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He was a younger son, for law design'd,
Happy our hero, when he could excite With dauntless look and persevering mind ; Some thoughtless talker to the wordy fight : While yet a clerk, for disputation famed,
Let him a subject at his pleasure choose, No efforts tired him, and no conflicts tamed. Physic or law, religion or the muse;
Scarcely he bade his master's desk adieu, On all such themes he was prepared to shine, When both his brothers from the world withdrew. Physician, poet, la wyer, and divine. An ample fortune he from them possessid, Hemm'd in by some tough argument, borne down And was with saving care and prudence bless’d. By press of language, and the awful frown, Now would he go and to the country give In vain for mercy shall the culprit plead ; Example how an English 'squire should live ; His crime is past, and senience must proceed : How bounteous, yet how frugal man may be, Ah! suffering man, have patience, bear thy woes— By a well-order'd hospitality;
For lo! the clock-at ten the justice goes. He would the rights of all so well maintain, This powerful man, on business or to please That none should idle be, and none complain. A curious taste, or weary grown of ease,
All this and more he purposed—and what man On a long journey travell d many a milo Could do, he did 10 realize his plan :
Westward, and halted midway in our isle ; But time convinced him that we cannot keep Content to view a city large and fair, A breed of reasoners like a flock of sheep; Though none had notice- what a man was there! For they, so far from following as we lead,
Silent two days, he then began to long Make that a cause why they will not proceed. Again to try a voice so loud and strong : Man will not follow where a rule is shown, To give his favourite topics some new grace, But loves to take a method of his own;
And gain some glory in such distant place; Explain the way with all your care and skill, To reap some present pleasure, and to sow This will he quit, if but to prove he will.
Seeds of fair fame, in after-time to grow : Yet had our jnstice honour; and the crowd, Here will men say, “ We heard, at such an hour, Awed by his presence, their respect avow'd. The best of speakers-wonderful his power." In later years he found his heart incline,
Inquiry made, he found that day would meet More than in youth, to generous food and wine; A learned club, and in the very street : But no indulgence check'd the powerful love Knowledge to gain and give, was the design ; He felt to teach, to argue, and reprove.
To speak, to hearken, to debate, and dine : Meetings, or public calls, he never miss'd This pleased our traveller, for he felt his force To dictate often, always to assist.
In either way, to eat or to discourse. Oft he the clergy join'd, and not a cause
Nothing more easy than to gain access
So he succeeded, and first look'd around,
Some observation keen or stroke severe,
To cause some wonder or excite some fear. The grave, stern look of men inform' and wise, Now, dinner past, no longer he suppress’d A full command of feature, heart, and eyes, His strong dislike to be a silent guest; An awe compelling frown, and fear inspiring Subjects and words were now at his commandsize.
When disappointment frown'd on all he plann'd; When at the table, not a guest was seen
For, hark !—he heard, amazed, on every side With appetite so lingering, or so keen;
His church insulted, and her priests belied ; But when the outer man no more required, The laws reviled, the ruling power abused The inner waked, and he was man inspired. The land derided, and its foes excused :His subjects then were those, a subject true He heard, and ponder'd--What, to men so vile, Presents in fairest form to public view!
Should be his language? For his threatening style Of church and state, of law, with mighty strength They were too many ;-is his speech were meek, Of words he spoke, in speech of mighty length : They would despise such poor attempts to speak : And now, into the vale of years declined, At other times with every word at will, He hides too little of the monarch mind: He now sat lost, perplex'd, astonishid, still. He kindles anger by untimely jokes,
Here were Socinians, Deists, and indeed And opposition by contempt provokes ;
All who, as foes to England's church, agreed ; Mirth he suppresses by his awful frown,
But still with creeds unlike, and some without a And humble spirits, by disdain, keeps down;
creed : Blamed by the mild, approved by the severe, Here, too, fierce friends of liberty he saw, The prudent Ay him, and the valiant fear. Who own'd no prince and who obey no law; For overbearing is his proud discourse,
There were reformers of each different sort, And overwhelming of bis voice the force ; Foes to the laws, the priesthood, and the court; And overpowering is he when be shows
Some on their favourite plans alone intent, What floats upon a mind that always overflows Some purely angry and malevolent :
This ready man at every meeting rose, The rash were proud to blame their country's laws; Something to hint, determine, or propose ;
The vain, to seem supporters of a cause ; And grew so fond of teaching, that he taught One callid for change that he would dread to see Those who instruction needed not or sought: Another sigh'd for Gallic liberty !
And numbers joining with the forward crew, Hammond they call him; they can give the name
Of man to devils.- Why am I so tame ?
Be from beneath, 'tis well to be afraid."
times Thy fears and wishes ; silent and obscure,
When rulers add their insults to their crimes :
It would be libel, and we pay the price.”
That all were slaves ; nor had we better chance
At length, a sharp, shrewd, sallow man arose, · Nay, she were safe,” the ready man replied,
When all to vote, to speak, to teach, are free, T'inform the governd of their rulers' crimes :") Whate'er their creeds or their opinions be ; This pleasant subject to attend, they each
When books of statutes are consumed in flames,
And courts and copyholds are empty names ;
Sharp means, he own'd; but when the land's disease
Asks cure complete, no medicines are like these.
Our justice now, more led by fear than rage,
Knaves to instruct, or set deceivers right:
And from the demons to his closet flew :
That all they wish'd these patriot souls might
Now here was Justice Bolt compellid to sit, Feel all their rulers on the land bestow;
Not hack'd and hew'd by one afraid to strike,
Then were our laws abused ; and with the laws Nor, as in Britain, let them curse delay
These strong fierce freedoms of the land they love."
Home came our hero, to forget no more
For though he quickly join'd his friends again,
He fail'd to fight with heresy and crime
shall be." The silent justice still astonish'd sate,
* The reader will perceive in these and the preceding And wonder'd much whom he was gazing at;
verses, allusions to the state of France, as that country
was circumstanced some years since, rather than as it Twice he essay'd to speak, but in a cough
appears to be in the present date,-several years elapsing The faint, indignant, dying speech went off :
between the aların of the loyal magistrate on the occasion But who is this ?'' thought he ; "a demon vile,
now related, and a subsequent event that farther illus. With wicked meaning and a vulgar style :
cates the remark with which the narrative commences.
It was observed his words were not so strong, Now he could feel it cruel that a heart
Though one by one,” said Pride, “ I would defy The lofty look, and of a sudden stop;
Much greater men, yet meeting every eye, When conscience whisper'd, that he once was still, I do confess a fear; but he will pass me by.” And let the wicked triumph at their will;
Vain hope! the justice saw the foe's distress, And therefore now, when not a foe was near, With exultation he could not suppress ; He had no right valiant to appear.
He felt the fish was hook'd, and so forbore, Some years had pass’d, and he perceived his fears In playful spite, to draw it to the shore. Yield to the spirit of his earlier years
Ilammond look'd round again; but none were near, When at a meeling, with his friends beside, With friendly smile, to still his growing fear; He saw an object thai awaked his pride ;
But all above him seem'd a solemn row His shame, wrath, vengeance, indignation-all of priests and deacons, so they seem'd below; Man's harsher feelings did that sight recall. He wonder'd who his right-hand man might be
For lo! beneath him fix'd, our man of law Vicar of Holt cum Uppingham was he ; That lawless man, the foe of order, saw :
And who the man of that dark frown possess'dOnce sear’d, now scorn'd; once dreaded, now ab- Rector of Bradley and of Barton-west; horr'd :
A pluralist,” he growl’d--but check'd the word, A wordy man, and evil every word :
That warfare might not, by his zeal, be stirr'd. Again he gazed—“ It is,” said he, “the same; But now began the man above to show Caught and secure : his master owes him shame:" | Fierce looks and threatenings to the man below; So thought our hero, who each instant found Who had some thoughts his peace by flight to seekHis courage rising, from the numbers round. But how then lecture, if he dared not speak! As when a felon has escaped and fled,
Now as the justice for the war prepared, So long, that law conceives the culprit dead ; He seem'd just then to question if he dared : And back recall’d her myrmidons, intent
“ He may resist, although his power be small, On some new game, and with a stronger scent; And growing desperate may defy us all; Till she beholds him in a place, where none One dog attack, and he prepares for flightCould have conceived the culprit would have Resist another, and he strives to bite ; gone ;
Nor can I say, if this rebellious cur
Will fly for safety, or will scorn to stir.”
Burn'd with strong shame, and hurried to engage.
(A foolish puppy who had left the pack, Nor wonder was it if so strange a sight
Thoughtless what foe was threatening at his back,) Caused joy with vengeance, terror with delight; He moves about, as ship prepared to sail, Terror like this a tiger might create,
He hoists his proud rotundity of tail, A joy like that to see his captive state,
The half-seal'd eyes and changeful neck he shows, At once to know his force and then decree his fate. Where in its quickening colours, vengeance glows, Hammond, much praised by numerous friends, From red to blue the pendent wattles turn, was come
Blue mix'd with red, as matches when they burn ; To read his lectures, so admired at home;
And thus th' intruding snarler to oppose, Historie lectures, where he loved to mix
Urged by enkindling wrath, he gobbling goes. His free plain hints on modern politics :
So look'd our hero in his wrath, his cheeks Here, he had heard, that numbers had design, Flush'd with fresh fires and glow'd in tingling Their business finishd, to sit down and dine ;
streaks ; This gave him pleasure, for he judged it right His breath by passion's force a while restrain’d, To show by day, that he could speak at night. Like a stopp'd current, greater force regain'd Rash the design-for he perceived, too late, So spoke, so look'd he, every eye and ear Not one approving friend beside him sate; Were fix'd to view him, or were turn d to hear. The greater number whom he traced around “ My friends, you know me, you can witness all Were men in black, and he conceived they frown'd. How, urged by passion, I restrain my gall; “I will not speak," he thought;“ no pearls of mine And every motive to revenge withstandShall be presented to this herd of swine !" Save when I hear abused my native land. Not this avail'd him, when he cast his eye
“ Is it not known, agreed, confirm'd, confess'd, On Justice Bolt; he could not fight, nor fly: That of all people we are govern'd best? He saw a man to whom he gave the pain, We have the force of monarchies; are free, Which now he felt must be returned again; As the most proud republicans can be ; His conscience told him with what keen delight And have those prudent counsels that arise He, at that time, enjoy'd a stranger's fright; In grave and cautious aristocracies; That stranger now befriended-he alone,
And live there those, in such all-glorious state, For all his insult, friendless, to atone ;
Traitors protected in the land they hate ?
Rebels, still warring with the laws that give Exulting now he gained new strength of fame, To them subsistence ?-Yes, such wretches live. And lost all feelings of defeat and shame.
“Ours is a church reform'd, and now no more “ He dared not strive, you witness d-dared not Is aught for man to mend or to restore ;
lift 'Tis pure in doctrines, 'lis correct in creeds, His voice, nor drive at his accursed drift: Has naught redundant, and it nothing needs; So all shall tremble, wretches who oppose No evil is therein-no wrinkle, spot,
Our church or state-thus be it to our foes." Stain, blame, or blemish :-I affirm there's not. He spoke, and, seated with his former air, All this you know—now mark what once be- Look'd his full self, and fill'd his ample chair; fell,
Took one full bumper to each favourite cause, With grief I bore it, and with shame I tell ; And dwelt all night on politics and laws, I was entrapp'd-yes, so it came to pass,
With high applauding voice, that gain'd him high 'Mid heathen rebels, a tumultuous class ;
THE PARTING HOUR.
I did pol take my leave of him, but had He spoke, and standing stretch'd his mighty arm, Most pretty things to say: ere I could tell him And fix'd the man of words, as by a charm.
How I would think of him, at certain hours “ How raved that railer! Sure some hellish
Such thoughts and such ;-or ere I could
Give him that parting kiss, which I had set power
Betwixt two charming words—comes in any fatherRestrain’d my tongue in that delirious hour,
Cymbeline, act i. sc. 4. Or I had hurl'd the shame and vengeance due
Grief hath changed me since you saw me last, On him, the guide of that infuriate crew;
And careful hours with Time's deformed hand But to mine eyes such dreadful looks appear'd, Have written strange de features o'er my face. Such mingled yell of lying words I heard,
Comedy of Errors, act v. sc. 1. That I conceived around were demons all,
0! if thou be the same Egean, speak, And till I fled the house, I fear'd its fall.
And speak unto the same Emilia.
loid. act v. sc. 5. “O! could our country from her coasts expel Such foes! to nourish those who wish her well: I ran it through, e'en froin my boyish days This her mild laws forbid, but we may still
To the very moment that she bade me tell it :
Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances, From us eject them by our sovereign will ;
Or moving accidents, by flood and Geld; This let us do."-He said, and then began
of being taken by th' insolent foe A gentler feeling for the silent man;
And sold to slavery. E'en in our hero's mighty soul arose
Othello, act i. sc. 3. A touch of pity for experienced woes;
An old man, broken with the storms of fate, But this was transient, and with angry eye
Is come to lay his weary bones among you ; He sternly look’d, and paused for a reply.
Give him a little earth for charity. 'Twas then the man of many words would
Henry VIII. act iv. sc. 2 speakBut, in his trial, had them all to seek :
MINUTELY trace man's life ; year after year To find a friend he look'd the circle round, Through all his days let all his deeds appear, But joy or scorn in every feature found;
And then, though some may in that life be strange He sipp'd his wine, but in those times of dread Yet there appears no vast nor sudden change : Wine only adds confusion to the head ;
The links that bind those various deeds are seen, In doubt he reason'd with himself—" And how And no mysterious void is left between. Harangue at night, if I be silent now?
But let these binding links be all destroy'd From pride and praise received, he sought to draw All that through years he suffer'd or enjoy'd ; Courage to speak, but still remain’d the awe; Let that vast gap be made, and then beholdOne moment rose he with a forced disdain, This was the youth, and he is thus when old; And then abash'd sunk sadly down again; Then we at once the work of time survey, While in our hero's glance he seem'd to read, And in an instant see a life's decay ; “ Slave and insurgent! what hast thou to plead ?" Pain mix'd with pity in our bosoms rise, By desperation urged, he now began :
And sorrow takes new sadness from surprise. " I seek no favour-1-the Rights of Man!
Beneath yon tree, observe an ancient pairClaim; and I—nay!-but give me leave-and I A sleeping man; a woman in her chair, Insist–a man—that is—and in reply,
Watching his looks with kind and pensive air ; I speak.”—Alas, each new attempt was vain : No wife, nor sister she, nor is the name Confused he stood, he sate, he rose again; Nor kindred of this friendly pair the same ; At length he growl'd defiance, sought the door, Yet so allied are they, that few can feel Cursed the whole synod, and was seen no more. Her constant, warm, unwearied, anxious zeal ; “ Laud we,” said Justice Bolt, “ the Powers Their years and woes, although they long have above;
loved, Thus could our speech the sturdiest foe remove." Keep their good name and conduet unreproved
Thus life's small comforts they together share, O! could I labour for thee,” Allen cried, And while life lingers for the grave prepare. Why should our friends be thus dissatisfied ? No other subjects on their spirits press,
On my own arm I could depend, but they Nor gain such interest as the past distress ; Still urge obedience--must I yet obey ?" Grievous events that from the memory drive Poor Judith felt the grief, but grieving begg'd Life's common cares, and those alone survive,
delay. Mis with each thought, in every action share, At length a prospect came that seem'd to smile, Darken each dream, and blend with every prayer. And faintly woo them, from a western isle ;
To David Booth, his fourth and last born boy, A kinsman there a widow's hand had gain'd, Allen his name, was more than conimon joy ; “Was old, was rich, and childless yet remain'd; And as the child grew up, there seem'd in him Would some young Booth to his affairs attend, A more than common life in every limb, And wait a while, he might expect a friend." A strong and handsome stripling he became The elder brothers, who were not in love, And the gay spirit answer'd to the frame ; Fear'd the false seas, unwilling to remove ; A lighter, happier lad was never seen,
But the young Allen, an enamour'd boy, For ever easy, cheerful, or serene ;
Eager an independence to enjoy, His early love he fix'd upon a fair
Would through all perils seek it,-by the sea,And gentle maid-they were a handsome pair. Through labour, danger, pain, or slavery.
They at an infant-school together play'd, The faithful Judith his design approved, Where the foundation of their love was laid ; For both were sanguine, they were young and The boyish champion would his choice attend
loved. In every sport, in every fray defend.
The mother's slow consent was then obtain'd; As prospects open'd and as life advanced, The time arrived, to part alone remain's : They walk'd together, they together danced ; All things prepared, on the expected day On all occasions, from their early years,
Was seen the vessel anchor'd in the bay. They mir'd their joys and sorrows, hopes and From her would seamen in the evening come, fears;
To take th' adventurous Allen from his home ; Each heart was anxious, till it could impart With his own friends the final day he pass’d, Its daily feelings to its kindred heart;
And every painful hour, except the last. As years increased, unnumber'd petty wars The grieving father urged the cheerful glass, Broke out between them, jealousies and jars ; To make the moments with less sorrow pass ; Causeless indeed, and follow'd by a peace, Intent the mother look'd upon her son, That gave to love-growth, vigour, and increase. And wish'd th' assent withdrawn, the deed unWhilst yet a boy, when other minds are void, Domestic thoughts young Allen's hours em. The younger sister, as he took his way, ploy'd;
Hung on his coat, and begg'd for more delay : Judith in gaining hearts had no concern,
But his own Judith callid him to the shore, Rather intent the matron's part to learn ;
Whom he must meet, for they might meet no Thus early prudent and sedate they grew,
more: While lovers thoughtful—and though children, And there he found her—faithful, mournful, true, true.
Weeping and waiting for a last adieu ! To either parents not a day appear'd,
The ebbing tide had left the sand, and there When with this love they might have interfered : Moved with slow steps the melancholy pair; Childish at first, they cared not to restrain ; Sweet were the painful moments—but how sweet And strong at last, they saw restriction vain; And without pain, when they again should meet ! Nor knew they when that passion to reprove Now either spoke, as hope and fear impressid Now idle fondness, now resistless love.
Each their alternate triumph in the breast. So while the waters rise, the children tread Distance alarm'd the maid-she cried, " "Tis far!" On the broad estuary's sandy bed;
And danger 100—“it is a time of war: But soon the channel fills, from side to side Then in those countries are diseases strange, Comes danger rolling with the deepening tide ; And women gay, and men are prone to change; Yet none who saw the rapid current flow What then may happen in a year, when things Could the first instant of that danger know. Of vast importanco every moment brings !
The lovers waited till the time should come But hark! an oar !" she cried, yet none appear'd-
Dress and amusements were her sole employ,” And do not, Allen, or for shame, or pride,
Dull was their prospect—when the lovers met, Now, what to me hath Allen to commend !"They said, we must not—dare not venture yet : Upon my mother," said the youth, "atlend;