Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

verse 3

start.

[ocr errors]

on

sense

The crook of her shepherd; and close to her pius, and ever' and ánon coquetting lips

with himself in the magic mirror.. Lies the Pan-pipe he blows, which in sleep. No doubt, he rung the bell for the la

ing she sips ; The giant's knees totter, with passions di- dies, and the children, and the ser

vants, and probably sent out for his Ah, how can he bear it! Ah! what could favourite “ washerwoman. When be worse !

he dressed for dinner, did the ivy He's ready to cry out, for anguish of heart : wreath still

continue to deck his regal And tears himself off, lest she wake with a temples ? Did he sip tea in it? Play

a rubber at whist? And finally, did So much for our deceased friend's he go to bed in it—and, if so, did he “ love of sociality, the country, and shroud its glories in a night-cap, or the fine imagination of the Greeks.”- did he lay his head on the pillow like May we add a few specimens of Bacchus by the side of Ariadne ? All

these little interesting circumstantialia IV. His love of himself. ties are, no doubt, mentioned in his He gets Mrs L. H. to model a bust autobiography, of him, and during the operation, he

But one sonnet-two sonnets to talks of becoming

John Keats, do not suffice and we “ Worthier of Apollo's bough.”.

have a third " the same.” What is to be thought of a man

It is a lofty feeling, yet a kind, writing a triumphal sonnet on his own

Thus to be topped with leaves ; to have a bust, and publishing it—and what Of honour-shaded thought-an influence if that man be, at the best, but a small As from great nature's fingers, and be poetaster and newsmonger. Then fol

twined lows a sonnet to John Keats,

With her old, sacred, verdurous ivy-bind,
"Tis well you think me truly one of those . As though she hallowed with that sylvan
Whose sense discerns the loveliness of fence,
things, &c.

A head that bows to her benevolence,
And then again comes another son-

Midst pomp of fancied trumpets in the

wind !!!!
net on
“ receiving a crown of ivy from

'Tis what's within us crowned.
the same."

There is a pair of blockheads for
A crown of ivy! I submit my head
To the young
hand that gives it-young, 'tis you! John Keats had no more right

to dress up Leigh Hunt in this absurd
true,
But with a right, for 'tis a poet's too.

fashion, than he had to tar and feather How pleasant the leaves feel!! and how him and we do not doubt, that if they spread

Leigh Hunt had ever had the misforWith their broad angles, like a nodding tune to have been tarred and feathered, shed

he would have written a sonnet on his Over both eyes!! and how complete and plumification, and described himself as

a Bird of Paradise. As on my hand I lean, to feel them strew

From John Keats the transition is My sense with freshness, Fancy's rustling not difficult to John Hamilton Reybed!

nolds-for he too had written lines on This sonnet presents to us a very the story of Rimini—though by nalaughable picture, which, spite of Mr ture fit for far other occupation-and Hunt's decease, we hope there can be accordingly Mr Hunt returns him no great harm in enjoying. Mr John sonnet for sonnet. In it, Mr ReyKeats was, we believe, at this time, a nolds, clever man as he is, is made to young apothecary, and if, instead of look very like a ninny. crowning poor Mr Hunt with ivy, he TO JOHN HAMILTON REYNOLDS, had clapped a blister upon his head, he On his Lines upon the Story of Rimini. would have acted in a way more suite Reynolds, whose Muse, from out thy gentle able to his profession. Such an opportu

embraces, nity, probably never occurred again. Holding a little crisp and dewy swwer, Well-behold the Cockney-strutting

Came to me in my close-entwined bower,

Where many fine-eyed Friendships and glad about the room, for we hope there was

Graces, out of doors” exposure, with his Parting the boughs, have looked in with įvy-crown, dressing gown, yellow like faces, breeches, and red slippers--followed, And thanked the song which had sufficient in all his movements by young Escula

power

new,

no

With Phæbus to bring back a warmer hour, " The force of nature could no farther go And turn his southern eye to our green To make one Fool, she joined the other places.

two." But the most insane of all the Idol- Two more sonnets follow on the ators is at hand, in the shape of a cer

same subject, and Mr Hunt, we are tain Doctor, whose name, lest it should told, a short time before his death, injure his practice, we shall not men- had the lock of Milton's hair put into tion, and who (upon his knees, we

a broach, in the figure of a naked Eve, presume,) makes an offering to the and wore it, and the Mother of Man. Idol of Cockaigne OP A LOCK OF Mil- kind, on the frill of his shirt. TON'S HAIR!!!!

This fashion of firing off sonnets at

each other was prevalent in the me. Το.

M. D. On his giving me a Lock of Milton's Hair. bardlings, and was even more annoying

tropolis a short time since among the I felt my spirit leap, and look at thee

than the detonating balls. We have Through my changed colour with glad heard them cracking off in the lobbies

grateful stare. When after shewing us this glorious hair,

of the Theatres, and several exploded Thou didst turn short, and bending plea- close to our ear one morning in Sir santly

John Leicester's gallery. Like other With gracious hand gav'st the great lock To nuisances of the kind, they are now

laughed down; and, indeed, after An honouring gift indeed! which I will Leigh Hunt's death, who was at the

top of the fashion, it dwindled quite About me, while I breathe this strenuous

away, though sometimes even yet a air, That nursed his Apollonian tresses free.

stray sonneteer is to be found can

tering along on his velocipede. See what it is to be a favourite of In our next we hope to publish Apollo ! Apothecaries and physicians “ Luctus” on the death of Mr Hunt, flock in upon you from every side.- by Webb, Keats, and Co.--and also a And well might it be said of funeral oration, by Mr Hazlitt, We

M.D., in reference to Keats ourselves intend to write his epitaph. and Reynolds,

z.

ME!!

wear

1

DECORATIONS OF EDINBURGH. MR EDITOR, I have read with some sorrow, and store the old ; let us make works which more shame, your correspondent's pro- exercise the memory in recollections posal to adorn Edinburgh with a of Athens or Rome, rather than Greek Temple. Is he serious? or does aspire after an hazardous reputation he write it as a satire upon Scottish for originality. So thought the pru. invention ? and is it true, that no dent—the calculating—the painstakliving man is capable of conceiving a ing people of America, and what have suitable structure to commemorate the they done, and what are they daily glories of Scotland ? That your cor- doing? Your correspondent knows respondent shews good taste in ad- this-you cannot climb an eminence miring the Parthenon, who would in the United States but you see deny--but he is unwise in recommend- Spartas, Thebes's, and Athens's on ing its restoration by his countrymen. all sides, hills abound with classic The use to be made of ancient works, --here is Ethos--there is Athos, of the majestic remains of Grecian Parnassus is near, and beyond it arises greatness, is not to transfer them in mount Pelion, the

you

have the gross into marble or stone, to carry climbed is the “ Calicolone on the them off, pillar and rafter, like the Simio's side.” fabled church of Loretto,-but to con- “ And what was Goose Creek once, is Tyber template and admire them, to elevate the mind and kindle a fire which may Now all this is harmless enough, excite an emulation of their glories. but what does it shew-all but an oriBut your correspondent thinks the ginal spirit. In the same taste people sun of Scottish invention has sunk or may-and many people do baptize has never risen : therefore, says he, let their children. I have seen Lucius us not seek to create the new, but re- Junius OʻFlanagan, which is a so

names

very hill

now.”

norous and well sounding name come great man-General Washington in pared to others ;—what do you think the costume of Cincinnatus. Our proof Mr Augustus Stokes, Cicero Cramp, vincial ballad-maker had better taste Phidius Bubb, and Mr Michael An- when he censured the statue of our gelo Tailor. Something in the same Dutch King William. - John Highstyle your correspondent recommends, landman in Glasgow sings -who, quoth he, has equalled the Par

“ And there she saw a meikle man thenon? Let us go build one. Nobody Riding on a horse has equalled the Iliad--why does Wal- And oh she pe a poor man, ter Scott squander his golden time on And no hae many claes ! nameless knights--on feudal barba- The brogues pe a' worn off hers feet, rians-let “ him" render Homer into

And she see a' her taes !" his native tongue, and earn the im- On all sides we see monuments of our mortality which awaits imitation and want of an original taste, and ancient forsakesinvention. Remember your cor- works pressed into modern service, respondent does not say, “come let us go Your correspondent forgets the lines look at the Parthenon, contemplate its of the poet, simple beauty, then conceive something “ Each author was to him well known, in the same lofty spirit to adorn our Yet what he wrote was all his own.” native city.” No, he says, imagine Let none suppose I mean to censure not you are capable of conceiving any these ancient and immortal works of thing excellent, your minds are im- Greece--that I do not feel their expotent of any exalted exertion, where cellence or the honour and the glory you cannot lead, you should limp af- they confer. They are noble efforts of ter.—". Then by all means rear the human genius, nor do I withhold my Parthenon in Scottish stone-what applause from the massive and solid have you to do with originality,” structures of the Egyptians-a people There are too many buildings in Edin- who consulted duration more than disburgh already which remind one of play. But all those works illustrate other people's productions-it is not my the men and the time, and their restowish to increase the number.

ration in Scotland will recal the deYour correspondent, however, tries parted glory of Greece and Egypt, and to sooth the insulted genius of his show the Scotch to be miserable cocountry, by assuring us that we have pyists of fine marble in coarse stone. more than one architect equal to the Let us not look at Scotland and her task of executing a new Parthenon. heroes and sages through Greek specWhy, what has an architect to do when tacles_let us make something such as thestructure is commenced and the plan Phidias might have done had he been completed? Does he dig the foundations a Scotchman. There is abundance of or hew the stones-or bed them in mor- genius extant for lofty undertakings. tar by the line and the level ? or comes We are by no means deficient in nåhe to clap the mason on the back and tive works of an original spirit-look cry, “ well done.” Conception, the at the noble reliques of Saxon and Gogreat test of genius, is taken out of thic architecture; they want the simour hands—the illustrious Greeks have plicity, and perhaps the solidity, of the supplied us with that. Execution is Greek temples; but they are decidedly the next—this is pioneers' work. The original--they reflect no other people master spirit has measured out the they remind us not of Greece or task, and his legion of lesser spirits Egypt-and they have a solemn granfulfil it.

deur, and richness, and variety, which It is the taste of men like your cor- do honour to the inventor. What respondent which has filled our church- does your correspondent say to this ?es with monuments of British heroes, perhaps he calls it “ the entangled lasages, and bards, in the garb of Greece byrinth of blue-eyed barbarians.” Adand Rome—that has given Samuel miring the Gothic as I do, I mean not Johnson a Roman toga and sandals, to recommend it-I mentioned it to and an antique shield and helmet to show that originality was not a hopeLord Chatham-that has sent Cap- less matter—that excellence was to be tain Burgess stark naked with a sword found elsewhere, and of later invention. in his hand to gain the weather gage The Greek has a nobler exterior than and break the French line, and the Gothic, is perhaps less expensive clothed-and this is the error too of a in execution, and at all events more massive and solid-matters of prime respondent forgot this, else he might importance. The exterior of a Gothic have advised you to build your monubuilding seems, at a distance, like a ment in the North Loch. huge barn; the Grecian, even in ruins, In conclusion, I may name a few has a noble outside. But I cannot ex- matters I should have lamented, and tend this praise to the Parthenon, which which would have happened had all presents an unvaried roof, and seems been arranged according to the style not to equal the beauty of some other and taste of your correspondent-I ancient temples. I feel afraid the Cal- should have lamented, had Shakspeare ton Hill, (if it is the Calton now that clipped and squared his romantic it once was, for I cannot look out at Saxon drama by the straight line of any window and see the tricks which Euripides--I should have lamented, improvement has been playing with had Milton chosen some potent and this admired rock), would be too large well booted Greek for his hero raa base for this building, the mountain ther than the Great Fiend--and sung would devour the monument--you of Hercules and “ Lacedemons hollow must have a building of colossal mag- glen profound,” rather than of Belzenitude to associate with this mighty bub and the bottomless pit-I should pedestal. I am surprised that your have lamented, had Walter Scott listcorrespondent did not feel some classi- ened to the voice of the critics-had cal scruples about recommending a not remonstrated in verse, hill, even of solid rock, for the scite of " Nay, Erskine, nay, on the wild hill his Parthenon ; he knows the Athe- Let the wild heath-flower flourish still;" nians were a curious and scrupulous but thrown his immortal lays of chipeople about the foundations for their valry into the Ettrick or the Tweed, national works—they looked forward and squandered his powers on the and contemplated defiance to the re- demigods or the antediluvians. All volutions of nature, as well as the this I would have lamented, and though machinations of man, and built one of my sorrow might be less, I would consitheir fairest temples in a morass, where der a Scottish Parthenon something in it was less liable to earthquakes than the same taste.-Your humble servant, on the summit of a hill. Your cor

A JOURNEYMAN MASON.

EMIGRATION TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.

When the public mind is directed to Barrow had compressed, in the comany interesting and important subject, pass of a cheap pamphlet, all the valuinnumerable scribblers are ever on the able information to be gleaned from alert with placards and pamphlets to his excellent “ travels to the interior amuse, if not to satisfy the popular of Southern Africa.” Instead of this, curiosity. Temporary and taking title however, there have appeared “ a pages serve to get off edition upon e- Guide to the Cape of Good Hope, &c. dition of the veriest trash, while books &c." abounding in every variety of of the most solid information, if not blunder and error, and also, “ the Cape wholly unknown, are very partially of Good Hope Calendar,” a mere reconsulted. It may be, that men of print, with a flimsy preface, of the anreal talent and knowledge feel some nual almanack, printed in the colony: reluctance in appending their names to These, nevertheless, have been puffed such undignified and ephemeral tracts and placarded with most audacious as are calculated in a short and hum- quackery in every corner of the town. ble form to give information to the We have been at some pains to proignorant. Certain, however, it is, that cure every necessary information, and upon questions of importance, seldom although in a former Number we endo those address the public who have deavoured to afford a general view of the already gained its respect by more ela- Cape and its facilities, we are induced borate treatises, and who therefore are to dwell upon some points which we best qualified and entitled to write in had not leisure just then to discuss; detail. On the subject before us, and moreover, as the subject itself is Emigration to the Cape of Good Hope, becoming hourly more extensively we could indeed have wished that Mr popular and seriously important, the Colonial Office in Downing Street landing, when the victualling at the exhas issued the two following circulars, pense of government shall cease. A furwhich at once explain the encourage

ther proportion of one-third shall be repaid mentand conditions held out by govern

as soon as it shall be certified to the gover

nor of the colony that the settlers under the ment on the subject of emigration to

direction of the person taking them out, are the Cape :

actually located upon the land assigned to No I.

them, and the remainder at the expiration of

three months from the date of their location. “ Downing Street, London, 1819. “ I have to acquaint you in reply to your

“ If any parishes in which there may be letter of the

a redundancy of population, shall unite in following are the conditions under which it selecting an intelligent individual to proceed is proposed to give encouragement to emi- tion, not less in number, and of the descrip,

to the Cape, with settlers under his direc. gration to the Cape of Good Hope.

tion abovementioned, and shall advance mo“ The sufferings to which many indivi. duals have been exposed, who have emi- ney in the proportion abovementioned, the grated to his Majesty's foreign possessions, vidual at the rate of 100 acres for every head

government will grant land to such an indiunconnected and unprovided with any capie of a family, leaving the parish at liberty to tal, or even the means of support, having make such conditions with the individual, or been very afflicting to themselves, and

the settlers, as may be calculated to prevent equally, burthensome to the colonies to which they have proceeded, the government the maintenance of such settlers in the event

the parish becoming again chargeable with have determined to confine the application of their return to this country. of the money recently voted by address in the House of Commons, to those persons

“ But no offers of this kind will be acwho possessing the means will engage to cepted, unless it shall be clear that the percarry out, at the least, ten able-bodied indi. sons proposing to become settlers shall have viduals above eighteen years of age, with or distinctly given their consent, and the head without families, the government always of each family is not infirm or incapable of

work. reserving to itself the right of selecting from the several offers made to them, those which

" It is further proposed, that in any case may prove upon examination to be most in which one hundred families proceed toeligible.

gether, and apply for leave to carry out * In order to give some security to the with them a minister of their own persuagovernment, that the persons undertaking sion, government will, upon their being acto make these establishments have the tually located, assign a salary to the mi. means of doing so, every person engaging nister whom they may have selected to acto take out the abovementioned number company them, if he shall be approved by of persons or families shall deposite at the Secretary of State. the rate of ten pounds (to be repaid as “ The lands will be granted at a quit rent hereafter mentioned) for every family so to be fixed, which rent, however, will be retaken out, provided that the family does not mitted for the first ten years; and at the consist of more than one man, one woman, expiration of three years (during which the and two children under fourteen years of party and a number of families, in the proage. All children above the number of two portion of one for every hundred acres must will be to be paid for, in addition to the de- have resided on the estate,) the land shall posite abovementioned, in the proportion of be measured at the expense of government, five pounds for every two children under and the holder shall obtain, without fee, his fourteen years of age, and five pounds for title thereto, on a perpetual quit rent, not every person between the ages of fourteen exceeding in any case two pounds sterling, and eighteen.

for every hundred acres; subject, however, • In consideration of this deposite, a pas- to this clause beyond the usual reservasage shall be provided at the expense of tions* ; that the land shall become forfeited government for the settlers, who shall also to 'government, in case the party shall abe victualled from the time of their em- bandon the estate, or not bring it into culti. barkation until the time of their landing in vation within a given number of years. the colony.

“ I am, your most obedient humble ser. “ A grant of land, under the conditions vant. hereafter specified, shall be made to him at “ P. S. In order to ensure the arrival of the rate of one hundred acres for every such the settlers at the Cape, at the beginning of person or family whom he so takes out; the planting season, the transports will not one-third of the sum advanced to govern- leave this country until the month of Noment on the outset, shall be repaid on vember."

The usual reservations are the right of the crown to mines of precious stones, of gold and silver, and to make such roads as may be necessary for the convenience of the tolony.

« ZurückWeiter »