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My wounded soul, my bleeding breast,
Can patience preach thee into rest?
Alas! too late, I dearly know,
That joy is harbinger of wo.

THE DEATH OF HOFER, THE TYROLESE LEADER:

Translated from Korner's Poems.
Horer! in thy bold bosom glowed,
A stream as pure as ever flowed

Beneath a prince's plume;
Nor ever warrior's nobler toil,
In battle for his native soil,

Shed glory round his tomb.
Rous'd by thy horn from cot and fold,
From forest glen, and rocky hold,

With heart and eye of flame,
Like rushings of the mountain flood,
Like lightning from the rifted cloud,

Thy band of brothers came.
And now that heart's rich tide is chill,
That horn is silent on the hill,

The gallant chase is done;
Scatter'd and sunk, the mountain band
Threw the loved rifle from their hand,

The soul of fight is gone!
But God is all.–Vain warrior-skill,
Vain the high soul, the mighty will,

Before the word of Heav'n:-
The helm that on the chieftain's brow,
Flash'd fire against the morning's glow,

His blood may dim at ev'n.
Yet, Hofer! in that hour of ill
Thine was a brighter laurel still

Than the red field e'er gave;
The crown, immortal liberty
Gives to the few that dare to die

And seek her in the grave.
Who saw, as levelled the chasseur
His deadly aim, the shade of fear

Pass o'er the hero's brow?
Who saw his dark eyes' martial gaze
Turn from the muskets' volley'd blaze

That laid him calm and low?

Doctor SEYBERT has prepared for the press, an ample collection of statistical tables relative to the population, commerce, government and revenue of the United States. Among these tables are, —

A statement for each of the L’nited States, exhibiting the number of representatives, as provided for by the constitution of the United States; the actual number of the inhabitants of every description; the federal number of the inhabitants; the unrepresented fractions; the ratio of representation; the number of representatives from each of the states, for 1790, 1800 and 1810.

Statements of the value or quantity of every article of merchandise, which has been exported from the United States, during each year, commencing with the year 1789, and ending in 1815. The merchandise distinguished as to its origin.

Statement of the value of each description of merchandise, which was exported from each of the United States, during each year, from 1789 to 1915.

Statement of the articles of domestic produce which were exported from the United States, for each year, classing them according as they were the produce of the sea, of the forest, of agriculture, or of manufactures, the nature and value of the articles being specified.

Statement of the tonnage of the United States of every description, for each year, from 1789 to 1815—distinguishing the amount of registered, enrolleil, licensed, and whether employed in the fisheries.

Statement of the public lands sold prior to the opening of the land offices.

Statement of the amount, in acres and value, of the public lands sold, dur. ing each year, since the opening of the land offices; distinguishing the land sold in the Mississippi territory, from such as have been sold in other districts.

Detailed statement of the post-office establishment, from 1789 to 1819, enumerating for each year, the number of post-offices; the amount of postages: the compensation to post-masters; the incidental expenses; the cost of the transportation of the mail; the nett revenue, and the extent, in miles, of the post-roads of the United States.

Statement exhibiting the extent of square miles of each of the United States; the population in 1810: the number of representatives in congress, according to act of 1811; the annual value of the domestic articles exported on the average of 10 years; the annual value of the foreign merchandise re-exported on the average of ten years; the amount of registered tonnage employed in foreign trade, on the average of ten years; the annual nett revenue derived from the customs, on the average of ten years; together with the estimated value of the manufactures, according to the returns of the marshals in 1810.

The states named and ranked in distinct columns according to the data of the preceding statement.

Notes, historical, explanatory and illustrative will accompany these tables: They are all interesting some of them are highly important, as the documents from which they were taken were consumed by fire on the capture of Washington, and it is believed that no copies of these now exist.

Dr. Colhoun of this city has written and proposes to publish an essay on the connexion of science with the rise and downfall of empires; intended to show the utility of a system of national instruction.

Major Latour's Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana, in 1814-1815 is ready for publication. The extract we gave from this work in our number for December last (p. 470.) may be considered as a good specimen of the whole.

Mr. George Clymer has invented a new printing press for which he has obtained a patent.

The editors of the New York Courier, state that they have erected one of these improved presses, and characterize it as an excellent and useful machine.

Mr. Robert Gillespie has obtained a patent for a steam-still on an improved plan. It is said that these stills are much used in the state of Tennessee, and are found to be the best and most profitable ever known there.

A young man of the name of Campbell is said to have improved the ma. chinery of the loom. It is expected that this new combination of machinery will greatly reduce the expense of fabricating cloth, and thus become highly beneficial to the country.

The legislature of Virginia, with an enlightened liberality worthy of the resources and the reputation of that great state, have granted a large sum of money for the support of seminaries of public instruction.

A bill has been reported in congress for the establishment of a national university in the city of Washington. It is hoped that no misplaced notions of public economy, or political fastidiousness will defeat the success of so important a measure.

The jesuits, who on their expulsion from the states of the church and other catholic countries, were protected in Russia and permitted to devote themselves to the education of youth, have been ordered by an ukase dated in January last, to quit the two capitals of that empire. They are accused of disturbing society by their inordinate spirit of proselytism.

James P. Parke of this city, has published in two volumes 8vo. the life of the late Charles Brockden Brown, together with selections from the rarest of his printed works, from his original letters, and from liis manuscripts before unpublished. By William Dunlap, esqr.

The subject of this biographical memoir possessed a genius worthy of the care with which it was cultivated; and its efforts have procured for him a high and well established reputation among the admirers of that species of romance of which Mr. Godwin's Caleb Williams was considered the best model. Caleb Williams is in fact a work of powerful talents, exhibiting a thorough knowledge of the human heart,—of those passions, especially, by which it is most variously and dreadfully agitated, and displaying in colours, painfully glowing, the evils, (perhaps unavoidable) of a state of society, crowded in its population and far advanced in refinement. This is the work on which the reputation of Mr. God win will rest. It will be read and admired when his Political Justice with all its train of supplementary essays will be forgotten, or remembered only as monuments of the extravagancies which genius without the guidance of judgment so often commits. Mr. Brown in some respects does not fall short of the celebra. ted writer whom he avowedly imitates. His acquaintance with the human heart was far less profound, but he knew how to excite and keep up an interest equally strong and of a much more agreeable nature. His style was even better suited than that of his model for the relation of an interesting story. The language of Caleb Williams is elaborately elegant, and the reader often pauses to admire its beauty and magnificence. The style of Arthur Mervin and Edgar Huntley, is plain, unadorned, and dow's with uninterrupted rapidity. The periods appear perfectly artless. The words communicate the thought so simply and clearly that they are not themselves particularly noticed. The reader seems to behold ideas rather than their symbols: the picture is so exact that it is not distinguished from the original. We peruse the pages of such a writer, as we listen to the impressive discourse of an orator of the highest class, inattentive to his person or his gestures, and unmindful even of his language, except as the medium through which the speaker pours the light of his mind.

The life of Mr. Brown was not sufficiently public, brilliant or diversified to afford subject for an interesting biography. A man of letters, conscious of his own merit, modest and retiring, he shrunk from every species of vulgar notoriety; while bis inslustry, prudence and domestic endearments preserved him from those distresses and irregularities which too often afflict and degrade men of literary emineuce.

The selections in the first volume, which, the preface informs us, were toade and printed before Mr. Dunlap undertook the compilation,-are injudicious, But the original letters and pieces contained in the second volume are excellent. Of these, the memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist, and of Stephen Calvert, are the best; and if the author had lived to complete tbem, would no doubt have been equal to any of his former productions. The work we understand is published for the benefit of his widow and children.

John Binus of Philadelphia, proposes to publish a splendid edition of the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE, to be embellished with medallion portraits of those patriots who were most conspicuous in preparing and passing that glorious national act. Fac similes of all the signatures to it, faithfully copied from the original, will be given. The paper, types and ink will be manufactured on purpose for this publication, and the designs and engravings will be executed by the best artists. The whole work, it is believed, will exhibit a favourable specimen of the improved state of the fine arts in this country.

FOREIGN LITERATURE AND SCIENCE.

From late British publications. The second livraison of the splendid French work on Egypt has made its appearance, and is principally devoted to the remains of ancient Thebes. Many of the plates measure six feet. Among other remarkable objects, the celebrated colossal figure of Memnon, which was said to emit an harmonious sound at the rising of the sun, still exisis in the plain of Thebes. It is remarkable that the French artists attest that they heard similar sounds at sun-rise in another place covered with blocks of granite Is it possible that the rapid change in the temperature of the air can, by its action upon the stone, produce this effect? In the palace and tomb of Osymandyas is still standing one of the largest and most beautiful colossal figures of rose-coloured granite, which must weigh upwards of two millions of pounds, and have been brought thither from a quarry two hun. dred miles distant. The palace of the Propylæa, as it is termed, contains a hall supported by columns, the dimensions of which may alford some idea of the pro. digious magnitude of these remains. It is fifty fathoms in length, and twenty-five in breadth; one hundred and thirty-four pillars, each sixty-five feet high, support the roof, which is composed or immense blocks of stone. The whole church of Notre Dame, at Paris, would stand in it." We can scarcely express," say the writers, "the disagreeable impression made on us by the first works of Grecian architecture that we saw, after a residence of eight months among these antiquities. The elegant Corinthian columns appeared slender, and without solidity; and their rich capitals an unmeaning decoration. It required some time before we could recover our former taste. Grecian architecture possesses the utmost elegance and beauty of proportion; the ancient Egyptian a noble simplicity, not destitute of elegance, and a grandeur that elevates the minél.” This work opens a new world, a boundless field for inquiries concerning ancient history, commerce, literature, and science. Much that modern writers have hitherto only conjectured, relative to the ancient intercourse of nations, and the higher degree of their culture, is here reduced to certainty,

A translation has been published, in London, within the present year, of the History of the Life of the Squire Marcos de Obregon, by Vincent Espinel. This writer lived during the most flourishing period of the Spanish monarchy; and he is supposed to have given in this work, under a fictitious name and litle, a detail of the principal events of his own adventurous and variegated life. The work does not possess that interest which strongly rivets the attention of the reader; but it contains abundance of pleasant, prudential, and humorous observations, characteristic of the old Spanish romance, with many curious anecdotes illustrative of the manners of the age in which it was written.- The following extract is a favorable specimen, and may enable our readers in some measure to judge for themselves.

“Young girls are joyons of heart, and merry in society; they run about frisking like hinds, while their old husbands are creeping along with their gouty feet. A hare is not so much persecuted by greyhounds, as the young wife of an old man by other men. Neither is there a young man in the place, but what calls her cousin, nor an oid tale-bcaring woman that is not of her acquaintance. She goes to all the churches round about, either to get away from her husband, or, as a pretence for visiting one or other of her gossips. If the husband is poor, she complains of his stinginess; if rich, she soon takes care to leave him nothing but what grows upon his forehead. God preserve my understanding! I am very well as a single man, and know how to manage myself in a state of solitude. I do not wish therefore to disturb the remainder of my life with new cares or vain counsels." The doctor was ready to burst with laughter at all this, while his wife was thinking of the reply she had 10 make. At last she said with great ingenuity and good-humorir: “One learns something new every day; it is a good thing to live, in order to study different characters. You are the first old man I ever saw or heard of, that refused to marry a young girl. They are fond of new blood to warn their old We make old trees young by grafting them. That plants may not be frost bitten, we cover them up. The palm-tree will not bear fruit unless her companion grows ficar her. Melancholy and desperation are the friends of solitude. All rational animals, and even brutes, are friends to so. ciety. I hope you are not like that brutal philosopher, who, on being asked what was the proper age to marry, answered: “When a man is young, it is tur early; when old, too late.'

“Harold, the Dauntless," a pocm, in four cantos, by the author of the ** Bridal of Triermain," is in the press.

Mrs. Opie's novel, called “Valentine's Eve," is nearly ready for publication.

MONTHLY LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.

II. Carey has publisher, Patience and Perseverance, a norel, by Mrs. Hoffland. 2 vols. $2.

Mawe's Trarels in Brazil.
The Heart and the Fancy;--Paired, not Matched;-and Varieties of Life.

Wells & Lilly, Boston, hare in press, vol 2 of Allison's Sermons;—and Rhoda, by the author of Things by their Right Names.

M. Thomas has in press, The History of the Life of the Squire Marcos De Obregon, inscribed to the most illustrious Cardinal Archbishop of Toledo, Don Bernardo De Sandoval and Rojas, the protector ot' virtue and father of the poor. By Vincent Espinel, master of arts, and chaplain of our lord the king, in the royal hospital of the city of Ronda. Translated into English from the Madrid edition of 1619; by Major Algernon Langton, 6 lst regiment.

M. Carey has in the press, and nearly rearly for publication, “Letters to the Directors of the Banks of the City of Philadelpliia, on the pernicious conse

quences of the prevailing system of Reducing the Amount of Bills Discounted, and on the impropriety of banks holding immoderate Quantities of Public Stockywhen they are unable to discount the most unexceptionable promissory notes."

LITERARY NOTICE

M. Carey respectfully informs the friends of literature, that he has, for a considerable time past, employed his leisure hours in collecting materials for a History of the Religious Persecutions of the 15th, 16th arid 17th Centuries, which he hopes to be able to publish in two octavo volumes within one year.

Any documents, tending to elucidate this important portion of the history of human folly and wickedness, left with Messrs. Wells and Lilly, Boston, Messrs. Van Winkle and Wiley, New York, Mr. Fielding Lucas, Baltimore, or Messrs.. Fitzwbylson and Potter, Richmond, will be gratefully received.

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