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sadly deficient in fun, and have nå the anachronisms of his biographers, longer the humour they used to have. the negligence of his editors, and the This change may be for the better, we malice of his enemies; and thrown hope so, considering it was ourselves that light upon his real character, of who had the chief hand in producing which he has been so long and so unit. We have out-witted the whole justly deprived. Mr Octavius Gilworld, and there is no use in attempt- christ, who last edited this reverend ing humour, if it be not equal to Black- poet-but we must not weigh down wood, which is “a moral impossible.” our buoyant publication with squabbles Therefore we are not surprised at the about editors and editions. To make clerics having degenerated in this qua- a long story short, Dr Corbet, afterlity from their predecessors, and we wards Bishop of Norwich, was present fear there is no hope of seeing a hu- in Windsor, not at a coronation feast, morous account of the coronation feast but something very like it, seemingly issue from the bench of Bishops. It an installation of the Garter, about was otherwise of old, as thou shalt two hundred years ago, and has left a know, my public, when you come to humorous' account of it in a poetic it.

epistle to the Lord Mordaunt. Our We trust, that we have thus far sa- readers may judge for themselves, what tisfactorily illustrated the genius and little alteration two centuries have writings of Bishop Corbet,-proved made in royal feasts and beef-eaters.

" To this good sport rode I, as being allow'd
To see the King, and cry him in the crowd,
And at all solemn meetings have the grace

To thrust, and to be trode on by my place.”
The Bishop proceeds: he must have made a slight mistake of Windsor for
Westminster, and of the 17th for the 19th century.

Imagine now the scene lies in the Hall,
(For at high noon we are recusants all,)
The church is empty as the bellies were
Of the spectators that had languished there;
And now the favourites of the Clerk o' the Check,
Who oft had groan'd, and stretch'd out many a neck,
”Twixt morn and evening, the dull feeders on
Patience and the Raysins of the Sun;
They who lived in the Hall five hours at least,
As if 'twere an arraignment, not a feast;
And look so like the

hangings they stand near,
None could discern which the true pictures were;
These now shall be refreshed; whiles the bold drum
Strikes up his frolic, through the Hall they come,” &c.
“ So to the Hall made I, with little care
To praise the dishes, or to taste the fare ;
Much less t'endanger the least tart or pye
By any waiter there stolen and set by;
But to compute the value of the meat,
Which was for glory, not for hunger eat;
Nor did I fear Stand back ! who pass'd before
The Presence, or the Privy-chamber door;
But woe is me, the guard, (those men of war,
But two weapons do use, beef and the bar,).
Began to gripe me, knowing not in truth
That I had sung John Dory in my youth,
Or' that I knew the day that I could chaunt
Chivie, and Arthur, or the Siege of Gaunt ;
And though these be the virtues which must try
Who is most worthy of their courtesy,
They profited me nothing, or no notes
Will move them, now they're deaf in their new coats ;

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Wherefore on run 1, afresh they fall, and show
Themselves more active than before, as though
They had some wager laid, and did contend
Who should abuse me furthest at arms-end :
One I remember with a grizled beard,
And better grown than any of the herd,” &c.
“ This Ironsides takes hold, and suddenly
Hurls me, by judgment of the standers by,
Some twelve foot by the square; takes me again,
Out-throws half a bar; and thus we twain
At this hot exercise an hour had spent,
He the fierce agent, I the instrument:
My man began to rage, but I cry'd, ' Peace,
When he is dry or hungry, he will cease;
Peace for the Lord's sake, Nicholas, lest they take us,
And use as worse than Hercules did Cacus.'

And now I breathe, my lord, and have the time
To tell the causes, and confess the crime;
I was in black-a scholar straight they guess’d:
Indeed I colour'd for it; at the least,
I spake them fair, desired to see the Hall,
And gave 'em reasons for it, this was all:
By which I learn, it is a main offence,
So near the Clerk o'the Check to utter sense,” &c.




“ Much more good service was committed yet,
Which I in such a tumult must forget ;
But shall I smother that prodigious fit,
Which past in clear invention and pure wit ?
As thus, a nimble knave, though somewhat fat,
Strikes on my head, and fairly steals my hat.
Another breaks a jest, yet 'twas not much,
Although the clamour and applause were such,
As when Sir Archy, or Garrat, doth provoke 'em.
And with wide laughter and a cheat-loaf choak 'em,
What was the jest, d'ye ask? I dare repeat it,
And put it home before ye shall entreat it;
He call'd me Bloxford-man ; confess I must,
'Twas bitter; and it grieved me in a thrust,
That most ingrateful word Bloxford to hear
From him whose breath yet stunk of Oxford beer.
But let it pass, for I have now pass'd through
Their halberds, (and worse weapons,) their teeth, too,
And of a worthy officer was invited
To dine, who all their rudness hath requited," &c.


“ But as it stands, the persons and the cause
Consider'd all, my manners and their laws,
'Tis no affliction to ine, for even thus
St Paul hath fought with beasts at Ephesus,
And I at Windsor ; let this comfort then
Rest with all able and deserving men:
He that will please the guard, and not provoke
Court-wits, must sell his learning, buy a cloak:

For at all feasts and masques the doom hath been,

A man thrust forth, and a gay cloak let in.'' The author of “ The Specimens of British Poets,” has summarily given the merits of this author, saying merely, that he has left some good strokes of humour against the Puritans.” In our opinion, the only bad things he has left, are those little ballads against the Puritans; the wittiest of his poems, his Journey to France, quoted by that author of the Specimen, is a satire on the

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Roman Catholics, which, as it has appeared there,'we need not give. The“ Iter
Borealeabounds in humour. Inns, hosts, and hostess, have always been fruit-7
ful sources of merriment to travelling wits.

“ To the inn we came, where our best cheer
Was that his Grace of York had lodged there.
He was objected to us when we call,
Or dislike aught, my lord's grace answers all ;
He was contented with this bed, this diet,
This keeps our discontented stomachs quiet,” &c.
“ The shot was easy, and what concerns us more,
The way was so, mine host did ride before ;
Mine höst was full of ale and history;
And on the morrow, when he brought us nigh
Where the two * Roses join'd, you would suppose,
Chaucer ne'er writ the Romant of the Rose.
Hear him' See ye yond' woods ? there Richard lay
With his whole army; look the other way,
And lo, where Richmond, in a bed of gorse,
Incamp'd himself o'er night with all his force
Upon this hill they met.' Why, he could tell
The inch where Richmond stood, where Richard fell ;
Besides, what of his knowledge he could say,
He had authentic notice from the play ;
Which I might guess by's mustering up the ghosts;
And policies, not incident to hosts ;
But chiefly by that one perspicuous thing
When he mistook a player for a king;
For when he would have said, King Richard died,
And call’d a horse, a horse, he Burbage cried.
Howe'er, his talk, his company pleas'd well,
His mare went truer than his chronicle ;
And even for conscience-sake, unspurr’d, unbeaten,

Brought us six miles, and turn'd tail to Nun-Eaton.”.
He proceeds to Warwick, apropos to which reverend place, we may mak
mention of sundry complaints

received by us from thence, of some cockneys who visited it about two months ago in a one-horse chay, and spoiled the tree in the greenery, by engraving on them Arry and Mariar, and plucking laurels for what end we dare not conjecture. But to our Bishop.

“ No other hindrance now, but we may pass
Clear to our Inn;-Oh! there an hostess was,
To whom the castle and the dun cow are
Sights after dinner, she is morning ware;
Her whole behavionr borrow'd was and mixt,
Half-fool, half-puppet, and her pace betwixt
Measure and jigge; her court'sie was an honour,
Her gait as if her neighbours had out-gone her.
She was barr'd up in whalebone, that did leese
None of the whales’ length, for they reach'd her knees;
Off with her head, and then she hath a middle,
As her waste stands just like the new-found fiddle,
The favourite Theorbo, truth to tell ye,
Whose neck and throat are deeper than the belly.
Have you seen monkeys chain'd about the loins,
Or pottle-pots with rings ? just so she joins
Herself together; a dressing she doth love,
In a small print below, and text above." &c.

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* Bosworth Field.

We shall quote but one more poem of the witty Bishop's; and this we recommend to the serious attention of that learned body, The Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, cock-a-hoop, as they must be, from the Royal visit. Indeed we know how much the slightest hint promulgated in these pages would influence them; and we feel particularly flattered by Dr Kyle's following our advice in discountenancing The Historical Society. The important piece we recommend, is entitled " A certain Poem, as it was presented in Latin by divines and others, before his Majesty in Cambridge, by way of interlude, styled Liber Novus de Adventu Regis ad Cantabrigiam, faithfully done into English, with some liberal additions." “ It is not yet a fortnight since

What cries the town? what we ? (said he,) Lutetia entertain'd our prince,

What cries the University ? And vented hath a studied toy,

What cry the boys ? what, every thing ? As long as was the siege of Troy, Behold, behold, yond' comes the King !

And spent herself for full five days, And every period he bedecks
In speeches, exercise, and plays.

With Een et Ecce venit Rex.
To trim the town, great care before

Oft have I warn'd (quoth he) our dirt, Was ta'en by the Lord Vice-Chancellour; That no silk stockings should be hurt; Both morn and even he clean'd the way;

But we in vain strive to be fine,
The streets he gravell’d thrice a-day: Unless your Grace's sun doth shine,
One strike of March dust for to see,

And with the beams of your bright eye, No proverb would give more than he. You will be pleased our streets to dry.

Now come we to the wonderment
Their colleges were new be-painted,
Their founders eke were new be-sainted ;

Of Christendom, and eke of Kent,

The Trinity, which to surpass,
Nothing escaped, nor post, nor door,

Doth deck her spokesman by a glass,
Nor gate, nor rail, nor bawd, nor
You could not know (0 strange mis-

Who, clad in gay and silken weeds, hap!)

Thus opes his mouth, hark, how he Whether you saw the town or map.

speeds !

I wonder what your Grace doth here, But the pure House of Emanuel

Who have expected been twelve year, Would not be like proud Jesabel,

And this your son, fair Carolus, Nor shew herself before the King

Who is so Jacobissimus : An hypocrite or painted thing ;

Here's none, of all, your Gracerefuses, But that the ways might all prove fair,

You are most welcome to the Muses. Conceived a tedious mile of prayer.

Although we have no bells to jangle, Upon the look'd-for seventh of March,

Yet we can show a fair quadrangle, Out went the townsmen all in starch,

Which, though it ne'er was graced with Both band and beard, into the field,

King, Where one a speech could hardly wield;

Yet sure it was a goodly thing ; For needs he would begin his style,

My warning's short, no more I'll say, The King being from him half a mile.

Soon you shall see a gallant play. They gave the King a piece of plate,

But nothing was so much admired Which they hoped never came too late ;

As were their plays so well attired ; But cry'd, Oh! look not in, Great King, Nothing did win more praise of mine, For there is in it just nothing ;

Than did their acting most divine ; And so preferr'd with tune and gait, So did they drink their healths di. A speech as empty as their plate.

vinely, Now as the King came near the town,

So did they dance and skip so finely. Each one ran crying up and down, Their plays had sundry grave wise factors, Alas, poor Oxford ! thou'rt undone, A perfect diocess of actors Por now the King's past Trompington, Upon the stage ; for I am sure that

And rides upon his braw gray dapple, There were both bishop, pastor, curate; Seeing the top of King's College Nor was their labour light or small, Chappel.

The charge of some was pastoral. Next rode his lordship on a nag,

Our plays were certainly much worse, Whose coat was blue, whose ruff was shag, For they had a brave hobby-horse, And then began his reverence

Which did present unto his grace, To speak most eloquent nonsense :

A wond'rous witty ambling pace. See how, (quoth he,) most mighty But we were chiefly spoil'd by that Prince,

Which was six hours of, God knows For very joy my horse doth wince.




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Now pass we to the Civil Law,

But to conclude the King was pleased, And eke the Doctors of the Spaw,

And of the court the town was eased; Who all perform’d their parts so well, Yet, Oxford, though, (dear sister) hark Sir Edward Ratcliff bore the bell,

Who was, by the King's own ap- The King is gone but to Newmarket,

And comes again ere it be long, To speak of spells and magic oynt- Then you may make another song. ment.

The King being gone from Trinity, The Doctors of the Civil Law

They make a scramble for degree; Urged ne'er a reason worth a straw; Masters of all sorts, and all ages, And though they went in silk and sattin,

Keepers, subcizers, lacqueys, pages, They, Thomson-like, elipp'd the King's

Who all did throng to come aboard,

With “ Pray, nor make me, good
But yet his Grace did pardon them
All treason against Priscian.

They press'd his lordship wondrous hard, Here no man spake ought to the point,

His lordship then did want the guard ; But all they said was out of joint;

So did they throng him for the nonce, Just like the chappel ominous,

Until he blest them all at once,
I'the College called God with us,

And cry'd, Hodiissime
Which truly doth stand much awry,

Omnes Magistri estote.
Just north and south, yes verily.

Nor is this all which we do sing,
Philosophers did well their parts,
Which proved them masters of their arts ; Reader, unto your tackling look,

For of your praise the world must ring; Their Moderator was no fool,

For there is coming forth a book,
He far from Cambridge kept a school ;

Will spoil Joseph Barnesius
The country did such store afford,

The sale of Rex Platonicus.
The Proctors might not speak a word.

my lord.

To this Cantab felicitation we subjoin two effusions from Limerick and Cork, the harbingers of a joyous series, expressive of the loyal commotion which agitates the Green Isle.



By John Howley, Esq. of Garry Ower.

Ring ye the bells, ye young men of the town,

And leave your wonted labours for this day;
'This day is holy ; do you write it down,
That ye for ever it remember may.

SPENSER. Epithalamion.


1. The poet flab- As I was sitting on the Shannon side, bergasted by

Lull’d by the sound of that majestic flood,
ane strange
apparition. A horseman on a sudden I espied,

Galloping by as quickly as he could ;
I hail'd him, but he slacken'd not his pace,

Still urging on his steed, a gallant grey,
Until he past me, then he turn’d his face,

Back towa his horse's tail, and thus did say;

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