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When the honied lips are mute,

And the strong arm crushed for ever: Look back to the summer sun,

From the mist of dark December; Then say to the broken-hearted one,

« 'Tis pleasant to remember!"


L'on n'aime bien qu'une seule fois : c'est la premiere.
Les amours qui suivent sont moins involontaires !

La Bruyere.

How shall I woo her?-I will stand

Beside her when she sings;
And watch that fine and fairy hand

Flit o'er the quivering strings:
And I will tell her, I have heard,

Though sweet her song may be,
A voice, whose every whispered word

Was more than song to me!


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How shall I woo her?-I will gaze,

In sad and silent trance,
On those blue eyes, whose liquid rays

Look love in every glance:
And I will tell her, eyes more bright,

Though bright her own may beam,
Will fing a deeper spell to-night

Upon me in my dream.


How shall I woo her?-I will try

The charms of olden time,
And swear by earth and sea and sky,

And rave in prose and rhyme;-
And I will tell her when I bent

My knee in other years,
I was not half so eloquent,

I could not speak for tears !

make a noise that would not a little astonish district at the time. On ascending Quahill, and alarm a stranger. Occasionally they will from the vale of Plantain-Garden River, the lodge themselves very snugly in a boot, and if road appeared of a reddish colour, as if strewed a person puts his foot upon the inadvertent with brick-dust. - I dismounted from my horse ly, he has quick intimation of the intruder, by to examine the cause of so unusual an appear. a grasp of his nippers. For a few weeks in ance, and was not a little astonished to find this season, they may be gathered in any quan that it was owing to myriads of young black tities, and the Negroes sometimes huri them crabs, about the size of the nail of a man's selves by making too free use of them. Even finger, crossing the road, and moving at a pret. the hogs catch them, although not always ty pace direct for the mountains. I was con. with impunity, as a crab sometimes gets hold cerned to think of the destruction was causof one of them by the snout, from which he is ing in travelling through such a body of useful not easily disengaged, and the terrified animal creatures, as I fancied that every time my runs about squeaking in great distress.

horse put down a foot, it was the loss of at At other seasons, and when more valuable, least ten lives. I rode along the coast a disthey are caught by Lorch light at night, and tance of about fifteen miles, and found it nearput into covered baskets. Crowds of Negroes ly the same the whole way, only that in some from the neighbouring plantations pass my places they were more nunierous, and in others house every evening with their torches and less so. Returning the following day, I found baskets, going to a crab woud on the other the road still covered with them the same as side, and return before midnight fully laden. the day before. How have they been produced Their baskets will contain about 40 crabs, and in such numbers, or, where are they como the regular price is a five-penny piece, our from? were questions that every body asked, smallest coin, equal to about 3.4d. sterling, for and no one could answer. It is well known five or six crabs. At this rate a Negro will the crabs deposite their eggs once a year, and make 2s. 6d. currency in an evening; and the in the month of May; but, except on this occa. more improvident, who will not cultivate pro- sion, though living on the coast, I never saw a vision grounds, depend, in some measure, upon dozen of young crabs together, and here were catching crabs, and selling them to the others. millions of millions covering the earth for miles A hundred plantains, usually sold at five shilo along a large extent of sea coast. No unusual lings, will purchase froin sixty to seventy crabs, number of old crabs had been observed that and two of these eaten with plantains or yams, season; and it is worthy of remark, that this make an excellent meal. I have seen upwards prodigious multitude of young ones were movof a hundred Negroes pass my house in an ing from a rock-bound shore, formed by inacevening, and return with their baskets on their cessible cliffs, the abode of sea birds, and heads, not only full of crabs, but with quanti- against which the waves of the sea are conties of them fastened by the claws on the tops stantly dashed by the Trade-wind blowing diof the baskets. I make but a moderate compu- rectly upon them. That the old crabs should tation, when I suppose they must have had, at be able to deposite their eggs in such a part of the very least, three thousand crabs. Almost the coast, (if that, as would appear, is the every Negro family has an old flour barrel habit of the animal) is not a litlle extraordinapierced with holes, in which their crabs are ry. No person in Jamaica, so far as I know, kept. They are fed with plantain skins, &c. or have heard, ever saw such a sight, or any and taken out and thrown into the pot as thing of the kind, but on that occasion: and I wanted.

have understood, that, since 1811, black crabs There is a great variety of crabs in Jamaica, have been abundant farther into the interior of of which two only are eaten. The black is the island than they were ever known before. the finest, and has ever heen esteemed one of - Barclay's View of Slavery in the West Intho greatest delicacies in the West Indies, not dies. excepting even the turtle. These live in the mountain forests, on stony ground, and feed on the fallen dry leaves of the trees. The white crab, as it is called (although rather pur

MEMORY. ple than white) used principally by the Ne

" LILLIAN.” groes, but by the white people also, is larger, and more resembles in taste the lobster of this

Nessun maggior dolore,

Che recordarsi del tempe felici, country. These are amphibious, and are found

Nella miseria. in the low lands, principally in the woods, where, as I have already said, they are caught at nigbt with torches. But they are numerous Stand on a funeral mound, also in the cultivated fields, and in some of the Far, far from all that love thee; low lying estates frequently do considerable With a barren heath around, damage to the planters in dry weather, when

And a cypress bower above thee : vegetation is low, by nipping off the blade of

And think, while the sad wind frets, the young canes and corn, as it shoots through

And the night in cold gloom closes, the ground. In situations of this kind, the Ne

Of spring, and spring's sweet violets, groes have a somewhat singular method of

of summer, and summer's roses. catching them: they know from the appear. ance of a crab hole if there be a crab in it, and dig down with a hoe through the soft loam, Sleep where the thunders fly till they come to water (about eighteen inches

Across the tossing billow; or two feet,) and then close the hole firmly Thy canopy the sky, with a handful of dry grass. In this manner a

Ånd the lonely deck thy pillow: Negro will shut up two or three dozen of holes And dream, while the chill sea-foam in a morning. About four hours after, he re. In mockery dashes o'er thee, turns, and his prisoners being by this time

Of the cheerful hearth, and the quiet home, drunkened (half drowned,) they tumble out

And the kiss of her that bore thee. along with the plug of grass, and are caught.

In the year 1811, there was a very extraordinary production of black crabs in the eastern

Watch in the deepest cell

Of the foeman's dungeon tower, parts of Jamaica. In the month of June or Joly of that year, I forget which, the whole

Till hope's most cherished spell

Has lost its checring power; district of Manchioneal (where the great chain of the Blue Mountains, extending from west

And sing, while the galling chain

On 'every stiff limb freezes, to east, through the centre of the island, ter

Of the huntsman hurrying o'er the plain, minates on the east coast,) was covered with

Of the breath of the mountain breezes. countless millions of these creatures, swarming from the sea to the mountains. Of this singu. lar phenomenon, I was myself an eye witness, Talk of the minstrel's lute, having had occasion to travel through that The warrior's high endeavour,

How shall I woo her?-I will bow

Before the holy shrine ;
And pray the prayer, and vow the vow,

And press her lips to mine;
And I will tell her, when she parts

From passion's thrilling kiss,
That memory to many hearts

Is dearer far than bliss.





Away! away! the chords are mule,

The bond is rent in twain ;
You cannot wake that silent lute,

Nor clasp those links again :
Love's toil I know is little cost,

Love's perjury is light sin;
But souls that lose what I have lost,-

What have they left to win?


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A very rich man ostentatiously came,
To buy with his lucre a liberal name;
He published his charities every where,
And thought he bought virtue at Vanity Fair!



A lady, whose beauty was on the decline,
Rather tauny from age, like an ovor-kept












Bought lilies and roses, teeth, plumpers, and

Structure of the Sponge.-If a hair, Pure fell the beam, and meekly bright,

sponge be carefully examined in a microscope, And emerged a new person from Vanity Fair!

On his grey holy hair,

it will appear to be furnished with galleries and And touch'd the book with tenderest light,

compartments, which rival, in intricacy and IV. As if its shrine were there :

number, those of the celebrated labyrinths of Another, so plain that she really resigned

But oh! that Patriarch's aspect shone

Crele; the ramified entrances of a marine Pretensions to beauty-save that of the mind;

With something lovelier far

pavillion, gradually extending upwards, and Picked up a half-mad, intellectual air,

A radiance all the spirit's own,

sending forth branches in different directions, And came back quite a genius from Vanity

Caught not from sun or star.

till they at length unite, and form a compound Fair!

reticulation throughout the sponge. The exIII.

tremities of the upper shoots are furnished A soldier came next, and he flourished a flag,

Some word of life ev'n then had met

with small openings at the ends of their fibres; His calma benignant eye;

and, as we trace these fibres downwards from By sword, gun and bayonet torn to a rag! He had faced the grim mouth of a cannon,

Some ancient promise, breathing yet

the openings, a soft whitish substance may be share

Of Immortality;

discovered filling the internal hollow part of Renown's twig of laurel in Vanity Fair!

Some heart's deep language, where the glow

the ramifications throughout the whole sponge; Of quenchless faith survives;

which ramifications resemble catgut, are of an For every feature said.— I koow

amber colour, and are undoubtedly the habitaA mathematician there made up his mind

That my Redeemer lives."

tions of a particular kind of zoophytes. For,

although we cannot distinguish either vesicles To sneer at all things of a frivolous kind;

or cells, nor discover any other kind of organiA circle he vowed was by no means a square, And he thought he enlightened all Vanity

And silent stood his children by,

zation than that of a variety of hollow tubes Fair!

Hushing their very breath

inflected and wrought together into a multiBefore the solemn sanctity

tude of agreeable forms, some branching like Of thoughts o'ersweeping death :

corals, or expanding like a fungus, many rising Another, despising refinement and grace,

Silent--yet did not each young breast

like a column, others resembling a hollow inGrowled at all who were near, with a frown With love and reverence melt?

verted pyramid with irregular cavities, enon his face;

Oh! blest be those fair girls—and blest trances, or apertures; yet, from many obvious He prided himself on being rude as a bear,

That home where God is felt !

resemblances to different other kinds of marine So he shone the eccentric of Vanity Fair!

productions, as well as from the cbemical analysis of sponges in general, we are amply justi.

fied in referring them to the class of animal A grand politician, unshaken, withstood

productions. Individual ill for the national good;

To mount a new step on promotion's high stair, The leaves are falling from the poplar trees,

Books and Journals received this week, and to
He toiled for precedence in Vanity Fair!
And through their skeleton branches I behold

which we are indebled for part of this num.

ber: Glimpses of clear blue daylight. Thus, me

thinks A ci-devant beau, with one foot in the grave,

The Museum of Foreign Literature and Still followed the ladies, their shadowy slave; As one by one the joys of life decay,

Science-Edinburgh Philosophical Journal Concealing his limp with a strut debonair,

Withered, or prematurely snapped, the eye Literary Souvenir-Amulet-Friendship's Of He smoothed down his wrinkles in Vanity The opening vault of Immortality

Of age contemplates, with a clearer ken, fering-Writings of Thomas Jefferson—SilliFair!

man's Journal-Newspapers. O'erarching Earth and Timo.

THE RELIGIOUS MAGAZINE; The next was an orator, longing to teach,

OR, Spirit of the Foreign Theological Journals And to cut a great figure by figures of speech;

and Reviews, At dinner he sat in the President's chair, In attitudes purchased at Vanity Fair !

Insects in a Mummy.-M. Figeac of Greno Is composed of the best articles in the Foreign Theoloble, while examining an Egyptian mummy, bity of matter is very great. The selections are carefully

gical Journals, Reviews and Magazines, and the quan. found amongst its fingers several dead coleopmade, with a reference solely to the merit of the papers, One sailed to the Red Sea-and one to the

terous insects of a fine rose colour, in all its and their tendency to advance the interests of pure eran. Black; brilliancy. M. Jurine of Geneva ascertained gelical religion. No article which can afferd grounds

of offence to any orthodox Protestant denomination, will, One danced on the tight rope—and one on the

that they belonged to a nondescript species of at any time, be admittedl. We will pot attempt to make slack;

corynetes, (Fabricius,) which he is disposed to the publication subservient to the purposes of any parti. call C. Glaber. Circumstances indicate that

cular denomination, but shall select from Presbyterian And all were agog for the popular stare,

or Episcopal, Methodist or Baptist writers, according as All mad to be Lions in Vanity Fair !

the eggs of those insects were laid on the their papers shall best answer the avowed purposes of mummy during the embalming process, and the publication.

subsequently became perfect insects. The Having access to all the sources of literary informaOne raised on new doctrines his personal the envelope of the hands, where the insects Arabs, indeed, had opened the mummy; but

tion, we shall be able to give our readers an early ac.

account of every new work which will tend to practic pride,

cal improvement, or increase the stock of theological His pen put the wisdom of ages aside; were found, was untouched.


Every article in the work is submitted to and approved
The apple of Eve after all was a pear!
So said the Reformer of Vanity Fair !

North-West Passage proved by Whales.- by clergymen of the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist,
Whales which have been harpooned in the

and Baptist churches.

It began in January, 1828.
Greenland seas, hove been found in the Pacific

Of The Religious Magazine is published monthly, at A poet came last, with a fine rolling eye,

Ocean; and whales, with some lances sticking 83 per annum, by
in their feet, (a kind of weapon used by no

E, LITTELL & BROTHER, His shirt collar open-his neckcloth thrown by ;nation now known,) have been caught both in

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Such matters evince inspiration, he'll swear,

the sea of Spitzbergen and in Davis' Strait. So he sticks up his portrait in Vanity Fair! The following is one of the authorities for this


SCIENCE, fact, which, of all other arguments yet offered

Is composed of the best articles in the most able periin favour of a transpolar passage, seems to be odicals of Great Britain. It possesses the following the most satisfactory:

claiifis to extensive patronage:
A Dutch East India captain, of the name I. It contains about three times as much matter in a

of Jacob Cool, of Sardam, who had been several year, as any other monthly or quarterly journal.
times at Greenland, and was, of course, well

II. The articles, of which it is composed, are by the
acquainted with the nature of the apparatus

ablest writers in the literary world : among the contri.

butors to the Museum, areused in the whale fishery, was informed by the “The priest-like father reads the sacred page.".


Mrs. Opie, Wordsworth,
Fishal Zeeman, of India, that in the sea of Southey, Lockhart, Croly,
The Cotter's Saturday Night. Tartary, there was a whale taken, in the


Macauley, Campbell, Montgomery, I.


Mrs. Hemans, Coleridge. of which was sticking a Dutch harpoon, mark


Miss Edgeworth, Croker, 'Twas early day-and sun-light stream'd ed with the letters W. B. This curious circum. Mackintosh, Miss Mittord, Irwing, Soft thro' a quiet room, stance was communicated to Peter Jansz Vis. Brougham, Moore,


A. A. Watts,
That hush'd, but not forsaken, seem'd cher, probably a Greenland whaler, who dis-
Still, but with nought of gloom: covered that the harpoon in question had be-

Every number will hereafter contain a good engraving. For there secure in happy age,

longed to William Bastiaanz, Admiral of the W The Museum is published monthly, at six dollars Whose hope is from above, Dutch Greenland fleet, and had been struck

per annum. Subscriptions received, and orders from

all parts of the country promptly attended to, by A father communes with the page into the whale in the Spitzbergen sea.-Besch.

E. LITTELL & BROTHER, of Heaven's recorded love. tyring der Walvisvangst, vol. ii. p. 38.

Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.




No. 2.



THE LITERARY PORT FOLIO ishly, was admitted to the house of the envoy, rather have been put to death with all my Is published every Thursday by E. Littell & Brother,

and trusting to his protection, said all that was children, than endure this shame. I know not and on this day it is punctually delivered to subscribers injurious and insulling of the shah's govern- what condition you will be in when this letter ment.

reaches you. in Philadelphia and New York, and sent off by mail to

“ Meerza Yakooh, an Armenian of Erivan, “ His majesty commands me to state, that subscribers in the country.

and eunuch, the steward of the whole of the the revolutions of heaven have brought about It contains eight printed pages in each number, and king's harein, who had for many years enjoyed this event; that we are here offering every four handsome engravings every year. The price is confidence and consideration, having takon apology to the secretary, and that you will do 'Two Dollars and a Half a year, payable in advance. with him jewels and cash to a large annount, every thing in your power with the English

It is intended that this journal shall contain such a went to the house of the envoy shortly after envoy and the Russian authorities at Tabreez; variety of matter as may make it acceptable to ladies as his arrival at Tebran. The shah relinquished you will send a person to Tiflis to present the well as to gentlemen; to the young as well as to the old. to the envoy all claims to Meerza Yakoob, but true state of the case. Although the wholo Wbile we shall take care that nothing be admitted which directed that the property which he had car. Persian nation feel sbame before the Russian would render the work unfit for any of these classes, we

ried off should be resiored. The envoy replied government for this occurrence, still the innoshall endeavour to procure for it sufficient ability to en:

that it was necessary to have the matter de cence of our servants must be made known. title it to the attention of all of them. To these ends we

cided by law. The ministers consented to Whatever atonement you may think due, will

this; but Meerza Yakoob, confiding in the be readily made." have secured an abundant supply of all foreign and do

protection of the envoy, uttered abusive things mestic journals and new books-and we ask the assist.

of the law of the prophet and the faith of Extract from a Firman addressed by his Maance of all who are qualified to instruct or amuse the

Islam, vilified the chiefs of the priesthood, ridi jesly the Shah to Prince Abbas Meerza. public. Upon this assistance we depend in a great de. duled the Persian government, and cursed the " The bodies of those who were killed havo gree for our hopes of success, for however the abundant Persian people; so that the inhabitants of been buried with every mark of respect and stores to which we have access, may enable us to supply | Tehran of all classes were irritated and unable honour. The secretary and other. survivors matter highly interesting to our readers, we think it of to endure it. While matters were in this have been treated with all kindness, and in even more importance to give them something peculiarly state, two women of the Armenians of Turkey the meantime orders have been issued for the adapted to the present time and circumstances; some.

were in the house of Allah Yar Khan (late punishment of the perpetrators of this decd, thing from home.

Asufedhawleh); the spies of the envoy gave and they shall be punishıcd. We wait for ad. Communications should be addressed to “ E. Littel for

him information of this circumstance, and device from our son, in concert with Mr. Am.

ceived birn into the belief that these were two the Literary Port Folio,"—and subscriptions will be

baugher, to complete the atonement. captives from Georgia and Karabaugh. Tho “In the course of two days the secretary, thankfully received by E. Litiell & Brother, corner of

envoy in consequence demanded them; Allah with Meerza Allikhan, our reply to the emChestnut and Seveath streets, Philadelphia.

Yar Khan replied that they were from Turkey, peror's letter, with a statement of all events, Subscriptions are also received by Thomas C. Clarke, and had no connexion with Russia; but the shall be sent to General Paskevitch: 'they 8. W. corner of Chestnut and Seventh streets. envoy would not believe this, and becamo

were present and saw the state of affairs. Agents who procure and forward-payment for four sub- urgent and violent. The king ordered Allah The secretary will best be able to give a true scribers, shall receive the fifth copy for one year; and so Yar Khan to send the women;e with a man of account of the matter; and in the meantime in proportion for a larger number.

his own, to the envoy's house, that he might we expect from our son advice regarding the Editors of newspapers who advertise the work will be en question thein, and ascertain from themselves

ineasures to be adopted to remove this stain titled to receive one copy for a year, on forwarding pay that they were not-Russian captives. Allah from our reputation." ment for trvo new subscribers. The publishers find on the list of the former volume,

Yar Khan, according to his orders sent them; many newspapers marked for exchange; but as these but the envoy sent back the man and detained papers cannot be used for the Port Folio, they hope that the women. the offer of the work at half price will be considered equally advantageous to the country papers, and that "It is well known that, according to Persian

ENGLISH ANNUALS. they will be excused for now ceasing to send the Literary custom, a woman cannot rerpain in the house Port Folio to all who do not order it.

1. Friendship's Offering: a Literary Album, and f.of a stranger, and that her doing so is injurious Christmus and New Year's Present, for Payment in advance is expected from every subscriber. to her reputation; moreover, on that night

1830. Meerza Yakoob had a drinking party, and the

2. Thc Literary Soudcnir; or, Cabinet of PocPERSIA. THE LATE AFFRAY AT

envoy's people had brought a prostitute from
the town. The two women who were in the

try and Romance. Edited by Alaric A. IVatts. TEHRAN.

3. The Iris; a Literary and Religimis Oiferhouse, sceing these proceedings, began to comTo following is published in the Bombay plain, and the populace became agitated till

ing. Edited by the leo. Thomas Dale, M.A. Courier of May 16, is an extract of a letter inorning, when some persons went to get back

4. The l'inter's Breath for 1830; a Collection from Meerza Allee Shah to lis Royal High- the women, but they were not given up. First

of Original Contributions in. Prose and

Verse. ness Prince Abbas Meerza.

there was a quarrel between the persons who “ My orders leaving mo no alternativo, I

5. Forget-Me-Not ; a Christmas, New Year's,

went for the women and the subah of the en. (ake the liberty to represent that the Russian voy's guard. Then people collected on both 6. The Amulet; a Christian and Lilerury Re

and Birth-day Present for 1830. envoy, from the day of his arrival in the capi- sidos. The envoy's people attacked the others, tal, received from the king the greatest alten.

inembrancer. Edited by $. C. Hull. and with guns and pistols shot some of the tior, and consideration. The ministers of the town peoplo; the relations of those who were

7. The Juvenile Keepsakc. Edited by Thomas

Roscoe. state, too, were night and day engaged in seck killed joined in the fray, and a general tumult ing occasions to do what was agreeable to him, and commotion was excited. When informa

8. The Juvenile Forget Me Not; a Christmas and so to conduct themselves towards him that tion of those proceedings was conveyed to the

and New Year's lift, or Birth-day Present his time might pass most pleasantly, and that king, his majesty despatched mo and his royal

for the year 1830. Edited by Mrs. S. C.

Hall. he might return froin hence with all honour. highness Imaum Wardee Meerza, tho com

9. Ackerman's Forget-Me-Not; a Christm08, Many things which occurred were, for his mander of the guards, with 2,000 or 3,000 men sake, possed over; for example, two Arme

New Year's, and Birth-day Present, for youth of the guards of the palace and the garrison of nians of Tehran killed a Mahomedan, and the citadel of the subab of Key. We proceed.

of both sexes, for 1830. Edited by Frederic

Shoberl. sought refuge in the house of the envoy, who ed with all possible expedition, puvishing the

10. The Nero Icar's Gift and Juvenile Soure. entreated for them. The king pardoned themn, people and driving theo before us: but before

nir. Edited by Mrs. Alaric IVatts. and satisfied the heir of the Mahomedan. But we reached the house of the envoy all was an Armenian, named Roostom, who had from over, and all that should not have been done It is an essential part of a critic's duty to his infancy been a slave in Persia, and was was done.

point out the difference between what is oleknown to be a bad character, and some others “ This much was effected, that the first se. gant, and what is fantastic-between the ef. like him, having accompanied the envoy, were cretary with three other individuals were res forts of a bad and tawdry taste, and the produc. employed by him as guides and persons to cued in safety; all the other persons who were tions of a light, but pure and cultivated ingepoint out the way to him (by implication spies in the house were destroyed. Even the shah's nuity-the difference, in short, between the and advisors): the conduct of these persons foroshes, who were stationed in the houso, and despicable pretensions to produce a fashionable became offensive and intolerable to the people; the subah of the guards who resisted the popu- literature by modern novelists, and the elegant they stirred up the envoy to resort to acts lace, several were killed; of the persons who luxury of good taste exhibited in the beautiful which were calculated to produce a bad foel- accompanied me about thirty or forty were little volumes before us. We cannot conceive of ing, and were at variance with the respect due wounded. I would that they had all been an objection to the universal circulation of these to the government. For instance, a kujer, of slain, could it have prevented such a catas interesting works, but there are many, and those the royal branch of the tribe, who has an affec- trophe. I swear before God, by the salt of the very solid, arguments in its favour. It is one tion of the head which makes him speak fool. king, that I would rather have died, I would of the most difficult things in the world to pro

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duce a popular love of the fine arts; to give it shrinking consciences of Messrs. Watts, &c., with those whose affections have not been suba right direction, and to feed it only with what exist beyond a doubt in the Annuals of the pre- / jected to so severe a probation, still remains is excellent, is still more difficult. "We take it

doubtful even to those who ought to be the for granted, at present, that the humanising We do not say the above in the spirit of a most competent to decide-parents and guareffects of such a passion, properly nourished, is carping criticism, but out of pure love for the dians. admitted, and with this supposition, the An. beautiful and costly little works which they There are certainly many instances where nuals present themselves before us as the best produce. Nor do we say it in the affectation these trials have ended satisfactorily; but there accomplished ministers of taste, and of the of any contempt for the light and sparkling are also numerous cases in which, when cirgood feelings belonging to it, which the lighter kind of literature which distinguishes thein, cumstances have permitted the parties to class of modern literature has ever possessed. for we have met with both prose and poetry in marry, the fulfilment of the engagement has They fly through every quarter of the land, the Annuals, which it would be the most con been produced much more by the man's senso loaded with song and beauty. The fair inha temptiblo folly in the world to pretend to des of honour, so that she, who consecrated the bitant of the loneliest hamlet receives from pise. They have become, in fact, the vehicle summer of her charms to him alone, should not them an idea of the power which can give form for a class of compositions which was other be deserted in her autumn, than from the arand multiplied existence to gontle thoughts wise sinking into unmerited neglect, and which dency of that pure and disinterested passion and images; and the gay population of provin. we really could not spare from our general li. which gave birth to his attachment.* Whoeial towns are gradually laught that art has a terature, without depriving it of one of the ever has a child of an age to marry, ought to diviner power than that exhibited either by qualities which makes it fit to nourish minds be wise enough to know, that the effect which their drawing masters or their milliners. It is of all characters, and give life and impulso to a train of outward circumstances has on the . next to impossible that any one should have all the feelings which it is good for man's heart formation of the character, is of more imporlooked at the engravings of these voluncs, and lo cherish. We can no better spare the minor tance than the events themselves are. To enduro any thing common or vulgar for the poetry, as it is called, of the day, than we can have a girl forsaken, or unwillingly received, remainder of the year. The more the spare the brooks and rivulets which, without after she has devoted the brightest portion of circulated, therefore, the better. Correcter

ever becoming rivers, delight us, by making her days to a faithless or a fickle-minded man, ideas will every day gain ground respecting the hills green, and the valleys and meadows undoubtedly is trying; yet it is in the power what is worthy of admiration in the fine arts. fertile. There is nothing more likely to awaken of the woman, who possesses a sound judg. The inhabitants of the provinces will have kindly feelings, to sooth angry or rankling

ment and a well regulated mind, so to act and something to consule then for the want of ex


than the voice of poetry, -of quiet and think that she may be prepared for any change. hibitions and rare collections, and the daugh- | tranquillizing poetry-drawing its sweetness Though the heroine of the following tale was ters of tradesmen and manufacturers, who from the home-rest of the heart, and its pure, not subjected to the bitterest of all human sufvisit neither London nor Italy, will not want universal language, froni the teachings of a ferings, that of witnessing the means of forming a good taste, the best and spirit-a spirit of delight and love, that has most valuable adornment, next to the moral found one vehicle for its revelations in poetry,

-changed affection's ones, of woman. Let no one henceforth then and, if it could find a thousand others, would

Cold averted eye," be without these jewel.cabinets of art. They charin and subdue us to its power a thousand still, as she calculated upon the possibility of may inspire the austerest heart with thoughts times more. We deprecate, therefore, any finding hor hopes blasted, the mental discithat it will be luxury for it to feel at least mixture of weak or indifferent verses in the pline which she voluntarily underwent would, once in a year, and for all that are young and matter of these elegant publications; but we

it is alinost certain, have enabled her to bear hopeful of delight, or old and happy, or who should doubt of the good taste or reason of any

her fate in a manner as honourable to herself would sec pleasure and gentle feelings kept one who regarded their general contents as not

as consoling to her parents; and deserves comalive by the purest means, they are the Offer meriting considerable aitention,--all the atten

memoration, as an example. ings, and Souvenirs, and Amulets which they tion indeed, and that is not a slight one,

Several years ago, during a visit which I may best give as tokens of their friendship, or which ought to be paid to a class of writing paid to a friend in i!le south-west of England, keep as safeguards against all the evil spirits which, more than any other, feeds the mind

I became acquainted with a village called the of inhumanity or moroseness.

with sentiment, and the heart with passion. It Hatch. My Mary was then fifteen. In spite It is not in theory merely that these beauti. is bardly necessary to say any thing regarding of my care she was growing thin and pale. I ful annual volumes deserve this praise, nor is the prose part of these works, as it parlakes so

was a jest among my friends for my passion it a matter of surprise that they eminently pos. closely of the same table and tone of feeling as for making her robustly healthy, incited there. sess the qualities which obtain it. The im the poetry. It may, perhaps, however, be

to by regard for public good as well as matermense sums which the proprietors expend upon worth remarking, that, in this respect, the ac nal fondness; being desirous of proving that the embellishments, place the spirited pub. complished editors have not exercised their an only child, and she, too, the daughter of a lishers among the best patroos of modern art, judginents to the best. A hardier, bolder, and widow, is not necessarily doomed to be sickly and the editors have the good taste to second more vigorous kind of prose than that which

and feeble. their liberality. Mr. Alaric Walls, and Mr. composes the major part of their volumes,

The situation of the Hatch, which is such Hall, are both of them well known to possess would not only contrast better with the deli that it cannot be easily got at in a carriage, the most cultivated judgment in the fine arts, cacy, and an exquisite delicacy it is, of the

did not frighten me.

The freshness and puand to employ a considerable part of their poetry, but give room to a more earnest vein rity of the air of the high downs, which stretch time in searching the most valuable collec of thought, to a bolder and more elevated out for miles just above it, made me ample tions. Much of the same ability is discernible range through the bright, but mysterious compensation for this disadvantage. Over the among the other conductors of the Annuals, world of humanity. We would have all the breezy top of these bare hills 1 resolved to let and they are thus rendered that which we poetry only so many gushing streams of golden Mary scamper on her pony every day, in defihave said them to be-admirable means for light, all murmuring of love, or a sweet and ance of wind and of weather; unless the first diffusing throughont the country a strong and tender melancholy; but we would feel the were such as to blow her off her horse, or the chastened passion for whatever is most beauti. breath of a lofty spirit in the prose. We would latter to half drown her. ful in human art.

see the fair faces, that were beaming with On very windy days we were compelled to What we have said in respect lo the em. smiles as we read one of the lovely little lays relinquish the soft carpet, and the wide views bellishments of the Annuals, will, in a great that abound in these volumes, assume an ex of the downs for the road which wound round measure, apply to their literary contents, and pression of deeper, more mind-entranced inte their bases. A good sized, well built house, would entirely so, if the taste of the editors rest, when we come to the prose; we would at a little distance from this road attracted our had only to will and to possess, or, if they have them look as if they felt that they were would no more let their good nature induce

attention, or rather, I should say, that the proin the presence of beings that were bright, fusion of gay flowers which grew about it did them to admit a page of bad poetry, than an beautiful, and mighty in the strength of indifferent engraving. We confess we do not

The contrast, which this decorated spot thought. We know that much patience and offered to the close turf of the downs, and the know what explanation those gentlemen could cxertion are necessary, to give any thing like rough graces of our present residence, caused give for the appearance of soine of the pieces the merit to these publications which they it to make the greater impression upon Mary. which serve to fill their volumes. Most of possess in so high a degree, but we think it She took so much delight in looking at the them have well earned the confidence of the not impossible that their interest and value mass of brilliant hues collected in this garden, public by productions of their own, which puts might be improved, by the prose part of their that I think she sometimes proposed our taking it beyond a doubt, that there is no film on their contents being thus of a somewhat severer cha- this road only for the sake of seeing them. eyes in judging of poetry; and yet we find racter.

Once or twice we saw the children of the more than one piece in their collections which,

family amusing themselves in this garden, but we are sure, if ihey occupied our place, would

more frequently heard their merry tongues, meet with no very gentle treatment at their

and caught glimpses of their agile forms in hands. When this fault is committed to make

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the back grounds, flitting across the door-way way for a great name, as it frequently is, and we fear must be, we will admit the plea of necessi


which was opposite to that in the front of the ty or policy, but no such excuse can be made

house. Independently of all personal conside

The question as to the propriety of suffering rations the sight of a happy and a healthy fam. for the admission of verses which have neither young persons to enter into long engagements, ily is delightful; and private interest also had merit nor a popular name to recommend them and the doubt whether, if the lovers eventual. some little share in exciting the attention And such, we appeal for the proof to the I ly inarry, their lives will be equally happy which, at that time I always bestowed upon it.

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The most curious florist could hardly have constructed, and the glow of her complexion fess it, very painful to me. I wish I could been so anxious to inquire by what “mixture and the radiance of her cyes were calculated convey to you the whole of my feelings and of earth's mould" the flowers of this garden to do any thing rather than suggest the idea my thoughts, as I read every line of your let. had been made so vivid and luxuriant, as I of " a pale, unripened beauty of the north," to ter, but I am afraid that is not possible; and if was to ascertain by what management the the late sojourner among the black charmers I write some of them, without the rest, I shall firmness of muscle, smoothness, clearness, and of the burning east. Lawrence looked on her do myself injustice. Interpret my words then freshness of skin, which indicate permanent with a wondering delight which did not escape kindly, dearest Laura; believe it, I am obliged health, were maintained or procured, when my observation. This first impression was fol to omit the assurances of much more admiraever I observed them. The animated blossoms lowed by effects which are far from always tion and delight than I express. Do not then which I saw about this house exhibited, in a succeeding such beginnings. The cousins fell be hurt, my own dear girl, whon I confess remarkable degree, the sprightliness, elasti- | in love after the good old way, that is, provided how much I am, or rather was, shocked at the city, and strength, which denote a well orga- the old way were the good one; at any rate idea of the change which may take place in nized body in good condition. I was, there they did so in the best way, the gentleman's your appearance before I shall see you again, fore, disposed to form an acquaintance with lively, fervent admiration exciting the fair when it was first distinctly brought before mo. the owners of the place, and this was easily lady's gratitude. The parents did not think of I cannot but cling to the image of my dazzling done by means of the friends through whom I the thing till it was done; and then they, the love, my blooming healthful Hebe. Has that became a temporary inhabitant of that part of father especially, took it patiently. But Law. bright vision vanished from the earth? You the country,

rence was obliged to return to India, and they speak of changing—and I see you changed Mr. and Mrs. Long, the possessors of these would not consent to an immediate marriage unquestionably you are so. Such a letter as bright flowers and blooming children, no soon on account of Laura's extreme youth, and her that which you have written to me could not er heard who the two ladies were whom they lover's unsettled condition. The young peo- have been penned by that only just no longhad observed " to stay their steeds for the ple were, however, permitted to pledge their er child," who ravished my eyes at my en. purpose of gazing on their brilliant borders, faith to one another; and were to marry as trance to my uncle's. It is in vain to regret it. were, and at what place they might be found, soon after Laura had completed her seven I would leave off fooling, and answer your than, with true country hospitality, they came teenth year as circumstances would permit. letter, as it should be answered, rationally, to the Hatch, to offer us every attention in The effects of this engagement upon Lavra truly. I say then, that I will not give you

are worth noting. She was at this time not back your faith, unless my uncle formally reAs I was most happy to procure for my dear more than fifteen. While Lawrence was with quires me to do so solely for your advantage; girl a frequent participation of the gaiety en her she continued to enjoy herself as she had and then I should most reluctantly release joyed by the younger members of the house, done, without pausing to reflect on her new you; though I have learned from you to be and grateful for the innumerable kindnesses emotions or their cause, or appearing to advert aware that she who will hereafter honour which we received from the elders, we soon to the time, so near at hand, when he must me with her hand will not, in exterior attracbecame familiar with the inhabitants of Low- leave her; and was still, in short, a happy, tions, be the same girl who pledged hers to mo Leet, as Mr. Long called his comfortable man- thoughtless child; but a striking change ap two long summers since. But why do I say sion. Mary and I were never better pleased peared when he was gone. To herself it in exterior qualities, you will, dear Laura, be than when our visits were spent in the garden: seemed as if a length of years had passed over more changed within; and start not when I there she amused herself with the young her since the evening when her cousin sur add, so I would have it. You were perfect algroup, while ! paced up and down in grave prised her in the grounds; while, to her neigh- together, for your ago, when last we met and discussion with the seniors.

bours, the change in her appeared so sudden, parted:-would time stand still, or run a backOne sultry evening we called there about that it looked as if she had been struck by a ward course, in nothing sweetest, could I wish sunset, and were ushered into the grounds at fairy's wand. Her brother and sisters were you altered; but girlish manners, with a wo the back of the house. This was the spot her playfellows no longer; an immeasurable man's face, were always my aversion. Never more particularly appropriated to the children's space seemed now to divide her thoughts and shall I thank you sufficiently, dear girl, for sports, and the care of its flowers was commit counsels from those of Emily, the girl next your care to preserve your precious charms for ted to them chiefly. A belt of shrubs divided her in age. All things around her lost, in a me unaltered. If fate had permitted me to it from the fruit and kitchen gardens. In the great measure, their interest. Laura, indeed, call you mine, at the instant when first I do. centre of this belt was a reservoir, erected after lived only for the absent: and as Lawrence sired it, I should have been less your debtor. a model of Mr. Long's own devising, who frequently besought her in his letters to guard Your loveliness would then, in some degree, amused the ample leisure of his retirement by well the treasure of beauty and health which have shone for the indifferent and the stranseveral similar contrivances. On this evening he had left behind him, she desired to keep her ger, as well as blessed him who was its lawful they had cooled the very air by their liberal beauty uninjured. But Laura seemed not Tord. Without denying then, that your young distribution of its contents, and were bringing only desirous to preserve herself for her lover, beauty was of sovereign weight in making me their sportive labour to a close when another but to do so, so sacredly for him alone, that so urgent with my uncle to bestow you on me, visiter introduced himself, unannounced, into she begrudged a sight of her good looks to all I assure you, on my honour, that knowing you the garden. Laura stepped forward, and as but their right owner; resembling the image

now as I do, if at this instant we were disenshe raised her eyes she perceived the person used by Solomon," a fountain sealed up is my gaged, I would, with delight, renew the conwho had joined the party. She did not recol- sister, my spouse."

tract; and feel confident that, should I be lect having seen him before, but so much cor Two years passed on, and Lawrence did not compelled to delay the fulfilment of my wishes diality and affection were mingled with the return; nor could he even yet fix a term for. for yet many years, my cousin Laura, such as pleasure with which he was looking at the do- returning. Laura's nicely hoarded beauty she then will be, will do more than merely mestic scene, that she felt instantly persuaded was still unimpaired, even in her own jealous- not offend my taste-she will be still the ob. that he was entitled to be there. T'he stranger | ly scrutinizing eyes. But would it be possible ject of my choice, supposing mo at liberty to came forward the moment he was perceived, much longer to preserve it? Laura much fear-choose. Besides being an elegant, superior, and Laura, renouncing her intention to run ed that it would not. Her attachment to Law noble-minded woman, she will also be one off in the contrary direction to call her mother, rence had sensibly increased by her entire self who has taught herself to think so much of composed herself as quickly as she could, and dedication to him ; she felt it impossible to de. me, to study my honour, my interest, my taste, went to meet him. He accounted for his in- tach horself from him now; but, after being and to conform herself to it, will be enough to trusion by saying, he had heard that he should the object of his ardent love, to be only en make me desire her for the partner of my future find his uncle and aunt, with their family in dured as a person he was bound tn, was too in life, in preference, even, to such another glowthe garden. Throwing off instantly her timi- supportable a misery to be thought of. What ing Hebe as herself, if such another could be dity, and holding out her hand, while she cast. was to be done? She must release her cousin. found, when I first saw her in her pride of youth. back her head to catch a full view of his coun With the utmost sincerity she told him of her In this declaration I have studiously refrained tenance,“O, I was sure that I ought to know fears, and artlessly betrayed to him her devo- from carrying, my professions to the height you!" said Laura, “ papa and mama will be tion and her fondness, whilst she earnestly to which, without exaggeration, I could let both of them so glad! How came I not to conjured him rather to give her up, than roluc- them run. Let me beseech you then, my only guess it was you, cousin Lawrence? but we tantly to fulfil his engagement at the time of love, to dismiss for ever all your fears and did not know that you were landed yet.” his return, if, when that came, he should find scruples, and look on yourself still as my own

“ Those who were older than you were her appearance changed so as to disappoint property: Death only can part us, unless by when I left England, might well be excused him. The depth of her feelings made her let your desire. I will never release you. for not immediately knowing me again,", an ter gravo, convincing, and pathetic: Lawrence

(To be concluded.) swered he; " and if I had met you any where was considerably affected by it, and perceived but here, I should not have known that I was that she was in earnest. It gave him some privileged to greet you as my cousin-my trouble to fashion his reply; but the next pack

A THOUGHT OF THE FUTURE. cousin Laura, is it not? Yet I can hardly be et brought to her this answer :lieve it." He examined her earnestly as he “Would to Heaven, my sweet girl, I could spoke, endeavouring to make out in the ani. see you, were it only for one hour, indeed,

DREAMER! and wouldst thou know mated girl before him, the chubby child whom there is danger of your chan To think If Love goes with us to the viewless bourne ? he remembered as his eldest cousin. Laura that I may never see you more, such as you wouldst thou bear hence th’unfathom'd source had now attained the height of a woman of were at that memorable time when you taught of woe the middle size. Her form was admirably me how beautiful your sex can be, is, I con In thy heart's lonely arn?



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