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classes of life. The work now be. never been ashamed of being in lifore ns is a fair specimen of the des. very, but when I have seen other cription of book of which we have servants disgrace it." Here, we conbeen speaking, and a mere cursoryceive, there is practical good sense, perusal of its pages will convince one line of which outweighs a chapevery impartial person, of the infi ter of diffase and generalised matnite good that may be done to so ter. No kitchen or servant's-hall, ciety by educating the common peo in houses where men servants of ple, and by moralizing them through any description are kept, ought to the medium of the press. The be without the work we are now Footman's Directory and Butler's reviewing. The book is admirably Remembrancer, contains a complete adapted to make a person not only course of technical instruction in a better footman, but a better man : every thing relating to the duties of and the work is further calculated, such persons. All its information by its recipes and technical direcis conveyed in plain language, and tions, to be of great use in those well adapted to those for whom it is respectable families of the middle designed, and independent of chap- classes, where the duties of a footters upon morals, habits, and the
man are performed by female serminor decencies of behaviour, we vants. find intermixed with its technical directions, a vast number of hints, Poetical Memoirs.-- The Exile, a remarks and injunctions, which Tale. By James Bird. must have a beneficial tendency upon our domestic servants, and Whether the first of these two thereby add, in no small degree, to poems, entitled “Poetical Memoirs." the happiness and security of their be true or fictitious in its story, we superiors; for we need not observe cannot inform our readers, it being, how much the enjoyment of life is as the author tells us, “ His own affected by the principles and con. Memoirs," and, indeed, from a peduct of domestic servants. The work rusal of the second poeni, entitled ander our observation, contains « The Exile," we are strongly inmuch more than any servant can clined to believe him, for besides its possibly acquire, but we must re other poetical merits, we can trace collect that even moderately good in it a variety of incident handled in conduct can be preserved only by a very masterly manner. The Poetiour constantly aiming at points of cal Memoirs, we have no hesitation excellence wbich we can never liter. to say, are a faithful picture of the ally reach; we must always pur life of a poet, -of one, who, though pose,” says Dr. Johnson, to do he can trace a thousand remarkable more and better than in time past, incidents in the life of another, casthe mind is enlarged and elevated not find one in his own. It is in by mere purposes: we compare and two cantos: the first gives an account judge although we do not practise." of his boyish days, and the death
The instructions relative to every of his lover. The second tells us of duty of a male servant appear to us his having found a new mistress, to be clear, complete, and satisfac- “ in whose smile he was long tory. The value of the book is much happy," but this lady unfortunately enhanced by numerous recipes of a having lieard that he admired the highly useful nature, and by ex- beauty of another, “ for whose tracts from laws, regulations, &c. esteem he felt a little jealous," and which it is expedient for a servant even “ that once he kissed her," she to know. There are numerous pas- got jealous—forsook him-and mar. sages of sound morals, and of good ried another. Thus ends the life of feelings, put in the most precise form our poet, thongh he is still living : for the guidance of life. For in- for in his humourous introduction, stance, the author tells his readers he threatens the critics with two “ there is no degradation in being cantos more. Though his fort, in a menial except you fail in the du. the Poetical Memoirs, is in general ties of one ; no disgrace in wearing to excite the risible faculties, and a livery unless you bring reproach sometimes to distort the risible on it by your behaviour. I have smile into actual laughter, yet like
the mighty, author of Don Juan, Much hath been written opon lovely whom, in this particular at least, he Woman, imitates, he is sometimes tender and Concerning dark eyes, and soft sentimental: witnesss the follow
snowy necks; ing on woman :
A charming theme, and, I am certain “Oh, Woman? Woman! thou art formed
Was ever fonder of the gentle sex, to bless
Than I am; and we know the rhymThe heart of restless Man, to chase ing Roman
Loved well bis lass, whom he would And charm existence by thy loveliness;
sometimes vex, Bright as the sun-beam, as the mom
For which, his conscience gave him ing fair,
sharp rebukes in If but thy foot fall on a wilderness,
His habitation bordering on the Eux. Flowers spring, and shed their roseate
ine!" blossoms there, Shrouding the thorns that in thy path We have quoted this last, not as
the best specimen we could have And scattering o'er it hues of Paradise! given of his humorous strain, but
as being most opposed to the sentiThy voice of love is nusie to the ear,
mental specimen we have given Soothing and soft, and gentle as a
already on the same subject. In stream That strays 'mid summer flowers; they
both styles he is peculiarly happy. glittering tear
It is generally at the close of his Is mulely eloquent; thy smile a
stanza8 that he seems most in. beam
clined, or at least most capable Of light ineffable, so sweet, so dear, of exciting laughter. Besides EngIt wakes the heart from sorrow's lish he makes use of the Latin, darkest dream,
French, and Italian, to complete bis Shedding a hallowed lustre o'er oor rhymes.
fate, And when it beams we are not deso
“ By this I mean not to commend the late!
sickle No! Do! when Woman smiles we feel
Heart, ranging east, and south, and
porth, and westa charm
To revel on each sweet that chance Thrown bright around us, binding
us to earth; Her tender accents, breathing forth
Its changing passions, which can
never rest the balm
Fast Alies the bour, and time's relent. of pure affection, give to transport
Will reap the brightest eharms Then life's wide sea is billowless and
Probatum est :calm: Oh! lovely Woman! thy consum
I quoted this, because it came so pat
in, mate worth
Not that my head is over-stocked with Is far above thy frailty-far above
66 Oh! we were gaz'd at by the whis
pering throng, “I recollect, when I was quite a boy,
Maria alarmed, cried parley douce
ment." ('Tis near thirty years ago, I fancy) My, Mother told me to avoid the toy
And The world calls Woman, but not
much I can say About her sage advice, or my sweet
" I thought this merely rage-extrava
ganza, joy, When first I met the rosy smile of
You'll find it different in the next
sweet stanza." Nancy! I know I deemed it an eternal honour And prayed to heaven to shower its This little poem, however, has gifts upon her.
much merit, having throughout Eur. Mag. Nov. 1823.
many trite and happy digressions, his praise. In speaking of Moina, which, while they excite a smile, he says, never fail, at the same time, to leave our minds impressed with a sense “ The ceaseless, wandering, and inof the author's ingenuity and talent. constant sun,
“ The Exile.”—The Poetical Me Amid the countless realms he shines moirs may be as fitly compared to
upon, this poem as a faint drawing of Ne'er warmed a lovlier cheek, a brighter beauty may be to beauty itself; the
Nor softer lip, that mocked the rose. one being a mere likeness of the
bud's dye, thing, the other the thing itself, the
Than when the brightness of his enobject represented by this likeness,
vious beam In fine, we mean to say, that the Shone on the lovely Moina of Dron. “ Poetical Memoirs” are not poetry. theim ! when compared to the “ Exile," or if Sweet was her youthful smile, her form poetry, that the powers of that great was fair, art are so feebly felt while reading Dark was the waving ringlets of her the former, and so strongly while hair, reading the latter, that we feel our Her voice was like soft music, when selves justified in drawing such a
it swells comparison between them. The O'er the calm lake, where plaintive
echo dwells; story, of it is this :-Harold Har. fagre, King of Denmark, having Regnier had seen that smile-had completed the conquest of Norway or that sweet voice, whose melody about the year 870, not only over
alone the unfortánate vanquished, swayed Could soothe the feelings of his the sceptre of a conqueror, but also troubled breast, that of the most crnel of tyrants. And loll each wilder passion into rest! Regnier, the lover of Moina, op When hope deceived him, or when poses the tyrant, is overcome and man betrayed, sent prisoner to Iceland. Some Dear was the magic of the smile, which time after this, Harold sent some of played his people over to Iceland to murder On Moina's lip; and, in her voice, there Regnier, but he, having killed the
dwelt chief of the party, escaped in their The spirit of true love, whose sigh boat with his Moina, who came with
could melt the party in the disguise of a min
His soul to tenderness, though Harold's strel. Regnier, however, does not
Had launched his passions on the know her under this character; he
roughest tide joins his countrymen, leads them of life's wide sea, where every rolling against the tyrant Harold, kills him
wave with his own arm; but at the same Bore down the coward, and opposed time his people yield to those of the brave !" Harold's, and he himself dies of his 'wounds, and with him the unfortu He thus describes a tempestuous nate Moina, who has just before this night. discovered herself. If that poetry be the best which works most pow. * The moon is up, and o'er the deep erfully on the buman heart, our
blue sky readers will find no small share of Sails many a cloud, as sweeps the it in this beautiful poein; who night-wind by, ever can read it without perceiving That shakes the pines upon their craggy its beauties, and without feeling
While starts the 'rein-deer from ber the most generous and tender emotions, is, we presume, not only lost
careless sleep, to what poetry is, but also to every
Rous'd by the foaming mountain-tor
rent's shock, warmer affection of the heart. We will in conclusion quote a few pas
That thundering leaps from echoing
rock to rock, sages from the poem, which will
Loud o'er the deep and hollow caveros enable our readers to form a more dashing, correct opinion of our author's Wild o'er the broken trunks of dark merits than any thing we can say in pines crashing;
Fierce in their wrath, the tyrant waters His host of countless slaves ! --quick break
sprang Regnier, Opposing crags; peak, thunders after While clashing sword, and shield, and peak;
ringing spear, Wbile rocks, and pines, and earth, and Opposed bis arm, but with the whirlfrozen snow,
wind's strength, Roll, in wild uproar, to the gulf be. He forced his way through scattering low !"
He gain'd the Tyrapt; and his lordly On Harold's host meeting that of eye Regnier's.
A moment flash'd upon him haughtily;
He thought of Moina, and that thought, : “ Now Harold's host in fury met the
like fire shock,
Burned in his brain! as rushing in bisire, While carth, and sea, and sky, and
He met the shock of Harold's blade, echoing rock,
while rose Resounded loud, as, mingling on the
Sbouts from big band and curses from sbore,
his foes ! Arose the cries of vengeance, and the Long fought the heroes, while their
hosts, in awe or gathering battle, and the stunning Paused in their wrath, to view that crush,
doubtful war, Of shattering armour, and the mad That desperate struggle of the brave, deping rush
[life! Of men and steeds, while sbrieks and Begun with rage, could only end with shouts around,
Stern Harold's soul turned faint-bis Swelled the wild uproar, louder than
arm grew weakthe sound
With bleeding brow, and cold, and Of mighty floods, from lofty mountains pallid cheek, hurled,
And giddy brain, be fell to earth! When rolls the storm, and earthquake
while loud shakes the world!
Pealed crics of vengeance from the Regnier led furious on-bis patriot rushing crowd, band,
As gathering round their wounded The last bold heroes of their conquered Chief, they pressed, land,
And mad with rage assailed Regnier, Rushed to the strife, with wild, trium
wbose breast phant cry,
Shrunk from the battle, though unAnd desperate joy, for oh! to bravely numbered swords,
Aimed at his heart, by Vassals and by lu glorious war, to share upsullied Lords, graves,
Were rife with death! though men, and Ere Harold's band bad chained them plunging steeds, as his slaves,
Still forced him back, they fell around, Ere their free souls to conquest's arm
like reeds should bow,
All strowo and shattered by the storm! This formed their hope, their glorious -His hand triumph now!
Yet dealt round slaughter, though his Fast from Regnier's brave arm in ter struggling band, ror fied
O'erpowered, gave way, and to the city His coward foes, o'er dying and o'er
By numbers forced, undaunted met And still the faithful Ministrel by his. their fate, side
While through the portal rushed the Was seen; though mightier rolled the conquering throng, battle's tide,
And furious steeds drove scattering Still was he there, as though his life's crowds along, bright charm,
Loud rang ibe hoofs o'er slippery Dwelt in the prowess of that mighty stones, and splashed
lo gathering blood, as through the Now paused Regnier-he gazed around streets they dashed -his sigbt
With maddening haste! thep rose from Sought Harold's plume, amid the rag tower and hall, ing fight
From turret, portal, battlement, and He marked his foe ! and from the rocky wall, glen,
Groans of despair ! the shrieks of woe! Heard his loud voice urge back his
the cry fying men,
of dying wretches in their agony !"
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Statistics-Population.-A table of cial schools as fast as they are esta blished. The pupils are taught read been published. To the number of in
the poputation of Russia in 1822, has ing, writing, arithmetic, the elements habitants in each of the fifty governof geography, and the rights and duties
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square miles has been added. gress of the pupils of these schools,
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which will promote the interests of li has been discovered in America, science as well as those of the governby a mechanic, named Barnes, that a ment. These two gentlemen visited round thin plate of sott iron, fixed on a the gold mines, which have been dis lathe-spindle, and turned with great covered within these three years. They rapidity, is capable, in a very surpris- bave diseovered that the mines, which ing manner, by the motion of its edge, are situated to the East of Mount of cutting hard steel; the groove in the Qural, are much richer than those of steel acquiring an intense heal, with the opposite side. The former extend out the same degree of beat penetrat- from Verkhoturie as far as the source ing the soft iron.
of the River Oural. But the places
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