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Lines to a Young Lady.-- Kindred Spirits.
401 teenth year of peace, shows us how dual misery. We believe that the little the finance system has sustained four great powers are so fully convincour expectations. A war, even for a ed of the evil of this tremendous hayear, would double our expenditure.' zard, that they are struggling in every On the continent, Rothschild is the shape of diplomacy to avert the contrue monarch. Every state is in his tinuance of a war between Turkey books, and what must be the confu- and Russia. If they succeed, peace sion, the beggary, and the ultimate will, in all probability, continue for a bankruptcy of hostilities. The fall of few years more ; if they fail, Europe every throne must follow the bank- must instantly arm, and a scene of ruptcy of every exchequer, and the warfare be roused, to which there has whole social system be broken up been no equal since the fall of the Roamid revolutionary havoc and indivi- man Empire.
LINES TO A YOUNG LADY, ON HER MARRIAGE.
They tell me, gentle lady, that they deck thee for a bride,
friends may be around, and bluer skies above;
Drops from the ocean of eternity;
To meet their fellow spirits vainly burn; Rays from the centre of unfailing light; And yet not vainly. If the drop shall pass Things that the human eye can never see, Through streams of human sorrow undeAre spirits,-yet they dwell near human
If the eternal ray that heavenly was, But as the shatter'd magnet's fragments still, To no false earthly fire be reconciled,
Though far apart, will to each other turn, The drop shall mingle with its native main, So, in the breast imprisoned, spirits will The ray shall meet its kindred rays again!
50 ATHENEUM, vol. 2, 3d series.
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The Housekeeper's Oracle. This is expenses of a family of three persons, the last speech and dying words of with “two maids and a man servant, Dr. Kitchiner, and a strange farrago who have a dinner party once a month” it is. It is really not doing the work —followed by “ The Genuine Golden justice to call it simply, “ The House- Rules of Economy”—which give way, keeper's Oracle ;' it ought to have in their turn, to “a true story” (of been entitled a treatise on the omne three pages and a balf in small type) scibile at least. “ The head of man,” about a linen draper " who went into says the learned author, “is like a business with better than a thousand Pudding; and whence have all Rhymes, pounds,” and, by over feeding, bePoems, Plots, and Inventions, sprang came first corpulent and then bankbut from that same Pudding ? What rupt, and so was reduced at last “ to is Poetry but a Pudding of Words?” live upon a chop and a draught of porBut of all “Puddings of words”— ter.” It is the same thing if we open since that must be the phrase–cer- the book any where else. Towards tainly the most miscellaneous it has the end, for instance, we find receipts ever been our chance to partake of, for varnishing oil paintings, preventing is the “Housekeeper's Oracle.” The the freezing of water in pipes, &c., worthy doctor must certainly have succeeded by hints relative to beds been in an amazingly excited state and bedclothesma direction for makduring its composition. The work ing common paste-a mode of predeserves, indeed, in some respects, to venting hats being damaged after a be ranked with the highest effusions shower of rain—the proper way of of the lyric muse. Its transitions are cleaning knives—and a pair of short quite Pindaric ; indeed, in sudden disquisitions on cosmetics and wounds starts and skips “ from grave to gay, of the skin. Cleopatra herself could from lively to severe”-from the con- boast of no such “ infinite variety” as cerns of this world to those of the this. Certainly we have never before next, and back again, perhaps-from met with anything like it in the course an epistle of St. Paul to fresh stur- of our reading. geon or roasted pig-we venture to say It contains too, it is but fair to add, there is nothing either in Pindar, or abundant evidence of the author's zeal any other poet to come near to it. in behalf of much higher interests than Let us just open the book and go over those of the pocket, and even of his a few pages of it. Passing over the possession of a heart really liberal and author's picture, the title-page, and feeling, with all its affection for the the preface, we find ourselves, after virtue of a wise frugality. The work getting over a page about “the cage tells us so much about so many things of matrimony,” “ the net of court- of universal importance, that it may ship,” and other such matters, up to be fairly entitled Every Man's Vade the ears, before we are aware, in a Mecum—and is certainly one of the rambling dissertation about Cookery, cheapest seven shillings' worths we Achilles, and the Jewish Patriarchs— have ever met with. from which we are landed amid a series of extracts from the Northumber The Natural History of Living land Housebook-all leading (most Objects for the Microscope. By C. naturally it will be allowed) to a sort R. Goring, M.D. and A. PRITCHof sermon on the duty of order, en
8vo.-In this work, which is forced by a quotation from the 14th to be continued in numbers, we are chapter of the first epistle to the Co- informed “that the discovery of a rinthians. Then comes a set of ta- set of objects for ascertaining the debles and observations on the annual fining and penetrating powers of mi
croscopes, has founded a new era in this little volume--beautiful in respect the history of those instruments," and both of expression and sentiment. We that “the substitution of diamond and know no writer, indeed, who imitates sapphire lenses for those made of Moore's tender and tuneful lyric flow glass, in the single microscope, with more successfully and indeed our the most ingenious and effective me- chief wish with regard to Mr. Hervey thod of illumination contrived by Dr. is only that he were somewhat less of Wollaston, may also in some measure an imitator.
Some of the pieces we be attributed to the same source." have here, show, we think, that he This may be confounding cause and could write better even than he has effect; but so difficult is it to handle yet written. But he must let his gethe subject, that the author says, “I nius be more its own guide than it has do not believe that out of ten ob- been. His productions, at present, servers with Amician reflectors, more with all their grace and even occasionthan one could be found, at this pre- al gorgeousness, want that perfect sent moment, fully capable of causing finish and unity which nothing can give that admirable instrument to put forth but fusion in the mint of a self-heated its whole mettle.” This only en- and unborrowing fancy. hances the author's merit, for he pre There are several pieces in the vosents us with some beautiful-colored lume which show more power than plates of the larva and pupa of a the following verses : but we give plumed culex and of aquatic larva, the them, as being of convenient length, result of patient investigation and of and because they are now, we believe, ingenious contrivances. The work is published for the first time :written in a style of turgid vehemence and inflation. After dreading lest the use of the word nature should subject
Away-away! and bear thy breast. Dr. Goring to a charge of atheism, he Away-away! and bear thy brease
To some more pleasant strand ! says, “ Men are perpetually wonder- Why did it pitch its cent of rest ing what can be the use of bugs, and
Within a desart land !-fleas, and wasps, and such kind of Though clouds may dim thy distant skies,
And love look dark before thee, vermin, and speak of them as absolute Yet colder hearts and falser eyes blots in the escutcheon of the Al Have Aung their shadows o'er thee ! mighty !” We were not aware that It is, at least, a joy to know
That thou hast felt the worst, men were perpetually asking about the
And--if for thee no waters flow, use of bugs and such kind of vermin,
Thou never more shalt thirst ! but the Doctor having informed us of Go forward, like a free-born child, the fact, we were anxious for his so
Thy chains and weakness past,
Thou hast thy manna in the wild, lution, and he tells us that “the use of
Thy Pisgah, at the last ! these little insects is surely to teach And yet, those far and forfeit bowers man a perpetual lesson of humility." Will rise, in after years, It is not very humble to suppose a The flowers,—and one who nursed the flowers,
With smiles that turned to tears; whole species created merely to teach
And I shall see her holy eye, us humility; and a chambermaid, when
In visions of the night, she destroys a whole colony “ of such As her youthful form goes stealing by, kind of vermin,” may forget her hu
The beautiful and bright! mility in the consciousness of her de. But I must wake, to bear along structive energies.
A bruised and buried heart,
With whom I have no part;
Amid my spirit's gloom,
Till He, who flowered the prophet's rod, learn, and something to unlearn, Mr. Shall bid them burst to bloom ! H. is one of the most promising of our young poets-and he has presented us Montmorency, a Tragic Drama, the with a great many beautiful verses in first of a series of Historical and other
Dramas ; with Minor Poems. By insinuates, that these ignorant crimi-
country,—these should be the mines
of an American writer; and a store of Universal Education considered with rich material do they indeed present. regard to its Influence on the Happiness Like Antæus, his strength will be in and Moral Character of the Middle touching his mother earth. The conand Lower Classes, &c. by one of the tents of the Legendary are unequal; People, (Whittaker, London,) is view- yet Elizabeth Latimer, the Step-moed by the author as the principal ther, and the Camp Meeting, are orisource of the increase of crime, and ginal and interesting tales. the cause of that luxury, pride, and Leaves from a Colleger's Album dissipation, which at once impoverish, has a quaintness and cleverness about and, seen through false optics, embel- it, that makes us expect its author lish society. He wishes the good old will do much more: it is by the edidays of homespun, cider, bacon, cab- tor, Mr. N. P. Willis, who is also the bage, and ignorance, again to return, best of the poetical contributors ; and, that master Tommy might not be altogether, this is a work that well compelled to learn the classics, to deserves to be continued. prevent the porter's son from treading on his heels. He admits that facts are D'Ercbine; or, the Cynic. 3 vols. rather against him, since by far the — The veriest trash that ever attemptgreater number of delinquents have ed to depict fashionable life, of which been decidedly untaught in their du- its author is evidently ignorant ; and ties either to God or man.
the endeavor at romantic incident is ther than education should escape, he as tiresonne as it is improbable.
“ Serene Philosophy!
DUCTORS OF LIGHTNING.
CON- at Bayonne from all injury; but that
such magazines, when properly conOn the 30th of March, M. Gay Lus- structed, and bomb proof, having nosac, in the name of the physical thing to fear from lightning, they are branch of the Académie des Sciences, more likely to be affected by the elecread a report on various questions put tric fluid, especially when the risk of by the minister of war, concerning the imperfect construction is taken into construction of lightning conductors, consideration, if provided with a conand their application to powder ma- ductor, than if left without one. gazines. The questions were put by the minister in consequence of an in
COLOGNE WATER. jury sustained by a powder magazine The last number of the Journal des at Bayonne, to which the conductor Connaissances Usuelles contains the bad appeared to contribute, instead of following , recipe for making Eau de serving as a protection. The report Cologne of the purest quality :-Spistates, that the accident at Bayonne rits of wine of thirty-six degrees, four was to be ascribed to the imperfect litres, (the litre is about an English construction of the conductor, which, quart); essential oil of cédrat and of instead of being made to enter the citron, each three drachms; oil of ground at the foot of the wall of the bergamot, two ounces; oil of lavenmagazine, either to a sufficient depth, der, one drachm and twenty-four or into a pool of water, was carried grains ; oil of thyme, twelve grains ; off horizontally to a distance of thirty- neroli, three drachms; oil of rosemary, six feet, by five wooden uprights, three drachms and twenty-four grains. thirty-two inches high, and then made Put the oils into the spirits of wine, to take a perpendicular direction and leave them to infuse for one downwards, but for only six feet, into month, then filter through blottinga hole six feet square, built up on paper : put into the mixture, when every side with masonry, but having bottled, one pint of eau de melisse. at the bottom of every side two arches, to give a greater surface of contact between the earth and the charcoal with which the hole was filled. A paper by Captain Sabine was The using the charcoal in its natural lately read to the Royal Society, destate, and not calcined, is noted as tailing the result of observations made another source of imperfection. The by him in August last, in the horticul-points of contact, which were four tural gardens at Chiswick, on the dip rays of iron at three feet from the of the magnetic needle in London, extremity of the conductor, each one compared with the determination of fuot and a half long, and having three the dip in the Regent's Park, in Aupoints and four other rays lower down, gust, 1821, published in the “ Philoand one and a half feet from the ex- sophical Transactions for 1822.” The trenity, each seven and a balf inches result obtained is the average of oblong, were also pronounced insuffi- servations made with five different cient. The report concludes that a instruinents. A decrease is found in conductor well constructed would the dip in London of 17'.5 in seven have preserved the powder magazine years, or an annual decrease of 2'.5.
DIMINUTION OF THE DIP OF THE