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the suffering and distress recorded, -and him. But before the marriage, Agatha's exclaimed he; and taking her on his bosom, he there is an abundant supply of it-arises attachment is discovered; M’lon's love impressed a long and burning kiss on her lips, as from an unnecessary and therefore foolish returns in full force, and Cherry gives they coloured with a momentary, hue of the beryl, endeavour to repress and conceal an early bim up to her cousin, whom he marries in the soul's last embrace with the heart.

Now, with that kind kiss, have you loosed my attachment. The Heroine, or rather Hero- straightway; and not long after, Cherry, bond with mortality-Do you love me still ?' ine No. 1, (for there is another) falls in who is throughout a most interesting though • The Almighty knows how I love you, dear, love, and determines to conquer her pas- perfectly impossible character, dies in a dear, and dying sufferer! cried he, through an sion if she can, and at all events to keep it rapid decline. M’lon alone knows and agony of sobs and tears. to herself; out of this determination comes understands her illness, and foresees her est,' said she ; and laying her head on his bosom,

* Then my last feeling of mortal life is the sweetutter wretchedness to all concerned, par- death, which the following extract des she breathed a few low, inarticulate sounds as of ticularly to Heroine No. 2, who indulges scribes.

prayer,and again sunk asleep to awaken no more. and confesses her affection without reserve,

What does all this mean?' cried Gatty, startand would have been made thereby very that M'lon entered. He had been ruminating in ment. "Diarmid! Husband! I say, tell me the

“ It was during this period of calm relaxation ing to her feet, and holding up her hands in amazehappy but for the wayward conduct of her the garden, when the servant came hastily and de- meaning of this. cousin, No. 1.

Of course, if a young lady livered his mother's message ; and knowing that •Be composed, my love! Be composed! The could learn any thing from this tale, it she was in attendance in Cherry's room, he went meaning is but too obvious. There fled the sweetwould be to avoid all manner of resistance straight thither. The alarm that he testified on est soul that ever held intercourse with humanity.' and disguise, when love befalls her, which viewing the condition of the sweet slumberer, apis just what Mr Hogg did not mean to lady, in particular, it seemed unaccountably mis- A Gazetteer of the State of New Hampshire,

peared to them both matter of surprise. To his teach, and just what (according to the prev-timed; and she could not help smiling at his per- by John Farmer and Jacob B. Moore. alent notions of the world) few ladies have turbation. He held a downy feather to her lips-- Concord, 1823. pp. 276. occasion to learn.

her breath moved its fibres, but could not heave it The second tale is intended as a warning from its place. He felt her pulse long and gentle, It was to be expected, that a state which against “ Leasing" (which is Scotch, for anon his heart throbbed as it would have mounted was ever published, would not long leave

keeping a steadfast eye on her face, and ever and had produced one of the best maps that lying, in a small way) and “Jealousy;" two from its place. faults, says the author, to which the fairer

it unaccompanied with a Gazetteer. We

What do you mean, Diarmid ” whispered Gatpart of creation is exceedingly prone. But ty, in some alarm; It is nothing but a sleep, and have not had leisure to examine very par

ticularly whether the work before us is in this tale, which is yet more a tale of as peaceful a one as I ever beheld. misery than the first, all the “leasing” of

*Yes, my love, I know it is a sleep; but I pray entitled to rank with Carrigain's map; but the prima donna only gives her a husband pends upon her awakening out of such a sleep, The assistance of several professional gen

you retire, and do it softly, for there is more de- it certainly possesses uncommon merit. of a rank far above her own, and of a char- than you are aware of.' acter much better than she deserved ; and .: If there is any danger whatever, I will wait tlemen has rendered the work sufficiently as to her jealousy, unfortunate and unfound with my cousin and you. Why should I leave scientific, and it contains a few engravings

her?" ed in fact as it was, if she had not a right to

well executed, and a map, exhibiting all be jealous, no circumstances can give such caution, desiring her to go with all expedition, and form. The typography is good, and the

“He then took his mother's place with great the townships in the state in their proper a right. We suppose the truth to be, that compound some cordial that he named; he also volume is cheap at the price marked, the stories were intended to be, as they are, motioned to Gatty to go with her, but she lingered $1,25. In the descriptions of the several interesting and amusing tales, and the beside him, curious to see the issue of that slumthought of calling them moral tales, came had his left arm under the pale slumberer's head, only what they are at present, but every

ber that so much discomposed her husband. He towns and villages, the reader will find not afterwards. Mr Hogg asserts distinctly, that both ently counting, with the utmost anxiety, every them, and frequently an interesting notice

and with his right hand he held her arm, appar- important historical fact connected with of his stories are not only founded on fact, movement of her pulse, and having his eye still of the most distinguished persons, who have but vary very little from the actual truth; fixed on her mild, relaxed features. Gatty sat the incidents being exactly related, and down at a distance, folded her arms, and watched resided there. In this manner a great deal many of the names retained. We should in silence. Mrs Johnson came into the room on of important information is given, and this almost be sorry to believe this, for more his eager eyes were fixed on one object alone. to those, whom the work most concerns.

tiptoe with the cordial; but M’lon saw neither; arrangement will be peculiarly gratifying intense or more extraordinary suffering While in that interesting attitude, one of those The sublime and picturesque scenery than that which all the principal charac- which a painter would choose, Cherry at once ters are made to endure, can hardly be opened her serene blue eyes, and fixed them with which abounds in many parts of New Hampimagined With all the pathos of such a steady, but hesitating gaze on the face of him she shire, has lately attracted much attention ;

. stories, Mr Hogg has contrived to mingle were, mechanically, without so much as a sigh, in White Mountains will probably become as

She awaked, as it and, at no distant period, a journey to the a great deal of humour. There is more the same way that a flame or spark, which seems fashionable as it must ever be gratifying to laughter-stirring fun in them, especially in quite extinct, will all at once glimmer up with a the latter, than in any other of his works; radiance so bright, as to astonish the beholders. all who love to look upon hills, and vales, sometimes his jokes are rather vulgar, and this face was all sadness and despair, but hers and forests, and waters, clothed with beauty. generally they incline towards coarseness, already said she. What a blessed and happy in future without this Gazetteer. We are

instantly beamed with a smile of joy, Am I here No one will think of journeying that way but they are always natural and hearty. state this is, and how easily I have attained it!'

We will give our readers one extract With that she started-looked at her clothes surprised that the author omitted a descripfrom the first tale; and to make it intelli- at his at all their faces with a hasty glance, and tion of one of the most interesting views, gible, must first tell a little of the story. then added, Already ! No, I should have said, which the state affords. We refer to the Agatha Bell, the daughter of a wealthy how fortunate it is, for if I had gone away without Baker's pond, in Orford, on the road from

am I here yet? It is well, though—it is well. Ah! scenery about a pond, called, as we believe, farmer on the borders, falls in love with this interview, I should have been compelled to Plymouth through Wentworth and Orford M'lon, a young Highland nobleman; but return.' Then stretching out her hand, on one of not being so certain as she wishes to be of the fingers of which there was a ruby ring, that he to Hanover. If it now remains as we saw a return to her affection, entirely conceals had put on that day he pledged her his troth-she it in 1821, there are few spots more roit. M’lon, who loves her passionately, | lle could not answer her, for his bosom was burst

pointed to it, and said, "See, do you know this?' mantic and beautiful. thinks, from her conduct, that she has an ing with anguish. ‘And these simple robes-do aversion to him, and endeavours to con- you know these ?-Why, you cannot answer me; Belzoni in Egypt; Fruits of Enterprise quer his attachment. After a while he de- but I know you do. Now, do you remember thai exemplified in the Travels of Belzoni in. termines to marry Cherubina, the cousin on that day I returned you your faith and troth, Egypt and Nubia. 18mo. Boston, 1824, of Agatha and almost a child; chiefly out that I said, I should never ask another kiss of you This is one of the most interesting works,

and released you froin your rash pledge of honour, of gratitude for the devoted love and unre- but one ? 'I crave it now.' served confidence she mapisests towards * This is more than human heart can support,' which has been presented to our children;

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and the information which it contains, is domestic animals. The man who heard Letters to a Child on the subject of Marigiven in a manner calculated to produce a another say that he had seen two bears time Discovery. By Emily Taylor. New good moral effect. A dialogue between fighting in the woods, and asked which of York, 1821. 12mo. pp. 322. å mother and her children, gives an ac- them beat, expressed only an ordinary de- WHEN children have acquired a good count of Belzoni's labors and conquests, gree of curiosity. If we well understood knowledge of the elements of geography, it a description of the countries which he why these anecdotes are so pleasing to us, is an interesting and profitable exercise to traversed, the discoveries which he made, we might be able to make them subservient learn something of the history of geograthe character and customs of the inhab- to some very important purpose; and even phy; and this is necessarily connected with itants, with such historical and other facts, without such metaphysical knowledge, they the history of navigation. The most imas illustrate the several subjects. Through need not serve as a mere matter of amuse- portant facts relating to these subjects the whole work the motto-Labor omnia ment.

are given in the work before us in a very vincit"—is kept in view, and the power of

Mrs Wakefield seems to have been well perspicuous and pleasing style; and they industry is very happily illustrated and en- aware of this fact, and has contrived very are accompanied with biographical remarks forced. Those who may purchase this skilfully to promote several moral purposes respecting the principal discoveries and book for their children, will not only grat- by connecting them with this subject. The those most concerned with them.

The ify them, and give them a kind of knowl- most natural of these is humanity to ani; writer thus expresses, in her preface, the edge which is not otherwise easily obtain- mals; and perhaps no more effectual method design of the work: ed, but furnish them with strong incite- could be devised. Another general prin

" It was chiefly my wish to call the attention of ments to industry and perseverance. The ciple, which she contrives to inculcate in

a child to the steps by which our knowledge of terms made use of in the various descrip- connexion with her anecdotes, is the iden- geography has been attained. This opens a source tions are so well explained, that children tity of happiness with usefulness. This is of practical instruction, as well as of interest; and, who can read easily, must be old enough to done with much ingenuity, and yet great in the hands of a wise and judicious instructer, I understand them; and there are few per- simplicity. The whole work consists of a

cannot help hoping that my little volume may be sons of any age, to whom it would not be correspondence between two young ladies. made the first step to a course of much more valu

able reading. Since it has pleased Heaven to fix instructive. The engravings are well ex- Caroline was, by misfortune, reduced to the our lot at a time when a great and general interecuted and add much to its value.

necessity of retiring from London to an ob- course between brethren of all parts of the earth is Although we have made these liberal scure town in Wales. Here she found a carrying on, it is surely right, early to incite in a concessions with regard to the moral char- home in a most worthy family; but every child's mind a feeling of interest and fellowship in acter of the work, it must not pass unno- thing presented a painful contrast to ker it is bom; and is not this of at least as much im

the concerns of that large community into which ticed that the morality which character- former mode of life. She was not long de- portance as the attempt to carry its oughts back izes it, is not altogether that which should prived of her amusements, without looking to the darkness of past ages, and to interest it in be taught in a book intended for instruc- about for something to do ; and her aunt the lives and actions of the boasted heroes of antion. It does not sufficiently recognise supplied her with such work, as she could tiquity? In tracing the progress of geography, we religion as the essential principle. We be readily taught to perform. She gradu- really perceive that we are travelling in a road of know not what a christian can have to do ally became interested in the useful avoca- doms of the earth, the more our desires for the

improvement. The more we know of the kingwith morals separate from religion, and if a tions of the family, and learned, like her real good of our fellow-creatures expand, and the book directly inculcates the one, it should associates to seek for happiness in doing more we feel that it was the intention of Divine also inculcate the other. Do we derive good.

Providence that they should thus be enlarged." our motives for a moral life, from the world, Her attention was naturally excited by It is sufficient praise to say that the author or from heaven? If from heaven, why not the modes of life and the usefulness of do- has presented these truly amiable and reliacknowledge it, and teach our children to mestic animals. This was all new; and, gious views through the work. The fame derive theirs continually from the same like the rest of mankind, she soon learned of the great personages, whose actions she source? It is hardly sufficient to show to desire a knowledge of every remarkable describes, did not prevent her carefully disthem that industry and discretion will fact concerning them. Much pains was tinguishing their vices from their virtues; secure the good things of this life, and per- taken to gratify this curiosity; and these and if a child is disposed to traverse the form wonders, and earn a recompense and anecdotes became a principal topic in her globe, and learn such facts as are here honour which will make the heart glad. letters to Emily, her former associate. She recorded ; a safer pilot or a more pleasant All this may be exceedingly good, but it also keeps in view her progress in a useful and judicious companion cannot be chosen. also may be infidel rant, unless every ac- life; and the two subjects are so combined, tion is estimated and judged by a reference that they mutually add to the interest of to religious truth. We might extend these her letters

. Emily in return makes the Tancred, or the rightful Heir of Rochdale remarks to a great proportion of the moral most of the subject; and contrives to supply

Castle. A Drama, in three acts, fic. By works designed for young persons; and her share of well authenticated anecdotes.

Gardner R. Lillibridge. Providence, From this sketch of the plan of this little

1824. 18mo. parents who are disposed to give their chil

68. dren principles of action, that will bear work, every reader must be prepared to The word Drama, is thus defined by Mr every test to which the exigencies and approve it. Its whole moral Walker: “a poem accommodated to acvarious relations of life expose them, will very amiable and judicious Indeed, we tion; a poem in which the action is not hardly wish them to make any effort or can scarcely place our children in better related but represented; a play; a comedy ; sacritice, solely from such motives as are company than Mrs Wakefield. We do not a tragedy." Now it is clear, that Mr presented in these works.

much relish her fondness for comparing Walker was entirely ignorant of the true

instinct with reason, and leaving the reader meaning of the word, or that Mr Gardner Instinct Displayed in a Collection of well sort of brutes. But she finds what are nating his maiden production. Far be it from

to infer that men are but a more sagacious R. Lillibridge has grossly erred in denomiauthenticated Farts, exemplifying the extra- thought very high authorities for this, and us to impute so heinous, a charge to this ordinary Sagacily of various Species of the

we must leave her and them to correct dramatic gentleman; on the contrary, we Animal Creation

By Priscilla Wake- their error, when an improved state of the must let the Orthoïpist “bear the brunt of field. Boston, 1816. 12mo. pp. 335.

human character shall render it more man- this offence ;” though at the same time we There are few species of narrative, which ifest. It is remarkable that this book is will render him the justice to say, that not are more pleasing to a great part of man- not more frequently found in the hands of he alone, but all the lexicographers of the kind, than the relation of extraordinary children. There are few equally interest- English language might in vain have puzfacts concerning animals. Who will not ing or more pure in their moral character; zled their brains to invent a suitable genlisten to any story of the sagacity of a dog and it contains a great variety of facts im- eric title for this “singularly wild and orig

a or a horse ? Nor is this interest limited to portant in Natural History.

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It has been our peculiar good fortune, all I've a tale to tell which will make thy “Since none will speak, hear me! Mercy I to peruse most of the specimens of dra- young blood run chill through their veins." expect not, for it seems a stranger to this proud matic genius, which have issued from the But as we despair of telling this tale half castle. That man, {pointing to Lawrence, that American press, from the “ Capture of as well as Mr Adams, and trust that our life; nay, frown not, mighty sir—your frowns and

blood-thirsty man, who seems so anxious for my Burgoyne," down to the “ Hero of Chip- readers have already taken an intense threats I hold in the same contempt I do yourself! pewa ;" and we think we may fearlessly interest in it, we transcribe it.

Thy rancorous persecution now forces me to speak, assert that not one of them can in any de- “ You must know, that about four years before make me blush to say,-for well thou knowest it,

what honor and what manhood would otherwise gree compare with “Tancred, or the Right- you made your appearance on this busy stage of 'twas I, the sacrifice that saved thy life, which else ul Heir to Rochdale Castle.” We sin- action, my mind led me to take a stroll of the would have fallen beneath an arm as high o'er thee

skirts of I had left cerely congratulate Mr Lillibridge upon

as the great canopy of heaven is o'er the judgment having produced so efficient an answer to work of the day at an earlier period than usual. *** By giving my silver call a blow, old Ponto, rugged wilt take that life which unhappily was the saviour

seat.-Then frown and threaten not; but if thou the sneers of the Edinburgh, and the asper- with age, left his kennel and ran on before me, of thine own, mark me, be not so unguarded as to sions of the Quarterly Reviews. The wagging his tail, for I never went abroad without question will no longer be asked, “Who his company. ***The long, dismal, rumbling roar of suppose it shall be taken with impunity; by heaven, reads an American tragedy ?" but rather, the falls between the Terrible and Bloody Peaks, no; for those brave followers who made thee

flinch at every look, shall revenge my fall, though “Who has not read Tancred, a drama?" burst upon my listening ear. ***Still onward we went, until the intermingled yells of some unknown thou implement of cruel treachery, thou violator

at the certain fate of meeting with their own. Yes, It were invidious, perhaps, to compare, Mr animals set on end every hair in my head. I stop innocent hospitality, there's some prophetic power Lillibridge with any of our puny American ped. I imagined that to proceed would be enter informs my soul, ere long, this proud castle shall be authors, for he may boldly challenge coming upon the brink of death. It was impossible to thy body's monument, and thy departing spirit, in petition with the master spirits of the Eng- metements, the harrested or bois mUstesolved, at descending to the flames below, shall, with its unlish drama. Like

Byron, disregarding the all events, to find the cause of this mysterious con: natural howlings, scare the ill-omen'd bird of stale and hackneyed use of mere flesh and Forest.-All was darkness.—My dog appeared to

night." blood dramatis personæ, he daringly enters stop.—The groan of an infant caught my ear.

Who would have thought he possessed the world of spirits and shows himself hand I found it! alas, with but little life remaining, such a pugnacious spirit, though he does and glove with ghosts and ghostesses of the bound fast to a tree. With but one stroke of my tell us, to “ North Britain I espect I owe my most extraordinary character. It is not sword I liberated the helpless little victim.

birth.” Mrs Marguritta, however, could often in these degenerate days, that we are the child, how could

" Rachel. (Screams.] Oh, Heavens !-- You kill'd not away with it, and immediately issues the favoured with such good substantial appari

Fitz Adams. No, no, I cut every particle of following commands. tions; and they are not only numerous, but chord and rope in twain. Kill the child, indeed! "Silence, slave! by Heaven, the audacious vil. assorted with great regard to effect, inso- Where can you borrow such base imaginations lain dares to level his rebellious answers at our much that their absence would be a serious from. But to proceed I again sought the foot- sacred persons.--I'll hear no more! Send him to loss to this highly fanciful and imaginative path with the child in my arms. Having found it, instant execution! Hang up his carcase on the

i hurried onward, when again the horrid yell of highest tree, that it may dangle conspicuous to the production. In imitation of the tragedies wild animals rung in my ears. I drew my sword, passing carrion.” of Maturin (we trust that Mr Lillibridge by which time two monstrous wolves rushed upon We foresee much controversy between will not mistake this for the “merest insin- us.'

future commentators, touching these last uation of the charge of plagiarism,”- This child is saved by Fitz Adams in words. If we may confess it without shame, have “no such stuff in our thoughts”), his spite of the two wolves, but at the expense they a little puzzle us. Probably Mr G. drama is rife with barons, baronesses, and of the dog Ponto, and of a good part of the R. Lillibridge has some authority for supbanditti, so disposed and grouped together calf of Fitz Adam's left leg. He proves to posing that in that far north country of as to produce a result rarely equalled and be Tancred, who is at once a lover, an heir, which Mrs Marguritta is the famous baronnever surpassed. Like Shiel—but it is a moss trooper, and first captain of banditti; ess, carrion is so obliging as to walk about not by comparison that we expect to con- while following this latter vocation he falls in search of a crow or buzzard hungry vey any adequate idea of the all unuttera-in with and robs one Baron Murcia and his enough to eat it. Her foul intents towards ble merits of this incomparable drama, and “comical, cowardly, and honest fellow" of our hero are most happily delayed by the therefore without farther preface will intro- a squire Stephen (we are not favoured with appearance of a new character, i. e. the duce it to our readers, by endeavouring to this patronymic), and this circumstance is in principal ghost, alias “the late Baron Rochgive a faint sketch of its story, &c.; but some way or other, we don't exactly un- dale,” who, in a speech to Tancred quite at the same time, we wish it to be clearly derstand how, the cause of the Baron's convincing, declares that he, the ghost, understood that we do not vouch for the receiving an invitation to sup with one feels firmly convinced in spite of a very correctness of the detail; not feeling ex- Marguritta, a most bloodthirsty virago and strong family likeness between him, the said actly certain of having succeeded in our withal “ the famous Baroness of the North,” Tancred and the deponent, that the said attempt to unravel the complicated myste- who thus acquaints us with her own char- Tancred is none other than the son of him ries of its plot. acter.

the said Ghost of the late baron of RochMr Lillibridge plunges into the middle

“But recollect, my faithful friend, that our dale, and therefore that he the said Tancred of things at once, but relates what has gone hands have already been imbrued in the blood of is the RIGHTFUL HEIR OF ROCHDALE CASTLE; before by means of one Fitz Adams (we Rochdale and Rothsay. The first, I confess most and he thus makes this interesting dishope the Dramatist did not mean to 'in- frankly, was the effect of youthful fire and discreet

“Act II. Scene IV. He” [Tan

covery. fuence the Presidential election) in anlove. Forced on me by the commands of a de

Soft swer to a question from his daughter, Miss but an object of my indifference ; an object which musick, together with invisible female

termined parent. the Baron Rochdale was at first cred] “kneels before the altar. Rachel Adams, who comes on the stage the presence of the Baron Rothsay soon converted voices, [it would have heightened the weeping, and with her “heart bleeding for into a bitter hatred; though not the fountain head solemnity of the scene to have given us a the safety of her dear Tancred;" this gentle- of homicide, still we acted as the leading springs." sight of these voices, the more especially man proves to be her “lovyer true,” the After supper, by way of dessert, Tancred as they prove to be in fact ghostesses of Hero of the Drama, and moreover, the son of is brought in to receive his deserts, and to voices.] The Ghost of the late Baron the late Baron Rochdale, who is one of the answer to the charge of having committed Rochdale rises and bows thrice before principal characters. The father of Miss an assault upon the person of Baron Mur- Tancred”—but Tancred is such a brute Rachel says to her, with regard to the sub- cia, with intent to rob; and one Lawrence that he does not return it; after a short ject of a letter received that day by mail enacts the part of justice, and having ar- speech from Tancred, his Ghostship thus from Tancred, that fear of disturbing the raigned the criminal, expatiates pretty addresses his undutiful son who had calltender feelings of Mrs Adams has kept largely upon the crime of highway rob- ed him “a frightful spectre,” to which, him silent upon this subject, " but if it be bery; to which our hero, who pleads his own however, the Baron properly retorts by your wish,” [addressing Miss Rachel] "1 case, answers in a most pithy and pertinent twitting him with the fainily likeness we may venture to touch upon it; but first of speech.

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“Tancred, my son. [Tancred starts.] Fear | stored to something of its ancient freedom, trance of the Acropolis, to be built; in transformnot. I was thy father! In me behold the poor even though the splendors of its arts and ing the Piræeus, which was before crowded with remains of Baron Rochdale! thou art my son.

arms should remain only in their imperish- ships of war, into a depot for the merchandise of the Thy great resemblance to me, thy hapless par

Greeks, and in raising Athens to be the favourite ent, need not make you doubt the truth of this. / able records,---we turn with renewed inter- seat of the Muses. Yet how do our frivolous Atheall this lordly Castle, for Oh! my son! thy mother cient or modern ; and a book bearing the scorn. While all neighbouring states admire him, was the cruel murderer of thy sire! the death of above title commends itself to our notice, calling his work-for such is our Athens--the jewel was and of the Baron Rothsay she would e’en though the production of an unknown au- that this city, --so limited in its extent,

and built on

of Greece, and cannot express their astonishment have been the death of thee, but for the benign

thor. interposition of that Almighty Providence to

In this instance, our interest has been into the shade ;-here, in all our public places, our

a meagre and stony soil, -should throw monarchies whom nothing can or ever is impossible. But spare thy mother, Tancred, and let thy vengeance sustained through two small volumes, writ- shops and streets, he is calumniated ; and all 'ears fall alone on him, the damned spurrer of all herten with a good deal of taste and discrim- are open to the senseless babble of those who are cruel deeds :-On Lawrence. —- Ay! you may ination, although there is no display of ex- envious of him; and who by their calumnies, by well start with horror, for had you not thus effected traordinary genius. The author seems to their deceitful tattle, and by a hundred other deyour escape, you ne'er had seen to-morrow's dawn.

grading arts, practised only by demagogues, are He would have murdered thee, my son, as he be- have a truly Grecian spirit; and, what is creeping into favour with the people. fore did murder thy poor father, &c. &c.

better, that fine moral taste, which, where Yesterday the contemptible fools had the boldHide your diminished heads, ye Hamlets,

it is truly possessed, will always be per- ness to think of accusing him openly of tyranny, and Banquos, and various other Castle ceived; whatever may be the subject of and of proposing that he should be condemned to

discussion, and whether truth or fiction be banished from the city.” Spectres, for never did ghost so harrow up the soul as this of the late Baron. We employ the pen.

The third dialogue is between Pericles,

This little work is in the form of dia- Aspasia, and Alcibiades. It begins thus : know not nor envy him, who could listen to this thrilling tale unmoved. We logues; in which subjects are discussed

which we might suppose.


Aspasia. See with what serene glory the

and did suppose that

occupy sepulchre could

sun is sinking into the ! render up a more appalling spectre than interest the Athenians in their best days. Thus closes the earthly career of the Pariset Waves

They are designed to give us a lively did Anaxagoras pass away. Thou, Alcibiades, the imagination of Shakspeare, &c. had already summoned ; we did hope that picture of the times and render us, as it wast present.

were, present with Pericles and Socrates “ Alcibiades. Never shall it be forgotten! He spirits had done their worst, and could no

and Alcibiades. “ How could I hope,” was sitting in this pillared hall; the moon shone more alarm the peacefulness of our solitary hours or disturb the “ few rebellious” « par- says the

author in his preface, “ to render upon his silver hair; he gazed serenely on the

starry heavens; then he spoke, with reverence and ticular hairs,” which adorn our head; but scenes from a remote antiquity at once

awe, of the Creating Spirit who directs the course to a transcendent genius like Mr G. R. pleasing and instructive to my contempo- of countless worlds in the regions of immeasurable Lillibridge, nothing

to use his own lan- raries, had I not sought to invoke the living space. While he was speaking, I saw him fall " spirit of that time and that people, to move gently asleep-alas ! never again to awake.

beautiful as After this terrific ghost has departed, the before them distinctly, holding up as it Behold there his marble statue, wrought by the invisible voices, or four female spectres" were, a mirror to each spectator; thus en- hand of Phidias. Thus intellectual, noble, and make their appearance, but having left abling bim to judge for himself. The sub- benevolent were his features ; thus did they remain, their voices behind them, they only point jects of these dialogues are: “The dema- unchanged

, even when the genius of death had at a door; it takes four to make Tancred gogues; ostracism; the character of Per- already guided his better soul to Elysium. Often,

icles, and his wisdom as ruler; the when I regard the statue in the light of the starry perfectly sensible which door he was to go out at , he was so much astounded by manner in which affairs of state were view-heavens, it seems to me as if it were alive ; the ed by the common people; on the wise of imperishable wisdom flow from them.

lips appear to open ; and, to my fancy, the words the late Baron. We have room but for one

Alcibiades. How sacred is this statue in my more quotation, and that shall be Tancred's guidance of the people ; Aristophanes' determination as touching the ghost; but satire of the Sophists; the influence of the eyes. Once, o Pericles, didst thou lead me toit

, we trust we have said and shown enough to

fine arts; the Grecian tragedy in its influ- when ! was trembling on the borders of a frightful induce our readers to delight themselves ence on the character of the nation; the precipice; when an unholy ambition would have difference between the wisdom of Socrates swear to Pallas, the goddess of the Athenians, that,

drawn me into its whirling vortex. Here did I with the perusal of this interesting drama.

and that of the Sophists; the funeral cel- faithful to the instructions of Anaxagoras, I would “The mention of Lawrence's treachery, but ebration of the Athenians fallen in battle ; subdue my ambition, whenever its indulgence above all the discovery of the Cavern, which is a the love of the marvellous among the would interfere with the welfare of my country, secret to every human being but ourselves. It was my father's spirit that I have seen; I am resolved Athenians; the death of Pericles; the hast kept thy oath, as a nobile Athenian should do.

my dear dered sire, and others that have privilege here. | Athenian mechanic; the policy of Cleon, my country more than fame, to whom do I owe at all events to follow the admonitions of my mur- habits of the females; the credulity of an

Alcibiades. If I have done so, if I now love I will once more return to the castle."

the demagogue; the reverence paid to the it, but to thee, Pericles, to thee, Aspasia, and to our gods; and the condemnation of Socrates." Socrates ? I earnestly strive to attain thine excel

These are well chosen subjects, it will be lenee, O Pericles; but there is one of thy virtues, Das Volksleben zu Athen, im Zeitalter des acknowledged; and we think they are, in in view of which I must ever despair

. Perikles, nach Griechischen Schriften.- general, well treated.

"Aspasia. And which is that?

" Alcibiades. The unshaken coolness of his deManners of the Athenians, drawn from Pericles is the author's hero, of course, portment in the tumult of popular commotion; this Grecian

works. By Jo H. von Wessen- and he places his dignity and moral worth compels my admiration, but is beyond my imitaburg. Part 1st, Zurich, 1821. Part 2d, in the strongest contrast with the sophis

tion. 1823. 12mo. pp. 132. try, artifice, and flattery of the demagogues,

Pericles. Why so ? The blood already flows We hope this work will be translated and who were deceiving the people for their the welfare of the Republic has taken place of that

more slowly in your veins, and a judicious zeal for republished here; it would be not only use- own aggrandizement. In the second dia- youthful impetuosity, with which, like another ful to those who are studying the history logue-on the Ostracism-between Socra- Theseus, you used to attack every thing which and institutions of ancient Greece, but in- tes and Crito, the following passage seemed to you unjust or inexpedient. Age and teresting to those who are acquainted with occurs :

experience will complete the work. them. There is another reason why we

* Alcibiades. Allow me, however, to confess

Crito. You are not ignorant, Socrates, with that, when the populace, excited by their flattershould give our readers a somewhat minute what triumphant splendour Pericles has terminated ers, speak contemptuously of thy wisdom; when analysis of its contents. At the present the war; how wisely he has freed Athens of vast the Demagogues shamefully misinterpret thy good moment, when the Greeks seem to be rous- numbers of dangerous idlers by the foundation of deeds, and draw, with deceptive sophistry, from ing themselves from their long slumber, the booty taken from the enemy, by converting it thee; when the hypocritical orators,—their own

colonies. What a beautiful use has he made of thy very services, grounds of accusation against and other nations are looking at their fine into splendid temples in honour of the gods ; in pockets well filled, -- bring as witnesses against country with the hope that it may be re- causing the Odeum and Propylæum, at the en-1 thee the liberty and prosperity of the state, for

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which they have done nothing themselves; then locutors are Philistus, an advocate; Damo- " Damocles. Do


doubt its authenticity? If my whole soul is kindled within me; my eyes flash cles, a master tailor; Lisiman, a dealer in so, address yourself to Lisiman, the horse jockey, fire, and I am irresistibly impelled to scourge the horses; Eucrates, Archon of Athens; and who is coming towards us, on a fine Persian chargimpostors; but one glance at thee slackens the

He will soon remove all doubt from your strained cord of my bow. What erenity, what Zeusippus, a merchant.

mind. coolness, what indifference! Ah! exceeds my Philistus. (Sitting at the comer of a street.] " Philistus. (Aside.) Very well; we will put it conception Whither so fast, Damocles ?

to the proof. (To Lisiman. That seems to be Pericles. You seem to forget that I am a dis- " Damocles. To the Golden Ram, the place of a noble, a superb animal. He is already disposed ciple of Anaxagoras. From my earliest youth meeting of our fraternity.

of, I suppose ? was destined to hold public offices. Anaxagoras Philistus. But the sun is yet high in the heav- Lisiman. The bargain is not yet concluded. knew this, and often pointed out to me the image ens; how is it that you leave your workshop so Would that Alcibiades were in Athens! He would of the most perfect government in the wonderful early?

not hesitate at the highest price. But if you incline processes of nature and the harmonious course of Damocles. To-day is not yesterday, my dear to purchase the charger, I shall be moderate, very the stars. Observe how various, how unlike, are sir, and there are seven days in the week. Great moderate. the powers of nature; they encounter each news has just arrived from Persia, and we tailors Philistus. I don't doubt it. In a few weeks, other, at times, peacefully; at other times, as ene- are going to meet and hold a consultation on the what do I say?-in a few days more probably, the mies; the one restrains or encourages the other; subject.

finest Persian steeds will be sold for a song in our at times a violent struggle takes place between " Philistus. News from Persia ? Artaxerxes market. them; but this always results in peace and tran- is dead, I suppose; and the Persian court has sent Lisiman. (Much surprised.] How so? These quillity, in more luxuriant growth, in more abund- you orders for mourning dresses.

horses never were in so great demand as at this ant fertility. The mysterious first cause, which Damocles. Dead in good truth; dead as a rat. gave the direction to each separate power, still But this is the least of the news. A great revolu- Philistus. Were ; but there's an end of all works in secret, unseen and unheard.'

tion has broken out. The monarchy is overthrown; that. Have not you heard the last news?

and the haughty Persians are going to submit them- Damocles. (Rapidly.) Artaxerxes is murdered, The discourse ends with the remark of selves, as good republicans, to the protecting gov- his throne overturned ; Persia acknowledges the Aspasia, that Pericles is governed by the ernment of the Athenians. By Hercules, it is the sway of Athens. Messengers from Persia are exwish to raise Athens to the rank of the first wisest thing they could do!

pected every moment. city in Greece; this has brought all his

" Philistus. But you jest, Damocles. From Lisiman. By Jupiter! I have not heard a thoughts and feelings into harmony; it what witch or sorceress did you receive such aston- syllable of all this. But you only mean to perplex me? ishing tidings ?

Philistus. Not in the least. Damocles knows gives him a steady purpose and persevering

* Damocles. From neither witch nor sorceress. how authentic the reports are. They come from courage; it has kept his soul so free from Our Master of the Guild, Storax, gave me the ac- undoubted authority; from the house of an Archon, covetousness or corruption, that he has not count just as he had it from his grocer, Melas, who the rich Eucrates. You know, perhaps, this man increased, by a single drachma, his paternal was told so by his barber, who had it from the has great dealings with Persia. What do I see? estate. Oh that it might become the ruling steward of Eucrates, the Archon.

You turn pale, Lisiman! Don't be cast down!

" Philistus. In truth, most authentic vouchers! There is, indeed, no time to lose. I advise you to passion of all Athenians !"

But from whom, I pray, did the steward of Eucra- sell your Persian horse as soon as possible, even This is followed by an amusing dialogue tes receive the intelligence ?

for less than half the market price. between Socrates and his shoemaker, in Damocles. That, surely, needs no explana- Lisiman. Oh, miserable, ruined man that I which the latter complains of the increased tion. From whom should he but his master ? am! My stables are full of these animals. What price of leather, the impositions of the tan

Philistus. See, there comes Zeusippus, a can be done with them?

Philistus. Do you hesitate ? You must sell ners and the heavier amount of taxes; all trader with Persia in rich goods. He will give us,

perhaps, some more direct account. Good even them, to be sure ; and quickly too. Will you wait which evils he ascribes to Pericles, “who,") ing, Zeusippus ! Any thing new from Ecbatana? till the Persians themselves are here, and the market he says, “wants to make himself king.” Zeusippus. It is but half an hour since I ar- overstocked ? Get down at once from your steed, Socrates, however, makes him acknowledge rived from thence. I made the journey with great and let me mount him. I am in haste. There are that he lives as well as ever; that he makes speed, for I was in haste.

five hundred drachms for you; take them at once. the purchasers of his shoes pay his taxes Zeusippus.] Doubtless as the messenger of mighty

Damocles. (Aside.) No doubt of that! [10 Tomorrow you would hardly obtain half as much. as well as the additional cost of his leather; tidings?

Lisiman. By the infernal deities! but this is

hard. The horse is worth at least three thousand. that he can prove nothing against Pericles, Zeusippus. I bring no other, than that the But there's no use in fretting. Not to lose every having taken his opinion from common re- great king, out of special regard to the Athenians. thing. I must lower my price, and hasten to find port; and that, as it regards his personal has taken off the duty on oil and honey imported purchasers for the rest.

from Attica. observation of him, he has nothing to ob

Damocles. [Aside to Philistus.] See how he The crafty advocate makes another barject to, but the ugliness of his half-boots ; keeps back the truth; he speaks figuratively, Phi- gain, equally advantageous to himself, with upon which Socrates relates the following listus. Is Xerxes then yet alive, and no revolution the credulous Damocles, in a purchase of anecdote : “ Zeuxis had just finished a broken out?

Persian shawls; and, as Damocles is retirsplendid picture. Among the persons who

Zeusippus. Are you dreaming? Who has

ing, exclaims : came to see it was a shoemaker who found strung together such improbabilities? On the very fault with the shoes of the principal figure, troops ; and it is as quiet throughout Persia as in elegant charger, show off your finest evolutions

day of my departure I saw Xerxes reviewing his “But see, there comes Eucrates. Now my which was a king. The painter took the a burying-place.

before the Archon! shoemaker's remark in good part, thanked Damocles. (Aside to Philistus.] He deceives, "Eucrates. What a superb animal! How slenhim for it, and improved the shoes. A few or is himself deceived. I dare say the troops have der! How beautifully proportioned! What a days after, the shoemaker came again, and, rebelled, and murdered Artaxerxes, and the people swan-like neck! How fiery his eye! How fine vain at the success of his critique, began to (To Zeusippus. Yes, I dare say, Persia

appears sian race? And how long have you been in pos

have made it appear to be only a review of troops. and supple his limbs! Doubtless of the best Perfind fault with the arms and the head of the like a burying-place. No doubt many thousands in session of this noble animal? hero of the piece. These criticisms Zeuxis this revolution have bitten the dust, and many Philistus. I received him but a little while rejected with a smile, saying I advise more are almost dead with terror.

since from one of my clients who has dealings with thee, my friend, to confine thyself in future " Zeusippus. You are mad! I tell you again, the Persians.

Eucrates. Thrice fortunate advocate ! An to thy last.” One of the most amusing dia- as certainly as Zeusippus stands before you, nothing logues, illustrative of the credulity of the

bloody has happened in Persia, except it be a wolf Archon never meets with such good luck. Athenians and their love of the marvellous, daily. or tiger hunt, in which the nobles engage almost " Philistus. He is indeed a fine creature, is not

he? His like is not to be found in all Athens. reminds an American of feelings and prac- Damocles. (Aside to Philistus.] With what You must know, besides, that he is of the same tices nearer home, although there is fortu- a brazen face does he play the ignoramus !-or is breed with those of the Persian king's body guard. nately a practical good sense among us, still nobles in Persia? We have received certain purchaser should offer?

he a Persian spy? (To Zeusippus.) So there are “ Eucrates. How much should you ask, if a which, without preventing the circulation advices that equality among all ranks was decreed Philistus. I did not mean to sell the horse. of ill founded reports for all purposes of there.

But out of respect to you, my gracious patron, I amusement, and sometimes not of the most Zeusippus. Worse and worse! Have you would part with him for the trifling sum of four innocent kind, yet almost always interferes been drinking at this time of day? or are you ban- thousand drachms. to prevent the belief of them being in any tering me? Good day. (Retires quickly.] * Eucrates. [Writes with a pencil on a small degree injurious to one's self. The inter

" Philistus. Now, Damocles, how stands your tablet.] Here is an order on my banker, Teresias; news?

and now the Persian is mine. (Philistus takes the

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