliveries, he sang to the accompaniit would satisfy to repletion three ment of a player on the piano-forte. Italians in good health. The Nea- “ The Death of Lord Byron" fola politan groom of the writer of this, lowed next, and some of the ideas who had to find his own board, Mr. P. introduced were select and could make a hearty dinner upon a pathetic. Byron's shade, he small raw cucumber, with an onioned, at the close of one stanza, will and a moderate piece of bread; and ever haunt tyrants and slaves. As if he happened to be luxuriously in there were many foreign, Liberals, clined, a farthing's-worth of iced wa- in the room, the sentiment met with ter from the stall at the corner of liberal applause. the street would complete his repast. Mr. P. then offered to sing an Offer this fare to an English groom, opera in two acts upon any of the and what would be his answer? given themes, and l'Amante burlato,
But to return to Mr. Pistrucci, the “The Lover tricked," was selected by first, as far as we recollect, who dis- the audience. He forthwith proplayed the improvisatore talent be claimed, with much humour, the drafore a London audience. We went matis personæ, and proceeded, partly to the Argyll-Rooms at his last exhi- by recitative, and partly by, songs, bition (23d June), and we can safely deep into the first act. But as a aver, that he equalled, if not sur-two-act opera was no trifle in point passed, the best improvisatori we of time, he left off, with the approheard in Italy.
bation of the audience. There was As many of our readers may wish naturally a certain proportion of comto form some idea of the nature of mon-place work in this extempore such a display, we shall briefly state drama, but some good hits neverthewhat we saw and heard.
less kept the interest alive. The Before the appearance of Mr. P. old gentleman in love was railed, at in the saloon, any person of the au- by his servant, who compared his dience was at liberty to drop into a master to Mount Etna, full of fire vase on the table a written subject
. within and snow without. Wethought Many availed themselves of the op- this very fair, off hand, 199116 portunity, and when the seer entered, The description of " A Dandy" he had to open some fifteen or had many humorous and laughable eighteen papers, propounding, among points.
Wir grla tor others, the following subjects (in Ita- But Mr. P. appeared to the greatlian):
est advantage in his impromptụ poem, The Death of Lord Byron, “ The End of the World," or The The Lover tricked,
last Judgment.” This he delivered The Dandy,
in declamation without music, and The End of the World,
the subject must have been congeMeleager and Atalanta, The Death of Socratés, &c. &c.4
nial to his poetical vein, for he often
Os displayed a ferygur and pathos, ap: Mr. Pistrucci, after pausing one mo- proaching sublimity, which magle, a
deep impression on those who un- | And no sooner were these put to derstood him; and those that did paper, than he filled up the blanks not, seemed to feel his meaning, by in connected sense, in the manner the emphatic and noble delivery, and of the French bouts rimés. the expressively beaming counte- Mr. P. derives great accessory adnance, and the energetic and appro- vantages from his uncommonly strong priate gesticulation by which it was and sonorous voice, not only in his seconded. This was a great treat.
declamations but in his singing, which, ***Among other successive exhibi- as far as voice and modulation go, tions of his uncommon talent, Mr. is much above mediocrity. Pistrucci collected from the audi- A few songs were given between ence'a number of concluding words the acts by Madame Pasta and Messrs. for poetical lines in alternate ryhme, Garcia and Remorini; but they did such as
not produce great effect, owing pro Pistrucci,
bably to the insufficiency of the ad seis los amato,
companiment. Figliucci, d ?
garbato, &c. &c.
MUSICAL REVIEW. The Overture, Songs, Duet, Glees, tian Boat song; there is Mamma mia; * Chorusses, 8c. in the Musical there are German and Spanish airs
Comedy of “ Pride shall hare a and waltzes; there is Batti Batti; á
Fall," as performed at the Thea- bit of the Devil's Bridge; of Ricciar. *** tre Royal Corent-Garden, com- do e Zoraide; of Tancredi, and God
posed, arranged, and adapted to knows what all. The only air which "the English Stage by J. Watson, bears Mr. Watson's nanie, as having Composer at the Theatre Royal been composed by him, “ He that
Covent-Garden. Pr. 128.-(W. lives in a gaol,” will be found to be ** Eavestaff," Great' Russell-street, nearly a transcript from Braham's ci Bloomsbury.)."'
“Rest, weary traveller." This misWuotivere
' wishes for fourteen 'or nomer perhaps may be an error of fifteen pieces of good vocal music the printer. extremely well adapted for the pi. The above musical drama has met ano-forte, with original poetry, with with considerable success, and we out being particular whether he may are not surprised at it; for who would not already be in possession of near- not prefer a judicious and decidedly ly the whole of the compositions in interesting compilation, like the preattather shape, will not regret the sent, to a parcel of namby-paniby purchase of this opera, which, with ballads, vulgar comic bawls, and a hotraing exception, has been club- few new glees, made up of stale Bed from the works of half a dozen ideas-of which materials most of and more classic, or at least very our new opera compositions are compopular, composers. We meet at posed? Until we have made sufficialmost every page with an old friend ent advances in the art to produce ander's new face: therc is the Vene on our national stage a regular opera