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gour with which it is throughout hibits much too favourable a portrait imbued and animated. All the parts of the merciless tyrant he is suppoof the induction are exquisitely hu- sed to represent. morous. There is a passage in the
You may ride us, old play, of such superiour excel. With one sofi touch a thousand furlongs lence, that we cannot hesitate to ascribe it to Shakspeare, to whose With spur we heap an acre, but to the revisal, as theatrical
Act I, Scene 2
goal. was not improbably submitted pre- “ That is,” says Dr. Warburton, vious to its appearance on the stage. good usage will win us to any
thing; but with' ill we stop short, Fair lovely lady, bright and crystalline,
even there where both our interest Beauteous and stately as the eye-trained bird,
and inclination would otherwise As glorious as the morning washed with have carried us." This is, indeed, dew!
assigning that sense to the words Within whose eyes she takes her dawning which suits the general tenour of
beams, And golden summer sleeps upon thy themselves will admit of such a con
the passage; but how the words cheeks!
struction, the learned commentator WINTER's Tale.
has not attempted to explain. “ But This play is strangely supposed the goal; which is directly contrary
to the goal” must mean, except to by some of the commentators to be
to the conclusion we are led to exsurreptitious; but Dr. Warburton truly pronounces it “ to be through- pect. The true reading seems to be out, written in the very spirit of
« be it to the goal;" that is, with ill Shakspeare," who, in this simple usage we make no exertions, though
we should be within reach of the and pleasing drama, “ warbles his native wood notes wild,” in a strain goal. which no other writer could ever
What were more holy successfully emulate. The conduct Than to rejoice the former queen is well?
What holier than, for royalty's repair, of the fable is, indeed, extravagant; For present comfort, and for future good, but the inspiration of genius per. To bless the bed of majesty again, vades the whole, and incongruity and With a sweet fellow to it? impropriety vanish before it. The
Act V. Scene 1. story of this play is taken from a no- Dr. Warburton changes the strucvel, written by R. Green, entitled: ture of the second line in the followThe pleasant History of Dorastus ing manner: “ Than to rejoice the and Fawnia; but the parts of Antigo- former queen? This will." And Dr. nus, Paulina, and Autolycus, are, as Johnson so far countenances this Mr. Steevens informs us, of Shak- strange alteration, as to say, “ it is speare's own invention. It has been plausible, and such as we may wish very justly remarked by Mr. Horace the author had chosen.” “ What," Walpole, that the characters of Le says Dion, “ were more holy in the ontes and Hermione bear an allusion present state of things, than, instead to those of Henry VIII. and Anne of repining to rejoice that the forBoleyn. The subject could not be mer queen is released from her trou. treated on the stage without a veil, bles? Instead of wishing her sainted and the poet has discovered great spirit again to possess her corpse," address in his mode of managing it. as it is subsequently expressed, what The task was by no means easy to can be holier than, for royalty's vindicate the innocence of the queen, repair, to fill up the vacancy in the without making the character of the bed of majesty with a partner worthy king too odious; and it must be ac- of it. When the sense is so plain, knowledged, that Leontes, rash, cre. why induige this propensity to innodulous, and passionate as he is, ex- vation or amendment?
ACCOUNT OF JOSE PH PAISLEY, THE GRETNA GREEN COUPLER.
THE deceased, Joseph Paisley, embarrassment, he began business of coupling celebrity, was born on on his own account, and by his abithe borders of England, in the year lity and address, soon overcame all 1728, or 1729, at the obscure ham- competition. let of Lenoxtown, about a mile dis- About the year 1794, he was served tance from Gretna Green; at which with a subpæna to give evidence at place, and at Springfield (its imme- Bristol, respecting the validity of a diate neighbourhood) the subject of marriage. It was expected by thouthis memoir half a century continu- sands, that the event of the trial ed to weld together the chains of would put an end to Joe's matrimomatrimony; to render happy or mi- nial career. The contrary, however, serable great multitudes of anxious took place; for, by his dexterous malovers. Early in life, Paisley was ap- nagement, he not only succeeded in prentice to a tobacconist; but be- rendering the match valid, but was coming disgusted with this employ- enabled to follow his favourite proment, he changed it for that of fession with increased security.fisherman, and was allowed by his During this journey, he visited the brethren to bear the palm on all metropolis, where he was much nooccasions, where strength and agi- ticed by the nobility and gentry. lity were required. It was in this Had he been of a covetous disposihumble capacity that he was ini. tion, he might have accumulated a tiated into the secrets of a profes- considerable fortune; but, since the sion, which he managed with such time to which we allude, he had address. He had formed a connex- never been distant a single mile ion with one Walter Cowford, who from Springfield. lived very near to Sarkfoot, upon Of Joseph's personal strength, the seashore; and who, though there are many well authenticated strange it may appear, was both a accounts. His strength of arm was smuggler and a priest. Old Warty prodigious. He could have taken a had the misfortune to be but indif- large oaken stick by the end, and ferently lodged, having “ a reeky continued to shake it to and fro, un
, house," and what is perhaps worse, til it went to pieces in the air! The a scolding wife, so that he was ne- excellence of his constitution was, cessitated to perform the marriage likewise often tried; though it must ceremony on the open beach, among be allowed that his intemperance the furze, or, as it is provincially was proverbial, yet he reached his called, whins; on these occasions eighty second year. He was accusyoung Paisley officiated as clerk. tomed to relate, with great pleaBut our hero had ambition, and he sure, a celebrated achievement, in only wanted an opportunity for its which he and a jovial companion, a exertion. An opportunity soon of- horse breaker, were once engaged, fered itself. One time Watty went to when they consumed the amazing the Isle of Man, for the purpose of quantity of ten gallons of pure bran. fetching over a cargo of contraband dy in the short space of sixty hours; brandy; whilst his assistant remain- and, what is more, these two thirsty ed at home to perform the necessary souls kicked the empty cask in rites, during the absence of the for- pieces with their feet, for having
her. Finding that he could rivet the so soon. It may be conjecmatrimonial band equally as well tured, that the conversation of such as his master, and being at the a character could not be very ensame time under some pecuniary gaging. Juvenile feats of activity, and
his beloved brandy, formed the chief diction, it may be averred, that he topicks of his discourse, which, un- was a very honest and charitable til very lately, never turned upon re- man, and an inoffensive neighbour, ligious subjects.
and that he was generally respected But let justice be done to the by all who knew him. character of the man. It must be al- Paisley is succeeded in the capalowed, indeed, that he was too fond city of coupler, by a young man, a of a stoop of liquor, and was of friend of his; and there is no fear coarse and unpolished manners; but that the business will fall off, as was not addicted, as reported, to three weddings have already taken prophane talking and obscene dis- place since the interment of the old course. Without hazard of contra
dering the length of time since the
decease of queen Anne, that the DURING the late expeditions compliment should still be paid her against different parts of the coast memory, of mentioning her name in of Spain, a party of seamen had all publick deeds, &c. and I wonder been trained, for a day or two, in mili- at it the more, as every gentleman tary tacticks, and no small number must agree with me, that we never of idmonitory precepts were be- had a more gracious monarch than stowed upon them by a military offi- his present majesty, king George cer, as to the necessity of obeying, the third. I have, therefore, called with promptitude, the words of com- this assembly for the purpose of mand. However, in the attack of a making a proposition, which, from fort, the words « Incline to the the known loyalty of my worthy right" having been given, the Jacks brethren, I doubt not, will be unanipushed on in the same direction as mously approved of; namely, that in before, and appeared to care for all deeds, charters, and publick panothing but the enemy in view, to- pers, belonging to, and issued from wards whom they were rushing with the borough of
instead of their usual dauntlessness. A naval the usual words Anno Domini, for lieutenant, seeing the errour, imme- the future, shall be substituted the diately rushed forward in front of word George Domini;" which mothe party, and bawled out: “ Star- tion was lost by a majority of three. board, my boys !” an exhortation which was instantly attended to, with an aye, aye, sir, by the ole party.
A new Mode of Challenging a Jury. An Irish gentleman, previous to a trial, in which he was de.
fendant, was informed by his counTHE mayor of a certain great sel, that if there were any of the and respectable borough near Nor- jury, to whom he had any personal wich, not half a century ago, sum- objections, to legally challenge inoned a full assembly of the corpo- them.
and so I will,” reration; and, on its being met, he plied he, « if they don't bring me arose and said: “ It has been a mat
off handsomely, I will challenge ter of much surprise to me, consi- every man of them.
ANECDOTES IN FAMILIAR VERSE. Once at a crash, in full display,
He heard the famed Nardini play;
And, as he joined the glorious din, OLD Snub, who to a married life
He swore he'd buy his violin; Was partial, took a second wife,
The Italian was not very nice, Who thought his disposition curst,
But made him pay a handsome price. From always speaking of his first;
Scarcely the fiddle was sent home, He checked her hopes, roused all her
When he began to rage and foam; fears,
He tried it, scraped through all the keys, Constantly dinning in her ears,
Yet his spoiled ear he could not please; " His first wife's merit, beauty, grace; He said 'twas in a strange condition, “ Her even temper, lovely face;"
And called it a vile imposition; Which praise, left-handed and absurd,
That he Nardini would attack, She heard, but spoke no single word;
And make him give the money back. And though she was no paltry beauty,
Big with this very wise intent, She only sighed and did her dutv.
His steps he to the fiddler bent; Snub's friends allowed but little credit
Blamed every thing; the strings, the bow, Due to his first wife, though he said it;
'Twas bad in alt, and worse below; For they could contradict him flat,
In short, the fiddle to his chin, And knew they'd lived like dog and cat;
He cry'd: “Sir, you have ta’en me in." And, to do justice, often reckoned
“Saire !” said Nardini, “ let me try:” He'd the best bargain in the second. Swift o'er the chords his fingers fly; One day he gave a sumpvious treat;
And, as each sense became his capture, The wine was famous, good the meat! The amateur exclaimed, in rapture, Naught could their lavish praisc excel;
“I could not make it play like this !" Why, yes,” cry'd he, “'tis pretty well;
“ Good sir, I'll tell you vat it iss; “ I'm generally good dinners giving;
“?Twas you took in yourself a little; “ But had my dear, first spouse been
“'Tis true, sir, I can sell my fittle; living!”
“ And English gold have great much The wife, howe'er he might provoke,
"charm, Felt all her wrongs, and seldom spoke;
“But, tamn it, I can't sell my arin .!” But now, so palpably offended,
BADINE Said something more than she'd intended;
Sir, all must your misfortunes see; 6s You've a most wretched wife in me;
TIME AND OPPORTUNITY “But to be honest in your dealing,
WHEN Chronos ranged the world below, “ You should allow for fellow-feeling; And reveled with impunity, “ Though sorry your first wife should die, From age he flew, with youth moved slow, “ You can't regret her more than 1”
But courted OPPORTUNITY.
The ardent nymph, fleet as the stag,
“ He's missed his opportunity.”
I HAVE a lock of raven hair,
And they are rained with many a tear
Ye lovers rich in sighs and prayers,
Those stamps of virgin ore;
Dear was once her lillie hand,
Which propped her rosie cheek; Dear was the blink of her black eye,
Which speechless love could speak; Dear, dear was her lisping tongue,
Not all those lonely meals and meagre fare, Uncheered with converse of a friendly guest,
Confessing love so meek;
And dearly she dwells within this heart,
She cast aside her broached gray plaid,
A gold weft veil o'er her neck is laid,
And she has forgot her bonnie Scotch
Which so sweet from her lips did move,
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