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people residing in the quarter allotted to the || palaces, and in preceding them wbenever they Frauks."

appear in public,

“ Thre is no place where etiquette is so DESCRIPTION of scio.

strictly attended to as at Pera. Whenever « For a town belonging to the Turks, it is

the Ambassador enters his palace, a bell riogs wonderful to see the liberty enjoyed by the

three times, and twice for a minister or pleni. They are walking backwards and potentiary; thuse who are only charge d'afforwards in the streets, at all hours in the day, faires, are exempt from this honour. in parties of ten or twelve, hanging on each 6. There is a school established of young other's arms, laughing, singing, and making interpreters, under the sanction of the Freuch their remarks on every one that they meet, || Ambassador, wbo have first received their without the smallest attention being paid to education in France, at the expence of the this relaxation of Turkish manners by the

goveromept. After studying tbe Oriental Mussulmans.

languages for two or three years, they visit “ It is a delightful spectacle to behold the the different consulats of Turkey, and some multitude of gardeos with which both the times become drogomans to the embassy." town and country aboond. In the time of spring, the air is perfumed for several leagues


“ Notbing can be more strikingly original DESCRIPTION OF PERA.

than a circle of society in Pera ; tbe mixture “ The most conspicuous edifice in Pera, is of different costumes forms a curious spec.

tacle. Almost all the ladies are dressed in the the palace of the French, built as much as the local situation will admit in the French style; The persons attached to the legation are all

Grecian style, and loaded with foil and tinsel. next are the palace of England, and tbat of Holland. The Galata-Serai, is also worthy of clad in their different uniforms, with their remark; it is a kind of college, where the drogomans in tbe Oriental costume.” pages of the Grand Sigoor are educated. In

DESULTORY EXTRACTS, order to arrive at it, one must cross the Bazaar of Pera, wherein are found re-united, I sador is a harvest for a multitude of the in

“A supper given by the French Ambasslaugbler-bouses, fishmongers, and venders of

habitants of Pera, or of Gælata. The visilor fruit a od vegetables. * Pera is the residence of the Ambassadors / will, witb infinite address, possess themselves

of many of the choicest morsels, and care. and other foreigu ministers, with those at. tached 10 their legations. The European || spread over their knees for the purpose, they

fully depositing them in a sheet of paper, merchants prefer seitling at Galata, on ac.

slide it secretly into their pockets." count of the proximity of the sea, and the cus

“ Those natives of Pera who have nothing tom-bouse duties. One part of the population of these two quarters is composed of

to do, go to bed and rise early, passing the

whole day in wearisome inactivity: dividing what are called in the Levan!, Franks, a name

their whole time in smoking and gossiping. by whicli are distinguished, not only real Eu

In the moruing they enter a Turkish coffeeropeans, perfect strangers to the country, but even those who are descended from French, | hour. In the afternoon they repair to the

house, wbere they remain till their dinner English, and others, tbough bora themselves Great plain of the Dead,' where they geoerin the Levant.

ally remaio till sun-set. Here eustom, and “ France, England, and Holland, are the

the peculiar beauty of the situation, take from only powers who send Ambassadors of any

the mind, in spite of the numerous tombs scat note to the Grand Signor: the other ministers

tered around, all gloomy ideas, and banish are, the internuucio of Austria, the envoy of

every mouroful reflection.” Spain, the envoy of Russia, of Prussia, and

“ At a short distance from Perp, is the plea Naples, the charge d'affaires from Sweden and

sant village and meadow called Kiagbad Kane, from Denmark. The Ambassador from France

where the higher classes meet on parties of takes precedence of all the others, as being the most ancient ally of the Olloman Porte.

pleasure, take the diversion of huuting, and “ The foreign ministers have in their pay rivolels, overbung by trees bearing the most

dine on the grass, by the side of geolle a certain number of Japissaries, whose duty

beautiful foliage." consists in keeping sentry at the door of their




Considerations on the Principal Events of the French Revolution ; à Posthumous Work of

the Baroness de Staël, published by the Baron de Slaël. 3 vols. 8vo. Delauny, PalaisRoyale, Paris,

This work seems contrary to many || Madame de Staël; and in a reign so mes received opinions, although it contains morable, he found something more to ad: principles which appear in the end to unite mire than military parade, and the invention all parties. Every one who is a sincere of madrigals. It seems to us that this flippartizan of order and liberty-all those who pant kind of injustice towards a great madesire to see a representative system, be- | narci), is not worthy that superior good cause they are fond of a legitimate mo sense which we have ever found anarchy, will admire this work, because the dame de Staël. Why collect together, and author has so eloquently defended those repeat after a century bas past away, those two principles, and has marked in their re reproaches that the jealousy of a foreign union that end so long sought after, and so || state had lavished on Louis XIV.? Why requisite for the civil troubles of France. extend them to literature, and tarnish, in a Madame de Staël who, at first, only pro manner, the genius of Bossuet? Madame. jected to write the political life of her de Stael, who, when France was overfather, felt the necessity of extending her thrown, spared not the humiliation of his ideas round the whole circle of the revo cotemporaries, should not liave thus ceased lotion. We shall not reproach her for her to acknowledge one of the most brilliant frequent recollections, her first plan, or the epochas of the French ammals. The Engo sentiments by which she was actuated. lish are often referred to by the author, and

It must be confessed, if we wish to form we never degraded the memory of our Elian exact opinion of M. Neckar, we must zabeth; a sovereign full as absolute as seek it in his writings, and particularly in Louis XIV. his French Revolution, composed in the A part of this work of Madame de bosom of retirement, devoid of all intercsted Staëi's, contains those aristocratic princiviews, all party influence. It is somewhat | ples, which appear at war with her ideas surprising that Madame de Staël has not in general: yet, if she favours aristocracy referred to this work, a monument of thell in a few chapters, she seems through other perfect loyalty and honourable views of M. paris of these volumes to be rather too parNeckar. We find in it proofs of a worthy | tial to democratic principles. and elevated mind, a distinguished under What, however, meets with the least. stauding, more enlightened than strony. I quarter from her, what she combats with It is the real history of a statesman, who as much wit as eloquence, and depreciates always sought after, and who almost al- | by ridicule and indignation is Buonapartism. ways knew how to discern what was right, || Certainly, the praise of liberty, and the but who failed in his power and his will to hatred of tyranny are uatural to this illus. act accordingly. M. Neckar did not en trious woman, so long proscribed, and ever deavour to gloss over those faults, of which the friend to the generous minded-always he has been accused. It is to be wished || favourable to the vanquished party. that Madame de Staël, who partook of all Those Considerations of Madame de Staël his noble sentiments, had adopted that re appear destined to preserve an eminent serve and justice which are always to be || place in literature, though they contain met with in the works of M. Neckar. If nothing that is not very generally known: he traced the causes of the revolution from but she places on these events the stamp anterior circumstances, he did not judge of superior wisdom, and the marks of an, Louis XIV. with that bitterness, which we elevated soul. The opinions of such an are sorry to find falling from the pen of author mast have some influence on the No. 118.-Supplement.


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literary world, and much over every rea causes us the more deeply to regret that sonable and thinking mind: that there are such shining talents should have been contradictions in this work is most certain ; snatched from the world, when in their full it contains bitter truths and sentiments of energy, before time could have been said benevolence; undisputed patriotism, and to have impaired their lustre. much energy when speaking of the faults The following extract will be sufficient of France, which at times, almost dege to prove what we have asserted above: nerates into spleen and mujastice: but there never was any work of Madame de Staël's JUST APPRECIATION Or THE ENGLISR that was more rich and ivgenious in its

CHARACTER. perceptions, in the jastness of its observa “On tbe Continent, people have been tions, nor iu its singular elegauce, and lite pleased to say ibat the English are unpolite; rary nierit; the style is beautifully simple; || and a certain in de pendance, a great aversion the language flowing, familiar, aud natural; to being put out of their way, may have and when introducing dialogue, brilliant, given rise to this judgment. But I know yot and animated; it is not wanting in elo.

of any kind of politeness, 'nor any protection

more delicate then that which the Englisb quence, whenever, a generous incident is

afford to women, in every circumstance in mentioned ; and several situatiops are

life. peril in question, embarrassment, or painted in the most striking colours. This

any service required 10 be rendered, there is work, as it may be termed, of the dying

nothing they leave uadone to help and defend fingers of Madame de Staël, preserves the the weaker sex.” finest impression of her understanding, and

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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto IV. By Lord Byron. 8vo. Murrayauve A

It is now about eight years since the | minds, and of men possessed like Lord first Canto of Childe Harold made its ap Byron, of superior genius. pearance: between that period and the

The present pilg

image of Childe Harold present, the public have been presented commencés on The Bridge of Sighs,' at with two other parts. This volume, the Venice; a grander subject than the fall of fourth and last, closes the series.

Venice could never have been pitched ou The noble Lord, so real a favourite with by a poet; and it required also a poet of the poetic muse, has not been chary of his lois Lördship's talents to thead it in the way talent, but las favoured England with the that it deserved»V Here is aanpide field most picturesque and ebarnsfag desetip- opened for the desertptive powers of the tions, in verse, of the differeuk eountries of noble Lord,

17 4 Tativision diveň hin Spain, Greece, Asia-Minor, atid Switzer. of displaying the dassicuí khówietlythe posland. The world, we venture to affirni, sesses, by leading

nus'tripstigh he wide c. caunot sufficiently estimate the effusions of

101&81009 modu mon1 of history.

panse this illustrious poet: though his ideas are Through the whole of this poem, we find often the same, they still appear new; and scattered maig seléet; beautiful, and norel we pardon a species of egotism in such a ideas; and the versification thcreases to writer, because when self seenis the chief much in'beanly, that we feel real regret object, it is not the consequence of vain when we find the work drawings glory, but rather a brooding over individ conclusion. "Some cities Madera Ecused it dual misfortune, whether real or imagiuary of being ponderous; a seconate Fedding the latter too often the lot of sensitive | (and it will well bear a second,

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a third) will convince them of their Immortal waves that saw Lepzato's fight!

For ye áre"names no time oor tyranny can Lord Byron is among the few, to whom $16? eblight":09.!!!

2 1793. we are willing to allow the inequalities of


OF ST. PETER'S, AT ROME. metre; because his poetry is thereby ren. dered more barmonious; we are sorry to

ses But thou, of temples old, or altars new, see every rhymer of the present day servilely Worthiest of God, the boiy and tbe true.

Standest alone with polbing like to theeimitating this irregularity, when their

Since Zion's desolation, when that He their keeping close to the strict rules of l of earthly structures, in his honour piled,

be poetry; but to jump from long to short Of a sublimer aspect? Majesty, metre, and vice versa, may, to feitered ima Power, glory, strengib, and beauty, all are ginations, be very convenient.

aisled The lash of those critics who dip their | In this eternal ark' of worship undefled. pens in acid or gall, can never affect a poet “ Enter, its grandeur overwhelms thee not ; of Lord Byron's description ; let him write | And wby? it is not lessened; but thy mind, on wbat subject he thinks proper, his | Expanded by the genius of the spot, smooth and polished verse, his high wrought Has grown colossal, and can only find fancies, and his well told truths, will never A fit abode wberein appear enshrined fail to delight the ear of taste and refine. Thy hopes of immortality; and thou meot. We shall, therefore, without further

Shalt one day, if found worthy, so defined, remark, present to our accomplished read

See thy God face to face, as thou dost now ers, a few of tbe most striking extracts from

His huly of holies, nor be blasted by his brow, this interesting poem....

“Thou movesi--but increasing with the

advance, COMMENCEMENT OF THE PILGRIMAGE. Like climbing some great Alp, wbicb still doth “ I stood ia Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs;


Deceived by its gigantic elegance; A palace and a prison on each hand :

Vastness which grows--but grows to barmor I saw from out the wave her structures rise

Goli vige
As from the stroke of the enchanter's wand:

All musical in its immensities;
A thousand years their cloudy wings expand
Around me, and a dying glory smiles

Rich marbles-ricber painting-shrines where

fame O'er the far times, wheu many a subject land

The lamps of gold-and baughty dome which Look'd to the winged Liou's marble piies,

vies Where Venice sat in stats, thron'd ou ber 'hun

In air with earth's chief structures, though dred isles."


Sits on the firm-get ground-and this the

clouds must claim." « Before St. Mark still glow bis steeds of , brass,

PLEASURES OF SOLITUDE. Their gilded collars glitt'ring in the son;

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, But is not Doria's menace come to pass ?

There is a rapture on the lonely shore, Art ebey not bridled!+ Venice, lost and

won, There is society, where pone intrudes, Her thirteen bandred years of freedom done, By the deep sea, and music iu ils roar; Sinks, like a sca-weed, into wbence she rose !

I love not man the less, but nature more, Better be whelm'd beneath the waves, and shun, From these our interviews, in which I steal Even in destruction', depth, her foreiga foes,

From all I may be, or have been before, From whom submission wrings an infamous

To mingle with the universe, and feel repose.

What I can ne'er express, yet canuot all con, « In youth she was all glory-a new Tyre,

ceal.” Her very by-word sprung from victory, The. Planter of the Lion,' wbick through fire And blood, she bore o'er subject earth and sea; « Roll on, thou deep and dark blue oceanThough making many klaves, herself still free,

roll! And Europe's bulwark 'gainst the Ottomite; Ten thousand Aeets sweep over thee in vain; Witpens Troy's rival, Candial Youch it, ye Man marks tbe earth with ruin--bis contri!


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Stops with the sbore;-upon the watery plain || following stanzas, with which we conclude The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain

our extracts: the address to the Ocean still A shadow of man's ravage, save his own, continuing: When, for a moment, like a drop of raja, He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,

“ Tbou glorious mirror, where the Al. Without a grave, unknell’d, uucoffin'd, and

mighty's furto unkuown.

Glasses itself in tempests ; in all time,

Calm or convuls'd-in breeze, or gale, e “ His steps are uot upon thy paths,-thy


Icing the pole, or in the torrid clime
Are not a spoil for him,--thou dost arise
And shake bim from thee; the vile strength

Dark-heaving ;-boundless, eadless and sub

lime he wields For earth's destruction tbou dost all despise,

The image of Eternity--the throne

of the Invisible; even from out tby slime , ve! Spurning bim froin thy bosom to the skies,

The monsters of the deep are made ; eacb zone And send'st him, shiv'ring in thy playful spray | Obeys thee; thou guest forib, dread, falbom, And howling, to his Gods,, where baply lies

less, alone His petty hope in some near port or bay, And dashest bim again to earth : there let him “ And I have loved thee, Ocean! and my lay."

jay We are astonished at such an expression Borne, like thy bubbles, onward; from a boy

Of youthful sports was on thy breast to be as the last, from so correct a poet and grani

I wautoned with thy breakers—they to me marian as Lord Byron - let him lay!

Were a delight; and if tbe fresh'olag sea We are almost inclined to cry out, with a

Made them a terror-'was a pleasing fear, cotemporary critic, Lay—what?'—We For I was as it were a child of thee, have, however, long been enthusiastic ad And trusted to thy billows far and near, mirers of the almost peerless poems of this And laid iny haud upon thy made-as I do illustrious writer; and trivial errors must here." be forgotten amongst the beautics of the

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The Anglo-Cambrian ; by M. Linwood. 8vo. Longman and Co.

Tuis poem is founded on the conquest Is there po beacon in the assassin's eyė, 's of Wales, and its entire subjugation, by || Wheuce men turn fearfully, they kuow not Edward I. It is a fine subject; and though

why? it has been treated of before, we find an Can conscience, year on year, bid guilt fart air of novelty and interest in this work,

well! which cannot fail, we almost venture to

Nor justice once ber laggard arm propel?

Slander, how manifest thy power appears affirm, of rendering it popular. Tradition has been resorted to, it is true; but it is Thou gav`st tbese peasant weeds," utksowa

O'er murder'd heroes, and ihe widow's fears! pardonabie in poetry, where it presents

before, imagery; and though the disguise of Llew- | Drove my expatriate foot on Cambria's sbore, elyn in a monkish habit, at the time of his Tho' England bade ber Wand'rers from en fall, has been almost universally discredit. bigh, ed, yet it gives interest to the poem, which Her trumpet taurel-crown'd, berpame the contains many lines beautifully descriptive; cry. a few of which we beg leave to lay before Wrongs deep an ours, 80 complicate, so rare, our readers.

'Tis hard to feel,-'twere jofamy to bear.

Thus reason'd Edgar, for now first he knows, BEAUTIFUL OPENING OF THE POEM.

A father's injuries, a mother's woes. “ Has murder no identity of face,

But how redress them where for succour That, deck'd in court disguise, he 'scapes dis. fy? grace ?

ToEogland's throne !-'uis bari'd by treachery.

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