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And willing hands the pockets picking, Like hungry, disappointed Whigs, Gold watches grabbing, brass ones nicking, In vain for places praying ;
Made no distinction more than the King, Like starving, desperate, gainbling prigs Lest folks should feel offended. Losing each bet they're laying ;
17. Like such, were all the doleful people Mounting the carriage steps with grace, Like them, the female sex did weep all, “My friends,” he cried, " I thank ye!". When from their sight, they from the The coachman takes his reins and says, steeple
“My tits soon home shall spank ye.”Saw George their King astraying. Then came the horsemen on with pride, 11.
Some of them their own chargers ride, About two hundred Irish lads,
While some paid half a crown a-side, Were standing on Howth height, ma'am, And some had but a donkey. Whose heart sufficiently it glads,
18. Far off to see the sight, ma'am,
The crowd increased as they went on, Of all the frigates, yachts, and steamers, Because their hearts were loyal ; And royal standards, flags, and streamers, They ran so fast their breath was gone, About the King—They were not dreamers They scarce could speak for joy all. That he'd be there that night, ma'am. But of their great politeness judge, 12.
When they came to the Porter's Lodge, But when they saw, that to their town, They not one other step would budge, The Royal Navigator
Because the grounds were royal. Approach'd And when all bearing down
19. Came boat, sloop, ship, first-rater But when the King cried “ Come along, Lord ! what a row the fellows raised ! My friends, pray don't be frighted ;' And how his Majesty they praised ! No sooner said than all the throng The shout the very shores amazed !
Rush'd on to where he lighted. No King e'er caused a greater.
Again, at stepping on the ground, 13.
He shook the hands of all around, At length with fav’ring steam and gale, (6) And made their hearts with joy rebound, The
Lightning safe did steer in ; When he with face delighted The crowd the Royal Ensign hail,
20. Each bright eye bore a tear in
Exclaimed, “ My soul is glad to day, Token of joy! The foremost ranks
My own dear Irish nation; Slid down a gangway from the banks : I love you more than I can say, With silk they carpeted the planks So great my agitation. THE KING HAS STEPT ON ERIN ! I've loved you always man and boy14.
And here I'm come, and will employ, Could I write melodies like Moore, To drink your health, without alloy, Or ballads like Sir Walter,
Of whisky a libation.”Or any such great poet, sure,
21. My strain should be no halter. Thus said the King, and then the stair I'd sing a song without a blunder,
He royally ascended. Should make posterity all wonder, God save the King ! through all the air, And George's praise should sound like With four times four was blended ! thunder,
This being all I had to say, Before my voice should faulter !
About this memorable day, 15.
Contentedly my pen I lay
Down—for my tale is ended.
TO CHRISTOPHER NORTH, ESQ.
Delightfully can sing, Kit, In language metaphorical.
And has a voice like any mermaid, 16.
I'm willing such to think it. Our gracious King to all the crowd Ask her to find a tune, whose nature His willing hand extended,
May suit my ditty, and then say to her, And even the poorest Pat felt proud, While I've a bumper of the crature, So much he condescended.
To her and you I'll drink it.
(6) I don't remember whether I meant Ignis in the original, to signify The Lightning,” which was formerly the name of the steam-packet, which brought the King, (now the Royal George the Fourth,) or the fire which boiled the water, which made the steam which made her go. The fact is, I was engaged at the time in the two occupations of writing about George the Fourth, and drinking his health ; and my aunt tells me, I never can do two things clearly at once. I never chuse to alter what my muse inspired ; and, therefore, to be safe, I have preserved both meanings in my transLation.
THE GOOD Town." We have often resolved to call the at- respect of a metropolis that boasts of tention of our Scottish readers to a being one of the most enlightened in very interesting subject, no less than Europe. the state caparison of the metropolis. It was, however, to be regretted In shewing, however, the nakedness that such a civic festival should have of the capital, we have no insidious de- been held in a tavern ; and we heard sign of supplicating charity in behalf it justly observed, that the Great Hall of "the good town," for it possesses of the Parliament House is the proper funds abundantly adequate to do all place for the banquets of the Scottish that we would recommend, namely, to metropolis. Occasions of this kind place the magistracy on a proper me ought to be rendered contributory to tropolitan footing. But to the point, the fostering of national feelings; even
for it is not our humour to deal in national prejudices should be cherish- long prefaces.
ed at such solemnities, and it is on On the 2d of September, our Ma- this account that the Parliament House gistrates were chosen, and the event should have been the scene of the city was celebrated in the evening, (in the feast. The many ennobling sentiments great room of the Waterloo Tavern,) associated with the venerable aspect of at a sumptuous dinner. The enter the Hall, the recollections of history, tainment was highly creditable to our and the hallowing of the public prina friend Charlie, though he took a little ciple that would naturally be produced longer time in setting down the ices by the genius of the place, all conbine of the desert than he should have as so many reasons to make us wish done. We could have dispensed with that the Magistrates would hold their the ceremony of having every dish for annual festival in that fine monument two hundred guests set upon the table of the ancient independence of Scotby his own particular hands, even al- land ; and we hope that hereafter this though it was intended to mark his will be duly considered. What other patriotic and profound respect for the place, indeed, can be so appropriate company.
for the celebration of those Scottish But the great charm of the evening remembrances, which are necessarily * was the singular good sense, urbanity, recalled at a meeting calculated, both
and taste of Mr Arbuthnot (now cho- by the occasion and the guests, to parsen a second time Lord Provost,) in take in some respect of the august the short speeches with which he in- character of a tribunal ? For public
troduced the different standing toasts. banquets, especially as they are con5. We were exceedingly delighted at the ducted in this island, are analogous
felicity with which he pointed out the to the distribution of rewards at the peculiar virtues and merits of the in- Olympic Games of antiquity--at them, dividuals who had claims on the ap- the statesman and the hero are singled plauses of their country, and the skil- out and shewn forth, adorned with ful tact with which he avoided every their merits, and by the measure of thing that might have impaired the applause bestowed at the mention of harmony of the company, while he their names, they are enabled to ap
firmly and decidedly maintained the preciate the estimation, in which their » political partialities of our own friends. characters are held among their fellow
We were also particularly gratified by countrymen. the unaffected manner in which the But the bad taste of the corporation two sons of the late Chief Baron of Edinburgh is not confined to hold thanked the company for the distinc- ing their banquets in a tavern. The tion with which their father's memory appointments of the magistracy are all and their family were regarded by the equally mean. While many of the citizens of Edinburgh. It is impossi- second rate towns, both in England ble indeed to deny the possession of and Ireland, have splendid establishgreat talents and many virtues to a fa- ments for their mayors, all the exmily who have so long held the most hibition of the Lord Provost of the distinguished place in the public affec- capital of Scotland consists of a martions of their native town. Altogether, rowless pair of paltry gilded lamps the entertainment of the evening was before the door of his private reof a superior kind, and worthy in every sidence in Charlotte Square. It is
said he is allowed a thousand pounds where the sittings of the Council are a-year for the expences of the office : held, and in them, on all corporation it may be so'; but we have heard that occasions, the ordinary entertainments the citizens of the black and smoky of the Lord Provost should be given. town of Newcastle give their chief The inauguration banquet, as we have magistrate two thousand pounds, a already said, should be held in the splendid equipage, and a superb man- Parliainent-house. sion. The very sight of the Mayor of We would also seriously recomBristol, in the pride, pomp, and cir- mend the hint of our ingenious cortecumstance of office, would astonish spondent, Mr Christopher Columbus, the worthy deacons of the different with respect to a state-coach, to be crafts, who are so largely implicated gravely considered, though we disapin the object of our complaint. prove entirely of his Tontine scheme,
Now we would ask why such things of sending our Provost to dwell so far should be, and overcome us like a from the centre of Auld Reekie. Can summer cloud, without our special any thing, for example, be more ridicu. wonder? For surely, saving and ex. lous than a batch of elderly, well fed, cepting London, there is no other perhaps gouty gentlemen, struggling town under such obligations to exhi. against the wind,
and grinningas if they bit her chief magistrate, with ap. would bite off the nose of Boreas, enpropriate splendour, as the ancient deavouring to make their way towards capital of the oldest of all the British the door of an inn, to give the freedom monarchies. What makes the shame of the city to some renowned or illusof the thing more striking is, that the trious character. The proper way of whole of what is wanted might be bestowing such honours-the mostob easily obtained, and in a style too, vious and the most flattering, is to inwhich would even bear comparison vite the personage on whom it is inwith the corpulent and cumbrous tended to be conferred, to meet the magnificence of the London appoint- inagistrates ; but if circumstances renments. But, before stating them, der this inconvenient, as was the case we would beg to lay it down as a when Prince Esterhazy was lately principle, that ALL PUBLIC OFficers here, then, and in such cases, the Pro ! SHOULD, IN
OFFICES, BE vost, with suitable officers, emblems,
MAINTAINED, and and ensigns of authority, should be therefore a judicious economy would enabled to represent the rank and dig
. discern between the paraphernalia re- mity of the city. It is, we are aware
, quisite to the dignity of the provost, not very easy to speak gravely, to and the ministration to the personal many minds on such subjects, but pomposity or vanity of the individual our well-known free and desultory occupying the station. Nothing, in style bad never a more suitable topic; our opinion, can, for example, be and although many wise, many learnmore absurd' than the vulgar ostenta- ed, &c. bodies of gentlemen have tion of the Mansion-house of London, been accustomed to think with much ! where, for a year, every year, some levity of city usages, the gingerbread honest, thrifty, and prudent family coach, and the big bellies of Alderare afflicted with the necessity of mi- men and Bailies, the 'acquiescent micking the style and manners of the homage paid in all ages to those in. nobility. While we would therefore vested with the trappings of visible rwommend a Mansion-house to be grandeur, is a moral demonstration provided for the Lord Provost, we must that the decorations of office are agreebeg to be understood not to mean a able to the common sense of manresidence, but only a proper place kind. The great object is, to take care where he could entertain illustrious that they are in unison with the taste strangers, or perform those hospitable and spirit of the age in which they courtesies to his fellow-citizens and are assumed. But when once
, assistants in the magistracy,-courte- they ought to be preserved in their şies which constitute no inconsidera- original state, as consecrated things ble portion of his public duty. For The cause which essentiallycontrithis purpose, it occurs to us, that, buted to denude the magistracy at an inconsiderable expence, a very Edinburgh of their ancient costume splendid suite of apartments might be and municipal pomp, was undoubtedeasily constructed within the same pile ly the removal of the court to Enga
PLOUSst flatter E OD TO
ions of oficial The short, thick sob, loud scream, and try, but a source of wealth and of plea
land. Had the monarch continued to the very thought of suck a sight, ne
reside here, or condescended to pay us to shew a King, and a King of such an occasional visit, we have no doubt, refinement as George IV. is hideous. that, instead of those sable suits, in For God's sake, Bailies and Deacons of which so many of our esteemed friends Edinburgh, set to work instantly. Let åppear, as if in constant mourning all your shovels, barrows, and besöms, for some hanged thief or other, we be put in requisition. Commissioners should have seen them apparelled as of Police, Whigs, Tories, and Radicals;
in the days of Provost Maccalzean, up and at it. Though you should want stople ve when the Town-council entertained drink for a month, wash the causeway. thund
Queen Mary; namely, in coats of Seize every nocturnal vase, boyne, tub, black velvet, doublets of crimson sa and crock, or by whatever other name tin, and hose of the same colour ; for they may be known; and instead of we hold the recommendation of the the Flowers of Edinburgh, let them
Council in 1718, by which the magi- be filled with earth, and planted with uple , beze
strates were advised to wear coats of fragrant shrubs and odoriferous balms, of elder
black velvet, (and in consideration and placed in rows, from the Tron atlema,
thereof, ten pounds Sterling were or- Kirk to the Abbey gate, to subdue the ndpark dered to be paid to each of the Bailies, irremediable odours-the breath of noved Dean of Guild, and Lord Treasurer, abomination, that taints the
air from yearly,) to have been a corrupt job of every wall and corner round the des to give modern degeneracy. And we beg, by filed and deserted home of royalty.
the way, to know if the said ten pounds But though the magistrates of EdThe prin continue to be still regularly paid ; inburgh do their part ever so well,
if so, where are all the velvet coats? what is to be done with the palace ito The Provost is the only one we have self? Had it been the property of any
ever seen so dressed.---Let the Re- private nobleman, instead of belonging inferred, formers look to this.
to the crown, is it probable that so fine In contemplating the probability of a mansion would have been allowed to
a visit from the King, we would 'ad- sink into such absolute decay? Wéknow sterhuta vise Mr Arbuthnot, and his friends in hot how the Dukes of Hamilton have 77 such as the magistracy, to imitate their work been able to reconcile to their honour, ble often thy, predecessors in Queen Mary's time, as men, the neglect and ruin which, authority, and forthwith equip themselves ac- without remonstrance, they have alsent the cordingly, in order to give his Majestylowed to fall upon this venerable and in
some notion of the olden time of this teresting edifice, the more especially, as spend bis most ancient kingdom.
it is still required for several national But alas! Scotland has survived her purposes. The election of the Peers free x royalty. When the King comes, where of Scotland is still held there, and the
shall we put him? We shudder to "Chapel Royal is the place where the any wisi, si think of the squalour and misery that Knights of the Thistle can alone be of penis have thrust their pale faces and dirty installed. It is indeed inconceivable, d to this lean hands into the most revered re- how the royal residences of Scotland,
the cesses of the palace. What an avenue from Dunstaffnage of immemorial anbig beli must he pass to the well-sung, towers tiquity, to Linlithgow and Holyrood
of Holyrood, in his descent by the house, should have been allowed to | all spas Canongate.
sink into ruin—the latter in particular, “There oft are heard the notes of infant when the preservation of it might not
only have been honourable to the counshriller squall
sure to the metropolis. The environs of How can ye, mothers
your children so ? Holyroodhouse are singularly pictuSome play, some eat, some cack against the wall,
resque, and, with very little trouble, And, as they crouchen low, for bread the cliffs and the mountains might
have been so adorned with trees, that and butter call. And on the broken pavement; here and the King's Park would have become there,
one of the finest walks that the vicia Doth many a stinking sprat and herring nity
of any city could boast of ;-as it
is, nobody that is not actuated by And brandy and tobacco shop is near, some strong motive of necessity, or And hens, and dogs, and hogs, are feed- of antiquarian curiosity, can bear the ing by." РОРЕ. . thoughts of approaching a place so
It is *
mmon X t object is si 7 unsuz che are in D ut when and
desolate, wild, and melancholy. We of those afflicted with the Radical have often wondered that the spi- distemper. The result, merely as a rited boys of the High School have spectacle, would be one of the finest never thought of laying out some of imaginable. It would, besides, aftheir pocket-money in buying hazel- ford the people an opportunity of nuts to plant the Salisbury Crags. seeing the King, in his state, as a The speculation would redound to the monarch, in some appropriate balinfinite profit of their successors; and cony, rendering the procession, as it by so simple a process as occasionally were, a levee holden to receive the throwing a few handfulls of forest- homage of the hardy and industrious. tree seeds down the steeps, they might Those who saw the King proclaimed clothe those naked rocks, and create a will easily form some idea, though but woody and picturesque effect, of which a faint one, of the magnificent pageant the finest landscape painters only dream which we contemplate. Let them supin their most poetical moods. It is, pose, for a moment, the fronts of the however, of no use to talk or to sug- stupendous houses of the High Street gest on this subject, while those whose all decorated with garlands and green duty it is to attend to all that may be boughs, and the windows filled with said, are seemingly alike insensible to beauty,—the balcony in front of the the ancient renown and modern glory Royal Exchange occupied by musiof their country ;-—who move as if cians, and the King, attended by his they felt not the inspiring influence of great officers and the magistrates, hallowed places, and were incredulous seated on an elevated platform in to the power of that solemn and af- front of the Cathedral, commanding fecting genius which presides over the a view of the street to the Palace. ancestral abodes of chivalry and pa- Let them then paint to themselves triotism.
the pavement, thronged with countless And here we take liberty to con- spectators, and the array of the cititrovert a notion that seems some zens, glorious with waving plumes how to have got into circulation, that and banners, ascending to the foot of “the good town” shall not be able to the royal platform, then defiling into give the King such a welcome as he the Lawnmarket, and counter-marchreceived in Dublin. Certainly, if an ing by the Parliament-Close back into attempt is made to follow modern de- the High Street, with the clangour of vices, the thing will be a failure; but all accorded instruments of sound, if we revert to the ancient customs of mingled with the shouts and acclamathe kingdom, the Scots will beat the tions of the people, and they must be Irish out and out. Nothing, for ex- convinced, that neither Dublin, nor ample, in the King's public entry in- any other town in Europe, can proto Dublin could compare with a revi- duce such a spectacle as that with val, but in a modern taste, of the an which the loyal inhabitants of “ the cient weapon-shawing *, for the occa- good town” might verify to their King sion; which would have the effect of their just right to that venerable apturning the attention of the people pellation. Let Sir Patrick Walker from radical nonsense, and of making marshall as he may the decorated orthem emulous in loyalty. With this ders and ranks of nobility and knightview, we would therefore recommend hood, and Sir John Sinclair get all to the deacons of the trades, and the Highlanders, in all their tartans, the heads of other public bodies, to that the mountains of the North may begin, as soon as the period is ascer- send forth, we will stake our crutch, tained when his Majesty is likely to which we cannot move without, that come, to provide themselves with ban- a procession of the honest trades and ners, and appropriate ensigns of their crafts of Edinburgh, closing with the crafts and professions, to march in time-honoured pageantry of King procession before the King. The veryCrispin, will present a scene of popuinterest which such an occupation lar splendour, unexampled in the anwould give to the minds of the multi- nals of all similar shows and procestude, could not fail to cure thousands sions.
We do not mean, that the revival of the weapon-shawing should extend beyond the different corporations and citizens mustering in their best, and forming a properly marshalled array, to give his Majesty some idea of their numbers and respectability.