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him part with his means of defence. I suc. Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Sleeping-dresses, and put on those for travel,

by prayers, after which we took off our fur ceeded, however, in re-assuring him ; be shot

Pole, in Boats fitted for the purpose, and ling; the former being made of camblet, lined at, and hit a tree about 100 yards off; and

attached to H. M. S. Hecla, in the Year 1827. with racoon-skin, and the latter of strong blue on my praising his skill, let fly his other

Under the Command of Capt. W. E. Parry, box-cloth. We made a point of always putting arrow, which went straight enough, but struck

R.N. F.R.S., c. Illustrated by Plates the ground near the root. He held his bow

and Charts, and published by Authority of in, whether they had dried during the day or

on the same stockings and boots for travelling and arrow in the English manner, differently

H. R. H. the Lord High Admiral. 4to. not; and I believe it was only in five or six from the Hindoostanees, who place the arrow

pp. 229. London, 1828. J. Murray. on what we should call the wrong side, and

instances, at the most, that they were not either draw the string with the thumb: his arrows Though it is extremely gratifying to read the still wet or hard-frozen. This, indeed, was of were not ill-made, but his bow was what a details of this gallant adventure, from the pen no consequence, beyond the discomfort of first • British bowman' would call a very slight one of its brave and enterprising commander, we putting them on in this state, as they were sure The applause which he received, and the se- have such good cause to be satisfied with the to be thoroughly wet in a quarter of an hour curity which he now felt, made him familiar. accounts of it which have, from time to time, after commencing our journey; while, on the He sat on the ground, to shew us the manner appeared in the Literary Gazetle, that in truth other hand, it was of vital importance to keep in which his countrymen shoot from amid the we can exhibit little of novelty to our readers dry things for sleeping in. Being rigged' for long grass, holding the bow with their feet, after the perusal of this volume. By referring travelling, we breakfasted upon warm cocoa and volunteered aiming at different objects, to pages 185, 233, 507, 649, 665, 747, and 844 and biscuit, and after stowing the things in till I told him there was no need of more of our Journal for 1827, it will be found that the boats and on the sledges, so as to secure trials."

all the leading events of this Expedition, from them as much as possible from wet, we set off We conclude, for the present, with a curious the hour of its sailing to the day of its return, on our day's journey, and usually travelled accident.

have been accurately and amply described, from from five to five and a half hours, then stopped " From Kalingera is about seven miles more such sources of intelligence as we will venture an hour to dine, and again travelled four, five, of jungle to Tambresra, a village near which to say no other periodical publication ever pos- or even six hours, according to circumstances. our tents were pitched under the shade of some sessed. Having indulged our vanity by this After this we halted for the night, as we called fine trees, and near a cistern which still con-boast, it would be a waste of our much-wanted it, though it was usually early in the morning, tained a little water. The situation was very room to repeat any of the statements contained selecting the largest surface of ice we happened beautiful, but made less agreeable than it might in these papers in which the dates of the to be near for hauling the boats on, in order to have been by an unlucky accident. Our little ship's sailing and arriving,—the dates of the avoid the danger of its breaking up by coming flock of sheep and goats were resting after boats' leaving, of their progress northward and in contact with other masses, and also to pretheir march under a spreading tree, when a coming back; the particulars of a fresh-water vent drift as much as possible. The boats were monkey, who had come down to steal the lake on the ice, of a phenomenon of six fog- placed close alongside each other, with their shepherd's breakfast, and was driven back by bows, of the southward drift of the ice, of the sterns to the wind, the snow or wet cleared out him, in his hurried flight among the branches distance travelled, of the uncommon fall of of them, and the sails, supported by the bam. stumbled on a bee's nest which hung sus- rain, of the survey of Waygatz Strait, and even boo masts and three paddles, placed over them pended in the air, and not only got himself of the seals and bears killed and cooked, have as awnings, an entrance being left at the bow. well stung, but brought out the whole swarm all been faithfully recorded. It must, how. Every man then immediately put on dry in fury against the poor unoffending animals ever, be pleasant to readers to see how finely stockings and fur boots, after which we set beneath. Most of them were severely stung, and how modestly Captain Parry tells his own about the necessary repairs of boats, sledges, and bleated pitifully; but it was curious to ob- tale ; and we select a passage well adapted for or clothes ; and, after serving the provisions serve the different conduct between the sheep that purpose.

for the succeedivg, day, we went to supper, and the goats. The former crowded all toge- “Our plan of travelling (he says, speaking Most of the officers and men then smoked ther, burying their noses in the sand, but with of the journey over the ice after leaving the their pipes, which served to dry the boats and no apparent notion of flight or resistance, the Hecla), being nearly the same throughout this awnings very much, and usually raised the latter ran off as fast as they could for shelter excursion, after we first entered upon the ice, temperature of our lodgings 10 or 15 deg. This among our tents, pressing in for security as so I may at once give some account of our usual part of the twenty-four hours was often a many dogs would have done. They brought, mode of proceeding: It was my intention to time, and the only one, of real enjoyment to however, such a swarm of their pursuers ad- travel wholly at night and to rest by day, us ; the men told their stories, and fought hering to their coats and following them close, there being, of course, constant daylight in all their battles o'er again,' and the labours of that their coming was very little to be desired, these regions during the summer season. the day, unsuccessful as they too often were, and we were forced to refuse them the hospi- | The advantages of this plan, which was occa- were forgotten. A regular watch was set during tality which they would otherwise have re- sionally deranged by circumstances, consisted, our resting-time, to look out for bears or for ceived. Indeed, as it was, my tent was filled first, in our avoiding the intense and oppressive the ice breaking up round us, as well as to attend for a short time with bees; and several of the glare from the snow during the time of the to the drying of the clothes, each man alterpeople were stung. We had good reason, how- sun's greatest altitude, so as to prevent, in nately taking this duty for one hour. We ever, to be thankful that they were the sheep some degree, the painful inflammation in the then concluded our day with prayers, and and goats which were attacked, and not the eyes called snow-blindness,' which is common having put on our fur dresses, lay down to horses ; had the latter been the case, the con- in all snowy countries. We also thus enjoyed sleep, with a degree of comfort which perhaps sequence might have been very serious. From greater warmth during the hours of rest, and few persons would imagine possible under such what I saw on this occasion, I do not think the had a better chance of drying our clothes ; be circumstances : our chief inconvenience being, sting of the common Indian bee so severe as sides which, no small advantage was derived that we were somewhat pinched for room, and that of the European.”

from the snow being harder at night for tra- therefore obliged to stow rather closer than was Among the various qualities of this amiable velling. The only disadvantage of this plan quite agreeable. The temperature, while we and highly gifted person, was that of being an was, that the fogs were somewhat more fre- slept, was usually from 36 to 45 deg., accordaccomplished artist. These volumes are illus- quent and more thick by night than by day, ing to the state of the external atmosphere; trated by a number of beautiful prints, chiefly though even in this respect there was less dif- but on one or two occasions, in calm and warm from drawings by the Bishop, although the ference than might have been supposed; the weather, it rose as high as 60 to 66 deg., subjects of a few of them have been contributed temperature during the twenty-four hours un obliging us to throw off a part of our fur dress. by Mrs. Heber, who appears to have been closely dergoing but little variation. This travelling After we had slept seven hours, the man apassimilated to her excellent husband in cha- by night, and sleeping by day, so completely in- pointed to boil the cocoa roused us, when it racter and taste. Mr. Finden has evidently verted the natural order of things, that it was was ready, by the sound of a bugle, when we exerted all his talents on the occasion : “ The difficult to persuade ourselves of the reality. commenced our day in the manner before deGhất between Calcutta and Barrackpoor, “ the Even the officers and myself, who were all fur- scribed. Our allowance of provisions for each View in the Deccan," “Janghera,

"nished with pocket-chronometers, could not man per day was as follows :-
“the Entrance to the Cave of Elephanta,” and always bear in mind at what part of the
others, are admirable specimens of the art.

twenty-four hours we had arrived; and there
were several of the men who declared, and I

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day during the whole excursion. When we Our fuel consisted entirely of spirits of wine,

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ance, the cocoa being cooked in an iron boiler But though, from the nature of this Expedi- | strated by experiments at once new, delightful,
over a shallow iron lamp with seven wicks,- tion, it was meagre of striking incident, the and extraordinary. We trust to be enabled to
a simple apparatus which answered our pur- chart and appendix of scientific tables render it render a detailed account of this Lecture, which
pose remarkably well. We usually found one a valuable accession to our stock of knowledge. was appropriately concluded by a performance
pint of the spirits of wine sufficient for pre- It was, indeed, necessary in order to complete on the Jew's-harp by Mr. Eülenstein, of whose
paring our breakfast; that is, for heating the subject of these remarkable voyages, in wonderful power over this simple, but with
twenty-eight pints of water, thvugh it always which the efforts of England and Englishmen him exquisite and comprehensive instrument,
commenced from the temperature of 32 deg. have been such as became the high naval sta- we have frequently spoken in the Literary
If the weather was calm and fair, this quantity tion of the country and the high intellectual Gazette.
of fuel brought it to the boiling point in about character of the people.
an hour and a quarter ; but more generally The plates illustrative of the work have been
the wicks began to go out before it had reached exquisitely engraved by Finden, and are very New, Lost, and Variable Stars. Notwith-
290 deg. This, however, made a very com-curious and interesting. The powerful con- standing the attention of the mind of man has
fortable meal to persons situated as we were trast which in high latitudes always exists be- been in all ages ardently bending its intel-
Such, with very little variation, was our re-tween the deep gloom of the sky, and the lectual powers in researches amidst the celestial
gular routine during the whole of this excur. dazzling splendour of the land and ice, is ad- regions, and of late years aided by the exquisite

mirably expressed. Of this, “the Boats hauled instruments which have enlarged the sphere of Again, speaking of one day: “the fog dis- up for the night,” affords a striking example. the fixed stars beyond all that could be conpersing before noon, we had another clear and " The Boats off Walden Island in a snow-ceived, it must be admitted that, notwithfine day, but, as usual, paid dear for this com- storm,” besides being inimitably executed, is a standing these vast acquirements, we are but fort by the increased softness of the snow and most fearful exhibition of one of the perils to on the very threshold of the science of astrothe oppressive glare reflected from it. Setting which our brave and persevering countrymen nomy; and the conviction is pressed home to out at half past seven in the evening, we found were exposed in the course of their adventurous the mind, that ere its flight be unfettered, the sun more distressing to the eyes than we enterprise.

and capable of expatiating through the vast had ever yet had it, bidding defiance to our

range of the universe, the spirit must be recrape veils and wire-gauze eye-shades ; but a

leased from its present enthralment, and armore effectual screen was afforded by the sun Proceedings of the Expedition to Explore the rayed in the vestments of immortality. becoming clouded about nine, P.M.

Northern Coast of Africa, from Tripoly What is it we contemplate when we fix our still lay over small loose masses, to which we eastward, in 1821 and 2; comprehending eyes on the brightest of the starry train ? a were now so accustomed as scarcely to expect an Account of the Greater Syrtis and Cyre- glittering point, concerning which, we only any other; for it was evident enough that we naica, and of the Ancient Cities composing know that the body which sends forth such a were not improving in this respect as we ad- the Pentapolis. By Captain F. W. Beechey, stream of radiance is inconceivably too remote vanced northwards. At half-past nine we came R.N. F.R.S., and H. W. Beechey, Esq. to borrow its lustre from the sun of our system, to a very difficult crossing among the loose ice, F.S.A. 4to. pp. 620. London, J. Murray. or from any other sun; for, of necessity, such which, however, we were encouraged to at- This sterling volume has at last issued from a glorious orb, existing, would be visible : tempt by seeing a filoe of some magnitude be- the press, and fulfils all the expectations we we believe the star we thus behold, to be itself yond it. We had to convey the sledges and entertained of it, from some acquaintance with a sun, the fount of light, the soul and centre provisions one way, and to haul the boats over its progress. At page 405 of our last year's of revolving worlds: we know that, as far as by another. One of the masses over which the Literary Gazette will be found an interesting human ingenuity has contrived instruments, boats came began to roll about while one of extract on the subject of the Gardens of the the distance of this shining body is beyond them was upon it, giving us reason to appre- Hesperides, which is a fair specimen of the computation ; though such is the minuteness of hend its upsetting, which must have been work; and we regret that we cannot this modern instrumental graduation, that angles, attended with some very serious consequence; week go further into its contents. Suffice it formerly considered to be insensible, are now fortunately, however, it retained its equilibrium to observe, that it is replete with intelligence measured with the greatest accuracy. Where long enough to allow us to get the boat past it of the highest literary cast; and that its calculation fails, imagination takes up the in safety, not without several of the men fall- classical inquiries, its scientific illustrations, wondrous consideration, and in vain attempt ing overboard in consequence of the long jumps and its fine arts'embellishments, are all equally to date the period when this bright orb first we had to make, and the edges breaking with to the honour of its authors.

shone forth in pristine beauty; and as we are

ignorant of its origin, we are equally so of the These quotations speak the character of the The Merchant's Wedding; or, London Frolics period when the hand that moulded the orb volume, where the most persevering and noble

in 1638, fc. By J. R. Planché. Pp. 79. shall return it to its original nothingness. conduct, under the severest privations, is deLondon, 1828. J. Cumberland.

When we survey the glorious host, picted throughout with the same simplicity. The This comedy, extremely well arranged inas- densely thronging still,” we cannot suppose following, respecting red snow, is new to us :

much as relates to its ancient parts, and ex- them merely twinkling lights to garnish the August 21. _“In the course of this day's tremely well written inasmuch as relates to its blue vault of heaven-to afford speculation to journey we met with a quantity of snow, tinged, modern additions, has just been published, the philosopher -- to excite the admiration, to the depth of several inches, with some red with a dedication, by permission, to the Lord and add to the delight of man. Returning colouring matter, of which a portion was pre- High Admiral. Its success at Covent Garden from the vast survey, we must confess that all terved in a bottle for future examination. This renders it unnecessary for us to say more in its these glittering gems, which are displayed in circumstance recalled to our recollection our praise as a drama ; the patronage under which the celestial arches, are enshrined in mystehaving frequently before, in the course of this it appears says enough for its propriety and rious obscurity: we see, admire, and specujourney, remarked that the loaded sledges, in merit; and we have only to say, that it is as late; but the soul falls prostrate in attempting passing over hard snow, left upon it a light neatly got up in the printer's as in the theatrical to unravel these material wonders, which are rose-coloured tint, which at the time we attri- phrase.

as inexplicable as infinite space or eternal dubuted to the colouring matter being pressed out

ration. We judge there are new creations, of the birch of which they were made. To-day,

ARTS AND SCIENCES. pure and beautiful, from the sudden appearhowever, we observed that the runners of the CAPTAIN FRANKLIN.We are informed ance of new stars ; unless we may suppose that boats, and even our own footsteps, exhibited that Captain Franklin will make another their light, after having traversed space mya the same appearance ; and on watching it more journey to the northern coast of America, in riads of years, has just reached our earth : we horrowly afterwards, we found the same effect order to complete his survey, by traversing the may conclude from the disappearance of others, hebe produced, in a greater or less degree, by space left between him and Captain Beechey, that the awful mandate has been issued forth, heavy pressure on almost all the ice over which is described in the Literary Gazette of last and brilliant systems have been blotted from The passed, though a magnifying-glass could detect nothing to give it this tinge. The colour

the ample page of the universe. year (see No. 547, et seq.).

Among some which have been recently seen of the red snow which we bottled, and which

in the heavens, and are called New Stars, are only ocurred in two or three spots, appeared on Friday evening in last week, Mr. Faraday those in the following constellations :-Lacerta, somewhat different from this

, being rather of delivered one of the most popular lectures which Perseus, Boötes, Hydra, Monoceros, Cepheus, a salmon than a rose colour ; but both were we ever heard, on Phonics. His illustrations &c.; and of those which have been termed No striking as to be the subject of constant of the resonance of sound were full of interest; Lost Stars, are three in Hercules, and others

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Berenices. A very remarkable star appeared | liberal mark of his attention in offering a Writership has been very successful. The bold but wary

( in the year. 1604, near the right foot of Ser- pany's service) as a prize for competition among the covenanter, listening to the sound of impentarius ; it surpassed Jupiter in magnitude, junior Members of the University, and at the same time pending danger, is well imagined. It is not and its brilliancy exceeded that of every other it was agreed that his offer of the Writership be accepted. the listening of fear-scarcely that of appre.

The star: when near the horizon it shone with a

Master of Arts.-Rev. F. A. Sterky, Student of Christ hension; but it is the listening of a man who, white light; but in every other situation it Church.

however desirous of eluding his foe, has, ne. assumed alternately the varying colours of the H. D. Serrell, P. Poore, Queen's College; G. Ross,

Bachelors of Arts..-W. Reade, Grand Compounder, vertheless, made up his mind to meet whatever rainbow. It gradnally diminished in splendour Lincoln College; 'w. M. Leir, Wadham College; 1. peril may present itself. The listening in till about October 1605, when it disappeared, Whalley, Brasennose College; H. D. Wickham, Exeter No. 405. Captain Dalgetty listening to the

College and has not been seen since.

Sermon in the Chapel at Inverary, by the There is also another class of stars in the

same artist, is of a very different nature, but

PINE ARTS, heavens which afford considerable speculation

is quite appropriate to the character. to the philosopher. These are the Variable ROYAL ACADEMY.-We record with plea- think Mr. Morton's Don Quixote and Sancho Stars, which having attained a certain maxi. sure that W. Etty, Esq. has been elected a (No. 328) is too much crowded and sprinkled mum of brilliancy, by degrees suffer a diminu. Royal Academician in the room of the late with accessories, which, in a great measure, tion of it, in some instances so as to vanish Mr. Flaxman. His efforts in the highest destroy the breadth that he has so vell pre. entirely, and re-appear, increasing to their branches of art seem to us to have entitled him served in his other performances. former splendour; and this variation occupy- peculiarly to become the successor of that dis. No. 404. A Gondolier, sketched at Venice. ing a limited portion of time. Many have tinguished genius.

J. F. Lewis.—There seems to be something in been the hypotheses to account for this peri

the nature of Venetian costume and scenery

BRITISH GALLERY. odical change: the solar spots sanction the

which invariably induces all those who treat idea that these stars are suns, having very No. 479. Smugglers Alarmed. H. P. Parker. such subjects to impart to them a tone of large spots on their orbs, which, by their ro- —Artists, as well as writers, have their fa- colouring correspondent with that which per. tation, are alternately turned from and towards vourite topics ; and although those subjects vades what is known by the name of “ The our system. Others have considered the phe- may not always fall in with the taste of the Venetian School.” Mr. Lewis's Gondolier is nomenon sufficiently explained, by supposing public, or of that part of the public likely to a broadly and spiritedly painted specimen of large planets circulating round the stars, which, become purchasers of pictures or books, they that bold and picturesqueiy clad character. when in conjunction, intercept the light. Ano- may still serve to shew how far, and in what No. 348. Mandeville saved from fanatical ther opinion is, that their exceedingly swift rota- way, the talents employed on them might be Assassins. W. Thomas.--The height at which tion generates a very oblate spheroid ; and con- more profitably directed. The materials, whe- this picture is placed prevents us from judging sequently when the plane which passes through ther principal or accessory, which belong to of its merits in point of execution ; but its the axis of the spheroid is turned towards our such subjects as that which Mr. Parker has composition and character seem to evince conearth, the light appears at its minimum; and here chosen, are always highly picturesque, siderable talent in the artist for historical and when its equatorial diameter is similarly po- partaking in their character and circumstances similar subjects. sited, its maximum of brightness occurs. This of the bold and the romantic.

No. 94. Castle of Indolence. F. P, Steshifting of the planes is accounted for from formance under our notice we consider the phanoff. This can be considered only as a the action of immense planetary masses, whose artist as having very successfully attained his sketch. Being well assured of Mr. Stephanoff's orbits are considerably inclined. We have object; and as having given to his work, both capacity to produce something more worthy of something analogous to this in the nutation of in conception and in execution, a high degree his powers from this beautiful and descriptive the earth's axis, which is caused by the incli- of interest.

poem of the author of the “ Seasons," (abound. nation of the moon's orbit, and the obliquity of

No. 411. Holy Family. James as it does with the most striking and
the ecliptic. The number of stars ascertained This pieture belongs to a high class of art; splendid varieties of scenery and character,) we
to be variable is fifteen, and those suspected to and the artist has displayed his talents to great cannot omit the opportunity of recommending it
be so, thirty-seven : the most remarkable of advantage in the several qualities of composi- to the more particular notice and study of 80
the former are-
tion, colouring, and execution.

distinguished an artist.
Varying Magnitude. Period of Variation. No. 364. Titian in his Study. R. T. Bone. No. 33. The Parting of Hector and Andro.

-This is a variety in the style of this able mache. Douglas Guest. The management of
Algol in Perseus.....

artist's pencil, combining in its chiaroscuro half-length groups is attended with consider

much of the character of Rembrandt, and in able difficulty ; but in the present instance the 7

the tone of its colouring much of the character artist has accomplished the arrangement of his

62 days. of Titian. No. 89. Les Adieur ; No. 9o. figures in such a way as to present a clever and o Cephei is subject to a periodic variation of Relaxation ; and No. 93. The Meeting; are classic composition. 5 days, 8 hrs. 37 min. 30 sec. in the following painted with Mr. R. T. Bone's usual gaiety order :-It continues at its greatest brightness and taste. They are gems in their way, al-nuscript. Theodore Lane.--Our acquaintance

No. 376. Reading the Fifth Act of the Ma. about 1 day, 13 hrs. ; it gradually declines in though we think they would be improved by a with the works of this artist commenced with 1 day, 18 hrs. ; is at its greatest obscuration little more finish.

his " An hour before the Duel:" in the cons about 1 day, 12 hrs. ; and increases in 13 hrs. :

No. 388. View on the River Tamar, at ception and execution of which we considered its maximum and minimum of brightness is Ensleigh, in the Grounds of his Grace the him highly successful. We do not mean by that between the third and fourth, and between Duke of Bedford. F. C. Lewis.—The lovers this remark to imply that the present perform. the fourth and fifth magnitudes.

of solitude and of solitary scenes will look with ance is a failure; yet, although the subject cerIn the years 1783, 1784, 1785, Pollux in calm and complacent delight on this inter- tainly admits of humour, the humour appears to Gemini was observed to be considerably brighter esting view; for its loneliness is not the lone- 125 to be in this instance overcharged, and to than Castor ; in Flamstead's time, the reverse liness of the desert—the spectator is not here approach closely to caricature. Neither do we was the case, he making Castor of the first, and out of humanity's reach ;”— mingled with think that the scene, a wretched garret, mis Pollux of the second magnitude.

the grandeur of rocks and the intricacies of judicious and appropriate ; for, although the On these mysterious points (the appearance foliage, is the freshness of cultivation. The * Calamities of Authors” are not, and proand disappearance of some stars, and the gra- deep tone and transparency of the still water, bably never will be, at an end, they generally, dual decrease and augmentation of light in and the introduction of the heron and other by some means or other, contrive in the preothers) it is highly probable, that not only the water-fowl, are in excellent keeping with the sent day to carry on the war in more compresent age, but future generations, will continue to remain in obscurity: every particular

fortable habitations. Our principal objection,

No. 188. Balfour of Barley in the Hayloft, however, to the interior chosen is, that its connected with the fixed stars so nearly, ap- hearing Claverhouse's Cavalry in pursuit of form by no means assists the composition. proaches to infinity, that nothing short of Infi- him. Andrew Morton.—The interest excited Mr. Lane's other performance, No. 129. Too nite Wisdom can direct the intellectual powers by the well-drawn scenes and characters in many Cooks spoil the Broth, whatever merit in the development of its sublimities.

the Waverley Novels, has called forth many it may possess in colouring, effect, and exeDeptford.

J. T. B.

an effort on the part of our artists to embody cution, is one on which we cannot dwell for a

those scenes and characters on the canvass ; a moment. Cruelty, whether inflicted by man LITERARY AND LEARNED. task of no ordinary difficulty, requiring, as it or by brute, is a very unfit subject for mirth. OXFORD, Feb. 16.-1n a convocation, holden on Thursday last, the thanks of the University were voted to the does, an individuality of expression which the

No. 6. The Young Draught Players. No. 11. kight Hon. Charles Watkin Wiliains Wydn, for the living model alone can furnish. Mr. Morton | The Dancing Dog. Wm. Gill. This young

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effort, to encounter Greek, but all in vainpencil for truth of character and fidelity of Of variegated light

(such was the barbarous system pursued there); representation. In speaking of some of Mr. Burst from that everlasting sphere and passing through, as the phrase was, the Gill's former works, we noticed what appeared Upon my tranced sight!

best Latin poets, without being taught to to us to be the too great obscurity of his back.

Temples of living fire,

scan, or dreaming that there was the slightest grounds. In the present instances he seems Mild as the lunar ray

difference betwixt Latin poetry and prose. to have availed himself of the hint.

Fountains that overflow with stars,

The French language (a solitary exception) No. 12. The Whist Party. No. 18. “ List, Shine up the open way.

was taught grammatically by an able, zealous, ye Landsmen, all to me." John Knight.--Mr.

and conscientious emigré, who, previous to Knight possesses talents of no ordinary rank

Suddenly from the vault,

the French revolution, possessed the right of as a painter of subjects in familiar life. There Like lightning when storms rave, grinding all the corn in his seigneuriage, is a fluency of pencil, a mellowness of tone,

A bow of atmospheric hues

and who continued his occupation in grindand a chiaroscuro truly Flemish, in his pic

Spans the vast heaven and wave!

ing the seeds of knowledge into the sullen tures, which give them great value. Still, A Ship!a heavenly Ship!

capacities of his pupils. Henry Neele, therehowever, he seems to us to want more of the Her sails are clouds of snow,

fore, left school, possessing, as Dr. Johnson individuality, and consequently of the variety, Fine as we've seen the moon shine through would say, little Latin, and scarcely any Greek, of nature, both in his figures and in his ac- On pleasant eves below.

but capable of reading and enjoying the best cessories.

French writers. He added afterwards, by his

From the miraculous cleft No. 132. A Study, in a Vandyke Dress.

own unassisted efforts, some acquaintance with

She takes her beauteous flight H. Wyatt. Of its kind, we do not think that

Italian literature. If, at this font of learning, there is a finer picture in the present Exhibi.

Now launching on the tide of air,

Greek and Latin were partially imbibed, the

Speeds down the waves of light ! tion. With the exception of Dobson, none of

“ well” of English poetry or prose was wholly Vandyke's imitators have been more successful.

Gushes the trumpet's breath

" undefiled” by students' lips. There pre-
With organ melody :

vailed an absurd notion, that English was best
And at the sound, ten thousand shapes taught through the medium of the Latin Gram-
Spring from the groaning sea !

mar; and Lindley Murray was voted useless. The Interior of the Cathedral Church of St.

The sea gives up its dead !

The theme that ordinary resource for puzzling Paul, London. Painted by John Harwood;

Its brave, its honour'd dead !

a juvenile brain-would have equally puzzled engraved by William Woolnoth. Published

Their thronging footsteps press the deck, the master's; and whatever other sins were by John Harwood.

But soundless is their tread.

committed in the sacred groves around, the With no pretension to higher qualities than

sin of poesy was not among the number. simplicity and clearness, this is a bold, lumi

The aged and wither'd brownous, and well-engraved representation of a

The stately and the fair

The only delinquent, within the writer's me. portion of our noble metropolitan cathedral.

The warrior-knight and lowly bind

mory, was Neele. He displayed no extraorThe introdnction of the procession of the in.

The prince and slave-meet there !

dinary application to study, no talent for mathe

matical or other science, but he evinced an stallation of the present Bishop of Winchester They gaze on me with eyes

early inclination for poetry; and he wrote, to the deanery of St. Paul's is very appropriate.

That evermore dilate,

at that period, unnoticed but not unnoticing, As if with the thin gelid air

verses which would bear a comparison with The Pug-ilists. Time!!! Engraved by C.

Engrossed ! incorporate !

those of the most precocious poet on record. Turner, from a picture by J. Bristow.

Their forms glide like star-rays

His genius was purely lyrical, and Collins was Colnaghi.

Upon a rapid stream;

his chief model. The Ode to Enthusiasm (the Mr. Turner has done full justice to the Pale, shadowy, changeful, still in all earliest of his printed poems) contains more merits of the whimsical original; a notice of

Identical they seem !

natural images, and natural expression, than which has already appeared in the Literary Again the Ship of Heaven

are ordinarily found in the productions of a Guzette. The expression of the various parties Her wondrous path doth take ;

boy of fifteen. Neele's father, a man of fair is admirably preserved; and in no instance

Silently she moves o'er the sea

natural talents, had the discernment to permore so than in the anxious phiz of one of the Her vast stern leaves no wake!

ceive, and the good taste to encourage, his son's seconds of the vanquished combatant, who

genius. The Odes and other Poems, published

Vain is my wish to move ; seems to have himself lost an“ ogle" in some

in 1817, were printed at his expense. fray of a similar nature.

A ponderous column, bound
With demon-chains upon my breast,

On quitting school, Mr. Neele was articled
Confines me to the ground.

to an attorney; and though at times he

" penned a stanza when he should engross," ORIGINAL POETRY. Vain is my hope to speak;

he nevertheless, we believe, did not neglect the
Language denies the power

opportunities afforded of obtaining experience
A Dream.
To tell the bitter agony-

in his profession. At a later period, he prac'Tis day--but sun or sky

The terror of this hour.

tised as a solicitor in Great Blenbeim Street. No human eye may see ; "Tis past ! ...... back to my heart

In 1821, the Odes and Poems were reprinted, Like a mighty shroud the heavy air

The fever'd blood springs now,

with a frontispiece, and attracted much notice Hangs dim and drearily. And the illusions of dark sleep

from Dr. Drake and other critics of repute. 'Tis day-yet on the rock

Fast leave my aching brow.

Our author then began to be sought after by The falcon sits forlorn,

C. Swain. booksellers, and became a regular contributor to Expecting, cold and restlessly,

Magazines, Forget-Me-Not, &c. &c. The coming of the morn.


The great success that had attended the Dra. A ray, as of the sun,


matic Scenes of Barry Cornwall gave rise to Flashes along the deep ;

" He claims some record on the roll of Fame, the composition of Poems, Dramatic and Mis.
And Rumour for a season learns his naine,

cellaneous, published in 1823. Mr. Neele had And, hark ! dull whispers of the blast,

And Sorrow knows the prison where he lies
Through the old forest sweep.
Mortality's cold signet on him set.”

evidently no talent for dramatic poetry. His Dra.

Noele : Sonnet, 1820. matic Sketches contain many beautiful images,
Yet all looks calm, as lull'd

HENRY NEELE, son of the late respectable and much pure and excellent sentiment; but
By some magician's wand :
It is no sun that lights the deep-

map and heraldic engraver, was born January the personages rather improvise than con.

29, 1798, at the house of his father in the verse. They are efforts of the mind or the No blast that sweeps the land !

Strand. His parents soon afterwards settled imagination,-but not effusions of the heart. Like mountains that have been

at Kentish Town, where Henry was sent to Other and greater imitators of this style By ancient tempests riven,

school as a daily border. The academy wherein have failed. Halidon Hill does no credit to Opens in wild sublimity

he imbibed all the instruction he possessed the Author of Waverley; and we recollect to The lofty arch of heaven!

previous to his entrance into life, did not offer have read an avowal of Lord Byron's, that, The giant clouds dissolve

inuch towards the attainment of a liberal edu- with all his ambition, he felt he could not Mysteriously away

cation. The writer of this slight sketch, Mr. succeed as a dramatist. He coquetted with As darkness melts to radiance,

Neele's contemporary (although his senior), re- the town in the publication of his Dramas, Before the power of day.

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on the stage than that they had been con- advantage: he had commenced a second series

DRAMA. demned by a mixed audience. of Romances, founded on the history of

KING'S THEATRE. The Miscellaneous Poems in this second France. Known and appreciated, he was be- If the present management of the King's volume are written with more attempt at ginning to rear his head as a lion of the day. Theatre can boast of nothing else, it can at polish than his earlier productions, but are Mis Poetical Works had been collected, in two least boast

of activity and variety. Six different very beautiful specimens of his genius, espe- vols. with a portrait ; but, alas !

operas in nearly as many nights! Quite an cially the Songs. We have a melancholy plea- “ Scarce had their fame been whispered round,

era in op-era annals. The Roses, not drawing, sure in transcribing the following from the

Before its shrill and mournful sound
Was whistling o'er (his) tomb:

are to be withdrawn, and to be succeeded by Fragments, which close the volume :

Scarce did the laurel 'gin to grow

the Clemenza, for the début of Madame Schutz, " That which makes women vain, has taught my heart

Around (his) early honoured brów, A deeper lesson ; and my weary spirit

Before its grateful bloom

on Tuesday. The scores of several new operas Looks on this painted clay, but as the night garb

Was changed to cypress, sear and brown,

have been written for. Which the soul wears while slumbering here on earth,

Whose garlands mock the head they crown." The Roses, a pleasing opera, contains music And, at its waking, gladly throws aside,

of an agreeable but monotonous and unsatisFor brighter ornaments.'

The unfortunate subject of our memoir was factory character, which we are well content If our author could not excel in dramatic found dead in his bed, on Thursday the 7th to hear once, but would not care to have repoetry, he had a keen perception of dramatic instant, with too certain tokens of self-de- peated : it is not sufficing. To be sure, it excellence in others. He studied minutely the struction. He had exhibited symptoms of de- brings forward Pasta, but even she cannot productions of (what is termed) the Elizabethan rangement the day previous. It is neither our turn all dross to gold. "No; it deserves the fate age, and was an enthusiastic admirer of Shake- purpose nor our wish to inquire into the cause it has met with. Caradori, whose indisposi. speare. He pleased himself with composing a of this aberration of intellect. The most pro- tion we had to lament the first time of the series of Lectures on the works of the great bable is, incessant application to studious pur- representation of the new opera, sang with Bard, and undertook (in 1819) a pilgrimage to suits preying upon a system nervous even to exquisite taste and true feminine grace and his shrine. His compagnon de voyage (Mr. irritability.

feeling. Britton, the antiquary,) read one of those

"Ah! noblest minds

The ballets continue unchanged. By the way,

Sink soonest into ruin, like a tree lectures, at the Town Hall of Stratford, to a

That with the weight of its own golden fruitage we regret that our inadvertence in not carrying numerous audience; and the produce of the Is bent down to the dust."

our lorgnette with us on a former occasion led tickets (about ten pounds) was presented to a

H. N. (The Mourner, 1820.)

us into mistaking another individual for Boispublic charity at Stratford. Mr. Britton pos- Mr. Neele was short in stature-of appear-gerard, (a favourite of ours,) whom we rebuked sesses the MS. of these Lectures. Poured ance rather humble and unprepossessing ; but for faults uncommitted by him. Who the old forth with rapidity and apparent carelessness, his large expanse of forehead and the fire of peasant is, we know not, neither care, seeing they are yet acute, discriminative, and eloquent: his eye betokened mind and imagination ; and that his performance was execrable. they abound in illustration, and display con- whatever unfavourable impressions were occa. siderable powers of humour. Mr. Neele shewed sioned by his first address were speedily effaced on this, as on other occasions, that the cultiva- by the intelligence and good-humour which a A MUSICAL entertainment, in three acts, called tion of poetical talent is no impediment to the few minutes conversation with him elicited. Juan's Early Days, and founded on the first acquisition of a nervous and perspicuous style His manners were bland and affable; his dis- six cantos of Lord Byron's wild but splendid in prose composition.

position free, open, and generous. He was poem, was produced here on Monday evening. In the winter of 1826 Mr. Neele completed naturally of a convivial turn, and enjoyed the The principal incidents are, of course, Juan's a series of Lectures on the English Poets, society of men of kindred talent. That enjoy- intrigue with Julia ; his shipwreck on a Greek from Chaucer to the present period. These ment, perhaps, brought with it indulgence of island; his amour avith the

young Haide;" Lectures he read at the Russell, and afterwards another kind. It is easy for “ fat, contented his being sold to slavery;" and his introducat the Western Institution. They are designorance" to sneer at such failings; but the tion to the seraglio of the sultan. As Lord scribed by one who heard them as " displaying candid and ingenuous inquirer, estimating the Byron himself might have found some difficulty a high tone of poetical feeling in the lecturer, strain of intellect which produces works that in ultimately disposing of his “amusing vagaand an intimate acquaintance with the beau- render men immortal, can readily comprehend bond,” it would be unfair, perhaps, to require ties and blemishes of the great subjects of his that the relaxation of such gifted beings may a satisfactory conclusion at the hands of Mr. criticism." The public prints mentioned them not always be adapted to the sober simplicity Milner ; though we fear parliament may be in. in terms of approbation; and profit, as well as of sages. The life of a man of letters is by no clined to question whether the rowing of an praise, accrued to our author by this under- means an enviable one. “I persuade no English man-of-war's boat through the Dardataking.

man,” says Owen Feltham,“ to make medi- nelles, and pouring a volley of musket-shot into At the commencement of the present year tation his life's whole business. We have the grand signior's private apartments, be in appeared his Romance of History, in three bodies as well as souls." Happy, if “the mind strict accordance with the treaty of the 6th of vols. dedicated to the King. This production too finely wrought," which

July. We understand, that upon the first night greatly enhanced Mr. Neele's fame as a writer “ Preys on itself, and is o'erpowered by thought,” of performance, some little disapprobation was of a higher order than the mere contributor to can find alleviation in the momentary folly of manifested at the curtain's suddenly falling periodical publications. The object of the the table, and sink not in despair, nor Ay to upon this “ untoward event ;" but upon the author was to prove, as his motto stated, that the refuge of a premature grave.

evening we saw it (Thursday), the piece, as “ Truth is strange

"T. S. M. well as the pieces, went off without opposition. Stranger than fiction;"

Or the writing, we cannot say much; but, with and that tomes of romance need not alone be ransacked for the marvellous in incident. His sketch; and should have been sorry that the unfortunate not badly constructed. Miss Love plays the

* We are under obligation to a friend for the foregoing the exception of the last scene, the drama is compilation embraces tales of every age from subject of it had gone to his untimely grave without some amorous Don with much vivacity, and sings the Conquest to the Reformation, extracted his disposition and the kindness of his heart, we had our the snatches of old and new airs (the latter, by from the chronicles and more obscure sources selves many opportunities of judging; and we felt accord- the way, exceedingly pretty) with great sweetof historical information. As a hook of in- ingly the dismal catastrophe which closed bisonorairca: ness and spirit. Mrs. Orger and Harley make struction, it is invaluable to readers who cannot tion must have been long familiar to his imagination, the most of two very poor parts; and Ellen

of be persuaded to sit down to the perusal of yet it seems to have influenced several of his poetical Tree (we cannot, for the life of us, spoil the history in a legitimate form; for each tale is effusions. So long ago as in Mr. Ackermann's Forget-Me

Not for 1826, the following composition from his pen name by putting “Miss” to it), looked the very, preceded by a chronological summary of the appeared ; and though it was ably responded to by the unsophisticated," beloved and fair Haide," of events referred to, arranged in a brief and Editor in the same volume, it is painful to reflect on the the noble poet's imagination. Webster was accurate form. The narratives themselves are state of morbid sensibility which must have inspired it :

« Suns will set, and moons will wane, highly attractive, teeming with interest, and

The final end of all is known;
Yet they rise and wax again;

Man to darkness goes alone: interspersed with lively and characteristic dia.

Trees, that winter's storms subduc,

Cloud, and doubt, and mystery, logue. The idea was a happy one, and capable

Their leafy livery renew;

Hide his future destiny. of almost boundless extent. The early history

Nile, whose waves their boundries burst, of France, of Spain, of Italy, would have

Heav'n and earth shall pass away,

Slakes the torrid desert's thirst; furnished fresh materials, and the excitement

Ere shall wake his slumbering clay.

Dew, descending on the hills, would have been renewed at every recurrence

Vessels but to havens steer ;

Life in Nature's veins instils;

Show'rs, that on the parch'd meads fall,

Paths denote a resting near ; to the novel habits of a fresh people. The

Their faded loveliness recall;
Rivers flow into the main;

Man alone sheds tears of pain, author had begun to avail himself of this

Ice-falls rest upon the plain;

Weeps, but ever weeps in vain"

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Ebb and flow is ocean's lot;
But Man lies down and rises not:

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