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Mr. -, had been too great for my ex attempt at pleasantry; but Mr. hausted frame and crushed spirits. would represent that such an interview After staggering a pace or two from the would he highly distressing to her, and tavern, I fell insensible to the pave- that her father, though he knew and ment. Mr. — had compassionately sanctioned his visits, would be highly watched and followed my footsteps, and incensed did she attempt to see me. he caused me to be lifted up and again Every pulse in my body then quickened conveyed into the house. I never en- with hope at his words; Jane or himquired what explanation he gave to the self had at last overcome the scruples of people ; for two months I had laid al- the father, and I should see her. He then most in a state of torpor, save occasion- informed me of my fortunate “ windally when sullen fits of weeping, or fall,” but of so little value did it apo muttered and unmeaning expressions pear, at the moment, in my eyes, that escaped me.
I peevishly exclaimed, “ And is this Another and another weary month of all; I was in hopes the old man had bodily and mental suffering brought me allowed her to come to me at last.” to the threshold of death, yet without When alone, however, another train producing any wholesome and holy re- of thoughts arose in my mind. Dissiformation in my spirit. On the contrary, pation had lost its charms London, I moodily persuaded myself that all í and England itself, had become dishad and then suffered, had been occa- tasteful to me; and I would quit a sioned by the unjust prejudices and country that had been the scene of my abandonment of my natural protectors. thousand mortifications and disgraces. I did not recollect, or take into account I believe the idea of putting this new how wilfully I had abused and perverted whim into execution, contributed mainly the bounties with which a beneficent to my rapid renovation of health and providence had endowed me, and I spirits. India was the point to which awaited in callous indifference the mo- my wishes were principally directed. ment which would rid me of an exist- In that “golden land” I should speedance hateful to myself, and a burden to ily acquire the treasure hoards, which others.
would give me consideration with a I saw Mr. almost daily. He world, I persuaded myself, I despised, endeavoured, with unceasing perseve- or in it I should find a silent and unrance, to arouse me from my despond- wept grave.
H. D. ing condition ; yet, though I could not but respect his motives and his kindness, his very presence, by suggesting MR: MARSDEN'S HISTORICAL PAINT
ING OF ST. PAUL BEFORE AGRIPPA. to my mind the woeful contrast in our situations, rather added to my mental disease.
“ I would also hear the man mysell." Thus I hung, as it were, by a thread between life and death; when an un Held by a chain, the Roman soldier keeps, looked-for incident occurred to give in robes of white and amber, sandall'd feet,
Head bare, and bearded chin, one arm stretch'd another and decided bias to my mind.
forth, This was the death of my gnardian, Paol pleads before Agrippa. On his seat (Mr. H.) He had bequeated me a
of judgment throned, the king, ia regal state,
With giant limbs and manly attitude, legacy of £500, with a parental recom And sumptuous pomp of splendid radiancy, mendation that I would profit by that I Permits the Apostle's eloquent defence. had endured, and endeavour to regain Beside his right hand, Fesins stands intent; the station in life and the esteem of the Sits with one arm and fingers raised, and one good, which I had sacrificed by my past Reclined, the brilliant sceptre holds; her falr follies.
Soft looks express attention; round, beneath, Mr. was the bearer of these glad Await the issue. Scribes with scrolls convey
And near, th' attendants, duteously employed, tidings. “ I have rare news for you, The burning language Paul enforces. Straight Delmore,” said he, as he entered my Behind him sits, with fist upon his chin, room in high spirits, and took his seat
An anxious list'ner. With her sportive babe,
The mother. Luke, and convert Christians, by my bed-side. I had long entreated him to prevail on my cousin Jane to In doubt, the Rabbis eager catch each sound, visit me; “ the sight of her---the pres
As 'twixi the aisles they thrust their bearded sure of her dear hand would do more to
Far through the marble avenues, groups rush, restore my health and strength, and With diverse features, feelings, and employ; nerve my mind to future exertions, than And, far beyond, on Syria's hilly coast, all the apothecary's drugs, or your ho- Sweet beauty on the Heaven-salsed temples ;
And Cæsarea's sites, the blue skies breathe milies," I was wont to add, with an bright
For the Olio.
The citadel of Straton shines;-intense
thinks only of the lusty blue-bottle, that cased in purple panoply, runs a tilt at the sunbeam before the monster's gate; or, if he looks forth on the lovely scene, it is only to view with jealous squint the rising fortress of some brother bloodsucker, which he grimly destines for his own.
THE KING OF THE SPIDERS.
BY HORACE GUILFORD.
For the Olio.
LUNATIC LAYS. "I must have music in my soul."
The spider taketh bold with bis hands, and is in kings' palaces.
Prov.XXX. I saw in a very old hedge-row, where a white rose tree burgeoned in a thousand silver stars from its deep-green bosom, a spider web framed with most wonderful art. A large platform, about eight inches square, extended in front of the fortal: from its extremities, at regular intervals, long lines were drawn up to the sprigs above it, like the cords of a pavilion, and all meeting in a central spire or cupola at the height of about ten inches: this formed the court of the old tyrant's palace, at its extremity. A circular or Norinan porch led into a sort of cylindrical gallery, tapestried with a substance thick and white as cotton-wool; and beyond that lay the hall of the crookback. Couched at its further nook nestled a monstrous mottled spider, who started forth the instant I touched his gate, a hideous deformity, that reminded me of the hag Hyparusan in the eastern tale of the “ Enchanters.” Beyond this hall was a kind of postern doorway, the filaments of the cotton substance stretching thin and wide, and forming a communication with a back court, which extended into the penetralia of the hedge.
A brilliant morning sun was shining upon this Den of Dionysius ; the vestibule was strewn with the carcasses of dies, &c., and the despot seemed, when I first perceived him, to be slumbering full-gorged, and to awake like a guilty thing, for whom the bright beam brought shame and disgust. What a long reign must this hoary tyrant have enjoyed! How many chances and perils must he have conquered or escaped! How many fortresses of his weaker brethren must be have stormed! What oceans of blood must he have waded through to his present detestable plumpness! What shrieks and groans of widow spideresses and orphaned spiderets must haunt his guilty slumbers !
Yet hath this insect Ali Pacha built his castle in a pleasant upland. Birds caroling, streams meandering, bright sweet flowers blossoming, and green Woods rustling about him. But he
I must have music in my soul,
Though envious tongues deny it;
And spite of fate I'll try it;
I'll buy the best instruction,
If singers live by suction.
That very like a miser,
But you shall find I'm wiser;
Then name the notes one dozen, My spendthrift chest shall soon pour forth
The treasure you have chosen. At present up and down the scale
Irun with zeal unwearied,
Till minor points are carried ;
At midnight hour it endeth, (Except those tasty intervals
That man in eating spendeth.)
I have a bateful neighbour,
I scorn bis plodding labour ! He sends me messages, and says,
My noise distracts his study My singing noise,-poor wretch, be knows
Nought about taste-bow should he? Two other neighbours-invalids,
Who live on slops and dozing, Complain my singing wakes them up
Just when their eyes are closing I
As if that could disturb them ?
And scorn those who would curb them
My talents in their true sense,)
Indite me as a nuisance!
Not one from terror springing,
I'm no great sbakes at singing. Once came a crowd, a menial crowd,
Crying, “ There must be murder ! We heard a female's horrid screams
Yes, hereabouts we heard her!"
The ragamuffin sort!
And singing rather forte !
Rode's air with variations,
For all the new inflations:
The Trombone when I go low!
Sha'n't sing to high a solo! New Mom
EXTRACTS FROM THE MS. OF A treating it to Jock, I know not, buč* DECEASED NAVAL OFFICER. this “rebellious conduct" of the “dam
ned rascals passed off. When the Camel was paid off, I I cannot here omit mentioning anochanged the scene of my services for ther circumstance that occurred during his Majesty's ship Druid, when she his Royal Highness's visit on board. was commanded by the late Captain One of our foremast men had a female Joseph Ellison (Jock, as we used to companion in the ship, vulgarly called call him). There were about twenty- a sailor's wife. This girl was in Adsix of us, nice lads as ever were mus miral Rodney's ship at the same time tered on a quarter-deck, full of life with his Royal Highness, where she and mischief. We liked Jock, but he carried powder to one of the guns, in had not a very quiet life of it; a fort- their action with Langara ; and in the night seldom passed without some piece Druid she was known by the name of of mischief bringing us all ranged in Rodney. She introduced herself to his cabin before him, when, after work- her old shipmate, and was recognized ing himself up for battle, he generally by his Royal Highness. But here let began with,
you a parcel of me take another look at the soundings damned rascals ?" Sometimes we before I make sail ;-although I hear would dispute his position, when ba- his Royal Highness enjoys a laugh nishment to watch, and watch in the when scenes of former days are mentops, was the result'; or, after an argu- tioned, yet I may be in too humble a ment, we would soften him down, and station to take that freedom ; I therepart good friends. At other times if fore just quote the Druid's Chronicle, our offence was rank, the “ Arn't you which stated, that “his Royal Higha parcel of damned rascals ?" was an ness being desirous of bestowing some swered by “Yes, Sir." Jock could marks of his bounty on Rodney, and not stand this; after a grumbling turn his purse having taken the ground at or two, his choler would go with,- ebb-tide, he had recourse to our second “There now, there's good boys, go Lieut. Bryce for a guinea for the occato your duty, and don't do so again.” sion.” This was an unfortunate meet
In those days the Duke of Clarence ing for Rodney, as she sustained the was a Lieutenant in his Majesty's ship loss of two teeth, which her friend Hebe, which came into Falmouth while Jack knocked out afterwards upon some the Druid was there ; many droll stories quarrel, when she taunted him with were abroad about Prince William having royal blood in her veins. Henry--but mum, I must hoist out my The Prince next had the command of boat to sound. We sailed with the the Andromeda, while the Druid was Hebe for Torbay, and I recollect we lying near her in the Sound. Our Mids had been for some time in deep quarter-deck lads had the mizen-top disgrace. The Druid came up with, sail, top-gallant sails, and royals, to and slowly passed, the Hebe, to the handle on furling sails; I was one of high joy of Jock. Great was his ec- the bunters of the mizen-top sail; and stasy, and in my mind's eye I now see one day the Prince came on board just him, crushing his hat, and poking out in time for "one toss more for his his one arm an old habit with him Royal Highness,” to his great amusewhen pleased); it made us all “good ment, but Jock's great annoyance. The boys,' and restored us to quarter-deck Druid's Chronicle also reported some and duty again. Jlowever, on getting smashing of windows, " for the honour to Torbay, farther mischief fell- in our of his Royal Highness," in the then way, and we dropped into it; for called "Liberty Street," a part of the which, on a Sunday morning while at coast of Plymouth Dock his Royal anchor, the Hebe near, we were all, as Highness knew the soundings of as a punishment, sent aloft, one at each well as the best pilot among us. The yard, mastheads, booms, spritsail-yard, Chronicle also said, that in those days even royals, in fact every part where there lived a certain Jew, called either one could be placed. All was quiet Abraham Joseph, or Joseph Abraham, for a time (Jock below) when by pre on the quay at Plymouth, who the Plyvious arrangement a stave of Rule moutheans said was a useful man to. Britannia was given by one, piano, his Royal Highness; indeed report then out burst a general chorus. In went so far as to say that he was the the midst of the consequent conster- Prince's Uncle. But I only know that nation, the Prince came on board, and Moses had the King's arms over his whether froin his jokes and inanner of shop, with “Slopseller to his Royal
Highness Prince William Henry," done with him. Jack was a little deaf, but in gold letters. There were many could hear Jock in a whisper, if it was other anecdotes of His Royal Highness an invitation to dinner. Thus, if off in circulation at those times, but I will deck in his watch, or from any other not go beyond the Druid's Chronicle. cause, Jock loudly ordered the tailor
I now call to mind other scenes of “to the mast head," it brought nothing those days. Hostilities between the but “Sir?”—when the captain would Mids of the Druid and the people of lower his voice" Jack, will you dine the Dock-yard, (the caulkers particu- with me to-day?"_“I shall think it larly) were perpetual ; we never ceased an honour, Sir,” was the immediate annoying them; complaints were often reply. Many a time have the Mids of made, but to no purpose. “How are the watch gone down, and contrived ye, Matey?" was always our address (notwithstanding his caution) to get at to each other in their hearing, and you his jacket and trowsers, and sow them would see Mids with caulking tools, up, then attend his turning out; when (always keeping a long mallet shot his favourite oath would be handed from them if possible,) imitating the round, as in great wrath he taxed us caulkers, and resting between each with the work; during which we vainstroke ; others calling out, “Don't work ly attempted to pacify him, by saying, so hard, Mr. , you'll fatigue your “the clothes were made by his father's self;" in fact, every annoyance we journeyman, who had left them so.”could think of was resorted to. The But these were slight annoyances to poor devils used to say they would one he almost nightly experienced, insooner caulk Hell's gates, than the sides deed, at times, often repeated in the of the Druid.” Among other subjects same night. The present Sir Charles of amusement for us, was one of our Brisbane was his chief tormentor in own members, who, unfortunately for this. The poor tailor slept for some him, was the son of a tailor at Gosport. time in the berth, with Brisbane as his Had the young man been mild and next neighbour. Unhappily for Jack, unassuming, we might have let him he was a terrible snorer, and in consealone, but he was proud, passionate, quence of the loud complaints, he had bandy-legged, and foolish; no dog ever in an evil hour instructed his neighled such a life; by humouring his va bour to take some method of waking nity, we could coax liim into a host of him, when thus disturbing their peace. fun and folly. He had a strange oath This was enough for mischief. When to swear by, (a tailor's clearly) “D-n we have been walking or standing my Hell!"* He was a fiddler, and as round the captain, in our watch, Briswe usually danced on a summer's even- bane, or some other, would exclaiming, by praising his dancing, we always “By G-d, there's the tailor snoring !” procured his fiddling powers. The This was a signal for a start below, gentleman would often get on high when Brisbane would get hold of Jack's ropes, when we resorted to other mea- nose, (which by practice he knew
Often when seated round our where to hit on) and giving it a twist, table, a Mid would walk in with a
we heard him snoring upon pair of scissors, and slips of paper deck, and all 'tween decks were grumover his shoulder, he would then begin bling.” This, if the tailor had really to take measure of another, a dispute been asleep, passed off with “Thank about snipping the measure was sure you, but you need not have pinched so to follow, and Jack referred to for set- hard.” But when it happened Bristling it. From nse, he would bear it bane mistook his time, aud Jack's eyes a little, but not long. Sometimes one were not closed in sleep, a violent opposite him at table (for it was ne- altercation would ensue ; Jack would cessary to keep a little distance) would insist upon it he was wide awake! say, Jack, your father must by mis- “ No, by G-d, Jack, you were fast take have taken up some other person's asleep, and snoring like the devil!" measure, when he cut you out for a And sometimes we would swear the tailor;" we had an opening in the fore tailor into the belief that he could not part of the berth through which the have been awake, or at least to doubt oflender generally escaped. Even Jock it, and so silence him. But if Jack's Ellison would sometimes have his joke wrath so far overcame him that he per
sisted in his opinion, then Brisbane, in
an apparent rage, would say, “ You The place under a tailor's shopboard,
what! this is where all the cuttings, &c. are thrown, is cali- tailoring son of a ed the “ Hell,"
all the thanks I get for the trouble I take
with you! you may find somebody It may be said by some, that an undaelse to wake you, or snore on and be tiful son cannot make a good king; dad!" This of course was an ex. but, amidst all his schemes to raise cuse for one of us taking him ander our money for his mad expedition to Palesprotection, and treating him with ano- tine, not one act of cruelty or extortion ther visitation as soon as ever his eyes is alleged against Richard. That his were again closed. The poor fellow temper was not vindictive, may be was at last obliged to be removed to argued from his conduct to his unwormess with the gunner for a little peace, thy and unnatural brother John, and of and eventually to leave the ship alto- his nagnanimity there are numerous gether.
anecdotes. At such a distance of time, We were once lying at Falmouth it must be impossible to examine miwhile a Dutch frigate was there; we nutely the character of this monarch, got acquainted with the officers, and or those of his predecessors; it is by mixed much together. The Dutch cap- their acts alone that we are enabled to tain was a hearty good sort of fellow. draw conclusions, but from the little One night he was playing at billiards that can be gleaned from our histories, with a Falmouthean gentleman, when Richard was a prince who deserved some little dispute arose, and the latter the love of his subjects, not only for used language the Dutchman was not his courage, but for his more gentle disposed to put up with, but determined qualities. Of his wit some anecdotes to give him fight; a challenge was given are told, of which the following is the and a meeting took place. On the most conspicuous :-A priest of Norground being measured, and the parties mandy once told him that he had three placed, the Falmouth man, (whom we daughters. " How can that be ?” said had doubts of,) before the pistols were Richard, “ seeing that I never knew of delivered, put on a pair of spectacles, one.”—“Yes," replied the priest, “ you and declared he could not see distinctly have three, and their names are Pride, at the distance. “ Then come nearer,” Covetousness, and Lust.” The mosaid the Dutchman. The other walked narch laughed heartily at this speech, up until they might have shook hands, and calling his courtiers around him, adjusting his glasses and declaring he said, “I am told by this priest here “ could not depend upon his sight at a that I have three daughters; now I degreater distance.” “ By Got! dat is sire that you will see how I wonld goot,” said the Dutchman; “ you could have them bestowed. To the Templars hit the balls last night without your and Hospitalers I give Pride, to the spectacles ?" “ That was by candle- White Monks Covetousness, and to the light,” said the other. “This is murter, Clergy Lust.” The manner of his death by Gol! I will not murter, but if you is well known. He fell by the hand must stand so close, we will use de of a cross-bowman, before the Castle sword.” “ I am no swordsman,” said of Chaluz in the year 1199, and nobly the gentleman. Two of our officers pardoned the man who had dealt hin being in attendance, began to sinoke his death's wound. the thing, and interfered, to propose, That part of his will which relates to " that as his opponent's vision was so the disposal of his mortal remains is as much better by candlelight, they should singular as it is affecting. He desired meet at night in a room at the inn.” that his bowels might be buried at “Dat will do,” said Mynheer:—but Charan amongst his rebellious subjects that would not do for the other, and in the Poictovins; his heart at Rouen, to the end they left the ground. Although shew his sense of the loyalty and at. the Falmouth gentleman escaped by tachment of the citizens; and, touched this manæuvre, yet on the story being with remorse for his unfilial conduct, circulated, he thought it advisable to he commanded that his body might be have business from home for a time. interred at the feet of his father at
Unit. Sero, Mag. Font-Everard.
The person of this monarch was pre ROYAL PORTRAITS. No. 6.
possessing. His complexion fair and For the Olio.
clear, and his hair of a bright auburn. RICHARD THE FIRST
His frame was large and athletic, and The two noblest traits in the cha- theme of historians and poets. The
his courage and prowess have been the racter of this monarch were undaunted “ Lord of Oc and No" holds a conspivalour and generosity, qualities which cuous place in the songs of the provene counterbalance a multitude of faults. cal troubadours.