Abbildungen der Seite
PDF

was in your debt on that score; but his this earth, there could be no return to it. overbearing disposition, and his love ty. And, I said to myself, who am I that I rannized over him; he was not master should suppose I am become an object of himself, and your last refusal to see of Almighty vengeance? Though He him certainly hastened his end. When might judge proper in his wisdom to dishis servant returned with the message, cover, by some alteration of the usual exactly at half an hour past ten o'clock, progress of nature, either his wrath or his (for he counted every minute as it passed beneficence, and thereby sbew that the after he had sent him to your house,) and race of man is the object of bis care; yet told him that you were positively deterthat any individual of mankind, who, mined never to see him more, he re. compared to the whole of the human mained silent for a minute or two, then, race, is but as a grain of sand to this taking me by the hand, he pressed it in globe of earth which we inhabit, should an ayony which alarmed me, pronouncing become the marked victim of luis cbas. these words at the same time, Oh the tisement, seems neither probable nor con. cruel woman! She shall suffer for this sistent. Let us praise him, let us merit gefusal. I will haunt her as long after his divine protection, and let us not be death as I have followed her whilst living" presumptuous, I endeavoured to soothe him, but he was Reasoning in this manner, scrutinizing no more."

into my own conscience, and finding I believe, my dear friend, I need not nothing in whatever had bappened that tell you what I felt when the old gentle could tend either to my edification or woman pronounced these last words; the correction, I have been inclined to thinks correspondence betwixt them and the the whole of what I have related to be noises I had so repeatedly been tormented the effects of chance. I know not the with, instantly rushed upon my inind, nature of chance; but this I can venture and filled me with terror and astonish- to believe, that what is so termed, bas ment. I at first imagined that all the the greatest influence over all that is powers of Heaven and Hell had com passing in this world. bined to render my life wretched; but You are now released. This is the the quiet I afterwards experienced, and whole of my history, and of my obsertime, with the aid of reason and reflection, vations on it. Make what use of them restored calmness to my breast. I you please. If it be your intentions to thought within myself, that, as the course communicate this letter to any one, I of things continued to be always the same beg of you only, in that case, to use the in the universe, so was it not possible initial of the name; I have sent it to you that a dead body should be restored to at length, that you may judge by such life; that, as the existence of a God was confidence, as well as by the labour discoverable in every thing around us, which this letter has cost me in penning, he must be just and merciful; and, that under my present weakness of body and syhen He, in his appointed time, thought inind, the perfect attachment and very proper to sumunon any living soul to quit high esteem, with which I am, &c.

Extracts from the Portfolio of a Man of Letters.

DON QUIXOTE'S DINNER. bones, the flesh was salted and preserved YN the first page of the History of Don for culinary use; and broth was made of

I Quixote, it is said, that on Saturdays the broken bones. Iu allusion to the the Don's dinner consisted of. duelos y painful recollection of the loss of part of quebrantos.' Shelton (the first English Their flocks, the sorrow it occasioned, and translator) calls it collops and Eggs:' the breaking of the bones, such food was all the other translators say, 'griefs and called--duelos y quebrantos; sorrows groans;' "gripes and grumblings.' Pels and breakings. Jicer has thus explained the meaning, in

EMANUEL SWEDENBORG. a rote:

Among the author's buried in London ! It was customary in some parts of occurs the name of Emanuel Swedenborg, La Mancha, for the shepherds to convey the pious visionary. His early life had to their masters' houses, the carcases of nothing of insanity. He was born at the sheep or cattle which have died Stockholm, the 29th of January, 1688, during the week, After taking out the and was the second son of Jaspar Swed

berga

berg, the bishop of Scara. He studied master. Swedenborg died in London on át Upsal, read eagerly the Latin poets, the 24th of September, 1771: there are applied much to mathematics, and, on spirits, said he on his death-bed, I can leaving college, travelled in Germany, see them, and I have seen them. Holland, and France. After his return

APHORISMS OF CLAUDIUS. home he applied to literature, and pub. To do nothing bad is good; to wish nolished in 1716 his Dedalus hyperboreus, thing bad is better. which treats of weights, measures, by- Be what you wish to be thought. drostatics, and mining. This occasioned A boaster is, like a painted sword, unhis introduction to Count Pelbem, the fit for use. minister of Charles XII, for the commer- Happy who begets mortal children; cial department, from whom the young happier who begets inmortal children, author obtained the appointment of as the children of the brain. sessor to the board of trade. In 1718 he Promise little, perform much. Leave was einployed as engineer in the siege of nothing half done. Friedericshall, and with great skill accom- The nobility of horses consists in the plished the removal, on cylinders, over perfections of the body; the nobility of Tand, of five ships, and three smaller ves. men in those of the mind. sels, which were transported from the

COSMOGONY. haven of Stromstadt into the fresh water Theories of cosmogony are probable in at Ida-fial; and for this service he was the inverse ratio of their antiquity. The ennobled in 1719, his name being the more observations are progressively made first changed froin Swedberg into Swe- on the migration of the sea, on the strucdenborg. A professorship at Upsal was ture of continents, and on the revelations offered to him in 1794, when he became of vulcanoes, the more practicable it must a meinber of the philosophical society become to draw crustworthy inferences, there; but he preferred contemplative to relative to the history and nature of those active life. In 1743 he collected his changes, which the earth underwent, Opera Philosophica, and also his Minera. previous to the records of its human inlia. Already at this period bis attention habitants. Universal history should bewas principally absorbed by those internal gin, not with the oldest, but with the apparitions, which are so circumstantially newest, cosmogony approved in the phidescribed in his various religious reveries. losophic schools. Some of them are said to have related 10

LONGEVITY. distant and to future events, and to have Mrs. Bowles, widow, of West Years. Died. been marvellously realised-such as the Hannay, Berks. .. 124 1749 prophecy of a fire at Copenhagen. A Roger Brooks, of Halifax, Yorkstory is current, that, while passing

shire .

.. :: 133 1568 through Holland, on his way to London, John Brookey; of Broadrush Com. he retired by himself into the state-room

mon, Devon. .. .. of a Dutch trekschuit, spread his bible,

Mrs. Clum, near Lichfield, who

lived 103 years in one house and bolted the door.

133 The other passen.

Thomas Damm, of Leighton, gers bad preferred the deck, which is in

Cheshire . deed a plaee at half price. A shower William Edwards, of Carew, near came on. The outside passengers now Cardiff

in .. 168 1668 requested a temporary admission into the William Ellis, of Liverpool 130 1780 cabin. The rooin is full, answered Swe. Mr. Fairbrother, of Wigan, Landenborg. The captain of the vessel ex. cashire

.

.. 138 1770 postulated. We are thirteen here, I tell James Forthorn, of Granada 167 1773 you, said Swedenbory solemnly, Christ Peter Gardner, of Aucherness, and I, and the eleven faithful apostles:

Scotland .

131 1775 The passengers laughed, and took shelter Ganner Fychan, of Merioneth

shire

140 1686 as they could. On landing, Swedenborg

Frederic Harp, Cumberland 190 1792 inquired what was to pay? Thirteen

Sieur de

120 1774 florins, said the captain. I thought the

Henry Jenkins, of Yorkshire 169 1670 fare had been but one flurin, replied William Leland, of Ireland 139 1733 Swedenborg. But there's you and Christ,

J. Macfinery, of ditto!

143 1773 said the captain, and the eleven faithful Mr. Morat, of Dumfries. 136 1776 apostles. Swedenborg paid the thirteen Mr. John Mount, of ditto . 136 1776 pieces of money with devout composure, Thomas Newman, of Brislington, and seemed as happy as St. Peter when near Bristol .. .. 152 1542 bidden to discbarge the tribute for his Roderic O'Connor, the last Irish

Hh2

mogarch

[ocr errors]

154

1648

monarch, his age not exactly Years. Died. moving any of its nakedness through the

known, but supposed .. 150 1193 various recent holes. Robert Parr, of Salop

124 1757 Might not some paste be employed, Thomas Parr, of ditto ..

152 1635 which wet would not soften? I questiSt. Patrick, first bishop of Ireland 122 1491

oned my shoemaker; but he said, that Margaret Patten, of Scotland 136 1737

pastes, whose basis is pitcb, have been Mr. Robertson, of Hopetoun

tried; and that these become soft and Hall, near Edinburgh .. 137 1793

slippy in hot weather, and are besides Jane Scrimshaw, died in a workhouse near Tower-hill .. 127 1711

odorous, and apt to spot the stocking. George Stanley, Salisbury 151 1719

My inference is, that science has yet to Mr. Tice, Hagley, Worcestershire 195 1774 invent a good shoemaker's paste, Peter William Wakeley, of Shropshire 121 1714 Camper wrote eighty pages on shoes, and Mrs. Yates, of ditto in 126 1776 omitted this topic. of these thirty persons, Scotland pro.

NEWTON'S MILTON. duces four; Ireland, four; Wales, iwo;

« What an edition of Milton, says

sneeringly, Mr. Maty, in his Review, and England nineteen.

(vol. ii. p. 168,) is that of Bishop New. SHOEMAKER'S PASTE.

ton; and what an edition might be made Having paid ten shillings for a pair of by 'a man really conversant in Italian 'new shoes,, lined with yellow moroeco, I and Greek literature !" was eager to hansel my purchase, and. In fact, the merit of Bishop Newton's put them on the next day. Unluckily, publication chiefly consists in the stately the weather was wet, and the street typography. The best editions of the sloppy. Either through the nail-holes, poets are those made by contribution, or the creases of the seams, the wet got with variorum potes, as they are called. underneath the inner yellow heel-piece, One reader detects this imitation or alsoftened the paste with which it was at- Jusion, another that; and, by clubbing tached, and then the motion of walking their observations, thie stock of an au. soon occasioned it to slip froin its place, thor's cellar can best be traced and deto ruck, and to cockle. My walk was fined. not a short one: the wales of the leather proiect of the late Mr. George Bure hurt my heel, and I was soon obliged to nett, who has given so excellent an epi. take off my shoes, to strip out the mo- tomé of Milton's prose works, was to rocco heel-pieces, and to throw these open in some periodic publication, a away. Now the pegs, and other rough head of Illustrations of Milton's poetry. nesses of the sole became sensible, and It will take nine readers, he jocosely oh. so effectually chafed and filed my stock served, to analyze one such writer; but ings to Jint, that it required some ma- the analysis of excellence teaches the nagement of the foot, not to exhibit in synthesis.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

A TALE OF WONDER. " NOW that I've got my beads and cross,

W My candle, book, and bell; Up the long aisle my steps attend, In order walk, together bend,

You ringers, slack the knell. 6. The church, methinks, is wond'rous dim,

The tapers strangely blue; I scarce shall see to do my task, For our lost sister mercy ask,

And read the service thro'. 4 Carry the torches on before

To guide our black parade; Beside St. Patrick's statue halt, You'll see the sexton at the vault;

'Tis there the grave is made. (Now, bearers, lift the corse again ;

Slow be your noiseless way; If all the mourners are come in, The clerk his dirges may begio;

The body to the clay."

" Sir priest, we dare not touch the bier,

Squat on the sable pall
Sits a grim fiend with goggle eyes,
And finger-nails of such a size,

His grinning scares us all."
" Depart from here thou evil sprite,

Nor mock a christian throng;
The midnight mass will soon be ready
Which even the alastors dread,

Thou canst not tarry long."
"I am no puny fiend of hell

To shudder at a prayer;
Tho' in his pix thy god were shut,
Tho' in thy cup his blood were put,

His presence should not scare.
«Sir priest, I'll not depart from here

Until I've got my prey i
This coffin holds a witch asleep,
The church no: long its theft shall keep,
With me she must away,"

"I know

&* I know that here a witch's corse

Awaits her burial scill;
I heard her latest dying shrift,
I took her sin-atoning gift,

And wrote her pious will. « She hath endow'd Saint Patrick's churck

With all her worldly store; Three chains with holy water wet, With aves blest, with reliquas set,

Confine her from thy power." « Know the Redeemer's blood was shed

For holy folks alone; Your unctions are no salve for vice, Who sell their souls must pay the price,

Their guilt he can't atone. « This parchment made of baby skin,

Drown'd by the mother's hand, Contains a contract writ in Blood, For everlasting ages good :

My purchase I demand. “No baptism on the tiny skull

By holy hands was shed; 'Twas lost for better or for worse, In limbo pent it pules a curse

Against its mother's head. < Her infant's skin I show to thee;

She took its life away. . . For muttering backwards the whole ereed, Her from the noose of death I freed,

And noos'd her soul for aye.”
" And dost thou think that holy church

The bonds of hell will mind?
No sign of cross is set thereon;
No ballelujah do I con;

No gospel name I find.". “ Smash! see my hand has broke thy shain

With blessed water wet.
This magic bond shall stand me good;
Down to the melted brimstone flood

I'll take her spirit yet.
* I brought her on the Sabbath eve,

So dear to witch and fiend,
Thy church with dancings lewd to shame,
And do the deed without a name;

Smash! there's but one behind." “ Have at thee, devil, to thy cost,

With the dread cross I wield! By Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, By Patrick and che heavenly host,

I charge thee, devil, yield !" " Although thy cross have seard me sore,

I shall not slink away,..
Read all thy spells, and I will hear,
And fuld my claws, and sham a tear :

The body to the clay."
Then springing from his lare he droop'd

His leathern pennons low;
With cloven foot, and trailing tail,
Demure and slower than a snail,
. He pacid before the show,
While sang the clerk, and pray'd the priest,

And sigh'd the swarthy train, And hollow voices cried, “amen," And the bell toll'd-toll'd now and then,

The devil yawa'd amain.

By peeps they mark his thighs of goat,

And horns and eyes so grim,
And in his hand a snaky thong,
He looks, and looks, at all the throng;

They blink, and blink, at him.
The creaking coffin to the grave

At length the black crew bring,
But one is there more black than they:
Their cheek-blood turns as white as whey

To see him in the ring.
He helps them with a hand of might;

The coffin to bestow;
Ic croaks adown the whirring ropes,
The sexton for the pavement gropes,

But feels no floor below.
"Hold both my legs while I look down

Christ! what a noise of woe!
A gush of Aames, a moan of souls,
And climbing howls, and yells, and growis,

· From far, far, far, below!
« Sexton, this grave must have been sunk

Beyond the holy ground.
Hold firm the cords; for heaven's sake stop
Don't let the poor old woman drop,

'Till we the gulph can sound.**
“ No rosary will fathom there,

No bell-rope blest aright;
There is no bottom to the pit,
Where in wild gambol down must flit,

That witch and I to-night."
He stretcht his hoof into the grave,

And kicked with hellish force,
The coffin melts in flame and smoke;
The tbird, the only, chain is broke,

Uprose the shaddering corse.
Then might be seen a woman's shape,

Her skin of ashs hue,
With writhing limbs, and bristling hair,
And eyes of chalk in haggard scare,

And lips and nipples blue.
Wringing her hands in wild affright,

She clung about the priest:
“ For this thy chalice have I quaff'd ?"
Dumb was the priest; the devil laugh'd;

All hope of safety ceas'd.
Stripes from the fiend attain her heart,

And the whelk'd bosom scar;
Gaunt hell-hounds bolting from the chase
Drag her along in ghastly spasm,

While twangs his lash afar.
« This is the worm that never dies,

Wherewith I urge chy flight,
Down to the fires that never quench,
Where fiends their friends with torment

drench,

In pits of endless night."
When lo! Saint Patrick's shape of stone

Jump'd frowning from its nich;
Its step was thunder : the church shook:
The devil by the horns it took:

Glad was the priest and witch,
« This woman in my parish born,

And christen'd with my name,
Must to my purgatory go:
There bleach her for an zon or so,
In purifying flame.

« Bot

« But in your own damnd dwelling place

Heathens alone confine ;
Not into hell your flight pursue :
When Christ descends to rake it thro',

He'll meet no child of mine."
The devil obey'd, and slunk away,

Clos'd was the yawning deep;
Back to its shelf the statue ran,
The priest his midnight mass began,

And next went home to sleep.

SELECT EPIGRAMS,
Translated from the Greek Antbalogy

7. ON VIRTUE.
Nor'let disaster thy free spirit bind,
Nor to light fortune yield a lighter mind
Life is a voyage, with a shifting gale,
Now here, now there, impelling oft the sail,
The virtuous only,-mark the truth sublime,
Rides confidently o'er the waves of time.

8. INDEPENDENCE.
Far from the rich man's board be still thy

seat,
Touch not che parasite's insulting meat,
Nor sorrowless shed thou the lying tear,
Nor with the laugher laugh, be still sincere;
And, when nor love nor hate thy bosom move,
With Mcilia hate not, nor with Mertia love.

9. ON AUMAN LIFE.
Life, Heraclitus, was less gloomy far,
When thy eternal tears deplored its care ;
Lers frantic far when the concussive throes,
Of the loud-laughing sage mock'd all our

woes;
Perplex'd, I wish, as each by turns 1 view,
At once with him to weep-to laugh with

you.
10. THE CELEBRATED EPIGRAM ON SO

PHOCLES
Wind gently ivy his fair tomb around,
Push thy green shoots and deck this sacred

mound,
Here, with the juicy tendrils of the vine,
Let bursting buds of half-blown roses join,
To honor Sophocles, whose lofty lyre
Blended each grace with all the Muse's fira

11. ON A MISIR.
Ricb to thy heirs alone, thyself in wants
In purse a prince ! in heart a mendicant !

12. FAME.
Ilium no more with Greece in valor vied,
She sank no more to rise, when Hector died;
With Philip's warlike son fell Pella's name;
It is the Man's that makes che country's

fame.

PROCEEDINGS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES.

TKE NATIONAL VACCINE ESTA. specting the progress of vaccination, and · BLISHMENT.

have likewise obtained some other auTHE following satisfactory Report thentic papers on the subject, containing

I to the Secretary of State, was lately much important information. They made by Drs. Millner and Hervey, re- think it expedient to lay before you a Jative to the progress and success of the summary of their contents. Vaccine Inoculation,

It appears, that, in consequence of The Board of the National Vaccine an order from the Lords Commissioners Establishment have the honor of re- of the Adiniralty, vaccination has been porting that, during the year 1811, the practised in the navy to a great extent ; surgeons appointed by their authority to and, although it has not been unirersally the nine stations in London, have vac. adopted, the mortality from the small cinated 3,148 persons, and have distri- pox, among seamen, is already greatly buted 23,794 charges of vaocine lymph diminished. to the public. The number vaccinated In the army, the practice of vaccina. this year rather exceeds that of the year tion has been long established, by an 1810, and the demand for lymph has order from the Coinmander in Chief, been often so great that it could not be and its effects bave been decidedly beneimmediately supplied.

ficial; for almost the odly persons among They have great satisfaction in stating, the troops who have lately been affected that, since the coinmencement of this with small-pox, have been either recruits, establishment, not a single instance of who had received the infection previous the accession of small-pox, after vacci- to their enlistinent, or soldiers who had nation, has occurred to any of the vace not been vaccinated, on the supposition cinating surgeons of the nine stations of their baving had the variolous disease.

The Board report, that they have been Thus, with a few exceptions, a disorder dately furnished with many satisfactory formerly so fatal to the troops, is now official documents from the naval and considered as nearly extinguished in the military departments of government, re. army.

« ZurückWeiter »