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THE CURELESS SORROW.
Captain Medwin, the editor of “ Byron's Conversations," has just
finished a translation of Æschylus, on which he has been engaged By John Malcolm.
for the last two years. He is at present residing at Genoa. Remorse,
Classic Cullings and Fugitive Gatherings, by an experienced editor, That juggling fiend, who never spake before,
is announced. But cries, “ I warn’d thee"- when the deed is o'er.
The next volume of Dr Lardner's Cyclopædia will contain the In a moment we may plunge our years in fatal penitence.
Military Memoirs of Field-Marshal the Duke of Wellington, by BYRON.
Captain Moyle Sherer. A History of the French Revolution in The sorrows on our youth that rise
1830 is also preparing for the Cyclopædia, by T. B. Macauley, Esq. Depart, and leave no pain,
Le Keepsake Français is to contain eighteen engravings, by the Like morning clouds from summer skies,
most eminent artists, and contributions in prose and verse, from all And all is bright again.
the most celebrated French writers of the day. The engravings
will also appear at the same time (early in November) in an EngA burst of feeling, wild and brief,
lish Annual called the Talisman, to be edited by Mrs Alaric Watts. A tempest of the breast,
Captain Trant, who has lately returned from Greece, announces Reveals the keen, but passing grief,
for iminediate publication, a narrative of his journey through that
country, with remarks on the actual state of the naval and military That weeps itself to rest.
power of the Ottoman empire. But there are woes that wear a veil,
The Life of Titian, with anecdotes of his Contemporaries, from And aspects coldly calm,
the pen of the vencrable Mr Northcote, will shortly make its ap
pearance. That hide the heart-consuming ail
Chit-CHAT FROM LONDON.—A curious attempt is at present maFor wbich there is no balm.
king to evade the stamp-duty upon newspapers, by the following ex. Thus, round pale Heckla's head is wove
pedient:-The Act of 1797 prohibits the publication of a newspaper, A winter-wreath of snow,
except upon the payment of a duty of four.pence upon each Num.
ber. The subsequent Act of 1819 extends the like imposition upon And all is chilling frost above,
all pamphlets containing news, intelligence, occurrences, &c., pubBut quenchless fire below.
lished periodically, or in Parts or Numbers, within certain intervals
of time. But beyond this it does not proceed. Periodical political The cureless sorrow hath no tears,
pamphlets only are prohibited. In the prospectus of the new paper, (A symbol to the sight,)
the conductors, proceeding on this discovery, say, “ We design to To soothe the burning thought that sears,
publish a political Letter, in which we will give a full and compre. And balm the deadly blight.
hensive abstract of public occurrences in every part of the world;
accompanied with such comments, strictures, or other remarks, as No words its sleepless pangs impart
the nature of the case may require; which will be followed, each sucNor oft by sign is traced
ceeding week, by a similar, but totally distinct work.” Whether this The thunder that hath scathed the heart,
experiment will succeed or not has yet to be proved :-it is said that And laid the spirit waste.
Dr Bowering is at the bottom of it. It is expected that King's Col
lege will be completely roofed in before the close of the present year. But where the reckless revel whiles
-A new club, under the designation of the English and Foreign The night-watch feetly by,
Union Club, is about to be opened under high patronage. It will
consist of Members of both Houses of Parliament, Foreign Ministers, It sits behind a mask of smiles,
Naval, Military, and Literary men.
Chit-CHAT FROM Glasgow.-Lord Lansdowne, on the occa.
sion of his recent election to the office of Lord Rector, refused a While burning in the bosom, deep
public dinner, but dined with the Senatus Academicus, and also at The dreary madness lies
Professor Sandford's. His inaugural discourse was poorish-very un. The agony that will not sleep
like what Jeffrey's was.—The annual election of the councillors in The worm that never dies.
our Merchants' House--a rich, powerful, and numerous corpora
tion-afforded an.ple scope for intrigue for a fortnight ;-but you LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
will not take much interest in our civic politics, although I could
tell you some curious anecdotes concerning them.-Mr Dugald The SCOTTISH GAEL.-Among the various subjects which Mr Moore has a third volume in the press, having been fortunate enough James Logan's forthcoming work on Celtic Manners will embrace, to sell the manuscripts.-Notwithstanding the excellent medical the remains of Druidism, with an enquiry into the mysterious sys school which we have in our University, and the scarcely less emitem to which they owe their existence, will occupy a prominent nent one of Anderson's Institution, some able practitioners have here pat; and there will be ircluded notices of Bards, and extracts from associated theinselves to establish a third, which is to commence their compositions. An interesting portion will also be devoted to soon under favourable auspices. - Religious controversy rages here the Military History of the Highlanders, and description of their in a small way—a storm in a wash-hand basin. The Rev. Mr Strutweapons and armour, ancient and modern, from the stone celts and thers, a clergyman of the Relief, refused to attend a funeral where arrow-heads of antiquity, to the more recent manufacture of fire the Rev. Mr Herris, the Unitarian minister, an able and eloquent
'The costume, so singular and picturesque, will be accu man, was to officiate, and the result has been about a dozen tworately described, and its remote antiquity proved. Various figures penny pamphlets. They have had a prodigious sale, and have afwill illustrate this manly garb, and the appropriate tartan of each
forded a fruitful theme of conversation at the tea-tables of the clan. The peculiar music of Scotland--the pibroch, coronach, middle classes and lower orders.-Talking of controversy, we had a farnily march, strathspay, &c.—and the national instruments and duel here last Saturday, arising out of an anonymous letter in a news, dances, will be explained. Connected with these subjects are genea paper. Both parties are highly respectable, and appear to have conIngical dissertations, in which the origin and antiquity of names will ducted themselves properly. The affair, fortunately, ended without be traced. It will be an object to prove the Celtic derivation of many bloodshed, but it excited a great sensation here, where such meetnames generally accounted Lowland, and ignorantly termed “Goth ings are rare. It is to be hoped that some letters which have been ie;" and it will be attempted to assert a higher antiquity for some appearing in the Free Press will not lead to similar results. A caof the more remarkable Highland names, than modern scepticism is ricature has just been published, entitled, “ The March of Temperdisposed to allow.
ance.” It is not deficient in humour, and is about as good as these A new edition of Colonel Montague's Ornithological Dictionary, things commonly are in provincial places. I send you a copy. with additions and numerous illustrative woodeuts, at a price that CHIT-CHAT FROM AYR.-Oct. 19th.-The last week was one of unwill place it within the reach of every class of readers, is announced. usual festivity here. The splendid public rooms, the completion of To Colonel Montague the British Fauna is indebted for many iro. which was recently noticed in the Journal, were opened on the 13th, by portant discoveries, and his Dictionary has been so scarce for many a dinner given by J. F. Kennedy, Esq. M.P., to his constituents, the years, that a copy has been known to produce five guineas. We be burgesses of Ayr; and on the evening of the 15th, a ball and supper lieve it is now impossible to procure a copy at any price.
were given to as fine a sample of " Ayrshire lasses" as ever met the The History of the Christian Church during the three first cen “merry lads o’Ayr." The dinner was provided by Dun of the Crown turies, translated from the German of Neander, by the Rev. Henry Inn-the viands were substantial and good--and the thing went off as John Rose, M.A. is preparing for publication.
electioneering dinners generally do. The chairman acquitted himself A Memoir of the Life of the Poet Shelley, during his residence in with so much eclat, that were the universal panacea, of a certain class, Italy, with several hitherto unpublished poems, is to be included in for all evils--burgh reform and poll election-accorded by parliament Captain Trelawney's Autobiography, now preparing for the press. to-morrow, Mr Kennedy would assuredly be carried by the bourgeois The captain has reserved for himself a grave next to that of Shelley, of Ayr to St Stephen's, shoulder-high. About 150 partook of the Hoo. in the Protestant Campo Santo at Rome.
Member's claret, which was put on the table in such profusion, as to
make the Tories present applaud Whig speeches." Wine ! wine! thou If Westmacott be pot an arrant coward, Charles and Fanny will come art divine !" On the eveuing of the ball, the whole suite of rooms was off second best after all.-Braham has been singing at Liverpool thrown open, and 200 ladies and gentlemen sat down to a most cle where he has been succeeded by Young, who is now performing gant supper, provided by Malcolm of the Ayr Hotel. Dancing was there. The proceeds of the late Musical Festival at Liverpool kept up, as usual, to a late hour. A change has recently taken place amounted to L.7800.—The alterations going on in the Theatrein the weather, which will produce more lasting gladness than these Royal here are of a very complete and satisfactory kind. We went ephemeral gaieties. The season throughout has been cold, wet, and throuzh the house a day or two ago, and found every thing in active squally; white fish were scarce, and the meal was latterly rising in progress. " In the audience department, the principal changes are price so rapidly as to threaten a dearth, when all at once the clouds these ;-the pit has been slightly raised, and there is admittance to it were “ bottled up," the sun showed his face, the earth looked glad, from the lobby which surrounds it by three doors, one on either side, the price of meal came to its proper level, and we can now have a and one in the centre; the lower tier of boxes is arranged as formerly, haddock any day.-Herrings were abundant in the westland loclis only their number is increased from 13 to 20, each box being caku. this year; and it was consolatory to be able, at the worst, to say, as lated to hold vine persons; the upper tier of boxes is laid out exaetly they do in Campbelton, we had plenty of herring, but no fish." as the lower, and is carried entirely round the house, the two chilling The Western Meeting and Caledonian Hunt assemble here to-dav. gallery being done away with altogether,-the price of admission to A great number of race-horses and sporting characters are arrived, these boxes is to be four shillings, a shilling less than to the lower: among whom we saw Ward and Jack Carter.-Seymour has opened the gallery, thus thrown into one, is capacious and comfortable, the theatre with a tolerable company.--If any thing worthy of notice it extends nearly round the whole house, with the exception of a occurs, besides "sporting intelligence,” in the course of this week, segment at each side, which is cut off to form the slips; to the two you shall probably have mpre chit-chat from Ayr.
tiers of boxes there are separate entrances, and the lower box lobby CHIT-CHAT FROM ABERDEEN.-Cruiekshank from Dundee has will retain nearly the same appearance as formerly, with this differbeen giving lectures, in this city, upon the evils of intemperance.-ence, that a front door in the centre will be thrown open at the con. Ducrow's company and stud of horses have arrived by the Duke of clusion of the performances, to admit of a more easy exit ;-the eWellington steam yacht, and his amphitheatre opened on the 19th. trance will be as before, by the door adjoining Shakspeare Square, A new edition of Orem's description of the Chanonry Cathedral, and a small neat dressing-room is to be set apart for the recommodaand King's College, of Old Aberdeen, in the years 1724.5, is about to tion of ladies' shawls and bonnets, in which a female servant will be published. The choir of St Ardrew's chapel, (Bishop Skinner's,) always attend. In the scenic department, the priocipal changes ia King Street, gave a public performance of sacred music one even. are these ;-there was formerly only a depth of seven feet under the ing lately.-- In the disastrous accounts of the Davis' Straits whale stage, but this has been increased to seventeen, so that a scene may fishery, which have been received lately, Aberdeen is deeply con. now be taken down or let up through the stage : the stage has been Gerned; no less than eighteen British ships have been lost, amongst boarded after the model of Cavent Garden, which is considered the which are four belonging to this port, and two to Peterhead.-The best in the kingdom, and which affords facilities for the working of Provincial Synod of Aberdeen met on the 19th, when the Rev. Mr machinery infinitely greater than was ever possessed before in this Meiklejohn of Strathdon was elected moderator for the ensuing hall theatre; by the removal of several old walls and encumbrances a good year. The only business of importance was the case of the Wood deal more room has been obtained for the scenes, which wil now side chapel of ease, near Aberdeen, which was referred to the Gene play more easily; steps have been taken to secure a greater secerbe ral Assembly.
ration of sound throughout the house, and particularly to give addiCHIT-CHAT FROM INVERNESS.–A deputation of burgesses from tional power to the orchestra ; the scenery is almost entirely nes, by Lirerpool arrived here on the 5th inst., to request the Right Hon. Roberts, Grieve, Phillips, and others. The principal new engage Charles Grant of Glenelg, M.P. for Inverness-shire, to allow himself ments are as follows :- Mr Waldron, from Manchester, is to kad in to be put in nomination for the representation of Liverpool, in the
tragedy, Mr Greene, from London, is to play Hooper's parts in room of his late lamented friend, Mr Huskisson. Mr Grant, how. comedy,--Miss Turpin, from the Haymarket, a very pretty girl, is ever, politely declined the invitation in a letter of thanks to the re to sustain the first opera, assisted by Messrs Horncastle, Reynoldson, quisitionists, explaining the numerous filial and friendly ties which and Edmunds, from the Caledonian Theatre,- Mrs Barrett, from bound his heart to Inverness-shire, the land of his sires."-A din Bath, is to enact clever chambermaids,-old Mason returns, but his ner was lately given in Thurso to the venerable Sir John Sinclair of daughter has gone to Bath,-Miss Jarman, Mackay, Denham, PritUlbster, Bart., by a number of gentlemen residing in that town and chard, Mr and Mrs Stanley, Miss Tunstall, &c, also return. Mant its vicinity. It is proposed to build by subscription a Public Hotel,
gue Stanley's place is not yet filled up: a Mr Raymond was engaged and feu for cottages, the ground adjoining the pump-room of Strath in his stead, but he has since left the stage. From all this, it is evi. peffer Spa, in Ross-shire. These improvements will tend much to dent that Mr Murray has been really stirring his stumps; and as enhance the rising reputation of this Highland watering-place. The
soon as OLD CERBERUS wakens out of his sleep, we shall be glari to Rev. Mr Beith, late of Kilbrandon, has been inducted to the church hear what he has to say on the subject. The Theatre will probably and parish of Glenelg.-The annual meeting of the Inverness Edu
open on Monday the 15th of November. eation Society was held last week, John Stewart, Esq. of Belladrum, in the chair. The Nairnshire Harvest-home meeting takes place in
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. the Assembly Rooms, Nairn, on the evening of Friday the 29th.
The Editor in His SLIPPERS, No. X., in our next, which will CHIT-CHAT FROM BANFF.-An excellent portrait of Sir George be a double number.-The Letter from the Ettrick Shepherd is in Abercromby of Birkenbog and Forglen, Bart., by Mr Colvin Smith
types, and will appear in our next.-We beg to inform “ An Enemy of Edinburgh, copied from the original, by Raeburn, was lately
to Slavery,” that we have no desire to interfere with that hackneyed placed in the County hall, in testimony of the freeholders' re.
subject. We are glad, however, to leam, that Dr Andrew Thousa spect for this excellent and venerable baronet, who so long and ably intends to set aside immediately one-third of his annual incarne for discharged the duties of Convener of the county of Banff:--The
the purpose of purchasing the freedom of slaves.-—"Lora de Huertas" Misses Isabella and Eliza Paton gave a concert in the Town House is a well-told story, but scarcely striking enough. We shall be glad Assembly Rooms, last week, which was well attended.-The Banff
to hear again from its author ;-could be make his Ms. a little shire Coursing Club met on the 1st of the month ; the cup is to be
more distinct -The Sketch by“ 0. C." will not suit us." Niesrun for on the 30 November. The first Banff Assembly of the sea. demus" will hear more on the subject of his letter next Saturday. son passed over, a few weeks ago, with great eclat.
He need be under no apprehension about the “ Physiognomy" of · Theatrical Gossip.-Wilson, of this town, has made a very suc the Shepherd, which is nearly ready for publication.-We find we cessful debut at Covent Garden, in the part of Don Carlos. There is
were so far mistaken in our notice of last week concerning the paper no doubt that, as a singer, he will rise to the very head of his pro- of "G." on the rationale of the Vocative and Imperative, the author fession. We have occasion to know that Crevelli, one of the best of that communication never having studied at the feet of Gamalit. judges in London, is of this opinion. Miss Inverarity is also about nor ever having bad any conversation with the distinguished indivi to appear at Covent Garden.-Miss Phillips has been transferred dul referred to on the subject of the paper. from our company to Drury-Lane, where she has been well received, Our poetical and miscellaneous Correspondents for the last six but as a singer she is far inferior to Miss Byfeld, who is also there. weeks shall “ awake, arise, or be for ever fallen," in our next week's -Macready has commenced his winter campaign at Drury-Lane. SLIPPERS. He is by far the ablest man in the establishment.-A fracas which took place a few evenings ago, in the box.lobby at Covent-Garden, A press of matter obliges us to postpone the favours of our adver between Charles Kemble and Westmacott, the editor of the Age tising friends till next week. newspaper, has excited a good deal of attention in the theatrical world. Westmacott has been publishing squibs innumerable upon Edinburgh: Published for the Proprietors, every Saturday Morning. Charles and his daughter Fanny, which, it appears, so exasperated
at 19, WATERLOO PLACE; the papa, that on the occasion alluded to, he bestowed on the editor Sold also by THOMAS ATKINSON & Co., 84, Trongate, Glasgow : W. a severe cudgelling. We have no particular respect for the Age, but CURRY, jun. and Co., Dublin; HURST, CHANCE, and le., LD we are not quite sure that Charles's conduct is altogether justifiable.
don; and by all Newsmen, Postmasters, and Clerks of the Roads An editor, we conceive, has a right to take any view he likes of the
throughout the United Kingdom. merits of a manager or an actress, and is certainly not to be cudgel
Price 6d.; or Stamped and sent free by post, 10d. led into a change of opinion when he happens to say smart things. Printed by BALLANTYNE & Co. Paul's Work, Canongate.
There's Watts, whom I get glorious with !
Watts is the man for a swig at the can So there's Watts that I get glorious with !
A PEEP BEHIND THE SCENES.
En posita ante oculos, Lector amice, tuos;
Tristior an levior, selige quicquid amas.”
were a scene in a magic mirror, of a sumptuous banquetToon, where the Editor is discovered at the upper end of a table covered with every variety of fruits and wines,
and at which are seated a select party of the most emi* rent men of the day. From the beams of joy which play
apon every countenanco, the greatest flow of soul evidently prevails ; anul at length the Editor, full of the inspiration of the hour, bursts forth into song, The words, which are given in a deep-toned and mellow voice, are as follows: THE MEN WHOM I GET GLORIOUS WITH !
An Excellent New Song.
There's TENNANT, whom I get glorious with
Tennant's the man for a swig at the can,
Payne is the man for a swig at the canSo there's Payne that I get glorious with!. There's Macdonald, whom I get glorious with! I love the poet-sculptor well, For his soul is full of his art's deep spell ; And forms of beauty float past bis eyes, Like golden clouds in evening skies !
Macdonald's the man for a swig at the can— So there's Macdonald whom I get glorious with !
There's CUNNINGHAM I get glorious with ! -
Cunningham's the man for a swig at the can-
Knowles is the man for a swig at the canSo there's Knowles that I get glorious with !
There's Weiß, whom I get glorious with ?-
Weir is the man for a swig at the can-
Kennedy's the man for a swig at the can
Chorus in full.
The men whom I get glorious with!
Like the men whom I get glorious with ! Immediately on the conclusion of this song, the whole scene
disappears, and the Editor is discovered in the calm repose and classic silence of his own study, the bust of Byron looking down upon him in its marble tranquillity, and his Slippers looking up into his face with a glad and affectionate smile. The Editor's eye is fixed on
vacancy, his expression is abstracted, and his thoughts who at once offered to make every arrangement wbieh are plainly wandering away through the recesses of his might be agreeable to us to secure our appearance at Comighty mind. At length he lifts a virgin pen, made from vent Garden. We fixed upon the part of Romeo, both a quill of the largest size, with a long clear slit and a because we conceive our personal qualifications exactly broad point, and writes. The varying meditations of fit us for that character, and because we knew that Miss his heart arrange themselves in the following words : Fanny Kemble would be our Juliet. We were announced
under the name of Keppel, and the announcement drew Tænk not we shall ever forget thee, gentle maiden ! a good house. Having dressed ourselves with great at. thou with whom we whiled away the long hours of dark- tention and elegance, we entered the green-room, where ness as we lay at anchor on board the United Kingdom, we were received with every mark of politeness by the somewhere near the mouth of the Thames. Those pleasant whole corps dramatique. The bell rang, and the curtain parleyings concerning the mountain scenery of Scotland, rose. We became slightly agitated. “ Povero cor! non of which in thy soft southern accents thou didst talk so palpitarmi in sen'," we internally ejaculated. It came to well,—those delightful games at chess, when it was no our turn to go on the stage. We were received with thunless enviable to be conquered than to conquer,—that ex- ders of applause, and the whole vast sea of human faces quisite negus, made by thy own fair fingers, and seasoned danced in a sort of billowy fluctuation before us. From with spices produced from thy own stores,—those beau- that moment we recollect nothing more. We went tifully embellished, though tiny, volumes of the French through with the part, but it was mechanically; and we classics, which thou hadst with thee, and two of which feel satisfied that we must, on the wbole, have acted it were bestowed upon us, unworthy as we were these poorly. However, the newspapers next day praised us are all things which it does us good to remember, hack- a good deal. They said we were far better than Abbot, . neyed though we be in the common tear and wear of or indeed than any other Romeo now on the stage, which, life. Then, when the light of morning dawned, and the after all, was not saying much. Our ambition had been good ship, glad to be released from her moorings, started to electrify and astonish ;-we had only pleased and off up the Thames, tremulous in her joy, and loud in her satisfied. It is doubtful whether we shall erer again expression thereof, with all her wheels, paddles, and en wear either the sock or the buskin. gines,-on deck went we together, and admirably we We visited one day those extensive subterranean regions spoke concerning the red flag at the Nore, the new the wine vaults at the London docks. During this pier at Southend, the seventy-fours at Sheerness, the visit we were forcibly impressed with the conviction, as marine stores at Wool wich, and the multitudinous pen- we wandered through the long roads which meander sioners at Greenwich. But, alas ! at Greenwich we among these endless catacombs of wine, that no place was parted,—we for the heart of the great city, and thou for better fitted for the organization of a band of robbers, who thy own home in Devonshire. Little chance is there might fix their head-quarters in some of the more remote that we shall ever meet again upon this side of eternity, cavernous recesses, and support themselves by plundering and a curious enquiry might be instituted, why it was ever and making away with the wine merchants and pleasure permitted us to meet at all? But these things lead into parties who continually frequent this world beneath a metaphysics, and metaphysics invariably become unintelli- world. Our plan was quickly carried into execution. gible.
We mentioned it to several literary characters, such as After about an hour's silence, the gentleman who sat Dr Maginn, Mr Westmacott, Leigh Hunt, Señor Juan opposite in the Greenwich coach pointed to a large build- de Vega, Sewell Stokes, and one or two others, all of ing we were passing, and, addressing us, said signifi- whom entered eagerly into the scheme, and unanimously cantly,—“ That building, sir, is Bedlam.” We bowed, elected us captain of the gang. It was not long before but returned no answer. Subsequent events made us the terror of our name spread through the whole wine think of this remark, as if there had been a kind of mean- vaults. We succeeded in murdering and robbing some ing in it.
of the most respectable wine merchants in the city, see We waited one morning on the Rev. Edward Irving, veral ladies of distinction, and a great number of gentle in a full suit of black, with our hair combed smooth over men from the country. We emptied the wine out of our forehead, most Covenanter-like, and introduced our upwards of a dozen casks, and hid the dead bodies witbin selves to him as a preacher of the gospel from Ross-shire, them, where they may be found at this moment. The on our way out to take possession of a missionary appoint- novelty of this mode of life amused us for some time, but ment in the South Sea Islands. We, at the same time, we got tired of it, and the gang at length agreed to break mentioned our desire to be allowed to preach the follow-up, the members of it severally returning to their former ing Sunday forenoon in his church. The worthy divine occupations. Yet, it is to be questioned whether we sball said that he was unaccustomed to lend his pulpit to any ever spend such halcyon days again, spent though they one whom he was not intimately acquainted with; but were entirely by torch-light. The exquisite wine which that, from the high respectability of our appearance, he we drank, and the glorious adventures which we had in thought he might safely accede to our request, and the the claret and madeira walks, can be forgot only when matter was arranged accordingly, Sunday came; and the heart ceases to beat. having borrowed Mr Irving's gown and bands, we marched One Wednesday morning we threw ourselves into a up the church, followed by a very douce-looking précen- chariot and four, and desired the postilions to drive at tor. There was a full attendance; and when we looked full gallop to Brighton. We were in the full dress cosround from the pulpit, we saw that we had already made tume of the court of Holland. On reaching Brighton, an impression on the audience, and that curiosity was on we proceeded direct to the Pavilion, and requested an intip-toe. With a humility which did us honour, we chose stant audience with his majesty King William the Fourth. for our text the first clause of the 28th verse of the 22d We were admitted without delay, and found the monarch chapter of Numbers.--" And the Lord opened the inouth chatting with three of the London aldermen. We stated of the ass." From this simple theme, we preached a dis- ourselves to be the Dutch king, and mentioned, by way course so powerful and eloquent, that it is talked of with of apology for our sudden visit, that certain revolutionrapture by the whole congregation to this day. Mr ary movements had taken place in Holland, which made Irving was so inuch delighted, that he pressed us to officiate our immediate absence necessary. We added, that we again in the afternoon ; but this we positively declined, came to entreat our brother of England not to forget his and, leaving his gown and bands in the session-house, we "ancient ally," the more especially as we were of opinion walked away immediately, and never saw him again. that, with the aid of twelve ships of the line, we could
Having formed the resolution of making our début on still restore the former order of things within the Dutch the stage, we mentioned our intention to Charles Kemble boundaries. William appeared exceedingly puzzled; but
recollecting that the Duke of Wellington had come to countless stars that glitter round the moon ;-like unto Brighton that morning, he dispatched a messenger for the many bleating lambs whom the shepherd congregates him, and at the same time hinted to the three aldermen on the mountain side ;-like unto the ever-coming and that they might walk off, which they at last did, with ever-changing waves that tumble round the bows of the many profound obeisances, both to their own king and stately ship ;-like unto the weavers of Glasgow, wea. to us. Wellington came soon afterwards. He entered | ving a fine web of thoughts with which to array our Jourthe room hurriedly, with his hat in one hand and his Nal when she comes forth in her stately beauty, and the umbrella in the other. For a moment he fixed his eye nations bend down before her. Ye are welcome unto us! penetratingly upon us, and then he turned towards O, ye contributors ! albeit some of you glimmer with a the king his majestic nose, which we could not help faint light, and some of you bleat with a feeble bleat, and thinking looked like a large point of interrogation, al- some of you burst into bubbles instead of a wreath of though he said nothing. His majesty did not leave the snowy foam, and some of you weave your webs with premier's curiosity long ungratified ;—“ Wellington," coarse and rotten threads. Nevertheless, ye are welcome, said he,“ this is our brother his majesty of Holland,” and though many of you cannot be saved from the flames and then he repeated the story which we had told him. even by the gentle intercession--the sweet subduing During the recital, Wellington looked at us again, and voice of our Slippers, ye need not droop and pine, for it there was an expression in his look we did not altogether is an honour to be burnt by our hands. like.“ Gentlemen,” said we, somewhat abruptly, edging But as the Peris, who at the gates of Eden stood towards the door, “we regret having troubled you with disconsolate, were admitted into the brightness of paraour affairs, as there seems to be a hesitation on your part dise, when they brought with them an offering worthy to afford us the assistance we seek. We shall apply for of acceptance, so do we admit right gladly into our pages it elsewhere." So saying, we bolted out of the room, such of our contributors as approve themselves possessed rushed down stairs with the speed of lightning, threw of genius of the right stamp. Our old friend Alexander / ourselves into our chariot, and told the postilions to drive Maclaggan is one of these, and though his lyre has slum back to London for life and death. In a day or two no- bered for a month or two, its tones have lost none of their thing was talked of but the mysterious visit which had simple and natural beauty, as the following composition, been paid to the king at Brighton, and nobody was able will attest : to give a satisfactory explanation of the story. We laugh
THE HOUR FOR SONG. ed in our sleeve. Simon Byrne being accounted one of the best men in
By Alexander Maclaggan. the prize ring, we met him, one evening, at the Elephant Watch'd ye e'er the clouds that flew, and Castle, in Holborn, and after a good deal of chaffing,
Beautiful 'mid summer skies, deposits were made on both sides, and an early day fixed. Like eagle birds of golden hue, It was agreed that it should be a fair stand-up fight, half With pinions dipt in heaven's rich dies, minute time, in a four-and-twenty feet roped ring, £500
Whereon the light of parting day a-side. The fight came off on Hackney marsh, within
Soar'd to the sunny west away, ten miles of London, Byrne attended by his seconds, Ned
And melted like the blessed ray. Neal and Tom Cribb, and we by our friends, Washing Of love's emotion floating through ton Irving and George Cruikshank. In imitation of The deep, the dear bewitching blue the ancient pugilists, we wore a pair of green baize That lives within a maiden's eyes? drawers, with yellow binding and strings, which gave a Watch'd ye e'er, with sight strain'd dim, peculiar interest to our appearance, being quite different The sun go down with burning riinfrom the modern costume which is used in boxing. The Down 'mong the richest gems that lie, fight; upon the result of which immense sums depended, Deep wrapt in ocean's mystery ? was not of long continuance, but peppery enough whilst And, when slow sinking from your view, it lasted Byrne's position was very showy at first, but Mark'd ye the lingering look be threw a slap on the conck soon put it aside. Iu the seventh On glen, and hill, and lofty tower roand, we drew claret from his muzzle, and though we A look of glory and of power ! got a severe fall in the ninth, we rallied admirably in the While higher up a purer light tenth, and, by the conclusion of the twenty-first, Byrne
Stood steady in the settled sky, was deaf to time. We were immediately hurried off, Boldly thrusting back the night, amidst the congratulations of our friends and the huzzaing
Till west winds, floating perfumed by, of the multitude; and so little had we been punished,
Breathed forth the sunset lullaby! that we dined that evening with a large party at the
And softly through the green grove rung Caion Arms, Panton Street.
The sweet notes of the simple air, [The Editor suddenly starts up, rubs his eyes, throws
Which home-bound ploughboy blithely sung open the window, and, on looking over his papers, To cheer bis blooming rustic fair ? discovers that he has written ten pages in his sleep.
Hast thou watch'd the rising moon, This is one of the most remarkable circumstances that When, pouring down her silver flame ever occurred! For not one word of what you have just
Rich on the earth, all bright as noon perused, beloved reader, are we accountable. The whole
The night without its darkness came? of it was committed to paper whilst we were in a sound Hast thou left thy merry home, sleep or trance! If Mr Macnish does not mention this Alone, through wood and wild to roam, in the second edition of his new book, he is no true man. Nursing the soft and sadden'd mood We have long known that we were subject to a sort of day That feeds the heart in solitude ? dreams, but we never till this moment were aware that Hast thou loved to spend whole hours we could actually turn them to practical account during 'Mong ruin'd rocks, and trees, and flowers ? their continuance.
The whole shall go forth to the Hast thou gazed, and paused, and mused,
The lightning of their splendid dies,
To melt and mix with every part