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most encouraging. To show the truth in London is more generally visited of this remark, it will be enough to state, than the British Museum ; and it might that since the death of Pius VII., in be difficult to find a place that has been July, 1823, a period less than fifteen more frequently described. It possesses ears, there have been three popes— two very great attractions: one, that it
and Gregory xvI., has much within it deserving attention ; the present Roman pontiff. In a body the other, that it may be seen for nocomposed of about fifty, never exceeding thing. seventy persons, there is held out the As viewed from the spot where I am strong probability, that at least three of now standing, it has little in appearance this number, every fifteen years may to recommend it. Neither its guarded occupy a throne. Are there no stimu- gateways, its square turrets, its front lants to unsanctified ambition here ? of dirty red brick, nor its old crazy cuAnd then the Pope is not a tool, subject pola, is of an alluring character. Even to the dictation of his ministers. He is in the short time it has occupied me an absolute monarch. No government to note down this remark, twenty-three can be more despotic than that estab- persons have passed by the two senlished over the papal states. I might tinels, who are on duty with their bayorefer to the case of Torlonia, a distin- | nets fixed at the end of their muskets; guished banker in Rome, in illustration and now a carriage has driven up to the of the position that the Romish church is gate. It is time for me to trudge across upheld and strengthened in these states, the street, and to enter the place myself. from worldly and political considerations. Ay! This spacious quadrangle gives Torlonia was the son of a poor pedlar, a different aspect to the building, and but by his tact and industry, he accumu- the fine flight of steps adds much to lated a large fortune. He desired to en- its general appearance.
The French noble his family, and therefore purchased architect, Peter Puget, who designed the a dukedom, and acquired the title be- edifice, now rises in the estimation of longing to it. He must of course live in the spectator. But the sarcophagus, coa style which comports with his acquired vered with hieroglyphics, near the gatenobility. He has therefore purchased way, and the ancient canoe, formed apone of the old palaces on the Corso, and parently from a large tree, hollowed out is fitting it up with an elegance that will by the chisel or by fire, draw the visitors throw the mansions of the wealthiest aside, and claim for a season their atprinces of Rome into the shade. But tention. observe, no one can lift up his head here At the foot of the flight of steps, among the magnates of the land, upon surrounded by a slight enclosure, the whom the pope and church do not smile; gigantic head bones of two enormous and, therefore, Torlonia has purchased, creatures arrest the eye of the spectator, for the sum of eighteen thousand dollars, They are of a most astonishing size and the privilege of putting up and adorning form ; and a stranger, until he reads a chapel in one of the unoccupied re- the inscription beside them, wonders to cesses of the church of St. John Lateran. what kind of animal they could belong. It is said, that already contracts have I have something to say on this subbeen made for sculpture and paintings, ject, which is a little curious. for the adornment of this chapel, to the A few years ago, on passing over Lonamount of more than a hundred thou- don Bridge, my attention was attracted sand dollars. What political men in our by half a dozen bright yellow placard country are willing to scatter among the papers, pasted against a wall near the people to buy golden opinions, Torlonia bridge. On these papers, was printed is willing to lavish on the church, to ob- the following wonderful announcement: tain the good opinion of him whose thun- “ Wonderful Remains of an Enormous ders issue from the Vatican.- Clarke's Head, eighteen feet in length, seven Glimpses of the Old World.
feet in breadth, and weighing seventeen hundred pounds. The complete bones of which were discovered, in excavating
a passage for the purpose of a railway, THE PERAMBULATOR.
at the depth of seventy-five feet from
the surface of the ground in Louisiania, With the exception of St. Paul's and at a distance of one hundred and Cathedral, perhaps no public building sixty miles from the sea. This great
THE BRITISH MUSEUM.
curiosity to be seen from ten in the posite the elephant and giraffes, somemorning till six in the evening." times regarding them, and sometimes
In a very short time, I directed my leaning my head backwards to admire steps to the Cosmorama, in Regent the painted ceiling, whereon the fall of Street, where the enormous head was Phaeton, and the synod of heathen gods, to be seen. There I gazed on the pro- are beautifully painted. digy, and much did it excite my won- Youth, maturity, and age, all press der. The proprietors were French- forward to see the British Museum. men, and many were the dreams of There is a perfect throng now upon the imagination in which they indulged. staircase. Holiday 'and cheerfulness It was thought the head might have may be seen in almost every face. A belonged to a bird, for the beaklike pleasant sight it is to witness human formation of the projecting bones gave happiness! some colour to such a possibility ; but, Here is a room crowded with cuthen, had such a monster lived, kitelike, riosities, once the property of savage on other birds, he would speedily have tribes, living thousands of miles apart depopulated a space equal to a whole pa- from each other! The Esquimaux, the rish, ay, a whole county of its feathered new Zealander, the Otaheitan, and the tribes. It was suggested by one, that South American Indian have all conit might have belonged to a fish; but tributed to the collection. Implements the circumstance of it being found so of labour, fishing tackle, warlike weadeep in the earth, and so far from the pons, and instruments of music are sea, threw a difficulty in the way of this ranged around. The spear, the javelin, suggestion. It was intimated by an- the shark-tooth saw, the club, the toother, as no improbability, that it be- mahawk, and the scalping knife, longed to a reptile, a gigantic lizard ; mingled with bows and arrows, canoes, and to such a creature, supposing that sledges, fish hooks, harpoons, bowls, he sustained himself by vegetation, and calabashes. Here is a screen made shrubs and bushes must have been as of the feathers of an eagle; there, a grass, and young oaks and elms as a dancing dress of the fibres of cocoa nut pleasant sort of asparagus. In short, bark, and yonder are ugly idols, brace from the conversation I had with these lets of boars' tusks, mirrors of black foreigners, it was clear that in their ap- slaty stone, necklaces of seeds and shells, prehension, the eagle might be but a and wooden coats of armour. lark, the whale but a minnow, and the Nor are the trophies of war formammoth but a mite, compared to the gotten ; the scalps of the vanquished in creatures that once inhabited the air, battle may here be seen, a species of
and the earth in the ages that spoil that is too dear to the cruel and have longed winged their way to eter- implacable spirit of savage men. How nity.
opposed to the fierce hostility and reWell! I lost sight altogether of this lentless revenge of the untutored Indian, “ Enormous Head” for some years, and is the merciful injunction, “Love your did not expect to see the like again, un- enemies, bless them that curse you, do til one day visiting this place I saw the good to them that hate you, and pray two heads” now before me, one that of for them whieh despitefully use you, and the Spermaceti whale, (Physeter ma- persecute you,” Matt. v. 44. And yet crocephalus,) the other the skull and the time will come, for the mouth of the lower jaw of the northern whalebone Holy One has declared it, when this whale (Balena mysticetus.) The Christian command shall run through strong resemblance of the latter con- the wigwam and through the world, vinced me that the “ Enormous Head” when the javelin of the savage shall be was nothing more than the head of a broken, his bow be snapped in sunder, whale.
and his scalping knife be guiltless of his I have entered my name in the book, fellow's blood. kept in the hall, for the purpose of
In the centre of the room, in a glass receiving signatures of visitors : given case, lies the far famed Magna Charta, a glance at the gilded idol, and the mys- wrung from a tyrannous monarch by the terious impression made by his foot, armed hands of his barons ; and many ascended the staircase, paused a moment a prying eye pores over the time-worn opposite the musk ox, polar bear, and document with curiosity and wonder. gigantic fernsprays, and am now op-It takes us back to the days when king
John, a treacherous and false-hearted and dangerous rock on the farm, to deking, made, as it were, the land "deso- stroy the nest of a glede, (kite.) Great late because of the fierceness of the op- was his amazement, when the first arpressor, and because of his fierce anger, ticle taken out of the nest, was the missJer. xxv. 38. But his tyranny prevailed ing yellow silk handkerchief; then the not. What a fine burst of language is broad blue bonnet, with three eggs most that, in which the prophet Isaiah rebukes comfortably ensconced in it; next apthose who are fearful of the oppression peared an old tartan waistcoat, with toof man, and yet forgetful of the good-bacco in one pocket, and Orr's Almaness of God! “Who art thou, that nac, for 1839, in the other, the almanac thou shouldest be afraid of a man that having the words, scarcely legible, ‘J. shall die, and of the son of man which Fraser,' written upon it; then came shall be made as grass ; and forgettest a flannel nightcap, marked with red the Lord thy Maker, that hath stretched worsted, ‘D. c. *J. ;' a pair of old forth the heavens, and laid the found white mittens, a piece of a letter with ations of the earth; and hast feared green wax, and the Inverness postcontinually every day because of the mark, an old red and white cravat, and fury of the oppressor, as if he were a miscellaneous assortment of remains ready to destroy ? and where is the of cotton, paper, and other things. This fury of the oppressor ?" Isaiah li. 12, 13. bird had, indeed, been a daring robber,
The painted ceilings by Charles de la and had carried on his extensive larFoss, and the splendid groupes of flow- cenies for a long time with impunity.” ers, by James Rousseau, are admirable Herculaneum and Pompeii have sent productions. They remind me of the of their long buried stores to add to vivid pencillings of Le Brun, in the the costliness of this extended treasure palace of Versailles. The more I look house. Greek and Roman antiquities on them, the more I like them.
are here, and numerous idols of metal, To describe the animals, birds, rep- stone and wood ; terracottas, sculptiles, fishes, and insects, the shells, mine- tures, vases, jars, and urns ; with busts rals, fossils, petrifactions, and antiqui- and figures, coins and medals, rings ties of this place, would be impossible ; and curious seals. There are also beaufor there is not one department that tiful specimens of precious stones, of would not furnish amusement for a all the kinds that are known, so that week. They are all classed in a scien- almost every shade of disposition may tific manner; the carnivorous animals find something that will add to its gratiare separated from those that are gra- fication. nivorous; and the birds of prey from One of the most costly curiosities of the aquatic and those that sing. From the place, is the Portland Vase ; for the diminutive humming bird to the two hundred years, it was the principal stately ostrich ; the feathered creation ornament of a palace: it was found in may here be seen in all their varied the road between Rome and Frascati. forms and gaudy plumage. The kite By far the greater number of visitors in the glass case there, reminds me of pass this by, as a thing of little value, an anecdote that has just been related to yet thousands of pounds would not pur
chase it. “A respectable farmer in Scotland, What a number of mummies are after a walk over his farm, at the be- here, and ornamented mummy cases ! ginning of this year's lambing season, and yet this is London, and not Egypt. and on a very warm morning, fell asleep | They set one thinking of the pyramids, on a high hill. On awaking, he found of the statue of Memnon, and Thebes that his broad blue bonnet, and a yellow with her hundred gates, of the idols, silk handkerchief, which he had placed Orus, Apis, Isis, and Osiris. Here is beside him, were both missing. At first, a splendid mummy case, half opened, he suspected they had been taken away and the embalmed mummy half unin sport by some person on the farm; swathed. but, on inquiry, every individual on the farm and neighbourhood, who could “ And thou hast walked about, how strange a
story! possibly have approached the spot, de
In Thebes' streets, three thousand years ago, nied all knowledge of the missing articles. When the Memnonium was in all its glory, Some weeks after, our correspondent
And time had not begun to overthrow and a party were ascending a very steep
Those temples, palaces, and piles stupendous,
CHRIST'S COMMISSION TO THE APOSTLES--BLISSFUL ANTICIPATION,
CHRIST'S COMMISSION TO THE APOSTLES.
ó. It is
It may not be so with all, but it is fond of engravings, is a treat absolutely with many, that the very sight of these inexhaustible. Historical subjects, landremnants of former ages, drives away scapes, seascapes, architectural designs, much of doubt, and brings much of portraits, animals, birds, fishes, insects, certainty to the mind. We do, in ge- trees, shells, fossils, fruit, flowers, and neral, but half credit the annals of an- ornaments by the most eminent artists, tiquity : we are, in a degree, sceptics, English and foreign, are kept in the while professing to believe the records nicest order. The connoisseur and amaof holy Writ; but these munimy cases teur may here revel in boundless vareprove us, and seem to say to us, “See riety.. The library is, perhaps, after all, and believe.” While our sight and still more generally valuable than any senses are, beyond a doubt, convinced other part of the Museum, containing as it that these are the remains of ancient does, almost every book from which pleaEgypt, our faith is confirmed in the sure and information can be derived. The recorded verities of Scripture. Yes, it manuscripts are very numerous, and the is a truth, and we feel it as such, that persons in the reading room, where I “ Joseph was brought down to Egypt; am making my closing remarks, sufficiand Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, ently testify by their numbers and busy captain of the guard, an Egyptian, attention, how highly they estimate the bought him of the hands of the Ish- advantages of the institution. melites," Gen. xxxix. 1. It is a truth that Joseph sent for his father Jacob to dwell with him in the land of Egypt, and that " when he saw the wagons
Our Lord's commission to the apostles which Joseph had sent to carry him, for preaching the gospel, was extenthe spirit of Jacob revived.”
sive as the human species. The middle enough,” said he; “ Joseph my son is wall of partition between Jews and yet alive: I will go and see him before Gentiles being demolished, those first I die,” Gen. xlv. 27, 28. The mi- ministers of Christ were not only perracles that God performed for his peo- mitted, but required, as Providence gave ple, rise to our remembrance, and the opportunity, to proclaim the glad tidings plagues that were spread over the land, wherever they came, without any ex
When Moses stretched his wonder-working rod, ception of nations, of rank, or of chaAnd brought the locust on the foes of God; racter. The prerogatives connected with When countless myriads with despoiling wing, carnal descent from Abraham, the coveScourged the hard heart of the Egyptian king.
I have wandered from one piece of nant made at Sinai, and the Mosaic sculpture to another. Here the chisel economy, being all abolished, those amof Phidias, and there that of Praxiteles bassadors of Heaven were commanded has been at work giving an inestimable through Jesus Christ, by faith in his
to publish pardon, and proclaim peace, value to stone. The Elgin marbles ; the relics of the Athenian temples; the
blood, among all nations, beginning at statues of Theseus, Illyssus, and the
Jerusalem.-Booth. Fates ; the frieze of the Parthenon ; the alto-relievo representations of the strifes
BLISSFUL ANTICIPATION. of the Centaurs and the Lapithæ ; the How divinely full of glory and pleaTownley marbles, and the Egyptian sure shall that hour be, when all the collection of_sculpture, have all been millions of mankind, that have been revisited, and I could now sit me down deemed by the blood of the Lamb of opposite this huge hieroglyphical sar- God, shall meet together and stand cophagus, and muse and moralize. The around him, with every tongue and temples of olden time; the artists of every heart full of joy and praise! How genius and talent, whose works are be- astonishing will be the glory and the fore us, and those to whose fame they joy of that day, when all the saints have vainly sought to give immortality shall join together in one common song • Where are they ?” The mutilated of gratitude and love, and of everlasting marbles and time-worn inscriptions of thankfulness to this Redeemer ? With the most splendid works of art seem to what unknown delight, and inexpres. press on the reflective mind the lesson, sible satisfaction, shall all that are saved
Gratefully enjoy the things of time, from the ruins of sin and hell, address but forget not those of eternity.”
the Lamb that was slain, and rejoice The print room, to those who are l in his presence !-Dr. Watts,
ing surface of the moss-clad rocks, and POWERSCOURT WATERFALL, COUNTY WICKLOW, IRELAND.
partly dashing, in angry mood, against
some projecting cliff, whence being reTue glen of the waterfall is a deep jected, it seems to vanish like the floatmountain recess, environed on every ing mists of morn. In the broken and side, except the entrance, by steep and varied foreground, a sloping bank prolofty hills, adorned with wood and rock trudes, worn by the mountain torrent, and broken ground, and sweeping down which has bared the tenacious roots of from every side with the greatest bold- the great monarch of the wood; conness and variety. The head of the re- fident in strength, he seems to discess is crossed by a mural precipice of regard the persevering efforts of the denuded rock, down the front of which stream that rolls so rapidly at his feet, the river Glenisloreane falls perpen- to undermine his throne so long endicularly a depth of three hundred feet. joyed : more in the distance still, less A velvet turf is spread over the undu- venerable oaks, candidates for that prelating surface of the bottom of this glen, eminence yielded by the leafy tribe to and majestic oaks of picturesque forms the royal inhabitant of the grove, fling clothe the mountain sides, and climb the their shady branches over the verdurerocky precipice in front.
clad lawn, and afford cool shelter to the At a distance, the fall is seen partly “deer that desire the water brooks."gliding in frothy streams down the slop- ) Fisher's Views in Ireland.