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From Howell Wood come, they to Stapleton go,
What confusion I see in the valley below;
My friends in black collars nearly beat out of sight,
And Badsworth's old heroes in sorrowful plight.

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'Tis hard to describe all the frolic and fun,
Which, of course, must ensue in this capital run;
But I quote the old proverb, howe'er trite and lame,
That «the looker-on sces most by half of the game.

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Then, first in the burst, see dashing away,
Taking all on his stroke, on Ralpho the grey,
With persuaders in flank, comes Darlington's Peer,
With his chin sticking out, and his cap on one ear.

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Never heeding a tumble, a scratch, or a fall,
Lying close in his quarter, see Scott of Woodhall;
And mind how he cheers them with “ Hark to the cry!"
Whilst on him the Peer keeps a pretty sharp eye.

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And next him, on Morgan, all rattle and talk,
Cramming over the fences comes wild Martin Hawke ;
But his neck he must break surely sooner or late,
As he'd rather ride over than open a gate.

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Then there's dashing Frank Boynton, who rides thorough-breds,
Their carcases nearly as small as their heads ;
But he rides so d-d hard, that it makes my heart ache,
From fear his long legs should be left on a stake.

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Behold Harry Mellish, as wild as the wind,
On Lancaster mounted, leaving numbers behind ;
But lately return’d from democrat France,
Where, forgetting to bet, he's been learning to dance.

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That eagle-eyed sportsman, Charles Branding, behold,
Lying in a snug place, which needs scarcely be told ;
But from riding so hard, my friend Charley, forbear,
From fcar you should tire your thirty pound mare!

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And close at his heels, see Bob Lascelles advance,
Dress'd as gay for the field as if leading the dance,
Resolved to ride hard, nor be counted the last,
Pretty sure of the speed of his fav’rite Outcast.

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Next, mounted on Pancake, see yonder comes Len,
A sportsman I'm sure well deserving my pen ;
His looks in high glee, and enjoying the fun,
Tho' truly I fear that his cake's over done.

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On Methodist perch'd, in a very good station,
Frank Barlow behold, that firm prop of the nation ;
But nothing could greater offend the good soul,
Than to Coventry sent from the chase and the bowl.

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Then those two little fellows, as light as a feather,
Charles Parker and Clowes, come racing together :
And, riding behind them, see Oliver Dick,
With Slap-dash half blown, looking sharp for a nick.

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On Ebony mounted behold my Lord Barnard,
To live near the pack now obliged is to strain hard ;
But mounting friend Barny on something that's quick,
I warrant, my lads, he would shew you a trick.

With my, &c. Then Bland and Tom Gascoigne I spy in the van, Ritong hard as two devils, at catch as catch can, But racing along to try which can get first, Already I see both their horses are burst.

With my, &c. Then smack at a yawner falls my friend Billy Clough ; He gets up, stares around him, faith! silly enough; While Pilkington near him, cries, “ Pr’ythee get bled :" “Oh no, never mind, Sir, I fell on my head.

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But where's that hard rider, iny friend Colonel Bell?
At the first setting off from the covert he fell.
But I see the old crop, thus the whole chase will carry,
In respectable style, the good temper'd Harry,

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With very small feet sticking fast in the mud,
Frank Hawksworth I see on his neat bit of blood ;
But pull up, my friend, say you've lost a fore shoe,
Else bleeding, I fear, must be shortly for you.



To keep their nags fresh for the end of the day,
Sir Edward and Lascelles just canter away ;
Not enjoying the pace our Raby hounds go,
But preferring the maxim of certain and slov.

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At the top of his speed, sadly beat and forlorn,
Behold Captain Horton is steering for Baln ;
For accustom'd at sea both to shift and to tack,
lle hopes by maneurring to gain the fleet pack.

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The two Lecs, Harvey Hawke, Frank Soth'ron, and all,
Are skirting away for Stapleton Hall;
Whilst far in the rear behold Overley Cooke,
Endeav'ring to scramble o'er Ample's wide brook.

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Far aloof to the right, and op'ning a gate,
There's a sportsman by system who never rides straight;
But why, my good Godfrey, thus far will you roam,
When a pack of fine beagles hunt close to your home?

Safe o'er the brook—but where's Captain Dancer?
Oh! he's stopping to catch Sir Rowland Winn's prancer;
But what is the use of that, my friend Winn?
If on foot you attempt it, you'll sure tumble in.

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On his chesnut nag mounted, and heaving in flank,
At a very great distance behold Bacon Frank,
So true's the old maxim, we even now find,
That Justice will always come limping behind.

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See Starkey and Hopwood, so full of their jokes,
From Bramham Moor come, to be quizzing the folks ;
And when they return the whole chase they'll explain-
Tho' they saw little of it-to crony Fox Lane.

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Lost, spavin’d, and gall’d, but shewing some blood-
For from Coxcomb's poor shoulders it streams in a flood
Behold Mr. Hodson, how he fames and he frets,
While his black lies entangled in cursed sheep nets.

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If his name I pass'd over I fear he would cavil-
I just wish to say that I saw Mr. Saville:
And with very long coat on (a friend to his tailor),
With some more Wakefield heroes, behold Mr. Nailor.

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A large posse see in the valley below,
Who serve very well just to make up a show;
But broad as the brook is, it made many stop,
It's not ev'ry man's good luck to get to the top.

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Now all having pass’d, I'll to Ferrybridge go,
Each event of the day at the Club I shall know;
Where bright bumpers of claret enliven the night,
And chase far away hated envy and spite.



Then forgive me, my friends, if you think me severe;
"Tis but meant as a joke, not intended to sneer;
Come, I'll give you a toast, in a bumper of wine,
“ Here's success to this Club, and to sport so divine !"

And the hounds of old Raby for me. I arrived at home on the 10th Hussey Vivian ; but he was deef April, and left it again on the prived of the pleasure of receiving 15th for the New Forest. I was a large party of his friends at this to have taken up my old quarters time, by being obliged to attend His under the hospitable roof of Sir Majesty in London. I had received


many kind invitations from Mr. the man who will say to a certainty Nicoll to visit him in the winter; there is a life to come? He is not but knowing that his table would be to be found! but it must be so. filled at this particular period—the God must justify his ways to man. grand finish to the hunting season However, as we live among scenes --I intended joining the party at of the deepest distress, I am all the inn at Lyndhurst ; but his for making the best of present kindness over-ruled me, and I spent time; for, as the Poet so beauti. one of the pleasantest weeks of my fully sings-life under his roof. Here, how.

“ In such a world, so thorny, and where ever, I must pause. Numerous would have been the jokes, count Finds Happiness unblighted, or, if found, less the anecdotes for John Warde Without some prickly sorrow at its side.

It seems the part of Wisdom, and no sin was with us that I might have

Against the law of Love, to measure lots gleaned for these pages in those W'ith less distinguished than ourselves,

that thus gay-spent festive nights;", but We may with patience bear our mod'rate all must now be silent. The hand

ills, of Death has snatched away one

And sympathize with others, suffering. who presided at the feast, and the

more." house of feasting has been a house Iin patient, however, as mankind of mourning. In a few months

are apt to be under calamitiesafterwards, the wife of our kind which, after all, are but the condic host and the mother of his nine tion of their existence-yet conchildren died in giving birth to a trasts give variety to life. Did tenth, and Mr. Nicoll lost what we never taste what is bitter, we nothing can replace.

should know nothing of the sweets. “Oh! that the Omnipotent,” Where, then, can there be a greater says an Englishman, on such an contrast than between the large occasion as this, « had formed me rich fields of Leicestershire, and for a tree, an herb, a blade of the sterile, heath-clad surface of a grass, or a stone! Oh! that I had Hampshire forest ? Notwithstandbeen an oak, a beech, a palm, or ing this, there is something in a cypress of the forest, or any thing forest which calls to mind pastoral incapable of pleasure or of pain !" and hunting.ages long since gone But there is a nobler sentiment by, but of course congenial to the than this from the pen of the im- feelings of a sportsman; and as, mortal Cicero : “ Were the Gods,” according to the doctrine of Arissays he, "to offer to repose us totle, the love of the beautiful is once more in the cradle of our in- implanted in us by Nature, every fancy, should we accept or re man-sportsman or no sportsman nounce the proffered boon?" -must feel instinctive pleasure in Thousands would hesitate before such a scene as Monday the sixthey decided upon the choice--for teenth of April presented to us at such afflictions as these render life the meeting of Mr. Nicoll's hounds. nearly worthless. But, why do The morning was most propitious; they happen ? Aye, that is a ques. Nature appeared in very gay attion which philosophers have asked, tire; and, exclusive of ladies, upbut which philosophy could never

wards of three hundred horsemen, answer. To one question, howe from all parts of England, formed ever, they do reply. Where is the motley group. Amongst these,

the following conspicuous charac- man told us last night, that, to ters composed Mr. Nicoll's party:- make a huntsman perfect, his lips the great John Warde; the no less should be sewed together, I never celebrated John, coinmonly called saw hounds lifted better than these Jack Wornwold ; Mr. Spurrier; have been this day.” To say he Mr. Foljambe, master of the Lin- lifted them off the ground, would be coloshire fox-hounds; Sir Harry too figurative an expression, even Goodricke, and SirBellinghamGra- for my style; but he certainly did ham. Mr. John Moore, as usual, it to a charm, and his scream was was also in the neighbourhood (at thrilling and good. However, we Mr. Compton's); a considerable might as well say Horace was a stuparty of sporting men at the Inn pid fellow, and Demosthenes no at Lyndhurst; and Billy Butler, spokesman, as to say Mr. Nicoll is being his forty-second appearance. not a huntsman; for be is one: but The Leicestershire Dons did not what cannot a master-mind like his bring their own horses, but were accomplish-particularly when divery respectably mounted by the rected principally to one point? well-known Mr. Tilbury, whosent In the absence of sport, there is eight hunters to Lyndhurst for always something to amuse in the their use.

hunting field; but here, as in most To give an account of sport with other places, idleness is too often hounds on this occasiou will not do the parent, if not of vice, of nisnow, as, at any rate, it would be at chief. My readers will recollect, least a year old ; but on the first that, in my last account of a trip day we were surved from one of to the Forest, I related a few aneca the evils attending April fox-hunt. dotes of a Mr. Wisc, formerly a ing, by the keen eye and activity of coachman on the Southampton Mr. Foljambe, who jumped off his rou, but noir living in retirement horse just in time to save a vixen on his carvings-with a hunter or fox, which gave suck, from falling two in his stable—and by his a prey to the pack. After the appearance, in the full enjoyhounds were taken away by Mr. ment of what all-bounteous Nature Nicoll, she was put down, and, has provided for those who can although apparently injured by a afford to pay for it. gripe on her back, shc trotted away he who so much amused Sir ils if nothing had happened.

Francis Bardett in my presence, April fox-hunting nerer can be with a disscrtation on the new and good, but this was a most scento old school for the driving art less week, cren in the New Forest, himself, as his appearance denotes, where hounds generally catch a belonging to that 'yclept the Old. scent by some means. To cut the There is, however, something so matter short, we had but one pretty original about Mr. Wisc, somerun out of four days' meeting ; but thing so apparently artless and inwe saw a deal of good hunting, genuous in his conversation and picking it out by the inch—and we demeanour, that must ever tend to iritnessed great skill in our hunts- amuse; and he did not escape the man. I remember saying to my attention of Mr. John Wormwald. self, the second day we were out “Is there a public house near?" with a very perplexing scent- said Mr. Wormwald, as we were “Well, considering our hunts, all assembled around the pack in Vol. XXII. N.S.-No. 128.


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