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high. The Emperor, as a mark At the departure of Madame of his royal favor, presented her Catalani from St. Petersburgh, with a superb ornamental of opal, the Empress embraced her in enriched with diamonds. Here the most affectionate manner, ber benevolence and liberality to and the reigning Empress prethe poor, who always participated sented her with a pair of beauin her success, displayed itself as tiful gold ear-rings, and a diausual. Every mouth resounded mond necklace.
The Emperor her praise, and the magistracy of Alexander, not less sensible of her the city, to testify the high sense virtues, kissed her hands at her which they entertained of her cha-departure, and made her a present racter, caused a medal to be struck of a magnificent girdle of brilliwhich bears an inscription highly ants. She remained four months flattering to her.
in Russia, during which time she Madame Catalani had long che- gave concerts at St. Petersburgh, rished a wish to visit Russia, from Riga, Moscow, and Wilna, which which she received many invitati produced her, exclusive of all exons. On leaving Austria, therefore, penses and the sums she bestowed she proceeded to St. Petersburgh, on charity, upwards of 15,000 where she commenced with a con- guineas. When she went from cert, the tickets for which were Moscow to Warsaw, she was prefixed at twenty-five roubles. The sented on her arrival with a letter success which attended her per- from the Muscovite nobility, offerformance the first night was so ing her, as we have already obgreat, that several hundred per- served, 240,000 roubles, if she sons were disappointed of seats would come and give ten concerts each succeeding night. She was at their ancient capital during the persuaded to give her concluding winter. Apprehending her health concert at the public exchange, would not endure the severity of where she was honoured with the the climate, she declined the flatpresence of 4,000 individuals. The tering and advantageous invitareceipts of this concert she de- tion. voted to the relief of two hundred She made her second appear. distressed families in St. Peters- ance in England in July 1822, and burgh. Such is the illustrious cha- gave a concert at the Argyle racter who has been charged with Rooms on the Sixteenth of that avarice in the metropolis of the month, where she was received British empire ! These plain with the most enthusiastic apstatements, we trust, will total-plause. Nothing could equal the ly efface from the mind of the effect which she produced in singPublic, the ill-grounded concep-ing Rode's violin variations. In tions of her character.
this extraordinary exercise of her
vocal powers, she displayed at once We are sorry our limits will her surprising rapidity, strength, not allow us to follow her, we and sweetness. She gave an- must therefore conclude by menother concert on the 30th of July, tioning her late return to London, the profits of which amounted to where her success is without exupwards of £300, and which she ample. At this, however, we feel devoted to the funds of the West- no surprise ; for since she first minster General Infirmary ; and, commenced her musical career, to indeed, the whole tenor of her life the present moment, she has been shews the mistaken prejudice, not only the first singer in Europe, which had been at one time excited but in fact the only singer who against her in this country. may be truly said to have had no
From London, Madame Catala- competitor. The public mind neni proceeded to Glasgow; and af- ver hesitated for a moment between terwards visited Edinburgh, New- the comparative merits of her and castle, York, and Liverpool: here any other performer ; and when she was joined by Mr. Yaniewicz, we say the public mind, we do who became the sole director of not mean the English public alone, her concerts. From Liverpool but that public of which all the she proceeded to Leeds, and nations in Europe are composed. next visited Sheffield, where she No country could produce a sewas suddenly taken ill while cond to her, though It.ly, France, the audience were assembling, or and England have produced singrather after the greater part of ers of whom, perhaps, it would them had assembled. The effect have been said,
o the force of naof her illness produced a tempo- ture could no farther go,” if the rary suspension of her vocal pow- illustrious Angelica Catalani had ers; and she continued three days been silently immured in a nunin this alarming state. She left nery, and her transcendent powSheffield without a concert, pro- ers known only to her cloistered mising to return shortly, which sisters, whose innocence or credushe did after visiting Birmingham, lity would, in all probability, have Bath, and Clifton. From Shef- deemed them rather the work of field she proceeded to Notting- inspiration, than one of those unham, and from thence to London. attainable gifts, which nature beDuring this excursion she cleared stows on her own peculiar favoua'ove £6,000 over and above the rites. heavy expenses, which she must have necessarily incurred. After
LIFE OF LORD BYRON. some stay in the Metropolis she proceeded to the Continent, where she TAERE is not, we feel assured, met with her usual encouragement. single reader of this Work who does
not participate in that feeling of beauty and tenderness, profusely regret, which the death of LORD scattered through his poems, all Byron has oocasioned. Born to of which show that he was how rank and affluence, and possessing painfully, for the first time, we a genius of the highest order, his speak of himn in the past tense !) a Lordship was, by domestic cir- perfect master of the art. His cumstances, driven from his home character produced his poems, and and family, and has died an alien it cannot be doubted that his to the country his talents have so poems are adapted to produce such much adorned : for, much as the a character. The desolate misanworld may differ as to the motive throphy of his mind, rose and or tendency of some of his recent threw its dark shade over his poetry works, no person can deny that be like one of his own ruined castles ; was the first poet of his age; and we feel it to be sublime, and are his death, at an early age, and in sometimes lost in admiration una distant land, would of itself disarm every ingenuous mind, had he George Gordon, Lord Byron, had pot perished in the most sacred of not only his own talents, but the all eauses, that of assisting a brave pride of illustrious ancestry to and oppressed people to shake off boast; for even so early as the the yoke, and to rescue a christian conquest his family was distinpeople from the dominion of the guished not merely for their exinfidel Turks.
tensive manors in Lancashire and The annals of literature do not other parts, but for their prowess furnish a similar instance of exten- in arms. sive literary fame as that of Lord His Lordship spent a considera Byron. The distinguishing feature able portion of his early life in of his Lordship's poetry is elo- Scotland, where it is supposed the quence, and that of the most ve- wild and mountainous scenes which hement character. His verse surrounded him, contributed not rushes on with the rapidity of a a little to elicit and strengthen the cataract, carrying our ideas im- mighty energies of his mind, and petuously along in such a manner to imprint on his vivid imaginaas to prevent any thing like reposetion those powerful and beautiful or steady contemplation. Yet, images of natural grandeur and amidst the wild variety of objects wildness which are so observable and obscure disquisitions which in the whole of his writings. At this magical genius contrives to times his Lordship would exclude bring together, without any regard himself from his ordinary comto appropriate selection or lucid panions, and wander alone amidst arrangement, there are descrip- the majestic and sublime scenery tions and sentiments of exquisite of the highlands, until his soul seemed tinged with those elements In the course of his Lordship's of real sublimity, and drank a amour with Miss C. and particuspecies of inspiration from the larly towards its termination, he mists of the mountains, the wild addressed some beautiful lines to waves of the ocean, and the black the fair, wayward object of his afadamant of its terrific boundaries. fections. Many of those amatory
The celebrated school at Har- morceaux display considerable row, and the University of Cam- poetical excellence, mingled with bridge, had the honour of adding much richness and tenderness of the polish of education to the in- feeling. The following stanzas nate powers of his mind, and are taken from Hours of Idleness, several of his academic compa- and although they are not clothed nions can relate not a few instances in that glittering drapery of lanof the precocious talent and guage and imagery with which strange eccentricities, which even his Lordship's subsequent pieces then characterised his Lordship. are adorned, we think they display
Among the early amusements much of talent, and we know they of his Lordship, were swimming contain much of truth :and managing a boat, in both of “Oh! had my fate been joined with which he is said to have acquired thine,
As once this pledge appeared a a great dexterity even in his childhood. In his equatic excursions These follies had not, then, been mine,
For then, my peace had not been near Newstead Abbey, he had sel
broken. dom any other companion than a To thee, these early faults I owe,
To thee the wise and old reproving; large Newfoundland dog, to try They know my sins, but do not know whose sagacity and fidelity he 'Twas thine to break the bonds of would sometimes fall out of the For, once my soul, like thine was pure,
loving. boat, as if by accident, when the And all its rising fires could smother;
But now, thy vows no more endure, dog would seize him and drag
Bestow'd by thee upon another. him ashore. On losing this dog, Perhaps, his peace I could destroy,
And spoil the blisses that await in the autumn of 1808, his Lord. ship caused a monument to be Yet let my rival smile in joy,
For thy dear sake I cannot hate erected, commemorative of his
him. attachment, with an inscription, Ah! since thy angel form is gone; from which we extract the follow- But what is sought in thee alone
My heart no more can rest with any, ing lines :
Attempts, alas! to find in many.
Then fare thee well, deceitful maid, “ Ye who, perchance, behold this sim- "Twere vain and fruitless to regret
ple urn, Pass on----it honours none you wish to Nor hope, nor memory yield their aid, mourn!
But pride may teach me to forget To mark a friend's remains these
thee. stones arise I never knew but one, and here he Jies."
To be continued in our next.
masses of timber and coals. The AT ST. PETERSBURGH.
provisions collected here are the To strangers, unaccustomed to product of countries many thouthe various changes produced in sand wersts beyond Moscow, Simen and things by the influence of beria, Archangel, and still remointense frost, nothing appears more ter provinces, furnish the merchanwonderful than that part of the city dise which, during the frost's sevededicated to the sale of frozen pro-rity, is conveyed thither on sledge visions. The astonished sight is es. In consequence of the vast there arrested by a vast open square quantities of these commodities, containing the bodies of many and the short period allowed for the thousand animals, piled in pyra- existence of the market, they are midical heaps, on all sides; cows, cheaper than at any other part of sheep, hogs, fowls, butter, eggs, the year, and are therefore bought fish, all are stiffened into granite. eagerly to be laid' up as winter The fish are attractively beautiful ; stock. When deposited in cellars, possessing the vividness of their they keep good for a length of time living colour, with the transparent At certain hours every day, the clearness of wax imitations. The market, while it lasts, is a fashionbeasts present a far less pleasing able lounge. There you meet all spectacle. Most of the larger sort the beauty and gaiety of St. Peters being skinned, and classed accor-burgh; even from the imperial ding to their species; groups of family down to the Russian mermany
hundreds are seen piled np chant's wife. Incredible crowds of on their hind legs against one ano- sledges, carriages, and pedestrians ther, as if each were making an throng the place; the different effort to climb over the back of its groups of spectators, purchasers, neighbour. The apparent anima- venders, and commodities, form tion of their seemingly struggling such an extraordinary tout ensem. attitudes (as if suddenly seized ble as no other city in the world in moving, and petrified by frost) is known to equal. During this gives a horrid life to this dead mart of congealed merchandise; scene. Had an enchanter's wand affecting scenes often occur. The been instantaneously waved over provisions are esported from the this sea of animals, during their most remote provinces of this vast different actions, they could not empire, and the infipitude of sledg, have been fixed more decidedly. es necessary for their conveyTheir hardness, too, is so extreme, ance, are accompanied by boors: that the natives chop them up for It is not often the case, that for the purchasers like wood, and the more than one season, the same chips of their carcasses fly off in persons travel with them; and this the same way as splinters do from change of conductors is produced