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wholesome for the child_a virtue at- nel, and seem to eat it medicinally betributed also to the leaves. The seeds fore they cast off their old skins. Pliny are also recommended for those who are says, the ancient physicians observed troubled with shortness of breath, and that the serpents, having wounded the wheezing occasioned by stoppage of fennel stalk, cleared their eyes with the the lungs. Its leaves in decoction juice, whereby they learnt that this strengthen the sight; its juice, taken herb hath the singular property of fasting, is said to cure intermittent fe- cleansing our sight, and taking away vers. It is a sudorificand carminative, the film or web from our eyes : he adds, facilitates digestion when chewed ; and that the only time to obtain the juice is is a specific in malignant putrid fevers. when the stalk is nearly full grown: it

“ There is a simple water made from was administered with honey. the leaves, and an essential oil from the “ Induced by these observations, the seed and leaves. Neumann says, “ The author planted fennel on a bank in his oil obtained from the leaves on the up- shrubbery, where he had frequently per part of the plant is much finer, seen snakes; but for want of that time lighter, and more subtle, than the oil and caution, which it requires to watch obtained from the lower leaves. The these reptiles, he has never seen them former oil swims on water, and the lat- bite this herb, but has often found the ter sinks.” There is also a strong wa- stalks not only wounded, but eaten ter, or kind of brandy, made of the nearly half through, either by these, or seeds of fennel, called fennel water. some other animal."

« Snakes and serpents delight in fen

THELWALL'S POEMS.*

A VOLUME of poetry from the

pen into the loftier regions of Parnassus, of a person who stands so high and giving “to airy nothing a local both in the literary and political world habitation and a name.' Nor will he as Mr. Thelwall, cannot fail to be an suffer by this preference in the estimaobject of more than ordinary interest ; tion of those persons, who are no adand we are persuaded, that in introdu- mirers of certain bards of high recing such a production to the notice of nown, that have mistaken rhapsody our readers, we are conferring a recip- for sublimity: have deemed horrors rocal pleasure upon them and ourselves. and crimes to be the most appropriate

Many of Mr. Thelwall's poetical subjects of soothing song, and have productions have already met the pub- conceived that they approach the perlic eye, but they have never before fection of their art, in proportion as made their appearance, in a regular or their languaage becomes remote from collected form, and the present may common understanding, and their detherefore be considered as the first fair scriptions from versimilitude. With opportunity that has been afforded of writers of this stamp, Mr. Thelwall has ascertaining his true character as a po- certainly nothing in common;

but he Judging from these specimens, we may justly claim an honourable station should say, that the soft and tender is among those who have excelled in more his forte than the bold and sub- strains of sweetness and tenderness, lime; he is better fitted to chant the and in awakening the better feelings, amorous lay of the Troubaduor, than and kindlier sensibilities of our nature. the spirit-stirring strain of the warrior ; His anacreontics, of which there are and seems rather to aim at culling a several in the collection, exhibit very wreath of the wild flowers that nature superior powers : we subjoin the folhas strewn in his way, than at soaring lowing as a specimen.

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* The Poetical Recreations of the Champion. London, 1822. ATHENEUM VOL. 11.

IF WHEN THB SPARKLING GOB

Gush'd the big tear-drops, as my soul remembered

Zion, thy mountain paradise, my country!
LET flows.

When the fierce bands Assyrian, who led us

Captive from Salem,
If when the sparkling goblet flows,
I braid my temples with the rose,

Claim'd, in our mournful bitterness of anguish, And, while reflected o'er the brim,

Songs and unseason'd madrigals of joyance; I see the deepening blushes swim,

* Sing the sweet-tempered carol that ye wont to With wilder ecstacies of soul,

Warble in Zion." I bid the tide of Bacchus roll,'Tis that the blush that paints the rose,

Dumb be my tuneful eloquence, if ever A type of thee, my fair, bestows,

Strange echoes answer to a song of Zion : And bath'd within the cup I'd be,

Blasted this right band if I should forget thee, That glows with love, and glows of thee.

Land of my fathers. If, when retiring to repose,

The reproach under which our lanStill in my chamber bloom the rose,

guage labours of harshness, arising And, twin'd in many a wreathing string,

from the frequent recurrence of hissing O'er all my couch a fragrance fling, Which scattering on my fervid breast,

sounds, is well known. Mr. Thelwall Sooths me, with opiate charm, to rest ;

has given us a curious specimen of “ an 'Tis that the fragrance of the rose

English song without a Sibilant," as a The breathing of thy lip bestows :

proof that this fault might partly, at and dreams of bliss it wafts to me, That breathe of love, and breathe of thee.

least, be avoided. As it contains but

a few stanzas, and may be considered Then come, Naera ! sweeter rose ! For whom my restless fancy glows;

a kind of poetical novelty, we shall Come-whelm in dearer joys the soul

subjoin it. Than ever bath'd in flowing bowl ;Come, and, in waking kisses, deal

SONG. Such rapture as my dreams reveal;

No-not the eye of tender blue, And while, with mingling soul, I sip

Tho' Mary, twere the tint of thine The balmy fragrance of thy lip,

Dr breathing lip of glowing hue More-more than vision'd bliss 'twill be

Might bid the opening bed repine, To wake to love, and wake for thee.

Had long enthrail'd my mind: From many of equal merit, we offer Nor tint with tint, alternate aiding to our readers, the beautiful piece enti

That o'er the dimpled tablet flow, uled,

The vermile to the lily fading;

Nor ringlet bright with orient glow
HOPE DEFERRED.

In many a tendril twin'd.
Brimful of bliss the goblet Bow'd,

The breathing tint, the beamy ray, *Twas lifted to the very lip;

The linear harmony divine, With hope the thirsty bosom glow'd,

That o'er the form of heauty play, And the bow'd head was bent to sip :

Might warm a colder heart than mine,

But not for ever bind.
But envious fortune spatch'd away
The mantling promise of delight:

But when to radiant form and feature,
O'er-clouded was the genial ray,

Internal worth and feeling join And the sweet dream was put to flight.

With temper mild and gay good nature,

Around the willing beart, they twine
O Mary! is the goblet gone-

The empire of the mind.
The draught forever cast away?
Or is it but a while withdrawn,

We had marked several other beauTo come more sweetend by delay?

tiful passages for extracting, but our Yes, Mary! yes-that speaking eye

limits will not admit of their insertion; Tells me the cup again sball flow : And bless'd occasion shall supply

we must therefore refer our readers to - The mutual blius we pant to know.

the work itself for further entertain

ment. For ourselves, we can truly The following version of the 138th say, that this miscellany has much expsalm certainly appears to us extreme- ceeded our expectations, and that we ly harmonious.

should be glad indeed, could we always FAST BYTHY STREAM,0 BABYLON. severer pursuits and occupations of

in our moments of relaxation from the Fast by thy stream, 0 Babylon, reclining, life, ensure amusement equal to that Woe-begone ezile, to the gale of evening Only responsive, my forsaken harp I

which we have derived from the PoetHang on the willow.

ical Recreations of the Champion.

Mon. Mag. March.

Stephensiana, No. V.

(Monthly Magazine.) An Original LETTER from a Travel Arthur Young, but that he had made

ler of Distinction, concerning GEN- several alterations in it. This barn, ERAL WASHINGTON.

which is of bricks made upon the spot, ON my arrival at Alexandria, I was did not cost above 3001.—in England

exceedingly desirous to visit Mount the expenses would have amounted to Vernon, a seat belonging to General 10001. He has planted 700 bushels of Washington at ten miles distance. potatoes this year : all this seems very After having traversed several exten- surprising in Virginia, where they sive woods, and surmounted two hills, neither erect barns, nor raise provender I discovered a house built in a style of for their cattle. elegant simplicity, and appearing in His asses, his horses, and his mules, every respect agreeable. In front of were feeding in the neighbouring fields. it, were meadows kept in excellent or- He informed me that it was his intender; on one side were tables and offi- tion to introduce the use of artificial ces, and on the other a greenhouse and meadows, which are so uncommon, and several buildings in which negroes were yet so necessary in that province, for at work, and a court-yard adjoining the cattle often want provisions in winwas full of turkies, ducks, geese, and ter. His mules thrive uncommonly other fowls. This house which com- well, and he has a noble stallion which mands a charming prospect of the Po- will keep up the race of the finest hortomac, has a large and elegant portico ses to be found in this part of America. on the side towards the river; the He also possesses two superb asses,one apartments are admirably adapted to of which came from Malta and the other the building, and the outside is covered from Spain. He has three hundred with a kind of varnish, that renders it negroes, who are distributed in log impenetrable to the rain.

houses, scattered over different parts of The general, who did not arrive until his property which, in this neighbourthe evening, when he came home ex- hood alone, amounts to 10,000 acres, ceedingly fatigued, had been visiting a and Colonel Humphrey, his secretary, distant part of his property, where he assured me that in different parts of intended to open a new road. You America, he has more than 200,000. have often heard him compared to Cin The general sent to England for a cinnatus ; the comparison is exact. farmer well skilled in the agriculture of This celebrated general is no more at that country, and this person presides. present than a plain planter, unceas over the cultivation of his lands. ingly occupied about the cares of his Every thing in his house bespeaks farm, as he himself terms it.

simplicity; his table is served plentiHe shewed me a barn which he had fully but without any pomp, and every just finished; it is a building about part of his domestic economy evinces one hundred feet in length, and of a uncommon regularity. Mrs. Washbreadth in proportion. It is destined ington superintends every thing, and to contain his corn, his potatoes, his joins to the good qualities of a farmer's turnips, &e. Around it he has con- wife, that dignified simplicity which structed stables for his cattle, his horses, ought to characterize a lady whose and his asses, of which he has multi- husband has acted so conspicuous part. plied a breed hitherto unknown in that General Washington has nothing country. The different parts of this very characteristic in his countenance, building are so skilfully distributed that and it is owing to this circumstance that one man may fill the racks with pota- his likeness is so very difficult to be toes, hay, &c. in a very short time, and taken, and that so few painters have that without any difficulty; the general succeeded in his portrait. informed me that it was built after a ness of his heart, seems conspicuous in plan transmitted bim by the celebrated every look, and every movement of

The good

his mind : his eyes possess but little nation had the part of the dromedary of that brilliancy for which they were been performed by the serpent ? so conspicuous at the head of an army, or during some difficult emergency in LADY ARCHER, formerly Miss WEST, the field of battle; they become ex- lived to a good old age-a proof that tremely animated, however, and lively, cosmetics are not so fatal as has been in the heat of argument. Abundance supposed. Nature had given her a fine of good sense is discoverable in all his aquiline nose, like the princesses of the questions and replies, and in his con- House of Austria, and she did not fail versation he evinces the utmost modesty to give herself a complexion. She reand diffidence of his own powers. He sembled a fine old wainscoted painting speaks of the American war as if he with the face and features shining thro? had not directed its operations, and of a thick incrustation of copal varnish. his own battles and victories, with an Her ladyship was, for many years, indifference that would not become a the wonder of the fashionable worldstranger.

envied by all the ladies that frequented After having given liberty to his the court. She had a splendid house country, he is now about to add to her in Portland Place, with et cetera equal wealth and her respectability, being in brilliancy and beauty to, or rather called by the unanimous voice of his surpassing those of any of her confellow citizens to preside over the civil temporaries. Magnificent appendages government of America, and to evince were a sort of scenery she glorified in that zeal, discretion, assiduity and pub- --milk-white horse to her carriagelic virtue in peace, which he so won- the coachman and footman in grand, derfully displayed during a long, a shewy liveries—the carriage lined with bloody, a ruinous, but a successful war- a silk calculated to exhibit the comfare.

plexion, &c. &c. FASCINATION.

I recollect, however, to bave seen That serpents terrify birds, and to the late Mrs. Robinson go far beyond such a degree that the poor little vic- all this in the rich exuberance of her tims flutter about and fall within their genius ; a yellow lining to her landau reach, I can readily believe; but to with a black footman, to contrast with suppose that they possess any charm her beautiful countenance and fascina. or power of fascination will scarcely ting figure, and thus render both more be allowed by those who deserve the lovely. Lady Archer's house at Barnes mame of philosophers, or who search Elms Terrace, was fittted up with an into the reason of things. The fol- elegance of ornaments and drapery to lowing occurrence towards the latter strike the senses, and yet powerfully end of 1800, suggests an observation addressed to the imagination. She that will explain some circumstantial could give an insinuating interest to the relations quoted in natural history : scenes about her, which other eyes A parrot belonging to my family, was were viewing. Her kitchen garden entrusted to the care of a neighbour, and pleasure ground of five acres—the during our retirement to a country Thames running in front as if apperhouse, and was placed, as usual, at the taining to the grounds—the apartments window. A dromedary happened to most tastefully decorated in the Chinese pass by, and stretching forth its long style--a fine conservatory opening into neck towards the parrot, affrighted the the principal apartment, with grapes, poor bird to such a degree that it fell slow peaches, &c. at the end a magnifioff its perch upon its back, and remain- cent sopha, with a superb curtain, all ed a long time in convulsions. Why displayed with a peculiar grace, and to give an air of adventure and surprize the greatest advantage. Much praise why plunge inte a maze of inquiries ? was due to the arrangements in her May not a common incident a fright collection of green and hot house -produced by an object of terror, plants, the appellations of which she serve as a clue to the judgment was well acquainted with, as also every Would not thiş have been called fasci thing relating to their history.

mand

ADMIRAL SIR RICHARD HUGHES

Not so in ancient days of Caledon, as of an ancient family-ran away when lays of hopeless love of glory won

Was thy voice mute amid the fatal crowd, with Miss Sloane, descended from the

Aroused the fearful, and subdued the proud. family of Sir Hans Sloane; he was a At each according pause was beard aloud midshipman with Sir Edward Hughes, Thine ardent sympathy, sublime and high, who, by some mistake, put out the eye Fair dames and crested knights attentive bow'd,

For still the burthen of thy minstrelsy of his friend with a fork, when about

Was knighthood's dauntless deed, and beauty to transfix a cock roach. While admi

matchless eye. ral on the Halifax station, he surveyed 0, wake once more ! how rude soe’er the hand the woods of Nova Scotia, and was That ventures o'er thy magic maze to stray, introduced to the King on his return, O, wake once more! though scarce thy skill comand had an audience of two hours in the closet. He then became an admi

Some feeble echoing of thine earlier lay :

Though harsh and fait, and soon to die away, ral in the West Indies. He was a very

And all unworthy of thy nobler strain, handsome man, wore a ribbon over his Yet if one heart breathe higher at the sway, eye, and was at once a poet, a musi The wizard note has not been couched in vain, cian, a well-informed man, and a most

Then silent be no more! Enchantress wake again!

Sweet Tevivt on thy silver tide, accomplished gentleman.

The glaring bale-fires blaze no more,
The late CAPTAIN HUGHES

No longer steel-clad warrion ride was the son of an admiral and a baronét.

Along thy wild and willow'd shore. This young man, heir to a good fortune, Where'er thou wind'st by dale and bill possessed of wit and humour, and un

All, all is peaceful, all is still, doubtedly had many of the best requi- Since first they rolld their way to Tweed,

As if thy waves, since Time was born, sites for a gentleman. But one fault Had only heard the shepherd's reed, he had also, but it was a fault that pre Nor started at the bugle horn. cluded his advancement, ruined his Unlike the tide of human time, constitution completely, cut his life Which, though it change in ceaseless flow, short, and put a period to the hopes of Retains each grief, retains each crime, his family and acquaintance.

Its earliest course was doomed to know.

And darker as it downward bears, Constant and habitual intoxication is stain'd with past and present tears. having at length endangered his life, a Low as that tide bas ebbed with me, physician belonging to the fleet told It still reflects to memory's eye him that if he persisted he would ac

The hour my brave, my only boy tually wear away the coats of his sto- Why, when the volleying minstrel play'd

Fell by the side of great Dundee. mach. With a non-chalance that too Against the bloody Highland blade, strongly marked his character, he re Why was not I beside him laid ? plied, “ I thank you, Doctor, for your Erouge! he died the death of fame, information, but in case of such an ac

Enough ! he died with conquering Græme.

WALTER SCOTT, cident, which I find it difficult to pro

February 17, 1810. vide against, it must work in its waistcoat." MARMION.

I visited Lord Nelson relative to my The following exquisitely beautiful

History of the War. On the Neapolipassage of Marmion was in circulation

tan subject he was as impetuous in lanbefore the poem was published, and as it varies in some respects from the guage as in gesture, two or three times

clapping his hand on his sword, and printed copy, it will be esteemed a curiosity among the devotees of the il- had calmed himself on his questionable

once drawing it half out. When he lustrious author.

conduct in that business, I directed the Harp of the north ! that mouldering long hath hung discourse to the battle of the Nile, and

On the witch elm that shades Saint Fellan's spring, becoming tranquil, he drew on a sheet
And down the fitful breeze its warblings flung
Till enviously did around thee cling.

of paper, a sketch of the positions, and With her green ringlets muffing every stirring,

entered minutely into a description of 0, wizard harp! still must thine accents sleep

his maneuvres. I thought the sketch Mid rustling leaves and fountains murmuring, curious, and begged to be allowed to Still must thy sweeter sounds their silence keep bring it away. Bor bid a warrior smile, nor teaela a maid to weep,

LORD NELSON.

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