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be bleezing and bragging about being in the police office;
A MODERN EPICUREAN'S HINTS FOR AN for it stands to reason ye wouldna be there for ony gude.'
ADDITIONAL RELISH. “ Deil tak' me,” cried Tammy, jumping up on the meal girnel, and brandishing the pint stoup, “ if I dinna By Derwent Conway, Author of “ Solitary Walks through fing this at the head o' the first man wha says a word many Lands,” “ Personal Narrative of a Journey through afore I be done wi' my story :- And as I said before, I fell Norway, Sweden, and Denmark,” &c. in—"
It surprises me that I have found courage to commit Poor Tammy was not at all prepared for his words to paper my “ Hints” upon this subject, because I have being so soon verified, for, in his eagerness to enforce at-lived long enough in the world to have discovered how illtention, he stamped violently with his hobnailed shoe on
natured a world it is, and how difficult a matter it will the girnel, which giving way with a loud crash, Tammy be to get through this article, and speak my mind as I go suddenly disappeared from the view of the astonished along, and, at the same time, avoid the charge of sensualparty. Robin, who had barely time to save himself from ity. I have considerable hopes, however, that my real the falling ruins, was still laughing with all his might, motive and character will be discovered by some grave, when Mrs Scoreup burst in upon them, saying, “ What reflecting old gentleman, who is anxious to enjoy life as the sorrow is a' this stramash about ?”—but seeing a pale much as possible, and who, sitting perhaps with his pint and ghastly figure rearing itself from the very heart of of pale sherry before him, may silence any such impertiher meal girnel, she ejaculated, “ Gude preserve us !" nence as meets his ear, in some such words as the followand, retreating a few steps, seized the broth ladle, and ing :-“Excuse me, gentlemen, but I really think you prepared to stand on the defensive.
have mistaken the character of the author of the Hints, At this moment Grizzy Tacket made her appearance and his motive in making them public; he seems to me at the open door, saying, “ Is bletbering Tam here ?"
to be more of a philanthropist, than either an epicure or “ Help me out, Robin, man,” cried Tammy.
a sensualist ;" and the old gentleman would speak nothing “ Help ye out !” said Grizzy; « what the sorrow but the truth. I have communicated my Hints to the took ye in there, ye drucken ne'er-do-weel ?"
world, from a conviction that one-half of the world bid “ Dinna abuse your gudeman, wife," said Jamie Wil- adieu to it, without having once partaken of any enjoy
ment with the highest relish of which it is susceptible. It “ Gudeman !" retorted Grizzy; “ troth, there's few is true, indeed, that the varieties which exist in the meno'ye deserve the name; and as for that idle loon, I ken tal and corporeal capabilities of mankind, fix precisely as he'll no work a stroke the morn, though wife and weans many limits to the powers of enjoyment; but my desire should want baith milk and meal.”
is, that every man should have the power of filling his “ Odsake, wife,” cried Robin, “ if ye shake Tammy own measure to the brim ;-if this be not a philanthropic weel, he'll keep ye a' in parritch for a week.”
desire, then God help the abolitionists; they stint their She'll shake him," cried the angry Mrs Scoreup ; philanthropy to the “poor Blacks,” including the “ cli cocks
are free o' horses' corn ; I'll shake him,” making, ing boys,”—but mine embraces in its design the whole as she spoke, towards the unfortunate half-choked Tam- human race,-it is neither limited to sect nor colour ; my.
Jew, Christian, and Infidel, Whites and Blacks, are alike “Will ye faith ?" screamed Grizzy, putting her arms capable of enjoyment, and therefore may equally profit by akimbo; " will ye offer to lay a hand on my gudeman, my “ hints for an additional relish.” This, I think, and me standing here? Come out this minute, ye Jonadub, forms a very pretty introduction to my subject, upon and come hame to your ain house."
which the good-natured reader is now, I daresay, dis" No ae fit shall he steer frae this,” cried Mrs Scoreup, posed to enter, with a prepossession in favour of me and slapping to the door, “till I see wha is to pay me for the my philanthropy : as for the censorious, I leave them to spoiling o' my gude new girnel, forby the meal that's the chastisement of the old gentleman, who has ordered wasted.”
another pint of sherry, and has taken up the cudgels for New girnel !” exclaimed Grizzy, with a provoking me very warmly. sheer,“ it's about as auld as yoursell, and as little worth.” I incline to refer the contempt which is sometimes ex
“ Ye ill-tongued randy !" cried Mrs Scoreup, giving the pressed for the pleasures of the table to one of three ladle a most portentous flourish.
things ;-a morbid state of the moral judgment, which "Whisht, whisht, gudewife,” said Robin, “ say nae looks upon the enjoyments of this life, and the powers mair about it, we'll mak it up amang us; and now, Grizzy, which can make them our own, only as so many temptatak Tammy awa hame."
tions to be resisted, and so many enemies to be vanquish" It's no right in you, Robin,” said Grizzy, “ to be ed; or, an imperfect organization of certain of the senses, filling Tammy fou, and keeping decent folks out o' their which hinders the individual from perceiving the enjoybeds till this time o' night.”
ments which he affects to perceive, and yet to despise; or, " It's a' Tammy's faut,” replied Robin ; " for ye ken lastly, hypocrisy, which parades an indifference that is as well as me, that when ance he begins to tell a story, not felt, and probably not acted upon.
I think I am there's nae such thing as stopping him ; he has been quite warranted in concluding, that no man, in the full blethering about the Calton hill at nae allowance."
possession of his reason, with the perfect use of his senses, The last words seemed to strike on Tammy's ear; who and with sincerity in his character, will either despise, or hiccuped out, “ As I cam ower the Calton hill—”
affect to despise, the pleasures of the table. “ Will naebody stap a peat in that man's hause !” ex
I have now reached a most important part of my subclaimed Matthew Henderson; “ for ony sake, honest woject. I shall suppose the company blessed with a reasonman, tak him awa, or we'll be keepit on the Calton hill ably good appetite,- for I have no concern with dyspepthe whole night.”
tics,-and that no one is either too warm or too cold; "Tak haud o' me, Tammy,” said Robin ; " I'll gang dinner is served, and the question I put is, are you all
prepared to enjoy it? Ay, and there are few questions “I can gang mysell," said Tammy, giving Robin a
more important. If a man dies at seventy, he has lived shove, and staggering towards the door.
forty years, during which the question might be put to “ Gang yoursell !" cried Grizzy, as she followed her him every day,—(for it is absurd to speak to a man much helpmate; “ ye dinna look very like it :" and thus the under thirty about stuffing for a roast pig, or sauce for a party broke up;
pheasant :) forty years, in the course of which he has And each went aff their separate way,
eaten fourteen thousand six hundred dinners. Prince of Resolved to meet anither day.
gods and men, what happiness ought to be ours ! Fourteen thousand six hundred opportunities of enjoying one
hame wi' ye."
self!! I ask of every man who has finished his toilette, the mind it is that takes cognizance of the qualities of and who is descending to the dining-room, if he be pre- objects; and it is undeniable, that a state of mental abpared to enjoy the good things that await him ?
straction might exist, in which no object brought in conI recollect to have once heard a greenhorn say, “ If tact with the external organs of sense would create any there be a good dinner, there can be little question about perception of its quality ; and if this be true, it must nethe enjoyment of it;" but nothing can be more erroneous, cessarily follow, that the more intently the mind is fixed as applied to mankind in general, though to such men as upon any animal enjoyment, the keener will that enjoyDr Johnson, a good dinner, and the enjoyment of it, ment be. were indeed inseparable, because he knew the secret of $ 3. REGULATION OF THE APPETITE. The man who is making them so. There are, in truth, so many things in too great haste to be rich, sometimes misses his object; indispensable to the highest enjoyment of a good dinner, the gambler who throws down all his gold on the first that, for greater clearness, I shall throw my Hints into stake, runs a risk of coming away penniless; the jockey sections.
who makes too much speed at the beginning of the race, § 1. AN UNOCCUPIED Mind.-To throw off our cares has little chance of winning the plate; and in every pleawith our surtout, is not indeed in the power of every one ; sure and every pursuit in which mankind is engaged, but, with very few exceptions, it is possible for every one precipitancy is the neutraliser of enjoyment, and the eneso to arrange the day, that when the dinner-hour arrives, my of success. Keep this truth especially in mind, nothing that presses upon the mind shall be left undone. when you take your seat at a feast. He who is desirous The most trifling matter will mar the enjoyment of the of extracting the essence from it, will be as wary as an most delicious feast ; an unanswered letter,-a dun, un
old trout that nibbles at the bait-the young things only attended to the prospect of an unpleasant duty, gulp hook and all; he will dally with his delights, and things, ten times more insignificant than these, will neu- never swallow a second mouthful until judgment has tralise the flavour of the finest turbot that ever was slid pronounced her verdict upon the savour of the first. Sip into the fish-kettle. The citizen drives to his retreat at and enjoy: even the most arrant bungler would not gulp Clapham, and recollects, at the moment he cuts into the a glass of Maraschino, as he would a basin of camomile sirloin, that he has neglected to provide for a bill for tea. The non-gulping principle may be carried with ad
£1000 ;—the lounger saunters into the Claremont, and vantage into all our pleasures. A man who is ignorant remembers, just as he immerses his spoon in his turtle of it, may gulp a new novel without tasting it; it is soup, that he has forgotten to leave a card for my Lord possible to be so great a gulper in sight-seeing, as to This or That; and thus the appetite of the one and the leave nothing behind but headach ; and the man who other is equally ruined ;
should perform a journey on a race horse—and who A card forgotten, or a bill to pay,
might well be classed among gulpers—could not tell, Alike will fright the appetite away:
when he came to the end of it, whether the road was As the rude gust, or as the lightest breath,
skirted by fruit or forest trees. Brings to the taper's flame an equal death.
For the present I shall leave the reader to the important But not only must we approach the dinner table with an work of digestion, concluding with this single observation, unoccupied mind, we must give to it, as to any other that nothing can be sillier than the common and specious piece of important business, that which I shall insist upon morsel of morality, so dogmatically levelled against the in
pleasures of the table, that they are short-lived, and pe§ 2. UNDIVIDED ATTENTION.--Every body has read rish in the using. I should be glad to know what pleaBoswell's Life of Johnson, and therefore every body re
sure does not. We have, indeed, agreeable reminiscences members that profound remark made by the great mo- of a fine poem which we have read, —of delightful scenery ralist, that, “ in order to enjoy a good dinner, we must which we have passed through-or of sweet music to talk about it all the while.” It is certain, at all events, which we have listened ; but the pleasure of these rethat conversation must not be too excursive; for be it a miniscences is faint, in comparison with present enjoywork of business, or a work of pleasure, in which we are
My recollections of Winandermere and its surengaged, it will be best done, and most enjoyed, if the rounding beauties are, indeed, of the most agreeable kind; mind be wholly given up to it. There is not one reader but can they be compared with the rapturous feelings who is not conscious of this truth; not one upon whom with which I have watched, from the bosom of that the pleasures of the eye, the ear, or the palate, have not, lovely lake, day die upon the rosy mirror, and the hills upon some occasions, been lost, through the pre-occupan- fold themselves in their dusky mantle ? And so is it with cy, or abstraction, of the mind ;—and I have no doubt all pleasures,-be they pleasures of a moment, a day, or that Clarke and Leibnitz might have discussed a brace of a lifetime—they perish in the using. woodcocks, without being conscious of their good fortune, if they had, at the same time, discussed the question of liberty and necessity. My philanthropy is not con
ORIGINAL POETRY. fined to the living; it grieves me to think, that want of attention to so simple a precept as that which I have laid down in this section, should, for ages, have stinted AN INVITATION TO SIR WALTER SCOTT. the enjoyment of the most frequent of all the pleasures
By the late Mrs Elizabeth Hamilton, Authoress of the which lie on the highway of life. Dr Johnson properly
“ Cottagers of Glenburnie.” makes use of the word “ talk,” in contradistinction to the word conversation ; for, if undivided attention be
I FAIN would find an open door given to the employment of the table, it is impossible
Straight leading to your heart; that there should be any such thing as conversation. But, oh! in vain I round me glow'r,There must be nothing argumentative,—nothing that in- Yet, ere I hopelessly gie o'er, volves much difference in opinion,—nothing that rouses the I'll try, though feckless, gif I've power attention, or awakens interest,—for it is impossible to
To tirl ere I depart. “ lend your ear,” without also admitting a claim upon the sensibility of the palate; table-talk, if not rigidly con
Ye winna lift the sneck, I trow, fined within the horizon of the table, must, at all events,
To Flattery's supple tongue; make but short excursions beyond it. The philosophy of this section may be thus summed up : There is no such thing as a corporeal pleasure, independent of mind; the thenticity of these lines, which have never before appeared in princ.
• We can assure our readers that they may fully rely on the au. external organs of sense are but media of communication; -Ed. Lit. Tour.
For Truth hersell presents to you
On prostrate millions thou may'st tread, Sic loads of praise, as homage due
But never on this aged head
Ne'er forge base bonds for me!
This arm, which made thy thousands vain,
May wither--but ne'er wear thy chain. 'Tis no, then, at the Poet's yett That I sall tak my stand;
True, they are gone-those days of fame But Friendship's wicket I'll beset;
Those deeds of might—and I For ne'er, oh Scott! can I forget
Am nothing—but a dreaded name,
Heard like storms rushing by;
Then welcome, bitter draught—thou'rt sweet
To warrior spirits that would meet
Their end—as men should die,
Hearts that would hail the darksome grare,
Ere yet degraded to a slave.
Carthage-farewell! My dust I lay
Not on thy summer strand;
Yet shall my spirit stretch away
To thee, my father's land.
I fought for thee I bled for thee
I perish now to keep thee free; A puir auld heart, but hale and fere,
And when the invader's band That while it beats, will beat sincere,
Thy children meet on battled plain, And warm in ilka vein.
My soul shall charge for thee again!
Dunlop Street, Glasgow.
A SONG OF THE CUCKOO.
[The following spirited and original lines are the production of a popular living poet, whose name we regret we are not at liberty to
mention.-Ed. Lit. Jour.) HANNIBAL, ON DRINKING THE POISON. When Spring with her girdle of roses comes forth,
Like a fair blushing bride from the clime of the north, By Dugald Moore, Author of “ The African, a Tale; How man's heart bounds with gladness his gay bosom and other Poems."
through, And have I thus outlived the brave
At her charms, and the song of her merry cuckoo;
Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo! Who wreath'd this wrinkled brow?And has earth nothing but a grave To shield her conqueror now?
We have gazed on bright forms, such as angels above
Might leave heaven, and come down on this dull earth to Ah, glory! thou’rt a fading leaf,
love; Thy fragrance false thy blossoms brief
But no face is like Nature's to man's longing view, And those who to thee bow
When she laughs out in Spring with her joyous cuckoo; Worship a falling star-whose path
Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! Is lost in darkness and in death.
We have felt--who has not ?—as we clasped the fair hand, Yet I have twined the meed of fame
How the pulse bounds to bliss at the dear one's command; This ancient head around,
But are those warm pulsations more thrilling or new And made the echo of my name
Than sweet Spring's when she dances, and warbles cuckoo ? A not undreaded sound;
Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! Ay—there are hearts, Italia, yet Within thee, who may not forget
Though we've look'd in their eyes, until feeling arose, Our battle's bloody mound,
And the white of the cheek took the red of the rose, When thy proud eagle on the wing
Who would say that those eyes were of tenderer blue Fell to the earth, a nerveless thing!
Than Spring's heaven when she comes with her merry Yes, mid thy vast and fair domains,
cuckoo ? Thou sitt'st in terror still,
Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! While this old heart, and these shrunk veins, Have one scant drop to spill ;
Who could swear I would not that their voices are clear Even in the glory of thy fame
As Nature's sweet speech at the spring of the year ? Thou shrinkest still at Afric's pame,
This we know, if far softer, their tongues are less true 'Tis not a joyous thrill;
Than hers is when she speaks by her herald cuckoo; Thou hast not yet forgotten quite
Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! The hurricane of Canna's fight!
We have drank of the wine-cup-who has not?-in mirth, Though chased from shore to shore, I yet
And believed nothing like it is found upon earth, Can smile, proud land, at thee;
But that draught would be bitter and dark, if ye knew And though my country's glory set,
The rich cup which she sends by her Hebe cuckoo ; Her warrior still is free!
Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! .
We have read the rare books of the wise ones of old,
Theatrical Gossip.-A part of the original "" Der Freischutz" Mas And perchance touched their wand that turns all things been performed at Covent Garden, by native Germans. The per
formance went off well enough, but we do not see any great merit in to gold;
the innovation. It is said that the present season has been a bad one But their tomes and their spells are as old things to new
both at Drury Lane and Covent Garden, and that the managers of When fair Nature's are shown by her envoy cuckoo; both establishments will find themselves minas several thousand Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! pounds. We cannot say that we regret this, as we hope it will teach
them the propriety of reducing, to one-fourth or fifth, the extravaWoman's love's not like hers;-rosy wine makes us gay, gant salaries now paid to leading performers. Laporte, the manager
of the Italian Opera, is believed to have been, on the whole, more But, like beauty, it leads the pure bosom astray;
fortunate, though he has had a hard push for it. Matthews and Fly them both tear your volumes your spells break in Yates, at the Adelphi, have made the most successful hit : Astley's two,
also is doing well; but the Surrey, Sadler's Wells, and the Coburg, And woo Nature, and sing with her shouting cuckoo, have not been very prosperous.--Liston has been engaged for the Cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo ! Haymarket, which is to open immediately, at £20 per night,-8
shameful sum to be paid by a small summer theatre. - It is rumour.
ed in Paris that Miss Smithson is about to be married to a French LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
Count. It is the best thing she could do.--Miss I. Paton entered
upon an engagement at the Liverpool Theatre on Monday last. She We understand that Messrs Longman and Co, are preparing for played Letitia Hardy in the “ Belle's Stratagem," to Vandenhoff's speedy publication, among other works,-Sermons on various Sub- Doricourt.-Miss loote, who is about to leave the stage, is conelujects, by the Rev. Ralph Wardlaw, D.D.,-A System of Surgery, by ding her theatrical career, by a short engagement in Plymouth-her John Burns, M.D., Regius Professor of Surgery in the University of native town.-Kean is now at his country residence in Rothsay, and
we are glad to understand he is much reinstated in health. He will Glasgow,-A Practical I'reatise on the Diseases of the Eye, by Wil. liam Mackenzie, Lecturer on the Eye in the University of Glasgow, do us a personal favour if he will perform a week or ten days here at and senior Surgeon to the Glasgow Eye Infirmary,- Beatrice, a Tale his first convenience.-Caradori's Polly, on Saturday last, was, as we founded on Facts, by Mrs Hofland, -The Venetian Bracelet, and anticipated, one of the most brilliant things we have seen on this
stage. She is to repeat the performance this evening.-Denham takes other Poems, by L. E. L., &c. &c.
Mirza Mahommed Ibrahim, a Persian gentleman resident in Eng- his benefit on Tuesday, and deserves to have a good one. He plays land, who is attached to the East-India College, is employed, and Virginius, which is a bold attempt, but he will do it well.-We are glad
to understand that a new dramatic piece, written by a literary gentlehas made considerable progress, in translating Herodotus from the English into Persian :-thus the earliest accounts of his country and is to be brought out soon.
man of some eminence in this city, has been read in the Green-Room,
It is entitled “ Willie Armstrong, which Europe received, and of the dynasty which was overthrown
or Durie in Durance;"-the principal parts to be supported by by Alexander, is, after a lapse of twenty-two centuries, likely to be
Messrs Murray, Mackay, and Denham. The plot is founded on an inintroduced to the present inhabitants of that country in their verna- teresting anecdote told
by Sir Walter Scott, in his " Minstrelsy of the cular tongue.
Scottish Border." We are well pleased to see some of our own lit. sary One of the most interesting works lately published in Paris is the characters thus rallying round our own national Theatre, in which “ Memoirs of the Duke of St Simon.” It comprehends the history honourable ambition, it ought not to be forgotten that the fair auof the character of Louis XIV. and his mistresses; and some very thoress of “ Aloyse" led the way.-OLI CERBERUS informs us, that curious details relating to the Revolution of 1688.
he proposes making a few remarks on the present st te of the EsinRochefoucauld's Maxims have been translated into modern Greek, burgh Company next Saturday.—The Caledonian Theatre opens toand published with an English version.
night under a new Manager-Mr Bass, of the Dundee and Montrose A French and Arabic Dictionary is about to be published, which Theatres ; – we shall inform our readers what we think of his arrangewill be exceedingly useful to all Europeans travelling in the East. ments in our next.
SIR HUMPHREY DAYY.-Private letters have reached this country, announcing the death of this eminent man, who expired at Geneva, on
WEEKLY LIST OF PERFORMANCES. the 29th of May, after a lingering illness. Science and Great Britain have thus lost one of their brightest ornaments.
June 6_12. FRENCH LANGUAGE -We had much pleasure in attending, on SAT. The Beggar's Opera, & Charles XII. Saturday and Monday last, the examination of the pupils of Mr Es- Mon. Speed the Plough, The Mogul Tale, f Amateurs and pinasse, one of the most successful French teachers now resident in
Actors. Edinburgh. The rooms were, on both days, crowded with a fashion- | TUES. Midnight Hour, a Concert, & Modern Antiques. able assemblage of ladies and gentlemen, who must have been equal. | WED. St Ronan's Well, & Guy Mannering. ly pleased with the proficiency which the pupils evinced in reading, | Thurs. Isabella, & Ivanhoe. translating, writing, and speaking French, and with the enthusiasm FRI. Gilderoy, The Mogul Tale, & George Heriot. and earnestness of the teacher. There was evidently no collusion between the two parties ;-the whole was an intellectual display of a very interesting and delightful kind.
TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. FRANCE.- We heartily recommend to our readers a new descrip
The able Article by the Author of “ Anster Fair," will appear tive Road-book of France, just published by Samuel Leigh. It con
next Saturday. tains an account of all the post-roads, cross-roads, cities and towns.
Mr Brydson's verses shall have a place soon. We are obliged to bathing-places, natural curiosities, rivers, canals, modes of travel postpone several interesting poetical articles which are in types. We ing, diligences, packets, inns, expense of living, coins, passports,
reserve Dr Gillespie's amusing anecdote for the next appearance of weights and measures, together with an excellent map and plans of the “ Editor in his slippers."—We have to request of the Editor of several of the principal towns. It is a work which every English- a Newspaper north of the Forth, when he favours us by copying in. man who crosses the Channel ought to take with him.
to his columns articles communicated to the LITERARY JOURNAL THE ISLE OF MAN. We have read with much pleasure a little by Dr Gillespie, or any other person of eminence, to acknowledge work, recently published, entitled, “Sketches of the Isle of Man, by the source from which they are taken, as his not doing so may be a Tourist.” It is from the pen of Mr Bennet, Editor of the Glasgow fully as disagreeable to our correspondents as to ourselves. We canFree Press, and dres him much credit. Whoever bends his excur.
not at present find room for a notice of the last number of the Month. sive steps, in these blue and sunny days, to the Kingdom of Manx, ly Magasine.-There is considerable promise in the verses “ To will do well to provide himself with a copy of the “ Sketches."
F-y;" and likewise in the Lines by " Edwin." This may be set down as a puff collateral; but it is not, any more The author of one of the articles in to-day's Number will per. than praising a book which deserves to be praised is a puff.
ceive that we have been under the necessity of curtailing it to adapt THE MODERN ATHENS.-We observe that our arbitri elegantia- it to our limits; but we have no intention of abridging the other able rum are again beginning to "agitate” regarding the improvements of communication with which he has favoured us, Edinburgh. Mr Gourlay has done us the favour to send us a copy of “ R. C.” is informed that we cannot possibly give a place to docu. his “ Plans," which, we think, contains some very sensible remarks ; ments connected with Mr Galt, which originally appeared in a Liverbut as we shall probably have something to say more at length upon pool Newspaper. the subject soon, we shall not at present enter into the question of We observe that a writer in the Weekly Journal has misapprehendtheir superiority or inferiority to those already suggested. One thing ed the tenour of our remarks on Pitcaim's Criminal Trials, reviewed we are clear of, that, seeing the gross blunders, in point of taste, some in our last. We did not complain of the paucity of materials in that of our juntos of wise men have already made, the public should look work, but of the Editor having, to a certain extent, neglected to are well to it before they allow any decided steps to be taken.
range these materials in the most judicious manner.
are goblins, we have so minute an account of their hideous sayings and doings, that terror is, for the most part,
merged either in disgust or amusement. Mr Mudford The Five Nights of St Albans. In three volumes. Edin- seems to be profoundly ignorant that there is but one step burgh. William Blackwood. 1829.
between the sublime and the ridiculous. Having supped
full of horrors, he seems anxious to treat his readers to a This is a romance from the pen of Mr Mudford, who similar banquet, simply by crowding together all the loathwas for a considerable period editor of the London Courier. some and fantastic images which ever came, in the shape We have read the book with some attention, and we re- of nightmare or stifling dreams, to the unhappy wretch gret to say that our verdict concerning it cannot be a fa- who has eat at supper seven or eight pounds of pork vonrable one.
sausages, and an unweighed quantity of toasted cheese. The plot or machinery upon which the romance is Do not let us be mistaken. We are perfectly willing founded is simple enough. Two persons, of the name of to admit that considerable genius may be shown in sucPeverell and Clayton, returning home one night to the cessfully grouping together a number of strange and grotown of St Albans, where they live, observe an old abbey tesque images, whether of heaven or of earth; but if the in the neighbourhood supernaturally illuminated. Next | leading object be to excite terror, no little caution and deday they inform their fellow-townsmen of what they had licacy will be necessary, in order to keep this grouping seen ; and, in conjunction with the rest of the inhabit- within proper bounds, and likely to produce the end in ants, they determine to watch that night for the recur- view. A very good illustration of what we mean may rence of the phenomenon. The phenomenon not only he had by contrasting the Temptation of St Anthony, as takes place, but is accompanied with still more extraordi- painted by Teniers, with the same subject as treated by nary appearances than on the preceding evening. This several Italian artists. The latter commonly represent induces twelve of the bravest citizens of St Albans to the saint in a dark cave, through which the surrounding form themselves into an association, for the purpose of horrors glimmer dimly upon the eye, stimulating, but not watehing in the Abbey, till they have discovered the satiating, the imagination ; whereas the former brings cause of these fearful portents. Their watch is held for every thing into view with the most laborious minutefire nights, in the course of which innumerable horrible ness, and fills his picture with shapes of unclean birds, and supernatural events occur ; and with a detailed ac- loathsome beasts, crawling reptiles, and all the similar count of these the three volumes are entirely occupied. disagreeables of a vivid, perhaps, but certainly a far less By fortitude and perseverance the powers of darkness are poetical fancy. The consequence is, that, in the first at last overcome; and, in conclusion, a very ridiculous case, we sympathize with the undefined terror of St An. and unsatisfactory explanation is given of the cause which thony's situation, and in the other, wish only for a good induced the goblins and malicious spirits to fix upon St sword or sturdy stick to drive the four-feeted abominaAlbans as the scene of their nocturnal revels.
tions away. In the same manner, in fictitious composiIt will thus be perceived that the author, avoiding all tion, there is a certain boundary, past which terror changes the usual subsidiaries of romance, wishes to rest the in- into disgust. None but a man of coarse feelings would, terest and success of his work solely upon its uninter- for a moment, suppose that a full, true, and particular rupted appeal to the superstitious feelings of our nature. account of a raw-head-and-bloody-bones was nearly so But he has undertaken to handle a weapon, with the spirit-stirring as one or two mysterious and indistinct mode of using which he is very imperfectly acquainted. hints of some undescribed horror. Mr Mudford enIn the first place, the very assumption upon which the tirely overlooks this fundamental law in the use of the whole book proceeds, is, in these days, much more calcu- terrible in composition ; and he has been pleased, therelated to excite mirth than to create awe. It stoutly sets fore, to present us with a tissue of descriptions, much out with the tangible introduction of devils and “ demo- more calculated to turn our stomach than to freeze our gorgons dire," and leaves the reader no hope that towards blood. the conclusion of the third volume a long string of mys- It would be unfair to make this assertion without terious circumstances will be satisfactorily cleared up, and proving its truth ; and with this view alone we shall inshown to have been nothing counter to the established troduce into our pages a few passages, to which we should laws which regulate the material universe. Before we certainly never have given a place on any other account. have proceeded six pages, we find that we must, with our We need only open any one of the three volumes to meet author, cut the cable of reason, and drift away on the with whole pages of coarse and loathsome bombast like the wildest tide of imagination. To get at all interested in following :- -“ His flesh was one putrid mass of dissolving the work, we must be content to believe, not only that jelly ; his face livid, with here and there broad blotches supernatural appearances are possible, but that the earth, of cadaverous green; his features bore no distinguishable the air, and the sea, are, in reality, peopled with beings of resemblance to what had been their character in life; å nature different from our own, with whom we are while the black mark round his throat, which had been brought into immediate contact, and, as it were, rendered observed in the first instance, had eaten itself, as it were, familiar. In the next place, besides the absence ab initio into a trench or gash of fluid corruption.” Or again, of all doubt, (one of the great engines of superstition,) and “ This imp of Acheron dwelt a cave or den, a mile bethe consequent certainty that what appear to be goblins yond the city, whose entrance was guarded by a monster,