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and flung his heels in his castigator's but of turbid and violently-agitated face. Yet in that poem, of which it passions. Hence he possesses no may most truly be said, natura ne- steady or correct criterion of poetical gat, facit indignatio versus
is—his lord- genius or poetical merit, and hence ship exclaims :
he imagines that his feeling is the “ What! must deserted poesy still weep
standard of taste, and his judgment Where her last hopes with pious Cowper the fiat of fame. Cowper was too sleep ?"
modest, and too much of a poet ;But his lordship, by the fury of ill- he was too intimately and delicately regulated passions *, or by the inspi- conversant with the very spirit of ration of genius, has produced poems admit into his consideration ideas
pure and classical composition, to of great merit and of greater success. As he had unseasonably resented just and allusions which seem to be facastigation, so he became extrava
vourite guests with Lord Byron. gantly elated by liberal praise and de. But it were profane to compare the lusive popularity. Bowles was bleat- two. I may, however, without much ing incessantly about nature and her injustice, address his lordship, with poetry: My lord, in the mood of reference to Cowper's comparative Ajax, sallies forth, and imagines that title to the character of poet, in the he massacres giants, when he only terms addressed by Swift's bec to a cleaves a mutton. Then, all of a
proud manufacturer of cobwebs, and sudden, conceiving himself to be contemptuous scorner of humble inOlympian Jove, and to be called on dustry:-“You boast indeed of being to signify, by his awful and cloud- indebted to no other creature, but compelling nod, who are poets, and of drawing and spinning out all from who are not, he nods “pious Cowper” yourself; that is to say, if we may no poet. A mortal is generally ex
judge of the liquor in the vessel by cessively ridiculous when he
what issues out, you possess a good
plentiful store of dirt and poison in Assumes the god,
your brcast. And though I would Ailects to nod,
by no means lessen or disparage your And secms to shake the spheres ;
genuine stock of either, yet I doubt but no mortal ever assumed the god you are somewhat obliged for an ins so ridiculously as Lord Byron. He crease of both to a little foreign who was whipt into indignant poetry, assistance. Your inherent portion and who has mixed up some really of dirt does not fail of acquisitions poctical thoughts and embellishments by sweepings exhaled from below; with a ruthless disregard of consider, and one insect furnishes you with a ations and feelings which mankind share of poison to destroy another. have agreed to venerate or to dread, So that in short the question comes till he has excited a sensation at least all to this. Whether is the nobler as powerful as that produced by ge- being of the two, that which, by a nuine poetry, naturally mistakes the lazy contemplation of four inches essence of poetry and the character of round, by an over-weening pride, his own success. The first efforts which, feeding and engendering on of passion may be effectual and just; itself, turns all into excrement and but its continued career will render venom, producing nothing at all but it contemptible and odious. Longi- flybane and cobweb; or that which, nus distinguishes the sublimity of by an universal range and long Sophocles from that of Euripides, search, much study, true judgment, by saying that the former was the and distinction of things, brings natural fury of the lion, the latter home honey and wax?” was the fury of the lion, but forced But, Mr Editor, I have spun out by the lashing of his own tail. Lord my letter to an unreasonable length ; Byron's sublimity is not the result so take my best wishes for your sucof a delicately sensitive frame, or of cess and happiness, while you'instruct a quick and powerful imagination, and amuse the public without dis
turbing sound principles, or alarm-Diinc hunc ardorem mentibus addunt ing salutary prejudices. Euryale? an sua cuique Deus fit dira
SCOTO---Asgers, cupidu ?
takes place; but when a third is added, CURIOUS EXPERIMENTS.
one of the three is slightly scorched. In our Number for January last, 6. That the flame propelled through we took notice of some experiments a bent tube acts in nearly a similar which were performed by our towns way, although the distance requires man, Mr John Deuchar, Lecturer on to be somewhat shortened. Chemistry. In the course of these, The powder which Mr Deuchar several curious results were obtained. had invented, for the purpose of trySince our notice was published, Mr ing a mode of firing ordnance, proDeuchar has laid before the Wer posed by Colonel Yule, and which nerian Society two additional papers was used in the above experiments, on the subject; and, although he has has since been found to suit equally not yet brought the subject to a close, well for fowling-pieces with that of yet he has communicated some im- Mr Forsythe, without leaving any portant doctrines on the subject of residuum at the prime-hole. Flame. We refer those who wish In next number we mean to preto examine the papers in full, to the sent our readers with some of the 3d Volume of the Memoirs of the conclusions which Mr Deuchar draws Wernerian Society; or to the 4th from these facts; at the same time, Volume of the Edinburgh Philoso we shall add a cut, representing the phical Journal; whilst, for the infor- apparatus. mation of those of our readers who have not an opportunity of consulting either of these volumes, we beg to add the following condensed view
-Back she fiung of the subject. From the experi- The gather'd darkness of her raven hair, ments performed, Mr Deuchar found, And bared her marble brow, as she would
1. That a portion of flame extricated by certain chemical decomposi- An uncheck'd gaze on heaven :- back tions, may be propelled through the they flow'd, whole of an empty tube, not exceed
And, as beneath a mantle did she move
Within their shadow, while the murmuring 23 inches long; and yet be suf
ing wind, ficiently energetic to inflame gunpowder, placed at the distant end of Bearing them like a banner, with low wail,
Pass'd through those long black locks : the tube.
her cheek was pale, 2. That the same flame could pass And, as the daybreak full upon her face, through even twelve pieces of wire
It grew still paler. One whom godless gauze, (containing 1296 meshes in
spells the square inch of gauze). These Had summon'd from the silence of the were fixed at different situations in a
grave, tube 15 inches long, and the flame, Would wear such fixed ghostliness oflookafter passing through them, was seen And, in her eyes, unearthly light'ning darting from the bottom of the dwelt, tube. The flame, when propelled As they caught from the stars, with which through three pieces of the wire
she held gauze, was still capable of inflaming Communion strange, a portion of their
fire. gunpowder at 15 inches distance. 3. That sometimes the flame could
Her form was wan and wasted, as the
soul pass through portions (about five
Had worn its fragile dwelling ; when she grains each) of gun-powder, placed
rais'd in different parts of a tube 15 inches Her white arms, they were like the snowy long, without altering the gunpowder
cloud, in the least. 4. That the flame
That, half dissolv'd, hangs on a moonlight passes through
sky. one or two pieces of paper without
She stood and watch'd the morning ; the scorching it, leaving the same ap
first blush pearance as if it had been torn, and
Of young Aurora was upon the east ; the slender fibres of the paper on cach But, when the chariot of the sun-god side unaltered.
caught, 5. That when it passes through Invisible glory, from its cloudy hall, one or two pieces of flannel, no change A breath of fragrance fioated on the air ;
The laurdis trembl'd, though the wind Thy blue cyes rolld on me, was hush'd,
Too soft for the dead; And sounds faint, but most musical, Thy chcek bore no trace swept past.
Where the earth-worm had fed. She felt the influence on her, and her cheek
The red of thy lip Grew red with strong emotion; wilder
With smiles was still wreath'd, light
The tone of thy voice Flash'd from her eyes; and, with still In music still breath'd. haughtier step,
The perfume of roses She prest the ground, and flung her arms Was still on thy breath, on high.
And thy curl-cluster'd brow Bright visions were before her, and the
Bore no record of death. page Of dim futurity was open'd, and
I saw thee again, Years yet to be, were pictur'd on her soul But thy beauty was gone; In all their varied characters of fate.
A met zor-like flame She told of glorious things, of victories,
In thy sunken eye shone. Of crowns, of wealth, and then came
The soil of the clay deeper tones
Was upon thy damp hair, Of human miseries, battles, famine, death. Thy cheek was decayd
L. E. L.
The worm still crept there.
Thy brow was discolour'd,
Thy lip had no bloom,
And on thy wan face
Was the seal of the tomb.
L. E. L.
Let the bard snatch his lyre, and the warrior his sword,
In the vision of Fancy behold his career
Let the victor rejoice that his glory shall live
But that lay to his heart shall be charmingly sweet,
For that harp full of magic could masterly move
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE,
Africa.-Two expeditions for the inte- cians and the aerial navigation, to last for rior of North Africa, are about to proceed, some months, exploring different heights under the patronage of the British go- and climates, &c. in all seasons. If, from vernment ; one of them by the African accident or wear, the machine elevated Association. They take their departure above the ocean, should fail in its funcfrom Tripoli, under the protection of the tions, to be furnished with a ship that Dey, and with his recommendation to will insure the return of the aeronauts.” the black Princes of the country. The Italy.---Some further interesting discotwo companies proceed in conjunction veries of lost works have been made by from Tripoli to Mourzouk, the capital of M. Maio, among which are several parts Fezzan. There they separate ; the one of the mutilated and lost books of Polydirecting their course eastward by the bius, of Diodorus, of Dion Cassius, some Temple of Jupiter Ammon into Egypt; fragments of Aristotle, of Ephorus, of Tithe other eastward to the Niger. Thus meus, of Hyperides, of Demetrius of Phasome of the grand problems of African laris, &c. some parts of the unknown geography have a good chance of being writings of Eunapius, of Menander of speedily and satisfactorily solved.
Byzantium, of Priscus, and of Peter the Navigation. The dangerous ledge of Protector. Among the un-edited works Atkin's Rock has been marked and obser of Polybius are prologues of the lost books, ved very narrowly by Capt. Cork, of the and the entire conclusion of the 39th, in Barnet, from Demerara to Liverpool. Its which the author takes a review of his position has not been determined exactly, History, and devotes his 40th book to but the captain announces its situation to Chronology. The fragments of Diodorus be precisely in 54° 5' latitude, and 12 de. and of Dion are numerous and most pregrees west longitude from Greenwich. cious. Among them is a rapid recital of
Geography. The last American jour. many of the wars of Rome; a narrative nals contain details relative to the lands of the civil, Punic, Social or Italic, and newly discovered in the Antarctic seas. Macedonian wars; those of Epirus, Syria, They place New South Shetland in the Gaul, Spain, Portugal, and Persia. Parts 620 degree of south latitude, and the 63d of the history of the Greeks and other naof west longitude. Capt. Dan. W. Clark, tions, and that of the successors of Alexof the ship Hersilia, reports, that he pe- ander, &c. are among these. They were netrated to the 66th degree of latitude, discovered in a MS. containing the hawhere he observed lands stretching further rangues of the rhetorician Aristides, from to the south, the extremities he could not a large collection of ancient writings, ascertain. The whole, even in summer, made by order of Constantinus Porphywas blocked up with snow and ice, ex rogenetes, of which only a small part are cept in particular places frequented by known to be extant. The writing apkals.
pears to be of the 11th century. M. Maio Aerostatics. A prize being offered for has also met with an un-edited Latin the discovery of an horizontal direction in grammarian, who cites a number of lost Aerostation, M. Mingreli, of Bologna, M. writers, and a Latin rhetorician now unPietripoli, of Venice, and M. Lemberger, known; also a Greek collection, containof Nuremberg, have each assumed the ing fragments of the lost works of Philo. merit of resolving this problem. It does He has also found writings of the Greek not appear that any one of these has come and Latin fathers, prior to St Jerome, forward, to establish by practical experi- with other valuable works, all of which ment the validity of his claim, but a pam- he intends shortly to publish. phlet has been lately reprinted at Paris Netherlands.-Brussels can boast of (first printed at Vienne) on this subject, some of the best conducted literary estabaddressed to all the learned societies of lishments in Europe. Among others that Europe. The following passage appears of M. de Mat of the Grand Place claims in the work : “ Professor Robertson' pro our respectful notice. This establishposes to construct an aerostatic machine, ment contains under one spacious roof an 1.50 feet in diameter, to be capable of
extensive collection of modern literature raising 72,954 kilograms, equivalent to in all languages-a magazine of classical 149,037 pounds weight (French). To be and scarce old books, almost unrivalled capable of conveying all necessaries for in value and extent-a printing-office of the support of sixty individuals, scientific great perfection and capability-a copper. characters, to be selected by the academic plate establishment—and a book-binding
shop. In its way it resembles a bee-hive ting his farewell address.
He is rated in activity and industry, and cannot fail in an ancient Roman chair, with his to excite the surprise and pleasure of all right leg drawn up, and his left carelessly who are permitted to view it. M. de extended ; holding in one hand a pen, and Mat is chiefly engaged in reprinting in the other a scroll; at his feet lie the standard French works, which the low baton of a Field-marshal, and a sword price of labour and materials in the Ne. like an ancient Roman faulchion. The therlands enables him to offer to foreign costume is also Roman, the head and countries full 30 per cent. cheaper than neck bare, a close vest and braces, with the Paris editions. He is, besides, enga a girdle round the waist, upon which are ged in many original works of the Belgic displayed Medusa's head, and other clasliterati ; and, above all, in a Catalogue sical emblems The statue is of white Raisonnee of his own stock of old books, marble, of the finest kind, as is likewise which will extend to three or four vo. the pedestal, upon the sides of which are lumes in octavo.
four bas-reliefs, commemorating the folCopenhagen. The museum of north- lowing important circumstances in the ern antiquities, which was established at life of the hero, viz. his taking the Ame. Copenhagen no longer ago than 1809, has rican armies—the capture of the Briso increased since that period, that it tish army at York-town-his resignation now contains upwards of 6000 articles, of all his public trusts and, lastly, his and is become one of the most extensive retirement from public to private life and and valuable collections of the sort in Eu agricultural occupations
This is acrope. The discovery of pieces of anti- knowledged by all connoisseurs who have quity is announced, and the articles them. scen it, to be one of the most felicitous mselves are decribed in the Antiquarian productions of Canova's chisel. Annals, a publication destined to this pur Removal of a paralytic affection by light. pose.
ning.-M. Olmsted, Professor of ChemisApograph.-Mr And. Smith, a young try in the college of North Carolina, has man of the Ayr Stone-Manufactory, has published, in the American Journal of invented a machine for making copies of Science, Vol. III. No. I. p. 100, an de drawings, differing in many respects ma count of a removal of a paralytic affection, terially from the Pantograph, an instru. by a stroke of lightning. Mr Samuel Lefment hitherto used for that purpose; he fers, of Carteret County, North Carolina, has therefore distinguished it by the name had been afflicted with a paralytic afferof the “ Apograph.” The drawings may tion in his face, which had settled chiefly be copied upon paper, copper, or any in the eye. When he was walking in his other substance; and may be made either house during a thunder-storm, he was to the same scale as the original, or mag struck down by lightning. After lying nified or reduced.
senseless fifteen or twenty minutes, he reModern Greek.-M. Jules David, son covered so far as to be sensible of his si. of the celebrated French painter, after tuation. He recovered the use of his diligently studying the modern language senses and of his limbs by degrees, during of Greece, during his residence in that the remainder of the day and night; and country, has published the results of four he felt so well the next day, that he was years' application and observation, in a inclined to give to a distant friend an actreatise entitled Paralelle des Langues count of what had happened. He was Grecques, Ancienne et Moderne, in which able to write a long letter, without the use he labours to prove, that an acquaint. of glasses. Since that time, he never felt ance with the modern idiom is indispen a symptom of the paralytic disorder, and sable to those who would fully compre he concluded that it had been effectually hend all the force and beauty of Homer, cured by the shock. He thought, howwith other ancient writers. He has com. ever, that the same cause which restored pared the ancient and modern idiom in his sight, impaired his hearing. a very ingenious manner, and elucidates Account of the Rattlesnake.- Mr James many things in the former that had been Pierce, in his Account of the Geology, before very negligently and superficially Scenery, &c. of the counties of Newhaven treated of, or even not at all noticed. and Litchfield, has given the following Among these are the theory of the Syn- interesting account of the rattlesnake: A telic and the Paratasis, the collocation of young man having met with a large and words, and the structure of hypothetical vigorous rattlesnake, instead of killing it sentences; on all which questions he has with his long cart-whip, as he could easily succeeded in throwing considerable liglit. have done, amused himself by provoking
Canova's Statue of Washington.-The it, and gently playing his whip around its artist has represented Washington as wri- body. The irritated reptile made repeated