« السابقةمتابعة »
It is a spirit bent, but not subdaed,
The calm rebellion of a haughty mind, That shuts out heaven from its stern solitude, Living unbless'd and dying unresigned.
SONNET.-TO LAURA. , CLING to my heart her image, whom I deem Holy, as in remembrance is a dream
That rov'd the sphere of fancy hallowingly ;
But sweet like that.--could never, never fy.
Flowers on her grave may spring :-yet then would I
Hear her sweet speech again! then sigh and start,And place those flowers devote upon my breast, And press them to tbe bosom she had blest ;
– To wither where she liv'd-upon my heart. May, 1818.
TRANSLATIONS FROM PETRARCH.
Vista, che incontri al sol pur si difende:
Altri, però che 'l gran lune gli affende,
Provan l'altra virtù, quella che 'ncende.
Di luoghi tenedrosi, o d'ore tarde.
Però con gli occhi lagrimosi e 'nfermi
E so ben, ch’i do dietro a quel che m’arde.
Creatures there are i'th' world, of glance so bold,
That not day's broadest glare offends their sigbt ;
While others, dazzled with excess of light, Venture not forth till evening's bell is tollid: And some, by veriest foolishness cajoled,
Rush to the gorgeous flame on pinion slight,
And find its tempting lustre not as brightWith these, alas! 'tis mine to be enrolld ! Too weak to bear that beauty's fatal blaze, To seek retirement's solitary shade
Unknowing, and the silent hours of gloom; With tearful eye, by destiny betray'd, Backward I turn in porblind awe to gazeTurn, ab ! too well I feel, to meet my glittering doom.
F. R. S.
Mille fiate, o dolce mia guerriera,
Per aver co' begli occhi vostri paee,
Vaggio profferto il cor; m'a voi non piace Mirar si basso con la mente altiera :
E se di lui forse altra donna spera,
Vive in speranza debille e fallace:
Mio perche sdegno ciò, ch'a voi dispiace
Nè sa star sol, nè gire ov' altr' il chiama,
A youthful bard has lately shown
A TWIN SISTER
An Answer to the Enquiry, If it be the Duty of every Person to study the
preservation of his Health, what Means are the most likely to answer that end, and to which recourse may be had by all Classes of People ? By Disney Alexander, M. D. * Member of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh, and of the Philological Society in Manchester. Bickerstaff,
London, 1804. DR. ALEXANDER (who was formerly a medical practitioner in Halifax, now in Wakefield, Yorkshire,) delivered this essay in the year 1804, before a meeting of the Philological Society in Manchester, and published it with a view to furnish directions for such as bave little acquaintance with books in general, and still less with the elements of medical science in particular, and those who have neither time nor inclination to peruse more elaborate treatises.
In the title there is something, we know not if we should say whimsical, but be that as it may, we can assure our readers that after they have passed the threshold, they will meet with matter more than sufficient to compensate them for any apprehension which that might excite. In the management of the subject, correct judgment and good sense are shown throughout. There are no abstruse definitions,- no elaborate descriptions drawn up in all the formal technicality of art,, no obtrusive pedantry, nor any parade and conceit of learning. Though the author has not produced a scientific essay, he has shown that it comes from the pen of a man of science. Under the several heads of Diet,-Air,-Exercise, and Medical assistance, he has animadverted with judgment, sometimes with pleasantry, on the immense train of evil consquences which flow from the absurd manners, habits, dress, ainusements, and practices of men, whilst at the same time, he does not forget to furnish them with the best method of preventing those evils. We have not much expectation that the epicure will admire his doctrines when he says, that a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, presents to his fancy, only gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies lying in ambuscade among the dishes,— that incalcnlable mischiefs flow from the copious libations of wine, that generally crown the festive board,—that the hearty suppers with which some people indulge themselves are equally prejudicial to health: bat to those who consider the subject in a rational manner, his observations will doubtless appear worthy of much attention.
We are not quite sure that he is wholly correct in enumerating amongst the facts folly ascertained relative to the inoculated cow-pock-that it is “a perfect security against the future infection of the small-pox.”
Dr. A's remarks on exercise coincide most exactly with our views, and indeed the whole pamphlet has so much to be approved in it that we choose rather to recommend it to the perusal of our readers, than enter into more particulars, and we are confident that we shall have the suffrage of the intelligent when we say that were his observa. tions acted apon, to a supposable extent, one-fourth part, at least, of the misery which is connected with the diseases and bodily sufferings of our fellow-creatures, would be removed.
A few of the coucluding observations on a subject deserving of great attention; shall
• Author also of a treatisc on the nature and cure of Cyanche Trachealis or Croup ; 8vo. published
shall end this brief notice, while we express our sincere thanks to Dr. Alexander for the pleasure and the benefit we have derived from the perasal of his little work.
« Lastly, I call upon all, who value the preservation of their health, the soundness of their constitution, and the prolongation of life itself, to beware of Quacks..
«« « In one respect,' says a judicious writer, we have little occasion to extol ourown enlightened age at the expence of those which are so frequently and justly called dark. I allude here to the bold and artful designs of imposture, and particolarly medical imposture. The host of empyrics and mountebanks, with which this nation abounds, who with a confident address and affected humanity so admirably succeed in imposing upon the pablic, wbo may literally be said to live upon the credulity of mankind, sufficiently evince that this is far from being the age of reason, that the temple of superstition is yet thronged with numerous votaries; that the human mind is still a slave to the most tyrannical prejudices; and that there is no readier way to excite attention and admiration than to affect the mysterious and the marvellous.'
“ As matters stand at present, it is easier to cheat a man out of his life than out of a shilling, and almost impossible either to detect or punish the offender. Notwithstand. ing this, people still shut their eyes, and take every thing upon trust that is adminis. tered by any pretender to medicine, without daring to ask him a reason for any part of his conduct. Implicit faith, every where else an object of ridicule, is still held sacred here. If I know myself, I may veature to affirm that I should be one of the last persons in the world to infringe the rights, or abridge, in any sense of the word, the liberties of my fellow-subjects; but so fully am I convinced of the pernicious effects which are daily disseminated throughout all ranks of people by the encouragement given to these pretenders to physic, that, were I in office, I should certainly consider myself justified in laying such a tax upon all medicines whatsoever of this description, as would place it completely out of the power of any but the very richest of our nobility and gentry to purchasee them.
“The most effectual way, however, of checking the progress and counteracting the evils of quackery, is to diffuse a taste for science, and to promote candid and liberal discussion amongst mankiud. Igaorance is the parent of empyricism, as well as of almost every other vice which has disgraced the annals and cast a shade over the bistory of the human race.
«« «The veil of mystery, (as the learned author whom we have before quoted upon this subject very properly observes) the veil of mystery, which still hangs over medicine, renders it not only a conjectural, but even a suspicious art. This has been long ago removed from the other sciences ; which induces many to believe that medicine is a mere tríck, and will not bear a fair and faithful examination. Whereas medicine needs only to be better known, in order to secure the general esteem of mankind. Its precepts are such as every wise man wonld choose to observe, and it forbids nothing but what is in compatible with true happiness.'”
* “One cause among others why quack-medicines are in such general vogne, is the public manner in which the cures they are said to perform are puffed off and blazoned abroad, wbilst the cases in which they prove ineffectual or injurious, are studiously passed over in silence. “Whereas in the routine of regular practice, recoveries the most remarkable and unexpected, are only regarded as matters of course, excite no interest, make no noise in the world, and are too often quickly forgotten even by those who bave most reason to remember them with gratitude.