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articles front Netv South Wales and university, as particularly capable other southern countries, consti- of rendering this collection of curi., tute the basis for a grand Museum osities useful. The King has like. of Natural History: Dr Gersen- wise, for the same 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 the 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 Iliger, 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 isle, where flames voiOur stage-director schem'd the year's cam.
canic light paign,
The half year's darkness of the polar night; Tragic and comic múse 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 spoutęd, 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 In Hamlet's phrase, each actor on his ass.
snovs Car, camel, war-horse, water-dog appear, Even there of old, the light of song arose; And Blue-Beard's elephant o'erwhelms thie 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 'minstrels 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
Or bid the runic rhyme revive again;
Enough, if simply, yet to nature true, Or boils like Geyser's fount with jealous Our wandering bard his sketch dramatic drew,
If Helga's feelings are but felt by you, To shew how sternly rival ininstrels strove, You will not ask me if her story's true, Stung by the jealousy of fame and love. But yield your tear, without your reason's
leave, * EPILOGUE.
If nature prompt the tale, and passion In times like these, when British travel
weave. lers find Their foreign tours, that narrow limits bind,
On the death of Mr Archibald Through France and Italy forbid to roam,
Campbell. They seek familiar wonders nearer home; As flow'rets ope their beauties wild 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 isle,
Had rais'd it to immortal fame! And dạre 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 wye, 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;
Who ev'ry gift had kindly given ;, Nó Ladies n«w, 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,
, But mock the rose-bud's faded hue.
When told, that to the silent tomb
Then was each broken murmur stay'd,
Ry friendship to departed worth.
But oft"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 sacred, dear, departed Bard! · J. H.
Thy hallowed Maid, ('tis Heaven's re
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 “ The 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,
To watch thy honours, at his silent shrine.
Awake, ye youths of sordid gold !
Awake, with em'lous ardour bold !
See! from yon orient paths afar, Again! they light with desp'rate ire:
Bright Genius, turns his rapid car, Put, ah! from drear Batavia'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 wave, She bends beside her minstrel's grave,
Now, o'er his vot'ry's tear-spread urn,
Sadd’ning he stoops awhile to mourn; The Bard, who, in his native north,
Then, bright on beams of ether hurl'd, Long breath'd in bless'd effusion forth
Circles with boundless thought a suppliant Wild youth's inzpassion'à strain;
Hark! how aloud the borean waves
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, Ard 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 On 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 cavernd 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.'
We 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.
Proceedings of Parliament.
NOUSE OF LORDS.
schism, pregnant with all those calamities
which at times, shake the foundation of Friday, January 10.
empires. His Lordship reprobated the ORD LIVERPOOL moved the thanks idea of restrictions and disabilities on ac. vernor Gen. of India, and to Gen. Abercrom- tory of their origin. He found it in the die, Sir $. Auchmuty, &c. for the late im- fears justly entertained under Charles II, portant services in the East. His Lordship, of the opinions possessed by the Duke of as a reason for deviating from the usual York, afterwards James II. the heir apo practice of confining this mark of distinc. parent, to whom the whole of the Catho. tion to naval or military, stated that the lics were politically devoted. The same expeditions which terminated in the reduc- motives subsisted in the following reigns, tion of the islands of Bourbon, Mauritius, and as long as claims to the Crown of and Java, was the result of measures un
those Realms, disallowed by Parliament, dertaken by Lord Minto upon his own re
were maintained by Catholic pretenders. sponsibility, before the instructions sem by But the only cause of the penal statutes agovernment had reached him. The Noble gainst Roman Catholics, had vanished Secretary then expatiated at some length long ago, and the effect must of course upon the merits of the military and naval forlow the samne fate. His Lordshup adcommanders employed in these different mitted that the lower clases of Irish Ca. services.
tholics still retained strong prejudices 2. Lord Moira cordially joined in this pro- gainst their fellow citizens; and one of posed vote of thanks, but remarked, that the advantages expected from an United the principle of colonial warfare, carried Parliament was, that they would adopt on.by, this country at a prodigious expence, measures to remove all grounds of national was incorrect, the power of France, in jealousy. Instead of which, the higher Europe, being such, that she must, at all classes of Roman Irish Catholics were de times, upon the re-estbalishment of peace, barred even from aspiring to a variety of command ships, colonies, and commerce. honourable and lucrative situations which
The motion was then agreed to nem. dis. his Lordship enumerated. The case was as were the usual resolutions approving of peculiarly hard in respect to the army, for the services of the soldiers, seamen, and the Irish Parliament had provided for the marines.
advancement of the Roman Catholic on No business of public importance came the military estabilshment of that kingbefore the House till
dom ; but no sooner had that army be.
come English by the Union, than this Friday, January 31.
wholesome and just provision was done When Earl FitZWILLIAM, agreeably to away contrary to the spirit of that social notice, called the attention of their Lord contract, and without any grounds what. ships to the state of affairs in Ireland. ever. His Lordship afterwards recapitu. The circumstances, (he observed), which lated the various reasons which he had al. had lately occurred in that country--the ready adduced to induce their Lordships violation of the liberty of the subject, to agree to an inquiry, and concluded by while exercising the undoubted right of moving, “ That a Committee be appointa petitioning, had occasioned a policealed to inquire into the State of Ireland.” February 1812.
The Duke of DeVONSHIRE seconded the of Bedford, the Marquisses of Downshire motion.
and Lansdowne, and Lords Somers, Moira, The Marquis WELLESLY defended the Gray, Darnley, Erskine, Carysfort ; and onduct of the Duke of Richmond and the opposed by Lords Aberdeen, Westmore. Irish Administration, and declared his land, Buckinghamshire, Sidmouth, Mulconviction that none of them would have grave, and Liverpool. attempted to stand between the king and Upon a division, the motion was negahis subjects. The Government, however, tived_162 to 79-Proxies included. had been advised that the assembly of the delegates was coirtrary to law, and that opinion had been declared correct by the
HOUSE OF COMMONS, Court of King's Bench. Whatever feelings we may have towards the admission of
Friday, Jan. 10. Catholics into Parliament, did their Lord.
The Chancellor of the ExcuEQUER, in ships mean to say, that an assembly, con- moving the thanks of the House to Lord sisting of Prelates, Nobility, and Electors Minto and Sir S. Auchmuty, for their serfrom different counties, was a fit assembly to vices in thre East, stated that the merit of be sitting in Ireland after the Union? This having planned at the expeditions, bem was not a question merely of religious in. longed solely to the former. After nodulgence, but whether every State was ticing, in terms of high praise, the con. riot justified in restraining what was in- duet of Commodore Rowley in wresting jurious to the State. He held all restraint the superiority from the French in the Into be evil--but the danger on the other dian seas; the gallantry of Sir S. Auchside may be greater; and if so, hold to muty, Colonels Gillespie and M.Leod, the your restçaints. A Noble Earl had said, latter of whom died in carrying a redoubt, this was a question of State. Let them le moved, first, That thanks be voted to abate the question of right on one side, and Lord Minto for the wisdom and ability the fury of zeal on the other, and consider with which he had applied the resources it equally. He had considered, that the entrusted to him, to the destruction of the best mode of disarraying the disaffected in French power in the East Indies ; stating that country, would be to remove the further, that the brilliant successes which bond that holds them together. The re
had attended our arms were owing to that strictions embodies them all-if these re- vigorous system of operations, which he strictions were ' removed, the different had so wisely adopted and pursued. classes, the army, the navy, the law, &c. Mr SHERIDAN thought that the merits would separate, and be looking to their of Lord Minto had not been made out ; no own individual interest. How far they necessity had been stated for the Noble should be removed, or what security Lord accompanying the expedition, and should be acquired from the Catholics,' he superintending the military and naval opez was not prepared to say. Would it be
rations in person.
He disapproved of this said the Catholics enjoyed no privileges, civil controul, which was too like the system no power or weight in the State ? No one adopted by the French in the revolutioncould say they did not; they were admit: ary war, when civil deputies from the conted into the army, into the navy, and in- vention were sent to superintend the comto the law, and he was of opinion, that manders of armies. It was confessed that though there was no Popish Pretender re- Lord Minto had undertaken the expedition maining, yet that so large a dy were not contrary to the advice of every person, to be released from all restrictions, and even of Admiral Drury himself. He then admitted into the body of the State, with; stated that greater dangers never encomout considering what security should be re- passed any army than these in which Sir quired for the preservation of the esta S. Auchmuty had been involved. That gal blished religion. He would advise them, lant General had no alternative but a distill the time arrived when they might be graceful and precipitate retreat, or an asadmitted, to consider what security they sault by storm, in which the safety of the had to offer that they would conduct whole army was at stake. He concluded themselves as good and peaceable subjects, by stating, that he thought justice had not and, by dutiful submission to legal autho- becn done to Commiodore Rowley, who, Tity, pave the way for their admission to by rallying our broken force in the Indian those privileges in which they were so seas, paved' the way for the subsequent anxious to participate.
successes. The motion was supported by the Duke Mesşks Yorke, Ryder, Freemantle, Grant