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Now would he in his heart really wish minds they are choice and select spekings not to be proud ? If the King cimens of the poor in spirit. From of Great Britain were not proud, his Majesty and his Ministers descend would he not be a most abject crea to our Magistrateso-unpaid and stiture? Our Master-Tailor misrepre- pendiary-and sents his Majesty, in saying

“ Him copies close the Magistrate, too oft 'Tis pride, vain-glorious pride, that

A villain, with as hard a heart of stone makes them seek

As had Egyptian Pharoah- and like him, Prostration from their fellows, such that

Bloated with pride, and swollen big with To man, his equal, never ought to pay."

O, pride of office !" Our gracious Sovereign seeks no

Sir Richard Birnie, who is evi. such prostration from his fellows" dently pointed at in this passage, —not he, indeed—but at a levee ought to prosecute, and by so doing holds out his hand for theni to kiss

he will still more closely resemble with the most benign air in the world. his Majesty's Ministers. But we inHad our friend ever been presented

sist on our author being candid, and at Court, he would have known this, Is not this veteran abused too

on his answering truly this question and that there was no need to soil the knees of his dress breeches in sternly, on account of the stern jobthe dust. In the East there are, we

ation Sir Richard gave you one day understand, prostrations; but not ving, without a particle of provoca.

in his office in Bow-street, for hapeculiarly characteristic of this age tion, but in the cruel elation of a surely; and our Tailor is manifestly Tailor's soul, let suddenly loose on treating of the West. He ought also to remember, that many a time and

the public from the finishing stitch to oft has he himself been the only per

a pair of pantaloons, overset an old pendicular in a skylight crowded

woman and her saloop-table ? 'Tis with living beings all squatted with very easy for you to exclaim, legs across—“ his fellows”—while

"O pride of office !-Man with heart imhe kept moving in his pride of place. bued Will he dare to declare before the

With human feelings, humble would beworld, that an apprentice was ever seen to stand erect in the presence Not haughty at the sight of so much sin, of a Master-Tailor? The supposition And not austere, but mild to sufferers. is most monstrous; and yet, with that The duties of the office, justice stern, fact staring him in the face, he accuses Must be fulfilled, 'tis true ;—but Oh! the kings of pride in their intercourse

voice with their subjects. But hear him:

Might softened be, as easily as proud,

And arrogant, and pompous;—and the eye Again their titles : not content with

Mightglisten with compassion for the grief, power,

And sorrow for the fault, as well as stare And plenitude of vast dominion, pride With haughty boldness, consciously seArrogates lofty words to swell its state.', Why not, good sir ? Do not you your

And then the heart might whisper where self append to your name, in large

it could, letters of gold, “ BREECHES-MAKER

A plea for Mercy, punishment less hard ; TO HIS MAJESTY ?"

And not feel pleasure in awarding doom Next to the pride of Kings is the

The utmost of the rigours of the law." pride of King's Ministers. He says, Why, what was in this case the ut“ Pride governs in the council, pride of most rigour of the law ? A fine of five place,

pounds, and security for the surDeputed power, official arrogance.” geon's bill, the old woman's leg having

Never was there a more unjust libel been broken in three several places ! than this on the present Ministry. The Why should Sir Richard's eye“ have Duke is a proud man, and no wonder; glistened with compassion for your but was Huskisson a proud man? grief and sorrow for the fault ?” Did Is Peel a proud man? Is that a proud you weep for the old woman? Not Cabinet that keeps hush, or falls a you, indeed-Not one single tear. yelping like a dog-kennel at the step On lugging out the Flimsy, you glared or yoice of the whipper-in? To our upon her « fierce as ten tailors, ter

come,

cure;

name

rible as hell,” till the poor mutilated Thestigma, the reproach from British isles. creature, in her delirium, thought she The wisdom of the nation !--then the wise never had beheld such a man all the Are wise in their own foolishness; the days of her life. Our satirist goes

world on to say,

By wisdom knows not God;'-and all “ Like him is seen the lordly overseer,

through pride." Intended primarily as the priest

All this is mighty well—but pray, is Of mercy, and the Father of the poor, But now become their tyrant and their liament to make such appeals during

it more wicked in a member of Parscourge.

a speech, than it is for a Tailor to do 'Tis true, the real evil he performs, Tbeother's far from equals;- but the pride

so at the beginning of a poem ? Not

a whit. Of heart, the haughty will is just thesame.”

But bad as the pride is of kings, Here our Tailor lets the cat out of ministers, magistrates, overseers, and the bag. Overseers are troublesome members of Parliament, it is not people to rampant Tailors. But the in these classes so bad as in “Mersmall illegitimate snip must be provi- cy’s Artists.” “ Pride too in Mercy's ded for the parish must be ensured artists oft appears.” Sporting reader, against him-even before parturition; a rump and dozen you don't guess and to complain of the injustice or -at three trials—who are Mercy's insolence of overseers in such cases, artists ?” Why-doctors ! That is is indeed a worse symptom of the to say,-physicians, apothecaries, Age than any commemorated in this surgeons, odontists, and men-midpoem.

wives. Hear him From one select Vestry our poet flies to another, and thus arraigns With other friends attentive ;—'twas the

-“ I watch'd a sick man's bed the House of Commons.

hour “ Pride reigns too, in the senate, if that For the physician's visit, and he came;

But to our anxious queries, deign'd reply Can still be given to the motley crowd By talking of his merits, and relating Who form its ranks, the half more fit His past adventures, not uninterspers'd to learn.

With language fitter for a drunkard's board And yet on earth, 'tis called the choice Than Death's stern presence. When select,

I interposed Of all the wisdom, virtue, excellence, With indignation roused, he sagely rubb'd And talents of the nation. And in truth His head, and told me that he came to It may be so ; but more's the pity, more

teach The shame that wisdom is so scant, so And practise, not to learn. At length,

rare Is virtue."

He said, was desperate;—but when advice, On what does the indignant Bard In high disorder, saying, where was

Of others was proposed, he flounced about andBreeches-makerfoundthis sweep

placed ing sentence of reprobation ? " On No confidence, assi: ance was in vain.' the apostasy that lately carried the He left,—another came, my friend Great question ?” Not at all. He is a

was dead.” pro-Catholic, and looks with pleasure on the Breaking in of the Constitu But proud as doctors of physic are, tion of 1688, though the rent be wider they are nothing to “ officers in the than any he ever patched up in the army.” These last are proud-the bottom of a pair of corduroys. But ninnies--of fighting the battles of -he exclaims,

their country, and of wearing red or “ Bear witness, Oh, ye echoing roofs,

blue coats covered with tinsel, and And you, ye walls, repeat the tart reply, caps or bonnets floating with horseThe angry tauut, foul Slander's whisper, of being on foot, such as the infan

hair or bird-feathers. Some are proud oaths Half-spoken, curses muttered, and,-Oh, try--some of being on horseback,

such as the cavalry—and all are alike Thanall,repeat it not, the name of God, proud of woman's smiles, from counThe three-times holy name of God, abused tess to cook, from her Grace to Girze By light appeals, and heartless reverence. zy-every petticoat, be they coarser Gather it up, ye winds, and wast away than wool, or finer than gossamer,

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rustling at the approach of light-bob, The tradesman credulous ;--the widow's grenadier, or dragoon. And for such

eye pride is the British army taken to Shed tears,—the orphan's bosom sobbod task by a Tailor ! Why, he himself on through him ; that day that" comes between a Sa And an indignant father oft has cursed, turday and Monday,” is prouder Ay, cursed him as his ruin, and the cause than the most irresistible of the

Of all his misery :-and yet this man, Duke's aid-de-camps making love to

This villain, devil rather, was declared the daughter of a duchess, when

Of brightest honour, spotless, taintless, smouching " Sally in our alley,” in pure,

Is honour wisdom ?-_Wise was some secret arbour in a suburban tea

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garden-some secret arbour contain-
ing only some half-dozen of benches

In the true knowledge of the God of

Love, and as many boards, with a select

Who knew his faith, and loved him for society of some score of enamoured

its proofs. artizans, each with a blooming Lais

And,--twas a marvel,-Hubert was beat his side-as the shades of night loved advance, fearful on their homeward

By mortals too; they loved him for his way of the new military police, more

worth, formidable by far than the exploded His probity, benevolence, good sense, Charlies! And this is the Tailor who

And wondered at his learning; for a heart, complains of the pride of the British Knowledge divine imparted, may possess Army! Himself the while as proud All human learning and be Christian still. as if he had taken measure of Luci All men are weak, and prone to step and fer. What is Honour Pour Tailor shall Frequent, though ever grace divine upholds

The Christian from deep sinfulness and

hell.
“ And what is honour ? that, I mean, Hubert was warm, and once, iu passioni,

which man,
Poor, foolish man, thinks honour? Is it

An odium on another's character:
truth?

But he was just,--and, passion cool'd, perOh no, he calls the fellow-brute, who does

ceived
His utmost to secure his death, his friend,

His error, and with swiftness sought to
And calls himself a man, a gentleman.
Truth? when his friend he cheated with

The wound, and suck the poison out. But the dice,

he, Then, rather than confess the theft, and

The injured, was not thus to pardon won. seek

His vengeful ire could naught remove but
Forgiveness, vows to heav'n his play was death,
fair,

His own or Hubert's, and a challenge
And to th' Omnipotent presumes to appeal quick was sent.
In confirmation of the lie? This Truth?

The man of God was troubled, sore dis-
Yes, in the eye of man, if to advance

tress'd In sin still farther, he be not unwilling,

By doubts, perplexities, and cruel fears; But ready to destroy his friend, to prove

At length he sought his God with fervent His falsehood true. And yet this mon

pray'r, ster's called

Took courage, burn'd the challenge, and • The very soul of honour,' which elates

return'd His heart, that whispers, ' 'tis a noble

A firm refusal ; for he could not do pride.

The deed, and be against his Maker sinless. Is honour virtue? Once I saw a man,

What was the sequel ?---He was called a Whose wanton lust his neighbour's bed had robbed

Void of all honour, courage, dignity,Of all its charm and joy,-his peace of

His enemy was lauded to the skies.” mind, Once sweet, had blighted ;-and his wea

What precious nonsense! Yet it

is a kind of nonsense in which many ried life Ruthless, had taken from him; 'twas a

people of some pretensions daily

deal, who, like our Tailor, would fain Whose being all deplored; for he had used

improve the age. How, pray, came Unpaid, the poor man's time,-and, smi

our tailor to be personally acquaintling, duped

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have been in the way of his profes- Blots out whole chapters, or with petty sion; and if he was diddled out of splee, his bill, he ought to remember, that Dwells on one hapless word eternally." each article in it was charged double, Come, now, Snip, are you not at least, what it was worth

and that yourself rather too proud of your the loss incurred was made up on honester customers. But not to mind Did not your own

own poem, in eight books—the Age?

snail-like eye, that—by whom was such a swindler

alternately “ withdrawn,” and “ far esteemed a man of honour ? Not by protruded” “ glisten bright in selfthose who knew his tricks among tai- complacency" at the close of every lors—not by those who knew that he paragraph ? No pride like that of a was a seducer of honest men's wives blank-verse monger—for it is without mbut by that part of the world who

either rhyme or reason. As to pubwere ignorant of his real character. lishers-why, there are your ownIn no sort of society is honour belie- do you mean to accuse that respectved to consistin robbery,adultery,and able firm of pride ? Shocking ingratimurder. Rank, wealth, genius, great tude! The following is a base libel accomplishments, do too often, now

on Mr Blackwood. age, shield the cri. minal, it is true, from the punishment

“ Him too, the monied publisher, the man due to his vices, and blunt the edge Jingling his gold, whose haughty, scornful of moral opinion. It has been so

glance from the beginning, and will be so to

Appears to petrify the shiv'ring scribe

That stands before him, waiting long and the end of time, such is the

corrup

chilled tion of human nature; but all such characters are scouted, scorned, and

And anxiously the great man's pleasure, abhorred notwithstanding, by the spi, Him hath not passed over in its course.”

pride rits of this age as of every other; and no such code of honour exists any. But let our worthy publisher despise where, out of gambling-houses and such abuse-for our Tailor attacks hells, as that on which our terrified all trades. Tailor vents his indignation, hot and hissing as his own goose. As to such Trade, commerce, swim in pride; and a duel as he here whines about, none

scarcely one such need ever have been fought, of all the numbers who pursue this path and, indeed, none such ever could To wealth and fame is free ;--from him

who deals have been fought, unless Hubert's friend were as consummate an ass as

In thousands, to the wretch that keeps a Hubert's self; for, having grossly in. The latter, in his wishes to appear

stall. sulted the gentleman, and being willing to sign a humble or abject apolo- of

reputation, tells the gaping crowd

A man of greater substance and extent gy, which, after his prayers, Hubert

Of childish auditors, of ounces sold was, of course, most anxious to do, And shillings taken ; and the little shop there was no possibility of pistols—. Of village bustle, echoes with the name and an end of the affair. His anta

Of pounds,-its larger neighbour in the gonist could only demand an apology; town, an apology was due; and it with

Of hundreds --and the wholesale trader held, and no other satisfaction given, hints then Hubert, in spite of all his pray Of exportations, imports, Lloyd's and ing, was no Christian. The law of stock, honour must not be expounded by a The merchant of his credit, and his vast Tailor,

Plantations, while the banker who can But there is no pride like that of

stretch the press--of critics and publishers. No farther, seems to be ashamed of all,

Of money ignorant, in loss and profit « The critic's eye,

Unskill’d, and wishing to be come a lord. Snail-like, withdrawn, by all the world While others boast of contracts formed, of

loans The fated pages scanning, glistens bright To foreign Powers, purchases so rare, In self-complacency, and far protrudes And bargains so uncommon, that the ear In conscience of its power, fancied oft, Of man ne'er heard the like, 'tis his deBut often real; while his murd'rous pen light,

unseen,

His fond ambition to be thought the friend tions contribute more than all the Of all the great and noble:---such is man. rest of the enemies of mankind put Snip then scampers off in a smart

together, to the virulence of the dislyrical transition

ease which thus preys upon the vitals

of the age. The infection was first “ Some make a boast of horses, dogs, and communicated to the people of this guns,

country in-dress. It lurks now in And horrible ! of harlots Some delight

each individual pair of breeches that They say, in Christianizing all their issues from his shop. We defy any dress,

man to be proud, under three pair per Infernal blasphemy, that seems to beg

annum; yet here is Satan crying Heav'n's thunders to descend and crush

against sin with a vengeance. Kilts the wretch !

are just as bad—nay, worse --that is And name each article of foppery After themselves,--that all may know

tartan kilts—for corduroy kilts are them fools."

favourable, if not to modesty, yet to

meekness, except indeed when worn Mr Shears then makes a double-and

with top-boots, in which case, we falls again, tooth and nail, upon the know not why, they too

generate the pride of wealth, in a diatribe against epidemic. Therefore--let all tailors Rothchild, which convinces us that-dungs and flints--strike-now and Snip is a bankrupt.

for ever; and henceforth all his sons Hitherto our Tailor has been

will be as free from pride as Father trampling the laity, but after a nap, Adam. he arouses himself like a giant re Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditione freshed with swipes, and pounds the querentes ?” The remedy is in your parsons :

own hands-away with the shears “Vice in the clergy!--rank, apostate pride, for ever-and the naked truth, to the Their chief corruption, whence all else eternal extinction of pride, will be proceed!

revealed all over the world. Ambition, covetousness, love of ease, Having thus expatiated on the Of luxury and pomp,--and bigotry Pride of the Age, our breeches-maAnd persecution, in the heart of him king bard attacks its Pleasures. He Who holds himself devoted by his God is at a loss where to begin, so imTo teach in meekness, to forbear in love! mense is their multitude, « Pride in the clergy! tell them they are

“ Innumerable are they, and I leave proud,

The recapitulation of them all ; And a loud cry responsive, from each

Observing only those, which on the Age shore

Produce most sensible effects, and have That owns subjection to the Christian

The greatest tendency to form the mind, yoke,

Its habits and pursuits to moralize Is rolled by the old Ocean's foaming waves,

Or to demoralize the human soul.” With noise as of ten thousand thunders After looking about for some miloud,

nutes' space, like an owl in moon. • The Church in danger! danger in the light, he pounces upon the Theatre. Church !""

“ Among them, the most prominent ap

pears, si The Church in danger? Of increasing And is, perhaps, productive of the most not

Depravity in man,—the theatre; In numbers, which its clergy's pride pre That den of thieves, that ultimate resource vents,

Of all the wanton, profligate, and vile By casting stumbling-blocks, and closing That haurt of harlots-nursery of vice

Grand focus of iniquity, which draws
The gates to free salvation; till the man Within its circle all impurity,
Who would find entrance, weary of the Profaneness, gross impiety, and crime
pains

Temple of Satan.”-
And dangers of the way, and sick at heart
Of those who keep the portals, turns aside.”

Stop, Snip. Do you mean that, you

tythe, for a description of our EdinPride, then, we see, is the Plague burgh Theatre ? *If you do, down of the Age; nor has our tuneful Tai- with your trowsers, and take a taste lor escaped the contagion. But he

of the knout. Look at the pit, you forgets that the Great Family of Frac. vulgar fraction. A more decent set of

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