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a little soiled, by time perhaps; for in painting, y, looks at a portrait, pays most attention to the the light stuff's always suffer by time, and lose eyes; for this he is too much in the habit of some of their brightness.

sacrificing all the other features to their effect, The hand, perhaps, is rather unfinished, it and in the same manner he sacrifices all the looks too much like a sketch. Yet this is not rest to the face, and that he effects by lowerthe effect of negligence, but is, in fact, evi- || ing the tone of colouring. Yet all this he exedently intended to fix the attention more cutes with such a degree of management, that strongly on the principal figure, and to prevent the spectator feels its effect immediately, but the eye from dwelling too much on what is ) is obliged to study some time before he can only introduced as a foil, or contrast.

discover the cause. Van Dyk knew well that every one who

POETRY

ORIGINAL AND SELECT.

UPON THE SUBJECT OF PRAISE.

BY MRS. LIDDIARD.
PRAISE is the summer of the mind,
Whose cheering influence can unbind
The icy boods of grief and care-
Then sure the Bard deserves bis share !
All deaths, undaunted, warriors dare,
In hopes that Fame their tomb shall rear;
That her bright incense still may burn
Unquenched o'er the Soldier's urn.
For Praise, the Sailor braves the main,
All difficulties dangers-pain—,
The cannon's blast-the mountain wave,
Oft doom'd to shrine the hero's grave;
Hapny he sinks-contented dies !
Sure Praise shall grace bis obsequies!
The learn'd-the sage—the grave divine-
All in the warm pursuit combine :-
But Poets live upon its breath;
Withbold it-'tis the Poet's death!

But to the wat'ry bound confined

Of Eolus' bleak domain;
There, left the sport of every wind,

Of Fate you must complain.
The Reed replied-Your pity, friend,

Is proof of your good-will;
True, to the threat'oing blast I bend,

But feel, or fear, no ill:
Harmless round you the storm has howl'd,

But let us wait th' event.
When, as he spoke, fierce Boreas scowl'd,

And forth his demons sent :
The Oak, the blast unbending bore,

The Reed confess'd its sway-
Again the wind collecting roar,

And mightier burst away.
Then he, whose forehead boasting rose

And seem'd t'insult ihe skits,
Whose deep set foot with death repos'd

Prone in the dust he lies.
Ob! may I with my charming maid,

Find out some secret cell :
There, of pre eminence afraid,

With lore and virtue dwell.

THE OAK AND THE REED.

FROM LA FONTAINE.

FRIENDSHIP.

BY THE LATE REV. C. J. SELWYN.

Twas thus the Oak address'd the Reed

Nature to you's onjust,
For the least bird that skims the mead

Can press you to the dust :
Tbe zephyrs that scarce curl the wave,

With ease can bend you down ;
Wbile mountain-like the storm I brave,

Nor beed of time the frown:
Had chance ordain'd you to be born

Under my shelt'ring care,
You would not then have bad to mourn,

The ills you now must bear :

FRIENDSHIP! peculiar boon of Heav'n,

The noble mind's delight and pride;
To med and angels only given,

To all the lower world deny'd.
While love, unknown among the blest,

Parent of thousand wild desires,
The savage and the human breast

Tormeots alike with raging fires.

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With bright, but oft destructive gleam, Unnoticed let us tread the downy lawn,
Alike o'er all his lightnings fly ;

Save by the harmless lambkin and the fawn;
Thy lambent glories only beam

Let no ambitious thought our love divide, Around the fav'rites of the sky.

But calm contentment in our hearts preside,

To bless each other be our chief employ, Thy gentle flows of guiltless jays

Love yield raore love, and joy beget uew joy. Ou fools and villains ne'er descend; lo vain for thee the tyrant sighs,

There let me guide her through the budding And hugs a flatterer for a friend.

flow'rs

To sylvan shades and love-inviting bow'rs; Directress of the brave and just,

Enraptur'd gaze upon her matchless charms, O guide us through life's darksome way!

And clasp the lovely angel in my arms, And let the tortures of mistrust

Where paradis'd, all earth in vain might try O a selfish bosoms only prey.

To tell the measure of my ecstacy ; Nor shall thive ardous cease to glow

Not lips alone, but souls should seal the kiss,
When souls to blissful climes remove :

Aud mingling swell the tumult of our bliss !
What rais'd our virtues here below
Shall aid our happiness above,

SONNET, TO WINTER.

A WRINKLED, sour old man, they picture
SONNET.

thee, BLYTHE Woodbine! wherefore twine thy fairy

Old Winter, with a ragged beard, and grey

As the long moss upon the apple-tree,
arms,
In fond embrace, around yon aged tree?

Close muffled up, and on thy dreary way,
Cao his rude knots and bossy rings agree Plodding alone through sleet, and drified
With thy fair huds, and crowd of blossom’d
charms ?

Blue tipt, an ice-drop at thy sharp blue nose.
Oh! illy match'd it seems, when giddy youth

They should have drawn thee by the high With rev'rend age doth plight “its faith and heaped hearth, truth;"

Old Winter, seated in the great-arm cbair, Ev'n as the spring-tide Violet doth shew,

Watching the children at their Christinas That peeps its bloomy head from Winter's

Or circling by them, as their lips declare When youth meets youth, and heart its kiu. Some merry jest, or tale of murder dire, dred hear,

Or troubled spirit, that disturbs the night;
Then doth the marriage vow high joy impart; | Pausing at times, to move the languid fire,
When Wedlock's God his torch at true love's

Or taste the old October brown and bright.
shrine
Doth fire the flame he kindles is divine !
In such a fate all h'ıman bliss is giv'ı,

A LOVER'S TALE.
And brightest fancy points alone to Heav'n!

I Rise betimes my love to meet,

But ab! no love I see!

My bosom throbs my love to greet,
A LOVER'S WISH,

But she has jilted me!
Grant me, Ob, Cupid ! grant me, God of

In vain I cast my eyes around,
Love!

Alas! no love I see!
A fair abode in some sequester'd grove;

In vain I list to every sound,
Let rising bills the dear retreat surround;
And be with woods their lofty summits

My love has jilted me!
crown'd;

0! where shall I my Celia find, Near a pure fountain be the mansion plac'd,

For ah! no love I see ! With sbrubs and copses, let its banks be The fickle fair has chang'd her mind, grac'd

[dwell,

Alas! has jilted me!
There, undisturbid, let barmless songsters Yet see! she comes ! to ease my pain
And with their carols every zephyr swell.

At length my love I see !
There, with my lov'd Eliza let me stay,

She comes ! and I no more complain And from her bosom never wish to stray;

That she has jilted me.

mirth;

Snow.

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AFRICA

Midst reeling mountains, and disparter plains, FROM MR. MONTGOMERY'S POEMS. Tell the pale world." The God of Vengeance O, AFRICA! amidst thy childreu's woes,

reigns.” Did earth and Heaven coaspire to aid thy Nor in the maj”sty of storm alone, foes?

The Eternal makes bis fierce displeasure No, thou hadst vengeance-from thy Northern

known : shores

At bis command the pestilence abhorr’d Sallied the lawless corsairs of the Moors, Spares the poor slave, and smites the haughty And back on Europe's guilty nations burl'd

lord; Thy wrongs and sufferings in the sister world; While to the tomb he sees his friend con. Deep in thy dungeons Christians clauk their signed, chains,

Forebod:ng melancholy sinks his mind, Or toil'd or perish'd on thy parching plains. Soon at his heart he feels the monster's But where ibine offspring crouch'd beneath

fangs, the yoke,

They tear his vitals with convulsive pangs ; In heavier peals the avenging thunder broke.

The light is anguish to his eyes, the air Leagued wiib rapacious rovers of : be main,

Sepulchral vapours, laden with despair; Hayti's barbarian huutem harass'd Spain;

Now phrenzy-horrors rack his wbirling A Mammoth race, invincible in might,

brain; Rapine and massacre their g in delight,

Tremendous pulses throb thro' every vein ;

The firm earth shrinks beneath his torture. Peril their element-'er land and food They carried fire, and queuch'd the Ames with

bed, blood;

The sky in ruins rushes o'er his head; Despairing captives hail'd them from the

Her Ils, he rages in consuming fires,
coasts;

Till nature spent, with agony expires.
They rush'd tu conquest, led by Charib ghosts!
Tremble, Britannia! while thine islands
tell

WINTER'S RETURN.
The appaling mysteries of Obi's spell;

Once more the year, in circling round, The wild Maroons, in pregnable and free,

Has brought old Winter in his train ; Among the mountain holds of liberty,

Whose giant arm is ever found Sudden as lightning darted on their foe,

To burl destruction o'er the plain. Seen like the flash, remember'd like the blow. When Gallia boasts of dread Marengo's He strips the trees, strikes low the flower,

And bids the babbling streaın be still; fight, And Hobeniinden's slaughter-deluged night,

He sends his snow in frozen sbow'r,

And spreads the plain, the vale, the bill. Her spirit siuks :--the sinews of the brave, That crippled Europe, shrunk before the Still those who love and friendship share, slave;

A cottage, and content. wjibio it, The demon-spectres of Domingo rise,

With just enougb, and noue tu spare, And all her triumphs vanish from her eyes. Heed not keen Winter's coldest minute. God is a spirit, veil'd from humau sight

But ah ! on those whose want appals, In secret darkness of eternal night;

The sons of mis'ry, grief, and sorrow; Thro' all the glory of his works we trace

Heavy on thein bleak Winter fali:The hidings of his counsel and his face;

For them no joy illumines the morrow! Natare, and time, and change, and fate fulfil, Unknowo, unkuowing, his mysterious will; The child half.cloth’d, and poorly f.d, Mercies and judgments mark him every In anguish vents his piercing cries ; hour,

Cries rais'd in vain, pe chauce, for bread, Supreme in grace, and infinite in power :

While tears bediin bis infaut eyes. Oft o'er the Eden islands of the West,

Oh! ye who wealth and pow'r possess, lo rural pomp and verdant beauty dress'd, Roll the dark clouds of bis awakened ire;

Who know no wants, who feels vo deartb,

Your superfuities would bless, Thunder aod earthquake, whirlwind, food,

And make the poor a beav'n on earth! aud fire No. XXVIII. Vol. V-N.S.

F

FASHIONS

FOR

FEBRUARY, 1812.

EXPLANATION OF THE PRINTS OF FASHION.

No. 1.-EVENING COSTUME.

at the back. A parrow fur passes from the An amber crape dress over white sarsnet, || top of the sleeve, is brought down the side trimmed with pearls or white beads, with a seams, and relieved by fastenings of black demi-train ; a light short jacket, rather scanty, | silk cordon; four loops with frogs ornament with two separate fancy folds, depending about

the shoulders and cuffs; plain standing up' three quarters down the front of the skirt, collar tied with cordon : a fine cashemire forming in appearance a kind of Sicilian tunic, shawl, with brown ground, and richly varieand trimmed down each division, like the bot gated border, is generally thrown over the tom of the dress, with a single row of pearls : dress, in which is uuited both comfort and short sleeves, not very high above the elbow, elegance. A Swedish hat of the same mate. fitting close to the arm, and ornamented at rials as the pelisse, lined with straw colour, the top with distinct points of satin, the same and fastened up one side; the crown trimmed colour as the dress, relieved by pearls; two

with two rows of narrow spotted fur, and one rows of the same costly material or of beads, still narrower at the edge of tbe hat; a bunch according as the robe is ornameuted, form a of the Christmas holly in front, and two tassels girdle. The bair dressed in the antique Ro- | falling from the summit of the crown, of black, man style, with tresses brought together and to answer the pelisse, which is worn over a confined at the back of the head, terminating white round dress, either of plain or corded either in ringlets or in two light knots; a braid cambric. Beaver gloves, and demi-broquins of of plaited hair drawn over a demi-turban scarlet Morocco, laced with black, and lined formed of plain amber satin, with an elegantly with fur, complete the dress. embroidered stripe of white satin, separated by rows of pearl, and a superb sprig of pearls in front. Necklace of one single row of large pearls, with earrings of the Maltese fashion to GENERAL OBSERVATIONS correspond. Ridicule aux getons of slate colour, shot with pink; the firm base secured

FASHION AND DRESS. by a covering of pink stamped velvet, with

Hail Goddess of versatile attraction, changepink tassels. Italian slippers of amber, fringed with silver, or ornamented round the Il ful idol of the rich, the beautiful, and the ankle with a row of pearls or beads. White

young! Thy full influence now is felt in this kid gloves.--This elegant dress owes its inven

our gay metropolis, and myriads follow thy tion to the tasteful fancy of Mrs. Schabner, of splendid car, attached in willing bondage by Tavistock-street.

thy silken bands.-After this slight invocation

to the Power wbich peculiarly presides over No. 2.- A WINTER WALKING DRESS.

this part of our work, we proceed to inform A scarlet Merioo cloth pelisse, lined with our fair readers the prevailing modes in the straw coloured sarsnet, trimmed with light different periods of Fashion's daily peregrinacoloured spotted fur, and attached with loops | lions. of black silk cordon and rich'frog tassels; the There has been scarce any variation in the broad fur iu front, forming a tippet, pointed mode of the pelisses since our last Number;

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