Page images
PDF
EPUB

SATAN IN SEARCH OF A WIFE

the Sphinx Hippophaës, the Pease derio Berro, who died at forty-one of Blossom, the Mouse, the Seraph, Satel- my best friends. I begged his head of lite, Magpie, Gold Spangle, Foresters, his brethren after his decease, and they Cleap Wings, &c.-3. The Alarm.- gave it me. I put it in lime, and then 4. The Death's Head Moth. These boiled it. Here it is, teeth and all, in are beautifully lithographed by Gauci. excellent preservation. He was the Their colouring, after Nature, is de- merriest, cleverest fellow I ever knew. lightfully executed: the finish, too, of Wherever he went, he brought joy; the gold-spangle is good, and the winged and whenever any one was melancholy, brilliancy of the company are exquisite the sight of him was enough to make pieces of pains-taking-sparkling as they him cheerful again. He walked so acare beneath a trellis-work rotunda, gar- tively, you might have taken him for a landed with roses, and lit with a pine- dancer-he joked—he laughed--oh! he pattern lustre of perfumed wax.

What was such a Frate as I never saw before, a close simile could we draw of life from nor ever shall again!' these dozen dancing creatures in their “ He told me that he had himself rainbow hues--their holiday and every- planted all the cypresses in the cemeday robes—flitting through life's sum- tery; that he had the greatest attachmer, and then forgotten. Yet how fares ment to them and to his dead people ; it with us in the stream of life!

that since 180) they had buried fiftyBy the way, this trifle, though so three thousand persons. In showing prettily coloured, is in price what was some older monuments, there was that once called " a trifle'-yet what kings of a Roman girl of twenty, with a bust and queens have often quarrelled for by Bernini. She was a princess Barhall-a-crown.

Jorini, dead two centuries ago : he said that, on opening her grave, they had

found her hair complete, and ' as yelIs a little Poem, with much of the gro- low as gold.' Some of the epitaphs at tesque in its half-dozen Embellishments, Ferrar pleased me more than the more and some tripping work in its lines. splendid monuments at Bologna; for The End,'' with “Who danced at the instanceWedding ?” and the tail-piece-a devi)

• Martini Lugi bantling, rocked by imps, and the cradle

Implora pace

!

• Lucrezia Picini lit by torches—is droll enough.

Implora eterna quiete.' Here is an invitation that promises a warm reception :

Can any thing be more full of pathos ?

Those few words say all that can be Merrily, merrily, ring the bells From each Pandemonian steeple;

said or sought : the dead had had For the Devil bath gotten his beautiful bride, enough of life; all they wanted was And a Wedding Dinner he will provide, To feast all kinds of people.

rest, and this they implore! There is all the helplessness, and humble hope, and death-like prayer, that can arise

from the grave : implora pace'. I Has reached its Ninth part, and unlike hope whoever may survive me, and shall some of its periodical contemporaries, see me put in the foreigners' buryingwithout any falling-off in its progress. ground at the Lido, within the fortress The Nine Parts contain thirty-six Maps, by the Adriatic, will see those two all beautifully perspicuous. The colour words, and no more put over me. ! ing of one series is delicately executed. trust they won't think of pickling and

bringing me home to Clod or Blunder. MOORE'S LIFE OF BYRON.

buss Hall.' I am sure my bones would Letter to Mr. Murray.

not rest in an English grave, or my clay Bologna, June 7th, 1819. mix with the earth of that country. I

“ I have been picture. believe the thought would drive me mad gazing this morning at the famous Do

* Though Lord Byron, like most other permenichino and Guido, both of which

sons, in writing to different friends, was some are superlative. I afterwards went to times led to repeat the game circumstances and the beautiful cemetery of Bologna, bea thoughts, there is, from the ever ready

fertility yond the walls, and found, besides the pondence than in that, perhaps, of any other superb burial ground, an original of a multifarious letter-writer; and, in the instance

before us, where the same facts and reflections Custode, who reminded one of the

are, for the second time, introduced, it is with grave-digger in Hamlet. He has a col- such new touches, both of thought and expreslection of capuchins' skulls, labelled on sion, as render them, even a second time, interthe forehead, and taking down one of matter being made up by the new aspect given

THE FAMILY CABINET ATLAS

VOL. II.

esting; what is wanting in the novelty of the them, said, “ This was Brother Desi

to it.

cover

her.

thee;

thee;

[ocr errors]

on my death-bed, could I suppose that

So, we'll go no more a roving any of my friends would be base enough

So late into the night,

Thougb the heart be still as loving, to convey my carcass back to your soil. And the moon be still as bright ; I would not even feed your worms, if

For the sword out-wears its sheath, I could help it.

And tbe soul wears out the breast,

And the heart must pause to breathe, So, as Shakspeare says of Mowbray, And Love itself have rest. the banished Duke of Vorfolk, who Though the night was made for loving, died at Venice, (see Richard II.) that

And the day returns too soon,

Yet we'll go no more a roving he, after fighting

By the light of the moon. Against black Pagans, Turks, and Saracens, Oh, talk not to me of a name great in story, And toil'd with works of war, retired bimsell

The days of our youth are the days of our glory; To Italy, and there, at Venice, gave

And the myrtle and ivy of sweet two-and-twenty His body to that pleasant country's earth, Are worth all your laurels, though ever so plenty. Aud his pure soul unto bis captain, Christ, Under whose colours he had fought so long. What are garlands and crowns to the brow that

is wrinkled ? “ Before I left Venice, I had returned •Tis but as a dead flower witb May-dew beto you your late, and Mr. Hobhouse's, sprinkled. sheets of Juan. Don't wait for further Then away with all such from the head that is

hoary ! answers from me, but address yours to What care I for the wreaths that can only give Venice, as usual. I know nothing of

glory? my own movements ; I may return there On, Fame ! if I e'er took delight in thy praises, in a few days, or not for some time.

'Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding All this depends on circumstances. I Than to see the bright eyes of the dear One dis

phrases, left Mr. Hoppner very well. My daugh. ter Allegra was well too, and is grow

She thought that I was not unworthy to love ing pretty ; her hair is growing darker, and her eyes are blue. Her temper

There chiedy I sought thee-there only I found and her ways, Mr. Hoppner says, are Her glance was the best of the rays that surround like mine, as well as her features ; she will make, in that case, a manageable When it sparkled o'er aught that was bright in

my story, young lady.

I knew it was love, and I felt it was glory. “I have never heard anything of

TO THE COUNTESS OF B-
Ada, the little Electra of my Mycenæ.
But there will come a day of

You have asked for a verse,-the request

In a rhymer 'twere strange to deny, reckoning, even if I should not live to But iny Hippocrene was but my breast, see it. I have at least seen

And niy feelings (its fountain) are dry. shivered, who was one of my assassins.

Were I now as I was, I bad sung When that man was doing his worst to

What Lawrence has painted so well;

But the strain would expire on my tongue, uproot my whole family, tree, branch,

my and blossoms—when, after taking my I am ashes where once I was fire, retainer, he went over to them- when And the bard in my bosom is dead; he was bringing desolation on my hearth,

What I loved I now merely admire,

And my heart is as grey as my head. and destruction on my household godsdid he think that, in less than three

My Life is not dated by years

There are moments which act as a plough, years, a natural event a severe domes- And there is not a furrow appears tic, but an expected and common cala

But is deep in my soul as my brow. mity—would lay his carcass in a cross- Let the youug and brilliant aspire

To sing what I gaze on in vain ; road, or stamp his name in a Verdict of

For sorrow has torn from my lyre Lunacy! Did he (who in his sexage- The string which was woriby the strain. nary

*) reflect or consider what my feeling must have been, when wife, and child, and sister, and name, and

DISCOURSE ON THE STUDY OF NATURAL fame, and country, were to be my sacrifice on his legal altar—and this at a (Cabinet Cyclopædia. Vol. xiv.) moment when my health was declining; The arrangement of Dr. Lardner's my fortune embarrassed, and my mind had been shaken by many kinds of dis- Cyclopædia, as it becomes more and appointment — while I was yet young,

more developed, will be proportionally and might have reformed what might be appreciated. Its system is a marked wrong in my conduct, and retrieved contrast with the heterogeneous lists of what was perplexing in my affairs ! But the Family and National Libraries, he is in his grave, and

which, as books of reference and antho

What a long letter I have scribbled !"

rity, are little worth.

The Cyclopædia plan is to form a (Here is a random string of poetical series of Cabinets of the principal degems :)

partinents of human knowledge. Those

And the theme is too soft for

shell.

PHILOSOPHY.

1

on

gour.

already commenced are History, Bio- The Wonders of Physics. graphy, Natural Philosophy, Geogra- What mere assertion will make any phy, and the Useful Arts. Each of man believe that in one second of time, these divisions is to be preceded by a in one bent of the pendulum of a clock, prefatory discourse

“ the objects and a ray of light travels over 192,000 miles, advantages. of the branch of know- and would therefore perform the tour of ledge which is treated of in the series of the world in about the same time that it cabinet. Thus, the work before us is requires to wink with our eyelids, and such a volume for the Cabinet of Natu- in much less than a swift runner occural Philosophy; that for History is pies in taking a single stride ? What promised by Sir James Mackintosh; and mortal can be made to believe, without that for the Useful Arts, by the Baron demonstration, that the sun is almost a Charles Dupin. The present Discourse million times larger than the earth ? is by J. F.'w. Herschel, Esq., A. M. and that, although so remote from us, It is divided into three parts :- 1. On that a cannon ball shot directly towards the general nature and advantages of it, and maintaining its full speed, would the study of Physics. 2. The rules and be twenty years in reaching it, it yet principles of Phyical Science, with il- affects the earth by its attraction in an lustrations of their influence, in the his. inappreciable instant of time? — Who tory of its progress.

3. The subdivi. would not ask for demonstration, when vision of Physics. These parts are di- told that a gnat's wing, in its ordinary vided into chapters, and these chapters flight, beats many hundred times in a again divided into sectional illustrations, second ? or that there exist animated of which latter there are nearly four and regularly organised beings, many hundred. Such an arrangement can thousands of whose bodies laid close tohardly fail to attract the listless reader. gether would not extend an inch? But The style is lucid and popular, and the what are these to the astonishing truths writer's reasonings and bearings are which modern optical inquiries have brought out with much point and vi- disclosed, which teach us that every

Even a drawing - room reader point of a medium through which a ray must be caught by their attractions, and of light passes is affected with a succesno better means was probably ever de. sion of periodical movements, regularly vised for bringing superficial readers recurring at equal intervals, no less than into the way of knowledge, and setting 500 millions of millions of times in a forth its pleasantness. It has been said single second ! that it is by such movethat such works as the present satisfy ments, communicated to the nerves of the reader, and disqualify him for the our eyes, that we see – nay more, that study of science. This opinion is hardly it is the difference in the frequency of worth controverting : since that mind their recurrence which affects us with must be weak indeed which would not be the sense of the diversity of colour ; stimulated as well as gratified in this case; that, for instance, in acquiring the senand it is still more improbable that the sation of redness our eyes are affected great truths of science should at once 482 millions of millions of times; of take root in such a barren soil without yellowness, 542 millions of millions of any preparation for their reception. times ; and of violet, 707 millions of

We conclude with a few specimen millions of times per second. Do not extracts. The how, the why, the where such things sound more like the ravings fore, and the because, of such wonders of madmen, than the sober conclusions as they relate to, belong rather to the of people in their waking senses ? They treatises themselves.

are, nevertheless, conclusions to which Mechanical Power of Coals.

any one may most certainly arrive, who

will only be at the trouble of examining It is well known to modern engineers, the chain of reasoning by which they that there is virtue in a bushel of coals have been obtained. properly consumed, to raise seventy millions of pounds weight a foot high.

Extraordinary Property of Shadows. This is actually the average effect of an An eminent living geometer had engine at this moment working in Corn. proved by calculations, founded on strict wall.

optical principles, that in the centre of The ascent of Mont Blanc from the the shadow of a small circular plate of Valley of Chamouni is considered, and metal, exposed in a dark room to a beam with justice, as the most toilsome feat of light emanating from a very small that a strong man can execute in two brilliant point, there ought to be no days. The combustion of two pounds darkness,-in fact, no shadow at that of coal would place him on the summit. place; but, on the contrary, a degree

RAINING TREES.

of illumination precisely as bright as if tòria, and to have frequent récourse to the metal plate were away. Strange and its pitcher. The mechanism of the even impossible as this conclusion may “rose of Jericho" (Anastática hieroseem, it has been put to the trial, and chuntina) shows the susceptibility of found perfectly correct.

plants to moisture in a very remarkable manner; and I have submitted some

experiments made with this extraordithe laturalist. nary exotic, the inhabitant of an arid

sandy soil, to the Horticultural Society of London. That succulents should be

found clothing in patches the surface of (By John Murray, Esq. F. S. A. &c.)

the burning desert is a phenomenon not The secretions of trees form a curious the least wonderful in the geographical part of their physiology, but the ine history of vegetation. Huence of vegetation on the atmosphere In Cockburn's Voyages we find an seems to have been entirely overlooked, interesting account of a tree in South at least as far as it regards its meteoro. America, which yielded a plentiful suplogy.

ply of water by a kind of distillatory In the case of that curious genus of process : this tree was met with near plants the Sarracenia, in which the the mountainous district of Vera Paz. S. adúnca is most conspicuous, the folia. The party were attracted to it from a ceous pouch is a mere reservoir, or cis- distance, the ground appearing wet tern, to catch and retain the falling dew around it; and the peculiarity was the or rain. In the Nepénthes distillatòria, more striking, as no rain had fallen for or pitcher plant, the case is different; six months previous. At last,” says and analysis proves it to be an evident he, "to our great astonishment, as well secretion from the plant itself, inde- as joy, we saw water dropping, or, as it pendent altogether of the fact that it is were, distilling fast from the end of every found in the pitcher before the lid has leaf of this wonderful tree; at least it yet opened. I may here state, en was so with us, who had been labouring passant, that the results, I obtained four days through extreme heat without from a chemical examination of this receiving the least moisture, and were liquid differ materially from those of now almost expiring for want of it." Dr. Edward Turner. The Cornus más. The testimony of travellers is too often cula is very remarkable for the amount enshrined among the fabulous; and their of fluid matter which evolves from its credentials either altogether rejected by leaves, and the willow and poplar, when some, or at least received “ cum grano grouped more especially, exhibit the salis." Bruce of Kinnaird forms the phenomenon in the form of a gentle most remarkable example of this kind, shower. Prince Maximilian, in his Tra- and the caricature of Baron Munchauvels in the Brazils, informs us that the sen consigned the whole to sarcasm and natives in these districts are well ac- ridicule ; and yet the time is come when quainted with the peculiar property of the more remarkable circumstances and those hollow leaves that act as recipients phenomena mentioned by this traveller, of the condensed vapours of the atmos- verified by Lord Valentia, Mr. Salt, &c. phere; and, doubtless, these are sources are received as well accredited facts. where many tropical animals, as well as The curious phenomenon mentioned by the wandering savage, sate their thirst Cockburn finds an interesting and beau“in a weary land.” The Tillandsia tiful counterpart in two plants--namely, exhibits a watery feature of a different the Cálla Æthiópica and Agapánthus complexion : here the entire interior is umbellatus, in both of which, after a charged with such a supply of liquid, copious watering, the water will be seen that, when cut, it affords a copious and to drop from the tips, of the leaves ; a refreshing beverage to man. That these phenomenon, as far as I know, not extraordinary sources of " living springs hitherto recorded. of water', are not unknown to inferior

The great rivers of the continent of creation, is a fact interestingly confirmed Europe have their source of supply in to us in the happy incidents detailed by the glaciers; but many of the rivers in Mr. Campbell, in his Travels in South the New World owe their origin to the Africa, where a species of mouse is extensive forests of America, and their described to us, as storing up supplies destruction might dry up many a rivulet, of water contained in the berries of par- and thus again convert the luxuriant ticular plants ; and, in Ceylon, animals valley into an arid and sterile waste; of the Símia tribe are said to be well carried farther, the principle extends to acquainted with the Nepénthes distilla- the great features of the globe. What

SHAKSPEARE.

HUMAN TIMEPIECE.

the glaciers effect among the higher plied by the aggregate would (had it regions of the Alps, the Pinus Cembru been directed into a proper channel) and Làrix communis accomplish at lower have been found quite sufficient to turn elevations; and many a mountain rivulet an ordinary mill.-Mag. Nat. Hist. owes its existence to their influence. It rains often in the woodlands when it rains no where else; and it is thus that

The Gatherer. trees and woods modify the hygrometric A snapper up of uncousidered trifles, character of a country; and I doubt not but, by a judicious disposal of trees of particular kinds, many lands now parched up with drought-as, for example, in Ş. D. CHEVALLEY, a native of Switzersome of the Leeward Islands--might be land, has arrived at an astonishing dereclaimed from that sterility to which gree of perfection in reckoning time by they are unhappily doomed.

an internal movement. In his youth he In Glass' History of the Canary was accustomed to pay great attention Islands we have the description of a to the ringing of bells and vibrations of peculiar tree in the Island of Hierro, pendulums, and by degrees he acquired which is the means of supplying the the power of continuing a succession of inhabitants, man as well as inferior ani. intervals exactly equal to those which mals, with water; an island which, but the vibrations or sounds produced.for this marvellous adjunct, would be Being on board a vessel, on the Lake of uninhabitable and abandoned. The tree Geneva, he engaged to indicate to the is called Til by the people of the island, crowd about him the lapse of a quarter and has attached to it the epithet garse, of an hour, or as many minutes and or sacred. It is situated on the top of seconds as any one chose to name, and a rock, terminating the district called this during a conversation the most diTigulatre, which leads from the shore. versified with those standing by; and A cloud of vapour, which seems to rise farther, to indicate by the voice the. from the sea, is impelled towards it; moment when the hand passed over the and being condensed by the foliage of quarter minutes, or half minutes, or any the tree, the rain falls into a large tank, other sub-division previously stipulated, from which it is measured out by indi- during the whole course of the experi-, viduals set apart for that purpose by the ment. This he did without mistake, authorities of the island.

notwithstanding the exertions of those In confirmation of a circumstance about him to distract his attention, and primâ facie so incredible, I have here clapped his hands at the conclusion of to record a phenomenon, witnessed by the time fixed. His own account of it myself, equally extraordinary. I had is thus given ;-" I have acquired, by frequently observed, in avenues of trees, imitation, labour, and patience, a movethat the entire ground engrossed by ment which neither thoughts, nor labour, their shady foliage was completely satu- nor any thing can stop: it is similar to rated with moisture ; and that during that of a pendulum, which at each mothe prevalence of a fog, when the ground tion of going and returning gives me without their pale was completely parch- the space of three seconds, so that ed, the wet which fell from their branches twenty of them make a minute-and more resembled a gentle shower than

these I add to others continually. anything else ; and in investigating the phenomenon which I am disposed to consider entirely electrical, I think the DURING the troubles in the reign of elm exhibits this feature more remark- Charles I., a country girl came to Lonably than any other tree of the forest. don, in search of a situation ; but not I never, however,, was more astonished succeeding, she applied to be allowed to than I was in the month of September carry out beer from a brewhouse. These last, on witnessing a very striking exam- females were then called “ tub-women." ple of this description. I had taken an The brewer observing her to be a very early walk, on the road leading from good-looking girl, took her out of this Stafford to Lichfield : a dense fog pre- Jow situation into his house, and aftervailed, but the road was dry and dusty,

wards married her. He died, however, while it was quite otherwise with the while she was yet a very young woman, line of a few Lombardy poplars ; for and left her a large fortune. She was from them it rained so plentifully, and recommended, on giving up the brewery, so fast, that any one of them might have to Mr. Hyde, a most able lawyer, to been used as an admirable shower bath, settle her husband's affairs; he, in proand the constant stream of water sup cess of time, married the widow, and

HISTORICAL FACT.

« PreviousContinue »