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Neither the pathless depths of the roaring ocean, nor ty and intellectual power, given that impetus to civilithe desolating march of the hurricane when it sweeps zation and refinement, which we would fain hope is onward in its strength-neither the convulsed heavings ultimately destined to regenerate the world. The reviof the earth, nor the intensity and fearful energies of val, in this busy age of science and philosophical rethe maddening flames, in their apparent hour of triumph, search, of the ancient and hitherto exploded doctrine have power over the inexhaustible resources of the hu- of Animal Magnetism, with its fearful, undefined and man mind. In their ordinary mood, they all and each occult mysteries, announces the entrance upon another minister to our instruction and improvement. We ap- and deeply interesting field of mental phenomena. proach their deepest mysteries, and penetrate into the The name by which this strange system has been handmost hidden recesses of their vast dominions. On the ed down to us from the dust of ages, is calculated to debroad expanse of the “ deep and bounding sea,” our ceive us in the very threshold of the investigation, by stately vessel “walks the waters like a thing of life.” preparing us to expect something of machinery-of In the giddy heights of air, far above the tabernacles of matter-of substance—of scientific apparatus, when, in the clouds, the trail fabrics of man's invention peram- truth, if the pretensions of Animal Magnetism are bulate fearlessly and gallantly the regions of space. founded in reality, it is the single and unaided power of We invite the forked lightning from its desolating path, one mind, operating by a most astonishing and unpreceand control its electrical shocks at pleasure. We in- dented sympathy upon another of a nervous and sensivade the solitary wilderness, and brave the utmost fero- tive cast—assuming and exercising an irresistible concity of the untamed sovereigns of its desert kingdom, trol over it-conducting it, by the intensity and clearthat we may bend them to our will, and realize long ness and strength of its own conceptions, wherever it before their figurative accomplishment, the beautiful chooses to lead the way—infusing into it its own pecupredictions of scriptural prophecy. We have measured liar energies, thoughts, feelings, and sensations--and the distances of the stars—traced the wandering and rendering it, for the time being, a mere transcript of iterratic courses of the comets--ascertained the grand self, without the ability, or apparently the desire to esand sublime workings of the great system of the hea- cape from the strange and bewildering fascination. It venly bodies, and reduced to a mathematical demonstra- first produces a lethargic species of torper, apparently tion, the vast operations of the external universe. By in the same manner as the eye of the basilisk renders the aid and under the guidance of science and skill, we powerless and benumbed its unhappy victims. In the are enabled to approach confidently and unharmed the modern experiments of Animal Magnetism, however, most terrible and formidable objects of the animate and this may, it seems, be dispensed with—and the mind inanimate world, and to exceed in the merest amuse-alone brought into action. In either event, this torpor ments which attract and gratify the public curiosity, the is succeeded by a sleep so profound and deathlike, that most renowned feats of the ancient magicians and as- its subject is utterly unconscious of any sensations betrologers. Even the marble stillness of death has been yond such as the operator chooses to call into action, or made, by the mysterious operations of the magnetic in- to enable others, by his mere volition to do so—and to Auence, to assume the animation and visible form of these, whatever they may be, the mind and the voice life.
respond with a fidelity and accuracy which is truly asBut the empire of mind stops not here. The control tonishing, and well-nigh miraculous. Objects, and over created matter, was the special gift of Providence scenes, and persons, familiar to the questioner, but -the inalienable birthright of our race. Before man which the sleeper has never before witnessed or conbecame disobedient to his Maker, not animals alone, ceived of, are brought vividly and distinctly to view, but even the elements themselves, obeyed him.” A and assume a form as capable of full and clear descripmore important and lasting power remained to be secu- tion, as though he had temporarily assumed the nature ed, by intellectual and moral ascendency alone—the and identity of the individual who is exerting this trepower of mind over mind. Individuals in all ages have mendous power over his faculties and his will. lent their energies to the achievement of literary and We are all aware of the wonderful ascendancy of the philosophical renown; and have handed down the im- human eye, when fearlessly opposed to the most feropress of their minds as a perpetual heritage to the latest cious beast of prey. Many of us have witnessed, or, at generations. In the retirement and seclusion of their least, have been credibly informed of the fascinating closet, they have put forth their strength, and left the and deadly influence of the serpent when he enthralls palm of victory to be announced, and the laurel wreath his helpless and involuntary victim--but it has been reof fame to be encircled for their brow by future and suc- served for modern times to witness a power over the vocessive ages. Heroes and conquerors have contested lition of our own species, which a century since would the mastery of mind, surrounded by embattled legions have been classed among the nefarious exploits of nethemselves the centre and the focus around which the cromancy. We know the effects of sympathy, we have tide of war and conquest circled-indebted far less to seen its influence in the crowded auditory-in the midst the physical means at their command than to the men- of affliction, or excitement-in the prevalence of distal resources which directed and skillfully controlled ease-in the progress of superstition--and we are famitheir most minute operations. Statesmen and legisla- liar with the creative power of imagination in all its ditors have presided over the complex machinery of mo- versified and innumerable forms—but we have but renarchies and republics, and courts and cabinets--have cently learned to multiply ourselves indefinitely by the given laws to nations-formed and matured their insti- unaided operation of our mere mental energies—to prostutions—and by the silent influence of genius and abili- trate the faculties of others, and substitute our own in
BY THEODORE T. LAKE.
their stead, and to wander at will over the domains of
To a Streamlet. mind. Here is a creative energy of a new and peculiar kind-requiring for its full development that perleet
Again thy verdant banks I greet, self-possession and self-confidence-that faith, in the
Adorned with blooming flowers, full acceptation of the term, which in this instance has
As summer with her colors sweet, power, not only to remove mountains-to exercise con
Illumes the glowing hours ; trol over material substances, present or absent—but to
Again I view the rock, the wood,
That hang thy stream along, wield at pleasure, and without effort, the immortal, un
As sparkling to the sun, thy flood bounded, limitless capacities of the human mind. We
Sounds its Æolian song. have never before witnessed the unrestrained commu
How oft have I, a happy boy, nion of spirit with its kindred spirit, unaided by those
Lain careless on thy bank, physical organs which have heretofore attended upon its
Where the violet oped its deep blue eye, high functions, and ministered to its varied wants,-nor
And the lily thy waters drank, have we before been made fully sensible of that omni
Where the wild bee murmured on its wing,
And the west wind shed its breath, present power derived from its great Creator, forming
And spring's bright flow'rets blossoming, an essential part of its divine and etherial nature-des
Bloomed round in varied wreath. tined more fully to expand and mature when divested
And who has listened to thy song, of the incumbrances of flesh and blood which chain and
And trod this wooded dell, bind its faculties here.
Since last I paced thy banks along, I do not propose at present to enter into an analytical
To bid a last farewell ? detail of the principles, pretensions, history or utility
Has none e'er culld thy simple flowers, of this new manifestation of the philosophy of the mind.
That bloom here wild and free,
Or lay within the greenwood bowers, Whether its foundations rest on the immutable princi
That throw their shade on thee ? ples of truth and reason, or are based on partial and iso
Has not from his woodland depth, the deer, lated phenomena, incapable of being reduced to the cer
Gazed on thy mirror'd breast, tainty and precision of fundamental truth, the facts and
And the wild swan laved in thy waters clear, results elicited from an immense variety of experiments
Her wing and snowy crest? actually exist, and form a striking and remarkable por
Has not the wood thrush join'd thy voice tion of the history of the human mind, in new and un
With its own melodious lay,
And bid the traveller's heart rejoice, tried fields of action. The palpable evidence of the
As he passed on his weary way? senses, in the entire absence of all and every possibility
Has not the child, in his joyous play, of deception, admits of no refined casuistical deduction
Launched on thy waves his bark, from established precedents and settled rules. Every
And smiled as he tracked its gliding way, thing even remotely connected with the undying spirit
By foam and flashing spark ? of man, is interesting—and everything relating to its
And beauty too, with her laughing eye,
Sent o'er her dulcet breath, origin, capabilities, destination and powers, is involved
When eve had twined in the western sky, in a mystery which we cannot yet hope to penetrate.
The gold and crimson wreath ? Goodness of heart is man's best treasure, his brightest
But all is past, again I tread honour, and wisest acquisition. It is a ray of divinity
Along thy verdant side, that dignifies humanity, attracts admiration, and assim
And touch the well known flowers, that spread
Around in summer pride. ilates him to his creator, but, like pure gold, it is liable
The rock, the wood, the greenwood tree, to be counterfeited.
All breathe a greeting voice,
That welcome me again to thee, The singular beauty of the Hungarian women is the
And bid my heart rejoice. theme of every traveller's admiration. The town of Pesth is peculiarly remarkable in this respect, the pro
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of nobility, bestowed upon him by the Emperor, shows Observations in Europe, principally in France and Great Britain, the true intellectual dignity of the man. Looking over
by John P. Durbin, D. D., President of Dickinson College- a drawer of old papers, with a friend, he came across In two volumes, New-York: Harper & Brothers, 82 Cliff-st., the parchment and tossing it towards him said, “ by
the way, you did not know I was a baron.” We should suppose that time and space were really The volume consists of a life of the author, by Sir annihilated, from the number of volumes issued de- Edward Lytton Bulwer, and his poems and ballads scriptive of tours in Europe by Americans. Amongst translated by the same masterly hand. These glorious these multifarious books of travels, none has pleased us productions are wrought into English with great skill, more than this work by President Durbin. Light, easy ease and beauty, and with an aptitude and faithfulness and sketchy, it neither fatigues with too much detail, which show how thoroughly the distinguished translator nor burthens the mind with long philosophical disquisi- has entered into the spirit of the original. tions upon character, manners and government. The
It would please us much, could we extract liberally author writes in a cheerful spirit, looking at the bright from this beautiful and valuable work; but our limits side of things, and evidently disposed to make the most forbid. We however cannot refrain from quoting the of all he encounters. In this, he offers an example following lines, not because of any superiority they which a few late tourists might follow, with improve-possess over the others, but by reason of their length ment to their works as well as their tempers. Professor being suited to the contracted space of our columnsDurbin brings to his task, a graceful, fluent pen, and an acute well disciplined mind. He describes what he
“When the column of light on the waters is glass'd, has seen in a spirited and graphic manner; and with a As blent in one glow seem the shine and the stream, gusto which evidently shows that he enjoyed deeply But wave after wave through the glory has pass.d, what he saw. Indeed it would not be easy to repress
Just catches, and fires as it catches, the beam.
So honors but mirror on mortals their light, the enthusiasm which the Old World awakens in a de
Not the nan but the place that he passes is bright.” nizen of the New. The aspect of things is so strange
— the customs, manners, habits, &c., of the people are Littell's Living Age--Boston : E. Littell & Co., 1184 Washington. so different that it would be singular if the feelings were
We have received Nos. 1 and 3 of the above work, not aroused. The ancient walled cities—the gray mouldering castles with the ivy clothing battlement and tur- and like them exceedingly. The work itself will give
the cream of all the distinguished foreign periodiret, the manifold spots of mountain, wood and stream, haunted by superstitions, and peopled with legends—the cals, and at a price (12 1-2 cts. for each number) which great contrasts of society, with its courtly splendor and places it within the reach of all. Each number consordid poverty—all these strike the eye and fill the mind tains 64 pages, and is printed on beautiful white paper of the American traveller, with deep interest from their and clear open type. The project is a good one, and perfect novelty. Our author has caught as many of
we heartily wish it success. these salient points as his brief tour would allow.
Harper's Iluminated and New Pictorial Bible. The following is his description of the rural aspect No. 4 of this magnificent work is lying upon our taof Old England from London to Birmingham:
ble. We have before chronicled our admiration of this " The country was indeed beautiful. It is not the garden of noble undertaking, and still possess the same feelings England, but yet the cultivation seemed to be almost perfect. as the work progresses. It is filled with admirable The grass had a deep luxuriance that is rarely seen in America. It seemed like a thick tufted carpet, and the lazy sheep, sleck engravings, whilst the letter press is unrivalled. When fat cattle and well conditioned horses like figures wrought upon completed it will be a splendid monument to the muniit. The swells of ground were covered with golden grain. I ficence and enterprise of the Messrs. Harpers. Lines of green hedge diversificd the picture. Ranges of elms and groups of other trees abounded every where, giving the
The Northern Trareller ; containing the Hudson Rirer Guide, whole scene the appearance of a rich pleasure-ground, delight- and tour to the Springs, Lake George and Canada, passing fully varied with light and shade.”
through Lake Champlain, with a description of all places on The work is beautifully “got up” by the Harpers in the route most worthy of notice-New-York : published by J. the best style of those eminent and enterprising publish- Disturnell, 102 Broadway, 1814. ers, adorned with several fine plates of St. Paul's, Pa- We take great pleasure in recommending this little lais Royal, Wesleyan Theological Institution, the Cata. work to the notice of the public. It contains a descripcombs, Cathedral at Rouen, &c., besides wood cuts and tion of all places of note on the Hudson River, as well a very valuable plan of the fortifications of the city of as the various points of interest, upon the route by the Paris.
way of the Springs, Lakes George and Champlain, to The Poems and Ballads of Schiller, translated by Sir Edward Canada, together with the cities, villages, rivers, bays,
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