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On our way from Penge, * W. thought “ the rapids are near," from the “ Canathis object worth sketching. He occupied dian Boat-song," I fell into a reverie on himself with his pencil, and I amused Wilson's magnificent painting of the falls myself with dropping grains of dust among of Niagara, in Mr. Landseer's paintinga fleet of tadpoles on the yellow sands, room. While I seated myself by the way.” and watching their motions: a few inches side, and, among ground-ivy and periwinkle, from them, in a clearer shallow, lay a shoal discriminating the diminutive forms of trees of stickle-backs as on their Dogger-bank: in the varied mosses of an old bank, I a thread and a blood-worm, and the absence recollected descriptions I had read of of my friend, and of certain feelings in transatlantic scenery, and the gigantic behalf of the worms, would have afforded vegetation on the Ohio and Mississipi. me excellent sport. The rivulet crosses the A labourer told us, that this little brook is road from a meadow, where I heard it in called “ Chaffinch's River," and that it its narrow channel, and muttering inwardly springs from “ the Alders,” near Croydon,
- and runs into the Ravensbourne. * See p. 674. Vol. 1.-23.
Were only maskeries, and wore false faces,
Or else were simply vain, I take no care;
But still he laugh’d, how grave soe’er they were. [From “ Bussy D'Ambois his Revenge," a
Stoicism. Tragedy, by George Chapman, 1613.]
in this one thing all the discipline Plays and Players.
Of manners and of manhood is contain'd ;
A Man to join himself with the Universe Guise. - I would have these things
In his main sway; and make (in all things fit) Brought upon Stages, to let mighty Misers
One with that All; and go on, round as it: See all their grave and serious mischiefs play'd,
Not plucking from the whole his wretched part, As once they were in Athens and old Rome.
And into straits, or into pought revert; Clermont. Nay, we must now have nothing brought
Wishing the complete Universe might be
Subject to such a rag of it as He.
Apparitions before the Body's Death: When, wheresoever Goodness comes, she makes
Scotice, Second Sight.
these true Shadows of the Guise and Cardinal, Let me learn any thing, that fits a man,
Fore-running thus their Bodies, may approve, In any Stables shewn, as well as Stages.
That all things to be done, as here we live, Baligny Why, is not all the World esteem'd a Stage? Are done before all times in th’ orber life.
Clermont. Yes, and right worthily; and Stages tog Have a respect due to them, if but only For what the good Greek Moralist says of them ; [From “ Satiromastix," a Comedy, by Tho“ Is a man proud of greatness, or of riches ?
mas Decker, 1602 : in which Ben JonGive me an expert Actor; I'll shew all
son, under the name of Horace, is repreThat can within his greatest glory fall :
hended, in retaliation of his " Poetaster;" Is a man 'fraid with poverty and lowness ?
in which he had attacked two of his Give me an Actor; I'll shew every eye
Brother Dramatists, probably Marston What he laments so, and so much does ily:
and Decker, under the names of CrispiThe best and worst of both.”—If but for this then,
nus and Demetrius.] To make the proudest outside, that most swells With things without him, and above his worth,
Horace. What could I do, out of a just revenge, See how small cause he has to be so blown up; But bring them to the Stage? they envy me, And the most poor man, to be griev'd with poorness; Because I hold more worthy company. Both being so easily borne by expert Actors :
Demetrius. Good Horace, no; my cheeks do blush The Stage and Actors are not so contemptful,
for thine, As every innovating Puritan,
As often as thou speaks't so. Where one true And ignorant Swearer out of jealous envy,
And nobly virtuous spirit for thy best part Would have the world imagine. And besides
Loves thee, I wish one ten even from my heart. That all things have been likeu'd to the mirth
I make account I put up as deep share Used upon Stages, and to Stages fitted ;
In any good man's love, which thy worth owns, The Splenetive Philosopher, that ever
As thou thyself; we envy not to see
No, here the gall lies; we that know what stuff, He so conceited, that he could distill thence
Thy very heart is made of, know the stalk
On which thy learning grows, and can give life
Crispinus. This makes us angry, but not envious. Never so thriftily, selling of his wares,
No; were thy warpt soul put in a new mould,
[From the “Antipodes," a Comedy, by Severely inflicting, gravely giving laws,
Richard Brome, 1633.]
Directions to Players.
Nobleman. My actors
He studies; yet he makes such shifts extempore, some notice of this extraordinary man may (Knowing the purpose what he is to speak to), not be uninteresting That he moves mirth in me 'bove all the rest.
The authenticity of this account depends For I am none of those Poetic Furies,
entirely on the authority of Kircher. He That threats the actor's life, in a whole Play
assures us, he had it from the archives of That adds a syllable, or takes away.
the kings of Sicily ; but its having so much If he can fribble through, and move delight
of the marvellous in it, many have been In others, I am pleased.
disposed to doubt its accuracy. Historians Let me not see you now,
are too fond of fiction, but we should by In the scholastic way you brought to town with you,
no means doubt their sincerity, when we With see-saw sack-a-down, like a sawyer;
find them on other subjects not contemptis Nor in a comic scené play Hercules Farens,
ble authorities. Tearing your throat to split the audients' ears;
“ In the time of Frederic, king of Sicily, And you, Sir, you had got a trick of late
(says Kircher,) there lived a celebrated Of holding out your breech in a set speech ; Your fingers fibulating on your breast,
diver, whose name was Nicholas, and who,
from his amazing skill in swimming, and As if your buttons or your bandstrings were
his perseverance under the water, was sur. Helps to your memory; let me see you in't No more, I charge you. No, nor you, Sir,
named the fish. This man had from his In that o'er-action of your legs I told you of,
infancy been used to the sea; and earned Your singles and your doubles-look you—thus
his scanty subsistence by diving for corals Like one of the dancing-masters of the bear-garden;
and oysters, which he sold to the villagers And when you've spoke, at end of every speech, on shore. His long acquaintance with the Not minding the reply, you turn you round
sea at last brought it to be almost his As tumblers do, when betwixt every feat
natural element. He was frequently known They gather wind by firking up their breeches. to spend five days in the midst of the I'll none of these absurdities in my house ;
waves, without any other provisions than But words and actions married so together,
the fish which he caught there, and ate raw. That shall strike harmony in the ears and eyes He often swam over from Sicily into Cala, Of the severest, if jndicious, critics.
bria, a tempestuous and dangerous passage, Players. My Lord, we are corrected.
carrying letters from the king. He was Nobleman. Go, be ready.
frequently known to swim among the But you, Sir, are incorrigible, and
gults of Lipari, no way apprehensive of Take licence to yourself to add unto
danger. Your parts your own free fancy; and sometimes
“Some mariners out at sea one day To alter or diminish what the writer
observing something at a distance from With care and skill composed ; and when you are
them, regarded it as a sea-monster; but To speak to your Co-actors in the scene,
upon its approach it was known to be You hold interloqutions with the audients.
Nicholas, whom they took into their ship. Player. That is a way, my Lord, has been allowed
When they asked him whither he was going On elder stages, to move mirth and laughter.
in so stormy and rough a sea, and at such Nobleman. Yes, in the days of Tarleton and Kemp,
a distance from land, he showed them a Before the Stage was purged from barbarism, And brought to the perfection it pow shines with.
packet of letters, which he was carrying to Then Fools and Jesters spent their wits, because
one of the towns of Italy, exactly done up The Poets were wise enough to save their own
in a leather bag, in such a manner that For profitabler uses.
they could not be wetted by the sea. He C. L. kept them company for some time in their
voyage, conversing and asking questions ;
and, after eating with them, took his leave, THE DIVER OF CHARYBDIS.
and jumping into the sea, pursued his
voyage alone. To the Editor,
« In order to aid these powers of endur
ing in the deep, nature seemed to have Sir,- Mr. Brydone, in the quotations you assisted him in a very extraordinary manhave made, * appears to doubt the accuracy ner; for the spaces between his fingers and of the stories relating to Charybdis. I toes were webbed as in a goose : and his never recollect to have heard mention of chest became so very capacious, that he the name of Colus, but apprehend he was was able, at one inspiration, to take in as the same as the famous Sicilian diver, much breath as would serve him a whole Nicolo Pesce. Associated with Charybdis, day.
« The account of so extraordinary a per.. At page 643, &c,
son did not fail to reach the king himself;
who commanded Nicholas to be brought in, he replied, that it happened to be flung before him. It was no easy matter to find by te waves into the cavity of a rock Nicholas, who generally spent his time in against which he himself was urged in his the solitudes of the deep; but, at last, after descent. This account, however, did not much searchins, he was discovered, and satisfy the king's curiosity. Being request. brought before his majesty. The curiosity of ed once more to venture into the gulf for this monarch had long been excited by the further discoveries, he at first refused : but accounts he had heard of the bottom of the the king, desirous of having the most accugulf of Charybdis; he now therefore con- rate information possible of all things to be ceived that it would be a proper oppor- found in the gulf, repeated his solicitatunity to obtain more certain information. tions; and to give them greater weight, He therefore commanded the poor diver to produced a larger cup than the former, and examine the bottom of this dreadful whirlo added also a purse of gold. Upon these pool; and, as an incitement to his obedio considerations the unfortunate diver once ence, he ordered a golden cup to be thrown again plunged into the whirlpool, and was into it. Nicholas was not insensible of the never heard of more." danger to which he was exposed; dangers This is Kircher's account, some asser. best known only to himself, and therefore tions of whom will undoubtedly excite in. he presumed to remonstrate ; but the hopes credibility in the minds of all. I do not of the reward, the desire of pleasing the wish to offer any remarks, but leave your king, and the pleasure of showing his skill, readers to form their own opinions. at last prevailed. He instantly jumped People, by being accustomed to the into the gulf, and was as instantly swal- water from their infancy, may often, at lowed up in its bosom. De continued for length, not only be enabled to stay much three quarters of an hour below, during longer under water, but putting on a kind which time the king and his attendants re- of amphibious nature, have the use of all mained on shore anxious for his fate: but their faculties as well under the water as he at last appeared, holding the cup in on the dry land. Most savage nations are triumph in one hand, and making his way remarkable for this; and, even among ci. good among the waves with the other. it vilized nations, many persons are found may be supposed he was received with capable of continuing submerged for an applause when he came on shore; the cup incredible time. was made the reward of his adventure; the
I am, &c. king ordered him to be taken proper care
A. B. of; and, as he was somewhat fatigued and Hackney, May, 1827. debilitated with his labour, after a hearty meal he was put to bed, and permitted to refresh himself with sleeping.
COUNTRY LITTLE KNOWN. " When his spirits were thus restored, he was again brought before the king, to W e have to inform the public of a resatisfy his curiosity with a narrative of the markable discovery, which, though partially wonders he had seen; and his account disclosed by former travellers, has still was to the following effect :-He would remained, for the most part, a strange never, he said, have obeyed the king's secret. It is this ; that there is actually, commands, had he been apprized of half at this present moment, and in this our own the dangers that were before him. There beautiful country of Great Britain, a large were four things, he said, which rendered tract of territory, which to nine hundred the gulf dreadful, not only to men but to and ninety-nine thousandths of our beloved the fishes themselves. 1. The force of the countrymen is as much an undiscovered water bursting up from the bottom, wbich land as the other end of New South Wales, required great strength to resist. 2. The or the Pole which they have gone to find abruptness of the rocks, which on every out. We have read of places in romance, side threatened destruction. 3. The force which were more shut out by magic from of the whirlpool dashing against these people's eyes, though close to them, than if rocks. And, 4. The number and magni- a fifty-foot wall encircled them. It would tude of the polypous fish, some of which seem as if some such supernatural prohibiappeared as large as a man; and which, tion existed with regard to the land in every where sticking against the rocks question ; for the extremities of it reach to projected their fibrous arms to entangle within a short distance from the metropolis, him. Being asked, how he was able so which it surrounds on all sides; nay, we readily to find the cup that had been thrown have heard of persons riding through it,
without seeing any thing but a sign-post or the gentle hills sloping down into water, some corn; and yet it is so beautiful, that the winding embowered lanes, the leafy it is called emphatically " the country.” and flowery banks, the green oaks against
It abounds in the finest natural produc.. the blue sky, their iviei trunks, the silvertions. The more majestic parts of it are at bodied and young haired birches, and the a distance, but the zealous explorer may mossy grass treble-carpeted after the vernal come upon its gentler beauties in an incredi. rains. Transporting is it to see all this ; bly short time. Iis pastures and cattle are and transporting to hear the linnets, thrushadmirable. Deer are to be met with in the es, and blackbirds, the grave gladness of course of half a day's journey; and the the bee, and the stock-dove “brooding over traveller is accompanied, wherever he goes, her own sweet voice." And more transwith the music of singing birds. Imme porting than all is it to be in such places diately towards the south is a noble river, with a friend, that feels like ourselves, in which brings you to an upland of the most whose heart and eyes (especially if they luxuriant description, looking in the water have fair lids) we may see all our own like a rich-haired beauty in her glass : yet happiness doubled, as the landscape itself the place is in general solitary. Towards is reflected in the waters.* the north, at a less distance, are some other hilly spots of groind, which partake more of the rudely romantic, running however into scenes of the like sylvan elegance ;
SPECTROLOGY. and yet these are still more solitary. The
A REMARKABLE NARRATIVE. inhabitants of these lands, called the country-people, seem, in truth, pretty nearly as Nicolai, the celebrated German bookblind to their merits as those who never see seller, a member of the royal society of them ; but their perceptions will doubtless Berlin, presented to thal institution a meincrease, in proportion as their polished moir on the subject of a complaint with neighbours set the example. It should be which he was affecöed, and one of the sinsaid for them, that some causes, with which, gular consequences of which was, the rewe have nothing to do in this place, have presentation of various spectres. M Nicolai rendered them duller to such impressions for some years had been subject to a conthan they appear to have been a century or gestion in the head, and was blooded two ago; but we reseat, that they will not frequently for it by leeches. After a delive in such scenes to no purpose, it those tailed account of the state of his health, on who know better iake an interest in their which he giounds much medical as well as improvement. Their children have an in- psychological reasoning, he gives the folstinct that is wiser, till domestic cares do it lowing interesting narrative :away. They may be seen in the fields and in the first two months of the year 1791, green lanes, with their curly locks and I was much affected in my mind by several brown faces, gathering the towers which inciiients of a very disagreeable nature; abound there, and the names of which are and on the 24th of February a circumstance as pretty as the shapes and colours. They occurred which irritated me extremely. At are called wild roses, primioses, violets, the ten o'clock in the forenoon my wife and rose campion, germander, stellaria, wild another person came to console me; I was anemone, bird's-eye, daisies and buiter- in a violent perturbation of mind, owing to cups, lady-smocks, ground-ivy, hare-bells a series of incidents which had altogether or blue-bells, wake.rohin, lillies of the val- wounded iny moral feelings, and from which ley, &c. &c. The trees are oaks, elms, I saw no possibility of relief: when sudbirches, ash, poplar, willow, wild cherry, denly I observed at the distance of ten the flowering may-bush, &c. &c. all, in paces from me a figure the figure of a short, that we dote upon in pictures, and deceased person. I pointed at it, and wish that we had about us when it is hot asked my wife whether she did not see it. in Cheapside and Bond-street. It is per. She saw nothing, but being much alarmed fectly transporting, in fine weather, like the endeavoured to compose me, and sent for present for instance, to lounge under the the physician. The figure remained some hedge-row elms in one of these sylvan seven or eight minutes, and at length I beplaces, and see the light smoke of the cot- came a little more calm ; and as I was tages fuming up among the green trees, the extremely exhausted, I soon afterwards fell cattle grazing or lying about with a heavy into a troubled kind of slumber, which placidity accordant to the time and scene, “painted jays " glancing about the glens,
* The Indicator,