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A look, a word, is then recalled,

And thought upon until it wears,
What is, perhaps, a very shade,

The tone and aspect of our fears.
And this was what was withering now
The radiance of Cydippe's brow.
She watched until her cheek grew pale ;
The green wave bore no bounding sail :
Her sight grew dim ; 'mid the blue air
No

snowy dove came floating thero,
The dear scroll hid beneath his wing,
With plume and soft eye glistening,
To seek again, in leafy dome,
The nest of its accustomed home!
Still far away, o'er land and seas,
Lingered the faithless LEADES.

She thought on the spring-days when she had been,
Lonely and lovely, a maiden queen ;
When passion to her was a storm at sea,
Heard 'mid the green land's tranquillity.
But a stately warrior came from afar;
He bore on his bosom the glorious scar
So worshipped by woman—the death-seal of war.
And the maiden's heart was an easy prize,
When valour and faith were her sacrifice..

Methinks, might that sweet season last,
In which our first love-dream is past;
Ere doubts, and cares, and jealous pain,
Are flaws in the heart's diamond-chain ;-
Men might forget to think on Heaven,
And yet have the sweet sin forgiven.
But ere the marriage-feast was spread,

LEADES said that he must brook
To

part awhile from that best light,

Those eyes which fixed his'every look: Just press again his native shore,

And then he would that shore resign For her dear sake, who was to him

His household god !- his spirit's shrine !

He came not! Then the heart's decay
Wasted her silently away:
A sweet fount, which the mid-day sun
Has all too hotly looked upon!

It is most sad to watch the fall
Of autumn leaves !-but worst of all
It is to watch the flower of spring
Faded in its fresh blossoming !
To see the once so clear blue orb

Its summer light and warmth forget ;
Darkening, beneath its tearful lid,

Like a rain-beaten violet !
To watch the banner-rose of health

Pass from the cheek !-to mark how plain,
Upon the wan and sunken brow,

Become the wanderings of each.vein! The shadowy hand, so thin, so pale !

The languid step !-the drooping head ! The long wreaths of neglected hair!

The lip whence red and smile are fled ! And having watched thus, day by day, Light, life, and colour, pass away! To see, at length, the glassy eye Fix dull in dread mortality ; Mark the last ray,

catch the last breath, Till the grave sets its sign of death!

This was CydiPPE's fate !—They laid The maiden underneath the shade Of a green cypress,—and that hour

The tree was withered, and stood bare ! The spring brought leaves to other trees,

But never other leaf grew there!
It stood, 'mid others flourishing,
A blighted, solitary thing.

The summer sun shone on that tree,
When shot a vessel o'er the sea
When sprang a warrior from the prow
LEADES! by the stately brow.
Forgotten toil, forgotten care,
All his worn heart has had to bear.
That heart is full! He hears the sigh
That breathed • Farewell ! so tenderly.
If even then it was most sweet,
What will it be that now they meet ?
Alas! alas ! Hope's fair deceit !
He spuried o'er land, has cut the wave,
To look but on CYDIPPE's grave.
It has blossomed in beauty, that lone tree,

LEADES' kiss restored its bloom ; For wild he kissed the withered stem

It grew upon CydIPPE's tomb ! And there he dwelt. The hottest ray, Still dew upon the branches lay Like constant tears. The winter came; But still the green tree stood the same. And it was said, at evening's close, A sound of whispered music rose; That 'twas the trace of viewless feet Made the flowers more than flowers sweet. At length LEADEs died. That day, Bark and green foliage past away From the lone tree,-again a thing Of wonder and of perishing !

(Conclusion in our next.)

that

SIBERIA. THE Russian Government had long seven other persons, his dogs, and his

had it in contemplation to make a equipage, till at length, after having survey of the north shores of Siberia, had several narrow escapes of being and M. Sarytchoff was despatched for swallowed up, the sheet became once this object; but his researches were again united to the mass. There exvery confined in their range. He only ists amongst the Tchouktchis a tradidescribed a part of the coasts of Sibe. tion, which says, that the strait t ria, to a distance of nearly 100 versts* separates them from the opposite beyond the eastern part of the river shore, towards the north, was at one Kolyma, and declared that a descrip- period not covered with ice; and that tion of any thing beyond that was not ihe inhabitants crossed the strait in possible.

baydars (a kind of barks.) They reAbout the year 1820, it was deter- late, thai at a period not far distant mined that another expedition to ex- (for all the inhabitants recollect it,) plore those regions 'should be sent. some Tchoukichis, to the number of Messrs. Wranguel, Anjou, and Mat- seven or eight, accompanied by a wouchkin, all three young officers, were man, crossed the ice to go into the appointed to take charge of it. They neighbourhood of these mountains, to remained four years upon the station, fish for the morse, or sea-horse ; and and fully justified the confidence of that, after a considerable time, the wothe government, fulfilling their mission man returned into the country by the with all the zeal, courage, and pru- islands called the Kouriles. She redence which it was possible to employ. ported, that ber companions had all They succeeded in giving a description been massacred by a rein-deer people, of all the north coast of Siberia, not- who inhabit a country with the exiswithstanding the numerous obstacles, tence of which they are acquainted. the extreme severity of the climate, This woman was sold into a strange and the dangers to which they were nation; and after having passed from exposed; for the Tchouktchis had al- hand to hand, she was conducted into ready exterminated two detachments the country of Prince Wallis, from that had been previously sent with the which she found means of returning same view.

home. Judging by this tradition, it M. Anjou has described the shore may be supposed that the lands which from the chain of mountains of Ourals, M. Wranguel wished to reach, are or from the river Oby as far as Koly- merely islands, a supposition which is ma; and M. Wranguel and M. Ma- the more probable, as it has some relatuchkin from the Kolyma to the Cape tion with the discoveries of Captain of Tchouketch. Not satisfied with Parry, who is of opinion that all the merely exploring the shore, these trav-. countries north of America are formed ellers made excursions towards the of islands. The nations who inhabit north, upon an immense extent of the islands nearest to Siberia make use thick ice, as far as the place where the of rein-deer, which gives the idea that sea is open, which is nearly 500 versts they are composed of emigrated from the coast of Beehring's Straits. Tchouktchis, particularly as their It was in this place, which faces the idioms have a great resemblance to eastern part of the north coast, inhabit- each other. The Tchouktchis are in gened by the Rein-deer Tchouktchis eral tall and well-formed, with regular (Olenny-Tchouktchi,) that they per- features; their nose is not flat, but their ceived mountains at a distance of near- cheek-bones are very prominent. The ly one hundred versts. M. Wranguel travellers also saw other islands, called conceived the idea of reaching them; New Siberia; the road which they and he had nearly succeeded, when the took to reach them is laid down in the piece of ice on which he was placed map of the famous foot-traveller, separated from the mass, he was tossed Cochrane, where it is traced with tolabout for five successive days, with erable accuracy; but the land which * A verst is about 1100 yards in Engiish.

is there marked out, and which Ser

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jeant Andréef pretends he saw, is ac snow and the ice, and continued their cording to the testimony of these gen- way, only taking as much as was netlemen, a fancied and chimerical re- cessary for inmediate consumption, region. They made wide excursions in turning to procure fresh supplies from all directions, but did not perceive any those which were buried, as soon as such shore. In their land jouroies, their stock was exhausted. Whenever they rode horses or rein-deer; but they had the power of doing so, they they preferred the former as the latter made astronomical observations; but are very inconvenient, owing to the the logs often bindered them from dopractice of placing ihe saddle on the ing this. These fogs are so thick that

of the as humeri, without fix the travellers were sometimes unable ing it by a girth. Travelling on to see the dogs in their sledges. Ocsledges, drawn by the rein-deer, is a casionally heavy avalanches of snow very conyenient mode. To cross the overthrew the ients which served as sea, in other words the ice, they made their abodes; and they had great difuse of a sort of carriage, called narta, ficulty, when the weather calmed, in drawn by 12 or 13 dogs. These ani- clearing away the snow and getting mals were always extremely servicea- their tents free again. ble to them, as well in defending them The months of November, Decema from the black and white bears and ber, and January, when the rigour of the wolves, as by their astonishing in- the cold became intolerable, our travel, telligence; their instinct always guided lers passed in cabins or ip furred tents, them in the best track; and when the in which the water froze upon the floor, travellers thought they had gone and the ice arose to the height of an astray, the dogs led them again into archine ; a mass of ice, of about three the right course. The sagacity of the verchoks in thickness, served instead dogs was so great, that when they hap- of glass to their windows, and sufficed pened to trace a road in the form of an for the whole winter. The maximum angle, they made a diagonal line in re- of heat in the middle of the summer is turning. The įravellers passed seve- 10 to 15 degrees by the thermometer ral weeks on the ice, between the sea of Reaumur; it freezes during the and the land, sometimes upon enor- night, or when the sun is on the demous masses of ice, covered with cline. The continual whiteness of the thick beds of grey snow, sometimes snow produces diseases in the eyes. upon small sheets, which often sank The inhabitants wear a vizor, formed down and detached themselves from of the bark of trees, in which are piercthe material of congelation, so that ed, opposite the eyes, very narrow they were carried away by the current openings. The Russian officers wore and beaten about by the waves. a crape folded four times ; .at first they

On all these occasions, the dogs neglected to double it at all, which rendered them innumerable services. rendered them almost blind, but they In the places where the ice was thick cured the disease by dropping oil of and without danger, they ran rapidly tobacco into their eyes. This remedy, upon the snow, barked, bit each other, although efficacious, possesses the disand appeared indocile ; but the mo- advantage of causing the most acute ment the track became dangerous, they pain. Their usual food consisted of were gentle, cautious, and docile, walk. fish, and the flesh of deer and bears. ing frequently with the greatest precau- The latter tended to strengthen them, tion upon pieces of ice not more than but at the same time it produced viohalf an inch thick, and seeming to ad- lent agitations in the blood, and prevance by the order of the individual vented them from sleeping. The inseated in the sledge. M. Wranguel habitants are extremely poor, and are and M. 'Matuchkin remained, at one not acquainted with any trade; all period, 70 days upon the ice, at a dis- their industry is employed in hunting tance of of some

hundred versts from the and fishing, yet Russian merchants

they were accompanied by are met with who visit these countries several nartaa, laden with provisions for the purposes of trade.-CommuniThey buried these provisions under the cated by M. de Tolstoy.

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EPEND upon it, my dear bro “ If they do not fall and break their

ther !” said Lady Leith, “ de- necks,” said Mr. Rusby. pend upon it, your education has been “ It were better to do that,” said the cause that you have advanced so Lady Leith, “ than remain at the botlittle in life. Had our parents been tom of the ladder all their days. Take as careful to instil into your mind the it from me, as an axiom, brother; other principles of good policy and that ambition is a natural passion of contrivance, as they were to form your the human heart, the absence of which heart to virtue, and your mind to in any bosom renders life insipid. knowledge, you might at the present After the playfulness of childhood, time have been Archbishop of Canter- and the dalliance of youth are past, bury, instead of being Vicar of Holton, we must have some powerful impulse with a miserable income of two hun- to keep us from sinking into absolute dred and fifty pounds a-year.” “I languor." endeavour, sister !” replied the respec “I do not see the necessity of that table old vicar, whose name was Rus- impulse," replied My Rusby. 6 We by, “ to be content: for although my may be more happy by limiting than condition is by no means enviable, and by extending our views. There are I enjoy little beyond the mere necessa- many innocent and agreeable ways of ries of life, I have escaped from those rendering life pleasurable, without redegrading humiliations and unworthy sorting to such powerful stimulants as flatteries which people for the most ambition." part are obliged to practise who wish “I suppose,” said Lady Leith, to rise from inferior to high situations. “ you mean such 'means of happiness I differ, however, materially from you as are to be derived from reading, in opinion. I believe that no instruc- planting, gardening, drawing, and othtion from my parents could have made er languid and inert occupations, which me a man of the world. My natural disappointed or feeble characters are disposition is of a retired and studious apt to resort to, when the mornents character, which is probably the re- hang heavily upon their hands. Diosult of some inherent quality of the clesian and Charles the Fifth, I re. corporeal functions, that instruction member, planted cabbages, and studied could not alter."

mechanics, as poor substitutes for the " Be that as it may,” replied Lady nobler pursuits of ambition : Lord BoLeith, " I hope, however, that you do lingbroke in a moment of petulance not intend to educate your two children and disappointed ambition professed to in the same manner, as you were edu- turn farmer. Swift amused himself in cated.”

low society, and low poetry. These “ Why not,” replied Mr. Rusby; pursuits, however, were merely adopt6 I shall teach them to be virtuous ed as amusements which constant oco and intelligent, and leave the rest' to cupation had rendered necessary, not Providence.”

as occupations which natural choice or “ You had better, my good bro- taste bade them cultivate.” ther !” said Lady Leith, “purchase a 6. Those men,” said Mr. Rusby, ladder; and placing it before your “would have been much happier, if children's eyes, bid ihem regard it as their views had been more moderate, an emblem of the world. Exhort and their ambition less. Dioclesian them to fix their eyes upon the top, and Charles the Fifth, resorted to inhold fast by their hands, direct their nocent amusements after they had been feet well, and strive with all their force surfeited with glory, as if their hearts to ascend, and in all probability they had been sick of the vanity of glory, will make quick progress towards the and sighed for things of a sotter and summit.

less pernicious character. Bolingbroke

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