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crystal-—as if, in enamoured admiration, upon a great, clear light, gleaming gazing upon their richly-coloured, luxuố through a considerable cluster of luxuriant, and feathery foliage, reflected in riuntly foliaged trees, beneath whose vivid freshness upon the bosom of that spreading branches flitted and reposed transcendently natural mirror ;-there, numerous aerial beings, resembling my copse-wood, equally foreign and lovely, beautiful guide. Love, joy, innocence, closed all interstices-whilst fruits of and everlasting peace were sensibly extempting form and colour, and flowers pressed in their angelic countenances ; of inimitable hues, flashed like gems in and sweet were the words, precious the the unclonded sunlight. I bowed down benisons, wherewith they welcomed a my head for a draught of the cool, clear mortal into the Grove of the Golden waters, and immediately upon tasting City! The glorious light of that city them, felt through my frame a plea- proceeded from the sun shining full sant, vivifying thrill ;-I felt also as if I upon the palaces of sapphire-coloured had at once thrown off the heavy tram- crystal, erected in all styles of the richest meis of mortality, with its wearying architecture, each symmetrical in itself, cares, its feverish hopes, and its over and perfect in design and execution.burdening sorrows. Light as air, fresh Fairy fancy, in sooth, seem to have been as morning, and joyful as the martyr at exhausted in supplying models of temthe gates of death, I gazed on the en. ples, palaces, castles, porticoes, colonchanting loveliness around me.
nades, triumphal arches, &c. &c.; for “ Come !" sighed a voice, low and here was displayed every species of mellifluous as that of the wind-harp, building of which Earth boasts for or. parleying with “the breath of the sweet nament and defence, in every order of south,” – ravishing and radiant as is every civilized nation on its bosom ; this spot, its bowery beauty must thou whilst orders and edifices, for which exquit, for the splendour of the Golden ist no denominations among men, arose City, the City of the Fairies! Thrice and spread themselves--highly adorned, happy mortal! thither, even to our city, and richly magnificent-in this singuam I commissioned to conduct thee ! larly superb and beautiful city. Not upon Come !"
the model of Thebes, of Babylon, of So saying, the tiny essence, whose Macedon, of Rome, or of Salem, did I, substance resembled a portion of lucent in the excess of astonishment, gaze--not morning mist, wrought into the dra- upon any one of the proud triumphs of peried and miniature image of hu- Art, ancient or modern; but rather manity, and whose slight figure skimmed upon a wild, yet exceedingly lovely, the pure, thin air, extended its delicate combination of, and improvement on, hand, and smiling encouragement, beck- the Beautiful of all! Gates were there oned me onwards. I followed-rather none to this city, neither closing portals instinctively, than by any act of the un- to the habitations thereof; for rapine derstanding, for the faculties of my ra
and violence were in that delicious land vished spirit were absorbed, as in a unknown. Highly-ornamented aperdream of heaven, by the ethereal loveli- tures, in the fashion of porticoes and ness of this transcendent land, by the arcades, &c., stood ever open for the soft, crystalline light, the glorious, ro- ingress and egress of the social denizens mantic landscape, the vivid verdure, the of this Elfin Eden ; and the windows of celestial odours, and by the snatches of the shining structures seened, when the unearthly melody, which ever and anon, orb of day poured down his glorious borne on the undulating wings of the beams upon them, each a sun, being breeze, came from afar upon my wil- formed of entire white crystals, brilliant dered senses, breathing ineffable felicity. and spotlessly pure as adamant! But Above all, my bosom was immersed in the dazzling and overwhelming effula flood of delicious feeling, by the holy gence of the Golden City as far surrepose, the unutterable pence of the passes the power of mortal speech to Fairy Paradise ; and my hearı, sur- declare, as did it that of mortal eyes to charged with rapture, could find no endure. The ever-living wreathlets of vent for the overwhelming influences of odorous leaves and rainbow-coloured gladness and devotion, because I re- flowers, thickly clustering and climbing membered that to me was speech in this around column and pinnacle, and the hallowed land forbidden !
shadowing trees, bending and waving “Behold ! " cried the friendly Fay, with guardian air over and amidst temafter we had traversed for some time the ple and palace, were no defence against flowery wilds, “ yonder is the City of this supernatural radiance; but as my the Fairies !"
dazzled eyes unwittingly closed upon Long indeed had my eyes been fixed the brilliant vision of the Golden City,
Beautiful! beautiful!-thou shalt feel
MR. HUNT, M.P. FOR PRESTON.
my auricular organs became more exquisitely sensible to the tide of heavenly Their eloquent music from thee steal melodies, now rolling in awful and in. Those darkling thoughts, that should mournfully expressible beauty around me; my spi- With the light, the life, and the joy-now thine. rit, lapped in ecstacy, quaffed with avi. Beautiful ! beautiful each glad bell dity the majestic stream, and upon me Sings to thy soul" Thou hast borne thee well : seemed opening the light and loveliness And thy rest is won—on the Deathless Shore.” of worlds more enrapturing even, and
M. L. B. ineffable, than this ! But there was a pause in the music, and anon the magic
SPIRIT OF THE bells of the Golden City were heard chiming in harp-like notes, which drop
Public Journals. ped upon the ear, small, distinct, and purely brilliant as the melodious tears of the Renealmia into the near bosom of the waters. A rush of fervent feel- (From Speakers and Speeches in Paring and exhaustless poetry bore upon
liament, in the New Monthly Magazine.) my yet subdued spirit ;-resistless, but Feb. 3. Mr. Hunt.-I was particupleasant sadness enwrapt my soul;— larly curious to witness the debut of the yes! an unearthly and delicious mourn. Hon. Member for Preston, in an assemfulness it was, more precious far than bly so little accustomed, as that so long the transient sparklings and flashes of misnamed the House of Coinmons, to unalloyed mirth. But, alas ! inadequate such an out-and-outer of the Demos are words to convey an idea of the hea- coming between the wind and their novenly sensations-love, awe, sweet me, bility—to see whether any gaucherie of lancholy, divine joy, and unspeakable manner would betray an uneasy condevotion-which then struggled for as- sciousness of his not being quite at ease. cendancy in my softened, purified soul ! among those scions of aristocracy, who An odorous, strong wind swept past occupy benches originally intended for me-in it was the sound of a rushing the virtual representatives of the people. multitude who trod not upon earth, but Mr. Hunt, on the whole, bore himself cut the air alone; and in it, too, with well; and, by a total absence of affectathe murmur of voices, was that of many tion, of either tone or manner-that instruments, touched only by the breeze. surest test of the gentleman, at least of
“Hark!' cried my exquisite com- Nature's forming-disappointed his aupanion, they pass to meet, and to wel- dience of their ready smiles at demacome, to honour, to felicitate, and to gogue vulgarity. But once, and that crown, a Fairy emancipated from mortal for a moment, did his self-possession toil; and those bells, all tones of which seem to fail him while going through speak so eloquently of immortal peace the ceremonies preceding a new meniand life-those liquid bells, at once so ber's taking his seat. After the member mysteriously sad and so blesseil, send has signed his name and taken the oaths, forth, in token of gratulation, their he is formally introduced by the Clerk charmed songs. But hearken! for of the House to the Speaker, who usually thou, O mortal! art permitted to hear greets the new trespasser on his pathe lay of welcome and victory chanted tience by a shake of the hands. This by heavenly essences, upon the arrival ceremony is in general performed by in this glorious region of our dear com- the present Speaker with a gloved hand panion, who shall depart from it no towards those not particularly distinmore !"
guished by wealth or pedigree. When Thereupon ensued a delicious burst the new member for Preston was introof young, glad voices, and rich, sweet duced to him, he was in the act of taking instruments; but, as a shadow to reality, snuff, with his glove off. Mr. Hunt as man to those immortal and spotless made a bow, not remarkable for its beings, so to their glorious Pæan is the graceful repose, at a distance-appresubsequent faint memory of
hensive, as it struck me, that the acknowledgment would be that of a noli
me tangere, exclusive. Beautiful! beantifull-on they float
ably disappointed: the Speaker gave Those lyre-like bells- a soul in each note, hiin his ungloved hand at once, in a A toogue i: each tone of the elfin chine,
manner almost cordial; and Mr. Hunt To carol the bliss of our fadeless clime.
took his seat, evidently pleased by the Beant ful! beautiful!-halcyon rest
flattering courteousness of his recepBreathe they to the weary, woe-worn breast;
tion. Lost in their song is the dream of Earth's dree, Companion dear! and they're singing for thee.
I take it that the personal appearance
He was agree
of Mr. Hunt is too well known to re- LEADER of the Chorus. When * flagons were quire description. He is, take him. And roisterers were roaming, altogether, perhaps the finest looking And bards flung about them their gibe and their man in the House of Commons-tall, joke ;
The holiest song muscular, with a healthful, sun-tinged, Still was found to belong forid complexion, and a manly Haw. To the cons of the marsh, with their
Full Chorus • thorn deportment-half_yeoman, half
LEADER. Shall we pause in our strain, gentleman sportsman. To a close ob- Now the months bring again server of the human face divine, how. The pipe and the minstrel to gladden the folk? ever, his features are wanting in energy
Rather strike on the ear of will and fixedness of purpose.
With a note strong and clear,
A chant corresponding of brow is weak, and the eyes flittering Chorus.
Croak, croak. and restless; and the mouth is usually BACCHUS (mimicking.) Croak, croak, by ibo
gods I shall choke, garnished with a cold simper, not very If you pester and bore my ears any more compatible with that heart-born enthu- With your croak, croak, croak. siasm which precludes all doubt of truth
LEADER. Rude companion and vain,
Thus to carp at my strain; and sincerity.
(To Chor | But keep in the vein,
With a croak, croak, croak.
Chorus (crescendo.) Croak, croak, croak.
- BACCHUS (mimicking.) Croak, croak, vapour FRIENT), Truth is best of all. It is the bed
That I care for such stuff,
As your cronk, croak, croak.
- Chorus (fortissimo.) Croak, croak, croak. its bioom.
BACCHUS. Now fires light on thee, As white as Chastity is single Truth,
And waters soak; · Like Wisdom calm, like Honour without end;
And March winds catch thee And Love doth lean on it, in age and youth,
Without any cloak. And Courage is twice arm’d with Truth its
For within and without, friend.
From the tail to the snout, Oh! who would face the blame of just men's
Thou’rt nothing but croak, croak, croak.
LEADER. And what else, captious Newcomer, eyes,
say, should I be ? And bear the fame of falsehood all bis days,
But you know not to wbom you are talking, And wear out scorued life with useless lies,
I see : Which still the shifting, . quivering look (With dignity) I'm the friend of the Muses, betrays?
and Pan with bis pipe, For what is Hope, if Truth be not its stay ?
Holds me dearer by far than a cherry that's ripe : - And what were Love, if Truth forsook it quite?
For the reed and the cane whicb his music And what were all the Sky,--if Falsehood gray
supply, Behind it like a Dream of Darkness lay,
Who gives them their tone and their moisture
but I ?
And therefore for ever I'll utter my cry
Croak, croak, croak.
Bacchus. I'm blister'd, I'm fluster d, I'm SCENE FROM THE FROGS OF ARISTO
sick, I'm ill
Chorus. Croak, croak.
Bacchus. My dear little bull-frog, do prithee
be still. Translated in the Quarterly Review.
Tis a sorry vocation that reiteration, We are not
at present breathing the air (I speak on, my honour, most musical uation, either of Christ Church' meadow or
of croak, croak.
LEADER (maestoso.) When tue sun rides in Trinity gardens ; and if our version of glory and makes a bright day, a piece of mere pleasantry, which in
Mid lilies and plants of the water I stray;
Or when the sky darkens with tempest and rain, volves nothing in it beyond a moment's
I sink like a pearl in my watery domain: laugh, should be so happy as to satisfy Yet, sinking or swimming. I lift np a song, the general reader,' we shall affect
Or I drive a gay dance with my eloquent throng,
Then hey bubble, bubblefor the nonce,' to know 'nothing of the For a knave's petty trouble, objections which more scientific persons,
* The comic performances of the Athenians the students of the brilliant Hermann, were usually brought out at a festival of Bac. and acute Reisigius, might be supposed
chus, which lasted for three days. The first of
these was devoted to the tapping of their wineto make to our arrangement of this little
casks ; the second to boundless jollity (Plato speextravaganza.
cifies a town, but not Athens, every single inha
bitant of wbich was found in a state of intoxicaScene, the Acherusian Lake. Bacchus at the tion on one of these festivals,) and the third to
oar in Charon's Boat ; CHARON; - CHORUS theatrical exhibitions in the temple of the paOF FROGS ; in the background a view of Bac- tron of the feast. In this state of excitement it chus's Temple or Theatre, from which are will be easily imagined that some coarser ingreheard the sound of a scenical entertainment, dients were required by the clever but licentious
rabble of Athens, to whom these representations Semi-chorus. Croak, croak, croak.
were more particularly addressed, besides the Semi-chorus. Croak, croak, croak.
better commodities of rich poetry and wit; and (In answer, and with the music an octave lower.) hence the deformities wbich bave been so much Full Chorus. Croak, crvak; croak.
complained of in the writings of Aristopbanes.
Shall I my high charter and birth-right revoke? of a treasure buried in his cellar ; he Nay, my efforts I'll double,
had often, he said, followed it, but had And drive bin like stubble Before me, with
ş always been so much alarmed by a fear, Chorus, Croak, croak, croak.
ful noise, and a dog which he fancied he BACCAUS. I'm ribs of steel, I'm heart of oak, Let us see if a note
saw, that the effort had proved fruitless, May be found in this throat
and he had returned as he went. This To aaswer their croak, crvak, croak.
alarm on the one hand, and the hope of
(Croaks loudly.) acquiring riches on the other, so entirely LEADER. Poor vanity's sonAnd dost think me outdone,
absorbed his mind, that he could no With a clamour no bigger
longer apply to his trade with his former Than a inaiden's first snigger?, (To Chorus) But strike up a tune,
industry, and had, in consequence, lost He shall not forget soon.
nearly all his custom. He therefore (Chorus.) of our croak, croak, croak, urgently begged Oberlin would go to (Croak, with
a discordant crash of music.) his house, and conjure the ghost, for the BACCHUS. I'm cinder, I'm coke, I have had my death-stroke;
purpose of either putting him in posses0, that ever I woke
sion of the treasure, or of discontinuing To be gall'd by the yoke of this croak, croak, croak, croak.
its visits. Oberlin replied, that he did LEADER. Friend, friend, I may not be still: not trouble himself with the conjuration My destinies bigh I must peeds fulfil, And the march of creation, despite reprobation the notion of an apparition in the man's
of ghosts, and endeavoured to weaken Must procètd with fTo Chor.) my lads, must I make application
mind, exhorting him at the same time to For a
seek for worldly wealth by application Chorus.
Croak, croak, croak. BACCHUS (in a minor key.) Nay, nay--take to his business, prayer, and industry. your own way,
Observing, however, that his efforts were I've said out my say,
unavailing, he promised to comply with And care naught, by my fai',
the man's request. On arriving at mid, LEADER. Care or care not, 'tis the same thing night at the tradesman's house, he found
him in company with his wife and seveMy voice is my own and my actions are free; I have but one note, and I'll chant it with glee,
ral female relations, who still affirmed And from moruing to night that note it shall be- that they had seen the apparition. They Chorus. Croak, croak, croak.
were seated in a circle in the middle of BACCHUS. Nay then, old rebel, but I'll stop your treble,
the apartment. Suddenly the whole comWith a poke, poke, poke :
pany turned pale, and the man exclaimTake this from my rudder – (dashing at the ed, Do you see, sir, the count is stand
frogs)—and that from my oar, And now let us see if you'll trouble us more ing opposite to you ?' With your croak, croak, croak.
" I see nothing." LEADER, You may hatter and bore, You may thunder and ruar... i fied voice, “he is advancing towards
“ Now, sir,” exclaimed another terriYet I'll never give o'er Till I'm hard at death's door, -(This rib's plagey sore)
“ I still do not see him." Semi-chorus With my cruak, croak, croak. Semi-chorus (diminuendo.) With my croak,
“ Now he is standing just behind your croak, croak.
chair." Full Chorus (in a dying cadence.) With my
“ And yet I cannot see him ; but, as croak-croak- croak.
(The Frogs disappear.) you say he is so near me, I will speak Bacchus (looking over the boat's edge. I to him." And then rising from his seat,
Spoke, spoke, spoke.
and turning towards the corner where For at last there's an end
they said that he stood, he continued, To their croak, croak, croak. Sir Count, they tell me you are standing (Bacchus pays his two obols, and is landed.) before me, although I cannot see you;
but this shall not prevent me from inNotes of a Reader.
forming you that it is scandalous conduct on your part, by the fruitless pro
mise of a hidden treasure, to lead an LAYING A GHOST.
honest man, who has hitherto faithfully In the Memoirs of J. F. Oberlin, Pas- followed his calling, into ruin-to induce tor of a poor Protestant flock, in one of him to neglect his business--and to bring the wildest parts of France, we find the misery upon his wife and children, by following pleasant recipe for laying a rendering him improvident and idle. ghost :
Begone! and delude them no longer An honest tradesman, relying on the with such vain hopes.” power of his faith, came to him one day, Upon this the people assured him that and after a long introduction, informed the ghost vanished at once.. Oberlin him, that a ghost, habited in the dress went home, and the poor, mang taking of an ancient knight, frequently presents the hint which in his address to the ed itself before him, and awakened hopes count he had intended to convey, applied.
to business with his former alacrity, and dinary benefit which the trees afford the never again complained of his nocturnal inhabitants." What the Germans thus visiter.
provided for by a wise law, Oberlin, a No ghost was ever more easily laid ; pious pastor of Waldbach, required as an but supposing the story to be accurately act of religious duty, bringing that great related, Oberlin's presence of mind is principle into action on all occasions. not more remarkable, than that the Late in autunın he addressed his parishwhole company should have concurred ioners thus :in affirming that they saw an apparition “Dear Friends-Satan, the enemy of which was invisible to him.
mankind, rejoices when we demolish and destroy; our Lord Jesus Christ, on the
contrary, rejoices when we labour for ABROAD."
the public good. BISHOP PERCY has observed, that it “You all desire to be saved by Him, might be discerned whether or not there and hope to become partakers of His was a clergyman resident in a parish, by glory. Please him, then, by every possithe civil or brutal manners of the peo- ble means, during the remainder of the ple; he might have thought that there time you may have to live in this world. never had resided one in the Ban de la
“He is pleased when, from the prinRoche, if he had seen the state of the ciple of love, you plant trees for the inhabitants when M. Stouber went public benefit. Be willing, then to plant thither to take possession of the cure them. Plant them in the best possible in the year 1750. He, who entered manner. Remember, you do it to please upon it with a determination of doing Him. his duty like a conscientious and ener- “ Put all your roads into good condigetic man, began first by inquiring into tion; ornament them; employ some of the manner of education there ; and ask your trees for this purpose, and attend ing for the principal school, he was con. to their growth.” ducted to a miserable hovel, where there were a number of children “ crowded together without any occupation, and in so wild and noisy a state, that it was In the churchyard at Waldbach was forwith some difficulty he could gain a re- merly a monument, which bore this: ply to his inquiries for the master." epitaph :“ There he is,” said one of them, as
During three years of marriage soon as silence could be obtained, point- Margaret Salomé, wife of G. Stouber, ing to a withered old man, who lay on a
Minister of this parish,
Found at the Bau de la Roche, in the simplicity little bed in one corner of the apart
of a peaceable ment.
And useful life, “ Are you the schoolmaster, my good The delight of her benevolent heart; and in her friend ?” inquired Stouber.
The grave of her youth and beauty, “ Yes, sir."
She died, August 9, 1764, aged 20 years. « And what do you teach the chil. Her husband has sown for immortality all that
Near this spot dren ?'s “ Nothing, sir."
Uncertain wbetber he is more sensible of the “ Nothing !-how is that?"
grief of having lost,
Or the glory of having poss “Because,” replied the old man, with characteristic simplicity, “1 know nothing myself."
• Why, then, were you instituted schoolmaster ?"
This is the subject of a Scottish ballad, “Why, sir, I had been taking care of well known to collectors in that departthe Waldbach pigs for a great number ment; and the history of the conversion of years, and when I got too old and of the murderess, and of her carriage at infirm for that employment, they sent her execution, compiled apparently by me here to take care of the children." one of the clergymen of Edinburgh, has
been lately printed by Mr. Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, whose merits as an
author, antiquary, and draughtsman, A custom prevailed in the neighbouring stand in no need of our testimcny. parts of Germany, where no farmer was The story of the young lady is short allowed to marry till he had planted and and melancholy. She was a daughter of was “ father of a stated number of wal- Livingston of Dunipace, a courtier, and nut trees, that law being inviolably ob- a favourite of James VI.; an ill-assorted served,' says Evelyn, “ for the extraor- marriage united her at an early age with
MURDER OF THE LAIRD OF WARRISTON,
BY HIS OWN WIFE.