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On the 19th, 9h. 7m. 40s afternoon old dramatic register :-“ The Wary Wi.
25th, 4h. 33 m. 3s. morning. dow, or Sir Noisy Parrot, a comedy, by 26th, 11h. lm. 34 s. afternoon Henry Higden, in 1693.
This is very He comes to an opposition with the sun
far from being the worst of our English on the 30th, at 127 h. ; after which he comedies, being ushered into the world by will be an evening star.
several complimentary verses, and a proThe Moon is in apogee on the 5th, in logue written by Sir Charles Sedley , yet
it was damned the first night, owing to a opposition on the 13th, in perigee on the 17th, and arrives at the change on the very extraordinary circumstance, which 27th. The best time for observing the
was, that the author had introduced so inequalities of her surface is at the quar
much drinking of punch into the play, ters, as the shadows projected from the
that the performers got drunk during the lunar mountains appear the longest when acting of it, and were unable to go through
with their parts ; on which account, and the enlightened edge is turned towards the sun. But as the moon at her last quarter hisses and cat-calls in consequence of it,
the treatment the audience gave them by does not generally rise till about midnight, the house was obliged to be dismissed at it is better to secure an opportunity of the end of the third act.” viewing her through a telescope at the
The cost of admission to the theatres in first quarter, when she may be seen at any time in the evening.
the days of Elizabeth was very moderate. PASCHE.
" Let me never live to look so high as the two-penny room again,” says Ben Jonson,
in his prologue to Every Man Out of His THEATRES.
Humour, acted for the first time at the (For the Mirror.)
Globe, on Bankside, in 1599.
of the “best rooms,” or boxes, was a shil. Such was the delight of our ancestors ling; of the lower places two-pence ; and in dramatic entertainments, that no fewer in some places only a penny. The twothan nineteen play-houses had been opened penny room above mentioned was the at different times before the year 1633, gallery. Thus Decker : “ Pay you twowhen Prynne published his Histriomas- pence to a player, and you may sit in the tix. The amusements before the com. gallery.”- Bellman's Night-Walk. And mencement of the play were of various İliddleton, “one of them is a nip; I kinds : “ While some part of the audi- took him once into the two-penny gallery dience entertained themselves in reading at the Fortune.” The place, however, or playing cards, others were employed in seems to have been very discreditable, for less refined occupations, in drinking ale it is commonly described as the resort of or smoking tobacco.” With these they the worst characters. In Every Man Out were furnished by male attendants, of of His Humour, there is also mention of whose clamour a satirical writer of the " the lords' room over the stage.” The time of James 1. loudly complains. It lords' room answered to the present stageappears from a passage in “ Puttenham's boxes. The price of admission to them Art of English Poetry, 1589,” that vic appears to have been originally a shilling. zards were, on some occasions, used by Thus Decker in his Gul's Hornbook, the authors of those days. Till the be- 1609 :—“ At a new play you take up the ginning of Queen Anne's reign, women twelve-penny room, next the stage, beused to come to the theatre in masks. cause the lords and you may seem to be This practice was forbidden by a procla- hail fellow well met.” mation of that queen, in the first year of In the reigns of Charles I. and II. there
were six play-houses allowed to be opened The prices usually paid for the copy- at one time in London ; that is, at Black. right of plays will be seen by the follow- friars, for the king's company; the Globe, ing information, which is gleaned from on the Bankside ; the Bull, in St. Johnan old account-book of Bernard Lintot, street; one in Salisbury-court; the For. the bookseller. Tragedies were then the tune and the Cockpit, in Drury-lane. favourite dramas, and generally obtained The admission to the play-house, called the best price. "Dr. Young received for the Globe, in Shakspeare's time, about his Busiris, 841. ; Smith for his Phædra 1603, was une shilling to the boxes and and Hippolytus, 501.; Rowe for his Jane sixpence to the pit; and a two-penny Shore, 501. 15s., and for Lady Jane gallery is mentioned in the prologue to Grey, 751. 58. ; Cibber for his Nonjuror Beaumont and Fletcher's Woman-Hater. had 1051. To this we may add the fol. Seats of three-pence and a groat are also lowing curious account of the cause of mentioned and afterwards to some of "damning” a play, not contemplated by the houses the prices were from sixpence modern dramatists. It is related in an to two shillings and sixpence. At th:
theatre in Drury-lane, 1703, the price to (who were thirteen in numkin the boxes was four shillings, to the pit allusion to our Saviour and t twelve two shillings and sixpence, first gallery Apostles) were most richly dressed, in one shilling and sixpence, and upper gal. their parliamentary robes, having em. lery one shilling. Many years after that broidered on their left shoulders Saint period the price to the boxes was raised to Andrew's Cross, within a blue rundle, five shillings, the pit to three shillings, and in the centre of the said cross was a and the first gallery to two shillings. crown composed of golden fleur de lis. Since then, the proprietors of some of the This order has been frequently neg. theatres have raised the price of the boxes lected, and as often resumed. It consists to six shillings, and the pit to three shil. at present of a sovereign and twelve lings and sixpence. In the year 1809, companions.
H. W. D. the proprietors of Covent Garden Theatre raised the price of the boxes to seven shil.
THE GLOW WORM. lings, and endeavoured to raise the pit to four shillings.
F. R. Y.
(For the Mirror.)
THE glow worm is the wingless female ORIGIN OF THE KNIGHTS OF
of a beetle insect. The male is of a dusky THE THISTLE OR OF ST. AN.
hue, without much beauty or peculiarity DREW IN SCOTLAND.
of marking. The female is more like
the larva or grub of a beetle, than a full (For the Mirror.,
grown insect. The light, which is of a Hungus, king of the Picts, the night
beautiful sulphur colour, proceeds from previous to the battle that was fought be
the three last rings of the body; it seems tween him and Athelstan, king of Eng.
to have the faculty of giving it out at land, saw in the sky a bright cross, in pleasure. From the circumstance of the the shape of that on which Saint An.
male being a winged animal, and the fe drew suffered martyrdom, and the issue
male not, it was necessary that some con.
trivance should be had recourse to for of the battle proving successful to Hungus, in memorial of the said apparition directing the rambler to his sedentary
mate. which predicted so happy an omen, the
What more beautiful, and at the Picts and Scots have ever since borne on
same time sufficient guide could be postheir ensigns and banners the figure of sibly contrived than this self-lighted the said cross, which is in the shape of a
hymeneal torch? saltier. *
“ Thine is an unobtrusive blaze, From this circumstance it is supposed
Content in lowly shades to shine; that this order took its rise, which was
How much I wish, while yet I gaze about the year of our Lord 810. For
To make thy modest merit mine."
D. king Hungus and Achains (confederates against Athelstan) went barefooted and very devoutly to the kirk of Saint An.
Anecdotes and Recollections. drew, to return thanks to God and his
Notings, selections, Apostles for their victory ; vowing for
Anecdote and joke themselves and their posterity, ever to Our recollections ; use the said cross on their ensigns in any
With gravities for graver foik. warlike expedition.
The principal ensign of this order is a golden collar, composed of thistles, intermixed with annulets of gold, to which A BARRISTER in his chambers is one hangs the figure of Saint Andrew with thing; a barrister at the bar is another ; his cross, and this motto :
and a barrister on his vacation-tour is
another. A barrister in his chambers is Nemo me impune lacessit.
a wise man, a barrister at the bar is a But for their common ensign they wore
wise man, and a barrister on his vacation. a green ribbon to which hung a golden
tour is a wise man; but the wisdom of thistle crowned with an imperial crown,
chambers is one thing, and the wisdom of with a circle of gold, with the motto.
the bar is another, and the wisdom of the Their grand meeting was annually on
vacation is another. In his chambers, Saint Andrew's Day, in the church of the barrister looks profoundly wise and the town of Saint Andrew, and during oracular, and his books form part of the the solemnity of the feast, these knights wisdom of his looks, and his looks form
part of the wisdom of his books. At the * Guillim’s Heraldry, p. 235.
bar, the barrister looks wise; but the † None shall safely provoke me
gravity of the oracle is somewhat blended
with the pertress of the prig; in his was arising ; the thunder gradually ap-
By David Lester Richardson, Esq. ral knowledge. The curls are gone and
The following sopnet contains an allusion to a the dust of the law-library brushed away,
well-known custom in the East-Indies. When a and the whole circle of the polite sciences
female is separated from her lover, she repairs are familiar to him as household words.
in the evening to the Ganges and launches a He looks upon society with the eye of a small floating lamp. Should the lamp, or the philosopher, and though he looks wise light be extinguished, before it has passed a corby virtue of his profession, and as the tain distance down the stream, it is considered result of his practice, he has no feature emblematical of the fate of the absent lover, of the profession about him, and talks of who is supposed to have met with an untimely
The calm scene shrouds; the weary boatmen
raise A SCHOOL-BOY BISHOP
Along the dusky shores their crimson fires,
That tinge the circling groups. As day retires, Some time after Louis XIV. had col.
The lone and long-deserted maiden strays lated the celebrated Bossuet to the bi.
By Ganga's stream, where float the feeble rays shopris of Meaux, he asked the citizens
Of her pale lamp--But lo! the light expires !how they liked their new bishop. “ Why, Alas! how cheerless now the mourner's breast ! your majesty, we like him pretty well.”
For life hath not a charm-her tears deplore
The Brahmin dare not question-he is dead! him we are told that he is at his studies."
Forget Me Not, for 1827.
ETYMOLOGIES. On entering Haerlem, the first object MR. HORNE TOOKE, in his “ Divers that arrests the attention of a stranger is sions of Purley,” introduces the derivation the lofty and magnificent church, the of King Pepin from the Greek noun 08largest in all the provinces. This noble per! as thus-osper, eper, oper ; diaper ; edifice excites such general curiosity, that napkin, nipkin, pipkin, pepin—kinga tolerable fee is expected of all visitors King Pepin! And, in another work, we desirous of viewing the interior ; and for find the etymology of pickled cucumber hearing the celebrated organ nearly twenty from King Jeremiah ! exempli gratia, shillings are demanded. I happened, King Jeremiah--Jeremiah King ; Jerry, however, to enter the church at the timé king ; jerkin, girkin, pickled cucumber! that an English party was present, and Also, the name of Mr. Fox as derived heard a few chords at the close of the ex- from a rainy day; as thus-Rainy day, hibition, such as I never expect to hear
rain a little, rain much, rain hard, reyagain ; the power and sweetness of the nard, fox! Every scholar must also be tones surpass description. Unawares, the able to prove to demonstration that a performer let loose upon us a peal of pigeon-pie is an eel-pie. Lest the reader thunder, which was truly tremendous. may not be a student or an etymologist, At first it murmured at a distance ; and here it is-pigeon is pie-jack ; pie-jack not knowing the cause, I was for leaving is jack-pie ; jack-pie is fish-pie ! fish-pie the spot, conceiving that a real tempest is eel-pie!
built in the pile of old pea-rods.
In the fields, the labourers are plashing " The first gilt thing Wbich wears the trembling pearls of spring ;”.
and trimming the hedges, and in all die
rections are teams at plough. You smell and many other fresh and early bursts of the wholesome, and we may truly say, rreenery. All unexpectedly too, in some aromatic soil, as it is turned up to the embowered lane, you are arrested by the sun, brown and rich, the whole country delicious odour of violets, those sweetest It is delightful as you pass along of Flora's children, which have furnished deep, hollow lanes, or are hidden in so many pretty allusions to the poets, and copses, to hear the tinkling gears of the which are not yet exhausted ; they are horses, and the clear voices of the ladi
calling to them. It is not less pleasant The bare leaps up from his brushwood bed, to catch the busy caw of the rookery, and And limps, and turns its timid head; the first meek cry of the young lambs. The partridge whirrs from the glade ; tho mole The hares are hopping about the fields, Pops out from the
earth of its wintry bole; the excitement of the season overcoming from the fungous nook of its own beech tree.
And the perking squirrel's small noge you see their habitual timidity. The bees are revelling in the yellow catkins of the sal. Come, hasten ye hither-our garden bowers low. The woods, though yet unadorned Are green with the promise of budding flowers,
The crocus, and, spring's first messenger, with their leafy garniture, are beautiful
The faery snowdrop, are blooming here; to look on; they seem flushed with life.
The taper-leafed tulip is sprouting up; Their boughs are of a clear and glossy The hyacinth speaks of its purple cup: lead colour, and the tree-tops are rich The jonquil boasteth, Ere few weeks run, with the vigorous hues of brown, red, and My golden sunlet I'll show the sun;" purple ; and if you plunge into their soli. The gilly-flower shoots its stem un high, tudes, there are symptoms of revivification And peeps on heaven with its pinky eye; under your feet, the springing mercury,
Primroses, an Iris-hued multitude, and green blades of the bluebells
and By the kissing winds are wooing and wooed; perhaps, above you, the early nest of the
While the wall-flower threatens, with bursting
bud misses-thrush perched between the boughs
To darken its blossoms with winter's blood. of a young oak, to tinge your thoughts come here, come hither, and mark how sweli with the anticipation of summer.
'The fruit buds of the jargonelle; These are mornings not to be neglected On its yet but leaf-let greening boughs by the lover of Nature ; and if not neg- The apricot open its blossom throws; lected, then, not to be forgotten, for they The delicate peach-tree's branches run will stir the springs of memory, and make O'er the warm wall, glad to feel the sun; us live over again times and seasons, in And the cherry proclaims of cloudless weather, which we cannot, for the pleasure and the
When its fruit and the blackbirds will toy to
gether; purity of our spirits, live too much. A valuable contributor, the Delta of See, the gooseberry bushes their riches show,
And the currant bunch bangs its leaves below, Blackwood's Magazine, has written ex
And the damp-loving rasp saith, “I'll win your pressly for Time's Telescope an appro- praise priale March Invocation, which is ad.
With my grateful coolness on harvest days." mirably descriptive of the various appear. Come along, come along, and guess with me ances of Nature in this month:
How fair and bow fruitful the year shall be! “Come hither, come hither, and view the face Look into the pasture grounds o'er tho pale, of nature, eprobed in her Ternal grace.- And behold the foal with its switching tail, By the hedgerow way-side flowers are springing; About and abroad in its mirth it flies, On the budding elms the birds are singing, With its long black forelocks about its eyes, And up-up-up to the gates of heaven
Or bends its neck down with a stretch, Mounts the lark, on the wings of her rapture The daisy's earliest flower to reach. driven:
See, as on by the hawthorn fence we pass, The voice of the streamlet is fresh and loud; How the sheep are nibbling the tender grass, On the sky there is not a speck of cloud ; Or holding their heads to the sunny ray, Come bither, come hither, and join with me As if their hearts, like its smile, were gay; In the season's delightful jubilee !
While the chattering sparrows, in and out,
Fly the shrubs, and trees, and roofs about; Haste out of doors-from the pastoral mount
And sooty rooks, loudly cawing, roam The isles of ocean thine eye may count-
With sticks and straws to their woodland home. From coast to coast, and from town to town, You can see the white sails gleaming down, Out upon in-door cares-rejoice Like monstrous water-birds, which fling
In the thrill of nature's bewitching voice ! The golden light from each snowy wing ;
The finger of God hath touched the sky, And the chimnied steam-boat tossing high
And the clouds, like a vanquished army, ily, Its volumed sinoke to the waste of sky:
Leaving a rich, wide, azure how, While you note, in foam, on the yellow heach, O'erspanning the works of his hand below:The tiny billows, each chasing each,
The finger of God hath touched the earth, Then melting like cloudlets in the sky,
And it starts from slumber in smiling mirth; Or time in the sea of eternity!
Behold it awake in the bird and bee, Why tarry ai home?-the swarms of air In the springing flower and the spouting tree, Are about--and o'erhead-and every where- And the leaping trout, and the lapsing stream, Tbe little moth opens its silken wings,
And the south wind soft, and the warm sun.
beam :And from right to left like a blossom flings, And from side to side, like a thistle seed, From the sward beneath and the boughs above, Uplifted by winds from September mead:
Come the scent of flowers and the sounds of
Then baste thee hither, and join thy voice
With a world's which shouts “ Rejoice! Re. Filling air with their murmuring ecstacy :