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Saturday, April 2. The third reprefentation of the comic opera, called" I Due Gobbi," with the dance of le Bouquet after the first act. At the end of the opera, a new ballet called "Alonzo e Cora," by Didelot, Rofe, Parifot, and Hilligfberg. The ftory is taken from Marmontel's Hiftory of the Incas of Peru, a fubject well adapted to this fpecies of reprefentation. On this occafion, the pantomime part was abridged, to give more time for the dancing, which is a fpecies of amusement that has become furprisingly popular during the prefent and former winters. The fcenery, action, and every thing contituting what is technically called the fpectacle, were uncommonly brilliant. Didelot and Rofe, who had the chief characters in the ballet to fuftain, afforded great entertainment to the audience, as was teftified by their frequent plaudits; and the lat ter feemed to exclaim in the words of the original author, "Je voudrois tout penjer j'oferais tout dire." The theatre was, as ufual, crowded with beauty and fashion.

Tuesday, April 5th. I Due Gobbi. End of the opera, the fecond reprefentation of the new ballet, called Alonzo e Cora, composed by Onorati.

Friday, April 7th. The new tragedy of" Iphigenia en Tauride," for the benefit of Madame Banti, or, as fhe is termed in the fashionable world, the Ba-anti. This opera, well known on the Italian ftage, was acted this night for the first time, to a crowded and brilliant audience. The compofition is excellent, and the effect grand, as it unites all the various attractions that can delight either the eye or ear; the fcenery being beautiful, the dancing exquifite, and the mufic approaching to the fublime.It is to be lamented, however, that the RIDICULOUS, SILLY, and ABSURD

cuftom, of crowding the flage, too long prevalent at this theatre, intercepted much of the charms of the exhibition, aş the audience was not only deprived of a full view of the characters, but the working of the Scenery greatly retarded. The advertisement, in order to prevent this practice, was wholly difregarded; but does not the manager poffefs power and spirit enough to enforce his own regulations? An en graved print from the burin of Bartolozzi, who is about to leave this country, was prefented with each box and pit ticket.

Saturday, April 16. A new comic opera, called "La Modista Raggiratrice," was performed for the first time at this theatre, to a very nume. rous and fplendid audience. The mufic is by Paefiello, and poffeffes all that melody, fo characteristic of the works of this great mafter. Many of the airs were encored, and the whole was received with great and indeed univerfal applause. Viagnoni, to whofe ftyle the compofition was admirably fuited, exhibited his talents on this occafion to the greatest advantage.

N. B. The Dillittanti have been much entertained during the present month, with two very fingular duels. The firft, which was intended to have taken place between Didelot and Onorati, was prevented by the Bowftreet officers, who crossed over, figured in, and changed partners. The fecond, which affumed a more ferious afpect, was between young Cramer, the harpfichord player, and Jernovvicchi, the famous performer on the violin.This alfo was adjusted by the dulcet founds of a magiftrate, who actually converted difcord into harmony, and obliged the two rival musicians to play in unifon. The town, as of old, exclaims:

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HE good old bailiff accosted hislord' views which he had formed to corrupt her virtue. Accofting him, therefore, with kind familiarity, he requested that he might take a furvey of his littledwel ling, which he fhould be welcome to exchange for one more convenient and comfortable. "My lord," replied Bernard,

T with a refpect, which, while it acknowledged his fuperiority as a mafter, was unmixed with that kind of fervile humility, which demeans the dignity of man. He had never before attracted the notice of the Baron, who forgetting the diftance, which birth and fortune had placed between them, recollected only that he was the father of Emma, and might, perhaps, affift him in the

in this humble dwelling my infant eyes firft opened, and here I would wish to close their aged lids."

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begin to bow under the weight of years, and ftand in need of reft and indulgence; I fhall feel a true satisfaction in rendering your latter days happy." Permit me to affure you," said Bernard, "that a life of honeft industry, and uncorrupted innocence, has already intured to me that happiness in its clofing fcene, which an irreproachable confcience only can beftow, but which riches can never give." "You have a daughter, however, interrupted the Baron, fmiling, "too young to have adopted your ftoical ideas." "I have a daughter," retorted Bernard," who inherits her mother's virtue, and has been taught by precept and example thofe fentiments, which have rendered her too contented in her fituation, to harbour an ambitious with in her bofom." The Baron reddened at these words, but commanding, for his own fecret purposes, the rifing indignation of his mind, he condefcendingly bade the venerable Bernard adieu; fay ing, that he ftill hoped, mature reflection would induce him to accept the favours which he was anxious to confer upon a man, whofe refpectable character, and long life of unfuilied virtue, claimed a fingular reward.

could have no root in a foil fó barren.→→ He puriued, therefore, without further fufpicion, his ufual labours; taking, however, the precaution never to leave his daughter without a companion, in his abfence.

One morning when he had quitted the cottage about an hour, a hafty meffenger from the caftle terrified Emma with an account that her father was tak-. en with a fudden indifpofition as he paffed the gates; and having been fupported into the house by fome of the domef tics, who had observed him finking on the ground, the houlekeeper had thought it proper to fend for his daughter, who, by being accustomed perhaps to these feizures, knew beft how to treat them. The trembling Emma, alarmed to the utmoft degree at a diforder, which had never yet attacked her beloved father, delayed not a moment to follow her conductor; and taking the arm of her friend Agnes, who had been liftening to her as the was reading aloud, proceeded with tottering fteps to the caffle, diftant from her humble cottage about a mile. When the arrived in the great hall, the met with a female of a refpectable appearance, and of an advanced age. She eagerly inquired after her father, and earnestly requested to be permitted to fee him. The housekeeper answered Emma with the appearance of much fenfibility, that Bernard was so perfectly recovered, by a cordial which he had adminiftered, that he had returned to his daily occupation, ignorant that his illnets could have reached his daughter's ears. "Thank heaven !" exclaimed the innocent Emma, “O, madam, accept. my humble gratitude for your kind care, and fuffer one of the domeftics to dired me to the pot where I may find my dear father; I wil watch by his fide during the labours of the day, or attend him to our cottage, if he will permit me to lead him thither."

So faying, he mounted his horse, and returned to the cafile, revolving in his mind, every practicable fcheme for the feduction of the devoted Emma. He reflected that he had never beheld a female half fo lovely; and as he on no occafion had accustomed himself to combat his inclinations, or fubdue his paffions, he refolved to lofe no time in accomplishing his defign. The humble fituation of Emma, gave him, in his opinion, an uncontrouled right to her fubmiffion; but he was folicitous, if poflible, to gain an afcendency over her heart, by awak ening with her gratitude tenderer fenti ments; for this purpose, he determined to wear the mask of hypocrify a little longer, and then to attempt, by every art of foft deception, to fecure her affec- "Be no longer anxious, my lovely tions in his favour. A week elapfed at child," replied the matron," your father ter the Baron's vifit at the cottage, with will be here at the hour when the turret out any renewal of his great offers; a bell fhall call the family to dinner; he circumftance that contributed to difpel promised to meet my lord's fleward, to thofe fears, which had been awakened receive fome orders from the Baron."in the bofom of Bernard, by the inter- The unfuspecting Emma thanked her view of the Baron with Emma, and his kind informer, and was departing, but generous profeffions of friendship to him- preffed condefcendingly to continue there felf,-profeffions, to oppofite to the natu- till the return of Bernard, and in the inral ferocity of his temper. Bernard con- terval, to take a furvey of the apartments fidered them no longer in any light, but in the castle, in fome of which, alterain that of a temporary inclination to- tions were making, fhe confented to wait ward humanity and kindness, which__her father's return. While her obliging

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guide was leading her into a large faloon, he turned round to feek for Agnes, whom, till that inftant, fhe imagined to have been ftill near her fide. She expreffed fome anxiety at her abfence, to the houfe-keeper, who obferved, that her friend had remained in the firft hall, and immediately fent a woman, then defcending a flair-cafe, to efcort her to them. Emma, in the mean time, purfued the fteps of her conductrefs, who, having paffed feveral ftate apartments, opened a door that led to a library, and which he had no fooner entered, and directed the attention of Emma to a fine portrait of the late Marchionefs de Clairville, that hung over the chimney, than fhe disappeared. Emma, for fome moments, was lost in contemplating the angelic countenance of a woman, whofe fad fate fhe had heard fo frequently and fo tenderly déplored, when the was fuddenly roufed from thefe melancholy reflections, by the opening of a glafs door, which led to a colonnade filled with exotic plants. If the felt embarraffed by the appearance of the Baron, who enter ed thence into the library, what were Her fenfations, when, on making an attempt to quit it herfelf, the found the door of the apartment locked, and beheld the Baron de Morenzi at her feet, in an attitude of refpe&ful tenderness.

The confufion and furprife of Emma, at the humble pofture of the Baron, could only be heightened by his addrefs. She had inftantly retreated a few paces from the door which he had vainly attempted to open, and fupported herfelf with difficulty against a book-cafe. "Be not alarmed, charming Emma," faid the Baron, in a voice of affumed foftnefs," you fee before you a man, who, till he beheld your incomparable beauty, never completely left his liberty. Regard me no longer as the matter of your father, but as the flave and lover of his daughter, and who only waits her commands to fhew by his obedience the truth and generofity of his fentiments." During this fpeech, Emma's gentle frame was agitated by a variety of inexpreffible emotions. Amazement, fear, and indignation prevented her interrupting the Baron; but when, on his rifing and advancing to her at the clofe of his fpeech, he attempted to take her hand, "My lord," faid fhe, fhrinking from his touch, you must permit me to affure you, that I have no with but to return to my father: in his cottage all my ideas of happiness are centered." Conde

fcend to open this door, or to admit my departure thro' that colonnade: my in trufion here was entirely owing to Madame de Chalons, who propofed to shew me the caftle." "How much indebted am I to her," replied the Baron, "for this interview, which gives me an opportunity to unfold the fentiments of a heart devoted to you alone. No longer fhall fuch beauty, formed to shine in palaces, be concealed in a cottage. Äccept my affections, and command my fortune.

Indignant blushes dyed the cheeks of Emma, at a propofal, which he could not mifconceive, and all the pride of wounded delicacy rufhing into her bo fom, fufpended for a moment its natural timidity, and animated her to pronounce these words: "That fortune, my lord, from which you affume the privilege thus to infult the daughter of a peafant, can neither dazzle my vanity, nor tempt my ambition; my humble birth inspires in me no pride, but that of virtue, and the poffeffion of no dignity, but that of confcious innocence. Allow me to retire, my lord: my father doubtlefs wonders at my absence." "Your father, froward beauty, waits my pleasure in the caftle," returned the Baron, with a look of anger, "your compliance or rejec tion of my generous offers will decide his future fate. Recollect, Emma, the extent of my power; dread my refentment, or deferve my gratitude; they each fhall be unbounded. If you reward my paffion, your father will refide in this caffle, freed from the toils of fervitude, the witnefs and partaker of those benefits, which my love fhall heap upon you: receive this cafket of jewels, as a trifling earnest of a liberality, which fhall know no limits." While the Baron difplayed the fparkling treafure to the eyes of the unambitious Emma, fhe pushed them from her with dildain. Once more,

my lord," faid the, let me affure you, that I have a heart impenetrable to va nity, or grandeur, to which the power of wealth could raise me:" "But," cried the Baron, interrupting her, foftening the natural ferocity of his features, and gazing tenderly on her, is your heart impenetrable to love, and cannot it be moved to yield a generous return to fentiments fo fincere? Let me owe to mu tual affection that which you deny to ambition; and accept the honours which fhall be offered you, as tributes due from my gratitude, rather than as bribes to allure your compliance." Never, never,"


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