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Lines on John Bannister, by Sir George Rose

Page 168

Lines to a Lyric and Artist

177

Biographical Sketch of Richardson, by W. Jerdan

178

Paddy Blake's Echo, by J. A. Wade

186

Recollections of Childhood, by the Author of “ Headlong Hall ”

187

Epigrams

190, 409, 493, 508, 540, 564, 583, 590

Family Stories, by Thomas Ingoldsby :

No. I. Spectre of Tappington

191

II. Legend of Hamilton Tighe.

266

III. Grey Dolphin

341
IV. The Squire's Story

529
V. The Execution, a Sporting Anecdote

561

The Wide-awake Club

208

A Remnant of the Time of Izaak Walton

230

The “Original ” Dragon, by C. J. Davids

231

2 A Passage in the Life of Beaumarchais, by George Hogarth

233

Mars and Venus, by C. F. Le Gros

247

An Evening Meditation

250

The Devil and Johnny Dixon, by the Author of “Stories of Waterloo " 251

A Merry Christmas, by T. Haynes Bayly

260

Nights at Sea, by the Old Sailor :

No. I. The Captain's Cabin

269

II. The White Squall .

474

III. The Chase and the Forecastle Yarn

621

Remains of Hajji Baba, by the Author of “ Zohrab'

280, 364, 487

The Portrait Gallery, by the Author of “ The Bee Hive”

286, 442

The Sorrows of Life

290

Stray Chapters, by Boz:

No. I. The Pantomime of Life

291

II. Particulars concerning a Lion

515

Memoirs of Samuel Foote

298

The Two Butlers of Kilkenny

306

The Little Bit of Tape, by Richard Johns

313

Hippothanasia, or the last of Tails; a lamentable Tale, by W. Jerdan

The Grand Cham of Tartary, by C. J. Davids

339

The Dumb Waiter

340

Friar Laurence and Juliet, by T. Haynes Bayly

354

Unpublished Letters of Addison .

356

Sounet to a Fog, by Egerton Webbe .

371

Biography of Aunt Jemima, by F. H. Rankin

382

Scenes in the Life of a Gambler, by Captain Medwin

387

Les Poissons d'Avril; a Gastronomical Chaunt, by Father Prout

397

The Anatomy of Courage, by Prince Puckler Muskau

398

Song of the Cover

402

The Cobbler of Dort.

403

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ILLUSTRATIONS.

49

Portrait of George Colman

Frontispiece Handy Andy, No. I. by S. Lover

Page 20 Procession at the Inauguration of Mr. Tulrumble as Mayor of

Mudfog, by George Cruikshank Who are you? by S. Lover

88 Oliver Twist, by George Cruikshank

105 Handy Andy, No. II. by S. Lover

169 Spectre of Tappington, by Buss

191 Oliver Twist, No. II. by George Cruikshank

218 Portrait of Samuel Foote, by Sir Joshua Reynolds

298 The Little Bit of Tape, by Phiz

313 Oliver Twist, No. III. by George Cruikshank

326 Portrait of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, by Ozias Humphreys Oliver Twist, No. IV. by George Cruikshank

430 Nights at Sea, by George Cruikshank

474 The Romance of a Day, by George Cruikshank

565 Nights at Sea, by George Cruikshank

621

419

BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY.

OUR SONG OF THE MONTH.

No. I. January, 1837.

The Bottle Of St. JANUARIUS.

I.

In the land of the citron and myrtle, we're told

That the blood of a martyr is kept in a phial, Which, though all the year round, it lie torpid and cold,

Yet grasp but the crystal, 'twill warm the first trial... Be it fiction or truth, with your

favourite FACT, O, profound LAZZARONI! I seek not to quarrel ; But indulge an old priest who would simply extract

From your legend, a lay-from your martyr, a moral.

II.

Lo! with icicled beard JANUARIUS comes !

And the blood in his veins is all frozen and gelid, And he beareth a bottle; but TORPOR benumbs

Every limb of the saint :-Would ye wish to dispel it? With the hand of good-fellowship grasp the hoar sage-

Soon his joints will relax and his pulse will beat quicker ; Grasp the bottle he brings—’twill grow warm, I 'll engage,

Till the frost of each heart lies dissolved in the LIQUOR!

Probatum est.

P. PROUT.

WATER-GRASS-HILL, kal. Januarii.

B

PROLOGUE.

For us, and our Miscellany,
Here stooping to your clemency,
We beg your hearing patiently.

SILAKSPEARE, with a difference.

“ Doctor,” said a young gentleman to Dean Swift, “ I intend to set up for a wit.”

“ Then,” said the Doctor, “ I advise you to sit down again.”

The anecdote is unratified by a name, for the young gentleman continues to the present day to be anonymous, as he will, in all probability, continue to future time; and as for Dean Swift, his name, being merely that of a wit by profession, goes for nothing. We apprehend that the tale is not much better than what is to be read in the pages of Joe Miller.

But, supposing it true,-and the joke is quite bad enough to be authentic-we must put in our plea that it is not to apply to us. The fact is absolutely undeniable that we originally advertised ourselves or rather our work as, the “Wits' Miscellany," -thereby indicating, beyond all doubt, that we of the Miscellany were Wits. It is our firm hope that the public, which is in general a most tender-hearted individual, will not give us a rebuff similar to that which the unnamed young gentleman experienced at the hands, or the tongue, of the implacable Dean of St. Patrick

It has been frequently remarked,-and indeed we have more than fifty times experienced the fact ourselves,—that of all the stupid dinner-parties, by far the stupidest is that at which the cleverest men in all the world do congregate. A single lion is a pleasant show: he wags his tail in proper order; his teeth are displayed in due course; his hide is systematically admired, and his mane fitly appreciated. If he roars, good ! — if he aggravates his voice to the note of a sucking-dove, better! All look on in the appropriate mood of delight, as Theseus and Hippolita, enraptured at the dramatic performance of Snug the Joiner. But when there comes a menagerie of lions, the case is altered. Too much familiarity, as the lawyers say in their peculiar jargon, begets contempt. We recollect, many years ago, when some ingenious artist in Paris proposed to make Brussels lace or blonde by machinery at the rate of a sou per ell, to have congratulated a lady of our acquaintance on this important

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