Imágenes de página

id this good-natured man's red pimpled h) ice, f6r he had piiblifhed for me againft the )euter6gamifts i) of the age, and from him 'I Arrowed a few pieces, to be paid at m^ reIrn. Leaving the Inn, therefore, as VI was et but weak, 1 refolved to return home b^r afy joilrnips of ten miles a day. My health nd iifual tranquillity were aimoft reftored, nd 'I now condemned that pride, which had nade me refractory to the hand of coirection. Ian little knows what calamities are bey6nd ils patience to hear till he tries them; as In fcending the heights of ambition, which look iright from below, every ftep we rife fhews is f6me new and gloomy pr6fpect of hidden jfappointment •, fo In our defcent from the ummits 6f pleafure, though the vale 6f mlfery iclow may appear at flrft dark and gloomy, 'et the bufy mind, ftlll attentive to Its own umifement, Finds as we defcend fomething to latter and to pleafe. Still as we approach, the lirkelt objects appear to brighten, and the mental sye becomes adapted to Its gloomy fituation.

'I now proceeded forward, and had walked ab6ut two hours, when 'I perceived what appeared at a dlftance Tike a waggon, which 1 was refolved to overtake; but when 'I came rip with It, l'6und It to be a ftrolling company's

ten tines Knaben Thomas Trip, der auf einem grofsen Hnnde herumreitet, enthalt. Das Bach befttht nnr MM tinigen Biatteru.

h) red pimpled face. Newbery hatte wirklich, wit tin hiefiger Englavder, der ibn perfonlich gekannt hat, vtrfichert, tin khffriges Gtficht.

I) Deuterogamifts, die Anhangtr der Lthre, nach vieicher tint %weitt Ehe erlaubi ift.

cirt k\ that was carrying their fcenes and 6ther theiliical furniture tA the next village, where they w're t6 exhibit. The cart was attended only by the perfon who drove it, and Ane of the company, as the reft of the players wer' tA follow the enfiiing day. Good company upo the road, fays the prAverb, is the fhArteft cut, "I therefore enteied into converfation with the poor player; and as I once had fAme theatric powers myfeli, 'I differted on fuch topics widi iny iifual freedom: but as VI was pretty muclj unacquainted with the prefent ftate Ar the ftag 'I demanded whA were the prefent theatric writers in vogue, whA the Dr^dens 1) an 'Otways m) 6f the day. — „'I fancy, Sir, cried the player, „few Af Aur mAdern dram; atifts would thirds themfelves milch honoure by being compared tA the writers y mention. Dr^den and RAwe's n) manner, Si are quite Ant Af fifhion; Aur tafte has gAn back a whole century, Fletcher o}s

k) a (trolling company's cart, tin Katun lintr ziehendin Sthtufpitltrgefillfchaft,

I) Dryden, /. oben S. Seint dramatifihen Werkt |c horen eben nicht zu fiinen vorzuglithften Arbeittn.

m) Thomas Otway, tin btriihmter Englifiher Dramatiktt, viurde im Jahre lift zn Trotnn in SufTex geboren, wid Jtatb *» London tiff. Seine dramatifihen Werke find, uuter anient, London 77 ig, $ Vol. g. trfihitnen.

n) Nicolas Rowe, geboren zu Klein- Bechford in dd Graffchaft Bedjord ltj], geftorben lyig. Seine draw tifihen Werke, die noeh gtgenwdrtig in England gtfilidtzt ivetden, trfihienen Zh London 1711, 2 Vol. t.

Ci) Fletcher (John), geboren ipi, geftorben idf, arbtittte mit Jiinem f'reunde Beaumont {geboren ifSf, g" fiorben i6ij) gemeinjchaftlich Lujtjfiele ant, die until dim Titel: The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher. London 1780. io Vol. g. trfihienen find.

Jonfon P); and ill the plays 6f Shakefpeare, re the only things that go down." -«- „H6w," led 'I, „is it poffible the prefent age can be leafed with that antiquated dialect, that 6b. lete humour, thofe over-charged characters Inch abount in the works you mention?" — ir," returned m-^ companion, the public think ing about dialect, or humour, or character; that is none of their buGnefs, they' only to be armifed, and Find themfe']vf»<: hipoy len they can enjoy a pantomime, u ider the iction of Jonfon's or Sbakefpeaie's name." — p then,-'I fuppofe," cried 'I, „that 6nr morn drarnatifts are rather imitators Sh41«ethan 6f nature.'* — „To fay the truth,"


turned m^r companion, „'I don't know,that v imitate any thing at all; nor indeed'd^es public require it of them: it is not the pofition 6f the piece, but the number of s and attitudes that may be introduced into that elicits applaufe. 1 have known a piece |th n6t one jeft in the whole, fhrugged into )pularity, and an6ther faved hf the poet's jrowing in a fit of the gripes. No, Sir, the wrks of Congreve' 1) and Farqhuar r) have

f) Ben Jonfon , geboren \%u Weftminfut ifjf, geftorbtn lSil ■> gleichfallt eintr der altern Dramatiktr der Engender. Seine IVerke find mter tndern London vjff, 1 Vol. 8. gedruckt.

q) Congreve (William), tintr der grifsten drantatifihen Dichter der Englander, muthmafslich gtboreu ityi, geftorben %* London ij2g. Man findet [tine Werke in den lekannten Dichterfammlnngen von Johnfon ttnd Anderfon.

») Favqhuar (George), tin Englifcher Dmmatiker,t ger ftorten im Joint lyoj.

too much wit in them f6r the prefent tafte; inr modern dialect is much more natural."

By this time the equipage 6f ,the ftrolliiij> c6mpany was arrived at the village, which, U Teems, had been apprlfed of our approach, ana was c6me out to gace at us; for my companion obferved, that ftrollers always have more fpectators without doors than within. 'I did nfo] confider the impropriety of nvjr being in fuel company 'till "I faw a mob gather about n 'I therefore took fhelter, as faft as p6ffible, the firft alehoufe that 6ffered, and being fh6w into the common room, was accofted by a verf! well dreft gehleman, who demanded whetherf 'J. was the real chaplain 6f the company o§ whether it was only to be mafquerackj character in the play. Upon informing him 'A the truth, and that 'I did not belong in anji fort to the company, he was condescending! enough to defire me and the player to partake in a bowl 6f punch, over which he difcuffed modern politics with great earneftnefs and intereft. 'I fet him down in m$r own mind for n6thing lefs than a parliament - man s) at leaft; but was almoft confirmed in rm)- conjectures, when upon afking what there was in the houfe for flipper, he infifted that the player and 'I Xhould flip with him at his houfe, with which requeft, after fome entreaties, we were prevailed on to comply.

s) a parliament-manim gmeinen Englifch and im vtrtranlichtn Styi tin Parliamtntsmitgliti.


lie defcr'iption of a pirfon difcontented with the iprefent government, and apprehenfwe of the lofs ftf our liberties.

he hotife where we were to be entertained, ing at a fmall ch'ftance from the village, our inter obferved, that as the coach was not ready, ■■ would conduct us on foot, and we foon arfed at one of the moft magnificent manfions 'I id feen in that part of the country. The apartent into which we were fhown was perfectly egant and. modern; he went to give orders for1 Ipper, while the player, with a wink, obferfed that we were perfectly in luch. 'Our enfctiiner foon returned, an elegant flipper was fought in, ■ two 6r three ladies, eafy Ifnabille were introduced, and the converfation fean with fi'me fprightlinefs. Politics, hbwfer were the fiibject on which our entertaifct chiefly expatiated: for he afferted that petty was at once his boaft and his terror. Per the cloth was removed, he aTked me ! I had feen the laft Monitor t), to which eplying in the negative, „What, nor the 'AudiPt a), 1 fuppofe?" cried he. „Neither, Sir," «iirned *I; ,,That's ftrange, very ftrange," eJ>fied my entertainer. „N<>w, 1 read all the pities that come out. The Daily, the Public, ^ Ledger: the Chronicle, the London 'Evening, he Whitehall 'Evening, the feventeen magazines,

') Monitor mtd u) Auditor, tJamen xweitr politifchty B/ntter, die nicht mihr enifthen.

« AnteriorContinuar »