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“Debility pressed hard around * Hold ! spin no more! " Grant Heaven, The seat of life, and terrours filled her
that purity brain :
Of thought and texture may
assimilate Nor causeless terrours : giants grim and That fragment unto thee,” &c. &c. bold,
This is unintelligible nonsense in Three mighty ones she feared to meet : they came;
some parts; and in others, it conWinter, Old Age and Poverty, all came !!! veys alarming tidings as to the perΤΙ last had dropped his club.”
petual labours of Mr. Bloomfield's What the club of poverty is, Mr
brain.-But now, let us hear sir E. Bloomfield, I suppose, can tell me
Brydges, K. J. He introduces the
above silliness (I have quoted nearly but, as for the three giants, they are quite new.
the whole of the piece] by saying : “ When death beheld “ Every one is acquainted with the Her tribulation he fulfilled his task, pastoral poetry of Bloomfield. It is And to her trembling hand and heart at not generally known, with what won
derful power and pathos he can write Cried, SPIN NO MORE!'”
blank verse !!! Here, then, is the moral; and it And he concludes it by adding : appears that dame Bloomfield pos- “ There is no reader of English sessed the rare faculty of spinning with poetry who does not recollect Cowher heart as well as her hand ; and per's exquisite lines on his mother's that death came to ease them both. picture. This fragment of BloomHow natural that this last mentioned field's forms a noble companion to gentleman should find her in the ve- them!!! It strikes me to be writ. ry act of spinning. She, as her son ten in a loftier tone, and still more so poetically exclaims,
excellent manner than any of his “ She who could spin so well!”. other productions. Let him give new But she was a mighty spinner; for delight and astonishment to the world she spun “ through all her days."
by a moral and descriptive poem in But now comes the great moral. blank verse !" The spindle was left half full of Let me ask you, sir, who is most “ downy fleece," and so
pitiable: he who receives such gla« 'Tis the motto of the world! ring adulation, or he who gives it. We spin vain threads, and dream, and Perhaps the latter. For whether he strive, and die,
bestows it from meanness of spirit, With sillier things than spindles in our or from a wretched imbecility of inhands!!!!"
tellect which disqualifies him for This is, indeed, a pathetick and judging what he writes about, he is a sublime moral ; and it serves Mr. Bloomfield for a basis whereby to
equally an object of pity. I do not make a transition to his “ spinning" Mr. Brydges, till he was made a
remember any thing so absurd from of verses.
knight. If any of your readers can Proud of a vast extent of flimsy lines.”
give me a new perception, and teach His case seems desperate, and me to find the meanest degree of nothing but the same gentleman merit in what I have extracted, I who stopped his mother's spindle will unfeignedly thank him. But till will stop his pen ; for thus he says then, my prayer is, that Mr. Bloomhimself:
may ever have such an admirer, “ Then feeling, as I do, resistlessly,
and such an admirer such poets to The bias set upon my soul for verse, admire. Oh ! should old age still find my brain at work,
Sir E. Brydges, K. J. calls Mr. And death, over some poor fragment Bloomfield's prosaick inanity a comstriding, cry
panion” to Cowper's exquisitely pa
thetick lines on his Mother's Picture. The art that baffles time's tyrannick,
claim I will take Cowper from my shelf, and quote the first dozen lines, and To quench it) here shines on me still the leave your readers to judge :
Let sir E. Brydges, K. J. confine “Oh that those lips had language! himself to copying the titles of old
Life has passed With me but roughly since I heard thee books, and giving abstracts of their last.
contents, and he will be suitably emThose lips are thine ; thy own sweet ployed : but let him reverence himsmiles I see,
self in future, too much, to write The same that oft, in childhood, solaced such hyperbolical encomiums on so
barren and mean a topick. Voice only fails, else, how distinct they say,
I am, sir, your's, &c. Grieve not my child, chase all thy fears
CASTIGATOR. away' The meek intelligence of those dear eyes
March 7, 1809. (Blest be the art that can immortalize,
FROM THE LONDON ATHENÆUM.
REMARKABLE ESCAPE FROM DEATH.
To the Editor of the Athenæum. Si'r,
THE following example of escape by about forty men, he saw this desfrom apparently inevitable death is so perado, armed with a carbine, a brace singular, that I think it deserves to of pistols, a scymétar, and a dagger, be recorded, and cannot but prove
issue out of a wood at a short disacceptable to your readers.
tance, at the head of his troop. InIn the attack of Manilla by sir Wil- stigated by a sudden emotion of re. liam Draper, in the year 1762, cap- sentment, Bishop determined to intain Richard Bishop, of the marines, flict on this man the just punishment greatly distinguished himself by his of his offences; but being himself intrepidity and professional know- without weapons, he borrowed a pisledge; in consequence of which, he tol from the holsters of the officer was by that general made governour who accompanied him. Thus proof the town and fort of Cavite, the vided, he galloped up to the Malay, principal port in the island of Lu- and presented the pistol to his head. qonia. At this time there was in the The Malay and his followers, conneighbourhood a Malay of extraordi- founded at this bold act of a single Dary
bulk and strength, and of the man, offered no resistance. The pismost ferocious disposition, who had tol missed fire; on which, Bishop, formerly worked in the dock yard, striking the Malay with it a violent but had deserted, and having collect- blow on the head, knocked him off ed nearly a hundred men of like cha- his horse. In the meanwhile the Enracters with himself, committed every glish troop, hastening to the assist. species of lawless violence on the per- ance of their leader, and concluding sons and property of the peaceable him to be fully equal to cope with inhabitants. For the apprehension his fallen antagonist, pursued the of this man captain Bishop had long banditti, who immediately fled, and offered considerable rewards, but both parties were soon out of sight. without effect; when, one day riding All this was the work only of a few out with a brother officer, attended seconds; during which, Bishop see
ing the Malay stunned on the ground, Bishop, unable to walk, crawled on alighted in order to secure him; or, his hands and knees to his horse, if necessary, to kill him with one of which he found grazing at the dishis own weapons. No sooner, how. tance of a quarter of a mile, near the ever, was he off his horse, than the spot where the contest began. He Malay was on his feet, and began a mounted him with difficulty, and was desperate struggle with his rash as- soon afterwards happily joined by his sailant. It was the business of the friends, who had chased their oppo. former merely to employ his own nents into some dangerous passes, offensive weapons; the latter had the and returned, not without solicitude double necessity of defeating their for the fate of their commander, use, and of applying them to his own whom they had so long left. advantage. The Malay was singu- The victor carried away the spoils larly strong and active, inured to hard of his enemy, part of which, the scy. labour, and exerting himself in his metar and fatal dagger, the writer of native climate : the Englishman of this letter has more than once seen. much less muscular force, and that The story was first related to him by reduced by long privations, and by captain Bishop himself, and afterthe influence of excessive heat ; but wards fully confirmed by the late the disparity was in a considerable de colonel Flint, who at that time served gree compensated by the energy of an with captain Bishop in the island. invincible mind.
Your readers will naturally look This contest for life continued for with anxiety to the subsequent histoalmost an hour, when at length Bi- ry of this gallant officer; and they shop, almost fainting with fatigue, will learn, with deep regret, that he was thrown on his back, and the was lost on board his majesty's ship Malay, kneeling on him, drew his the Thunderer, commanded by com. dagger, and with all his force aimed modore Walsingham, in the great at his breast the fatal blow. At that hurricane which occurred in the moment Bishop, exerting his last West Indies, in the year 1780. remains of strength, with both hands I am, sir, averted the point of the dagger as
Your obedient it descended, and changing its direc
Servant, tion, drove it upwards into the throat of the Malay, who immediately fell
P.H. C. down dead upon him.
THE following case is perhaps he was looking at some young men unparalleled in the annals of Boiv. playing at cricket, he heard a gun go street.
off, and immediately saw the prisonOn Tuesday, May 16th, Miss Ma- er, Miss Mary York, in a paddock, ry York, a young lady, about 24 divided from the park by a paling, years of age, was brought by Laven- with a gun in her hand. He, in conder before Mr. Nares, the sitting sequence, went up to the paling, and magistrale, on a charge under the found Henry Parker there speaking Black Act, of a most extraordinary to Miss York, and observing to her nature. Robert Coombes stated, that that, if she fired the gun off again in on Sunday afternoon, about five such a careless manner, he should o'clock, he
was passing through come over the paling and take the Kempton Park, in Sunbury; and as gun from her. He heard her ask
her servant what fellow that was? Mr. Rolfe, the uncle of Miss York, pointing towards him.
The servant the proprietor of the house where she replied, she did not know. Miss resides, and the joint proprietor of York then said : “ I shall take the the park, attended in behalf of Miss liberty of firing at him," and present. York, and in extenuation of the coned the gun at him. It snapped twice. duct of his niece, stated, that there He then got behind a tree to avoid was no road through the park, and its contents. She snapped the piece therefore the witnesses, and those who again, and it went off, presented at were playing at cricket, were comhim. He saw Miss York put shot mitting a trespass; but he, by no into the gun out of a shot belt, and means, justified the conduct of his saw her prime it with powder; her niece, in discharging a musket at servant supplied her with powder to them. Mr. Rolfe endeavoured 10 prime it. After the gun was fired, throw discredit upon the testimony he and Parker got over the paling, of Coombes, insinuating that he was and took the gun from her.
not a respectable character.
Mr. Henry Parker, a carpenter, of Sun- Nares, however, did not consider any bury, confirmed the above, and said, thing that had been said in defence, as he was walking along the road, to amount to a justification of one of he saw Miss York fire off the gun; the most serious and outrageous acts her servant was close by her side at that ever was committed, and partithe time; he observed the ball from cularly by a young lady; but would the gun strike the gravel road about give it another hearing, upon Mr. three paces before him ; he, in con- Rolfe undertaking for the future apsequence, went to the paling, and pearance of Miss York and her serasked her what she was firing at? vant, who, he conceived, had acted She replied, if he insulted her in her equally improper in fetching the gun, private walks, she would shoot him : and in assisting in loading it. The the ball made an aperture through prosecutors undertook to produce the paling. At this the other witness, three witnesses to corroborate what Coombes, came up to him, and re- they had stated, and on Friday the lated what had happened : and he, parties were again brought up to be Parker, with Coombes, jumped over examined, but on the witnesses being the paling, and took the gun from her. called, they did not answer. Some
The defence set up by Miss York suspicion was entertained that they was, that the witness, Coombes, had had been tampered with, and the made use of some very improper lan- magistrate ordered Miss York to be guage to her, and had thrown some committed to New Prison, Clerkpieces of the paling at her, which in- well. Elizabeth Too, the servant, was duced her to send her servant for the admitted to bail, to answer what shall musket, and she had discharged it at be objected against her at the next Coombes in her own defence.
Quarter Sessions, herself in 3001. This was confirmed by the servant. and two sureties 1501. each.
Order for the Lord Mayor's preparing the Ceremony of the Solemn Entry of Charles
I. of Spain into London, A. D. 1522. THE meeting of the emperour, First, the said lord mayor must his grace, with the lord mayor of ineet him at Deptford, and there shall London, and his brethren, with all receive him with procession. other crafts of the said city in their Also at London bridge, there shall liveries.
be two great giants standing at either
side of the gate, which shall deliver an orchard, and one garden made by to the king's grace the keys, and the advice, and shall be with birds singe king to deliver them to the empe- ing upon trees, and divers manner of
wild beasts, and motes with sluices, Also upon the drawbridge shall be with fishes swimming in them. one pageant of Jason with the golden And out of two ports of the corfleece ; because the emperour giveth ners shall come two men, one like the golden fleece, as the king of En- the king, another like the emperour, gland doth give the garter.
having two swords in their hands, Also there shall be set, the like- clean armed, and shall meet and kiss, ness of the emperour, and all the and the Father of Heaven being over kings that hold of the emperour, with their heads, blessing them. crowns on their heads.
Also at the great conduit in CheapAlso at the conduit, in Grace- side shall be two ports, one shall be church street, there shall sit one the east gate, and the other shall be man, in likeness of king Charles, the west; and at the coming of with an emperour's crown upon his the east gate there shall be there a head, the emperour sitting on the rose, like to the bud of a rose, and right hand, and the king of England so to come down and open more and on the left hand of him; and he shall more, and at the last it shall be openhave two swords in his hand, and de- ed all. liver one sword to the emperour, the And there shall be a maiden with other to the king's grace.
a red rose and a white in her hands, That is to understand, to the em- clothed in cloth of gold, delivering perour as heir apparent, and to the unto the king the red rose, and to king's grace as heir and governour the emperour the white rose. generall.
Also at the standard in the Cheap Also, at the Leadenhall shall be there shall be the storie of king Soone pageant of the duke of Lancas. Jomon, with his progeny. ter, how he was married in Spain, Also a cross in the Cheap, gilded and of all his lineage that came of after the best manner. him since that time, and targetts Also at the little conduit in the upon them, that they may be known, Cheap, shall be the assumption of Our and their arms upon the targetts, to Lady, as goodly as can be wrought, be known thereby.
&c. angells, archangells, patriarchs, At the conduit in Cornehill shall prophets, with the apostles in the sit king Arthur as an emperour, and heavenliest manner. The sun, the all the kings crowned that did hold moon, with the stars shining bright, of him.
which shall open and bow down to Then he shall present the king the honour of Our Lady, with voices with one sword, and welcome the of young choristers, the which shall emperour with a speech.
sing most sweetly, as may be devised Also at the conduit in the Stocks, by musick. there shall be made one castle and
CHARACTERS OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. THE specimen which follows foreign to the present taste, and of is very whimsical but very expres. national peculiarities to which mosive, and may serve as a lively picture dern customs bear not the smallest of former manners, of parts of dress similitude. It is extracted from Tho. now unknown, of delicacies perfectly mas Reeve's Sermons, delivered with