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to rouse up the cheerful pile of turf · She returned, and resumed her that was blazing in the grate; a clus- work: her countenance was calın, but ter of sparks flew out about her hand, it had about it an expression of meand she shrunk back.
lancholy--a something which looked « Money! Emily! that's money, like the effect of grief; and, if it were d'ye see me now?-and it's not far such withal, it gave to her features so away neither.” She smiled, and, beautiful, so interesting an air, that turning round, pointed to the candle he who would wish to have her look that stood before him. “ Look at for ever so could hardly be considerthat mark, father; see the long wind- ed guilty of cruelty. She continued ing-sheet that hangs upon the candle her work; the slight needle was there ; don't speak of money, for that wielded with a delicate and a dexterwinding-sheet may be mine." The ous hand; and Emily, as she proold man laughed: he touched her ceeded, hummed the following little playfully upon the shoulder, and, ditty:for a few minutes, she left the room.
« There are drooping hearts that in doubt and fear
Go through their pilgrimage of pain-
Though that tear still drops in vain.
A loud and idle laugh to win;
The anguish that works within.
That heave the despairing sigh;
With no hope_except to die.
There are “ Stop! Emily! stop with that man looked eagerly on Emily-his croaking song,” cried the father, countenance brightened up, and he lowering his brow, and turning up had only time to whisper “ This is his nose disdainfully : “ where, your sweetheart,” when the stranger child, did you learn this ? is it from made his appearance. young Fortescue? I never liked them Emily, as she was retiring, caught books of his, and I tould you so. a glimpse of her new lover-and D'ye see me, Emily, I like the lad; that glimpse shewed her more than but that's no reason neither, I'd as enough; though apparently more acsoon he'd stay away from us. I know tive, he was in reality older than her he inay have notions, and you may father, and his air and manner had have notions--and the neighbours have in them a mixture of offensive bluntnotions; but, d'ye see, Emily, I've ness and ignorant arrogance. Mr. notions too!-You don't want a Doran was in reality a plain man ; husband with Greek and Latin, and but this with him was a matter of Algibra, and all that jaw-breaking pride: he was rich he owned half a Jingo: you don't want a scholar; dozen slaty mountains near Bunyou ought to get a settled man-a clody—he was a sort of ruler of a snug man-and a respectable man. district-and when he descended into They call me Guinea Booker be- the plain he imagined that on his part cause I have the rhino; but, by my common civility was an act of conconscience, my rhino won't be shell’d descension : he deemed himself a perout for nothing !-No, no! I know a sonage of vast importance; and, what trick worth two of that I'm not such was singular, he succeeded in ima goose yet.” He shook his head pressing this idea upon the mind of while he spoke, and the expression of Booker: the old farmer looked up to his face was a mixture of anger and him with the most profound respect, of self-complaisance. The step of a and considered an alliance with such horse was heard outside-three loud a man as the greatest blessing and knocks shook the front door. The old the highest honour that could await him. This subject was soon intro- of meeting--they were together, and duced: Emily was shown to the if they parted now they might never stranger, who looked carelessly on meet again under similar circumher; he stipulated, almost within her stances. This thought influenced hearing, for the fortune ; and after Henry, and he decided accordingly; some other preliminaries the mar- they left home on that evening, and riage was fixed for the Sunday imme- arrived at Arklow a little after dark : diately following. The visitor de. they stopped at the house of an acparted early in the morning, leaving quaintance, whose brother, the Cato the expecting domestics but a poor tholic curate of the parish, performed specimen of his mountain liberality. the marriage ceremony on the follow
Emily's doom was now sealed; the ing morning in the parish chapel. appointed day was approaching, and 'In a few days they returned, but she was to be given for life to one old Guinea Booker was enraged-he whom she did not merely dislike, but would not see either of them; he had utterly detest. She had not heard calculated upon a monied inatch, and for a few days past from Henry For this his favourite plan was crossed. He tescue ; she had heard that he was swore that both in his will should be ill, and such in reality was the case: cut off with a “blackguard shilling :" she was conscious, however, that a he was probably glad to have an warning in the cause of love would excuse for retaining Emily's portion soon arouse him, and this warning in his hands, and this made him affect was speedily given; in a very brief to be angrier than he was in reality; and incoherent epistle she made him at all events he was not to be moved acquainted with her trouble and her by any arguments; many of their danger. It was enough-young For- friends interceded, but he constantly tescue, on receiving it, forgot his ill- declared that neither of them should mess; he flew to the accustomed place ever sit by his fireside.'
Around the green coasts of our Emerald Isle !
Again overcast is the dawn of her smile.
That harp which once pealed to each hero's fond praise ;
Shine their deeds-once the theme of the bard's kindling lays.
Be silent till Freedom once more give thee breath;
The deeds of thy sons, or the fame of their death.
And Peace with her blossoms shall crown thee once more;
Then-then thou may'st sound--but, oh! never before.
Fair daughter of ocean! bright gem of the west !
And blacken with woes the deår soil we love best.
Break Bigotry's bands—be united once more :
Then then, oh, my country, thy sorrows are o’er !
And countless glad voices acknowledge the sound !
And Erin's green hills far re-echo around.
THE LORD CHANCELLOR OF ENGLAND.* It is a condition inseparable from that is to say, so much of all these exalted rank that its possessor should qualities as happens to be found in be exposed to general scrutiny, and the House of Commons-are not that in a country like England the strong enough when combined to encensure or animadversion which his counter his gigantic power: but the conduct may deserve should be visit- whole force of the legislation lies ed upon him without much ceremony. spell-bound, as it were, at the feet of
The rank of the lord chancellor, the mighty wizard, who rules as he and the deep importance to almost pleases the destiny of this kingdom. every class of society that the duties The House of Commons did indeed with which he is intrusted should be listen to the complaints which were properly discharged, have combined preferred against the lord chancellor; to inake hiin, inore perhaps than any alternate horror and ridicule prevailother state functionary, an object of ed while they listened to the tyranniuniversal attention. The complaints, cal and superstitious enormities which loud and deep, and frequent, of the are practised within it. Families manner in which the justice of his plunged into poverty, and kept there lordship's courts (for, like the fiend for ages; individuals ruined by the Legion, they are many') is adminis- equitable villainies of others, and then tered, have been repeated until the ear chained to the chariot of Lord Eldon, iz tired, and the heart sickens at them. to grace his triumph over Justice and In public and in private charges have Common Sense, until death releases been brought against hiin, and sub- then from him and the world ; stantiated, or at least unanswered ; in wealthy revenues, which, at the the House of Commons the abuses withering touch of his hand, have of the Court of Chancery have been sunk and dwindled to nothing: these detailed with the greatest minuteness, are the objects which the most cursory the censures of that House have plain- glance at the Court of Chancery prely and unequivocally expressed, (whe- sents, and these were all told over ther tacitly or not, what does it and over again in the House of Commatter?) and the voice of the whole mons, in the very face of the country, nation, from one end to the other, and no man among Lord Eldon's has echoed back that expression, ac- friends could be found to gainsay one companied with a demand for redress of the allegations against him.. of the wrongs thus acknowledged to As common decency required that exist. Now, if we were to stop here, something should be done, a commisand ask some stranger what he sion was appointed-but such a cointhought had been the result of these mission as the history of the whole steps, he would naturally conclude world cannot show to have been ever that the delinquent officer of justice before appointed for such a purpose. had been suspended or removed ; that There was in it a large majority of the administration had been purged the chancellor's creatures, and, when from the faults and vices which had the number was completed, they were been suffered to accumulate upon it; one and all delivered over, bound hand and that the House of Commons had and foot, to that man upon whom their proved that the eulogiums passed verdict was to be pronounced. upon it, and upon the Constitution, Time enough, and three times more which it is instituted to preserve, than enough for the purpose, has were deserved. Alas! how different elapsed, and no Report has yet appearis this from the fact! The influence cd. As nothing can be expected to of the lord chancellor is such that all result from the Report of such a comother powers bend before him ; the mission, it matters little how long it intelligence and public virtue, and is delayed; in the mean time the fact consistency and common honesty- of its delay furnishes another instance
* An Answer to the Lord Chancellor's Question, · What is a Unitarian ?' Ry J. GR Robberds. Hunter, 1825.
Indications respecting Lord Eldon, &c. By Jeremy Bentham, Esq. Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. J. and H. L. Hunt, 1825. VOL. J.--No, 8.
of the immense power which the that is to say, his advocates will leave chancellor possesses, and that he can it to his generosity to reward them; not only have a commission of his and, truth to tell, his generosity does own nominating, but can bind and most frequently pay thein as they loose that commission when and how deserve to be paid. One newspaper he pleases.
article is as good as another to that It would be superfluous to do more part of the community to which it is than allude to the opposition which addressed ; but the public opinion can the lord chancellor has offered to neither be contradicted, nor belied, Catholic Einancipation. Every body nor bullied, nor stified, nor imprisonknows that he is the only real and ed for libel; but, like truth, every formidable obstacle to that measure time it is attacked it gathers new being carried, and that, if he should strength, and the efforts of its enemies relax, all his inyrinidons would follow exhaust themselves while they confirm his example, and from the first to the its power. last-from the Duke of York to the To see the various ways in which Bishop of Chester-the whole show this opinion displays itself is curious of opposition would melt away. We in every point of view, and satisfacconfess it is an enigma which we can. tory because it is universal. The two not understand-a riddle which we pamphlets, the titles of which we have not the skill to read-how such quote, are remarkable instances of a man has come to have such power. this, different as they are in tone and That he is a man of ability no one spirit from each other. The first is a ever attempts to deny; that his natu- sermon by an Unitarian preacher. It ral talents are good, and that age and will be remembered that the lord experience, and the practice of a pro- chancellor, when a bill for exempting fession which helps more even than the Unitarians from joining in the age and experience to make men cun- marriage ceremony, in its present ning, have sharpened up his wits to a form, was pending in the House of remarkable degree of subtlety, is ad- Lords, asked, in that tone of cool inmitted on all hands. Still this does solence which a consciousness of his not account for his being not only own power has generated in him, the most powerful man in the country, whether somebody would tell him but that all the other powers combined what a Unitarian was?' Mr. Robare nothing like a match for him, and berds took an opportunity in the that there is only one power by which pulpit of explaining to his congregahe is at all assailable—that of public tion exactly what a Unitarian is, so opinion.
that, in case any body should ask them, By the power of the public opinion they might, at least, be able to give an the only serious castigation which answer. To a person less respected tan reach Lord Eldon in his lifetime by the nature of his function than this is inflicted. History will do justice to gentleman, the opportunity of replyhis name after his death; but, severe ing to the lord chancellor would have and bitter as that justice must be, he been an excellent one; but Mr. Rob. cannot feel it in the body. In the berds contents hinself with the explamean time, the public opinion visits nation we have alluded to, and declines upon him the punishment he has the vengeance which almost courtprovoked in the shape of universal ed him. His mildness is perhaps the hatred and scorn, and that deepest and severest censure, as his Christian spirit most acute of human feelings which forms the most striking contrast to arises from a consciousness of op- the bigoted taunt which was contained pressing, and a conviction of the im- in the chancellor's affected ignorance practicability of being revenged on on the subject. He says, “It may seem the oppressor. The public journals strange that a grave and learned and are only useful inasmuch as they keep conscientious man,one too who thinks up this tone of public opinion; their so much dependent upon the answer attacks may be answered if it be worth which he shall receive to his question, while, because the chancellor can have should call upon others for informaas many newspapers in his pay as he. tion, with which he must have had likes ; nay, he can have them gratis; good opportunities of providing hiinself as they. The philosophers of mankind upon subjects of equal grathe Epicureans and Stoics, who vity and interest to them all, he conasked of Paul, “ May we know what demns and reviles no man, nor any this new doctrine, whereof thou form of religion; he pretends to no speakest, is ?” had, at least, the merit exclusive nor extraordinary picty; he of addressing themselves to the proper denies to no man that liberty of conperson. Whatever inight be the cha- science which he exercises himself ; racter of their curiosity, they went he makes no loud and public profeswith it to the best source of informa- sion of his integrity; nor sheds tears, tion. The doctrine too about which nor calls upon God to witness the they inquired was literally new. It truth of the protestations he makes, did not as yet, probably, exist in in the face of an admiring audience; books; at least, the very few writings he is neither a hypocrite (that is to say, which can be supposed to have been by virtue of his religion), nor rapain circulation at that early period cious, nor covetous; but he tries to were not likely to have fallen into practise, as well as the infirmity of the hands of any but believers. But, his nature will allow him, that reliin the twenty-fifth year of the nine- gion, the votaries of which are disteenth century, in a Christian and tinguished (notwithstanding the difProtestant country, and after succes- ferences of sects) by humility in their sive generations of far-famed dispu- own persons, and by charity to all tants on the same great subject of mankind; and with this explanation controversy-the doctrine of the Uni. the lord chancellor might, at some tarians cannot be so new, or the books leisure time, see the difference between which state and defend it so rare, or a Unitarian's doctrines and his own. the lives and characters of its preach- While Mr. Robberds is, however, ers and professors all so utterly ob- thus mild in his rebuke to the lord scure, as to leave our legislators in chancellor, the ancient Bencher of any unavoidable uncertainty on the Lincoln's Inn is bitter enough for any question, “ What is a Unitarian?”) two antagonists. If sage Jeremy be
The whole of this sectarian minis- mad, as most people believe, there is ter's reply to the chancellor is in the a method in his madness which is mildest and most forbearing spirit, and truly enviable: it seems rather to be perhaps, therefore, it will not satisfy an antic disposition which he puts on him. Still if he is really desirous of than real insanity, because a merely having an answer to his question, he eccentric man may, for his own purcan apply to his colleague, Lord poses, assume the appearance of madGifford, whom all the world knows to ness; but a real madman, an eligible be a Unitarian; who, as common candidate for Bedlain, could not write fame says, will one day succeed the a pamphlet upon these indications. lord chancellor ; and who, while the The object of Mr. Bentham's book mere fact of his being a Unitarian is to prove that Lord Eldon, on his does not disqualify him for so eminent coming into office, formed and began an office, will, we trust, reinember that to execute a plan for screwing up the he who claims so wide an indulgence fraud and extortion then existing in for hiinself, in matters of religious the Court of Chancery to the highest belief, ought to be among the first to possible pitch. He does this in a fair concede the same indulgence to others. way enough, and if any person doubts If the lord chancellor applied to us it let them answer him. It is true (which is an accident not likely to he uses hard words ; but bad deeds happen), we should tell him that we, deserve hard words : it is true that his not being Unitarians, and yet not style is wild and fantastic; but, if the being, or pretending to be, wholly matter be true and important, we ignorant of that which every body shall not care how incoherently it be knows, could best explain it by its uttered. The Sibyls' oracles were contraries. We should say a Uni- not couched in any clear and sober tarian is not a bigot, for he insists terms, but they were valuable and upon no man following his particular wise. form of worship; that, while he doubts Mr. Bentham says that a system and differs from a large portion of has been encouraged in the Court of