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But, now that it is nearly conquered praised. The work is poetical, but as by philosophy, every man of sense no single specimen, and nothing but should be ashamed of endeavouring the titles of the little separate tales of to uphold or revive it. It is one of which the two volumes consist is githe errors of the past generation ; it ven, we dare not venture to give an is full of trembling and fear; and we opinion concerning it. Expecting aought all of us to wish it not merely musement from it hereafter, we are banished, but forgotten. A belief in willing to hope the book answers to supernatural agency, in the common the favourable notice taken of it. affairs of life, was formerly the foun Two specimens are given, in the dation of ruch, and still is of some Heidelberg reviews, of October, and delusion. A night to a sailor on the Novemher, of the old poetry of Gerwatch, is to him like day, but to a many. We are glad to find the Gersuperstitious being who has rarely mans recurring to the manly, though been after dark in a place less light rude ages of chivalry. They will not than a public street, night is fraught adopt the ferocity of that period, andits with terror. No man of sense, and vigour, sincerity, and even harshness, we must class authors as men of sense, may make them ashamed of their preshould in any way encourage a mis- sent feminine, and over refinement. chievous belief in ghosts and appari- The clearness and graphic nature of tions. If we tolerate the appearance the writings of former ages will aid of supernatural beings in the works of ridicule and reason in banishing the some of our greatest authors, we do it mysterious enthusiasm which is at prefor the sake of the beauties they are sent the greatest reproach under which united with. They, however, are the German character labours. The blemishes, and we do not admire nor first of these works is Kopp's Sketches love them for themselves. Ancient and Writings of former period. writers may be justified for using It contains a great mixture. A small them. They believed in them, but poem of the 14th century, the name modern writers, who are less credulous of which is the Mirror for Knights, t than the vulgar, want every excuse. is the greatest curiosity. The naSuch we conceive Messrs de la Motte, nuscript was found in the library at Fouque and Laun to be, and we are Cassel. Some of the other papers reat a loss to imagine how their “tales, late to the old Saxon code, and some sayings, and poetry * of the world of to inscriptions and remarkable maspirits” can find admiring reviewers. nuscripts. The other example is the We have less to say against another narrative of a Christian mission and work they mention, the title of which conversion, done out of Latin into is peculiarly descriptive of the general German verse, by a certain Rudolf von tendency of German authors. By Montfort. The history relates to the them, namely all emotions, particularly 3d century, but it is not mentioned if allied to enthusiasm, are regarded as when the author lived. This is a tidmysterious. They designate them bit of antique biography, reserved, as with a species of cant somewhat re- the reviewer says, for å future occasembling the quaint phrases of the sion. The name of the work is Barearly Quakers and Methodists. So laam and Josaphat. Rudolf was at that we are naturally led to suppose least an industrious and prolific poet. German poets labour under a similar Two other productions of his contain sort of enthusiasm. The inward man together 64,000 verses, and one of of our sectaries is the inward life of them appears to be a
chronicle of the Germans, and the movements the world.” We notice also a transwhich the latter describe correspond lation into German of the Orlando precisely with the "workings of the Furioso, which is by no means exeSpirit.” The work here reviewed is cuted to the reviewer's satisfaction. called “ Pictures taken from the in- Of course, it is not the work of those ward Life.” + The author chooses admirable translators the Vosses, but to remain anonymous, though not only of a gentleman who bears the name of this, but a prior work have been much Streckfuss. Poems, by Wilhelm lley,
shine in the pages of the review, like Aus der Geisterwelt. Geschichten, Sagen und Dichtungen.
* Bilderund Schriften der Vorzeit. + Bilder aus dem innern Leben.
a somewhat naughty child under the And further, correction of a fond mother. The
Oh, my tears, flow on, flow on, form, and the features, and the gene- That out of you a stream may rise, ral character, are praised, that the On which I to the place may swim youth may be encouraged, but faults Where I again shall see her. of rythmus and grammatical errors
This is quite equal to the tears that are the only specimens of the work
were shed for one of our own good selected. We cannot look on it with a mother's fondness, and can only queens, which were said by some court imagine there must be a great scarcity poet to have been so abundant, that the
boatmen who conveyed her dead body of gocul poetry, when this is allowed to take up four pages of the review. by water, might have “ rowed her Travels by a Mr Meyer, through part through her people's eyes." of Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, Again, chietly mineralogical, is the only book The cheeks glow, and always paler streams. of this description we see noticed. In The Hame cannot dry the food, general, the Germans are deficient in And the food cannot stop the fame. such works. Humboldt, and Von Are tears oil ? Are tears no more water, Buch, and Hammer, are enlightened, That I am only more destroyed by my learned, and truly instructive travel flame, lers, but in general the Germans are The more I try to extinguish it with my indebted for that geographical infor
tears? mation they know so well how to com We are hard-hearted translators, we pile, to the travellers of other coun- believe ; for we cannot love the noble tries. Some celebrated Germans by Frederick von Malsburg for his verses, birth, such as Hornemann, Burck- Though we, in our merry moods, hardt, and others, were in truth the should have no objection to see some travellers of another nation.
few more specimens of his bathos. If There is a review of three minor
we did not love him, we should at poets worth further notice. The first least laugh. of these, Mr Ernst Frederick Georg The second author is a poet Otto von Malsburg, makes in his pre- quite a different stamp. “ A brave face a direct claim on the friendship boy of nature," as the reviewer calls of his readers. “ The friends who him, a bookbinder's apprentice, –a know me, and who are attached to
sort of apparition which has not apme, will not love me the less for pub- peared in Germany since the days of lishing these poems ; and those per- the celebrated cobler Hans Sachs, who sons who do not know me, may, per; made extempore verses to the music haps, learn from them to love me.
of his lap-stone, and represented God Another specimen of the homely preaching and moralizing with all the honest way the Germans have of attributes of a Nurnburg pastor. The speaking out their feelings. We are specimen which is given of the protaught io mistrust the reviewers when Quctions of the bookbinder, speaks we find them praising such verses as much better for him, than the tears, for the following : We give a literal trans- the noble Frederick. We are afraid, lation.
however, Jacob Schnerr will not rise Most true there is a holy feeling,
to be the Burns or the Blocinfield of Which the powers of darkness dare not Germany. A description of the course touch ;
of life in the ballad style is both They dare, 'tis true, but vain, their toils
simple and neat. His work is pubThey sink in the abyss, and there despair
. lished at Nurnberg, the former seat of The following, however, they think poetry, when, like other trades, it are not excellent, though they regret had its guild, its masters, and its apthey should disfigure tlie pages of the prentices. We hope Jacob may help illustrious Mr Malsburg. The poet to re-establish a poetical corporation, says, when night comes,
and may rise himself to be a master. + Then like two fountains That tiow unconstrained, As they would melt in tears,
* Heidelberg Review, for October 1819. My eyes open their sluices,
Gedichte von Ernst Frederick Georg Otto And run drunk with desire
von Malsburg. Till daylight comes, &c.
+ Ibid. Gedichte von Jacob Schnerr.
a fat ture.
Miss Theresa von Artner, the third our fair readers not to despair. Indusof the prolific race, is spoken of in ra-' try in their calling, whether they are ther too contemptuous a manner by painters or poets, may enable them to the reviewers, when she is called à attain as great an elevation as the acminor poet.
A person who writes complished Theresa. hexameters on the meanest subject, When we got thus far in our readand at will, is surely a poet of first- ing and remarks, we were surprised rate importance. The following is a to find that we had stuff enough for specimen of “ The Slaughter Feast," an article; and, in the full confidence a poem written on killing a fat hog, that our readers will be pleased with and written to convince a friend who our efforts, we resolved, under the had laughed at her scribbling propen- title prefixed to this paper, to give sity that she could write on such a them such information, monthly, as subject.
we may obtain from German periodiThe sacrifice
cal works, relative to German literaGrints, bound in the gateway ;
The harvest is, however, so swine, lieavy as lead,
vast, that only a very few of the scatOh! A stately animal! Nearly as large tered ears can be gathered into our and as weighty
store. Our selection will be as varied, As that boar which was sent as a scourge as possible. It will necessarily be a on Calydon's fields,
patched work: but we shall use all And which the heroes of Greece united to
the skill we possess in the joining: destroy.
And we have no doubt that a few of So unite yourselves to-day, hand-sure the diamonds, and pearls
, and false butchers, More certain of victory,—though already stones of Germany, mixed and turned glowing, the small
in our kaleidescope, may bring forDeep eyes roll about.
ward many varied and beautiful pat
terns. The swine is conquered, and the blood caught in vessels,
mixed with milk and snowwhite fat
No. II. Must serve-A noble dish, to fill our bel. lies.
The contemplation of the various
changes which, during the lapse of Now dissect off the fat down to the ribs;
fivethousand years, have been wrought Dryed in the revolving smoke, which, from foulness
on this our temporary abode, affords, Saves it, many a sweet bit shall it give to a reflecting inind, an inexhaustible
store of useful and interesting mediNow, divide the flesh. This also bestrew. tation. It is pleasing to trace from ed with biting salt,
age to age, the gradual developement And reddening nitre, must go high in the of the faculties of man; to observe, chimney;
that while one generation hath passed But clean the inward parts more, and wash away, and another succeeded, each the intestines
has addeci its mite to the general stock Countless times, till pure and white they of knowledge; which has thus attainswim in the tub.
ed to that accumulated mass, of which If we should dispute with Theresa we now reap the benefit. the possession of taste, we cannot deny In contemplating the many revoher a great knowledge of pig-killing lutions that have taken place on this and cleaning. We only wonder how theatre of man's exploits, we are graa lady, who, from the von prefixed to tified by observing, that these have her name, we judge to be noble, could rarely been effected by fortuitous cirhave acquired so extensive an ac- cumstances, or unforeseen accidents; quaintance with the business of a but that the great Disposer of events butcher. This, united with a great has generally made use of the mind command of language, is one of the of man, that ethereal spark which asmost extraordinary acquirements we similates to his own divine nature, as ever met with in a lady. We counsel the instrument for working these
changes. It is gratifying thus to beIbid. Gedichte von Theresa von Art- hold the supremacy of this unseen
part of our nature; to perceive the
mind of one individual swaying the the warrior through the mazes of inactions of thousands; it is gratifying, trigue, and the highways of bloodbecause we feel that we possess in shed, I content myself with accomcommon with that individual, a por- panying the father, the husband, and tion of the mysterious essence from the son, to the domestic fireside. which his power originates. The fa If the changes which have occurcility with which we can trace the red in modes of government, and in causes that have contributed to pro- systems of philosophy, be great, no duce those changes that are already less great are the changes which time past, is also gratifying, because it in- has wrought on the habits of social spires a feeling of security with re- life. But society is not like an emgard to future events, which could pire, nor its manners like the theonever be possessed by the victims of a rems of a science. The revolutions blind and aimless chance.
of society are not so sudden as the reTo mark the gradual improvement volutions of a state, and a king is of science, and to contemplate the more easily banished than an opinion. rise and full of empires, form the Neither are moles of behaviour dishigher branches of this study. But covered, adopted, and thrown aside these are lofty heights, to which I by the discovery of new modes; nor seldom aspire. It suits not my dis- dare we, I fear, venture to affirm that position to enter into details of war morals, like the sciences in general, and rapine; to observe how the exer- have been in a state of progressive cise of tyrannical power forces its vic- improvement. In comparing the mantims to break their galling chains; ners of one age with those of another, and how the abuse of liberty by a it requires a careful examination of lawless multitude, again raises up a their respective merits, ere we award tyrant to wrest it from them. To the palm of superiority. We find in me it is more pleasing to mark the most ages something to approve, and gradual changes that have taken place in all much to condemn; and to in society ; to watch the varying modes weigh the good against the good, and of social intercourse, io contemplate the evil against the evil, is a nice and the assembling together of friends and difficult operation. To trace the proacquaintance, from the time wherein gress of an art or science is comparathey met at sunset in the pastoral val- tively easy; for it is a mere narration ley, to that in which they remain till of facts; an enumeration of discovesunrise in the gildled drawing-room. ries which one age has made, and the I love to conjecture what, at each dif- next has corrected ; or if the succeedle ferent period, have been their objects ing generation have substituted error of general interest; what have formed for error, the perspicuity of later times the subjects of their graver conversa- has rectified the mistakes of both; tion: I say graver, because I suppose but in morals the results are not so the elements of chit-chat to have been obvious, nor the facts so tangible. nearly the same in all ages; from the In every science, except the science days when the damsels of Padan-aram, of conduct, when the truth of a proas they watered their flocks by the position has been fully proven, it has well of Ilaran, talked of the marriage from that time been adopted as an of Jacob and Rachel, until the last axiom; the practice has always been week, when the Misses of Edinburgh, coincident with the knowledge posas they sipped ice at Mrs E's sessed. Widely different is the case rout, discussed the particulars of the in morals; there the principles are wedding of Lord and Miss immutable; but even where their
When the hour of separa- truth has been admitted, the stricttion arrives, whether that hour be in- ness with which these principles have dicated by increasing darkness or in- been observed, and the estimation in creasing light, I love to follow the which they have been held, have vacompany into the retirement of their ried much. The reason of all this is family circle; to see what then are obvious, in the adoption of a princitheir cares, their pleasures, their oc- ple of science, the head alone is concupations. In short, I love to ex- cerned, the consent of the judgment amine the minute economy of domes- alone is required ; but in the adoptic life, and leaving it to others, to tion of a principle of conduct, the follow the prince, the statesman, and heart interferes ; and the heart of
man is naturally unsteady, inconsiste
Postscript.--I have just returned ent, the slave of passion, and the sport from Mrs ——'s ball. I went thiof circumstance.
ther in good humour with myself, and But although the obstacles which with all around me. I have come lie in the way of the historian of mo- back fatigued, disappointed, dispiritrals be great, he has a powerful as- ed ; in short, with all the bitter feelsistant, peculiar to the study in which ings of one who sees his newly raised he is engaged. He has not to trace theory fall to the ground, like a swalthe endless errors of opinion, for the low's nest which the rude hand of theory of conduct is not like theories some wanton boy has severed from its of the earth, a set of probable con- hold. ectures. The science of morals is one I had not given the contents of my on which the happiness of man is so card of invitation that attention to dependant, that his beneficient Crea- which the work of a lady was entittor left it not, like other sciences, to led, in consequence of which, I erbe perfected by the slow process of roneously imagined that the party was time. He himself condescended to to be a rout, a species of entertaincommunicate its principles perfect and ment which I prefer to a ball, as it entire, to whici, nothing could be ad- affords more scope for the exercise of ted, and from which nothing should my favourite propensities. Upon disbe taken away. When he, therefore, covering my mistake, I was about to who reviews the manners of the adjourn to the house of a lady in the Ferld, in different nations, and at dif- neighbourhood, who this evening gives ferent periods, has removed from the a concert; but as I was quitting the itions of men that gloss with which room, my steps were arrested when I zypocrisy or ignorance has varnished beheld one of the lords of the creautile
, and that crust of obloquy with tion, six feet two inches in height, shich malice or envy has invested beginning to play the part of Cavalier thers, he can compare those actions seul in a quadrille. Oh ! 'twas a goodwith the infallible standard he pos- ly sight, to see those herculean limbs, esses, the morality of the gospel. whose natural paces were full ell
Thus to examine the manners of long,” mincing, and tripping, and wial life, and thus to compare them twirling, in a circle of twelve feet with the standard of right, is, I have diameter! When he had completed dready said, my favourite mental a- the appointed number of steps, the husement. I do not find, upon the lady opposite to him took up the xhole, that comparisons with former theme; and gathering her garments imes, render me discontented with tightly around her, (aş Aladdin was be present state of things; on the desired to do when he went in search entrary, I rather feel gratified for ha- of the wonderful lamp,) she bent forseg been reserved to these latter days. ward, and described with her body The manners of this age certainly ex- an arc, whose chord made with the xl all that have gone before, in pu- horizon an angle of forty-five degrees. ity, in gentleness, and in many other (I love to be correct.) I have seen a umiable qualities. May this purity; man dance upon his head, and a monthis gentleness, not be superficial ! key perform Scotch steps with his fore may it be in the thoughts as well as paws; but I never before saw a lady in the words; in the heart as well as trip on the light fantastic toe, in a po
sition at once so painful and so haI have not, at present, time to ex- zardous. “ This is folly," said I to end my speculations on this subject myself, “ but it is harmless folly.” day, farther, as the large eight-day At the conclusion of the quadrille, sesluck, which, in spite of the jibes of veral couples advanced to the top of ity cousin John, has stood in the cor- the room, and ranged themselves side der of my library these fifteen years, by siųe. The music struck up a beauhas just struck ten, the hour at which tiful air, and the dancers advanced a I promised to wait upon Mrs - of few steps, when suddenly, to my no
—; and as I am always punctual small horror and amazement, the gento my appointments, I lay down my tlemen seized the ladies round the pen, intending to resume it again this waist, and all, as if intoxicated by this etening, if the party do not possess novel juxtaposition, began to whirl suficient attractions to detain me long. about the room, like a company of
on the tongue.