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charm of romance. I have no pa- prescribing for a right to hold the King's tience with those who say they can see head when he was sick, which was, the Coronation at Covent Garden the- however, I believe, disallowed, as a atre. It is true, they may do so as far spurious claim. But to come to the as the eye is concerned; but it is West- really grand and affecting part of the minster Abbey, and the King, and the ceremonial the Coronation itself. The Nobles, and the hundred thousand spec- chair in which so many kings have tators, in the verity of real existence, been crowned, with the famous stone that constitute the glory of the scene, of Scotland, which was brought by and give it all its power over the feel. Edward the First from Scone, incorpoings. If the Coronation do not appeal rated within its seat, is placed on an elmore to the mind than to the eye, it is evated platform, in the centre of the not worth seeing at all; and it is a sad great nave of the Abbey; and there, degradation of the ceremony, to con- surrounded by the mighty dead of so sider it as a mere theatrical exhibition many generations, the living King proto gratify the sense of sight. All, in- mises, before God and man, to make deed, that the minic representation of the laws the rules of his conduct, and the theatre can give, is precisely that to administer justice and mercy. Surepart which had much better be omitted ly there is something more in this than in the real ceremony, for the taste of an empty pageant! Here, however, the times is no longer what it was; man- again we regret that the venerable ankind have grown out of their admira- tiquity of this consecrated chair should tion of diamond crowns, and gilded be hidden under a covering of cloth of sceptres; and the age of humbug is gold,—the common-place indication of passed and gone.
grandeur which any four pieces of timAgain : what can be more absurd ber would suffice to support. There than the retention of the Champion's was an awful majesty in the worm-eapart in the pageant ? In the chivalrous ten relicks of the old regal chair, full days of our Henrys and Edwards, in of poetical inspiration, and better worth the civil wars of York and Lancaster, than all the cloth of gold in the world. when the red rose became white with A king must be made of different mathe blood it had lost, and the white rose terials from ordinary men, if he can became red with the blood it had shed, pass through such a ceremony without there was a meaning in the Champion's deriving benefit from the lessons it is defiance which gave importance to his so well calculated to convey. At the character;—for every body felt that he moment of his inauguration, in the vewas in earnest. Now, however, it is ry scene of his glory, he is reminded, equally notorious that the whole scene by the tombs of his ancestors, that
Champion of England is a harmless death, when there will no longer be young gentleman, mounted upon a pye- any distinction of rank, but such as bald horse, belonging to the stud of a are founded on superiority of virtue. strolling theatre. How much too is For life is like a game of chess ; so one surprised, to see the nobles of Eng- long as the game is playing, all the men land, at this time of day, condescend- stand in their order, and are respected ing to put in their claims to perform according to their places; one is a king, the most menial offices, for the sake of another a queen, another a bishop, anthe cast-off clothes, and plate, and fur- other a knight, and another a pawn ; niture, which are allowed as the per- but as soon as the game is ended, and quisites of such service; while the mob, they are shuffled together into one bag by the same custom, have their share of in the grave, they are all alike ; and the spoil, in being admitted to scramble whether the king or the pawn be finally for the fragments of the feast! How uppermost, must be left to the decision small is the difference on this occasion of that Great Being, who, as we are between the Nobility and the Mobility! taught from the highest authority, is no Among the numerous demands, almost respecter of persons. too ridiculous for discussion, was one
MODES OF EXPRESSION. A UTHORS are sometimes extreme- “Jerusalem now occupies one eminence 1 ly careless in expressing themselves; alone, viz. that of Moriah, where the others pique themselves on a quaintness temple stood of old, and where, like a or an oddiy, more honoured in the phonix that bath arisen from the ashes breach than in the observance. How. of its parent, the famous mosque of ever, we do not pretend to carp or cavil Omar is now situated.” Does pot this is the following article ; our office being sound a liule unorthodox ?-that a Ma. merely to exhibit the extremely odd way homelan mosque could arise out of the in which some people think and write, ruins of the temple of Jehovah, a3 a (and great ones too among them,) but phenix is fancied to arise out of the who, perhaps, have been caught napping. ashes of its parent ? Let us view some of these eccentricities, Urban Chevreuu, a French historian, Dot with the green magoifying glasses tells us, “When I was young, I reof criticism, but with those of a student, member attending a sermion, preachwho goes to the tbeatre by way of re ed by a prelate, who was celebralasation, deterioined to be pleased. The led at court for the greatness of bis ialdisplay might have been increased from ents. It was on the feast of Mary our comoon-place book ; for the pres. Magdalen. The bishop having enlargent, however, these will serve to marka ed much on the repentance of Mary, great variety io modes of expression. observed that her tears had opened to
It is scarcely credible, that the taste- her the way to heaven; and that she ful Addison should use the word au- had travelled by water to a place, where thenticalness for authenticity
few other persons had gone by land.” In the Aix la Chapelle Guide is a Calvin's (the reformer) mode of exverbose description of the several paint, pression was rather coarse. Luther ings, among which is the “natural looks had, in one of his writings, called him of poor souls in purgatory.”
a declaimer; and Calvin, to justily himThe Rev. John Boruslon, condoling self from such a title, breaks outwith Sir N. Herbert on the loss of his “ Your whole school is nothing but a farher, says, “ 'The blessedness of our stinking stye of pigt. Dog! do you dear deceased selations is handkerchief understand me? Do you understand enough to dry our eyes,"
me, madman ? Do you understand Anne Boleyn's mode of expressing me, you great beast ?" herself was truly astonishing. When Dryden, the great poet, was once on the scaffold she was pleased to say, caugai napping ; for, in his play of the * I pray God save the king, (Henry“ Conquest of Grenada," he makes AlVIU.) und seod him long to reign over manzor say to Boabdelin, king of Greyou ; for a gentler, nor a more merci. nada, ful, prince was there never, and to ime "Obey'd as sovereign by thy subjects be; be was ever a good, a gentle, and sove. But know that I alone am king of me." reyn lord.” This is a tolerable good This mode of expression was well recbaracter of a king, who in his power torted upon him by Col. Heylen, the spared no man, and in his lust spared nephew of Dr. Heylen, the cosmograno womao, and from tbe lips of one who pher. Not long alter the publication of was then on the scaffold, probably dy- his book, the doctor had the misfortune ing innoceat, because that Blue. Beard to lose bis way opon a large common, wanted to marry another, Jane Sey- which created an innocent laugh against Moor, which he did the next day.' him, as a minute geographer. Mr. Dry
Dr. Clarke, io bis Travels, has this den, falling into the colonel's company very suspicious metaphor: be says, at a coffee-house, rallied him upon the circumstance which had happened to In the south aisle of the church at his uncle, and asked where it was that Tuxford, beneath a flowery arch, is a he lost himself? “Sir, (said the colo- very rude relief of St. Lawrence placed nel,who did not relish the question from on the gridiron. By himn is a fellow such a cynick,) I cannot answer you with a hellows, blowing the fire ; and exactly ; but I recollect that it was the executioner going to turn him. The somewhere in the kingdom of Me!” zealous Fox, in his Martyrology, has Mr. Dryden, wbose irritability of tem- this very thought, and makes the martyr per is well known, took his hat and say, in the midst of his sufferings, This walked off.
side is now roasted ; turn me, O lyrunt Jeremy Taylor, in his Holy Living great ! and Dying, p. 73, says, “ Virgins must In the Gentleman's Magazine, vol 86 contend for a singular modesty; whose p. 596, is the following extraordinary first part must be, an ignorance in the piece of information : “ By the Jewish distinction of sexes."
law as to adultery, the woman was put Mr. Evelyn wrote a book, called to death as well as the man, so that the “ Furnifugiuin," and io it inveighs parties could neither of them marry against our using coal instead of wood again." for fuel, deforming our noblest buildings, Dr. Jortin, speaking of those sectariand bringing on consumptions. His ans who rely too much upon the efficamode of expression is remarkable : cy of works of supererogation ; and of “ The City of London (says he) resem- the other side, who go to a contrary exbles rather the face of Mount Ecoa, the treme, consider good works as a bugbear, court of Vulcan, Stromboli, or the sub- and hate the very sound of the words ; urbs of hell, than an assembly of ra- punningly adds, “ Some writers of this tional creatures, and the imperial seat of sori contracted such a superstitious dread our incomparable monarch."
of relying on good works, that they The Rev. Mr. Fawkes, in the year would not even make a good book, or 1739, being at that time curate of Don- employ the carnal weapon of human caster, thought fit to preach a serinou on reason." the erection of an organ in the church. Dr. Johnson, in his pamphlet, · TaxAfter having wound up his imagioation ation no tyranny,' had a passage no to the highest pitch in praise of church- way soothing to the Americans; it was music, he adds, addressing himself to the this; · That the colonists could with no organ, “ But, ( what !- what !- solidity argue, from their not having what'shall I call thee by? thou divine been taxed while in their infancy, that box of sounds !"
they should not now be taxed : We do Hawke (Admiral), who, in 1747, not put a calf into the plough ; we wait gained a victory over the French, tak- till he is un or.' Being a ministerial ing seven ships out of eight, in his dis- pamphlet, however, one of the state secpatch to the Admiralty Board, informed retaries put his peo across this passage. the lords-commissioners, “that the The same author, in his Dictionary, French ships, being large, took a great gave us this definition of net-work :deal of drubbing."
“ any thing reticulated, or decussated, It is surprising, what ridiculous asso- with interstices at equal distances beciations are made by those who attempt tween the intersections." to speak in a language they do not, but KILLED off! was an expression pretend to, understand. We might once unhappily made use of in the mention a thousand instances, but one British senate, by some cold blooded must suffice for our pages. Sic Wm. metaphysician; but to shew how easily Hamilton, conversing with an Italian la military men are reconciled to the thing dy, who would persuade herself she had itsell, Mr. Labaume has given us an anperfectly learned English, asked her ecdote of the campaign against Russia how many children she had ?_"[ have by Buonaparte. It appears that, todone seven," said the lady.
wards the extreme right, the Russiang had a redoubt, which, by its destructive name was Fisher, indulged himself in fire, spread consternation through the the succeeding flow of vita peration at French line. After a sanguinary com- Dr. Owen. The doctor was thus adbat of about an hour, this redonbt was dressed by friend Fisher ;-" Thou carried, with the loss of twelve hundred fiery fighter and green-beaded trumpemen, who remained dead in the entrench- ter; thou hedge-hog and grioning dog ; ments : and, next day, when Napoleon thou bastard, ibat tumbled out of the was reviewing the sixty-first regiment, mouth of the Babylonish bawd; thou which had suffered the greatest loss, he mole; thou tinker ; tbou lizard ; thou asked the colonel what had become of bell of no metal, but the tone of a one of his batalions ?_"Sire! (repli- kettle; thou wheel-barrow; thou ed he,) It is in the redoubl !"
wbirlpool; thou wbirligig: Othou Newion, (Bishop of Bristol,) speak- firebrand; thou adder and scorpion ; ing of bis marriage, suid, it was the wis- thou louse; thou cow-dung; thou moonest thing he ever did in his life, and that calf; thou ragged tatterdemalion ; thou she was the most proper wise for himn in Judas : thou livest in philosophy and the world ; indeed, (he adds,) She more logic; which are of the devil !" than answered his warmest uishes. Count Rumford gives us, in the fol
Counsellor Phillips, in his Recollec- lowing extract, the useful hint of eating tions of Curran, says, “ There is attach- a hot hasty-pudding by gradual advaned to it, (Dublin College,) amongst oth- ces, circumventing the outwork, and er advantages, a most magoificent library, storming the parapet. These are his of whicb the regula!ions were so rigid, words—" The hasty pudding being and the public hours so lew, that it had spread out equally on a plale wbile hot, become, lo the erlerns particularly, ul- an excavation is made in the middle most entirely useless."
of it with a spoon, into which excavation Dr. Donite, speaking of the Bible, a piece of butter, as large as a nutmeg, quaintly says, “ Sentences in Scripture, is put, and upon it a spoonful of brown like hairs in horses' tails, concur in one sugar, &c.; the buiter, being soon beatroot of beauty and strength; but, being ed by the heat of the pudding, mixes plucked out one by one, serve only for with the sugar, and forms a sauce, springes and snares."
which, being confined in the excavalion, Dr. Harrington wrote a song, be. occupies the middle of the plate.” giuning--" Ah! how Sophia ?" which Thus far for the array:- Now for the uoquestionably sounds exactly like a battle. “Dip each spoonful in the same, bouse a fire,
before it is carried to the mouth, cuie We often hear this expression-- being had, in laking it up, to begin on “ High words passed between them ;" the outside, and near the brim of the but the parties using them being of the plate, and to approach the centre by most vulgar and illiterate description, gradual advances, in order not to dethey must have been low words in a molish too soon the excavation, which bighi tone.
forms the reservoir of the sance." Nothing can exceed the strange mode This, gentle reader, is the philosophy of of expression adopted by the Quakers, basıy-pudding, or rather of eating ii. though a sect ever to be admired. They Dr. Sharp, of Hart-Hall, Oxford, call churches, streple-houses, tho' they had a ridiculous manner of prefacing are presumed to know what they every thing he said with the words I say. are ; coaches are leathern conveniences; An onder-graduate having, as the docthey clip and disfigure the king's Eng. tor was informed, mimicked him in this lish into most ungrammatical postures, peculiarity, he sent for him, to give him theeing and thouing us with all the stiff- a jobation, which he thus began : “I Dess of unyi-Iding buckram. Still :his say—they say-you say- say quaintness of expression used by the say;" — when, finding the ridiculous Quakers was not always so quiet, peace. combination in which his speech was inable, and orderly, as now. One of volved, he concluded by bidding the Abis class, a primitive enibusiast, whose young satirist be gone to his room.
Sylvester, dscribing the Lord's com- erally considered an uosightly membra · ing to judgment, expresses it thus : nous pouch ; but the delicacy of its
Mercy and justice, marching cheek by joule, texture, the consideration of its extraShall bis divine triumphant chariot roll. ordinary powers, and the importance of Mr. Soutbey says, “ Three peo. its functions to the health and existence ple passed us with wens, and I puzzled of the human frame, must create a salmysell in vainly attempting to account utary reluctance to hazard any practice for the connection between wens and by which it can be injured.” mountains.” The same writer demon. The gentle Doctor South could, in strates the stupidity of mapkind.- argumentative allusion, use such a term “Every body (says he) now believes in as, “ hell and damnation proof;" wbich the merit of Paradise Lost, as they be- is going as far as a point could be orged. lieve in their creed ; and, in ninety and Honest old angling-loving Isaac nine instances out of a hundred, with as Walion must not be forgollen. He lillle comprehension of the mysteries of thus instructs his piscatory pupils to the one a3 of the other !''
handle a frog :-“ Put your book into Sir John Sinclair, in his Code of his mouth, which you may easily do Health, thus expresses himself about from the middle of April till August, pork :-" Pork is a savoury food ; and, and then the frog's mouth grows up, as this animal is of no use to man when and be continues so for at least six alive, it is therefore properly designed months without eating, but is sustained for food; and besides, from its loathe -oove but He, whose name is Wondersome appearance, it is killed without ful, knows how. I say, put your hook reluctance.” The same author is so through his mouth, and out at his gills, kind as to make an apology for the un- and then, with a fine needle and silk, sightliness of the human stomach. sew the upper part of his leg, with only “ The stomach (says he) is far from one stick, to the arming-wire of your recommending itself by any elegance of hook; and, in so doing, use him as appearance ; on the contrary, it is gen- though you loved him.”
DRURY LANE, JULY 28. . which deep beds of turf have ever since been On Monday Mr. Kean, whose squabbles formed, and, in all probability, gradually with American managers have been as much sunk into the marsh by its own weight. The protruded on the public as if they afforded resini'us particles which are in the marshy grounds for another American war, re-ap
war. re-an- soil, have probably contributed to preserve peared at Drury-lane as Richard III. The
the bridge, which is entirely of wood. Evhouse was crowded, and his reception was as ery six feet there were posts to support the tumultuary as "i' the olden times." His railing, as may be judged by the holes in performance was also in the known style which they were fixed. This great work, Unintelligible drawls, great effects, electrify.
which consists of a judicious number of ing passages, and, as a whole, wanting truth beams, appears to have been wrought with and consistency. After the play there was very large axes; the workmanship is admia speeeh of pure egotism, Yr. Kean seeming
rable. to fancy himself not only the greatest actor
PIGEON-FLYING. that ever “ fretted his hour upon the stage,”
• Antwerp, July-Some pigeon fanciers of but as having having some connection with this city, have sent this year, thirty-two pig. Garrick and Shakspeare, and being a sort eons to Orleans, where, according to a proof representative of England to the United ces verbal, drawn up in due form, they were States. All this is inconceivably ridicu. let loose on the 1st of July, at 25 minutes lous ; but when the tragedy is done, the past seven in the morning. Orleans is 122 million look for a farce.
post leagues from Antwerp, and the pigeon
which arrived the first, had performed the THE ROMAN BRIDGE IN HOLLAND.
journey in seven hours and a half ; five othCroningen.--The Roman bridge, which ers arrived the same day, almost immediatewas discovered in Holland, in 1818, is now ly after the first; four returned the next wholly cleared from the turf with which it day; one on the third ; many more would was surrounded. It is three miles long, and undoubtedly have returned, had not the 12 feet broad. It was laid by the fifteenth weather been very bad. Considerable wacohort of Germanicus, over the marshes, in gers were laid on the issue.