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in tKeir 6 wn way , on the ignis-fatnus Mpellitur igni principle , presenting themselves without any of the fictitious coverings whereby they now stand up , aping luminous realities . Apply this to the House of Commons , and what a characteristic
Collection would it present ! How should we be ashamed , humiliated , and provoked , to find the great majority of our Representatives—the chosen sponsors of ourselves—the concentrated images of our moral , religious , and political existence , — no better than the fool who seeth not at all , or the knave whose
eye is always on his own or his neighbour ' s pocket . Let us suppose , for instance , as a mere illustrative sketch of our meaning , that the conventional curtain of Our Representatives was withdrawn , and a tableau presented of some hundred figures , fixed by enchantment , having the resemblance of harlequins , clowns , and court-card knaves , as the case
might be . That by the application of a talismanic glass to the eye , we should find the chequers of their motley forms were of coloured glass , each reflecting a map of the mind , motives , and family arms of their affinities , patron saints , and presiding deities in an upper Sphere , near the moon . That the touch of a wand should set them all in motion , till they jostled and rubbed and
mixed with each other , the friction increasing With the velocity , till they gradually became a huge paste , or heajTof honey , and the few survivors were then joined by the above-mentioned deities , who helped them to devour it , cooked in various ways over bonfires made of the dry bodies of bees and the flowers of the country . Or , to suggest another : That the tableau
should present a gravely-seated concourse of parrots , jayd , mackaws , buzzards , magpies , and harpies . On a sudden they all began to talk in an equally wise , generous , and self-sufficiettt manner , when presently it was seen that they were nearly all of them stuffed birds , having each a pipe running up through its back-bone into the beak , which was thus supplied with
sound-arguments from a great bellows at a little distance behind the scene , whereon sat perched a huge vulture with an owl under one wing and a raven under the other , standing on a roll of parchment , and with a Lie ; in shape of a gold coini ,
stuck on its forehead just between the eyes . A few natural birds of a different species were discovered among them , but when they endeavoured to use their proper lungs , they were either pecked to pieces , or what they said was screamed do # fi , and then blown abroad with a mixture of false echoes . Tb
offer a third tableau , as the suggestion of a first scene or chap r ter of such a kind of work as we have mentioned , let us supf pose an enchanted Island made of a vast looking-glass , in the centre of which Was reflected from above , an Olympian hand of music . That on this harmonious Flat Island , we should
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1837, page 3, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1827/page/3/