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rendered the court the dictator of manners, exterior. He spoke the principal modern lan- ments. The king was frequently present; the morals, and politics, to all the higher ranks of guages with sufficient skill; he was a tasteful queen superintended the younger children, like the civilised world. But the Revolution was musician ; his acquaintance with English lite- an English mother. The two elder princes now hastening with the strides of a giant upon rature was, in early life, unusually accurate and laboured at Greek and Latin with their tutors, France : the torch was already waving over the extensive; Markham's discipline, and Jackson's and were by no means spared in consequence chambers of this morbid and guilty luxury. scholarship, had given him a large portion of of their rank. How would your majesty wish The corrective was terrible : history has no classical knowledge ; and nature had given him to have the princes treated ?' was said to the more stinging retrospect than the contrast of the more important public talent of speaking Markham's inquiry of the king. Like the that brilliant time with the days of shame and with fluency, dignity, and vigour. Admiration sons of any private English gentleman,' was agony that followed – the untimely fate of was the right of such qualities, and we can feel the manly and sensible answer. 'If they de. beauty, birth, and heroism, — the more than no surprise if it were lavishly offered by both serve it, let them be flogged: do as you used serpent-brood that started up in the path which sexes. But it has been strongly asserted, that to do at Westminster. The command was France once emulously covered with flowers for the temptations of flattery and pleasure were adhered to, and the royal culprits acquired the step of her rulers, the hideous suspense of thrown in his way for other objects than those their learning by the plebeian mode. The the dungeon,—the heart broken farewell to life of the hour; that his wanderings were watched story is told, that on the subsequent change of and royalty upon the scaffold. But France was by the eyes of politicians; and that every step preceptors, the command having been repeated, the grand corrupter; and its supremacy must which plunged him deeper into pecuniary em-Arnald, or one of his assistants, thought pro. in a few years have spread incurable disease barrassment was triumphed in, as separating per to inflict a punishment, without taking through the moral frame of Europe. The him more widely from his natural connexions, into due consideration that the infants whom English men of rank brought back with them and compelling him in his helplessness to throw Markham bad disciplined with impunity were its dissipation and its infidelity. The imme- himself into the arms of factions alike hostile now stout boys. However, the Prince and the diate circle of the English court was clear. to his character and his throne.”
Duke of York held a little council on the The grave virtue of the king held the courtiers This is not only superb writing, but just and matter, and organised rebellion to the rod : on in awe; and the queen, with a pious wisdom, solid reasoning ; nor is the following less so, its next appearance they rushed upon the tutor, for which her name should long be held in though towards the close of our quotation it wrested his weapons from him, and exercised honour, indignantly repulsed every attempt of goes into amusing detail.
them with so much activity on his person, that female levity to approach her presence. But “ In other lands the king is a despot, and the offence was never ventured again. Louis beyond this sacred circle the influence of foreign the heir apparent a rebel ; in England the the Fourteenth, when, in his intercourse with association was felt through every class of so- relation is softened, and the king is a tory, and the accomplished society of France, he felt his ciety. The great body of the writers of Eng- the beir apparent a whig. Without uncover- own deficiencies, often upbraided the foolish land, the men of whom the indiscretions of the ing the grave, to bring up things for dispute indulgence which had left his youth without higher ranks stand most in awe, had become which have lain till their shape and substance instruction ; exclaiming, “ Was there not birch less the guardians than the seducers of the are half dissolved away in that great receptacle enough in the forest of Fontainebleau ?' George public mind. The Encyclopédie,' the code of the follies and arts of mankind, it is obvious the Third was determined that no reproach of of rebellion and irreligion still more than of that there was enough in the contrast of men this nature should rest upon bis memory; and science, had enlisted the majority in open scorn and parties to have allured the young Prince of probably no private family in the empire were of all that the heart should practise or the head Wales to the side of opposition. Almost pro- educated with more diligence in study, more revere; and the Parisian atheists scarcely ex- hibited, by the rules of the English court, from attention to religious observances, and more ceeded the truth, when they boasted of erecting bearing any important part in government; rational respect for their duties to society, than a temple that was to be frequented by wor- almost condemned to silence in the legislature the children of the throne. shippers of every tongue. A cosmopolite, in- by the custom of the constitution ; almost “ There can be no difficulty in relieving the fidel republic of letters was already lifting its restricted, by the etiquette of his birth, from memory of George the Third from the charge front above the old sovereignties, gathering exerting himself in any of those pursuits which of undue restraint; for nothing can be idle under its banners a race of mankind new to cheer and elevate a manly mind, by the noble than the theory, that to let loose the passion public struggle, -the whole secluded, yet jea- consciousness that it is of value to its country; of the young is to inculcate self-control. Viæ lous and vexed race of labourers in the intel. the life of the eldest born of the throne appears is not to be conquered by inoculation; and the lectual field, and summoning them to devote condemned to be a splendid sinecure. The parent who gives his sons a taste of evil, wia their most unexhausted vigour and masculine valley of Rasselas, with its impassable boun- soon find that what he gave as an antidote has ambition to the service of a sovereign, at whose dary, and its luxurious and spirit-subduing been swallowed as a temptation. The palpright and left, like the urns of Homer's Jove, bowers, was but an emblem of princely exist- able misfortune of the prince was, that a stood the golden founts of glory. London was ence; and the moralist is unfit to decide on emerging from the palace, he had still to leana becoming Paris in all but the name. There human nature, who, in estimating the career, human character, the most essential public never was a period when the tone of our society forgets the temptation. It is neither for the lesson for his rank. Even the virtues of his was more polished, more animated, or more purpose of undue praise to those who are now parents were injurious to that lesson. Through corrupt. Gaming, horse-racing, and still deeper gone beyond human opinion, nor with the idle infancy and youth he had seen nothing round deviations from the right rule of life, were zeal of hazarding new conjectutes, that the him that could give a conception of the infinite looked upon as the natural embellishments of long exclusion of the Prince of Wales from heartlessness and artifice, the specious rice, rank and fortune. Private theatricals, one of public activity is pronounced to have been a and the selfish professions, that must besek the most dexterous and assured expedients to signal injury to his fair fame. The same men- him at his first step into life. A public edri. extinguish, first the delicacy of woman, and tal and bodily gifts which were lavished on the cation might have, in some degree, opened his then her virtue, were the favourite indulgence; listless course of fashionable life, might have eyes to the realities of human nature. Bren and, by an outrage to English decorum, which assisted the councils, or thrown new lustre on among boys, some bitter evidence of the he. completed the likeness to France, women were the arms, of his country; the royal tree, exposed lowness and hypocrisy of life is administered; beginning to mingle in public life, try their to the free blasts of heaven, might have tossed and the prince's understanding might have influence in party, and entangle their feeble- away those parasite plants and weeds which been early awakened to the salutary cautio, ness in the absurdities and abominations of encumbered its growth, and the nation might which would have cast out before him, naked political intrigue. In the midst of this luxu. have been proud of its stateliness, and loved to if not ashamed, the tribe of flatterers and rious period the Prince of Wales commenced shelter in its shade. The education of the pretended friends who so long perverted his his public career. His rank alone would have royal family had been conducted with so regular natural popularity. But there was much in secured him flatterers ; but he had higher titles and minute an attention, that the lapses of the the times to perplex a man of his high station to homage. He was, then, one of the hand- prince's youth excited peculiar displeasure in and hazardous opportunities, let his self-c03somest men in Europe : his countenance open the king. The family discipline was almost trol be however vigilant. The habits of a and manly; his figure tall, and strikingly pro- that of a public school : their majesties gene. ciety have since been so much changed, that it portioned; his address remarkable for easy ele- rally rose at six, breakfasted at eight with the is difficult to conceive the circumstances of that gance, and his whole air singularly noble. His two elder princes, and then summoned the singular and stirring period. We live in a contemporaries still describe him as the model younger children: the several teachers next day of mediocrity in all things. The habits ei of a man of fashion, and amusingly lament over appeared, and the time till dinner was spent fifty years ago were, beyond all comparison the degeneracy of an age which no longer pro- in diligent application to languages and the those of a more prominent, showy, and popular duces such men. But he possessed qualities severer kinds of literature, varied by lessons system. The English nobleman sustained the which might have atoned for a less attractive in music, drawing, and the other accomplish. honours of his rank with a larger display:
the English man of fashionable life was more | endured the long anxieties, or wrapt up his, pansed a moment; then looked Doyle in the conspicuous in his establishment, in his ap- mystery in the profound concealment of a face, and, laughing, said, “Ah! I know where pearance, and even in his eccentricities: the Catiline, he had all the qualities that might that hit came from, you rogue; that could be phaeton, his favourite equipage, was not more have made a Caius Gracchus; the eloquence, nobody's but yours. Come, take some wine.'” unlike the cabriolet, that miserable and creep- the ingenuousness of manner, the republican " The Lewes races were thinly attended, in ing contrivance of our day, than his rich dress simplicity of life, and the shewy and specious consequence of a rainy day. The prince and a and cultivated manners were like the wretched zeal of popularity in all its forms. Fox would few persons of rank were there, and underwent costume and low fooleries that make the vapid have made the first of tribunes. He, unques- a drenching. On their return, some observalounger of modern society. The women of tionably, possessed the means, at that period, tion was made on the small number of noblerank, if not wiser nor better than their suc- to have become the most dangerous subject men on the course. I beg pardon,' said the cessors, at least aimed at nobler objects: they of England. Fox's life is a memorable lesson prince; ' I think I saw threw open their mansions to the intelligent to the pride of talents. With every kind of sprinkling of the nobility.'
å very handsome and accomplished minds of their time, and public ability, every kind of public opportunity, 6 The conversation turning on some new instead of fête-ing every foreign coxcomb, who and an unceasing and indefatigable determina eccentricity of Lord George Gordon ; his un. came with no better title to respect than his tion to be at the summit in all things, his fitness for a mob leader was instanced in his grimace and his guitar, surrounded themselves whole life was a suceession of disappointments. suffering the rioters of 1780 to break open with the wits, orators, and scholars of En. It has been said, that, on commencing his par- the gin-shops, and, in particular, to intoxicate gland. The contrivance of watering-places liamentary course, he declared that there were themselves by the plunder of Langdale's great had not been then adopted as an escape, less three objects of his ambition, and that he would distillery in Holborn. “But why did not Langfrom the heats of summer than from the attain them all :-that he should be the most dale defend his property ?' was the question, observances of summer hospitality, The great popular man in England, the husband of the 'He had not the means,' was the answer. families returned to their country-seats with bandsomest woman, and prime minister. He Not the means of defence ?' said the prince; the close of parliament, and their return was a did attain them all; but in what diminished ask Angelo : he, a brewer, a fellow all his holyday to the country. They received their and illusory degree, how the “juggling fiend life long at cart and tierce.' neighbours with opulent entertainment; cheered kept the promise to the ear, and broke it to “ The prince's regiment were expecting and raised the character of the humbler ranks the hope, is long since known. He was the orders for Ireland. St. Leger said that garriby their liberality and their example; extin- most popular man in England, if the West- son duty in Dublin was irksome, and that guished the little oppressions, and low pro- minster electors were the nation ; his marriage country quarters were so squalid, that they pensities to crime, which habitually grow up secured him beauty, if it secured him nothing would destroy the lace and uniforms of the where the lord is an absentee ; and by their else; and his premiership lasted scarcely long regiment, which even then were remarkably mere presence, and in the simple exercise of enough for him to appear at the levee. In rich. Well, then,' said the prince, • let the natural duties of rank and wealth, were a life of fifty-eight years, Fox's whole exist- them do their duty as dragoons, and scour the great benefactors of society. A noble ence as a cabinet minister was but nineteen the country.' family of that time would no more have months; while Pitt, ten years his junior, and “A heavy-heeled cavalry officer, at one of thought of Aying from its country neigh- dying at forty-seven, passed almost his whole the Brighton balls, astounded the room by the bours to creep into miserable lodgings at a life, from his entrance into parliament, at the peculiar impressiveness of his dancing. A circle watering-place, and hide its diminished head head of the country.”
of affrighted ladies fluttered over to the prince, among the meagre accommodations and mis. We regret we cannot find room for the por- and inquired, by what possibility they could cellaneous society of a sea-coast village, than trait of George III.; but we wish to relieve escape being trampled out of the world by this it would of burning its title-deeds. The ex- our theme, and, lo, some bon-mots offer them formidable performer. Nothing can be done,' penses of the French war may have done some- selves, as the folks say, quite handy. Hare said the prince, since the war is over : then, thing of this; and the reduced rent-rolls of was a wit of the day (1787).
he might have been sent back to America, as a the nobility may countenance a more limited “ * Pleasant news, this, from America,' said republication of the stamp act.' expenditure. But whether the change have he, meeting General Fitzpatrick on the first Our next choice falls on a vivid sketch of been in matter or mind, in the purse or the intelligence of Burgoyne's defeat. The general the French court at the breaking out of the spirit, the change is undeniable; and where it doubted, and replied, that he had just come revolution (1795). is not compelled by circumstances, is contempt. from the secretary of state's office without hear “ The bewildered career and unhappy fate ible. The prince was launched into public life ing any thing of it.' • Perhaps so,' said Hare; of the Duke of Orleans are now matter of in the midst of this high-toned time. With an but take it from me as a flying rumour.' history. He was born in a bazardous time for income of 50,0001. a-year, he was to take the Fox's negligence of his fortune had induced a man of weak understanding, strong passions, lead of the English nobility, many of them with his friends to find out a wife for him among and libertine principles. — The monarch but á twice his income, and, of course, free from the the great heiresses. Miss Pulteney, afterwards grown child : the queen, estimable but impecourt encumbrances of an official household. Countess of Bath, was fixed upon; and Fox, rious, full of Austrianright divine,' and All princes are made to be plundered ; and the though probably without any peculiar inclina- openly contemptuous of the people : the court youth, generosity, and companionship of the tion to the match, paid his court for a while. jealous, feeble, and finding no resource for its prince, marked him out for especial plunder. A seat was frequently left for him beside the weakness but in obsolete artifice and tempoHe was at once fastened on by every glittering lady, and he made his attentions rather con- rary expedient: the nobility a mass of haughty profligate who had a debt of honour to dis- spicuous during Hastings' trial. Some one idlers, a hundred and twenty thousand gamecharge, by every foreign marquess who had a observed to Hare the odd contrast between sters and intriguers, public despisers of religion bijou to dispose of at ten times its value, by Fox's singularly dark complexion, and Miss and the common moral obligations by which every member of the turf who had an unknown Pulteney's pale face and light hair. What society is held together; chietly poor, and living Eclipse or Childers in his stables, and by every a strange sort of children they will make,' was on the mendicant bounty of the court; worthnameless claimant on his personal patronage or the observation. • Why, duns, to be sure,' less consumers of the fruits of the earth, yet his unguarded finance, until he fell into the replied Hare ; cream-coloured bodies, with monopolists of all situations of bonour and hands of the Jetvs, who offered him money at black manes and tails.'
emolument, and by their foolish pride in the fifty per cent; and from them into the hands “On the king's opening the session of par- most accidental of all distinctions, birth; by of political Jews, who offered him the national liament, the prince had gone in state in a mili- their open meanness of solicitation for that last treasury at a price to which a hundred per cent tary uniform, with diamond epaulettes. At livelihood which a man of true dignity of mind was moderation. At this time the prince was dinner Doyle came in late, and, to the prince's would seek, a dependence on the public purse ; nineteen, as ripe an age as could be desired for inquiry, whether he had seen the procession ? and by their utter uselessness for any purpose ruin; and in three short years the consum- answered, that he had been among the mob, but that of filling up the ranks of the army ; mation was arrived at, he was ruined." who prodigiously admired his royal highness's rendered at once weary of themselves and
We have read this picture of the change of equipage. And did they say nothing else?' odious to the nation. But beyond those cen. manners with great pleasure ; but we leave asked the prince, who was at this time a good tral, projecting points in the aspect of France, the subject, for an example of the characteristic deal talked of, from his encumbrances. “Yes. those fragments of the old system of the mopersonal sketches-Fox and Pitt.
One fellow, looking at your epaulette, said, narchy, the politician saw a wilderness of living Fox, * too generous and too lofty in his habits. Tom, what an amazing fine thing the prince waves, a boundless and sullen expanse of stormy to stoop to vulgar conspiracy; perhaps, alike has got on his shoulders ! • Ay,' answered passions, furious aspirations, daring ambition, too abhorrent of blood, and too fond of his the other, 'fine enough, and fine as it is it and popular thirst of slaughter; a deluge, rising ease, to have exhibited the reckless vigour, or will soon be on our shoulders.' The prince hourly round the final, desperate refuge of the
state, and soon to overtop its last pinnacle. narrative is painful, and cannot be too hastily felt the more from generally being in juxtaBut the Duke of Orleans was not to see this passed over.'
position with one or two, or, it may be, a consummation. He returned to France; was And with this we must close our review. greater number of exquisite productions. We seized by the men of liberty; condemned with. From the extracts it will be seen that the get through one-two; but palling of the third out a hearing by the votaries of immaculate author's style is yet remarkable for the use of demonstrates how intrinsically humble are the justice; and murdered on the scaffold by the epithets rarely employed by other writers in a pretensions of all. purifiers of the crimes of lawgivers and kings. similar way or sense; and that his favourite When we consider the great outlay upon The son of that duke has now peaceably phrases of sterner, opulent, fierce, vigorous, these speculations, with new projects springing ascended the magnificent throne which dazzled masculine, trivial, &c. &c. &c., figure frequently in to augment the crowd every year;* when the ambition of his father. Whether France in alliterative or sonorous construction. This we consider the employment they give to the will long suffer a king, may be doubtful. But, we notice as a peculiarity, not as a blemish. arts, though eminently calculated to destroy while his claim is that of the national choice, The force and talent of the whole will be our GREAT School of Engraving; and when entitled, by an exertion of extraordinary cou. acknowledged by every reader of discernment; we admire those parts which are really original rage, justice, and moderation, to the disposal of and a work of the kind more likely to have a or beautiful, we are loath to speak of the entire the throne; we must rejoice that France has popular run we can hardly imagine. If we body in terms of disparagement. But the truth obtained a man of virtue, and that such a man add to its literary merits, that an excellent is
, there must be improvement, or the plates should be endowed with so illustrious an oppor- portrait of the king is given as a frontispiece, had infinitely better be published separately; tunity of redeeming his name, and of spreading and that the volume is printed in Moyes's best in which shape they are even now, in four the benefits of wisdom and power to mankind.” manner, we have done our duty towards heartily cases out of five, infinitely preferable to that
The prince's marriage is a subject of great recommending the Memoir of George IV. of their forced and ill-matched union with embarrassment to a biographer, but Mr. Croly
letter-press. has extricated himself with great credit : we
We have been led to throw this glance over can only cite a small portion of his account.
The New Comic Annual for 1831. By Sir John the field from the aspect of the novelty before “ Never was there a more speaking lesson
Falstaff. London: Hurst, Chance, and Co.
us, which is an inseparable combination of to the dissipations of men of rank, than the From what we have yet seen of the Annuals wood-cut, and such other cuts as the wit of prince's involvements. While he was thus of this season (excepting the particular instances its author could invent; so that we have had wearied with the attempt to extricate himself where we have expressed a different opinion, no other way of making our readers acquainted from Lady Jersey's irritations, another claimant and to which instances we beg to refer), we are with it except by copying two or three of the came ; Mrs. Fitzherbert was again in the field. much inclined to think, upon the whole, that former, which, to say the least, have amused Whatever might be her rights; since the royal this class of publications must depend for success us quite as much as any of the latter. The marriage, at least, the right of a wife could not more upon its pictorial than its literary merits. Rotten-seat (1) was susceptible, especially at the be included among them; but her demands Perhaps it may be that the novelty of such period of a general election, of far more enter. were not the less embarrassing. A large pen- miscellanies having worn off, the contributors taining illustration than it has received: as in sion, a handsome outfit, and a costly mansion being almost the same year after year, and the generality of cases of very violent opposition, in Park Lane, at length reconciled her to life ; equally furnishing their efforts to several vo- the object at issue is lost to the contending par. and his royal highness had the delight of being lumes, the subjects embracing little of variety, ties. Squally (2) is a good impersonation : and bampered with three women at a time, two of and other obvious causes, the decies repetita non the Forlorn Hope (3) a sufficiently “humour. them prodigal, and totally past the day of at- placet* one-tenth part so much as the first ous melancholy' allegory; such as we hope traction, even if attraction could have been an uprising of these annual luminaries. The me. 'never to see the British Anchor, with its excuse; and the third complaining of neglects, diocrity which, of necessity, must obtain pos- Sailor King ( private mem. Clap-trap, agreewhich brought upon him and his two old women session of the mass of their pages, is a fearful ably to the fashion of the times), reduced to a storm of censure and ridicule. But the whole drawback upon the enjoyment of readers, and recognise ! ).
Now, with regard to the literary matter-
Such days as those I ne'er shall see againsince it must be so— we dislike the approaches
There's such a sight o' bridges building now
I'm getting old—I've long been past my prime. And then they'll want gas lights to burn all day,
cause we've got no bridges-there's Brunei to indelicacy in the Hottentot Venus, and warn But they won't take one lighter-man in tow.
Must build one under ground the cursid Theme the writer, that whatever may be the vices of My poor old wherry's wery near worn out
Tunnel : folks never think o'taking wherries now;
My eye-if he but knowed what I could tell, the age, it is very fastidious on such points,
And I have got the rheumatiz' an' gout
How we contrived to make his work a funnel.! and will not tolerate outward indecency in But how to get clear on 'em I don't know. word or deed. We quote “ the Waterman's
The Steamers, tho' they do make lots of smoke, Here is the list for the present year:-Forget-me
Used once to bring us many a bite an' sup: Not (1823), consequently vol. 9; Friendship's Offering Soliloquy," as one of the most favourable spe. But now-folks walk ashore--a pretty joke!
(1824), vol. 8; Literary Souvenir (1825), vol. 7; Amuks cimens :
I wish them cursed quays were all locked up. (1826), vol. 6; The Winter's Wreath (1827), vol. 3; Ket
I know the time, when I've earned two-pun-ten sake (1828), vol. 4; Bijou (1828), vol. 4; Gem (1824 “ Well! things are coming to a pretty pass,
In sixpences, a dozen at a time:
vol. 3; Landscape Annual (1830), vol. 2; Iris (1811, I think the end o'th' world will soon begin:
vol. 2; Hood's Comic Annual (1830), vol. 2; Sheridse's Some years ago, I used to get a glass
Comic Offering, Humourist, New Comic Annual, Le O'gin an' bitters-now I gets no gin,
Anglicè ; i. e. in English (for we would translate every Keepsake Français, The Talisman, all for 1831; besides But lots o' bitters. Now an honest man
thing into mother-tongue), the tenth repetition does not half-a-dozen Juvenile, and half-a-dozen Musical CECan't get no work-no, blow me if he can. please.
Who the rare wit has
I dare say we shall soon have on the water injure being British ; the laws they outrage, it first met his view, as if a living thing had
Steam omnibuses-plying for a fare:
British also-enough, it seems, to make their returned his look.”
conduct meritorious in Mr. Cooper's eyes : but We take a portion of one of her encounters : Things seem to be a-goin upside down!
of this more anon. This is a very difficult the Coquette has followed her into a secluded Carts, horses, waggons, porters with their loads, Go under all the new bridges in town,
book for quotation; the best scenes are too cove. And arches now cross over streets an' roads. long ;—there is a chase through a dangerous “ The wind, which had so long varied, began Perhaps the Thames will be Macadamised,
And broad wheel waggons roll along like thunder passage from the barbour of New York, which to be heard in the rigging of the silent briganAnd if they do I shouldn't be surprised,
is splendidly written : we will content ourselves tine, and the two elements exhibited unequivoI've seen such strange things, nothing makes me with a description of the Water Witch herself. cal evidence, in their menacing and fitful co
wonder. Once, after plying heartily all day,
“ It has been said that the hull of this cele- lours, of the near approach of the gust. The Tom Tug an' I could play a gaine o'skittles brated smuggler was low, dark, moulded with young sailor, with an absorbing interest, turned Now plying hard won't earn enough to pay For bacca, lodgin, washin, and iny wiitles."
exquisite art, and so justly balanced as to ride his eyes on his ship. The yards were on the
upon its element like a sea-fowl. For a little caps, the bellying canvass was fluttering far to Making out a blacksmith to be a "great distance above the water it shewed a blue that leeward, and twenty or thirty human forms on sinner,” on account of his forging, picking vied with the colour of the deep ocean, the use each spar, shewed that the nimble-fingered toplocks, possessing many vices, hanging, belles, of copper being then unknown, while the more men were gathering in, and knotting the sails &c. &c., is also a tolerable jeu d'esprit; and superior parts were of a jet-black, delicately down to a close reef. Give way, men, for the concluding trial of Falstaff is a clever finale. relieved by two lines, of a straw.colour, that your lives! cried the excited Ludlow. A sin, But we will finish with a flourish more per- were drawn, with mathematical accuracy, pa- gle dash of the oars was heard, and the yawl sonal to ourselves, and shew that “ Claw me rallel to the plane of her upper works, and was the egotism of periodical literature : thus speaks consequently converging slightly towards the image. Then followed a desperate struggle to
Glossy hammock- regain the cruiser, ere the gust should strike Falstaff of the Literary Gazette :
cloths concealed the persons of those who were her. The sullen murmur of the wind, rushing “ Unchanged thy museum, GAZETTR of Literature! in verse and prose
on the deck, while the close bulwarks gave the through the rigging of the ship, was audible By friends unwarp'd-immoveable to foes, brigantine the air of a vessel equipped for war. some time before they reached her side, and (Not so the Lyceum)
Still the eye of Ludlow ran curiously along the the struggles between the fabric and the eleStanch pillars are the columns of thy journal, And sound unto the very core the kernel,
whole extent of the two straw-coloured lines, ments were at moments so evident, as to cause The colonel sure-of learning's corps.
seeking in vain some evidence of the weight the young commander to fear he would be too Luminous Lit. Gas.
and force of her armament. If she had ports late. The foot of Ludlow touched the deck of Bright as the gas-lights of these modern days, Thy SCRIPrs delights the nation with essays,
at all, they were so ingeniously concealed as to the Coquette at the instant the weight of the
escape the keenest of his glances. Par- squall sell upon her sails. He no longer thought All subjects to dissect, quite liter-ary,
taking of the double character of brig and of any interest but that of the moment; for, While the two Comics with their lighter airy Scraps, do essay-to please thc gay."
schooner-the sails and spars of the forward with all the feelings of a seaman, his mind was We should have been worse than Mohawks after-masť were of the latter construction— shouted the ready officer, in a voice that made
mast being of the former, while those of the now full of his ship. • Let run every thing !' not to give so civil a fellow a good word, seamen have given to this class of shipping the itself heard above the roar of the wind. 'Clue though, at the same time, truth and justice familiar name of Hermaphrodites. But though down, and hand! Away aloft, you top-men! have compelled us to make use of the cuts there might be fancied, by this term, some -lay out!--furl away!' These orders were direct.
want of the proportions that constitute seemli- given in rapid succession, and without a trum.
ness, it will be remembered that the departure pet, for the young man could at need speak The Water Witch ; or, the Skimmer of the was only from some former rule of art, and loud as the tempest. They were succeeded by
Seas: a Tale. By the Author of " the that no violence had been done to those uni- one of those exciting and fearful minutes that Borderers," " the Prairie,” &c. 3 vols. versal and permanent laws which constitute are so familiar to mariners. Each man was 12mo. London, 1830. Colburn and Bent- the charm of nature. The models of glass, intent on his duty, while the elements worked ley.
which are seen representing the machinery of their will around him, as madly as if the hand A VERY romantic but interesting narrative, a ship, are not more exact or just in their by which they are ordinarily restrained was for a mystery well kept up, and two or three lines, than were the cordage and spars of this ever removed. The bay was a sheet of foam, exciting scenes written in Mr. Cooper's best brigantine. Not a rope varied from its true while the rushing of the gust resembled the manner, will ensure a wet sail and a flowing direction; not a sail, but it resembled the neat duil rumbling of a thousand chariots. The sheet" to the Water Witch, on the tide of folds of some prudent housewife; not a mast ship yielded to the pressure, until the water public favour. We make it a rule never to or a yard was there, but it rose into the air, or was seen gushing through her lee scuppers ; analyse the story of a novel. First, for the stretched its arms, with the most fastidious and her tall line of masts inclined towards the author's sake, to whose conceptions a meagre attention to symmetry. All was airy, fanciful, plane of the bay, as if the end of the yards outline can do no possible justice ; secondly, and full of grace, seeming to lend to the fabric were about to dip into the water. But this for the sake of the reader, whose pleasure is a character of unreal lightness and speed. As was no more than the first submission to the diminished in proportion as the dénouement is the boat drew near her side, a change of the shock. The well-moulded fabric recovered its anticipated. But we may give a view into air caused the buoyant bark to turn, like a balance, and struggled through its element, as the labyrinth, without exposing its mysteries. vane, in its current; and as the long and if conscious that there was security only in Among the characters introduced are, a semi-pointed proportions of her head-gear came into motion. Ludlow glanced his eye to leeward. Dutch and American merchant, a very clever view, Ludlow saw beneath the bowsprit an The opening of the cove was favourably situand original sketch ; his niece, a self-willed image that might be supposed to make, by ated, and he caught a glimpse of the spars of beauty; and two lovers, one a young gallant means of allegory, some obvious allusions to the brigantine, rocking violently in the squall. captain of the Coquette, the other merely Athel- the character of the vessel. A female form, He spoke to demand if the anchors were clear, stan, from Ivanhoe, turned merchant. The fashioned with the carver's best skill, stood on and then he was heard shouting again from his other prominent figures on the canvass are the projection of the cut-water. The figure station in the weather gang-way, Hard smugglers; and here Mr. Cooper's desire for rested lightly on the ball of one foot, while the a-weather!' The first efforts of the cruiser to the sublime has trenched upon the ridiculous. other was suspended in an easy attitude, re- obey her helm, stripped as she was of canvass, The whole mummery of the Water Witch, a sembling the airy posture of the famous Mer- were laboured and slow. But when her head figure at the head of the ship hence so called, cury of the Bolognese. The drapery was flut. began to fall off, the driving scud was scarce and who gives oracular answers in quotations tering, scanty, and of a light sea-green tint, as swifter than her motion. At that moment the from Shakspeare-carries absurdity to its ex- if it had imbibed a hue from the element be sluices of the cloud opened, and a torrent of tent. Living in daily fear of the laws they neath. The face was of that dark bronzed rain mingled in the uproar, and added to the break- the means and temptation of intoxi- colour which human ingenuity has from time confusion. Nothing was now visible but the cation constantly before them-released from immemorial adopted as the best medium to lines of the falling water, and the sheet of the wholesome discipline of social habit and portray a superhuman expression. The locks white foam through which the ship was glanorder—the smuggler's position is one of utter were dishevelled, wild, and rich; the eye full of cing. * Here is the land, sir !' bellowed Trymoral debasement. But Mr. Cooper's smug- such a meaning as might be fancied to glitter sail, from a cat-head, where he stood resem. glers are gentlemen of equally high principles, in the organs of a sorceress, while a smile so bling some venerable sea-god, dripping with delicate feelings, and refined taste. We believe strangely meaning and malign played about his native element; we are passing it, like a the secret of this lies in the commerce they the mouth, that the young sailor started, when race-horse !' See your bowers clear!' shouted
And a little red rose art thou,
back the captain. "Ready, sir, ready-' Lud- being an Englishman's mottoes, we must look afterwards. This occurrence seems a favourite, low motioned to the men at the wheel to bring manfully to the main chance. We are none of for there is also a story founded on it in the the ship to the wind; and when her way was your flighty talkers, but a reasoning people; Winter's Wreath. Miss Mitford has a coun. sufficiently deadened, two ponderous anchors and there is no want of deep thinkers on the try story; and we must say her rural quarry dropped, 'at another signal, into the water. little island; and therefore, sir, taking all seems pretty well worn out: they are like enThe vast fabric was not checked without a fur- together, why England must stick up for her gravings, so many copies have been taken, that ther and tremendous struggle. When the bows rights !”
but a very faint impression remains of the fresh felt the restraint, the ship swung head to wind, We can, however, excuse another nation and original design. There are two Irish st. and fathom after fathom of the enormous ropes finding British supremacy on the seas a very ries, one by Mr. Banim (the “ Stolen Sheep", was extracted by surges so violent as to cause sore subject. A Lord Cornbury is intro- the other by Mrs. S. C. Hall. The history and the hull to quiver to its centre. But the first duced without the slightest connexion with the ballad of Auld Robin Grey are both too well
But we lieutenant and Trysail were no novices in their story, merely to represent an English noble- known to have needed repetition. duty, and, in less than a minute, they had man as a depraved and unprincipled scoundrel. close our criticism by a remark on the New secured the vessel steadily at her anchors. When historical personages are depicted, we Atlantis," a tale very much below Mr. Galt's When this important service was performed, are now accustomed to look for historical accu- powers; and surely the rare and ungrateful officers and crew stood looking at each other, racy; and we see no reason why Queen Anne belief, that a savage is preferable to a cultivated like men who had just made a hazardous and should have a cousin conjured up merely to be state, might be left with the many other sofearful experiment. The view again opened, abused. But we have no space to prolong evi- phisms of Rousseau. We quote the two folc and objects on the land became visible, through dence of this invidious spirit. We think Mr. lowing poems; omitting Mr. Kennedy's fine the still falling rain. The change was like Cooper's sneers at a country which he may ballad, as we have already given it elsewhere: that from night to day. Men who had passed thank for all his literary success, are equally A Birth-day Ballad. By Miss Jewsbury. their lives on the sea drew long and relieving contemptible and ungrateful. We have only “ Thou art plucking spring roses, Genie, breaths, conscious that the danger was happily one question to ask - If, as he asserts, America Thou hast unfolded to-day, Génie, passed. As the more pressing interest of their has taken the lead in the march of improve. Another bright leaf, I trow; own situation abated, they remembered the ob. ment, what brings him on this side of the But the roses will live and die, Genie,
Many and many a time, ject of their search. All eyes were turned in Atlantic? We quote his own words, and ask, Ere thou hast unfolded quite, Géniequest of the smuggler; but, by some inexpli- " Under a system, broad, liberal, and just,” as Grown into maiden prime. cable means, he had disappeared. 'The Skim. that of America, how does it happen that an Thou art looking now at the birds, Génke, mer of the Seas !' and 'What has become of American author brings out his work with an
But O do not wish their wing!
That would only tempt the fowler, Genie, the brigantine ?' were exclamations that the English publisher, and looks to an English Stay thou on earth and sing; discipline of a royal cruiser could not repress. public for fame and profit? Let us, for a mo Stay in the nursing Dest, Génie,
Be not soon thence beguiled, They were repeated by a hundred mouths, ment, contrast this author with his far more
Thou wilt ne'er find a second, Génie, while twice as many eyes sought to find the eminent countryman, Washington Irving : the Never be twice a child. beautiful fabric. All looked in vain. The former all fury, malignity, and abuse-commit. Thou art building towers of pebbles, Genicspot where the Water Witch had so lately lain ting against England the very offence of which
Pile them up brave and high;
And leave them to follow a bee, Genie, was vacant, and no vestige of her wreck lined Americans complain that English writers are As he wandereth singing by: the shores of the cove.”
guilty against their country: the latter, indul. But if thy towers fall down, Génie, We have now done with Mr. Cooper in a gent to the faults, and liberal to the virtues, of
And if the brown bee is lost,
Never weep, for thou must leam, Génie, literary point of view. We except the mystical both countries, amiably joining the wise and How soon life's schemes are crost. nonsense of the “Green Lady” and her quota- patriotic number who cultivate the better feel Thy hand is in a bright boy's, Genie, tions, and give the due praise to a spirited and ings of humanity and international esteem.
He calls thee his sweet wee wife, exciting narrative. And next a few words with
But let not thy little heart think, Genie,
Childhood the prophet of life: the author himself. In an American writer, a Friendship's Offering ; a Literary Album, and It may be life's minstrel, Génie, predilection for his own land, a wish to uphold Christmas and New-year's Present for 1831.
And sing sweet songs and clear :
But minstrel and prophet now, Genie, her excellence, is not only justifiable—it is com 12mo. pp. 408. London. Smith, Elder,
Are not united here. mendable : but let this be done in good faith, and Co.
What will thy future fate be, Génie? and not by false, malicious, and underhand We really do think the conclusion of the pre
Alas! shall I live to see! attacks on another country. In every page face to this work not a little grandiloquent;
For thou art scarcely a sapling, Genie,
And I am a moss-grown tree! Mr. Cooper's hostility to England breaks out: and must confess we are at a loss to discover in I am shedding life's leaves fast, Génieher religion, her laws, her loyalty, her national what it is so much superior to its competitors,
Thou art in blossom sweet;
But think betimes of the grave, Génie, pride, are incessantly held up for ridicule and as to expect a duration beyond theirs, or to
Where young and old oft meet." insult. A clergyman is never mentioned but take the lofty tone of the following proud litto be made the subject of some such common- tle phrase :--The Friendship's Offering is to
The Knight's Song. By W. Motherwell. place witticisms as the following, which we impress the mind, and to assist in forming
“ Endearing! endearing! select from innumerable instances :-“ I speak the taste, exercising the judgment, and improv
Why so endearing
Are those dark lustrous eyes, as disinterestedly as a parson preaches. ing the heart.” And all this is to be done by
Through their silk fringes peering? Your forbearance and charity might adorn a poetry, the major part of which is mediocre,
They love me! they love me?
Deeply, sincerely, churchman,” &c. The following sneer at our and tales which, whether for originality or And more than aught else on earth naval supremacy is put into the mouth of an amusement, are inferior to several of their pre
I love them dearly. English sailor, by whom it is unconsciously decessors. Look to the poetry first: if we
Endearing! endearing! uttered :
Why so endearing except some very spirited poems by Mr. Ken
Glows the glad sunuy smile “ The queen is right to make those rogues nedy (a most efficient contributor to this work),
On thy soft cheek appearing? lower their flags to her in the narrow seas, and three very splendid ones, evidently Croly's,
It brightens! it brightens !
When I am nearingi, which are her lawful property, because Eng- there is an utter want of originality — nothing And 'tis thus that ihy fond smile land, being a wealthy island, and Holland no to “ haunt the ear and dwell upon the heart.”
Is ever endearing. more than a bit of bog turned up to dry, it is Next for the prose : and, first, we beg to object
Endenring ! endearing!
Why so endearing reasonable that we should have the command in general to that tale-writing principle which Is thai lute-breathing voice afloat. No, sir, though none of your outeriers taking some incident from a volume of his
Which my rapt soul is hearing?
"Tis tenderly singing against a man because he has had bad luck in tory or travels, to save the trouble of inven
Thy deep love for me, a chase with a revenue cutter, I hope I know tion, wire-draws it with descriptions, and then
And my faithful heart echoes what the natural rights of an Englishman are. sends it as a story to the Annuals – Mr. Mac We must be masters here, Captain Ludlow-Farlane's “ Tale of Venice” is the fiftieth-time
Endearing! endearing! will ye, nill ye--and look to the main chances told incident of a lady buried alive, and dug up
Why so endearing,
At each Passage of Arms, of trade and manufactures !' * I had not again by her lover: considering this is ex
Is the herald's bold cheering? thought you so accomplished a statesman, Mas-tended to some twenty pages, it must be con
'Tis then thou art kneeling. ter Trysail !' 'Though a poor man's son, fessed it is made the most of. “ Kishna Ko
With pure hands, to heaven,
And each prayer of thy heart Captain Ludlow, I am a free-born Briton, and mari,” a tale of a similar kind, is, however,
For my good lance is given. my education has not been entirely overlooked. much better told. “ The Valley of the Shadow Endearing ! endearing! I hope I know something of the constitution, of Death” is a fine-sounding name for the old
Why so endearing
Is the fillet of silk as well as my betters. Justice and honour incident of a man hanged, and brought to life
That my right arm is wearing?
Devotion to thec.