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passed the ensuing winter at the Court sports of boyish fancy.-The lines on of St. Petersburgh, whilst the inhabit « Rural Solitude,” transport the reaants of Moscow were left to perish with der to the purest rural scenery and the cold. We have nevertheless enjoyed feelings. There is a singular mixture much satisfaction from Mr. Colton's of the school-boy and the poet in the work, and think the present volume a « Song to the Robin Red-breast," and in useful addition to its predecessor, the “ Lines to a Dog.” The poems, at

pages 89. 117. and 121. are of the best in the volume. The prose pieces are

all upon religious subjects, and, alThe Remains of Henry Kirk White. though controversial, they are replete Vol. III. 8vo. pp. 185.

with the humanity and benevolent spirit

which ought to characterise a Christian. The decidedly favourable judgment, We cannot agree with Mr. White in the which the public pronounced on the arguments he raises upon the interfirst two volumes of “ The Remains of polated passage of Josephus: in subHenry Kirk White,” has been confirmed jects of such importance as Revelation, by time; and the affection which those too many admissions of may-be's and works excited for the truly amiable possibilities are the foundations of scepand interesting poet, who sunkun

ticism. To conclude—the volume now timely to the grave, will render the

offered to the public is a necessary present publication of value to most addition to its two precursors, and, persons. Independent of this feeling, without it, they would not have made the present volume possesses intrinsic a faithful portrait of the poet's mind merit. The first two volumes contain and heart. ed only selections of the poet's better pieces, but the present volume, containing his more juvenile and less studied productions, affords us a fairer

The Three Perils of Man; or, War, specimen of his mind and babits. We Women, and Witchcraft. A Border may possess the biography of more

Romance. By James Hogg. 3 vols. powerful, or even of more precoce intellects than Kirk White's, but li.

12mo, London, 1822. ferature does not afford us so fine an instance of the union of early character We have long been admirers of Mr. with early genius. His fervent piety Hogg's talents, and sincere well-wishers was untinged with any of the extrava to him. By his preceding works he has gance incident to young and ardent established a reputation, which the one miods, and was free from the bigotry now before us will not, as we think, and spirit of exclusion, with which it is diminish. His beauties are peculiarly so often accompanied by maturer judg bis own ; bis faults are rather the faults ments. The clearness of his intellect, of his situation than of the inan; a his unwearied and constant industry, so natural, unaffected style, and a variety free from the sudden efforts of youth, of incident are the most prominent and which relax into inaction or dissipation; attractive features of this author's works. and, above all, the astonishing tone of It is with regret that we observe these prudence and quiet good sepse, which beauties obscured by occasional coarsedistinguished this highly-gifted indivi ness, not to say indeceucy. But in dual, are most beautifully, but indi. this instance, allowances ought to be rectly displayed in the contents of this made for the remarkable circumstances volume. The volume consists of about in which Mr. Hogg has been placed. fifty pages of his private correspond With no advantages of birth or educaence, of some forty or fifty poetical tion he has, by the unassisted force of pieces, and of numerous prose produc native intelleci, brought himself into tions. Independent of the pious and the favourable potice of the public. amiable spirit breathed throughout his Our limits do not allow of our giving private correspondence, some of the any account of the work; but to those letters contain matter of much utility of our readers who have found pleasure to young minds. The poems give pro in the perusal of Mr. Hogg's former mise of future excellence: that upon productions (and we think few ave "Winter" is full of vigour, but the allu not found pleasure in them), we may sion to goblins and witches in this and venture to promise a considerable grain “ the Fair Maid of Clifton,” are the tification in the perusal of this romance.

FINE ARTS.
Explanation of the Frontispiece.
EXHIBITION AT SOMERSET HOUSE.

(Concluded from page 564, Vol. 81.)

In pursuance of the intention, the present number; in order to which we expressed in our last num serve as a FRONTISPIECE to the ber, we proceed to make a few ob- eighty-second volume of our Magaservations on the Sculpture in the zine. Exhibition of the present year, which The fable of Capid and Psyche, closed on Saturday the 13th of July. comprehending the beautiful alle

It has always appeared to us to be gory of Love and the Soul, has been a most judicious arrangement on the a frequent and a favourite subject part of the Royal Academicians, so

of poetry, painting, and sculpture. to frame their catalogue, as to lead It is not, however, a story of very the visitors to the Exhibition up remote antiquity. No mention of stairs at once, and not to induce Psyche, nor any allusion to her them to go into the Model-School, amours with Cupid, occurs in any until they have been in all the other Greek or Latin writer of an earlier apartments of the Institution.

On date than Lucius Apuleius; who a sultry day, the coolness of this

flourished in the reigns of Antoniroom is as refreshing as a glass of nus Pius, and his brothers, M. Antoice-cream:-it is like a bath at the ninus, the philosopher, and Lucius end of a journey, on a dusty road. Aurelius Verus. It is generally supAfter we have been dazzled by the posed, therefore, to be the invention glare and contrast of colours, and of Apuleius ; although he may poswearied by the pressure of the throng sibly have derived his materials from of gazers in the upper rooms, we are the Basilidians, in Egypt. Apuleius instantly relieved on entering the introduces it as an episode in “ The apartment appropriated to Sculp- Golden Ass,”a work abounding with tare, by its comparative solitude, indecencies; and in which the charm-, and by the chaste simplicity of the ing fable of Cupid and Psyche, al-, works which are there assembled. though rather verbosely told, apWhen we have snugly seated our pears, in comparison with the other selves in that little shaded niche parts of the book, like a lovely and which is so accommodatingly placed fragrant flower, springing from a between the windows, we feel as if, rank and fætid hot-bed. The folafter having run a long career of lowing analysis of the story, which pleasure and dissipation, we had, is by the classical and elegant pen: towards the close of life, withdrawn of Mr. D’Israeli, we take the liberty from the gay illusions of society; of borrowing from that very intein order to cherish the graver reflec- resting and scarce work,“ Gems setions, and more heavenly contempla lected from the Antique,” by Mr. R. tions calculated to fit us for our final Ragley ; published in 1804. departure. The number of works of Sculp- ters, all beautiful, the third was more

“A king and queen had three daughture, and of Models, in this last,

than beautiful. She was compared to was not so great as we have known

Venus; for ber was the worship of that it to be in some fornier exhibitions ; deity neglected; Paphos, and Cnidos, and but there was a large proportion of Cythera were deserted. The statues of productions of superior merit:-of Beanty were ungarlanded and uncrowned;

her aliars were without incense and sacri. these, the one which appeared to us

fices. Venus, indignant, summoned her to be unequivocally the most fasci

son signally to chastise the feeble niortal, Dating (and we doubt whether in the whose audácious beauty had stolen away more refined qualities of the art it her adorers, has ever been excelled,) was Mr.

“ Yet Psyche drew no advantage from Westmacott's “ Psyche;" of which

her charms. All hastened to behold ber;

all adınired ber; but she inspired no one we have the pleasure, by the kind with desire. fler sisters were already permission of his Grace the Duke of married; and she alone, in the solitude Bedford, to prefix an Engraving to of the palace, hated her own beauties,

which all were satisfied to praise, without ing residence. Dazzled by such magnifi. wishing to enjoy.

cence, they ask who was the husband, or “Her sympathising parents consulted rather the god, who assembled in one spot the Oracle, which decreed, that Psyche such charms of nature, and such splendours should be exposed on the point of a rock, of art? Psyche, faithful to her promise, dressed in funeral robes; that she should answers, that he was a beautiful youth, have no mortal for her husband, but a whose cheek was scarcely shadowed by ferocious and terrific monster, who, flying its down; but, fearful to betray her secret, in the air, desolates the earth, and makes she sends her sisters back to her family the beavens tremble.

with rich gifts. Psyche, exhausted, trembliogly gave “ They returned in a few days, but with herself'up tó grief and to complaint; when sentiments of a different colour from those a zephyr suddenly lifted her with his soft they had just felt. To the sisterly affecbreath on bis light wings into a valley, tion of longing to embrace Psyche, and where he laid her down on a green bank, the rapture of having found her, now snc. enamelled with flowers. There she slepi. ceeded all the madness of envy, and the What was her astonishment, wben she desire of her ruin. They feigned, at first, awoke, to find herself in a palace orna to participate in her felicity and her pleamented with as much taste as magnifi sures; afterwards, they again urged her to cence; and above all, when, without per tell them the name, and describe the person ceiving any person, she heard voices con of her husband; and the prudent, but for. gratulate her, and supplicate for her com getful Psyche, who had quite lost the remands! The palace resounds with celestial collection of her former account, painted music; the most delicate viands, and the bim with quite different features. most exquisite wines are served up by “ Convinced now that she had never invisible hands; delicious paintings en seen her husband, they pretend to com. chant her eyes; she breathes a balmy air ; passionate her destiny. They wish, as all her senses are charmed at once, and they declare, that it was allowed them to every moment they are struck by change. be silent; but their duty and their tenderful novelties.

ness compel them to warn her of a danger “Night came, and the beautiful Psyche that menaced her tranquillity. They reyielded to the softness of repose. Scarcely call to her mind the frightful prediction had she dosed, when a voice, far softer and of the Oracle. This unknown husband more melodions than all the voices she was, no doubt, some horrid monster, to had beard, whispered in her ear. A secret whose ferocity she would one day as trouble agitates her; she is ignorant of suredly become the victim. The alarmed what she fears. A thousand thoughts and trembling Psyche abandons herself distract her tender imagination. But her entirely to the counsels of her perfidious husband is with her! He embraces her sisters, who engage to bring ber a lamp unseen. She is his wife ; but her invisi. and a dagger; and advise her to seize ble husband disappears with the day. that moment of time when the monster

“Meanwhile the unhappy parents of would be asleep, to pierce him with her Psyche were perishing with grief. Her poniard. Alas! the 100 credulous Psyche sisters each day wept at the foot of the accepts these fatal gifts, rock on which she had been exposed. " At the fall of ihe night, the husband With lamenting cries, they filled the sur. arrives, caresses his beloved wife, and rounding vallies. The distant echoes mula sleeps. Then Psyche, softly sliding from tiplied their accents, and the winds floated his encircling arms, and iaking in one them to the ear of Psycbe. Her affecrionate band the lamp sbe bad concealed, and in heart palpitated with domestic sympathies; the other holding the poniard, advances, she dwelt on the thoughts of home, and approaches; bui-O heavens!' what is her sighed to console them. The brilliant en. surprise, when, by the light of the lamp, chantments, that flattered her self-love and which, as if kindled by magic, suddenly her senses, never reached her heart ; and burst into a wavering splendour, she perthe caresses of an invisible husband did ceives Love himself, reposing in the most not compensate for the severity of her soli. charming attitude! Pale, trembling, and tude. She requested once more to embrace disinayed, she directs the steel she had her sisters. Her husband instantly rejected pointed at the god to her own bosom ; but her entreaty, (which, however, he had an the poniard falls from her hand. While ticipated), and warned her of the fatal con she contemplates the lovely object before sequences; but, overcome by her beauty, ber, she regains her strength, and the ber tears, and her caresses, he at length more she examines the heavenly boy, the consented; on condition, however, that more beautiful he appears, and with a if ber sisters indiscreetly inquired who softer influence the enchantment steals her husband was, she would not acquaint over her senses. She beholds a head them of his strict command, that she adorned with flowing and respleodent should never attempt either to see, or to tresses, diffusing celestial odouis; some know bim. Psyche promised every thing; fall carelessly in curls, on cheeks more and the same Zephyr that had transported beautifully blushing than the rose ; while her to this delicious abode, conveyed on others float on a neck whiter ihan milk. its wings her two sisters.

On his shonlders are white wings, whose After having embraced each other tender and delicate down, tremnlously a hundred times, Psyche displayed to alive, is brilliant as the flowers yet humid them the amazing beauties of her enchant. with inorning dew, His body was smooth

sure.

and elegant; the proud perfection of executes the terrible command of the Venus! At the foot of the bed lay his vindictive power. At length Love, who bow, his qniver, and his arrows; and the trembles for her fate, and shudders lest carious Psyche, unwearied, touches and she should perish under so many persecure-touches bis propitious weapons. From tions, flies to Jupiter, tells him his adventhe quiver she draws out one of the arrows, tures with her, talks with all his tenderness and, with the tip of her finger touching of affection and who can talk like Love? the point to try its sharpness, ber trembling -paints the scenes of her persecutionhand pierces the flesh, and small drops of and who can paint so lively?-_describes rosy blood are sprinkled on her skin. At the softness, the charms, the innocence of that instant she felt the wound in her his mistress, and solemoly adjures the heart: there it was not slight! Deliciously Father of Creation to ordain, that he may enamoured, she gazes on the face of Love be for ever united to Psyche, by the indiswith insatiable eyes, she breathes the soluble bonds of a celestial marriage. warmest kisses ; and trembles, lest he Jupiter assembles a synod of the divinishould awake.

ties. They feel the inquietudes, and ap“ While she yields to the rapture of her prove the rows of Love. To calm the halfsont, ardent and lost, from the lamp (as if forgiving Venus, Psyche is admitted to it looged to touch the beautiful body its the rank of a divinity, that Love may not light so sweetly tinted) a drop of boiling be united to a simple mortal. The celestial oil falls on the right shoulder of the god. assembly applaud' the union of Love and Love awakes, shrieks, and Aies away. The Psyche, and from their marriage is born unhappy Psyche catches his foot, and a daughter, whom they name Divine Pleaclings to the volatile god till ber strength is exhausted, and hopelessly she falls on the green margin of a river.

“Love suspends his flight for a moment. The point of time, which Mr. He loiters above a cypress, and, in a voice Westmacott has chosen, is during more in sorrow than in anger, reproaches the return of Psyche from executing his mistress for her unfaithful credulity, one of the difficult and perilous tasks her unjust fears, and, above all, for her required of her by the offended and soft luxurious boy waves bis wings, and wrathful Venus. Having had a fies. Psyche, with eyes dim with tears,

casket_delivered to her by the godtraces bis course for a moment; but in the dess, Psyche is commanded to demidst of the sky the god melts into a scend to the infernal shades, and to shadow, and the shadow into air. The desolated Psyche, urged on by despair, little of her beauty. Despairing of

request Proserpine to send Venus a seeks to precipitate herself into the stream; but the waters, feeling the influence of success in her mission, the unhappy Love, who rules all the elements, gently Psyche is on the point of precipitatswell to receive the beanteons maid, and ing herself from the top of a high softly float her to their flowery margin, tower, in order to put an end to her There Pan receives her, consoles her, and exhorts her to soften the anger of Love by heard, dissuading her from her rash

miseries ; when a voice is suddenly “Wandering from clime to clime, every design, and pointing out the means where seeking for her husband, and find by which she may discover the ing him no where, ever-suppliant and gloomy cave of Dis, satisfy the ava. ever-rejected, the wife of Love can dis

rice of Charon, appease the fury of cover no asylum on the earth. In the height of ber misery, she still hoped her

Cerberus, propitiate Proserpine, atmisfortunes would soon terinivate ; but chieve the object of her errand, and that most nabappy maid knew not then of regain Olympus in safety. Having, the afflictions the anger of Venus still by following this friendly advice, reserved for her.

“ The mother of Love now discovered accomplished her embassy, and have. that, instead of having punished the mortal ing, received from Proserpine the against whom she was incensed, her son

casket, filled with charms, Psyche had made her his wife In the first mo. is on her way back, when, notwithments of her rage, she would have dis. standing a strict injunction that has armed her son, broken his arrows, and been laid upon her not to open the extinguished his torch. (soft as beauty is when adulated,) is cruel

, casket, she is tempted by curiosity sindictive, and unforgiving, when con

to do so. “What!" says she, “shall temned. She condemns Psyche to the

I, the carrier of this divine beauty, most affictive torments, and subjects her not steal the smallest portion, to rento the most cruel trials. All nature sym der me more bewitching in the eyes pathises with the sufferings of Psyche. of my lover?” The result is melanWhen men and gods abandon her, the cholý. On unclosing the casket, no dowed with sympathetic affections. She beauty appears; but a Stygian sleep, passes into the depths of hell, and there which, being thus liberated, invades Eur, Mag. Vol. 82.

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the senses of Psyche; and, issuing in neity a quality of sculpture essential a dense soporiferous cloud, spreads to its elevated character. Any thing itself all over her, until she falls which disturbs that character, any down; and lies like a corpse, with- thing which approximates sculpture out motion. From this, her last in the slightest degree to painting, danger, she is, however, eventually with respect to the means to which rescued by Cupid.

the latter has recourse for the proMr. Westmacott has represented duction of its effects, is, in our humPsyche at the critical moment of ble judgment, so much degradation, opening the fatal casket. Evident- In the present instance, the casket; ly sensible of the risk she incurs (which is richly adorned with small by indulging her curiosity, and highly-finished, and undoubtedly apyet unable to resist the powerful propriate carvings of sleeping loves) temptation, operated upon at once certainly seems to us, in consequence by an eager expectation of delight of the difference of its colour and and by the apprehension of punish- character, to attract the attention ment for her disobedience; she is too immediately, and to injure the casting a fearful look behind, while simplicity and unity of the general her delicate fingers are introducing impression. themselves beneath the lid of the But this is a trifle. The work casket. From her shoulders bud a possesses merits which would outpair of butterfly's wings, emblema weigh a thousand such cavils. It tic of the soul's surviving the chry. is a statue on which Mr. Westmacott salis or worm, and thus finely indi. may securely rest his fame as a cative of the future state of man. sculptor; for its production must A slight drapery, partially sustain. have necessarily required, not only ed by a narrow zone, falls in small the long and skilful study of one and graceful folds over the left of the loveliest forms in nature which knee and leg; and gives purity, re the previleged eye of an artist ever pose, stability, and variety to the contemplated, but the rare, the infigure.

estimable power of arresting the Our engraving, we flatter our fine and fleeting graces of expresselves, affords a very competent no sion, and of combining them in a tion of the general composition; but faithful and permanent memorial. it is impossible by any mode of com We understand that a thousand guimunication to convey to those, who neas is the liberal but well-deserved have not had an opportunity of see price paid for this chef d'aurre by ing this exquisite result of genius his Grace the Duke of Bedford; and long-cultivated taste, the tender whose taste in the fine arts is well and delicious sentiment that per- known; and who was so much vades the whole. It exhibits indeed charmed with “ Psyche,” even when the perfection of female delicacy, she had just began to emerge from grace, and beauty;

the rude block, as immediately to “ Timid, as the wintry flower,

determine on giving her a distinThat, whiter than the snow it blooms guished place in his Grace's magniamong,

ficent gallery at Woburn Abbey. Droops its fair bead, submissive to the The Houseless Traveller. This power

interesting groupe is also from the Of every angry blast which sweeps accomplished chissel of Mr. Westalong."

macott. It is of a character entirely If, amidst so much excellence, we different from the work to which we might venture, with great hesitation have just been calling the attention and deference, to bint at what ap- of our readers; but it is highly pears to us to be a blemish, (hut valuable, not only for its intrinsic which, if so, may easily be removed) excellence, but as affording an adwe would confess that we object ditional proof of the justice of that to the materials, gold and ivory, of opinion, which has of late years which the casket is composed. 'We been slowly gaining ground; the are aware that Mr. Westmacott can applicability of sculpture to modern quote high and ancient authority for and familiar subjects. The Honsethis introduction of other substances less Traveller is intended « to ilthan pure marble; but we own that lustrate the benevolence of a lady, we have always thought homoge- whose house was an asylum to

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