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kindly advised him to avoid the ludi- and to have past with it. Could not
crous, another to shun the pathetic.” Mr. Irving manage to be humorous
If the turn of an author's genius is to and pathetic at the same time, and
be determined from the line of writing give us another Sketch Book. He
which he seems most to indulge, hu- would thus please both parties, in-
mour is certainly the reigning quality stead of neither.
of Mr. Irving's mind. Bracebridge To conclude: it is an usual com-
Hall, much and the best part of the plaint with the authors of one popu-
Tales of a Traveller, are written in lar work that their succeeding ef-
the humorous vein. On the other forts are ungraciously received by
hand, if the turn of genius is to be the public; but the inferiority of the
estimated by the felicity of execution, Tales of a Traveller to Mr. Irving's
we should perhaps say that our au- preceding works is so palpable, that
thor's forte was the pathetic. But I am sure he himself must acknow-
in truth, the fine melancholy shade ledge the sentence that condemns it
which was thrown over the Sketch as unworthy of his talents to be just.
Book seems to have been only the

I am, &c. &c. effect of sorrow's passing cloud,

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The Did English Ilesters.

No. IX.

A BANQVET OF IESTS. OR CHANGE printed at Oxford," appended to Ly-
OF CHEARE, &c. THE FOURTH IM ford's “ Plain Man's Senses exercised
PRESSION, WITH MANY ADDITIONS. to discern both good and evil,” Lon-
LONDON, PRINTED FOR RICHARD ROY- don, 1655, in quarto; we find The

Banquet of Jests, new and old, in 12.

Since our last, we are also indebt-
1634. Duodecimo,
containing 234 pages, besides 14 of pre-ed to a friend for looking through the
liminary matter, and 12 more of contents registers of the Stationers' company;
or index.

and from his information, we learn

that the first book entered in RoyThis is another and later edition ston's name was January 26, 1628 of the curious little volume recorded (1629) An Elegie upon the Fate of the in our last number, (p. 285.) and we most hopefull young Prince Henry, elare again tempted to introduce it to dest Sonne to his Marie of Bohemia, the notice of our readers in a very so that it would appear he comshort article, because the additions menced business nearly a year and a are so numerous as to make it al- half preceding the appearance of our most a distinct publication from its jest book, and when he was about predecessor, and some of the jests the age of 28. The jests were enare not unworthy of revival. tered May 10, 1630. În 1633 he had

The first edition consists of 195 a partnership with Allot (the editor articles, the fourth of 261; out of of England's Parnassus, and the which number 91 are altogether new, publisher of the second Shakspeare) 26 of them being substitutions for and others in Withers' Emblems, in the same number originally given in folio, a book which must have rethe copies of 1630, but subsequently quired no small capital from the withdrawn.

number and beauty of the engravings. There was probably an edition bec: We promised to be brief, and will tween the sixth of 1610 and that of keep our word by concluding with a 1660 mentioned by Granger; for in few of the witticisms added to the "A

catalogue of some books printed present edition, although we do not for Richard Royston, at the Angel in presume to say with the original Ivie-lane, London, and some formerly printer :

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Since, reader, I before have found thee Of all the women in the world,

I never would come at her.
Expect this fourth impression more refinde. Her body is bestowed well,
Of Peter Martyr. (31.)

A handsome grave doth hide her,

· And sure her soule is not in hell, One Peter Martyr a great schollar and

The fiend could not abide her. very famous in his time, had beene a long

I think shee mounted upon hie, suitor for a bishoprick, but was still crost in

For in the last great thunder his suit; at the last foure fryers confessors

Mee thougt I heard her voyce on hic were preferred together to foure vacant

Rending the clouds in sunder. seas, and he not remembred : which being told him, he said, Me thinks amongst so many confessors, one martyr would not Of a Woman that was Beaten by her Hus

band. (260.) have done amisse.

A country fellow had an idle housewife Of one for favour made a Master of Art. that did use to sit slothfull at home, and * (91.)

settle her selfe about nothing that belonged Two gentlemen meeting, saith one to the

to any housewifery, but suffered all things other, Would you believe that such a

to goe (as the old proverbe is) at sixe and man, being late at Oxford, had the cour. tesie done him to be made master of art? labour, and finding her to sit lazing by the

seven. Upon a time comming from his to whom the other answered ; O yes ; fire he tooke a holly wand, and began to without question.

cudgell her soundly; at which she cryed Of a Divine. (102.)

out aloud, and sayd, Alas ! nusband, what A divine in his sermon praying for the doe you meane ? you see I doe nothing, I Lords spirituall and temporall, desired doe nothing. I, marry wife, saith hee, I heartily in his prayer thus ; that the Lords know that very well, and that is the reason spirituall might be made lesse temporall, for which I beat thee. and the Lords temporall more spirituall.

We have before said, that Archee, An Office in Reversion. (182.)

who is held forth as the editor of the
A great man in this kingdome being of latter editions of this volume, had in
a temperate and spare dyet, and using to
take much physick, had the reversion of all probability nothing to do with
another man's office, who was exceeding the publication. In the edition of
fat and corpulent, and loved to drink deepe 1640, is one jest which does not ap-
and to feed high, to whom being invited to pear in the preceding copies, and
dinner and finding his stomack sickly and which is the only passage throughout
weake, forbore to eate at all ; which the the volume that has any allusion to
other observing, Sir, saith he, you take too

much of the apothecarie's physick, and too
little of the kitchin's; and I feare though

Arche over-reached. (p. 44.)
you are my executor for my place, yet I

Our patron Arche the king's ie: ter having may outlive you. The other taking up a before fool'd many, was at last well met pure Venice glasse that then stood before withall : for comming to a nobleman to him, made him this answer: I question give him good morrow upon new ycare's that, Sir, for this brittle glasse which you day, he received a very gracious reward sce, being well and carefully kept, may last from him : twenty good pieces of gold in as long as your great brasse kettle. his hand. But the covetous foole expecting

(it seemes) a greater, shooke them in his Of a moderate Drinker. (234.)

fist, and said they were too light. The noA gentleman of a very temperate dyet bleman tooke it ill from him, but dissitting at table where there was great plenty sembling his anger he said, I prethee of wine, drunke very sparingly; which Arche, let mee see them againe, for a. observed by another, who then sate over 'mongst them there is one peece I would be against him ; Sir, saith he, if none in the loath to part with. Arche supposing hee world would drinke more than you, wine would have added more unto them, deliwould bee cheape: to whom he replyed, vered them backe to my lord, who putting “Nay rather, if all men did drinke as I 'em up in his pocket, said well, “ I once doe, it would make wine very deare, for I gave money into a foole's hand, who had drinke as much as I can."

not the wit to keepe it." An Epitaph upon a Scolding Woman.

This extract is curious, as it cor(246.) Wee lived one and twenty yeare

roborates the accounts given in some Like man and wife together ;

of the writers of that day, of the I could no longer have her heere, profusion and extravagance of the

Shee's gone, I know not whether. new year's gifts, and it will easily If I could guesse, I doe professe account for the wealth said to be (I spenke it not to flatter)

amassed by Armstrong whilst he

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held the situation of royal fool. To Is't so, that wee in hourely danger stand, prove that he saved money, and laid Whether wee saile by sea, or goe by land ? it out in the purchase of landed pro- That wee to th’ world but one entrance perty, we have met with a contempo

have, rary authority in an uncommonly rare

But thousand meanes of passage to our tract printed in duodecimo 1636, and entitled, The fatal Nuptiall, or Mourn. And that the wise shall no more fruit refull Marriage. This is a metrical Of all his labours, then the foole shall account of a lamentable accident

havethat occurred in the preceding year, For th' politick Hun must yeeld to swelling on Windermere Water, when forty Humber, seven persons (among them a young As well as th' least of his inferiour number, married couple with their friends and And Archee, that rich foole, when hee least relations going to keep the wedding) dreames, were drowned. The anonymous poet For purchast lands, must be possest of

streamcs. (a very bad one by the way) meaning to enforce the uncertainty of life Archee, however, took care not to : and the liability of all ranks to a endanger himself on the water : he similar disaster, introduces Archee, married a wife, enjoyed his property, who was probably well known in the and died, at a good old age, in his neighbourhood of the accident. bed, in the year 1672.

Now am I happier than a king !

My goblet flows with wine,
And round my couch the gay girls sing,

And all their love is mine!
My brow is bound with ivy pale,

And tendrils of that tree
The best that grows on hill or dale,

At least the best to me!
My bower is wreathed of myrtle green,

The lily, and the rose,
Whose red bud blushes to be seen
'Mid lilies fair as those !

Thus am I happier than a king !

My goblet flows with wine,
And round my couch the gay girls sing,

And all their love is mine!
And Myra laughs, and Daphne smiles,

And Galatea tries
To win me with her witching wiles,—
And gentle Thyrza sighs !

Thus am I happier than a king !

My goblet flows with wine,
And round my couch the gay girls sing,

And all their love is inine !
Then fill my bowl, and bind my hair

With fresher wine and flowers :
To-morrow may belong to Care,-
To-day ! to-day is ours !

Now am I happier than a king !

My goblet flows with wine,
And round my couch the gay girls sing,

And all their love is mine!



We took up our lodging at a barous old monk ought to have been wretched taverna, one of the few confined to his celì a year for his houses within the walls of Paestum, contumacy ! and having reposed a little, went Mr. Forsyth was certainly right in forth to examine the temples. curtailing the antiquity of the Paes

How grandiosi, how imposing, how tum temples, and Mr. Eustace's assublime are these old edifices-ruins sertion, that “from the solidity or they can hardly be called, they have heaviness of their forms, we must still such a character of firmness, of conclude that they are the oldest entireness! These “ firm-set”. co- specimens of Grecian art now in exlumns seem to be rooted in the earth istence,” can hardly be made good. to have grown from it-mysteri- “ The proportions of an order," says ous, eternal, they seem almost pro- the former gentleman, are but a ductions of other energies than those matter of convention : they often vary of man! How inadequate are mo in the same country, nay in the same dels or drawings to convey the grand edifice; and surely a Phidias workcharacters of architecture ! How we ing in the metropolis of Grecian art, felt the fact, when our eyes took in with its two best architects and the the magnitude of the proportions, the Pentelic quarry at his command, grandeur of the ensemble of these might well produce more elegance structures! And so great a charm than contemporary, or even later exists in their wild solitary situation artists, who were confined to the -this wide-wide plain seems to ruder materials and tastes of a remote reserve itself exclusively for their colony." In support of this opinion basis, this circus of mountains, and we would observe that the materials this sea form so appropriate a frame —the very coarse, porous, and at for them—the silence of man seems the same time, very brittle stones, of here the silence of reverence, and the which the temples are built, are such tinkle of the sheep-bell, the distant as adapt themselves more agreeably low of the ox, the rustle of the green to large masses than to fine light lizard, and even

pieces. These stones were undoubt-i stridi ingrati

edly formed and found at Paestum Delle cornici squallide e de' corvi

itself; they are hard coralline petri.

factions : the brackish water of the are sounds consonant to the hoary river Salso that runs by the walls of antiquity, to the obscured but vene- the town, and in different branches rable glories of the edifices. We across the plain, has so strong a pehave no wish (probably because we trifying virtue that you can almost have no means of adding much to follow its operation with the eye; the the volumes of description that al- waters of the neighbouring Sele have ready exist, of these remains—so be always been remarkable for the same not frightened, gentle editor—we here quality : in many places where the serve up our few observations with a soil had been removed, we perceived brevity that must excuse their illo- strata of stones similar to those which gical disorder.

compose the temples, and we would Padre Paoli must have been mad, almost venture to say, that the subor curst indeed with a Borrominesco stratum of all the plain, from the Sele taste in architecture (as Paolini ob- to Acropoli, is of the like substance. serves), when he said that the style Curious petrifactions of leaves, pieces of these temples was rozzo e goffo of wood, insects, and other vegetable (rude and clumsy), condemned by all and animal matters, are observed in persons that loved delicacy; his sup- the materials of the columns, walls, posing them to be works of the Etrus- &c. cans, and in the Etruscan order, was The cyclopean walls of the city are bad enough; his career of ignorance pretty well preserved, except on the might have stopped there—the bar- side towards the sea; on the eastern

* See vol, ix, p. 122, for thc first part.

side they have suffered little, and mirth was not at all gross or offen-
fragments of towers, which seem to sive. We made the singers repeat
have flanked the walls at regular slowly three or four of their songs,
distances, yet exist. The gate in which, like ancient oral traditions are
this part, called La Porta della Sic spread from mouth to mouth, and
rena (from a small rudely sculptured without ever being committed to the
figure, which looks more like a dol- custody of ink and paper, enjoy a
phin, over the arch) is very perfect, circumscribed, tiny immortality, in
but mean and small, and here the the town or village where they were
aqueduct which conveyed the water produced; we wrote them down,
from the mountains behind Capaccio they are exceedingly simple, but not
is traced for some distance. Near without prettiness—how figurative-
the hollow, called the Amphitheatre, how eastern is this passage !
we perceived the figure of a gladia- Figliuola con quisto pietto palombino,
tor, seated with a shield on his arm, Luci più della luna di Yennaro,
executed in bold relief, on a large 'Sta buccuzza vostra yetta fiori,
block of fine white stone, which had Le labruzze son coralli naturali;
been but lately discovered. It may Quanno ti metti 'sta tovaglia bionna,
serve to strengthen the rights of the Mi pari un antenna in auto mare !
“ scooped out space” to its title of Maid with the dove's breast,
amphitheatre.—Yet if this hole was

Thou shinest brighter than the moon of
the arena of an amphitheatre, what January
a diminutive one it must have been ! This mouth of thine throws forth flowers,
Did not the Roman taste for that Thy lips are natural corals ;
amusement take so deeply among the When thou puttest thy brown napkin o'er
Paestans, as among their other colo thy head
nies and conquests? And yet the coin Thou seemest to me a sail in the high sea!
most frequently found here, bearing Admire, we beseech you, the orien-
the Latin epigraph Paest., has the tality of the simile, « when thou
figure of a gladiator on one side and puttest thy brown napkin over thy
of a wild beast on the other.

head, thou seemest to me a sail in We did not quit the interesting the high sea. No northern imagiruins until evening closed in. Our nation, less than Macpherson-Osquarters at O S2 Pepe's were not sian can come up to this! particularly good; his hostelry con When our merriment was at its sisted of a stable and pig's-sty on the height, it was interrupted by loud ground floor; upstairs a good sized cries across the plain, and the barkroom that was kitchen, tap, parlour, ing of dogs: a boy came in saying, and dining-room, a bed-room for the “ sono calati i lupi(the wolves are whole family behind, and on one side come down), and we all ran to the door: a spence about ten feet square, in the noise, however, waxed weaker which they had shaken down two and weaker, and soon ceased. This insacks of straw for us. Comfort we cident introduced a long conversa.could not expect, but we were very tion on the privation of fire-arms, on merry withal: the few inhabitants of wolves, and shooting. On the rethat secluded spot met at Si Pepe's integration or pristination (the latter to spend the evening in jollity be- is the favourite word now) of King fitting the season (you remember it Ferdinand's government after the was Easter Sunday); an old man fall of the constitution, the people played the Spanish guitar, and a boy were disarmed, punishments decreed beat a tabor; the landlord's children against such as concealed their arms, (ne aveva una bella provista) danced and many obstacles placed in the the tarantella, while the older by- way of obtaining licences, especially standers beat time and cracked their for such as had been, or were susfingers for castanets. We contri- pected of having been Carbonari. buted our portion to the amusement This was felt as a dreadful evil all by treating them to supper and wine, over the kingdom, and the inhabiand this had so good an effect that tants of this part of the country had we were soon in as gay a circle as strong and particular motives of discan be imagined. The joke, the content. " The mountains around story, the rustic song went round, are full of wolves," said our host, one peal of laughter followed another, “ they come down in troops and atbut though rough and noisy, their tack our flocks, and even our colts

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