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THE

NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE

AND

Pumori s t.

EDITED BY

W. HARRISON AINSWORTH, ESQ.

VOL. 84.

BEING THE THIRD PART

FOR 1848.

LONDON:

CHAPMAN AND HALL, 186, STRAND.

MDCCCXLVIII.

C. WHITING, BEAUFORT HOUSE, STRAND, LONDON.

CONTENTS OF VOL. 84.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DANDY. BY THE AUTHOR

OF “ AZETH: THE EGYPTIAN"

1

My French GOVERNESS. By Doctor Dryaspust, F.S.A.

11, 143

THE VEGLIA. Country LIFE IN ITALY. By L. MARIOTTI, AUTHOR OF

“ ITALY PAST AND PRESENT"

15

THE EMIGRANT's Song to his Wife. By J. E. CARPENTER, Esq. .

23

LEAVES FROM A LEVANTINE Log. By MAHMOUZ EFFENDI .

24

TICK; OR, MEMOIRS OF AN OLD Erox Boy. BY CHARLES ROWCROFT, Esq.

33, 228, 348, 411

PAQUERETTE: THE STAR OF A Night. A STORY OF PARIS LIFE. BY THE

AUTHOR OF “CHANTILLY"

47

PHILIP AND HIS POODLE

61, 173

A Few Months in Southern AFRICA. BY LIEUT.-COLONEL E. NAPIER

69, 215, 320, 430

THE ADVENTURES OF MADAME DU BARRI. BY DUDLEY COSTELLO

81

A VISIT TO THE BATTLE-FIELDS OF CRESSY AND AGINCOURT. IN LETTERS

ADDRESSED TO H. P. SMITH, Esq. By HENRY LAWES LONG, Esq.

97, 199, 311, 466

ANACREONTICS. TRANSLATED FROM THE SPANISH OF Don JUAN MELEN-

DEZ VALDES. BY JOHN OXENFORD, Esq. .

102

JOHN KEATS

. 105

TAE RICHEST COMMONER IN ENGLAND

116, 205

THE HABITUÉ'S NOTE-Book. BY CHARLES HERVEY, Esq. 122, 261, 395, 535

THE EXTINCT KINGDOM OF UPPER ITALY

128

AN AUTUMN LAY. BY J. E. CARPENTER, Esq.

136

THE OPERA

· 137

BLACK, RED, AND GOLD. BY CAPTAIN MEDWIN

. 160

VANCOUVER'S ISLAND.

. 161

BRIGHTON IN THE AUTUMN

. 169

THE PYRENEES

184

MY GUARDIAN ANGEL. By Mrs. ACTON TINDAL

226

IT CANNOT BE SO LONG AGO. By J. E. CARPENTER, Esq. •

236

PANSLAVISM AND THE SLAVONIANS

. 237

The NEW ZEALAND QUESTION

. 250

AN ADVENTURE ON A WEDDING TOUR. BY DUDLEY COSTELLO

269

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LITERARY NOTICES (FOR SEPTEMBER):-THE DISCIPLINE OF LIFE.-

AMYMOME. BY THE AUTHOR OF “ AZETH, THE EGYPTIAN.”—GOWRIE;

OR, THE KING'S PLOT. BY G. P. R. JAMES, ESQ.-TALES, ESSAYS, AND

POEMS. BY JOSEPH GOSTICK.--A YACHT VOYAGE TO NORWAY, DENMARK,

AND SWEDEN. BY W. A. ROSS, ESQ.-OBSERVATIONS ON ANEURISM, AND

ITS TREATMENT BY COMPRESSION. BY O'BRYEN BELLINGHAM, M.D.

EDINBURGH.-PAUL CLIFFORD. BY SIR EDWARD BULWER LYTTON,

BART.

139 to 142

(FOR OCTOBER): AFFECTION: ITS FLOWERS AND FRUITS.

A TALE OF THE TIMES.-BEAUCHAMP; OR, THE ERROR. BY G. P. R.
JAMES, ESQ.---PRESBYTERY EXAMINED: AN ESSAY, CRITICAL AND HIS-
TORICAL, ON THE ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF SCOTLAND SINCE THE
REFORMATION. BY THE DUKE OF ARGYLL-DIARY AND CORRESPOND-
ENCE OF SAMUEL PEPYS. EDITED BY LORD BRAYBROOKE. VOL. III. 265 to 268

(FOR NOVEMBER):-THE TWO BARONESSES. A ROMANCE.
BY H. C. ANDERSEN.-MARY BARTON: A TALE OF MANCHESTER LIFE.
LADY GRANARD'S NIECES: A NOVEL.--MR. EDWIN LEE'S NEW WORKS.
-THE MORAL, SOCIAL, AND PROFESSIONAL DUTIES OF ATTORNIES AND
SOLICITORS. BY SAMUEL WARREN, ESQ., F.R.S.

403 to 410
(FOR DECEMBER):--THE YOUNG COUNTESS; OR, LOVE

AND JEALOUSY. BY MRS. TROLLOPE.-PERCY: OR THE OLD LOVE AND

THE NEW. BY THE AUTHOR OF * THE HEN-PECKED HUSBAND.".

CLARA FANE. A NOVEL. BY LOUISA STUART COSTELLO.-THE TOWN;

ITS MEMORABLE CHARACTERS AND EVENTS. BY LEIGH HUNT.-BEL-

GIUM, THE RHINE, ITALY, GREECE, AND THE SHORES AND ISLANDS OF

THE MEDITERRANEAN. BY THE REV. G. N. WRIGHT AND L. F. A. BOCK-

INGHAM, ESQ.-FISHER'S DRAWING-ROOM SCRAP-BOOK. BY THE но-

NOURABLE MRS. NORTON-MISCELLANEOUS NOTICES

545 to 548

NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DANDY.

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It seems a contradiction to speak of a dandy of Ancient Egypt; of that stern valley with its wide faith, its dark philosophy, its eternal pyramids and mighty works: it seems impossible that a land which brought forth such enduring mementos of its majesty, should have also cradled children whose sole existence was a gentle vanity, whose worst sin was folly, whose highest virtue was harmlessness from their

very

weakness. As little as for fair fragile flowers on the rough rock should we think to find our curled and perfumed fop, a thing of such inanity and foolishness, in the same country as that which Isis and Osiris blessed, and for which Rameses and Psamettichus bled. Amidst that giant structure filled with its colossal figures of such surpassing grandeur, rearing up his gentle life like a young blue blossom in the Theban tombs, stands forth the Egyptian dandy. Speak tenderly of his follies ; cover up his frailties with the wide cloak of charity; there are more noxious weeds on the bosom of the earth than our vain young fop; and though he does but little good in his brief day, save perhaps to mark by contrast how grand and noble a thing humanity may be made, yet even for his puerilities we have patience, even for his foolish life we have love.

A dandy in Egypt!-a thing of paint and perfume, of lisping speech and empty brain, in that valley which the Nile bound with its living zone, the holy tomb of the members of a God! Strange union this; strange comradeship in blood and land for the descendants of Menes and for the subjects of the Pharaohs. But in Egypt too the earth brought forth the corn-field and the poppy together; and among her sons were the true and the reverent, the earnest and the thoughtful, walking though crowds of fools and foplings whose lives were but the scarlet poppies of the corn-field.

Side by side with the swart priest who knows such deep things of Nature and of Nature's God, stands that gentle, vain, bejewelled thing, to whom art and science are but master-workmen for his luxury, to whom the grand world of his religion is but illimitable darkness, and the philosophy of the adytum a chaos of terrifying dread where he is lost without redemption. "To him each mythe is a practical fact, which he must believe against reason as he best may; each legendary impersonation is a living existence which he must reconcile with the known laws of nature as he can.

He has neither faith nor courage to pierce the outward husk and find the truth which lay concealed beneath all these wrappages of mythe, and God, and sacred life. He believes in the outward ; and fears for piety's sake the daring which would lead him to examine his belief. For the priest understanding, for the fopling credence: but can any man believe if he does really understand ? And

Sept.- VOL. Lxxxiv. No. CCCXXXIII.

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