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A HERO IN HUMBLE LIFE.
pregnated with the smell of burning : at last he sprung As might have been expected, his constitution, What is a bero ? seems a needless question in a land upon deck, exclaiming, “ Cochrane, the flames have though very powerful, has never recovered the effects where so many heroes have been born and bred : yet burst out at the paddle-box !" John calmly inquired, of that dreadful burning. Indeed, it required all the I am not sure that our usual ideas of heroism are very " then, shall I put about ?" From what cause I do skill and enthusiasm of an eminent physician under correct. The multitude, seeing that the heroic deeds not distinctly know, Turner's order was to “pro- whose care he placed himself, to save his life. Though we applaud are most generally those performed by our ceed.” Cochrane struck one hand upon his heart
, as the flames had not actually closed round him as he brave men-our sailors and soldiers-consider them, he Aung the other above his head, and with uplifted stood on bis awful watch, yet such was the heat under and them only, as our heroes. The correctness of this eyes uttered, “Oh, God Almighty, enable me to do him and around him, that not only, as I have said, conclusion I cannot at present pause to consider, but I my duty! and, oh God, provide for my wife, my mo. were his feet severely burnt, but his hair, a large am inclined to extend the title of hero to some whom it ther, and my child !" and instantly taking the helm, hair.cap, and huge dreadnought watch-coat, which he bas not hitherto reached. Flowing from a high prin. fixed himself on the spot.
wore, were all in such a state from the intense heat, ciple, which has its basis in pure moral feeling, there is Whether it was the thoughts of the dreadful nature that they crumbled into powder on the least touch. a self-denying, self-devoting power—a power of sacri- of the Galloway coast, girdled as it is with perpen. His handsome athletic form was reduced to the ex. ficing self and all its wishes, all its prospects, all its dicular masses of rock, which influenced the master tremest emaciation; his young face became ten years dearest earthly hopes, at the call of duty; which is in his decision to press forward, I cannot tell ; but as older during that appalling night; and his hair changed many, many a time practised amid the obscurest scenes there was only the wide ocean before and around them, to grey. From that time he has met with many and of life, amidst the noiseless and unknown fulfilment of the pilot did not long persist in this hopeless course. severe accidents in the course of his perilous occupadaily and bourly toils, of which few of the many who He put the boat about, sternly subduing every expres- tions, some of which were probably owing to the have been clamorously hailed as heroes, would be sion of emotion, and standing with his eyes fixed on disabled state of his body, and particularly his feet, found capable_heroism which can battle down the the point for which he wished to steer. The fire, which a weakness in which has been the most conspicuous aspirings of a lofty spirit ; the bounding thoughts and the exertions of all the men could not keep under, result of his gallantry. purposes of genius of talent; the joyous anticipations soon raged with ungovernable fury, and, keeping the A subscription was set on foot among the gentlemen of a young and mirthful heart; and at the call of duty engine in violent action, the vessel, at the time one of of Glasgow some time after the burning. On this or affection be content to smother all its cherished the fleetest that had ever been built, flew through the occasion the sum of a hundred pounds was raised, hopes and wishes, and to wear away dreary days and water with incredible speed. All the passengers were of which sixty pounds were divided between the sleepless nights in cheerfully performing lowly house- gathered to the bow, the rapid Aight of the vessel master and pilot, and the remainder given to the hold tasks ; in watching over sick.beds; training up keeping that part clear of the flames, while it carried sailors. Had it then been known that this brave wayward children of the dead_or, it may be, the un- the fire, flames, and smoke, backward to the quarter man's health was so grievously and permanently in. worthy; in attending to petty, spirit-killing, mind- gallery, where the self-devoted pilot stood like a martyr jured, there can be little doubt that a sum much more extinguishing cares and services, till youth and bloom, at the stake. Every thing possible was done by the adequate to his sufferings and his merit would have with all their gay hopes and sweet affections, have master and crew to keep the place on which he stood been subscribed ; and perhaps even now it may not perished—and for ever!
deluged with water ; but this became every moment be too late. He has eight little children, of whom of this species of heroism, the greater number of more difficult and more hopeless, for, in spite of all the oldest is but ten years ; and, superadded to his examples will certainly be found among women ; that could be done, the devouring fire seized the cabin bodily sufferings and shattered health since that night though among men the instances of most noble self. under him, and the spot on which he stood immove. of horror, he has now the anguish of a father in see. devotion, without even a hope or thought of attaining able became intensely heated. Still, still the hero ing grow up around him so many young claimants the smallest portion of the bubble honour, are, I am never finched ! At intervals the motion of the wind on the industry it is but too probable he may never persuaded, both numerous and striking. Thoughts threw aside the intervening mass of fame and smoke be able to exert. of this kind never occur to me without conjuring up for a moment, and then might be heard exclamations to my mind's eye the tall, handsome, but now most of hope and gratitude as the multitude on the prow
POETS-LAUREAT. attenuated form of John Cochrane, whose sacrifice of got a glimpse of the brave man standing calm and It is generally known that the court of Great Britain self has seldom been surpassed. He is of a family of fixed on his dreadful watch !
retains an officer under the title of poet-laureat, whose brave men-natives of Stirlingshire. Having a num. The blazing vessel, glaring through the darkness duty it was, at no distant date, to produce annual ber of years ago wished to emigrate to Canada, they of night, had been observed by the people on shore, odes on the new year and the king's birth-day, for removed westward, intending to sail from Clyde, and they had assembled on the heights adjoining an
which there was assigned a salary of one hundred which, however, they were prevented from doing. opening in the rocks about twelve yards wide; and and twenty-seven pounds a year, the odd twenty-seven The person entrusted with the money raised for the there, by waving torches and other signals, did their being a composition for a tierce of Canary wine which expenses of the voyage and subsequent settlement, best to direct the crew to the spot. The signals were he formerly got from the royal cellars. We have been acted unfairly, and I i olieve absconded; so that they not misunderstood by Cochrane. By that time his at some pains in bringing together the materials of a were compelled for want of funds to remain in Port- feet were roasted on the deck! The fierce fire still historical sketch of this singular office, in tie hope that Glasgow, where three or four of the lads became kept the engine in furious action, impelling the ves. it may afford some entertainment to our readers. sailors. They are all first-rate men, and are at present sel onward : but this could not have lasted above an. employed as masters or pilots of different steam-vessels other minute ; and during the interval he run her originated in Greece, and was transmitted to both an.
A custom of crowning poets with wreaths of laurel either at home or abroad. John, the individual of into the open space, and laid her alongside a ledge of cient and modern Rome. In the fourteenth century, whom I write, was pilot of a very fine steam-vessel rock, upon which every creature got safe on shore Petrarch was the subject of a pompous public ceremony called the Clydesdale, of which the master was a clever all unscathed, except the self-devoted one, to whom of this kind, and it was repeated at a later period in worthy young man, named Turner.
all owed their lives ! Had he flinched for a minute, honour of Tasso. A similar custom obtained among About the year 1827, this vessel was appointed to they must all have perished. What would not any the universities, on giving the degrees of doctor and sail between Clyde and the west coast of Ireland ; and or all of them have given, when driving over the wide bachelor. From the beginning of the sixteenth cen. one evening, after setting out on the voyage with be- sea in their flaming prison, to the man who would have tween seventy and eighty passengers, Cochrane ob promised them safety! But when this heroic man had tury, the Emperors of Germany bad a court poet who served at intervals a slight smell of fire, and went accomplished the desperate undertaking, did the gra. received the honour of a laurel coronation, and was about anxiously endeavouring to discover whence ittitude of this multitude continue beyond the minute called Gekronte dichter, or, in Italian phrase, Il poeta
Cesareo: the illustrious Metastasio at one time held originated. On communicating with the master, he of deliverance! I believe it did not ! One man ex. found that he, too, had perceived it; but neither of claimed, “ There is my trunk-I am ruined without the office. The French never have had a poet-lay. them could form the least conjecture as to where it it: five pounds to whoever will save it !” Coch. reat.•
rane could not hesitate in relieving any species of In England, the court, almost from time immemo. arose. A gentleman passenger, also, observed this
distress. He snatched the burning handle of the rial, had a miserable dependent called the King's Poel, alarming vapour, which alternately rose and passed trunk, and swung it on shore, but left the palm of or the King's Versificator. John Kay, who dedicated away, leaving them in doubt of its being a reality. his hand and inside of his fingers sticking upon it—a History of Rhodes to Edward IV., terms himself his About eleven at night, this gentleman went to bed, a memorial which might have roused the gratitude of humble poet-laureat ; and this individual is supposed confident of safety; but while Cochrane was at the the most torpid savage! But he who offered the re. by Warton to have been the first who took that supe. belm, the master ceased not an instant to search from ward forgot to pay it to one who could not and would place to place, as the air became more and more im. | not ask of any one on earth.
D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature. Conversations Lexicon.
rior title. From a charter of Henry VII. pro poeta usual allowance. In the same year, however, we find shelter by extreme poverty. His successor was Ni. laureato [for the poet-laureat), it would appear that. Ben, whose fondness for a cup of wine at the Devil Colas Rowe, a poet not much superior to his two prethis monarch had also such a retainer. It is known Tavern near Temple- Bar is well known, complaining decessors, though he has retained a better reputation, that his own son Henry VIII. conferred the dignity of a delay in what would probably appear to him the At the death of this bard in December 1718, the laurel on SKELTON, 80 celebrated for his profuse and easy most important part of his majesty's bounty.
was given to the Reverend LAWRENCE EUSDEX, an rhymes ; but it is not possible to trace a regular series
An Epigram to the Household..
obscure versifier, who contributed to the Guardian, of officials till the beginning of the seventeenth cen. What can the cause be, when the king hath given but whose poetical works are not now, any more than tury. SPENSER, being rewarded in 1591, by Queen His poet sack, the household will not pay ?
those of Shadwell or Tate, admitted into the colleetive Elizabeth, with a pension of fifty pounds, for the de. Are they so scanted in their store, or driven
editions of the British Poets. It is said that he owed dication of his Faery Queen, was usually called her For want of knowing the poet to say him nay? the preferment to the Duke of Newcastle, as a revard laureat, but without any definite appointment.t Not
Well they should know him, would the king bút grant for an epithalatnium on his grace's marriage to Lacy withstanding his pension, Spenser died broken-hearted His poet leave to sing his household true;
Henrietta Godolphin. He was succeeded in 1739 by and in want of bread, in King Street, Westminster,
He'd frame such ditties of their store and want,
Mr COLLEY Cubber, a good comic dramatist, but a after refusing a present from the Earl of Essex, of
Would make the very green-cloth to look blue ;
wretched poet. This was the fifth appointmebi in twenty pieces of gold, which he mournfully said he
To the allowance from the king to use,
which party politics had directed the royal choice, to could not live to spend. His successor as laureat
As the old bard should no Canary lack,
the neglect of real merit. Shadwell and Tate had been seems to have been SAMUEL DANIEL, a poet of no
'Twere better spare a butt than spill his muse.
appointed during the life of Dryden, and Rowe, Eus. great general power, and who is accordingly now lit- For in the genius of a poet's verse,
den, and Cibber, during the lives of Pope and Swift. tle known, but who could sometimes rise into a noble
The king's fame lives. Go now deny his tierce. But the Whig party seem to have been at this time meditative strain, and was not without some pathos Ben probably got his tierce; but if the power of the poorer in poetical genius than at almost any other. and feeling.
king to cure the disorder usually submitted to his In consequence of the place being so frequently given It does not very clearly appear that Daniel, if he touch was no more effectual than his power of curing without reference to merit, it had now become a re. really had the title of laureat, received any salary in the poet's evil, his legitimacy might have in those gular butt for the superior as well as the inferior deni. that capacity, though he enjoyed some other posts at days become liable to some doubt. Jonson is found in zens of Parnassus-for Twickenham as well as Grub court. It is usually stated, that, at his death in 1619, the very next year sending a mendicant petition to the Street. Among the innumerable pasquinades which Ben Jonson, who for some years had performed the Lord Treasurer; and it would appear that another Cibber elicited, one may be given as at once brief and duties, acceded to the title. But this is hardly consis. was in time dispatched to the king, as a story is re- pungentitent with the fact, which appears from King Charles's lated of the monarch sending him ten pieces when he In merry old England it once was a rule, subsequent patent, that Ben was favoured by King was on his deathbed. In reference to this latter gift, That the king had his poet and also his fool; James, in February 1616, with the gift of an annual Ben remarked, “ He sends me this trifle because I am But now we're so frugal, I'd have you to know it, pension of a hundred merks, out of his mere good poor and live in an alley ; but go back and tell him
That Cibber can serve both for fool and for poet, will to letters. If the receipt of this royal favour was that his soul lives in an 'alley.” The poet expired in Colley, however, who had at least a sufficient stock of unconnected, as it appears to have been, with any ar. | August 1637.
good nature and power of enduring sarcasm, sung ou rangement in which Daniel was concerned, we must On the death of Jonson, the king, who was a com- amidst the thick-Aying hail of wit with which he was doubt the fact of Jonson having succeeded that poet as petent judge of poetry, wished to confer the vacant assailed, probably consoling himself with the refiezlaureat. Indeed, we are inclined to think that the wreath on Thomas May, afterwards the historian of tion, that, in the pension and Canary, he had the bet. commencement of the pension in 1616, is the first clear the Long Parliament; but the queen obtained it for ter part of the joke to himself. A single specimen commencement of the post of laureat, as now under her favonrite bard William DAVENANT, author of of the doggrel with which he annually insulted the stood.
Gondibert, a heroic poem, and of a great number of majesty of England may be given from the ode for Long before 1616, Ben Jonson had been fully en. plays. The office and pension were given to Dave. 1731 : gaged in the service of the court, which was indebted narit in December 1638, sixteen months after the From a heart which abhors the abuse of high pow'r, to him for some of the most beautiful masques in the death of Jonson; the delay having probably been Are our liberties duly defended; English language. He had also shown his peculiar occasioned by the disputes which had broken out From a courage infiamed by the terrors of war, qualifications for the duty of a laureat, by flattering in the interval, between the king and his Scottish With his fame is our commerce extended. I James as the best of both poets and kings. In 1629, subjects. This laureat fought in the civil war, and Perhaps, if a butt filled from the sewers, instead of when he was in distress from sickness, King Charles was knighted by the king for his services: he was one filled by the sewers, bad been given to Colley, sent him a present of one hundred pounds, which, Sir afterwards taken prisoner by the parliamentary forces, the appropriateness of the reward would not have Walter Scott justly says, would be no trifling.gift for and with great difficulty escaped being put to death. been less appropriate. a poor bard, even in the present day. Jonson ac- During the interregnum or commonwealth, Davenant After a degradation of twenty-seven years, the knowledged the royal generosity in a grateful epigram, was still considered as the laureat by his own party, laureatship was cooferred, at the death of Cibber in which turns upon a declaration that Charles was pos- and he accordingly resumed the duties and emoluments 1757, upon William WHITEHEAD, a gentleman of sessed of both the gift of curing the king's evil
, and of the office at the Restoration. Cromwell, we pre- good education, and whose poetry at least displayed the poet's evil-poverty ; but his gratitude seems to sume, never thought of appointing an officer of this kind literary correctness and taste, if it rose to no higher have been much of that kind which consists in a lively himself, though, in Milton, he probably employed qualities. From the days of Rowe, if not from an anticipation of future favours, for, in the very next the greatest poet that ever performed state service in earlier period, the regular duty bad been to produce year, we have him petitioning that his pension of a England. Davenant died in 1668, and, in August an ode for the new year and one for the king's birthhundred merks may be made a hundred pounds. 1670, the office of poet-laureat, with that of royal his. day, both of which, being set to music by the master The humble petition of poor Ben,
toriographer, was conferred upon DRYDEX, a salary of of the king's band, were sung before the court, and To the best of monarchs, masters, and men,
L.200 being appointed, in addition to the butt of wine, likewise published in the newspapers. Throughout KING CHARLES :
for the united offices. The patent bore a retrospect the whole term of the eighteenth century, when there Doth humbly show it,
to the term after Davenant's demise, and is declared was little genuine poetry of any kind, the productions To your Majesty, your poet :
to be to " John Dryden, master of arts, in considera of the laureat were generally a mere tissue of tame That, whereas your royal father,
tion of his many acceptable services theretofore done and senseless verses; but some allowance ought in James the Blessed, pleased the rather,
to his present majesty (Charles II.], and from an ob fairness to be made for the difficulty which a man of Or his special grace to letters,
servation of his learning and eminent abilities, and his even superior genius must have experienced, in, year To make all the muses debtors
great skill and elegant style, both in verse and prose.” after year, forcing from his brain ideas at all approach. To his bounty, by extension
It is allowed, however, that the salary was very ir. ing a poetical character, respecting subjects which in of a free poetic pension,
regularly paid during the reign of this prodigal mo- reality have nothing poetical about them. Indeed it A large hundred merks annuity, narch.
must be acknowledged, that the absurdity does not lie To be given me in gratuity,
In 1689, being unable from both religious and poli. so much in the odes, as in the custom of exacting them. For done service, and to come ; And that this so accepted sum,
tical prepossessions to take the oaths to the govern. In this point of view, Whitehead himself seems to
ment of William and Mary, this illustrious poet was have regarded the office, for in a Pathetic Apology far Or dispensed in books or bread, (For with both the muse was fed),
compelled with an anguished heart to resign his of. all Laureāts, past, present, and to come, which appeared Hath drawn on me from the times
fices. They were conferred, with a salary increased in the edition of his works published after his death, All the envy of the rhymes,
to three hundred pounds, upon Thomas SHADWELI, he almost redeems the serious nonsense of eight-andAnd the rattling pit-pat noise
a person now only known to British literature through twenty years, by the humour with which he ridicules Of the less poetic boys,
the immortal satire of Macflecnoe, in which Dryden the envious poetasters who were in the habit of pubWhen their pot-guns aim to hit had pilloried him as the prince of dullness.
lishing rival odes.
His muse, obliged by sack and pension,
Without a subject or invention,
Must certain words in order set,
As innocent as a gazette ;
Must some half-meaning half disguise,
And utter neither truth nor lies.
But why will you, ye volunteers,
In nonsense tease us with your jeers,
Who might with dulness and her crew You'd read a snake in his next song. this writer, he was an accomplished observer of human
Securely slumber? Why will you The king accordingly having received a surrender the manners of the times, was a man of sense and in
Sport your dim orbs amidst her fogs ? nature, had a ready power of seizing the ridiculous in
You're not obliged-ye silly dogs ! of the patent for the former annuity, was pleased to formation, and displayed in his writings a very con
Whitebead was succeeded in 1785 by the Reverend grant a new one for a hundred pounds and one terce siderable fund of humour.” Whatever truth there may Thomas WARTON, author of the History of English of Spanish wine yearly, out of our store of wines re
be in this decision, it seems reasonable to conclude Poetry, whose lyrical genius might have been expected, maining in our cellars within the palace of Whitehall;" with Sir Walter Scott, that, in his whiggery, and the if such had been at all possible, to lend a grace to and this “in consideration of the acceptable service sufferings he had endured under the old government, even this dreary task. Hisodes
, however, were found done unto us and our said father, by the said Benja
as a “non-conforming poet,” he probably possessed in no respect superior to those of at least his immemin Jonson, and especially to encourage him to pro. merits with King
William,' wbich were deemed by diate predecessor, and an attempt seems to have been ceed in those services of his wit and pen, wbich we
that prince as of more importance than all the genius made in his reign to remit a portion of the duty. In have enjoined unto him, and which we expect from of Shakspeare, Milton, and Dryden, if it could have a volume of the history of the Decline and Fall of the him." The date of this patent is the 26th of March, been combined in one individual.”[
Roman Empire, published about this period, Gibbon and its efficacy was shown in little more than two months by an Epigram on the Queen then Lying in (a laureat was bestowed upon NAHUM TÁTE, a drama
On the death of Shadwell in 1692, the office of made the remark that “from Augustus to Louis the
muse has been too often venal; yet I doubt much subject which we fear Mr Southey might have some
tist and miscellaneous writer, who is now known only whether any age or court can produce a similar esta. difficulty in handling discreetly, though he has given for his joint labours with Nicolas Brady in a metrical blishment of a stipendiary poet
, who, in every reign us something of the sort in his Tale of Paraguay), version of the Psalms. Tate retained ihe laurel dur- and at all events, is bound to furnish, twice a year, a and an Epigram on the Birth of the Prince (afterwards ing this and the succeeding reign, and even wrote the measure of praise and verse, such as may be sung in Charles 11.]; poems altogether over and above the first birth-day ode for George I., but is said to have the chapel, aud, I believe, in the presence of the
died in 1715, in the Mint, where he was forced to seek sovereign. I speak the more freely,” added the his. History of English Poetry. † Anderson's British Poets, Works of Ben Jonson. Life of Dryden, pretixed to Dryden's works.
* Retrospective Review, xvi. 56. | Life of Dryden.
• Conversations Lexicon. Gentleman's Magazine, 1731.
torian, “as the best time for abolishing this ridicu. time in his life, he had succeeded in entrapping a red. you, little one, who will give her a dinner. Ah, how lous custom is while the prince is a man of virtue, breast. Antoine was ten years old, and he was the happy she will be, and I also, when I shall carry her and the poet a man of genius." Apparently in con- handsomest of the children of misery; he was an six beautiful sous in one hand, and in the other a sequence of these observations, the New Year's Ode only son, but he was not the richer for that. His pretty redbreast; for I wish to keep you, my little was discontinued in 1790. The non-performance of mother, a poor infirm widow, had much difficulty in friend,” said he to the second ; "you will amuse me the accustomed folly occasioned much talk, and was gaining their subsistence with her spinning-wheel. all the winter. I will save all the crumbs of my adverted to by Peter 'Pindar in what he called an Ode When she was well, she could, by Jabouring inees- bread for you. I will go to the hedges to seek the on No (de :
santly, manage this; but her miserable habitation, berries you love. Come, you will want for nothing; What! not a sprig of annual metre,
covered with straw, and scarcely protecting her from we will be good companions. What a pleasure to see Neither from Thomas nor from Peter !
the weather, was damp; and the poor Jeanne, though you jump about me, to hear you sing, to warm you in Who has shut up the laureat's shop?
still young, had a general rheumatism, which often my hand! My mother, also, will be amused ; she will Alas, poor Tom's a-cold, I fear;
hindered her from raising her foot to turn her wheel. love you dearly. Ah, if you knew how good she is For sack poor Tom must drink small beer,
It was then that the little Antoine, seating himself on bow happy we three will be together!" And he And, lo!-of that a scanty drop!
the ground, turned the wheel while his mother span, kissed it with more tenderness than the other, for it
till, fearing for his health, she ordered him to go and was his own property. In his joy he went very fast, Loud roar of Helicon the floods,
run and jump on the outside of the hut. Whilst the and sang his song from beginning to end. He had Parnassus shakes through all his woods,
wheel turned, his mother taught bim all she knew of scarcely tinished, when, turning a hedge, he found To think immortal verse should thus be slighted. I see, I see the god of lyric fire
prayers, psalms, and even songs, which he sung with himself in front of a group of gentlemen in green Drop suddenly his jaw and lyre
a melodious voice. During the summer, Jeanne was hunting-dresses, covered with lace and gold. At the I hear, I hear the Muses seream affrighted.
in excellent health, and all was then pleasure and hap. head of the cavalcade was the prince of the country,
piness. Antoine found a thousand ways to gain a whom he recognised by his embroidered star and his Perchance (his powers for future actions hoarding) little money, and he was quite overjoyed when he beautiful hat, rather than by his features, for he had
never seen him but at a distance. George thinks the year boasts nothing worth recording. brought a sous to his mother. She had forbid him Yet what of that! Though nought has been effected,
to beg, and he obeyed her; he loved better to gather The poor little Antoine remained stupified. He Tom might have told us what might be expected;
the lily of the valley, strawberries, and mulberries, and would bave been still more confounded if he had Have said that civil list should sigh no more,
to run and sell them in the town. When these failed known that it was he who had drawn the prince to And Charlotte give-a sixpence to the poor !
him, there yet remained another resource, and this that side of the wood. After having been at the In May this year, Warton died, and was succeeded
was his handsome figure and his beautiful voice; every chase for some time, be was returning to his palace, (Cowper being alive) by JAMES Henry Pye, who, peasant who met him gave him a kiss or a pat on his when he was struck with Antoine's beautiful voice, as the jest books have it, was much cut up for his rosy cheek, and some fruit or vegetables, saying to which made the wood resound. The prince stopped. presumption in aspiring to such an honour, and of him, “God bless thee, my child.". Certainly the lit. “What a charming voice!" said he to the noblewhom the least that can be said is, that he has no
tle Antoine was charming in his patched clothes, men who accompanied him. “It is a young girl,” place in English literature. ye seems to have re.
through which, in spite of the cares of his mother, replied the chamberlain, deceived by the silvery tones. sumed the practice of writing a new-year ode; but his beautiful white skin was seen ; while from under his “I believe, your highness, it is a little boy," said
one of the huntsmen. The prince wished to know after 1796, neither new-year nor birth-day odes appear little hat, once black, and which scarcely covered his in the periodical publications which we have examined, head, his fair curls escaped and hung round his face. the truth ; he rode towards the place from which and we are therefore inclined to suppose that the serious As to shoes and-stockings, he did not know there were the sound proceeded, and soon saw Antoine, whose events of the war put a final stop to this tom-foolery. such things in the world: but he was not the less cheeks became as red as the two apples which peeped If Pye possessed no great genius, he was not deficient | happy for that; his blue eyes sparkled not the less out of his pockets when the prince himself adin the patriotic spirit of the time. He translated the
with pleasure and gaiety, and his red lips were not dressed him. “Was it you who sung, little one ?" war verses of Tyrtæus the Spartan, for the purpose and full of hope the path in the wood, trilling a new mitted to forget a redbreast; Antoine thought no
the less ready to laugh and sing. He trod then gaily asked he. When a prince speaks, one may be perand a board of general oficers, much impressed by song which his mother bad taught him, consisting of more of bis than if they were still in the woods, and their weight and importance, agreed to give all the five verses, and in which he described himself as more he hastened to take off his hat before answering. effect in their power to his intentions. The verses
gay and happy than the thoughtless bird springing in Whirr!_away flew one of the birds : he saw it, and, were accordingly read aloud at Warley Common and the morning from its nest.
giving a loud cry, extended his hands to catch it, Barham Downs by the adjutants, at the head of five
"Antoine ?" called an old woman who was gathering when, whirr! away flew the other after its companion.
“ What do you want with me, different regiments, at each camp; and much was apples in the orchard.
Antoine looked up and saw them flying away; large tears expected. But before they were half finished, all the Dame Marguerite ?” “Come and sing me your song, filled his eyes, and he cried with all his might, "Oh, front ranks, and as many as were within hearing or
and I will give you an apple.” “Willingly,” said my redbreasts, my redbreasts, my poor mother !" and verse-shot, dropped their arms suddenly, and were all Antoine, lightly leaping the hedge; and running up his tears flowed. Every thing has its turn in this found fast asleep. Marquis Townsend, who never
to her he immediately began his song. “ That will world ; a moment before, the prince had made thered. approved of the scheme, wittily remarked on this oc
do for the present,” said Marguerite at the third breasts be forgotten, and now the red breasts obliter. casion, that the first of all poets had observed that verse; “I am very busy just now, but you shall sing ated all remembrance of the prince. Antoine thought Sleep is the brother of Death. This laureat, who me the rest some other day.”
no more of him than if he had been in his court, and consented to the commutation of his butt of wine for
Whilst she spoke, he lifted the apples and put them | bis lamentations followed their flight, when a burst of twenty-seven pounds, was succeeded in 1813 by Mr into her basket. "Well,” said she, “ you shall have laughter from the prince and his attendants reminded Robert Souther, the preseut occupant of the title three in place of one, for yonr good help and your three bim that he was not alone, and recalled the cause of and its accompanying pension, and the first man of couplets" and she selected three of the largest. An. his misfortune; and as he thought he was much to be true poetical genius who has held it since the dis.
toine skipped for joy, for he had not breakfasted. pitied, he was very indignant at their mirth. “Yes, missal of Dryden. It is rather curious to observe,
With Marguerite's assistance, he crammed into the yes,” said he, looking at the prince and shaking his that the laureats appointed by the Stuarts were uni- pockets of his vest the two largest, wbich gave a most head," it is well for you to laugh, when you are the formly men of a high order of genius, and that those grotesque appearance to his figure; and biting the cause of my birds flying away.” “Little clown,” said nominated by the Brunswick sovereigns, during the third with his beautiful teeth, and thanking Dame one of the huntsmen, giving him a stroke with the whole of the first century of their sway, were, with Marguerite, he sprung over the hedge, and took the handle of his whip, " is that a way to speak to the the single exception of Warton, the dullest pretenders said he, striking his two apples ; " the morning has fault, and with downcast eyes and clasped bands he fell
way to the little wood. “What a happy meeting!” | prince?" Antoine already felt that he had committed a It would thus appear, that, while the latter monarchs begun well; I have it in my mind that I will be happy on his knees and stammered out, “Pardon, pardon! my have unquestionably enjoyed more of the affections of the whole day. If I tind a bird, I shall carry to my lord prince; do not kill the little Antoine." “Rise, the people than their predecessors, they have not been mother two apples and something besides." "He en said he gently; “I pardon you, but it is on condition nearly so successful in securing to themselves the suf. tered the wood, and saw near his nets two beautiful that you sing me immediately the song which you frages of men of genius.
redbreasts, which did not fly away. He approached sung in the wood.” Antoine, too happy to get off so softly; the redbreasts were taken by their little feet, and easily, wished to obey. He rose, rubbed his eyes with
every effort they made to fly only served to tighten the his sleeve, sighed profoundly, and tried to begin, but LITTLE ANTOINE AND THE REDBREASTS. knot. The mind of Antoine was divided between joy could not bring out a single note ; his voice seemed (From the French.)
at the success of his attempt, and pity for his little to have flown away with his red breasts ; it shook, It was autumn. Nature verged towards her decline; first with pride; “poor dear little ones !" added he prisoners. “Two beautiful redbreasts !" said he at and in spite of all his efforts he could not articulate
a single word. He was seized with terror; he bebut she was still brilliant-still beautiful. Great num-compassionately, "if you have broken your legs, how lieved himself lost, and, bathed in tears, he fell on bers of cows, with their large bells, fed in the mea. sorry I shall be! Wait, darling little creatures; I will his knees, crying “Pardon, my lord prince; I cannot dows; sheep wandered in Nocks on the hills, the heaths, disengage you without hurting you : and then and sing; do not kill me, I beseech you." and stubble-fields ; the trees dropt around them their that you will never regret your liberty; yes, you will Antoine's chin, and made him look up.
The prince was affected; he put his hand under
“ You are a withered leaves ; but those they still retained, varie- both be happy, I promise you.”
fool, my little friend," said he to him; "conie, take gated with the most beautiful colours from bright yel. He cut the horse-hair with his teeth, disengaged courage; I don't wish to hurt you. I have caused low to deep purple, gave a degree of brilliancy to the them carefully, covering one with his hat while he you much grief-I am sorry for it; you seem a good country which a more uniform verdure would have loosened the others
. He saw with great pleasure that child. I ask you in return to do me a pleasure ; your failed to impart. In the orchards, the trees bent be. they were not hurt: he breathed on their little legs, song has appeared to me so pretty, I wish to hear it
rubbed them, kissed them; then holding a bird in again. Recover yourself, and endeavour to sing it neath the weight of their beautiful fruits, with which each hand, he carried them in triumph, and took the from beginning to end." While he spoke with so the ground was strewed ; the robust peasant, climbing road to the city, with as much delight and pride as a much kindness, the countenance of Antoine brightup the boughs, his double sack upon his back, sang soldier who has taken two enemies captive.
ened, smiles re-appeared on his lips, and gaiety in his gaily as he filled it and the apron of his companion,
“How happy I am !” said he to himself, as he looked eyes. “I ask nothing better than to do you a pleasure, who held it extended at the foot of the tree, and threw through his fingers at the two birds, “and how pretty Monseigneur; I would as willingly sing my song to
you are, little ones, with your grey and green back, you as to old Marguerite, who has given me these the fruit into the baskets. Rural and joyous sounds, and your breast like the yolk of an egg, and your apples; but then_but at present-"“At present! bursts of laughter repeated from tree to tree, were heard little sparkling black eyes!" He raised one to his what do you mean to say, my little dear; what hin. on all sides, and announced the approach of the vintage. lips and kissed it. "You are the handsomest,” said ders you at present? You are not afraid of me, I The hedges were full of birds, which skipped from he softly; "you shall belong to young Master Wil. hope ” “Oh no, not at all ; but see, how can I sing branch to branch, gathering their little harvest
, and helm, the counsellor's son, who has always so much that I am a little boy very gay and very happy, when
money in his poeket, and who will buy you plenty I have lost my two birds? This would be a lie, and singing the last pleasures of the year.
of charming seeds : he is so rich he has promised my mother has forbid me to tell lies." “Good little It was these charming birds that drew the pretty me six sous for a redbreast six sous, little one ; see child, sing it for all that, and perhaps happiness will little Antoine into a path which led into the copse; he what you are worth! And how happy my mother return while singing.” had set there the preceding evening a line of little nets
will be !-she will be able to remain a whole day with. Antoine had too much sense not to seize the meanof horse-hair with running knots, and his heart pal. that you came to be caught. Antoine,' said she who is 80. rich, wishes to give me as many sous as my
out spinning. Poor mother !—there was much needing of this phrase. Surely, thought he, this prince, pitated with emotion as he went to see if, for the first weeping to me this morning, I have nothing to give song has verses, and that will be the reason he has
thee for breakfast.' Ah, well, the good Marguerite bid me sing the whole of it. Then I wish there had • Pursuits of Literature, 6th edit. 80.
has provided that with her large apple; and now it is been six; they would have been worth as much as
you live ?"
REMAINING TRAITS OF SIR RICHARD DE COVERLEY.
my redbreasts; however, five are a good many.". This my arms crossed ? No, truly, I do not wish to be his same tender sentiments revive in my mind, as if I idea restored his voice and his courage–he began lacquey, nor even bis huntsman—they are too rude to had actually walked with that beautiful creature under again, and sung bis five little couplets with so much poor little boys ; 'little clown !' said he to me, striking these shades. I have been fool enough to carve her grace and sweetness, that the prince was enchanted. me with his whip. As to the prince, he is good and name on the bark of several of these trees : so un* Very well, my little dear,” said he to him, “I thank civil; he spoke gently to me; and then all these beau. happy is the condition of men in love, to attempt the you; you sing charmingly, and your song is very tiful gold sous which he has given you! I love him; removing of their passion by the methods which pretty; who taught it to you ?" “My mother, my I will take him redbreasts, and I will sing my song as serve only to imprint it deeper. She has certainly the lord prince." “ Your mother !_have you a father often as he likes ; I will gather violets and strawber. finest hand of any woman in the world." also ?” “No, I have not had a father a long time; ries to him in his castle, but I do not wish to stay Here followed a profound silence ; and I was not my mother says he is dead, and that since then she is there and be a lacquey, though he would give me every displeased to observe my friend falling so naturally a widow, and I am an orphan, and this is very sad." day a purse like yours.”
into a discourse which I had ever before taken notice “ Poor child !--and what is your mother's name ?" He wept, and so did his mother, who embraced be industriously avoided. After a very long pause be “ The good Jeanne, my lord prince; every one knows him. “ Console yourself, dear Antoine,” said she to entered upon an account of this great circumstance her; she spins for all the neighbours, and í often turn brim; “it would be very sad to me to separate myself in his life, with an air which I thought raised my round the wheel for her.” “And what is your name?” | from my son ; but we will speak to the prince to get idea of him above what I had ever had before, and “ The little Antoine, at your service.” “ Where is you taught a trade; and since you do not wish to quit gave me the picture of that cheerful mind of his be. your house ?-it is near this, I suppose,” said the me, you shall work near me. “ With all my heart,” fore it received that stroke which has ever since af. prince, looking round. “Our house !” said Antoine, said he, leaping for joy. He then presented his shoul. fected his words and actions. But he went on as smiling; “we have no house." 6. Where, then, do der to his mother to support her; and as they went,
“ Down there, my lord prince, under he told her the whole story, of which she had not I came to my estate in my twenty-second year, that straw roof which you see at the end of the heard the particulars. The prince had entered the and resolved to follow the steps of the most worthy of field ; it is not a house, it is a hut; but we would be hut and had found her spinning; he had only said my ancestors, who bave inhabited this spot of earth as happy there as my lord in his castle, if the rain did that he had met Antoine, and on account of his en. before me, in all the methods of hospitality and good not come in as much as if we were in the street, and gaging appearance, he made this present to his mother. neighbourhood, for the sake of my fame; and in if this did not make my mother ill.” Whilst he was He learned that her busband had been a soldier, and country sports and recreations, for the sake of my saying these words, the prince bad remounted bis that he had died in battle; his liberality then ap- health. In my twenty-third year I was obliged to horse, without appearing to pay any attention to them. peared to him a duty, and he promised a small pen. serve as sheriff of the county; and in my servants, “ Adieu, my little Antoine,” said he ; “ I thank you sion to the widow, which was regularly paid. An. officers, and whole equipage, indulged the pleasure of for your song; and when you catch redbreasts again, coine ever after loved redbreasts, and often said that a young man, who did not think ill of his own person, if you meet me, I will dispense with your saluting to them he owed his happiness.
in taking that public occasion of showing my figure me.” “Adieu, little Antoine," said the noblemen of
and behaviour to advantage. You may easily imahis suite. “Adieu, little Antoine," said the hunts.
OLD ENGLISH MANNERS.
gine to yourself what appearance I made, who am men; and the whole party set off at full gallop. The
pretty tall, rode well, and was very well dressed, at little Antoine remained petrified. All these adieus
the head of a whole county, with music before me, & were not sous ; they would not give a dinner to his
feather in my hat, and my horse well bitted. I can mother; his hopes had fled as well as his redbreasts. “I am always very well pleased with a country Sun. assure you I was not a little pleased with the kind
“Adieu, little Antoine," repeated he; “truly I day (continues Addison). It is certain the coun. looks and glances I had from all the balconies and have got charmingly on. It is lucky that old Mar- try people would soon degenerate into a kind of sa. windows as I rode to the ball where the assizes were guerite was more generous than the prince, and that vages and barbarians, were there not such frequent held. But when I came there, a beautiful creature in my two apples have not wings like my redbreasts. returns of a stated time, in which the whole village a widow's babit sat in court, to hear the event of a I have at least something to carry to my mother ; but meel together with their best faces and in their clean. cause concerning her dower. This commanding creaI expected to have had so much more when I sung liest habits
, to converse with one another upon indif- ture, who was born for the destruction of all who be there so courageously, in spite of my grief. Ab, if I ferent subjects, hear their duties explained to them, hold her, put on such a resignation in her countenance, had been the prince, I would have given ten beautiful and join together in adoration of the Supreme Being and bore the whispers of all around the court with sous to the little Antoine, for his redbreasts and his Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week, not such a pretty uneasiness, I warrant you, and then resong. Yes, ten sous, neither more nor less; and how only as it refreshes in their minds the notions of reli- covered herself from one eye to another, until she was happy Antoine would have been !--but, fool that I am, gion, but as it puts both the sexes upon appearing in perfectly confused by meeting something so wistful in if I were a prince, I would do like other princes; their most agreeable forms, and exerting all such all she encountered, that at last, with a murrain to would gallop away on my beautiful horse, without qualities as are apt to give them a figure in the eye of her, she cast her bewitching eye upon me. I no sooner ever thinking of the little Antoine. But patience," the village. A country fellow distinguishes himself met it, but I bowed like a great surprised booby; and said be, taking the way to the hut; "there are still as much in the churchyard as a citizen does upon the knowing her cause to be the first which came on, I redbreasts and horse-hair in the world, and this Change, the whole parish politics being generally cried, like a captivated calf as I was, make way for the evening I will spread my nets, and who knows but discussed in that place, either after sermon or before defendant's witnesses. This sudden partiality made the very same may come again ; I showed them so the bell rings.
all the county immediately see the sheriff also was bemuch friendship, and gave them so many sweet words. My friend Sir Roger, being a good churchman, has come a slave to the fine widow. During the time her They are not princes; they know how to be grateful beautified the inside of his church with several texts cause was upon trial, she behaved herself, I warrant for the pleasures one does them. On, if I catch them of his own choosing; he has likewise given a hand. you, with such a deep attention to her business, took again, tify princes might pass before me without my some pulpit-cloth, and railed in the communion-table opportunities to have little billets handed to her coun. pulling off my hat; he has permitted this, and that is at his own expense. He has often told me, that at his sel, then would be in such a pretty confusion, occa. so much gained ; and then, if I have not money to coming to his estate he found his parishioners very sioned, you must know, by acting before so much com. carry to my mother, I have a fine story to tell her, irregular ; and that, in order to make them kneel pany, that not only I but the whole court was preju. Ah! she will scold me well for baving spoken as I and join in the responses, he gave every one of them diced in her favour; and all that the next heir to her did ; but when one saw the two redbreasts in the a bassoek and a common.prayer book, and at the husband had to urge, was thought so groundless and air, could one know what he was saying ?".
same time employed an itinerant singing.master, who frivolous, that when it came to her counsel to reply, While thus reflecting on the great events of the goes about the country for that purpose, to instruct there was not half so much said as every one besides day, be approached the hut; and to his surprise, he them rightly in the tunes of the psalms, upon which in the court thought he could have urged to her ad. saiv before it the huntsmen with the horses, and out they now very much value themselves, and indeed vantage. You must understand, sir, this perverse of the hut came the prince and his chamberlain ; his outdo most of the country churches that I have ever woman is one of those unaccountable creatures that mother followed them, making many reverences; and heard.
secretly rejoice in the admiration of men, but indulge in another moment, all these grand people gallopped As Sir Roger is landlord to the whole congregation, themselves in no further consequences. Hence it is away towards the city. What has he been doing there? he keeps them in very good order, and will suffer no. that she has ever had a train of admirers; and she rethought the little Antoine ; did he go to tell my mother body to sleep in it besides himself; for if by chance moves from her slaves in town to those in the country, of my rudeness ? If she had heard it from myself, he has been surprised into a short nap at sermon, up. according to the seasons of the year. She is a read. she would have pardoned me; but from the prince on recovering out of it he stands up and looks about ing lady, and far gone in the pleasures of friendship; himself, she will be very angry. Ah, why did I meet him; and if he sees any body else nodding, either wakes she is always accompanied by a confidante, who is withim! I hope, at least, he has told her I sung at last them himself, or sends his servant to them.
ness to her daily protestations against our sex, and as much as he wished.
As soon as the sermon is finished, nobody presumes consequently a bar to her first steps towards love, upHe went on, and his mother limped forward to meet to stir until Sir Roger is gone out of the church. The on the strength of her own maxims and declarations. him. “Antoine, dear Antoine," cried she, as soon knight walks down from his seat in the chancel between However, I must needs say this accomplished mistress as he was near enough to hear her, “come quick, my a double row of his tenants, that stand bowing to him of mine has distinguished me above the rest, and has child-see what Monseigneur has given me on your on each side ; and every now and then inquires how been known to declare Sir Roger de Coverley was the account;" and she showed him a large purse. When such an one's wife, or mother, or son, or father, do, tamest and most humane of all the brutes in the coun. he had joined her, they seated themselves on the ground, whom he does not see at church ; which is understood try. and she emptied the purse into her apron, and counted as a secret reprimand to the person that is absent. You must know I dined with her at a public table fifty gold ducats. Antoine, amazed to see so many The chaplain has often told me, that, upon a cate- the day after I first saw her, and she helped me to pieces at once, asked if they were worth as many sous. chising day, when Sir Roger has been pleased with a some tansy in the eye of all the gentlemen in the coun. * They are much more beautiful,” said be, “but not so boy that answers well, he has ordered a Bible to be ty. She has certainly the finest hand of any woman large." " You do not know all yet," said she to him; given him the next day for his encouragement, and in the world. I can assure you, sir, were you to be“ he has given us this treasure to procure us a better sometimes accompanies it with a flitch of bacon to his hold her, you would be in the same condition ; for as dwelling and also clothes; and he has promised me a mother. Sir Roger has likewise added five pounds her speech is music, her form is angelic. But I find louis every month till I am cured.” “ I hope he will a.year to the clerk's place; and that he may encou. I grow irregular while I am talking of her ; but, in. not need to give you many of these coins, good mo. rage the young fellows to make themselves persect in deed, it would be stupidity to be unconcerned at such ther; health is more valuable than riches, you always the church-service, has promised upon the death of perfection. Oh, the excellent creature ! she is as ini. tell me; and now that you have no longer any cares, the present incumbent, who is very old, to bestow it mitable to all women as she is inaccessible to all men.' you will be quite well.” “In good time, my child according to merit.
I found my friend begin to rave, and insepsibly led but you do not know yet the best of all; if you con- It may be remembered that I mentioned a great af. him towards the house, that we might be joined by tinue to be good and amiable, Monseigneur wishes to Aiction which my friend Sir Roger had met with in some other company; and am convinced that the wi. educate you, and to take you for his lacquey.” “For his youth, which was no less than a disappointment dow is the secret cause of all that inconsistency which his lacquey !” said Antoine ; “what is that, good in love. It happened this evening that we fell into a appears in some parts of my friend's discourse, though mother?” “ It is be wbo waits on him, who goes very pleasing walk at a distance from his house ; as he has so much command of himself as not directly to behind him, behind his chair, behind his carriage, soon as we came into it, “ It is," quoth the good old mention her. behind_" "Ah! well,” said the little boy, “but I man, looking round him with a smile,"
My friend Sir Rnger has been an indefatigable man do not like to be behind-that would hinder me from that any part of my land should be settled upon one of business in bodily exercise, and has hung several running; I don't want to be a lacquey; I wish to be who has used me so ill as the perverse widow did ; parts of his house with the trophées of his former la. your son—the little Antoine.” “The one would not and yet I am sure I could not see a sprig of any boughbours. The walls of his great hall are covered with hinder the other, little fool.” “How ! not hinder it; of this whole walk of trees but I should reflect upon the horns of several kinds of deer, that he has killed when I shall be behind the prince, good mother, can her and her severity : she has certainly the finest in the chase, which he thinks the most valuable fur. I be at your side to help you to walk; when I 'must hand of any woman in the world. You are to know niture of his house, as they afford him frequent topics wait on bim, how can I wait on you? Who will turn this was the place wherein I used to muse upon her; of discourse, and show that he has not been idle. At your wheel when I am planted behind his chair with and by that custom I can never come into it but the the lower end of the hall is a large otter's skin stuffed with hay, which his mother ordered to be hung up in rode upon a white gelding, encompassed by his tenants general whisper ran among the country people that that manner; and the knight looks upon it with great and servants, and cheering his hounds with all the Sir Roger 'was up.' The speech he made was so satisfaction, because it seems he was but nine years gaiety of five-and-twenty. One of the sportsmen rode little to the purpose, that I shall not trouble my old when his dog killed bim. A little room adjoining up to me, and told me that he was sure the chase was
readers with an account of it; and I believe was not to the hall is a kind of arsenal filled with guns of se
almost at an end, for the old dogs, which had hitherto so much designed by the knight himself to inform the veral sizes and inventions, with which the knight has lain behind, now headed the pack. The fellow was
court, as to give him a figure in my eye, and keep up made great havoc in the woods, and destroyed many in the right. Our hare cook a large field just under his credit in the county. thousands of pbeasants, partridges, and woodcocks.
us, followed by the full cry in view. I must confess I was highly delighted, when the court rose, to see His stable.doors are patched with noses that belonged the brightness of the weather, the cheerfulness of every the gentlemen of the county gathering about my old to foxes of the knight's own bunting down. Sir Roger thing around me, the chiding of the hounds, which friend, and striving who should compliment him most; showed me one of them that, for distinction's sake, bas was returned upon us in a double echo from two neigh at the same time that the ordinary people gazed upon a brass nail struck through it, which cost him about bouring hills, with the hollowing of the sportsmen him at a distance, not a little admiring his courage, fifteen hours' riding, carried him through half a dozen and the sounding of the horn, listed my spirits into a
that was not afraid to speak to the judge. counties, killed him a brace of geldings, and lost above
most lively pleasure, which I freely indulged because In our return home we met with a very odd acci. balf his dogs. This the knight looks upon as one of I was sure it was innocent; if I was under any con. dent, which I cannot forbear relating, because it the greatest exploits of his life.
cern, it was on aecount of the poor hare, that was shows how desirous all who know Sir Roger àre of giv. After what has been said, I need not inform my now quite spent, and almost within the reach of her ing him marks of their esteem. When we were arrived readers that Sir Roger, with whose character I hope enemies ; when the huntsman, getting forward, threw upon the verge of his estate, we stopped at a little they are at present pretty well acquainted, bas in his down his pole before the dogs. They were now within inn to rest ourselves and our horses. The man of the youth gone through the whole course of those rural eight yards of that game which they had been pursu. bouse had it seems been formerly a servant in the diversions which the country abounds in, and which ing for almost as many hours; yet, on the signal be- knight's family, and to do honour to his old master, seem to be extremely well suited to that laborious in fore mentioned, they all made a sudden stand, and had some time since, unknown to Sir Roger, put him dustry a man may observe here in a far greater de. though they continued opening as much as before, up in a signpost before the door, so that the knight's gree than in towns and cities. I have before hinted durst not once attempt to pass beyond the pole... At head' had hung out upon the road about a week beat some of my friend's exploits : he has in his youth. the same time Sir Roger rode forward, and, alighting, fore he himself knew any thing of the matter. As ful days taken forty coveys of partridges in a season, took up the bare in his arms, which he soon delivered soon as Sir Roger was acquainted with it, finding that and tired many a salmon with a line consisting but of up to one of his servants, with an order, if she could his servant's indiscretion proceeded wholly from affeca single hair. The constant thanks and good wishes be kept alive, to let her go in his great orchard, where tion and good-will, he only told him that he had made of the neighbourhood always attended him, on account it seems he has several of these prisoners of war, who him too high a compliment; and when the fellow of his remarkable enmity towards foxes ; having delive together in a very comfortable captivity. I was seemed to think that could bardly be, added with a stroyed more of those vermin in one year than it was highly pleased to see the discipline of the pack, and more decisive look, that it was too great an honour thought the whole county could have produced. In the good nature of the knight, who could not find in for any man under a duke; but told him at the same deed the knight does not scruple to own among his his heart to murder a creature that had given him so time that it might be altered with a very few touches, intimate friends, that in order to establish his repu. much diversion.
and tbat he himself would be at the charge of it. Ac. tation this way, he has secretly sent for great num. My worthy friend Sir Roger is one of those who is cordingly, they got a painter by the knight's direction bers of them out of other counties, which he used to not only at peace within himself, but beloved and to add a pair of whiskers to tbe face, and by a little turn loose about the country by night, that he might esteemed by all about him. He receives a suitable tri. aggravation of the features, to change it into the Sathe better signalise himself in their destruction the bute for his universal benevolence to mankind, in the racen’s-head. I should not have known this story next day. His bunting horses were the finest and returns of affection and good-will which are paid him had not the innkeeper, upon Sir Roger's alighting, best managed in all these parts ; his tenants are still by every one that lives within his neighbourhood. I told him in my hearing that his houour's head was full of the praises of a grey horse that unhappily lately met with two or three odd instances of that ge brought back last nighi with the alterations that he staked himself several years since, and was buried neral respect which is shown to the good old knight. had ordered to be made in it. Upon this my friend, with great solemnity in the orchard.
He would needs carry Will Wimble and myself with with his usual cheerfulness, related the particulars Sir Roger being at present too old for for-hunting him to the county assizes. As we were upon the road, above mentioned, and ordered the head to be brought to keep himself in action, bas disposed of his beagles, Will Wimble joined a couple of plain men who rode into the room. I could not forbear discovering
greater and got a pack of stop-hounds. What these want in before us, and conversed with them for some time, expressions of mirth than ordinary upon the appear. speed, he endeavours to make amends for by the deep-during, which my friend Roger acquainted me with ance of this monstrous face, under which, notwithness of their mouths and the variety of their noces, their characters.
standing it was made to frown and stare in a most which are suited in such manner to each other, that The first of them, says he, that has a spaniel by extraordinary manner, I could still discover a distant the whole cry makes up a complete concert. He is so
his side, is a yeoman of about an hundred pounds resemblance of my old friend. Sir Roger, upon seenice in this particular, that a gentleman having made a-year, an honest man; he is just within the game ing me laugh, desired me to tell him truly if I thought him a present of a very fine hound the other day, the act, and qualified to kill a hare or a pheasant; be it possible for people to know him in that disguise. knight returned it by the servant with a great many knocks down a dinner with his gun twice or thrice 1 at first kept my usual silence; but upon the knight's expressions of civility; bus desired him
to tell his a week, and by that means lives much cheaper than conjuring me to tell him whether it was not still more master, that tbe dog he had sent was indeed a most those who have not so good an estate as himself. He like himself than a Saracen, I composed my coun. excellent bass, but that at present he only wanted a would be a good neighbour if he did not destroy so tenance in the best manner I could, and replied,
many partridges ; in short, he is a very sensible man, 'that much might be said on both sides.' Sir Roger is so keen at this sport, that he has been shoots flying, and has been several times foreman of
These several adventures, with the knight's beha. out almost every day since I came down; and upon the petiy jury:
viour in them, gave me as pleasant a day as ever I the chaplain's offering to lend me his easy pad, I was
The other that rides along with him is Tom Touchy, met with in any of my travels.” prevailed on yesterday morning to make one of the
a fellow famous for taking the law of every body. company. I was extremely pleased, as we rode along, There is not one in the town where he lives that he
PHENOMENA IN SEEING COLOURS. to observe the general benevolence of all the neigh bas not sued at a quarter-sessions. The rogue had bourhood towards my friend. The farmers' sons
once the impudence to go to law with the widow. His It has long been remarked in ordinary life, that one thought themselves happy if they could open a gate head is full of costs, damages, and ejectments; he person has not the same ideas of colour as another ; for the good old knight as he passed by, which he plagued a couple of honest gentlemen so long, for a
there being frequently something in the vision of in. generally requited with a nod or smile, and a kind of trespass in breaking one of his hedges, until
he was inquiry after their fathers and uncles.
forced to sell the ground it enclosed' to defray the dividuals which causes them to observe and form opi. After we had rode about a mile from home, we came
charges of the prosecution ; his father left him 'four- nions of tints in a way different from their neighbours. upon a large heath, and the sportsmen began to beat. score pounds a-year; but he bas "cast,' and been Thus the late Mr Dugald Stewart was insensible to They had done so for some time, when, as I was at
cast, 80 ofier, that he is not now worth thirty. ., the less refrangible colours of the spectrum, and could a little distance from the rest of the company, I saw suppose he is going upon the old business of the wil.
not distinguish a red fruit from the green leaves of a hare pop out from a small furze brake, almost under low-tree. my horse's feet. I marked the way she took, which As Sir Roger was giving me this account of Tom the tree. Probabiy, the facts related in the following I endeavoured to make the company sensible of by Touchy, Will Wimble and his two companions stopped extract from Mr Combe's system of Phrenology, taken extending my arm, but to no purpose, uutil Sir Roger, short until we came up to them. After having paid apart from the phrenological references, will afford who knows that none of my extraordinary motions are their respects to Sir Roger, Will told him that Mr
some gratification to our readers :insignificant, rode up to me, and asked me if puss Touchy and he must appeal to him upon a dispute
“ Although the eyes are affected agreeably or dis. was gone tbat way?'. Upon my answering 'yes,' that arose between them. Will, it seems, had been he immediately called in the dogs, and put them upon giving his fellow.traveller an account of his angling agreeably by different modifications of the beams of the scent. As they were going off, I heard one of one day in such a hole, when Tom Touchy, instead light or by colours, yet they do not conceive the rela. the country fellows muttering to his companion, that of hearing out his story, told him that Mr such an one, tions of different colours, their harmony or discord, it was a wonder they had not lost all their sport, for if he pleased, might take the law of him for fishing in and they have no memory of them. Certain indivi. want of the silent gentleman's crying stole away.'
This, with my aversion to leaping hedges, made them both, upon a round trot; and after having paused duals are almost destitute of the power of perceiving me withdraw to a rising ground, from whence I could some time, told them, with the air of a man who would colours, who yet have the sense of vision acute, and have the pleasure of the whole chase without the fa. not give his judgment rashly, that much might be readily perceive other qualities in external bodies, as tigue of keeping in with the hounds. The hare im. said on both sides.' They were neither of them dis.
their size and form. Observation proves that indivi. mediately threw them above a mile behind her ; but satisfied with the knight's determination, because I was pleased to find that instead of running straight neither of them found
himself in the wrong by it: the eye; below the eyebrow, largely developed, possess
duals who have a part of the brain immediately over forward, or in hunter's language 'flying the coun. upon which we made the best of our way to the astry,' as I was afraid she might have done, she wheeled sizes.
in a high degree the power of discriminacing colours, about, and described a sort of circle round the hill The court was sitting before Sir Roger came ; but and on this account the phrenologist admits this as where I had taken my station, in such a manner as notwithstanding all the justices had taken their places
a fundamental faculty of the mind. gave me a very distinct view of the sport. I could upon the bench, they made room for the old knight see her first pass by, and the dogs some time after. at the head of them ; who for his reputation in the
The faculty, when powerful, gives a delight in con. wards unravelling the whole track she bad made, and country took occasion to whisper in the judge's ear, templating colours, and a vivid feeling of their har. following her through all her doubles. I was at the 'that he was glad bis lordship had met with so much mony and discord. Those in whom the organ is same time delighted in observing that deference which good weather in his circuit. I was listening to the deficient experience little interest in colouring, and the rest of the pack paid to each particular hound, proceedings of the court with much attention, and in.
are almost insensible to difference of hues. In the according to the character he had acquired amongst tinitely pleased with that grave appearance and so. them. If they were at fault, and an old hound of re. lemnity which so properly accompanies such a public Phrenological Transactions, Dr Butter reports the putation opened but once, he was immediately followed administration of our laws, when, after about an case of Mr Robert Tucker, whose eyesight was not by the whole cry; while a raw dog, or one who was a hour's sitting, I observed to my great surprise, in the deficient, and who was able neither to distinguish nor noted liar, might have yelped his heart out, without midst of a trial, that my friend Sir Roger was getting to recollect many of the primitive colours, even when being taken notice of.
up to speak. I was in some pain for him, until I shown to him. "Orange, he calls green, and green The hare now, after having equatted two or three found he had acquitted himself of two or three sen. times, and been put up again as often, came still nearer cences, with a look of much business and great in. colours orange; red, he considers as brown, and brown to where she was at first started. The dogs pursued trepidity.
as red; blue silk looks to him like pink, and pink of her, and these were followed by the jolly knight, who Upon his first rising, the court was hushed, and a a light blue colour; indigo is described as purple.