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emotion, and takes no merit from the Dwells here and there with people of no refinements of a metaphysical wit, or the giddy wanderings of an untamed In noisome alley, and in pathless wood : imagination,—but is content with the And where we think the truth least under. glory of stimulating, rather than of


Oft may be found a “ singleness of aim,' oppressing, the sluggishness of ordi

That ought to frighten into hooded shame nary conceptions. It would be cold and contemptible How glorious this affection for the cause

A money-mong 'ring pitiable brood. not to hope well of one who has ex- Of stedfast genius toiling gallantly ! pressed his love of nature so touching- What when a stout unbending champion ingly as Mr K. has done in the following sonnets :

Envy and malice to their native sty ? “ () solitude ! if I must with thee dwell,

Unnumber'd souls breathe out a still applause Let it not be among the jumbled heap

Proud to behold him in his country's Of murky buildings ; climb with me the steep,

We are

are sorry that we can quote no Nature's observatory,--whence the dell more of these sweet verses which have Its flow'ry slopes, its rivers crystal swell, in them so deep a tone of moral energy, May seem a span ; let me thy vigils and such a zest of the pathos of genius. keep

We are loth to part with this poet of "Mongst boughs pavillion’d, where the promise, and are vexed that critical

deer's swift leap Startles the wild bee from the foxglove bell. justice requires us to mention some But though I'll gladly trace these scenes

passages of considerable affectation, with thee,

and marks of offensive haste, which Yet the sweet converse of an innocent he has permitted to go forth into his mind,

volume. “ Leafy luxury,"“ jaunty Whose words are images of thoughts re- streams,

,”“ lawny slope, find,

beainy air,'' “ á sun-beamy tale ;” Is my soul's pleasure ; and it sure must these, if not namby-pamby, are, at be

least, the “ holiday and lady terms Almost the highest bliss of human kind, When to thy haunts two kindred spirits write verses

of those poor affected creatures who

in spite of nature and Ace."

their stars."'" To one who has been long in city pent,

A little noiseless noise among the leaves, 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair Born of the very sigh that silence heuves.” And open face of heav'n,--to breathe a

This is worthy only of the Rosa Maprayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.

tildas whom the strong-handed GifWho is more happy, when, with heart's

ford put down. content,

To possess but a span of the hour of Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair leisure." Of wavy grass, and reads a debonair And gentle tale of love and languishment ?

“ No sooner had I stepped into these pleaReturning home at evening, with an ear

sures." Catching the notes of Philomel,—an eye Watching the sailing cloudlets bright ca- These are two of the most unpoetical reer,

of Mr K.'s lines,—but they are not He mourns that day so soon has glided single. We cannot part, however, on by;

bad terms with theauthor of such a gloE'en like the passage of an angel's tear rious and Virgilian conception as this: That falls through the clear ether silently."

“ The moon lifting her silver rim Another sonnet, addressed to Mr Above a cloud, and with a gradual swim Haydon the painter, appears to us Coming into the blue with all her light.” very felicitous. The thought, indeed, A striking natural vicissitude has hardof the first eight lines is altogether ad- ly been expressed better by Virgil mirable ; and the whole has a verit- himself,—though the severe simpleable air of Milton about it which has ness of his age, and the compact strucnot been given, in the same extent, to ture of its language, do so much for any other

poet except Wordsworth. him in every instance : “ High-mindedness, a jealousy for good, “ Ipse Pater, mediâ nimborum in nocte, A loving-kindness for the great man's corusca fame,

Fulmina molitur dextra."

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Six Mois à Londres en 1816. Par l'aue consists in the number of persons cola,

teur de Quinze Jours à London. lected together into one place. This Paris, 8vo.

is a never-failing ground of sarcasm

to our neighbours, and one on which An irrevocable fate seems to or- it does not seem very possible to say dain that there shall never be cordial any thing in our own defence. It seems or perfect peace between the two na- very singular, considering the retions who dwell on the opposite sides lative character of the French and of the British Channel. The closing English nations, that this should be a of the great contest, and the cessation point in which the former should tria of the din of arms, has been only the umph. The English are surely the signal for the commencement of a pe- more quiet, orderly, and domestic, of tite guerre, carried on with the pen, in- the two; why then, in their amusedeed, instead of the sword, but not ments, do they seek nothing but with the less determination and ani- crowd, bustle, and confusion? The mosity. General Pillet opened the cause we apprehend to lie in this very campaign, but began by taking too feature of their character, which ought advanced a position, in which even his at first sight to exclude it. The Enge most zealous countrymen were unable lishman seeks his enjoyment at home, to support him. His work, in fact, is in domestic society, business, and re-, a gross and monstrous libel, in which flection. When he gives a dinner or a very small portion of truth is com- a route, he has in view neither his bined with a series of the most bare- own amusement, nor that of the comfaced calumnies. It is reported to pany whom he invites. The sole obhave been suppressed by authority; ject is to display his wealth, and mainbut a French gentleman assured us tain his place in society; both these that it never had ; but that the French purposes are best served by making people, after the first edition, unani- the assemblage as large as possible ; mously refused to purchase it. Howe- and if pleasure is not found, it is bever, M. Pillet did not long pass without cause it was never sought. While, the retort uncourteous. Mr Scott's however, we trace the custom to this Visit to Paris is considered, by all respectable cause, we are by no means true Frenchmen, as a libel scarcely inclined to denyitsintrinsic barbarism; second to that of M. Pillet; and the nor do we doubt, that a French cowide circulation which it obtained in terie, or petit souper, must be infiniteEngland, made that which at first was ly more agreeable ; or that the latter only an individual offence, become a nation are more deeply initiated in all national one. However, reprisals were the mysteries of the savoir vivre. We not long wanting. The present wri- do not so entirely agree as to the conter entered the field, and, having first dition of the fair sex in this our island, thrown forward a light division under which the anonymous author deeply the title of Quinze Jours à Londres, soon deplores. The following is his view after brought up his main body, un- of the life which they lead : der the more imposing title of Six Mois à Londres. He attacks, in an equally entrance into the world and her marriage

“ The time which passes between her decided, but much more prudent and is the happiest interval in the life of an cautious, manner. This, on the whole,

Englishwoman. She is then the object of is the work of a man of some tolerable some attentions ; she enjoys a certain libershare of wit and observation, who ty, and on her devolves the important ofwrites in a light and gay style, and fíce of preparing tea. Is she married ? awithout ever quitting the bias in favour dieu to all compliment and attention. She of his own country, cannot be charged passes the morning in solitude; her thoughtwith any very direct or palpable mis- ful husband has his head full of too many representation of what he sees in ours. ideas to allow that of his fair companion to We regret that our limits allow us to present itself. Is she of high rank? Tha follow him only in a very few of the sitting of Parliament occupies him when in

London, and the pleasures of hunting, at most prominent particulars to which his country seat. Is he in the middle he alludes.

rank? The case is still worse. SpeculaOne of the main objects of ridicule tions, affairs of trade, absorb him wholly, is found in the large dinners and and do not leave him time even to recolcrowded routes of the English;-enter- lect that he is married. tainments, in which the sole distinctioti “ But at last the hour of dinner calls him

home; he has invited a few friends ; his between the two nations, that the wife, enjoying the prerogatives of mistress species of gallantry, which we comof the house, does the honours of the table.monly call admiration, is exclusively Her presence doubtless will bring joy directed in England to unmarried and gaiety.. Not at all; an English re. ladies, in France

to married. We do past is a piece in two acts, of which the first is serious, and the second often not mean to make any of those infera vulgar. Dinner being announced, in ences which Englishmen in France many houses the gentlemen do not even

are perhaps apt to make too readily ; offer the ladies their hand; this is said we will suppose that nothing passes to be in order to prevent little jealou. except the egards aimables attentions sies. However, the company are at table, delicates--propos flatteurs, mentioned and at this moment of forgotten affairs, by our author. But we confess that of happy ease, they are about to occupy we decidedly adhere to the British themselves with the ladies, and to lavish on law of decorum, which ordains, that a them those amiable attentions, that flatter, married woman shall look for every ing address, which, in France, appear to be sentiment connected with love to her the first pleasure of a feast. No. They think husband only, and that all other men first, and very seriously,

of the principal shall be viewed by her only as comobject which brought them together. Then a young man will talk of his horses, an.

mon friends or as acquaintance. It other of his dogs ; a gentleman counts the appears to us even more natural, and foxes which he has killed in the course of also more amusing, to address the atthe year ; a merchant tells you the price of tentions aimables, and the propos flutcotton in the Levant ; then come political teurs, to a fine young girl of twenty or speculations, all subjects very interesting twenty-five, than to a venerable mato the ladies.

tron bordering perhaps on her grand “ But the cloth is removed; the dessert is climacteric. A married lady at all set upon the table; the ladies drink a glass advanced in life may really, we think, or two, and then go off. They must retire find sufficient enjoyment in rational solitary into the drawing-room, while the men, with their elbows resting on the table, conversation and the care of her faare employed for one, two, or more hours, mily, without the necessity of being in making copious libations to Bacchus. always on the watch for admiration ;

" At last the two companies unite ; the and, if the shopkeeper's wife performs men are come to take tea and coffee. faithfully all her other duties, he may What a charming company! Some, over- fairly dispense with that of attracting powered by the fumes of wine, withdraw customers by a display of her charms. to the corner of a sopha, and sink into a The author, to shew his impartialdeep slumber. Others, on whom the same ity, devotes a chapter to English benecause has produced a contrary effect, talk ficence, of which he recounts many on in the most insupportable and insigni- splendid examples. At the close, howficant manner.

" At least it may be supposed that, in the ever, he withdraws nearly the whole mercantile class, so numerous in London, merit, by hinting, that it proceeds women will find business a sure resource

almost solely from ostentation. This, against ennui. It is a mistake. They have we think, is dealing rather unfairly no concern with business. They remain in with us. Doubtless there is a mixthe interior of the house, while the men ture of ostentation here as in every take charge almost exclusively of the thing good that is done by the mass warehouse and shop. The merchant who of mankind. But it is the prevailing puts up to shew the most precious commo- sentiment of beneficence which turns dities, does not reckon upon the charms of in this direction the efforts of the vain his wife, to induce the passenger to enter. Only the shops of the haberdasher and where it is not an individual, it is still

to acquire distinction, so that even confectioner are served by women.”

a national, virtue. We admit that there is some truth The author has sundry remarks on in this picture, particularly so far as the arts, the theatres, tea-drinking, relates to the history of an English &c.; but the necessity of leaving their dinner. We must however say, that due proportion to the other departseveral passages, particularly the one ments of our Miscellany, induces us marked in italics, indicate a state of here to pause. Although this work is moral feeling with regard to the sex, not without merit, there seems still in which an Englishman would find wanting to both nations a writer who some difficulty in participating. In shall give to each of them a faithful general, there is this clear distinction and impartial description of the other. ANALYTICAL NOTICES.


country, and accompanies it with the

following observations :On the Indian Work called the Tables

“ As long as the human mind reof Beupai. By M. SILVESTRE DE

mained a stranger to the benefits of Šacy. (Journal de Suvans.)

experimental philosophy, that is to This work, called in the original say, from the remotest times down to Calila and Dimna, is now published the age of Galileo, it was naturally be by M. de Sacy, in the Arabic version, lieved that chance alone could inake which, however, is itselt only a trans- useful discoveries; and, by a neceslation. The same learned writer has sary consequence, the observation of prefixed some introductory observa- natural phenomena was regarded as a tions on the origin of this celebrated purely speculative branch of inquiry ; collection of Apologues. In this in- but, since theoretical considerations troduction M. de Sacy refutes the o- have given place to the careful and pinion of those who believe the Ara- exact study of the properties of matbic to be the original. On the con- ter,--since the art was known of trary, he conceives it clearly proved, creating new phenomena, with the that they were translated, in the reign view of investigating the concealed of Chosroes the Great, into the Pehlvi, qualities which we wish to know, an or ancient Persian language, by a Per- art of which Galileo and Newton first sian physician named Barzougeh, and gave such memorable examples,—tho that they were thenceonly transluted in- sciences have acquired genuine wealth. to Arabic by Abdallah-ben Alnokaffi. Science, ably interrogated, has answerAt the conquest of Persia by the A- ed with precision ; her answers have rabs, all the literary monuments of been benefits ; even the vulgar have the ancient Pehlvi language were de- comprehended her power ; they have stroyed, and the learned men who af. learned to esteem those great men terwards arose in a more enlightened whose speculations had secretly preperiod contented themselves with trans- pared so many useful consequences. lations of those which were most re- The processes by which Sir H. Davy markable. This opinion is strength- has found the means of protecting the ened by the conformity which exists life of miners against the attacks of between the Calila and Dimna and their most terrible enemy, present a the Hipotadesa, printed in India some new and memorable example of the years ago, and of which there are two advantages of that plan by which, En lish translations, one by Mr Wil- from the most abstract principles of kins, and the other by Sir William science, practical applications are Jones. The resemblance is not such drawn of the highest importance, but as to indicate that the one was a trans- which, from the complicated nature lation of the other, but rather that of the elements on which they deboth were drawn from some common pend, chance could never have dis

The same may probably be covered. said of the Pantchutantra, the Anvari The lamp of Sir H. Davy, for the Sohaili, the Homayounnameh, &c. lighting of mines, is more wonderful The original stock from which these than the enchanted lamp of Aladdin. various branches have been derived, Here the gas itself is made to give is probably the most ancient of books, warning of the danger which it except the Bible, and the one which threatens. This formidable enemy has been translated into the greatest is not only conquered by science, number of languages.

it is forced to serve; it becomes a sure

guide, a submissive slave. Already in On Sir Humphrey Davy's Safety Lamp. lives of a great number of miners. So

England, this lamp has preserved the By W. Biot. (Ibid.)

useful an invention we hope will soon M. Bior in the present artiele gives be adopted in France, in the numea succinct account of this admirable rous coal-mines which are worked in invention, now well known in this that country.


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On the Charitable Establishments of theque Britannique, after continuing
Paris. By M. RAYNOUARD. (Ibid.) through three parts his analysis of the

second edition of Mr Jameson's work, Paris contains ten hospitals for finally observes : “ Mr Jameson has the sick, (hopitaur,) nine charitable neglected nothing which could render houses, (hospices,) and twenty-two his work interesting, instructive, and houses destined for beneficent pur- useful to the student of minerals. It poses, (Irureaux de bienfaisance.) is, beyond all doubt, the most complete

The Hotel Dieu, the most ancient repertory which we yet possess of all hospital in Paris, and perhaps in Eu- the facts which constitute the science repe, has existed since the seventh of oryctology." century. It was long the only hospital which received the sick of both sexes,

Political Cards. and every age,-foundlings, pregnant women, and even maniacs. Till very M. C. F. OSIANDER at Tubingen lately, these were crowded together in has published a “Card-Almanack," or ill arranged halls, two, four, and eve? plan for a pack of cards, in which six in the same bed. Since the com- the principal events and characters of mencement of the present century, the time were represented. The dethese inconveniences have been re- sign of the “ faced cards” will give medied; new halls have be a general idea of this jeu d'esprit. structed, better divided, and better

Spades. aired; and the consequence has been a considerable diminution of the mor- King-Wellington. tality. Generally speaking, there die Queen-England looking proudly oin the hospitals 1 in 7d, and in the

ver the waves, like the hospices 1 in 6.. The patients re

God of the Sea. main, on an average, a month and ten Knave A Scotch Highlander armed. days in the hospital.

The Lying-in Hospital received in
1814, women to the number of 2700, Queen-Russia, placing her crown on

of whom 2400 acknowledged them-
selves not to be married.

fire upon the altar of her

The Foundling Hospital, from 1804

Knave-An armed Cossack.
to 1814, received 23,458 boys, and
22,463 girls; in all, 45,921 ; of this

number 4130 were supposed to be le- King-Schwartzenberg.

Queen-Austria girding her head with
The average annual expence of the

the iron crown.
hospitals is about 2,300,000 francs, Knave-An armed Tyrolese.
(L. 110,000.) The number of patients
received is about 35,500. The Hos-

pices receive only about 5900, but King--Blucher.
they receive them to remain for life. Queen-Prussia, fastening the iron
In regard to aids given at home,

cross on her helm. the number of poor persons thus re- Knave

A Lusatian volunteer. lieved amounted, in 1804, to nearly 87,000; in 1813, to 103,000 ; and The common cards have also each this last may be considered as nearly their design, representing national the medium term of the ten years. manners, or scenes from popular plays.

The most frequent characters are, On Mr Jameson's System of Miner Faustus and Mephistophiles, who are

repeatedly introduced, Falstaff, who alogy, ( Bibliotheque Britunnique.)

figures on several of the cards ; Don Me Pictet, editor of the Biblio Carlos, the Wife of Weinsberg, &c.



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