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journal undertook to vilify America. Next, out of sense of the jeopardy in which he will stand, REVIEW OF THE COURSE OF STUDY REQUIRhatred to the radical emigrants, who flocked hither, if his plan of warfare upon us be not utand some of whom made favorable report of the terly changed. Moreover, if his inveteracy This new world is usually regarded as fame it. The habit

thus formed has gained strength of hatred be too obstinate or too violent to the land of experiment and innovation. by indulgence till it now amounts, as is seen in be subdued or repressed, others, who will There is foundation for this remark, as to elvis review of Faux, to perfect insanity. Its sup- have the power in their hands, may be in political institutions and many of the useposed writer is an aged man bowed with years duced to compel him to decency.

fol arts of life. Our country, however, has and with infirmities, and very shortly must appear

Let it not be thought that we rate too furnished one instance of adherence to the at a higher tribunal than that even of an indignant highly, the influence or importance of the good old way, in which we can be blamed nation, to give an account of the use he has made of the talents put into his hands. We despise North American.

That journal has, be- for want neither of closeness nor pertinacant on all occasions ; but we protest that we think cause it merits, a high reputation; its cir- city. I refer to our courses of study, both more solemnly than he appears to do of literary culation is limited, in comparison with that elementary and more advanced. Most of responsibility. Wantonly to defame an individual, of the London Quarterly, but it is by no our colleges have from time immemorial a crime of no ordinary baseness: what is it for one, means small; and sentiments like those required for admission, an examination in who controls a press at the very centre of intellec- which it has now advanced, especially if Virgil's Works, Cicero's Orations, and in tual circulation-who utters his voice, and is beard they provoke new abuse, and be followed up the Greek Testament.

Some, of late as rapidly as wheels can roll or winds blow, on by continued and resolute defence, will go years, have added Sallust and Collectanea the Ganges, the Neva, the La Plate, and the Mis: the round of our newspapers, and visit eve- Minora. Now, sir, the question arises, Will and to exasperate into wrath and bitterness

, not an ry corner of the land. They will go, too, this course admit of no reform? Is the old individual, but a mighty empire, an empire peo

across the ocean. There will be nothing way, without dispute the best way? Were pled from his own native land, and in the language libellous in them to prevent their republica- I not in a land of free institutions, and of of a writer in this very number of the Quarterly tion, and the respectable journals of Eng- bold and unrestrained habits of thinking, Review, which, of all that history records, has land, who have already rebuked Gifford for some apology perhaps might be necessary employed the shortest time to rise to the greatest his disgusting intemperance of calumny, will for attempting to disturb long established power and freedom.'

be glad to use the weapons we provide for prejudices. As it is, I shall make no apoloThe article in the North American Re- them, and to tell of the defence we make. gy. Your readers are assnred, that the view, must be regarded only as an open No doubt, he and his will think it most un- opinions are the opinions of one, who is and manly avowal of a determination in the mannerly and vulgar in us, to be angry and deeply convinced of the importance of the Editor of that work, to meet at once, and resist; but there are others near him, early impressions, and of the early habits, resist by all means which are both efficient whose purposes will be as much advanced intellectual and moral, of the young; and and honourable, not only the Quarterly Re- by the exposure of his falsehoods, as his who, in reference to the long contests wagview, but such other periodicals as may be would be by their establishment, and they ed in our schools with Latin and Greek, disposed to follow its example, if any such will be glad to aid in their exposure. No can look back, and, both as an instructer there be. This is precisely the course doubt, too, his opinions touching our rude and pupil, say, Quorum pars magna fui. which the North American Review ought treatment of him, will be adopted by some Perhaps the propriety of commencing at this moment to take. This work is, be among us. In this connexion, we must take with Latin in preference to Greek, might yond all question, at the head of the peri- the liberty of citing one more passage from well be questioned. This plan is confessedodical literature in this country; whatever the article in the North American Review. ly against the order of derivation of the two good may be derived from this supremacy,

And one word, before we proceed, to a certain languages, and the reason, which formerly belongs of right to the work, but the Edi- class of our own countrymen. When the outrage- led to its adoption, has now in a great meastor must remember that the responsibilities ous abuse of this country, originating in the rene- ure ceased to exist. I refer to the use of which attach to it, lie upon hiin. Among gades and speculators, who infest us, has been the Latin language as the common medium these responsibilities, who can regret that espoused and reassented by the first literary memals of communication among literary men. he includes that of protecting our national of parliament; and when an American author Besides, there is in the formation of a large reputation? In this article, he may be or an American journalist, with blood somewhat proportion of the words in Greek, a reguconsidered as joining battle with one man; stirred, yields to the impulse, not so much of patri- larity and simplicity, and, so to speak, reabut this man, from his vast official influence, otism as of human nature, and replies to the charge, sonableness, which must wonderfully assist is a host, for he governs a host. Gifford's there are some few persons among us, who cry out the youthful memory in its acquisition. rancorous and inveterate hatred of this

angry contention' and the like.' Now we have in- Neither, it is thought, is the construction of country, is as well known as his authority variably found that these persons, some of whom its sentences so difficult and involved as in over the Quarterly Review, or the power-speak with a very dignified aspect, and carry a Latin. I might also mention the increased ful and extended influence which that jour- world of magnanimity in their tone, are annoyed interest, which is excited in the Greek nal exerts. It is well that he is met, front only by the American rejoinder. Not one of them language from the present state of modern to front, by the North American, and if cries a truce,' when the poisoned dart is thrown; common fame tells truth, we may be glad met and warded off. These people are impatient, remarks I intimated, that I should give you

but they are all wondrous pacific, when it is to be Greece; but as in the introduction of my that its Editor is aided in this good work, not when the American character is attacked, but the fruit of experience, I shall say nothing by one abundantly able to make the better when it is defended; and when the chased lion further of a plan, that I have never seen and the stronger side appear so. roars and menaces his hunters, they protest it is a

executed. We cannot but think this article will be testy beast always picking a quarrel. 'No one will think we make these remarks at random. We know

On the subject of grammars, I shall say useful. It must convince Mr Gifford that the times, the occasions, and the men; and we but little. Buitmann's Grammar is considerhe is not to pursue his reckless course of practise an undeserved forbearance, in not calling ed a valuable addition to the Greek gramcalumny with impunity. It must also teach them more distinctly into recollection.

mars before in use. The view given of the him that the resistance he will meet, will We regret that the writer of this article formation of the Greek verb is philosophibe such as he cannot despise nor pretend to did not enlarge upon this subject; it would cal and satisfactory, and the syntax more despise. He will learn, not only from its be an easy and a useful work for him, to clear and full, than the systems found in our tone of eloquent indignation, what feel show so distinctly the obligation which now other Gramınars. It is suggested, howevings bis boundless abuse excites here, and lies upon all American writers, to defend er, that a Latin or Greek Grammar, confrom its thorough exposition of his false- the reputation of their country from such structed on the plan of Wanostrocht's hoods, what measures of forbearance he attacks as those of the Quarterly Review, French Grammar, would be an improvemay expect; but from the full and forcible that none should hereafter deny or doubt ment on those now in use. array of facts, which the writer quotes, and it. We trust that this duty will be felt and It is allowed by instructers, that the best shows himself prepared to quote, from stand- discharged; but the subject is too extensive method, which can be adopted for the acard English works, he may be brought to al for us to enter upon at present.

quisition of the Grammar of a language, is to direct the attention to the application of Thomson or Mílton upon their learning, with the translation 4. The associations, of its principles and rules, as they are ex- the primer or spelling book. A boy has unfavourable in a religious view, connect emplified in the text book. With this ob- much to learn, even of his native tongue, ed with its being used as a school book. ject in view, it has been thought desirable before he can read the works of a poet 5. It may be read at a later period with to confine the attention to particular parts with pleasure or advantage. It is true, more advantage, when a knowledge of the of Grammar in succession, during several that with the help of an ordo and notes language will enable the scholar to judge weeks or days. A text book, therefore, and a clavis and occasional assistance, a as to the accuracy of the translation in constructed with a view to aid this plan, scholar may work his way through Virgil, common use. On this subject, I shall not has been a desideratum. I am happy to and at the end, may find, that his knowl- enlarge. state, that in Greek this desideratum has edge of the Latin language has increas- The necessity of remark upon the rebeen furnished by the publication of Ja- ed. But some other book would have an- maining Greek book, Collectanea Minora, cobs' Greek Reader. Of this excellent el- swered this purpose better, and sure the is superseded by what has already been ementary work, I shall take occasion to re- Mantuan Bard should yield other ruit than said on this subject in your review of Jamark hereafter.

this. Besides, I have often heard the re-cobs' Greek Reader. I have always conLet me here, Mr Editor, remark briefly mark made, that the impressions and asso- sidered the poetical parts of Minora, as on the pronunciation of the Latin and ciations, which are made by the reading of injudiciously selected, constituting as it Greek Languages. It is generally allow- Virgil in the manner which I have describ- dors, a part of the preparatory course of ed, that our scholars are deficient in this ed, are such as to produce an indifference study. I agree with you also in the particular, and very much so, compared to his works ever after. It is as if the la- opinion, that the selections in Jacobs with the scholars of Europe. And what is bour and fatigue, attendant on the attempts Reader are wisely made-well suited by worse, many feel and say, that it is a sub- of the young artist to give form and pro- their arrangement, both to aid the feeble ject of but little consequence. Here, it is portion to the rough material, should be- steps of the learner and to allure him to believed, is the difficulty. Now to such come associated with the symmetry and the fields of Grecian literature. Let me persons I would repeat the old maxim, That beauty, which are found in the finished here, Mr Editor, express the satisfaction, which is worth doing, is worth doing well. productions of his art. As to the Bucolics, which is felt in the view of every attempt I would remind them, that the habit of ac- commentators cannot agree respecting the to render our elementary course of study curacy of careful and minute attention, meaning or design of many of them. The more thorough and adequate. A feeling is an advantage to be aimed at in the Georgics are allowed to be difficult in con- of gratitude is also excited towards those, study of the dead languages; and that this struction; and the Æneid, so far as art is who, instead uf regaling themselves with habit may be much strengthened by_ob- concerned, is considered the most highly the fruits of learning, are willing to labour serving the rules of pronunciation. Fur- wrought epic poem in existence. And is for the benefit of others. This remark is ther, we sometimes wish to give authority it in the study of these productions, that equally true, whether our literary hosto a sentiment, or point to an expression, the scholar is to learn the rudiments of the bandmen be employed in rearing plants of by the quotation of a Latin or Greek sen- Latin Language?

native origin, or whether, selecting those 'tence or phrase. How awkward to be ig- Experienced instructers will, I believe, of other lands, which are congenial to our norant of its correct pronunciation. Per- join with me in deciding also against the climate and suited to our wants, they haps it may be said, that these advantages use of Cicero's 'orations, as a part of the transplant them with due care and attenwill not compensate for the labour which preparatory course of study. But lest this tion. must be undergone. I answer, that ac- article should be too long, I will concisely I will only add, that there is much room cording to the standard, which most of our and definitely state my objections to this for improvement in our preparatory course, Literary Institutions profess to follow, the book. 1. The construction of the senten- as to the study of Geography, Book-keeptask is by no means difficult. Auxiliary to ces is too involved and difficult for a learn- ing, &c. But these are subjects of comthis subject, I would here suggest an im- er. This difficulty seems intimately con- mon remark. provement in the mode of printing ele- nected with the oratorical style of the As objections have been made to several mentary books in Latin and Greek. It is Latin Language. 2. The minds of the books now in use, before concluding my known by those who have attended to this young are not sufficiently matured to un- remarks, I will propose substitutes. Insubject, that the correct pronunciation of derstand his reasoning. This arises, partly stead of Virgil and Cicero's Orations, I a Latin or Greek word, depends principal- from the subtilty of the argument itself, would require Cesar's Commentaries and ly upon a knowledge of the quantity of and partly from the necessity of having the five books of Livy now used in our the penult. If long, it bears the acient; at once in the mind a comprehensive view Colleges, making Virgil and Cicero a part if short, the antepenult is accented. In of the whole subject, which youthful minds of the College course of study. I would all cases, therefore, in which the rules of find it difficult to acquire. 3. My third omit the study of the Greek Testament prosody do not determine the length of the objection to its being used as a part of and of Minora, and substitute Jacobs penult, let the usual long or short mark be the preparatory course is, that if the stu- Greek Reader, with the hope, that in a placed over the syllable. Thus our schol- dy of these orations were deferred to a second edition of this work, when the long ars before reading the poets, might with later period, when the mind could under- promised Greek and English Lexicon shall little difficulty acquire habits of correct stand and feel the force of the reasoning have been given us, the Clavis now found pronunciation

which they exhibit, it would be of advan- in Jacobs may be removed, and its place I remember well, Mr. Editor, that when tage in other respects, than as affording a filled with more copious extracts from a boy, I went from the study of Biglow's knowledge of the language.

Greek authors. Till then, I would proLatin Primer to the reading of Virgil's Sallust is the remaining Latin author. pose the reading of Xenophon's Anabasis Bucolics, and that, with hard study and some difficult expressions are to be found or Cyropædia. much help, I learnt ten lines for my first in his works, but I do not object to his Perhaps the course of study here proexercise. As to beauties of thought or holding a place among the authors to be posed by way of substitute, may not be the expression, Virgil was in my view on a studied preparatory to admission to Col- best that can be suggested. The object of level with the Primer. In some of our lege.

of this communication will be answered, schools, this plan has been improved upon, The objection to the use of the New should the attention of literary men be diand several elementary works are read be- Testament as a text book in Greek, have rected to the subject. I am persuaded, Mr. fore Virgil is attempted. Still, sir, it is been frequently stated. They may be Editor, that improvements in our Academmy opinion, that Virgil is read too early in summed up, as follows: 1. The Greek is ical institutions, have not advanced with our course of classical study. In learning not pure and classical. 2. In the Epistles the progress of society in science and litour children to read their native language, particularly, the construction in many erature.

B. C. we do not put into their hands the works | passages is difficult. 3. Our familiarity

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It is the spot I came to seek,

My fathers' ancient burial-place,
Ere from these vales, ashamed and weak,

Withdrew our wasted race.
It is the spot, -I know it well-
Of which our old traditions tell.
For here the upland bank sends out

A ridge toward the river side;
I know the shaggy hills about,

The meadow smooth and wide; The plains, that, toward the southern sky, Fenced east and west by mountains lie.

REBECCA TO ROWENA.

“He comes not! and he will not come! The storm hath driven his bark aside ; Beloved! on earth we meet no more, For oh! morn sees me Rodolph's bride !" She weeps; but lo! a soft sweet note! One note upon a flute is heard ! Half wild with eager joy she bends To gaze once more upon the lake. And through the deepened shades of night Dancing upon the foam, a bark, And one tall form she dimly sees, With snowy plume and mantle dark. “ Be swift!"_'tis Carlo's well known voice! With trembling haste the maiden ties The knotted cords o'er balustrade, And “ Now I come !" she faintly cries. Red, brief, and sudden came a flash That moment from a casement low; Down sunk the snow-white plume, and on Drifted the boat, unsteered, and slow. Full well she knew her sire's true aim, His stern revenge, bis watchful eye; One shrill, long shriek rang through the air ; Ne'er in his ear that shriek shall die! Then comes a brief, an awful pause, And then a deep and sullen plash, Twice 'gainst the castle's massy walls With hoarser groan the billows dash.

"Lady, I've looked upon thy face ; And beauty, kindness, virtue, grace,

Have all combined to make thee fair. 0! may thy fortunes be as bright, As are those eyes, whose gentle light

Thy features now so softly wear. Lady, I love thee, for thou art The bride of him to whom my heart,"

She paused and turned aside-a tear Flowed from her eye-"0! I am weak, Forgive me, but I cannot speak

of himn who is to thee so dear; To whom I owe my honour, life ; Who fought so nobly at the strife,

The mortal strife of Templestowe,
For a poor Jewish maiden, whom
All other men left to her doom,

As if she were of man the foe.

A white man, gazing on the scene,

Would say a lovely spot was here, And praise the lawns so fresh and green

Between the hills so sheer.
I like it not, I would the plain
Lay in its tall old groves again.
The sheep are on the slopes around,

The cattle in the meadows feed,
And labourers turn the crumbling ground

Or drop the yellow seed,
And prancing steeds, in trappings gay,
Whirl the bright chariot o'er the way.
Methinks it were a nobler sight

To see these vales in woods arrayed, Their summits in the golden light,

Their trunks in grateful shade, And herds of deer, that bounding go O'er rills and prostrate trees below.

Is it a whiter wreath of foam,
That on a wave's dark breast I see?
Is it a maiden's snowy robe?
'Tis gone !—'tis gone, whate'er it be!

And then to mark the lord of all,

The forest hero, trained to wars, Quivered and plumed, and lithe and tall,

And seamed with glorious scars, Walk forth, amid his reign, to dare The wolf, and grapple with the bear. This bank, in which the dead were laid,

Was sacred when its soil was ours; Hither the artless Indian maid

Brought wreaths of beads and flowers, And the gray chief and gifted seer Worshipped the God of thunders here.

My blessing on him-fare thee well;
Long in my heart thy form shall dwell

Enshrined; and when I think of thee,
Joyful shall be the tears I shed,
That Heaven has poured upon thy head

Its richest gifts--Lady, thou'lt see
My face no more ; I go away
To other lands—men shall not say,

That the poor Jewess lives a slave !
No, my despised, degraded race
In this fair land can have no place.

Yet though the darkly-rolling wave
Divide us, while we live on earth;
We meet again-my lowly birth,

The scorn which all have freely given As if it were my birth-right here, Are nought-my humble, fervent prayer The God of Ísrael shall hear ;-we meet in Heaven.

H.

THE ROSE D'AMOUR.

To ***** "O not the rose d'Amour for me,' But let it ever bloom for thee; For thee its brightest tints unveil, For thee unnumbered, sweets exhale. "Twas nurtured in thy sunny clime, Where glow the citron and the lime; Where nymphs have hearts as warm, as true, And where each swain is faithful too. Then let me weave the roseate braid, And with it quick thy temples shade; "Twill lovelier seem, entwining there, And blush to find itself less fair.

Pg.

But now the wheat is green and high

On clods that hid the warrior's breast, And scattered in the furrows lie

The weapons of his rest, And there, in the loose sand, is thrown Of his large arm the mouldering bone.

A FAREWELL TO A FAVOURITE SPOT.

A TRADITION OF THE LAKE OF COMO.

Ah little thought the strong and brave

Who bore their lifeless chieftain forth, Or the young wife, that weeping gave

Her first-born to the earth, "That the pale race, who waste us now, Among their bones should guide the plough. They waste us-aye-like April snow

In the warm poon, we shrink away;
And fast they follow, as we go

Towards the setting day,
Till they shall fill the land, and we
Are driven into the western sea.
But I behold a fearful sign,

To which the white men's eyes are blind; Their race may vanish hence, like mine,

And leave no trace behind,
Save ruins o'er the region spread,
And the white stones above the dead.
Before these fields were shorn and tilled,

Full to the brim our rivers flowed ;

There shone po star on Como's lake, No Summer's breeze its surface curled; But stormy winds across it swept, And wave on wave with fury hurled. And loudly dashed the billows white 'Gainst Touro's massy walls of stone ; Yet lo! upon its balcony At midnight stood a maid alone. And down upon the roaring waves She bent her dark Italian eye; With close knit brow and anxious gaze, Intent some object to descry. There bloomed no rose upon her cheek, Though youth was hers, and beauty too; One gem gleamed o'er her forehead fair, 'Mid clustering curls half hid from view. And sadly, when the storm was o'er, And winds had howled their dying lay, And midnight's hour had long since struck, Despairing turned the maid away,

Ye fair domains which nature loves to kiss,

Where my whole soul by magic spells was bound, Wrapped in a short reality of bliss,

While fancy flung her golden dreams around! Flusbed with the flowery pride of Summer sheen, Your laughing verdure cheered my frequent

view; Brown Autumn's breath now sears the withering

scene, Tinged with each bright but melancholy hue. Joy of my life! I will not see thee droop;

Nor count thy charms, decaying leaf by leaf;Thy groves a desolate and dreary group,

Thrilled by the moanings of thy wintry grief. But back I haste to crowds and hurried life;

Back to the town and all its tasteless joys; Where rude Ambition stalks, with ruthless strife,

And silken Pleasure smileth and destroys. There must I act the cringing courtier's part, Through glittering halls with Fashion's fools to

go; There learn to simper, though the sickening heart

Lie cold and cheerless as a waste of snow.

ANIMALS.

NEW FRENCH POEM.

ON BEING ASKED BY A LADY TO WRITE

POETRY IN MID-WINTER.

NEW SCOTTISH NOVEL.

126
But 'mid the whirl of Dissipation's dance-

foreign countries, without permission of not parallel with the true bow, but in an The thorny pains which glory's path beset- the censor. This decree is also to be ap- angle o about five degrees, and appeared Oft shall mine eye revert its mournful glance

plicable to engravings of every kind onto cross the first at about two degrees from On lost delights, with sad, yet sweet regret :

copper or stone; geographical works, mu- the horizon. Colors well defined. The The lingering stroll by silent glen and

grove- sic, and pictures included. The decree re. observer was so situated as to have a full The tinted robe that fringed the setting sun- lates (says the Count) not merely to those view of both for some minutes. This is a The moonlight talk with friends I dearly love

who publish on their own account, but also phenomenon which does not appear to be The lake that slumbered as the day was done.

to those who may execute works on account accounted for on any principles of optics Have joys so pure irrevocably flown?

of foreigners, or may send persons into bitherto established, and may lead to inSurpassed that bourne whence none can e'er

foreign countries to do such works. Such vestigation. I have been informed that return?

is Austrian despotism. Such are its efforts bows similar in appearance were seen in And must my widowed heart forever moan

to debase and enslave mankind. The New Roxbury, on the morning of the 18th inst. The much loved dead that sleep in Memory's urn? Monthly Magazine has the honor of being South Boston, July 28.

W. forbidden an entry into the states under One star yet o'er the dim horizon burns,

INFLUENCE OF SOUNDS ON DIFFERENT Whose twinkling beams obtain their misty way; the Hapsburg yoke, a testimony of barba'Tis Hope-who whispers faintly of returns,

rian animosity of which it may well be

proud. When night's dark noon shall fly the bursting

In the human ear the fibres of the cir. day. T**

cular tympanum radiate from its centre to

its circumference, and are of equal length; Great expectations have beer excited but Sir Edward Home has found that in the with regard to a Poem called “Philippe

Elephant, where the tympanum is oval, Know'st thou a calm sequestered vale, Auguste,” about to be published by M. Par- they are of different lengths, like the radii

Where (ere its flowers had faded) seval Grandmaison, one of the members of from the focus of an ellipse. He considers Thou lovd'st to catch the whispering gale the French Academy. The enlightened

that the human ear is adapted for sounds by From sultrier Summer shaded ? judges whom the author has consulted re

the equality of the radii, and he is of opinHast thou forgot the pebbly brook, Which poured its gurgling billow,

specting his work, have been much struck ion that the long fibres in the tympanum of Where o'er our unmolested nook with its poetical beauties, and predict that the Elephant enable it to hear very minute

sounds, which it is known to do. A pianoWaved aye the graceful willow? it will be singularly successful.

forte having been sent on purpose to ExeThere by the rushy brink thy bard, *

ter Change (a repository for wild beasts), Effused in listless pleasure,

the higher notes hardly attracted the EléD'er the cool green, was whylome heard, The next publication of the Great Un- phant's notice, but the lower ones roused In loose mellifluous measure,

known is said to be founded on the adven- | his attention. The effect of the higher Wooing the nymphs that laughed around, tures of certain adherents of the Pretender, notes of the instrument upon the great

To o'erleap yon rugged mountain; And sport along the grassy ground,

about fifteen years after the rebellion. Lion in Exeter Change, was only to excite Beside his sparkling fountain.

his attention, which was very great. He PYROXYLIC SPIRIT.

remained silent and motionless. But now each fragrant flower is fledThe smile of heaven is clouded

A few years ago, Mr Warburton, of sooner were the flat notes sounded, than he The valley lies all waste and dead,

London, sent to the late Dr Marcet of Ge- sprang up, attempted to break loose, lashed In wintry horrors shrouded;

neva, a certain quantity of a particular fluid his tail, and seemed so furious and enraged, That brook of streams has deeply drunk arising from the rectification of the acetic as to frighten the female spectators. This From snow-crowned summits gushing,

acid of wood. Messrs Macaire and Mar- was attended with the deepest yells, which And round the willow's shattered trunk A torrent hoarse is rushing.

cet, jr, members of the Society of Physics ceased with the music. Sir E. Home has

and Natural History at Geneva, having found this inequality of the fibres in neat Alarm not then the poet's fire,

examined this fluid, read in the meeting of cattle, the Horse, the Deer, the Hare, and Nor break his gloomy slumbers; That spot alone can song inspire,

the Society, held on the 16th of last Octo- the Cat. Which waked forgotten numbers,

ber, a memoir on the subject. These two Sleeps still his frozen fancy there chemists have given to the fluid in question

AURORA BOREALIS. Chained to an icy pillow,

the name of Pyroxylic Spirit, which recalls Dr T. L. Thienemann, who spent the While his harp, warped by keen despair, its origin. Their observations lead them winter of 1820 and 1821 in Iceland, made Hangs on the rattling willow.

to conclude, first, that there exist at least numerous observations on the polar lights. While frosted Winter's hoary brow two vegetable fluids, simple, and distinct He states the following as some of the genIs knit in speechless anguish,

from alcohol, but possessing like that liquid, eral results of his observations: 1. The All ice-bound on the leafless bough

the property of forming with acids, partic-polar lights are situated in the lightest and Its chords neglected languish; Or moved by breezes cold as death

ular etherial spirits; secondly, that these ghest clouds of our atmosphere. 2. They Sigh forth Æolian sadness;

two fluids, which they distinguish by the are not confined to the winter season or to Or in the whirlwind's harrowing breath, names, Pyroacetic spirit and Pyroxylic spir- the night, but are present in favourable Howl wild, and shriek in madness. it, are different from each other both in their circumstances, at all times, but are only

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properties and in their composition.

distinctly visible during the absence of the * There by the water's rushy brink

3. The polar lights bave no With me ihe Muse shall sit and think, fc. PECULIARITY IN THE APPEARANCE OF THE determinate connexion with the earth. 4. GRAY.

He never heard any noise proceed from The following notice of a peculiarity in them. 5. Their common form, in Iceland, INTELLIGENCE.

the appearance of the Rainbow, was pub- is the arched, and in a direction from N. E. lished in the Boston Centinel.

and W. S. W. 6. Their motions are vari

A rainbow was seen at South Boston, ous, but always within the limits of clouds PROSPECTS OF LITERATURE IN THE AUSTRI- yesterday morning, six o'clock, a little to containing them.

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