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IVY LANE, PATERNOSTER-ROW

“Oh Proserpina !
For the Flowers now, that, frighted, thou let'st fall
From Dis's wagon! Daffodils
That come before the Swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty; Violets dim,
But sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes,
Or Cytherea's breath ; pale Primroses,
That die unmarried, ere they can behold
Bright Phæbus in his strength ; bold Oxlips and
The Crown Imperial ; Lilies of all kinds,
The Flower-de-Luce being one. Come take your flowers ;
Methinks I play as I have seen them do
In Whitsun Pastorals.”—The Winter's Tale.

"FULL, as the bee of thyme,"* the Second Volume of the Parterre seeks its place on the rosewood work-table, and the oaken library shelf.

It would be worse than foolish, to recite its various pleas for admission into those graceful sanctuaries—the study and the withdrawingroom; since those who shut their eyes upon the superficial excellences of paper, type, and embellishment, can no more be expected to enjoy the literary treasures they illustrate, than the man, who is too idle or too dull to admire the flowers of nature's carpet, would be tempted to scrutinize the ore and jewels of the mine below.

Demosthenes, in the zenith of his popularity, is said to have exclaimed (and perhaps with more bitterness than met the ear), “Oh ye Athenians, how hard do I labour to obtain your praise !” Little do those who with indifference take up, and, with indolent eye, peruse the lucubrations of the Periodical, reflect upon the care, the consideration, the taste, the talent, the research, which, gathering like Genii around the midnight lamp of intellectual toil, have contributed their aid to the composition of a single paper! How often hath the wearied hand laid down and resumed the pen, how often hath enthusiasm (alas! perhaps necessity) repulsed the invader Sleep, in the production of a

* Herrick

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piece, which the reader lazily skims as he stirs his chocolate and marmalades his white French roll; or devours, between cool sips of claret, and fragments of short biscuit!

The raiment of the modern Minerva, is absolutely crawling with cheap periodicals; but among the trash with which it is infested, it is cheering to observe gems of such water, as Leigh Hunt's London Journal, and Chambers' Edinburgh Journal, with a few others of a similar stamp:

With regard to the Parterre-hers was no obscure origin, holding forth vast promises of future improvement, to atone for incipient meanness; neither was it an ostentatious commencement, miserably falsified by the poverty she betrayed as she proceeded—a golden portico to a swineherd's cabin, a Parian frontispiece to a freebooter's cave.

She started forth at the invocation of Genius, and with modest dignity assumed the grade to which her grace and quality entitled her, on the steps of Fame's Temple. And if to impart information, or afford amusement, be an excellence that claims notice and deserves reward ; if the Tale that beguiles the vacant hour, the Essay that draws from the treasure-house of Mind, things old and new, or the Poetry that strikes the true chords of the heart, be as pleasant in perusal as they were painful in composition; then, courteous Public! enter our garden. This is a gala day. Sit by the fountains, for they refresh these glowing airs ; lie along the grass-plats, for they are thickly starred with daisies ; go--dream in the arbours, for they are of impenetrable shade; pluck the flowers, for só shall they be most honoured.

We have a welcome for every hand, a garland for every brow! but of roses, and myrtle, and laurel, and lilies, shall his chaplet be, who will plant here a flower of his own, that shall add a new odour, a fine colour, and a fresh lustré to the Parterre! Come then, for

Here be woods as green
As any; air likewise, as fresh and sweet,
As where smooth Zephyrus plays on the fleet
Face of the curled streams, with flowers as many
As the young Spring gives, and as choice as any;
Here be all new delights, cool streams and wells,
Arbours o'ergrown with woodbines ; caves and dells
Choose where thou wilt.*

* Beaumont and Fletcher.

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TALES, ROMANCES, AND NARRATIVES. ESSAYS, SKETCHES, LETTERS, &c.

PAGE

The Generous Lover

1 The Metropolitan Rambler, No. I. 10

The Last Scene of a Miser's Tragedy 13

II. 28

The Evils of a Name

17

III. 41

An Adventure in the Andes
33

IV. 146

The Arrest

25

V. 186

The Wagers.

31 On the Regulation of Time

10

The Rival Ladies

65 Letter of David Garrick

57

Jean Provost

74 A Forest on Fire

58

An Anecdote of To-day

76 Proverbs and Crosses

64

The Marriage Portion

81 The New Book

87

A Ghost Story

94 The Ball that killed without wound-

The Brigands of the Abruzzi 97 ing

105

The Excitement of Highway Rob-

Playing Tricks

. 106

bery, a story of Mirabeau 122 Account of the Appearance of the

The Flutist's Dog

127 Kamenian Isles

123

The Rational Lunatic of Salamanca 129 Instance of Public Spirit

126

The St. George of Donatello . 137 Sketches of Turkey, No. I. 134

The Piedmontese Courier

145

II. 202

The Last Trial of Fidelity

III. 314

Reminiscence of my First Campaign 161 The Widow

136

The Recovered Treasure

177 A Night's Adventure

149

Love and Diplomacy

. 181 A Married Man's Reverie

. 150

The Anglo-Spanish Bride . 193 Castigationes, No. 3.

153

Mr. H.,

or Beware of a Bad Name 204 My Most Intimate Friend . 167

Death in the Tower

. 209 Youthful Affection

168

A Diligence Adventure

225 Notes upon Rome and the Cam-

The Omnibus

228

pagna

. 168

The Fight of Hell-Kettle 252 The Natives of Calabar:

· 185

MANORIAL ARCHIVES 257 A Word in Favour of Novels 222

I. The Lady of Wolfhamscote 259 The Police of Vienna

247

II. The Scourged Page 289 Tradesmen's Tokens of the 17th

III. The Solitary Grange

337

Century

Adventure in Italy

280 First Impressions of Europe, by

Specimen for a New Novel

281 an American; No. I.

249

The Indian Chief and his Dog 299 The Indians .

285

The Student of Heidelberg . 302 Martin Werner

367

La Vallière

322 Insects of a Day

399

A Modern Brutus

333 A Traveller's Note upon Tourville. 407

Cardinal Petralia

369

A Brother's Miseries

380

Early Recollections

385

MISCELLANIÉS,

Eriag of Hayti

401 The War of the Pins

15

Agreeable Contrast- Friendship and

POETRY

Esteem Complimentary— Sig.

On a Tuft of Daisies ; by Horace nificant Reply-French Honour
Guilford
25 -A Bitter Drug

16
A Sketch ; by Julian

56 Migrations of a Solan Goose . 26
Twilight

. 104 What some call Luck-An Experi-
Stanzas; by Horace Guilford . 198 ment–Travellers

32
Woman; by R. Pollock : 201 Rabelais' Will-Spanish Flattery-
The Pype-Hall Yew Trees; by Eulogium on Coffee

40
Horace Guilford
219 A Secret well kept

57
Remonstrance with the Snails 384 Picture of the West Family

58

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Hard Work-Religious Scruples

64 White-headed Sea Eagle

Anecdote of Fenelon's Telemachus 74 Sensible Horse

Singular Fact

76 Eels Travelling over Land . 200

Stage Trickery–Heroic Reply 80

Marriage--Playing Cards

96

Bulwer's Pompeii

104

NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.

Beautiful Artificial Petrifactions 104 Tough Yarns, by “ The Old Sailor" 69

Magical Illusions :

105 Dunlap's American Artists

102

Mercantile Anecdotes

105 Calavar, a Tale of Mexico

138

Wonders of Vegetation

121 Audubon's Ornithological Biogra-

A Bull

121 phy ·

143

Comparison - Consolation - Louis The Down Easter

185
XIV.-Dance of Death 128 Scenes and Stories, by a Clergyman

A Friend in Need

133 in Debt

191

Aux Gourmands

144 Ayesha, or the Maid of Kars

Character of European Powers in Memoirs of John Marston Hall . 268

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146 The Snuff-Box

320

Egotism of Tourists

149 Traits and Traditions of Portugal . 334

French Bull .

151 Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey . 364

Scraps from

Note-Book

my

152 Beale on the Sperm Whale . 376

Plants of Various Countries 160 Bruce, the Traveller

. 389

Anecdote of Napoleon-Waves of Journal of Frances Anne Butler . 392

the Ocean

160

Poetry and Pastry-Wit . 160

Lots of Fathers and Mothers 172

Sharp Eye-Gipsies—The Voices

Last Days of Charles the Second 56

of Dogs

176 Wild Sports in Africa

. 79

Influence of Habit

191

Anecdote of Turkish Treachery . 88

Sepulchral Monuments

192

Superstitious Custom of Jaffa 89

Hospitality-A Judicious Fault-

Romance of Real Life

Chinese Ingenuity

192 London in the 16th Century . . 108

Specimen of the Absurd

208

Opium Eaters

Not Awake

219 Presentiment of Death

Sunday Polish-Asking Favours--

Dublin Fifty Years Ago

A Chance for Life-Coleridge 224

Old

Anecdote of Dr. Johnson

Extraordinary Abstinence~Ghosts

-Krim Katti Gherri

198

Quotations

232

Extravagant Expenditure

Spanish Politeness-Filial Affection

232

of the Moors

198

Curious mode of Catching Crows-

Weddings in Quito

: 251

Changes of the Mind .

256

Counterpart of Napoleon

255

The Cart before the Horse

272

Solitary Confinement

. 278

Difficulty of Compression

288 Arab Tournaments

Impudence-Hindu Legend 298

The Effects of Heat

287

The Wise Women of Mungret 304

Spanish Execution

287

Truth.

314

Energetic Mode of Reasoning . 288

Imitation

317

St. Vitus' Dance

. 318

Avarice

320

Indian War

318

Precocity-Cheerfulness

336

Atmospheric Phenomena

319

Accuracy

383

319

The Duke for a Day

Egyptian Antiquities

384

320

Geological Hypothesis

A Commandment-'Infallibility 384

Incident at Sea

365

Influence of Books

403

The Whale Fishery

. 366

Invasion averted by Stratagem

408

Knowledge of the Arts among the

Grace-ful

408

Ancient Egyptians

379

Summary Justice .

. 383

English almost Mahometans 383

Edward VI.-Mary-Elizabeth 279 Dangerous Bathing

. 383

The Mock King

. 331 Rhodes

408

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