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sand bodies, inhabit, with the votaries of 11 my actions; for, obey you I will in every mi. fashion, the pations of ancient tore, as little outiæ, even to the sticking on of a piu, or the can your Ladysbip expect to find him tireman |tyeing of a top-koot. to the more modern, but to him no less ob.
nodern, but to bim no less ob. i I suppose your Ladyship's blushes will not solete Gauls, ancient Britons, Anglo-Saxons, ll allow me to dwell with mucb particularity on &c. &c. And blessed be my fate, my sweet the appearance of our primæval parents, when Countess, that I was not contemporary with clad with the light of beauty alone! neither would the be-leafed or be-ruffed daughters of anti-ll it much gratify your taste, to know wbether tiquity -I should not bave breatbed the their garments of leaves (the winding-sheet in same air with you; I should not have lived in | wbich they did penance for their transgres. the beams of thine eyes, have drank the soul's I sion) was merely a thick-woven garland twistdear inspiration from thy lips.--No; daughtered round their waists, or literally an apron of of Pharvab, Tyrian Dido, Grecia, Helen, fig-leaves sewed together, as translators chose Roman Cornelia ; I'll none of you!-My happy to render it. Our botanists seem to do their fate hath matched my natal star with a brigbter | best to sanction this interpretation, for they Juminary than that which shines in your shew us a plant with long wiry points, to whole constellation!-Move on then, fair / which they give the name of Adam's Needle; planet of my destiny; esert thy influence over most boldly insinuating, that with these same my thoughts, my words, and actions; com prickles, our illustrious forefather turned mand, and I obey; for I, thy Æneas, niy Dido, ll tailor. For my part, though no very profound will never leave thy shores ; thy Paris, my Hebrew scholar, I cannot exactly apprehend Helen, may bow before thy shrine, for no the text as meant to imply that the leaves Megelaus hovers near to brand my proud de were sewed together ; and did I translate it, it votions with the name of crime. And thy | would certainly sanction the commentary of lover, thy adorer, bright Cornelia of the Bri. the painter, who usually paints this earliest tish Isle, sees in the youthful widow's virtues, l garment of our first parents, as a branch of jewels more precious than even those wbich the fig-tree twisted round their waists. decked the Roman dame!-Ab, then! my Their next apparel, that which was to suit Venus, sweet star, that silvers the shades of them for the changeful seasons of the world at - Park, as I stroll beneath them, musing large, was the skin of beasts. Poor Eve on love and thee; whether thou sbeddest thy did not even carry a witbered bough of Pa. rays upon my solitary rural walk; or smiles | radise out with her, to remind her of the upon me, when springing from my chariot bower of bliss she had left behind, of the into the crowded doors of the Opera-house in | flowers she had scepted, the fruit she had town; still do thy gentle beams warm and gathered, the Elysium of sweets which she cbeer my heart; still does my soul feel the had opee enjoyed with her beloved, ber se. same power in the queen of my ascendaut! il duced, her ruined husband!
Then, brightest goddess of my wishes, thus I have often heard your gentle sex comdoes thy ardent votary obey thy call; and in | plain of their present lot in this wilderness of spite of intervening ages, in spite of upmea care. Let them henceforth cease reproaching sured distances; neitber time nor space us for our exemption from some of their ina shall be obstacles in my paih.--I dive into herent evils. Let them recollect that from the depths of the one; I traverse, with un- the first woman sprang “ loss of Paradise, Wearied wing, the far-stretching extremities of land all our woe!” and, humbled by the con. the other; seas, mountains, luxuriant vallies, i viction, may they indeed strive to smooth plains, deserts, steppes, savannahs, all are re , the rugged path to man, into whicb, had it duced to a span of earth before me; for you not been for syren woman, he had never command me to bring from amongst their entered! various nations spoils for the temple of Fairdaughter of Eve,dear mistress of my fate! fashion! Your fair hand is to consecrate | thy conscience will whisper how thy charming. the offering; I present the tribute, and toils drew me to thy feet; how thy net enBeauty's self bangs the trophies on her snared me; plucked me from the field of warshrine.
like fame, and now bind me, as the spell of the But saill am I to obey from the very letter? || sweet daughters of the deep, ever thy willing Is it a history of the male and female attire, || captive. from the first of time, that I am to collect and Your enchanting sex are the dictators of arrange Be it so; should it be uninterest. 1 ours; and struggle, frown, conterrd as you will, ing, should it be dull, should it be pedantic, ll you connot escape the fate of all despots you must blame yourself, dear arbitress of for it has long been proved by experience, and
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pbilosophers have passed it into an axiom, u shuttle into the band of their goddess Isis, to. " that while the tyrant fasteos ove end of the signify that she was the inventress of that art. chain round the hands of his slave, bę rivets I am inclined, with the deep-searching Sir the other end to his own neck."-Thas, William Jones, ralber to give a more Eastern mutual slaves, mutual sovereigus, let us reigo origin to all the arts; and, therefore, I do not, and serve alike! ..
doubt but that the accomplished lady to But grant me pardon, my gentle Countess, whom they attribute this talent, was, indeed, for this digression, and I shall inmediately the first plyer of the weaving art among them ; return within the pale of fashion again. and I as little doubt that she was no Egyptian
We have no accounts, either from truth or herself, but rather some benevolent emigrant fancy, respecting the change of modes from from climes nearer the primæval seats of the time that Adam and Eve left their sum man; and that she rather brought than in-. mer residence in Eden, and walked out, in vented the shuttle amongst them. However, good warm pelisses, stripped from the backs we cannot deny that the subjects of Pharoah of sheep or bears, to take possession of their profited by her lessons, for we read of a cerwinter abode in the stormy world- until the tain Phoenician Tbais, wbo, in the days of Soawful season of the deluge. I have no doubt l lomon, “decked ber bed with carpets, and the that I cannot trace either umbrilas, or water carved work with fine linen of Egypt.” Heroproof coats so, far back; but, as we are told Il dotus dwells on the “ fine embroidered linen of the sons of Noah casting a hyke, or mantle of Egypt, adorned with figures of animals over him, when (a skort time after, the Nood) || woven in the work, and enriched with gold he lay exposed in bis tent, we must be al and variety of colours.” I will not pretend to lowed to suppose, that in the latter ages of the say that this ancient produce of the loom was antideluvian world, its inlabitants had made to be compared with the lions and tigers much progress in inventions, or to have in grinning horribly in the speaking (or, perstituted and perfected the manufacture of || baps, more properly endited, roaring) worstedother raimeut besides skins of beasts.
work of the present day; but it was costly I shall not enter into the disquisition, il and splendid, and that at any time is sufwhether the family of Noab, and consequently ficient credentials into a royal or fashionable the first settlers in the new world, arising, like l wardrobe. your sister Venus, from the “boundless ocean | The manufactures of those primæval ages, tumbliog round the globe!" pitched their sou must hold in your mind, my fair auditor, teats, on their egress from the ark, in Mesa possessed none of the varieties of Manchester, potamia, in China, or amidst tbe hyperborean Norwich, Spitalfields, Paisley, &c. &c. $nows. I shall merely follow the steps of When we read the word silk in the Old fashion where she precedes me; and after | Testament of our Bibles, the learned, and leaving the hyke of the patriarch of ihc deluge, | among the rest, the erudite author of our ex. I see no trace of any peculiar raiment till celleut Greek and Hebrew Lexicons (the Rev. alight on the banks of the Nile.
Mr. Parkhurst), is of opinion that we ought to Linen and woollen garments were in use translate it cotton. Silk was not adapted to the among then at a very remote period. .“ Ves
tise of clothing tilltowards the conclusion of the tures of fine linen” were worn by the rubies Roman Republic, and is particularly noted as of the Court of Egypt, as early as the time of an extraordinary, strange, and costly vestment Joseph the son of Jacob. And prior to ibat l worn by Vespasian and his son Titus, in their period the art of weaving must have arrived triumphal shews, at considerable excellence, for we are informed Linen and cotton must then be understood of the coat of many colours, wbicb was given as the most splendid materials with which the by the patriarch Israel to his favourite son. belles and beaux of the civilized world, in
The skins of aniinals, for winter garinents, those early days, could decorate their fine with woollen cloth for the more temperate sea. persons. Besides these, we have some acHons, and linen or cotton for the summer counts from Herodotus and others, of inferior months, were all the variety afforded for the stufis, made from the hair of aniinals; and, wardrobes of prince or peasant in those golden indeed, the sackcloth of the Jews, which they ages. Silk was then totally unknown, and the usually wore in penances and mourning, was dye of the garment, rather than the material, composed entirely of a rough, bristly, black was beld in estimation,
hair. This rugged manufactory was seldom The Egyptiaus clajin tbe invention of weav- l pot in contact with the human flesh; though, ing as having been the growth of their na- || indeed, Diodorus Siculus does relate, wbether tion, and in memory of the pretension, put a || in a merry mood I will not pretend to decide,
of a certain nation of Ethiopian Sans Culottes, I can promise your Ladyship not to bring wbo, being in utter despair at their indelicate you into company beneath your rank.-Here appearance (perhaps it happened at the time are not poor mechanics and manufacturers of a certain number of goddesses eloping to hired at sixpence a day; but ladies, printhose parts!) laid violent hands on the hair cesses, and queens? I present to your notice of their head, and made themselves each all the dames of Sidon, whom Homer celebrates, suit of small cloaths, out of their locks, wbich when describing the wardrobe of Hecuba:sited them to admiration.
Ti“ There vestures lay, in various colours We find in the Melpomene of Herodotus a . wrought,
[bronght most tragical manufactory for the Sythian - The works of Sidon's dames, from Sidon wardrobe; those gallant gentlemen, when in " By godlike Parise" want of raimnent, did not “rob Peter to pay! By the way, if your Ladyship would admit Paul," or strip tbe head to clothe the limbs; of the epithet, as one that miglit properly bebot very civilly took the first 'man they met," long to your humble servant, what an apt plucking bis skin over his ears, tanned it, and motto the above quotation would have made wore it, as their descendants, the modern ! to this epistle! If not the real vestures, the Russians, do that of beasts, for warmth and ghosts of them, are brought in those descripornament! I cannot doubt that this savage tions to your eyes, and bye-will you add, custom had its origin in the glory of arms; the godlike Paris ? Torn not up thy pretty therefore, sweet Lady of the myrtle and the lip, fair dame, at this assumption.--The olive-branch, I cannot do otherwise than con epithet belongs to me, I deserve it! I will gratulate myself on the mandate that drew prove it to thee! sweet infidel! - Thou art my your Paris from the field; lest, in the fervour
goddess Venus Urania !-The gods loved of military ardour, in the triumph of conquest,
Venus from Vulcan to Japiter; and I love he had seized some fierce follower of the
Veous; hence, like a god I love ;--ergo, I am Corsican, and, Aaying bim alive, leaped 'godlike! into his skin, and appeared before you, not to Shall I leave you to ponder upon this be known again!How would the freshness of weighty argument; to dream of the gardens a British complexion been recognized through of Aminous, and bts fair daughters Washing a Frencb man's visage !Would even my their veils in the stream; or of Minerva pregoddess's penetrating glance been able to
siding at the Grecian board; or of Andromache bave discovered the beams of her Paris's love
making a procession with the produce of her declaring looks, through the little ferrety eyes
loom to the shrines of Troy; or, will you of my discomfited foe. What would she
condescend to leave these visions of old, and have thougbt of the approach of such lips to
dream of Bond street, Grosvenor-square, her soft hand, of the whiskerd chin, brushing I and I dare not say who? the pearls of her bracelet? I fear, that had |
Shall I leave you to this fanciful repose, this your Paris been Hercules himself, the hero
agreeable travelling on your own couch, this Fould have been banished your presence, to
way of living centuries without growing old? berd with cannibals and swine, and other Or, am I to go on as before, dragging you anthropophagi.
after ine, over all the habitable globe, ancient Shudder not then, may fair Urania, at this
and modern, like Don Quixote, with Sancho picture which your Paris has drawn of what
seated behind him, on the enchanted horses might have been ; it never pow will exist; and
seeing, bearing all things; traversing earth, instead of a wardrobe selected from the gar- |
sea, and skies, without stirring one step from ments which his enemies brought into the the terra firma of his native land?, world with them, like his predecessor and I hear your mandate breathed from you namesake, the son of Priam, he will never ap- ll Aeecy cloud ;="Oh, it comes o'er my ear pear before the lady of his heart, but in like the sweet south over a bank of violets, vestments of finely-wrought linen, garments of stealing and giving odours !” That fleecy cloud woollen, and garments of silk; and whatever Aoats along in the direction from your native etceteras your Ladyship may chuse to conimand. || woods, and surely it brings a sigh from my
After most devoutly en treating pardon of Urania's breast, a mandate to her lover! It your delicacy for so horrid an image as those breathes her commands" Proceed, Paris, or hideous Scythians have compelled me to tremble at my displeasure !" place before your eyes, I will do all in my l I obey, divine arbitress of my time and power to ubliterate the frightful impres- fate, and my next letter shall contain the sion, by leading you to the bowers of the fashions, as this has done the materials, of the graceful.female arts in the task of arraying l garments of antiquity, themselves, and those who deserve their smiles, L.
LAUNCELOT LASTHOPE, THE BACHELOR.
was the loveliest creature I ever in my life beAs your Magazine is particularly dedi. | held; though twenty-seven years are past since cated to the use of tbe lovely and the good part that period, ber charming figure (shaped by of the creation, you may, perhaps, by the in
the hand of symmetry itself) ber animated and sertion of this letter, prevail on some one of
ingenuous countenance, and the thousand your fair readers to take my disastrous case
witcheries that sparkled in her eyes and played into consideration. I am, you must know, Sir,
in her smiles, are yet present to me. This an old bachelor; and though I may safely
charming girl was the daughter of a country venture to say, in the words of Mrs. Jordau's
|| clergyman; who, not baring any fortune to
bestow upon her, sent her up to London to an “I am sure it is not my own fault,”
aunt who was very fond of her, and who un
dertook to get her well married. My first I am yet as much exposed to the derisions
sight of Lucinda (for that was her name) was and avoidance of the lovely sex, as if my state
at a ball, where I bad the pleasure of dancing of celibacy proceeded from choice; and so with her. I was equally fascinated by the strong is the general dislike to me, that every loveliness of her person and the simplicity of thing I do, and every thing I wear, bas (in the her manners. I took care to pay my respects opinion of the pretty creatures, old bachelor to her the next morning; and as I had some in it. This is bard, for how the deuce is a man slight acquaintance with her aunt I found no to get married if he cannot find a woman who il difficulty in obtaining permission to visit her; will bave him? And this has been literally
and in a very short time I became as sighing my case; I might, to be sure, have made love ! an enamorato as ever to my cook-maid or laundress, and through the charity of one or the other have got rid of
“Penn'd a sonnet to his mistress's eye-brow." the reproach of “single blessedness ;” bat ibis il. My proposals for Lucinda were readily acwas an expedient that I could not thiuk of Icepted buth by herself and her friends; and having recourse to, for I always had a taste our inarriage was only deferred for a couple of for the society of women of elegant manners months outil her father could arrive from the and polite acquirements; and by every one of country to give us the nuptial benediction. I that description, to whom I have applied, I now thought inyself within a single step of the have been refused.
summit of human felicity; but alas! I was Lest your fair readers should conceive that doomed to be sbipwrecked in sight of port. there is something particularly disagreeable From the dear aud indissoluble tie that was in my person or manners, I must, in justice to about to be formed between Lucinda and me, myself assure them, that in my juvenile days I fancied myself privileged to use the freedom I was reckoned handsome; and nobody ever of a husband in pointing out to her (though denied me the character of an easy good-tem with great gentleness) some little things in her pered fellow; so that I really am at a loss to conduct that I disapproved. She had been sa account for my ill sucess, and can only sup accustomed to flattery since her arrival in pose that it has proceeded from a wrong me town, that she resented my conduct as an unthod of paying my devoirs; but of this you pardonable affront; and a young Baronet just will be better able to judge when I relate to || then happening to be struck with her, the you a few of the circumstances of my life. sunt, who thought it would be a better match
When I was about twenty-three, my father than I, chose to be of her niece's opinion. My died; and left me an estate that was sufficient | fair faithless Lucinda sent me my dismission; for all the purposes of rational enjoyment. and in a few weeks after gave her hand to my My mother had died while I was yet in my in- il rival. fancy, so that I have no recollection of ber; As I bad truly loved Lucinda, the loss of her hut my fatber always mentioned her in terms gave me no small uneasiness. My reasou, inof tenderness and regret; and from his account deed, pointed out to me low little chance of of the happiness he bad enjoyed in wedlock, I happiness I could have with such a woman; had a most pious veneration for the boly state, but my heart refused to acknowledge its cool and formed a resolution to enter into it as l unimpassioned dictates, and I sought to find opeedily as possible.
ll in dissipation a cure for a passion wbich I Tbe firsi lady to whom I paid my addresses I could not conquer.
I was in no
My recipe indeed succeeded; but in losing || don out of humour with the ugly as well as my passion I had nearly lost my life also; for the pretty part of the sex. I was for a long time confined with a nervous The next lady to whom I made a tender of fever, and on my recovery was ordered into the my hand, was what is termed a good sort of country by my physicians. I received a most woman. Tuever should have been particularly cordial ioritation from Mr. Stanhope (a friend struck with her had I not heard that she did of my father's) to make his house my home me the favour to speak in very flattering terms till I was perfectly convalescent. This invita of me. I obtained permission to visit her, tion I gladly accepted, and in a few weeks I and our affair was going on in all due form, was restored to my usual state of robust when one evening in company, the conversabealth.
tion happening to turu upon cards, I observed ry, however, to conclude my ll that I never played. visit. Mr. Stanhope had a daughter, whose “Bless me!" cried she, “ I think I heard person struck me at first sight as being re you say that you meant to spend half the year markably plain; but a single conversation con in the country whenever you commence Benevinced me, that if nature had been a niggard dict." to the person of Miss Stanhope, she had made “ So I do," replied I. more than amends by bestowing upon her an “And how can you possibly contrive to kill excellent understanding and a lively wit. As I time without you play?" said she. I was then an invalid, her good nature led her “Oh, there are many ways to do it beside te devote much of her time to my amusement; cards,” cried I; “reading, rational conversawe read, walked, and conversed together; and tion, and sometimes the society of one's peighI soon found that Maria Stanhope was become bours. Of all modes of wasting time,” conti. necessary to my happiness. I explained my nued I, “ cards appear to me the most dansentiments to her father, and he referred me gerous; for the habit of gaming is of all others to his daughter, who desired time to consider
the soonest acquired.” of my proposal. .
“And I have not the least idea," said she During the time which Miss Stanhope took rointedly, “how apy person can exist in the to deliberate, we were one day conversing upon country without cards." . the passion of love; we differed in opinion No more was said on the subject; but at upon the subject. She took the side of ro- i my next risit, she told me with much formamantic passion, and I contended for the supe- 1 lity, that as we differed in opinion upon so riority of rational prepossession; and as a li essential a point, she could never tbink of sufproof that I was right, I instanced my own fering matters to proceed any further between case.
us. “How much more happiness," cried I,“ my l I was beginning to assure her that I did not dear Maria, do I hope for from you, whose think it a point of the smallest consequence, mental qualities first attracted my regard, than I but she stopped me short, with an assurance the beautiful, but thoughtless Lucinda could |
that she was convinced we never could be ever bare bestowed upou me?"
happy together. After such a declaration While I was speaking I observed that she there was no more to be said. I made the changed colour."So," said she after a pause, lady a cool bow, and wished her a good morn“ I find I am only bonoured with your esteem, a very lover-like declaration upon my word; The disappointinents I had met with in my but I can assure you, Sir, that I will never matrimonial speculations had a little sickened marry any man who is capable of insulting me me of the pursuit, and for some time I roved by an avowal that he once felt the most violent at large; but I was soon tired of venal beauty, passion for another, and that bis sentiments and my predilection for the conjugal state refor me are merely those of cold esteem.” turned in its full force. I became acquainted
I was thunderstruck at her declaration; for, with a very pretty French woman, Mademoifrom the excellence of her understanding, I selle Darlemont, whose manners were even bad sopposed that she would have been offend. more captivating than her person; there was ed had I complimented her person; all I could judeed one objection to my addressing her,-say in my own vindication was, however, of no | she was a Roman Catholic; but as I am by avail; I stood convicted of tacitly acknow no means a bigot, I thought that might be ledging that it was not her person which bad easily waved, if her tempper and disposition attracted me, and that was a crime never to be were as amiable as I conceived them to be, I forgiven. You may be sure that I shortened was, however, determined to be satisfied oa my stay at ber faiber's, and I returned to Lea-\ these points before I offered her my hand.