Crayons from the Commons will amuse an idle hour. They
who take an interest in the personal peculiarities and natural man- ner of our legislators in the Lower House, may find them very exactly described in the verse of PEREGRINE PALETTE, Esq. The Crayons are in rhyme, if not in poetry : they are amusing, though they may not be humorous. Thea author would seem, by long study of his subjects, to have supplied the place of the genius that hits off a portrait in a line, and which is not to be shaken from the memory. Our country readers may take the following sketches on our authority, as striking likenesses.
" In simple garb his person stands array'd, Discarding fashion's adventitious aid; His temper placid, equable, and kind, Bespeaks extreme serenity of mind; Ne'er, in the warmest moments of debate, Involving questions of the utmost weight, Does fervid passion kindle A P'S soul, To need prudential caution or control. E'en while proclaiming war and carnage dread 'Gainst all that by fie Agitation led,
Should dare attempt those common ties to rend
Which in the great Imperial Union blend, His manner show'd not that his bosom felt The fearful theme on which his menace dwelt.
His tone was apathetically tame, Midst all that wild indomitable flame With which a bold Repealer's breast was fired, While Erin's wrongs his vehemence inspired.
And lately on that memorable day Which saw the monarch vindicate his sway, Acknowledging in most eventful hour
That from the people he derived his power;
When V—Ir--N foamed, and P—L was lost in rage, Which nought on earth could stifle or assuage ; At such a moment of excitement wild, Midst furious brawling A—p calmly smiled. Embarrass'd, awkward, labour'd, and constrain'd, His style of speech our ears has ever pain'd, And with a voice of harsh and husky note, His accents come half smother'd from his throat, While sentences, delivered oft before, With faltering sounds again are stammer'd o'er."
"But his disciple, when a flight he tries, High sounding phrases to inflation plies, And arch conceits are wafted on the wing, While figures false rhetorically ring.
A sibillation delicately nice Oft serves his broken sentences to' splice, The more the force of language he abuses, The stronger words and epithets he chooses. 'With varied action suited to the case, His Gallic gloves he sports in empty space; Not prone to speak, save on occasions meet, He finds each member silent in his seat ; A ready ear the House is sure to lend, E'en maudlin members quietly attend.
Discretion sound prevails through Reason's scope, Except when Fancy flourishes a trope; Profusely then his periods he expends, And truth and taste outrageously offends. Clear in detail, no subjects lie confounds, His views with just precision he expounds, His facts and statements cogently are press'd, Howe'er in flaunting, florid language dress'd; Always prepared, the question he commands, Its force and bearing plainly understands; • No question that appears beyond his reach Provokes his tongue to perpetrate a speech, Ne'er for the theme his prudence he commits, Profoundly silent through long nights he sits, Good sense directing that he should be mute Where the debate his talents might not suit. At business prompt, each point he quickly sees, His plans propounds, and executes with ease; In practical exertion none can be More active and industrious than he, Such in the Senate this official peer, In Downing Street the d-1 to domineer."
SIR FRANCIS BURDETT.
" Where Eldonites in ranks triumphant met, We now behold the Radical B—n—T.
Developed in his aspect and attire, Is all that shows the truly British squire; A coat not fashioned to th' immediate day, The colour blue, or sometimes lightish grey; Trousers and shoes, or, as his whim may be, Breeks' and top-boots confined below the knee; A yellow vest, or haply paler buff, Of plainest pattern, but of choicest stuff, The finest linen, delicately white, Undeck'd by pin or brooch of lustre bright; These combinations form his wonted dress, And, purely neat, the simplest style express."
MR. POULETT THOMSON.
" In dismal, doleful, ploratory strain, He explicates th' amount of loss and gain ; A voice more sad, lugubrious, and slow, Ne'er yet sent forth the tones of wail and woe; From sorrow's fount his eloquence he draws, A Jeremiad sung without a pause, And frequently most ludicrous is found The contrast of the subject with the sound. Hear him defend the trade in Norway pines, In piteous, plaintive psalmody he whines, Nor could a sage the laughing impulse check,
When T—N goes from Drontheim to Quebec."
SIR JAMES SCARLETT.
"Round and robust is S-Tr's figure sleek, The tint of youth still lingers on his cheek; His paunch obese seems cumbrous to his hips, A simpering smile plays slyly on his lips, His oblong eye with craft and cunning leers, His faithless aspect 's fraught with subtle sneers; The Senate, in the Cockermouth M.P., Beholds the pleader working for his fee; Sir JAMES presents before the Speaker's Chair The same assured complacency of air As when in front of TENTERDEN he stands,
Making a compound use of both his hands; The one first gently rubbing down his breast, Then softly placed within his sable vest ; The other, with the foremost finger cock'd, Erect from digits which the thumb has lock'd.
First pointed towards the 'twelve good men and true,'
To whom he smoothly strives to give the cue ; And next transversely to the Bench display'd, Marking whate'er requires the Judge's aid."
Sir CHARLES WETHERELL and the "Agitator" are also well drawn; but why is all allusion to Mr. CROKER omitted ?