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And there was mounting in hot haste: the steed,
While throng'd the citizens with terror dumb,
And wild and high the 'Cameron's gathering' rose !
The stirring memory of a thousand years ;
And Ardennes waves above them her green leaves,
Of living valour rolling on the foe,
Last noon beheld them full of lusty life,
Which her own clay shall cover-heap'd and pent,
MISTER DANIEL O’ROURKE. NEAR the pier-head at Margate, stands the Hoy Tavern; strolling one morning that way, I saw four men busily employed, beating a carpet in the Connaught fashion, that is, with a man in it. What in the name of patience are you doing with that unfortunate man ? said I.- Nothing, sir,' said one of them ; it's only a bit of a lark, sir, that's all, you see that window there, sir, open, in that house up there?' 'Yes I do.' 'Well, sir, as we wur shaking this carpet, sir, this man jumped out of that window there, sir, and we caught him in this carpet, sir, and wur giving him a little bit of a shake, sir, and that's all we know of the matter, sir. "Your honour, your honour, you've saved my life, so you have; you never saw any man so kilt before.' 'For a dead man,' said I, 'you appear pretty lively.' Och ! by the powers ! and it's no fault of theirs, your honour; I'm as good as dead, any how. I think I've seen you before. Troth and you may say that, Daniel O'Rourke, sir.' The first time I met Daniel was in Dublin; surprised that our second meeting should be in a carpet at Margate, I asked him to explain his situation. "O, your honour, I've been draming, and draming, and didn't your honour come in a drame.” “Well, what did you dream, and how did you come into that carpet?! Please your honour, I'll tell your honour all about it, I was bothered all day yesterday; and I dramed such a drame; och sure, and didn't your honour come through the clouds in a balloon ? please your honour, I'm steward of the Polly Packet; and every Monday in the week, the Captain gives the sailors a treat; and the good mait and the good drink of the Captain's didn't agree with me at all ; I ate so much, that I would never desire to lave off; and when I was home and a bed, I was none the better of it ; and when I went to sleep, the devil a wink of sleep could I get for draming all night. Och! I wish I may never drame such another ?
What was your dream, Daniel ?' Why then, saving your presence, I'll tell you; I was draming I was coming home from Molly Crinigan, the fairy woman, where I had been to get a charm for the cure of the braked heifer that was bewitched; and I dramed I was coming across the Key of Ballanaskeugh, and I was looking up at the stars and blessing myself, when what did myself do, but I missed my footing, and fell into the water, that was very well—then I thought I was swimming away for the bare life of me, when I swimmed on shore on a desolate island, where there was water enough to drown Johnny Mac Glee, the Irish Giant—that was very well, so I sat myself down, and set up a crying; and as I was setting there by myself, a lusty big black devil of an eagle came up to myself. Good morning, Daniel O'Rourke, says he. Good morning, sir, said I. God save you, Dan, said he. You also sir, said I.
What are you doing there, Dan? said he. Nothing at all, sir, said I. I was only wishing that I was safe back at Ballanaskeugh.Come, get a horseback upon me, said he, and my life against yours, but I'll bring you safe home to Ballanaskeugh. Och ! by my soul, sir, said I, here's persuading; I thank you, sir, said I, for the loan of your civility, sir, said I, and I'll accept your offer, sir, said I; so I got on horseback upon him, and away he flew with me, till he came close up to the moon; so then I thought to set him right, the cause why, I thought for sure he didn't know the right road to Ballanaskeugh ; but I'll be civil to him, says I, for why, bekase he has me in his power; so says I, plase your honour's glory, sir, said I, I'm thinking you are not in the right road to Ballanaskeugh. Hold your tongue, Daniel, said he, and mind your own business, and don't interfere with the business of other people. May be not sir, said I; so I said no more till we came to the moon itself. Take off me, Dan, said he, I'm tired. I will not, sir, said I. Take off me, said he. Indeed, and I won't, said I ; bad enough, sir, said I, what will I do? Take off me, Dan, said he, while I rest me. Och, and is it to fall and be killed, sir, said I. Never fear, Daniel, said he, don't you see a reaping hook sticking out of one side of it, said he ? I do, said I. Take a gripe of it, said he ; and you'll come to the ground like a flea in a blanket. I did so, when what did himself do but turn about, and good bye to you, Dan, says he. Is that all, you ugly old brute you, sir, says I ; devil speed the traveller, says I : you are an unnatural baste, so you are : is that the way you'd be sarving me, sir, said I ; well, that was very well ; when out came the man of the moon himself. Daniel O'Rourke, said he. The same, sir, said I. What are you doing with my reaping hook, Dan, said he ? No, harm, sir, said I ; only holding, for fear I'd be falling off, sir, said I. Let go your gripe, Dan, said he. Indeed, and with your honour's lave, and I will not, sir, said I. Let go your gripe, Dan, said he, or else you'd better you had. Indeed, and I will not, sir, said I, and the more you bid me lave go, sir, said I, the more I won't, so I will. We'll see that, said he; and with that he goes in and fetches out a large hammer, and knocks off the handle of the reapinghook, and down myself falls, falls, falls, like a bird that would be flying; when it pleased God to send a flock of wild geese by, from my own bog of Ballanaskeugh, or else how should they know ine? Is this Daniel O'Rourke? says one of them. It is so, sir, said I. I think you are falling, Dan, said he. You may say that, with your own puddy mouth, sir, said I. Take a grip of me, Dan, said he, and I'll bring you to the ground in a way you won't fall and be killed. Sweet's your heart in a pot of honey, my jewel, says I. Immediately I saw a ship below un
Hallo! stop the ship, stop the ship, said I. Why should we stop the ship, Daniel ? said they, by the raison we don't know whether you're over it or not. Arrah! how shall we know that ? says I. Drop your hat, Dan, said he, and if you
drop it in the ship, you'll know you're over the ship, said he, I did so : when what does I do, but looks down, and I thought they held out a big blanket to catch me, when what does I do, but jumps off the goose's back, as I thought, but it was not off the eagle's back, or goose's back, or horse's back, but out of my own bed-room window I jumpt, your honour save, and so it was.
READY-MADE SPEECH. SIR,—Unused, unacquainted, unhabituated, unaccustomed to public speaking, I rise, sir, in consequence of having caught your eye, sir, to express, with the utmost diffidence, my humble ideas on the important matter before the house.
I will therefore, sir, be bold to affirm, and I am also free to declare, that I by no means meet the ideas of the nubble Lud. I will not, however, go over the same grounds, or commit myself, by taking up a principle without the most perfect consideration. But as I am now upon my legs, I certainly shall not blink the question; nor am at all inclined to meet him half way, because on the first blush of the business, I was determined to scout the idea in toto ; for if, sir, the well-being of civilized society, and the establishment of order and tranquillity, is the grand object of our investigation, I cannot hesitate to pronounce -Sir ! I cannot hesitate to pronounce, that I want words to express my indignation at the general tenour of the arguments so ably agitated by the honourable member on my left hand.
But, sir, the idea does not attach; and when my learned friend professes to lay down his principles with so much method, he only proved his weakness by undertaking to cleanse the Augean stable, and to perform the labours of Hercules himself. No, sir, I am again free to assert, and sir, I am by no means disin. clined to prove, that if gentlemen, under existing circumstances, do not act with vigour and unauinnity against the introduction of French principles, our glorious constitution, produced by the wisdom of our ancestors, may fall to the ground, sir ! yes, fall to the ground by the influence of a Jacobin innovation. But on this head, we are ripe deliberate; and I trust the gentlemen with whom I have the honour to act, and who constitute the decided majority of this honourable house—for whose worth, integrity, firmness, perspicuity, ingenuity, perseverance, and patriotism I have the most dignified respect, and in whom I also place the most perfect confidence-I say, sir, I trust they will preserve the privileges of this assembly from the lawless banditti of acquitted felons, who, not having been killed off, insult as daily by their negative successes, and circulate their seditious principles, to the danger of every respectable man in the cominunity, who may, by possessing property, become an object of their diabolical depredations. Not, however, to trespass any longer on the patience of the house, I shall conclude by observing, with the great Latin poet of antiquity
«Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quærere:
SHAKSPEARE'S SEVEN AGES.
All to fill up this farcical scene, O.
Hey down, ho down, derry, derły, down.
All to fill up this farcical scene, 0! First the infant on the lap, mewling, pewling, for its pap, Like the rabbit which we truss, is swaddled by its nurse, Who to please the puppet tries, as he giggles and he cries,
All to fill up this farcical scene, O! (The singer here imitates the crying of a child.) Husk-a-by, wipe an eye, kiss a pretty, what a titty
Spoken.]-Ha, ha! it was none mama's pretty pretty; and if he is a good boisey, poisey, he shall go a ridey, pidey, in a coachey, poachey-Ya! ya !
Hey down, &c.
Then the pretty babe of grace, with his shining morning face,
All to fill up this farcical scene, 0.
Imitates schoolmaster and boy.]— Come up, sirrah, and say your lesson. What letter is that ?' 'A.' Well, sir, what is the next ?' That, sir.' 'It is not that, sir—it is this, sir. Now spell B-i-r-m-i-n-g-h-a-m. Well, sir, what does that spell ?' "Birmingham.' Put out your hand, sir. There (slapping the boy's hand)—It is Brummagum.'
And sing Hey down, &c.
Then the lover next appears, soused over head and cars,