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The Ríme of the ancient Waggonere.

Part Fourth.
h! Freedom is a glorious thing !

The wag-
And tailore, by the bye,
I'd rather in a balter swing,
Than in a dungeon lie.

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gonere maketha ane shrewd observation,

* The jizz lore came to bring me foode,

Farga it :3 I Deter,
sest *** How he turned uppe the white o' bis eyes

When I stuck him in the liver.
“ His thresde of life is szapk; once mere

I reached the open streete;
The peuţie sung out 'Gazdyiso

As I ran down the streete.
Methought the blessed air of heaven

Neret smelte so swete.
“ Once more upon the broed highwaye,

I walked with feare and drede;
And every fifteen steppes I tooke

I turned about my heade,
For feare the corporal of the guarde

Might close behind me trede!
“ Behold upon the western wave,

Setteth the broad bright sunne ;
So I must onward, as I have

Full fifteen miles to runne;-
The waga And should the bailliffes hither come
gonere taketh
leave of the

To aske whilke waye l've gone,
tailore,

Tell them I took the othere road,

Said hee, and trotted onne.”

The tailore rushed into the roonie, to whorse ane

O’erturning three or foure;

Fractured his skulle against the walle,
dente hap And worde spake never more !!
peneth.
Whereupon followeth the morale very proper to be had in minde by all
members of the Dilettanti Society when they come over the bridge at these
houres. Wherefore let them take heed and not lay blame where it lyeth

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to overcome us like a summer through toil than age,” yet we have cloud,” for the mere purpose of shewlived long enough in the world, and ing the vanity of all human foresight seen enough of its vicissitudes, to feel and sagacity,--that we cannot possibly but little surprise at what are commonly contemplate them without “ called wonderful events. The escape cial wonder.” Even the calm, the of Bonaparte, the suspension of the abstracted, the philosophical Hamlet, Habeas Corpus, the battle of Water- to whom all the world appeared a stage, loo, nay, even the appearance of the “and all the men and women mereChaldee Manuscript, were far from ly players," was struck dumb with araising in our minds the same vulgar mazement at the appearance of his faastonishment with which these memor ther's ghost, and we confess, our able occurrences were generally re minds were not sufficiently wondergarded. Yet some events there are proof to encounter the present formiof a complexion so utterly unnatural dable quarto without the most unaf-SO entirely at variance with the fected astonishment. Highly as we most probable calculation, which seem are disposed to estimate the sagacity

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of our readers, we are quite sure convincing evidence of the industry of none of them have anticipated the these military dilettanti ; and the pubnature of the “psychological cu- lic were diurnally inundated with dogriosity” which we are now about to gerel anacreontics and lamentations on introduce to them. This magic vo the misery of half-pay. The parents lume contains neither a treatise on and guardians of young ladies speedily cookery by the archbishop of Canter- began to regard this large addition to bury, nor a dissertation on cash pay- the already formidable aggregate of ments by an Irish student, nor illus- military attractions, with terror and trations of the classics by Deacon Lawa dismay. Sad experience taught them, rie, nor a work on farriery by the Chan- that in this case, poetry cellor of the Exchequer, nor a collection

“ Was but the poisoning of a dart of new waltzes by Mr Wilberforce, nor

Too apt before to kill.” a treatise on common sense by the new member for Boroughbridge ; but, in The elopements from boarding-schools short, it consists, "risum teneatis,” of became daily more numerous, and an Heroic Poem, in four cantos, by a many cruel and well-fledged widows Heavy Dragoon! The author of this fell melancholy victims to the insidious singular production is Lieutenant Ed- captivations of a warm love song, and ward Quillinan, who is described by a Waterloo medal. Sir Egerton Bridges, the editor, as a While the majority of the songsters young man of “

pure genius.” The restrained their inspiration within these extracts we shall have occasion to lay profitable limits, there were others who before our readers, will enable them to ventured on a bolder flight. form their own judgment on this sub- Virumque Cano” was their cry--not a ject; and, in the meanwhile, we shall battle took place but the brazen throats take the liberty of prefacing them with of an hundred Homers were opened a few observations on military author to celebrate its glories; and ship.

General reared his head unsung" in the It is by no means our intention to tuneful lays of some inspired Aid-deenter on any prolix enquiry with re camp, or musical Brigade-Major. It gard to the present state of literature must be confessed, however, that these in the British army. We believe, on compositions in general, afforded more the whole, that the greater part of the satisfactory evidence of the zeal, than officers possess sufficient learning to the good taste of their authors. It entitle them, in the ancient legal sense, was rather with repugnant feelings that to benefit of clergy. A considerable we have occasionally listened to the portion of them are conversant with glories of Waterloo, mellifluously the more simple rules of arithmetic, chaunted to the tune of and all of them have read Moore's poly, gammon and spinnage ;” and Poems, Tom Jones, and Dundas on ill-judged attempts to immortalize the the Eighteen Manæuvres.

name of the Great Wellington, in a regiment will be found individuals new edition of the “ Black Joke.” who can write the proceedings of a Their efforts too were occasionally diregimental court-martial, without com rected towards the stage, and it is but mitting any flagrant errors in grammar justice to state, that the public are inor orthography, and a few have even debted for the favourite farce of the arrived at the literary distinction of be- Bee-hive, to the pen of a soldier. We ing able “ to write a devilish good let were lately favoured with the perusal ter.” Among gentlemen of such ac of a MS. tragedy, by an officer of complishments, it is not surprising that “ the gallant forty-second,” which we the brilliant success attending the poet- understand is now under the considerical debut of Ensign and Adjutant ation of the Drury-Lane committee; Odoherty, and the author of “ Johnny it is entitled “ Alexander M'Pherson, Newcome,” should have excited con or the Black Revenge," and certainly siderable emulation. A new field ap- displays considerable originality. The peai suddenly opened for their ex character of Alexander M'Pherson is ertions, and to arrive at the distin- intended for Mr Kean, and written guished honour of becoming a C.B. or with the express view of bringing the a R.T.S. was no longer the sole object extraordinary powers of that actor inof their ambition. The poets' corner in to full play. We venture to augur the Star and the Morning Post, soon gave well of its success, and consider it Vol. IV.

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“ Roly,

In every

The wag. “ The jailore came to bring me foode,
gonere tickleth
the spleen of

Forget it will I never,
the jailor, who How he turned uppe the white o' his eye,
daunces ane
Fandango.

When I stuck him in the liver.
Rejoicethe in “ His threade of life was snapt; once more
the fragranee
of the aire.

I reached the open streete ;
The people sung out 'Gardyloo'

As I ran down the streete.
Methought the blessed air of heaven

Never smelte so sweete.

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The tailore rushed into the roonie,

O’erturning three or foure ; to whome ane small acci Fractured his skulle against the walle, dente hap And worde spake never more !! peneth. Whereupon followeth the morale very proper to be had in minde by all members of the Dilettanti Society when they come over the bridge at these houres. Wherefore let them take heed and not lay blame where it lyeth

Morale.
Such is the fate of foolish men,

The danger all may see,
Of those, who list to waggoneres,

And keepe bade companye.

POEMS BY A HEAVY DRAGOON.

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Though our hair be gray

“ to overcome us like a summer through toil than age,” yet we have cloud,” for the mere purpose of shew. lived long enough in the world, and ing the vanity of all human foresight seen enough of its vicissitudes, to feel and sagacity,--that we cannot possibly but little surprise at what are commonly contemplate them without

our specalled wonderful events. The escape cial wonder.” Even the calm, the of Bonaparte, the suspension of the abstracted, the philosophical Hamlet, Habeas Corpus, the battle of Water- to whom all the world appeared a stage, loo, nay, even the appearance of the “ and all the men and women mereChaldee Manuscript, were far from ly players,” was struck dumb with araising in our minds the same yulgar mazement at the appearance of his faastonishment with which these memor- ther's ghost, and we confess, our able occurrences were generally re- minds were not sufficiently wonder. garded. Yet some events there are proof to encounter the present formiof a complexion so utterly unnatural dable quarto without the most unafa -O entirely at variance with the fected astonishment. Highly as we most probable calculation, which seem are disposed to estimate the sagacity

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of our readers, we are quite sure convincing evidence of the industry of none of them have anticipated the these military dilettanti ; and the pubnature of the “psychological cu lic were diurnally inundated with dogriosity” which we are now about to gerel anacreontics and lamentations on introduce to them. This magic vo the misery of half-pay. The parents lume contains neither a treatise on and guardians of young ladies speedily cookery by the archbishop of Canter began to regard this large addition to bury, nor a dissertation on cash pay the already formidable aggregate of ments by an Irish student, nor illus- military attractions, with terror and trations of the classics by Deacon Law dismay. Sad experience taught them, rie, nor a work on farriery by the Chan- that in this case, poetry cellor of the Exchequer, nor a collection

“ Was but the poisoning of a dart of new waltzes by Mr Wilberforce, nor

Too apt before to kill.” a treatise on common sense by the new member for Boroughbridge ; but, in The elopements from boarding-schools short, it consists, "risum teneatis," of became daily more numerous, and an Heroic Poem, in four cantos, by a many cruel and well-fledged widows Heavy Dragoon! The author of this fell melancholy victims to the insidious singular production is Lieutenant Ed- captivations of a warm love song, and ward Quillinan, who is described by a Waterloo medal. Sir Egerton Bridges, the editor, as a While the majority of the songsters

pure genius.” The restrained their inspiration within these extracts we shall have occasion to lay profitable limits, there were others who before our readers, will enable them to ventured on a bolder flight.

" Arma form their own judgment on this sub- Virumque Cano” was their cry--not a ject; and, in the meanwhile, we shall battle took place but the brazen throats take the liberty of prefacing them with of an hundred Homers were opened a few observations on military author to celebrate its glories ; and “ not a ship.

General reared his head unsung" in the It is by no means our intention to tuneful lays of some inspired Aid-deenter on any prolix enquiry with re camp, or musical Brigade-Major. It gard to the present state of literature must be confessed, however, that these in the British army. We believe, on compositions in general, afforded more the whole, that the greater part of the satisfactory evidence of the zeal, than officers possess sufficient learning to the good taste of their authors. It entitle them, in the ancient legal sense, was rather with repugnant feelings that to benefit of clergy. A considerable we have occasionally listened to the portion of them are conversant with glories" of Waterloo, mellifluously the more simple rules of arithmetic, chaunted to the tune of Roly, and all of them have read Moore's poly, gammon and spinnage ;" and Poems, Tom Jones, and Dundas on ill-judged attempts to immortalize the the Eighteen Manæuvres. In every name of the Great Wellington, in a regiment will be found individuals new edition of the “ Black Joke.” who can write the proceedings of a Their efforts too were occasionally diregimental court-martial, without com- rected towards the stage, and it is but mitting any flagrant errors in grammar justice to state, that the public are in or orthography, and a few have even debted for the favourite farce of the arrived at the literary distinction of be- Bee-hive, to the pen of a soldier. We ing able “ to write a devilish good let were lately favoured with the perusal ter.” Among gentlemen of such ac of a MS. tragedy, by an officer of complishments, it is not surprising that “ the gallant forty-second,” which we the brilliant success attending the poet- understand is now under the considera ical debut of Ensign and Adjutant ation of the Drury-Lane committee; Odoherty, and the author of “ Johnny it is entitled “ Alexander M‘Pherson, Newcome,” should have excited con or the Black Revenge," and certainly siderable emulation. A new field ap- displays considerable originality. The peared suddenly opened for their ex character of Alexander M'Pherson is ertions, and to arrive at the distin- intended for Mr Kean, and written guished honour of becoming a C.B. or with the express view of bringing the a R.T.S. was no longer the sole object extraordinary powers of that actor inof their ambition. The poets' corner in to full play. We venture to augur the Star and the Morning Post, soon gave well of its success, and consider it Vol. IV.

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