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and intelligence were spread over its whole, prosperity of the land; let them abide its surface : not as in some monarchies, drain- fluctuations, and conform to its fortunes, ed from the country, and collected in It is not for ihe rich to fly because the towns and cities. I trave considered the country is suffering; let them share, in great rural establishments of the nobility, their relative proportion, the common lot ; and the Jesser cstablishments of the gene they owe it to the land which has elevated try, as so many reservoirs of wealth and them to honour and affluence, When the intelligence distributed about the kingdom, poor have to diminish their scanty morsel apart from the towns, to irrigate, freshen, of bread; when they have to compound and fertilise the surrounding country. I , with the cravings of nature, and study with have looked upon them too, as the august how little they can do, and not be starved; retreats of patriots and statesmen, where, I it is not then for the rich to fly, and dimiin the enjoyment of honorable independance nisl still farther the resources of the poor, and clegant leisure, they might train up, that they themselves may live in splendor their minds to appear in those legislative in a cheaper country. Let theni rather assemblies whose debates and decisions form retire to their estates, and there practise the study and precedents of viher nations, retrenchment. Let the return to that and involve the interests of the world. noble simplicity, that practical good sense,
I have been both surprised and disap- that honest pride which forins the foundapointed, therefore, it finding, that on this tion of truc English character, and from subject I was often indulging in an lto- them they may again rear the edifice of pian dream, rather than a well-founded | fair and honorable prosperity. opinion. I have been concerned at find- On the rural habits of the English noing that these fine estates were too often bility and gentry; on the manner in which involved, and mortgaged, or placed in the they discharge their duties on iheir paurihands of creditors, and the owners exiled monial possessions, depend greatly the virfrom their paternal Jands. There is an tue and welfare of the nation. So long as extravagance, I am told, that runs paralell they pass the greater part of their time in with wealth ; a lavislı expenditure among the quiet and purity of the country, surthe great; a senseless competition anong rounded by the inonunients of their illusthe aspiring; a heedless, joyless dissipation, trious ancestors, surrounded by every thing ainong the upper ranks, that often beggars that can inspire generous pride, noble even these splendid establishments, breaks emulation, and amiable and magnanimous down the pride and principles of their pos- sentiinent; so long they are safe, and in sessors, and makes too many of them mere them the nation may repose its interests placc-hunters, or shifting absentees. It is and its honor, But the moment that they thus that so many are thrown into the become the servile throngers of court avehands of government; and a court which pues, and give themselves up to the politi. ought to be the most pure and honourable cal intrigues, and beartless dissipations of in Europe, is so often degraded by noble, the metropolis, that moment they lose the but importunale tiine-servers. It is thus, real nobility of their natures, and become too, that so many become exiles from their the mere leeches of the country. native land, crowding the ho:els of foreign That the great majority of' nobility and countries, and expending upou thankless gentry in England are endowed with high strangers the wealth so hardly drained from votions of honour and independence, I thotheir laborious peasantry. I have looked roughly believe. Iley lave evidenced it upon these latter with a mixture of censure lately on very important questions, and have and concern. Knowin't the almost bigot. given an example of adherence to principle, ed fondness of an Englisliman for luis native in preference to party and power, that must home, I can conceive what must be their leave astonished many of the venal-aud obse'
compunction and regret, when, amidst the quious courts of Europe. . Such are the • sun-hurnt plains of France, they call 10 glorious effocts of ireedom, whon infused
mind, thic green ticids of England; the into a constitution. But it secmis to me bieralitary groves which they liave ahan- that they are apt to forget the positive naoned, and the hospitable roof of their ture of their duties, and to laney that their fathers, which they have left dc:olate, or eminent priveleges are only so maany mous to be inhabited by strangers. But re- of Hindulgence. Ilcy whould reaplieci, trerelinent is no plea fer an abandonment that in : constitution like ebar c: Er glawa, of ccuntry...Ilocoy bare risen vitit thc the titled orders are intended to be us
ful as they are otnamental, and it is their lett, in the foregound of the piece, is virtues alone that can render thein both.
a group pretty actively engaged--one Their duties are divided between the sove. reign and the subject ; surrounding and female in particular, has fallen into a giving fustre and dignity to the throne, and trap, between two men, of whom the at the same time tempering and mitigating upper, såucy rogue, is smothering her its rays, until they are transmitted in mild with kisses. Abore them, is perhaps and genial radiance to the people. Born the most characteristic figure of the to leisure and opulence, they owe the exer- whole. We see a man crawling along cise of their talents, and the expenditure of their wealth, to their native country. the wall
, with arms and feet, like : They may be compared to the clouds; great black spider, measuring his diswhich, being drawn up by the sun, and tance as he crawls
, and cnjoying the elevated in the heavens, reflect and mag- agility and dexterity of his movements: earth, from which they derive their suste- A little girl in a corner, hiding her face nance, by returning their treasure to its with herapron, is a most happy thought, bosom in fertilising showers:
exhibiting one of those touches of human nature, in the knowledge of whichi Wilkie has no equal.
A young woman, on the ground, EINE ARTS, with her right arm extended, links this
group to that on the opposite side of the picture very artfully and successfully. The opposite, or left group,
exhibits a man with a feather in his WILKIE'S BLIND MAN'S BUFF.
hat, and two females, very beautifully
intertwined with each other. The composition of this charming luckless boys have tumbled over a
Two picture is delightfully fascinating: chair: one seenis to have broken his The blindfolded rustic, the hero of the
shin, and is making a hideous face ; piece, is nearly in the middle of the picture. He is moving slowly and loud. The legs of these lads are done
the other has escaped, and laughs acautiously forward, putting out his feelers (alias hands) as he makes his to the life. . But the man immediately
in the foreground, kneeling down, and way: and of which the left is just - about to touch the head of a wretch, extending his left arm, about to touch shrinking like a snail into his shell ; kind. He tells the story as much as
the blindfolded hero, is perfect of his while aborc him, an elderly man presses backward, drawing in his breath, and any of his comrades. His gaiters;
coat, head, and hand, are deliglıtfully " hollowing his body, and squeczing, in characteristic
. The background conthe act of retreat, a couple of children, tains a few struggling figures, all interone of whom screams lustily from the
ested in what is going on. pressure, and the other looks with increased earnestness at the critical ceiling, wainscoat, and furniture, ex
hibit a beautiful study of appropriate progress of the blinded mán. A young girl of sixteen, with a piece of black accessories; and in looking at this velvet run through the hair, is leaning joyous group, one longs to doff the against the chimney piece, and looking and to mingle where so much Inith
straight-laced garment of sober years, archly over her left shoulders as if she
and innocence seem to prevail. should have no objection to be blindfolded next. Still lower down to the
And then I thousand childish things,
The pretty mad one rudely sings!
Or mute on the palbway sbo fazes, alkon 20 uur
And weeps as she westlers bar daisies;
Or else in a strain, mare disuructedly
She chaunts the sad thoughts of her
And shivers and sings of her cold shroud
Alas! alus! poor Nancy !
Nay, wecp not now-'us now 100 late There, every day, in silent woe,
Thy friendship might have stopp'd ber She bids ber tears incessant flow,
fate, And every night forlornly pining,
Rather now hide by head in conscious Mute, on her lily hand reclining,
shame, Bedews ber waking pillow.
Thy tongue" too blabb'd the lie that
damn'd her fume. Sweet girl! She was once most enchanting- Such are the triumphs SCANDAL claims,
Triumphs derived from ruin's names: Each youth own'd her charms, and acknow- Such as to generous minds unknown, ledg'd their sway.
And honest minds would blush toown. No arts did she use to acquire every grace,
Nor think, vain woman, while you 'Twas good humour alone that enlivened ber face,
At others' faults that you are clear ; Pure nature had leave in her actions to
Nomeurn your back-you, undergo speak.
The malice you to others show ;. The spirit of youth gave the blush to her
And soon, by some malicious tale o'er. cheek;
thrown, And her looks uninstructed her thoughts Like Nancy, fall, unpitied and unknown. would impart,
Ob! then, ye blooming fair,'attend; For her eyes only flash'd from the wrath of
And take kind CANDOVE for your friend; of her heart :
Nor forfeit for a mean delight, Herself undesigning, no scheme shé sus
That power o'er Man that's your's by spected,
right. Ne'er dreaming of ambush, defence she To WOMAN every charm was given, neglected ;
Designed by all indulgent Heaven, With the youth that she loved, at the moon's
To soften care; silver bour,
For ye were formed to bless mankind, In' confidence tender, she stole to the bower To harmonize and sooth the mind : There he hoped his designs to have basely
Indeed, indeed, ye 'were. obtain'd, But she spurned at the insult het virtue
But when, from these sweet lips we sustaina;
hear And he, in revenge for his baffled endeavour
Ill nature's whisper, Envy's sneer, Gave a hint. 'Twas enough she was
Your pow't that moment dies:
**** Each coxcomb makes your name his cruined for evet ! A thousand kind females the story augmented,
And fools, when angry, will retort Each day, grinning Envy additions invented
What men of sense despise. 'Til insatiate Malice had gained all bes Leave then, such vain disputes as these, ends,
And take a nobler road to please, Had robb'd ber of character, happiness
- 13 Let CANDOUR guide your way; friends.
So shall you daily conquests gain, And now, poor maid, alone,
And Captives, happy in your chain, Shun'd as a pest, she makes her moan,
Be proud to own your sway. And in unheard despair,
25.900 Yields, all resigned, wo soul-connuming care
MANSLAUGHTER. And oftentimes her maddening brain 'TWAS somewhere on the Sussex shoxe, Turns with its feverish weight of pain, A hundred years agone or more,
It epight be Westham, Pevepsey, or Bourn; Soon all their troublings have an end;
Yet God forbid my muse should lie, His wisdom hit the right nail on the head; Lknow not which it was not I,
MANSLAUGHTER Is the crime! he cried; 'Twas some place where the quality sojourn. It is Manslaughter! each replied,
No fratter then the name oth places and into court they spoedily were led. Perhaps 'twould prove a wild goose Where mister foremost, after three low'bows, chace
Gives in their verdict, and the Court allows; In search o'th' truth to either town to ride; And in the records of that Court no doubt,
The story's good, let that suffice, The ground-work of my tale may be truc'd
You need not be so over nice,
A prisoner, long in dungeon vile,
HINTS FOR A MORAL As any in those parts you'd see,
Q. What are friends made of ?-A. Their worshipfuls were on their Bums, Persons who can please or serve each And all the Court in silence sat ;
other. The Jury sworn, the culprit brought Where can I get them ? Every : To know if he could offer aught
where, if you have rank, influence, or la mitigation of what he'd been at.
money. But be, poor wretch, had nought to
Will they brcak?
-Unless they musay, 'Twas not bis speechifying day,
tually bend, they must break very soon. He did but plead not guilty of the vin ;
What are enemics made of ?- The And now the Jury were sent out, most bitter of friends. To know if there remained a doubt
What are they good for?
To With any one, what verdict to bring in.
weary us of earth, and make us endea. Now 'tis much doubted in this nation, vor to fit ourselves for heaven. pi I men born free of corporation,
What does . Enough' mean?--A Are any wiser than we common hogy ; But I ne'er doubted 'bout the case,
little more than we have. For men who always are in place
it ?- never Are keen of sepse, oh! wond'rous witty knew any body who had it. dogs.
What is experience made of? 110bThe Brogues were new, so was the servation on other people's mistakes, crime,
and the remembrance of suffering from No theft like this at any time, Had e'er within the town detected been; The foreman beram'd, but nothing said,
What is it good for?--To make Each worthy juror shook his head, disappointment bearable. *5.2012 Not e'en a smile through all the group was What is love?-An illusion
dream, from which we awake dissatisNow closely shut within their room, fied. Important, only, when it con
They pander'd on the pris'ner's doom, cerns ourselvese-ridiculous-when we But could not all in one opinion meet,
observe it in others. Some thought 'twas wilful, 'murder quite,
Can' it be bought ?No ; but Some swore 'twas ravishmentoutright; though extremely precious it, is geBut all declared the crime was wond'rous nerally thrown away. When it is ofgreats
ered, it is genuine ; when asked, the And now tie foreman's browsunbend, commodity rendered will generally be
tound to be gratitude.
misery, offended vanity, thwarted pasWhere does it coine from ?-Hea- sion, or irritated self-love. ven. If pure, it mounts thither again. What is wedded happiness made It is too exquisite for earth, and sel- of?-Mutual forbearance, tenderness, doin rests on it long.
and respect. What is courage made of ?- The
Is it dear? - It cannot be dear at fear of contempt.
any price. What is it good for?---Self-preser
Will it break?_When it is broken tation, and the protection of others. by death, it is rejoined in heaven.
What is justice ?—The principle What is beauty ?--A key to the and cause of all virtue, as light is the heart of the beholder, the apology for principle and cause of all colour. many follies, and the inducernent to Can it be bought ?_Yes, but it is many more.
Can I buy it?
-Not the thing it. What is politeness ? - The art of self
, but you may buy the person who avoiding to give unnecessary pain. has it.
What is flattery? The art of deceive What are romances inade of? ing others, in order to ingratiate our- Stories of people who neter lived, selves in their opinion.
chronicles of things never done, and What is hope made of?-Our wish- relations of words never spoken. es. It dances before our path, but What are they good for?
To sot fades when we attempt to grasp it ; ten the heart, amuse the funcy, and like the rainbow, which seems to refine the taste. rest on earth, but is only the creation What are reviews ?-Books which of our vision.
are written by the friends or enemies What is disappointment made of?— of people who have written other Books, Hope.
and which praise or blame them acé Where can I get it ?-Every where, cordingly. if you take imagination and passion How can I get into them? You for your guides.
must write a good deal better or worse What is pity ?— The uneasy sensa- than other people. tion we feel when we look at suffering.
What is it good for?- Nothingunless accompanied by active benevolence.
PRINTED, PUBLISHED AND SOLD, What is mischief?_The wit of fools. What ispunning?— The folly of wit.
Every Wednesday, by What is a repartee ?- That which WILLIAM TAIT, & Co. it is cleverto think, and wise to suppress.
Lyceum Cirurt, Nelson Street, What is revenge made of?_The
Where Communications, post paid, maj seed of injury, sown in a rank soil.
be addressed to the Editors What is it good for?—To people sold also by Mr. Griffin, Public Library the dominions of Satan.
Hutcheson St.; at the Slops of the PrinciWhat is resentment? The natur-pal Booksellers, Glasgow, also at Mr. Hunal consequence of injury.
ter's, Bookseller, 23, South Hanover Street, What is it good for?— To terrify Edinburgh; and at Mr. Wales' Printing evil minds into the bounds of decency. Office, Castle Street Liverpool, for readg
Where can I find it ?_Wherever money only. you have repulsed tenderness, insulted