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* an object of interest, and that the tra- Whose blacken'd slopes with deep ravines veller may be able to recognize the sub
entrench’d, [nings quench'd, stances that compose the ground on which Their thunders silenc'd, and their lighthe treads. Mineralogy may be contem- Still the slow heat of spent eruptions plated in two points of view : we may breathe, [wombs beneath. consider it as closely connected with the While embryo earthquakes swell their more common affairs of life, and conse. Hark! from yon cauldron care, the quently inviting us to pursue it from its
battle sound utility; or by affording to us continual Of fire and water warring under ground; examples of mathematical regularity, and Rack'd on the wheels of an ebullient tide, of the undeviating order of Nature, it may, Here might some spirit, fall'n from bliss, like Astronomy, accustom the student to abide, sublime speculations, and thus become Such fitful wailings of intense despair, the means of enlarging and dignifying the Such emanating splendours fill the air, faculties of bis understanding. Rare spe- -He comes, he comes; the infuriate cimens are by po means necessary to ob
Geyser springs tain a competent knowledge of Minerals. Up to the firmament on vapoury wings ; A careful perusal of a small and select With breathless awe the mounting glory collection, will benefit the student more
[sue. than many hundreds expended in mere White whirling clouds his steep ascent pur. rarities, though such are, indeed, bene- But lo! a glimpse ;-refulgent to the gate, ficial to the private or public dealer, who He starts all naked through his riven veit ; may artfully introduce them to the opu- A fountain-column, terrible and bright, lent amateur! The Author, well aware A living, breathing, moving form of light; of defects, solicits the assistance of the From central earth to heaven's meridian better informed Mineralogist, and will feel
throne, himself greatly obliged by any useful The mighty apparition towers alone, communication on this subject. He is Rising, as though for ever he could rise, aware of the difficulties which attend any Storm and resume bis palace in the skies. one who endeavours, to simplify what is All foam, and turbulence, and wrath becomplicated, or to disentangle what is
low, perplexed in any science : confessing his Around him beams the reconciling bow; little pretensions to theoretical knowledge, Signal of peace, whose radiant girdle binds, he undertakes the present labour with Till Nature's doom, the waters and the great diffidence, being conscious of the
winds; excellent and learned elementary treatises While mist and spray, condens'd to sud. from which he has received instruction
den dews, and delight. The present little work is The air illumine with celestial hues, intended as a guide to more comprehen- As if the bounteous sun were raining down sive publications, and the author will The richest gems of his imperial crown: think himself amply remunerated, if it In vain the spirit wrestles to break free, should become instrumental in promoting Poot-bound to fathomless captivity; the interest of the science."
A power unseen, by sympathetic spell
For ever working,--to his Ainty cell 20. Greenlaud, and other Poems. By
Recals him from the ramparts of the James Montgomery. 8vo. pp. 250.
spheres ; Longman and Co.
He yields, collap:es, lessens, disappears ;
Darkness receives him in her vague abyss, GREENLAND, which comprises Around whose verge light froth and bubo the greater part of the Volume, is a bles hiss, Poem entirely of a religious charac- While the low murmurs of the refuent ter; the story is founded upon the
tide settlement made by the Christian Mis
Far into subterranean silence glide, sionaries in the country which gives The eye still gazing down the dread pro
found, its title to the poem. The natural
(sound. peculiarities of ibat remote and sin.
When the bent ear hath wholly lost the
--But is he slain and sepulchred?.-Again gular region give opportunity for
The deathless giant sallies from his den, much pew and beautiful description. Scales with recreated strengıh the ethereal of this, the following comprehensive walls, and vivid sketch of Greenland itseif Siruggles afresh for liberty,--and falls. affords a fine example:
Yes, and for liberty the fight renew'd,
By day, by night, uodaunted, unsubdued, « Par off, amidst the placid sunshine,
He shall maintain, till Iceland's solid base glow
[snow, Pail, and the mountains vanish from its Mountains with hearts of fire and crests of
face." Genr. Mag. August, 1819.
Some interesting episodes are woven He cries, and clasps his Bible to his breast, ioto the principal fable with great
• Let the earth perish,-here is not my
rest *.'» skill; the story of a whole people lost by the accumulation of ice seems
The following reflection will show a bold attempt at a competition with that Mr. Montgomery's power of mothe greatest of living poets.
ral description is not excelled by his The opening of the first Canto pre- talent for painting the exteroal apsepts a painting of great beauty and
pearances of Nature: povelty, upon a subject which has
" Thus, while the Brethren far in exile given occasion, perhaps, to as many
roam, efforts at descriptive embellishment Visions of Greenland shew their future
[home. as any other.
-Now a dark speck, but brighting as it “ The moon is watching in the sky; the
A vagrant sea-fowl glads their eager eyes : Are swiftly wheeling on their golden cars ; How lovely, from the narrow deck to see Ocean, outstreicht wiih infinite expanse,
The meanest link of Nature's family, Serenely slumbers in a glorious trance ;
Which makes us feel, in dreariest solitude, The tide, o'er which no troubling spirits Affinity with all that breathe renew'd; breathe,
At once a thousand kind emotions start, Reflects a cloudless firinament beneath; And the blood warms and mantles round Where, pois'd as in the centre of a sphere,
the heart !"
Parliamentary Letters, and other
THESE Letters, from an electioneer.
are familiar and amusing. They beAnd leaves behind a rippling wake of gin thus: At the conclusion of this Canto,
“ My dear cousin Edward, I know you
will stare, after defending the absurdities of Ido.
[me his heir ! latry and Superstition, the Poet adds, In his will he has left ine his mansion and
When you hear that my uncle has made “ The Runic Bard to nobler themes shall
(woods ; string
[sing: His household appendages, acres, and His antient harp, and mightier triumphs
And I mean, as I'm greatly enrich'd by Por glorious days are risen on Iceland:
To sit down in splendour, and stand for
of his qualifications he speaks mo-
[great; Though briefly Spring, and Aurumu never, My scholastic attainments are not very smile,
The village churchwarden (an honour'd
Was superintendant of my education;
[accounts; rents drown his cot,
(lot To spelling, and reading, and casting Volcanoes waste his fields, he peasant's And I'm in no danger, it must be confess'd, Is blest beyond the destiny of kings: Of eclipsing the talents my tutor pos. -Lifting his eyes above sublunar things,
sess'd; Like dying Stephen, when he saw in prayer Now I've lately been frighten'd with stories Heaven open'd, and his Saviour beckoning concerning
Some Members of Parliament noted for
* One of the finest specimens of Icelandic poetry extant is said to be the “Ode to the British and Foreign Bible Society," composed by the Rev. John Thorlakson, of Bægisá, the translator of Milton's “ Paradise Lost” into his native tongue. Of this Ode there is a Latin translation by the learned Iceland Professor, Finn Magnusson. A spirited English version has also appeared. Thorlakson is a venerable old man, and bolds church preferment to the amount of six pounds five shillings per annum, out of which he allows a stipend to a curate. See our Part 1. p. 464.
They tell me that gentlemeu sometimes the pert flippancy of baberdashers' arise
shopmen; they collect shreds and remExtremely sarcastic,-unpleasantly wise ; panis of kpowiedge, wbich they puff Who speak very much to the purpose, 'tis vff with a smile of the most perfect said,
complacency; and if they obtain en. And quo'e from all languages, living and
couragement, they will try to sport If one, thus enlightea'd by college and schools,
with a commodity which they mis
take for wit. What could induce Were to measure my speeches by critical Or to treat my remarks in a scholar-like
Miss Pluntre to enlist into this class way,
of bookmakers ? Did she conceive O! how should I answer? or what should that any tissue would serve for a ReFor even suppose I'd the volumes to quote; sidence in Ireland, or that from her - Ye guds! what a trouble to learn them any thing would be acceptable ? by rote !!"
Sierne was vain enough to suppose His friend in return, gives him
that his readers would tolerate what. some sound advice, intermixed with
ever flowed from his pen ; and perjocularity; and, inter alia, says,
haps Miss P. was of opinion, that if
she tried sometimes to be pompous, - Let not expensive dinners give you pain
and other times to be facetious, she This is a tax which greatness must sus
should ingratiate herself with the Your voters have no interested views, multitude, and even impose on the But turile feasts 't were madvess to refuse; Critick. And their huge appetites a proof will give In the writer's serious accounts and In this they need no representalive. remarks, however, we find much to Besides, when moital men og business applaud; and though she be generally meet,
desultory, and frequently incorrect, Without a dinner all seems incomplete : her pen is guided by humanity, and by At JUSTICE MEETINGS, where grave sages
a desire of promoting the improvesit
ment of the country which she at. Arranging roads or rates, as they thick fit;
tempts to describe. Impressed with At PARISH MEETINGS, where in loog debale Churchwarideos frown in enviable state ;
the conviction that the people of IreAt CORPORATION MEETINGS, where 'ris just
land bave laboured under the foulest Paving and lighảing should be well dis- impulations and aspersivos, she laud. cuss'd ;
ably exerts herself to render them At QUARTER DAY, when lawyers are intent justice, and notices their defects in Collecting in due forın a client's rent; order to advance the important obIn fact, whate'er is done by saint or sinner, ject of their amelioration. Nothing will prosper if there's not a dinner."
In the summer of 1814, Miss From the minor Poems, we take Plumtre was led, from a combination one short extract :
of circumstances, to visit Dublin and “ Dear Laura ! when you were a flirting the North of Ireland, in company young miss,
wilh two friends. Liverpool was the And I was your dutiful swain,
place fixed on for embarkation ; but Your smiles could exalt to the summit of the party were, by the persuasion of bliss,
a friend, iuduced to alter their plan, Your frowns could o'erwhelm me with pain, and they chose Bristol as the most Your were dear to me, then, love, but uow
eligible spot to take shipping, and, by you're my wife, It is strange the fond tie should be nearer;
adopting this latter resolution, Miss Yet when I am paying your debts, on my ing Bath, of which she bas given an
Pluintre had an opportunity of visitlife You seem to get dearer and dearer.” interesting description ; but that cele.
brated city is too well known to need 22. Narrative of a Residence in Ireland ang police bere. After a short stay
during the Summer of 1814, and that of at Bristol, during which she collected 1815. By Anne Plumire, Author of many interesting mineralogical speci" A Residence in France,” &c. Illus. mens, she set off for Liverpool, actrated with numerous Engravings of re. cording to her origioal intention, and markable Scenery. 410. Colburn.
arrived there on the 14th of July, CERTAIN travellers may be com- about eight in the morning, and on pared to literary haberdashers, or the following day embarked, having dealers in small wares; and in serv- joined company with two officers going their customers they have often ing to Ireland ; tbe voyage was le
dious and disagreeable. Ireland is up entirely with the dark old Irish oak, entered by the Bay of Dublin, which which gives it a truly dignified and vehas been often compared to that of
nerable appearance. A gallery with a
balustrade of the same oak runs round it, Naples. The scene is thus described:
which is decorated with a profusion of '"Dublin bay is six Irish miles in breadth
busts ; down on one side are those of ceat its mouth, measuring from the Hill of lebrated characters of antiquity. Along Howth, the Northernmost point, to Dalkey the other side are modern characters. Island, the most southern, and seven in This room contains about forly thousand depth from the entrance to the mouth of volumes the best works in all branches the Liffey. The inner part, called the of literature. At the upper end, it is Harbour, is divided off by a stupendous crossed by a smaller room, the two making stone pier, which stretches altogether together the form of a T, where is now, three miles from the shore, beginning at deposited the celebrated Fagel Library the village of Ringsend upon the bay, from Amsterdam. This Library was The former part, from Ringsend to the among those brought over to England at Pigeon-House, was begun in 1748, and
the Revolution in Holland, when the Stadtfinished in less than seven years; the re- holderian government was overthrown. maining mile and quarter from the Pigeon. It was offered for sale to both the English House to the Lighthouse, was begun about Universities, at the price of fourteen thouthe year 1760, and was completed in eight sand pounds, but the purchase was deyears. The Lighthouse, by which it is
clined by both as too expensive; it was terminated, and which stands nearly in then proposed to the University of Dubthe centre of the bay, is a circular stone lin, and at first declined by them on the building rising eighty feet above jhe pier,
same grounds. and one hundred above low water-mark.
“ But very soon after a discovery was A gallery with an iron balustrade, encircles
made of a large sum of money due to che it on the outside, about half way up, the College, till then unknown to them, and ascent to which is by a narrow steep wind- it was agreed to appropriate this sort of ing stone staircase, also on the outside.
deodand to a purchase which had not From this gallery is the best poiut for been declined without great reluctance taking a survey over the bay and the fine
and regret. Buonaparte was then at the country round it. In order to obviate the
head of the French Government, and had objection to the scanty foundation on which just about the same time sent over a comthis structure was of necessity to be raised, mision to have the most select works in it is built on empty woulpacks, au idea for this collection purchased for the national which the engineer was indebted to the in.
Library at Paris; but the University of genuity of his wife. The great sand bank Dublin proposing to take the whole, the called the Bar, runs from the end of the bargain was concluded with them for the pier to the North sliore of the bay ; a flag
sum originally proposed. The collection is kept flying upon the top of the Light consists of about twenty Thousand vohouse during the time it may be passed, lumes, among which are a number of very so that a vessel, immediately on entering valuable classical and historical works in the bay, knows the state of the water."
a great variety of languages. There is a The Author, in the third Chapter, brated drawings of the insects of Surinam.
of Madame Marian's celetreats of the origin of the city of this collection was made by three succesDublin and of its name, present extent sive heads of the family of Fagel; the son of the city, the national Bank, the of the last, whom the necessity of the Custom House, the four Courts, Tri.
times compelled to part with it, has visited nity College, the Fagel Library, the Dublio since the books were tranferred Maouscript Room, the College Cha- thither. He expressed himself greatly pel, the Museum, and the new Bo, consoled under the mortification, which tanic Garden. It would be impos
he could not but feel at seeing this monusible for us regularly to altend this
ment of the taste of bis forefathers transrambler to the numerous objects de
ferred to a foreign country, in reflecting scribed in this Chapter, or to notice
that the collection was preserved entire, the multitude of objects on which she
and occupied so conspicuous a station in
so noble a University." descants; we shall deem it sufficient to select the account of the Fagel When the Author visits the CatheLibrary in Trinity College:
dral of St. Patrick's, Dean Swift-be“ The principal room is a very fine one,
comes of course a prominent object. two hundred and seventy feet in length
His epitaph is not copied, but the by forty iu breadth ; a length exceeding melancholy reverse of his brilliant any other single room for the reception of genius is an unavoidable source of rebooks-in the united kingdoms. It is fitted flection with a literary characters, the
line in which bis fate is so feelingly summer residence. Near the centre described,
is a Corinthian column with a phenix “And Swift expires a driveller and a show," rising from the flames at the top.
This was erected in 1747, by Lord occurs not in Pope's works, as is ge. Chesterfield, who was then Lord nerally supposed, but in Johnson's
Lieutenant.” Vanity of Human Wishes." Near
The account of the visit to the Swift's monument is one to Stella, Giant's Causeway is very entertaining, and another erected by the Dean to
and is evidently the best written part Alexander Magee, a faithful servant
of the Volume; it may be observed of his, who died in the year 1722. A bust of the Deao has been put up by able pains have been bestowed upon
that throughout the work, considerof George Faulkner, the Dean's book of which, and in making the drawings of George Faulkner, the Dean's book. geological pursuits, in the prosecution seller, and the publisher of his Works. for the "Narrative," Miss Plumtre
The see of Dublio has two Cathe, acknowledges her obligations to two drals attached to it, St. Patrick's and
An excellent engraving Christ Church. The original foun
gentlemen. dation of the latter is ascribed to the this description. We have only room
of the Giant's Causeway accompanies son of one of the Danish Kings of
for a short extract:Dublin early in the eleventh century, more than a bundred and fifty years
“ The usual description given of the before the foundation of St. Patrick's. Causeway is, that it is a mole projecting It was then a College of regular Ca
from the foot of a towering basaltic rock nons, dedicated to the blessed Trinity,
some way into the sea; so far this descripbut was converted into a Chapter at
tion is very proper; but care should be
taken at the same time to explain that the the Reformation. Neither the Aoti.
mole itself is not towering, that it does quary por the Architect will derive
not in any part rise to a considerable height much information from the Author's
above the water. The tallest pillars are description of these Cathedrals; this in the group called the Giant's Loom, and was a subject evidently out of her none of them exceed thirty-three feet in reach, and disappointment must of 'height. Mr. Hamilton says that the course ensue.
Causeway runs from the foot of the rock Of the Parochial Churches which some hundred feet into the sea ; this is a adorn tbe Irish capital, it appears that
very loose and indefinite mode of descrip
tion. I had heard before I saw it, that it St. Werburgh is the principal; the Lord Lieutenant and the Court used projected three quarters of a mile into
the sea ; estimating it at the utmost posformerly to attend divine service here.
sible extent to which it could be taken, I St. George's is a new-built Church, believe it would be found scarcely to run Over the portico is inscribed,
a sixth part of that length. But the ac. ΔΟΞΑ ΕΝ ΥΨΙΣΤΟΙΣ ΘΕΩ. , counts are so extremely varied, that one St. Andrew's, or the Round Church, thing only is to be inferred, which is, that
no accurate measurement of it has ever is remarkable for its circular form, which, from the Author's descrip- many respects I found very intelligent,
yet been taken. My guide, whom in tion, appears somewhat to resemble seemed wholly at a loss when I questioned the Temple Church in London, but him on this subject. Indeed, in comno very correct idea can be formed puting the length of the Causeway, the of it from this meagre detail. Be- first thing to be determined is the point sides these, there are sixteen other from which the measurement is to comparish churches which are sweepingly mence. The whole length from the foot dismissed with the parting conclusion
of the rock is commonly comprehended in of not being particularly worthy of it; whereas, in fact, the Causeway, pronotice!"
perly so called, commences only at the Dublin also contains sixteen Meet
range of low columns seen in the print to
the right:-hence may very much arise ing-houses for Protestant dissenters, the contradiction in the accounts.” ten Catholic chapels, six friaries, and six nuoneries, but no synagogue for
We shall now extract the Author's the Jews.
highly coloured summary of the Irish In the next Chapter the Phenix character : Park is described as “ extensive, but ,
“ To me it ever appeared that the Irish there is nothing strikingly pretty in are a people uncommonly susceptible of it. Here the Lord Lieutenant has a kindness. I have seen the countenances