WHEN Mrs. Fisher comes to discuss the conditions of rural England dfter the Napoleonic wars, she has an encouraging message for us in our quite similar plight to-day. A hundred years ago the English countryside was a gloomy scene of poverty, bankruptcy, starvation and every sort of distress, lighted up only by the lurid flames from burning ricks and the flaring torches of the Machine Breakers, for want had brought riot in its train. Conditions then were far worse than they arc to-day, and yet the worst was over within twenty years of Waterloo.
Sung by DALE SMITH
TO-NIGHT we are to have the-seventh to the -L thirteenth songs of the cyclo.
VII. Die Lotosblume (The Lotus Flower). This song, the words of which are Heine's, is very often sung by itself. The lotus flower is weary in the sunlight, and longs for the night. 'She loves the moonlight, and to it unveils her beauty. Thus blooming, she trembles with the fervour of love and love's pains.
VIII. Talismane (Talismans). In dignified declamation Goethe and Schumann declare the greatness of God, who rules over all, and enlightens and directs the souls of men.
IX. Lied der Suleika (Suleika's Song). A simple love-poem .by Goethe, telling that the sweetest of messages—that his heart and mine are one,' has been divined in a song.
X. Die Hochländer Wittwe (The Highland
Widow). A setting of the well-known Burns poem about the poor woman who has ' come to the low country.' In her Highland home she was happy and well-to-do, but her husband fell at Culloden, and now she is poor and wretched.
XI. Lied der Braut (Bride's Song). The next two poems set are by-Ruckert. In this the bride assures her mother that though she loves her husband, she will not love her less. Rather, remembering how much she owes to her mother, her love will increase for one who has been the means of her attaining happiness so great.
XII. This is a continuation of the idea of tho previous song. The mother is anxious about the future. That, the girl says, none can tell; meanwhile, she begs that she may enjoy her happiness without a clouding thought.
XIII. Hochländers Abschicd (The Highlander's
Farewell). This is another Burns song-tho familiar ' My Heart's in the Highlands.' It is a song of brave and tender farewell to loved scenes.