« VorigeDoorgaan »
being a Mede, and retaining a strong "She sought my sire among the dead,
And sunk upon his bosom gory.”inclination for the mountains and forests
" Oh---iftley died on honour's bed, of her own country, was desirous of
My child, they're covered o'er with glory! having something like them at Babylon.
" And what is glory my good Lord ? They are said to have contained a square
Will it relieve the orphan's hunger? of four plethra, or 400 feet, on each side;
A shelter, food and clothes afford and to have consisted of terraces one O say---or I can't live much longer?" above another carried up to the height of
" The Nation, child, will see you fed, the wall of the city which was 350 feet, Posterity will learn your story; the ascent from terrace to terrace being Your parents died in honour's bedby steps ten feet wide. The whole pile And they are covered o'er with glory.” consisted of substantial arches upon He said---and with a hasty pace arches, and was strengthened by a wall From the lone orphan whistling parted, surrounding it on every side, twenty-two
The tears bedew'd her pallid face...
And down she sunk---Half broken-hearted; feet thick; and the floors on each of them were laid in this order ; first, on the tops Then to her aid a soldier flew, of the arches was laid a pavement of
Who had o'erheard her artless story,
He knew her Sire at Waterloo: stones sixteen feet long, and four feet
And saw him covered o'er with glory! broad; over this was a layer of reeds, mixed with a great quantity of bitumen;
" Come orphan to my arms,” he cried,
" And I will screen thee from the weather over this, two courses of brick, closely Close to my side, thy parents died, cemented together with plaster; over all And for their sakes we'll lodge together ; these were thick sheets of lead, and on
I have a pension and a cot, these the earth or mould of the garden.
Where thou shalt live till I am hoary... This floorage was designed to retain Here, wrap thee in this old watch-coat... the moisture
of the mould; which was so "Tis warmer than his Lordship's glory!" deep, as to give root to the greatest trees which were planted upon every terrace, together with a great variety of other THE CLOCK AND CLOCK-HOUSE vegetables pleasing to the eye. Upon
AT STRASBURG. the uppermost of these terraces was a reservoir, supplied by a certain engine [In No. 77 of the Mirror, we gare an engraving
of the celebrated clock at Strasburg, with a with water from the river, from whence
brief description of this great curiosity. The the gardens on the other terraces were following more detailed, though somewhat supplied. Yet it is the opinion of some antiquated, description is furnished by a cor. authors, these Hanging-Gardens never respondent; and although in our former existed. The silence of Herodotus on a
notice we quoted part of it, we now subjoin
the whole.---Ed.] work so singular and so remarkable, seems to render the accounts of other dered, whereof eight are in the wall;
HEREIN nine things are to be consi. writers fabulous. Herodotus had care. fully visited Babylon; he enters into ninth (and that the most wonderful) such details as prove that he has omitted stands on the ground three feet from the none of the rarities of that city. Can it wall. This is a great globe of the heavens, be presumed,
that he would have passed perfectly described, in which are three over in silence such a work as the Hang. motions; one
of the whole globe, which ing-Gardens ? All the authors who have about from the east to the west
displays the whole heavens, and moves spoken of it are of much later date than four hours ; the second is of the sun, this great historian: notone of them except which runs through the signs there deBerosus speaks on his own testimony.
scribed, once every year; the third is of the moon, which runs her course
in twenty-eight days. So that in this THE ORPHAN AND LORD LINSEY.
globe you may view the motions of the WOLSEY.
whole heavens, the motions of the sun and " Pity my Lord, the wretched plight moon, every minute of an hour, the rising Of a lone orphan, faint and weary,
and falling of every star, (amongst which No home by day, no bed by night,
stars are the makers of this work Dassi. Exposed to tempests wild and weary :
podius and Wolkinstenius) described ! “ I have no friend.--I have no food,
The instruments of these motions are hid Alas! I know not where to wander ;
in the body of a pelican, which is por. But I was told you folks were good, Who roll in wealth and shine in grandeur ;"
traited under the globe. The pole is
lifted up to the elevation of Strasburg, " Young gipsy, if your tale be true,
and noted by a fair star made of brass; Say---where your parents life departed ?” " My father died at Waterloo,
the zenith is declared hy an angel placed My mother droop'd quite broken-hearted.
in the midst of the meridian. The second
thing to be observed (which is the first seen at all times. The sixth thing is a on the wall) are two great circles one circle, wherein are the two signs of the within another, the one eight feet, the moon's rising and falling ; at two hollow other nine feet broad; the outmost moves places it is seen at what state she is; and from the north to the south once in a her age is declared by an index, which is year, and hath two angels one on the wholly turned about once in every month. north-side which points every day in the The seventh thing consists of four little week; the other, on the south-side, which bells, whereon the quarters of the hour are points what day shall be one half year struck; at the first quarter comes forth a after. The inner circle moves from south little boy, and strikes the first bell with to north, once in a hundred years, and an apple, and so goes and stays at the hath many things described about it; as fourth bell, until the next quarter; then the year of the world, the year of our comes a lusty youth, and he with a dart Lord, the circle of the sun, the proces- strikes two bells, and succeeds into the sions of equinoctials, with the change of place of the child; at the third comes the celestial points, which things fall out forth a man in arms, with a halbert in by the motions which are called trepida- his hand, and strikes three bells, he suc. tions; the leap-year, the moveable feasts ceeds into the place of the youth ; at the and the dominical letter, or golden num. fourth quarter, comes an old man with a ber, as it turns every year. There is an staff, having a crook at the end, and he immoveable index, which encloses for with much ado, being old, strikes the every year, all these things within it; the four bells, and stands at the fourth lower part of which index is joined to quarter, until the next quarter : immedi. another round circle which is immove. ately to strike the clock comes death in a able! wherein the province of Alsatia is room above the others, for this is the fairly described and the city of Strasburg. eighth thing: and this understand, that On both sides of the circles, on the wali, at each quarter he comes forth, to catch the eclipses of the sun and moon are, each of those former ages away with him; which are to come for many years, even but at a contrary side, in the same rooni so many as the wall might contain. The where he is, comes forth Christ and : third thing, a little above this, is a weekly drives him in: but when the last quarter motion of the planets, as they name the is heard, Christ gives him leave to go to day; as on Sunday, the sun is drawn the bell, which is in the midst, and so he about in his chariot, accordingly as the strikes with his bone, according to the day is spent; and so drawn into another hour: and he stands at the beli, as the place, that before he be full in, you have old man doth at his quarter bell, till the Monday, that is the moon clear forth, next quarter, and then they go in both and the horses of Mars' chariot putting together. The ninth and last thing in forth their heads : and so it is for every this right line, is the tower at the top of day in the week. On this side there are the work, wherein is a noble, pleasant nothing
but dumb pictures to garnish the chime, which goes at three, seven, and wall. The fourth thing is a dial for the eleven o'clock, each time a different tune; minutes of the hour, so that you see and at Christmas, Easter, and Whitsun. every minute pass. Two beautiful pic- tide, a thanksgiving unto Christ: and tures of two children, are joined to either when this chine has done, the cock side of this: he on the north-side hath a (which stands on the top of the tower, sceptre in his hand, and when the clock and the north-side of the main work,) strikes, he orderly tells every stroke; he having stretched out his neck, shook his on the south-side hath an hour glass in comb, and clapped his wings twice, crows his hand, which runs just with the clock, twice, and this he doth so shrill, and and when the clock hath struck, hé naturally, as would make any man turns his glass. The first thing above wonder; and if they chose, who attend the minute dial is a dial for the hour, the clock, they can make him crow more containing the half-parts also: the outer times. In this tower, are conveyed all most circumference contains the hours ; the instruments of these motions, which but within it is a curious and perfect are in the aforesaid things. astrolabe, whereby is shewn the motion of every planet, his aspect, and in wha sign, what degree, and what hour, every THE TOWER OF LONDON. one is in every hour of the day. the opposition likewise of the sun and moon, THE Tower of London is not only a and the head and tail of the dragon. And citadel to defend and command the city, because the night darkens not the sun, river, &c. but rlso a royal palace, where nor the day the moon, or other planets, our kings with their courts have sometherefore, their courses are here exactly times lodged. It contains a royal arsenal,
wherein are arms and ammunition for it includes both the Tower-hills, part of eighty thousand men; the offices of ord. East Smithfield, Rosemary-lane, Wellnance ; a treasury for the jewels and or- close-square, Little Minories, Artillerynaments of the crown; a mint for coin street, French-alley, Duke-street, and the ing money, though lately a separate build- other courts and alleys within the com. ing has been erected for the purpose ; the pass in Spital-fields. great archive, wherein are contained all
LECTOR SPECULI. the ancient records of the courts of Westminster, &c.; and is the chief prison for state criminals. In the midst of it is the BOMBARDMENT OF ALGIERS. great square white tower, built by Wil.
A private Letter. liam the conqueror, about the year 1079. Within the tower is a parochial church, Aras time when Algiers is blockadod, and
may, perhaps, again be bombarded in order to founded by King Edward III. and dedi: bring the piratical Dey to his senses, the fol. cated in the name of St. Peter in chains, lowing humoutous letter, descriptive of the
Bombardment of Algiers in 1816, will be read exempt from all jurisdiction of the arché
with interest.-.-ED.) bishop, and a royal chapel now disused. The chief officer of the tower is a con.
Queen Charlotte, August 29, 1816. stable, or chief governor, with an annual My dearest Turbans and trowsers salary of 1,0001., under whom is the lieu. are so like caps and petticoats, that you tenant-governor, who acts by his direc- in England think the Turks and Moors tion, and in his absence.
He has, by
are little better than old women. grant of several of our kings, unam lage had seen them the day before yesterday, nam, two gallons and a pint of wine you would have had a different opinion of before, and as much behind the masts of them. Without so much noise and jaball wine-ships that come to the port of bering, they were as active as Frenchmen, London, and a certain quantity out of and, to do them justice, they pointed every boat laden (with lobsters, oysters, their guns with a coolaess and precision and other shell-fish, and double the quan- that would not have disgraced any gentity out of every alien's hoat passing by tleman in cocked hats and pantaloons, as the tower. His salary is 2001. per an. I think ; as far as I could judge, there num, and his perquisites are large, which are few Christians who value their skins make his appointment 700l. a-year.
less than these Pagans. They say that His usual fee for every prisoner or they have a funny Paradise prepared for making his entry is 201., and 31. a-week those who die in battle; some of the joys for an earl ; 5l. for a knight ; and for a of this pretended Eden we hope to enjoy baron, 501. on his entry, to whom the on our arrival at home; however, seven king allows 101. weekly, two-parts of thousand of the poor Nahometans have which go to the prisoner, and a third to got before us. the lieutenant for lodging and diet, and All the ships bore up, and took their 501. to the lieutenant on the prisoner's places in the best order and the most gal. discharge. Under the constable, besides lant manner. It was, at least, as coolly the lieutenant, are the deputy lieutenant, and exactly performed as the famous reat 365l. per annum ; a tower major, at view at Portsmouth, and I only wish that 1821. 108. per annum ; a gentleman por- the Great Alexander, who, we are told, ter, at 841. 6s. 8d. per annum ; a gentle. thinks we go snacks with the old Dey, man gaoler at 701. per annum; a surgeon had seen this review, instead of that. Not at 451. 12s.6d., and forty warders, at that he could have seen long or much, for fixed salaries. The gentleman porter has after the firing once began, the little wind charge of the gates, to lock and unlock that there was, swooned away, as if for them, and deliver the keys every night fear; and we were all covered by thick to the constable or lieutenant, and receive smoke, like twenty Vauxhalls at the end them of him the next morning : he com of the fire-works on a cloudy night. Our mands the warders in waiting, and re old Queen Charlotte was the Madame ceives, as his fee, from every prisoner, Saqui of the piece, and danced beautifully vestimenta superiora, or a composition on the tight rope by which she was made for the same.
fast to the mole. I dare say the Dey The gentleman gaoler has also 40s. for thinks we must be all near-sighted, for a gentleman, and 5l. for a knight. we seemed to think we never could get
In the tower is likewise kept a court close enough. The old Lord was devilish of record by prescription, for the liberty polite; and though they say the first blow of the tower, of debt, tresspass, and other is half the battle, he gave this advantage actions of any sum.
to the pirates, who began firing just about The tower liberty is subject to no juris. two o'clock, as I have since heard, for I diction, but to that of the tower itself ; forgot to look at my watch. The positios
of the Queen Charlotte was exactly at the with the speaking trumpet, with the assistentrance of the mole, where we had a ance of which I assure you, I sung out complete prospect of what they used to pretty well, though I can't say that it call the marine. They must now find a was to any great tune.
You'll say, pernew name for it, for they have no marine haps, that I am acting the trumpeter left. This enabled us to have a beautiful stisl. view of the commencement of the action. Now the grief of the story is, that we I cannot describe to you the immense had no officer killed, so no promotion ; crowd of that covered the mole and the Dey's balls seemed to have the navy all parts of the marine, they were as thick list by heart, and took care to avoid every as hops ; thicker I suppose than the hops body who would have made a vacancy. are this year, unless the weather mended. The admiral had a sore dowse on the Well, just as the old lady was going to let chops, which did not, I believe, draw fly her broadside, the admiral, I suppose, blood; if it did, he swabbed it up dihad some pity on the poor devils ; for he rectly, without saying a word about it, stood on the poop and motioned with his though he must have had a good deal of hand for them to get out of the way—but jaw of his own, to have been able to stand there was such a crowd that this was im- such a thump. possible, even if they had wished; but I I have written my paper full, and yet don't suppose they understood what the I believe I have told you little or nothing admiral meant—at last, Fire! fire ! fire— about the real battle; but the truth is, I and bang: I think I saw five hundred or saw but little of it. I was like the man a thousand of them bang down in an inin the play, who could not see the town stant. After that I did not see much, for the houses; and Jonah in the whale's until our boats, taking pity on our dark- belly knew as much about a gale of wind, ness, set fire to a frigate close to us, just as a middy in a three-decker does of an by way of light to see what we were doing. action. But the best of the story is, and You talk of your fires in London, and of I must take a new sheet to tell it, that the your engines and firemen; I wish we had Prometheus brought us two new mid. had some of them, when this cursed shipmen—funny little fellows; who do frigate was blazing not fifty yards from you think they were ? The consul's wife our dwelling, which, being built of wood, and daughter. I wonder how they be. with oakum for mortar, and fine verandas haved in the action ; I did not see them, and balconies made of hemp and tow, was The consul himself was in irons ashore. rather more in danger than one of your Now that it is all over, I wonder whether substantial brick messuages is, when the he'll thank us for teaching his wife to neighbour's house takes fire. The fact is, wear the breeches. He had a little child we were on fire, I believe, two or three in the cradle, and the doctor promised to times; but we were all so d—d cool that give it some dose that should make it lie we put it out directly. The short and the quiet ; and he engaged to bring it down long of my story is, that in six hours we in a basket like a roasting pig; but just knocked all their batteries and castles as the poor doctor and his pig got to the about their ears and eyes, like the last last gate, the poor little devil began to scene in Timour the Tartar. When we squeak: so the Turks found out the come home, it would save the public some whole affair, and clapped the doctor and cash, and give us a little employment, to three youngsters, and the boat's crew, hire us to clear away for the new street; into prison, as they do the old women we should have St. James's Market down about London, for child-stealing. The in a twinkling: and I will venture to doctor, I hear, says, that it is the most say the Dey's batteries looked as like a surprising thing in the world that his slaughter-house as any butcher's shop in drugs did not keep the child quiet, and the whole row.
indeed, I think so to: for, after taking All our gun-boats wero numbered, and these folk's stuffs, people are generally it was good fun to see how No. 8 would quiet enough. However, all's well that pull to get into the fire before No. 6; in ends well; the Dey sent the child off fact they were all nobly conducted, and next morning—we thought he must have the only number which no body seemed to a good force with him, when he could take care of was number one. For my afford to send us the infantry. own part I say this with an easier con. God bless you, my dear; I have got a science, because I was obliged to stay on correct plan of the whole affair, which board; the boats were supposed to be Jane may work into a sampler at Christsuch desperate work, that it required mas: only mind, the Turks must be great interest to get into them. I never done in worsted. I hear our captain is before so wished to be an honourable ; going with despatches. I shall try to however, I was forced to content myself get this letter sent, to let you know that
bless you, :
ON THE SAVING FUND.
I am alive and merry; and now that you powerful enemy in the field. He thero. are sure of that, I'll tell you of a little fore retired, and took up a very strong scratch I had, but its nothing at all, just position near a place called Leckalee, on like my letter. Our doctor you see, has the western side of Benmore, the loftiest no better success with me, than the Pro- mountain of that mountainous island. metheus doctor with the little child, for The Lord of the Isles encamped by the he has not made me quiet. Again, God sea-side below the men of Mulī.
Maclean, of Borreray, was a vassal of I end this the 30th ; could you believe Macdonald, and attended his superior on that so much nonsense could be written this expedition with all his people. He in twenty-four hours ? and with such a was a man of great prudence, and stood bad pen
very high in the esteem of his Lord, who
was accustomed to consult him on all im. SNAGGS
Every attempt to compromise the feud having failed, the
Lord of the Isles announced his resoluZOUNDS! Dame, do'ee look, here's a paper to tion to attack the Macleans on the fol, read;
lowing morning. His men were brave 'Twas at market to-day that I had un--"l'is all about saving our cash 'gainst we need,
and numerous, but the advantage of the And I don't think the scheme be a bad’un,
ground which his enemies occupied, gave I wur gapping about at the market just so,
thein every chance of success; and there When a chap com'd towards me quite gaily,
could be no doubt that the Macdonalds says
he, " Master Snaggs, I've got summat must suffer severe loss, whatever the ulfor you;"
timate result might be. Snigs! I thought to be sure 'twas a bailey.
Situated as Borreray was, it did not 20, I look'd first at him, and
then I look'd round, become him directly to oppose the attack; But thinks I, 'tis no use to outrun ye ; So he gee'd me this here, and I very soon found
but availing himself of the credulity and That he wur the man for my money.
superstition so prevalent in that age, he But read it thyself, for I read it afore,
adopted a more effectual means of preAnd I thinks 'tis a noble invention;
venting the destruction of his mutual For a man can't begin e'er too early to store, friends, and it deserves to be recorded to
Since a cure an't so good as prevention, his honour. If this had but been when we first begun,
On the morning of the intended. batWhat trouble and care had been sav'd us; The few pounds
we had earn’d would have stiž tle, Borreray was summoned to council been at hand,
at a very early hour, and he appeared exAnd not sent to the rogue who beknav'd us. tremely dejected. Macdonald observed Then a shilling or so, it is easily spar'd, this, and remarking that it must natu
If a body will only be thrifty;
rally be distressing to his feelings to be To a hundred, or hundred and fifty.
engaged against his own clan, he kindly There's those boys there---zounds ! once a fort. charge of a body of men intended for a
entreated that Borreray should take night, or so, If they only begin with a shilling,
reserve. The other thanked the Lord of And then, by and by, put another or two, the Isles, but declined the favour; and
And the bag will be always a filling. assured his superior that though he felt Tho’our young days be gone, why 'tis never too much reluctance to spill the blood of his late
clansmen, that was by no means the To be wise,---and so, Dame, I shall enter My name on their books, and contentedly wait,
chief cause of his sorrow. The Lord of Nor dread the result of the venture,
the Isles requested to know what other Then how pleasing 'twill be so to see a small cause he could have, and Maclean ap
peared very averse from disclosing it; In a year or two mount to a treasure, Which is always increasing when once 'tis begun he had a dream the preceding night,
but he at last informed Macdonald that Without fear of a hole in the measure, No, no : 'twill be safe---the Conductors be men
which gave him great" alarm. In his Upon whom we may place all reliance ;
sleep he had been visited by a supernatu. So my money I'll take 'em on Monday, and then ral being, which chaunted to him some Set all trouble and risk at defiance.
Verses, which may be trarslated as fol.
THE DREAM OF BORRERAY. In the fifteenth century, Macdonald, Lord of the Isles, invaded the island of Mull with a large force; and Maclean, the chief of that clan, being taken by surprise, was not prepared to resist his
" Thou dark and dismal Leckalee,
The fatal fight befals on thee;