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empress ; so that at last, said the girl,

The Gatherer. “ I felt my heart burning in my breast." Her father, however, had none of her " I am buc a Gatherer and disposer of other

men's stuff.".--Wotton. enthusiasm of character. He is old, and said he neither could join the army himself, nor had he a son to send thither;

EPIGRAM. and as to giving a slave for the ranks, WalPOLE, whene'er he gave away what interest had a slave to fight for the Pension or post was heard to say, independence of Brazil ? He should wait (With looks austerely hurtful,) in patience the result of the war, and be Whene'er a minister bestows a peaceable subject to the winner. Donna

A place, he makes a thousand foes, Maria stole from home to the house of And one, alas ! ungrateful. her own sister, who was married, and when* • • ascended Hymen's car. lived at a little distance. She recapitu- The argument perhaps too far, 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. Nay,”

“ Alas! to make one woman bless'd, said the sister, “ if I had not a husband

I've made a thousand wretched.” and children, for one half what you say I would join the ranks for the emperor. This was enough. Maria received some MY GRANDMOTHER. clothes belonging to her sister's husband As my grandmother lov'd me most to equip her: and as her father was then

dearly, about to go to Cachoeira to dispose of I ask'd her true reason for this, some cottons, she resolved to take the why, being allied to her nearly opportunity of riding after him, near

She never did give me a kiss ? enough for protection in case of accident on the road, and far enough off to escape

“ You saucy young rogue,” she then

cried, detection. At length being in sight of “ Two natural reasons beset me, Cachoeira, she stopped ; and going off You know very well I have tried, the road, equipped herself in male attire,

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 hither, I believe, with despatches, and to millions of inhabitants in the year 1707. be presented to the emperor, who has The revenues were then above thirty-two given her an ensign's commission and millions sterling a year. It is now re. the order of the cross, the decoration 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

MATRIMONY. have been a remarkable person. She is not particularly masculine in her appear

« My dear, what makes you always ance, and her manners are gentle and cheerful. She has not contracted any The wife exclaimed, her temper gone, thing course or vulgar in her camp life, " Is home so dull and dreary?”. and I believe that no imputation has “ Not so my love," he said, “ Not so;" ever been substantiated against her mo “ But man and wife are one you know ; desty. One thing is certain, that her sex

66 And when' alone I'm weary !”. never was known until her father applied to her commanding officer to seek her.

TO CORRESPONDENTS. There is nothing very peculiar in her

W.F., Alpheus, P. T. W., and several other manners at table, excepting that she eats correspondents shall have a place in our next. farinha with her eggs at breakfast and her Kiow has been misinformed on the subject to fish at dinner, instead of bread, and which he asks for an answer.

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 principadrawing 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 estate 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

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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,
That make so gay the solitary place,

Where no eye sees them."...
NUGÆ CANORÆ.

Again—

“ 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

ers.

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 intel. roots 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 i 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: " Amicted 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.'

flowers,

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,

appointed order.

The god of seasons,

the god of beauty and excellence, hath “ Now evry 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, To sell the bounteous product of the spring!

resign its sunny robes.'Sweet-smelling flow'rs, and elders early bred,

These beauteous children of nature do not With nettle'go 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 tran. ance 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 gladof 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 goodearth an air of gaiety, significantly ex.

ness is indeed apparent, in having diverpressed 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
By waspish envy beaten out of place.

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.

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