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Strictures on Dancing vindicated.

166 ger; I must try my pen against this out doubt.” “No,” said the scholar, vulgar plebeian. As such an essay is “I never read the bible, and seldom out in the Imperial, our trade may be hear it, except when I go to church; considerably deteriorated; the waltz- however, we'll try what can be done in ing may be abandoned; the jigging that way.” You know what Virgil given up, so that all the innocent, ele- says: It may indeed be applied to gant, rational, and useful art of which you, I am the erudite professor, may fall to “Qui novus hic nostris successit sedibus hosthe ground. Alas for the dancing

pes, school!"

Quem sese ore serens ! quam forti pectore et

armis." I can next conceive him proceeding to some classical friend, perhaps Phi did not know any thing about one of the Patres conscripti of some it, but went off as well satisfied, thinkneighbouring academy :

ing of

grand flourish, like a semi“My dear friend,” says Pai, (for breve on his fiddle, with wbich he I must put the initial in plain English,) would commence the said essay.

you must understand, that a grovel- As one evidence of the correctness ling soul has written against dancing, of Mr. Burchell's idea, Phi informs he has said such things of it; would us, that from his infancy he has been you believe it, he has called it a curs- the friend of dancing. Then he gives ed system ? aye; what do you think us the fine period to which I have beof that?” The scholar drew himself | fore alluded. In this, however, he is up to his full height, stretched out his very much out of tune, playing one leg, and extended his arm, in what note on a sharp, another on a flat, &c. he thought a peculiarly classical man- whereas, to have corresponded in key

“ It is all envy,” said he, “envy with the rest of the piece, the whole that withers at another's joy, and should have been flat. hates the excellence it cannot reach." “I am induced,” says he,“ to en“ Bravo !”

Phi. “My dear list under your imperial banners, friend,” said our academic, “write."(that's a la militaire,) and to mingle “So I intend,” said our hero. “ Put with the crowd of candidates (somein some awful sentences of Latin or thing in the boroughmongering line,) Greek,” 'twill frighten them; some which will flock to your standard, and ignorant fellow this, who never ranged contend for promotion (here again is o'er the verdant hill of Parnassus, nor the warlike) to an honourable situadrank of the golden Helicon. “ I'll tion under your government, (board tell you what I've been thinking,” of excise,) during the election of the said Phi; “let us put a Greek signa- ensuing month, (very parliamentary.)" ture, that will shew that I understand in this essay, Phi has spoken like a Greek, but am not pedantic enough man of the world, he has no doubt to put in much; but if they do rouse made friends among the young and me, by the bridge of my fiddle, I'll do thoughtless, and has the support of such deeds !” “Send them to the those who are lovers of pleasure more dwelling of night,” said the scholar. than lovers of God; and while his pro" Yes,” said our hero, interrupting, duction will dwell with pleasure in “and I've been thinking that this is the minds of many, mine will only some puritanical sort of a being; survive in the small corner it occupies therefore if we can torture a passage in this Magazine, and in my own color two from the bible, to convey our lection of loci communes; and the pubideas, and to stop his mouth, I think lic, for whose benelit I write, will it will be a good plan. You know a allow it to float down the stream of great deal about it, I'll warrant; I've forgetfulness, to the ocean of obliheard some story about seventy men vion. being shnt up in the Old Bailey, or I have a task peculiarly thankless, somewhere, and that there they wrote which I will fulfil as philosophically the bible in Greek. You've read it as I can, and so arm myself with hothrough, of course; as for me, I've nesty, that all my opponent's threats not read the bible for many years. may pass by me as the idle wind, My old grandmother, poor soul! used which I respect not.” Phi allows that sometimes to make me read it, when the young are surrounded by temptaher eyesight failed ; but she, alas! is tions, and that it is necessary that gone ; but you know all about it, with care and watchfulness should be used. But let us examine what are Phi's Are they unhappy? No; but, in genemodes of using care and watchfulness. ral, more domestic comfort is distilled First, he would furnish them with or- from the society of such persons, than namental dress; his motive here would from those who practise dancing. be to increase their modesty and humi. Again, if dancing produce domestic lity: secondly, introduce them into the happiness, consequently those nations ball-room; this would be to impress who are most in the habit of dancing, on their minds the vanity of the world, must have most happiness of a domesand the necessity of seeking mental tic kind. The French and Italians enjoyment: next he would associate must be happier than Englishmen, for them with mixed company, for the assuredly they have more dancing ; purpose of informing them that they but Britons will not yield the palm of should be select in their acquaintance: domestic happiness to the fantastical then, he would allow them to dance Italian, or the frivolous Frenchman. for several hours; this would be to in- Phi pretends to be a very warm heartstruct them in the value of time : and, ed being : Is he a patriot ? Does he lastly, while they were in a high state say that the happiness of an Englishof perspiration, he would lead them man's fire-side consists in dancing ? into the open air, to shew them the If he does, I fear I must give him up necessity of taking care of their as incorrigible.


“ Is the village health. Let us, however, examine green,” says Phi, “entirely deserted the subject, and ascertain whether by rustic swains and country maids ?” this exercise does conduce to health. I believe that it is, in the county in

Dancing, if used in moderation, in which I have the happiness to be resiproper places, and at proper times, dent, and yet no bad effects result may, I allow, be useful for the invi- from this desertion. goration of the body; but in general Mixed company is an argument, of it is carried on at improper hours, in which I say nothing. As to boardingcrowded places, and to an unjustific schools, objections of such weight may able excess. The consequence is, be, and have been urged, that many that many who have practised it are judicious persons have refused to send fatigued, and will acknowledge that their children thither. they feel themselves considerably in- The next paragraph has almost exjured by their pleasure. Let it not be hausted my patience; Phi compares imagined that this is an invention of dancing to printing, to wine, and to my own, as I assure you, Mr. Editor, the laws of our country. How just! I have had repeated confessions of dancing at best but an amusement, this kind, not only with regard to as- printing, as Phi himself says, semblies, but also private parties, on of the greatest blessings God ever bewhich Phi seems to found so much of stowed upon mankind.” However, if his argument; for it is notorious, that good and evil both result from one on such occasions, the company sel- thing, balance them, and ascertain dom part before the dreary noon of which preponderates. Printing has night is passed, and frequently not sometimes sent into the world books until the horizon begins to be gilded that have a tendency to unhinge the with the reflected rays of the approach- mind, such as novels, &c. &c. But ing sun. Phi then inquires, “ Does it is it not abundantly oftener, that it (dancing) not more frequently enter excites ambition to follow the paths the family circle, and constitute a of heroes, statesmen, or divines; and prominent feature in the happiness of has it not immortalized the names of social life?” No; and the minds whose men, who have graced the page of hishappiness lies only in a trifling tory, or the paths of learning? It may amusement, are not to be envied. have occasionally deluded some with

I have been accustomed, like the false ideas of science; but has it not ancients, to consider the hearth sacred opened the eyes of hundreds of others, to the lares and penati : my lares are to behold the true nature of the works social comforts ; my penati, domestic of God, and led them to exclaim with enjoyments; but within this sacred the Psalmist, “O Lord, how manifold circle, I never yet included dancing. are thy works! in wisdom hast thou A strong argument against Phi's idea made them all,” Ps. civ. 24. It has may be gathered from those families sometimes disseminated sentiments where dancing is never practised. I of sedition; but has it not abundantly

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overbalanced this evil, by dispersing Till melted by the sun, this covering stays, that book over all the earth, which And then they weep, — he eager earth their teaches us, that we should“ fear God, Will drink; for while the sun, their glorious and honour the king.” 1 Pet. ii. 17. It

nurse, has sometimes been used as a vehicle Smiles on them, he will strip their clothing of infdelity; but has it not a thousand off, times oftener been the means of incul- Whether of Summer's leaves, or Winter's cating, that “there is one God, and But, though they thus are bare; and song of one Mediator between God and njen," birds I Tim. ii. 5. I must beg to refer Phi to Is scarcely heard, so cold, so keen's the blast; the same criterion, with regard to Though on the evening gale no perfume’s borne wine, and the laws of our coun

From flowers that deck'd the garden or the try.

And though the orb of day now rises late ; Phi then proceeds, as if he thought Though morn is dark, and evening soon apevery one would see the justness of

pears; his comparison. “Why then abrogate Still there are charms in Winter to be found. the whole system of dancing, (not-Saw ye the robin perch’d upon the snow? withstanding the numerous benefits

Nor fears he man, but stands, and looks, and

begs; which are derived from it,) because a

And saw ye rosy Health just skip along, few objectionable branches have been Cloth'd in the fleece of sheep that bleating grafted on the upper parts of the roam’d, stem?” as much as to say, If you de- And sought their food, but who are captives stroy this system, you must destroy For 'tis the time she mostly holds her stay ?-printing, because it has occasionally | Were there no other charm-this-this alone sent into the world improper books; Would now suffice for me the first, the best : wine, because some have been made And though dark clouds will sometimes lower, drunk by it; and the laws of our Still when they flee, and nought obscures the country, because some have been


So bright, so clear it is, one wondering, sees, hanged, who ought not to have been

Or fancies that one sees, the stars increase :so punished. How sagacious! If, And then we leave the world” at earlier however, Phi's simile about the tree hour, be correct, it goes very much against Than when warm-breathing Sammer walks his own argument, for if there be

abroad ; objectionable branches on a tree, it And we can read by clear and sparkling fire plainly proves that they grew there, with friends and children, who had else been for, as it is well known, those branch

out, es which are grafted are of some va- | Wandering in rapture o’er the Summer scene : lue, and are so treated that they may

Yes, Winter has charms to those who live he preserved; and who would graft Winter, as well as Summer, fills the mind

aright;a objectionable branches ? If, therefore, with grand ideas of Him who rules the whole; these branches are the natural off-Who in the northern blast, or western breeze, spring of the tree, it plainly proves Speaks to his creatures,-at wbose nod the that the root is not good.


And snows shall cease, and Spring again re( To be continued.) Acton-Place, Walworth.

M. M.

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Now strike ye slow the trembling lyre,

Now pour ye wild the plaintive strain, Borde on the northern winds, stern Winter Mute is the poet's muse of fire, comes,

And dead'the youth on yonder plain. And wbiten'd is his brow:-his chilly breath

Oh strew ye flow'rets on his grave Caases the Autumn flower to droop and die, Yet wet with many a briny tear, And nips the latest bud upon the stalk;

And thou, blest streamlet, gently lave Wbile fields, where once dwelt Summer's

The bard to musing fancy dear! loveliness, Are cover'd with the fairest, purest snow,

Whilst yet shall glow the solar beam, That at his bidding floats along the air :

And line the rolling globe with gold, Lock'd in bis icy fetters is the stream,

The blue-eyed Fays from wood or stream That oft its music issued through the glade;

Shall deck with leaves thy ballow'd mould Depriv'd of life it seems :--the pebbles stand, For thee the hoary moss at eve, Nor roll against each other's bosom smooth : For thee the balmy dew they bring ; The trees have chang’d their verdant foliage, For thee the songs of pity weave, And now are seen dressed in virgin white :- And sweep with little hands the string, No. 37.-VOL. IV.




The trembling string, I hear it swell; Let them invoke the sacred Nine, and raise It vibrates on my ravish'd ear,

Thy deathless fame, immortal Wellington! Of other deeds it seems to tell,

Be it thy task, my gentle muse, to sing Of worlds beyond this mortal sphere.

The godlike virtue of Benevolence! Yea, all the winds that.whisper bere, Offspring of mercy, source of gratitude,

Shall many a melting murmur roll, Of gratitude not easily defin’d; Of power to soothe thy conscious ear, It glows with speechless rapture in the heart, And give to joy thy willing soul.

And rears an altar in the aching breast,
DAVUS. Where barns incessantly the lambent flame,

A flame that with superior lustre shines
When virtuous Herve's name salutes the ear.
Hanway, the friend of infancy distress'd,

Howard, the prisoner's advocate and friend, AMIDST the watches of the night,

Are call'd to their reward.-But Herve lives When darkness veils the face of light, The philanthropic friend of helpless age! Save where the waping moon doth shed. A transient gleam around my bed,

How blest are they, who, having pow'r and And yonder star emits a ray

will, Across the lonely trav’ller's way,

Wipe from the eye of wretchedness the tear, I startle from my anxious sleep,

Soothing the anguish of the sorrowing soul, And wake to ruminate and weep.

When the weak miserable worn-out frame

Bends tottering o'er the margin of the grave!. The carfew long hath ceas'd to ring, And vespers now no more they sing,

Thrice bless'd is He who form'd the great The wretched find, in sweet repose,

design The joyous solace of their woes;

To rescue hoary age from keen distress,And nought appears to intervené

From houseless want and chilling penury, Amidst the stillness of the scene,

When dark adversity's destroying blast But the lone rastling of the trees,

Has banish'd Hope, and plung'd them in deThat quiver to the passing breeze.


If then Benevolence extends her hand, But hark! I heard the death-bell toll She smooths the downward passage to the The knell of some departing soul,

tomb. The dreary echo seems to cry, • Prepare, for thou must also die.'

This heav'n-inspired plan shall flourish long, And now perhaps some holy nun,

By Princesses* illustrious patroniz'd, Whose vital thread is almost spun,

And shed its benign influence far and wide. With calm suspense begins to wait

Sanction'd by Royal Kent,t this virtuous Her passport to a better state ;

work The sister saints, a pious band,

Shall draw down blessings on our native isle: Around the sinking Christian stand, Approv'd of heav'n, and foster'd by the good, To wipe the tear-drop from her eye,

It adds new lustre to the radiant list
And soothe her passage to the sky.

Of Albion's almost countless charities !
The pow'r of vision waxes dim,
And fainter grows the fading gleam;

Children of misery in future time
The stream of life but feebly flows,

(Invoking blessings on the founder's head) The flame is quiv'ring at the close

With tearful eyes shall clasp their trembling The trembling life-the languid cheek

hands, The pains of dissolution speak

And muse with silent rapture on his name.

S. H. She breathes-—it is her parting breath She sleeps—it is the sleep of death,

* The Patronesses were, Her Royal HighOh! 'tis a solemn thing to tread

ness the Princess of Wales, and her royal The silent mansions of the dead,

daughter; it was the first public charity the To walk among the mantled gloom,

Princess Charlotte patronized.
And on each monumental tomb

+ Duke of Kent was the first Patron.
To read our own eventful doom ;
And soon perhaps my youthful head
Must slumber in that lowly bed,

And yonder melancholy bell
My exit from this world shall tell.

How sweet the thoughts of days gone by!

How sweet to cast a retrospective glance, And,-back to the varied hours of infancy,

With contemplation's eye, revert for once. LINES,

'Tis sweet to view what never can return, Most respectfully inscribed to the Royal Patron

The thought itself is pleasing in the extreme; and Patroness, and noble Supporters of the Na To mark of life the first approaching morn, tional Benevolent Institution, founded by Peter

When the gay world appear'd a gayer Herve, Esq.--- Written in the year 1816.

dream; For them I know tis useless e'er to mourn;

I likewise know, to wish them back, 'tis vain, LET noble bards in high exalted strains

Yet in the bare idea, there's a thought Rehearse the fame of beroes, and of kings!

With such delicious sweetness fraught, Let them record the arduous deeds atchiev'd That ere I'm hurried to that unknown bourn, On the Iberian and Germanic plains !

In mind I'd even be a child again. H. D.





of operation, many will hesitate to To the Memory of the Rev. Thomas Fawcett, adopt. Of its efficacy and effects we Minister of Oldham Church 43 years, who de- do not presume to have any knowparted this life January 19th, 1818, aged 74 ledge. Practice is founded on expeyears."

riment, and experiment always im“Oh! could this verse his bright example plies adventure. It is only by trial spread,

that knowledge can be obtained. And teach the living, while it prais'd the dead: There was a time when the most perThen, reader, should it speak his hope divine, manent principles, derived from pracNot to record bis faith, but strengthen thine; Then should bis every virtue stand confessd

tice, were in their infancy: this is 'Till every virtue kindle in thy breast,

now the condition of the operation But if thon slight the monitory strain,


Professional gentleAnd he has liv'd to thee, at least, in vain, men acquainted with the anatomy of Yet let his death an awful lesson give,

the human body, must judge of the The dying Christian speaks to all that live ; Enough for him that bere his asbes rest,

danger connected with the attempt, 'Till God's own plaudit shall his worth at- and by this, no doubt, their conduct test"*

will be regulated. * The above lines were found among his

EDITOR. papers after his death, and are engraved on a brass plate, which was affixed over his grave, Mr. Editor. but is now removed into the church.

SIR,- There has lately issued from J. S.

the press a little work which appears

to have excited the curiosity not only MORNING.

of the medical world, (to whom it is By a young Lady, late of Penzince, Cornwall.

addressed,) but also a great interest Now the rosy-fac'd morning appears, in the breasts of the public at large.

And the graces attend in her train; It is a treatise on the method, adopted So bright is the charm that she wears, It communicates charms to the plain.

from time immemorial by the Chinese Now the birds raise their voices on high,

and Japanese physicians, in all disLike nature delighted and gay;

eases of the abdominal cavity and *The blessings they owe to the sky

viscera, such as colic, tympany, and Their sprighttiest song shall repay. in all complaints attended with acute

and settled pain. How fair is the aspect of morn,

They, the Chinese, When she visits these blooming retreats!

term it Zin-King, which is rendered The landscape intent to adorn,

by us, Acupuncturation. The operaShe replenishes nature with sweets. tion simply consists in forcing. a neeThe lily, the pink, and the rose,

dle, of an inch or inch-and-half in To salate her are gracefully spread; length, into the part affected, once, or And bright are the tints they disclose, oftener, as the acuteness of the disAnd sweet is the fragrance they sbed.

ease requires, thereby causing an inBut quickly the morning recedes,

stantaneous revulsion in the region of And is presently follow'd by noon ; disease, which is alleviated, or it enSo to spring the gay summer succeeds,

tirely ceases on the introduction of the And with equal celerity's flown.

needle.* Thus we wake in the morning of life,

So far as the actual practice has exAll gladsome, delighted, and gay; tended in this country, it appears to Our joys animbitter'd by strife, Oar pleasures untouch'd by decay.

have succeeded beyond the most san

guine expectation; and during the But much too delightful to last,

short space of time elapsed since its So swiftly the moments flow on, That ev'ning approaches us fast

introduction, there seems not the shaEre the morning appears to be gone.

dow of a doubt remaining in the mind of the praiseworthy individual,t who

has thus introduced it into his pracACUPUNCTURATION.

* The form of the needle has nothing pecuThe following article has been handed liar : it bears a strong resemblance to a fine us by a correspondent, whose initials bodkin, inserted firmly in a handle to prevent it bears. It refers to a treatise, which it from slipping: We could not give a repreprescribes for acute pains, of a certain sentation of it without a wood cut, to procure description, a mode of cure but little which we have not time for our present num

ber. known in Europe, and which, per- + John M. Churchill, Surgeon, Princesshaps, from its novelty and peculiarity street, Soho.

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