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Lines from VAllegro To hear the lark begin his flight, And singing, startle the dull night, From his watch-tower in the skies, Till the dappled dawn doth rise; Then to come, in spite of sorrow, And at my window bid good morrow, Through the sweet-brier, or the vine, Or the twisted eglantine: While the cock, with lively din, Scatters the rear of darkness thin; And to the stack, or the barn-door, Stoutly struts his dames before. Oft listening how the hounds and horn Cheerly rouse the slumbering morn, From the side of some hoar hill, Through the high wood echoing shrill: Some time walking, not unseen, By hedge-row elms, on hillocks green, Right against the eastern gate Where the great Sun begins his state. Robed in flames, and Amber light, The clouds in thousand liveries dight; While the ploughman, near at hand, Whistles o' er the furrow'd land, And the milkmaid singeth blithe, And the mower whets his sithe, And every shepherd tells his tale Under the hawthorn in the dale. Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures, Whilst the landscape round it measures; Russet lawns, and fallows gray, Where the nibbling flocks do stray; Mountains, on whose barren breast, The labouring clouds do often rest; Meadows trim with daisies pide. Shallow brooks, and rivers wide: Towers and battlements it sees Bosomed high in tufted trees, Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of neighbouring eyes.
MANNERS IN IRELAND,
Not as a picture of general manners, but as sketches of particular characters in certain parts of Ireland, the following anecdotes are extracted from one of the "Letters from the Irish Highlands," dated in May, 1823.
"In the same spirit, the pleasures of the table are but too often shared by the gentlemen of the country with those who are very much their inferiors, both in birth and fortune. The lowest and most degrading debauchery must be the natural consequence, and here I must not forget an anecdote which will at once illustrate this, and also make you acquainted with a childish superstition, with which it is a frequent practice of all ranks to combat this pernicious vice, encouraged by their indolent murmur of life, and by the former
facility of procuring smuggled liquors. A gentleman, whose rental at one time amounted to 10,000/. per annum, and who was in the constant habits of intoxication, took an oath to drink nothing after the cloth was removed; but, unable to comply with the spirit, he soon contented himself with adhering to the letter of this rash vow, and, keeping the cloth on table after dinner was over, could drink all night without fear of infringing it He then swore not to drink in his dining-parlour, but again as easily evaded his engagement, by adjourning to the next apartment; in the next apartment, however, on some fresh qualms of conscience, the vow was renewed; and so, in each room successively, until he fairly swore himself out of the house. He then took refuge in the summer-house of his garden, and there used to dine and drink daily; till, rashly renewing his vow here also, he was reduced to find a new subterfuge by taking lodgings in a neighbouring town.
"This story reminds me of a circumstance which has taken place within these few days, and in which the chief actor was one of the remaining branches of a numerous family, among the second-rate gentry, who are here distinguished by the title of bncktens. Originally supported in a state of comparative ease and indulgence, partly by their share in the contraband trade, partly by their close connection and alliance with the principal families in the country, their incomes have gradually sunk with the change of circumstances, which has, in a great measure, dissolved this ancient bond of fellowship, as well as destroyed their more illegitimate sources of revenue. Many of these, without seeking employment for themselves, or education for their children, still cling to customs which have now passed away; and, when reduced almost to a state of mendicity, continue their former boast of being ' gentlemen,'
"A puncheon of spirits lately came ashore, and fell to the share of the individual above mentioned. It was too large to be got in at the door of his house; he therefore pulled part of the wall down; still, however, it stuck half way. His small stock of patience could last no longer; he tapped the end that was within, and he and his wife, with their servant, soon became completely intoxicated. His neighbours, aware of this, tapped the cask at the other end,
and the next day, when this worthy per- ential classes of the community, is not sonage would have taken his morning, sufficiently extended to unite in cooperhe found the cask completely emptied!" ation by way of example and instruction.
Conduct, or rather misconduct, such as Industry is essential to happiness, and
this, is very natural in a country wherein the unemployed will be either playful or
social feelings are cultivated; wherein vicious. We say of children, "Give
capital is not employed; and wherein the them something to do, or they will be in
knowledge of principles among the influ- mischief;" this is equally true of men.
r promulgated. Capt. Grose's " Olio'' is a pleasant medley of whimsicalities. He was an excellent companion, a humorist, and caricaturist: he wrote " Rules for drawing Caricatures," and drew and etched many, wherein he took considerable liberties with his friends. Yet he seems to have disliked a personal representation of himself sleeping in a chair, which Mr. Nichols pronounces " an ex
"Now Grose, like bright Phoebus, has sunk into rest,
Society droops for the loss of his jest;
Antiquarian debates, unseason'd with mirth,
To Genius and Learning will never give birth.
Then wake, Brother Member, our friend from his sleep,
Lest Apollo should frown, and Bacchus should weep."
"silent" likeness; a copy of which we have given in the preceding page. Adjoining it is another of him, a whole length, standing, from an engraving by Bartolozzi, after a drawing by Dance. The sleeping
Sirtrait is attributed to the Rev., James ouglas, one of his brother antiquaries, who dedicated the print to their" devoted brethren" of the society. Beneath it were incribed the following lines:
He was remarkably corpulent, as the engravings show. In a letter to the Rev. James Granger, he says, " I am and ever have been, the idlest fellow living, even before I had acquired the load of adventitious matter which at present stuffs my doublet." On the margin of this letter Mr. Granger wrote, " As for the matter that stuffs your doublet, I hope it is all good fluff; if you should double it, I shall call it morbid matter and tremble for you. But I consider it as the effect of good digestion, pure blood, and laughing spirits, coagulated into a wholesome mass by as much sedentariness (I hate this long word) as is consistent with the activity of your disposition." In truth, Grose was far from an idle man; he had great mental activity, and his antiquarian knowledge and labours were great. He was fond however of what are termed the pleasures of the table; and is represented in a fine mezzotinto, drawn and engraved by his friend Nathaniel Hone, with Theodosius Forrest, the barrister, and Hone himself, dressed in the character of monks, over a bowl, which Grose is actively preparing for their carousal. He died of apoplexy in Mr. Hone's house in Dublin, at the age of fifty-two. In reference to his principal works, the following epitaph quoted by Mr. Nichols in his '* Anecdotes'' was proposed for him in the " St. James's Chronicle:"
Here lies Francis Grose.
German Fleur de lis. Iris Germanica.
Common Piony. Pceonia officinalis.
St. Peter, Andrew, and Companions,
For the Every-Day Book.
A " SEASONABLE STORY."
Tis hard, you'll tell me, but tis true —
In Turkey if you want to woo-
'The object of your love must hide
A wholesome check on female pride
/ think; and what's your notion, pray sir?
"Where beechen boughs their shade diffuse"
Fill'd with such stuff as lovers use
Recited by a Turk: 'twas queer
Had seen his mistress, should appear
*' Two swans were smoking," tales, you know,
Of love begin and end in vapour— '* Beside a purling stream, when lo!
By came a maiden, slim and taper. Her eyes were like two stars at night"—•
No matter how I came to know it— The one beholds her with delight
And all at once becomes a poet.
"Why sits thy soul within those eyes!"
The other asks, " resume your smoking," The lover hears him with surprise
And answers, " Set aside all joking, The pipe has now no charms for me;
My heart is, as a fig, transported To the thick foliage of some tree,
And there a bright-eyed bird has caught it." Now hear a moral 1 Love's a sly
And roguish fellow: look about ye Watch all he does with careful eye,
Or else 'tis ten to one he'll flout ye. Give him aft inch he'll take an ell;
And, if he once make conquest o'er ye, Then sense, wit, reason, will, farewell!—
Thus ends this seasonable story.
Welsh Poppy, Papaver Cambricum. Dedicated to St. Dyrnpna.
St. John Nepomucen, A. D. 1383. St. Simon Stock, A. D; 1265. St. Ubuldus, A.d. 1160. St. Honor at us, Bp. A.d. 660. St. Abdjeinis, or Hcbedjems, Bp. St. Abdas, Bp. St. Brendan the Elder, Abbot of Clonfert, A. p. 578.
Last day of Easter Term, 1825; it commenced 20th of April.
A Pasjoral Recess. From the " Diana" of George of Montemayor, 1598, there is an extract in the Literary Pocket Book sweetly descriptive of a placid scene in nature. It begins with—" When the joyous companies arrived thus far, they saw how a little brooke, covered almost all over with sweet and smelling herbs, ran gently tborow a green meadow amongst a ranke of divers trees that were nourished and maintained by the cleere water; under the shadowes of which, as they were now determined to rest themselves, Syrenui
said, ' Let us see from whence this little spring doth issue forth. It may be the place is more fresh and cool thereabouts: if not, or if we cannot finde out the fountaine from whence it flowed, we will return here.' It liked his company well, and so they desired him to lead the way, Eveiie place and part of all the brooke upwards invited them to pleasant rest'; but, when, at length, after much pcrplexitie, resulting from the very abundance and luxurie of their choice, they were about to lay themselves downe, they sawe that with greater quantitie of waters and fresher shades of green trees the brooke ran up higher, forsaking its right course towards the left hande, where our companie discovered a great thicket and spring of divers trees, in which they saw a very narrow entrance, and somewhat long, whose sides were not of walls fabricated by artificioll hand but made of trees by nature, the mistresse of all things. For there were seene the deadly Cypresse, the triumphant laurell, the hard oke, the low sallow, the invincible palme, the blacke and ruggie elme, the olive, the prickie ehesteuut, and the high pine-apple, one amongst another, whose bodies were bound about with greene me and the fruitfull vine, and beset with sweet jesmines and many other redolent flowers, that grew very thicke together in that place. Amongst the which many little birds (inhabitant of that wood) went leaping from bough to bough, making the place more pleasant with their sweet and silver notes. The trees were in such order set together that they denied not the golden sunbeams to have an entrance, to paint the greene ground with divers colours (which reverberated from the flowers) that were never sleadie in one place, by reason that the moveable leaves did disquiet them. This narrow way did leade to a little greene, covered all over with fine grasse, and not touched with the hungrie mouthes of devouring flockes. At the side of it was the fountaine of the brooke, having a care that the place should not drie up, sending forth on every side her flowing waters."
The season is coming on wherein the heart will court retreat to such a scene of natural beauty.
Great Star of Bethlehem. Ornithogahm
St. Paschal Babylon, A. D. 1592. St. Possidius, Bp. of Calama, in Numidia, A.d. 430. St. Maden, or Modern. St. Maw. St. Cathan, 6th or 7th Cent. St. Silave, or Sifan, Bp. A. D. 1100.
Chronology. 1817. Died at Heckington, aged sixtyfive, Mr. Samuel Jessup, an opulent grazier, of pill-taking memory. He lived in a very eccentric way, as abatchelor, without known relatives; and at his decease possessed of a good fortune, notwithstanding a most inordinate craving for physic, by which he was distinguished for the last thirty years of his life, as appeared on a trial for the amount of an apothecary's bill, at the assizes at Lincoln, a short time before Mr. Jessup's death, wherein he was defendant. The evidence on the trial affords the following materials for the epitaph of the deceased, which will not be transcended by the memorabilia of the life of any man:—In twenty-one years (from 1791 to 1816) the deceased took 226,934 pills, supplied by a respectable apothecary at Bottesford; which is at the rate of 10,806 pills a year, or twenty-nine pills each day; but as the patient began with a more moderate appetite, and increased it as he proceeded, in the last five years preceding 1816, he took the pills at the rate of seventy-eight a day, and in the year 1814 he swallowed not less than 51,590. Notwithstanding this, and the addition of 40,000 bottles of mixture, and juleps and electuaries,extending altogether to fifty-five closely written columns of an apothecary's bill, the deceased lived to attain the advanced age of sixty-five years.
I LORAL DIRECTORY,
Early Red Poppy. Papaver Argemcma. Dedicated to St. Paschal Babylon.
St. Erie, King of Sweden, A.d. 1151. St. Theodotus, Vintner, and Seven Virgins, Martyrs, A.d. 303. St.VenanHue, A. D. 250. St. Potamnn, Bp. of Heraclea, in Egypt, A. D. 341.
1808. Sir John Carter, knt. died at Portsmouth, his native town, aged sixtyseven, He was an alderman, and nine
times mayor of the borough • and a magistrate of the county, for which he also served the office of sheriff in 1784. His name is here introduced to commemorate ■ an essential service that he rendered to hit country, by his mild and judicious conduct during the mutiny at Spithead, in the spring of 1797. The sailors having lost three of their body in consequence of the resistance made to their going on board the London, then bearing the flag of admiral Colpoys, wished to bury them in Kingston churchyard, and to carry them in procession through the town of Portsmouth. This request was most positively refused them by the governor. They then applied to sir John Carter to grant their request, who endeavoured to convince the governor of the propriety and necessity of complying with it, declaring that he would be answerable for the peace of the town, and the orderly conduct of the sailors. The governor would not be prevailed on, and prepared for resistance; and resistance on both sides would most probably have been resorted to, had not the calmness, perseverance, and forbearance of sir John Carter at length compromised the affair, by obtaining permission for the sailors to pass through the garrison of Portsmouth in procession, and the bodies to be landed at the Common Hard in Portsea, where the procession was to join them.
So great was sir John Carter's influence over the sailors, that they most scrupulously adhered to the terms he prescribed to them in their procession to the grave. Two of their comrades having become "a little groggy" after they came on shore, they were carefully locked up in a room by themselves, lest they should become quarrelsome, or be unable to conduct themselves with propriety. It was a most interesting spectacle. Sir John accompanied them himself through the garrison, to prevent any insult being offered to them. At the Common Hard he was joined by Mr. Godwin, the friend and associate of his youth, and also a most worthy magistrate of this borough. They attended the procession till it had passed the fortifications at Portsea: every thing was conducted with the greatest decorum. When the sailors returned, and were sent off to their respective ships, two or three of the managing delegates came to sir John, to inform him that the men were all gone on board, and, to thank him for his great goodness to them.