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BURNS, SCOTT, BYRON, AND streams, the rocks, the meadows, and the interesting with honest men and bonny CAMPBELL.

corn fields of his country. His garlandslasses. He relies on the productive force

are entirely composed of native flowers, and of his own mind, and upon those original At the recent commemoration in Dumfries of his own

his tuneful numbers echo the wood notes and inventive powers which are the distinthe dorth-day of the immortal Scottish bard, Burns, a kry just eviogium to his niemory was delivered by

wild' of the feathered minstrels that war- guishing attributes and the most splendid ir cuairouan, Mr. Commelin. A most excellent cribute ble in die groves.-Feelingly alive, however, endowments of genius.—With the exceprau also paid to the merits uf some of our most emi.

as Burns was to all the beauties of external tion of Shakspeare, who never had, and rent living Poets, by the Rev. Mr. Gillespie, wno must le familiar to our readers as the gentleman who was

nature, and though his works are a mirror probably never will have, a rival, there is laced under military arrest, sone months ago, for reflecting the image of his country with all scarcely any other British poet whose works drag prayed for the Queen.- Eilit. Kal.

the accuracy of real life, yet bis muse was are more generally read, or more frequently

too buoyant-too elastic too full of "higli quoted. If Shakspeare, however, be the | After the usual toasts, Mr. COMMELIN, imaginings' and lofty aspirations to be a sun of the poetical firmament, Burns is at he Chairman, spoke as follows:

mere outside observer. She not only sees, least a fixed star of the first magnitude, " In estiinating the merits of Burns as a but she feels---and feels with an intensity illuminating our northern hemisphere with voel, we may venture to keep entirely out of and ardour that give to the great body of his golden radiance. No Scots poet was iew the disadvantages of bis birth and edu-I his poetry a deep and touching interest, and ever crowned with the same distinguished tation His works possess too much in- a powerful moral expression. It is full of honours. He has extended the knowledge rinsic excellence to require an apology, life, and spirit, and notion. It comes home and advanced the dignity of our native le has no occasion to bespeak the lenity of to men's business and bosom.' It lashes tongue, by impressing on it a classic chais julges for the purpose of disarmioy the folly with unsparing ridicule, and vice with (racter--he has raised its value by vesting ne severity of their criticism. He stands indignant and merciless invective. It wakes in it a splendid capital, and thus rendering upon the adaman tine basis of bis own de- those tender sympathies--those blest ingre- it an object of general interest, and worthy Berls, and asks no other favour but that of dients in the composition of inan, which of liberal attention. The poetry of Burns an impartial trial. He enters the lists as a render hiin susceptible of the most delight. I possesses this remarkable quality, that it is legitimate member of the family of genius, ful emotions-it expands those benevolent equally understood and admired by readers Hnd throws down his glove with all the dignity affectious which are the wine aud oil of life of every description--by the gentleman

a true knight. The circumstances of -it enlarges the horizon of our enjoyments and the scholar, wlio appreciates its merits lis personal history are lost in the splendour -it inspires those generous and high-born | according to the principles of taste and the ut his achievements, and we look to nothing sentiments which dignify and ennoble hu- canons of criticism—and by the toil-worn Het the deeds he has performed and the ho-manity-it animates our patriotism-reno- peasant, who judges of it by the grosser

vates our earliest and fondest recollections instinct of common sense, or by its electric "But though Burns may safely dispense -cherishes that love of liberty implanted in action on his heart and feelings. We may nith any plea of favour founded upon the hu- the heart of man by its Divine Author, and / warrantably conclude therefore, that the illity of his rank. or the defects of his edu-l lends to the sublimer feelings of our nature foundations of Burns's excellence are deeply ution, yet the associations and the habits all the glowing energies of poetic excite. | laid in our common nature, and the fame this early life must have had an impor- | ment.

that rests upon such a pedestal, bids as fair ant influence on the character of his poetry. I "• Lord of the lion heart and eagle as any thing human can do, for the stability Fred up in the hardy and invigorating oc- eye,' Burns carries into his poetry that of an immortal duration." upations of the husbandman, his works a- spirit of independence which was a striking Mr. Gillespie, in the course of the aftersound with evidence that he had followed feature of his personal character. Rich in noon,gave as a toast,“the Triumvirate of Gehe plough. Few have surveyed the phe- the exuberant stores of his own imagina- nius,-Scott, Byron, and Campbell,”-a domena of rural nature with a more obser- tion, he borrows nothing from the treasures toast which he prefaced with the following Fant eye, or described them with happier of classic antiquity. He has no fawnsm observations; Rect. He dwells with exquisite delight no satyrs--no Dryads--but he supplies - The three greatest Poets of the present among the hills and dales, the woods and their place with divinities infinitely more age are confessedly Scott, Byron, and Camp

41678 he has won.

bell. The former has been created a Bar- | ways more abrupt and less evolved than and of liberty, and we rise with hearts at onet since our last anniversary, and it was that of Scott, his sentiments and style are once affected and improved by the perusal honourable to his Majesty that this was the more pithy and condensed, and the emo- of his works. He moves us to virtue, and first title which he conferred on ascending tions which he excites are more profound. he animates us to patriotism. He is a highthe throne, a tribute justly due to such high He is a Nobleman, and an aristocratical lander, and the wild airs of the Celtic inuse intellectual superiority. Sometimes the title education and the habits of fashionable life, sometimes breathe from his harp, whose honours the man, but here the man honours have not blunted those natural feelings and seat, as Scott expresses it, with his usual the title.

sympathies to which they are generally sup-| felicity, is in the mist of the secret and “ It would almost require a portion of posed to be so unfavourable; a circumstance, solitary hill, and her voice in the murmur their genius to appreciate the comparative I concieve, not the least remarkable in the of the mountain stream. He that woos her, merits of these three distinguished indivi- history of his genius. He luxuriates in the must love the barren rock more than the duals. Sir Walter is certainly the most uni- fields of classical antiquity, and when he des- fertile valley; and the solitude of the desert versal genius; for to his powerful, active cribes Athens or Rome, we think we hear better than the festivity of the hall.'" and versatile mind, every species of composi- the Genii of these devoted cities lamenting Among the toasts drunk on this occasion tion seems alike easy. He equally excels over the ruins of their country. By his des were the following :in the grave and the gay—the sentimental|cription of Turkish and Asiatic scenes and The widow and children of Burns. and the grotesque—the beautifuland the sub manners, he has given an air of originality and The absent Subscribers to the Mausoleum lime; in the just and glowing description novelty to his productions; but his great. The admirers of Burns all over the world. of external nature, or in the graphic deline mastery lies in exciting those profound The memory of Mrs. Dunlop of Dunlop, ation of character and manners; in pour-cinotions of the heart, which belong a lady of distinguished family, of vetreradie traying the comic scenes of vulgar life, as in to man in every age, nation, and clime. Character, and rare accomplishments, who those of courts, of castles, and of palaces. Strength and feeling are the character-took an early and decided interest in Burns'ı Poetry or prose seems alike to him; alike to istics of his Muse, and his tenderness is prosperity.-whose patronage was extended bim convincing the judgment, affecting the like that of Hercules weeping as he leans to him when patronage was of peculiar value, heart, or delighting the imagination. His over his club. But there is a misanthropic and for whose kind and encouraging attenmind embraces every subject, and adorns gloom which broods over all his writings, tions, Burns's gratitude is indelibly recorved every subject which it embraces. But and we must deplore that virtue does not in his works. above all, he excels in the just and animated always find an advocate in one of the great. The memory of the late Dr. Currie of description of the feudal times, which gives est poets of any age. It is delightful to see Liverpool, the accomplished Biographer and even to his works of imagination, a value talent enlisted under the banners of religion, Burns,—the judicivus Editor of his worka little inferior to history itself; for he is un- and the gifted sons of genius repaying 'the and the benevolent and powerful advocale questionably the first Antiquarian, as well invaluable boon' in gratitude to their bene- of the interests of his family. as the most popular and celebrated Poet of factor.

Our fair Country-women, from where his age. We have in him the rare occur.

occur. "The last, but not the least of this trium- I lips, even the poetry of Burns derives au

"The last, but not e ence of a most ingenious and beautiful wri-lvirate of genius. is Campbell, unquestion. | ditional sweetness. ter, being almost the most voluminous; and lably the most classic woei

us; and ably the most classic poet of his age. His! James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, &c. even when he wishes to conceal himself, he poetry is formed on the

et, ne poetry is formed on the closest models of The utmost harmony prevailed, and the is detected by his genius, and we discover the ancient Muse. His lines are exquisitely company, highly delighted, did not kn the mighty magician flashing behind his finished, and their polish is only surpassed rate till a late hour. cloud. Moreover, he has discovered a gol- l by their brilliancy. He is tender as Ovid, den mine amiil the barren rocks of Parnas- and pure and majestic as Virgil. His strains

Scientific Notices. sus, where other poets found nothing but the are like the streams of paradise, which | fountain of penury to bedew their laurels; breathe only music, and reflect only beauty.

THIRD PART OF THE OBSERVATIONS and he has realized an Oriental fortune by It may be said of hin, as has been finely

MR. LAWRENCE'S LECTURES. his writings, in a land where commerce had l observed of the painter Albano, that the (Concluded from our former numbers.) been supposed to be the only bandmaid to loves mixed his colours, and the Graces

Before we leave this subject, there is still anerkone opulence.

have fashioned his forms. Dis benevolent view of it, on which we wish to make a few obiet “Lord Byron is the most affecting of all spirit loves to repose on the most pleasing

referred to, and we admit, that the hypothesis of prets. He is without a rival in painting the scenes, and to picture to itself the most de terialism may be brought out without absurdity is

contradiction. Wethen proceed to try it, as we ' deep and iinpassioned workings of the human | lightful prospects of human improvement

try any other hypothesis, by its areement soul. He alike excels in delineating the land happiness. He writes slowly, (for his phenomena. In this view we wish to start

younger part of our read-rs, in what manner th. to tender breathings of love--the dark and ag- productions ' are like angel visits, few and which we learn from physiology and pathology, illis

honcuso ho too for im upon this most important subject. enising writhings of remorse-or the cold far between,') because he writes for imp

An unprejudiced inquirer, investigating the st! and withering horrors of despair. Like the mortality, and his name will last as long as upon the mere principles of physiclogy and pada

we think, would stare che question in the inh phantoms wliich he conjures up from the those objects of nature which he has adorned

se objects of nature which he has adorned manner :--On the nature of thought there are ik:;! pulph of hell, he is awful and sublime in and irradiated by the beautiful pencil of his potheses. The one is, that they are directly dependem

organization being the functions of the brain, *** the midst of his obscurity. His fable is al.) imagination. He is the poet of morality is of the eye, and bearing of the ear; that they are

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paired when this organization is impaired, and cease must be impaired when it is impaired, and in exact with which it is most nearly connected, does it, without when it is destroyed: farther, that the function is proportion to the exient of the diseaae; must make any change in the disease, burst forth in all its original built up before our eyes, by the action of the five ex- progress in decay, as the disease makes progress, and splendour at the very moment of dissolution? What ternal senses. This is the hypothesis of Mr. Law-nue revive unless the disease be removed. Thus, sight is the fair, the inevitable conclusion, but that the pberence, and of some philosophers of the French school. depends on a healthy state of the eye. By many dis. nomena of physiology and pathology, are directly ac

her hopoches is vihat thou hit and reason are leaves which iniure ihe eve, sight is impaired: as the variance with the hypothesis of materialism, and in properties of a distinct immaterial being, which is disease advances, sight decays; and there is no exam exact accordance with the sublime doctrine of religion: united to the body of a living man, but may exise after ple of it being restored, unless the disease which that the mysterious part of our being, which thioks, this union is dissolved. This is the hypothesis of inipaired it be removed. According to the second and wills, and reasons, survives the wreck of its mortal Boyle, and Lock, and Newton-f Haller, and Boer. hypothesis, the immaterial soul has an immediate con- cenement, and aspires to immortality. bave, and Dugald Stewart. Now in regard to these nection with the brain and the organs of sense, as by Hæc studia adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblec two hypotheses, we are disposed to admil, tor the sake | means of them it holds intercourse with the externallant. The investigation of the truth on this momenof argument, thai, uon the mere principles of physio. world, and with other living beings. By various dis- tous question is inconceivably important in itself, and logy, we may bring forward the one as well as the eases of the brain, this intercourse is greatly inter- it exerts an influence, in the highest degree salutary, other; that physiology does not directly prove either rupted, or entirely suspended; but the soul itself on the mind that conducts the investigation in a spirit of them; the question, therefore, is, with which of remains unimpaired.

of grave and chastened inquiry, suited to the serious tbem do the inductions of plıysiology and pathology On comparing these two hypotheses with the pheno- import of the subject. "Nor is it merely." savs Mr. Bost accord? Which of ihem is most agreeable to mena connectej with the pathology of the brain, the

Whology of the brain, the Stewart, " with each other that these principles are toe pbenomena? On the very first view of the sub- following inquiries naturally occur to us. In diseases connected (the immortality of the soul and natural jest, there are several points connected with the first of the brain, do we observe the intellectual faculties religion.) They have a relation to all the other priabypothesis, which we think must shake a philosophic decay in exact proportion to the progress of the disease, ciples of moral philosophy, insomuch that a person who inquirer. according to the first hypothesis: or do we, according entertains just views of

views of the one, never fails to er Thouebt and reason are the functions of the brain; to the second, see any reason to believe that there just views of the other. Perhaps it would not be guing hoe the brain is not sufficient to produce the function, exists a soul, which, in these diseases, is only cut off too far to asseri, that they have a relacion to almost a for it requires to be built up by the active of the five from its intercourse with us and with the external the truihs we know, in the moral, the intellectual, and esternal senses. This is ratherincomprehensible ; but, world?

the material world. One thing is certain, that, in prowithout stopping to examine it, we cannot fail to re-l Though it may be thus cut off in a great proportion

portion as our knowledge extends, our doubts and objecsk. that, in many of the interior animals, the exter- of instances, do we ever observe this subtile and active

tions disappear; new light continually breaks in upon Dal senses are as pertect as in nan: how then does it being making any attempt to break from the restraint

us from every quarter, and more of order and system happea that these have never built up any thing reuncer which it is held? Does it ever remain unimpair-la?

appears in the universe. It is a strange confirmation sembling the resonable human soul? Here is an ef

ed amid extensive destruction of its material residence ?

:of these remarks,” adds this great philosopher, “that lect ascribed to a cause, and here is the cause operate Does it ever, after being long obscured, burst out in

the most important discoveries, boch in moral and ing in the ino:t perfect manner, in ten thousand times

I physical science, have been made by men friendly to the midst of frightful ruin; and thus, though in a few ten thousand instances, without in any one instance instances, vindicace its claim to independenc existence?

the principles of natural religion; and that those producing the effect that is ascribed to it. But farOn this interesting subject, the following observations

writers who affected to be sceptical on this lasi subject, ther, is reason a function of the brain ? Does this ef. occur to us, out of the many that are recorded by

have in general been paradoxical and sophistical in lect then bear no proportion to its cause? Has the wiiters of the first authority.

their other inquiries. A man, mentioned b

This consideration, while ic fanction no ratio to the organ on which it is immedi. Dr. Ferriar, who died of an affection of the brain,

illustrates the connection which different classes of ately dependent? On this part of the subject no light retained his faculties entire to the instant of his death,

truths have with each other, proves, that it is to a is aff rded by pbysiology; for in the inferior animals which was sudden. On examining his head, the whole

mind well fitted for the discovery and reception of tbere is found a brain, possessing the same mechanical right hemisphere of the brain was found destroyed by

truth in general, that the evidences of religion are the and chemical properties as the human brain ; and in

suppuration. In a similar case by Dienerbroeck, half |

but most satisfactory." : some of them fully equal to tie buman brain, both in a pound of matter was found in the brain; and in one

These considerations from this high authority, we the relative and absolute dimensions. In relative di. l by Heberden, there was half a pound of water. Mr.

respectfully submit to the attention of Mr. Lawrence. Dietisions the brains of many animals exceed the bus | Marshall mencions a man who died with a pound of

We believe him to be a man of talents and acquiremun One of the larger is that of the canary bird, water in his brain, after having been long in a state of

ments; but in the work now before us, he has wan.. which, in proportion tu the size of its body, is twice idiocy. A few hours before his death he became per.

dered into speculation, for which his intellectual habits Ibe size of the human brain. And in regard to abso- fectlý rational. A man, whose case is related by Mr.

are completely unqualified, and has a reasoned downfure dimensions, without referring to the elephant, we C'Halloran, suffered such an injury of the head, that

wards." We fondly hope that he was not himself Derd only state, chut the brain of a seal, six feet long, a large portion of the bone was removed on the right

aware of the abyss into which his speculations were is fully as large as the brain of a man. In this case side, and extensive suppuration having taken place,

leading him. again, the cause appears without the effect, he organ there was discharged at each dressing, through the

We think too bighly of his understanding to believe nthout the function that is ascribed to it. The organ opening, an immense quantity of marter, mixed with

that he is really convinced by his own reasoning; we alto, be it remembered, is, in all its obvious and ac. lirge portions of the substance of she brain. On the

hope too well of his heart to imagine that he seriously knowledged functions (viz. those which relate to sen. | eighth day of the disease, Mr. O'Halloran remarks,

intended to lead his pupils into a system, dark as the sation) as perfect as in man, but the rational soul ap- the sure continued to discharge greatly, insomuch

valley of the shadow of death, and pestilential as the pears got. Does the want of speech obscure the proofs thar, when I allirm that three ounces of the brain, with

vapours of Acheron. cf its existence ? No:-for Mr. Lawrence bimself

a horrid smell, followrd each dressing, I am certain I Rus shewn us that in several animals the organs of am a great deal under the quantity." And again, on

In justice to Mr. Lawrence it ought to he mentioned, peech are as perfect as in man, and that they are pre the :3th day, "the cavern was terrible, and I feared

that he is not alone in his opinions, nor in his promul. feared from speaking only by the absence of reason, that the remains of the lobes of the right side of the

gation of them. Nisbet in his anatomiy says, “ It is tot by any defect of organization. brain would follow. This man lived to the 17th day.

more than probable that thoughe is a function of the It is mere trilling to allege, on this part of the sub. He was paralytic on the left side of his body, but he

brain, resembling secretion in other glands;" and the ject, that the remarkable difference of functions retained his intellect to the very moment of his disso.

sane opinion nearly is found in the works of almost azygned to the human brain, does not depend upon lurion :" and Mr. O'Halloran particularly remarks,

every writer on physiology, and heard from the greater ** the size of the organ, but on certain peculiarities in that through the whole course of the disease, his mind

number of the professors of that science: so much for Is internal structure; or, as it is usually expressed, maintained a remarkable tranquillity. In a similar him; for myself, I have to beg your indulgence with D the developement of the parts. It is a mere gra- case by ts. It is a mere gra- case by M. Billor, i

regard to my writing, being quite unaccustomed to it, jous a sumption, unsupported by the slightest ana- 1 and retained his faculcies until a few hours before bis

I never for many years having written more than one ogy, or rather expressly contradicted by the analogy death, when he fell into a kind of stupor. On examin

short letter in about each month. of all other organs. Betwixt various organs in maning this head, no more than the bulk of an egg was

I am, Sir, your most obedient, and other animals, and becwixt the sine organs in found to remain of the proper substance of the brain.

TRANSCRIBER. li aferent animals, we, in many instances, flnd the most Besides this extensive disease of the brain in general, ervarkable differences in structure. These differences it can be shown, by numerous examples, that the indi. ure admirably adapted to the circumstances of parci vidual parts of it, the pineal gland, che corpora quadri. Baron Lindeneau, who recently published a work on ralar animals, but the function to be performed is gemina, the corpus striatum, &c. may all be diseased the diminution of the Solar mass, says that the sun ultimately the same.

| or destroyed, without affecting the intellectual powers. may have been imperceptibly subject to successive Such diversities we observe in the lungs, but all the Now, if thought be a function of the brain, it must les perform simply respiration in the heart and I either reside in the whole of it equally, or in some in.

diminution since the science of astronomy has been great vessels, but all perform circulation :-in the dividual part. But it does not reside in the whole ; cultivated. Baron Lindeneau supposes the sun's diamomach and alimentary canal, but the most simple tor we bave seen in the above examples the general meter to be 800,000 miles-4,204,000,000 feet, or perform perfect digestion, and the most complicated mass destroyed to a frightful extent, without impairing do nothing more. Farther, we find no organ chat per thought in any sensible degree. And it does not reside

nearly 2000 seconds. We have not, he observes, forms a double function; but materialism assigns a in any ot the particular parts which are distinguisbed hitherto possessed any instrument for measuring the double function to the brain. This is evidently un- from the general mass; for each of these have been diameter of the heavenly bodies to a second. The sun philosophical; but our limits prevent us from enlarg- destroyed without affecting it. Therefore it does not may therefore diminish 12,000 of its diameter, or ing upon this part of the argument.

reside in the brain.

12,102,000 feet, without the possibility of being perWe next attend to the light that is furnished by pa Is the reasoning faculty, then, thus independent of stology, or the effects of diseases on the brain. the most extensive destruction of organization? Does

ceived. Supposing the sun to diminish daily 2 feet. According to the first hypothesis, reason must be it remain unimpaired amid the most frightful ruin; it would require three thousand years to render the omediately dependent on a healthy state of the brain; and, after being long obscured by disease of the organ diminution of a second of its diameter visible.

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Why do the blooming roses fade,

HORACE. That on thy cheek were wont to dwell?

“When once within your arms I lay, Why heave the sigh, my lovely maid !

Belov'd o'er all the rest, Ah! why repine at my farewel ?

I envied not the regal sway Por still thy fairy visions, sweet,

That Persia's monarchs blest."
On my fond heart, in rapture swell,

And every pleasing scene repeat,
Ere Pleasure bade her last farewel

“Whilst Lydia yet, adored by thee,

No rival Chloë knew, At that sad hour, when forced to part,

Her fame in vig'rous purity Ohl faint of phrase is tongue to tell

O'er Roman Ilid's grew." The pain, the anguish, at my heart,

ноклCE. When forced to bid my love farewel.

“Now Chloë, skill'd to touch the lyre, But Hope's gay meteor-beam above,

To me is dearer far; And future scenes of joy foretel,

For her I'd mount the funéral pyre, That I shall meet the Maid I love,

If fate my soul would spare." And bid each anxious care farewel.

LYDIA. O then, my charming Maid ! with thee,

“For Calaïs now I heave the sigh, My heart-my soul-shall fondly dwell,

Ormystus' only joy: TUU, hand in hand, we fondly fee,

I would not murmer twice to die,
And bid this inournful scene farewel.

If fate would spare the boy."

“ Suppose our ancient love rencw'd,

Our hearts entwined once more;

If red-bair'd Chloë I exclude,

And ope for thee my door"

" Then, tho' he's brighter than the star,

Thou, falser than the sea ;
Oh, Mary! had I but the eagle's wing,

Yet, faithless as thou art, I'll dare I'd mount aloft, upon the whistling wind;

To live-to die with thee." Swift as the arrow from the twisted string

Cuts through the air, and leaves no track behind, Liverpool I'd fly into thy arins, and then forget

All other idler thoughts, beside thee, love. I'd sweetly kiss thee as when last we met,

(ORIGINALA) Nor fear those gentle lips could ckide me, love. But ah! 'tis gone! that bright and cheering bea m, Watch ye, the r

Watch ye, the moses of eve are woning; That fash, like lightning, through the clouded sky!

A tincy cifin now has sway; Of my sad weary life-path ; as a dream

The moon, the chaste moon heralds his reign in, Than wraps the heart in purest exstacy,

As she wends in beauty her lonely way. For some short flecting moments ; but its gleam The leafiest nook of the moonlit grove,

Pades with the morn, and all its rapturcs die. Is age this spirit's viewless throne : So 'twin with us, our joys were quickly past, His priestessPhilomel warbling her love Those flecting moments were too sweet to last. So sweet, that each list’ner dreams of his own. But though they're past, it yet is joy to think Ask ye what language his votaries speak ?

On the deep transports of that blissful hour, Mark the glance of that timorous eye; For then was forged the everlasting link

The tremulous blusli on that maiden's cheek,
Which all the violence of earthly power

Thus she responds to her fond lover's nigh.
Can never, nerer break; por will it shrink,
Though Fate may frown and fickle Fortune Tow's:

Haill! all hail to thee peerless Deity!

Thou teachest selfish man to glow 'Twas the firm compact of eternal love;

With pure ambition, pure from seity, Tis registered and sealed in heaven above.

To deck with the laurel a dearer brow. But oh, ny love! for this I have been blamed,

TITY RUS. And o'er my fame heard foul aspersions thrown; I Liverpool, Feb. 14, 1121.

"Well! well!" I exclnimed;" pretending a careless air, and fulding my arms in an easy ander, as I entered ibe court of my prison; "I am, al ang rate, safe enough now !" " Ayr, aye, safe enged now," re-echoed an old turukey, whose trewbhag limbs scarcely supported their crazy and almost word-out superstructure; and, wiib an air of the grealest satisfaction caused, I suppose, by having one more prisoner nudes his control) he torord the key in the massive door, wiib all the dexterity be was master of; and left me, 10 console myself as I might think proper.

I had furused but a gloomy opinion regarding a prison and its inmates, and was consequently raket surprised when a jolly, middle-aged, good terking kind of fellow, whose cheeks had to all appearance out ofreo been wet by a tear, or his visage length ened by a sigh, made up to me, and, with all the familiarity of an old acquaintance, asked what okul I had ? what I thonghi of the Queru? of bus sbb jesty's ministers? and abundance of other quesin uf equal importance; and all this in a manger which kifi me quite at a loss to determine what sort of 8 being I had mel with. Finding that I was tol 19 communicative as he had expected (w birh I suppose he attributed to pelancholy) be bid me chirer op aud consuled me by the assurance that I should scuel " get used to their ways ;” and ended his oration to introducing me to a fellow prisvuer, who was sig ing, in a melancholy tone, a dilly, of which all that I recollect is placed as a motto to this paper. The round-faced man, I found, had been keeper of a Tavern, where he bad become master of the art of persuading bis customcrs that he was "just of their opinion," and has been so ready to applaud or abot, according to the fancy of bis company, thal ilia strongly-formed habit of giving his assent to any proposition, would not leave him; his versatility of

opinion was, however, equaled by his serdiaess it They it down, so soon as he discovered that it did muid

tally with the principles or prejudices of his hearena, aud of course be

“Was ev'ry thing by turns; and nothing long'

The man to whom he introduced me hade mit different appearance; “ sharp mirrry bad worn be lu the bones :" be was absorbed io a meland reverie ; his bat pulied over bis brows; his as buttooed up to the chin, to couceal the waot of 17 | rat and waistcual; bis eve sleadily fixed upon the iting; and forcing the song before mentioved from tois lipy. When my self-eltcied guardian introdeera ine to bim, and awakened him from a trald I bought, which, if I might be allowed to jadgr frem iris appearance and Ibe song by which br wer f. douvouring to diver! it, was not of the most agreeab character, he raised his head, and politely gretimi 01", assumed a chcerful air, and, ju e droll ad

basical manner, begged io iutroduce me to "th secrets of his prison-louse:" "if," he added, "ibrar commodation

But be so good, nor Ibe ya paay so select as might be wisbed, vel " Here B! eye caught his, and I immediately recognised of who had been ovy companion at school; whose lents had been great, but equaled by his sant of apo pliralion; whose life had been one of impruderett, and who, ever ready to amuse his friends, had sports

Who this gentleman, that speaks in the first perses. may be, I must leave for your readers to determine:

certainly cannot allude to myself, who ACUT 51 | prison.

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it in a course of dissipation, which had, in short, I will not goad the feelings of your readers by re-l

THE LATE KING OF PRUSSIA. brought bon to a jail, and his inmily to the parish. lating. How did her eyes glisten with delight!! * What! I exclaimed, (for "so fallen, so changed" what animation illumined her wretched countenance! The late King of Prussia was remarkable all over at I could scar

carcely believe iny eyes) “ are when, in answer to ber wild. distracted ouestions Europe for an extravagant humour of supporting, at a you indeed ...!" “ The very same," he replied, regarding her only child, I was able to inform her,

vast expense, a regiment of the tallest men that could

I be picked up throughout the world; and would give a wib a laugh, "who was formerly so merry and so that it was protected by a generalis benefactor. She jdia, wbies you and I were schoolboys. Ab, those

"fellow of six feet and a half, or more, higb, to lis, pesapparently forgot that she was a widow, a prisoner, baps eighcy or a hundred guineas advance, besides the days! but they are goge for ever, and,

neglected and poor. In the koowledge that her in charge of bringing him froni the farthest part of the * Like the baseless fabric of a vision,

fant was safe, she was happy; and, in a rapturous I globe, if it so bappened. One day when his Majesty Lcave rot a wreck behind !! sort of madness,

was reviewing that regiment, attended loy all the to

reign ambassadors and niost of the great officers of Well!ibe past can never be recalled !" " But pray,"

- raised her hands on high,

runk, both in the court and army, he took occasion to raid I, " what has been your occupation?" (endea

And rolled her eyes in ecstacy,

ask the French Minister if he thought his master had Vuurius to divert him from the gliwiny wildness and would oblive me to listen to a long account lolan equal number of troops in his service able to engage which was coming over hi

ly lite has been a

a mother, doubtlese, interesting enough) of the those gallant men. The Frenchman, who was a sol. shadow; it has been but why should I recal many virtues of her darling; of bis iufautine ac

| dier, said, “ He believed there were not." The King that which comes with a serpent's sting; and yet, tious, caresses, and smiles.

pleased with such a reply from a native of the vainest of the eril that mea do-lire afler them,' the remem.

naiion in the world, asked the German Ambassador brance of my fulier may strve iu scare viners froin

Sic ille manus; sic oculos; sic ora ferebat.

the sanie question. The German frankly declared his

VIRGIL. opinion, "That he did not believe there was such parciaga gilded bubble! a painted buller Av! Had

another regiment in the world.” “Well, my Lord 1, instead of fulloring a foolish whim but regret The love of a mother is, indeed, of a noble, godlike Hyndford,” said his Majesty to the British Ambassais asfles" Here he turned round to conceal bis nature; ready to make any sacrifice, however greai, dor, “I know you have brave trcops in England, but agitation, and haviar recovered binsell, continued, and to part with auy of her possessious, provided would an equal number of your countrymen beat these, in an animated strain : " It was my task to give unsbe can benefit her offspring! But why should I do you think? “I will not take upon ne absolutely bounded score to Imagination's airy wing.' I was tire yogr readers with a further description of such ro say that," replied Lord Hyndford, “but, I dare be cae of the votaries of Thespis; it was inine, to dress au abode of misery and vice,

bold to say, thai halt their number would cry." sy fiction until it had the very guise and semblance

Which, to be hated, needs but to be seen ? of truth itself; or, rather, anul the ouly difference

TUE PRINCE OF CONTI vas, that fiction had a gilding and a gloss, an en Who would not hasten from such a chaos of un.

| The Prince of Conti being highly pleased with the buotinent, and a beauty, thal truth, if I inay judge furtuoate virtue, yult, madness, and vilany, to

increpid behaviour of a grenadier at the siege of Philo rom my owo experience, is sadly iu want of; but regain their liberty, even though it must be arcom lipsburgh. in 1734. threw him his purse.

vawed by want or anisery, except he should have the smallness of the sum it contained, as being too poor a • Othello's occupation's gone,'

misfortune tu be


reward for his courage. The next morning the grenad I have to play my part in prison ! so you see Liverpool, February, 1821.

dier went to the Prince with a couple of diamond ring. - All the world's a stage,

and otherj wels of considerable value, “sir," said he, And all the men and women merely players.'

"the gold i found in your purse, I suppose, your High

ness intended for me; but these I bring back to you is last quotation was litered with so much nai.

as having no claim to them," "You have, soldier," 'é, 1630 I enald uot, in spite of the poor mau's

answered the Prince, "doubly deserved them, by your itched appearance, refrain from laughing, and ORIGINAL ANECDOTE OF LORD BYRON.

bravery and by your honesty ; therefore, they are ply regrettiog that be, who al school load been

yours." ways ready to justruct any of his juniors, although One evening in the year 1816, a short time previous to the certain risk of being severely corrected for the departure of Lord Byron from his native country, there,

A window-tax collector in Ireland, a man of convivial

habits, was pressing a friend of his after dinner to fill eglecting bis own task, should have spent so great were met, at his Lordship's house, in Piccadilly, a party of

his glass, " I have filled," said the other, “Ay,"re. part of his life the tool of any man, who would liis inost intimate friends, who had been invited to pay the

but not tull.” “Well," said his archase his company and his mirib by (wbalhe noble bard a farewel visit. In a company of men. each plied the ta,man,

Sie liriend, you are too strict in your office ; cannot even de intolerably fond of) a dose uf Aattery

of whom was celebrated for his wit, his genius, or his

A te. ale, in whose features misery had anticipated the spirited conversation : vet che ilustrious host was more

| patriotism, it was not likely there should be a dearth of a sku-ligal escape you? ark of time, passing at this morneol, reminded melancholy, and less social, than he bad ever been

Bon Mot. A sporting gentleman passing by a house, , I suppose, of his wife and farmily. Immedi known to be on any former occasion, at least when he

not a hundred miles from - street, lately observing #ly his forced, uunatural gaiety hd; the momen was surrounded by his favourite friends.

on the door the separate names of physician and suruy fast of pleasure, which had culture bis cael Anacreon Moore observing the increasing gloom of geon, facetiously remarked, that the circumstance put

him in mind of a double-barrelled yun, for if one 'oro contenance, forsook him, and he cut soort bis noble friend, endeavoured to divert his mind from its

narrative by askiog, in the lauguage of Shak. ungenial influence. Among many other brilliant things, missed, the other was sure to kill. .
mare (for he scarcely uttered in sentence which was

this " poet of the patriot and the lover," said ciegantly
of the noble bard, * his face was like an alabastec vasi,

Whitfield preached eighteen thousand sermons durtembellished by a quotation from this author)

only scen to perfection when lighted up froin within." ing the thirty-four years of his ministry. The calcu** How does my wife? and all my pretty ones?" Lord Byron, unwilling to allow the moody state of his lation was made from a memorandum-book, in which

mind to disturb the festivity, or cast a damp upon the he noted down the times and places of his preaching, The tyrant,' Poverty, • has battered at their peace.” gaiety of his friends, assured them that the clouit would This would be more than ten sermons per week.

soon pass; and conjured them to forget both hinself, Wesley tells us himself, (Journal xiii. p. 121,) he raCullection of the misery be held caused them, and his melancholy.

preached eight hundred sermons in a year. In fiftymanoed him; he turned his heali, to conceal the But finding that he was unable to enjoy the pleasure three years reckoning from his return from America; rs which burst from his haggard eyes. “ Well of their sociity, and that his spirits continued depressed, this would amount to forty-two thousand tour hundred. y von wrep," exclaimed the female who was passin despite of liis endeavours to rally them, tie left the -Collier says, Dr. Litchfield, rector of All Saints, in a voice of keenest irony, you were never a party, after repeating the following fine extemporary

| Thames-street, London, who died 1647, left thrce

thousand and eighty-three sermons in his own hand. sbaud to your wifi, nor a father to your children." Verses :

When from the heart where sorrow sits,

Eccl. His. vol. xi. p. 187. : repiied io no very peaceful manner; and, sur. sed that even in a prison maukud are still intent Her dusky shadow mounts too high; on making each viber miserabl, I turned away

And o'er the changing aspect flits,

A gentleman was accustomed to feed a toad regu

And clouds the brow, and fills the eye; dygnet.

larly, for six and thirty years, and every evening, as

Heed not the gloom that soon shall sink, Of the rest of my fellow prisoners, many were so

soon as the toad saw the candle lighied up, it would My thoughts their dungeon know too well;

come to the table, in order to be lifted up on it, for its 'Terus to every sentiment of share or remorse, that

Back to my breast the captives shrink,

supper, consisting of the maggots of the flesh ây, y excited in me hurror, rather than pity; and And bleed within their silent cell.

(which were its favourite food!) and various kinds of usl, ratber than commiseration. Here was to

insects. These it would follow, and, when within a sees in perfection,

proper distance, would fix its eye, and remain motion REPARTEE.

less, for near a quarter of a minute, as if preparing

for the stroke, which was an instantaneous darting of Laughing wild amidst severest woe.

A very ignorant nobleman, observing, one day, at its tongue to some distance, upon the insect, which

dinner, a person, eminent for his philosipbical talents, stuck to the tip, by a glutinous maiter. This motion I one desolate female will not soon be forgotten: inter on choosing the delicacies of the table, said rol of the tongue is quicker than the eye can follow. The

brart seemed to be eased by the disclosure of him.. What! do philosophers love dainties?" "Why coad here mentioned was called the old toad, by this - tale of woe, which she would readily impart to not?"returned the scholar: “Do you think, my Lord, gentleman's facher, when the gentleman first knew it v one, who would oblige her by listening to its bat the good things of this world were inade only for and, at last, its death was occasioned by an accident. ital. It was indeed a melaucholy one, but wbicb | blockbeads?"

The toad, therefore, must be a long-lived animal.

MADNESS, that chaos of the brain,

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