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EXETER HALL, STRAND. We rejoice to see the site of Burleigh lumns and pilasters. Within the door House partly occupied by the above is a hall, with two flights of steps, which Building. Its object is to afford ac- afterwards unite, and lead up to the enccmmodation for the meetings of Phi- trance of the great hall itself'; the hall lanthropic Societies-so that whatever below leads into a broad passage, which may be the olden celebrity of the spot, extends to the farther extremity of the it is reasonable to expect that its pre- building, opening right and left into sent appropriation will be associated various offices. On entering the door with the most grateful recollections. of the great hall, a vast and splendid
This building is, perhaps, the most room is presented to view, with scarcely perfect erection of its kind in England. a single interruption to the eye throughThe approach from the Strand is re- out its whole extent, capable of conmarkably mndest: it is by a very nar- taining, with comfort, more than 3,000 row, though very chaste, door-way, persons. The floor is covered with subsituated between two Corinthian co- stantial oak seats, equal to the accomVOL. xvii. 2 D
modation of 2,500 persons. The greater The will of Napoleon, to whom future portion of these are situated on a gentle ages, in spite of legitimacy, will confirm rise, to permit a perfect view of the the epithet “le grand,” is signed in a platform on which the proceedings bold style of handwriting; the codicil, take place. The platform is raised on the contrary, written shortly before about six feet from the floor, and ex. his death, exhibits the then weak state tends the whole breadth of the room, of his body.
T.H. K. curving inwards, the extremities bending towards the audience : it contains seats for nearly 300 individuals. Behind this gallery again, are very capacions
(For the Mirror.) recesses, which will hold from three The earth displayed its robe of gorgeous hues, to four hundred persons.
The lower And o'er the tufted violets softly stole part of the walls of the room is quite which tuned the brook with music ; there were
The downy pinions of the fragrant wind, plain, the architect, probably, regarding the audience as a sufficient ornament
O'er the blue heaven dispersed in various shapes, in that quarter, though the rising of And touch'd with most impassive light, whereon the seats would obscure carved-work if The heart might dwell and dream of future it were there. The windows are at a
bliss; considerable height from the ground, And as the sound of distant bells awaked and are of dimmed glass, with a chaste
The echoes of the woods, they raised the and classical border. The ceiling, which
thoughts is at a noble height, is beautifully laid
To worlds more bright and beautiful than ours ! out in squares, with borderings and ro
The spring has waved her sunny wing settes. An oblong opening occurs in
Upon the verdant earth, the centre, with massive beams stretch
And winds from distant places bring ing across, presenting to view an erec
The festal tones of mirth; tion in the roof, a form of construction, The sky appears an azure field, probably, necessary to so immense á mass of roofing, and serving also for
A golden light has touched the woods, the purposes of ventilation, as it contains windows at each end.
A languid breathless quiet broods, four pillars near the end of the hall, Scarce broken by the swell rising to the ceiling, the capitals of Of streams that whisper through the air, which, as also those of some pilas. As if they were awaked to pray'r. ters at the upper extremity of the hall
, Survey the lovely scene around, are exquisitely carved in straw-coloured
The river beams in gold, marble. Behind the platform are nume- Its rippling waves with song resound, rous and convenient committee-rooms. And rainbow light unfold, The word “Philadelpheion,” which may And as the flow'rs unclose their eyes, be rendered “loving brothers,' is carved Their hue seems coloured by the skies. in Greek capitals over the entrance in
The mould’ring church on yonder slope, the Strand.
Perchance by heaven designed 15 Exeter Hall has been erected by sub- To consecrate the heart with hope, scription, by a public company esta- In ivy-wreaths is shrined: blished for the purpose.
Its rural tombs are green with age,
And types of earthly pilgrimage. WILLS OF SHAKSPEARE, MIL
On this delightful vernal day, TON AND BUONAPARTE.
In scenes so rich and fair,
The spirit feels a hallow'd ray (To the Editor.)
Kindling its essence there; The last wills and testaments of the And Fancy haunts the mourner's urn, three greatest men of modern ages are “ With thoughts that breathe, and words that tied up in one sheet of foolscap, and
burn." may be seen together at Doctors Com
In the will of the ci Bard of Avon” is an interlineation in his own
POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS. handwriting—" I give unto my wife my brown best bed, with the furniture." It
(For the Mirror.) is proved by William Byrde, 22nd July, All power of fancy over reason is a degree of 1616.
insauity.-JOHNSON. The will of the Minstrel of Paradise In a former number I gave some obseris a nuncupative one taken by his daugh- vations on apparitions, and I shall here ter, the great poet being blind.
continue my remarks. * Ballot Newspaper.
The argument that was used by Dr.
saw 'no more.
Johnson was founded on premises that gazed more intensely at it, still it was are as inadmissible as his conclusion, there. He then raised his hand before viz. that the popular opinion in favour his eyes and he did not perceive it; on of the reality of apparitions could only withdrawing it the apparition was there. obtain universal credence by its truth. Closing his eyes he went through a maThis is very plausible, but destitute of thematical calculation to convince himfoundation. Does the learned doctor self he was in his right senses ; upon mean to deny the universality of errors ? reopening them he still perceived her does he mean to call the whole body of there. T'he fire then went out and he the learned and enlightened cavillers ?
I confess I see no diffiand that because they are not willing
to culty in accounting for this, by supposconsent to his monstrous opinion ? To ing the gentleman was afflicted with reverse the argument, does he inean to that horrid disease of which Sir Walter deny the truth of the Scriptures, or is Scott gives many cases in his Demonohe bold enough to assert that they have logy and Witchcraft. Although I have received universal credence ? So much no warrant for asserting spirits do not for the arguments wielded by Dr. return, yet I must say, all the tales [ Johnson, who has not been unaptly have ever heard do not necessarily retermed the Colossus of Literature. The quire any such interpretation on them. idea that departed spirits revisited the it may be true, and so may everything earth, probably took its rise from the, which we have no evidence against or opinion of the immortality of the soul, for. If my opinion on the subject was which was very general in both ancient to be shaken by anything, it would be and modern times. * This supposition with the following story, which was is most consonant with probability. It given to me by one whose veracity I is always to be remarked that this spe- have no reason to doubt. cies of superstition is most prevalent in There is, or rather was, a very anthose countries where learning and rea
cient castle in Lancashire, near Liverson have made but little progress. The pool, called Castle de Bergh, which demons (Aaqoves) and genii of former belongs to a noble family of that name. times were exactly the same as the Many years ago the possessor of the ghosts of this ; the same attributes, the castle, Mr. de Burgh, died, and the same power, and the same malice were castle was then let out to various of the observed of one, as are now attributed to tenantry, among whom was a carpenter. the other. By the Chaldeans these Two years after the death of Mr. de demons were divided into two kinds, Burgh, as this carpenter was employed good and bad. But as it is foreign to in his workshop, about a quarter of a my purpose to enter into an investiga- mile from the castle, melting glue, it tion of the opinions of the ancients on being evening, and only four of his this subject, I shall content myself with men with him, he perceived a gentlereferring the curious reader to Stanley's man in mourning passing the lathe History of Philosophy, a deservedly po- where the men were at work. He was pular work.
immediately seized with a violent tremI shall here recount one of the most bling and weakness, his hair stond on extraordinary tales relating to this sub- end, and a clammy sweat spread over his ject that I ever heard; I believe the so. forehead. The lights were put out, he lution is evident, and I am not aware that knew not how, and at last, in fear and it has appeared before ; but if it has, terror, he was obliged to return home. some of the readers of the Mirror may On his arrival at the castle, as he was not have seen it.
passing up the stairs, he heard a footA surgeon of Edinburgh was confined step behind, and on turning round he perto his bed by some illness, and at “the ceived the same apparition. He hastily dewy hour of eve," when the room was entered his room, and bolted, locked, lighted by nothing but the glimmering and barred the door, but to his horror and flickering light of a wond fire, he and surprise this offered no impediment perceived a female sitting at the foot of to his ghostly visiter, for the door sprang the bed clothed in white ! Imagining open at his touch, and he entered the that it was some defect in his sight, he room! The apparition was seen by
various others, all of whom asserted it * It must not be supposed that the opinion on bore the strongest resemblance to their the immortality of ibe soul was confined either to Christians or Jews; according to Herodotus,
deceased master! One gentleman spoke (lib. 2 ) the Massagetæ believed in the immortality of the soul; the most eminent of the ancient he was not happy.
to him, and the spirit told him “thạt pbilosophers invariably advocated that doctrine, one of the most important in the Christiau's
electors. The choice was of their own (For the Mirror.)
motion, and the person elected was pasUpon the silent grassy bed,
sive. Even at the present day, the law Shall maiden's tears at eve be shed,
does not contemplate his asking for And friendship's self shall often there
votes, and therefore does not allow, Heave the sigh, and breathe the pray'r.
after the issuing of the writ, sufficient Young flowers of spring around shall bloom, And summer's roses deck thy tomb.
time for a regular canvass.
The term The primrose ope its modest breast
“ candidate'' had its derivation from the Where thy lamented ashes rest,
person being candidatus, clothed in And cypress branches lowly bend
white, as symbolical of the wearer's Where thy lov'd form with clay sball blend. purity. The silver willow darkly wave
James I. issued a proclamation, in Above thy unforgotten grave,
which the voters for members of parAnd woodbine leaves will fondly creep, liament are directed “not to choose Where * * lies in holy sleep.
curious and wrangling lawyers, who Sturminster.
seek reputation by stirring needless PARLIAMENTARY SCRAPS.
At the Sussex election, in 1807, an (For the Mirror.)
elector, named Morton, voted in right LORD COKE, in his fourth institute, de- of his patrimonial land at Rusper, which fines certain qualities essentially requi- had been in possession of his ancestors site to constitute a good member of 750 years.
W. G. C. parliament; and he refers to a parliament roll, 3 Henry VI., which affirms
SONNET that a parliament man should have three TO AN EOLIAN HARP, HEARD AT EVENING. properties ascribed to the elephant-1.
(For the Mirror.) That he hath no gall; 2. That he is in- Soft breathings of aerial melody, flexible, and cannot bow; 3. That he is Ye seem like love-songs from the elfin land, of a most ripe and perfect memory:
Or soundings from that heaven-commissioned 1. To be without malice, rancour, heat,
band, and envy ;-in elephante melancholia Ushering the good man to the bliss on high.
Now swells the chorus full, anon ye die transit in nutrimentum corporis : every
Away upon the breeze, so soft and blaud gallish inclination, if any were, should
Melting on evening's ear. Sure Love's own tend to the good of the whole body-the hand commonwealth. 2. That he be con- In kindest mood hath wrought this minstrelsy. stant, inflexible, and not be bowed, or How to the lorn heart does its influence creep, turned from the right, either from fear, As the wild winds sweep o'er the fairy strings, reward, or favour ; not in judgment re
Bringing again departed, perish'd things,
O'er wbich we feel it luxury to weep. spect any person. 3. That in remembering perils past, dangers to come may
Sing on ye zephyr-sprites, your vespers cheer be prevented.
The heart, whose offering is a boly lear.
The Cosmopolite. phants: the one, that though they be maximæ virtutis et maximi intellectus, of great strength and understanding,
HINTS FOR SELF-ADVANCEMENT; OR,
HOW TO MAKE ONE'S WAY IN THE tamen gregatim semper incedunt, yet they are sociable, and go in companies ;
WORLD. for animalia gregalia non sunt nociva,
( For the Mirror.) sed animalia solivaga sunt nociva : so- When you visit married people, pay ciable creatures that go in flocks or particular attention to their children: herds are not hurtful-as deer, sheep, the more noisy, troublesome, and dis&c. ; but beasts that walk solely or agreeable they are, the more is it insingularly, as bears, foxes, &c., are dan- cumbent upon you to praise them. gerous and hurtful.
The other pro. Should the baby entertain you with a perty is, that the elephant is philan- passionate squall for an hour or two, thropos, homini erranti viam ostendit. vow that it is “a charming child" —"ra And, in the opinion of Coke, these pro- sweet pet'? —" a dear, pretty, little creaperties ought every parliament man to ture,” &c. &c. Call red hair auburn, have.
and “a sweet, uncommon colour ;” a Neither the ancient nor modern elec- squint, or cross-eye, think “an agreetion statutes mention, or imply, the ex- able expression;
; maintain that an istence of a “candidate.” The old laws ugly child is extremely handsome, and direct that the representative shall be the image either of one or other of its freely and indifferently chosen by the parents, or of its handsomest, wealthiest,
or most aristocratic relations. Discover yourself agreeable, which your own which of a family is mamma's, and which taste and talents, it is to be presumed, papa’s favourite, and pay your court ac- will naturally suggest: chess, whist, cordingly; for it is better to lavish, in ecarté, quadrille, &c. &c., not to men. this case, your attentions and encomiums tion a little practical knowledge of upon one or two, than upon all. music, are acquirements which cause an
When requiring an introduction to individual to be considered “very agreeany great people, scruple not to avail able”-because very useful; and rely yourself of the services of the little ; upon it, as the world goes, utility in but when mounted as high as you please, nine cases out of ten is, with society, a by all means kick down your ladders, consideration. Hence, no ereature is cast away your stepping stones-since so universally voted disagreeable as one they might, instead of being of any fur- from whom no kind of service can be ther assistance, only prove incumbrances exacted; and whilst roués, gamesters,
and tipplers, duelists, pugilists, and Take every opportunity of joining in blacklegs, are tolerated in society, stuconversation with those to whom you pid men are overlooked, or thrust out desire to recommend yourself. Should of it with contempt. you feel at a loss for topics of discourse, Dress in the extreme of fashion : you mention servants, and tradesmen, upon can neither gain nor maintain your whom fail not to bestow most hearty ground without so doing; and as you abuse ;-vow that they are an unprin- have an end to answer, which your cipled set of knaves, scoundrels, and tailors or milliners have not, of course thieves. Hence you will be thought to you will not suffer the unfashionable have much to say for yourself ;” and dictates of conscience, respecting their should you be enabled to narrate any bills, to interfere with your proceedings. grievous losses sustained from these Answer an invitation as soon as it is members of society, you will obtain cre- received; many individuals defer so doing dit for having "something to lose'' at for some days, which certainly shows any rate, and find it of incalculable fashionable ease and nonchalance, bevalue.
sides allowing time for the arrival of When you direct a letter to a knight another and preferable one ; but, by bachelor--though it is indeed customary those who are absolutely bent upon adand well-bred to omit altogether the vancing themselves in society, this pracKnt.- yet it will never be taken amiss tice is to be 'eschewed, since by perplexshould you venture to address him as a ing, it so annoys the donor of a fête, Knight of the Garter, Bath, &c. &c., or that the chances are greatly against your even as a Baronet. Undoubtedly it is ever again being asked. -as vulgar to misapprehend and consound Never omit, the day after a party, to titles, as it is to mispronounce and mis- send or leave your card, as an acknowspell names; nevertheless rest assnred, ledgment for the civility you have rethat flattered vanity will go far to par- ceived. This ceremony, indeed, it is to don vulgarity.
your interest frequently to repeat at the If a gentleman, pay infinite attention doors of your friends, since it will ensure to the single ladies of a family-compli- your never being forgotten by them. ment, flirt, converse with, and ask them Never go to an evening party until to dance. This conduct will obtain for you are pretty certain that everybody you, on account of the fair creatures, else is coming away. Your consequence marvellous good report, numerous invi- will by this conduct be enhanced ;-you tations; and if you have sufficient tact may protest that you have already ap- to steer clear of committing yourself for peared at two or three balls, &c. When, more than a few flattering and general if a student or fashionable novel-writer, attentions, you may be considered one your time may have been more rationally , of the happiest of those who live-by employed at home, you go too late to their wits, and upon
their friends. dance much, if the exercise, or rather Should your dancing days be over,” the partners, be disagreeable to you ; which is scarcely probable, considering you ensure being seen, which is somehow greatly it is now the fashion for thing,-for, alas ! how many worthy “potent, grave, and reverend signors,” aspirants to fashion, fortune, and fame, and signoras also, to join the gay qua- if of no actual importance, are fated to drille, &c. (and here we may as well pass unnoticed in a crowd! and the note, that in genteel society, dowager opportunity is besides afforded you of honourables and old ladies may dance, paying almost undivided attention to whilst young, plain misses may not)- your host, hostess, and family, which . there are sundry modes of rendering must materially advance your interests.