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which all were satisfied to praise, without ing residence. Dazzled by such magnifi. wishing to enjoy.
cence, they ask who was the husband, or “ Her sympathising parents consulted rather the god, who assembled in one spot the Oracle, which decreed, that Psyche such charms of nature, and such splendours should be exposed on the point of a rock, of art? Psyche, faithful to her promise, dressed in funeral robes; that she should answers, that he was a beautiful youth, have no mortal for her husband, but a whose cheek was scarcely shadowed by ferocious and terrific monster, who, flying its down; but, fearful to betray her secret, in the air, desolates the earth, and makes she sends her sisters back to her family the heavens tremble.
with rich gifts. “Psyche, exhausted, tremblingly gave « They returned in a few days, but with herself up to grief and to complaint; when sentiments of a different colour from those a zephyr suddenly lifted her with his soft they had just felt. To the sisterly affecbreath on his light wings into a valley, tion of longing to embrace Psyche, and where he laid her down on a green bank, the rapture of having found her, now sncenamelled with flowers. There she slept. ceeded all the madness of envy, and the What was her astonishment, when she desire of her ruin. They feigned, at first, awoke, to find herself in a palace orna. to participate in her felicity and her pleamented with as much taste as magnifi- sures; afterwards, they again urged her to cence; and above all, when, without per- tell them the name, and describe the person ceiving any person, she heard voices con- of her husband; and the prudent, but for. gratulate her, and supplicate for her com- getful Psyche, who had quite lost the remands! The palace resounds with celestial collection of her former account, painted music; the most delicate viands, and the bim with quite different features. most exquisite wines are served up by “ Convinced now that she had never invisible hands; delicious paintings en- seen her husband, they pretend to comchant her eyes; she breathes a balmy air; passionate her destiny. They wish, as all her seoses are charmed at once, and ihey declare, that it was allowed them to every moment they are struck by change- be silent; but their duty and their tenderful novelties.
ness compel then to warn her of a danger “Night came, and the beantiful Psyche that menaced her tranquillity. They reyielded to the softness of repose. Scarcely call to her mind the frightful prediction had she dosed, when a voice, far softer and of the Oracle. This unknown husband more melodions than all the voices she was, no doubt, some horrid monster, to had heard, whispered in her ear. A secret whose ferocity she would one day astrouble agitates' her; she is ignorant of suredly become the victim. The alarmed what she fears. A thousand thonghts and trembling Psyche abandons herself distract her tender imagination. But her entirely to the counsels of her perfidious husband is with her! He embraces her sisters, who engage to bring ber a lamp unseen. She is his wife; but ber invisi. and a dagger; and advise her to seize ble husband disappears with the day. that moment of time, when the monster
« Meanwhile the unhappy parents of would be asleep, to pierce him with her Psyche were perishing with grief. Her poniard. Alas! the ton credulous Psyche sisters each day wept at the foot of the accepts these fatal gifts. rock on which she had been exposed. “At the fall of the night, the husband With lamenting cries, they filled the-sur- arrives, caresses his beloved wife, and rounding vallies. The distant echoes mul sleeps.' Then Psyche, softly sliding from tiplied their accents, and the winds floated his encircling arms, and taking in one them to the ear of Psyche. Her affectionate hand the lamp she had concealed, and in heart palpitated with domestic sympathies; the other holding the poniard, advances, she dwelt on the thoughts of home, and approaches; but heavens!' what is her sighed to console them. The brilliant en- surprise, when, by the light of the lamp, chantments, that flattered her self-love and which, as if kindled by magic, suddenly her senses, never reached her heart ; and burst into a wavering splendour, she perthe caresses of an invisible husband did ceives Love himself, reposing in the most not compensate for the severity of her soli- charming attitude! Pale, trembling, and inde. She requested once more to embrace dismayed, she directs the steel she had her sisters. Her husband instantly rejected pointed at the god to her own bosom; but her entreaty, (which, however, he had an- the poniard falls from her hand. While ticipated), and warned her of the fatal con- she contemplates the lovely object before sequences; but, overcome by her beauty, her, she regains her strength, and the her tears, and her caresses, he at length more she examines the heavenly boy, the consented; on condition, however, that more beautiful he appears, and with a if her sisters indiscreetly inquired who softer influence the enchantment steals her husband was, she would not acquaint over her senses: She beholds a head them of his strict command, that she adorned with flowing and resplendent should never attempt either to see, or to tresses, diffusing celestial odours; some know bim. Psyche promised every thing; fall carelessly in curls, on cheeks more and the same Zephyr that had transported beautifully blushing than the rose; while her to this delicious abode, conveyed on
others float on a neck whiter than milk. its wings her two sisters.
On his shoulders are white wings, whose “ After having embraced each other tender and delicate down, tremnlously a hundred times, Psyche displayed to alive, is brilliant as the flowers yet bumid them the amazing beauties of her enchant- with morning dew. His body was smooth and elegant; the proud perfection of execntes the terrible command of the Venus! at the foot of the bed lay his vindictive power. At length Love, who bow, his quiver, and bis arrows; and the trembles for ber fate, and shudders lest cnrious Psyche, unwearied, touches and she should perish under so many persecure-touches his propitious weapons. From tions, flies to Jupiter, tells him his adventhe quiver she draws out one of the arrows, tures with her, talks with all his tenderness and, with the tip of her finger touching of affection—and who can talk like Love? the point to try its sharpness, her trembling -paints the scenes of her persecutionhand pierces the flesh, and small drops of and who can paint so lively?-describes rosy blood are sprinkled on her skin. At the softness, the charms, the innocence of that instant she felt the wound in her his mistress, and solemnly adjures the heart: there it was not slight! Deliciously Father of Creation to ordain, that he may enamoured, sbe gazes on the face of Love be for ever united to Psyche, by the indiswith insatiable eyes; she breathes the soluble bonds of a celestial marriage. warmest kisses; and trembles, lest he Jupiter assembles a synod of the divini. shonld awake.
ties. They feel the inquietudes, and ap“ While she yields to the raptnre of her prove the vows of Love. To calm the half. sont, ardent and lost, from the lamp (as if forgiving Venus, Psyche is admitted 10, it longed to touch the beautiful body its the rank of a divinity, that Love may not light so sweetly tinted) a drop of boiling be united to a simple mortal. The celestial oil falls on the right shoulder of the god. assembly applaud the union of Love and Love awakes, shrieks, and Aies away. The Psyche, and from their marriage is born unhappy Psyche catches his foot, and a daughter, whom they name Divine Pleaclings 10 the volatile god till her strength sure.” is exhausted, and hopelessly she falls on the green margin of a river.
“Love suspends his flight for a moment. The point of time, which Mr. He loiters above a cypress, and, in a voice Westmacott has chosen, is during more in sorrow thau in auger, reproaches the return of Psyche from executing bis mistress for her unfaithful credulity, one of the difficult and perilous tasks her unjust fears, and, above all, for her required of her by the offended and inhunian design. Having said this, the soft luxurious boy waves his wings, and
wrathful Venus. Having had a Aies. Psyche, with eyes dim with tears,
casket delivered to her by the godtraces bis course for a moment; but in the dess, Psyche is commanded to demidst of the sky the god melts into a scend to the infernal shades, and to shadow, and the shadow into air. The desolated Psyche, urged on by despair,
request Proserpine to send Venus a seeks to precipitate herself into the stream;
little of her beauty. Despairing of but the waters, feeling the influence of success in her mission, the unhappy Love, who rules all the elements, gently Psyche is on the point of precipitatswell to receive the beanteous maid, and ing herself from the top of a high softly float her to their flowery margin.
tower, in order to put an end to her There Pan receives her, consoles her, and exhorts her to soften the anger of Love by
miseries ; when a voice is suddenly her tears and her prayers.
heard, dissuading her from her rash “Wandering from clime to clime, every design, and pointing out the means where seeking for her husband, and find. by which she may discover the ing him no where, ever-suppliant and gloomy cave of Dis, satisfy the avaever-rejected, the wife of Love can dis
rice of Charon, appease the fury of cover no asylum on the earth. In the height of her misery, she still hoped her
Cerberus, propitiate Proserpine, atmisfortunes would soon terminate ; but chieve the object of her errand, and that most unhappy maid knew not then of regain Olympus in safety. Having, the afflictions the anger of Venus still by following this friendly advice, reserved for her.'
accomplished her embassy, and hav“ The mother of Love now discovered that, instead of having punished the mortal
ing received from Proserpine the against whom she was incensed, her son
casket, filled with charms, Psyche had made her his wife. In the first mo. is on her way back, when, notwithments of her rage, she would have dis. standing a strict injunction that has armed her son, broken his arrows, and been laid upon her not to open the extinguished his torch, beauty itself casket, she is tempted by curiosity (soft as beauty is when adulated,) is cruel, vindictive, and unforgiving, when con
to do so. " What !" says she, “ shall temned. She condemns Psyche to the
I, the carrier of this divine beauty, most afflictive torments, and subjects her not steal the smallest portion, to rento the most cruel trials. All nature sym- der me more bewitching in the eyes pathises with the sufferings of Psyche. of my lover?” The result is melanWhen men and gods abandon her, the inanimate creation is represented as en
choly. On unclosing the casket, no dowed with sympathetic affections. She beauty appears; but a Stygian sleep, passes into the depths of hell, and there which, being thus liberated, invades Eur. Mag. Vol. 82.
the senses of Psyche; and, issuing in neity a quality of sculpture essential a dense soporiferous cloud, spreads to its elevated character. Any thing itself all over her, until she falls which disturbs that character, any down;
and lies like a corpse, with- thing which approximates sculpture out motion. From this, her last in the slightest degree to painting, danger, she is, however, eventually with respect to the means to which rescued by Cupid.
the latter has recourse for the proMr. Westmacott has represented duction of its effects, is, in our humPsyche at the critical moment of ble judgment, so much degradation, opening the fatal casket. Evident- , In the present instance, the casket, ly sensible of the risk she incurs (which is richly adorned with small by indulging her curiosity, and highly-finished, and undoubtedly apyet unable to resist the powerful propriate carvings of sleeping loves) temptation, operated upon at once certainly seems to us, in consequence by an eager expectation of delight, of the difference of its colour and and by the apprehension of punish- character, to attract the attention ment for her disobedience; she is too immediately, and to injure the casting a fearful look behind, while simplicity and unity of the general her delicate fingers are introducing impression. themselves beneath the lid of the But this is a trifle. The work casket. From her shoulders bud a possesses merits which would outpair of butterfly's wings, emblema- weigh a thousand such carils. It tic of the soul's surviving the chry- is a statue on which Mr. Westmacott salis or worm, and thus finely indi- may securely rest his fame as cative of the future state of man. sculptor; for its production must A slight drapery, partially sustain- have necessarily required, not only ed by a narrow zone, falls in small the long and skilful study of one and graceful folds over the left of the loveliest forms in nature which knee and leg; and gives purity, re- the previleged eye of an artist ever pose, stability, and variety to the contemplated, but the rare, the infigure.
estimable power of arresting the Our engraving, we flatter our- fine and fleeting graces of expresselves, affords a very competent no- sion, and of combining them in a tion of the general composition; but faithful and permanent memorial. it is impossible by any mode of com- We understand that a thousand guimunication to convey to those, who ncas is the liberal but well-deserved have not had an opportunity of price paid for this chef d'oeuvre by ing this exquisite result of genius his Grace the Duke of Bedford"; and long-cultivated taste, the tender whose taste in the fine arts is well and delicious sentiment that per- known; and who was so much vades the whole. It exhibits indeed charmed with “ Psyche,” even when the perfection of female delicacy, she had just began to emerge from grace, and beauty;
the rude block, as immediately to .“ Timid, as the wintry flower, determine on giving her a distinThat, whiter than the snow it blooms guished place in his Grace's magniamong,
ficent gallery at Woburn Abbey. Droops its fair bead, submissive to the T'he Houseless Traveller. This power
interesting groupe is also from the Of every angry blast which sweeps accomplished chissel of Mr. Westalong."
macott. It is of a character entirely If, amidst so much excellence, we different from the work to which we might venture, with great hesitation have just been calling the attention and deference, to hint at what ap- of our readers; but it is highly pears to us to be a blemish, (but valuable, not only for its intrinsic which, if so, may easily be removed) excellence, but as affording an adwe would confess that we object ditional proof of the justice of that to the materials, gold and ivory, of opinion, which has of late years which the casket is composed. We been slowly gaining ground; the are aware that Mr. Westmacott can
applicability of sculpture to modern quote high and ancient authority for and familiar subjects. The Housethis introduction of other substances less Traveller is intended “ to ilthan pure marble; but we own that lustrate the benevolence of a lady, we have always thought homoge- whose house was an asylum to
necessitous travellers;" and it repre- considerable beauty and merit. The
this excellent portrait of the Right or satisfy his taste.
Honourable member for KnaresboSatan overcome by St. Michael. rough, but must acknowledge the I. FLAXMAN, R. A. It is delightful truth of the science of physiognoto find such a veteran in the arts, as my? An entire stranger to the chaMr. Flaxman, possessing so much racter of the original would instantenergy as must have been requisitely remark the unsparing detection for the production of this very of error and abuse which that shagstriking composition. The figures gy eyebrow, and the glance of that are of heroic dimensions. St. Mi- piercing eye unequivocally indicate; chael, bestriding his conquered an- as well
as the ironical and sarcastic tagonist, into whom he seems about tendencies, broken however and melto plunge his uplited spear, is an lowed by kindlier feelings, which admirable model of strength and play in the undulating muscles surdignity. The expression of his rounding that apparently ever-vary. features, and of his whole figure, ing mouth! It is life itself. is that of conscious and imperturba- Bust of C. Ellison, Esq. M. P. ble superiority ; to which the rage T. Gibson. A carefully finished and malignity of the fallen angel, bust; chiefly, however, remarkable the writhing of his monstrous form, as being the work of a young Engand the convulsive clinch with which lish sculptor, who had resided for he grasps the earth that has received
some years at Rome; and who, we him, affords an admirable contrast. are happy to learn, is distinguishing
Statue in marble of Eve at the himself there in a manner calculated Fountain, E. H. Baily, R. A.
to uphold the character of British
genius, which Sir T. Lawrence, the & I laid me down
extraordinary but ill-fated Harlowe, On the green bank, to look into the and others of our countrymen have clear
recently established on the contiSmooth Jake, that to me seemed another
Our limits will not allow us to As I bent down to look, just opposite A shape within the watery gleam
enter into any further circumstan
tial details; and we must therefore appear’d, Bending to look on me: I started back.” deny ourselves the pleasure of no
ticing several other meritorious perMr. Baily, who has for some time formances, which do great credit to
sculptor of great promise, the talents of the artists by whom has here produced a work of very they have been produced.
VELUTI IN SPECULUM."
KING'S THEATRE. That splendid effort of musical gaiety, and the fervid, yet courtly genius, Mozart's opera of Don Gio- gallantry which Ambrogetti infused vanni," was revived on the 27th of into his representation of Don GioJune, for the benefit of Madame vanni, are vividly impressed upon Ronzi de Begnis; and the fulness our memories; but to these Zucchelli of the house at once evinced the laid few pretensions. He was the classic taste of the public, and testi- genteel and gay libertine, but had fied their just appreciation of the less of passion and strength of delitalents of Madame de Begnis. When neation in his performance. His this opera was revived after its long voice and skill as a singer are imslumber by Mr. Ayrton, the princi- measúrably superior to Ambrogetti's
, pal characters, Zerlina and Don Gio- but if he gave the science and melody vanni, were respectively played by of the musician better, he certainly that exquisite singer, Madame Fodor, gave the sense of the poet worse and by that equally excellent actor, than Ambrogetti; and, in spite of Ambrogetti
. The first of these cha- Ambrogetti's inferior voice, we must racters is now sustained by Signora say that the feeling which he thirew Camporese, whose fine science is not into his songs often charmed us more quite so'well adapted to the juvenile than the syren tones of Zucchelli. gaiety and simple pathos, which We particularly felt this in the song ought to be the expression of Zerli- of “ Fin cl'han dal vino," and in the na's vocal effusions of artless pas. final scene of the supper, where Amsion. Don Giovanni was sustained brogetti, as if from his heart, used by Signor Zucchelli, and we should to pour forth those beautiful notes have been more pleased with his of Sosten e gloria d'umanita.” We performance, had we not been in the regret the loss of that excellent actor habit for five succeeding years of and singer, Naldi, although latterly seeing it so admirably played by his Leparello began to'evince a decay Ambrogetti, whose many excellen- of his physical powers. This opera cies were so powerfully blended in has been repeated with encreased this character as to make it completely success. A new ballet, “ Le Petit his own. It is not, therefore, quite Caperon Rouge,” has been brought fair to examine Zucchelli by a stan- out, the sole intention of which, we dard, in favour of which our judg- suppose, is to exhibit the surprising ment and our feelings have been so
of Monsieur Paul - this is at strongly prepossessed ; and, judging least the only merit it can pretend him by any ordinary standard of to. Mesdames Noblet and Mercanhistrionic merit
, we should not hesi- dotti have, during the month, been tate to bestow upon him a high de- in the full exercise of their at once gree of praise. The accuracy of elegant and surprising powers as judgment, the strength of feeling, heroines of the ballet. the gentlemanly humour, the elegant
DRURY LANE THEATRE. At a public meeting of the pro- quence of the extra nights on which prietors of this Theatre, held in the the theatre had been opened, they saloon, Mr.Oakley, auditor, reported had now in the hands of their banka that the income of the theatre had ers the sum of 1,1001. for the free renbeen regularly paid by Mr. Elliston, ters ; so that he had actually paid, whom he mentioned to them with during the last season, 11,3001
. great commendation. He also stated When they came to retiect upon
the that Mr. Elliston had not only paid previous circumstances of the contheir rent of 10,2001. but, in conse
cern, they could not but consider this,