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Retter to sit in Freedom's ball,
The world is but an opera show,
| C. Cryplus.
Bnt when the winds begin to roar,
And lift the foamy head;
And a!l the heaven is fled.
From an Eoljnu lyre,
Breathe on the trembling wire
Seen on an April day.
Then weeps itself away.
of bright electric fire,
Aud ju the blaze expire.
Which in the dew dawn,
Wide o'er the verdant lawn.
That as it sortly blows,
Or bend the blushing rore.
And all the sky deform,
The sigh a raging storm,
Shining throngh verpal showers,
Panting on op'ning flow'rs.
A woman in her mazic beauty rore,
" bride," And bis first sleep became his last repose.
Ere yet her child has drawn its earliest breath,
To prove thy breast less fair,
It melted to a tear.
THE TWOPENNY BAG.
“My friends," he cried, “p-x take you for your care."-- Pope. We are sorry that “A Reader"_should have had reasons for becoming “A Writer;"- but he has shewn cause, and we will in future endeavour to spare his ink and our pockets.
“ Arise my fair! and let us stray
“Where Spring's soft gales 'mong woodlands play,"Says our friend “H”-but bis wanderings have already been so irregular, that we cannot countenance him. He was unfortunate in his subject-perhaps his graphic descriptions may be more to the purpose.
“There is nae luck about the house”-and we lament to add, that unless our friend Giles will furnish us with a second copy, his letter is lost in toto.
“ Buff" is a discoloured dog, who has no more idea of writing verses in praise of the fair than a young Buffalo! We should not be surprised to see bim at St. Luke's the next time we call.
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THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. 5. The strangers' gallery, devoted en
tirely to the accommodation of strangers. That part of the house to the right of This
ht. of This gallery is computed to afford acthe Speaker is called the ministerial
commodation to about one hundred and side of the house ; that on his left, the fifty persons. From this gallery females opposition side. The bench on the are excluded by a standing order. In floor, close to the Speaker's right, ex. front of the gallery is the house tending from his chair to the division clock in the centre, is known by the appellation of the Treasury Bench," on
6. The members' galleries. These which his Majesty's ministers usually galleries are provided with double take their seats. The bench on the rows of seats. On a call of the house, opposite side is occupied by the leaders or when an important discussion atof the opposition. The seats are cover- tracts & numerous attendance of memed with green leather cushions. The bers, these galleries are completely floor is of plain vak, and the parts con- filled. Members sometimes speak from tiguous to the benches, on which the thence, but this does not often occur. feet of the members rest, are covered 1. The seats here described, and with rush matting. An agreeable which are immediately under the temperature is preserved through the strangers' gallery, are devoted to the house by means of flues, which pass reception of Peers of the other house, under the floor, and which disseminate who may feel desirous of being present heat through brass gratings, placed in at the discussion in this to the foreign convenient situations.
ambassadors to the sons of members. 1. This represents the principal door and to some of the Westminster boys, of entrance to the body of the house :
who are entitled to this privilege. it leads directly from the lobby, which Members also occasionally introduce we have already described. It is a their friends here. folding door, one half of which only is 8. This is the situation of the bar of opened, except on particular occasions, the house. When persons appear at such as the entrance and departure of the bar with papers, or for other porthe Speaker-the entrance and de- poses, a sliding bar is drawn across parture of messengers from the Lords, the space which is here observed. &c.
10. This small door is for the ex. 2. This is the table of the house, on clusive accommodation of the reporters which are deposited a certain number for the public press. of the Journals, and on the end next the entrance, the mace. This mace is
13. The lustre. This is composed of silver, gilt. The table is covered
a of brass, and consists of three rows of with leather, and under are drawers
pe branches, in each of which is a war filled with stationery, for the use of cand the members.
15. This figure is meant to represent 3. The mace. When the house re
the situations in which particular memsolves into a committee, the mace is bers of the opposition and ministerial removed into a space prepared for it parties generally take their seats. under the table. The Speaker then This figure is intended for Sir James leaves the chair, and the chairman of Mackintosh. committees takes his seat at the table. 27. Mr. Canning, When the house resumes, it is the duty It may here be interesting to state of the Serjeant-at-Arms to replace the the origin of this building, and to exmace on the table.
plain that its walls have not at all times 4. These three figures represent the resounded to the thunders of political clerks of the house. Their duty is to discussion. At an early period of its take the minutes of the proceedings of history it was devoted to religious the house, which are subsequently purposes, and was known under the transcribed and entered upon the title of St. Stephen's Chapel, by which Journals, or otherwise disposed of, as even in modern days it is occasionally circumstances may demand. It is their described. The form of the edifice, in province also to read petitions, and to fact, in a great measure stamps its prepare transcripts of such questions early character. On being viewed by as it may become the duty of the a stranger, for the tirst time, it presents Speaker to submit to the house.
precisely the appearance of a chapel.
The wainscoting, the cieling, the gal- value of five hundred pounds. Doctor leries, and the backs of the benches, John Chamber, the King's Physician, are composed entirely of oak, highly the last Dean of this college, builded varnished, and light being admitted thereunto a cloister of curious workonly from one end, a sombre cast is manship, to the charges of eleven thougiven to the whole, which impresses sand marks. This chapel or college, the mind with the awe usual on en. at the suppression, was valued to distering a place devoted to the worshippend in lands, by the year, one thousand of the Almighty; and the illusion is eighty-five pounds ten shilling five scarce dispelled, when, on turning pence, and was surrendered to Edward round, you perceive, still retained, the the Sixth, since which time the same organ loft (the strangers' gallery) as it chapel hath served as a parliamente existed in more ancient times.
house.” Stowe, in his “ Survey of the Cities It was called the Free Chapel of St. of London and Westminster," thus Mary the Virgin and St. Stephen. The speaks of St. Stephen's chapel : Dean was commonly of great confi
“ Then for St. Stephen's chapel of dence with the King, and often preold time, founded by King Stephen; ferred to some bishoprick. Such was King John, in the seventh of his reign, Sampson, Bishop of Lichfield and granted to Baldwinus de London, Coventry. It was richly endowed, but Clerk of his Exchequer, the Chapel- the revenues were made away, and ship of St. Stephen's, at Westminster, alineated upon the dissolution of re&c.
iligious houses. Among which was “ This chapel was again since (of a messuage called the Helmet, in Kingfar more curious workmanship) new street, belonging to it, which was builded by King Edward the Third, granted to Richard and John Rede, in in the year 1347, for 38 persons in that the 2d Edward VI. There were also church to serve God; to wit, a dean, certain manors and lordships belongtwelve secular canons, thirteen vicars, ing to it, called the Manours and Lordfour clerks, five chorists, two servitors; ship of Eshetisford, alias Asheford, in to wit, a verger and a keeper of the the county of Kent, which, with other chapel. He builded (lodgings) for lands, were sold to Sir Anthony Authem from the house of receipt, along char and Henry Polstred, esqrs, in nigh to the Thames, within the same 3d Edward VI. . palace there to inhabit. And since that “ Since the dissolution, the same there were also buildings for them be- chapel hath served as a parliament. twixt the Clock House and the Wool house. The High Court of Parliament, Staple, called the Weigh House (still consisting of Knights, Citizens, and called Channon-row.)
Burgesses of Parliament, was formerly .“ Philip, wife of this king, also was in the Chapter House of the Abbot of a great benefactor to the Chanons of Westminster, and this continued till this chapel.
the stat. of Ist. Edward VI, which gave " He also builded to the use of to the King Colleges, Free Chapels, this chapel (tho' ont of the Palace &c. whereby the King enjoyed to his Court) some distance west in the Little own use this ancient Free Chapel of Sanctuary, a strong clochard of stone St. Stephen's, since which time it hath and timber, covered with lead, and served, by the King's permission, for placed therein three great bells, since the House of Commons to sit in."" usually rung at coronations, triumphs, Such is the origin of this editice, funerals of princes, and other obits. which, since its conversion to the purOf these bells men fabuled that their poses of the British senate, has underringing soured all the drink in the gone considerable repairs. Its ancient town. More, that above the biggest of form, however has been strictly prewhich was written,
served. In the year 1800, upon the
union between England and Ireland, • King Edward made mee, Thirtie thousand and three:
the galleries, and the seats in the Take me down and weigh mee,
body of the house, were enlarged to And more sball ye find mee.'
admit of the reception of the Irish ..“ But these bells being taken down, representatives ; and about the same indeed, we found that all three did not period some alterations were made in weigh 20,000,
the avenues leading to the strangers’ ..“ The said King Edward endowed gallery, which were antecedently very this chapel with lands, to the yearly inconvenient.
LITERARY CHARACTERIS- shire, is an ash tree, under which the TICS AND CURIOSITIES.
unfortunate Duke was apprehended.
The tradition of the neighbourhood is, Why, what would you ? List to a brief tale. Shakspeare.
that after the defeat at Sedgemoor, the
Duke and Lord Lumley quitted their “ Tell us one of your Tales."
horses at Woodyeats; where the forIn his Arabian Tales, M. Galland mer, disguised as a peasant, wandered frequently repeats the sentence, “My bither. He dropped his gold snuffdear sister, if you do not sleep, tell us box in a pea-field, where it was afterone of your tales.” Some young wags wards found full of gold pieces, and feeling a little disgusted at the repe- brought to Mrs. Uvedale, of Horton. tition, took it into their heads to go One of the finders had fifteen pounds one winter's night and awaken poor for half the contents or value of it. Galland, by hallooing loudly under his The Duke went on to the island, as it window. "M. Galland! M. Galland !” is called, a cluster of small farms in He opened the casement and enquired the middle of the heath, and there conwhat they wanted ? To which query cealed himself in a deep ditch under one of the party said, “M. Galland. the ash. are you the translator of those beauti
of those beauti? When the pursuers came up, a ful Arabian Tales ?"_.I am the woman, who lived in a neighbouring person," was his answer.” “ Then,” cot, gave information of his being replied the wag, “ if you do not sleep, somewhere in the island, which was tell us one of your tales !”
immediately surrounded with soldiers,
who passed the night there, and threatCRITICAL ACUMEN. ened to fire the neighbouring cots. As When Gildon was writing his “Laws
they were going away next morning, of Poetry," he perchance stumbled
one of them espied the brown skirt of
the Duke's coat, and seized him. The upon the following line of the Duke of Buckingham's :
soldier no sooner knew him, than he
burst into tears, and reproached him“ Nature's chief master-piece is writing well.”
self for the unhappy discovery, and he very sagaciously enlightened
The family of the woman who first bis readers by informing them, “That
gave the information, are said to have what is here said has not the least re
fallen into decay, and never thriven gard to penmanship, that is, to the fair.
afterwards. ness or badness of the hand-writing.”
The Duke was carried before An
thony Ettrick, of Holt, a justice of SMALL OBSTACLES.
peace, who ordered him to London. “I over-fatigued myself,” said Sir Being asked what he would do if set John Hills, one day to a friend, “with at liberty ? he answered, if his horse writing seven work's at once." Sir and arms were restored, he only deJohn made a contract to translate sired to ride through the army, and he Swammerdam's work of Insects, for defied them all to take him again. fifty guineas, nor did he remember Farmer Kerley's grandmother, lately that he understood not a single word dead, saw him, and described him as of the language in which it was written, a black, genteel, tall man, with a dewhich was the Dutch, till after he had jected countenance. made the agreement; but this was a The close where he concealed him. small obstacle, the work was trans- self is called Monmouth Close, and lated : for Sir John bargained with is the extremest N. E. field of the another person for twenty-five guineas, island. The tree stands in a hedge, on who being precisely in Sir John's situ- a steep bank, and is covered with ation, bargained with a third, who was initials of the names of persons who perfectly acquainted with the language, have been to see it. found no obstacle, and translated for twelve guineas what Sir John had undertaken for fifty.
ANECDOTE OF GEORGE THE
SECOND. ANECDOTE OF THE DUKE OF No bad example in the high departMONMOUTH.
ments of State. On a large heath, called Shag's His Majesty generally, after dinner, Heath, about a mile and a half from made it a rule to visit the Countess of Woodlands, in Horton parish, Dorset- Yarmouth.-In passing through the