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all extremes, he is the most zealous be governed by laws peculiar to advocate for independence of mind itself, and therefore he who would and the rejection of authority. He apply the laws of any other producwishes the artist and the poet to tion to his own, or be governed by think for themselves, and not view them, will always find himself mistheir objects through the speculum taken. Mr. Shee's theory is, in a of others; and yet he is continually word, that the artist and the poet pointing out the advantages of pres should consult authority, and be accept and example. On this subject quainted with the best models, but we are satisfied that Mr. Shee's that in their own productions they feelings are perfectly just, but we should think and judge for themthink he has not pointed out exactly selves. When we say that this is how far we ought to consult au- his theory, we do not say that he thority, and how far we should be has explained it so briefly and ex. , governed by our own feelings. plicitly; bat wboever peruses his. Hence, he appears in some passages, i Elements of Art," can easily perif taken abstractedly, to think that ceive that these are the principles
he wishes to inclucate. When Mr. “ True ease in writing comes from art, M'Dermot, therefore, in his “ Disnot chance,
sertation on Taste," objects to Mr. As those move easiest who have Shee's rejection of authority, he learned to dance ;”.
very evidently mistakes his theory.
As our limits will not permit us to es. and in others to reject art and au
tend our observations farther on Mr. thority altogether. It is clear, however, from the general tenour and Shee's poetical works, we shall con
clude with the following tribute, bearing of his arguments, that his ob- which has been paid to him by Lord ject is not only to shew the necessity, Byron in bis “British Bards and or rather the advantage of consult. Scotch Reviewers.”. It must be partiing authority and precedent, to form cularly gratifying to Mr. Shee, that our taste and regulate our judgment, he should happen to be one of the but the danger of being guided by chosen few whose merits have been either in actual practice. With this acknowledged by the noble bard. theory we perfectly agree, for though we are aware, that taste is “ And bere let Shee and genįus find a no intuitive or instinctive quality, place, that we must consult the taste of · Whose pen and pencil yield an equal those who have gone before us, and grace; that
To guide whose hand the sister arts
combine, “ Those move easiest who have learned And trace the poet's or the painter's to dance,"
Whose magie touch can bid the canvass yet we are equally aware, or at least
glow, it appears to us, that neither the
Or form the easy rhymes, harmonious artist nor the poet can hope for suc.
flow, cess, if he has precept and example While honours doubly merited attend always in view. There is no pro- The poet's rival, but the painter's duction of the mind but requires to friend."
· LETTERS FROM AN IRISH GENTLEMAN,
I PROMISED my reader to meet « Fleuve du Tage him at the foot of the statue of my Je quitte tes bords heureux; gallant countryman, the Duke of
A ton rivage Wellington. I viewed' this collos J'adresse mes adieux ?" sal figure for a considerable time with the eye of a connoisseur, for I was just going to make my “ I am nothing if not critical," but adieux to him, when, recovering I must not stop to make my readers from his reverie, he burst out into acquainted with the result of my ob “ dear Continent, thou art my deservations. I was surprised, I must light: England is not the place for confess, at one thing, namely, to a man of taste; here is a fine park find the Grecian hero not' begirt for you, but how monotonne; women, with that armour, which has been but how insipid ; a public walk, but immortalised by the pens, both of how triste. No it won't do ; I must the Greek and Roman bards, and order my wings and be off for which was so stoutly contended for France and Italy; but, above all, by Hector and Ulysses. My as. dear, delightful Paris : that's the tonishment did not arise from the place.” He now looked saucily intention of the artist in displaying through his glass at a girl of exa faithful copy of Achilles in all quisite beauty, and of most modest his fair proportions, but from the appearance ;
« barn door!" said he, subscribing ladies having thus de- contemptuously, “ No, d-me, it nuded their favourite of his martial won't do, Sir." A heel-motion now trappings. The attitude of the brought his horse into a canter: my figure has an inclination, which Shamrock (so I named my horse) gallantry. would interpret into one evinced symptoms of rebellion, and for the fair sex, and as “None but endeavoured to leave my Lord bethe brave deserve the fair," this hind, but good breeding forbade is fair enougḥ. Two admiring such a thing; I reined him in, and he belles passed by at the instant, trotted and fumed with me until which diverted my attention, and I we got to the guard-house, where rode towards Kensington-gate. I he again capered and
pranced, threw overtook on my way Lord Derby pebbles over Lord Derby's castor, Dangleton, whom I had formerly and we turned up the ride again. seen in Paris; I observed to him that “ A frisky fellow, your Irishman,' there was a very fine show of his said he; “ if I had him I would lovely countrywomen, both in car soon take the shine out of him : he riages and in the long walk towards is quite above his work.”—“That,” the gardens. “ Stupid things !" ex- replied I, “you might also, perclaimed he,“ they have neither chance, do to your Irish tenants (he witchery nor fascination, vivacity nor having an estate in Pat's-land) but small talk.” Here he hung halfoffhis he is not a bit too much for me. I saddle, looked conceitedly and dis never discourage the national spirit, dainfully around him, dropped the when, as you see, it is only playful rein for a few seconds on his horse's instead of being dangerous; but if neck, cocked his beaver on one side you were to overwork him, and una-la-parisienne, and after going derfeed him, no doubt he would through the manual exercise of be a different animal."-" Comme combing a huge display of hair on vous le vouliez," answered my Lord, the opposite side to his hat, and requiring a foreign ally to come plucking a fly off his cassacks, he into his aid. I endeavoured on our began to hum
return up the ride to convince him
Nor could I possibly forget the line which struck me so forcibly when a boyarma viri fortis medios mittuntur in hostes, &c. Ear. Mag. Dec. 1823.
that there was every foreign amuse- of cambric, trimmed with the lace ment, nay, every: foreign yice in of Valenciennes, a pair of satin London, which his Lordship pos- shoes, tied round her ancles with -sibly could wish for at Paris, Flo- ribbond, and a handkerchief of emrence, Naples, or Vienna. “ D-- broidered muslin twisted round her Vienna !” said he, “ the three first head, and tied in a boy over óne à la bonne heure, but none of your eye. This was ber neglige-ber cold places for me ; it makes a man morning dress-her five minates look blue, do you see.”—“And the toilette--not to forget the profusion others make him black sometimes,” of glossy curls in the front of her retorted l. “ N'importe," he re- head, whilst the other tresses were sumed, “I wish I was at either of confined in papers. What must have them; but pray where will you find been her dress for dinner? and, the circles, the saloons, the soireès most probably, a third arrangement and reunions, the mysterious meet- of captivation for the ball or soiree. ings, and the foreign gay theatricals She told me that she had a thousand in London P" –" At a hundred things to say to me, and, unfortunoblemens' and gentlemens' houses; nately, she kept her word. She at dowagers and demireps ; at the wished to make me au fait as to the Rouge et noire tables, which dis: town, to direct my taste and apgrace the metropolis," quoth I;" at petite at the same time, to point out the boulotte table in Bury-street ; to me a couple of houses where a the increasing French houses con meeting of genuine gastronames tinually establishing in London; at took place weekly, to inform me of the Opera-House and the Argyll; those of her acquaintance who had and at the parties of incurables who the best cooks, to let me into the are afflicted with gallamania, the secrets of a Nabob's cellar, who had languid habits of Italy, and who a trick of keeping back his best consyme their properties in the de- wine for the heel of the evening, to sirable societies of foreigo singers, warn me against the ecartè of a cerdancers, actors, actresses, gamesters, tain square, to advise me to pay and intrigantes." “ Bah, bah!" great attention to a certain rich articulated Lord Derby, imitatively. heiress, whom I thought detestable, “ Yes, we have two or three foreign to beg that I would not believe one theatres, a few gaming tables ill word which Mrs. Mendax might attended, and here and there a house say to me about herself, to treat me where fashions are imported from with all the scandal of the town, Paris; 'but they want spirit, free- and, in conclusion, to engage me dom, gaiete. They are so much a to give ber my arm at an “at home" l'Anglaise, that they only serve to in Portland-place. Her last words whet the appetite for migration ; so were, “ To how many parties are you bon jour mon ami, we cannot agree engaged to-night?"__" Two," said upon these · points. I hope we shall 1, " a dinner and a private concert." meet to night at Lady Katherine's "Oh! that's all, (bridling) that's soireè; and so man and horse fare, nothing ; you can easily chea dewel.” Shamrock began to kick, but I vote an hour to me, one in the mornagain tamped him, and “smiling as ing will do, for I am only going in scorn,” turned my back upon for form's sake." I promised to obey; my giddy acquaintance.
and now found other five quarters I had now to make an evening of an hour mispent. My groom had call before dinner (for Hesperus had led Shamrock up and down so often arisen upon my airing) on a cousin that he exhibited none of that fire ef mine, Lady O'Trump. She had and sprightliness which he had disnot yet quitted her downy couch, played in the park. The animal was, but on sending up, my name she like myself, a novice in town, the insisted on my waiting, assuring fatigues of which suited neither of me, per lady's woman, that she us. “ Poor fellow !" said I, “ who would throw on a wrapper in five or what would not be worn out and minutes, and come down stairs dispirited by waiting at the doors directly. Five quarters chimed upon of the great, at being thus kept in her timepiece before my gentle coz fatiguing attendance for no purmade her appearance in a wrapper pose, without the object of sport,
exercise, or recreation in view.?!! I mestic harmony, rational and in. eantered home, but Shamrock shook stractive conversation, or genuine his head frequently on the way, and mirth and festivity would have rewas as tame as Lord Dangleton lieved me ; but I was a stranger, seemed to have wished him some although in a neighbouring land, hours before. I found my servants and under the same king and laws at their supper at my dressing time; as when at home, and I made up for, although I kept bad hours, the my mind to gain experience, and to establishment was orderly as to be content when I could, and pameal time, save only the exceptions tient where I must. Her Ladyship of the upper servants, who got gen- kept me waiting for half an hour; tlemanly drunk over a collation at a she was giving the last blush of youth later hour, and played at cards to a cheek which it had long flown until I came in in the morning. I from, the last twist to a favourite arrived too late for dinner, blush lock of hair, and an increased spark ing and apologizing, but as I soon to an eye, which late hours and dis. found that this was du bon ton, this sipation had dimmed. was my maiden and last apology. splendidly attired, and was com
At the morning shew of belles in pletely what, the French term une Hyde Park I had observed a pro- femme superbe. I was commanded fusion of French hats and bonnets, to dismiss my carriage, and to acbut at the dinner and concert all company her in her vis a vis, behind was French dresses, head orna which two footmen mounted, averagments, gloves, shoes; the manner ing about thirteen feet between of wearing the shawl, the borrowed them, the lofty laced hat included, affectation of the fair: this bronght' and bearing weapons offensive and to my mind the advice of appearing defensive, which might have caused any thing but what I was. The them to be mistaken for Polemish same counsel had been unnecessary gentry. They played their part adto these elegantes. When half past mirably, for Jupiter intonans was twelve arrived, I escaped from the nothing to the thunder which they gay scene, well aware, that I was raised at the door of the lady not missed, for I was not a virtuoso, home," peals of which were kept
so powerfully rich that up with infinite spirit for whole mothers might cast a hawk's eye at hours, amid the press of carriages, me for their daughters., I bore not the emulation of coachmen, the a title, which affluent low birth dread of pickpockets, the vigilance or insignificance might incline to of police men, and the crowd and pension for life, or to purchase for coxcomicality of a batallion of felself and heirs in succession. I bore lows in livery. Is this pleasure, no badge on my breast of embroi. , thought I, are we at home, or is dery to dazzle ambition, and I was any lady at home here ? The stairnot knowu to above, one-tenth of case was masqueraded into a grove, the company. It was my effort to
a conservatory, please and to seem pleased ip return, another seemed like the Temple of for which I overheard some old Flora : here the flowering myrtle stagers of fashion, and some de- reminded me of Italy; there the clining beauties say (I thought a orange trees were like scenes in Porlittle too loudly), :: Who is he?. Do tagal or the South of France ; one you know his name? He is a well alley conducted you to the Cape of dressed man: who did he come Good Hope, another avenue led you with ?" A whisper next inter to a bower of roses ; painted win. vened, and a depreciating remark of, dows marked the sacred aisle, and " I believe he is an Irish gentle, transparences cut us off from the man.". All this I bore patiently, prospect of a town. I lost a little praised every thing, was gratified money at cards, and a little time in by the music, and made a decent chit chat with Lord Derby Dangleretreat. On my way to my stylish ton; but I must say, that the feacousin, Lady O'Trump's, I could tures of one card-table contradicted not help, feeling a certain void of his assertion as to his countrycomfort and amusement, from which women's wanting spirit, and the a small circle of sincere friends, do flippáncy of other females far ex
ceeded small talk, the want of her carriage, and she set me down which he had complained of. My at my door; one can bear a set cousin now joined me on a sofa, down from a lady. Well, thought and informed me that she had I, on retiring to rest, pride is not heard a great deal in my favour, in fashion at my home, but it may which she had endeavoured to im- be usefal in travelling, for I see prove by doubling my rent-roll, a many a one get on most astonishpiece of duplicity
which I requested inglý by it, doubtless because her not to practice again. It was asserted that I was easy and good " Pride, where wit fails, steps in to natured, and evidently had tra our defence, velled, but I yet wanted a little And flls up all the mighty void of brushing up; (did they mean to seuse.” get rid of the dust of the Emerald Isle ?)“ A little touch of affectation," I must try what I can do with it, she observed, “would be of service, and with this I fell asleep. Good and a becoming pride."—" Your night, Mr. Editor, Ladies and Genhumble servant," replied I. "Yes," tlemen all. continued she, “ a degree of pride
I remain, is as necessary as a drawing-room
Yours most sincerely, suit." She now bade me order
THE SIGH AND TEAR.
PATIENCE to Sorrow cried, one day,