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Here must I pause with reverential awe,
And pay the homage of a heart sincere
A picture of thy Corporation, here
The splendid pomp of pageantry appear
At least a thousand years before the flood,
Where cockles courted in their “ verdant mud." Thy chair of state---thy tripod---three leg'd stool,
On which thy mighty Mayor or sat, or stood,
And collar of SS-how splendid! how
How massy are thy maees! and the prow
To notice but thy beef-eaters--- I vow
Of old Dundannian castle and demesne,
From man! nor are we suffer'd to remain
Our course, to where upon the watery plain
'T'is stop'd---two Blackrock passengers draw néar. And now, thy rich romantic hills, Glanmire,
Thy sloping woods, and winding stream appear In open landscape---while the distant spire
Hallows the ripening glories of the year--But ah! the wheel revolves---we can't delay, And all the sweet enchantment glides away.
Now in Loughmahon's open gulph, the grand
And wide extended prospect, we survey.-'Till thence attracted by the sweetly bland
And smiling Mr. Conway, just to pray
So gently hinting, what we have to pay---
Now pass we Passage ; and its echo, age
Tells to the passengers its dismal tale---
In every art for navigation's weal,
The twisted cordage, and the swelling sail
Some of our company now go ashore
To join their families at prayers and dinner ; The first at one---the second about four
Or five,---just as it suits each hungry sinner. Meanwhile some walk for appetite---some more
Go see the Guardship, and stay lounging in her 'Till the young Midshipmen so smug and civil Disturb'd from dinner, wish them to the devil.
We pass the Giants' stairs, where never step'd
A Giant---but no matter---'tis a flight--Of fancy.---Now a larboard course is kept,
And Monkstown's old grey castle heaves in sight;
Thro' its dismantled battlements at night,
By Soldiers ---and the cottages below
Smile sweetly, shaded by the lofty grove That overhangs them---and in summer's glow,
Court the cool breezes as they gently move Alung the tide's bright surface, and bestow
Their sweet refreshing influence above. Where the high castle shews its visage grim--In awful contrast with gay fancy's “whim.”
Now Cove at length its azure front displays,
Emerging boldly from its wavy bed. Cove --which with joy the mariner surveys,
With ship dismasted, and from toil half dead : But which at Lloyd's a different feeling sways,
Or did so, formerly---I should have said--For no where now can cheaper jobs prevail, Save at Crook-haven, or, perhaps, Kinsale.
High heaves each pitying breast, as passing by
The Convict ship---to think upon the crowd Of wretched human sufferers, who lie
Chain'd on their hard and narrow bed, and bow'd Down with the weight of misery---each eye
Drops tearg---and our stout Captain cries aloud“ Look, look John, damn it, where I'you mean to put her, "Quick, quick man, go to leeward of that cutter.”
* Ah bother,” lowly mutters John," go
The Captain's hearing---" where, sir, do you mean
And speedily the wished-for beach we gain,
Then, we are told, that in about an hour
Should any for a further trip incline,
the river, on to Carrigaline,
On to Belvelly---and return to dine---
“When go you back ?".--" At six, sir, six precisely".--
“ Will the tide serve this evening ?” “Yes, sir, nicely”.
“ I've brought some bread down.”---"Sir, you acted wisely"..
Why Captain, your'e the general favourite---hush is
The boat arriv’d, the passengers ashore---
In his new cap---I'll make the Cantos four---
Permitting me to launch my barque, once more---
THE ROYAL HIBERNIAN ACADEMY.
The Royal Hibernian Academy for the promotion of the Fine Arts in Ireland, held its first Exhibition this season. The Academy house has been erected at the expence of ten thousand pounds, by Mr. Johnston, the eminent architect, and has been presented by him a FREE GIFT to the Society. A charter has been obtained, and the Irish Artists are now organised, and members are elected when their talents and industry entitle them to be enrolled. The present members of the Royal Hibernian Academy are:
Honorary Members.--Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal Academy, London, and principal painter in ordinary to his Majesty. Martin Archer Shee, Esq. R. A. London. --Andrew Johnston, Esq. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Professor of Anatomy.-Paul Twigge, A. M. Professor of History.
Academicians.- Francis Johnston, Esq. President.--Henry A. Baker, Esq. Sec. pro-tem.- Thomas J. Mulvany, Esq. Keeper.- William Cuming, Esq. "Treasurer.-Martin Cregan, Esq. Auditor.— Thomas Kirk, Esq.--William Mossop, Esq. Sec.—John G. Mulvany, Esq. Auditor.Joseph Peacock, Esq. — Thomas C. Thompson, Esq.-Robert L. West, Esq.--Henry Kirchhoffer, Esq.—James J. Russell, Esq.
Associates.-Richard Rothwell, Esq.-John Smyth, Esq.- John Williamson, Esq.- John Haverty, Es7.-George Petrie, Esq.---J. R. Maguire, Esq.
It could not be reasonably expected that the first exhibition of the Irish Academy, should equal the fifty-eight of the Royal Academy of England ;---but our first exhibition did wonders. It was respectable and attractive, and possessed many works that would do honour even to Somerset House, and those were the productions of young and unnoticed Irish Artists. The rooms were open each day from 10, until a late hour in the evening, and at every hour were well attended. In consequence of the number of visitors it was found necessary to print three editions of the Catalogue.
The hall of the Academy contains a cast of the Barbarini Faun, presented to the Academy by Sir Thomas Lawrence--- Kirk's fine collossal statue of Thomas Spring Rice, executed for the citizens of Limerick---and collossal Busts of Canova and Thorwalden, sent from Rome to the Academy by Henry Hamilton, Esq.
The Anti-room contains some fine Busts by Kirk, and a cast of Westmacotte's Houseless Wanderer, presented by the Artist to the Academy. There are some fine Miniatures in this room, by Robertson, Lover, Kirchhoffer, &c, and some interesting drawings in water colours, by Petrie, Kirchhoffer, Baker, Lover, &c. and by Mr. Brennan of Cork.
The great majority of Pictures in the Exhibition are, necessarily, Portraits; many of them are spirited and true, and reflect great credit on the Artists, We could give a long list of interesting and attractive Pictures, but have only space, in our present Number, for the titles of a few:63.---The little Armoury of Sir Walter Scott, at Abbotsford.
Major Henry Stisted. Among the many interesting objects in this Armoury are the following, viz: Rob Roy's Gun; Claverhouse's Pistols; Lock and ponderous Keys of the Old Tolbooth, or Heart of Midlothian,-a great variety of Dirks, Daggers, Broad Swords, Spears, &c.— The Armour of Charles V. inlaid with gold, and bearing the insigna of the golden fleece; Napoleon's Pistols, and many Waterloo Trophies. 65.---Sketch-of a Tree.
Miss Newenham. H. 72.--- View in Poulona Glen, Co. Wicklow, H. Kirchhoffer, R. H. A. 76.---The Mitcher,
John G. Mulvany, R. H. A. 84.--- View of the Villa D'Este, the residence of the late Queen Caroline, on the Lake of Como, fiom Nature.
A Lady, H. 86.---The Road out of Georgia, by the borders of the Terek.
Lieut. Col. D'Arcy. 93.---View in the Dargle,
T. S. Roberts, R. H. A. 97.---Fishermens' Houses at the entrance of Dieppe ---scene, loading a Waggon with fish for the Paris Market. Thomas J. Mulvany. R. H. A. 118.---The Entrance to Rostrevor, from the Newry Road.
John G. Mulvany, R. H. A. 125.---Recovery of the intercepted Love Letter.
C. D. Leahy. 147.---The Painter forgotten.
Richard Rothwell, A. 174.---Fortune Telling.
E. D. Leahy. 182.---Domestic Quarrels.
T. Foster, A. 274.---Design from the Pirate, Norna working her spell. S. Lover.
"Brendą gazed at Minna, who sat in that rude chair of dark stone, her finely formed shape and limbs making the strongest contrast with its ponderous and irregular angles,-Norna next undid the fillet which bound her grizzled hair, and shaking her head wildly, caused it to fall in disheveled abundance over her face and round her shoulders."Pirate, Vol. III, Chap. 1st.
The splashing plunge of the light canoes,
On the wide Savannas, there is a fresh bloom,