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1818.)
Original and Select Poetry.

427 The mermaids in dance the long hours em- Save Olympian Jove, ploy,

Who rolls above While loveliness speaks

The thunder-clad terrors of tenfold night. In their dimpling cheeks,

When tempests invade Impressed by the finger of jocund joy.

Wrapt in awful shade When our mystical rites,

Illumind alone by the lightning's glare ; On moonlight nights,

All peaceful and calm,

And secure from harm,
Call forth the deep voice of the chorded shell,
We in choruses strong

Are our diamond palaces rising fair,
Chant the sacred song,

And often we weep, The watery Deity's power to tell.

As the perilous deep,

The mariner hero closes o'er ;
The old hoary god,
Who controls the flood,

Then laying the brave
There's nought can withstand his power and On night's silent breezes his requiem pour.

In a jasper grave, might;

Headington, August 20, 1818. J.L.W.

TO A LADY.

It may be that if Love's expanding flower

Is forced to close before the storm's keen On Reading Romeo and Juliet.

breath, Of love and sorrow,

'tis a peerless tale- That closing may protract the blooming Then press it softly to thy gentle breast ; hour, I'll share the fear that makes thy pure

Which is so short in all that suffers death. cheek pale;

The silence, and the sorrow, and the pain, I'll guess the wish that may not be con- May nourish that which they attack in vain. fest.

The lowly flame burns longest-humble Unhappy pair and yet to them was given sadness That earthly joy which tasteth most of Is kindlier to Love's growth than free unheaven;

varied gladness. Oh! sweet and bitter, let our mixt tears flow, But oh! how glorious shone their ruling star, Where on the grave of love, the drooping Which carried them with budding loves i violets grow.

to heaven;

Where angels welcomed in bright realms To mortals there is given a fleeting life : afar A life?--Ah no! a wild, vain, hurrying With a full cup which scarce to taste was dream!

given, A tempest of pride— passion —sin-and While any remnant of terrestrial sin strife!

Had power to stain the holy draught within, A dark, deep, restless, ever-foaming They died ;---young Love stood by them stream.

calmly sighing, When fortune lifts us high,or sinks us low, And fann'd with his soft wing the terrors of We feel the motion--know not where we go; their dying; Love only, like the oil upon the sea, Read not of Juliet and her Romeo, Gives to man's tossing soul, repose and li- With tragic trembling, and uplifted hair; berty.

Be mild, fair maid, and gentle in thy woe,

As in their death were that most innocent 'Tis true, that they who love are seldom

pair. born

Upon the tomb o'the Capulets there gleams To a smooth destiny-Love buds in peace; No torch-light, but a moon of tender beams; But foulest wizards in the air have sworn

Then hate not Love because a JULIET To blast its beauty ere its leaves increase.

dicd, The lovers dare not look— fiends watch But seek to sleep like her by a true lover's their eyes ;

side.
They dare not speak-flends intercept their
sighs ;

LINES,
A spell is on them mute, o’ermastering:-
Dumb sorrow o'er them waves her dark

Written in a Blank Leaf of Lord Byron's depressing wing.

Bride of Abydos.

Know'st thou the land, where the hardy But let the faint heart yield him as he may, Danger sits powerless on Love's steady

The red-blooming heath and the harebell breast;

abound; The lovers shrink not in the evil day ;

Where oft o'er the mountains the shepherd's They are afflicted—but are not opprest; shrill whistle To die together or victorious live

Is heard in the gloaming so sweetly to That first and holiest vow-'lis theirs to

sound? give:

Know'st thou the land of the mountain and United—tho' in fetters--they are free;

flood, They care not tho' the grave their bridal Where the pine of the forest for ages hath. bed should be.

stood;

green thistle,

wave

the sea,

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Publications illustrative of the Scenery of Italy. [Dec. 1, Where the eagle comes forth on the wings Ah, no! 'tis the magic that glows in thy of the storm,

strain, And her young ones are rocked on the high Gives life to the action, and soul to the scene! Cairn-gorm

And the deeds which they do, and the tales Know'st thou the land, where the cold Celtic which they tell,

Enchant us alone by the power of thy spell! Encircles the hills which its blue waters lave; And is there no charm in thine own naWhere the virgins are pure as the gems of tive earth?

Does no talisman rest on the place of thy And their spirits are light, as their actions

birth? are free?

Are the daughters of Albion less worthy thy 'Tis the land of thy sires !-'tis the land of

care, thy youth,

Less soft than ZULEIKA-less bright than Where first thy young heart glow'd with GULNARE? honour and truth;

Are her sons less renowned, or her warriors Where the wild fire of genius first caught

less brave thy young soul,

Than the slaves of a prince—who himself is And thy feet and thy fancy roam'd free from

a slave? controul!

Then strike thy wild lyre-let it swell with Then why does that fancy still dwell on a the strain, clime

Let the mighty in arms live, and conquer Where Love leads to Madness, and Mad

again ; ness to Crime;

Their past deeds of valour thy lays shall reWhere courage itself is more savage than hearse; brave;

And the fame of thy country 'revive in thy Where man is a despot—and woman a slave? Tho' soft are the breezes, and sweet the The proud wreath of vict'ry round heroes perfume,

may twine, And fair are the“ gardens of Gul” in their 'Tis the Poet who crowns them with hobloom ;

nours divine! Can the odors they scatter-the roses they And thy laurels, Pelides, had sunk in the bear

tomb, Speak peace to the heart of suspicion and Had the Bard not preserv'd them, immortal fear?

in bloom !

verse.

OF THE SCENERY OP ITALY AND ITS

FINE ARTS. RECENT PUBLICATIONS ILLUSTRATIVE ready admittance to the surest, we had

almost said the only school of pure taste. REMAINS IN ART.

Contemporary artists of every region of A FEW years since, when the mad the civilized world may now mature ambition of an individual had embroiled their studies, and interchange opinions all Europe in the multitudinous miseries on the classic and consecrated soil that of war, the classic shores of Italy were nurtured the genius of Raphael, Michael almost inaccessible to British artists. Angelo, and Claude.

This language The attractive scenery which furnished may appear inflated; but he who does the elements of the superb pictures of not feel his powers invigorated, and his Claude, and the hallowed monuments of imagination excited, when his feet first ancient art which offer the finest models press the ground which has borne the to the sculptor and the architect, were great, to whom he has been accustomed to an Englishman as effectually “ a sealed to look up with veneration, may as well book" as the views in the vicinity of Je- desist from a pursuit in which he will rusalem, or the ruins of Persepolis. He never attain distinction, and for which was compelled to behold them through he is totally unfit. All of us, however, the unsatisfactory medium of prints; and are not enabled to enjoy these eminent his mortification was increased by the re- advantages; circumstances unforeseen collection that he was almost within and unavoidable will frequently occur to reach of those objects to which he most prevent a visit to the realm of art; and ardently aspired, but from which he was those who remain can only participate in still effectually debarred. Now happily the gratification and profit of their more the case is altered; and it is one of the fortunate neighbours, by a true and greatest benefits resulting from the gene- tasteful delineation of the objects of an ral peace with which we are blessed, artist's pilgrimage. The press has that the votaries of art, wherever teemed with the published descriptions they exist, have free access to the most of tourists; and though possessed of copious fountains of information, and great merit, most of them have been 1818.) Gell and Gandy's Pompeii– Major Cockburn's Pompeiana. 429 valueless to artists; and, indeed, great tho assistant to be curtailed of his due?! requisites should unite in order to pro. meed of praise, because circumstances duce a satisfactory writer relative to have placed him in that capacity with this delightful country ;-he should pos- another artist. We are willing that a sess an artist's eye to view, an artist's bill of parcels, or a tradesman's card, pencil to trace, and an artist's pen to de- should be the performance of Jenkins scribe. We do not mean to assert, with and Co., and that the scenery of a new the paltry spirit of a mechanic, that no play should be executed by Greenwood men are competent to feel and express and his assistants; but the fame of an, themselves like artists, who are not pro- artist should be his own alone, without fessors-on the contrary, an intelligent partnership or anonymous participaand well-judging amateur may in many tion. respects be more desirable ; but we con- GelL AND GANDY'S POMPEII is a șider that a mere acquaintance with very valuable publication. The views books and men will not suffice; in other are engraved from drawings made by words, that he who is well qualified for a Mr. Gandy, after sketches by Sir Wm. tourist in any other country, is by no Gell, who is well known as the author means equal to the required task in of a very elegant work on the TopoItaly: and if a doubt exist of the pro- graphy of Troy. They afford excellent priety of our remark, let the classic Ad- representations of this beautiful city,'' dison be remembered, whose travels in and are executed with great taste and Italy are now almost deservedly for- correctness of finish. There is besides gotten. An Italian tourist, unpossessed an attention to detail that renders them of the feelings of an artist, is in the situ- highly interesting to such as have visited ation of an auditor at a concert, deficient this delightful spot, and of infinite value in judgment or susceptibility with regard to those who have not been so fortunate: to music.

the Forum, the Basilica, or Tribune, the After these observations it will be house of Sallust, the Villa Suburbana, hardly necessary to state, that we have and the Theatre, are given in all their been much gratified by several recent beauty; the accompanying letter-press is publications illustrative of Italy and Ita- suficiently explanatory. Mr. Gandy has lian objects. We allude more particu- given some restorations: the Gate of larly to those called “ Italian Scenery" - Herculaneum, an Interior, &c.; they are “ Pompeii," by Sir Wm. Gell and Mr. elegantly designed, and the elements are Gandy, and “ Pompeiana," by Major Grecian; but restorations are among the Cockburn, which are now all in a course most difficult exercises for the mind of of publication. The former of these the architect; and the unlearned builder works, “ ITALIAN SCENERY," consists and students in generalshould be cautious of a series of engravings hy Charles how they adopt or imitate them without Heath, and assistants, from drawings by well ascertaining the authorities upon Miss Batty. They are a series highly which they are grounded. The finish to interesting; and from their size (4to.) the Gate of Herculaneum is composed well adapted to illustrate the works of from that of the Choragic Monument of most of our modern tourists --such as Thrasyllus, a building of a very different Eustace, &c. The drawings have been substructure and general character. For made with unusual fidelity, and particu- the ceiling of the interior we know of po larly well represent the clear and cloud. authority, nor is the example happy. less skies of Italy. The engravings are Major COCKBURN'S POMPEIANA, of not uniformly excellent; the best is the which only the first number has been view of Aiguebelle: those of Genoa, Pisa, published, is a most excellent and artistand Lavevza, are also good.

In some

like publication: the plates are etched of the others there is a want of clearness by Pinelli, of Rome, and retouched by in the engraving, which gives a mistiness Cooke: they are wrought in a bold, free rarely observable in the happy climate of style, and are very faithful delineations Italy, where every object is seen through of the places which thev are intended to a pure pellucid medium. We do not represent; they are not likely, however, like the announcement, that the engrav- to be so popular as many of the other ings are made by Charles lleath and his productions of theday of a similar nature, assistants: there is something too much as they require an intelligent and praclike commercial feeling in this treatment tised eye to appreciate their excellence; of the attair. Mr. Heathi, who has a . and the size of the work, which is folio, high and deserved reputation, ought not will also tend to make it more rare than to possess himself of any fame which other more portable publications. The fairly belongs to an assistant; nor ought union of talent by Pinelli and Cooke

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The Arctic Expedition.

[Dec. 1,

produces, as may be imagined, a most friend in London, of M. Olenin,

President of felicitous result: the vignette in the title the Imperial Academy of St. Petersburgh, is a beautiful etching, and is a master- which has appeared in a daily paper :piece of its kind.

“ Your letter," says he,“ brought me the

most agreeable news, that the Imperial INTELLIGENCE.

Academy of Arts will soon be in possession Mr. Davis has painted a commemorative of those inimitable Elgin marbles. What a picture of Her Royal Highness the late treasure for artists! I have already had the Princess Charlotte, ard an engraving from happiness of being convinced of their perit is in progress by Mr. Charles Turner, fection hy Mr. Haydon's favour; and withand will soon be ready for delivery by Messrs. out any merit of mine, he has had the goodBoydell. The plate is in a very forward ness to make me a most delightful present, state, and is very beautiful in its present &c. &c." “ I beg of you very earnestly to stage. The composition is allegorical- tell Mr. Haydon, if it can be expressed in the Princess is represented deservedly adorn- English, that may God Almighty himself ed with a constellated crown; she presses be pleased to console him, as Mr. Haydon her infant to her bosom, and wafted by gen- has consoled me. Tell him at the same He clouds the rose and the bud ascend to- time, that if he knows how to be in raptures gether to everlasting felicity, whilst cherubs with their excellence, we also, in our cold playing around the group minister to them climate, possess hearts sufficiently ardent to and strew flowers in their way. A distant feel all that can elevate the mind and the soul. view of Claremont, by a faint moonlight, is For this reason, the professors of the Impeseen below, as indicative of the time and rial Academy frequently crowd to pay their spot of the fatal occurrence. The artist has adoration to these precious remains of the very ably introduced flowers in the compo- ancients, sent us by Mr. Haydon. This sition. Those called, “ Forget me not,” the adoration is in a measure extorted from ope, Lily and the never-fading Amaranthe are in a manner by the superiority of these peculiarly well chosen. We are no great productions, in comparison with all those admirers of allegorical pictures in general, we hare hitherto admired," &c. &c.but this we are willing to admit is one of the Some time since the Russian President sent least exceptionable of modern date. Were to Mr. Haydon a most valuable selection of we inclined to exemplily the justice of our Casts; they consist of a Silenus and a opinion, that this sort of composition is capa- Venus, from the Palace de la Tauride, and a ble of being the very worst of all attempts in grand bust of Achilles, from the Palace of art, we should refer our readers to a plate the Hermitage, belonging to the Emperor, designed by a Mr. Brown, and engraved hy and moulded by his permission, on M. OleG. Maile; the artist's intentions were, doubt- nin's application. The head and body of less, respectful and decorous, but his pro- the Silenus are among the most exquisite duction has quite an opposite effect. Bri- specimens of Greek workmanship. He leans tannia and her customary adjuncts seemed to on a pedestal covered by alion's-skin, holdus to be copied from our old copper coin- ing in his right hand a cup of wine, his bald age, and the angels on the left hand corner head covered with a vine, and his face dedisclosed to us a fact which has at least the noting a joyous hilarity. Though it is all merit of novelty, that baby angels retain in in white plaster, one cannot help imagining heaven their propensity to play with dolls. his cheeks to be rosy, and that he is singing

Casts from the Elgin Marbles (of which it an ode to Pan, or to the Satyrs of the woods. is impossible to speak too highly) it appears The other statue is a Venus, a very interestwill soon have reached even the frozen cli- ing imitation of the Venus de Medicis, evimate of Russia. We are sure that our rea- dently at a younger period of her life, withders will join us in hearty congratulations out those marks of having been a mother, on this circumstance—they contain at once so evident in the Venus de Medicis. The the simplest and the highest elements of art, bust of Achilles is grand, but the Silenus is and are calculated to be of peculiar service above all praise. These casts, the moment in a country where preconceived errors will they were landed at the Custom-house, were not oppose their influence. The following most handsomely passed free of all duty, by particulars we extract from a letter to a an order from the Lords of the Treasury.

THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION. Exlract of a Letter from on board the nature; it lies on the south-east part of Dorothea.

Spitzbergen, from which it is distant “We first made the ice about the 27th about 150 miles. During a few days May, near Cherry Island, which is small, previous to making the ice, we experiand of remarkable appearance, being enced a great change of weather, the composed of many high and pointed thermometer having fallen very considerrocks or clifis; and in one bearing, looks ably, and now continued below 32 deg: as if rent asunder by some convulsion of We had also frequent and heavy falls of

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The Arctic Expedition.

431 snow; and for several days, in the latter the whole truly grand and interesting. part of May, the thermometer fell to 18 In this situation we remained ten or deg. or 14 deg. below the freezing point. twelve days, nearly fixed bodies, except We soon descried the lofty and snow. when the different currents changed our capped rocks or precipices which com- situation, which was indicated to us only pose Spitzbergen--the cheerless, bleak, by altering the bearings of the land, and sterile aspect of which it is impos- from which we were distant eight or ten sible to describe. Running along the leagues. At length we were extricated western side of the island, our progress from our perilous situation by the ice was stopped by immense barriers of ice, partially opening, so as to enable us to which extended in every direction as far force our way out. as the eye could reach, and joining the “We now ranged along the edge of the Jand to the northward, blocked up all the ice, endeavouring, if possible, to discover harbours. We succeeded, howerer, in some vacancy by which we might penegaining a high northern latitude, viz. trate northward; but we did so in vain. about 80.; but as we had parted from On the 26th June we again came to anour consort a few days before, in a heary chor in Fair Ilaven, which is situated gale of wind, we returned in quest of between two islands called Vagel Sang her, and were fortunate enough to fall in and Clover Cliff. On those and the with her on the subsequent day. We neighbouring islands we discovered nunow put into Magdalena Bay, in , lat. merous herds of rein deer: and in run79. 33. North, long. 11. East. The up- ning in for the anchorage, immense per and inner part of this Bay was found numbers of sea horses were seen lying on so choked up with ice, which was now the ice, huddled together, and, at a disbeginning to break up, that our situation tance, much resembling a group of cathere became very critical. Having sur- tle. We succeeded in killing several, veyed it, however, we again put to sea, some of which were of prodigious size ; and ran.along the edge of the ice to the for instance, one which we cut up was westward, which every where presented found to weigh twenty hundred weight. the

appearance of a solid body. On the These animals are seen every where, 10th June we fell in with several sail of near the land, on the ice, as well as in Greenlandmen, when we were sorry to the sea; and they are found in the bays learn that no hope existed of getting to (which are numerous all along the coast) the northward by stretching to the west- lying on the beach, sometimes to the ward; and it was the unanimous opi- amount of several hundreds. To a nion of the masters of these ships, that stranger they present the most forbidto gain a high northern latitude, we must ding and ugly aspect imaginable. When penetrate to the northward ; that is to much annoyed by shot, they assemble say, that we must stand in with, or near, their forces, surround the boat as if deto the land of Spitzbergen. In conse- termined to retaliate : thirty, forty, or quence of this information, as well as the more, will appear in every direction, and observations we had already made, and almost at the same moment, and so near, the decisive opinion of our pilots, we re- that the muzzle of your musket will traced our steps to the northward, and often reach their heads; they now make were soon completely beset in the ice. a hissing, barking kind of noise, and no You cannot forin any conception of the sooner receive your fire than they betruly picturesque and often solemn gran- come apparently furious, roll about, dedeur of such a scene. Conceive two ves- scend probably for a minute, when they sels hemmed in, jammed, and completely re-appear with immense increase of numsurrounded by immense masses of ice, of bers, and scem bolder in their assaults. the rudest and often most fantastic Several of our oars were snapped in two, forms; the two ships appearing, as it or otherwise broken by them. In their were, like specks the midst of a vast upper jaw are two tusks of great size, extended plain, of alabaster whiteness, which seem as if intended by nature to and to which the eye can assign no form the principal means of defence, imits. When the sun shone bright, as well against the attacks of their enewhether at mid-day, or mid-night, but mies, as to raise and support their huge particularly at the latter period, its carcasses, when they elevate themselves beams assumed a softer hue, and shed a from the sea to the icc ; these tusks are mellower tint on the immense sheet of of the purest ivory, and when they have surrounding ice, while the steep and attained their full growth, are of contowering summit of Spitzbergen, form- siderable value. Their hides are very ing the back ground, combined to render thick, and of the toughest texture ; but

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