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gies; though then "the flash and outbreak of his fiery mind" were "like the fitful light of a candle," to use his own expressions, "flickering in its socket."

Well do I remember, in my youthful days, the first appearance of Kean in the character of Sir Giles Overreach, when "the loveliest oligarchs of the gynocracy” crowded to the orchestra to see him; and the present of a piece of plate was voted to him by acclamation in the green-room.

They were glorious days of histrionic and poetical excitement, when the prolific genius of Byron produced poem after poem to delight the world, and Kean shone in a succession of such characters as Sir Giles Overreach, King Richard the Third, Shylock, Othello, (who that has seen, can forget his Othello !) &c. &c.

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Or Byron, when a boy, whose name would spread,

Like Talbot's, among “clods” or cockneys, dread.

See Shakspeare's First Part of Henry the Sixth, acts 1 and 2, where the cry of "Talbot!" caused the flight of the French. The shout of "Here's Byron coming!" had much the same effect on the "clods:" a generic, and not very flattering term by which the young aristocracy at Harrow designated the lower orders there, with whom they had frequent rows, in which the noble poet shone pre-eminent.

When a row commenced, as Lord Byron was lame, he could not get to the scene of action as soon as other boys; but his fame went before him, and his name had almost as great effect as his personal prowess on the alarmed "clods."

The cockneys, too, had frequent engagements on a Sunday, (proh pudor!) with the Harrow boys, as they were often exposed to the insulting gibes of the young gentlemen. Some of these "cockneys" or "Sunday bucks," as they were generally called, often proved themselves to be good men in the pugilistic contests. To the delicate appearance they sometimes united the science of "Dick Curtis," that pet of the Fancy."

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Lord Byron was a good, but somewhat stormy actor, when at school, and loved to perform such parts as that of Osmond in the Castle Spectre.

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Thank Heaven! we have no Camelfords at school.

The late Lord Camelford was the terror of hackney coachmen and coffee-house loungers, being equally celebrated as a duellist and pugilist.

P. 345, 1. 15.

Whether they were herbivorous, or ate

Dirt, like an Otomac, I cannot state.

There is a singular account of the Otomacs in Humboldt's Narrative, vol. v. p. 639, (Helen Maria Williams's translation :)

"They reside in the mission of Uruana, and eat earth; that is, they swallow every day during several months very considerable quantities to appease hunger, without injuring their health."

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Perchance, as Waterton a crocodile, &c.

See WATERTON's Wanderings.

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As Spenser's dragon threw the gorgeous w

See SPENSER'S Faery Queen, book i. canto viii. stanza 17.

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Singing in chorus marshy songs.

As harmonious as "The Frogs" of Aristophanes.

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Ere Alorus they lived; or, to go higher,

Ere lived forefathers of a Cambrian 'squire.

We learn from the fragments of Berosus, Apollodorus, Abydenus, and Alexander Polyhistor, preserved by Eusebius and Georgius Syncellus, that the first king of Babylon was named Alorus; that nine

kings succeeded him in a direct line, and that the last of these was named Xisuthrus, in whose time happened the great deluge.-DRUMMOND's Origines, vol. i. p. 8.

"Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona

Multi, sed omnes illacrymabiles
Urgentur, ignotique longa

Nocte, carent quia vate sacro."

HORAT. lib. iv. ode ix.

Mr. Cadwallader's family in Foote's "Author" was older than the Creation.

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They may, sublimed into another sort

Of beings, through ethereal space transport


'These beings who are before you, and who appear almost as imperfect in their functions as the zoophytes of the Polar Sea, to which they are not unlike in their apparent organisation to your eyes, have a sphere of sensibility and intellectual enjoyment far superior to that of the inhabitants of your earth: each of these tubes, which appears like the trunk of an elephant, is an organ of peculiar motion and sensation." -DAVY's Consolations in Travel, pp. 47, 48.

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Would puzzle Heard.

Sir Isaac Heard, late Garter King at Arms, a very pleasant old gentleman, who at the age of eighty could kiss his own toe, and used to perform several agile feats in his old age to please His late Majesty George the Fourth.




Præsenti tibi maturos largimur honores.-HORAT.

GREAT wits in this our iron age may mourn
That country gentlemen write not like Bourne :
One gentle bard I know whose graphic pen
Describes, as Poussin painted, god-like men.

Maturing taste, that in thy early years

Gave thee distinction 'mong thy bright compeers, (Thine is the wit of Atticus, the verse

Horace might own, thine Martial's language terse,)
At feasts Apician be thou host, or guest,
Thy muse to wines Falernian adds a zest.

Where flower-crown'd mirth is; in her robe of hues

Various plays Fancy sages to amuse.

Thy genius loves before our minds to place "Ex re fabellas," with a classic grace;


As around Grecian vases figures clear

Are grouped, the narratives distinct appear.
Gell in thy muse had seen the maiden Greek,
So beautiful her dress is, à l'antique.

Fresh from the spring, and not through channels wrought
By pedantry to rust its virtues brought,

Flows of thy song the stream in rapid tide:
Apollo favours thee at covert-side;
Though oft the cheering cry of "gone away
Mars the fine close of thy Alcaic lay.
Attend thy muse the graces with their zone;
How chaste is of her poetry the tone.
The graceful forms with which mythology
Creative peopled air, and earth, and sky,
All, in thy spirit-stirring odes survive,
And seem, as bright existences, to live.

Thessalian Tempe of thy mind the home
Is, or the Via Sacra of old Rome.

Diana buskin'd, Daphne through the glades
Pursued, gods canopied by loftiest shades,
Deities fabled in heroic song

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Charm thee, or Horace genial friends among;
With these, the laughter-moving quick rebound
Of wit, and music's care-dispelling sound.
Things beautiful, familiar yet to sight,
By thee are in Arcadian colours dight.
By thy example taught we strive to hold,
Snatch'd from time's stream descending, grains of gold.

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