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STANZAS ON THE NEW YEAR.
To heighten the festivities of Christmas, 1825, the good folks of “ London and its
January 7. environs" were invited to Sadler's Wells, by the following whimsical notice, printed 1826. Distaf's Day.* and distributed as a handbill:
“SOVEREIGNS WILL BE TAKEN, during the Christmas holidays, and as long as any body will bring them to SADLER'S I stood between the meeting years, WELLS; nay so little fastidious are the The coming and the past, Proprietors of that delectable fascinating And I ask'd of the future one, snuggery, that, however incredible it may Wilt thou be like the last ? appear, they, in some cases, have actually had the liberality to prefer Gold to Paper. The same in many a sleepless night, Without attempting to investigate their Thank Heaven ! I have no prophet's eye motives for such extraordinary conduct,
To look upon thy way! we shall do them the justice to say, they certainly give an amazing quantum of For Sorrow like a phantom sits amusement, All in One Night, at the Upon the last Year's close. HOUSE ON THE HEATH, where, be- How much of grief, how much of ill, sides the THREE CRUMPIES, AND
In its dark breast repose ! THE BARON AND HIS BROTHERS, Shadows of faded Hopes flit by, an immense number of fashionables are
And ghosts of Pleasures fled : expected on MERLIN'S MOUNT, and How. have they chang'd from what they some of the first Cambriam families will
were ! countenanceHARLEQUIN CYMRAEG, Cold, colourless, and dead. in hopes to partake of the Living Leek, which being served up the last thing be- I think on many a wasted hour,
And sicken o'er the void ; fore supper, will constitute a most excellent Christmas carminative, preventing
And many darker are behind, the effects of night air on the crowds who
On worse than nought employ'd. will adorn this darling little edifice. In Oh Vanity! alas, my heart ! addition to a most effective LIGHT COM How widely hast thou stray'd PANY engaged here, a very respectably And misused every golden gift sized Moon will be in attendance to light For better purpose made! home a greater number of Patrons than ever this popular petted Palace of Panto- I think on many a once-loved friend mime is likely to produce. We say no- And what can mark the lapse of time
As nothing to me now; thing of warmth and comfort, acquired by
As does an alter'd brow? recent improvements, because these matters will soon be subjects of common con- Perhaps 'twas but a careless word versation, and omit noticing the happi That sever's Friendship's chain ; ness of Half-price, and the cheering qua- And angry Pride stands by cach gap, lities of the Wine-room, fearful of wound Lest they unite again. ing in the bosom of the Manager that Less sad, albeit mure terrible, innate modesty which is ever the conco
To think upon the dead, mitant of merit; we shall therefore con
Who quiet in the lonely grave clude, by way of invitation to the dubi
Lay down their weary head. ous, in the language of an elegant writer, by asserting that the Proof of the Pud. For faith and hope, and peace, and trust, ding is in—VERBUM SAT."
Are with their happier lot :
At least we broke it not.
The coming and the past,
Wilt thou be like the last ?
* See yol. i. p. 61. :
There came a sound, but not of speech,
MONEY AND THE MOON.
If thou art not over-much prejudiced
by the advances of modernization, (I like “ But lift thine hopes from this base earth, a long new-coined word,) so that, even in This waste of worldly care,
these “ latter days," thou dost not hesiAnd wed thy faith to yon bright sky, tate to place explicit reliance on ancient, For Happiness dwells there !"
yet infallible “ sayings and doings,” (anL. E. L.* cient enough, since they have been handed
down'to us by our grandmothers—and who NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
would doubt the weight and authority of Mean Temperature ... 35. 85. so many years ?-and infallible enough,
since they themselves absolutely believed
in their“quite-correctness,") I will tell thee January 8.
a secret well worth knowing, if that can 1826. First Sunday after Epiphany.
be called a secret which arises out of a
well-known and almost universal custom, CHRONOLOGY.
at least, in “ days of yore.” It is neither On the 8th of January, 1753, died sir more nor less than the possession through. Thomas Burnet, one of the judges of the out“ the rolling year” of a pocket never court of Common Pleas, of the gout in without money. Is not this indeed a his stomach, at his house in Lincoln's-inn secret well worth knowing? Yet the fields. He was the eldest son of the cele means of its accomplishment are exceeds brated Dr. Gilbert Burnet, bishop of ingly simple (as all difficult things are Salisbury; was several years consul at when once known); On the first day of Lisbon: and in November, 1741, made the first new moon of the new year, or so one of the judges of the Common Pleas, soon afterwards as you observe it, all that in room of judge Fortescue, who was ap- you have to do is this :-on the first pointed master of the rolls. On No- glance you take at “ pale Luna's silvery vember 23, 1745, when the lord chancellor, crest” in the western sky, put your hand judges, and association of the gentlemen in your pocket, shut your eyes, and turn of the law, waited on his majesty with the smallest piece of silver coin you postheir address, on occasion of the rebellion, sess upside down in your said pocket. he was knighted. He was an able and up- This will ensure you (if you will but trust right judge, and a great benefactor to the its infallibility!) throughout the whole poor.
of earthly wishes, a pocket never empty. If, how
ever, you neglect, on the first appearance THE NEW YEAR NEW MOON.
of the moon, your case is hopeless; neverTo the Editor of the Every-Day Book. theless and notwithstanding, at a future Sir,
new moon you may pursue the same Encouraged by your various expres- course, and it will be sure to hold good sions of willingness to receive notices of during the then current month, but not a customs not already“ imprinted” in your
“ whit" longer. first volume, I take the liberty of pre
This mention of the new moon and its senting the first of several which I have crest brings to mind a few verses I wrote not yet seen in print.
some time ago, and having searched my scrap-book, (undoubtedly not such a one
as Geoffery Crayon's,) I copied them from Your constant reader, thence, and they are here under. Although Chelsea.
J. O. W. written in the merry 'merry month
of May,” they may be read in the “ dreary * New Monthly Magazine, January, 1826.
dark December," for every new moon + Gentleman's Magazine.
presents the same beautiful phenomenon.
I am, sir,
As though she were abashed to be thus seen
In that high happy sphere, where love's supreme. Here it may not be out of place to en- justices at Westminster-hall, for personat, deavour to describe, as familiarly as pos- ing various characters and names, and sible, the cause of the lunar appearance. defrauding numbers of people, in order to Hold a piece of looking-glass in a ray of support his extravagance. It appeared sunshine, and then move a small ball by the evidence, that he had cheated a through the reflected ray: it is easy to taylor of a suit of velvet clothes, trimmed conceive that both sides will be illumined; with gold ; a jeweller of upwards of 1001, that side towards the sun by the direct in rings and watches, which he pawned; sunbeam, and the side towards the mirror, a coachmaker of a chaise; a carver and though less powerfully, by the reflected cabinet-maker of household goods; a sunbeam. In à somewhat similar manner, hosier, hatter, and shoemaker; and, in the earth supplies the place of the mirror, short, some of almost every other business, and as at every new moon, and for several to the amount of a large sum.
He somedays after the moon is in that part of her times appeared like a gentleman attended orbit between the earth and the sun, the with livery servants; sometimes as a norays of the sun are reflected from the bleman's steward; and, in the summer earth to the dark side of the moon, and time, he travelled the west of England, in consequently to the inhabitants of that the character of Doctor Rock; and, at the part of the moon, (if any such there be, same time, wrote to London for goods, in and query why should there not be such ?) the names of the Rev. Laroche, and the the earth must present the curious appear- Rev. Thomas Strickland. The evidence ance of a full moon of many times the was full against him; notwithstanding diameter which ours presents.
which, he made a long speech in his own J. O.W. defence. He was sentenced to six months'
hard labour in Bridewell, and, within that NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. time, to be six times publicly whipped. Mean Temperature 36. 05.
Such offences are familiar to tradesmen
of the present times, through many perpeJanuary 9.
trators of the like stamp; but all of them
are not of the same audacity as Stroud, 1826. · Plough Monday. who in the month following his convicThe first Monday after Twelfth day.* tion, wrote and published his life, wherein CHRONOLOGY.
he gives a very extraordinary account of On the 9th of January, 1752, William
his adventures, but passes slightly over, Stroud was tried before the bench of or palliates his blackest crimes. He was
bred a haberdasher of small wares in * See yol. i. p. 71.
Fleet-street, inarried his mistress's sister
before his apprenticeship determined, set from the White Bear to St. James's church up in the Poultry, became a bankrupt, in Piccadilly."* three months got his certificate signed, and again set up in Holborn, where he NATURALISTS' CALENDAR." lived but a little while before he was Mean Temperature . .
36 · 12. thrown into the King's Bench for debt, and there got acquainted with one Play-' stowe, who gradually led him into scenes
January 10. of fraud, which he afterwards imitated.
Winter in London. Playstowe being a handsome man, usually passed for a gentleman, 'and. Stroud for On the 10th of January, 1812, it is his steward ; at last the former, after many observed, that London was this day inadventures, married a girl with 40001., volved, for several hours, in palpable flew to France, and left Stroud in the darkness. The shops, offices, &c., were lurch, who then retired to Yorkshire, and necessarily lighted up; but, the streets not lived some time with his aunt, pretending being lighted as at night, it required no his wife was dead, and he was just on the small care in the passenger to find his brink of marrying advantageously, when way, and avoid accidents.
The sky, his real character was traced. He then where any light pervaded it, showed the went to Ireland, passed for a man of aspect of bronze. Such is, occasionally, fashion, hired an equipage, made the most the effect of the accumulation of smoke of that country, and escaped to London between two opposite gentle currents, or His next grand expedition was to the by means of a misty calm. The fuliginous west of England, where he still personated cloud was visible, in this instance, from a the man of fortune, got acquainted with a distance of forty miles. Were it not for young lady, and pursued her to London, the extreme mobility of our atmosphere, where justice overtook him; and, instead this volcano of a hundred thousand mouths of wedlock, bound him in the fetters of would, in winter, be scarcely habitable !t Bridewell. On the 24th of June, 1752, Stroud re
+ Gentleman's Magazine. ceived “ his last and severest whipping,
+ Howard on Climate.
Winter in the Country.
All out door work
if I was in business! I wish to acquaint
every body, that I am not in business, and from
never was in business, though I've a deal PAUL PRY.
of business to do; but then it's for my
own amusement, and that's nobody's. To the Editor of the Every-Duy Book. business, you know-as I also told 'em. Sir,
They say it's impossible to describe the I hope I don't intrude – I have contents of the book, but that all the parcalled at Ludgate-hill a great many ticulars are in the Index ; that's just what times to see you, and made many kind I wanted; but behold! it is not outinquiries, but I am always informed you that is, it is not in-I mean not in the are“ pot at home;" and what's worse, I book-you take. Excuse my humorsomenever can learn when you'll be" at home;" ness: I only wish to know when I can I'm constantly told, “ it's very uncertain." get it? They say in a few days, but, bless This looks very udd; I don't think it you, I don't believe 'em; for though I let correct. Then again, on asking your 'em know I've a world of things to compeople what the Every-Day Book is all municate to you, when you've time to see about? they say it's about every thing; me, and let me ask you a few questions, but that you know is no answer-is it ? they won't credit me, and why should Í I want something more than that. When credit them—I was not born yesterday, I tell 'em so, and that I'm so much en- I assure you. I'm of a very ancient gaged I haven't time to read, they say the stock, and I've some notion you and I book is as useful to people engaged in are kinsmen-don't you think we are? business as to people out of business--as I dare say there's a likeness, for I'm surg