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as I lay on a gentle bank which slop- soft and drooping lids, and by the ed its easy and springy turf down to sweetest fringe of smoothed lashes a fresh and gallant rivulet. The blos- that I had ever looked upon ; but still soms were bright and fragrant, and they melted a softened light over the leaned in lustrous beauty towards and countenance, which seemed “ to show, over the lively waters. The rapid yet shade, a forehead more than fair.”. stream gambolled along, as though it But I am becoming romantic in my were “ sufficient to itself, its own re- description, and, lest I should be taward ;" and it brake the reflected ken to task by old Mr Gifford in the images of the lilies into a million Quarterly Review, in the same way white and green fragments of restless that Lady Morgan was reproved for colour. A mountain was in sight, “ writing lies," I shall desist ---mereand the sky over my head bent its ly referring those young ladies who peaceful blue around, as seeming to enjoy the poetry of pretty faces, and bless and protect. I reclined with who love to read tender extravagance my head upon my hand, drinking in in the shape of tumultuous descripthe beauty of the world. For ever tions, to the novels of two worthy could I have so reclined; for ever booksellers near the East India House, could I have so drunk at that boun- who are celebrated for their five voteous and noble spring, and still should lumes of marble-covered immorality I have thirsted, still taken the waters and passionate trash. To proceediof beauty to my heart:- but the in- The form advanced, in its veil of constancy of dreaming disturbed my silvery and transparent mist, towards fascinated reverie, and forced on me me, and became more distinct and other sounds and other sights than more beautiful as it approached. I those which so spelled and soothed could make out a shape more clearly, me. It was evening-a sunny, still, and have a perfect perception of the Grecian evening,--and suddenly í face. While I was gazing with all heard a dim, airy music coming up my soul at this singular and sweet the valley, stealing along like a sum- presence, she brake silence, with a mer mist. It seemed to be born of voice so soft and charming, that it no instrument, to be no decided sound, could scarcely be said to break it." I but rather to be the harmony of the cannot recollect the precise words she world made audible.

spake to me, for I was so awed and I heard this divine music, and lift- enchanted that I felt plunged in a ed up my head to ascertain from what tenfold charmed sleep. But the purquarter it came, when I saw the wa. port of her address was, that she had ter before me trembling and shudder- permitted me to approach her sacred iug in redoubled brightness-leaping stream, of which she was the guardand moaning like the Lady Christa. ian spirit ; that the waters which ran, belle in her sleep-coiling and writh- mad with light and music, at my feet, ing in its silver lustre, even as a play- were the real waters of poetry, of ful fascinated snake in the sun. In a which “ so many rave, although they moment a mist arose from the waters, know them not.” Sie informed me, and through it I could dimly distin- that, on that very evening, and at guish a beautiful female figure, light that very hour, the living poets peras the thistle-down when it first quits formed their pilgrimage to fetch wä. its parent stalk, radiant as a rase illu- ter from the stream of inspiration, minated. She approached me, the and, in return for my love of the tribe, mist still continuing to follow and to she granted me permission to see, my-veil her. Perhaps this was in pity to self unseen, the wondrous sight. As the poverty of mortal eyes, which she spake, her hair heaved its gentle might not endure the unshadowed waves, like the sunny waters of an lustre of the immortals. Still, how- evening sea, over her shoulders, and ever, the jewels trembled in her hair, her eyes lightened as with glorious and shot their lights around in a thou- poesy. I looked her my thanks, as sand fanciful ways. Her bounteous well as I was able, though they took and golden hair ran in glowing waves more the semblance of adoration, and about her shoulders, and never, me- bowed my face on the grass before her.

thought, had I seen a form so beauti- I should not forget to state, that she - ful, so visionary, so light. Her eyes, likewise informed me that the poets mercy be praised ! were shaded by were compelled to tell her, as they re


ceived the waters, to what use they branch over me, passed slowly in her intended to apply them. I raised my mantle of mist to the middle of the head, looked once more on the stream, stream, over which she now appeared and truly it seemed to trip on with to preside. a pleasant dactylic motion. "Suddenly In a little time the poetical crowd I heard the sound of approaching feet, advanced within an ode's length of and a melodious murmur of mingled the water, and then halted. They voices. The Spirit said to me, “Sing' then chaunted a hymn to the Spirit, to their approach-Welcome them!" written expressly for the occasion by And, on the instant, though I had Moore, and set by Sir John Stevennever before ventured on verse, my son in his best manner, as I was aflips broke silence, and I lifted up my terwards informed. I could perceive virgin song. I fear that persons am that each poet held in his hand a vesa wake will not see much meaning in sel to bear away his portion of the init, but, as it was my first and last at- spired waters. The Spirit now becktempt, done into English at the in- oned with her laurel branch, and each spiration of the moment, and fashion- walked singly from the throng, and ed in the presence of such an awful dipped his vessel in the blue, wild, company, I trust that its beauties, and Castalian wave. I will endeavour, as not its defects, will be sought for and well as my recollection will allow me, eulogized.

to describe the manner and words of

the most interesting of our living poets They come! they come ! -All the lordly on this most interesting occasion. The men!

evening became more joyous-PegaThey are winding adown the Grecian glen.' sus might be seen courting the winds Lords of the giant mind-They come in wild rapture on one of the neighWith musical voices and winged fancies, --' bouring mountains-sounds of glad While 'round them the merry air dirls and

and viewless wings were heard wavdances, Alive with their presence !—They come !

ing and fluttering high above the

stream-and “ all the air was filled --they come !

with pleasant noise of waters.” With godlike talk, all timed well

And first I saw a lonely and me. To the cadence of their beating feet, lancholy figure slowly move towarıls Men of sweet charm, and awful spell, the brink. I knew, by its noble air Of awful thought, and feeling sweet, and peculiar carriage, that it was Lord! They come, and the laurel leaf trembles Byron. He filled a Grecian urn. He and lightens,

plunged it into the stream with a turAnd plays in the sun, which hallows and

bulent and rash hand; but he drew brightens Its own green child-SeeThey come !~

it forth with sorrow and cold serenitý.

He declared he would keep the urn they come!

and its contents by him “for some See their proud foreheads--And see their years ;" but he had scarcely spoken hair!

cre he had sprinkled forth some careTheir white broad foreheads of radiant less drops on the soiling earth. He ; thought ;

retired, but did not join the crowd. Their crowning hair---their crowned hair! There then advanced a polite and And oh hear their voices of music wrought! comely personage, of a pleasant visage, And look at their eyes, as they feed on the and a northern accent, yet withal very sun,

oddly clad. He had a breast-plate on, Like eagles when first the high day is be

and over that a Scottish plaid, and, gun : Behold them-behold them— They come

strange to say, with these, silk stockthey come!

ings and dress shoes. It was Walter

Scott, as I guessed. He brought an Having finished this unme:ining old helmet, which had been newly rhapsody, and received from the Spi- gilt and embossed for the occasion, as rit an encouraging smile, (which here- his vessel. It did not hold enough after may excite me to a sonnet or for a very deep draught, but the wa. something less,) I slid down the grass ter it contained took a pleasant sparkle nearer to the water, and looked grate- from the warlike metal which shone fully and anxiously on the Spirit's through its shallowness. He said he eyes. She exclaimed, “ Be silent had disposed of his portion on advanbe unseen !” and, waving a laurel tágeous terms. The Spirit, with a shrewd look, begged to ask him one intention was to make weak tea of question, to which he bowed with the little he obtained. “ an attent ear.” She wished to Crabbe, with a firm and steady be informed whether he was the au- countenance, walked sedately to the thor of those Scotch novels, which stream, and plunged a wooden bowl she had read herself with delight in into it. He observed, that he should spite of her antipathy to prose, Wal- make stout for the poor of his portion, ter smiled,-shook his head,-- was and that, after the first brewing, he sorry to refuse a lady any request, and should charitably allow Mr Fitzgerald made the best of his way from the to make small beer for the use of the Spirit's presence.

Literary Fund. Next came Thomas Moore. With Montgomery advanced to the wathe pleasantest eye in the world, and ter in a pensive and sincere mood. with an air of freedom quite enchant- With a firm hand he reached for the ing, he came laughing onward. The water and with a manly step he reSpirit smiled at him; and he winked tirel. at her. He gaily dipped his goblet, Campbell approached the stream as and protested he would turn its con- a man “ girt for travel.” He was on tents to sherbet or nectar. The Spin the eve of a journey. Iberian seem'rit asked after the Fudges: Moore ed his boot." With a lecture in one said he had more Rhymes on the road. hand, and an Indian bowl in the Exit laughing.

other, he appeared divided between I now perceived a person advance, poetry and prose. He took his allotwbom I knew to be Southey. He ment of water, and expressed his delooked like an eagle without its eyes. termination to analyse it. · His brow was bound in an awkward Lord Strangford would have advanmanner by a wreath of faded and ceil, but the voice of the Spirit forbad scanty laurel, which had all the marks him, as he did not come for water on of a Manchester Square growth, or of his own account. He was an ambas, having been reared in a pot at a win- sador and no poet. Peter Corcoran dow at Carlton Palace. He appeared followed at his heel, but was likewise quite bewildered, and scarcely could discouraged, as he was a lawyer: On remember his way to the inspiring being asked what he should do with stream. His voice was chaunting in the water if it were granted to him, , maudlin tones the praises of courts he replied, that he should, out of re.and kings, as he ailvanced ;-but he spect to pugilism, turn it into punch. dropt from his coat pocket some little The Spirit dismissed him with a repoems, as he passed me, which were fusal, on account of his pun. of a very opposite tendency to those Coleridge, Lamb, and Lloyd, walkwhich he was now so piously and ed forth arm in arm, and moved plamournfully hymning. He was com- cidly to the water. They conversed pelled to stoop before he could reach as they passed on the beauty of the the water, and the gilded vessel country on its peaceful associations, which he had brought for use pro- and on the purity of the domestic cured but little at last. The sensi- affections. Coleridge talked in the tive and tremulous water ran out like grandest strain, and his voice was as quicksilver ; but he said common wa- deep and melodious as mournful muter would suit him as well. His in- sic. His own conversation involved tention was, as he declared, to make him in a web of magic thoughts. He sack of what he obtained. On retir- passed from poetry to metaphysics, ing, he mounted a larne cream-colour- and lost himself in the labyrinths of ed horse, and set off in hobbling paces abstruse systems. Lamb remarked, to St James's.

that he should prefer one of his affecRogers appeared next with a glass tionate and feeling sonnets to all his in his hand, which had the cypher of learned wanderings of mind. He Oliver Goldsmith engraved upon it. thought that the rose that peeped at It had evidently belonged to that his cottage window suited Coleridge sweet poet,-but to have been much better than the volume of Jacob Behill-used by its after possessor. He men that encumbered his book-shelf. caught but a few drops, but these Each of these poets held in his hand were enough, for, as he declared, he a simple porrenger, such as is used in could borrow from his friends. His the Lyrical Ballads,—declaring that it was a homely and natural vessel that it arose from a mistaken set of borrowed from the utensils of daily gentlemen who were chattering, and life, and, therefore, fitted for poetical bustling, and dipping at a brook, use. Lamb and Lloyd dipped in a which they believed to be the true bright but in a shallower part of the Castalian. Their splashing, and dabstream. Coleridge went to the depths, bling, and gabbling, can only be imawhere he might have taken the purest -gined by those who have seen a flock water, had he not unfortunately cloud- of geese wash themselves in a pond, ed it with the sand, which he himself and plume their quills with chatterdisturbed at bottom, by dipping too ing importance. There was the Hodeeply. Lamb and Lloyd stated, that nourable Mr Spencer with a goblet lent they should take their porrengers him by Lady Elizabeth Mug, -and home, and share the contents with Hayley, simpering and bowing, and the simple and amiable hearts that reaching with a tea-cup at the water, were dear to them there. Coleridge -and Bowles, laboriously filling fourwas not certain as to what use he teen nutshells, -and Lewis, pompousshould apply his portion of the waters, ly, mysteriously, and solemnly plungtill he had ascertained what were the ing an old skull in the brook,--and physical reasons for the sand's pro- Admiralty Croker swimming a little pensity to mount and curl itself in the cock-boat, “ by order of the Board," stream. The Spirit declared he might -and innumerable ragged young genand could do what he pleased with it, tlemen fussing, and fuming, and fid--and then uttered to him with a getting, with leaves of the Gentlesmile“ Remember poetry !" Cole- man's Magazine in their hands, and ridge, Lamb, and Lloyd, separated by all to no purpose! Poor Cottle was mutual consent, when they quitted all abroad; and an obscure youth, of the margin of the water.

the name of Wiffin, was lost in a maze Wordsworth, with a confident step, of bad grammar. There seemed now no next advanced. The Spirit said, as encouraging signs in the elements, she saw him, that no one had a greater nodelightfulsounds ofattending spirits, right to approach her than hiinself, no springing up of flowers to cheer that no one had so great a natural these worthies in their pursuits. They right to the water,—but that he ap- were satisfied with their own greatplied it to such inferior purposes, and ness, and flattered into bustle by their calumniated her favours by such fits own vanities. I could only hear Folof childishness and vanity, that she ly shaking the bells of her cap to en, loved and yet regretted to see him. courage them on. The continual acHe began a long and very prosaic de- tivity of tongues soon fatigued me, fence of his system ; but in the course and I turned myself from them to of it he became so egotistical, mysti- look again upon the Spirit. She had cal, and abusive, that she reproved put off her bedimming veil, and stood and silenced him. He made a bowl before me bright with excessive beau. of the crown of his hat,* (it was so ty. One glance of her eye scarell the natural!) and scooped up the water silly multitude from the brook,--and with it. The Spirit smiled at his fol- she ascended into the silent heavens, ly, but the poet preserved a serious There, to my astonished and delighted countenance, and pronouncing certain eyes, appeared Shakespeare, surroundlines from his own Excursion, he quit. ed with light, with Spenser on the ted the place.

one hand and Milton on the other, The sound of stirring wings now and with the best of our early poets subsided, the air became less bright, thronging around him. Amidst unand the flowers on the bank became earthly music he received the Spirit, less odorous and less beautiful." No -and they became all lost in light! other poet approached to obtain water I raised my imploring and enrapturfrom the Castalian stream. But still it ed hands-and in so doing, “I dropsparkled and played along with a melo- ped my common-place-book, which dious and a soul-like sound. On a sud. awoke me. The fire was out, the den I heard a confusion of tongues room was dark, I was excited and hapa behind me. On turning round, I found py!-Such is dream the second !

* See the Excursion.

P. S.--I have a third yery good drcain in my head.

ESTABLISAMENT OF A GENERAL of the heads of the Medical DepartBOARD OF HEALTH FOR IRELAND. ment, for reasons sufficiently obvi

ous, and of some others distinguished The establishment of a General by their zeal and activity. It is not Board of Health is as interesting to a little recommendation of this Board, the community at large, as it is to the

that, except a. bare remuneration to medical profession. In its operation the Secretary for time and labour, it every one is deeply interested, and it

costs the public nothing. It may do may be productive of much inconve

much good; it cannot do any harm; nience or of great advantage, accord. for it has no control over the profesingly as it is established upon just sion, it enjoys no patronage, nor posor false principles. Medical Police sesses any exclusive rights. But its obis in fact not so much a professional jects, and the means which it has des study, as a branch of the science of vised for attaining them, cannot be so Political Economy. Its object is the well explained as by reprinting both preservation of the general state of the instructions furnished to the Board health, by obviating the general cau- by our enlightened countryman, the ses of disease. The state of Medical present Secretary of the Irish GovernPolice in this empire and in Germany ment, and the Queries circulated by is strikingly contrasted, and in nei- the Board; and we trust that, ere long, ther is it founded upon sound princi- similar Boards will be established ples. Éxcept our quarantine regula- both in Scotland and England, which tions, and the inefficient corporation they inight be at no other expence privileges of the various branches of than enabling them to conduct their the profession, we have no permanent correspondence free of expence. In medical police, and local or occasional the mean time, we shall feel gratified circumstances influence its applica- if the circulation of the queries should tion; while in Germany, a mistaken procure from the readers of our Magapolicy of regulating every thing con

zine communications on the causes, nected with health, has led to the

progress, and decline, of epidemic disformation of a cumbrous code of con eases in various districts in Scotland, tradictory, and often hurtful enact- which, if they should seem too profess*: ments. The philosophy of Medical sional for our pages, we shall transPolice does not differ from that of mit to the Editor of the Medical the other branches of Political Econo- Journal. my, and its objects are to be obtained by facilitating the acquisition and Plan of Regulations for the Guidance of disseinination of the relative informa- the Board of HIealth ; as communicated tion, with as little enactment as posa to the Board by Mr Grant. sible, and no tendency to extend, or create, monopoly. We cannot there- Ist. To obtain the earliest information fore adequately express the satisfac- respecting the appearance of Epidemic distion with which we have perused the

ease, either of foreign or domestic origin ; first fruits of the General Medical

to trace it in its progress, and to ascertain

the causes of its rise and diffusion... Board 'established in Dublin upon

2d. To collect information from intellithe soundest' principles of political

gent individuals in every part of the kingscience. The Board'is of a mixed na

dom, including Members of Parliament, ture, neither consisting entirely of the Clergy of different denominations, Maprofessional men, nor excluding them gistrates, and Governors of Hospitals, and altogether. The lay members, if they Dispensaries, on the actual condition of the may be so called, are not selected on Poor, and the circumstances which affect account of their holding high official their health, as to locality, occupation, situations, which would interfere with state of dwellings, supply of fuel, food, their attending to its business, but clothing, or education. from those individuals who have, by

3d. To digest the information thus col.

lected into a methodical form, so contrived, their past zeal in the service of the

that, by contrasting the state of the poor in poor and the public during the late

different districts, it shall afford a just esepidemic, given the strongest guaran

timate of the operative causes of disease. tee of their future exertions, and

4th. To obtain authenticated reports on whose rank in society is sufficient the measures used in other countries, to to give them due effect.

secure the public health, together with an The professional members consist account of their success, so that, if it shall

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