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named, and of the most brilliant of our making an extract from one of Lady Holstill living contemporaries, that the literary land's letters, regretting that we have not and social tastes of Horner expanded and space for the whole of those written on acquired completeness and accuracy. Like this occasion. most other considerable men, his enjoy

Holland House, 1st Oct. 1816. ment of natural pleasures never seems to

-- I am glad my doctors send you from the have deadened. To the beauties of nature, keen air of your native mountains, but they will the change of the seasons, the song of the not mend the matter by sending you to London. birds, his sensibility was possibly more I accordingly trust to your docility and your lively, than if he had passed the whole of sister's good-nature, in expecting you to drive his days by the side of mountain streams from Barnet straight here, where you will occuand lakes. Whether in youth he visits the direct, and have your hours, and company, and

three south rooms, regulated as Allen shall Isle of Wight, or in maturer life the valleys occupations, entirely at your own disposal. of Wales, his pleasure in the varied aspects Such books and papers as you may require of nature is undiminished. His power of can easily be brought from your own house. describing as well as relishing them is very These three rooms open into each other, and are great. Nor was he contented with visiting perfectly warmı; your servant will sleep close to beautiful scenery as a mere source of phy- the apartment. Pray, spare me all the common

you, and your sister will have a room adjoining sical pleasure. From this, as from every place compliments of giving trouble, and taking thing else, he seems to have possessed an up too many rooms. What you know I feel tointimate and peculiar power of extracting wards you, ought to exempt me from any such moral enjoyment. 'Surely the stir and trash. From henceforward till June, when I smoke of a town life, so far from deaden- look forward to a thorough amendment, you ing our sensibility to country beauties, must lay your account to have me, heart, soul, render our pleasures in them of a still and I am satisfied in this, because Allen says it

and time, devoted to your welfare and comfort; higher relish; at least I assure myself it is is right. I am afraid your sister may think it a so with me; and I am no less certain, that had exchange from living solely with you to frequent retreat into the country is neces. come among strangers ; but tell her I already sary for keeping one's mind in tone for the feel warmly towards her, for her affectionate in pursuits of an active life, and for refresh-tention of nursing you, and that I will try and ing, in our imagination, those larger and render her residence as little irksome as possible. distant views, which render such occupa- Do, my dear friend, yield to my entreaties. tions most useful, and which alone make If warm and earnest hospitality could them safe.'-(Vol. ii. p. 18.)

have been a restorative, the letter we have These turns of thought and of feeling partly transcribed must have been effectuwere, in fact, modifications of that over-al. No eloquence de billet of the most acflowing sympathy and affection which, free complished French correspondent has ever ly and abundantly given to his friends, was equalled the sincere, but refined and conrepaid by them, as was so richly deserved, siderate energy of this excellent letter. in returns largely poured into his bosom. The same anxiety was expressed for him This was touchingly manifested during his by Romilly,-a man whose deep and conlast fatal illness. The disease to which he centrated sympathies were never carelessfell a victim, at the early age of thirty-nine, ly or indiscriminately lavished. 'I do not but ripe in virtue and in knowledge, seems think you nearly as careful of yourself as to have assumed a serious character while you ought to be. If you take little acattending Parliament in 1816. 'I have been count of yourself for your own sake and at Holland House '-he writes to his that of your friends, yet your regard for father — during our Whitsun holidays; the public good should induce you to pay Lady Holland taking almost as much care the utmost attention to it. You will not, I of me when she fancies I need it, as if I am sure, suspect me of encouraging vani. were in my own dear mother's hands.' ty, though your modesty may induce you Towards the close of the autumn, the un- to question the soundness of my judgment; favorable symptoms still continuing, Horn. but it is my most sincere opinion, that er was recommended to try the air of Italy. there is no public man whose life it is of The family of Fox, from which he had al such importance to the public should be ready received so much affectionate sym- preserved as yours.' pathy, again offered to make a home for Accompanied by all these anxious good his reception. The letters written both by wishes, Horner proceeded to Pisa. The Lord and Lady Holland are above all praise change of climate produced no improvein their earnestness and kindliness of feel. ment in his health. But though struggling ing. We cannot resist the pleasure of with a mortal disease, his energy, his pub

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lic spirit, and his love for his fellow men, sician; he describes in a tranquil and renever for one moment slackened. On the signed tone the general state of his health; 21st December, 1816, he writes to Lord and draws a graphic picture of the spring Murray on the wretched state of the work among the peasantry. 'In one field, Scotch jails, and on the despotic power they are still gathering the olives; in anvested in the Lord Advocate of Scotland, other, pruning the vines; in a third, ploughof protracting from year to year the im. ing for Turkey wheat ; in a fourth, preparprisonment of accused persons, by desert-ing the ground with the spade. I feel far ing the diet.' By such means, persons not greater curiosity,' he continued, to know convicted are said to have been detained the ways and habits of this peasantry, and in custody until they suffered confinement to understand a little the form of this socilong enough for guilt, and were ultimately ety, than to penetrate into the Campo Sandischarged, not tried indeed, but punished. to, with all its treasures of art.' Four days This cruelty and injustice awakened that after writing this letter, he was no more! moral indignation against oppression which No event of the same description in our formed so essential a part of Horner's char- times appears to have called forth the same acter. He urges on Lord Holland (21st general sympathy. The unhappy fate of December) the necessity of trying to raise Romilly was felt deeply, but felt within a the tone of the House of Commons above narrower circle, and was connected with the old song of sinecures and reversions.' painful reflections. The extinction of the This, he observes, we learned from the splendid light of Canning's genins cast a unreasonable, narrow-minded democrats, shadow over a wider sphere ; but the priand have been teaching it so exclusively to vate sorrow was less remarked than the the excellent Whig party among the gen- public calamity. The servor of political try and middle orders of England, that excitement, then prevailing, diverted the more general and generous notions of con. public sympathy from the heavy loss the stitutional liberty and foreign politics, are world sustained in Mackintosh. Grattan no longer so familiar and acceptable to was gathered to his fathers in a ripe old them as they were formerly.' But it is in age; and was almost permitted, from the his last letter to his mother, that all that height which he had reached, to look down was most engaging and attractive in the upon Ireland awaiting that promised emancharacter of Horner, breaks out in undi- cipation to which his prophetic eloquence minished warmth. His heart and his affec- had so greatly contributed. On the occations seem as young as when, in 1795, he sion of moving a new writ for the borough addressed his first letters to his parents which Horner had represented, the present from Mr. Hewlett's parsonage. 'I have a Earl of Carlisle, then Lord Morpeth-a little nosegay upon the table, taken from an name transmitted from sire to son, giving open garden in the town, in which, be and receiving honor—Mr. Canning, Mr. sides China roses and a lily, there is the Manners Sutton, Mr. Wynn, Mr. W. Elliot, most exquisite perfumed double jessamine ; Lord Glenelg, and Lord Harewood, in va. and my brother Leo brings in from the ried terms, but with one feeling of respect, wayside on his walks, buds of spring. All affection, and deep sorrow, expressed their this I hope is soon to do me good, for I am sense of his virtues and public services. rendered so selfish by illness, that I think Monuments were raised to his memory, only of myself, you see, in these blessings and statues were erected; but without unof the sun. The last ride I took was with dervaluing these proofs of esteem and afdear little Mary; and, upon recollection, I fection, we must be permitted to say, that think I should have been better company the most enduring monument to his memo. for her to-day than on that occasion : for I ry is to be found in this publication. It is have no longer that feeling of mortal lassi. one, too, which we view as no less approtude which hung upon me at Dryden, and priate than enduring. His object was not seemed to wither me within ; that sensa- to acquire fame for himself, but to confer tion is gone, though I am weaker now and benefits on his fellow men ; and his jour. leaner, and blow still with a very bad pair nals and correspondence not only afford of bellows.' Quitting this style of playful evidence the most conclusive of his abiliaffection, he proceeds to describe with ties, his public services, and his virtues, much sympathy the distress of the Tuscan but as it were revive and continue, even peasantry, arising from the failure of the after death, the exercise of his active ducrop of chesnuts, grapes, and olives. On ties. They in uct and benefit mankind, the 4th of February he writes to his father, and more especially that country which he expressing a grateful confidence in his phy-lever warmly loved.

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THE FATE OF POLYCRATES.

“ Let cowards keep within their holds, and on peril

fear to run ! HEROD. iii. 124-126.

Such shame," quotb be, “is not for me, fair ForFrom Blackwood's Magazine.

tune's favorite son!"

Yet still the maiden did repeat her melancholy “Oh! go not forth, my father dear-oh! go not strain-forth to-day,

“I ne'er shall see my father's fleet come sailing And trust not thou that Satrap dark, for he fawns home again!"

bnt to betray ; His courteous smiles are treacherous wiles, his foul The monarch callid lis seamen good, they muster’d designs to hide ;

on the shore, Then go not forth, my father dear—in thy own fair Waved in the gale the snow-white sail, and dash d towers abide.'

the sparkling oar;

But by the food that maiden stood—loud rose her “ Now, say not so, dear daughter mine-I pray thee, piteous cry

“Oh! go not forth, my dear, dear sire-ob, Where glory calls, a monarch's feel should never forth to die!" And safe to-day will be my way through proud A frown was on that monarch's brow, and he said Magnesia's halls,

as he turn'd away, As if I stood 'mid my bowmen good beneath

" Full soon shall Samos' lord return to Samos'

my Samian walls.

lovely bay;

But thou shalt aye a maiden lone within my courts “ The Satrap is my friend, sweet child-my trusty abide-friend is he

No chief of fame shall ever claim my daughter for The ruddy gold his coffers hold he shares it all his bride! No more amid these clustering isles alone shall be “A long, long maidenhood to thee thy prophet my sway,

tongue hath given" But Hellas wide, from side to side, my empire “Oh would, my sire," that maid replied, " such shall obey !

were the will of Heaven!

Though I a loveless maiden lone must evermore " And of all the maids of Hellas, though they be remain, rich and fair,

Still let me hear that voice so dear in my native With the daughter of Polycrates, Oh! who shall isle again !"

then compare? Then dry thy tears--no idle fears should damp our 'Twas all in vain that warning strain—the king has

crost the tidejoy to-dayAnd let me see thee smile once more before I haste But never more off Samos shore his bark was seen

to ride!

The Satrap false his life has ta'en, that monarch “Oh! false would be the smile, my sire, that I

bold and free, should wear this morn,

And his limbs are black’ning in the blast, nail'd to For of all my country's daughters I shall soon be

the gallows-tree ! most forlorn; I know, I know,--ah, thought of woe !-I ne'er That night the rain came down apace, and wash'd shall see again

each gory stain, My father's ship come sailing home across the Ica- But the sun's bright ray, the next noonday, glared rian main.

fiercely on the slain ;

And the oozing gore began once more from his “ Each gifted seer, with words of fear, forbids thee wounded sides to run; to depart,

Good-sooth, that form was bathed by Jove, and, And their warning strains an echo find in every anointed by the Sun !

faithful heart; A maiden weak, e'en I must speak--ye gods, assist

me now! The characters of doom and death are graven on

thy brow! “ Last night, my sire, a vision dire thy daughter's

Coins.-A letter from Wisby (the island comeyes did see,

monly known as Gottland, in the Baltic, on the Suspended in mid air there hung a form resembling coast of and belonging to Sweden) mentions that thee;

« On the 1st of this month a country man of Robne, Nay, frown not thus, my father dear; my tale will while ploughing on the side of a hill, found an oval soon be done

copper vessel, containing above 3,350 silver coins, Methought that form was bathed by Jove, and and fragments of different sizes. About 380 of anointed by the sun !"

these coins are Anglo-Saxon, Danish and Norwe.

gian, of Kings Ethelred, Canute, Harold, Cardica“My child, my child, thy fancies wild I may not nute, Edward, and Swen Erickson. The others stay to hear,

are German, chiefly of the cities of Cologne, MagA friend goes forth to meet a friend-then where-deburg, Maine, Strasburg, Augsburg, &c. They fore should'st thou fear?

are all of the 10th and 11th centuries, and the whole Though moonstruck seers with idle fears beguile a appear to have been buried in the ground towards maiden weak,

the end of the 11th century. There are only two They cannot stay thy father's hand, or blanch thy cafes (Arabian coins) among them. Two other father's cheek.

peasants have found a coin and a clasp:--Athenæum.

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THE HAPPIEST HOUR OF MY LIFE! in wishing to separate a young couple, it is
BY MRS. ÅBDY.

astonishing how very roughly they contrive

to make the course of true love' run. At From the Metropolitan.

length 'we met, 'twas in a crowd,' in a “ * Where is happiness ? asks one learn- fashionable squeeze of two hundred people. ed Pundit, and Echo answers Where?' I contrived to get seated with Octavia in a

What is happiness ?' demands another, recess; an open window was behind us, the and a matter-offact hearer forth with takes air blew coldly and sharply, I shut it down, down the first volume of Johnson's Dic. and in a moment a panting fat chaperon in tionary, looks out the word, and announces a crimson turban, resolutely advanced and that Happiness is a state in which all the opened it, professing herself thoroughly desires are satisfied,' a decision which, in- discontented with the modicum of air atasmuch as nobody was ever yet satisfied tainable through the agency of her ivory in all their requisitions, leaves the difficulty fan, and eulogizing the advantages of fresh precisely where it stood before. There is breezes, on the authority of some fashionno rule, however, without an exception. able medical writer of the day. There sat Happiness may be caught, although it may Octavia, the delicate interesting Octavia, exnot be caged: I am qualified to dogmatize posed to the imminent risk of colds, coughs, on the subject from personal experience. and toothaches, and vainly endeavoring Happiness is a bird of paradise, and I once to make an ethereal gauze scarf do the duty threw salt upon its tail, and detained it with of a warm ample shawl. I thought of Kirke me for the space of an entire hour, -I en- White's description of the advances of conjoyed just sixty minutes of perfect felicity!" sumption

“Did you, indeed, sir ? I conclude that was during the hour when you made your

• In the chilling night air drest,

I will creep into her breast ;' proposals, and were accepted."

“Not at all, my dear madam, that hour but I also thought of the old proverb, that was any thing but satisfactory; it was thirty opportunity once lost is never to be regainyears ago, and yet I remember it as if it ed;' I offered, and was accepted, the wind

I were yesterday. I had very imprudently blowing every moment more and more keen. fallen in love with my dear Octavia, who, ly, and the dancers sweeping close to us in as her name denotes, was the eighth child their evolutions. Octavia's elder sister, of her honored parents. I was balancing on the opposite side of the room, sat look. myself on the lowest step of the ladder of ing at her much as the elder sister of Cin. the law, and she was the independent pos- derella might have beheld her envied junior sessor of one thousand pounds in the stock in the act of fitting on the glass slipper ; then bearing the name of the Navy Five and about twenty yards from us, the most Per Cents; alas! five per cent. for one's disagreeable and most determined of the co. capital is now the light of other days.' heiresses to whom I have already alluded, Our prospects were dreary enough, howev- scrutinized us through her eye-glass, evier, notwithstanding the light of Octavia's dently taking note of our glances, attitudes, fifty pounds a year; her father, mother, and whispers, for the particular edification two brothers, and five sisters, frowned an- and enlightenment of my mother on the nihilation on me whenever I approached following morning. Add to this, that I had her; and my own mother, my only surviv- no prospect of marrying with prudence ing parent, indulged herself in daily sar- for at least ten years, and judge if the hour casms on my total want not only of pru- in which the chosen of my heart blushed dence but of good taste in my selection of a sweet consent,' was one of unmingled a partner for life. My mother was unluckily happiness.” acquainted with three sisters, each of whom “Certainly not; and did you really wait was the fortunate possessor of twenty thou- ten years ?" sand pounds; they were plain and ill-tem- “ No, we did not; engagements are never pered, and the youngest was ten years my very pleasant things, and ours was rendersenior ; but she was unremittingly anxious ed peculiarly uncomfortable to us by our to obtain one of them for a daughter-in-law; respective relations. At length, finding all

- they were Graces in her estimation, and our endeavors vain to break down the bar. she thought it very hard that they should rier of poverty, we resolved on springing be chronicled as Furies in mine ! It was over it. I had a legacy of a few hundred with much difficulty that I ever contrived pounds in the first year of our engagement to exchange a few words with Octavia ; from a distant relation; I now betook mywhen the relatives on both sides are agreed self to the study of all the advertisements

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of cheap furniture, in the newspapers ; they cheap chairs and tables which I had bought were not, as now, professedly addressed, of the advertising upholsterer, for I did not “To Persons about to Marry,” but they know how soon they might be seized for were the same in substance. I engaged a arrears of rent. Besides, my ideas of baby small neat house, furnished it with econo- beauty were founded on my reminiscences nomical prettiness, and married my dear of the pink and white cheeks and curling Octavia in a twelvemonth after I had first bair of a wax doll, and I was too much disproposed to her.”

appointed at the appearance of my son to be "Now I understand very well that the disposed to receive with becoming credulity happiest hour of your life was that of your the assurances of the nurse that he was marriage ;-including, of course, the drive the exact image of myself;'-no, that to the church and home again.”

hour was certainly not a particularly seli. " Far from it, my dear madam, it was a citous one." very tedious and uncomfortable hour: 1 “I never give more than three guesses went to church in a carriage with Octavia's respecting a riddle or charade, therefore mother and two of her sisters, all drowned must beg that you will at once tell me the in tears, sparing of speech, and redolent of secret of your mysterious hour of happieau de Cologne. I felt that I performed my ness,-did it leave no traces behind it?" part very awkwardly, my voice was scarce. “ Not one; it all vanished at the end of ly audible in the responses, and I twice the hour.” dropped the ring on the ground. I was “Ah! now I know what you mean ; you deprived of the resource of twirling my hat, were under the influence of opium." and I had a confused impression that the “No, indeed, the Confessions of an youngest of the bridesmaids was laughing English Opium Eater' were not then writ. at me. To render the matter more provok- ten, and there were no teetotallers at that ing, my bride was a model of self posses- time, so opium was not at all in general re. sion, elegance, and propriety; spoke in a quisition; I will, however, disclose the silvery full-toned voice, wore her orange mystery to you without further delay, that blossoms, blonde, and white satin, with in- is, when I bave mentioned a few prelimiimitable grace, and went through the cere. nary circumstances of my situation. My mony with as much composure, as if, to use family increased; my third child was born an expression of Theodore Hook's, 'she in the fifth year of our marriage, my clients had been married every morning for the were few, my mother's income I knew preceding six weeks! I returned in a barely met her expenses, and that of my

' chariot with my bride and her uncle, who father-in-law was quite insufficient for the was also her trustee, who gave me the best multitudinous wants and wishes of himself, advice about the most expedient manner of his lady, and their seven children. Octavia managing 'a very small' income,' and im- was all that I could wish her; amiable, pressed upon me to lose no time in effect. patient, uncomplaining; I could almost ing an insurance on my life for the benefit have desired that she should sometimes of my probable family, devoting the inter- have reproached me for the heart-wearing est of Octavia's money to the purpose.” penury to which I had reduced her. I

“I will venture one more guess,—the should not then have felt such bitter repinhappiest hour of your life was that in which ing at the sight of one so lovely and accom. your first-born boy was presented to you." plished, burying her charms and talents in

“Not at all; I had begun before his birth obscurity, and bending the whole of her to find out some of the disadvantages of fine abilities to the practice of painful and poverty; as a single man, I had been ena minute economies ;-do you not feel for bled to feel 'content with a little,' but I now our situation ?" said with Doctor Syntax,

“Very much ; I cannot conceive how “This is the cause of all my trouble,

you came by your hour of happiness !" My income will not carry double !'

“Seven years after our marriage, my I could not flatter myself that

Octavia fell into a delicate state of health ; first-born

my boy was one of those fortunate people al from care, cheerful society, and airings in

sea-air was prescribed for her, freedom luded to by Hood, who

an open carriage; how easily do medical Come into the world as a gentleman comes men run off these phrases, never seeming To a lodging ready furnished !'

to consider that there can be any difficulty On the contrary, he was born with an un. in fulfilling their requisitions. I had long mistakeable wooden ladle in bis mouth; I ago sent in an account to a tardy client; could not even consider him heir to the I wrote to him again, candidly telling

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