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brother artist, which, as the pamphlet in question is little shadow, of too rare occurrence in nature to be readily recoglikely to come into the hands of the generality of our

nised by common observers. readers, we here subjoin. We believe that we may add, sketches

, and which in them were one source of that interest

“ The multiplicity of objects which he introduced in his without violating any wish on the part of the author to they possessed, would have required all the advantages of a remain unknown, that the quotation we are about to skilful generalization to fit them for appearing with adval make is from the pen of the Rev. Mr Thomson of Dud- tage in a regular picture. In his efforts to do justice to the dingstone-than whom we know no person better enti- | parts, the effect of the c'mposition as a whole was often sal tled to be heard on such a subject :

tered to assume too complex an aspect to be easily taken in by a style which seemed to borrow little from that of any, his pictures the praise of high poetical and romantic fee! “ Mr Schetky, as a landscape-painter, was distinguished by the eye at once. But, with all the disadvantages which

accompanies this defect, it is impossible to withhold fram other master; and to a decided character of originality, it united ample evidence of an inventive, romantic, and poeti- ing, and exquisite detail in the various parts. They unical imagination. The subjects of wild grandeur which he formly possess elevation of sentiment far above ordinary apoften represented, made up of an endless variety of objects pearances and ordinary incidents. They may fail to invite and of incidents, if they exhibit

not the pleasing and popu: that redundancy of matter which interferes with general degree, those rarer qualities which are calculated to excite simplicity, when carefully and separately viewed, becambes and surprise. It is no uncommon occurrence to meet with food for curiosity, and an incentive to closer investigation." pictures which please by their general effect, but wbich fail The paintings by Schetky in the present Exhibition are to sustain protracted interest, by reason of their barrenness three in number—one in oils, and two in water-colours in respect of matter and episode. The reverse of this is the —all of them full of the peculiarities of his genius. They character of Mr Schetky's style. But it it be thus charge- are for sale, and worthy the attention of amateurs. As able with some deficiency in the external graces which recommend on a first introduction, this is coin pensated by the know the fate of Schetky's works, we add, for their in

the lovers of art may entertain a laudable curiosity to inexhaustible treasures of information, and the sallies of a vigorous and playful fancy, which pour forth on more inti- formation, that his collection of sketches was purchased mate acquaintance.

by Lawrence, and are now about to be exposed for sale “ The time which could be spared from professional du- by Mr Christie ; his surgical drawings, which are also ties, when in the Peninsula, Mr Schetky devoted to the de valuable when viewed as mere works of art, are partly lineation of those romantic scenes of grandeur with which in the possession of Dr John Thomson of this city-partly the mountainous districts abound. Amongst these his fervent genius tound its natural food; and his taste acquired deposited in the Museum of Chatham ;-two fine pictures a corresponding and permanent cast. He generally selected by him are in the possession of Dr Maclagan, his friend those wide and far-extended prospects which are seldom to

and biographer ;-one belongs to David Bridges, Esqbe commanded but from an elevated point of view; and he and some more are the property of his sister. endeavoured not only to preserve the general character, but It only remains for us to observe, before taking our also to detail, with elaborate precision, the various subordi- leave of this Exhibition, that it contains some very crenate features of his subject. Accordingly, his pencil-draw- ditable busts by Fletcher, Steele, and Ritchie. “Bust of ings done on the spot are so strongly marked by this peculiarity, that they consist not of a few sentences or passages of creations of this art that we have seen.

a Lady” (166,) by the latter, is one of the must lovely nature, but may rather be compared to ample volumes, each filled with curious, interesting, and condensed narration. • “ There is, perhaps, nothing which addresses itself to the eye or the imagination with a more fascinating influence, KING JAMES'S PSALMS-SIR PHILIP SYDNEY'S than the mysterious objects which bound the remote dis

PSALMS. tance of a grand and far-extended scene. Among these delightful regions the poetical fancy of our lamented friend

By William Tennant. seemed to dwell with peculiar fondness; and in many of those beautiful transcripts which he has left in mere outline,

Nothing better marks the high estimation in which there is much to awaken that class of peculiar emotions, the poetry of King David is beld by our countrymen, than which, in ery susceptible mind, is so forcibly excited by the the striking circumstance that not only our principal happy vision of corresponding realities in nature. The suc. scholars, but our kings, our noblemen, our ladies of rank, cessful execution of such undertakings necessarily requires have vied with each other in versifying, either in their a clearness and flexibility of line which few have patience to acquire, and still fewer to practise. Whatever Mr Schetky lyrics. In no country in Europe, we believe, bas there

own or in the Latin language, these simple and fervent meant to express, was always expressed with decided cha- been a similar emulation. Buchanan, the most popular racter, and free froin ambiguity. Besides his distant mountains his vast interminable forests receding from the eye,

Latin writer of his day, gave the first general impulse; amidst the windings of the valley, or climbing the sides of his pupil James, inheriting, from his poetical ancestors & the nearer hills—his precipices adorned by the picturesque talent for versification, and having received from his Moorish towers and castles, with the beautiful accompanii- learned preceptor excitement and encouragement towards ments of falling waters, and all the variety of objects which its exercise, set himself, at an early age, to accomplish in supplied the materials of his compositions-all are delinea- his native language what Buchanan had done in a foreign. ted with so much delicacy, discrimination, and spirit, that he who examines with an eye of intelligence the mere out

His learning bad enabled him to perceive the deviations lines of such scenes, will often experience a gratification in sense, and the immetrical rudenesses, of the version thea which may be sought for in vain in highly finished pictures. employed in our Scottish church. At the General As

“Of these masterly designs, as filled up by the hand of sembly held at Burntisland in 1601, he, to the no little their author, the public have had an opportunity of judging | astonishment and joy of all the learned divines there prefrom the pictures and water-colour drawings which, from sent, stood up and recited from memory long passages time to time, Mr Schetky contributed to the Exhibition of from the Psalter, explaining, at the same time, by his crithe Royal Academy of London. In these it is natural to look for a fuller development of power, as comprehending their deviation from the meaning of the prose text. His

tical animadversions, their unpoetical inaccuracies, and chiaroscuro and colouring. The same set of objects in nature may appear under a thousand various effects. In the vast latitude thus authorized by nature, it becomes the pro * This paper concludes the series of articles on the same subject vince of judgment and right taste to select, out of the many, which have already appeared in the Literary Journal, from the the one which is best suited to the character of the scene.

pen of Mr Tennant. They have all attracted much attention, though And here, while an ambition of originality, and love of what certainly not more than the ability with which they are written is

serves. They have been collected in a separate pamphlet, which is is daring, and out of the common track, has often betrayed published this day, and will no doubt be considered highly interestgreat minds into error, and led them to offer representa ing both by the laity and clergy.-Ed. Lit. Jour. tions contradictory to the possibilities of nature-it will be

| This version of the Psalms in the Scottish dialect was never peb admitted, that the error of Mr Schetky's style rather con- preserved in the British Museum. It has no resemblance, it is sud,

It still exists,

written in his Majesty's own handwriting, and sisted in making choice of effects and accidents, of light and to James's English version.



scheme of emendation was necessarily dropt for some might have been unexceptionable in Menstrie's stately time; but after he was securely seated on the throne of monarchic tragedies, but are quite out of place in a transElizabeth, amid the splendours and fatigues of English lation of the simple songs of King David. Similar obroyalty

, his mind recurred, as to a delightful pastime, to jections were, with great resolution, and with an accurate the favourite scheme of his youth, the revising of the discrimination of the beauties of the original, charged by Psalms. “ An everlasting honour to the muses !” said Calderwood upon the edition of 1631; yet even to the the Bishop of Lincoln, his eulogist ; “ the greatest po- second edition of 1636, in which the most obnoxious passtentate in all the earth stooping to a verse, being the usual ages, commented upon and exposed by the Presbyterians, recreation of King David, as it was also of our English were expunged and corrected, the same charge of digresSolomon." His Majesty, whether from state perplexi- sive infidelity, and flourishing expansion, may be with ties, or infirmity of health, proceeded no farther than to too much justice applied. So that our northern part of the 31st Psalm. The completion of the work was com- the island may consider itself indebted to the good taste mitted to Sir William Alexander of Menstrie, afterwards and spirit of its clergymen, in resisting, along with other Earl of Stirling, by whom it was published in 1631. encroachments, the imposition of a psalter so unfaithfully Charles wished that the book should go under the shelter excursive, and so little adapted to the understanding of of his father's name, as King James's Psalms ; but the their people. It produced one happy consequence_it people, with whom they were unpopular, styled them, excited the Presbyterians to prepare one for themselves ; from the name of their principal contributor, Menstries and the competition, so favourable in all cases for the proPsalnıs. A new and corrected edition of it appeared in duction of excellence, made them avoid with caution the 1636, which is the subject of the following few critical errors which they charged upon the Episcopalian para

phrase. They adhered most rigidly and Calvinistically, The thirty-one psalms composed by the royal para- even with the sacrifice sometimes of both grammar and phrast are not of a style in any very observable degree metre, to the unembellished original, and produced, in discrepant from the rest, so as to betray another hand. 1650, the metaphrase which is yet sung in our churches. If they exhibit any difference at all, that difference is favourable to them, as perhaps they possess more simpli Shortly after Buchanan had published his Latin vercity. They are certainly creditable to his Majesty's poeti- sion, Sir Philip Sydney, the accomplished warrior, gencal talent; the sense is given correctly, though, at times, tleman, and scholar, had engaged in translating the Psalms in phrases too lax and exuberant; the grammar, with but “ into diverse and sundry kinds of metre, more rare and one exception, is correct; the rhymes all irreproachable; excellent, for the method and variety, than had ever yet and they have no double rhymes, as in our version. been done in English." What was left of this work unThroughout the whole book, indeed, there occur but a few finished by himself, was completed by his accomplished false or double rhymes. There are many passages in this sister, the Countess of Pembroke. Such were then the version executed with skill, force, and simplicity, which domestic amusements of our kings and our nobility! This the compilers of that psalmody which we at present use, work lay long dormant in manuscript, known only to a notwithstanding the prejudices then current against every few antiquarians; at last it was printed in the year 1823, thing proceeding from the court, did well in adopting; at the instigation of James Boswell, Esq. and there are yet lurking in it several passages, preferable It is manifest, from their multiform metres and diverto the corresponding parts of our own, that happen to be sities of diction, that these Psalms were compiled by the defective, which our modern revisers would do well, even noble author and authoress, not in the view of being at this late hour, to adopt. * As a whole, and consider- employed in public worship, but merely as themes of ing the purpose for which it was designed, its employment poetical exercitation and amusement in composition. For in public worship, and its being a manual of devotional they profess not to adhere to the simplicity of the orifamily exercise for all ranks, the lower in particular, it is ginal, but, making the Psalmist's thoughts the groundcertainly too florid, pompous, and rhetorical. If our pre- work or texts, as it were, for poetical enlargements, sent version errs on the side of harsh, crabbed, too bare and they spread abroad into the richest and most ample mean phraseology, in the desire of being quite intelligible imagery. Sir Philip bad evidently Buchanan's redunand reaching the Hebrew simplicity; the royal version dant paraphrase in his eye for emulation ; he copies him errs precisely in a contrary direction, in being too full and in his language, (by nearly translating him ;) in his ligressive, too diffusive and splendid in its fillings-up, too thoughts, in the ambitious variety of his metres. His earned and sesquipedalian in its language, for ordinary language is like Buchanan's, branchy and diffuse ; but he people. There are in it, for instance, such words as cir- has more force, more poetical tension and vivacity, mixed umrented, empoysoned, engendereth, embassage, embosom'd, with that quaintness, and, at times, stiffness and rudeness xhilarate, prostituted, embroider, &c. ; such phrases as of expression, which we find in Sternhold, and in the miltless husbandry, burd’nous fatness, engross the tumbling earlier writers of Elizabeth's time; his thoughts are ulf, caterpillars vermin vile, roaring waters mirrours of spangled not only with the superfluous ornaments of is might, roof-dyed tongues, artificial mouths, &c. ; which Buchanan, but with many more plentiful conceits, des

rived from the Italian school, of which he was an adPor example, instead of our 1st verse of Psalm xliii.

mirer; his metres are of every span and compass, exhi“ Judge me, O God, and plead my cause

biting, sometimes mixed, sometimes separate, every fanAgainst th' ungodly nation ;

ciful and wayward variation, from ottava rima, English Froin the unjust and crafty man, O be thou my salvation."

hexameters and sapbics, down to trochaics of three and

five syllables. The King's edition has, much better

Of all the paraphrastical translations of

the Psalms, Latin or English, Sir Philip has the finest “ Judge me, O God; my cause against Thi ungodly nation plead ;

poetry superinduced upon the original. He is the greatFrom the deceitful and unjust

est poet of all the versifiers. As an example and proof Me still in safety lead.”

of this his superiority, we may merely refer to his verAgain, in Psalm lxxi. 9, our version has

sion of the civthi Psalm, one of the most beautiful poems "o do not cast me off, when as

of King David, on which all the versifiers, Buchanan and Old age doth overtake me; And when my strength decayed is,

Johnstone in particular, have exerted their strength to the Then do not thou forsake me."

utmost, making it the test of their rival powers. Sir The King's edition base

Philip's is, for splendid luxuriance, superior, I think, to “ Cast me not off, when as old age

them all. Of this book, the great fault is its inequality, Hath made we weak to be; And when my strength begins to fail,

and the innumerable concetti, quips, and cranks, in the expressions, from which Jewish simplicity is so abhorrent.

Do not abandon me."


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His Psalms are valuable, not only as a specimen of good that some national characteristic is involved in its forma. racy old English poetry, but as a most interesting memo tion. Such is the case, for instance, with the Spanish rial of the literary recreations of a man whose name will word Hidalgo, designative of raak, which is an abbreria ever be an honour to Old England,

tion, or a concentration (so to speak) of Hijo de algo,“ Son Devongrove, Clackmannanshire,

of somebody"...a derivation that speaks volumes as to the 11th May, 1830.

pompous superiority which views an individual of de lower classes as nobody, s* A nation entertaining sueh ideas

can scarcely fail to be nothing itself, after the days of chio REMARKS ON PHILOLOGY, AS ILLUSTRATIVE OF valric warfare and golden enterprise are over. NATIONAL CHARACTER.

1 A third axiom may, perhaps, be admissible-namely, “ There is room for a very interesting work, which should lay that, wherever an abrupt and remarkable vielation of a open the connexion between the languages and manners of nations."

analogy is discernible in any laugoage, this violation is fel

referable to some national characteristic. Thus, it is well Tue opinion which I have extracted from so compe- known that there is, in French, a copious class of verbal tent an authority, as the motto to the following imper- nouns-parleur, chanteur, danseur, &c. &c. accompanied in fect illustrations of its truth, occurs in a note on the with their feminine counterparts, all deduced uniforrots, well-known derivation of exercitus ab exercitando.

So as parleuse, chanteuse, danseuse, &c. &c. ,We find, bor. sensible," says this elegant historian, " were the Ro- ever, a remarkable transgression of this system in the case mans of the imperfection of valour, without skill, and of penseur and penseuse, words unknown to the French practice, that, in their language, the name of an army language, which has, in fact, no word corresponding to was borrowed from the word which signified exercise." the English noun A thinker."

Penseuze." sayo This department of philology appears to have been ra Madame de Genlis, anxious to vindicate the rights of ther overlooked, although it is pregnant with the most her own sex at least, “ why is this word not French ? attractive interest, from the graphic delineations with It would be delightful to bring this word into fashion ; which it is so profusely studded. In the remarks which but, I fear much it will never take! They think that I now presume to offer regarding it, I do not aspire to we have no need of either study or meditation, and that any systematic discussion, but merely throw out such cur- sentiment is sufficient for us,”, If Madame de Geulis sory sketches, as may induce an abler pen to enrich the explanation of this remarkable blank in the language be pages of the Literary Journal on a subject not unworthy admitted (and what better authority could we have :) of them.

as to the feminine noun, are we to, attribute the nose There is one axiom, at least, which may be laid down existence of penseur to the politeness of the gentlemen, with confidence, as a clew to guide through the lexico- who migbt not wish to make the exclusion of the graphical labyrinth; namely, that whatever object, quali ladies from the class of thinkers so marked, as the use ty, action, or condition, is not NATIONAL~in the impressive of the masculine noun would do? Or may we trace the meaning of that adjective is generally expressed by u cir- cause to the light vivacity of French conversation ? Al- 1 cumlocution. I say generally,--for exceptions are un- other striking violation of analogy occurs in the aspira doubtedly met with to tbis principle; but every duncetion of héros, in defiance of the principle by which the is aware that exceptio probat regulam. Thus, it is well same initial letter is made quiescent in French words of known that our Gallic neighbours bave never, till lately, Greek or Latin origin,-a circumstance the more repractised pugilism à l'Anglaise, but have been contented, markable, since the feminine héroine obeys the analogy, in the absence of deadlier processes, to slap and wrestle; I am tempted to view this phenomenon as deducible from and, in accordance with our axiom, we find that the the passionate love of military glory which has ever diske French substitute for the brief and truly British verb to tinguished the French, and has led them'in all ages to box, consists in the clumsy' and unfancyful circumlocu- an enthusiastic admiration--I had almost said deification ** tion~ donner des coups de poing. If it be true that boxer ---of their heroes. Could a French ear tolerate that ideahas been honoured by ission into the French catalogue tity of sound, which, were the analogy in this particular of verbs, this circumstance still more vividly illustrates instance observed, would take place between the strangely our axiom, May not, too, the sensitiveness of the French, opposite expressions, “ Ce sont des héros," and “ Ce sont on the score of honour, be the remote cause of that vers des zéros," "thus degrading, though but to the ear, the biage with which they similarly express-in lieu of our heroes of La Granle Nation to CIPHERS ! expressive" kick”-any aggression on honour's native

Should these hasty and desultory notices be deemed seat? Again,--since ridentem dicere verum quid petat? | worthy of a place in ibe Journal, I shall resume the sub. is it not a singular coincidence that the French-who are ject, in the hope of presenting some additional axioms and a restless, rolatile race, to whom the task of standing still illustrations of greater interest.

LORNA. is intolerable, and who love to diversify the vertical position by every variety of graceful ourvature-should have no other approximation to the idea of standing, than the

A LETTER FROM OBAN. periphrastic expression se tenir debout, which merely in The village of Oban has of late years become the sun. dicates that the individual is on his feet, without at all mer resort of fashionable strangers, both from England limiting the movements of the rest of the body,---in short, and the Lowlands of Scotland, and I know of few bathnot conveying that notion of steady verticality which is ing quarters that can at all compare with it, either in naAlmost inseparable from our sedate imonosyllable STAND. tural or artificial beauty. It stretches in the form of a In fact, toi express this notion of standing still for which crescent across the head of a bay of the Atlantic ocean, the addition of still is not always requisite with us the and is sheltered from every storm by island and mainland French must employ a' circumlocution of such a length as mountains. The principal line of houses would do to to demonstrate forcibly the national repugnance to that discredit to any city. The streets throughont are clear posture, --se tenir debout sans bouger ! - Hom and spacious—full of smart shops of all description

Having thus illustrated axiom the first, it may be na. Even a bookseller has had encouragement suficient to fit turally surmised, that the converse of this axiom is equally up in first-rate style. He has his circulating library;true. Since an anti-national idea is expanded into a cir- his newspapers -- and, consequently, his lounge, where pet eumlocution, it is worth enquiry, whether a truly na novices, but men of taste and erudition discuss, the merits tional idea may not present the opposite phenomenoir of w. of your own, or Blackwood's, or the New Monthly Mois concentration of several words into one. Compounded zine. Then there is the debating club of choice spirits

, words undoubcedly occur in all languages, but a languaye so regulated that no dry subjects are introduced, if we may present us with so graphic a compound as to imply except the reckoning. Not being one of its members

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Range, range, range some who are, there can be little doubt that the object of Up and down-through London town, the meeting, at least, is excellent. Then there is the You'll find they're fond of change! Rowing Club, whose gigs are tossed on other waves than a steam-boat can raise, and on wider waters than the Old Covent Garden Market 's down, and now no more Clyde—no reflection upon the able rowers of Glasgow, or

we meet their noble stream. Off they set in the evening, with Red broken-hearted cabbages all dying in the street ; light hearts and heavy bread-baskets, on a stretch of six Changed is the Strand, without a' Change, and birds and miles, round by the ruins of Dunstaffnage, the rapids of

beasts both therein, Coonal, the ancient Berigonium, and back again to their Which once were kept by Thomas Cross, are all now own romantic bay. The streams and lakes about Oban gone to Charing? abound in excellent trout, and are frequently visited by

Range, range, range, &c. salmon. I know not how others may feel, but to me it New London Bridge they've made so light the shades are is a delightful thought, that here the author of “ The Isle of Palms" used, "rod in hand,” to wander during the The old one's doom'd, which well has stood the roaring long summer days,

food from Noah; Vos coruli testes, et flumina nymphis."

The Green Park has a basin form’d, with bricks throughThe institution of schools over the Highlands has been

out they've lined it, most beneficially followed by the publication of " The St James's boasts its basin too, on the Palace you will Gaelic Messenger." No sooner 'does a new Number find it. appear, than groups of people may be seen assembled under

Range, range, range, &c. the cottage eves listening, while one reads its tales, and songs, and "legends wild." The ingenious editors are 'Mongst other great improvements, the new Post Office held in just estimation by all classes. They have acquired

I quote, the difficult art of writing so as at once to please the most which every man of notice will find worthy of his note ; Wliterate and the most learned. This ensures success 'Tis most cleverly conducted, and it truly may be said, The lower orders are proud of a work which does not as- That the Clerks are men of Letters, aud the Postmen sume to itself the right of instructing them in something deeply read! their superiors already know. They would then regard

Rangė, range, range, &c. it as a task-book, instead of delighting in it as one of useful amusement.

St Dunstan's Giants, with their clubs, must now be soon

luid low,

I'm not surprised they're going, though, since Clubs are all METROPOLITAN THEATRICALS.

The roof is gone, the vane has fled, no tower now apLondon, Monday, May 17th, 1830. Since my last dramatic details, little has occurred And soon the Clock must follow, that's been going for

pears, worth recording. “ Hofer, the Tell of the Tyrol,” has

some years! succeeded, and is succeeding, perfectly à merveille ; and a

..!! Range, range, range, &c. brace of Farces, one at each house, and on the same evenIng, received their coup de grace, and were put out of A new museum now is built, more elegant and light, their misery very nearly at the same moment; even The old blind wall, too, 's quite condemn'd, though they've though the Drury-Lane drollery was by the redoubtable preserved its site; Theodore Hook. The season being now so very nearly at And though for lack of cash to dig, still half the work is a close, it is extremely questionable if we are to be favour undone, ed with any more novelty, notwithstanding the announce- The Redriff Tunnel is by far the greatest bore in London! ment of a new three-act play. . Another new farce was

Range, range, range, &c. also underlined at Drury-Lane, but Liston's secession has postponed it, sine die. Benefits being, very properly, out Yet 'midst these changes far and near, which all must of the pale of criticism, I have, of course, little to say plainly see, about them, since“ I am nothing, if not critical.” Miss I'd gladly hope that no one here can find a change in me ; Fanny Kemble is to have another, or rather she is to receive For though my character I shift, yet when with you I the profits of her last appearance this season, as a tribute

parley, of gratitude from the proprietors, as was formerly done Believe me, that I ever am your faithful J. P. HARLEY, in the case of Miss O'Neil, when she is to play Lady

Range, range, range, &c. Townley in the “. Provoka Husband," for the first time.

Such is the doggerel which passes current at a benefit ; Fawcett is to have his last benefit, and to take leave of indeed, to this actor's credit be it written, I have known the public on Thursday next; and Harley's night is fixed much worse compositions encored twice! My remaining for Wednesday, for which occasion a rhyming friend of Theatrical Memoranda are few and." brief as woman's his has scribbled the following song, of which, I can po- love.” My friend Charles Mathews has had a hoarsesitively assure you, there is not another copy extant. It is written to the very classical tune of Bow, wow, ment, on Friday last ; but he re-appears to night, and,

ness, which deprived the public of one evening's amuseWOW !" and its author has entitled it

every box is taken for many nights to come. Ducrow is METROPOLITAN METAMORPHOSES";

drawing golden opinions" from crowded audiences, and Or, Municipal Mutations, modulated into a new madrigal, Mountebank Fire-king. Lablache has made a successful

Sadler's Wells is rejoicing in Monsieur Chabert, the to an old tune.

debut, for Donzelli's benefit, at the King's Theatre ; and Things are so alter'd now-a-days, my native place I'm Vauxhall Gardens are to re-open with indescribable and strange in,

14 unimaginable improvements, in about a fortnight. Man For these ten years, thy features, London! have be demoiselle Josephine Bartolozzi is sojourning in the rules daily changing ;

of the King's Bench, until her hard-hearted creditors And what with sometimes building up, and sometimes consent to her release; and the Theatre Royal, Drurypalling down,

Lane, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, Egad! they've very nearly turn'd old London out of was on Saturday last let for the ensuing three seasons to town!

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per annum. The five and twenty per cent on their sala- Then every eye was lit with smiles, and every cheek did ries for ten weeks, lent by the performers to Stephen shinePrice, Esq. late of Drury-Lane, and amounting en masse Of all the hearts that bounded there, the saddest one was to about £2000, will be sold a very great bargain, if you mine. are inclined to speculate.

I saw thee, in the mazy dance, swim like a sunbeam by

I saw thee press another's hand, and bless another's eye ; ORIGINAL POETRY.

Then, like a little child that dies, hope was for ever o'er,

And my heart was like a drifting wreck, that cannot find THE WIND'S IN THE WEST!

a shore. The wind's in the west! the wind's in the west !

Oh, bitter, bitter is the smile, that once was all mine Thank heaven, 'tis out of the east to-day !

own,Through April and March it blew like a pest,

For ever bright to others now, and cold to me alone; But roses and summer are coming with May!

And bitter are the looks of love, which I may never

share,--'Tis sad to observe, in the season of flowers,

Though others sun them in their light, I only wither Our noses, instead of our violets, blue ;

there, And 'tis rather absurd to see birds in the bowers All sprinkled with hailstones instead of sweet dew.

And yet, methought thine eye was dim, methought thy Still odder that people in light summer clothes,

cheek was pale, Should go shivering about in a glimmer of sun,

Perchance one stolen look at me might make thy heart With chilblains on fingers, and frostbitten toes,

to fail; And cheeks red and raw, like roast-beef underdone. Perchance that heart was beating then with busy thoughts

of me--But the wind's in the west! the wind's in the west ! The very flower upon thy breast was languishing like

thee. And it ripples the surface of lake and stream, And it kisses the dew from the buttercup's breast, And it puffs little clouds through the sky like whipt For, oh! there was a time when I was never from thy


And thou wouldst let me call thee then, my beautiful, And the midges are dancing their up-and-down dance,

my bride; And little green insects are creeping about,

But hearts will change, and love grow cold, and truth Some climbing up ryegrass as sharp as a lance,

become a dream, And some under wither'd leaves poking their snout.

And all that once seem'd constancy, alas ! did only seci.

. Queer little atoms of life are they,

Hold on thy course ! and breathe thy vows to others as Swarming in myriads, though nobody cares,

to me ;--Nibbling whatever may come in their way,

If thou wert all that once thou wert, I'd ne'er return to And dying at once without any grey hairs.


The captive bird comes back no more when it has broke The wind's in the west ! and the blossoms are all

its chain, Silver and ruby on every tree!

And the heart that once hath fail'd in love, can never The wind's in the west! and the white ship tall

love again. Gleams like a palace upon the sea !


The wind's in the west! and my heart beats quick,

For my blood is warm with a richer glow;
My fancies now come clear and thick,
And many delights around me grow.

CHIT-CHAT From London.-The members of the London Lite I never can lie on the breezy hill,

rary Fund dined together a few days ago, his Grace the Duke of

Somerset in the chair, supported by Lord Milton, Messrs Shee, HobAnd all my soul on the landscape feast,

house, Sotheby, Lockhart, Lytton Bulwer, Croly, Cunningham, I never can follow my own blithe will

and other distinguished individuals. Upwards of £500 were sub. Wben the blast comes surly and cold from the east. scribed in aid of the benevolent objects of the Institution, and it

was stated, that in the course of the last year, fifty-six persons had But jocund it is 'mong the leaves to be,

obtained relief from the fund.—The London Society of the Sons of Up in the high branches reading a book,

the Clergy held its annual festival last week, when subscriptions Or merrily singing some melody,

were received to the amount of £923.-—" Captains Ready and Mail. That mingles its tones with the many-toned brook ;

land,” says the Atlas, “ have fought a duel at Calais, which ended amicably after a harmless exchange of two shots each." The first

gentleman is not a captain, nor is his name Ready.-There has been Jocund it is in a day like this,

a public meeting to petition Parliament against the renewal of the When nature is looking her fairest and best,

East India Company's monopoly, at which Mr Hobhouse presideda When but to know that you live is bliss,

Mr Buckingham, and his friends Messrs Otway Cave, O'Connell, and When the soul is in heaven, and the wind's in the west !

Hunt, had it all their own way,—The new Hall for public meetings

in the Strand is now open. The building cost about £30,000. The H. G. B.

principal hall is capable of containing 300) persons; there is a smaller room, which holds 600, and twenty-one offices and committee

rooms. Having been built on the property of the Marquis of Exeter, TO ZERA.

it is to be called Exeter Hall.–An engraving of Thomas Moore, from By William Anderson, Author of Poetical

a portrait by Newton, which is considered an excellent likeness, bas

just been published.—There are said to be opeu nightly in the parish Aspirations.

of St James's no less than ten hells, exclusive of all the private playing I saw thee, in the ball-room, deck'd in beauty, as a bride, before the Parliamentary Committee on the Poor Laws, preached at

clubs.-Dr Chalmers, who is at present in London, to give evidence But another whisper'd in thine ear, and linger'd by thy Sunday last to a very crowded audience at the National Scotch



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