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In point of situation, Dublin may challenge comparison with almost any other European city. Its harbour has been said to equal in beauty, the far-famed bay of Naples. It is, however, as a celebrated traveller has observed, " beautiful only;" whereas, that of Naples, besides being distinguished by its surpassing loveliness, derives, from the burning mountain in its vicinity, a character of terrific grandeur, which, combined with its exquisite beauty, secures for it an unrivalled superiority, perhaps over every other bay in the world. The entrance by water to Dublin is, however, exceedingly striking; and is worthy of the great capital to which it gives access.

The metropolis of Ireland covers an area, which, in the general form of its outline, is not far from circular, and of which the circumference is not less than eight or nine miles. It is divided into two parts by the river Liffey ; which noble river is crossed by several bridges. Essex bridge, the largest of these structures, supported by five arches, is not less than two hundred and fifty feet in length; and is said to have been erected at a cost of twenty-two thousand pounds. A yet more elegant bridge, however, is that which is exhibited in the accompanying engraving; and which was built in the year 1764, in honour of the consort of King George III., Queen Charlotte, of venerable memory. This erection, called "Queen's Bridge,” and constructed of hewn granite, consists of three graceful arches, and is surmounted by a light balustrade. The portion of the Liffey in its vicinity, is generally enlivened by the passing to and fro of barges between the river's mouth, and the limit reached by the flowing of the tide ; while its banks are adorned by stately buildings. Near Queen's Bridge stands the embattled entrance to the Royal Hospital, a building of an ancient style of architecture; and the residence of the Commander of the Forces in Ireland.

Not far from this warlike-looking structure, stands the great commercial building now known by the appellation of the Cloth-mart. This edifice, which is distinguished from the other buildings on the quay, by its Doric portico, supported by seven lofty columns, and stretching across the flagged foot-way, was erected, as matter of private speculation, by an enterprising individual, for the sale of Irish manufactures, and of them exclusively; the articles sold, however, comprehending not only woollen, silken, and other similar matters, but also every species of goods of Irish workmanship.

The interior of this Cloth-mart presents a spacious area, surrounded by a gallery, with which numerous ware-rooms communicate; and within which the various articles of merchandise are exposed for sale. Certain days are appointed for the attendance of purchasers at this extensive establishment; and apartments appropriated to various uses are comprehended within its ample precincts. Here the members of the Mechanic's

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Institute hold their meetings; and here, as occasion may arise, scientific or other lectures are frequently given by resident or itinerant lecturers.

Over the whole of this busy scene, with all its various and stirring interests, the lofty Wellington Memorial (seen in the distance towering above the umbrageous woods of the Phønix Park) looks down, impassive and unchanged—the emblem of rest and stability, amid the ever-shifting scenes of this changing world.

The name of the Queen's Bridge, Dublin, necessarily recals the recollection not only of Queen Charlotte ; but of another sovereign, yet dearer to the hearts of her Irish subjects; our beloved “QUEEN VICTORIA." That Queen Charlotte, though personally unknown in the sister - island, was there deservedly held in honour, is proved by this loyal monument. To QUEEN VICTORIA, no monument of stone or enduring brass has, as yet, been raised in Ireland; for the sunshine of her personal presence has but recently left the land; but she has achieved for herself a yet more permanent memorial, in the “dear love" of the warm-hearted sons and daughters of Erin. The earnest aspiration, breathed forth from the loyal heart of a gifted songstress of England, might have been adopted by the inhabitants of Dublin, when, in August, 1819, Victoria visited their Cloth-MART :

“ And now, upon our Royal Queen

What blessings shall we pray ?
None straiten'd to a shallow crown,

Will suit our lips to-day.
Behold they must be free as lovo,-

They must be broad as free,-
E’en to the borders of Heaven's light,

And earth's humanity!
Long live she !-send up loyal shouts-

And true hearts pray between, -
* The blessings happy monarchs have,

Be thine, O crowned Queen !'”


She sate in summer twilight,

Beneath the linden trees,
And the deep sound of the ocean

Came on the gentle brecze;
The hours sped onward swiftly,

For one sate by her side,
Who, in sweet accents, call'd her

His own betrothéd bride.

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