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From the streams and founts I have loos'd the chain,
EDUCATION THROWN AWAY. Where the violets lie, may be now your home;
I came into a public-house once in LonYe of the rose-cheek and dew-bright eye,
don, where there was a black MulattoAnd the bounding footstep, to meet nie fly.
looking man sitting, talking very warmly With the lyre, and the wreath, and the joyous lay, Come forth to the sunshine, I may not stay!
among some gentlemen, who I observed
were listening very attentively to what he Away from the dwellings of care-worn men,
said; and I sat myself down, and did the The waters are sparkling in wood and glen,
like; 'twas with great pleasure I heard Away from the chamber and dusky hearth,
him discourse very handsomely on several The young leaves are dancing in breezy mirth, weighty subjects; I found he was a very Their light stems thrill to the wild-wood strains, good scholar, had been very handsomely And youth is abroad in my green domains.
bred, and that learning and study was his MRS. HEMANS.
delight; and more than that, some of the best of science was at that time his employment: at length I took the freedom to ask him, if he was born in England ? He re
plied with a great deal of good humour, MOTHERING SUNDAY,
but with an excess of resentment at his For the Table Book.
father, and with tears in his eyes, “ Yes,
yes, sir, I am a true born Englishman, to To the accounts in the Every-Day Book my father's shame be it spoken ; who, of the observance of Mid Lent, or “Mo- being an Englishman himself, could find in thering Sunday," I would add, that the his heart to join himself to a negro woman, day is scrupulously observed in this city though he must needs know, the children and neighbourhood; and, indeed, I believe he should beget, would curse the memory generally in the western parts of England. of such an action, and abhor his very name The festival is kept here much in the same for the sake of it. Yes, yes, (said he reway as the 6th of January is with you: peating it again,) I am an Englishman, and that day is passed over in silence with us. born in lawful wedlock; happy it had been
All who consider themselves dutiful for me, though my father had gone to the children, or who wish to be so considered devil for whe-m, had he lain with a by others, on this day make presents to cook-maid, or produced me from the meantheir mother, and hence derived the name est beggar in the street. My father might of “Mothering Sunday.” The family all do the duty of nature to his black wife; assemble; and, if the day prove fine, pro- but, God knows, he did no justice to his ceed, after church, to the neighbouring children. If it had not been for this black village to eat frumerty. The higher classes face of mine, (says he, then smiling,) I had partake of it at their own houses, and in been bred to the law, or brought up in the the evening come the cake and wine. study of divinity: but my father gave me
Mothering cakes.” are very highly learning to no manner of purpose; for he ornamented, artists being employed to knew I should never be able to rise by it to paint them. This social meeting does not any thing but a learned valet de chambre. seem confined to the middling or lower What he put me to school for I cannot orders; none; happily, deem themselves imagine; he spoiled a good tarpawling, too high to be good and amiable.
when he strove to make me a gentleman. The custom is of great antiquity; and When he had resolved to marry a slave, long, long may it be prevalent amongst and lie with a slave, he should have begot
slaves, and let us have been bred as we Your constant reader,
were born : but he has twice ruined me; JUVENIS (N.)
first with getting me a frightful face, and
then going to paint a gentleman upon me.” Bristol, March 28, 1827.
It was a most affecting discourse indeed, and as such I record it; and I found it ended in tears from the person, who was
in himself the most deserving, modest, and inches of his nose, contradicting his rivals judicious man, that I ever inet with, under with an open-mouthed cry, shows him a a negro countenance, in my life.
dreadful set of large teeth, and a small remainder of chewed bread and cheese,
which the countryman's arrival had hinderCHINESE IDOL.
ed from being swallowed. At all this no It had a thing instead of a head, but no
offence is taken, and the peasant justly head; it had a mouth distorted out of all
thinks they are making much of him; there. manier of shape, and not to be described fore far from opposing them he patiently for a mouth, being only an unshapen suffers himself to be pushed or pulled
which chasm, neither representing the mouth of a
way the strength that surrounds him man, beast, fowl, or fish : the thing was
shall direct. Ile has not the delicacy to neither
find fault with a man's breath, who has of the four, but an incongruous
any monster : it had feet, hands, fingers, claws,
just blown out his pipe, or a greasy head
of hair that is rubbing against his chaps : legs, arms, wings, ears, horns, every thing mixed one among another, neither in the dirt and sweat he has been used to from shape or place that nature appointed, but his cradle, and it is no disturbance to him blended together, and fixed to a bulk, not a
to hear half a score people, some of them body; formed of no just parts, but a shape
at his ear, and the furthest not five feet less trunk or log ; whether of wood, or
from him, bawl out as if he was a hundred stone, I know not; a thing that might have
yards off: he is conscious that he makes stood with any side forward, or any side
no less noise when he is merry himself, and backward, any end upward, or any end
is secretly pleased with their boisterous downward ; that had as much veneration usages. The hawling and pulling him due to it on one side, as on the other; a
about he construes in the way it is intendkind of celestial hedgehog, that was rolled
ed; it is a courtship he can feel and underup within itself, and was every thing every
stand : he can't help wishing them well for way; formed neither to walk, stand, go,
the esteem they seem to have for him : he nor fly; neither to see, hear, nor speak; but
loves to be taken notice of, and admires merely to instil ideas of something nause
the Londoners for being so pressing in ous and abominable into the minds of men
their offers of service to him, for the value that adored it.
of threepence or less; whereas in the country, at the shop he uses, he can have nothing
but he must first tell them what he wants, MANNERS OF A LONDON WATER
and, though he lays out three or four shila MAN, AND HIS FARE, A HUN
lings at a time, has hardly a word spoke to
him unless it be in answer to a question DRED YEARS AGO.
himself is forced to ask first. This alacrity What I have said last [of the Manners in his behalf moves his gratitude, and unof a spruce London Mercer, *] makes me willing to disoblige any, from his heart he think on another way of inviting customers, knows not whom to choose. I have seen a the most distant in the world from what I
man think all this, or something like it, as have been speaking of, I mean that which is plainly as I could see the nose on his face ; practised by the watermen, especially on and at the same time move along very conthose whom by their mien and garb they know tentedly under a load of watermen, and to be peasants. It is not unpleasant to see half with a smiling countenance carry seven or a dozen people surround a man they never eight stone more than his own weight, to saw in their lives before, and two of them the water side. that can get the nearest, clapping each an
Fable of the Bees : 1725. arm over his neck, hug him in as loving and familiar a manner as if he were their brother newly come home from an East
Map. India voyage; a third lays hold of his hand, another of his sleeve, his coat, the MAY GOSLINGS.-MAY BATHERS. buttons of it, or any thing he can come at, whilst a fifth or a sixth, who has scampered
For the Table Book. twice round him already without being On the first of May, the juvenile inhaable to get at him, plants himself directly bitants of Skipton, in Craven, Yorkshire, before the man in hold, and within three have a similar custom to the one in general
use on the first of April. Not content with * See Table Book, p. 567.
making their companions fools on one day,
they set apart another, to make them “ Maymate was the cooper, and on a piece of goslings," or geese. If a boy made any tarpawling, fastened to the entrance of the one a May gosling on the second of May, fore-batchway, was the following inscripthe following rhymne was said in reply :
tion : May-day's past and gone,
“Neptune's Easy SHAVING SHOP, Thou's a gosling, and I'm none."
Kept by This distich was also said, mutatis mil
John Jounson." tandis, on the second of April. The prac
The performers then came forward, as tice of making May goslings was very follows :First, the fiddler, playing as well common about twelve years ago, but is
as he could on an old fiddle, “ See the connow dying away.
quering hero comes;" next, four men, two As the present month is one when very abreast, disguised with matting, rags, &c. severe colds are often caught by bathers, it
so as to completely prevent them from may not be an iss to submit to the readers being recognised, each armed with a boat. of the Table Book the following old say- hook; then came Neptune himself, also ing, which is very prevalent in Skipton :
disguised, mounted on the carriage of the
largest gun in the ship, and followed by They who bathe in May Will be soon laid in clay ;
the barber, barber's mate, swab-bearer,
shaving-box carrier, and as many of the They who bathe in June Will sing a merry tune.”
ship's company as chose to join them, T. Q. M.
dressed in such a grotesque manner as to beggar all description. Arrived on the
quarter-deck they were met by the captain, SAILORS ON THE FIRST OF MAY. when bis briny majesty immediately dis
mounted, and the following dialogue enFor the Table Book.
sued :Sir,-You have described the ceremony Nept. Are you the captain of this ship, adopted by our sailors, of shaving all nau sir? tical tyros on crossing the line, * but perhaps
Capt. I am. you are not aware of a custom which pre Nept. What's the name of your ship? vails annually on the first of May, in the
Capt. The Neptune of London. whale-fishery at Greenland and Davis's
Nept. Where is she bound to ? Straits. I therefore send you an account of Capt. Greenland. the celebration which took place on board Nept. What is your name? the Neptune of London, in Greenland, Capt. Matthew Ainsley. 1824, of which ship I was surgeon at that
Nept. You are engaged in the whale period.
fishery? Previous to the ship's leaving her port, Capt. I am. the sailors collected from their wives, and
Nept. Well, I hope I shall drink your other female friends, ribands “ for the honour's health, and I wish you a prosgarland," of which great care was taken
perous fishery. until a few days previous to the first of [Here the captain presented him with May, when all hands were engaged in pre three quarts of rum.] paring the said garland, with a model of
Nept. (filling a glass.) Here's health to
you, captain, and success to our cause. The garland was made of a hoop, taken ilave you got any fresh-water sailors on from one of the beef casks; this hoop, de- board ! for if you have, I must christen corated with. ribands, was fastened to a them, so as to make them useful to our king stock of wood, of about four feet in length, and country. and a model of the ship, prepared by the Capt. We have eight of them on board carpenter, was fastened above the hoop to
at your service; I therefore wish you good the top of the stock, in such a manner as morning. to answer the purpose of a vane. The first
The procession then returned in the same of May arrives; the tyros were kept manner as it came, the candidates for from between decks, and all intruders ex
nautical fame following in the rear; after cluded while the principal performers got descending the fore-hatchway they congreready the necessary apparatus and dresses. gated between decks, when all the offerings The barber was the boatswain, the barber's
to Neptune were given to the deputy, (the
cook,) consisting of whiskey, tobacco, &c. * Every-Day Book, vol. ii.
The barber then stood ready with his box
of lather, and the landsmen were ordered good-natured manner, exclaimed, “I've before Neptune, when the following dialogue been burying the general, sir, and now I'm took place with each, only with the altera come to see the sick !" Not particularly tion of the man's name, as follows:-- attending to the tar's salute, but fearing
Nept. (to another.) What is your name? that he might catch the plague, which was Ans. Gilbert Nicholson.
making great ravages among the wounded Nept. Where do you come from ? Turks, the surgeon immediately ordered Ans. Shetland.
him out. Returning on board, the cockswain Nept. Have you ever been to sea before? asked of the surgeon if he had seen old Ans. No.
Dan? It was then that Dan's words in the Nept. Where are you going to?
hospital first occurred, and on further inAns. Greenland.
quiry of the boat's crew they related the At each of these answers, the brush dip. following circumstances :ped in the lather (consisting of soap-suds,
The old man procured a pick-axe, a oil, tar, paint, &c.) was thrust into the shovel, and a rope, and insisted on being respondent's mouth and over his face; then let down, out of a port-hole, close to the the barber's-mate scraped his face with a
breach. Some of his more juvenile comrazor, made of a piece of iron hoop well panions offered to attend him.
“ No!” he notched; his sore face was wiped with replied, “ you are too young to be shot yet; a damask towel, (a boat-swab dipped in as for me, I am old and deaf, and my loss filthy water) and this ended the ceremony.
would be no great matter.” Persisting in When it was over they undressed them his adventure, in the midst of the firing, selves, the fiddle struck up, and they danced Dan was slung and lowered down, with his and regaled with their grog until they were implements of action on his shoulder. His “ full three sheets in the wind.”
first difficulty was to beat away the dogs. I remain, sir, &c.
The French levelled their pieces—they H. W. DEWHURST. were on the instant of firing at the hero ! Crescent-street,
but an officer, perceiving the friendly inEuston-square.
tentions of the sailor, was seen to throw
himself across the file : instantaneously the NAVAL ANECDOTE,
din of military thunder ceased, a dead,
solemn silence prevailed, and the worthy During the siege of Acre, Daniel Bryan, fellow consigned the corpse to its parent an old seaman and captain of the fore-top, earth. He covered it with mould and who had been turned over from the Blanche stones, placing a large stone at its head, into sir Sidney Smith's ship Le Tigré, re and another at its feet. The unostentatious peatedly applied to be employed on shore; grave was formed, but no inscription rebut, being an elderly man and rather deaf, corded the fate or character of its possessor. his request was not acceded to. At the Dan, with the peculiar air of a British first storming of the breach by the French, sailor, took a piece of chalk from his pocket, one of their generals fell among the multi- and attempted to write tude of the slain, and the Turks, in triumph, struck off his head, and, after mangling the
“ HERE YOU LIE, OLD CROP !" body with their sabres, left it a prey to the He was then, with his pick-axe and shovel, dogs, which in that country are of great hoisted into the town, and the hostile firing ferocity, and rove in herds. In a few days immediately recommenced. it became a shocking spectacle, and when A few days afterwards, sir Sidney, having any of the sailors who had been on shore been informed of the circumstance, ordered returned to their ship, inquiries were con old Dan to be called into the cabin. stantly made respeciing the state of the “ Well, Dan, I hear you have buried the French general. To Dan's frequent de- French general.”—“ Yes, your honour."mands of his messmates why they had not “ Had you any body with you ?"-.“ buried him, the only answer he received your honour.”
'_" Why, Mr. says you was, “ Go and do it yourself.” One morn had not.”—“ But I had, your honour." ing having obtained leave to go and see the " Ah! who had you ?"_" God Almighty, town, he dressed himself as though for an sir.”—“A very good assistant, indeed. Give excursion of pleasure, and went ashore old Dan a glass of grog."-" Thank your with the surgeon in the jolly-boat. About honour.” Dan drank the grog, and left the an hour or two after, while the surgeon was cabin highly gratified. He was for several dressing the wounded Turks in the hospital, years a pensioner in the royal hospital at in came honest Dan, who, in his rough, Greenwich.
THE “ RIGHT” LORD LOVAT. him; and he, too, was none of the wisest,
The following remarkable anecdote, com for he kept him in charity more than for municated by a respectable correspondent, any service he had of him. This man of with his name and address, may be relied his, named Miles, never could endure to on as genuine.
fast like other religious persons did; for he For the Table Book.
always had, in one corner or other, flesh,
which he would eat, when his master eat An old man, claiming to be the right bread only, or else did fast and abstain lord Lovat,” i. e. heir to him who was be- from all things. headed in 1745, came to the Mansion-house
Friar Bacon seeing this, thought at one in 1818 for advice and assistance. He was
time or other to be even with him, which in person and face as much like the rebel he did, one Friday, in this manner : Miles, lord, if one may judge from his pictures,
on the Thursday night, had provided a as a person could be, and the more espe- great black-pudding for his Friday's fast; cially as he was of an advanced age. He that pudding he put in his pocket, (thinksaid he had been to the present lord Lovat, ing to warm it so, for his master had no who had given him food and a little money, fire on those days.) On the next day, who and turned him away. He stated his pedi- was so demure as Miles ! he looked as gree and claim thus :—The rebel lord had though he could not have eat any thing. an only brother, known by the family name When his master offered him some bread, of Simon Fraser. Before lord Lovat en
he refused it, saying, his sins deserved a gaged in the rebellion, Simon Fraser went greater penance than one day's fast in a to a wedding in his highland costume; whole week. His master commended him when he entered the room where the party for it, and bid him take heed he did not was assembled, an unfortunate wight of a
dissemble, for if he did, it would at last be bagpiper struck up the favourite march of a
known. “ Then were I worse than a Turk," clan in mortal enmity with that of Fraser, said Miles. So went he forth, as if he which so enraged him, that he drew his would have gone to pray privately, but it dirk and killed the piper upon the spot. Fraser immediately fled, and found refuge in black-pudding. Then he pulled out, and
was for nothing but to prey privily on his a mine in Wales. No law proceedings fell to it lustily: but he was deceived, for, took place against him as he was absent, having put one end in his mouth, he could and supposed to have perished at sea. He neither get it out again, nor bite it off; so married in Wales, and had one son, the old that he stamped for help. His master hearman abovenamed, who said he was about ing him, came; and finding him in that sixty. When lord Lovat was executed his
manner, took hold of the other end of the lands became forfeited; but in course of pudding, and led him to the hall, and time, lord L. not having left a son, the showed him to all the scholars, saying, estates were granted by the crown to a
“ See here, my good friends and fellowcollateral branch, (one remove beyond students, whať a devout man my servant Simon Fraser,) the present lord, it not Miles is! He loved not to break a fastbeing known that Simon Fraser was alive day-witness this pudding, that his conor had left issue. It is further remarkable science will not let him swallow!" His that the applicant further stated, that both
master did not release him till night, when he and his father, Simon Fraser, were called Miles did vow never to break any fast-day lord Lovat by the miners and other inhabit- while he lived. ants of that spot where he was known. The old man was very ignorant, not knowing how to read or write, having been born
CLERICAL ERRORS. in the mine and brought up a miner; but
For the Table Book. he said he had preserved Simon Fraser's highland dress, and that he had it in The Rev. Mr. Alcock, OF BURNSAL, Wales.
NEAR SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE.
Every inhabitant of Craven has heard FAST-PUDDING.
tales of this eccentric person, and number
less are the anecdotes told of him. I have EXTRACT FROM THE FAMOUS HISTORIE OF
not the history of Craven, and cannot name FRIAR BACON.
the period of his death exactly, but I believe How Friar Bacon deceived his Man, that it happened between fifty and sixty years would fast for conscience sake.
ago. He was a learned man and a witFriar Bacon had only one man to attend so much addicted to waggery, that he