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&c. &c. &c., whether most to their did I not think his punishment merited discomfort or my own, it would be for his hypocrisy. One gentleman indifficult to determine.
deed there is, a very pleasant young My happy father meantime was de- man,—that is, heir to a considerable lighted with these exhibitions, and estate,—who seems never tired of his never suffered me to refuse a request post. He is an amateur, to my curse ; to favor the company with some music, and, having few ideas or occupations lest I should incur the charge of af- of his own, is literally most happy fectation, and only laughed at my when turning over the leaves of my squeamishness, as he termed it, when music-book, or accompanying me on I endeavored to convince him that my his leaden flute. I wish he were in ready compliance was attributed to reality a musical automaton, and then forwardness. But I began to grow I need not be civil to him ! callous to the petty malice of a coun But my misfortunes do not end try town ; I contrived to conciliate here : whilst I could escape being the young ladies by playing quadrilles chained to the piano, only to be placed for them to dance to through the win- at the card-table, or to take my seat ter; and though the young men still in a committee of fashions and scanthought, if they did not politely de- dal, it was endurable ; but latterly a clare, that music was a great bore, the family has settled in our vicinity, little of their conversation which I oh ! how unlike the rest of our neighwas permitted to hear quite satisfied bors !-intelligent, well-informed peome for the loss of the remainder; and, ple, who have lived some years abroad; the due visits and compliments paid -visited France, Switzerland, Italy, and returned, I hoped that in time I Greece ;—and who, without retailing should have some respite, as a wonder to every stranger the diary of their cannot last forever.
voyages, possess a fund of amusing Fresh torments, however, awaited and delightful conversation. “Alas ! me, through the mistaken kindness of in vain to me the accents flow;" pent my aunt-an elderly maiden lady, up at my usual station, with my toowho, on my mother's death, came to too-ing persecutor by my side, I am superintend my father's domestic con- tantalized with seeing the group colcerns. Aunt Deborah has no more lected round the entertaining travelear than the china figures on her lers, at the farthest end of the apartchimney-piece; but she is extremely ment, and occasionally hearing a few partial to music; partly because it catching words, such as-Lake of Gerelieves her in some degree from the neva, Simplon, Vatican, Miserere. labor of entertaining the company, but In vain I attempt to pause, pretend to chiefly because, like the poet, she be in search of some stray book-my considers that “ Music is the food of aunt is immediately at my elbowlove,” and in the vain hope of my “Go on, my dear, you don't intercaptivating some simple swain ; for to rupt the conversation in the least.” see her niece happily established is, _No, aunt, but I should like to just now, the main object of her ann- hear it !”—“Oh, Mr. Merton is only bition. Accordingly, she bids me giving an account of something be “play on," till even the most perse- saw or heard in Italy ; you may read vering beau must be weary of the all about it at your leisure in the books never-ending strain. Often should I your father had down for you ; besides, pity some unfortunate youth, who my dear, (in a half whisper,) you from excess of politeness, (not the could not be so rude as to leave Mr. usual foible of the present age, cer to play by himself !”-Driven to tainly,) or in hope of ingratiating him- the last resource,-an appeal to Mr. self with my aunt or me, stands sen -'s generosity,- I suggest that linel at the piano, whilst his wander- probably he would have no objection ing eyes betray his absent thoughts, to joining the company and conversa
tion.—“Who, I? no faith! I never wonder, Miss Sophy, you had not had much turn for that sort of thing; some curiosity to hear about the fine to my mind, now, music's the best singing in Italy !-the very land of thing in the world to keep one awake harmony, you know—but then you can of an evening ; so if you please, Miss produce such divine sounds yourself !” Rondeau, we'll lose no more time; I reply in monosyllables, and pass I've found the book you were looking for a vain, stupid girl, with no soul for”—and down I am obliged to sit, for anything but sounds.-As for Mr. unless I would openly set at defiance Merton, the father, I verily believe he my aunt's authority.
takes me for a mere musical machine : Debarred every other source of en- he was heard one day to observe, that joyment, I endeavor to solace myself it was a pity there was no contrivance with the only pleasure permitted me; for stopping so admirable a piece of and, to soothe my irritated mind, take mechanism. “ She certainly does up some crabbed piece which requires play delightfully,”-replied one of his my whole skill and attention to mas sons, who has an agreeable voice, and ter; or perhaps venture on some sub- sometimes joins the party at the piano, lime composition equally beyond the making music really a social amusecomprehension of the generality of ment by taking part in it with spiritauditors, and succeed in overcoming “and she would sing extremely well my chagrin sufficiently to receive, with too, were it not for her timidity ; I at least the appearance of complacen- should like to know whether she can cy, the usual speeches addressed to converse as charmingly.”_" Timidity,
on such occasions. “Upon my indeed!” replied his brother—"I word, Miss Rondeau, you played most question if she possess any talent but charmingly to-night; but I own that for music, or depend upon it she scientific music is quite beyond me!” would not hesitate to display it.?' -"Oh, I hate Beethoven,” exclaims Thus, Mr. Editor, am I derided a younger lady, “all his things are so and despised ; and deprived of many difficult, I never have patience to learn opportunities of rational enjoyment them.”—“I never attempt pieces and improvement, merely because I which require so much execution,” am so unfortunate as to excel in one replies another; “my time is really particular accomplishment.-If ever I too precious—besides, simplicity is my had a daughter to educate, she should idol, a sweet ballad of Moore's for be taught music as a delightful recreaexample.”_" My dear creature, you tion for her leisure hours, and the must excuse me for deserting you to- means of sometimes imparting pleanight ; Mr. Henry Merton was so en sure to the domestic circle ; but never tertaining, that positively it was im- should it be known beyond that circle possible not to listen to him, even in that she possessed such a talent ; lest, preference to you.”—“. What a charm- like myself, she should have to lament, ing description he gave us of that that, instead of the pleasures it is so lake, somewhere abroad, and that large well calculated to afford, fate has contheatre at Zurich or somewhere—I demned her to taste only “ the pains declare I'm dying to see it.”_“I of music.”
SAGACITY, &c. OF DOGS.
[The Society for the Diffusion of Useful time publishing under their superintendKnowledge have published Part I. Vol. I.
This Part is entitled " The Menaof a series of works, to be called the Li- geries: Quadrupeds described and drawn brary of Entertaining Knowledge, on the from living Subjects.” The descriptions plan of the Library of Useful Knowledge, are illustrated by wood-cuts, taken from which it is well known has been for some the living animals, chiefly those in the gar
dens of the Zoological Society. We copy Dr. Gall says that dogs “ learn to the following anecdotes of dogs. — This understand not merely separate words “ Library” is to be re-printed, we hear, in or articulate sounds, but whole senthis country.]
tences expressing many ideas.” Dr. Many of the inferior animals have a Elliotson, the learned translator of distinct knowledge of time. The sun Blumenbach's Physiology, quotes the appears to regulate the motions of following passage from Gall's Treathose which leave their homes in the tise sur les Fonctions du Cerveau, morning, to return at particular hours without expressing any doubt of the of the evening. The Kamtschatka circumstance :-“ I have often spoken dogs are probably influenced in their intentionally of objects which might autumnal return to their homes by a interest my dog, taking care not to change of temperature. But in those mention his name, or make any intoanimals possessing the readiest con- nation or gesture which might awaken ceptions, as in the case of dogs in a his attention. He, however, showed highly civilized country, the exercise no less pleasure or sorrow, as it might of this faculty is strikingly remarka- be ; and, indeed, manifested by his ble. Mr. Southey, in his Omniana, behavior that he had understood the relates two instances of dogs who bad conversation which concerned bim. I acquired such a knowledge of time as had taken a bitch from Vienna to Pawould enable them to count the days ris ;-in a very short time she comof the week. He says : “My grand- prehended French as well as German, father had one which trudged two of which I satisfied myself by repeatmiles every Saturday to cater for him- ing before her whole sentences in both self in the shambles. I know another languages.” We have heard an inmore extraordinary and well-authen- stance of this quickness in the comticated example. A dog which had prehension of language which is very belonged to an Irishman, and was sold remarkable. A mongrel, between the by him in England, would never touch shepherd's dog and terrier, a great faa morsel of food upon Friday.” The vorite in a farm-house, was standing same faculty of recollecting intervals by while his mistress was washing of time exists, though in a more limit- some of her children. Upon asking a ed extent, in the horse. We knew a boy, whom she had just dressed, to horse (and have witnessed the circum- bring his sister's clothes from the next stance) which, being accustomed to be room, he pouted and hesitated. employed once a week on a journey then," said the mother, “ Mungo will with the newsman of a provincial pa- fetch them.” She said this by way per, always stopped at the houses of of reproach to the boy, for Mungo had the several customers, although they not been accustomed to fetch and carwere sixty or seventy in number. ry. But Mungo was intelligent and But, further, there were two persons obedient; and without further com. on the route who took one paper be- mand he brought the child's frock to tween them, and each claimed the his astonished mistress. This was an privilege of having it first on the alter- effort of imagination in Mungo, which nate Sunday. The horse soon became dogs certainly possess in a consideraaccustomed to this regulation ; and al. ble degree. He had often observed, though the parties lived two miles dis- doubtless, the business of dressing the tant, he stopped once a fortnight at children ; and the instant he was apthe door of the half-customer at pealed to, he imagined: what his misThorpe, and once a fortnight at that tress wanted. Every one knows the of the other half-customer at Chert- anxiety which dogs feel to go out with sey, and never did he forget this ar- their masters, if they have been acrangement, which lasted several years, customed so to do. A dog will often or stop unnecessarily, when he once anticipate the journey of his owner; thoroughly understood the rule. and, guessing the road he means to
take, steal away to a considerable The terror which the dog felt at the distance on that road to avoid being naked thief was altogether imaginary, detained at home. We have repeat- for the naked man was less capable of edly seen this circumstance. It is resisting the attack of the dog than if distinctly an effort of the imagination, he had been clothed. But then the if it be not an inference of reasoning dog had no support in his experience.
Linnæus bas made it a characteris- His memory of the past did not come tic of dogs that “ they bark at beg- to the aid of that faculty which saw gars :” but beggars are ragged, and an unknown danger in the future. The sometimes have that look of wildness faculties of quadrupeds, like those of which squalid poverty produces; and men, are of course mixed in their opethen the imagination of the dog sees, ration. The dog, who watches by in the poor mendicant, a robber of his his master's grave, and is not temptmaster's house, or one who will be ed away by the caresses of the living, cruel to himself—and he expresses employs both his memory and his imabis own fears by a bark. A dog is gination in this act of affection. In thus valuable for watching property in the year 1827 there was a dog conproportion to the ease with which he stantly to be seen in St. Bride's is alarmed. One of the greatest ter- churchyard, Fleet Street, which for rors of a domesticated dog is a naked two years had refused to leave the man, because this is an unaccustomed place where his master was buried. object. The sense of fear is said to He did not appear miserable ; he evibe so great in this situation, that the dently recollected their old companfiercest dog will not even bark. Aionship, and he imagined that their tan-yard at Kilmarnock in Ayrshire friendship would again be renewed. was a few years ago extensively rob- The inhabitants of the houses round bed by a thief, who took this method the church daily fed the poor creature, to overcome the courage of a power- and the sexton built him a little kenful Newfoundland dog, who had long nel. But he would never quit the protected a considerable property. spot ;-and there he died.
SOUTHEY'S NEW WORK.*
A WORK by Robert Southey ought not long essayed to win the consent of the to pass unnoticed, whatever may be father to certain proceedings nowise the subject of which it treats. Of disagreeable in the view of the fair the propriety of bringing forward, damsel herself. Eleëmon prayed to however, in the present day, a super- virgin, and saint, and martyr, and in stitious tradition like that on which vain : he then turned to the heathen the first of these poems is founded, authorities, not as yet quite exploded we are somewhat doubtful, and should in Cappadocia, and with equal ill have been better pleased if the Lau- success besought the aid of what one reate had chosen some other founda- of our Cockney bards calls“ Apollo, tion, on which he might rear a su- and Mercurius, and the rest." There perstructure more congenial to the remained one chance more-namely, spirit and wants of the age. This the old gentleman, as he is generally tradition is one of the Greek church, denominated in polite society. Eleëand may be thus summed up. A mon accordingly goes to the devil, youth, by name Eleëmon, fell in love who consents to manage that Cyra with his master's daughter, Cyra, and shall forth with be Mrs. E., provided
* All for Love ; or, the Sinner well Saved : and The Pilgrim to Compostella ; or, a Legend of a Cock and a Hen. By Robert Southey, Esq. L.L.D. Poet Laureate, &c. 12mo. pp. 220. London, 1829.
the said Eleëmon consents to have a But as he from the living world little red mark put on his breast, over
Approached where spirits dwell,
His bearers there in thinner air against his heart, being the outward
Were dimly visible ; and visible sign of his having sold his Shapeless, and scarce to be described soul, this world's goods past and gone, In darkness where they flew ; to his satanic majesty. The bargain But still as they advanced, the more
And more distinct they grew ; is struck, the seal is stamped, Cyra is married to Eleémon, and to all out. And when their way fast-speeding they
Through their own region went, ward view they are a most happy cou
Then were they in their substance seen, ple. But Eleémon, the honeymoon The angelic form, the fiendish mien,
over, cannot away with the Face, look, and lineament. “ damned spot.” Much of the con Behold where dawns before them now, duct of the story is beautiful and pa
Far off, the boreal bay
Sole daylight of that frozen zone, thetic. His secret is extorted from
The limit of their way. him by his affectionate wife, after a
In that drear realm of outer night, second marvellous dream, and by her Like the shadow, or the ghost of light, revealed to the holy Bishop Basil, who It moved in the restless skies, receives the confession and contrition And went and came, like a feeble flame
That flickers before it dies, of the sinner who has sacrificed All for Love. He gives godly counsel; There the fallen seraph reigned supreme
Amid the utter waste; and now comes a beautiful touch of
There on the everlasting ice monastic imagination — the spot is His dolorous throne was placed. washed out by the tears of Eleëmon Son of the Morning! is it then and his Cyra.
For this that thou hast given
Thy seat, pre-eminent among We present à few extracts only.
The hierarchies of heaven? The first describes Eleëmon's visit to
As if dominion here could joy Satan, when he has exposed himself
To blasted pride impart; to the execution of the diabolical
Or this cold region stake the fire contract.
Of hell within the heart ! “ The rising moon grew pale in heaven
Thither the evil angels bear
The youth, and rendering homage there And all the blessed stars seemed then
Their service they evince,
And in the name of Abibas
Present him to their prince : Though winds were still that night.
Just as they seized him when he made
The sorcerer's mandate known,
In that same act and attitude
They set him before the throne.
The fallen seraph cast on him
A dark disdainful look,
And from his raised hand scornfully
The proffer'd tablets took.
Ay,- love !' he cried. It serves me well.
There was the Trojan boy,A whir of unseen wings he heard
His love brought forth a ten years' war,
And fired the towers of Troy.
And when my own Mark Antony
Against young Cæsar strove,
And Rome's whole world was set in arms,
The cause was,--all for love !
Some for ambition sell themselves,
By avatice some are driven ;
Pride, envy, hatred, best will move
Some souls, and some for only love
Renounce their hopes of heaven.
Yes, of all human follies, love,
Methinks, hath served me best.
The apple had done but little for me
If Eve had not done the rest.