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summer bowers, save when the western ing a massive Venetian mirror, the borsun turns their dim lurking windows into ders of whose enormous glass are carved sparkling gold, which like ihe red Indian's in a thousand quaint devices, and whose eye, betrays their ambuscade. Deep, flowered frame is mother of pearl and solemn, and reposing green, alone fills gold;--there is a vast porcelain vase, with the eye, and when a chimney, a door, or China's gayest colours dyed, diffusing even a whole front is revealed through odours from its griffin womb. Lo ye here the trees, you might almost fancy that ve huge cabinet ! India's golden mongetation had taken that fantastic shape to sters emboss its polished pannels; yon. cheat your eye.

der is the gilded cage and its green and Far different from either of these last red Macaw, and hark to its" pretty are the thick-coming fancies produced by Mistress Dorothy," oft repeated ; a host the appearance of

of canaries, flattered prisoners, echo their HADDON HALL,

untaught notes. Rich setlees of brocade

are covered with the glittering articles of Ancient as the most verrerable pile that

a superb gala dress; and on a fillagree ever strewed the earth with its architectu- table in the centre, there Jeans such a ral ruins,-yet untouched and entire as

white arm, and on that arm such a cheek the structure of, yesterday —the grand old of beaming beauty, and on that cheek fabric shows its pale battlements, its such a flood of golden tresses! But why square towers, and its wide windows, is that gray jerkin, puffed and slashed with amidst rooky woods and corners, broad black, hung over her other arm ?—what old meadows, laved by the blue Wye; -, does that page's cap, with its pert eagle quaintly fashioned gardens, ivy-muffled sun-dials, dismantled fountains, disco- lady listen, with ill-suppressed terror, to

plume, at her feet ?--and why does the loured statues, and ponderous terraces, the lordly step of old Sir George, as he rising tier and tier, with wide stone step, paces up and down the adjacent gallery, and balustrades of open work. Its inte. the last of the festal throng thai lately rior is precisely in the same sacred state

made its oaken panels and pilasters ring of inviolate antiquity ; yon really expect again with music and dancing ? -- and to see

why, sweet Mistress Dorothy, doth thy Fortb from thelr gloomy mansions creeping lamp cast its pallid gleam, when the full The Lady Janes and Joans repair,

moon, flooding through the diamond latAnd from the gallery stand peeping.

tice and the pear-tree leaves, flings a Sueb as in silence of the night,

mingled glory of silver and shadework Come sweep along some winding entry, over thy lovely person ! (Many have often seen the sight,)

Hush! the great door of the gallery Or at the chapel door stand sentry.

hath clanged, and the old knight's step is In peaked hoods and mantles tarnish'd no longer heard, and for a moment the Sour visages enough to scare ye,

lady's heart throbs, as though 'twould High Dames of Honour once, that garnish'd The drawing room of fierce Queen Mary.

burst her silken robe of white, and then

you may hear the hurried gushings of her We will stop, however, in that cham• fragrant breath : a moment more, and all ber between the grand gallery and the is decided; those tiny feet glide with a state bed-room.

stealthy pace across the room, and the " What!" I hear you exclaim, are pallid lamp is placed on the lattice in the we to be detained in this ordinary looking full moon glare, but it shoots up bravely, Yobby, when tower and dungeon, park for the lady hath just nourished it with and garden, await our inspection ? A odorous oil; she opens the casement, mere lumber-room, with a shambling and a stream of fragrance floats into the half glass door, that evidently leads out room from the mignionetle beds belowupon the grounds, a few broken relics of but the lamp trembles not, for there is not trumpery old furniture, and masses of dust a breath to stir the lady's brightest curl and cobwebs, that sufficiently obscure this midsummer night. And that lamp its gaudy frieze of Boar heads and Pea- will be seen from the hills of Chatsworth! cocks !!

Now, look again--There is no damsel in Stup, and let me wave my wand, and the room, but the very prettiest page that no magic-lanthorn ever exhibited a more ever gave flippant answer to his betters sudden change,-no drama ever boasted stands in her stead, the redundant curls a more absorbing scene. Look again !- break from the green velvet cap, and the The old walls are arranged in silk and form—but take Sir Walter's words · silver hangings, there are the largest and His was no rugged horseboy's hand, greenest of summer bushes, strewn in glos

To flourish shield, or sharpen brand,

Or saddle battle-steed; sy freshness on the floor : bere stands a

But meeter seemed for Lady fair, toilette of ebony and ivory, and support To fan her cheek-, or coil her hair,

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* As man was first framed & made out of clay, little room for further comment. The So must he at length depart heuce away. judgment formed of the work in the Pre'A man without mercy, of mercy shall misse; face, and of the amiable author's powers, And he shall have mercy, that mercifull is. accord so well with our own, that we “ In Cheapside.

cannot do better than copy the writer's • Life is a drop, a sparkle, a span,

language.
“ The tracts,

now printed A bubble: yet bow proude is man.

together, he

says,

« abound in original Life is a debt, which at that day

thoughts, and beautiful similes, displayThe poorest hath enough to pay.

ing in almost every line the genius for “This world's a stage, whereon to-day

which their author was distinguished. Klags & meane meo parts do play.

But this is far from being their only To-morrow others take their roomes,

merits. Fuller was a divine of the strictWhile they do fill vp graues & toomes.

est sincerity, and most fervent piety; and * Learning liues, & Vertue shines, When Follie bege, & Ignorance pines,

this work bears the strongest evidence

that his mind rarely wandered from the * To llue well, is happinesse :

From To die well, is blessednesse.'”

sacred purpose of his ministry.
every event of his life, and many pas-

sages in history, he drew conclusions Notices of New Books.

illustrative, either of the holy writings, or Good Thoughts in Bad Times : Good if it be the characteristic feature of wit

of the duties which they inculcate; and Thoughts in Worse Times : Mixt to find things apparently dissimilar, there Contemplations in Better Times.

is hardly a passage of these “ Thoughts” BY THOMAS FULLER, D.D.

which is not as remarkable for that quaPOSSESSING the excellence that all the lity as for the devout object to which it writings of this learned divine and witty

is applied.” historian do, it has always been a matter

By way of illustrating the preceding of surprise to us, that they should have remarks, we select a few of the 'Thoughts, suffered the neglect they have, when

that our readers may judge of the rare their great merit has never been ques- quality of our author. tioned. With the exception of our au

LORD, thor's Worthies of England,' we believe I saw one, whom I knew to be no

It not another of his many works, saving toriously bad, in great extremity. the one under notice, has been honoured

was hard to say whether his former wickwith a reprint. It is greatly to be re

edness or present want were the greater ; gretted, that the sterling productions of if I could have made the distinction, i such eminent men as Verstegan, Fuller, could willing have fed his person, and Camden, and Selden, each an honour to

starved his profaneness. This being imhis country and the times he lived in, possible, I adventured to relieve him. should not in a reading age like the

For I know that amongst many objects, present, when

all of them being in extreme miseries, money is abundantly found to produce trash of the most ephe- charity, though shooting at random, canmeral nature, find a publisher of suff

not miss a right marko Since, Lord, cient spirit to hazard the production of the party, being recovered, is become books that are so high in price and so

worse than ever before (thus they are much valued, as are many pieces of the always impaired with afiliction, who authors above-named. We have always thereby are uot improved): Lord, count had a high opinion of the taste and en

me not accessary to his badness, because terprizing spirit of the publisher, who I relieved him. Let me not suffer harm has favoured

us with the neat and in myself, for my desire to do good to reasonable reprint of the curious tracts

him. Yea, Lord, be pleased to clear my comprised in this volume ; and we hope

credit amongst them, that they may unthat his success will be commensurale

derstand my hands according to the simwith his praiseworthy undertaking, and plicity of my heart. I gave to him only that at no very far distant period we may

in hope, to keep the stock alive, that so find the hint we have given acted

afterwards it might be better grafted. and see the Church History of old Ful- Now, finding myself deceived, my alms ler on his shelves, in four goodly

octavos,

shall return into my own bosom." jostling against 'Verstegan's Decayed

LORD, Intelligencer, saved by him from the I trust thou hast pardoned the bad examdestructive hand of Time.

ples I have set before others, be pleased We have been so prolix in our intro- also to pardon me the sins which they ductory matter, that we can spare but have committed by my bad examples.

(It is the best manners in thy court, to * W. Pickering, 365 p. 1 vol. 18mo, heap requests upon requests.) If thou

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hast forgiven my sins, the children of my this advantage by itself, to bud in alar corrupt nature, forgive me my grand- tumn. children also. Let not the transcripts re * Lord, if I were curbed and snipped main, since thou hast blotted out the in my younger years by fear of my original. And for the time to come, bless parents, from those vicious excrescences me with barrenness in bad actions, and to which that age was subject, give me my bad actions with barrenness in pro- to have a godly jealousy over my heart, creation, that they may never beget suspecting an autumn-spring, lest corothers according to their likeness." rupt nature (which, without thy re

Our next specimens from the “ Mixt straining grace, will have a vent) break Contemplations, we think, possess forth in my reduced years into youthful charms of no ordinary kind.

vanities.” " I have sometimes considered in what There appears to have been as much troublesome case is that chamberlain in grumbling in the “ olden time” for want an inn, who, being but one, is to give of business as at present, if we judge from attendance to many guests. For suppose the tenour of the subjoined. them all in one chamber, yet if one shall Cry without cause and be whipt.command him to come to the window, I have known the city of London almost and the other to the table, and another to forty years, their shops did ever sing the the bed, and another to the chimney, and same tune, that TRADING another to come up stairs, and another to Even in the reign of king James (when go down stairs, and all in the same in. they wanted nothing but thankfulness) stant, how would he be distracted to this was their complaint. please them all. And yet such is the sad “It is just with God, that they who condition of my soul by nature, not only complained without cause should have a servant, but a slave unto sin. Pride just cause to complain. Trading, which calls me to the window, gluttony to the then was quick, and in health, hath table, wantonness to the bed, laziness to since been sick, yea in a swoon, yea the chimney, ambition commands me to dead, yea buried. There is a vacation go up stairs, and covetousness to come in the shops in the midst of high term: down. Vices, I see, are as well contrary and if shops be in a consumption, ships to themselves as to virtue. Free me, will not be long in good health. Lord, from this distracted case ; fetch me 66 Yet I know not whether to call from being sin's servant to be thine, this decay of trade in London a mishap whose service is perfect freedom; for or a happy miss. Probably the city, if thou art but one and ever the same, and not pinched with poverty, liad regained always enjoinest commands agreeable to her wealth." themselves, thy glory, and my good. Trusting that the taste we have given

“I perceive there is in the world a from the variety of subjects contained in good-nature, falsely so called, as being this curious litile book will be relished, nothing else but a facile and flexible dis- we conclude, earnestly recommending it position, wax for every impression. What to the notice of our readers, as a work others are so bold to beg, they are so breathing the purest spirit of virtue and bashful as not to deny. Such osiers morality, and eminently calculated to can never make beams to bear stress in benefit every heart disposed to profit by church and state. If this be good-na- wise instruction. An exquisitely engraved ture, let me always be a clown ; if this portrait of the pious churchman embelbe good fellowship, let me always be a lishes the volume. churl. Give me to set a sturdy porter before my soul, who may not equally open to every comer. I cannot conceive how he can be a friend to any, who is Cumberland's British Theatre. a friend to all, and the worst foe to him. self.”

We are obliged to the spirited proprieThe following Meditation strikes us tor of this neat and well-printed collecas very beautiful.

tion of dramatic pieces, for adding to his Green when Gray.-In September already extensive list, Plancho's BriI saw a free bearing roses, whilst others gand, which now forms a link in the of the same kind, round about it, were chain of copyrights. This drama is skillbarren ; demanding the cause of the gar- fully contrived, and possesses much litedener, why, that tree was an exception rary merit; ii is not, like most melofrom the rule of the rest, this reason was drainas, a mere vehicle for scenic display, rendered ; because that alone being but is a faithful picture of the manners clipped close in May, was then hindered and babits of the reckless and lawless to spring and sprout, and therefore took race that inhabit the mountain districts of

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the south of Europe, and live by preda- of brals, being asked whether they had Inry attacks upon the unwary traveller, enough to live upon ? « Thank God!" who not unfrequently expires in their fell she replied, “ we have quite enough; and gripe by the stroke of their stillettos. by the end of the summer we have a little Some very judicious critical remarks ap to spare, which enables us to push a pleapended to the piece allows us to in sant little law-suit, and find amusement troduce here the following account of in winter!”. the notorious personage who figures as A Paul Pry —A foreigner was trathe hero of the drama.

velling through Switzerland in his own “ Alessandro Massaroni, the Italian carriage, drawn by six horses, when he Robin Hood, was one of those daring was stopped by the warder at the gate of spirits that seem to have been created to a paltry town in the canton of Bern. correct the unequal distribution of good Such an obstruction as this, in a land of and evil. Chief of a lawless band in- liberty, naturally excited his astonishfesting the mountains near Rome, his name ment, and he angrily asked the warder spread terror throughout Italy. "No place how he could dare to offer him such an was secure from his emissaries; and so insult? Go on, sir," returned the skilful were his arts of disguise, that he saucy fellow ; “ I thought I might as well was often made the confidant of plots laid just see what lumber there was in the carby his enemies to entrap him. He was a riage to require six horses to draw it." strict dispenser of moral justice ; if he The Bushaw.-Three natives of Frei. made free with the rich, he was the al- burg went upon an expedition to the Holy moner of the poor ; and never did he Land; but upon entering the sultan's doresort to violence, but when a tempting minions, they were placed under arrest, booty and stout resistance stood in his way. and carried before the bashaw, into whose Like the famous freeboooter of merry presence they would about as willingly England, he mingled mirth with his ma. have ushered themselves as into that of lefactions; and those who paid the dear. Beelzebub himself. Whilst the bashaw est for his pranks, were often the first to was inspecting their passes, one of them laugh at his humour. He was a very observed to his neighbour, I say, Uli, gentlemanly brigand, full of chivalry and just look at that goat's tremendous beard !" romance ; and his mode of detention and But what was their astonishment when the abstraction, particularly towards the la- bashaw himself burst forth in their own dies, was in such good taste, that they mother's tongue. “ Put your fears in were fain to admire his gallantry, and your pocket, Uli; that goat's head has celebrate his exploits in their songs. A no teeth.”. And he then questioned them mystery hung over his birth. His mother in every direction about Switzerland, and was a young Florentine, who, having Freiburg, and particularly about one of been seduced and deserted by some 'pup- the villages in that canton, and the famipy unknown, had died of a broken lies residing in it. They of course gave heart; and the only family record he him all the information in their power; possessed, was her miniature, which, even and, after having set them at liberty, he in the wildest moments of disorder and feasted them handsomely, and acknowrapine, produced in him certain compunc- ledged that he was a fellow.countryman tious visitings of nature, that showed he of theirs, whom a freak of Dame Fortune was deserving of a better fate. Such was had thrown among the infidels, and raised Massaroni ; nurtured by banditti-once to the station he then filled. After this their comrade- now their chief."

he gave them permission to continue their journey, furnished with money and fresh

passes, and made them promise to pay The Note Baok.

him a second visit on their return from

Jerusalem. They were as good as their I will make a prief of it in my Note-book. word, and on that occasion he gave them M, W. of Windsor.

a letter and a purse of gold for his pa

rents. On reaching their native home, SWISS CHARACTERISTICS, &c.

they punctually discharged the commisThe Charms of Liligation. — Thesion intrusted to them ; but the old peoBernese, but more especially the inhabi- ple flung the money from them, and could tants of Biberstein, whose activity and in- not be comforted, under the afflicting dustry are proverbial, have a singular news, that a child of their's should have predilection for litigation; nor is there abjured the faith of his forefathers. The any canton in Switzerland which can magistrates of the canton, therefore, took pretend to compete with it in the number possession of the money, and ordered it to of law-suits or attorneys. A countryman's be applied in ornamenting the church of wife, who was blessed with a whole train the village in which the bashaw was born.

YANKEE SUBLIMITIES.

GRIEF AND INTEREST

There was accordingly purchased with house, within a century before; it had his gift six handsome gilt candlesticks, but two wheels, and opened in front, like which have been preserved there to this the bathing-machines used at Margale and day,

elsewhere. The Two Shoes. When Basle was thronged with foreign troops, in the year 1743, the Swiss cantons sent a force 10 But the Drama-The legitimate and protect the neutrality of their frontiers. A awful Draina-I do not mean the bastard soldier from the valley of Enilibuch was issue of caricature and show, of barbarous one day posted as a sentry on the bridge pageantry and spectacle, is the generous across the Rhine : his singular dress, but high-hearted offspring either of savage particularly his enormous shoes, which strength, walking with a LOUD VOICE were cased with iron, and had long peaks among the UNVISITED SOLITUDES of the curved backwards, attracted the attention human heart, or of poetry and eloquence of a knot of officers, who were strolling under a high state of cultivation--perabout the spot. Cne of them, a young haps under the highest, wandering about dandy of the first water, after staring at the earth, like the animated staTUARY him a considerable time, burst out into a of Olympus. hoarse laugh, which was well met by the

The Yankee and Boston Lit. Gax. sturdy warrior. " You are pleased to make merry with my shoes, sir ? - do you know the difference between your's and Appear in Holland to walk arm ir arm mine ?. If not, I'll help you-your's are together. We extract the following pubmade for running, but mine for stand- lic notice from a Dutch journal : “ After ing firm."

For. Lit. Gaz. a short illness, my wife died yesterday

morning, leaving me with three infant PRESENT POPULATION OF Sicily-1830. children. In the hope that her pure soul

The population of the island of Sicily is with God, I beg leave to inform my consists of

customers, that my stores will continue to

be as well furished and attended to as 1,780,000 souls, of which 300,000 are engaged in business or

forinerly, having confided them to the di. agriculture, and

rection of my principal clerk, a man ex300,000 are ecclesiastics!

tremely intelligent, and as well versed in In the island there are 1,117 convents,

business as the deceased herself." which contain 30,000 monks and 30,000

Customs of Warious Countries. Their Noblesse consists of 217 Princes

RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES AT LIMA. 61 Dukes

A recent traveller in Liina and Peru, 217 Marquesses

who resided for a long time in the former 2,000 Barons, &c.

state, thus describes the religious practices Palermo, the capital, contains of the Limenos. 150,000 inhabitants, and

* They are extremely fond of gaudy 388 churches.

shows, and the ceremonies of the Catholic They export, annually, to the amount religion tend very much to encourage this of 5,600,000 ducats, and

On particular saints' days, those import 6,750,000 do.

Q. in the greatest esteem among them, the

images are taken down from their niches,

and carried in procession (altended by the Post-chaises and post-travelling were principal inhabitants and clergy) to the introduced into England by Mr. John different churches, to visit their neighbour Tull, son of the celebrated writer on hus- saints. On these occasions, which occur bandry, for the former of which he ob- very frequently, the streets through which tained a patent, in 1734. Mr. Birch, the procession passes are filled with crowds coachmaker, of Great Queen-street, Lin- of people, and the windows and balconies coln's Inn Fields, gave, in Nov. 1825, lined with company, dressed in their best what he termed a jubilee dinner, to cele- attire. As the image passes along, baskets brate the circumstance of a workman hav- full of flowers are emptied from the wining passed fifty years in the employ of dows to regale the saint, and these are himself and his predecessor. On this oc- generally scrambled and fought for by casion, he mentioned several curious par. the mob, and preserved as valuable reticulars connected with the history of lics. coach-building, and, amongst other cir “ All religious ceremonies are concumstances, stated that the first post- ducted with the utmost parade and ostenchaise used in England, was built at his tation. When a person of consequence

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