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Neither will I adopt the hackneyed embellishments which it is commonly the custom to employ. There is one kind of Vale writing, which patronizes the Pastoral; it warbles forth its delicate aspirations in a most mellifluous modulation, it can speak of nothing but whispering groves and melting loves, and verdant plains and happy swains, of tranquil hours and meeting bowers. It contrives to see Damon, and Thyris, and Menalcas, all sitting under the trees of the playing-fields, and to hear a hundred nightingales warbling from the bricks of the Upper School. This is all very pretty, but I don't like it. I don't know how these things are usually summed up, for I never reached the end of one.

There is another genus which dilates into the Didactic. I am told that the study of this style is very profitable, but it generally sends me to sleep. It never rises, and it never sinks ; it goes on drawling in its one unvaried tune, stringing together a set of drowsy apophthegms, which nature never expected to find tacked on to each other. It continues in this strain through about a hundred lines, and when you find yourself at the last of them, you turn round with a distention of face, partaking equally of a stare and a yawn, and inquire-“Pray! what was it all about?"

There is another and a loftier kind; I mean that which affects the Ode. This indeed presents us with something worth dwelling upon. In the first place it throws off all restrictions of metre and measure, and is almost as free as the sermo, which I am at present scribbling. In the next place it throws off all restrictions of time and place, presenting you, in the space of two or three succeeding lines, with Athens, Mexico, and St. Paul's; Cicero, Bonaparte, and Pitt. It is impossible to give any thing like a correct definition of this branch of the Vale. It assumes a thousand different shapes, and that shape is commonly esteemed the most beautiful which is the most fantastic. It delights in a great many peculiarities. It delights in extended similes, which usually begin with “ as when a --” and run along through three parts of a page, in all the meanders of long lines and short lines, interspersed with innumerable dashes, brackets, and apostrophes, before you come to the corresponding Thus,” which informs

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take breath, and look for a meaning. It delights in Personification, which is the figure by which we are enabled to assign blue eyes to Hope, squinting eyes to Envy, and green eyes to Jealousy. By the help of this auxiliary, it brings before our eyes a troop of modern Gods and Goddesses, as if the old ones were not sufficient for any good or evil purpose. It represents all the Divinities which the fugitive is about to leave behind him-first, “ Mater Etona," with a laurel in one hand, and a birch in the other: next Hope, and Peace, and Poetry, and Inspiration, and Mutton, and I know not how many more! Then it raises before our eyes,

66 in dread array," the terrible forms which the said fugitive expects to run athwart in his peregrinations. “Hoary Granta," with Euclid, her aid-du-camp, is at the head of the enemy; she is attended by Labour, and Care, and Trouble, and Triangle, and a legion of Personages of the same cast.


i I would rather get Homer's Catalogue by heart than enumerate the * tenth part of them. This species of Vale delights also in playing the E: Resurrection Man, and bringing up before our eyes the numberless Heroes, Statesmen, and Bards, which have been educated upon the soil

now inhabit. After this it is generally seized with a burst of : Prophecy, in which the Poet promiseth to rival with success the fame of the aforesaid Heroes, Statesmen, and Bards. This frenzy does not

subside till the conclusion of the poem, which, of course, must end with k a thundering Alexandrine, the very beau ideal of Pope's " wounded i snake.”

But the best, and perhaps the most received plan, is to mix all the . above enumerated species together, and to twine the flowers of each I into a wild and luxurious garland. I laugh to see the jarring and o discordant atoms of different forms, and different colours, rushing

simultaneously together, and forming by degrees one cohering whole, united by so delicate a cement, that if from the front, or the back, or the wings, you pilfer a single brick, an immediate disorganization must ensue, and the building, with all its heterogeneous compilation, rolls, instanter, to the ground. I laugh to see the “Learning” of

Personification confounded with the “ Pallas” of Mythology, Lycurogus in

company with a Master of Arts, and Daphnis arm in arm with a second stop!

There is another component part of these efforts which runs through every species in an equal degree.--I mean the language of adulation. This is mingled alike with the enervating simplicity of the Pastoral, the monotonous weariness of the Didactic, and the violent heroics of the Ode. As the ancients bestowed upon the monarchs whom they feared and hated most the title of {vegyetan, our alumni think themselves obliged to heap upon the Governors, whom they have so lately dreaded, the grossest compliments that flattery can devise. I do not quarrel with the feelings thus expressed !—I wish every one had the feeling, without the display. But at present every one has the display, and I will not stop to calculate how many have the feeling.

I say that I will employ none of these tinsel ornaments which better and abler scholars have so liberally smeared over their paper. Neither will I throw myself, as many have done, into the person of some illustrious Hero of Antiquity, and from his lips pour forth the strain of hallowed

verse, till the reader forgets who it is to whom he listens.-I am Allen Le Blanc, and I am writing matter-of-fact.

Farewell to ye, ye amusements in which I have so long rejoiced, ye studies in which I have so long been an actor! Farewell to all the little luxuries which custom has overlooked, to all the little annoyances which discontent has magnified! I am going from the playing-fields, in which I have joyed in the jovial alacrity of the cricket, or the more solid rotundity of the football! from the school, whose wooden walls, sculptured on every side with the honoured names of our predecessors, awaken on every side our emulation and ambition ! from the little uncarpeted cell, which has been so long dear to me as my Home!

Farewell to the congenial Spirits with whom I have so long asso


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ciated! in whose pleasures and whose labours I have rejoiced to participate! Farewell too, to you, the real and only tutelary Deities of the place; from whose approbation those pleasures and those labours have received their highest zest! In the new scenes to which I am now hastening; in the new studies in which I am soon to be immersed, I shall feel, believe me, no ordinary gratification, if I may flatter myself that

you will waste a single thought upon my interests, or breathe a single wish for my future welfare !”

Here Mr. Le Blanc concluded; but I understand that his Vale, as shown-up in School, was of a much greater length. His name was then ordered to be enrolled among our Honorary Members, on the motion of Mr. Courtenay.

The Club proceeded to ballot for two Candidates. I will draw the characters of both, although the first only was successful.

CHARACTER OF TWO MORE CANDIDATES. It had long been a matter of The preparations for the glorious surprise to the whole School that Fourth of June would be a mere a society like “ The King of chaos of doubt and perplexity, were Clubs” should have existed for so it not for the steady coolness with many months without enrolling which Harvey issues his directions. among its members that choice In fact, the legislative and execucharacter JASPER HARVEY. The tive are both lodged with him on main-spring by which this indi. these occasions. His fiat decides vidual regulates every action, is a the claims of the rival boats in social disposition, which embraces their choice of jackets, hats, and a most comprehensive view of the favours; and the judicious selecduties of good fellowship. To this tion of fireworks is an additional his time, his thoughts, and his proof of his taste. It has long money, have been sacrificed; but, been a maxim of philosophy to in return, he has attained that refer all things to first principles; most difficult of all acquirements, I ought, therefore, to apologize the art of keeping on terms with for thus hurrying, in medias res, all parties, by never declaring for without first noticing the circumany particular one of the many stances of birth and early habits, which agitate our miniature world. which led to the formation of the He is equally popular with the character of this Eton demagogue. Cricketers and Boatmen, whose Jasper was born of most reinterests so often and so violently spectable parents at W-; his jar; for he contrives to satisfy the father enjoys an extensive pracdemands of both. With the one tice in his profession of the law, he is accounted a hard swipe, an and of course is a personage of no active field, and a highly credit- small consequence in a borough, able stout bowler; and he is stroke where the corporation, for the of the ten-oar to the others. What most part, consists of tradesmen would the duck and green-pea who have rapidly risen to affluence, suppers at Surley-Hall do without from administering, at good prothe good-humoured smiles and fits, to the comforts and luxuries smart repartees of Jasper Harvey? of a Court residence. Such worthies

generally contain less in their heads shire and back. He was at first than in their purses, and are easily observed to loiter about Barnsmanaged by a clever spirit, who pool, swimming paper boats, or will condescend to such a task. stoning the ducks. In process of Mr. Harvey has always ready at time he was enrolled in the lower hand, against the public dinners Clubs of cricket or football, acand meetings, two or three new cording to the time of year, became songs, and as many dozen of old the best at a leap across Chalvey jokes; which, as if establishing ditch, and was known to have the truth of the Pythagorean brought down a robin after a toodle Creed, have animated successive of two or three miles. In the generations from the time of Joe' meantime his W—-connexions Miller. And thus, by falling in were only kept up by his occawith the prevailing humours of sional appearance in public alongthe old codgers, and by flattering side of his Admiral at the Townthe personal vanity of the younger hall dinners; to which he was townsmen, whenever he has “ the introduced at an early age. It is pleasure of meeting ”them in the some years now since he signalized street, Mr. H. is become the oracle himself by the arch style of his of the Vestry-room and Town-ball. 66 Miss Nightcap and her SweetThe vicinity of Eton College was heart;" a song of his, which has a tempting opportunity for pro- even made the graybeards at curing a polished education for table shake with laughter. his only son ; and besides, Mrs. The remaining outlines of my H.'s maternal feelings would be sketch may as well be filled up spared the pang of so decided a by the imagination of my reader separation from her darling, as the as by my pen.


up sending him to a boarding-school child,” says the old proverb, must cause. This last considera. in the

and when - tion decided the matter, and he is old he will not depart from Jasper came to Eton on the plan it.” Taught from his very infancy of a day-scholar; it being ar- to consider universal popularity as ranged that he should return the summum bonum, we have seen, home to his meals and sleeping- in the former part of this essay, hours. At first the little fellow that Harvey has attained the acme was very obedient to Mamma's of his wishes. His equals love wishes, and whenever his form him for his social qualities, and was dismissed from the school court his acquaintance as the sine room, and his engagements with quâ non of society; and the his Tator were discharged, he was younger members of the commu.. seen trudging up town with bisnity look up to him as a father. gradus, grammar, and dictionary Such is his condescension that his under his arm, and the ink-bottle good offices are never refused to in his hand. By degrees, however, the lowest underling in the school. as his acquaintance increased, and is power abused by the upper their invitations for bis companion- boys ? Harvey is appealed to ship in their different sports mul- as the mediator between the fag tiplied ad infin., Harvey had and his master. His grants of fewer journeys a day into Berkliberties to the commonalty are in

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discriminate and profuse, while his But I am run away with by my influence is always exerted to ob- subject.

6 To turn and to retain the same privileges for his turn.” I may well be asked what numerous protegées from the more acquirements my friend Harvey close aristocrats. The consequence possesses to entitle him to a seat of this is, that our " Friend of the in a literary club. I am reminded People is attended in all his that the cricket-jacket turned up movements by a shoal of depend with blue, the ten-oar broad brim,


form in the school: and the prowess which fought its some to get their lessons construed, way through hosts of Bargées, and others to further their claims when intercepted upon Windsorto their respective stations in the hill, are no particular recomnext match or water expedition. mendations in his present canvass.

I have omitted to mention an Let it not, however, be thought excellent system, by which he se- that his other avocations have so cures the influence over his equals entirely monopolized him as to which he has gained by his good. preclude a due attention to study. natured temperament and useful Had it been so, his success with accomplishments. This is effected the 01 moaloi would never have by the dinner parties which he is been so complete. It was of enabled to give occasionally at home course necessary for a pretender to select divisions of 6 or 8. It to a character of this sort to have affords me true pleasure to meet the ability of conferring obligawith this opportunity of a public tions in the school line-not subacknowledgment for the kindness ject himself to the necessity of and affability which so many of soliciting them. This consideramy schoolfellows and myself have tion taught Harvey to husband invariably met with at the table of carefully every hour which he the Harveys. The style in which spent at home: a decent scholarthe banquets have been served up, ship, and much general knowthe highly-seasoned French dishes, ledge, was the reward of this plan. and the superb trifle-dish in the I do not intend to lay any claim centre, have frequently called for him in the department of the forth the panegyrics of a Rowley. Imagination. The steady and soBut there has been another enjoy- ber intellects of this individual ment far beyond what sensual form a contrast to the brilliant indulgences can afford, which has mind of a Montgomery. Harvey given these parties their rue is made for real life, and all the gusto,- the social intercourse with bustling engagements of society; this family of chaste breeding and he is alone in solitude, and at elegant manners. The hearty home in a crowd. Free from the English hospitality of the Father, weaknesses to which great minds the

conversational powers of Mrs. are liable, he has neither thought H., and," last, not least," the or wrote himself into a belief in charming smiles and musical ta- ghosts, second-sight, animal maglents of Miss Emily, have made netism, craniology or the like, as impressions upon our minds, and Johnson, Scott, Le Blanc, &c. are will long be preserved there by supposed to have done: sentiments of grateful attachment. in common matters, his judgment


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