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he devoted to it, his narrative may ry, Dectrines, Opinions, Discipbe expected to throw considerable . line, and present state of Catholiclight on a rich and extensive colony ism. It will contain also a Summahitherto little explored, and, at pre- ry of the Laws now in force against sent, highly interesting, as it is Papists; and a Review of the Orilikely, through recent changes, to gin and Progress of the Catholic become the seat of the empire of our Question. The work is to consist oldest and most faithful ally.

of a thick octavo volume. A splendid original work, delin- M. de Guignes, author of a Voyeating the Border-Antiquities of age to Pekin (3 vols. 8vo. with England and Scotland, is in great for- 1 vol. folio of designs and charts), wardness. The first part will be pub- has just prepared an answer to the lished on the 31st of March, and a critics who have attacked his Hispart will be continued regularly e- tory of that empire. He has also very three months. It is intended read to the Institute an historical to exhibit specimens of the Archi- exposition of Chinese astronomy, tecture, Sculpture, and other vesti- from the earliest times, until the ges of former ages, from the ear- year 1776; and, to crown his laliest times to the union of the two bours, he is now about to publish a crowns, accompanied with descrip- Chinese Dictionary, under the sanetive sketches and biographical tion of the French Emperor Naporemarks, together with a brief his lean. torical account of the principal e- M. Charles Villiers, who has vents that have occurred in that part already obtained renown from the of Great Britain.

historical class of the French InstiMr. James Smyth, of the Cus- tute, lately published a work in tom-House, Hull, intends shortly which he greatly praises the system to publish, in one volume octavo, a of education pursued in the protesTreatise on the Practice of the Cus- tant schools in Germany, particutoms, in the entry, examination, larly those of Westphalia. and delivery, of goods and mer- In the present age, when polichandize imported from foreign tical metamorphoses succeed each parts; with a copious illustration of other with such astonishing rapidithe warehousing system, intended ty, the deaths and births of Univerfor the use of merchants, officers, sities are likewise become common and others, concerned in this branch events in Germany---those veneraof the business of the customs. ble institutions which in former

Mr. Bransby, of Ipswich, au- times did not arrive at maturity in thor of some useful publications on less then a century, and were never astronomy and geography, who has extinguished, except by great pubbeen an attentive observer of the lic convulsions, or by the decay of comet of 1811, with the most ac- decrepitude.---The once-celebrated curate instruments, will, within a universities of Helmstadt, Altdorf, few days, publish a correct delinea- and Rinteln, have expired within tion of its path, and a full and dis- about two years, and many others tinct account of its elements, &c. are fast approaching towards their In the plate will also be exhibited dissolution! Ruehsz, one of the the path of he comet of 1807. most assiduous professors of the U

The Rev. J. Nightingale pro- niversity of Greifswald, says, in the poses to publish a Portraiture of the preface to the fourth volume of his Roman Catholic Religion; or, an new History of Sweden: “ The unprejudiced Sketch of the Histo- school of learning, of which I have

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been a member, which subsisted in Berlin ; and the venerable Chanfor three centuries and a half, and cellor Hardenberg promotes their which has by various means diffu- success as much as present circumsed knowledge and science through · stances .permit.

Prince Henry's the world, and which the last so- Palace, of which the King has made vereign of Pomerania considered as a present to the new university, will established by his fostering care for · be the most magnificent, as well as ever, is now threatened with anni- the most convenient, Temple of hilation.”

Science in Europe: containing no A similar fate doubtless impends less than ten spacious halls for lecover the long-established seat of turing, exclusively of a large aslearning at Erfurt; that university sembly-room, to which the students containing, a few weeks ago, but may retire during intervening hours. thirteen students; and one of the Other parts of this palace are deprofessors, Dominicus, whose learn- signed for Galleries of works of ing and writings have spread his Arts, and Museums of Natural Hisfame into foreign countries, having tory. Here the famous Moitheric recently changed his vocation in the Cabinet of Anatomy, in conjuncuniverssty into a stewardship in tion with Liberkunic's Preparations, the now insignificant house of Er- the Great Mineral Cabivet, the furt!

Hoffman and Geresheim Cabines This melancholy state of ancient for other departments of Natural establishments is however happily History, and various other collecrelieved by the effulgent appearance tions, have been deposited in spaof new luminaries, which are calcu- cious and convenient.rooms. lated to give fresh weight to the Care has likewise been taken to cause of learning in that part of Eu- select judicious and experienced rope. The lover of literature, there- professors and superintendants, who, fore, must derive satisfaction from with appropriate lectures and prothe assurance published in the Ger- per collections and demonstrations, man papers, that the New Univer- will be able to give animation to -sity of Berlin was positively to be those immense stocks of dead rareopened about the middle of Octo- ties and treasures. In comparative ber, when courses of lectures in Anatomy and Zoology, the celebrathe four faculties were to be read. ted Rudolphy, of Greifswald, has

This spirited revival of learning been appointed, who, in his late in a state which politically labours work on insects, opened a new field under heavy embarrassments, can- in Zoology. The excellent Mineral not fail to interest, not only the na- Cabinet at Berlin, that precious retives of Germany, but every well-lic of Karsten, will likewise be rewisher and promoter of science, moved to the University-Palace.

whether he live on the banks of Professor Weiss, from Leipsic, is : the Danube, the Rhine, the Elbe, appointed its superintendant and

or the Thames. All those to whom lecturer. Far from insignificant or the King entrusted the manage- trifling are the presents of the patriment of this concern, have, it ap- otic Count Hoffmannsegg, author pears, individually done their duty, and editor of the splendid Flora with praiseworthy solicitude. It is Lusitanica. More than thirty chests indeed to be regretted that Hum- of the rarest natural curiosities frona boldt has recently returned to po- the Brazils and the tropical tounlitics: yet he is neverthelsss solici- tries of America, which is yet to tous to advance the public lectures be enlarged by exchanges made for

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articles front New South Wales and university, as particularly capable other southern countries, consti- of rendering this collection of curia, tute the basis for a grand Museum osities useful. The King has likeof Natural History: Dr Gersen- wise, for the sāme museum, recentó. heim, from Dresden, has, with the ly purchased of Herbst, a clergyassistance of his late friend Pallas man at Berlin, his famous collection and others, collected a Zoophytic of crustaceous fish ; and negociaCabinet, no less valuable than com- : tions for various other collections prehensive, which he has presented have been set on foot. If to these to the King of Prussia, for the use be united tlre regularly classified of the new university. The care of botanical-garden, under the care of this collection has been committed the great Wildenow, the whole will to the learned Illger, a profound not fail to be productive of the most explorer of nature, who has been gratifying results in the study of called from Brunswick to the new physiology.


Prologue and Epilogue to the Tra- 'Twas then, that wafted from a distant gedy of Helga.


In hour of need, the evening's theme was PROLOGUE.

nigh, PONDERING the labours of his mimic reign, Brought from that isłe, where flames.volOur stage-director schem'd the year's cam.

canic light paign,

The half year's darkness of the polar night; Tragic and comic müse before him came, Where boiling streams, from earth's dark Farce, pastoral, opera, masque, and me

caverns driven, lo-drame,

With sleet and snow drift, mix-in middle On' his bewildered meditation past;

heaven; With scenes, unpainted yet, and parts Where meet, in neighbourhood extreme uncast,

and dire, Speeches ne'er spouted, dresses yet un- The icy glaciere, and the gulph of fire ; made,

While smoke and steam through frozen Songs never set, and music yet unplayed:

skies are tost, Then mov'd the stage auxiliaries along, And central earthquakes shake a land of Man, monster, and machine, a motely


Yet in that clime, though elemental strife For now no more, the mean processions Wrecks each fair trace of vegetative life, pass,

'Mid Iceland's waste, of ashes and of İn Hamlet's phrase, each actor on his ass.

snows, Car, camel, war-horse, water-dog appear,

Even there of old, the light of song arose; "And Blue-Beard's elephant o'erwhelms tlie From her dark bosom, the historic lay

O'er ancient Europe pour'd the mental day. Perplex'd, and 'midst the dark and du- In royal halls, their harps her minstrets bious choice,

strung, Our Chief Theatric caught young Am- And courts and camps were silent when mon's voice,

they sung. " Athenians of the North-alas !” he says, Not now we aim to match their loftier “ How hard we labour to deserve your

strain, praiso.".

Or bid the runic rhyme revive again;



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* Enough, is simply, yet to nature true, Or boils like Geyser's fount with jealous IN Our wandering bard his sketch dramatic drew,

If Helga’s feelings are but felt by you, To shew how sternly rival minstrels strove, You will not ask me it her story's true, Stung by the jealousy of fame and love. But yield your tear, without your reason's


If nature prompt the tale, and passion In times like these, when British travel

lers find Their foreign tours, that narrow limits

On the death of Mr Archibald bind, 13 Through France and Italy forbid to roam,

They seek familiar wonders nearer home; As flow'rets ope their beauties wild
her Gigantic snakes are cast on Orkney's isle, Unto the rosy morning sun,
And mermaids rise in Caithness and Ar.

And drooping lose their fragrance mild, gyle ;

Ere half his bright career is run. These spread their toilets, (wondering shepherds swear)

So, oft descends into the tomb And comb with ivory fingers, emerald hair. The youth, whose worth begins to shine; If more informed observers sally forth, How dreadful is the sudden doom, They find fresh wonders somewhat farther Yet, Campbell, such a doom was thine.

north; "Tis not enough the Iceland traveller tells But laid in thy untimely grave, Of burning mountains and of boiling wells; Alas! shalt thou remain unknown? Hiš moral marvels too, you find he brings, Shall no sad friend attempt to save Minstrels that for preferment sing to Thy merit from oblivion ?

kings; Ladies that keep their virgin vows so nice, Be mine the task, be mine the song (As if like salmon, vows were kept in ice.) To celebrate thy well lov'd name, For three long years wait in their native Though, would another voice more strong işle,

Had rais'd it to immortal fame! And dare not flirt with mortal all the while.

For though thy cheek would often glow Do you believe the wonders they relate ? With pleasure's smile; yet still thine eye No, sure, if our experience carry weight. Would glisten at the tale of woe, No courtly Lords, now rival rhymes rea With tears of softest sympatt.y.

hearse, Or claim blue ţibbảnds for their skill in So bless'd by fortune's balmy breath verse ;

Whọ ev'ry gift had kindly given; Nó Ladies new, when loyers leave their Thus sudden snatch'd away by death side,

I'd murmur-but it comes from heav'n. Wish seas between them and their destin'd bride ;

Alas! but doubl'd is our grief,
No modern Ladies sit, to pine and mope, Reflecting on thy flow'ry view;
And wait three tedious years the wan- As dow drops bright in ev'ry leaf,
derer, Hope;

But mock the rose-bud's faded hue.
But if the careless beau forgets his belle,
These find another answer quite as well; Ah! need I tell the mournful gloom
Too happy should her Edgar disappoint That o'er each anxious feature spread,

When told, that to the silent tomb
To find some Haco with a larger jointure. The fairest hope of youth had fled.
But, (for our author frowns) all jokes

Then was each broken murmur stay'd,
If in his scenes you trace the human heart; ' And hush'd the joyous voice of mirth;
If to your view these artless scenes inay It was the last sad tribute paid

By friendship to departed worth.
Passions in every latitude that live;
Ambition towering like the cliffs that rise But stop-nor break the calm repose
On Iceland's coast to meet the angry skies; Of hearts that have profusely bled,

1 Love! ardent love ! that burns like I!!!:- Nor add a single tear to those lu's fure, A mournin: relative hath shed.


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But off"ring up with anxious fear

But, hush! why bodes that wand'ring noise ! The efforts of a pen so weak,

Hail, heavenly power! 'tis Virtue's blissful Permit a friend to drop a tear

voice--That would not stain a parent's cheek.

Thou sacredi, dear, departed Bard!
J. H.

?hy hallowed Maid, ('tis Heaven's re

ward), ODE,

Here, grateful greets thy shade sublime,

That bless'd beyond the bourne of time, ON THE DEATH OF DR. J. LEYDEN,

Fate's ruthless powers defy. Author of “ TI Scenes of Infancy,” &c.

Where brightly, eke thy hallowed name,

Shall blaze amidst seraphic flame! INFURIATE O'er the distant waste,

While dreadful Death himself shall die. Along the men of battles haste;

Swell, Minstrels ! swell the warbling tone, Loud clank their arms! ---the mingled And soothe sweet Nature's mournful train

moan; Afår forsake their natal plain,

And Scotia, be that labour thine,
And hail th' approaching foe!

To watch thy honours, at his silent shrine.
Where vengeance thro’the valrous fields
The sanguine sword of Freedom wields, Awake, ye youths of sordid gold !
And aims th'avenging arduous blow,

Awake, with em'lous ardour bold ! Again! they burn with vigorous fire;

See! from yon orient paths afar, Again! they light with desp'rate ire:

Bright Genius, turns his rapid car, But, ah! from drear Ratavia's soil,

And courts your nobler flight. Why mourns Britannia, midst her prosp':

Along, he fires the slumb'ring land, rous toil?

And, beckoning, whirls his golden wand,

'Midst volumes of ethereal light: Alone, where yonder laurels ware, She bends beside her minstrel's grave,

Now, o'er his vot’ry's tear-spread urn, The Bard, who, in his native north,

Şaddning he stoops awhile to mourn;

Then, bright on beams of ether hurld, Long breath'd in bless'd efrusion forth Wild youth's inzpassion'd strain;

Circles with boundless thought a suppliant

world. There, Nature's happiest hårp he strung, And Teviot's mountain echoes rung Hark!-how aloud the borean waves Triumphant o'er the giddy plain.

Are dash'd against the chrysťal caves, His were the songs, whose music smooth. And, murm'ring high, the echo swells

Shew'd life, all love--and love, all truth; Around, from Ocean's bed of shells, And wak'd to rapturous joy the soul,

And charms with hollow moan. That beat beneath his mild divine controul. While trem'louş o'er the troubled deep Ön foreign lands, his lyre resign'd,

The spirits of the waters weep, Now vibrates with the formless wind;

Incumbent woe, that's Mem'ry's own, And, tuneless laid! the conscious note

And swift along the cavern'u shore, Does not in wild vibration fioat,

The winds convey the murmurs o'er, In aerial circles borne ;

Where, 'neath gray twilight's gath'ring While from her mazy radiant ring,

gloom, Sweet Fancy, flaps the drooping wing,

Fair Scotia's tears bedew her Leyden'štomb, And falls a-down to earth forlorn.

H. And trembling Truth, with look distrest,

January 20, 1812, Reclines upon her beauteous breast :

Water of Leith.


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regrets that from the late period at which the Observer was ' received, we were not able to insert it this month.

The pieces by the Ettrick Shepherd will appear next month.
J. E. S. and I, I. R. will probably obtain early insertion.


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