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consideration upon which we have which can embarrass the rawest nobeen so diffuse on the quality of the vice, gross mistranslation is not much style: the other is this we foresee to be apprehended. Some errors or that, before Goethe is finally dis- oversights however we have observed missed to that oblivion which in- which have surprised us: such for evitably awaits all fantastic fopperies instance as a passage in which some that have no foundation in nature woman upon some occasion or other and good sense, a considerable quan- is said to have “ hopped” into the tity of discussion must be gone garden. The German word is prothrough. The startling audacity of bably hüpfte, which is not hopped. his admirers which has gone on from Bounded would better express the extravagance to extravagance, can- sense: the word hüpfen is often apnot but have produced some little plied to the fawn-like motions of a impression, and may possibly, for a graceful child, whereas, the English short time, sustain that impression : "hop' always expresses a most unand the way in which this will na- digriified motion.-At p. 154, vol. i. turally be dissipated, we suppose occurs the following passage : I will be chiefly by successive trans- have laughed a quarter of an hour lations of his works, and by a course for my own hand: I will laugh for of critical wrangling, in which, as ever when I think of the looks they in other cases, good sense will finally had.” Now, as the expression “ for prevail
. Meantime, before that result my own hand” has in this situation is achiered, and in proportion as it no meaning at all (no other person is likely to be achieved, the fury of but the speaker having witnessed the his admirers will grow keener and object of her laughter), we feel some keener: and amongst others we may curiosity to know what is the excome in for our share of the Seven pression in the original. Is it posVials, (query Phials ?) of wrath, sible that it can be vor der handan which they will empty upon us poor idiomatic expression for at present, Anti-Goths. And amongst other off-hand, &c. ? --The most remarkkind things which they will say of able mistranslation however is one us, this will be one, or would have which occurs in “ The Confessions of been one however but for what has a Fair Saint.” Braut is here pernow passed-viz. that we had pre- severingly translated Bride. Now sumed to judge of Goethe's own the German Braut differs in a most Wilhelm Meister by the English memorable point from the English translation. We have thought it bride. For in England a woman right, therefore, to show that we does not become a bride till the were aware of the defects of that precise moment when in Germany translation, and we presume that the she ceases to be one. A young wotranslator will himself be of opinion man in Germany passes through a that he is in some degree indebted to triple metamorphosis: first she is us, as we have not passed his work wooed, and rules her lover as elseunder any vague and general review, where with maiden sovereignty: next, but have distinctly pointed out the she is betrothed to him ; that is, she faults we complain of; and these solemnly agrees to be his wife, with are all of a nature to be removed. the knowledge and participation in
Having however confined our cri- this contract of her legal guardians ; tique to its merits in point of ele- and now it is that she is called his gance, without any consideration of bride ; with which name, the conits relation to the original,—a ques- nexion assumes a greater solemnity tion will naturally be put to us on its and tenderness—and invests the lover pretensions to fidelity as a transla- with something like fraternal rights. tion. We shall acknowledge there- Finally, the marriage is solemnized: fore that writing at this moment in a after which she ceases to be his bride, situation where we could not easily and is called his wife. In one cirborrow a German Wilhelm Meister, cumstance the English and the Gerwe have not thought it worth while man bride agree, viz. that each (to to pause for the purpose of any mi- express it in a coarse way) is taken nute comparison : especially as in an out of the market, the pretensions of author such as Goethe, with so little all other suitors being excluded whilst of colloquial. idiom or of anything the connexion lasts; with this im
portant difference however, that in shall conclude our notice of the EngEngland the connexion is indissolu- lish Wilhelm Meister with two reble, in Germany not so. A sentence marks apparently inconsistent but yet in a German tale, now lying on our in fact both true: first, that the transtable, illustrates this :-“ Miss - lation too generally, by the awkward had tried the pleasant state of bride and German air of its style, reminds three times at the least; but unfor- us painfully that it is a translation; tunately had never proceeded to gra- and, in respect to fidelity therefore, duate as wife, having in some unac- will probably on close comparison apcountable way always relapsed into pear to have aimed at too servile a a mere expectant spinster.” (Lustige fidelity. Secondly that, strange as it Erzählungen, von F. Laun, Berlin, may appear, the verses which are 1803.) When nothing then is indi- scattered through the volumes—and cated by the word braut but the ex- which should naturally be the most clusion of other suitors, it would be difficult part of the task-have all the pedantic to refuse translating it bride: ease of original compositions; and in the present case however, this er- appear to us executed with very ror must be peculiarly puzzling to considerable delicacy and elegance. English readers, because they soon Of a writer, who has shown his power find that the lady never does complete to do well when it was so difficult to do her engagements, but remains un- well, we have the more right to conmarried, and therefore cannot in any plain that he has not done well in a English sense be intelligibly styled a case where it was comparatively easy. bride.-Not to insist however invidi- But now for Goethe. ously on errors of this nature, we (To be concluded in our next Number.)
er, it requires a nice caution so to A NEW small comedy made for vary the fringes and decorations, as summer use by Mr. Poole, one of the to give the dress the appearance of cleverest and luckiest of our comic novelty. Mr. Farren's peculiar forte dramatists, has been produced with is the Old Beau,-the Gallant Sadgreat success at this warm little boy,—the Lord Ogleby, not boiled theatre :—and if good acting, and quite so hard !—Brummell in Love! light easy writing can have any in- -a mixture of Tom Shuffleton and fluence on the playgoers of this me- Lord Chesterfield. One of the newstropolis - the benches will not be un- papers has told a little anecdote tenanted when Mr. Poole's petite about a Red Lion, with reference to comedy is performed. It is not quite Mr. Farren, which is not inapplicaso pleasant to see a play acted at the ble. Mr. Farren, let bim play what New Haymarket, as it was at the old he will, must introduce the character plain panneled house: you are not to Lord Ogleby. The wisest thing, so mixed up with the actors. In the therefore that an author can do is to present building the boxes are float with the tide of the actor's tasmall and upright as the car of a lent, - and this in the present inballoon; and the audience appears stance Mr. Poole has done with a to be constantly preparing for an as- great deal of ability. Beau Shatcent. If Married and Single had terley is an old man, who, like Lanbeen played at the Old Haymarket, gan, will not confess himself beaten, it would doubtless have been as well though his own constitution and all followed, and as much talked of, as his friends tell him that he is. He T'euzing Made Easy, in which poor fights up against old age with all his Tokeley split the sides of the town; might, encountering it with dress, but jokes and merry characters be- wine, and gallantry, as fiercely as come dulled and deadened by being though he were a lad from Eton, exercised on a formal stage.
with enough of loose money to buy It is pretty clear that Mr. Poole him a loose life. He wears jockey has been requested to take measure boots - a knowing hat
-a docked of Mr. Farren ; and as it is also coat-a stable-yard waistcoat. He pretty clear that a suit of only one keeps late hours for the head-acheAug. 1824.
keeps a saucy valet for his nephew Farren, as we have said, played
- keeps a lady for his purse-and with great cleverness. Poor old boasts of continual vices in order to Pope, as Bickerton, shook bis Henry put himself off as a rakehelly young the Sixth hands, as he shook them fellow. But he is Old Beau Shat- 30 years ago, and quite as well; terley after all— his shrunken legs Cooper is a little hard, but exercise sneak in his boots--his back bends on the boards of a small theatre will beneath a broad cut coat, and his face take the starch out of his manner looks a lie to his impudent Gad-dam- more than he or the public can imamee of a hat. The character, as gine. Mr. W. West, as Ferret, was sketched by the author, is thus well a Ferret itself, ;-a lawyer!-a comfitted-up by Mr. Farren; and though mon lawyer. He is a famous little very many of the situations are ex- fellow indeed, and worthy to have travagant, and the colouring of this a gold cup presented to him by a particular character is a little over- deputation from the Attorneys of the wrought, still there is so much of Insolvent Court. Mrs. Glover playwhim and smartness, that we are ed with remarkable spirit in Mrs. carried, laughter and all, rapidly Bickerton. The other ladies were through the three acts, and are not all very well, if any inquiry is made allowed breath or time to cavil as after them. critics.
THE ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. The piece itself, which we rather The Monkey Island - A New Pantothink is a very free translation, ap
mime. pears to have been written with This theatre opened during the haste, and got up in a moment of ne- early part of the month, with a comcessity (a moment of no great scare pany which ought to make the Haycity at a theatre), with as much market shake in its shoes. Braham, speed as possible. To this unwise Mathews, Miss Kelly, the Grimaldis, rapidity is to be attributed several and several others, in themselves sufhalf-formed jokes, vapid puns, and ficient to draw crowded houses from unnatural situations. The charac. all others. Mr. Arnold seems resolved ters all seem to have wanted a quiet on trying his strength with his rivals; reconsideration, to give them that and if he do not carry off, for a season, finish which at present they are de- the affections of that jilt, the public, ficient in.
we know nothing of her gew-gaw The plot is extremely simple. affections. Beau Shatterley is old, rich, and A new pantomime from the pen of racketty. His nephew is young, in the unwearied Mr. Peake, (a pantodebt, and a lover. The difficulties mime from a pen seems odd enough, of the nephew are visited upon the but so it is,) was produced, and has uncle, who gets into a lawyer's amused for its time. But a pantohands, and thence into a bailiff's mime wants room, and Farley, and hands, by being a little too forward. Old Grimaldi, and Grieve, and a This is out of the frying-pan into the thousand other inestimables ; old fire. A married couple, Mr. and tricks, new tricks, cattle, space, Mrs. Bickerton, wage tender war bright scenery, and distance:-at throughout the comedy,--and a var- Covent-Garden all these excellencies let of a valet fills up the interstices are to be met with—but at the Engwith plotting for his young master, lish Opera House, the essence only and feeding the absurd gallantries of of a pantomime is to be got at. We the Old Beau. An Irish Captain is tremble lest Mr. Barnes should totlugged in by the shoulders, always ter up against us, and put his pigthe broadest handle for taking hold tail in our eye; and there is always of, in order to deliver a challenge good reason to apprehend the arrival from himself to a man who has not of Joe Grimaldi flap into one's lap. offended him-as Sir Lucius O'Trig- The opening scenes with the monkies ger has done before him ; and Ferret, as inhabitants, chancellors, judges, a nice little sharp-nosed lawyer, who and such things, were really very looks well able to find flaws or make laughable—and many of the tricks them, hunts the old buck, Shatter- were quick and abstruse. But still, ley, through every hole and corner. if we may be pardoned, we like a Perhaps the best scenes are where winter pantomime. It is hot work to he and Old Shatterley are concerned. see Grimaldi except in a hard frost.
Der Freyschütz; or, The Seventh the forest with his wife and daughter, Bullet.
on a farm which he holds as a tried This piece which, on account of marksman. He resolves that his its magic, and its magic music, has daughter Agnes shall marry a good been completely turning all the half- shot, as the farm will only be kept turned heads of Germany-has at in the family by such a prudent length met with an English manager match. The girl is attached to Robold enough to hazard the dangerous dolph, a forest youth, who is all the expense and risk of producing it in father can desire :-she is beloved, England ; and a company brave and however, by a huntsman, named potent enough to do its mysteries Caspar, who has made a compact and its music ample justice. The with an evil spirit, and uses magic original drama, which is, to judge balls. Rodolph, at the opening of by the English copy, but lonely the drama, is under the malignant and injudiciously put together, is influence of a charm, which frusfounded on one of the traditional trates all his sports, and turns aside tales of Germany, which has long every bullet he fires. The trial day been listened to in that country, and is at hand, on which occasion his valued for its decided horror. This skill, as a shot, is to be proved-and tale has been admirably translated on his success depends his union with by a very able writer of the present Agnes. Ca: who is jealous of day, and may be read by those, who his fortune with the girl, hints that love to dram with horror, in a work he might secure her if he would have called “ Popular Tales and Romances recourse to the magic balls—and the of the Northern Nations.” It will hope of securing his love leads him be seen that the plot of the drama, to promise a meeting with Caspar at which is pretty closely adhered to the glen, at night. Rodolph frames we understand on the English stage, an excuse to his love as the hour apvaries materially from the story.- proaches, and, in spite of mysterious Indeed no audience would endure to warnings, keeps his fatal promise. have a lover shoot his mistress to serve Caspar, in the mean time, whose the devil, as is the case in the tale. days are numbered, offers to Zamiel, How great are the Germans at Satanic the evil spirit, a fresh victim if he writing! The devil is their Apollo! may he spared a three year's longer
The piece has been produced by existence. The bargain is made: in Mr. Arnold with no limit to care or a magic circle the seven bullets are expense:-in truth we did not, and cast, by the owl's shriek and to uncould not believe it possible, until we earthly light !saw with our own eyes, that a small
Six shall go true! summer theatre could afford us such
And the seventh askew ! a scene of devilry and witchery as
Six shall achieve, the one now effected nightly. The
And the seventh deceive! diminutive stage, like Kean in one of The trial day comes, and the six his happiest nights, seems to expand sure bullets have been expended -with the spirit of the scene, until the seventh, which the spirit is to there appears no limit to its space direct, Caspar trusts will kill the and wonders. The scenery itself is bride, Agnes; but the spirit directs not, we believe, new-but it is peo- it on Caspar himself—and the desopled with goblins and creeping things, lator is laid desolate !--The piece numerous enough, we should sup- concludes with the wedding of the pose, to fill the great desart! - The young hunter and his Agnes! principal scene is where the hunts- Such is briefly the plot of the man Caspar casts the magic balls Drama ; of course the German story for his rifle,—balls which go unerr- has not half so happy a conclusion. ingly to the mark; and as the charm- The Bride is killed by the bullet, ing goes on, the birds and evil things the last of sixty and three, and the swarm thicker and faster, until at Hunter goes mad in the forest. The the seventh bullet, the stage is one Spirit is managed with great effect mass of fire and wing and reptile !- in the piece, and his appearance Perhaps a slight sketch of the story amidst the clashing branches at the may not be uninteresting :
casting of the seventh bullet is awful. Kimo, an old huntsman, lives in It is almost worthy of that fine
gloomy description of the flight of very last note, the composer, Weber, Zamiel, in the original story, after seems to have called upon Zamiel, he has secured his victim, which we and to have offered up to him notes cannot resist giving in the translator's which would go into his very soul ! own words.
There is a depth, a wildness, which “The black horseman turned away frights the mind while it charms the his horse, and said with a gloomy ear; and we will confidently say that solemnity —- Thou dost know me! no music, not even Mozart's, was The very hair of thy head, which ever heard with such breathless atstands on end, confesses for thee tention and earnestness as this extrathat thou dost! I am He whom at ordinary production of Weber. It is this moment thou namest in thy a great work! heart with horror !--So saying, he DAVIS'S AMPHITHEATRE. vanished, followed by the dreary The Battle of Waterloo is being sound of withered leaves, and the fought over and over again here with echo of blasted boughs falling from as much fury as the genuine one ! the trees beneath which he had There is a Duke of Wellington, in stood !”
Wellingtons, quite a match for the All persons concerned in the true man, and fit to run in a curricle bringing forward of this wondrous with his Grace !- And there is a Gedrama appear to have been inspired neral Hill—and a Marquis of Anglewith an anxiety to do their parts to sea and other men of might, true the utmost. The little bog-toads fac similes of those valorous soldiers ! craw) about, as if they themselves — Then there is Napoleon Bonaparte, were terrified at the scene. All the curiously exact-broad shoulderedprincipal characters are well filled. well limbed-sallow-serious-plain Braham, as Rodolph, not only sang in the hair-and with an indisputable better than ever on the first night, featherless cocked hat. The only but acted with a feeling which we odd thing was the hearing him speak! never before detected in him. But We have seen so many silent likethe effect of the music was upon him, nesses, that the effect of a speaking and he was, in truth, under the in- Napoleon made us start. fluence of a charm. He performed The gunpowder does its best, and and gave a Grand Scena, which the horses are alive and dead just as seemed to roll around the air like the chance of war directs. It is really thunder. Mr. H. Phillips was poor worth going to the house if only to after such a singer; but one or two exercise the drum of the ear! songs he gave with more energy But there is a rider in the ring, than usual. Bartley played Old worth going miles to see-a Mons. Kimo with a good heart; and Mr. Ducrow, the king of horsemanship, Bennet as Caspar, imitated Mac- one whose genius clearly that way ready, and beat the original hollow. tends. He is the first true horseman Mr. T. P. Cooke was Zamiel. He that ever gave a meaning to the disis by far the best bad spirit that play of fine riding. He shows the ever stalked the earth—he is so good, attitudes of the ancient statues ; that we only wish he may be able represents a peasant going to the to give up the part when he fields to reap-getting weary-repleases. Miss Noel is a quiet feeling membering an appointment with his singer, but her voice and manner are mistress—and hastening to see her, both occasionally too flat. Miss until he seems breathless with his Povey sang with great spirit, and as flight !-All this you see distinctly, an actress she is decidedly making way, although he is standing on a horse at
It remains but to speak of the full speed, the whole time. The samusic, which, of its kind, is really vage horse which he catches in the beyond all ordinary praise or con- ring, and then rides, at first awkwardception. Some of the critics have ly and at last skilfully, without sadsaid it is not so sweet or so good as dle or bridle, is a fine picture. We Mozart's :-Pshaw! it was never in- advise all those who like to see a getended to be sweet! it is appalling, nius, be his line what it may, to hasterrific, sublime! It giveth not “ Airsten to Ducrow. He looks like a from Ileaven,” hut, “ Blasts from handsome enthusiast, when he is Hell." From the Overture to the well on the horse.