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contradictory cross-examinations, of verbose, unintelligible speeches, haunt him, shriek in his ears, “Shame on the infamous ingratitude,” and avenge the cause of the bullied witness.
But let not any ungifted person presume to think that he can be nonsensical in either of the ways which I have mentioned. Neither are to be attained without considerable natural talents in that line. In the first place, impudence irrefragable; in the second, fluency inexhaustible; in the third, a quick eye, and ready invention, to seize the moment of letting fly at the victim the full torrent of humbug.
The astounding and awe-infusing Nonsense, besides being appropriated by nature to German Romancers and Travellers, is in great request among the proficients at St. Stephen's. What is more common, than for a politician to preface his objections to a Railway-Improvement Bill with protestations of its ruinous nature to King, Lords, and Commons, and a dreadful enumeration of the stabs and thrusts which our happy Constitution will receive from it.
As the Counsellor and Fortune-hunter would have reason to complain if they themselves were tied down to common Sense, the usurers, stock-brokers, and tradesmen of most kinds, would not be less injured if other people were purged of their folly. What, too, would the old maid say, if every action, look, or word of her neighbours were kept under the guardianship of that duenna of duennas, Sense ? she would be reduced from harmless embellishment to point-blank invention, by which her too tender conscience might possibly be afflicted, and, moreover,
, nobody, if sensible, would believe her.
Last, not least, in the tribe of Nonsense, the Etonian cannot deny her his most cordial and unlimited gratitude. How, without this resource, could he get through his verses and theme on a hard week? What would he say, to have every exercise torn over, which was not in strict concordance with the rules of Sense; to have his verses pared from a magnificent copy of sixty or seventy, to the concise brevity of his number?
Sense, perhaps, will lay claim to the philosophers and essayists; we will yield them to her, though more from easiness and good-nature than from conviction of the justice of her claims : but nobody can deny Nonsense to be the lady paramount of all novels and romances, and by far the greater portion of the poets. All Adelinas, Euphemias, Angelicas, and Aramintas, all midnight apparitions and haunted castles, all despairing Corydons and dying Thyrsises, all sonnets to Mary or Ellen, may pretty safely be appropriated to her. Indeed I myself had some idea of becoming one of the latter class of her
partisans, solely and purely from veneration for our Patroness, and of chaunting her praises in “ lofty rhyme," beginning, of course, with a congenial invocation to divine Nonsensia, and ending with a high-flown apostrophe to that division of Eton College, which, from her, has received its name.
THE SIEGE OF CONSTANTINOPLE.
O'er Byzantium's leaguer'd walls
Hear ye the sounds that are borne on the gale,
Hear the songs of the Faithful rise,
They seem the city's obsequies.
The Moslem's cry of might;
And mingled in the fight.
One Greek alone has tried his might,
that madd’ning zeal,
REMARKS ON GIFFORD'S “ FORD.”
(Continued from page 133.)
Our limits will not allow us to be as lavish in our quotations, as the admiration we feel for genius, and the wish we have to communicate that admiration in our humble sphere to all those from whose libraries the early dramatists have hitherto been aliens, would prompt us to be. But, before we leave “ The Broken Heart," we must recommend to the reader of taste and feeling, the exquisite pathos displayed in the fifth Scene of the third Act, where Penthea bids a last farewell to “ the stage of her mortality,” and intrusts to Calantha, as to her executrix, the legacies of her youthful affection.
Pen. I have left me
But three poor jewels to bequeath. The first is
I am a child.
May those be ever young!
You mean to part with ?
By slander yet untouch'd; this I bequeath
Beseeming charity without dishonour !
Of mere imagination ! speak the last;
I strangely like thy Will.
Is dearly precious to me ; you must use