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Nor these alone; Columbia feels no less
The mother of the hero's hope, the boy, in Fresh speculations follow each success;
The young Astyanax of modern Troy; And philanthropic Israel deigns to drain
The still pale shadow of the loftiest queen Her mild per-centage from exhausted Spain.
That earth has yet to see, or e'er hath seen; Not without Abraham's seed can Russia march;
She flits amidst the phantoms of the hour, 'Tis gold, not steel, that rears the conqueror's arch. The theme of pity, and the wreck of power. Two Jews, a chosen people, can command
Oh, cruel mockery ! Could not Austria spare In every realm their scripture-promised land :
A daughter? What did France's widow there? Two Jews keep down the Romans, and uphold
Her fitter place was by St. Helen's wave, The accursed Hun, more brutal than of old:
Her only throne is in Napoleon's grave. Two Jews—but not Samaritans-direct
But, no-she still must hold a petty reign, The world, with all the spirit of their sect.
Flank'd by her formidable chamberlain ; What is the happiness of earth to them?
The martial Argus, whose not hundred eyes A congress forms their 'New Jerusalem,"
Must watch her through these paltry pageantries. Where baronies and orders both invite
What though she share no more, and shared in vain, Oh, holy Abraham! dost thou see the sight?
A sway surpassing that of Charlemagne, Thy followers mingling with tliese royal swine, Which swept from Moscow tv the southern seas! Who spit not on their Jewish gaberdine,'
Yet still she rules the pastoral realm of cheese, But honour them as portion of the show
Where Parma views the traveller resort,
Ere yet her husband's ashes have had tiine
(If e'er those awful ashes can grow cold;
But no,—their embers soon will burst the mould ;) Strange sight this Congress ! destined to unite All that's incongruous, all that's opposite.
She comes !—the Andromache (but not Racine's,
Nor Homer's,)-Lo! on Pyrrhus' arm she leans ! I speak not of the sovereigns—they're alike,
Yes! the right arm, yet red from Waterloo,
Which cut her lord's half-shatter'd sceptre through,
Is offer'd and accepted? Could a slave
Do more? or less ?--and he in his new grave!
Her eye, her cheek, betray no inward strife,
And the ex-empress grows as ex a wife!
So much for human ties in royal breasts !
Why spare men's feelings, when their own are jests ? And subtle Greeks intrigue for stupid Tartars ;
xvII. There Montmorenci, the sworn foe to charters, Turns a diplomatist of great éclat,
But, tired of foreign follies, I turn home, To furnish articles for the 'Débats ;'
And sketch the group—the picture's yet to come. Of war so certain-yet not quite so sure
My muse 'gan weep, but ere a tear was spilt, As his dismissal in the "Moniteur.'
She caught Sir William Curtis in a kilt! Alas! how could his cabinet thus err! WT
While throng'd the chiefs of every Highland clan Can peace be worth an ultra-minister 2
To hail their brother, Vich Ian Alderman He falls indeed, perhaps to rise again, tot
Guildhall grows Gael, and echoes with Erse roar, 'Almost as quickly as he conquer'd Spain.'
While all the Common Council cry 'Claymore l' DO
To see proud Albyn's tartans as a belt
Gird the gross surloin of a city Celt,
That I awoke, –and lo! it was no dream!
Here, reader, will we pause :-if there's no harm in
This first-you'll have, perhaps, a second Carmen.' Monsieur Chateaubriand, who has not forgotten the author in the minister, received a handsome compli-who-who has written something?" (écrit quelque ment at Verona from a literary sovereign : Ah! Monchose!) It is said that the author of Atala repented sieur C., are you related to that Chateaubriand who— him for a moment of his legitimacy.
A LITERARY ECLOGUE.
Nimium ne crede colori,'-VIRGIL.
ECLOGUE THE FIRST.
Not a rag of his present or past reputation, Londol.-Before the Door of a Lecture Room.
Which they call a disgrace to the age and the nation.
Ink. I'm sorry to hear this ! for friendship, you Enter Tracy, meeting Inkel.
knowInk. YOU'RE too late.
Our poor friend !-but I thought it would terminate so, Tra. Is it over?
Our friendship is such, I'll read nothing to shock it. Ink.
Nor will be this hour.
You don't happen to have the Review in your pocket? But the benches are cramın'd like a garden in flower,
Tra. No; I left a round dozen of authors and With the pride of our belles, who have made it the
others fashion ;
(Very sorry, no doubt, since the cause is a bro. So, instead of “beaux arts," we may say "la belle
All scrambling and jostling, like so many imps, For learning, which lately has taken the lead in
And on fire with impatience to get the next glimpse. The world, and set all the fine gentlemen reading
Ink. Let us join them. Tra. I know it too well, and have worn out my
Tra. What, won't you return to the lecture? patience
Iuk. Why the place is so cramm'd, there's not With studying to study your new publications.
room for a spectre. There's Vamp, Scamp, and Mouthy, and Words- Besides, our friend Scamp is to-day so absurd words and Co.
Tra. How can you know that till you hear him? With their dainable
I heard Ink. Hold, my good friend, do you know
Quite enough; and, to tell you the truth, my retreat Whom you speak to ?
Was from his vile nonsense, no less than the heat Tra. Right well, boy, and so does "the Row:" Tra. I have had no great loss, then? You're an author-a poet
Loss !-such a palaver! Tak. And think you that I
I'd inoculate sooner my wife with the slaver Can stand tamely in silence, to hear you decry of a dog when gone rabid, than listen two hours The Muses?
To the torrent of trash which around him he pours, Tra. Excuse me: I meant no offence
Purnp'd up with such effort, disgorged with such To the Nine; though the number who make some labour, pretence
That-----come-do not make me speak ill of one's To their favours is such--but the subject to drop,
neighbour. I am just piping hot from a publisher's shop,
Tra. I make you ! (Next door to the pastry-cook's; so that when I
Yes, you! I said nothing until Cannot find the new volume I wanted to buy
You compelld me, by speaking the truthOn the bibliopole's shelves, it is only twoʻpaces,
To speak in! As one finds every author in one of those places :) Is that your deduction ? Where I just had been skimming a charming critique,
When speaking of Scamp il, So studded with wit, and so sprinkled with Greek! I certainly follow, not set an example. Where your friend-you know who-has just got such The fellow 's a fool, an impostor, a zany. a thrashing,
Tra. And the crowd of to-day shows that one fool That it is, as the phrase goes, extremely "refresh.
But we two will be wise. What a beautiful word!
Pray, then, let us retire. Ink.
Very true; "tis so soft Tra. I would, but And so cooling-they use it a little too oft;
Ink, There must be attraction much higher And the papers have got it at last-but no inatter. Than Scamp, or the Jew's harp he nicknames his So they 've cut up our friend, then?
Not left him a tatter- To call you to this hotbed.
Tra. But consider, dear Inkel, she's one of the A fair lady
"Blues." Ink. A spinster?
luuk. As sublime !-Mr. Tracy-I've nothing to say. Tra,
Miss Lilac !
Stick to prose-As sublime! :-But I wish you good Ink.
The Blue ! day. The heiress!
Tra. Nay, stay, my dear fellow--consider-I'm Tra. The angel!
wrong ; Ink.
The devil! why, man, I own it ; but, prithec, compose me the song. Pray get out of the hobble as fast as you can.
Ink. As sublime !! You wed with Miss Lilac I 't would be your per. Tra.
I but used the expression in haste. dition!
Ink. That may be, Mr. Tracy, but shows damn'd She's a poet, a chemist, a mathematician.
bad taste. Tra. I say she's an angel.
Tra. I own it-I know itmacknowledge it—what Ink. .
Say rather an angle. Can I say to you more ? If you and she marry, you 'll certainly wrangle.
I see what you'd be at: I say she's a Blue, man, as blue as the ether.
You disparage my parts with insidious abuse, Tra. And is that any cause for not coming together! Till you think you can turn them best to your own Ink. Humph! I can't say I know any happy
Tra. And is that not a sign I respect them! Which has lately sprung up from a wedlock with Ink.
Why that science.
To be sure makes a difference. She's so learned in all things, and fond of concerning Tra,
I know what is what ; Herself in all matters connected with learning, And you, who 're a man of the gay world no less That
Than a poet of t' other, may easily guess Tra, What?
That I never could mean, by a word, to offend Ink. I perhaps may as well hold my tongue; A genius like you, and moreover, my friend. But there's five hundred people can tell you you 're Ink. No doubt; you by this time should know that wrong
is due Tra. You forget Lady Lilac 's as rich as a Jew. Toa man of_but come let us shake hands. Ink. Is it miss or the cash of mamma you pursue? Tra.
You knew, Tra. Why, Jack, I'll be frank with you-something And you know, my dear fellow, how heartily I of both.
Whatever you publish, am ready to buy. The girl 's a fine girl.
Ink. That's my bookseller's business; I care not for Ink. And you feel nothing loth
sale; To her good lady-mother's reversion; and yet Indeed the best poems at first rather fail. Her life is as good as your own, I will bet.
There were Renegade's epics, and Botherby's plays, Tra. Let her live, and as long as she likes; I de- And my own grand romancemand
Had its full share of praise. Nothing more than the heart of her daughter and I myself saw it puffd in the “Old Girl's Review." hand.
Ink. What Review Ink. Why, that heart's in the inkstand-that land Tra. 'Tis the English “ Journal de Trevoux;" on the pen.
A clerical work of our Jesuits at home. Tra. Apropos-Will you write me a song now and Have you never yet seen it? then?
That pleasure 's to come. Ink. To what purpose ?
Tra, Make haste then, Tra, You know, my dear friend, that in prose,
Why so ? My talent is decent, as far as it goes;
I have heard people say But in rhyme--
That it threatend to give up the ghost t' other day. Ink.
You're a terrible stick, to be sure. Ink. Well, that is a sign of some spirit, Tra. I own it: and yet, in these times, there's no Tra.
No doubt. lure
Shall you be at the Countess of Fiddlecome's rout For the heart of the fair like a stanza or two;
Ink. I've a card, and shall go; but at present, as And so, as I can't, will you furnish a few!
soon Ink. In your name?
As friend Scamp shall be pleased to step down from Tra. In my name.
the moon them out,
(Where he seems to be soaring in search of his wits). To slip into her hand at the very next rout.
And an interval grants from his lecturing fits, Ink. Are you so far advanced as to hazard this? I'm engaged to the Lady Bluebottle's collation, Tra.
Why. To partake of a luncheon and learn'd conversation : Do you think me subdued by a Blue-stocking's eye, Tis a sort of reunion for Scamp, on the days So far as to tremble to tell her in rhyme
of his lecture, to treat him with cold tongue and What I've told her in prose, at the least, as blime ?
praise. Ink. As subline 7 If it be so, no need of my And I own, for my own part, that 'tis not unplea. Muse,
I will copy
Will you go! There's Miss Lilac will also be pre-Enter Lady Blucbottle, Miss Lilac, Lady Bluemount, sent.
Mr. Botherby, Inkel, Tracy, Miss Mazarine, ann Tra. That "metal's attractive."
others, with Scamp the Lecturer, &c. sore. No doubt-to the pocket. Lady Blueb. Ah! Sir Richard, good morning : Tra. You should rather encourage my passion than I've brought you some friends. shock it.
Sir Rich.(bows, and afwrwards aside). If friends, But let us proceed; for I think by the hum-
they're the first, Ink. Very true; let us go, then, before they can Lady Blueb.
But the luncheon attends, come,
I pray ye be seated, " sans cérémonie." Or else we'll be kept here an hour at their levée, Mr. Scamp, you're fatigued; take your chair there On the rack of cross questions, by all the blue bevy. next me.
(They all sit. Hark! Zounds, they'll be on us; I know by the drone Sir Rich. (aside). If he does, his fatigue is to come. Of old Botherby's spouting ex-cathedrà tone.
And you, Mr. Botherby-
Oh, my dear Lady,
Lady Blueb. Mr. Inkel, I ought to upbraid ye; Tra.
You are right, and I'll follow'; You were not at the lecture. 'Tis high time for a "Sic me servavit Apollo."
Excuse me, I was ; And yet we shall have the whole crew on our kibes, But the heat forced me out in the best part-alas! Blues, dandies, and dowagers, and second-hand And whenscribes,
Lady Blueb. To be sure it was broiling ; but then All flocking to moisten their exquisite throttles You have lost such a lecture : With a glass of Madeira at Lady Bluebottle's.
The best of the ten. (Exit Tracy.
Tra. How can you know that there are two more. END OF ECLOGUE THE FIRST.
The very walls shook.
Oh, if that be the test, An Apartment in the House of Lady Bluebottle. I allow our friend Scamp has this day done his best. A Table prepared.
Miss Lilac, permit me to help you ;-a wing?
Miss Lil. No more, sir, I thank you. Who lectures Sir Richard Bluebottle solus.
next spring? Was there ever a man who was married so sorry ? Both. Dick Dunder. Like a fool, I must needs do the thing in a hurry. Ink.
That is, if he lives. My life is reversed, and my quiet destroy'd;
And why not? My days, which once pass'd in so gentle a void, Ink. No reason whatever, save that he's a sot. Must now, every hour of the twelve, be employ'd ; Lady Bluemount ! a glass of Madeira! The twelve, do I say ?-of the whole twenty-four, Lady Bluem.
With pleasure. Is there one which I dare call my own any more? Ink. How does your friend Wordswords, that Win. What with driving and visiting, dancing and dining,
dermere treasure ! What with learning, and teaching, and scribbling Does he stick to his lakes, like the leeches he sings, and shining,
And their gatherers, as Homer sung warriors and In science and art, I'll be curst if I know
kings? Myself from my wife ; for although we are two, Lady Bluem. He has just got a place. Yet she somehow contrives that all things shall be Ink.
As a footman ! done
For shame! In a style which proclaims us eternally one. Nor profane with your sneers so poetic a name. But the thing of all things which distresses me more Ink. Nay, I meant hiin no evil, but pitied his Than the bills of the week (though they trouble me master; sore)
For the poet of pedlars 't were, sure, to disaster Is the numerous, humorous, backbiting crew To wear a new livery; the more, as 'tis not Of scribblers, wits, lecturers, white, black, and blue. The first time he has turn'd both his creed and his Who are brought to my house as an inn, to my cost
coat. For the bill here, it seems, is defray'd by the host- Lady Bluem. For shame! I repeat. If Sir George No pleasure ! no leisure ! no thought for my pains,
could but hear But to hear a vile jargon which addles my brains; Lady Blueb. Never mind our friend Inkel; we all A smatter and chatter, glean'd out of reviews,
know, my dear, By the rag, tag. and bobtail of those they call 'Tis his way. "BLUES;"
Sir Rich. But this place A rabble who know not-But soft, here they come! Ink,
19 perhaps like friend Scamp'o Would to God I were deaf 1 as I'm not, I'll be dunib. A lecturer's.
Lady Biuem. Excuse me--'tis one in the “ Stamps:"| Ink.
Never mind mine; He is made a collector.
Stick to those of your play, which is quite your own Tra. Collector !
line. Sir Rick.
Lady Bluem. You're a fugitive writer, I think, sir, Miss Lil.
of rhymes ? Ink. I shall think of him oft when I buy a new hat: Ink. Yes, ma'am; and a fugitive reader sometimes. There his works will appear
On Wordswords, for instance, I seldom alight, Lady Bluem. Sir, they reach to the Ganges. Or on Mouthey, his friend, without taking to fight. Ink. I shan't go so far -- I can have them at Lady Bluem. Sir, your taste is too common; but Grange's. *
time and posterity Lady Bluem. Oh fie!
Will right these great men, and this age's serérity
Become its reproachi.
I've no sort of objection,
Very good! So I'm not of the party to take the infection. Lady Bluem. How good ?
Lady Blueb. Perhaps you have doubts that they Lady Blueb. He means nought-'tis his phrase,
ever will take ? Lady Bluem.
He grows rude.
Ink. Not at all; on the contrary, those of the lako Lady Blueb. He means nothing; nay, ask him.
Hare taken already, and still will continue Lady Bluem.
Pray, sir! did you mean
To take—what they can, from a groat to a guinea, What you say?
of pension or place ;--but the subject's a bore. Ink, Never mind if he did ; 't will be seen
Lady Blnen. Well, sir, the time's coming.
Ink. That whatever he means won't alloy what he says.
Scamp! don't you feel sore Both. Sir!
What say you to this? Ink. Pray be content with your portion of praise ;
They have merit, I own; 'T was in your defence.
Though their system's absurdity keeps it unknown. Both.
If you please, with subniission, Ink. Then why not unearth it in one of your lecI can make out my own.
tures! Ink. It would be your perdition.
Scamp. It is only time past which comes under my
strictures. While you live, iny dear Botherby, never defend Yourself or your works; but leave both to a friend,
Lady Blueb. Come, a truce with all tartness ;-the Apropos-Is your play then accepted at last ?
joy of my heart Both. At last ?
Is to see Nature's triumph o'er all that is art. Ink. Why I thought--that's to say-there had Wild Nature !--Grand Shakspeare !
And down Aristotle ! pass'd A few green-room whispers, which hinted, --you know
Lady Bluem. Sir George thinks exactly with Lady
Bluebottie : That the taste of the actors at best is so-so. Both. Sir, the green-room's in rapture, and so's the And my Lord Seventy-four, who protects our den Committee.
Bard, Ink. Ay-yours are the plays for exciting our “ pity And who gave him his place, has the greatest regard And fear,” as the Greek says: for “purging the For the poet, who, singing of pedlars and asses,
Has found out the way to dispense with Parnassus. mind," I doubt if you'll leave us an equal behind.
Træ. And you, Scamp !
Scamp. Both. I have written the prologue, and meant to
I needs must confess I'm embarrass d. have pray'd
Ink. Don't call upon Scamp, who's already 90
harassd or a spice of your wit in an epilogue's aid. Ink. Well, time enough yet, when the play's to be With old schools, and new schools, and no schoois,
and all schools. play'd. Is it cast yet?
Tra. Well, one thing is certain, that some must be Both, The actors are fighting for parts,
fools. As is usual in that most litigious of arts.
I should like to know who.
And I should not be sorry Lady Blueb. We'll all make a party, and go the
To know who are not :-it would save us some worry. first night.
Lady Blueb. A truce with remark, and let nothing Tra. And you promised the epilogue, Inkel.
Not quite. This " feast of our reason and Aow of the soul." However. to save my friend Botherby trouble,
Oh! my dear Mr. Botherby ! sympathise !-I I'll do what I can, though my pains must be double.
Now feel such a rapture, I'm ready to fly,
I feel so elastic—" so broyant-so buoyant r*
Ink. Tracy ! open the window.
I wish her much joy on 't score.
Both. For God's sake, my Lady Bluebottle, check Your parts, Mr. Inkel, are
not • Grange is or was a famous pastry.cook and fruiterer in Piccadilly.
• Fact froin life, with the cords.