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Burying of Pots of Money, and start of the Belly of a Bottle! This Vision ng at every Breath of Wind they alrighted me to the very Heart; and beard. Their Eyes were ready to drop while I was yet panting and trembling, en of their Heads, for want of Sleep, a Voice was heard out of the Glass. their Youths and Bellies complaining In what year of our Lord are we?

étteir Hands ; and their Souls turn’d (1638.) (quoth I) And welcome, said he; 1 im Gold and Silrer, (the Idols they for 'tis the happy year I have longed for

so many a day. The Necromancer calid The Death of Fear had the most to me then to unstop the Bottle, and Mesnificent Train and Attendance, of as I was breaking the Clay to open it, all the rest, being accompanied with Hold, hold, a little, he cry'd ; and i à seat namber of Usurpers, and Ty- prethee tell me first, how go squares rints, who commonly do Justice upon in Spain ?” Lansekes, for the Injuries they have deve to Others : Their own Conscieneies doing the Office of Tormentors, “ Pray'e tell me now, what Price and Avenging their publick Crimes by bears Honour and Honesty in the thrir Private Sufferings, for they live World ? There's much to be said in a perpetual Anguish of Thought, (quoth I,) upon that point ; but in with Fears and Jealousies.

brief, there was never more of it in The Death of Laughter, was the Talk, nor less in Effect. Upon my tast of all, and surrounded with a Honesty cries the Tradesman ; opon Tarong of People, hasty to Believe, my Honour, says bis Lordship: And and slow to Repent ; Liring without in a word, every Man has it, and fear of Justice, and Dying without every thing is it, in some disguise or hope of Bercy. These are they that other: But duly considered, there's pay all their Debts and Duties with a no such thing upon the face of the Jest. Bid any of them, Give every Earth 'The Thief says, 'tis moro Man kis Due, and Return what he has Honourable to Take than Bey. He ether Borrow'd, or wrongfully taken, that asks an Alms, pleads, that 'tis His Answer is, You'd make a Man die Honester to Beg than Steul. Nay, the ritk laughing."

False Witnesses and Murtherers thema' The dead are summoned and judged, selves, stand upon their points, as and the description of the earth giving well as their Neighbours, and will tell up it's dwellers is very powerfal. ye that a Man of Honour will rather be

* The Cryer of the Court with a buried alive, than Submit: (though bud Voice, called out, The Dead, they will not always do as they say.) ?'ke Dead; Appear the Dead. And so Upon the whole matter, every Man immediately, I saw the Earth begin to sets up a Court of Honour within himBre, and gently opening it self, to self ; pronounces every thing Honourmake way, first for Heads and Arms, able that serves his purpose, and and then by Degrees for the whole Bu- laughs at them that think otherwise. dues of Men and Women, that came out. To say the Truth, all things are now half mufiled in their Night Caps, and Topsie Turvie. A good Faculty in ranged themselves in excellent Order, Lying is a fair step to Preferment; and with a profound silence. Now and to pack a Game at Cards, or belp says Deatk) let every one speak in the Frail die, is become the Mark and

Glory of a Cavalier. The Spaniards The dead being disposed of, there were heretofore, I confess, a very appear'd a large Glass-Bottle, where- brave and well govern’d People: But in was Luted up (as I heard) a fa- they have Evil Tongues among them mous Veeromancer, hack't and minc'd now a days, that say they might e’en according to his own Order, to render go to School to the Indians to learn him immortal. It was boiling upon a Sobriety and Vertue. For they are not Quick Fire, and the Flesb by little really Sober, but at their own Tables, and little began to piece again, and which indeed, is rather Avarice, than made first an Arm, then a Thigh, after Moderation ;' for when they Eat or that a Leg, and at last there was an

Drink at another Man's Cost, there caure Body, that rais'd it self upright are no greater Gluttons in the World ; in the Botile

. Biess me (tbought I!) and for Fudling, they shall make the What's here! A Wan made of a Pot- best Pot-Companion in Switzerture legs, and brought into the World out knock under the Table,

his Turn."

“ The Necromancer went on with his or Five Volumes at least under the Discourse, and ask’t me what store of Titles of Glosses, Commentaries, Cases, Lawyers and Atturneys in Spain at pre- Judyments, &c. And the great strite sent? I told him, that the whole is, who writes Most, not Best; so that World swarm’d with them, and that the whole Bulk, is but a Borly without there were of several sorts ; some, by a Soul, and fitter for a Church-yard Profession ; others, by Intrusion, and than a Study. To say the Truth, Presumption ; and some again by Study, these Lawyers and Sollicitors, are but but not many of the last, though indeed so many Smoak Merchants, Sellers of suflicient of every kind to make the Wind, and Troublers of the Publick People pray for the Egyptian Locusts Peace. If there were no Atturneys, and Caterpillars, in Exchange for that there would be no Suits, if no Suits, Vermine. Why then (quoth the Ne- no Cheats, no Serjeunts; no Catchpoles, cromancer) if there be such Plagues no Prisons ; if no Prisons, no Jurges ; Abroad, I think I had hest e'en keep no Judges, no Passion ; no Passion, no where I am. It is with Justice (said I) Bribery or Subornation." as with Sick-Men; in time past, when It would only require an alteration we had fewer Doctors, (as well of Law in favour of the Judges, to make the as of Physick,) we had more Right, and above as applicable to the present more Health: But we are now de- times, and to this land of ours, as it stroy'd by Multitudes, and Consullu- was in the beginning of the seventeeni tions, which serve to no other end, century to Spain. than to enflame both the Distemper', The extracts we have made may and the Reckoning. Justice, as well serve as very fair specimens of the as Truth, went naked in the Days of author's style ; and our limits do not Old; one single Book of Laws and permit us to go any further with him Ordinances, was enough for the best pro hac vice. Order'd Government in the World. Quevedo died at a very advanced But the Justice of our Age, is trickt up age, in the year 1646. His talents did with Bills, Parchments, Writs, and not protect him from oppression, for Labels ; and furnisht with Millions of the Duca D'Olivarez, then the chief Codes, Digests, Panulects, Pleadings, favourite and prime minister of Philip and Reports: and what's their use, but IV. having taken offence at some of to make wrangling a Science ? And to his satires, procured a sentence of Embroil us in Seditions, Suits, and long and rigorous imprisonment to be endless Trouble and Confusion. We passed upon him. He, however, surhave bad more Books Publisht this vived; and his literary fame received last Twenty Years, than in a Thousand an additional lustre from his unmerited before, and there hardly passes a persecution, Term without a New Authour, in Four



AS daylight to the world, so to the soul

Art thou, Oh Sorrow's cheering Beacon, Hope !
Led on by thee, Man views his future goal,

In colours which enable bim to cope
With giant dificulties ;-See the Sage,

Pondering with midnight toil huge volumes through;
What is 't allures him ?-What can cause dim age

To court perplexities ?---Oh! bought but tlou,
Touching the mind with thine Ithuriel spear,

And wakening emulation,-giving to view
The future laurel gracing his cold bier,

And picturing all his fancy's visions true.
Ol! still then o'er my path ihine influence shed,
And let thy brightest lialo boat around my head.

Ye tears of Spring, congeald by Winter's blast,

Gracing his sullen shrine, with buds so sweet;
Who fear hipi not, though thus untimely cast,

Your little cups of light, droop low and weak.
Oh! how like Poverty, are ye, which bears

The world's hard pressure, yet on whose calm brow
Serenity, the Child of Heaven, appears,

Smiling, moist buds of earth! as ye do now,
Symbols of innocence :-Or as some Maid,

Some village flower, on graceful yirgin stem,
Who blooms a blossom coy, in her lone shade,

Yet whose mild bosom bears as chaste a gem
As ye, from out this dell's obscurity,
Throw from your crystal porch to meet the morning's eye.



THE BRITISH GALLERY. THIS National School of Painting the opportunities now afforded of stu. bas once again opened it's doors to dying the works of the most esteemed amateurs and connoiseurs, for the masters, ought to fix the attention of annual exhibition of 1822 : and for our artists on those abstract qualities the credit of our country's artists we of effect to be met with both in the regret to say, that in most respects Italian and Flemish schools,—those we consider it inferior to preceding qualities which clothe the ordinary seasons. There are doubtless many scenes of nature with augmented inpieces which do high honour to the terest, and give a still greater sublipainters, and several which will, we mity to the more elevated forms of trust, readily find patrons and pur- landscape composition. The fact we chasers ; but there are also some that suspect is, that the pictures are too are any thing but creditable ; and not numerous, and these consequently too a few, which having been before ex- quickly produced. Our limits, howhibited at Somerset House, have no ever, entirely forbid us from enlarging longer novelty to recommend them, as we could wish upon this subject; and have already had their beauties and even in alluding to the subjects and defects sufficiently commented which now clothe the walls of the Briupon. Painting is justly considered tish Institution, it will be rather in to be a universal language ; but, like our power to excite curiosity by reall otber languages, may be rendered ference, than to gratify it by descripelear, or obscored, by the different tion. forms under which it is introduced to Diagram of the Battle of Waterloo, us. It may be too elevated for the un- by G. Jones. This subject, of the first derstanding of some, and of too com- interest, as crowning the most eventful mon a cast to attract the notice of the struggle of our age, claims also the well-informed ; hence we are inclined first place in our notice ; especially as to think that Landscape-painting it is, in our opinion, the best that has speaks more plainly to the general un- been offered to the attention of the derstanding than history, or even public. In the face of many repetiportraits, if we may judge from the tions of the same scene, and even in various and contradictory opinions that of his own performance, our which are so often formed oflikenesses. artist has arranged his order of Bat. The present Exhibition has a fair pro- tle, and combined an astonishing portion of landscape, and of classical mass of circumstantial detail. The and domestic subjects, though in the effect is, however, sufficiently concenformer there is less of variety and trated for all the purposes of the subperhaps of excellence. than might, ject, and in the scattered groupes there and certainly ought to have been ex is no insubordination to the principal parted. The state of the Arts, and character. Neither must we omit to Bur. Mrk. Vol. 81. Feb. 1822,




mention the grandeur of the sky, than nature, and justly entitled to attenwhich nothing can be more suitable, tion, from the beauty of their execuand few things more dificult to accom tion, and the exquisite effect of their plish. That the figures seem some woodland scenery. what small, was unavoidable, where A Study ; a Sketch from Gray ; Venus so wide a field had to be taken; and it and Cupid; and Cupid and Psyche, by is also to the truth of the details that W. Eity. Though the works of this we must attribute the disposition of artist embrace so much of that beauty the battle groupes.

The blue of a of form which the imagination can alone horse on the fore-ground, though we supply, we are inclined to think, notshould think minuteness of execution withstanding the elegance of his fancy, a fault, is to our eye unnaturally that he is carrying colouring to a wanbright ; surely a cloth or other con ton excess; and as we know the power sistent expedient might have been of his pencil, and the accuracy of his found to carry out that colour.

copies, we hope he will not be seThe Lurder Invaded, by Edwin Land duced altogether from the path of na

As few could paint up to the ture, but occasionally give us a vacharacter of this subject in point of riety in more chastened hues than execution, so it would be still more these subjects exhibit. vain to attempt giving an adequate Edinburgh, from the Base of Arthur's idea of it by description. In the last Seat, by W. Linton, excites a strong exExhibition at Somerset House, his pectation that he may soon reach a picture; in the anti-room, of the Mon- point of excellence equal to any of his key and the Dog, was considered to be contemporaries. This View of Edina consummation of art, in brilliancy burgh, and a scene on the Thames below of effect and harmony of colouring. London Bridge, bave also a warmth The present picture, however, has left and mellowness oi' tone, in which the that far behind, and in point of finish air tints appear with the most perunites a lluency and transparency of feet harmony ; nor is the choice of pencil, with a vigour and beauty of his views or their compositions less touch we scarcely imagined attainable. attractive.- The lower Waterfall It is equally remarkable, that the Rydal, Westmorland, is a variety in effect as a whole is in nowise dimi- his style ; and Nos. 50), 202, and 204, pished, nor the character and ex are all very pleasing performances. pression of the animals lost, in the Greenwich, from Charlton Wood, near lustre of the brilliant mass. The Woolwich, by P. Nasmyth, is a very Watchful Sentinel is also another fine grand and striking view, on which the specimen of Mr. Landseer's powers, artist has bestowed a fair proporand exbibits that faithful animal the tion of his skill; he has also two other Dog in a point of view far more grate- very interesting specimens in the midful to the feelings than when seen in dle room. the act of tearing and lacerating his Eshing Hill, near Godalming, Surrew, species.

with that of Chrney's, Buckinghamshire, A View of London--Somerset House are fair examples of Mr. Samuel's conStairs. T. C. Hofland. The forms tribution to the present Exhibition, which this view presents are few, but and, in point of local representation interesting: the simplicity of that part and execution, maintain the usual chaof the building on the left contrasts racter for skill and taste in this able advantageously with the objects more artist. remote. The dome of St. Paul's rises Mr. C. Deane's Scene on Hampstead near the centre of the picture, and is Heath, painted on the spot, is the most with the other buildings reflected in the perfect representation of local scenery water. The atmosphere is very hap we ever recollect to have seen from the pily managed, and the tone and co pencil of this painter; while his fieu louring harmonious ard mellow. on the Thames near Battersea, and tha

Brecon, South Wales, and a Study of London, looking towards Waterloo from Nature, by the same artist, are Bridge, exhibit his powers of compo beautiful little siudies, and executed sition to great advantage. with Mr. Holland's usual skill and Roslin Castle, and an Overshot Mill aroitness.

by š. Iilson. The first of these i Landscopes, bv I, Stark, are in the a very charming Painting, and i extilieni stylo of this painter of la- point of barmonious composition i

equalled by few: the latter is also nature united with the best qualities a delightful specimen of varied talents. of art.

Carti on the Banks of the Thames Cups and Balls, by R. B. Davis, hes Wap Battersea, by John Burnett, for it's subject one of those hnots of with the exception of the sky, may rogues and dupes, which are conbe considered a very successful imita- stantly seen at borse races and fairs. tan of the best pictures of Cuyp. The quiet villainy of the principal

A Coast Scene, by C. Stanfield, is cheat, the affected eagerness of the scple in it's composition, clear in confederate, the relenting caution of it's effect, and a very clever specimen the observing countrymen, and the of this artist's talents; as is Ben communicative suspicion of the mo.e eu, by the same.

knowing by-standers, are all forcibly The Farious Viens by Miss H. Gould- depicted; and the colouring is bright smith, are a sweet example of ferrale and pleasing. talent exercised in a pursuit most The exquisite humour of Moliere coagepial to the female character. was never more faithfully and pleasThe beauties of nature faithfully co ingly transferred to

the canvas, pied, a fine transparent representa- than in Lovers' Qurrels, by Mr. Newtion of the silver Thames, and a taste ton. Independently of the beauty of fal composition of the landscape which drawing and colouring in this picture, acords it's banks, are combined on the least-informed spectator must be ibis ladr's canvas.

delighted with the truth of character, The Blischierous Boy, by R. Farrier, in the three figures of which it is comis handled with skill, butpresents little posed. The apparently heartless pride of novelty, and the execution greatly of the gallant, -the trembling dignity excels the subject.

of the lady,--and the arch indifference Derotion, by Mrs. Carpenter, wants of the maid, who foretels how all this Lothing but the touch of time to rank amorous spite will end, -- are given it with some of the best specimens in the simplest, and therefore most of the Italian Masters; and her pic forcible style. It is a dramatic subture of Playful Infancy reminds us ject, with nothing of mere stage effect of the soft pencil and tender hues of about it. Argironi.

Poor Relations, by F. P. Stephanoff, The President and Royal Academi before noticed, upon it's exhibition at cions assembled, by H. Singleton, con Somerset House, is recently sold to tains the features of many who are the Rt. Hon. the Chancellor of the past, as well as many who now are, Exchequer, than upon whom the satire is a feature of considerable interest could not fall more harmless. in the present Exhibition ; as is also, And here our limits warn us to The Celebration of the Coronation at close our restricted notices, which Newcastle, by H. P. Parker, an as we regret to say have left too many sembly of another kind, met to dis excellent productions either glanced cuss the merits of a fountain of wine, at only, or wholly unnoticed. and that in a way truly characteristic. conclusion, however, we have mac The artist has displayed considerable satisfaction in stating, that out of this skill in bringing such a motley mul Exhibition, there are forty-four pictitude together upon canvas ; and tures disposed of, and upwards of there is in this performance enough one thousand guineas thus applied of character, and locality mingled with to cherish our national living School the ludicrous, to make it interesting. of Painting. We are also gratified

The Thunder Storm, by R. R. Rein to say, that the Directors have given egle. A.R.A. is a most spirited and a reward of £200 to Mr. Jones, for striking performance, pourtraying the lis Buttle of Waterloo, painted by crash and powers of the elements commission for Geo. Watson Taywith great elect. We think, how lor, Esq. and to Edwin Landseer Eter, a little more light might have £150 for bis Larder Invaded, which been given to the figures with ad- picture is yet unsold ; though we preTantage to the whole.

sume it cannot long remain so. EnThe Head of an Old Woman, by treating our friends, therefore, to supJ. Graham, may have arisen from ply our unavoidable deficiencies by the contemplation of Rembrandt's judging for themselves, we here terworks; at the same time it has every minate our remarks on the present claim w praise as a just imitation of year's ügbibitionaithe British Cailery.

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