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THE REFORM BILL.
he began to eat, but had no sooner done gotten: it never cost a sailor a tear, or 80, than he mouldered away.
the nation a farthing." JAC-co. Wishing the juvenile author all success in his future essays, we commend his present work to the lovers of super. In 1734, Sir Thomas Lambe erected, in stitious lore, and to the substantial notice
an island on the Derwent, near Derby, of the very reverend personage already a curious mill for the manufacture of alluded to.
silk. He brought the model, the only
one of the kind in the kingdom, from The Gatherer.
Italy, at the hazard of his life. This ma
chine was deemed so important, that, at A snapper up of unconsidered trifles,
the expiration of Sir Thomas's patent, parliament voted him 14,000. for the
risk he had incurred, and the expense (For the Mirror.) attending its completion.
T. S. The debate relating to the Reform Bill lasted seven nights. There are many curious circumstances attached to the The following was written under the number seven -viz. the seven golden sign of the White Horse, on the Old candlesticks, the seven wise men of the Bath Road, but which has since disapeast, the seven colours, the seven sounds, peared. I believe the origin of it was, the seven stars, the seven wonders of or a poor devil of an author, who, after the world. Ancient Rome was built having had a good filling out, found that upon seven hills, &c. The gift of pro- he had not wherewith to pay; at which phecy and the power of healing is attri- mine host' was of course in a way! buted to the seventh son of a seventh son. (as he had a right to be); when the au. When the several members rose late, or thor told him, that if he would get a sign rather early in the morning on the seventh painted, he would try to put some lines night's debate on the Reform Bill, the upon it which should ensure him cusHouse caught the idea of Macbeth, and tom. He did so, and the following was exclaimed, “ Another yet! a seventh! the result. He had a White Horse for I'll see no more !"_and the House of his sign: Russell dispersed the House of Commons. “My White Horse shall beat the Bear,
P. T. W.
And make the Angel fly,
And drink the Three Cups dry.”
child, Cups, were public-houses in the neigh
The Bear, Angel, Ship, and Three who died in infancy :- W. H. H.
bourhood. He succeeded, and got their Nipt in the bud, the father's hope here custom. sleeps,
On one of the windows also isAnd o'er her first-born child the mother
“ His liquor's good, his pot is just, weeps. Why weep! the disencumber'd soul The landlord's poor, and cannot trust,
For he has trusted to his sorrow,that's flown Now shines another cherub round the So pay to day, he'll trust to-morrow."
G. ST. CLAIK. throne ! Ah! who can tell what cares, what
hopes, what fears, Had been the portion of its lengthen'd The Prince of Orange was defeated by years rs ?
the French under Luxemburg, in 1677 : A better lot proportion’d Heaven de- in attempting to rally his dispersed sign'd,
troops, the prince struck one of the runAnd bade it leave this sin-fraught world aways across the face with his sword. behind !
“ Rascal !” cried he, “ I will set-a mark on you at present, that I may hang you afterwards."
JAC-co. When Admiral Sir George Rooke, who took Gibraltar, in the reign of Queen
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Who has not heard of the Vicar of Bray, which is an exemption from tolls in the
Bray is a small village about one mile reader to his own conclusion from our from Maidenhead, and its name would Engraving, sketched in the summer of have remained “unsaid, unsung,” had last year. We take for granted the it not been for its never-enough-to-be- church does not change in appearance ridiculed Vicar. Camden supposes Bray every year, if its Vicar once did in creed. to have been occupied by the Bibroci, The story of the Vicar of Bray is told who submitted to Cæsar, and obtained with some variations, but the fact is not his protection, and with it a secure pos- questioned. In the Beauties of Engsession of one of the most beautiful spots land and Wales we read that his name in this county; so that submissiveness was Simon Symonds, that he possessed seems to have been the very air of the the benefice in the reign of Henry VIII. place in all times. Philippa, the queen and the three succeeding monarchs, and of Edward III., had rents assigned to that he died in the forty-first year of her from this and the adjoining manor
Elizabeth. - This man was twice a of Cookham. It is now considered as Protestant and twice a Papist ; and part of the royal domain, being attached when reproached for the unsteadiness to the liberties of Windsor Castle, and of his principles, which could thus suffer retaining some peculiar privileges, among him to veer with every change of admi
This creed : ܙܙ ܙ܂
TWENTY FIDDLERS ALL ON A ROW.
nistration, replied, that he had always When gracious Aune ascends the throne,
The Church of England's glory, governed himself by what he thought a Another face of things was seen, very laudable principle, which was, never And I became a Tory: on any terms, if he could avoid it, to Occasional conformists base,
I damo'd their moderation, part with his vicarage.'
And thought the church in danger was has been amplified into à song, which By such prevarication,
And this is law, &c. we shall quote presently, more for its
When George in pudding-time came o'er, being a good conceite than for its
And moderate men look'd big, sir,
J turu'd a cat-in-pan once more, The author just quoted from the
And then became a Whig, sir:
And so preferment I procured Beauties observes, in a note—“Several By our new faith's defender, late writers, particularly Ireland and And always every day abjured Ferrar, who have mentioned the above
The Pope and the pretender.
And this is law, &c. circumstances, describe them as happen- The illustrious house of Hanover, ing in the reign of Charles the Second, And Protestant snccession, James the Second, &c. This mistake
To these I do allegiance swear
While they can keep possession: throws the imputation of apostacy on For by my faith and loyalty the worthy person who held the vicarage I never more will falter, towards the conclusion of the 17th cen
And George my lawful king shall be
Until tbe time shall alter. tury. It should be remarked, that the
And this is law, &c. story was first published by Fuller, in his Church History; and as the author ANOTHER OLD SONG. died in the year 1661, it is evident that it must have been circulated previous to that event."
We have not the Church History at The fiddle was not allowed to be a conhand, but Fuller, in his Worthies, says,
cert instrument till the reign of Charles “ Bray is a village well known in Bark: the Second, who, in imitation of Louis shire, the vivacious Vicar whereof, living the Fourteenth, established a band of under King Henry the Eighth, King twenty-four violins, alias fiddles, which Edward the Sixth, Queen Mary, and gave birth to Tom Durfey's song of Queen Elizabeth, was first a Papist, then “ Four and Twenty Fiddlers all on a a Protestant, then a Papist, then a Pro- Row,”' &c. : a humorous production, in testant again. This Vicar being tax’t which there is a mockery of every inby one for being a turncoat, not so (said strument, and almost every trade, and he) for I always kept my principles, which used to be perforned between which is this, to live and die Vicar of the acts, or between the play and farce, Bray.”
by some man of humour at benefits. Lastly, here is the song :
The author of the Guardian, in No.67,
gives an account of Tom Durfey, with THE VICAR OF BRAY.
a view to recommend him to the public
notice for a benefit play, and says, that In good King Charles's golden days, When loyalty had no harm in't,
he remembered King Charles the SeA zealous high-cburchman I was,
cond leaning on Tom Durfey's shoulder And so I got preferment, To teach my flock I never miss'd :
more than once, and humming over a Kings are by God appointed;
song with him. And those are damn'd that do resist,
Roi des Violons, or King of the Fid, And touch the Lord's anointed : And this is law, I will maintain
dlers, was anciently a title in France. Until my dying day, sir,
It became defunct, in 1685, owing to That wbatsoever king sball reign, anarchy-thus harmony and discord canI will be Vicar of Bray, sir.
P. T. W. When royal James obtain'd the throne,
And Popery came in fashiou, The penal laws I booted down,
ROSEDALE ABBEY. And read the declaration :
(For the Mirror.) The Church of Rome I found wonld fit Full well my constitution;
« A churchyard !- tis a homely word, yet full And had become a Jesuit,
Of feeling; and a sound that o'er the heart But for the Revolution,
Migbt shed religion."
RUINS! so dark and lone,
The pride of other years,
On which the stars bave shone,
To light the mourners' tears ;
Tbe ivy clings to ye,
And softly hums the bee
Where violets blue are blooming,
The liquid dews perfuming,
Beneath each withered tree.
Tombs! O'er your nameless stone
EPITOME OF THE ANCIENT se moWhat gentle hearts have wept,
KINGDOM OP POLAND. And there, at midnight lone,
(For the Mirror.) Their silent vigils kept ;
POLAND was once the country of the . There Beauty laid her wreath, Aud Love seem'u "strong as death,"
Vandals, who left it to invade the RoAround tbe pale shrines sigbing,
man Empire. The kingdom began, by While plaintive wiods were dying
favour of Otho III., Emperor of GerEmily With music in tbeir breath. . ' many, under Boleslaus, 999; Red RusBut childhood loves to stray
sia was added to it in 1059 ; Pomerania, * Whene'er the sward is green,
that had been separated 180 years, again 4. Round your mementos grey,
united with it, 1465; embraced ChrisAnd haunts the mouldering scene;
tianity, 965; the order of the White cil bil Aud lovely in repose,
Eagle instituted in 1705. The peasants . 5 At sunset's gorgeous close,
in Poland were serfs or slaves, and the - Your boly walls seem blending
value of an estate was not estimated noi With purple light descendiug
from its extent, but from the number of siapa Upon the beauteous rose.
the peasants who were transferred, like Tombs of the past unknown!
cattle, from one master to another. The 01/Ye are fringed with violets blue,
first person who granted freedom to his And clouds have laved your stonen
peasants was 'Zamoiski, formerly grand be With sweetest tears of dew;
chancellor, who in 1760 enfranchised six But when, by angels given,
villages, The Jews were first introduced The last dread peal of heaven .
into Poland about the time of Casimir Shall rend ye all asunder With its immortal thunder,
the Great; they were indulged with great Your dead sball claim their heaven.
privileges, and became so numerous that Deal.
Poland was styled the Paradise of the
the Poles retained the custom of killing *** PORTRAIT OF STERNE. old men when past their labour, and (To the Editor.)
such children as were born imperfect.
« The natural strength of Poland, if As many of the pages of your extensively-circulated little work have pre
properly exerted, (says a modern writer)
would have formed a more certain bulserved memorials of Laurence Sterne, I
wark against the ambition of her neighhope you can spare room for the under
bours than the faith of treaties;" and written extract, from a letter of his to
it is worthy of remark, that of the Mr. Garrick, dated Paris, March, 1762,
three partitioning powers, Prussia was and which may be seen in Vol. I. of
formerly in a state of vassalage to the Mrs. Medalle's “ Letters of the late
republic; Russia once saw her capital L. Sterne.” : My object in thus troubling you is,
and throne possessed by the Poles, under
Sigismund III. whose troops got posin the hope (perhaps you will say an
session of Moscow, and whose son, Laalmost forlorn, or distant one) that possi.
dislaus, was chosen Great Duke of bly some one of your readers, either here
Muscovy, by a party of the Russian or abroad, may be able to suggest where
nobles ; and Austria was indebted to it is likely the under-mentioned whole- ·
John Sobieski, King of Poland, who, length portrait may now be of that once
in 1683, compelled the Turks to raise very distinguished man. "
the siege of Vienna, and delivered the A CONSTANT REA DER, ,
; house of Austria from the greatest 96 I shandy it away fifty times more dangers it ever experienced. than I was ever wont, talk more non- « The partition of Poland (says Mr. sense than ever you heard me talk in Coxe,) was first projected by the King your days-and to all sorts of people. of Prussia." Qui le diable est cet honime là .... said In 1794, Suwarof laid siege to Praga, Choiseul, t'other day. You'll think me a fortified suburb of Warsaw, and caras vain as a devil, was I to tell you the ried it by assault, with a tremendous rest of the dialogue..... The Duke of carnage. The king was compelled to Orleans has suffered my portrait to be abdicate, and the whole country was added to the number of some odd men incorporated in the dominion of Russia, in his collection; and a gentleman who Prussia, and Austria. lives with him has taken it most express- Early in 1797, Stanislaus arrived at ively, at full length. I purpose to ob Petersburgh, and, according to the aptain an etching of it, and to send it to pointment of the sovereign, fixed his
residence in the Marble Palace, on the
banks of the Neva; but his death, which
happened on the 12th of February, 1798, should be dressed, it was, by order of terminated the series of Polish sove- the judges, taken from him, and hung reigns :
up again in the Hall. “ Hope for a season bade the world farewell, Alison, the wife of Stephen Freckle, And Freedom sbriek'd as Kosciusko fell.”
brought her said husband along with Queen Elizabeth so highly prized the her, and set forth the good conditions merit and abilities of Sir Philip Sydney, and behaviour of her consort, adding that she sent him ambassador to Vienna, withal that she doubted not but he was and to several courts in Germany; and ready to attest the like of her, his wife ; when the fame of his valour became so whereupon he, the said Stephen, shakextensive that he was put in election for ing his head, she turned short upon him, the crown of Poland, she refused to fur- and gave him a box on the ear. ther his advancement, lest (says Baker). Philip de Waverland having laid his she should lose the brightest jewel of hand up the book, when the clause, her crown. This Marcellus of the Eng- “were I sole and she sole” was relish nation was killed at the battle of hearsed, found a secret compunction Zutphen, in 1585, while he was mount- rising in his mind, and stole it off again. ing the third horse, having before had Richard de Loveless, who was a courtwo killed under him. P. T. W.
tier, and a very well bred man, being
observed to hesitate at the words “after THE HOUR OF PHANTASY.
our marriage,” was thereupon desired
to explain himself. He replied by talk* The atmosphere that circleth gifted minds Is from a deep intensity derived,
ing very largely of his exact complaiAn element of thought, where feelings shape sance while he was a lover, and alleged Themselves to fancies,-an electric world that he had not in the least disobliged Too exquisitely toned for cominon life, Which ihey of coarser metal cannot dream."
his wife for a year and a day before
R. MONTGOMERY. marriage, which he hoped was the same THERE is an honr when Memory leuds
thing. (Rejected.) To Tbought ber intellectual part,
Joceline Jolly, Esq. making it appear, When visions of departed friends
by unquestionable testimony, that he Restore their beauty to the heart;
and his wife had preserved full and enAnd like the sunset's crimson light
tire affection for the space of the first To fading scenes of Nature given,
month, commonly called the Honey They make our meditations bright
Moon, he had, in consideration thereof, With bopes inspired by beaven.
one rasher bestowed upon him. The vivid glance of those blue eyes
After this (says the record) many Which haunted us with early love,
years passed over before any demandant Transferr'd from earth to shine above,
appeared at Wichenovre Hall,- insoAnd voices whispering from the dead,
much, that one would have thought that Or where the violets' lips enclose,
the whole country had turned Jews, so Around our languid spirits shed
little was their affection to the flitch of Their halo of repose.
bacon. It is the hour of thought profound,
The next couple enrolled had like to When Memory's beart, depress'd with gloom, have carried it, if one of the witnesses Laments upon the sculptured mound,
had not deposed, that dining on a SunAnd dreams beside tbe visioned tomb;
day with the demandant, whose wife had When voices from the dead arise,
sat below the squire's lady at church, Like music o'er the starlit sea,
she, the suid wife, dropped some .ex. And holiest commune sanctifies The Hour of Phantasy.
pressions, as if she thought her husband deserved to be knighted, to which
he returned a passionate “pish!” The Manners & Customs of all Nations. judges taking the premises into consi
deration, declared the aforesaid beha. viour to imply an unwarrantable ambition in the wife, and anger in the hus
band. (For the Mirror.)
It is recorded as a sufficient disquali. AUBRY DE FALSTAFF, son of Sir John fication of a certain wife, that, speaking Falstaff, Knight, with Dame Maude, of her husband, she said, "God forgive his wife, were the first that demanded him." the bacon, he having bribed twain of his It is likewise remarkable, that a coufather's companions to swear falsely in ple were rejected upon the deposition of his behoof, whereby he gained the flitch; one of their neighbours, that the lady but he and his said wife falling imme- had once told her husband that it was diately into a dispute how the bacon her duty to obey; to which he replied,
Like stars that seem'd in cloudless skies
G. R. C.
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