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To the liveliest suitor shewn,
Stiffens him at once to stone.

Bring the haughty warriors down,
Make them truckle to the Gown;
Folks like you have no compunction,
Only move for an injunction,
And with charges so involve it,
That no answer can dissolve it.
If they stir an atom faster,

Have them up before a Master,

Ply them well with forms for fudge meant,
Never let them hope for judgment;

And if, eager in the suit,

On they rush to seize the fruit,
As on cattle does a lion,

As on Juno did Ixion,

Let their arms, in vain held out,
Only clasp a cloud of doubt,
Raised, to check their daring love
Of dispatch, by Chancery's Jove;
While the' avenging pangs they feel
Of his slow-revolving wheel.

Think what anguish and surprise,
Mingled, in their bosoms rise,

Chill their hearts, and glaze their eyes,
When my Lord, to cure their vapours,
Talks of taking home the papers,

Where, perchance, his Lordship weighs them,
Reads, perchance,-perchance mislays them!

Term by term, and day by day,

Wear their patience thus away,
Till arrives that consummation
Of their woe, the long Vacation.
Drained by sums already lost,
Scared by dreams of future cost,
You may curb these men of war
With their own Solicitor;
Or, if Fortitude endures
Aught more terrible, with yours.
Think, if these should charge together
On the baffled suitors, whether
Proof there'd be in gun or blade
'Gainst two Chancery-bills unpaid!

Thus tormented let them be;

Feeing ever, still to fee,

For a lingering last decree :

While till domesday off you stave it

With a special affidavit.

Think in oaths what magic spells lie!

Think of Beaufort versus Wellesley!

← Friends and foes you may defy,
Thus intrenched in Chancery.
'Tis like Doubting-Castle, where
Dwelt that giant-form, Despair,
Save that all the luckless clients,
Though his namesakes, are not giants,
But, by heavy fees exacted,

Into pigmy-forms contracted.

Can a standard here be planted?

Hence, avaunt!-The ground 's enchanted.

Warlike engines are in vain,

Storm, or sap, or coup-de-main.

Guards, you might with less ado,
Win a second Waterloo,

Than a victory achieve

Here, without a Conjuror's leave.

'He can keep you all at bay
With one magic work-Delay.
Send you to the right about
By two syllables- I doubt."
So impregnable a fort

Ne'er held out as Eldon's court.

Europe's armies would be beat

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Matched with Eldon, and-the Fleet!'-pp. 58-63.

A great deal of equivocal advice to Crockford follows, with some very comical hints how he may evade the laws, and maintain his authority over half the fashionable world. Sundry directions are then given to him, whereby he may be enabled to carry on his dangerous trade with impunity, and enjoy its profits with pleasure. All this is characterised by a rich vein of irony, and calm, steady satire, and, though suppressed, a strong aversion to gaming, which lead us to hope, that it is not as an amusing work alone we will have to eulogise Crockford-House, but that it will be found entitled to the far higher praise of being a useful monitor in certain classes of society.

'A Rhymer in Rome" is a very lively, witty remonstrance, of some eighty stanzas, against the dirt and defilement which are permitted to exist in the city of Rome. The only inducement which we would have to make an extract from this performance, would be a desire to shew the talent and manner of the author; and as that purpose has already been sufficiently answered by our quotations from Crockford-House, we are obliged here to close our notice of this agreeable volume.

ART. XIII. A Selection from the Papers of Addison, in the Spectator and the Guardian, for the Use of Young Persons. By the Rev. E. Berens, M.A. 8vo. pp. 300. 4s. 6d. London: Rivingtons. 1827. WHEN every lesson-book abounds with passages from the writings of Addison, and when, by this time, the whole spirit of his works are presented, in one shape or another, to every description of scholar, the utility

of such a publication as this may be doubted; nor should we have thought it necessary to give any attention to it, except for a collateral purpose.

It is undoubtedly true, as Mr. Berens observes, that both the "Spectator" and "Guardian" are replete with passages which are exceedingly obnoxious to the charge of grossness: and, therefore, it becomes necessary to interdict the tender mind from an indiscriminate acquaintance with their pages. The inference from this, gives rise to reflections, which are, in our opinion, curious and interesting. Here is a publication, the "Spectator," proceeding from a writer, the most eminent of his day, for his services to the cause of the national virtue-a publication, professedly aiming to fix morality in the heart, and to infuse grace into the external behaviour of men; its fitness for such a purpose, not questioned in the day of its immediate appearance, or rather attested by the patronage of the rigid and scrupulous of the time, and acquiesced in almost ever since; nay, what is more, its effects, its victories over a coarse system of domestic manners, existing at the period, and especially its conquests over the viciously great, described and applauded; such is the "Spectator," which the delicacy of modern times, in a great part, condemns; which it is obliged to dishonour, by unsparing castigation-and which, henceforth, is to be admitted into decent families, only on the condition of submitting to the expurgatory knife of some guardian of their purity.

The selection itself is made on a very judicious and useful plan: it embraces 65 Papers, some of which have been curtailed; nor were we unprepared to expect a sensible arrangement in the work, after reading the preface of Mr. Berens.

ART. XIV. The Italian Confectioner. By G. A. Jarrin. Third Edition. 8vo. 15s. Ainsworth. 1827.

THE Italian school of confectionery ranks, deservedly, as high as the French school of cookery. We have lately had many works on the practice of the Cuisine Française-particularly Mr. Ude's excellent work,* to which Mr. Jarrin's "Confectioner" forms an admirable, and, indeed, a necessary supplement; but we have had no practical books on confectionery. The volume before us bears on its title-page two strong recommendations the one is the fact of its having passed into a third editionthe other is the name of Mr. Jarrin, who is well known as an artist of the first order. None of our readers can forget a name which is on all their tablets the man of mighty twelfth-cakes, who, last year, preserved the fame of Byron, and added sweets even to Elysium. From the preface to the work, we extract a list of the contents of the volume, from which our readers will see how extensively useful it is calculated to be:

The Work is divided into Sections, and treats at large of SUGAR, and the manner of preparing it; of the numerous Candies, and BoN-BONS, as they are made in France; of the Imitation of Vegetables, Fruits, and other natural objects, in Sugar, and of a great variety of Drops, Praw

* The "French Cook," an eighth edition of which, we perceive, has just appeared.

lings, &c. &c.; of the best mode of preparing Chocolate and Cocoa; of SYRUPS, MARMALADES, JELLIES, FRUIT, and other PASTES; and of PRESERVED FRUITS, including Directions for Preserving Fruit without sugar, according to the method of M. APPERT; with Hints, respecting the construction of OVENS and STOVES, and a Table of the various degrees of heat adapted to the different articles of Confectionery.

"The "Italian Confectioner" will also be found to contain Receipts to make Tablets and Rock Sugar; the various Compotes; the French method of preparing COMFITS; the best manner of making Creams and ICES, with some important hints respecting the latter, upon which their excellence entirely depends; how to preserve Fruits in Brandy; to make and arrange Pieces Montées, Confectionery Paste, and the mode of producing Picturesque Scenery, with trees, lakes, rocks, &c.; LOZENGES and Jellies; Cool Drinks for Balls and Routes; Cakes, Wafers, Biscuits, (particularly those of Italy), rich Cakes, Biscotini, Macaroons, &c. &c.

"The Section on DISTILLATION, includes Distilled Waters, LIQUEurs, composed of Spirits, and RATAFIAS of all kinds. That part of the Work which regards the DECORATION OF THE TABLE, necessarily treats of the articles which compose the various ornaments used for this purpose; as Gum Paste, and the most approved mode of MODELLING Flowers, Animals, Figures, &c.; of Colours for Confectionery, with full instructions how to prepare them; of Varnishing and Gilding; of MOULDING, with directions to enable every Confectioner to make his own moulds; of Works in Pasteboard, Gold and Silver Papers, Borders, &c. &c.; and, to complete the whole, and render the Confectioner independent of every other Artist, the manner of ENGRAVING ON STEEL, and on WOOD, is fully explained.-Preface, pp. vi—viii.

When we add to this account of the contents, that the various processes (many of which are little known in England), are explained in very clear and idiomatic English, without the admixture of foreign words, which render some late pretended translations of French cookery books unintelligible; and that plates illustrate what the author supposes he has not been able to explain quite distinctly in words-our readers will be enabled to judge for themselves of the value of Mr. Jarrin's work. ought to add, that the various flavours are exquisitely selected and combined in all the tablets, drops, prawlines, cedrats, compotes, &c. &c., and by a careful observance of Mr. Jarrin's precepts, drawn from his long practice, any one may now be qualified to spread our table, with

A perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets,
Where no crude surfeit reigns.


This is the true secret of confectionery, in which the two lines quoted above, prove Milton's taste to have been as delicate as it evidently was in cookery. See" Paradise Lost," B. iv., and the Sonnet to Lawrence.

ART. XV. Sketches in Ireland: descriptive of interesting and hitherto unnoticed Districts in the North and South. 8vo. pp. 411. 10s. 6d. Dublin: William Curry & Co. 1827.

THE author of these "Sketches" would seem to have been drawn to the contemplation of Irish character and manners, by the force of that sort of

influence which, in chemistry, has obtained the name of " the attraction of repulsion." He has a predominating horror for Popery: priests are the emissaries of Satan, in his philosophy: and his Christian forbearance is really put to the test, when he comes to talk of Lough Dearg, and the abominations of St. Patrick's purgatory. He is a firm believer in the Rev. Mr. Pope, and whilst he rebukes the Catholics for holding the tenet of exclusive salvation, he, preposterously enough, would seek to reclaim them from the eternal guilt of being Christians in their own way. What sort of a performance we are to have from an artist of this school, it would not be difficult to predicate. Really, we never are to have done with these priests and their doings -they are inveterate, we must say, in raising ghosts as they do,-holy water and beads are still forthcoming; and truly may we exclaim in despair, that "miracles will never cease."

And yet there is a great deal of what is amusing-and, with reference to the political state of Ireland, much that is valuable in this work. The writer has visited two of the most remote and romantic districts in that kingdom, the counties of Donegal and Kerry: and he imparts to his descriptions of the natural scenery of those places, the warmth of a genuine feeling for its pleasures; certainly his sketches of character and manners, whilst they are sufficiently amusing in themselves, have all the merit of being perfectly true copies of national peculiarities. It is fair also, to state, that this writer, though he evinces a sort of natural antipathy to the Catholic form of worship, yet he is not disposed to overlook the vices of systems which may be said to be in competition with it: and wherever a landlord is to be blamed, his religion or his politics will not secure to him impunity from the condemnation of our author.

ART. XVI. The Eventful Life of a Soldier, during the late War in Portugal, Spain, and France. By a Serjeant of the Regiment of Edinburgh: William Tait. London: C. Tait. And Dublin: W. Curry & Co. 1827.

Infantry. 1 vol. 8vo. 7s.

pp. 369.

A SERJEANT has, undeniably, more and better opportunities than any other description of functionary connected with a regiment, of observing its constitution, of being acquainted with the administration of its internal affairs, and watching the effects of different modes of treatment on the men. The writer before us fortunately added to those facilities the advantage of a vigorous and cultivated mind. His testimony, therefore, and it is due to him to say, that a more bold and uncompromising witness of the truth we have seldom seen, approaches us with the strongest claims on our respectful attention.

One of the most striking features of this book is, the picture which it exhibits of the contrasted results of kindness and severity on the part of the officers.

Although the details of sieges and battles in this volume are highly interesting, not only in themselves, but as connected with the history of an ever-memorable war; yet it is simply for the valuable information which it supplies respecting military economy, and the hints for improvement in that important department, which are scattered through its pages, that we now recommend it to public attention.

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