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Them written without heads; and books | But to the point: while hovering o'er the we see
brink Are filled as well without the latter too; Of Skiddaw (where, as usual, it still raind) And really till we fix on somebody I saw a taper, far below me, wink, For certain sure to claim them as his due, And, stooping, caught this fellow ati Their author, like the Niger's mouth, will
No less on History than the Holy Bible. The world to say if there be mouth or author.
The former is the devil's scripture, and “And who and what art thon?" the Arch- The latter yours, good Michael ; so th angel said.
affair “For that, you may consult my title-page,” Belongs to all of us, you understand. Replied this mighty Shadow of a Shade: I snatch'd him up just as you see him then “If I have kept my secret half an age, And brought him off for sentence out I scarce shall tell it now.”_“Canst thou
I've scarcely been ten minutes in the airContinued Michael, “George Rex, or allcge At least a quarter it can hardly be: Aught further ?” Junius answer'd, “You I dare say that his wife is still at tca."
had better First ask him for his answer to my letter:
Here Satan said, “I know this man of old
And have expected him for some time here My charges upon record will outlast A sillier fellow you will scarce behold, The brass of both his epitaph and tomb." Or more conceited in his peity sphere: “Repent'st thou not,” said Michael, “of But surely it was not worth while to fold
Such trash below your wing, Asmodeus deur Exaggeration? something which may doom We had the poor wretch safe (without being Thyself, if false, as him if true? Thou wast
bored Too bitter-is it not so? in thy gloom With carriage) coming of his own accord Of passion?” “Passion !” cried the Phan
tom dim, "I loved my country, and I hated him. But since he's here, let's see what he bui
“Done!” cried Asmodeus, "he anticipate What I have written, I have written: let The very business you are now upon, The rest be on his head or mine!” So spoke And scribbles as if head-clerk to the Fates. Old “Nominis Umbra;” and while speaking Who knows to what his ribaldry may mit
When such an ass as this, like Balaan Away he melted in celestial smoke.
prates ?" Then Satan said to Michael, “Don't forget “Let's hear,” quoth Michael, “what he ha To call George Washington, and John
to say ; Horne Tooke, You know we're bound to that in every way." And Franklin:” – but at this time there was
heard A cry for room, though not a phantom stirr'd. Now the Bard, glad to get an audience, which
By no means often was his case below,
Began to cough, and hawk, and hem, and At length, with jostling, elbowing, and
pitch the aid
His voice into that awful note of woe Of cherubim appointed to that post, To all unhappy hearers within reach The devil Asmodeus to the circle made of poets when the tide of rhyme's in lov; His way, and look'd as if his journey cost But stuck fast with his first hexameter, Some trouble. When his burden down he Not one of all whose gouty feet would stir
laid, “What's this?” cried Michael ; "why, 'tis
not a ghost ?” But ere the spavin'd dactyls could be spurt “I know it," quoth the incubus ; "but he Into recitative, in great dismay Shall be one, if you leave the affair to me. Both cherubim and seraphim were heart
To murmur loudly through their long array,
And Michael rose ere he could get a won Confound the Renegado! I have spraind of all his founder'd verses under way, . My left wing, he's so heavy; one would think And cried, "For God's sake stop, my friends! Some of his works about his neck were
1 “Non Di, non homines—" you know the rest.
general bustle spread throughout the | And then against them, bitterer than evers
For pantisocracy he once had cried Thich seem'd to hold all verse in detestation; Aloud, a scheme less moral than 'twas clever; he angels had of course enough of song Then grew a hearty anti-jacobinThen upon service; and the generation | Had turn'd his coat - and would have turn'd fghosts had heard too much in life, not long
his skin. efore, to profit by a new occasion; he Monarch, mnte till then, exclaim'd
"What! what! He had sing against all battles, and again ye come again? No more-no more of that!” In their high praise and glory; he had callid
Reviewing "the ungentle craft," and then
Become as base a critic as e'er crawlid he tumult grew, an universal cough | Fed, paid, and pamper'd by the very men onvulsed the skies, as during a debate, By whom his muse and morals had been Then Castlereagh has been up long enough
maul'd: Before he was first minister of state, He had written much blank verse, and mean— the slaves hear now), some cried
blanker prose, "off, off,"
And more of both than any body knows. s at a farce; till grown quite desperate, he Bard Saint Peter pray'd to interpose Himself an anthor) only for his prose. He had written Wesley's life:- here, turn
To Satan, “Sir, I'm ready to write yours, Che varlet was not an ill-favour'd knave; In two octavo volumes, nicely bound,
good deal like a vulture in the face, With notes and preface, all that most allures Vith a hook nose and a hawk's eye, which the pious purchaser; and there's no ground
For fear, for I can choose my own reviewers : smart and sharper looking sort of grace So let me have the proper documents, Co his whole aspect, which, though rather That I may add you to my other saints."
grave, Vas by no means so ugly as his case; But that indeed was hopeless as can be,
Satan bow'd, and was silent. “Well, if you, Quite a poetic felony "de se.”
With amiable modesty, decline
Whose memoirs could be render'd more Then Michael blew his trump, and stillid
divine. the noise
Mine is a pen of all work; not so new With one still greater, as is yet the mode As it was once, but I would make you shine On earth besides ; except some grumbling Like your own trumpet; by the way, my own
Has more of brass in it, and is as well blown. Vhich now and then will make a slight
inroad Spon decorous silence, few will twice But talking about trumpets, here's my Lift up their lungs when fairly overcrow'd;
Vision ! And now the Bard could plead his own Now you shall judge, all people; yes, you bad cause,
shall With all the attitudes of self-applauso. Judge with my judgment! and by my
Be guided who shall enter heaven or fall! He said (I only give the heads-he said, I settle all these things by intuition, He meant no harm in scribbling; 'twas his Times present, past, to come, heaven, hell, way
and all, Upon all topics; 'twas, besides, his bread, Like King Alfonso! When I thus see double, of which he butter'd both sides; 'twould I save the Deity some worlds of trouble."
delay Too long the assembly (he was pleased to
He ceased, and drew forth an MS.; and no And take up rather more time than a day, Persuasion on the part of devils, or saints, Te name his works_ he would but cite a few-Or angels, now could stop the torrent; so Wat Tyler, Rhymes on Blenheim, Waterloo. He read the first three lines of the contents;
But at the fourth, the whole spiritual show
Had vanish'd with variety of scents, He had written praises of a regicide; Ambrosial and sulphureous, as they sprang, He had written praises of all kings whatever; Like lightning, off from his “melodious He had written for republics, far and wide,
Those grand heroics acted as a spell: He first sunk to the bottom-like his worl The angels/stopp'd their ears and plied their But soon rose to the surface-like himse
For all corrupted things are buoy'd, li The devils ran howling, deafen'd, down to
By their own rottenness, light as an elf. The ghosts fled, gibbering, for their own Or wisp that flits o'er a morass: he lor
dominions It may be, still, like dull books on a she (For 'tis not yet decided where they dwell, In his own den, to scrawl some "Life" And I leave every man to his opinions);
“Vision," Michael took refuge in his trump-but lo! As Wellborn says, "the devil turn'd His teeth were set on edge, he could not
As for the rest, to come to the conchasi Saint Peter, who has hitherto been known of this true dream, the telescope is gen For an impetuous saint, upraised his keys, Which kept my optics free from all delusi And at the fifth line knock'd the Poet down; And show'd me what I in my turn la Who fell like Phaeton, but more at ease,
shown: Into his lake, for there he did not drown, All I saw further in the last confusion, A different web being by the Destinies Was, that King George slipp'd into hean Woven for the Laureate's final wreath,
for one; whene'er
And when the tumult dwindled to a cal Reform shall happen either here or there. I left him practising the hundredth psalı
A SKETCH FROM PRIVATE LIFE. | Foil'd was perversion by that youthfu
mind, Honest- honest lago!
Which flattery fool'd not, baseness could If that thou be'st a devil, I cannot kill thee.
not blind, SHAKBPEARE. Deceit infect not, near contagion soil.
Indulgence weaken, nor example spoil. BORN in the garret, in the kitchen bred, Nor master'd science tempt her to look dom Promoted thence to deck her mistress' head; On humbler talents with a pitying from Next-for some gracious service unexprest, Nor genius swell, nor beauty render a And from its wages only to be guess'd - Nor envy ruffle to retaliate pain, Raised from the toilet to the table, where Nor fortune change, pride raise, nor part Her wondering betters wait behind her
Nor virtue teach austerity, till now. With eye unmoved, and forehead unabash'd, Serenely purest of her sex that live, She dines from off the plate she lately wash'd, But wanting one sweet weakness_to forgir Quick with the tale, and ready with the lie, Too shock'd at faults her soul can nete The genial confidante, and general spy;
know, Who could, ye gods! her next employment She deems that all could be like her belon
Foe to all vice, yet hardly virtue's friendAn only infant's earliest governess ! For virtue pardons those she would ames She tanght the child to read, and taught
80 well That she herself, by teaching, learn'd to But to the theme-now laid aside too long
The baleful burthen of this honest songs An adept next in penmanship she grows, Though all her former functions are As many a nameless slander deftly shows :
more, What she had made the papil of her art, She rules the circle which she served before None know-but that high soul secured the If mothers--none know why-before heart,
quake; And panted for the truth it could not hear, If danghters dread her for the mother's With longing breast and undeluded ear. Tifearly habits—those false links, which
times the loftiest to the meanest mind-Oh, may thy grave be sleepless as the bed, Ive given her power too deeply to instil | The widow'd couch of fire, that thou hast ie angry essence of her deadly will;
spread! like a snake she steal within your walls, Then, when thou fain wouldst weary heaven ill the black slime betray her as she
· with prayer, crawls;
Look on thine earthly victims-and despair! like a viper to the heart she wind, Down to the dust!-and, as thou rott'st id leave the venom there she did not find; hat marvel that this hag of hatred works Even worms shall perish on thy poisonous ernal evil latent as she lurks,
clay. make a Pandemonium where she dwells, But for the love I bore, and still must bear, id reign the Hecate of domestic hells? To her thy malice from all ties would tear,
| Thy name-thy human name—to every eye
The climax of all scorn should hang on high, Skill'd by a touch to deepen scandal's Exalted o'er thy less abhorr'd compeers,
| And festering in the infamy of years. ith all the kind mendacity of hints,
March 30, 1816. hile mingling truth with falsehood, sneers
with smiles, thread of candour with a web of wiles; plain blunt show of briefly-spoken seeming,
ADDRESS, hide her bloodless heart's soul-harden'd
SPOKEN AT THE OPENING OF DRURY - LANE lip of lies, a face form'd to conceal, THEATRE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1812. ad, without feeling, mock at all who feel; 'ith a vile mask the Gorgon would disown, In one dread night our city saw,and sigh'd, cheek of parchment, and an eye of stone. Bow'd to the dust the Drama's tower of pride; ark how the channels of her yellow blood In one short hour beheld the blazing fane, oze to her skin, and stagnate there to mud, Apollo sink, and Shakespeare cease to reign. tsed like the centipede in saffron mail, r darker greenness of the scorpion's scale, for drawn from reptiles only may we trace Ye who beheld, (oh! sight admired and ongenial colours in that soul or face).
mourn'd, bok on her features! and behold her mind Whose radiance mock'd the ruin it adorn'd! in a mirror of itself defined :
Through clouds of fire, the massy fragDok on the picture! deem it not o'er-|
ments riven, charged
Like Israel's pillar, chase the night from here is no trait which might not be
Saw the long column of revolving flames et true to “Nature's journeymen," who Shake its red shadow o'er the startled made
Thames, his monster when their mistress left off While thousands, throngd around the trade,
burning dome, his female dog-star of her little sky, Shrank back appallid, and trembled for There all beneath her influence droop or die.
their home, As glared the volumed blaze, and ghastly
shone Oh! wretch without a tear-without a The skies, with lightnings awful as their thought,
own, uvejoy above the ruin thou hast wrought- Till blackening ashes and the lonely wall he time shall come, nor long remote, Usurp'd the Muse's realm, and mark'd her when thou
fall; halt feel far more than thou inflictest now; Say-shall this new, nor less aspiring pile, vel for thy vile self-loving self in vain, Rear'd where once rose the mightiest in nd turn thee howling in unpitied pain.
our isle, lay the strong curse of crush'd affections Know the same favour which the former light
knew, ack on thy bosom with reflected blight! A shrine for Shakespeare-worthy him and nd make thee, in thy leprosy of mind, & loathsome to thyself as to mankind ! ill all thy self-thoughts curdle into hate, lack als thy will for others would create: Yes, it shall be the magic of that name ill thy hard heart be calcined into dust, Defies the scythe of time, the torch of flame; od thy soul welter in its hideous crust. Ton the same spot still consocrates the scene,
And bids the Drama be where she hath been: Springs from our hearts, and faln would This fabric's birth attests the potent spell
win your own. Indulge our honest pride, and say, How well! The curtain rises - may our stage unfold
Scenes not unworthy Drury's days of old
Britong our judges, Nature for our guide As soars this fane to emulate the last, Still may we please – long, long may ya Oh ! might we draw our omens from the past,
preside! Some hour propitious to our prayers may
On Venice! Venice! when thy marble-wall Here your last tears retiring Roscius drew, Are level with the waters, there shall be Sigh'd his last thanks, and wept his last A cry of nations o'er thy sunken halls,
A luud lament along the sweeping sea! But still for living wit the wreaths may If I, a northern wanderer, weep for thet.
What should thy sons do ?-any thing bel That only waste their odours o'er the tomb.
weep: Such Drury claim'd and claims-nor you And yet they only murmur in their sleep . refuse
In contrast with their fathers—as the slim. One tribute to revive his slumbering muse; The dull green ooze of the receding deep With garlands deck your own Menander's Is with the dashing of the spring-tide-lea,
That drives the sailor shipless to bis hom. Nor hoard your honours idly for the dead! Are they to those that were; and thus they
Crouching and crab - like, throngh thelt Dear are the days which made our annals
sapping streets bright,
Oh! agony -- that centuries should reap Ere Garrick fled, or Brinsley ceased to write. No mellower harvest! Thirteen hundrell lleirs to their labours, like all high-born
Of wealth and glory turn'd to dust and tears Vain of our ancestry as they of theirs; | And every monument the stranger meets, While thus Remembrance borrows Banquo's Church, palace, pillar, as a mourner grenta
And even the Lion all subdued appears. To claim the sceptred shadows as they pass, And the harsh sound of the barbarian dr. And we the mirror hold, where imaged shine With dull and daily dissonance, repeats Immortal names, emblazon'd on our line, The echo of thy tyrant's voice along Pausc -- ere their feebler offspring you The soft waves, once all musical to set
That heaved beneath the moonlight with Reflect how hard the task to rival them!
the throng Of gondolag-and to the busy hum
of cheerful creatures, whose most sigful Friends of the stage! to whom both Play
deeds ers and Plays Were but the overbeating of the heart, Must sue alike for pardon, or for praise, And flow of too much happiness, which need Whose judging voice and eye alone direct The aid of age to turn its course apart The boundless power to cherish or reject; From the luxuriant and voluptuous flere If e'er frivolity has led to fame,
Of sweet sensations, battling with the bloed. And made us blush that you forbore to blame; But these are better than the gloomy errors, If e'er the sinking stage could condescend The weeds of nations in their last decay, To soothe the sickly taste, it dare not mend, When Vice walks forth with her unsoltext All past reproach may present scenes refute,
terrors, And censure, wisely loud, be justly mute! And Mirth is madness, and but smiles to slayi Oh! since your fiat stamps the Drama's laws, | And Hope is nothing but a false delay, Forbear to mock us with misplaced applause; The sick man's lightning half an hour en So pride shall doubly nerve the actor's
When Faintness, the last mortal birth of Pais, And reason's voice be echo'd back by ours! And apathy of limb, the dull beginnt
of the cold staggering race which Dean
This greeting o'er, the ancient rule obey'd, Steals vein by vein and pulse by pulse aways The Drama's bomage by her herald paid, Yet so relieving the o'ertortured elak Receive our welcome too, whose every tone To him appears renewal of his brea