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refuge in death, or what is worse, in “How oft, with satisfaction's smile, prostitution.
When tir'd with wand'ring many a mile,
I've welcom'd thee with pleasure ;
And when fatigu'd with life's rough storm, . On the cold stone see her laid!
Thy friendly solace oft would warm,
And prove a poet's treasure.
'Thy form shall clasp my aching head
When anguish hovers round my bed,
And bid my sorrows slumber :
But virtue must preside within,
For sleep avoids the soul, where sin
The conscience doth encumber.
• It matters not of what thou'rt made,
Of humblest yarn, or rich brocade,
If peace the mind possesses;
For vice on down shall not be blest,
But virtue sink to sweetest rest,
Though straw alone it presses.'
LONDON FASHIONS. I soon reached my house of rest, completely wet through. Alas! I am a solitary bachelor! I had no (With an Engraving, elegantly co
loured.) expecting wife to welcome me; no lovely ott:pring, wrapped in rosy sleep, over whose bed I could glance thin satio, with sleeves of the same
1. BODY and petticoat of white the eye of tenderness. If all these things had been mine, the conclud- laid in plaits, and the body to cor
, ing lines of Bloomfield's pleasing with fine white silk lace, or swans
respond: the · sleeves are trimmed poem, Market Night,' might at this moment have been very appli
down: over the whole a Turkish
vest of brown muslin or crape, withcable to me; except that I was on
out sleeves: a satin ribbon of the foot, and the good Benedick, in that instance, on horseback.
same colour runs all round the vest, at
a little distance from the edges: cap of Where have you staid? put down your load. crimson velvet, made in the Austrian How have you borne the storm, the cold? style, ornamented with a narrow What horrors did I not forebode. That beast is worth his weight in gold.'
silver trimming, and terminating in Thus spoke the joyful wife ;-then ran
a point, with a silver tassel on the And hid in grateful steams her head
Hair dressed plain in Dapple was hous'd, the hungry man
front, with a few spiral curls on the With joy glanc'd o'er the children's bed.
left side. White kid shoes and • What, all asleep! so best;' he cried : Oh! what a night I've traveli'd through!
gloves. Unseen, unheard, I might have died:
2. An Italian robe of blue muslin But Heav'n has brought me safe to you. or crape, the sleeves and front trim* Dear partner of my nights and days, med with white satin ribbon, and That smile becomes thee!--Let us then ornamented with fancy broaches : Learn, though mishap may cross our ways, It is not ours to reckon when!'
the robe trimmed all round with a
broad white satin ribbon: cap of As it was, I made the best I could white' satin, intermixed with lace of it, and as I was stepping into bed footing, and trimmed with narrow apostrophised my Night-cup, in some shaded ribbon, and a plaiting of net Jines I had long ago addressed to round the front. Indian scarf shawl, that very serviceable little friend. fastened to the back of the robe by Vol. XXXVIII
a broach, and hanging down in front. lace, one row of fine brilliants, set Hair dressed as above described. transparent, and fastened in the cen
tre with a long square broach of sapphire in gold; ear-rings to cor
respond. White satin shoes, trimPARISIAN FASHIONS. med, and embroidered at the toes,
in gold. KERSEYMERE dresses, of a silver grey, are now much worn: they have square lapels and black velvet
ON MODERN EMPIRICS. collars, with a deep cape à la pele.. rine. The vandyke frill plaited a la
The first physicians by debauch were mado, qneen Elizabeth is almost general. Excess began, and Sloth sustains the trade : Hunting bonnets similar to the ker- By toil our long-liv'd father's earn’d their
food sey mere dresses, and bound with
Toil strung their nerves, and purified their black velvet, bows and ends in front
blood : trimmed to correspond, are in great The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; vogue. The hair is usually dressed
God never made his works for Man to mend.
DRYDEN. in confined curls. Shoes of crimson velvet.
AMONG the numerong discoveries of genius for the benefit of mankind, the art of preserving
health and prolonging life seemis OPERA DRESS.
to have attained its greatest per
fection. Our newspapers daily inMADAME CATALANI. - A long vite both sexes to purchase the flowing veste and drapery of crimson means of health ; medicines of highvelvet, lined with white sarsnet, and sounding names, invented by philanrichly ornamented with a Turkish thropic doctors, are offereni to the border, in gold; the drapery drawn discased with the most respectable through a cestus, formed of gold and testimonials of their efficacy; and sapphire, and terminated with a large eminent characters, both in divinity gold tassel ; confined in front of the and law, are referred to, who will right shoulder with a broach to cor authenticate the miracles performed respond, from whence Hows another by quacks. It appears that those point of the vest, finished with a invaluable nostrums revivify the similar tassel. A double tunique, or animal spirits, renovate muscular under dress, of French net, with energy, and restore the vigour of loose long sleeves, and round bosom, youth to the palsied nerves of the cut low, Spotted, and most splendidly antiquated debauchee. The invenembroidered in gold at the bottom. tors of those restoratives, with a moWhite satin petticoat embroidered to desty inseparable from genuine merit, correspond. 'A Grecian diadem of circulate innumerable hand-bills at gold, and brilliants. A square Brus a great expence, and almost compel sels veil of the most transparent tex
the sick to be healed. The general ture, lightly embroidered in gold, reliance of the public on the skill of fixed at the back of the diadem, and empirics evinces, that if this is not flowing negligently oper the left the age of reason, it is not the age of arm. Hair close cropt behind, fall- incredulity. The patient swallows ing in irregular corkscrew ringlets in the miraculous pill or potion with front and on the sides. The neck- implicit confidence, and finds it a
panacea for every evil. Indeed, quack administers one of his 'most potent medicines generally have the pecu- mixtures, with a determination to liar virtue of not only alleviating kill or cure, and the unhappy victim every pain to which man is subject of credulity expires amidst his weepin this transitory world, but also of ing relatives and friends. conveying him to the regions of im Regular physicians are certainly mortality. The quack doctors ought, respectable and useful members of consequently, to obtain, from his the community; yet, even among holiness the pope, the power of dis- these, we are told that there are pensing absolution, and thus act in some who descend to mean and unthe twofold capacity of physician of justifiable schemes to obtain money. the mind and body; for as their de. Men, who protessing to prescribe leterious mixtures are mostly infal. gratuitously, according to a pre- ? lible passports to the world unknown, concerted plan, send the patient to
they ought to ensure their victims their apothecary, where the exhora . a good reception there, by purifying bitant price extorted for medicines their souls as well as their bodies. realises a fee !
The rapid increase of nostrums Quackery, however, has not been within these few years would almost contined to modern time; for, if we induce us to imagine, that all the eonsult history, we shall find that diseases of Pandora's box had been man has long been the dupe of mepoured out on the metropolis; and dical imposture. Not only simples that too much praise could not be and chemical preparations, but even given to those benevolent philoso- music was called in to remove dise phers who have so humanely pre eases ; nay, Martianus Capella, in pared a remedy for every indisposi- his treatise on music, asserts that tion. But a little observation and fevers have been cured by song; and reflection will remove the delusion; that Asclepiades cured deafness by and, if we explore the laboratories of the sound of a trumpet! Another empiricism, we shall find that they more ancient author assures us, that are the most fatal armouries of death the sound of a fute will cure an whence the poisoned arrows of epilepsy and sciatic gout: but though quackery are discharged on man the concord of sweet sounds may kind.
have effected miracles in the days of If we investigate the latent cause yore, yet the distorted limbs of gouty of this unparalleled increase and cir- patients now-a-days are not to be culation of nostrums, we shall find restored to activity and symmetry that the natural love of life in the by such gentle lenitives. patient, apd dhe love of gain in the Gold, which has so long been the empiric, preserves a reciprocal good- object of idolatrous worship, was will between them; and if the thought, by the ancients, to possess disease be the spleen, or some ima- healing wirtues. We are informed ginary indisposition, and the bo- that multitudes of chemists employed lus or elixir is not one of the their skill in endeavours to render most deadly kind of chemical prepa- that metal potable ; and even the rations, the sick person recovers, and common people in some countries, bis name is exhibited in the doctor's particularly Italy, Germany, and lists of fame, not only in the news. France, denied themselves necessapapers, but in pamphlets generously ries, that they might purchase a few presented to the public. But should drops of the life-giving 'tincture of ine disease be real, the quack boldly gold.' The moderns, however, seem to
have a more rational idea of the value of Socrates himself. He swallowed of this metal, and make it the poison with an unaltered cheek and medium of more certain enjoy- serene brow; and Fame has enrolled ments.
him in the lists of her most illus. In England itinerant quack doc- trious sons. How great then must tors, attended by their buffoons, duped that community appear, where numthe laughing multitude, and com bers of both sexes daily take poison bined amusement with deception. with philosophic serenity! The master was generally succeeded
R. T. by his merry-andrew, and distributed his infallible remedies with an important air, and an assumption of the most benign philanthropy. Se
EXTRACT from the PLAY OF veral of the most successful of those
ADRIAN and ORKILA.* British Esculapiuses became resident doctors in the metropolis; and their
ACT V. SCENE II. success incited the invention of others, insomuch that quacking may now be looked upon as a regular An Antichamber in Rosenheim Castle. vocation.
From this epitome of ancient and (Enter Anslem, followed by Madame modern quackery, it will be clear to
Clermont. every unprejudiced mind, that those liberal dispensers of medicine have Ans. (grutly) I tell you again, destroyed myriads of their fellow- Mistress, that you ask in vain-my creatures; yet such is the good-na- lord will admit no visitors, ture of the present age, that medical Mad. Alas! mine is no idle call imposture has been enabled to de- of ceremony—'tis a heart-broken fend itself by the laws of the country. mother, imploring mercy for her
The voluptuary is encouraged in child.--Surely, goud man, you know his excesses hy the plausi:!e promises my face? of empiricism; and he thinks he Ans. Aye, I know it well enough may indulge in every species of -and I know your son's too-a sensuality while infallible remedies plague on the family face, say I-it abound.' Will he not naturally feel has wrought nothing but mischief exultation while perusing the ac since it was shewn in our valley counts of wonderful cures that at- but once for ali, my master will not tract the cye in our ephemeral jour- see you. pals, and exclaim with self-compla Diad. Nay, but deliver my humcency~ Happy era! this is, indeed, ble message to him, and his purpose the age ofphilosophy, when physicians may relent: behold my anguish, and can renovate the vital energy, brace do so much for charity! the shattered nerves, and invigorate Ans. Charity begins at home; and the constitution! Men of pleasure I don't see why I should thrust mymay now reyel in new joys, while self into the way of trouble, only for there are such inestimable remedies the chance of a stranger's thanks. for every disease!'
Mad. I am not rich; yet I At present so universal is the pas- reward a friendly service. sion for deleterious mixtures, that people are, we may conclude, a community of philosophers, whose mag
* For the plot, &c. of this piece, see nanimity may be compared with that our Magazine for November last, p. 604.
good man,--this purse this cross mandate: I come here to claim a let too-all shall be yours, if you son, and without him I never will go admit me to the count.,
hence: this proud imperious lord dus. Umph! I have naturally a shall sec me; or, like a plague, I'll wish to oblige, but 'tis as much as hang upon his threshold, and pierce my place is worth to serve you: my his ear with everlasting cries ! lord is in a parlous fury, and has Ans. Nay, but I must tell yougiven strict orders not to be disturb. Mad. Away! and let me pass
! ed; however, I've a tender heart; (she custs her purse at his feet) there and, as you say, out of charity one is your hire-stoop! and be absolved ought to-but is that locket made by gold for all neglects ! of real jewels?
[Passes him, and erit. Mad. In truth it is-0! do not
SCENE III.- A Saloon- Rosenheine torture me. Ans. Well! well! I don't doubt
discovered, sented at a tableyour word—but if I do serve you,
Githa stunding by him, crying. 'tis out of charity, more than the Ros. How dare
old woman, lucre of gain, I hope you understand to disobey my orders? I commanded that rightly. Wait here in the anti- you to quit my presence half an hour chamber, and I'll try what can be ago-must I still endure your sensedone.
[Exit. less jargon ? Blad. Wretched Matilda! when. Gith. Ah! my ford — he not so will the chastisement of my offences harsh with your poor old servantcease? Will not Heaven accept of indeed I cannot quit you, without a penitence, without atonement? Most word of comfort to carry lady Orman be taught to curse, ere God will rila! pardon me? If so, I must inclued den Ros. Carry her my curse-nospair; for never can the dark con not my curse; but tell her I never fession pass these lips: shame fixes will forgive her. there an everlasting seal, and in the Citha Ah! such a message would grave my secret must be buried with break her poor heart at once. If me! Yet, O! the innocent one, the your lordship could only see her, just object of niy fondest love, is doomed as I left her in her chamber, fixed to suffer for my sake. Haply, even like a statue, her hands folded on now, from his dungeon's depth, my her knees-her cheeks so deadly pade, darling Adrian calls upon my name, and her fine dark eyes turned upand invokes me to preserve him. In- warıls to heaven, all streaming with human! I hear him, yet can mock tears-Ah! sure it is a sight would his prayer. Soon he may be dragged melt a heart of stone! to an ignominious death; and as he Ros. I am glad she suffers to passes to the scaffold, in agony of know that she is miserable rejoices spirit he may point to me, and cry, me-if she was to weep till the Elbe • Behold the unnatural mother, who. overflowed with her tears, she could could bave saved her son, yet would not wash out the siain she has fixed not!
upon her family. (Re-enter Anslem.) Ans. I thought what answer I
(A person knocks softly at the dvor.) should bear you back : my lord com How now! who knocks there? mands you to leave the castle, and trouble him no further.
(Anslem appears.) Mad. (fiercely) I will not obey his Ans. Piease you, my lord