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TO THE LAST TWENTY-FOUR NUMBERS.
[NOTE--It was the Author's original desigo to have continued his Work till it
Amyntas of Tasso, the last act of, page 141.
to thew 117.
of, 10-H fearful one described by Coleridge, 14.
Romans' first invasion, 108.
ings, “the other extreme,” 38.
Indicator's Farewell to his readers, 185.
Star-gazing Howler-Field-preacher, or Bete de Chauvin, 97.
ti Fai,” 104.
THE INDICATOR .
There he arriving round about doth flie,
No. I.-WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 1820.
AN OLD SCHOOL-BOOK.-TABLE-WITS. A BREAKFAST. It is expected, we understand, that we shall begin our second volume with something very piquant. This is an awful announcement, To be called upon for a bon-mot is embarrassing. To be expected to be amusing for eight good octavo pages, is at least equal to calling upon a man for half an hour's much interesting chat, all on his own side. Then there is the sensation which singers have, when they are told that the
company are all attention." Some
persons, when they expect you to be witty, do not even reconcile the announcement by an implied compliment. They look upon it as all in the way of business. As a baker has his hot rolls by eight o'clock, so an author, they think, is to have his essays. Twopenny loares are the trade of one; twopenny Indicators of the other. The
expense of the faculties is supposed to go to the making of either. The printer composes for his bread; so does the author. The cook melts down another animal's brains with great equanimity; the author, of course, likewise.
There is a school-book by the egregious John Amos Comenius, (who fixed the millennium for the year 1672) in which the learned author has unfortunately given too much countenance to this equal and indifferent notion of authorship, by the way in which he hath lumped together and analysed all sorts of trades, pursuits, productions, merriments, and disasters. As every thing which is saleable, is on a level with the above gentlemen, so every thing which has a Latin word for it, is equally important to the creator of the Orbis Pictus: for so the book is called.
He sees with equal eye, as construing all,
A hero perish or a sparrow fall. The Tormenting of Malefactors, Supplicia Malefactorum, is no more to him than The Making of Honey, or Mellificium. Shipwreck, being Naufragium, he holds in no graver light than a Feast, which is Convivium; and the Feast is no merrier than the Shipwreck. He has woodcuts, with numerals against the figures; to which the letter-press re
fers. In one of these his “ Deformed and Monstrous People,” cut as jaunty a figure as his Adam and Eve, and seem to pique themselves on their ancient titles of Deformes et Monstrosi. In another the Soul of Man is described by a bodily outline standing against a sheet. He is never moved but by some point of faith.
Thus Gedliness, he says, treads Reason under foot, that barking Dog, No. 6.-Oblatrantem Canem, 6. The translation, observe, is quite worthy of the original. Again : Woe to the mad
Væ dementibus Wizards and Witches,
Magis et Lamiis, who give themselves to the Devil qui Cacodæmoni se dedunt (being enclosed in a Circle, 7. (inclusi Circulo, 7. calling upon him
eum advocantes with Charms)
incantamentis) they dally with him
cum eo colludunt and fall from
et a Deo deficiunt! for they shall receive their re
nam cum illo ward with him.
mercedem accipient. But of the Fall of Adam and Eve, he contents himself with this pithy account: These, being tempted
Hi, seducti by the Devil under the shape a Diabolo sub specie of a serpent, 3.
Serpentis, 3. when they had eaten of the
cum comederunt fruit of the forbidden 'Tree, 4. de fructu vetitæ Arboris, 4. were condemned, (Five).
damnati sunt, 5. to misery and death,
ad miseriam et mortem with all their posterity, 5
cum omni posteritate sua, apd cast out of Paradise, 6. et ejecti e Paradiso, 6. Opposite to this, is the account of fish : Add Herrings, 7.
Adde Haleces, 7. which are brought pickled, qui salsi, and Place, 8. and Cod, 9.
et Passeres, 8. cum Asellis, 9. which are brought dry;
qui adferuntur arefacti; and the sea-monsters, &c. et monstra marina, &c. Of a similar aspect of complacency is his account of the Last Judgment;
When the Godly and Elect, 4. Ubi pii (justi) et Electi, 4, shall enter into life eternal,
introibunt in vitam eternam, i into the place of Bliss,
in locum Beatitudinis, and the new Jerusalem, 5.
et novam Hierosolymam, 5. But the wicked
Impii vero and the damned, 6:
et damnati, 6. shall be thrust into Hell, (No. 8.) cum Cacodæmonibus, 7. with the Devils (Seven)
in Gehennam, 8. detrudentur, to be there tormented for ever. ibi cruciandi æternum,
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The Shipwreck ends genteelly';, :3, artista periodi
velo: Some escape !
Quidam'évadunt, non either on a Plank, 7. ;) sovel tabula; 7. and by swimming, b: taisiin ac enatando, or in a Boat, 8.
pel Scapha, 8. Part of the Wares,
Pars Mercium s proses with the DEAD FOLKS, ;-;
cum mortuis is carried out of the sea, 9. à Mari, 9. in littora defertar. upon the shores. So in 'The Tormenting of Malefactors, he speaks of torture in a parenthesis, and talks of pulling traitors in pieces in the style of a nota-bene.
They that have their life given them” appear to be still worse off. Malefactors, 1, in
Malefici, 1. are brought head se
producuntur from the Prison, 3. 2
à Carcere, 3. (where they are wont to be (ubi torqueri solent) tortured) by Serjearits, 2.
per Lictores, 2. Some before they are exé
Quidam antequam supplicio cuted have their Tongues cut afficiantur elinguantur, 11. III out, 11. or have their Hand, 12.
aut plectuntur Mariu, 12. cut off upon a Block, 13.
super cippum, 13. or aro burnt with Pincers, 14. aut Forcipibus, 14. urüntur. They that have their Life
Vita donati given them, are'sėt on the pillory, 16. constringuntur Numellis, 16. are strapado'd, 17.
luxantur, 17. are set upon a Wooden Horse, 18. imporiuntur Equuleo, 18.ni? have their ears cut off, 19. truncantur Auribus, 192 2293 are whipped with Rods, 20. cæduntur Virgis, 20. are branded,
stigmate notantur, Perla are banished,
relegantur, are condemned
damnantur to the Gallies,
ad Triremes, or to perpetual Imprisonment. vel ad Carcerem perpetuam. Traitors are pulled in pieces
Perduelles discerpuntur with four Horses.
The reader must regard this venerable work as a book taken up before breakfast; for as we are to be full of good things in our present number, we take a refuge very common to those who have no b
better, and invite him to discuss (a word, by the bye, of much-injured metaphorical common place, which we hereby restore to its ingenuity) some rolls and ham with us. It is astonishing what good company a gentlecan can make himself, by means of this kind. A breakfast may be shall • discourse excellent music” for him. His good things are all of