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We understand that Messrs Blackie, Fullarton, & Co. of Glasgow, ence upon both houses. Whenever a popular piece was performed, will publish next week, the Second Series of the Casquet of Literary from sixty to a hundred pounds was sure to be divided among three Gems, in two vols. 12mo. It will consist of upwards of three hundred or four performers, and then came the regular nightly expenses. In and sixty articles, embracing extracts from many old writers, and addition to this, let it be considered that the rent paid by the lessee from books not generally to be met with, as well as copious and hi- of Drury Lane is L. 12,000; and we shall scarcely be surprised that therto unappropriated specimens from the works of the best Novel- the establishment is not in the most flourishing condition. The ists, Essayists, and Poets of the present day, and will be illustrated French Theatre in London has also closed for the scason, after a raby eight fine engravings.

ther indifferent campaign.-The Italian opera is still open. Madame New Scots MAGAZINE.-We observe that the first volume of this

Malibran has played Romeo to Sontag's Giulietta in a manner which spirited and useful periodical is now completed. From the approved appears to have delighted all mankind." It gives us real pleasure," talents of its Editor, and the highly respectable manner in which he

says the Court Journal, to report, that Madame Caradori Allan inconducts the work, we should suppose that its success will be ulti

tends to make her appearance on the English stage as the representamately commensurate with its deserts. It has our best wishes for its future prosperity.

tive of regular English characters, and that she is now acting and SEAT OP War in Turkey.-A neat and cheap Map of the Seat of singing in the provinces, for the express purpose of qualifying herself War in the East, will appear in a day or two. The places most fre

for this task. We confidently predict that she will meet with brilquently mentioned in the Papers are distinguished by colouring. The liant success. As an Italian singer, she has been over-praised. Though map is done up on cloth, for the pocket, and admits of being easily a sweet and graceful singer, and an accomplished musician, the style taken to and from the News rooms. It is similar in size and price to

of her voice and the character of her powers are not of a description those of Scotland, England, and Ireland, just published by Mr Lo- to shine in the first class of Italian music, which, to give it due efthian, and advertised in to-day's JOURNAL.

fect, requires to be accompanied by a passionate force of expression, To those interested in the Corn Laws we would recommend a Ca- which Caradori never did and never can reach. But as a singer of techism on the Corn Laws, with a list of Fallacies, and the Answers - English music to English ears, she is all that can be desired; and a pamphlet, which contains a great deal of interesting matter upon this as she is accustomed to English habits and modes of feeling, from hasubject, and has been favourably alluded to by members of both ving long been married to a native of our country, we anticipate in Houses of Parliament. Next session the Coru Laws will probably her a perfect English singer, and one who will create a more lively attract much of the public attention.

and universal sensation in some of our English pieces, - the Bege LECTURES AGAINST CHRISTIANITY.—Taylor (who was tried for gar's Opera,' for instance, and • Love in a Village,'-than any singer blasphemy) and his coadjutor, Carlile, are at Leeds, delivering “ora- has done since the early days of Miss Stephens.”—Madame Vestris has tions” in defence of their well-known opinions, but to very thin

been performing in Dublin, and is to have L.700 for her trip.-A audiences. A public discussion on the truths of Christianity lately son of the celebrated Incledon is about to appear at the Haymarket, took place in the United States, between Mr Owen (of Lanark) and in the character of Macheath. The name of Incledon excites hopes a Mr Campbell. At its termination, Mr Campbell, lest the silence which are rendered doubly earnest, when we consider the pitiable preserved by the audience should be construed favourably to Mr state of the English stage at the present moment, so far as relates to Owen's doctrine, called upon all those who thought with him (Mr C. male singers. With the exception of Braham, we have not had a to stand up. Nearly all the persons present (at least two thousand) single song sung by a tenor voice on the English stage, in a manner immediately rose; on the question being put the other way, only at all satisfying to a cultivated ear and taste, since Incledon was lost four or five stood up.

to us.-Poor Terry died a few days ago. He had been long a severe EDINBURGH INFANT School Society.–We understand that up sufferer, and was cut off at last by an attack of paralysis. The better wards of L.100 has been already subscribed by benevolent individuals portion of his life was spent in Scotland, where he married Miss in this city, towards commencing an establishment under Mr Wil. Nasmyth, the daughter of the celebrated artist, and herself eminent derspin's superintendance, for the moral training and education of

as a landscape painter. He was much esteemed, and long enjoyed infants. We believe L.600 or L.700 will be required before any effi

the intimacy of Sir Walter Scott, and other leading literati in cient steps can be taken. The object appears to be a laudable one, this city. His Mephistopholes, in the Opera of " Faustus," was and has the support of many philanthropic and enlightened persons.

one of the most peculiar and powerful representations ever seen A Dificult UNDERTAKING.-M. Cæsar Moreau, the late French Vice-Consul at London, has undertaken to prepare a sort of Library few evenings ago, when " John Bull” was played, the principal parts

upon the stage. The company at Liverpool is strong at present. A of Reference of all the Works of interest in the libraries of Paris,

were sustained by Dowton, Vining, Vandenhoff, Rayner, and Miss for the use of the young Duke of Bordeaux. There are in these lib

F. H. Kelly.-We hear of some defections in the Edinburgh Company raries about six millions of volumes of books, and two millions of against next season, which we regret. We are to lose that most usemanuscripts; and M. Moreau intends to analyse them all, so as to

ful actor Pritchard; and we are not quite sure whether Miss Tuntake about one million of the best books, and about half a million of

stall and Mason will not be struck off the list also. A person of the manuscripts, of which he will make a Catalogue of Reference, so that

name of Barton is engaged, we believe, for the first line of business ; the young Prince may, at a glance at the titles, be able to turn to the

and we shall also have probably a visit from Miss Foote. Miss Sto work of every author of note, on whatever subject. For this purpose ker, too, at present at the Caledonian, is to be transplanted, we hear, a room is to be prepared, fitted up with drawers, on each of which

to the Theatre-Royal. It is rather premature to speak of his arwill be pasted the title : each drawer will form a division, and within will be the subdivisions and sections, with the heads : for instance,

rangements yet, but we advise the Manager to show in them all the the word Population will be placed on a drawer, in which will be spirit and enterprise in his power. found cards of reference to every author, ancient and modern, who

Books recently published.-Smith's Medical Witnesses, fep. Sro, has written on the subject, with notes by M. Moreau; and so with

5s. bds.--Medical Transactions, Vol. XV. Part I. 8vo, 10's. Ed. bdsevery other title.

Shepherd's Poems, fcp. 8vo, 6s. bds.-Harleian Dairy Husbandry, Royal Physical Society, 30th JUNE, 1829.—The first part of evo, £1, 1s. bds.-Brown's Italian Tales, &c. 8vo, 7s. 6d. bds. the public business was an exhibition of a Terrestrial Globe, adapted

Bucke's Classical Grammar of the English Language, 12mo, 33. bds. to the tuition of the blind, by Mr Richardson, illustrated by the at

-Head's North America, post dvo, 8s. 6d. bds.-Mawc's Journey

from the Pacific to the Atlantic, 8vo, 12s. bds.-Castle's Botany, tendance of a female, who gave the strongest proofs of the utility of

12mo, coloured, 12s. 6d. bds.—The Chelsea Pensioners, 3 vols. post this ingenious contrivance, as she went with certainty and facility to

8vo, £1, 11s. 6d. bds.-King's Life of Locke, 1to, £2, 2s. bds. The the utmost extremes of the globe, and solved several difficult pro

Indian Chief, 3 vols. 12mo, 10s. 6d, bds. blems, with a greater degree of quickness than we remember to have witnessed even by a person with the advantages of sight. Mr Chester, as president, complimented Mr Richardson, from the Chair, on the value and importance of his method of teaching the blind, and re

TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS. commended a continuance of his exertions, which could not fail to obtain for him the thanks of his country, and the heartfelt gratitude

“ A Sailor's Tale" is well written, but is deficient in novelty and of those who had the misfortune to be deprived of sight. The Presi- interest.—"The Short Campaign" is in somewhat the same predica. dent also communicated to Mr Richardson a vote of thanks from the ment, and serves only to illustrate a very old and well-established Society for his extremely interesting exhibition.-Mr Mackeon then fact, that minute and apparently accidental circumstances often maread an Essay on the Functions of the Brain, and Nervous System ; terially influence the future destiny of individuals. We cannot give the object of which was to overtum the phrenological doctrines. His

a place to the communication of "Didou cons." views were combated by Dr Holland, in his usual eloquent manner. “ The Triumph of Love" is not one of its author's best composi

Theatrical Gossip.-Both the large Theatres are now closed, and tions.-We shall probably find room for “Auld Janet Baird."-The the season has been far from profitable to either; but Drury Lane verses by " A. G. G.” and by "A. B." will not suit us. - The Song by has had the best of it. There have been twenty-seven new pieces “F." of Dundee, shall, perhaps, have a place. produced between them, sixteen at Drury Lane, and eleven at Co- In the announcement in our last of a posthumous volume, by the vent Garden. The star system has exercised a most baneful influ- | Reverend Archibald Gracie, for " sacerdotal" read " sacramental."

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LITERARY CRITICISM.

We learn that the authoress of “ The Loves of the Poets," and of the “ Diary of an Ennuyée,” (a very

pretty sentimental volume,) is a Mrs Jameson, a native The Loves of the Poets. By the Author of the " Diary of the Emerald Isle ; but we are alike ignorant of her of an Ennnyée." Two volumes. London. Henry person and farther history. The book before us is the Colburn. 1829.

matured execution of a rather happy idea ; and the sub

ject being one of general interest, we have no doubt it “ The Loves of the Poets !"-we like the name, and will meet with a pretty extensive circulation. It contains could very easily fall into a rhapsody upon it. A poet's notices of a considerable proportion of the most celebrated love ought to be, and is, something worth living for. poets of all countries, in so far as they had any thing to Look at the great mass of marriages which take place do with affaires du caur, and intermingles with lively deover the whole world ;-what poor, contemptible, com- scriptions of their amourettes, numerous pleasant quotamonplace affairs they are ! A few soft looks, a walk, a tions from their poetical works, whether in French, Itadance, a squeeze of the hand, a popping of the question, lian, or English. “ These little sketches,” says Mrs a purchasing of a certain number of yards of white satin, Jameson in her preface, are absolutely without any a ring, a clergyman, a stage or two in a hired carriage, a other pretension than that of exhibiting, in a small comnight at a country inn, and the whole matter is over. pass, and under one point of view, many anecdotes of For five or six weeks, two sheepish-looking persons are biography and criticism, and many beautiful poetical seen dangling about on each other's arm, looking at water- portraits, scattered through a variety of works, and all falls, or making morning calls, and guzzling wine and tending to illustrate a subject in itself full of interest, take ; then every thing falls into the most monotonous the influence which the beauty and virtue of women have routine ; the wife sits at one side of the hearth, the hus- exercised over the characters and writings of men of geband at the other, and little quarrels, little pleasures, lit- nius.” The praise due to a very graceful compiler, we tle cares, and little childresı, gradually gather round them. willingly bestow ; and as no more is asked, we need not This is what ninety-nine out of a hundred find to be the stop to discuss the question, whether more could be with delights of love and matrimony. But the hundredth is propriety given. The first volume is devoted to the loves a poet! and poetry is power. It cannot change the es- of the Classic Poets ; of the Troubadours ; of the Italian sential attributes of things, but, like natural objects seen Poets, Dante, Petrarch, Lorenzo de Medici, Ariosto, throngh a prism, it can clothe them in colours invisible Tasso, and others ; and of the English Poets, Chaucer, to the naked eye. A poet's love is the twin-sister of a Surrey, Spenser, Shakspeare, Sydney, Milton, and other poet's genius. They play into each other's hands, and celebrated persons belonging to the court and age of Eliza

each gives each a double charm.” The littlenesses, the beth. The second volume speaks, among many more, of technicalities, the mere mercantile principles, which are Waller's Sacharissa ; of Doctor Donne, Lord Lyttleton, too frequently allowed to degrade la belle passion, have no Klopstock, Monti, and their wives ; of Swift's Stella and place upon his lips or in his heart. Pure himself, and Vanessa ; of Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and high-souled, he singles out for the object of his earthly Martha Blount; of various French Poets, and of some adoration a being no less so, or, if less, elevated by his own poetical old bachelors. glowing imagination to something far more than she Now, we have one remark to make ---that, though love really is, surrounded with the same glory that encom- is no doubt a very delightful thing, it is rather a ticklish passes himself, and so distinguished in the eyes of the subject to write about, especially for a lady. See how world,

that very good girl and sweet poetess, Miss Landon, has " That queens hereafter would be proud to live

been talked of, simply because she spun a few long yarns Upon the alms of her superfluous praise."

about the boy-god, and innocently prattled of beating " And how have women repaid this gift of immortality?" hearts and broken vows. Yet, nevertheless, here is Mrs * 0, believe it,” says the authoress before us, “ when the Jameson boldly sitting down to write two volumes in garland was such as woman is proud to wear, she amply prose, all about that captivating sensation which men call and deeply rewarded him who placed it on her brow. If, ---love. We believe it was Mrs Jameson's reverence for in return for being made illustrious, she made her lover the lyre that first prompted her to the task, and she has happy; if, for glory, she gave a heart, was it not a rich certainly gone through it with much delicacy and gentle equivalent ? and if not--if the lover was unsuccessful, feminine enthusiasm ; but still the question recurs, and still the poet had his reward. Whence came the generous we are afraid the sober critic must not blink it, what is the feelings, the high imaginations, the glorious fancies, the general impression which will be left upon the mind by a beavenward inspirations, which raised bim above the perusal of her book ? We feel confident that, in far herd of vulgar men—but from the ennobling influence of the majority of instances, especially where the temperaber he loved ?"

ment is in the slightest degree ardent, the work is calcuThis is a remarkably pleasing view of the subject, but lated to awaken in the female breast a soft voluptuous it must not carry us too far. There is, we suspect, a languor, and to generate a conviction that, provided the slight per contra, to which we think it incumbent on us man who loves her be a poet, every excess of passion is to direct attention ; but, before doing so, we may as well pardonable. This is a serious and startling consideration, state the precise nature of the work we are reviewing. which very possibly never entered the fair author's mind,

ments,

gradually proceeding, as she would do, from one sketch

“Forse avro di fedele il titol vero, to another. But, if we be correct, the evil is one against Let not maidens of sixteen, therefore, just budding into

Caro a me sopra ogn' altro eterno onore." which it is our duty to guard the reader.

To a very great extent, we believe the fault to rest with Mrs Jame- womanhood, fancy that they have secured a poet's love son's subject, for it is well known that poets too often are,

when some tall stripling swears in rhyme that their hair or at least consider themselves to be, a set of " chartered is solid gold, and that their eyes sparkle like diamonds. libertines;" and, in talking of such men as Lorenzo de

Far better for them to listen to the modest declaration of Medici, Ariosto, Ronsard, Voltaire, and Rousseau, it was

some sensible youth who is industriously following out impossible to avoid touching upon topics of a delicate and

his father's profession, than the crack-brained rhapsodies dubious nature. But the subject, we must say, has not the of a far-off follower of Apollo. Alas! even though they whole blame. In her vast admiration for a true poet, our

were to win a genuine poet's love, there are few fates authoress seems almost to fancy that he can do no wrong;

more perilous. Genius, like the delicate workmanship and she leads us to believe that she would much rather of a watch, is almost too fine for the coarse tear and wear be a peasant, beloved in any way by a poet, than a king's of the world. Often does it fall to pieces in the rude daughter wedded to an emperor. Many a high-born concussion, and remains for ever a heap of glittering fragdame," she

says, who once moved, goddess-like, upon the earth, and bestowed kingdoms with her hand, lives a

Some of the most interesting Chapters in the work bemere name in some musty chronicle. Though her love fore us treat of those poets who entered into the matriwas sought by princes, though with her dower she might monial state, and were, for the most part, happy in it. have enriched an emperor,—what availed it ?

Among these are to be included Ovid and Burns, two

persons whom one would have thought scarcely calcula“She had no poet, and she died !""

ted to make very domestic men. The late Italian poet, In a similar, but still more dangerous spirit, she apolo- Monti, seems also to have been particularly fortunate in gizes for the licentious habits of Lorenzo de Medici :--- | his family. When a mere boy, he married Teresa Pich“United,” she remarks, “at the age of twenty-one, to a ler, a beautiful girl, and the daughter of the celebrated woman he had never seen, residing in a dissipated capi- gem engraver. They lived constantly together till the tal, surrounded by temptation, and from disposition pe- poet died, upwards of seventy, in the year 1828, leaving culiarly sensible to the influence of women, it is not

his wife and daughter, who now reside at Milan, to matter of astonishment if Lorenzo's conjugal faith was mourn his loss. Some of Monti's finest minor pieces are not preserved immaculate ---if he occasionally became the addressed to his wife, for whom his affection continued thrall of beauty, and (since he was not likely to be caught unabated to the very last. But the man whom we envy by vulgar charms) if he sighed, par hazard, for one who above all others in his selection of a wife, is Klopstock, was not to be tempted by power or gold.” Hear also the the author of the “ Messiah.” Such a woman as his careless manner in which she glosses over the tempting Meta was worth all the universe, lovely, devoted, tenimmorality of Ariosto :---" Of Ariosto's amatory poems, der, almost perfect. It is impossible to conceive a union so full of spirit, grace, and a sort of earnest triumphant of two hearts more complete, more holy, or more blessed. tenderness, it is impossible to doubt that the objects were

“ All the sweetest images," says our authoress, eloquentreal. Neither are we quite pleased with the following ly, “ that ever were grouped together by fancy, dreaming sneer at Spenser's first love :

:---" At a late period of Spen- over the golden age; beauty, innocence, and happiness; ser's life, the remembrance of this cruel piece of excellence

, the fervour of youthful love, the rapture of corresponding ---his Rosalind---was effaced by a second and a happier affection; undoubting faith and undissembled truth ;love." But perhaps the most objectionable passage in the these were so bound together, so exalted by the highest whole book is the following, which we, at the same time, and holiest associations, so confirmed in the serenity of regret to say is not very much out of keeping with the conscious virtue, so sanctified by religious enthusiasm ;

Our authoress is talking of Lucy Harrington, and, in the midst of all human blessedness, so wrapt up Countess of Bedford :---“ I know not,” she says, "what in futurity,—that the grave was not the close, but the her ladyship may have paid for the following exquisite completion and the consummation, of their happiness." lines by Ben Jonson, but the reader will agree with me,

We could dwell long on this part of the work, but space that it could not have been too much." Good God! Mrs forbids. One thing we shall never forgive Klopstock-Jameson, is there nothing which a woman should not give that he married again! No wonder Mrs Jameson exfor a sonnet ?

claims,We are aware that, to certain minds, few things can

" And such is man's fidelity!" be inore painful than to have a charge brought against

After all, we believe those poets are the wisest who any production of theirs like that which we are inclined trouble their heads as little about the fair sex as possible. to make against “ The Loves of the Poets ;" and we well What a crowd of annoyances and anxieties they avoid ! know that, conscious of the integrity of her own heart, a

what heart-burnings, what fears, what jealousies, what lady will sometimes write and say what may produce, sorrows, what disappointments, what partings! There upon one less pure in thought, a very different effect from is an amusing Chapter on Poetical old Bachelors, to that which was intended. We do not wish, therefore, in whom, however, it can scarcely be expected that a lady the present instance, to implicate the authoress.

would do full justice. Nevertheless, as we think it will mean to do is, to enter our protest against the notion be

be read with interest, we subjoin it almost entire :ing either taught or received, that poets are entitled to one whit greater latitude in their loves than other men.

“ There is a certain class of poets, not a very numerous The value of a true poet's love every woman should know one, whom I would call poetical old bachelors. These are and feel ; but he is either no true poet, or has no true selves, without sharing their celebrity with any fair piece

such as enjoy a certain degree of fame and popularity themlove, who offers his genius as an excuse for breaking the of excellence; but walk each in his solitary path to glory, commandments of heaven and the solemn enactments of wearing their lonely honours with more dignity than grace:

The puny whipster, who pours forth amatory ef- for instance, Corneille, Racine, Boileau, the classical names fusions into the lap of milliners, or, with a crow quill, of French poetry, were all poetical old bachelors. Racine scratches sonnets on the blank leaves of an album, may -le tendré Racine-as he is called par excellence, is said riot in the vulgar vices of seduction and infidelity; but

never to have been in love in his life; nor has he left us a he whose mind is attuned to a far higher pitch, knows single verse in which any of his personal feelings can be that the whole wealth of his deep affections must rest for of a cold bigoted woman, who was persuaded, and at length

traced. He was, however, the kind and faithful busband ever with ber on whom they are first bestowed, and can persuaded him that he would be grillé in the other world, say with the noble Italian,

for writing heathen tragedies in this; and made it her

rest.

All we

POETICAL OLD BACHELORS.

men.

boast that she had never read a single line of her husband's fill up the period which intervened between the death of Works! Peace be with her!

Pope and the tirst publications of Burns and Cowper-all • And O! let her, by whom the Muse was scorn'd,

died old bachelors !"-Vol. II. pp. 303-16. Alive nor dead, be of the Muse adorn'd!'

Before closing these volumes, we add one other short "Our own Gray was, in every sense, real and poetical, a passage upon a subject of national interest. It is the opicold, fastidious old bachelor, who buried himself in the re- nion of our authoress upon the different characters of Elicesses of his college at once shy and proud, sensitive and zabeth of England, and Mary, Queen of Scots :-selfish. I cannot, on looking through his memoirs, letters, “ This is no place to settle disputed points of history, nor, and poems, discover the slightest trace of passion, or one if it were, should I presume to throw an opinion into one proof or even indication that he was ever under the influ- scale or the other ; but take the two queens as women ence of woman. He loved his mother, and was dutiful to merely, and, with a reference to apparent circumstances, I two tiresome old aunts, who thought poetry one of the seven would rather have been Mary than Elizabeth-I would deadly sinset voila tout. He spent his life in amassing an rather have been Mary, with all her faults, frailties, and inconceivable quantity of knowledge, which lay as buried misfortunes-all her power of engaging hearts, betrayed by and useless as a miser's treasure, but with this difference, her own soft nature, and the vile or tierce passions of the that, when the miser dies, his wealth flows forth into its

men around her,—to die on the scaffold, with the meekness natural channels and enriches others-Gray's learning was of a saint, and the courage of a heroine, with those at her entombed with him; his genius survives in his Elegy and side who would gladly bave bled for her,—than I would his ades--what became of his heart, I know not. He is have been that heartless flirt, Elizabeth, surrounded by the generally supposed to have possessed one, though none can Oriental servility, the lip and knee-homage of her splendid guess what he did with it; -he might well moralize on his court, to die at last on her palace floor, like a crushed wasp. bachelorship, and call himself “a solitary fly,'

-sick of her own very selfishness-torpid, sullen, and de 'Thy joys no glittering female meets,

spairing,—without one friend near her, without one heart No hive hast thou of hoarded sweets,

in the wide world attached to her by affection or gratitude," No painted plumage to display!

-Vol. I. pp. 275-6. " Collins was never a lover, and never married. His odes, On the whole, we have read the “ Loves of the Poets" with all their exquisite fancy and splendid imagery, have with considerable interest. It is better than a book of not much interest in their subjects, and no pathos derived from feeling or passion. He is reported to have been once

mere gossip; it is full of pretty sentiment and interesting in love; and as the lady was a day older than himself, he anecdote. What we conceive to be its leading fault, we used to say jestingly, that he came into the world a day have already pointed out, perhaps fully as strongly as after the fair. He was not deeply smitten ; and though he there was any occasion for. After a very slight caution, let

, in his early years, a dissipated'lise, his heart never seems which, in many instances, would not be necessary, we to have been really touched. He wrote an Ode on the Pas should not object to place it in the hands of any young sions, in which, after dwelling on Hope, Fear, Anger, lady who might pay us the compliment of allowing us to Despair, and Pity, and describing them with many pictur direct her reading. Tesque circumstances, he dismisses love with a couple of lines, as dancing to the sound of the sprightly viol, and forroing with joy the light fantastic round. Such was Portugal Illustrated. In a series of Letters by the Rev, Collins's idea of love! * To these we may add Goldsmith--of his loves we know

W. M. Kinsey, B.D., &c. Embellished with a mar, nothing; they were probably the reverse of poetical, and

plates of coins, vignettes, modinhas, and various enmay have had some influence on his purse and respectabi- gravings. Second Edition. London. Published for lity

, but none on his literary character and productions. the Author, by Treuttel & Wurtz, Treuttel, jun. & He also died unmarried.

Richter. 1829. * Shenstone, if he was not a poetical old bachelor, was little better than a poetical dangler. He was not formed to captirate : his person was clumsy, his manners disagreeable,

So far as externals go, this is a work of great value. and his temper feeble and vacillating. The Delia who is The author professes to give a satisfactory geographical, introduced into his Elegies, and the Phillis of his Pastoral statistical, and historical detail of Portugal, and to set, Ballad, was Charlotte Graves, sister to the Graves who in a very rich frame work, his own travelling experiences, wrote the Spiritual Quixote. There was nothing warm or like a precious stone in a gold ring. We doubt not but Earnest in his admiration, and all his gallantry is as vapid the book with its apparatus of quotations from Byron as his character. He never gave the lady who was sup- and Shakspeare, its beautiful paper and printing, its elepaned, and who supposed herself, to be the object of his se. rious pursuit, an opportunity of accepting or rejecting him; multifarious contents-will maintain its place on the bou

gant engravings, highly finished but incorrect map, and and his conduct has been blamed as ambiguous and unmauly: His querulous declamations against women in ge- doir table. Moreover, as we hold Johnson's opinion, that Deral had neither cause nor excuse; and his complaints of any man may make an amusing book by merely writing inddelity and coldness are equally without foundation. He down his own experiences, we are resolved to undertake, dieci unmarried.

for our reader's sake, the task of searching out Bachelor " When we look at a picture of Thomson, we wonder Kinsey's good things. We listen to him with pleasure, how a man with that heavy, pampered countenance, and awkward mien, could ever have written the “ Seasons,' or he be not a first-rate story-teller, he sometimes picks up a

when he tells us what he has himself seen, for though have been in love. I think it is Barry Cornwall who says strikingly, that Thomson's figure was a personification of stray fact that has escaped other observers, and sometimes the Castle of Indolence, without its romance.

Yet Thom- gives additional testimony to what others have told besou, though he has not given any popularity or interest to fore him. the name of a woman, is said to have been twice in love, The author's travels seem to have occupied him for a after his own lack-a-daisical fashion.

considerable portion of the year 1827. He landed at " Hammond, the favourite of our sentimental great- Lisbon, where he made a short stay, and visited Cintra. grandmothers, whose · Love Elegies' lay on the toilets of He afterwards sailed along the coast to Oporto. From the Harriet Byrons and Sophia Westerns of the last century, was an amiable youth, very melancholy and gen

that city he made an excursion to Valencia, on the borders teman-like, “who, being appointed equerry to Prince Fre of Galicia, coming back to the Douro by a more inland deric, cast his eyes on Miss Dashwood, bedchamber woman route, and sailing down to Oporto. He returned through to the Princess, and she becaine bis Delia. The lady was Coimbra, Leiria, and Torres Vedras to Lisbon, where he deaf to his pastoral strains; and though it has been said staid about a week, and then embarked for England, that she rejected him on account of the smallness of his for. This tour embraces the three most important cities of fate, I do not see the necessity of believing this assertion, Portugal — Lisbon, its capital,—Oporto, the chief seat of lamentations of the slighted lover. Miss Dashwood never its commerce,--and Coimbra, its university. The tramarried, and was, I believe, one of the maids of honour to veller managed also to pass through some of the most in.

teresting scenery of the country. We shall go over these "Thus, the six poets who, in the history of our literature, subjects in succession.

the late Queen.

Lisbon. Our author is most eloquent (in common shape, said to be imported from Holland, and called cheese ; with all other tourists) on the hills, dogs, filth, and beg- a small quantity of very poor wine; abundance of water; gars of Lisbon. Indeed, such a prominence does his in- and an awful army of red ants, probably imported from the tense feeling give to these features of the city, that we made, hurrying across the cloth with characteristic indus

Brazils, in the wood of which the chairs and tables are were for some time impressed with the feeling that no try ;-such are the principal features of the quiet family dinthing else was to be seen there. But after the vivacity ner-table of the Portuguese who reside at Lisbon.” of our first impressions had worn away, it occurred to us The following passage gives us an idea of the interior that Lisbon, besides a very picturesque situation, had of their houses : some fine buildings, and a somewhat peculiar state of so- “ The arrangement of rooms in a Portuguese house is, ciety. The first thing, of course, that any man of sense we have observed, extremely intricate; the whole of the inenquires after is the appearance of the women :

terior being cut up in small rooms, approached by narrow “ The women are really often very pretty : of the young,

and awkward passages.

The bedrooms generally bare I think, the look is commonly pleasing. The faces of the their wainscots lined, about four feet above the surbase, Lisbonians form an indisputable improvement on the Ma- with painted tiles, for the sake, it is to be presumed, of derienses. Their features, though small, are of a more de- greater coolness ; but the floorings also of all the apartments licate chiselling; their complexions decidedly finer ; now ought to be overlaid with them, instead of being, as they and then, indeed, we have seen the most beautiful'skins, are in frequent instances, boarded and thickly carpeted, the exquisitely clear and smooth, with the slightest and most effect of which is to promote the breed of leas, and

generate delicate tinge of carnation on the cheek that one can fancy. greater heat.” The skin of a Lisbon belle, when fairest, has a warmth of The public places of amusement are the theatre, (of tone, the farthest possible remote from fadeur, or insipidi- which our author does not speak very favourably,) the ty; and when shaded by thick black curls, and animated opera, which is good, the different promenades, and the by eyes not so large and full, perhaps, as those we had left churches ! The wealthier part of the community pass the at Madeira, but of a longer shape, shadowed by a richer hot months at Cintra, and the autumn at Caldas da fall of lash, and partly, perhaps, from that circumstance, Rainha.

Cintra has been made sufficiently familiar to more soft and intelligent in their expression. They are seldom tall. Their feet, we are assured, (the feet of fire,") the British public, to excuse our describing it here. The are often very beautiful, and they set much by the advan- author speaks in strong terms of the inefficient police of tage, sparing no care or expense in the due ordering of their Lisbon, but admits that murders are by no means of such chaussure.

With all their beauty, they frequent occurrence as has been represented. still want the dignity and the force of character that mark We have extracted so fully on the subject of Lisbon, a highly cultivated and intellectual female in England. that we must defer the rest of our picture of Portugal 'They may have vivacity of eye, but certainly not the spi- till next week. In Lisbon, Mr Kinsey speaks of every ritual elevation, the mental energy, and the chaste gaiety, thing peevishly. Every thing was new to him; and he which distinguish the higher class of females in our own country. In all respects, as to themselves, their personal was there in the midst of the intrigues and agitations obligations, feelings, and attractions, they are, as upon first which preceded the arrival of Don Miguel, when society sight one has found them, lovely but unsatisfactory speci- was not likely to be over pleasant. As he gets on, his mens of the weaker vessel.”

good-humour revives. The succeeding part of his work The gentlemen do not get so easily off :

is, to that which treats of Lisbon, like the country in the “ Nature seems to have done her worst here for men of long vacation, (we borrow our comparison from a poputhe better classes in life; and to talk of the human face di- lar lawyer,) after the din, heat, and dust of the Parliavine' in Lisbon, would be a libel upon the dispensations of ment House. Providence. The Jews and Indians must surely have intermixed with the Portuguese geutry in marriage, and thus have transfused into Lusitanian physiognomy the strength The New Forest. A Novel. By the Author of “ Bramof their own peculiar features, which are here beheld in so bletye House," &c. In three volumes. London. Henry unpleasing a conjunction.

Now, of all

Colburn, 1829. animals in creation, the Lisbon dandy is by far the lowest in the scale of mere existence. I have been haunted in my dreams by visions of ugliness since the first time I beheld a

Mr Smith, independently of his being a man of very small, squat, puffy figure. What was it ? could it be of a correct taste, is one of those rare persons whose imaginaman ?-incased within a large packsaddle, upon the back tive and moral character has sustained no injury from of a lean, high-boned, straw-fed, cream-coloured nag, with long and active professional avocations. In general, the an enormously flowing tail, whose length and breadth etherial freedom in the mere literary character, so pleawould appear to be each night guarded from discoloration, sing to contemplate and converse with, is unaccompanied by careful involution above the hocks. Taken, tiom his gridiron spurs and long-pointed boots, up his broad blue by that concentration, that habit of self-control, which is striped pantaloons à-la-Cossaque, to the thrice-folded piece requisite for the successful conducting of business. There of linen on which he is seated in cool repose ; thence, by his is a promptitude and decision, a power of keeping in striet cable chain, bearing seals as large as a warming-pan, and a subordination all the mental faculties, and directing thein key like an anchor; then a little higher to the figured waist- to the attainment of one object, a readiness and self-poscoat of early British manufacture, and the sack-shaped session in the most unforeseen emergencies, which, in coat, up to the narrow-brim sugar-loaf hat on his head, where can be found his equal ?-with a nose, too, as big as

most instances, falls only to the lot of those whose natuthe gnomon of a dial-plate; and two flanks of impenetra- ral disposition has been assisted by long practice of the bly deep black brushwood, extending under either ear, and duties of active life. Under what constellation Mr Smith almost concealing the countenance, to complete the singu- may have been born, or what happy temperament may lar contour of his features."

have enabled him to obtain this command over himself, With regard to their manner of living on ordinary oc

while he kept his heart free from the hardening influence casions, our author frankly confesses he had no oppor- of the world, and his fancy unstiffened by being yoked to tunity of making himself acquainted. He proceeds, how- its drudgery, we are not now going to enquire; but we ever, to describe their dinners at second-hand :

rejoice in this living proof, among others which we could A dish of yellow-looking bacalhao (salt fish), the worst name, of the indestructibility of that part of our nature supposable specimen of our saltings in Newfoundland; a which raises us above the earth. platter of compact, black, greasy, dirty-looking rice; a Mr Smith, besides his poetry, serious and lively, is pound, if so much, of poor half-fed meat ; a certain propor- known as the author of some successful historical rotion of hard-boiled beef, that has never seen the salting-pan, having already yielded all its nutritious qualities to a swing-them and the works of the great champion of this field

We do not institute any comparison between ing tureen of Spartan broth, and now requiring the accom. paniment of a tongue, or friendly slice of Lamego bacon, to of literature. We think it an invidious way of estimaimpart a small relish to it; potatoes of leaden continuity; ting the merits of any production to try it by comparison dumplings of adamantine contexture; something in a round with another of the same class, and one, moreover, not

mances.

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