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Juvenalian severity, the conduct of a certain club, which, in the words of my correspondent, " conti“nues, in defiance of decency and good manners, to "insult the public in large characters, in the front " of every newspaper in town. This (he adds) moves << my indignation the more, when I consider that "several of its principal members are arrived at a "period of life which should teach decorum, at "least, if it does not extinguish vice."
In answer to this angry correspondent, I will tell him the following story: some years ago, I happened to be in York at the time of the assizes. Dining one day in a tavern with some gentlemen of that city and its neighbourhood, we were violently disturbed by the noise of somebody below, who hooted and hallooed, smacked his whip, and made his servants sound their French horns; in short, rehearsed, during the whole time of our dinner, all " the glo"rious tumult of the chace." Some of the company, after several ineffectual messages by the waiter, began to be angry, and to think of a very serious remonstrance with the sportman below. But an elderly person, who sat opposite to me, pacified their resentment ; "I know the gentleman who disturbs "you," said he ; " his head-piece was never one of "the best; but now, poor man! I believe we must "let him alone....Since he is past running down the "fox in the field, he must e'en be allowed to hunt "him in the parlour."
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 29.
Possum oblivisci qui fuerim? Non sentire qui sim? Quo caream honore Qua gloria? Quibus liberis? Quibas fortunis?
A PERIODICAL publication, such as the Mirror, is, from its nature, confined chiefly to prose compositions. My illustrious predecessor, the Spectator, has, however, sometimes inserted a little poem among his other essays; and his example has been imitated by most of his successors. Perhaps it may be from this cause, that, among the variety of communications I have lately received, many of them consist of poetical compositions. I must observe in general to these correspondents, that, though the insertion of a poem now and then may not be altogether improper for a work of this kind, yet it is not every poetical composition that is fit for it. A poem may be possessed of very considerable merit, and may be entitled to applause, when published in a poetical collection, though, from its subject, its length, or the manner in which it is written, it may not be suited to the Mirror. I hope my poetical correspondents, therefore, will receive this as an apology for their poems not being inserted, and will by no means consider their exclusion as proceeding from their being thought destitute of merit.
Among the poetical presents I have received, there is, however, one, which seems very well suited to a work of this kind. The gentleman from whom I received it says, he has been informed that it was founded on the following inscription (probably written from real feeling) on the window of an inn, situate in the Highlands of Scotland.
"Of all the ills unhappy mortals know,
Long worn with griefs, and long without a friend."
This poem contains a description of the situation of a Scotch gentleman who had been obliged to leave his country for rebellion against our present happy government. It points out the fatal consequences of such treasonable attempts, and represents the distress of the person described, in a very interesting and pathetic manner.
Where, 'midst the ruins of a fallen state,
The once fam'd Tiber rolls his scanty wave,
Where half a statue yet records the brave:
With trembling steps an Exile wander'd near,
In Scottish weeds his shrivell'd limbs array'd;
Oh! wretch! he cry'd, that like some troubled ghost
Of peace! of comfort, thou hast ceas'd to know!
These are the scenes, with fancy'd charms endow'd,
Far from the land of bliss and freedom stray.
Wou'd that, for yonder dome, these eyes could see
The tuft that trembles o'er its only rill.
Oh! sacred haunts! and is the hillock green
Or is my little throne of moss away?
Had but ambition, in this tortur'd breast,
Ne'er sought to rule beyond the humble plain, Where mild dependence holds the vassal blest, Where faith and friendship fix the chieftain's reign;
Thus had I liv'd the life my fathers led;
Their name, their family had not ceas'd to be; And thou, Monimia! on thy earthly bed!....
My name, my family, what were these to thee !....
Three little moons had seen our growing love,
Since first Monimia join'd her hand to mine; Three little moons had seen us blest above
All that enthusiast hope could e'er divine.
Urg'd by the brave, by fancy'd glory warm'd,
And join'd the standard Charles had dar'd to rear.
Fated we fought, my gallant vassels fell,
But sav'd their master in the blo dy strife;
Let me not think ;....but, ah ! the thought will rise,
"They come," she said; " fly, fly these ruthless foes, "And save a life, in which Monimia lives; "Believe me, Henry, light are all her woes,
Except what Henry's dreaded purpose gives!
"And would'st thou die, and leave me thus forlorn,
"That stirs within me to assist my prayer.”
What could I do? Contending passion strove,
And press'd my bosom with alternate weight, Unyielding honour, soft persuasive love.........
I fled and left her....left her to her fate!
Fast came the ruffian band; no melting charm,
The ruthless rage of party can disarm ;
Thy tears, Monimia, wanted power to save!
She, and the remnant of her weeping train,
Whose faithful love still link'd them to her side,
Thick drove its snow before the wintry wind,
And midnight darkness wrapp'd the heath they pašt,
The ancient mansion of my father's cast.
Calmly she saw the smouldring ruins glare ;
"Tis past, all-righteous God! 'tis past!" she cry'd; "But for iny Henry hear my latest pray'ı !"....
Big was her bursting heart ;....he groan'd and died!.......
Still, in my dreams, I see her form confess'd,
Sailing, in robes of light, the troubled sky!...
I hear that voice, I see the pale hand wave;
I come once more to view my native shore;
To clasp the sod, and feel my woes no more!
No. LXXXVI. SATURDAY, MARCH 4.
TO THE AUTHOR OF THE MIRROR.
MANY inestimable medicines, as well for preserving health as for curing diseases, are overlooked by our modern practitioners. An attempt to revive some of those obsolete remedies, though it may appear better suited to a medical performance, yet does not seem altogether foreign to the MIRROR; according to the well known
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