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: *pe 9.12 ĮThe worst of these marriages unequal in point of age, is the time to come; the time when the woman must be old, in the venerai ble sense of the term, while the man is still in the vigour of life. Then is the good sense of the lady put to the test indeed; and the circumstances have been very peculiar from the first that would entirely justify such an experiment on either side. :. We may suppose the present to have been one, for the sake of argument: but generally speaking, no matches would be more foolish for the comfort of either party, and society ought unquestionably to set its face against them without exception. We speak of inequalities of age solely, and not of rank. People might, under a better system, make any experiment in reason, and provided no person were injured; but to force the old and the young to remain together, because the former perhaps is a dotard, and the latter not yet come to years of discretion, is a folly which, if it did not exist already, and were proposed as an innovation, would cause those who think themselves very good legislators at present, to be looked upon as a parcel of madmen.

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??..'"MAY-DAY AND SHAKSPEARE'S BIRTH-DAY.

ID: Tomorrow is May-day.

SI “ May-day, is it?" quoth a reader : “ ah, so it is.” And then he thinks of something his grandmother used to tell him about dairy-maids, and dances, and poles hung with garlands; all which are displaced by the idea of the chimney-sweeper. “May-day! Then we shall see the chimney-sweepers !” This is all that a Londoner, or perhaps a countryman for fifty miles round London, thinks of the season now.

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And welcome thee, and wish thee long. el norte si This song (profanation apart) might be now altered for the season, as follows: 7035$ us earned vd o ingu S '. Now Sal, the daughter of the scavenger.' i. Pir!! e Comés dancing from the east, and leads with her

The tinsell'd sweeps, who with their brushes go
Rattling a jig, and hopping to and fro.

Hail, dingy Sal, that dost inspire
- Anything but warm desire !

Simis and Jones are of thy dressing;
I go All the Smiths may boast thy blessing.

Thus we salute thee, to our great disgrace,

And pity thee, and wish thee a wash'd face. Poor soul! It is not her fault; and we resént, somehow, the saying anything in which the sex is made to appear at a disadvantage, even in her shape. Luckily, on these occasions, she is apt to be not herself, but some « great lubberly boy.""

We never see chimney-sweepers, especially on May-day, but we long to consign them over to a good washerwoman, and then turn them loose in the fields to take a month's airing, before we promote them to be printer's devils. Will nobody take up the cause heartily, and put an end to them?

In spite of these melancholy appearances of the modern Mayday, we exhort such of our readers as have a relish for poetry and the country, and live conveniently for the purpose, to call to mind the sprightlier customs of the ancient one, and do their healths, heads, and hearts good, by getting up either tomorrow morning (or old May-day, if it be finer, next Monday week) and take a rush into the green lanes. We warrant the birds and trees -in beautiful condition; and do aver, that the thrushes are of the very same order, and the hawthorns of the same identical fashion, as they were in the time of Shakspeare. If he thought them so beautiful, why should not we?

Shakspeare himself, as well as the Morning-Star, was May's harbinger. His birth-day fell on the old 23d of April, on which day Mr Elliston kept it well, but not wisely;" for as old May day is now on the 12th of May, so Shakspeare's birth-day is on the 5th of that month. On this hint why do not a dozen celebrations of the day start up? And how is it that the theatres do not light up in honour of the Prince of the Drama? The word SHAKSPEARE would look beautiful over their doors; and we would be bound, do good to their boxes. Do they owe more to the King than to him? or do they pay his Majesty the ill compliment of thinking he would be jealous ?-Shakspeare is far above competition, as a dramatist; so that there would be no danger of their being called upon to extend the practice. 12

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THE COMPANION.

No. XVIII. WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1828...

« Something alone yet not alone, to be wished, and only to be found, in a friend."-SIR WILLIAM TEMPLE.

n : MAY-DAY AT HOLLY LODGE. WALKING up Highgate Hill on the evening of the first of May, we found a string of carriages lining that beautiful road, and a throng of people collected at the lodge-door of her Grace the Duchess of St Albans. The hedges, instead of white thorn, blossomed with footmen in livery; little boys were in the elms and bushes, trying to get a sight over the way into her Grace's paradise ; and a sound of music, and the sight of blue favours at button-holes, told us, that something extraordinary was doing there, on this genial anniversary.”

Surely, thought we, the Duchess is not snatching a grace beyond the reach of her title, and setting a good holiday example to the people in high life? If so, and the COMPANION of last week came in her way, we should be doubly sorry that anything we have said should chance to offend her. What we say at any time in this paper, even when apparently designed to offend, is never really so, bút has a view to the many; and we have it not in us intentionally to offend a woman, much less a generous one, and one whose face we recollect with pleasure. But a sympathy with us on the subject of May-day is a tender point; and if it turn out, that she has been keeping it, we shall hardly be content till we call her as young as she is rich. Remorse will touch our excessive consciences, VOL. 1.

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though we do not deserve it. These things may not absolutely make people young again; but they produce a pleasing confusion in our notions of their time of life; and at any rate they are the cause of a great deal of young merriment in others; and tend to keep the heart and the power of pleasing, young to the ļast,

It was even so: the music and the little boys were right: Mayday was being kept in all its glory at Holly Lodge, with a proper May-pole, and garlands, and dances. No: not all its glory, for the “ great folks,” it seems, did not dance ; they “ felt ashamed,” we suppose, as the children say:—every thing cannot be brought about at once. But then, did none but the poor or the peasantry dance? That would have been better than no dancing; but then it would not have been so pleasant to think of the mistress of the mansion looking upon it as a duchess. No: it was still better, we think, than this, though with a less natural look; for the dancers came from the theatres :-in other words, the association of ideas was not shirked : the Duchess was still Harriett Mellon; and this we used to think was the best thing she could be, till we found that Harriett Mellon could shew herself better for being a Duchess.

If these are the modes in which her Grace means to vindicate herself as an exception to the ordinary rules of matrimony, we say in God's name let her go on, and be the cause of all the mirth, and youth, and love of nature she can think of. This indeed will be making a fine exception out of a monied common-place. But next time we exhort her to make the “ gentlefolks” dance. It will be a great lift to the fashionable world; and may help them to find out, that not only chalked floors and stifling rooms, but. Mayday, and the morning air, and a good honest piece of turf with health and vigour upon it, have their merits. The press and the steam-engine are bringing about great changes in the world ; and the greater the sweetness in the blood of all parties, and the humaner their common knowledge, the more happily for all will those changes take place. It is not patronage that will do any thing. The Duchess is wise in not affecting to patronize, and to distribute holiday beef and pudding. The poor do not want alms now-a-days. They are too poor, and too well informed. They

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want employment and proper pay; and after employment, a reasonable leisure. All this they will get by the inevitable progress of things, and by means of those very improvements which they contemplate' at present with a mixture of pain and admiration. But meanwhile care forces them to thánk; the press enables them to do so with greater tranquillity; and the more they see the rich inclined to be just to them in a serious way, and partaking their pleasures in a lively one, the more the whole common interests of humanity will move forwards, to everyone's honour, and no one's disadvantage.

All the village dances in France, and all the holiday condescensions of the great to the poor, did not prevent the revolution ; because in the meantime all the real injustice was going on, the frightful game laws, the odious exactions of labour without pay, privileged classes sunk in luxury, and cities without bread. But the abolition of those frightful game laws would have assisted to prevent the revolution; the cessation of those odious exactions of unrequited labour would have assisted to prevent it; privileged classes, not condescending in the particular, but diffusing the means of knowledge and comfort in general, and making common cause with the poorest in a taste for nature, would have converted it into a happy reformation; and the world would never have had a proof of the stupidity to which the highest are made subject, in the famous speech of a princess, who when told that people wanted bread, asked why they did not eat cakes.

In short, we would have the rich and the poor exhibit as many tastes in common as possible, without being forced to shew one, another either that the immediate possession of wealth is contemplated with impatience, or that good can only be done to poverty in the shape of alms-giving. The best way to further this mutual benefit is for both sides to learn as much, to teach as much, and to enjoy openly as much pleasuré common to all, as they can discover; and therefore again we say, long life to the merry meetings at Holly Lodge, and may the sound of the pipe and tabor be heard on May-day again throughout England, among duchesses as healthy as peasants, and peasant-girls as much alive to the poetry of May. day as duchesses. : :

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