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Ili mors gravis incubat,
THE LAY MONK.
SONG OF THE STARS.
Glide on in the glory and gladness sent
So life is passing, thongh pleasure's dream To the farthest wall of the firmament,
Enliven its course, as the flowers the stream. The boundless visible smile of him
This violet low that shines in dew To the veil of whose brow our lamps are dim. Like eyes I love, and almost as blue,
B. Tomorrow will either, and fade, and die,
And waken no sigh of sympathy.
That aged beech-where I carved a name
With its trunk, shall cumber the spot it sha es,
For strength must perish, as beauty fades.
And 1, wben a few short summers are o'er,
Shall muse in these lonely scenes no more;
- Yet when I pass to eternity
May virtue my strength and beauty be-
My spirit rise to the blessed Giver,
And my body rest by the Silent River.
SOUTHEY AND BYRON.
The following is the conclusion of Mr
Southey's late letter on Lord Byron.
“ It was because Lord Byron had brought For future woe is all unknown
a stigma upon English literature, that I acIn my aërial dwelling.
cused him; because he had perverted great The lesson thus was lost, For which the storm was given,
talents to the worst purposes; because he To show the tempest-tost
had set up for pander-general to the youth A refuge sure in Heaven.
of Great Britaio, as long as his writings
should endure; because he had committed Here Hope, though cheated o'er and o'er,
a high crime and misdemeanor against soI thought would dwell securest, And deemed, of all her various store,
ciety, by sending forth a work, in wbich Such gift the best and surest.
mockery was mingled with horrors, filth While Fancy strove, with magic glass, with impiety, profligacy with sedition and To raise the scene ideal,
slander. For these offences, I came forward
made darkly; it was not insinuated; it was Was forming and undoing,
not advanced under the cover of a review. And still some brighter dream
I attacked him openly in my own name, and Arose upon their ruin.
only not by his, because he had not then
publicly avowed the flagitious production, Thus, in the fields of wild romance,
by which he will be remembered for lasting I tarried for a season, But still, at every change and chance,
infamny. He replied in a manner altogether I heard the voice of Reason:
worthy of himself and his cause. Conten"Oh, at some holier, happier shrine, tion with a generous and honourable oppoDevote thy thoughts so ranging;
nent leads naturally to esteem, and probably Whose base is truth and love divine, The fabric never changing.
to friendship; but next to such an antagoThy hopes from youth to age,
nist, an enemy like Lord Byron is to be If thou wilt hither guide them,
desired; one who by his conduct in the conThough tempests rise and rage,
test, divests himself of every claim to reSecurely inay abide them."
spect; one whose baseness is such as to
sanctify the vindictive feeling it provokes; I raised my eyes from all beneath,
and upon whom the act of taking vengeance And Hope stood in the portal, She held an amaranthine wreath,
is that of administering justice. I answered And promised life immortal.
him as he deserved to be answered, and the I felt the scene before my view
effect which that answer produced upon his Was more then idle seeming,
lordship, has been described by his faithful And wish and strive to bid adieu
chronicler, Captain Medwin. This is the To all my days of dreaming. Then go, vain dreams, depart,
real history of what the purveyors of scan. Though fondly loved; I feel it,
dal for the public, are pleased sometimes That, while you soothe the heart,
to announce in their advertisements, as From better things you steal it.
• Byron's Controversy with Southey.' What A. C. H.
there was dark or devilish in it belongs to
his lordship; and had I been compelled to SUMMER MUSINGS.
resume it during bis life, he, who played
the monster in literature, and aimed his When a languor soft the sense invades, I stroll alone to the woodland glades,
blows at women, should have been treated And linger in coverts cool and green,
accordingly. The republican trio,' says Beneath the poplars' beautiful screen.
Lord Byron, when they began to publish Then I watch the wavelet that hastens by in common, were to have had a community To the sea, as time to eternity;
of all things, like the ancient Britons-to And I muse like Jaques, and moralise Ou themes that the silent scene supplies.
have lived in a state of nature, like savaI think, as the river glides away
ges—and peopled some island of the blest, Though banks of wild flowers woo its stay, with children in common, like А
And see, where the brighter day-beams poor,
very pretty Arcadian nation! I may be domes; the magnificent Wladimir, the luxu- John Quin; seven hanks of yarn, the propexcused for wishing that Lord Byron bad rious Bojars, the valiant beroes, and the erty of the widmo Scott; and one petticoat published this bimself; but though he is re- bards of those times. The subject of the and one apron, the property of the widow sponsible for the atrocious falsehood, he is poem, in six cantos, is the carrying off of Gallagher, seized under and by virtue of a not for its posthumous publication. I shall the princess Ljudmilla by the magician levying warrant, for tithe due to the Rev. only observe, therefore, that the slander is Tschernomor, and her deliverance to her John Usher. Dated this 12th day of May, as worthy of his lordship as the scheme it- husband Russlau, a valiant koight. The 1824." self would have been. Nor would I have plan is adınirable, the execution masterly, condescended to notice it even tbus, were and, notwithstanding the numerous charac. it not to show how little this calumniator ters introduced, and the episodes and events
CONTINUATION OF LAPLACE'S MECANIQUE knew concerning the objects of his uneasy which cross each other, the narrative is and restless hatred. Mr Wordsworth and I rapid, the characters well drawn, the de.
Those who have read the - Mécanique were strangers to each other, even by name, scriptions animated, and the language ex. Céleste, are aware, that upwards of twenwhen be represents us as engaged in a sa- cellent. Russhu was soon succeeded by ty years ago M. Laplace promised to tertanic confederacy, and we never published " Kaw Koskoi Plennik,” a smalier, though minate this great work by an exposé of the any thing in common.
not less excellent, poem; which describes labours of geometers on the system of the Here I dismiss the subject. It might have the rude manners of the banditti of Cauca- world, and by assigning to each the sbare been thought that Lord Byron had attain- sus, their mode of life, and the peculiarity which he had contributed towards elucidated the last degree of disgrace, when his of the country and its inhabitants, in the ing its wonderful mechanism. The faithhead was set up for a sign at one of those most lively colours. This poem is gener- ful execution of this task would have im. preparatory schools for the brothel and ally known to the German public, through posed on the illustrious author of the Méthe gallows, where obscenity, sedition, and a 'masterly translation by M. Wulfert, canique Céleste, the necessity of making blasphemy are retailed in drams for the vul- which is inferior to the original only in very ample acknowledgments to Lagrange, gar. There remained one further shame, the inimitable melody of the Russian lan- and it would almost appear that some rethere remained this exposure of his private guage.
pugnance arising out of this conviction had conversations, which has compelled his lord- Puschkin's new poem, " The Fountain of retarded the completion of this part of his ship's friends, in their own defence, to com- Baktschissarai,” is in many respects superior labours. The name of Laplace occurs only pare his oral declarations with his written to his former productions. The subject is once in the second edition of the Mécanique words, and thereby demonstrate that he was very simple : Ghiraj, Khan of the Crimea, Analytique, a circumstance which seems as regardless of truth as he was incapable in one of his predatory excursions, takes to intimate, that Lagrange had felt some of sustaining those feelings suited to his prisoner a Polish princess, Maria. She is displeasure at the unacknowledged approbirth, station, and high endowments, which in his harem; the charms of the beautiful priation of his investigations and discovesometimes came across his better mind. christian make a deep impression upon the ries. M. Laplace is, however, at length ROBERT SOUTHEY." heart of the rude monarch. He forsakes slowly redeeming his pledge in the fifth
his former favourite, Sarema, a passionate volume of his work, which is in a course of RUSSIAN POETRY.
Georgian; she knows indeed that Maria publication. The thirteenth Book, which The young poet Puschkin, has completed persists in rejecting his love, but, tormented has recently appeared, treats on one of the a new production, which, though of no great by jealousy, she murders her innocent rival. most difficult problems in physical astronoextent, surpasses, in the unanimous opinion Ghiraj, inconsolable, sentences the Georgian my, that of the oscillations of the luids of the critics, all his former productions. to death; and dedicates to the memory of which cover the planets. The first chapter The title is, “ The Fountain of Baktschis. Maria, in a solitary part of his garden, a contains a rapid sketch of the principal sarai ;” and Mr Ponamarew, a bookseller fountain, the cold drops of which, falling, views and discoveries of geometers, on the of Moscow, has given him three thousand even to this day, into the marble bason, re- theory of the tides, from Newton to Laroubles for the copy-right. The poem con- mind feeling hearts of Maria's innocence place. No branch of the history of science tains about six hundred lines, so that five and Ghiraj’s grief, and the young girls in presents more interest, than this view of roubles per line have been paid for it, a the neighbourhood still call it the fountain the progress of mathematical analysis in thing quite unheard of in Russia. Puschkin of tears !
one of the greatest questions of natural is a literary phenomenon, endowed by na
philosophy. It is the peculiar privilege of ture with all the qualifications of an excel
the inventors of the principal theories to lent poet; he has begun his career in a It appears, by a late census of the popu. show their origin, their difficulties, and manner in which many would be happy to lation of Ireland, that the number of males their most important features. The anconclude. In his thirteenth year, when he is 3,341,926–of females 3,459,901. Those cient geometry has transmitted to us nothwas still a pupil in the Lyceum at Zarskoe- employed in agriculture are 1,139,069,– ing more exact and beautiful than the few Selo, he composed his first distinguished in trades, manufactures, or handicraft, words by which Archimedes has prefaced poem, “Wospominanie 0 Zarskom Selo," 1,170,044. Dublin is supposed to contain
his works. Remembrances of Zarskoe-Selo; this piece 227,335. The state of the whole country was, perhaps, too loudly and generally ad- is represented as very precarious. There mired; the boy aimed henceforward only at are now public theological disputations, in the Muses' wreath, and neglected the more which the zeal on each side is quite equal the month of December, in Great Britain,
of works published, during scrious studies which are essential to the to the christianity displayed. No doubt, if
was sixty-three. The number of distinct poet. However, up to this time, when he each party could for a season enjoy the is about twenty-five years of age, he has pure, unmixed ascendancy of the primitive
volumes, eighty-one. composed, besides a number of charming times, neither would want a fine crop of little pieces, which have been received with martyrs. The following document is an
LONGWOOD. great approbation by the literary journals, amusing instance of real distress; and in. A late visitor at St Helena, says, that the three more considerable poems, which are dicates pretty well the degree of probabili- house inhabited by Napoleon in that islavd real ornaments of the Russian Parnassus; ty which exists for an amelioration in the is now converted into a barn, and that there and what is a particular merit in these days state of feeling upon the subject of re- is actually a threshing machine in the chamof translation, they are quite original. ligion.
ber in which he breathed his last! Surely The first of them is "Russlau and Ljud. “ To be sold by public cant, in the town this residence, so much vaunted by Lowe milla,” which carries us back into the an- of Ballymore, on Saturday, the 16th instant, and Co., could not have been very valuable
, cient days of chivalry and fable in Russia, one cow, the property of James Scully; one if it is thus considered fit only for such " vile and places before us Kiow, with its gilded 'new bed-sheet and one gown, the property of uses.” What a tell-tale time is !
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a minute account of his character, which area of an hundred feet, railed in with iron Lionel Lincoln; or, The Leaguer of Boston. indeed he could not often have learned by and surrounded by flag-stones. But a series
In two Volumes. By the Author of the any other method; a part, by the way, of novels now implies a series of journeys. Pioneers, Pilot, $c. New York. 1825. which veteran devourers of novels were apt The descriptions of an hundred pages may 12mo.
to skip, and most persons to forget before cost the author a trip of as many miles. As the reading class of the community in- they had made much progress. Authors In short, in these critical days, whether the creases in numbers and in wealth, the de- at present avoid committing themselves novelists deal with persons or things, they mand for new works of imagination neces- in this way, and prefer leaving it to the are compelled to paint from pature, instead sarily increases with it; and this has had the reader's ingenuity to discover the charac- of making new copies of bad pictures. effect of bringing into the market many ar- ter of each, by his language and conduct The faculty of giving to a story that ticles of home manufacture. The love of So that if the latter should happen to mis- dramatic interest, which arises from variety fame, which was balanced in the minds of take, in any instance, the design, his own of character, forcible delineation, and picmany by diffidence and fear of loss, bas dullness may come in for a share of that turesque grouping, or, in other words, the derived new energies from the hope of blame, which, before, fell wholly upon the powers of observation, discrimination, and profit. Of the supply thus produced, a author's want of observation. One conse- description are possessed by Mr Cooper in considerable portion has been of inferior quence of this new method is, that, as the a very high degree; and it is with national quality. This might have been foreseen; characters are, or, at least, are intended pride and pleasure that we see these powers but it was also to be expected, that, as the to be drawn from real life, the story not employed upon supjects so worthy of them. competition continued, some minds would unfrequently is totally destitute of a regu- Brief as is the period since history first saw be called into action, of ability sufficient to lar, impeccable, and all-accomplished hero, our infant nation cradled in a howling wilcommand a share of the praise and profit or heroine. This is an evil of magnitude derness, she has found much to tell of deeds attending upon excellence in this popular to those who were brought up in the days of high emprize. She offers to the novelist pursuit; whose success would encourage when the Mortimers and Belvilles were in abundance of materials,-the harvest is rich themselves to go on and improve, and fashion. But these inimitable patterns of enough, and we rejoice to welcome labourers others to follow.
square-toed perfection are now regarded as so worthy to gather it. We are glad to be Such expectations have been justified by very uninteresting fellows. We can on- able to greet an American author, in terms the result. We have had a considerable ly be pleased with the representation of of good hearty commendation, instead of that and rapidly increasing number of American man, as nature made him, a being subject cautious and somewhat dubious praise, which authors. A large proportion of their works, to affections and passions, capable of good we are too often called on to bestow upon it must be admitted, are but indifferent, ness and greatness, but variable and err- works, which, as honest Andrew Fairservice when compared with those of their British ing, whose thread is a mingled yarn, and observes, " are ower bad for blessing, and prototypes. But some among them have whose virtues and vices alternately ennoble ower gude for banning," without a good been such as the critics, on either side of and debase him.
deal of neutralizing qualification. the Atlantic, have ventured to praise, and, The natural or artificial objects, amid The following is an outline of the story what is to the author's purpose, the public which the incidents occur, must likewise of the work before us. Lionel Lincoln, a delighted to read.
be delineated with that force of colouring, native of Boston, becoming entitled, on the The taste of the novel-readers of this and minute accuracy of detail, which iden- failure of male heirs in a direct line, to a age requires something very different from tify the particular scene of action, and for baronetcy and large estate in England, the delicate distresses and complicated sto- want of which, the same forests have sails for that country, for the purpose of ries, with their machinery of trap-doors frowned, and the same dungeons yawned taking possession. He leaves behind him and dark-lanterns, which puzzled the brains for thousands of heroes to seek their re. bis wife and infant, in the care of his aunt and harrowed up the souls of more roman- cesses, and the same ruinous stair-ways and and godmother, Mrs Lechmere. In the tic generations. We are not disappointed, corridors echoed, while the self-moving same house is a young woman, whom he if the plot is sometbing less than inscruta- clock struck one, to fright the souls of bad seduced, previous to his marriage, and ble to any but the reader of the five last countless heroines.
by whom he had also a son. On his return, pages, nor dissatified,
the incidents are This requisition imposes upon modern he finds his wife dead, and, what is worse, neither very crowded nor very improbable. authors the necessity of actually seeing he is informed by his aunt, that she had The character of the novels of the present day the places, which they intend to describe. been unfaithful, and this information is conis more closely allied to that of the drama, in Their predecessors could travel in their gar-firmed by the oath of the young woman the course of which characters, imaginary in rets, as the impudent fabricator of the ad- abovementioned, Abigail Pray. The modeed in that situation, make their entrances ventures of Damberger did through the tive of the former in fabricating this story, and exits, and play their parts in accord- centre of Africa, describing successive for it proves to be unfounded, was, by dimin. ance with motives and passions, which have hordes of Boshmen, as identical as so many ishing his sorrow for the loss of his wife, to a real existence in the human heart. The troops of buffaloes, and successive kraals render him more susceptible of the charms author has only to invent, or, if he pleases, of Hottentots, which, like the bee-hive and of her daughter, whom she was ambitious of to borrow the outlines of a story, which the bird's nest, evinced the unerring na- beholding as the lady of a baronet, and the shall place his actors in circumstances fa- ture of the instinct of their framers. With head of the house of Lincoln. The latter, vourable to the powerful development of just so much knowledge of sunshine, as they on her part, hoped to regain her former their particular ruling passions, and to make could obtain through the medium of the hold on his affections, and become Lady them speak and act, in such situations, con- smoke of a metropolis, they dwelt for pages Lincoln herself. Both seem to have forsistently. and paturally. In the older por- upon the glories of an Italian sky, and bab-gotten the proverbial thanklessness of the