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117.- Vol. VIII.
LIVERPOOL, TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 1828.
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and other facial excrescences. We are assured, on! The following miscellaneous facts, bearing on
very respectable authority, that no fewer than 8,000 this subject, are copied from our manuscript scrapBEARDS AND WHISKERS.
Russians were massacred in 1720, on occasion of the book. They are, we believe, chiefly gleaned from
order of Peter I. that people should shave their | D’Israeli. TRIFLES LIGHT AS HAIR!
beards. They were conducted into a vast inclosure, “ The Tartars declared the Persians infidels, and
(Not) SHAKSPEARE. where numbers of blocks, &c. had been previously waged a long war with them, because they would lery clever and amusing article, on the subject arranged, when Peter himself, with the axe in his not cut off their whiskers, while it was more infaards and whiskers, appeared in the last Mercury, hand, gave the example to the executioners how they mous in Turkey to lose the beard than to be publicly vill be found appended to our editorial prefatory I should chop off the heads of the victims. Who would / whipped. rks. Our readers, who are in the habit of see- have thought it possible that a nation of vassals, who “ To touch another's beard, or cut off a little, was both of our publications, will, we presume, had surrendered their liberties to the will and ca- a token of love and protection amongst the first ly overlook, if not highly approve, of the trans- price of a despot, should have thrown off their alle. French; and all letters which came from the King o the Kaleidoscope of an article of no ordinary giance, and braved death in defence of a “feature," had three hairs of his beard in the seal. , uniting the humour of Swift and Addison. if we may so term it, in which the goat has decidedly “In the reign of Catharine, Queen of Portugal, object of the writer is to demonstrate the fallacy the advantage over the “ lord of the creation ?” the brave John de Castro took the castle of Diu, le prevailing notion, that beards and whiskers
Well might Swift represent mankind as he has in India. He borrowed from the inhabitants of Goa
W ny evidence of the courage and manhood of the
done in his Gulliver, recollecting the endless absurdi- 1,000 pistoles, as a security for which, he sent them er. He maintains the direct reverse of this, and
ties which prevail in the world, not less ludicrous one of his whiskers. precedents he adduces are highly amusing, and
than those we have enumerated! and well might the “ The Turks, when they comb their beards, gather a more than ordinary acquaintance with poet say,
the loose hairs, fold them in paper, and bury them ture, and a very happy and playful knack of
where they bury the dead.” ping his knowledge to bear upon his argument.
"What dire events from trivial causes spring!"
D'Arnay, in his Private Life of the Romans, rehe beard, per se, is indica. The weakness or caprice of a wench set the Grelates that “ amongst that nation, the beard was a
fany peculiar moral weak- cians and Trojans by the ears, and caused the mark of wisdom; and that a learned man, who aspired To maintain such a position, would be a sweep-death of so many heroes, that, if Homer tells truth, to a philosophic chair, could not possess it on account ensure upon the male sex, which our author has the hairs which graced Helen's mad pate, if doubled, of her
4, of being beardless." And in Goldsmith's History auch sense to insinuate. The deteriorating con- would not make up the amount; although, on the of the Earth and Animate inces, which he so felicitously enumerates, arise, other hand, candour compels us to add, that this lowing particulars connected wit rding to liis theory, from the sedulous cultivation damsel's freak has given rise to an immortal poem.
ject : natural excrescence, which ought rather to be There is a work, originally written in French, « The Turks shave the head. but let the beard under, than encouraged to exhaust the animal entitled, “Great Events from Little Causes.”
le causes.” The grow.
The negroes shave their heads in figures at ors, and to deface the male countenance. A well following extract from this work, on the commotion
one time, in stars at another, like the friars; and med chin, he shows us, has ever been the con produced in France by an attempt to interfere with
ced in France by an attempt to interfere with still more commonly in alternate stripes. tant of bravery, while those beards which "shine beards, may amuse our readers.
“ The Melapours of Siam shave the heads and the a meteor to the troubled air,” have ever belonged “A beard was esteemed, formerly, in France as a 'eye brows of such children as are committed to their oltroons.
badge of liberty, and the people were not a little care. The Kings of Persia, and some of the early i author who maintains such a theory, will, we proud of wearing it long, and of curling it, to render | Kings of France, had their beards knotted and butime, be much more popular with the razor. it ornamental. The monks and friars, who affected toned with gold. The Americans pluck the beg ders and barbers than with certain of the soft to despise the little vanities of the world, took it in
up by the roots, so that they have been thought to who are supposed to admire the barbarous dis- their heads to shave their beards; and the then he
then have no beard ; a mistake which Linnæus has fallen ement of “the human face divine.”
Bishop of Rouen, taking it extremely ill that the into » is not a little singular, that, while the ladies laity did not follow so pious an example, began to Having protracted our prefatory remarks to an ove of the beards on the men's faces, they regard preach against beards in the pulpit, and, by degrees, unexpected length, we shall now proceed with the as frightful appendages to their own. We worked himself to so high a pitch of opposition, that dissertation
I himself to so high a pitch of opposition, that dissertation of our correspondent. however, very high authority for the opinion, he excommunicated all those of his diocese who would the sex did not always view the subject in the not consent to be shaved. Hereupon the bigots soon
BEARDS AND MUSTACHIOS. light. Cicero, in his work De Legibus, states, permitted themselves to be trimmed; but the more women were formerly prohibited from shaving, worldly-minded, accustomed to join the idea of pri
ΚΕΙΡΕΣΘΑΙ ΤΟΝ ΜΥΣΤΑΚΑ, ΚΑΙ ΠΡΟhey should thereby acquire bearded chins. The vilege to that of their beards, conceived their liberties
2 ΣΕΧΕΙΝ ΤΟΙΣ ΝΟΜΟΙΣ, ΙΝΑ ΜΗ ΧΑΛΕΠΟΙ bitory law, he continues, was taken from the and properties at stake, and, like true patriots, went
ΩΣΙΝ ΑΥΤΟΙΣ. ve Tables. We recollect also, although we can- to loggerheads, and had their brains beaten out in ast at present give our authority for the fact, defence of the hairs of their chin. The commotion
ANNUAL PROCLAMATION ON THE SPARTAN MAGISTRATAS. tbe Venus of Cyprus, of ancient Greece, was grew so general, and its consequences so dangerous, esented with a bushy beard.
that Louis VII. found himself necessitated to take " Shave your beards, and adhere to the laros, that you here is scarcely, in the history of mankind, a part with the clergy, and have his own beard taken
may not be frightful to yourselves.' e extraordinary phenomenon than is presented in off, to bring smooth chins into fashion at Court, and,
An innovation in the costume of some of the regiments importance that has, in different ages, and by that means, to overcome the prejudices of the of the British army, by the enforcement of the wearing of angst different nations, been attached to beards populace.”
mustachios, bas lately excited attention. Alterations in
the cut of clothes or accoutrements alter not the men; but yoke by the Samnites, having made them feel at their beard, (see his unfortunate face in Mezeray.) was defe to meddle with their regular habits of cleanliness, in re- chins, and look about them, å true patriot, Publius Ti. and made a captive, at Poictiers, by the beardless viving the antiquated custom of huge whiskers, beards, cinius Menas, A. V.C. 454, according to Pliny and Varro, Prince. In England, Edward Longshanks (oot Long and mustachios, involves considerations of more serious im- made the lucky discovery of what was wanted, and soon
was an illustrious proof of the advantage of a smooth portance than, at first sight, may be supposed. If the ob- put a new face on affairs, by an importation of barbers to a warrior and statesman: the record of his wa ject be to daunt the armed foreign enemy, by this array from Sicily. No sooner had this corps d'elite begun their achievements is chronicled in history: the good of of disfigured countenances, without any design of bully operations, than the Samnites were repulsed ; and, in the his wise laws is experienced at this day. ing our own unarmed people, it may be well to remind course of one smooth-faced generation, all Italy was sub. June 10, 1828
EPHORU the patrons of mustachios, that it was the smooth-faced dued ; so that, in A. V.C. 518, the Temple of Janus was British whom the French most feared to meet, in the last, shut, by the Consul Titus Manlius Torquatus, in commeas well as in all former wars, and not the whiskered moration of triumph and of general peace. mouthed Spaniards or Germans. At Ligny, Bonaparte! For a good whilc after, whilst the razors were kept in made quick work with Blucher and his hairy-faced Prus-play, all went well; no enemy could withstand them; and “I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and sians, who, to save their beards, soon gave him their the bearded Carthaginians, who, being of Phænician origin, brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties the pigtails to handle: but it was an altered case when the were akin to the Jews, were smitten so sorely, that, through vaunted Imperial Guard, with its Legion-of-Honour deco- vexation, they hanged old Hannibal, their unlucky general. We copy the following interesting tale fire rations, had to encounter clean lads, with ruddy cheeks But, in process of time, the Romans becoming careless in Alma Mater, a new literary work, recently and white chins. Whatever be the cause, whether the the essential particular, having fallen into the bad habit from the Glasgow nrese. It is a work of a cherishing of a lengthened beard exhausts the animal of shaving only once or twice a week, the beardless boy powers, and causes a sickly languor, with sallow cheeks Hannibal sa
cheeks Hannibal seized the opportunity to make his assault: all / able merit, and does great credit to its editors. and sleepy eyes; or if the beard wearers feel as if fighting got into confusion : the disastrous battles of the Ticinus, young sudents of the University of Glasgow, in a mask, and, therefore, entertain less sense of shame, of the Trebia, of the Lake Thrasimenus, and of Cannæ, certain it is, that those nations who have most distin- followed close on each other. Just then young Scipio's guished themselves by martial prowess, have, whilst they beard commenced growing, and, by way of encourage.
THE MONK'S TALE. could claim that distinction, uniformly been careful to keep ment, he shaved it every day, as we learn also from Pliny. their faces, and most especially those of their soldiers, The example of a youth of so much merit, and of such completely shaven. In Homer it is the old and feeble high nobility, was sufficient to set the fashion ; and when
“Hates any man the thing he would not kill!-Stars men, poor old Priam and Phenix, and Anchises, who he attained command he would, of course, enforce the wear beards: the fighting heroes, Ajax, Diomede, Ulysses, practice on his troops. It was weary work for the barbers, “The scene was truly tremendous. The defile 81 Hector, Æneas, Agamemnon, Patroclus, and Achilles, for the taces of the Romans were ruefully long; but a seem all to have been as careful in their toilette as Lord few seasons of cleanliness soon brightened and tightened
narrow, leaving space only for the road and for the Mark Ker himself, who made a point to have his regiment them up. The Carthaginians in Spain and Africa were
rent. The mountains rise on each side so nearly | well-trimined and full-powdered on the morning of every put, by Scipio, to the edge of the sword; and Hannibal pendicular, that the vast forests growing on their s pitched-battle, that they might die like gentlemen. When was recalled from Italy, to have his gray beard clotted cast a dismal shade over the road, and loaded as i Helen points out the Grecian chiefs to Priam from the with the dust of the desert, in flying to save it from were with a weight of snow, seemed ready to a Falls not an individual of them is distinguished by the Scipio's vengeful razor aç Zama. In vain did he seek | bury the traveller as he passed below. cut or colour of his beard ; and, in all the numerous and help from Antiochus and Prusias, they too, being Asiatics, minute descriptions given of wounds, by Homer, no men wore long beards, and could not protect him. Perseus,
| “Now and then a chasm broke the uniformity of tion is ever made of any warrior's beard. Ulysses is King of Macedon, and Jugurtha, King of Barbary itself, gloomy scenery, and presented an object less dark; praised for his fine black head of hair, in the Odyssey ; in succession, fell before the trim Roman legions, who equally terrific; a torrent, arrested in its fall by the 11 but never for his beard : the beards belonged only to the went on all smooth-facedly, conquering the world. Not hanging from the brow of a crag in solid masses, aged and inactive. If, amongst the gods, Jupiter had a a beard is to be seen on the statues or medals of any one beard, it was long after his fighting days were over. of the Roman commanders during the glory of the re.
terminated in immense pointed icicles, the lesst of Neither Bacchus, nor Theseus, nor Castor, nor Pollux, nor public, neither of Scipio, Sylla, Pompey, nor Cæsar.
Casaricicles, if detached from the sheet above, pould any of the civilized Heroes were sculptured with beards Marius himself, although a vulgar fellow, was above the crushed the whole party, and when contempla on their chins: the bearded Bacchus was an Eastern deity; filth of a beard. Lucullus is represented with one ; and suspended over our heads, jam jam lapsura de and Hercules was a sort of vagabond. All the equestrian to that circumstance, probably, (for no other has ever adsimilis, could not fail to excite some emotions of and pedestrian figures of the frieze of the Parthenon have been divined, even by commentators,) he owed the hatred " Whenever the mountains receded and sloped smooth faces : the Centaurs, those monsters, have beards, and contempt of his soldiers, and his final deposition by but they are getting them well plucked by the young their mutiny, notwithstanding his splendid success against
onwards, they only enabled us to discover forests rising as Lapitbae.
Mithridates, whose beard must have been the longer of each other, and swelling into new regions, till there In the Egyptian sculptures, at Thebes and Denderah, the two. Of such moment was the beard, that it out. cealed their extent and elevation in the clouds." more than 4000 years old, the victors are shaven closely ;- weighed all the good qualities, and they were many, Such is the beautiful graphic manner in which is the vanquished have long beards. Plutarch, in his life of which Lucullus possessed. Cleomenes states, on the authority of Aristo:le, that the Cato the Censor is styled by Horace Intonsus, (unshaven,)
describes the scenery amongst which we were bort first act of the Ephori, of the Spartans, on their accession -lib. 2, ode 15; but that refers to the period of his old
od of his old ling, in the course of a continental tour during the ! to office, was to issue a proclamation for all citizens to shave age, when he had taken to tippling :
1823. their beards, and to conform strictly to the laws, that they might not be frightful to themselves, making the shaving
'Twas in the evening of a beautiful autumna) “Narratur et prisci Catonis
SAEPE mero caulisse virtus." -Lib. 3, ode 21. the first grand test of a worthy citizen and soldier; for, to
that season of the year which the clear atmosphere ! their honour and benefit, all Spartans were soldiers : theirs ! Notwithstanding the sabversion of liberty, the Roman variegated foliage render by far the most agreces vas a standing army of the right kind, every man being armies still proceeded in their successful career, and the for viewing the beauties of nature. The sun, ba well prepared to maintain his individual rights, and to empire kept on the increase, so long as the Emperors and
perors and rays bursting in glowing radiance through the avenge his country's wrongs. The concluding words of the soldiers shaved their faces clean, as niay be seen on masses of the clouds, was setting bebind the mounts the proclamation, " that they might not be frightful to their coins, where no Prince, nor soldier, on obverse or
tinging their well defined outlines with streams of themselves," show that the Ephori had found out the reverse, is seen with a beard, until the reign of Hadrian, secret, that when soldiers become terrible to their fellow. I who let his beard grow, as Plutarch says, to cover the ble and purple, which, reflected by the snows that is citizens, they cease to be so to the foreign enemy. Lysan. mishes of his face. At the precise period of the reign of the mountain's breast, in all probability for ages, der, the only Spartan general who is known to have had a Hadrian, the boundaries of the empire reached their ut. all around, till long beard, after having, by his intrigues, with the help most limit. For 460 years, from the year of the city 454,
“Each towering peak, and flinty spire, of Persian gold, ruined the independent states of Greece, when the barbers were imported, to 914, victory attended
Was bathed in floods of liquid fire." corrupted also the Spartan people, and prepared the way the course of the Roman eagles : but the beard of the old for their defeat by the Thebans, under Epanjinondas. Plu.fusty Antoninus, Hadrian's successor, was a portent of and the whole seemed like the enchanted and Carch tells us that Alexander the Great, previously to his worse omen than ever shown in the sky. It was not for ing scenery of some fairy dream. expedition into Asia, ordered his Macedonian troops to nothing that the Greeks designated beards and comets by The beauty of the scene, however, was not a shave their beards well, as an important point in the im. the same word. At the sight of that meteor, as Butler continuance : the sun gradually declined behind! provement of their discipline, as constituting them more would have called it, the Siella Comata of Antoninus, very truly Greeks, and the superiors of their Asiatic opponents. different from the Julian star, Victory flew off, never to
mountains, and with him departed the glories which In all their coins, both Alexander and his reputed father return. With victory fled science and the liberal arts,
presence bad lent to the surrounding scenery, and Philip, (for he said Jupiter was his real father,) are found and amongst the first of these the art of war. Severus, gathering clouds began now to betoken a night as a with smooth chins, and neither of them was ever suspected with a beard like a goat, according to Gibbon, subverted pestuous as they had been beautiful. to be deficient in courage or skill. the discipline of the Roman armies, and brought ruin on
Our postillion, whose tardy motions had, ere this, Amongst the Romans, the name barbarian, that is, the empire. Europe was, for ages after, one general chaos beard .wearer, or bearer, was the designation of every thing of filth, ignorance, violence, and uproar. The first re- quently uncouth, stupid, and ridiculous. They had, to be sure, advance towards civilization was manifested in the paring the repeated execrations of the French serva once been barbarians themselves, and had suffered severely of the beards. In France, Philip Augustus was nearly the companied us, (rendered accurate in his discrie for it. For many a year had they, with difficulty, sustained first King who shaved his chin, (see the plates and medals as to the weather by experience,) began not to lo the attacks of the Samnites, and of their other Italian to Mezeray's History, taken from coins and other authentic horses into their briskest pace. Rapidity of motit, neighbours, and had suffered under the repeated inroads monuments,) and by that, and other great and virtuous of the Gauls, assuredly from their neglect of shaving : for, actions, established the French inonarchy in splendour.
ever, was of little avail. Ere we had proceeded fa, in the year of the city 488, the catastrophe of the Caudine Whilst his successors followed his example, they lived in snow began to descend with an impetuous Voice forke, when their whole army was made to pass under the credit and power. But King John, choosing to wear a only in such mountainous regions, while the a
led in gusts along the narrow way, threatening to abstinence, yet bore the stamp of intellectual nobleness, gazed at me for a moment, and quickly interrupting me, tach the impending ice, and bury us in its fall. nor had yet
* Monk,' said he, I have sent for you, not that you should
address to me the language of cant; not because I thought The snow was gradually becoming deeper as we ad.
Decay's effacing fingers
that you could alter the texture of my future fate, but nced, and the difficulty of proceeding was, consequently,
Swept the lines where beauty lingers."
that you might be able, hereafter, to testify that Giovanno coming greater ; and the postillion now proposed leaving Upon the whole, indeed, although death had robbed his
died a death that became his name; a death, glorying to pass the night in the carriage, and, hastening to our victim of the intellectual glance of a full black eye, I have
in the lite which he had led. Be it thy task to justify me tination, the neighbouring town of St. John's, return,
to men; I ask not thy interference with my God.'never seen a countenance that made a deeper impression
had endeavoured, without effect, to stem the torrent of his soon as daylight would permit, with the means of on my mind.
blasphemy, and as he was now compelled to stop, from abling us to proceed on our journey ; this proposal, as
On our return to the parlour, the conversation gradually exhaustion, I attempted again to call him to a sense of uy be anticipated, was not a very agreeable one; none
turned on the being whose remains we had just been his situation. He listened, however, but for a few minutes, us relished much the idea of spending the night in the visiting. The superior, evidently gratified by the interest
and again interrupting me, exclaimed somewhat more k, and in a region so desolate and difficult. It was, which I took in the concerns of the convent, became
coolly, Father, I am now too much exhausted, and too
near the precincts of another world to argue doctrines. refore, with pleasure, or rather eagerness, that we re
gradually more open, and, ere we parted, gåve me the Nor would I accept that hope from fear, which I could ied intelligence of our being then in the vicinity of a following brief sketch of the history of the monk.
never receive from reason. Interrupt me not again, but vent of Benedictine Monks, in which, as an alterna
“ It was," says be, "on a night as tempestuous as that , he proposed we should pass the night. As, there
“I have not always been, as you may have gathered from the fury of which you have just escaped, that Re- from my name, what I now am. I was born and educated », notwithstanding our national prejudices, we were
naldo Terino, whose mortal remains you have just seen, in Rome. Of the first years of my life, I remember but tty nearly unanimous in thinking that the interior of a :
came first to this convent, carrying with him credentials | little ; they were in all probability passed in the usual vent would make a better bed-chamber than the infrom the father of our church. He was accompanied by
routine of boyish pleasures and employments. My parents or of a carriage, and that monks were better com.
I lost when young, and on my arrival at manhood, found no one, save the guide who had conducted him from St. ions than Alpine snows, we pushed forward and soon
myself upfettered in any inclinations, and in the possession John's. His dress, although plain, indicated a person of
of a large estate. For some time I led the life which is ved at the convent alluded to.
high rank, while his piercing eye, large forehead, and | led by most young men of fortune in the capital. To t has been justly remarked, that no country in the
aquiline nose, seemed to favour the description contained pass over, however, this most barren part of my existence, :ld exhibits more than Italy does, specimens both of
in these letters, that he was a man of no ordinary cha- proceed to narrate the event which cast for me the die best and worst architecture. The convent at which
of my destiny. I loved, good God! how loved.' racter. These letters, however, contained nothing which "Here his feelings overpowered him, his face became had now arrived was unfortunately of the latter class.
could lead to any inference regarding his family; nay, livid from emotion, he sunk back on bis pillow, and lay ras a large rectangular building, more of the Tuscan
on the contrary, forbade inquiry on that subject. Being for some time almost inadimate; gradually, however, he n any other order of architecture. Its large blank
thus prevented by so sacred an authority, and feeling, I recovered, wiped his clammy brow, drew bis breath for a is, interrupted by a few narrow ironed windows, gave confess, almost afraid to interrogate the person himself,
moment, and proceeded with his narration. ta peculiarly heavy appearance. Over the gate mere I could only look forward to a death-bed confession, | her with all the ardency of a first love; but she there
" Yes, Father, she wasbut it matters not. I loved 1 Homer's well known tribute to man's mortality, of
loved should it please Heaven (and the old man glanced upward another! The extent of my fortune had made me con. ich the following is a translation, by Pope:
as he spoke) to take bim hence before me, as the means fident; I asked her hand and was rejected ;-the rejection " Like leaves on trees the race of men is found,
was repeated, and I was immediately afterwards goaded Now green in youth, now withering on the ground; of clearing up the mysterious circumstances which hung
by the intelligence that she was soon to be married to Another race the following spring supplies, over him
one, otherwise my rival; he who the companion, the They fall successive, and successive rise;
" It was not above, eight months after this, and not confidant of my boyish years,—the partaker of my boyish So generations in their course decay,
many days previous to your arrival, that a messenger pleasures, had, since we reached the years of manhood, So flourish these, when those are past away." came during midnight from the peighbouring town of
thwarted my ambition in a thousand different ways, was 'n answer to our call, the gate was soon opened hy one
now the only being whom Heaven could send to interpose the monks, by whom, after informing him of our St. John's, to request the attendance of one of our num.
betwixt me and my felicity. I was driven to distraction : ber, to receive the confessions, and perform the last offices from the certainty of bliss I had been plunged to misery. lation, we were invited to enter, and conducted to the
of religion, to one of the bandits who infest the neighbour. When I thought the cup was already at my lips, I found ttment of the superior.
ing mountains, and who had been wounded in a descent, it dasbed from my hand, and appropriated by the very The monks, at the time of our arrival, were engaged in
nade by himself and companions, on the town. Desirous inting the burial service over the body of a dead brother,
being to whom, of all mankind, I'could have wished
eternal destruction. Canst thou wonder then that I 0, we were informed by our conductor, had died on the of going thither myself, I rose and proceeded to pro
sought revenge?" ring of our arrival. It was, therefore, some time ere
cure one of my brethren to accompany me. The yet "A groan from Terino, but which he thought had pro
burning lamp directed me to the cell of Father Terino. ceeded from me, caused him to pause for a moment. i superior came to us, during which we employed our. "ses either in pondering on our unwonted situation, or
He was still engaged in his devotions, and engaged with “'Yes, Monk, I sought, and found, sweet and bloody an intensity, which, for some time, prevented him from
revenge. Thy cloistered heart cannot know how sweet listening to the noble tones of the organ, as, accom
revenge is to a wounded, to a distracted spirit. But observing my entrance. On my informing him of the listen: I learned the day, the hour, the place at which nied by the voice of the monks, they rose and fell in
purport of my visit, he signified his willingness to ac- the ceremony was to take place ; bribed one of thy num18 echoes along the cloisters.
company me, and, in a little time, we were on the road to ber,-yes, one of thy number, to lend' me his robes, and On the conclusion of the service, the superior made his pearance. He was remarkable for nothing, save what | St. John's.
the keys of the private entrance to the church, and, with
every thing ready for escape, concealed myself in the shade Šthen sufficiently new to us; the black flowing robe,
"The moon, then at its full, was riding through the of the altar. My resolution, which had almost begun to
pe blue vault of heaven; a few clouds repased on the verge th long loose sleeves, and the black cap, by which his
verge relent as I gazed on her deep blue eyes, was again of the horizon, but above, all was clear, uninterrupted
strengthened when I saw his almost triumph at the con. ler is distinguished. space. Not a sound fell upon the ear, save the ripple of
clusion of the ceremony. I fired, and, ha, ha, ha! I We explained to him the necessity we were under of the mountain streams, and the screeching of the night.
had taken sure aim ! I saw them fall together. My rowing ourselves on his hospitality, and we were anbirds, as they fitted past; and the face of nature, lit up
vengeance was now complete, and I escaped in the conwith a softened radiance, partook of the influence of the ered by a brief welcome.
fusion which followed its' execution. I escaped to the hour, and formed a strong and striking contrast to the In the course of the evening, after partaking of refresh. scene of mental desolation, which we were about to wit
mountains, joined a band of banditti, became their chief
and have since led that life. ents, ordered for us, by the superior, which, although ness. A few hours' travelling brought us to St. John's,
«• Once, indeed, I heard that she had fallen a victim to it of a very dainty description, were, it may be supposed, and we were conducted by our guide through various
my fire, but that he had recovered; I could have wished ndered extremely palatable by our long exposure to dark and noisome alleys, to a hovel in the outskirts,
it otherwise ; but 'twas well, he had felt my vengeance,-where, in a wretched room, dimly lighted by a single Ipine colds, we were conducted by the superior through lamp, and on a wretched bed, reposed the object of our
• Monster!" exclaimed Father Terino, rising from le various parts of the building, and amongst the rest to visit. e cell of the monk, who, as we mentioned in the pre-! « He was a man of very singular appearance.
his seat, and raising his hand as if to strike the wretch,
His · Villain ! and dost thou glory in thy wickedness! Hadst ding' part of our narrative, had died on the morning | long black hair, and thick mustachios, matted by the blood thou felt remorse, I could have left thee to the punishment our arrival. This cell, like the rest which we bad which issued from a large wound in his forehead, gave to lof thy God. but.
him a peculiarly wild appearance. sited, was a small square room of about nine feet. At
This, however, was however, had set his seal on the sufferer's cheek, and the
not all, for scarcely do I think that these circumstances judgment of Heaven mocked into silence the wrath of man. le end was a bed, or board, which served as such, on
would have made such an impression on my mind; there " Such," continued the reverend narrator, " was the hich the victim of a misapplied devotion took the rest was also something fascinatingly fiendish (and the old scene which I witnessed. We returned to the convent : hich his tenets permitted him; while at the other end man crossed himself as he spoke) in the glare of his clear | Father Terino dever afterwards left his cell. His mind ood a table, on which were placed his desk, breviary, black eye.
had received a shock which overpowered it, and ere the ad crucifix. On this bed the now inanimate body of its
"For sometime after we entered the room, and even fourth day had dawned, Father Terino was receiving, I ossessor was lying, clad in all the insignia of woe. He
when informed by our conductor of our arrival, he lay trust, the reward of his labours in that world, where the
apparently unconscious of our presence. Anxious to break fiend that had destroyed his earthly felicity, was enduring ppeared to have been a man of above the common sta
the silence, I began to address him; my voice seemed to the pains of everlasting damnation.”, i tre ; his countenance, though wasted by disease and rouse him from his lethargy; he started from his pillow,
FACT, ME IPSO TESTE.
The voice has ceased, but on my heart
cannot be ascertained. Whatever his prospects mid The lesson deep imprest,
have been, he appears to have abandoned them, an Seems, though it pierce with scorpion dart, adopted the profession of an actor; and Kirkman en To soothe the wounded breast;
" that he not only acted himself every day, but also ora And bidding vain regrets adieu,
every day a sheet.” His first play was published in di Seeking the better land to view :
year 1601, and of his talents and industry some idea 1
be form.ed from the fact that he had an entire band, Hence will I still the rising sigh,
at least a main finger, in two hundred and twenty play And chide the sorrowing tear;
He translated several Latin and Italian works, vai And oh, that mine, when mine to die,
prove him to have been a good classical scholar; and! Howe'er forgotten here ;
poems, although not highly thought of in his day, an Oh, that I may remembered be, By Him who bled on Calvary!
good as any poetry of the time. Liverpool
Besides his poems, plays, and translations, he publish several other works, the best of which is his Actors
dication, which displays great erudition. The daad · DAVID'S LAMENT FOR SAUL AND JONATHAN.
manner of his death are unrecorded. “The beauty of Israel is slain," &c. &c.—2 Kings, L 19, 20, &c.
LINES SUGGESTED BY ACCIDENTALLY TAKING UP
AN OLD NEWSPAPER.
Now what is love? I will thee tell ;
That rings all into heaven or hell,
Now what is love I will you show;
And he that proves shall find it so;
Tell me, brief chronicle of hope, and fear,
of fête, and revel gay;
Of death, and battle-fray;
Thy darkened page that swell?
The laurel blossomed well;
And what his vaunted might?
For glimmers on the sight
The wooed, and envied, where!
Had bound, no more to sever?
Vowed to its God for ever?
Admiring crowds that won?
Ended, scarce yet begun,
The lofty and the low?
And all the living know
To all below decreed?
Oh, spirit crushing creed I
For, as I lingering gaze
" The voice of other days,"
From Joys, or anguish torn,
O'er Styx dark waters borne ;
See, in high places of thy land,
Thy beauty, Israel ! slain;
The spear and shield are yain;
O tell it not in Gath,
Was scatter'd in Heaven's wrath;
May dews and rains make gay,
Was vilely cast away;
And from the mighty slain,
Return'd not back in vain.
Were they, and side by side,
Their hearts did not divide:
Deck'd you with spoils from far:
Amid the shock of war!
To me,-and far above
And more than woman's love!
How are the mighty overthrown!
H. W. J.
Pack clouds away, and welcome day,
With night we banish sorrow: Sweet air blow soft, mount lark aloft,
To give my love good morrow: Wings from the wind to please her mind,
Notes from the lark I'll borrow; Bird prune thy wing, nightingale sing, To give my love good morrow.
To give my love good morrow,
Notes from them all I borrow,
Sing birds in every furrow;
Give my fair love good morrow.
Stare, linnet, and cock-sparrow,
To give my love good morrow,
The Spaniard loves his ancient slop,
The Lombard his Venetian,
The Russ, Turk, Jew, and Grecian; The thrifty Frenchman wears small waist,
The Dutch his belly boasteth, The Englishman is for them all,
And for each fashion coasteth. The Turk in linen wraps his head,
The Persian his in lawn too, The Russ with sables furs his cap.
And change will not be drawn to: The Spaniard's constant to his block,
The French inconstant ever, But of all felts that can be felt,
Give me your English beaver.
The Irishman his shag too;
And of the same will brag too.
SPECIMENS OF THE ELDER POETS.
BY PERCIVAL MELBOURNE.
The date of the birth of this poet is involved in obscu. rity, but he was a native of Lincolnshire, as appears from a poem addressed to his friend James Yorke. At a suita|ble age he became a Fellow of Peter's House, Cambridge, but how long he remained there, or what progress he wade,
Some love the rough, and some the smooth; | Owing to the day being communion Sabbath, and the burgh architect, and that architect's reporting in the affir. Some great and others small things;
Rev. Edward Irving having been engaged to preach on mative. But, oh your lecherous Englishman,
the occasion, the parish church was excessively crowded On the afternoon of Monday, the Rev. Edward Irving
for the evening service, which was to commence at six was extremely desirous of, and intent upon, preaching in He loves to deal in all things.
o'clock. When the tolling of the bell had ceased, but the churchyard, where there were several graves yawning The Russ drinks quass; Dutch, Lubeck beer,
before the reverend gentleman made his appearance, the to receive the victims of the accident among others, one,
beams and flooring of the north gallery gave way, and, which peculiarly fixed our attention, destined to receive the And that is strong and mighty;
along with the persons in it, descended upon those beneath. bodies of the three sisters, Misses Matheson, and a young The Briton he metheglin quaffs,
The crash, and the cloud of dust, and shrieks which ensued, woman who was connected with them in business, but the The Irish aqua vitæ ;
were indescribably appalling. In the height of their con magistrates very properly prohibited the exhibition. The French affects the Orleans grape,
sternation, the persons occupying the south gallery rushed When a calamily of this kind occurs, all angry and The Spaniard tastes his sherry,
down stairs; and in the south passage the mass of them controversial feelings ought to be stilled by its awfulness ;
became so dense, and swelled so much beyond the capa. but, at the same time, there is any thing but reason in The English none of these can 'scape,
ciousness of the place, as to force in the partition wall suppressing reflections which it may happen to give rise But he with all makes merry.
which divides the staircase from the passage. A number to. To do so would be to deprive, in a great measure, cam The Italian in her high chopine,
(particularly females) before descending the staircase lamity of its sanctity-of its only usefulness-of that which Scotch lass, and lovely Frow, too;
altogether, escaped through the windows, the glazing of alone can compensate for and mitigate its bitterness. In
which is almost entirely destroyed. In the passage, how. bigoted times, when there were antagonist religious The Spanish Donna, French Madam,
ever, many were trodden down; and it was here that the parties, it was invariably the case that the one construed He will not fear to go to;
greatest number of deaths occurred. Of the whole num. almost every calamity that occurred into a divine judgment Nothing so full of hazard dread,
ber of victims (twenty-nine) only four perished on the north upon the other. The practice still survives with a partiNought lives above the centre,
side of the church. The lifeless bodies, which were after- cular party ; and but very lately one of that party, an exNo fashion, health, no wine, no wench,
wards removed from the south passage, bad become black cellently intentioned, and truly pious, and talented man,
in the face, the consequence of suffocation. It is a remark. published a pamphlet, to prove that the great fires which On which he dares not venture.
able circumstance, that, among all the deaths, there were devastated Edinburgh in 1824, were a divine judgment
only two cases of fracture, and these any thing but fatal. upon its citizens for patronising the Musical Festival ! Is DOGGEREL EPISTLE,
Though the north gallery fell with such force as to shatter this more tremendous accident at Kirkaldy, then, also to KPLY TO THE LETTER OF E. S. W. IN THE LAST KALEIDOSCOPE;
some of the pews beneath, the fall, it is believed, was the be construed into a divine judgment ? and, if so, for what ressed to a young Student mightily smitten with the Muses,
immediate cause of the death of only two, Mrs. Beveridge has it been inflicted ? We have always believed, with the
and David Lawson, the former of whom was rendered a best of our divines, that there is, for the wisest of purposes, and somewhat addicted to the sin of Punning.
corpse in a moment, by being struck by one of the joists, an impenetrability by human wisdom into the designs of
while her two blind and twin sons, who were seated beside Providence, in many of its dispensations; but there are DEAR NEPHEW,
her, escaped unhurt. One man was seen, after the fall, some who, scarcely knowing their own minds, impudently I receiv'd your letter,
standing in a part of the gallery which remained, and (as and impiously pretend to a thorough knowledge of the For which I'm very much your debtor ;
if fascinated by the horror of the scene) to leap down into mind of the Deity, and to fathom it with the utmost cerYou wrote in doggerels, I suppose,
the area, where he fell prostrate, but, springing to his feet, tainty; and to them we, in a spirit of charity which, we Because you are averse to prose;
he again fell and expired, some inarticulate expression fear, they cannot comprehend, would suggest that, in con
hanging, at the time, on his lips. The casualties, besides struing what, in common parlance, are called accidents, Or, perhaps, to prove that folks sometimes
deaths, are so numerous that they cannot well be reckoned into divine judgments, they are playing with a two-edged Possess the art to prose in rhymes.
up. They who instead of remaining seated, as many did) weapon. If what we have heard said is true, that the Rev. However, I must say your Latin
escaped from the crush, appeared in the open air, partially, Edward Irving pronounced the downfal of the Brunswick Quotations did come very pat in;
and some almost wholly, divested of their clothes. Next Theatre to be a divine judgment upon dramatic repre
day, in the Town-ball, (where a magistrate sat to restore sentations, what will he say of this awful catastrophe hapBut pardon me, my mind I'll speak,
articles which were lost on the occasion to their proper pening in a place appointed exclusively for the worship of What do you hope from Latin, Greek,
owners) we were struck with the immense quantity of hats, the Almighty ? Or from those crabbed Hebrew roots ?
bonnets, shawls, veils, combs, bibles, psalm-books, &c. You'll find them yield but sorry fruits.
which were displayed in the place : they presented a vivid Why over metaphysics pore? image of the disaster, in its nature and extent.
The Beauties of Chess. [Here follows the melancholy list of the sufferers, which Bacon you'll find is but a bore.
we shall omit. On Locke ne'er waste your time and health, The calamity we have so faintly decribed, ought not to
“ Ludimus effigiem belli."-VIDA. That Locke is not the key to wealth;
be imputed to the immense crowd, for every gallery ought As for those said Parnassian maids, to be capable of supporting fully as many as by any possi.
SOLUTION TO STUDY CLXXXVI. Y clept the Muses, they are jades, bility can be packed into it, but to the general insufficiency
BLACK. of the church, which was built only about twenty years ago. i Queen ......F-7X Who jilt their vot'ries without pity,
1 King......... H-8 And here, we cannot but reflect upon that rapaciousness 2 Bishop ......F-6X 2 Queen ....F-6 Then cut them with a sorry ditty :
of profit, which, insensible to all correct principle, and 3 Queen ......F-6X 3 King ........,G-8 Like syrens to Ulysses strumming, remote as are the poles asunder from all humane feeling. 4 Queen ......H-6
4 King.........H-8 Their practice ever has been humming : distinguishes modern times. The joists of the gallery ap. 5 Pawn.........G-6
5 King .........G-8 Then fly them, Sam,- ne'er look behind,
peared to us to have been inserted scarcely more than an 6 Bishop ......F-7X 6 King.........H-8
inch in the walls; and throughout the whole frame of it 7 Pawn.........6-7X MATE. • Respice finem" bear in mind.
there was not a single iron bolt. It is very evident to us, I hinted to your good friend D-b-y, at least, that the joists had been bent at their centre by the
SITUATION FOR STUDY CLXXXVII. My fears that Pegasus, your hobby, pressure upon them ; and that, in consequence, their ex
White to move and win. Will throw you, as he has thrown many,
tremities resting in the wall had come out, and, as a farther Then kick your brains out, if you've any.
consequence, their opposite extremities resting in a large
gallery (which beam and front are still standing) had come 'Twere better far turn chimney-sweep;
out, in like manner. It is a remarkable circumstance that To cry “ Soot O!” would suit you better, the rests of the joists in that beam do not appear to be in.
V 3 al Than Latin, Greek, or the belles lettres.
jured in a single fibre of the wood, and the rests in the A tinker's life is far more toler.
walls, if we except part of the lath and plaster, are as little
injured. There has all along been entertained, by many Able than that of a poor scholar;
of the Kirkaldy people, a strong sense of the insufficiency Then Horace quit-put Homer by
of this church; and we know some who, on the day in Learning, friend Sam, is all my eye
question, reluctantly absented themselves from it, from a And Betty Martin.-So good bye.
conviction of its insecurity, in the case of its being crowded. iverpool.
The great majority of deaths has justly been ascribed to
it is very questionable whether, had not that rush taken EADFUL ACCIDENT, AND GREAT LOSS OF LIFE, place, the calamity would not have been still greater. AT KIRKALDY.
Before the rush took place, a cracking in the joists of the
south gallery was very distinctly heard; and there is a (From the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle of June 18.) considerable rent in the lath and plaster work of the under
part of it, which took place on the occasion, between the n Sunday last, one of those calamities which, from their front supporting the beam and the flooring. nitude, seem designed by Providence to rouse people The history of this church, which was designed to con. 1 their babitual lethargy, to reflection upon the uncer- tain 1800 people, is very brief. A Mr. Alexander Macfar.
tenure by which they hold their lives, occurred at lane contracted for the building of it; and he having becaldy. As soon as the intelligence of it reached us, we come bankrupt, a litigation arose between the heritors and
A B C D E F G H ired to the spot, and consumed a day in collecting Mr. Macfarlane's creditors as to its sufficiency; which | authentic quarters the whole of its particulars. I ended in that question of fact being remitted to an Edin-!