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exceedingly good effect upon the feelings of children, because it will impress upon them the necessity of study. The lines • To a Youthful Friend,' are valuable in their tendency, for they may embue the young with feelings of mutual esteem, but they are not adapted for children. The Child of Misfortune' is exceedingly simple and pathetic, and will surely impress the uncontaminated heart with pity for hapless innocence; we therefore extract it.
CHILD OF MISFORTUNE.
Child of misfortune! obscure is thy birth,
And strange are the hands that supply thee;
Already fate seems to deny thee.
Child of misfortune! thou knows't not the grave
Where thy mother took refuge from sorrow;
O'er the spot, so untroubled to-morrow.
When exposed to the merciless weather;
And thy limbs were tied closely together.
A step served the place of a pillow;
And thy parent sunk deep in the billow.
And a death without terrors flits o'er thee,
There are other articles in the Juvenilia' to which we decidedly object; a work which takes for its motto 'the lisp of children and their earliest words,' displays either bad taste, or paucity of materiel, in giving epitaphs in Latin, Dr. Lettsom's prescriptions in English, French jokes, or Curran's puns. Before we take leave of this little work, we shall select another specimen of poetry, not because we see much to praise in the lines, but because the theme is a Celtic one.
THE WELSH BARD.
“ Bring my harp from the willow, where long it has hung,
While our deeds are forgotten, our praises unsung,
When in peace we reposed, and the battle was o'er."
Thou chieftain of my lonely hall,
ask the bard to sing
W. H. W. With such improvements as we have suggested, we think it probable the • Juvenilia' may receive a fair share of public patronage.
Music.—The Rose of Llan Meilen, adapted to a popu
lar Welsh Air, arranged for the Piano-Forte. H. Davies, Cheltenham.
On the merits of this air, Glan Meddwdod Mwyn, (goodhumoured and merry,) we have nothing to observe, excepting that it has withstood the criticism of the ablest professors, and its melody has ever been considered exceedingly fine. Of the new words, it is our opinion that they are sweet and plaintive. The author of “The Rose of Llan Meilen," we are sure, could have no desire to see us involved in disputes with contemporary reviewers, especially when their criticisms become ridiculous; but we may inform him that this beautiful tune has been hacked and torn to pieces by a Saturday's journal, professing to have exclusive information upon all matters of court and ton. However, the Welsh air of Glan Meddwdod Mwyn, seems to have rather puzzled our little friend, for he reviewed it as a new air; though, indeed, the absurdity of the error well suits a fashionable news-purveyor, more hominum evenit." South-East View of the Newtown Public Rooms, from the
Design of Thomas Penson, Esq., drawn on Stone. Thomas Newtown, Montgomeryshire.
This is a building worthy of the fast rising emporium of North Wales manufacture, and a splendid addition to the town, which can readily afford such an ornament, for it is necessarily possessed of those nuisances usually attached to mercantile places, namely,- squalidness and filth in superabundance. By the bye, in connexion with these public rooms, there has been a strong feeling of jealousy existing between the inhabitants of Welsh Pool and Newtown. The good folks of both may feel assured that their best and common interest is to proceed with feelings of kindness and good will towards each other; let them recollect that all North Wales does not, at present, manufacture as much flannel as many English houses do singly; and that the Welsh flannel trade, if properly conducted, is, according to the testimony of commercial men, a very improvable one. Let our manufacturers look to India, and to the Army Lace Trade, for additional employment of their machines, and, above all, let the competitors of Newtown and Welsh Pool recollect that, in its best sense, namely, commercial exertion, “union is strength,” that they should be as one establishment, and that "if a house be divided against itself, it cannot stand.” By offering our very humble advice upon
this important subject, we had momentarily forgotten to pass our judgment upon the drawing. It is executed in a superior way, it is bold and distinct, which is generally the grand defect of lithographic performances, and the elevation and fore-shortening correctly given. Messrs. Wehnert, G. Scharf, and C. Hullmandel, are the artists.
LITERARY NOTICES. Efangylydd—Contents: Life of John Huss; Letters of the Rev. Wm. Jones; Liberty of Great Britain; on Sabbath Festivities.
Gwyliedydd-On the Ash Tree; Service Tree; a Vision of the Welsh ; Dr. Adam Clarke, on the Established Church ; Savings' Banks; Ceubren yr Ellyll, or the Oak of Namau.
Gwladgarvor—The Utility of Knowledge; Astronomy, the "Sun,” &c.; Canaan, with a Map; Natural History; Biography; Divinity; Geography; Physiological History ; Rhetoric.
Seren Gomer-Letter from America; Rev. J. Davies' Address, &c.
In a few days will be published, “Memoirs of the Life and Correspondence of the Rev. William Lavers," late of Honiton. By I. S. Elliott. With a Portrait.
“ An Historical Sketch of the Baptist Denomination," presenting a view of its rise, progress, and present state, in all parts of the world ; to which is added, an “ Alphabetical List of Baptist Churches in England,” with dates of their formation, and names of pastors. By CHARLES THOMPSON. In one vol.
Lately published, “ A Poetical Guide to the Isle of Man.”
To be dedicated, by permission, to the Highland Society of London, and published in twelve Parts, royal 8vo. embellished with accurate specimens of the various Clan and Family Tartans, engravings of the Badges, and numerous interesting vignettes, “ The History of the Scottish Clans ;" being an account of the origin of the principal tribes, and their followers; a relation of the most remarkable events with which they were connected, and biographical notices of the most celebrated individuals of each name; with the genealogies, titles, armorial bearings, and other particularities of the different chiefs and heads of ho.ses. By JAMES LOGAN, F.S.A. Scot., author of “ The Scottish Gael.”
To be published by the 20th of April, in 4to. “ A History of the Island of Anglesey,” being the Essay which obtained the First Prize at the Beaumaris Eisteddfod, August, 1832, dedicated by permission to H. R. H. the Princess Victoria. By Miss ANGHARAD LLWYD. Containing a history of the princes of Wales, their Courts and Customs, derived from authentic MSS. never before published; added to which, are given the proceeding of the Beaumaris Eisteddfod.
LONDON AND PROVINCIAL NEWS.
Saint David's Day.
On the first ultimo, the most honourable and loyal Society of Ancient Britons attended divine service, at the church of St. Martin's in the Fields, when the service of the day was performed in the Welsh language, by the honorary chaplain to the Society, (the Rev. Thomas Alban, of Llandrillo, in Meinon,) and a sermon was afterwards delivered by the Lord Bishop of Llandav. His lordship's discourse was remarkable for two things: eloquence and sound divinity, displayed in an appeal to the supporters of the Welsh Charity School, and afterwards for a most touching and affectionate address to the children. We regret but one circumstance, and that is, the general absenteeism of the influential patrons of the institution from the church, on this occasion. Lord Kenyon and his friends were there, but we did not see many others: we are the more anxious on this subject, because we know that the charity has suffered in consequence of such non-attendance: the example is followed by all classes. This we very respectfully suggest should not occur, where the object is the prosperity of an institution having such peculiar claims upon our sympathy, as that established for the offspring of our poor, industrious, but otherwise friendless countrymen in London. At the same time, while we here feel it a duty to declare our opinion, it is also an impetive and a more gratifying one to observe, that although the conflicting opinions nursed by political feeling, have produced, among all associations of men, differences, and, in some instances, positive acrimony and ill-will, yet we state as a fact within our own knowledge, that the liberal subscriptions of the leading Welshmen in London, both of the North and the South, to our national charity, notwithstanding the formidable pecuniary calls which are made upon them in five hundred other quarters, have tended greatly to attach their poorer countrymen, resident in the metropolis, to them; this is a result ever devoutly to be prayed for. In reference to our previous observation, we ask, could there under heaven be a more interesting spectacle than to see the great and influential in solemn assembly, join with the poor objects of their charity? we answer, no; even royalty itself would add a brighter gem to its diadem than power or riches could give: we therefore trust that next year it will be publicly announced, that it is the intention of the nobility and patrons of the Welsh School to give their attendance at church on St. David's day.
Shortly after 6 o'clock, a large company sat down to dinner in the Freemason's Hall, the right honourable Lord Mostyn in the chair, supported by Sir W.W. Wynn, the honourable Rice Trevor, the Lord Bishop of St. Asaph, the Lord Bishop of St. David's, &c.
Upon the removal of the cloth, “Non nobis Domini” was sung with very fine effect, by Messrs. Bellamy,Collyer, J.Smith, Fitzwilliam,Parry, and Party jun.; the company having resumed their seats, the noble chairman gave, “ His most gracious Majesty, the munificent patron of the Welsh charity," with three times three: we saw more than one Saxon face in astonishment at the loudness and duration of the applause which followed this announcement. Nothing can differ more from the measured regularity of an English cheer, than the quick and wild irregularity of a Welshman's voice; the latter has a musical ear, but he thinks more of individual exertion than of keeping time