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No. 597.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1828.


the rock, perfectly astounded with the magnifi. the loud crash of falling ice, echoing and reREVIEW OF NEW BOOKS.

cent spectacle around me: magnificent indeed echoing with thrilling sound in the death-like Narrative of an Ascent to the Summit of Mont

it is.---beautiful, and extensive. The panora- stillness. The sky had become more darkly Blanc, on the 8th and 9th of August, 1827. ma, the finest that could possibly be presented, blue, and the moon shone in the softest brightBy John Auldjo, Esq. Trin. Col. Cambridge. than which there are none more sublime lustre. The avalanches continued falling, but

embraces within its mighty grasp, mountains ness, the stars shedding a dazzling and brilliant 40. pp. 120. London, 1828. Longman masses of ice and snow vying with them in neither they, nor the reflection on the past day, and Co.

grandeur-valleys smiling in sunshine and nor the anxieties for the coming one, could UNLIKE the hero who

verdure--the placid lake Leman, shewing like keep me from sleep, into which I again sunk. “ with twenty thousand men

molten silver---the far blue hills of Jura,—and But before I did so, I sat up and looked at my * Marched up the hill, and then-marched down again,” forms a picture more varied than can be con- companions, all sound at rest, thinking not of Mr. Auldjo has climbed his mountain to some ceived, the effect of which was much heightened the dangers they had past, nor of those which parpose ; for he has produced one of the most by the deep colour of the sky, and the clearness they must meet with before the expedition they ornamented volumes to illustrate Mont Blanc, of the atmosphere."

were engaged in could be finished. They slept and one of the most interesting accounts of its After dinner, whielt was devoured with keen placidly, yet I longed to get out of the tent, to perilous ascent, which we have ever seen. The appetite, Mr. A. tells us“I attempted to behold the wonderful scenery under the influ. lithographic plates, charmingly executed, are smoke, but the rarity of the air rendered the ence of the moonlight; but I could not have no fewer than twenty in number, besides a scent of the tobacco so powerful and disagree. done so without awakening every one of my very useful geological and comparative table, able, that I was obliged to desist. I then dormant guides, and I was unwilling to sacri. and a plan sheving the heights of the prin- amused myself by looking down upon Cha- fice their repose to this gratification. I laid cipal mountains on our globe ; where, indeed, monix, and plainly saw, with the aid of my me down, and it was not long before I particia ' Ossa would literally be a wart.

telescope, the people crossing the bridge. It pated in the sound sleep which they enjoyed, There is a strange natural pleasure, espe- was not long before the tent was in order. By and, with the return of morn, was prepared to cially if the task be accompanied by diffi- placing the batons in a sloping direction against continue my journey." culties and danger, in tracing rivers through the rock which formed a back to our structure, To this striking picture succeeded the morntheir entire course, or in reaching the summits and laying a sheet over them, we made a very ing, one of intense cold, owing to the rarefac. of those appalling elevations where the foot of comfortable covering, though it scarcely admit- tion of the atmosphere; so that the party man has seldom or never trod; and the reader ted of our sitting up under it. A good supply could hardly restore their animal feelings, as of narratives describing such exploits, enjoys a of straw had been left by the last party who they directed their exertions in the most activo reflected gratification which has always made had made the ascent, and this we found accept- possible manner towards the Dôme du Goúté. works of this class popnlar. In the present able and useful. The sun, now about to set, A fearful crevice was here passed. “The side : instance we think this will be, without a pun, tinged with a purple of softest hue the whole of the mass along which we were obliged to pre-eminently felt. The details differ con- scene below us, which, gradually deepening proceed was perpendicular. By clinging to the siderably from those of De Saussure and other into a beautiful crimson, aded every thing ice above the head, with the hand placed in a preceding ascendants ; and some of the in. with its colour, the Jura seeming on fire, and hole cut for the purpose, and stretching the eidents possess a high degree of interest. To the lake of Geneva reflecting the glow. Every feet from one resting-place to another, also cut these parts, therefore, we shall turn our at- moment, as the sun retired from the world with the hatchet, we contrived to pass ; but tention, and exemplify the character of Mr. beneath us, the hue shed by his departing rays the footing was very slippery, uneasy, and Auldjo's volume, by extracting so much of became'deeper, and then wore into a dull gray : dangerous. There was no bottom to be seen them as the case requires. The weather being the lake, the lower mountains, were soon to the abyss below, and it certainly required a favourable, the author set out from Chamonix, clothed in the sombre shade; but we still considerable exertion of nerve and determinaaccompanied by eight guides, four of whom enjoyed the presence of the god of day. Now tion to enable any one of us to get over such a had been previously up to the top of Mont the violet tint was on us, but the summit of spot. So perilous, indeed, was it, that had a. Blane. There was much weeping and wailing the mountain was still burnished with a line of false step or a slip been made, by any unlucky among their friends and relatives before they bright: gold. It died away, leaving a bright individual, it would have proved fatal to him, started :. they were also accompanied by some lovely red, which, having lingered long, dwin- as well as to some of the guides, since the prepersons ; but having mounted to a considerable dled at last into the shade in which all the carious hold afforded by their position, could height, the latter took leave, while they con- world around was enveloped, and left the sky scarcely have enabled them to sustain the weight Tlected themselves together by ropes, and pro-clear and deeply azure. It was getting cold, of any who should fall, and who must therefore ceeded on their perilous way; hastening to the thermometer had descended to 45 deg. drag with him, into the abyss, those to whom avoid avalanches where they prevailed, cross. Fahrenheit,) and as we were to be early risers, he had been fastened for mutual security." ing crevices by the aid of their batons, and I was not reluctant in preparing for my stony By sunrise they reached the plain where De otherwise taking every precaution which their couch. I had the first place, Devouassoud next Saussure slept on the second night of his ascent, safety demanded. At the Grands Mulêts they to me, and the rest of the guides, in a row and thence climbed a long steep hill, in a zigscaled a wall of ice, drawing each other up, alongside each other, lay as close as they could. zag direction, which was fatiguing and dread. after the first guide had made his way by cut- I soon fell asleep, though the thunder of the fully cold. At last they arrived at the “Grand ting footsteps with his hatchet, where a false falling avalanches might well have kept me Plateau, the largest of the plains of ice on the movemeut would likely have been fatal to more awake. In the middle of the night I awoke, mountain, having the base of Mont Blanc on than one of the party; and here they dis- but experienced none of the unpleasant nausea the further side, the Dôme du Goûté on the played a red handkerchief, as a signal to the and sickness which have attacked others when right, a precipice of ice and snow, with the people at Chamonix that they had attained sleeping on this rock; nor did the guides appear Rochers Rouges, and the Mont Blanc du Tacul, this point in security. It was now, however, to suffer from any such feelings. A solitude on the left. The view from this situation is four o'clock; a fire was lighted, dinner was and stillness prevailed, which affected me more very fine. These mountains, all rising directly cooked, and preparations were made for pass than any of the occurrences of the day, though from the plain, have a most striking appear. ing the night.

they now crowded on my mind. None of the ance : some large crevices intersect it, and * While Coutet, (says Mr. Auldjo,) who beauties, none of the dangers, have made a others extend immediately under Mont Blanc, always acts as cook in these expeditions, was more lasting impression on me than the awful where the guides were lost in 1820. There is preparing our dinner, I sat on the summit of silence of that night, broken as it was only byl also a great, accumulation of broken ice and snow from avalanches, on the part close to otherwise he would have slipped through, and after every third or fourth, the stoutest, strongMont Blanc and the Dôme." X

all attempts to have saved' or raised him out of est guide, became exhausted : and it was only Here they breakfasted on frozen chickens and the chasm would have been impossible. The by resting some seconds, and turning the face cheese (particularly relished), and recruited perilous situation he was in was appalling; all to the north wind, which blev strong and their exhausted strength, though the thermo- ran down to him, and he was drawn out, bat cold, that sufficient strength could be regained meter, at twenty minutes past seven, was 187° had nearly lost his presence of mind, so greatly to take the next two or three paces. This of Fahrenheit, or below zero of Reaumur. had he been terrified. However, he soon reco- weakness painfully increased the difficuky of

“ The meal was no sooner finished, than we vered, and acknowledged his want of precau- advancing up the ascent, which became every prepared to depart, leaving most of the provi- tion, which had very nearly destroyed the plea- instant more steep. Although the sun was sions, and all the knapsacks which we had sure of the undertaking, when so near its happy shining on us, I felt extremely cold on the brought there, except one, containing one conclusion. The ascent from this point was side exposed to the cutting blast; and the chicken, in case any of us should feel disposed very steep, and the difficulty of surmounting it other side of the body being warm, it increased to eat when on the summit, and bottles of was greatly increased; for those effects of the the shivering, which had not quite left me, to lemonade, and of a negus composed of vinegar, rarity of the atmosphere which we had felt such a degree as to deprive me almost of the wine, and water, boiled with spices and a great previously, now became exceedingly oppressive use of my limbs. Some of the guides also were deal of sugar--a capital beverage for such an I was attacked with a pain in my head ; the similarly affeeted, and even suffered more than expedition. We traversed the Plateau, wind- thirst became intense ; the difficulty of breath- myself ; but all were anxious to get on, evin. ing towards the left, or Mont Blane du Tacul, ing much greater. The new symptoms I now cing a resolute determination that was quite leaving the old route, which led right across experienced were, violent palpitation of the wonderful in the state they were in. Their the plain, and up the steep masses of snow and heart, a general lassitude of the frame, and attention to me was marked by a desire to ice which hang on this side of the Mont Blanc, a very distressing sensation of pain in the render me every possible service, while they so delicately and dangerously poised, that the knees and muscles of the thigh, causing weak- endeavoured to inspire me with the same firm. slightest noise, or concussion of the air, even ness of the legs, and rendering it scarcely pos- ness of which they themselves gave so strong that proceeding from speaking, may move them sible to move them. The 'Derniers Rochers,' an example. This earnest solicitude which from their situation, and they fall, rushing or the highest visible rocks, are merely a small they shewed, much to their own discomfort down the declivities with overwhelming velo- cluster of granite pinnacles, projecting about and annnoyance, to keep my spirits- up, was in city, widening as they proceed, till at last they twenty feet ont of the snowy mantle which vain : I was exhausted the sensation of weak. extend from one side of the mountain to the envelops the summit, and clothes the sides of ness in the legs had become excessive. I was other, and cover the plain below with debris. the mountain. On reaching these rocks, I was nearly choking from the dryness of my throat It was one of those avalanches, or slips of snow, so much exhausted that I wished to sleep; but and the diffieulty of breathing. My eyes were which, in this very spot, involved and buried the experienced guides would not permit it, smarting with inflammation, the refiection from under its mass, in a deep crevice, the three though all appeared to be suffering more or the snow nearly blinding me, at the same time unfortunate men who were lost in the expedi- less under similar sensations. From these burning and blistering my face. I had, during tion formed by Dr. Hamel. At last (continues rochers we saw that there were many people the morning, as a protection, occasionally work the narrative), the sun shone upon us with on the Breven, watching our progress; among a leather mask, with green eye-glasses; but animating heat, and welcome it was, for our them we recognised some female forms,-a latterly I found it oppressive, and wore a veil pace was too steady and slow to give us an discovery which renewed our courage, and ex- instead : that also I was now obliged to discard. opportunity of keeping ourselves warm by cited as to still greater efforts than before. I desired to have a few moments' rest, and sat exercise."

Turning to the side of Italy, a spectacle was down. I besought the guides to leave me. I Near-the Rochers Rouges, Mr.Auldjo first presented of great magnificence, from the as-prayed Julien Devmassoud to go to the summit felt the effect produced on the body by the semblage of the vast and numberless white with them, and allow me to remain where rarity of the air. It occasioned "an oppres- pyramids which appeared on the left of the I was, that by the time they returned, I might sion on the chest, and a slight difficulty of view Mont Rosa, in its surpassing beauty, be refreshed to commence the descent. I told breathing; a quickness of pulsation soon fol- being the most distant, the Col du Géant, and them I had seen enough; I used every argulowed, with a great inclination to thirst, and a its aiguille, the nearest ; while all the snow- ment in my power to induce them to grant my fulness in the veins of the head ; but still I clad rocks which lie on each side of the glacier request. Their only answer was, that they experienced no headach, nor was there the running from Mont Blane down the Mer de would carry me, exhausted as they were, to the slightest symptom of hæmorrhagia. Most of Glace,' and again up to the Jardin, added summit, rather than that I should not get to the guides suffered in the same way." splendid features to the scene.

it : that if they could not carry, they would “Every few paces that we ascended," he Snow piled on snow; each mass appears drag me. Being unable to resist, I became adds, " the oppression and suffering became The gather'd winter of a thousand years.' passive, and two of the least, exhausted forced greater.” They, however, dropped again into “ On the south, a blue space shewed where me up some short distance, each taking an the original lins, from which they had deviated, the plain of Piedmont lay, and far in the arm. I found that this eased me, and I then and followed the course of Messrs. Hawes and back-ground of this, rose the long chain of the went on more willingly, when one of them Fellows, of the 25th of July preceding. Apennines, and lofty Alps forming the coast of devised a plan which proved of most essential

“We crossed (comtinues the narration) a the Mediterranean, and running thence towards service. Two of them went up in advance plain of snow, which rose gently from the the right, meeting the mountains of Savoy. about fourteen paces, and fixed themselves on Rochers Rouges ; at the end of it was the only Gilded as they were by the sun, and canopied the mow; a long rope was fastened round my ereviee we had met for some time: it was deep by a sky almost black, they made up a picture chest, and the other end to them. As soon as and wide. One bridge was tried, but it gave só grand and awful, that the mind could not they were seated I commenced ascending, tak. way. A little further another was found, over behold it without fear and astonishment. The ing very long strides, and doing so with quick. which we managed to pass by being drawn impression of so mighty a prospect cannot be ness, pulling the rope in; they also, while I across on our backs, on batons placed over it. conceived or retained. It was with some diffi. thus exerted myself, pulled me towards them, Two or three managed to walk across another, culty that I could be persuaded to leave these so that I was partly drawn up, and partly ran using great care ; bat, when we had proceeded tocks, for all my enthusiasm was at an end; up, using a zig-zag direction: and the amusesome little distance up the acclivity before us, the lassitude and exhanstion had completely ment derived from the process, kept us in better we were surprised by a shrill scream, and on subdued my spirit. I was anxious to get to humour than we were before. I was less turning, beheld Jean Marie Coutet up to his the summit, but I felt as if I should never fatigued, and felt the effects of the air less neck in the snow covering the crevioe. He accomplish it, the weariness and weakness by this process, than by the slow pace in which had wandered from the party, and coming to increasing the moment I attempted to ascend I had hitherto attempted to ascend. I had the crack, sought and found the place where a few steps; and I was convinced, that in a taken very little notice of the progress we were the gnides had walked across, and attempted few minutes I should be quite overcome. I thus making, when I suddenly found myself on to follow their course; but not taking the pro- was induced to proceed by the exhortations of the summit. I hastened to the highest point per care to choose their footsteps, had got the guides. We had to climb about one hour (towards Chamonix) and, taking my glass, about eighteeni inches on one side of them, and to get to the summit; but this part of the observed that the party on the Breven had the consequence was, that when in the centre undertaking required a most extraordinary noticed the accomplishment of our undertaking, of the crevice, he sunk up to his shoulders, exertion, and severe labour it was. From the and were rewarding us by waving their hats saving himself from inevitable destrtiction by place where the rarity of the air was first felt, and handkerchiefs, which salutation we return. stretching out his arms, and by his baton by we had been able to proceed fifteen or twenty ed. I noticed, also, that the people in Chao were chance coming obliquely on the bridge :) steps without halting to take breath; but now, monix bad also collected in considerable pum,

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bers on the bridge, watching oiit progress and finished, and we will not pursue the laborious They deem'd this solemn hour inight be the

last success. It was exactly eleven o'clock. The task of returning from that heavenly bottle to No more on this side heaven. These feelings past;

Which they might spend together; they might meet wind blew with considerable force. I was too the lower earth. The account, however, of a A calm sucreeded, and their bosoms beat much worn out to remain there long, or to dreadful storm is perhaps the most powerfully Less painfully, as, in communion sweethet examine the scene around me. The sun shone attractive description in the volume; and our Then came the well-known signal for retreat,

their blessings on head. brilliantly on every peak of snow that I could readers' wih, we are surë, find much fireside The kiss succeeded, and the prayer was read, see hardly any mist hung over the valleys ; satisfaction in perusing ity as well as all the And each in holy frame now sought a peaceful bed. none was on the induntains; the object of any other curious details in this extremely interest. Strong in her faith, of clear and open sout, ambition and my toil was gained; yet the ing publication.

Rosanne the , the fair,

Enter'd her chamber, and a slight blush stole reward of my dangers and fatigues could hardly

The lily from her brow-for on a chair produce enjoyment enough to gratify me for a Minor Poems. By Jos. Snow. 12mo. pp. 178.

Her bridal vestments lay artanged with cate;

And, be her maiden vanity forgiven, few moments. The mind was as exhausted as the body, and I turned with indifference from We have of late had several occasions to men- she drops the flow't, and turns her dark blue eyes ta

London, 1828. Longman and Co.

A silver rose she

placed upon her hair;

But soon the transient thought away is driventhe view which I had endured so much to tion the Literary Fund Society; and have perbehold, and throwing myself on the show, haps too long neglected this modect effusion of to Him who what is best, best understood, behind a small mound which formed the high- its most meritorious Secretary, a gentleman that He would make her holy, pure, and good :

Oh what she est point, and sheltered me from the wind, in whose connexion with that Institution does a few seconds I was soundly burled in sleep; equal honour to it and to himself. It is not, Into the prayer of this betrothed paidere

No word for her own happiness d'er stray'd surrounded by the guides, who were all seeking however, with his services and deserts in this not to be purchased, were all India laid


was happiness in her pure creed, repose, which neither the burning rays of the capacity that we have at present any concern; A dowry ar her feet;-"yet in het need sun, for the piercing cold of the snow, conla and we only pay him the passing tribute from If God her portion


, oh! she was rich indeed. prevent or disturb. In this state I remained our knowledge of his assiduity, zeal, useful. It is a gracious right in form som kunne a quarter of an hour, when Popas roused to

To see devation's spirit there; survey the mighty picture beneath. I found /ness, and excellent conduct, before we proceed A gracious sound to hear a youthful tongue mysels much reliéved, but still had a slight considerable talent.

to speak of him as an author and a poet of very Pour forth the simple eloquence of prayer. shivering. The pain in the legs had ceased, as

" The following trifes," says an unassum: What anchor for themselves do they prepare,

By and well as the headach, but the thirst remained: ing and ingenuous prefis,

scarcely demand Steadfast and sure in earth's severest frown, The pulse was very quick, and the difficulty of the formality of a preface. It would be idle to who discipline the soul for an immortal crown !

а breathing great, but not sb oppressive as it had affect an indifference to their reception ; but I she rose refreshed, as they will rise who seek beers. Having placed the thierinometer on my can with truth assert, it has not been without Her head is on her pillow, and her theek

to batong in a position in which it might be as much hesitation that I have committed them And quiet spirit' now is hush'd and still, much in shade as possible, I went to the highi: to the press. I have cast my mite into the Vet visions of delight be held field est point, to observe my friends on the Breven

which fancy could paint; and in Chamonix once more, but was summoned treasury of my country's poetry, with an hum- Float o'er her brain and all their balin distint

ble but honest conviction, that if this volume Scenes that might cause the waking sense to faint, ed the tall, for I felt as if I had a good appetite to the interests of religion and virtue.” immediately to a repast, and willingly I obey shall do but little good, it will give

no offence vet pure as ever trance that bless'd the holiest saint:

Yet something of the morrow is mixed up Some bread and roasted chicken were prodaced, but I could not swallow the slightest introduced, we may safely declare that they Prepared for her, is pietured as designed

of the sixty or seventy short pieces thus still something of that joy's delicious cup

With all the images that all her mindmorsel even the taste of the food created deserve a higher

character than their writer A fonetastice tohle bli tishe the find, ai a nausea and disgust. One or two guides ate a has given them. Their general tone is melan. Virgins that be her fellows, and who bind

The white-stoled priest, the altar, and the pray'r, very little, the rest could not attempt to do so. choly and pioùs ; and, throughout, they display The wreaths of roses in her flowing hair, I had provided a bottle of champagne, being desirous to see how this wine would be affected

a fine, if not a very high, tone of poetical feel. All is confused she sees, yel every thing is there. by the rarity of the air. I also wished to drink ing. We would quote, for example

, Rösanne Thus passed her first and joyous sleeping hours ;

But now she restless grows, the frequent start to the prosperity of the inhabitants of the world as a lovely pictare of domestic virtue.

Betrays uneasy sleep :-ye guardian powers “ The dial's finger points the hour of ten!

Who watch o'er innocence, your aid impart! below me ; for I could believe that there were

And the first music of its silver bell

A change is d'er her dream-her labring heart no human beings so elevated as we were at that Rung sady on the ear

of one for the

Beats fearfully-her thing now is thick, moment. The wire being removed, and the vet he was pledged, auid he might not tebel : Came parting, and that dismal word-farewell.

thiş outrage ? and behold how quick string eut, the cork flew out to a great distance, He rose and pressed her hand, then spake a word Her fluttering pulses play, until her soul is sick. bat the noise could hardly be heard. The wine which on the maiden wrought as by a spell

There is a wild and hurried noise without, rolled out in the most luxuriant foam, frothing The voice which to their depths her woman's feelings And hark, there comes a wild terrific

shout, Deeply she blushed, although alone, she heard to the very last drop, and we all drank of it stirredo

And a loud knocking at the doors below; with zesti But not three minutes had alapsed He is departed—and her following eyes

Follow'd by smoke, whose dense

black volumes shew when reperitance and pain followed ; for the Have gained their sweet serenity again;

That the house blazed with internal fires : rapid escape of the fixed air which it still con.

Then bursts a loud appalling shriek-ah no,
Yet on her father's placid brow there lies
A smile half playful, not unmixed with pain;

It must not be-oh, say not, truth requires, tained, produced a choking and stilling sensa- While her fond mother, anxious to restrain

It is Rosánne's wild shriek, who in that shittek expires tion, which was very unpleasant and painful Her rising feelings, turns away her face.

This is an awful sketch, and if it shake whille it lasted, and which frightened some of Futile expedient and attempt how vain!

The faith of one in Heaven's all-seeing eye,
Rushes Rosanne into her warm embrace,

Or if one timid spirit it shall make
the guides. A very small quantity was suffi- And now their mingled tears flow silently apace. Doubtful of prayer, if faith too hard it try,
cient to satisfy our thirst, for nine of us were oh, how akin to grief

is happiness !

Or if obedience stagger;-1 reply perfectly satisfied with the contents of one Who would not deem, this weeping group to sees

On you who falsely reason be the blame,

For we are God's; he knows the when, the why bottle, and happily its unpleasant effects were that some o'erwhelming cause of deep distress but of short duration. The most peculiar sen. Not to-morrow, and Rosanne will be

Had fallen suddenly upon the three?

Who may dispute ? for he his own may claim

By quick or ling ring death-in pestilence or flame." sation which all have felt who have gained this The fond, confiding, and the happy bride

Having found place for an entire poem of great height, arises from the awful stillness of one who loved her long and tenderly:

of one whose virtues justify her pride,

such length, we will only cite from another, which reigns, almost unbroken even by the And with her parents' wish het choice is ratified. entitled the Felon, a few lines of striking effect voice of those speaking to one another, for its Rare is such union on earth—forsooth

descriptive of the night previous to execution, feeble sound can hardly be heard. It weighs The stars 'gainst lovers bear unholy spite,

and the afflicting finale. deeply upon the mind, with a power the effect the course of true love never did run smoothof which it is impossible to describe. I also vet here one happy instance we may citė Alas! the saying is as true as trite.

“ The night is pass'd, as pass it will

, To those who watch and those who sleep

The same bright morn, revealing still experienced the sensation of lightness of body, Of love that knew no agony,' but tan

The eyes that gladden or that weep : of which Captain Sherwill has given a descrip. In the calm course of sunshine and delight,

All is prepared the crowd are met, tion in the following words: It appeared as To that important moment when our tale began. From the deep blush that answered for Rosanne,

His step is firm, his composed, if I could have passed the blade of a knife The only olive-branch that Heaven did spare

On that bright page, ne'er to be closed under the sole of my shoes, or between them To grace their table and to bless their sight

Till Death shall loosen from his grasp
and the ice on which I stood.' "'*
All that was left of many blossoms, where

The pow'r that

his sting; Here we must concludes the champagne is such was Rosanne ; and it may well excite The tree was once with richest promise white

Long as his fetter'd hands. Desasp.

So long to this dear book they cling,
The heart's deep trembling and the purest tears

One struggle, and but only one
No living thing was visible on the sommit. Mr. Fel: (Een where the hopes are promising and bright),

"Tis o'er--the work of Death is done. lows when there saw a butter y la be a butterfly To yield such soface of declining years

There is á mourner at his hierbome by the wnd rapidly ofer his head. Inte another's ehárge;-and-such were now their fentse

God grant hver patience at this hout:

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fairness of not keeping faith with the Editor of are believed by the peasantry to glide at midTo ease the tortures that o'erpow'r ! It is a mother now that stands

the Literary Gazette, after he had been lured night about the place where this deep damna. Beside his corpse-she grasps his hands, into a review of this truly hydrographical work. tion was perpetrated. — Among many other And strives--but who shall dare to name

Mr. Steele's suggestions for the improvement superstitions and romantic legends of this part Such struggles o'er a child of shamea mother !--God alone

of the navigation of the Shannon occupy fifty- of Ireland is one of a spectre ship, that shews Has pow'r to speak to such an one

eight pages, which certainly might have been itself amidst the storms." To put her dreadful load away

with advantage compressed into twenty. For Thus rambles on Mr. Steele, from the dan. Is given to noneFor who in his own strength can say

Mr. Steele-instead of, from the commence-gers of the Narrows to the Flying Dutchman Thy will be done."

ment, pursuing his subject with a steady cur- of the Adelphi Theatre, about which and Mr. Desolate mourner! childless now!

rent of thought, whenever a bubble arises, T. P. Cooke's admirable personification of VanOh, think not on the time when thou

indulges his fancy by following it, forgetful of derdecken, was quite a chance, we have no Didst watch thy cradled babe, and bless

The Pow'r that gave him to thy pray'r, his main object, until the bubble bursts, when doubt, that we were not favoured with some
When thou didst guard this only care

he has to labour back to his former position. further particulars. Mr. Steele flounders dread.
With more than mother's watchfulness.
Forbear-for dark was his career;

For instance, instead of simply recommending fully through a commencement of no less than He knew no bonds of faith or fear,

the establishment of a light during the winter ten pages - he talks of pilots and fishermen, The rest his present fate may tell

months in the beacon-tower on the rocks called and his opportunities for acquiring a knowThe trial found him weak--he fell."

the Beeves, and stating his reasons for the ledge of his subject : to this we cannot object; We read an Epistle to a Friend with sincere recommendation, viz. the existence of the but then he cites Locke on the Human Un. regret, because it too evidently speaks the tower, the small expense of maintaining the derstanding, tells us of a conversation he had canker-worm of sorrow and disappointment light, which would probably be entirely sup- with a gentleman (Mr. Turrell) near whom he preying on the heart of the amiable writer ; ported by the ship-owners, and that it would sat one evening at a meeting of the institu. and every one who has met him, as we have enable vessels to pass down the river at any tion,” and with whom he was looking over done, discharging his duties to a charitable time of the night, without apprehension of some drawings, which had, we presume, for he society, in a way which reflects (as we have being drifted on the Herring-rock, Mr. Steele is silent on this point, nothing whatever to da observed) infinite credit upon him as a sympa. proceeds:

with the navigation of the Shannon. Then thising and indefatigable friend of the unfor

“ I have lately read of a natural light which Mr. Steele quotes - ay, in Greek, quotes tunate, must be grieved to see that he is himself has burst forth upon the shores of Lake Erie, Zenophon and Socrates - talks of Bacon touched by the sharp arrows of life. He says : in North America. The flame ascended through Locke again - Newton and Descartes - to end “ I write as one who, taking part

a chasm of the rock, and burned uselessly upon in what ? In the exquisite remark, that In all the changes of the past, Rejoiced with thy rejoicing heart,

the ground. A hollow pedestal was reared over the devil has invented practice to contradict And sorrowed with thy hopes o'ercast.

it, that the flame might ascend through it, and theory;" which, Mr. Steele is pleased to in. I write as one a little changed By evil tongues and evil days,'

gleam from its summit as a beacon-light for form us, is his “ rule of gold of Ophir of From the world's heartless joys estranged, vessels. They had the light, and wanted the philosophizing - in physic-- in physics and And careless of its blame or praise.

pedestal _' now we only want the light, for we metaphysics too." Yet still, for thee and thine, I bring A heart unchanged as in its spring."

have the pedestal ready formed in the beacon Mr. Steele next tells us, that his plans for

tower." But we must take leave of these mourning

the improvement of the navigation of the strains, to conclude with a different note of

But Mr. Steele's manner of leaving his Prac- Shannon occupied his mind when he was ab. Mr. Snow's livelier mood. Fourteen.

tical Suggestions will be, perhaps, best illus. solutely “ under water in his own diving

trated by the following extract, which perfectly bell.” He then proceeds with somewhat stalo
* All hail to fourteen ! that spring-time of youth,
Whose skies are all azure, whose pathways are green,

justifies, as far as piracy goes, the quotation be quotations from the author of the Faërie Queen
When the eyes in their brightness are mirrors of truth, has placed on his title-pagg from the Notes to and Sir Jebn Davis, about Ireland; and at last
And the hopes of the heart are the ropes of fourteen.
Lord Byron's Childe Harold:-

he arrives at Limerick, and delivers himself And such is thine age, lively Fanny, to-day

- The Greeks--a kind of Eastern Irish Papists." And if pray’rs could avail, not the world in its spleen

in a glorious burst of Erin's engineering elo. Should sadden thy bosom, or tarnish a ray

“ Among the perils of the Narrows it is quence, worthy of any member, Protestant Of the pleasure that beams in thine eyes of fourteen.

heart-sickening to be constrained to mention or not, of the Irish Catholic Association:Thy life is before thee, dear niece of my love,

the atrocious spirit of the Cratloe peasantry, “ Like one of the spirits described in the I'will not disclose its least danger unseen ; Thy comfort be this, that in regions above

who, descending from the woods and mountains Revelation as bound in the great river Eu. There are joys more enduring than joys of fourteen." in the vicinity when vessels are in dis ss, in- phrates, so is the commercial spirit of this city

To these pleasing extracts we hope we need stead of affording them any succour, approach bound in the great Shannon; and my object is
not add one word of praise. They must re- in their boats only for the purposes of plunder. to loose it, that it may join the spirits that
commend the author to the favour of every This may be observed even in Limerick itself, hold the winds of heaven,' by breaking its
good and generous heart, as well as of every from the turrets of the steeple of St. Mary's bonds, by annihilating those obstacles that now
lover of gentle poesy.

cathedral, with a telescope, where (as there is create retardation and peril to the navigation.
a view of eighteen miles down the river) the Let any one, supposing these obstructions and

ship-brokers have a watch to give notice of the perils to be removed, expand before his eyes Practical Suggestions on the general Improve approach of vessels from the Atlantic.—The the map of the world ; let him read the history

ment of the Navigation of the Shannon be- day before that on which I was aboard the of the steam-engine ; and let him, at the same tween Limerick and the Atlantic, and more Lord Newborough, the crew had been under time, take the other quantity, as a third eleparticularly of that part of it named by Pilots the necessity of preparing their arms, to pre- ment, into his calculation, viz. “ the quantity the Narrows ; with some Remarks, intended vent some of the Cratloe-men, who were in a of mind' working fervidly and incessantly all to create a doubt of the fairness of not keeping boat alongside, from forcing their way on board; over the world since the days of Watt, to bring faith with the Irish Roman Catholics, after and the day after, one or two of them, who, steam navigation to still 'higher and higher they had been lured into a Surrender of under some pretext, were admitted, while the progressive perfection ;- now, after working Limerick (their principal fortress) by a crew were engaged in throwing the cargo into his calculations, with these geographical, phy. Treaty. By Thomas Steele, Esq., one of lighters, contrived to open the chest upon deck sical, and metaphysical elements as his data, the Protestant Members of the Irish Catholic in which the arms had been laid the day before, let him point out another spot upon the globe Association, M. A. Magdalen College, Cam. and stole out of it a pistol, with which they so likely as Limerick to become such a point of bridge, and an Associate Member of the got away. The son of another Limerick ship- contact as I have described. (Hear, hear!) London Institution of Civil Engineers. 8vo. broker (Mr. Mullock, jun.) mentioned to me, This city, venerable by its antiquity, and, as pp. 151. London, 1828. Sherwood, Gilbert, that, in the last year of the late war, his father I have said and say again, almost sanctified in and Piper.

had been obliged to send a corporal's guard on Irish history, abounds at this hour with objects With politics we have never meddled beyond board some of his ships, to prevent them from- of picturesque, and solemn, and romantic in. our quaint weekly allowance of five lines. They being boarded and plundered in passing this terest. The antique castle, built by King John are not much to our taste; but here we have part of the river. A western boat was some of England, with its massive towers, washed them forced upon us under the garb of sug- years ago plundered by these mountain robbers: by the waters of the majestic river - (Cries of gestions for the improvement of the river Shan. the unhappy crew was murdered, and then Question !)- the ancient bridge, Thomond non. We must, therefore, having first noticed buried in the mud. There is, near Kilbaha bridge, over which are seen the mountains of these suggestions with the attention which bay, in the lower Shannon, a spot believed to Clare; and at the end of the bridge, opposite they seem to us to merit, offer, ourselves, some be haunted. The crew of a Portuguese vessel the castle, at Thomond Gate, is the stoneremarks intended to create a doubt of thel was here savagely murdered, and their spirits. the stone of sorrow,' on which, according to

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tradition, were signed, in presence of both | Holy Scriptures, (of which we deeply lament " Put x for liberty, the quantity sought ; armies, the treaty of Limerick ! (Hear, hear, the introduction in such association), Spencer put a for your sense of justice ; 6 for your hear!) At a short distance from the castle to satiety, Curry, Bagnal Harvey that im- sense of expediency; c for your ignorance of stands the Gothic cathedral, the church of becile rebel

, the comedy of the Beaux Strata- the state of Ireland ; d for your prejudice ; p St. Mary, originally the palace of one of the gem, the Abbé Gregoire's Discourse on Reli- for your pride: and I think that from these Irish kings, with dark trees beneath its tower. gious Liberty, a Connaught newspaper, the elements we shall evolve a mathematical In the lower part of the old town, near gardens Edinburgh Review, Curran's Speeches, the speech which may defy the attorney-general; and orchards, towards that part of the Shannon Midsummer Night's Dream, Walsh's Reply, for as liberty will be obtained by adding the (Question question !) called the Abbey River, Captain Rock, Chaucer, &c. Now, the result square root of your sense of justice to the (Question !) are the remains of priories, monas- of all these authorities appears to us, from Mr. square root of your sense of expediency, minus teries, and convents, and some of the ancient Steele's own summary, to prove neither more the fourth power of your prejudice, minus city walls are to be seen near St. Peter's cell. nor less than that his politics are not mere the square cube of your ignorance of the state Here the nuns of St. Clare have their convent, theory, but are absolute romance; and in proof, of Ireland, minus your pride (which is infinite their solemn little Gothic chapel, and an exten. although the extract is somewhat lengthy, we Pxco) raised to that power whose index is sive school. On two sides of their garden are take Mr. Steele’s conclusion, (as, notwithstand. infinity, - the rhetorical formula will be as ancient Gothic ruins. The convent of the ing all his faults, we have shewn how ably he follows: Ursalines is on the opposite side of the Shan. can sum up his arguments,) which conclusion

Na+ 16-ep8-di-P* 601 = x non. (Question !) The knights templars had is really not unworthy of Mr. Banim, of a preceptory near the river, (Question ! ques. O'Hara notoriety, or Mr. Griffin, of Holland. Now this formula, spoken (like an Admiralty tion!) but the site alone is known at present. tide celebrity

speech) by a telegraph, without any of the Baal's bridge is an ancient structure, connect. “ There is a spot, upon a mountain promon-carnations, and hyacinths, and violets, and ing the Irish and English towns, with houses tory in Fingal, where, in my early boyhood, roscs, and wild roses, and passion-flowers of upon its western side. The convents of the external Nature first burst upon my vision in oratory, will be an admirable substitute for the Dominican and Angustinian friars are in the beauty and sublimity, not separated, but in impassioned harangues of the popish agitators new town, which is built upon what was for combination. Upon the eastern side of the of the Catholic Association, every man of merly called St. Prior's Land. This new town solitary mountain, where it shelves abruptly to whom, too, (except myself) speaks with the (New Town Pery) is beautiful. There are the sea, and so 'near its summit that there brogue; which is an additional reason why extensive quays for shipping. A new bridge was a glorious expanse of horizon, was a little they ought to be silent, lest the people of is in progress, which is very much wanted, and fountain, bursting among the rocks and wild England should find their accent become . dewill be an extraordinary improvement. The Aowers and sunbeams. A bee hummed over generate English,' by reading their speeches in surrounding country is delightful; the women the flowers, close to the fountain and its little the newspapers. of Limerick are lovely, the men are patriotic, rill; some sea-gulls wheeled and floated in the

Mr. Steele is, wo believe from his book, la. hospitable, and brave! (Thunders of applause.) air, high above the sea that broke upon the bouring to do service to his country of the Such,” continues our orator, “ is Limerick at shore ; and there was a distant bark, with wretched state of which in 1821-22 he has the present hour. The pool of Limerick is in white sails, holding on her course upon the drawn a powerful, though, we are inclined to the Shannon, about a mile below the town swelling tide. Whenever I call this scene to given by him of the affair at Carrickaminny,

think, an over-coloured picture. The details In the pool are several rocks," &c.

remembrance, pure, bright, and elysian, business-like way enough, to state the dangers enchantment. This is the pure elysian en- the rifle brigade, led on, if we recollect corMr. Steele then proceeds, at page 11, in ait Aoats in my imagination like a vision of near Macroom, where some of the misguided

peasantry were dispersed by about fourteen of · of the navigation-although, ve 'think, I doing chantment of external nature, without any rectly, by Mr. Hedges Eyre and an officer on so, he is much too fond of laying emphasis on intermingling feelings inspired by the history half-pay, who was a resident in the neighparticular words; but, in justice to him, we of the times of old.** Canst thou loosen the bourhood, named Ash, are certainly exagge, admit that his conclusion exhibits much good bonds of Orion, or canst thou bind the sweet rated; for Mr. Steele speaks of the “ red plain sense, and in style resembles rather an influences of the Pleiades?' No; and there soldiers,” besides the rifles, with “ a party of address from Cobbett to the most thinking are other sweet influences too, that, while man the 6th dragoon guards, and the Macroom people,” than the flowery language used by his retains his nature, never can be bound; persecuted and hard-drinking countrymen,

there is given

yeomanry cavalry on the left of the line," &c.

&c. as Blackwood calls them. We will quote the

Unto the things of earth that time hath bent

However willing as we are to do full

A spirit's feeling; passage, as it briefly states the improvements

justice to Mr. Steel's motives in the publica

there is a power suggested :

And magic in the ruined battlement.

tion before us, yet we doubt much if this "In what I recommend to have done for And when I stand in the ancient cathedral of historical work will advance the purposes for

scientific, political, romantic, algebraical, and the improvement of this navigation, I could Limerick, and listen to the choir and the which it is intended. undertake, in all cases, to point out advan. organ; when I hear the chant of the high tages, in constant and steady proportion to any mass and ringing of the mass bell, and view sums which might be naredz from 50s. to the inconse ascending from the altar in one of

Crawfurd's Embassy to the Courts of 50,000l. For example :-How might 50s. be their convent chapels ; when I wander through

Siam and Cochin China. laid out in a useful improvement ? Send a the garden of the holy sisterhood of St. Clare,

(Second Notice.) painter with a brush and a pot of white paint and view their figures gliding among the We have this week only room to continue the to graduate the tower of the Scarlets and Gothic ruins, or when I stand within the acquaintance of our readers with this excellent paint figures, that the depth of water may be sanctuary of their convent chapel ; when I s volume, by selecting one interesting extract, always known. How 101.? Pat down a buoy, upon the ancient bastion in St. Munchin's giving an account of the grand funeral of the with a ring in it, to check vessels by, in the cemetery upon a gloomy evening, and listen to last king of Siam. heavy current on the tail of the Whelps. -How the sullen swought of wind among the dark “ Immediately on the death of the king, 201. Put down another, of the same kind, elms over my head, and the rushing flood of which happened in July 1824, the building of on the tail of the Scarlets. How 1001. ? Di. the Shannon' that sweeps at its basement, and a large edifice, in the form of a temple, was minish the danger of the North Channel.. hear the roar of the bugles, the beat of the commenced for a funeral pile for burning the How 2001. ? Remove the Kippen. — How drum, and the voice of the trumpet,' within body on, according to the custom of the coun. 20001., 30001., 40001., 50001. ? . Widen the the court of the castle, I become inspired by a try, not only in regard to the kings, but to all Channel at the Cock-rock. - How 20,0001., feeling, solemn and mournful, different from classes of the people. This building, which 30,0001., 40,0001., 50,0001. ? Make the canal, that of which I am susceptible in any other took nine months in finishing, was very exten. &c. &c. &c."

place in the world, but not very unlike that sive, and covered at least half an acre of ground. We now come to an examination of the po. with which, upon thc shore of the solitary lake It consisted of a large open dome, about fifty litical part of Mr. Steele's extraordinary work, where he reposes, I hear the wind whisper at feet high, supported upon immense wooden of which he very candidly says :-" I have no night in the grass around the grave of my pillars, the finest that could be procured in doubt, to many, that in uniting this with the father, whom i have never seen.'

Siam. The roof, which was of various fan. foregoing subject, I do something like tying Thus terminates Mr. Steele's political work: tastic forms, the parts rising one above the together by their tails two crotchets which are but we must, before we conclude, give a spe- other until it came to a point, was covered in discord 'to each other in music.” He then cimen of his algebraical mode of treating his with tiles. From the centre of it røse a spire, proceeds with extracts and quotations from subject.

composed of five or six flights or stories, deMacchiavelli, Lord Byron's Don Juan, the

creasing in size as they rose, and each flight.

Book of Job.


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