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live in his works, and in his exertions in make Lord Byron, when present there, the cause of Greece, when his failings the object of a sort of personal affection; will be forgotten.
and his death is to the Greeks a sudden
blighting of political hopes, a dark cloud [FROM THE GLOBE AND TRAVELLER.] overshadowing their glorious prospects, ENGLAND is thus deprived of the man to
the loss of valuable substantive aid, and whom even those who have felt the most the more sensible loss of the lustre which violent enmity towards some of his recent his great name shed upon their cause. writings have not denied the title of the Cut off in the prime of life, and in the first poet of the age. His death is the very summer of his mental power, his more melancholy at a time when he death is on that account rendered addidevoted himself to a cause in which, in tionally painful in itself ; yet he certainly common with all generous minds, he felt could not have died under circumstances the deepest sympathy—a cause of which more favourable to his fame. He had it is enough to say, that it would have already established a reputation as the been worthy of his muse. The character great poetical ornament of his age; and of Lord Byron has already been the sub- he had acquired, in spite of the prejuject of very strict and not very friendly in- dices of rank and wealth, that honour vestigation ; but it will be acknowledged and esteem from mankind, which are that if he fell into some of those errors ensured by a strong sensibility to their which those who have too early an oppor. wrongs, and a vivid indignation against tunity of gratifying all their wishes can
He was pursuing a scarcely escape from : and if in his mind career of glory, labouring hand and heart there was occasionally something of that in the purest cause of modern times, on bitterness which arises in the very foun- the most illustrious soil in the world. tain of the Graces, he is now entitled to His celebrity as a patriot was bidding fair be remembered for the great qualities in
to rival his reputation as a poet-a rare which he has excelled all men of his age conjunction of honours ! He had the and rank-not for the failings which he fortune which he thought Napoleon's rehas shared with so many of them. His putation so much wanted, when he rebrilliant talents, and his careful cultiva- proached him with not dying in the field tion of them, his benevolent heart, his of battle. aspirations for the happiness and liberty of mankind; and finally, his noble de
VERSES votedness in the noblest struggle which this age has witnessed, will cause him to ON THE DEATH OF LORD BYRON, be numbered among the great men of
THYSELF had'st said, that in the cloudy clime whose memory England is proud, and
Which gave thee birth, thou willing would'st whose premature loss it has been her fate
not die; to lament.
The wish thus breath'd in thy prophetic rhyme,
Has granted been by answ'ring destiny. (FROM THE EXAMINER.]
Greece saw thee die---Greece fully made thine How strong and how universal is the melancholy sensation produced by the
By all the ties thy genius could impose;
Greece claim'd thee living as her fav'rite son, death of a man of genius! Every rea And dead, laments thee with a nation's woes. der of his immortal writings is, at the
Oh! well Childe Harold has his fame restored least, an acquaintance—often an ardent
And well his wayward pilgrimage has clos'd; and sympathizing friend. The favourite In arms, for liberty, by Greece adored, passages imprinted on the memory recur
He died, to Moslem tyranny oppos’d. at such a moment, and touchingly re Oh, had his sword but drank the oppressor's mind us, that we have lost one who had been a companion in so many interesting The pilgrim's glorious death would then lave
His dying voice but rais'd the victor's cry; hours, and had enriched our minds with so many beautiful and ennobling associ. A crowning, worthy of his poetry. ations. Throughout Great Britain, North
A HARROW SCHOOL-FELLOW
OF LORD BYRON. America, and our colonial dominions, will this event produce a sensation not weakened by distance or locality; and in
*** A Portrait of Lord Byron, from an apa less degree in France, Germany, and proved likeness, is in the hands of an artist, and all the more enlightened countries of as soon as it can be engraved on steel, will be Europe, to which the poet's genius had presented gratis to the readers of the Mirror. been communicated by translations. In Greece, indeed, the shock is probably more felt than even in England. Admi.
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THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY. This is but a strange comparison, espe. All our associations with May are de- cially as we confess our admi:ation of that
romantic personage extends scarcely befightful. It is the time of congratulation and hope. We rejoice that the winter has yond his slashed doublet and collar of
and by no means carries us to the passed away, and we see summer approach end
of his speeches. Yet are we contowards us with his softest glance and strained to consider Sir Piercie as a fa. most buoyant step : we forget the festivi, voured specimen of his kind ; for we have ties of Christmas, and the sultry breath of June, and only recollect that bitter frosts know, glisten, though they were previously
some of the brightest eyes, that we and dark days are the companions of the placid, and very sweet lips smile, at the one, and that the other has bright colours and the richest odours, and sunset lights felt that
this was rather hard upon us,
passing mention of his name. and evening winds, to make us happy.
and our serious endeavours at liveliness; The first of May was a day pleasant to though the Elizabethan knight is certainly gods and men. It shone as welcome on
a sort of privileged person, and has writ. Olympus as on Rome, and in the vallies
ten authority to rise with “mortal gashes” of Tivoli. We have high intimation that
on his head, and to push men of this Aurora was a patroness
of the day, or, at any rate, that she mingled in the revelry: little ceremony as he used towards the
plain-spoken age from our stools, with as Who, when he hears of
honest family of Glendinning. Zephyr with Aurora playing,
But to quit Cupid and Sir Piercie Shaf. When he met her once a Maying,
ton for our subject, from which we have can hesitate to admit into the calendar of been beguiled by the latter worthy, let his holidays the one which was observed us now say a word or two about our an. by such bright and airy deities ?
cestors. They had better notions of May Maia (May) is traced by some to the than the Romans, and observed it with word Majores, and is said to have been as gay but more decorous rites. Although adopted by Romulus out of respect to his the
processions and dances of the morning senators, who were called majores. We migħt degenerate into too free a carousal at prefer the pleasanter derivation, and ac- night, yet the more objectionable parts of knowledge rather its origin in the starry the sports were never, we believe, preconMaia, one of the Pleiades, and mother of certed : it is true, indeed, that good cheer the feather-footed Hermes.
was not wanting during the day; but it The Romans, who generally showed a was not until evening that the bonfires great share of animal propensity in their were lighted, and the actual revelry amusements, observed May-day with but commenced. At Rome, vice formed a unseemly rites ; they exhibited loose striking and essential part of the day's sports and extravagant postures, to stimu- festivity; in England it was either unlate the degraded appetite of Rome, in the frequent or fortuitous; it was nourished same spirit that they administered to their with potent dews, and sprung up like an own pampered vanity, by proclaiming exhalation at the close of the day, when all the world barbarians except them. the spirit of gaiety began to languish, selves. These sports were acted in honour, May-day was celebrated as was fitting, as it was pleasantly called, of the goddess by the young. They rose shortly after Flora, who (ousting Pomona from her midnight, and went to some neighbouring golden seat) was worshipped as the deity wood, attended by songs and music, and of fruits and flowers.
breaking green branches from the trees, Floribus et fructibus præ-erat.
adorned them with wreaths and crowns of The ancients esteemed the month of flowers. They returned home at the rising May unfavourable, while the moderns of the sun, and made their windows and deem it favourable, to love. Shakspeare,
their doors gay with garlands. In the who may be considered as the best autho: villages they danced during the
day around rity on points of this sort, speaks of
the May-pole, which afterwards remained
during the whole year untouched, except Love, whose month is ever May.
by the seasons, a faded emblem and a con. For ourselves, we are of the modern fac. sécrated offering to the goddess of flowers. tion; and while we think that glimpses At night the villagers lighted up fires, from the young-eyed god might make and indulged in revellings, which somebright even the fogs of November, yet times were 66 after the high Roman when he shakes his wings “ with roarie fashion,” and might, indeed, have vied May-dews wet,” and comes down upon with those religious festivities with which us like a shape from heaven, not even Sir the “true believers” are still accustomed Piercie Shafton himself that ingeniously to reward themselves, for their pious abtedioas euphuist, may contend with him. stinence during the fasts of Rhamazan.
ORIGIN OF THE TERMS WHIG He then tells us a long story, in which AND TORY.
he ascribes the invention of the term to (For the Mirror.)
Titus Oates. The word Whig, he in
forms us is Scotch, and was in use among “ This year (says Hume, History of the Cameronians, who frequently took up England, 1680,) is remarkable for being arms in support of their religion. It is the epoch of the well-known epithets, of said that the Duke of Monmouth, after Whig and Tory, by which, and sometimes his return from the battle of Bothwell without any material difference, this is- Bridge (so admirably described in the land has been so long divided. The “ Tales of My Landlord”) found himself court-party reproached their antagonists ill-treated by King Charles, for having with their affinity to the fanatical conven- used the insurgent covenanters so merci. ticles in Scotland, who were known by fully. Lord Lauderdale is reported to the name of the Whigs. The country- have told Charles, with an oath, that the party found a resemblance between the Duke had been so civil to the Whigs courtiers and Popish banditti in Ireland, to because he was a Whig himself in his whom the appellation of Tory was af- heart. This made it a court-word, and fixed. And after this manner these foolish in a little time all the friends and fol. terms of reproach came into public and lowers of the Duke began to be called general use; and even at present seem Whigs.
F. R -Y not nearer their end than when they were first invented.” Bailey, in his dictionary, gives the
TOM AND HIS FRIENDS ; following as the origin :-“Whig (Sax.) whey, butter-milk, or very small beer;
OR, SEVEN DAYS' WORK. also a name first applied to those in Scot Tom GOODFELLOW came to his fortune on land who kept their meetings in the
And Friends came to see him in dozens on fields, their common food being sour Monday! milk ;* a nick-name given to those who On Tuesday were with him to dinner and sup; were against the court-interest in the times on Wednesday in honour of Tom, kept it up! of King Charles and James, and to such
On Thursday his Friends set the 'dice-box as were for it in succeeding reigns.” On Friday, by some means, Tom lost his
last With regard to Tory, he tells us that guinea! it was a “word first used by the Protest. And Saturday---Saturday---saw an end of the
UTOPIA. ants in Ireland, to signify those Irish common robbers and murderers who stood out-lawed for robbery and murder; now MORE « MISERIES.” a nick name to such as call themselves high church-men, or to the partizans of
(For the Mirror.) the Chevalier de St. George."
WALKING in the streets of London, after Johnson has_“ Whig (Sax.) Whey. a heavy rain, adorned with a new pair of The name of a faction ; and as for Tory, inexpressibles just come from your tailor; he supposes it to be derived from an
with your dress-shoes nicely blacked with Irish word, signifying a savage. One Warren's best japan; on your way to who adheres to the ancient Constitution of join an evening party-mistaking (as I the State, and the apostolical hierarchy of once did,) a huge assemblage of mud for the Church of England-opposed to a a bank of solid earth ; stepping into it up Whig.”
to your knees; to your own great'annoyTorbhee is the Irish appellation for ance, and the spoliation of your dressa person who seizes by force, and without shoes, silk stockings, and dandy inexpresthe intervention of law, what, whether sibles. really so or not, he alleges to be his pro Riding a mettlesome horse at a review, perty.
or on a race-course; which said horse Daniel Defoe, in his “ Review of the takes fright and runs away with
à-laBritish Nation, 1709,” thus defines Tory: Gilpin ; thereby exposing you to a shout “ The word Tory is Irish, and was first of derision from all the spectators. made use of in Ireland, in the time of
Buying a lottery-ticket, after hesitating Elizabeth's wars there. It signified a a long time in the choice of a number; kind of robbers, who, being listed in drawing a blank; and finding that the neither army, preyed in genera! upon next number gained the capital prize. their country, without distinction of Eng Travelling in a stage-coach on a very lish or Irish.”
hot day, between a cross, fat old gentle.
man, and a woman with a sick child in • In many parts of Scotland the term Whig is. still commonly applied to a sort of sour liquid, her arms; the opposite side being occuwhich is obtained from milk or cream.
pied by a couple of ill. tempered old ? A 2
maids, and a large poodle dog. After the teen days between each time; so that first stage, you get out in high dudgeon, they hatch and creep from their holes into resolving to endure this complication of the sea at different times also. When they miseries no longer ; but find that you have laid the complement of eggs, they have no alternative but to resume your fill the hole with sand, and leave them to original position, or accept the only va be hatched by the heat of the sun, which cant seat on the outside ; the rest being is usually performed in about three weeks. filled with drunken sailors, and school. It may be proper to add, that the eggs are boys going home for the Midsummer about the size of tennis-balls_round, holidays.
white, and covered with a smooth parchGoing rather late to one of the theatres, ment, like skin.” and finding the pit full-forced very reluc
P. T. W. tantly to pay the additional sum of three shillings and six-pence for a seat in the boxes, which are likewise full, or engaged EMIGRATION OF THE STORK. -obliged at last to occupy the very worst “The Stork in the Heavens knoweth her apseat in the sccond circle.
pointed times.” Coming out of the country on purpose NATURALISTS have been much puzzled to sell out stock—arriving at the Bank, in assigning the winter abode of Storks. and finding that you have come on a red
Many authors suppose that they go to letter-day.
the Nile in this season, in quest of food ; Going with a party of pleasure on the to which purpose, Dr. Shaw observes, water ; while in the act of handing a lady that in the
middle of April he saw three into the boat, your foot slips, and you fights of these birds, each of which took tumble in up to your neck, dragging the
up more than three hours in passing by affrighted fair-one after you. In the interval between the dances al mile in breadth. These, he says, were
him extending itself more than half a an asembly, while entertaining your part. then leaving Egypt, where the canals and ner (who, from your appearance and ad. the ponds, that are annually left by the dress, mistakes you for an officer,) with Nile, were become dry, and directing various fictitious incidents relative to the themselves towards the north-east. They battle of Waterloo, &c.; to be accosted return again a little after the autumnal by a brother shopman, who inquires after equinox, when the waters of the Nile reyour friends in Tooley-street, and asks turning within the banks, leave the counwhether huckabacks are cheaper than they
fit state to supply them with
nourishment. It is observed, that for the Dreaming that you have suddenly ac
space of about a fortnight before they quired a large fortune ; stretching out
pass from one country into another, they your hand to grasp the welcome booty; constantly resort together from all the waking, and finding nothing in your fist circumjacent parts in a certain plain, and but the bed-post. The last misery, though one to which dou-wanne (according to the phrase of
there forming themselves every day into a I hope on the present occasion I shall not the people), are said to determine the be subjected, is sending an article to the exact time of their departure, and the MIRROR and having it rejected
places of their future abodes :C. J, D.
“Who bid the Stork, Columbus-like, explore, PROVIDENTIAL CARE.
Who calls the council, states the certain days, (For the Mirror.)
Who forms the phalanx, and who points the CATESBY says, “ The sea-tortoises, or
ways." turtles, never go on-shore but to lay their Though they are very silent at other eggs, which they do in April: they then times, on this occasion they make a singu. crawl up from the sca above the flowing lar clattering noise with their bills, and all of high water, and dig a hole above two seems bustle and consultation. It is said, feet deep in the sand, into which they that the first north wind is the signal for drop, in one night, above a hundred eggs, their departure, when the whole body beat which time they are so intent on Nature's comes silent, and move at once, generally work, that they regard none that approach in the night; and, taking an extensive them ; but will drop their eggs into a hat spiral course, they are soon lost in the if held under them: but if they are dis- air, when turbed before they begin to lay, they will “Each, with out-stretch'd neck, his rank mainforsake the place, and seek another. They lay their eggs at three, and sometimes at In marshalld order through the ethereal void." four, different times ; there being four
P. T. W.
Heavens not his own, and worlds unknown