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We have pleasure in observing in this little volume a form, and communicating to it the expression of passion good number of pieces from the Edinburgh Literary Jour- and intellect. It is chiefly in the two attributes of beaunal; we are glad, for the sake of our correspondents, to ty and individuality of character that we are struck with see their contributions so very frequently extracted else- the difference between art in its infancy, and art in an where.

advanced state. Susceptibility to the impressions of the

beautiful must, like all our capacities, be refived and The Literary Gleaner, No. I. January, 1830. Dumfries. strengthened by habitual converse with its objects; and R. Palmer. 8vo. Pp. 32.

the same thing holds good in regard to the power of ren

dering form. The first attempts at representing the This is the first Number of a work upon the plan of forms of external nature are rather rude hieroglyphical the “ Cabinet," and other popular selections. The neat-indications, than imitations. A child draws a few strokes, ness and accuracy of the typography reflect much credit and calls them a house ; a savage or an uneducated per. upon the provincial press of Mr Palmer, who, we be- son makes a rude outline, in which we can trace some lieve, is the Editor. He appears also to have made a distant resemblance to the human form, and are hence judicious choice in the articles he has fixed on to com- led to infer that it was meant to represent a man. The mence his labours with. They are “ The Tall Major's knowledge acquired during a succession of generations Story,” from that clever book, “ Stories of Waterloo,”—

- must be accumulated in one person, before such truth in * Helen Irving, a Domestic Tale,” from the “ Winter's all the details of the human figure can be obtained, as Wreath,”—“ The Convict Ship,” by T. K. Hervey,-- we find in the Laocoon or the Venus. The union of a “ The Loves of the Learned,” by Mr Macnish, from one greater susceptibility to the beauty of objects, with a of the Annuals,—“ A Manuscript found in a ad- greater readiness in creating exact counterparts of the house,” by the Author of “ Pelham,” from the “ Lite- forms we see, is that part of art which can be taught. rary Souvenir,”—“ A Ballad about Love,” by the Et- Passion must be inherent ;-a man must have naturally triek Shepherd, from the Literary Journal, and “ The vivid and intense feeling, or he will never be able to comFirst and Last Dinner," by Mr Mudford, from Black-municate its expression to his works. Intellect is dewood's Magazine.

veloped by a culture of its own, and must likewise be

possessed by the artist if he would transfuse it into his A Catechism of Arithmetic, for the use of Schools and Pri- ist; and in proportion as a man possesses them, in a

creations. These combined powers form the perfect artrate Families. By James Whitelaw. Edinburgh.

greater or less degree will his works advance to or recede 1829. 12mo. Pp. 110.

from, perfection. Let us for a moment apply this standThe author of this work says, he has often had to re-ard to the works of Mr Greenshields. gret the want of interest which children generally mani In regard to the power they evince of reproducing the fest towards arithmetic as a study. " This he has been forms of external nature, though our praise must be very inclined to attribute to the dull mechanical manner in limited, still we consider that they stand greatly above which the different rules are too frequently presented to the works of Thom. The feet of two of the female them, without a single hint regarding either their prin- figures are really respectably executed. All the details, ciples or practical use.” The system he now offers is however, are only hieroglyphically represented. The calculated, he thinks, to arrest the attention, strengthen wrinkles of the brow, the insertion of the nails, the cross the judgment, and bring into repeated exercise the reason- lines at the joints, the representation of the hair, are not ing powers of the youthful mind.

accurate copies of what we see in nature, but strokes

hollowed out by the stone-cutter to indicate that nature The Polar Star of Entertainment and Popular Science, not been able to represent exactly. Ju like manner, the

has assumed certain forms in these places which he has and Universal Repertorium of General Literature. For rounding of the faces is not that exact counterpart of the Quarter enuting at Christmas, 1829. Vol. II.

nature which gives a look of reality to the productions London. H. Flower. 1830. 8vo. Pp. 421.

of the true artist. There is a squareness about them, This is the best selection extant from the Reviews, producing the impression that “ this is an inert mass, Magazines, Journals, and new publications of the day.

fashioned into something approaching pretty nearly to the human form.” A still more serious objection is

the want of proportion in the parts, and the resting conAn Apology for the Established Church in Ireland ; being tented with finishing the extremities, while no attempt

an attempt to prove that its present state is more pure has been made to indicate those parts of the form which than in any period since the Reformation By the Rev. are covered by the clothes. We may also add, as another Henry Newland, B. D. Vicar of Bannon. Dublin. fault, the want of keeping in different parts of the same William Curry, Jun. & Co. 1829. Pp. 264.

figure. The fernale in the soldier's arms, and the Ballad

singer, are striking instances of the fact that no attention This is a book we have not read, but we are told it is is paid to give forin to the clothed trunk, an objection which pretty good. It is very fervent in defence of the Protes- applies, in a greater or less degree, to all the tigures. The tant Ascendency.

female in the soldier's arms is likewise an instance of

want of keeping in the parts. The face is (as far as it can MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.

be said to be any thing) that of a matron—the legs and thighs those of a very young girl--body it has none.

So much of the individual figures ;-let us now speak SCULPTURE-MR GREENSHIELDS' JOLLY

of their arrangement. Any thing like an attempt to BEGGARS.

group them has only been made in two instances ;--one We request attention while we endeavour to state cool- group consists of the Caird and the Fiddler--the other of ly and explicitly why we bold these graven images in the Veteran and his Doxy. The rest of the figures are all utter abhorrence. We know that what we are about to hewn out singly, and placed on square slabs, to be arsay will be called by some the cant of criticism. We do ranged according to the pleasure of the possessor. The not think it so; and it is perhaps worth while asking, outline which circumscribes the figures of the Caird and whether there be not such a thing as a cant of contented the Fiddler is pleasing enough. The attitude of the Caird ignorance, more despicable still ?

is bad-he seems falling forward upon the spectator. The The art of sculpture addresses itself to the taste; it is grouping of the Soldier and his fair one has nothing to the embodying of what is beautiful and characteristic in reconnıend it. She lies in his arms, and he holds her as

stiff and lifelessly as we have seen two jointed dolls, wooden leg and the clouted shoe, are most elaborately and when placed in a similar position by the ingenuity of a obtrusively finished. Nay, even in this, the artist bras child.

overshot his mark. The patches are all carefully and Lastly, a word or two of expression. Passion is the recently sewed on, the straps of the soldier's knapsack are only expression which the subject admits of, and that of fresh from the hands of the saddler, and the letters on tbe no very elevated character. Passion, when properly same are carefully finished after the most approved gravebrought out, expresses itself not in the features alone, but stone fashion. Battle and blast have left no dints here. in every muscle of the frame. There is a tension, or re- The wardrobe of the whole squad is that of a set of genlaxation, of the whole man, when under its influence. tlefolk who have sewed together some remnants to play Apply this test to these figures. Look at the Caird. He at make-believe beggars. frowns most ominously. So far good; but look at the Against Mr Greenshields personally we hope we need rest of his frame. That extended leg is not stretched scarcely say, that we have no ill-will. We know him to like one propelling its master to a deed of death ;-it drags be an acute, candid, and sensible man, and we think he lamely after its fellow. The Fiddler, on his part, crouches has a good deal of natural cleverness, though he is not like a man who has good-naturedly placed himself in that much of an artist. We should have left him to reap the attitude, to show the artist the relative position of the profits of the public gullibility without saying a word limbs-certainly not like one shrinking in bulk beneath against him, but that we conceive the outrageous puffery the withering frown of a brawny ruffian. Where is the which has lately been bestowed on works of this calibre, jovialty of the Hieland Carline? She stands most dig- demands that at least a quiet protest should be entered in nifiedly upright, with a calm, self-possessed countenance. the name of good taste and good sense. How lifeless the embrace of the couple opposite! Com In conclusion, and apropos of these statues, we shall pare one and all of them with their counterparts in take this opportunity of saying a few words upon a subCruikshank's Points of Humour. There the smack of theject connected with the moralityof sculpture. We hope that armless hero quivers to the toe of his “ toosie drab:" it may never be our lot to utter a syllable that can jar, in there the greasy personages of the Ballad-singer and his the slightest degree, on the feeling of the most precise. two Deborahs glisten with the oil of gladness. Here, on But it is just because we are conscious of our respect for the contrary, every thing is cold and wooden.

true decorum, that we feel ourselves entitled to expose all What is the end and aim of these observations ? Sim- cant on the subject. Cant is a substitution of hollow ply this—that, viewed as works of art, these statues can words, which uniformly betrays a real want of the feelonly be considered as entitled to rank beside the producing it aspires to ape. We allude to some nonsense which we tions of a rude and early period.' Mr Greenshields is a occasionally hear spoken about naked figures. There is noself-taught artist, and this is a sufficient apology, as far thing indecent in a necessarily naked figure ;-indecency as regards him, for the fact, that these works, although consists in wanton attitudes, and the associations thereby we find in them here and there a happy hit, are worth suggested. Where such things are, the thickest drapery nothing as a whole ; but what excuse is there for that cannot confer decency. There is nothing indecent in the spirit of humbug, which seeks to bring them forward as Venus de Medici, the Apollo, the Gladiator, or in our objects of public admiration? A self-taught genius, strug-friend Macdonald's Ajax. The impression which the gling without external aid, and against depressing cir- contemplation of such works leaves upon the mind is, the cumstances, is a noble object; but to produce without pure feeling of different kinds of beauty. The uncontuition, in an age when instruction may so easily be ob- scious modesty of the one, the sublimity of the other, the tained, works which are nothing when compared with power and daring of the two last, are impressions that what might be produced with tuition, is a most pitiful elevate every free mind above low sensual considerations. ambition. We are afraid that it, moreover, results from If we could attribute indecency to a work of art, we would the remarks we have made, that Mr Greenshields bas say that there is more in the completely clothed Soldier not shown in these statues, at least) that native energy and his Doxy, than in all the nudities we have enumeof feeling, from which we might augur great things of rated. We say, “ if we could attribute indecency to a him, if subjected to proper training.

work of art,” because the feelings and reflections awakened It will be observed that we have considered this matter in all rightly cultivated minds, by the contemplation of on the footing most favourable to the artist, without en- art, are very different from those which our pseudo moquiring into the competency of the art of sculpture to re- ralists would guard against. He who can gaze on the present such subjects as he has chosen. We shall not at Venus, or the Apollo, we will even say the Leda, and feel present discuss the question, whether sculpture is capable himself alive only to such associations, may rest assured of representing the low humorous. We only know, that that taste, one of our highest capacities, is yet dormant no successful attempt of the kind has yet come under our within him—that his mental culture is yet in its infancy. notice. Rags, weather-beaten and haggard countenances, and mutilated limbs, are not in themselves amusing, but LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES OF painful or disgusting, unless as contrasting with some

EDINBURGH. thing else.

In Burns's poetry, we are rapt by the glow of intense passion and high excitement. All the dis

Monday, 4th January. agreeable concomitants are forgotten, or, if remembered,

PROFESSOR HOPE in the Chair. it is merely to raise a smile at their contrast with the Present Professors Russell and Ballingall; Drs Knox mirth of the moment. We enter into the merriment

and Russell; Robison, Allan, Gordon, heart and soul, but the dirt and cold harm us not. So in

Esquires, &c. &c. Cruikshank. The grotesque countenances of the per The business of the evening was a paper by Dr Knox, sonale,—the expression of feeling in their figures, is ela- entitled, “ Observations on the structure of the stomach borately brought out; while their rags are barely indica- the Peruvian Lama.”* ted by a few hasty scratches. In Greenshields' statues, the very reverse is the case. The feeling is feebly and * The lama, the only beast of burden possessed by the ancient inadequately indicated, while the worn-out beavers and Peruvians, is, of course, known by name, at least, to all our readers.

Its natural history is neither very full nor satisfactory. Blumenbach bonnets, the ungartered hose and ragged garments, the classes it along with the camel, (an arrangement which seems to us to

receive confirmation from Dr Knox's researches,) and enumerates two

kinds :-The lama which has a pectoral projection, and its back bald It is but fair, however, to state, that we understand he executed (if the expression is adinissible) ;-the vicuna, which has no projecthese figures upon commission ; and that, at the earnest recommen- tion, and is covered with wool. The stomach examined by Dr Knox dation of Lord Elgin, and others of his more judicious patrons, he is belonged to an animal of the latter species; the stuffed skin of which anxious to commence immediately something more classical and dig. is either in the College Museum, or in the house of the College Ja. nified,

nitor. We have ourselves examined the stomach in question, and

ROYAL SOCIETY.

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The more immediate subject of discussion was prefaced abomasus. Baron Cuvier and Sir Everard Home were by some remarks on the vague habits of reasoning in which agreed that the lama bad only four stomachs; but they difthe prosecutors of natural history occasionally indulge, and fered in their description of them. The Baron admitted the narrow inductions upon which they build their theo- the existence of the paunch, the reservoir, and the two last ries. Much error had arisen, and been perpetuated, by a receptacles, denying the existence of the reticulum. Sir simple process. A man of distinguished reputation had Everard, on the other hand, admitted the existence of the hazarded a conjecture; another, imperfectly acquainted with three first, but maintained that the space occupied in the the matter, had repeated it more decidedly in the form of an camel by the echinus and the abomasus was supplied in the assertion; and a third, entirely ignorant of the matter, had lama by a single stomach. The truth was, that the former, propagated the opinion as an ascertained fact. The anato- baving only examined the stomach of a fætus, had overmist ascertained, by painful and minute observation, the looked the very small space in the superficies of the stomach, structure of organs, and he inferred from their appearance, which had the same structure with the reticulum in rumitaken in connexion with what he could learn of the na- nants. The latter, because the contraction marking the sepature of the animal's residence, its manner of life, and, in ration between the echinus and the abomasus in the lama short, from its natural history, the use to which the organ was not so decided as in the camel, had overlooked the entire was destined. But the anatomist never would infer from diversity of their structure, which showed them to be as an inspection of one isolated organ, the structure and habits materially different in the one as the other. of the whole animal. He would not infer from a piece of The essayist observed in conclusion, that he had, in comhide or bone, the figure and habits of the creature to which pliance with the common use of naturalists, spoken as if it had belonged. Much less would he, because he found there were in reality quadruple and quintuple stomachs. a few fossil bones resembling, in some degree, those of the He was, however, decidedly of opinion, that the impressions hyæna, assume, without further data, that they had belonged conveyed by such language were erroneous. Although the to an animal of homogeneous structure and habits. His form of the stomach might vary in different animals, and whole experience taught him to beware of such hasty gene- although, from this circumstance, as well as from diversified ralization. In the science of abstract form, we could infer, structure of the surface in different parts, peculiar stages of without danger, that if certain parts of figures correspond- the process of digestion might be more easily referable to a ed, the whole would do so in like manner; but we were not certain locality in some creatures than in others; yet, in all

, yet sufficiently acquainted with all the possible combina- the stomach was one organ, and discharged one definite tions of form in organic structures, to admit of such a pro- function. cess of reasoning. Par less were we entitled to limit to the No member offered any remarks upon this communicanarrow range of our experience, the purposes of an Infinite tion, and the Society adjourned. Being.

The Essayist proceeded to observe, that he had been led to make these general remarks, by having seen the dangerous tendency of such superficial and inaccurate inductions in

THE DRAMA. the statement made by Sir E. Home, respecting the structure of the stomach of the lama, as compared to that of the

Miss JArman and the Pantomime have been drawing camel. The Baronet had affirmed, that the stomach of the former differed materially in structure from that of the lat- exceedingly good houses to the Theatre for the last ten ter ; but he had been led into this error, by overlooking the days. Miss Jarman has been playing principally in genfact, that the organs of the young seldom display the com- teel comedy, and with a degree of talent sufficient to put plete structure of the adult animal. The history of the the blind admirers of Miss Foote, Miss Ellen Tree, Miss theories respecting the stomach of the camel itself, was a cu- Love, Madame Vestris, et hoc genus omne, to the blush. rious specimen of that process of reasoning he had been re- She takes her benefit next Saturday, when, for the credit probating. It was known that this animal bad the power of the taste of Edinburgh, we anticipate one of the best of subsisting a long time without water ; it had been as- houses of the season. sumed that it possessed a power of retaining water in its

It is to us very incomprehensible stomach; and an organ being found, on dissection, seem- that Miss Jarman should have been allowed to quit Loningly adapted for such a purpose, it had been taken for don; but seeing that we have had the good fortune to granted that it was so intended. The difficulty was en- secure her services here, it would be worse than ungratetirely overlooked, which arose from the fact, that we knew ful if we did not avail ourselves of the approaching opporof no muscular and vital, or, as anatomists term it, mucous tunity of showing our sense of their value. We have alsurface, with which a fluid could remain any length of time ready said, and we again repeat, that we question whein contact, without being absorbed. The belief, that the ther there is an actress equally talented on the British receptacles in the stomach of the camel could retain water for a length of time unabsorbed, rested on very slender data. stage. There were only three instances recorded. One was narra

The happy family circles which have been visiting the ted by Bruce, who must be considered (the Essayist re- Theatre of late, it has done our heart much good to see ; gretted to say) an indifferent authority. Another was an and impressed as we are with the conviction that no experiment, conducted rather in a coarse manner, at the amusement could be more innocent or "rational, we have College of Surgeons in London. A camel had been pur- read with sincere pleasure the lively and pithy remarks chased in a dying condition. It had been forced to drink a considerable quantity of water, (a portion had even been on the subject which appeared in the last number of poured dowu its throat,) and had been immediately after Blackwood's Magazine. They occur in the review of a killed, by inserting a poniard into the crevice between the poem called “ The Age,” which the critic informs us is cranium and the first of the vertebræ. It was kept in an the production of a London tailor. In the course of his erect attitude after death by means of suspension, was open- poem, the said tailor thus speaks of the Theatre :ed in the course of two hours, and a considerable quantity

“ Among them, the most prominent appears of water found in the stomach. The camel was one of those animals which had, in the

And is perhaps productive of the most common language of naturalists, five stomachs. From the

Depravity in man,—the theatre;

That den of thieves, that ultimate resource csophagus the food passed into the paunch; thence into a second receptacle, which, from its consisting almost entirely

Of all the wanton, profligate, and vile of those vessels in which the water was supposed to be

That haunt of harlots-nursery of vice

Grand focus of iniquity, which draws retained, had been denominated the reservoir; thence into

Within its circle all impurity, wbat corresponded to the second stomach (reticulum ) of'ru

Profaneness, gross impiety, and crime minating animals; beyond these lay the echinus and the

Temple of Satan".

Upon these lines the reviewer makes the following excele found it to coincide exactly with the description given in the very lent commentary : able paper of which our abstract can convey but a feeble idea. but justice to the memory of a meritorious individual to add, that "Stop, Snip. Do you mean that, you tythe, for a descripDr Knox took occasion to bestow a high and merited enconium on tion of our Edinburgh Theatre? If you do, down with Daubenton, the assistant of Buffon, whose accurate dissection of the your trowsers, and take a taste of the knout. Look at the camel's stomach has been so unaccountably passed over in silence by pit, you vulgar fraction. A more decent set of people never Cavier. • Sir E. has examined only the very young lama.

sat in a church. “Haunt of harlots,' indeed!' How dare

It is

you, you nine-pin, to calumniate the citizens, the citizens' One spot of brightness in the gloom profound wives, and the citizens' daughters of Modern Athens? Flings its pure flame upon the darkness round* Nursery of Vice!'. Why, you Flea, every countenance One gleam of joy to drooping nature given there is mantling with a harmless happiness, while

Murray; Lights up its torch, and wide illumines heaven. or Mackay, is diffusing mirth over the smiling semicircle !

Grand Focus of Iniquity!' Confound your impudence, you
Louse, not a householder there who does not pay his taxes,

“ God of our fathers !" thus the prophet cries, please his wife, educate his children, and go to church twice " Omnipotent, eternal, only wise ;every Sabbath. •Temple of Satan!. Were Satan, you Thou, mighty Lord, at whose supreme command Dung, to dare to show his face on the critic row, these I led this people forth from yon proud land! two strapping students of divinity would kick him into his Oh ! look upon them now, as thou hast done, native element. Within its circle all profaneness, impu- Ere yet thy great deliverance was wonrity, gross impiety, and crime!'

You Bug, you must have Ten times the pestilence came down from thee, dined to-day on poisoned cabbage, and the fumes have wrapt your brain in delirium. But list! You must keep a better Thy might asserting and their vanity; tongue in your head, else even your profession may not save And yet once more, God of our fathers, show you from punishment; and with nice adaptation of instru- Thy arm of might to impious man below!" ment to criminal, some cit will apply the little toe of his left foot to your posteriors, and make you jerk along Shak- Then o'er the clamorous sea he stretch'd his hand, speare Square like a bit of Indian rubber.

And o'er old Ocean swept his potent wand ;“ Or look at the boxes. Ultimate resource of all the wanton, profligate, and vile!'. What do you mean, you mis- The waves, loud-roaring, knew the awful sign, creant?' 'Why, that beautiful young bride is yet in her ho- The prophet-priest, the Almighty voice divine; neymoon, and the angel on her right hand is to be married Back from their gulfs indignantly they roll'd ; on Thursday to that handsome hussar, whose irresistibles The briny deeps their cavern-glooms unfold; you yourself made, and they do you intinite credit. A hun- Lo! on a sudden, to the astonish'd sight dred, fair and innocent as she, are all shedding such tears as The realms long lock'd in darkness wake to light; angels weep for

The scaly monsters of the deep are seen • The gentle lady married to the Moor,'

Struggling, affrighted, mid their meadows green; so gently personified by the gentle Miss Jarman.

And myriad wrecks lay scatter'd all around,

Calmly reposing on the wave-wash'd ground. • Fling him ower—fling him ower !'

They mark the mariner's chill, cheerless tomb Such is the cry of all the gods in the gallery, and Snip plays Low in the rock-crags of the ocean womb, — spin at half-price from heaven, and loses his life for six- They see all strange and unimagined things pence.”

That dwell beneath the waves, the water's wanderings. To this highly original defence of our acted drama, it is unnecessary at present to add a syllable ; but if any Backward they went indignantly—with roar one north of the Tweed ever dares to question the morality More loud than billows breaking on the shore ; of our stage, let him remember the tailor, and look for a As if a mighty wind had swept them, they similar castigation at the hands of

Recoild, and wide was left the waveless way. Old Cerberus. Oh! onward now, thou Heaven-protected band,

The sea hath hearken’d to your Lord's command !

On either side, like a huge wall they rise-
ORIGINAL POETRY.

The foaming waters—to the sun-lit skies ;
The tempest raves, the ocean rolls no more,

A path of safety summons you before;
THE PASSAGE OF THE RED SEA.

Then onward now !--the dark dry deeps dare all, By the Author of " The Opening of the Sixth Seal.

The hand of God is on that liquid wall !
SILENT they stood upon the red shore sand,
That chosen race, the Ileaven-directed band;

They rush—they run—the host, the chosen race, Outstretch'd immense, before them rollid the sea,

Harmless and glad, tread Ocean's dwelling-place. Proud of its fathomless profundity,

The tyrant-king, like baffled tiger, views Behind,--the regal ranks in long array,

His passing prey, and fearlessly pursues ; With arms bright flashing to the cloudless day;

Onward they haste upon the Red-sea shore, And upon all, the sun-god, flaming high,

And trace the pathway seldom trod before. Sent down his darts of fury from the sky.

But now the trial of the true is done, Silent they stood upon the sands—for fear

And down heaven's steep swift wheels the setting sun : Had traced her tale upon the pale cheeks there;

Safe from their pathway strange the chosen come, No arm of man could ward the impending doom, Some chanting anthems, whispering prayers some; Nor snatch their thousands from the threatening tomb; And lo! bright glittering, behind them far, No wiles elude the dread destroyer's dart,

In the last sun rays, shone the pomp of war ; Nor work a way for Israel to depart ;

One brief bright glance the prophet turns to heaven, The waves before were gaping to devour

One heartfelt prayer to the deliverer givenBehind, the king, with Egypt's arm'd power

Then once again he waves his potent wand, Below, the herbless sands—above, the sky

Wing'd with the mighty voice of God's command : Then what defence from coming tyranny ?

Old Ocean hears ;-the waters vast obey

They rush impetuous on the trodden wayThe righteous ruler of the chosen race,

Prone o'er the trembling ranks they haste-they steepTo heaven uplifts his hope-enkindled face ;

| Dash on the hosts, and revel through the deep; Uplifts his hand to heaven, while, far behind,

The proud array of battle scatter'd all,
His snow-white locks stream tremulous to the wind; Before the tumult of the storm they fall ;-
Bright beam'd the priest's pale cheek to Heaven upturn’d, Egyptia's gorgeous chivalry is gone,
And in his eye prophetic rapture burn'd;

And one vast waste of waves is seen alone,
Mid the despairing ranks he stood alone,

Save where, at intervals, a struggling cry
Hopeful himself where other hope was none :

Tells of some sinking wretch's agony,-
Such as, when through the shadows of the storm Or where some war-steed, in his fierce despair,
The half-veil'd sun displays his glorious form,

Fills with white foam the hot and breczeless air ;

The deed is done ;—the impious monarch dies,

From him, our chief of men who shone, And to his death-groans far the shore replies.

E'en from great Frederic's liberal throne,

No honours came, no fostering ray! This mark the race redeem'd, the sacred sons

The German hence may proudly tell, Of Israel's line, the Almighty's chosen ones ;

While higher heaves his bosom's swell,
And all to their deliverer on high

Himself shaped out his glorious way!
Send up symphonious rapture to the sky;
On timbrel and on cymbal chant they then

In loftier curve more brilliant mounts,
The song of triumph, maids and grey-hair'd men,

Springs, therefore, forth from fuller founts And youth and warriors accordant sing,

Of German bards the soaring song ; The deathless praise of Heaven's eternal King!

And in its own bold fulness swelling,

And from the heart's deep arteries welling,
MY DYING FRIEND.

It spurns the creeping critic throng !

R. M.
By S. C. Hall, Editor of the Amulet, and of the British
Magazine.

LITERARY CHIT-CHAT AND VARIETIES.
Yes it is written we must part-
All hope for thee is past-

We understand that the Reverend Dr Andrew Thomson has in the The tie that bound us heart to heart,

press a volume of Discourses on the Row Heresy, at present prevail

ing in the West Country. Long after life may last;

Mr Banister has in the press, an Inquiry into the best means But we can meet on earth no more

of preventing the Destruction of the Aborigines, usually incident The tide that bears thee from the shore

upon the settling of New Colonies. Is ebbing, dark and fast ;

Mr Barker is about to publish, in this country, an edition of Dr Our efforts and thy struggles fail,

Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, containing thirty For nought can human aid avail.

thousand more words than Johnson's Dictionary.

Mr William Ball has in the press, a Poem, entitled “ Creation." Though Death's cold chill is on thy brow,

The author of “Free Trade and Colonization of India," has a And pain oppresseth thee,

work on the Monopolies of the East India Company, nearly ready. The mind is powerful still—even now

Valence, the Dreamer, a Poem, by John Phillips, is announced. As it were wont to be

Scripture Sketches, with other Poems, by the Reverend T. Green

wood, are in the press. Death over it hath no controul,

Mount Sinai, a Poem, by a gentleman of the Middle Temple, ilHis fetters cannot bind the soul,

lustrated by the pencil of Martin, will very shortly appear. In native greatness free :

An interesting musical work is about to appear, entitled Peninsular Give me one token more, to tell

Melodies, containing the most beautiful national airs of Spain and That Peace is thine that all is well!

Portugal, including the various measures of the Bolera, Fandango,

Sequidilla, and Modinha. The work is projected by Captain G. L. Oh! why my hand so feebly clasp ?

Hodges, who personally collected many of the melodies in the Pe

ninsula. The poetry is from the pen of Mrs Hemans and Mrs Norton, Is it thy last embrace ?

with contributions from other distinguished sources. The melodies Nay, do not quit that gentle grasp

are harmonized by Don M. de Ledesma. But turn from me thy face ;

A charge delivered to the Clergy, at the Visitation made to the Oh! do not look upon me so,

Cathedral Church at Calcutta, Nov. 20, 1828, by the late Right As thou wouldst read my soul, as though

Rev. J. T. James, D.D., Lord Bishop of Calcutta ; with a Memoir Thy rayless eye could trace

of the time the Bishop lived in India, gathered from his Letters and In me the workings of despair

Memoranda, by E. James, M. A., will shortly appear.

The new Historical Romance, entiiled Dainley, by the author of To know that death is busy there.

Richlieu, is laid in the time of Henry the Eighth, so fertile in mag

nificence, chivalrous adventure, and sudden political and religious I shed no tear-I will not weep

changes. The celebrated festivities of the “ Field of the Cloth of Till thou art in thy grave;

Gold," form a conspicuous feature of the story.
If friendship vainly seek to keep

The forthcoming Life and Correspondence of Sir T. Munro, the
What genius cannot save,

late Governor of Madras, will comprehend a History of India during the last forty-five years.

The work also contains numerous private A better friend will soon be thine ;

letters, official correspondence, and minutes and papers upon the In parting thee, I but resign

opening of the trade, the system of internal government, and other To Him the gift He gave.

questions relative to the general management of British India. Look on me now-my cheek is bright

More's Lire op BYRON.— This work, which may now be shortly A sun hath risen p'er my night!

expected, is said to be very impartially written. The author has

avoided personal feelings as much as possible, and made the noble Why should I drop the selfish tear,

poet, as far as letters and other documents would allow him, tell his Or heave the selfish sigh?

own story. Wherever Mr Moore has, of necessity, alluded to his Although the parting hour be near,

Lordship's contemporaries, he has, we understand, endeavoured to And swift the minutes fly.

do so, without any of those literary prejudices that would seem to

be provoked by the subject. If this be so, and we have no reason Alas! forgive this earthly thrill --

to doubt it, the work will be a valuable commentary upon the imForgive me-I am mortal still —

perfect and contradictory testimony respecting Lord Byron, which And mourn that thou must die;

Las been hitherto laid before the public.
It is a heavy thing to part-

GODWIN's New Novel.-Godwin has written another novel, en-
A weight that will not crush the heart.

titled, “ Cloudesley." This was hardly to be expected from the venerable author of Caleb Williams; if it possess the merit of St Leon,

it will be welcome to his admirers. We had begun to believe that he THE GERMAN MUSE.

was done with the world of letters, and that he had sank into the From the German of Schiller.

retreat of age to move no more upon the bustling scene.

THE VOCAL CABINET.—This is a work new publishing in NumNo bright Augustan radiance glowing,

bers, in Aberdeen, and consists of a Selection of Standard Songs, set No Medicean fountains flowing,

to music, with accompaniments for the piano-forte, arranged exOf German genius bloom'd the spring,

pressly for the Cabinet. It is to be completed in 12 Numbers, each

of which will contain eight pa res, and four or five songs. It is pretThe hardy plant no fervour nourish'd,

tily executed, and the songs seem well selected. It spread its own broad leaves, and flourish'd

A second edition has been called for of Mr Canning's celebrated Unwarmd by Cæsar or by King!

Speeches, with the Memoirs of his Life,fby R. Therry, Esq.

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