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But the men of that city were angry

So the king desired discreet men of his with Raphael and with the sorcerers, councillors to make inquisition touching because by reason of their fierce words, the matters set forth in the writing of and the violence of the men that were the men of that city, to the end that if with them ; a stranger who knew them they were true Raphael might be put not, had been sent to speak for them away from being councillor unto the unto the King; so they thought and King, but that if they were not true, the they took counsel together, and they men of that city might be proved liars. wrote words in a book; and they wrote So these men met, and they caused how the sorcerers had overcome the proclamation to be made ; and they voice of the men of the city; and how sent word unto Raphael and unto the they desired that Raphael inight not men of that city--but Raphael troubled speak for them unto the King. And not himself, for he remembered the they sent a trusty man with the books, words of Daniel that he should be at and they prayed that the King might no further charge. make inquisition of the matters they But behold, Daniel heeded not the set forth.

cause of Raphael, neither did he get Now Raphael was of the council of lawyers to plead for him as he had said ; the King, and he was sitting with the and the men who came from the sorrest of the councillors when the writing cerers were not believed ; and there came in which were written all the was danger that Raphael would be put words of the men of that city; and away from being councillor unto the those words were read in the ears of King. So Raphael went unto Daniel, the King, and of all his councillors, and he showed him the covenant and Raphael became pale, and was between them twain; but Daniel sore afraid, for he thought of the heeded him not, nor made him any two thousand pieces of gold, and he answer at all—and he would neither

vexed. And the King said pay men to speak for him, nor give him unto Raphael, “ Are these things any money at all. true ?" And Raphael answered and Then Raphael was at charges, and said unto the Kiny, “they are lies, 0 he brought men to plead for him, and King, of mine enemies, who have he gave unto lawyers yet other two slandered me unto my lord the King." thousand pieces of gold more than the And he spoke very boldly, even with two thousand which he had given unto the boldness of the innocent, for he Daniel; but the words of the men of thought on the words of Daniel, and of that city prevailed, and Raphael was the false swearers whoin the sorcerers put away from being councillor unto would send.

the King.





Then Raphael was exceeding wroth, thee one thousand pieces of gold I and angry with himself, and he went should surely be councillor to the to liis bouse in great tribulation; and King? And now, behold I am put he thought of how Daniel had cheated away from being so, and I have been him, and how he had given so much at great charges beside. Give me, theregold for nothing; and he was exceed- fore, back the money, and pay me that ingly vexed. So he rose up, and he which hath cost me over and above went unto Daniel, where Daniel, as his what thou didst bargain for." custom was, sat begging and brawling But Daniel heeded him not, and he in the highways and in the streets; and put his one thumb upon his nose, and he used hot words, and said unto him, stretched out his two hands therefrom:

“ Didst thou not say that if I gave for such was the manner of that country

when one scorned another. Then did carrying a barrel, and thou shalt show · Raphael say, “Verily, I am an ass;" him this token, and he will give thee and Daniel made him no answer, but thy money.” And Daniel looked exhe put his thumb upon his nose, and ceeding grave. showed him the tip of his tongue; And Raphael wist not what to say ; and he thought in his own heart that but when he saw that the man was Raphael had rightly said : howbeit, he mocking him, he was very angry, and said nothing:

then he lifted up his voice and wept, But Raphael began to revile him for he had been made a foc of; and stiil more; but Daniel answered not a he wept for his gold which he should word, but put his thumb upon his nose, never see again ; and all that passed so that many people gathered together by laughed at Raphael, but Daniel to see the strange sight. And Raphael's laughed the most of all. voice grew louder and louder, and the So Raphael went his way: but it people wondered. At last Daniel came to pass that he wrote all these opened his mouth, and he said

things in a book, and sent it unto the “I got thy two thousand pieces of King and to the council, and unto the gold; and I have been at charges with men of the city; and though they thee: therefore go thy ways in peace. thought Raphael was rightly served, But that all men may know my ho- yet they all thought Daniel was an exnesty, I will give unto thee a token, ceeding great rogue. Besides, about whereby thou mayest yet get thymoney." that time he bad become exceeding And Daniel laughed as he spoke; and impudent—insomuch so, that he reviled he took out a bit of paper, and made every one, and, in his filthy rags, all 'as though he would write; and when polluted with vermin, he would jostle he had put certain marks upon the up against all whom he met-yea, he paper, he handed it unto Raphael, and had taken the King's servants by the he said, “ Take this in thine hand, and arm, and had dragged them through go a long journey, even to the city all the filth in which he was wont to of Bagdad, and when thou hast come wallow. So now, men were exceeding there, tarry yet many days, even ac wroth; and when they read the book cording to the days of a woman when in which were written all the words of she hath conceived ; and it shall come Raphael, they rose up with one conto pass that when the days of thy tarry- sent, and ing are expired, thou shalt meet a man (The original is here illegible.)




(We verily believe that there are ham's letter, and, reader, you shall some men in the world so unreason- have it. No doubt, you will be able that nothing will please them ; anxious to see anything from the pen and we further believe that the Rev. of great a genius—who has “ taken Mark Bloxham, author of the “ New the shine” out of Milton entirely--if Paradise Regained,” is among the we may borrow the critical expression number. Mr. Bloxbam is very anxious of Mr. Bloxhain's parish clerk-ihe only to be a poet, and certainly belongs to favorable critic he has found out yet. the genus

irritabile.” Of course, But we must be serious, as becomes gentle reader, you have read our our pitiable situation ; we forget that review of the “ New Paradise Re we are lying under grievous imputagained.” Now only think of Mr. tions, and besides suffering the wrath Bloxham being angry with us for that of Mr. Bloxham. By the way, Mr. review! and then of his writing us a Bloxham should have known that we letter to show this—and charging us are not very fond of permitting persons in this letter with making false quota- to dispute with us in our own pages. tions, in order to make his book We do not feel much inclined to make ridiculous. Works of supererogation an exception in his favour ; but there is we have long since disclaimed. But something so inexpressibly funny in we have promised to print Mr. Blox, the solemn manner in which Mr.

Bloxham (we wish his name had any the omissions. Mr. Bloxham has other commencement-we are always given the extracts both as we printed in danger of putting a different termi- them and as they appeared in his nation) prefers against us the most book. It is for the reader to decide ludicrous charges of garbling his book, with what intention the omissions were that we cannot resist the temptation of made, and according to wbich version laying his epistle before our readers. the “ New Paradise Regained" ap

In our defence we will not say a pears more absurd.] single word. We plead guilty to all

me, entitled


But whilst the choir Paradise Regained," Make solemn pause, and o'er his mournful fate

Of hymning cherubs, 'mid their highest notes &c., has been made, I perceive, the Shed seraph tears!!! subject of an article in your number for In the published volume, it stands

thus : this month. On that article I wish to

" But whilst the choir make a few remarks. I am not about

Of hymning cherubs, 'mid their highest notes, to cominent on the criticisms it con Make solemn pause-and o'er his mournful fate,

Thus exiled from his brethren, and their God, tains, nor on the style and language in

Shed seraph tears" which they are conveyed. My object The fourth extract, as per article : is simply to state, that the majority of

Within which veil the professed quotations from my book

A something indistinct with brightness, seemed

As if the Sun, to tenfold bigness swoln, are not in accordance with the printed was car-like borne along, leaving a train

Offluid blaze, like dazzling comet seen text ; and to request you will allow me to set the public right on the sub- Tharongh glass augmentive; and as it sailed ject. I shall not occupy your pages Pinged every object through the wide expanse,

A glory, like the gas by spirits breathed, with a detail of the particulars in And Tabor lighted up. which my preface has been quoted

As per printed volume : inaccurately. I shall confine myself

Within which reil to the five extracts, professed to be A something, indistinct with brightness, seemed taken from the “ Paradise Regained.” Was car-like borne along-leaving a train

As if the Sun to tenfold bigness swoln, Not one of those extracts has been of fluid blaze, like dazzling comet seen given faithfully. In the first and

Thro' glass augmentive-or as when the rays

of Earth's great Jaminary, thro' a breach second, the punctuation only has been Of sollen clouds dark brooding, forms a line

or lengthened lustre joining Earth to Heaven ; altered ; in the last, both pointing and

Such it appeared ; and as it sailed along, words. On those three extracts I A glory. like the gas by spirits breathed, shall, however, dwell no further. In Tinged every object thro' the wide expanse,

And Tabor lighted up. the third extract an intermediate line

I have to request that, in justice to has been omitted. In the fourth, three

me, you will give this communication whole and two half lines have been

a place in your next number. left out ; and a line of the reviewer's

I have the honor to be, Sir, compounding, which is not to be found

Your obedient servant, in my whole book, has been intro

MARK BLOXHAN, duced. The third article, as given in Portglenone, Oct. 19, 1835. the article referred to, is as follows :


Tue conclusion of another volume of egotism, be introduced into any of our our journal forms an epoch in our ordinary papers. In presenting our labours that seems to present us with readers with the sixth volume of our a favourable occasion of saying a few periodical, we may perhaps be perwords with regard to ourselves. It is mitted to claim the privilege of pausing an opportunity which we confess we or a few moments to review our prowould not willingly let pass. There gress for the past, and to consider our are a few observations which we have prospects for the future. The success been for some time anxious to make to of our periodical is a subject in which our readers, but which could not, we may perhaps venture to hope that without an unpardonable degree of the lovers of our country are not alto

gether uninterested—we fatter our- lumny upon our country. Its success selves that we do not presume too far has proved that an Irish periodical can in calculating upon the good wishes of both exist and flourish ; and that if the our countrymen.

experiment was never before success. We have promised, however, that ful, it was because it was never fairly our words shall be but few, and we will tried. not spend them either in preface or We speak thus in no spirit of perapology. We shall at once proceed to sonal exultation. For ourselves we can speak of that most interesting subject, take credit but for two qualities-inOURSELVES ; satisfied that we are pri- dustry and honesty ; but these are, vileged to regard this as one of those perhaps, the qualities most essential happy occasions that so seldom occur, to the management of a periodical when self is a topic not altogether such as ours. We speak merely of its proscribed, and when it is possible to management. We know that neither be egotistical without being imperti- industry nor honesty can supply the nent.

place of talented contributions ; but Three years have now elapsed since when this essential requisite is obthis periodical was first established. It tained, they can do much towards then had many prejudices to overcome, stamping a character of respectaand many difficulties to contend with. bility upon the work. The spirit and The failure of every preceding Irish liberality of the proprietors have se. periodical induced many to regard the cured for our pages the contributions attempt to sustain one as impracticable. of the most distinguished native talent, As has been the case with Irish affairs a liberality which has been fully met of far more weighty moment-men at- by disinterested and generous exertion ; tributed want of success, not to the and while we cannot particularize, we blunders of management, but to some must content ourselves with a general inexplicable fatality connected with acknowledgment of obligations, the exevery thing Irish. Those who had tent of which we fully feel. failed in the attempt would naturally With respect to the editorial mabe inclined to lay the blame any where nagement of our periodical, the prinbut where it was deserved. Like the ciple upon which we have acted may statesmen who have misgoverned the be summed up in one word, and that country, they were glad to attribute to word is INDEPENDENCE. Indepevdence the imagined evil destiny of Ireland in politics--in criticism-in everytbing. those failures which a little self-know- No person or party could ever comledge might have enabled them to mand our pages upon any other than trace to a much simpler cause. Havng public grounds ; we have never perfound, however, this mysterious scape- mitted any private influence to control goat, they were fain to lay all their us in the line we thought it our duty own sins upon its head. The attempt to adopt ; and we have never supin which they had not succeeded they pressed our sentiments from the fear of boldly pronounced impossible—and the giving offence. To our political prinevil genius of Ireland was the con- ciples we have been steady ; and by venient abstraction that bore the blame steadiness to their cause, we are proud that would have more justly belonged to say we have earned the confidence to the incompetence of its inventors. of the Protestants of Ireland--a con

What was, however, so confidently fidence of which we trust we shall never asserted, was very generally believed. prove unworthy. It is perhaps needless A prejudice arose against native litera to pledge ourselves to be true to those ture; and the prophecy tisat no Irish pe- principles which we have always, it may riodical could ever succeed, tended to be inefficiently but honestly, maintained. contribute to its own accomplishment. Our past political conduct is before the The chief difficulty this periodical met public, it is perhaps the best security, with in its starting was the general that we will not abandon the cause belief that it must fall. In contem to which, through evil report and good plating the present position of our report, we have adhered. journal we have

causes for

We know that there are those who satisfaction ; but none greater than think that with our political articles this-that it has "lived down" this ca there has been mingled, at times, an

unnecessary degree of bitterness and a register of academic proceedings. personality. There have been times We desire that there should be nothing the occasions have been rare-when in our pages to distinguish us as a we imagined that our duty called on University Magazine. The truth is, that us to expose the conduct of individuals if we had our name to choose, our prein high station ; and we admit that sent denomination is not the one we upon such occasions we have been would adopt. Few persons are aware of more anxious to give expression to the accidents in which this Magazine our feelings than to soften down the originated ; and it is needless to detail language in which those feelings might the circumstances which, in the minds be conveyed. We feel strongly upon of its projectors, determined its appelpolitics ; and when we see political lation. With the exception of the list baseness in high places, we cannot of honors, which we generally make it always tame down the language of our a matter of conscience to insert, there honest indignation to the measured is nothing in our pages to render the terms of polite discretion. When we name peculiarly appropriate. Still less felt that the rights of Britons were do we wish it to be supposed that our assailed, we did not hesitate to break journal is in anywise the organ of the down the conventional etiquette which heads of the University--of them we never was intended, which never ought are perfectly independent. We are to protect the enormities of dignity anxious, for many reasons, that this and rank. We never have disguised should be distinctly understood. While our hatred of apostacy, because it it is but justice to that learned body might happen to be seated on the to state, they are not in any degree woolsack ; nor concealed our contempt responsible for our sentiments upon for meanness, even when found in the any subject; it is, perhaps, no more wearer of a coronet. With nothing to than justice to ourselves to say, that hope from patronage, and nothing to we owe to them neither patronage or fear from power, we have never scru- support. There is one sense, indeed, pled to denounce the faults or the in which we may be entitled to the crimes which seemed to us to endanger name of the University Magazine the well-being of our country, even the sense, we believe, in which it was though the delinquent might happen to originally adopted—we do claim to be an Archbishop, a Chancellor, or å speak the sentiments of the great maLord Lieutenant.

jority of the graduates of the UniverBut while we confess, and glory in sity. Our name was adopted at the the confession, that we have carried to period when the wise extension of the its utmost bounds the liberty of the franchise had admitted all graduates to press, we defy any one to adduce from a species of connexion with the Univerour pages a single example of its licen- sity; and it was supposed that the tiousness. We have never lent our title of University Magazine would be selves to the detestable occupation of an appropriate one for a journal which private slander. Our opinions we have aspired to be the monthly advocate expressed, without any other restraint and representative of the Protestantthan that which our own sense of pro- ism, the intelligence, and the respect. priety imposed ; but this is a controul ability of Ireland. Unquestionably which has ever influenced us ; and we the graduates of the University, as cannot recollect that, even in the heat a body, combine all these elements of political excitement, an expression in themselves. We cannot, howhas escaped us of which, in our cooler ever, help thinking that the selection moments, we have seen reason to be was injudicious. Unfortunately, in our ashamed.

Irish University, the graduate who has The name of our periodical is a sub- once left her walls has but few associaject upon which we are anxious to tions to bind him to his Alma Mater; inake a few observations. It is, per- and even the extension of the franchise haps, calculated to give a very false has done little to connect him more impression as to the nature of the closely to the institution, except, perwork. We contemplate far more haps, as it creates the somewhat harsh popular, and far more inportant objects reminiscence which is annually cxcited than to send forth to the world a by the never-failing exuction of a chronicle of scientific intelligence, or pound.

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