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Hence the proverbial saying of There seems to be a great deal of wis“ My Lord Mayor's Fool.”*
dom in speaking contemptuously of comP. T. W. mon-place talk ; but it is all seeming.
Real wisdom makes a man a most agree
able companion ; but mock wisdom, the STANZAS.
affectation of profundity, the prudery of .“ Nemo cxte obitum potesi dici beatus."
learning, makes him quite the reverse.
If a man of great learning be an agreeable WOULr I were in my grave, Beneath the church-yard tree ;
man, it is not his learning that makes him
SO, but his dexterity in managing it. The dark-green grass would o'er me wave, And sound my slumbers be ;
If he be above small talk, he may, for Unbroken by the fearful dreams
nine.tenths of the world, keep his learning That haunt my living sleep,
to himself. It is an admirable conceit And leave me when the morning beams, for profound critics in the ancient lan. To think--and feel--and weep.
guages of Greece and Rome to spend years
upon settling the reading of an old song, Away with mortal life! I call up days gone by
and write volumes upon a cadence, and Sickness and sorrow, pain and strise,
bury themselves in dust till their souls Burst on my startled eye.
are as dry as a stuffed alligator, and then Dim shadows of departea joys,
give themselves airs upon the insipidity So fieeting and so fair
and nothingness of small talk. Why heed ye busy Memory's voice ?
The mistake is common, though not Ye tell but that ye were.
for that reason less a mistake, to imagine
that it is the easiest matter in the world And thou, O Hope! with smile • And sunshine on thy brow,
to talk about nothing, or every-day occur. Whose lovely visions aye beguile
rences : it requires an active mind, an For who so false as thou?
observant mird, and no small share of Lo! stern Experience breaks the spell that invaluable, unpurchasable, and alTby hand had ou me cast;
most unlearnable quality, good humour, And now I read, alas ! too well,
to say something on every thing to any The future in the past.
body. It has been sometimes noticed, as Then wherefore cling to life,
a remarkable and amiable trait in the That frail and feverish thing,
characters of some men, of very superior With crime and care and evil rife,
minds, that they have been able and wil. And death upon its wing?
ling to make themselves agreeable to chil. Oh, no! within the quiet tomb,
dren ; and not unfrequently has it been Or neath the grass-green sod,
observed of great monarchs, that they had My soul would find a better home,
something to say to every body. "Till call'd to ineet its God. Norwich.
R. W. B.
If a man must never open his lips, but for the enunciation of an aphorism, or
never say any thing which has not been, The Sketch-Book. or may not be, in print; if he must be No. XXXIV.
everlastingly talking volumes, or discuss
ing knotty points of casuistry, politics, or SMALL TALK.
metaphysics, he will find the gift of
speech rather burthensome, and but few It is no easy matter to talk well. A of his audience willing to hear him out. man may read many books, and have a
But I am not wishing to vindicate non. tenacious memory, and a sound judgment, sense, or extol trifling. I am only putand no small portion of critical acumen. ting in a clairn for the due honours of that He may express his thoughts in elegant species of talk, which must, more or less, language ; he may season his discourse
be at times the occupation of us all. We with wit, and be a living lexicon, and a have heard of conversaciones, where comwalking encyclopedia ; and yet, after all, mon-place is studiously avoided, where be but a dull every-day companion. All politics and weather are never discussed, the world don't read books; and all who but where criticism, or metaphysics, or do read do not care about them; but antiquities, and matters of taste, form the every body loves to talk.
There is some- sole subjects of discourse. This sounds thing very pleasant in hearing the sound mightily edifying to be sure ; but the of one's own voice; and when we are most egregious common-place is not unwearied with toil, or tired with thought, frequently heard in these parties. Let we love to chat, to set the tongue in mo- but the topics of the day be known, the tion, to relieve the sense of weariness. last novel, or picture, or public singer, * This race of beings was kept at court till
and all the conversation may be antici. the time of Charles the First.
pated. In order to shine, the mind puts T 2
itself into the most strained and unnatu- no strength to support him, no abilities ral attitudes, and displays its possessions to administer to his comforts, nor, in short, instead of exerting its powers ; and many the common necessaries of life. When a poor soul dares hardly open its lips for afflicted by the most trifling disease, he want of having read certain books, or seen is not able to explain his feelings but by certain pictures, or statues, or opera dan. the most piteous shrieks and cries, which,
were it not that he is supported by mater. Small talk obviates these evils ; the nal and paternal affection, he would soon mind is at ease ; there is no intention of go to that“ bourne from whence no traveller saying any thing profound; there is no returns. Whereas, if we only look at the fear of disappointing expectation; and in brute creation, we shall find that at this this delightful recreation we often period providence has made them the su
“Snatch a grace beyond the reach of art." perior of man, but only in this solitary It is very pleasant to pass time agree: feed without help, and what is more, is
instance. The quadruped can walk and ably, to keep the mind active without wearying it, to have all our hours en.
even clothed by the omnipotent God. In
the creation of the world and mankind he gaged in some form or other ; we cannot do this without some share of small talk. has shown his infinite power and glory. But
now let us turn to man in his latter years, Perhaps, if this art were a little more studied, we might find our account in it
. coil of infirmities and disease. When
when he is about to shake off this mortal The French are said to shine in this pars old age approaches, the arterial system ticular ; they can thus make themselves agreeable at very little expense of time or
akly, the veins become thought ; and if our own countrymen,
filled, the irritability is less, the functions without sacrificing their solidity of cha- the fat is absorbed, and the fluids become
more weak, the glands diminish in bulk, racter and compromising their sincerity, could take a lesson from their continental
more acrid. The arteries can no longer neighbours, they would render English conquer the accumulated load in the veins, society, in grace as well as substance, the the brain is overloaded, and serum exhales
in the abdomen and under the skin, the best society in the world.
vessels of the glands cannot propel their
fluids, the nerves no longer possess their WHAT IS MAN?
former irritability, and the senses decay.
From these causes the limbs grow stiff, (For the Mirror.)
the arteries ossify, or are partially converted Man is a being endowed with every sen. into bone, the whole system is oppressed sible faculty, capable of doing good and with a load it is unable to overcome ; in evil ; he is made by the all-wise Creator fact, the proverb becomes verified, “ the most noble of the animal creation,
a man, and twice a child.” Naked and Endowed with a mind capable of thought helpless he came into the world, and helpand reason, furnished with a soul that af- less he goes out of it. His memory fails, fords him the most sublime ideas-ideas his steps falter, his voice trembles, his which, when issued from his fertile ima. health decays, his eyes become dim, and gination, proves his great superiority over at last his vital functions refuse to per. all other beings. The very thoughts form their office, nature fails, and he ex. which are constantly issuing from that pires.
H. W. DEWHURST. mind, when it is well cultivated by the advantages of a good education, makes him an ornament to the society in which
The Novelist. he circulates, and sometimes to mankind
No. C. in general. The talents and abilities he possesses are of the most brilliant cast
The when they are fully developed.
THE GOLDEN CUP AND THE
DISH OF SILVER. body expands in bulk, the arteries become daily fuller, larger, and longer ; his Everyone knows wnat a dog's life the nerves gradually firmer, and his functions miserable Jews lead all over the world, more active. But this is a description of but especially among the Turks, who man in the prime of life, when he is nei, plunder them of their riches, and slay ther troubled by disease, nor tortured by them on the most frivolous pretences, mental affliction. Let us compare him Thus, if they acquire any wealth, they to what he was when a “puking infant” in are obliged to hide it in holes and cor', his “ nurse's arms".
--a poor little helpless ners, and to snatch their scanty enjoyments being, possessing neither sense nor reason by stealth, in recompense
the buffets to guide him, (except a natural instinct and contumely of their turbaned oppres.. to receive milk from its mother's breast;: sors.
In this manner lived Yussuf, a Hebrew injunction against wine, I will drink off of great wealth and wisdom, but, outa this golden goblet as frankly before we wardly, a poor beggarly druggist, inha- part. biting, with his wife, Anna, one of the The terrified Jew understood very meanest houses in Constantinople. The readily the purpose of this trial; howcurse of his nation had often fallen bit. ever, after a secret prayer to Moses, he terly upon his head ; his great skill in began in the best way he could to plead medicine procuring him some uncertain against the abominable dish that was favour from the Turks, but on the failure steaming under his nostrils. He failed, of his remedies, a tenfold proportion of notwithstanding, to convince the sceptical ill-usage and contempt. In such cases, a aga, who, therefore, commanded him to hundred blows on the soles of his feet eat up the pork, and then begin his disa were his common payment; whereas, on course in favour of the wine. the happiest cures, he was often dismissed The sad Jew, at this order, endeawith empty hands and some epithet of voured to move the obdurate Turk by his disgrace.
tears; but the aga was resolute, and draw. As he was sitting one day at his hum. ing his crooked scimitar, declared, “ that ble door, thinking over these miseries, a if Yussuf did not instantly fall to, he Janizary came up to him, and commanded would smite his head from his shoulders.” Yussuf' to go with him to his aga or cap- It was time, at this threat, for Yussuf tain, whose palace was close at hand. to commend his soul unto heaven, for in Yussuf's gold immediately weighed heavy Turkey the Jews wear their heads very at his heart, as the cause of this sum- loosely ; however, by dint of fresh tears mons ; however, he arose obediently, and and supplications, he obtained a respite of followed the soldier to the aga, who was three days, to consider if he could not sitting cross-legged on a handsome carpet, bring forward any further arguments. with his long pipe in his mouth. The As soon as the audience was over, YusJew, casting himself on his knees, with suf returned disconsolately to his house, his face to the floor, began, like his bre- and informed his wife Anna of what had thren, to plead poverty in excuse for the passed between him and the aga. The shabbiness of his appearance ; but the aga poor woman saw clearly how the matter interrupting him, proceeded to compliment would end, for it was aimed only at the him in a flattering strain on his reputation confiscation of their riches. She advised for wisdom, which he said had made him Yussuf, therefore, instead of racking his desirous of his conversation. He then wits for fresh arguments, to carry a bag ordered the banquet to be brought in ; of gold to the aga, who condescended to whereupon the slaves put down before receive his reasons; and after another them some wine in a golden cup, and brief discourse, to grant him a respite of some pork in a dish of silver ; both of three days longer. In the same manner which were forbidden things, and there. Yussuf procured a further interval, but fore made the Jew wonder very much at somewhat dearer ; so that in despair at such an entertainment. The aga then losing his money at this rate, he returned pointing to the refreshments, addressed for the fourth time to the palace. him as follows:
The aga and Yussuf being seated as “ Yussuf, they say you are a very wise before, with the mess of pork and the and learned man, and have studied deeper wine between them, the Turk asked if he than any one the mysteries of nature. I had brought any fresh arguments. The have sent for you, therefore, to resolve me doctor replied, “ Alas ! he had already on certain doubts concerning this flesh discussed the subject so often, that his and this liquor before us; the pork being reasons were quite exhausted ;" whereas abominable to your religion as the upon the flashing scimitar leaping quickly wine is unto ours. But I am especially out of its scabbard, the trembling He. curious to know the reasons why your brew plucked the loathsome dish towards prophet should have forbidden a meat, him, and with many struggles began to which, by report of the Christians, is both eat. savoury and wholesome; wherefore I will It cost him a thousand wry faces to have you to proceed first with that argu- swallow the first morsel ; and from the ment, and, in order that you may not laughter that came from behind a silken discuss it negligently, I am resolved, in screen, they were observed by more mockcase you fail to justify the prohibition, ers beside the aga, who took such a cruel that
you shall empty, the silver dish be pleasure in the amusement of his women, fore you stir from the place. Neverthe- that Yussuf was compelled to proceed less, to show you that I am equally can- even to the licking of the dish.
He was did, I promise, if you shall thereafter then suffered to depart, without wasting prove to me the unreasonableness of the any logic upon the cup of wine, which,
after his loathsome meal, he would have good wine be duly lauded for the happy been quite happy to discuss.
sequel ! I guess pot how the Jew consoled him. The illness of the favourite, being self besides for his involuntary sin, but merely a languor and melancholy, prohe bitterly cursed the cruel aga and all his ceeding from the voluptuous indolence of wives, who could not amuse their indo, her life, the draughts of Yussuf soon dislent lives with their dancing-girls and sipated her chagrin, in such a miraculous tale-tellers, but made merry at the ex- manner, that she sang and danced more pense of his soul. His wife joined heartily gaily than any or her slaves. The aga, in his imprecations ; and both putting therefore, instead of beheading Yussuf, ashes on their heads, they mourned and returned to him all the purses of gold he cursed together till the sunset. There had taken, to which the grateful lady, came no Janizary, however, on the morbesides, added a valuable ruby; and, row, as they expected ; but on the eighth thenceforward, when she was isl, would day Yussuf was summoned again to the have none but the Jewish physician. aga.
Thus Yussuf saved both his head and The Jew, at this message, began to his money, and, besides, convinced the weep, making sure, in his mind,
aga of the virtues of good wine; so that fresh dish of pork was prepared for him; the golden cup was finally emptied as however, he repaired obediently to the well as the dish of silver. palace, where he was told that the fa.
Hood's National Tales. vourite lady of the harcm was indisposed, and the aga commanded him prescribe Anecdotes and Recollections. for her. Now, the Turks are very jealous
Notings, selections, of their mistresses, and disdain, espe
Anecdote and joke : cially, to expose them to the eyes of inti
Our recollections ; dels, of whom the Jews are held the most
With gravities for graver folk, vile ; wherefore, when Yussuf began to see his patient, she was allowed to be
MRS. SIDDONS IN THE CHARACTER brought forth only in a long white veil,
OF LADY MACBETH. that reached down to her feet. The aga, notwithstanding the folly of such a pro
North. Sarah was a glorious creaceeding, forbade her veil to be lifted ; ture. Methinks I see her now in the neither would he permit the Jew to con- sleep-walking scene ! verse with her, but commanded him, on Shepherd.--As Leddy Macbeth! Her pain of death, to return home and prepare gran' high straicht-nosed face, whiter than his medicines.
ashes ! Fixed een, no like the een o' The wretched doctor, groaning all the the dead, yet hardly mair like them o' way, went back to his house, without the leevin’; dim, and yet licht wi' an wasting a thought on what drugs he obscure lustre through which the tor. should administer on so hopeless a case ;
mented sowl looked in the chains o' sleep but considering, instead, the surgical and dreams wi' a' the distraction orepractice of the aga, which separated so morse and despair, and oh! sic an ex. many necks. However, he told his wife panse o' forehead for a warld o' dreadfu' of the new jeopardy he was placed in for thochts, aneath the braided blackness o' the Moorish Jezebel.
her hair, that had nevertheless been put "A curse take her !” said Anna ; up wi' a steady and nae uncarefu' haun' “give her a dose of poison, and let her before the troubled Leddy had lain doon, perisb before his eyes.
for it behoved ane so high-born as she, “ Nay," answered the Jew, “ that will in the middle o' her ruefu' trouble, no to be to pluck the sword down upon our own neglect what she owed to her stately heads ; nevertheless, I will cheat the in beauty, and to the head that lay on the fidel's concubine with some wine, which couch of ane o' Scotland's Thanes--noo, is equally damnable to their souis; and likewise about to be, during the short may God visit
their conscience space o' the passing o' a thunder-cloud, the misery they have enforced upon her bluidy and usurping king. mine!”
North.-Whisht Tickler whisht In this bitter mood, going to a filthy no coughing. nole in the floor, he drew out a flask of Shepherd.--Onwards she used to come schiraz ; and bestowing as many Hebrew -no Sarah Siddons- but just Leddy curses on the liquor, as the Mussulmen Macbeth hersel'--though through that are wont to utter of blessings over their melancholy masquerade o passion, the medicines, he filled up some physic bot. spectator aye had a confused glimmerin' tles, and repaired with them to the palace: apprehension o' the great actress-glidin'
And now let the generous virtues of wi' the ghost-like motion o' nicht-w21derin' unrest, unconscious o' surroundin' diligence of his pursuers, but even susobjects,—for oh ! how could the glazed, pended the work of havoc and desolation yet gleamin' een, see aught in this mate. against the unfortunate Highlanders. At rial world ?-yet, by some mysterious length, after wandering from place to power o' instinct, never touchin' ane o' place in various disguises, often lodging the impediments that the furniture o' the in caves and woods, destitute of the comauld castle micht hae opposed to her mon necessaries of life, Charles embarked haunted footsteps, -on she came, wring, on board a privateer, sent from France to wringin' her hauns, as if washin' them receive him, and landed safely at Morlaix, in the cleansin' dews frae the blouts o' in Bretagne.-Stewart's Hist. of Scotland. blood,—but wae's me for the murderess, out they wad no be, ony mair than the
SONG, stains on the spat o' the floor where some
How smooth o'er the waters midnicht slain Christian has groaned out
Our gondola glides, his soul aneath the dagger's stroke, when
How gently it wakens the sleepin' hoose heard not the shriek o'
The slumbering tides;
No breezes come floating departing life.
Above their calm brcast, Tickler.—North, look at James's face.
But on earth and in heaven Confound me, under the inspiration of
All nature's at rest. the moment, if it is not like John Kem. ble's !
What joy to be near theu !
Alone to be near Shepherd.—Whether a' this, sirs, was
And to list to the voice that natural or not, ye see I dinna ken, be
No other can hear; cause I never beheld ony woman, either To gaze on thee, smiling, gentle or semple, walkin' in her sleep
My beautiful one, after having committed murder. But,
Thus calm, like the waters Lord save us! that hollow, broken-hearted
Our bark is upon. voice, “ out damned spot,” was o' itsell
I feel, on this still wave, aneugh to tell to a' that heard it, that
Beside one so dear, crimes done in the flesh, during time, will:
Like those who inhabit needs be punished in the spirit during
Some happier sphere, eternity. It was a dreadfu' homily yon,
Yet roam on our earth, to
Companion the springsirs; and wha that saw't would ever ask
Who taste of its pleasures, whether tragedy or the stage was moral,
But feel not its sting. purging the soul, as she did, wi' pity and wi' terror ? -Noctes Ambrosianæ.
THE ETTRICK SHEPHERD'S REMARKS Blackwood's Magasine.
For me, sufficient is the rule of three. RARE INSTANCE OF SELF-DEVOTION. I care little for soop, unless kail, or A GENTLEMAN of the name of Macken- cocky-leeky, or hare-soop, or mock-turtle, zie happened to be in a cabin with Prince which is really, considerin' it's only mock, Charles Edward, when they were suddenly a pleasant platefu'; or hodge-podge, or surrounded by a detachment of Eng. potawtoe-broth, wi' plenty o' mutton. lish troops, advancing from every point. banes, and weel peppered; but your white Charles was then asleep, and was awak. soops, and your broon soops, and your ened to be informed of his inevitable vermisilly, I think naething o', and they danger. 66 Then we must die,” said he, only serve to spoil, without satisfyin' a “ like brave men, with swords in our gude appeteet, of which nae man o' sense hands." “ No, Prince,” said Mackenzie, will ever tak aff the edge afore he attacks
resources still remain. I will take your a dish that is in itself a dinner, I like name, and face one of the detachments. to bring the haill power o' my stamach, I know what my fate will be ; but whilst to bear on vittles that's worthy o't, and I keep it employed, your royal highness no to fritter't awa' on side dishes, sic ad will have time to escape.
Mackenzie pâtes, and trash o’ that sort, only fit for rushed forward, sword in hand, against a boardin’-school misses, wi' wee shrimpit detachment of fifty men; and as he mouths, no able to eat muckle, and fell, covered with wounds, he exclaimed, ashamed to eat even that; a' covered wi' 5. You know not what you -have done; blushes, puir things, if ye but offer to you have killed your Prince.” His head help onything on till their plates, or to was cut off, and carried, without delay, tell them no to mind folk starin', but to to the Duke of Cumberland. Exulting mak a gude dinner, for that it will do in his prize, the Duke set off next day them nae harm, but, on the contrary, for London, with the head packed up in mingle roses with the lilies of their deli. his chaise. And the belief that the Prince cate beauty.--Noctes Ambrosianæ. was dead, not only relixed for a time the
ON DINNER FARE.