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did not appear to affect them so the son of a butcher.-Collins, the son much as the loss of the boy. When of a hatter.-Cromwell, the son of a his body was committed to the brewer.— Whitbread, a brewer. –

Franklin, a journeyman printer.deep, the royal personages and

Richardson, a printer.-Bloomfield their suite appeared in deep black, and Gifard, originally shoemakers.with crape, &c. and the French Euripides, son of a green-grocer.Interpreter read the service, in Plautus, a baker,-Virgil, son of a the Sandwich Island lingo.—Just potter or pedlar, afterwards a farmer. before he began, the Captain in

-Boccacia, natural son of a merchant.

-Columbus, son of a weaver, and oriquired if all hands were in atiend

givally a weaver himself.-Rabelias, ance. The Mate said, “ Yes, all

son of an apothecary.-Cervantes, ori. but the Cook,"'--So the Cook gin not known; but served as a comwas called, and as he came aft, mon soldier.-Shakspeare, son of a plastered with grease and as black woolstapler.-Ben Jonson, worked as the best of them, the Queen sometime as a brick layer.-Cluude could'nt help laughing at the lu- Lorraine, was bred a pastrycook.

Butler, son of a farmer.- Milton, dicrous figure he made; but a son of a scrivener.- Moliere, son of a nudge from the King brought her tapestry maker.—De Foe, a hosier, to recollection, and the look of son of a butcher.-Pope, son of a linen sorrow was resumed. We got draper.-Guy, apprentice to a silk safe to Portsmouth, and they be-mercer.---Gray, son of a scrivener. gan to rig for going ashore. Boguey was upon deck, when a

Humour. windmill caught his attention. His surprise was excessive, and he roused all hands on deck to A joke cannot have a happier look at it, bu none of them could effect than in dispelling ill-humour makė vient was or what and making a friend. made it go round. A steam-vessel the result of an accidental meeting was the next object of wonder: between a stranger and a crusty they thought at first it was a ship old gentleman, who was riding, on fire; but when they observed and his horse made an odd kind the rapidity of its motion, and were of motion with his fore-feet, so as told that it was forced along by 10 kick forward." This action boiling water, they thought it was of your horse,” cried the stranger, the effect of witchcraft."

sóis quite new to me; many a

horse have I seen, but I never saw A list of eminent persons who a horse kick before.The old have been concerned in or connect- gentleman was so tickled with the ed with Trade:

pun, that he invited the stranger Cowley, the son of a grocer.-Hor- to dinner, and ever after made him ard, an apprentice to oueAkenside, a welcoine guest.

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Such was


Parish Learning.-On exa

Poetry. mining the parish accounts in a vil

lage in Staffordshire, the three fol- lowing curiosities appeared :-One

THE DRAWING-ROOM OF FLORA of the overseers had made sixtythree weeks in the year; an item

-Omnis copia narium

Spargunt odorem. in the other overseer's accounts,

HORACE. was for money paid in aid of the

At Flora's gay Court, on a DRAWcounty rats; this caused much

ING-ROOM day, laughter, in which none joined Bedizen'd and dight in their trimmore heartily than the constable,

mest array, who immediately afterwards pro

The Flow’rs were assembled their duced his accounts, in which was

homage to pay.

On a throne of oft turf, deck'd in a charge for holding a conquest

sweet rural state, over a man found dead.

With chaplets and perfumes her Ma

jesty sate : Employment of Time.-- A By Corona imperial her tresses were gentleman, fond of playing the drest, violin, was one morning practis-And Abigail Iris had fashion'd her ing, when his uncle came in, and the following dialogue took place:

A canopy, form'd by fair Jessa.

mine's aid, Uncle.—'I fear Charles you lose The Woodbine's and Clematis', creat deal of time with this fid

bow'r-loving maid, ng.' Nephew.- Sir, I en- In easy luxuriance hung o'er her vour to keep time.' Uncle

head. ou mean rather to kill 'time.' By his mistress's side, with a star on

his breast, bphew – No: Ionly beat time.'

Stood Chamberlain Sun-flow'r, sur

veying the rest ; Useful Hint. In the parlour While Sir Clement the Usher, a gay a public-house in Fleet-street, Golden-rod, ere is written over the chim- Class'd and order'd the guests to rety-piece the following notice :

ceive the Queen's nod. Gentlemen learning to spell are

The Daisy attendants were scatter'd

around, desired to use yesterday's paper. And Den-drops, rich jewels.! be

spangled the ground. SCOTCH WEATHER. Like a virgin o'ercome with each moScotland ! thy weather's like a mo

dest sensation, dish wife,

The meek blushing Rose had the first Thy winds and rains for ever are at

presentation. strife

The sweet-scented Violet then took. So Termagant awhile her thunder tries,

her place ; And, when she can no longer scold, But, quickly retiring, conceal’d her she cries.

fair face;


had he more,

The Lily came on, with a bashful- Like BRITAIN's bold progeny, train'd alarm,

to the mast; Flinging odours, and graces, and all Thrice-welcom'd were they by the that can charm :

Queen of the Flow'rs, · A neat little rustic, akin to this fair, But order'd to thrive in no region but Who liv'd in a Valley, receiv'd a due share

Many tribes now came forward to Of her Majesty's smiles, and de. make up a show; lighted all there.

The Catchfly coquette, Flos-adonis The lowly, pale Primrose, just start- the beau : ing to view,

Narcissus was there too, in high self-' Came next into notice, but quickly esteem, withdrew.

But no echo was heard to repeat the The Tulip soon 'follu vd, and, eager lov'd theme; for praise,

Parasitical plants to look out for a Display'd her five clothes, to attract place ; the full gaze :

The Jonquil debauchee, with his sick ** Yet, this when once sated no pow'r yellow face ;

With Love-lies-a-bleeding, a heartFor his wardrobe alone Nature wounded yontb, emptied her store,

And Corcombs, which prattled, but But fragrance denied him, his pride never spoke truth; to make lower.

The Aconite priest, , the physician Next Hearts-ease approach'd, a con- Prunella, tented, kind maid,

The fierce soldier Popply, the lawyer Whom all much admir'd; and some

Nigella. swain, it is said,

Exotic ambassadors, dress'd with: Intended to woo her,—but wealth, or

much cost, high birti,

And Indian-pink nabobs, a, num

numerous Or beauty stept in, to disparage her worth:

With , spruce lords and ladies, by He flatter'd his pride by a splendid

Arums well-known, alliance,

And Bachelors''buttons which round And the claims of affection put quite the place shone. at defiance.

The DRAWING-ROOM over, the Queen

left her seat, A groupe then appear'd, yclept the Carnation,

Each Courtier then hied to his former Which Flora hell high in her own

retreat ; estimation,

But first in the anti-room joyful he And many consider'd as belles of

found, Girst fashion.

Fresh nectar by Butter-cups handing Yet, 'twas whisper'd in envy, by


J. D. some who were there, “No wonder' these nymphs are en

chantingly fair, Since they ’ve painted their cheeks

TO CORRESPONDENT. with a scrupulous care. The hardy Marine Plants, which Communications received since our brave the rude blast,

last will meet with early attention. No. 7, Vol. I.---July 21, 1824.

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more than 50 years after her death, Select Biography.

in which he says, “I had rather

possess this portrait than the richNo part of History is more in- est jewel in the British crown; structive and delightful than the Lives for I loved her with an affection of great and worthy Men."

tbat her death, fifty two years BURNETT.

since, has not in the least abated.”

William Cowper, when ninę LIFE OF WILLIAM COWPER. years old, was sent to Westminster

school: the literary advantages "Poet and Saint to thee, are justly acquired by him in that celebrat

given, The two most sacred names 'of earthed seminary were purchased at and heaven."

the hazard of his future peace. A

COWLEY. public school affords great scope Few persons, in any age of for the cruelty of the greater boys Christianity, have been equally to their helpless juniors; and eminent for Evangelical devotion, Cowper's tender age and constitu, and for literary genius and taste, tional timidity, exposed him to as the subject of the present me this species of oppression. Ocmoir: his life has become an ob-casional symptoms of derangement ject of great curiosity to all who in his early years may be attributpossess a relish for literature and ed to this cause. humanity; but to a religious mind, At the age of 18 he was articled especially, if in some measure en- to an attorney; and 3 years

after dowed with a similar taste, the he entered as a student of law, in inquiry is greatly attractive. Mr. the society of the Inner temple. Cowper's family was illustrious Being nominated, in his 31st year both for ránk and talents, and his to the lucrative posts of reading progenitors for several ages were clerk, and clerk of private cóm. justly esteemed in their several mitters, in the house of Lords, capacities.

he conceived so great a dread of Time often fills up, by new ob- officiating before the assembled jects, the traces made upon the peers, that notwithstanding the mind by the loss of those whom delay and danger to which it exis we have loved; and nothing re-posed his temporal prospects; he mains, but a recollection that they determined upon relinquishing the once existed; but Cowper possess appointment. He then severely ed a heart of exquisite sensibility regretted having mis-spent nearly and durable affection, as appears half his past life in amusing, from a letter, acknowledging the instead of useful employment; receipt of his mother's portrait the loss proved irremeable, and

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morse. This evil he often deplor- could produce only fruitless reed in his correspondence, and he Charity, Conversation, and Retiredoubtless alluded to it in the fol- ment,” which were subjects either lowing beautiful “Comparison ;” peculiarly familiar, or highly in.

" (Poems, vol. i.)

teresting to his mind, succeeded;

and having deterinined upon pub“The lapse of time and rivers is

lishing a volume, by the persuasion Both speed their journey with a rest of his friends, he introduced it with less stream;

a Colloquial Poem on popular The silent pace, with which they steal subjects, and augmented it with a away,

number of smaller pieces, written No wealth can bribe, no prayer per

various occasions. upon

The suade to stay ; Alike irrevocable both when past,

whole, except a few of the latter, And a wide ocean swallows both at were written during the winter of last."

1780. The effects of such a conflict in

The first printed poem which his mind, are pathetically repre

he produced after his volume, was sented in the unpublished verses

the well known ballad of “ John of Cowper's, which appeared in Gilpin,” which resulted from a the Miscellany, page 80,

story that Mrs. Unwin repeated

for his diversion during one of his “ Doom'd as I am, &c.”

melancholy relapses. Many short The most happy season of poetical effusions were occasioned Mr. C's life was during the first by his intimacy with Mrs. Unwin; year's of his residence at Olney, among others “The Rose," : In in the uninterrupted society of the following year he began, at his pious and affectionate friend, the instance of Lady Austin, his the Rev. Mr. Newton. But the grand work, “The Task;" which malady which had attacked him was finished and committed to the in his early years rapidly increas- press in 1784. Immediately on ed, and from this time several closing it, he wrote his “ Tiroci, years elapsed before he could re- nium,” with a desire to avert from sume bis writing, to which he was the rising generation the evils he urged by his kind friend Mrs. bad experienced, or observed, at Unwin, and she suggested as a public schools. His distressing subject, “The Progress of Error;" malady increased, but his friends ** Truth," as a pleasing, contrast, hoped that as the close of life drew became his next topic. : “Expos- near he would be re-animated, but talation," was formed upon the contrary to their expectations, his

ground work of a Sermon repeated evening closed in clouds and dark. - to him by Mr. Newton. “Hope, ness.

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