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1 block of silicious stone, nearly round; near to Mount Parnassus, over which Pegasus was A Spinster's Tour in France, the States of which is a small table, apparently intended for Auttering, and exhibiting this motto

Genoa, &c. during the Year 1827. 12mo. receiving oblations. The quarriez whence these • A Ronsard, l'Apollon de la source des Muses.' Pp. 427. London, 1828. Longman and Co.

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have been taken are at a consider. Yet the charms and the flatteries of a court ABOUT the same time that Captain Beau-able distance from the spot. Pillars of a pyra- failed to attract the poet; and not all the clerk, of the Royal Welsh, was travelling in midal form, called Druidical, are scattered over honours and liberality of Henry II. and his Marocco, the fair authoress of this volume, these countries. An extensive common, be- sons, successively kings of France, had power to designating herself a spinster, was perambu- tween Oisé and St. Jean-de-la-Motte, has seve- divert his predilection for the church. He enlating France and Italy; and all that we have ral of these erections, which being known to tered holy orders, and immediately devoted to observe upon so remarkable a coincidence, is have generally marked great events, and to himself to his duties at Evaillé, in the diocese that, considering the bold captain's gallantry have served as funeral trophies, may shew the of Le Mans. When the religious feuds broke and most amative ebullitions, it seems to have field of conflicting action, and the deposits of out into open war, Ronsard placed himself at been a lucky and providential thing for any slaughtered heroes. Such deposits have been the head of the nobility and the people of his spinster, that their routes not only did not found in various parts of France. At Quimper, district, and by his influence and courage saved coincide, but absolutely that they did not cross near Castres, in 1710, eleven human heads his church and his parish from pillage. Charges or intersect at any given point. In conse- were dug out in excavating near one of those were afterwards brought against him, and he quence of their being apart, each has simply similar pyramids. A like discovery was made was accused of bringing obloquy on the sacred produced a volume. Our motto not being in at Begar, in Lower Brittany; and not far character by his violent measures and conduct. every instance cedant arma toga, but rather from the little town of St. Suzanne, where a He defended himself by saying, that after “ first come, first served," we have already tra. tract of land is much scattered with Druidical having failed in all his attempts to preserve versed the land of the Moors with the gay monuments, a great quantity of calcined human peace with the keys of St. Peter, which the captain : we shall now take a pleasant tête-à-bones was found by labourers who were digging Calvinists professed not to respect, he had tête with (we suppose) the captivating spin- holes for a plantation of trees. Besides these deemed it allowable in a minister to protect his ster,--for to us both are personally utterly evidences of the Druids, the veneration for the dock with the sword of St. Paul.“ He died unknown, and we can bestow upon them the oak, which has never been obliterated in these prior of Croix-Val, near Tours, in 1585. Boi. customary courteous appellatives of the gallant, provinces, proves the hold which an awful su- leau, the exact and rigid Boileau, judged this the brave, the lovely, the accomplished, with perstition takes on the mind. At this day re-l prince of poets' too severely, as he made at least as much propriety as many members spect is paid to the sacred tree, though the no allowance for times and circumstances; but of parliament are styled honourable, many saint who now chooses it to hallow his shrine whether lofty or familiar, Ronsard stands members of the bar are styled learned, many apparently receives all the honour of worship. equally condemned. The polished author of members of the medical profession are styled Several hamlets still have their . Chapel of the Le Lutrin had a quick ear for the harmony of skilful, many members of the church are styled Oak,' in which the entire stump of the tree is his language; this sometimes made him too reverend, and many critics are styled acute. enchased near the altar; and that of Our susceptible to sound, since he asserts, that

Induced by too partial friends” to publish, Lady of the Oak,' near Orthes, was celebrated Sans la langue, en un mot, l'auteur le plus divin our fair spinster, therefore, has laid before us in this century, when her votaries Alocked to Est toujours quoiqu'il fasse un mauvais écrivain." an agreeable little volume, which does credit her shrine from all the adjoining hamlets. The Henri IV. is said to have been as fond of Ron. to feminine taste and talent. As an itinerary faith in the virtues of springs and fountains is sard's verses as Charles the Second was of it has not indeed much of novelty to boast of, another proof of the fondness with which re- Butler's. for the most curious of the sex in travelling vered prejudices are perpetuated. The village “ A remarkable person, Morin, must not be cannot see so much as men do ;' and what they of Izé (Mayenne) åttracted, till within a few passed unnoticed, since his memory will be do see of a different kind, we suspect they cannot years, the anxious mother who wentó en voy- dear to his countrymen while genius and cha

' very well print in the free and easy manner of age with her child,

many a wearying distance, rity are valued. He was born at Le Mans in our friend the captain, who no where suffers to plunge it in a fountain that gave celebrity to 1635, and carefully educated by his father, aught of " concealment, like a worm i' the a spot otherwise unmarked. The canonised of who held a respectable situation in that town. bud," to prey upon and mar his observations. the Romish church often lend their names The bent of all his researches inclining him to But in some other respects this volume pos- to these ancient saving waters; and the re- the study of physic, he took his degree in that sesses considerable interest ; as we trust we vered St. Martin now perpetuates the inve- school, and was appointed physician to the shall render manifest by a few remarks and a terate habits of ancient Gallic superstition, Hôtel Dieu at Paris. In the absence of M. few quotations. From Southampton the writer at his fountain between Le Mans and La Tournefort, he lectured and demonstrated at sailed to Havre, and in so good a humour, that Flèche."

• Le Jardin des Plantes. Indefatigable in even sea-sickness takes with her le couleur de “ It would be endless to enumerate the na- every branch of his profession, many were the rose ; and after landing at Havre, it is not to be tives of these departments who have distin. discoveries he made or followed up; and his wondered at that she always inclines to the fair guished themselves in literature, arts, sciences, studies were only interrupted by his charities side, and is pleased with country, people, land- through every age. The missionary, the tra- and the duties of his various appointments. scapes, sights, society, and all the et-cetera veller, the grammarian, the artist, poet, and His habits were singular, and he never changed presented to the tourist. From Havre to philosopher, merchant and mechanic, may all the regimen of bread and water, with fruit ocRouen the way is delectable, and the ruined claim this kindly province their country.” casionally, that he had adopted in his early abbeys and castles on the sweet banks of the Some of the most distinguished of these the youth, till after he was sixty years of age. He Seine repl with interest. From Rouen we author passes in review :

then would sometimes indulge himself with go by Bernay and Beaumont to Le Mans, where “ A poet, whose genius will ever do honour taking a little boiled rice, and, when past a stay of some duration enables us to collect a to his country, though his verse has all the seventy, a glass of wine. He collected a va. miscellany of various and entertaining matter. faults and pedantry of that early age Ronsard, luable library, a series of medals, and formed a Ex. gr.

was a native of this province. He was born in copious herbary ; which made Fontenelle re“During your residence at Le Mans you will 1524 in the Château de la Poissonnière près mark, que son esprit lui avoit, sans comparaidoubtless wish to visit every object of interest Montoire, of very respectable parents, who en- son, plus coûté à nourrir que son corps.' He in the neighbourhood ; and as the traveller in couraged and improved his natural talents for was avaricious only of his time; and he used to Britain is always arrested by a cairn or crom- poetry, which enabled him, when quite a youth, say, ' ceux qui viennent me voir, me font honlech, he will not be less curious to mark those to gain the first prize in the floral games at neur ; ceux qui ne viennent pas, me font imperishable records of Druidism in Gaul. Toulonse. The effect of his verses was so plaisir." There are several remarkable altars in this de- powerful on that city, that they decreed him a " It is impossible to observe the encouragepartment, one of which is near the road from statue of Minerva wrought in solid silver; and ment that our Angevine princes gave to let. Connerré to Dallon. The table is of one piece the present was accompanied with an address, ters, without noticing a class of writers which of freestone, supported by three others, that wherein he was styled, the prince of poets.' for some ages almost engrossed the attention form a cavity or grotto, making the erection Mary Stuart, then one of the brightest orna- of the ladies, and thus often influenced the similar to that in the grounds of Plas Newedd, ments of the French court, and as eminent for deeds of prince as well as vassals. The trouthough it does not produce the same picturesque her literary acquirements as for her personal veurs or troubadours of “ la langue d'oie' effect, from the want of the sacred oaks. At a graces, paid a valuable tribute to Ronsard, by early competed with their seniors and masters little distance from the high road to La Flèche, presenting him a sideboard of plate, worth two of “la langue d'oc,' and the spirit of song which there is another altar, whose dimensions are thousand crowns. Amongst the ornamental had been first roused in the southern proless ; but the table is supported by one immense pieces in this “buffet' was a representation of vinces acquired force as it proceeded north

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ward. No royal house more generously re. good quality he assimilated to his own royal | the foreground, La Flèche, its handsome church, warded the talent of the poet or the skill of father. From the river Jordan to the setting though bereft of its steeple, and the buildings the jongleur than that of Plantagenet, whose of the sun there never was a young prince so and dome of the college, shew to advantage.princes sometimes bore away the crown from feelingly regretted. He is mourned by French But a few years since, and this ruinous castle the favourite minstrel.

and English, by Germans and the emperor, by might have been solidly repaired; now every “ To inculpate or to defend the trouveurs Spain and Arragon, for there is not a Christian key-stone is loosening, and the whole will soon and their patrons, would be an achievement potentate but was his relation or ally. Had be an undistinguishable heap of rubbish. The far surpassing the limited powers and means he lived another year, Ferdinand would have staircase is broad, and particularly easy of asnow employed in noticing them; and those served God against the Arabs.' This trou- cent, though spiral. Several moderate-sized only will be briefly alluded to whose com- badour's advice to the youthful minstrel is apartments and turret-chambers must have enpositions excite especial interest in ourselves, sufficiently curious to deserve transcribing :- abled Henry to bring here a sufficient suite for as relating to, or illustrating, our own royal To be a good troubadour, thou must invent all the pleasures of the field and good followhouse. Bernard was born of menial parents, (trouver) well, and rhyme well, talk well, and ship. The entrance-court is now the farmwho served in the castle of Ventadour, in propose a trial of skill well. Thou must learn yard of the agent, who manages the lands for Limousin. He soon attracted the attention of how love runs and flies ; how he repels justice the hospital to which they were granted ; and his lord by a pleasing countenance and sprightly with the darts himself has sharpened, and with the farmer's family live in the spacious ancient sallies. His education was therefore carefully his two arrows; the one of fine gold, which hall.” pursued ; and on his final examination he was dazzles those who fix it, the other of steel, Advice to travellers._" Never subject yourpronounced Courtois et bien appris, et qui which pierces so deeply, that it is impossible to self, if possible, to the agonizing fatigue of sçavoit composer et chanter.' The chronicler heal its wounds,' & When thou art master travelling by moonlight during the summer. Vigeois surnames Bernard's patron, Ebles de of all these subjects,' continues the master to The hottest day is freshened at times by a Ventadour, ‘Le Chanteur.' He delighted in his pupil, fail not to present thyself to the breeze ; - the occasional shade of copses, or sprightly songs even in his old age ; and his young King of Arragon, for there is no judge even the sight of woods and trees, relieves the compositions acquired him the regard of Wil that appreciates good exercises better than him. eye: but moonlight has no relief,—all nature, liam Duke of Aquitain and Poitou. A sin. If you really are skilful, and have talent to except that glaring pale planet, restsslumgular circumstance which this chronicler re- distinguish yourself, you will not have to com- bers. Not a breath moves to stir the air, lates, gives a specimen of the manners of that plain of his generosity; if you cannot raise which is perceptibly heavier than by day. The age too curious to be passed unnoticed. One yourself above mediocrity, you would deserve a dust is now suffocating, nauseating : the conday, Ebles Vicomte de Ventadour arrived unex- bad reciprocation from the best prince in the stant thoroughfare on a great road leaves depectedly at the palace of Poictiers whilst the world. Thou, jongleur, must prepare nine posits which heavy carriages pulverise and dis. duke was at table, who immediately ordered instruments of ten strings; thou must play on turb. The excessive brightness strains and the visitor to be admitted, and dinner served the cithara and mandoline, the guitar and 'ma- distresses the vision; for, unlike the sunbeams, anew for the guest. Great was the stir nicorde, the wheel of seventeen strings, and which penetrate and lose themselves in deep throughout the castle, long and tedious the the harp. Let the jig enliven the tones of the shades, this borrowed light perpetually silvers time that idly passed away in the hall; at psalterion. Thou must be expert in throwing every surface, and dizzies the eye, which the length Ebles, whose patience was exhausted, up little balls, and catching them on the point jolts and the swings on a half-paved road keep exclaimed, Surely, my lord, a nobleman of of a knife, and thou must be perfect in imitat- distended. I can well believe the painful effect your degree should not send to his poultry ing the notes of different birds, &c.” of this planet on persons exposed to her full yard when a poor, viscount like myself takes Having made this selection from light lore, force, which travellers in the East have rehim by surprise at his dinner-hour.' The we shall conclude our illustrations of a spin- ported. Well did the fanciful mythologists duke suffered these testy words to pass un- ster's production, by a travelling extract or arm Diana with her bow; and much more noticed ; but a few days after the viscount had two.

appalling must have been the heavy, stupifyreturned to his castle, William went there at In the route to Genoa : “ Through a coun-ing effect of her silver shaft to those vivid. dinner-time, uninvited, and attended by an try rich, but not picturesque, we proceeded, in minded nations, than the fevering stroke from hundred knights. Ebles immediately rose from heat and smothering dust, along a broad, bare, the golden arrow of the god of day.” table, gave his yal guest a cordial reception, shining road, to Alessandria. The approach and in an unconcerned manner ordered his to this city refreshes every sense after a weary- Geste Navali Britanniche, dal Grande Alfredo attendants to bring water for the hands. In ing journey; and, upon observation, it pleases sino alla Battaglia di Navarino. Poema di an instant after, the table was covered as if more than any other town in this part of the

S. E. Petronj. 2a Ediz. 2 vols. 8vo. Lon. for a prince's wedding banquet. Fortunately, country. The streets, especially that of Ma- don, 1828. Treuttel, Würtz, and Co. ; Du. it chanced to be fair-day at Ventadour, and rengo, are spacious, airy, well built ; its prin- lau and Co. the serfs of the vicomte poured in to the castle cipal square is very handsome, and planted all Amongst the authors of the present day, in all their store of game, poultry, and other around with double rows of acacia, under the the circle of Italian literati, who have risen to eatables. Not content with this mark of duty, spreading shade of which the people lounge on a respectable rank, is Mr. Petronj; editions of & peasant, of his own accord, came in the benches, and the fruit and vegetable women whose works, and especially his Italian Pro. evening into the court with a waggon drawn range their stalls and baskets. The churches nouncing Dictionary, we have seen in most of by oxen, crying out, 'Let the people of the are handsome, though not richly adorned as at the European capitals where the Italian lanComte Duc de Poitou come and see was given Turin. The bridge over the Tanaro is covered, guage is at all encouraged. His present poem, away by the Vicomte de Ventadour.' He im- and has the effect of a fine corridor. At the we have no hesitation in saying, is his best : mediately staved a large cask that was in the surrender of the city to Buonaparte, the con- the subject-the glory acquired by the British waggon, and out fell a prodigious quantity of queror made it a condition, that the walls should navy from the earliest period down to the precakes of fine white wax, which he left in the be destroyed, and the masses of ruin they pre- sent time. Whatever objections may be started court for whoever chose to pick them up, and sent shew that they must have been capable with regard to the plan of the work' among fou drove away with his waggon. The vicomte of making a stout defence. The views hence reigners (and we feel there are some of them was not unmindful of this well-timed liberality; are varied over a cheerful champaign country, very strong), still, to an Englishman, it must he gave his serf the property of Malmont, on which appears well improved and cultivated. be highly gratifying to find that a stranger, which he had hitherto laboured as a depend- The air seems particularly soft, yet exhilarat- who, although not compelled like many of his ent; and the children of the peasant were ing; and every advantage combines to make countrymen to seek an asylum in England, afterwards adorned with the scarf of knight- this an agreeable station for the invalid or the where, we understand, he has become natu hood. economist.”

ralised, has yet been the first who has attempted “A Gascon troubadour, Giraud de Calen- About two miles from La Flèche stands a to do justice to that spirit of naval warfare çon, has celebrated the talents and virtues of ruinous castle, which was once one of Henri which has placed us in the very first rank of Don Ferdinand of Castile, the husband of IV.’s favourite hunting lodges. “There cannot the nations of Europe. Eleanor, daughter of Henry II. of England, be a more pleasing scene of inland beauty than In a poem like the present, it would be in who, after having distinguished himself against that commanded by this eminent tower. All vain to look for any thing like unity of subject ; the Moors, was prematurely cut off by a sud- the various produce of the province blends in it is not one brilliant achievement, but manyden death :- Lament,' says he, for Eleanor rich profusion throughout the plain ; while the not the fame of one hero, but of all who have bereft of Ferdinand, in whom she found re- hills that bound it are feathered with wood; added to the renown of England by their naval paired the loss of three brothers. In form amongst which many a hamlet, with its spire, exploits,—that the poet has undertaken to sing. and feature he resembled them, while in every château, and neat villas, may be descried. In We must not, therefore, expect to find an in,

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teresting story, as the subject does not admit Apronsi i lignei fianchi; antenne ed alberi the brink of the abyss, he binds the rope round

E sarte ed armi con iscroscio cadono, of it; but in lieu of this, we discover very much

E tutto vedi galleggiar sul torbido

his body, and taking a boat.hook in his hand, that renders the composition interesting-beau. Dorso fremente del commosso Pelago."

desires the attendants to lower him until they tiful metaphors, sublimity of description, and Upon the whole, if the author seldom ascends hear him call. harmony of versification. to the very highest rank as a poet, he never de

“ I had not (he says) descended more than In the preface, Mr. Petronj has given a scends beneath his subject; and those parts of twenty or thirty feet when the rope broke, of rapid but luminous sketch of the history of the Geste Navali which describe the boldest which I was immediately aware by the screams England, to which he has appended some reactions, or the fearless intrepidity required to of my companions (which, however, soon became marks on the versi sciolti, or blank verse, of the carry them into execution, will be found to be inaudible), and by the astonishing rapidity of Italians. As it is not our intention to enter the most highly wrought. Throughout a long my descent, I was involved in utter darkness into the merits of the latter, we shall proceed poem like the present, where so many naval and horrible night for about a quarter of an to make a few extracts, taken almost at random engagements must exercise the talents of the hour (as nearly as my giddiness and alarm from the poem, to enable our readers to form writer, it is remarkable to observe the distinct. allowed me to judge), when I suddenly dissome idea of its execution.

ness and individuality of his sketches, and his cerned a distant gleam of light, which conThe following introduction to Canto XIII. avoidance of general features ;-two qualities tinued to increase until I found myself encomwe think very poetical: the latter part alludes which distinguish the man of genius from the passed by a clear ethereal atmosphere. At to the deaths of Admirals Drake, Frobisher, mere versifier.

first, I foolishly conjectured that either the Hawkins, &c. which, by a singular fatality, In the last canto, after paying a very elegant re-action of the air from above, or some current happened about the same time, in the reign of compliment to his present Majesty, Mr. Pe- of wind from below, had carried me upwards .

tronj mentions in terms of just praise those again, and that I was ejected from the cavern * Disse Calliope amica: e, poi che tacque, I cheto sonno, obblio dolce de' mali,

contemporary authors who have distinguished to the surface of the earth ; but as the sun and E soave quiete de la notte,

themselves in the annals of literature, and thus stars which I beheld were apparently much Immago placcidissima di morte,

concludes a work which we are sure will be smaller than those which the inhabitants of Il cheto sonno su lo stanco ciglio Venne a versarmi alfin con man pietosa,

in the hands of every admirer of the distin. our planet are accustomed to see, I conld not L'onda Letea. Grazie a gli Dei cortesi guished productions of the Italian muse.

recognise them. I then concluded that this Che tal fer dono a i miseri mortali!

apparent phenomenon was merely the effect of La bionda sposa di Titone intanto

my giddiness and disturbed imagination, or Fuori dal balzo d'oriente emerge

Subterraneous Travels of Niels Klim. From that I was dead, and my soul on its flight to Il roseo crine e 'l rugiadoso carro, Eco i vermigli lumia i monti indora

the Latin of Lewis Holberg. 12mo. pp. 420. more blessed regions. The latter ridiculous L' ispide vetie. Al di novello lo schiudo London, 1828. T. North.

idea was quickly dissipated, when I observed Le tranquille palpebre, e al bel lavoro Torno, invocando te, Calliope, sempre.

IN Nos. 507 and 509 of the Literary Gazette that I still had my boat-hook in my hand, and Benigna ecco la Dea: ma negro ha il manto, (October 7th and 21st, 1826), we published the broken rope dangling from my waist ; for I Le scendon sparse per l' eburnea gola Le folte chiome, e lacrimoso ha il volto.

two papers of Subterraneous Travels, translated could not conceive that such implements were Infausto augurio! io grido. Ed essa : 'scrivi;

from a Russian author, who had evidently necessary to land on the shores of paradise, or E del mio duol saprail' alta cagione.'”

presumed not a little on the ignorance or for that the inhabitants could admire such orna. As we cannot, however, find room for many getfulness of the public with regard to Scandi- ments, by which they might rather imagine extracts from a work which we are sure will be navian literature; for his accounts of the that I was coming, 'like the giants of old, in the hands of every Italian scholar, we shall Ignorantians and the Skotinyans (or inhabit- to besiege the heavens and expel the gods. merely refer the reader to a few passages which ants of Beast-land) there given, are merci. After further reflection, and many vain conjecwe think Mr. Petronj has rendered very poeti- lessly plundered from Niels Klim, of whose tures, I was at last convinced that I had arcal. The unfortunate expedition of Cumber. adventures this translation into the English rived in the subterranean world, and that the land in Canto XIV., as likewise the beautiful tongue has just appeared. The title-page theory of those philosophers was confirmed, allusion to Napoleon in Canto XXI. In the says, “ from the Latin of Lewis Holberg:” who 'maintain, that within the crust of the twenty-fourth, the happy variety in the descrip- our information would lead us to speak of the earth is another lesser world, with a smaller tion of the battle with the Dutch, and particu- Danish of Baron Holberg, who was a native sun, stars, and planets. The result prored larly the death of Spragges.

The horrible of Bergen, and died at Copenhagen in 1754. that my last conjectures were correct; for after tempest in the thirtieth, the shipwreck of Ad.

The translation before us is very poorly exe- continuing my descent for some time longer, miral Wheeler, the death of Mary, theattack cuted ; and is indeed so indifferently done, as I perceived that the rapidity of my flight graupon, and capture of, Gibraltar, and the inter- to lose much of the wit and satirical humour dually decreased, in proportion as Í approached esting passage on the liberty of Italy, are all of the original. We wonder at the great popu- the planet, which I perceived directly below described with great energy and poetical force. larity of the writer in the north of Europe, me, on first emerging from the darkness. This

We must, however, slight many more beauti- while we contemplate him through so uncer- planet appeared gradually larger as I approached ful passages, and come at once to the battle of tain a medium ; and we are of opinion, that a it; and I was at last enabled to discern (through Trafalgar, which the late lamented Foscolo spirited version of this work, with (we should a somewhat denser atmosphere which encompronounced to be the most animated and poeti- recommend), illustrations by George Cruik- passed it) both seas, mountains, and valleys, cal description of a naval engagement to be shanks, would be rewarded with high and gene-on its surface. I next perceived that I was not found in any poet, and one which placed the ral favour. In the meantime we shall render only suspended in the air, but that the perpenauthor in the first rank of modern Italian bards. a notice of Niels from the fountain head, rather dicular direction in which I was before proThe whole is too long for our pages, but one or than from the volume in hand.

pelled was changed to a rotatory motion. I two extracts we must give.

After taking his degrees in theology and cannot deny, that my hair stood erect on mak" Tratto è 'l segnal da i Duci:

philosophy at Copenhagen, Niels Klim returns ing this discovery, at the idea of being metaPrincipio ha 'l foco, e ogni naviglio sembra

to his native town North Bergen, in Norway, morphosed into a planet, or rather a satellite, L'atro Vesevo, o 'l Mongibello irato,

whence, for want of better employment, and and condemned to eternity to this revolving Allor che il cielo ingombrano e la terra Di spavento e d'orror. Fra il denso fummo,

in hopes of making some discovery which may systematic motion. However, on reflecting Che's' erge e a globi spandesi d' intorno,

contribute to the improvement of his finances, that my honour was unsullied, and that a Scorrono i lampi ed i tremendi scoppi

he wanders about the country in quest of plants heavenly orb, or even a heavenly orb's satelChe si rinnovan mille volte e mille, Tal che ne gemon le distanti sponde,

and minerals. Among other natural curiosi- lite, must at least be considered of equal rank Bramose addentro ne l'asciutto suolo

ties in the vicinity of Bergen, he visits a with a pennyless studiosus philosophiæ, my cou. Di più ritrarsi per soverchia tema. Fischian per l' aura i ferrei dardi igniti,

cavern at the top of a lofty mountain, called rage revived ; especially when I found that, Apportatori di scompiglio e morte, Floien, of which he says :

invigorated by the ethereal air, I perceived E gia di sangue, d' uman sangue i flutti

“ From the mouth of this cavern there neither hunger nor thirst. Meanwhile, as I Cerulei tinge l'Oceán doglioso.

ascends at intervals a column of air, which is had a biscuit in my pocket, I took it out, Urta l'Eroe tremendo, apresi il calle

very mild, and not unpleasant to the feelings merely to try if I could eat it; but the first Tra i fier nemici, che pur stan qual rupe

of the visitor, and inspires him with the idea mouthful convinced me that I had lost all Saldi al funesto tempestar di lui.

that the atmospheric air is alternately attracted relish for earthly food, and I threw the biscuit Seguonlo i suoi, vomendo orrido foco, E vie più degni di si gran Guerriero and repelled through the opening."

away as a useless burden. Judge how great Fansi compagni. Ei cangia ancor : Più rapido

Klim resolves on investigating the pit, and was my astonishment, when I observed, that D'elettrica favilla intorno aggirasi

ascends the mountain, accompanied by four the biscuit was not only suspended in the air, Ad essi, e tosto in ambo i lati sépara La squadra ostil. Le navi allor si mischiano,

labourers, furnished with ropes, boat-hooks, but commenced to describe a circle around me. Più certi I colpi son, maggior l'eccidio ; &c., to assist him in the descent: on reaching I hereby obtained a clear idea of the true laws

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of gravitation, according to which, all bodies | From the court he is handed over to the sur-tract which lies between that and the Teviot. suspended in their own weight of atmosphere geons and natural historians, to investigate his The perils and the difficulty of her journey must move in a continual circle. So dejected species, and whether he is a rational creature, must have been truly great ; and it is incon. as I was at first, on finding myself transformed or, as the inhabitants of Potu conceived him to ceivable how she contrived both to go into to a satellite to a tyrannical planet, my pride be, some description of ape. His offence is Liddisdale, and come back from it again to was now great on perceiving myself elevated to pardoned, and he instructed in the language Teviotdale, in the space of one day. She prothe latter rank, to be attended for ever by my and customs of the country; and from the ceeded up Priesthaugh-swire, between Pen. moon, and consequently to be ranked among swiftness of his feet (for the arboreal nation cryst-pen and Skelf-hill--then through a 'long the larger stars, or planets of the first class. In have very short legs, and consequently are boggy tract called Hawkhass--next, up along fact, my vanity and weakness were so great, very slow in their gait), he obtains the ap- the course of a mountain-stream, to the ridge that had all the burgomasters and senators of pointment of royal courier, the only occupa- called the Maiden Paps, where the district of Bergen presented themselves at that moment at tion for which he is deemed competent; for Liddisdale begins after that she descended my feet, I should have looked down upon them his perception is considered by the inhabitants the Braidlee-swire, till she again reached a as contemptible beings, much less would I so quick, that it is impossible for his judgment low piece of boggy ground, where her borse have bowed my neck, or lowered my boat-hook to be sound. Odious and laborious as he finds swamped, and nearly caused her to lose her to salute them. I was in this situation for this office, it gives him an opportunity of life: other hills, and those extremely preci. three days ; for as I revolved round the planet visiting different parts of the planet, which pitous, had now to be ascended and descended nearest to me, I could easily distinguish night are described in a very amusing satirical the narrow track generally, sloping along from day, by seeing the subterranean sun strain. He is ultimately banished from it, for their sides, and crossing the little burns at the rise and set, although I perceived no darkness having sent in a proposal to the king, that bottom, till she reached the course of the Her. when it disappeared ; for, after sun-set, the females should be excluded from holding public mitage Water, and, by following it, came at whole heaven was as clear and light as at the offices (which is customary at Potu). At a last to Hermitage Castlem altogether one of the full of the moon, which I suppose proceeds period of the year when a certain description most hazardous, and one of the most imprac. from the subterranean world or hemisphere of immense birds visit the planet, a bait is ticable-looking journeys that ever was achieved, receiving its light from the sun in the centre. attached to his person, and he is exposed in a and which must be acknowledged to look still But lo ? on the fourth day of my glory, as I field, whence he is carried, together with the more wonderful, when we consider that it was was dreaming of my heavenly bliss, and fancy- bait, to a part of the firmament called Mar. performed by a delicate female, and one who ing to myself the curiosity that my appearance tinia, a republic of apes, by whom he is much had recently risen from child-bed. Tradition would excite among the astronomers and star- admired, and becomes ennobled: he is, how- says she was attended on her expedition by gazers in the nearest planet, I beheld an ever, afterwards found guilty (although really only twelve men-certainly a very insufficient enormous winged monster approach, which innocent) of an amour with the president's guard for a queen in an enemy's country,—for threatened to come into destructive contact | lady, and is sent on board a galley, with other so might this be considered. However strange with At first I conceived that it must convicts, bound to Mezendores, a trans-marine it may appear, it is perfectly true, that the dis. be one of the zodiacal signs, and secretly colony of the Martinians. In the course of trict of Liddisdale possessed no roads other wished that it might be the Virgin, as that the voyage, he visits Pycardania, a land of than such as that described till within the last was the only one of the whole system from birds; Musica, a land of musical instruments; thirty years. When the editor of the Min. whose society. I could anticipate any pleasure: Pyglosia, a land of beings resembling terres- strelsy of the Scottish Border made what he but as it approached nearer, I found that it tials, with the exception that they have no now in private conversation) calls his raids was no less formidable a personage than a mouths, and “ speak with that part of the into Liddisdale,' in order to collect the mate. monstrous and frightful griffin: whereupon I body which faces the south, when the nose is rials of that work, he found the country almost was so terrified, that I completely forgot my turned to the north ;" and Iceland, inhabited inaccessible, and the people as strange to the celestial dignity.” by a race of icebergs.

appearance of a visitor as the Indians were at After describing his conjectures, he proceeds: He at last reaches Menzedores, which is peo- the advent of Columbus. On his visiting the -“ The griffin was now so near to me, that it pled mostly by beasts, interspersed, however, house of Willie o' Milburn, in company with struck me with its immense wings, and was with emigrants from the before-mentioned a friend from Jedburgh, the gudeman hapabout to seize one of my legs, so that I was no countries of Pycardania. On his return from pened to come home just as he was engaged in longer in doubt as to the object of its visit. I Menzedores he is wrecked, and escapes in a tying up his horse in the stable. The farmer, therefore began to defend myself as boldly as I boat to another part of the firmamental conti. like all the other people of Scotland, entercould against my enemy, and contrived with nent, called Quama, inhabited by beings in tained a profound respect for the character of my boat-hook not only to ward off its attacks, every respect resembling savages of the south a lawyer; and this added considerably to the but compelled it to retire several times, and of our world; where he becomes so great a embarrassment which he felt regarding his at last succeeded in striking the boat-hook so favourite, and renders the state so many ser- visitor. In a little while, however, he came forcibly into its flesh between the wings, that vices, that, on the death of the reigning mo- up to Sir Walter's friend, who had gone into I could not withdraw it. The wounded mon, narch, he is elected emperor. He carries on the house, and asked if yon was the advocate. ster dashed with a tremendous cry towards war against several of the neighbouring coun. Being answered in the affirmative, he slapped the planet below, and !, being somewhat tries, and subjects them to the crown of Quama; his thigh with joy, and exclaimed, De'il a' weary of my celestial dignities, which I found but a conspiracy at last takes place, and Klim me's feared for him_he's just a chield like did not exempt me from the same or worse is obliged to fly to the mountains for safety. oursells !' What idea the honest farmer had danger than terrestrial honours, held fast Having crept into a dark cavern for conceal- formed of the person of the future great un. by the boat-hook, and descended with the ment, he is suddenly precipitated down an abyss, known must for ever - remain a mystery. It griffin to the planet, like a shooting star. through which he continues to descend until he was amongst the primitive people of Liddisdale After being dragged through the misty at- ultimately perceives an opening, and finds him- that Sir Walter collected the greater part of mosphere that encircled the planet, which self stretched on the ground at the mouth of the ballads which formed his first distinguished occasioned a deafening noise, I fell gently on the same pit through which he, ten years be- publication. He took occasion at a subsequent the earth, accompanied by the griffin, which fore, made his extraordinary entrance to the period to repay their attentions to him by com. soon after died of his wounds." subterranean world.

memorating in a narrative which can never Exhausted with his exertions, the Danish

perish, the simplicity, worth, and honour, subterranean traveller falls into a deep sleep, CHAMBERS' PICTURE OF SCOTLAND. which marked their character before it was from which he is awoke by the roaring of a In a former No. we introduced these two enter- reduced to the ordinary standard of modern bull, which is running towards him. To avoid taining volumes to our readers, and briefly illus- manners. Are they quite so at this day? the animal, he retreats towards an adjacent trated their character, by making a few selec- “ When in the possession of William Dougwood, and endeavours to ascend a tree, but, tions respecting the county of Berwick or the las, the knight of Liddisdale, Hermitage was to his astonishment, the tree utters a shriek, Merse. In our present sheet, we have nothing the scene of a cruel transaction. That and he is immediately seized by the boughs of else to do than follow up the measure by some warrior, though distinguished by the proud numerous other trees, who, it afterwards ap- similar extracts from the adjoining shire of title of the Flower of Chivalry,' shewed pears, are the inhabitants of the planet, and Roxburgh.

that his heart was not inaccessible to the he is led off to take his trial for an assault Roxburghshire." When Queen Mary vi. baser passions. Envy of the office of Sir on the lady of the burgomaster of Potu, for sited Bothwell in Hermitage Castle, she did Alexander Ramsay, as sheriff of Teviotdale, such was the distinguished personage whom not take the present course of the road by the urged him to the murder of that knight, he had 80 rudely, yet unintentionally, insulted. Slitterick, but penetrated the mountainous who had been his compeer in arms. He

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caused Sir Alexander, along with his horse's sevil. We hope that this will be accomplished ; | given to my nation—they are, on some occafurniture, to be thrown into a dungeon be- and we also hope that justice will be done to sions, much too feeling a people, being unable neath Hermitage Castle, and left him there to the merits of Mr. Wright, who was the first to to resist the propensity of touching whatever the most fearful of all deaths,—that by hunger. call the attention of the public to this important attracts their notice. , I thought we should all The wretched captive is said to have pro- subject, and whose able and persevering ex. have been sent about our business in consequence longed his existence by the corn which fell ertions entitle him to the highest praise. of the indiscretion of some of the party, as, in from a granary above his dungeon; and, in

spite of the repeated request of our attendant, proof of this circumstance, a mason having, On the Curative Influence of the Southern to make use of our eyes only, and desist from about thirty-five years ago, broken down a Coast of England, especially that of Hastings: pawing, scarcely had we reached a beautiful part of the wall, (for the sake of the stones,)

with Observations on Diseases in which a arsenal, in miniature, admirably executed, and descended into the vault within, found a

Residence on the Coast is most beneficial. and laid out on a table (for the purpose of quantity, of chaff, together with some bones, By W. Harwood, M.D. Pp. 326. London. initiating the young Duke de Bordeaux in a sword, and the bit of a bridle, the last

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the destroying arts), than one took up a ball, article uncommonly large. So weak was the This is a sensible and well-written book, in another took hold of a cannon-till at last, royal authority in those days, that King David which. Dr. Harwood strenuously enforces the French patience and French politeness befound himself obliged to appoint the knight of salubrity of Hastings and the adjacent coast. coming exhausted, our guide threatened to Liddisdale to the office vacant by the death of As it is distinctly shewn, that the temperature shut the doors. I was, I own, peculiarly mor

I his victim. He was, however, killed some of this side of our island, in the vicinity of the tified; for I was with a French company, who years after, while hunting in Éttrick forest, sea, is moderate and equable, we have no were but too glad to meet with a fair oppor. by his godson, and chieftain, William, Earl of doubt but it deserves all the commendations tunity of attacking English manners : besides, Douglas, at the instigation, it is supposed, of bestowed upon it by the worthy author; and, the latter having come in fine equipages, the king, who could not 'otherwise despatch besides, as he is himself a resident and me- they were adjudged to belong to the first him. The place of his assassination is called, dical practitioner at. Hastings, we may be ranks and the bon-ton sphere, which may in. from his name, William's Cross, and lies upon pretty sure that he will be ready to contribute deed have been the case, for aught I know,the ridge of a hill, for the same reason de- his aid to that of the climate in restoring the at least coronets and supporters figured on nominated William's Hope, above Yair, be sick to convalescency. To the town-smoked their carriages, and fine laced chasseurs were tween Tweed and Yarrow. Besides these wight, the person immersed in worldly cares mounted behind them. fearful traditions of Hermitage Castle, other and business, day after day and month after

It may be interesting to those who intend tales of horror are told respecting it. A month, every relaxation, with purer air, more to visit this city, and who love cheap jaunting, Northumberland warrior, called the Cout of exercise, and the mind relieved from its to learn, that our hackney coaches are reduced Keeldar, on account of his enormous size and anxieties, is a healthful restorative; and few in price'; so that for tenpence English, a drive strength, came to defy Lord Soulis at this his places offer greater facilities for the purpose may be procured of an hour's length. Thanks place of power, and suffered dearly for his in. than that which is the theme of Dr. Harwood's to the spirit of concurrence, which the fivejudicious bravery. He was obliged to retire panegyric. The bracing plunge into the ocean, sous vehicle, called the Omnibus, has inspired by Soulis's retainers, who, however, could the pleasant ride or walk, the hill to climb and

amongst coachees.

A propos of this same make no impression upon his coat of proof, the breeze to inhale, the early hour to bed and Omnibus ; I would highly recommend it to the till, having got him into a deep part of the the early hour to rise,--all tend to invigorate bons - vivants Englishmen, whose corpulency brook, they despatched him by holding him down the body and revive the spirits. To such as may threaten apoplexy; for not all the vapour beneath the water with their spears. This place seek these advantages on the Sussex shores, we baths,

exercising boards, galloping on horseis exactly opposite to the deserted burial-ground recommend this volume ; which also contains back, &c. &c. can be so effectual in getting rid of (mentioned in a preceding notice) and is called judicious remarks on the most prevalent dis- an overplus of Aesh as that machine. °Twice the Cout's Pule. It is a hollow formed by a orders, on bathing, and other useful topics. have I made the experiment of a journey in little cascade, and is overhung and darkened

this equality carriage. We set out from the by an old weeping birch, which the super. ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. famous M. Drake's, of horse reputationstitious, but not less poetical, peasant of Lid.

Paris, July 26., nineteen precious souls, not “all agog,” but disdale remarks to be the only birch, among all I HAVE just returned from an excursion to the most affectionately packed together; each, those which lin the stream, that turns its Palais d'Elysée Bourbon, where, as usual, the however, looking rather spitefully at his neighbranches and its leaves downwards. “The apartments of the palace were crowded with bour for pressing so tightly. Then there was Cout's Grave' is also shewn, near the western foreigners, particularly English, who, by the turning up of eyes, and making grimaces at corner of the cemetery, in the shape of a way, often transgress the laws of politesse in opposite companions, whose puffing and blowing mound considerably larger than that of an public places, by expressing their opinions were rather disagreeable to delicate nerves: a ordinary grave."

too loudly, as well as too freely; and this plentiful dust, and a still more plentiful per. morning our guide appeared completely of spiration, covered the face of each individual,

fended at the observations of some of my fair which called forth the constant use of pocket, Transformation of a Beech Tree ; or, the His countrywomen, who criticised the furniture, handkerchiefs. These were of all colours, and

tory of a favourite Black Chair. Related and compared English and French splendour, different shades of cleanliness, and kept one by Itself. Pp. 92. Harris.

of course giving the preference to their own on the qui vive, by their perpetual waving to KINDLY intended for the amusement and in nation; nor could the chef-d'æuvres in paint- and fro, from the pocket to the forehead ;struction of children, this little work has the ing, from the pencils of Wouwermans, Teniers, add to all this, each jolt caused a contention farther merit of being devoted to a charitable Vernet, &c. &c. reconcile ces belles dames to of noses, knees, and sometimes, if your equili. purpose, should any profits accrue from its the absence of carving and gilding. “Women brium be not well kept, there is a chance of sale. The Chair tells its story very prettily, and moths are ever caught by glare," so, I pre- falling into the arms of a greasy butcher, and does not overload the reader with advice. sume, generally speaking, nought can enchant or a fat horse-dealer. I calculated that I Its good counsels occur naturally, and are which does not dazzle them. The solidity as lost one-fourth of my weight in this ambugiven in a way not less likely to be effectual well as the full-stuffed cushions of a rich lating oven, to which purgatory itself must be than if more dogmatically impressed. satin lit de repos, soon attracted the eye of a a paradise. The speculators, however, thrive

luxurious-looking Hibernian, who, without on the sufferings of the traveller, as I under. A Letter to the Right Hon. Robert Peel, on the ceremony, az also without invitation, Aung stand the five sous swell into three thousand

Supply of Water to the Metropolis. By himself thereon at full length, yawned, francs per day. The French have learned Robert Masters Kerrison, M.D. stretched his arms, threw his dusty boot on from the English, that “

money makes the DR. KERRISON is a powerful advocate in the the pillow, and no doubt would have in- man;" therefore every nerve, every idea, leads cause of pure and wholesome versus fetid and dulged the company with a re, had not to this one object ; and wo to him who fails ! poisonous water. His arguments are chiefly our alarmed conductor cried out, “ Monsieur ! better be a dog, or, what is still worse, a directed to the refutation of certain mistate- monsieur ! on ne couche pas ici:" however hackney-coach horse. ments in a Letter addressed by “ An Old he appeared by no means disconcerted by the Some new works are about to make their Housekeeper" to the commissioners appointed rebuke, as, the moment afterwards, he esta- appearance; amongst others, Lettres d'un Menby the Crown to inquire into the nature of the blished himself in a bergère, and strode his diant Anglais à son confrère Edie Ochiltree. present supply; but he adduces additional legs out to such a length, that to pass them it Monsieur le Mendiant, it appears, possesses proof of the necessity of forth with adopting was necessary to make a demi-tour, or to hop more wit than money; it is rather of a piquant some decided means of remedying the existing over them. Many, indeed, were the lessons | nature also, and levelled chiefly against those

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