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items of a plot highly interesting and well conducted, neat and spirited dialogue, and poetical songs.

We know nothing of its kind that is superior to it.

The Knight of Snowdoun; a Musical Drama, in three Acts, as it is performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. By Thomas Morton. 8vo. pp. 79.

We have not seen this drama acted, and, therefore, will not venture to give any opinion as to the degree of stage effect which it is capable of producing, w

when it is aided by music, gesture, dresses, and scenery. But, as we have read it, we will boldly say that it is not calculated to give pleasure in the closet. There is nothing attractive either in its language or sentiments.

8vo. pp.

The l'easant Boy, an Opera, in three Acts, as acted by

his Majesty's Servants, at the Theatre Royal, Lyceum, with universal Applause., Ey William Dimond, Esg. Author of Adrian and Orilla, &c. &c. &c. 71.

This is a pleasing opera. The plot is well contrived, the interest of the piece kept up to the close, and the dialogue sprightly. We must again, however, express our wish that Mr. Dimond would get rid of his inflation of style. He has far less taste than talent. Hë ought to know that, when we think we are reading prose,

it is abominably offensive, to stumble every now and then, upon a line of blank verse, which seems to have got there by mistake, and looks as much out of place as a jack pudding would look in the midst of an assembly of quakers.

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The Trial by Jury: a Comic Piece, in two Acts, as performed, with universal Pplause, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. By Theodore Edward Hook, Esq. 8vo.

pp. 35.

After having been tolerably amused by this piece, we were exceedingly disgusted by a flaming panegyric upon juries, which is contained in the closing sentence of it. Juries are admirable and praiseworthy things, but we do not think that their praises ought to be sounded from the tail of a farce. Bating the last sentence, we must, however, repeat that Mr. Hook's farce is amusing, and from this our readers will, doubtless, justly conclude that we do not think it a bad one.

The Bee Hive; a Musical Farce, in two Acts. As performed at the Theatre Royal, Lyceum. 8vo. pp. 42.

This Bee Hive contains but little honey. We fear that, as far as regards its stage existence, it is already to be numbered among the things that have been. There are a few tolerable hits in it, and but a few.

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Durkness visible; a Farce, in two Acts. Performed with

great Applause, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Written by Theodore Edward Hook, Esq. 8vo. pp. 45.

A PARCE,” says Mr. Hook, “ is allowed to be a collection of possible improbabilities, outré characters, and forced incidents, so put together, as to raise a laugh, and please for the moment.” Judging him according to this criterion, we must say that Darkness visible is a good farce. It is indeed, well calculated for stage effect, and has sufficient drollery to excite hearty laughter.

The Rediew; or, the Wags of Windsor ; a Musical Farce,

in two scts. By George Colman, the younger. 8vo.

pp. 47.

A FARCE as Mr. Hook has told us, excites no great expectations. The Review is as good as the major part of such pieces. It has some laughable dialogue, some ludicrous situations, and on the whole is sufficiently lively to keep awake the attention of an audience.

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The Boarding House; or, Five Hours at Brighton, A

Musical Farce, in two Acts. First performed at the English Opera, Theatre Royal, Lyceum, on Tuesday, August 27, 1811. By Sam. Beazley, jun. 8vo. pp. 44.

• Come like shadows—so depart !” In this manner come and go the majority of musical pieces. The Boarding House does not seem likely to have a more durable existence than the majority of its fellows. Yet it is not wholly without merit. It has a good deal of bustle and liveliness, and some humour. Anything New; a Musical Farce, in two Acts, as performed at the English Opera, Lyceum, July 1, 1811. By J. Pocock, Esq. Author of Yes or No," &c. &c. 8vo. pp. 47.

To the character of containing plenty of bustle, some laughable situations, and some smartness in the dialogue, this piece may lay claim. This is as much as can be said for most farces of the present day, and we dare not say a word more for it.

CATALOGUE.

1810-1811.

The Hospital, Book I. 4to.
The Valentine, a Poem on St. Valentine's Day. By

Edward Coxe, Esq. 8vo.
The Caledonian Comet. 8vo.
Fergus the Second, or the Battle of Carron, a Poem,

in three Cantos. By David Anderson. Foolscap. 8vo. The Tower, a Poem, inscribed to Sir Francis Burdett. The Georgics of Publius Virgilius Maro; translated

into English Blank Verse. By James Mason, Esq.

Crown 8vo. The Mirror of the Mind. By Miss Stockdale. 2 vois.

Syo. The Statue, or the Dying Gladiator; a Poem. Being

the Prize Subject at Oxford, but not written for the

Prize. By a Non Academic. RETIREMENT ; with other original Poems. By Cyrus

Redding Small 8vo. The Bishop and the Parson's Beard; a Tale: Poems. By Andrew M'Intosh, of Lincoln's Inn. Joseph, a religious Poem, in blank Verse. By the

Rev. Charles Lucas, Curate of Avebury, Wilts. 2

vols. 8vo. GLENOCHEL, a Descriptive Poem. By James Kennedy.

2 vols. foolscap 8vo. Posthumous Fragments of Margaret Nicholson ; being

Poems found among the Papers of that noted Female.

8vo. A few Poems relative to an unprecedented Attack on

a Lady's character.

cap Svo.

Poems, chiefly amatory. By Richard Small, Esq.
A POETICAL Éssay on the existing State of Things.
Poems on several Occasions; consisting of Sonnets,

Miscellaneous Pieces, Prologues and Epilogues,

Tales, Imitations, &c. By John 'Taylor, Esq. FoolsThe Bullion Debate. A Serio Comic Satiric Poem.

By W. Pitt. Lines addressed to Mrs. Hay Drummond, on the sin

gular Circumstance attending the Interment of her first Child, in the Parish Church of Rothbury, in

Northumberland. By the Rev. G. Wilkins, A.M. The Figured Mantle and the Bridal Day, with other

Poeins. By a Sussex Clergyman. 12mo. Ode on the present State of Europe. By T. G. Lace. The Inundation. A Poem. ORIGINAL Poetry, consisting of Fugitive Pieces, by a

Lady lately.deceased ; and Miscellaneous Poems by several Authors, including some foreign Pieces, with

Translations, never before published. The Capital; a satirical and sentimental Poem, dedi

cated to Earl Stanhope. The Regent's Fête, or the Prince and his country.

By E. Fitzgerald, Esq. Poems on Subjects connected with Scripture. By S.

Newman. 8vo. The Ghosts of Nelson, Pitt, and Moore. Socrates, a Dramatic Poem, written on the Model of

the ancient Greek Tragedy; with (now first printed) an Address to the Lovers of Literature, in Apology

for the Author and the Work. 8vo. New Edition. ORIGINAL Poems. By Mrs. Pilkington. 8vo. The Sons, or Family Feuds, a Tragic Play, in five Acts.

By T. Jones. 12mo.

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