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bestowed apon him some other of her formed in a single moment, and all the noblest faculties.

actors occupy the same particular part But dramatic power is not all we of that board on which raves Lear or desiderate in these dull dialogues. One Othello. Sir Humphry, therefore, was may feel some interest in characters at perfect liberty, for us, to convey neither well-conceived nor

these four gentlemen back and for: ted; if they do but talk away in an wards, in as short time as he chose, easy, good-humoured, lively style, and or in as long, all over the habitable give us an impression, that though and the uninhabitable globe. He was rather every-day sort of concerns, to free to imagine Mr Vallancey's Tunbe sure, still, nevertheless, they are nel to have been completed between jolly companions every one-prefer London and Cape Wrath-relays of Glenlivet to Green-Tea-love to count balloons to have been stationed, not the chimes at midnight-are, in short, only along the great north-road, but a batch of plain, honest, straightfore all the cross-cuts-Lieutenant Stevenward, downright, upright fellows, who son's steam-boats flying faster than know the translation of " dulce est any wind that ever flew nay, if cribe desipere in loco," to wit, “ weel-timed bed, and cabin'd, and confined in his daffin'," put their whole heart and imagination within the limits of presoul into all their amusements and sent or future science, he was free to pastimes, and, at the close of a san- shoot on a sun-beam, or, swifter still, guinary day, drink the “ Angler's De- on “ meditation, or the thoughts of light," with the most religious enthue love,” with all his four creations on siasm. Halieus, Physicus, Poietes, his back, Halieus, and Physicus, and and Ornither, are of a different Poietes, and Ornither, to and fro all stamp—a different coinage. They the separate salmon-pools in the lie were not

quid element. But then, still we

should have insisted on knowing-as “ Stamp'd in Nature's mint_with ec. stasy"

soon as he had taken his breath, and

had time to tell us- whether he and are obviously attentive, above all other his friends travelled by tunnel, or balearthly concerns, to the state of their loon, or steam, or sunbeam, or medibowels-which they, of course, keep tation, or the thoughts of love-nor, open---travelling for ever with boxes till we knew that, could we be assu. of pills in their portmanteaus-per- red of the probability, or rather possihaps a medicine chest-lovers of re- bility, of their appearance in any given gularity and good hours--every mo- spot of any given quarter of the globe. ther's son of them with his life insu. Now, our complaint at present is of red for at least three thousand pounds the same kind. The party are pre

- and all alike incapable of enjoying cented to our view one day at a Symthe wit of Blackwood's Magazine. posiac, near London. We are will.

These four chums, or cronies, doing to believe that they were transnot meet accidentally, or by appointe ported thither in one of the many ment, to have a few days' fishing in one Paddington Flies swarming in the dust or two particular rivers; but to-day of summer. Another day they are at they are all angling away together near Denholm-lodge, on the Colne, we sup. London-to-morrow in the Highlands pose by means of a post-chaise. All at of Scotland--and the day after to- once they are in a remote moor of the morrow, in Austria.

No attempt is Highlands of Scotland. They were made to throw an air of truth and re- bound, we shall continue to maintain ality over the shiftings of the scene, to the last hour of our existence, to have any more than over the conversations told us, in a few words, how they got of the dramatis persone--all are alike there. Did they come to Leith from unnatural and unwieldy-and per- London in the James Watt, with our haps we cannot characterise Salmonia excellent friend Captain Bain? Thence better in fewer words, than by saying went they to Aberdeen, or Inverness, that it must have been written with by comet or by coach? We are willing an artificial pen.

to believe, if they say so, that they We care not a straw for unities of dropt from the moon; but they don't any kind. Indeed, there can be no such say so; nor have they much the ape thing as unity of time or place, unless pearance of lunatics. We turn over a whole tragedy of five acts can be pere å new leaf; and, lo! there they are all sitting under a tree, beside the What a relief would it be to the three Fall of the Traun, in Upper Austria ! survivors were Poietes but only dead !

We had almost committed the pre- These introductory remarks to arvalent sin of that quotation from Ho- ticles will one day be the death of us race; but being desirous of seeing a -but now for it. single number of a periodical work Salmonia consists of Nine Dialogues without it, we have abstained. This or Days. The First Day introduces us absurdity is involved in Sir Humph- to The Four Friends, Halieus, Poietes, ry's fly away Jack, fly away John- Physicus, and Ornither, ata Symposiac. come again Jack, come again John Heavens and earth-how unlike one of mode of managing matters, that we the Noctes Ambrosianæ ! They have must suppose these four unfortunate been feeding on Trout from the Wangentlemen, Halieus, Physicus, Poietes, dle, and have, we hope, had a glass or and Ornither, to have entered into a two. Yet, dear us ! O dear us ! social compact, signed and sealed, to but they are a dull set ! Old Physicus angle together so long as they might has started the still older question flourish, and on no account whatever respecting the cruelty of angling. He to suffer another member to be added ought to have made up his mind, to the parti quarré of the Exclusive one way or other, before joining the Angling Club. We cannot help con- Symposiac. Halieus, after clumsily sidering and condemning this as most combating the charge of cruelty, breaks illiberal. There is the Scotch Six forth into the following light, easy, Feet Club, now Guard of Honour to airy, graceful play, of half-serious, the Lord High Constable of Scot- half-sportive argumentation, so deland, which now consists of Seventy lightful after dinner when the bottle Members, measuring upwards of 425 is beginning to circulate, and every feet in the tottle of the whole-Sir one is expected to say something short Walter Scott being umpire and referee and pithy, pat to the purpose, and as in all their gymnastics-and We, unlike as possible to a bit out of a alas ! excluded by Nature who forbids printed book. Hear Halieus ! a ballot, by having deprived our fair

“ HAL.-_The search after food is an in. proportions of half an inch ! Suppose stinct belonging to our nature ; and from the Club, instead of including, as it now the savage in his rudest and most primi. does, some threescore and ten of the tive state, who destroys a piece of game, finest fellows in all Scotland, had con- or a fish, with a club or spear, to man in sisted but of Four Members—Presi- the most cultivated state of society, who dent, Vice-President, Treasurer, and employs artifice, machinery, and the re. Secretary, all glittering with medals, sources of various other animals, to secure and, preceded by the band of the his object, the origin of the pleasure is Dragoon Regiment from Jock's Lodge, similar, and its objects the same : but that had celebrated monthly and annual kind of it requiring, most art may be said games at the Hunter's Tryst, Inch. to characterise man in his highest or intel. keith, Sir George Warrender's Park, and trout with the Ay employs not only

lectual state ; and the fisher for salmon and Innerleithen, attended by an im- machinery to assist his physical powers, mense crowd to, on, and from the but applies sagacity to conquer difficulties ; ground, who, at each whirling and and the pleasure derived from ingenious arched career of the eighteen-pound resources and devices, as well as from sledge-hammer, with acclamations rent active pursuit, belongs to this amusement. the sky—their triumphs afterwards ree Then as to its philosophical tendency, it is corded in the Observer, Mercury, a pursuit of moral discipline, requiring Journal, and Scotsman, and haply, patience, forbearance, and command of even inlaid in letters of brass on the temper. As connected with natural science, adamantine pages of Blackwood's ever. it may be vaunted as demanding a know. lasting Magazine.

ledge of the habits of a considerable tribe of Just as absurd as this, every whit,

created beings—fishes, and the animals

that they prey upon, and an acquaintance is the Exclusive Angling Club, whose

with the signs and tokens of the weather exploits are celebrated in Salmonia. and its changes, the nature of waters, and Poor fellows! we pity them most serie of the atmosphere. As to its poetical rea ously; for many a thousand miles lations, it carries us into the most wild and must they have yawned over in their beautiful scenery of nature ; amongst the piscatory expeditions through Europe. mountain lakes, and the clear and lovely

streams that gush from the higher ranges of becomes slow and stately in its motions ; elevated hills, or that make their way through it is applied to move machinery, to irrigace the cavities of calcareous strata. How de meadows, and to bear upon its bosom the lightful, in the early spring, after the dull stately barge ;-in its mature state, it is and tedious time of winter, when the frosts deep, strong, and useful. As it flows on disappear and the sunshine warms the towards the sea, it loses its force and its earth and waters, to wander forth by some motion, and at last, as it were, becomes clear stream, to see the leaf bursting from lost and mingled with the mighty abyss of the purple bud, to scent the odours of the waters. bank perfumed by the violet, and enamel. " Hal. One might pursue the metaled, as it were, with the primrose and the phor still further, and say, that in its ori daisy ; to wander upon the fresh turf be. gin_its thundering and foam, when it carlow the shade of trees, whose bright blos. ries down clay from the bank, and becomes soms are filled with the music of the bee; impure, it resembles the youthful mind, and on the surface of the waters to view affected by dangerous passions. And the the gaudy flies sparkling like animated influence of a lake, in calming and clearing gems in the sunbeams, whilst the bright the turbid water, may be compared to the and beautiful trout is watching them from effect of reason in more mature life, when the below; to hear the twittering of the water. calm, deep, cool, and unimpassioned mind birds, who, alarmed at your approach, ra- is freed from its fever, its troubles, bubbles, pidly hide themselves beneath the flowers noise, and foam. And, above all, the and leaves of the water-lily; and as the sources of a river,—which may be con season advances, to find all these objects sidered as belonging to the atmosphere, changed for others of the same kind, but and its termination in the ocean, may be better and brighter, till the swallow and regarded as imaging the divine origin of the trout contend as it were for the gaudy the human mind, and its being ultimately May-fly, and till, in pursuing your amuse- returned to, and lost in, the Infinite and ment in the calm and balmy evening, you Eternal Intelligence from which it origiare serenaded by the songs of the cheerful nally sprung.' thrush and melodious nightingale, perform. This is, we think, an example of ing the offices of paternal love, in thickets

unsuccessful ambition. The passage ornamented with the rose and woodbine!”

opens absurdly. Sir Humphry says, Sir Humphry may think this fine that, as well as he recollects, Pliny has. writing and so may many young la. compared a river to human life, in a dies-poetry and philosophy, and all passage which he has never read! He that, combined. We think it sad com- then says, that although he has never mon-place stuff-very, very trashy, read that passage which is in Pliny, as indeed. Many are the thousands of well as he recollects, he has been a times the same thing has been said, hundred times struck with the anaalmost in the same words ; yet, to. logy! Lord preserve us! is there a wards the close, it becomes almost book in verse or prose, in any language, pretty - which indeed any allusion in which human life is not likened to whatever to thrushes and nightingales a river, or a river to human life? If is apt to be and we daresay Poietes, there be, it must be a great oddity. with the usual envy and jealousy of The simile occurs upwards of ten times poets, listened most impatiently to the in Monsieur Ude's Cookery, and twenHowery harangue; but he soon takes ty times at least in the Complete Cone

fectioner of Signor Jarrin. Sir Hume “ POIET.- Pliny has, as well as I re

phry will find it frequently in the collect, compared a river to human life. Belfast and Aberdeen AlmanacksI have never read the passage in his works, often in Hoyle on Whist-one hun. but I have been a hundred times struck dred and twenty-three times in Bose with the analogy, particularly amidst ton's Fourfold State - and once at mountain scenery. The river, small least in every page of every volume of and clear in its origin, gushes forth from

sermons entered at Stationer's Hall rocks, falls into deep glens, and wantons since the origin of that establishment and meanders through a wild and pice or institution. The first point of returesque country, nourishing only the un. cultivated tree or flower by its dew or spray.

semblance, according to Sir Hum. In this, its state of infancy and youth, it phry, between a river and life, is, may be compared to the human mind, in that they are both “ small and clear which fancy and strength of imagination in their origin.” What! is life clear are predominant—it is more beautiful than in its origin? No-Wordsworth says, useful. When the different rills or torfinely and truly, of a stream, that it rents join, and descend into the plain, it issues, “like lise, from darkness !*

his revenge.

less glen;

sea !

Secondly, the river in its infancy, Binds the stern castle to the opposing rock, (vide supra,) may be compared to the And hangs in calmness o'er the flood belowi human mind in youth,“ in which A raging food, that, born amid the hills, fancy and strength of imagination are

Flows dancing on, through many a namepredominant—it ismore beautiful than useful.” It is not true, that fancy and Till joind by all his tributary rills strength of imagination are predomi

From lake and tarn, from marish and from

fen, nant, in that period of life, which He leaves his empire with a kingly glee, might answer to the earliest course of And fiercely bids recoil the billows of the a mountain river. The fancy and the imagination, like the reason, are in greatest strength in the prime of life. Sixthly, Halieus, in our humble opis

nion, makes matters worse by “ pura words, Sir Humphry, will not

attempt But the truth is, the old gentleman words, Sir Humphry will not attempt suing the metaphor still farther." to deny. Thirdly, it is not true that the mountain river, in its earlier

does not pursue the metaphor at all;

he takes it up without any pursuit course among rocks and glens, is more beautiful than useful. It is useful,

whatever, and altogether changes its

character. Poietes sits on one of just in the way and to the degree ina tended by the wisdom of all providing the opposition. According to Poietes,

the ministerial benches-Halieus with nature. What Sir Humphry means here by “ an uncultivated tree," we

the river “ is small and clear in its know no better than himself; but the

origin;" like life and youth. Accorddew and spray of which he speaks,

ing to Halieus,“ in its origin," and and the running waters, do minister

in its “ thundering and foam;" " when to the wild-and to many-all the

it carries down clay, and becomes imcreatures of the wild-as useful then

pure,” it is also like life and youth, as it is when Aowing in the plain

This, we repeat-is not to pursue a below, gladdening the yellow Cerese

metaphor, but to transmogrify or murFourthly, his comparison of the river,

der it. Seventhly, the whole sentence when it has descended to the plain,

about the lake, the moment you look with the human mind in maturity, is

at it, is seen to be imperfect and connot at all made out-nay, look at it,

fused, both in conception and expresgentle reader, and you will see, that,

sion—to say nothing of its far-fetched though he has described the river, he

and pedantic inapplicability. Rivers, has not described the mind, and that

after they flow through or issue from there is, in fact, no comparison ! That

lakes, are, as Sir Humphry must well isratheran oversight. Whatoperations

know, generally fuller than before of or faculties of the mind answer to the

troubles, bubbles, noise, and foam. "application of the river to move ma

Let him try to wade the Awe, at any chinery, to irrigate meadows, and to part of its course, and he will soon bear upon its bosom the stately barge?"

find himself in the sea. Besides, what Absolute and very clumsy nonsense.

does Sir Humphry mean by the Fifthly, Sir Humphry asserts, that as

“ bubbles, noise, and foam of the a river flows on towards the sea, " it

mind?” He forgets that they belong loses its force and its motion.” No-not

to the river ; and that he should have in the sense in which the mind in old

told us what corresponded to them in age loses its force and motion. Quite

the mind; otherwise his metaphor is the reverse. We hold, then, that for imperfect and incomplete. We rethe reasons given, the passage is an peat, then, that the whole sentence is example of unsuccessful ambition.

absolute nonsense. Eighthly, the last We think the following picture of a attempt at originality of old 'Halieus hill-born stream joining the sea beta-in which he speaks of the sources ter-because more true to nature. You of a river, the atmosphere, and its may compare it to human life or not

termination, the ocean, as imaging the - just as you choose-but we think

divine origin of the human mind, and you had better not-nor yet any other its return to the infinite and eternal description of any other stream, all intelligence, is a murder committed at such comparisons being odious.

noon-day, on a passage in Wordsworth.

“ Poomere verbal criticism !"me* Down falls the drawbridge with a thun. thinks we hear some dolt exclaim. But dering shock,

Sir Humphry himself knows better; * And in an instant, ere the eye can know, and on reconsidering the passage he


will feel that had he been as careless “ POIET.I see you are obliged to run of his intellect in his chemical 80- with him, and have carried him safely lutions and analyses as in these his through the weeds. poetical comparisons and analogies,

“ Hal. I have him now in the rapids and as lax in his logic in recording

on the shallow, and I have no fear of lo. their results, the name of Davy would sing him, unless he strikes the hook out of

his mouth. have been known but as that of a poor “ POIET.-He springs again and again. village apothecary, instead of sound

“ HAL.He is off; in one of these ing over lands and seas as that of one somersets he detached the steel, and he now of the greatest discoverers in science leaps to celebrate his escape." of any age or country, Men so dull over their wine must Poietes that a trout when his mouth

Halieus then very gravely informs pot be expected to prove very lively has been pricked by an artificial fly, over their water. Second Day--they has learned from experience to distry trout-fishing on the Colne, which, tinguish it from a natural oneso by the way, Poietes describes very that there is no chance of catching the well, and very truly,

trout that carried away his tackle “ Poiet.-This is really a very charm. but with the natural fly. He thereing villa scene, I may almost say, a pas. fore puts live flies on his hook,“ with toral scene.

The meadows have the ver. some regret and some disgust,” soon dure which even the Londoners enjoy as a hooks a whapper--and brings him peculiar feature of the English landscape. 'ashore. Physicus perceiving the tackle The river is clear, and has all the beauties of Poietes hanging to the trout's lower of a trout stream of the larger size, there jaw, exclaims as well he might"I rapid, and here still, and there tumbling in foam and fury over abrupt dams upon had discovered that the artificial fly

am surprised! That fish evidently clean gravel, as if pursuing a natural And that island, with its poplars

was a dangerous bait; yet he took and willows, and the flies making it their the natural fly which was on a hook, summer paradise, and its little fishing and when the silk-worm gut must house, are all in character; and if not ex- have been visible.” Now, in the course tremely picturesque, it is at least a very of a long angling life, one may meet pleasant scene, from its verdure and pure with such an occurrence two or three waters, for the lovers of our innocent times. For our own parts we never amusement."

met with it, and we have angled these There is a good deal of angling in- forty years, therefore Sir Humphry formation of a common kind in the ought not, in a work not dealing in Dialogue on Day Second ; but it is in marvels, to have introduced this some tolerably tedious. Poor Poietes is much what unsportsmanlike anecdote. It to be pitied in the following passage: should have occurred, if at all, farther

on; not on the very first day Physic " POIET. I have him ! Alas! he has cus ever saw a fly thrown; and Habroken me, and carried away half my bot- lieus should not have been represented tom line. "He must have been a fish of 7 guilty of the monstrous absurdity of or 8lbs. What a dash he made! He expecting to take with a natural fly carried off my fly by main force. “ Hal. You should have allowed your off the artificial one. Such expectation

the same trout that had just carried Teel to play and your line to run ; you held him too tight.

was contrary to all experience; and “ POIET. He was too powerful a fish the doctrine of chances is here set at for my tackle; and even if I had done so, nought. Had he caught the trout would probably have broken me by run without expecting it-we should have ning amongst the weeds.

swallowed the marvel-but, by his way " Hal. Let me tell you, my friend, of telling it, it appears to be with him you should never allow a fish to run to the an every-hour occurrence--and we weeds, or to strike across the stream; you wonder it does not happen every other should carry him always down the stream, keeping his head high, and in the current and awkwardness of invention--and

This trifle shews much poverty

page. If in a weedy river you allow

a large fish must excite the derision of all outto run up stream, you are almost sure to lose him. There, I have hooked the com

and-out anglers. panion of your lost fish, on the other side

Throughout all the dialogues, there of the stream, a powerful creature ; he is a great deal too much of missing tries, you see, to make way to the weeds, and hooking, and playing

and losing, but I hold him tight.

and landing of fish. Fifty pages at

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