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'Sure never was skin half so scalding as his!
For the water when he was baptized gave a fizz,
'Oh! then there was glitter and fire in each eye,
'When he opened his mouth out there issued a blast,
But the noise that it made and the heat that it cast,
'He blaz'd and he blaz'd as he gallop'd to snatch
To keep it from burning the manger!'
THERE is an admirable imitation, in the appendix, of those mystical fabrications which employ a large number of fairy creations, in connexion with sundry of us poor humans,' in the oddest juxtaposition. It is entitled 'The Apotheosis of Warren, a Pastoral Mask.' The bard, in his vision, sees Warren lying dead, in the 'Temple of Art and Science,' on Mount Parnassus, and a set of sylphs strewing over him
'Cowslips, butter-cups and roses,
Thyme with dulcet dew-drops wet,
While this is going forward, Oberon, king of the fairies, enters, and desires the pastoral worthies to pay their last respects to the defunct and gifted manufacturer. No sooner said than done. The monarch waves his gossamer spear, and instantly a select abundance of cherubs walk, two by two, like young ladies in a boarding-school, around the body. First come Oberon and Titania, hand in hand, and then, among others, the following peculiarly appropriate individuals, all of whom, it must be observed, have got pocket handkerchiefs, woven of aspen leaves,' applied to their eyes: Mab and Malibæus; Peasblossom and Theocritus; Pan, Puck, and Priapus; Ruth, Boaz, and Bottom; Gessner and Metastasio; Adonis and Caliban; Spenser and Proserpine; Flora, Faunus, and a Glendoveer in corduroy shorts; Florizel, Perdita, a warlock, two kelpies, and a bogle; Ariel in top-boots; Endymion and John Keats; Acteon and a wood-nymph in short petticoats; none and Leigh Hunt; (this last in yellow breeches,) and lastly, the poet himself, with an ass's head for a hat!
THE reader must remember CANNING's song of the 'KnifeGrinder :'
'Needy knife-grinder! whither are you going?
your hat's got a hole in 't
and so forth. The imitation in 'Warreniana' is equally Sapphic. An apprentice, with a pot of 'Warren's Best,' addresses a 'friend
of science :'
'We shall be glad to have your honor's custom:
The pot is purchased, which elicits from the apprentice a laudatory burst of enthusiasm:
'Sing then, oh! sing his praises; and may London,
BUT the notes by the editor are best of all; and we close our long paper with three or four of them. In LEIGH HUNT'S Nursery Ode' occur these lines:
'And, to love a martyr,
Upon which Mr. Gifford remarks: 'The word arter or a'ter, as it is sometimes syncopated, with a broad inflexion of the first syllable, I find to be the Doric dialect of Cockaigne; a dialect in frequent use among those enlightened members of society, the washerwomen. In pronunciation, it claims analogy with the broad agɛtav año naσav of Pindar.' After the note has been sent to the press, he adds, that he has discovered, in an obsolete Mss. pantomime, the production of one Shiels, a Scotchman, the phrase, What are you at, what are you arter?' He thence deduces the theatrical origin of the term, and expresses intense gratification, that his opinion is backed by the authority of a distinguished dramatist.
In SCOTT's Battle of Brentford Green,' some dimness as to the time of the contest at first puzzles the editor; but he says, in a note: 'I am happy to state, that after much laborious investigation, I have ascertained the correct date of this battle. The generous friendship of Mr. D'Israeli has induced him to consult an old barrow-woman, who lives at Brentford, on the subject; and from whom he learns that the skirmish took place a month previous to the demise of her first husband. Now her first husband, as I learn from Mr. Crabbe's 'Parish Register,' died in the autumn of 1818. To this date, then, the point in question must be referred!' In the same poem, is this couplet :
'The red banners formed by hap Of two old shirts stitched flap to flap.'
In relation to which, it is observed: The indefatigable researches of my friend Mr. Francis Douce, have at last enabled him to procure one of these celebrated banners. It is quartered according to the most received military practices, and in the midst appears a portrait, which I at first mistook for the effigy of a goose and trimmings; but now find to compose the head and wig of my friend Robert Warren. On either side, are blazoned two blacking-brushes rampant, armed
and langued gules, with a pair of top-boots argent. The whole forms a striking heraldic curiosity
'A note to the The Girl of Saint Mary-Axe,' by BARRY CORNWALL, illustrates, with proper ardor, the following lines:
'At times, in sullen silence, she would sit,
The phrase 'here,' says Mr. Gifford, 'possesses great expletive pathos, and appears synonymous with the sui ipsius' of the most approved Latin writers. In circumstances of urgent distress, I know no expression that appeals more simply yet touchingly to the heart; and the reader who can unmoved peruse the similar lament of the dying robber in Don Juan, 'Oh Jack! I'm floored by that 'ere bloody Frenchman!' must be more or less than man. The language is truly Virgilian!'
In closing, we would suggest to such of our favored readers as can compass the original works from which we have quoted, to possess themselves of them, at the meetest vantage of the time.' We will insure them an excess of participation. Whether laughing at solemn apes, or embodying the peculiarities of acknowledged genius, the authors every where display an admirable artistic manner, and a minute fidelity of detail, the result not less of a searching examination and comparison of the several authors selected, than of entire ability to appreciate their merits, and scan their defects.
PUBLICATIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN ANTIQUARIES, AT COPENHAGEN. New-York: WILLIAM JACKSON, 102 Broadway.
We have derived much pleasure from the examination, and partial perusal, of several valuable works, lately published by the above-named Society. The most important of these is the one entitled 'Antiquitates Americanæ,' an imperial quarto volume, with eighteen maps and plates, the typographical execution of which it would be well for our own publishers more frequently to imitate.
In the leading article in the present number, the contents of this volume are given; from which it will be seen, that much light is thrown on the early history and discovery of America. It appears, also, that the knowledge of the previous Scandinavian discovery of America, preserved in Iceland, was probably communicated to Columbus, when he visited that island, in 1477. In his memoirs, written by his son, it is stated that he visited Iceland in that year. And although he may have heard the relations of the voyages of the Northmen to a distant and hitherto unknown country to the South-West, we do not think that the glory due to him for his great discovery is in the least degree impaired. These discoveries no doubt operated as incentives to prosecute still farther what had been made known, and to flatter him with a hope of prosecuting his voyage, uninterrupted, to the East Indies. For it appears that, until the discovery of the Western Ocean was made known, it was believed that the newly discovered lands were in reality the eastern portions of Asia, or some large islands little known to voyagers. The name given to the islands, of Indies, and to the natives, of Indians, will remain a perpetual memento of this belief. From the large work under review, we learn that the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island were well known to, and described by, the Scandinavians. Much pains have been taken to identify the places alluded to in the ancient sagas, the numerous papers relating to which are embraced in the work.
Whether John Cabot, before he undertook his voyage to America, had any knowledge of the Norwegian discoveries, is not known. But he undoubtedly had been informed of the discoveries of Columbus. He however discovered the continent about six weeks before Columbus discovered the main land in South America. In regard to the year of Cabot's discovery, there are different statements, and some mistakes, in modern compilers of American history, which ought to be rectified. The accounts in Holmes' American Annals, and in Marshall's Life of Washington, which have been copied into the Histories for Schools, by Willard, Hale, Goodrich, and Olney, are all, we believe, inaccurate. Fortified corrections of these errors, with important facts in relation to the general subject, are contained in a review of the American Annals,' supposed to be from the pen of the veteran lexicographer, NOAH WEBSTER, which may be found in 'The Panoplist' for January, 1836.
But to return. We are glad to learn that the Northern Society intend prosecuting their researches in this country, and have instituted a committee, under the title of
the 'Committee of the Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries, on the Ante-Columbian History of America.' They intend following up the traces which have already been discovered; to examine other monuments and inscriptions, known to exist in North America; and to investigate the languages of the Aborigines, their manners, customs, etc. It is to be regretted, that these interesting subjects should not attract more attention in our own country, and that foreign societies should step forward to make these researches. They are deserving of great credit for the enterprise thus far manifested, which we trust will not abate; and we hope that our learned men will give them all the aid in their power toward effecting the object in view.
LEILA: OR THE SIEGE OF GRENADA. By the Author of 'Eugene Aram,' 'Rienzi,' etc. In one volume, 12mo. New-York: HARPER AND BROTHERS. The same, illustrated by fifteen Engravings. pp. 300. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard.
LIKE every production of Mr. BULWER, Leila' will be found to enchain the interest, and excite the imagination, of the reader; yet both, we have reason to believe, in a lesser degree than either of his more recent works. Indeed, the volume has struck us as having been hastily conceived, and as hurriedly executed. There is no lack of spirited dramatic action, and strong contrasts and effects are arranged and 'dashed in' with the hand of a master. Muza, the noble Moorish warrior, is a well-drawn character; and Bobadil, as an outline sketch, for it is nothing more, is another; but Leila, whether from the reason that we expected too much of her, or that the author has failed in making the character all he intended, has disappointed us. The father of the heroine is in the same category. He walks under a mist, and the author takes much pains, and a wide circuit with him, to startle us at last with a single display of his powers of necromance. There is a battle-scene, which will compare with the best efforts of the writer's pen; and throughout the volume, minor points, or collateral incidents, are not wanting, to keep alive the reader's attention. Yet the work has, in some measure, disappointed us. The scene and events chosen have been used before, and to better advantage. Irving's 'Conquest of Grenada,' upon the same ground, will live longer in the recollection, and impress the reader more favorably, than 'Leila.' The engravings of the Philadelphia edition are of a high order of art. They are from the English steel plates, engraved by eminent London artists. The letterpress, also, upon the finest white paper, is of rare excellence. New-York: WILEY AND
THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL ECONOMY. BY HENRY VETHAKE, L.L. D., of the University of Pennsylvania. One volume. pp. 400. Philadelphia: NICKLIN AND JOHNSON, Law Booksellers.
We have examined this work with attention, and are surprised to find the ramified divisions of political economy so clearly expounded. As a popular lecturer, Prof. VETHAKE has ascertained, that it needs all we know to make things plain;' and this work seems to have been prepared under a proper appreciation of the adage. We are bound to thank our author, in an especial manner, for comprehending intellectual products under the terms of wealth and capital, and enforcing so ably his incontrovertible positions in this regard. We are left but space to commend the work to our readers, as a succinct exposition of an important science, in its various bearings, whose application to public affairs, and the transactions of private life, together with its moral relations, are clearly defined and set forth.