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carried away by the impetuosity of his own imagination, discovery"_it was “the immediate deduction, ab initio, like Hogarth’s madman, who fancied himself a king, he from the soundest principles of legitimate science.” The has only attained the summit of his ambition in a dream. charm, which, to consumptive patients, is to prove a sort But we wish not to speak harshly; “ habenda justitia of aurum potabile, is chlorine, commonly known as the summa ratio est.”
" bleaching gas.” Nysten and Fetréart have shown by Pulmonary consnmption is occasioned by the deposition their experiments, that the smallest quantity of this was of tubercles in the lungs, and these are at first small grey cannot be in baled without exciting violent irritation and semi-transparent bodies of variable size and consistence, inflammation ; but during the ascendency of chemical pawhich, in the progress of the disease, enlarge, become thology, water impregnated with it was recommended in yellowish and opaque, coalesce, soften, and frequently some diseases. Mr Braithwate recommends it strongly form excavations in the substance of the organ. Now, in scarlatina, and Willan, in cynanche maligna. But it is obvious, that when such tubercles are formed, the it is singular, that while Mr John Murray is in the act only medicine that can act as a restorative, must either of writing a book to prove the efficacy of chlorine in cucause their absorption, or arrest their further progress; ring pulmonary consuinption, he does not produce the deand all who pretend to cure consumption, without pro- tails of a single case in which it has had a good effect. His ceeding on sound pathological principles, act empirically, “ little volume was not intended to be a display of cases" and, like Swift's Apothecary, pour bodies of which they -nay, those wbich he might have adduced as having come know little, into bodies of which they know less. But under his own immediate treatment, “would be liable to when a being who is near and dear to us is seen drooping objection;" and, moreover, he adds, that he has an “ inon the brink of the grave, without a single ray of hope superable delicacy in requesting details of cases from meleft to cheer the sinking heart, nothing is more natural dical gentlemen,” so that the testimony in favour of this than to lend an ear of credulity to tales of marvellous great discovery, which is to benefit the human race when cures wrought by “ men of cunning device,” and to have Mr Jobu Murray is quietly sleeping in the churchyard, recourse, in the hour of affliction, to their charms and is not detailed ; there is not a shadow of evidence brought potions. But if we will have recourse to nostrums, let us forward to show what its effects are in pulmonary conat least be sure that we are in the hands of men who have sumption. It is even doubtful, with regard to the few studied the subject; and thus when Mr John Murray here cases referred to, and which seem to have occurred in the presents us with a treatise on Pulmonary Consumption, practice of the author's friends, whether these were cases but tells us, at the same time, that he bas never been “ini- of phthisis at all--and it is not on such slender evidence tiated into the practice of medicine,” the truth of which that medical men will be warranted in hurrying consumpstatement is sufficiently clear, from the perusal of his tive patients into an atmosphere of chlorine, as live dogs book, would it not be madness to listen to one who are cruelly plunged in the Grollo del Cane. Dr Cottereau thus openly announces his own ignorance ? “ We do not of Paris, and Sir Charles Scudamore, have been expericonsider,” says Mr Jobn Murray, “consumption, strictly menting on the effects of chlorine in pulinonary consumpspeaking, hereditary ; that is to say, however susceptible tion, and we shall rejoice much if it prove at all benetithe system may be to the action of those external agents cial;—but with respect to curing this disease---that is to that eventually give rise to that train of symptoms which say, renovating a partly disorganized lang---we are afraid ultimately merge in confirmed phthisis ; still phthisis is that it is physically impossible to devise any measure that not an integrant part of the native constitution; to grow can have so desirable an effect. with its growth, and strengthen with its strength.'” Indeed! We beg to inform Mr John Murray, that the lungs of the very youngest children-nay, those of the fætus, A Dictionary of the Military Science ; containing an Erhave been found studded with tubercles, in wbich cases,
planation of the Principal Terms used in Mathematics,' we apprehend that phthisis must have formed “
Artillery, and Fortification ; and comprising the subtegraut part of the native constitution.” Nay, if the
stance of the latest Regulations on Couris Martial, Pay, learned author will consult the records of the Children's Huspital in Paris, he will tind that pulmonary consump
Pensions, Allowances, &c.; a Comparative Table of
Ancient and Modern Geography ; Achievements of the tion is an extremely common disease among the very
British Army; with an Address to Gentlemen entering youngest children of the working classes. But our limits
the Army. By E. S. N. Campbell, Lieut. 22d Regiwill not allow us to discuss this subject so fully as we
ment. 8vo. Pp. 281. London. Baldwin and Cracould wish, and we proceed to the next chapter, wherein
dock. 1830. we find our amateur in medical science reviewing the various remedies which have been recommended by differ This work is a valuable vade mecum for the young offieat practitioners in this disease ; all of which he modestly cer; and it will likewise prove a valuable addition to the insinuates are utterly useless, and quotes, as a proof of the library of the civilian. The art of war has now arrived inconsistency of medical practitioners, the following pas- at a stage of perfection and completeness, that renders a sage from the work of a very eminent physician :---" In technical language indispensable in discussing its prin-, ulterior stages, a more generous diet, and even some wine, ciples, or describing its operations. In every gazette and may be allowed. These, instead of increasing the fever, history, its terms are necessarily of continual occurrence, will often check both." Any reasonable man, nay, the and render such a dictionary as the present of the great-, merest tyro that ever officiated at a dispersary, will see est use to the unmilitary reader. The author, although that this is a good, and even, from experience, an approved, a young officer, has been thoroughly educated at the Royal, practice. But Mr John Murray throws himself into an Military College at Sandhurst, and has had several years' agony of critical enthusiasm, and exclaims---" Tell us, practical experience as adjutant and deputy judge-advo. ye who best can tell, can this be compatible with bleed-cate to the reserve of the 15th reginent. ile has also ing, blisterings, and setous ?” Yes, Mr John Murray, enjoyed, while engaged in compiling his work, the advice it is compatible with the soundest principles of pathology and assistance of several able and experienced otiicers. In In the early stages of consumption, small bleedings will expressing our approbation of the work, therefore, which subdue the inflammatory state of the system, and arrest we do most unhesitatingly, we do not ask the reader to the progress of tubercular deposition ; in the latter stages, rely upou our judgment alone.
The facts which we when the progress of the disease bas subdued the patients have stated regarding its composition, entitle it to a prestrength, generous diet, and even a little wine, may be sumption in its favour. We cannot take leave of this given with the happiest results.
subject, without expressing our delight at the almost daily But what is the specific discovered by Mr John Mor- rise of the British army in moral worth and intelligence,
He inforns us that “ accident had no part in the a rise which has not been confined to the officers, but has
spread through the ranks. Our army has never been de-|(By the way, this is not the only instance in which tbe ficient in bravery, but there are persons still alive, who laws of nature generally understood to obtain in the other remember the officer of the old school either dissipated quarters of the globe, seem to be reversed in that extraorand thoughtless, or a plodding martinet. The stirring dinary continent: it is there that we find quadrupeds scenes of the last half-century, and the establishinent of who walk with their tails, and others who have assumed military colleges, have inspired into their successors more the bill, bitherto understood to be the exclusive property active energy, a more manly and intellectual character, of the feathered creation.) The propriety of all these and an emulation to excel in their profession, and in the measures is duly and carefully demonstrated; the quanvarious arts and sciences which tend to perfect and illus-tity and expense of food and clothing calculated; the trate it. Some little books, too, which have been pub- time required for the completion of the undertaking aslished of late years, show a growing spirit of intelligence certained : all with the most laudable precision, for the among the privates and non-commissioned officers. A captain is, like worthy Michael Cassio, gratifying piece of news which has lately reached us, con.
“ A great arithmetician.” firms the fact. The privates and non-commissioned officers of the 420 regiment, at present stationed at Gibraltar, Nay, the rewards which shall be bestowed upon the trahave established, under the auspices of their officers, vellers, if successful, are stated. They are to be * after a library, supported by their own contributions, and the plan of those for a north-west passage and north-polar managed exclusively by themselves. It must contain, by discovery." What these are, we are left to in fer from the this time, about a thousand volumes. According to a proposal which immediately follows, that every member letter which we have seen, a marked improvement has of the expedition shall receive so many acres of the lands taken place since its establishment, in the habits of many discovered. We were not previously aware that Captain of the subscribers. We trust that the example of the Parry and his crew were to receive so many acres of the gallant band, “ who smote the Invincibles on Egypt's ice-bergs and shoals they might encounter in their way shore," will speedily be followed. Our soldiers are true to the Pole. Britons in their attachment to their country, and in cool, But our ingenious author does not rest contented with reflective bravery ;—why should they not be Britons also barely making discoveries-he suggests means for turning in intelligence and moral character? We trust that the them to account. We need not add, that his talents for foolish prejudice, that any dissipated rascal may do for a legislation are quite equal to those he has displayed in his soldier, at once degrading to an honourable, and inducing scheme for exploring unknown lands. One feature of unfriendly feelings towards a necessary, profession, is ra- his plan of colonisation has particularly struck us, as showpidly dying away. The honour and the safety of our ing a deep insight into human nature—and that is, the country are inseparable from the character of her armies. arrangement for preserving the morals of the army, by
rigidly prohibiting any intercourse between them and the
sailors. The Friend of Australia ; or, a Plan for Exploring the In- akin to some favourite projects of the captive of St Helena
There is something in the spirit of the whole work, terior, and for carrying on a Survey of the whole Continent of Australia. By a Retired Officer of the Hon.
-the same power of mathematical demonstration, the East India Company's Service. Illustrated with a
same Ossianic mistiness of conception, when the discusmap of Australia, and five Plates. One volume, 8vo.
sion passes beyond that magic circle. We bave felt not Pp. 428. London. Hurst, Chance, and Co. 1830. He has served in the Company's army: most probably
a little curiosity respecting the author's personal identity, This is the most extraordinary work we have encoun- he is one of their Subahdars, or native officers. He tered for a long time. It is an arithmetical romance,--a tells us, indeed, in one place,—" The author bas been mathematical poem-a-we do not know what to call converted from Heathenisin since his return from India.** it. In its form, it is a piece of stern and severe calcula- He is, however, we suspect, like Donald Bean Lean, tion ; in its results, it is a wild dream of the imagination." but a queer kind of Christian after all." At least, he It indicates in the author a fervid and passionate tempera- seems (p. 265 ad im.) to mix up the solemnities of Jugment, united to a fancy which admits or retains no im- gernaut and the Church after rather a curious fashion. pressions but mathematical figures or algebraic relations. His reason for believing in the existence of a large river The materials are homely—commonplace : men, catule, in Australia, shows that he is not yet quite emancipated food, clothes. The combinations are shadowy and ideal from his native superstitions. “I feel the strongest conas the rapt musings of the enthusiast, or the delirious viction, a kind of second sight or presentiment, that a dreams of fever. This language savours of paradox, but river of the first magnitude will be found in Australia." without its aid we should seek in vain to characterise There is something mysterious about his history. A "The Friend of Australia."
native of India-partial to its climate, (for he tells us in The main object of the work is to recommend to the one place that it is the most healthy in the world ; in notice of government a plan for exploring the interior of another, “ to the horrible climate of England, I would Australia---a plan which we describe faintly when we transport my worst enemy;") cherishing tenderly say it is one of thundering magnificence. It is simply the remembrance of its localities—even of its names; this: One hundred men shall be placed under the com- (“to me nothing can be more romantic or pleasiug than mand of a captain of the navy. They shall consist of an Indian name;") esteeming the Indian the uobler race, engineers, draughtsmen, surveyors, soldiers, carpenters, | (for he suggests the introduction of a law into Australin, coopers, farriers, six cooks, three surgeons, &c. &c. They by which the whites, the plebeians, shall be probibited shall be provided with boats, long poles, provisions, seven to kill the game reserved for the amusement of the Indians, hundred and seventy-seven bullocks, thirty-one horses, the aristocracy)—still he has chosen to end his days in and fourteen ponies, or as many elephants and camels as England. This can only be accounted for by the mortifiare equivalent to the above-named beasts of burden. They cations to which the loss of caste must have exposed him shall be armed with long muskets and coats of mail, and in India. There is something inexpressibly touching in shall have oil-skin cloaks to keep out the wet. As they the idea of this venerable martyr to conviction, looking advance from the east side of the island towards the west, back with tender melancholy to the land of his youth. they shall leave behind them depots, so as to keep up the There is an Oriental grandeur even in the name of his communication with the point whence they commence residence--“ Siberian Wilds, near Blackstone Edge." their march. They shall set out at the commencement of the rainy season, because it is only during the dry season that the rivers of Australia overflow their banks.
OF FORTY YEARS.
The Child's Own Book. Ilustrated with nearly 300 En- Hints on the Planting and General Treatment of Hardy gravings by Eminent Artists. 12mo. Pp. 360. Lon Evergreens, in the Climate of Scotland. By Williain don : Alfred Miller. Edinburgh: Henry Constable. M‘Nab. 8vo. Pp. 40. Edinburgh. Thomas Clark. 1830.
1830. HOWEVER startling and incredible the statement may Mr M‘Nad is an assiduous observer, a cautious and appear, we once were a child ; and we still remember clear-headed thinker. His work contains much truly the ineffable delight afforded us by the perusal of fairy novel information, delivered with that diffidence which tales, printed on coarse whitey-grey paper, garnished always accompanies true merit. It is just such a book with wooden cuts, folded into a book of square form, (a as a practical gardener ought to write : it is redolent of tiny quarto,) and covered on the back with a paper gor- the open air. We do not merely read of sunshine and geously embossed with green, purple, and gold. There of moist weather in Mr M‘Nab's pages : we positively was Mother Bunch and all ber wondrous retinue ; Riquet feel their presence. We hope that his remarks may be with the Tuft; Beauty and the Beast; The Invisible attended to by our landed proprietors, and that the culPrince; She, the lovely one, out of whose mouth there tivation of evergreens may increase. There is not a betissued with every word a rose or a pearl. Then, again, ter cover for game than your laurel; and we know no to descend from our nursery mythology, there was bold more beantiful and appropriate ornament to a dwellingRobin Hood, Crusoe, and Goody Two Shoes. A sect of house than luxuriant clumps of evergreens. fanatics, worse than any Inquisition, bave entered these invaluable books on their list of proscribed works; they have been excluded from the nursery, as if measles and Brighton !! A Comic Sketch. Illustrated by seven Enchincough lurked beneath their covers and the conse gravings on Wood, after Designs by Robert Cruikshank. quence is, that our children have become stupid, peevish London. William Kidd. 1830. brats, and boys of nine years of age have begun to wear
PUBLICATIONS of this kind are becoming as frequent cravats"" The minds of the poor darlings were crammed
as fashionable noyels. The sketch itself is much like with the most indigestible food; many hundreds of them caught the green-sickness, from being allowed to read of other sketches of the kind, well enough. The woodcuts nothing but “ flowers and fruits in their seasons ;" still learning its A, B, C, and smoking a pipe in quiet expec
are respectable. The cul-de-lampe, representing an imp. greater numbers were rendered bilious for life, by being tation of the gentleman who gallops head-foremost over a forced to take premature doses of morality. At last Miller arose toa naine destined to immortal love and precipice towards it, is a good idea. reverence in the nursery---and, despite of the caterwauling of maiden aunts, Sunday-evening-school-teach
MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE. ers, et hoc genus omne, restored to their due supremacy " the old familiar stories." It would have done any one's heart good, who had a heart to do good to, had JOURNAL OF TWO DAYS, WITH AN INTERVAL he seen the jumping, and chuckling, and crowing among the unbreeched academicians, when this goodly little vo
Ridentem dicere verum lume was handed into their sanctum, in order to obtain
Quid vetat !-HOR, their imprimatur. It is of the true orthodox form--
April 20th, 1790. a cube of three inches. The paper and printing are ex Siz o'clock, A. M.— -Sprung nimbly from my bed, and rellent; the three bundred cuts are above all praise. threw open my shutters. It was a beautiful morning; We are credibly informed the “ Juvenile Society for the sun up—birds singing—flowers blooming-dew glitterDiffusion of Knowledge” in this city, (a debating society, ing. Hurricd on my clothes. Took my rod in my hand; which admits no member who has passed his eleventh
-threw my fishing-basket over my shoulder, and soon year,) have it in contemplation to give a dinner to Messrs found myself on the banks of the neighbouring stream. Miller and Constable, and present them with the diploma Recollected it was my twentieth birthday ;-laughed to, of honorary members, as a mark of gratitude to these think I was so old ; -determined to correct all former gentlemen, for their assiduous promotion of juvenile faults, and begin a new life ;-walked home with the literature.
conviction that I should one day be the greatest man in existence.
Nine o'clock. - Made dreadful havoc at the breakfastThe Journal of a Naturalist. Third Edition. London. table ;—sent rolls, eggs, bam, jelly, tea, and coffee, chaJohn Murray. 1830.
sing each other down my throat;—dad said he was glad
to see me so hungry; and granny whispered something The Journal of a Naturalist has been already favour-to my mother about white teeth, blue eyes, and beautiful ably received by the public, and its success is chiefly complexion ;-talked of Ellen Tracey;—dad looked glum; owing to its being one of those works which facilitate the -mother frowned ;—and granny said she was a sly gipe acquisition of scientific knowledge. Such guides are now sy—not worth a farthing ;-thought granny an old bore. in general request ; and the most talented men in the Eleven o'clock.-Called on Dick Oliver ;-rode out tocountry are busy reducing into popular forms the prin- getber ;-never saw Dick so merry ;-met Ellen Tracey; ciples of science, which bave bitherto been accessible only —both bowed ;-our eyes met ;-never thought her more to the recluse devotee of knowledge. How far the inte- beautiful ;-told Dick I was determined to marry her, rests of science may be affected by this kind of “levelling whether dad consented or not;— Dick said I was right; system” we shall not pause now to enquire; but surely -thought Dick a sensible fellow ;-knew him to be my there can be no reason why demonstrable truths should staunch friend. not be stated to society at large in the simplest and most Two o'clock.-— Returned home ;-found the Honourintelligible manner. The Journal of a Naturalist presents able Miss Aubrey in the drawing-room ;-mother and us with a clear account of the most interesting and beauti- granny in a great fuss ; -was sorry I had come in ;ful phenomena of nature. We cordially recommend it wished to retreat ;-stumbled over Miss Aubrey's lapto the attention of our readers, if, indeed, the fact that dog ; — dog yelped - Miss Aubrey screamed — mother this is already its third edition, be not recommendation shrieked-granny scolded ;-wished either them or myenough.
self at the devil ;-tried to turn it off with a joke ;failed, for nobody laughed ;- never felt so foolish, or looked so sheepish ;-Miss Aubrey rose to go ;-carried
her lapdog down stairs, and handed both into the car Eleven o'clock.-- Laid my hand on someold manastipts; riage. (Mem. Never to call any dog of mine Pompey.) -found among them a part of my journal, written many
Three o'clock.—Lectured by pa, ma, and granny ; years ago ;-read that which was dated April 20th, 1790); Miss Aubrey's charms, personal, moveable, and heritable, -wondered how I could ever bave given way to so much drummed into my ears ;--protested that I could see no- levity and frivolity as it convicted me of;—thought of thing agreeable about her ;-was told by the whole trio, my father, and mother, and grandmother, wbom I had in grand chorus, that she was worth six thousand a-year; | long since laid in the dust. Placing my elbow on the -thought six thousand a-year more than any married table, leaning my head upon my hand, and involuntarily man could have occasion for.
closing my eyes, my past life presented itself to me as a Five o'clock.- Dined with my uncle in town ;-a large long and troubled dream. A melancholy sensation of party,,mostly old people,--all upwards of forty ;—not loneliness stole over me; I felt that the heyday of youth a single topic broached in which I took the slightest and youthful enjoyment was gone for ever, when interest ;-sat at the bottom of the table beside my uncle ;
“ Simply but to be, -carved every dish for him ;-never saw people eat so
To live, to breathe, is purest ecstasy." voraciously ;-had not a moment to swallow a morsel myself ;-cut too thick a slice of mutton for an elderly One o'clock.–Ordered the gig to the door ;-wrapped gentleman who sat above me ;-he sent away his plate, myself up in my great-coat, and set off on my morning and requested me to give him a thinner ;-blushed from ride ;-horse rather tiery ;-determined to sell him, and shame and vexation, but sent him his mutton, and abun- get another ;-met Mr and Mrs Oliver ;-took no notice dance of gravy ;-was asked by my uncle to drink wine ; of either, but felt my heart beat irregularly for some mi--in filling my glass, gave the elderly gentlemau's plate nutes ;—found myself in an excellent mood for misana touch with my elbow ;-plate fell, and deposited its thropy. When a man becomes the dupe of bis own errocontents—mutton, potatoes, and gravy-in the elderly neous opinions and false judgments, he very often dege gentleman's lap ;-thought I should have died, but put on nerates into a misanthropist, eager to revenge upon his a methodist face, and begged a thousand pardons ;-after fellow-men those misfortunes which he imagines thry, dinner, drank a dozen buinpers of my uncle's claret, and and not his own foolishness, have brought upon him. But then left him and his old cronies to make the best they it is surely bard to be deceived by him whom you concould of the remainder of the evening.
sidered your best friend, and to be jilted by her upon Eight o'clock. — Went to the theatre ;—knew that Ellen whom all your affections had been irrevocably placed. Tracey was there with her aunt ;--got into their box ;– Thought of my grandmother ;-recollected that I had Ellen marle room for me to sit beside her ;-felt myself in often treated her advice with too little deference ;-wishthe third heavens ;--would not have exchanged places ed that she were still alive, that I might have told her with the king had he been in the house ;-saw Miss Au-how exactly we agreed in our opinion of Ellen Tracey,brey in an opposite box;—thought she looked angry ;-|I mean of Mrs Oliver. did not care ;-Ellen looked pleased. The play was “ Ve Three o'clock.- Visited the family burying-place;nice Preserved;"saw tears in Ellen's eyes ;—thought stood beside the tombs of my father, my motber, my what rapture I should have felt hau I been allowed to kiss grandmother, and my ouly sister ;-did not shed any them away ;-led Ellen and her auut to the carriage ; tears, but earnestly prayed that I might soon lie beside was asked to go home and sup with them ;scarcely took them ;- felt as if all my previous existence had been a time to answer, but leapt after them into the carriage like blank, destitute of thought and action ;-reflected that a flying Mercury ;-never was in such spirits ;-was the only sincere, disinterested friends I had ever known, afraid lest they should think me tipsy ;-thought Ellen's had gone down into the grave, and that I was left a solihair more tastefully dressed than I had ever seen it;- tary wanderer, without a tie to bind me to the world ;how beautifully her light auburn ringlets danced over her ruminated on the deceitfulness of youthful love, and youthdark blue eyes !—sat with them till her aunt gave me a ful hope, and youthful friendship ;-felt at last something pretty broad hint that it was time to be gone.
like tears trickling down my cheeks. Twilve o'clock.— An enchanting night; the moon tra Five o'clock.—Dined with a newly-married couple ;velling through a cloudless sky ;-composed half a sonnet there was a large, merry party, but the bride and her young as I walked homewards ;—passed Dick Oliver's ;-saw a busband seemed to be more than merry,- they looked perlight in his room ;--thought I would call in, and tell him fectly happy ;—they had known and loved each other from of the pleasure I had been enjoying ;-knew that Dick childhood ;-almost envied them ;-could not help recolwas iny best friend ;-found him sitting over a tuinbler lecting, just for a moment, what Ellen Tracey once iras;of negus ;-was prevailed upon to take some also ;-re- thought the young people very boisterous in their mirth; peated iny half sunnet ;--Dick laughed, but I knew that --could not bear their loud peais of laughter;—sought for he was no judge of poetry ;-left him at two in the morn. refuge among several old Jarlies ;—found that they were ing ;-went home ;-yot into bed ;– fell asleep, and all watching, with delight, the merriment of their childdreamed of Ellen Tracey.
ren or grandchildren ;-sighed deeply, and contrived to get
away unobserved ; need not say contrived, for few knew April 2011, 18:30.
that I was in the room, and none inissed me wheu I Eheu! fugaces, Posthume! Posthume! labuntur anni.-HOR. departed.
Eight o'clock, Am.- Was awakened from a comfortable Eight o'clock.–Went by myself to the theatre, which nap by the horrid rumbling of a detested dust-cart ;- has always been with me a very favourite place of amuseheard at the same time the horse neigh inmediately under ment ;–Lady Howard (formerly the Honourable Miss my window, and the dustinan ring his bell with the inost Aubrey) happened to be in the box into which I went; cousummate violence and cold-blooded impertinence ; - was received politely, I may even say cordially, by betfelt inclined to load a pair of pistols, and shoot both the self and her husband. Lady Howard must at one time man and bis horse through the head ; was convinced that have been a decided beauty ;-she is, even now, a fine, I should not get the better of the shock for a whole week. graceful-looking woman. Saw Dick Oliver and Ellen
Ten v'clock. --Sat down to breakfist ;--eat nothing ; Mr and Mrs Oliver, I mean--in an opposite box ;-did the bread was sour, the eggs rotten, the tea too weak, not think they looked lappy ;-felt half angry at mysell, coflee too strong ;started when I recollected that it was but could not help pitying Ellen;-did not like the playmy sixtieth birthday ;-went to the mirror ;-thought it was “ Venice Preserved.” Probably the acting witš net there was something wrong about it, for most of my hair goud, yet Miss Kemble played Belvidera ;-obseryed that appeared grey, and innumerable wrinkles were visible on the ladies never think of shedding tears in a theatre uowmy face and forehead.
| a days. Did not stay to see the alterpiece.
Ten o'clock. - Felt no inclination to eat supper ;--read a few pages of Young's “ Night Thoughts ;"—went to bed, and dreamt that I was wandering alone, at midnight, among the ruins of Rome.
H. G. B.
But two of these I've ceased to seek,
And the last is but a name : A name bestow'd at random
By the ignorant and loud, And seldom rightly won, or worn,
Till its owner's in his shroud.
In the country of the stranger
My lasting lot is cast,
Are as gloomy as the past.
The gaudy sun may shine-
Than this heavy heart of mine.
The breeze across the sea To thy land's shores may waft the ship
It bloweth not for me. The lonely bird at eventide
In thy bower may sing his fillMy foot shall never break again
The quiet of his hill !
All nature 's thickly shrouded
In a winding-sheet of snow, And the embers on my cheerless hearth,
Like hope, are wearing low.
And if I do not weep,
Hath enter'd far too deep.
THE POET TO HIS ABSENT LOVE.
In the stillness of eve, when the sun is declining
O'er the bonny bright hills, gleaming red in the north, When the leaves of the forest all golden are shining,
And odours are breathed from the dew-laden earth;When the stream of the valley is crimson'd with light, And the foam of its falls, lost in fragments of white, Gleams like stars shooting down through the darkness of
In distance confessing
One wish, though 'tis vain,
Haunts my bosom and brain, And whispers,“ Sweet Lady! Oh, would she were near!" When I wander alone in the stillness of even, When the birds rest their wings in their leaf-cover'd
shades, And the Queen of the night, as she rises in heaven, Floods with silver the mountains and fawn-peopled
glades : When the low winds are bush'd, and disturb not a flower, And the glow-worm's pale lamp is alight in its bower, Like a maiden's, to guide her true knight to her tower
I fancy we meet
In the fairy retreat,
Till I start with a sigh,
Hearing echo reply“ Hence, dreamer, away! for thy love is not here !" Then I Ay to the pillow, where slumber forsakes me,
And mine eyelids close not till the dawning of light, When a tumult of dream in its frenzy o'ertakes me,
And I rise unrefresh'd from the shadows of night; Then I think of the hours which thy presence hath blest, And, as sunlight glows bright on a river's dark breast, Do I woo thee to mine, where, my life-chosen guest,
Thy smiles ever move me,
To bless thee, and love thee,
One wish, though 'tis vain,
Throbs my bosom and brain-
And when I'd fain be near thee
Where oft in bliss we met,
With tears of parting wet.
Or that which is within,
For such as I to win.
O! would that I had known
Thy loving heart my own! What were all that I have borne,
Or yet may bear, to me, Had the storm that smote me in its wrath,
Left thy young blossom free? I dreamt I'd come again, Ellen,
With riches, power, and fame