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A soft, pale light is in the eastern sky;
the ocean tremblingly, Like distant music wafted on the gale. Stars, one by one, grow faint, and
disappear, Like waning tapers, when the feast is o'er; While, girt with rolling mists, the mountains hoar High o'er the darkling glens their tops uprear.
There is a gentle rustling in the grove, Though winds be hush'd; it is the stir of wings, And now the sky-lark from her nest up springs,
Trilling, in accents clear, her song of love ; And now heaven's gate in golden splendour burnsJoy to the earth, the glorious Sun returns !
I LOVE thee when thou comest, glorious Sun,
Out of the chambers of thy watery dwelling;
I love thee when thy early beam is telling
Thy parting ray in golden hue is stealing,
For then the gush of soft and pensive feeling Speaks to the labouring bosom, peace, be still ; But thou art not so lovely to mine eye
At morning, balmy eve, or busy noon,
As is thy gentle sister, the pale Moon, Which shipeth now in yon unclouded sky: Then let me forth, to drink her mellow ray ; Who would exchange it for the gaudy day?
Behold a madman !-on the thirsty sands
He builds in summer hour his gorgeous pile
Up to the clouds, unmindful, all the while, How fleet shall be the labour of his hands,
For lo ! the sky is changed, the lightning flies, The thunders roll, winds beat, and torrents pour, And, when returning daylight gilds the shore,
A prostrate wreck the mighty fabric lies ! What better are the visions of our youth?
What better are our plans of riper years ?
Amid life's desert distant far appears,
THERE is a tumult in the wilderness
Behold, with fiery breath the fierce Simoom
Rushes resistless onward, death and gloom
It is the witherer of Beauty, lo!
Lifeless, with all the leaves on every bough!
The monstrous world, which, passing o'er the mind
Of unsuspecting Youth, leaves nought behind
No balsam, nor can Life a succour find.
See how that Giant, on his iron car,
With wheels of fury traverses the earth,
Men, and the works of man, in hellish mirth He treads and tramples down, eternal war
With Order waging and Tranquillity : He riots in the tempest; on the land, And on the sea, the traces of his hand
Are visible; and, to the wondering sky, Up from the bowels of the hills he throws
Rocks, lava, and bitumen, in a stream;
His breathing is the hurricane; a beam
How change our days ! not oftener doth its hue
The lank cameleon change, than we our joys,
The hope that feeds upon our hearts destroys;
We chase the airy bubbles of the brain ;
Destroy what Time hath spared, and build again: Years o'er us pass, and Age, that comes to few,
Comes but to tell them they have lived in vain ! Sin blights-Death scatters-Hope misleads --Thought errs
Joy's icicles melt down before the sud
And, ere the ebbing sands of life be run, Another generation Earth prefers !
THOUGHTS UPON THOROUGHFARES.
" Dextra, ac sinistra, domunculæ construuntur."
VITRUVIUS. “ On est etranger a son voisin !" change and the India House, who observes Le Mercier, in one of his would as soon expect to hear of a chapters upon “ Life in Paris ;” and pavement across the Atlantic Ocean, the carelessness of citizens, perhaps as over Primrose Hill. generally, as to that which passes im And yet it is beyond a chance, mediately before their doors, might be (though not believed in Birchin-lane,) proverbial. Accustomed, in fact, to the that the next twenty years will bring view of an infinity of objects, at an age about that consummation-shutting when they want understanding to ap out green fields and hedges, even in a preciate them, reflection seldom arises Sunday walk, from the poets of Hol. in after-life upon matters with which born ; and leaving no memento of the the senses are already familiar. It glories of Chalk-Farm but in its Sign! were a magazine of marvels for a man We have already got a complete suce in London, who could only walk, with cession of “ places”—“ terraces"his eyes open, from one end of the squares"--and “
crescents," from city to the other ; but how few men, Tottenham-Court-Road, reaching all who are habitually residents in Lon the way to Kentish-Town ; and Kentdon, would be capable (as regards the ish-Town has crept on until it almost “ mind's eye”) of executing such a reaches Hampstead. These erections task!
skirt the Regent's Park, almost ens For the mere Town, to a man who tirely, upon the east ; on the west, a looks back for twenty years--even new town-called, distinctively,“Portthough he himself has all the while land Town"-extends itself from Padresided in it-is a wonder! We are dington to the foot (westward) of so bound up always, either in our buc Primrose Hill. There needs now but siness or our pleasure; the distance a short street farther of communicais so formidable from one extremity of tion from this last “ Town,” across suburb to another; each “ Quarter” the Mons Coquinarius,* to Hampprovides for its own wants so com- stead ; and the duels which have been pletely within itself ; and there is fought in “Mary-la-bonne Park” will such an apathy about seeing even no then become as merely matters of revelties, when we may see them every cord and recollection, as those encounday, that a colony of negroes might be ters of a century past, which stand planted at Shoreditch, and the fact re- chronicled in our older comedies, when main unknown (except by the news- the "peerage” was“ thinned” at“ Barn papers) to those who dwell in Lam Elms"-in “ the Ring"-or“ behind beth. There are thousands, perhaps, Montague House." among the inhabitants of Mary-la And of all the directions, too, (which bonne, who have never walked across rather ekes out this probability,) in the “ Southwark” bridge, since that which new buildings have increased convenience was erected ; and almost on the roads out of London, those whole parishes, east of the Royal Ex- very innovations which run pretty
" Mons Coquinarius, or “ Mount of Cooks," so called (see Tacitus) by Julius Agricola, on account of its proximity to the city. Hence (Coquinaris
, or Coquinarius) no doubt, the term Cockney ;' which some writers will have to be only a corruption of the French Coquin né-two words which need no explanation. I think it most likely, however, and indeed certain, that the French Coquin, itself, is from the Latin Coquus ; that substantive being frequently used to designate a knave (metapborically) by the later Roman writers, on account of the roguish, peculating habits of the servants employed by that people in their kitchens. Thus we find Cato haranguing his household upon the general corruptness of the age, when a Greek slave, a scullion, had been detected in eating a piece of an eel. I should say, clearly, “ Co. quin'--from Coquus.' But there be those who are more learned in such matters than I am."-Harwood's Antiquities, 1612. VOL. XVII.
nearly north, have been the most lu- lies” came in almost before the houses crative and desirable. Towards Isling, were dry—who “ disliked living unton, we have walked out in great force der the same roof with a landlord”— -Bagnigge Wells Tea-gardens will particularly towards “ quarter-day.” soon be too valuable ground for pren Negotiants of another class too soon tices to sup bohea upon. Cold-Bath- perceived the advantage of inhabiting Fields Prison is already surrounded the entirety of a dwelling ; in as much on three sides with houses ; Sadlers' as that the right, absolute, of entry Wells theatre will shortly stand with- and sortie, (without reference restriein the city, and draw an audience from tive as to hours or parties,) remained its own immediate neighbourhood. We in such case peculiarly in the disposal have a paved street, I believe, uninter- and discretion of the lessee. By derupted, running from the Edgeware- grees, however, most of these retiring road to “ The Angel,” beyond Pen- souls, who were so desirous of privacy tonville ; and, still later, the erections upon ordinary occasions, came, upon which surround Burton Crescent, have extraordinary ones, (such as will ocfilled up all that tract of fields which cur four times a-year,) to be invisible lay betweenGray’s-Inn-Lane and Tot- altogether. Doors were seen opentenham-Court-Road, formerly east and ed “ ajar” too often, and with the west-Holborn and the New Road, “ chains” kept up. A custom grew north and south. But these latter up among those who were “moving," foundations have never taken,? as of ordering their conveyances in the the technical phrase is, upon the dead of the night. And the result was, whole, so well," (from some cause or that the whole Lilliputian district other,) as those about Paddington and descended gradually into that three St John's Woodl.
per cents at forty-two sort of occupa, The buildings first commenced in tion, to see which fills the contemplathis quarter throve, and the higher tive soul with sadness, and the tax, rented ones thrive well still. But gatherer with despair.* some streets of a smaller calibre were Ex. “Ironing boards,” and cashier. afterwards imagined-houses showily ed shutters, were put into new comgot up, but cheaply-containing four mission as brevet' “ counters ;” and or five rooms only each-to “ super- pippins and gingerbread courted the sede the necessity of small families li- gourmand's eye in little dining para ving in lodgings,”—and this experi- lours-fitted up for clerks at ninety ment, which was nearly or altogether pounds a-year to take their chop in! the first of its kind that had been “Red cows, and notices relevant to made in town, in a very few months mending shoes," deformed “stucconveyed a most strange and dolorous coed fronts,” and street doors that had aspect to the neighbourhood.
boasted of fan lights and brass-knockThe new Independencies were fi ers to them ! Area-steps, meant once nished in the very extreme of gentili- to keep plebeians out of “the hall," ty, and they were amazingly sought now became an unexpected conveniafter (the projector thought of a ence to the old woman who took in coach-and-six) in the beginning. A washing in “ the kitchen.” Children's great many very “genteel small fami- legs, and liberal offers for “old rags,"
* “ The symptoms of failure in a town vicinity are commonly gradual, and their character depends entirely upon the style of the quarter which is afflicted with them. In a fashionable square, (not mercantile,) the first omen of danger is commonly the appearance of a solicitor, ' —bis departure is prophetic of certain, and ready, dis. solution. Two 'plates' upon one door, in any • Place' of pretension, are suspi. cious. A doctor,' unless he be of known practice, is always a dangerous newcomer; he is too apt to bave a 'first and second floor' 'to let' •furnished or unfurnished.' Tooth drawers are getting to infest streets with very good names to them now--nice minds will be jealous of such propinquity. It has a very vile appearance when you find a “boarding house' opened in the same · Row with you. If you value your character, give warning as soon after such an event as possible. A foot boy kept in it-the parish shoe-black calling at any house in a morning-a chariot, with one horse, passing even through it-or a door answered from up the area-any one of these casualties, in my view, renders a street or "terrace' no longer correctly practicable."-Bacon's Decline of Parishes (within the Bills of Mor. tality.)