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before, pressing his forehead against the earth in humiliation before the Purity which he had offended. These ceremonies he went through three times, concluding by stretching his hands, the palms open, towards Heaven. Finally rising, he stroked his beard once more, but with a manifest feeling of internal satisfaction, arising from the conviction of the omnipresence of that Power to whose protection he committed himself for the remainder of the day. From that moment he subsided into the cheerful traveller, ready to render to me every possible service.
I did not at first understand a little mark of kindness which I received from a Turk soon after I passed through the north-western gate of Constantinople. He was walking out from the cemetery, and had in his hand a walnut, the shell of which he had just broken. Taking out a portion of the nut, he stopped me, and with a look of smiling kindness, asked me to accept it. I took it at once, and thanked him with the same familiarity as if I had known him a hundred years. I moreover ate the nut, notwithstanding my fears of the contagion, which, as I rode along, I saw filling the cypress groves all round me with funerals. I afterwards learned the meaning of this simple present to the newly arrived stranger. It was his mode of giving me welcome to the Ottoman capital, and assuring me of its hospitality. No visiter quits a Turkish house without some similar memorial of the kindness of his host. He receives a handful of nuts—a cluster of grapes--a salad—or a cakesomething on leaving to prevent him from returning home emptyhanded, which would be considered unlucky, as well for him who ought to give, as for him who ought to receive. This trait of manners speaks volumes for the benevolence planted in the heart of the people of that country.
MEMORIES AWAKENED BY MUSIC.
BY MRS. ALEXANDER KERR.
AIR_" The days gone past.”
Never again may my bosom be
RECOLLECTIONS OF GUY FAWKES.
BY DOUGLAS JERROLD.
“ When a man has once been very famous for jests and merry adventures, he is made to adopt all the jests that want a father, and many times such as are unworthy of him."--Motleur's life of Ravelais.
At midnight on the fifth of November, in the year of grace one thoucand six hundred and five, Guido Fawkes, “ gentleman,” was discovered, “ booted and spurred,” in the vicinity of St. Stephen's Chapel, having on his person" three matches, a tinder-box, and a dark lantern;" and purposing, by means of gunpowder, to blow up, says king James, “the whole nobility, the most part of the knights and gentry,” besides the whole judges of the land, with the most of the lawyers, and the whole clerks!" For this one indiscretion Guido Fawkes has forfeited his gentility, and become a proverb of wickedness. In boyhood, we looked upon Guido Fawkes, gentleman, as one a little lower than the devil: he had four horns and a dozen tails. “ Years that bring the philosoplic mind” have divested him of these excrescences and appendages, and Guido Fawkes now appears to matured charities merely a person of a singularly eccentric disposition.
Some five-and-twenty years ago, it was the patriotic custom of the authorities of an Isle of Sheppy dockyard to bestow upon their apprentices a few waggon loads of resinous timber, that a bonfire worthy of the cause it celebrated might be kindled from the public purse—that the effigy of the arch-fiend Guy might be consumed in a fire three times hotter than the fire of a furnace. Such fierce liberality was not lost upon the town's people: their ardour in the burning business smouldered not : every man subscribed his plank or log; and, from the commissioner in his uniform, to Bobby in his pinafore, the fifth of November glowed, in the calendar of their minds, a pillar of fire. For a month before the day, the coming anniversary busied the thoughts of boyish executioners, resolved to show their patriotism in the appointments of their Guy-in the grotesque iniquity of his face—in the cumbrous state of his huge arm-chair. To beg clothes from door to door was then the business of every lover of church and state. To ask for a coat- a pair of breeches -a shirt (the frill could be made of paper)—hose and hat, was not mendicity, but the fulfilment of a high social duty.
Guy Fawkes would at length be dressed. A philosopher might have found good matter in his eleemosynary suit. In the coat of the bloodthirsty wretch, he might have recognised the habit of Scum, the slopseller, a quiet trader afloat of twenty thousand pounds—in the vest of the villanous ruffian, the discarded waistcoat of Smallgrog, the honest landlord of a little house for sailors—in the stockings of the atrocious miscreant, the hose of the equitable Weevil, biscuit-contractor to his Majesty's fleet - whilst, for the leather of the fiend-like effigy, Guy Fawkes was to be exhibited, and afterwards burned, in the broad-toed shoes of that best of men, Trap, the town-attorney!
The chair, too, in which Guy Fawkes sat, might it not have some day enshrined a justice of the peace, and the lantern fixed in the hard of the diabolical, lynx-eyed monster-might it not have been the property of the most amiable and most somnolent of all the Blue Town watchmen? And then the mask fixed upon the effigy-or the lump of clay kneaded into human features, and horribly or delicately expressed, according to the benevolent art of the makers !—might not the same visor have been worn by a perfect gentleman, with considerable advantage, at a masquerademight not the clay nose and mouth of the loathsome traitor have borne an accidental likeness to the very pink of patriots ? Let philosophy ponder well on Guy Fawkes.
We will now attempt our childish recollections of the great Guy. We have waked at midnight, perhaps dreaming of the bonfire about to blaze, and thinking we heard the distant chorus sounding the advent of the Mighty Terror. No, it was the sea booming across the marsh--the wind rising and falling. There was nothing for it but to go to sleep and dream of unextinguishable squibs and crackers. At length, four o'clock arrives; the cocks crow—the boys can't be long now. Therehark!—how the chant comes up the street, like one voice—the voice of a solitary, droning witch! We lie breathless, and shape to ourselves Guy Fawkes in the dark! Our hearts beat quicker and quicker as the chant becomes louder; and we sit up in the bed, as the boys approach the door, and, oh! how we wish to be with them! There—there they are, in full chorus! Hark!
“ The fifth of November, as I can remember,
Is gunpowder treason and plot-
Should ever be forgot !” We feel an unutterable pang, for loudest among the loud, we hear the shrill voice of Jack Tarleton. Ha!" we sigh,“ his mother lets him out.” The bitterness passes away with the
“ Hallo, boys! hallo, boys! make a round ring
Hallo, boys ! hallo, boys! God save the King!" And now the procession moves on, and the voices die in the distance, and we feel we are left alone; and, in a few minutes, we hear new revellers, rejoicing in the captivity of a suit of clothes stuffed with hay, and called Guy Fawkes ! they pass on, and are followed by others, and our little brains are set at work, and seem seething in the song. Guy Fawkes ! Guy Fawkes! Who—what is Guy Fawkes? We had been told that he had been caught with lantern, tinder-box, and matches, ready to blow up thousands of barrels of gunpowder, and so to destroy the king, bishops, and members of Parliament. It must be shocking-very shocking : still, we could not perfectly envisage the atrocity-we could not make out the full horror. We had an undefined sense of the greatness of a king, though we hardly dared to hope we should ever see one. We had a less remote notion of the nature of a bishop, having been helped somewhat in our speculations by the person of the curate at the garrison church. “ Curates may come to be bishops, only bishops are very much greater; and curates have nothing upon their heads, whereas certain bishops might wear mitres.” On learning this, we thought that bishops were merely full-grown curates; in the same way that we had seen Poland hens with their top-knots of feathers, only the spring before, bare-headed little chicks. It was thus, in the irreverence of childhood, we disposed of the whole bench of bishops. But now come we to the difficulty—what, what could be a member of Parliament ? Was it a living thing? If so, had it a voice? Could it speak ? Could it sit? Could it say yes and no ? Could it walk? Could it turn? Or was it merely an image ? Was it pulled by wires like sister Jenny's doll? We had been told that members of Parliament made laws. What were laws ? Were they the lions and unicorns on the king's arms ? Were they a better sort of cakes too dear for everybody to buy? Little boys ate parliament-cakes-were laws cakes for men? If so, were they gilt or plain ?— with comfits or without ?
It is no matter, we thought, being unable to satisfy ourselves: it is no matter. Guy Fawkes—that shadowy, terrible mystery—had once lived and had tried to kill the king, the full-grown curates, and those undivined riddles-members of parliament. We again went to our first question. Who was Guy Fawkes ? Did he have a father and mother? Was Guy Fawkes ever a little boy, and did he fly a kite and play at marbles ? If so, how could he have ever thought it worth his while to trouble himself with other matters? There was something terrifying in the idea of having played with Guy Fawkes. We fancied him at taw —we saw him knuckle-down. Ño—it could not be; the imagination of the child could not dwell upon such an impossibility. Guy Fawkes a boy !-a baby! now shaking a rattle-now murmuring as he fed, his mother smiling down upon him! No, no-it was impossible; Guy Fawkes was never born-he was from the first a man-he never could have been a baby. He seemed to us a part of the things that had always been, and always would be-a piece of grim eternity; a principle of everlasting wickedness.
(Is it in childhood alone—is it only in the dim imaginings of infancy --in the wandering guesses of babyhood, that we manifest this ignorance? When the full-grown thief is hanged, do we not sometimes forget that he was the child of misery and vice-born for the gallows, nursed for the halter ? Did we legislate a little more for the cradle, might we not be spared some pains for the hulks?)
And then we had been told Guy Fawkes came from Spain. Where was Spain ? Was it a million miles away, and what distance was a million miles ? Were there little boys in Spain, or were they all like Guy Fawkes? How strange, and yet how delightful to us did it seem to feel that we were a part of the wonderful things about us! To be at all
upon this world—to be one at the great show of men and womento feel, that when we grew bigger we should know everything of kings, bishops, members of parliament, and Guy Fawkes! What a golden glory hung about the undiscovered !
And Guy Fawkes, we had heard, had his head cut off, and his body cut into quarters! Could this be true ? Could men do to men what we had seen Fulk the butcher do to sheep? How much, we thought, had little boys to grow out of before they could agree to this! And then, when done, what was the good of it—what could be the good of it? Was Guy Fawkes eaten-if not, why cut him up?
Had Guy Fawkes a wife, and little boys and girls ? Did he love his children, and buy them toys and apples-or, like Sawney Bean, did he devour them ? Did Guy Fawkes say his prayers ?
Had Guy Fawkes a friend ? Did he ever laugh—did he ever tell a droll story? Did Guy Fawkes ever sing a song? Like Frampton, the Blue Town barber, did Guy Fawkes ever get drunk? At length we put to ourselves the question of questions :
Was there ever such a man as Guy Fawkes? Did Guy Fawkes ever live?
This query annoyed us with the doubt that we had been tricked into a hate, a fear, a loathing, a wonder--and a mixture of these passions and emotions for a fib. We felt disappointed when we felt the reality of Guy Fawkes to be doubtful. We had heard of griffins and unicorns, of dragons that had eaten men like apples; and had then been told that there never had been any such thing. If we were not to believe in a dragon, why should we believe in Guy Fawkes ? After all, was the whole story but make-game?
The child passively accepts a story of the future-he can bring his mind up to a thing promised, but wants faith in the past. The cause is obvious: he recollects few things gone, but is full of things to come. Hence, Guy Fawkes was with us the Ogre of a nursery: we could have readily believed, especially after the story of Beauty and the Beast, that he married Goody Two Shoes, and was the father of little Red Riding Hood.
But Guy Fawkes grows with us from boyhood to youth. He gets flesh and blood with every November; he is no longer the stuffed plaything of a schoolboy or the grotesque excuse for begging vagabonds, but the veritable Guy Fawkes, “gentleman.” We see him, " Thomas Percy's alleged man,” at the door of the vault, “ booted and spurred;" —we behold that “very tall and desperate fellow,” lurking in the deep of night, with looks of deadly resolution, pounced upon by that vigilant gentleman of the privy-chamber, Sir Thomas Knevet!-We go with Guido, “the new Mutius Scævola born in England,” before the council, where “he often smiles in scornful manner, not only avowing the fact, but repenting only, with the said Scævola, his failing in the execution thereof." We think of him “answering quickly to every man's objection, scoffing at any idle questions which were propounded to him, and jesting with such as he thought had no authority to examine him.” And then we think of the thanksgiving of the great James, who gave praise that, had the intent of the wicked prevailed, he should not have“ died ingloriously in an alehouse, a stew, or such vile place,” but with “ the best and most honourable company*.”
Guy Fawkes is, in our baby thoughts, a mysterious vision-one of the shadows of evil advancing on the path of childhood. We grow older, and the substances of evil come close upon us—we see their darklanterns and snuff the brimstone.
* See “His Majesty's Speech concerning the Gunpowder Plot,” &c., in the Harleian Miscellany.