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Go, let them study what they preach,
In simpler faith, though trapped less finely ; Illumined by the rays that Time And, practising the rules they teach,
Has poured on Rome's emblazoned pages, Be held to teach them more divinely.
They study, by such light sublime,
The fairest forms of all the Ages :
With instinct such as lends the bee To anti-Papal Queen, or King, –
Her wise, industrious perception, A Regal “ Beatification”?
In every opening bud they see
New flowers of further sweet conception :
Not for uncourtly Muse be theme
To courtly spirits so entrancing : Flowers, gems, girandole: a dream
That ends in Royal Balls, and dancing.
They reap the harvests of old story:
They earn, at eve, a blameless glory.
We may not hymn the charms that lie
XXXVI. In Court-plumes, trains, and jewelled So, when the Carnival draws nigh, dresses;
Their well-devised, artistic dresses, The rosy smile, the beaming eye,
Masques, Cars, Balls, “Properties,” may vie And Beauty's thousand gracefulnesses.
With its most Lupercalian messes.
Due honor to each ard mind
That strives with such high aims before it : The Order of — “No Decoration”!
And may its labor surely find
Fit guerdon of renown shed o'er it!
When wearied with our round of space, Too infinite were such account,
A warm old predilection' sends us Of items too illimitable.
To that convenient resting-place,
Which “Bocca di Leone" lends us :
With Remus, Romulus, Rienzi, Bade thee farewell, - grim Death before The Muse, in this loquacious age, thee!
Might grave the merits of Silenzi!
J. P. M.
CONTENTS. 1. HENRY ERSKINE AND HIS TIMES,
Quarterly Review, II. THE STORY OF JAMES BARKER. A Tale of the Congo Coast, .
CUSTOMS. By Edward A. Freeman, Longman's Magazine, .
Temple Bar, VI. WHAT MAKES LITERATURE POPULAR? Spectator, VII. LIVING CHESS,
All The Year Round, VIII. ROLLING-STONE RAMBLES,
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SONNETS FROM THE CHANNEL. And join her court. The earth, the sea, the
Are one drear tint; then round me as I dream, We are in the “Colored Caves” the sea-maid Dead days arise and hold me in their arms,
built; Her walls are stained above yon lonely fern, And dawn is naught save presage of the gleam
And whisper me : All men are born to die, For she must fly at every tide's return,
That kills our clay, e'en while it gilds her And all her sea-tints round the walls are spilt.
charms. Outside behold the bay, each headland gilt
All the Year Round. With morning's gold; far off the foam
wreaths burn Like fiery snakes, while here the sweet waves
yearn Up sands as soft as Avon's sacred silt.
A LESSON TO THE BRITISH LION.
TO Matthew Arnold hark, And smell the sea ! No breath from wood or
With both ears all avidity; field,
That Matthew a man of markNo scent of may or rose or eglantine,
Says, “Cultivate Lucidity.” Cuts off the old life where cities suffer and “Civil Courage” the Germans lack; pine,
(Query what can mean that quiddity ?) Shuts the dark house where Memory stands But England's especial drawback revealed,
Is a certain want of “Lucidity.” Calms the vext spirit, balms a sorrow unhealed,
In "Morality.” France most fails Like scent of seaweed rich of morn and To exemplify rigidity; brine.
The defect that England ails
Must be owned to be “Lucidity.”
The Salvation Army shines As if the spring's fresh groves should change In devoted intrepidity; and shake
But the fault of its valiant lines
Then break to bloom of amorous hyacinth,
But this our tire-room, this wild labyrinth But the heat of the moveinent throws
There is genius, love, charm, no doubt, Shows how the sea's fine rage dares make and In Ritualistic floridity, break.
But what would have snuffed it out
Would have been a ray of Lucidity. Young with the youth the immortal brine can lend,
Roast beef is excellent meat, Our glowing limbs, with these bright drops
Of most extreme sapidity;
Plum-pudding is nice to eat,
Though he sometimes behaves with stupidity, Of Child-land, where the roofs of rainbows Uninspired with Sweetness and Light, bend
And, in short, nearly void of Lucidity. Over the golden wonders of the world.
Punch. THEODORE WATTS. Petit Bot Bay, Guernsey.
AN EPITAPH WITHOUT A NAME. I had a Name. A wreath of woven air,
A wreath of Letters blended, none knew why,
Floated, a vocal phantom, here and there, VIGNETTE.
For one brief season, like the dragon-fly, The long waves wash the strand, the fog lies That Alecks the noontide beam, low,
Flickering o’er downward, forest-darkened A moaning wind soft croons along the coast,
stream. And, white and gleaming like a new-made What word those Letters shaped I tell you ghost,
not: The seagull flaps along, heavy and slow, Wherefore should such this maiden marble Then fades in the grey mist. Aye to and fro
blot ? The scented seaweed, twined around yon post, Faint echo, last and least, of foolish Fame, Floats, falls, then rises, until we almost I am a Soul; nor care to have a Name. Deem that a mermaid calls on us to go
AUBREY DE VERE
From The Quarterly Review. the celebrity of his hero on a solid basis, HENRY ERSKINE AND HIS TIMES.* but has lighted up anew the times in which The Erskines, Henry and Thomas,
he flourished and supplied a variety of who made the name famous, will be ad curious incidental traits of the Erskine mitted on all hands to have been an ex
family, their connections, and their race. traordinary pair of brothers, and those Fortunately he had a large store of matewho knew them best would have been rials to draw upon, in the shape of notes puzzled to declare' which was the more left by the late Lord Buchan (Henry Ers
kine's son), who kept constantly in view Thomas, was haply superior in eloquence the probability that a complete memoir of
: the elder, Henry, was certainly pre-emi- his father, to which he felt unequal, would nent in learning and wit. In 1806, Thomas, some time or other be produced. the undisputed leader of the English bar,
Lord Erskine was fond of alluding to was elevated to the peerage and the wool
his ancestors, and once, on a trial relating sack. About the same time, Henry, after to a patent for a knee-buckle, he held it filling a corresponding position at the up to the jury, exclaiming, "How would Scotch bar, was made lord advocate, my ancestors have admired this specimen and attended a levée at St. James's where of ingenuity!” Mingay, who was ophe was questioned as to his professional posed to him, replied: "Gentlemen, you gains by George 111. 66 Not so rich as
heard to-day of my learned friend's anTom, eh? not so rich as Tom?"
cestors and of their probable astonishMajesty," was the reply, “will please to ment at his knee-buckle. But, gentlemen, remember that my brother has been play
I can assure you that their astonishment ing at the guinea table and I at the shijl. would have been equally great at his ing one." The reply would be equally
breeches.” The hit told, but in point of apposite should it be asked, why is he fact Erskine's ancestors, being Lowlandless known to fame. He was restricted ers, were not unacquainted with breeches. to a narrower field of action, to a more
The name is derived from the barony of confined arena. Lofty and well-founded Erskine in Renfrewshire, where they as were and are the pretensions of the were settled as far back as tradition or northern Athens, the scene of his forensic history can read. The earldom of Mar, and social triumphs, it was a provincial the origin of which (according to Lord capital at best; and the fame it conferred, Hailes) is lost in the mists of antiquity, independently of durable works in litera. was one of their hereditary dignities, and ture or science, was local and transitory,
the father of the subject of this biography speedily to become traditional. There is was the tenth Earl of Buchan. no collected edition or report of Henry
Referring to their intermarriages with Erskine's speeches, no authentic record royal or illustrious houses at home and
abroad — with the Bourbons and Stew. of his sayings or doings, and the once vivid impressions of his contemporaries arts, the Viscontis, Della Scalas, Dorias, survive only in the memories of the suc
Lenoxes, Fairfaxes, and Stairs ceeding generation, a generation that
learned professor, quoted by Colonel Ferknew him not.
gusson, remarks that “if there be any Under these circumstances the bighest
faith to be placed in the theory of the incredit is due to Colonel Fergusson for
heritance of mental qualities, especially the conception and execution of the work through the female line, we should expect before us, in which he has not only placed to see here, following this scheme of de
scent, true genius or great eccentricity – • The Honorabie Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate perhaps both.” The professor's expectafor Scotland, with Notices of certain of his k'ins- tion or inference will be found in strict folk and of his Time. Compiled from Family Pa- accordance with the facts, for whilst the pers and other sources of information. By Lieut.- two most distinguished brothers were Colonel Alex. Fergusson, late of the Staff of Her Majesty's Indian Army. Edinburgh and London. giving ample proofs of genius, the eldest,
the eleventh earl of Buchan, also a man
of mark, was attracting his full share of educated under a tutor named Buchanan. public attention by eccentricity. He was They were affectionately attached to each expatiating to the Duchess of Gordon on other, and continued so through life, notthe abilities of his family, when she cut withstanding an incident handed down on hin short with : “My lord, I have always unimpeachable authority. On one occaheard that the wit came by the mother's sion a violent squabble having occurred side and was settled on the younger child between Lord Cardross and the two dren.” The tenth earl, the father, was a younger ones, he called out, " When I commonplace man, but the mother was a am Earl of Buchan, I will turn you both woman of powerful intellect which had out of this house." On which Thomas been cultivated to a high degree of excel. answered, " That you shall not, for I will lence. She had studied mathematics un- kill you first,” and threw a heavy slate at der Colin Maclaurin, the friend of Sir him. Luckily the slate missed its mark.
Isaac Newton. "To such accomplish- Some time in 1760 the family removed
ments were added an elegant taste, with to St. Andrews, with a view to the more brilliant imagination, almost genius, and advanced education of the sons at the (above all) an eminent and earnest piety.” university. Here as in Edinburgh, as
The three sons of this lady were born Colonel Fergusson takes care to state for respectively: David Henry (Lord Car. the honor of the house, Lady Buchan bedross in his father's lifetime and after. came the centre of a pleasant and cultiwards Earl of Buchan) in 1742; Henry, vated circle, whom she was able to enterNovember ist, 1746; Thomas, January tain according to the frugal habits of the 10th, 1749. The fortunes of the family period and the locality, where hospitality were by no means in a flourishing state, was not expected to extend beyond a “dish and the first virtue which this estimable of tea.” But the homely character of the lady was called on to practise was econ. ordinary domestic fare may be inferred omy. But Lord Campbell (in his “Life from what is related of the housekeeper of Lord Erskine ") has clearly been guilty who in setting a dainty dish upon the of exaggeration, with the view to contrast, table was wont to call out, " Noo, boys, when be represents the trio as born in an ye're no to tak’ ony o'yon ; I've just elevated flat at the head of Gray's Close brought it up for lo'e o'my lord.” A verse in Edinburgh, and reared principally on in the youthful effusions entitled " Thread. oatmeal. Colonel Fergusson, indignantly paper Rhymes ” of the future lord chanrepudiating the notion of degrading im. cellor, ran thus: pecuniosity, asserts that the house (still
Papa is going to London, to be seen) was one of some pretension, And what will we get then, oh! although the family may not have occu. But sautless kail, and an old cow's tail, pied the whole of it, and asks whether it And half the leg of a hen, oh! be necessary to assert that oatmeal por.
Lord Buchan (the father) had a theory ridge is no sign of poverty in Scotland ? that the mortification of the flesh was "Had the biographer forgotten, during good for the mind, and that to be made to his long residence in England, the many put up with the disagreeable was a salu. virtues of that food? What better com- tary discipline for young people. The bination, or more likely to breed up a boys, like Lord Macaulay,* had a strong dean of faculty, or lord advocate ? There dislike to veal; so veal was ordered every is deep wisdom, for those who can receive day for their dinner for some weeks. As it, in the myth which tells how Mimung, soon as he was old enough to attend the the great Sword of the North, attained its university courses, Henry joined the huunparalleled sharpness from being tem- manity and mathematical classes, and pered with milk and oatmeal."
studied natural history under Professor The three lads were brought up to. Wilkie, the author of the once celebrated gether, and we find them in early boyhood at the country house of Uphall, where “in
“I hate him (Mr. Croker) as I hate cold boiled a small room over the stables "they were veal."
- Lord Macaulay.