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307 then dress it, I suppose ? Yes, very, for if the men of the City shall once beseldom.' 'And after it is drest, what come as great adepis in architecture as happens then ? Oh, we certainly - they are in politics, and love steeples as we du go a step farther, and eat it well as turtle-soup, farewell to bricks also; but very rarely, as I have told you and break-neck allies, and old London before, for it is against our rule, and will be the empress of palaces as well therefore sinful.' So honest a confes.
as purses. sion surprised as well as pleased his We have just one little objection to auditress, and doubtless it spoke well. this necessary scheme; but, little as it is, for the natural sincerity of the unfortu. we are afraid, that, if rightly weighed, nate recluse. Several nuns have, I am it will prove fatal. It is this: Not a told, availed themselves of the permis. single building by Sir Christopher Wren sion now given to quit their convents; ought to be seen at all. Every one of alleging that they had been compelled to them ought to be looked upon as an assunie the veil; but such instances are abatou, and inaccessible place, which still rare."
it would be dangerous, or even death, to
If Wren's churches are to be DISPLAY OF SAINT BRIDE'S. set in the gaze of the wondering people, LONDON will, without doubt, be a
what, we would ask, would be the fate very fine place at last: what with new
of the whole drove of architects of the bridges across the Thames, new quay: present day? Would they ever restore along its shores (when we get thein,) another Tivoline capital, or stick up new churches sown like Windsor beans
another head of asparagus, and call it a in the suburbs, three or four editions of Gothic pivnacle? 'We fear not : they the new courts at Westminster, Soane would hire themselves to the pastryshaking hands with Sir Christopher cooks, and devote the whole of their Wren across the lane at the east end of future lives to the planning of twelfthSt. Paul's Church-yard; the Irish archi- cakes; and the tide of piety which is tecture at Guildhall; the great Shoma.. now running in living streams over the doo in Langham Place; Blackfriars
country, would be left to lose itself in Bridge, equally commodious for drown- the surrounding seas, for want of those ing and breaking necks; the road to the dams and reservoirs, the new churches, gallows Macadamized and made com
to complete it. Yes, if we were to look fortable; and a hundred other things of at the substantial tower of Wren, founda equal value--the march of time and of ed on the firm earth, with the well-fed taste has been wonderfully accelerated. cherubs over the doors, and the light Nor are matters to stop here: the whole and elegant spires above, who, we ward of Farringdon Without (thanks he would ask, could bear for one moment to the late fire the best thing, it seems,
such an incomprehensible mass as that for purifying cities as well as citizens) under which the roofs of New-road, is to be gratified with a sight of what Pancras, and Mary-le-bone, seem to think you, gentle reader! not the re- groan ? Nobody, we presume; and moval of Fleet-market, but the tower therefore, the safe plan is to build up and spire” of St. Bride's!—that hand. Sir Christopher. Ilitherto, instinct has some fabric of Portland-stone is to be half done the work; and instinct is a exposed to the wondering eyes of the safe guide for all noble animals, as well passengers, pilasters, loop-holes, angels,
as for lions. Let it, therefore, have its and all. They are not to see the church. way.
It is well known, that when a No; that would be rather too much of a great conqueror erected in a city which good thing; but a chink, or hole in the he had subdued a temple to the gods wall, as it were, is to be opened close
as an emblem of his piety and power, by the side of Richard Carlile's shop! the conquered people, when they again and there the ladies of Fleet Street are
recovered themselves, knew very well to have their one eye blessed with the
what to do with it. Being a temple to effigies of Thomas Paine, and their other the gods, they were inuch too pious for with the tower and spire of St. Bride's. pulling it down; but they surrounded it What a splendid improvement! what a
with bricks and mortar, so that it should stride in taste and liberality! to sacri
not be seen. fice a whole chandler's shop for the pur
Sir Christopher Wren was a great pose of getting a peep at oue steeple! conqueror; and he so trampled over the After this, we should like to hear any architectural spirit of England, that the one tell us that there is no taste be. combined skill of all her architects could tween Temple-bar and Aldgate-pump;
not erect even a decent temple to tbe and we would advise the gifted men of gods for a century,—but they have re. the West to look well to their laurels, covered themselves; they are
free; and have hit upon a model of a his conscience tortured by the rememchurch, which is as orthodox and as bered seduction of an innocent-never English as a baron of beef. Go, sceptic, having had any other creature, young, to those that have been mentioned, to and trusting, and pregnant, and sorthe Waterloo-road, or to any other rowful, disgraced and panged by his place, where one of the parliamentary deserting her at the time she needed all churches ranges its columns and shoots his love, and all his tenderness, and all up its steeple, and you will find that his watching! No doubt, the innocence one unique and appropriate idea per- of his former life was so shocked at ibe vades them all. The thing copied after consequence of Maria's wicked conduct, is a watchman's rattle with the church in overturning his unparalleled self-comfor the cheeks and spring, and the mand—his purity of inind was so refined steeple for the handle; and, if it were and so acute, that one inust excuse him. possible to conceive that the steeple Only, superhuman as he was, and has could be taken bold of, and the church ever been, in virtue and truth, a little swung round it, how it would astound more charity, the occasional companion the ears of the wicked! Let us, there. of morality and goodness, might have fore, stick to the rattlemthere is more mingled in his perfection, without in. in it than mere bricks and mortar: it is juring to any great extent the crystal symbolic of that watchfulness which, beauty of his fame! Really, people of whether it belongs to the clergy or not, such heavenly spirit should-indeed they certainly belongs to the church, and should-make some allowance for the while we do this, let us build up and flesh and frailty of us more mortal clay. conceal Sir Christopher Wren.
With respect to what, it is said, There are precedents: who that looks " weighs heavily against Maria,">her upon the front of Guildhall would dream calling Hayne,“ dearest Hayne,” it is that there is one vestige of the ancient easily accounted for. Hayne's generosisymmetry within! who that treads the ty, contrasted with the parsimony of dull corridors leading to St. Stephen's, Saint Berkeley,-his desire at once to or looks upon the dingy wainscot of that marry her, in contrast again with the dull intellectual sall-box, would ever Saint's procrastination, might have gone guess that there is a light and lovely so thoroughly to her wounded spirit structure hidden between the clumsy that she might really feel him as dear. hoards and the clumsier stone! And est,” especially as she was going to live who that admires the facade of the new
with him for ever. court-rooms-even in the second edition Maria has ever been the victim of her --would dream that any thing like West- affections-her affections for and conminster-hall was in the close vicinity? fidence in Saint Berkeley,-her affecIf such things are studiously hidden in tion for her worthy parent; and the such places, wherefore should one be vacuum her heart felt at the Saint's compelled to stand upon the crowded treachery would naturally make her feel pavements of Fleet-street, and get directly the want of an object to lean knocked by porters' burdens and butch- upon. However severely people may ers' trays, for the purpose of ogling the censure her for this, a knowledge of the tower and spire of St. Bride's ? Build female heart may account for it all. it up, say we, and let every thing bear. To those who are acquainted with the ing the name, or evincing the conquest conduct of the old Gentleman for the of Sir Christopher Wren, be an Abatos. last 30 years in Devonshire, the history
of the pulmonary complaint, the Manton The Flowers of Literature. gun, the six weeks at Tixall, the mean
ness, the heartlessingratitude to Hayne, MARIA FOOTE..
were exceedingly entertaining. There (Concluded from page 293.) is scarcely a friend living, or a family Maria was a human ereature; she was dead, that he has not treated with the young, engaging, and a public favorite. dirtiest selfishness, whatever were his Everybody is not gifted like the Colonel. obligations—spunging till he was inNo doubt, he was fasting and praying,' sulted, lying till he was discovered, as an example to Maria. No doubt, this puffing till he was the butt of the town. separation from his beloved was the. The people of Plymouth can relate a true mortification of the lusts of this thousand instances of this description. wicked world. No doubt, Berkeley Berkeley's shrewdness soon saw that Castle was a scene of moral restraint, or he should have no authority if such pa. matchless chastity, -of angelic hymn. rents were not kept at a distance, and ing! No doubt-never having in the he was right: but if he loved this girl, whole course of his beautiful life had why did he not at once marry ber and
A SKETCH FROM REAL LIFE.
take her from them? The infuence of MARIA DARLINGTON, a husband would soon have corrected all her insensibility to appearances when pernicious examples were removed. The pen of the poet and the song of To conclude: there is great excuse
the minstrel have had, from the wildest and palliation for the conduct of this to the most relined ages, the praise of sweet woman. Brought up in such woman for their theme. In times of habits, it is now perhaps in her sorrow
rude barbarism, we kuow she was oxthat she first perceives their folly.
tolled as a creature superior to the comIf the ladies of Plymouth had noticed mon offsprings of the earth, ---she was her mother as they ought, and as they linked with the flowers and the stars, were bound to do, she would have set and all that was most beautiful in naher daughter a better example, and the
ture. As the world revolved from ferofather would perhaps have set a better
city into chivalry' and romance, the one to his wife; but undeservedly in. knight and the troubadour sang her sulted by neglect, they all became recko praises, bent for her the oaken bow, less of appearances; and from this has and, to obtain her smiles, risked their sprung all the evils with which they have lives, their honours, and their fame; been lately overwhelmed.
and, whetber in the gory field of death Had they followed the advice of true or the gay court of the tournament, her friends years ago, Maria would now eyes were the beacon-lights of hope, have been happy, honored, and a bless. her smiles were the brightest reward ing to them all and to herself. She has that the ambitious adventurer could ashad a nauseous draught, and has drunk pire to obtain. The days of uncultivait to the dregs; but if it is considered ted nature are buried in the grave of soundly, it will cleanse her from all her oblivion; chivalry and romance have follies, and bring out at last the real fied from the world, like the warm qualities of her heart and her under- dream of a fevered brain; yet, even in standing. Maria is yet in the prime of this age of formal institutions of socielife; and if society see her conducting ty, where the force of nature is lost in herself with prudence and circumspec- the servile obedience of custom, over tion, she may regain their good opinion, the inuse of the poet and the harp of as she has their sympathy and sorrow, the miustrel woinan yet holds her soveand may yet grace the hand of a man of reign sway. They call their wizard fortune or talent, for in reality she is at powers from the deep holds of their the core worthy of either.
imagination, to render her a being more Her present condition should be a beautiful and enchanting than nature warning to all those whose first passion ever designed her ;--they dwell upon on entering life is admiration-admira- her name as a talisman which has the tion-admiration! at any expence. Had effect of awakening all that is delightful this young creature been properly direct. within us; and, after exhausting every ed, had she not been pushed into the thing that is beautiful on earth in her arms of men of fortune for the sake of a praise, they clothe her with the attributes conquest and a settlement, thus at once of heaven. destroying the effect of ber charms, and But how has reality treated this farendering every lover suspicious and on vorite, on whom fiction seems to have his guard,-how different would have showered so lavishiy her gifts ? Does been her situation ! But she is more to the world really recognize her ay its be sympathized with than censured; proudest ornament, as a thing superior for where is the being who could resist to it, and in which it was made to defrom infancy such examples as she has light? No: in making her a theme for had before her, or the detestable incul. poets and songsters, one would think cation that “inoney is preferable to mankind considered they had done suffihonour?”
cient for that which they are told was On the whole, no one can wonder at sent as a balm for all the iniserable dis. Berkeley's desire to withdraw latterly; appointments and troubles of existence, but had he married Maria ai first, which and they regard her merely as a toy and as a man of honour he ought to have a gewgaw during the lours of undone, she would have been a blessing molested pleasure, or in the highest to him, and he would have been suffi- degree of their estimation, a medicine ciently influenced by her to have made in the hour of woe for the " miud disthem both bappy-as this sweet insulted eased.” The soul of man does not cling woman bas ever deserved, and still de to hers as one would imagine it would serves, to be.
to a combination of purity and swect. ness,-roluntarily, only when he lay
exhausted all the excitements of his fan excited for the woman who, tried in cy and imagination elsewhere; only every vulnerable part of her being, rewhen he has drained the bowl of volup- sisted the siege till the pangs of inestuousness and sickened at its wormwood pressible passions, warring with the dregs-when he has blunted every stin delicate energies of her soul, -till, as it mulus that can prompt him to the were, her own feelings came in array agratification of any thing inferior, does gainst her,-- and not till after every he fly to that which is as superior to the Temptation, artifice, and deceit, that hollow and heartless enjoyments of the the selfishness or perverted talent of her senses, as the star of the morning is to antagonist could suggest to win her to the false lights which lead the wander. destruction, was exercised against her! ing traveller froin his bome-leading if she should in a moment, under the path.
influence of strong faith, unlimited conThe sorrows and vexations which fidence, and ungovernable affections, are thrown over the path of a woman's resign herself to the fabled superiority pilgrimage through life, the advanta. of man, and find herself cheated and ges that are taken of the weakness of abandoned, consigned to the ruthless her nature,—the indignities that mark contempt of the world, and by the very her sensitive feeling, are more than being to whom she looks for support and sufficient to justify the wanderings of protection. She is stung by the snake those who have fled from the path of she nestled in her bosom, and the blow propriety, who, not finding happiness of vengeance is given by the very hand where they have cheated themselves which she pressed in the full devotedwith the belief that it was never mis ness of unquenchable love. Yet, how sing—the home of domestic virtue, have does this rigid dictator, who punishes withered away the finest fruits of the so indignantly the effects of feminine heart in the cold and perishing regions weakuess, regard the cause? What of vice. The finger of scorn points the distinction does the world allow between way; and the world's voice effectually the seducer and the seduced? The one, deters them from returning once more a cool, smiling, calculating hypocrite, to the paths which, in the weakness of sent on the world like a withering blight, a moment, they deviated froin. The to blast and perish all that is fair and curse of our first parents seeins already beautiful within it; the other a food, on their brow: like them, they look to confiding, but yet a human being, and, the Eden they hare heedlessly lost, with as such, cursed with all the weakness the wretched consciousness that it is of humanity. Does society, that seuds for ever. Yes, the world has adjudged forth such irrevocable anatheinas on the that the first error of a woman's life is head of the fallen lamb, visit the wolf the warrant that consigns her to perpet, with its vengeance ? No: the victim ual ignominy and reproach: for her the of crime receives the punishment of the scalding tears of repentance,--the long- inflicter,-the one is shut out from socicontinued chastenings of remorse, can ety as a being that would disgrace it, not offer a respite; she is irrecoverably while the cold-blooded seducer is receidoomed to shame, recklessness, and ved within it without a single mark of despair, and plunged headlong into that shame being affixed on his brow, as abyss of wretchedness over whose brink welcome, as acceptable, as before the she was only hovering. No distinction commission of his execrable act. is made between the victim of affection The sympathy of the world has been and the sensual creature of the appe- frequently awakened, and many awful tites: she is mingled, unreservedly, lessons given of its frigid doctrines, by with the sensual, the wanton, and the innumerable objects of compassion; but depraved, in the same bell of living in never more forcibly than in the recent famy. Oh! that the being in whose unfortunate instance of Maria Darling. bosom the kindliest affections of our na ton, the judgment of wbom, from the ture have taken up their home, should lips of society, is as yet impending over be the mark where the arrow of treach. her. It was the accumulation of misery should ever be pointing; that the fortunes that bave settled over the unheart which possesseth the best trea- happy girl's head, that excited the ausure of our nature, should be the first to thor to dwell on them : he would gladly be sacked and desolated; or that the have resigned it to one more competent, milk of human kindness, with which it with the firm conviction that her fellowoverflows, should be turned, by the countrywomen will reflect on the many bitterness of misplaced confidence, to excitements and temptations that have the gall of misanthropy. Should there led this unfortunate lady from that cirnot be something more than compassion ele which she herself once adorned, ere
they, by their condemnation, prevent under the most sacred of pledges. her effectually being a member of that Why was she wrong in listening to hiin? society she in some degree forfeited; but It was not the nere selfish desire of agwhich she has now an opportunity of a- grandizing means which would proeure gain entering. In doing so, he is influ- her the possession of those luxuries she enced by no other than a compassionate unfortunately had a zest for: }ie was motive; unknown equally to the lady as the choice of her breast; and constancy to the world, he can only consider her to him, when stung by his meanness and as an unfortunate woman, and, as such, neglect, is the best proof that her affecdeserving his and every one's cominiser- tion was disinterested. Did ever pity ation,
weep for a more deserving object? ÈxThe circumstances which clouded posed, by her situation as a public chaMaria's first entrance into life would be racter, to every opportunity and temptasufficient, in the eyes of a benevolent tion that could possibly weau ber young being, to exonerate her from the charge heart from those principles of honour of wilful perversion from honorable and virtue she cherished so fondly,principles. The offspring of parents in restless for the enjoyment of distinctions whose eyes the acquirement of wealth, which Fortune had placed out of her as the means of obtaining the luxuries reach, she is met by one who promises of life, was predɔminant to that praise- to realize the wildest dreams of her worthy and" upright sentiment which hopes. Under the most sacred of proin truth only exalt one man above his mises, he takes advantage of the confi. fellows, with a father whose course dence she unreservedly places in him ; of life had not secured the good opinion and she is left to the mercy of a misof the world with a mother who, in judging world, and to those whose envy consequence of her unfortunate marri. the superiority of her talents and her age, had been too reckless of her sub- personal charms have awakened. Yet sequent reputation,-it cannot be said how does this truly erroneous, yet still that Maria erred from a good example. amiable woman act towards the man If, in the dawn of her years, when ber who has showered on her bead this bosom was first susceptible to the im- dreadful visitation of deceit and crupression of good and bad principles, sheelty? Does she forsake him? Does saw not encouragement from a virtuous she think, because the first step is course, more than ordinary credit is due taken on the road of vice, that the paths to her for avoiding a contrary one, and of virtue are to be abandoned for ever? preserving a spotless reputation and ir- No: malicious as her enemies were, reproachable character, which she did indefatigable as they shewed themselves for the principal part of her life; till in raking up every past action of her her unfortunate intimacy with the indi- life, not a shadow could they produce, vidual, the principal cause of her sub at a time when, above all others, it sequent unhappiness. The character of would most have peeded them-saving this person is unfortunately too well her unfortunate connection with the known to the world to reqnire a descrip man who first betrayed her, that could tion. The patron of prize-fighters, the in any way injure ber otherwise une encourager of every degrading sport that blameable reputation: tends to brutalize and degenerate the The veil of deception does not long mind, he still possessed, either from blind ber sight: she soon finds, to ber nature or fortune, sufficient recommen bitter disappointment, that the bosom dations for the success of more refined in which she treasured up all her hope amusements;- the theatre, the balls and confidence, she ought most to have room,-in short, in every sphere, high avoided ; that the being for whom she or low, in which pleasure reigned su has sacrificed the good opinion of the preme, he was the living spirit. The world is the last iu it to restore ber to profession which either necessity or in- its estimation. clipation had compelled Maria to adopt Peceived, insulted, and despised, threw her frequently into his socie- from the very quarter where she looked ty. From the bad example which for truth and protection, she receives an had misled her at her home, where offer which promises to restore her to dissipation and splendor were greedily that station in society she has so unforsought after, and the milder and more tunately relinquished, in the appearance endearing qualities of her nature neglecte of a suitor of fortune, family, and rank. ed and despised, Maria was too sensi. How does she act? Though her own ble of the admiration that he, in concord bosom has been made the target for the with a thousand others, lavished on her, arrows of deceit, she proves herself inconcealing the baseness of his purpose capable of showing ii to another, lu