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to be patronized. From Stephen Duck, (measure which we strongly advocate., discontent, for it points its view to down to Clare, there is no instance of a Whether candidates are to be allowed conquests and honours, in the very want of public generosity. To give a pro- to canrass for adnjission ; la mode of coinpetition for which it new and musvision to all the rustics who would de- which we fully disapprove, as tending to cular energy is elaborated in the mind. mand' it on the ground of making infinite meannesses and dissatisfactions. The common trophies of empire pass rude verses, would exhaust ten times the Whether memoirs of the deceased mem- away by the inevitable law of nature. funds of the society. But by another bers are to be read by their successors, Victories are forgotten in the dimness method, great service might be done. or read at all, &c. &c. ; a matter which of years, or reprobated as a melancholy The difficulty with a young writer, is to produced great excitement in the French waste of human happiness; but the appear before the public, The expense Academy, but which might be in some triumphs of literature are without reof printing is beyond his means; and degree adverse to our habits. All may grets, and imperishable. They are the few printers will adventure on an un-be the subject of future discussion. But generous wealth that may be lavished tried name. "The society might receive on all possible publicity we insist, as on all the earth, through all its generaall such works, subject to the decision the life-blood of the plan. The nation tions, without diminishing the treasure of a Committee as to their hope of suc- takes no interest in proceedings with of the bestower; the great legacy of nacess, and print them ; give the profits to closed doors. Private meetings and tions, that makes the giver only the more the author, with perhaps a small dona- consultations are of course necessary; opulent, and superior to the tomb; the tion, as a prize and an assistance, and but the public must have the power of illustrious liberality that falls nowhere thus launch him into the world. Authors being occasionally present, as in the Fo- in vain, but returns like the rain from of valuable works too costly for the reign Academies, or even the spirit of heaven, to its original source, after havhazards of the publisher, might also be the members perishes. There is some ing gone through its mighty round of assisted in their publication. This rule frivolity undoubtedly in these promiscu- fertilizationt. Attica is a haunt of barwould cheer many a venerable labourer ous admissiops, but there is also solid barians, and its trinmphal arches are in the literary field, while it secured the service. The secret of the superior dust and ashes. But what civilized man benefit of his labours to the public. A activity of the French Literary Societies, treads upon the soil, but as on the place similar arrangement would be well lies in those crowded displays. The of a supernatural presence! The land worthy of the other royal societies. object is to bring the nation to feel an is haunted to him by the spirits of the
An important service might be ren- interest in this assemblage of its litera- mighty ; there is a charm in the name dered, by taking under their patronage ry champions; and the interest is to be of Greece; and its freedom is among some of those poor and singular boys of maintained in no other way than by the hopes and prayers of all the nobler genius, who distinguish themselves at suffering them to be seen.' Observa- minds of the world. The day of vicisschool, and superintending their edu- tions still crowd upon us; but we must situde has not come upon England; but cation.
have done. If we have an additional she has her trials, and must not abandon The arrangements of the society satisfaction, it is that of recollecting the a single source of stability and confiwould be a matter of further and easy source from which this design emanates. dence against the future. consideration. All the officers con- It enables us to pay a new homage to 'IO
μοί, αόττ12, σιλιν ταιδε, nected with its literary concerns, ex- the altar and the throne. We have taken 'Cabezv (15. sigy áu' "Xw; cept the president, should be provisional, no part in the late convulsions of public Τον μαινομεναν τερέν. for the first year, or until the society opinion. Our business is with books ; Θηχώ τιρα μέναν σιδήρω. assumes its settled shape. The Se- we leave the mob to more ardent aincretaries are of the utmost importance : bition. But it is a high gratification to For in a short time all the vital business feel that the first work of the Royal
+ His Majesty has, we believe, 'intrusted the comes into their hands. They are vir- mind, after this season of offence, has formation of the Institution, (The Royal Sotually the directors. They must be of been to exhibit patriotism in its most ciety of Literature,) which has called forth these decided literary powers. The French unquestioned forin, to answer unmerited remarks, to the learned and eminent Prelate, Academy rose or sank with the reputa- imputations by kingly liberality, and in Thomas Burgess, the Bishop of St. Davids.
whose name we have already mentioned, Dr. tion of the secretaries. The most im- the hour wben fools and traitors insult- The names of several individuals who have taken portant part of the rearlings before the ed the majesty of the throne, to show part in bringing the design to its present matusociety was of their composition. its forgiveness in ministering to the rity, have been mentioned to us, but we do not D'Alembert's volume of Discourses on present and perpetual glory of the fice it to say, that other branches of the Royal
as yet at liberty to make them public. Sufthe eminent members, is a striking mo- nation. We are also glad to find, that Family have become subscribers; that Ministers nument of the labours of his place. Be- to the detail of this design the aid of give their aid; that many of the most distinsides those, he left not less than sixty in the altar has been summoned; and that guished among the clergy concur in promoting manuscript. At all the sittings, it de- what was conceived in patriotism, is to universities are among its friends. The funds pended on this able and versatile man to be completed in learning, wisdom, and are already considerable, and we are sure this sustain the interest of the ussemblage. piety. The prelate * to whom the ar- public notice will raise thom considerably; as The secretaries must be not
mere rangements are committed, is a inan beretofore,, the only question has beenby scholars, nor mere men of 'business ; honorable by erery title of literature auspices formed, and where the subscriptions to
whom the Society was projected, under whose their chief requisite is eloquence as and religion. The civil fabric is thus establish it in splendid sufficiency were to be writers.
consecrated. We look to the commence- made ?” Having shewn that the liighest authoIt is yet to be settled, whether the so- ment of this magnificent Institute with rity not only sanctions but zealously favours the ciety is to have periodical meetings strong anxiety. It is the true way to design; that his Majesty may be considered as its yearly, or within any other limit, to draw off the general mind from
petty are certain that men of every rank and station which the public are to be admitted ; a.
The Bishop of St. Davids.
in the cornmunity will press forward to have the
gitides haunted a cave on Mount Cithæron, the minute, which all true poets have reREVIEW OF NEW BOOKS.
in Bæotia, in which there had formerly been jected, for originality. We have too much t"?
An oracle, and where, from the inspiration of the “ gugglings, of water, and the Amarynthus the Nympholept; Lucy Mile they diffused, Nympholepsy became an en-gushes” of sound, and the “fushes” of
ford, and other Poems, 12mo. pp. 231. demic complaint. According to Festus, it light; and those ridiculous expressions London, 1820.
was formerly thought that all those who had which characterise a school eminently puling
merely seen the figure of a nymph in a foun- in poetry, and silly in metaphysics, We have There is an American bird of singular tain, were seized with madness during the also its upflingings," "up-breathings," "upqualities. 'It is called The Mocking Bird, remainder of their lives.”
soarings," and " up-turnings;" its “out-dart. and has the power of imitating the notes of “It was the popular opinion throughout ings," and "out-thrustings;" bathing in leafy every chorister in the grove, from the dulcet the whole of Greece, that the nymphs oc- greenness," and similar puerilities. Indeed twitter of the humming bird, to the harsh casionally appeared to mortals, and that the this sort of phraseology is employed so groscream of the Macaw ; while its native
song consequences of beholding them were gene- tesquely, that were it not for the general is undistinguished by any peculiar harmony rally to be deprecated: the result among tone of feeling and sweetness in the piece, Were we to imagine a human creature of such a superstitious and imaginative people we should believe that it was intentionally this genus, we should fancy a poet to whom may easily be conjectured. Terror com- used for burlesque. Such, we are sure, must it was alike easy to assume the chirping of bined with religion in disposing the mind to be the effect of rhymes like Narrissus-Cythe honourable Mr. S., the melody of Moore, adopt delusion for reality, and visions be- parissus ; Nepenthe-sent thee ; perpetuallythe intensity of Byron, or the swelling tones came frequent and indisputable in exact pro- open valley, &c. - and especially when of Scott; but who, when he attempted ori- portion to the prevalence of timidity and helped on by the mean words which too ginal verse, did not produce any thing stri- enthusiasm. Sometimes they were not al. often occur in the verse, as will be seen in kingly different from the more common together imaginary in their origin. Partial several of our extracts, and of which we descants of the day. Such would be Mr. glimpses of some country girl, tripping, therefore offer but a single doggrel illusHorace Smith, one of the authors of the perhaps through the twi-light grove to meet tration. justly famed Rejected Addresses, and the her lover, or stealing into the copse at day Phoebidas and Amarillis: reputed writer of The Nympholept. break to bathe in its einbowered waters, were Phæbidas and Amarillis !
The Nympholept is a pastoral drama, in quite sufficient to inflame the combustible By your marriage celebration, three long acts ; but before drawing up the fancy of a Greek. Others, probably, with
Pan ordains you to fulfil his qurtain, we had better inform our readers out such excitement of the external sense
High and holy declaration. what the name means ; for the fdisease of would sit amid the solitude of the forest, The versification of the entire drama is of Nympholepsy has either become extinct, or brooding over the tales which peopled it every measure, the transitions being 83 is, in our times, attended by other symptoms with nymphs, fauns, and satyrs, until they rapid as they are sometimes "out of all and results. It seems then that * The realized them to their mind's eye, and be- rule." But it is generally smooth, though Nuppon xoto of the Greeks, and the Lym- came Nympholepts the more incurable, be- not a few instances might be quoted with phati or Lymphatici of the Romans, were cause no tangible object had deranged their which no musical ear can fail to be distractmen supposed to be possessed by the Nymphs, faculties, and they had consequently no ed. A line like the following is intolerable. and driven to phrensy, either from having means of proving the fallacy of their im.
"I must haste bring seen one of those mysterious beings, or pressions."
“Water from the holy well for our lustrations." from the maddening effect of the oracular Upon this basis, the author has constructceres in which they resided. Plutarch par- ed his drama; in which Amarynthus, a mor- much sweet poetry, coupled with 30 many
It is truly snrprising to meet with so tieularly mentions, that the Nymphs Sphra- tal, is seized with Nympholepsy, and cured proofs af bad taste--so many. clear mani.
by (Dryope) a wood-nymph's marrying him, festations of true genius, linked to examples bonour of contributing in its endowment and by which act she becomes also mortal, and of the mercst meretricious glitter. We completion.
we have obtained copy of the Brot prize releases to the sky a nymph of the air, (Ura- cannot account for it except on the hypoquestions to be proposed (wlich, we understand, nia,) whose doon was involved in this event. thesis, that the author has mistaken bis sein fill soon be officially announced) and take the The other characters are, Theucarila a vir- —which to us appears to be the humorous, liberty of anticipatiug their promulgation, they gin priestess of Pan; Enome, a Delphic with bursts of pathos, and not the sustained are as follows,
girl, endued with a prophetic spirit; Ama sentimental. And yet it is in the more fa1st. For the King's premium of one bundred rillis, a shepherdess beloved by and loving miliar scenes that the greatest failure is guideas.
Phæbidas; Phæbidas ; Celadon, a rich Athe- obvious: they are almost invariably mean, On the age, writings, and genius of Homer; nian of a vicious character ; and one or two though the serious and higher efforts are and on the state of religion, society, other unimportant personages.
some of them excellent, while others are learning, and the arts, during that period, In the plot the whole circle of heathen no farther blemished, than by the emplos.
collected from the writings of Homer. mythology is ransacked, and the scene, ment of some poor word or common-place A. For the Society's premium of ofty guineas." Arcady the blest," is peopled by all the combination of language. Dartmoor, * poem.
agricultural divinities of
For example, we are told of " the fall of 30. For the Society's premium of twenty: gony. However, as it is more as a poem reverend knees ;" of "showering of golden fire guineas.
than as a play, that Amarynthus presents sashes elsewhere;" of persons walking in a On the history of the Greek language, on itself for judgment; we shall refrain from corn-field being zoned by waving sheets of
the present language of Greece, and on inquiring into its dramatic pretensions, and gold, embossed with Flora's rich embroidthe differences betwetu sacient and mo: look at it simply as a pastoral in dialogue. ery; of Auent lips being tasted; " ! dern Greek. Do,
In this point of view, it appears to us to breezes that with beaks resound;" of flying The Arst has already, if we remember rightly, be of a description, as mixed and full of in “a shuddering shiver ;” of unfurling the been a subject of learned discussion, as well as contrariety as almost any production which book of fate;" of a “ heart throbbing a peal; of a recent work, by Mr. Payne Knight. The we ever read. The gold and the clay are and of a multitude of circumstances spoil second is by no means so barren of incident for conjoined as in Nebuchadnezzar's image. hy such forced or conceited epithets. A the highest poetical illustration as its name might There are passages of extraordinary beauty, few brief quotations will further expose seem to imports. And the tlaird is replete with and there are others as mean as possible. this preposterous system. Celadon is elinterest. We shall, we truse, be enabled to communi- The prevailing fault is a decided tendency deavouring to rouse Amarillis' jealousy
, oate further details as they arise, respecting a towards the lowest species of poetical com- touching one “plump Tilphosa ; " and she plan so important to Britain and British litera- position of the present period--that which replies bure, in requent Numbers of the Literary Ga. mistakes vulgarity of phrase for simplicity,
and affectation for grace; and the use of Thy poisonous tongue, unmanners deecirer!
trated, than by the freut more
By the dread frowo of towerod Cybele ciel od Her lips until they re blown on by the wind. I bear their secret plots
90 al 2onian Come murm'ring up from the central grots.Is truc as is the shadow to the sun, Amarillis. Stop, Phaebidas, for lo ! I al
That, from the sublime to the ridiculous Bees to their queen, or swallows to the spring. Yon cot bas wander'a, and on Milo's lands) 04 O Celadon, unkind! was this well done, His olives crops. Afflicted as I am to sting mine ear Phobidas. Off, Whiteface! down below,
pas. With thy base fictions ? Slanderer, I fing To the shady glen where yon black beifer stande, sage, compared with the last, wherein affeo Thy falsehoods in thy face.
Wbisking 'the flies off in the rushy brook. tation supersedes the genuine inspiration of Celadon. Close not that mouth, III luck betide the beast, she will not hear! роеѕуѕ :
o aume zemer infectie the follow. Those teeth, whose whiteness makes the lip If I get near her she shall feel my blow. more red, Amarillis. O hurt her not, poor beast, por go becile particularity.s ou ui 7336190 do yo.
thought of a great bard is ramified into im. Like snow-drops set in a carnation-bed.,
too near, How blind thou art Lest she should gore thee :-recollect thewoes Lore governs earth and air, 1 the flocks, ad To his known falsehood; but no longer worry That Venus proved for her Adonis dear,
Mwita 547 Thy soul about him. Is not his desertion And think of me. See, see, the wanderer goes
Join to the twitter of the billing birda iaitu Base? Is not absence infidelity ? Back to the herd, so, Phæbidas, sit here
Their hymeneal crios. Love's suit
9W SY And doth it well become a modest maid Close by my side, and let me hear the rest.
Even the dumb inanimates, To follow one who holds her in aversion ? Phæbidas. Where was I, Amarillis ?
The ivy clasps the oak, the vine the elements Amarillis. Traduccr, he does not. 0 I could Amarillis.
You were saying
Pouting her purple lips to kiss his root. *, ** cry About your dog.
By touch of blossom'd mouths the nowort no
toys To hear him thus abused!
Phabidas. Ay; he with heat oppress'd
Their racés odorous. This woody realm; This "worry” is a favourite word. Dry Lay fast asleep, by starts and growls betraying
Is Cupid's bower; see how the tren enwreathe ope, in the most solemn manner, describes That he was dreaming like his master. I
Their arms in amorous enbraces twined;} Dreaming of thec, in reverie profound, Amarynthus as My flowery garland wove, smiling to hear
The gugglings of the rill that runs beneath, Haunted with nympholeptic dreams, that dull The cuckoo's note which on the breeze swept by. While softly sighing thro' these fond retreato,
Are but the kisses which it leaves behind ; His bright conceit, and worry him to madness. And then was lost again, when oh, sad sound! But to pursue the dialogue between Celadon The cough of Cymon grated on mine ear;
The wantoa wind woos erery thing it incets. and Amarillis-it proceods and ends in the and soon I saw him hobbling up the rock, The answer to this declamation is equally same style. Rage in his face, and curses on his lip,
far fetched. We shall but mention, that the Back, base man! Alack ! no wonder ; for my truant flock Or I will set my dog at thee By Pan! Had climb'd the fence where his young vines when he makes the shepherds of Arcadia
author is guilty of some anachronisms, as If thou but mov'st a single step, my crook
talk of “Lucifer” as an evening star ; and Shall fell thee to the earth. Hie, Rover, leap,
a priest of Pan call for his "Alb and Amice," And chace my thirsty flock from yonder swamp, And nibbled every green and tender tip;
the last-mentioned garment being so pecuThat I may guide them thro' the glen to the The wbile, unseen, a fox had seiz'd my scrip, brook
Aud left me dinnerless. His staf first throwing, liarly Romish. Down in the vale. Thou wealthy wooer, keep. He smote poor Lightfoot, who, with howling But we now approach pleasant ground. Thy tales, seductions, gold, and guilty pomp
The Nympholept is thickly studded with For city damsels.
Limp'd home, and cannot walk oven now. On gems of the purest lustre; and has many Celadon. Poil'd by a rustic misz!
splendid parts which breathe the very soul Rejected, lectured, and a clumsy clown Next burst his wrath.
of poetry, without an alloying taint.'. The Preferr'd !-"Tis well; but if the vixen thinks This reminds us of the ballad ditty former it is difficult to detach, but we shall To 'scape my vengoance, she has littlo known
When my love was sick and like to die, endeavour to pick out a few of them as ex. Celadon's nature. In yon secret grove
Ob, thither wens my dog and I.
annples. I'll lie, and plot revenge for slighted love. [Esit. We wish however to get to the end of the
Contrast between lusury and nature. Nor are the colloquies between the lovers disagreeable part of our task; and, instead What pomps can courts and capitals supply one jot more elevated, and we can exhibit of pointing out what we cannot
help cen- So gorgeous as the rising of the blin no clearer
mistake of the low for the simple, suring in this production, indulging in the Over this yala of Tempe? so sublime than the following:
quotation of its beauties. We shall there. As the sea's deep-mouth'd voice in harmony Amarillis. Gather up your kine !
fore with the utmost brevity advert to the With woods and winds an awful unison ! For see, my sheep have sought the hazel shades
. remaining blemishes. The following touch What matins like the larks, who hea vonward Phæbidas. Upon this primrose bank Pnl sit.
...? at simplicity, conveys an idea eminently Amarillis.
And here Beside you will I listen to your tale. ludicrous : an enthusiast of nature exclaims, and pour down lighted music from above ?
What midnight serenade so rapturous
How sweet are the remembered smello
As the lone nightingale's, whose soul of love
Out-gushes with her song ? -Jewels and ringa! You know I was a goat-herd in the vale We now give an example of a fine image is not each dewy blade, and leaf, and flower, of Hæmont, tending churlish Cymon's flocks. being pursued till it becomes absurd.
Hung with a pearl, which, when the sun upThere is a sloping field above the rocks
- spring, Of Homole, where in luxuriance grow
What! think'st thou that the whistling wind
Is dyed to Amethyst and ruby? 17
Lighted music is one of the most exqui-
site expressions we erer met with.Contem. And sat and piped beneath an almond tree, That, in the solitudes of spaco,
plation is also charmingly painted. Or carollid old bucolic songs of love, Upturns its foamy face
I have often stray'd, Till gazing on a distant sail at sea,
Unto the moon, and, with a gushing righ, At dumbest midnight, to the greco-rood glade, I thought upon the shepherds of the deep, Sinks down again to die;
And in the silence, mark'd with awe profound, Who plough the wave, and sometimes only But is commission'd, and that parting breath, The boughs, like curtains, banging stilly round, reap Perhaps, a fiat bears of life and death.
With drowsy rapouss from the earth up wreathThe wind. Par happier is the goat-herd's lot, Why do the runnels urge their races
ing, Said I, and I far happiest of the clan,
Through the earth's crevices and secret places? As if the gras lay fast asleep, and breathing. Could but my Amarillis share my cot;
But that their tongues with nimble guggles
There is perhaps some grandiloquence To weave a garland for you, intertwined And summon from the caves below,
in the annexed comparison, but it is beau. With violets, hepaticas, primroses, Agents for the earthquake's struggles.
tiful. Amarillis expecting her lover, watches And coy anemone, that ne'er uncloses
When on the ground I lay mine art, the usual approach of his dog, and says
But neither might I bear his voice, nor mark And crops the breathing
harvest at a sweep. Twas a page from his bride to whisper
her will, His white side bonoding o'er the waving grass, New generations rise to feed his blade, But he dash'd it aside, and attempted to kill. Like a sail toss'd on Neptune's tumbling green. And yet, poor insect, only thou dost fade. Como. When in anger and shame Spring
The sun and moon look on with changeless eye, she struck him lame, O how delightful is the jolly spring,
Age doth not bleach the blueness of the sky; And there he goes limping, limping still, When the warm blood laps uimbly thru the And tho' the winter'd earth wan cheeks may
Of Lucy Milford, and the smaller poems, And with the budding forth and blossoming
Spring re-appears, her wrinkled brow to smoothi, we have not left onrselves room to say Of fields and groves, mothinks the soul attains Garlands her locks, and o'er her shoulders bare much; which we the less' regret, because
we think the first rather mediocre. Ainong Frest life and greenness, wantons in the breeze, Throws the green mangle of eternal youth,
the latter are some pretty pieces. Ex. gr. Sings with the birds, and with the waving trees Figures of natural phenomena i bron Dances in nnison.
Through the sky's 'azure lake yon parted
On an ancient lance, hanging in an amoury. Nature rejoicing in the God Pan's jbeuil musie.
Once in the breezy
coppiee didst thon dance,
And nightingales amid thy foliago sang; ut Then Nature laughs outright; the tvild flowers Swims on to blcach its feathers in the moon, fling
Like the swap.god, bridling to sleek his proud Forni'd by man's cruel art into a lance,
Oft hast thou pierc'd (the while the relkin
rang As if they chapp'd their hands ; the clotäiess Into a mountain that may scale the skies With trump and dram, shoutings and battle sky
moon, soon as it sleeps at rest,
clang,) Smiles on the smiling earth, and every thing
Some foeman's 'heart. Pride, and drMakes holiday and pranksome Jubilee. To bless her Latmian shepherd, while the wind
cumstance Blows the black ringlets from his dreaming eyes,
Have left thee now, and thion dost silent hang,
For now the clouds, in tufts of Reecy hue,
To earth reverting, may again arise
self-rame space; I care not which, so thou canst ease these fierce
Dust, which some offspring, yet unborn, who Questionings of niy spirit ..
Cropping the stars for daisies, while the moon tries
Sits smiling on them as a shepherdess;
To poise thy weight, may with his hand efface,
And with his moulder'd eyes again replace. Shall I plod blindly on through life's worn A dew of light, in silver loveliness maze,
Falls on the earth. The trees stand proudly still Some lines written at Windsor so singuNor ask by whom your wonders were unfurled? To have their portraits shadow'd on the ground larly exemplify the author's merits and deSun! Shall I fix on theo my dying eye, By Dian's pencil, whose creative skill
ficiencies, that we are sorry our limits preNor e'er bave learnt who set thee in a blaze Doubles the landscape, copying every trace Earth I shall ( tread upon thee but to be In light and shade,-all but her own fair face,
vent us from inserting them: but in read
ing these, and indeed the whole volume, we Down trodden, and partake man's grovelling Which in the brook, as in the heavens; is found
will venture to say the public will enjoy, if doom,
Painted in light alope. Earth-bom, carth-swallowed eating, --caten,
not an unmixed, a very great and genuine We could multiply these delicious quota- pleasure. dust!
tions to the end of our paper; but what The despair of Nymphòlepsy.
we have transcribed are sufficient to show A Memoir on the Hoynge of D'EntrecasThe nymphs! the nymphs ! O siide me from the power and pathos of the author, when teaux, in search of La Perouse
By James their fury.
his muse is liberated from the debasing ten, They gain upon me. Hark! the higsing nie dencies of Cockney poetry. So delighted
Burney, Esq. R. N. and F. R. S. pp. 21. Boils in mine ears; earth heaves beneath my are we with the re-perusal of these extracts,
This pamphlet embraces a question which seet,
that we feel we could not have stated our bas always cxcited so much interest, that we And tries to shako me off. Spare, I conjure objections in the same page with our praises, felt called upon to specify it however
! The sea forsakes its bed, and rolls its fleet
had we not done so in setting out. It now briefly) for public, notice. Captain Burney Waves to o’erwhelm me. Lo ! the rays of the only remains for us to give one example of recalls to memory, that La Pérouse sailed
the playful; and for this purpose we select from France on the 1st of August 1785, and Are angry famos, with fork y tongues out-turust a ballad, on a well known Classical anecdote, that the last certain information received To lap me. Hecaté is coming : see, sung by Enome.
concerning him was, that he departed from With her hands she combs her snakes, and every Hot was the chace
Botany Bay on the 10th March 1788, having one Through the wilds of Thrace,
previously signified his 'intention to revisit Spits out its foam at me. Here in the dusty When Rhecus riding the woods among,,
the Friendly Islands, thence trace the coast Kneeling, O gentle shepherdess, to thee Saw a beautiful oak that toppling hung,
of New Caledonia to the isle of Santa Cruz, I make appeal. I ever thou didst love, For the earth had sunk
pass between New Guinea and New Holland Or the soft tonchos of compassion know, From the roots, and its trunk
to Van Diemen's Land, and reach the isle of If thou dost reverence the powers above, To the shelring bank in an agony clung. France in December. The writer then deAnd the dread nymphs their ministers below, O pour thy pity on a haunted wreteh,, 19; His horse he stoppid,
tails the proceedings of the French CoverChaced by the furięs, --horror-stricken, - Stung The tree, and replaced the earth with care, And he upright propp'd
ment in 1791, when M.D'Entrecasteaux in LA To madness. Show me soipe lair where I may When a young Hamadryad, as fresh as air,
Recherche of 500 tons, and Capt. Kermastretch
dee in L'Esperance of the same burthen, there My fainting limbs, aud lic in the dark conceala Stepping out of the dark
despatched to follow the track, indicated in From all things and myself, And yawning bark,
Pérouse's last letter ; and gain intelligenee of Cried, Ask a boon, and I'll grant your prayer." the fate of the expedition. Capt. B. blames du ethereal Being's view of humanity. Oft as I float uhove this earthly ball, As he gaz'd on her breast,
the minuteness of the instructions, giren to And catch the njurmur of its myriad thronga, Still Leaviug distressed,
the comunander ; but the principal feature of Although to me no sympathy belongs
He fondly exclaim'd, with love I burn, his memoir is that which relates to the inquiry
O beautiful nymph grant yours in return ! With fleeting man, a smiling tear will fall
respecting the lost'voyagers. The supposition, She blnsh'd at his boon, To think upon the everlasting strife
founded on a story related of Commodore But vow'd that soon, Of passions that embroil his little life;
Hunter, that Pérouse' might have been Their schemes, ephemeral, the sad and blythe The hour of his liappy reward he should learn.
wrecked on one of the Admiralty Isles, i Hotly pursue, and as they smile or weep, In his ear, while at dice,
discredited ; and the notion that the Friendly Up stalks the bony monster with the scethe, A bee bugz'd thriecin
Isles might have been the scene of ruchu
event is also disinişsed, But a new and speech many words of the Friendly Islane manger above mentioned. Of the New Cacurious hypothesis is started.
language... Some inhabitants of Balade caine ledonians, the situation of the Island Aouvea “ The 19th of April (1793) they (the on board whilst they were with us, and they did might be learnt ; and by enquiries made both French ships under d'Entrecasteaux, we are not exchange any communication with these of the New Caledonians and of the Aouveans, told), anchored in Balade Harbour, on the strangers. I was told that these newcomers, would most probably be ascertained, without North coast of New Caledonia, a place where who had arrived, late, had tęstified a desire to danger of misapprehension, whether the Captain Cook had formerly anchored. No pass the night on board the ship, but they slips of la Pérouse had beca seen at their thing relative to the purpose of their search had been sent away before their demand was Island, or at any Island in their neighbouroccurred till the 4th of May, Labilladiere understood. We'flattered ourselves that hood, and all the information respecting had been with others on an excursion into they would return the next day, but we did them which they had to communicate, be the interior of the Island. He relates, we not see them again*.' In this, there is no obtained. reached the ship on our return, about the inention of the varnished plank of which M, 1.Fithout being very sanguine as to the middle of the day. Alongside, 1 observed a Labilladiere has spoken. "Possibly M. d'En result, it would be satisfactory to have this double canoe which had two sails. The na- trecasteaux differed in opinion from M. La- matter cleared up, and such examination and çives in her spoke the language of the Friend-billadiere concerning it ; yet he adds, “Their enquiry is due to la Pérouse and his compaly Islands. They were ciglit in number, departure caused me much regret, as I had nions, of to their memory." seven men and a woman. They told us that hoped to have drawn from them lights which We have pothing to add to this quotation, the Island whence they had come, was situ- we had not been able to obtain from the na- which amply explains the writer's views, and ated to the eastward, a day's sail distant from tives of New Caledonia.'
re-opens a most interesting inquiry. our anchorage, and that it was named Aou “ The regret and anxiety expressed by the veu. They knew the use of iron, and ap- commander, at not having obtained more
LUCCock'Y NOTES ON DRAZİL. peared to us more intelligent than the New information from these people, seems to inCaledonians. I was not a little surprized to see ply that some communication of more in
Concluding Notice.) one of the planks of their canoe covered with portance than what related to a further Having already represented the character a coat of varnish. It seemed to have belonged knowledge of the natives themselves, or of of this work (a character which we trist will to some European vessel, and I could enter their language, had been expected. There recommend it to those who are curious for tain no doubt of it when I discovered that is also a remarkable difference in the two information upon its subject, and liave leisure white lead (chaux de plomb) was a principal narratives. That of Labilladiere relates that to plod through its miscellaneous and copious ingredient in the composition of this varnish. the Aguveans, on being interrogated about contents); and having male frequent exThis plank doubtless caine from a ship of a the painted plank, immediately sailed away : tracts to display its fashion and qualities, the civilized nation, which had been wrecked on and M. d'Entrecasteaux represents them as rapid influx of literary novelties prevents us their coasts. I desired these savages to re having been desirous to remain all night on from doing more than winding up our review count to us what they knew on this subject : board the ship, and as having been sent with only two short selections. The followthey immediately set sail to the westward, away. On these points, the later publication ing draws an uncommon picture of South promising us to return the next day to give night have afforded some explanation. American agriculture. the account we desired; but they were not “ As it was the intention of M. de la Pé “ The reader has regarded with wonder, faithful to their word, and we did not see rouse, when he left Botany Bay, to go first to perhaps with incredulity, the account before them again.
the Friendly Islands, and it appears that he given of the size of the farın of Pellotas; Upou this, Capt. B. remarks, that the did not go there, the most prubable conjec- and, indecd, the reported extent of farins in “impression it is adapted to ipake, can be ture, were it not for the circumstance of the this part of the American continent can no other than that a clue was found which Aouvea canoe, would be, that some disas- scarcely be mentioned with Goldness, hy one might have led to some discovery concern- trous event prevented him from fulfilling that who has himself little doubt of the truth of ing the fate of la Pérouse ; that this clue was intention, But baming and unexpected the accounts. The smallest are stated at suffered to slip from their hands; and that winds might have disappointed him of four square leagues, or more than twenty it was not afterwards pursued or sought reaching the Friendly Islands, and have occa- thousand acres ; the largest are said to reach after.
sioned him to pass on without touching at to a hundred square leagues, or near six hun. “ Many years after Labilladiere's history them.
dred thousand acres. To each three square of the Voyage à la Recherche de la Pérouse "In the present state of the South Sea leagues, are allotted four or five thousauc was given to the public, the journal of the Islands, and of European navigation in the head of cattle, six men, air a hundred horses ; commander d'Entrecasteaux, which had been South Sea, more effective enquiry can be though, according to circumstances, such as regularly kept till withių a few days of his made than was possible in M. d'Entrecas- the distance from navigable waters, or from death, was prepared for the press by le Sieur teaux's time, and with much greater facility. church, there must be a variety in the numRossel, who had served in the voyage as Numerous European and American seamen ber of oxen kept for the business of a farin. lieutenant, and was published under the pa- have quitted their ships at different Islands in The proportion of horses will appear a very tronage of the Emperor Napoleon. The the South Sea, and resided among the inha- large one; but it is to be remembered that account given by M. d'Entrecasteaux, of bitants such a length of time that they way they cost nothing in keeping, as they are the canoe of Apurea, or, as it is written in be said to be naturalized; many of whom turned out on the plains; that no one about his journal, of Hohoun, is as follows : are probably as well acquaisted with the the farm, pot eren a slave, ever goes the
“! May the 4th, in the harbour of Balade, language spoken at the Island on which they shortest distance on foot; and that each New Caledonia. A canoe with two sails, live as the natives themselves. Native Island manager will change his horse two or three which appeared to us to have arrived from ers also hire themselves as seamen, and make times in a day. About a hundred cows are the offing (4. e. from sea) came alongside the voyages in European ships. Interpreters of alloved for the supply of milk, butter, cheese, Recherche in the afternoon.. There were in each description could doubtless be engaged, and real, to a farm of the average size. Hogs her seven men, but they did not resemble and ships are frequently departing from New are usually found near the houses, but little the men of New Caledonią. They were, South Wales, bound for the China Seas, care is taken of them; they wander about, however, like them, quite naked. Their whieh afford opportunities with little incon root ap the ground, devour reptiles, and skin was darker than that of the inhabitants venience of sending to New Caledonia. make a good part of their subsistence on the of Balacle, and they were more robust, and “ If a ship should go expressly to make waste parts of the cattle slaughtered. There of taller stature. They made us understand this enquiry, it would be desirable that she are few sheep, and they are remarkably light that they came from an Island nained by should be provided with a New Zealander, a and ill made, with a short ordinary wool; thein Hohoua, and they indicated the direc- Friendly Islander, a Society Islander, and which, however, might easily lie improved. tion ig which it lay by. pointing to the East two or three Europeans, qualified in the This wool is, at present, used partly unNorth East. We distinguished in their
Voyager de d Extrcersicious, Vol. i, p. 341. stripped from the skins, as xuddle-corers and