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and to this " cause defective" is attributed The anniversary of the crime comes round: Mr. Dana's discouragement from the literary the guilty revellers keep high holiday. But enterprises which otherwise he would have at midnight there is a strange vision seen, at engaged in. However, by the testimony of midnight a strange cry heard ; across the Mr. Flint, the Idle Man has become as estab- dark wp ters Bits a ship in flames, riding lished a classic in the United States as the upright and still, shedding a wild and lurid “ Sketch Book” itself. To become a classic, light around her, scaring the sea-birds from by the way, is presumably identical with their nests, and making them dart and wheel being “put on the shelf,'' which is a phrase with deafening screams — while above the with a Janus face. Few are the libraries wave uprises, ghastly white, a horse's head. where the classics don't want dusting. They “ There on the sea, he stands — the Spectreare not, by popular interpretation, synonymous Horse! He moves, he gains the sands," and onwith what Charles Lainb called “ readable ward speeds, his ghostly sides streaming with books” – a title recently assumed by a London a cold blue light, his path shining like a swift series, which thus, in its every advertisement, ship's wake; onward speeds, till he reaches hints unutterable things as to the unreada- Lee's blasted threshold, and with neigh that bility of rival issues.
seems the living trump of hell, summons the Although evidently predisposed to poetry of pirate to mount and away! But the hour of
meditative cast, and of soothing, “ all final vengeance is not yet come, and though Lee serene” purpose, Mr. Dana's longest and best mounts the spirit-steed and is borne whither known effort is in quite a different key, and he would not, and sees into ocean depths adventures the treatment of a dramatic theme, where lie the sleeping dead, done to death by with "striking effects,” in a suitably rapid him; yet with the morning he is again quit and exciting manner. “ The Buccaneer” is of the apparition, and left to brood on his a legend connected with an island on the sins, and await the last scene of all — standNew England coast - the oral tradition itself ing on the cliff beneath the sun's broad fierce being “ added to,” and “ diminished from, blaze, but himself " as stiff and cold as one by the poet, according to the supposed exigen- that ’s dead” - lost in a dreamy trouble “ of cies of his art. A murder at sea by a pirate, some wild horror past, and coming woes." Matthew Lee by name, and a preternatural Misery withers the caitiff's existence for another process of retribution, are the theme. The year; and again the burning ship is seen, and distinctive feature in the adjustment of the the white steed visits him, and gives warning just recompense of reward is the introduction that the next visit shall be the last. Punctual of the White lIorse, which was cast overboard and inexorable visitant! he comes in his after its mistress, and whose spectre is the season, and in vain Lee Alings and writhes in agent of final suffering and penal woe to the wild despair ; " the spirit corse holds himn by reprobate seaman. Å fear, half ribald jest, fearful spell;" a mystic fire half shrinking apprehension, lest, by some wild miracle, the white steed should find Illumes the sea around their track utterance to reveal bloody secrets, just as in
The curling comb, and dark steel wave; old, old times the diviner's ass had the sud- There, yet, sits Lee the spectre's back —
Gone ! gone ! and none to save ! den faculty of speech, constrains Lee to hurl They're seen no more ; the night has shut them in. him to the waves alive, and bid him ride May Heaven have pity on thee, man of sin ! them as he may. Then and there, the cry of the struggling brute is appalling to the The earth has washed away its stain ; ruffians on deck, as they watch his wrestlings
The sealed-up sky is breaking forth, with the yeasty waters — now sinking, now
Mustering its glorious hosts again,
From the far south and north ; rearing upwards — " then drifts away ; but the climbing moon plays on the rippling sea. through the night they hear far off that
-0, whither on its waters rideth Lee ? dreadful cry.” To blot out the last vestige of crime, the ship itself is burnt; and the The legend is a telling one. And Mr. Dans desperadoes settle down on the solitary island has told it impressively. But in the hands “of craggy rock and sandy bay,” to enjoy the of a more devoted romanticist it would have 6 much fine gold” for which they have sold told much better. It is here a somewhat hard ship, business, conscience, and peace. They and bald composition — not unfrequently obtry to drown reflection in jovial riot: scure from compression and elliptical treat
ment. The metre selected, too, requires for Mat lords it now throughout the isle :
success a delicate and varied mastery of His hand falls heavier than before.
musical rhythm on the part of the poet, and All dread alike his frown or smile ;
some familiarity with its character on that of None come within his door, Save those who dipped their hands in blood with the reader. Some stanzas are excellent
others curt and rugged to a degree. Judging Save those who laughed to see the white horse by the rest of his poems, Mr. Dana was out swim.
lof his element in this steru funcy-piece of
legendary lore ; and certainly, had we read we object, as the author seems to have apprethe others first, we should have been surprised hended, to his commencing in a comparaby the imaginative power he has brought to tively trilling vein, and falling gradually into bear on a superstition of piracy and blood, the serious, and at last resting in that which involving tho use of machinery from the spirit- should be the home of all our thoughts, the world.
religious.” The protest is against reducing The brief introduction to the tragedy is man's soul to the limits of the conventional, quite in his happiest style, and breathes a cramping bis mind by rules of etiquette, submelodious tranquillity aptly chosen, by con- stituting respectability for virtue — " to keep trast to the advent agitation of struggling in with the world your only end, and with passion and savage discord. We see, in a the world to censure or defend" — it is against few picturesque lines, a lonely island, all in a modish existence, where singularity alone silence but for ocean's roar, and the fitful is sin, where manners rather than heart are cry, heard through sparkling foam, of the the subject of education, where the simple shrill sea-bird :
way of right is lost, and curious espedients
substituted for truth. And the aspiration is But when the light winds lie at rest, And on the glassy, heaving sea,
for a return of the fresh, inartificial time, in The black duck, with her glossy breast,
the now dim past, when Sits swinging silently – llow beautiful! no ripples break the reach,
Free and ever varying played the heart ; And silvery waves go noiseless up the beach.
Great Nature schooled it ; life was not an art ;
And as the bosom heaved, so wrought the mind; There are not many verses equal to that in The thought put forth in act; and, unconfined, the “* Buccaneer" - not many figures so sug- The whole man lived his feelings. gestive as that of the silent rocking of the Dlack duck on the gentle cradle of an unvexed
A like spirit animates the lines called sea.
“ Thoughts on the Soul" — the text being, The “ Changes of Home” is, as the subject that it exceeds man's thoughts to think how demands, meditative and pathetic
. The poet high God hath raised inan - the “practical revisits the scene of boyhood, and is smitten improvement,” that man should cast off his to his poet's soul by the revolution and decay in immortal light, and life for evermore."
slough, and send forth his spirit to expatiate and innovation it reveals ; or rather, by the revolution and decay he discovers in himself, We are earnestly reminded that, linked with while outward aspects, so far as Nature is the Immortal, immortality begins e'en here concerned, continue much as they were. He
- the soul once given, as a solemn trust to meets one, who, like the pastor in the “ Ex- man, there ne'er will come a date to its cursion," informs him of the chronicles of the tremendous energies, but ever shall it be village. There are many touching passages taking fresh life, starting fresh for future toil, as this :
And on shall go, forever, ever, on, To pass the doors where I had welcomed been,
Changing, all down its course, each thing to one And none but unknown voices hear within ;
With its immortal nature.
More popular, and charged with more than To walk full cities, and yet feel alone — one home-thrust at the feelings, are the lines From day to day to listen to the moan
called “ The Husband's and the Wife's Of mourning trees — 't was sadder here unknown. Grave." There folded in deep stillness, in A tale of love and bereavement and madness
all the nearness of the narrow tomb, lie the is the mainstay of this poem, and is very feel- partners in life and death ingly narrated — “soon it is told — simple Yet feel they not each other's presence now. though sad ; no mystery to unfold, save that Dread fellowship!- together, yet alone. one great, dread mystery, the mind." Sentiment and diction are both pleasing in these “ The Dying Raven" was Mr. Dana's Terses.
earliest production in verse —
appearing in The poem entitled “Factitious Life" is 1825, in the Nero York Review, then under founded on Wordsworth’s protest, that the Bryant's editorship - and a fine memorial it world is too much with us, our hearts given is, tender and true, of a sympathetic nature, away, our powers wasted. But there is more which has a reverent faith in the truth that life and heat and meaning in that memorable He who inade us, made also and loveth all. snnnet of Rydal's bard, than in this protracted We watch the poor doomed bird, gasping its efort of didactic philosophy. The satire is life out, where the grass makes a soft couch, 80-80 ; the humor not very genial; the poetry and blooming boughs (needlessly kind) spread perilously akin to prose, albeit so anti-prosaic a tent above ; we hear its mate calling to the and anti-utilitarian in its purpose. That pur- white, piled clouds, and asking for the missed pose is indeed high and praiseworthy; nor do and forlorn one. That airy call
Thou ’lt hear no longer ; 'neath sun-lighted clouds, | recurring distress and debility; – 80 that his With beating wings, or steady poise aslant, declining age has been mainly a scene of pasWilt sail no more. Around thy trembling claws
sive subjection to pain — borne with an equaDroop thy wings' parting feathers. Spasms of death
nimity and composure that have justly been Are on thee.
called heroic. Under such circumstances, the
friends of the veteran poet may rejoice that From Him who heareth the raven's cry for the hour of his release from this long trial has food comes the inspiration of this elegy. at length arrived.
A “ Fragment of an Epistle," composed in This is hardly the time for any detailed octosyllabic verse, is an attempt to escape review of the literary career of Tieck, nor for not only what Byron calls the fatal facility, anticipations of the exact place which may but what the author calls the fatal monotony, hereafter be assigned to him among the great of that metre. There is little else to char-writers of his day. It is true that in one acterize it. “ A Clump of Daisies”, shows sense posterity had already begun for Tieck dim and diminutive beside the same object in while he still continued among the living; other poets one might name. Chantrey's and there are considerable features of his Washington" has little of the massive power poetic character, and of his influence on the of either the statesman or the sculptor in- time, the effect of which is already consumvolved in its memorial verse. - The Moss mated. From ese, as from other circumsupplicateth for the Poet,'
one stances of his career, the eminence of Tieck's who leaves, ofttimes, the flaunting flowers place in the literary annals of his country and open sky, to woo the moss by shady brook, as chief leader in an important though ephewith voice low and soft and sad as the brook meral movement - may be certainly preitself, and because the moss is of lowly frame, dicted. Of the fate of his works as a living and more constant than the lower, and be possession for readers in ages yet to come, it cause it is
would be less safe to prophesy so much. Kind to old decay, and wraps it softly round
The romantic school, in which Tieck ap
pears both as the virtual founder and the chief On naked root, and trunk of gray, spreading a illustrator, was rather the natural product of garniture and screen.
a peculiar and morbid state of things on minds - The Pleasure Boat” goes tilting pleas- itself founded in Poetic Nature. Impatience
of a certain sensitive and fanciful temper, than antly on its way, to a soft breeze and musical of the torpid condition and mean aims of 80murmur of accompaniment., And such, with ciety around them -- the want of a true pop, the “Spirit of the Pilgrims” and a few lyrics, ular ground in real life wherein their spiritual comprise, so far as we are informed, the lays energies could take root — easily led the young of the minstrel whom we have thus inade- men of genius, of whom Tieck was foremost, quately but impartially, “ when found, made to seek å sphere for their exercise in reveries a note of."
of sentiment, in dreams of old chivalry or legendary fictions, in what seemed earnest and
picturesque in the Church of the Middle Ages LUDWIG TIECK.
as well as in the simplicities of early devo
tional Art. Such are a nong the main themes From Berlin tidings have come of the death of this Poetic School – which appear with in that city, on the morning of the 28th ult., seducing effect, and in various forms of treatof Ludwig Tieck — one of the few survivors ment, in Tieck's pages, in place of that heartof a past age of German literature, and not felt veracity which alone gives force and enthe least of those who made it illustrious. durance to poetic creations. They are, as He was born in Berlin, on the 31st of May, Tieck himself has somewhere said, dream1773; so that a few days only were wanting shadows of things and feelings — often grato complete his full measure of fourscore cious, tender, and affecting — sometimes, in years. Within this wide period, however, he another phase of their development, delightmay be said to have commanded a narrower fully freakish, sparkling with quaint irony, space of life, whether for mere bodily uses or or revelling in the broadest humor. But the for mental production, than has been enjoyed stuff of which they are made, the moods of by many who have gone sooner to the grave. thought which they express, are altogether Severe physical suffering - from gout, the at- visionary, fleeting and unreal. They leave no tacks of which began as early as 1806 – en distinct traces on the mind;- in form, they croached on the best part of his existence are constantly tending towards the vaguest from that period onward — and for many years confusion of styles ; in effect, they are esbefore its close had reduced him to a nearly sentially retrograde and unproductive. helpless state. The mind, indeed, was still The backward course which this school has alive and elastic in intervals of respite ; but run, in the land of its birth, has not only alcontinued exertion of any kind was baffled by ready prored how little an arbitrary system like
From the Athenæum.
this cun do for healthy poetic culture ; it has son, wife of President Jackson, who died on the also shown how soon it is compelled to de- 22d of December, 1828, aged 61. Her face was scend to earth in search of a basis in some- fair, her person pleasing, her temper amiable, thing that may, at least, wear a show of sub- and her heart kind. She delighted in relieving stance, and to what base and perverse ends the wants of her fellow-creatures, and cultivated this attempt may speedily be turned. Long that divine pleasure by the most liberal and unbefore the close of his career, Tieck himself benefactress ; to the rich she was an example ;
To the poor she was a saw his literary offspring astray. in blind ways, to the wretched ancomforter ; to the prosperous which his superior mind and ripened thought entirely disallowed ; -- and hereupon, indeed, her benevolence ; and she thanked her Creator
an ornament; her pity went hand in hand with he seems to have determined upon a new for being permitted to do good. A being so poetic course, not only leading straight away gentle, and yet so virtuous, slander might wound, from the direct absurdity and secondary abuse but could not dishonor. Even death, when he which had grown upon the romantic basis tore her from the arms of her husband, could but which he had formerly laid, but also diverging transplant her to the bosom of her God.” widely enough from his own earlier literary practice. In this change, which began with the publication of his novels in 1821, the
THE MANAGEMENT OF THE FIXGER Nails. — Acdesire to obtain a substantial historic ground cording to European fashion, they should be of an for poetic composition is strikingly significant ; (of any kind ; the semilunar fold, or white half
oval figure, transparent, without specks or ridges and it is impossible to say to what further re- circle, should be fully developed, and the pellicle, sults it might not have led one so able and so or cuticle which forms the configuration around mature in training as Tieck then was, had the root of the nails, thin and well defined, and, not sickness thwarted this promising develop- when properly arranged, should represent as ment.
nearly as possible the shape of a half-filbert. It must be observed, that with Tieck, even The proper arrangement of the nails is to cut in his youngest days, romantic abnegation of them of an oval shape, corresponding with the matter of fact, and the assertion of unbounded form of the fingers ; they should not be allowed liberty both in the form and in the matter of to grow too long, as it is difficult to keep them composition, were at all events no idle pleas, clean ; nor too short, as it allows the ends of the advanced, as they have often been elsewhere, fingers to become flattened and enlarged by being to cover the defect of thorough schooling, or pressed upwards against the nails, and gives to excusc dilettante indolence. With the
them a clumsy appearance. The epidermis, which fruits of early study at his command, he was nail, requires particular attention, as it is fre
forms the semicircle around, and adheres to the at all times of bis life diligent and studious quently dragged on with its growth, drawing the of fresh acquisitions. In the field of Euro- skin below the nail so tense as to cause it to pean literature be was versed as few other crack and separate into what are called agnails. men have been ; with something of an espec- This is easily remedied by carefully separating ial preference for Spanish and English. His the skin from the nail by a blunt, half-round love for the latter, as shown by his many instrument. Many persons are in the habit of excellent labors on our old dramatists, as well continually cutting this pellicle, in consequence as in the translation of Shakspeare, give him of which it becomes exceedingly irregular, and especial claims to this country.
often injurious to the growth of the nail. They His splendid library, which was sold a few also frequently pick under the nails with a pin, years back, was an evidence of judgment as penknife, or the point of sharp scissors, with the well as of good-fortune in the collection of intention of keeping them clean, by doing which literary treasures, while it showed the wide they often loosen them, and occasion considerable
injury. The nails should be cleansed with a range of his pursuits. The circumstances brush not too hard, and the semicircular skin which caused the dispersion, as we have heard should not be cut away, but only loosened, withthem stated, are such as must have raised the out touching the quick, the fingers being afterpoet in the esteem of all who knew them
wards dipped in tepid water, and the skin
pushed while they lamented, for his sake, the effects back with a towel. This method, which should of so generous a sacrifice of his best com- be practised daily, will keep the nails of a proper panions.
shape, prevent agnails, and the pellicles from thickening or becoming rugged. When the nails
are naturally rugged or ill-formed, the longiJACKSON'S EPITAPH ON HIS WIFE. — The tudinal ridges or fibres should be scraped and Richmond Enquirer says a lady in the west has rubbed with lemon, afterwards rinsed in water, been kind enough to send us a copy of Andrew and well dried with the towel ; but if the nails Jackson's epitaph on his wife. It is known to are very thin, no benefit will be derived by have been his own composition, yet, although it scraping ; on the contrary, it might cause them has been read by hundreds on her tomb in to split. If the nails grow more to one side than Tennessee, it has never appeared in print before. the other, they should be cut in such a manner This singular inscription reads thus :
as to make the point come as near as possible in “Here lie the remains of Mrs. Rachel Jack- I the centre of the end of the finger. - Durlacher. NEW BOOKS.
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