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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

Croak, croak.

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,
And attack him again

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

and smoke,
Where Virtue e'er must spring, till blast of Never think it, old Huff,
doom ;

That I care for such stuff,
Where every bright and budding thought is bred,
Where Hope doth gain its strength, and Love

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 ?
Ready to quench its stars in endless, endless

And therefore for ever I'll utter my cry
New Monthly Mngazine.


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.

For a


to me,


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 biin like stubble Before me, with

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,

saw, that the effort had proved fruitless, Let us see if a note May be found in this throat

and he had returned as he went. This To answer their croak, cruak, 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, (Croak, with a discordant crash of music.) his house, and conjure the ghost, for the

urgently begged Oberlin would go to BACCHUS. I'm cinder, I'm coke, I have had my death-stroke;

purpose of either putting him in possesO, that ever I woke

sion of the treasure, or of discontinuing To be gall'd by the yoke or this croak, croak, croak, croak.

its visits. Oberlin replied, that he did LEADER. Friend, friend. I may not be stil: not trouble himself with the conjuration My destinies bigh I must peeds fulfil, And the march of creation_despite re probation

of ghosts, and endeavoured to weaken Must procètd with=(To Chor.) my lads, muist I the notion of an apparition in the man's make application

mind, exhorting him at the same time to

seek for worldly wealth by application 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, is

unavailing, he promised to comply with And care naught, by my fai', For your croak, croak, croak.

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

bim in company with his wife and seveMy voice is my own and my actions are free; I have but one note, and I'll cbant it with glee, ral female relations, who still affirmed And from morning to night that note it shall be that they had seen the apparition. They

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 com, With 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.
You may haiter and bore,
You may thunder and roar, at si fied voice, he is advancing towards

Now, sir,'' exclaimed another terri-
Yet I'll never give o'er
Till I'm hard at death's door,
-(This rib's plagyy 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 s croak-croak- croak.

(The Frogs disappear.) you say he is so near me, I will speak BACCHUS (looking over the boat's edge.) to him.” And then rising from his seat,

Spoke, spoke, spoke.
To Charon.) Pull away, my old friend,

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. (Bacchus pays his two obols, and is lunded.) before me, although I cannot see you ;

Sir Count, they tell me you are standing

but this shall not prevent me from inNotes of a Reader.

forming you that it is scandalous conduct on your part, by the fruitless promise of a hidden treasures to lead an

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 sạch 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, many 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




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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

first confinement,

was mortal;

sed her.


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the Laird of Warriston, a gentleman willingly to this arrangement. The clerwhom she did not love, and who appa- gyman was particularly offended that the rently used her with brutal harshness. display of her penitence should not be The Lady Warriston accused her hus- as public as that of her guilt had been, band of having struck her several blows, and we may forgive the good man if besides biting her in the arm ; and con- there was any slight regret for a dimispired with her nurse, Janet Murdo, to nished display of his own success, as murder him. The confidante, inspired a religious assistant, mixed with this by that hall-savage attachment which avowed dissatisfaction.-- Quarterly Rev. in those days animated the connexion between the foster-child and the nurse, entered into all the injuries of which her The difficulty of transmitting sounds to dalt (i. e. foster daughter) complained, encouraged her in her fatal purpose, and spreading and losing itself in the sur

a great distance arises from the sound promised to procure the assistance of a person fitted to act the part of actual fine it on one side, as along a well-on

rounding air; so that if we could conmurderer, or else to do the deed with

two sides, as in a narrow street-or on her own hands. In Scotland, such a character as the two wicked women de, be able to convey it to great distances.

all sides, as in a tube or pipe—we should sired for their associate was soon found in the cast-iron water-pipe of Paris, in a groom, called Robert Weir, who which formed a continuous tube with appears, for a very small hire, to have undertaken the task of murdering the only two bendings near its middle, the gentleman. He was ushered privately heard at the other, through a distance into Warriston's sleeping apartment of 3,120 feet. A pistol fired at one end where he struck him severely upon flank-vein, and completed his crime by end, and drove out light substances with

actually blew out a candle at the other strangling him. The lady in the meantime fled from the nuptial apartment ration of speaking tubes which pass from

great violence. Hence we see the opeinto the hall, where she remained during one part of a building to another, and of the perpetration of the murder. The the new kind of bell which is formed of assassin took flight when the deed was done; but he was afterwards seized, and ton at ench end. By pushing in one

a wooden or tin tube, with a small pisexecuted. . The lady was tried, and condemned to death, on the 16th of June, effect to the piston at the other end,

piston, the air in the tube conveys the 1600. The nurse was at the same time condemned to be burnt alive, and suffer which strikes against the bell—this pised her sentence accordingly; but Lady ton being, as it were, the clapper on the Warriston, in respect of her gentle de- confined sounds is finely exhibited at

The intensity of scent, was appointed to die, by the Carisbrook Castle, in the Isle of Wight. Maiden, a sort of rude guillotine, im- There is here a well 210 feet deep, of ported, it is said, from Halifax, by the twelve feet in diameter, and lined with Earl of Morton, while regent, who was himself the first that suffered by it.

smooth masonry; and when a pin is The printed account of this beautiful dropped into it, the sound of its striking murderess contains a pathetic narrative the surface of the water is distinctly

heard. - Ibid. of the exertions of the worthy clergyman (its author) to bring her to repent

At first, his ghostly comfort was very ill received, and she returned with Various remarkable echoes, and some taunts and derision his exhortations to not very credible, have been described penitence. But this humour only last, by different authors. Dr. Plott mened while she had hopes of obtaining tions an echo in Woodstock Park, which pardon through the interest of her fa- repeats seventeen syllables by day and mily. When these vanished, it was no twenty by night. The famous echo at longer difficult to bring her, in all human the Marquess Simonetta's villa, near appearance, to a just sense of her condi- Milan, has been described both by Addition; her thoughts were easily directed son and Keysler. According to the last towards heaven, so soon as she saw there of these travellers, it is occasioned by was no comfort upon earth.

the reflection of the voice between the · The pride of Lady Warriston's parents opposite parallel wings of the building, suggested a petition that she might be which are fisty-eight paces from each executed betwixt five and six in the other, without any windows or doors, murning; but both the clergyman and and perpendicularly to the main body of magistrates seem to have consented un- the building. The repetition of the



sound dwells chiefly on the last syllable: the opposite pier' at a distance of 576 A man's voice is repeated about fortyfeet; and in addition to this, the sound times, and the report of a pistol about is many times repeated between the sixty times ; but the repetitions are so water and the road-way. The effect is rapid, that it is difficult to number them, a series of sounds which may be thus unless it be early in the morning, or in described :-The first return is sharp à calm, still evening.

and strong from the road-way overhead; A curious example of an oblique echo, the rattling which succeeds dies away not heard by the person who emits the rapidly, but the single repercussion from sound, is described in the "Memoirs of the opposite pier is very strong, and is the Academy of Sciences" as existing at succeeded by a faint palpitation, repeatGenefay, near Rouen. A person sing. ing the sound at the rate of twenty-eight ing hears only his own direct voice, times in five seconds, and which therewhile those who listen hear only the fore corresponds to a distance of 184 echo, which sometimes seems to ap- feet, or very nearly the double interval proach, and at other times to recede from the road-way to the water. Thus from, the ear; one person hears a sin- it appears, that in the repercussion begle voice, another several voices; one tween the water and road-way, that hears the echo on the right, and another from the latter only affects the ear, the on the left the effect constantly changé line drawn from the auditor to the water ing with the position of the observer. being too oblique for the sound to di

One of the most remarkable echoes verge sufficiently in that direction.of which we have read is that which Another peculiarity deserves especial Dr. Birch describes as existing at Rose- notice, namely, that the echo from the neath, in Argyllshire. When a person opposite pier is best heard when the at a proper distance played eight or ten auditor stands precisely opposite to the notes on a trumpet, they were correctly middle of the breadth of the pier, and repeated, but a third lower; after a strikes just on that point. As it deviates short silence, another repetition was to one or the other side, the return is heard in a yet lower tone, and after proportionably fainter, and is scarcely another short interval, they were re- heard by him when his station is a little peated a third time in a tone lower still, beyond the extreme edge of the pier,

We extract the following account of though another person, stationed (on the two very interesting echoes from Mr. same side of the water) at an equal disHerschell's work :

tance from the central point, so as to have “ In the cathedral of Girgenti, in Si- the pier between them, hears it well.”' cily, the slightest whisper is borne with , In treating the important subject of perfect distinctness from the great west- echoes in churches and public buildings, ern door to the cornice behind the high Mr. Herschell has exposed several prealtar, a distance of 250 feet. By a most vailing errors, and laid down several unlucky coincidence, the precise focus useful principles, which merit the parof divergence at the former station was ticular attention of the architect. chosen for the place of the confessional. small buildings the echo is not distinSecrets never intended for the public ear guishable from the principal sound, and thus became known, to the dismay of therefore serves only to strengthen it; the confessors and the scandal of the but in very large buildings, where the people, by the resort of the curious to original sound and its echo are distinctly the opposite point (which seems to have separated, the effect is highly disagree been discovered accidentally), till at able. In cathedrals, this bad effect is length one listener, having had his cu- diminished by reading the service in' a riosity somewhat overgratified by hear- monotonous chant, in consequence of ing his wife's avowal of her own infi- which the voice is blended in the same delity, this tell-tale peculiarity became sound with its echo. In musical pergenerally known, and the confessional formances, however, this resource is not

available. When ten notes are executed “ Beneath the Suspension Bridge in a single second, as in many pieces of across the Menai Strait in Wales, close modern music, the echo, in the direction to one of the main piers, is a remarkably of the length of a room fifty-five feet fine echo. The sound of a blow on the long, will exactly throw the second repier with a hammer is returned in suc- verberation of each note on the princicession from each of the cross-beams pal sound of the following note, wherever which support the road-way, and from the auditor is placed. Under such cir* Travels through Sicily and the Lipari Islands should be stationed in the middle of the


cumstances, therefore, the performers in the month of December, 1824. By a Nayal Officer. I vol. 8vo. London, 1827.


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