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Love wastes not on incensate things

His sweet and magic art,
No outward shrine arrests his wings,

His home is in the heart;
And, dearest, hearts like thine and mine

With rapture must retrace,
How often Love bas deign'd to shine

On thismour Trysting Place. New Nonthly.

GENIUS. Capacity without any views, signifies nothing, great views without capacity signify

but little, and keep men in a state of mediocrity.

OR,

COURTIERS

THE PANORAMA-A NEW SIGN. Laconics;

A country bumpkin, once riding to town,

Heard one of the passengers say Pithy Remarks and Marims, collected to the Jehu who drove them, "you'll perhaps from various Sources.

put me down At the Panorama, 'tis all in your way." Hodge thought 'twas the sign of some far

noted inn, Behave to kings with regard to their

And exclaimed with a wondrous clamour, understandings, as Gypsies do to their “ l’se heard that in Lunnun they're famous children, which they cripple and disfigure,

for gin, in order to render them fit objects of cha

We'll have some at the Pan or Hammer."

R. JARMAN rity, and to promote their trade of begging.

DEFINITION. Men in general fall into an error in reasoning, by mistaking a description of

A CHAPTER ON HAIR AND things for a definition of them. It is with

BEARDS. great difficulty we attain to the faculty of detining; as we perceive in reading Aris

God, when he gave me strength, tn show

withal totle's definition of man and the soul.

How slight the gift was, hung it on my hair,'

Samson Agonistes.

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AVARICE.

HOW TO BE HAPPY.

Men are not determined among them

ABULFEDA, the Arabian Historian, selves on the definition of avarice. The relates, in his memoirs of Saladin, that, prodigal sees it even in the generous man, the upper hand in Egypt, the Caliph, in

when the Franks were rapidly acquiring and the avaricious one calls generosity his terror, implored Sultan Muraddin's extravagance.

aid, and accompanied his earnest entreaty, How much it would conduce to our

by the homage of his wives'abscinded

locks. happiness to be select in our books and in

An inquiry into this passage, our friends, to choose each more for their which has proved a Gordian knot to more good sense than their knowledge, more

than one learned cranium, will afford a for their being Christians than Philoso: more amusing occupation than would, at phers, to be contented with a small but first sight, appear, to square with the

occasion.' certain income, to have no master, and few servants, to be without ambition, head and chin has been cherished with a

From remotest antiquity, the hair of the envy, avarice, or a law-suit ; to preserve our health by exercise instead of medi- degree of respect, bordering, among Eascines, to adhere to our religious opinions, tern nations, upon positive veneration ; to love and hate only on just grounds, to

nor has even Jew, Turk, or Russian, in let the pleasures of life pass by us without

our own days, departed from the predileca murmur, and to wait with confidence tion of their forefathers for this once refor an eternal home hereafter.

yerenced adornment of the human face divine.' We are informed by Pocock, that, when the Egyptians permitted their

slaves to wear beards, the mere perinission Is the true philosophers stone. The denoted that they were restored to freedom. poor are rich that have it, and the rich A greater insult or disgrace could not be are poor without it.

offered to a person, than to deprive him of his beard. The loss, indeed, of the hair,

either of the head or chin, was of itself Reason requires culture to expand it. symbolical of vassalage ; and we may It resembles the fire concealed in the flint, judge of the excess of idolatry, to which which only shews itself when struck with this prejudice in favour of the lock and the steel

beard was carried in ancient times, by the

CONTENTMENT

REASON.

Supematural potency, which Samson as to show that, when Saladin, who deemed cribed to his hair.

himself the mightiest of all earthly potenThe Greeks, it is true, were accustomed tates, sent the locks of his wives to Murad. to clip their locks, and, in general, did din, he meant to intimate that he was not allow them to descend below the reduced to the last extremity, and appreshoulder ; yet, that it might not, on this hensive of seeing those, who constituted account, be inferred, that they were bond- his dearest treasure upon earth, dragged men, they scrupulously sacrificed the first into foreign slavery. rape of those locks to some favourite Before we take leave of the reader, we deity. The haughtier Greek, however, will glean for his amusement an interestprided himself on suffering his hair to ing factor two, not unconnected with grow at full length and flow in copious these topics, from the annals of our Gallic tresses, down to his waist or elbows, and neighbours, the lords of taste and fashion delighted in having it said of him, not that in a semi-refined age. he was polished, but that he' wore long Of old, a lengthy beard not only distinhair.' The reverse of this custom prevailed guished a native of Gaul, from the inhaamong the earlier Christians, who consi- bitants of the various countries his prowess dered it a proof of humility to have their had subdued ; but was esteemed a badge heads shaved, precisely after the fashion of honour, every youngster, in conseof the Thracian slaves, whose distinguish- quence, felt himself bound to bestow a ing mark was a bald pate, with a tuft of more than common care on the first shoots air on the crown of it. It is more than pro- of his chin and lower lip. Towards the bable that the tonsure of monachism arose end of the eleventh century, however, out of this practice.

William, Archbishop of Rouen, thought The hair was equally a token of free- proper to declare war against long hair dom among the Arabians. Combatants, and beards, and carried his hostility to releasing their prisoners without ransom, such a pitch, as to prevail upon a Council, cut off a lock from their brows, and care- held in 1096, to issue a decretal, that all fully preserved it in their drinking-cups, such as irreligiously persevered in wearing as a proof that it had stood in their

power, their hair long, should for ever be exclueither to slay their captives, or retain them ded the pale of the Christian Church, as as slaves. It was also customary, at the well as the benefit of being prayed out of celebration of the baptismal ceremony, to purgatory after their decease. present the sponsor with a locket of the however, is second nature, and the laity infant Christian's hair, as a sign that he refused to be shorn by the clergy. Zealous was consigned to the care and protection and gallant defenders arrayed themselves of the party responsible for his nurture in on the side of the bearded party,' and the true faith. From this custom sprung such was the fury with which the point the ceremony of cutting off the hair, was contested, that either side could boast which the Greek Church ordains to be a number of victims in its own good cause. celebrated on the eighth day after bap- But the most melancholy consequence tism, and the Latin Church equally admit- arising out of this broil, was Lewis the ted among its rites in earlier times. Nor Seventh's permitting his beard to be abshould it be forgotten, that among the scinded, and becoming thereby so despivarious modes of adoption, formerly prac. cable an object in the eyes of his consort, tised, one of them consisted in shaving a Eleanor of Aquitaine, that his days were child's nead'; in proof of this, it is recor not only bereaved of all domestic peace, ded, that when Charles Martel, the French but he was at last obliged to divorce himmajor-domo, sent his son, Pepin, to Luit- self from her. Within a period of six prand, king of Lombardy, he entreated week's time, she became the wife of him to cut off his hair, or in other words, Henry, Duke of Normandy, and subseto adopt him as his child.

quently King of England, who received At 'a later period, we find Bormund, the provinces of Poitou and Guyenne, as prince of Antioch, when taken prisoner her marriage portion. From so trivial a by the infidels, sending a confidential cause as this, may be said to have arisen message to Baldwin, subsequently king that succession of wars, which desolated of Jerusalem, with a lock of his hair in France for a space of three hundred years token of his captivity; and, on another afterwards. Three millions of Frenchmen occasion,—that of the Saxon's breaking lost their lives, because an archbishop out into rebellion against Clothaire of chose to denounce the use of beards, a king France, and defeating Dagobert, his son, allowed himself to be shaved, and a queen in Holland,--the latter despatched one of consort considered him a contemptible his suite, with a lock of his hair, requiring puppy, from the moment he attempted to instant succour from his parent.

salute her cheek with a smooth chin. Surely, enough has now been adduced In the course of time, beards went out

Custom,

SINGULAR CUSTOM AT BEARN.

of fashion, and remained in banishment, in conviality. This day was very remarkuntil Francis the first restored them to able in former limes, insomuch as to be their quondam dignity; their cousins ger- used on the same fooling with Michaelmas, man, the ringlets and long tresses, how- for a general term or time of account. ever, had continued to maintain their re We find leases without date reserving so putation, until that monarch, meeting much rent payable ad duos anni termiaccidentally with a blow upon his head, nos, scil ad le hoke day, and ad festum was compelled to undergo the operation sancti Michaelis. In the accounts of of the tonsure, and, in order that he might Magdalen College, Oxford, there is yearly divest himself of the appearance of a monk an allowance promulieribus Hockantitouk immediate care to promote the growth bus, of some manors of theirs in Hampof his hitherto beardless chin. From this shire, where the men hock the women on moment, every dandy about the court Mondays, and the women hock them on decorated his phiz with a long beard, Tuesdays. The meaning of it is, that on whilst the jurisconsult and ecclesiastic con- that day the women in merriment intertinued to strut in beardless gravity. Da- cept the way with ropes, and pulled pasting from the reign of Henry the Fourth, sengers to them, desiring something to be human ingenuity was actively engaged laid out for pious uses. in devising perpetual variations in the form and cut of the beard. Some wore it round, others in the fashion of a fan, FORMERLY in Bearn, a province of some in ringlets, and others of a long, France, a singular custom prevailed, when narrow, pointed shape, like a cat's tail; the wife was brought to bed, the woman it was tended day and night ; perfumed, when sufficiently recovered, arose, and the anointed, and deposited in a bag, when husband succeeded to her place, and to the owner sought his pillow. Its ultimate all the ceremonies attending that situation. fate merged into the retention of a diminu. It has been supposed that the people of tive tuft below the under lip, and the Bearn received this custom from the Spacreation of an upper beard—the renowned niards, of whom Strabo in his third book mustachio. -The Athenæum.

of Geography relates a similar usage. The same ridiculous farce was acted among the Tibareni, a people of Themiscyra, in

Cappadocia, according to Nymphodorus, CUSTOMS OF VARIOUS COUN. in his admirable Scholia on Appollonius TRIES, (No. XIV.)

Rhodius, book II, and among the Tarlars, as is related by Marco Paolo, the

Venetian in his voyages, book II, ch. 41. AMONG the ancient annual customs held in this country by our ancestors, that of Hoke-day, Hock-day, or Hock Tuesday, was conspicuous, it took place on the fifteenth day, or the second Tuesday after

Science and Art. Easter, and was a solemn festival celebrated for many ages in England to commemorate according to tradition, the great A number of workmen are busily emslaughter of the Danes under Ethelred, in ployed in preparing the upper part of the the

year 1002, they having been during King's Mews, at Charing Cross, which the time that monarch held sway, almost has been liberally assigned for the first all destroyed in one day in different parts exhibition, (which will be opened for of the Kingdom, and that principally by public inspection in the ensuing May,) of women, but this traditional account can our national productions in the various not be relied on because that event took departments of the arts, mechanics, and place on the feast of St. Brice, in the manufactures, upon a plan similar to that month of Nuvember. Another and more of the Exhibition of National Industry, reasonable opinion is, that the institution which takes place ammually at Paris.celebrated ihe final extinction of the This country is greatly indebted to the Danish power by the death of Hardicanute Hon. Agar Ellis, for patronizing and on the sixth day before the ides of June, carrying into effect so highly laudable a 1042. Let the origin have arisen from design. It is to be regretted that such an what circumstance it may, the festival is annual display as that which is about to still kept up in many counties, the women be commenced in this kingdom, has never being the principal and busiest actors in taken place before, as it is eminently cal. the mirthful scene, they stopping all pas- culated to be productive of the most sengers with ropes and chains, and exac- beneficial results to the manufacturers of ting some small matter from them to spend this great commercial nation.

HOKE DAY OR TIDE FESTIVAL.

THE NEW NATIONAL REPOSITORY.

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MECHANICAL HAND.

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JOACHIM BELLAY.

MEDICINE.

of a spring instead of lock, has been lately “ Professor Delpech, of Montpelier, invented by Col. Miller, of the Artillery. asserts that six thousand soldiers, afflicted Instead of having the stock made of wood, with the itch, were cured in a few days, the entire piece is formed of iron, the

by washing their bodies twice a day, hinder part of the stock being perforated first with soap and water, and afterwards in order to render it lighter in the hand. with a solution of the sulphuret of potass, On the right hand side of the stock, a (about four drachms of the sulphuret to a strong spring is fixed by means of a pint of distilled or fresh rose water)." screw; the head of the spring striking The Professor also states, that he has against the nipple or head of the touchdiscovered by comparative trials, made in hole, on which the detonating cap is fixed the hospital at Montpelier, that olive oil, preparatory to firing. The spring is prorubbed over the skin, will as speedily vided with a strong pin or pivot which cure those labouring under the disease, slides through the stock in a horizontal as the most sulphureous preparations in direction, when the piece is respectively

He says that one hundred cocked or discharged. This pivot consoldiers were entirely cured in an average tains a notch, which catches the trigger period of seventeen days, by this treat- when the spring is set up for firing, and ment.”—New Monthly.

by pulling the trigger in the usual way,
the spring strikes the cap, and the piece

is instantly discharged. The principal
An artificial hand has been made by merit of this invention is its simplicity
Mr. John Veith, dentist of Edinburgh, and less liability to get out of order,
which is constructed so as to effectually its cost being not more than half the
answer the most necessary purposes : the price of common firelocks. Weekly
joints of the thumb and fingers are all Review.
complete ; and besides being able to ma-
nage a knife and fork with ease, the

person using it can, by the action of a spring,

Anecdotiana. hold a book, make a pen, and do many other things with equal facility. When not in use, the artificial hand, covered with a glove, can be placed in any posi- the above author, who is celebrated for

The following epigram was written by tion the wearer chooses, and is then not his elegant Latin verses ; distinguishable from the natural one.

to a foolish author of a work entitled Ibid.

Nugæ, or Trifles :It is said that a mixture of honey with

• Paul, I have read your book ; and though

you write ili, pure churcoal, will render the teeth white I yet must praise your most judicious title.'

It should be remembered, however, that there is an acid in each of MALHERBE'S REASON FOR DUELLING. these substances.

FRANCIS DE MALHERBE, who was considered the best poet and ablest critic of

his time, at a very advanced age challenA suspension wire-bridge has been ged a young man who had killed his son constructed over the Charente at Jarnac, in a duel. His friends represented to him in the west of France.

the rashness of his conduct, as he was then
advanced in years.

" For that very rea

son, says Malherbe," I will have any M. Tunel of France, has discovered revenge, I hazard only a sous against å the means of making an artificial ultra- pistole.' marine, which is finer and more brilliant than the natural, and which he can afford WHILE Lord Coalstoun lived in the to sell at less than half the price of the Advocate's Close, Edinburgh, a strange natural. The process at present remains accident befel him. It was at that time a secret. We wish this discovery may the custom for advocates to dress themprove successful, as it will be a great selves in gowns and wigs at their own desideratum to artists, to possess such a houses, and walk so habited, to the Par. beautiful blue at a rate more reasonable liament house. They usually breakfasted than that they have hitherto been obliged early, and when dressed, were in the to pay, we believe about twelve shillings habit of leaning over their parlour win. a small cake.

dows for a few minutes, before St. Giles'

Bell started the sounding peal of a quarter A rifle-gun on the percussion principle, before nine, enjoying the agreeable mornand a new

construction, to fire by means ing air. It so happened that one morning

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while Lord Coalstoun was preparing to the city he was reminded that " when he enjoy his morning treat, two girls who entered the metropolis of France in 1814, lived in the second floor above, were the British troops had behaved to the amusing themselves with a kitten, which French people with excessive delicacy;" they had slung over the window by a cord

promise you," he answered, tied round its middle, hoisting it up and " that they shall behave with equal down, until the creature became des- delicacy now."'--Pub. Char. perate by its exertions.

In this crisis, his lordship had just popped his head out of his window below, Is, without doubt, the best wine in the little suspecting what danger was over his world. With its taste, spirit, and fire, head, hanging like the sword of Dionysius, nothing can be compared : it is among when down came the exasperated animal, the wines what the pine-apple is among at full career, on his senatorial wig ! No the fruits. The reason why this wine is sooner did the Girls perceive what sort of less properly valued in foreign countries, a landing place their kitten had found, in Russia and Poland excepted, is that there their terror and surprize they began to are four sorts of it. The first, called to draw it up, but this measure was now Essence, is even in Tokay, or Vienna too late, for along with the animal up sold at not less than 21. sterling a bottle ; also came the judge's wig, fixed full in its so in proportion, the lesser sorts. What determined talons. His lordship’s sur. is drunk in London and Paris as Tokay, prize on finding his wig lifted off his head is genuine English or French produce. was ten thousand times redoubled on beholding it dangling its way upward, with

EPIGRAM.
out any means visible to him by which

(From Martial.)
its motion was to be accounted for. The
astonishment of the senator below the

LORD William buys his clothes at dearest rate,

Yet buys them cheaply in right noble way; half mirth and terror of the girls above- "How can that be, and give a price so great!" together with the fierce energy of Puss Why, fool, he buys on credit without pay? between, altogether formed a scene to which language cannot do justice. A INSCRIPTIONS ON CHURCH BELLS. subject from this scene might be embodied by George Cruikshank with con

It is not unusual for parish bells to have siderable effect.

G. B. C.

inscriptions on them. The following is the inscription on the fifth bell in Brem

hill :

CHOICE ENTERTAINMENT FOR TRA May the Church of England for ever flourish.
VELLERS.

SIXTH BELL.
The following laughable anecdote is to I to the church the living call.
form a part of Mr. Yates' forthcoming And to the grave do summon all.-1736.
New Entertainment, which has been The following is the inscription on the
written for him by Hood, the prince eighth bell in the Tower of St. Mary's
of punsters.

A traveller entered a Church, Cheltenham. hedge public-house, and desired to be

I call to prayers, the living to combine,
served with dinner. Landlord : Got no The dead must hear a louder call than mine.
dinner, sir.-Traveller : Well, then, let
me have some tea and coffee.-Landlord :

A PUNSTER.
Got no tea and coffee.- Traveller: Some A Pun's more restive than a mule,"
brandy and water, then, and a biscuit. Cried an arch wag of Munster :

“ The animal may go by rule, -
Landlord : Got no brandy and water, nor “ No rule will make a pun-stir."

P. no biscuits.-Traveller : Give me some beer.-Landlord: Got no beer.-Travel.

EPITAPH. ler: No beer! why, you've got nothing In the Temple Church, is the following in the house.—Landlord : Yes, we have, lines to John White, who died 1664, the we've got an-execution!

Son of Henry White, a member of the
House of Commons, and a bencher of

the Middle Temple.
UNION OF COURAGE AND COMPASSION.

Here lies a John, a burning shining light, When the Duke of Wellington advanc Whose name, life, actions, were alike ed towards Paris in the July of 1815,

all White, “ it was suggested that there was plunder

ON A WOMAN, enough to raise a magnificent monument

Who had three Husbands. to the victor.' The conqueror replied,

Here lies the body of Mary Sextone, a monument to our army must never be who pleas'd three men, and never vex'd one built with pillage.” As he approached This she can say beneath the next stone.

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