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When not a star is smiling
In midnight's awful sky, And Fancy's forms, beguiling,
Arrest the sleep-chain'd eye ; When mournfully is singing
The spirit-laden breeze, And gloomily are swinging
The tall, old forest trees; When foaming rolls the river
On to the sounding sea, Like captive warrior dashing
Forth from his prison free; Then to thy lattice take thee,
And, gazing on the scene, Night's mystery will make thee
What thou hast never been.
Garden. Jones will not appear at either house this season, and the when and where of Mr Young's return is extremely doubtful at present. The Times has officially denied Mr Wade being the author of the “ Jew of Arragon,” and that, too, after it had been published with his name in capitals on the title-page, and a dedication to his “ countrymen, the Jews of England," also duly authenticated with the signature of “ Thomas WADE:” upon which the Literary Gazette, in its remarks thereupon, as sagaciously gives the authorship of the defunct tragedy to Miss Fanny Kemble ; kindly adding that had that circumstance been known earlier, the editor's criticism would have been much more lenient !!!- The licenses of all the Minors were renewed, sans opposition, last week ; Mr Adolphus, who held the briefs of their gigantic opponents, merely remarking, like Fadladeen in « Lalla Rookh," that “ the merits of the case must be tried by a much higher tribunal;" which in other words signified, that “ Drury Lane and Covent Garden versus Tottenham Street,” is now before the Court of King's Bench.
Mr Dimond's new three-act musical play of the “ Carnival at Naples," produced at Covent Garden on Saturday last, was decidedly and worthily successful ; though a Miss Taylor, from Bath, who made her first appearance in London as the heroine, played so admirably, and so won upon the audience, as to bave a very fair claim to more than half the honours of the triumph, not withstanding the surpassing splendours of the scenery and appointments, and the excellence of Warde, Abbott, and particularly Power, in the other leading characters. The story is any thing but new, but it is extremely well told, interesting, and effective; and though the entire piece is most essentially melo-drar yet the writing is far superior to that of any other play from the same author, whose grandiloquence and bombast in the “ Foundling of the Forest,” the “ Royal Oak,” and divers others of the same class, made us not a little sceptical as to his capabilities of improvement. The music, by Barnett, was much applauded, and the remarkably noisy overture, to our very unqualified annoyance, encored ; in Mr Barnett's own opinion, indeed, it must have been surpassingly excellent, since it was all advertised as ready for delivery, and “ highly successful” and “ popular," in the Saturday edition of a weekly newspaper, published some hours before the curtain rose for its performance ! Thus, in our present march of intellect, the science of puffing advances like a steam-carriage on a railroad, and improves hourly. Mr Wilson was the singing gentleman lover; and if he could but learn, and then remember, what to do with his arms and legs, which are at present always grievously in his way, it would be a very great advantage both to himself and his audience. The other parts, excepting Harriet Cawse, as a musical soubrette, though they were very numerous, are scarcely worth enumeration; and we return, therefore, to Miss Taylor, again to eulogize one of the most popular first appearances within our dramatic recollection, and to congratulate both the theatre and the public upon her transplantation to the metropolis. Miss Taylor has been but tbree years on the stage, is yet very young, and is a protegée of Mrs Bartley, whose ability to guide her, both to private and professional excellence, is confessedly unquestionable. She has sometbing to unlearn, certainly; but her exuberance of action, and perhaps too studied attitudes, will very speedily be tamed down by practice on a London stage. The “ Blue Anchor” having been judiciously curtailed, has now some chance of being temporarily popular; and the “ Wreck Ashore," having nightly improved at the Adelphi, has been also brought out, under the title of the “Bittern's Swamp,” at the Surrey. Fanny Kemble's next new character is to be Mrs Haller, in the “Stranger.”
The Majesty of darkness
That rules the realms of space, And veils in solemn shadow
Creation's varied face ; The poetry of silence,
Which no far echo breaks, The loftiness of music
When Nature wildly speaks ; These—these to thy young spirit
Emotions will impart, Which only they can waken,
Which never all depart.
Will overflow thy mind,
Tost by the rushing wind.
Ambition's fiery reign,
To folly and to pain.
Will sway thee in that hour, And food with light thy spirit,
As dewdrops gem the flower. Or if thy heart should wander
To earth and earthly years, Then memory will subdue thee
To penitence and tears. If e'er thy lips have utter'd
The words of causeless wrath ; If thou didst ever plant a thorn
Across a loved one's path;
And in thy bosom's core
To yield to sin no more.
When night has wrapt the scene, Its mystery will make thee
What thou hast never been.
Till earth and all its care
disquisitions--the former consisting of an application of
the rules of philosophical investigation to medical science; Enquiries concerning the Intellectual Powers and the Inves- ments which constitute a well-regulated mind.
the latter presenting a view of the qualities and acquire
The tigation of Truth. By John Abercrombie, M. D. 8vo. former shows the author to be an acute, judicious, and Pp. 435. Edinburgh. Waugh and Innes. 1830.
wary observer ; the latter impresses us with a high reThe object of this work cannot be better expressed spect for his pious, amiable, and well-balanced mind. It than in the author's own words :
is, however, to the third part of the book that we would “ Mental manifestations are greatly modified by the con more especially direct the attention of the reader, as the dition of those bodily organs by which the mind holds in most generally interesting, and most fully discussed of tercourse with external things, especially the brain. It the whole. becomes therefore a matter of the greatest interest, to ascer Dr Abercrombie enters upon the topic of intellectual tain the manner in which the manifestations of mind are operations by premising : affected by diseases of these organs, as well as to observe their condition in that remarkable class of affections com
“ The next part of our enquiry refers to the operations monly called diseases of the mind. Besides, in the affections (to use a figurative expression) which the mind performs which are referable to both these classes, we often meet with upon the facts thus acquired. The term functions, or manifestations of the most interesting kind, and such as
powers of mind, has often been applied to these operations ; are calculated to illustrate in a very striking manner, im
bat as we are not entitled to assume, that they are in fact portant points in the philosophy of the mental powers. It separate functions in the usual acceptation of tbat expression, is thus in the power of the observing physician to contri- it is perhaps more correct, and accords better with our bute valuable facts to the science of mind; and it is almost limited knowledge of mind, to speak simply of the operaunnecessary to add, that the study may be turned to purposes tions it is capable of performing upon a given series of facts." of immediate importance to his own enquiries. From the And again :-" I do not say that the mind possesses disdeep interest which the philosophy of mind thus presents tinct faculties, which we call memory, abstraction, imagito the medical enquirer, I have been induced to attempt a nation, and judgment-for this at once leads into hypothesis; slight ontline of this important subject. In doing so, I do but simply that, in point of fact, the mind remembers, pot profess to offer any thing new or original. My object abstracts, and judges. These processes appear to constiis to present to the younger part of the profession some
tute distinct mental acts, which every one is conscious of leading facts, which may serve to direct their farther en
who attends to the phenomena of his own mind. But be quiries on a subject of great and general interest."
yond the simple facts we know nothing, and no human
ingenuity can lead us one step farther. Some of the folThe book is, therefore, rather a manual for the young lowers of Dr Reid appear to have erred in this respect, physician, than a treatise for common use. It will, how- by ascribing to the mind distinct faculties or functions, ever, be found full of interest even for the general reader. somewhat in the manner in which we ascribe to the body Its essentially practical character, if it prevent the author distinct senses. Dr Brown, on the other hand, has shown occasionally from exhausting the most difficult mental much ingenuity in his attempts to simplify the arrangement problems, keeps the subject from being prosecuted beyond of mental processes, by referring them all to his principles those limits which all minds can attain; while the nu
of simple and relative suggestion. But without enquiring
what has been gained to the science by this new phraseology, merous and important observations, many of them such and avoiding entirely any system which seems to suppose as could only come under the notice of a physician, pre- distinct functions of mind, I confine myself to facts respectserve the attention continually on the alert.
ing the actual mental operations : and it appears to answer Independent of an introduction, containing some pre- best the purposes of practical utility to speak of these operaliminary observations on the general objects of science, tions in the arrangement and by the names which are comand the difference between the certain and uncertain monly used by the generality of mankind.” sciences, the contents of the book are arranged under five The operations of mind, according to our author, are principal topics. Part I. treats of the nature and extent four in number. First, Memory: In treating of this of our knowledge of mind—in other words, it discusses power, he seeks to establish the existence of shades of difthe grounds of our belief that the soul is immaterial and ference between involuntary memory, recollection, and conimmortal. Part II. is devoted to the consideration of ception. With regard to recollection, we suspect it differs the origin of our knowledge of facts, relating both to from memory only in this that the will is brought into matter and mind. Dr Abercrombie lays it down as a play. Our memory is at first weak and confused, and we first principle, that we derive our knowledge of matter set to work to brighten it up. As to conception, which exclusively by means of sensation and perception ; and the doctor defines to be “the memory of a perception,” of mind, by means of consciousness. To these sources of we think we can see the fallacy which has led him to knowledge he adds testimony, which enables a mind al- view it as differing from mere ordinary memory. If ready possessed of a certain number of facts, to add to man were a solitary being, conversant only with selfits store by the verbal communication of others. Under originated thoughts, his memory would be exclusively conthis liend, therefore, he discusses, in addition to the men- ception. But two-thirds (we speak within compass) of tal phenomena above alluded to, the“ metaphysical choke our knowledge are acquired by conversation and reading, pear" of testimony. Part III. treats of the intellectual which awake comparatively faint images in the mind
operations. Parts IV. and V. are practical applications the remembrance of words, with a conviction that a lits of the views songht to be established in the preceding tle exertion would enable us to connect them with images.
The difference between conception and m-mory, is not rel, which ended in a duel; and, when the parties were caused by any difference in the retentive power, but in supposed to be met, a pistol was put into his hand, which the mode of reception. S-condly, Abstraction, the power he fired, and was awakened by the report. On another by which “we separate facts from the relation in which occasion, they found him asleep on the top of a locker, er
bunker, in the cabin, when they made him believe he had they are originally presented to us, and contemplate some fallen overboard, and exhorted him to save himself by of them apart from the rest." Thirdly, Imagination, byl swimming. They then told him that a shark was pursuing which, having separated scenes or classes of facts into him, and entreated him to dive for his life. He instantly their constituent elements, we “ form these elements into did so, with such force as to throw himself entirely from new combinations, so as to represent to ourselves scenes, the locker upon the cabin Hoor, by which he was much or combinations of events, which have no real existence.” bruised, and awakened of course. After the landling of the Lasily, Reason or Judgment, by means of which we ob- army at Louisburg, his friends found him one day asleep
in his tent, and evidently much annored by the cannonserve relations and connexions, trace results, and deduce ading. They then made him believe that he was engagel, general principles. Under this head the anthor takes when he expressed great fear, and showed an evident dir. occasion to discuss those states of mind in which the use position to run away. Against this they remonstratel, of reason is for a while suspended - Dreaming, Somnam- but, at the same time, inercased his fears, by imitating the bulism, Insanity, and Spectral Illusion. We esteem his groans of the wounded and the dying; and when he asked, dissertations on these subjects, taken in connexion with
as be often did, who was down, thug nained his particular his chapter on memory, the most valuable part of his friends, At last they told him that tlie man next him
self in the line had falleri, when he instantly sprurry froin bis book. Llis numerous and interesting illustrations, col- bed, rushed out of the tent, and was roused from his danger lected in the course of his professional reading or practice, and his dream together by falling orer the tent' ropes. A render it as amusing as any novel, while at the same time remarkable circunstance in this case was, that, after these they are continually suggesting new views of intellect. experiments, he had no distinct recollection of his dreams With a few interesting specimens we conclude this very but only a confused feeling of oppression or fatigne : aad.
used to tell his friend that he was sure that he was playing imperfect attempt to analyze Dr Abercrombie's work :
some trick upon him. A case entirely similar is relatel CONVENION OF THE BRAIN WITH THE THINKING PRINCIPLE, in Smellie's Natural History, the subject of which was a
~ While we thus review the manner in which the mani. medical stu lent at the University of Edinburgh. festations of mind are affected, in certain cases, by diseases “ A singular fact has often been observed in dreams which and injuries of the brain, it is necessary that we should re are excited by a noise, namrly, that the same sound awakets fer briefly to the remarkable instances in which the brain the person, and produces a dream, which appears to him to bas been extensively diseased without the phenomena of occupy a considerable time. The following example of this mind being impaired in any sensible degree. This holds has been related to me:-A gentleman dreamt that he had true both in regard to the destruction of each individual enlisted as a soldier, joined his regiment, deserted, was an part of the brain, and likewise to the extent to which the prehended, carried back, tried, condesoned to be shot, and cerebral mass may be diseased or destroyed. In another at last leri out for execution. After all the lisyal preparawork I have mentioned various cases which illustrate this tions, a gun was fired; he awoke with ihe report, and found fact in a very striking manner; particularly the case of a that a noise in an adjoining roon had both produced the Jady, in whom one-half of the brain was reduced to a nass dream and awaked lim. The same want of the notion of of disease, but who retained all her faculties to the last time is observed in dreams froin other causes. De Gregory except that there was an imperfection of vision, and had mentions a gentleman, who, alter sleeping in a damp place, been enjoying herself at a convivial party in the house of a was for a long time liable to a feeling of suffocation wherfriend, a few hours before ber death. A man, mentioned ever he slept in a lying posture, and this was alssays ancies by Dr Ferrier, wbo died of an affection of the brain, retain panieil by a dream of a skeleton, which grasped him vin. ed all his faculties entire till the very moment of his death, lently by the throat. Ile could sleep in a sitting posture which was sudden. On examining his head, the whole without any uneasy feeling; and, after trying various räright hemisphere, that is, one-half of his brain, was found periments, he at last had a sentinel placed beside him, with destroyed by suppuration. In a similar case, recorded by orders to awake him whenever he sunk down. On one Diemerbroeck, balf a pound of matter was found in the occasion, he was attacked by the skeleton, and a severe and brain; and in one by Dr Heberden, there was halt'a pound long struggle ensued before he awoke. On finding fault of water. A man mentioned by Mr O'Halloran suffered with his attendant for allowing him to lie so long. in such such an injury on the head, that 'a large portion of the bone a state of suffering, he was assured that he had not lain ap was removed on the right side; and extensive suppuration instant, but had been awakened the mornent he be an to having taken place, there was discharged at each dressing, sink. The gentleman, after a considerable time, recivered through the opening, an immense quantity of matter inixed from the affection.” with large masses of the substance of the brain. This went
STRANGE COINCIDENCES IN DREAMS. on for seventeen days, and it appears that nearly one-halt of the brain was thrown out mixed with the matter; ret entirely authentic:-A lady dreamt that an aged female
" The following anecdotes I am enabled to give 89 the man retained all his intellectual faculties to the very relative had been murdered by a black servant, and the moment of dissolution ; and, through the whole course of the disease, his mind maintained uniform tranquillity. dream occurred more than once. She was then so imThese remarkable histories might be greatly multiplied if pressed by it, that she went to the house of the lady to it were required, but at present it seems only necessary to whom it related, and prevailed upon a gentleman to tratch add the very interesting one related by Mr Marshall. It is in an adjoining room during the night. About three o'clerk that of a man who died with a pound of water in his brain, in the inorning, the gentlernan, hearing footstrs on the after baving been long in a state of idiory, but who, a very rying up a quantity of coals. Being questioned as to where
stair, left his place of concealment, and met the servanit rarshort time before death, became perfectly rational.”
he was going, he replieil, in a confused and hurtied man: BYSTANDER'S POWER OF REGULATING DREAMS. Apr, that he was going to mend his mistress's firewhich, “ 'To this part of the subject are to be referred some re- at three o'clock in the morning, in the middle of summe, markable cases in which, in particular, individuals' dreams was evidently impossible; and, on farther investigation, a can be produced by whispering into their ears when they strong knife was found concealed beneath the conls. are asleep. One of the most curious as well as authentic ther lady dreamt that a boy, her nephew, had been drowned, examples of this kind has been referred to by several wri- along with some young companions, with whom tre hat ters: I tind the particulars in a paper by Dr Gregory, engaged to go on a sailing excursion in the Frith of Forth. and they were related to him by a gentleman who witness. She sent for him in the morning, and, with much difficult ed them. The subject of it was an officer in the expedition prevailed upon him to give up hisengagement-his tonito Louisburg in 1758, who had this peculiarity in so re- panions went, and were all drowned. markable a degree, that his companions in the transport “ Such coinciderres derive their sonderful character Brand were in the constant habit of amnsing themselves at bis standing alone, and apart from those numerous instanem expense. They could produce in him any kind of dream, in which such dreams take place without any falfliebt. by whispering into his ear, especially if this was done by a An instance of a very singular kind is mentioned by Me friend with whose voice he was familiar. At one time Joseph Taylor,'' and is given by bim as an undoubted' fact. they conducted him through the whole progress of a quar- | A young man, who was at an acadernya hundred miles froin
home, dreamt that he went to his father's house in the with the difference which exists among different
in and divertelt a back-door, and finding nobody out of bed, went directly times, we trace the influence of the principle in the im? to the bed-room of his parents. He then said to his mother, pression which is made by events coming upon us suddenly! whom he found awake, Mother, I am going a long jour and unexpectedly'; and the manner in which the emotion ney, and am come to bid you good bye.' On this she, is gradually brought to its proper bearings, as the mind answered, ander much agitation, Oh, dear me, thou art accommodates itself to the event, by contemplating it in its dead!' He instantly awoke, and thought no more of his true relations. In such a mental process as this, we obdream, until, a few days after, he received a letter from bis serve the most remarkable diversities among various indivifather, enquiring very anxiously after his health, in conse- duals. In some, the mind rapidly contemplates the event quence of a frightful dream his mother had on the same in all its relations, and speedily arrives at the precise imnight in which the dream now mentioned occurred to him, pression or emotion which it is in truth fitted to produce. She drearnt that she heard some one attempt to open the In others, this is done more slowly, perhaps more imperfront door, then go to the back-door, and at last come into fectly, and probably not without the aid of suggestions from her bed-room. She then saw it was her son, who came to other minds; while, in some, the first impression is so the side of her bed, and said, - Mother, I am going a long strong and so permanent, and resists in such a manner those journey, and, am come to bid you good bye :' on which she considerations which might remove or moderate it, that we exclaimed, Oh, dear me, thou art dead ! But nothing find difficulty in drawing the line between it and that kind unusual happened to any of the parties ;-the singular of false impression which constitutes the lower degree of dream must have arisen from some strong mental impres- insanity Habits of mental application must also exert a sion which had been made on boub the individuals about great influence; and we certainly remark a striking differthe same time, and to have traced the source of it, would ence between those who are accustomed merely to works of have been a matter of great interest."
imagination and taste, and those wbose minds bave been • THE PLEASURES OF MADNESS.
rigidly exercised to habits of calm and severe enquiry, A fact, " A remarkable peculiarity in many cases of insanity, is is mentioned by Dr Connolly, which, if it shall be confirmed a great rapidity of inind and activity of conception, ten- by farther observation, would lead to some most important, deney to seize rapidly upotr incidental or practical relations of the Bicetre, that maniacs of the more educated classes
He states, that it appears, from the registers of things, and often a fertility of imagination, which change the eharicter of the miod, sometimes without re
consist almost entirely of priests, artists, painters, scalptors, markably distorting it! The memory, in such cases, is en poets, and musicians; while no instance, it is said, occurs lire, and even appears more ready than in health ; and old of the disease in naturalists, physicians, geometricians, or associations are called up with a rapidity quite unknown to
chemists." the iodivplaal in his sound state of mind. A gentleman, The uniform good sense, the sound and well-regulated mentioned by Dr Winis, who was liable to periodical attacks moral feeling, and the amiable character, evinced in this patienee, because tie enjoyed, during them, a high degree of work, must tend to diffuse, if possible, yet more widely, pleasure. Every thing appeared easy to me- no obstacles the confidence reposed by the public in Dr Abercrombie, + presentert themselves, either in theory or practice. My as a physician,
memory acquired all of a sudden a singular degree of perfection. Long passages of Latin authors occurred to my mind. In general, I have great difficulty in finding rhyth- The History of France. By Eyre Evans Crowe. Three mical terminations, but then I could write verses with as great facility as prose.' I have often,' says Penil,
volumes. Vol. I. (Being volume XII. of Dr Lardner's stapt at the chainber door of a literary gentleman, who,
Cabinet Cyclopædia.) London, 1830. during his paroxysins, appeared to soar above the mediocrity No literature is more rich in historical memoirs than of intellect that was peculiar to bim, solely to admire his the French, and yet a first-rate history of France has not newly-acquired powers of eloquence. He declaimed upon hitherto appeared from the pen either of native or of the saloject of the revolution with all the force. the dignity, and the purity of langunge, that this very interesting subo foreigner. To what cause this may be aseribed, other ject could adınit of. At other times, he was a man of very than mere accident, it is perhaps unnecessary to enquire, ordinary abilities.'».
The common solution appears to be sufficiently satisfacPERSONS MOST LIABLE TO INSANITY.
tory: that the many works of merit on separate portions Tusanity is in a large proportion of cases, to be traced of that history, by making the existence of one connected to hereditary predisposition, and this is often so strong, comprehensive work less absolutely necessary, have acted that no prominent moral cause is necessary for the produc- as a discouragement to men of genius undertaking to tort of the disease, and probably no moral treatment would supply a deficiency so little felt as to entitle their labours have ang effect in preventing it. We must, bowever, suppose, that where a tendency to insanity exists, there may
to a very slight share of gratitude. An additional reason, be
, in many cases, circumstances in mental babits, or men and, we think, a strong one, for the non-existence of a tal diseipline, calculated either to favour, or to counteract complete work such as wo desiderate, will be found in the tendency. Insanity frequently commences with a state, the circumstance, that it was only at a comparatively late in which particular impressions tix themselves upon the period of her history that France began to assume a very mind, in a manner entirely disproportioned to their true important station ainong the kingdoms of Europe. Por relations, and in which these false impressious fail to be corrected by the judgment comparing them with other in
a long time, she was a kingdom only in name: her experssions, or with external things. In so far as mental ternal relations were extremely limited; internally, she may be supposed to favour or promote such a coudi,
was a prey to disunion and disorder-each of the petty tiwi, this may be likely to result from allo wing the mind states into which the country was divided acting of and to wander away froin the proper duties of lite, or to for itself, without regard to the rest. Indeed, for nearly luxuriate amid scenes of the imagination, and permitting seven hundred years, from the commencement of the mental emotions, of whatever kind, to be excited in a Merovingian dynasty in the person of Clovis, down to the manner disproportioned to the true relations of the time of Philip Augustus, with one solitary exception in ohjeets which give rise to thein;-in short, trom allow the splendid reign of Charlemagne, the history of France be ded away, by slight and casual relations, instead of is rather that of a number of independent provinces, than steudily exercising the judgment in the investigation of of a powerful and consolidated monarchy. Even long truth. We might refer to the same head, habits of disa after this latter period, the crown, limited in its real torting events, and of founding upon them conclusions prerogative less by the constitution of the monarchy than which they do not warrant, These, and other propensi, by the actual and enormous power of its greater vaseals, ties and babits of a similar kind, constitute what is called could confer little more than nominal superiority upon an il-regulated mind. Opposed to it is that habit of cool and sund exercise of the understanding, by which events
Louis XI. was the first King of France are contemplated in their true relations and cousequences;
who can be said to have transmitted to his successor and theulal enotions arise out of them such as they are the proper authority of a sovereign. To consolidate really mlculated to produce. Every-one must be familiar the power of the crown, and to exalt the pulitical im
portance of France, by converting nominal suzerainship gether with the best knights of Burgundy, perished; apd into absolute sovereignty, was the great object of that victory was completely in the hands of the Swiss : they crafty monarch's reign. . The opportune death of Charles were inerciless in their triumph ; they took no prisoners
All were massacred; and the the Bold of Burgundy happily enabled Louis to complete vanquishers being now provided with cavalry, the fight this scheme by the acquisition of that important duchy, was more destructive than the action. Many sought refuge which he wrested, partly by force of arms, partly by in the lake; and even thither they were pursued by their treaty, out of the feeble hands of Charles's daughter, and merciless enemies. The Swiss were resolved that the Barannexed inseparably to the monarchy.
gundians should not rally a second time, to attempt a third We certainly do not affect to consider the work now invasion. Cruel as at Morat,' was for a long whilea Swiss presented to the public under the auspices of Dr Lard- proverb. When time bad decomposed the bodies of ibe ner, as supplying the desideratum to which we have just of Morat, which for ages remained as a trophy to Swiss
slain, the bones were collected in a chapel, called the Ossuary been alluding. Elegant correctness, general views, and valour and independence. The French revolutionary army a popular style, rather than depth of observation or pro- destroyed it in 1798.” found research, seem proper to such pablications as the Mr Crowe will have produced a very excellent work, Cabinet Cyclopædia. This, at least, judging by the por- if his two succeeding vołames are executed with the same tion of it now before us, is the character of Mr Crowe's judgment and elegance which distinguish that now before work; and we take it for granted, that the author communicated to his volume that character on system. It is properly a synopsis of French history, more than a regular history of France. The anthor has added little to The Amulet : A Christian and Literary Remembrancer. what was already generally known : his work throws no
Edited by S. C. Hall. London. Westley and Davis. new light upon the more interesting events of history, or
1831. upon the political springs by which they were secretly influenced; and Mr Crowe seems not to have availed him
The Amulet ranks deservedly high among the Annuals. self of any save the more common authorities which are The four best are the Keepsake, the Souvenir, the Friendaccessible to the general reader. Notwithstanding all ship's Offering, and the Amulet. We might also menthis, however,--which, after all, regards rather the author's tion the Landscape Annual, but it is a work on a differclaim to originality, than the real value of his book,—we ent plan, and cannot be properly compared with the have little hesitation in saying, that this is the best history others. After these come the Forget-Me-Not, and a of France, within a moderate compass, with which we are good many more. We are not quite sure that the enacquainted. We cannot at this present moment recollect, bellishments of the Amulet are so splendid this season as nor do we believe that there exists, any work upon France they were last, but the literary contents are fully superior. which presents a clearer view of the original institutions The engravings are as follows:--st. The Counters of that country—of the progress of society-and the va
Gower and her Child, painted by Lawrence, and eurious changes which affected its government in the course graved by W. Finden ; a very beautiful work of art, and of a civilisation, which appears to have proceeded with a fine companion to the Lady Georgiana Agar Ellis in great rapidity, in spite of foreign invasion and the still the Souvenir. 20. The Resurrection, engraved by Wallis, greater evils of internal disunion.
from a drawing by Martin. This bas all the usual faults With some it will be an objection to this work, that it of Martin's style. The figures in the foreground are so partakes more of the nature of an historical essay than of disproportioned to the rest of the picture, that their in a history. Its narrative of facts is meagre in proportion troduction seems only to mar the general effect. If the to its general disquisitions. It contains, perhaps, rather drawing represents any thing, it is a view of Jerusalera, too much of the philosophy of history, and too little of its though the predominating architecture of the buildings gossip, for the taste of those who take pleasure in detail, appears to be Gothic, and consequently is not exactly the while this very circumstance will make the work more architecture of Jerusalem. The story of the resurrection acceptable to those who either are already ac inted with is told in one corner of the picture, and has only the the facts, or who, without knowing the facts, limit their effect of distracting the attention, and destroying the curiosity to the obtaining a general connected philosophi- unity of the production. 3d. The Orphans, painted by 'cal and just view of French history. In short, the au. J. Wood, engraved by C. Rolls; a well-told story of thor has here done what every intelligent reader of a youthful misery and desolation, which it maketh ube history more strictly narrative would have done for him- heart sad to look upon. 4th. Cromwell at Marstonself, but which common readers are not, perhaps, always Moor, painted by A. Cooper, engraved by W. Greatqualified to do, viz. extracted from the details of history, batch ; a very spirited battle-piece, the grouping admithat for which principally history is valuable.
rable, and the drawing no less so.
5th. The FlorenA short extract will serve to give relief to our remarks, tine, painted by Pickersgill, engraved by E. Finden and, at the same time, will afford the reader a specimen of youthful mother, with her happy child riding on her Mr Crowe's sketchy, but spirited, style of narrative :
shoulder'; one of the most successful and pleasing embel
lishments in the volume. 6th. Sweet Anne Page, paint“The captains of Burgundy counselled Charles to send ed by Smirke, engraved by Portbury. This is not one his force into the plain, where his cavalry might act ; but of Smirke's best things. It wants animation ;- 'it is too he was now impatient of dictation. Near the lake of' Morat much like a picture, and too little like reality. The attihe stationed his left, chiefly composed of Italian mercena- tudes of the figures are stiff and laboured, and the esries; the centre was commanded by Crève-ceur; he him- pression of their faces are not decided enough. 7th. The self kept the right, with a body of English, under the Duke | Village Queen, painted by J. Boaden, engraved by C. of Somerset, and his archers on horseback. The Swiss, as Marr. was customary with them, knelt down in line, yttered a all delicate feminity, the “ Village Queen?" The Queen,
Why call that sweet and gentle creature, full of short prayer, and then rushed against their enemies. On this occasion, the redoubtable infantry of the mountains even of a village, must have more confidence'in berself, were kept in check by the Burgundian knights, fighting and a greater thirst for popularity, than ever belonged to under cover of their artillery and camp intrenchinents. that fair and fragile flower. We love her much, because The action was for a time doubtful; but the cavaliers of we are certain that, in the soft modesty of her nature, Burgundy having all dismounted to defend their intrench- she could love deeply in return. ments, the Lorraine horse swept the right wing; and a body however, but her neck is a little too long. 8th. Sunset,
We are not quite sure, of Swiss, being thus enabled to turn it, attacked the in flank and rear, whilst it was vigorously assaulted in front engraved by J. Pye, from a drawing by G. Barreto; á Cannon and intrenchments here became useless; the very Claude-like picture. 9th. Florence, drawo by struggle was hand to hand. Somerset and his English, to- Turner, engraved by E. Goodall ; as fair a scene as one
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