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Juvenalian severity, the conduct of a certain club, which, in the words of my correspondent, “ conti“ nues, in defiance of decency and good manners, to 66 insult the public in large characters, in the front 6 of every newspaper in town. This (he adds) moves “ my indignation the more, when I consider that 6 several of its principal members are arrived at a « period of life which should teach decorum, at “ least, if it does not extinguish vice.”
In answer to this angry correspondent, I will tell him the following story: some years ago, I happened to be in York at the time of the assizes. one day in a tavern with some gentiemen of that city and its neighbourhood, we were violently disturbed by the noise of somebody below, who hooted and hallooed, smacked his whip, and made his servants sound their French horns; in short, rehearsed, during the whole time of our dinner, all “ the glo6 rious tumult of the chace.” Some of the company, after several ineffectual messages by the waiter, began to be angry, and to think of a very serious remonstrance with the sportman below. But an elderly person, who sat opposite to me, pacified their resentment ; “ I know the gentleman who disturbs « you,” said he ; “ his head-piece was never one of “ the best; but now, poor man! I believe we must « let him alone....Since he is past running down the « fox in the field, he must e'en be allowed to hunt « him in the parlour.” I
No. LXXXV. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 29.
Possum oblivisci qui fuerim ? Non sentire qui sim ? Quo caream honore Qua gloria ? Quibus liberis ? Quibas fortunis?
A PERIODICAL publication, such as the Mirror, is, from its nature, confined chiefly to prose compositions. My illustrious predecessor, the Spectator, has, however, sometimes inserted a little poem among his other essays ; and his example has been imitated by most of his successors.
Perhaps it may be from this cause, that, among the variety of communications I have lately received, many of them consist of poetical compositions. I must observe in general to these correspondents, that, though the insertion of a poem now and then may not be altogether improper for a work of this kind, yet it is not every poetical composition that is fit for it. A poem may be possessed of very considerable merit, and may be entitled to applause, when published in a poetical collection, though, from its subject, its length, or the manner in which it is written, it may not be suited to the Mirror. I hope my poetical correspondents, therefore, will receive this as an apology for their poems not being inserted, and will by no means consider their exclusion as proceeding from their being thought destitute of merit.
Among the poetical presents I have received, there is, however, one, which seems very well suited to a work of this kind. The gentleman from whom I received it says, he has been informed that it was founded on the following inscription (probably written from real feeling) on the window of an inn, si. tuate in the Highlands of Scotland.
" of all the ills unhappy mortals know,
Long worn with griefs, and long without a friend.” This poem contains a description of the situation of a Scotch gentleman who had been obliged to leave his country for rebellion against our present happy government. It points out the fatal
consequences of such treasonable attempts, and represents the distress of the person described, in a very interesting and pathetic manner.
Where, 'midst the ruins of a fallen state,
The once fam'd Tiber rolls his scanty wave, Where half a column now derides the great,
Where half a statue yet records the brave :
With trembling steps an Exile wander'd near,
In Scottish weeds his shriveli'd limbs array'd; His furrow'd cheek was eross'd with many a tear,
And frequent sighs his wounded soul betray'd.
Oh! wretch ! he cry'd, that like some troubled ghost
Art doom'd to wander round this world of woe, While memory speaks of joy for ever lost,
of peace! of comfort, thou hast ceas'd to know !
These are the scenes, with fancy'd charms endow'd,
Where happier Britons, casting pearls away, The fools of sound, of empty trifles proud,
Far from the land of bliss and freedom stray.
Wou'd that, for yonder dome, these eyes could see
The wither'd oak that crowns my native hill! These urns let ruin waste; but give to me
The tuft that trembles o'er its only rill.
Oh! sacred haunts ! and is the hillock green
That saw our infant-sports beguile the day? Still are our seats of fairy fashion seen?
Or is my little throne of moss away ?
Had but ambition, in this tortur'd breast,
Ne'er sought to rule beyond the humble plain, where mild dependence holds the vassal blest,
Where faith and friendship fix the chieftain's reign;
Thus had I liv'd the life my fathers led ;
Their name, their family had not ceas'd to be; And thou, Monimia! on thy earthly bed !....
My name, my family, what were these to thee !....
Three little moons had seen our growing love,
Since first Monimia join'd her hand to mine ; Three little moons had seen us blest above
All that enthusiast hope could e'er divine.
Urg'd by the brave, by fancy'd glory warm’d,
In treason honest, if 'twas treason here ; For rights suppos'd, my native band I arm’d,
And join'd the standard Charles had dar'd to rear.
Fated we fought, my gallant vassels fell,
But sav'd their inaster in the blo dy strife ; Their coward master, who cou'd live to tell
He saw them fah, yet tamely suffer'd life.
Let me not think ;....but, ah ! the thought will rise,
Still in my whirling brain its horrors dwell, When pale and trembling, with uplifted eyes,
Monimia faintly breath’d. ..a last farwell!
“ They come," she said ; ” fly, fly these ruthless foes,
“ And save a life, in which Monimia lives; “ Believe me, Henry, light are all her woes,
** Except what Henry's dreaded purpose gives!
“And would'st thou die, and leave me thus forlorn,
“ And blast a life the most in human spare ? "Oh! live in pity to the babc unborn
u That stirs within me to assist my prayer."
What could I do? Co:tending passion strove,
And press'd my bosom with alternate weight, Unyieiding honour, sott persuasive love.........
I fled and left her...left her to her fate!
Fast came the ruffian band; nu melting charm;.
That e'er to suffering beauty nature gave,
The ruthless rage of party can disarm ;
Thy tears, Monimia, wanted power to save !
She, and the remnant of her weeping train,
Whose faithful love still link'd them to her side,
No hut to shelter, and no hand to guide.
Thick drove its snow before the wintry wind,
And midnight darkness wrapp'd the heath they past,
The ancient mansion of my father's cast.
Calmly she saw the smoaldring ruins glare ;
“ Tis past, all-righteous God! 'tls past!" she cry'd; “ But for iny Hinry hear my latest pray’r!”...
Big was her bursting heart ;.... the groan'd and died !. .
Still, in my dreams, I see her form confess’d,
Sailing, in robes of light, the troubled sky!...
And, dimly smiling, points my place to die!
I hear that voice, I see the pale hand wave;
I come once more to view my native shore ;
To clasp the sod, and feel my woes no more!
No. LXXXVI. SATURDAY, MARCH 4.
TO THE AUTHOR OF THE MIRROR.
MANY inestimable medicines, as well for preserving health as for curing diseases, are overlcoked by our modern practitioners. An attempt to revive some of those obsolete remedies, though it may appear better suited to a medical performance, yet does not seem altogether foreign to the MIRROR ; since a sound mind, according to the well knowi