صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني
[ocr errors]

armour.

[ocr errors]

OUR READERS WHISKED TO THE

between it and eternity, and the roaring torrent possibility of amendment, a death without repent CONTINENT,

through which the trembling horse scarcely suffers ance, (for what is the repentance of terror,) has some

itself to be forced, and the creaking unfenced bridge, thing unnatural and appalling in it; and then the {" Reminiscences of the Rhine, Switzerland, and a

and the steep slippery ascent, and sudden shock of great question,--amply resolved in our own, and Corner of Italy.—Notice concluded.] the downward perpendicular plunge, are strong other countries, where the example of capital punishA Shrine by the Way. Side. - Strolled out while

sedatives. To say nothing of seven hours' rain, ment has been proved beyond all dispute to be in

streams of water running in at our necks and out at effectual as a warning, ought it not to be laid at rest? tea was preparing, and followed a crowd of people,

our sleeves, just as if we had been fished up out of Great and humane minds have investigated this great who, as well as we could understand, were returning from a sermon.

one of the water-falls, bonnets battered to pieces, and question, deeply and closely; and, in all its bearings, A very plain congregation, but all left with fragments of gloves in the desert, hair it is tried and condemned, yet its condemnation, like bowing and smiling, and looking good humoured. Turned up a narrow path-way, and fell in love with hanging like sca-weed about our faces ; and then the the death of the malefactor, has failed to produce any a large single tree, spreading itself out upon the gay

continued struggle with refractory umbrellas. Every ultimate benefit. horizon, and shading a wooden cross that had the

moment came a puff that turned up the whale-bones, In the corner of a shunned and neglected-looking moss of many winters on it. I am fond of these

and while both hands were employed to pull them field on the banks of the Emman, is the pastoral rude memorials, when time has mellowed down their

down again, came a jerk that threatened to send us dwelling of the executioner, a lone wicked-looking every-day features, and given them a touch of rustic have got through it all good-humouredly and even head foremost out of our insecure saddles. But we hut, with a gibbet standing gloomily beside it. Again,

near the Porte de Basle, and to the most public and dignity. A solitary tree throwing out its bold rami

frequented of the roads that lead out from the towni, fications on the calm bosom of the heavens, is one of merrily, and here we are safe from the the grandest and most beautiful objects in nature.

* Low brow'd rocks

is the platform on which criminals are decapitatech

The executioner's house is close by, his garden touches And when it shades a wooden cross, a holy well, or

As ragged as our locks," a rude altar overhung with wild weeds, it is to me

the platform, and before the frost had killed everyand comfortably laid up at the Hospital, at the foot of thing, the soft fragrance of the mignonette, with like a chapter in the New Testament; and I feel St Gothard, thanking heaven for our escape from that I would not willingly part with one of these sore throats and fevers, and parching, our damp the members of my family towards its vicinity, little

which it was profusely sown, often attracted some of simple memorials of pious feeling, even with all that garments over a pan of charcoal,-a night on the thinking who it was that loved flowers so much and wise ones call its sins of superstition upon it, for stove having only served to stiften them up a little.

cultivated them so sedulously. Flowers are not much much finer things. I love the way-side shrine; and when I see the tired female. lay down her load and

The Imaginative Faculty not in Superabundance.

cultivated here, and the little garden near the river kneel before it, with the absorbed expression of one A girl wlio was admiring the symmetrical arrange

had become a favourite with them. What a singular who seeks a surer friend than the false ones of this

ment of the skulls, (in a chapel at Stantz, in Seitzer- contrast! Flowers, the delight of innocent and gentle world, I always feel a touch of kindly sympathy,

land), took one out of its nook, thrust her fingers into minds, and of the fearful instruinent of condign punishpiety so becomes a woman-it is her true staff and

the sockets where eyes once were, turned it round and ment! Flowers sown or cherished by the wife or

round as if it had been a dress cap until her curiosity daughter of the executioner,-perhaps by his owa True Picture and Fine Simile. I once lived within

was thoroughly satisfied, and then poked it back again hand. * view of a mill-stream that babbled cheerfully through

into its place, as I have seen people thrust the skull Home Yearnings.--I do not sufficiently understand

of a horse into a hedge to fill up the aperture. the mechanisın of nature (human nature, I mean) to act pleasant fields while summer lasted; but when swollen by the winter rains, used to spread its waters

Mountuins and Grocery.- Talking of Alps, I re- count for a feeling, which, in the midst of my true love over a wide valley, effacing everything but the dark

member when a mountain was a mountain with me, for solitary mountain countries, and the deep and full boundaries. No combination of rock or ruin could

no matter whether round, or square, or pointed; but enjoyment which I find in contemplating the lonely produce such a cold, pale, desolate picture, as did

now I compare, and grow critical, and no longer splendour of nature in her unpeopled worlds, now and those flooded fields when the moon shone on them;

condescend to look at great clumsy-headed straight- then comes upon me. When I have lived in the midst of and

society I have never desired any other than that of the lined monsters, merely because they are so many it had beauty in it, but of a fearful melanyet choly cast, like a sweet voice singing of graves and

thousand feet above the level of the sea. Intimacy few who were dear to me, and, though a lover of death-beds with perfection breeds daintiness, and now even the

cheerfulness and cheerful people, I have never cared snow mountains will not always go down. At first much for what is called the world; yet when I drive A Drenching. Passed the cross of the Furca in a pelting storm.

I bowed reverentially before them, and homaged their along the road that leads back to the countries froia A cross in the desert has more

purity; but I soon found out, that, like other things, which we have come, the road that goes to Berna religion in it than the illuminated shrine of St Peter's; it is the voice crying in the wilderness notice any but the magnificent ones, pronounced the they had their every day moments, and so refused to

and then to France, and so on, the utter absence of

all movement, the intirely breaking off with every before the invention of dogmas. Rain more or less twilight white, too cold and ghastly, and the broad

link that united us with the--if I may so call it--old violent during seven long hours; in that time we

noon-day glare, when the sky was blue-blue, and the world, has something melancholy in it, that gets hold. passed through a succession of bold bleak valleys and outline nakedly detached, too hard, with something of of me I know not why. I often find anyself looking roaring streams, and lost-as we are told-some views

sugar or salt about it that I could not well get over. out along the road to see if there is a carriage of rare splendour, over a mountain world of which King Fog liad just crowned himself sovereign.

Swiss Tea.–To threc ounces of tea-dust add half approaching, with a sort of interest for which I can Wretched chalets--mere heaps of loose stones, with a pound of cowslip-flowers, and an equal quantity of

not account, for I know that if Lucerne was a placa

of winter gaiety frequented by strangers, instead of a hole to creep in it, and miserable herdsmen in sooty any aromatic herb which happens to be at hand : dry

liking, I should detest it. Why then should I, who night-caps, with cold and hunger in their blue hollow and mix the whole carefully together. When thus

have, if not all those I love, at least inost of them cheeks. “ Les berceaux, les hameaux, les orineaux,

prepared, take a small quantity of the mixture, let it
infuse gently in warm water, then pour it gently into firesides, and never approach it without blessing the

around me; who possess the brightest and happiest of et leurs rameaux,” are as much out of the question here, as in the charıning region of St Giles's, where any vessel that happens to be at hand, sweeten with

absence of what is called gaiety, and praising (from the Irish Shepherd pursues his calling. Had they bcet-root sugar, and add goat's inilk to the taste,

my heart) the better gifts of quiet, liberty, and lei. (I mean the herdsmen) but a huge black hat slouched A Ghastly Heap of Circumstances. Last night a man sure, for which we have exchanged it,--why should like a Spanish muleteer over the night-cap, or even (at Lucerne) murdered his wife's mother; and, hav- I cast a backward glance upon that for which I the rough sheep-skin or blanket cloak, it would be ing done so, walked quietly down stairs, and said to never had the slightest value? I cannot tell, and it is something ; but these poor souls look as if they had the first person he met with, I have murdered the because I cannot, that I make a note of it-notieing

just escaped from the fever-ward of a hospital. The woman." This declaration, he now says, was made in also that it is only on that homeward road that it cattle are still in the high pastures, short-horned a moment of insanity, and persists in denying the attacks me." cows as bold and as wild as bulls, and bulls a great crime. The evidence against him is too decisive to

German Students. - A German air, murmured oni deal too familiar, I thought, walking bolt up to us adınit of doubt, and is strengthened by the known the piano in a soft but masterly way, brought us all as if they would call us to account in some way of atrociousness of liis character ; but as the avoval crowding on the stairs to hear it mere distinctly. The their own, for encroaching on their bleak territory. of the accused himself is necessary to his con

performer, a young man in a carter's frock, sat with Yet, notwithstanding this ungracious reception, after demnation, (a law pregnant with evil, and which

his back to the half-open door, touching the instruhaving journeyed for so many hours through a dreary makes the fate of a man depend not so much on his desert, where neither song of bird, or hum of bee, innocence or guilt, as on his physical force), he is thought it might be Apollo just stepped down to take

ment with Aying fingers, and an air of inspiration. I or sound of life, interrupted the silence of nature, to consigned to a dungeon, until confinement, solitude, a little kirchwasser with the host, or say civil tliings have our reveries broken up by the true mountain and prison fare shall have lowered his tone. There

to the dairy-maids, and looked up to see if there was music of their bells, and see herds of cattle browsing is in the same prison a young man not more than not a cloud waiting for his divinity ; but it was only peaceably, as if there was treachery neither in path or twenty, who has been in durance twelve months, on

a student from Heidelberg, in the fievourite travelling element.

a charge of parricide; there exists no doubt of his dress. ¢ A pianoforte always makes part of the furThis seems a contradiction to what I have just having murdered both his parents. He chose slow niture of a Gerinan inn ; everyone strums upon it. said about the Grimsel, when I was in love with poison as bis instrument, augmenting the dose by A girl, who had been a nioment before peeling potasilence and utter solitude. I spoke as I felt then, slight degrees, and fcasting on iheir gradual agonies ! toes in the kitchen, has just played two or three and do the same now; but independently of the bells To hear of such things congeals the blood as if one

waltzes at our request, and very prettily too, and then being in keeping, and the bustle out of keeping, saw a spectre, or heard that something deadly had

sung a popular air, accompanied by a very clumsy with the scene, I had not calculated how long enthu- risen up from out of the earth, and was walking abroad maritornes, who hummed a second, in good taste and siasm, awakened and kept alive merely by external in the world ; yet this wretch's impenitent hardiness perfect tune. What the French call “le sentiment objects, without any exciting aim or project, could still holds out; all means have hitherto failed in extort

de la musique," without which skill is ineffective and sustain itself against rain, fog, and wind; or how ing a confession. I asked what was likely to become of a powerful voice a calamity, seems innate in tbe long, after one is as cold as a frog, and as wet as a him ; "he may probably be forgotten at last,” was

coarsest German. The heaviest features brighten dabchick, one can indulge in reveries about mountains the answer,—thoughtlessly given, perhaps, for it is into expression under its influence; all seem susceptthat are covered with mist to their very skirts, or impossible to imagine justice so carelessly adminis- ible of the pleasure which is conveyed to the ear by a

grow imaginative while perusing the rude enamel of tered under any form of government whatever. felicitous combination of musical sounds; and many, a turf that oozes like a sponge, and answers drip- And yet, notwithstanding the chances held out to

whose position in life puts the opportunity of musical pingly to that most miserable word plashy. And the guilty, executions are frequent and terrible, instruction quite out of the question, give to the sweet then the danger. I am not myself a coward, perhaps Crime calls for punishment, nor should the honest and

and measured seriousness of their national songs and too much the reverse; but the narrow crumbling peaceable be liable to the danger of having the despe, the wild originality of their mountain melodies, an track hanging in the air without a blade of grass

rate criminal thrown out upon them, but a forced expression of truth and feeling that leaves nothing to

death in the midst of lite, a death that cuts off the Piety, which in its true sense and under whatsoever

* Why not? Is he not a human being, with some flowery diversity of religious opinion, is nothing but an affectionate

corner of humanity in his beart? And is it not better that

• This is in the dandy "silver fork" style, and unworthy reverence towards the Great Cause of the good and beautiful,

he should have this link with his fellow-creatures, and see

Mountaios hare always their immensity becomes all people, if they did but know it. There is a

[ocr errors]

it appreciated ?-Ev. period, in which long perversions of it are apt to drive good

and their mystery, and we can surely draw upon these for and sensible men into false notions with regard to its value, defence, if threatened with the overpowering wit of salta + The reason surely is, that anything which reminds us

of home, reminds us of what we love best at home, and but unless they are of a mechanical order, and defective in cellars and sugar-loaves.--Ev.

therefore becomes precious for so doing, though we can some of the constituent properties of the intire human mind,

+ This man must have been a madman, defective in some

dispense witi it wheu we get there.Eu. they come round to it by the pure and modest reason which

common property of human sense and feeling. Most likely is to be found in imagination itself, and the noblest wants of his skull would be found as defective as his character. His The blouse--literally, a carter's frock, of unbleached or

blue linen, with a broad bot. a finite and loving creature.--Ed.

mature must be deformed or unfinished.

of the authoress.

be wished for by taste, or cavilled at by criticism.

PROPOSED OPENING OF THE

the distorting effect of perspective, when the point of A spacious inn, reputed excellent, at Andormatt,

sight is too near to the object.

STREETS greatly brightened up since we once passed a night

A very beneficial purgation would be consequent there in the society of fourteen students from Gottin

FROM PICCADILLY TO LINCOLN'S INN.

on this improvement; some courts of very indifferent gen, and fearful society, we thought, when we saw

pretensions would be suppressed ; and the parish of - [From Mr Sydney Smirke's interesting volume lately St Martin's would probably be induced to sacrifice a them tumbling in, some with oak leaves in their hats, published, entitled “Suggestions for the Architectural cemetery already too crowded with the dead to be any and all with the high qualities of Captain Rolando's gentlemen in their faces. But their fierceness went

Improvement of the Western Part of London."] longer available for the purposes of decent interment. no further than the outward man, and if they were

The new avenue now in progress from Waterloo

Among the most obvious improvements that even not well-bred according to the canons of politeness, a cursory glance over the map of London suggests, is Bridge to Long Acre, will greatly facilitate the im

provement of this vicinity, and, in conjunction with they certainly were so, even to refinement, from the the extension of Piccadilly towards the East. When the

other improvements about to be suggested, will give a impulse of good-nature. Like all the German stu- narrow courts beyond Leicester square were first

value to this spot in some respects unequalled in dents whom we have encountered, when they became

built, Marylebone was nearly a mile distant from London, ensuring the speedy erection of a superior convivial they sung, and delightfully, but ceased im- town; a small portion only of the district contained

class of buildings. Hereafter we shall have to advert mediately on hearing that I had gone to bed, “peur between Piccadilly and Oxford Road was occupied by

to the necessity of extending northwards this avenue: de déranger Madame,” (for fear of disturbing the houses, and the western termination of Piccadilly itself,

at present let us continue the course we have been lady) as the only one who could make himself under- was at or near Devonshire House. Of course the

pursuing eastward. stood, said to the next morning. populous suburb beyond Grosvenor place and Hyde

It cannot fail to be observed that the public would Park Corner was not in existence. Thus a very derive great advantage from continuing this proposed Amongst the ambulating masks (at Lucerne) who large portion of that population which now pours its

line of communication onwards through the populous were pleased to bestow themselves upon us, I must streams daily through these narrow channels, has

and ill-arranged district lying between Holborn and sprung up since the nuisance was created. not omit the most interesting,-four German students

Temple Bar. It is probable that many persons of from some distant town, equipped as peasants of the nication has been a measure frequently urged, and precincts of Clare market ; to them, any path, however

The opening a free passage on this line of commu

delicate perceptions have never ventured to visit the Tyrol, with the carnival accompaniments of saucer eyes and pasteboard noses, and the Spanish ones of it may fairly be supposed that no one will be found to

through this district. Others, however, of less castanets and guitar. Their song, intermixed with deny the great convenience that would result from it circuitous, would be preferable to one which lies

to the public. As far as Leicester square nothing fastidious habits, will bear testimony to the comdance, their giddy joy, the taste, spirit, and feeling could be more easy of execution: the two sides of pounds of impurity in the lanes and courst which with which they performed, were highly

characteris Sidney's alley should be pulled down, the houses tic. It was the merriest masking of the carnival, and rebuilt on a larger scale, and their fronts brought for

it contains; and all will join in the opinion that, as they capered to their wild music, snapping their

next to a complete reformation, the best mode of fingers, and rattling their castanets in that true spirit ward in a line with the north side of Coventry street; improving the state of this district would be to

the houses on the right-hand side would, of course, be of mirthfulness which, when German gravity relaxes wholly removed, a valuable frontage being thereby

open a spacious avenue through the centre of it. into fun, always seasons its enjoyments, their gaiety afforded to the houses now of little value, whose sides

Let us suppose this effected by carrying from the became contagious. Their music , too, was delight- would be laid bare by such removal. The only pro

corner of the new piazza at the theatres a wide

street eastward to Carey street, and connecting fully fresh and original, with a beautiful tender vein breaking through and chastening its gaiety. I have perty of high value which would require removal, it with the Strand near St Clement's church by a would be the premises of the eminent goldsmith at

branch in the direction of the present Clement's lane; never seen anything so dramatic off the stage, nor the corner; but the intended retirement of that gen

two new and commodious facilities of access would often on it. It has always appeared to me that tleman from business, will perhaps offer a favourable

thus be offered to all persons on their way to the city national music can only be done justice to by those

or the inns of court, and the present most inconvenient whose early recollections are bound up with it, and opportunity of effecting this plan.

How the proposed new line would be pursued east who feel it in that spot of the heart's core which never of Leicester Square, may admit of some difference of outlet called Wych street, through which there is

now of necessity much traffic, would be altogether grows old ; it is then the song of memory, gay or sad opinion. Gwynn's suggestions on this point are,

superseded. as it may be, but always heart-felt. The popular airs perhaps, rather too destructive, although adopted in

It is needless here to point out to those who are of Germany sung by Germans have a delicious fresh

recent times by the Crown surveyor.

A wide

interested in the improvement of St Clement's and ness about them, due, perhaps, as much to the spirit street, leading directly from the corner of Leicester

New Inns, that the execution of such a plan as we and feeling of the singers as to their intrinsic beauty. square to Long Acre would traverse various tho

have above described, would be of inestimable advanThe heart throws itself into the song, and becomes roughfares in such a way as to require the demolition again an actor in the chase, the gay carousal, the tender inquietudes of love. Both our students and their able whether the benefit derived, great as it would be, intirely new inn, by purchasing and clearing the of much valuable property, and to render it question- tage to those estates, and would hold out a tempting

invitation to extend them, or, indeed, to establish an music were German to the letter, their song sparkled

were worth the sacrifice; nor would a new strect and overflowed like their wine cups, and the tone of thus directed afford to those great points of confluence, commodious and cheerful chambers. When the low

adjacent ground, and erecting on the area so obtained sentiment, which is always there to refine its coarser

Covent Garden market and the theatres, so complete precarious rents arising from the dilapidated tenements particles, was given with sentiment and feeling. and effectual a relief as could be desired. A more

of this district are compared with the high and almost Gayer nations have no idea of the hilarity of a German dancing song, as we saw it performed last expedient proposition appears to be to alter the north

extravagant value of chambers in the neighbouring side of Bear street, and to pull down the houses on

inns of court, we shall be justified, perhaps, in enternight. Such an exuberance of animal spirits, such a

the same side of the narrow court which leads into St taining a hope, that a profitable return might be throwing off of care, every muscle in movement, all

Martin's lane, a highly improved frontage being conjoy and revelry to the finger's ends. But the dance consequently attained by the houses remaining on the

realized by the execution of this part of our plan. over, and eyes and noses laid aside, our students be- right-hand side of both the street and the court above

The dispersion of the pauper population consequent came grave men and bashful ones, with the exception

on such an improvement would, it is apprehended, named. of a single figure, whose convivial tone defied serious

be immediately attended by a beneficial effect on the If this alteration were effected, an easy and straight poor's-rates; a circumstance which is calculated to Another a little man, with a keen blood-shot carriage avenue would be opened from Piccadilly to eye, and a single feather in his flat beaver, might have

ensure a favourable consideration of this project from Covent Garden inarket and the theatres, which are sate for the portrait of Oliver Cromwell. *

the parish authorities. now accessible only by the most circuitous and incon

Nor, whilst enumerating the advantages that would venient routes. It will of course be considered very result from this improvement, should we omit to * We have mislaid a reference to some passage in which our authoress (unless our memory has confounded her with

desirable to equalize the width of New street and some others writer) speake with surprise of encountering King street; but this is not to be regarded as imme- point out the great facilities which it would present some of these German students, who ask money on the high diately necessary, although certainly no improvement

of amending the sewage of the very imperfectly drained district in question.

The greater part of road. She seems to have thought their style of request not of this line of communication can be considered comunlike that of the beggar in Gil Blas; who presents baisi petica plete, that does not comprise the expansion of the

Drury lane is wholly without any sewer; many of

the lateral streets and lanes are equally deficient, and to German students, and brings their character no more

former. into question than the famous salt-collecting of the Eton

most of the drains with which this neighbourhood is Montem,- not indeed so much with well-regulated minds,

Having reached the two great theatres by the new track above described, it becomes a matter of very buildings in such a manner as to render access to

thus scantily provided, pass very objectionably under for the Etonians are not understood to want the money, while the students are; and German bonhommie does not urgent importance to effect some improvement in the reverse the notion of delicacy in this matter, after the

them, for the purpose of repairing and cleansing, vicinity of those splendid establishments. The pro always inconvenient, and sometimes almost impracfashion of some great and rich countries that ought to know position now to be made is, to form a large Piazza,

ticable. At parting with these volumes, we must again thank the

somewhat in the shape of a quadrant, of which the two highly intelligent and amiable writer for the pleasure they straight sides, or radii, would be the two theatres, and

There is a minor improvement connected with the the curve would be a handsome range of houses having here well to allude. Every one must be aware of

new avenue under consideration, to which it will be a covered colonnade in front. The area thus cleared would be highly convenient for the reception of the

the extreme inadequacy of Chancery lane, as the crowd of carriages which are nightly collected round principal and (with the exception of the still narTO EARINE. these two buildings, $ and it would essentially aid

rower and more crooked lane, called Fetter lane) the Tvar I do love thee, let not words express, their architectural character and effect. The façades great high ways of Fleet street and Holborn; the

only means of direct communication between the two But rather thiné own feelings; for I lie

of both suffer much from the pressure and contiguity southern extremity of this lane forms a pass.conIn the abstraction of my happiness,

of the surrounding houses. That of Covent Garden, Gazing devoutly on thy glorious eye,

unquestionably the first pure example of the Greek stantly exposed to great and even dangerous obstrucDoric style erected in London, bas on this account

tion. And practising the sweet astrology never yet been adequately seen. There is indeed no

To obviate this, let Serle street be extended southOf construing its beams; nor lighter dwell

style that so much requires the accompaniment of ward through the intervening alleys, and let it enter space as the Greek Doric; for the perfect symmetry thoroughfare will thereby be obtained withering

the Strand at Picket place : a most advantageous Dumb with intensest passion; for I feel

of all its component parts, which is one of the princi: little sacrifice of property; and by further converting As though thy presence were a beautiful spell

pal charms of this style, is utterly lost to the eye by Great Turnstile into a serviceable carriage way, the Which speech would dissipate: then let thy heart * See Fifth Report of the Commissioners of bis Majesty's

cross communication between the two great parallel Woods, &c. 1826.

thoroughfares will be satisfactorily established, and + The vulgar application of the word piazza is so obviously incorrect, that it is perhaps scarcely necessary to say, that

will make what has been justly described by Gwynn an open space is here intended, similar to what, with almost

as “one of the most convenient communications in equal impropriety, is called a square. The centre of this

town." piazza would afford a favourable situation for a sculptural

monument commemorative of Shakspeare. G. E. I.

| It is probable that any measure that would diminish the alarming and even dangerous confusion now attendant

Vanity of Dispute.-Contest not a point merely on the simultaneous departure of some thousands of persons from the two great theatres, would operate favourably to the

because you are in the right, and another in the wrong.

Out of such contests spring dissensions and enmity.-- Bentham.

ness.

better,

have afforded us.-ED.

On Cupid's every other nectary,

Be like the emerald, whose sympathies tell

What else were hidden, even that thou art
So much the object of my hopes and fears,
That they are merged in thee; thy being, theirs.

interests of their proprietors.

[ocr errors]

house where her school-mistress lives, by four men

stuffed in, no matter whether it be understood or A LAST WISH. When the blood shall quit my heart,

on a dark November night, walks across the old hall not, şuch sentiments as mine will stretch wide the When my spirit shall depart,

every night, clothed in a white sheet--what, sir, I den mouths and eyes of half the maternal world. sire to know is, what good did my little Sally ever

«What!” a fond mamma will say, And these eyes no longer see ;

“ find fault with When the bright thoughts no more come

get from that? Why, she has been thinking of an education that sends home my child so clever and Like the sun-light in a room;

nothing else ever since." Sir, with the profoundest so learned, that he can actually correct Mr B. and Lay me gently on the tomb.

respect, much. When the old nurse left her in her myself! Where was the child that could do this

bed, she trembled as the door was shut, and said, when I was a girl ? ?” “My dear Mrs B.," I anLay me in the open air,

“Oh! if those four men were to come now and try swer, “it is of this very cleverness and learnedness Underneath some grassy mound,

to kill me, what should I do? ” and then she pulled that I complain ; and, that I may not appear singular Where the wild-bee's murmurs are, And the green leaves round.

the clothes tightly over her head and prayed to God, in my opinion, allow me to cite to you the opinions And as I shall view the spot

far more earnestly than she ever did before, to keep of a man who has been justly styled the thinker of

her safe from such cruel men, and to make her a good our age'-need I say that I allude to Mr Coleridge?From my dwelling place afar

on this very identical subject. • There are modes of Be no ritual forgot,

little girl, and love her dear father and mother better

than she had done. And what if she did see, or teaching,' says he, in comparison with which we have Nothing left my rest to mar. And that there may be some shade

think she saw, when she ventured to put out her been called on to despise our great schools and uni.
head, and give a suspicious peep round the room, as

versities,
Where my mouldering bones are laid,
Let there be
the moon shone brightly through the crevices of the

6 " In whose halls are hung
Over me
shutter, dimly illuminating it with a cold and melan-

Armoury of the invincible knights of old "-
One green tree,

choly light--what if she did see two large fierce and modes by which children are to be metamorphosed Circled round with rosemary.

fiery blazing eyes staring her full in the face, and then into prodigies. And prodigies, with a vengeance,

saw them slowly advancing towards her, and thought have I known thus produced : prodigies of self-conI abhor the close abode,

she heard a low groan as of a dying man, and then, ceit, shallowness, arrogance, and infidelity. Instead Where the spider and the rat,

as they emerged from behind the little basket where of storing the memory, during the period when the And the spirit-chilling toad,

her clothes were folded, saw them coming on rapidly, memory is the predominant faculty, with facts for the And the harpy-winged bat,

until she felt something fall heavily on her feet: it after exercise of the judgment; and instead of awakenDisrespect the solemn stones

was only her dear “granma's” favourite tom cat ing by the noblest models, the fond and mixed models, That imprison dead men's bones. coming to her to make friends for the night, and pur

Love and Admiration, which is the natural and graceI believe I could not sleep

ring to her with much good humour. Why should ful temper of early youth, these nurselings of imWhere such things their vigils keep.

she be alarmed ? Mark, kind readerbecause she proved pedagogy are taught to dispute and decideAnd another cause I have thought it was a ghost! And pray, may I inquire

to suspect all but their own and their lecturer's wisFor a heaven-cover'd grave;

whether this same reason would not have been given, dom, and to hold nothing sacred from their contempt From Apollo unto me

if poor old Betty had never told her ghost stories? but their own contemptible arrogance.'' Came the gift of poesy ;

Most certainly it would! And why? Because I must apologise, Sir, for the length to which my Therefore when my life is done, there is a feeling-I had almost said an innate feel

“ few words ” have extended, and the rambling style Let him shine upon his son. ing-within us, that there are ghosts, that there are

in which they are communicated. Allow me again I want no funereal show, spirits “which do people the air,” and who can see

to thank you for having been the source, to me, of Prancing steed, and nodding plume ; into our inmost souls, can pierce the recesses of our

much pleasure and unfeigned delight. H. B. Nor of hypocritic woe

hearts—a kind of inferior deities, who know all our [We have inserted the above letter, both for the sake The detested gloom ; deeds, all our actions, “whether they be good, or

of the writer's goodness of intention, and because he Nor followers in dark disguise, whether they be evil.”

has “more in him," than many a reader of his avowal

about Robert Hall's ghost story might suppose. We With white kerchiefs at their eyes,

But tell me, you matter-of-fact gentleman, where certainly do not come to the same conclusions with Acting scenes of obsequies. would have been half our pleasure at the Abbey the

him on that point, nor on the necessity of teaching Nor give me what vain glory rears,

children to be afraid of spirits, though we would open other day, if there was no such thing as a ghost ?

to them the most unbounded fields of possibility in Nor aught by money bought;

While we poor guinea-ticket out-of-sight gentry all the regions of a loving faith. These, doubtless, Nothing I ask, no friend I task

were sitting in that venerable temple, listening in are what he would arrive at himself; but it appears Beyond a few kind tears: solemn silence to the spirit-moving tones of that

to us that the world have had enough of the rough Strew flowers, and give me these,

ways to gentleness, of the husks and thorns of faith, pealing organ and the heart-stirring notes of that And I shall rest at ease.

however necessary such husks may have been to the splendid choir—where, I say, would half our delight ripening of the fruit; and that the time is arrived for S. R. Í.

have been had we not imagined that such unequalled enjoying the fruit itself.]

strains-only inferior to the "strains unutterable of BELIEF IN GHOSTS.

seraphs before the throne"--had roused the disem.

bodied spirit of the immortal Handel, who slumbers To the Editor of the London Journal.

SUPPLEMENT OF THE LONDON in the dust close by, and that it fitted to and fro on

JOURNAL, SiR, - I cannot express to you the pleasure I have the undulating air, as it struck and reverberated from felt in reading the pages of your Journal. To have the gilded roof? Why, without a ghost, I would [We plainly confess that we make the following found a man who can, and will, regale us with seve- have sold my ticket at a discount, and thought my

extract from the letter of an esteemed correspondent, ral columns of imaginative prose for three-halfpence, self lucky!

both as a help towards the announcement of our
is a matter to me of no small gratification; and it is “ But who in the world ever did anything," says Supplements, and as an evidence that they are not
· in discovering your anti-matter-of-fact vein, that I my sapient friend, “ who believed in spirits ?” Num- unapproved.]
have become vain enough to suppose you will give bers, say I; and I will give you an instance.

To the Editor.
publication—for the amusement, though, perhaps, you ever hear, kind sir, of Robert Hall, a man of
not the instruction of your readers--to a few words

MY DEAR SIR,--I have seen one of the Supplethe most exalted genius, the most refined and lofty

ments, and was astonished to find that you had conthat I have to say on those creatures of imagination imagination, the purest taste ?

He believed in trived so well to draw so much intelligence and - those flying buttresses of poetry-ghosts. spirits. One day he was sitting in his study, writing

amusement from an otherwise dry subject, and one It has often struck me, that to encourage the be- a sermon on the influence of the evil spirit. The

which is hardly ever rendered popular enough in style lief in spirits, especially in the

with the great majority of readers. They like well is one way of young,

window was open. A friend called, and he left the enough to hear of the antiquities of London, familmaking them religious. It may make them super- room to see and converse with him. He was absent iarised to them as you would do it, but grow weary stitious; but who is religious without being so? It but a short time—I forget how long--and on return- of an old book containing them. Public writers may highly excite their tender imaginations, but it ing found that his unfinished sermon was gone. It

have a good deal yet to do, to induce the majority of cannot fail to kindle a poetic flame in their minds_a

readers to read as they ought. Experience, I am inhad Aed it was nowhere to be found. The yard clined to think, will show that knowledge, through flame which, when once kindled can never be below the window, every place where it might have reading, will be best communicated where the differextinguished, and which engenders virtue, morality, been wafted by the wind, was searched with the most

ence between reader and writer is not made so manikind-heartedness, and benevolence. Oh! what diligent and scrupulous care, but without effect.

fest, at least where they approach nearer in sentiment would our mortal days be good for, were it not

and familiarity. Surely our great writers have now Now what was Hall's conclusion? Why! one that and then dreamt of monopolizing their researches for imagination

everyone in his senses must have come to,—that the into the hitherto unknown stores of knowledge, and “Which colours life's dark cloud with orient rays!" devil had taken it away. He firmly believed it, and

by so doing make the day as distant as possible when

literature, or the love of it, shall have become more "Well,” coolly grunts a cui bono gentleman, while

the business of men's lives, or they would have conhe munches his breakfast and sips his tea, “ what has

Now I know that most, if not all, of what I have descended more, or rather have appeared to condethis to do with the question as to the good that my been saying, runs counter to all modern notions of scend more, to the level of their understandings. In

my poor opinion, your style is much more calculated children are to get from being afraid to go to bed in education. In these degenerate days, when every

to induce us to read, and to love knowledge for its the dark, after having been terrified by my old nurse, child is Pestalozzified into a pest—when every other

own sake, than any other, for the reasons I have atwho has already almost frightened my little Sally out child you meet is a prodigy–when everything is tempted to give.

Your obliged servant, of her wits by telling her how the ghost of an old taught but obedience to parents and respect for supe

H. W. S. gentleman, who was killed many years ago in the riors--when the only consideration is, how much is

Did

so do I.

1

[ocr errors]

: (adivine) did before us, in his masterly jeu d'esprit upon SWEARING.

and many of the custoins and expressions of our August 28.

Hamilton's Bawn, in which he makes an officer in the ancestors, are still preserved in common use and parSir Amongst your numerous correspondents, army (a class of people whom he disliked excessively) lance) I was forced to revert to the hours of childhood, without the ambition of being noticed for one,

swear in a manner that would have startled our' lay- and its battles with the thorns and prickles of the allow me to make a remark on your last number. adviser.

berry and the furze, and tempted to devote an hour It relates to the profane expletives introduced in the

Mr Bentham in his posthumous work on Deon- to the seeking, plucking, and eating of this delicate “ Dialogue with a Sportsman.” Be assured that to tology, has a passage on swearing, which our corres- “ fairy-dish" (and it is a rarity), by the joyous shout erery mind of the least refinement, to say nothing pondent will be glad to see. “ The passion of anger," of the young berry gatherers, when they were fortu. about religion, such a practice is extremely offensive. he observes, " has been already denounced as useful nate enough to discover a tree of the blooming The common plea adduced in justification of it-that on no occasion; pernicious and pain-giving on almost “dew-berry.” The call of the young gentleman to it is to take the manner from life, and that without every occasion. All babits, therefore, that administer his sister, « Oh, here, Matilda, here is a dewii the discourse would want the point arising from

to it, are to be avoided. Of these habits, that of berry' tree !” and the 'anxious reply of the gentle verisimilitude, is trifling. Is then profaneness ne.

cursing and swearing is among the most foolish and dew-berry' of humanity, “ Don't pick them, dear cessary to sprightliness, the expletives essential to wit;

the most mischievous. The popular sanction is hap- Henry, till I come_I must pick them myself,” still or if so, are we so destitute of them as to be compelled pily directing its opprobium against such exhibitions. sound in my ears, and remind me of the then to resort to oaths ? Better then, I say, want point,

Fashion had once taken them under its protection; expressed hope « that the bloom of innocence may and wit, and everything else, than be shocked by the

fashion is now repudiating them. In addition to the continue till the hour appointed by heaven for her very attempt to give us pleasure.

pain produced by the anger which excites them, being gathered with affection to delight the hours It gives me great satisfaction to observe that the

other pain will be produced by the expression of of man's weary travail.” offensive practice is growing out of use.

anger in a form so offensive. In the minds of some, No one can

Leaving it to you to make the correction in any have failed to notice the vast improvement in this it will shock the religious affections; in the minds of

way you may think proper, I subscribe myself, with respect, as well as in some other usages, that has

all it will produce sensations which benevolence should much delight and sympathy,

avoid conveying." t.lken place of late years in those classes of society

Your constant friend, Our correspondent will see how sincerely we agree that were formerly disgraced by them. They have

RUSTICUS. descended now to the very dregs of the community;

with Mr Bentham, when we repeat the following where it may be hoped that, as knowledge shall in

note which we wrote at the margin of this passage,
on first reading his book :-

Portrait of Rousseau, by Madame de Stael-Rous. creasingly pervade the public mind, and better ma

.. I never knew a swearer, whether a foolish person

seau had little eyes, which had no expression of terials be afforded for conversation, they will be at

themselves, but successively received that of the difotherwise or not, in whom the habit was not tracelength intirely worked off. It has occurred to me

ferent impulsions of the mind. His eyebrows were able to some obvious reakness." more than once to administer reproof to persons of

very prominent and seemed proper to serve his moThis weakness, in every instance without excep:ion, roseness, and hide him from the sight of man.

His decent appearance for the disgusting habit; and I we take to be one of five sorts. It is either a mere

head was for the most - part hung down, but it was have uniformly found, that the most covert expression

weither flattery nor fear that had lowered it; medihabit contracted in youth from bad example; or it is of disapprobation against it has been instantly under

tation and melancholy had weighed it down like a stood and felt, and led to its discontinuance. A

an instinct of weakness, affecting a sort of strength; flower bent by the storm or its own weight. When
or it is a brute strength, weak on the side of the un-

he was silent, his physiognomy had no expression; Reverend once found himself seated in a coach with a

neither his thoughts nor affections were apparent in derstanding; or it is an indulgence of spleen allowed fellow-traveller for the night- -a inan of gentlemanly

his visage, except when he took part in conversation; habits, and disposed to enter with biin into free con

itself by morbid knowledge, despairing of its fellow- but the moment he ceased speaking, they retired to versation. He perceived, however, that in this case

creatures and of itself; or, lastly, it is pure folly giving the bottom of his heart. His features were common;
itself airs of a knowledge of the world and a supe-

but when he spoke they all acquired the greatest anihe must be frequently annoyed with profane epithets.

mation. He resembled the gods wliich Ovid describes riority to timid prejudices. But the two latter inHe took, therefore, the earliest opportunity of re

to us, sometimes quitting by degrees their terrestrial stances belong to the second. We have known very disguise, and at length discovering themselves by the questing it as a great favour from him-upon which

brilliant rays emanating from their countenance. from lis courtesy' he was sure he might reckon that intelligent, and very good men too, swear; but as no

man is without his weakness, so we never knew a Profound and Noble Remark. - The happiness of he would be kind enough for the rest of the evening swearer without one of the weaknesses bere men

the worst man of the species is as much an inteto let him swear the first oath. There was no occationed.]

graut part of the whole of human happiness, as is that sion for any farther reproof.

of the best man.-Bentham. I have written the above from a concern for the success of your Journal. There is so much of good taste, • DEW- BERRIES' NOT GOOSE

TO CORRESPONDENTS. sentiment, and information in it, that it is a pity its cir

BERRIES.

We shall insert with pleasure, and gratitude, the culation should be abridged by anything that would

[This letter should have been inserted before. The Journey of S.; for it is excellent. make it objectionable to a large mass. The circle in interpretation of dew-berries by gooseberries was not

The quarter alluded to by G. F. was not available which I move is chiefly religious, and I have ven

ours, but that of some Shakspeare commentator in for his object; but we hope to succeed in another. tured to recommend it there, which may in some the edition from which we quoted. So far to vindi.

An answer respecting his Manuscripts in our next. incasure account to you for what some might deem cate our natural hedge-row discernment in the cyes

An answer as speedily as possible to Mrs W. of my orer sensitiveness. of our obliging correspondent.]

Canterbury. The absence of the gentleman who The “ Romance of Real Life" is a part, I think, that

Westminster. attends to the business part of our Journal, renders must soon fail you. Under this impression I had MY DEAR Editor, — Rejoicing with exceeding it impossible at this moment. recourse to several remarkable facts that I had met

great joy and gladness of heart at the increased suc- We had not forgotten our old friend and correswith in a course of reading, somewhat different I cess of your benevolent papers, I am anxious that pondent H. W. S. whose letter (as he will see) was should apprehend from your own; and selected the you should not, even in trifles, be the cause of mis- welcome to us for more reasons than one, books containing them, with a view of submitting leading any one of your readers. Do me therefore There was merit in the former lines of S. R. J. them to your inspection. But as it might possibly the kindness to notice, in any way most becoming to but we did not think them so good as those that be a work of supererogation, and as probably the your editorial sensations, that there is an error in appear in our present number. character of your Journal can hardly as yet be con- your annotation of “gooseberry" applied to Shaks- We regret not to have advised URBANUS Sylvan sidered as established, I forbear. It might, as far peare's “dew-berries.” My dear rambler in green to select some more promising spot to commence his as I can judge, be made to take a higher and lanes, by brakes and briars, who lovest nature in her perambulations in, than the one he has chosen. We more permanent standing than most of its con- wild luxuriance, and whose heart boundeth with feel that we ought not to have tempted him into temporaries, nor would this at all be retarded, but thankfulness at the good in all things, you must so much trouble to such an apparently thankless rather aecelerated, by the absence of everything dis- surely be familiar with that delightful little berry purpose. agreeable to the purer classes of society.

which is so eagerly sought after, and obtained at The objections of J. D. to the National Gallery T. L.

such cost, by the young of all stations, and yclept by should have been inserted with pleasure, had not [We are obliged to the writer of the above letter, all the “ black-berry,"—and I know that the very their tone been unsuited to the pages of this for the manifest good will which induced him to send finest species of that fruit are still hailed in the eas

urbanest of hebdomadals. it; but he misconceived us in supposing that we made tern parts of our island, in the realms of East Anglia Will W. S. allow us to make an occasional omis. our sporting hero swear, merely for the sake of paint- --even in the mouths of cottagers' boys, by the name

sion ? If so, we shall have much pleasure in giving ing him after nature, and describing manners.

We

of " dew-berries.” Luxuriant in size and form, and insertion to his communications; and we only prodil it purposely to shew, that he was as weak in man- covered with a delicious maiden bloom (whence its pose taking this liberty, for reasons which he would ners as in argument. We confess rc have not the sweet prenomen), delightful to the eye and inviting approve as an editor, even for the sake of the just precise notions on this subject, in a literary point of to the taste, they are as supereminent over the other opinions which he advocates.

Will he also tell us view, which are entertained by our correspondent, fruits of the world and the “ waste" (as it is called) what he proposes by his title of “ Quotations from though we should be loath to disconcert any such kind as the apricot was esteemed above its cultivated Johnson ?" Are the quotations to come? For we see persons as himself, and shall endeavour not to do so; brethren. Hence their beautiful poetic association nothing of the Great Quotable at present. but we can as unaffectedly say that we dislike swear- by Shakspeare in the same breath. During the last ting, and have taken more than one occasion of en- autumn, whilst rambling over many parts of East London: Published by H. HOOPBR, 13, Pall Mall East. deavouring to make it look what it is, as Swift Anglia (where by the bye, much of our old language, From the Steam-Press of C. & W. REYNELL, Little Pulteney wreete

[ocr errors]

LONDON JOURNAL .

TO ASSIST SA) IXQUIRING, ANIMATI TIL STRUGGLING, AND STUPATHILL WITH ALL.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 1834.

No. 26.

PRICE THREE HALFPENCE.

not.

open to us whatever regions it pleases, of possibilities how little we make of it, that human beings are not (LIFE AFTER DEATH.-BELIEF IN

honourable to God and man, cultivating them studi- the chief inhabitants of the planet, but that there SPIRITS.

ously, whether we thoroughly understand them or are others, of a nobler sort, who see and enjoy all We made use of an inaccurate expression in our last For who thoroughly understands anything its loveliness, and who regard us with the same curinumber, which we are anxious to correct. We spoke which he cultivates, even to the flowers at his feet? osity with which we look upon bees or beavers. But of man as a “finite" creature. The term, strictly And cultivating these, shall we refuse to cultivate a consideration of the divine qualities of love and speaking, does not convey the meaning we intended. also the stars, and the aspirations and thoughts an- imagination and hope (as well as some other reflecFinis is an end, and finite would imply a being, gelical, and the hopes of rejoining friends and kin- tions, more serious) restores us to confidence in ourwhose end, or utter termination, was known and dred, and all the flowers of heaven ? — No, as- selves, and we resume our task of endeavouring lo certain. Assuredly we wrote the word in no such suredly,—not while we have a star to see, and a equalize enjoyment with the abundance afforded us. spirit of presumption. All our writings will testify, thought to reach it. Why should heaven have given When we look upon the stars at night-time, shining that we are of a religion which enjoys the most un- us those? Why not have put us into some blank and sparkling like so many happy eyes, conscious of bounded hopes of man, both here and hereafter. By region of space, with a wall of nothingness on all their joy, we cannot help fancying that they are so finite we meant to imply a creature of limited powers sides of us, and no power to have a thought beyond many heavens which have realized, or are in the proand circumscribed present existence. Far were we it? Because, some advocate of chance and blind gress of realizing, the perfections of which they are from daring to lift up mortal finger against immor- action, may say,—it could not help it; because the capable; and that our own planet (a star in the tal futurity. Religion itself must first be put out of nature of things could not help it ;-because things heavens to them) is one of the same golden brotherman's heart, and the very stars out of the sky, and are as they are. O the assumptions of those who hood of hope and possibility, destined to be retained no such words be remembered as sentiment and ima- protest against assumption ! of the faculty which as a heaven, if its inhabitants answer to the incitegination and memory, and hope too; ay, and reason, exclusively calls itself reason, and would deprive us ments of the great Experimenter, or to be done before we should presume to say what end ought to of some of our most reasonable faculties! Even away with for a new experiment if they fail. For be put to these endless aspirations of the soul. upon the ground of these gentlemen's shewing, faith endeavour and failure, in the particular, are mani

We are for making the most of the present world, itself cannot be helped ; at least not as long as things festly a part of the universal system ; and consideras if there were no hereafter; and the most of here- “are as they are ;" and in this respect, we are ing the large scale on which Providence acts, and after, as if there were no present world. We think assuredly not for helping it. We are content to let the mixture of evil through which good advances, that God, and Christianity, and utility, and imagina- it love and be happy.

Deluges are to be accounted for on principles of the tion, and right reason, and whatsoever is complete

most natural reason, moral as well as physical, and

With regard to the belief in Spirits (which we and harmonious in the constitution of the human

an awful belief thus becomes reconcileable to the faculties, however opposed it may seem, enjoin us to take this opportunity of saying a few more words

commonest deductions of utility. do BOTH. We are surprised, notwithstanding the upon, as it was in answer to our correspondent on

But “bad spirits" and spirits to be “afraid of "? allowance to be made for the great diversity of this subject that we made use of the word we have Christian sects, how any Christian, calling himself

explained) it has surely a right, even upon the se- We confess, that large and willing as our faith is in such by the least right of discipline, can undervalue

verest grounds of reason, to rest upon the same pri- the utmost possibilities of life and varieties of being, the utmost human endeavours in behalf of this vileges of possibility, and of a modest and wise ig- we see no reason of any sort to believe in those, at world, the utmost cultivation of this one (among and even a knowing faith ; for the more we know of malignity. It is possible that other beings, as well

norance to the contrary, as any other parts of a loving least not as made up of anything like pure evil or others) of the manifest and starry gardens of God; but we are most of all surprised at it in those that existence, the more we discover of the endless and as men, may partake more or less of imperfection, adhere the most literally to injunction and pro- thronging forms of it,—of the crowds in air, earth, and so be liable to mistake and brute impulses; but, phecy, while they know how to confine the fugitive faculties

, and our daily discoveries of things wonder- possibility, why should we?

and water; and are we, with our confessedly limited as we need not be troubled with this side of spiritual and conventional uses of the terms “ this world,” &c.

For as to pure evil or &c. to their proper meanings.

ful, to assume that there are no modes of being but malignity for its own sake, apart from some procuresuch as are cognizable to our five senses ?

ment or notion of good, nothing which we see in all In the feasibility of this consummation the most

possessed but two or three senses, we know very well nature induces us to suppose it possible. The veriest infidel Utilitarian is of the same faith with the most

that there are thousands of things round about us, of wretch that ever astonished the community, did not believing Christian, and so far is

which we could have formed no conception; and perpetrate his crime out of sheer love of inflicting - the best good Christian, he,

does not common modesty, as well as the possibilities evil, but out of some false idea of good and pleasure, Although he knows it not.

of infinitude, demand of us, that we should suppose or of avoidance of evil, which idea might have been Now he is only to carry his beloved reason a little there are senses besides our own, and that with the done away in him by a wiser and healthier training. farther, and he will find himself on the confines of help of but one more, we might become aware of And as to the belief in a great malignant principle the most unbounded hopes of another world as well phenomena, at present unmanifested to human eyes ? or Devil (though even he has his horrible story lightas of the present; for reason itself, in its ordinary Locke has given celebrity to a story of a blind man, ened by a mixture of mistake and suffering), the sense, will tell him that it is reasonable to make the who, being asked what he thought of the colour of most devout Christians have long been giving it up, utmost of all his faculties, imagination included. red, said he conceived it must be like the sound of a especially since they have observed that the places in Mr Bentham, the very personification of his reason, trumpet. A counterpart to this story has been found which he is mentioned in Scripture are very rare, has told him so.* And if he come to the Pure Reason (we know not with what truth) in that of a deat sometimes apocryphal, and at other times translateof the Germans, or the discoveries which that con- man, who is said to have likened the sound of a able into a very different sense from what was comtemplative nation say they have made, in the highest trumpet to the colour of red. Dr Blacklock, who monly received. In truth, the word “ devil" has regions of the mind, of a reason above ordinary rea

was blind from his infancy, and who wrote very good not been translated at all ; it has simply been repeated, son, reconciling the logic and consciousness of the heart and impart verses, in which he talked of light and thus given rise, in many instances, to a manifest latter with the former's instinctive and hitherto un

and colours with all the confidence of a repetition- and painful delusion; for deril (diabolus, Latin ; developed affirmations, he is told that he may give evi- exercise (a striking lesson to us verse-makers!) being diavolo, Italian) is merely the Greck word docßodos dence to faith after his own most approved fashion. requested one day to state what he really thought of (diabolos) repeated; and diabolos signified simply an For our parts, we confess that we are of a more child- something visible,—of the sun for instance,—said, accuser,-a calumniator; it was a Greek word for like turn of contentment; and that keeping our

with modest hesitation, that he conceived it must re- an evil-speaker, a thrower of stones, and came from ordinary reason

to what appears to us its fittest semble "a pleasing friendship !We quote from a verb signifying to cast through, or against. The task, namely, the guarding us against the admission memory; but this was his simile. We may thus Latin word is used in the sense to this day, in the of gratuitous pains, we will suffer a loving faith to judge what we miss by the small amount of our own well-known appellation of the Attorney-General,

complete senses. We have been sometimes tempted which has caused so many jokes against that officer; Deontology, vol. II. p. 102. The passage was given in the first Number of the London Journal.

to think, seeing what a beautiful world this is, and for he who was known in France by the title of Pub.

Had we

(From the Steam-Press of C. & W. REYNELL, Little Pulteney-street.)

« السابقةمتابعة »