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vanced, she was thereby enabled to drag herself up , 'Midst tow'ring cliffs and tracts of endless cold, BY OEHLENSEHLAGER,

stairs : here she was however so faint, that a deadly Published in 1816.

Th’industrious path pervades the rugged stone, cold seized her, and would most likely have made her sink down for ever had she not fortunately recollected And seems-Helvetia, let thy toil's be told

that some little wine might have been left from the A granite girdle o'er the mountain throwd. (b) The following narrative, translated by a Liverpool last mass; she made therefore one effort more to reach No haunt of man the weary traveller greets, gentlemen, from the German, for the Kaleidoscope, the altar, and met with just as much as was sufficient may probably have been the original of the more de- for her exhausted frame.

No vegetation smiles upon the moor, tailed story under the same name, given in the 9th No true believer had ever set the cup to his lips with Save where the flow'ret breathes uncultivated sweets, number of our new series:

more sincere devotion and gratitude towards his crea- Save where the patient monk receives the poor. “ Adacht, the reigning Burgomaster of Cologne on for than she did thus administer

the cheering draught Yet let not these rude paths be coldly traced, the Rhine, had buried his young and handsome wife : that very act, and

used such
further means for her com-

Let not these wilds with listless steps be trod; she had been subject to frequent fits, and never re-plete restoration, that in a few weeks afterwards she Here fragrance scorns not to perfume the waste, The funeral had been magnificent: and a vault in could appear again in the saine place, to stand god

Here charity uplifts the mind to God. had been put by in a coffin with glass panes and iron 1547. Cologne is one of the most ancient towns of

The above is said to have bappened as far back as His humble board the holy man prepares,

And simple food and wholesome lore bestows, times and the Pank of the family, clad in costly robes

, Germany; and to judge by the great number of Extols the the treasures that his mountain bears, the head adorned with a rich garland, and the fingers must have been formerly of much greater importance For while bleak winter numbs with chilling hand


And points the perils of impending snow with precious rings.

Peter Bold, the sexton, had locked the door and than it is now.” made towards home, where a scene of a very different

Where frequent crosses mark the traveller's fate; nature awaited him: his own wife had been prema

In slow procession moves the merchant band, turely brought to bed of a very fine boy; but he was

And silent bends, where tottering ruins wait. totally unprovided with any kind of comfort requisite

Yet 'midst those ridges, 'midst that drifted snow, on such occasions: his marriage had taken place against the wish of his employers, and he had no assistance to

Can nature deign her wonders to display ; expect from that quarter. Isaac, the Jew, came in his

Her Andularia shines with vivid glow, (c) mind; but he would want a pledge: a pledge, mur

And gems of crystal sparkle to the day. mured Bold, within himself, and why not borrow

Here, too, the hoary mountain's brow to grace, from the dead, when nothing is to be obtained from the living. I have known this self-same lady that lies now


Five silver lakes in tranquil state are seen, yonder; she would not have refused a poor man in

While from their waters many a stream we trace, the days of her bloom, and why should her manes now


That, 'scaped from bondage, rolls the rocks betwetti begrudge what will do me good, without harming any

Hence Aows the Reuss to seek her wedded love, one. Under reflections such as these, he returned to the SIR, I have no doubt but the following exquisite

And, with the Rhine, Germanic climes explore ; place which he had but just left, but where be now trod Poem by the Duchess of Devonshire, will be accept- Here stream I mark'd, and saw her wildly more

Down the bleak mountain, through the craggy shore

. duty, and now he came to commit sacrilege. How able to your readers, as such it is much at your service awful was the lonely stillness of the building, for insertion in your pleasing miscellany the Kaleidos- My weary footsteps hoped for rest in vain, and how threatening were the looks of the saints on cope. I believe it was never printed for sale, conse

For steep on steep, in rude confusion rose; the walls, and of the cherubs over the pulpit : bis cou

At length I paused above a fertile plain rage bad almost forsaken him when passing the altar; quently it is very rare. be had there to encounter the image of St. Peter him

10 Yours respectfully,

That promised shelter and foretold repose. self, who was his own patron as well as that of the


Fair runs the streamlet o'er the pasture green, church; but the remembrance of his miserable wife

Its margin gay, with flocks and cattle spread; and child overcame every other consideration, and on


Embow'ring trees the peaceful village screen, be went through the long choir towards the vault.

THE PASSAGE OF THE The countenance of this lovely woman had nothing

And guard from snow each dwelling's jutting shed

MOUNTAIN OF ST, GOTHARD. to renew his terror, and fearlessly he removed the lid

Sweet vale, whose bosom wastes and cliffs surround, and seized her hand; but what were his feelings when

Let me awhile thy friendly shelter share! that hand grasped his wrist: he made an effort to get By Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Emblem of life; where some bright hours are found loose, and

left not only his mantle but his lantern. Running away in the dark, he fell over a pro

Amid the darkest, dreariest years of care. jecting stone, and lay for some time senseless on the Ye plains, where threefold harvests press the ground, Delved through the rock, the secret passage bends : floor; but as soon as he recovered, he hastened to- Ye climes, where genial gales incessant, swell,

And beauteous horror strikes the dazzled sight; wards the house of the Senator, partly to unburden Where art and nature shed profusely round

Beneath the pendent bridge the stream descends, bis conscience, but still more to send assistance into the vault, as he found himself utterly incapable of re

Their rival wonders—Italy, farewel !

Calm-till it tumbles o'er the frowning height: returning again to make examinations.

Still may thy year in fullest splendour shine! We view the fearful pass-we wind along In the mean time the lady had entirely recovered her senses : she overturned, indeed, the lantern, with the To thee, a parent, sister, I consign, (a)

Its icy darts in vain may winter throw!

The path that marks the terrors of our way; first motion of her arms, and was therefore, for a

Midst beetling rocks, and hanging woods among, while in the dark; but the moon cast a feeble light

And wing'd with health, I woo thy gales to blow. The torrent pours, and breathes its glittering spray. through a small opening in the top, and by degrees she Yet pleas'd Helvetia's rugged brows I see,

Weary, at length serener scenes we hail, began to recognise the place. She felt around her, and met with the golden ornaments on her head, and the Pleas'd with a people, honest, brave and free,

And through their craggy steeps delight to roam, More cultivated groves o'ershade the grassy meads; rustling thin silk in which she was dressed: oh, agony !

The neat, though wooden hamlets, deck the vale, oh, despair! she was buried alive. She uttered a cry; While every step conducts me nearer home.

And Altorf's spires recal heroic deeds. but she knew too well that it would not be heard. The I wander where Tesino madly flows

But though no more amid those scenes I roam, vault was just under the choir; and what voice could

From cliff to cliff, in foaming eddies lost ;

My fancy long each image shall retainpenetrate the massive arches? The little air-hole opened into a private part of the church yard, which on the rude mountain's barren breast he rose, The flock returning to its welcome home. was separated from the rest by an iron railing, and In Po's broad wave now hurries to be lost.

And the wild carol of the cowberd's strain. (d) might not be visited for a considerable time.

His shores, neat huts and verdant pastures fill, Lucernia's lake its glassy surface shows, (e) Her dead ancestors were then to be her last com

And hills, when woods of pine the storm defy; While nature's varied beauties deck its side ; panions; and her last occupation was to be that of Eracing with ber nails upon the black walls the melan- / While, scorning vegetation, higher, still,

Here rocks and woods its narrow waves inclose, . choly progress of her real death.

Rise the bare rocks coeval with the sky.

And there its spreading bosom opens wide. Chilled with horror, she sought for something to Upon his banks a favourite spot I found,

And hail the chapel ! hail ihe platform wild ! cover herself, and she found the cloak which Peter had Where shade and beauty tempted to repose;

When Tell directed the avenging dart, (f) dropped: the warmth which it communicated revived her a little: she recovered strength enough to get out within a grove, by mountains circled round, With well-strung arm, that first preserved his child, of the coffin, and to throw herself on her knees, im- By rocks o'erhung, my rustic seat I chose.

Then winged the arrow to the tyrants heart. ploring the mercy of heaven; she then attempted to Advancing thence, by gentle pace and slow,

Across the lake, deep embowered in wood, get to the door, and to move its rusty latch; but who

Unconscious of the way my footsteps prest,

Behold another hallowed chapel stand, can paint her joy when she found it open: she crept mechanically through the dark and narrow passage, Sudden, supported by the hills below,

Where three Swiss heroes, lawless'force withstood, and perceiving the influence of a better air as she ad- ST. GOTHARD's summits rose above the rest. And stamp'd the freedom of their native land;

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Their liberty required no rites uncouth,
(h) “ When, source of streams, eternal glaciers rest,"

No blood demanded, and no slaves enchain'd ; The glaciers are formed probably of such an accumu.

Chess. Here rule was gentle, and her voice was truth,

lation of ice, that the summer's sun only melts what is By social order formed, by laws restrained.

sufficient to supply the rivers, without diminishing the

original stores which are there congealed. These, how. We quit the lake and cultivation's toil,

Ludimus effigiem belli.”............ VIDA. ever, vary their forms, which are sometimes very beau. With nature's charms combin'd adorns the way; tiful, in waves, arches, pinnacles, &c. and the light of And well-earned wealth improves the ready soil, the sun gives them prismatic colours. The glacier of

Grindelwald, in August, presents a wonderful phenome-
And simple manners still maintain their sway. (g)

non, the ice may be touched with one hand, while the
Parewel, Helvetia ! from whose lofty breast
other gathers strawberries that grow at its foot.

The White to checkmate in PIVE Moves, Proud Alps arise, and copious rivers flow; Where, source of streams, eternal glaciers rest,(h) FALL OF THE GLACIER OF THE

(Lolli, page 545.) And peaceful science gilds the plains below.

WEISSHORN. Oft on thy rocks the wond'ring eye shall gaze,

Black. = Thy vallies oft the the raptur'd bosom seek;

The village of Randa is situated about six leagues - There, nature's hand her boldest work displays, above Vispach, commonly known under the name of the Valley of St. Nicolas. The village is about 2,400

8 4 99 S I Here, bliss domestic beams on ev'ry cheek.

feet from the right bank of the Visp, on the steep de. # Hope of my life! dear children of my heart ! clivity of a hill composed of fragments, the stony


8 That anxious heart, to each fond feeling true, ground of which has been converted, by the industry To you still pants each pleasure to impart,

of the inhabitants of Rauda, into pas:ures. Opposite

to this hill is another of the same nature, above which * And more-oh transport !-reach its home and you !

are the rocks covered by the Glacier of Randa, the

highest summit of which, called the Weisshorn, is ele- 9 EXPLANATORY NOTE8.

vated about 9000 feet above the village. The breadth

of the valley at the height of the village (nearly 250 (s) “ To thee, a parent, sister, I consign," feet above the river) is about half a league. On the 9

5 The Duchess left Lady Spencer, and Lady Bes- 27th of December, 1819, about six o'clock in the morn. borough at the baths of Lucca, intending to pass the ing towards the eastern and very steep side of the bigh.


+ est summit of the Weisshorn, a part of the glacier winter at Naples.

became loose, fell with a noise like thunder on the mass (b)“ A granite girdle o'er the mountain thrown.” of ice below, and announced, by the most dreadful


O Mr. Cox's editor (Mr. Raymond) calls it a granite crash, the ravages with which the valley was threatened. rilaad thrown over the mountain. This wonderful work At the moment when the snow and ice struck on the is a road of nearly 15 feet in breadth, paved with granite, lower mass of the glacier, the clergyman of the place, 7 and executed even through the most difficult part of the and some other persons, observed a strong light, which, mountain ; sometimes supended on the edge of a pre- however, inmediately vanished, and every thing was


hol Ecipiet; sometimes pierced through the rocks, where no again enveloped in the darkest night. A frightfui hur. other passage offered ; sometimes forming bold and light ricane, occasioned by the pressure of the air, instantly

8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 bridges, from rock to rock.

succeeded, and in a momentspread the most tremendous
devastation. The fall of the glacier itself did not hurt

(c)" Here Adularia shines with vivid glow," the village, but the hurricane which it occasioned was
No mountain is more rich in its mineral productions, so powerful, that it threw mill-stones several coises up
at least with regard to beanty. The Adularia is a beau- the mountain; core vp by the roots distant larch trees
tiful variety of the Feldt Spar, and is thus called after of the largest size; threw blocks of ice four cubic feet

WHITE. is the ancient name of the mountain. The crystals of St. over the village a distance of half a league: it tore off

1 Castle.... 1-8+ 1 King ....18 Gothard are very much celebrated ; in it is also found the top of the stone belfry; levelled several houses

2 Queen 1-6+ 2. Castle ....1-7 the blue Shoerl or Seppar, and also a marble which has with the ground, and carried the timbers of others

3 Castle 3–8+ the singular quality of bending and being phosphoric; more than a quarter of a league beyond the village into

3 Bishop.....38 it is called Dolomite, from the name of its discoverer, the forest.

4 Queen .3-8+ 4 Queen Dolornieu. Eight goats were whirled from a stable to a distance

5 Knight....2-64 Mate. exceeding 100 toises; and it is remarkable that one of (d) “ And the wild carol of the cow-herd's strain." them was found alive. More than a quarter of a league

There are two other modes in which the Black by the cow-herds, in the mountains of Bern, and in all stripped of their roofs. On the whole, nine houses in might have played: in the one case he would be

The circumstance alluded to, practised every evening above the valley, the barns opposite the glacier are seen

Svisserland. At evening, a flock of goats return to the the village are totally destroyed, and the other thirteen a village from their pasturage ; immediately each goat more or less damaged; eighteen granaries, eight small checkmale in three, and in the other in four Moves, gues to its peculiar cottage, the children of which come dwellings, wo mills

, and seventy-two barns are deout to welcome and caress their little comrade. The stroyed, or irreparably injured. Of twelve persons who Rans de Vaches, sung by the Swiss cow-herd, is a sim- were buried in this catastrophe, teu are still living;

The Naturalist's Diary, ple melody, intermixed with the cry which they use to one was taken out dead, and the twelfth has not yet call the cows together.

been found. The avalanche, formed of a mixture of
snow, ice, and stones, covers the fields and the pas-

For OCTOBER, 1820,
(c) “ Lucernia's lake its glassy surface shows." turages situated below the villages for the length of at
The Lake of Lucernia is also the Lake of the four least 2400 feet, and extends in breadth about 1000 feet.
Cantons, and is as diversified and beautifal as any in feet in height. The damage is estimated at about Domitian; but after his death, by the decree of the

The mass which has fallen measures on an average 150 This month was called Donitianus in the time of the navigation is narrow Lut romantic, bounded by the 20,000 francese belis remarkable, tanti come barn on Senate

, it took the pame of October

, every one hating rocky shores of Uri and Underwald; after passing covered with the fragments, were thereby protected the name and memory of so detestable a tyrant. through the narrowest part, a large expanse presents from the hurricane, and escaped uninjured; but what itself, bounded to the right by Switz, to the left by is much more extraordinary, is, that only two persons l'underwald, and having Lucerne and the distant moun- lost their lives, though some families were carried away

How fresh the air ! what fragrance from the ground tains in front.

Steams upwards as the cloudless orb of day with their houses, and buried under the ruins and

Sinks to the west, and all the landscape round (f) “When Tell directed the avenging dart," drifted snow. The prompt assistance afforded by the

Basks in the splendour of his parting ray! The circumstance here alluded to, is almost engraven clergyman, who did not suffer personally, and of the

This is thy magic pencil, AUTUMN; thine upon the mind of every one who reads; and would wo sextons, who escaped, contributed to save several

These deep'ning shadows, and that golden glow, be here useless to introduce the narrative. A Chapel is persons. It is not the first time that such a disaster has

Rich as the gems which, in some eastern mine, built upon the very spot where Tell stood when he slew befallen the village of Randa. In 1636, it was destroyed the tyrant Geissler, it is surrounded with picturesque their lives. It is said, that at the time the whole glaby a similar avalanche, when thirty-six persons lost

Athwart the gloom their mingled radiance throw. wood, and the simple story of Tell, in the appropriate cier of the Weisshorn had fallen down. Iwo other of autumn has a tevdency to revive the natural

The general state of the weather toward the close dresses; is painted within the Chapel. less consideradle falls happened in 1736 and 1786, but

spirits of those whose constitutions have been debi. (9) “And simple manners still maintain their sway." not precisely in the same place.

litated by the preceding heats. A great part of the The domestic society and simple gaiety of most parts of Swisserland exist in spite of the inroads of strangers ; There is a new method practised in Paris, of joining day during the summer is too sultry for exercise ; indeed it seems impossible not to seek rather to join in mirrors so perfectly as to make the seam, or line of but, as autumn advances, the air becomes more their happy amusements, than to wish to introduce the junction, invisible. By this art mirrors may be exten- temperate, and the evenings, particularly, are serene dissipation of other countries among then.. ded to an immense size, at a trifling cost.

and pleasant.




The groves now lose their leafy. honours; but, Lovers who may bestride the gossamer

The Drama. before they are entirely tarnished, ad adventitious

That idles in the winton summer air, beauty, arising from that gradual decay which

And yet not fall looseas the withering leaf, gilds the autumnal land- but spiders, who, long before Montgolfier, nay, ever

TO THE EDITOR. scape with a temporary splendour, superior to the since the creation, have been in the habit of sailing verdure of spring or the luxuriance of summer. through the fields of ether in these air-light chariots! SIR-Some of the Liverpool critics having recently See yon huge oaks, bathed in the amber flood; This seems to have been suspected long ago by manifested a disposition wholly to under-rate

, or See, through its brightness shines the mellow green, Henry Moore, who says

entirely over-look, the merits of our highly respect. Telling how long those reverend forms have stood, And what their strength and beauty once have been.

As light and thin as cobwebs that do fly

able corps dramatique, I trust, should no one better In the blew air, caused by the autumnal sun,

qualified for the task undertake to remove, at brat They wreathe their roots, they fing their branches wide That boils the dew that on the earth doth lie,

in some measure, the effects of such injustice, you O'er yon smooth meadow, as in ages past :

May seem this whitish rug then is the scum; will permit me to enter the lists, as their ebampion ; Assailed in vain, and shattered, they deride,

Unlcss that wiser men make't the field-spider's loom. an inefficient one, perchance, but willing, if suche Deep anchored still, the fury of the blast.

should be the fortune of the figbt, to fall in theu Where he also alludes to the old opinion of scorched defence. Some are uninjured yet:-their leafy heads

dew, But the first naturalists who made this disShelter the Rocks, as they recline, or graze

While a variety of writers, whose effusions I peruse O'ercanopied, what time the Dog-star sheds '

covery appear to have been Dr. Hulse and Dr. with no inconsiderable degree of pleasure, are de Full on the withered turf his fiercest blaze.

Martin Lister; the former first observing that spi-voting all their forensic talents, either to tbe exalta

ders shoot their webs into the air ; and the latter, tion or degradation of one individual, relative to Now to the dust, in ruins down they go,

besides this, that they are carried upon them in that whom there exists a vast difference of opioio, i Verdure above, but canker all beneath;

element. As o'er some couch hangs poised th' uplifted blow,

This last gentleman, in fine serene wea has been matter of surprise to me, that none here Where ebbing life contends in vain with death.

ther in September, had noticed these webs falling yet appeared 10 vindicate the injured party; for

from the heavens, and in them discovered more than such I cousider those, who, occupying less preta:Since these were acorns, since their course was run once a spider, which he pamed the bird. On another nent situations ia the business of a play, thought Prom youth to age, from vigour to decay,

occasion, whilst he was watching the proceedings of a often by no means less praise-worthy on that ac. What deeds have in the busy world been done ! common spider, the animal suddenly....darted forth count, are either assailed by the supercilious grio of

What thrones have sunk, what empires passed away! a long thread, and, vaulting from the place on which malignant' scoro, or, what is sometimes nearly as

Hips, haws, sloes, and blackberries, now adorn it stood, was carried upwards to a considerable height. bad, passed over with silent contempt. Thus a es our bedges; and the berries of the barberry (berberis Numerous observations afterwards confirmed this temporary print, not much celebrated for Feracily vulguris), bryony (tamus communis), honeysuckle, extraordinary fact; and he further discovered, that, it is true, after hespattering with fulsome panegy. elder, bolly, woody-nightshade, and privet (ligus while they lly in this manner, they pull in their long ric the resplendent star, that recently illuminated trum vulgare), afford a valuable supply of food for thread with their fore feel, so as to form it into a our theatrical hemisphere, unblushingly, declares

, many of the feathered race, white passiug their win- ball, or, as we may call it, air-balloou of Aake. that “ with regard to the other actors who appeared ter with us.

The height to which spiders will thus ascend le af. in this tragedy we have little to say, and that little About the middle of the month, the common mar- firms is prodigious. One day in the autumn, when is not to their advantage." This knowing scribe tin disappears; and, shortly afterwards, the small- the air was full of webs, be mounted to the top of might, surely, for once, have condescended to speak est kind of swallow, the sand martin, migrates. The the bigbest steeple of York Minster, from whence he the truth; had he done so, I positively aver, that Royston or hooded crow (corvus cornis) arrives could discern the floating webs still very bigh above however "little” he had said, “ it would have been de from Scotland and the northern parts of England, him. Soine spiders that fell and were entangled their advantage." Oh, oh! says he, “bat Virginias, being driven thence by the severity of the season. upon the pinnacles he took. They were of a kind that like another Atlas, sustained ihe whole weight of the The woodcock returus, and is found on our eastern never enter houses, and therefore could not be sup- piece, in a manner that not only did boðour to bir coasts.

posed to bave taken their flight from the steeple. talents, but contributed in the highest degree to the Various kinds of waterfowl make their appear. There are several questions connected with the gratification of his audience.” Todeed! Pray, ent ance; and, about the middle of the month, wild formation of gossamer, which still remain open Mr. Courier, what other character is there is the geese leave the fens, and go to the rye lands, to de. for the researches of naturalists. Whether the ter- whole play calculated" to do honour to the trake vour the young coro. Rooks-sport and di

in a restrial and aerial gossamer be formed by the same of its representative? Nuw, only suppose " the playful manner, before they go to roost, cougregating animal, though bighly probable, is yet uodecided. other actors who appeared in this tragedy," in ter in large numbers. Stares assemble in the fen coun. The purpose for which these nets are spread over the venge for the contemptible parts assigned then, had tries, io vast multitudes, and, perching ou the reeds, surface of the fields, is not less a matter of doubt. thought proper to damn " the piece," and thereby render them vofit for thatching, and thus materially the present writers adopt the opinion that the nieshes have rendered the exertions of your mighty " Alls injure the property of the farmer.

are intended as bridges, by which the little animal of none effect? What think yon, O'worthy Courit The appearance of the gossamer, in this and the may pass with facility from straw to straw, or from would then become of him with all bis seperti preceding month, leads us to speak of its cause in clod to clod; and that they also serve to collect the ability, without their strenuous co-operations those wonderful, spiders which produce the gossamer dew, which spiders drink with avidity. We think would have cut but a sorry figure. Without cost, webs, by the buoyancy of which, it is conceived, that they have too easily doubted that they are chiefy derable assistance from them, he could have deres they are enabled to sail in the air, and to mount to designed to catch the fies when they rise in the comparatively, nothing; and bad they withheld Ilie prodigious elevatious. These webs, which so fre morning from the surface of the earth. What, again, aid which he required, neither the audience por the quently cover the surface of fallow and stubble fields, is the purpose of the lofty excursions of spiders

into author could justly have blamed them. With all or form a delicate tracery upon our hedges, strung the upper regions of the atmosphere it appears this power at their disposal, they generously refused with the pearl-like drops of the morning dew, are scarcely rational to doubt that these are predatory to exercise one iota of it; and yet we most common in the autumn. In Germany, their voyages

, and that

spiders sail among the clouds of told, that to speak of them, even a " little would closely connected with the change of season, that more elevated strata, the eruvia of these animals forsooth, they contributed greatly to the success of they are popularly denominated by the expressive being frequently found in these filmy balloons, when both Virginius and his author. I contend, therefore, name, Der fliegender sommer,—the flying summer. descending to the ground. The production of these webs was, with the patu

that, to a certain extent, they were equally as desert.

TO THE INSECT OF THE GOSSAMER. ralists of former times, a subject of strange specula.

ing of praise as the sapient Courier's Magnus Apollo,

If he questions the truth of my assertion, let him ask tion. Spenser alludes to the vulgar idea of their

his “ accomplished” friend, in what provivcial thes. formation, when he speaks of “The fine gets which Small, viewless aëronaut, that by the line uft we woven see of scorched dew!” Robert Hooke, Float'st on a sun-beam-Living atom, where Of Gossamer suspended, in mid air

tre he ever played with a more respectable Appius one of the earliest Fellows of the Royal Society, Ends thy breeze-guided voyage? With what design

Claudius than Mr. Younge-a more creditable .

nictorius than Mr. M'Gibbons better Dentatus and an emineat philosopher, gravely conjectures in æther dost thou launch thy form minute,

than Mr. Andrews-an. Icilius preferable to Me respecting the gossamer, “ 'tis not unlikely but that Mocking the eye? Alas! before the veil

Bass-a finer Caius Claudius than Mr. Mercer, or Those great white clouds, that appear all the summer of denser clouds shall hide thee, the pursuit

a Virginia equal to Mrs. M'Gibbon? Let Mr. Mactime, may be of the same substance!" la France, of the keen Swift may end thy fairy sail !

ready be thus interrogated, and I am satisfied bis where these webs are called Fils de la Vierge, it has Thus on the golden thread that Fancy weaves

answer will be “ to their advantage." —As a general been imagined that they are formed of the cottony Buoyant, as Mope's illusive flattery breathes, envelope of the eggs of the vine coccus.

The young and visionary Poet leaves

actress, Mrs. M'Gibbon has vow no superior; and and , on Of rainbow light around his head revolve. Life's dull realities, while sevenfold wreaths

there are some particular characters, in which sbe is

unequalled. Her conceptions are mostly remark. the following natural account of this phenomenon.

C. Smith. " These webs (at least many of them) are air-balloons,

fault is more attributable to nature than to herselí. and the aeronauts are not

She possesses the felicitous art of converting an in(To be concluded in our next.)

different part into a good one, or at least of turning

are impndently


to the best possible account, and on this score our I have only to state, that I am too well acquainted Though the features were much collapsed, the face evdern agthors especially are much indebted to her : with your character, to ascribe your conduct to any

was no where divested of skin. The skin itself was of ith her, a good character seldom suffers any loss, motive which does not appear to yourself correct; though, if any way defective, narrow; and to some it

a chesnut-brown colour. The brow was well-shaped, and a bad que invariably acquires celebrity. i have and to assure you, that however erroneous I may may be interesting to learn, the organ of Music was of lately enjoyed the pleasure of seeing ber in the think your judgment to have been in the matter, prominent. The nose, though slightly compressed, relagher walks of tragedy, but have been considerably there is on my part no dimination of the esteem tained enough of its original shape to be recognised as gratified with her Virginia and Desdamona, in the with which I have often subscribed myself

Roman. The cheek bones were prominent. The lorer. The chaste and elegant simplicity of her

Your obedient servant, mouth, most likely from the shrinking of the muscles attire, added to her prepossessing appearance and

G. N. attached to it, was wider than accorded with the general parity of acting, sendered ber a very interesting

good proportion of the face. The space between the Roman dame, and a most fascinating Venetian lady ;

nose and the chin, especially between the nose and ezeb excited alike our admiration and our pity,


mouth, was also proportionally too distant. Indepen. Tüke eyes which for a short time sparkled with heari.

dent, however, of these exceptions, the face was decided

ly handsome. There appeared upon the chin, not the fele delight, were soon moistened with the genuine


slightest vestige of hair, but that upon the eyebrows was tears of unaffected sympathy.

distinct and tinely arched. Upon the scalp there was a Actuated by no other motive than an ardent desire

profusion of silky golden hair, about two and a half to promote the welfare of the theatre, I have taken

Sir,—The great belebrity of Mr. Kean at- inches in length. A small portion of the scalp acci. instead of adopting Mr. Macready for the burden and I must confess the superior talents evinced by the eighth

part of an inch, the fore teeth could be seen, leave to revert the order complained of above; and, tracted me to the Theatre va Monday erening, demally removed, showed the skull with all the freshiof every one else, have selected.plhers, and almost tim, although his performance in many parts of. remarkably white, and regularly shaped.

One circumstance must have struck all who had an excluded Mr. Macready; who, though not a greut, imperfectious of the other actors; yet the blunders of opportunity of seeing the above interesting examination ; is certainly a good actor. Such au arrangement Mr. Bass, who played Welborn were so pulpable that namely, the dissimilarity of the features to what we are nay not perhaps be palatable either to bimself or bis friends, but of that I care not a rush: for if it if your correspondents are all silent upon the subject, taught to believe were those of the inhabitants of Egypt, be just to put on record his excelencies, it is lehope you let your own cesele poolest Petro hinhbe we were existed in that country. A moment's reflection will sur equally so to register with them thuse of his fellow - thuse who go to the play, experting to hear the lan-throw discredit on the antiquity or genuine character of les bourers.

Yours, truly,

guage of some favourite author, and not that of all the Mummy. It is sufficiently well known that at all idle or assuming performer.

times the conqueror has adopted, in a greater or more vi Laterpool, Sept.25, 1820. DRAMATICUS. Mr. Tayleure last vight, in the first soliloquy of partial degree, the customs of the conquered. We

Lanncelot Gobbo addressed bimself altogether to the should therefore naturally expect that the Grecian set

audience, which is most uapardovable. Phere is no tlors whom Alexander left in different parts of Egypt, TO THE EDITOR.

practice more common than this amongst vulgar after its conquest, would imitate thc habits of the Egyp

actors, and none which should be more discountetians in this and other respects; or we have, perhaps, Str.-So deeply am I impressed with a convic

nanced. I wish our performers would copy the a more direct solution of the difficulty (if so it can be

example set them by Mr. Kean in this respect.-1 ces take place, the intermarriage of an Egyptian with tion of the folly of disputing upon matters of taste, hat shen I formed the determination of seading

am, Sir,
Your humble servant,

the daughter of a Greek.

Mr. Millar, portrait painter in this town, is at present 09 occasional notices of our theatrical amusements,

T, K. finishing a likeness in oil, of the face and surrounding determined also never to eogage in controversy Friday, September 29, 1820. esporting them. To this resolution I have hitherto

parts, as they appeared immediately after they wer

exposed; and was completely suceessful in the accuraoy daered, and from it I do not feel in the least dis.

of the likeness before the exposure to the air had conused to recede.

verted the face from a brown to a sable bue, which it My presepe object is not to dispute with you on the following article is transferred to the Kaleidoscope did in the short period of three hours.-Glasgow Herald. ar respeetive estimates of the inefits of an actor,

from the Mercury, at the most earnest request of a et to offer an explanation to your readers, which is valuable correspondent. called for by the notice you have taken of my two

THE LIBRARY. last communications. To do this it is necessary to

EGYPTIAN MUMMY. stake, that when I sat down to pen my first police u Nr. Macready, I jntended to record io in your

There was once in a certain part of India such a vopages, the prominent boauties and defects of his

The Hunterian Museum at Glasgow has just been en-luminous library, that a thousand camels were requiFirginius

. Before I compleated my task, I had riched by the acquisition of an Egyptian Mummy, the site for its transport, and a hundred Branvins had to be ransgressed the limits you proscribe for commun- donation of Mr. Joshua Heywood, jun. of this city; paid for the care. allions of this kind. I therefore, after giving a which, from its high state of preservation, may be con- The King fele no inclination to wade through all ibis theral opinion of his Meerits, and quoting a few sidered as the most interesting

addition, in the antiqua- heap of learning himself, and ordered his well-ted sagen of peculiar beauty, in his performance, rian department, made to that very valuable collection librarians to furnish him with an extract for his private Oderied until your next, to notice the faults by since it became the property of the University. The use. They set to work, and in about twenty years time which it was disfigured. In the mean time, certain body, shrouded in from tifiy to sixty folds of rather they produced a nice little Encyclopædia, which might susiderations induced me still further to delay this strong wooden coffin, fashioned so as to bear a rude re the monarch found it still too large, and had not even

coarse pale brick-red coloured linen, is deposited in a have been very easily carried by thirty camels. But seli

, which cunsiderations I stated to you in a letter is carved a face, the features of which füs is the case ble Bramins began therefore afresh, and reduced the evalaising a few further general remarku on Mr. with all Egyptian sculpture) are very much of the thirty cargoes into so small a substance, that a single Macready, I requested that if those remarks were Negro cast. The coffin, along the entire length of its ass marched away with it is in confort: but the kingly objectionable, you would not print them, but to pub- outside, is richly ornamented with a profusion of hiero- dislike for reading had increased with age, and his ser. list ooly the last paragraph, containing my reasons glyphical characters, of various colours, all in a state of vants wrote at last on a palm leaf for postponing the conclusion of any observations on the most perfect preservation.

The quintessence of all science consists in the little Mr. Macready's Virginius. Now, Sir, after receiv.

The case inmediately containing the body is again word-Perhars!

inclosed in a second, similarly shaped, but more spa- Three expressions contain the history of mankind: 197 such an intimation, was it liberal or correct in tingly ornamented, and exhibiting a greater appearance they were horn ; they

suffered ; and they died. you to give tbe objectionable part of that communiof antiquity:

Love only what is good, and practice what you love. Calion to the public, and to suppress the only part This highly interesting relic was examined in presence Believe only what is true, but do not mention au abont which I was in the least anxious? Dues such of several Professors. Upon opening the inner coffin, what you believe. conduct shew a proper feeling of respect for your the freshness of the linen forming the investment, ex: Sarrespondents? Or does it form any part of your cited a desire of carrying the investigation the length of editorial duty, thus to give publicity to a communi ascertaining the actual existence of an embalıned liuman cation, which, if it met with your disapprobation, body;

A dervise had entreated the favourite of a Sultan for u were requested to suppress? I must be per: ings immediately over the face, which were evidently This the dervise preserved, resolving to hit the man in

A longitudinal incision was made through the cover- charity ; but the haughty courtier threw a stone at him. mitted to add, that however far I may be from call

. continuous folds of the same web. Those in immediate his turn, whenever an opportunity should occur ; huc insa in question your right of commenting

on any contact with the skin

were soaked in liquid asphaltum, a learning soon after that the vizier had been disgraced, insert in your miscellany, I may never substance of highly antiseptic power, and said to have and would be dragged through the streets, the_der, less doubt its necessity, after you have distinctly been employed by the Egyptians in 'embalming. The vise immediately fetched his stone, and threw it in a savowed any ideotity with the opinions of your head was completely denuded of these coverings, showing well; saying, at the same time,“None but a fool would Erespondents.

a face, apparently ferale, in an astonishing state of revenge himself on a powerful enemy, and none buca Having thus freely remonstrated with you, il preservation.

rascal on a fallen one.'

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It was on perusing the manuscript from whence To Correspondents. this is taken, that a young lady presented me with

the following verses, which, though not strictly to the lines of HENRICUS, addressed to the Young Sir,-- I have little doubt of the authenticity of the point, it is hoped contain nothing unbecoming BACHELOR, were given into the hands of the prin. the following extract from my ancestor's journal. female sensibility.

ters, when we discovered that there was a point of two It has been regularly transmitted to me, and the

upon which it was desirable to consult the writer, who

is requested to revise that part of his composition circumstance alluded to is still fresh in the memory


where the following lines occur, of some old people in the neighbourhood of Cullo

" When love is o'erwhelmed with distresses, den. Should you think it worthy a place in your

See o'er yon grave a mourner weeps

They flow from our folly alone;
And heaves the heartfelt sigh;

But of all the joys he possesses, interesting columns, its insertion will gratify the In that cold grave a father sleeps,

Are tender delights of his own.' , vanity of

Hid from each mortal eye:

The two latter lines are unconnected and not very in.
But grief's first dreadful tumult o'er,

telligible; one of them is also imperfect in measure Delusive hopes return,

-The two concluding lines of the piece contain a And whisper, “Mortal, weep no more,

bull, if we mistake not. At all events, is it not rathe Man was not made to mourn !"

odd to require a lady to love in return, when she is (FROM MY GRANDFATHER'S JOURNAL.]

He listens to the syren's lay,

not aware that the swain loves her, in the first i Tho' his heart is fill'd with sorrow, “ Culloden, 1746.

stance ? and yet such is the import of the lines to And paints a better brighter day

which we allude, and which shall speak for them. " When I reflect on the various natural evils that


selves, to wit: exist in the world, and on those which have been

And does To-morrow's sun arise

Ere they love, proper care should be TAKEN, superadded by the human species, I find there is no

To bring his heart relief?

That somebody love in RETURN." situation in life exempt from pain, trouble, and Or does it find his languid eyes

These little anomalies excepted, the verses press misfortune. It is true that though this has been Free from the tear of grief?

some merit ; and when the author has re-onsidered the general complaint in all ages, yet all do not feel No! he still lingers o'er the sod

them, we shall be glad to hear further from bin. them in an equal degree, for all have not equally

To bid a last adieu ; felt the reverses of fortune or the Auctuating tur

And scenes which once a father trod,

G. N. shall not have to complain this week of the supbalence of the human passions. Wars,' an infal

Affection brings to view :

pression of any part of his letter, although we are i He's found that the sad child of grief

this instance the subject of his criticism. Not having lible authority assures us, are the offspring of our

Who feels the pang of sorrow,

the MS. of the former communication to which he lusts;' and when I look round on the desolate scene

May hope in vain to find relief

alludes, before us, we are at a loss to comprehend the before me, I cannot but feelingly acknowledge aud


full extent of our editorial crime. We shall, bov. lament its force. *“ It was on the 16th of April, in the eventful

'Tis thus with many happy scenes

ever, examine it, and if we have been even uninte We form of future joys,

tionally guilty of any violation of propriety, or inyear 1746, on the plains of Culloden, that I took

A cloud of sorrow intervenes

partiality, we shall not hesitate to make our confessica. a solemn review of my journal. I was now in the

And all our bliss destroys :

Feeling unconscious, however, of any such offenc. immediate vicinity of that place where I had spent Nought but the present moment's ours,

we must suspend the period of our humiliation. We 'my earliest, need I say my happiest days; twenty This we may call our own;

frequently suppress or abridge some portion of the long years had rolled away since I had left it, during But the events of future hours

communications of correspondents who rank rather the greater part of wbich period, the sword had been Are known to God alone;

high in the literary and political world, and we my companion, the green sward my couch, and the For he who now is happy, free,

maintain our right so to do, provided the sense heavens my canopy. But I still hoped a day would

And laughs at future sorrow,

consistency of the composition is not thereby comprocome to restore me to my liberty and my home;

May sleep beneath this clay cold sod

mised. If G. N's critique has suffered on this score, To-morrow.

it was an oversight on our parts; but we must, as we that day has come, but alas! how replete with me

before observed, consult the original before we shall lancholy associations !

Everton, Sept. 13th 1820.

concede that point. As for the privilege of a educt

to comment freely upon the reasoning or taste de any « My allegiance to my Sovereign compelled me to

of his correspondents; it is so clearly within his plunge the sword into the vitals of those who were the following is one of the best specimens of antithesis

province, that it needs no vindication. Perhaps dear to me by every tie of nature and affection.

we may be falling again into error, in alluding

and pun we ever met with ; although, for the sake of to any thing stated in the postscript to G. X. Though their claims and their conduct were alike unwarrantable, yet when I heard the pibroch re

the point, the writer has been compelled to elevate the

letter, as the writer may turn short upon us at sound, and saw the plumes of my countrymen late Mr. Rae into a comparison with Mr. KEAN.

week, and say that such postscript was confidential

We shall venture however to ask G. N. how could dance in the breeze, with the gallant and gay cheva

he take upon himself to say, that we prefer M. lier at their head, I secretly cursed my own want

Macready to Mr. Kean? We know that we nova of resolution, and bitterly reproved the indiscrimi


said any such thing ourselves either to him or 1087 nating censure of the world. But the journal of my

one else. life and my misery is not yet complete: on the re

We feel particularly obliged to some unknown fiend collection of this day, from many an eye will the Mourn, Drury! mourn thy half deserted scene,

for the loan of the splendid edition of the poem a embittered tear-drop fall—by many a heart will the Thy triumph once, thy sorrow now is KEAN;

LEONORA, which shall have a place in our columns, keen pang of separation be felt-but by none more And, in fresh gloom to wrap thy setting day,

when previous engagements with other correspondeath vividly than nay own. Lost is thy other son, extinct thy RAE;

will admit. In the mean time, the greatest care shall " In the evening when the thunder of battle was Hope's anchor raised, her swelling sails unfurled,

be taken of the original. over, and the contest for a prison or a throne had This seeks " another," that “a better world!" A person who styles himself A SUBSCRIBER, 29 Sepsubsided, I stole out to see if among the mangled

writes in so impertinent a style, that we shall make no bodies of my countrymen, I could recognise any

other reply, than that it is a matter of total indifference friend of other years : after traversing for some time


to us, how soon he carry his threat into execution. among the dying and the dead, I accidentally stum.

We will thank an unknown friend to inform us who is hled over the body of an old man, who gave signs of existence by a deep groan; his hair, in whiteness,

the author of the Essay on Laughter, with which he might have rivalled the snow of the Teviot bills,


has favoured us. and his dress indicated that he had been made a

We have further to make our acknowledgments to B. soldier by the emergencies of the times. On ex

SIR, -I am no architect, but I conceive there is a -CYRUS-A. L.-FLEUR DE Lys-W.Tamining, I found he had received a mortal wound great eye-sore on the new steeple of St. George's. The READER.-B.-Lines to a Rose, by K.-The Scrap on his left shoulder, which had penetrated deeply top corners of the main square tower are bevelled down, of a Tour,-E. J. Potteries. into his neck. I was afflicted with his misfor- and the sloping space covered with lead, which, in such tunes, and felt desirous to relieve his misery: for a situation, upon handsome stone work, has a very un

Printed, published, and sold this purpose I carried him to a borning pile of ruins; pleasant appearance. There is yet time to remedy the

BY EGERTON SMITH AND CO. whose faint glare exhibited an allegorical picture of defect, and I am sure if the corners were carried up,

Liverpool Mercury Office. the object of my pity--the feeble remains of both pled by handsome urns, corresponding with those on sold also by John Bywater and Co. Pool-lane: More were about to be shortly extinguished for ever.

the body of the church, a very striking deformity But, О reader ! if thou hast a soul, conceive what would be removed, without any disadvantage to the

Evans, Chegwin and Hall, Castle-street; Mr. Thos.

Smith, Paradise-street ;' Mr. Warbrick, Public was my grief-astonishment and despair, when 1 superstructure. This may, for aught I know, be con- Library, Lime-street; Mr. G. P. Day, Newsman, found him to be no other thau my own father ;-he trary to the rules of art, but I am sure it would be Dale-street ; Mr. Lamb, Hanover-street ; and Me died in my arms!"

agreeable to the eye.

J. S. John Smith, St. James's-road, for ready morwy only.

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