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the Departing Year,' and many other of found in the minds of their followhis earlier poems)-as out-pourings of ers. the wild inspiration of old romance (is it And now, while we record that this needful to refer to his Ancient Mariner,' tongue of wisdom is mute for everand his Genevieve,' and his Christa- this hand of the minstrel is cold and bel ?')—and his latest verses, as treasur. dead, we feel it our duty to utter a ing in a few lines, matured philosophy warning voice to our rising poets, and -mingling wisdom with retrospect, and earnestly to impress on them that they intimations of holy truths with pleasant are undertaking no holiday task-that and simple images. Nor must we forget if they would take up the prostrate to allude to his version of Wallenstein,' sceptres of those who have been kings a master-translation of a master-work and rulers among us, it is not by a or his original dramatic compositions, too careless and affected dedication of their full of deep thought and delicate imagery powers that they may hope to wield for a stage, on which, to ensure success, them. Like the champions of old, they an author (to borrow the words of the must purify themselves for such high most accomplished actress of these later service by devotional vigils—they must days) should write “ as they paint the bind themselves by vows of good faith scenes, in great splashes of black and as well as of daring and of diligence
and each, as much as in him lies, regard To all these several merits the world it as a sacred duty to keep the true fire has done, and is doing, slow but sure upon the temple of the altar from exjustice. We cannot but remember the piring- -even though the prouder lot of hooting of derision with which “Chris- rekindâng it to its olden brightness be tabel' was received, on its first appearance; reserved for others mightier than himnor how, a year or two afterwards, when self. Lord Byron, in transplanting one of its We add the following extract from a images into his more popular ‘Parisina,' work recently published. * took occasion to call it “ that singularly “ Saturday, April 27, 1832. Walked wild and beautiful poem,” many, and to Highgate to call on Mr. Coleridge. those educated persons, regarded the I was ushered into the parlour while praise as affectation, or, at best, as a the girl carried up my letter to his room, condescending kindness. Since then, She presently returned and observed however, that fragment has crept up in that her master was very poorly, but public opinion, and been more quoted would be happy to see me, if I would than perhaps any other poem of its length. walk up to his room, which I gladly did. Such has been the progress of the author's He is short in stature and appeared to fame. It may not have spread so widely be careless in his dress. I was impressas the reputation of other writers one ed with the strength of his expression, half of which is, after all, but a refined his venerable locks of white, and his species of mob-popularity; but it has trembling frame. He remarked that he risen to a dignity and an elevation, sur- had for some time past suffered much passing that gained by most men, in the bodily anguish. For many months estimation of those, in whose hearts it is (thirteen) seventeen hours each day had the poet's highest distinction and glory he walked up and down his chamber. have his name embalmed.
I inquired whether his mental powers Many have grieved over the smallness were affected by such intense suffering; of the number of Coleridge's works- • Not at all,' said he, 'my body and head they would have had much gold and appear to hold no connexion; the pain silver, instead of the few diamonds of of my body, blessed be God, never perfect water he has bequeathed to them. reaches my mind.' After some further Many have regretted that his powers conversation, and some inquiries respectwere expended on conversation instead ing Dr. Chalmers, he remarked, The of being turned to less perishable uses. Doctor must have suffered exceedingly But such expenditure is not waste- at the strange conduct of our once dear discourse must have listeners; and the brother labourer in Christ, Rev. Mr. eloquence of such a man fulfils a pur- Irving. Never can I describe how pose of no mean importance, if it en- much it has wrung my bosom. I had courage the timid—if it reach the ap- watched with astonishment and admiraprehensions of the slow, and excite the tion the wonderful and rapid developeindolent to think. The philosophers of old thus conversed in their porticos and * Journal of a Residence in Scotland, groves, and their works were to be &c. &c.
ment of his powers.
Never was such DALECARLIAN MARRIAGE. unexampled advance in intellect as between his first and second volume of ser- It was Saturday at even (says Daumont
The first full of Gallicisms, and in his Voyage en Suède), and the followScoticisms, and all other cisms. The ing day had been fixed for the nuptials. second discovering all the elegance and The guests arrived in groups, their power of the best writers of the Eliza- number exceeding two hundred persons.
And then so sudden a They were received at the house of the fall, when his mighty energies made him betrothed, where they deposited reinso terrible to sinners.' Of the mind of deer and bacon hams, butter, cheese, the celebrated Puffendorf he said, “his game, beer, and brandy, which they had mind is like some mighty volcano, red brought in their cars to contribute to the with flame, and dark with tossing clouds festivity. After having conversed a few of smoke through which the lightnings moments with the master of the house, play and glare most awfully. Speaking and taken refreshments, they were sucof the state of the different classes of cessively conducted to the neighbours, England, he remarked, we are in a amongst whom their lodging had been dreadful state ; care like a foul hag sits prepared. In the evening, about seven on us all ; one class presses with iron o'clock, the betrothed, accompanied by foot upon the wounded heads beneath, her father and friends, set out for the and all struggle for a worthless supre- house of the vicar, where she was to macy, and all to rise to it move shackled sleep, in order that she might be the by their expenses; happy, happy are earlier ready next morning. Her inyou, who hold your birth-right in a tended, surrounded by his family and a country where things are different; you, group of guests, repaired thither at an at least at present, are in a transition early hour, and the order of procession state; God grant it may ever be so ! was there formed. First marched the Sir, things have come to a dreadful pass beadle, with a whip in his hand, to clear with us, we need most deeply a reform, the way; he was followed by three but I fear not the horrid reform which musicians, who played the Dalecarlian we shall have; things must alter, the violin—a rude three-stringed instrument upper classes of England have made the of their own manufacture; next came lower persons, things; the people in the bridegroom in his gayest attire, supbreaking from this unnatural state will ported on either side by one of his nearbreak from duties also.'
est relatives, and the rudiman or soldier “ He spoke of Mr. Alston with great of the district; and after these eight or affection and high encomium; he thought ten horsemen, followed by an equal him in imagination and colour almost un- number of bridesmaids clad in green rivaled.
petticoats, with a long jacket or vest; “ Of all men whom I have ever met, many rows of glass beads encircled their the most wonderful in conversational necks, and their fingers were adorned powers is Mr. S. T. Coleridge, in whose with a profusion of gilt rings, enriched company I spend much time. I wish I with stones; their long tresses were fasthad room for some of his conversation. ened on the summit of their heads, When I bade him a last farewell, he was whence hung an innumerable quantity in bed, in great bodily suffering, but of ribands of all colours, the inferior with great mental vigour, and feeling a extremities of which were fringed with humble resignation to the will of his gold or silver. Last came the bride, heavenly Father. As sat by his side conducted by her aunt, a young and I thought he looked very much like my beautiful woman; her robe was of black dear grandfather, and I almost felt as if silk; her head surmounted by a coronet one spoke to me from the dead. Before of gilt metal, adorned with trinkets; her I left him he said, “I wish before you hair in ringlets intermixed with ribands, go, to give you some little memento to floated on a neck of faultless symmetry, call up the hours we have passed together.' surrounded, as in the rest, with strings He requested me to hand him a book of glass beads, and other ornaments; from his book-case, with pen and ink, gloves embroidered with extreme care, then sitting up in bed he wrote a few and a neckkerchief worked in the most lines and his name, kindly and most un- fanciful manner, completed this singular deservedly expressing the pleasure he but graceful costume. On arriving at had had in my company.
He will not the church, the priest gave them his belive long I fear ; but his name and nediction; and as soon as the ceremony memory will be dearer to the ages to was over, the whole cortege set out for come than to the present.'”
the house of the bride's father, where the he addressed their passions, and sucwedding was to be kept. They were re- ceeded in placing himself at their head. ceived at the door by the mother and the Instead of measuring his sword with his cook,--the first of whom introduced the sovereign again, he adopted the wiser guests into the rooms prepared for their policy of imitating his countrymen, in reception; while the second, laying hold making his fortune by plundering the of the bride, led her to the kitchen, more opulent places of southern Europe. where she made her taste all the dishes The first attempt of this powerful gang she had prepared. The bride was then was upon England, where, finding Alfred placed at table between her husband too powerful to be coped with, he stood and the parson, the rudiman being at one over to the mouth of the Seine, and side opposite to the father. The table availed himself of the state to which was covered with linen of remarkable France was reduced. Horolf, however, fineness and whiteness; the knives and did not limit his ambition to the acqui. forks were of polished steel. Bunches sition of booty; he wished permanently of the most beautiful flowers covered the to enjoy some of the fine countries he table; the floor was strewed with green was ravaging, and after many treaties branches of pine, birch, and wild flowers. made and broken, he received the duchy The repast was abundant, though not of Normandy from the hands of Charles elegant; and every one seemed happy the Simple, as a fief, together with Gisla, and hungry. Just as the cloth was about the daughter of the French monarch, in being removed, the bride arose, and marriage. Thus did a mere pirate found with her the rudiman. The musicians, the family which in a few years gave who had played during the whole meal, sovereigns to England, Naples, and Siplaced themselves before them; and in cily, and spread the fame of their talents this order the little procession moved and prowess throughout the world. round the table. The bride held a silver Nor was Europe open to the depredacup, which a domestic filled with brandy; tions of the northern pirates only. Some this she presented to each guest in suc- Asiatic moslems, having seized on Syria, cession, who emptied it; whereupon the immediately invaded Africa, and their rudiman presented a plate, on which subsequent conquests in Spain facilitated each person deposited his offering, or their irruption into France, where they mentioned what he would give to assist pillaged the devoted country, with but the young people in commencing ho few substantial checks. Masters of all keeping. All these presents, according the islands in the Mediterranean, their as they were made, were proclaimed by corsairs insulted the coasts of Italy, and the rudiman, and followed by a flourish even threatened the destruction of the of music.
Eastern empire. While Alexis was ocAfter this was all over, the tables were cupied in a war with Patzinaces, on the removed, and dancing commenced,—the banks of the Danube, Zachas, a Saracen bride leading off a sort of slow waltz pirate, scoured the Archipelago, having, with the parson.
The festivities gene- with the assistance of an able Smyrniote, rally lasted several days; on the last of constructed a flotilla of forty brigantines, which the kitchen-boy made his appear- and some light fast-rowing boats, manned ance with a sad air, holding in one hand by adventurers like himself. After taking an empty stew-pan, in the other the several of the surrounding islands, he spigot drawn from the cask. At this established himself sovereign of Smyrna, very intelligible hint all the guests took that place being about the centre of his their departure, and the wedding was at newly-acquired dominions. Here his an end.
Atheneum. fortunes prospered for a time, and Soli
man, sultan of Nicea, son of the great PIRATES OF THE MIDDLE Soliman, sought his alliance, and married AGES.
his daughter, about A.D. 1093. But in
the following year, young Soliman being About the end of the 9th century, one persuaded that his father-in-law had an of the sons of Rognwald, count of the eye to his possessions, with his own hand Orcades, named Horolf
, or Rolla, having stabbed Zachas to the heart. The sucinfested the coasts of Norway with pi- cess of this freebooter shews that the ratical descents, was at length defeated Eastern emperors could no longer proand banished by Harold, king of Den- tect, or even assist, their islands. mark. He fled for safety to the Scandi- Maritime pursuits had now revived, navian island of Soderoe, where, finding the improvement of nautical science was many outlaws and discontented fugitives, progressing rapidly, and the advantages
of predatory expeditions, especially when most unwarrantable ravages on the proassisted and masked by commerce, led perty of their own countrymen. Nor people of family and acquirements to was this confined to the Cinque Port embrace the profession. The foremost vessels only; the example and the profits of these were the Venetians and Genoese, were too stimulating to the restless ; among whom the private adventurers, one daring association on the coast of stimulated by an enterprising spirit, fitted Lincolnshire seized the Isle of Ely and out armaments, and volunteered them- made it their receptacle for the plunder selves into the service of those nations of all the adjacent countries. One who thought proper to retain them; or William Marshall fortified the little they engaged in such schemes of plunder island of Lundy, in the mouth of the as were likely to repay their pains and Severn, and did so much mischief by his expense. About the same time, the piracies, that at length it became necesRoxolani or Russians became known in sary to fit out a squadron to reduce him, history, making their debut in the cha- which was accordingly done, and he was racter of pirates, ravenous for booty, and executed in London ; yet the example hungry for the pillage of Constantinople did not deter other persons from similar -a longing which 900 years have not practices. The sovereign, however, did yet satisfied. Pouring hundreds of boats not possess sufficient naval means to down the Borysthenes, the Russian ma- suppress the enormities of the great prerauders made four desperate attempts to datory squadrons, and their ravages conplunder the city of the Cæsars, in less tinued to disgrace the English name for than two centuries, and appear only to upwards of twenty years, when the valour have been repulsed by the dreadful effects and conciliation of the gallant Prince Edof the celebrated Greek fire.
ward brought them to that submission England, in the mean time, had little which his royal parent had failed in proto do with piracy, nor had she any thing curing.
United Service Journal. worthy the name of a navy; yet Caur de Lion had given maritime laws to
MISCELLANIES. Europe; her seamen, in point of skill, were esteemed superior to their contemporaries; and King John enacted, Two or three years ago some young that those foreign ships which refused to men, in a public office, were conversing lower their flags to that of Britain should, on the cunning of the tribe of Israel, if taken, be deemed lawful prizes. Under when one of them made a bet that he Henry III., though Hugh de Burgh, would succeed in cheating an old clothesthe governor of Dover Castle, had de
The possibility of this was denied, feated a French fleet, by casting lime and the bet was taken. A pair of small into the eyes of his antagonists, the naval clothes, worn quite threadbare, were exforce was impaired to such a degree, that hibited to Moses, and two shillings and the Normans and Bretons were too sixpence were demanded for them. The powerful for the Cinque Ports, and Israelite turned them over and over, and, compelled them to seek relief from the as is usual with his caste, began to find other ports of the kingdom. The taste fault with their condition, which was for depredation had become so general deplorable. But the seller had inserted and contagious, that privateers were now a child's leaden toy watch into the fob, allowed to be fitted out, which equip- and the Jew, as he turned over the inments quickly degenerated to the most expressibles, clutched this lure two or cruel of pirates. Nay more; on the three times, as if to make sure of the disputes which took place between Henry prize; he had probably sometimes found and his Barons, in 1244, the Cinque articles of value in the pockets of leftPorts, who had shewn much indifference off garments which had come into his to the royal requisitions, openly espoused hands. the cause of the revolted nobles; and, After much haggling, sixpence was under the orders of Simon de Montfort, abated from the sum at first demanded, burnt Portsmouth. From this, forget- and Moses walked off with his prize, ful of their motives for arming, they rejoicing at his good luck. Scarcely proceeded to commit various acts of had he turned the corner of the street, piracy, and considering nothing but when he determined to see if fortune their private interests, extended their had favoured him with a gold or silver violence not only against the shipping of watch, and lo! he drew forth the leaden all countries unfortunate enough to fall lure. The Israelite ran back to the in their way, but even to perpetrate the clerks to demand restitution of his money,
THE KENTUCKIAN IN COMPANY.
forgetting in his rage that he had been Thebans erected on the spot in memory the victim of his own duplicity, but was of their fellow-citizens who died in desaluted with roars of laughter. B.Q.T. fence of their country. This monument
will, it is said, be restored. Several
other relics of antiquity have been found “ WERE you never in the company of at Zea, Kydnos, and Denos, and depofine ladies?” asked Chevillere.
sited in the museum in Greece. Among “ Yes! and Aummock me if ever I the objects found at Zea, is a bust with want to be so fixed again; for there I this inscription :-" Epithalamium of sat with my feet drawn straight under Sophocles the Heraclian.” my knees, heads up, and hands laid close along my legs, like a new recruit on drill, or a horse in the stocks; and, twist MODERN Rome is itself almost as much me, if I didn't feel as if I was about to a ruin and a desert as the Old. Scarce be nicked. The whole company stared a palace remains inhabited, except by at me as if I had come without an invite; some such mişer as Barberini, who lives and I swear I thought my arms had on the fees which his servants extract grown a foot longer, for I couldn't get from foreigners, and who, to my own my hands in no sort of a comfortable fix knowledge, derives a pretty annuity from
-first I tried them on my lap; there the emissary of the Alban lake, which they looked like goin to prayers, or as if the curiosity and liberality of visitors I was tied in that way; then I slung 'em enable him to let at a rent not inferior down by my side, and they looked like to what he receives from some palaces two weights to a clock; and then I want. not rendered thus lucrative : – what ed to cross my legs, and I tried that, would Burke say to association consibut my leg stuck out like a pump handle; dered as a source of gain, as well as of then my head stuck up through a-glazed the sublime ? The Borghese villa so shirt-collar, like a pig in a yoke; then I lately fitted up, is already a ruin; the wanted to 'spit, but the floor looked so walls are bare, the pedestals whence the fine, that I would as soon have thought Gladiator and the Hermaphrodite were of spittin' on the window; and then to torn, are still there, but empty: the fix me out and out, they asked us all to pictures have vanished from the walls, sit down to dinner! Well, things went save those which our countryman Gawan on smooth enough for a while, till we Hamilton executed in fresco; and except had got through one whet at it. Then some sleek statues of Bernini, more rean imp of a nigger came to me first with markable for the beauty of their polish a waiter of little bowls full of something, than of their sculpture, the arts have no and a parcel of towels slung over his offerings left in so famed a temple. Buoarm; so I clapped one of the bowls to naparte, unwilling to rob his brother-inmy head, and drank it down at a swal- law without at least some pretence of low. Now, stranger, what do you think purchase, made the offer to Borghese. was in it!"
The prince ordered Canova to value the “ Punch, I suppose,” said Lamar, collection. Canova, more artist than laughing; " or perhaps apple toddy.” broker, said the Gladiator was inestima
“ So I thought, and so would anybody, ble, that he himself considered it the as dry as I was, and that wanted some- first statue in the world; but at a round thing to wash down the fainty stuffs I estimate he thought the statues worth had been layin in! but no! it was warm two millions of francs. Buonaparte, water! Yes! you may laugh! but it with the politeness that sometimes chawas clean warm water. The others dip- racterized him, put his imperial tongue ped their fingers into the bowls, and in his imperial cheek, ordered the Glawiped them on the towels as well as they diator and suite to the Musée Royale, could for gigglin; but it was all the fault and gave an order on his archi-tresorier of that pampered nigger, in bringin it to for two thousand francs. The Bourbons,
As soon as I catched his eye, however, have, since the restoration, kept I gin him a wink, as much as to let him the collection, by satisfying the very know that if ever I caught him on my moderate demands of the needy Bortrail, I would wipe him down with a ghese. At the same time the pictures hickory towel.”-- Kentuckian in New York. paid a visit to Paris, and were hung up
in the Borghese Hotel, Rue Faub. St.
Honoré, now the mansion of our ambasThere has been lately discovered, on the sador ; but they have all long since reground where the battle of Cheronea turned to their more classic home on the was fought, the colossal lion, which the Ripetta.