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While her dark thoughts with nature's gloom wray means to discover, expose, and is much more delighted with Mr. Her
conspire; derived from a Saxon verb bearing that bert, though he does talk rather sillily of
Awhile she seem'd lo anguish to survey eense: betray, on the contrary, far the numb'd hearl strain'd to meet the shock of The monumental pile that wrapp'd his mouldet from being synonymous, is derived
ing clay. from the French trahir, and is used and of the sleeplessness of Hilda. ; But not to mourn she sought that mansion by Milton and Addison to signify show.
whom the strong desire
lone, In the Bible, and in Shakspeare, the dis Of her lost Hedin gnawed with secret fore.
Or weep unseen upon the drcary stono,
And in her sorrow there was nothing meek; tinct and separate senge of these words There is, we think, exquisite force
Gloomy her eye, and lowering sccm'd to speak is always preserved, and to confound and beauty in the following anticipation A soul by deep and struggling cares distraught; them is a recent corruption of the Eng- of Hilda's horror, when, awaking from
And the bright hectic flush upon her cheek lish tongue.* Hilda ineffectually prays her swoon, she shall find her dearest with haughty high designs and stedfast passion
Told the mind's fever, and the darkling thought to be sacrificed instead of seeing her ties on earth “ dead, father and lover engaged in mortal There is a sense which words can ne'er express, Strange signs upon the tomb her hands did combat. That blunts the sufferings of keen distress;
trace; “ If kirulred feuds require a forfeit life, A raptnre e'en of woe, that drags the mind
Then to strong spells shc did herself address, “ Let Hilda fall, solo cause of civil strifo!
Beyond the sphere of ills it leaves behind; And in slow measure breathed that fatal “ And thou, dread sire, if ever free fronı stain Opes a new heaven with no dark clouds o'er
strain, I sooth'd thee, sang to thee in grief or pain,
Whose awful barmony can wake the slain, “Winning with virgin skill the sprile of woe,
Where the thought roams sublime and uncon. Rive the cold grave, and work the charmer's fined;
will “Let thy proud daughter still small grace regain ! A pride of grief, when earthly hopes are past, Thrice, as she call'd on Hedin, rang the plain;
Thrice echo'd the drcad pame from hill to “Grant her with joy to meet the murderous That mounts above the storm, and soars upon
the blast. blow, “And o'er her cold check hear a parent's bles
Thrice the dark wold sent back the sound, and Nor is her restoration to sense ma sing flow.”
all was still, naged with very inferior skill. The “ still regain" is objectionable,
Then shook the ground as by an earthquake She did not rend with one wild shriek the air,
rent; and " hear a blessing flow,” is rather
Nor gave her soul to frantic vain despair ;
And the deep bowels of the tomb upsent confusedly metaphorical : but the next Nor did her bosom heare one piteous sigh.
A voice, a shriek, a terror; sounds that seem'd stanza is even more liable to censure, Say, was she faithless to lore's hallow'd tie? Likc those wild fancies by a sinner dream'd; the first line for want of euphony, and
Was her heart pangless? or her feelings light? A clang of deadly weapons, and a shout; all the rest for want of meaning.
Could woman's check in such an hour be dry?
With living strength the heaving granite Or the keen anguish of that deadly sight
tcem'd, She ceased; stillness ensurd, as when the deep Pass like a summer dream, and yield to new
Inward convulsion, and a fearful rout, Foretells a storm, and yet the whirlwinds
As if Qends fought with fiends, and hell was sleep. O never yet was sire more fondly loved !
bursting out. Like the sad beam of reason faintly spread
Nor ever heaven's all-judging eye approved And then strange mirth broke frantic on her Round the lorn maninc on his dying bed;
ear, Like the last radiance of the setting sun,
A pair inore closely link'd by nuptial band,
As if the evil one was lurking near ;
While spectres wan, with visage pale and dreadl; In death united, and that beauteous fair,
stark, A gleam, that show'd like hope, though hope Whose placid calmness does her soul com Peep'd ghastly through the curtain of thc dark,
With such dire laugh as Phrensy doth bewray. A dream of life, whea life's frail glass was nearly Still as the lake unmoved by breath of air, It needs a gifted hand, with skill to mark *
And stately as the swan that sails unrufled there. Hilda's proud features, which no dread betray, We can form no notion of what these On her cheek glow'd love's bloom and living Calm amid lonesome deeds and visions of dismay': similies refer to ; whether to Hilda's
Speechless she gazed, us from the yawning
tomb ceasing, or to the ensuing stillness ::
But, not unworthy of her valiant sire, we only feel that they are inapplicable
There was a proud endurance in her eye,
Rose Hedin, clad as when he met his doom.
And in her veins heroic blood throbb'd high. Dark was his brow, his armour little bright, to either,-images without likeness, si Honour's pure beam adorned each gentler
And dim the lustre of his joyless sight; milies of dissimilitude. The trumpet
His habergcon with blood all sprinkled o'er, brays to the fight.
Patience to bear, and fortitude to die.
Portentous traces of that deadly fight. Had the keen sabre smote her lovely face,
His pallid cheek a mournful sadness wore,
Thore have been those, who, longing for the
dead, It throbb'd not, enored not, stiffen'd by despair, sufficiently exalted by the knowledge
Have gazed on vacancy till reason filed;
So calm, so palc, so exquisitely fair,
Had ta’en the airy shape of human kind,
And warning sounds by heaven's high will deThis will not fail to remind readers of last stanza bears a resemblance to that
sign'd: Lord Byron ; but henceforward we are sweet couplet
But this was bodily which met her sight, is conditional in its conditions against him. We O'er their warm checks and rising bosoms more And palpable us once in days of young delight. may also note that most of the errors introduced The bloom of young desire, and purple light of
High throbb'd her heart; the pulse of youth
love. into our language have flowed from authority,
swell'd high; being looked to instead of etymology. Ed. It is however very fine. Hilda's vi Love's ardent lightning kindled in her eye; “Obsolete words may be laudably revived, sit to the grave, and her incantation,
And she has sprung into the arms of death, when they are more sounding or significant than are truly poetical, and worthy of the
Clasp'd his cold limbs, in kisses virunk his those in practice. Dryden.
'The italic letters will indicate what we * Sec Dr. Johnson ; also Haslam on Sound fearful interest of the sulject..
dislike in the foregoing, for reasons it would Mind, reviewed in our last Number.
To thic still grave she bent her fearloss way, be prolix to state.
was none :
118TORICAL VIEW OF HANNOVER.
genius, but of affectation. Let Mr. gant in style as often to employ a foIn one wild trance of rapturous passion blest, And reckless of the hell that yawn'd beneath.
Herbert leave off clerc-ing it, and all reign idiom t; and though guilty of On his dire corslet beats her leaving breast,
such weaknesses ; give the rein in a mixing up more of home comparisons And by her burning mouth his icy lips are manly way to his powerful imagina- than is necessary in foreign travel, it pressid.
tion, and we will be bound for him he has occurred to us that we might exStop, fearless beanty! hope not that the grave will produce works more deserving of tract an account of the kingdom of Will yield its wealthi, which frantic passion the eulogy of his newspaper panegy- Hannover from Mr. Hodgskin's recent
gare! Though spells accursed may rend the solid
rist than either Helga or Hedin. publication, more satisfactory than any earth,
that we are aware of in the possession Ilell's phantoms never wake for joy or nirth!
of the British public, deeply interested as Hope not that love with death's cold hand can [Abridged from Hodgskin's Travels.]
it is in the circumstances of that portion wed,
Though deformed with opinions of the mighty Empire now united under Or draw night's spirits 'to a second birth!
Mark the dire vision of the mound with dread, which we cannot but consider as repre- the sceptre of George the Fourth. Gaze on thy horrid work, and tremble for the hensible both in politics and morals ;
We shall be as brief as possible in dead!
though frequently led astray by the bringing all the important facts togeAll arm'd, behold her vengeful father rise, silly metaphysics of a school, which ther. And loud, “ forbear, dishonour'd bride!” he under the pretence of superior know There is no land properly called Han
cries. With starting sinews from her grasp has ledge, tends to plunge mankind into nover, and this is the only monarchy in Busprung
vices and crimes worse than those of rope whose title is borrowed from the chief The cold wan form, round which her arms savage ignorance *; though so inele- city of its territories. This title was first were slung ; For example, in censuring the punishment
used when Ernest Augustus, the father of Again in panoply of warlike steel They wake those echoes, to which Leyra rung; fends, but which no one of common sense unof child-murder by torture, which no one de- | George I. obtained the dignity of an elector
of the Empire, and it is now applied both Fierce and more fierce each blow they seem
perverted by the lights of a false philosophy to the newly acquired and to the long posto deal,
would condemn for these reasons, he thus, as it sessed Gerinan dominions of his majesty. And smite with ruthless blade the limbs that no seems to us, becomes the apologist for the The history of this part of Germany prior to thing feel.
crime. At present it is no longer doubted, that the above period, mentions the Dukes of Darkling she stands beside the silent grave, society is rather injured than benefitted by a Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, or Lüneburg, or And sees them wield the visionary glaive. number of children being thrown upon it. So the prince of Kalenberg, or the Archbishop What charm has life for her, that can compare far, therefore, as the increase of the society is of Bremen, but the name Hannover was then With the deep thrill of that renew'd despair? concerned, it is not injured by infanticide. used only to designate an almost indepenTo raise the fatal ban, and gaze unseen,
Though an infant be born alive, a few moments dent city, which often refused obedience to As once in hope on all her fondest care!
of misery can give it no connection with the its nominal sovereigns, and never obeyed lo death's own field Jife's trembling joys to
world ; it can have no knowledge of enjoyment; them but on stipulated conditions. glean,
and ifits being be extinguished before it have well And draw love's keen delight from that abhorrcd existed it may be doubted if it suffer any injury. Hannover, (properly so spelt) consists of scene!
How common is the exclamation, that the poor eleven provinecs, viz. Ist. the Archbishop
child was well rid of a troublesome world. Neither rick of Bremen, dukedom of Verden, and The paths of bliss are joyous, and the breast the child, therefore, nor the society, can be said Land Hadeln ; 22. Dukedom of Lüneburg ; Of thougltless youth is easy to be blest. There is a charm in the loved maiden's sign : child is in fact a part of the mother, and might Principality of Kalenburg and county, of
to suffer by the crime of the mother. But the 3d. Counties of Hoya and Diepholz; 4th. There is nieet pleasure in the calm blue sky; be as great a source of enjoyment to her as the Spiegelburg : 5th. Bishoprick of Hildesheim ; When nature smiles around : the mild control faculty of vision To deprive herself of a mooth. Principalities of Göttingen and GrubenOf buoyant fancy bids the pulse throb high ; But when strong passion has engross'd the with doing herself a serious injury. The state
love, and her child of life, is synonymous hagen ; 7th. Bishoprick of Osnabruck ; 8th, soul,
opean State County of Lingen; 9th. Circle of Meppen and All other joys are dead; that passion is its whole. cicty must be reduced before she can bring her: Embsbruhen; 10th. County of Bentheim; The beaming sun' may wake the dewy spring, self to do so foul a deed, gives her a claim to and 11th. Principality of East' Friesland. The flowers may smile, and the blithe green our pity; and it is most cruel to add to her There are 11,045 square geographical miles wood ring;
nuisery, by torturing her to confess what she of territory ; and the population announts Suft music's touch may pour love's sweetest had done herself so much injury to conceal. In- to between 1,300,000 and one million and a lay,
fanticide is a terrible crime, inasmuch as it is a half of souls. Seventy-three cities and above And young hearts kindle in their hour of terrible injury to the unhappy mother who com- 5300 markct towns are scattered over the May:
mits it; but while it is. concealed, it can do the kingdom ; the annual births are from 43,000 But not for Hilda shall life's visions glow; society no injury whatever.
to 45,000; and, owing to the influx of emniOne dark, deep thought must on her bosom Being unknown, it could harc no cft ect as an gration, they have recently exceeded the prey.
example ; and the more perfectly it was con; deaths by nearly one-fourth. “ The eastern Her joys lie buried in the tomb below, cealed, the more exclusively did the whole evil And from night's phantoms pale her deadly belonging to it fall on the anhappy mother. By of a sinall portion of territory which lies on
is the boundary Elbe, with the exception bliss must flow. There still cach eve, as porthern stories tell,
and by making it known, they spread that the eastern side of that river ; West FriezRy that lone mound her spirit wakes the spell; occasion, through a greater number of bosoms. therlands, bounds it on the west : that por
horros which men so naturally feel on such an land, belonging to the king of the NeWhereat those warriors, charrired by the lay, Renew, as if in sport, the deadly fray:
and they inform all those from whom it was tion of Westphalia vyhich belongs to Prussia, Till, when as paler grows the gloom of night, most desirable, sach information should be for and the principality of Lippe-Detmold, lie And faintly 'gius to peer the morning's ray,
ever concealed that it is possible to commit such on the south-west; Hesse Cassel on the The spectre pageant fadeth from the sight,
a crime, and yet escape punishment. An idea south ; Brunswick and Magdeburg, belongAnd vanisheth each form before the eye of light. that they never could have formed, but for the ing to Prussia, on the south-east side.” în
trouble the lawmakers took to discover and inThis spirited and admirable conclu- flict punishment on the crime. In this case it is to the society be the measure of the guilt of that sion would redeem a thousand faults, the law itself, it is the meddling of legislators, action, legislators are, in such cases as this, far far more enormous than those we have fall on the socicty from the conduet of the fe. which in reality causes all the evil which may more guilty than the unhappy mothers.
+ Ex. Gr. “ In Hannover so well as in Engdesignated...faults, we repeat; not of male. And if the evil which any action causes land," &c. &c. a hundred times repeated.
the northern boundary are the mouths of the sidered as the instruments of this police. ral governor. A concordat for these is now rivers Erns, Weser, and Elbe. Sophia, the They communicate frequently with the go- negociating at Rome: but the Catholick mother of George I., obtained for her hus- vernments, both of the provinces and the ge- Church is endowed with little wealth, as the band in 1692, the dignity of an Elector of neral government, which are consequently church possessions have been secularized, the Einpire ; though three of the other elec-well informed of every occurrence.
and the priests are allowed only small salaries tors, and most of the princes of the empire, Each village, again, has what is called a and establishments. The head of this church opposed this grant from the Emperor; and Vorsteher, or Baumeister, who is the organ is the Abbot of Loccum, the independance Ernest Augustus, consequently, nerer enjoy- to expound the will of the superiors to his of whose abbey, was secured by the treaty of cil more than the nominal rank. From 1700, fellow-parishioners, and to forward the re-Westphalia ; he alone remains in the similiwhen Sophia was declared heiress to the Bri- clamations or complaints of the whole parish tude of pristine power. He is elected altertish throne, to 1708, when that elevation to these superiors. He is generally chosen nately by the crown and chapter, and has a became more certain, these obstacles were by the inhabitants yearly; he is a farmer or revenue equal to one of our poorest bisurmounted, and the Elector George, who some other inhabitant of the parish ; he has shopricks. There are 25 secularized relihad succeeded his father in 1698, was fully something to do with the adininistration of gious corporations for both sexes in Hannoinvested with the rights belonging to his title, the church, and of the poor, and, on the ver ; but their funds are extremely limited, and with those of Arch-treasurer. Hannover whole, exercises functions somewhat similar their priors, &c. mere sinecurists, and their at that period comprized only 2120 square to our churchwardens and overseers com- general executive, the Kloster Cammer, apgeographical miles, and about 350,000 in- bined. The provincial governments extend pointed by the Crown. babitants. Lüneberg, thrice as large, and with their authority to every thing-cren to regu The new constitution of this kingdom is twice the number in population, became late the killing of sparrows, the keeping of pi- modelled upon that of Britain. Its repreunited to it in 1705, by the death of the geons, the duties of midwives, the extirpa-sentative system consists of 101 persons, Elector's uncle, Bremen and Verden, were tion of weeds. In short, there is hardly an 48 of whom represent the nobility, 10 the purchased from Denmark for abont 100,000 | action of human beings capable of being clergy, 37 the towns, and 6 the holders of guineas, in 1715 : and Bentheim was also prescribed, respecting which one or other of free property, which has not the privileges acquired by money in 1753. The remainder these governments has not issued directions. of nobility attached to it. Four of the six of these dominions have been obtained by The practice of medicine is subject to police represent the free proprietors of Friezland, the late arrangements in Europe.
regulation. The power of the crown is very one of those of Hoya, and one is sent by the The present government consists of considerable over the magistracy of the inhabitants of the inarsh lands on the Élbe. H. R. H. the Duke of Cambridge, President towns; the clergy generally over all classes 'Those classed as representatives of the Clergy of the Cabinet Ministry, and Governor Ge- of the population eligible to office or employs are elected by the chapters of the secularized neral : the Cabinet Ministers have the title ment.
convents, above mentioned; and the repreency' and have the different de The Protestant chu in Hannover ad-sentatives of the towns are elected by the partments entrusted to thein, with subordi- ministered hy Pastors (parish priests), with magistrates. The parliament is called the nate officers and secretaries. But there is a from 601. to 4001. per annum. Each has a jahen Gesellschaft--the Assenting Society. branch of power to which we have no pa- Cantor (Clerk), and a Kuster (Sacristan). The deputies who live out of the town of rallel; it is called the Kammer, Chamber, The general superintendance lies with a Hannover receive each 138. 4d. per day; and its duty is to manage the whole of the Consistorium, resembling the synods and those who live in that town only 68. 8d. The domains and property belonging to the general assembly in Scotland. Tythes are officers of the assembly have higher allowcrown ; including regalia, certain rights to the property of the crown, of particular ances. Members may resign if they please ; forests, to salt, to metals, to levy tolls, and nobles, or of some corporate body.
otherwise the elections are for life. other privileges, together with rather more An eighth part of the people, principally The
of Hannover consists of about than one sixth of the whole land of the an- in Hildesheim and Osnabruck, are however 13000 regulars, including 4500 cavalry: the cient dominions, without including what did Roman Catholicks. They have a bishop in landwehr is estimated at 18,000 men. The belong to religious bodies, but now under each of these two provinces, besides the former are recruited by voluntary enlistment; the controul of the Monarch. The Duke Prince Bishop, our Duke of York, who, the latter by ballot, as in our militia, but of Cambridge presides over the Kainmer, whether ecclesiastic or layman, is the tempo- with needful modifications. They are exerassisted by one of the Ministers, a vice pre The consistoriums regulate all matters re
cised a month in every year, and only subject sident, and six counsellors, with a great lative to the discipline of the church. They arc to military discipline during that time. A znany Cumaralen, secretaries, writers, &c. the trustees of all the funds which yet belong to force of at least 30,000 men is thus always It is of course, a court of nuch influence it
. They superintend the business of education; available. Punishments are severe, and runthroughout the country. That portion of they very often appoint schoolmasters; they ning the gauntlet still a common infliction. the land which is the property of the crown have the examination of all candidates for cleri. The officers receive their first commission is divided into what are called Amts, each of cal offices; and they lend their aid to the well from the bounty of the sovereign, and rise afwhich in general comprises several parishes. government of the people. They are also esterwards according to seniority. Every one Over the Aint, an amtman, who is a juriscon- clesiastical courts, which decide
in cases of dia must
years at a military school. sult, is placed as magistrate. Land not under the divorce between George I. and his wife some half a million sterling of Domanial income,
The revenues of Hannover consist of about the
government of some Amtman, or of sonie towns, belongs to the nobles, and they exer- Great Britain. They are the judges in all com- and of the produce of seven taxes (viz. on cise the powers of government over it. The plaints made against the morals of the clergy. As land, on things consumed
in towns, on brewamtmen are appointed by the Chamber, and an instance of their power and practice in such ing and distilling, on salt, on stamps, on when they are noblemen, as they sometimes cases the following anecdote may serve: The imported articles, and on income, and perare, they take the title of Landdrost. When wife of a clergyman was delivered of a child sons), estimated at a total of half a million the latter are not themselves learned in the some few months earlier than was consistent with more. The national debt is above three law, they have a jurisconsult, who is then the date of her marriage. The parishioners milions, and the whole expenditure, iucludcalled Amt's assessor, placed under them. complained of their pastor. The affair was ex ing the interest, is not calculated at so much These persons have the power of enforcing amined by the consistorium, and, in spite of his as one half of the
revenue. the orders of governinent in their respective observing that the fault of his wife was not his
The adıninistration of justice is commitmagistrates of our country, but resem- his wife was known, there was some truth, as and a court of appeal. The first mentioned ble justices of the peace more than any well as wit, in the observation of a lady, who, have jurisdiction, in civil suits only, or in
The police of their districts is when this story was told her, said it was a shame both civil and criminal. The inembers are under tlieir controul. They have cer to punish the poor man for what he had not oc- appointed by the proprietors and magistracy taia servants, or Vogts, who may be con- casioned.
in their respective towns. There are seven
superior tribunals called Justice Chanceries, There is no legal provision in Hannover Frances Fairthought. 2 vols. 18mo. each with a jurisdiction over several pro- for the poor. The Vorstehers of the visages, London, 1920. vinces. The chief court of appeal is at Celle and some of the citizens of the towns, call on in Lunebury, and was established in 1713. the inhabitants, generally of a Sunday, for the higher pursuits of the human mind
Our Reviews very often range among It consists of a president, two vice-presi- some little contribution for the relief of the and we hope our learned readers will not dents, and eighteen judges.' The three pre- distressed, which, from the publicity of the think we are descending too low in the sidents, and sis of the judges, are appointed thing, they are under a sort of necessity to by the crown; the other twelve by the States, give,' anl if they do not, the collector is scale, if we introduce to their notice a little so that every province has court, acquainted with its local laws. The collectors bring with thein a book, in which judge in the ordered to notify it to the clergyman. The work produced for the rising generation ;
“ To teach the young idea how to shoot.” salaries are from 2501. to 3011. a-year, ex- the sum given by each person is inscribed, The title of Erenings Abroad would, we clusive of fees. This Court is famous for and they, in sonie cases, receive a sınall re-think, have been better than the double impartiality. There are subordinate courts compence for their labour. The funds so
name given to these tales ; for we have seen of appeal in every county, l»ut this is the last obtained are distributed by the collectors, nothing which for originality, fancy, amuseresort.
by the clergymen, and by the magistrates of ment, and moral instruction, has come so The land of Ilannover is divided amongst the towns, according to the wants of each near the justly prized Erenings at llone. persons who may be conveniently classes person soliciting relief. When this money is When we consider how much the character thus :-The sovereign, the nobles, town and collected, the inhabitants are warned by the of maturity depends on the direction of inreligious corporations, persons ñut nobile. collectors not to give alıns, and they scem to fancy and culture of youth, that One sixth at least, as we have mentioned, expect, that, for what they give on this occa- twig is bent the tree's inclined,” and that belongs to the sovereign, and possibly more sion, they ought never to be tormented by much of the inisery or happiness of life dethan three-sixths may belong to the nobles, beggars.
pends on early impressions, we must feel one-sixth to the corporations, and less than The agriculture of Hannover is represented that it is not beneath the consideration of one-sixth to persons not noble. That which as in a good state. Meat costs from two the most grave, what books should be put belongs to the sovereign is again divided in pence halfpenny to four pence per pound. into the hands of children ; and grant that generul into large portions, which have heat or rye between four and five shillings the writer who creates a valuable article in once been nolile or ecclesiastical properties, the bushel ; barley three shillinys, oats one this class, is worthy of a page in the foreand are now let by the crown in their en- and nine pence, potatoes nine pence. The most records of philanthropy and literature. tire state. They may contain from 500 to wages of men froin sixpence to eightpence; Without apology, therefore, we not only 3000 acres, or in the unfruitful provinces of women from fourpence to sixpence. A devote a portion of the Literary Gazette to even more, with rights of pasturage over considerable quantity of grain is exported, the recommendation of The Neighbourhood Jurge districts, and in some cases, with a especially from l'riezland. There is one in- to parents and instructors of youth, but seright to the services of the peasants. The teresting custom connected with the hus- lect one of the tales, as an example of the tithes also are sonetimes united to them. bandry of this part of the world.
ability with which the whole are contrived. They are let to the amtien, to in:dividuals, The first corn of every harvest which en It was one fine suminer's morning, as or to noblemen filling the office of aitmen :ters any town is usually conducted in tri- puss and her kitten were basking in the sunbut it is always considered as a favour to umph. The waggon which carries it is de- shine, the old cat thought it a good opporhave them, and they are let only to those corated with flowers, the people go out to tunity to give her young one a word of adpersons whom the government wishes to meet it, and they accompany it iuto the town rice, as she was about to leave her protection, gratify or reward. in a gay and joyous manner.
and must soon shift for herself Desiring There arc 644 noble properties in the The manufactures are not in so prosper-her, therefore, to leave off playing with her kingdom, several of which are united in the fous a state. There is not a steam engine in tail
, and listen attentively, she thus began : hands of one person; bat there is no one the kingdom ; and few modern improvements
"You are of an age, my dear Tibby, to nobleman whose incomnc amounts to more in inachinery have yet found their way to understand that what I am going to tell you than 30,000 Thalers, or 50001. per year. Hamover. The arts, we may also notice, arc is for your own good : and, if you are not as Counts Hardenberg and Platen are amongst also in their infancy: there is not one sculp- foolish as men and women, you may profit the most opulent of the nobility.
tor of any eminence, nor a single gallery of by the experience of another. Rents are from 7*. to 128. per acre, and good pictures or statues in the kingilom. The
“ I will tell you my history, which may the occupiers of small portions of land are only painter of the least reputation, is a serve you as a lesson through life. But, dividert into meyers (guin subdivided into Mr. Ramberg, who was educated in England, before I begin, I must say something upon half meyers, or quarter meyers, according and who has so singular a taste that he never your conduct at present.' You are at this to the size of their farins), and Leibeige- could paint a female with the slightest cha- moment biting and destroying the buds of ners, which strictly speaking means' a per- racteristic of modesty. Literature does not that carnation, as fast as you can : and I son who owns his own body, and nothing stand on a high eminence.
assure you that nothing will sooner turn you more. The meyer pays the landlord a'ycarly
We have only further to ad), that educa- out of a place, than doing mischief in the sum, or quantity of produce; and also å tion is general. From the age of six to garden.” certain suin when from death or transfer the fourteen all children are taught, and parents
Just at this instant Tibby, whose attention proprietary is changed. The landlord can- are punished if they fail to send their off was dirided between her mother's sage not alter these conditions, except the heir is spring to the schools provided for their in-counsel, and a gaudy butterfly, made a an idiot, or the rent for the renewal of the struction. Government contributes largely sudden spring; and, though she did not lease has not been paid. The conditions by to this beneficial plan. Music is much cul- sueceed in catching it, she unluckily snapped which the leibcigener holds his land are also tivated, and besides realing, writing, and the stalk of a beautiful tulip which grew fixed, they are not the arbitrary will of his arithmetic, the lowest orders can usually close by. The old çat fiirted her tail in lord, and it descends with these to his chil- play on some instrument.
great anger. “I see how it is,” cried sbe, dren; but they are coulitions of service so The character of the population is calm,
"all my cautions will be thrown away, the onerous, that they reduce him almost to sla- solid, and good; their morals apparent- vain pleasures of the world are alike pursued very: He is obliged to cultivate the land of ly not very strict; but they are loyal, obe- by men and cats. That tulip which you luis lord a certain number of days in the year, dient, social, contented, and happy.
have so carelessly crushed, was planted by to neglect his own harrest while he is car
our young mistress, to whose kindness it is Pying in that of his lord, to employ his
owing that I ever came into this family." lors's to bring home liz lord's wood, to The Neighbourhood ; or Evenings Abroad:
Indeed, mother,” said the kitten, “I silpply his lord svith coach-horses when be being Original Tales, Nurrutires, and am very sorry for what has happened, but deinands them; in short, 10 do him all Fables, &c. Edited and arranged by I promise you I will be more steady in future ; 'sorts of feudal scrvices,
and if you will but go on with what you early, refreshed indeed by sleep, but as hun- | came in, and, seeing what had happened, were saying, I will sit so still that if even a gry as ever. Oh! how I thought of the began to scold the girl, the girl to explain mouse were to run across the path, I would mice that used to run about the stable, and the cause; and, in the midst of this clatter, not stir."
which, at that time, I was too idle to care I contrived to make my escape. I ran a “ That, Tibhy,” replied her mother, "is for, or catch. I once more though: of reach- great way without stopping, but, finding no more than I require, and, indeed, I am ing my home, supposing that if I went on, one in pursuit, I slackened my pace. It was sorry to say, you are by no means so eager I must arrive there at last; when after tra- not long before another door presented itself, in quest of mice as I could wish to see you. velling a great way, I came to a wool, and, towards which I crept. I liad not waited Yesterday afternoon, when, for the first time peeping about among the trees, lai the long when an old woman came out, and, in your life, you caught one, and I was watch- good luck to find a dead bird. This was an sceing me, did not express any thing discouing for you in the parlour, hoping, with a unexpected prize. I growled over it for raginy. *Well, piss,' said' she, who do mother's pride, to see you enter with it in some time, to deter any one who might be you belong to?" I looked at her, as much your mouth, and shew the family you could so daring as to attempt taking it from me; as to say, "to you, if you please. The old be useful, when, after waiting a considerable I have since found this to be a very foolish woman put out her hand and stroked me ; time, I went to seek you, I found you peep- notion, having very often lost a tit-bit by the this I took for a good omen, and, being of a ing about under a gooseberry-bush, and you very means I took to secure it. To return, free disposition, I entered, and seating inyasked me if I had seen any thing of it. This having satisfied my hunger, I was in high self by the fire, began washing my face, morning, again, when I left you with a strict spirits, and again began to frolick about; hoping I liad at last found a home. charge not to leave the hole at the pantry- soon after which I discovered a nest of field ** When the old woman had finished her door, till you had sccured a inouse; on my mice; my heart beat with the fear of their meal, she gave me a little milk and water, return you had left your post, and was try- escaping ine, but I was fortunate enough to which, though very poor, I was very thanking, with all your night, to get your four secure a fine one ; so I now thought myself ful for, and resolved to beharc well in this feet upon a ball, which, if it were possible, | quite independent, and, as there seemed no place, if I was perinitted to stay. is certainly of no usc.
chance of finding my home again, I resolveu Presently my inistress put on her bonnet The kitien now settled herself into an at- to make myself as happy as I could. Neces- to go out, anil, as I had never moved from tentive posture, and the old cat, adjusting sity soon made me very dexterous in cateling the fire since I came in, rentured to leave me her whiskers, thus began : “I was brought birds and inice, of which there were plenty: in possession of the hearth. As soon as she up in a stable, along with a brother and I slept at nights in the hollow of a tree, and was gone, I began to look about inc; and sister : unfortunately for us, our mother upon the whole passed my time very plea- having a great deal of curiosity, I examined was too fond of plcasiire to like the confine- santly, being only a silly kitten, and looking every thing in the place. The smell of the ment of the place, so we were often left for no farther than the present moment. Winter, cupboardl soon attracted me; and here all my hours together with no better amusement however, approached, a season of which i good resolutions were about to fail me, and I than to bite and scratch each other. Upon had not had any experience; and, as it drew should certainly have been imprudent enough our mother's return, she would fondle and on, the means of iny subsistence began to to have helped myself, if I could have, openpur over us, tell us how happy we were to fail. The birds forsook the woods, to be ed the door, (which was only secured by a have such a snug place; that few cats were nearer the houses, and the mice bardly ever button ;) I heard some one at the outer latch, half so well off, hoped we should always he stirred out; a heavy fall of snow coining on, and had but just time to drop from the door, good kittens, and stay at home, which, she I found, if I remained there, I should be and settle myself by the fire, when the old assured us, was the only place for true hap- starved to death. So, one moonlight night, woman entered ; I fancy she guessed what I piness. In short, her advice was excellent, I left the wood, and took the first road that had been attempting, for the first thing she but, as she never set us the example, we chance presented. After going a conside- did was to go and see that all was safe in her did not attend to it; for, after giving us rable way, I saw some cottages it a distance, enphoard. After dinner, my inistress took these lectures on staying at home, as soon and having heard from my mother that cats up her knitting, and I composed myself to as she thought we were fast asleep, away were very serviceable to man, I thought of sleep; towards evening, as I still lay on the she would creep, when, scrambling over the course I must be a welcome guest any where. warm hearth (a luxury I thought I could never top of the door, we sawv no more of her till But here all was close shut, and I waited have enough of) a neighbour entered, who, obday-light. We were
now grown strong patiently till chance should give ine an oppor- serving me, said, Why, this is not your Tom! enough to run about, and I was determined tunity of entering. Day now appearing, No,' replied the old dame, I sold him last to inäke the most of my liberty: So one I hcard some stirring in the house, and soon week to the young gentlemen belonging to the day, whilst the others were frisking about after the door opened, and a girl came out great school on the hill, it was a holiday, the stable-yard, I slipped out unnoticed into with a pitcher in her hand, as she left the and they wanted to try the spirit of their the fields. I shall never forget the joy I door a little open, I had an opportunity of dogs; as Tom was such a fine fierce cat, felt in scampering over the grass, and play- surveying the place. A woman was sitting they thought he would make excellent sport. ing with every leaf which fell from the trees; with a child in her lap, watching something. What then, did you sell your poor cat to all that I saw served me for sport ; as for which was boiling on the fire ; not choosing be worried by dogs? instead of which it food, I thought it a trifle in comparison with to make my appearance too abruptly, 1 stole would have been more proper to have ac; my liberty, having had a good meal before in, and, getting into a corner, I observed quainted their inaster.' Oh!' cried the old I set out. Night, however, came on, and I what was going on. The bread and milk woman, it would have been of no use, their began to think I might as well return to the which had been in preparation was now master has enough to do to teach them Greek stable, and get my supper ; so I turned, (as poured out, and the child given into the lap and Latin ; he never interferes with their I thought) right for my home, and, setting of the girl to feed it, while the mother was amusements. To be sure I was sorry to off ful trot, imagined I should get there otherwise employed. The mess being rather part with poor Tom, who used to follow me presently. But when, after crossing many too warm, and the baby very impatient, the about the house, and was such company for felds, I saw nothing of my home, I began to girl placed herself with her back to the basin, me; but they offered so handsome a price, be frightened, and, by this time, very hun- that the child might not see it, till it was that I thought it was a pity to disappoint gry. For the first tiine, though not for the quite ready; and while she was attempting to such rich young gentlemen for the sake of a last, I repented not having followed my mo- quict, or rather to drown, its noise with her cat ; and now, you see, I've got another.' ther's advice. But it was now too late. I had own, I, who found the temptation too much, Poor creature !' said the woman,' she ap. completely lost myself, and was in danger of stole up behind her, and was just beginning pears to have been nearly starved.' That perishing from hunger. Quite exhausted, to lap, when, at that unlucky inoment, she inay be,', replied the other ; ‘but she has 1 sat down under a hedge, and, after mewing turned round, and, aiming á blow, myself had a good dinner to-day, for she eat till she most piteously, thinking perhaps my mother and the milk' were in a moment on the left. "This was truc, for she had given nie would hear me, I fell fast aslcer. I asroke ground. The mother, on hearing the noise, nothing but bones. She farther observed,