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at Cairo, also perform quarantine; / The gentle virtues which her bosom share but they appoint two of their number | Evince that pride bath no admittance there.

In modest confidence the virgin stood, to visit the sick, and administer ex

Between the laurel'd grove and charmed flood. treme unction to those of their persua- In awful pomp the Delpbian priestess shone, sion who are dying ; and it happens And spake with gentle, yet commanding tone, but seldom, that any of these visitors die of the plague, which inclines them | Daughter of Lowry, what a fale is thine! to make a miracle of it. The only pre- In thee the gifts of both thy parents shine. caation they take is, to drink a great Daughter of Lowry, bail ! for thee the Muse

Hath bathed in Hybla's and Hymettus' dews, quantity of brandy, as much, and

Her dulcet lips; for thee the peerless Graces often much more than they can well Unfold their charms, unveil their radiant faces, bear, without dishonouring their pro- | And smile opon i bee a celestial smile; fession. A Venetian doctor, long Thine hours, thy thoughts, thy feelings to beresident at Cairo, never performed gaile; quarantine, and even visited people

Bat Pallas bending from ber losty throne,

loyites, commands, and claims thee for her who were sick of the plague, but never

own. caught it himself. His antidote like- Yet, though she chiefly rale thy willing breast, wise was, to take so much brandy, By sterner wisdom be not all possess a: that he was seldom free from its ef- Give to the Muse's lore some transient hours, fects ; perhaps the increase of perspi

erspi. | And deck thy brow with sweet Parnassian

flowers. ration, occasioned by the liquor, might Then turp again, god of the golden lyre! be the cause. It seems that brandy Propbet unerring! whence this sudden fire ? supplies, in this case, what a great Before my eyes unearthly visions roll, degree of actual heat would do. A And dread forebodings agitate my soul. timorous person, who is in constant

Oh! yet, bigh-gifted maid, before we part,

'Tis mine to wound, but not to break thy heart; fear, will be much more liable to have

Divine philosophy bath power to heal it; but it is well known that fear acts The piercing woes which thou must shortly the contrary way, and will prevent or

feel, obstruct perspiration."

Reft of thy parent; while a joyful sound Thus far Mr. Antes, and I leave it I Will ring Elysiam's flowery realms around. to all candid readers to judge whether The sainted sages of the olden time,

| I see the philosophic chiefs sublime, the observations of an intelligent con- Hipparchus, Archimedes, famed of yore, scientious man, during twelve years, And mighty Thales, seek the Stygian shore, in Egypt, are not of more importance To greet a kindred sbade; and Phidias leads, than the crude theories of a Scotch or

From sculptar'd halls in Asphodelian meads,

Two lovely boys. Awhile the stranger stands, American doctor, whose ambition it is to gain a name by boldness of specu- Wondering to view those starlike, godlike

| With eye quick glancing, and uplifted bands, lation. At another time, I purpose to bands : consider the subject more fully.

But soon triumphant nature shines confest; J. W.

He clasps the children to their father's breast!


The silver streams inore sweetly marmur 30 OKTRY.


And warbling, ripple o'er th’enchanted ground; TO MISS LOWRY,

As if their sparkling water-drops would greet,

With pearly kisses, those beloved feet. DAUGHTER OF WILSON LOWRY, F.R.S. The tunefal birds on every blooming spray, (See Imp. Mag. col. 114, &c,)

With notes more tender, charm the ear of day;

The smiling fields a brighter verdare wear, As once reclined in balmy sleep I lay, A vision brighter than Aurora's ray

And heavenly music hallows all the air ! Dazzled, yet charm’d, my sight. 'In Grecian land.

The priestess spake : Britannia's Genius High on the Delphian steep I seem'd to stand. Britannia's Genius to Apollo's fane,

The honoured maiden to her native sbore, Learning, and Art, and Science in her train. | And fresh in nature's and in wisdom's charms. A young-eyed maid with joyous hope was | Restor'd ber safely to her parent's arms. leading,

Dec. 1824.

H.S. BOYD. Her future triumphs in her aspect reading. Of lofty stature, and engaging mien, Bright with the tipts of youth the maid was seen.

SPRING. Her brow commanding, and her sparkling eye, Proudly proclaim'd the mind's supremacy In varied-green garinents array'd, O'er learning's boundless realm; but there Deck'd with flow’rs of silver and gold, alone,

Displaying her garland-crown'd bead, The conscious pride of towering genius shone; Siern winter's successor behold!

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The smile of ber fair glowing face

| How cold and wh

How cold and white they glitter here and Rejoices creation around;

there! And pleasure, hope, concord, and grace, How dewy are their intersecting tafts! Her lovely attendants are found.

Oh! tell me, stranger, that with folded arms,

And head inclined, art pensive wandering here, Her mien is majestic and bland,

How know'st thou but the yard is throng'd And odours proceed from ber breath;

with spirits? The life-giving touch of her hand

If thou couldst hear their pacing on the air, Requickens the subjects of death.

Or view them looking fixed down on thee!

Could'st thou hold converse with uneartbly The woodland musicians conspire

beings ? To hail ber return with delight, While love does their bosoms inspire, If souls can wander from their airy homes, In conjagal bliss to unite.

Ob sainted mother! let me see thee now!

Descend, and tell me if-Lo! there she is! O'er natare's new carpet of flow'rs,

Why start the dews apon my trembling frame? Which covers the meadow's expanse,

Why quails my heart 7-Oh! 'tis a fearful thing (Wbile Pan, from bis reed, musio pours,)

To look upon ibose awful, upturn'd eyes, The wool-cover'd innocents dance.

That radiant frame reclining on the air,The fiony creation, too, feel

Then bending down with solemn gaze on me!

What should I dread?—Spirit! ibou art my The impulse of day's radiant king;

And anxious their joy to reveal,
Aloft from their dwelling-place spring.

I ask thee, whence thou camest bither?

W bere bast thou travell’d in thine airy course? How sweet in the morning to stray, Hast thou swift flitted from yon trembling Fair spring's op'ning beauties to view;

stars, To hear the blithe lark's matin lay,

Or floated on the moon-beam's yellow light, While sun-beams are drinking the dew. Or gather'd brightness from the far-off san ?

Oh! could one fervent wish of mortal man, . And sweet, too, to rove o'er the plain, Swifter than thought, wend upward to the sky, Just when the dispenser of light

And bring thee coursing down, from vast imIs cheerfully yielding bis reign

measur'd height: To eve, the precursor of night.

'Tis wondrous !-How didst thou hear my sigh,

And instant gliding down the deep'ning blue, Contemplating, let us admire

Swifter than meteor's glance, or fickering The agent wbom nature obeys;

lightning's glare, Tbe seasons' immutable Sire

Flit noiseless down, and gently to my view, Demands our devotion and praise. " Thy full white figare, palpable on air, And Oh may the sun-beams of grace

Each well-known feature, mould to human New energies give to the heart,

That mild dark eye beams down a tearful The winter of torpitude obase, Religion's fair spring to imparı!


Which saith, Thoa little know'st a mother's Dartmouth.

J. M. M. love !"

Ob, say not so, ethereal visitant! LINES ON THE DEATH OF THE LATE For, when I saw thee on thy bed of death, MRS. WARREN.

So pale and wasted; when thine aching head (Supposed to be written in the City-Road Was moveless fixed; and through thy halfBurying-Ground, at Midnight.)

clos'd lids

A tear was oozing ;-and thy stiff'ning fingers "Jastus in æternam vivet." . With trembling pressure clasp'd my fever'd

hand; SHEDDING her floods of silver radiance down, When thy fast failing voice, with feeble utO’er clustering tombs, gray glistening in her terance, rays,

Whispered, “my son!” and thy deep sunken The moon careers along the mellow skies

eye, With midnight splendour, and directs thy steps With dying agony relit, open’d once more, To yonder grave: go, and bend o'er it,

With fondest gaze on me,then closed for While fringiog grass and weeds enclose the

ever; spot.

When I, with almost frantic agony, Let thy tears trickle down the letter'd stone, The chamber left, where weeping round thy Insensible recipient! yet not colder

bed. Than the dear crambling dust of whom it tells. A husband, sister, children, mournful sate, Now, read the sad inscription cbisel'd there ; And watched thee, strive 'with handkerchief Till thine eyes, wandering on from line to line,

in band Meet with the woful ending,~"bere she lies!” To reach it to thy brow,--to wipe the chilly Then thine upatter'd sorrow bursts its way,

damps And tby poor broken heart dissolves in tears. Starting thereon,-bat strove, alas ! in vain ;

And thine arm nerveless fell along thy side !-How solemn. sad, and silent is the scene! Tell me, thou spirit of this sleeping dust,

Tell me, the Methinks the fitful breeze that wandereth by, Then saw I not, and felt, a mother's love? Moans with supereal loneliness; though not A rustling cypress waves beneath its passage. And then I saw thee borne within this Look at the monumental stones around !



Thar sight :wn featur pable on an,

While o'er thy hearse there wav'd no idlo O, yes! I see thee creeping on plumes;

With measur'd step-but when thoa'rt godę I saw thy little orphans, stepping slow,

Thou seem'st to fly apace; Muffled in cloaks, thy coffin following;

Expanding wings thou stretchest wide, I saw them weeping round thy deep dark And hurriest on with ample stride, grave,

So much thoa art in baste!
While ihe black coffin they were letting down ;
There was their mother !_her they saw no

Yet some thy choicest blessings slight, more!

And even seek to speed thy Night Then, crying bitterly, returned home,

With folly's wild vagaries; Wond'ring how lone and vacant seem'd the

While some, more wise, in solemn mood

Consider thee life's greatest good, house ! Where was their mother? Little sufferers !

So much opinion varies.
Then we all felt the loss of mother's love!

Bat sure thon art a precious boon,
Stay, thou dear vision, pictar'd on the wind! Then why dost thou depart so soon?
O! wilt thou leave me l-I have thousand Ah! why so short thy stay

Thou art for ever on the wing,
To tell thee yet!-See, see!-it fades away, So fleet the pleasures thou dost bring,
I gaze on nought but dreary vacant moonlight, So soon they pass away!
For she hath left her son to mourn alone !

Then, oh! may we be truly wise,
But thoa, oh blessed spirit, weepest not! And ev'ry passing moment prize,
Thy griefs are over, never to return !

Nor e'er thy presence sporn; Thou art with “angels ever bright and fair!"

But seize thee by the forelock fast, Thou wanderest blissful 'mong their shining

For well we know, when once thou'rt past, ranks!

Thou never dost return!
Thyself art passing lovely !--cloth'd in white,
Radiant and glittering! Whence got'st thou it? And all must, one day, own thy pow'r,
Is it not sprinkled with the blood of Christ ? All wait, alike, the destin'd hour,

The wicked and the jast;
Peace to thy sacred ashes, Oh my mother!

Thou wilt all worldly things sabdae. Oh! rest thee, Anne, in thy profoundest sleep,

The works of art, and nature too, Within thy narrow boundaries !--and coffin

Thou'lt crumble into dast! close, With plaited cap around thy brow; and shroud

Bat though thou reign'st triamphant here, Long, close, and damp!-Decay thou silently!

When we shall reach another sphere, No, my poor mother! though this earth hides

From earthly ties set free, thee,

We'll bid adiea to things below, It does not rase thy memory from my heart!

And having conquer'd our last foe, And though thy lips are clos'd,-ay, clos'd

We'll triamph over thee. in death; Their fervid eloquence still thrills upon my ears!

Near Kingsbridge, Devon. T. JARVIS. Thy memory in my heart shall fondly live, Til thy son lays bis humble dust beside thee, LINES WRITTEN UPON THE DEATH Commingling fondly, even in the grave !

But, in the silence of the moonlit night, WELL, thou art gone, and art at ease
A mystio voice low wbispers on the wind,

From long protracted pain;
« She sleepeth bat to rise !"-Ay, it is so! Who would repine at thy release,
God hath decreed it; and on earth thou didst Or wish thee back again ?
Believe it faithfully. Wait, then, the day
Till the last trumpet's startling blast shall peal No dark uncertainty attends
The Resurrection! And thou, within thy grave, Thy state beyond the tomb;
Shalt hear it, and waken from thy trance ;

The soul, the better part, ascends
Throw off thy shroud that mouldered with To heaven, its final bome.

thee, Burst thy sepulchral bonds of gloomy stone, O happy state ! O bless'd exchange ! And rise again! with holy wonder gazing

There holy spirits are Upon the sudden flash of gorgeous light,

Beyond the utmost planet's range, That sheds its ruddy lustre all around!

Above the twinkling star. Let fall thy clay!--Remould in native fire,

Father, I would not much desire And cloth'd in garments of unearthly wbite,

On earth to tarry long, Plame for thy migbty flight, oh spirit, plume!

But as these mortal parts expire, Stretch thy bright pinions awful in the air,

May faith and hope be strong. And soar with angel majesty to heaven.

Q. Q. Q. Tline arm bath strength'ned me when low;

It will support again ;

And be who safely keeps me now,

Will not forsake me then.
Hail! Gaffer Time, with head so bare --
One lock alone of hoary hair

Yes, I shall wear the victor's wreath,
Hangs o'er thy furrow'd brow;

The prize is full in view! Thou art a venerable sage,

My Lord hath triamph'd over death, Decrepit, wrinkled, worn with age,

And I shall triumph too. Methinks I see thee now!


E. B.

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Review.-Narrative of a Pedestrian

Journey through Russia and Siberian Hope! solace sweet of human life,

Tartary, from the Frontiers of China Thon genial ray of love divine ; In tranquil ease, or jarring strife,

to the Frozen Sea and Kamtschatka. Ob grant thy lucid beam to shine!

By Capt. John Dundas Cochrane,

R. N. "Second Edition. 2 vols. 8vo. When angaish rends the grief-worn heart, And streaming tears of sorrow roll ;

pp. 428 and 344. London. Charles Then hope, sweet hope, thy balm impart,

Knight, Pall Mall East. 1824. To mildly soothe the sadd’ning soul. Surely Eurystheus could not have

known the dangers and difficulties atWhen dreary expectations quell Each gladsome thought that fain would rise ;

tending a Siberian journey, or such a Thoa canst, sweet hope, exert thy spell,

one, as that undertaken by our travelTo dissipate the tow'ring skies.

ler, had formed one of the twelve

memorable labours of Hercules. That Though cruel death can nip the flower,

any man, more especially a captain in In life that sweetest fragrance gives,

the British navy, should have underYet heavenly hope can calm the hour, And breathe the balm that all relieves.

taken such a task, and voluntarily

too, almost exceeds the bounds of Bath.


credibility. To traverse the deserts of Siberia, subject to the most severe

privations, often without either food “THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD

or raiment, exposed to the utmost SHALL COVER THE EARTH.”

inclemencies of the weather, paddling While some in heathen lands proclaim

and wading through half-frozen rivers Glad tidings through Immanuel's name,

and lakes, sleeping in snow till chilled We the same message would impart and stiffened with the cold, and then To the antutor'd youthful heart."

again scorched with a burning sun,

are really labours and vicissitudes We long to see the rising race

which, in our estimation, nothing Become the subjects of his grace, And not a single child remain

could compensate :-yes, we beg the Who has not heard of Jesus' name.

Captain's pardon, an amiable and af

fectionate wife, we believe, may be Oh make us earnest and sincere

reckoned an adequate compensation When with our children we appear;

for hardships even such as he endured. And grant that we at length may meet

Our author, after passing through In heaven above, around thy seat.

France into Russia, departed from

Petersburgh, passed through Moscow, Then will our grateful thanks ascend To Him who was the children's friend,

Tobolsk, and Irkutsk, to the borders And in his presence we shall spend

of the Chinese empire. From thence A sabbath that shall never end.

he penetrated to the country of the A. B. Tchuktchi, and thence along the

Omekon to Okotsk, where he em

barked for Kamtschatka. From St. “WORK WHILE IT IS DAY, THE

Peter's and St. Paul's, his wandering NIGHT COMETH."

spirit, after having first enchained SWIFTLY our moments pass away,

itself in the promissory bonds of a And soon they all will disappear, matrimonial engagement, prompted May we endeavour, while 'tis day,

him to make the tour of the Peninsula. To teach the young their God to fear!

| And indeed lucky, perhaps, it is, that Soon will the final bour arrive,

this comet at last fell in with an attracWhen all our toil and care will cease, tion sufficient to establish its orbit, or Oh ! may we each with ardoor strive otherwise it might have shot out into To lead the youth in paths of peace.

the regions of space, and instead of Dear Saviour, own oar care, and bless “ arriving in the moon,"* might have

Each weak attempt to spread thy name. drawn this luminary off in its tail, Vain will each effort prove, unless

thus depriving us of a very valuable, Thy blessing rest upon the same.

though only occasional, source of light. But if our labour thon approve,

The author's motives for his arduous Success upon it will attend, And we, in this employ of love,

*The chief of one of the Siberian towns told Oar happiest hours on earth shall spend. him he expected to have beard of his arrival in

A. B. the moon.

undertaking will be best understood feasible by me, who bad been roasted in some in bis own words :

of the worst corners of the West Indies, during

a period of nearly ten years' service, without, "In the month of January, 1820, I address. | I may say, a head-ache. Finding, however, ed a letter to the Secretary of the Lords Com that a young commander like myself, was not missioners of the Admiralty, offering to ander likely to be employed afloat, much less ashore, take a journey into the interior of Africa, which I determined to undertake a journey, varying should have for its object the ascertaining of only the object and scene to that of the opforthe course and determination of the river tanate Led yard, viz. to travel round the globe, Niger. Besides the bent of my own inclina as nearly as can be done by land, crossing tion, I bad an inducement to this step in the from Northern Asia to America, at Bebring's conviction, established by experience, of my

Streights; I also determined to perform the capability to encounter the ordinary difficulties

journey on foot, for the best of all possible of a pedestrian traveller; having, on the con- reasons, that my finances allowed of no other. clusion of the general peace, traversed on foot Having procured two years' leave of absence, the beautiful countries of France, Spain, and I prepared to traverse the continents of Eu. Portagal-an excursion in which I certainly rope, Asia, and America.”-p. 1 to 6. anderwent a fall proportion of fatigue and with these obiecteur author tre privations ; to say nothing of those I had for years before been in the habit of undergoing;

| versed through France, and, having among which I migut enumerate two trips from

arrived in Russia, made for the capiQuebec to Lake Ontario, when in company | tal, where he contrived to have his with six bundred seamen, whose very faces views and plans submitted to the Emand swollen feet told me I was more of a pedes peror Alexander. The emperor, with trian traveller than they. « The plan I purposed to follow was nearly

that magnanimity which should ever that adopted by Mango Park in bis first jour

characterize a great mind, not only ney; intending to proceed alone, and requiring expressed himself satisfied with the only to be furnished with the countenance of object, but took every step to render some constituent part of the government. our author all the assistance in his With this protection, and such recommenda

power. After stating that the permistions as it might procare me, I would have accompanied the caravans in some servile capa- sion of th

sion of the Emperor was obtained, the city, nor hesitated even to sell myself as a author still further observes :slave, * if the miserable alternative were ne “ His Imperial Majesty had also the concessary to accomplish the object I had in

sideration to ask Colonel Cathcart, who had view.

recently arrived, as successor to Mr. Casa“In going alone, I relied upon my own in major, whether I wanted money, and how dividual exertions, and knowledge of man,

much, to enable me to start. I replied in the anfettered by the frailties and misconduct of

negative, expressing, very truly, my surprise others. I was then, as now, convinced that and gratitude at the offer. I w

and gratitude at the offer. I was, moreover, many people travelling together for the pur instructed, in case of such necessity, to apply pose of exploring a barbarous country, have to the respective governors, at the places I the less chance of succeeding, more especially should pass.”-p.57 and 58. when they go armed, and take with them presents of value. The appearance of numbers

Our author describes the manner of must natarally excite the natives to resistance. I travelling in Siberia with great mifrom motives of jealousy or fear; and the dan- nuteness. He states, that the inhabitger would be greatly increased by the hope of ants supply the traveller with lodging plunder. Tbe death of the whole party, and

and board gratis, and occasionally consequently the failure of the expedition, will be the probable result of such a plan, The

with animals and guides. Indeed, he difficulty of finding men, otherwise suitable, observes, that his journey from Moswhose constitutions admit an equal degree of cow to Irkutsk, (a route of six thousuffering and fatigue, is also great; and that of sand miles,) did not cost him quite a collecting a number of people gifted with the

guinea ! He also makes concise redue portion of those virtues, without which no expedition of discovery could succeed, is

marks upon the manners and customs certainly greater.

of the people, as well as upon the “My answer from the Admiralty was an- general history of the places through favourable, expressing an unwillingness to which he passed. As a specimen, we countenance the undertaking; whether from sball transcribe his observations upon tender regard to the safety of my person, or because they considered sach an expedition |

Tomsk, the capital of a province of foreign to their department, or from what the same name : other reason, I shall leave the reader to con- «Tomsk is a city and capital of a province jecture. I was not, however, the less con- of the same name, containing five hundred vinced of the practicability of my plan; a plan thousand inhabitants, while there are abont whicb I considered was more than ordinarily nine or ten thousand in the city, which, in spite

of several churches, and many bandsome editi. * Certainly such a determination argues a ces, public and private, is a most miserable degree of devotion to the favourite parsait, | place; yet shewing every hospitality and which, though we may admire, we cannot ap kindness to travellers and strangers. The prove.-EDITOR.

society, also is, I am afraid, far from good,

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