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son He saw fit that I should learn; ther, have been here to-day, and they yet sweet are the uses of adver- have promised Peggy that if it pleased sity.”_" Yes,” said the old wo the Lord that she should join him man, “ Peggy doesna mean to mur ihat's gone, before his poor old mother mur. And do not, dear children, does, they will take care of her. So amongst all the happy faces you have now her poor heart is at rest, and we seen to-day, think that God has for- can both wait for God's good time in gotten us. No; he has made his peace.” The children now bestowed face to shine upon us in all our sor their little gists, and received the blessrow, and filled our hearts with peace, ing of the widow and her daughter. and hope, and joy! Poor Peggy had Their little hearts were full, and the but one care when she rose this morn tears stood in their bright eyes when ing, and felt how weak she was; and they departed. But at their age, even that is now removed, for both such tears may purify, but do not long our good minister, and your dear mo- sadden, the heart.
[An English Magazine for February pardonable description. As the kitchcontains an article entitled Dick Dewlap, en (for, with a drearner's privilege, I detailing some of the troubles of obesity. imagined all this took place in a NewAs it is too long for the pages of the Ath- gate kitchen) as the kitchen, I say, eneum, and as it is not all written with the was not over large—and my partner same spirit, we make a selection of the and I were-we could not move about most amusing portion, being the dream of without jostling each other; so I helpMr. D.]
ed Daniel to perch himself on the top
of an empty hogshead, that stood near I BELIEVE my dream had a com- the dresser; and there he sat, drummencement rather tragical than un- ming with his mill-posts against the common ; for few people can acquit side of his pinnacle, his hands placed their consciences of having dreamed quiescently under his knees, and his they were going to be hung, though I pouting lips suitably employed in half never could get any one to own that whistling “ See the conquering Hero he also knew he had done enough to comes.” I supposed that poor
Dandeserve the punishment. Unluckily iel, being at least three times my for me, however, I had not ven this weight (I found that circumstance no consolation ; I thought I was to be sinall consolation), had long considerhung for being too fat; and so far was ed his crime too enormous to pardon; I from feeling shocked at the circum- and as hiding or running away was out stance, that I was only surprised how of the question, had made up his mind I had escaped so long. Though in that the affair would terminate fatally, Newgate, I was perfectly tranquil ; from the moment he was seized and and received with resignation the in- shoved into a waggon. I cannot help telligence that I was to be hung the remarking, though, that Mr. L., had following morning, the cause being, he seen the matter in a proper light, simply and solely, because two credi- must have considered me a martyr in ble witnesses had sworn that, in their comparison with himself; the victim judgment, I was too fat to be allowed of a law, equally just and necessary to live any longer.
as it regarded him, but, in my case, Still more at his ease, however, if carried to a most cruel extreme. possible, was Daniel Lambert, who Affairs were in this interesting powas, I thought, my fellow prisoner, sition, when Mr. Ketch made his apand to suffer in the same way, for a pearance, bringing in his hand soine far weightier offence of the same un- twenty yards of cordage, about as
thick as a brig's hawser, and asked us, drels who have sworn away our lives, on our honor as gentlemen, whether and will gloat over our fatal fall, as we thought; that would be strong they would over the prize beef that enough to answer a certain purpose ? they devour as well as kill ? Why I replied, that I could not speak from don't you behave like a inan, and experience, but I flattered myself the do as I have done ?" His reply petriline was strong enough, and that for fied me. “ I don't know,'
,' answered me he need not be at the trouble of the monster, coolly, “I think its hardly getting a chain cable. As for Mr. worth while. The fact is, that the Lambert, I left him to speak for him- Secretary of State (on condition of self, as he had not favored me with our eating no more rump steaks) has any remarks on things, either in gene- sent down our pardons, and I've got ral or particular. Daniel, I suppose, them both in my pocket.” heard this remark; but he still kept Here was an answer to give a man whistling and drumming, with undis- whom he had just seen swallow lauturbed calmness, and did not answer a danum enough to kill a cart horse ! syllable.
After staring at him for half a minute When Mr. Ketch had withdrawn, with “ thought too deep for tears" it occurred to me, that however merit- -indeed I was studying which way to ed my sentence (and I could not deny sacrifice him-my indignation at length that I had enjoyed a long career of ex- found utterance—“Why, you envious, cessive stoutness), yet still the hu- overgrown villain,” said I, “ why did mane community, tempering justice not you tell me this before ?” “ Why with mercy, could only require that I did not I ?" replied he (as if confident should be despatched, no matter how; I could not possibly object to his most and that I might, therefore, as well make exquisite reason), “why, because you my exit in private as public, at ease as did not ask me !" What signified arin pain. No sooner thought than done. guing with such a dolt ? I determinA bottle of laudanum stood at my el- ed to make short work of it. “ Now, bow. I poured a large quantity into you fat fool,” cried I (going up to him a breakfast cup, and instantly drank it with my clenched fist),
“ now I must off, with the serenity of a Socrates. go and have the laudanum taken out My friend Daniel witnessed the hero- of me with the stomach pump, through ic performance with equal apathy, and your stupidity-take that!” (knocking still continued drumming and whist- him off his perch into the empty hogsling“ See the conquering Hero comes.” head, the top of which suddenly gave
As a convicted fat man, anxious for way behind him); and I think I awoke the honor of the chief of his caste, I with the noise he made in bawling could not help feeling somewhat piqued out—"What's that for?” From this at Mr. Lambert's indifference to his specimen, you may judge whether I impending disgrace. “Why, Daniel,” am not as much to be pitied for my said I, “ will you be fool enough to be nightly visions as any opium eater in led out to-morrow morning, at eight England. I'll dream against the hest precisely, to dance in the air for the of them for a veal cutlet any night he amusement of the skin and bone scoun- likes.
THE CONFESSIONS OF A MALE, AND THE PERFORMANCE OF A FEMALE. I have always under immediate loves of Cupid and Psyche-the sacricommand, a store of current and fa- fice of Iphigenia—the chastity of Luvorite subjects, suitably wrought ; for cretia—the death of Cæsar—the cruinstance, the death of Adonis—the elty of Nero—and so forth. I have
also in readiness a number of pompous ger of splitting on this rocky problem, speeches and gorgeous descriptions, especially when be applies it to subwhich are easily interwoven in poems jects borrowed from modern history. on every subject, and relieve weaker
[This throws some light upon the subpassages by their glowing diction: for ject, coming, as it does, from a “professioninstance, an eulogium on the city of al gentleman;" but thus much we had supRome—a deprecation of the passions— posed without his confession. Stripped of a storm scene—the delights of spring the mask of inspiration—for this reduces -with other popular, and generally them to the rank of others who “ fret their applicable subjects. It is also a hap- hour upon the stage”—by which they might py expedient, in spontaneous composi- deceive and confuse the more illiterate of tion, to interweave with the common
the Italian mob, how shall we account for place subjects so often proposed, in- the prodigious effect of the girl's performtroductory remarks and conclusive
ance, who seems to have carried away moralities of universal application. captive, not only her own easily excited Thus the poet avoids all suspicion of
countrymen, but the cooler blooded and having prepared himself for the occa
more phlegmatic, although perhaps as sion, and by seasonably introduced
easily gulled, Englishman? There is still compliments and apologies he will
some mystery about the matter, the readiest readily adapt himself to all occasions. Memory alone will not, however, meet letter-writer exaggerating the effect, for the
solution of which is to suppose the English every claim upon the powers of an improvisatore; presence of mind, and a
purpose of lauding that which it is fashionlively imagination, are indispensable ;
able to praise. It is not “ straining at a or, in default of the latter, the power gnat” to imagine a person who applauded of concealing its absence by a ready
Mathews's caricatures not because they command of the classic poets, quota
were caricatures—swallowing with equal tions from which are not regarded as avidity the rant and buffoonery of Italian plagiarisms, but rather as honorable
mountebanks. evidence of extensive learning; and,
Miss “ L. E. L.," who has given fame to with a command of Virgil and Horace
“ The Improvisatrice," and all others who alone, I would pledge myself to ex
think them remnants of ages past, when haust any lyric or epic theme from an
inspiration was not so uncommon as at cient story, without any modern ac
present, merely because there were not so cessaries. The rhymes readily sug- many candidates, will pardon these reflecgest themselves in a language so rich tions which tend only to bring us all back and pliant as the Italian, and relieve
again to“ Mother Earth.”] the labor of invention, especially if The improvisatrice gave, on the aided by musical accompaniment. 24th of February, 1818, a public For dramatic poems, which are almost Academia in the Teatro della Valle, invariably modelled after regular tra- which I attended. At the door of the gedy, and from ancient history, I have parterre was a silver urn, into which sentiments and language prepared for every one who entered was allowed to every probable contingency. The throw a theme rolled up in a slip of characters are tyrants, cruel parents, paper. A low and simple overture heroes, lovers, and confidants. For from the band preceded the arrival of these I have declarations of love, fare- the poetess, who at length made her well scenes, blessings, and maledic- appearance in white costume. She tions, all ready, and easily adapted to was a pale girl, about seventeen, and a variety of situations. Occasionally, her large black eyes were full of fire. too, I employ the ancient chorus, which After an obeisance to the audience, deals in generalities, and comes in she requested that the silver urn might with good effect. Versi sciolti are be brought upon the stage ; and, in the most hazardous of all spontaneous sight of every one, a stranger drew attempts, and the poet is often in dan- out six slips of paper, the contents of
which he read aloud, and then pre- or repetition, her internal agony was sented them to the poetess. The expressed by looks so appalling, that themes were these : La morte del I felt an involuntary anxiety to help Conte Ugolino ; Saffo e Faone ; La her out of the difficulty. Her delivemorte d’Ifigenia ; La morte d'Egeo ; ry, however, became more flowing Il cinto di Venere ; Coriolano. and impassioned as she proceeded,
She selected the first named ; and and, as she uttered the last word, she after pacing the stage for several mi- fell exhausted into a chair. But her nutes in visible excitement, but with - excitement was too great for long inout gesticulation, she directed the action. She rallied almost instantaorchestra to play an aria, which she neously, swallowed hastily a glass of distinguished by a number. In ac- water, and called to the orchestra for cordance with the subject, the melody another accompaniment. Gradually was a deep lament, and of simple she took a bolder flight, and a wider construction. After it had been play- range ; calling occasionally for intered over twice, she gave a signal to calary verses, and final rhymes from the band, and, with an impassioned the audience, who also prescribed for burst, began to declaiın her poem in her the metres of several poems. The tones which were a mean betwixt re conclusion of each effort was followed citation and singing. The musicians by loud and universal applause, nor yielded to the words, and bumored a could the audience always wait the slower or more rapid utterance with close, but expressed their loud delight great dexterity. The emphatic notes during the brief pauses in her recitaalways fell on the rhymes, and were tion, These interruptions, however, sustained ad libitum ; but here the were evidently no annoyance, but radeclamation yielded to the air, resem- ther seemed to stimulate the gifted bling somewhat the recitativo secco fair one to more daring flights. She of the Italian opera, or the chanting wrought wonders with the stale and of the mass in the Catholic churches. worn-out themes selected for her; and The improvisatrice excited astonish- certainly no one, who looked and lisment and pity. Her whole frame tened, could doubt her inspiration. quivered with convulsive effort ; her Most admirable, too, was the unafbosom throbbed, her cheeks glowed, fected and maidenly propriety with her dark eyes blazed, and her counte- which she steered her course through nance assumed a character so widely the difficulties of that slippery subdifferent from its first appearance, that ject, the girdle of Venus, and avoided I could have fancied her, a statue every allusion which might have comsuddenly warmed into vitality by the promised her youthful purity. The Promethean spark of poesy.
When- delicacy with which she accomplished ever the flow of her diction was sus- this cannot, however, be conveyed by pended, even for a moment, or when description, nor could I do justice to she was conscious of any slight error it, had I retained her language.
LE JEUNE AVEUGLE.—THE BLIND BOY.
Ou me conduisez vous, ma mère?
J'ai senti la fraicheur des champs. Oh! qu'un seul rayon de lumière
Repandrait de vie en mes sens ! Adieu, seduisante nature !
Que n'ai j'oublié tes couleurs, Que n'ai j'oublié la verdeur,
Et les arbrisseaux, et les fleurs ? Etes-vous belle encor, ma mère ?
Pour moi, je ne vous verrai plus,
Ah, mother, whither am I led ?
I feel the freshness of the fields:
The light and life that summer yields !
Why can I not forget thy hues,
And every flower its turf that strews?
For me, I see thy face no more;
Je ne depeins sous ma paupière
Les traits que vous avez perdus. Au milieu de l'épaisse nuage
Qui m'environne sans retour, Je crois vous voir, et votre image,
Et pour moi celle d'un beau jour. Il s'arrête-il cherche une rose,
Et sa main la cueille en tremblant : Puis de ses larmes il l'arrose,
Et la rejette en l'effeuillant. Il mourut l'automne dernière ;
Et, pendant ses touchants adieux, Il disoit tout bas à sa mère,
* Je verrai clair dans les cieux."
But, through the shades mine eyes that fill
I trace the look thou hadst before.
That round me spreads where'er I flee,
Fair as that morn I ne'er may see.
And trembling pluck'd the crimson crown;
And tore its leaves, and flung it down. He died when died the withering year,
And, 'mid his last and faltering sighs, He murmured in his mother's ear,
6. There is no blindness in the skies.”
EDINBURGH SESSIONAL SCHOOL.*
In 1823, a small circulating library where, or in idle gossip, or worldly was annexed to the Institution. In cares, or dissipation shocking to the 1824, the school was removed from sanctity of the day, should entirely Leith Wynd to Market Place, and in delegate to the sabbath-teacher, tutor, 1825 was opened an evening school, or friends, that sacred trust which for the benefit of individuals more ad- God and nature have so strongly revanced in life. In various instances posed in themselves ; but what if hunhave been seen at this seminary the dreds of children in any large town, parents of the children who were then nay, in any parish, have no parents in attendance upon the day-school- who will instruct them, or no parents and there is now a father and son to- at all ? That argument is a clencher, gether in the evening school. The and there is really no need for ano-branches of education taught in it are ther. reading, with English grammar, gene
A Sabbath school then was opened ral knowledge of the English language, in every parish in the city. Such and explanations of the subject on schools were founded so far on the which they read, arithmetic, writing, principle of locality, but for good reaand geography. It has been seen that sons given by Mr. Wood, not excluSUNDAY Schools were originally the sively; and their management seems principal, if not the exclusive, object to be excellent, though we cannot go of the Edinburgh Parochial Institu- into the details. tions. Mr. Wood has two excellent An objection, it seems, has most chapters on Sunday Schools—but of absurdly been made to these Sabbath their contents we can give but a very schools, that the teachers are paid. concise abridgment.
Indeed! The religious instruction of First, he turns himself to meet an the poor should be “a labor of love !" objection often urged against them, Indeed! is not the laborer in such that it is an improper thing to take the cases worthy of his hire ? He is, if religious education of the young out of in any case whatever. The very rethe hands of their parents, and to de- sponsibility of the teacher is increased volve that important duty on strangers. by some not inadequate remuneration It is, he allows, to be regretted that of his labors. We doubt if without it any parents, from indolence, indiffe- responsibility could exist. Gratuitous rence, mistaken diffidence, a desire to services are suspicious ; they puff up spend their own Sunday evenings at those who bestow them—they flagsermons or prayer-meetings, or else- they pant-they die.
* Continued from page 38.