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seemingly acquiesce in the views of will communicate to us a short stateMr Samuel M Cormack, and, with his ment of its supposed contents, we shall characteristic boldness, make an at- lay it before the public in our next tempt at publication. But mark our Number. words :- The publication will not take We have not scrupled to mention place. We have seen the attempt made the author's name (Samuel M‘Corupon one copy, which has for three mack, Esq. one of his Majesty's Admonths resisted the most strenuous vocates-depute for Scotland), because efforts of a spirited publisher. That he has openly avowed it. The Depute, copy is not heavier than its brethren; however, is a sort of male coquette, but there, we are afraid, “ sedet eter: and loves to dally with the public. numque sedebit.” At first many per- He puts on his mask, and for a while sons looked at it-some touched it wears it with an air of mysterious sea few attempted to lift it—and one crecy, till, feeling uneasy at the congentleman from Tweeddale, a man of cealment, he takes it slily off before a prodigious personal strength, actually circle of chosen admirers; then, sighraised it several inches from the table. ing after nobler and more extensive Nothing, however, but the same seven conquests, he flings back his veil of horse power that brought it into the foolscap, and exhibits to the public shop will be effectual for its removal. gaze features sparkling with all the
But to be serious. We declare, on fascination of conscious beauty. our word of honour, that we have read this pamphlet, and think we can put any gentleman of a sound constitution The Bower of Spring, with other Poems. on a plan by which he will be able to
By the Author of “ The Paradise of perform the same achievement. Let
Coquettes." Small 8vo. pp. 156. him on no account presume to read Edinburgh, Constable & Co. the affair in the usual way, straight on from beginning to end; but let him This smart little volume strikes us as swallow a small dose of the beginning a sort of phenomenon. It has been an hour before breakfast. Let the plainly brought out to suit the season; patient then take a sharp walk of a and, with a good deal of that elegant couple of miles, and a hearty break- lightness and calm gaiety which may, fast. About twelve o'clock in the fore- be caught in the atmosphere of ladies' noon, let him take a few pages from drawing-rooms, and select literary cothe end of the pamphlet, the frothy teries, is highly suited to the taste and and watery nature of which will help habits of those happy persons who can him to digest the crudities of the be- spare no time even for such studies, ginning. The middle part may be until they find that almost all their taken about an hour before going to decent neighbours have left town, and bed: it is a soft pulpy substance, with- that the invidious long day of a forout any taste whatever; and in the ward spring has bereft them of flammorning the patient will awake fit for beaux, rattling squares, and busy routs. the usual occupations of the day. Notwithstanding this favourable conThere is yet
another mode of getting juncture, we are afraid that these over this affair, which we can safely re- poems run more than an ordinary commend on the authority of a judicious hazard of being overlooked by those friend, who speaks of it in the highest who may not know the author from terms. Begin boldly at the beginning, that gorgeous piece of fancy which he but instead of turning over one leaf at has chosen for his distinctive appellaa time, turn over two or more. The tion. The essential characters of both effect produced upon our friend's mind are nearly alike, allowing a little for by this mode of perusal was almost difference of subject and machinery; the same as that which we ourselves and as the author has defended his experienced from the usual straight system with much vivacity, in a preforward method ; and to readers of face to the Paradise of Coquettes, exweakly constitutions we would recom- tending to fifty-six pages, and conmend it as preferable to our own. taining as much wit and beautifully
We find that we have not given a flowing English as might enliven very full account of the matter of this whole volumes of criticism or apology, pamphlet. If, however, either the we must make so free with him as to author himself, or any of his friends, state our notions.
To our plain understandings, then, of our own age we do not take to be it seems, that all POETRY must be greater than that of those which have pathetic, according to the good old preceded it; but we venture to assert, etymology of the word, which renders that it has a keener taste for deepit significant, not merely of a tender toned emotion, and high-raised expity for distress, but of sympathy with citement. Now, as we firmly believe all the emerging varieties of human this, we never expect to see our aupassion,-or highly descriptive of na thor leading a school. His great work ture, in her loveliest hues and situa- is an effort, through nine parts, to be tions,
-or discursive, between nature gay. It has something of the unand passion,-looking abroad on na- meaning flutter of a very fine lady, ture and the seasons as they are asso mixed with more of the watchful and ciated with human feelings, or recur- provoking acuteness of a practised mering, from the contemplation of objects, taphysician. Almost every second line to the mind, with a deep-felt impres- contains a nicely balanced antithesis ; sion, that, in the ceaseless march of and the wit, with which it really spartime, nature is still as fair as if there kles till the eyes dazzle, is so quick were neither sorrowing nor crime and fleeting, and so shadowed out, among mankind.
To what part of that the mind racks itself in attempte this category the poetry of the author ing to grasp its intent. The epithets of the “ Paradise of Coquettes” should are for the most part exquisitely be referred, we know not. Nothing happy, and wonderfully new. The seems to us more decisive of the char
verse is so uniformly adjusted, by a acter of this restless age, than the complete and careful rythmus, as seltendency which that formerly sympa- dom or never to offend, by a harsh the ticrace of the genus irritabile vatum note, or an unfinished cadence,-but now has to separate into schools. Each rather to astonish by some fine breaks, school has a separate language, and and artificial collocations, more like separate systems and sympathies of its those in the majestic blank verse of
The grand ambition of our au- Milton, than any thing in the unvaried thor appears to be, that he may become measure of couplets. The machinery the founder and the head of a new is nicely culled from all those adjuncts school. It is difficult catch the and circumstances with which earthly evanescent varieties of his manner ; coquettes are surrounded, or which can but we must try, that our readers be supposed in that “ Paradise of her may know what they should expect kindred immortals,” to which the auin the fulness of time, when it will be thor ultimately conducts his heroine. unfashionable not to be able to refer He could find no appropriate term for to the Paradise of Coquettes for au- all this, but “ the light and playful thority.
species of epic." Yet with this ingeIt has all the trim gracefulness and nious preparation, and all these negameasured vivacity of Pope, without tive qualities of poetry, -when we take the unconscious music of his manner; up these volumes, and is, to a wonderful nicety, just “ We start, for soul is wanting there." such a production, in every respect,
There is ease which does not proas a wordy and ambitious member of duce ease; there is gaiety which does that sect might be supposed to ven not excite spirits in the reader; there ture out with in these cloudy times, are no bursts of inspiration,--almost could he be produced to us with his no passages that are beautiful as well broad hand-ruffles, and tall amber as brilliant,--and no occasions on headed cane. Times and propensities, which we find any thing like an easy however, are essentially altered. Pope falling in with those ordinary trains caught the tone of society at one hap- of thought that are the very staple of py stroke. After the lapse of an hun- poetry. There is rather more of a dred years, his Rape of the Lock is a very elegant languor,--and ready quickmodel for pleasant raillery and easy ness of apprehension as to the devesatireas the letters of his friend, Lady lopement and shadowing out of ideas Mary Wortley Montague, are patterns which are the least tangibly related, of acuteness of remark with negligence than of a healthful sensibility, or of manner. But the huut ton of so much freshness, as well as depth of ciety has now ceased to be the haut natural cmotion. There is so much ton of letters. The moral enthusiasm purity and delicacy, and such a choice
of topics of illustration, that the author For this she culled, with eager care, seems to deal out any illusion to the
The scatter'd glories of her plan,-conventional realities of a rough and All thai adorns the softer fair,
All that exalts the prouder man : vulgar world as tokens only of smartness or sagacity. He seems not to And gay she triumphed,--now no more write for the average of readers who Her works shall daring systems bound; delight in Lord Byron's poetry. He As though her skill inventive o'er, would appear to count rather on a cri She only trac'd the forms she found. tical wonder at difficulties of manner, In vain to seek a kindred race, and choice of subject overcome,-or Tir'd through her mazy realms I strayan admiration of chaste effect and Where shall I rank my radiant place? polished finishing,—than on the ra Thou dear perplexing creature ! say! pidly excited sympathy,—the undiscriminating enthusiasm of ordinary men.
Thy smile so soft, thy heart so kind,
Thy voice for pity's tones so fit, It is not enough that such productions All speak thee woman; but thy mind are those of a most ingenious and a Lifts thee where Bards and Sages sit.” most amiable man, who has the rare merit of being not only perhaps the most acute among the ingenious, but Eccentricities for Edinburgh, &c. By one of the
GEORGE COLMAN Every poet writes for fame; and, in Foolscap 8vo. Edinburgh, Ballanthis respect, poetry is not, like virtue, its own reward. The man, therefore, Mr Colman's poetical productions who submits himself “ arbitrio popu are chiefly remarkable for two things : laris auræ," with more than two or in the first place, one half of his verses three trials of a style and manner in are generally without any meaning poetry which are found to be any thing whatever; and to make up for this, rather than popular, or even generally he contrives, in the second place, to relished among the more respectful endow the other half with what the and indulgent race of critics, must French call double meanings,--that is, submit to mediocrity of praise,—the licentious, vulgar, and disgusting ideas, “unkindest cut of all” to generous disguised (in MrC.'s case, very slightly) minds. And no friend can see a per- under equivocal or ambiguous terms. son of real talent come to this, without In justice to Mr Colman's taste, we feeling even more than the force of a must add, that there is sometimes a great poet's anathema,
third part of unpalliated grossness ; “ Mediocribus esse poetis
though we mention this with some Non homines, non Dü, non concessere co. hesitation, because our apology for lumnæ.”
alluding to him at all, namely, the There are some agreeable "copies plan he has adopted for localizing the of verses” in the same volume with present effusion, may, after that, we the Bower of Spring ; but we have fear, scarcely be sustained by our more already said so much of it and its fa respectable readers. These Eccentrivoured predecessor, as to have no room
cities are exactly such as have been proleft for any quotations from either. duced by heads of the same altitude, All that we can give is an extract from and morals of the same standard, down verses addressed to Mrs Stewart, the from Haywood's days. Edinburgh, it lady of Mr Dugald Stewart, which seems, had resisted all his attacks in are whimsically enough denominated print, and his books could never pene“ The Non-DESCRIPT-To a very
trate beyond the Border: he was therecharming Monster,”—but which con
fore advised to steal in in manuscript; tain nothing whimsical or unfounded and his employers (for his genius rein their praise.
sembling a hotbed, where the ster
coraceous heat produces, in a few “ Thou nameless loveliness, whose mind,
hours, abundance of insipid vegetables; With every grace to sooth, to warm,
the booksellers, when they need a supHas lavish Nature bless'd, and 'shrin'd ply, appoint him time and subject) The sweetness in as soft a form !
invented, as he informs us, the lying Say on what wonder-bearing soil
designation in the title. Her sportive malice wrought thy frame, is now an old man-and ought to be That haughty science long might toil,
otherwise occupied than in writing dogNor learn to fix thy doubtful name ! gerel verses for the vulgar and the vile.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
From the observations made by Pro higher than the far-famed summit of fessor Jameson, it would appear, that Mont Blanc. augite, hitherto considered a rare mineral, A monstrous birth is stated to have is very generally and abundantly distri. taken place in the city of Jyopre : the wife buted throughout Scotland.
of a Bramin, named Kishun Ram, had It is much to be regretted that we pos been brought to bed of a girl with four sess no mineralogical map of Scotland. faces and four legs.
When this ominous Mr Smith, an industrious and intelligent circumstance was related to the Rajah, surveyor, has published a mineralogical he instantly ordered a charitable donation map of England and Wales, which, al. to be made to the poor, to avert the calathough incomplete, is a creditable work mity which such an occurrence was supfor a single individual. The public anx posed to threaten.-Ceylon Gaz. iously expect the promised map of Eng. Mr Stanley Griswold, in the New York land, from the active and intelligent pre Medical Repository, informs us, that sident of the Geological Society of Lon earthquakes, extending for more than an don, Mr Greenough. Professor Jameson hundred miles, are occasionally produchas been for several years collecting ma ed by the combustion of beds of coal in terials for a general mineralogical map of marshy places. Scotland; and it is expected, that he will New Barometer. We understand that soon communicate the result of his la. an instrument has lately been invented bours to the public.
by our very ingenious townsman, Mr The celebrated traveller, Baron Von Alexander Adie, optician, which answers Buch, is now printing, in London, a all the purposes of the common baromeMineralogical Account of the Canary Is ter, and has the advantage of being much lands, which, it is confidently expected, more portable, and much less liable to will prove a classical work on the natural accident. In this instrument the movehistory of volcanoes.
In the same work, able column is oil, enclosing in a tube a he will treat particularly on the geo. portion of nitrogen, which changes its graphical and physical 'distribution of bulk according to the density of the at. these nearly-tropical isles in which in mosphere. Mr Adie has given it the vestigation he will be materially assisted name of sympiesometer (or measure of by the observations of the companion in compression). One of these new instruhis voyage, the late excellent but unfor. ments was taken to India in the Buckingtunate Dr Smith of Christiana, who per hamshire of Greenock, and by the direcished in the calamitous expedition up tions of Captain Christian, corresponding the Congo.
observations were made on it, and on the Mr Bouë of Hamburgh, an active and common marine barometer, every three intelligent disciple of the Edinburgh school hours during the voyage. The result, of Natural History, is about to publish a we are informed, was entirely satisfacTract of the Physical and Geographical tory—the new instrument remaining unDistribution of the plants of Scotland. affected by the most violent motion of the
We ought to have noticed, in a former • ship. We may add, that the sympiesoNumber, the Map of the County of meter may be made of dimensions so Edinburgh, by Mr Knox. It is on four small as to be easily carried in the pocket, sheets, well engraven, and exhibits in a so that it is likely to become a valuable lucid and accurate manner, the Physiog- acquisition to the geologist. nomy of that portion of Scotland. We The Glasgow Astronomical Society has would recommend it to the attention of lately procured a solar microscope from those who are interested in geographical Dolland, the largest that celebrated opti. and geological researches, and the more cian has ever constructed. It is exhibit so, as we understand that it is to be ed to most advantage betwixt eleven and illustrated by a Memoir from the Pro two o'clock, during which hours the sun fessor of Natural History in the Univer- is in the best position for observing it. sity of Edinburgh.
The first trial of this superb instrument Mont Blanc, hitherto considered as the disclosed some wonderful phenomena; highest mountain in the old world, is hundreds of insects were discovered denow far eclipsed by the lofty ranges of vouring the body of a gnat. These ani. the Himmalah, which rise 27,000 feet malcula were magnified so as to appear above the sea. Even the Elbrus, a nine inches long, their actual size being European mountain, measured by Wis somewhat less than the fourteen hun. nievsky, is said to be 2,500 French feet dredth part of an inch. The mineral
kingdom afforded another display of brile extraordinary case of a soldier who surliant objects; their crystalization, and vived forty-nine hours after receiving a the splendour of their colouring, exceed bayonet-wound of the heart; but a gun. any thing the most lively imagination shot wound of the heart affords a still can conceive.
more striking example of the great exMr E. Donovan, the ingenious author tent to which this vital organ may sustain of a serịes of interesting works illustra an injury from external violence, without tive of the Natural History of Britain, its functions being immediately destroyed, and proprietor of the museum of Natural or even permanently impaired. History in Fleet street, has announced Fusion of Wood Tin.--Dr Clarke of his intention of selling that collection by Cambridge has made a curious addition public auction in the beginning of next to our knowledge respecting wood tin. year, unless it shall have been previously When exposed to the action of his
power. disposed of. He states that it has cost ful oxygen and hydrogen blow-pipe, it him the labour of thirty years, and an fuses completely, acquires a colour nearexpense of more than £15,000.
ly similar to that of plumbago, with a Sir Edward Home has submitted to very strong metallic lustre. Dr Clarke the Royal Society a paper on the nature was so obliging as to give me some speand effects of an infusion of colchicum cimens of wood tin thus fused.
It was autumnale and eau medicinale on the hu very hard; as far as I could judge, nearman constitution in cases of gout. He ly as much so as common tin-stone. It found from experiments, that the sedi. was brittle, and easily reducible to a fine ment of the latter is excessively drastic powder. I found it not in the least actand severe, while that of the infusion of ed on by nitric acid, muriatic acid, and colchicum possesses about half the strength nitro-muriatic acid, even when assisted of the former; and that the clear tinc- by heat. Hence, it must still continue ture of both is equally efficacious in cur in the state of an oxide. ing gout without being so dreadfully de The circumstance, that wood tin (and structive to the constitution. The result probably tin stone also (acquires a metherefore of these experiments is, that tallic lustre when fused, seems to decide the clear fluid, either of the vinous infu. a subject which has been agitated in this sion of colchicum or of the eau medicinale, country with much keenness.
It was may be taken with equal advantage to asserted by Dr Hutton, and is still mainthe health, and much less injury to the tained by his followers, that all granite body; but that of the former is much the has been in a state of igneous fusion. milder of the two.
From Dr Clarke's experiment, it may be Mr John Davy has detailed, in a letter inferred, with considerable confidence, to his brother, Sir Humphry Davy, many that the granite in which the ores of new and curious experiments and obser tin occur has never been in a state of vations on the temperature and specific fusion.--Thomson's Annals, No 55. gravity of the sea, made during a voyage to Ceylon. From these it appears, that the specific gravity of the sea is nearly Theories of the Earth. Many of the the same every where ; that the temper. fanciful theories of our globe, founded ature is generally highest about noon; upon false conclusions, drawn from the that it is higher during a storm, but that repeated discovery of fresh water shells in this case the period of the highest tem and marine shells being found together perature is somewhat later. He has in the same strata, are likely to be set at found that shallow water is colder than nought by an experiment of M. Bendant deep; so that by this difference seamen of Marseilles, from whence it results, may discover, at night, when they ap that fresh water or marine molluscæ will proach either shoals, banks, or the shore. live in either medium, if habituated to On approaching the coast the water was it gradually ; but with some few excepalways found to be two degrees colder tions. than when in the open sea.
The Society for Elementary Instruction In August last, a buck that was re in France lately held a public meeting markably fat and healthy in condition, at the Hotel de Ville of Paris. From was killed in Bradby park, and, on open the reports read by the secretaries it aping him, it was discovered that, at some pears, that during the past year the new distant tiine, he had been shot in the method of instruction has made great heart ; for a ball was contained in a cyst progress both in Paris and the provinces, in the substance of that viscus, about and there is every reason to hope that it two inches from the apex, weighing will soon become general. In the capital 292 grains, and beaten quite flat. In there are 15 schools in full activity; one the second volume of the Medico-Chi. of them has 333 scholars. · The Prefect rurgical Transactions, is published an of the department of the Seine has ef.