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Let him brandish furiously his sabre and encounters the poor perfumed beau, spear in the boldness of his spirit, un. dashed him to the ground, and aldaunted at calamities. Let him do justice most smashed his bones.” The terto the lance of Cahtan in the contest, and

ror of Amarah, and the rage of Anlet him stretch forth proudly his shoulders tar's uncles, were unbounded, but the with the edge of the scimitar. Otherwise favour of the king and Prince Malik, let him lead a contemptible life in ignominy, and when he dies, his friends

will and the extraordinary services pernot mourn over him. The beauteous vir- formed by our hero, obliged them to gins will not weep in anguish for any but disguise, in some degree, their resenta the horsemen noble in the hour of trial. ment, and even at length to consent I am the hero well known in the field of to the union of the lovers. But the battle, and I am the eager knight among treacherous father of Ibla, in giving my relations. I am the assaulting lion, his consent, obtained a proinise from and the hero who detends their dwellings Antar to present him, before the nupand habitations."

tials, with a thousandi Assafeer camels,

-trusting that he would be destroyed We must now, however, carry the in the attempt to seize them, is these reader rapidly forward to the close of the camels could no where be found exvolume, deferring our farther renjarks cept in the possession of King Monon the general character of the work, zar, the Arabian lieutenant of Chostill the rest of it appear in an English roe Nushirvan, king of Persia. dresse · Suffice it to say, that our Altur sets out on this expedition, champion's heroic deeds gradually lead accomp-nietl only by his matern 1 him to distinction. He gains posses, brother Shiboob ; finds the camels, sion of the finest steed in Arabia, and and is driving them off, when he is a magie sword forged from a thunder- encountered by the troops of Monzar, bolt. He is at length recognized by whom he fiercely engages with his the nobles as an Arab knight, accom- single arm, and had alınost routed, pavies the king in his wars, and de- though twetve thou sund in number, liters his countrymen by his prowess when his famous charger Abjer stumfrom many imminent dangers. He bles, and throws him to the ground, also completely gains the heart of the and he is for the first time taken pribeauteous Ibla, but meets with a dan

soner. Their chief is filled with allgerous rival in the person of one Ama- miration of his bravery and his elorah, a sort of Bedowin Dandy, whoản, quence ; he is unbound to encounter for the sake of his species in our own unarmed a lion, which he destroys; times, we must not altogether over- and afterwards he assisis Monzar to look. “He was one of the nobles, repulse his enemies, and gains such but a great coxcomb, very particular renown, that he is sent for to fight in his dress, fond of perfumes, and

a Christian knight, who had cha'. always keeping company with the lenged and slain, one after another, women and young girls.” Hearing of all the Pagan champions at the court the surpassing charms of the fair Ibla, of Persia. He succeeds in this as in he sent a female slave to visit her, and his fornier enterprizes, is loaded with to bring him a report if she was wor- honours and presents hy Chosroe, and thy of her fame. The response was, invited to take up his residence at his that her beauty surpassed all the court. But Antar's heart remains uncharms that had ever been bestowed corrupted amid all the splendid luxury by heaven on the fairest of the daugh- of Persia. He languishes for the tents ters of kings. “At this his heart flut- of Kedar,-obtains froin Mionzar the tered, he was agitated, he instantly Assateer cameis, and is about to return leaped up, and put on his best clothes, home, when the volume closes; and and perfumed himself all over, and the Editor informs is that « The let his hair float down his shoulders, Continuation of this History has not and mounted a white faced horse, and yet been received in England.” set out for the habitations of the tribe

Here we must also for the preof Carad.” On the way he meets the sent close; but with the hope of being lady's father and brother, concludes

soon enabled, by the Editor, to resume the bargain with them, and all is set our account of this “ Wild and Wontled but the ceremony of giving the drous Tale;" of whose rich and origidower, which would for ever deprive pal beauties the specimens now given Antar of his adored Ibla. Antar, how can convey but a very faint and imeves, soon hears of these proceedings, perfect idea.

ORIGINAL POETRY.

ARABIAN SONG.

Bid her own music from afar

Restore that spirit to my sight, Who was my bosom's guiding stat,

Who is my vision of the night. Oh! welcome floats that image by,

A sunbeam darker thoughts between, Dear, as the drop from the fairy's eye

To the drooping flower it falls within. Nay, cease the strain : it thrilling brings

A painful, empty vision, only, That comes like Hope, and mocking clings

Around the heart, yet leaves it lonely, But soon returning, like the Dove,

Will Peace resume her gentle reign ; When, with their whisperings of love,

Our glances meet and mix again.',

0.

FRAGMENT.

THE sun descends; his crimson rays

Are burning on our snowy tent, He brings me now unhappy days,

For hope with Hassan went,
And fancy ever roams to seek
O’er plain, and mount, my wandering

Sheik.
I saw him on that fatal morn,

I watched the tear within his eye,
As on his war-horse proudly borrie,

He dashed in beauty by ;
And, ere the path began to wind,
He lingered, and he looked behind.
Since then, returning moons have thrice

Reflected in the wave appeared ;
Since then I have not heard his voice;

When shall his voice be heard !
More grateful than the tones of Spring,
When all her birds are on the wing.
Lo! yonder, far across the plain,

With dusky heads the grove of dates I stray, when twilight comes

in vain ! No Hassan there awaits ; No feelings tremble in my heart, The bliss to meet, the pangs to part. 'Tis silent alla desart land

Beside the fount, where we have stood, With patient eye, the camels stand,

And ruminate their food;
Yea! even the shade of sorrow lowers
Upon the lovely lotus flowers.
Methinks, I see my wanderer now,

On lonely plain horizon-bound,
Beside his tent, with thoughtful brow,
| And nothing round and round,
To warm his heart, or cheer his eye,
Except the meeting earth and sky.
Or more disastrous shall I guess

The colour of my Hassan's lot 'Mid pillars of the wilderness

Revolving, dun and hot ;
Ah ! not illumined, like the flame
That forth with Moussa's people came !
I see not thee I hear not thee

But Alla heeds, and Alla hears !
I yield my heart to his decree,

And quench my growing fears ; For ah! my soul could never seek Aught save thyself, my wandering Sheik,

M.

Tue midnight winds are forth-with high

career, Urging their cloudy chariots rapidly, As if they rushed to war, or fed in fear,

Along the azure champaign of the sky : The Heavens are all in motion, and the

eye Beholds the wonted visions of its search, Moon, star, and cloud-all hurrying si

lently Away, as if upon their final march, As if the Angel's trump had pealed along

that arch. When thus the hand of mighty seraphini, This pictured volume from our sight

shall roll, Unfolding to all eyes the face of Him Who sits enthroned behind it, -0 my

soul! How shalt thou bear to see in funeral

stole Nature distracted, in convulsions lie On flaming pyre; and, at his destined

goal Time worn and weary, lay him down to

die On the paternal breast of hoar Eternity !

C.

CHANSONETTE.

PARAPHRASE OF PSALM CXXXVIJ.
AFAR by Babel’s alien stream,
We captive Hebrews doleful sate,"?,
Weeping in memory's vivid dream,"
O'er ruin'd Judah's cruel fate.

Our long-forsaken harps unstrung,
All silent on the willows hung;
No more their holy raptures glow,
Unsuited to our country's woe.

Sing me the song she loved so well :

Its wild and melancholy measure Recalls the form of Rosabel,

And gives the hour its wonted pleasure.

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Yet there they mock our mute despair ; The hopes that excited have perished ; and Our ruthless foes insulting cry,

truth ** Again your sleeping harps prepare, Laments o'er the wrecks they are leavLet Hebrew hymns re-echo high.'

ing behind. By holy Salem's ruind towers,

'Tis midnight; and wide o'er the regions By lofty Zion's ravag'a bower s,

of riot How can we sing, how can we play,-- Are spread, deep in silence, the wings of From Judah's mountains far away !

repose ; 0, holy land of mighty sires,

And man, soothed from revel, and Julled Thy joy, thy grief, be ever mine! Though sunk beneath avenging fires, Forgets in his slumber the weight of his Thy castled towers and fane divine, Perish my cunning art of song,

How gloomy and dim is the scowl of the And death's dark slumber chain my heaven, tongue,

Whose azure the clouds with their darkEre faithless to my infant love,

ness invest; From thee my thoughts one moment Not a star o'er the shadowy concave is given, rove!

To omen a something like hope to the While in the dust we sadly weep

breast. O'er Babel's hate, o'er Judah's woes,

Hark! how the lone night-wind uptosses Thou Sword of Vengeance, cease to sleep!

the forest ! Wave all thy terrors o'er her foes.

A downcast regret thro' the mind slowAnd oh ! upon that fatal day,

ly steals : When Salem's glory fell a prey,

But, ah ! 'tis the tempests of Fortune Remember Edom's savage joy,

that sorest Remember how she cried - Destroy !"

The desolate heart in its loneliness feels. E'en now, proud foe ! Jehovah's wrath Where, where are the spirits in whom was O'ershades thy glory with dismay;

my trust; Lo, sounding on their distant path,

Whose bosoms with mutual affection did The Avenger's wheels rush to their prey!

burn? Bless'd be the hour! thrice bless'd the Alas! they have gone to their homes in arm,'

the dust; That shakes thy turrets with alarm! The grass rustles drearily over their urn; And bids destruction's tiger brood While 1, in a populous solitude, languish Bedew thý streets with infant blood !" i 'Mid foes who beset me, and friends

S.

who are cold :

Yes,—the pilgrim of earth oft has felt in SOYNET TO A LADY.

his anguish, I HAVE seen thy blue eyes leave me, as ac

That the heart may be widowed before

it be old ! night Some traveller sees, in forests dark and Affection can soothe but its votaries an hour, blind,

Doomed soon in the flames that it raised His lamp blown out by the invidious to depart ; wind,

And oh : disappointment has poison and When most he needed its conducting light. power Yet, though thou stealest from my mortal To ruffle and fret the most patient of heart ! sight

How oft, 'neath the dark-pointed arrows of What most it loves to look on from my

malice, mind

Hath merit been destined to bear and to Thou canst not steal that picture left

bleed; behind,

And they who of pleasure have emptied Which makes my bosom half forget thy

the chalice, flight.

Can tell that the dregs are full bitter in'Tis joy to think upon thee, and to wear

deed ! The image in the heart; a fruitful glow Let the storms of adversity lower, 'tis in vain, Dwells round it of sweet thoughts and Though friends should forsake me, and fancies fair.

foes should condemn ; Thus in some thorny grove, where'er we These may kindle the breasts of the weak know

to complain, A crystal spring, the yellow primrose there,

They only can teach resignation to mine: Cowslip, or lilies on its margin blow.

For far o'er the regions of doubt and of

dreaming, STANZAS AT MIDNIGHT. 1,4 The spirit beholds a less perishing span ; "Tis night, and in darkness: the visions of And bright through the tempest the rain. youth

bow is streaming, Flit solemn and slow in the eye of the The sign of forgiveness from Maker to mind :

Man!

M.

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LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.

Proposal by the Council, Approved of by a to the culture of such new or forcign sorts

General Meeting of the Caledonian Hor- of culinary vegetables, fruit, and forest ticultural Society, held 8th December trees, as may be recommended for trial; 1818, for Establishing, by Subscription seeds, grafts, or plants of which, if found among the Members of the Society, and worthy of cultivation, to be distributed a. Others, an Experimental und Botanical mong the subscribers. Garden, under the Title of the Edin. In this part of the garden experiments BURGH HORTICULTURAL AND BO. will be made with a view of raising varie. TANICAL INSTITUTION.

ties from seed, in order to procure fruits

that may be better adapted to the climate THE want of an extensive garden, in of Scotland. which the study of botany, as applicable

II.- Property to the purposes of rural economy, might The property of the garden to be held in be prosecuted by those who cannot attend shares of . 20 each ; and it is proposed the lectures of the professor in the univer- that the society shall immediately subscribe sity, has long been felt. But now, when for twenty-five shares ; exclusive of the vegetable physiology, and its application to subscriptions of individual members. horticulture, and to the treatnient of woods The number of shares to be limited to and plantations, has rapidly advanced, it 500; and ro individual to be allowed to has become of importance that this society hold a greater number than two, on the should take the lead in forming an institu- first subscription, although, afterwards, tion, without which its efforts for improve shares may be purchased or acquired to any ing that art, the name of which it bears, amount. certainly cannot have their full effect. Al As soon as 250 shares, exclusive of those though, therefore, the propriety of the Ca- taken by the society, are subscribed for, ledonian Horticultural Society patronizing application to be made for a royal charter ; and sharing in the proposed establishment and, as soon as that is obtained, measures cannot be questioned, yet it appears most

to be taken for the purchase of ground, advisable that, as a body, it should be con. Subscribers to be furnished with tickets, nected with it, only as holding shares in which will admit them, and friends accoman heritable property, sufficient to entitle panying them; and with transferable ticit to have a certain proportion of the gar. kets for the use of their families. den allotted for experiments most imme An interim committee to be appointed to diately connected with its proper ebjects; collect subscriptions, and to prepare a set and leaving it in the power of the society, of regulations, to be submitted to a meetas well as of individual proprietors, to sell ing to be called as soon as 250 subscriptions or transfer their shares at pleasure.

shall have been obtained, preparatory to 1.-Objects of the In titution. the application for a charter. 1. The collection of curious and rare As every plant in the garden, of every exotic plants, such as are not commonly description, will have its name attached to met with in the green-houses of nursery- it, and its time of flowering and ripening

its seed or fruit in the garden, together 2. The collection of ornamental and rare with its various properties and qualities, plants, natives of Britain.

carefully recorded, this establishment will 3. The collection of ornamental, rare, form the means both of instruction and reand useful exotic plants that have been na creation, while it will largely contribute to turalized in Britain, or which may be na improve the art of horticulture in all its turalized in this country.

branches. Such plants to be propagated as exten It is proposed to have a complete range sively as possible, and their seeds to be of houses, viz. stoves, green-house, vinery, preserved, for the purpose of being distri. peach-house, and a house for experiments. buted among the subscribers, according to Also a sufficient number of hot-bed frames, such rules as may be afterwards agreed up and hand-glasses ; together with every ar

ticle necessary for carrying on the esta4. Two acres to be set apart for the pure blishment in a style creditable to the capi. pose of experiments in horticulture and ve tal of Scotland. getable physiology, and for attempts to na If it shall afterwards be deemed advisaturalize exotics; to which none but sub- ble to increase the number of shares, the scribers (accompanied by the chief garden- addition will in the first place be put in er) can be admitted.

the power of subscribers who may wish to 5. The rest of the garden to be devoted take them.

men.

on.

The superfluous produce of the garden, Deaths in 1817

21,386 in fruit-trees, grafts, flowers, &c. to be

1816

19,805 sold, in order to assist in defraying the annual expences.

Excess in 1817

1,581 The garden to be within two miles of These deaths consist of 13,555 who died Edinburgh, or as near as possible, without in their own houses, viz. : the risk of being injured by smoke.

Males

6,599

13,555 Females

6,956)

The remainder consist of 276 dead boThe botanic garden at Glasgow has re- dies deposited in the Morgue, and 7,827 ceived a royal charter, and is now desig, who died in the hospitals, viz. : Dated “ The Royal Botanic Institution of Males

3,898 Glasgow." It is the first institution of the Females

3,929

7,827 kind in Scotland so honoured, and it seems The number of persons who died of the līkely soon to prove its scientific progress small-pox in 1817 was 488, viz. : deserving of the title, as hardly a ship now Males

250

486 arrives in the Clyde from foreign parts Females

236 without bearing rare seeds or plants for The number in 1816 was

150 the establishment. Literary Premium.--A gentleman of Excess in 1817

336 this city has received, from a friend in Lon The 276 dead bodies deposited at the don, a letter in the following terms : Morgue in 1817, consisted of * Dear Sir, Inclosed you will find a Males

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276 bill for L. 50, to be divided into three Females

71 suns of L. 25, L. 15, and L. 10, as prizes The number of drowned in 1816 was 278 for the best lines, in verse or prose, on the And that of suicides

168 subject of Sir William Walluce's inviting Suicides in 1817

197 Bruce to the Scottish throne; which I If we admit that at least one half or the muld wish to be so expressed, as not to drowned persons underwent a voluntary give offence to our bretliren south of the death, the number of suicides in 1817 will Tvead.

amount to 333, or to more than six every Perhaps there could be introduced in- week. to the composition, the propriety of erect In 1808, 1809, 1810, the annual num. ing a tower or monument to the memory ber of suicides was from 50 to 55. This of Wallace, on Arthur Seat, or Salisbury number has increased progressively since Craigs. If such an object could be ac- 1812. complislied, I would leave L. 1000 by my Saffron supposed to prevent Sca Sickwill to assist it.

ne88.-M. Cadet, who spent part of the “My name need not be mentioned ; on summer of 1817 in London, mentions, that ly say a native of Edinburgh, and a mem when he crossed the channel from Calais to ber of the Highland Society of London, Dover, he observed an English gentleman who left his native place at twelve years of with a bag of saffron suspended over his age. The rest I leave to your better judg- stomach. On inquiring the reason, he ment, and remain," &c.

was told by the gentleman that it was a We have been requested to intimate, practice which lie always followed when that candidates for these prizes may send crossing the channel, because it preserved their compositions (postage puid) to Messrs him from sea sickness. The remedy was Vanlers and Miller, Edinburgh, before found out, he said, in the following way: the 1st May 1819, when the prizes will be A small merchant, who had occasion to awarded.

make frequent voyages, was always torOur celebrated countryman, Wilkie, is mented with sea sickness when on shipengaged, we understand, in painting for board. One day he embarked, after purthe Prince Regent, as a companion to his chasing a pound of saffron, which he put Bänd-man's- Buff, a picture descriptive of under his shirt in order to avoid paya South Penny Wedding. The subject ing duty for it. He escaped without exis replete with characters and incidents periencing any sea sickness, though the suited to the style of the artist, and we sea was rough. Ascribing this lucky esdoubt not but he will produce a picture cape to the saffron, he communicated his upon it which may be ranked as bis Chef discovery to several of his fricnus, who & curre. For a lively and graphic account made repeated trials of the remedy, and alof this festivity, taken from real life, see wavs with success. our number for November 1818.

The above passage is translated from the Deuths in Paris during 1817. The Journ. de Pharm. July 1817, p. 335, though following tables are so curious and so in. we are far from implicitly believing that stiuctive, that we have copied them from the saffron is likely to cure this hitherto incuannual report published in the Journal de rable malady ; but that the alleged cure Pharmacie.

may be generally known, and that its ef.

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