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Lover can write, and Lover himself can sing ; touched by his finger, the piano may be said to laugh and speak.
TEA TABLE TACTICS. They may talk of the ruin
And her sweet mouth some question deThat Bacchus is brewing,
manding, But if my advice a young soldier would Puts your heart beyond all self-comask, sir,
manding : I'would say that the hiccups
Through the steam of the tea-pot her Is safer than tea-cups;
eyes shine like stars, So beware of the chaynee, and stick to And Venus again, makes a conquest of your flask, sir.
When I entered the army,
At first it did charm me;
story; And Betty, and Ally,
When war is announced." And lost all my time with their tay and But a petticoat flounced, their coffee, sir
With a nale bit o' lace, it ensnared me Oh ! tay is a dangerous drink,
from glory. When ihe lady that make's it's a Had I mounted the breach, beauty;
Glory's lesson to teach, With her fingers so nale
I might have escaped, and a pension be She presents you a plate,
paying me; And to cut bread and butter she puts you Instead of soft folly on duty;
With Nanny or Molly, Then she pouts her bright lips, Which bound me, like Sampson, while While the Congou she sips,
Cupid was slaying me.
Oh! tay is a dangerous drink, &c. &c. One more song remains upon our list. It is laudatory of that much abused, much praised, source of so many misfortunes-WHISKY. We like the song, we like its spirit, and, in good truth, we like the spirit. We have never heard a would
а be Irish aristocrat declaring his dislike to punch, but we longed to tell him, as George Canning would the man who could assert that he liked dry champagne-"you lie, sir.” We know not the writer's name, he may have been, from the style of composition, a hedge schoolmaster; or, he may have been one who loved “ the scholar's delight, feeding worthily, and sleeping heartily," and who employed his vacant hours in cultivating social harmony in rustic language. When a grave scholar and theologian like Beza, wrote the Juvenilia ; when a great logician, and solemn archbishop like Dr. Whately, wrote the Historic Doubts relative to Napoleon Buonaparte ; when Dean Burrowes wrote, The Night before Larry was stretched—why may not some old learned lover of the bottle have written of Irish Nectar, in the Irish brogue ? —
THE JUG OF PUNCH. As I was sitting in my room,
What more divarshin might a man desire, One pleasant evening in the month of Than to be seated by a nate turf fire, June,
And by his side a purty wench,
Too ra loo, &c. Too ra loo! too ra loo! too ra loo!
The Muses and A pollio famed, Jug of punch, Jug of punch,
in Castilian pride, drinks precious The tune he sung was a jug of punch. sthrames;
too ra loo!
But I would not grudge them ten times
as much, As lor as I had a jug of punch.
Too ra loo, &c.
Too ra loo, &c.
But if life was gone -within an inch-
Too ra loo, &c.
A jug of punch, a jug of punch!
So our task ends—may each reader say to us, in the words of Erasmus, YOU DESERVE TO DRINK OUT OF A CUP SET WITH JEWELS.
ART. V. -THE PEER AND THE POET.
Memoirs, Journal, and Correspondence of Thomas Moore.
Edited by the Right Hon. Lord John Russell, M.P. Vols. I. and II. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. 1853.
THIRTY-THREE years have passed since Thomas Moore and Lord John Russell journeyed together from London to Milan. The Poet was flushed with the success of Lalla Rookh ; the Longmans had paid him a noble price for the work; the claims against him, arising from the defalcation of his deputy at Bermuda, had not yet embittered his life; he was free, happy, joyous, and revelling in the sun-shine of the world and of happiness. Lord John Russell was then a young man, just entering into life, but ignorant of those qualities which have since made him the chief of a great party, a leader of the House of Commons, and have raised him to the highest offices in the State :-he informed the Poet that he contemplated retiring from the struggle of politics, with the intention of devoting himself to other, and more congenial pursuits. Moore's quick perception enabling him to see that this expressed intention was only one of those passing fancies, which occasionally over-cloud the most brilliant and the most active
* We have omitted some songs by Curran, Lysaght, and Maginn, as they are well known. See, however, one excellent song on Whisky, from the glorious pen of Maginn, in Irisu QUARTERLY Review, Vol. II. p. 607.
intellects, he addressed, to his noble fellow-traveller, the following lines :
REMONSTRANCE. After a Conversation with Lord John Russell, in which he had intimated some Idea
of giving up all Political Pursuits. What! thou, with thy genius, thy youth, | Yet bold and heroic as ever yet rose and thy name
To the top cliffs of Fortune, and breasted Thou, born of a Russell-whose instinct her storm; The accustom'd career of thy sires, is the With an ardour for liberty, fresh as, in same
youth, As the eaglet's, to soar with his eyes on It first kindles the bard and gives life to the sun!
his lyre ;
Yet mellow'd, ev'n now, by that mildness Whose nobility comes to thee, stamp'd
of truth with a seal,
Which tempers, but chills not, the paFar, far more ennobling than monarch
triot fire ; e'er set; With the blood of thy race, offer'd up for With an eloquence-not like those rills the weal
from a height, of a nation, that swears by that mar. Which sparkle, and foam, and in vapour tyrdom yet!
are o'er ;
But a current, that works out its way into Shalt thou be faint-hearted and turn from light the strife,
Through the filtering recesses of thought From the mighty arena, where all that and of lore.
is grand, And devoted, and pure, and adorning in Thus gifted, thou never can'st sleep in the life,
shade; 'Tis for high-thoughted spirits like thine If the stirrings of Genius, the music of to command ?
And the charms of thy cause have not Oh no, never dream it while good men power to persuade, despair
Yet think how to Freedom thou'rt Between tyrants and traitors, and timid pledg'd by thy Name.
men bow, Never think, for an instant, thy country Like the boughs of that laurel, by Delphi's can spare
decree, Such a light from her darkening horizon Set apart for the Fane and its service as thou,
So the branches, that spring from the old With a spirit, as meek as the gentlest of Russell tree, those
Are by Liberty claim'd for the use of her Who in life's sunny valley lie shelter'd Shrine.
and warm ; These lines may, or may not, have induced Lord John Russell to reconsider his determination; that he did reconsider it, all the world knows; but the “Remonstrance” is more than sufficiently soul-stirring, to affect one much less attached to his family fame than he to whom it was addressed. He feels grateful to the Poet; and we now find him, the orator, the statesman, the historian, and bearing one of the proudest names in the annals of the Nation, turning aside, from the stormy world of politics, to become the biographer of his dead friend.
We feel pleasure at meeting Lord John Russell in this character. It tells well for the advancement of literature in these kingdoms, and proves that authorship is now in a more suitable position, than in the days when great Edmund Spenser wrote in Southampton's ante-chamber, or than at the period when Colley Cibber felt delight at being admitted to White's, even though looked upon as something between an amusing mountebank and an impudent intruder. This biography shows too, that Moore judged incorrectly, when he wrote, in his Life of Sheridan: "Talents in literature or science, unassisted by the advantages of birth, may lead to association with the great, but rarely to equality ;-it is a passport through the wellguarded frontier, but no title to naturalisation within." We here find the noble editor expressing his pride in the fact, that the Poet was his old, and firm, and valued friend.-Great power of genius that has broken down the icy barrier of exclusiveness and conventionality--great power of genius that compels royalty to invite Landseer to grace its table-great power of genius that drives a Queen to visit the quiet home of Tennyson-great power of genius, that in the work before us, makes the most distinguished scion of the proud house of Bedford the biographer and editor of the son of a poor Aungier-street grocer! As we read the short, but hearty, introduction prefixed to these volumes by the editor, we recall the lines addressed by Thomas Churchyard to his patron, Sir Walter Raleigh :
“Where friendship finds good ground to grow upon,
It takes sound root, and spreads his branches out,
And bloometh, where no other grain will sprout :
His leaves are fresh, and green as is the grass ;
His goodly bark shines bright, like gold or brass :
And lives no where, but in a noble mind." John Foster, in his essay “On a Man's Writing a Life of Himself,” after expatiating, in his usual able manner, upon the peculiar advantages to be derived from the self-examination which autobiographical composition, when honestly pursued, renders necessary, divides this species composition into that written in youth, for amusement and instruction in age, and that composed in age, from the retrospect of past-by years. We consider that the work before us cannot be classed under either of these denominations, but belongs distinctly to both.
There is a charm about biography, about literary biography in particùlar, which is immediately felt and acknowledged, but
autobiography is still more attractive, being the record of the heart, the feelings, and the actions of him who is the subject of his own pen.
Great old Samuel Johnson said, that if any mau were to note down the facts of his daily existence, the diary should prove interesting, and for our parts we believe, most firmly, that he was right; we even consider that an indifferently executed autobiography is more interesting than an ordinarily compiled biography. Who would not rather read Horace's own account of his school days, of his boyhood, and of his every-day life, than the most erudite and accurate biographical sketch composed by his annotators ? When he writes of himself he is before us, as in the years when he, the freed-man's son, was brought to Rome by a father, noble in the nobility of manhood, and was sent to learn all that the Roman Knight could know. We see him as when he went attended by slaves, and dressed as if his estate had been princely. When he relates the moral lessons given him by his father, and adds, to the noble born Mæcenas
“Nil me peniteat sanum patris hujus," the old man is present before, living, breathing, and respected. When he describes his home life, that exquisite picture of Epicureau-real Epicurean, existence, we see him plainly, jogging upon the bob-tailed mule, or enquiring the price of bread and herbs, or loitering in the Circus, or lounging in the Forum, or listening to the fortune-tellers ; and we return with him at night to the supper of onions, pulse, and pancakes, served by the three slaves; and observing the two cups, and the tumbler, upon the white stone slab, we think him a Roman “right gay fellow," and grasping his hand, in fancy, we cry, in his own line :
“Nil ego contulerim jucundo sanus amico," and we hear him say, as his eyes sparkle,
“ Hic me consolor victurum suaviús, ac si
Quæstor avus, pater atque meus, patruusque fuisset.” And turn now to Montaigne. Who could tell, as he himself tells, the history of his early life? Who could place so well before us his father, Pierre Eyquem, Ecuyer, the brave and