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The Drama.

mies at liberty. During this part of the Play the situa. And the pale foliage of the midnight scene
tion of Elmira is the most distressing that can be imagined. Their sympathies afforded; and the bird,
She first considers her husband falsely accused, and in

That in the silver hour of solitude,
afterwards half suspects that he has murdered her father, .

while she herself is accused of being accessary in the When Italy sleeps in light, sings to the star “CONSCIENCE,

crime. All these anxieties are greatly calmed by the That loves her music, sang to us the while ; Lately produced with success at Drury-lane Theatre.

restoration of Arsinio, and she, confident in the innocence And this was all the merry-making passed,
of her husband, makes a last effort to obtain his release

from her father." At first she is unsuccessful; but a | To grace the nuptials of a fonder pair
a Lorenzo, a young Venetian, of exalted birth and for solemn vow that she will not survive Lorenzo, at length | Than ever feasting hailed.
a time, is left by bis father's will under the gủardianship prevails. The latter, who, in the meantime, thought
blister of Rinaldo, who, principally stimulated by avarice, final.

himself bereft of every hope, to escape death and that ly succceds in stripping him of all his property. A mu.

infamy, swallows poison, and demands once more Fashions for March. tual attachment had previously been fostered into love

to see his wretched wife. He enters just as she has succeed

ed with his father. Elmira preceives the effect of the pois. between Lorenzo and Elmira, the daughter of Arsinio,

HEAD DRESSES.-A bonnet composed of black on on her husband, which, coming after so much suffering, du cape: it has a low crown and a very large brim Rinaldo's brother. Al hopes of a union, however, ADA ste blighted by the ruin of Lorenzo, who is obliged and almost at the same moment with a flush of joy,cuts her

which is lined with pink zephyreen; the edge of the to determine on expatriating himself, as the only life to the quick-The unfortunate husband and wife

brim is oroamented with a wreath of black satin, se refuge from the fangs of his creditors.

are thus dying together, when, to calm her death, she brir
In the mean-
demands a declaration of innocence from Lorenzo. He

disposed in scalloped folds. 23 tige, Rinaldo suddenly dies, and Arsinio, as next heir,

A full plume of black 10. become possessed of his property.-This accession of

cannot comply; this pang extinguishes her existence. marabouts is placed at the right side of the crowo,

Lorenzo's fate is thus' accelerated, and he falls beside and a bow of the same material as the bonnet is at. o fortune makes no change in Elmira's affection; but, ber father, who hates her lover for proceeding at law

his wife.--The curtain now descends, leaving the unfor taclied to the base of the plume. Black gros de ALE to recover some of his inheritance, commands his

tunate pair, sleeping together in death, on their “ Bri. | Naples strings. If Ipot dishes de 10 ** ime daughter to marry a suitor of his choice. Elmira condal Night

A ponceau, velvet bopnet lined with white satiu: sniders compliance in matters of love no part of filial This plot (says a brother journalist) has been the sub. the brim is deep, but sits close to the face; it is

duty, but promises not to marry Lorenzo, if her father ject of various criticism among our cotemporaries, who, edged with a roleag of porceau satin ; the velvet is en wil consent that she may remain single. This request as might be expected, only agree in thinking it more or

laid in full folds on the crown, which is of an oral cois denied; and Elmira, as the only resource, is secretly less exceptionable. One has ingeniously discovered that

shape; a small piece of velvet falls into the neck : married to the man she prefers. Here the first act Rinaldo is killed in a feudal quarrel, and that murder by

a bow of the same material is placed in the centre kan ends, the interest of the audience being judiciously poison in a “ feudal contest" ought not to be followed by Svakened, and fancy sent in search of what is to ensue. remorse. The same critic thinks it highly improbable

of the crowd, and a wreath of full-blowo roses goes drsinio hears of his daughter's marriage, and allows and unnatural that extreme suffering should break a wo-round the bottom of it. Ponceau striöge her an interview, which she seeks with that natural con man's heart on the stage. Another writer has judiciously A white satin hat: the crown is low, the brinis fidence which a daughter ought to have of subduing her observed that“ the preparation of so base a crime as mur- of a very novel shape; it is small, turpe up, and is father's anger, and effecting a reconciliation. He is der, and by so treacherous a weapon as poison, is ob square on the left side, and rounded and mucha

inexorable: turns her from his house, and she and her Ijectionable in the high-spirited and aftectionate Lorenzo.'| deeper on the right side, where a knot of wbite eatin ISO husband leave their native home together :

In this opinion we somewhat agree, and more particularly is placed just under the edge. A plume of white flat

as his horror of a tarnished fame is Lorenzo's absorbing The world was all before them, where to chose

ostrich feathers, at the base of wbich is a full bow | passion. But what rather appears to us objectionable, A place of rest, and Providence their guide. is the banditti incident, and the incarceration of Arsinio

of white satin, is attached to the right side of the There are accompanied by Julie

crown."! pr friend of Loreen and Alfiero in the subterannean cave, which do not per-cr

etro gyto 4 48,- INOT goistaa In passing through a wood, the party are attacked by

haps harmonize sufficiently with the prevailing elevation! A bat composed of white figured satin : the crown a banditti, who bear off Elmira to their den, whither

of the Tragedy. It may also be remarked, that for such is low, the brim turns up io front; it is shallow at she is followed by her husband and Julio, who deter

pathetic and listless audietices as generally attend our the sides, but deep over the forehead. A plame of

Theatres, a little more stage bustle, or spectacle, would white flat ostrich feathers is placed on the right side, mine to rescue her. As the conflict is about to com

be desirable. With these trifling subtractions, which and droops as low as the left shoulder. mence the leader of the Banditti recognises Lorenzo,

Phis bat would easily be compensated by stage management, and is worn over a cornette of tulle, ons ons and orders his followers to desist. At this moment excellent acting, the plot is, in our opinion, besides being 1 , A small round cap composed of British net, with

bly going the robbers are surprised by a party of soldiers, and surrender by order of their Captain, who, conscious original, so ingeniously constructed as to produce in

| a very full border of rich, lace: a koot of green ribthat he holds a secret on which the life and fame of

creasing anxious interest to the close of the catastrophe. Lorenzo háng, makes himself sure, on that ground, of

bon is placed at the right ear, and a similar kpot It is, however, comparatively easy to be the artificer of ou

over tbe forehead, with a bouquet of primroses "sur. impunity from the State.

a stage scheme ; and Mr. HAINÉS is so 'wealthy in all | He accordingly reminds

Posebno je ime C the real riches of genius, that he may throw the story of | rounded with foliage.

otton i Lorenzo that his fate depends upon the result. Elmira theked and perplexed that such a ruffian could

his work to feed the poor in spirit, and still remain a EVENING DRESS.-A round dress composed of : have any lien on her husband's conduct; and if Mrs.

Creesus. It is on the expression, the thought, the feeling, pale pink soi de Londres, trimmed with pink zepby.

the deep and comprehensive poetic conception of the reen Auted in a scroll pattern. 1 WEST were fully equal to the situation, this part of

The corsage is cut die seene would be most effective. The banditti

whole piece, that he stands pre-eminent. The Thea- square at the bust, aad so as to display the neck a stare finally led off prisoners which concludes the trical critic in The New Times has truly remarked, that

good deal : the back is plain, and laced bebind; the second act. Lorenzo now reveals to his friend Julio “this tragedy is, beyond question, the best which this sea

front is ornamented with a stomacher, broad at the We not only concurin this opinion,

son has produced.” the mysterious crime, of which he is conscious, namely. 10 ifrat in an unguarded moment Alfiero, the Bandit,

top, but sloping a good deal towards the bottom, but are confident that it contains more genuine and fine

and coming a very litile below the waist : it is de cho had been his servant, proposed to cut off Rinaldo,

poetry than has been produced on the stage for years. ble guardian, by poison, and that he, in the phrenzy

There is, at the same time, nothing gaudy or obtrusive corated with pearls. The sleeve is a fulness of net despair, consented. Julio is horrified at this con

in the writer's ornaments. His sentiments are dressed over pink in soie de Londres; the fullness is confined j fetsion, but under all the circumstances, is induced to

in the richness, but with the taste and elegant propriety in the middle by a pink satin ornament. The bair is promise his intercession with the Senate in behalf of

of high life. The jewellery of the dialogue is so skilfully dressed in loose ringlets on the forehead, and falling

set; the most brilliant figures blend so well with the low at the sides; the hind hair is cut panly behind, Alflero. He is, however, excluded from the Senate

language in which they are imbedded, that their lights so as to curl in the seck; the remainiog part is Abuse during the trial, and the criminal, finding him

are mutually reflected into a soft harmonious colouring. I braided, and brought round the head. Head-dresses. self on the threshold of death, offers to purchase life, by unfolding a secret, which he declares is of the last

Besides this, the results of just and close observation importance to the State; to prove it so, he, in the first of moral life are condensed into pithy expressions, which

a tiara of diamonds and a full plume of maraboute. place, Tequests leave privately to inform Arsinio, who will hereafter be often quoted to enforce or illustrate.

Nacklace and earrings, diamonds. White kid glores, s présent, of it. The request is granted, and the

In short, there is but one thing to detract from the Au. and white satio slices, parties retire, when

ENGLISH CARRIAGE DRE88.-Round dress of Alfiero reveals, in exaggerated

thors hopes the stage does not possess performers who terms, the crime of Lorenzo. Arsinio exults in the

can play up to the parts he has given them, and this cambric, trimmed with embroidered muslin. Pe. prospect of vengeance; but to save his own family from

is the highest praise which Mr. HAIXES can obtain. lisse of silver grey lavender figured gros do Naples, the shame that Lorenzo's exposure would reflect on it,

With these few remarks we must now dismiss the sub- with Etruscan facings of the same, down the middle he seeks an interview with him, and after intimating

ject. The following extract will give some idea of the of which are Spanish slashes of grey lavender satin, his knowledge of the secret, offers impunity if he will general beauty of the language and sentiment: it is ad.

edged round with narrow rouleaux of piok satin, quit Italy, and relinquish his wife. To aid his purpose dressed to Elmira when she at first leaves her father's

The Etruscan points of the facings are edged with Alfiero is introduced and confronted with Lorenzo. The home to wander through life with her husband:

wire chain fringe of a pink colour, and each point latter indignantly rejects these terms, and being assisted Lorenzo.- Lean on me, love ; for we have far to go

Lorenzo. Lean on me, love: for we have far to go by his friend Julio, compels Arsinio and Arfiero, by threat

terminated by A tassel." Pelerine cape, roade to of instant death, to enter a subterraneous cavern, where

Before we sleep. 01 such a bridal night ý answer the facings; and a collar, partially pointed, he shruts them up. The third aet ends here. Lorenzo Befits not such a bride. Thine is no form

tipished by plaited satin à la Venitienne. Hat of is immediately taken before the Senate to account for his To brave the sickness, falling through the sky

white satin over a fioe lace cornette, with a plume dirappearance, and not giving a satisfactory explanation From evil planets : but if tenderness

of white feathers: the hat and cap are in the style is sentenced to the torture. This he despises; but being

of those worn by Mary Queen of Scots.' informed that Elmira is accused of conspiring with him can pay thee back for comfort, thou shalt ne'er

The favourite colours are ethereal blue, tea-oolour, to destroy her father, he commands Julio to let his ene | Regret the time when the cold smile oʻthe moon, · I hermit brown, and piok, lille : Dans I:T A

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Now, child of fancy, seek the mountain's foot,

The tempered vale where thousand streamlets play,
And plant and tree are hung with luscious fruit,

And nature sports in an eternal May.
Hark! 'tis the song and lute of love-sick maid,
The black-eyed brunette-girl, beneath the plantain's


Methinks I hear some English dame declare, (ORIGINAL.]

“The more the follow writes the worse he grows;

He passes us, whose necks are lily fair,

Whose cheeks are vermeil as the dew-bathed rose:
I think bis tropic storms he well might spare ;

His tawney's eyes, be they as black as sloes:
The breeze had died; the moon with softest ray

And, 'stead of wheeling us off to the Andes,
Gleamed on the Mersey's breast, from shore to shore; | Tell us of Britain's fair, and L'erpool dandies !”
The waves had ceased to war, and slumbering lay,
As if they ne'er had moved at tempest's roar;

Patience! a lady there I chanced to know,
And, save the breath of music far away,

As fair as Andes' snow, young as the spring, Heard mingling with the splash of distant oar,

Her breast confessed the ardent tropic glow; So lovely and so lifeless was the scene,

Her hair, as glossy as the raven's wing, Seemed that nor woe, nor want, nor war had been :

In massy ringlets nature taught to flow: Ab! who would wake the world from such a sleep serene!

A brighter beam the sun did never fling

Than burst from her blue eye, so soft, so big ; Not I; for I that night was not awake;

I loved ; 'twas long before I wore a wig. But it was on a night not half so fine;

10. * (I pictured the above for contrast's sake.)

I loved those southern countries, where the sun, Stop, stop! this romping Pegasus of mine,

Darting with rigorous and unstinted ray, Regardless Scott's or Byron's rules to break,

Oils all the wheels of life, and makes it run
Has, in first stanza, leapt an extra line.

Soft, sweet, and quick, like one bright summer day;
We hards can't rein our steeds, lest others pass us ; I loved his beams in lady's bower to shun,
And mine, you see, strikes fire from steep Parnassus.

When love was ardent as his noontide ray:

If these, or wine, or friends, you love-go roam ; The Mersey on that night, in wild commotion,

As for myself, I'd rather stay at home. Roused by the wintry wind, swoln by the rain,


. Most insolently aping the wide ocean,

But to return on such a night as that Threw up its crested waves in proud disdain.

On which I lost my wig, 'tis sweet to be Loud howled the blast round mast of ship and brig;

At parlour fire, and mid the friondly chat, Windmills were set on fire-s0 swift their motion ;

To list the hail, the wind, the roaring sea : St. Thomas' spire bent like an osier twig;

'Tis sweet, if out, to have a broad-brimm'd hat And unpitying fate! the wind blew off my wig !

And a good cloak from chill to keep you free, ' 4.

But oh! there's something, then, that's sweeter far-
When sable clouds quench every little star,

Your fifteenth glass at Mr. Crowther's bar.
And the eye shrinks from lightning's sudden flash,
When thunder pealeth near, or growls afar,

I, there, that very night had ta'en a swig
I love to hear the ocean billows dash,

And staggered homeward.just twelve by the clock, Mingle their mountain-bulk in the loud war,

When a rude whirlwind twisted off my wig, And rush, the rocky shore in foam to wash :

And bore it on towards the Salthouse Dock ; Compared with these in giant-might when warring,

I snatched it from the rigging of a brigHow pitiful were Crib or Belcher's sparring!

When, lo! (I never shall forget the shock)

A ghost came up, in shape of whisky barrel, The wind did various damage on that night;

And cried, “ Stop friend, or you and I shall quarrel! Threw chimneysdown: filled many a house with smoke;

13. Umbrellas too, of dame or luckless wight,

I“ I am," it said, “ the self and genuine ghost Up borne balloon-like, from their clutches broke;

Of Shaughnasey O'Shaughnasey yclept, And, if my mathematics serve me right,

Who some time since in this deep dock was lost : Reached France next morning, e'er the folks awoke.

I was a “silly man," and in I slipt."(You look as if this verse were not so well ; ah ! I could not find a good chyme for Unabrella).

| He told me where his Cantos four were tossed,

When from his cousin Goster they were nipped,
Where Andes to the skies his mountains throws And said he would in me confide a hope

From Indian plains, till their audacious height, That they'd appear in the Kaleidoscope.
High Heaven enshrouds with never-melting snows,
Oh! to the bard how awful the delight!

| Thrice crew the cock: the barrel upwards-sprung, To see the gathering clouds when tempest blows;

As if the Sprite were eased that lurked within. The fierce volcano's glare, their beacon light,

I gazed_I'smelt-for from the spacious bung Their signał guns, the pealing thunder deep,

Carne fragrant fume of whisky, rum, and gin ; Ere, on destruction's wing, Atlantic vaves they sweep. then put on my wig, and homeward sprung.

Well pleased that I, the whisky chanced to win, The storm recedes; now murmurs, now is mute ; Which, Mr. Editor, you were so kind

The tropic sun hath chased the clouds away. | As offer for the Cantos left behind!

Spirit of the whisp'ring breeze,

Hither haste on viewless wing;
Leave the gentìy-bending trees,

Come and round me sweetly sing.
Come and fan my leafy bower,

Here no scorching rays intrude ;
Companion of the lonely bour,

Tuneful lyre of solitude.
Coolly from thy dewy bed,

Waft the soft æolian lay;
And the odours round thee shed

From the flow'ry breath of May.
Tell me of the oozy cave,

Where at night thou lov'st to rest,
Slumb'ring, while the heaving wave

Pillows thee upon its breast.
And, sweet Zephyr, tell me why,
Still thou heavis: that plaintive sigh?
Oh! wouldst thou bear on wing of speed,

Just such a note, where I would ask,
And here the fragrant answer lead,

Wafted from lips that sigh had pass'd;
How sweet would be thy breath to me!
And, Zephyr, I would answer thee.
Oh! never, in thy rovings wild,

Forget those hips thy sighs to bear;
But still on ling'ring wing beguild,

Give, and receive thy message there. Till the loved spirit freed from clay,

Shall greet me with an angel's stnile, And lead me to those realms of day,

Far from this land of care and toil. Sweet breeze, adieu ! still freely play

Around my cool and leafy bower; And often shall the summer's day, Lead me to ask thy tuneful power.

E. F. Liverpool.



| In Sir Walter Scott's account of Elibarlı Tower,

Peebles-shire, a very amusing incident is related one of the ancestors of Mr. Walter Scott :

“ William Scott (afterwards Sir William) undertak an expedition against the Elibank, whose property lay! few miles distant. He found the enemy upon the guard, was defeated and made prisoner in the acto driving off the cattle, which he had collected for las purpose. Sir Gideon Murray conducted his prisoner ihe Castle, where his lady received him with congratus. tions on his victory, and inquiries concerning the tale » which he destined his prisoner. The gallows, 'ans Sir Gideon, to the gallows with the murderer! 'HOA na, Sir Gideon,' answered the considerate matron, her vernacular idiom, ' would you hang the wise Laird of Harden, when we have three ill-favoura daughters to marry ?' • Right, answered the Bejo who catched at the idea, he shall either marts daughter, M cile-mouthed Meg, or strap for it." this alternative being proposed to the prisoner, 1 the first view of the case, strongly preferred the zosta

Mickle-mouthed Meg,' for such was u the young lady, whose real name was Agnes.” length, when he was literally led forth to execution, & saw no other chance of escape, he retracted his ungu. resolution, and preferred the typical noose of matrimo to the literal cord of hemp. Such is the tradition corded in both families, and often jocularly return upon the borders. It may be necessary to 300, Mickle-mouthed Meg and her husband were a boy! and loving pair, and had a very large family."

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Literature, Criticism, &c. 1, Pursuing the description of this wild and savage out-, laying hold of it; but if, in lying down, he clung fast to

law, he breaks into a beautiful strain. Who that ever the earth to keep him up, he certainly then was com.

gazed on the calm blue sky, and melted away into the pletely done." But to return; PETER BELL.

kindly but lofty emocions a lovely prospect gives rise to, | The ass is a wondrous creature. The animation in

but must feel deeply and intensely on reading the fol- his countenance when he endeavours to induce Peter This work has been considered by the admirers of pirers of lowiog lines?

to raise the body out of the stream; his subsequent Mr. Wordsworth, as his chef-d'ouvre; and I have there. At noon, when by the forest's edge,

wailings and grief; bis bending on his knces (not very

like an elephant) in order to prevail on Peter to mount; fore selected it as the subject of my remarks. It is not He lay beneath the branches bigh,

and his returning homewards with him, all bespeak a witbout pain that I am necessitated, from the best of The soft blue sky did never melt

very superior intellect. The poet seems, for the momy judgment, co condemn it altegether; and to say, Into his heart, he never felt

ment, to have forgotten that the Christian, and not the that akhougb in some of the passages an ardent ad

The witchery of the soft blue sky ! mirer of poetry may discern some slight germs of ge

Mahometan religion, is prevalent in England. This On a tair prospect some have look'd

mistake, we may conjecture, originates in his ardent dius and traces of originality, yet, as a whole, I cer

And felt, as I have heard them say,

desire of displaying the marvelous talents of the ass : tainly consider it the most ridiculous attempt at poetry

As if the morning time had been

“che mosques change countenance" at sight of this ever aspired to, were it even by one of mediocre talents.

A thing as stedfast as the scene In the first place, I must, in common justice to the

wonder-working animal.

On which they gaz'd ruemselves away.' author, confess, cbat bis preface, in some respects, is

While the ass pursues his way well adapted, and consistent with the rest of the work: This Peter, it seems, has very little idea of enjoying

Along the solitary dell, he there expresses a hope that it will not be totally un. fine prospects, and not much leisure, one would think, As pensively his steps advance, worrby of " filling, permanently, a station, however even if he had the taste; for be bad “a dozen wedded The mosques and spires change countenance, bumble, in the literature of his country." In this, he wives."

And look at Peter Bell! will not be disappointed; as I think the book will ever-1. To proceed with the tale :-One beautiful Novemlastingiy be cited as a specimen of the dearth of genius ber evening, Peter was traveling by the banks of the

The pair pursue their way through devious paths. among the poets of the 19th century. Mr. W. after. Swale; and, after traversing the border of the river

I never heard before that withered leaves were sent on wards observes, that sucb has always been the aim of for some time, finds that the pathway leads to a quarry,

earth for the punishment of the wicked, but here they all his endeavours in poetry." I cannot doubt the suc- where it ends, and his further progress is impeded.

are niade the chief instrument of Peter's chastisement; cess of his laudable aims, from the reason above stated, Looking around him, he perceives a solitary ass, and

one of them gives bim a very long chase, and it is with though probably the author intended it in a different proceeds to take it as his lawful prize. The beast,

his lawful prize. The beast difficulty that the potter escapes its clutches. The pashowever, feels no disposition to stir ; but continually

sage is so sublime that I can't refrain from quoting it way. Áthe conclusion of his preface, which is dedicated bends his head over the stream, as if surveying some

in full. Mark the awful pause at the beginning: to Mr. Southey, be alludes to the frequent occasions in object “ of his doubt or dread.”

How blank! but whence this rustling sound which their names have been coupled together, “ for All, all is silent, rocks and woods,

Which, all too long, the pair hath chased! enland for good.” Heaveo knows, our reviewers have

All still and silent, far and near;

A dancing leaf is close behind; often enough conjoined the nanies of these worthies in

Only the Ass, with motion dull,

Light plaything for the sportive wind the former; but, as to the latter, I must apologise for Upon the pivot uf his skull

Upon that solitary waste. my ignorance, in confessing that I never heard a syllable in praise of their united efforts in any way.

Turns round his long left ear.

When Peter spies the withered leaf, But, to commence with the poem. The first verse

It yields no cure to his distress.
Thought Peter, what can mean all this?
of what the writer terms the prologue runs thus :

“ Where there is not a bush or tree,
Some ugly witchcraft must be here!
Once more the Ass, with motion dull,

The very leaves they follow me,
There's something in a flying-horse,
Upon the pivot of bis skull

So huge hath been my wickedness !"
And something in a huge balloon:

Turn'd round his long left ear.

Why the leaves should follow him because of his Bot through the clouds I'll never float,

Mr. Wordsworth seems to take singular pleasure in

anlar pleaenre in wickedness, I am really at a loss to say. How very Until I have a little boat, observing each motion of the Ass's ears. I am sorry

| admirably reasoned and connected! Wbose shape is like the crescent moon. no other poetical idea could be produced to break the

Some other agonies which an awakening conscience This may, no doubt, be very fine; but I must ver.dreadful pause. What Lord Byron said of Coleridge

torments this man of sin with, are then depicted, and ture to say, that, though the poet has discovered some will apply inimitably well to this wonderful bard:

so closes part the second. thing in these wonders, it grieves me that I can find

At the opening of part third, the Spirits of the Mind

“ Yer none io lofty numbers can surpass Dothing like sense or connexion throughout the whole

are invoked, and invited to try their influence on the

The bard who SOARS to eulogise an ass; prolorue. The author may, perhaps, laugh; and say, I

mind of Peter Bell. There is something noble and

How well the subject suits his noble mind, * Am I first to write poetry, and then give people

lofty in this invocation; and indeed the poet seems to

A fellow-feeling makes us wondrous kind !” sense to understand it?" Certainly not; but let bim

have caught an inspiration from their power, far tranwrite se oise at once, and then the difficulty is obviated. | Afrer divers resolute attacks on the Ass (which, by

scending his ordinary attempts. There is no great hardship in composing incomprehen-the-bye, from the respect paid to it by the poet, one One more touch at the ass, and the author soars to mble nonsense, and then calling it metaphysical. Whe. would be apt to mistake for the hero of the piece) | what should be his proper region. ther Mr. W.'s poetry is the more incomprehensible Peter Bell stoops to seize and drag bim away by vio

Let them whose voice can stop the clouds from being stupid, or the more stupid from being in- lence, but is suddenly struck by some startling sight in

Whose cunning eye can see the wind omprehensible, I will not take it upon me to say, but the pool. After many sagacious conjectures as to what

Tell to a curious world the cause often amuses me to hear those who pretend great ad. this frightful spectacle can be, the author proceeds

Why, making here a sudden pause, niration for his genius, affirm, very coolly, that he is gravely to ask

The ass turned round his head and grinned. 00 deep for the generality of readers. I wonder Is it a party in a parlour?

Appalling process! I have marked what Gray would have thought of it.

Cramm'd just as they on earth are cramm'd

The like on heath-in lonely wood, At length, after wading through the prologue, we | Some sipping punch, some sipping tea.

And, verily, have seldom met arrive at the poem : the ostensible hero is a wild rover,

But, as you by their faces see,

A spectacle more hideous-yet amed Peter Bell; and we have a few pages descrip.

All silent and all danın'd! ive of his travels. In this place, I must observe, that,

It suited Peter's present mood; hough my animadversions have been thus pointed and Independent of the striking beauty of this passage,

And, grinning in his turn, bis teeth . evere, I will not so far lose sight of candour and jus- and its absolute freedom from vulgarity, I may add, He in jocose defiance show'd.. ice (like most of our Reviewers) as to select from the that, though I do not pretend to know in what kind of

Who can imagine anything more sublime than the. passag nly, from the abundant speci- a circle Mr. w. moves, yet, from his poetical ideas, spectacle of the ass and Peter hideously grinning at nens it affords, wbich may tend to accredit my asser. I (which are, of course, taken from the feelings which

each other. The latter, however, is suddenly alarmed ons, and leave, uoregarded, those parts which, like a man's society gives rise to) I may be permitted to at a tremendous

at a tremendous rumbling sound, seeming to proceed Saly-scattered gems in the mine, sparkle the more imagine that bis cannot be the most select; at any rate, | from the centre of the earth, and his compunction is

illisadly. contrasted with the rubbish that surrounds situated as I am, among the third or fourth class, it again awakened. The deep and tender feeling breathed hem. Such

thereare, and they plainly show has never been my fortune to visit any of these tea- through the following passage, would recompense one 1r. Wordsworth to be a man of genius, and a deep and-punch cramming parties; and, I feel rather sorry for more than even all the poet t's nonsense. It is astonbserver of human nature. W bat can be more beau- to find, that a gentleman of such refined taste as Mr.Jishing that a man possessed of such powers should so fal than the two following? In these few lines be | Wordsworth should descend so low.

constantly misapply them. My remarks would tend as described what others could scarcely attempt in as

The reader will hardly guess that this sight, so ap

only. to weaken the effect of this episode, which is any pages. palling to tbe rover, turns out to be a dead man's face,

written in the very soul and spirit of poetry. Nothing which he sees in the stream! He rov'd among the vales and streams,

I have ever read bas so completely excited che tender
Master Bell forth with falls into a trance, and so con-
In the green wood and bollow dell;

luxury of the mind, with all its loftier enthusiasm, as. cludes part first. They were bis dwellings night and day,

these lines :
| Languidlý rousing from his death like slumber, the
Bot nature ne'er could find the way
potter looks around him,

But more than all, his heart is stung
Into the heart of Peter Bell.

To think of one, almost a child;
In vain, through every changeful year,
And feels the glimmering of the moon,

A sweet and playful Highland girl,
Did Nature lead him as before ;
And to stretch forib bis hands is trying, &c.

As light and beauteous as a squirrel,
A primrose by a river's brim,-

The last line reminds me strongly of what an old As beauteous and as wild ! A yellow primrose was to bim,

and dear friend used to say, " that he never considered A logely house her dwelling was, And it was nothing more.

| a man intoxicated who could lie on the ground without A cottage in a healthy dell;.

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la few of the happiest monients of my life, and felt a conduct for the remainder of their lives And left her mother at sixteen, And followed Peter Bell.

charm in her artless converse, which I have sought for and many who might have been useful to But many good and pious thoughts

in vain in the society of those who would no doubt look
Had she; and, in the kirk to pray,
upon my little country girl with contempt; but the

he themselves, and ornaments to society, a Two long Scotcb miles, through rain or snow, feelings of my heart may have misled me, and her | lost for want of a judicious friend To kirk she had been used to go,

sweetly pensive eye may have given a charm to the
Twice every sabbath-day.
trifling extract which I alone can feel; for when remem-

“To teach the young idea how to shoot," And wben she followed Peter Bell, It way to lead an honest life:

brance throws her image on my heart, and paints the land to give, as it were, a polarity to the *Por he, with tongue not used to falter,

sympathizing sighs of her bosom, her ruby lips peti-mental needle. Had pledged his troth before the altar

The male part of on tioning the Supreme for my safety, I almost forget my To love her as bis wedded wife. misfortunes, and think that I am happy.

population, and particularly that part of 4 A mother's hope is hers;--but soon She droop'd and pin'd like one forlorn :

D. S. I. which forms general society, has been sig Prom scripture she a name did borrow;

matized as being below mediocrity in the Benoni, or the child of sorrow,

“Dear object of my love, too fondly dear, She call'd her babe unborn,

Still on my cheek I feel the parting tear ;

scale of mental acquirements; and whende For she had learn'd how Peter liv'd,

Still on my heart thy throbbing busom heaves,

does it arise ? Not from choice, but from the "And took it in most grievous part;

And my sad sigh thy name incessant breathes." Sbe to the very bone was worn,

difficulty which young men, engaged in And, ere that little child was born, Died of a broken heart.

I remember your last farewel, and if it were not for the commercial pursuits, bave, to mix in surd And now the spirits of the mind

sweet hope that I shall again enjoy the happiness of society as would tend to their mental im. Are busy with poor Peter Bell; sighing on your bosom, oh! dearest to me on earth!

provement. When the business of the day is Distraction reigns in soul and sense,

methinks I could hardly bear the sad idea ; for I find And reason drops in impotence that I have lost my fond indulgent one, who was wont

over, the mind requires relaxation, and that From ber deserted pinnacle!

to give joy to my solitary moments, and charm away relaxation is sought in the various amose, Close by a brake of flowering furze (Above it sbivering aspios play)

the mourful hour by a thousand little attentions which ments and objects to which different taster He sees ao ugsubstautial creature, wander on my heart, and tell of other times. But, I may lead. and if our vanno men da mene

ut, may lead ; and if our young men de gener His very self in form and feature,

alas! those joys have departed, and your misfortunes, Not four yards from the broad highway;

my friend beloved, have parted us perhaps for ever; rally engage in frivolous or vicious poruchy And stretch'd beneath the furze he sees

but there is another and a better world;' and please it is, in most cases, from circumstance rather The Highland girl it is no otber;

myself with the fond idea that the tender friendship 1 than selection; and were the means of ime And bears her crying, as she cried The very moment as she died,

feel for you will not end with this life; but if we shoald
“My mother! Oh, my mother!"
again meet, would we not be too, too happy ? for when

provement of easier access, they would be The sweat pours down from Peter's face,

care is ended, expectation is no more ; and, perhaps, a more generally embraced. Let us support So grievous is his heart's contrition; With agony his eye-balls ache

| life of continued happiness is on that account a life of a case : a young man comes from a distan While he beholds by the furze brake

| insipidity; and when we have nothing left to wish for, part of the country, and is placed in s This miserable vision ! hope, the charm of life, departeth. Hence we may

office in Liverpool ; how is he to spend his The arrival of Peter at the house of the deceased, conclude, that the very sorrows which embitter our lives, | and the grief of the widow, are described with much | are the primary causes of all the comforts, we enjoy by evenings? It may be answered, "Let na i patbob; and, to cottclude,

teaching us to appreciate the value of happiness, of go to his lodgings, and improve his mid Peter Bell, who, till that night,

which we would otherwise have no idea. Then think, I by reading and study. This may N Had been the wildest of his clan,

my loved one, that your misfortunes are for some purForsook his crimes, repressed his folly,

pose conducive to your happiness, which the good And, after ten months' melancholy,

i plausible enough in theory, but it require Became a good and honest man.

Supreme will soon unfold. I will not, cannot, describe more than an ordinary mind to apply it :) remain yours, &c.

my feelings, my share in your distress ; my heart im- practice; and, indeed, in youth it is not de 'H. ST. JOHN. petuous throbs to soothe and bless you; but, ah me!

| be expected. What is the alternative ? Me my prayers and tears are all I can bestow." •••

goes to the tavern and the ball-room ; vises

with the fashion of the day; acquires teste E FEMALE SYMPATHY.

PRIVATE SOCIETIES FOR SOCIAL for dress, and is soon initiated into olber


vices, I need not describe. Now, if täis

young man had met with a fostering hana

TO TAE EDITOR. * Even in the deepest distress, when a sweet little woman turns

to have given a right impulse to his misa op her lovely face, and says, "We will not despair, will we?' where is the heart which can resist the sweet, the soothing In, a former letter, I suggested it as a

and had been introduced to proper society charm, or feels not a gleam of bappiness wander on its throbe!" | desirable obiect that the heads of our mer.

what a contrast would he have formed to be * Ryley's itinerant.

cantile houses should have some regard to the

present character! It is then surely de Friendship, the radiant star which illumes the dark. improvement of their young men, in mental

sirable, that some plan should be devised te ness of distress, is no doubt the sweetest enjoyment of as well as in mercantile concerns. It is a

remedy these evils, and to stimulate young the human-heart; particularly that friendship of the subject, however, which is seldom thought

men to the aequirement of useful knowo soul, that pure and gentle passion with which we are

inspired, by the fairest and loveliest of created beings. I of, and more seldom applied to practice ;
· I do not mean those votaries of fashion, whose ac- I vet sordid and upgenerous indeed must that! I would suggest then, as the most pro

complishments consist in a few superfluous frivolities, man be. whose only care is, that his com- means of effecting this object, the
but rather a tender heart, on which nature or science
have implanted their loveliest blossoms; for it is a

mercial assistants do their duty in office of select private societies for Sociale lamentable fact, that we seldom meet with a young lady, I hours, heedless how the remainder of their cussion. even one who has received what is called a liberal time is spent. It is at that period of life at There is nothing tends so much education, who, in her epistolary correspondence, which vouth are generally placed under e

ondence, which youth are generally placed under com our minds and correct our prejudi, evinces either sentiment or taste. The following extract which I take the liberty of sending you, is from the pen | mercial tuition, that they imbibe those virtu- | submitting our opinions to caba.. of an unlettered fair one, in whose society I have spent ous or corrupt principles which influence their liberal criticism; and upon & general


the most probabile

118 object, the formatica

Mis only by social discussion this can be ments, and newly-erected edifices, I do so with very | with greater certainty than the introduction of ove

peculiar pleasure; because, witbin the last few years of the metropolitan acts, which obliges the inhabit čcomplished; nor do I know any other

of my recollection, many of those spots, which were tants of London to build all their houses in one Jethod by which emulation is so effectually at one time sw many useless blaoks and vacancies, street of the same height. If this plan were adopted,

in different parts of the town, are now beautifully and I see no reason why it should not be immedia xcited. Let us suppose a youth of mo

occupied by sunte ornamentat spire or other mionu. | ately, we should soon have that uniformity in all Terate education and abilities introduced ments of our increasing wealth and'splendour, which our streets, the want of which must, I am sure, be Da society of this description : a question

will serve, not only to distinguish this town'uver low tou conspicuous to the most careless observer.

almost every other in the empire, but will stand, If you agree with my observations, and consider Sproposed for consideration; he hears his most likely, for ages, as so many monuments of them worthy insertion, you will much oblige a conbers give clear and correct opinions upon

admiration to future generations, when they reflect stant reader,
on our iodustry and perseverance in the cultivation 24th Feb. 1821.

T.J. C: subject of which he is entirely ignorant : of the liberal arts and sciences, and in the promotion here is the mind so destitute of laudable

and cultivation of the true enils of the enlighiened

dod civilized world. bition as not to wish for the knowledge

Fine Arts. I shall preface my next remark with an old and all but himself possess ?—The arguments true adage: “ That what is done in a hurry can

never be done well.” Now, it seems to me, ON THE STUDY OF COINS. sigainst debating societies, in general, are so

that a vumber of our streets and public edifices guerile and untevable that it is unnecessary have been built in this way, and many of them in a

LETTER III. great hurry, in order to afford room and accommoär me to enter on their defence'; but against dation to our fast-increasing population : this, per.

Written for the Kaleidoscope.] á hvate and select ones, I think, even the haps, may account for the very slovenly and antiost querulous cannot raise an objection. oisted appearance of many parts of Liverpool;

TO THE EDITOR. but I think it cannot amount to an apology for it; In order to place such societies upon a for, which ever way we direct our observation, we

OF THE CONSULAR COINS. manent basis it is desirable they should | are continually annoyed with half-finished houses

and streets, that have been in that stale for months, connected with something to give its with the nnisance of all the building materials lying

SIR,In my last I mentioned the three metalo embers an interest in their duration : the about in the most unpleasant manner; and we can of which the Roman coins were principally struck,

scarcely pass through a street, a little out of the and their various sizes, with a promise to treat drchase, and distribution for perusal, of common thoroughfares, without seeing an open space,

thore largely on the consular coins of fatnilies. I loks generally, or Reviews and Maga- (that ought to be built upon to preserve uniformity) |

to preserve uniformity also remarked those which bear the indented

ihe receptacle of almost every thing that can be ROMA are the most ancient, and shall now is . a hes only, would effect this object.

offensive to the eye. In a town of such magnitude few words assiga reasons for the supposition. If we 6. The heads of our mercantile houses have as Liverpool, all ibis is allowable w a certain degree, only consider the gradual rise of every art and study od much in their power to institute such

but not to the extent I now complain of, Whilst to perfection, aud the rapid strides with which aøy

| on this subject, I must allude to the present neg. of the most useful and general gain it, we must ocieties, not only by their countenance, lected state of Dale-street. Wben the Aet was

e street. When the Aet was come to the natural conclusion, that it was the same tut by allowing the use of their offices for

granted to enlarge and improve this very public in the art of coining; and it is this circumstance ihroughfare, we were promised one of the froegt

ne of the finest | alone which leads medallic writers to place those meetings; and indeed there are many esta streets in the towy, on the old one being pulled with the double female head, the quadrigated car. lishments in town sufficiently large to form

down, and, with management, it certainly might be and indented ROMA, at the head of the list ; and

made so; and in the first place, from every appear on compariog them, even with others struck before · ocieties in themselves; and what could be ance, we'were led to expect this; but how we have

the time of Julius, a certain rudeness is evident, gore gratifying to a man of generous mind, I beeo disappointed! It is true a few shops have though the bold and masterly execution defies the

built but not of corresponding height with I artists of the present time, hen to see his young men at the close of the the commencement of the street, near the Ex

I shall now proceed to the Consular, commencing - day shutting the ledger of commerce, and change, and the parapets have also been very neatly with a remark of Patin's, on this species of coin, laid out: but this is not all: I am sure you will

“ Je ne puis cacher ici la passion que jay pout pening an account with science ? Surely

| agree with me bere, and say, it is actually a pity to cette espece de médailles : Quoy que leur antiquité ach a mode of spending an evening is pre behold so fine a site of street-ground unemployed, y contribnë, ce n'est pourtant pas la principale erable to those more generally adopted.

and addiog neither ornament nor utility to the town. raison qui me les fait considerer. Ce ne sont pas At present it absolutely looks like the ruins of an uussi les noms de tant de personnes illustres, qui ne earthquake, or the effects of a dreadful conflagra seroient pas péris, s'ils ne s'étaient conservez dans 11011.-I am very glad to see the flagging system ces monumens, quoy que cela leur donne encore de introduced at last; but hope the Commissioners grands avùntages sur les autres. C'est la descripof the highways will finish the public streets first, tion si eracte de tant de mystères, et de tant d'actions before they turn their attention to more unfrequenta particulières qui s'y rencontrent plus que dans les ed ones.

autres espèces." Nor can 1, I hope, do better than I have been induced to make these remarks from mention a few of those actions, which sncb an emithe result of strangers' observation, as well as mynent niedallist bas considered their greatest recom. own; and I hope the taste of our eplightened in. mendation; I shall, therefore, select the most re. habitants will not permit them to neglect any longer markable from the Pembrokian collection, as illus. the public appearance of Liverpool, which, in a com-trative of their great advantage 10 bistorians. mercial point of view, may justly rank as the second On one of the family of Omilia, we see the consul port in the world; and as we must be open to the Lepidus, who was sent by the seoate and people of observation of travelers, both of taste and experi. Rume to govern Egypt, crowning the young Ptolemy,

ence, from all parts of the globe, we ought to put his pupil, and who qualibes himself in ihe office, TO THE EDITOR.

it ont of their power to throw out any illiberal as. | TVTOR REGIS. We have the visage of the almosi persions on the character of our inhabitants, when deified Cleopatra on those coins, struck by her de. the remedy is so easy aod the means so completely

aod the means so completely voted Marc Antony, belonging to the family of SIR, --The great liberality with which your under our coótrol.

Antonia. And we see the boasted Ides of March, Y lateresting paper is conducted induces me to It may be said, that appearances of this species with tbe Cap of Liberty, vainly supposed to be

a few thoughts on the present state of Liver. Jare of no consideration, and too trivial to occupy restored, on the coins of Cæsar's murderer, wbich s Connected with the many poblic inprove- | any of our attention from the great business of the are placed witb the family of Junia. Oo another

& how carrying forward ; and as I am well port: but I think appearances ought always to be we have the representation of Æneas, who, after bis aware you are you are a warm adipirer of every thing that has studied, as they add much to the respectability of long absence, is recognised by his faithful dog, who

lency to promote the interests of society, I feel | character, and in this instance would supply much fawns at his inaster's feet. Aod many more I might ished you will also prove, at all times, equally zea harmony and regularity, which, I am sorry to re- mention. equally interesting and useful, but I sball

upporting every desigo that has the accom-mark, is now much wanting in many parts of Liver. | leave them for other information, parshment of these ends for its object,

pool. I think it would be an admirable tbiog, and Patin bat mentions haviag seen 42 consular gold Sling my eye over ipany of our late improve. i know of no plan that would accomplish my wishes coins, 741 of silver, aod 254 of copper; the latter ex


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