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There listening, Lady! while thy lip hath sung
From the clime of sacred doves,' My own unpolish'd lays, how proud I've hung
Where the blessed Indian roves, On every mellow'd number! proud to feel
Through the air on wing, as white That notes like mine should have the fate to steal,
As the spirit-stones of light, As o'er thy hallowing lip they sigh'd along,
Which the eye of morning counts Such breath of passion and such soul of song.
On the A pallachian mounts ! Oh! I have wonder'd, like the peasant boy
Hither oft my flight I take Who sings at eve his sabbath strains of joy,
Over Huron's lucid lake, And when he hears the rude, luxuriant note
Where the wave, as clear as dew, Back to his ear on softening echoes float,
Sleeps beneath the light canoe, Believes it still some answering spirit's tone,
Which, reflected, floating there, And thinks it all too sweet to be his own!
Looks as if it hung in air !) I dream'd not then that, ere the rolling year
Then, when I have stray'd awhile
Through the Manataulin isle,4
Breathing all its holy bloom,
Swift upon the purple plume
Of my Wakon-birdI fly
Where beneath a burning sky, Where the blue hills of old Toronto shed
O'er the bed of Erie's lake, Their evening shadows o'er Onlario's bed!
Slumbers many a water snake, Should trace the grand Cadaraqui, and glide
Basking in the web of leaves,
Which the weeping lily weaves !
Then I chase the flow'ret-king
Through his bloomy wild of spring; When banish'd from the garden of their God!
See him now, while diamond hues Oh, Lady! these are miracles, which man,
Soft his neck and wings suffuse, Cag'd in the bounds of Europe's pigmy plan,
In the leafy chalice sink, Can scarcely dream of; which his eye must see,
Thirsting for his balmy drink; To know how beautiful this world can be !
Now behold him all on fire,
Lovely in his looks of ire, Rut soft !--the tinges of the west decline,
Breaking every infant stem, And night falls dewy o'er these banks of pine.
Scattering every velvet gem, Among the reeds, in which our idle boat
Where his little tyrant lip Is rock'd to rest, the wind's complaining note
Had not found enough to sip! Dies, like a half-breath'd whispering of Autes;
Then my playful hand I steep
Where the gold-thread' loves to creep,
1 The departed spirit goes into the Country of Souls,
where, according to some, it is transformed inio a dove.' Where yon rough rapids sparkle through the night! Charlevoir, upon the Traditions and the Religion of the Here, as along this shadowy bank I stray,
Sarages of Canada. See the curious Fable of the AmeriAnd the smooth glass-snake,» gliding o'er my way,
can Orpheus in Lofitan, tom. i. p. 402.
2" The mountains appear to be sprinkled with white stones, Shows the dim moonlight through his scaly form, which glistened in the sun, and were called by the Indians Fancy, with all the scene's enchantment warm,
monetoe aseniah, or spirit-stones "- Mackenzie's Journal, Hears in the murmur of the nightly breeze,
31 was thinking here of what Carver says so beautifully
in his description of one of these lakes: "When it was calm Some Indian Spirit warble words like these :- and the sun shone bright, I could sit in my canoe, where the
depth was upwards of six fathoms, and plainly see huge piles of stone at the botton, of different shapes, some of
which appeared as if they had been hewn; the water was at di anime beate."- Pietro della Valle, Part. Second. Lettera this time as pure and transparent as air, and my canoe 16 da i giardini di Sciraz.
secmed as if it hung suspended in that element. It was im1 When I arrived at Chippewa, within three miles of the possible to look attentively through this limpid medium, at Falls, it was too late to think of visiting them that evening, the socks below, without finding, before many minutes were and I lay awake all night with the sound of the cataract in elapsed, your head swim and your eyes no longer able to
The day following I consider as a kind of era in behold the dazzling scene." my life, and the first glimpse which I caught of those won- 4 Après avoir traversé plusieurs isles peu considérables, derful Falls gave me a feeling which nothing in this world nous en trouvâmes le qunirjème jour une fameuse, nommée can ever excite again.
l'i-le de Manitouulin.-Voyages du Baron de Lahontan, To Colonel Brock, of the 49th, who commanded at the tom. i. lett. 15. Manataulin signifies a place of Spirits, and Fort, I am particularly indebted for his kindness to me dur- this Island in Lake Huron is held sacred by the Indians. ing the fortnight I remained at Ningara.
Among many 5“ The Wakon-bird, which probably is of the same pleasant days which I passed with him his brother-offi- species with the bird of paradise, receives its name from the cers, that of our visit to the Tuscarora Indians was not the ideas the Indians have of its superior excellence; the Waleasi interesting. They received us in all their ancient cos- kon-bird being, in their language, the Bird of the Great tume; the young men exhibited, for our amusement, in the Spirit.” — Morse. race, tha bre-game, etc. while the old and the women sat 6 The island of Lake Erie are surrounded to a consider in groups under the surrounding trees, and the picture alto- able distance by a large pond-lily, whose leaves spread gether was as beautiful as it was new to me.
thickly over the surface of the lake, and form a kind of bed 2 Anburey in his travels, has not ced this shooting illumi- for the water-snakes in summer. nation which porpoises diffuse at night through the St. Law- 7" The gold-thread is of the vine kind, and grows in rence.--Vol. i. p. 29.
swamps. The roots spread themselves just under the sur 3 The glass-snake is brittle and transparent.
face of the morasses, and are easily drawn out by handfuls
Cull from thence a tangled wreath,
And, with his wings of living light unfurld,
Coasted the dim shores of another world!
Yet oh! believe me, in this blooming maze
Of lovely nature, where the fancy strays
From charm to charm, where every flow'ret's hue
Hath something strange and every leaf is new!
I never feel a bliss so pure and still,
So heavenly calm, as when a stream or hill,
Or veteran oak, like those remember'd well,
Or breeze, or echo, or some wild-flower's smell,
(For, who can say what small and fairy ties
The memory flings o'er pleasure, as it flies !)
Reminds my heart of many a sylvan dream
I once indulg'd by Trent's inspiring stream;
Of all my sunny morns and moonlight nights
On Donnington's green lawns and breezy heights !
Whether I trace the tranquil moments o'er
When I have seen thee cull the blooms of lore,
With him, the polish'd warrior, by thy side,
A sister's idol and a nation's pride!
When thou hast read of heroes, trophied high,
In ancient fame, and I have seen thine eye
Turn to the living hero, while it read,
For pure and brightening comments on the dead !
Or whether memory to my mind recalls
The festal grandeur of those lordly halls,
When guests have met around the sparkling board,
And welcome warm'd the cup that luxury pour'd; Lone I sit, at close of day,
When the bright future Star of England's Throne,
With magic smile, hath o'er the banquet shone,
Winning respect, nor claiming what he won,
But tempering greatness, like an evening sun
Whose light the eye can tranquilly admire,
Glorious but mild, all softness yet all fire !
Whatever hue my recollections take,
Is dear and exquisite !-but oh! no more-
Lady! adieu-my heart has linger'd o'er
These vanish'd times, till all that round me lies, Thus have I charm'd, with visionary lay,
Stream, banks, and bowers, have faded on my eyes.
AFTER A VISIT TO MRS. - OF MONTREAL.
She crowded the impressions of many an hour : Her eye had a glow, like the sun of her clime,
Which wak'd every feeling at once into flower, They resemble a large entangled skein of silk, and are of a bright yellow."- Morse.
Oh! could we have stol'n but one rapturous day, I L'oiseau mouche, gros comme un hapneton, est de tou
To renew such impressions again and again, tes couleurs, vives et changeantes : il tire sa subsistence des fleurs comme les abeilles; son nid est fait d'un coton très- The things we could look, and imagine, and say, fin suspendu à une branche d'arbre.- Voyagés aur Indes
Would be worth all the life we had wasted till then! Occidentales, par M. Bossu. Second Part, lult. xx. 2 Emberiza hyomalis.
--See Imlay's Kentucky, pago 280. 3 Lafitau wishes to believe, for the sake of his theory, What we had not the leisure or language to speak, that there was an order of vertals established among the We should find some more exquisite mode of reIroquois Indians; but I am afraid that Jacques Carthier,
vealing, upon whose authority he supports himself, meant any thing but vestal institutions by the cabanes publiques" which he And, between us, should feel just as much in a week, met with at Montreal.--See Lafitau, Maurs des Sauvages As others would take a millennium in feeling! Americains, etc. tom. I. p. 173.
4 Vedi che sdegna gli argomenti urnani;
Trattando 'l aere con 'l eterne penne;
Che non si mutan, come mortal pelo.
Dante, Purgator. Cant. ii
Well-peace to the land! may the people, at length, WRITTEN
Know that freedom is bliss, but that honour is ON PASSING DEADMAN'S ISLAND,' IN
strength; THE GULF OF ST LAWRENCE,
That though man have the wings of the setterless LATE IN THE EVENING, SEPTEMBER, 1804.
wind, SEE you, beneath yon cloud so dark,
Of the wantonest air that the north can unbind, Fast gliding along, a gloomy bark!
Yet if health do not sweeten the blast with her bloom, Her sails are full, though the wind is still,
Nor virtue's aroma its pathway perfume, And there blows not a breath her sails to fill !
Unblest is the freedom and dreary the flight,
That but wanders to ruin and wantons to blight! Oh! what doth that vessel of darkness bear? The silent calm of the grave is there,
Farewell to the few I have left with regret, Save now and again a death-knell rung,
May they sometimes recall, what I cannot forget, And the flap of the sails with night-fog hung!
That communion of heart and that parley of soul,
Which has lengthen'd our nights and illumin'd our There lieth a wreck on the dismal shore
bowl, Of cold and pitiless Labrador;
When they've ask'd me the manners, the mind, or Where, under the moon, upon mounts of frost,
the mein Full many a mariner's bones are tost!
Of some bard I had known, or some chief I had seen, Yon shadowy bark hath been to that wreck
Whose glory, though distant, they long had ador’d, And the dim blue fire, that lights her deck,
Whose name often hallow'd the juice of their board! Doth play on as pale and livid a crew,
And still as, with sympathy humble but true,
I told them each luminous trait that I knew, As ever yet drank the church-yard dew!
They have listen'd, and sigh'd that the powerful To Deadman's Isle, in the eye of the blast,
stream To Deadman's Isle she speeds her fast;
Of America's empire should pass, like a dream, By skeleton shapes her sails are furl'd,
Without leaving one fragment of genius to say And the hand that steers is not of this world! How sublime was the tide which had vanish'd away!
Farewell to the few though we never may meet Oh! hurry thee on-oh! hurry thee on Thou terrible bark! ere the night be gone,
On this planet again, it is soothing and sweet
To think that, whenever my song or my name
Shall recur to their ear, they'll recall me the same
Ere hope had deceiv'd me or sorrow deprest!
But, Douglas! while thus I endear to my mind ON LEAVING HALIFAX FOR ENGLAND, OCT. 1804. The elect of the land we shall soon leave behind, ΝΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΟΦΑΣΙΣ ΓΛΥΚΕΡΟΥ.-Pindar. Puth. 4.
I can read in the weather-wise glance of thine eye,
As it follows the rack flitting over the sky, With triumph, this morning, oh, Boston! I hail That the faint coming breeze will be fair for our flight, The stir of thy deck and the spread of thy sail, And shall steal us away, ere the falling of night. For they tell me I soon shall be wasted in thee, Dear Douglas! thou knowest, with thee by my side, To the flourishing isle of the brave and the free, With thy friendship to soothe me, thy courage to And that chill Nova Scotia's unpromising strand
guide, Is the last I shall tread of American land.
There is not a bleak isle in those summerless seas,
Where the day comes in darkness, or shines but to I This is one of the Magdalen Islands, and, singularly
freeze, enough, is the property of Sir lonac Coffin. The above Not a tract of the line, not a barbarous shore, lines were suggested by a superstition very common among sailors, who call this ghost-ship, I think, " the Flying Dutch- That I could not with patience, with pleasure explore. man.
Oh! think then how happy I follow thee now, We were thirteen days on our passage from Quebec to Halifax, and I had been so spoiled by the very splendid hos- When Hope smooths the billowy path of our prow, pitality, with which my friends of the Phaeton and Boston And each prosperous sigh of the west-springing wind had treated me, that I was but ill prepared to encounter the Takes me nearer the home where my heart is enmiseries of a Canadian ship. The weather, however, was
shrin'd; pleasant, and the scenery along the river delightful. Our passage through the Gut of Canso, with a briglit sky and a Where the smile of a father shall meet me again,
2 Commanded by Capiain J. E. Douglas, with whom I And the tears of a mother turn bliss into pain ; returned to England, and to whom I am indebted for many, Where the kind voice of sisters shall steal to my many kindnesses. In truth, I should but offend the delicacy
heart, of my friend Douglas, and, at the same time, do injustice to And ask it, in sighs, how we ever could part!my own feelings of gratitude, did I attempt to say how much I owe him.
But see !--the bent top-sails are ready to swell3 Sir John Wentworth, the Governor of Nova Scotia, To the boat-I am with thee Columbia, farewell! very kindly allowed me to accompany him on his visit to the College, which they have lately established at Windsor, about forty miles from Halifax, and I was indeed most plea- ling onwards, we should find the soil and the scenery imsantly surprised by the beauty and fertility of the country prove, and it gave me much pleasure to know that the wor which opened upon us after the bleak and rocky wildernees iny Governor bas by no means such an "inamabile regaum" by which Halifax is surrounded. I was told that, in travel. I as I was, at first sight, inclined to believe.
TO LADY HON AN OLD RING FOUND AT TUNBRIDGE-WELLS.
Tunbridge-Wells, August, 1805. When Grammont grac'd these happy springs
And Tunbridge saw, upon her Pantiles, The merriest wight of all the kings
That ever rul'd these gay, gallant isles ;
At eve, they did as we may do,
And lovely Stewart smil'd like you !
That woman then, if man beset her, Was rather given to saying "yes,"
Because, as yet, she knew no better! Each night they held a coterie,
Where, every fear to slumber charm'd, Lovers were all they ought to be,
And husbands not the least alarm'd! They call'd up all their school-day pranks,
Nor thought it much their sense beneath To play at riddles, quips, and cranks,
And lords show'd wit, and ladies teeth. As—“Why are husbands like the Mint ?"
Because, forsooth, a husband's duty Is just to set the name and print
That give a currency to beauty. “Why is a garden's wilder'd maze
Like a young widow, fresh and fair ?" Because it wants some hand to raise
The weeds, which have no business there!" And thus they miss'd and thus they hit,
And now they struck and now they parried, And some lay-in of full-grown wit, .
While others of a pun miscarried. 'Twas one of those facetious nights
That Grammont gave this forfeit ring, For breaking grave conundrum rites,
Or punning ill, or—some such thing; From whence it can be fairly trac'd
Through many a branch and many a bough, From twig to twig, until it grac'd
The snowy hand that wears it now. All this I'll prove, and then—to you
Oh, Tunbridge ! and your springs ironical, I swear by H—thc-te's eye of blue
To dedicate the important chronicle. Long may your ancient inmates give
Their mantles to your modern lodgers, And Charles' loves in H-the-te live,
And Charles' bards revive in Rogers ! Let no pedantic fools be there,
For ever be those fops abolish'd, With heads as wooden as thy ware,
And, Heaven knows! not half so polish'd. But still receive the mild, the gay,
The few, who know the rare delight of reading Grammont every day,
And acting Grammont every night!
You want not antiquity's stamp,
Oh! never must smell of the lamp. Old Cloe, whose withering kisses
Have long set the loves at defiance,
May fly to the blisses of science!
Alone o'er her Ovid may melt,
Which wiser Corinna had felt. But for you to be buried in books
Oh, FANNY! they're pitiful sages, Who could not in one of your looks
Read more than in millions of pages ! Astronomy finds in your eye
Better light than she studies above, And music must borrow your sigh
As the melody dearest to love. In Ethics—'tis you that can check,
In a minute, their doubts and their quarrels; Oh! show but that mole on your neck,
And 'twill soon put an end to their morals. Your Arithmetic only can trip
When to kiss and to count you endeavour; But eloquence glows on your lip
When you swear that you'll love me for ever Thus you see what a brilliant alliance
Of arts is assembled in you-
Man never need wish to go through!
May confer a diploma of hearts, With my l.p thus I seal your degree,
My divine little Mistress of Arts !
EXTRACT FROM “THE DEVIL AMONG
TI KAKON O TEAN,
Chrysost. Homil. in Epist. ad Hebros
But, whither have these gentle ones,
1 I promised that I would give the remainder of this Poem, but, as my critice do not seem to relish the sublime learning which it contains, they shall have no more of it With a view, how ver, to the edification of these gentle men,
I have prevailed on an industrious friend of mine, who has read a great number of unnecessary books, to illumaj, nate the extract with a little of his precious erudition
The instant I have got tho whim in,
A cold and loveless son of Lucifer, Of I fly with nuns and women,
Who woman scorn'd, nor knew the use of her, Like epic poets, ne'er at ease
A branch of Dagon's family, Until I've stol'n “in medias res!"
(Which Dagon, whether He or She, So have I known a hopeful youth
Is a dispute that vastly better is Sit down, in quest of lore and truth,
Referr'd to Scaliger' et cæteris,) With tomes sufficient to confound him,
Finding that in this cage of fools, Like Tohu Bohu, heap'd around him,
The wisest sots adorn the schools, Mamurra' stuck to Theophrastus,
Took it at once his head Satanic in, And Galen tumbling o'er Bombastus !?
To grow a great scholastic mannikin, When lo! while all that's learn'd and wise
A doctor, quite as learn'd and fine as Absorbs the boy, he lifts his eyes,
Scotus John or Tom Aquinas, a And, through the window of his study
Lully, Hales irrefragabilis Beholds a virgin, fair and ruddy,
Or any doctor of the rabble is! With eyes as brightly turn'd upon him, as
In languages, the Polyglots, The angel's) were on Hieronymus,
Compared to him, were Babel sots; Saying, 'twas just as sweet to kiss her-oh!
He chatter'd more than ever Jew did, Far more sweet than reading Cicero !
Sanhedrim and Priest included; Quick fly the folios, widely scatter'd,
Priest and holy Sanhedrim Old Homer's laureli'd brow is batter'd,
Were one-and-seventy fools to him ! And Sappho's skin to Tully's leather,
But chief the learned demon felt a All are confus'd and tost together!
Zeal so strong for gamma, delta, Raptur'd he quits each dozing sage,
That, all for Greek and learning's glory, Oh woman! for thy lovelier page:
He nightly tippled “Græco more," Sweet book! unlike the books of art,
And never paid a bill or balance Whose errors are thy fairest part;
Except upon the Grecian Kalends, In whom, the dear errata column
From whence your scholars, when they want tick Is the best page in all the volume.4
Say, to be At-tick 's to be on tick! But, to begin my subject rhyme
1 Scaliger. de Emendat. Tempor.-Dagon was thought 'Twas just about this devilish time,
by others to be a certain sea-monster, who came every day When scarce there happen'd any frolics
out of the Red Sea to teach the Syrians husbandry. See That were not done by Diabolics,
Jacques Gaffarel's Curiosités inouies, Chap. i. He says ho thinks this story of the sea-monster carries little show of probability with it."
2 I wish it were known with any degree of certainty 1 Mamurra, a dogmatic philosopher, who never doubted whether the Commentary on Boethius, attributed to Thomas about any thing, except who was his father, "Nulla de re Aquinas, be really the work of this Angelic Doctor. There unquam præterquam de patre dubitavit." In dit.—He was
are some bold assertions hazarded in it: for instance, he very learned—"Là dedans, (that is, in his head when it was says that Plato kept school in a town called Academia, and opened,) le Punique heurte le Person, l'Hébreu choque that Alcibiades was a very beautiful woman whom some of l'Arabique, pour ne point parler de la mauvaise intelligence Aristotle's pupils fell in love with. " Alcibiades mulier du Latin avec le Grec," etc. See l'Histoire de Montmaur, fuit pulcherrima, quam videntes quidam discipuli Aristote tom. ii. page 91. Bombastus was one of the names of that great scholar lis," etc. - See Freytag. Adparat. Litterar. Art. 86. tom. i.
3 The following compliment was paid to Laurentius and quack Paracelsus. ." Philippus Bombastus, latet sub Valla, upon his accurate knowledge of the Latin language: splendido tegmine Aureoli Theophrasti Paracelsi," says Stadelius de circumforanea Literatorum vanitate.-He used to Nunc postquam manes defunctus Valla petivit, fight the devil every night with the broad-sword, to the no Non audet Pluto verba Latina loqui. small terror of his pupil Oporinus, who has recorded the cir
Since Val arrived in Pluto's shade, cumstance. (Soo Oporin. Vit. apud Christian. Gryph.
His nouns and pronouns all so pat in, Vit. Select. quorundam Eruditissimorum, etc.) Paracel
Pluto himself would be afraid sus had but a poor opinion of Galen. “My very beard (says he in his Paragrænum) has more learning in it than
To ask even “what's o'clock" in Latin! either Galen or Avicenna."
These lines may be found in the Auctorum Censto of Da 3 The angel, who scolded St. Jerom for reading Cicero, Verdier (poge 29,) an excellent critic, if he could have either as Gratian tells the story in bis Concordantia discordantium felt or understood any one of the works wbich he criticises. Canonum, and says that for this reason bishops were not 4 It is much to be regretted that Martin Luther, with all allowed to rend the Classics. “ Episcopus Gentilium libros bis talents for reforming, should yet be vulgar enough to non legat.-Distinct. 37. But Gratian is notorious for ly- laugh at Camerarius for writing to him in Greek. "Master ing-besides, angels have got no longues, as the illustrious Joachim," says he, “has sent me some dates and some raipupil of Pantenus assures us. Oux's KMS T**T*, OUTW5 sins, and has also written me two letters in Greek. As soon ixsirous MgAWTT*' OU S'ev opg*Y* TIS Swv wvmsayyors: as I'am recovered, I shall answer them in Turkish, that he too - Clem. Alerand. Stromat. Now, how an angel could may have the pleasure of reading what be does not underscold without a tonguo, I shall leave the angelic Mrs. - stand.”_"Græca sunt, legi non possunt," is the igoorant to determine.
speech attributed to Accursius ; but very unjustly-far from 4 The idea of the Rabbios about the origin of woman is nisserting that Greek could not be read, that worthy jurissingular. They think that man was originally formed with consult upon the law 6. D. de Bonor. possess, expressly says, a tail, like a monkey, but that the Deity cut off this appen- "Græcze literæ possunt intelligi et legi.” (Vide Nov. Lid dage behind, and made woman of it. Upon this extraordi- ror. Rarior. Collection. Fasciculi IV.)-Scipio Carteromanary supposition the following reflection is founded :
chus seems to think that there is no salvation out of the pale
of Greek literature: “Via prima salutis Graia pandetur ab If such is the tie between women and men, The pinny who weds is a pitiful elf,
urbe." And the zeal of Laurentius Rbodomannus cannot For he takes to his tail, like an idiot, again,
be sufficiently admired, when he exhorts his countrymen And he makes a deplorable ape of himself.
per gloriam Christi, per salutem patriæ, per reipublicæ Yet, if we may judge as the fashions prevail,
decus et emolumentum," to study the Greek language. Nor Every husband remembers the original plan,
must we forget Phavorinus, the excellent Bishop of Nocera, And, knowing his wife is no more than his tail,
wbo, careless of all the usual commendations of a Christian Why he leaves her behind him as much as he can.
required no further eulogium on his torb than “Here lioth a Greek Lexicographer.'