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gracious marks of her favour: it at any time, and almost equal to is that maiden princess plainly that profuse generosity the prewhom he intends by
sent age has shewn to French -a fair vestal, throned by the west." dancers and Italian singers. Midsummer Night's Dream.
What particular habitude or And that whole passage is a com- friendships he contracted with pliment very properly brought in, private men, no one has been able and very handsomely applied to to learn, more than that every one, her. She was so well pleased who had a true taste of merit, and with that admirable character of could distinguish men, had geneFalstaff, in the Two Parts of rally a just value and esteem for Henry the Fourth, that she com- him. His exceeding candour and manded him to continue it for one good-nature must certainly have play more, and to shew him in inclined all the gentler part of the love. This is said to be the occa- world to love him, as the power
of sion of his writing The Merry his wit obliged the men of the Wives of Windsor. How well most delicate knowledge and poshe was obeyed, the play itself lite learning to admire hiin. is an admirable proof. He had His acquaintance with Ben Jonthe honour to meet with many son began with a remarkable piece great and uncommon marks of fa- of humanity and good-nature: Mr. vour and friendship from the Earl Jonson, who was at that time altoof Southampton, famous in the his-gether unknown to the world, had tories of that time for his friend- offered one of his plays to the ship to the unfortunate Earl of players, in order to have it acted; Essex. It was to that noble lord and the persons into whose hands that he dedicated his poem of Ve- it was put, after having turned it nus and Adonis. There is one carelessly and superciliously over
. instance so singular in the magni- were just upon returning it to ficence of this patron of Shak- him with an ill-natured answer, speare, that if we had not been that it would be of no service to assured that the story was handed their company; when Shakspeare down by Sir William D'Avenant, luckily cast his eye upon it, and who was probably very well ac- found something so well in it, as quainted with his affairs, we should to engage him first to read it thro' not have ventured to have inserted and afterwards to recommend Mr. it; that my Lord Southampton at Jonson and his writings to the one time gave him a thousand public. Jonson was certainly a pounds, to enable him to go very good scholar, and in that had through with a purchase which the advantage of Shakspeare ; he heard he had a mind to. A though at the same time we believe bounty very great, and very rare it must be allowed, that what na
ture gave the latter, was more than But the sharpness of the satire a balance for what books had given is said to have stung the man so the foriner; and the judgement of a severely, that he never forgave great man* upon this occasion was, it. we think, very just and proper. He died in the 53d year of his
The latter part of his life was age, and was buried on the north spent, as all men of good sense side of the chancel, in the great will wish theirs may be, in ease, church at Stratford, where a monuretirement, and the conversation ment is placed on the wall. On of his friends. He had the good his grave-stone underneath isfortune to gather an estate equal “Good friend for Jesus' sake forbear to his occasion, and, in that, to To dig the dust inclosed here, his wish; and is said to have spent Blest be the man that spares these some years before his death at his stones, native Stratford. His pleasurable
And curst be he that moves my bones. wit and good-nature engaged him This is what can be learned of in the acquaintance, and entitled any note relating to him; the him to the friendship, of the gen- character of the man is best seen tlemen of the neighbourhood. A- in his writings. But since Ben mongst them, it is a story, al- Jonson has made a sort of essay
of most still remembered in that it in his Discoveries, we will give' country, that he had a particular it in his own words : “I rememintimacy with Mr. Combe, an old ber the players have often mengentleman noted thereabouts for tioned it as an honour to Shakhis wealth and his usury: it hap- speare, that in writing (whatever pened, that in a pleasant conver- he penned) he never blotted out a sation amongst their common line. My answer hath been, friends, Mr. Combe told Shak- Would he had a blotted a thouspeare in a laughing manner, that sand! which they thought a he fancied he intended to write his malevolent speech. I had not epitaph, .if he happened to outlive told posterity this, but for their him; and since he could not know ignorance, who chose that circumwhat might be said of him when stance to commend their friend he was dead, he desired it might by, wherein he most faulted : and be done immediately: upon which to justify mine own candour, for Shakspeare gave him these four I loved the man, and do honour
his memory, on this side idolatry, só Ten in the hundred lies here ingra
He was, indeed, ved; 'Tis a hundred to ten his soul is not honest, and of an open and free
saved; If any man ask, who lies in this tomb ? nature, had an excellent fancy, Oh' ho! quoth the devil, 'tis my John- brave notions, and gentle expresa-Combe.”
sions; wherein he flowed with
much as any.
• Mr. Hales.
that facility, that 'sometimes it
Travels. was necessary he should be stop
(Concluded from page 28.) ped. His wit was in his own
The young women place thempower; would the rule of it had
selves by the men, and begin songs been so too.' But he redeemed
of love or war, of fabulous advenhis vices with his virtues; there
ture, or heroic achievement. Thus was ever more in him to be praised
the féte is kept up, the guests than pardoned.”
passing the cup round, and singWe presume we cannot better close this Memoir of so great a
ing the whole time, until the stock
of liquor is expended. As for man than by repeating the
their dances, they consist more of TRIBUTARY LINES, movements of the hands and arms To the memory of Shakspeare, on than of the feet.' Their love of visiting Stratford-on-Avon, by gambling is so great, that they
the late B. Thompson, Esq. will spend entire nights at play, And can I quit the land where rest and lose in single sitting the
the bones Of him whom sorrowing Avon still whole of what they possess, even
bemoans, Without a passing tribute to his sonş; wretched and revolting as their,
to the clothes upon their body.The greatest, dearest of the Muse's throng?
appearance is to more civilized Forbid it gratitude! no longer waste In idle lounge the time to Stratford people, they would be indeed mic haste!
serable, if compelled to change Here view with me the tenement, where first
their mode of living for ours. The light of Heav'n on Shakspeare's “The Calmucks form large set
vision burst. Here learn with me to execrate the tlemeuts in the neighbourhood of,
Taganrog. Their camps were Of him, who damn'd himself to endless fame,
numerous at the time of our visit: When he destroyed the tree, whose both Calmuck men and women
branches wild Were taught to spread by “Fancy's were seen galloping their horses,
sweetest child.” Immortal Shakspeare! I have warmly through the streets of the town, felt
or lounging in the public places. Each word that thou hast written-I
“We visited one of the largest have knelt With awe enthusiastic on thy grave, camps, near the town, and found 'Till I have seen thy form above me the earth all around their tents, Oh! of thy genius would'st thou deign covered with the mutilated care.
to throw A single ray upon thy vo'try's brow,
cases of dead rats, cats, dogs, sus, Then on my lyre I'd strike the note lies, and babaes.The number
divine, Summon with bold command the
of Calmucks in the Russian emsisters nine
pire has diminished, since the esAnd all my soul should breathe in ev'ry glowing line..
tablishment of provincial governe
ments, and the division of lands, Ellis, who on her side most truly owing to their being more confined loved her sailor, in spite of all his to limited situations. Frequent faults, real or supposed, and the attempts have been made, and are one list was equal to the other; daily making, to induce them to for calumny, like the raven, is form a regular settlement. Like fond of preying on the dying and all wandering tribes, particularly the dead. Had the father of the Laplanders and Gipsies, they are maiden consented to their union, so much accustomed to an uncon- it is most probable that the life of trolled and vagrant life, that Richard would have been honornothing but extreme indigence able to himself, and useful to his can compel them to cultivate land, country; but old Ellis was one of and to reside in any fixed habita- those heartless, selfish beings, who
love their children only as they tion.”
minister to their own comfort, or
gratification : he wished to see his TRUTH AND FICTION,
daughter married to a rich man,
not because those riches might RICHARD CLIFTON was one of make her lot more comfortable, those wild, yet commanding spi- but because a rich son-in-law rits, that are great in good or evil, added to his own importance. according to the more or less fa- Such a proposal, therefore, excitvourable circumstances, in which ed his warmest indignation ; it they may happen to be placed. was a cutting up of all his prosHis earliest years had been de- pects of the hopes that he had been voted to the navy, where by his toiling to realise for many years ; own unassisted merit he had risen she would be a beggar and an to the rank of first lieutenant; outcast-the alliance was infamy. when a blow, given to his superior In all this, however, there was officer, thrust him on the world, much more regard shown for hima pennyless outcast. The same self than for his child; and Lucy energies, which had before made felt that there was. This was the him the best of seamen, now ren- corner-stone of the subsequent dered him the worst of citizens ; evils; the harshness of her father for power is like the fiend that, made her more open to the false once called up, must have some- flatteries of her lover ; though at thing to employ it, or it falls on the same time she was not altogeits master. There was a blight ther ignorant of her own weakon his fame and on his hopes, yet ness : in the hour of temptation still there was one chanée for him; she flung herself on the honour of he had long been attached to Lucy the man she adored. Richard
left the town and joined a band he was deeply indebted, and who of smugglers, and was either kil-had formerly been a fruitless inled, or drowned, or had fled the tercessor for poor Lucy. Some, country; for each of these reports too, were actuated by less interesthad its particular defenders. ed motives, and were glad to shel
The dishonour of Lucy soon ter their hatred of the father, unbecame too gross for concealment. der the show of compassion for On the discovery of her situation, the child; but the result was the the merchant at once turned her same to Ellis; he was a ruined out of doors, as the destroyer of all man. His ostentatious charities, his dearest expectations; and bade which had been so much praised her starve or live, as she could in the days of his success, were best settle the matter with the now considered in their true light, world : nor could any after argu- and had not procured a single ments of his friends, in the least friend to pity or assist hím in his affect his resolution; he was deaf difficulties. to all remonstrance, whether of
So complete had been the fais justice, or humanity. But the lure, and so rigid his creditors, wrath of heaven, which had first that a few weeks found him possmitten the guilty child, was not sessed of a few pounds only, slow in punishing the heartless whose word had once been good parent, who had arrogated to him for thousands. In this dilemma self the office of vengeance, and he quitted his native town, which executed it with more of pas- for the last month he had inhabita sion than of equity. In his eager- ed out of mere pride, and after a ness to amass a fortune, the mer- long course of suffering, became chant overstepped the bounds of the guardian of a light-house, on prudent speculation. The first one of the wildest parts of the great loss stimulated to a second English coast. A very short readventure for its retrieval; and sidence in this sad abode, made that, miscarrying, in turn brought him a weaker, though not a better with it a further hazard, to fail man; he grew, not less selfish, like those before it; till the proud but more timid, more impressed and wealthy Ellis found himself a with the actual and near presence destitute bankrupt, pursued and of a Creator, and he began to feel crushed by the vindictive spirit that there was not only an after, of disappointed creditors, who but a present, vengeance. Nor is pleaded his cruelty in excuse for this to be wondered at; loneliness theirs. You showed no mercy brings the mind more immediately to your own child, how then can in contact with the works of the you expect it from me, a stranger?' Creator, and from them with the was the answer of one to whom Creator himself. No man of any