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It is just a year ago, since we gave a jolly row of our friends whose sex is male, seated at a table round; where, o'er claret, punch, or ale, or what liquor could be found, they, with song, or chaunt, or tale, made the jocund night resound. Now, as William Wordsworth says, now another day bas come (you'll find the line among his lays) of purer thought and fairer doom; and behold a company, every one a lovely she, very busy taking tea, or coffee, as the chance may be.
He who from the imperial lord of Rome derives his haughty name, or else the foe of Julius' fame may the title bigb afford, Cæsar or Pompey, careful black, one of Afric's injured line, standing behind a lady's back, offers, not the cups of wine, but the cups, as Cowper sings, which cheer and not inebriate, and don't leave behind the stings which gentlemen who sit up late often find the morning brings to parched tongue and aching pate.
What are they doing? what they should ; with volant tongue and chatty cheer, welcoming in, by prattle good, or witty phrase, or comment shrewd, the opening of the gay new year. Mrs. Hall, so fair and fine, bids her brilliant eyes to glow,-eyes the brightest of the nine would be but too proud to shew. Outlaw be, and Buccaneer, who'd refuse to worship here. And next, the mistress of the shell (not of lobster, but the lyre), see the lovely L. E. L. talks with tongue that will not tire. True, she turns away her face, out of pity to us men; but the swan-like neck we trace,
and the figure full of grace, and the mignon band wbose pen wrote the Golden Violet, and the Lit'rary Gazeite, and Francesca's mournful story. (Isn't she painted con amore?) Who is next? Miladi dear. Glad are we to see you here. Naughty fellows, we must plead, that with voice of angry organ once or twice we did, indeed, speak not civilly of Morgan; but we must retract, repent, promise better to behave. She, we are certain, will consent all our former feuds to wave; and, as we know she bates O'Connell, who calls her now a blockhead old, we shall say that in O'Donnell, and in other tales she told, there is many a page of fun-many a bit for hearty laughing, some to shed a tear upon,- some to relish while we are quaffing; and that she can use the mawleys she has shewn upon the Crawleys. Prate away, then, good Miladi, --gossip, gossip, bore and bore,— all for him who to the shady grave has gone for years a score,-for the sake of old Macowen, and his song of Modereen Roo,- for your father's sake we are going never more to bother you.
Full the face that flashes near her; can we draw away our gaze? Vision nobler, brighter, dearer, did ne'er on human eyeball blaze. Front sublime and orb of splendour, glance that every thought can speak; feeling proud, or pathos tender, the lid to wet, to burn the cheek; or, my halting rhyme to shorten, can't I say 'tis Mrs. Norton ? Heiress of a race to whom genius his constant boon has given, through long descended lines to bloom in wit of earth or strains of heaven. Ö! if thy Wandering Jew had seen those sunny eyes, those locks of jet, how vain, how trifling would have been the agony of fond regret which in thy strains he is made to feel for the creations of thy brain,-- those wounds thou say'st he lived to heal,- thee lost, he ne'er had loved again! O, gorgeous Countess! gayer notes for all that's charming, sweet, and smil. ing, for her whose pleasant tales our throats are ever of fresh laughs beguiling. Say, shall we call thee bright and fair, enchanting, winning; but, oh, far hence such praise as ours; what need care for aught beyond Sir Thomas Lawrence. Go, try to read, although his quill is too mean and dull what she inspired even in so great a sumph as Willis; and if that Yankee boy admired, who can a Christian person blame, if he, all Countess-smit, pretends that, if she lets him near the flame of her warm glance he'd think it shame that, like her book, she and he should look as 1
nothinor nearer than to friends
A FEW WORDS MORE TO THE CONSERVATIVES. At the close of the first year's contest lack of diligence or exertion on the part in the registration courts, it is both na
of the Liberal leaders to counteract their toral and necessary that we should
efforts. We have no doubt, that any pause for a while, to survey the past,
means which shall ensure a complete re. and to fix in our minds such lessons as
gistration of qualified persons will give that past is calculated to give to us.
the Liberals a triumphant majority in the
House of Commons." We bare called it “ the first year's contest;" and such, in truth, it is. In Such were the “brave words" in 1939, a mixture of disgust and despair which the Radicals delighted, in June kept the Conservative party from think- and July. In August and September, ing or caring at all about either regis- as the game went on, there was less tration or revising barristers. 'In 1833 said, but a greater seriousness and moand 1834, no dissolution or change of
deration was visible in their deportministry was looked for; and that list- ment. In October the result began to lessness which has often brought defeat be known, and long and woeful were upon their banners, still prevailed. But the visages which retired from the rein the present year, vast was the change. vising barristers' courts to the meetings Convinced, by the trial of the last spring, of the Central Reform Association. that all hope was not entirely lost, as The very same Spectator, which in they had previously feared, and sum
June had dared us to the conflict, now moned to the attack by the voice of is compelled to admit, that their natural leader, the Conservatives
“ The necessity of continued exertion of England thronged to the appointed is as clear now as ever it was. The enefield, and nobly regained the ground my has not been vanquished, only pushed which their former inactivity had yield- back." ed. The best proof of this, and the best tribute to their exertions, is found in
No, the enemy" has not been van
quished," nor has he even been “ pushthe public declarations of their bitter
ed back;" for, had he been, as you preest foes.
tend, pushed back, that very pushing On the 20th of June, 1835, the back would have amounted to a vancampaign opened; and on the 1st of November it closed. On the first of January last, as the English polls shew
quishing. The two parties being, in these days the registration for the year 1835-6 commenced, and on the last it
ed, very nearly balanced, it followed of was completed. Let us trace the al
necessity, that whichever party could tered tone of the Radical party, as these
"push the other back," on this registra
tion, would, in so doing, “ vanquish months successively elapsed, and their
them." But the Radicals have not vanfate was, slowly but surely, ascertained. They began with confidence, nay,
quished us in the late contest, because with audacity. The Spectator--a week
they have not pushed us back.
In the same tone was couched the ly publication, which, though nobody
general circular of the Central Reform else reads it (its weekly sale is shewn
Association, dated November 2.
Putting the best face on the matter known to themselves, patronized by
that was possible, it declared, that the Central Reform Association put
“ The zeal and activity of Reformers, forth, on the 21st of June, the fol
under the guidance of district and local lowing valorous defiance :
associations, has again produced a great Sin the registered constituences of
Here again we find an open, though been avoided. On the present occadoubtless a most unwilling confession, sion, however, we beg to ask these that the victory was not with the Radi- gentlemen, how it is that the Reformcals, and that it must be left to another bill bas been working on for three full year to crush the hopes of Toryism. years without their having discovered As to the boast of the "
very great or remedied these manifold imperfecaccession of strength " which the Re- tions? And, above all, we would beg formers have gained, we admit the to inquire how it happens that all these fact; but then we beg to arld (what important amendments have only octhis circular takes care to say nothing curred to them just when their antagoabout), that the Conservatives have nists had inflicted on them a most degained a still greater !
cisive defeat? Three successive years But the clearest and most direct had passed, and every imaginable evidence that the Radicals knew them- question and difficulty had arisen, and selves to be beaten was yet to follow. it is only now, when a serious contest Brooding over their defeat for another has taken place, in which contest, week or two, and losing, by degrees, however, the law is at least as good all hopes that “ unother year” would for them as for their antagonist,-it is prove more auspicious than that which only now that they found out that the had past, they began, by degrees, to first and most pressing want is for discover, and to announce the peremp- a new Reform Bill. tory and urgent necessity of another Perhaps, however, Mr. Roebuck, Reform Bill.
If this be not the our future hope, the Prime Minister, plainest and clearest confession of de- or at least Chancellor of the Exchequer feat, and of all but despair, then lan- of Queen Victoria,* may enlighten us guage has lost its use.
in this matter. On the 27th of November, the Spec- In the last Number of his “ twotator puts forth the following
penny trash” he indulges us with the “ There will be no lack of important
following view:subjects to occupy the attention of parliament in its next session ; but we do
“ Is the situation of the Tories at this not besitate to say, that the amendment
moment worse or better than before the of the Reform-bill itself should take pre
last attempt made by the Duke of Wel. cedence of every other. We observe,
lington to reinstate the Tories? I should that, in a late address of the Reform As.
answer, better. It is true the Municipal sociation, hopes are held out, that, at the
Reform Bill has been passed. But that next registration, the superiority of the
would have been passed even bad that Liberals will be fairly established; but,
attempt not been made, and probably a when we reflect on the sacrifice of time,
far more efficient measure would bare
been attained by aid of the last House of labour, and money, which it has cost to fight our adversaries in the registration
Commons. What would the Tories lose courts which have just closed, &c. &c.
by another attempt? Nothing. The we are led to doubt whether the greatest
Whigs would be barassed, their power exertions will counteract all these advan
would infallibly be diminished by another tages on the Tory side.”
dissolution, and the chances of Tory suc
are by no means contemptible. Now, we are quite as ready as our Look at the present House of Commons. antagonists to admit the manifold im- The Chronicle says that it will not insist perfections of the Reform Bill; and upon the fact of the House of Commons
being hostile to the Taries
wo would her to pomindbom