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And cover'd in its folds the gates, the tombs ;
No face among them that to me doth bring
With the death-garland-and-sure-they do sing
The wanderer is come home-come home
Finish'd his journies-he will roam
No more-no more will toil.
He cometh to a place of rest
He cometh to his mother's breast.
Walter. Why hath my heart died at the shadowy song,
Upon the spectre of the living dead!
This way he comes towards a new made grave,
Of the stern bride which fate has destined me
Oh, I must die—and from all things I love
Be torn away for ever-Cecily
O parent roof, farewell!
A Year after the preceding-Scene, the River's Bank-Evening.
Walter-Cecily enters to him.
Cecily. Well, Walter, I shall laugh at thee to-morrow. Evening is come, of the last fated day
Of thy tremendous year.
If thou speak'st thus, I must of force believe,
Walter. Oh wrong me not-for if to-morrow's sun
I would not dwell on this, would other thoughts
To greet his friend, and give his sister's hand
Philip. (to himself.) Can this be Walter !-this worn, wasted form
The gallant soldier, full of life and health,
From whom but one short year hath roll'd its course
Since last I parted-Friend, I come to deck
Thy bridal day with flowers, and thy brow
With young Hope's gayest garland.
Hope with me
Is young no longer. She is aged now,
And all the flowers, that form'd her bright-hued crown,
Are dead, good Philip, dead!-No matter-thou
Mayest pluck them from this pale and death-bound brow,
The marriage garlands are prepared, they say.
Dear Philip, mark
And will till I am silent. Now I go
Unto that moonlit spot-I would lay down
I can go
Alone! and will-in this last hour, I need
Nay, if thou hast
This effort hath enfeebled thee!
OUR situation is no sinecure. The public in general, we know, imagine, from the great buoyancy of our spirits, that our time must be a continual sunshine holiday; but in that, as in many other matters, this highly respectable body is much deceived. We really have as much labour on our hands as good Lord Sidmouth himself. The superintendence of the republic of letters is no ordinary charge, and the management of our literary subjects is a task which may indeed be " dulcis inexpertis;" but, in truth, as we feel, is a labour of great magnitude. Sometimes it has a depressing effect on our spirits; so that perhaps at the time when we make the whole world laugh, we ourselves may be as melancholy as a gib-cat, or B**** C*******-—the Euripides of Cockaigne. We feel a little appalled every now and then at looking over the immense number of books we are obliged to keep-no less than one hundred and sixteen -for the bare transaction of business. Indeed, one of our rooms has much more the appearance of a broker's office than of the greatest literary establishment in the empire.
One book, of course, is devoted to our Literary Correspondence, and from this we intended to have given ample extracts, but having only this solitary page left, we must defer it for the present, and in the mean time, beg to assure all our friends that they will hear from us very soon. We cannot, however, refrain from thanking Sir Scares Rue of Coventry for his vast bundle of small poetry. That the author is a man of genius and discrimination is evident from the following:
QUATRAINS TO CHRISTOPHER NORTH, ESQ.
OMMANDER of the faithful troops, whose hands
S weet smiler on thy subject tribes-unless
Nowhere its despot power to disobey!
H im who is good extol, and name him in thy work.*
We read over those fine verses without at first perceiving that they composed an acrostic on our name. Henceforward we shall have a better opinion of acrostics. Indeed, we are inclined to think them something on a par with Sonnets, the sense in the acrostic being steered by the beginning, and in the sonnet by the end of the lines. We are quite certain that Wordsworth would be a first-rate writer of acrostics, as he is so sublime a sonnetteer; and Odoherty or Coleridge, who do not succeed well in sonnets, would, on the same principle, be no great hands at acrosticizing. C. N.
* i. c. Immortalize him.
WORKS PREPARING FOR PUBLICATION.
Cain, a Dramatic Poem, by Lord Byron, is in the press.
On the 1st of January, 1822, will be published, a New Poem by the author of the Widow of Nain, &c. entitled, Irad and Adah; a Tale of the Flood. To which will be added, Lyrical Poems, principally Sacred; including Translations of several of the Psalms of David.
The Miscellaneous Works of the late Robert Willan, M.D. F.R.S. and F.A.S. comprising an Inquiry into the Antiquity of the Small Pox, Measles, and Scarlet Fever; Reports on the Diseases in London, &c. &c. Edited by Ashby Smith, M.D. Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of London, &c. &c.
Will be published in November, with the Almanacks, Time's Telescope for 1822; or a Complete Guide to the Almanack; containing an explanation of Saints' Days and Holidays; with Illustrations of British History and Antiquities, Notices of Obsolete Rites and Customs, and Sketches of Comparative Chronology. This work will also comprise an account of the Astronomical Occurrences in every month, with Remarks on the Phenomena of the Celestial Bodies; and a Naturalist's Diary, which explains the various Appearances in the Animal and Vegetable Kingdoms. An Introduction will be prefixed on the Study of Conchology, with a coloured plate of shells; and throughout the whole Work a variety of entertaining Anecdotes will be enterspersed, enlivened by illustrative and decorative Extracts from our first living Poets. Mr Jolliffe has prepared for the Press, many additional Letters, written during his Tour in Palestine and the Holy Land, which will shortly appear in a new edition of his Letters, in 2 vols. 8vo.
The History of Tuscany, by Pignotti, interspersed with occasional Essays on the progress of Italian Literature, has been translated by Mr Browning, and will be printed in the course of the winter.
Mr Buchanan, his Majesty's Consul at New York, has made considerable Collections, during his successful Journies in Upper Canada, respecting the History of the North American Indians, which, with many other interesting materials and official documents, will be shortly presented to the public.
A Treatise on the Law, Principles, and Utility of the Insurance upon Lives. By Frederick Blayney.
Shortly will be Published, a Voyage to Africa; including a particular Narrative of an Embassy to one of the interior Kingdoms, in the year 1820. By William Hutton, late acting Consul for Ashantee, and an officer in the African Company's Service, in octavo, with maps and plates.
Mr Bolster, bookseller, Cork, is preparing for publication a new edition of the History of the County of Kerry, by Dr Smith; embellished with Views of the Lakes of Killarney, a new Map of the County, and other Engravings from designs of the first British Artists. To be handsomely printed in one volume octavo. An Essay on the Difference between Personal and Real Statutes, as connected with the Law of Nations. By J. Henry, Esq. Barrister.
A Key, with Notes, to the Parsing Exercises contained in Lindley Murray's Grammar. By J. Harvey.
Shortly will be Published by subscription, The Elements of Anglo-Saxon Grammar, with Copious Philological Notes from Horn Tooke, &c. Illustrating the Formation and Structure of the English, as well the Anglo-Saxon Language. A Precis on Anglo-Saxon will be added, as an easy Introduction to reading that Language. By J. Bosworth, vicar of Little Horwood, Bucks.
The History of Christ's Hospital, from its foundation to the present time. With Memoirs of Eminent Men educated there, by J. T. Wilson.
The Rev. H. F. Burder has in the Press, Mental Discipline, or Hints on the Cultivation of Intellectual Habits, addressed particularly to Students in Theology, and young Preachers.
A new edition of Arthur Young's Farmer's Calendar is Printing in 12mo, under the superintendance of John Middleton, Esq. author of the Survey of Middlesex, &c.
A new edition of the Complete Works of Demosthenes, with the various Readings, under the care of Professor Schaeffer, is in the Press, and will appear early in the next year, in 6 vols. 8vo.
Early in the ensuing season will be Published, a Course of Lectures on Drawing, Painting, and Engraving, considered as branches of elegant education, delivered at the Royal and Russel Institutions. By William Craig.
The interesting Cathedral of Wells is about to be elegantly and accurately Illustrated. By Mr Britton.
The Rev. Mark Wilks is preparing an English edition of the old Cevennol. By
Rabaut St Etienne.
A small volume is in the Press, containing eight Ballads on the Fictions of the Ancient Irish, and several Miscellaneous Poems. By Richard Ryan, author of a Biographical Dictionary of the Worthies of Ireland :-Also, by the same gentleman, a Catalogue of Works in various Languages, relative to the History, Antiquities, and Language of the Irish; with Remarks, Critical, and Biographical.