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but they are not long such—caressed to. weak performances. To decide upon too day, they are discarded to-morrow. Such many things, as with them, is to decide is ihe world ; in striving to please which upon nothing. we displease the gods, and to which we Perhaps the most illustrious example cannot be true without being false to our of decision of character—of the ability to selves.
do instantly and with energy whatever it
is expedient to do—was that of Milion. He There are some natures that are acted who would write heroic poems, said this upon by circumstance as the Æolian harp. great man, his whole life must be a hero. is acted upon by the winds—the music of ic poem. He acted up to “ the height of their tempers being constantly varied as
his great argument." Blind, in poverty they are affected by the rude weather of and in disgrace, with no eye to beam enstormy fortune, or the softer, balmier, and couragement upon him, and no heart to less disturbed atmosphere of joy and glad. cheer him in his lonely labors, he yet had ness.
the decision to commence, and the resoIt is because we are dissatisfied with lution to complete, what the world has ourselves that we are so anxious to have acknowledged to be one of its greatest others think well of us, and were we
master-pieces of art. conscious of meriting their good, we would care less for their ill, opinions.
There are none so low but they have
their triumphs. Small successes suffice The highest excellence is seldom at- for small souls. tained in more than one vocation. The roads leading to distinction in separate
It is a sore evil for a female to be with. pursuits diverge, and the nearer we ap
out personal attractions, as with men the proach the one, the farther we recede eye is the arbiter of all qualities in the from the other.
Her beauty is her capital-her worth in the market matrimonial depends upon it. With her the Virtues are rev.
erenced only when they are accompanied I once heard a gentleman, remarkable by the Graces. The sex understand this for promptly disposing of any business very well, and hence they seek mainly to on his hands, observe that he knew of make captive the eye, knowing the mind no better rule for cooking a beefsteak than and heart will follow as a matter of that furnished by Shakspeare:
Madame De Stael, in the height “If it were done,” &c.
of her career, and when her reputa. This was putting the question of deci- tion was at its zenith, is said to have re
marked that she would cheerfully exsion in a humorous and at the same time change all that her genius had won for forcible shape. When the mind is made her, for a share of that beauty which she up to do a thing, delay breeds delay, and
so much envied in others of her sex. one pernicious example is the occasion of many, until our purpose becomes balting, A bachelor is one whose stock of love, and we limp, when we ought to run to- sympathy and affection is so small that wards our object. When a man com he cannot afford to share it with another, plains of being ill-treated by fortune, it is but must e'en keep it all for himself. enough to excite a suspicion that he is making fortune the scape-goat of his in There are eras in our spirit's existence, dolence. He bas missed his mark, it will as there are eras in our fortunes : eras, be said of him, from loitering on the road when the fate of the character hangs suswhich leads to it. The day of all days, pended upon some act of volition, some then, is to-day; the hour of all hours— determination of the will. the present.
There is one form of decision which An ambition to excel in petty things originates in the will, and gets no farther obstructs the progress to nobler aims. than that. It prevails among those be- The aspiring spirit, like the winged eagle, tween whose resolves and whose execu should keep its gaze steadily fixed on the tions there exists a long tract of untrav sun toward which it soars. eled country. They take up purposes with enthusiasm, and lay them down with The highest moral and religious truths indifference; their strong resolves end in are as yet only recognized in theory, in
LOPE DE VEGA.
the closet, in our moments of grief, soli There is but one greater absurdity than tude, or reflection. We leave them be- that of a man aiming to know himself, hind us when we engage in the active which is, for him to think he knows himduties of life, and allow ourselves to be self. governed by the more practical, and perhaps practicable, maxims of interest or The character of men may, in some in. expediency.
stances and to some extent, be conjectured by observing the style of female
beauty they admire. Says one, an ardent Lope de Vega boasted of writing a admirer of the sex : 1. There must be comedy before breakfast. Perhaps the something intellectual in the face that breakfast was as bad as the comedy-iffascinates me—the heart must speak in 80 the delay is accounted for.
it. Mere pretty pieces of rose-colored The generality of wooers seem to have flesh, prettily put together, I am not fond
of, for the same reason that I dislike a an impression that the roads to a woman's heart are four-through her eye, tain no meaning.
certain poet's verses—because they conher ear, her vanity, and down her throat; for which reason they dress at her, talk at her, say sweet things to her, and treat True poetry is the disclosure of the real her to sweet things.
but half-hidden import, the subtler sense
and spirit of things, and not, as the mat. It is difficult to say which is the great- ter-of-fact, to whom poetry must ever be est evil—to have too violent passions, or “a sealed book,” are apt to imagine, the to be entirely devoid of them. When artificial expression of artificial thoughts controlled with firmness, directed by the and feelings. moral judgment, and hallowed by the imagination, they are the vivifiers and In the assurance of strength there is quickeners of our being, and without strength, and they are the weakest, howthem there can be no energy of charac ever strong, who have no faith in them. ter.
selves or their powers.
Lofty little Emily,
Dimpled, dazzling Emily,
My soul-exalting, pure ideal.
Mine eyes shall wake and close
Unfading, changeless, still it glows,
As if, no phantom, it were real.
I bless, I ban, that little face,
Floating ever in airy space;
I cannot love thee,
Four years I saw thee budding
From a tiny, romping girl,
Hali in glee, and half surprise,
When I praised thy jetty eyes ;
Until they seemed,
Like drops of dreamy darkness cut
Round into rosy loveliness ;
Of thine ivory neck and arm
Each long and sunny chesnut tress,
Now gathered in a Grecian knot
Of nun-like meekness didst thou wear;
Danced in and out with roguish leer,
The liberty their beckoning gave;
In thy cushioned, haughty throat,
To bud into a second baby-chin.
But mistily it seemed to float,
In the far-off, summer skies :
Soul-sparkles overflowed and fell,
And ever from thy rose-lips musical,
The holy pride of loveliness;
How much of intellect and grace,
Blest be the air thou dost displace,-
But all of heaven and all divine,
Thou canst not turn from dust to dust,
Exhale to skies that gave thee birth.
To see thee with these tranced eyes
Steeped deep in golden memories,
Shatter the statue-like Ideal,
Of every ripening fancy, till
Oh, I cannot--would not love thee,
Dear, divinest Emily.
H. W. P.
The house of the banker C*** in the most remarkable occurrences and perh, is the rendezvous of all the most sonages of the day. distinguished strangers, who are in the of the latter, the most interesting, habit of visiting the fairs held in that without doubt, was the great dramatic town. Each one is there certain of the vocalist Wilhelmine Schroder-Devrient, most friendly reception, as well as of the who the evening before had finished her most agreeable entertainment, at his engagement at L in the character of weekly soirées, where intelligent men, Desdemona. beautiful women and maidens, together Fortune had been favorable to the with excellent wines, are to be found in young merchant. He had seen this act. abundance.
ress in Paris, and was able, therefore, to A young merchant, who had just re- speak of the impression which her excel. turned from Paris, brought with him lent representations had produced in a many letters of recommendation to the sphere worthy of her abilities. banker, and received an invitation to his The fair mistress of the house smiled, house the same evening.
and said, “ that in L, in truth, no When, at the appointed hour, he en- Malibran and Pasta, no Rubini and Latered the gaily decorated and brilliantly blache, had served as a foil to this admilighted saloon, he found the greater part rable artist. of the guests already assembled. The When the discourse had once turned lady of the house received him with the upon Paris, they were not satisfied with grace which was peculiar to her; she leaving it, after discussing the Italian presented him to the rest of the company, Opera merely. They inquired of the and, without farther ceremony, he was young merchant concerning things that soon drawn into the conversation, which, he knew, and concerning things that he fettered by no restraint, touched upon did not know; concerning the Boule.
VOL. IV.NO. II.
vards—the Bourse—the Café des nou From my earliest youth I displayed veautés-Père la Chaise-Chamber of great partiality for the study of anatomy. Deputies, &c., &c. But above all things There was not an anatomical theatre they asked after the authors of the new within my reach that I did not visit, and romantic school: Victor Hugo, Monsieur I was considered an able and dexterous de Balzac, Alexander Dumas and Eugene dissector, even by anatomists themselves. Sue. In particular, many young dames It must be about ten years since I purwished to know how Victor Hugo sued my studies in
sector to the anatomical theatre of that “ And his wife ?" cried a pretty maid- place, was one of the most able men in
“ He is married, I hear, and on his his department. Devoted, body and soul, wedding day wrote his dreadful • Last to his art, the medical world is indebted Days of a Condemned Criminal.'” to him for many important discoveries ;
All laughed; and the master of the and his recent decease at an advanced house maintained that a taste for the age was universally deplored, both at gloomy and fearful (which distinguished home and abroad. the romantic school in so high a degree) As he was passionately interested in was at least as prevalent among the everything which concerned science, I, beauties of Las among the fair Pa.
not less enthusiastic and inquisitive than risians; and that Victor Hugo could not himself, was just his man, (as he called do them a greater favor, than to work me,) although at that time I was but up in his manner, the history of those eighteen years of age. He employed me two actors who had been lately executed as his assistant in his most important at Lyons.
labors, and with unwearied patience An ordinary Othello story;" said a gave me all the information I desired young man who had entered unobserved. concerning his curious preparations, most
I know a better, a more terrible plot of which were the work of his own for that author."
hands. The whole company was in commo The study of Psychology and Physi. tion—the men arose, the women whis ognomy, interesting to every great anatpered together.
omist, was of the highest importance in The master of the house and his wife his eyes; and no subject in the least degave the new comer a friendly reception, gree remarkable was dissected, before a and introduced him to the young mer. drawing of the features had been prechant as the celebrated physician and pared by him with the utmost care. For brilliant writer, Adelbert.
this purpose he employed, at his own A pretty maiden with a fair, bright expense, a young artist whom we now complexion, had approached him. If admire as one of our most spirited dethat is the case,” she said in a flattering lineators of character. tone, “ you must relate the story to us. But more than this ! regardless of cost And besides, you have been idle long or labor, he had for more than forty enough; I no longer find anything of years been busied in framing a collection, yours in the magazines, let me watch as unique in its way, of the heads of exeI will. “Relate it then.”
cuted criminals, and of those who had All joined in expressing the same wish, committed suicide. Thanks to his rare and the Doctor, with a low bow, replied : skill, he was enabled to preserve them "I willingly accede to your request. I in spirits in such a manner, that, even confess, indeed, that I am doing a service after thirty years and more, not the least to myself in imparting the secret to oth change was visible in the features, so ers. The last representation of our ad that it seemed as if the person had but mirable countrywoman upon the boards just breathed his last. moved me with strange power, and It was no easy matter, however, to awaked in my bosom remembrances that obtain a sight of this collection, as the have long slumbered ; remembrances anatomist was a strange fellow at times, that I thought dead within me. To own and would then behave in a surly and the truth, the dreadful event which I am gloomy manner to those who visited about to relate has an immediate refer him; nay, oftentimes treated them with ence to myself.”
excessive rudeness, especially when he The company took their seats in a observed that their object was mere orhalf circle around the physician, waiting dinary curiosity. in anxious suspense, and he began: I was thus obliged to wait long before