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them, were ushered in by the exhilarating tones of a cracked trumpet, and the various personages were explained, in a loud voice, and with a jargon peculiar to the profession, by the principal hierophant, amid the raptures of the assembled spectators, whose exultation was complete, when the exhibition concluded with the merry, moving, panoramic, pantomimical, fantocinical procession of Tally-ho the Grinder. But alas ! for modern improvements, the peep-show has now risen into the Attic Cosmorama; and its gorgeous pageants, and truly English scenery, "are vanished into thin air,” while the juvenile groupes that still crowd to behold its wonders, are transported, without the aid of steam yacht or balloon, to the landscapes of Italy, and regaled with the architectural chef-d'auvres of Michael Agmiolo (Angelo) Buornarotti ; while we are informed by the proprietor (a title now very generally assumed) in a mongrel diction, wholly unintelligible, of the names of the several objects as they pass under review. But oh! “misfortune on misfortune, grief on grief!" the laughter-moving grinder and his tally-ho, with its rattling machinery of wheels and pinions, is no more; he has Aed with the scenery of his native land; and in the final scene
“That ends this foreign strange anomaly," behold a sumptuous square, filled with characters of every form and feature, with “ Gorgons, Hydras, and Chimeras dire,” which we are told is the “ Cannibal at Venice, where we may see all the Lords and the Dukes, and the Princes and the Princesses, all in Marmalade, and the houses, all luminated, and the bonfires, and the fireworks, and all because of the Cannibal.”
The dissected puzzles, likewise, those fruitful sources of youthful amusement in the long winter evenings, are supplied by the Parisian Myriorama, where endless variety is produced ; while it must be confessed, that invention will be abundantly exercised, and a taste for design promoted.
But, to “ leave the sports of children for the toils of men,” what revolutions has not scientific nomenclature suffered within the last seven years. Even in our nurseries of juvenile education, the designation of school and even seminary is obsolete. We now hear of nothing but establishments, many of which I hear possess little claim to the title, as they seldom become established at all. But such is the rage for Greek designations, particularly where education is concerned, that passing the New Road some days since, I saw, written up in large characters, at the corner of one of the streets, the words POLYGLOT ACADEMY. My invention was for some time exercised to account for the propriety of a term, which I had never before seen applied but to a certain edition of the Bible ; and after some cogitation I concluded that this learned inscription imported, that the establishment to which it was affixed, was a Classical Academy, at which many tongues or languages were taught.
In the minutiæ of public amusements the change has not been less extraordinary. That scene of enchantment Vauxhall, now closes with a magnificent Pyrotechnic exhibition; while two seasons since, we were regaled in the saloon, with a kind of stage, filled with revolving pillars, fountains, cascades, palm-trees, &c. with a back ground of looking-glass. This singular mechanical deception was denominated “ The Heptaplasiesoptcrou.” Long and unwearied were my researches to ascertain the etymology of this term, when, after many fruitless inquiries and investi- '
gations, I discovered, through the kind assistance of a learned Grecian, to whom I have been on many
occasions much indebted, that it meant an image seven times reflected.”
Our most common tradesmen, seized with the nomenclatural mania, have adopted such professional designations, as render a pocket Johnson, an indispensable appendage to the Peripatetic. Should a luckless author, be ambitious of seeing his lucubrations appear before the public in a neat 8vo. price 10s. 6d. boards: he must apply first to a typographer, and next to a bibliographer, ere his ambitious views can be satisfied; in the plain English of ten years back, he must employ a printer and a publisher.
Should a forlorn and solitary pedestrian, after travelling through crowded streets during the whole morning, seek to refresh exhausted nature; if his way lie through the Haymarket, in vain will he inquire for an eating-house, but will be informed that he is within a few doors of halfa-dozen
excellent Restaurateurs. Should he subsequently wish to have his hair dressed in preparation for a visit to the Opera, he will be told that the Peruquier will be found on the opposite side of the street.
Much might be added to this imperfect sketch, but as the subject is of a most extensive nature, its full discussion in its several ramifications and collateral bearings, will be probably resumed in a future number.
HEIR OF SKY. In the house of the Laird of Sky is kept an ox’s horn, which holds about two quarts, which formerly the heir of the Laird was expected to swallow at one draught, as a test of his manhood, before he was permitted to bear arms, or take his seat amongst the men.
Receive, dear maid, the warmest sigh,
That ever burst from lover's heart;
What lips dare not reveal, impart.
One sigh of soft impassioned bliss;
And seal the contract with a kiss.
THE VILLAGE TALL.
• The short and simple annals of the poor.”—Gray.
Need we, to foreign climes go bence to seek
I mark'd the villagers who pass'd me by;
Prompted by sympathy the cause to know,
«« 'Twas a fine lad,”-an aged matron said,
I ask'd, says I, — Well William, how dost do ?'
I felt her simple eloquence; it seem'd,
Cried one, “The will of God we none can search,
Why Will and Jane should not be married too. “ That very night it was, he took his bed; “And now, poor Jennie, 'stead of being wed, “ Follows her William's body to the grave;“ I saw her as she passed-a sigh she gave, “As she saw me, then turn'd away her head, “But I could see the flood of tears she shed. “God bless the poor young creature, comfort give! “Or else I'm sure she has'nt long to live. “That cheek, whose rosy hue so well we know, “ Looks now as white, and seems as cold as snow. “How old was Will?" asked one with accents mild ;
Why let me see, I knew him from a child ;
Brought him to see me, yonder at the millo
Not willd to bear her long detail rehearsed, I loitered near to where two more conversed. “Yes; and d’ye know,” says one“ that till he died, “ She never once removed from his bed-side ; “She waited on him night and day; and he “ Would take his med'cine from none else but she. “ I never shall forget the awful night, “ On which he died-Ah! 'twas a dismal sight. “ Here was poor Jennie sobbing loud ; and there, “His poor old mother kneeling, deep in pray’r. “ We all, save Jennie, thought his time drew nigh, “(Which she, poor girl, still weeping would deny ;) “ When sudden he sprang up, and loudly callid, “ While his convulsive features look'd appallid, “ « Jennie-where's Jennie! fetch her from the plain, «•0, let me see my. Jennie once again !--“ Here William,- I am here,'—she faltering cried, “ He grasp'd-he kiss'd her hand-fell back-and died." Touched to the quick, I need not blush to say, That tears, in spite of me, would force their way; Pride struggled hard, compassion to o’erthrow, And bade me scorn to weep for common woe; But conscience, reason, virtue's stronger call, Proved that one nature, equal reigns in all ! Now through the church-yard came the mournful train; And here description, all thy art is vain! What pen can trace, what eloquence can paint, What tongue can utter, but in language faint, A scene at which the sternest heart might melt; So simple-yet, so powerfully felt? The village curate first, in snow-white vest, Whose pious looks his sacred words imprest, Led to the grave;—while slowly in the rear, Was borne the coffin, bath'd with many a tear; Next came the mourners; and of these the first, Poor Jennie, whose full heart seem'd well nigh burst. At every step her sobs were heard around, And these, in every heart, an echo found; I long'd to see the maid of whom I'd heard, From the poor villagers' unpolish'd word, So much of love and constancy combined; So much of sorrow and of virtue joined ;Yet feeling bade the idle wish refrain, Lest my intrusive glance should cause fresh pain. And, O! what wretch, a world of joy would buy, Should it but cost the maid one needless sigh? She prayed for fortitude her grief to hide, But grief's abstraction fortitude supplied ; Firmly she stood, while they the coffin low'r, And the solemnities of death are o'er ;Low in the earth her William now is laid, Where ev'ry budding joy is doom'd to fade;Summoned to closer range around the grave, They overhang the brow of sorrow's cave; Down the deep pit they drop the last warm tear, For love, for friendship, every tie that's dear;Heave their last sigh, o'er carly blighted worth And look their last farewell, at least on carth.