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145 an object of interest, and that the tra- Whose blackend slopes with deep ravines veller may be able to recognize the sub. entrenche'd, [nings quench'd, stances that compose the ground on which Their thunders silenc'd, and their lighthe treads. Mineralogy may be contem- Still the slow heat of spent eruptions plated in two points of view : we may breathe, [wombs beneath. consider it as closely connected with the While embryo earthquakes swell their more common affairs of life, and conse- Hark! from yon cauldron cave, the quently inviting us to pursue it from its

battle sound utility; or by affording to us continual Of fire and water warring under ground; examples of mathematical regularity, and Rack'd on the wheels of an ebulient tide, of the undeviating order of Nature, it may, Here might some spirit, fall'o from bliss, like Astronomy, accustom the student to

abide, sublime speculations, and thus become Such fitful wailings of intense despair, the means of enlarging and dignifying the Such emanating splendours fill the air, faculties of bis understanding. Rare spe- -He comes, he comes; the infuriate cimens are by no means necessary to ob

Geyser springs taio a competent knowledge of Minerals. Up to the firmament on vapoury wings; A careful perusal of a small and select With breathless awe the mounting glory collection, will benefit the student more

view;

[sue. than many hundreds expended in mere White whirling clouds his steep ascent purrarities, though such are, indeed, bene- But lo! a glimpse ;---refulgent to the gate, ficial to the private or public dealer, who He starts all naked through his riven veit; may artfully introduce them to the opu- A fountain-column, terrible and bright, leni amateur! The Author, well aware A living, breathing, moving form of light; of defects, solicits the assistance of the From central earth to heaven's meridian better informed Mineralogist, and will feel

throne, himself greatly obliged by any useful The mighty apparition towers alone, communication on this subject. He is Rising, as though for ever he could rise, aware of the difficulties which attend any Storm and resume his palace in the skies. one who endeavours, to simplify what is All foam, and turbulence, and wrath becomplicated, or to disentangle what is

low, perplexed in any science : confessing his Around him beams the reconciling bow ; little pretensions to theoretical knowledge, Signal of peace, whose radiant girdle binds, he undertakes the present labour with Till Nature's doom, the waters and the great diffidence, being conscious of the

winds; excellent and learned elementary treatises While mist and spray, condens'd to suda from which he has received instruction

den dews, and delight.' The present little work is The air illumine with celestial hues, intended as a guide to more comprehen- As if the bounteous sun were raining down sive publications, and the author will The richest gems of his imperial crown. think himself amply remunerated, if it In vain the spirit wrestles to break free, should become instrumental in promoting Poot-bound to fathomless captivity; the interest of the science.”

A power unseen, by sympathetic spell

For ever working,-to his Ainty cell 20. Greenland, and other Poems. By Recals him from the ramparts of the James Montgomery. 8vo. pp. 250.

spheres; Longman and Co.

He yields, collapses, Jessens, disappears ;

Darkness receives him in her vague abyss, GREENLAND, which comprises Around whose verge light froth and bubo the greater part of the Volume, is a bles hiss, Poem entirely of a religious charac- While the low murmurs of the refluent

tide ter; the story is founded upon the settlement made by the Christian Mis

Far into subterranean silence glide, sionaries in the country which gives

The eye still gazing down the dread profound,

(sound. its title to the poem. The natural peculiarities of ibat remote and sin.

When the bent ear hath wholly lost - the

But is he slain and sepulchred ? Again gular region give opportunity for

The deaibless giant sallies from his den, much new and beautiful description. Scales with recreated strengıh the ethereal of this, the following comprehensive walls, aud vivid sketch of Greenland itself struggles afresh for liberty, -and falls. affords a fine example:

Yes, and for liberty the fight renew'd,

By day, by night, updaunted, unsubdued, « Par off, amidst the placid sunshine, He shall maintain, till Iceland's solid base glow

[snow, Pail, and the mountains vanish from its Mountains with hearts of fire and crests of

face," Gent. Mag, August, 1819..

Some

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skill;

roam,

Some interesting episodes are woven He cries, and clasps his Bible to his breast, ioto the priocipal fable with great

Let the earth perish,-here is not my the story of a whole people

rest *.'" lost by the accumulation of ice seems

The following reflection will show a bold attempt at a competition with thal Mr. Montgomery's power of mothe greatest of living poets.

ral description is not excelled by his The opening of the first Canto pre- talent for painting the exteroal apsepts a painting of great beauty and

pearances of Nature: povelty, upon a subject which has

“ Thus, while the Brethren far in exile given occasion, perhaps, to as many

[home. efforts at descriptive embellishment Visions of Greenland shew their future as any other.

-Now a dark speck, but brighting as it " The moon is watching in the sky; the

flies, stars

A vagrant sea-fowl glads their eager eyes : Are swiftly wheeling on their golden cars; How lovely, from the narrow deck to see Ocean, outstreicht wiih infinite expanse,

The meanest link of Nature's family, Serenely slumbers in a glorious trance ;

Which makes us feel, in dreariest solitude, The tide, o'er which no troubling spirits Affinity with all that breathe renew'd; breathe,

At once a thousand kind emotions start, Reflects a cloudless firinament beneath; And the blood warms and mantles round Where, pois'd as in the centre of a sphere,

the heart!" A ship above and ship below appear; A double image, pictur’d on the deep, 21. Parliamentary Lellers, and other The vessel o'er its shadow seems to sleep; Poems. By Q. in the Corner. Small Yet, like the host of heaven, that never 8vo. pp. 109. Baldwin and Co. rest,

THESE Letters, from an electioneerWith evanescent motion to the West, The pageant glides through loneliness and ing Candidate to a Friend in London, night,

[light."

are familiar and amusing. They beAnd leaves behind a rippling wake of gin thus: At the conclusion of this Canto,

** My dear cousin Edward, I know you

will stare, after defending the absurdities of Ido

[me his heir ! Jatry and Superstition, the Poet adds, In his will he has left ine his mansion and

When you hear that my uncle has made « The Runic Bard to nobler themes shall

goods,

(woods ; string

[sing: His household appendages, acres, and His antient harp, and mightier triumphs And I mean, as i'm greatly enrich'd by Por glorious days are risen on Iceland :

his bounty,

[the county." clear

To sit down in splendour, and stand for The gospel-trumpet sounds to every ear, And deep in many a heart the Spirit's

of his qualifications he speaks movoice Bids the believing soul in hope rejoice. “ To you, my dear friend, I explicitly O'er the stern face of this tempestuous isle,

(great; Though briefly Spring, and Autumn never, My scholastic attainments are not very smile,

The village churchwarden (an honour'd Truth walks with naked foot th' unyielding vocation)

Was superintendant of my education; And the glad desert blossoms like the rose. My master's own portion of knowledge Though earthquakes heave, though for.

amounts

(accounts; renis drown his cot,

(lot To spelling, and reading, and casting Volcanoes waste his fields, he peasant's And I'm in no danger, it must be confess'd, Is blest beyond the destiny of kings : of eclipsing the talents my tutor pos- Lifting bis eyes above sublunar things,

sess'd ; Like dying Stephen, when he saw in prayer Now I've lately been frighten'd with stories Heaven open'd, and his Saviour beckoning concerning

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* One of the finest specimens of Icelandic poetry extant is said to be the “Ode to the British and Foreign Bible Society," composed by the Rev. John Thorlakson, of Bægisa, the translator of Milton's “ Paradise Lost” into his native tongue. Of this Ode there is a Latin translation by the learned Iceland Professor, Fiuo Magnusson. A spirited English version has also appeared. Thorlakson is a venerable old man, and bolds church preferment to the amount of six pounds five shillings per annum, out of which he allows a stipend to a curate. See our Part 1. p. 464.

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shopmen; they collect shreds and remExtremely sarcastic,-unpleasantly wise; nants of kpowiedge, which they puff Who speak very much to the purpose, 'tis off with a smile of the most perfect said,

[dead.

complacency; and if they obtain en. And quo'e from all languages, living and

couragement, they will try to sport thus enlightea'd by college and schools,

[rules,

with a commodity which they mis

take for wit. What could induce Were to measure my speeches by critical

Miss Plunitre to enlist into this class Or to creat my remarks in a scholar-like way,

[I say?

of bookmakers ? Did she conceive 0! how should I answer? or what should that any tissue would serve for a ReFor even suppose I'd the volumes to quote ; sidence in Ireland, or that from her -Ye gods! what a trouble to learn them any thing would be acceptable ? by rote !!"

Sierne was vain enough to suppose His friend in return, gives him

that his readers would tolerate what. some souod advice, intermixed with

ever flowed from his pen ; and perjocularity; and, inter alia, says,

haps Miss P. was of opinion, that if

she tried sometimes to be pompous, “Let not expensive dinners give you

and other times to be facetious, she pain

(tain; This is a tax which greatness must sus

should ingratiate herself with the Your voters have no interested views, multitude, and eveo impose on the But lurile feasts 't were maduess to refuse;

Critick. And their huge appetites a proof will give

In the writer's serious accounts and In this they need no representative. remarks, however, we find much to Besides, when muital men on business applaud; and though she be generally meet,

desultory, and frequently incorrect, Without a dinner all seems incomplete :

her pen is guided by humanity, and by At JUSTICE MEETINGS, where grave sages a desire of promoting the improve

sit Arranging roads or rates, as they thick fit;

ment of the country which she at

lempts to describe. Impressed with At PARISH MEETINGS, where in loog debale Church war deus frown in enviable state ;

the conviction that the people of Ire

land bave laboured under the foulest At CORPORATION MEETINGS, where 'is just Paving and lighảing should be well dis- imputations and aspersions, she laud. cuss'd;

abig exerts herself lo reoder them At QUARTER DAY, when lawyers are intent justice, and notices their defects in Collecting in due forın a client's reni;- order to advance the important ob. In fact, wbale'er is done by saint or sinner, ject of their amelioration. Nothing will prosper if there's not a dinner."

In the summer of 1814, Miss From the minor Poems, we lake Plumtre was led, from a combination one short extract :

of circumstances, to visit Dublin and “ Dear Laura ! when you were a flirting

the North of Ireland, in company young miss,

with two friends. Liverpool was the And I was your dutiful swain,

place fixed on for embarkation ; but Your smiles could exalt to the summit of the party were, by the persuasion of bliss,

a friend, iuduced tv aller their plan, Your frowns could o'erwhelm me with pain.

and they chose Bristol as the most Your were dear to me, then, love, but now

eligible spot to take shipping, and, by you're my wife, It is strange the fond tie should be nearer;

adopting this latter resolution, Miss Yet wben I am paying your debts, on my

Pluintre bad an opportunity of visitlife

ing Bath, of which she has given an You seem to get dearer and dearer."

interesting description; but that cele.

brated city is too well knowo to need 22. Narrative of a Residence in Ireland ang police here. After a short stay

during the Summer of 1814, and that of at Bristol, during which she collecled 1815. By Anne Plumire, Author of many interesting mineralogical speci" A Residence in France," 8c. Illus- mens, she set off for Liverpool, actrated with numerous Engravings of re- cording to her original intention, and markable Scenery. 410. Colburn. arrived there on the 14th of July,

CERTAIN travellers may be com- about eight in the morning, and on pared to literary haberdashers, or the following day embarked, having dealers in small wares; and in serv- joined company with two officers going tbeir customers they have often iog to Ireland ; tbe voyage was le

dious and disagreeable. Ireland is op entirely with the dark old Irish oak, entered by the Bay of Dublin, which wbich gives it a truly dignified and vehas been often compared to that of perable appearance. A gallery with a

balustrade of the same oak runs round it, Naples. The scene is thus described:

which is decorated with a profusion of “Dublin bay is six Irish miles in breadth busts ; down on one side are those of ceat its mouth, measuring from the Hill of lebrated characters of antiquity. Along Howth, the Northernmost point, to Dalkey the other side are modern characters. Island, the most southern, and seven in This room contains about forty thousand depth from the entrance to the mouth of

volumes of the best works in all branches the Liffey. The inner part, called the of literature. At the upper end, it is Harbour, is divided off by a stupendous crossed by a smaller room, the two waking stone pier, which stretches altogether together the form of a T, where is now, three miles from the shore, beginning at deposited the celebrated Fagel Library the village of Ringsend upon the bay, from Amsterdam. This Library was The former part, from Ringsend to the

among those brought over to England at Pigeon-House, was begun in 1748, and the Revolution in Holland, when the Stadt. finished in less than seven years; the re- holderian government was overthrown. maining mile and quarter from the Pigeon. It' was offered for sale to both the English House to the Lighthouse, was beguu about Universities, at the price of fourteen thouthe year 1760, and was completed in eight sand pounds, but the purchase was deyears, The Lighthouse, by which it is clined' by both as too expensive; it was terminated, and which stands nearly in

then proposed to the University of Dubthe centre of the bay, is a circular stone lin, and at first declined by them on the building rising eighty feet above jhe pier,

same grounds. and one hundred above low water-mark. “But very soon after a discovery was A gallery with an iron balustrade, encircles made of a large sum of money due to the it on the outside, about half way up, the College, till then unknown to them, and ascent to which is by a narrow steep wind- it was agreed to appropriate this sort of ing stone staircase, also on the outside.

deodand to a purchase which had not From this gallery is the best poiut for been declined without great reluctance taking a survey over the bay and the fine

and regret. Buonaparte was then at the country round it. In order to obviate the head of the French Government, and had objection to the scanty foundation on which just about the same time sent over a comthis structure was of necessity to be raised, mision to have the most select works in it is built on empty woulpacks, au idea for

this collection purchased for the national which the engineer was indebted to the in.

Library at Paris; but the University of genuity of his wife. The great sand bank

Dublin proposing to take the whole, the called the Bar, runs from the end of the bargain was concluded with them for the pier to the North shore of the bay ; a flag sum originally proposed. The collection is kept flying upon the top of the Light- consists of about twenty Thousand vohouse during the time it may be passed, lumes, among which are a number of very so that a vessel, immediately on entering valuable classical and historical works in the bay, knows the state of the water."

a great variety of languages. There is a The Author, in the third Chapter, brated drawings of the insects of Surinam.

very fine copy of Madame Marian's cele. treats of the origin of the city of This collection was made by three succesDublin and of its name, present extent sive heads of the family of Fagel; the son of the city, the national Bank, the

of the last, whom the necessity of the Custom House, the four Courts, Tri- times compelled to part with it, has visited nity College, the Fagel Library, the Dublin since the books were tranferred Manuscript Room, the College Cha- thither. He expressed himself greatly pel, the Museum, and the new Bo. consoled under the mortification, which tanic Garden. It would be impos. he could not but feel at seeing this monusible for us regularly to altend this

ment of the taste of his forefathers transrambler to the numerous objects de

ferred to a foreign country, in reflecting scribed in this Chapter, or to notice

that the collection was preserved entire, the multitude of objects on which she

and occupied so conspicuous a station in

so noble a University." descants; we shall deem it sufficient to select the account of the Fagel When the Author visits the CatheLibrary in Trinity College:

dral of St. Patrick's, Dean Swift-be“ The principal room is a very fine one,

comes of course a promineot object. two hundred and seventy feet in length His epitaph is not copied, but the by forty iu breadth ; a length exceeding melancholy reverse of his brilliant any other single room for the reception of genius is an unavoidable source of rebooks-in the united kingdoms. It is fitted fection with a literary characters the

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149 line in which bis fate is so feelingly summer residence. Near the centre described,

is a Corinthian column with a phenix “And Swift expires a driveller and a show,"

rising from the flames at the top.

This was erected in 1747, by Lord occurs not in Pope's works, as is ge

Chesterfield, who was then Lord nerally supposed, but in Johnson's

Lieutenant." Vanity of Human Wishes." Near

The account of the visit to the Swift's monument is one to Stella,

Giant's Causeway is very entertaining, and another erected by the Dean to

and is evidently the best written part Alexander Magee, a faithful servant

of the Volume; it may be observed of his, who died in the year 1722. A bust of the Deao has been put up by

that throughout the work, consider

able paios have been bestowed upon of George Faulkner, the Dean's book: geological pursuits, in the prosecution of George Faulkner, the Dean's book of which, and in making the drawings seller, and the publisher of his works. for the - Narrative,” Miss Plumtre

The see of Dublin has two Cathe acknowledges her obligations to two drals attached to it, St. Patrick's and

An excellent engraving Christ Church. The original foun

gentlemen. dation of the latter is ascribed to the this description. We have only room

of the Giant's Causeway accompanies son of one of the Danish Kings of for a short extract:Dublin early in the eleventh century, more than a hundred and fifty years

“ The usual description given of the before the foundation of St. Patrick's. Causeway is, that it is a mole projecting It was then a College of regular Ca

from the foot of a towering basaltic rock pons, dedicated to the blessed Trinity,

some way into the sea; so far this descripbut was converted into a Chapter at

tion is very proper; but care should be

taken at the same time to explain that the the Reformation. Neither the Apti.

mole itself is not towering, that it does quary nor the Architect will derive

not in any part rise to a considerable height much information from the Author's above the water. The tallest pillars are description of these Cathedrals; this in the group called the Giant's Loom, and was a subject evidently out of her none of them exceed thirty-three feet in reach, and disappointment must of 'height. Mr. Hamilton says that the

Causeway runs from the foot of the rock Of the Parochial Churches which some hundred feet into the sea ; this is a adorn the Irish capital, it appears that

very loose and indefinite mode of descrip

tion. I had heard before I saw it, that it St. Werburgh is the priocipal; the Lord Lieutenant and the Court used

projected three quarters of a mile into

the sea ; estimating it at the utmost posformerly to attend diyine service here.

sible extent to which it could be taken, I St. George's is a new-built Church,

believe it would be found scarcely to run Over the portico is inscribed,

a sixth part of that length. But the acΔΟΞΑ ΕΝ ΥΨΙΣΤΟΙΣ ΘΕΩ. counts are so extremely varied, that one

thing only is to be inferred, which is, that St. Andrew's, or the Round Church,

no accurate measurement of it has ever is remarkable for its circular form,

yet been taken. My guide, whom in which, from the Author's descrip

many respects I found very intelligent, tion, appears somewhat to resemble seemed wholly at a loss when I questioned the Temple Church in London, but him on this subject. Indeed, in comno very correct idea can be formed puting the length of the Causeway, the of it from this meagre detail. Be- first thing to be determined is the point sides these, there are sixteen other

from which the measurement is to comparish churches which are sweepingly mence. The whole length from the foot dismissed with the parting conclusion

of the rock is commonly comprehended in of not being “particularly worthy of

it ; whereas, in fact, the Causeway, pronotice!"

perly so called, commences only at the Dublin also contains sixteen Meet

range of low columns seen in the priut to

the right:-hence may very much arise ing-houses for Protestant dissenters, the contradiction in the accounts." ten Catholic chapels, six friaries, and six nunneries, but no synagogue for

We shall now extract the Author's the Jews.

highly coloured summary of the Irish In the next Chapter the Phænix

character: Park is described as “ extensive, but

To me it ever appeared that the Irish there is nothing strikingly pretty in are a people uncommonly susceptible of it. Here the Lord Lieutenant has a kindness. I have seen the countenances

sometimes

course ensue.

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