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it. The tables of the rich are covered with Graciozo, who delivers many truly agree order, for its sting, to the recently ima mob of dishes, and, after the grace, (which able and witty speeches. as will the Seno-ported, is frequently very troublesoine, I may call the riot act,) the surrounding ra Gamborino, the character of a Gracio: and productive of much pain and erupauthorities fall on thein with proper via sa, whose diverting observations and tion. gour. Dinner parties, however, are not smart speeches will give great delight to Amongst the wants of the country, usual. When a festive occasion occurs the audience. The comedy will be and which an English ear, attuned to the in a family, the entertainments commence adorned by appropriate dresses and melody of its native groves, alınost diwith a breakfast, which is, in fact, an scenes ; amongst others, the inarch of the rectly discovers, is the total absence of early dinner.

heroic Spanish army to attack the infidels, birds of song, The Cubano cabalero rises early, and with suitablewarlike accompaniinents--the • But if the evening hour is deprived of takes a cup of chocolate as soon as risen. Spanish hero on horseback-the Moorish the notes of the nightingale, it is enriched He then lights his cigar, and either strolls chieftain advancing to challenge the Spa. by the brightness of the cocuyo, or fire-fly. in bis patio, or balconies, or mounts his niards, when the Spanish conqueror, with This singular insect bears, in the upper horse. At ten o'clock he breakfasts on fish, the assistance of the Ave Maria, will cut parts of its head, a phosphoric light, like meat, soup, eggs, and ham, with wine and off the head of the Moor; with many other that of a glow-worm, and numbers are coffee. Before the company rise from ta- agreeable and surprising incidents. After seen circling in the air like meteors. It ble, a little pan, with live charcoal, is this will be performed, the excellent and is perfectly harmless, and too often sufbrought, for every one to light their ci- much admired piece, called . The Re- fers from puerile tyranny on this account. gars with. The females, except in the establishment of the Constitution,' writ. Amongst the animal rarities of the upper ranks, smoke also. I can scarcely ten by an eminent patriot, where will be island, let me not forget to notice the draw the line precise here, for this incli- seen the ceremony of laying the lapida of Cuba blood-hound, that celebrated friend nation of the females to turn into the neu- our most glorious constitution. Also will of the whites and enemy of the blacks. ter gender, seems very great. I have be seen the portraits of those Spanish he- In chief and general air, he is not much seen the wives and daughters of an official roes, Quiroga and Riego, and a proces. unlike the English mastiff, but possesses real smoking in the streets! I have seen sion of alcaldes and other authorities. all the ferocity of the bull-dog. Every the wives and daughters of abogados, The theatre will be illuminated with per- plantation has several of these creatures, physicians, and alçaldes, smoking, and fect brilliancy, so as to afford this most for the pursuit of cimarrones, or fugitive yet it is certainly true, what the gentle respectable public every satisfaction." negroes, and the preservation of the men tell you, that no lady smokes. This is a knotty paradox; but, if I remember

Of the animals, reptiles, insects, &c. whites, as the negroes stand in more

dread of one of these ferocious brutes than right, the clown in The Winter's Tale" peculiar to the Havana, we have the of an arıned overseer. I bave no reason, makes some observations very illustrative following notice :

however, to believe that they are emof the point; for my part, I am not clown • The black cattle are a very fine breed, ployed otherwise than as guides in the enough to attempt it. Smoking, indeed, and are used in great numbers to draw pursuit of fugitives, and house-guards for is so general, that the people all look like produce. Sheep are rare, a few only their masters; but it is undoubted that pictures of saints with glorified halos. It being kept, rather as curiosities than as the spirit of persecution against the unis said the poor Mexicans were conquer- stock. The hogs are most abundant, and happy negroes is instilled and fostered by ed so speedily by their handful of inva. form the favourite meat of the lower or- every kind of encouragement and allureders, from the consternation excited at the ders, most of whom keep them. Horses ment, for I deny that nature, (as some alappearance of Cortes' sixteen dragoons, and mules are bred in the island, but a lege,) has violated her own feelings and they conceiving the man and horse to be great many of the latter are imported from principles by making the blood-hound a one animal. if a body of Spaniards were the Costa firme ; and of the former, a batural enemy to the man of colour. In now to invade some untobaccoed, Mexico, large bony breed, called frisones, (or England, you have often noticed the sathe man ang cigar would certainly frieslanders,) are brought from North gacity with which a, pampered house-dog have the same fearful effect. The chil-America. These are not found to thrive, scents out and attacks a beggar, who has dren even smoke i Little creatures of five the first hot summer carrying them off. fewer distinctive marks than the slave. or six years old strut about with their ci- The price of horses ranges from sixty to The principle of education is the same, gars; and, as parents dress the boys of five hundred dollars; the usual price of a and insolent tyranny of persecution equalthat age in long coats with little canes, decent serviceable horse being two hun. ly the effect of human instruction.' "they have all the air of manhood, and only dred dollars. want whiskers to make them appear as if

The author of this work, who writes in

Venoinous creatures this island is, set up to ridicule their fathers.' happily, alınost entirely free from. The

a lively manner but thinks profoundly, We now pass on to the theatre at the those that infest the woods in England, the slave trade on Cuba, shows, and we

snakes found here, are very similar to when again speaking of the influence of Havana, where,

and are very shy of society. Their bite think satisfactorily, that the abolition • It is usual to take a box for the season, is not inortal. 'l'he worst of the venomous of slavery will be favourable to the or a certain length of time-three or four species is the arana peluda, or hairy real and permanent interests of the inonths; and if you do not, you will get spider, a hideous reptile, as large as a island; we do not doubt, and if doubt no box seat. You pay four reals man's hand, covered with brown hair exists in such a case, that grand axiom, for your admission at the outward door

, The bite is considered highly dangerous that what is morally wrong cannot be ing to the part of

. the house, or nature of quency almost takes off the feeling of the politically right,' would inidence our the accommodation you choose. The dread with which it would otherwise be decision, did not humanity alone de.

company is tolerable, and the house con- regarded. It is, when, fully grown, as cide, the question, la conclusion, we 'venient, though not large. It is only ful- large as the arana peluda, with a long must express our hearty commendaly lighted on grand nights, which circum- jointed tail, which it carries curved over tion of this work, and would recom'stance is always advertised, as is the pro- its back, but is extended at pleasure: mend it to statesinen and senators, to gramme of the piece, as... This evening The sting is at the end. The effect (for philanthropists, and to every one who spectable people of the Havana, the fam- painful, and creates a local paralysis, but with pity on the untutored and enslaved

can feel for another's woe, and look oys and níuch admired comedy, entitled, wears off through time and the applica. E1 Triunfo del Ave Maria,' in which tion of spirits. The mosquito inust,

Africàn, Senoc Garcia will perform the part of a I though insignificant, be ranked in this

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Memoirs of the Life of Anne Boleyn, to the barrier, where, at the sound of the exercised in jousting; and at eighteen Memoirs of the Life of Anne Boleyn, and ceremony usual on such occasions, strength in hunting; at sixteen they were Benger, Author of Memoirs of Mrs. tial train, each mounted on a mettled The education of girls was still inore perBenger, Author of Memoirs

of Mrs. I trumpet, appeared the king and his mar: they were boldly ushered into public life. Hamilton, John Tobin, &c. 2 vols. courser, clothed in purple velvet and niciously opposed to simplicity and na

8vo. pp. 548. London, 1821. cloth of gold; the royal steed was distin- ture; from the earliest period, they apEXTERTAINING as we do, considerable guished by his embroidered drapery, and pear to have been taught to imitate the respect for Miss Benger's talents, and the gallant plume of feathers pendant manners, and even to adopt the dress

from his head, and which rose ambitious of grown women : at thirteen they were a high regard for the sex of which she ly to the saddle of the rider. The signal not only disfigured by the stiff costumes, is an ornament, we are sorry that her being given, the coursers flew like light- but infected with the pride, the vanity, pen has not been more suitably em- ning; each cavalier ran twelve courses: and folly of their elder associates

. From ployed than on the present occasion. the youthful monarch struck the ring five the moment that they were allowed to For, although we believe that Anne times, and finally bore away the prize in assume their place at the tournament, they Boleyn was innocent of the charge for triumph, abandoning the ornaments of his affected to dispense smiles and favour's which she soffered, and fell a victim charger to the applauding multitude. In on real or pretended votaries; and, whilst to the caprice and jealousy of an odi- another public festival

, at Greenwich, the glittering with gold and jewels, they beous monster, yet some historians have king challenged all comers to fight with gan to expatiate on the reciprocations be. entertained a different opinion, and her

the target; and afterwards exhibited still tween the mistress and the servant, they levity has often been admitted.

greater prowess in hurling the spear; nor learnt to envy the distinctions conferred

Now, did the indefatigable prince desist till be by the bold successful champion, and to as an investigation into the criminality had achieved equal honour with the two- sigh for the sovereignty conceded to peeror levity of woman, is not the proper handed sword.?

less beauty.' study' of woman, we wish that Miss Such were the amusements of princes Of the celebrated interview between

Benger had become the biographer of and gentlemen. Of female occupations Henry and Francis, in the field of the some of those illustrious ladies who at that period, we are told, that

Cloth of Gold, our author gives a very grace the annals of British history,

'The maids of honour appear to have animated description, from which we whose character is less doubtful; espe- been always considered rather as orna- make a few extracts :cially as, notwithstanding all her re- mental than useful: neither serious • Aware of Henry's predilection for the search, she has not brought any new charge nor weighty responsibility was age of Edward' the Third, the King of fact or Dew evidence to decide the me- ever imposed on these fairest ministers of France subinitted to him, whether he rits of Lady Anne Boleyn.

royalty, whose business it was, like should not, in imitation of the Black If we at first regretted to find Miss nymphs, to encircle their queen only Prince, have his dinner served and carved

to shed around her the ineffable charm of on horseback. Although this proposition Benger engaged in this work, we were grace and beauty; accustomed to attend was negatived, in every other instance not less surprized to find that she spun her on all public exhibitions of pornp and the ordonnances of chivalry were to be the barren subject out into two vo- splendour, to dress with taste, to move religiously observed'; and it was espelumes--we beg pardon, two half vo- with elegance, comprised their most im- cially stipulated, that, in the ensuing lumes only; for the whole work is portant duties: their accomplishments, if joust, the number of strokes given on paged straight forward; but, by the any they possessed, were reserved for the either side, should be referred io the laaddition of an extra title, it has been recreation of her private hours, when, ac- dies! Finally, after a longer interval dope up in two thin volumes,-a

cording to her humour, they were re than had been spent by the Edwards and wretched bookselling expedient, which quired to sing, dance, work, and pray, al- Henries of former days in acquiring the wretched bookselling expedient, which ternately associated in her labours and de- fairest provinces of France, the plain of reflects no credit on the publishers. votions. Finally, their conduct was Guisnes was chosen for the interview, and

The life of Anne Boleyn, and the closely inspected by an elderly govern- the young Emperor Charles, by a dexparticolars of her melancholy fate, are ante, whose . duty it was to maintain trous stroke of policy, engrossed to himso well known, that it would be a work amongst them strict order and decorum. self the fruits of the costly enterprise. of supererrogation to repeat them here; Inaries of instruction, an estaislishment the English coast, when, under pretence

In the absence of schools and other semi- In his passage to Flanders, he approached especially as what relates to her per- such as this must have offered some equi- of paying his respects to his aunt Cathesoually, appears to us to be the least vocal advantages to childhood, and few rine, he threw himself on Henry's geneinteresting, and is certainly the least attractions to youth: to the former it rosity, and voluntarily came to his court novel part of the work, which contains might supply habits of docility and appli- without a single precaution for safety and some curious information relative to cation, of promptitute and self-possession, protection. Charmed with this proof of the court manners during the reign of eminently useful in the intercourse of confidence, so consonant to the spirit of Heory VIII, as well as a view of soci-after-life; nor was it a defect peculiar to chivalry, Henry was easily persuaded to ety during the two preceding centuries.

the education received in a court, that it pledge his friendship to the avowed rival of the activity and skill of Henry in turity, the artless simplicity of childhood. ally and a brother.

blasted, by a specious semblance of ma- of that prince he was about to visit as an manly exercises, many instances have Amongst the other vices inseparable from been recorded. The following is the artificial system transmitted by the At some little distance from the town one:

middle ages, it was not the least, that it of Guisnes, a temporary palace was pre. One day, an engagement having been abridged what is usually esteemed the pared for Henry's reception, which the made by some of the courtiers to run at best and happiest season of human exist. I combined powers of English and Flemish the ring for a wager, the king declared ence: the cheerfulness of infancy was mechanism had rendered rare and bean

his willingness to enter the lists with six soon clouded with care. At four years tiful as the marvellous house of Aladdin, · companions, the prize being promised to of age the sons of the nobility com- so exquisitely constructed by his obedihim who, within a certain space of time, menced their studies; at six they were ent genü.' • It appears to have been should most often reach the goal. At the initiated into the Latin grammar; at formed of moveable planks of limber, hour appointed, the ambassadors, the twelve they were introduced into com and covered with canvass so well painted court, the ladies, repaired, with the pomp | pany; at fourteen they exhausted their l as to resemble stone Within, it was

hung with arras and tapestry, the most the king lived in Hall, and freely treated sa chet loaf and manchet, ale and wine,
rich and tasteful that the looms of Ghent all who asked for entertainment. In ge- beef and mutton, were supplied in abun-
could supply; but, after all these efforts neral, the palace, like the pageant so of- dance, with the addition of capons or
of ingenuity, it was found totally inade, ten admitted within its walls, presented a bens, pigeons and conies. On fast days,
quate to the occasion; since two thousand motley combination of bloated Juxury salt salmon, salted eels, whitings, gurnet,
five hundred of the king's suite had no and squalid wretchedness, fantastic ele- plaice, and founders; fruit was reserved
better resource than to lodge in tents, of gance and sordid penury. The royal for lent; butter was always allowed in
which the inside was hung with white apartments were strewn with rushes; the profusion.
cloth, richly embroidered, and surmount. stairs and floors of the other rooms were • The queen's table was furnished with
ed by the union rose, interlaces with the often inlaid with filth ; and whilst fires * more elegance, and with the additional
fleur-de-lys. The spot selected for this blazed in the great chambers, hung with delicacies of fricandes or custard, frythour
encampment was about half a league be arras, the inferior officers were shivering or tarte; besides every delicacy of the
yond the town of Guisnes, and about the with cold ; and soine of their attendants season.
same distance from the town of Ardres, literally beggars.

The brewer is enjoined not to put
in whose castle lodged Francis and his * Among other statutes published in hops or brimstone into the ale.
gallant court. Whilst Henry and his re- the seventeenth year of this reign, at A swan was five shillings, a capon
tinue, like crusaders, remained in their Eltham, was one, by which it was enact: eighteen-pence, pigeons eight-pence per
splendid pavilions, necessity must have ed, that none but decent persons should dozen; a fat heron was eight.pence, a
led to a different distribution of the qua- be admitted into court service ; that in partridge four-pence, pullets three-pence
drupeds in his train, of which the horse future no rascal + should be employed in each, conies two shillings per dozen ; the
alone amounted to the enormous nuinber any domestic capacity; and that the scul. stork, the bustard, and the crane, were
of four thousand three hundred and twen. lions of the kitchen should not be "per- then admitted to the table.
ty-six. To these, according to stipula- mitted to go naked. By another article, • A munificent provision of twenty-four
tion, an equal number was opposed by the it was prohibited to any of the king's loaves per day was made for the king's
French party: thus the cordial ineeting household to follow the king when he greyhounds ; other dogs were banished
which was to form an eternal union of friend- should go on his pastime, unless invited the court, with the exception of spaniels
ship, resembled the clashing of two hos. By another article, obviously dictated by kept for the ladies.
tile armies, and seemed rather calculated Henry's personal feelings, it is enacted, • A gift was allowed to whoever mar-
to create iinpressions of distrust and jea- that, in future, none be admitted but per ried or made the king a present.'
lousy than io suggest images of peace sons of good demeanor, fashion, gesture, In our extracts, we have hitherto
and amity, hospitality and concord. countenance, and stature, so as the king's scarcely noticed the heroine in these

The two kings met on the 10th of house may be furnished with such as are June, when they embraced and walked tried, elect, and picked for the king's ho volumes, but her history cannot but be nour. To the privilege of maintenance,

familiar to our readers, whoin we refer arm in arın around the encampment. implied in the bouche of court, a com' to Nos. 57, 67, and 75, of the Literary Their attendants on both sides also fra- paratively small number of the palace in Chronicle, where they will find many ternized, and all national prejudices mates were admitted; but, for the per interesting particulars respecting her. seemed forgotten :

sonal attendants, both for the king and As, however, love letters are very im• After the first ceremonies between queen, there was, in general, kept a plen- portant affairs, and those of sovereigns the two kings, both withdrew to a tent of tiful table, and to the six maids of honour were allotted, a chet loaf and a man

very rare, we shall present our readers cloth of gold, where, after reiterated congratulations, Henry began, pro forma, to chet, a chine of beef, and a gallon of ale with a couple from that .gallant gay read the articles, when, instead of desigfor breakfast.'

deceiver,' our Eighth Harry, to Anne nating himself the King of France, he stopt The conclusion of the picture of the Boleyn. The first has a passage in it abruptly after “ I, Henry, King of Eng-court is taken from Loyd, who says,-cable:

respecting the Mores, which is inexpliland," and laughing, exclaimed, ". No, not the king of France; I should be an dish. Xinong the dainties which he re- heart put ourselves into your hands, beg.

King Henry understood a man and a • My Mistress and Friend, -I and my impostor if I claimed that title, for the lished, were, giggots of mutton or veni- ging you to recommend us to your favour, King of France is here."

son, stopped with cloves, chickens in cri- and not to let absence lessen your affecOf the state of Henry's court at tuary, larkes, sparrows, or lamb stued, tion to us. For it were great pity to inhome, and of his singular regulations, with chines of multon, venison pastry; crease our pain, which absence alone we have the following ludicrous descrip-jelly hippocras, crean of almonds. does sufficiently, and more than I could tion:

• Stabling was allowed to such of the ever have thought; bringing to my mind In the gorgeous finery of King Hen. queen's gentlewomen as were peers' a point of astronomy, which is, that the ry's court, we often trace a resemblance daughters. Seven messes of ladies dined farther the Mores are from us, the farther, to the barbaric splendour and magnifi. at the same table in the great chamber; too, is the sun, and yet its heat is the more cence exhibited by the despots of Asia

* “Coals were only allowed for the King, scorching ; so it is with our love; we are and Africa ; and poorly as that age was Queen, and Lady Mary's chambeis.'

at a distance from one another, and yet it furnished with the more elegance, conve- t • A rascal implied an illiterate vagrant; keeps its fervency, at least on my side. niences, and accommodations, that essen- one who could not even repeat his Creed.' I hope the like on your part, assuring tially contribute to the comfort and re- 1. It was expressly stipulated, that the offi- you, that the uneasiness of absence is alfinement of modern life, it will be found, cers of the squillery shall see silver and pewter ready too severe for me; and when I that, wherever wealth abounded, there vessels kept safe, (pewter vessels being then think of the continuance of that which I prevailed a superfluity of all that was rare costly); and it is forbidden to the king's at must of necessity suffer, it would seem inand precious, -an excess of pomp and tendants to steal locks or keys from cupboards

, tolerable to me, were it not for the firm prodigality, to which modern Europe

or other articles of furniture out of noblemen's hope I have of your unchangeable affecScarcely offers any, parallel. Under the The king's barber is enjoined to be cleanly, times in mind of it, and seeing I cannot be

or gentlemen's houses where he goes to visit. tion for me; and cow to put you someTudors, the frank hospitality of the rude and by no means to frequent the company of Saxon monarchs was still perpetuated on misguided women and idle persons.

The present in person with you, I send you public festivals, at Christmas and Easter, knight marshal is directed to take good care the nearest thing to that possible, that is on Twelfth-day and Michaelmas, and that all such unthrifty and common women as any picture, set in bracelets, with the some other extraordinary occasions, when folļow the court be banished.'

whole device which you know already,

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wishing myself in their place, when it pily, however, we are relieved from the rit, and the whole volume shews a reshall please you.

This from the hand of task of subjecting ourselves to any sus-fined taste and a mind well cultivated. Your servant and friend, H. Rex.'

picion in this respect, by adopting the It is neatly printed, and got up in a When the popular clamour became critique, (anda poetical one too, which is style which is calculated to increase strong, Henry found it advisable to a novelty,) of another of our correspon- the doting attachment of a young auremove Anne Boleyn from court, dents, who sent us an “Impromptu to thor to his first born, and to render it which Miss Benger says she quitted Wilford, on receiving a copy of his admissible into all good company. with painful impressions of disgust, first publication. This impromptu not unmingled with resentment.' "The we shall not insert, but merely quote a Select Female Biography; comprising following is one of Henry's letters to passage from it, which relates to the

Memoirs of Eminent British Ladies, her during her absence :Lilian Bride :

derived from Original and other AuTo Anne Boleyn.

- Nicely scattered through each part, thentic Sources. 12mo. pp. 331.. • The approach of the time which I have

There's something that will touch the heart,
With many a well-told homely truth,

London, 1821. so long expected, rejoices me so much, To suit each anxious love-sick youth. This volume is a pleasing memento of that it seems alınost ready come. How .

I pity much the Arab chief;

departed excellence; it is confined to a ever, the entire accomplishment cannot His was a thorough life of grief; bë till this two persons meet, which

biography of religious females only,

Though round him some few roses grew, meeting is more desired by me than any Fate did its thorns so thickly strew,

with the object of interesting the mind thing in the world; for what joy can be That when the joy was in his arms,

by a delineation of virtues sustained greater upon earth, than to have the com. He clasped a mass of poisoned charms. amidst all the diversities of human sopany of her who is my dearest friend? Ill-fated heroine ! in the prime

ciety, and to excite a serious considerKnowing, likewise, that she does the Of life cut off.'

ation of the important connexion which same on her part, the thinking on which We must, however, observe, in addi- subsists between the present character gives great pleasure. You may judge tion to the remarks of our poetical cri- and the future destiny. The lives of what an effect the presence of that per- tic, that the Lilian Bride possesses the principal persons noticed in this son most have on me, whose absence many beautiful passages; the merits of voluine, have often been before the has made a greater wound in my heart, which are a strong recommendation to public; they are, however, re-written than either words or writing can express, the poem, independent of the interest and much improved. and which nothing can cure but her return. I beg you, dear mistress, to tell of the story: The following picture of The life of that amiable woman and your father from me, that I desire him to human life is finely drawn:

elegant writer, Miss Catherine Talbot, hasten the appointment by two days, that

• How sweet's the retrospective glance he may be in court before the old term,

That's ta'en of early hours,

might have been rendered more interor at farthest, on the day prefixed, for

When the young life was but a trance

esting, by inserting some of her letters, otherwise I shall think he will not do the

A dream of rosy bow'rs.

which are models of epistolary writing; lover's turn, as he said he would, nor an

But dire the change from youth to age

but this would, perhaps, be extending

In life's delusive pilgrimage ! swer my expectation. No more at pre

the plan further than the biographer,

A summer lake no breath has crost sent, for want of time, hoping shortly,

who is a female, intended. We, however,

A raging sea that's tempest tostthat by word of mouth, I shall tell you the A tender bud of early spring,

would suggest to any one who may have rest of my sufferings from your absence.' That often dies—while blossoming!

leisure and inclination to make an inWith this letter we close our ex

But, though we are with grief opprest, teresting little volume, to collect the leta

And the sear'd heart's a foe to rest, tracts from Miss Benger's. Life of Anne

ters of Miss Talbot, several of which

Though never more the eye may close, Boleyo, which would have been more

have been published in fugitive works,

Till death his darkness o'er it throws,properly entitled, in the quaiot style of Though frenzy fire the throbbing brain

recently ; and, we believe, there are less modern writers, • Some Memora- The frame be rack'd with every pain;

some that have never been printed in ble Passages in the Reign of Henry the

Still, still of life we grasp the chain.' Dr. Birch's collection of MSS. in the Eighth. The work, however, contains There is a fine tribute to the sex, British Museum. Some specimens of much that is interesting, although we and to the influence that love has on Miss Talbot's talents are, however, fear it will not enhance the literary re- woman's heart, which we cannot for- given, and we select one; it is an imitaputation of the author. bear quoting:

tion of Ossian, and was written before • How beautiful is that pure flame,

the peace of 1763 : That finds its home in woman's heart!

• True, Ossian, I delight in songs; The Lilian Bride, and other Poems. - 'Till tiine expires, 'tis still the same,

harmony sooths my soul. It sooths it, o By Barton Wilford. 12m3, pp. 71. And never-never will depart!

Ossian, but raises it far above these grassy London, 1821. The frown may be repulsive, yet

clods and rocky bills. It exalts it far

It cannot make affection fly, Ir our readers do not already give us

above the vain phantoms of clouds, the Which deep within the mind is set

wandering meteors of the night. credit for a tolerable share of critical * Too deep for hate to venture nigh!

“Listen in thy turn, thou sad son of independence, they may, perhaps, call

' For what the object lov'd has been,
When hours of joy went fast,

Fingal, to the lonely dweller of the rock. our strict impartiality in question, when we inform them, that the Lilian Bride

Let thy harp rest for a while, and thy
Is still upon the memory green,
And blossoms in affliction's blast!

thoughis cease to retrace the war and is by a favourite correspondent, who. And Lila, she had felt the power

bloodshed of the days that are past. has often enriched the poetical depart- Of love' in a more genial hour,

Sightless art thou, o Ossian, and sad is ment of the Literary Chronicle with and still that passion round her clung, thy failing age. Thine ear is to the holhis elegant effusions; and further, And when she saw pale sorrow's stings

low blast, and thy expectation is closed that the work is from the press of our

in the narrow house. Thy memory is of

Dive deep in Antar's youthful breast, the deeds of thy fathers; and thy fathers, friend Mr. Davidson, who' exhibits she lov'd lim most when most opprest- where are they? What, 0 Ossian, are our lucubrations in fair black and Sie lov'd him for his sufferings!

those deeds of other times? They are white, weekly, to the public. Hap- The Minor Pieces possess much mèo horror and blood and desolation.

pp. 35.

«« Harp of Ossian, be still. Why dost Memoirs of Mrs. Dyott, under the so-mies, and literayr characters. . I read thou sound in the blast, and wake my sleeping fancy? Deep and long has

lemn Form of an Oath, written by them all with pleasure, and especially been its repose. Solid are the walls that herself, accounting for her Separa- the number of the Revue Encyclopesurround me. The idle laugh enters not tion from General Dyott; with ta-dique, and its interesting views of the here; why then should the idler tear? rious Lellers of the General and other new works of science in Europe. Yet, Ossian, I would weep for thee: 1 Personages. 8vo. pp.48. London, I rejoice, indeed, that the commemo. would weep for thee, Malvina. But my

ration of the life and virtues of my

182). days are as the flight of an arrow. Shall Should any of our readers doubt that friend Kosciuzko, is undertaken by a the arrow turn aside from its mark?

married people have often serious mis-person so able to present them wor... Bright was thy genius, Ossian! But understandings, or that law is expen-thily to the world; the connection, too, darkness was in thy heart. from the light of heaven. The lonely

sive and lawyers are rapacious, let which the several scenes of his services queller of the rock sang in vain to thy them read this little Memoir, which is furnished between the three great revodeafened ear. The Greeian was not blind ornamented with a goodly' portrait of lutions of Poland, France, and America, like thee. On him the true sun never the author and heroine. We, who are cannot fail to render the work of great dawned; yet he sung, though errone. po sceptics on these subjects, who would interest to those three countries. A ciously, of all-ruling, Providence, and not interfere between man and wife on tizen of the U. S. sometime since infaintly looked up to the parent of Gods any occasion, nor in law, if we could formed me, he wished to undertake and men. Thy vivid fancy, o Ossian, avoid it, shall say nothing further in this this work, but I discouraged the atwhat beheld it but a cloudy Fingal?business, than that such things are," tempt, by assuring him, it was already Vain is the pride of ancestry; thou reinainest by choice an orphan, in an orphan and we regret their existence.

in hands fully qualified for the task, world. Did the dweller of the rock never

in a situation to learn better the incipoint out to thy friendless age, a kindred a brief Description of the Mar- dents of his early, as well as latter life,

A brother-
bles collected by Lord Elgin, at

(to which I know my fellow citizen bad hood wide as the world? A staff to thy

Athens, &c.; and also of the Phiga interval Kosciuzko had passed in Ame

no means of access) and that the short failing steps ? A light to thy sightless soul? And didst thou reject them, Os

lian Marbles, now deposited in the

rica, could hardly authorize the acsian? What, then, is genius, but a meteor

British Museum. A New Edition. brightness? The humble, the mild, the

By J. Coombe Laskey, Esq. 12mo. of his Life; he has, consequently, de

count of that to be entitled the History simple, the uneloquent, with peaceful


clined it, and will, I am sure, have steps followed their welcome pastor, into This little work contains a more mi. fair meads of everlasting verduie-while nute and enlarged description of those avoided a competition for which he was

cuuse to felicitate himself on having thou sittest gloomy on the storm-beaten valuable collections, the Elgin and hill, repeating to the angry blast the boast Phigalian Marbles, than the Synopsis

so little prepared.

I read, with great pleasure, the views the deeds of other times. Far other of the British Museum, which is pubtimes are these. Ah! would they were! !ished at so limited a price, as to render you present of the progress of France tostill destruction spreads ; still human its notices excessively brief; besides, incidents, I had feared, portended trou

wards a rational government; some late pride rises with the tigers of the desert, several of the statues, friezes, &c. not ble, but the earth will as soon reverse and utters its horrid boast !" !

A striking instance of precocity is described, and frequently with classical its course in its orbit as the mind of furnished in some poems written by explanations, which cannot but be of man fall back from the lights recently

sbed on it, to the darkness of monkish Caroline, daughter of the Rev. Charles service to the general reader, and must Symonds, who was born in 1792, and render the work a useful vade mecum insurrection of thesouth will bid defiance

ages and impositions,

The general died at the early age of eleven. We to all who may visit those splendid select the last by this infant genius, and numents of art.

to the tyrants of the north, and thus arwhich was afterwards inscribed on her

mies will catch the flame they are sent tombi

to extinguish, and spread its salutary • THE BLIGHTED ROSE-BUD.

purifications over their native soil. Foreign Literature.

Man has, for countless ages, been enScarce had thy velvet lips imbibed the dew, And nature hail'd tbee, infart Queen of

veloped in darkness, civil and religious.


The lights of science have at length Scarce saw thy op'nin; bloom the sun's

found their way into his mind; he broad ray,


had always the power, and needed only And on the air its tender fragrance threw;

Late President of the United States, to the Che- the will to resume his rights and be When the north wind enamour'd of tbee grew,

valier Jullien, Editor of the Revue Encyclo- free; he vow has that will, and the world And from his chilling kiss, thy charms decay;

pedique, at Paris.

Monticello, Dec. 26. Now droops thine head, now fades thy blushing

will at length be free. At the age of hue,

Sur-Long-continued ill health and a seventy-seven years, I cannot expect to No more the queen of flow'rs, no longer gay. slow and uncertain convalescence, have see this; it is comfortable, however, to So blooms a maid, her guardian's health and put it out of my power to acknow- foresee it, and to pass the few days rejoy,

ledge sooner your favours of Feb. and maining to me in prayers for its speedy Her mind array'd in innocency's vest; When suddenly, impatient to destroy,

March of the last year, and particu- consummation, to which I add those Death clasps the victim to his iron breast : larly to tiank you for the several for the continuance of your useful laShe fades—the parent, sister, friend deplore tracts you were so kind as to send ine. bours through long years of health and The charms and budding virtues, now no more. The duplicate copies were disposed of happiness.

This work we sincerely recommend as you wished, to our societies, acadeto all young persons; to the religious * Communicated to us through our Corresworld it can require no recommendation. 'pondent ai Paris.-Ed.




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