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They have told me of sweet purple hues of the west,
Of the rich tints that sparkle on ocean's wide breast;
They have told me of stars that are burning on high,
When the night is careering along the vast sky;
But yet, to my lone gloomy couch there is given
FROM THE ARABIC OF TAALBETA SHERRAN.
Taalbeta Sherran wooed a girl of the family of the Absites; and she being desirous to marry him, appointed the wedding day. But when he came to her alone, she changed her mind and re jected him. Then said he, "What hath changed thee?" She answered, "By Allah, thy renown is very great, but my family says to me, What wilt thou do with a husband, who will be killed to-day or to-morrow, and leave thee a widow ?"
At this he turned away and spake these words:
"Espouse not the chief who in danger rejoices," They called to the muiden I courted to wed; "When his cry next is heard 'mid the war's loudest
The blade of the sword with his blood shall be fed."
Distrust seized the maiden; she trembled with
Nor loves at their kind his sharp weapons to bend;
Oft fierce from an ambush in fury he flashes,
And ever will dash, till his blood's chilled with age. And beside, all the masters of camels have found him
A plague, ever seizing on herds not his own; Yet they dare not pursue when his train is around him,
Nor dare they pursue him, e'en when he's alone. While I live shall my feet to the battle field bear
Its grass with my blood soon or late will be wet;
For I know, though the sabre of death long should
Its blade, brightly gleaming, must one day be met.
collected minerals, birds, natural productions, costumes, works of native arts and [The following translation of a letter lately re- manufactures; and availing himself of the ceived by a gentleman in this neighbourhood, from political situation of the country, which one of the veterans of German science, may per- gave him free access to many sources of haps interest our readers. Its author, the celebrat-knowledge recently opened, he obtained
ed Eichhorn, is well known as the most conspicu
"Göttingen, January, 18, 1824. "Allow me, my dear friend, to remind you of an old promise you made me, that you would procure the new edition of my Introduction to the Old Testament, the honor of a place in the Library of your University. It will appear at Easter this year, in five volumes; and I beg you, through the agency of some American student here, or the booksellers at Hamburg or Bremen, to have the goodness to receive the copy placed at your disposition, and deposit it in your library.
ous of the Theologians of the moder: school in possession of some very remarkable records, that country, and as a writer of uncommon origin- apparently of the greatest antiquarian valality and learning. Though now passed the limit ue. He also procured some beautiful modof three score years and ten, the following letter els, in full size as well as in little, of the shows that he preserves his health, spirits, and fruits and vegetable productions. The literary activity, unabated.] doubted hand-tree, with its fruit resembling the human hand; the torch thistle, three feet in thickness, and thirty feet high, with its many stems covered with flowers and fruits; the gigantic and clustering shapes of the palms, bananas, plantains, paupaus, avocatas, and many varieties of plants whose forms are almost totally unknown to the most skillful in botany. To these and many others, Mr Bullock has added specimens of all the productions that could be preserved in their natural state, and has brought from Mexico, to enrich the flora of England, a large collection of living plants, and seeds of the rarest and most beautiful flowers. His specimens of natural history are as valuable as those in botany. Of nearly two hundred species of birds, the greater number are undescribed. Many of these are humming-birds of exquisite plumage and surpassing brilliancy. Of these Mr Bullock had, at one time, seventy alive in one cage, and studied closely their
"Since the departure of Mr, my opportunities of receiving intelligence from you and our common friend have ceased. I therefore go back, the more frequently, to former times, and enjoy in recollection those agreeable hours, which we used to pass together. I still live on the same life, in which you found me, and in which you left me. I still give my lectures with great ease and alacrity, and finish at night my task of thirteen or fourteen hours, without feeling the least exhaustion. I should gladly have released myself from the editorship of the Göttingen Journal of Science, at the close of the last year; but the ministry at Hanover refused to grant the dismission which I requested. My object was to procure leisure to prepare such works for publication, as I still have in view. This I must for the present give up, as the care of the Journal consumes all the time, which my lectures leave unoccupied. For the rest, our University is in the highest degree prosperous. We count this winter 1532 students, of whom the law students are the more numerous part. My son, in his lectures on the History of the German Law, has constantly near 300 auditors. But of what am I talking? I wished only to send you a hearty salutation, and beg the continuance of your kind remembrance beyond the ocean, and have fallen into the old man's garrulity. I commit you, and all our friends in America, and all your undertakings, to the protection of an Eternal Providence, and assuring you affectionately of the continuance of my friendly recollection, till I pass to those who die not, once again I commend you to God. EICHHORN."
We learn from a late London Literary Gazette, the safe, arrival of Mr Bullock from Mexico, after a sojourn of six months. He visited the capital and many principal cities, and with great zeal and assiduity climbed volcanoes and pyramids, drew landscapes and temples, exhumed ancient images, and unniched long established gods;
motions and habits. Mr B. has also preserved a great variety of the fishes of Mexico and its coast, which are but little known; they are very singular in form and beautiful in colour, and he enumerates in his catalogue between two and three hundred species. While augmenting the stores of the vegetable and animal kingdoms, it would have been singular had he failed to visit the mineral world, in which Mexico is, perhaps, richer than all the universe besides. Her mines are more profuse and valuable, than rare or beautiful, but they form her distinguishing character, and will probably renew her wealth and importance as a nation, now that British and American skill and capital is about to be set to work upon them. Great contracts are now making to work the disused and ruined mines. The great mine of Valenciana is now English property (we believe it belongs to the Messrs Barclay); it is said to have been one of the most productive mines in the world; if ancient accounts may be relied upon, the annual profits were at one time equal to a million and a half sterling.
We hope to publish in our next, a review of Mr Poinsett's Notes upon this interesting country.
We have seen the first number of the Cambridge Quarterly Review. If this work is to be considered a fair specimen of the literary skill and talent of the University, one must believe that the Muses are at least preparing to leave their ancient seats. The leading article-a review of Southey's "Book of the Church"-is quite good; that is to say, it is exact, thorough, and elaborate, and evi
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dently all that the writer could make of it; | individuals for which it is intended. There as to be perfectly air-tight. From the upbut it displays no remarkable power of is no contest in the career of the drama. In per portion of the chamber, two tubes prothought or language. The reviewer prais- the years 1821 and 1822, there were produ-ject, of sufficient diameter to allow musket es Dr Southey, and the whole religious his- ced only two melo-dramas. The greater part bullets to pass freely down, for the purpose tory and condition of England, with quite of the works which issue from the Sicilian of loading the gun. Nothing more is neas much zeal as discretion. There is a presses, relate to antiquities and the fine arts. cessary than to lift the short lever of a slidpleasant story related of Archbishop Laud, ing valve, when the rush of steam into the whom both author and reviewer seem inchamber instantaneously discharges the clined to praise rather more than most hisbullet, with a force much greater than ordinary gunpowder. Several times, three or torians. four balls thrown in at once have been stopped in the gun-barrel for want of sufficient steam pressure. This might be avoided by giving any degree of pressure required. Mr Perkins has not yet employed a greater power than thirty-five atmospheres, though the strength of his apparatus would admit five times that power if necessary."
A new Literary Journal was announced for the month of May-"Revue Euro"The spirit of faction arose to such virulence, péenne, ou Productions de l'Esprit humain that even the softer sex opened upon him the bat- en France, en Angleterre, en Italie, en Altery of vulgar and insolent invective. An instance lemagne." The publication is to be monthis related by Heylyn, the biographer of this greatly, and in bulk about ten sheets 8vo. It man, in which the Primate adroitly foiled an antago- proposes to give information of all the nist of this description with her own weapons. Lady works published, discoveries made, proDavies, the widow of the Attorney General of Ireland, took upon herself, in the true spirit of fanat-gress ascertained, &c., in the arts and sciicism, to prophesy against Laud, shortly before his ences in every part of Europe; and is to advancement to the Archiepiscopal See; believing be published in English at London, French that the spirit of Daniel had passed into her, be- at Paris, Italian in Italy, German in Gercause out of the letters of her name, ELEANOR DAVIES, she could form the anagram, REVEAL many, &c. Already the contributors and O DANIEL; though by the way, it had too much by editors are provided. an S, and too little by an L. While the other bishops and clergy were gravely endeavouring to confute this wretched fanatic by arguments deduced from Scripture, Laud went a readier way to work. Taking a pen. he wrote this anagram, DAME ELEANOR DAVIES-NEVER SO MAD A LADIE,' and presented it to her, saying, Madam, I see you build much on anagrams, and I have found one which I hope will suit you.' This threw the whole court into laughter, and either the poor woman grew wiser, or was less regarded."
There is a review of Irving (the preacher), very abusive and not much to the pur pose; and one of St Ronan's Well, in which the writer endeavours to be exceedingly witty, but must be satisfied with the credit of good intention. The review of Blunt's Vestiges of Ancient Manners discoverable in Modern Italy, is quite interesting, because the book itself is very much so, as it places in a strong light the remarkable similarity between the Catholic form of Christianity and the Pagan institutions which it supplanted. The review of Croly's Catiline is pretty good, but far inferior to that which appeared in the North American
Review some time since.
This Review is also an Academical Register, and contains many pages of University Intelligence, Prize Poems, Lectures,
The "Bibliothèque Italienne" for 1823, contains an account of the literary productions furnished by Sicily in 1821 and 1822. It does not appear that literature is much encouraged or cultivated by the Sicilians. In those two years, according to this account, only about fifty-six works were published. Sicilian Literature is equally poor in its journals. There is a publication called "The Iris," a journal of sciences, letters, and arts; but it is not very expensively got up, being principally composed of extracts from foreign journals. The "Abeille," which served as a literary Gazette for Sicily, was so badly supported, that it ceased at the twelfth number. The "Journal de Médecine," in which are published the observations made at the great Hospital of Palermo, may be interesting to the class of
A young French poet, who possesses an astonishing faculty, proposes to improvise publicly, in French, something very extraordinary,-a Tragedy in 5 acts, and a grand Opera in 3 acts. This young man, M. Eugène de Pradel, has but just left Sainte Pélagie, where he has been imprisoned during five years for political opinions. During this time he has applied himself closely to study, and has published several works in
The Chinese have a method of hatching the spawn of fish, and thus protecting it from those accidents which ordinarily destroy so large a portion of it. The fishermen collect with care on the margin and surface of waters, all those gelatinous masses which contain the spawn of fish; after they have found a sufficient quantity, they fill with it the shell of a fresh hens-egg, which they have previously emptied, stop up the hole, and put it under a sitting fowl. At the expiration of a certain number of days they break the shell in water warmed by the sun, the young fry are presently hatched, and they are kept in pure fresh water, till large enough to be thrown into the pond with the old fish. The sale of spawn for this purpose forms an important branch of trade in China.
PERKINS' STEAM GUN.
Mr Perkins' reputation must be injured by such premature and imperfect accounts of his inventions as this. It is stated in the above notice, that he has only used a pressure of thirty-five atmospheres; now, the force of gunpowder has been ascertained to be equal to one thousand atmospheres, and of course, we should presume, a priori, that the force of the balls projected from this apparatus, must be comparatively trifling. And in confirmation, is the fact that three or four balls together in the barrel are sufficient to choke it up, and prevent the discharge; yet we are not told that there was any bursting of the barrel, a consequence which would certainly follow under the same circumstances, had it been charged with gunpowder. Besides, if we recollect right, the generator of Mr Perkins' new engine works with a presssure of only thirty-five or thirty-six atmospheres, and he has found it difficult to provide a boiler which should bear even this pressure without giving way. It is, of course, impossible, or exceedingly improbable, that his present apparatus should be able to bear five times this pressure, or one hundred and seventyfive atmospheres, which this account states it will admit.
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latitudes in which the voyage was to be prosecuted, and all measures adopted which might tend to hasten the successful termiJournal of a Second Voyage for the Dis-nation of the adventure. The instructions covery of a North-west Passage from furnished to Capt. Parry were explicit and the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in minute, directing him to consider the disthe years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's covery of the North-west Passage to the ships Fury and Hecla, under the orders Pacific as the main object that he was to of Captain William Edward Parry, R. N., F. R. S., and Commander of the Pursue, to which all other discoveries were Expedition. New York. 1824. pp. 464.
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The winter here was not over so as to permit their departure until the first day of July, 1822; being later by several weeks than the same season at Melville Island, though Melville Island lies rather more than eight degrees north of Winter Island, and though the mean corrected temperature of the two winters was, at Melville Island, 24° below zero, and at Winter IslHere they
and only 11.7° below zero. were visited by a tribe of Esquimaux, and obtained from them some valuable geographTHE name of Captain Parry must be faical information. They learned that the miliar to most of our readers; his account coast, after running northward a short disof his first voyage was extensively circulattance, turned short round to the westward ed, and his singular fitness to command and afterwards to the south-south-west, so such an expedition excited strong hopes as to come within three or four days' jourthat the voyage, the account of which is ney of Repulse Bay. The Esquimaux now before us, would result in the complete further told them, that from the hills on discovery of the long sought-for Norththis westerly coast nothing was to be seen west passage. The expedition failed in this Capt. Parry left England on the 8th of but one wide extended sea. This was conand in almost every other object of those May, 1821, reached the entrance of Hud-firmed by the recollections of some of the who planned it, evidently from no fault of son's Straits on the 18th of June follow- officers who had ascended the hills forming the commander or want of cooperation with ing, passed through the Frozen Strait of the boundary of Repulse Bay, and who had him of those under his command. The ac- Middleton, between Southampton Island seen a large sheet of water in the distance, count which he has published exhibits the and the continent, in the month of July; which they had supposed to be a lake. same modesty in the writer, the same per-coasted completely round Repulse Bay, as- From other Esquimaux, with whom they fect good sense, sound judgment, and demet in the course of their next summer's cision of character in the man, which were navigation, they learned the existence of a so obvious in his narrative of his first and strait tending nearly west, along the line more flattering expedition. We say more of coast which had been drawn by their flattering, inasmuch as it seemed to open a winter friends. This strait they discoverway direct to Behring's Straits, and left ed and called the "Fury and Hecla Strait;" small doubts in the minds of those best but the summer was too short and inclemqualified to judge, that the passage would ent to permit them to proceed far. They be feasible, if the north-eastern point were stopped on the 29th of August, 1822, of this continent could be reached. It In reviewing the events of this our first season of by an impassable barrier of ice of the forwas supposed, as Capt. Parry had conclu- navigation, and considering what progress we had mer winter, stretching from shore to shore. sively shown that the northern coast of made towards the attainment of our main object, it The rest of the season they spent in anxAmerica lay several degrees to the south was impossible, however trifling that progress ious watchings for this ice to open; in indeof Lancaster Sound; as he had made great considerable satisfaction. might appear upon the chart, not to experience Small as our actual ad- fatigable but vain efforts to discover a more progress up that sound; and as the only vance had been towards Behring's Strait, the ex-southerly and freer passage; in repeated obstacle to his further progress there, was tent of coast newly discovered and minutely ex- and close investigations of the course of the ice; that in the lower latitude on the plored in pursuit of our object, in the course of the the currents in the strait; and in journeys, continental coast, not only would the summer dred leagues, nearly half of which belonged to the last eight weeks, amounted to more than two hun- over the rugged hills to look for the polar be longer allowing more time for navigation, continent of North America. ocean. This service, notbut so much warmer as thoroughly to melt withstanding our constant exposure to the risks the ice, and allow a clear passage along the which intricate, shoal, and unknown channels, a coast. This supposition was strengthened sea loaded with ice, and a rapid tide concurred in by the knowledge, that Hearne and M'Ken- presenting, had providentially been effected without injury to the ships, or suffering to the officers zie had both seen the northern ocean at and men; and we had now once more met with Coast of America. different points, and both described it as an tolerable security for the ensuing winter, when open sea, entirely clear of ice. obliged to relinquish further operations for the season. Above all, however, I derived the most sincere satisfaction from a conviction of having left no part of the coast from Repulse Bay with the continent. And as the mainland now in sight from the hills extended no farther to the eastward than about a N. N. E. bearing, we ventured to indulge a sanguine hope of our being very near the north-eastern boundary of America, and that the early part of the next season would find us employing our best efforts in pushing along its northern
eastward in a state of doubt as to its connexion
This last voyage was begun with the most favourable auspices; every thing, which the experience of the former had shown to be desirable to increase the comfort of the officers and men, was supplied with unbounded liberality, every precaution taken to ensure the safety of the ships, all instruments furnished which might be used in making scientific observations upon the various natural phenomena of the high | shores.
This they did in fact discover,-unless Capt. Parry was unaccountably deceived,-and doubted not that the strait which they had entered communicated with it, and that they were indeed upon the northern
There was a continual
current setting out from under the ice, and the masses which broke off from time to time were carried rapidly to the eastward by this current, and never returned. The winter commenced upon the 20th of September, and they were firmly enclosed in ice for ten months; another tribe of Esquimaux wintered near them, and attending to the wants and partaking of the labours and sports of these people furnished them with ample amusement.
Capt. Parry, with the perseverance which