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I am afraid my friend Joe Hume would hardly agree with this last prayer, but it is evident that Joseph has no taste for the fine arts. The philological student will discover in this verse the origin of the phrase, “ leathering a man's wife.” On the moral propriety of conjugal fistycuffery I had prepared some copious remarks, when I received information from a sure hand, that my Lord Holland has a folio on the subject nearly ready for the press, and I bow to his Lordship’s superior talents and experience.

Socrates and Aristotle
Sucked no wit from a Leather Bottle;
For surely I think a man as soon may
Find a needle in a bottle of hay:
But if the Black Jack a man often toss over,
'Twill make him as drunk as any philosopher ;
Wihen he that makes Dacks from a peck to a quart,
Conjures not, though he lives by the black art.

and I wish, &c. I care not a fig for the black art, and defy the foul fiend, Prince Hohenlohe, and Ingleby the Emperor of the Conjurors--so shall make no remark on the last two lines. It would lead us into too deep a historico-metaphysical disquisition, were I to enter into a history of the fortunes of the Aristotelian philosophy. During the life of Aristotle, he was looked on as the prince of philosophers; and such did his estimation continue, as long as there were minds in the world manly enough to understand him. While Europe was sunk in darkness, he was taken up by the acute Arabians, then at the head of the intellect of the earth. From them the schoolmen caught him, badly translated and imperfectly understood ; and when their day was over, the puny whipsters who had got possession of the ear of the metaphysical world, thought nothiug could be finer than to disparage, because he had been caricatured, him whom they could not read; and we see, in our own day, Stewart mumping and mumbling pretty little nothings, with full assurance that the Peripatetic whom he cannot construe, or who, if construed for him, is far above any reach of thought he could bring to the consideration, is unworthy to unloose the latchet of his shoe. But to his fortune in our poetry I may briefly advert: it is a fine illustration of the elder Mr Shandy's theory of the influence of a name. That he was a hard drinker I hope, for he was a great man; but whether he was or not, no name of the ancients occurs so often in juxta-position with the bottle. See the verse above. So also the eminent Harry Carey,

Zeno, Plato, Aristotle,

Al were lovers of the bottle.
So in MS. penes me,

To moisten our throttle,
We'll call the third bottle,
For that was the practice of wise Aristotle.

All owing to the two last syllables of his name. With respect to the remark in the text, that

# the Black Jack a man often toss over,
'Twill make him as drunk as any philosopher,

I can vouch, from my own experience, that the illustration is correct; for I have had the honour of being intimately acquaiuted with fifteen of the first philosophers of the age, fourteen of whom went to bed drunk as widgeons every night of their lives, and the fifteenth retired when he found himself tipsy.

Besides, my good friend, let me tell you, that fellow
That framed the bottle, his brains were but shallow;
The case is so clear, I nothing need mention,
The Jack is a nearer and deeper invention ;
When the bottle is cleaned, the dregs fly about,
as if the guts and the brains ilew out;
But if in a cannon-bore Jack it had been,
from the top to the bottom all might have been clean.

And I wish his soul no comfort may lack,

That first devised the bouncing Black Jack. I am not antiquarian enough to decide on the correctness of the above objurgation against the uncleanliness of the bottles of the olden time, and willingly leave the consideration of the matter to Mr John Nichols, who presides, and long may he preside, over the archæologists who wield the pen for the Gentleman's Magazine, in which, perhaps, he will favour us with an engraved likeness of a leathern bottle, as, I think, churches are running rather low. But, be that as it may, he must have little gusto for the sublime who can fail to admire the splendid epithet of the CannoN-BORE Jack. What vast ideas of stupendous bibosity does not it excite? Conceive a nine-pounder-like machine charged with ale, levelled on your table, in full range against your brains ! Nay, the very word is good. It makes us think of battle and blood-of square column and platoon mowed down in unrelenting sweep-of Sir William Congreve, the Duke of Wellington, and the field of Waterloo-of Buonaparte, St Helena, and Sir Hudson Lowe--and thence, by the association of ideas, of Barry O'Meara, and the horse-whipping of old Walter of the Times. I shall lump my dissertation on the four following verses :

Your leather bottle is used by no man
That is a bair's-breadth above a plowman ;
Chen let us gang to the Hercules pillars,
And there let us visit those gallant Jack swillers;
In these small, strong, sour, mild, and stale,
They drink orange, lemon, and Lambeth ale
The chief of heralds there allows,
The Jack to be of an ancienter house.

And may his successors never want sack,

That first devised the long Leather Jack.
Then for the bottle, you cannot well fill tt.
Without a tunnel, but that you must spill it;
'Tis as hard to get in, as it is to get out,
'Tis not so with a Jack, for it runs like a spout:
Then burn your bottle, what good is in it,
One cannot well fill it, nor drink, nor clean it;
But if it had been in a jolly Black Jack,
'I would come a great pace, and hold you good tack.

and I wish his soul, &c.

Þe that's drunk in a 3lack, looks as fierce as a spark,
that were just ready cockt to shoot at a mark;
When the other thing up to the mouth it goes,
Makes a man look with a great bottle nose ;
all wise men conclude, that a 3ack, new or old,
Tho' beginning to leak, is however worth gold ;
For when the poor man on the way does trudge it,
Wis worn-out 3lack serves him for a budget.

and I wish his heirs may never lack sack,

That first contribed the leather Black Jack.
When bottle and lack stand together, fie on't,
The bottle looks just like a dwarf to a giant ;
Then have we not reason the Jack for to choose,
for they can make boots, when the bottle mends shoes ;
For add but to every Jack a foot,
and every Jack becomes a boot :
Chen give me my Jack, there's a reason why,
They babe kept us wet, they will keep us dry.
I now shall cease, but as I am an honest man,
The Jack deserves to be called Sir John.

And may they ne'er want, for belly nor back,

Chat keep up the trade of the bonny Black Jack. Amen! and virtue be its own reward !

On the above, four things are to be particularly noticed. 1. That the Hercules Pillars is the ne-plus-ultra of signs.

II. That the progress of time has extinguished various sorts of ales—for who, now-a-days, drinks Orange, Lemon, or Lambeth--they sleep with the Chians and Falernians of the days of Greece and Rome.

III. That a partiality for a man's favourite pursuit may lead him to bestow on it unjust and undeserved praise; for, after various and repeated experiments in drinking out of every vessel under the sun, I can give it as my unbiassed opinion, that the shape of the instrument imparts no additional value to the liquor drunk, and that therefore the idea that he, who imbibes from a black jack, acquires a superior fierceness or martiality of aspect, must be classed among such innocent delusions as induced the barber to recominend whitehandled razors as the best fitted for abrading of beards.

Lastly and finally, we cannot help being pleased by the vein of genuine and unaffected piety which runs through both these dignified compositions. The prayers which in both conclude each verse, though more varied and poetical in the latter, are not more solemn and impressive than the solitary ejaculation of blessing bestowed on the earlier production. There is something striking, which sinks into the soul, in the constant choral-like repetition of the one formulary which amply compensates for the picturesque diversity, which excites our admiration, but fills us not with awe. The one goes to the head—the other to the heart. To conclude, if the brows of the inventors of the Bottle and Jack deserve to be bound with snow-white fillets, as being men who civilized life by new productions of art and genius, the bards who hymned their exploits may justly claim the same honour, as being pious poets, who spoke things worthy of Apollo.

M. OD.

The Fortune sails to-night-a ship Skippers, with broad and shining face,
New rigg'd, and ready for her trip. Who push their way in bustling pace,
Magnetic centre for a while

Clad in respectable attire,
Of bawling din, and strenuous toil ; They yet with pliant air inquire
Of rushing, running to and fro

From ragamuffin standing near,
Of querulous clerks that pant and blow; How happend the mischance, and where.
Of tidesmen, men of soft appearance, Dogs too run in-a certain cur,
Skill'd in declining interference ;

Who cannot understand the stir, Of porters, patiently who fag,

Panting, and open mouth'd and nosing,
Oppress’d with trunk, and box, and bag; Through legs and petticoats opposing,
Of carters, and their carts that scamper, Trots on, until he gains the place
Rattling along with cask and hamper ; Where, arguing upon the case,
Of seamen, confident, conceited,

Stand in the heat of disputation,
And leaving port with liquor heated, The agents of resuscitation.
One-elevated, joyous, free,

He, with an air secure and free,
And swaggering, stepping from the quay Exploring what the thing might be,
Into the vessel, o'er a plank,

If 'twere for food, or for diversion, Slipp'd-down into the water sank, Snuffs at the sufferer from submersion; That upwards in a fury splash'd ; His face, arms, body, all about Ropes, oars to succour him are dash'd, Scenting, he still remains in doubt, And boats, with hubbub fell and loud, When, with a sudden kick assaild, Are storm'd by an officious crowd, At once his thirst for knowledge quail'd, More willing, certainly, than able, Yelping he scuds away—a crew To save th' existence of Kit Cable, Of barking tykes his Aight pursue. A man quite full of flesh and vigour, If near, you could not miss his figure ;

Of varying voices the collision, But sought by every eye in vain,

At length produces the decision, No traces of him now remain.

That, by the heels the body taken, After a space, however, past

Should be suspended, and well shaken. In deep anxiety, at last

A practice sage, to ascertain His body found, they brought on shore,

Whether the vital spark remain ; And to a neighbouring tavern bore.

If so, 'gainst being thus opprest The frowzy hostess would complain,

'Twill surely enter its protest. But deems it wiser to refrain,

Already, they with eager zeal Pardoning th' entrance of dead guest,

Were swinging Cable by the heel, In favour of the living rest.

When came an order that forbade The sight of death full well she knows

Farther attempts should here be made The mind is apt to discompose,

The extinguish'd flame of life to rouse, And either joyfulness is bred

Seeing 'twas but a common house, At finding we ourselves not dead ;

Unauthorised by any patent Or sorrow rises, when we view

To bring to light the spirit latent. The corpse of him we haply knew.

It also stated, that a place The one state or the other causes

Existed, whence a legal chase In many dryness of the fauces,

Arising, truant sprite would meet, Which water never will allay,

And turn it though in full retreat. Imbibe what quantity they may ;

That proper messenger, or bailiff, 'Tis quench'd alone, or render'd weaker,

Would be at hand to capture stray life, By copious draughts of good strong

liquor. Furnish'd with writ ’gainst fleeting sense, Before the attendants think it fit

And fugitive intelligence, At Bacchanalian board to sit,

Th' injunction was convey'd, in short, They roar and brawl in fierce debate

That they the body should transport How Kit they may reanimate.

To the establishment intended Noised round the town the misadventure,

Particularly for lives suspended, Gossips in shoals begin to enter ;

(House of Recovery by name,) The filthy riff-raff of the port,

And medical assistance claim. Mingled with those of better sort;

Check'd now restorative exertion, Women, who gaze with silly stare, The crowd moved off in quick dispersion. While infants in their arms they bear, His party, Kit, with brine still moist Unconscious brats, whose gloating lust And heavy, on their shoulders hoist, Is fix'd upon a mumbled crust,

And tow'rds the 'Spital take the road That, deviously directed, comes

As fast as may be with their load.
At times in contact with their gums; Arrived—a ready aid is lent,
Ship-boys with cowls, and matted locks ; And spite of rude experiment,
Watermen in their long brown cloaks ; So lately tried, restored the heat,
Train-oil men in soil'd

linen frocks ; And sinking pulse's firmer beat,

Symptoms of consciousness Kit gives, A fond attention to explore
And once more breathes, and moves, and What friends still linger on the shore.

At present oft occurs the thought

Of something heedlessly forgot ;
From each quarter of the town

Or the wish rises in the heart,
Passengers, perturbod, come down,
Flaunting figures making stir,

Some new-sprung impulse to impart,
In their cloaks and caps of fur.

Or love-engender'd hope or fear,

To pour into the trusty ear
Maudlin comrades, who have ta'en
Parting cups with might and main,

Of parted friend still standing near.
With demeanour frank and free,

A meaning look the while convey'd, Give their escort on the quay.

Maugre night's interposing shade,

Produces mutual fix'd regard, Ample dame, and slender miss,

When intercourse of words is barr'd ; Wrapt in shawl and long pelisse,

The mournful smile, and shaking head, Mincing tread, or waddling walk,

Marking the time for utterance fled. While engaged in eager talk.

A numerous and pensive band Comes the time to try the heart,

Persisting on the deck to stand, Best of friends at length must part;

Two strapping youths of sturdy mood, Right hand with the right conjoin'd, Who comfort deem the sovereign good ; Shakes away with fervour kind,

And sentiment a thing of air, Nay, both hands of some are taken,

Which men nor eat, nor drink, nor wear ; Squeez'd, then eased, then squeez'd and Keen hunters of accommodations, shaken ;

Shrewd spies of easy situations, Friendly fist in such a crisis,

Hastily towards the cabin steer, Oft no better than a vice is ;

Duck low their heads, and disappear. Sensibility no balm

The rest, resolved above to stay
Yields, when leagued with horny palm,-

Until the ship gets under way,
Instead, she niakes, with her effusion, Continue earnestly to mark
Your fingers tingle from contusion. Sights, sounds, that penetrate the dark.
Swaggering blades, with manners rough, The organ slowly moves its round,
Feelings hearty, voices gruff,

With rolling, winding, winning sound.
Give their benedicite

The organistwas once elate In a hoarse half whimpering key.

With fortune's gifts, but fallin his state. Damsels in close contact stand,

His country-hapsI may not tell, Murmuring in accents bland,

But music loved he passing well.
To each other loves and dears,

His muffled form, and vesture poor,
While their eyes are fill'd with tears, Are suited to his fate obscure.
Not forgetting, 'mid the show

Youth's stamp hath faded from his face,
Of deep valedictory woe,

Its outlines wherefore should we trace? E'en the most minute direction,

Each wintery night he wanders late, Touching care and circumspection

Silent, and sadly desolate. In the choice of silks and laces,

No fellowship he seeks or owns, To be sent from foreign places.

Save with his organ's mellow tones. As if he from a cloud had dropp'd,

Rich, pleasant, slow, the airs it plays, Or quickly out of earth had hopp'd

Discoursing, sure, of other days; A very maggot, blown with pride,

Of situations— feelings deep, The Captain comes, with sprawling stride.

That in the heart have lain asleep; A thing no bigger than a goose,

The warmth, and vivid glow of soul, Yet with an air precise and spruce,

Which present modes of life control; Upon the quay he struts about,

Of persons-places-powerful ties ; Giving his orders with a shout,

Au that the wishes wont to prize, Accompanying each high command

With destiny's dark cloud between ;
With flourish of his tiny hand.

That have—but no! that might have been.
The creature boasts a voice of brass, A ballad-singer putting down
And brays with it more loud than ass. The organ's music with her own,

That out of nothing such a thunder Twangs through her nose a flippant strain,
Should come, is surely cause for wonder. Suited to servant-wench and swain.
This small, pot-bellied, huffing dwarf

Plays chanticleer upon the wharf- Oh !- Would you hear how Spanish lady
“ Make way, make way," with downward Wood and won an Englishman ?

Wooing, sweethearts ! is a trade ye
Tom Thumb now lords it in his ship. Mar with shilly shally plan.
The signal given for embarkation,

He a master stout and brave was
The passengers make preparation

Of a tight built merchantman ; To go on board, and soon a row

But sore stress'd by wind and wave was, Of figures on the deck bestow

When on Spanish coast he ran. Vol. XIV.

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