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This is pretty fair, and abundantly characteristic, but it is right to remark, that there is rather a suspicious resemblance between the above effusion and the following (once popular)


Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,

Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,
Were to change by to-morrow and fleet in my arms,

Like fairy gifts, fading away!
Thou would'st still be adored, as this moment thou art,

Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart

Would entwine itself verdantly still !
It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,

And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervour and faith of a soul can be shown,

To which time will but make thee more dear!
O the heart that has truly loved never forgets,

But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sunflower turns on her God when he sets

The same look which she gave when he rose.

It may be imagined, however, that again we think the ingenious author the sentiments conveyed in Lord Pal- must have had in view Hermia's cele. merston's lyric are not quite so agree. brated vow in the Midsummer Night's able to the Premier as to the others; Dream, which has been so beautifully but seeing that there is no probability set to music by Bishop. At least of making any thing by it, he does not there is a considerable resemblance press the matter to a division, but is between the two passages. Shakcontented to allow the Foreign Secre- speare's lines, as our readers probably tary's amendment to the proposed remember (though no one ever tires oath to be quietly carried. A draught of seeing even his most familiar pasis prepared on the spot, and carefully sages quoted) are as follows:revised by the Attorney-General. Here

“ By the simplicity of Venus' doves-
By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves--
And by that fire that burned the Carthage Queen,
When the false Trojan under sail was seen :
By all the vows that ever men have broke,
In number more than woman ever spoke,–
In that same place thou hast appointed me,
To-morrow truly will I meet with thce."

Dibdin's Oath runs thus, and the music, we may notice, has been very scientifically adapted for a brass band of serpents and other instruments :

By the simplicity of Janus' face,
By our own Cupid's neverdyeing grace,
By the chaste fire that warms the Spanish Queen,
When whiskered Muños by her side is seen;
By all the oaths that Talleyrand e'er spoke,
In number more than Louis Philippe broke,
In that same place thou hast appointed me,

(While thou art Premier) I'll be true to thee. The party proceed to sign the parchment, and during the signatures a distant chorus of attachés is heard in the adjoining apartment; as to the Italian of which, without pretending to be members of the Della Cruscan Academy, we may remark, that it seems to be more of the school of Melbourne than of Metastasio :


AIR.“ O cara Armonia."

O dolce far niente

O caro riposar!
Passar allegramente

I giorni senz' affar.
Oziosi sempre vivere,

E star di lieto cuor :
Buon vino sempre bevere,

E coltivar l'amor,

Ma molto più si sente

Squisito il piacer,
Pel dolce far niente

L'argento ricever!
O noi siamo nati

La gioia per gustar,
Dal pubblico pagati,

Niente affatto far.


The compact being thus completed, great number of the Queen's officers, the party, with perfect unanimity, pro- who made blackamoors white as fast ceed to consider what new measures as hops, just rubbing their bellies with or devices can be introduced, for the the bottom of a pannier." (This seems purpose of being rejected in the usual a parallel case to the celebrated whitemanner, so as to amuse the Radicals, washing operation performed on and at the same time secure “the pre- Whittle Harvey.) sent company" in office. On several “ Others with three couples of foxes points they are quite agreed, 1st, that in one yoke ploughed a sandy shore,

a that there shall be a committee to en- and did not lose their seed. quire whether the vote on the Church- “ Others stroked he-goats by the Rates Bill was right or wrong, so as dugs, and saved their milk in a sieve, to gain time to consider what is to be and much they got by it." (A clear case its future fate. 20, That they must of Irish surplus !) forth with issue another commission to “ Others built churches to jump enquire whether any of the former over the steeples. commissions have done any thing. 3d, “ Others set carts before the horses, That a bill shall be brought in for ap- and began to flay eels at the tail" (i. e. plying all non-existing surpluses to passed resolutions first, and then appurposes of national utility. 4th, An- pointed a committee to enquire wheother for promoting equality between ther the resolutions should have been the two religious parties in Ireland passed.) by giving the entire ascendency to one “ Others made a virtue out of neof them. 5th, Another for building cessity, and the best of a bad bargain, churches higher by means of removing which seemed to me to be a very good the foundations. The hint of these piece of work." (Neither Pantagruel plausible and ingenious schemes seems himself nor any one of Queen Whim's to us to be taken without acknowledg- projectors understood this half so well ment from the occupations of the cour- as the present administration.) tiers of Queen Whim, whom Panta- “ Others in a large grass plat mea. gruel visited in his celebrated voyage sured exactly how far the fleas could in pursuit of the holy bottle.

go at a hop-step-and-jump, and told us " I saw there," says Rabelais, “a that this was exceedingly useful for

Rabelais, Book v. Chap. 23.

the ruling of kingdoms, the conduct of the proper steps for having them armies, and the administration of com- put into the most plausible shape for monwealths; and that Socrates, who Ir the House "_when unfortunately first brought philosophy out of heaven, the idea is started by Morpeth, that used to spend half his philosophizing they have not yet received the sanctime in measuring the leaps of fleas, as tion of O'Connell. A very unAristophanes the quint-essential af- comfortable sensation seems to perfirms." Apparently these people were vade the assembly on the mention of • government commissioners, making this name ; the Premier moves about up statistical returns.

uneasily, like Rudolph under the in. “ We heard," adds Rabelais, “that fluence of Zamiel, and some half-supthey did not think it a bit strange that pressed murmurs of indignation are two contradictions in mode, form, heard on the part of others of the comfigure, and time should be true; pany. But at this moment the door though I'll warrant the sophists of flies open ; O'Connell enters with a Paris had rather be unchristened than grim smile, and pushing Melbourne own so much." The sophists of from his stool, coolly seats himself London, however, are not in the least in bis place at the head of the table. disturbed by the scruples at which All present stand up and make a low their Parisian predecessors startled : bow; while the band perform Weber's --witness Joseph Hume's celebrated “ Ruler of the Spirits.” After a pause, undertaking to swear that black was O'Connell's countenance relaxes ; he white, or vice versa, as required. motions to the company to take their

“ But we prattle something too seats, gives his sanction to the different wildly," and must not forget our bills, the substance of which is explainimodern dramatist in the old physi- ed to him by Lord John Russell, and cian. These projects having been helping himself to a bumper, he delisubmitted with much approbation to vers the following address : the meeting, they determine to take

Air,—“ Paddy Whack.

(Crossbones and Cleavers.)



I sing of Old Erin, a theme worth your hearing,

Ye Downing Street drones who so richly regale ;
Nor let your mirth lade ye to mock those who made ye,

For what had you been without me and tail?
To office I've sped ye, l've filld and I've fed ye,

Nor ask'd my own share when you rifled the Mint ;
To places and pensions I make no pretensions,

Content with my country's applause—and the Rint.
(Chorus.)—Singing, Paddy, my honey, come down with your money,

It's all agitation from bottom to top;
Your very last shilling, I know ye'll be willing,

To spend like a prince in ('Connell's own shop.
Och, raly it's pleasant to see the poor peasant

Spontaneously forced to contribute his store;
A groat or a guinea, a pound or a penny,

I take all he has, if he has nothing more.
As to how he may raise it, provided he pays it,

The thought, I confess, does not bother me much ;
Though the man that is dying sell the bed where he's lying,

The beggar his blanket, the cripple his crutch.

(Chorus.)Then Paddy, my honey, come down with your money,

It's all agitation from bottom to top ;
Your very last shilling, I know ye'll be willing,

To spend like a prince in O'Connell's own shop.

But though you bleed freely, and pay me genteelly,

I give you full value for all that I draw;
By word and example I've taught you to trample

On quiet and industry, order and law.
Discontent and suspicion, dissension, division,

I've planted and rear'd as a patriot should :
The storm I've been sowing I gladly see growing,

For ill is the wind that blows nobody good.

(Chorus.)— Then Paddy, my honey, come down with your money, gc.

From Emancipation to Appropriation,

Some new botheration we've constantly tried,
At present our trust is in clamours for “ Justice,"

I mean Irish justice—that's all on one side.
Then Pat, at my fiat be ready to riot,

As near treason's brink as you safely can steer,
What good it will do ye_hereafter I'll shew ye,-

To me 'twill be worth a few thousands a-year.

So Paddy, my honey, while paying your money,

Keep up Agitation from bottom to top,
A nate insurrection, to help the Collection,

Will ne'er come amiss to O'Connell s own shop.

The assembly are evidently struck with the disinterested conduct of O'Connell, and all coldness or bad feeling is at an end. The personages join hands, and the piece concludes with the following


Air," All hail to Masaniello."

(Sackbut, Psaltery, Dulcimer, and all kinds of Music.)

All hail to Dan O'Connell,

The master we obey :
Who, quite content with his Irish Rent,
To us leaves place and pay.

In office he secures us,

Of Quarter-day assures us :
Then hail great Dan O'Connell,

Still reign with gracious sway
You're free to seize what power you please,

But leave us place and pay !
[After parading several times round the stage, O'CONNELL
remaining seated, the Characters form pictures, and the
curtain drops.



à quo

There is no great event in modern in the incidents, and as much of a history, or perhaps it may be said personal interest in the moving chamore broadly, none in all history, racters, with fine dramatic contrasts, from its earliest records, less generally as belongs to Venice Preserved, or to known, or more striking to the imagi- the Fiesco of Schiller. 2dly, That of nation, than the flight eastwards of a a great military expedition offering principal Tartar nation across the the same romantic features of vast boundless steppes of Asia in the latter distances to be traversed, vast reverses half of the last century. The terminus to be sustained, untried routes, ene

of this flight, and the terminus mies obscurely ascertained, and hardad quem, are equally magnificent; ships too vaguely prefigured, which the mightiest of Christian thrones mark the Egyptian expedition of being the one, the mightiest of Pagan Cambyses—the anabasis of the youngthe other. And the grandeur of these er Cyrus, and the subsequent retreat two terminal objects, is harmoniously of the ten thousand to the Black Sea supported by the romantic circum- - the Parthian expeditions of the stances of the flight. In the abrupt. Romans, especially those of Crassus ness of its commencement, and the and Julian-or (as more disastrous fierce velocity of its execution, we than any of them, and in point of read an expression of the wild barbaric space as well as in amount of forces, character of the agents. In the unity more extensive) the Russian anabasis of purpose connecting this myriad of and katabasis of Napoleon. 3dly, wills, and in the blind but unerring That of a religious Exodus, authorized aim at a mark so remote, there is by an oracle venerated throughout something which recals to the mind many nations of Asia, an Exodus, those Almighty instincts that propel therefore, in so far resembling the the migrations of the swallow, or the great Scriptural Exodus of the Israellife-withering marches of the locust. ites, under Moses and Joshua, as Then again, in the gloomy vengeance well as in the very peculiar distinction of Russia and her vast artillery, which of carrying along with them their hung upon the rear and the skirts entire families, women, children, of the fugitive vassals, we are re- slaves, their herds of cattle and of minded of Miltonic images—such, for sheep, their horses and their camels. instance, as that of the solitary hand This triple character of the enterpursuing through desert spaces and prise naturally invests it with a more through ancient chaos a rebellious comprehensive interest. But the host, and overtaking with volleying dramatic interest, which we ascribed thunders those who believed them- to it, or its fitness for a stage represelves already within the security of sentation, depends partly upon the darkness and of distance.

marked variety and the strength of We shall have occasion farther on the personal agencies concerned, and to compare this event with other great partly upon the succession of scenical national catastrophes as to the mag- situations. Even the steppes, the nitude of the suffering. But it may camels, the tents, the snowy and the also challenge a comparison with sandy deserts, are not beyond the similar events under another relation, scale of our modern representative viz., as to its dramatic capabilities. powers, as often called into action in Few cases, perhaps, in romance or the theatres both of Paris and Lon. history, can sustain a close collation don; and the series of situations unwith this as to the complexity of its folded, beginning with the general separate interests. The great outline conflagration on the Wolga-passing of the enterprise, taken in connexion thence to the disastrous scenes of the with the operative motives, hidden or flight (as it literally was in its comavowed, and the religious sanctions mencement)—to the Tartar siege of under which it was pursued, give to

the Russian fortress Koulagina--the the case a triple character: 1st, That bloody engagement with the Cossacks of a conspiracy, with as close a unity in the mountain passes at Ouchim

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