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THE DAY,

A MORNING JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, FINE ARTS, FASHION, &c.

CARPE DIEM.

GLASGOW, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1832.

NEW VERSION OF AN OLD PROVERB.

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part of his Majesty's dominions ; when we table, in fulu puit, where he found a large, plump, well

HINTS FOR ESTABLISHING AN ACADEMY FOR

left-handed characters, when forced, as it were, to take Off Stephen a GASTRONOMICAL DISSECTION.,

the carving knife in hand, but as the class to which they Heaven sends meat and the Devil sends Carvers.

belong rather abounds in our neighbourhood, we shall refrain from being too loquacious, in case we give

offence where it is not intended. In the observations, 2006eborde

It is no uncommon thing, for those who imagine they at beauty and

however, which we have already made, and in those can point out a desideratum in the state of society, to that we may hereafter make, either on this, or any commence by bringing under the review of their other subject of an unpalatable nature, we request it readers, a long list of existing advantages. In accord- to be particularly understood, that all the regular subance with this very old practice of theoretical pro- scribers to “ The Day" are to be considered as wholly jectors, we could very easily, did our limits permit, exempt, and as this is an advantage which no other enumerate the many useful establishments, at present periodical holds out to the public, we trust our friends in operation among us, not only for the necessary parts will estimate the boon at its full value. of education, but also for those which are considered

The preceding hints, all tending to shew the necesornamental. Without alluding to the various acquire- sity of an academy for the encouragement of gastronoments that are thought requisite, towards forming

mical dissection in our city, has been, in a great meathe education of such, as are intended for the mere

sure, suggested by circumstances which fell under our drudgery of the counting-house, we may safely affirm,

observation, while occasionally dining out during the without the fear of contradiction, that Scotland affords

late festivities. One of these circumstances occurred as many opportunities of attaining a proficiency in

at a Christmas party, to which the writer was invited those arts and accomplishments, which are generally

by his tailor, * Mr. Nicol Twist. Nicol, as the clock considered essential towards forming that most im

struck six, stepped into his place at the foot of the posing of all characters, the finished gentleman, as

full puff
any
other

goose smoking a
say so, we must be understood to mean, those requisites

little chitty-chatty body, born within the sound of Bow the knowledge of which a pecuniary consideration can

Bells, and of course up to all that is comfortable in the command. Yet, amid this plenitude of the means and “wictualling" department, fronting him, with a large opportunities of information, it must be confessed, that

tureen-full of hare soup. The soup was soon desin the duties of the table, particularly where carving is

patched, and poor Nicol was called upon to handle his required, our countrymen to the North of the Tweed,

weapons, but
are greatly inferior to their neighbours, on the South
of that well-known boundary. This deficiency, in what

Alas! what dangers do environ

The man that meddles with cold iron !
may be reckoned an every-day matter of life, can be
accounted for in two very different ways: in the first

Nicol raised his carver, but seemed utterly at a loss place, the Scots are an intellectual not a sensual people,

where to direct it; he looked round with a supplicatand, in consequence, the affairs of the table form but ing air, and at last, in a fit of desperation, applied it to an object of secondary consideration among them. In that part which is called the parson's nose; this he the next place and which, we believe, contains the real managed to detach, and placed it, with a tremulous secret of the matter-Scotsmen in general, except hand, on the plate of a young lady, who seemed by no those in the biglier ranks of life, are brought up with

means taken with the portion allotted her. He next atso much attentiou to economy at home, that in early tacked one of the legs, but he might as well have atlife they have very few opportunities for domestic tempted to detach the statue of King William from his praetice, and without this practice, or that wbich they

saddle ; he hacked, and blushed, and blushed, and hackcould procure, by an early initiation to the Traveller's ed, and seemed perfectly unable to help the company to Room, which may be viewed as the grand school of any gravy, which, to do him justice, we must say, was gastronomical dissection, they have little chance of ac- flying about in all directions. The scene now engaged quiring even a common-place acquaintance with the the attention of the whole table, aud poor Mrs. Twist, art. So much is this the case, that it is no uncommon

who seemed quite astonished at her husband's incapathing to see a young man, otherwise well-informed, and city, (they liad not been long married,) sat fretting her with perbaps twenty years' experience in the art of pretty face into all manner of shapes. Her displeasure, mastication, sitting on the edge of his chair, and hold- however, at last burst forth. My dear,” said she, in ing his knife and fork, as if he intended to beat a a tone of the most ironical bitterness, “you had better tatoo on his plate. Even among town-bred Scots, we send

ар stairs for your large sheers, as you don't seem have observed men, who had seen the best part of in the practice of cuiting with any thing else.” The half a century over their heads, looking very shy at the keenness of the sarcasm excited the compassion of the tin covers on entering a dining room, and shifting and company and a gentleman who sat next to him shuffling about, till they got ensconced in what they requested permission to officiate. It soon appeared, considered a safe corner. These men, from their mana however, that politeness, and not ability, had dictated ner, may almost be supposed, in the language of the the request, and poor goosie had to change hands two nursery, to have been brought up on the spoon for a

or three times before the company could give a proper considerable part of their lives, and ever afterwards

* However wonderful the incident of an author dining with his entertain a sort of innate reluctance, to handle anything

tailor may appear to the reader', yet, we can assure him, upon our of a larger size, while engaged in the business of the

honour, that the affair is really no bam; and, what may perhaps table. We could record innumerable awkwardnesses,

increase his surprise, the invite was given before the unprecedented and many ridiculous mishaps, which have befallen these

run of our 33d number.

uary, 1832.

With great

opinion as to her condition. From the appearance,

gentlemen. or others, who may deem themselves qualimanners and conversation of the company present on

fied for the chair, and to whom the emoluments of the this occasion, we have no reason to believe that they professorship may be an object. were, as a body, worse carvers than nine-tenths of the parties that were met in town on the same evening.

LITERARY CRITICISM. We are the more satisfied of this from having dined in what was considered a fashionable party a few even

The WESTERN JOURNAL. Donnan and Nelson, Ayr.-Janings afterwards, when, having part of a turkey on our plate, we requested a gentleman of tip-top pretensions

LITERARY men are said to be so scarce in this part of in point of exterior to all that might be considered

Scotland, that a Western Journal cannot make its ton, to help us to a slice of ham, but, will it believed,

appearance, without its contents being attributed to the Goth in disguise, in place of cutting a nice thin some of the talented few who adorn our provincial transparent waferish looking slice, actually sent us a

Metropolis. Those disciples of the muses, especially, piece thick and square as a Cheshire cake. Now, who have been in the habit of contributing to the from all these circumstances, it appears a melancholy Edinburgh literary journals, are sure to get the cretruth which can no longer be concealed, that the very

dit of nourishing, by their wit or fancy, the producnecessary, useful and gentlemanly science, or art, call

tions of their own neighbourhood. From this cause, it which you will of gastronomical dissection, is at a

no doubt, have proceeded the suspicions of our corvery low ebb amongst us, and, in this age, when im

respondent who was so kind as to send us a copy of provement in all the other arts and sciences is making

the Western Journal, along with some animadversions such rapid strides, it is full time that we should look

of his own upon a part of its contents. It seems, that about and endeavour, at least, to make some approach

in a late number of this publication, of which we to that perfection which has been attained by our

now hear for the first time, there appeared some stricneighbours. With this view we would propose, not a tures on the criticism on Mr. Atkinson's Duet, insertpublic subscription, gentle reader, for the public have

ed in our paper of the 6th instant.* calls upon it at present of a still more serious and

propriety the editor has sent us a copy of the Jourimperative nature, but that those who are conscious

nal, and a shrewd friend has not only repeated the of their own defects, should unite together and invite

gift, but has, as we hinted, given us the advan. some gentlemen properly qualified to give instructions

tage of his conjectures regarding the authorslip in the noble art of carving. And we conceive that

of the remarks in question. We were considerably a person of this kind, with every requisite quali

amused with the ingenuity of his communication, fication, might easily be found among some of the

but we must say that we cannot agree with him broken-down fraternity of the road, who, on account in attributing the Review in the Western Journal, of the establishment being merely an experiment, to the author and publisher of the Duet himself. might be inclined to listen to some such terms as the Almost the only grounds on which this opinion is following

founded, is the very favourable manner in which the That a class of not less than twelve students, or the production is spoken of, and to us this is very inaverage of twelve, should be kept up during the first

sufficient proof to fasten a hostile imputation upon a vayear ; that each student should pay one guinea for 12

lued friend. If, as our correspondent insinuates, it is lessons, including half a pint of wine each day; that the custom of the poet to write bis own puffs in other every student should furnish the subject which he may papers, a subject upon which we profess entire ignowish to dissect, and that all students operating at rance, we freely and cheerfully absolve him from the the same board should mutually partake of such parts

charge of writing his own censures ; and we readily of their fellow student's subjects as might chance to hit

acknowledge, from the specimen of the reviews their fancy. That all fragments, after class hours which we find in that of The Chameleon, that this deare over, should belong to the Professor, who might partment, at least, is not furnished by the imaginaafterwards dispose of them to less scrupulous feeders tive author of the volume so unmercifully chastised. at a moderate rate per head. That the cook of the We have read, in Colley Cibber's life, of such a academy should also be entitled to 5s. from each stu- thing as a poet's ridiculing himself under an anonydent whose superior dexterity enabled him to finish mous disguise, but we are not inclined to believe that his studies with the number of lessons specified, and such a romantic plan will be again adopted. Besides, 7s. 6d. from those who remained a longer period. we have reason to think, that Mr. Atkinson will be That, in order to make the professor as comfortable as completely satisfied with the indemnification he has alpossible, he should also be allowed to give public lec. ready sought from the effects of our judgment, since, tures twice a week. As there may, at first, be when he circulated a request among the editors of the some difficulty in finding premises supplied with all Glasgow newspapers, that they would give his Duet a the conveniencies requisite for such an establish- place in their columns, he evinced his conviction that ment, we would suggest, that our friend Mr. Mor. it was sufficient to read his verses in order to admire gan be applied to on the subject, and we have them. We cannot, then, reproach ourselves with no doubt but he will furnish, at least temporary ac

having caused the amiable poet any uneasiness; and commodation for the carving department; while his

while we remain convinced that his equanimity sets spacious pavillion is most admirably adapted for all him beyond the influence of any censures of ours, we the purposes of a lecture-room. His admirable band shall never hesitate to express our opinion confidently, might also be in attendance, and, during the pauses in

whenever his productions do not appear to us worthy cident to lectures which require illustration by experi- of literary canonization. ment, might be employed in playing " The roast beef of We have, perhaps, occupied too much space in reOld England,” “ Lumps of Pudding,” “ The Mutton pelling a charge which, we are convinced, is entirely Chop,” “ Pit a sheep's head in the pat," with other gas- frivolous and vexatious; but, in justice to the gentletronomical tunes, which, we conceive, in these cholera man who is the subject of it, we cannot help again adtimes, when good feeding is so strongly recommended, verting briefly to the chief point of its foundation. If would have a most attractive effect upon the public. As our correspondent had read the article in the Western we have no doubt but the speculation would turn out not only useful to our citizens, but beneficial to any per- We are strangely puzzled to understand how a monthly peson of enterprise, we shall feel much pleasure in being

riodical could be so prophetic, as to quote, in its January number, of service in forwarding the undertaking, by receiving

the very words which were not printed in The Day, till the be

ginning of the present month. the names of such as are inclined to become students,

We suspect the Western Journal.

ists are considerably behind in their calculation both of time and of or taking charge of any offers from English commercial

tune.

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ter putting “ spectacles on nose, and examining the documents closely, declared, very quaintly, “ that it was a miracle ! !"

ANCIENT MANNER OF KNIGHTING.-- The custom among the Saxons was—

-first, he who should receive the order of knighthood confessed himself in the evening to a priest ; then be continued all that night in the church, watching and applying himself to bis private devotion; the next morning be heard mass and offered bis sword upon the altar. After the Gospel was read, the sword was hallowed, and, with a benediction, put about his neck. Lastly, he communicated the mysteries of the blessed body of Christ ; and from that time, remained a perfect knight. But this custom of consecrating knights the Normans abborred.-Baker.

Journal, with sufficient attention, he might have discovered that it is no apology for the poetry, but an apology for the music. The keen and irritated feel. ings with which it is written, certainly do seem to indicate, that the writer of it has a near interest in the subject; but beyond this we can discover no shadow of suspicion to point out the poet as that writer. On the contrary, the stanzas are condemned with a sneer, wbile the musical accompaniment is loaded with all the epithets of praise which egotism itself could suggest. We need not say that our opinion of its merits and suitableness are unaltered, and that the critic of the Western Journal has not condescended to observe the radical fault which we pointed out in our former notice. To those who really understand the mysteries of counterpoint, the musical defects of the Duet are abundantly obvious, and we leave the worthy critic to glory, as too many now-a-days certainly do, in his obvious ignorance of one of the first principles of Calcot.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

LONGUEVILLE'S SONG TO HIS LADY LOVE Awake, my love! Awake, awake; my bark is in the bay ; The sails are quivering to the breeze, that heralds in the dayThe war flag's drooping on its staff—the voice of life is still They wait the summons to depart-they only wait my will. I came afar to visit thee, in thy lone sea-girt home; Oh ! if thou spurn'st me not away-with thee I'd cease to roam, I'd Aling the mail'd glove from my hand, the falchion from my

side, If I might claim thee— lovely one-as an ocean monarch's bride. As the vulture darts upon his prey, from the mountain's rocky

height, Above th' oppressor's battlements of strength, I take my flight. And the gathered wealth, that fill the depths of their hidden

chambers darkRed gold and gems, the hoarder's gains, come forth to freight

EDINBURGHI PERIODICAL LITERATURE.

my bark.

We consider it no sinall proof of the estimation in which our labours are held by the discerning portion of our countrymen; that shortly after our paper made its appearance, in the shops and houses of Edinburgh, an impulse was given to the periodical literature of that boasted capital, which showed itself in the establishment of new journals. We lately noticed the first number of a deserving publication, started under the superintendence of Mr. James Chambers; and since that, our attention has been attracted by the appearance of another novelty,. called the Edinburgh Spectator. We wish both of these meritorious undertakings every success, and we need not say, that, though they adopt the same line which we have been pursuing, we can admit of rivals, where our experience has shown us there is such an ample field for encouragement.

MONSIEUR FOUCART.

From a Correspondent.

Onwards from swarthy Afric's shore, to Zembla's icy zone : From east to west, from north to south, I trow, my bame has

flown : From India's starry palaces, to England's foam-wrapt crag; Where'er the winds of heaven essayed to bear my battle-flag. Earth's farthest bounds, the ocean's distant isles, have felt my

wrathThe proudest monarcbs tremble, if my galley cross their path. Blest is the strand, where my dark tlag, has ne'er been seen

to fly; For there the landsmen cross their breasts, as my proud ship

sweeps by. Nor old ancestral home, my love ; nor household hearth are

mine; Where torches bright, and brighter eyes, from every lattice shine: Where the voice of laughter ever rings, along the graven wall, As the dancers wheel in airy groups, amid the ancient hall. The music of the masquer's lute, no more may greet thine earThe songs, that now are wont to fall within thy home-bowers

hereWhen the passion-chord's fierce eloquence—the lover's notes

of firem Nurst in the heart, upon the harp in melody expire. The menial throng may never fill thine ear with flattery's din ; When the flushing lip is wreathed with smiles, though the soul

is false within. A rover's arm,

to guard his own heart's queen, alone is meet : When he leaves the gun and boarding brand, to worship at her

feet.

A day or two ago, I visited the Fencing Rooms of Mr. Foucart, in George Street, and I may say, with truth, that I never spent a more interesting bour. Let the lover of exercise or manly accomplishments, only attend Mr. Foucart, and he will there, not only derive the greatest benefit to bis constitution, but also receive the utmost pleasure from the exercise. Who is there, at all acquainted with the mysteries of the foil, or the art of the broadsword, that will not give the greatest credit and praise to Mr. Foucart, for the skill and attention which he shows to his pupils when instructing them : and where is the man on the right side of sixty, who will not feel his blood warmed, and his spirits excited, at the enlivening sight of the longe, the guard, or the attack ? I myself, though now in the vale of years, was so strongly reminded of my youthful days, and so much on the qui vive, that willingly I would have seized on a foil again, and, with glove in band and mask on head, perhaps have proved to some of the more youthful aspirants to the small sword, that I am no mean Tyro in the art. I must not forget to mention, the athletic and gymnastic exercises I saw performed, and which afforded me the highest satisfaction. I have only further to request, that you would recommend such of your young friends as have the time, and opportunity, to take advantage of both, by attending Mr. Foucart, and thereby, not only gain to themselves a useful and gentlemanly accomplishment, but also encourage the laudable and masterly efforts of the deserving and accomplished Professor.

[ We need hardly say that M. Foucart's merits are known to us, and that we most cheerfully second the recommendation of our experienced friend.]

Thy home is safe amid the waves, when the rattling tempests

blowA canopy of stars above, and drifting foam below. Far other minstrelsy shall thrill, as our galley bounds along; The wild blast and the halcyon's note shall weave our bridal

song. Make room! make room, my comrades all-what ho! the

signal gun : Sweep the light oars, my merry men: hurrah! she's won !

she's won. May the silken vest that wraps this breast, with my own heart's

blood swell, When the falchion, that my broad arm wields, forgets to guard

thee well.

MISCELLANEA.

Answer to the Charade in our last. Ladies and beaus delight in hall,

To study modes as fashions fly; But oh, I blush to name your next,

A house for pigsmin truth a sty. United, Modesty's the name, The English fair shall ever claim.

A Miracle. One of the principal performers of one of the Patent Theatres actually exhibited the other day, in a public room, a long tailor's bill, with a receipt attached to it! Upon which an old and sceptic member of the "sock and buskin," af.

GLASGOW GOSSIP.

ODDS AND ENDS.

We are always happy to have an opportunity of shewing that our strictures upon men or measures are uninfluenced by any feeling of personal hostility or party grudge. It is, therefore, with pleasure that we notice the disinterested sacrifice made by the manager of the Royal Theatre, in closing his house at a time when contagion is apt to find its way into promiscuous assemblies. The public will, no doubt, properly appreciate this act, by reserving a bumper for the opening of the theatre. We wish Mr. Alexander would prepare for this event, by engaging some respectable performers. We should then have an opportunity of cancelling our severity, by affording him our warm and hearty support.

LONDON THEATRICALS. From our London Correspondent.

A Loose Tongue!--I know a lady that loves talking so incessantly, she won't give an echo fair-play : she has that everlasting rotation of tongue, that an echo must wait till she dies before it can catch her last words.— Congreve.

AN INDEX TO THE MIND.-As the index tells us the contents of stories, and directs to the particular chapter, even so does the outward and superficial order of garments, (in man or woman,) give us a taste of the spirit, and demonstratively point (as it were a manuel note from the margin,) all the internal quality of the soul; and there cannot be a more evident, palpable, gross mauifestation, of poor, degenerate, dunghilly blood and breeding, than a rude, unpolished, disordered, and slovenly outside.—Massinger,

Faithful FRIENDS. -I know no friends more faithful, more inseperable, than hard-heartedness and pride, humility aud love, lies and impudence. -Lavater.

ADVANTAGE OF TRAVELLING.–Usually speaking, the worst bred person in company, is a young traveller just returned from abroad. --Swift.

To Church SLEEPERS.—'Tis a sbame, when the Church itself is a cemeterium, wherein the living sleep above the ground as the dead do beneath.-Fuller.

Powerful PERSUADERS.—The ladies are possessed of some springs of rhetoric which men want, such as tears, faipting fits, and the like, which I have seen employed upon occasion, with good success. — - Spectator.

Bookseller's GALLANTRY.—A publisher reccommends Woman's Love, as “ very light reading.”

Tatauing.—The New Zealanders tatau their faces in a very singular but elegant style. The operation is thus performed: the instrument being dipped in the Ngaralıu, or black pigment (which, being kept in hard balls, has been previously moistened with water), is placed on the skin, and smartly struck with a piece of wood; the blood which flows is wiped away with a piece of muka or flax, so that it might not impede the view of the operator, and cause him to form the lines or tigures irregularly. After the operation the parts swell; and if the tatauing has been in the vicinity of the eye, the integuments around become so much tumefied as to impede vision for the space of nearly four days, and the tataued part festers : on account of the great irritation attendant on this operation, a small portion of the figures can only be done at one time. The custom of ornamenting, by puncturing the skin and inserting a colouring matter, is widely diffused over the globe; it is found existing at most of the Polynesian Islands; among some of the South American tribes, &c. a difference of the manner in which the tataued figures are formed, is found existing among them.

The New Zealanders tatau the face in circular or curved lines ; the figures over the face of the Marquesian were more varied ; at Tongatabu and the Island of Rotuma, the face is not tataued, but the arms, legs, and chighs, and also the abdomen, are tataued in straight, angular, and waved lines ; but at Tabite the figures formed over the body in stars, trees, &c. surpassed all productions of the art I had seen at other islands of the Polynesian Archipelago; the females at most of the islands are tataued, but in a very slight degree.—Bennett's M. S. Journal.

You may remember that I alluded, in my last, to the report that Viss F. Kemble had obtained assistance in concluding her dramatic poem (for such it must be termed) called FRANCIS THE FIRST. This turns out, as I anticipated, to be without the slightest foundation. It will be acted with her own termination, which, however, differs from the original copy, which included the battle of Pavia, and several other historical points. The cast of the principal parts will be as follows:- Francis I., Mr. Mason ; De Bourbon, Mr. C. Kemble; Gonzales, Mr. Warde ; Marot (the Poet), Mr. Abbot ; Queen Mother, Miss F. Kemble ; Julie de Foir, Miss E. Tree; Margaret de Valois, Miss Taylor.

Mr. Kenny's new farce called THE SELF TORMENTOR, or Whims AND Fancies, has been produced at Drury Lane with tolerable

The chief object of the piece is to expose the whims and fancies of Mr. Crotchet (Mr. Farren), a gentleman who has a most excellent wife ; a mother-in-law who loves him, if possible, as well as she loves physic; a lovely, dutiful, and affectionate daughter, who is betrothed to Edward Winstanley, whom he has never seen, though the son of an old acquaintance for whom he has the greatest regard ; but by his unreasonable distrusts of them all, he contrives, without any other materials than bis own humours, to make himself continually miserable. He determines that his daughter shall not marry Winstanley, whom he accuses of being a drunkard, a gamester, and a libertine, because he bas drank rather freely at a jovial party, lost trifling sums at play with his friends, and kissed a pretty servant girl who brought him a letter from his mistress. For the purpose of more effectually satisfying himself of Winstanley's follies, he contrives to be introduced to him as Mr. Sharp, a money-lending attorney: a mutual friend having disclosed the plot to Winstanley, he is prepared for "the meeting, and by good contrivance and assistance, the sup. posed Mr. Sharp being invited to dine with Winstanley, is induced to drink as much as any of the young fellows he meets, to play deeper than Winstanley had ever done, and, finally, to kiss the same pretty girl. A disclosure of all parties then takes place -his own censures are retorted on him—be is laughed out of his whims and fancies, and he finally consents to make the lovers happy.

It is currently rumoured that Laporte is determined upon a new theatrical speculation; and, if he cannot become lessee of Covent Garden, he is resolved to do his best to open the Pantheon, or to build a new place of dramatic amusement. He has been heard to express his regret that he relinquished the King's Theatre.

There are a number of Green Room on dits, but I must reserve them for my next epistle.

success.

NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS.

The answer to the Charade which appears to-day, will prevent us from inserting the one by “ P. B.”

“ A.'s" stanzas do not come up to our standard. “ A. H.'s” epistle will be duly considered.

“ Tales of Fashionable Life, No. I.,” have been received. We would respectfully suggest to their author to think over his subject more carefully, before he commits his thoughts to paper.

F In future all communications for the Editor of The Darare requested to be left with our Publisher, Mr. Joox Fixlar, No. 9, Miller Street.

Having still great demands for No. 33, containing the Article on the “ Cure and Prevention of the Cholera," and as all the Editions are sold off, this article, in a separate form, will now be found with our Publisher, at No. 9, Miller Street.

HIGH WATER AT THE BROOMIELAW.

MORNING. EVENING.
h. m. h.

m.
Friday, marco 7 27 8 0
Saturday, manna 8 35 9 12

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“ The Feast of Kenilworth, and Poet Life,” a tale from the German of Tieck, is in the press.

Mr. W. B. S. Taylor bas nearly completed a translation of M. Merimee's work, entitled “ A History of the Art of Painting in Oil, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time."

“ Santarem, or, Sketches of Society and Manners in the Centre of Purtugal,” are preparing for publication.

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MORAL POETS OF GREAT BRITAIN.-No. III.

In the great struggle that took place at this period,
JEREMY TAYLOR, D.D.

Taylor boldly defended episcopacy and monarchy.
The “ Festival Hymns" of Jeremy Taylor have pro-

He was one of the first to join the King at Oxford, cured for him a name amongst the Moral Poets of

where, soon after, he published, by his Majesty's speEngland. For piety, eloquence and learning, their

cial command, his treatise of “ Episcopacy Asserted." author was, indeed, unrivalled; but, his fame must

The same year he was elevated to the degree of docrepose, upon other laurels than those that will be tor in divinity, but his opponents had more power to awarded him for his poetical compositions.

hurt the King, than he had to reward—about this time As every particular regarding one of the most highly the rectory of Uppingham was sequestered. Pogifted sons of the English Church must be read with verty now ensued. During the following years of interest, we shall at once commence our sketch of this

Taylor's life, it does not appear that he received any distinguished clergyman.

part of the pittance, which the clergymen appointed Jeremy Taylor was born in the year 1613, in Trinity to livings by the Parliamentary commissioners, were Parish, Cambridge, and baptized upon the 15th of

enjoined to pay to their expelled predecessors. August. His early education seems principally to We now find the subject of our memoir in Wales, have been acquired under the parental roof; for Taylor attached to a portion of the army, and mentioned as himself states that he was solely grounded in grammar a conspicuous prisoner, after the victory gained by the and mathematics by his father.

When thirteen years

Parliamentary troops over Colonel Charles Gerard, on old, he entered Caius's College as a Sizar, or poor the 4th of July, 1644. Love and war are sometimes scholar. It seems doubtful whether his career at college united. Taylor now met with the lady who afterwas distinguished by that brilliancy which character- wards became his second wife, and on whose property ized his more advanced life. It certainly does not ap- he intended to reside. In a letter written at this pepear that he attained either emolument or distinction, riod he states, “ that, in the great storm wbich dashed indicative of an appreciation of his talents. The period the property of the church all in pieces, he had been of his obscurity, however, was soon at an end, and his cast on the coast of Wales, and in a little boat thought merits, ere long, gained for him the patronage of one to have enjoyed that rest and quietness in a far quarwho had the penetration and ability to value them. ter, which, in England, he could not hope for.'

Taylor became Master of Arts in 1633, and some From this time, till 1652, our author was engaged time afterwards, a friend of his, who was a lecturer in in theological compositions, although he suffered bitSt. Paul's Cathedral, having requested him to supply terly from the turbulence of the times, and he was also his place for a short time, Taylor had thus an oppor- severely visited by domestic calamity. “I know you tunity of displaying the extraordinary powers of elo- will either excuse, or acquit, or, at least, pardon me,” quence and argument which he possessed. A theolo- says he, “that I have so long seemingly neglected to gical lecturer, only twenty-three years of age, very make a return to your so kind and friendly letter, soon attained numerous friends and admirers. He was when I tell you I have passed through a great cloud, spoken of, in high terms, to the Bishop of Canterbury, that hath wetted me deeper than the skin. It bath who sent for the young divine, heard him preach, pleased God to send the small-pox and fever among commended his performance, and only objected to bis my children, and I have, since I received your last, youth. Taylor begged his Grace to pardon that fault, buried two sweet hopeful boys, and have now but one. and promised that if he lived he would amend it.

sonne left." After this introduction, he resumed his studies for

At the beginning of 1658, we find Taylor a prisonsome years, and, on the 230 March, 1637, he was presented with the rectory of Uppingham, in Rutland

er in the Tower of London, where he was confined shire. About this time he became the companion of a

in consequence of his bookseller having affixed to one

of his works, a picture of Christ in the attitude of learned Franciscan friar, which entailed upon him a

prayer. After some time, an application for his resuspicion of a secret tendency to the Romish commu

lease was successful. nion. The friar was a man of extraordinary abilities,

Taylor at length found a retreat, where, at a disand possessed qualifications which might well gain the attachment of Taylor, without, in the slightest degree,

tance from the din of commotion, he could pursue his affording plausibility to an accusation which Taylor's

studies and cultivate his fine powers. Ile left London works so completely disprove. That such a suspicion

for Ireland, and resided principally at Lisburn, where had obtained, however, appears evident from the fact,

an appointment, which extended also to Portmore, asserted by Wood, that Taylor having been appointed

had been conferred upon him. Here he had a weekto preach the anniversary sermon on the gunpowder

ly lectureship, and, occasionally, preached to a small treason, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University

congregation of loyalists. insisted on his inserting so many things of offence to

On the return of King Charles, Taylor was apthe Roman Catholics, that his friendship was afterwards

pointed to the Bishopric of Down and Connor, and he rejected by them with scorn, notwithstanding his ex- was shortly after elected, by Ormond's recommendapressions of regret and penitence for the language he

tion, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dublin. had been constrained to utter.

Honours and preferments now awaited him, he was Taylor married in May, 1639, being then in the made a Member of the Irish Privy Council, and in twenty-sixth year of his age. By his first marriage

addition to his former diocese, was entrusted with the he had three sons, of whom William died in 1612, and

small adjacent one of Dromore, “on account,” in the was soon afterwards followed to the grave by his

words of the writ under the privy seal,

“ of his wismother, who only survived her infant a few months.

dom, virtue, and industry."

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