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(Mareh, We find redemption, rarely to be found: Thon art, then, dead! and from my arms Compar'd with yours Napoleon's aims were Sudden divorc'd by that decree base ;

[and bound,

- That robs them of unnumber'd charms He fought and conquer'd, -then was foil'd Which were united all in thee, For freedom and for home ye bled, and are I now approach thy sable bier, renown'd.

To shed o'er thee a parting tear,— But now for them the dreadful die was cast, No more to see thee, till the hour

For soon as cultivation round them smil'd, Arrive, unlook'd for, when the grave
Return'd their northern foes, and like a blast Shall yield its victory to the pow'r
Consum'd their wealth, and left the land Of Him who died the world to savo;
a wild;

Then thou, Eliza! from the dust
Nor were their treacherous allies more mild; Shalt rise, with all the ransom'd just.
Horde after horde, the adventurous Saxon

Still shall thy mem'ry ne'er decay,
band,

Nor what was late so lovely die, Allur'd by conquest in the sequel, pild Nor Life's best treasure fade away,

Extermination o'er the bleeding land, Without one tear-one tender sigh : Whence amidst rocks upblest they took their Ah, no, Eliza! o'er thy bier gloomy stand.

Is heard that sigh,-is shed that tear. And now, old Sherwood, o'er thy forest

bound, Proud of their conquest, a rekindling race,

LINES And with exulting shouts, with hawk and hound,

[chace ;

SENT WITH A SPARROW Hawk. Bold chiefs and Mercian kings pursued the

IF

in your garden I may walk, Oh, Earth! 'what various changes on thy I ne'er will crush one tender stalk; face,

(sorrow, With mice and frogs I mean to talk, What peals of triumpb, and what cries of

All vermin will destroy. - In the long lapse of time have taken place, From which the bard and the historian The ripening fruit unmov'd I'll see ; borrow,

[ful morrow.

The pendent flower unlıurt shall be, Yet may they not sunfold the dark event

The bursting seed from pecking free,

My talons pot annoy.
The idol schoolboy, older grown,

Now seeks the academic gown,
On beholding the Remains of the late Mrs.

He leaves all childish sports alone, BOOKER, * for the last Time, the Evening

And gladly parts with me : before her Interment.

While I from noisy mirth and fun,
BY HER HUSBAND.+

To your protection happy run;
CAN Life's best treasure fade away, Your sparrow-hawk here fears no gun,
When wedded Love and Duty die,

Securely kept by thee.
Can Beauty's fairest form decay,
Without one tear, one tender sigh?

Thus as revolving years arise,
Ah, no, Eliza ! o'er thy bier

Still may my service in thy eyes Is heav'd that sigh, -is shed that tear.

Appear to kindness as a prize;

A humble lab'rer where, But, art thou dead ?—sure Death his prey

When years decline the frogs, appear, Leaves not so lovely.--Yet the rose And mice and rats from brewhouse near, That o'er thy cheek was wont to stray, From such vile foes my range I'll clear,Comes nót, aud then serenely goes ;

They shall not fright the fair.
But, settled there, the lily white
Stands fix'd as marble to my sight.

Hampstead.

T.

* See Obituary for January, p. 94 : an article we shall take this opportunity to enlarge. Mrs. Booker was an interesting woman. Her figure was formed with exact symmetry. Her features were delicate, and highly attractive ; and her fine hazel eye cast an irresistible, charm over her countenance. Her voice was pleasing, and her pronunciation elegant. Her mind was well worthy the graces of her person. Her acquirements in languages were very extensive. She excelled in Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, and in general information. She was a great proficient in music. The instruments ou which she excelled were the pedal harp, dital harp, and piado-forte; but on the musical glasses, she drew forth the very soul of harmony. In singing, her voice was soft, clear, and flexible. She was, moreover, active in every Christiau duty; and especially in those within the province of a Clergyman's wife.-Édit.

+ Selected, by Dr. Booker's permission, from several other pieces (printed, but not published,) intituled, “Hours of Mourning."

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HISTORICAL CHRONICLE.

PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT.

House Of COMMONS, Feb. 20. mittee, the Right Hon. Gentleman ob- . Mr. Wilmot Horton moved for leave to served that every body admitted the necesbring in a Bill to authorize the sale in sity of protecting the agricultural interests, Upper and Lower Canada of a certain por- and the only question was, the mode and tion of the Clergy reserves in those pro- degree in which that protection should be vinces. The lands in question had been administered. That protection was due to reserved for the uses of the Clergy of the domestic agriculture—to what degree, to Established Church, with the view of re- what amount, and in what manner

was the lieving this country of the sums annually point to be settled. It would be recollected voted for their support. The only object that the harvest of 1816 was one of the was to render them available for the general must unfavourable ever known in this counpurposes of the Canada provinces. Leave try: and in August corn rose above the imgiven to bring in the Bill.

portable price; but from the delay in making

up the average returns, the ports were not Feb. 22. Mr. Peel obtained leave to bring in open till November. Thus the ports reseveral Bills to amend the CRIMINAL Code. mained shut during three starving months. 1st. To consolidate and amend the laws The harvest of 1817 was nearly as bad as relating to burglary, larceny, and robbery. that of the preceding year ; there was a 2d. A similar Bill relating to malicious in- whole winter of suffering, and the ports juries to property. 30. Å similar Bill, re- were opened again in February. The harlating to remedies against the Hundred. vest of 1818 was extremely abundant, not 4th. A Bill to repeal several Acts relating to only in England, but throughout the world, larceny, burglary, and robbery ; to malicious and it was then as much a matter of interest injuries to property; and to remedies against to keep the ports closed as it had been of the Hundred. The Right Hon. Gentle- late to open them. Owing to the distress man introduced his motion by an able in 1817 the table of the House was loaded speech upon the subject.

with petitions from the agriculturists, which

were continued in 1819, 1820, and 1821. Feb. 28. The Master of the Rolls brought In 1822 the House listened to the petitions, forward his motion for leave to bring in a 'and the Law was repealed. A new Act was Bill to alter and amend the practice of the passed; it gave up unlimited prohibition, COURT OF CHANCERY, founded upon the and recognized a certain duty; but a clause report of the committee.-Mr. M. A. Taylor, was added to this effect—that the Act itself Mr. Harvey, and Mr. J. Smith, objected to should not come into force until the price the proposed measure as utterly inadequate. of corn was as high as 80s. This was, in They complained of the evils of the Equity point of fact, the whole of the law-all that system ; but bore ready testimony to the it was necessary to discuss ; because the talent, industry, and integrity of the Lord other provisions of the Act were a mere Chancellor.-Mr. Brougham charged the dead letter. The price had never been so great evil to be “the man, John Lord El- high as 80s.; it was still under 80s. and don;" and imputed to the Noble and Learoed therefore they had never come at any other Lord che offence of having cajoled the com- parts of the Act. Upon the best discretion missioners, in addition to various charges of that he and his Noble friend (the Earl of rapacity, intriguing, wilful and perverse tardi- Liverpool) had been able to give on the ness, &c.-Mr. Peel, with greatspiricand suc- subject, the duty of 20s. when the price cess, repelled the charges alleged against his reached 60s. had been fixed on as one which Learned Colleague ; and, entering at some

it would be reasonable to propose. That lengths into the details of the commissioners' duty it was intended should diminish 2s. per report, threw out a pledge that he would quarter for every 1s. of increase in price, undertake a revisal of the law of property, the and to increase 2s. for every proportionate source of most of the difficulties, and of much diminution of price, taking cos. as the of the delay, in Chancery proceedings. The average price of the quarter of corn. The motion was carried without a division. effect of this scale would be, that when the

average price was 60s. the duty would be March 1. Mr. Canning brought forward 20s. ; from 615. to 62s. it would be 188 ; the long and anxiously expected Ministerial from 62s. to 635. it would be 16s.; from project for regulating the Corn Laws; re- from 638. to 64s. it would be 145.; froin lative to which Laws innumerable petitions, 645. to 655. it would be 125.; from 65s. to for and against, had been presented. The 66s. it would be 10. ; so that at 70s. all House having resolved itself into a Com- duty would cease, and the importation be Gent. Mag. March, 1827.

258 Proceedings in the present Secsion of Parliament. [March, porfectly free and without duty, excepting seditious and libellous passages from a lesthe ordinary registration at the Custom ter ascribed to that person, and lately pubHouse. On the other hand, when the lished. Mr. Maxwell also mentioned some average price should amount only to 59s. the of the late proceedings of the persons euloduty should be 225. and for every diminu- gized by Mr. Plunkett. --Mr. Plunkelt retion of 1s. in price, 2s. of duty should be monstrated against the unfairness of ascribacided; so that when the average price ing to the Roman Cathulic Bishops the reached 55s. the duty should be 30s. If the sentiments avowed in the writings of Doctor propositions he had the honour to submit Doyle, and practically evinced in the conduct were adopted, the market would then ex- of the priests alluded to hy Mr. Maxwell. hibit no more such fluctuations of price as He ascribed the violence of the Romao had been experienced, and which had ex- Catholic clergy to the “crusade of Lord tended from 112s. to 36s. per quarter; the Farnham," from which he professed to anvariation would be bounded between 55s. and ticipate no good result ; and even affected 65s. This plan would also get rid of the to apprehend the most disastrous conseabuse to which the system of averages had quences to the peace of the country. Fibeen exposed. The averages would be de- nally he implored the House not to impair clared weekly, in such a manner as to pre- the authority of those venerable persons, to vent the deep speculations which now took whose forbearance or influence it was, he place. He did not now propose to call upon confessed, due that Ireland was not even in the House for any vote upon the resolutions, & worse state than at present.—Mr. Leslie but would prefer that the debate be ad- Foster complained of the strain in which journed until this day se'onight. In the the Irish Attorney-General had spoken of mean time he entreated the House to receive Lord Farnham's noble exertions in the cause them as they were intended—as & peace- of religion, and described the success of offering, and as the best effort of the Go- those exertions to the progress of educevernment, and of his Noble Friend (whe tion. was entitled to the largest share of what- The House divided upon the grant of ever credit might belong to them,), to recon- L9000 per annum to the Duke of Clarence, cile conflicting interests, and to promote (see p. 165) which was carried by a majority the welfare of the country is one of its of 128 to 39. most important branches. The Right Hon. Gentleman then moved a series of resolutions to the effect above detailed.-Mr. C.

March 5. Sir Francis Burdett introduced Western felt great apprehensions respecting when he recollected the numerous and im

the CATHOLIC QUESTION. He said that the utility of the proposed alterations, and avowed himself strongly in favour of the portant discussions which this great question present system.—Mr. Whitmore thought had undergone ; when he recollected that that the duty of 20s. when the price reached

the cause of the Catholics had received the 60s. was too high.-Sir T. Lethbridge ex

sanction of the most eminent men ; when pressed himself dissatisfied with the propo

he recollected that it had been supported by sitions, while Lord Alhorp, Sir J. Sebright, Burke, by Fox, by Pitt, by Sheridan, and Mr. Curwen, Lord Milton, and Aldermen

“ last, not least," by Grattan ; when he Wood and Thompson, spoke in their favour.- recollected that almost every individual disMr. Brougham said this was as effectual a

tinguished for intellect had added his authoprohibition to importation, as if the law had rity to the great mass of opinion in its absolutely said, you shall not import corn

favour-it appeared to

him that that whilst the price of British corn is 595.--Sir man must be possessed of singular coufiF. Burdelt declared himself the decided dence, who, without the most mature advocate of a free trade in corn, as well as

deliberation, and the most profound reflecin other branches of trade, and he felt satis- tion, and also without the means and the fied that the opposition to free trade arose

ability to account for and justify his convicfrom misconception. The House then re- tion, could make up his mind, against such sumed, and the future discussion was fixed

weight of authority, to resist the inotion, for Thursday the 8th of March.

with which he (Sir E. Burdett) should have the honour to conclude. The Hon. Baronet,

after expatiating on the hardships to which March 2. Nearly the whole of the even- the Catholics were exposed, proceeded to ing was occupied in presenting petitions defend them from the charge of slavish relative to the Roman CATHOLICS.-Mr. subserviency, to the Pope of Rome, and Plunkell, on presenting a petition of the quoted in their behalf the answer of the Roman Catholic Bishops, took the oppor- Catholic Barons in the reign of Edward I. tunity of paying them some high compli- to the Pope, refusing his jurisdiction. He ments; when Mr. Marwell asked whether submitted that the Catholics were fully enthe name of Doctor Doyle was annexed to

titled to the removal of disabilities from the the petition, and, on receiving an answer in first article in the Treaty of Limerickthe 'affirmative, quoted some atrociously [Mr. Peel said, these words referred to the

1827.] Proceedings in the present Session of Parliament. 259 besieged only.]—It was impossible to sup- macy. The Catholic religion is unchanged, pose that this article referred to the gar- and so long as it shall continue unchanged, rison only, as if they who were most vio- 80 long will it be necessary to oppose its lent in their opposition were entitled to the views.—Mr. S. Rice supported the motion, greatest protection, but the article says all and observed, they should pause ere they Catholics. We had kept the Treaty of spread disconteni (perhaps rebellion and Bragaoza, and broken that of Limerick. wretchedness) among a turbulent and brave Mr. Pitt intended to have afforded to people. If they be wise they will at once the Catholics their emancipation; from grant emancipation, if generous, they will what he had done he signified what he hesitate ere they refuse the reiterated claims intended. He had even left office at one of a people of whom they are comparatively period, because he could not support the ignorant; and if true to themselves, they Catholics in his official situation---the friends will remember that the alternative-Proof Mr. Pitt, then, ought to be the friends testant Ascendancy, is a phrase not known of the Catholics. Taking it as a measure to the British constitution, but that civil of economy only, the Catholic claims should and religious liberty is.--Mr. V. Stuart vinbe granted. Had we treated Ireland as she dicated the Roman Catholic Clergy of Iredeserved? The apprehension respecting the land, and supported the motion.—Mr. Cust Pope was a bugbear ; the practical point to opposed any further concessions to the Cawhich the case was brought was this, that tholics, and observed “ that a burnt child things could not remain as they were some dreads the fire, so ought we to dread Pothing must be done, and the sooner the bet- pery!!"-Adjourned. ter. The Hon. Baronet then adduced the King's visit to Ireland as implying relief to the Catholics. He theu submitted his reso- March 6. Sir J. Newport having moved lution as follows :—“That it is expedient for the order of the day for resuming the this House to take into consideration the Catholic QUESTION, the Master of the state of the laws which impose civil disabi- Rolls rose, and gave an historical detail of lities upon the Roman Catholic subjects of the proceedings of the Roman Catholics at this country, with a view to their repeal.” different periods, which he contended proved

Mr. G. Dawson opposed the motion, and the necessity of retaining the existing Laws severely animadverted on the conduct of the against them. He observed that when Irish Catholic Priests, by whom every tie, Hon. Gentlemen stood up in the House as every connection between landlord and te- advocates for the Catholics, and spoke of naat had been severed. In lieu of gratitude the oppressive and intolerant laws that had for the kindness of his landlord, the Priest been enacted against them, they most caretaugbt the Irish tenant to look upon him as fully kept out of sight the occasions on e tyrant who oppressed and withheld from which those laws were enacted. God forbid him his rights. The priesthood, in almost (said he) that I should ascribe to Roman every instance, succeeded in thus detach- Catholics of the present day, sentiments ing the tenants from their landlords, but in such as those, which are known to have Done of them had the tenants followed the been professed and acted upon by Catholics conviction of their own minds. They had of the seventeenth century. (Loud cheerbeen made the victims of the most unfair ing.) But we are called upon to confer and reprehensible practices, menaced with political power on a class, whose principles, temporal injury and eternal punishment experience has taught us, are adverse to the Priests threatening them with all the liberty and constitutional government. A vengeance of the Holy Church, denying to most remarkable difference occurred in the them religious consolation and absolution, oath proposed in the Bill of 1825, as coneveu refusing the sacrament, and, in some trasted with the oath of 1793. In the latinstances, extreme unction to the poor ter there were words to this effect I do creatures who had not voted at the late solemnly swear, that I will defend the settleelection as they (the Priests) had desired. ment of property as in this realm now The Priests thus abused the power invested established by law." If that were a necesin them by the practice and the rules of sary provision in the oath of 1793, why is their church, not to excite to acts of patriot- it now omitted ? I say, will not the House ism, but to deeds of ingratitude. Let be astonished to learn that, in the Bill of their apologists exculpate them if they 1825, the whole of this provision is comcould; but let them not profane the sacred pletely omitted ? (Loud cheering.) Was name of justice, by saying that it was in a the omission made advisedly and deliberately? just cause that those exertions had been Sir, I think there is no manner of doubt used. Mr. Dawson then laid before the that it was. If so, I ask, where is the House several documents which proved the power, or the wish, on the part of the Catruth of his statements relative to the atro- tholics, to give the security to which we are civus conduct of the Catbolic leaders and entitled? Let me ask Gentlemen to take a the Priests, and concluded by saying, that view of the present condition of Ireland ? In che Roman Catholics did not so much look 1810, and from that to 1813, Ireland was for political power as for spiritual supre- comparatively tranquil; but now it is unne260 Proceedings in the present Session of Parliament. [March, cessary to say, the whole island is in a state replied to the arguments used by the Master of extreme agitation and disorder. (Hear, of the Rolls, in a speech replete with close hear, hear.) What occasions the present reasoning and eloquence, which he thus state of things in that country? I answer, concluded :-"This country had wooed, * body which domineers over the country had won, and wedded Ireland—had raised has caused the insubordination and dis- her to a share in the empire-participating order. (Hear.) What do they ask-I hér glory with her. Was she not then to should rather say, demand ? In terms the admit her to the equal enjoyment of politimost emphatic and peremptory, they de- cal rights? Instead of making war upon mand the restoration of their rights--their ourselves, ought we not to consolidate our unconditional restoration. (Cheers.) “Ire- power? This country had been truly called land,” to use the expressive language of one the admiration and the envy of surrounding of the Roman Catholic orators, * Ireland nations. But when we held up the mirror is a gigantic suppliant, thundering at the of public freedom to those nations, let gates of the Constitution.” (Hear, hear.) them not see the flaw by which its beauty The Learned Gentleman said, there is one was disfigured. Let them not see that we argument which I have heard over and over are a divided people-Jet them not see that again in this House, that, supposing some we are at war among ourselves, and should sixty or seventy Members of the Roman we be engaged in foreign hostilities, let not Catholic profession were returned to serve in our enemies perceive that we are weakened Parliament, what possible injury could arise by our intestine divisions, but rather that from such a circumstance, and by what pos- we possess that which is our best security in sible means could they be dangerous to the peace or war-an unanimity of sentiment, State. Now, Sir, I will entreat the House founded upon a community of interests, and to recollect (and it is with sincere regret a community of affection.-Mr. Peel replied that I do so), that there are at the present to the arguments of the last speaker, in a moment, and have always been, many Pro- speech which occupied two hours in the testant Members of the House of Commons, delivery. The Right Hon. Gentleman exwho entertain views, and profess sentiments, amined the article of Limerick by the usual of a nature hostile to the Established tests-the interpretation of contemporary Church of these realms; and if we throw writers, from all which he concluded that into the scale another weight, if we add to the articles in question promised oothing this body another mass, knowing as we do that but a toleration of the Roman Catholic both will act with the same spirit, and make one worship. In allusion to the inflammatory common cause, shall we, I ask, be discharg- topics of the Irish Attorney-General, Mr. ing our duty to the Church, of which we Peel remarked, that he was not surprised are members, and which we have pledged at the existence of agitation and discontent ourselves, and are bound, to support? I in a country over the legal affairs of which am sure, from what I know of the Roman he presided. The Right Hon. Gentleman Catholic religion, that the moment of grant- then exposed the fallacy of creating the ing this measure would by no means lead to question as a religious question, by showing the permanent allaying of those differences that the machinery of the Romish Church and dissensions which now exist. Sir, the was an engine for the acquisition and exerRoman Catholic religion is a religion of cise of temporal power. He successfully ambition, and its nature is continually to resisted the attempt to draw a distinction aim at the possession of something beyond between the Roman Catholic Hierarchy and that which it had beretofore possessed the seditious Association, by stating that The Roman Catholics have always consi- eleven of the whole number of titular dered the Protestants as a people by whom Bishops were actually incorporated in that they have been supplanted, and the Church body, and that all of them were in corresproperty, as property that has been wrested pondence with it; be proved by quotations from their hands. Is there, then, any per- from the addresses of the Roman Catholics, son in this country, who can seriously think even from those which were designed to be that an Hierarchy, possessed of unbounded conciliating, that they had objects in view sway, would ever suffer Ireland to remain beyond an equalization of civil privileges, tranquil, while some object or other was yet objects inconsistent with the safety of the to be obtained—that it would ever cease its Church, and concluded hy avowing that exertions, day after day, until it had obtain- whatever alternative of danger might be ed, not Catholic emancipation, but Catholic held out, he would adhere to the preservaascendancy. I, therefore, exhort the Mem- tion of the Constitution.-Mr. Brougham bers of the British House of Commons not spoke at length in support of the resoluto imagine that such a measure as that to tion. He applied himself principally to the which they are now called to give their speech of the Master of the Rolls, and sanction-notwithstanding what some ho- taunted that Gentleman with the circumnourable and distinguished individuals may stance, that the University of Cambridge had think upon the subject—is at all calculated to given him a colleague favourable to the Rorestore a permanent tranquillity to Ireland. man Catholics.-Mr. Canning supported the -Mr. Plunkell suipin the motion, and motion with his usual strain of eloquence.

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