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sadly deficient in fun, and have no the anachronisms of his biographers, longer the humour they used to have. the negligence of his editors, and the This change may be for the better, we malice of his enemies; and thrown hope so, considering it was ourselves that light upon his real character, of who had the chief hand in producing which he has been so long and so unit. We have out-witted the whole justly deprived. Mr Octavius Gilworld, and there is no use in attempt- christ, who last edited this reverend ing humour, if it be not equal to Black- poet—but we must not weigh down wood, which is “a moral impossible.” our buoyant publication with squabbles Therefore we are not surprised at the about editors and editions. To make clerics having degenerated in this qua- a long story short, Dr Corbet, afterlity from their predecessors, and we wards Bishop of Norwich, was present fear there is no hope of seeing a hu- in Windsor, not at a coronation feast, morous account of the coronation feast but something very like it, seemingly issue from the bench of Bishops. It an installation of the Garter, about was otherwise of old, as thou shalt two hundred years ago, and has left a know, my public, when you come to humorous' account of it in a poetic it.
epistle to the Lord Mordaunt. Our We trust, that we have thus far sa- readers may judge for themselves, what tisfactorily illustrated the genius and little alteration two centuries have writings of Bishop Corbet,--proved made in royal feasts and beef-eaters.
" To this good sport rode I, as being allow'd
To thrust, and to be trode on by my place.”
“ Imagine now the scene lies in the Hall,
hangings they stand near,
Wherefore on run 1, afresh they fall, and show
And now I breathe, my lord, and have the time
-a scholar straight they guess’d:
'em reasons for it, this was all:
“Much more good service was committed yet,
“But as it stands, the persons and the cause
For at all feasts and masques the doom hath been,
A man thrust forth, and a gay cloak let in.;;* The author of “ The Specimens of British Poets," has summarily given the merits of this author, saying merely, that he has left some good strokes of humour against the Puritans." In our opinion, the only bad things he has left
, are those little ballads against the Puritans; the wittiest of his poems, his Journey to France, quoted by that author of the Specimen, is a satire on the
Roman Catholics, which, as it has appeared there,'we need not give. The“ Iter
“ To the inn we came, where our best cheer
Brought us six miles, and turn'd tail to Nun-Eaton.".
« No other hindrance now, but we may pass
in whalebone, that did leese
* Bosworth Field.
The We shall quote but one more poem of the witty Bishop's; and this we retest commend to the serious attention of that learned body, The Provost and Fel
lows of Trinity College, Dublin, cock-a-hoop, as they must be, from the Royal visit. Indeed we know how much the slightest hint promulgated in these pages would influence them; and we feel particularly flattered by Dr Kyle's following our advice in discountenancing The Historical Society. The important piece we recommend, is entitled " A certain Poem, as it was presented in Latin by divines and others, before his Majesty in Cambridge, by way of interlude, styled Liber Novus de Adventu Regis ad Cantabrigiam, faithfully done into English, with some liberal additions."
“ It is not yet a fortnight since
What cries the town? what we ? (said he,) Lutetia entertain'd our prince,
What cries the University ? And vented hath a studied toy,
What cry the boys ? what, every thing ? As long as was the siege of Troy, Behold, behold, yond' comes the King !
And spent herself for full five days, And every period he bedecks
With Een et Ecce venit Rex.
Oft have I warn'd (quoth he) our dirt, Was ta’en by the Lord Vice-Chancellour; That no silk stockings should be hurt; Both morn and even he clean'd the way;
But we in vain strive to be fine,
Unless your Grace's sun doth shine,
And with the beams of your bright eye,
You will be pleased our streets to dry.
Now come we to the wonderment
Of Christendom, and eke of Kent,
The Trinity, which to surpass, Nor gate, nor rail, nor bawd, nor
Doth deck her spokesman by, a glass, You could not know (O strange mis
Who, clad in gay and silken weeds, hap!)
Thus opes his mouth, hark, how he Whether you saw the town or map.
I wonder what your Grace doth here, But the pure House of Emanuel Would not be like proud Jesabel,
Who have expected been twelve year, Nor shew herself before the King
And this your son, fair Carolus,
Who is so Jacobissimus :
Here's none, of all, your Gracerefuses,
You are most welcome to the Muses.
Although we have no bells to jangle, Upon the look’d-for seventh of March,
Yet we can show a fair quadrangle, Flalt Out went the townsmen all in starch,
Which, though it ne'er was graced with biex Both band and beard, into the field,
Yet sure it was a goodly thing;
Soon you shall see a gallant play. They gave the King a piece of plate,
But nothing was so much admired Which they hoped never came too late ; As were their plays so well attired ; But cry'd, Oh! look not in, Great King, Nothing did win more praise of mine, For there is in it just nothing ;
Than did their acting most divine;
vinely, Now as the King came near the town,
So did they dance and skip so finely.
And rides upon his braw gray dapple, There were both bishop, pastor, curate;
The charge of some was pastoral. Next rode his lordship on a nag;
Our plays were certainly much worse, Whose coat was blue, whose ruff was shag, For they had a brave hobby-horse, And then began his reverence
Which did present unto his grace,
A wond'rous witty ambling pace.
Which was six hours of, God knows For very joy my horse doth wince.
Now pass we to the Civil Law,
But to conclude the King was pleased, And eke the Doctors of the Spaw,
And of the court the town was eased; Who all perform’d their parts so well, Yet, Oxford, though, (dear sister) hark Sir Edward Ratcliff bore the bell,
yet, Who was, by the King's own ap- The King is gone but to Newmarket, pointment,
And comes again ere it be long, To speak of spells and magic oynt- Then you may make another song, ment.
The King being gone from Trinity, The Doctors of the Civil Law
They make a scramble for degree; Urged ne'er a reason worth a straw; Masters of all sorts, and all ages, And though they went in silk and sattin,
Keepers, subcizers, lacqueys, pages, They, Thomson-like, elipp'd the King's
Who all did throng to come aboard, Latine ;
With “ Pray, now make me, good
All treason against Priscian.
They press'd his lordship wondrous hare,
His lordship then did want the guard ; But all they said was out of joint ;
So did they throng him for the nonce, Just like the chappel ominous,
Until he blest them all at once,
And cry'd, Hodiissimè
Omnes Magistri estote.
Nor is this all which we do sing,
For of your praise the world must ring; Their Moderator was no fool,
For there is coming forth a book, He far from Cambridge kept a school ;
Will spoil Joseph Barnesius The country did such store afford,
The sale of Rex Platonicus. The Proctors might not speak a word.
To this Cantab felicitation we subjoin two effusions from Limerick and Cork, the harbingers of a joyous series, expressive of the loyal commotion which agitates the Green Isle,
ode on THE KING'S LANDING IN IRELAND,
TWE}.FTH AUGUST, MDCCCXXI.
By John Howley, Esq. of Garry Ower.
Ring ye the bells, ye young men of the town,
And leave your wonted labours for this day;
1. The poet flab As I was sitting on the Shannon side, bergasted by ane strange
Lulld by the sound of that majestic flood, apparition, A horseman on a sudden I espied,
Galloping by as quickly as he could ;
Still urging on his steed, a gallant grey,
Back towards his horse's tail, and thus did say;
I ride express with news to strike you dumb, « Our monarch has arrived at last--King George the Fourth