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THE TORCH.

THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Where mom'ry slept,

(As in a map the voyager his course,)

It is now midnight., Anxiously we have their rulers, and began to ask for what they had watched the band, as it slowly but surely creeps huzzaed at elections, and fought and bled both along the dial plate, and now it has finished its from their veins and pockets. Long accumulated long, weary, and ever-repeated rounds for the grievances, both real and imaginary, were raked year, and points to twelve. The first peal has up, and hence began a war of opinion and words, gone forth from St Giles's steeple, is re-echoed by which was carried on as zealously and nearly as the Tron, and the huzza of the multitude reaches long and hotly as the war of swords had formerly even our solitary study. Another year begins, and been, till it ended at last in the supremacy of the buzzing multitude proclaim its birth through- public opinion. out the city. A thousand hearts beat eager with Thirty years ago, the isolated Britons, long seanticipations of the future,-and many a hope and cluded within their own little world, had learned wish is breathed for a happy new year. But in- to look upon all the rest of the globe as little betstead of attempting to dive into it, our thoughts ter than barbarians. They hated the Frenchare carried away into the past,

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the oil-sipping Russians, and ridiculed their own Such comprehensive views the spirit takes,

offspring, the Americans, with an unsparing Tbat in a few short moments we retraco

irony. Out of Britain there existed neither The windings of our way through many years,"

science, art, taste, or even common sense, in the Thirty years ago similar shouts issued in the self-sufficiency of John Bull. Thousands of Cockyear 1816, but how many hearts are cold that neys, and rich blustering squires, swarmed to the vibrated then! How many changes, wanderings, Continent to laugh at and traduce every thing and eventful things have happened individually they saw, heard, or tasted, and then they came and collectively since that day!

home and tacitly adopted and imitated what Thirty years ago the nation had ceased from a abroad they despised. long and bloody warfare- or rather from a series Thirty years ago, however eminent a few artists of wars, extending beyond the memory of even were, there was no general taste in Britain for the oldest men of the day. The arch-disturber of any one department of the fine arts,-architecthe world, hurled from his greatness, was pent up ture, painting, music, whatever progress they had iną rocky prison,"placed far amid the melancholy made in previous centuries, were then at the lowmain," an object of pity and compassion now, in- est ebb. The poor Italian boys with their stucco stead of fear and hatred as before. For the first images breathing of classic taste, had great diffitime for many years, Britons found that they could culty in banishing our gaudy painted parrots, or look forth beyond the narrow limits of the island hideous royal and warrior heads, which then dein safety. It is true, that at all times they fearlessly luged the country; while the first popular notions scoured the seas, but it was at the cannon's mouth of harmony in music were obtained from the handand with the cutlass in hand, and if they pene- organs of the same ingenious wanderers. But in trated into Europe at all, it could only be at the place of these amusements horse-racing, boxing, head of an army, now the whole breadth of the and cock-fighting were universally substituted. Continent was opened up to their eager gaze, and so Thirty years ago, though crimes of a deep dye almost was the whole world. But

peace

did not and an outrageous character were perhaps more bring the wished-for repose - the pugnacious common than at present, yet the sanguinary and spirit of ages was not to be thus suddenly lulled relentless nature of criminal law made capital besides, the peace found us with empty pockets, punishments, even for minor offences, to be of with exhausted coffers, and with a trade now almost daily occurrence. There were few weeks narrowed and restricted by the competition of at certain seasons of the year, that half a dozen other nations, which for years we had almost ex- of human beings were not executed at the Old clusively as our own. The people now began to Bailey, cut off from this life, and from all hope count their losses, and satiated with glory, but of earthly reformation. also loaded with taxation, they turned round upon Thirty years ago the population of Great Bri

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