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princess; the flying steed quickly clear- and hulu-balangs, assembled, and the Fine and fat are the roes for frying, ed the nether atmosphere, and having king asked them, what they advisedl, since And the scales will stick to the breast, reached the upper ocean, it rapidly tra- the land of Malaca was now devoid of a The Tanjung's flower replied, an L versed it; and the suljects of Raja Suran queen. The chiefs said, “ the daughter « Dang Nila put in his betel boxca quickly perceived him. The mantri of of what raja would you choose? Nien- The Berimbang and the Pidada fruit, *'* Raja Suran, perceiving on what sort of tion the name of any princess, and we Was there ever such a fool as you, sir, animal his master was nxounted, quickly will go and ask her in due forin." The The bird is flown, and you are only guinding caused a mare to be brought to the shore king replied, “I don't want to marry a the pepper (for catching it)." of the sea. On perceiving the mare, the raja's daughter, for any other raja may • Tun Mamed was exceedingly surprise steed Sambrani quickly came to the marry a raja's daughter; but I want is led to liear a tree so skilful in making shore, and as quickly did Raja Suran dis- marry one to whom no other prince can pantuns, as well as to see the whole ar, mount from him, on which he immediate a pire.” “ Inform us, then," said the no-rangement of the garden. Tun Mamed ly returned to the sea. Raja Suran then bles, " whither your wishes tend, and we at last came up to a hall in the garden, called a man of science and an artificer, will do our utnost to carry them into ef- the whole materials of which were of and ordered the account of his descent fect.” Then said the king, "I want to bone, and the roof of hair. In the balei into the sea to be recorded, and a monu- ask the Princess Gunung Ledang." Then or dais, sat an old woman, of elegant apo ment to be formed, which might serve for they asked him whoin he

wished to send pearance, with a plaid thrown across her. the information of posterity to the day of as his messengers. He said, " I will send shoulder, with four young women before judgment. The history of this adventure the laksamana, Sang Satia, and Tun Ma- her. As soon as tlicy saw Tun Mamed, was accordingly composed, and inscribed med.” They cheerfully assented. Then they asked him, " whence do you come, on a stone in the language. Tun Mamed first set out with the men of and whither are you going?”. Tun MaThis stone being adorned by gold and Indragiri, to clear the way to Gunung med said, “I am a Malaca man, pamed silver, was left as a monument, and the Ledang, for he was the head man, or pen- Tun Mained. I am sent by the Sultan of raja said that this would be found by one gulu of Indragiri. After long journeying Malaca, to ask in marriage the lady of his descendants, who should reduce all they reached the foot of the hill, and be Princess Gunung Ledang. This is the the rajas of the countries under the wind. gan to ascend it, but found no road; the reason of my coming. The laksamana Then Raja Suran returned to the land of hill men, however, showed them the road, and Sang Satia also are on the bill be Kling, and after his arrival he founded a for the way was excessively difficult, with neath, but unable to ascend, and have city, of great size, with a fort of black violent gusts of wind, and a cold quite sent me onward. Now, please to inforin. stone, with a wall of seven fathoms in unsupportable. They advanced, how- me what is your name, and whence you both height and thickness, and so skilfully ever, till they reached about the middle come?” The elder ladý replied, “my joined, that no interstices remained be of the mountain, when none of the people name is Dang Raya Rani, and I am the tween the stones, but seemed all of molten could proceed farther. Then, said Tun head person here of the Princess Gupung metal. Its gates were of steel, adorned Mamed to the laksamana and Sang Satia, Ledang. Whatever you want, stay here, with gold and gens. Within its circuin- " stop. you here, gentles, and let me and I will go and represent it to the prin: ference are contained seven hills, and, in ascend the bill.” The others assented, cess.” On this the five feinales instantly the centre, a lake, like a sea, and so and Tun Mamed, with two or three hear. vanished. Then there came to him an large, that if an elephant be standing on ty men, ascended as well as he could, till old woman, hunch-backed, and bent the one shore he will not be visible on he came to the bamboos, which are spon threefold, and said to him, “ Dang Raya the other; and this lake contained every taneously melodious; and all that ascend- Rani has delivered your message to the species of fish, and in the middle was an ed felt like birds Aying, in the furious Princess Gunung Leclang, who desires me island of considerable height, on which gusts of wind, and the clouds closed to say, that if the Raja of Malaca wishes the mists continually rested. The island round so near, that one might touch for me, he must first make a flight of was planted with trees, flowers, and all them; and the sound of the musical bam- stairs of gold, and another of silver, from kinds of fruits, and whenever Raja Suran boos was extremely melodious; and the Malaca io Gunung Ledang ; and in askwished to divert himself, he used to fre very birds lingered to hear their music; ing me, he must present a gnat's heart sequent it. On the shore of this lake was a and the forest deer were all enehanted by ven platters broad, a motl's heart seven Jarge forest, stocked with all sorts of wild their melody; and Tun Mamed was so platters broad, a vat of ltoman tears, and a beasts, and whenever Raja Suran wished delighted with their sound, that he could at of the juice of the young betel nut, to hunt, he mounted his elephant and not prevail on himself to advance on his one phial of the raja's blood, and one proceeded to this forest. The name of journey for some time. Again, however, phial of the Prince Raja Ahmed's blood; this city was Bijnagar, which, at the pre- he proceeded slowly, till at last he reach- and if the raja performs this, the Princess sent time, is a city in the land of Kling ed a garden of wonderful beauty, such as Gunung Ledang will assent to his desire." Such is the account of Raja Suran, but if had never been seen. It was full of all As soon as she had spoken this she vaall his adventures were to be related, they kinds of flowers and fruits which are to be nished, so that nobody could perceive would rival those of Handab.'

found in the whole world, arranged in where she had gone. According to some Our next story, and with which we plots of divers kinds. As soon as the accounts, however, the elderly ladly who shall conclude, is, in the highest de- birds of the garden observed the approach conversed with Tun Mamed, was the gree, romantic,, and would furnish a

of Tun Mamed, they uttered all kinds of Princess Gunung Ledang, who had as

cries, some like a man whistling; others sumed the appearance of an old woman. fine subject for a fairy tale, at Covent like 'a person playing on a pipe; others Then Tun Mamed returned and descendGarden Theatre:

like a person playing on the sirdain ; ed to the laksamana and Sang Satia, and It is related, that the wife of Sultan others like a person reciting verses, informed them of what had passed ; after Mahinud, and mother of Rajah Ahmed, others like persons bersaluca, or joyous; which they all returned and related the returned into God's mercy, and the king others like persons ber-gorindam, or con- whole of the old woman's conyersation to was extremely afflicted! and how long versing in dialogue. The large leinons Sultan Mahmed Shah, who said, "all it was that, through grief, be would not made a loud noise, the grapes giggled, these requests may be complied with, but have the nobuts sounded! All the chiefs and the pomegranates snuiled, and the the taking of blood is an unpleasant buJikewise looked gloomy, at seeing the warasac laughed aloud, while the rose re-siness, and I have no inclination for it at grief of the prince; and all their attempts peated pantuns, in the following style :- all.” to console him proved ineffectual, and could not remove the impression from his

“ The' teeth are grating against each other, breast. One day, all the nobles, mantris; They wisħ to eat the dish of the tank;

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The Gossip: A Series of Original cause of complaint whatever.-Mr. Rowe barous age bave not failed to inform us, Essty's and Letters, Descriptive

therefore, observes, that in Scotland, the that even aftı-s death his spirit paid nocSketchesy Anecdotes, and Original

rown-tree was supposed to have the pro.turnal visits to the press, and delighted to Poetry. t. 8vo. pp. 188. London, perty of driving away witches and evil disarrange with its unsubstantial fingers

An ancient song, called the the types it could no longer employ.' -1821.

- Lardley worn of Spindleston Haughs," B-n, L-d. A dark and powerful ALTHOUGH we are now only in the has the following stanza :

poet of the same age. He was born in a third year of our editorial age, yet, in Their spells were vain. The hags return'd charnel-house, and at an early period fell

in love with a death's head and cross temporaries, who started with inore ap- Crying that witches have no power

bones. Disappointed in this elegant al

Where there is rown-tree wood.'t parent vigour than ourselves, consigned

tachment, he became melancholy, wrote to the tomb of the Capulets. The given to the witch by the sailor's wife

, nally married a mere woiman, in a fit of

A rorun trie was certainly the answer stanzas to worms and sextons, and fi• Indicator no longer points out the and plainly means, "I have a charm hypochondria. He was undoubtedly sweets of literature; the spell of the against all your power, and defy you to somewhat licentious; having seventeen • Talisman' is broken; we are com- injure me, so begone, and do your worst;" mistresses in bis native country, (eight pelled to take our breakfast without a and then the subsequent resolution of the of whom were actresses, and the remainDejenné,' and silenced is the tongue hag becomes perfectly natural, who in re der, maids of honour,) besides a seraglio of the Gossip; ' A host of reviews, turn argues thus, "I cannot be reveng'd, or two in Greece and Albania, established journals of literature, &c. have fretted on the charm-gwarded rump-fed ronyon, during his travels in search of a skull catheir hour, and are now

but her husband is open to my power; he pacious enough to hold a gallon of Greek while we (thanks to a good constitu- rore on him I'll vent my spite."

no more, has no churm to protect him, and there- wine. He is said to have possessed a petion and the nursing kinduess of our

culiar felicity in swimming, and at one

"Some of the very learned commenta- period crossed the Hellespont three times friends) live to perform an act of chris- | tators on this passage have very absurdly a day during several months for an appetian friendship to the manes of our des supposed that the rump-fed woman was tite. Of these feats we find mention censed co:emporaries.

charitably fed from a great man's kitchen, in upwards of fifty passages throughout The "Gossip' was born on Saturday because in ancient times a rumps, kidney's his works. the Srd of March, 1821, about eight fat, and trotters," were the perquisites of • His Lordship made a vain attempt to o'clock ia the morning, and expired Shakspeare only meant to convey the with pebbles, and a cement of powdered

Now rebuild the temple of Jupiter Olympus at about the same lour on the 11th of idea of a fat, indolent, and unwieldy sai- barres.--Drank bimself delirious at the Angust, to the inexpressible grief of lor's wife, of whom fac-similes inay, at fountain of Dirce, and expired at length numerous friends and acquaintance. this day, be seen in every sea-port of in the catacombs of Egypt, dancing the

Thel' (tossip' was a light, amusing, Great Britain. Besides, Shakespeare tells giuacca among the mummies, apd boussunning little weekly periodi- us, that her husband was gone to Aleppo, S-YR-, Poet and biographer. cal, and though only a two-penny tract,

“master of the Tyger,” which is more This author, produced an infinite number was not "two-penny 'trash.' The a proof of riches thau poverty.?

of stupendous poems, some of which it is twenty-four numbers uow before us, for Anticiputions of public opinion in the said were to be seen in the libraries of the that was the extent it reached, con

year two thousand three hundred on curious about a century ago, but are now' tain some articles, which we think

the poets of the present day.

totally obsolete and forgotten. He pubought to have saved it from annihila- and novelist of the 19th century.

'S-t, Sir W- An eminent poet lished proposals for nine hundred epic

He poems to be produced in as many suction, and, although we know it is ex- published 2000 volumes in prose and died cessive weeks, but after writing six months tremely uneditorial to acknowledge at length of a broken heart, from the cir- without sleep, was seized with an unacnierit in a'cotemporary, yet we venture cumstance of having been out-bid at a sale countable drowsiness froin' which he neto do it, and quote the following'arti- in the purchase of a black letter piece of ver recovered ; and it was ever afterwards cles in support of our opinion :- antiquity, afterwards proved to be spu- remarked that his works had sympathetipa s CONJECTURE ON SHAKESPEARE.

rious. His avowed aim was to rival Lo-cally imbibed the power of producing siMACBETH, Act I. Scene 3.

pez de Vega, and treble the tax upon pa- milar torpid sensations on others.

in which he ultimately succeeded, ,

He died in a ft of blank verse, having * First Witok. A sailor's wife had chesnuts and was rewarded by a liberal govern- accomplished little more than half his pro

in her lap.. And mounclit, and mouncht, and mouncht. ment, with a baronelcy. It was his usual po ed task. A malicious story is told of Give me, quoth 1.

boast that he had written more in a few this writer being at one time the Kirig's Aroint thee, Witch! the rump-fed Ronyou cries. years, than the world would be able to Jester, or Court Buffoon, with the singuHer Husbands's to Aleppo gone. Master o'th' read in as many centuries. In his last lar title of Poet Laureate, a name, as is Tyger:

moments he raved upon Ballantyne and now generally supposed given in derision But in sieve I'll thither sail,

Winkin de Worde ; declared that publica- to those contemptible creatures who wrote, And like a rat without a tail,

tion was his God ; that he thought of no bombastic verses in praise of the king and I'll do I'll do--I'll do.'

devil, but the printer's, and regretted no court. But this is a mere tradicionary ruFor the following conjectural, but very errors but those of the press.

mour, and in all probabili:y far froni plausible, amendment, we are indebted to

He was shrouded in proof sheets of his being founded on truth. an edition of the play of Macbeth, pub- last novel, and followed to the grave by

--d's thi

A poet. None of lished at York, in 1797, by Mr: blarry all the printers in England and Holland. whose niostifarious productions have Rowe

The superstitions of that dark and bar-reached our age, with the exception of It certainly appears very strange, that • In England the witeh-elm, or perhaps the land extrenie simplicity, have for many

a few passages, which, for their prettiness a witch (a being remarkable for mischief

witchen-tree, mountain aslı (sorbus aucuparia) and revenge for insults) should uot inflict was supposed to possess the same property.

years found a place in the London Primer some punishment upon the sailor's wife who affronted her, instead of purpo-ing very common to preseire, a piece of stick (of formed his style when a child, and never

# In the North Riding of Yorkshire, it is still and modern Reading made-Easy. He to take a long voyage to rent her malice what wood we kuew not) and wear it in the departed from it, the simplicity of the on the offendant's husband, who, it does puexet, as a chum against the power of witch- nursery being obvious and apparent through nct appear, had in himself given any lirft.£D.

the whole range of his more mature-el

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The uniform tendency of bis writings French Verbs sinplified. By M. Pute- And, if this be looked into, it will be was to throw down (at least in the poetical nôtre. 8vo. pp. 58. London, 1891. | found to resolve itself into the distincworld) all distinctions of men and things. The French student will find a know- tion between knowledge sand truth. To render the mishaps of a plough-bay of ledge of the principles of the language We may assert generally, that the exmonarch, and a lamb bleating on the considerably facilitated by the little position of knowledge never can be in- , mountains an object of as spirit-stirring as manual of M. Patenôtre, which we jurious, but must be always beneficial : : a victorious arıy.

therefore recominend to his attention, the exposition of truth may frequently From cotemporary writings preserved

be highly detrimental. There is no by the lovers of ancient trash, we learn Original Tales of My Landlord's stronger instance of this than the use that W-dsth either wrote or planned

School. By Wm. Gardiner. 12mo. to which the Holy Scriptures have a poem of some inagnitude, named “ The

pp. 146. London, 1821. Excursion,” consisting of one hundred

been put by weak or designing men. cantos, and an introduction in fifty parts ;

Tuis is a good Christmas present for a The Sacred Volume is a book of truths. This work, if accomplished, has long been child of six or eight years of age; and Explain these truths · properly, and forgotten. He was the inventor of re- is embellished with engravings on

then they become knowledge, which busses and conundrums; and in his ex- wood, from designs by G. Cruick rever can but redound to the honour treme old age is said (we know not how shank.

of God and the utility of ipán ; leave truly) to have thrown the adventures of

them unexplained, or explain them im" Jack the Giant Killer” into blank verse,

properly, they are then barè truths, with a prefatory essay on true simplicity The Meditator, (for the sacred propositions are true in of style. We have likewise met with the


themselves, however falsely explained, ) titles of various other works attributed to this now forgotten bard ; such as “. Tom.

No. VII.

and lo! into what sects, factions, my Hickathrift.” “The Bloody Gar

faiths, opinions, and beliefs is the dener;" “The White Doe,&c. &c. The manifest use of a Dedicatee is this, vide world divided! The assertion, that But how far tradition may speak correctly licet: That the readers may be so blinded by the things are so, which is truth, may set on these points it would at this distance of lustre of a splendorous name, that they shall contine, be useless to inquire.'

foolish or depraved minds on a train of sider all the Author's fuults as so many palpable false reasoning: the assertion

that beauties ; or, at all events, as real though un. intelligible perfections.


things are so, and the explanation, wliy

they are so, which is knowledge, pats A Letter to the Rev. W. L. Bowles in I have thus given a succioct, ex- an end to further disquisition, and the

reply to his Leller to Thomas Camp- plicit, and circumstantial description of possibility of error therefrom, which is bell, Esq. and to his two Letters to my earthly person. Some might doubt the only ill effect to be dreaded. In the the Right Hon. Lord Byron. By the policy of this, inasmuch as it is a same way, just satire is knowledge, Martin M Dermot, 8vo. Pp. 86. kind of Hue and Cry, and might serve just libel is truth. In this case, also, London, 1821.

as a direction to the officers of justice, we see that truth is injurious, knowThe silly controversy abont the mora- in case these papers were found to con- ledge is useful. Satire opens the lity of Pope, and the rules and invari- tain anything subversive of civil go-springs of the human heart, shews ble principles of poetry seems inter- verniment, or too nearly subversive, or where the true sources of vice and folly minable; and if we may judge from too nearly touching the sensitive per- are to be found, and by this means the positive tone of the disputants is son of royalty, inatter of private libel, teaches us how to diminish and dam likely to remain so. After reading the or of public defamation. But the least up the vicious currents.

Libel points letters of Lord Byron and Mr. Bowles, attention to the difference between sa- out with invidious hand the folly or the we got so satiated with the subject, tire and libel, will always preserve an vice, but gives us no knowledge of its that it was some time before we had author from the above danger, much source, or the inanner of preventing it. resolution to venture on the pamphlet better than the concealment of his per- Libel deals with facts alone, satire with now before us.

son. Satire is drawn from general views their origin. The one is the office of Mr. M.Dermot takes the side of of the follies, the singularities, and the the villain. or the knave, the other is Lord Byron, Mr. Campbell, and the vices of human nature. Libel from a par- the business of the philosopher. Quarterly Review, respecting the po- cular, and frequently from a partial view Having thus briefly excused myself, etical talents of Pope, whom they of its object. The former is useful, the I proceed. If these papers contain an place by the side of Shakespeare and latter criminal. Satire makes you de explicit description of my corporeal Milton. He also agrees with his Lord- spise folly and hate vice. Libel tends person, I think they also contain an ship in all the arguments which he has to make you despise and hate yourself. implicit delineation of my incorporeal advanced against Mr. Bowles's princi- Satire is a silent monitor. Libel is an (begging the materialist's pardon) ples of poetry, but he differs with the open accuser. You are either ignorant person ; in the junction of which two noble bard in granting, that inages or that satire applies to you, or you hope different persons, consists the one pero objects are poetical per se, and con- that others are ignorant that it does ap- son, I call myself. From hence, I. tends that there is no object in either ply, and therefore endeavour to avoid think, with a spice of that sort of proart or nature that is so. On other the faults which You know phecy, usually denominated, commonpoints Mr. MoDermot dilates at some that libel' does apply to you, that every sense, and with the additional informalength, and with considerable ability, one knows it, that remedy of the fault tion, that I dwell within lath and plaisbut the suhject is worn threadbare, and you are accused of is in possible, that ter of the nocturnal scenes of those it would be rery difficult for any talent the correction of it is useless; you dat'nable orgies, performed by shrunk to give it a new interest, especially after therefore persist in it. Thus the ten- lionesses and mock tygers, within three Lord Byron and Mr. Campbell have dencies of satire and libel are directly inches of the upper elemeots, within written so we'l upon it.

opposite; the one good, the other evil. I snore of the owls on the chimney brink,

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--that I eat cresses, and drink the piti | servants: the poor man is the servant Original Coinmunications. ful tears of heaven, the reader may draw of the lord, and he, in his turn, is but some shrewd conclusions as to the a servant in a richer livery. Yet; still manner of my life, and the tenor of we must have gradations even in servi

PARISH FEASTING. my conduct in it. Yes; if, as you tude, Each particular society must

To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. promised, you had dedicated the six in this resemble the grand system of Sın; Without pretensions to any preceding numbers to yourself, but the universe. In this, the ranks of of the qualities of a public writer, but True; I forgot

all things existing, estimated according with feelings that I have heard euloDEDICATION:

to their powers and intellectual capacigized as characteristic of an EnglishTO THE RIGHT HON. LORD WILDERNESSB. ties, by which alone excellence is pro- man, and with courage enough to de

MY LORD, -In thus fulfilling my perly ineasured, rise in a continuous fend the class to which I belong when promise of dedicating to you these pa- ascent, from insignificance to infinity. assailed, I venture through your indulpers, be assured it is my judgment and It may be likened to a vast conė, the rings gence to repel the wanton attack made not my ambition, which directs my thereof representing the several poten- on parish officers by your corresponchoice. Your title, my Lord, should tialities and order of intellectual excel-dent E. G. B. never win that from me, your merit lence with which the individual things The improved state of literature and could not. Ambition may do very well of the universe are endued, beginning knowledge of the present day might in a king or a conqueror,-judgment from a mathematical point, which may render any remark of mine upon parislx must satisfy the philosopher. Toally be taken for blind matter having no feasting superfluous, were it not myself, who am but an ape of philo-mental efficiency, and from thence in- rising generation, with warin honest sophy, with a Lord, were but a sorry creasing in size and circunference, 80 feeling, unaided by experience, and stretch of ambition, if I looked no far as to represent proportionally all the dif- guided, perhaps, by your correspondent, ther than his title; but when I cover ferent degrees of intellectual comprehen- night fall into ungenerous errorlesus myself with an escutcheon of the order siou existing in the world, till at length conclusions, which a hint or two may of merit, to which his title may give it swells out into an illimitable base, probably prevent. If parish feasting eclat, where I openly praise bis quali- which comprehends ubiquity itself, the prevail to an alarming extent, so as to ties, I tacitly approve my own judg-infinite, the inconceivable, the omnipo- increase the sum of human misery,' ment in appreciating them. Believe tent and omniscient God.

it would be well in your correspondent, me also, my Lord, no dedicator ever But the cores of particular socie- before he so loudly asserts it, to show approaches his patron with more sin- ties, such as nations and empires, dif- where this growing evil is to be found; cere conviction of the praises he was fer from the great cone of the universe; I have not seen it; and till he does about to bestow on the great personage, in other particulars besides magnitude. show this giant Form'--this bug-bear, than I do in the present instance. í In this especially, that whereas in the it is but fair to treat the assertion as at am no worshipper for broken meats, latter, the place of each individual is least unguarded : for, if true in any and if the crumbs which fall from the founded on attributes proper and in instance, and not universally so, it rich man's table were to be gathered trinsical to the individual himself; in raises, or is calculated to raise, an unby flattery, either of him or his butler, the former it is estimated by circum- just outcry against those parish officers (and in this the lord and the drawer of stances (most frequently) purely acci- who do their duty disinterestedly.- If corks are nearly upon a par, except dental and extrinsical. The difference we inquire into the characteristics of that I believe the latter bas the fuller between the beggar and the king, lies that iinportant officer, an overseer of and more servile levee,) I would rather not in the men, but in their offices. the poor, we shall find that he is chosen choose to go to bed with Lazarus, than The apex and the base of these cones, as a sabstantial inhabitant and housepurchase the ineans of life by the sale are not blind matter and omniscience, holder,' and is called away from his of my honesty." As the poet says- but a reasonable creature in rags, and usual avocations to do the duties of a ( I would not flatter Neptune for his trident, another of the same species in ermine. most irksome and difficult office, in Nor Jove for his power of thunder.' Hence, the reverence I spoke of above, which he is to see the poor properly.

The rêverence which is paid to rank, is for the valgar. By it, a proper des provided for, and to guard against imtitle, and estate, is very well as a bond gree of subordination is preserved, but position upon the purses of the parishiof society. The theory of social equa- the philosopher looks upon such miser-oners, and this he is to do 'on compallity is mere Utopian. It can po more able and accidental distinctions with sion; if he do not, he is subjected to exist than a plurality of gods. If we contempt.

a penalty, and if he do--as honestly, were all fords, we should have no tinkers; This is a comical kind of a dedication, as diligently, and with as much talent i for who the devil would mend a kettle, I set out with a resolution of praising and discrimination as a meritorious* with a patent of nobility in his pocket your lordship's qualities, and thereby magistrate -he may 'escape the male It may be said, if we are all equal, every my own judgment in appreciating dictions of his brother householders, he lord would mend bis own kettle. Ab- them; buť in a fit of my profession, may be even unexecrated by the poor surd! we must have tinkers as well as have deviated into a lecture upon 80- he governs ;-but if he has partaken of lords. Wherever there exists society, cieties, cones, kings, and beggars. a vestry dinner, (slrould custom base there must be laws to bind it; where However, to make a long story short, made such honourable,) then the low : there are laws, there must be law-ma- for altitude of wit and profundity of and othinking, who may have as little kers; and the ablest law-maker will be judgment,, I know of. no person who is judgment as gratitude, are to be inflamthe greatest man in the community. your equal, except

ed by the seeining philanthropic reflecThis is the origin of rank and degrees

Your Lordship's

tions of E. G. B. Sir, I believe, no of state. In one respect indeed, we Most sincere and most devoted admirer, just and trae Englishman' mould are all on an equal footing; we are all

THE MEDITATOR. I take a man from his business and eme

ploy bimy usefully, laboriously, or dis - The person thus subjected to disho-Whisht ladreny för gin you oughts Info

Mair, l'se wind ye a pirn, agreeably, without wishing him some nour was called niding, or iofamous,

To reel some day: compensation or complimentary ac- and he was thenceforth deemed inca- |*Ye'il wind a pirn, ye silly snool, knowledgment, and it is consistent pable of making oath in any cause. A Wae worth ye'r drunken' soul; with good: old Englisla custom so to memorable instance of the conse-Quoth she and lap out o'er astool, do. When the services of a gentleman quences of raising the nidstaeng is Ane claught him by the spauls, have been had that deserve high remo- furnished in the « Runic Law, which He shnok her, and swore muckle dool, neration, but which it would be as re- states that Egill Scallagrim, the cele I'se rive frae aff ye’r hips the hool, pugoant to good taste to offer as to re- brated Icelandie bard, having performa- And learn ye to be baul, ceive, it is agreeable to our best feelsed this tremendous ceremony against

On sie a day. ings that some kind of entertaininent Erie Bladdox, who, he supposed, had: Ye'er tippanizing scant o' grace; be proposed, at whieh honourable wen- highly injured him, the latter soon. Our nibour Pate sin break o

Quoth she, 'gars'me gang duddy ;

days tipo may be made of services perforin- after became hated by all, and was

Been thumping at his study; ed, and at which the bonds of frieud: obliged to fly from bis dominions in An' it be true that some fouk says; ship and concord may be strengthened Scandinavia; for. Seren gives stong- Ye'll girn yet jy a woody :' by cheerful conviviality;--and I should hesteu as signifying a : roddle-horse. Syne wi' her pails she rave his face,

Made a' his black baird bloody pity the man who would ubject, as one Calender observes, that in Scotland,

Wi 'scaits that day. of a parish, to give an officer a good Riding the Stang is a mark of the A gilpy that had seen the faught, dinner, whose services could not have highest infamy, and the person who I wat, he was nae lang, been purchased for a hundred guineas has hcen thus treated seldom recovers. Till he had gather'd seven or aught Crying parsimony ! 1. hate it. Lear. his honor in the opinion of his neigh

Wild hempies stout and strang; ing this point, I would advert to ap. bour.' • When they cannot,' he con They frae a barn a kaber raught,

Ane mounted wi' à bang, other of E. G. B.?s apinions: he says, tinues, " lay hold of the culprit him- Betwisht twa's shoulders, and sat straught• that a greater degree of activity and self, they put some young fellow on Upon't and rade the stang vigilance, on the part of parish officers,' the stang, or pole, who proclaims, that

On her that day. would materiully tend to assist the ope- it is not on his own account that he is The wives, and gytlings a' spawn'd outy rations of the Mendieity Society; and thus treated, but that of another whom wi' many an unco skirl and shout, asks, what are they to say to this he names.

Like bumbees frae their bykes; charge of negligence?- Negligence. The glossary to: Gawin's Doug- Thro' thick and thin they scour'd about, of parish officers in not assisting the las's Virgit, informs us that riding

Plashing thro? dubs and sykes, Mendicity Society! Surely this gen- the stang, is when one is made to And sic a reird through the rout,

Gart a' the bale town tykes tleman's zeal has over-run his judg- ride on a pole for his neighbour's wife's

Yamph loud that day, ment. And thus, in mawy cases, no fault? The word 'stang, says Rey, is doubt, the tender feelings, hurane still used in some colleges in the uni of Leeds, it was customary, about sixty

In Yorkshire, in the neighbourhood & motives, and weak conclusions of the versity of Cambridge: 'to stang schowell-neaning, induce them to meddle lars in Christmas time, being to cause years ago, to ride the stang on the with public economy, to guide which them to ride on a colt-staff

or pole, for practice was pursued only by the lowest. they are incompetent, raise clamours missing of chapel. le the Icelandic practice was pursued only by the lowest

of the vulgar. against efficient officers, increase the tongue, stang means: a spear; and discontents of the poor, and do injury hence, probably, the slang of York where they intended none.

shire and the north, where it' signifies a ON THE PRESENT STATE OF THE I am, sin your's, &c. long pole.

DHAMAL Dec. 18. A PARISHI OFFICER I am informed,' says Dr. Jameson,

To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle. that in Lothian, and, perhaps, in other Mr. EDITOR,It is but natural that

countiesy the mau who had debauched we should wish to encourage and RIDING THE STANG.

suphis neighbour's wife was forced to ride porti whatever affords us pleasure and To the Editor of the Literary Chronicle the staog: yet this punisliment' was improvement: this consideration, it is, SAR,Your correspondent, Ephraim not exclusively inflicted on galtants de that causes me to regret, that my

abi. Wood) wishing for some inforınațion tected in criminal amours. The virago lities are not equal to my inelivation, relutive to this singular custom, I have who had beaten her husband was also in contributing a subject that might extracted the following account from subjected to ride the stang, not io per excite an interest in your excellent lie a 'work, entitled Popular Pastimes, son, however, but by: substitute, as we terary miscellany. The perơsal of it or the Customs and Amusements of learn from Allan Ramsay's admirable never fails to produce a train of reflecGreat Britain in Ancient and Modern continuation of Christ's Kirk on the tions, which I sometimes commit to Times,' which, if you think worthy of Green canto 3ly where, after the mar. paper; but as I do not observe any of notice, you will oblige me by inserting, riage, the visitors became inebriated, my sex have favoured you with their

Your's,i&c. F. W. and the conduct and punishment of a lucubrations, (in prose) I feel diffident - Riding the Seang (according to Dr. graceless vixen are thius-humourously in stating my opivions, either to obtain Jameson,) is the remains of a very and drawn :

further information, or truths I may cient custoin' among the Goths, who The smith's wife her black deary sought,

have discovered in the course of my were wont" to erect what they called

And fand.him skin and bim;

own reflections, and which should nidstaeng, or the pote of infauny, with Quotbaby'. Thier-day's werk's: be: dear present to you in the form of essays. the most dire imprecations against

He band and ga'e a girn,

Some of my late reflections have those who were thought to deserve the Ca'a'her jade, and said she much

been on the present rage for spectacureprobation which this aet imptied. Gae-bode and souw belirn:

ar amusements, at those theatree which

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