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did not appear to affect them so the son of a butcher.-Collins, the son much as the loss of the boy. When of a hatter.-Cromwell, the son of a his body was committed to the brewer.- Whitbread, a brewer.
Franklin, à journeyman printer.deep, the royal personages and
Richardson, a printer.-Bloomfield their suite appeared in deep black, and Giffard, originally shoemakers.with crape, &c. and the French Euripides, son of a green-grocer.Interpreter read the service, in Plautus, a baker,–Virgil, son of a the Sandwich Island lingo.—Just potter or pedlar, afterwards a farmer. before he began, the Captain in
-Boccacia, natural son of a merchant.
-Columbus, son of a weaver, and oriquired if all hands were in atiend
givally a weaver himself.-Rabelias, ance. The Mate said, “ Yes, all
son of an apothecary.-Cervantes, oribut the Cook," _So the Cook gin not known; but served as a comwas called, and as he came aft, mon soldier.-Shakspeare, son of a plastered with grease and as black woolstapler.-Ben Jonson, worked as the best of them, the Queen soinetime as a bricklayer.-Claude could'nt help laughing at the lu- Lorraine, was bred a pastrycook.
Butler, son of a farmer.- Milton, dicrous figure he made; but a
son of a scrivener.-Moliere, son of a nudge from the King brought her tapestry maker.-De Foe, a hosier, to recollection, and the look of son of a butcher.—Pope, son of a linen was resumed. We got draper.-Guy, apprentice to
a silk safe to Portsmouth, and they be-mercer.--Gray, son of a scrivener. gan to rig for going ashore. Boguey was upon deck, when a
Dumour. windmill caught his attention. Ilis surprise was excessive, and he roused all hands on deck to A joke cannot have a happier look at it, bu one of them could effect than in dispelling ill-humour
i was or what and making a friend. made it go round. A steam-vessel the result of an accidental meeting was the next object of wonder: between a stranger and a crusty they thought at first it was a ship old gentleman, who was riding, on fire; but when they observed and his horse made an odd kind the rapidity of its motion, and were of motion with his fore-feet, so as told that it was forced along by to kick forward. “This action boiling water, they thought it was of your horse,” cried the stranger, the effect of witchcraft."
ss is quite new to me; many a
horse have I seen, but I pever saw A list of eminent persons who a horse kick before.” The old have been concerned in or connect- gentleman was so tickled with the ed with Trade:
pun, that he invited the stranger Cowley, the son of a grocer.-Horr to dinner, and ever after made him ard, an apprentice to oue- Akenside, a welcome guesta
Parish Learning.-on exa
Poetry. En mining the parish accounts in a vil
lage in Staffordshire, the three following curiosities appeared:-One
THE DRAWING-ROOM OF FLORA of the overseers had made sixtythree weeks in the year; an item
Omnis copia narium
Sparyunt odorem. in the other overseer's accounts,
HORACE. was for money paid in aid of the
At Flora's gay Court, on a DRAWcounty rats; this caused much
ING-ROOM day, laughter, in which none joined Bedizen'd and dight in their trimmore heartily thau' the constable,
mest array, who immediately afterwards pro
The Flow'rs were assembled their duced his accounts, in which was
homage to pay.
On a throne of soft turf, deck'd in a charge for holding a conquest
sweet rural state, over a man found dead.
With chaplets and perfumes her Ma
jesty sate : Employment of Time. A
By Corona imperial her tresses were gentleman, fond of playing the drest, violin, was one morning practis-And Abigail Iris had fashion’d her ing, when his uncle came in, and
A canopy, form'd by fair Jessa. the following dialogue took place:
The Woodbine's and Clematis', great deal of time with this fid
bow'r-loving maid, Nephew.—Sir, I en In easy luxuriance hung o'er her wour to keep time.' Uncle
head. ou mean rather to kill time.' By his mistress's side, with a star on
his breast, phew.—'No: Ionly beat time.'
Stood Chamberlain Sun-flow'r, sur.
veying the rest ; Useful Hint.-In the parlour While Sir Clement the Usher, a gay a public-house in Fleet-street, Golden-rod, ere is written over the chim- Class'd and order'd the guests to rey-piece the following notice :
ceive the Queen's nod. Gentiemen learning to spell are
The Daisy attendants were scatter'd
around, desired to use yesterday's paper. And Der-drops, rich jewels.! be
spangled the ground. SCOTCH WEATHER. Like a virgin o'ercome with each moScotland ! thy weather's like a mo
dest sensation, dish wife,
The meek blushing Rose had the first Thy winds and rains for ever are at
The. sweet-scented Violet then took. So Termagant awhile her thunder tries,
her place ; And, when she can no longer scold, But, quickly retiring, conceal'd her she cries.
The Lily came on, with a bashful- Like BRITAIN's bold progeny, train'd alarm,
to the mast; Flinging odours, and graces, and all Thrice-welcom'd were they by the that can charm :
Queen of the Flow'rs, | A neat little rustic, akin to this fair, But order'd to thrive in no region but Who liv'd in a Valley, receiv'd a due share
Many tribes now came forward to Of her Majesty's smiles, and de make up a show; . lighted all there.
The Catchfly coquette, Flos-adonis The lowly, pale Primrose, just start the beau : ing to view,
Narcissus was there too, in high selfCame next into notice, but quickly esteem, withdrew.
But no echo was heard to repeat the The Tulip soon 'follo*w'd, and, eager
loy'd theme; for praise,
Parasitical plants to look out for a Display'd her five clothes, to attract
place ; the full gaze :
The Jonquil debauchee, with his sick Yet, this when once sated no pow'r yellow face ; had he more,
With Love-lies-a-bleeding, a heartFor his wardrobe alone Nature
wounded yonth, emptied her store,
And Corcombs, which' prattled, but But fragrance denied him, his pride never spoke truth; to make lower.
The Aconite . priest, , the physician Next Hearts-ease approach'd, a con Prunella, tented, kind maid,
The fierce soldier Poppy, the lawyer Whom all much admir'd; and some Nigella. swain, it is said,
Exotic ambassadors, dress'd with: Intended to woo her, --but wealth, or
much cost, high birti,
And Indian-pink nabobs, a, numerous Or beauty stept in, to disparage her
With spruce lords and ladies, by He flatter'd his pride by a splendid
Arums well-known, alliance,
And Bachelors''buttons which round And the claims of affection put quite
the place shone. at defiance.
The DRAWING-ROOM over, the Queen
left her seat, A groupe then appear’d, yclept the Carnation,
Each Courtier then hied to his former Which Flora hell high in her own retreat ; estimation,
But first in the anti-room joyful he And many consider'd as belles of found, first fashion.
Fresh nectar by Butter-cups handing Yet, 'twas whisper'd in envy, by
J. D. some who were there, “No wonder these nymphs are en
chantingly fair, Since they've painted their cheeks
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more than 50 years after her death, Select Biography.
in which he says, “I had rather
possess this portrait than the rich“ No part of History is more in- est jewel in the British crown ; structive and delightful than the Lives for I loved her with an affection of great and worthy Men."
tbat her death, fifty two years BURNETT.
since, has not in the least abated.”
William Cowper, when ninę LIFE OF WILLIAM COWPER. : years old, was sent to Westminster
school: the literary advantages « Post and Saint to thee, are justly given,
acquired by him in that celebratThe two most sacred names of earth ed seminary were purchased at and heaven."
the hazard of his future
A COWLEY. public school affords great scope Few persons, in
any age of for the cruelty of the greater boys Christianity, have been equally to their helpless juņiors; and eminent for Evangelical devotion, Cowper's tender age and constituand for literary genius and taste, tional timidity, exposed him to as the subject of the present me this species of oppression. Ocmoir: his life has become an ob- casional symptoms of derangement ject of great curiosity to all who in his early years may be attributpossess a relish for literature and ed to this cause. humanity; but to a religious mind, At the age of 18 he was articled especially, if in some measure en- to an attorney ; and 3 years after dowed with a similar taste, the he entered as a student of law, in inquiry is greatly attractive. Mr. the society of the Inner temple. Cowper's family was illustrious Being nominated, in his 31st year both for rank and talents, and his to the lucrative posts of reading progenitors for several ages were clerk, and clerk of private cómjustly esteemed in their several mittees, in the house of Lords, capacities.
he conceived so great a dread of Time often fills up, by new ob- officiating before the assembled jects, the traces made upon the peers, that notwithstanding the mind by the loss of those whom delay and danger to which it exi We have loved ; and nothing re-posed his temporal prospects; he mains, but a recollection that they determined upon relinquishing the once existed; but Cowper possess-appointment.
He then severely ed a heart of exquisite sensibility regretted havipg mis-spent nearly and durable affection, as appears half his past life in amusing, from a letter, acknowledging the instead of useful employment; receipt of his mother's portrait the loss proved irremeable, and
morse. This evil he often deplor- could produce only fruitless re. ed in his correspondence, and he Charity, Conversation, and Retiredoubtless alluded to it in the fol- ment, ” which were subjects either Jowing beautiful “Comparison ;" peculiarly familiar, or highly ią. (Poems, vol. i.)
teresting to his mind, succeeded;
and having determined upon pub“The lapse of time and rivers is
lishing a volume, by the persuasion Both speed their journey with a rest of his friends, he introduced it with less stream ;
a Colloquial Poem on popular The silent pace, with which they steal subjects, and augmented it with a away,
number of smaller pieces, written No wealth can bribe, no prayer per
upon various occasions.
The suade to stay; Alike irrevocable both when past,
whole, except a few of the latter, And a wide ocean swallows both at were written during the winter of last."
1780. The effects of such a conflict in
The first printed poem which bis mind, are pathetically repre
he produced after his volume, was sented in the unpublished verses
the well known ballad of “ John of Cowper's, which appeared in Gilpin,” which resulted from a the Miscellany, page 80,
story that Mrs. Unwin repeated
for his diversion during one of his “ Doom'd as I am, &c."
melancholy relapses. Many short The most happy season of poetical effusions were occasioned Mr. C's life was during the first by his intimacy with Mrs. Unwin; year's of his residence at Olney, among others “ The Rose.” : In in the uninterrupted society of the following year he began, at his pious and affectionate friend, the instance of Lady Austin, his the Rev. Mr. Newton. But the grand work, “The Task;" which malady which had attacked him was finished and committed to the in his early years rapidly increas-press in 1784. Immediately on od, and from this time several closing it, he wrote his “ Tiroci. years elapsed before he could re- nium,” with a desire to avert from sume bis writing, to which he was the rising generation the evils he urged by his kind friend Mrs. bad experienced, or observed, at Unwin, and she suggested as a public schools. His distressing subject, “The Progress of Error;" malady increased, but his friends “Truth," as a pleasing, contrast, hoped that as the close of life drew became his next topic. : “ Expos- near he would be re-animated, but tulation,” was formed upon the contrary to their expectations, his ground work of a Sermon repeated evening closed in clouds and dark. : to him by Mr. Newton. “liope, ness.