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Upon referring to our memoranda, we find some inimitable examples of this species of the Bathos among the two latter classes of its practitioners. Some of these we will extract for the amusement of our readers :Sir Edmund Gulley.-Became possessed of a handsome property by the
death of his uncle, February 7, 1818.-Sat down to Rouge et Noir, February 14, 1818, 12 o'clock P. M.—Shot himself through the head,
February 15, 1818, 2 o'clock A.M. Lord F. Maple. Acquired great eclat in an affair of honour, March 2,
1818.-Horsewhipped for a scoundrel at the Second Newmarket Meeting, 1818. Mr. G. Bungay-September, 1819. Four in hand-blood horses-shag
coat-pearl buttons. October 1819, Plain chaise and pair. Miss Lydia Dormer, May, 1820.-Great beautymanifold accomplish
ments—£4000 a-year. June, 1820-Chere amie of Sir J. Falkland. The Hon. Miss Amelia Tempest.-(From a daily paper of July 1820.)
“ Marriage in high life. The beautiful Miss Amelia Tempest will
shortly be led to the hymeneal altar by the Marquis of Looney.” (From the same paper of August 1820.) -" Elopement in high life.Last week the Hon. Miss Am-l-a T-mp-st eloped with her father's footman."
Reader,—When we inform you that we ourselves had long entertained a sneaking kindness for the amiable Amelia, you will imagine to yourself the emotion with which we read the above paragraph. We jumped from the table in a paroxysm of indignation, and committed to the flames the obnoxious chronicler of our disappointment; but the next moment composed our feelings with a truly stoic firmness, and, with a steady hand, we wrote down the name of the Hon. Miss Amelia Tempest as an admirable proficient in the Bathos Precipitate.
THE TEMPLE OF DIANA AT EPHESUS.
WHILE the lost eye in mournful glances falls
Bright o'er the mind the kindling prospect glows,
Accurst Ephesian !* when thine impious hand Seized the red torch, and hursd the fiery brand, Destruction hurried from her midnight hell, Smiled o'er the ruin, and thy country
'T was then afar the fated clime
'Reft of thy pridespoild by the victor's sword, See thy lost joy, deserted Queen, restored. E'en now thy sons behold, with wondering eyes, The gorgeous pile in brighter glories rise ; Again the Goddess views her glittering fane, The Pæan rings, the victim bleeds again; Fly swift, ye hours ! and haste, ye fateful years ! "T is done-the messenger of Heaven appears! 'T is het whose heart his mild Redeemer warms, 'Mid Treachery's rage, and Superstition's storms; Where erring myriads raised th' unhallow'd rite, Gleams the pure ray of Heaven's auspicious light; And on those stones the godless Pagan trod, The sainted Christian stands, and spreads the word of God.
What is Genius? 't is a flame
* The Temple of Diana was destroyed by fire, on the same night in which Alexander the Great was born.
t St. Paul,
"T is the sacred boon of Heav'n,
“ Lusco qui possit dicere · lusce.'
The invention and appropriation of Nicknames are studies which, from want of proper cultivation, have of late years very much decayed. Since these arts contribute so much to the well-being and satisfaction of our Etonian witlings-since the younger part of our community could hardly exist if they were denied the pleasure of affixing a ludicrous addition to the names of their seniors,—we hope that the consideration of this art in all its branches and bearings, will be to many an amusing, and to some an improving, disquisition.
The different species of nicknames may be divided and subdivided into an endless variety. There is the nickname direct, the nickname oblique, the nickname xat' εξοχήν, the nickname κατ' αντίφρασιν, and a multitude of others, which it is unnecessary here to particularize. We shall attempt a few remarks upon these four principal classes.
The nickname direct, as might be expected, is by far more ancient than
enumerated. Much has been argued upon the elegance or inelegance of Hc
* It is proper to state, that these lines have appeared surreptitiously a few weeks back in the “Morning Chronicle,” in which the blank in the last line was filled up with the name of Lord “ Byron.” We deem it right to mention this, because the name which originally occupied the space was that of a schoolfellow, whom we are happy to reckon among the number of our contributors.-P. C.
mer's perpetually-repeated epithets ; for our part we imagine Homer thought very little upon the elegance or inelegance of the expressions to which we allude, since we cannot but regard his Ξανθός Μενέλαος-σόδας ωκυς Αχιλλεύς άναξ ανδρών Αγαμεμνων, and other passages of the same kind, not even excepting the thundering cognomen which is tacked-on to his Jupiter, Zeus útoßpeuétns, as so many ancient and therefore inimitable specimens of the nickname direct. This class is with propriety divided into two smaller descriptions; the nickname personal, and the nickname descriptive. The first of these is derived from some bodily defect in its object ; the latter from some excellence or infirmity of the mind.
The Nicknames which were applied to our early British kings generally fell under one of these denominations. William Rufus and Edward Longshanks are examples of the first, while Henry Beauclerc and Richard Cour de Lion afford us instances of the second. We cannot depart from this part of our subject without adverting to the extreme liberty which the French have been accustomed to take with the names of their kings. With that volatile nation, “ the Cruel,” “ the Bald,” and “the Fat," seem as constantly the insignia of royalty, as the sceptre and the crown. We must confess, that, were it not for the venerable antiquity of the species, we should be glad to see the nickname personal totally discontinued, as in our opinion the most able proficient in this branch of the science evinces a great portion of ill-nature, and very little ingenuity.
The merit of the Nickname oblique consists principally in its incomprehensibility. It is frequently derived, like the former, from some real or imaginary personal defect; but the allusion is generally so twisted and distorted in its formation, that even the object to whom it is applied is unable to trace its origin, or to be offended by its use. The discovery of the actual fountain from whence so many ingenious windings and intricacies proceed, is