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scored up aloft besides, and that's better certain orders of society, and which passes than all other registers.—Come, heave ander tire damnatory apellation of Slang. a hcad though, ånd see if dinner a’nt viccs the light of knowledge bursts in on

Strange! through what unsuspected cre!tads: I wish it were better; But I'll man's mind ! Lend me your ears' for a auster 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 Skalig, by a brief rilation brt! welcome of the heart. The of the circumstances which attended the

discovery. pour Licutenant pushed about the

Nocte pluit toto ;' th: i to say, it was nor a little too freely, but with so a complete drencher; and I liad tired out shah minth that there was no resisting my friend's hospitality in waiting tn tire liniz. To contribute the more to our

out the rain : rill, finding that has gi tience

and his laadilo liad become existujted, cate:iainment, he sung us some au.

wluke she was apps, evinced no dis, sition meiable sea songs. and Mrs. Croseirion to alate, I wo ti sced to take the street, plored some Spanish airs on the gui- and scamper shrough it. The suiii. fluid idi, axl accompanied them ia a very soon perxtrated to my skin; 2:11 :s the plasing voice.

irtues of brandy on such occa in me

well urlerstood, I stepped into :ile first Soin tlie daughter of 2

2 nuvalom vin toit no other fortune that in tainint vesül. The company is se ap

public-!:orse that I found open, fo: a sus pond an amiable mau; !!! y peared to consist of Englishinen in low Si eems as contented i.

stations in life, yet to nie tincie discourse is it le were the most impene i'!

as in a great mea: we unei ible. Id m's Lupe. In fact, :. wpende ; lave hea.iso

14 dnut, like that of sonle pedar.ts whom I Une pet's le no means Celong to

I:,!1-1 on Greek and Latin, Dienes; ? it to a remedia

Jite fu theretofore o' satin, Siti! a Sindy course L: IN 1: it was English picuei and patched

hiih some hing :rat seered lorogeneous. pride and bumlity, betwixt ecriri was not such English as I had ever pid ja velit. I consider the librard before. In short it was a . 'led Slang. tesnt fir more independent I hate reserve; it is my maxi : to suit titled thou-ands with rent-roll of the myself to the company in which I happen sint magnitude, but ;* es or new sphere of being, and by t

.I to be; so I quickly entered this, to me, i hose want of self-controul capose Aurora, like a young widow, lai cast off

ine that icin to daily degrada:ions, and plunge her sables and weepers, und arrayed herthem into splendid misery.

self in a somewhat less doleful suit of grey, La! is here take our leave of the with here and there bright specks of blue Lieu:nuant, wishing him a steady and and stars, like torquaise and brilliants,

peeping out and betraying an inward gaiety prosperous le through the voyage

of

that would fain have made a more decisive life ; mai poor Ben make his fortune appearance, I had acquired a tolerable proand recruite the widow ten-fold ; and ficiency in the phraseology of my companmay 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 depar

ture, and hastened to my lodgings, that I

might revolve the occurrences of the past VULGARITY OF SLANG.

hours, and extract from them soinething I have lain, till very lately, under a great which might sweeted those that were yes misapprehension respecting that figurative to come. and 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-haw, Ned, I ain the public house'; and it was not long be- afraid is on the cross.' The origin of juis 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 unin- ment inflicted on thieves by both Greeks itiated cars particular and sccret kwijects of and Romans. Keeping in mind also, as discourse, they were in reality ingenious it forcibly docs, thic miserable end of those and clegant terms either ilumciliately de- malefactors, it serves as a kind of perpetual rived from other languages, or judiciously anciento to the violators of the righth article used to express some metaphor too pro- of the decalogue, found and exquisite for superticial obser- A nose is called a conch, a word which vers, and therefore mistaken for unmean-contains an illusion too sulitie and too proing or mystical sounds. The truth of this found to strike any but a patient and de. I shall establish by a critical explanation scriminating 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 clear beyond all doubt. The • This,' said the waiter to a coachiman, word conch is borrowed from the science casting at the same time an envious eye of Geoinery, it having been ascertained on the latter's great coat, which, ample, by these ocite observers, that the curve thick and shaggy, enveloped him from the called the conchoid is the true line of beau eyes to the heels, . ah! this is a fine piece ty for this important feature. I have aeof toggery.' An unlearned Englislimau cordingly written a few stanzas on my fair would have called it by its simple Britis! | Anarylis's conch.' title, a great coat: but our publican's wait. Tiere is something which I cannot help cr, a learned Theban, disdaining such being pleased with, in the phrase fork it, homciy 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 crudite 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 inuch choffing about it,' said perceive in this expression an allusion to the landlord, • I like to see the blunt.' the maxim :

Now chatling signifies that kind of idle Naturam expellas 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 proportion to the nonsense To be a thief, as I have before noted, is or chuti. I cannot sufficiently admire the to be on the cross, but the ordinary word propriety and clegance of this metaphor. for · to steal is to bone. The origin of It is classical too, and was suggested no this expression is, I adınit, 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 the matter; and if it do cls of chaff; you shall seek all day ere you not satisfy the reader, it will probably sug. find them, and when you have then they gest something that may enable another are not worth the search.' As to the word etymologist to disclose the real source of dlunt, which means moncy, it is certainly this invention. Before the Reformation. an angliciscd pronunciation of the French the right of administration of the personal world dlan.. The Latin for cash is argen- estate and effects of every person deceased sum: the French l'urgent; and silver being intestate, was claimed and exercised by the white, the word blunt, broadly pronounced bishop or other ccclesiastic, within whose dlunt, is very properly and figuratively in. diocese or peculiar jurisdiction the bong troduced to signify current change in con- notabilia of the defunct were situated, under tradistinction to the aurum, 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 at grave-looking man who sat little else than a cruel robbery of widows opposite. Wed,' replicd the other, with and orphans; and I am induced to think

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that the authors of the Slang language had Points of resemblance, more than one in mind these facts relative to the bona or two: atabilia, when they gave the word bone to Twenty, for auglet I know, might soun be the fact of making an unwarrantable trans- shown; fer of property.

I'd state them--if I'd nothing else todo. Gin is called miin, a word which con. But as I have, I'll leave the theme alone, seys the essence of all the volumes which And yet, on second thoughts I'll give e have ever been written on the fatal consc. 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 mater son to political economists, on the instability of a paper curtency, is contained in Imprimis--then ; they both shine most at the single word flimsy, for bank-notes

night, Ogle for eye, is obviously derived from the

The one on eatth, the other in the sky; Latin oculus, with a glance at the French I may say both retlect a borrowed light, ril, but altered with much judgment and taste to accommodate English tonguey, And they, I own, have an undoubted right

But this, perhaps, the Ladies would deny. and accord with the ordinary terminations

To know what cliarms they borrow, or of English nouns

buy ;I am now arrived, I believe, at the end Besides, whenever any thing is bought, of iny 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 must 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 endean

Or not, there's much resemblance in the Fors, 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 stcadly, like the light of day, edition, with additions and emendations, But an uncertain, fascinating spleneur;critical, etyinological, and explanatory, by A little coolish too, when Man grows SCREVELIUS RADIX. tender.

Another point of likeness, to my view,

Being, I think, an accurate beholder, Portry,

Is this: when Ladies and when Moons

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

They don't salute you, and then bid adieu, I've oft been sorely puzzled and per- 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.

mire, 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 has been to go on;

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

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

crack'd ; thought to throw on,

Ind I have either heard, or somewhere Put it has given my reasoning power some

real,

or Lunatic and Lover all compact, pother, Why we should He the one, and She Which seems as if ’twere thought by some the other !

ill-bred,

(though sure such wretches sliould be The Moon and Woman; there may be straightway rack’d)

I own

are now,

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

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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 delving disputation

And still more sorry to excite dissention Woman are-talkative! the Moon is Among you luve-sick swains, who, out of quite ! spite,

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

to win 'ern, "Tisno affair of mine what brains are in 'ein.

ON SPRING. Well-to proceed ;-I find I must make

haste, And not on every point of semblance

(From Anacreon.)
pore,
Dr 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;-
Besides, it might be thought it was my aim Rosy garlands in their hair.
To prove the Moon and woman are the The swelling seas forget to roar,
same!

And smiling gently kiss the shore. I therefore shall with brevity pass over

'The sportive duck in wanton play

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 rain;

And olives gender into birth.
As well as many 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 winc
But as I might be prolix, I forbear ;-

Choice draught already I do think, Besides-I must their difference now com- I'm quaifing of' a hearty drink,

pare. The Moon and Woman differ then-in

C. G. J.

more.

this;

The first is true to Nature, and its laws; It never leaves its sphere, nor does amiss,- | PAINTED, PUBLISHED AND SOLD

It apes no artful wiles-masks no applause, In all its changesstill 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, may 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 Youth, beauty, ugliness, and age all seem

Hutcheson St.; at the Shops of the PrinciThe sairle 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 ready But not cauriciously, still less in spite.- money only. I doubt muchrif these qutlities are colimon

ME LANGE,
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OR

WEEKLY REGISTER

OF LITERATURE AND THE ARTS.

* SERIÁ MİXTÁ JOCIS."

No.. 4. WEDNESDAY, 10th JULY, 1822.

PRICE 31. SKETCHES.

rows, in which the happy couple were

destined to participate. Next morning No. 2.

they were awoke, by the songs 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 soon 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 Daphne ; 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; never 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 was pea, the Goddess Diana, that she might be moved, she followed it to the sepula permitted to leave her service, were chre, and neither 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 atired.' 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 rem ever had been seen before, and the tired, and in the damp tomb, by the

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, 26. an emblem of those joys and ser. I periode conspiracy had been diges

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