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nection with reality. The first can never become influentially interesting to human nature, save only as the means and the material of imaginative combination. The last is without any substance to give it consistency and power. Realities, uninfluenced by the imagination, never work upon the heart. Imagination not exercised in realities benefits not the mind. The former of these propositions accounts for, and is also partly evidenced by the avidity with which, from our youth, we seize on imaginative works ; the latter of them teaches the importance (and the instances we have given show the practicability) of blending the imaginative with the real,

These reflections were in some measure produced by a little incident, of a rather curious nature, which occurred to us in our late tour. Arrived in the small town of Oakhampton, in Devon, we sallied out (as we were wont) at the close of the day, to discover a library which could amuse us for the evening. Two out of the three which the modest locality afforded, were filled, as usual even now in the country circulating libraries, with the despicable trash of the sentimental and the sickening, the ghostly and the ghastly school. We left them loathingly, and tried the lasta little place, half miscellaneous shop, half library. We heard the sounds of a pianothe proprietor of the concern came outhe had been playing-we instantly drew him out-found he had a taste for music, and love for literature-looked at the few book. shelves called his library-found them filled with such works as Simson's Euclid, Keith's Geometry, several classic volumes, standard works of history, some good poetry, as Milton, &c.; and with pride he said, he had not “ many novels,” but those he had, reflected no disgrace: they were of' a healthy, and somewhat of the historical school, nought savouring of sentimentality. Now that this man was a man of imagination, is evidenced by his taste for music. All taste has to do with imagination; but what accounts for the difference of its character? What gave it the healthy superiority of tone which it had, compared with those of the contented readers and enjoyers of foolish fictions? The reason may be found in the fact, that he was well read in mathematics, classics, history, and Miltonian poetry. His imagination had been soundly and healthily trained. The mathematics and the classics, though as mere matter of learning, especially the former, they appear utterly dissevered from imagination; yet, when pursued as a matter of pleasurable taste, as in this case, and by a man possessed of a good imaginative faculty, and exercising and nourishing it on works more closely connected with it—though naturally and healthily so—they serve to discipline, to elevate, to improve that, with all other faculties of the mind : and the mind which receives a lofty pleasure from contemplating high problems, or communing with classic authors, will experience, when it unbends to softer and more tasteful relaxations, the most

delicious delight. Thus was a poor country shop-keeper (would we could recollect his name,) raising his intellect by reading Euclid, and gratifying his taste by music.

Why is not this more general ? Why do not men thus learn to make their nobler faculties raise and elevate each other? Why are not thus the sterner and the stronger blended in salutary union with the softer and the sweeter? The union of their exercise thus, would produce a valuable reciprocation of advantage. The hard discipline of the one would brighten and enhance the blissful enjoyments of the other.

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THE OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN.

I'll sing you a good old song
That was made by a good old pate,
Of a fine old English gentleman,
Who had an old estate;
And who kept up his old mansion
At a bountiful old rate,
With a fine old porter to relieve

The old poor at his gate;
Like a fine old English gentleman, all of the olden time.

His hall so old was hung around
With pikes and guns and bows ;
And swords and good old bucklers,
That had stood some tough old blows :
And there his worship sat in state,
In doublet and trunk hose,
And quaffed his cup of good old sack
To warm his good old nose;

Like a fine, &c.

When winter cold brought frost and snow,
He opened house to all ;
And tho' three score and ten his years,
He featly led the ball;
Nor was the houseless wanderer
Ere driven from his hall,
For while he feasted all the great,
He ne'er forgot the small,

Like a fine, &c.

But all at last must yield to fate;
So like the ebbing tide,
Declining gently to the tomb,
This good old man he died.
The widow's and the orphan's tear
Bedewed his cold grave side ;
For where's the scutcheon that can shew
So much of worth beside,

As this fine, &c.

But times and seasons tho' they change,
And customs pass away,
Yet English hands and English hearts
Shall prove old England's stay;
And our coffers may’nt be filled
As they were filled of yore,
We still have hands to fight at need,
And hearts to help the poor,

Like this fine, &c.

IDEM GRÆCE REDDITUM.

Νύν σοι παλαιον, ώ φίλ', άσομαι μέλος,
κεφαλής παλαιάς κομψών εξεύρημα τι
πρέσβυς γαρ ήν τις 'Αγγλικήν ναίων χθόνα,
αρχαιοπλούτων κτημάτων επήβολος
ός δη τον οίκον πολυτελώς ήσκήσατο,
πάντων αφειδης άφθονός τ' οίκουρος ών:
γέρων δ' επ' αυλείοισιν ιδρύνθη πύλαις,

πτωχοίσι πρεσβύταισι πορσύνων τροφήν. τοίος ήν όδ', εις Βρεταννών των πριν ευγενής τ' ανηρ.

Παλαιον αμφί δώμα πανταχού κύκλο
λόγχας αν είδες τόξα τεξηρτημένα
ξίφη, σάκη τάρρηκτα, γηραιάν σαγην,
πολλαίς ά πληγαίς πολεμίων αντήρκεσαν.
ενταύθα σεμνός έζετ' εν σεμνή στολή,
πάντων δικαστης πραγμάτων επήκοος
πίνων τ' αρίστης βότρυος αρχαίον γάνος

την καλλιφεγγή βίν' εθέρμαινεν ποτώ. τοίος ήν, κ. τ. λ.

Χειμων ότήδη χιόνα και κρύος φέρου,
φιλοξένους άπασιν ανέφξεν δόμους
έτη δε καίπερ επτάκις γεγως δέκα,
εισήλθε πρώτος εις χορον νεανικώς
ου μην αλήτης γ' εκ δόμων εφθαρμένος
αυλής απωστος νηλεώς εξηλάθη,
τους γαρ μεγίστους εστιαν πάντας θέλων,

όμοιον αιεν είχε των σμικρών λόγον. τοίος ήν, κ. τ. λ.

Πλημμυρίδος δε της παλιρρόθου δίκην,
(Μοίρα βροτοίς γαρ πάσιν έσθ' υπεικτέον)
σιγή πελάζων ήσυχον τύμβω βάσιν,
γέρων ο κεδνος εξαπηλλάχθη βίου.
ή πόλλ' εκείνου ψυχρoν ύγραινεν τάφον
Χηρών τε παιδών τ' ορφανών δακρύματα:
που γαρ τοσούτον αξίωμ' άλλου τινός

θανάτου το λυγρών ξύμβολον δείξειεν άν, οίος ήν, κ. τ. λ.

Χρόνος δ' απάντων ει φέρει μεταλλαγήν,
φθίνουσι θ' ώραι και μεθίστανται νόμοι,
αι των Βρεταννών χείρες ή τ’ ευψυχία
σώσουσιν αεί τον Βρεταννικόν λεών.
κεί μη τανύν στάσιν αι χήλοι πλέα
όσων το πρόσθεν χρημάτων επλήθυον,
όμως έτ' εισι χείρες είς χρείαν μάχης,

και φρών φίλοικτος τους πένητας ωφελείν, οίος ήν, κ. τ. λ.

THE LONDON SUICIDE COMPANY.

TO BE CALLED

[In Bentley's Miscellany for November 1839, the following prospectus
appeared-or rather ought to have appeared, for previously to its publi-
cation in that work, it went through some chemical analysis, by which
its component parts were disunited by the editor. The author's only
motive for now printing it in its entire form, is not from the presump-
tion that it is worthy of a better fate than being soldered up in a leaden
coffin ; but that without it, most of the allusions contained in the suc-
ceeding article, “The Report,” would be nearly, if not entirely, unin-
telligible.]
PROSPECTUS OF A NEW JOINT-STOCK COMPANY.

The LONDON SUICIDE COMPANY,
(In connexion with the Metropolitan Cemeteries).

CAPITAL, ONE MILLION.

Directors :
Lord Viscount GRAVES-END, Chairman.
JACOB BONE, Esq.

D. GRAVES, Esq.
T. DE BERREYER, Esq. Sir T. KNELL, Knight
SIR ISAAC Coffin, Bart.

B. SEXTON, Esq.
A. CHURCHYARD, Esq. J. WORMS, Esq.

John DEATH, Esq.
The CoroneRs for London and Middlesex and the adjacent counties.

BANKERS :- Messrs Han-Bury & Co.
SOLICITORS :- Messrs SKULL & Cross-Bones.

The well known propensity amongst the natives of this highly enlightened and religious nation, (particularly since the march of intellect has made such rapid strides amongst us, to put an end to themselves); and the great increase of suicides, have suggested the formation of a society having for its objects the encouragement and facilitation of this truly national amusement.

The Company have the gratification of announcing that they have already made arrangements for the exclusive use of the Monument (which has recently become so attractive a place for suicidal purposes), and alterations are already in progress, by which the very slight impediments now existing will be entirely removed, and that noble pillar rendered one of the safest and securest means of exit this metropolis affords.

For the convenience of West-end subscribers, similar arrangements have been entered into with the proper authorities, for the use of the Duke of York's Column, near St. James's Park,--to which fact they particularly invite the attention of those creditors, who some years since proved their debts under the estate of a Royal Insolvent.

Those interested in DROWNING, will feel particularly interested in the fact that the proprietors and shareholders of Waterloo Bridge have entered into an arrangement with the Company on most advantageous

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