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by dropping from a very heavenly to a very earthly here give a specimen of their prototype, who has just The jovial harvest-supper cheers his heart, and picture, though it be one still suspended in the air. It re-appeared with some congenial additions and elegant prepares him to begin, without murmuring, the labours
of another year. About the middle of this month, the is that of the gallant footman in one of Steele's come- designs ; * and shall annex to it with a sample or two of
catkins of ihe hazel-nut make their appearance; these dies, making love to the maid-servant, while they his more poetical and lively followers. We regret that contain the male-blossoms, and by being born thus are both occupied in cleaning the windows of their we have not some more of them by us, that the reader early acquire a firmness that enables them to resist the master's house. He does not make love as his honest- may see how luxuriantly the good seed sown by Dr. severity of the ensuing winter.
This month is the season for another kind of harvest hearted brother Dodsley would have done (who from a Aikin has flourished. We have our own Calendar of
in some parts of England, which is the hop-picking. footman became a man of letters); still less in the style Nature by us; but its account of the month of August is The hop is a climing plant, sometimes growing wild in of his illustrious brother Rousseau (for he too was once not a " favourable specimen," as the Reviewers say; so hedges, and cultivated on account of its use in making a footman); though there is one passage in the incident, we beg leave to withhold it. And if it were, the reader malt-liquors. They are planted in regular rows, and which the ultra-sensitive lackey of the “ Confessions," might accuse us of immodesty in putting it cheek by poles set for them to run upon. When the poles are
covered to the top, nothing can make a more elegantly (who afterwards shook the earth with the very strength jowl with its handsome kindred. Mr. Howitt's is very
appearance than one of these hop-yardens. At the of his weakness) would have turned to fine sentimental good, and requires any thing but an apology, though it time of gathering, the poles are taken up with the hops account. The language also is a little too good even for is but an extract from his month, and not the whole of clinging to them, and the scaly flowering heads, which
is the part used, are carefully picked off. These possess a fine gentleman's gentleman ; but the “exquisite" airs it, as in the Doctor's instance. The excellence of Mr.
a finely flavoured bitter, which they readily impart to the fellow gives himself, are not so much beyond the Clarke's descriptions was seen by our readers the other hot water. They improve the taste of beer, and make reach of brisk footman-imitation, as not to have an day in his account of the Rain-Storm. We have here it keep better. Kent, Sussex, and Worcester, are the
counties most famous for the growth of hops. essence of truth in them, pleasantly shewing the natural made him contribute to our variety, by relating a
The number of plants in flower is now very sensibly likeness between fops of all conditions ; and they are as harvest-joke ; which, by the way, like most of the very
diminished. Those of the former months are running happily responded to by those of the lady.
best of caricature jokes, has all the air of being a fast to seed ; and few new ones succeed. The unculbination of the unsophisticate picture at the close of the matter of fact.
tivated heaths and commons are now, however, in their
chief beauty, from the flowers of the different kinds of extract, with the languishing comment made upon it, is
GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE MONTH.
heath or ling with which they are covered, so as to extremely ludicrous.
(From Dr. Atkin's Calendar of Nature.) spread a rich purple hue over the whole ground: Enter Tom, meeting Phillis.
meadow-saffron, and Canterbury-hells are in flower: August-so called in compliment to the celebrated
Many of the fern tribe now show the rusty-coloured Tom. Well, Phillis ! - What! with a face as if you Roman emperor Augustus ; and by the Anglo-Saxons
dots on the back of the leaves, which are their parts of had never seen me before ? - What a work have I to do Arn-monat intimating that this was the month for
fructification. The leaves of the beech-tree now assume now! She has seen some new visitant at their house filling the barns with the products of the land. Arn is
a yellow tinge. whose airs she has catched, and is resolved to practise the Saxon word for harvest.
Some of the choicest wall fruits are now coming into them upon ine. Numberless are the changes she'll dance In the beginning of this month, the weather is still through before she'll answer this plain question, videlicit, hot, and usually calm and fair. What remained to be
The sunny wall Have you delivered my master's letter to your lady? perfected by the powerful influence of the sun, is daily
Presents the downy peach, the shining plumb, Nay, I know her too well to ask an account of it in an advancing to maturity. The farnier now sees the prin
The ruddy, fragrant nectarine, and, dark ordinary way; I'll be in my airs as well as she. ( Aside). cipal object of his culture, and the chief source of his
Beneath his ample leaf, the luscious fig. Well, madam, as unhappy as you are at present pleased riches, waiting only for the hand of the gatherer. Of to make me, I would not in the general be any other the several kinds of grain, rye and oats are usually the
About the middle of August the largest of the swallow than what I am; I would not be a bit wiser, a bit first ripened; but this varies according to the time of tribe, the swift or long-wing, disappears. richer, a bit taller, a bit shorter, than I am at this sowing; and some of every species may be seen fit for On their neighbouring beach yon swallows stand, instant. (Looking stedfastly at her). cutting at the same time.
And wait for favouring winds to leave the land. Phil. Did ever any body doubt, Master Thomas, Every fair day is now of great importance; since, As there can yet be no want of insect food, moths abound that you were extremely satisfied with your sweet self? when the corn is once ripe, it is liable to continual
in profusion at this time: the alderman and painted lady Tom. I am indeed. The thing I have least reason to damage wbile standing, either from the shedding of the
butterflies are constantly on the wing, and the weather be satisfied with is my fortune, and I am glad of my seeds, from the depredations of birds or from storms. poverty; perhaps, if I were rich, I should overlook the The utmost diligence is therefore used by the careful
is still warm—they cannot be supposed to retire to holes
or caverns, and become torpid for the winter, and as they finest woman in the world, that wants nothing but riches husbandman to get it in, and labourers are hired from
are so admirably formed for flight, it can scarce be to be thought so. all quarters to hasten and complete the work.
doubled that they now migrate to some distant country. Phil. How prettily was that said ! But I'll have Poured from the villages, a numerous train
The wry-neck also departs, and the turtle dove. Starlings a great deal more before I say one word. (Aside).
Now spreads o'er all the fields. In formed array congregate about this time. Nearly at the same time, Tom. I should perhaps have been stupidly above her had I not been her equal, and by not being her equal
The reapers move, nor shrink for heat or toil, rooks no longer pass the nights from home, but roost in
their nest trees. never had an opportunity of being her slave. I am my
Or bind in sheaves, or load, or guide the wain,
The red-breast one of our finest though commonest master's servant from bire, -I am my mistress's servant
That tinkles as it passes. Far behind,
songsters, renews his music about the end of the month. from choice, would she but approve my passion.
Old age and infancy, with careful hand,
The young ones, Phil. I think it is the first time I ever heard you
that are now full grown, give us a prePick up each straggling ear.
sage of their future familiarity with us, by hopping near speak of it with any sense of anguish, if you really suffer any.
This pleasing harvest-scene is beheld in its perfection garden. No bird shews so little fear of man as this,
us, and as it were observing us, among the shrubs in the Tom. Ah, Phillis ! can you doubt after what you only in the open-field countries, where the sight can
even when not pressed hy hunger; and its confidence is have seen. take in at once an uninterrupted extent of land waving
rarely abused. Phil. I know not what I have seen, nor what I have with corn, and a multitude of people engaged in the heard ; but since I am at leisure, you may tell me when various parts of the labour. It is a prospect equally
The bird whom man loves best, you fell in love with me, how you fell in love with me, delightful to the eye and the heart, and which ought to
The pious bird with the scarlet breast, and what you have suffered, or are ready to suffer, for inspire every sentiment of benevolence to our fellow
Our little English robin ! creatures, and gratitude to our Creator..
The bird that comes about our doors, Tom. Oh! the unmerciful jade! when I am in haste
When autumn winds are sobbing. Be not too narrow, husbandman ! but fing about my master's letter:-But I must go through it From the full sheaf, with charitable stealth,
CORN-IARVEST. (aside). Ah! Too well I remember when, and on
The liberal handful. Think, oh! grateful, think what occasion, and how I was first surprised. It was on
(From Mr. Howitt's Book of the Seasons.)
How good the God of harvest is to you ; the First of April one thousand seven hundred and
The grand feature of this month is CORN-HARVEST. fifteen I came into Mr. Sealand's service; I was then a
Who pours abundance o'er your flowing fields.
It is a time for universal gladness of heart. Nature has
She has little hobble-de-hoy, and you a little tight girl, a favour- In a late season, or where favourable opportunities of completed her most important operations. ite handmaid of the house keeper. At that time we getting in the harvest have been neglected, the corn on
ripened her best fruits, and a thousand hands are ready neither one of us knew what was in us. I remember I the ground often suffers from heavy storms of wind and to reap her with joy. It is a gladdening sight to stand was ordered to get out of the window, one pair of stairs, rain. It is beaten to the earth; the seeds are shed, or
upon some eminence and behold the yellow hues of to rub the sashes clean--the person employed on the rotted by the moisture; or, if the weather continues
harvest amiil the dark relief of hedges and trees, to see inner side was your charming self, whom I had never warm, the corn grows, that is, the seeds begin to germi
the shocks standing thickly in a land of peace, the seen before.
nate and put out shoots. Grain in this state is sweet partly reaped fields--and the clear, cloudless sky, shedPhil. I think I remember the silly accident. What and invist: it soon spoils on keeping; and bread made ding over all its lustre. There is a solemn splendour, a made you, you oaf, ready to fall down into the street ? from it is clammy and unwholesome.
mellowness and maturity of beauty thrown over the Tom. You know not, I warrant you ; you could not Harvest concludes with the field peas and beans, landscape. The wheat crops shine on the hills and guess what rprised memyou took no delight when you which are suffered to become quite dry and haid before slopes, as Wordsworth expresses it, ' like golden shields
cast down from the sun. immediately grew wanton in your conquest, and put your they are cut down. The blackness of the bean-pods
For the lovers of solitary lips close and breathed upon the glass, and when my and stalks is disagreeable to the eye, though the crop
rambles, for all who desire to feel the pleasures of a lips approached, a dirty cloth you rubbed against my is valuable to the farmer. In these countries they are
thankful heart, and to participate in the happiness of the face, and hid your beauteous form; when I again drew used as food for cattle only, as the nourishment they simple and the lowly, now is the time to stroll abroad. near, you spit and rubbed, and smiled at my undoing. afford, though strong, is gross and heavy.
They will find beauty and enjoyment spread abundantly The rural festival of harvest-home is an extremely before them. They will find the mowers sweeping natural one, and has been observed in almost all ages
down the crops of pale barley, every spiked ear of which and countries. What can more gladden the heart than so lately looking up bravely at the sun, is now bent THE WEEK. to see the long expected products of the year, which
downward in a modest and graceful curve, as if abashed From Wednesday the 20th to Tuesday the 26th August. safely housed, and beyond the reach of injury? have been the cause of so much care and anxiety, now
at its ardent and incessant gaze. They will find them
cutting down the rustling oats, each followed by an SUCCESSIVE WRITERS ON THE MONTHS.
attendant rustic who gathers the swath into sheaves from Inwardly smiling, the proud farmer views
the tender green of the young clover, which, commonly The sight of an old acquaintance in improved condition, The rising pyramids that grace his yard,
sown with oats, to constitute the future crop, is now after a long lapse of time, is doubly pleasant. Dr.
And counts his large increase; his barns are stor'd, shewing itself luxuriantly. But it is in the wheat field Aikin's Calendar of Nature, published originally per
And groaning staddles bend beneath their load. that all the jollity, and gladness, and picturesqueness of
Somerville. harvest are concentrated. Wheat is more particulaily haps about forty years back, once set us upon writing a
The poor labourer too, who has toiled in securing the food of man. Barley affords him a wholesome, but similar book, with the addition of what we conceived to
another's wealth, justly expects to partake of the happi- much abused potation ; the oat is welcome to the homely be a little more poetry,—a greater sense of enjoyment.
board of the hardy mountaineers; but wheat is especially, Our attempt was followed by a variety of the like publi
* The Calendar of Natural History of the Year. With
and every where, the staff of life.' To reap and gather cations, all adding beauty and luxuriance as they went, Designs by George Čattermole, 12mo. pp. 148. Van Voorst.
it in every creature of the hanılet is assembled. The Mr. Cattermole's Original Designs, which are to be disposed
farmer is in the field, like a rural king amid his people cropping fresh flowers and noticing new objects. We of, may be seen at Mr. Colnaghi's in Pall Mall East.
the labourer, old or young, is there to collect what he
XXXA PERSEVERING IMPOSTOR.
has sown with toil, and watched in its growth with pride;
coaches, teams, race-horses of such and such colours, packs the dame has left her wheel and her shady cottage, and
ROMANCE OF REAL LIFE.
of hounds, ready money, &c., and a house with all apwith sleeve-defended arms, scorns to do less than the
purtenances and dependencies, to the baker; almost all best of them :--the blooming damsel is there, adding her
his linen to the wife; five hundred guineas to their eldest sunny beauty to that of universal nature; the boy cuts We had doubts whether the following story from an old
son ; eight hundred guineas to the four daughters; two down the stalks which overtop his head; children glean
hundred to the parson that had comforted him in his amongst the shocks; and even the unwalkable infant, magazine had “ dignity" enough for our Romances of sickness; two hundred to each of the doctors; and one sits propt with sheaves, and plays with the stubble, and Real Life! But a falshood, however shabby, persevered hundred to the apothecary; fifty guineas and mourning With all its twined flowers.
in through the very solemnities of a death-bed, and in- to each of his footmen, fifty to embalm him, fifty for his
vesting itself with imaginary glories as it sets, even of coffin, two hundred to hang the house with mourning, Such groups are often seen in the wheatfield as deserve
and to defray the rest of the charges, of his interment. name and estate, acquires a sort of astounding import- A hundred guineas for gloves, hat bands, scarfs, and the immortality of the pencil . There is something too
ance, however mixed with the trivial and absurd. about wheat harvest, which carries back the mind and
The gold ring; ; such a diamond to such a friend, and such feasts it with the pleasures of antiquity. The sickle is poor wretch, who thus strangely died, had at least some- an emerald to t’other. Nothing more noble, nothing almost the only implement which has descended from thing of an inagination, and he could not bear to part
This done, Wickham called the baker the olden times in its pristine simplicity-to the present
to him, Joaced him and his whole family with benewith the flatteries of it, even in the shape of the greater dictions, and told him, that immediately after his decease hour neither altering its form, nor becoming obsolete amid all the fashions and improvements of the world. simpleton whom he had deceived.
he had nothing to do but to go to the lawyer mentioned It is the same now as it was in those scenes of rural A good likely sort of man, that had been many years
in his will, who was acquainted with all his affairs, and beauty, which the scripture history, without any laboured footman to Mr. Wickham, a rich gentleman at Banbury,
would give him full instructions how to proceed. Predescription, ofien by a simple stroke, presents so livingly in Oxfordshire, came to London, and took lodging at a sently after this, my geötleman falls into convulsions and to the imagination : as it was when tender thoughts bakehouse, over against Arundel Street in the Strand. dies. The baker, at first, thought of nothing but burypassed
The baker being asked by his lodger what countryman ing him with all the pomp imaginable, according to the Through the sail heart of Ruth, when sick for home,
he was, replied, “ that he was of Banbury ;" the other will. He hung all the rooms in his house, the stair-case,
mighty glad to meet with his countryman, was wonder- and the entry with mourning. He gave orders for She stood in tears annid the alien corn ;
fully fond of the baker ; adding, *that since he was of making the rings, clothes, coffin, &c. He sent for the when the minstrel king wandered through the solitudes Banbury he must needs know Mr. Wickham, or have embalmer. In a word, he omitted nothing that was of Paran, or fields reposing at the feet of Carmel; or “as
heard his name." The baker who, indeed, was very ordered by the deceased to be done. Wickham was not it fell on a day that the child of the good Shunamite
well acquainted with that gentleman's family, though he to be interred till the fourth day after his death, and went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto
had been absent from Banbury tifteen or twenty years, everything was got ready by the second. The baker his father, My head, my head! And he said to a lad,
was very glad to hear news of it, but wis perfectly over- having got this hurry off his hands, had now time to Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, joyed when he heard that the man he was talking with look for the lawyer before he laid him in the ground. and brought him to his mother, he sate on her knees
was Mr. Wickham himself. This produces great respect After having put the body into a rich coffin covered with till noon, and then died.' 2 Kings, c. iv. 18-20.
on the side of the baker, and new testimonies of friend- velvet and plates of silver, and settled everything else; Let no one say it is not a season of happiness to the
ship from the sham Wickham. The family must be he began to consider that it would not be improper to toiling peasantry; I know that it is. In the days of
called up that Mr. Wickham might see them; and they reimburse himself as soon as possible, and to take posboyhood I have partaken their harvest labours, and must drink a glass together to their friends at Banbury,
session of this new estate. He therefore went and comlistened to the overflowings of their hearts as they sate and take a pipe. The baker did not in the least doubt
municated this whole affair to the lawyer. This gentleamid the sheaves beneath the fine blue sky, or among
his having got Mr. Wickham for his lodger; but yet he man was indeed acquainted with the true Mr. Wickham, the rich herbage of some green headland beneath the
could not help wondering that he should see neither had all his papers in his hands, and often received letters shade of a tree, while the cool keg plentifully replenished
footman nor portmantle. He therefore made bold to from him. He was strangely surprised to hear of the the horn, and sweet after exertion were the contents of
ask him, “ how a man of his e-tate came to be un- sickness and death of Mr. Wickham, from whom he had the harvest field basket. I know that the poor harvesters
attended ?" The pretended Wickham, making a sign heard the very day before; and we may easily imagine are among the most thankful contemplators of the
to him to speak softly, told him, “that bis servants were the poor baker was much more surprised, when he found bounty of Providence, though so little of it falls to their
in a place where he could easily find them when he that in all likelihood he was bit. 'Tis not hard to conshare. To them barvest comes as an annual festivity.
wanted them, but that at present he must be very careful ceive the discourse that passed between these two. To To ktheir healthful frames, the heat of the open fields,
of being kyown, because he came up to town to arrest a conclude, the baker was thoroughly convinced by several which would oppress the languid anıl relaxed, is but an merchant of London who owed him a great sum of circumstances, too tedious to relate here, that the true exhilarating and pleasant glow. The inspiration of the
money and was going to break. That he desired to be Mr. Wickham was in perfect health; and that the man clear sky above, and the scenes of plenty around them,
incognito for fear he should miss his stroke, and so he he took for him was the greatest villain and most comand the very circumstance of their being drawn from
begged he would never mention his name.
plete hypocrite that ever lived. Upon this he immeditheir several dwellings at this bright season, open their
day Mr. Wickham went abroad to take his measures ately turned the rogue's body out of the rich coffin, hearts and give a life to their memories; and many an
with a comrade of his own stamp, about playing their which he sold for a third part of what it cost him. All anecdote and history from the simple annals of the poor
parts in concert. It was concluded between them, that the tradesmen that had been employed towards the bus are there related, which need only to pass through the
this latter should go for Mr. Wickham's servant, and rial had compassion on the baker, and took their things mind of a Wordsworth or a Crabbe, to become immortal
come privately from time to time to see his master, and again, though not without some loss to him. They dug in their mirth or woe.
attend upon him. That very night the servant came, and a hole in a corner of St. Clement's Churchyard, where
Mr. Wickham, looking at his owu dirty veckcloth in the they threw in his body with as little ceremony as posGENUINE CLOWNISH REGRET, glass, was in a great rage with him for letting him be
sible. I was an eye-witness of most of the things Or the Relics of the Pudding going away.
without money, linen, or any other conveniences, by which I have here related, and shall leave the reader to
his negligence, in not carrying his box to the waggon in make his own reflexions upon them. I bave been as(From Mr. Clarke's Adam the Gardener.) due time, which would cause a delay of three days. sured, from several hands, that the baker has since had
This was said aloud while the baker was in the next his loss pretty well made up to him by the generosity After passing the afternoon in the wheat field, the room, on purpose that he might hear it. This poor de- of the true Mr. Wickham, for whose sake the honest children amusing themselves with catching and ex- luded man hereupon runs immediately to his drawers, man had been so open-hearted. amining the most curious butterflies and other insects carries Mr. Wickham the best linen he had in the house, that came under their notice, the whole party, harvest- begged him to honour him so much as to wear it, and men and all, when the last load of corn had been ricked, at the same time lays down fifty guineas upon his table
A PAGE FOR A NOVEL sat down to a famous old English supper, of beef, pud
that he might do him the favour to accept them also. ding, and home-brewed ale, that had been prepared for
Wickham at first refused them, but with much ado was them in the barn, What a pleasure it was to see the prevailed upon. As soon as he had got this money, he
(For the London Journal.) tired, hungry, and red-faced labourers pegging away at made up a livery of the same colour as the true Mr. their hunks of meat and brown bread! And how they Wickham's, gave it to another pretended footman, and
After many years' separation, it is a great pleasure to laughed and quizzed each other !-One of the party, a brought a box full of goods as coming from the Ban- meet, unexpectedly, with early acquaintances—to find long, bony old fellow, who had pitched many a bury waggon. The baker more satisfied than ever that those we thought dead to the world, or slumbering in sheaf from the cart to the rick, and who had eaten he had to do with Mr. Wickham, and consequently with
our remembrance break upon our presence, like the enough to choke a wolf, particularly excited the merri- the one of the richest and noblest men in the kingdom, April sun, once again in all their bloom of beaty, aided ment of his comrades. “Why, Jem,' said one, 'you made it more and more bis business to give him fresh by the indiscribable charm of manner which education pick your morsels loike a fine laady!—your stomich marks of his profound respect and zealous affection. To and the polish of refined society alone can give. seems delicate to-day.' 'Oh! he's finikin,' said ano- be short, Wickham made a shift to get of him a hundred In meeting with Marcella, all former days and hours
because he's invited out to supper. He wouldn't and fifty guineas, besides the first fifty, for all which he of happiness rushed to my imagination with renewed be so ongen-teel as to eat in our common way loike!' gave him his note. Three weeks after the beginning of affection, when I found her, though improved in person, 'It's quite pleasant to see him so perlite,' said a third. this adventure, as the rogue was at a tavern, he was imposing in appearance, and more dignified in deport* And how daintily he sips his liquor!- like a sparrow.' seized with a violent headache, with a burning fever, ment, yet in manner to me still unchanged, rejoiced at
You shouldn't wipe your mouth with the back o’your and great pains in all parts of his body. As soon as he the discovery, and that we breathed the same air once hand afore coompany, Jem!' • Where's your thing-umfound himself ill he went home to his lodging to bed,
more. With a joyful heart I hastened to fulfil my bob-your napkin ?' 'I say-old fellow-you'll never where he was waited upon by one of his pretended foot- promise to dine with her; so, having dressed myself, be able to do a day's work if you play at knife and fork men, and assisted in everything by the good baker, who like a true patriot for the manufacture of my country, in that 'ere dandy way ;-why, you'll never keep life advanced whatever money was wanted, and passed his in the greenest of green tabinet—the whitest of Limeand soul together. See there !--there's a little bit to word to the doctors, apothecaries, and everybody else. rick gloves-Balbriggan stockings—Kerry kid shoes-a put into a gentleman's mouth !-it aint so big as my Meanwhile, Wickham grew worse and worse, and about Londonderry lace tucker, fastened with three Irish fist.' The only answer Jem made to their jibes, (for he
the fifth day was given over. The baker, grieved to the diamonds, in the form of a shamrock-a Cork-made was too busy to talk much), were, • I'll tell you what, heart at the melancholy condition of his noble friend, reticule, composed of cord, in which was a Belfast young chaps !--eat as I may, I know you'd rather keep thought himself bound to tell him, though with much cambric pocket handkerchief, I was set down, precisely me a week than a fortnight. I don't get such a supper regret, what the doctors thought of him. Wickham re- at four o'clock, at the mansion of Alfred Burgoyne, Esq. as this seven days in the week; and it's my maxim to ceived the news as calmly as if he had been the best M. P., Merrion-square. This was a very early hour; make hay wbile the sun shines!' As they were clearing Christian in the world, and fully prepared for death. He few families dine till seven ; but I hoped at least to have the board of the provisions, a blubberly young lad at the
desired a minister might be sent for, and received the two hours' conversation with Marcella. She was dressfurther end, who had sate for some time quite silent, and communion the same day. Never was more resignation ing, so not choosing to encounter a host of strangers, with his mouth wide open, suddenly burst into tears, to the will of God, never more piety, more zeal, or more
who might arrive one after another, by waiting in the *Hal-lo! what's the matter with you, Giles?'—My
confidence in the merits of Christ. Next day the dis- drawing-room, and as I saw one of the children peeping naame aint Giles--its Jowley-mother calls me Jowley temper and the danger encreasing very much, the impos- out of the study duor, I preferred waiting there until for shortness !'-'Well, Jowley, what are you howling tor told the baker that it was not enough to have taken Marcella descended.
On entering, the governess, a arter?'—Why-why,' said he, sobbing, 'aint it enough
care of his soul, he ought also to get his worldly affairs middle-aged French lady, whom the servant addressed to make any one roar to see all that nice pudding going in order; and desired that he might make his will while as Madame Perrier, introduced ber pupils severallyaway, and I can't eat no more?'
he was yet sound in mind. A scrivener was therefore Gustavus-Adolphus--Reginald - Oliver-Sylvia --and immediately sent for, and his will made and signed in all
Pauline--all cailed after renowned people in war, wit, the forms before several witnesses. Wickham by this
or wisdom; the eldest ten years of age, the youngest disposed of all his estate, real and personal, jewels, boy, as he said, " going of theven;" the two younger
OUT OF REAL LIFE.
girls passive little slaves to their brothers; and certainly and insensibly, fell into a state of unconsciousness ;- But the possession of their sympathies was intended no house could be dull with such a variety of noises, little anticipating the Aeronáutic Romance I was about merely as a preparatory measure.
He did not aim at tones, and tempers. I had hardly been seated five to enjoy. Soon however, I experienced the most in- absolutely smothering their passions, but rather at blend. minutes, when they broke through their shyness, and describable sensations,-for I felt as a new creature in ing their subserviency to some ulterior, but as yet, uncommenced a game at romps. Gustavus had transposed a new world. My soul was suddenly seized by two discovered purpose.
Indeed, the more violent they my swansdown boa into a bridle; Adolphus purloined gens’d'armes belonging to good Queen Mab, and might be, the better for him, provided they could be iny comb, while Reginald made a seizure of, and was thrust into a nutshell carriage, drawn by six most su- properly managed or directed. Accordingly, he thus exploring my reticule. In order to regain my stolen perbly caparisoned grasshoppers. Off I dashed through reasoned within himself on the subject.-" Having happroperty, I began to remove the numerous books, dolls, the heavens, with a velocity the winds might envy ;- pily succeeded to insinuate myself insensibly into their toys, &c., with which their sisters had filled my lap, clouds sank beneath in fleecy clusters,—the terrestial goodwill, I must next endeavour to kindle their rage, when the rebellious Master Oliver climbed on the back atmosphere looked from above, like a mantle of glass without neutralizing the conciliative influence of the of my chair, and mounted himself on my shoulders; nor just flung around the green earth to keep her from former apostrophe; the demon of vengeance should would he get down, until I had raced three times round cold,--planets, stars, and systems disappeared behind uncoil himself in their souls, and thereby give augury the room with him. Madame scolded, I entreated, it in rapid succession, - comets fitted and glimmered that a tempest is brooding. Associations of war and of was of no use, and as I had brought on the mischief by around like playthings in invisible hands, — and the bloodshed must be excited, and their wrath must burn; caressing thein at first, I thought it best to comply to milky-way appeared at a distance, like a mighty but against whom it is to be directed they must not be the delight of the urchin. I had nearly performed the streamer of gauze unfurled to the boundless blue. By able to guess, or else they will steel their hearts to conthird heat round the room, when the door opened, and some incomprehensible apotheosis, the totality of ex- viction, and as an inevitable consequence, frustrate all a young cornet of dragoons entered. “Uncle, uncle!” istence, seemed to be personified, and vivified with the my wishes. All this will be done by allusions to the all exclaimed. Bowing to me, he turned to Madame fire and brilliancy of poetry-breathing forth a grandeur, martial deeds of their ancestors. Visions of national with this request, --" Permit me to make this a refuge beauty and glory; soothing, thrilling, ravishing, and glory and bravery will flit before their eyes with a for the destitute ?" “Certainly," replied Madame, "but harrowing up the passions into such a pitch of inten- shadowy and yet impressive splendour, as soon as I inwhat is your distress ?”. Why to tell you the truth, ty, that the soul,—but language fails me, for I was voke the mighty name under which they conquered the my sister is going to have some blue-stocking people completely overwhelmed by a whirlwind rush of splen- world. Strike that note, and all the furies of their here to dine, and as I hate blue belles, as intolerable dours, as the wheels of my chariot, and the hoofs of my nature will yell in responsive echo."-Anthony judged blue-bores in society, I cannot tolerate their presence. tiny steeds, clattered on the emerald pavement of the correctly ; for violent convulsions shook the multitude, So with your leave, I will make this my head-quarters, grand emphyrean itself !
and frowns and scowls thickened on their angry coununtil dinner is announced."
My reader must now take a ride on his Pegasus tenances, as soon as he uttered the magic appellation, - The children now deserted me for their uncle, and I over many weeks and months, -until at length, he can “ Romans !" began to wonder what literary ladies Marcella had fancy my being introduced by Minerva into the sanctum This word, however, far overstretched the matter. It invited to meet me, when herself and family were all I sanctorum of the heathen mythology; where, after a conveyed a great deal too much; as, in addition to the wished to see. I thought of all the lady lionesses of thousand preliminaries and preparatives, I received sanguinary desires it excited, it indirectly raised a temliterature I could in Dublin -- Lady Morgan, Lady from her hand three favorite instruments, by which I pest of associations that recoiled with tremendous vioClarke, and many others ; when Madame asked the was invested with an omnipotence over the worlds of lence on the memory of Cæsar. The very word martial man why he objected to them, and what reason thought, and of feeling. “ Mortals," said the goddess, “Romans," was pregnant with anathemas against kings he had to dislike learned women. “I do not like your “ have no appropriate names for such articles,-so for and tyranny: the simple expression seemed to justify pen and ink women,” replied he. “ This is some strange want of better, let them be called the critical microscope, Brutus, in emulating the haughty patriotism of his one my sister has caught, coming to-day. I have never telescope, and kaleidoscope."
ancestor, and to call upon the people to rally still more seen her, but can well fancy what she will be like. I Enraptured with the boons so graciously conferred - closely and thickly around his standard ; yet it would be dare say she's a tall scarecrow of a Gorgon, with jet I panted to bring them into immediate operation. Hav- impolitic to discard it, as no other could so effectually black hair, and ferocious black eyes, arrayed in rustying the fullest confidence in their wondrous virtue, I fire their souls with the spirit of revenge. The only black velvet, preaching with the lungs of a Stenior in scorned to apply them to an examination of mere me- remedy, then, was to employ another term, which blank verse, and walking with a tragedy step-- un- diocrity, and therefore resolved to begin, by levelling should in a measure contain the force of both the former, married, save to the musesI would not sit near her for the instruments divine, at what the most competent and at the same time cause them to lose their offensive the world ; and,” added he, with a wise shake of his judges have often pronounced to be the first and finest qualities by merging them in greater vagueness or empty head, “I would advise you, madame, to mind specimen of human eloquence — namely, “The Speech obscurity. A momentary confusion of their ideas would your p's and q's, or she will write you down.”
of Anthony over the dead body of Cæsar.” This, I now render them more manageable. Such an expedient I was a silent listener, and thought with Dogberry, found to be glowing and burning with a living glory, would increase their confidence, and foment their rage, what I could write him down :-"Shall quibs and which I-though always a most devoted admirer of while it might allay, or at least turn aside, their aversion sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a Shakespear—had never before been able to appreciate: to that supremacy after which Cæsar but too evidently man from the career of his humour ?" It would have and I was hurried along into such an intensity of de- aspired. Here, however, our hero felt the greatest perbeen wasting words to talk to such a popinjay, for thus light, by fresher and brighter discoveries of its excel- plexity, as the reader may see from the following solilospeaking of his sister's guests; yet I could not help lence every successive moment, that at length 1 pos- quy:-" Having secured their sympathies by the word saying, that I thought he had caricatured a clever sitively shrieked aloud, in something like an agony of "Friends,' it will be prudent to drop, as soon as possible, “Pon honour," said he, “they are all aboni- ecstacy!
every idea of Egalitè,- for after all they are to be my nable horrors." He was still indulging in this absurdity, But alas ! alas ! as easily could the sun be plucked tools and not my companions. And having infuriated when Marcella entered the study. She welcomed me from the heavens, and transferred to the canvass—as their passions by the other word, · Romans,' it is neceskindly, saying, “My dear Emily, why did you not could those beatific and spiritual disclosures be ade- sary to draw off their attention from the fact of their come up to me?" And turning to her husband's bro- quately represented upon paper. Yet, I would fain do being bound in honour and consistency, as Romans, to ther, said, “ Allow me to introduce my earliest friend, my best to give my reader a shadowy outline, of what punish every infraction of the laws of the Republic, lest one whom you have heard me often speak of.” The I then and there saw, and thought, and felt: premising, they should become incensed against me as a covert cornet bowed — stammered-coloured-hesitated—and however, that I can describe only successively what took apologist of tyranny, and as a consequence tear me to seemed in a very awkard predicament. “ What is the place simultaneously—and that my sluggish pen can pieces, and give thereby an additional triumph to the matter?” asked Mrs. Burgoyne. “ Captain Burgoyne is only crawl tardily and circuitously, while the realities conspirators. Now, then, for a word which shall accomafraid to meet your blue-stocking visitors," replied flashed full and at once upon my soul.
plish both these ends, and concentrate all their remaining Madame. “A soldier, and afraid !" said Marcella. Allow me then to begin with the “microscopic" view feelings as into a focus : all may be done by calling “ Weil, Emily," continued she, “now your laurels are of the inward workings of his mind, while the orator was them— Patriots." complete; you have appalled the victor-for it is to you addressing the assembled multitude. The object of The Orator, having gone so far, thought it desirable, and your pen and ink amusement, which have been so Anthony was evidently to avenge the death of Cæsar, if possible, to bring his audience into a more immediate long known to me, I allude--you are the blue-belle at and to succeeil him in his real though not nominal do- alliance with Cæsar and himself. The last term was of whom by brother is so terrified; not that I think there minion over Rome : yet how that could be effected un- a somewhat exclusive character, -overlooking every is any thing very ferocious in your appearance.” “Why, der the existing state of things, he felt to be a problem thing that was common to them all; and therefore foreno," I observed, “though fond of my pen,
of the most exquisite complexity. He saw very clearly going the benefits that might accrue from a contagion of tali enough for a scarecrow of a Gorgon,' have neither that the senate and the people were marshalled in direct sympathy. Under this conviction, he looked for a term • black eyes or hair, nor wear rusty black velvet,' opposition to his purposes, and that Brutus had ob- which might supply the place of “ Patriots,'' and super. preach with the lungs of a Stentor in blank verse,' nor tained for himself almost universal respect and sym- add the advantage of referring to an intimate relation * walk with a tragedy step.'” “For heaven's sake," pathy. Nothing therefore could be done before the that subsisted between them, and thereby wreathe their cried the dragoon, “ spare me! and I will henceforth most inveterate prejudices were eradicated, and the sympathies yet more closely around the memory of him become a convert to rationality, provided you will affections of the populace transferred to the opposite whose death they were doomed speedily to avenge ; and forgive me, and allow me to lead you to dinner.” This party. And hence the following play of thought and to his rapturous astonishment he found all he desired, effected a change in his opinions, and no one could be feeling which I observed in the spirit of Anthony as he embodied with a living fervid potency, in the comprehenmore agreeable, now that his prejudices were removed. slowly ascended the rostrum.
sive but expressive epithet, “ Countrymen."
This Marcella, with all the pride of an affectionate wife, “Mankind are always envious of their superiors; heightened their regard for the speaker, screwed up introduced me to her dear Alfred, one of nature's own they love those only between whom and themselves their passions still more furiously against something noblenjen-a scholar, and a gentleman, combining every there is a community of sentiment and of interest. If (though as yet they scarcely knew against what), and qualification in mind and manner, to give true dignity therefore I assume an Egalite with the audience, I may identified them so completely with Cæsar and thony, to a very handsome person. He kindly received me; secure a reciprocation of their friendship. This must that every heart forcibly received, and still more forcibly complimented me on my good taste in encouraging the act upon them in two ways; it will indicate an attractive emitted, the deadly contagion of sympathy and vengeance. manufacture of his unfortunate country in my suit of humility, by shewing that in my own estimation, I am Now then the apostrophe was complete. The first word green; condemned all French fashions; and on the but as one of themselves, having no object distinct from soothed them into the temper of lambs;—the second arrival of other friends, he joined the six little repre- theirs, and having no wish to be separated from them; incensed them into tygers about to spring on their prey; sentatives of the house of Burgoyne, in the dance and and, secondly, it will raise them in their own opinion, and the third mastering their passions, held them by the song, until a late hour. Thus I had the happiness to and thereby most effectually flatter their vanity. Such leash, like rabid bloodhounds thirsting to tear to pieces see my earliest friend, Marcella, as happy as I ever is the avidity with which the human mind snatches at the
first object that might be presented to them !* wished her to be, and she as deserving of all the bless- every thing grateful to its pride, that I am persuaded, Friends! Romans !! Countrymen !!! The microsings she possessed.
my hearers will not be so ready to think, that Anthony cope was now passed on to the following sentence, when Dublin.
is a much less important personage than they had sup- it gave me this singularly complex view of Anthony's
therefore at once intimate that we are all on a social * N.B.- It is particularly reqnested, that the reader will
Brutus's speech on the same oceasion. Without this, it were to be an Anthony, than that the great Anthony has sunk like his design, are almost the exact converse of Anthony's, APOLLO, having completed the business of the day, re- to a level with them. Thus shall I make them fancy"Romans, Countrymen, and Lovers !" We are lot, of tired to rest, leaving his royal consort with her twink- they have power,-fire them with an ambition to exert course, to suppose that Shakspeare reasoned thus about every ling attendants, to "rule the night.” At this time, all that power in some way or other; and gradually in
word,--but nature, faithful pature, taught him all as by inspi.
ration. It is said of Newton that he understood most of the nature seemed as still and as silent as if she held in her siuuating myself into their confidence and esteem, I thcorems of Euclid by simply reading the enunciations, without breath, for fear of disturbing the sleep of her children. shall obtain a sovereign control over their passions.” any of the drudgery of demonstration :-20 bere, likewise, onr Every thing betokened tranquility and repose,-and After this soliloquy Anthony stooped to conquer the
poet could feel with the rapidity and force of intuition, what
ought to be pnt in the mouths of bis beroes, whatever mių bt therefore, taking leave of care for a period, I gradually, mob by calling them “ Friends !''
be their character or their circumstances.
from the idea of being a mere tool in the hands of ano- faction in yielding up to liim all the feelings of their if their souls had been suddenly drenched in human ther. Marks of study therefore are always detrimental nature, and that their hearts were beginning to throb blood—and glutted with gore—were even now absolutely to a speech, as they put the hearers on their guard, by with a wish to defend him against the world!
reeking from its hideous pollutions ! The irritated seeming to betray a scheme for the subjugation of their The writer may be mistaken, but to the best of his multitude became restless, moving to and fro, from minds: whereas in what they believe to be extempora- belief, there is not, within the whole range of literature, side to side, in dark and massy undulations,-like the neous, they almost take for granted, that the speaker can ancient or modern, a solitary sentence, which exhibits ocean gradualiy lashed into fury by the storm :- while have no aim, but what is expressed ; and therefore, a more profound acquaintance with human nature, or a their every effort to stifle their rising rage, tended only cheerfully follow his suggestions without any misgiving more complete sovereignty over language. It is the to give it a gloomier hue and a more deadly intensity. or suspicion. They are appalled by the thought of focus of a thousand rays. But its mystic elements are "I come to bury Cæsar"-as soon as the doleful words falling victims to a previously concerted plot; yet they so refined, its bearings so vast and numerous, and its were uttered, all the conspirators who were present willingly give up their independence when led to it in- point so exquisitely well edged, that I had never been involuntarily howled in choruis, long and dismal groans, sensibly. The appearance of design is often more able to see thein till I looked through the critical “not loud” perhaps, “but deep." Anthony sobbed afilicting than the disaster it effected; and even our microscope!
aloud -- while the glance of his eye turned the attention horror of the brute force of the public robber is sur- In this exordium, however, the idea of Authony had of the people, to the dead body of Cæsar, as it lay bepassed by our hatred of the deliberate intrigue and cold- been intimately associated with all the excited feelings. neath, ali bloody and torn. A wild and savaze yell blooded villainy of the more than doubly perjured It was time, therefore, for him to glide out of the minds from the angry mob, immediately announced the broodassassin, who is designing cur ruin, wbile calling us of the people, so as not to intrude upon or interfere with ing of the storm-the nearness of its approach and the “ Friends." It is necessary for me, therefore, as soon the working of their passions. This could be done only dreadful havoc and desolation it was about to make. as possible, to use a sentence apparently incompatible by presenting an object that would be attractive enough to Under this deep gathering darkness, were let loose all with much preparation ; its carelessness must be evident transfer their sensibilities, and concentrate them all upon the elements of destruction: every heart was maddened enough for all to feel it, and yet, it must be so delicate itself. The all-absorbing name of Cæsar would fully into a boiling vortex--and the fellest, foulest, fiercest as not to offend the taste of even the most scrupulous. answer the purposes; utter that but once, and they will purposes, rioted in every wish, and revelled with rabid I must not, however, introduce it parenthetically, or else think no more of the orator.
ecstacy, in every feeling of their nature ! the object will be detected and frustrated ;- but rather, The people had already begun to sympathise very Having so far excited their passions, Anthony could the next sentence, whatever it may be, must be expressed intensely with Cæsar ; but the object was to make them now venture on a bolder allusion to Cæsar. But even so chastely as not to shock the audience,—and at the so to sympathise as that they might be impelled to avenge here he durst not do so directly, for the people were still same time so clumsily as to persuade them that I speak his death. Ordinary speakers would here probably in principle as much opposed to him as ever ; so that it spontaneously and not “ advisedly.”
expatiate on the amiableness or valour, &c., of their hero; was only by subduing or seducing their feelings, they Having thus determined on the style, he had next to but Anthony well knew that the most fervent admira- could be enlisted in his cause. Already however, they ascertain what ought to be the matter of the forthcoming tion kindled by such a detail would be entirely desociated mourned the loss of Cæsar ;-and their grief would be words. He knew it necessary as soon as he could, from vengeance. Delightful themes tranquillize the immeasurably heightened by painting his excellencies to formally to arrest the attention of his hearers, for as yet, mind, and the contemplation of the virtues of an in- their minds. But the difficulty was, to execute a proper they did not seem anxious for much speechification. So dividual yields a sweet and peaceful serenity. On the portraiture :—a detail of his many recommendations Anthony thus continued his soliloquy.
" We are
other hand, terrible themes impart their own character would have been tedious and useless; and a specification alway's more ready to grant, what is begged as a favour, to the mind, and fill it with terrible feelings, or fit it of any particular virtue would have been ineffectual—as than what is demanded as a right : the latter comes like for terrible resolutions. Nothing, therefore, could have it might be contradicted. Hence the irresistible force of a challenge to our pride, but the former, is an irresistible been more impolitic in this instance, than to cajole the “not to praise him.” The words were so vague and appeal to our sensibilities. Although therefore, justice hearers into that mild and tender sorrow which would mysterious as to admit of no contradiction, and yet so gives me a claim to be heard, it is better in this case to be satisfied with merely shedding a few tears. Hence, explicit and vivid, as to make themselves felt.
The ask it as mercy; for in denying the right their vanity he boldly aimed at the deeper and darker elements of character of Cæsar was thus seen as through a prism, might be gratified, but they cannot reject my prayer their souls, feeling assured that if these could be but too shadowy to be defined, and yet too beautiful and without doing positive violence to their own feelings. once thoroughly agitated and roused, they would en- bright, not to be attractive to every beholder. If however, I have recourse to the phraseology commonly gross or sway all their thoughts and passions. The “Not to praise him" intimated that he might have employed on such occasions, they may regard it as a people, he knew, were not yet prepared for updisguised expaliated on bis virtues and glories, for they were many matter of course, and overlook the extraordinary earnest- anathemas against Brutus, and, therefore, with a match- and great ;—and their own excited imaginations would ness and humility, with which I implore their attention. less adroitness, he ventures only casually and indirectly abundantly fill up the unfinished draught, and give it Consequently I must use an expression which shall be to allude to the catastrophe at the capital.
the deepest colouring. so new and strange as to strike their minds with a sense “ I come to bury Casar," suggested most vividly all Not to praise him" assumed his virtues too well of its peculiarity; and then I doubt not they will cheer- the circumstances connected with his death. Once known to need a catalogue, and too universally confessed fully listen to me 'till my aim is accomplished."
more they saw thel brandishing of swords-once more to require proof. His character appeared too plain for But it was further necessary, as soon as possible, to they heard et tu Brute ?-once more they felt the sick- ornament, and too grand for illustration; thus equally insinuate something (but very indirectly) against Brutus, ening shudder which always accompanies the sight of by its humility and its majesty, leaving at a distance the and begin very cautiously, gradually to incense the po- bloodshed—and once inore they saw all the murderers most eloquent eulogium. The hearers became enampulace against him, before any one could be aware of it. in full array before them, and their souls began to ex- oured with the picture Anthony's skill bad led them to For want of room I must omit a great part of Anthony's perience the direct throes of rancour and remorse. form to themselves, and therefore stopped not to examine meditations on this point, and give merely the conclu- “ I come to bury Cæsar,” opened to their minds a its fidelity. A meteor, as it were, Aashed before their sion.
“In the next sentence I vista into a long, dark, and cheerless futurity. He who was eyes, with such intensity, that they thought of nothing have to effect a triple purpose ; I must lead the people to once the idol of his country and the pride of their hearts, but its brilliancy and premature evanishment. think that I speak extemporaneously.-I must so pander has been suddenly hurled from his joys and his glory, be- “ Not to praise him”-intimated that the situation of their passions as to secure a protracted attention; and I yond the reach of their sympathy or praise. The the speaker was extremely perilous (and by a contamust aim an envenomed shaft against Brutus, that shall flowers of a thousand springs might bloom, or the sun- gion of sympathy the hearers would fancy the same of do its work noiselessly and imperceptibly. Hence there- beams of a thousand summers play o'er his grave, but themselves), inasmuch as he durst not give full expresfure it must be clumsy, pointed and sarcastic : and all I all in rain : for to him, they could afford no delight; or sion to his feelings, lest Brutus should hurl him to detrust may be done by the circuitous, novel, and hesitating a thousand tears might be shed, or a thousand songs be struction. The people therefore were delighted with words, • Lend me your ears.'”
hymned, but all in vain ; for they could never touch the apparent fearless magnanimity, which, in such cirLet the reader examine this sentence a little more his heart, or awake a smile on his countenance. Cæsar cumstances, could say any thing at all in favour of Cæsar, deeply, and see how admirably it answered Anthony's was now to be no more ; and as the only available and their passions would violently rebound into a pa“triple purpose.” It most effectually does away with all means of testifying their gratitude, they determined to roxism of agony and of rage against his opponents. marks of study, inasmuch as it is the very extreme of exterminate his murderers from the face of the earth. “Not to praise him”-above all, this might lead the ambiguity, and a living caricature on all perspicuity! A “ I come to bury Casar” threw a meretricious glow hearers to suppose, that he forbore, from a dignified wit might exclaim—“Does he mean to tell us, he has over the whole transaction. That principle in man, compassion for Brutus; and that from a contemptuous no ears of his own ? Does he mean that we are wrong which leads him to magnify the excellencies of departed pity, he refrained from all such expressions as might in supposing he is going to keep them for ever, as he is friends, gave a mournful sanctity to all the imaginary impel them to vengeance. This gave them a higher going to borrow them only for a short time? What can virtues once possessed by their hero. With a hallowed confidence in the rectitude of his motives, and the lenihe do with our ears, unless we give him our minds and reverence, they enthroned him for ever in their hearts; ency of his purposes ; so that in listening to the words, our hearts as well ? If he takes our ears, how shall we their memories recalled all his stupendous victories, with they would exclaim of Anthony,“ half his strength he be able to listen to his speech ? &c. &c. &c.” Indeed all the brilliancy and spendour of his “triumphs," and put not forth, but checked it in mid volley." All this this sentence, being susceptible of so many ludicrous their heated imaginations working on their patriotism, “infixed plagues into their souls," and plunged them interpretations, is on the very verge of the absurd-and affrighted them with the belief that all was now lost, and into such an intensity and agony of fury that bloodI hesitate not to say, that, but one man ever visited our lost for ever; as Cæsar, whose prowess alone could main- blood—blood alone would assauge it; but who was to be globe, who could so filter a blunder, as to render it the tain the sovereignty of Rome over the world, was now the victim, the subsequent sentences was to decide. very quintescence of eloquence and poetry !
more powerless than any of themselves. Hence, there Every principle of their nature became as a separate I forcibly arrested attention by its singularity. A took place a temendous reaction in all their sensibilities burning centre of emanation of hatred and of scornphrase so anomalous, appeared to be the effect of some and sympathies : recoiling from Brutus, they wreathed every passion became as a fatal blast, scorching and very extraordinary cause; and that cause the people around his victim, and decked it with countless irresis- withering all around,-and every individual hearer befondly ascribed to Anthony's deep and pervading con- tible attractions. Immediately, therefore, the people came a living focus of all that was terrible and destrucsciousness, that he had no right or claim to be heard, by felt as if they were children of Cæsar, bound by all that tive! such persons as themselves. The words fell upon their was sacred, to avenge his untimely death.
But I see, from my reader's gaping and yawning, hearts, like the humble and earnest entreaties of a child F:“ I come to bury Casar' struck a chord which vibrated that my story has already doubled the length of his upon his father; and they felt proud and delighted, to through every heart. It is not in man, to rail at the patience. For the present therefore, I drop the curtain respond with a father's tenderness and love!
dead. The bitterest enemy relents on the grave of his on the telescopic analysis of the speech, and forbear to And again, it embodied a strong insinuation that the foe; and the most cold-blooded duellist weeps over the inflict any description of its appearance in perspective, audience were prejudiced against the speaker, and in victim of his malice, when he sees him bleeding at his as seen through the kaleidescope, — reserving those favour of Brutus. He did not seem even to hope they feet: he then grieves for the loss of an abused friend; glories for such as have thoroughly understood and felt would become his partisans, for he merely begged of but still more does lie grieve, that he should ever have this first scene in the Aeronautic Romance. them for a moment to “ lend" him their ears. And hated and abused him ; and as the only possible repara
F.F. above all, the phrase was the very antipodes of what tion for his savage ferocity, he vows to revere his mewould be expected from the bold and intrepid Anthony; mory, and perhaps to avenge his death.
The same it seemed to betray a want of confidence, or a lurking principle operated in this intimidated mob:-they raged suspicion of something, and it was in every respect so against themselves for having at first felt any exultation
MAGIC AND MAGICIANS. very “unstraight-forward,” as proved the speaker to be over the death of Cæsar—and fancied that by vengeance (From an interesting article in the sixth and last volume clogged and cramped by external circumstances. And alone, could they make a satisfactory atonement. they, whose passions had already began to sway their " I come to bury Casar” fell on the audience with
(just published) of Mr. D'Israeli's Curiosities of
Literature.) judgment, would at once ascribe it to a dread of Brutus' the force of a thunderbolt, and scared their inmost souls influence, so they immediately gathered more closely with the thought, that by the hands of assassins, the What a subject, were I to enter on it, would be the around him, that they might hear every syllable of his brave, the polished, and the brilliant conqueror and narratives of magical writers! These precious volumes words, and catch all the sympathy of his action. The orator, was no more than mangled clay :-a mere wreck have been so constantly wasted by the profane, that now dead silence of their movements, and the intenseness of of his former glorious “self.” A damp and hateful and a book of real magic requires some to find it, as well as their gaze upon Anthony, showed they found a satis- horrifying chill ran through them all--and they felt as magician to use it. Albertus Magnus, or Alber the
Great, as he is erroneously styled for this sage only think not. Yet why should men have taken all this grown fairy, bursting through its vitreous prison, on the derived his enviable epithet from his vame De Groot, trouble to make, not a man, but a trumpet ?"
vivifying principle on which the ancient Egyptians as did Hugo Grotins—this sage, in his “ Admirable Se- Our profound philosoper was right not to agitate the hatched their eggs in ovens. I recollect at Dr. Farmer's crets," delivers his opinion that these books of magic question, whether these brazen heads had ever spoken? sale, the leaf which preserved this recipe for making a should be most preciously preserved; for, he propheti- Why should not a man of brass speak, since a doll can fairy, forcibly folded down by the learned commentator; cally added, the time is arriving when they would be whisper, and a statue play chess? Another magical from which we must infer the credit he gave to the exunderstood! It seems that they were not intelligibile invention has been ridiculed with equal reason. А periment. There was a greatness of mind in Paracelsus, in the thirteenth century; but, if Albertus has not mis- magicia:) was annoyed, as philosophers still are, by pas- who, having furnished a recipe to make a fairy, had the calculated, in the present day they may be ! Magical sengers in the street; and he, particularly so, by having delicacy to refrain from its formation. Even Baptista terms with talismanic figures may yet conceal many a horses led to drink under his window. He made a Porta, one of the most enlightened philosophers, does not secret; gunpowder carne down to us in a sort of ana- magical horse of wood, according to one of the books of deny the pessibility of producing creatures, which "at gram, and the kaleidescope with its interminable mul- Hermes, which perfectly answered its purpose by their full growth shall not exceed the size of a mouse :" tiplications of forms, lay at hand for two centuries in frightening away the horses, or rather the grooms! the but he adds, “ they are only pretty little dogs to play Baptista Porta's " Natural Magic." The abbot Trithe- wooden horse, no doubt, gave some palpable kick. with." Were these akin to the fairies of Paracelsus? mius, in a confidential letter, happened to call himself
They were well convinced of the existence of such a magician, perhaps at the moment he thought himself The works of the ancient alchymists have afforded elemental beings; frequent accidents in mines shewed one, and sent three or four leaves stuffed with the names numberless discoveries to moder chymists; nor is even the potency of the metallic spirits; which so torinented of devils, and with their evocations. At the death of their grand operation despaired of. If they have of late the workmen in some of the German mines, by blindhis friend, these leaves fell into the unworthy hands of not been so renowned, this has arisen from a want of ness, giddiness, and sudden sickness, that they have the prior, who was so frightened on the first glance at what Ashmole calls “apertness ;" a qualification early been obliged to abandon mines well known to have been the diobolical nomenclature, that he raised the country inculcated among these illuminated sages. We find rich in silver. A metallic spirit, at one sweer, anniagainst the abboi, and Trithemius was nearly a lost authenticated accounts of some who have lived three hilated twelve miners, who were all found dead together.
Yet, after all, this evocation of devils has reached centuries, with tolerable complexions, possessed of nothing The fact was unquestionable ; and the safety lamp was us in his “ Steganographia,” and proves to be only one but a crucible and a bellows! but they were so unneces- undiscovered. of this ingenious abbot's polygraphic attempts at secret sarily mysterious, that whenever such a person was Never was a philosophical imagination more beautiful writing ; for he had flattered himself that he had in- discovered, he was sure in an instant to disappear and than that exquisite Palingenesis, as it has been termed vented a mode of concealing his thoughts from all the was never afterwards heard of.
from the Greek, or regeneration; or rather, the appariworld, while he communicated them to a friend. Roger In the “ Liber Patris Sapientiæ" this selfish cautiousness tions of animals and plants. Schott, Kircher, Gaffarel, Bacon promised to raise thunder and lightening, and is all along impressed on the student, for the accom- Borelli, Digby, and the whole of that admirable school, disperse clouds by disolving them into rain. The first plishment of the great mystery. In the commentary on discovered in the ashes of plants their primitive forms, magical process has been obtained by Franklin; and the this precious work by the alchymist Norton, who which were again raised up by the force of heat. Nothing other, of far more use to cur agriculturists, may per- counsels,
they say perishes in nature; all is but a continuation, or chance be found lurking in some corner which has been
revival. The seeds of resurrection are concealed in overlooked in the “ Opus Magus" of our “ Doctor Mi“Be thon in a place secret, by thyself alone,
extinct bodies, as in the blood of man: the ashes of rabilis.' Do we laugh at their magical works of art ?
That no man see or hear what thou shalt say or done.
roses will again revive into roses, though smaller and Are we ourselves such indifferent artists ? Cornelius
Trust not thy friend too much wheresoe'er thou go,
paler than if they had been planted unsubstantial, and Agrippa, before he wrote his “ Vanity of the Arts and
For he thou trustest best sometime may be thy foe;"
unodoriferous, they are not roses which grew on rose Sciences," intended to reduce into a method and sys
Ashmole observes, that "Norton gives exceeding good trees, but their delicate apparitions; and, like appatem the secret of communicating with spirits and de
advice to the student in this science where he bids him ritions, they are seen but for a moment. On good authority, that of Porphyrius, Psellus.
be secret in the carrying on of his studies and opera- cess of the Palingenesis, this picture of immortality, is Plotinus, Jamblicus-and on better, were it necessary tions, and not let any one know of his undertakings but described. These philosophers, having burned a tuwer, to alledge it-he was well assured that the upper re- his good angel and himself: and such a close and re- by calcination disengaged the salts from its ashes, and gions of the air swarmed with what the Greeks called tired breast had Norton's master, who,
deposited them in a glass phial: a chemical mixture damones, just as our lower atmosphere is full of birds,
acted on it, till in the fermentation they assumed a bluish our waters of fish, and our earth of insects. Yet this “When mea disputed of colours of the rose,
and spectral hue. This dust, thus excited by heat, shoots occult philosopher, who knew perfectly eight languages, He would not speak, but kept himself full close !"
upwards into primitive forms; by sympathy the parts and married two wives, with whom he had never ex
We regret that by each leaving all his knowledge to his unite, and while each is returning to its destined place, changed a harsh word in any of them, was every where
“good angel and himse:f,'', it has happened that the we see distinctly the stalk, the leaves and the flower avoided as having by his side, for his companion, a person
good angels” have kept it all to themselves.
arise; it is the pale spectre of a flower coming slowly age no less than a demon. This was a great black dog
It cannot, however, be denied, that if they could not forth from its ashes. The heat passes away, the magiwhom he suffered to stretch bimself out among his mia
always extract gold out of lead, they sometimes succeeded cal scene declines, till the whole matter again precipitates gical manuscripts, or lie on his bed, often kissing and patin washing away the pimples on ladies faces, notwith- itself into the chaos at the bottom.
This vegetable ting him, and feeding him on choice morsels. Yet for this standing that Sir Kenelm Digby poisoned his most beau- phænix lies thus concealed in its cold ashes, till the prewould l'aulus Jovius and all the world have had him put tiful lady, because, as Sancho would have said, he was sence of heat produces this resurrection; in its absence to the ordeal of fire and faggot! The truth was after
one of those who would “have his bread whiter than it returns to its death. Thus the dead naturally revive; wards boldly asserted by Wierus, his learned domestic,
the whitest wheaten." Van Ilelmout, who could not and a corpse may give out its shadowy re-animation who believed that his master's dog was really nothing
succeed in discovering the true elixir of life, however, when not too deeply buried in the earth. Bodies cormore than be appeared ! “I believe," says he, "that he
hit on the spirit of hartshorn, which, for a good while, rupted in their graves have risen, particularly the mur. was a real natural dog; he was indeed black, but of a
le considered was the wonderful elixir itself, restoring to dered; for murderers are apt to bury their victims in a moderate size, and I have often led him by a string, life persons who seemed to have lost it. And though
slight and hasty manner.
Their salts, exhaled in vapour and called him by the French name Agrippa had given
this delightful enthusiast could not raise a ghost, yet he by means of their fermentationı, have arranged themselves him, Monsieur! and he had a female who was called
thought he had; for he raised something ærial from on the surface of the carth, and have formed those Mademoiselle! I would ask how authors of such great Spa water, which, mistaking for a ghost, he gave it that phantoms, which at night have often terrified the passing characters should write so absurdly on his vanishing very name; a name which we still retain in gas, from the
spectator, as authentic history witnesses.
They have at his death, nobody knows how !" But, as it is
German geist, or ghost. Paracelsus carried the tiney spirit opened the graves of the phantom and discovered the probable that Monsieur and Mademoiselle must have
about him in the hilt of his great sword! Having first bleeding corpse beneath ; hence it is astonishing how generated some puppy demons, Weirus ought to have discovered the qualities of laudanum, this illustrious
many ghosts may be seen at night, after a recent battle, been more circumstantial.
quack made use of it as an universal remedy ; and dis- standing over their corpses! On the same principle, my Albertus Magnus, for thirty years, had never ceased
tributed it in the form of pills, which he carried in the old philosopher Gaffarel conjectures on the raining of working at a man of brass, and had cast together the
basket-bilt of his sword ; the operations he performed frogs; but these frogs, we must conceive, can only be the qualities of his material under certain constellations, were as rapid as they seemed magical. Doubtless we
ghosts of frogs: and Gaffarel himself has modestly which threw such a spirit upon his man of brass, that it have lost some inconceivable secrets by some unexpected opened this fact by a “peradventure." A more satiswas reported his growth was visible; his feet, legs,
occurrences, which the secret itself, it would seem, ought factory origin of ghosts modern philosophy has not thighs, shoulders, neck, and head expanded, and made
to have prevented taking place. When the philosopher afforded. the city of Cologne uncasy at possessing one citizen too
had discovered the art of prolonging life to an indefinite And who does not believe in the existence of ghosts? mighty for them all. This inan of brass, wlien he
period, it is most provoking to find that he should have for as Dr. More forcibly says, “ That there should be so reached his maturity, was so loquacious, that Albert's
allowed himself to die at an early age! We have a very universal a fame and fear of that which never was nor master, the great scholastic Thomas Aquinas, one day, authentic histors from Sir Kenelm Digby himself, that is, nor can ever be in the world, is to me the greatest tired of his babble, and declaring was a devil, or
when he went in disguise to visit Descartes at his re- miracle in the world. If there had not been, at some devilish, with his staff knocked his head off'; and, what
tirement at Egmond, lamenting the brevity of life which time or other, true miracles, it had not been so easy to was extraordinary, this brazen man, like any human hindered philosophers getting on in their studies, the impose on the public by false. The alchymist would being thus effectually silenced, “word never spake French philosopher assured him that “he had considered
never go about to sophisticate metals to pass them off nore.” This incident is equally historical and authentic; that matter ; to render a man immortal was what he for true gold and silver, unless that such a thing was acthough whether heads of brass can speak, and even pro- could not promise, but that he was very sure it was pos- knowledged as true gold and silver in the world." plecy, was indeed a subject of profound enquiry, even
sible to lengthen out his life to the period of the patri- The pharmacopeia of those times combined more of at a later period. Naudé, who never questioned their
archs." And when his death was announced to the morals with medicine than our own, They discovered vocal powers, and yet was puzzled concerning the nature
world, the Abbé Picot, an ardent disciple, for a long that the agate rendered a man eloquent and even witty; of this new species of animal, has, no doubt, most juditime would not believe it possible, and at length insisted,
a laurel leaf placed on the centre of the skull, fortified ciously stated the question, whether these speaking that if it had occurred, it must be owing to some mistake the memory; the brains of fowls, and birds of swift brazen heads had a sensitive and reasonir.g nature, or of the philosopher.
wing, wonderfully helped the imagination. All such whether demons spoke in them? But brass bas not
The late Holcroft, Loutherbourgh and Cosway, ima
specifics have now disappeared, and have greatly reduced the faculty of providing its own nourishment, as we see
gined that they should escape the vulgar era of the chances of an invalid recovering that which perhaps in plants, and therefore they were not sensitive ; and,
Christian life by re-organising their old bones, and he never possessed. I.entils and rape-seed were a ceras for the act of reasoning, these brazen heads presumed moistening their dry marrow; their new principles of tain cure for the small-pox, and very obviously, their to know nothing but the future; with the past and the vitality were supposed by them to be found in the pow- grains resembling the spots of this disease. They dispresent they seem totally unacquainted, so that their
ers of the mind; this seemed more reasonable, but covered that those who lived on “fair” plants became memory and their observation were very limited; and as
proved to be as little efficacious as those of other philoso- fair, those on fruitful ones were never barren; on the for the future, that is always doubtful, and obscure even
phers who imagine they have detected the hidden prin- principle that Hercules acquired his mighty strength by to heads of brass! This learned man then infers, that ciple of life in the eels frisking in vinegar, and allude to feeding on the marrow of lions. But their talismans, * These brazen heads could have no reasoning faculties, “the bookbinder, who creates the bookworm !"
provided they were genuine, seem to have been wonderfor nothing altered their nature ; they said what they Paracelsus has revealed to us one of the grandest fully operative ; and had we the same confidence, and had to say, which no one could contradict; and having secrets of nature. When the world began to dispute on melted down the guineas we give physicians, engraving said their say, you might have broken their beads for the very existence of the elementary folk, it was then on them talismanic figures, I would answer for the good anything more that you could have got out of them. Had that he boldly offered to give birth to a fairy, and has effects of the experiment. Naudé, indeed, has utterly they had any life in them, would they not have moved sent down to posterity a recipe. He describes the im- ridiculed the occult virtues of talismans, in his defence of as well as spoken? Life itself is but motion, but they purity which is to be transmuted into such purity, the Virgil, accused of being a magician: the poet, it seems, bad no lungs, no spleen ; and, in fact, though they gross elements of a delicate fairy, which, fixed in a phial, cast into a well a talisman of a horse-leech, graven on spoke, they had no tongue. Was a devil in them? I placed in fuming dung, will in due time settle into a full a plate of gold, to drive away the great number of horse