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in the severe and in the agreeable style ; is always my luck, always unfortunate uniting both figures by an expressive and heavy loss, a dead loss.-S. (sympathetic decent entwining of the arms, he has shewn ally) But how happened it!-P Why, las! what he can perform in hoth. The figure week I bought a volume of plates at a sale of Mars possesses so much nobleness and for forty shillings; and as they were in the purity of forın, that it may serve as a model way of Lord G—'s collection, I offered of this class, which is the mean between them to him. He appointed to call this the Apollo and the Hercules : the light and morning--I went-his Lordship was eogaelegant limbs are finely proportioned, and ged, and I sat down in the anti-room. I yet muscular energy is so well expressed, bad resolved to put a good five pounds proihat we readily acknowledge in them the fit on, and began looking over the prints, motion and strength of the God of War. that I might see where to insist on their val The accurate leaning on the left thigh, and It struck me that they looked better the happily expresser motion and wavy than before, and I determined to ask ten contours of the hips, which add so much pounds for them! Well, Sir, I waited and grace to personal majesty, are particularly waited till almost tired ; and I said to myworthy of notice. The extremities are in self, By G-, I wont waste my time so long every respect admirable; and the head, for nothing, for any Lord in Christendom, gently inclined towards the goddess, indi- --I'll ask fifteen pounds!! Another half cates, in the calm features of the face, the hour passed, and I got so mad, that I power of beauty even over gods. It would swore to myself I'd ask thirty, and I have been vulgar and mean to think of ex. had made up my mind to this when I was pressing martial ardour on the brow of the called in. His Lordship was in a desperate God of War, who is engaged in soft converse good humour, and behaved so kindly, that with Venus. Thcharacter of each figure when he inquired the price, I plumped it at is sufficiently descloped in the form and ad once fifty pounds!!!-5. And so by your mirable proportions. On whatever side the greed you lost your purchaser ?-P. No, group is surveyed, the two figures display d-nit; he gave me a cheque for the monthe happiest combinations and contrasts, so ey in a moment without haggling-I might that those rigorous lemands of art are also just as easily have got a hundred-but I am fully satisfied. li the beanty of the propor- always unlucky!!A true tale. tions, the nobleness of the expression, and
MANDRAKE. the excellence of the composition, make In the vicinity of Uschakan are found this group one of the most distinguished two remarkable roots. With ope, called works of the artist, and one of the grandest toron, is made a red colour, which is bed productions of modern art; it is likewise a in Russia, and the Russian name of sbich mortel of the finest taste, from the wonder- is morena ; the other, loschtak or manrcker ful perfection of the execution. We ob. (mandrake ) bears an exact resemblance to serve especially such novelty in the choice the human figure, and is used by us mediciof their forms, that they afford a fresh nally. It grows pretty large. A dog is usualproof that the artist has not exhausted the ly employed to extract it from the ground; copious source of his ideas in the great for which purpose the earth is first dug from number of his former works. The hand- about it, and a dog being fastened to it by ling of the chisel has been so judiciously a string, is made to pull till the wbole of the varied, that it might be said the marble had root is extracted. The reason of this is acquired different degi ees of hardness and according to the current report, that if a softness by the different treatment of its man were to pull up this root he would is surface. The tenderness (morbidesza) of fallibly die, either on the spot or in a very the fleshy parts is most beautifully contrast- short time ; and it is also said, that when it ed with the polished steel of the helmet and is drawn out, the moan of a human voice is shield, and with the lightness of the drape- always heard. ries, which are so gracefully thrown, that CHARACTER OF THE KARPIANS (ARA ES.) they conceal what the art has surrendered They are such consummate thieves add to the claims of decorum, and also the so- rogues, that, according to an ancient tradilidity of the material. Lastly, the hair is tion still current among them, they OBCE managed with a freedom of the chisel which tricked the devil himself. The story is as we should be inclined to ascribe only to a follows :-The devil had acquired a right youthful hand.
to their fields, on which they agreed with The King of France has given 150,000 him, that when their crops were ripe, they franks for the Zodiack of Denderah. The should retain the upper part and the devil civil list is charged with one half of the should have the lower : they sowed all their price.
lands with wheat, and the devil of course
had nothing but the straw for his share. P-, a picture-dealer, met S Next year the old gentleman, fully deter in the street one day, and the following mined not to be again so bamboozled, stipe conversation ensued : -S. You look deplor- lated that the upper part should belong to ably sad, what is the matter with you ?- him and the lower to the Karpians : but P. Oh, I am the unluckiest dog alive ; i am then they sowed all their grounds with almost ruined ; I have lost fifty pounds beet, turnips, and other esculent 1oots, and this morning.-S. How, how man,
so the devil got nothing but the greca top knew you bad so much 1o lose?--P. Oh, it for his portion.
A HEAVY LOSS.
Meteoric Iron.-Dr. William Zimmerman, land ; here was but little cost besides the Professor of Chemistry, in the University of carting ; little labour in filling, (a pump beGiessen, has discovered that all the aqueous ing used,) no spreading or beating, nor any atmospherical precipitates and deposits, incumbrance upon the soil. Twenty carts (dew, snow, rain, and hail,) during that pe. of this water on an acre, beginning in May, riod, contained meteoric iron, which was were found of signal service to the hay usually combined, in the same manner as crop; and equally beneficial to the afterin meteoric stones, with nickel. Almost all math in a dry season. the rains contained common salt, and a Weaver's Reeds.-A gentleman of Mannew organic substance composed of hydro- chester has taken out a patent for a very gen, oxygen, and carbon, which the discov. ingenious machine for making weaverso erer has called Pyrine. In the same man. reeds, of either steel or brass. It puts in ner the rain water was found, on several and finishcs no less than 160 dents per occasions, indubitably to contain various minute, and the workmanship is greatly kinds of earths. The rains in February superior to any thing of the kind done by and March particularly abounded in these hand, particularly in fine reeds, for every ingredients, which are found also in the part is mathematically true; added to which meteoric stones. From contemporary ob- there is a considerable reduction of price. servations made on various eminences, The patentee is now erecting a large manuDiensberg, the Castle of Gleiberg, a tower factory. His invention is highly approved of the barracks at Giessen, &c. various of, especially by the silk-weavers. other results were obtained, several of which Spinning and Wearing. In the year are in favour of the opinion, that the stony 1745, Mary Powlis, of East Dereham, in meteoric masses are of telluric and not of Norfolk, spun a pound of wool into a thread cosmic origin.
of 84,400 yards in length, wanting only 80 Croup. - Dr. Reddelin, of Wisinar, has yards of 48 English miles ; a circumstance communicated to the Royal Society of Got- which was considered so great a curiosity tingen, through Professor Blumenbach, the at the time, as to obtain for itself a situation following successful treatment of Croup, upon the records of the Royal Society. after the usual reinedies had been tried Since that period, Miss Ives, of Norwich, without effect :- The patient was a female, spun a pound of wool (combed) into a aged 19, who, on the third day after being thread of 168,000 yards; which wonderful seized with the croup, was unable to swal success in the art of spinning wool, induced low, had begun to rattle in the throat, and her to try her exquisite talent upon cotton, seemed approaching rapidly her dissolution. when, out of a pound of that material, she Dr. Reddelin insinuated, by means of a produced a thread that measured the astonquill, a mixture of Spanish snuff and ma
ishing length of 203,000 yards, equal to rocco into her nostrils; and after repeating 115 1-4 English miles and 160 yards. The this mixture a second time, it excited sneez- last-mentioned thread, woven into cloth, ing and vomiting : this occasioned the dise would (allowing 200 inches of it in warp charge of two long membranous cylinders and weit to a square inch of the manufacfrom the trachea (windpipe,) upon which tured article,) give the fair artisan 28 3-4 the rattling immediately ceased, and the yards, nearly, of yard-wide cloth, out of her patient was rescued from instantaneous poand of cotton !—25 1-4 lbs. of cotton, suffocation. One of the tubes, when slit spun in that mander, would reach round open, measured nine French lines in breadth; the Equator." they were quite white, and bore a strong ex. tension without injury to their fibrous tex. ture.
New Turorks. On Liquid Manure.-In the Bath Agricultural Papers, vol. i. page 172, is related
Miss Anna Maria Porter has a new novel an interesting experiment on the subject of in a state of considerable forwardness, enliquid manure; which is certainly too much titled, “ Roche Blanc ; or the Hunter of neglected in this country. A Norfolk gen the Pyrendees.” tleman, who rather by compulsion used
NEW NOVELS, &c. some putrid water in his garden, found it Scenes in England, for the Amusement so beneficial that he tried some experiments and Instruction of little Tarry-at-Home with it compared with clean water, in a Travellers. meadow; the result determined him to in Tales of a Tourist, containing the Outlaw crease his supply of putrid water, which he and Fashionable Connexions. did by enlarging the reservoir, and conduct The Woman of Genius. By the Author ing into it hollow drains from his stables, of the Bachelor and Married Man.: 2 vls. ox-stalls, kitchen, &c.; besides which he or The Nunn of Arouca, a tale. dered vegetable refuse from the garden to Arthur Monteith, a Moral Tale. By Mrs. be thrown into it, and emptied the privy Blackford. into it once a year. From all these re Julia Severa; or the Year Four Hundred sources he obtained a large quantity, which and Ninety-two. From thie French of D. was used with a water-cart, having a trough Sismondi. 2 vols. behind as for watering roads ; and this Dangerous Errors ; a tale. mode of manuring was found greatly prefer
Edneston's Sacred Lyrics. vol. 3. able to the common one for hay and pasture Legends of Scoiland. First Series ; con
taining Fair Helen of Kirkonnel, and Ros. ing, are every where visible. In the ** Dilin Castle. By Roland M'Chronicle. 2 vls. vided Lovers," and the “ Partial Mother,"
The Curfew; or the Grave of the last the peculiar beauties, as well as the defects, Saxon By the Rev. William Lisle Bowles, of her style of writing, are perhaps best Author of the “ Missionary," &c.
shewn. The latter consist in too great a Tales of the Manor, by Mrs. HOFLAND, degree of minuteness and study of detail, fully support the character already acquired by which she sometimes attempts to render by this lady, for real powers of fancy, sim- common place incidents and characters of plicity, and truth. There is a pleasing and more interest and importance than her subundeviating moral principle that actuates ject will well admit. lo some of her stories, every thing she writes, extremely applicable she appears to approach nearer the genius to all the varieties, and the several profes- of Mrs. Inchbald, and one or two of the sions of life. Out of the simplest materials, earliest of Mrs. Opie's works, than any lir. and characters of ordinary and every-day ing novelist we know. We think there is occurrence, very interesting and pathetic less sentiment, and more good sense and narratives are introduced. From her earli- cleverness, than in some of the works of est stories, the touching description of the these latter ladies, without, however, dis* Son of a Genius," up to the “ Tales of the playing the powers of a Mrs. Brunton, or Priory," and the more complete and volum. Hannah More, or the knowledge of charae. inous work before us, the same qualities of ter possessed by Mrs. Opie or Miss Edgenatural pathos, and correct taste and feel worth.
But know the hour may come, ingrate,
When thou shalt mourn that thus we part ! To thee I its source need not tell ;
For he who now controuls thy fate, Thou know'st at the dawn of to-morrow,
May leave thee to a breaking heart; I bid to this valley farewell.
Then I shall seem a friendly lamp, Yet I vever can utter adicu,
That did thy wandering footsteps guide ; To speak it would torture my heart ; But he a dark and treacherous swamp, For though I the moment shall rue,
That led thee to destruction's tide : I fear thou art glad I depart.
And thou wilt mourn, 'twas ours to sever: Yet sure—thou wilt miss the devotion, And part, deluded girl, for ever! With which I adore at thy shrine ;
3. The blushes, the sighs, the emotions, Yet, such is true affection's zeal,
Which tell thee how much I am thine That should this fatal time arrive, The looks which long dwell on each charm, And I the pangs which now I feel Still following wherever thou art;
With languid, joyless heart survive ; And the zeal to protect thee from harm!
Then wbile forsaken, sorrow-worn, Then wherefore be glad to depart ?
Thou feel'st the pangs 'tis thine to give,
Oh! seek me where I rove forlorn, Should he be repaid with deriding, And I'll to soothe and cheer thee, live : Who only in life can now see
Thy friend I'll be-thy lover never, The dwelling, where thou art abiding,
But when we meet, we meet for ever! The door that admits him to thee ?
AMELIA OPIE. But wilt thou no pity bestow ?
Yes-tears in those speaking eyes start ! Thou owo'st thou art sorry I go;
SONNET ON A ROASTED PIG,
Thou wert this morning as a lily fair,
When I peep'd at thee thro' the pantry's
But basting, and the fire's excessive glare, SONG.
Have made thee quite a quadrupedian 1.
Creole. Aud are those hours for ever gone,
Still art thou lovely,and an epicure So dear to memory, love, and thee; Would now prefer that eyeless face of thine When thou could'st live for me alone, To woman's, tho’array'd in smiles divine :And I was all the world to thee?
Would deem thy od'rous fragrance much Then swiftly few each circling hour,
more pure And winter seem'd like suminer bright; Than beauty's sweetest breathings :-would For though the seasons' clouds might lower,
recal I gaz'd on thee, and all was light
The many tempting charms with which But now thy falsehood bids us sever,
thou'rt !drest; And we must part-nay, part for ever, Thy well turn'd neck, plump form and jut
ting breast, • Set to an Irish air by Westley Doyle, Esq. And fondly see that grease was in the fu all.
BOSTON, SEPTEMBER 15, 1822.
(English Magazines, July.)
TRADITIONAL TALES OF THE ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH PEASANTRY.
BY ALLAN CUNNINGHAM.
THESE volumes can hardly as yet be and possessed that devotional Scottish
said to have issued from the press, melody of expression which gives so though we thus early report them to much antique richness and grace to the public. On their author we need speech. offer nu remarks, as we had so recently 6 • When woman is young,' said she, an opportunity of mentioning him with with a sigh, but not of regret, she loves just applause in our review of Sir Mar- to walk in the crowded streets, and maduke Maxwell. His talents have near the dwellings of men—when she since received a higher meed from the becomes wiser, has seen the vanities, pen of the author of Waverley, with and drunk of the miseries and woes of whom we cordially agree that Allan life, she chooses her walk in more Cunningham is “a credit to Caledo- lonely places, and seeking converse nia ;” and that is no mean praise, with her own spirit, shuns the joy and when we look on the brightness of her the mirth of the world. When sorrow, literary galaxy.
which misses few, had found me out, The tales are sixteen in number, and and made me a mat bird, I once founded on historical events, such as walked out to the margin of that beauthe Rebellion, &c. on popular supersti- tiful sheet of water, the Ladye's Lowe. tions, and on national feelings and It was the heart of summer; the hills manners. We select one of the Pre- in which the lake lay embosomed were ter natural cast, which possesses the bright and green ; sheep were scatterfurther excellence of also developing ed upon their summits; while the very pathetically the Natural : it is grassy sward, descending to the quiet called The Mother's Dream, and like pure water, gave it so much of its own all the others, neatly and characteristi- vernal hue, that the eye could not alcally prefaced.
ways distinguish where the land and "Were the mother's dream a tradi- lake met. Its long green water flags, tionary fiction, and its predictions un- and broad lilies, which lay so flat and fulfilled, gladness would be diffused so white along the surface, were unround many hearts, and the tears wiped moved, save by the course of a pair of away from many matron's cheeks. " It wild swans, which for many years had was related to me by a Dumfrieshire grazed on the grassy margin, or found lady; her voice was slow and gentle, food in the bottom of the lake.
57 ATHENEUM VOL. 11.
. This pastoral quietness pertained every remarkable place, say that once more to modern than to ancient times. a year the castle arises at midnight When the summer heat was high, and from the lake, with lights, not like the the waters of the lake low, the remains lights of this world, streaming frodi of a broken but narrow causeway, com- loophole and turret, while on the sumposed of square stones, indented in a mit, like a banner spread, stands a laframe-work of massy oak, mighit still dy clad in white, holding her hands to be traced, starting from a little bay on heaven, and shrieking. This vision is the northern side, and diving directly said to precede by a night or two, the towards the centre of the lake. Trä- annual destruction of some person by dition, in pursuing the histors of the the waters of the lake. The influence causeway, supplied the lake with an of this superstition has made the island, the island with a tower, and the Ladye's Lowe a solitary and a desotower with narratives of perils, and late place, has preserved its fish, which bloodshed, and chivalry, and love. are both delicious and numerous, from These fireside traditions, varying ac- the fisher's net and hook, and its wild cording to the fancy of the peasantry, swans from the gun of the fowler. all concluded in a story too wild for or- The peasantry seldom seek the solidinary beliet. A battle is invariably tude of its beautiful banks, and avoid described by some grey-headed narra. bathing in its waters; and when the tor, fought on the southern side of the winter gives its bosom to the curler or lahe, and sufficiently perilous and the skater, old men look grave and say, bloody. A lady's voice is heard, and “The Ladye’s Lowe will have its yeara lady's form is seen, among the arm- ly victim ; and its yearly victim, traed men, in the middle of the fight. dition tells us it has had ever since the She is described as borne off towards sinking of the tower. the causeway by the lord of the tower, “I had reached the margin of the while the margin of the water is strew- lake, and sat looking on its wide pure ed with dead or dying men. She sees expanse of water. Here and there the her father, her brother, fall in her de- remains of an old tree, or a stunted fence ; her lover, to whom she had hawthorn, broke and beautified the been betrothed, and from whom she winding line of its border ; while cattle, bad been torn, die by her side ; and the coming to drink and gaze at their shaddeep and lasting curse which she de- ows, took away from the awe and solnounced against her ravisher, and the itude of the place. As my eye pursued tower, and the lake which gave him the sinuous outline of the lake, it was shelter, is not forgotten, but it is too arrested by the appearance of a form, awtul io mingle with the stories of a which seemed that of a human being, grave and a devout people. That stretched motionless on the margin. night, it is said a voice was beard as of I rose, and on going nearer, I saw it a spirit running round and round the was a man ; the face cast upon the lake, and pronouncing a curse against earth, and the hands spread. I thought it ; the waiers became agitated, and a death had been there; and while I was shriek was heard at midnight. In the waving my hand for a shepherd, who morning the castle of the Ladye's sat on the hill-side to approach and as.. Lowe was sunk, and the waters of the sist me, I heard a groan, and a low and lake slept seven fathoms deep over the melancholy cry; and presently he copestone.
started up, and seating himself on an • They who attach credence to this old tree-root, rested a cheek on the wild legend, are willing to support it palm of either hand, and gazed intently by much curious testimony." They on the lake. He was a young man ; tell that, when the waters are pure in and the remains of health and beauty summer time, or when the winter's ice were still about him ; but his locks, lies clear beneath the foot of the curler, once curling and long, which maidens the walls of the tower are distinctly loved to look at, were now matted, and seen without a stone displaced ; while wild, and withered ; his cheeks were those who connect tales of wonder with hollow and pale, and his eyes, once the