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empress ; so that at last, said the girl,
“ I am but a Gatherer and disposer of other
(With looks austerely hurtful,)
A place, he makes a thousand foes,
* ascended Hymen's car. lated the whole of the stranger's discourse, and said she wished she was a man, that for thus his feelings he expressed,
He, like Sir Robert, stretched, she might join the patriots.
66 Alas! to make one woman bless'd,
I've made a thousand wretched.”
She never did give me a kiss ?
“ You saucy young rogue,
” she then on the road, and far enough off to escape
But my long nose and chin would'nt and entered the town. This was on Fri.
E. B. day. By Sunday she had managea matters so well, that she had entered the regiment of artillery, and had mounted TEMPORA MUTANTUR. guard. She was too slight, however, for that service, and exchanged into the in. THE Mogul Empire contained near a fantry, where she now is. She was sent million of square miles, and seventy
millions of inhabitants in the year 1707. hither, I believe, with despatches, and to
The revenues were then above thirty-two be presented to the emperor, who has given her an ensign's commission and millions sterling a year. It is now rethe order of the cross, the decoratiora of duced to about the size of the County of which he himself fixed on her jacket.
Surrey, with about as much revenue in She is illiterate, but clever. Her un.
one year as it received in twelve hours, derstanding is quick, and her perceptions only little more than a century ago !!! keen. I think, with education she might have been a remarkable person. She is
MATRIMONY. not particularly masculine in her appear.
“ My dear, what makes you always
66 And when' alone I'm weary !”
which he asks for an answer. fish at dinner, instead of bread, and
Received J.M.C.,Q.R.,J.D., T. H. Y., and smokes a segar after each meal; but she Mary Dove, whose case we pity, but cannot is very temperate.-Graham's Voyage to relieve. Brazil.
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The following is a quaint description of fourth room, where both the body and Cromwell's laying in state, and is entitled, the effigies do lie completely hung with " A particular and exact relation how black velvet, the roof of the said room Somerset House is prepared for the effigies, ceiled also with velvet, and a large canopy or representation of his late Highness, or cloth of estate of black velvet fringed by particular order of the Lords of the over the effigies ; the effigies itself appaCouncil.”
relled in a rich suit of uncut velvet, being “ The first room the people enter was robed first in a kirtle robe of purple velvet, formerly the Presence Chamber, which is laced with a rich gold lace, and furred hung completely with black, and at the with ermins ; upon the kirtle is the royal, upper end a cloth of estate, with a chair large robe of the like purple velvet laced, of estate standing upon the Haut-place and furred with ermins, with rich strings, under the state. From thence you pass and tassels of gold; his kirtle is girt with to a second large room, which was the a rich embroidered belt, in which is a fair Privy Chamber, all completely hung sword richly gilt, and hatched with gold, with black, and a cloth of estate at the hanging by the side of the effigies ; in upper end, having also a chair of estate the right hand is the golden sceptre reupon the Haut-place, under the cloth of presenting government ; in his left hand estate. The third room is a large with. is held the globe, representing principa. drawing chamber, completely hung as the lity; upon his head, the cap of regality other, with a black cloth, and a cloth of of purple velvet, furred with ermins. estate at the upper end, with a chair of Behind the head is a rich chair of estate estate as in the other rooms. All these of cloth of gold tissued ; upon the cushion three large rooms are completely fur- of the chair stands the imperial crown set nished with escutcheons of his Highness's with stones. The whole effigies lies upon arms, crowned with the imperial crown, a bed covered with a large pall of black and upon the head of each cloth of estale velvet, under which is a fine Holland is fixed a large majesty escutcheon, fairly sheet upon six stools of cloth of gold painted and gilt, upon taffeta. The tissued; by the sides of the bed of state VOL. III. T
lies a rich suit of complete armour, re. may be considered, perhaps, more intelli. presenting his command as general ; at gible than the original the feet of the effigies stands his crest, as is usual in all ancient monuments. This
ON A CERTAIN HUMANE
LEGISLATOR. bed of state, upon which the effigies so lies, is ascended unto by two ascents, For dogs and hares, covered with the aforesaid pall of velvet, And apes and bears, and the whole work is encompassed about Let M_En still make laws, Sir; with rails covered with velvet; at each
For sure I be corner is a square pillar or upright, co
That none but he vered with velvet ; upon the tops of them So well can plead their cause, Sir. are four beasts, supporters of the imperial
Of all the house, arms, bearing banners or streamers crown
Of man, or mouse, ed; the pillars are decorated with trophies
No one stands him before, Sir, of military honour, carved and gilt. The
To represent pedestals of the pillars have shields and
In parliament, crowns gilt, which make the whole work
The brutes, for he's a bore, * Sir noble and complete; within the rails stand eight great standards or candlesticks
Your admission of this into a corner of of silver, being almost five feet in height, your next MIRROR, will oblige,
BARDULUS. with great tapers in them of virgin wax, April 19, 1824. three feet in length. Next to the candle- * Query---boar?---PRINTER'S Devil. sticks are set upright in sockets, the four great standards of his Highness's arms,
SPRING.-THE VEGETABLE the guidons, the great banners, and ban
CREATION. rolls, all of taffeta, richly gilt and painted; the cloth of estate hath a majesty scut- ( To the Editor of the Mirror.) cheon fixed at the head, and upon the As the season is advancing when nature velvet hangings on each side of the effigies is a majesty scutcheon, and the whole and the vegetable world is arrayed in its
covers the earth with beautiful flowers, room fully and completely furnished with taffeta scutcheons.
choicest robes, the following may be worMuch more might be enlarged of the magnificence of this thy your insertion, and call to the minds
your numerous readers, the benevolence solemn setting up, and shewing the effi. gies at present in Somerset House, where the humble, vegetable tribe :
of the creator, so beautifully expressed in it is to remain in state until the funeral.
Cowper in his task says, day, which is appointed to be on the 9th of November next.-Merc. Pol. Oct. 14.
« That there lives and works,
A soul in all things, and that soul is God. to 21.
The beauties of the wilderness are his,
Where no eye sees them."...
“ Not a flower ( To the Editor of the Mirror.)
But shows some touch, in freckle, streak, or SIR, I have a tremendous crow to pluck Of his unrivalled pencil. He inspires
stain, with you, or your compositor, who, by a Their balmy odours, and imparts their hues, grievous lapsus typi, have completely ob- And bathes their eyes with nectar, and includes, scured the brilliance of one of my effu
In grains as countless as the sea-side sands,
The forms with which he sprinkles all the earth. sions in your last number. I a!lude to
Happy who walks with him!" that on the worthy member for Galway, who is made, by your compositor,
It has been observed, that “flowers are
usually the most ornamental part of veTo personate
getables, but the most fleeting and tranThe British state, &c.
sitory.” Pliny says, “ Blossoms are the whereas I had written,
joy of trees, in bearing which, they as
sume a new aspect, vying with each other To personate
in the luxuriance and variety of their The brutish state,
colours.” The beautiful fragrance of For he's a mighty bore, Sir.
flowers is proved by experiment to depend You will thus perceive, that the alter- on a volatile essential oil, in many cases ation of a single word has had the effect obtainable by distillation, in others by in. of entirely extracting the sting of the fusion in spirits, or in expressed oil, ether epigram. As this is the case, I will, with of which imbibé or dissolve it. Flo'wers your permission, offer to your readers do not give it out alike at all times, some another version of this morceau, which have no scent during the day, but 'decor, e
highly fragrant in the evening. These gay, are only intended by nature as preenhance the luxury of the bright moon- paratives to autumnal fruits.” light nights of India. They are elegantly A writer in the Universal Magazine, termed by Linnæus, flores tristes, sad, or between the years 1785 and 1792, (on melancholy flowers. Boccone is of opi. flowers,) observes, “ They are reserved, nion, that in many plants, the colour of as the sweetest charm of life, for those the flowers is wholly owing to the co- superior minds that are fond to improve lour of the juices of the root. This he and perfect the habits of virtue, by the instances in the greater celandine, whose constant pursuit and acquisition of intelroots and flowers are of the same yellow lectual and moral excellence.'_Againcolour. The barberry in like manner, “ I have ever considered flowers as the has both its roots and flowers yellow. pride and glory of the creation, and the
Flowers were in great request at the most beautiful display of omnipotent entertainments of the ancients, being pro- power in the vegetable kingdom. With vided by the master of the feast, and the poets too, as the lovely attendants of brought in before the second course, or, spring, they are inexhaustible sources of as some are of opinion, at the beginning decorations; not only their favourite scenes, of the entertainment. They not only but the incidents which they are most adorned their heads, necks, and breasts, fond to embellish, are enriched with flow, with flowers, but often bestrewed the beds Thus Virgil makes the swain invite whereon they lay, and all parts of the Galatea to the spot, where spring strews room with them: but the head was chiefly the river bank with flowers. Homer, to regarded. See Pott's Grecian Antiqui- adorn the bed of Jupiter, makes the earth ties. In modern days, flowers constitute pour from her bosom unbidden herbs, the ornaments of tables, (natural and ar- and voluntary flowers.* Milton, in a fine tificial,) and in the winter we have the imitation of that passage, employs the resemblance of these beauties of nature, iris, jessamine, and rose, the violet, hyaformed from carrots turnips, &c. The cinth, and crocus, to beautify the blissful ancients likewise used them in the be- bower of Evet: Thomson, in his noble decking of tombs. (At the present pe- hymn, at the conclusion of the seasons, riod we plant near the tomb the weeping. invites the flowery race to join in the willow, and the mournful yew.) general chorus of praise to the great
creator: "Afflicted Israel shall sit weeping down, Their harps upon the neighb'ring willows hung, “ Soft roll your incense, herbs, and fruits and No joyous hymn encouraging their tongue."
In mingled clouds to him, whose sun exalts, Mrs. Barbauld justly observes, with Whose breath perfumes you, and whose pencil regard to flowers,
paints." "They 'spring to cheer and glad the human
The attentive observer will perceive, heart."
that every plant upon earth appears in its And one may say with Elphinston
The god of seasons,
the god of beauty and excellence, hath * Now ev'ry field, now ev'ry tree is green, exactly determined the time when this Now genial nature's fairest face is seen.”
flower shall unfold its leaves, that spread Likewise Gay in his Trivia.
its glowing beauties to the sun, and a
third hang down its drooping head, and, " Hark! how the streets with treble voices ring, withered, resign its sunny robes.'To sell the bounteous product of the spring! Sweet-smelling flow'rs, and elders early bred,
These beauteous children of nature do not With nettle's tender shoots, to cleanse the appear all at once, but in the most en. blood.”
chanting regularity of succession. Each “The spring,” says Dr. Johnson, “af- month displays the beauties peculiar to fords to a mind, so free from the disturb. itself. Soon succeeds the tulip, the tranance of cares or passions, as to be vacant
sient glory of the garden; the anemone, to calm amusements, almost every thing encircled at the bottom with a spreading that our present state makes us capable of dome, and the ranunculus, which displays enjoying. The vane-galed verdure of the all the magnificence of foliage, and charms fields and woods, the succession of grate- the eye with such a brilliant assemblage ful odours, the voice of pleasure pouring of colours. What an inexhaustible source out its notes on every side, with the glade of grateful admiration does this regular ness apparently conceived by every ani. succession of flowers present ! What mal, from the growth of his food, and the manifest displays of divine wisdom and clemency of the weather, throw over the ever-active goodness! The divine good. earth an air of gaiety, significantly ex
ness is indeed apparent, in having diver. pressed by the smile of nature; and that
* Iliad, book xiv. the vernal flowers, however beautiful and
+ Paradise Lost, book iv.
BY HENRY PEACHAM.
sified the vegetable kingdom in such a cient Saturnalia, were introduced into delightful manner, for the colours of plants Gaul by the Romans, and practised by are so wonderfully diversified, and so the Franks upon their becoming masters constantly meet the eye, wherever it is of the country. They were at first fordirected to the face of nature, that they bidden by the church, which afterwards contribute more than any other quality tolerated them, and, in the middle ages, to the beauty of creation"_Nature's car. were celebrated with a degree of splendour pet is so beautifully decorated,
progressively increasing. During the " That where'er you tread, the blushing flowrs fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the shall rise."...Pope.
Carnival was discontinued in France; but I shall conclude this flowery subject with upon the marriage of Henry the Second
to Catherine de Medicis, the Italians who an extract from Dr. T. Byfield's “ Account of the Balsamick Wells at Hox. accompanied that princess, re-established don,” published 1687.—He says, “God, it with as much festivity and pomp as it
was celebrated in the principalities be. the original founder of all Beings, hath implanted in the superficies
of the earth, yond the Alps, and particularly at Rome that great variety of vegetable seeds, and Venice. The word Carnival is formed
of Carn-aval (because much meat is supwhich propagate themselves in their sper posed to be eaten previous to the abstincies : so that every vegetable at its proper season, by the instigation of the heavenly called in Latin of the latter ages Carnis
ence during Lent) in opposition to Lent, influences, setting at work its seminals, and by stirring up its innate power, be privium, Carnis-levamen, and by the
Spaniards Carnis-tollendas. gins to shape itself a body according to the laws of creation, every plant of its the Carnival commenced on the day after
Until the reign of Louis the Fifteenth, kind, till they have made up that won. derful variety which so richly adorns the the Twelfth night, on the 7th of January,
and continued till Ash Wednesday; dur. earth.”
P. T. W.
ing which period numerous balls and entertainments were given, and man,
marriages celebrated. It is now held on VOS VOBIS.
the fifteen days preceding Ash Wednes. day; but the principal days are Thurs
days and Sundays, the Lundi and Mardi The painful bee, who many a bitter show'r And storm had felt, far from his hive away,
Gras, and the Thursday of Mid-lent. A To seek the sweetest honey-bearing flow'r great number of persons in disguise, That might be found, and was the pride of May, masked, and exhibiting every species of Here lighting on the fairest he might spy,
folly, parade the streets. Previous to the Is beat by drones, by wasp and butterfly.
events of 1789, the Rue Saint Antoine, So men there are sometimes of good desert, Who painfully have labour'd for the hive,
presented an extraordinary and ridiculous Yet must they with their merit stand apart,
scene, in which the actors were a multi. And give a far inferior leare to thrive; tude of persons on foot, on horseback,
Or be, perhaps, if gotten unto grace, and in carriages, disguised in every
variety of costume, and assuming dif
ferent characters. The Carnival was proSIC VOS NON VOBIS. hibited in- 1790, and no more celebrated
till the period when Bonaparte was apTHE SILK-WORM.
pointed First Consul. Its restoration was By the same.
a cause of great joy to the Parisians, and These little creatures here, as white as milk, for some years nothing could exceed the
That shame to sloth, are busy at their loom beauty and richness of the costumes disAll summer long, in wearing of their silk,
played upon this annual festival; but it Do make their webs both winding-sheet and tomb;
has lost its charms, and the masks are Thus to th’ungrateful world bequeathing all
now few and unmeaning. The places of Their lives have gotten at their funeral. general resort are the Boulvevards on the Even so the webs our wits for others weave,
north beach of the Seine, and the Rue St. Even from the highest to the meanest worm, Honore. After parading the streets, the But, Siren-like, in the end ourselves deceive, Who spend our time to serve another's turn,
masks repair to the balls in the capital, Or paint a fool with coat or colours gay,
or the petty eating-houses of the environs, To give good words or thanks,so go his way.
where they spend the night. EDGAR. The masked balls, which, at the time
of the Carnival, take precedence of every THE CARNIVAL AT PARIS.
other kind of amusement in Paris, were
introduced under the Regency of the THE masquerades and follies of the Duke of Orleans. The Chevalier de Carnival, degenerate remains of the an. Bouillon conceived the project of con.