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British Critic, the Antijacobin, the Quarterly and the Eclectic Reviews,-aye, and the Evangelical, the Methodist, the Baptist and the Orthodox Churchman's Magazine, with the Christian Observer to boot, to detect any one heresy in it. Therefore I say again
Aballiboozobanganorribo, and like Mahomet I say that it is the Sign of the Book; and therefore it is that I have said it;
Non dimen ne' la lingua degli Hebrei
Happen it may,—for things not less strange have happened, and what has been may be again;—for may be and has been are only tenses of the same verb, and that verb is eternally being declined :-Happen I say it may; and peradventure if it may it must; and certainly if it must it will:-but what with indicatives and subjunctives, presents, præterperfects and paulopost-futura, the parenthesis is becoming too long for the sentence, and I must begin it again. A prudent author should never exact too much from the breath or the attention of his reader, —to say nothing of the brains.
Happen then it may that this Book may outlive Lord Castlereagh's Peace, Mr.Pitt's reputation (we will throw Mr. Fox's into the bargain); Mr. Locke's Metaphysics, and the Regent's Bridge in St. James's Park. It may outlive the eloquence of Burke, the discoveries of Davy, the poems of Wordsworth, and the victories of Wellington. It may outlive the language in which it is written; and in heaven knows what year of heaven knows what era, be discovered by some learned inhabitant of that continent which the insects who make coral and madrepore are now, and from the beginning of the world have been, fabricating in the Pacific Ocean. It may be dug up among the ruins of London, and considered as one of the Sacred Books of the Sacred Island of the West,-for I cannot but hope that some reverence will always be attached to this most glorious and most happy island when its power and happiness and glory like those of Greece shall have passed away. It may be decyphered
and interpreted, and give occasion to a new religion called Dovery or Danielism, which may have its Chapels, Churches, Cathedrals, Abbeys, Priories, Monasteries, Nunneries, Seminaries, Colleges and Universities ;—its Synods, Consistories, Convocations and Councils, -its Acolytes, Sacristans, Deacons, Priests, Archdeacons, Rural Deans, Chancellors, Prebends, Canons, Deans, Bishops, Archbishops, Prince Bishops, Primates, Patriarchs, Cardinals and Popes ;-its most Catholic Kings, and its King most Dovish or most Danielish. It may have Commentators and Expounders—(whocan doubt that it will have them ?) who will leave unenlightened that which is dark, and darken that which is clear. Various interpretations will be given and be followed by as many sects. Schisms must ensue ; and the tragedies, comedies and farces, with all the varieties of tragicomedy and tragi-farce or farcico-tragedy which have been represented in this old world, be enacted in that younger one.
Attack on the one side, defence on the other ; high Dovers and low Dovers; Danielites of a thousand unima
gined and unimaginable denominations; schisms, heresies, seditions, persecutions, wars,—the dismal game of Puss-catch-corner played by a nation instead of a family of children, and in dreadful earnest, when power, property and life are to be won and lost!
But without looking so far into the future history of Dovery, let me exhort the learned Australian to whom the honour is reserved of imparting this treasure to his countrymen, that he abstain from all attempts at discovering the mysteries of Aballiboozobanganorribo! Theunapocalyptical arcana of that stupendous vocable are beyond his reach ;—so let him rest assured. Let him not plunge into the fathomless depths of that great word, let him not attempt to soar to its unapproachable heights. Perhaps,-and surely no man of judgement will suppose that I utter any thing lightly,—perhaps if the object were attainable, he might have cause to repent its attainment. If too “ little learning be a dangerous thing," too much is more so;
Il saper troppo qualche volta nuoce.*
“ Curiosity,” says Fuller, “is a kernel of the Forbidden Fruit which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, sometimes to the danger of his choaking."
There is a knowledge which is forbidden because it is dangerous. Remember the Apple ! Remember the beautiful tale of Cupid and Psyche! Remember Cornelius Agrippa's library; the youth who opened in unhappy hour his magical volume; and the choice moral which Southey, who always writes so morally, hath educed from that profitable story! Remember Bluebeard ! But I am looking far into futurity. Bluebeard may be forgotten; Southey may be forgotten; Cornelius Agrippa may be no more remembered ; Cupid and Psyche may be mere names which have outlived all tales belonging to them ;-Adam and Eve-Enough.
Eat beans, if thou wilt, in spite of Pythagoras. Eat bacon with them, for the Levitical law hath been abrogated: and indulge in blackpuddings, if thou likest such food, though there be Methodists who prohibit them as sinful. But abstain from Aballiboozobanganorribo.