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the coffin that contained their affec- lingered round: this is the sweetest tionate father lowered into the grave: requiem that can rise over the ashes it was peaceful and humble, but if of the wisest and the best. Many a ever the heart mourned---if ever bylong and tempestuous night does the standers entered into the feeling of forlorn Lucy sit upon the beach, and sorrow such a mournful event occa talk with waves; or, listening to the sions, it was over the grave of James breakers' deafening roar... the fisherman :--- he had endeared himself to all by his kindness and 6 Watch the pale moonlight on the generosity; and each had some pleas wave, ing instance of the one or the other That ripples by that cheerless grave." to sob out to his neighbour as they
J. R. W.
LINES TO A LADY.
In Imitation of Wordsworth.
Oh! can'st thou tell, when the langour of sleep
All the world's a stage,
The ease and expedition of tra- jokes upon cockneys.
А velling in this country have long vourable alteration has, however, been a source of domestic benefit, taken place in that respect. It is and a theme of foreign admiration, no longer usual to transact business In particular, the appointments of after four or five o'clock. About our mail coaches excite the attention that hour, persons are to be seen of every stranger, who is astonished hastening from all quarters, to the and delighted at the precision, ra back of the Royal Exchange, to pidity, and safety, with which he Gracechurch - street, to St. Paul's finds himself, by their agency, trans Church-yard, to Charing-cross, or to ported from one extremity of the the White-horse Cellar, thence to be island to the other.
trundled down to a late dinner at But for those, also, whose jour- Homerton, Blackheath, Hampstead, neys are of a more limited nature, Clapham, or Hammersmith, and to extraordinary facilities have of late forget, in the evening blaze of their years been provided. Among the own fire-side, the various anxieties numerous conveniences with which by which, perhaps, the earlier part the metropolis now abounds, there of their day has been clouded. It are few of less questionable utility has often been our boast, that a word than the short stages, as they are synonimous to "home" is not to be called, which maintain an hourly discovered in any other language communication with the neighbour- than English; and that the social ing villages. The number of these pleasures, the recollection of which vehicles is almost incredible. At is inseparably connected with that one house alone, bearing the elegant endearing expression in the minds name of “ The Goose and the Grid- of most Englishmen, are no where iron," above two hundred arrive, relished with so much cordiality and and, of course, from the same place glee as in England. How deeply, as many depart, daily.
then, are we indebted to a contrivThe accommodation thus afforded ance, by which the value of home, to to the public at large, is great; and those who have one, is so materially to several extensive and highly va enhanced. luable classes of the community it Although circumstances do not has become indispensible. Clerks render the advantage, which I have in public offices, and the second and described, so important to myself as third ranks of the mercantile and to thousands of my more happy felprofessional world, who cannot afford low-citizens ; although no lovely to keep their own carriages, or even wife and prattling children bustle to incur the regularly returning ex
to prepare me for my morning depense of a hackney chariot, are ne parture, or hurry to welcome me on vertheless enabled, by means of these my evening return; although I seem humble and cheap conveyances, to enjoy the health and comfort of a
not destin'd such delights country residence. A century or two to share, ago, most of the predecessors of such My prime of life in wandering spent, individuals were compelled, with
and care. their families, to live in the City; and to the closeness with which they Yet, I am frequently induced, by were packed, the impure air which bad weather, or by the fatigue of a they constantly breathed, and their protracted ramble, to accept the want of due exercise, was probably shelter or relief afforded by a shrill attributable that general dwarfish Going up, Sir? going up?". And ness of stature, of which the West I have seldom done so, without end wits of former days availed deriving considerable amusement, themselves so unsparingly in their and, in some
information from the occurrence. The down the windows. It is this permajority of passengers by the short son who rates the coachman for stages, while they are purified from waiting more than exactly two mithe ignorance and from the con nutes at the door of a dilatory cussequent barbarism of the lowest or tomer. It is this person who preders of the people, are not in that scribes the precise line of streets condition in which l'usage du monde through which the stage shall be produces a courteous but insipid mo driven to the place of its destination. notony, if not of actual, at least of Sometimes, his assumption is si apparent character. Voltaire says, lently acquiesced in ; sometimes, it that the English are like a pot of is stöutly resisted. More than once, their own porter. The top is froth; after an absence of several months, at the bottom are the dregs; the I have again taken my station in middle is excellent. The simile may the narrow arena of a contest of this be too broad, but there is some truth description, for the sole purpose of in it.
gratifying my curiosity, by ascers It occasionally affords me no little taining whether, in the interval, the entertainment, while I listen to the ancient autocrat had been able to animated discussion that frequently maintain his despotism, or whether prevails in these “ leathern con he had been deposed by a well-conveniences," to guess the peculiar certed and vigorous rebellion. occupations and habits
of those by Another striking characteristic of whom it is carried on. Practice has, these vehicles is, the inclination evinI Aatter myself, conferred upon me ced by many of their temporary octolerable skill in this respect. I have cupants (although seldom on the sometimes been led, by very slight part of the regular passengers, be indications, to form conjectures which tween whom and interlopers there subsequent enquiry has proved to be is often much jealousy,) to commawell-founded. I have detected a nicate to utter strangers a thorough stock-broker, by his remarking, that knowledge of their own affairs. In the barometer “ looked up;" a soli. passing from Turnham Green to citor by his “ demurring" to the Piccadilly, I have been entertained observations of a gentleman on the with every particular of a compliopposite seat, and an artist, by his cated and interminable law-suit; and praising the “ fine tone of colour” I have had the distance from Leadenof an iron-grey horse that passed us hall Street to Limehouse rendered on the road. Candour, however, apparently short by an accarate enucompels me to confess, that I now meration of the various connexions, and then commit a little blunder. down to the fifth cousin, by marI once mistook a sheriff's officer for riage, of one whom I had never bea musician, because he spoke of fore seen, and whom I trust it is no “ bars," and " a good catch;' and breach of Christian charity to pray just after the death of our late to Heaven I may never see again. venerable Sovereign, I nearly es But it would be gross injustice caped insulting a young dandy, who were I not to repeat that the gratifitalked a great deal about
cation which I have sometimes expemeasures," and who, I afterwards rienced on these occasions has much understood, was a junior clerk to exceeded the annoyance. One of one of the Under Secretaries of State, the most delightful incidents that I by asking him the ready-money-price ever witnessed, and which afforded of a suit of the best French black. me a pure and unmixed enjoyment,
In most short stages, there belongs occurred the other day in the Chel to every regular set of passengers sea stage, at a moment when I was one person of greater self-importance so lucky as to be seated in it. than the rest, who affects to assume I have a friend in Sloane Terrace, an authoritative tone and manner. who is an excellent fellow; and, This especially occurs, when an in- which is more (to use Dogberry's dividual so pre-disposed, happens to phraseology) a great reader; and, he invested with any of the parochial which is more, a tolerable chess dignities of his neighbourhood. It player. Having passed an evening is this person who draws up or lets with him in chatting on books, he at
length induced me to sit down to the «O! not a bit. Just what'a board; at which, as his custom is, young woman should be. Do you he checkmated me repeatedly with- remember how, by two or three quiet out mercy. I certainly revenged words she confounded the spark as myself very amply on his sandwiches kept staring her in the eyes one day, and liqueurs; but before his hosti- 'till I was going to say something lity and my spirit of retaliation were to him which he would not have satiated, it became so late, that I liked, only she saw what I was about, gladly accepted his offer of a sofa and spoke herself, to prevent what and a blanket for the night. she thought might be inischief?”
As I had an affair of some impor Aye; and do you recollect that tance in town next morning, I de. snowy morning last November, termined to go by the nine o'clock when, thongh the coach was eramstage; at the office for which my med, she begged that the роог little friend's servant accordingly booked child of a soldier's wife outside a place, and I was punctually called might be taken in, and all I could for at the proper hour. In the coach do, insisted on carrying it, wet as I found two gentlemen, who I have it was, in her own lap?" no doubt belonged to one of the re “ Yes ; she was a good creature, spectable classes to which I have al- and very pretty into the bargain. ready alluded, and were on their Every body liked her. Even Sam way to their daily employment. By the coachman, when he let down or the time that we had determined that put up the steps for her seemed to it threatened rain, had predicted do it with a half smile ; though I what would be the amount of the think he's about the gruffest fellow subscription for the distressed Irish, as I ever saw. I should like amazand had supposed that Parliament ingly to know what is become of would not be prorogued until the her.” the latter end of July, the coach ar “ So should I. But with her disrived at the junction of Sloane-street position, she's sure to be uncommon with Knightsbridge; and the coach- happy, go where she may." man hastily drew up, in order to ad Towards the close of the above mit a lady who was there, awaiting dialogue my eye happened to glance his approach, but whom he did not on our female fellow.
passenger, and appear at all to know. She saluted was suddenly arrested by observing us with much civility. Her age that her fine face was "lighted up seemed to be about five and forty. with no ordinary emotion, which she She was rather en bon point. Her vainly endeavoured to suppress, but countenance was intelligent, and, if which at length she succeeded in not handsome, (of which I will not checking so far as to hide it from be sure) possessed an expression of any scrutiny but that of a physiogmingled sweetness and frankness nomist. I have already owned my which in my opinion is peculiar to vanity on that score. Of course, I our countrywomen. Conversation, immediately set about divining the which this little stoppage had inter cause of the appearance I had no rupted, was resumed, but the topic ticed. Many sagacious conclusions was again changed.
did I draw; but they all fell far "I wonder," exclaimed one of my short of the affecting truth, told male companions, “what has become with great simplicity by the lady of that young lady as we used to herself, as she was preparing to take up here, and sit down at the leave us in Henriema Street, Covent bottom of Chancery Lane?"
Garden. I can't guess,” replied the other. “ Gentlemen," said she, with the “ She came for a long time very re most gracious smile conceivable, gular; but she has not been with us “I cannot wish you farewell, withfor a fortnight.”
out thanking you for your very “ It's a great loss. She was al- handsome praises of my daughter ways so chatty and pleasant." She is indeed an excellent girl, and
« Yes; and very diffident too ; deserves your good opinion." Her that's what I call properly diffident; eyes filled with tears, and she made - not sheepish or shame-faced.” a short pause. “I am sure you have
kind hearts ; and that you will be but I would cheerfully endure the glad to hear that she no longer goes jolting of the worst-hung coach that by the stage to the place of her usual a patentee for easy carriages ever business, because she was married invented, over a hundred miles of last week to a worthy young man, the most rugged road that commiswith whom I hope and believe she sioners were ever appointed to keep will be-- God bless you !"
in repair, to experience such another I do not profess to be sentimental; sensation as I felt at that moment.
W. H. W.
THE SURRENDER OF FORT ST. PHILIP,
Scene I. The Castle.
Hie thee, Silvestre, to the arsenal;
Rod. Surrenderment! Who names surrenderment?
Alm. Alas! How old art thou, Roderigo ?
Alm. 0! Age of happy inexperience!
Our bold attempt