Page images
PDF
EPUB

but very much about; the other was consider- ! Not one word of my sensations ; I am speakably bearer, but lonely and dangerous, because ing with a man whose eyes inform me what his it was very easy to lose oneself in the desart, heart feels..." of which I had crossed only a small corner.' “ Undoubtedly what my preserver offered I chose the latter, and at the end of the third me was no royal dish; yet no one of all those day, found myself really in that predicament I had formerly, in all the splendour of majesty fronu which they had warped me.

partaken of, appeared so sumptuous to me, or « If the lot of any person, in a desart, with revived me so efficaciously as this little raw out a village, without a guide, withont food, morsel. I now proceeded on my perigrinawithout a path, without kiowledge or hope, l' tion; saw myself towards afternopn od rather be sufficiently dreadful, how terrible mast it la beaten path, at the day's close on Persian be for a prince, trained up in effemivacy, and ground, and by times the next morning in a grown grey in prosperity; who had every care small town. My money still lasted long enough of this kind warded off by his attendants, to feed me for a couple of days; an hospitable every misery lightened, every want removed old man lodged me. I crept, as soon as I had far away from him! And yet, with emaciated an opportunity, into the most remote corner. body, I dragged myself along one inore day of the house, and with much trouble, broke and night. My strength was at an end; not out of my father's ring, the first and smallest so was the desart.

of the stones; the price I received for it main. “ The sun now went down, and as I, ima- tained me till I arrived at Ispahan. I travelled gined, iny last. No singing of birds attended thither in company, or rather under the proit, for no one thing existed around me, my dog tection of a caravan; for during the whole excepted! No redness of the sky followed ; journey I hardly spoke an hundred words, anfor the air was much too clear of vapours.iswered every question with a monosyllable, No dew fell, for all around was a burning sand. , and never proffered one. I threw myself sorrowfully down on one of the il “When arrived at Ispahan, we found every sand hillocks. Here, said I, will I lie ; lie street full of people, and in commotion. Ny and slumber the eternal sleep! How enfee companions asked the reason of this tumult; bled was [! close to me nestled my dog, wbo before they could learn it, I already saw it looked on me and moaned. He also had not with my own eys; saw it, and any mind had eat any thing the whole day; faithfully had I, again a trial for all its fortitude, not to betray the day before, divided with him my last mor me. It was neither more uor less than the sel of bread! I now bent weeping over him, l entry of the ambassador from the usurper of caressed him, and exclaimed, how gladly l ray throne. He was mounted on the elephant would I feed you, had I only a few crumbs of | I used to ride, and the envoy himself had been bread for myself remaining! As if he under one of my favourites. How many thousand stvod the words; as if he had interpreted the times had he formerly sworn to me «terual tears in my eyes, he regarded me fixedly; | fidelity! he now came to demand my death.. licked once more my chin and bands, sprung || " What I surmised now came to pass. I up quickly, and flew off.

once, it is true, quite against the general con" Perhaps, my dear Melonion, it may to duct of neighbouring monarchs, in a danyou be incredible, but I swear to you, that gerous rebellion, had been the means of keepamong all the trials I before and since have ing the King of Persia on his throne; yet now, suffered, this last was the most severe, the only to please the malicious conqueror, he, by one which I sunk under.-At last even him! : public proclamation, set a great reward on my I exclaimed; my feelings unmanned me; I head, and with it so minute a description of sunk down, and lost speech and recollection. my person was given, that any one even at the I know not how long I may have continued first view must have known me-supposing laying in that manner; but at least some hours that I really had remained the same as I had musi have elapsed, for it was just as the day been on the throne. Yet, minutely as the began to break, that a pulling and scratching | painter had taken off my likeness, one circunawoke me; I painfully lifted up my breaking i stance had certainly not come under bis con

eyes, and perceived --my returned friend, whom I sideration, nor yet could it, the alteration · I had conceived faithless. His mouth was || which in the interim my misery had occasionbloody, and at my feet lay an animal, of a spe- ed. That unfortunate being, whoin his faithful cies to me unknown, but which looked very dog had delivered from death, resembled so much like a rabbit. When he perceived that I little the one who had fed from the field of

was awake, he moaned gently once more ; , battle, that quite safe from ever being recog- lifted up his booty, and laid it in my lap. i nised, I coald remain a full month at Ispahan. No. XXT: Vol. III..

Rr

I then, at my convenience, removed further on, il “ Two for one!---Well, then, let me hear; till I canie to Constantinople: there I bought what are they?" a sınall retired house, and have lived sixteen “Keep your stone! rate has bestowed on years, totally secluded from that shameful race me property sufficient. Enough of any former of men. My economy required but little; my years has been dedicated merely to industry ring from time to time furnished me with that and profit; my next will l derote softly to little. Never have I stooped to ask a favour;ll you, and my own pleasure. This is my best never have I wished back again the burthen fil request; and be this muy second; well grcurda throne; never murmured at my fate; never led as your misanthropy appears to be, do not again shed a tear till yesterday, when my coin-ll give up entirely your faith in the virtue of panion, my friend and deliverer, my Murkim | man! what by instinct in animals is so often died. He died of old age, still in the lasil effected, sensibility and reflection can now pangs be licked my hand; unwillingly he ap- and theil, should it even happen but seldom, peared to die, unwillingly he must have died, be produced with us. I certainly have no for he was separating from me."

crowu to offer you as a substitute for the one The old man faultered here a few seconds, ll you have lost; but your last, your heaviest then proceeded :-“ My history is drawing to loss, the loss of friend, perhaps it may be in wards its close; of eleveu stones I have yet il my power to supply, two remaining : they are the most precious of « You?" them all; of my days, certainly but few re- « Yes, me! forsake your retirement! Be main; the sinal!cst jewel is sufficient for those master of my house; be with me, father and few. Take the largest, and honour with king! contemplate from time to time, with your chissel a being, which was undoubtedly, your own eyes, the progress of that monuonly a dog, but if you will speak sincerely, ment which is to do honour to your fawas possessed of nobler feelings than many avourite." man, hero, or conqueror.”

The source of which I made use in comDuring this relation, which partook more posing this tale, was at once dried un. I only of the warmth of the relator, than it is pos- || found related in but very few words, that the sible for the pen of an historian to express, ll old man, after repeated denials, at last had the eyes of the artist overflowed often, very ll consented to pass the remainder of his life often, with tears ; now that Melai had con with Melonion ; that he never repeuted, and cluded, Melonion required some minutes be

that a monument of the finest alabaster, to fore he could dry his cheeks, and find words || the remembrance of the faithful dog, had to speak.

really been executed. The signification of it “() monarch!” stammered he at length must undoubtedly have appeared to a great

“Not monarch! that I was once. Regard number of spectators very obscure, and to no in me now, only the old man.” '

one, in reality, intelligible; but after the “ Noblest old man, then! how deeply has death of the monarch, Melonion imparted to your fate affected me! with feelings how warm | many the history and meaning of the monudo I thank you, that you will make use of my ment; and it is said to have been in being at poor abilities for a subject, which certainly is the time when Muhamed made himself master appeared to me at first a debasement, but which of Constantinople. now will be to me of more value, than the mausoleum of many a prince-only grant

M.G. ine first two requests."

ON PRINTING.

PRINTING is the best gift that Heaven, || will, and the result is already visible. Print. in its clemency, has granted man. It willing had scarcely been discovered, when every ere long change the face of the universe. thing seemed to assume a general and distinct From the narrow space of a printer's press' bent towards perfection. Ideas became more issue forth the most exalted and generous pnre, despotism was civilized, and humanity ideas, which it will be impossible for man to held in higher repute; researches were made resist; he will adopt them even against his l from all parts; men scrutinized, examined

and laboured hard in order to overthrow | will throw light on what is still involved in the ancient temple of ignorance and error; darkness, and no useful discovery will again every, attention was paid to the general be lost. good, and all undertakings received the seal of Printing will immortalize the books that utility. Properly to comprehend this truth, have been dictated by the genius of humanity; one must not congue oneself within a city; and all these accumulated works, and various but view the whole face of Europe, see the thoughts improved by reflection will form a nugerous useful establishments which have general code of laws for nations. Even if arisen in every country, cross the seas, and nature were no more to produce any of those look at America, and meditate on the asto-geniuses of whom she is so sparing, the assinishing change which bas there taken place. | duity of ordinary minds will raise the edifice

America is, perhaps, destined to new moula || of physical knowledge. human kind; its inhabitants may adopt a sub- \ “ The mind of one single man may be exlime code of laws, they may perhaps bring the hausted, but not that of mankind," has been arts and sciences to perfection, and be the said by a poet. Genius seems to walk with representatives of the ancients. In this asy- | giant steps, because the sparks which fly from lum of liberty, the magnaniinous souls of the all parts of the globe, inay be united in one Greeks may again arise; and this example focus by the aid of printing, which collects will prove to the world what man can accom- every scattered ray. Posterity will then be plish, it lie will dedicate his courage and un much astonished at our ignorance respecting derstanding to the cominon good.

many objects which time will have more elearThe means of arriving at universal hap- 1 ly developed. From this we may infer that it piaess are already marked out; the present will be more agreeable to live a thousand years conceru is the expansion of them, and from hence than at present, for I have too good an this, there is but one step to make to put them opinion of man, to believe he will reject the in practice. Look back and you will find truths which crowd around him. whether ideas of this sort conceived thirty years Philosophy is a beacon which spreads afar ago, be not at present realised, and then its light; it has not an active power, yet it judge of the strength and sense of human directs our course; it only points ont the reason. When genius shall have bent against road, it is the wind that must swell the sails, error, the thunder of its majestic voice, what and impel the vessel. True philosophy has people are there who will not sooner or later never been the cause of troubles or crimes; it is hear it, and awake tiom the lethargy in which the sublime voice of reason that speaks to the they bad so long slumbered.

universe, and is only powerful when listened Noble art! thou' alone hast been able to to. Man becomes enlightened unconsciously; counterbalance all the fire-arms of the uni- ll he cannot reject truth, when, cut and fashioned verse! Thou art the counterpoise of that fatal like to the diamond, it is unfolded by the powder which was going to condemn us all to hands of genius. slavery Printing! thou mayest truly be There have been opinions, which, similar deemed an iavention from heaven.

to the plague, have travelled round the world; The tvrant, surrounded by his guards, de- || have caused people to perish in the flames in fended by two hundred thousand naked swords, Europe, to be massacred in America; have insensible to the stings of conscience, will not || filled Asia with blood, and spread their rabe so to that of a pen; tbis dart will find a vages as far as the poles of the earth. The way to his heart, even in the bosoin of gran- 1 plague has had its run, it has only carried deur. He would wish to smile and conceal away two-thirds of the human race; but these the wound he has received, but it is the con- | barbarous extravagancies bave reigned twelve vusion of rage which agitates his lips, and he bundred years, and degraded men beneath the is punished, let him be ever so powerful. Yes brute creation. Philosophical writers are he is, and his children would also be punished the benevolent sages who have arrested and by inheriting his detested name, did they not disarmed this epidemic disease, more dangeby their actious acquire a different fame. rous than the most dreaded calamities, The labours and succession of several ages |

E. R.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

.

[blocks in formation]

ON TIE RAGE FOR BUILDING.

When Greece and Rome had emerged unabatin, violenre. Neither the acutenece of rom barbarisni to an exalted state of civiliza- Putt, por the crudition of Jebb, are necessary tion, a distinguished place among the arts to ascertain its symptoms in various parts was given to architecture. The accomplished England. Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, BrightPericles, assisted by the refined genius of on, and Margate, bear evident marks of it Phidias, adorned Athens with those temples, l' wide diffusion. The metropolis is manifestis theatres, and porticos, which even in ruins the centre of ihe disease. In other places, the have excited the admiration of posterity - accumulation is made by occasionally adung After Augustus had established the peace of house to house; but in London, street is sudthe Roman world, a similar display of mag-denly added to street, and square to square. nificcuce was exhibited, and equalled, or The adjacent villages in a short time undergo rather surpassed the glory of Athens. This a complete transformation, and bear 10 muhe memorable era of architecture is eminently resemblance to their original state, than Phil distinguished by the elegance of the Palatine, lis the milk-muaid does to a Lady Mayores.. Temple of Apollo, and the sublimity of the The citizen who twenty years ago enjoyed ai Pauthcon.

| Lis country seat pure air, undisturbed retire. The progress of refinement from public to meat, and an extensive prospect, is now sturprivate works must necessarily be hasty and rounded by a populous neighbourhood. The immediate, because nothing is more natural purity of the air is sullied with smoke, and the to man thau imitation, particularly of that prospect is cut off by the opposite house which is the object of his wonder and ap- | The retirement is interrupted by the Londoa planse. They who daily surveyed such edi- cries, and the vociferations of the watchmen tices as were remarkable for capaciousness and in the vicinity of the capital every situation is grandeur, projected the erection of similar propitious to the mason and the carpenter. structures upon a more confined plan. Their Vansions daily arise upon the marshes of designs were frequently carried to such un Lambeth, the roads of Kensington, and the excess in the execution, as to pass the limits' hills of Hampstead. Th: chain of buildings of convenience and economy, and give a loose so closely unites the country with the towth, to the sallies of ostentation and extravagance. that the distinction is lost between Cheapsike From this source was derived the just indig- and St. George's Fields. This idea struck the nation with which Demosthenes inveighed | mind of a child, who lives at Clapham, with so against the degenerate Athenians, whose inuch force, that he observed, “ If they go on houses eclipsed the public buildings, and building at such a rate, London will soon be were lasting monuments of vanity triumphant next door to us.' over patriotism. The strictures of Horace A strong light is often thrown upon the How in a similar channel, and plainly indicate manners ota people by their proverbial sa! that the same preposterous rage for building ings. When the Irish are highly enragerly prevailed among the Romans. Even if we they express a wish which is not tempered make allowance for the hyperbolical Nights of with much of the milli of kiudness, bs saying, the lyric muse, we must still suppose that “May the spirit of building come upon you." vast and continued operations of architects | If an Irishnan be once possessed by this de were carried on by land and water, "since a mon, it is difficult to stop his progress through few acres only were left for the exercise of the brick and inortir, till he exchanges the superplough, and the fish were sensible of the con- intendance of his working for the confidetraction of their element."

ment of a prison. But this propensity is not The transition from the ancients to the merely visible in the entirons of Dublin, or moderns is easy and obvious. It must be con- | upon the shores of Cork; it is equally a chafessed, that, like servile copyists, we have too racterestic of the sister kingdom closely followed the originals of our great England can furnish not a few instances os misters, and have delineated their faults as men of taste who have sold the best oaks o! well as their beauties. The contagion of the their estates for gilding and girandoles; building-influenza was not peculiar to the fathers who have beggured their familie Grecks and Romans, but has extended its enjoy the pleasure of seeing green-bouses virulence to this country, where it rages with pineries arise under their inspection; and

[ocr errors]

fux-hunters why have begun with a dog-ken- My cousin retired to a neighbouring cottage, nel, and ended with a dwelling-house. Enough, The old house was pulled down, and the brickis every day done by the anatcurs of Wyait inakers ivegan their operations. Unfortunately and Chambers, to palliate the censure of the wind happened to blow in such a direcostentation and uselessness that is lavishly tion as to create much annoyance with clouds thrown upon the King's-house at Winchester, of smoke rom the kilns. Whilst my cousin and the Radclifie library at Oxford.

was half suffocated anis balf buried in rubbisi, My cousin, Obadiah Project, Esq. formerly ! Sir Maximilian Barleycorn and bis lady caine a respectable deputy of Farringdon Ward, to pay a morning visit. They entered the Withiu, retired into the country, when he had cottage just at the moment whea Mrs. Project reached his grand climacteric, upon a small was setting the boiler upon the fire, and her estate. While he lived in town, his favourite husband was paring potatoes. They were hobly-horse, which was building, bad nerer J obliged to perforın these offices for themselves, carried hjin father than to change the situ- | brcause the only servant for whom they could ation of a door, or erecting a chimney. On fiad room had been turned off that norning settling in his new habitation, as he was no for abuxing carpenters and wasons. Sir sportsman, he found himself inclined to turn Vaximilian hastily took his leave, and swore student. His genius led him to peruse books by his knighthood, that apes were the lowest anof architecture. For two years nothing plea- | mals in the creation. My cousin had calculated, sed bim so much as the The Builder's Compleat that as he burat his own bricks for home conGuide, Campbell's Vitruvius, and Sandby's Tiers.sumption, they would not be subject to any tax. All these beated his imaginatioŭ with the An exciseman undeceived him before the branties of palaces, and delighted his eve with house was finished, by hinting that he land inthe regularity of the orders, for which he felt curred a he:xy penalty, which he was obliged a vague and confused fondness. He had, per- to pay. le contrived, however, to keep up haps, no more idea of the distinction between his spirits, by marking thic progress of his a cornice and a colounade, than the monstrous bouse, and the improvements around it. Not craws. Coluckily, Sir Maximilian Barleycorn, far from the Venetian door was a horsepond, . was his neighbour, who had lately erected a which the genius of Project enlarged into a house upon the Italian plan. As my cousin circular piece of water. He requested his was laying out his garden, he found that the friends to suggest the most tasty ornaments. soil was composed of a fine vein of clay. It One proposed a shepherd and shepherdess immediately struck him, that bricks might be upon a pedestal in the middle. Another procured at a very cheap rate. The force of observed, that if Farroer Peascod's" gander inclination, combined with rivalshin, and en- could be placed in it when company came, couraged by opportunity, is too powerful for they would give him credit for keeping a swan. man to regist. He therefore flew to tell his A third, whose notion of things was improved wife of the grand discovery, and inveighed with by frequent visits to Vauxhall, was sure that a much warmth against the smallness of their tio cascade would look very pretty by inoonparlour, the badness of the kitchen floor, and light. Project, not liking to take up with one the ruinous state of the garrets. She mildly l good thing, when four were to be had, resolved represented that they had no money to throw to adorn his water with them all. He soon away upon a new house, and that the old one after removed into his new habitation, long might cheaply be put into repair. Her re- before the walls were dry. An agne and marks bad just as much effect, as the advice fiver were the consequence of this rash step. of the barber and the curate had upon Don His fiver was probably increased by Pull's Quixote. The next day he played Geoffry | bill, to pay which he sold the greater part of Gambado, by taking a ride to consult Mr. Puff, his estate. During his illness, he gradually the architect. Mr. Puff was confident that awoke to a sense of his late imprudence, re. the old house must fall down in a day or two, quested the forgiveness of his wife for not aud proposed the following plan for a new one, , listening to her advice, and begged me to imwhich exactly reflected my cousin's ideas. press his dying injunctions indelibly on iny The rooms were to be all cubes. In front, a , memory, Never build afer you are fire and forty; Venetian duor, with a portico suppted by refe yeurs income in hand tu fore you lay a • brick pillars, with wooden capitals; and six brick; and alua: calciate the expence at double bow windows. A balcony was proposed, but the estimate. afterwards given up because it was vulgar --

« PreviousContinue »