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murroa, and also a kind of spirit which they dis
LINES. lil; but they are not sollish or guilty of general
Their indulgences are occasional, not (On reading a Poem by Eliza Cook, ert'lled “ Old habitual. They are also eminently social, and not
Companions.") selfish in their intercourse with one another: thus they share tobacco freely when they have it, yet it isa And can it, sister, really be, much-valued luxury, and a party having been That “old companions” change so goɔn? met with make over a portion of their acquisition And must I float o'er life's dull sea, to a party whom they may have accidentally met, With nought to cheer the passing glocm? and who may not have had the luck 10 be so for- Of all the friends I once held dear, tunate. It is alleged the Lepchas are fond of In days of happiness gone by, money, erroneously I think. They like to amass Is there not one 10 chase the tear, a small purse of 12 or 18 rupees; but when that is Or echo back the deep-drawn sigh ? gathered they return home and spend it, and are Is friendship, then, a name alone iben willing to take service again. Their avarice
To still the achings of the breast is dus confined within a small limit, if indeed ibis
(When all except that name is gone) limited desire of money can .properly be called
An empty bauble at the best? avarice.
Should pleasure for a time beguile, The Lepchas are not ferocious or false, but on And bear me with her votaries on, the contrary, of mild temper, and on the whole,
Sisler, must I unheeded smile, trustful by nature.
Unmarked, pursue my joys alone ? Regarded as mere animals, they are perhaps as And when youth's evanescent joys happy as any people that exist. They are of the Have faded on time's ruthless wing, style of Epicurus iruly, and ibeir intellectual enjoy- When sorrow the bright past destroys, ments are not many, but they have no want of the
And nought is left for care to bring,
When fairy dreams of changeless bliss
No longer cause my beart to glow,
In midst of misery like this, pleasures, are followed by the Lepchas with con- Uuheeded must the tear-drop flow? siderable keenness. They have music, songs, and No, sister ; while thy heart command extemporize eclogues in dialogue like true Arca- Its morial tenement of clay, dians. They have also stories to while away the I ne'er shall want a kindly hand time, and their great men play chess and such like To brush the starting tear away ; games. These may be reckoned their intellectual Whate'er the world beside may be, amusements or pleasures of the fancy and under- Through chance and change, in good or ill, standing.
I know I e'er shall find in thee They are humane, as witness our party having An “old companion, changeless still !" caused a sick man to be carried by one of their
Together we have wander'd o'er number, nine or ten days; and in comparison with Life's varied path of thorns and flowers, the Booteeas, or indeed, with any other people, And we, perchance, inay never more they are an amicable race.
Recall the freedom of those hours.
But tho' thy smile no more I greet,
Or trace the scenes in childhood trod;
Before the footstool of our God.
There let us, sister, daily pray,
That tho' our earthly fate be riven,
In the world so gay a tone :
Werner believes that there is predestination in "Twere not well, ihat we should ever
love; and that those beings who are created for In the eye trace rooled care
each other ought to know each other at the first Feelings only known to heaven,
sight. It is a very agreeable doctrine, metaphyOnly breath'd in secret prayer.
sical and “madrigalique !"
Of a gay and thoughtless breast
Ah! how beautiful talent is, when it has never 'Tis not always eyes that languish
been profaned ----when it has served only to reveal Tales of deepest grief impart:
to men, under the attractive form of the fine arts, Smiles may sometimes hide the anguish the generous sentiments and religious hopes bidden Of a lone and aching heart!
in the depths of the heart !
BY GEORGE BAYLEY.
“ NOT SURE ABOUT TIIAT SAME.” interference. It gave him, too, a more defined
current of thought. "AN OWER TRUE TALE.”
“I am thinking, ma'am, that some women folks
are just like these flowers. They must have just By Alrs. E. Oakes Smith, Author of the “Sinless the right kind of sile, and the right light, and the Child," 8c.
right heat, and everything suited to their natures, or
they will die. 'Tisn't so with all plants, for some will “ And so you had two wives, Robert, they tell seem to get along and grow, and flower, and look me, and you are a very young man still." well, under any treatment, and so it is with most
This was said by way of parenthesis to Robert of women. But poor Mary was like one of these Kennie, the gardener, who had a year before mar- geraniums; and when she withered away, it seemed ried a pretty sempstress, very much to bis own a kind of cruelty, just as it always looks 10 me to happiness and the discomfort of certain families in see a geranium dying out of place.” the neighbourhood, who from that time forth de- This professional illustration of the point in band spaired of having "gaging,” “ side stitch," or seemed to linger upon the fancy of Robert, as if “over and over,” ever again done to their liking. by dwelling upon it his taste and his sentiment And now Jeannie was slightly ill, began to look were both alike gratified. shy, and her blushes were brighter than ever ; and “Why, Robert, you are certainly indulging a many were the old baskets and “ budget bags” sickly fancy in talking in this wise of Mary; and examined in her behalf.
as to any self-reproach, it ought to be out of the “ Two wives did you say, ma'am ?”
question, for I am sure you have too good a heart “ Yes, Robert," and the last parcel was thrust to neglect any one. And then too, Robert, I shall into the basket in the same breath with the re- speak frankly, for I have heard that Mary was a sponse. Strange enough, Robert set the basket sickly, complaining, inelancholy creature, likely to upon the floor, and the smile of honest pride and make both herself and you miserable. Now, pleasure at the interest we all took in the affairs Jeane of little Jeannie passed from his face, and he re- “God bless her," interrupted the gardener, tisplied, in a thoughiful, musing manner
ing to an attitude of respectful earnestness; " but “I am not sure about that same, ma'am. 'Twould indeed, ma'am, that is why I wish 10 tell of Mary, be a great easing to my mind, ma'am, if you would because she was blamed when I was the one to explain things a bit to me."
bear the blame. God forbid that I should ever « Certainly, Robert, I will aid you in any way have neglected Mary. No, no. I cared for her I can, to the best of my judgment; but will not night and day, but it wasn't the right kind of care, Jeannie be expecting you home?"
nor from the right one, and she grew sickly, pined, “No--Kate Randell is staying with her; and and died. She didn't love me, ma'am, as a woI think I might be made a happier man by telling man should love to become a wife.” a bit about poor Mary.”
“ Robert, have you ever been to your priest, Ile had taken a small rake, unawares it would and told him of this matier ? Did you ask counsel seem, into the room ; and now having respectfully of him ?" taken the chair I pointed out, he leaned his two “In part, ma'am ; but he doesn't seem rightly hands upon the handle of the implement, and 10 to understand me, and things are not clear to my my astonishment I beheld the large tears dropping own mind; only I believe but for me Mary Dunfrom his eyes upon the floor. I did not interrupt can might at this day be fresh and blooming, and his grief, for it was too late to tell him he had no singing like a bird, as she always did, poor thing! right to call little Jeane his wife, if the memory of You see, when I first came to this country, Mary was still so painfully dear to bim. Besides, ma'am, I was employed by old Mr. Brewster he was a poor unlettered youth, and while so many upon his grounds, and Mary was a bit of a lass of bis beiters sanction all sorts of inconsistency in doing small work for the ladies of the family. matters of sentiment, it seemed idle cruelty to at- At first she was always smiling like, and singing. tempt to set him right.
Then she began to grow pale, and mute; and I “So many of his betters !” But Robert shall I, a fool of a boy, must needs think she was pining tell his own story, and then we shall see if the un- for me. Then I began to think how wondrous learned and simple-hearted do not live nearest to lovely, and meek, and good she was. One day I the Temple of Truth.
did something tender-like to her, and she burst “I am thinking, ma'am, I committed a great out a crying as if her little heart would break. wrong in the matter of poor Mary, and my mind I put her head on my shoulder, and comforted is never quite easy about it. I did'nt think so her, and she seemed like a dear child to me. You much about it till the day she died, poor thing !” must know that Mary talked the whole matter
Here Robert was silent, for his voice was fairly over before she died, and she seemed more like choked by his emotion. 1, too, half arose from the holy Virgin in spirit than anything else. my seat, and nervously re-arranged the geranium “I never talked love to that child, ma'am, stand, with that instinctive selfishness natural to never; and yet I began to talk about going to the persons of quick sensibilities, who dread to have priest's. Mary was fearful in her nature, and she their sympathies painfully awakened. The move- did not tell me all about herself. She was an ment aroused the professional jealousy of Robert, orphan, with neither kith nor kin; and, like one of wiose habits of forethought in the taste of these these plants made to cling to something else or lii le arrangements seemed to be impeached by my they cannot grow. She had a lover, 10 whom slie
had been attached-like ever since they were little then at that moment to have given her to her children. She did not tell me this till I began to lover ?" regard her so much mine that it would have been “ Most assuredly, Robert. God forgive you terrible to part with her. He was to come out at that you did not.” a certain period, and she was to keep her faith till “ Amen !" that time. If he did not come, she might suppose The voice was so sepulchral, that I started and he was dead or changed.
looked around to see from where it could have “ Poor little Mary!-this was the time I first began to notice her. She moved about heavy-like, “ I did not. Ah! she was so beautiful, so and grew pale, and the smallest thing set her cry- lovable, and the priest had bound her to me. She ing. She sometimes thought he had forgotten her ; was mine. I could not, would not resign her to and then came the fear that he might be dead. another. The very peril of losing her made me My sympathy—for I thought maybe the child is more fiend than human.” ailing for home-helped to turn her away from “What did Mary say, Robert ?" gloom; and we sat hours talking about auld “ Poor girl! She only looked into my face, so Ireland, and the places and people we had known still, so sorrowful, her blue eyes without a tear, there. Then, when I began to go with her where and her dear cheek white, and the light curls all ever she went, never talking about it—for somehow away from one side of her face, just as they had I did not, yet I could never bear to see anybody fallen when I thrust her back. I thought she had else near her, and even was angry when Mary did stopped breathing. Then the door opened, and not look 10 me for protection—then Mary told closed softly, and the room was hushed as if for me of the absent lover. She was gentle and the dead. loving in her nature, and had regarded me as a “My mother whispered how Dermott was there, brother whom she might love and trust with no and how she had told him all; and that he was thought as to the future.
sitting by the door with no power to move. And “Ma'am, I was nigh on't wild when I heard of then she turned to Mary, and said — He only asks this; and I made Mary promise, that if Dermott one kiss of ye, Mary, and then he will never did not come within two weeks after the time ap- trouble ye again.' 'One, Robert, only one,' said pointed, she would be my wife. You may think poor Mary, rising to go. • Ye are my wife, Mary, she was unhappy, ma'am. No; she was so like a and James Dermott shall never, never kiss your sweet child, that when she saw all smiling and cheek !' and I held her with a strong hand. happy about her, she could'nt be miserable her- Mary neither spoke nor moved." self, even though things were not quite to her “ Robert, Robert, you may well pray God to liking. But I remember now, and, ma'am, I forgive you" I stayed my speech, for the man shall never forget how tearful her eyes looked was crushed at his own recollections. sometimes, and how she tried to smile, and it came "Mary never uttered his name from that time faint-like, and her hands grew icy cold, and her forth. She strove to smile. She was gentle and voice stopped its singing. But I would'nt regard good; and oh! so quiet, that I would have given these things then; and God forgive me, often and worlds to have met an angry glance. I would often I wished Dermott would never come- for I have given worlds to have had her reproach me; was selfish, and full of a blind love for the meek, but night and day I watched over her. I was innocent creature."
doomed to early lose the being I had wronged, Robert was for many moments silent, as if a and whose patient misery was a perpetual reproach perplexing and painful current of thought oppressed to me. I neglected every thing to meet her slight, him. He resumed
est wishes; wbile she, as she never reproached “Well, the time came, and no lover came with me, so did she forbear always to call upon me for it; the two weeks were over, and the bridal made the slightest attention. She had a forlorn aspect, ready. We had a few of our own people, and the as a plant will bave that has been left to the mercy priest made Mary mine; and she seemed quite of a storm." gentle and content, and I thought more beautiful, “ Did she live long, Robert ?" and lovable than ever. I don't know why it is, The man started with a sharp expression of ma'am, that a sorrowful face should go so nigh to pain. the heart ; but so it is.
“One day my mother came in and told that “ We were to have a fine treat; and while the Dermott was dead. It was not a year from that females prepared that in one room, the younger fatal night. The third day Mary was in her grave; folks were making merry in the other. We heard a blossom of beauty, and a bud never unfolded to a knock at the door, and then some one spoke. the light. My mother-for women feel differently Mary sprang for the door, and I, ma'am, yes I, about these things from what we do-my mother held the poor child back with a grasp that left bade me bury Mary beside of Dermoit, and I the prints upon her arm. I held that child from obeyed.” the heart thal"
Robert," I said, "you are ill. This is so Robert's eyes were distended as if with horror unlike you, that I cannot believe it 10 be a real at the recollection, and then suddenly drawing truth you have told me.' in his breath, he sank like a stricken child “Aye, ma’am, it seems like a terrible dream to upon his knees, and scarcely above a whisper, me. I have tried to think it over - I have tried to ultered
find an excuse for my cruelly. But poor dead “Tell me truly, ma'am, was it not my duty Mary – it is tuo, 100 true! It was not love that I
bore ber-it was the love of power, the tenderness
LEOPOLD DE MEYER. of a brother ; but I could never bear opposition. I could not sacrifice my own will for the happiness Leopold de Meyer was born at Vienna, on the of any creature, till this great grief changed my 2016 of December, 1816. His father was state whole nature."
counsellor at the Austrian court. From an early “ But where is Jeane all this time? Did you age until he reached his seventeenth year be proconceal this strange story from her ?”.
secuted his studies at the university of Vienna, but “God forbid. I told it her when I first found his father dying about that time, and other miswhat it meant to love another. And to-night she fortunes befalling him, he was compelled to leave bade me talk with you, thinking you might see it his studies at the university, and follow some pro. in a different light from what I did."
fession which would bring him immediate and “ No, Roberi, no; do not hide your great fault honourable support. Certain circumstances comfrom your own eyes. Dare to look it in the face, bined to render music, of all professions, the and repent manfully therefore, Mary was no wife one which would guide bis choice. He was an of yours in the sight of God, and you should bave excellent amateur player on the pianoforte, and yielded her to the lover, the betrothed lover, whom bad played in several private salons and at conyou defrauded by a miserable quibtle--for days certs with the greatest enthusiasın. His Majesty and weeks are not to be named in the calendar of the emperor of Austria, having heard that a young vows between true hearts."
man, whose father was attached to the crown, had Robert bowed his head in silence. At length lie obtained, as an amateur, an extraordinary success resumed, in a tone trembling from anxiety-- in the drawing-rooms of the aristocracy of Vienoa,
“ Jeane is not in the least like poor Mary; and expressed a desire to hear him, and from this time yet now when she is moving in the very room and circumstance we may date the brilliant career where poor Mary used to sit so quietly, and she is of the future great artist. For nearly two years silently making ibis small work, I have more than he applied himself to study and practice with the once shuddered to see just such a look pass over most indefatigable zeal and industry under Franher face as Mary had. I sometimes fear I am 10 çois Schuberi, Tischof, Professor of the Conservabe punished in a still greater manner—that the toire of Vienna, and Czerny; and before he was four years of agony is not atonement enough!" nineteen years of age he determined to travel, and
And the tears gushed from the eyes of the endeavour to make amends for disappointment at darkened man, and he grasped the chair con- home by successes in other lands. His first vulsively.
journey was made 10 Bucharest, the capital of Little can be said upon subjects like these. Wallachia, where his eldest brother was physician They are viewed according to the enlightenment of to the reigning prince. In this city he gave (wo sentiment and conscience; and only to the Great concerts, and the success he obtained was a fair Comforter can the weary heart carry its burden. beginning to all his future grealness. These con
Robert's presentiments of evil, however, were certs were given under the immediate patronage unrealized. Jeane is as blooming, and more cheer- of the prince, who had already heard him at ful than ever--for a house is ever prosperous Vienna. From Bucharest he proceeded to Jassy, where love presides at the altar; and the smiles of the capital of Moldavia. He was bearer of a letivfancy will of themselves chase away all the ter to the prince of this place, who received him spirits of evil.
into his favour, and patronised two concerts which the young pianist gave. In the December of this year, 1835, M. de Meyer went to Odessa. On
the day of his arrival at this place, at the request There is most sensibility in English poetry, and of Prince Nicolas Galitzni, he played at a concert most imagination in German poetry. The do- given for the benefit of the poor, to which Madame mestic affections exercise a great empire orer the the Countess Woronzow, wife of the governorhearts of the English, and their poetry savours of general of Little Russia, lent her valuable assistthe delicacy and the constancy of those affec- ance. The reception which M. de Meyer met tions.
with at this concert determined him to give one at the theatre ; and no sooner had he announced his determination than every seat in the house was
taken. The receipts resulting from this perform. Writers endeavour, above all things, to trans- rubles. He gave a second concert in the hall of
ance amounted to no less a sum than five thousand mit 10 others that which they themselves feel : they the Bourse with the like success. It was during would willingly say to poetry, as Ieloise said to her lover—" If there were a word still more true, Couni de Wille, general-in-chief of the Russian
his sojourn here he became acquainted with the more tender, more earnest to express what I feel, cavalry, with whom he undertook his next and it is that word I would wish to choose.”
most important journey from Odessa to St. Petersburgh. This acquisition was of great service to the youthful artist in the Russian capital. Some
days after his arrival at St. Petersburgh, the Count He who first called God our Father, knew more de Witte, having the honour to dine with their Imof the human heart than the most profound perial Majesties, related that he had journeyed thinkers of the age.
from Odessa with a young pianist of extraordinary
merit, whereupon the empress instantly despatched A WORD OVER A CUP OF TEA. one of her coaches for M. de Meyer, determined on hearing him that same evening at the court.
We do not consider it our province to enter into He played his fantasias from Sonnambulu and the great commercial and fiscal questions which Anna Bolena, which produced the most lively
agilate the City; but there is one of them alleffect. The empress, after hearing the first mor- important to the ladies, on which we propose cenu, rose from her seat, and approaching the piano, offering a bint: this is, the price of Tea ! Most remained standing behind the chair during the good housewives are rather confounded, than inwhole performance, ultering aloud frequent de formed, by the bulletins of the grocers, in wbich monstrations of surprise and deliglit. A short
new and old tariffs, abolition of the hong, and time afterwards lie gave a grand concert at the other cabalistic terms, are used with alarming theatre royal, which realized thirteen Thousand abundance. They look to the table of prices rubles. The whole of the royal family were pre-congou so much, souchong so much, and so forth; sent, together with the prince royal of Prussia, and and when they find the same description charged the élite of the Russian nobility. During the con
at one place 5s. which at another is marked 6s., cert bis Majesty sent for M. de Meyer, and en- they come to the very shrewd decision, though one gaged to lend him his assistance at a concert which not of much practical use, that the former is was to be held a few days afterwards in honour of either a very cheap shop, or deals in an inferior the prince royal of Prussia. After this concert article. A very little information, however, will M. de Meyer received from their royal highnesses, enable them to form some judgment for themthe emperor and empress, testimonials ihe most selves of the grocer's rates; and we beg our maflattering for an artiste ; for at the same time that tron friends in the first place to glance at the folhe was presented with a diamond ring, he received lowing prices of tea, as sold before the duty is the nomination of pianiste to the Russian court, paid. We received them from a city friend, on and was made honorary member of the Philhar-whom we can rely, and who assures us that they monic Society of St. Petersburgh. He was also are the present prices, and that no alteration of engaged, in conjunction with the celebrated violinist, any importance is likely to take place soon :Polonais Lipinski, 10 play at the festival about to
Pouchong be held on ihe occasion of the grand military en
. 5d., 6 d., to 1s. 4d.
Common Congou campment which the einperor ordered at Vos
10 d. to 1s.
Medium Congou 1s. 3d. to 1s. 60. nesensk. After his success here he departed for Fine Congou
1s. 93. to 2s. 6d. Moscow, where his reputation preceded him, and
. 15. 8d. to 23. od. where the enthusiasm he excited was no wit less
28. 8d. than at St. Petersburgh. He travelled still some time in Russia before be resolved to visit Turkey.
Orange Pekoe 1s. 5d. to 1s. 8d. He proceeded to Wallachia once more, and from
Scented Orange Pekoe, 23. 10 d., 25. 10/d.,
and 3s. id. thence, in company with the prince, and under his
Flowery Pekoe 2s. 3d. to 3s. 6d. protection, he set out for Constantinople. Here Twankay
1s. to 1s. 70. he remained for the space of three months at the
Twankay, Hy. kd. 2s. 2d. to 25. 4d. house of his Excellency the English Ambassador,
2s. 9d. to 4s. 6d. Sir Stratford Canning, who procured him the
2s. to 3s. 1d. honour of an introduction to the sultan. The sul
2s. 9d. to 3s. 3d, tan left him covered with splendid marks of his
35. 3d. to 4s. 6d. munificence, among which we may mention a superb snuff-box set in brilliants. From Constan
Now it is the case with tea as with many other tinople M. de Meyer returned 10 bis native town, things in this wise and humane country, that the giving concerts en route, at which he received the very poorest of the people pay as heavy a tax to most flattering applauses from all classes. Arrived Government as the very richest. The tax on tea at Vienna, he gave seven concerts, at the greater is 25. 1d. per pound on all descriptions, and 5 number of which the court were present, and his per cent. additional on the value. But although reception at each was of the most enthusiastic kind. ihe poor pay only the same sum in money to the It was while remaining here he was appointed treasury as the rich, they pay vastly more in propianiste to the emperor of Austria, and made portion to the value of the article they consume. honorary member of the Conservatoire of Vienna. For example, pouchong, the cheapest, and of course Ile has since appeared in other parts of the conti- worst description in the above list, costing only nent, and this year visited England for the first 5d. a pound, is charged 500l. per cent. duty, the time. It is a task of supererogation to offer his tax bringing the price up to 25. 6d., not including eulogium here. Ilis success in London, where he the additional 5 per cent. ; while the luxurious bas met the first pianists in the world, has been as hyson or gunpowder, at 4s. 6d. a pound, gets off great as either in Petersburgh or Vienna. As a with little more than 50 per cent. We will not performer he ranks among the very first; as a go into this question, however, which is but too composer his works have the merit of being at the well calculated to raise indignant feelings in the same tine musican-like and attractive. M. Leo- breast, even of a British gentlewoman. It is the pold de Meyer will be a most welcome visitant 10 uniformity of the tax, although cruel and unjust London next season.- - Musical Exuminer.
in itself, which enables us to check the grocer's prices; for we have only to add 2s. 1d. 10 the rates in the above list, with something for the ad