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For when youthful fancy's wide sway | Wee all died within the short spase of is repressid,
one short yere. The heart seeks on something more They be all buried at Wimble except I, solid to rest.
And I be buried here.
In Kent. 'Tis then that a mind, highly cultur'd, like thine,
Alas no more I could survive, O’er folly's gay "vot'ries triumphant For I am dead and not alive; shall shine,
And thou in time no longer shalt surWhile thy motives, as pure as the acts
vive, they inspire,
But be as dead as any man alive, Sall bid malice be silent, and envy to the Editor of the Oxford Enteradmire.
taining Miscellany. M. W.
SIR,_Some workmen in reEpigrams.
pairing the church of Penestone,
in Yorkshire, dug up a very large Jack, by the constables entrapp'd,
stone with an effigy on each side, Was destin'd to the law a prey;
and between the effigies was enBut while his easy keepers napp'd, He stole-guess what-he stole graved the following inscription awaj." BREBEUF. in large Roman capitals.
JEREMY JOKER. si Time has not thind my flowing hair,"
H. E. 'Tis still so thick, 'twould make you
R. E. R. E. P.O
S. Æ. T. H. stare;
C. L. A. U. D. C. But he has play'd the barber's part,
0. S. T. Æ. R. And powder'd it with wond'rous art,
T. R. I. P. E. S. Æ. Meaning, no doubt, to let me see,
E. R: O. F. 1. M. P. That when he can, he'll powder ME.
I. N. G. T. 0. N. A. S. D.
0. T. II, A. L.
S. 0. H. I. S. C. 0. Church Nard Juanderings.
N. S. 0. R. T. I. A. N. “ Let's talk of graves, of worms, and
[We will thank some of our ingenious epitaphs." SHAKSPEARE.
readers for an explanation.) On Sir Isaac Newton.
Useful Domestic wint Under this sacred marble Newton lies
Method of killing Insects. AccordWhose genius compass'd earth, and ing to an American paper, the water seas, and skies;
in which potatoes have been boiled, if Coloured the light, and saw the chain sprinkled over vegetables by means of that bound
a garden water-pot, will effectually Reluctant planets in their measur'd
destroy insects of every description, round,
and in all their stages, from the egg to Toevery law of nature strictly just,
the fly. He died-and helps attraction with his
TO CORRESPONDENTS. dust.
We feel greatly obliged for the numerous comAt Nelllebed, Oxfor:?shire. munications rece ved since our last, some of
which are inserted, and most of the others will Here lies father and mother, and sister meet with early attention. We must have a
specimen of “ Bob Short's” style before we can give a decision upon his merits or demerits,
immediate views, as each Select Biography.
ineiuber of his family did. At
the assembly of the Notables his “No part of History is more in bureau was in open opposition to structive and delightful than the Lives all the others. This Prince had of great and worthy Men."
calculated long the means of at BURNETT.
least procuring himself to be no
minated Regent of the kingdom, LIFE OF LOUIS XVIII.
On the 20th of June, 1791, he fled (From the New Monthly Magazine.)
secretly from Paris to Coblentz, Louis Stanislaus Xavier de where he organized the system of France, Count de Provence, se- emigration, and, by his intrigues cond son of the Dauphin, the son in the interior, accelerated the of Louis XV. was born at Ver- more fatal events of the Revolusailles, November 17, 1755.- tion. Failing in his attempts, he From his earliest years be mani- sought refuge in Germany; he fested a tiinid and reserved dis-afterwards lived at Turin with position. Educated with his two his father-in-law, the King of brothers, the Duke de Berri Sardinia, and then at Verona, (afterwards Louis XVI.) and the under the name of Count de Lille. Count d'Artois, he always dis- On the death of his nephew, played a greater reserve towards Louis XVII. he assumed the name his elder than his younger brother. of Louis XVIII, Оf his journey He made considerable acquire- to Coblentz, or rather his escape ments in classical literature, and from Paris, he composed an acbore at least the reputation of be-count, dedicated to the companiing a scholar, and a man of wit. nn of his fight, d'Avary, a very At an early period of his life he fit Omar for such a Mahomet. It aspired to the character of a po- was this running away that M. de litician. Soon after the accession Talleyrand described so wittily, of his brother, Louis XVI, he put as “the journey of Harlequin, a small pamphlet into the bands who was always afraid and always of the latter, entitled “ Mes Pen- hungry." The Batteries of the sées,” (My Thoughts). Louis XVỊ. French on the score of the king's meeting him next day in the gale scholarship and composition, were lery at Versailles, said to hịm shown by this journal to be withcoarsely, “ Brother, henceforward out foundation. The language is keep your thoughts to yourself.” decidedly bad, it displays a pauThis debút did not discourage city of ideas and an utter want of him; and, profiting by the first spirit; yet Louis was vain of it, appearance of confusion, he be- as he had the ambition of being gan, in form, to intrigue for his thought an author of no mean
merit. This journal was 'a mere sia, the policy of Bonaparte to detail of the journey, exhibiting keep Louis XVIII. at a distance little feeling for one escaping at from his kingdom, left him at last so momentous a crisis and in per- permission to inhabit the castle of 'sonal danger;-his account of the dethroned King of Poland, at what he ate or was obliged to Warsaw.–The trarquillity of this shift with for a meal, is a leading retreat was disturbed by another feature of it.-In 1796, after he humiliation from another monhad resided some time at Venice, arch. : The Prussian minister, he was, in compliance with a re- Meyer, asked Louis XVIII, to quisition from the Government of renounce the throne of France in France, commanded to leave that favour of Bonaparte : but he reState. He then, accompanied by fused. The last asylum of the only two officers, repaired to the House of Bourbon was in England, head-quarters of the Prince of where they were received, not Conde, at Reigal.-In 1798, Louis only with hospitality, but when XVIII. was acknowledged by the all the pensions from the several Emperor of Russia, Paul I. as crowned heads of Europe (at one King of France and Navarre ; and time amounting to 120,0001, a was invited by him to reside in year) had ceased, they still rethe ducal castle at Mittau. Louis ceived sufficient to enable them to therefore left the army of Copdè, live in splendour. The royal pawith whom he had for nearly two lace of Holyrood was assigned to years shared privation, penury, them; but Louis XVIII. princiand danger. The duration of this pally resided at Hartwell, a seat prosperous adversity, however, belonging to the Marquis of was not long; the Emperor, in- Buckingham. There he remainfluenced by the power of France, ed until the fall of Bonaparte ensuddenly changed his conduct, abled him to ascend the throne of à d sent the King, whom he had his ancestors. His gratitude to acknowledged and invited to his England has furnished another indominions, orders to quit the stance for history of the thank, Russian territory within a week. lessness of benefiting fallen royal. Three months previous to this or- ty, To the country that went to der, the payment of the usual pen- war for his family, and after an sion had been withheld, and Louis expenditure of a thousand millions XVIII, and all the Frenchmen at sterling, protracting the contest Mittau, were, in consequence, re- until her own integrity was enduced to the utmost distress, be- dangered, and it became a war cause they had all been ordered to for her existence as a nationdepart.–After some wanderings never seems to have received from in the wilds of inhospitable Prus- Thim, after she had placed him
upon his throne in 1814, and after property as fee-simple estates, an exile of 23 years, one instance found in Louis an able auxiliary. indirectly that shewed he remem- Louis reigned, ten years, marked bered what she had done for him. by no great events, but by a sysAgain expelled from his throne, tem of policy calculated to throw principally by his attempts to re- back the age in its acquirement store too much of the old system of knowledge and independence. of things, and by the non-fulfil- The misery of his interference ment of the stipulations by which with the affairs of Spain will to Bonaparte retired to Elba, the lat- its full extent never be known. ter re-landed in France, marched His efforts to establish a cruel and to Paris without a battle, and bigoted tyrant in absolute power Louis fled to the Netherlands. A there, protracted a scene of crime new coalition was formed against and bloodshed which years to the ex-emperor by all the great come may not see concluded. powers of Europe ; he was van- |-Louis XVIII. was for a long quished at Waterloo, and Louis period a prey to serious infirmiwas again placed on the throne ties. A dry erysipelas on both by foreign bayonets. The Chart- his legs deprived him of the power which he had signed on first er of locomotion. The attention ascending it, he had violated in of the most skilful physicians many parts. No longer under fear prolonged his life beyond the peof the ex-emperor, he gradually riod which seemed indicated by approximated the government to- bis disease. During all this time wards arbitrary principles. The the King had the greatest confipress was shackled, the independ-dence in medicine. All London ence of elections overturned, and will recollect the favour which a those who possessed no ideas of a priest called Père Elysée enjoyed government but what were allied with the King. M. de Blacas to ancient times, were placed in grew into favour from proposing power. French diplomacy and remedies. The enormous appethe obligation of the King's word, tite possessed by the King, was as iu the case of the Sanitary Cor- an extraordinary circumstance, don and Spain, took the true He ate with voracity, and without Machiavelian and perfiduous suffering inconvenience from it, character of the most perfiduous which often gave rise to some times of the French monarchy ; laughable stories. He was known and the Holy Alliance, which la- to have had three mistresses, or at bours to establish by force the least there have been three ladies doctrine, that the people are made who have enjoyed this title. Befor the monarch's pleasure, and fore the Revolution, Madame de that thrones are as much private Balby; since the Restoration,
Madame Princetot, -M. De Cazes apoplexy in a day or two, caussister; and, finally, the celebrated ed by his mental suffering. The Madame du Cayla. This last King merely said, “He was a was a sort of political acquisition. good man, and a faithful servant." The decoreposition of the blood, De Cazes, whom Louis used to and an ædematous state, brought call his son, was dismissed in a on a paralysis of the lower ex-way equally as abrapt and unfecltremities, which were struck with ling, and the turncoat Chateaudeath. The disease made a rapid briand also. He appears, in short, progress, and the King expired to have been without any high afin his 69th year. His personal fections, without ambition or nocharacter was feebleness and in- bleness of character; neither cruel sincerity. No length of attach- nor generous, nor capable of love ment in his misfortunes-no de- or hate; neither artfully t tyranvotedness of service, seem in any nical, nor inclined to sacrifice an case to have secured a constancy iota of his power; neither liberal of attachment from hiin. To be nor illiberal; a man of negative out of sight was with him to be qualities, fond of good eating, inout of mind. The Dukes de Bla- consistent, not to be depended eas and La Chatre, may be offer- upon, inşincere, but not ill-naed as two out of many instances. tured, of little capacity, incapaThe former, for having presumed ble of being taught by adversity, to offer an opinion of differing and fond of peace and ease. In from that of his Majesty on a very private life, a good member for trifling point, was dismissed from an Eaglish country corporation, service; the latter presuming on in the midst of which he might the very long intimacy, and the have passed his life in obscurity valuable services he had rendered and tranquillity. But if he did his Majesty, conjured the King to not possess the character of his abandon the project of lowering Bourbon predecessors, he was inthe rate of interest of the public nocent of crimes similar to them funds, as contrary to public opi- -he was a better man than any nion. The King inade no answer; of them, and had not their crimes but on the Duke going next morn- as monarchs to answer for. When ing to attend as First Gentleman Monsieur, he was anxious toobof the Chamber, the Usher intain the palm for dramatic comwaiting would not let himn pass, position; he wrote the “ Marriage and told him that his Majesty had Secret,” a comedy in three acts, no farther occasion for his servi- and in verse, which he wished to ces. The poor old Duke was have represented under the name thunderstruck , he retired to Meu- of his Secretary of Commandedon, sorrow-stricken, and ditd oll mens, the celebrated Ducis the