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story we have no particulars, but during its narration the Forget-me-Not ; a Christmas, New Year's, and BirthKing and his courtiers were ready to burst with laughter, while the Earl never changed countenance, but related it
Day Present, for 1830. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. with as much unconcern as if he were in the midst of his
London. R. Ackermann and Co. 12mo. Pp. 418. companions in his own country. When he had concluded, the King, anxious to divert the discourse from the unfor
ACKERMANN is the Father of the Annuals,—the leader tunate Bishop, thus made an object of ridicule, cautioned the of all that “gallant companie,”—the nucleus round which Earl to be well advised whom he would choose for his coun- this Christmas constellation has gathered. We love the sellor, for that whoever he should be, he would have enough morning star, though it be lost in the blaze of noon,—we to do to defend him. 6 Marry!' said Kildare, ' I can see no love the white crocus, though it disappear amid the globetter man in England than your Majesty, and will choose ries of the riper year,—we love the venerable master, no other. ' — By St Brigid,' said the King, it was well though his pupil rise to more glaring renown,—and in
for I thought your tale would not excuse your doings.'— Do you think I am a fool?' answered the Earl; like manner ought we to love and admire that most taste'no; I am indeed a man, both in the field and the town.' ful and elegant of publishers, Mr R. Ackermann, who Henry laughed and said, ' A wiser man might have chosen has originated a new series of works bitherto unknown worse.' A new accusation was now brought forward, that in Great Britain—"made to engage all hearts, and charm in one of his lawless excursions he had burned the cathedral all eyes." Neither has our first and earliest annual faded of Cashel to the ground. "Spare your evidence,' said Kil
away into comparative insignificance, before the surpassdare I did set fire to the church, for I thought the Arch- ing splendour of those which have succeeded. On the bishop had been in it.' This singular simplicity in pleading a circumstance of aggravation as an apology for his of contrary, it still fights a good fight, and maintains its fence, threw an air of ridicule on his prosecutors, which place among the best with a becoming consciousness of its proved highly favourable to the cause of the accused ; and own dignity. when they concluded their charges by exclaiming passion- The volume for 1830 is now before us. It contains ately, ' All Ireland cannot govern this Earl !'--Well,' re- fourteen embellishments, which, though highly respectaplied the King, 'this Earl shall govern all Ireland."" An AFFECTIONATE WIFE:—“On the 19th of May, 1596, the Souvenir, the Friendship's Offering, and the Amulet
. ble, are on the whole surpassed by those of the Keepsake
, Otterburn, a rebel chieftain, demanded a passage over Stradbally-bridge, which being considered as a challenge by They are arranged in the following order :-1. “ The Cosby, he resolved to oppose the passage. He accordingly, Spanish Princess,” painted by Wilkie at Madrid in 1828, accompanied by his eldest son Francis, who had lately mar- a fine picture, in so far as the artist is concerned; but the ried a lady of the Hartpole family, took post with his kerns subject wants interest, seeing that the Princess is by no at the bridge, while Dorcas Sidney (Cosby's wife) and her means beautiful ; and, moreover, we are not quite satisfied daughter-in-law seated themselves at a window of the ab. with the manner in which the work is engraved by R. bey to see the fight. The O'Mores soon "advanced with great intrepidity, and were resisted with equal bravery, till propriate. III. “ Place de Jeanne D'Arc, Rouen," one
Graves.-II. A “ Vignette Title,” very tasteful and apSir Alexander Cosby was slain, when his kerns instantly of those fine Continental street scenes, which Prout paints gave way; and Francis, attempting to escape, by leaping over the battlements of the bridge, was in the next moment so well, and Le Keux engraves so beautifully.-IV. “ The shot dead. You might expect that the ladies at the window Flower Girl of Savoy," a sweet picture, by a French artist, now became frantic with grief at the death of their hus- though we think the flower girl looks a little too much as bands. But no such thing; the widow of Francis turned if she were a married woman ; that is to say, scarcely to her mother-in-law, and said, with the greatest self-pos young and happy enough.–V.“ The Land Storm," spisession, “ Remember, mother, that my father was shot be rited, but
rather clap-trappish, being too full of thunder fore my husband, and, therefore, the latter became the legal and lightning, wind and
rain.-V1. “ The Exile," a scene possessor of the estate, and consequently I am entitled to my thirds or dowry.'
by Stephanhoff, but not one of his best, the countenances THE EAGLE TURNED RESTAURATEUR.—“A tradition pre- being rather insipid, and the grouping and attitudes not vails, that when O'Sullivan was quitting his retreat in such as to tell the story distinctly.–VII. “ The Orphan Glengarriff
, he consigned the care of his wife and children Family,” engraved by Davenport from a painting by to a faithful gossip named Gorrane M'Swiney, who had a
Chisholme, and executed in a manner which reflects much but at the foot of the Eagle's precipice, which was so con. structed as to elude the vigilance of the English scouts who credit upon both artists, the lights being very delicately day and night prowled about these mountains. A single managed, and the figures happily arranged and well consalted salmon was all the provision which M‘Swiney bad ceived. — VIII. “ The Tempting Moment,” a humorous for his honoured charge when they entered his hut, but his scene by Collins, representing boys stealing apples from ingenuity is said to have devised extraordinary means for the stall of an old lady who has fallen asleep,-clever, but their future sustenance. Having perceived an eagle flying far inferior to Wilkie, and rather raggedly engraved by to her nest with a hare in her talons, he conceived a plan H. C. Shenton.-IX. “ Undine,” engraved from a spifor supporting the family of his chief with the food intended rited painting by Retzsch, illustrative of part of a romance for the young eaglets. He accordingly, on the following morning, accompanied by his son, a boy about fourteen by De La Motte Fouqué, and worthy of the artist, whose years old, ascended the mountains, on the summit of which outline illustrations, both of the poets of his own counthey took post, till they saw the old eagles fly off in pursuit try and of our Shakspeare, are now so well known and of prey. The elder M-Swiney then tied a rope, made of admired.—X. “ Greenwich Hospital,” a good view, from the fibres of bog fir, round the waist and between the legs the Thames, of this noble national institution.—XI. of his son, and lowered him down to the nest, where the “ The Improvisatrice,” from a painting by Bone, the youth tightened the necks of the young eaglets with straps which he had provided for the purpose, that they might
worst embellishment in the book, and the nearest thing swallow their food with difficulty. This being accomplish
to a caricature, not to be meant for a caricature, ever ed, he was safely drawn up, and the father and son kept seen,—the female figure, intended for the Improvisatrice, their station on the top of the precipice, till they witnessed looking much more like an old maid with a pain the return of the eagles-one with a rabbit, and the other stomach, which she is in hopes a dose of salts she has with a grouse, in its talons. After they had again flown recently taken may remove, than a being in the fervoor off, young M-Swiney descended a second time, and brought of poetical composition. It surely must have cost “ Delta” up the game, after having first gutted it, and left the entrails for the young eaglets. In this manner, we are informed,
some sacrifice of his conscience to puff up the unhappy was the family of O'Sullivan supported, by their faithful
creature as he has done.—XII. « Death of the Dove," guardian, during the period of their seclusion in this deso
an interesting painting by Stewardson, excellently enlate part of the country.”
graved by W. Finden.—XIII. “ The Shipwreck," and
XIV. “ The Ghaut,” both respectable. We had occasion formerly to recommend the first series of these “ True Stories,” and we can now as conscien- greatly above nor below par. There are some very good
The literary contents of the Forget-me-Not are neither tiously recommend the second.
prose tales, and some that are poor enough. We do not
much like the first in the volume, entitled, “ A Quarter I have no voice for lady's bowersof an Hour too Soon.” It is founded on an absurdity, For page like this no fitting lay. being an attempt to show that the whole of the hero's
“ Yet though my heart no more must bound distresses in life arose from his being on all occasions a
At witching call of sprightly joys, quarter of an hour too soon. Mr Macnish, the author of
Mine is the brow that never frown'd the “ Anatomy of Drunkenness," has communicated, un- On laughing lips, or sparkling eyes. der the signature of " A Modern Pythagorean," rather a clever story called “ The Red Man.” It is, however, too " No-though behind me now is closed much in imitation of Sterne's style, and is too extrava
The youthful paradise of Love, gant to be natural. “ The Omen,” by Mr Galt, is a
Yet can I bless, with soul composed,
The lingerers in that happy grove! meagre and unsatisfactory story, scarcely worth telling. Seeking the Houdy,” by the Ettrick Shepherd, is hu
“ Take, then, fair girls, my blessing take! morous and talented, but almost a little too homely, we Where'er amid its charms you roam, should have thought, for an Anmal. Of the poetry, by Or where, by western hill or lake, far the ablest and most interesting production is the You brighten a serener home. “ Trial of Charles I.," a dramatic scene by Miss Mit
" And while the youthful lover's name ford. We regret that we cannot quote the whole, and it
Here with the sister beauty's blends, would not do to abridge it. Another poetical contribu
Laugh not to scorn the humnbler aim, tion, more curious than valuable, is a poem by Byron :
That to their list would add a friend's !" " It is the first attempt," says the editor, “ of the late Lord Byron's that is known to be extant; and we consi- We do not find much else in the volume that calls for der this piece as being the more curious, inasmuch as it especial notice. There are some good lines by Barry displays no dawning of that genius which soon afterwards Cornwall, a pretty song by Bayley, two rather dull burst forth with such overpowering splendour. It was things by Thomas Hood, and some respectable poetry by inspired by the tender passion, and appears in the shape Charles Swain, Miss Jewsbury, and Delta.
There is of verses to the object of his earliest, and perhaps his only also one little piece by Miss Emma Roberts, which we real attachment, the “ Mary' whom he has celebrated in like for its simplicity and natural feeling, and which we many of his poems. It is certified by the lady to whom shall subjoin : it was addressed, (Mary Anne Musters,) and is now in the possession of Miss Mary Ann Cursham of Sutton,
By Miss Emma Roberts. Nottinghamshire." The verses are as follows :
“Upon the Ganges' regal stream
The sun's bright splendours rest;
And gorgeously the noontide beam
Reposes on its breast;
But, in a small secluded nook,
Beyond the western sea,
There rippling glides a narrow brook,
That's dearer far to me. « The flame that within my breast burns
“ The lory perches on my hand, Is unlike what in lovers' hearts glows !
Caressing to be fed,
And spreads its plumes at my command,
And stoops its purple head; « I wish not your peace to disturb,
But where the robin, humble guest, I wish not your joys to molest;
Comes flying from the tree, Mistake not my passion for love,
Which bears its unpretending nest, 'Tis your friendship alone I request.
Alas! I'd rather be. “ Not ten thousand lovers could feel
“ The fire-fly flashes through the sky, The friendship my bosom contains;
A meteor swift and bright;
And the wide space around on high,
Gleams with the emerald light; “ May the Ruler of Heaven look down,
Though glory tracks that shooting star, And my Mary from evil defend !
And bright its splendours shine,
The glow-worm's lamp is dearer far
To this sad heart of mine. “ Once more, my sweet Mary, adieu !
“ Throughout the summer year, the flowers, Farewell! I with anguish repeat
In all the flush of bloom,
Clustering around the forest bowers,
Exhale their rich perfume.
The daisy and the primrose pale,
Though scentless they may be, contains, is a short poem by Francis Jeffrey, Esq. We
That gem a far far distant vale, have long been aware that Mr Jeffrey, in his leisure mo
Are much more prized by me. ments (which are few and far between), wooed the Muses, and we have heard the story of his having once printed a “ The lotus opes its chalices, volume of poems which he afterwards suppressed, and
Upon the Tank's broad lake, also of his having contemplated publishing several satires
Where India's stately palaces in the style of Pope ; but we do not recollect having seen
Their ample mirrors make;
But reckless of each tower and dome, any of his verses in print before with his name appended to
The splendid and the grand, them. They will be read with interest; and, though ra- I languish for a cottage home ther on a commonplace subject, they place the critic and
Within my native land. the lawyer in a pleasing point of view :
“ Benares, 1828."
We shall end this article in a manner much in vogue By Francis Jeffrey, Esq.
among the gentler kind of reviewers, by "sincerely re. « Why write my name 'midst songs and flowers,
commending the book in question to the notice of our To meet the eye of lady gay?
VERSES INSCRIBED IN AN ALBUM.
" What secret thus the soul possess'd Ackermann's Juvenile Forget-me-Not : A Christmas, New
Of one so young and innocent ? Year's, und Birth-Day Present, for Youth of both
Oh! nothing but a robin's nest, Sexes, for 1830. Edited by Frederic Shoberl. Lon
O'er which in ecstasy she bent : don. Ackermann and Co. 12mo. Pp. 274.
That treasure she herself had found, We have already reviewed the Juvenile Forget-me-Not,
With five brown eggs, upon the ground. edited by Mrs S. C. Hall. That before us is quite a dis
“ When first it flash'd upon her sight, tinct book, though varying in title only by having Acker- Bolt flew the dam above ber head ; mann's name prefixed to it. This is awkward, and should She stoop'd and almost shriek'd for fright; have been avoided, if possible. Mrs Hall, in the preface But spying there that little bed, to her volume, thus mentions the subject :-“ It gives me
With feathers, moss, and horse-bair twined, pain to allude to the fact, that the success of · The Juve
Wonder and gladness fill'd her mind. nile Forget-me-Not' has given rise to a similar publica
“ Breathless and beautiful she stood; tion under a title so nearly the same, that it is more than
Her ringlets o'er her bosom fell; probable the one will be often mistaken for the other.
With hand uplift-in attitude, Fair and honourable competition is at all times beneficial ; As though a pulse would break the spell; and if the work to which I allude had received any other While through the shade her pale fine face name, I should have been the last to complain ; but I can- Shone like a star amidst the place. not consider it either fair or honourable to take advantage
“ She stood so silent, staid so long, of that popularity for which the publishers of · The Ju
The parent birds forgot their fear : venile Forget-me-Not' had anxiously and successfully Cock-robin soon renew'd bis song, laboured during a period of two years." In the preface In notes like dew-drops, trembling clear; to Ackermann's Juvenile Forget-me-Not no allusion is From spray to spray the shyer hen made to this matter ; and as some explanation was cer- Dropt softly on her nest again. tainly called for, we must suppose that silence implies culpability. Had it been even alleged that the title of
“ Then Lucy mark'd her slender bill
On this side, and on that her tail ,Mrs Hall's Juvenile Forget-me-Not was an infringement
Peer'd on the edge, -while, fix'd and still, on the title of the original Forget-me-Not, the argument
Two bright black eyes her own assail, would have been worth something ; but as this is not Which in eye-language seem'd to say, stated, we must conclude that Mrs Hall's publishers had Peep, pretty maiden ; then, away! Ackermann's consent to christen their bantling by the name they gave it, in which case his present interference
""Away, away, at length she crept, with that name is harassing and injurious. “ Non nobis,”
So pleased, she knew not how she trode,
Yet light on tottering tip-toe stepp'd, however, “ tantas componere lites."
As though birds' eggs strew'd all the road; Ackermann's Juvenile Forget-me-Not is an exceedingly Close cradling in her heart's recess, elegant little volume ; indeed, we suspect the most cle- The secret of her happiness." gant of all the Juvenile Annuals in external appearance, They who are determined not to buy Mrs Hall's Jurealthough we certainly prefer
. Mrs Hall's embellishments, nile Forget-me-Not, have nothing to do but to ask for The stories and poetry too, in Ackermann, are good, and Ackermann's Juvenile Forget-me-Not. well adapted for children, which is the great thing. The “ True Story of Web Spinner," by Mary Howitt, is quite
4to. Edindelightful. Who is Mary Howiti? She has proved her- Lothian's Historical Atlas of Scotland. self, by the Annuals for 1830, to be one of the very
burgh. 1829.-Lothian's County Atlas of Scotland. cleverest of our female writers, yet we know next to no
4to. Edinburgh. 1826-28. thing about her. Is she a Quakeress? We see there are A COUNTY Atlas of Scotland, of a convenient size, and a William and a Richard Howitt also, (clever, too, though at a moderate price, has long been a desideratum. The not so clever as Mary)—are they her brothers, or is one maps in Mr Lothian's publication, besides that they supof them her, husband? Will any benevolent Christian ply this want, are as accurate as the scale upon which inform us on these particulars ? for we are sorry to say they are projected admits, and are executed with the that Mary Howitt's personal history is totally unknown greatest neatness. His Historical Atlas contains several to the literati of Edinburgh ; yet she is one who deserves curious relics of antiquity, and is a valuable present to the to be known, and who is fast making herself so. This student of our national history. It serves to throw light little volume contains also by far the best thing which on many passages in our older historians, where the auJames Montgomery has contributed to any of the An- thor's incorrect notions of Scottish geography render him nuals we have yet seen. Indeed, we were beginning to unintelligible to the reader, who has in his mind's eye fear that Montgomery had lost his poetical talents alto- true picture of the relative localities of the country. Engether, so entirely did they appear to be frittered away tertaining so favourable an opinion of the merits of these upon the most insignificant subjects, until we met with two works, we are happy to learn that the enterprise of the gem now before us. It is called “ The Snake in the their publisher is likely to reap its due reward. Grass ;" but, as we can only give a part of it, we shall The Historical Atlas has suggested to us a few reentitle it
marks connected with the history of map-making, which THE BIRD'S NEST.
we shall submit to our readers. It is with no small unBy James Montgomery.
willingness that we feel obliged to commence, by acknow« She had a secret of her own,
ledging that the art or science of map-making is in this The little girl of whom we speak,
country at a much lower grade of perfection than it is O'er which she oft would muse alone,
on the Continent. The necessities of our trade and naviTill the blush came across her cheek,
gation have produced many accurate marine charts- perA rosy cloud that glow'd awhile,
haps more than are to be found in any other nationalThen melted in a sunny smile.
though France and Holland, if not exactly equal to 18 « There was so much to charm the eye,
in this department, are treading close upon our heels; So much to move delightful thought,
but in land maps we are miserably deficient : and this is Awake at night she loved to lie,
the more unpardonable, because, in respect to all the me Darkness to her that image brought;
chanical aids which go to their construction-good engraShe murmur'd of it in her dreams,
vers, accurate mathematical instruments, and the likeLike the low sounds of gurgling streams.
we are better off than any country in Europe.
A brief retrospect of what has been done towards per- this make-shift was Lehmann, latterly a major in the fecting the construction of maps, during the last century, service of Saxony, and director of the royal plan-chamber will clearly establish the assertion with which we have in Dresden. It is impossible to enter here into an histoset out. The earliest maps aspired to do little more than rical account of the progress of his invention ;--the result to give an approximating idea of the relative situations was this. A map is a representation, on a plane surface, and distances of several places. More accurate notions of of a portion of land, supposed to be extended horizontally the longitude and latitude, together with more accurate beneath the spectator. To a person so situated relatively means of ascertaining them, suggested the mode of pro- to the land itself, all those portions of the surface which jecting a sphere upon a plane surface, and thus of giving lay parallel to the horizontal line would appear in a strong greater accuracy to maps. The discovery of America, light; all those which, forming a declivity, deviated from which gave the first impulse in modern times to the more the horizontal line, and receded from the eye, would apgeneral study of geography, by turning the attention of pear in shade, and this shade would be more or less in.. Europe for a while almost exclusively to maritime enter- tense, in proportion to the angle which the line of decliprises, was the cause that marine charts were more vity formed with the horizontal line. Upon these data speedily brought to a degree of perfection than the other Lehmann formed his system. All planes parallel to this class. Voyages were undertaken, observations and sound- horizontal line were left white ;-all inclined planes, ings made, in all directions, in order to diminish, by the which formed a greater angle than 45 deg. with the hodiscovery and accurate notation of the hidden dangers of rizontal line, were viewed as perpendiculars, and marked the ocean, the perils of the mariner. In this manner, the as invisible, by a deep black line ;-all inclined planes outlines of all such countries as were bounded by the sea from 0 deg. to 45 deg. were denoted by different degrees came to be exactly pourtrayed. Their interior, however, of shade, beginning with a very slight admixture of black, and the relative situation of inland nations, were more deepening in proportion to the increase of the angle;—all slovenly represented. There was no peril of life and limb the black strokes, by which the process of shading was to be incurred by ignorance in this respect, and men were effected, were drawn perpendicular to the horizontal line. content to rest upon the vague information to be attained By this means, a representation of the inequalities of a from casual and ignorant travellers. It did not even once country, upon a plane surface, was obtained, as exact as, occur to them that more could be effected in land maps could be afforded by a model upon the same scale. The than had been in sea charts—the representation of dis- most splendid specimen of Lehmann's talents, and the tance and relative situation. They never entertained the most satisfactory proof of the practicability and sufficiency idea that any correcter notion of the inequalities of the of his system, is the map of the kingdom of Saxony, in surface could be conveyed otherwise than by a hierogly- eight large sheets, taken and projected by him, now enphic similar to that used to denote a town, placed as graving at the royal plan-chamber of Dresden. nearly as might be in the situation of any very conspicu- Lehmann's system has been adopted, with some slight ous eminence. Such was the state of map-making all modifications, by the engineers of Prussia and Austria. over Europe down to a comparatively late period. Of their alterations, we would say, that although perhaps
A more extended and scientific inspection of the sur- less accurate, they are better adapted for speed in cases of face of the earth, has taught us that every portion of land emergency. The French, too, have adopted as much of rises gradually from the sea towards some central point the system as serves to give their maps a plausible apthat the mountains are not casual elevations rising in a pearance ; but as far as we can judge from those we have chain, but partial terminations of this ascent—that they yet seen, they do not adhere to it with that strictness hang together in chains, united hy the necessity of an which is necessary to ensure accuracy. Britain alone reinternal organization—and that the courses of rivers are mains behind. Her military engineers keep still by the determined by this uniform rising of the land, and the old system, which attempts to unite perspective with position and direction of the chains of mountains. A plan-drawing. Her surveyors are, in general, men of too knowledge of these peculiar features in every territory is confined and desultory education, to be masters of their of importance-to the landed proprietor, since upon the trade. Those few of them who have attempted to introelevation of his possessions depend the natural products duce something like the system of Lehmann, have too they are capable of yielding—to the merchant, that he confused a notion of the principles upon which it rests, to may know the easiest routes of travel to the military do so to any purpose. The great misfortune with us is, leader, as upon a thorough acquaintance with his ground that no person of sufficient education has devoted himself his whole art depends to the statesman, as it is his to to the construction of maps. With the exception of that wield the combined forces of all the three. All the de-constructed under the auspices of government (and which tails can be but imperfectly expressed in words, and it seems to have stuck in the middle) upon the trigonomebecame therefore an interesting problem, whether they trical survey, and perhaps one or two others of less immight not by some means or other be represented on portance, all our English maps are published as speculamaps. The first plan devised was rude enough. For tions by some one of the trade. Arrowsinith's are the the old isolated representatives of hills, were substituted best, and yet his are almost always copies, sometimes not links of them placed in the direction of the principal very correct ones, of some Continental map. The excelchains of mountains. This was obviously very deficient. lency of their engraving is their chief recommendation. The general rise of land which determines the main direction of rivers, and the exposure of the soil, does not
The Bijou : An Annual of Literature and the Arts. always coincide exactly with the mountain ranges, and could not therefore be expressed in this manner. Besides,
London.' William Pickering. 1830. 12mo. Pp. 288. it was an attempt to unite two irreconcilable ways of re- The two embellishments of greatest interest in this presenting an object. In a map, we are supposed to take Annual (there are only nine altogether) are, Ada, a a bird's-eye view of the territory, but on this plan the spec- | Portrait of a Young Lady,” from a picture by Sir Thomas tator was placed at the base of the hills, and made to look ( Lawrence, and “ The Bagpiper," by Wilkie. The first towards them. Still something was gained, and the in- is a perfect gem : it is the head of a little girl, five or six genuity of many engineers gave to this method a degree years old, who, if she be not Lord Byron's daughter, as of perfection, which, when we take into consideration its the name leads us to hope, ought to be. We have seldom utter want of a systematic theory to direct it, is alınost seen in a youthful face so much intelligence, combined inconceivable. The best maps executed in this manner with so much infantine simplicity and innocence. Had are those constructed by order of the French government Lawrence never painted any thing but this, it would have daring the war in Italy.
been enough to hand his name down to posterity. . As to The first who substituted a more sufficient method for | Wilkie's “ Bagpiper," it is of course inimitable. The
weatherbeaten, strongly marked, acute, and truly High- And little sprouts come by and by, land countenance of the old man, playing one of the
So die married men. favourite airs of his mountain land with all his fingers “ But, ah ! as thistles on the blast and with all his soul, is full of the fire and energy of Wil- From every garden bed are cast, kie's genius. His piper is just the man to march at the And fade on dreary wastes at last, head of the Forty-Second into the field of battle. The
So die bachelors. glory of old Scotland is in his heart, and he could move “ Then, Thomas, change that grublike skin, up with his bagpipe to a serried phalanx of bayonets, or to Your butterfly career begin, the mouth of a cannon. He is the chief's piper, and he And fly, and swear that 'tis a sin might almost be the chief himself. Many a bloody field,
To be a bachelor." and many a merry meeting, has he witnessed. There is We have no room for further quotations. The volume a history of something or other in every corner of his face. is a handsome one ; and we bave no doubt will make a He is like one of Sir Walter Scott's novels.— The portrait very satisfactory New Year's present. of his Majesty, which serves as the frontispiece, does not charm us much; and that of Mrs Arbuthnot, which, if we mistake not, we have already seen in “ La Belle Ass Life on Board a Man-of-War; including a Full Account semblée," does not strike us as remarkably beautiful. It
of the Battle of Navarino. By a British Seaman. is odd, but it is nevertheless true, that celebrated beauties
Glasgow. Blackie, Fullarton, and Co. 1829. 8vo. never make very fine pictures. What can be more in
Pp. 194. sipid, for example, than the face of Mrs Agar Ellis in the Though in some parts a little coarse, this is, on the Keepsake? and this of Mrs Arbuthnot is just a very good whole, a clever and amusing book. We have already face for an English wife, without being in any way re- given our readers an extract from some of the sheets markable. The truth is, that beauty does not agree with which were sent to us as it was passing through the press, the atmosphere and the habits of fashion, and that white and now that we have the completed work before us, we satin gowns, gold chains, and rings, have little or nothing propose adding, for their entertainment, one or two exto do with it.
The title-page describes very well the naFew eminent names appear among the contributors to ture of the book, which is a good deal more than can be the Bijou ; and, in looking over the contents, we confess said for all title-pages. The author has evidently seen this circumstance was to us quite refreshing. We have what he undertakes to speak about. Though of respectbeen dabbling so much in Annuals for the last two or able parentage, he chose to run away when only a lad of three weeks, that we have got heartily tired of " eminent seventeen, and voluntarily became a common seaman on names.” Besides, we are satisfied that there are a great board a man-of-war. Soon after his arrival at Liverpool, number of very clever people whom the world has never whither he had come by steam from Glasgow, he got himheard any thing about; and we flattered ourselves that self entered for his Majesty's ship Genoa. He was, howthe editor of the Bijou, trusting to his own judgment, was ever, in the first place, along with a good number of other determined to prefer talented things from persons without new hands, sent on board the Bittern sloop of war, in a name, to stupid things from persons with a very large order to be broken into his new profession, before he went name. We hoped that he was, in this way, about to upon actual service. From the Bittern he was draughted “ give the world assurance” of an Annual that would to the brig Reynard, in which he made a cruise, at the stand ponderibus librata suis, and would trust to no ficti- end of which he came into Plymouth Sound, and was at tious celebrity whatever. We have been somewhat dis- length delivered over to the Genoa. In her he sailed, appointed, however ; for, on perusing the book, we find, under Captain Bathurst, first to Lisbon, then to Malta
, that instead of stupid things by well-known people, we and finally to Navarino, soon after which battle he quitare, for the most part, presented with stupid things from ted the service, and returned to Glasgow, his native city. unknown people. Thus, we have “ The Fisher's Wife, Although, comparatively speaking, the writer is still but by a young Lady,” “ Oswald and Leonora," “ Lines writ- a young sailor, it is evident that he is an acute and inten under a Butterfly painted in an Album," “ Sonnet on telligent observer in his own sphere; and many of the Emigration," “ Sonnet by the Rev. Alexander Dyce,” scenes he describes, for graphic accuracy and strength of “ Sonnet by Commander Hutchinson," " Sonnet by T. colouring, would do no discredit even to the pen of SmolE. R.,” “'Sonnet by A B C,” “ Sonnet by X Y Z.” lett. We look upon his book as giving the same kind of This is rather tiresome. One might as soon expect to pictures of the naval service, that the memorials of the extract the ottar of roses out of a decoction of boiled peb- soldier of the 71st give of a private's military career. In bles, as poetry out of subjects like these. Nevertheless both instances, we are presented with somewhat novel there are, of course, some things a good deal better, among views of human life ; and though these are occasionally which we class the following little poem :
more repulsive than could be wished, yet whatever is true BACHELORS.
to nature ought to be known, and, if honestly told, will « As lone clouds in autumn eves,
be read with interest. For our own part, we hesitate not As a tree without its leaves,
to say, that we have perused the wbole of this volume with As a shirt without its sleeves,
much entertainment, and, we think, some profit. WithSuch are bachelors.
out farther comment, we subjoin as much as our space “ As syllabubs without a head,
will allow us to extract, beginning with As jokes not laugh'd at when they're said,
A Sailor's Yarn.“ Well, d'ye ser, when I was on As cucumbers without a bed,
board the Barfleur in the West Ingees under old Tommy Such are bachelors.
Harvey, we had a rum time of it ; for he was a real tartar.
He was none of your wishy-washy old women; for, if a “ As creatures of another sphere,
man came before him once, he was as sure of his five dozen As things that have no business here,
as he had his biscuit to crack for dinner, and you know As inconsistencies, 'tis clear,
that's always sure. Well, as I was saying, the old telior Such are bachelors.
had a quare notion as how the ship's company was in a state “ When, lo! as souls in fabled bowers,
of mutiny, thof' there was not a more peaceabler set of men As beings born for happier hours,
in the grand fleet at the time than we were. The masterAs butterflies on favour'd flowers,
at-arms was just, d'ye see, the two ends and the middle of a Such are married men.
twice laid rotten strand
of a bloody rascal, and then, d'ye “ These perform their functions high;
* Twice laid is applied to ropes made of old yarns. The two ends They bear their fruit and then they die,
and the middle of course comprise the whole. Strand means one al the plies of a rope.