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excites, or time permits; and it will certainly be / which is an extension of the optic axis of out the finer specimens, the race is not so found that the one order
never attempts to fight, nor that eye; when we look at it with the other, apt to degenerate. the other to work, let the emergency be ever so it is seen in a different line. Thus, if we It is observed on page 167, that dogs are great.
place a candle at the distance of ten feet, unable to digest vegetables. It is difficult We propose to make a few remarks on and look at a finger held up at arm's length for them to do so at first; but their stomachs various subjects treated of in this work, in a line between the nose and the candle, become habituated to it by use. Dogs and as they happened to occựr to us on its pe- with the right eye closed, the finger will cats learn to eat and digest bread very rusal, without regard to their order or mu- appear to be on a line stretching towards well. The power of education and habit tual connexion.
the right side of the candle ; if the left eye over the appetites of domestic animals, is The leaps of small animals, when compar- only is closed, it will appear to be on one well. exemplified in cats, which, when ed with those of creatures of larger dimen- directed towards the left side. But if these young, delight in raw meat, their natural sions, are often supposed to imply a degree lines are caused to cross at the place of the food, but after some years of domestication, of muscular power excessively dispropor- object, which is done by opening both eyes will refuse any that has not been cooked. tioned to their size. But this, it has been and directing the optic axes towards the The author considers the question of the observed, does not necessarily follow. For, finger, that is, by looking directly at it, it migration of the smaller birds, and inclines it is to be considered, that if the weight to is plain that both eyes will see the same to the opinion, which, indeed, is the most be moved, and the moving power, are dimin- object in the same place, or in other words, probable, that they do actually migrate. ished alike, the distances to which the ani- they will see but une object. This may be the few instances in which such birds bave mals are projected should be equal. Thus, confirmed by looking at the candle. The been dug from the mud of ponds, or the if the grasshopper be a thousand times finger in that case being no longer at the banks of rivers, seem to be only exceptions smaller than a cat, it should have but a point of intersection, will appear indistinct to the general rule ; since it is difficult proportional quantity, or one thousandth and double. Single vision, then, is effected to imagine why these instances should not part of her strength, to leap an equal dis- by causing the optic axes to cross at the be more frequent, especially about places tance, for instance, six feet; but six feet place of the object, or part of an object, of where these birds have been accustomed to seem an enormous leap for a grasshopper, which we wish to obtain a distinct view. assemble in great numbers before their pebeing more shan fifty times its length, while The field of distinct vision when the object riodical disappearance. The objection arisit is but four or five times that of the cat. is near the eye, is very small, and every ing from the supposed difficulty of such long But as small animals cannot usually leap so thing around it appears more or less con- journeys, loses much of its force, when we far as some larger ones, this mode of rea- fused and doubled; but we correct this consider the great rapidity of the flight of soning would prove them to be proportion- impression, not, as supposed by some, by the birds. Thus, Spallanzani computes that of ally weaker instead of stronger, if it were knowledge obtained by touch, at least so the swallow at ninety-two miles an hour. not remembered that such small weights far as its singleness is concerned, but by “A falcon belonging to Henry IV., of do not acquire momentum to overcome the rapidly crossing the optic axes on every France, escaped from Fontainbleau, and in resistance of the air in the same degree as object, or part of an object around, thus twenty-four hours was found at Malta, a larger ones. There are differences of mus- bringing each separately into the proper distance of one thousand three hundred and cular strength in different animals, un- field or focus. In looking at distant objects fifty miles; a velocity nearly equal to fiftydoubtedly, but not such remarkable ones as where the prolonged axes approach nearer seven miles an hour, supposing the falcon is sometimes supposed.
to parallel lines, vision is never so distinct to have been on the wing the whole time. The readers of the “Light of Nature,” as when the object is near, but the field of But as such birds never fly by night, and will detect some ludicrous points of resem- distinctness is comparatively greater. Many allowing the day to be at the longest, his blance between certain bivalved shell-fish, illustrations of this explanation might be flight was perhaps equal to seventy-five described on page 107, (which perform all brought forward, but it seems unnecessary miles an hour. It is probable, however, their operations with an instrument bear in a cursory review of this sort, to dwell that he neither had so many hours of light, ing a general resemblance to a leg and longer on the subject.
in the twenty-four, to pursue his journey, foot, but which they cause to assume almost On page 141, among other judicious re- nor that he was retaken immediately on any kind of shape their exigencies may marks respecting infancy, we find the fol- his arrival.” require,) and the celebrated vehicles of that lowing.
One of the greatest objections to the nohighly imaginative work, which, according
Infants, recently after birth, frequently suffertion of the migration of small birds, arises to their several wants or occasions, could from giving them, instead of the mother's milk, from flocks not being more frequently seen thrust out an eye, an ear, a hand, or a pair wine-whey, water-gruel, and similar unnatural performing them; but it may be supposed of duck-legs. kinds of nourishment.
that they move singly towards their destiThere are some singular peculiarities in Practices of this sort are still among the nation during the day, assembling only, if individuals with respect to the sense of disgraces of this enlightened age. Per- they assemble at all, in the night, and ususmelling. The fragrance of the rose, so haps not one among fifty infants escapes ally in unfrequented places. agreeable to most persons, produces in the nurse's spoon. Their tender stomachs Under the head of Torpidity of Animals, many a very disagreeable, and in some a are offended, their natural appetite palled, we find an allusion to the various accounts, distressing catarrhal affection. The re- and their sleep disturbed, by the effects of which have been published from time to time, markable distress, also, which is experienc- the absurd hypothesis, that they are born of living toads found imbedded in the trunks ed by some on the presence of a cat, even in a state of starvation. Still more abom- of old trees, or in solid rocks. This is one of when they do not see or hear it, cannot ea- inable is the doctrine, that the stomach is the most remarkable anomalies in the hissily be accounted for by any other supposi- in a state of disease, and cannot perform tory of animal life. That this can be suption than that of an extraordinary suscep- its functions till set in motion by medicine. ported without any modification of action, tibility of the olfactory organ of such per. The author attributes to the absence of which implies destruction and reproduction sons to the particular and pretty powerful these and other absurdities, the strength, of parts-which seems impossible in these effluvia of this animal.
agility, and fine proportions of savages. instances is one of the most singular phePhilosophers have given various explan- This, however, should be received with nomena with which we are acquainted. ations of the manner in which single vision some allowance. It should be considered, Some of these accounts, however, confirm happens with two eyes. The most simple that in savage life, those only are selected, what is related in another part of this work, and satisfactory of these is not noticed in as it were, whose firm constitutions survive of the longevity of the toad. this work. It was proposed, we believe by the hardships of such a state. The feebler Our readers will excuse us from dwelling Dr Wells in the Philosophical Transac- children perish, and sometimes, perhaps, long upon this work ; since there is so little tions. When we look at an object with are purposely destroyed in infancy. And fault to be found with it. For, without beonc eye, we see it in a particular line, / by a natural result of this sort of picking ing critical, as was long ago remarked of
reviewers, we are nothing. In conclusion, these uncertainties will be given in the But to the Voice.--It was the Voice of Love-we recommend it as a book which ought to next edition which Mr G. publishes for his But is not now-nor ever more can be. be in the hands of all young people, as well amusement. In the mean time, as we are
Then came the voice-I heard it now-as o'er as some older ones, and which affords a utterly unable to make any sense of it, we The wave of gulfing Time it comes, no more great deal of useful information in an agree shall proceed to show what sort of nonsense Soft and mellifluent as wont, but harsh able manner. the author has made.
As felon's death-knell o'er his dungeon vault.
A faint shriek, The Mystic Mount, and the Voice. By Ar. G. saw the mount in a vision, or being on
That seemed to say–FAREWELL-I heard—and thur Genio, Esq. New York, 1823. 8vo. this mount saw a vision, we are not alto- Around on lone vacuity--my thoughts
gazed gether certain. We incline to the former Wild as the tempest raged-Oh! she had gone ! This book begins with an exceedingly ri- supposition, on the ground that such a moun- Death to my hopes, and joys, and love, and fame diculous and impertinent advertisement, by tain as this turns out to be, is not likely came on that blast of Desolation !– Now way of preface. It runs thus.
Be it the Fancy's vision-ONE can tell to be seen any where else; there are, how- Or be it grief delineating truth, I have written somewhat heretofore with a sin- ever, circumstances which indicate the That Voice upon the ear of Memory cere desire to please fastidious critics, and a busy contrary. The author begins with stating Rings like the boding death-watch of Despair. public; but not finding it marvellously easy to dis- that it is midnight,—and that he is alone,
The passages we have quoted, may serve compose the rigid and inflexible gravity of their aloft on the verge of a “wild beetling” | to give a just idea of the merits of these risible muscles, any farther than a bitter, intolera, cliff. There he stays during eight pages, poems ;—but as we feel kindly disposed tohave written the following exclusively for my own seeing nothing, but saying many queer wards Mr Genio, we will quote another gratification and pleasure-ne plus ultra. things relative to a very great variety of from page 5, which is about as pretty as Now that sundry gentlemen—and sundry topics. About the middle of the ninth
any we can find. who were not so in any sense of the word page, we suppose the “
But the bright moon, that rose serenely o'er have amused themselves with writing prose though“ might" generally indicates the po- The rain-dropped canopy of umbrag'd' woods, and verse, we doubt not, although it be but tential rather than the actual. Enter Sleeping in momentary beauty on a foolish pastime at best; but for an author vision.
The mimic lake within the woodbine's bell, of a would-be Poem, to go so far beyond
Oh! and there,
Then blending with the sapphire floods on high,
And radiating the starry robe of night the usual “ solicitation of friends," or Perchance, amid the Eden bowers of light,
With mellow lustre, stealing on the soul “youthful efforts which may amuse;" —to O'er-canopied with aramanthine flowers
Of wandering melancholy minstrel, callid leave all customary or tolerable affectation And dewed with tears of pearl, that trembling steal By nature to nocturnal orisons so far behind him, as to make such a pre- Unbidden, and involuntary o'er
The bright moon's beams lay on the topmost height face as this,-it really treating the pub- The alabaster cheek of cherubim, as they
Of those erratic clouds, and as they fell
Commingling with the inky-tinctured spots, lic,-before whom every man who publish- Dash screaming felons down the black abyss
That soiled the jewelled vestments of high heaves, comes a supplicant,-with too much con- of hopless, starless, bottomless perdition ; tempt. Pray, Mr Genio, seeing that you Ushering her scorpion-vestured daughter-WoePerchance that there, where sin comes not in pride
Let no man or woman undertake to read wrote for your own amusement, for whose And she leading Despair-in joy again did you print this product of--not your la- My long-departed parent's form might burst
these poems aloud ; such exhausting peri
ods never did we encounter, and well may bours-your pleasures ? Probably, when On Rapture's eye-&c. &c.
Mr G. boast of having accomplished things you underwent the pains of publishing, At the bottom of the next page comes “ unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.” it never occurred to you that there another vision, of which we know noth- His discursive imagination leads him from were any people in the world but your ing but that it is a “she,"-whether maid topic to topic, until the latter part of his printer and his devil; and as to the expense or matron, mother, wife, sister, or mistress, speech totally forgets the beginning. The of the matter, it was doubtless a comfort to we do not recollect to have found stated. book is open before us at the 15th page, and help a clever man in the way of his trade! Then a “vestment purely white” is seen, a period begins there which contains thirty We are more willing to treat this absurdity and lastly
lines--and divers fine figures. To save as it deserves, because something very like it has met us lately at the beginning of a
While Melancholy mused there came above me, room, our printers are requested to print the good many American books; and as it hap: A rainbow, dyed in heaven's own fountains, girt Arching the lonely, solitary cliff,
same without regarding the division into
lines,--as the melody of the versification pens to be altogether nonsense, we should With bright diamond wings, and crowned aloft is not likely to be hurt by this economy. be glad to meet it rather less frequently. With my own lovely Marietta--she, Men write from various motives; some for Whose every thought, and wish, and hope sublime
But one among them was the spell-word, known
to forms and beings bodiless on high alone; it pass'd fame, some for money, and some very few From Paradise did flowand she did love me !
her colourless lips, and flew along the smiling for the good they hope to do by the truths We rather think. Marietta disappears,
-concave-and it seem'd she rose, and I was strivthey publish ;—but it is quite too silly for but either she returns, or some new person- ing to arouse from that lethargic torpor, which had any one to pretend that his motive in be- age on the sixteenth page, finishes the vis- steeped external sense in Lethe, and infused a coming an author, “was his own exclusive ion thus.
deadly chill into my curdling blood, when, like the
Volcan's voice along the red torrent of lava burstgratification,” or anything else wbich
· My Brother, look !" I raised my downcast eye ing down his height, came hollow mutterings, and would render him indifferent as to the re- And gazed, till all my soul became a fount the yelling shades of Evil wbirled from that unlit ception which his book may meet with or light-and perfume, bliss and gilead- Profound beyond the cliff in massive phalanxes, from “fastidious critics, and a busy pub- Delighted Zope her starry pinions furld,
wielding above infernal weapons, and aloft, below, lic.” But this advertisement, bad as it is, And gently sunk upon Fruition's breast.
around encircling me with snakes of venom'd is not without its merits ;-it gives a very Of the “Voice," we are really unable to fangs, and forked tongues, that filled the welkin with
their hissings, and fierce fires, like wild Sahara's, just and prophetic indication of the charac. say more than it occupies six pages, and is all around me roll'd in volum'd masses broad, enter of the two and twenty pages, which it wholly unintelligible! In justice to the au- kindling all the scenery, and withering every shrub. ushers into the world in a manner so re- thor and our readers, we will quote all the and living thing, save enfranchised spirits pure, markably decorous.
lines which throw any light whatever upon unto a hue of haggard ghastliness; then came ter. The «Mystic Mount,” and the “Voice,” the origin, nature, purpose, or effect of this Demon of the Waste, o'er the triumphal minstre!
rific shouts of laughter, like the gladness of the contain seven or eight hundred lines of ex- voice.
sy of bell played by those lost, abandoned Ariels, ceedingly blank verse. The “ Mount" is
There was a Voice--'tis silent now, and ne'er who wont by their rich tones to lead on seraphim truly mystical; insomuch that it is impossible will blend its music with my soul again, through heaven's gem-barr'd portals, and now were · to tell why Mr Genio climbed up it-what For on the living loneliness of mind
cursed with notes, that once were pure and holy, he did there or why he did not there re- It comes not
fraught with trebly damning recollections dire. main unto this day. Perhaps a solution of!
After all, if these pieces contained noth
ing but nonsense, we should not have but the hope of seeing him pass by cheered This will be so, and it should be so. The thought them deserving so much notice; them through the slow watches of the night. meeting between the Marquis de La Fayette but we have spoken of them at large, be- As soon as the obscurity of twilight had and the people of this country is no comcause they do seem to us to exhibit occa- deepened into darkness, lanterns and torch- mon occurrence ; past ages can produce no sionally bright gleams of true talent. On es were placed by the way-side for many precedent, and the usual principles of huthe whole, the book is a very poor pro- miles; even, indeed, to the seat of Gov. man conduct afford no rule for it. Fifty duction; still we are strongly inclined to Eustis, where it was known that he would years ago, a few weak colonies were strugbelieve, that the author may yet do hon-stop. This was not done by concert and gling to withstand oppression and be free. our to himself and to his country, if he previous arrangement and the command of A nobleman of high rank left the court of will in future remember and feel that he authority, but it was the common expression his sovereign, the hopes and the honourswrites “exclusively” for a public, who, of a common feeling ;-it was a simple but proper to his rank, the luxuries which however “ busy” they may be, will not most eloquent circumstance. In Europe, a wealth offered him, and the peaceful hapbusy themselves about him, until he writes sovereign might have called forth his ten piness of home, and came to aid those colowhat they can understand and approve. He thousand troops to present their muskets nies. He had and could have no motive must also learn not to think critics “ fastid and roll their drums and wave their stand- but love for our cause ; he left all that men ious” because they beg him to write intel-ards before him ;-or have bidden the popu- commonly seek, and came to all that men ligibly,--and to put rather less than thirty lace come forth from their hovels or their commonly dread; and he came unsolicited, lines into a period, and to make no more fields, and array themselves by the way- for we knew him not until we knew him such utterly ridiculous lines as
side, and be ready to cast their flowers at from his offer. He brought to the aid of The beautifullest hues of dancing Eve
his feet and shout,--and long for the farce an almost desperate cause, inen, and money,
to be over. and not to gaze upon any thing again until nation hails him,--the hearts of all the of his example. He endured extreme hard
But here, the voice of the and personal assistance, and the influence his soul becomes a fount of " perfume-bliss and gilead.”
people are throbbing in his presence. He ship, toil, sacrifice, and danger, with a more came to our city, and all that we could de- unfailing constancy, than if he were fight
vise or execute to his honor was done; he ing in his own cause, and excepting a few MISCELLANY.
passed through triumphal arches built by months which he passed at home in effectufreemen whom he had helped to make free; ally soliciting the assistance of his counhe heard in our crowded streets the cheers try-he remained here until the worst of
of more thousands who had come here only our conflict was over and our independence Ar length this friend of our fathers has to look upon him, than he found dwelling achieved ; then his object was effected, and reached our shores; where he came in his here when, fifty years ago, he came to our he returned to his family. For nearly fifty youth to suffer and to combat with a few assistance; and when he stopped by our years he leads a life always consistent with whom hope had almost left, he has come in broad Common to take the wreath offered its opening. In the mean time, this nation, his age to receive a nation's welcome. him by one of twenty-five hundred children, by whose birth he stood, has grown to be a We are a young people and have little ex- educated in the free schools of a city, mighty people, enjoying undisturbed and perience in pomp and courtliness; we are where in his youth he had found scarcely unexampled prosperity and happiness, in comparatively poor and very practical so many men grown to manhood, then he consequence of those principles and that and economical ;-we are republicans, and may have learned what an infinite blessing independence which he fought for with our would rather be our own kings than reduce he helped to secure to us, and may have fathers, and helped mainly to establish. the majesty of the nation within the bounds felt why we offer him a gratitude so pro- He comes to this land once more, that he of a regal diadem,—and there is no mon- found.
may see these glorious fruits of those gloarch to bid us welcome his guest, and be And so will it be to the end. We pro- rious victories; and is it possible that we exceedingly joyous and thankful at the fess no power of prophecy, and none is should feel or should express a superfluous place and time appointed. Yet, for all needed for this prediction. The same feel gratitude ? The honours due to Fayette this, we do not believe the old world ever ings await him wherever he can go in our cannot be measured by those which we pay
a triumphal march like that which country, and the same natural and direct to other surviving officers of the revolution. Fayette is now making through our land. expressions of these feelings. The young There is not merely no one whose rank in We do not speak of the sincerity and earn- have heard their fathers tell or they have the army equalled his, and no one whose asestness of the greetings which he receives, read of his sacrifices and his deeds for our sistance was so peculiarly valuable. They but of the visible pomp and splendour of country; his name is intimately connect- of that noble band, who are yet living, the homage and the honours which are paid ed with great events which have forcibly have always lived among us, and to them him. He landed at New York, and the struck their imagination and taken strong our thanks can be and should be always whole of that great city went out to meet hold upon their memory,—and they throng paid; now we are discharging a debt of him with a cry of gladness and of welcome. to gaze upon him with the passionate gratitude which has been accumulating for A wise and just and honourable enthusiasm, cagerness of youth. The middle-aged know more years than many who pay it have livwhich the slumber of many years could not more distinctly and feel more deeply all ed. But we should especially remember extinguish, awoke at his approach. As soon that he did, and all that they owe to that all that Fayette abandoned, and the disas it was known that he would visit first the deliverance, towards which he brought as- heartening condition of those to whom he eastern states, the whole population oj the sistance so important, so unlooked for, so came, and the pure passion for liberty country arose, as one man, to prepare for his purely disinterested ; and how can they which alone could have brought him hither; coming. His progress was perpetually ar help looking upon him, as upon one whose and we shall then feel that this case canrested by successive multitudes, who could like few nations and ages have seen, and not be judged by any other that has occurnot let him pass by, until he had gathered they shall see no more. The old have not red since History began to record men's their tribute of joy and gratitude. The forgotten that he came to their aid and doings. Perhaps we have erred in suppostowns which he passed through were ready fought their battles and bled for their ing that any who are among us will refuse with their homage. His journey was im- sakes,-the thoughts of their youth bave to join in the universal acclaim which is peded, and he did not arrive in Dorchester returned, when the name of Fayette was now uttering the welcome of a people to until the night had almost passed; but familiar in their mouths as a household an illustrious guest. We repeat, the encrowds of all ages and both sexes were word; for years and years they have re- thusiasm felt from the boundaries to the watching for him to the last hour. They membered him and talked of him; they boundaries of our land is as wise and honwho awaited him by the road-side felt no have known that he lived in a foreign land, - ourable as it is natural. If there be any want of slumber; they did not expect to take they have longed to see him, and rejoice who dare to deem the homage paid to him by the band or to touch his garment, I that they shall not die without the sight. Fayette unnecessary or excessive, let them
hide such thoughts in silence,-if uttered, knowledged utter ignorance of the poems, discuss the character of the fact, we shall they will be heard with scorn and with re- or, well as I love thee, I would cut the con- hardly undertake a formal notice of it. buke. In this, if never before, the whole peo- nexion at once and forever. In future Our readers may be interested by a very ple of this land are united, for the whole peo keep this sort of trasb to yourself. Never did brief abstract of the statements contained ple know who it is that is among them, and I encounter such a bitter harsh metre; in this pamphlet, -for interesting they are, how and why he came in the days of their ten lines of it set my teeth on edge very whatever opinion be formed of them. It is fathers,—and every man rejoices to find his satisfactorily. I could make smoother verses impossible to doubt the principal facts here feelings borne out by the sympathy of all while whetting a saw secundum artem; a asserted, without altogether denying the around him.
fool ab initio would write better sense ; and validity of human testimony; and they brother C***** would dictate more vigor- must be thought to afford an astonishing in
ous poetry from between two feather-beds stance of the power of mind over body; EDITORIAL GROANS.
on such a day as the last I spent in T******. but respecting the miraculous character of We beseech our gentle readers to recol- I am out of all manner of patience to see the circumstance, different opinions do and lect the average range of the thermometer such a waste of good paper and printer's obviously must exist. for the last month. If any one of them ink. Carey & Lea ought to be put under In the summer of 1817 Mrs Mattingly beever was so foolish as to put pen to paper guardianship for wasting their estate; and gan to be sick with some disease in her in a dog-day, he will appreciate our efforts their printer's devil to be sent to the hos- left side; a swelling about the size of a and our merit. To say nothing of the utter pital for lunatics for not quitting their em- pigeon's egg became perceptible, and the indisposition to earn one's bread, which this ployment when they undertook to publish pain and soreness soon became excessive. hot weather produces,-nothing of the siren the work. Such verse as this gives me the Her disease increased until all hope of her call of a sofa, to enjoy upon its plump cush- same sensation of mind as nausea gives to recovery was given up: The best medical ions the pure luxury of listlessness,—we beg the stomach; it is truly intellectual ipeca- advice was procured. Drs Jones, Cutbush, leave to suggest the fact, that it is in good cuanha. 'Twould be å week before one M’Williarns, and Blake attended her, and did truth both physically and intellectually im- could swallow the whole divided into take-all which professional skill could do to cure possible to work during a Sirocco. Even able doses ; and as for its operation, it is or relieve her. Their efforts were wholly the night does not help the matter much ;- like certain African poisons of which I have vain, and she was declared to be entirely for it is such terribly hard work to live read, that remain in the body forever, ha- beyond the reach of medicine.
For many during the day, one is utterly exhausted rassing the poor wretch, who has taken months immediately previous to the cure, with fatigue when evening comes, and the them, at irregular intervals to the end of her pains were ceaseless and excruciating ; shadows hardly last long enough to supply his days. I have sent back the book, for she frequently expectorated large quantistrength to endure the toil of daily exist, the sight of it makes me think all the while ties of blood and very offensive matter, her
Unluckily, all this indisposition and of the week I was sick in Cambridge, when weakness was extreme, and there was every inability falls upon our contributors
, who I lived upon water-gruel seasoned with yel- indication of disease of the most severe and are not compelled to write, as upon us, who low snuff that had been taken by my nurse, alarming character. The Rev. Mr Dubuismust hear the printer's call,--ay, and and quenched my thirst with a delicious son, of Washington, communicated to her the obey it too,—whether we have copy on mixture of calomel, rhubarb, and coffee. directions of the famous Prince Hohenloe, hand or not;—wherefore we are convinced The last line of the book, 'my child-mon of Germany ;-in conformity to them she that our readers will grant an editor to be, fils,' will, I am certain, stick in my memo performed a novena, or nine days' worship, of all animals, the most worthy of commis- ry as a chesnut bụr would in my throat, to in honor of the name of Jesus ;-having eration ;-especially in hot weather.
the end of my life. Do, for mercy's sake, confessed to the Rev. Mr Matthews, of St Right seldom do we bow the knee to before you send me any more American Patrick's church in Washington, the Euchablue devils ; but just now we were almost poems, read four lines of them yourself.—1 rist was administered to her about four overcome at receiving a letter,-of which ihe know of but two American poets, but hope o'clock in the morning by Mr Dubuisson. following is a principal part,—just at the we may have more; and am not nicer in Her tongue and throat were so parched, moment, when we were expecting an ar- my taste than the sick Irishman, who aver- some minutes elapsed before she could swalticle from the writer of it, who in the red that he had as lief take jalap as beef- low the bread ; but when she did so, she main is a tolerably clever fellow,—when steak, if it had but the same relish ;-I am was instantly relieved from the pain and the thermometer is not much above 65°. sure I would as willingly read Simmons as sickness which appeared to threaten her We publish it for divers reasons :-firstly, Bryant, if he would write as good poetry. with immediate death, rose from her bed 'twill rather amaze him, and teach our If you want a review of Julian, &c. you without assistance, and in the presence of contributors in future, to beware how they may publish this part of my letter; for no many persons, knelt in acknowledgement send us scolding letters instead of scolding other review will I write of them. J. S.”. to God. She afterwards rapidly regained articles—to which we have much less ob
her health and strength without exhibiting jection ; secondly, 'twill serve as a pretty
any indication whatever of disease. Some fair review-making due allowance for the
of the above particulars depend mainly or savage temperament of the writer-of
Doubtless most of our readers saw in altogether upon Mrs Mattingly’s testimony; Julian, &c.;* thirdly, 'twill fill a column.
the newspapers of last spring some account but the fact of her sudden and thorough " You sent me what you called a poern; of a miraculous cure said to have been per- cure from dreadful disease, is verified by the a worse misnomer than if you were to im- formed in Washington, upon the person of unqualified testimony of attending physi. plead John Doe by the naine of Richard the lady whose name we have written cians and of many gentlemen of the utmost Roe. Review, sayest thou? The Gazette above. A pamphlet, stating very minutely respectability, who were so far interested may go to ruin and involve the publishers in the facts attending this singular occurrence in her case, as to acquaint themselves perbankruptcy before I will read five lines more and verifying them by affidavits of the sonally with the principal circumstances as than I have read of Julian and the Fare- most authoritative character, has been re- they occurred. well of Buona-partè; that is to say, before cently published in the city of WashingI will read two and a half lines of each of ton.*' It was sent to us to review, but as it them again. Praise it? I would sooner has no literary character or pretensions
POETRY. write an essay for a medical journal, set- whatever,—and we feel no disposition to ting forth the revivifying qualities of Medea's caldron. It is well that you ac
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live to the Wonderful Cure of Mrs Ann Mattingly, Hear, father, hear thy faint afilicted flock Julian, a dramatic fragment, and Napoleon's which took place in the city of Washington, D. C. Cry to thee, from the desert and the rock; Farewell Address to his Son. By J. W. Siminons. on the tenth of March, 1824. Washington. 1824. While those wbo seck to slay thy children hold Philadelphia. Carey & Lea. 1823. 12mo. pp. 45. pp. 41.
Blasphemous worship under roots of gold;
HYMN OF THE WALDENSES.
But soft,-a passing zephyr wreathes
Its sad notes on the sky; 'Tis nature's requiem deep, that breathes; The Lowland's Vesper Sigh.
TO **, **.
Is bright in the west again;
Stealing far from the haunts of men.
And thy thoughts are here with me;
flight With a kindred mind to be. The beams of yon star, dear love, to thee
Shine on mast, and sails, and helm; But its placid light comes down to me
Through the top of our own tall elm; Yet both of us gaze on the self-saine star,
And we bless it o'er and o'er; Forgetting, alas ! how lone we are, Thus meeting in thought once more.
ON THE APPARENT DIRECTION OF THE EYES
IN A PORTRAIT.
And the broad goodly lands, with pleasant airs Or, severed from thy taper stem That nurse the fruit and wave the grain, are To deck the vernal diadem, theirs.
O'er beauty wave. Yet better were this mountain wilderness,
Or, o'er the seas in safety borne, And this wild life of danger and distress,
With glowing colours may'st adom Watchings by night and perilous flight by day,
A foreign land; And meetings in the depths of earth to pray, Or, in some regal hot-house placed, Better, far better, than to kneel with them,
Although by other flowers it's graced,
A wonder stand. And pay the impious rite thy laws condemn. Thou, Lord, dost hold the thunder; the firm land Or, 'scaped from tempests, drought, and men, Tosses in billows when it feels thy hand;
Unhurt thy petals, leaves, or stem, Thou dashest nation against nation, then
Thou here may'st stay; Stillest the angry world to peace again.
And, having spread thy odours round, Oh touch their stony hearts who hunt thy sons- And strown thy leaves upon the ground, The murderers of our wives and little ones.
Then pass away.
And man's sad fate.
Like thine, thus dubious is his lot, Thou shalt raise up the trampled and opprest,
Not sure to live in any spot,
Or any state :
Sometimes he's tost on trouble's billow;
A varied lot!
And having passed through hope and fear, There is an unseen Power around,
A short but turbulent career, Existing in the silent air ;
He's soon forgot. Where treadeth Man, where space is found,
WRAC. Unheard, unknown, that Power is there. And not when bright and busy Day
TO THE “LADY READING A VALENTINE,” Is round us with its crowds and cares,
AN EXQUISITE PICTURE BY ALLSTOX. And not when Night with solemn sway Bids awe-hushed souls breathe forth ic. Embodied visions of a poet's mind! prayers-
Those faultless charms no earth-born model gave,
But soft, and bright, and exquisite, they caine Not when on sickness' weary couch
From purer realms to gleam before his eye, He writhes with pain's deep, long drawn His gifted eye, with more than mortal grace ! groan,
A beam of heaven yet lingers on those locks, Not when his steps in freedom touch
An angel's purity is on that brow,
As motionless, as fair, and mild thou art,
As seraphs in the dreams of dying maids. 'Mid music, lights, and revelry,
And yet the deep, the inward, sober bliss That Present Spirit looked on all,
That gleams around that mouth is human joy, From crouching slave, to royalty.
Too deep-too delicate for outward smiles. When sinks the pious Christian's soul,
Read on! I almost see thine eye-balls move And scenes of horror daunt his eye, Glancing beneath their thin and snow-white lids, He hears it whispered through the air,
From word to word along each tender line. “ A Power of Mercy still is nigh."
I almost mark the gentle, happy sigh
That heaves thy dark and closely folded robe. The Power that watches, guides, defends, And soon that faultless hand will turn the page Till man becomes a lifeless sod,
That thou mayest fondly read all o'er again.
AGNES. Unconscious of our gaze, with downcast eyes,
TAE LOWLAND'S VESPER SIGH.
Sost sink the Summer's evening hucs
O'er stream and forest fair,
And gently fall the cooling dews
Upon the darkening air.
There's scarce a ripple in the tide,
A breath amid the woods ;
The breeze in fragrance sweet has died
Amid their solitudes.
The songsters chaunt their failing strain, Bow down thy weak and slender form
As loth to leave the scene,
So mildly yield to rest again,
The trees and banks of green.
Beside the water's silent wave
The gay Acacia glows; Return again to humble clay,
Their boughs the weeping willows lave
In undisturbed repose.
While, darker in the distance spread,
The tangled forests rise,
Waving their proud, majestic heads
To evening's symphonjes.
Dr Wollaston has read a paper before the Royal Society of London on this subject, our account of which must be necessarily imperfect from the want of the very curious and interesting drawings with which it was accompanied.
In this paper Dr W. observes, that when we consider the precision with which we judge whether the eyes of another are fixed upon ourselves, it is surprising that the grounds of such judgment should be unknown to us, and that most persons in attempting to explain the subject, would overlook some of the circumstances by which they are generally guided. Though it may not be possible to demonstrate by any decisive experiment on the eyes of living persons, what those circumstances are, we may find convincing arguments to prove their influence, if it can be shown, in the case of portraits, that the same ready decision that we pronounce on the direction of the eyes, is founded in a great measure on the view presented to us of parts which have not been considered as assisting our judgment. Dr W. then adverts to the influence of the form of the iris as announcing the direction of the eye in portraits, and to that of the variable portion of the white shown when the eye is variously directed in living persons; he remarks, however, that, even in real eyes, we are not guided by this circumstance alone, but are unconsciously aided by the concurrent position of the face; and he illustrates this position by reference to a series of drawings, showing that the apparent position of the eye is powerfully influenced by that of the adjacent parts of the face, especially those which are most prominent. And these considerations are not limited in their application merely to cases of lateral turn of the eyes or face, but the same principles also apply to instances of moderate inclination