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a very pleasing one, of the Lapland but her clothing was of wool, and guides, to whose direction he and her cap, which was made of green his companions committed them cloth, was pointed upwards. They selves, on parting with the Finland, were most of them very short, and ers, of whom he speaks in high their most remarkable features were terms.
their small cheeks, sharp chins, and • " We soon reached the mouth of prominent cheek bones. The face the rivulet, on the banks of which of the girl was not unhandsome ; the rendezvous was appointed. We she appeared to be about 18 or 19 ascended it through all its windings, years of age; her complexion was and were impatient to join the Lap. fair, with light hair approaching to landers, lest they should think us a chesnut colour. Four out of the long in coming, and grow tired of six men had black hair, from whence waiting for us, for we had conceived I conclude this to be the prevailing no high opinion of either their pa- colour amongst the Laplanders, distience or their complaisance. At tinguishing them from the Finlandlength we arrived where they were, ers, amongst whom, during the The party was composed of six men whole of my journey, I did not reand a young girl. We found them mark one who had hair of that coseated under a birch-tree, on the lour. branches of which they had hung up “The persons and dress of the Lapthe provisions for the journey, which landers, taken all together, were the consisted of dry fish, They lay along most filthy and disagreeable that it the ground in different postures, sur- is possible to conceive. They held rounding a large fire by which they the fish they were eating in their roasted their fish, which, for this hands, and the oil that distilled from purpose, was held in cleft sticks, cut it ran down their arms, and into the from the tree which shaded them. sleeves of their coats, which might The girl was the first who perceived be scented at the distance of some us, and pointed us out to the men, yards. The girl had rather more who seemed to pay attention only to cleanliness in her person, and some their cooking, so that we landed, and portion of that decency which is so walked up to them, without being peculiar to her sex. This was appathe least noticed or regarded. The rent in her refusing the drink that men were clothed in a kind of smock- was offered to her, and especially frock, made of the skin of the rein- brandy, of which she was in reality deer, with a collar erect, and stiffen- as fond as the men. This affectation ed behind. They wore a belt about of modesty and reluctance in wotheir waists, which confined their men, to possess what they wish for, dress close to their bodies, and drew but which at the same time they apit into the form of a bag, wherein prehend would be unbecoming, apthey put whatever they had occasion pear to be qualities inherent to the to carry about them. They had pan- sex, since this prudery is observable taloons on, likewise made of rein- even among women in Lapland. We deer skin, with short boots, the soles now set about landing our baggage, of which were wide, and siuffed and settling accounts with our howith dry grass. The girl wore pan. nest Finlanders, who had duly and taloons and boots of the same shape, faithfully attended us from Mioni
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oni-(2, onisça, and brought us safely so far with so much regtet. But to quick on our journey. We had conceived our apprehensions, we considered a great regard for these worthy men, that these Laplanders were not a and we perceived, on parting with cruel people, and although they were them, a tear of affection stealing seven in number, with the girl, we down their cheeks, which demanded considered ourselves as a match for a similar acknowledgment. They them, notwithstanding we only mus. took leave of us, returning their tered four all together, that is to say, thanks, and taking us by the hand; the interpreter, a servant, colonel and so strongly did we feel in our Skioldebrand, and myself. The reaown hearts the like cordiality of sen- son why they came so many in numtiment, that we could not refuse ber as seven, was in order to transthem such a token of familiarity and port our baggage; because, as they regard. The Laplanders, notwith- informed us, the rein-deer were at standing the natural phlegm of their this season particularly untractable temper, did not remain inattentive and dangerous, on account of the observers of the scene that was pass- prodigious swarms of mosquitoes, ing before them, and could not but which torment them to a degree of drive from it a favourable opinion madness; so that perbiaps they might of us, and even find their zeal ex- run from us, and be lost altogether, cited to some exertion for our service, with our provisions and baggage, a if it be possible to excite the least circumstance which would leave us sentiment in minds so torpid as theirs. in a very unpleasant situation. We We were not, however, displeased left it to them to divide our baggage that they were witnesses of the sa- into seven parcels, one for each, in. tisfaction we had given our Finland- cluding the girl, who was to be made ers, and the regret they expressed on to carry her proportion. We re. parting with us; and we hoped this marked a degree of equity, in the example would inspire them with re- distribution of the burdens, which spect for us, and a desire to use all impressed us with no unfavourable the activity necessary to accomplish idea of the character of these peothe object for which we had engaged ple; we observed that they gave the them. After our Finlanders had lightest packets to such as appeared taken their leave, and were departed, unequal to a heavier load. To excite we found ourselves, as it were, cut in them an attention to justice, and off from all communication with the to each other, we gave each of them rest of the world; the completion of a glass of brandy when they set about our enterprise, nay, our very exist- making the division, promising them ence, were at once in the hands of another when it was made. On bethese Laplanders. If the continua- ginning the march they asked for a tion of our journey appeared to be third ; and though we leared this impracticable, and they should for- third glass. would intoxicate rem, sake us, there was no means of re- yet we durst not displease them by turn left to the little island, and the a refusal. In order to induce 05 W fishermen of Kantasari; for we had comply the more readily with their no longer a boat to convey us across request, as to a third glass, they the lake to that charming retreat quoted a Lapland proverb as the which we had so lately quitted, and authority for it, which says, "beton
a owder a journey take a glass for the body's that we had no longer to do with the sake; at setting out take another for Finlanders, who are a sober, robust, courage sake." At length we began and hardy race of people; we had our march, each of our Laplanders now to deal with a set of wretches, with his load of baggage, one of who cared only for fermented liquors, them taking the lead, and the rest and were unwilling to work. In this following one by one in a single file. manner we went on for six miles This was the first time, during our from the beginning of our journey, whole journey, that we had travelled in which distance they stopped to in this manner, and we were wone take rest about fifty times, and as derfully delighted with the singular many times each of them asked for appearance which our caravan made. brandy. If we had not come to the We kept in the rear of the line of resolution to deny them when they march, in order that we might see asked, we should have made no pro. that no part of our baggage was gress that day. They were dying dropped or lost, and moreover to with thirst, and the first spring they observe the conduct of those that came to they dipped their heads in went before. The pleasure we had like so many pigs, and drank full as in reviewing this procession was de- large draughts. We were at very stroyed by the intolerable stench considerable trouble throughout the which these filthy Laplanders left whole of this journey, both in mak. behind then, when they began to ing our Laplanders go on, and in perspire: it was beyond what I am keeping them from straggling. When able to describe; and were I ever so one tumbled down, the whole line equal to the task, I am sure the rea- of march was stopped; when the der would not thank me for the pe- word halt was given, all the caravan rusal of so ill-savoured a composi- threw itself on the ground, and is
was not without much entreaty that « The degree of heat was 29 in we could get the individuals of it to the shade, and 45 in the sun. The raise themselves again on their legs. ground burned our feet; and the few We were nearly sis hours in going shrubs we met with in our way af- six miles; at length we reached the forded us little or no shelter. We borders of a small lake called Kevi. were almost suffocated with heat: jervi, on the right of which a chain and to add to our sufferings, we were of mountains extends itself, and under the necessity of wearing a dress forms the boundaries of Finmark, of thick woollen cloth, as a security or Norwegian Lapland, and Swedish from the insecte, and to cover our Lapland. On the borders of this faces with a veil, which in a great lake we found two boats, which were measure prevented our drawingbreath. in a most shattered condition, full of This extraordinary degree of heat leaks, with oars that were split, and soon operated most powerfully upon of unequal lengths. These boats our Laplanders, who had already were built by the Laplanders, and swallowed three glasses of brandy left in the place mentioned, buried each. They laid themselves down in snow, during the winter, and.ex. to rest at every short distance, and posed to all weathers. Such were were calling out every moment for the boats in which we were now to more brandy, W¢ soon discovered crosa thiä lake, about a mile over,
and the only conveyance that could is steril, every thing sad and desponpossibly be procured for the purpose. dent. The shadowy forest no lonTwo Laplanders rowed, and two ger adorns the brow of the moun. more scooped out the water, which tain; the singing of the birds, which flowed in at several leaks as fast as enlivened even the woods of Lapthey could throw it ont; and had land, is no longer heard in this scene they ceased baling, the boats would of desolation ; the ruggedoess of the have filled in a short space of time, dark gray rock is not covered by a and we should all have gone to the single shrub; the only music is the bottom. Yet, notwithstanding that hoarse murmuring of the waves ever we were all placed in this perilous and anon renewing their assaults on situation, we observed, not without the huge masses that oppose them. great indignation, that our Lapland The northern sun creeping at midYowers plied their oars, and pulled night at the distance of five diameas leisurely, and with as much phleg- ters along the horizon, and the immatic calmness, as if there had not measurable ocean in apparent conbeen the least occasion for their ex- tact with the skies, form the grand ertion."
ontlines in the sublime picture preAt length, after encountering sented to the astonished spectator. many perils and difficulties, which The incessant cares and pursuits of he seems to have surmounted with anxious mortals are recollected as a equal presence of mind and perse- dream; the various forms and enerverance, Mr. Acerbi arrived at the gies of animated nature are forgotgreat object of his pains and re- ten; and the earth is contemplated search, the North Cape, which he only in its elements, and as constithus describes in a strain of elo. tuting a part of the solar system." quence almost worthy of the sublimity of the awful scene which seems so forcibly to have affected him, and The Pleasures of Hope, with other with which we shall close our ac
Poems. By Thos. Campbell, Esq. count of this very interesting work,
7th edition, 4to. satisfied that, however copious we O n the merits of the Pleasures may have been in our extracts, they of Hope, public opinion has will well repay our reader for his long since decided; and, were we trouble in perusing them, by the in- to enter into a critical examination formation and amusement they will of that work, we should only achave afforded on subjects so little quiesce in a judgment which has as. known to the Englishman, or only signed to it an exalted rank in the known from the comparatively mea- scale of English poetry. Stronger gre descriptions of Schæffer, Reg- marks of poetic genius, or a greater nard, or Conzett.
variety of powers, have seldom been “ The North Cape is an enormous displayed in any poem. Indeed, rock, which, projecting far into the considering this as a first production ocean, and being exposed to all the of a youthful bard, we certainly fury of the waves, and the outrage know of none in which the features of tempests, crumbles every year of excellence are as strikingly commore and more into ruins.' Here bined. It is with real satisfaction every thing is solitary, every thing we announce to our readers, that the
poems now published along with the with a performance which would Pleasures of Hope, will all sustainy claim an honourable station among and some of them even add to, the the productions of the great master author's former reputation. The of descriptive poetry. narrowness of our limits unfortu- « The Beech Tree's Petition," nately prevents us from conveying which immediately follows, affords, any, save a very imperfect, idea of by contrast, a striking illustration their respective merits.
of the author's variety of powers. It In the “ Lines written on visiting is simple and beautiful. a Scene in Argyleshire,” the melan. The different effects of music and choly feelings excited by contem- painting, in reviving the memory of plating the ravages of time on such departed friends, are described with a spot, are beautifully delineated. equal truth and pathos in the The second stanza is particularly “ Stanzas on Painting.” We are happy, and marked by the charac- inclined to think, however, that the teristic traits of genius. The au- author has amplified too much in thor is describing the now deserted the latter parts; and, though exhibower, where the home of his fore- biting many poetical beauties, has fathers stood.
failed to heighten the force of the
preceding passages. Yet wandering I found on my ruin “ The Soldier's Dream," and ous walk,
“ The German Drinking Song," we By the dial-stone aged and green,
should have praised in any other colOne rose of the wilderness left on its
its lection. Surrounded as they are here To mark where a garden had been: by superior attractions, we can only Like a brotherless hermit, the last of notice them. its race,
" It is impossible to read “the Exile All wild in the silence of nature it of Erin,' without acknowledging the drew
author's powerful command over the Froin each wandering sun-beam a affections. The remembrance of lonely embrace ;
former days of happiness and enFor the night-weed and thorn over- dearment, rushing on the memory shadow'd the place,
of a forlorn exile, is pictured in a Where the flower of my forefathers grew.
manner that would awaken sympathy 5
in the coldest bosom. And the poem It was difficult, after such a :
admirably concludes with this glow.
ing effusion of amor patriæ : stanza, to sustain the reader's ex pectation, and those who justly ap- Yet all its sad recollection suppres. preciate that difficulty, will allow no
sing, small credit to the third and fourth One dying wish my lone bosom can stanzas.
draw: From the “ Ode to Winter" we Erin! an exile, bequeaths thee his have derived, perhaps, a still higher blessing, gratification. In that sublime spe
ai sublime Sped Land of my forefathers Erin-go-bragh! cies of poetry, more than in any
Buried and cold, when my heart stills
her motion, other, excellence has been rarely at- Green be thy fields, sweetest isic of tained ; and we are here presented