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Review.-Brayley's Sketches of Brighton. (Aug. and Coventry plays, were sometimes contemporary circumstances; that readramatically represented on the differ son cannot explain, as Johnson says, ent days of his festival. P. 75. what reason never invented, and that

The benefit of discussing Hindoo the attempt of men in the eighteenth Mythology is, thạt we thus get at the and nineteenth centuries to elucidate real superstitions of antiquity, not the history of Mythology, must come Bryant's inventions, attributing to the under the denomination of romance, creation of reason what that faculty not of science; for, at the best, the would certainly explode. Among bar- most plausible theory can be but opibarians nothing but superstition makes pionative, and opinions can never conan impression, and they who had to stitute knowledge. Mythological faprofit by superstition, invented idle bles, when traced to their source, are tales, which had no more to do with pure inventions, taught purposely to Noah and the 'ark, than the dreams of foster superstition, which alone is cheour own Golden Legend. They were rished by ignorance; learning is thrown mere stories made up for occasions. away in attempting to illustrate them. In the legend before us, we find India The earlier and ruder stages of idothe Hindoo Jupiter, Soorayer Phæbus latry are marked by monstrous figures. or the Sun, Chandra the Moon or Luna, They occur among the Australasians, Agnee the god of fire, Vulcan Vayoo are partially seen in Egypt, and were the god of air, Varoona Neptune, Pa- discarded by the Greeks, except in Javona, Æolus, Kooverah Plutus or the nus, Cerberus, and a very few instances. god of riches, Yama Minos or the In India they still remain, and there is judge of the infernal regions. The a great similarity between their idols war of the gods with the Titans, ap- and those of the Anglo-Saxons, and parently symbolical of the difficulty of also in their mythology and that of the renovating the cultivation of the earth Eddas. after the flood, an acknowledged fact

( To be continued.) (for the air really exists, and the only absurdity is Mr. Bryant's building a castle in it),—the third eye of the Cy. 24. Topographical Sketches of Brighthelmclops,—the trident of Neptune,-the ston and its Neighbourhood. By E. W. armour and warlike character of-Mi Brayley, F.S. A. Illustrated with Twelve nerva,- the magical transformations of Engravings, by R. Havell, jun. 12mo. the Arabian genii,- the celebration of festivals by prayer, festivities, gym.'. THE questions concerning a Bathnastic exercise, and every kind of war- ing-place are, 1. What is the class of like sports,—the martial qualities of company usually resorting to it? 2. the Amazons,—the veneration of the What is the extent of beach? 3. What serpent, from the great serpent Andi- rides and walks are they? and, 4. Shashah, or Ananta,—the Musés, from What are the accommodations? In the Gopeias or mistresses of Kristna, answer to the first question, much dethe Hindoo Apollo,--the parasol or "pends upon situation and size. If near · umbrella, the emblem of royalty (as London, and large, the company will on the Hamilton Vases)—the Centaurs be motley; if distant, chiefly composed from the Cinnaras,-the Fauns from of the opulent persons in the vicinity: the Gahyaca,--the winged Genii from As to the second question, a good 'the ganderwas, flying youths of beauti- beach is the grand temptation to proful forms and fair complexion,—the "menades and rides, and where this is apotheosis of weapons,--sacred vessels wanting, invalids only will be the and caldrons, - drinking blood, chief visitants. In regard to the rides among our witchcraft practices,-cakes and walks, towns on sea-coasts have ornamented with Aowers, accompany, seldom any rural scenery; what trees ing festivals,-serpents, scorpions, tie there are, are deformed by the winds, gers, and other noxious reptiles and and if there are good sea-views, they animals, formed by incantations into are all alike, but there may be good guards, whence Cerberus - dragons vo- excursions to villages. Accommodamiting fire,--human sacrifices;--all these “tions of course depend upon the resort. things are shown to us as original Hin- Taking all the good characteristics of doo superstitions in the valuable paper bathing-places together, the Isle of before us. It may be relied upon, that Wight exceeds all. Brighton, from contemporary ideas can alone explain its contiguity to town, and late resort

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. 1825.] Review.Description of Three Ancient Bricks. -141 of the Court, has had London down tion and the Appropriation of them in by the coach to fit it up; and though Buildings. 8vo. pp. 32. it has distant good things, it is acknow THE bricks of the middle age, as ledged that “ few trees grow in the vi- to their external decorations, consist of cinity, in consequence of which there

two kinds, those painted, as we should is very liule scenery of a picturesque call them, i.e. with colours burnt in, description.” p. 13. Still there is a

for floors, and bricks moulded in regreat deal of novelty in the bustle of a

lief. Nothing is more evident and sea-port town. The resort of vessels better known, than the ancient history to and fro, the business movements, of these bricks. One impressed with the idle loungers, old, young, men, a lion in bas relief, was found in the women, and children, the perpetual ruins of ancient Babylon, and is enmotion of the waters, the various nau- graved in the Archäologia (vol. xiv, tical apparatus, the fantastic positions pl. 10, p. 56), and being an oriental of the boats, all together make a good custom, it was used by the Jews in picture. And as people who have no the Middle Age. Ducange tells us so, thing to do live the same every where, and quotes the following authorities : and miss nothing but society and their

1st, Pliny (vii. 56), who says, “ Epicomforts, Brighton is better suited to genes apud Babylonios dccxxx annoanswer their views, than places of more rum observationes siderum coctilibus natural attractions.

laterculis inscriptas docet." 2d. DioBrighton has only two striking ob

genes Laertius' in Cleanthes, who, jeets, the Pavilion and the Chain Pier. however, says not a word about bricks, As to the former, whether it be a cor, only about shells and bones, thus inrect imitation or not of the oriental scribed. (See p. 546, ed. Hen. Steph. style (which Mr. Daniell says it is not), 8vo, 1594.) Ducange also quotes a it is certainly an exquisite thing. passage from Marten's Anecdota, in What feelings attest, it is vain to dis

which magical characters written on pute. No one can deny that it may bricks are forbidden by Lewis, King be justly called a capital fairy or gar- of France, anno 1154, and are called den-palace, or summer retreat, not be

a Jewish practice," Judæi cessent ab neath a powerful Sovereign. The usuris et blasphemiis, sortilegiis LateChain-Pier is a national monument, ribus." Thus Ducange, v. Lateres. and to the philosopher presents the We are indebted for the reference to most gratifying reflections. Except a Mr. Fosbroke's Encyclopedia of Anticurious ancient circular font, and Hol- quities, who (p. 110) has anticipated lingbury Hill and Camp (which ap- the appropriation of Bagford and pear to have been Danish), Brighton Hearne's brick to Samson, upon which has no memorable antiquities; nor is 'four or five pages have been here spent it worth while for us to expatiate upon in supererogation. — Great mistakes theatres, elegant houses, good hotels, exist upon the subject of bricks. In and libraries. He who has money to the Roman fashion, as wall-tiles, i. e. spend, finds out all these things blind- fat and equilateral, they appear mixed folded.

with stone-work, in the keep of ChepWe shall therefore only say, that stow Castle, and many other buildings. the work does credit to the well-known This was called Tigel-geweorc. As to Topographical ability of Mr. Brayley, bricks of the modern oblong form and and the skill of his artist. The luxury moulded, they were introduced from and elegance of British bathing and France and Flanders temp. Edw. I. watering places, show off the wealth and II. (See Mr. Fosbroke, ubi suand taste of the nation; and though it pra); and the subject being thus well may be more patriotic to behold our

known, we shall say no more than - lions in their menageries of Ports- that our author has taken much pains

mouth and Plymouth, yet it is inte- with his subject, and written his Esresting to see birds of gaudy plumage say elaborately. The account of Paneolivening our white cliffs.

tiles is also anticipated in the Ency.

clopedia, p. 116; and we hope that we 25. A Description of three ancient orna- shall not be accused of ill-nature, if we

mented Bricks, found at different Periods express a wish that authors who can in London and Gravesend, with Observa- . write well, and in a tasteful and juditions respecting the Date of their Prochuc cious form, will, for their own sake,

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Review.--Howison's Travels.

[Aug. examine previous writers, and not di- cident, if two or three times repeated, ceases late upon subjects already pre-occupied, to be an entertaining one, and eventually unless in the way of addition or illus causes irritation among the sufferers.” tration. The other Brick refers to the Legend of St. Hubert, and is very hap- correctly, that intellectual operations

Mr. Howison asserts, and we think pily explained. We are of opinion are suspended on board ship; he apihat an amuletical protective property pears to have a decided antipathy to a was annexed to these bricks.

sea voyage, which we suspect may

be

referred in some degree to the activity 26. Foreign Scenes and Travelling Recren- of his nature; for, if we rightly under

tions. By John Howison, Esq. 2 vols. stand him, he is a person of no ordi8vo. Whittaker,

nary temperament, and the irksomeMR. HOWISON is of the East In

ness of confinement would weigh with dia Company's Service, a most agreca

heavier pressure on a mind constituted ble traveller, and an observing and in

as his, -of course a calm is his abhortelligent gentleman. He has produced,

The following is a splendid picture. and apparently without effort, two very attractions of travel and the specula- the varieties of sun-rise and sun-set in entertaining volumes, combining the Speaking of the modifications of ocean

scenery, and depicting very beautifully tions of the moral essay. The volumes

different latitudes, he says: begin with a description of life at sea, and we accompany a lively and not il] “ The most lovely and impressive sunnatured satirist, from our first enqui- set I ever witnessed took place at the mouth ries for a cabin at the Jerusalem Coffee of the St. Lawrence, where the river is 30 House to a landing in the harbour of miles wide. I was on board ship, and we Havanna. It is not our intention to lay on the middle of the majestic strenm, delay an introduction.-Reader! Mr. the surface of which was perfectly calm, and Howison! Scene, the cabin of an In- apparently without current. A number of diaman.

belugas or white whales sported silently on

the still expanse around us, raising their “ la large ships an abundant and even backs gradually above it, in the form of a elegant table is kept ; but its comforts are sunny crescent, and then gliding downwards not available, except during moderate wea with graceful smoothness and elegance. ther. When there is a high sea, meals be On one side the dreary coast of Labrador, come an annoyance rather than a pleasure; lightened by the glow of sunset into an apfor all the plans that have yet been invented pearance of richness and verdure, occupied to obviate the inconvenience of the rolling the horizon; and on the other, the barren of a vessel, prove of little actual utility. Ă mountains of the American coast were dimly party at dinner in a gale of wind, is a scene visible. Before us we traced the windings as illustrative of the miseries of a sea life as of the St. Lawrence, and saw them studded any that can be chosen : on such occasions with islands, and narrowing into a more inthe more experienced passengers know when tense beauty, until they were lost amid the the ship is on the point of making a violent recesses of accumulated hills aud forests. lurch, and prepare for it accordingly; but The Sun was setting serenely on a land of the novices are usually taken unawares, and peace, a land which was calling the children their plates, knives, forks, glasses, chairs, of misery to her bosom, and offering them and their own persons, erhaps, are sud- the laughing joys of ease and plenty. We denly harled to the lee-side of the cabin. were in the midst of the most magnificent However, those who retain their places are of Nature's works; these appearing still probably in a situation not less ludicrous ; more magnificent, from our having seen 20à delicate young lady just recovered from thirg but ocean and sky for many preceding sea-sickness, will have a large bam precipi- weeks. We had just entered the gates of tated into her lap; all the wine-bottles on new world, and it was impossible to view the the table may collect round a determined glorious sunset that illumined its skies withwater drinker; the epicure of the party may out mingled emotions of awe, gratitude, and - lose sight of his plate of dainties, and ind a exultation." dish of boiled rice in its place; an old ladian may have • quantity of grilled liver house recollections, and the same keen

Life at Sea is followed by Boardingforced upon him; and a roast pig will perhaps be seen going full speed towards a man ness of observation, and the same deli. who detests pork. Wheu quietness is re

cate strokes of satire, are perceptible. stored, and when every one has extricated The intrigues, the shifts and expehimself from his difficulties, a great deal of dients of the conductors of these remerriment may probably ensue ; but the ac- ceptacles for the homeless, are well

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143 told, and the habits of those who te one o'clock a meal called tiffin is put upon nant them laughably discussed. We the table. Tiffin corresponds with the Enge' have then a good description of the lish luncheon, but is infinitely more abunə City of Havanna.

dapt and substantial, consisting sometimes Mr. Howison's forte is an almost of beef-steaks fricaseed, curries, hams, &c. intuitive perception of character,--no The partakers of this unnatural repast are

and a liberal allowance of beer and wine, , disguise can hide, no artifice can es

in the habit of taking a siesta after it, or, in cape from his scrutinizing eye; and other words, of going to sleep for two hours, the principal Boarding house of Ha- which is a rational enough plan, the giddivanna is described with a vraisemblance

ness occasioned by the malt liquor they really excellent. We would willingly have drank often rendering them unfit for crowd our notice with extracts, but it any thing else; on awakening from their would be unfair to the author to pirate afternoon's slumber, people prepare for an his beauties, and to the reader to anti- evening drive on the Esplanade, from which, cipate his pleasure.

after viewing the same circle of faces, the We pass over an interesting Journey same carriages, and the same uniforms, in the Deckan, abounding with vivid that they have daily seen for many months pictures of Asiatic scenery, and of past, they return soon after sunset, and Asiatic mórals and manners. The

dress for dinner. This meal is served up

about seven, and is little more than a passhort residence of two days at the

time and a matter of ceremony; for in geneCape of Good Hope he turns to the ral most of the dishes are sent from the tabest account, and his description of a ble nearly untouched,—the heat, the tropiscene from the Sable Mountain is cal languor, and the meridian tiffin, all comgiven in Mr. Howison's best style.- bining to drive away appetite. Coffee and Of the journey from Haranna to New tea succeed the dinner in the course of the Proridence, we can speak in the same evening, and the party in general separates terms of praise, abounding with anec long before midnight. dote of interesi; but we must hasten

« A large dinner party in the East geneon to the second volume, containing rally proves a heavy and fatiguing affair. It his account of “Life in India,” froin

consists of an aburdant repast, of which no which we propose to give a few ex

one cares to partake,Rof obsequious attendtracts. And first of manners :

ance, useless as inconvenient,—of people

who are too indolent to endeavour to amuse The only thing that a stranger in Bom- each other, and too weary to be disposed to bay will find to coincide with his previous feel ainused themselves. impressions respecting Asiatic manners, is the bodily indolence of Europeans of all

Alas for Asiatic morals! In one classes, and the undisturbed and upanxious passage we are told, “ Were the geroutine of life which they enjoy. In no nius of Scandal at a loss where to espart of the world have men so little to do tablish her head-quarters, I would rees in India ; yet but a small proportion of cominend that their site should be that little is done by those to whom the Bombay, and that she should select performance of it belongs. This is one of her personal staff from the resident sothe first things that strikes a new comer. ciety of the island.” And worse than He sees that existence is made as easy to all this, it is added in another page; "the ranks as human ingenuity can make it, and

disgusting licentiousness with which that no one requires to pay any attention to those economical or domestic arrangements

women of the best reputation are talkthat would necessarily occupy a considerable ed of, forms the chief deflement of part of his time and attention, were he at Indian society, and the only base and home. All little duties that create annoy

vile feature in its composition. No ance and personal fatigue, devolve upon female, however correct or modest, is servants and dependants, and gentlemen of safe from this kind of profanation.” every grade, from the Ensign to the Gene- After discussing a variety of topics, ral Oficer, seem to think and feel that the and setting forth in no partial manner exertion of sleeping, eating, and amusing the advantage and discoin forts of a life themselves, is as great a one as they can in India,-after coutrasting the pecusafely subject themselves to."

liarities of the three Presidencies, and Of meals, it is said:

intermising some very sensible re“People usually get up at six in the marks, and administering some very inorning, or even earlier, and take exercise wholesome advice, he concludes a of some kind, or perhaps transact business sketch, which is as animated and inbefore breakfast. The foredoon is spent in terested a performance as it is possisisiting, or in professional duties; and at ble to conceive.

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REVIEW.Il Pastore Incantato.- The Arals. (Aug. We have no space to enter on the unnamed calamity seems fatally to have, details of the remaining portion of this interrupted. volume, which is occupied with an We have not witnessed unmoyed interesting paper on Foreign Adveri- the melancholy spectacle of youthful, ture, a chapter on the “Cantonment genius erecting its own funeral pileof Seroor," abounding with piquant nor have we been unmindful of the, sallies and interesting anecdote, and spirit which resignedly submits to so concluding with a tale, which we dis- afflictive a dispensation. like almost as much as we were previously pleased. It is a disfiguring 28. The Arabs, a Tale in four Cantos. By, appendage, and we would fain blot it Henry Austen Driver. 8vo. Pp. 99. out for ever, as a reflection

upon

that Longman and Co. good taste and that sound sense, which THIS is a graceful addition to the are otherwise Mr. Howison's charac- poetry of this most poetical age. Its teristics.

beauties are manifold, and if, without, After all our admiration of Mr. trespassing on the dignity of manhood, Howison, he must forgive us if we we might use a compliment hitherto say, that we cannot but recognize a exclusively feminine, we would say tone of high colouring (dare we call it “grace is in all its steps.” It is an af. a spirit of exaggeration) in his volumes, fecting tale, chaste enough for the which, though it does not affect his fastidious delicacy, poetical reputation as an entertaining Essayist, enough for the most refined ear. We may in some degree weaken our faith will leave the pleasant task of praise, in his fidelity as an Historian. But and enter upon the no less agrecable we will not dismiss him with the office of analysis. semblance of censure, much less will The Poem opens on the arid waste we“ damn with faint praise.” It is of Ichama. A lonely wanderer is purlong since we perused two volumes of suing his journey at speed, mocked similar interest, written in so agreea with the false hope of the Mirage, yet ble a vein. There are few who look urging his way in spite of the desola. around them to such purpose,- fewer tion around him. He encounters a still who express so ably, so wittily, Bedouin horde bent on plunder; he, and so sensibly, what they see as Mr. draws the Koran from his garb, and Howison. We could travel with him

greets them with the solemn « Bis“ from Dan to Beersheba," and find millah ;" they reply froin the same nothing barren, for the magic of such source; and in an instant, at the coma mind even placed

mand of their leader, every sword is Sub curru nimium propinqui

sheathed. To him the traveller was Solis in terra

not unknown, and he promises prowould, like the fabled devotion of the tection. The Arabs journey on by the Poet, but increase the intensity of his described), until they reach their tents.

light of a glorious evening (beautifully feelings, and enable him to extract Their carousals are characteristically intellectual pleasure, even in situations the most unpromising.

related; and then follows a sketch that would justify any praise we could

bestow : 27. Il Pastore Incantato; or the Enchanted

« The last faint vestige of the day was gone, Shepherd, a Drama; Pompeii, and other Poems. By a Student of the Temple, &c.

And deeper yet not dark, the ethereal blue

O'er-arch'd the valley, round whose bosom 12mo, pp. 136. Hurst and Co.

THERE is a melancholy foreboding Repose with silent hand her mantle drew. in the introduction to this little vo It was a lovely pight, its stillness even lume, which disarms all criticism, and Had something social in its power, all Heaputs to silence the voice either of censure or of praise ;-for to him whose Was full of beauty; aud the cloudless Moon spirit is hovering on the brink of eter In orient splendour from her starry throne nity, success or miscarriage are but Watch'd o'er the sleep of Nature, as she lay

Curtain’d in silver light beneath her ray, The volume is dedicated to that ac.. :

How mild, how renovating was chat sleep! complished scholar and elegant poet There was a pulse, a breath in every thing

Not like the Desert's slumber, dull as deep. : Wiffen, and is full of those carly indi- Betokening life; the light wind's noiseless cations of poctical talent, which some

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