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opposition or despite of them, unless sincerely wish he had)-you still hear you mean to convert a simple head- the tap of his protruded stick on the ache into a legitimate delirium. pavement for half a league before he
I had returned in the pleasing hope arrives! Then there is the Corydon, that the course of nature had pro- whose clarionet has been persecuting bably removed many of my persecu
“ Nanny” to “ gang wi' him,” to my tors to the stars, and that in all like- knowledge for these ten years; but lihood the vocal organs of several of she remains, it seems, as attached to the more distinguished, had been pour London, as inexorable as ever, as inencourager les autres, long since different to his sufferings and mine. cleverly suspended in spirits, by the I used to wonder that another of my loyers of comparative anatomy, gen- blind friends, who delighted to make tlemen who are indefatigable in get- an eclat of his unjustifiable passion ting possession, per fas atque nefas, of for Roy's Wife," was not put down any favourite morsel of your mortal by the Society for the Suppression of spoils. Alas! I am now convinced Vice, (Oh! that there was one for the that they never die! The same ca- suppression of noise !) as an inimical dence, the acute dagger-like scream person ; he has happily disappeared, from the top of the wind-pipe, (for so that perhaps my conjecture is vethe wretches literally speak dag- rified, or a reconciliation has been efgers”) all as audible as ever. The pa- fected between the parties, and Roy rental howl, growl, screech, bawl, yell
, has obtained a proper compensation or whine, (if the sire really be mortal, for his injuries in the civil and ecclewhich I doubt), must be taught with siastical courts. In the nonage of my uncommon diligence to the young Ar- experience, and the immaturity of my cadians, for I did not escape a single taste, I used to be scandalized, also, at agony, or find a single cord of catgut, several of these peripatetics, who call« vocal no more.” To whatever pre- ed upon you in strains, as I foolishly cautions of the parties themselves, or thought, quite destructive of the emo to whatever beneficent provisions of tion, to " pity the poor blind," or talknature it may be owing,
ed of their “ precious sight,” with ap
propriate gestures, and an adequate 66 Uno avulso non deficit alter Aureus, similique, frondescit virga metallo.” exhibition of white eyeballs. I am
now convinced that the ostentation of A blind man in particular lives for misery is altogether of classical and ever; of that there can be no doubt. A heroic origin. Philoctetes utters more blind man, did I say ? every blind "O mes !” about his sore foot, than a man that I recollect when I was a boy patient at St George's:--and Edipus at school, or his sidwdov, continues to exposes his bodily ails and misforcross me now, an interval quite suffi- tunes in a strain of very edifying pacient to constitute what the Italians thos. I trust nothing, therefore, will call un pezzo ; or, Madam, if your ever be attempted in preventing these curiosity is still more importunate, I good people from going at large, on am exactly as old as Horace was when account not less of these pleasing souhe wrote his 13th Satire
venirs, than of the positive advantage “ Me quater undenos scias implevisse
derived from their undisputed posses6 Decembres.”
sion of the pavement. All gives way
before them. I have seen one of There is, for instance, the man who them penetrate the phalanx of Jews sells boot laces, and enjoys as flourish- and Gentiles, coachmen and cads, at ing a commerce of leathern thongs as the White Horse Cellar, with as much if he had lived among the evrynpides ease as the Telamonian Ajax would Analov, or the modern Albanians, (as I have cleft a column of Trojans, with
* When Candid arrived at Portsmouth, he saw an officer of distinction (poor Byng) with his eyes bandaged" qu’on ailoit fusiller arec beaucoup de ceremonie pour encourager les autres.”
t al al ut al
Sophoch. Edip. Tyrann.
Hector at their head, and have occa- fashionable. These are preceded by sionally taken sly advantage of the cir- the short sharp stop of a carriage, gecumstance, and followed in the rear; nerally of the barouche kind, and are so that I am bound to say,
followed by the sound of many feet “ Stet fortuna domus et avi numerentur in kid slippers on the staircase. Of avorum.
single knocks I say nothing-ex uno And yet how often, when I lodged disce omnes—there is no eloquence in at the shoemaker's, on the sunny or
them. The postman and the taxplebeian side of Berkeley-square, have gatherer's knock of office, expresses I been obliged to endure the “ the impatience of authority very incente," or “ diminuente” of
telligibly; and the knock domestic, a winding bout of linked sweetness, your own knock, makes everybody always executed on the long side of I hope glad, and stirs up the spaniel that pleasant parallelogram! Al- from the hearth-rug. I have not leithough, as I was inducted into a great sure to notice the interesting associadeal of local knowledge while I dwelt tion of bells and knockers into one in that situation, I should be rather compound instrument of considerably grateful than otherwise. It was there increased power, but at some future that I began to attend to the harmony time I may probably favour the world and expressiveness of the various with a small volume, entitled, “ Tupknockings or pulsations of which a tologia" (Keraunologia would be bétstreet-door is susceptible. I shall say ter still), with plates of the various a word or two on this subject, as there kinds of knockers, and directions for are no knockers across the Channel. their use. In fashionable streets, (sit “Quanquam animus meminisse horret obiter dictum,) the knockers ought to -incipiam.”—These instruments, like be of silver, the only objection to mortars, are made of bronze or cast which is, that (notwithstanding the iron; and as they are of various cali- marvellous effects of education) they bres, they can, of course, project sound would occasionally be stolen. to various distances. A discharge of
I subjoin the following Table, in this kind in Grosvenor-square, when which I have availed myself of the the wind is favourable, will frequente language of science, to shew merely of ly startle the deer in the Park, ruffle what nicety the subject is susceptible. the water of the Serpentine, and vibrate in the alcoves of Kensington.t
Synopsis των Κρουσιων. I also conceive that there is already 1. Hypocrousis.-A modest timid room, even in the present imperfect inaudible knock. “ state of the science,” for distinguish- 2. Monocrousis.-The plain single ing the different kinds of performance knock of a tradesman coming for oron this instrument, by an adequate ders. nomenclature.
The postman and I would divide knocks, for the pre- taxgather. sent, into, 1. Hesitating or submissive. 4. Tricrousis.—The attempt of the These are usually performed by thin same tradesman to express his impapale-looking persons with folded pa- tience, and compel payment of his pers in their hands.--"Could I speak bill; he will not submit to the single for a moment to the lady ?” 2. Im- knock any longer, and dares not venportunate or expostulating, perform- ture on the following. ed by tradesmen.“ Did you tell Mr 5. Tetracrousis.—Yourown knock; A. I called twice last week? When my own knock; a gentleman's knock. will he be at home?” 3. Confident 6. Pollacrousis, or Kerauno8. -A or friendly.--" Well, John, is your succession of repeated impulses of difmaster at home?" 4. Alarming or ferent degrees of force, ending in three
† The classical reader ought not to be incredulous ; he recollects the blast of Alecto was heard at Narni.
Audiit et Triviæ longe lacus, audiit amnis
And Trivia's distant lake, and livid Nar.”
or four of alarming emphasis vulgo a footman's knock, a thundering knock, &c. &c. &c.
In order to complete the little sketch that I proposed to give of the impres sions which a return to London makes upon the senses, I now add a few miscellaneous remarks.
The climate and atmosphere of London is not only extremely salutary and contributive to the longevity of blind men, and other mendicants, but it is astonishingly favourable to that of fish, which, however deprived of their natural element, remain alive for a very considerable time. Cod, soles, and flounders, in London, are always " alive!" and living sprats are vended in myriads! The tenacity of life of some of these animals is so obstinate, that there is reason to believe they continue to live for several days together. It might be interesting to mark the tail of a particular individual, in order to learn how long he continues in this state of disagree able existence. Salmon and herring, I observe, are only announced as being fresh, that is, recently dead. I looked out of my window one day on a basket of lobsters, which the proprietor declared to be alive; a peculiar species, I presume, for they were of that fine coral colour which this animal usually assumes when boiled.
tædis," will suggest the Lustrations of the ancients; though to others, of an irritable fibre, or uneasy conscience, I should be apprehensive that it might excite disagreeable reflections. Vide Giovanni, scene last. The usual impediments to accelerate motion continue, I find, to occur in various parts of the town. At the corner of Durham Street, on a rainy day, I think I may promise you a pause of about ten minutes, (which, if you don't employ in some profitable manner-as the pickpockets do-it is your own fault,) under a Testudo of wet silk and gingham, after the fashion of that plexus of shields, under which, to say nothing of the ancient warfare, Il pio Goddofredo got possession of Jerusalem.*
In the early spring, among many little elegant local customs, this is one: That as you take a morning walk in the green park, you meet several young women, who extend a bunch of matches to the immediate vicinity of your nose, with as much confidence as if they were primroses. These flowers of Brimstone are the first vernal productions of the Flora Londinensis; they are not presented quite in so winning a way as the violets, that are thrown at you in the palais royal; but I have no doubt, that the bouquet, on the whole, is a wholseome one, and very probably useful as a prophylactic. To persons of classical mind, this offering of matches," Sulfura cum
Often, too, when you are most in a hurry, you will attend the passage of the same procession (a train of coal waggons, six in number, with six horses each!) in long diagonal from the end of the Haymarket, to Marybone Street, cutting off parties of light and heavy armed, impetuously facing each other. These at Weeks's museum, and Those at Eggs' the gun-makers-I have seen a great many manoeuvres practised on those occasions, but the coal waggons have always the best of it.
Such are the Trivial hinderances to the pedestrian in London. On such an ample theme it is difficult to desist; but troppo e troppo; I shall just run over the heads of my notes, and have done.-Walk into the city more pleasant than formerly-pavements wider, especially about Colnaghi's-houses down-more coming-(multa cecidere cadentque) whole of city more healthy than formerly-ruddy nurserymaids (id genus omne interesting) and fine children-young cockneys grow taller-College of Physicians, removal of-how connected with foregoing remarks cause or consequence ?-interesting question, but delicate-Bakers great admirers of the fine arts, stand at print shops-position of their Bas ket on those occasions-thrown on the back like the clypeus of a hero in re
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pose-advantage to passers by from ings in safety, without these pitiful that attitude especially with black coats-Lamp-lighters-alarm occa- In one respect, and with this I consioned by their thuribulum-benevo- clude, London has as yet unrivalled lent provision for cats and dogs-bar- advantages. To persons who are curows containing ditto on the pavement rious to study the fates of heroes to -provocative of appetite-Jews ready the last, remembering that to strip you to the skin, or clothe you Vox facunda Solonis at any price or cram your pockets with open pen-knives and oranges (bad neighbours) on your own terms. White horse cellar, enlevement of young women (struggling in vain, to go to Fulham,) to Hammersmith or Brentford.
Respicere ad longe jussit spatia ultima
To such a philosophically-constituted mind,
Εκείνην την τελευταίαν ιδειν
a lodging in the Old Bailey offers de-
I hope I have now said enough, to put you in decent humour with the narrow, unparallel, misleading, greasy streets of Paris, with all the accessos sories of cabriolets, puddles, and pontoons, by day, and the parade of sentinels and gend'armes by night, the "mille pericula sava urbis," against which no carte de sureté will protect you. (By the way, old Gonsalvi set up that sort of thing at Rome last winter, together with a squad of saucy douaniers. Poor man! he might have been too happy to wear his red stock
at Poßov about every six weeks. There are several good houses just opposite to that well-known rendezvous of the luckless orator; that Anabathron from which none descends; that Pnyz (truly such) where he makes probably his first speech, and very certainly his last-here literally
Mors ultima linea rerum.
Modern English Ballads,
Morgan ODoherty, LL.D.
[**** The Ensign was evidently much affected on the defeat of his countryman. It was remarked, that for some days after the event, he went to bed bare-footed, and rose fasting. But on the occasion of Spring's triumphant entry, he was peculiarly dejected, and refused to look at it, which called forth the following ballad. It will be often imitated by modern poets, both in Spain and Germany.
Pon te a tancard de brounstout, dexa la suipa de strongsuig
It bears a great resemblance to the bridal of Andalla, p. 129, in Lockart's Spanish Ballads; and the succeeding one on poor Thurtell may, more remotely, remind the sentimental reader of his "Lament for Celin," originally published in this Magazine.]
RISE up, rise up, my Morgan, lay the foaming tankard down,
And the Jew's-harp's twang sings out slap-bang, 'twixt the cow-horn's lordly blowing;
And greasy caps from butchers' heads are tossing everywhere,
Arise, arise, my Morgan, I see Tom Winter's mug,
was tied upon the stakes the morning of the fight.
me not rise, nor lay my tankard down,
* Mr Lockhart's Spanish ballad, “ The Bridal of Andalla," of which Mr ODoherty has indíted an imitation, runs thus. The Lament of Celin we have not room for. A prose article on Thurtell next month.
“ Rise up, rise up, Xarifa, lay the golden cushion down ;
“ Arise, arise, Xarifa, I see Andalla's face,