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civil computation, is their first month) difference is irksome to those onl have a splendid entertainment, and who, determined to see Nature in the rewish each other a happy new year; so flection of their own jaundiced visages, that this feast may be termed their New fancy they behold in its acerbity the Year's Day.
picture of human life. Some such It appears from a curious MS. at the beings as these the great Poet of EngBritish Museum, of the date of 1560, land must, of a verity, have had in that the boys of 'Eton School used, on view, when the caution, “let no such the day of Circuncision, at that time man be trusted,” was bequeathed, to play for little New Year's gifts be- amongst his other precious legacies, fore and after supper; and that the boys for our caution, our guidance, and our had a custom that day, for good luck's benefit. But, independent of, and in sake, of making verses, and sending addition to, all this, winter brings them to the Provost, masters, &c. as along with its brightest of its joyous also of presenting them to each other train, that most festive of all times
and celebrations, Christmas ;-that seaWINTER FESTIVITIES
son so peculiarly and particularly de
voted to the offerings of hospitality, Rastic mirth goes round:
and the pledges of friendship. It is - The long lond laugh sincere ; The kiss snatch'd hasty froin the 'side-long not in its sacred character that I speak mid;
of the happy tide,--for that is a subThe leap, the slap, the haul; and, shook to ject so confessedly above ine, that to Of native music, the respondent dance:
those, whose peculiar province it is to Thos joeund Neets with them the winter night. enforce its glorious lessons,-ours be
ThouPSON. ing to listen and obey,--do I leave Yes! after all that can be said or the task. Their's be the duty to point sung against it, winter, sullen and sad out the holy season's enlivening proas it had been denominated, possesses mises, its deathless hopes, its assustill its joys, its honours, and its rances of immortality-ours to reveenticements. Magnificent and terrible rence and adore. as are the tempests, the clouds, and I have already confessed my faith in, the storms that hover round it, still and love of, all old customs and comme. even these have their warnings, and morations, and one of the last of those their uses; and are all forgotten in the which torture should wring from me, redeeming splendour and beauty of its would be the Christmas Carol, which holly-crowned brow, its frost-bespan- I annually lie awake to hear hymned gled mantle, and its untainted carpet by the voices of the village choir under of snow, o'er-canopying the sleeping my window, on the eve of that glorious flowers, and sopplying the exhausted festival. It is a memento of the olden stream. These soften the winter's ri- time, perfectly delightful; a popular gour, and decorate its fury; and relique of the remotest antiquity, still though the deep waters and the stilly fresh and fragrant to the heart. Its lake shrink from the icy monarch's very title and derivation speak of great glances, and stiffen into adamant at joy and glad tidings; whilst the unthe magic of his touch, yet the very affectedness and simplicity of its permanacles with which he binds them are formance carry us back to that era, equally useful and ornamental. Who when the Judean star shed its unever it was that said that our seasons earthly effulgence over shepherds keep“ Would be but gloomy weather, ing their flocks by night, and its hal
If we had nothing else but spring," lowed glory shone over and about them. said well and wisely; and hence it is, Nor is its observance restricted to one that variety in every thing being both particular spot; for in the populous charming and requisite, the “sum- city, and the thickly peopled hamlet, mer's heat,” and “winter's cold,” have it is equally honoured; and the breach equally their delights and their tri- of it, so far from being considered, like umphs. Now the summer's slackened many superstitions of buried days, an frame is braced into ruddy health; joy honour, would undoubtedly be deemed and merriment have their annual holli- a profanation. Numerous, indeed, are day; and sociability and friendship these characteristic offerings of thanksoblate themselves at the shrine of giving; and to those of my readers mirth, music, and jollity. Discontent who may be attached to such precious and ill-humour alone complain of reliques, I would recommend “ Ane winter's iron sway; and the season's Compendious Booke of Godly and Spiritual Sangs," published at Edin- par nobile fratrum, 'not to be able to burgh in 1621, in which there is an compliment the schooled professors of ancient Christmas Carol, intituled- the day, on infusing the same spirit in“ Ane Sang of the Birth of Christ,” to to their creations. At all events, my the tune of“ Baw Lula Low," as pecu- kind readers, I assure myself of your liarly worthy of their notice; while to patronage and support, in preferring others, preferring less antiquated spe. to participate in the glories, the genecimens, the following, written for me rosity, and the prowess, of that " man by a friend, may perhaps, be equally, of courage bold,” St George of Engor more acceptable :
land, and to join in the kindnesses of * Dreamer! from slumber rise,
old Father Christmas, pathetically hopAnd bend the suppliant knee:
ing, as he does, never to be forgotten, Judea's star has lit the skies,
--for all these are in our tatterdema
lion's drama,—to having a barbarous And shines o'er Galilee! And Eastern sages offerings bring
Tartar Spectacle spurred, nolens volens,
down our throats at one classical TheaTo greet a Saviour and a King!
tre; or, to being chilled, and deluged, Dreamer awake! and lift thy voice and trampled to death, beneath horses' In reverential mirth,
hoofs, at another. Thanks to kind The King of Glory comes! rejoice fortune, these unsophisticated children Ye nations of the earth!
of Thespis have not, as yet, been bitten With peace and healing on his wing, by the tarantula of novelty; and the He comes, Jerusalem's Saviour King! contagion of illegitimacy has hitherto He comes! commissioned from above, held them marvellously healthy and The messenger of grace;
harmless,-long may it continue so! He comes ! the harbinger of love. for when these last of the Romans,To free a fallen race.
for even my friend Punch has latterly Christian awake! lo, thou art free! stooped from his high estate to admit Thy God hath won the victory!” a quadruped upon his boards,--shall
have perished; or, booted, horsed, and The Mummers, I adhere to the best caparisoned, have linked themselves to understood, and most legitimate appel. the prevailing conspiracy, then shall I lation,--are neither of to-day, nor yes- most seriously tremble, and most truly terday, having history and antiquity as deem Doomsday to be near. their sponsors; they too are also de. The festival of Christmas, so seasonlightful illustrations and embellish- ably occurring at this frowning period ments of the season. To childhood, of the year, brings with it, however, and even to man, remembering that he a gratification still more delightful than was once a child, how gratifying are even those which I have just been deeven their most uncouth pranks, and scribing; one to which all have ever dramatic affectations; their quirks and been assiduous to contribute,- one crudities are looked upon with com- which invigorates age, and paints placency as old acquaintances; their youth with smiles; to which business abominable caricature of Nature are yields, and in participation in which forgotten in the mirth and merriment distance is forgotten; and this is to be they create; and each applauded as found at that happy rauster-time of not inappropriate foils to the more re- families, Christmas-day, when, like the fined and natural hilarities of a Christ- Patriarch, the ancient of his family mas fireside. For after all, if we come spreads the feast-board for his kin, to our inquiry like critics, yea, crabbed and the cultivation of affectionate though we be, we shail even find some friendship greatly flourishes; when thing to praise in the very method animosities are buried, and envyings of their madness; and although their put afar off'; when cankered Care scenery be none, their properties and shows less inveteracy, and yieldeth it's their embellishments scarcely worth a sceptre and it's sway, for a happy brief cracked clarion, yet boast they a plot, space, to content and merriment. And some passion, a good deal of action, now is it, that assembled round the and an immensity of spirit, in the glowing hearth, his childrens' children, single stock.piece which their ambula- his bairns' bairns, as the poet of Scottory theatre possesses; and I am truly land phrases them, the shoots and sorry, agreeing as closely as I do, with suckers of his race adorning his throne, Arthur Templeton of the New Euro- the cheerful and flattered Grandfather, pean, and John Lacey of the London, drowning every evil thought in the cup that pledges the several members of saw a vision, and he shuddered when, his family, sweetens the toast with a stooping beside him, she took his hand. prayer for their increasing happiness. • Come away! she said, in a hurried Meetings like these, reciprocally de- voice- come away, my brother follightful to host and guests, defeat Time lows to kill us both. Come, Tyrrel, of his triumphs, and adversity of it's let us fly-we shall easily escape him. sting ; these age can neither wither nor -Hannah Irwin is on before-but, if destroy, for they become daily bright we are overtaken, I will have no more er, and every anniversary addeth to fighting - you shall promise me we them strength and durability. Year by shall not we have had but too much year, renewed by the Season's pledge, of that—but you will be wise in futhey become less amenable to worldly ture.' attack, and by the last enemy alone “ Clara Mowbray !' exclaimed Tyr. are they vulnerable. These weave the rel, “ Alas! is it thus 2-Stay-do not bonds of affections into a Gordian knot, go,' for she turned to make her escape far more inseparable than that of Mace. -stay-stay-sit down.' don; and which none of mortal race, " I must go,' she replied, I must though possessing the prowess of an go-I am called-Hannah Irwin is hundred Alexanders, can unravel or gone before to tell all, and I must foldissever. These are, indeed, the scenes, low. Will you not let me go !--Nay, which, to enjoy and to love once, is to if you will hold me by force, I know I enjoy and to love for ever. Now, too, must sit down-but you will not be how pleasant are our sports and gam- able to keep me for all that. bols ; how captivating the tales of “ A convulsive fit followed, and wonder, and the essays of merriment, seemned by its violence, to explain that that accompany our hospitality. “Such, she was indeed bound for the last and such are the joys of these dancing darksome journey. The maid, who at days!" and long and late may they length answered Tyrrel's earnest and flourish, with all the other honest com- repeated summons, fled, terrified at the memorations of our beloved country. scene she witnessed, and carried to the Long and late, may you and I, my good Manse the alarm which we before menfriends, enjoy them in the perfection in tioned. which they now surround us; and un- “ The old landlady was compelled til we meet again in longer days, and to exchange one scene of sorrow for sunnier weather, I bid you farewell, another, wondering within herself what with the sincere and hearty old Eng: fatality could have marked this single lish wish, of a merry Christmas, a night with so much misery. When she happy New Year, and very many of arrived at home, what was her astonishthem. -- From the New European Mag. ment, to find there the daughter of the
house, which, even in their alienation, ST. RONAN'S WELL. she had never ceased to love, in a state
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by Tyrrel, whose state of mind seemed “ We have no means of knowing scarce more composed than that of the whether she actually sought Tyrrel, or unhappy patient. The oddities of Mrs. whether it was, as in the former case, Dodds were merely the rust which had the circumstance of a light still burn accumulated upon her character, but ing where all around was dark, that without impairing its native strength attracted her : but her next apparition and energy; and her sympathies were was close by the side of her unfortunate not of a kind acute enough to disable lover, then deeply engaged in writing, her from thinking and acting as dewhen something suddenly gleamed on cisively as circumstances required. a large, old-fashioned mirror, which '“Mr. Tyrrel,' she said, this is nae hung on the wall opposite. He looked sight for men folk-ye maun rise and up, and saw the figure of Clara, hold. gang to another room. ing a light (which she had taken from «"I will not stir from her,' said the passage) in her extended hand. He Tyrrel- I will not remove from her stood for an instant with his eyes fixed either now, or as long as she or I may on this fearful shadow, ere he dared live.' turn round on the substance which was “ " That will be nae long space, thus reflected. When he did so, the Master Tyrrel, if ye winna be ruled by fixed and pallid countenance almost common sense.'. impressed him with the belief that he “ Tyrrel started up, as if half comLieutenant and Lieutenant in the regi- even with the light resources left him, ment of La Victoria, which afterwards he made a gallant defence at Corunna, took the name of the regiment of Death. and repulsed the French in the sortie Having been made Captain, he passed he made from that place, killing a great into the regiment of the Union, formed number of the enemy. From Corunna by General Morillo, under whom he he embarked for Cadiz At Cadiz he served during the whole of the cam- was received with the greatest enthupaign, in December, 1811 ; and on siasm by his brethren in arms; but the the 21st of the same month, in 1812, he Government destroyed all the hopes was appointed Colonel. At the close he had raised, by opposing themselves of the war he was made Lieutenant- to every measure he proposed, and by Colonel, and sent as Secretary to Ge.' a criminal mismanagement of their neral La Llave, President of the per- affairs and abuse of their power. On manent Council of War at Corunna. the fall of Cadiz, he retired to GibralQuiroga was at Santiago when Porlier tar, and from thence to London, where made his bold attempt to raise his his lady and child had arrived some country's glory; and on the failure of months before. In a second floor of a it, was sent by General St. Marc to Ma- miserable house this brave Patriot is drid, in great haste, to inform the Go. now mourning, in comfortless exile, vernment of the result of that unfortu- over the miseries of his unfortunate nate enterprize. On his arrival in the country. His destiny is, however, capital, he obtained, by the influence softened by the consolations of his of a high personage, a post of activity amiable and interesting wife, and by in the expeditionary army at Cadiz; a the tender caresses of his charming circumstance which proved highly for- little daughter. Quiroga is a man of tunate for his country, and which great frankness and sincerity. He placed him in a situation to act upon speaks well; when the subject in dethe minds of the soldiers, among whom bate is important, he becomes, indeed, there reigned a great ferment. Being truly eloquent. His discourses in the one of the chiefs of the conspiracy Cortes were full of energy and feeling. formed under the auspices of Abisbal, He has a fine person, though a little who notwithstanding betrayed them, he inclined to corpulency. His manners was arrested, with several of his com- are elegant and commanding; he has panions in arms, and shut up in a an agreeable physiognomy, a wellfortress, where he remained till deli- formed head, and a voice sonorous and vered by the regiment of Spain, who powerful. attended him to the Isle of Leon. Having obtained his liberty, Quiroga was made Commander-in-Chief. He
L'ALLEGRO. directed the operations of his troops with much skill and intrepidity; he Two bucks, who were sitting over a hoisted the standard of liberty at the pint of wine, made up for their deficiency Isle de Leon, and sent forth many of port by the liveliness of their wit. energetic Proclamations, calling on his After many jokes had passed, one of countrymen to step forward to assert them took up a nut, and holding it to his their rights, by re-establishing the Con- friend said, “ if this nut could speak, stitution of 1812. The voice of the what would it say?" “Why.” rejoined Patriots of the Isla being responded by the other, “it would say, Give me nope every lover of his country, the King of your jaw." acceded to the earnest wishes of his people, and Quiroga went to the capi. The late Sir Charles M. Ormsby hav. tal, where his Majesty raised him to ing been sent to a country district during the rank of Field-Marshal. In the one of the last rebellions in Ireland, to same year (1820) he was elected a investigate some matter there, he found member of the Cortes for Galicia, and it necessary to call in the assistance of afterwards appointed General of that one of the government police of the time, province. When the French invaded from whom he inquired if he knew one Spain, under the Duke of Angouleme, Murphy of that district. “ I do, plase the pomination of General Morillo to your Reverence," answered the sergeant. the chief command of the 2d military « Take him up then quietly, and without district, deprived Quiroga of rendering noise," said Sir Charles, “and bring to his country the services which he him over to me.” Our police sergeant was ready and capable to perform, but went on the duty, and shortly returned
to the house where Sir Charles dined. to get a frank from Sheridan, for the pur. Having sent up word that the man he pose of enclosing a letter to his wife in wanted was in the parlour, Sir Charles Stafford. His friend had nearly got to came down, and found the sergeant the bottom of the stairs, before he miskeeping guard outside the door, who joy- sed him, when, upon turning his head, he fully remarked, in a whisper,“ he's in immediately expected foul play, and here, your bonour.” Sir Charles opened rushing towards the apartment, he met the door, looked in, and saw upwards of his companion just at the moment he was a dozen fellows sitting in the parlour in putting the frank into his pocket. This frize coats. He immediately shut to the was enough. Thé enraged elector dashdoor, and turning to the sergeant, asked ed, with clenched fists, and eyes sparkhim “ which was Murphy ? who, grin- ling with rage, into Sheridan's room. ning, replied, “they are all Murphys, “D- me," he exclaimed, “ if I your honour; plase yourself.”
didn't always think you was a
scamp, Sheridan!” The Treasurer was The late Brinsley Sheridan, being on struck with astonishment, and hastily ina canvassing visit to his constituents, the quired what was amiss. “Amiss," reindependent electors of Stafford, was met plied his constituent, “ didn't you say in the streets by one of his old voters, you would treat us all alike? What who accosted him as follows:-"Well, have you been giving to him there?” Maister Sheridan, I'm glad to see you. “Giving to him," said Sheridan, “why How, be ye, ek ?"_" Why, thank you nothing but a frank for his wife.” my friend, very well. I hope you and “Well, man,” said the elector, "give your family are well,” replied Sheridan. me one, and let it be just like his." “Ay, ay," answered the elector, “ they Which demand being immediately comare pretty nobbling ; but they tell me, plied with, he took his leave periectly Master Sheridan, as how you are trying satisfied. to get a Parliamentary Reform. Do ye think ye shall get it?"--"Why, yes," AGRICULTURAL CALENDAR FOR says Sheridan, I hope so."_" And so do 1,” replied his constituent, "for then
JANUARY. you'll be able to pay off the old election
(To be continued monthly.) scores, shan't ye?'__When Sheridan was The weather of the ending month, bas appointed Treasurer of the Navy, under been till near the close, singularly ald the Whig administration, his constituents and dry, and therefore highly favourble at Stafford deputed two of their body to for the operations of tillage ; for continuwait upon him for the purpose of putting ing light stock upon dry pastures, and him în mind of certain promises which he for the young wheats, artificial grasses, had made them, and which were to be and herbage plants. A moderate price fulfilled on his getting into office. Ac- for bay and fodder, and a consequent cordingly, two of these enlightened and small price in the sale of live stock in patriotic electors waited upon the orator, Spring, may therefore be anticipatid. at his residence in London. Preliminary As much ground will have been ploughed compliments having been disposed of, in December, an early seed spring tine, Sheridan asked them what was the more and clean well worked fallows for 18:4, immediate purport of their visit?— may be expected at least for the actie “Wky,” replied the electors, “we are farmer. come to congratulate you upon your get. The operations to be performed tlis ting into a good place, and you know, month, are, ploughing when dry ad sir, there are some old bills standing." mild, carting out dung when it freetes “ Yes, yes," was the answer, “but I severely, threshing during rains and can do nothing for you now. I have not snows, and draining, ditching, hedgereceived a farthing yet from my office.” making, road-making, and mending, in “Why," said the electors, " we can all weathers that men stand out n. hardly expect it at present, but, you know, Live stock of every kind must be caryou have always promised to treat us all fully attended to, especially lambng alike to show no favour.” Sheridan ewes. having assured them that there should be The Agricultural productions for iano partiality manifested in the distribu- nuary present nothing remarkable. Hos tion of his favours, the visitors left the and ducks begin to lay eggs; though if room. One of them, however, returned, they have been well fed, and kept wam, without being observed by his companion, they will begin in December or soone.