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Oh sick at heart grew Polydore,
And wish'd the dawn of day;
That voice had quell’d his haughtiness,
He knew not what to say.
For now the one that stood without
An entrance craved oncéonore,
And when no answer was return'd,
He struck—and burst the door.

Some words he mutter'd o'er the latch,
They were no words of good,
And by the embers of the hearth,
All in his shackles stood.
A wreath of rusted iron bound
His grim unhallowed head;
A daemon's spark was in his eye—
Its mortal light was dead.

“Why shrink'st thou thus, good comrade, now
With such a wilder'd gaze,
Dost fear my rusted shackles’ clank,
Dost fear my wither'd face
But for the gallows rope, my face
Had ne'er thus startled thee;
And the gallows rope, was’t not the fruit
Of thy foul treachery?

“But come thou forth, we’ll visit now
The elm of the wither'd rind;
For though thy door was barr'd to me,
Yet I will be more kind.
That is my home, the ravens there
Are all my company;
And they and I will both rejoice
In such a guest as thee.

“The wind is loud, but clasp my arrh–
Why, fool, dost thou delay
You did not fear to clasp that arm
When my life was sold away.”
The midnight blast sung wild and loud
Round trembling Polydore,
As by his dead companion led
He struggled o'er the moor.

Soon had they reach'd a wilderness
By human foot unpress'd,
The wind grew cold, the heather sigh’d
As conscious of their guest.
Alone amid the dreary waste
The whither'd elm reclined,
Where a halter with a ready noose
Hung dancing in the wind.

Then turning round, his ghastly face
Was twisted with a smile-

“Now living things are far remote,
We'll rest us here awhile.

Brothers we were, false Polydore,
We robb’d in company;

Brothers in life, and we in death
Shall also brothers be.

“Behold the elm, behold the rope,
Which I prepared before-
Art paleo ’tis but a struggle, man,
And soon that struggle’s o’er.
Tremble no more, but freely come,
And like a brother be;
I'll hold the rope, and in my arms
I'll help you up the tree.”

The eyes of Polydore grew dim,
He roused himself to pray,
But a heavy weight sat on his breast
And took all voice away.
The rope is tied—Then from his lips
A cry of anguish broke-
Too powerful for the bands of sleep,
And Polydore awoke.

All vanish’d now the cursed elm,
His dead companion gone,
With troubled joy he found himself
In darkness and alone.
But still the wind with hollow gusts
Fought ravening o'er the moor,
And check’d his transports, while it shook
The barricaded door.

FRo M THE SAM E.
ON PARTING WITH A FRIEND.

WHILE far, dear friend, your parting steps recede,
I frequent turn to gaze with fond delay;
How faint your lineaments and form decay,
Diminish'd to a dim unbodied shade.
Alas! that thus our early friendships fade!
While through the busy vale of life we stray,
And hold the separate tenor of our way,
Thus imperceptibly our minds secede.

Yet sure too soon, thou brother of my heart,
So lately found, but therefore loved the more;
Too soon the moments of affection fly!
Too soon by nature's rigid laws we part;
Surviving friends may o'er our tomb deplore,
But never hear a soft responsive sigh.

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[In our number for June, 1812, we published a meagre and very unsatisfactory account of the following work—we were not then in possession of the Edin. burgh Review, from which we extract the ensuing article. Our readers will not censure us for placing it before them. Ed. Sel. Rev.]

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Lachesis Lapponica; or, a Tour in Lapland. Now first published from the original Manuscript Journal of the celebrated Linnaeus; by James Edward Smith, M. D. F. R. S. &c., President of the Linnaean Society, 2 vols. 8vo, London. 1811.

THE name of Lapland first occurs in the writings of SaxoGrammaticus, who composed his History of Denmark about the close of the twelfth century. At the distance of three hundred years, it is again slightly mentioned by Eric of Upsala; and the meagre description of the country by Ziegler is supposed to have first made it known beyond the limits of northern Europe.* * Charles the Ninth, King of Swedland' (to use the language of Scheffer, as rendered by his Oxonian translator,) “in the year

* There is a brief description of Lapland, in that great mass of obscure his. tory, entitled, Hispania Illustrata, published at Frankfort in 1603. At p. 1314 of the 2d vol. there is a pathetic piece, called Deploratio Gentis Lappiane, which is followed up by a short Lappie Descriptio, -both addressed to the Pope, by a learned person who takes the name of Damianus à Goes, under date of 1540. Mention is here made of their poverty, their rein-deer, and their incantations; upon which last subject there is the following edifying intelligence. “Incantamentis sic pollent ut naves in medio cursu retineant, sic ut nulla vi ventorum amoveri possint. Quod malum solo virginum excremento, foris navium ac transtris illitis, curatur ; a quo, ut ab incolis accepi, spiritus illi natura abhorrent.”

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