« VorigeDoorgaan »
of the craft: I wish he would let me and my For every cobbler may, with Industry works alone, for I am sure I do not trouble
And pains, in time, boast that as well as thee: him or his, and should not know that he
Money's like muck, that's profitable while
'T serves for manuring of some fruitful soil. existed, except from his notice of me, which But on a barren one, like thee, methinks some good-natured friend has sent me. There 'Tis like a dunghill, that lies still and stinks.
Flecknye. are some things in the world, of which, like gnats, we are only reminded of the existence by their stinging us; this was his position
ON FRIENDS AND FOES. with me.”
Two paiuters, friend and foe, once went about Had Byron read the whole of the poem which t'one to show, and t'other for to hide,
To paint Antigones, whose one eye was out, addressed to him by M. de Lamartine, he That turn'd his blind, and this his better, side. would have been more flattered than offended Just so 'twixt friends and foes men are exprest, by it, as it is not only full of beauty, but the By halves
set forth, whilst they conceal the rest ;
None, as their friends or foes, depaint them wou'll, admiration for the genius of the English poet, Being ever half so bad, or half so good. which pervades every sentiment of the ode,
Flecknoc. is so profound, that the epithet which offended the morbid sensitiveness of Byron would THB COMMUTATION OF LOVE AND DEATH's have been readily pardoned. M. de Lamar
DARTS. tine is perhaps the only French poet who
Love and Death o'th' way once meeting could have so justly appreciated, and prace
Having past a friendly greeting.
Sleep their weary eye lids closing, fully eulogized, our wayward child of genius ;
Lay they down themselves reposing. and having written so successfully himself, Love, whom divers cares molested, his praise is more valuable. His“ Medita- Could not sleep, but whilst Death rested, tions”
All in haste, away he posts him, possess a depth of feeling which,
But his haste too dearly costs him ; though tempered by a strong religious senti- For it chanced, that going to sleeping, ment that makes the Christian rise superior Both had given their darts in keeping to the philosopher, bears the impress of a
Unto Night, who, Error's mother,
Blindly knowing not one from t'other, true poetical temperament, which could not Gave Love Death's, and ue'er perceived it, fail to sympathize with all the feelings, how- Whilst as blindly Love receiv'd it. ever he might differ from the reasonings of
Since which time their darts confounding,
Love now kills instead of wounding : Byron. Were the works of the French poet
Death our hearts with sweetness tilling, better known to the English bard he could Gently wounds instead of killing. not, with even all his dislike to French poetry,
Flecknoe. have refused his approbation to the books of M. de Lamartine.- New Monthly Magazine.
SACRED silence, thou that art
Flood-gate of the deeper heart;
Frost o'th' mouth, and thaw o'th' mind.
Admiration's readiest tongue,
Leave thy desert shades among
Reverend hermit's hallow'd cells,
Where retir'd Devotion dwells,
With thy enthusiasms come,
Cease this nymph, and strike her dumb.
THE COURTIER'S ART.
'Tis not huge heapes of figurative devises
Nor luxury of metaphors or phrases,
Nor fineness of connexion that intices
Court-learned eares, and all the world amnzes ;
But depth with pleasure craving all the graces
Of art and nature curiously precize,
Serenely modest, excellently wise.
It is not learning, for the courtiers know it ;
Nor folly, but for councellors most fit;
Nor grave demeanor, for we must bestow it
On ladies toyes ; nor quintessence of wit,
For that is most unstaide; nor doth it sit
With courtiers majestie to be reputed
Too learn'd, too grave, too fine, or too conceited.
A skill transcendent over every art,
Yet subject or essentiall unto none,
Uuperfect too, yet having every part,
And thus, though strauge, unperfect and but one;
Yet all admire and reverence it alone,
By practise to be got, but not by learning.
Storer's Life of Wolsey.
finding himself, on his return from a convi.
vial party, suddenly deprived of speech and Walpoliana.-In one of Sir Robert Wal- power of moving one side of his body. Either pole's letters, he gives a very instructive pic of mental aberration, the gentleman had a
from feelings of desperation, or an impulse ture of a skilful minister and a condescending bottle of port wine brought to his bed-side, parliament. “My dear friend," writes Sir Robert, there is scarcely a member whose and having finished it, he turned with great purse I do not know to a sixpence, and whose composure on his side,' and went to sleep. very soul, almost, I could not purchase at the That gentleman is now living, his intellect offer. The reason former ministers have been wholly unimpaired, his speech' restored, and deceived in this matter is evident—they never
his general health as good as it ever was ; considered the temper of the people they had
and he still daily discusses his bottle or two to deal with. I have known a minister so
of port wine with apparent impunity.- Inweak, as to offer an avaricious old rascal a
firmities of Genius ; by R. F. Madden, Esq. star and garter, and attempt to bribe a young bited
palace of Tamedo, at St. Peters,
Crystal Bed.—There has been lately exhi. rogue, who set no value upon money, with a lucrative employment. I pursue methods as burgh, a state-bed, constructed at the Royal opposite as the poles, and therefore my admi- manufactory by order of the Emperor, to be nistration has been attended with a different sent as a present to the Schah of Persia. It effect.”
is formed of solid crystal, resplendent with "Patriots,” says Walpole, “spring up like silver ornaments. It is ascended by steps of mushrooms. I could raise fifty of them blue glass, and has a fountain underneath, within four-and-twenty hours. I have raised
so contrived as to throw out on each side many of them in one night. It is but re- jets of odoriferous waters. The effect, when fusing to gratify an unreasonable or insolent the chamber is lighted up, is absolutely demand, and up starts a patriot.”
dazzling, as it has the appearance of myriads Walpole was fond of playing at billiards, of diamonds.—Galignani's Messenger. at which his friend, Dr. Monsey, excelled Vale of the White Horse.-In our last him. “ How happens it, Monsey,” said Sir volume, p. 69 to 72, and 86 and 87, we gave Robert, “that nobody beats me at billiards, a somewhat protracted account of the origin or contradicts me, but you ?”_"The solution of the celebrated White Horse, in Berkshire, is easy,” answered Monsey: “I want neither and referred to the custom of scouring the places nor money from you ;- perhaps, if I horse, or a sort of annual festival, when the did, I should be as great a bungler at bile peasantry clipped the turf to preserve the liards as you are."
outline of the horse cut on the hill, and reWalpole, in one of his letters, tells us that moved weeds, &c. from the chalk figure. Lord Baltimore made a whimsical mistake in Dr. Wise thought the custom lost in the speaking to the Prince of Wales, (father of mazes of antiquity; but, a few days since, George III.) on his marriage. Sir,” said when at Englefield Green, we heard of a his lordship, “your royal highness's mar- custom common to this day, in Berkshire, riage will form a new area in the history of of boys going to the chalk pits, annually. England.”
May not this be a relic of the White Horse Walpole had always very exact intelligence scouring ?-Ed. M. of all that was passing at the court of the
Ancient Salary of the Recorder of the Pretender. When Alderman Barber visited City of London.—The pay of the Recorder the minister, after his return from Rome, he of the City of London in the time of Edward asked him how his old friend the Pretender I. was 10l. annually, with an allowance of did. The alderman was much surprised. Sir 20d. for “every written charter,” and “ each Robert then related some minute particulars testament enrolled” in the Court of Hasof a conversation which had taken place tings.
. P. T. W. between them. “ Well, then, Jack," said Sir Robert, “ go and sin no more, lest a worse thing befall thee.”
Vol. XXl. of THE MIRROR, with a Steel-plate PorAfter the retirement of Sir Robert Walpole trait of the ETTRICK SHEPHERD, and a Biographical from the fatigues of public life, his son
Sketch of his Life; upwards of Ninety Engravings, Horace, wishing to amuse him one evening, price 5s.6d. boards. Also,
aud 450 closely-printed pages ; is now publishing, offered to read him some historical work. Parts 138 and 139, price 8d. each. “ Anything,” exclaimed Sir Robert, " but The Supplementary Number, containing the above history ; that must be false." W. G. C.
Portrait, Memoir, and Title-page, Index, &c. to Vol.
XXI., price 2d. Paralysis.-From Mr. Savory, formerly of Bond-street, we remember to have heard an Printed and published by J. LIMBIRD, 143, Strand, account, eight or nine years ago, of a friend
(near Somerset House,) London ; sold by G. G. of his, a baronet, well known in the gay
BENNIS, 55, Rue Neuve, St. Augustin, Paris ;
CHARLES JUGEL, Francfort ; and by all News. world, having been seized with paralysis, and men and Booksellers,
TUE ETTRICK SHEPHERD.
MONUMENT OF THE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF WALES AND SAXE-COBOURG, IN ST. GEORGE'S CHAPEL, WINDSOR. This is an interesting testimonial of national ed, as though she had been a member of affection, which is honourable to British every family in the kingdom."* Scarcely had character. It is no record of private sym. The fair-haired daughter of the Isles, pathy or of overweening sorrow, but a sublime The love of millions, expression of a people's grief, and universal been laid in the dust, and the nation's woe: so truly has it been observed of the lament subsided into “ humiliation meek,” death of the Princess Charlotte, that “ the when every class of the people, sought to grief exhibited by the people for her loss, perpetuate the Princess exemplary worth was entirely without parallel: her death and their own affection for her memory, by being almost as deeply and generally lament
* Georgian Era, vol. i. с
some lasting national tribute. The guineas ANTIQUITY OF BANKING. of the rich and the pence of the poor were BRAYLEY, in his Eondon and Middlesex, cheerfully contributed for this sacred pur-says-“So early as about 260 years before pose; and the result is now before the the Christian era, a banker of Sicyon, a city reader.
of Peloponesus, is mentioned by Plutarch, in The monument is a fine group in spotless his life of Aratus : his business appears to marble, designed and executed by Matthew have consisted in exchanging one species of Wyatt, Esq. Its situation is appropriate, money for another. The money-changers of being in the beautiful Chapel of St. George, Judea, who were driven out of the temple by at Windsor. * It occupies one of the minor Christ, were most probably of the description chapels called Urswick, from Dr. Christopher mentioned by St. Matthew, in the parable of Urswick, a Dean of Windsor, and a coadjutor the Talents ;—that is, such as made a trade of Sir Reginald Bray, in completing the of receiving money in deposit, and paying erection of St. George's Chapel. Henry VII. interest for it. St. Luke, in his relation of frequently employed Dr. Urswick on impor- the same parable, expressly alludes to a tant foreign embassies, which he executed so banking establishment. satisfactorily to his sovereign, that the highest “ From Judea, the institution of banks ecclesiastical honours were offered him; but was brought into Europe; and the Lombard rather choosing a private life, he resigned all Jews are said to have kept benches, or banks, his preferments, and retired to Hackney, where in the market-places of Italy, for the exhe died in 1521. The chapel was originally change of money and bills. The Bank of separated from the nave by a stone screen Venice, which was the first foundation upon now removed to the south aisle. The monu- an enlarged scale that we are acquainted ment was completed in the spring of the with, was established about the year 1171,
under the appellation of The Chamber of The subject is divided into two compart- Loans—(la Camera degl' Imprestiti ;)—and ments : in the lower one, the body of the the contributors to a forced loan, that had deceased Princess is represented lying on a been raised to meet the exigencies of a Ve. bier, covered with drapery, the lower part of netian war with the Emperors of the East one hand being alone visible, although the and West, were made creditors of the Chamoutline of the whole figure is preserved. At ber, from which they were to receive an each corner is an attendant female mourner. annual interest of four per cent. The apotheosis of the Princess forms the “ At what period the knowledge of bank. second division of the subject: her spirit is ing was introduced into this country is unascending from a mausoleum, supported by known; though it may reasonably be contwo angels, one of whom bears her infant. jectured to have been within a short time The whole group is surmounted by an after the Conquest.
There can be little elegant canopy, enriched with point-work, doubt of its having been first practised here and gilding, the arms of Great Britain and by the Italian merchants; all of whom, who those of the house of Saxe-Cobourg being were engaged in money transactions, were boldly emblazoned in the centre. In the distinguished, both in France and in Eng. upper division of the windows at the back of land, by the name of Lombards, or of Tusthe monument, St. Peter and five other These merchants being dispersed apostles are delineated in painted glass by throughout Europe, became (says Anderson) Mr. Wyatt; and the light streaming through very convenient agents for the popes, who two side windows painted orange and purple, employed them to receive and remit the upon the monument, produces a fine effect: large revenues they drew from every state indeed, the broad beams of the sun through which acknowledged their ecclesiastical suthese tinged windows upon the gilded tracery premacy.' Hence, and from their being and spotless white of the group produce a employed to lend the money thus gathered richness and brilliancy which are scarcely upon interest, they are called by Matthew describable.
Paris, the ‘Pope's merchants.' We learn Beyond this outline, the Engraving will from the same historian, that some of the aid the reader in estimating the beauties of English nobles availed themselves of the this superb tribute to the memory of the same agency, and · sowed their money to amiable princess. The design has been make it multiply decided to be in very censurable taste ; Henry III., in his 29th year, forbade his nevertheless, it was selected from a number subjects to borrow money from any foreign of others; and the execution has many re- merchants. This was on account of the deeming points of excellence.
great exactions which they are said to have
committed. • The remains of the Princess are placed in the “ In the 14th century, the business of Royal Vault, beneath Wolsey's Chapel, adjoining banking was carried on by the Drapers, at that of St. George.
Barcelona, in Spain; as it was in after ages by the Goldsmiths of London.”
Banks first began in Italy, by Lombard friends for what they may consider an im. Jews, in the year 808---that of Genoa, 1345; prudent act. I can only say that I had no of Amsterdam, 1609; of Rotterdam, 1635; previous intention whatever of trusting myof England, 1694; of Hamburgh, 1710; in self in a balloon; but, meeting with my the East Indies, 1787 ; in America, 1787, at brother by mere chance at the market, on Philadelphia.
the day of its opening, he expressed a desire Bankers, on their first establishment, al. that I should accompany him on an aerial lowed to those who intrusted their money in voyage, pointing out to me in the most their hands, a moderate interest for the same. glowing colours the delights he had already Hereby their business was very considerably enjoyed; against which, however, I was increased.
P. T. W. proof, until I found he was determined upon
a trip, when I immediately resolved to accom
pany rather than desert him; and I have now A DREAM.
no reason to regret the result, as you may It chanc'd that, fatigued with the heat of the day, As evening drew in, on my mattress I lay;
imagine from the following account. I had toss'd off my boots, and was just in a dose,
After I had pledged myself to my brother, When, lo! the said boots from the flooring arose :- I must acknowledge I felt a slight nervous First they got them upright, and then drawing full
irritation approaching timidity, which I, wide, The one drew his foot to the other's inside ;
however, concealed from those of my friends This, by way of a bow,-and then nearing the bed, who happened to be assembled, and with Thus the right boot began :-"Sir, excuse us,” he
whom I occasionally conversed upon the said "Excuse your poor servants; you need not be told
subject; but, when I saw my brother, who How Love may wax hot, and so Friendship grow called to me to join him, seated in the car, cold;
my nerves became on a sudden braced up, But the matter is this : we are both out of heel,
I took my seat with a heart as buoyant as And unless you can patch up the quarrel, we feel That our journey through life must be trodden with the balloon itself, and from that moment I pain,
felt not the least apprehension, but was only For we never can jog on so smoothly again.
eager for our departure. In two minutes “You know, sir, you courted a lady to-day, this took place, and it was then I began to And we all the while not ingloriously lay;
experience all the delightful sensations I had For by no means intending such minutes to lose, we were soon paying court to her dear little shoes.
heard my brother at different times dilate And here comes the rub: I, who scorn to be caught upon with enthusiasm. I felt, as if by Fell in love with the right little shoe, as I ought; magic, I was gifted with the power of flying ; And so I maintain that my obstinate brother
of which, by the by, I have often dreamed. Should have kept back his slippery heart for the other;
We quitted the earth so rapidly yet majes. But not be, iuleed--for deserting his game,
tically and steadily, that, in a few seconds He falls over-boots into love with the same. Then he vows ueither shape nor her binding would do, in the market, and all around, were scarcely
the immense concourse of persons assembled But her firm upperleathers are equally true; And for all her good points, not to dwell on the rest, discernible, and the cheering and buzz of the He declares that the cut of her pleases him best : metropolis was succeeded by an awful stillSays she's made of right stuff, and in faith, so sayI;
2 ness. My brother then exclaimed, " Is not May my sole go to shreds, in a gutter I'll lie, Ere I pass such ungracious impertinence by!
this delightful!" I must say I was in an By her sandal I vow, and by Hoby I swear,
ecstacy. Of the wonderful scene that was He shall try all the weight of the iron I wear. I was shod to some purpose ; -ere loug he shall feel suddenly presented to our view, St James's That tho' brother he be, he must take to his heel.”
Park, with its picturesque landscape-garden,
and the Palace and Horse Guards at either Well, I look d at the case,-now the pleading was done,
end, more immediately fixed our attention, (Neither Sancho nor Solomon had such an one ;)
and excited our admiration. We passed But when, to give judgment, I rose, as 'twould seem, along the Thames, and in a few minutes I found it, (how could it be else ?) but a dream.
found ourselves suspended over St. Paul's, F.
which from this height, appeared in size
like a model, but presented to our view the RECENT BALLOON ASCENT FROM exact form, as represented in a drawing of HUNGERFORD: (NEW) MARKET. the ground plan. I could distinctly see the (FROM ONE OF THE AERONAUTS.)
area in front, with the statue of Queen Anne.
We remained in this position some time : (To the Editor.)
I then recollected the awe I once felt in As my brother, P. T. W., is an experienced looking down from the gilded ball of St. aéronaut, and has already furnished you with Paul's, and the terror I experienced at peepan account of his first ascent, he wishes me ing over the railings of the Whispering Gal. to state for the amusement of your readers, lery, which I dared not approach to lean over; my feelings and ideas of our united excursion whereas, I was now many thousand feet above, with Mr. Graham from Hungerford Market, in a wicker basket like a cradle, with the on Tuesday the 2nd instant; previous to balloon the size of a six-roomed house over our which I must offer some apology to my heads, and only secured by six small cords