scored upaloft besides, and that's better certain orders of society, and which passes than all other registers.—Come, heave ander the damnatory apellation of Slang. a hçad though, and see if dinner a’nt Strange! through what unsuspected croriady. I wish it were better; But I'll man's mind! Lend me your ears' for a answer for the welcome.”

few moments, while I introduce my disWe sat down to a very hearty meal, covery of the beauty, elegance, and classiserved up with neatness and sweetened cal propriety of Skang, by a brief relation 11 the welcome of the heart. The of the circumstances which attended the

discovery. pour Lieutenant pushed about the Nocte pluit toto;' thieti u say, it was 2:07 a little too freely, but with so a complete drencher; and I liad tired out ws' minth that there was no resisting my friend's hospitality in waiting tn tire hili. To contribute the more to our out the rain : till

, finding that his patience

and his site had become ex stuzted, eine:tainment, he sung us some au.

while the winterye evinced no di.., e sition n.iable sea songs. and Mrs. Cros:1*** to abate, I wire ti sced to take the street, piered some Spanish airs on the gui- and seamrer shrough it. The suiii. fluid iai

, and acto.npanied them ia a very soon perxe trated to my skin; a::? is the pleasing voice.

·irtues of brandy on such occanons are

well utlerstood, I stepped into the first Sie is the daughter of a narulchrin frith no other fortune thora i intaining cordia. The company is ie ap

public-!lor se that I found open, fo: a sus piirad an amiable midi !!! y peared to consist of Englishmen in low

i eems as contented . d v stations in life, yet to me tikit discourse if he were the most independ

is in a great measure timeli ible. It Bin Lupe. In fact, ... wpendIn fact, :... wpendo have hearing

was not, like that of some pedants whom I 614e durn ligno means telong to

E::x!it. cre on Greek and Latin, Biehe ; tu a tall golcinedir.

Jite tusiwa heretofore o' satin, which ap's a sily course L::it was English pic vel and patched

with something that scened homogeneous. pride and bumlity, betwixt economy, sri was not such English as I had ever and enjoyment. I consider the Lionheard before. In short it was e 'led Slang. teunt fir more independent Ivan I hate reserve; it is my mai. i to suit titled thou-ands with rent-rolls of the myself to the company in which I happen fine wa nitude, but mainties, or

to be; so I quickly entered this, to me, vhose want of self-contronl capose Aurora, like a young widow, inul cast of

new sphere of being, and by th: ime that +1.21n to dabiy degrada:ions, and plunge her sables and weepers

, and arrayed herthem into splendid misery.

self in a somewhat less doleful suit of grey, 1x is here take our leave of the with here and there bright specks of blue Lieutnanít, wishing him a steady and and stars, like torquaise and brilliants, prosperous le through the voyage of peeping out

and betraying an inward gaiety

that would fain have made a more decisive life ; mai poor Ben make his fortune appearance, I had acquired a tolerable proand reqrite the widow ten-fold ; and ficiency in the phraseology of my compan. înay the Soldier's and the Sailor's wi- ions and could, like Prince Hal, • drink dow never want such a friend as brave with any tinker in his own language." Crosstree in the hour of affliction or pose the greater part of the nocturnal spirits

The break of day, summoning to' their renecessity !

with whom I had been sounding the very THE HERMIT IN THE COUNTRY. bass string of humility,' I took my depare

ture, and hastened to my lodgings, that I VULGARITY OF SLANG.

might revolve the occurrences of the past

hours, and extract from them soinething I have lain, till very lately, under a great which might sweeted those that were yet misapprehension respecting that figurative to come. ked highly significant language peculiar to ! My first reflections were on the significa.

tion and origin of the new words which I a very expressive turn of the eye and had picked up among the inmates of the movement of the under-jaw, · Ned, I ain the public house'; and it was not long be afraid is on the cross.' The origin of this fore I discovered that instead of being, as phrase, which implies being a thief, is clas. I had been used to consider them, arbitrary sical, and refers to the well-knowu punishinventions, designed to conceal from unina ment inflicted on thieves by both Greeks itiated cars particular and secret subjects of and Romans. Keeping in mind also, as discoursc, they were in reality ingenious it forcibly does, ti.e miserable end of those and elegant terms either imıncdiately de- malefactors, it serves as a kind of perpetual rived from other ļanguages, or judiciously i momento to tie violators of the ciglatharticle used to express some metaphor too pro- of the decalogue. found and exquisite for superficial obser- A nose is called a conch, a word which vers, and therefore mistaken for unmean- contains an illusion too subtie and too pro. ing or mystical sounds. The truth of this found to strike any but a patient and de.

I shall establish by a critical explanation seriminating investigator. I take much of some of the words and phrases learned credit to inyself for this discovery, as it is in the course of my initiation.

perfect and clcar beyond all doubt. The * This,' said the waiter to a coachman, word cunch is borrowed from the science casting at the same time an envious eye of Geometry, it having been ascertained on the latter's great coat, which, ample, by these ocute observers, that the curve thick and shaggy, enveloped him from the called the cochoid is the true line of beau's eyes to the heels, ah! this is a fine piece ty for this important feature. I have acof toggery.' Au unlearned Englishman cordingly written a few stanzas on my fair would have called it by its simple British Amarylis's conch. title, a great coat : but our publican's wait. Tiere is something which I cannot help cr, a learned Tlieban, disdaining such being pleased with, in the phrase fork it, homely terms, has reference to the Latin for the ordinary one of hand it. Perhaps vocabulary, and with a slight alteration, it is taking too great a liberty with facts to perfectly allowable in such an erudite name the human hand, which has five person, names the vostment after the toga fingers or prongs, after a fork, which has of the ancient Romans.

but two or three at most ; but I think I • I late so much chaffing about it,' said perceive in this expression an allusion to the landlord, I like to see the bluent.' the maxim :

Now chaffing signifies that kind of idle Naturam cxpellas furca tamen usque recurret. superfluous verbiage, in which, to say the which is as much as to say, that though truth, too many persons of all ranks are you knock a man down with your fist, it is apt to indulge, and in which the sense or ten to one that he will get up again. grain bears no j roportion to the nonsense To be a thicf, as I have before noted, is or chutfI cannot sufficiently admire the to be on the cross, but the ordinary word propriety and elegance of this metaphor. for • to steal" is to bono. The origin of It is classical too, and was suggested no this expression is, I admit, a little doubts doubt, by Bassanio's account of Gratiano's ful; but anxious for the discovery of truth, wit in the Merchant of Venice_his rea- I offer the result of the best consideration sons are two grains of wit hid in two bush which I can give tho matter ; and if it do cls of chaff; you shall seck all day ere you not satisfy the reader, it will probably sugfind them, and when you have them they gest something that may enable apothcT are not worth the search.' As to the word etymologist to disclose the real source of blunt, which means moncy, it is certainly this invention. Before the Reformation, an anglicised pronunciation of the French the right of administration of the personal word blanc. "The Latin for cash is argen- estate and effects of every person deceased tum: the I'rench l'orgent; and silver being intestate, was claimed and exercised by the white, the word blund, broadly pronounced bishop or other ccclesiastic, within whose dlunt, is very properly and figuratively in- diocese or peculiar jurisdiction the bona troduced to signify current change in con- notabilia of the defunct were situated, under tradistinction to the curum, which is the pretence of their being applied in pios yellow,

This application to pious purposes And how is Ned ?' said the well-clad was soon, however, found to amount to charioteer to a grave-looking man who sat little else than a cruel robbery of widows opposite. vod,' replica the other, with and orphans; and I am induced to think


or two:

that the authors of the Slang language had Points of resemblance, more than one in mind these facts relative to the bona axtabilia, when they gave the word bone to Twenty, for auglt I know, might soon be the fact of making an unwarrantable trons- shown; fer of property.

I'd state them--if I'd nothing else todo. Gin is called muin, a word which con-| But as I have, I'll leave the theme alone, veys the essence of all the volumes which And yet, on second thoughts I'll give e have ever been written on the fatal conse- fewy quences of yielding to the odious habit of Lest carping critics, who are apt to chattet, drunkenness; and what an admirable les- Should say I never thought about the mat son to political economists, on the instabi

ter. lity of a paper currency, is contained in Imprimis--then ; they both shine most at the single word flimsy, for bank-note:

night, Ogle for eye, is obviously derived from the

The one on earth, the other in the sky; Latin oculus, with a glance at the French I may say both retlect a borrowed light, ail, but altered with much judgment and

But this, perhaps, the Ladies would deny. taste to accommodate English tongues, And they, I own, have an undoubted right and accord with the ordinary terminations

To know what charms they borrow, or of English nouns

buy ;I am now arrived, I believe, at the end Besides, whenever any thing is bought, of my first lesson in the Slang language, and paid for 'tis the owner's, as it ought. • of which I shall assuredly take the earliest opportunity of getting a more perfect But, passing this discussion as a theme knowledge. I doubt not, that what I have Too delicate to dwell on-I inust say said will awaken, in many of your readers, That' whether both dispense a borrow'd the desire of investigating this subject ; gleam, and should I succeed in my own endea- Or not, there's much resemblance in the vors, and find sufficient encouragernent ray in the literay world, I shall perhaps enter

Which shines from each; though beauti. very soon on the design of devising Grose's

ful the beam, Slang Dictionary, and publishing a new It is not steadly, like the light of day, edition, with additions and emendations, But an uncertain, fascinating splenour; critical, etymological, and explanatory, by A little roolish too, when Man grows SCREVELIUS Radix. tender.

Another point of likeness, to my view,

Being, I think, an accurate beholder, Poetry,

Is this: when Ladies and when Moons

are now,

They're both a little coy; but when WOMAN, AND THE MOON.

get older, I've oft been sorely puzzled and per

They don't salute you, and then bid adieu,

Both in a breath; but, grown a little plex'd,

bolder, When thinking of the Sun, and Moon, Are more disposed to give you time to adand so on.

To know what principle, when they were And are in no great hurry to retire.

sex'd, Those who first fix'd their gender chose Let's try again. — The Moon, it is been to go OR;

said," I will not say that I've been ever vex'd,

Has a strange influence on folks halfWhen this same thing I've chanc'd a

crack'd; thought to throw on,

And I have either heard, or somewhere Lut it has given my reasoning power some


or « Lunatic and Lover all compact, pother, Why we should Ile the one, and She Which seems as it ’twere thought by somne the other !


(Though sure such wretches should be The Moon and Woman"; there may be straightway rack’d)

I own


That 'tis not 'till Man's reasoning powers With her to whom we give the name of are gone,


Woman. Woman can claim his noddle as her own.

I might, if I had time and inclination, But this point of resemblnnce, though it And were not fearful of exciting riot. might

Give other instances of var'ation, Strike some as very striking, I just Which some would smile, and more, per. mention ;

haps, would sigh at : I should be sorry to be unpolite,

I give but one defving disputation And still more sorry to excitedissention Woman are-talkative! the Moon is Among you love-sick swains, who, out of quite ! spite,

Were there no other cause, I must opine Would swear I bad some sinister intention This proves the moon not feminine ! Their heads I leave to those who choose

to win 'em, "Tisno affair of mine what brains are in 'em. Well-to proceed ;-I find I must make

ON SPRING. haste, And not on every point of semblance

(From Anacreon.)
Or I shall both my time and paper' waste,
And try my reader's patience, which is

The stonny winter's now away,
For, when a joke is not quite to our taste, At whose approach, the graces wear,

Spring has brought the lengthened day;
It's apt to make one feel a little sore; Rosy garlands in their hair.
Besides, it might be thought it was my aim
To prove the Moon and woman are the The swelling seas forget to roar,

And smiling gently kiss the shore.

'The sportive duck in wanton play I therefore shall with brevity pass over

Now dives, now rises into day. Variousresemblances between the twain; How both, when skies are cicar, smile on The clouds are gone, perhaps in showers a lover,

They fall, just to enliv'n the flowers. And leave him in the lurch in clouds Now verdure covers all the earth, and Tain;

And olives gender into birth.
As well as pany a theme I might discover The swelling grapes enrich the vine,

In either's rise, or set, or wax, or wane; | And thus do promise plenteous wine
But as I might be prolix, I forbear ;-

Choice draught alrcady I do think, Besides-I must their difference now com- I'm quaffing off a hearty drink.

pare. The Moon and Woman differ then-in

C. G. J. this; The first is true to Nature, and its laws; It never leaves its sphere, nor does amiss,- PRINTED, PUBLISHED AND SOLD

It apes no artfulwiles--asks no applause, In all its changes-still unchang'd it is

Every Wednesday, by In loveliness and beauty, from this cause, WILLIAM TAIT, & Co. Since first created it has cheated no Man;

Lyceum Court, Nelson Street, I fear we cannot say all this for Woman.

Where Communications, post paid, wray Again--the Moon sheds heriinpartial beam

be addressed to the Editor: On rich, and poor, with just the same delight:

Sold also by Mr. Griffin, Public Library

Hutcheson St. ; at the Shops of the PrinciYouth, beauty, ugliness, and age all seem The saine to her to each her smiles are pal Booksellers, Glasgow; also at Mr. Hunbright;

ter's, Bookseller, 23, South Hanover Street, She sometimes may withdraw her gentle Edinburgh ; and at Mr. Wales' Printing gleam,

Office, Castle Street Liverpool, for reaal: But notcapriciously, still less in spite.money only. I doubt much if these qualities

are conmon

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rows, in which the happy couple were

destined to participate. Next morning No. 2. they were awoke, by the


of the Humanity is mcapable of long en- young men and maids, which were full during, either intense Grief, or in- of the Bride's praises, and the most tense Pleasure. In the former, the envious, allowed that the praises were o'erfraught heart is broken, in the not undeserved. Six months passed latter, the mind is enfeebled, and he on, and their spring of bliss seemed who was once a Man sdon becomes to usher in a summer of calmer, but unworthy of the name. Violent Grief of no less endearing enjoyment. Love is seldom of long duration ; and to it seemed to have left the habitation of after its first o'erflowings, consolation the Gods, that he might witness the is most easily administered.

felicity of Damon and of Daphne, Never had there been more joy in But alas ! over the path of Life, sorAthens, than at the marriage of Damon rows are scattered as well as joys. and of Daphine ; never did the affec- Damon fell sick, and in a few days, tion of years, appear more happily re-expired in the arms of his beloved warded ; neter was the attachment of wife. She tore her hair she threw childhood, crowned more gloriously, away all her rich jewels and ornaments, by the ripened affection of maturer she wrapped herself in sable garments, äge. The beauty of the Bride, the and sat the pale and wretched image magnificent gifts she had presented of despair. When the body swas per the Goddess Diana, that she might be moved, she followed it to the sepula permitted to leave her service, were chre, andneither persuasionnor entreaty not more talked of, than the elegance could tear her from it. "There she of the Bridegroom, and the splendor stood, wringing her hands and tearing of the dyed garments in which he was her hair, resolved to die by the side, attired. The Garlands which hung of him, whose life was dear to her as. in front of the house were richer than her own. Her friends had now rea ever had been seen before, and the tired, and in the damp tomb, by the wild asparagus, with its priekly leaves light of a solitary lamp, while the time twined amid the wreaths of roses, was slowly passed on she' marked not its considered by the shrewd old ladies, progress. It happened that about this

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