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not found, and Baffin's Bay may still be written Bay by our geographers. What is worse, the predictions of the Quarterly Reviewers have failed to do credit to their weather-wisdom: instead of the chill and wintry season with which they threatened ns, we have had a summer of more than ordinary fertility and pleasantness. Our corn-fields, our orcbards, and our hopgrounds have teemed with wealth and luxury; but as to our vines, which, we were told, are, some of these days, to flourish again as they did in the time of our ancestors, the emigrant icebergs have not travelled southward far enough, or the polar barrier has not been sufficiently broken up, to admit of our having that gratification as yet. Devon and Hereford are again flowing with cider, Scotland may boast of her John Barleycorn, and the honest Cambrian may rejoice over his Cwrw; but we citizens must still be content, as heretofore, to be indebted for our port and our raisins to the Dons, and to make up the deficiency of better articles, with currant juice and malt wipe. The hope of once more realizing the descriptions of spring given by our elder poets, is now again indefinitely deferred, and those who wish to descant on the vernal beauties of the Queen of the Seasons, must, as we apprehend they did, catch the echo of Greek or Roman strains, and clothe with the charms of Arcadian or Sicilian skies, the cold and capricious clime of a higher latitude.

We regret, we say, that we have deferred our notice of Miss Porden's version of the pleasant soothsayings of the Secretary to the Admiralty, till they have lost much of their effect, or rather, till they have acquired the power of exciting a different effect from what they were intended to produce. This is not the fault of the poetess, who has managed her subject secundum artem, and discovers no small skill in versification. Her production may still claim to rank with any of the prize-poems that either Oxford or Cambridge are accustomed to furnish; and if she might without fear enter the lists in competing for the laurel wreath, the Notes to the present poem, not less than those append. ed to her former production, discover an ambition of scientific attainments. We think that the lectures at the Royal Institution, to which Miss Porden refers, are proved by the present instance, to be of no small service to tbe Public.

Without further preface, we shall proceed to lay before our readers a specimen of the poem itself, as the best method now left us, of apologizing for our unfortunate dilatoriness. Adopting the chimerical expectation of discovering the lost colony on the eastern coast of Greenland, the Author exclaims:

• The barrier bursts—and Britain, first of all
Wherever perils threat, or duties call,
Sends forth her heroes. What shall be their joy,
When first that long lost country dims the sky;
What their's the melancholy task to trace
The last sad relics of a perish'd race ;
Or should they live to bless the niggard spot,
Pour on their ears a language half forgot ;
Teach them again to till the barren sod,
And praise once more a long neglected God;
Again their light canoes shall sail, again
Shall milder Summers rear their golden grain :
Nay, long by frosts opprest,-our happier clime
Again shall hail returning Summer's prime;
Its ruddy grapes shall lavish Autumn bring,

And all Sicilia's sweets adorn the Spring.'
Then occur two unfortunate lines, which must be omitted in
the next edition.

• No day-dreams these of Bard's fantastic brain,

This summer's lapse shall realize the strain.'
The succeeding lines display talents of no contemptible order.
We do not recommend the fair Authoress to 'resume this
theme, but we pledge ourselves to do her justice, in the event of
her venturing upon one of a safer kind, and more permanent in-

Go forth, brave Seamen, reach the fated shore,
Go! doomed to honours never reaped before,
Nor fear strange tales that brooding ignorance teems,
Wild fictions, borrowed from Arabian dreams;
Fear not, while months of dreary darkness roll,
To stand self-centred on the attractive Pole;
Or find some gulf, deep, turbulent, and dark,
Earth's mighty mouth suck in the struggling bark;
Fear not, the victims of magnetic force,
To hang, arrested in your midmost course;
Your prows drawn downward and your sterns in air,
To waste with cold, and grief, and famine, there:
Strange fancies these-but real ills are near,
Not clothed in all the picturesque of fear,
Which makes its wild distortions wildly dear,
Nor like the rush of fight, when burning zeal
Forbids the heart to quail, the limbs to feel
Long patient suffering, when the frozen air
Seems almost solid, and the painful glare
Of endless snow destroys the dazzled sight;
When fatal slumber comes with dreadful weight;
When every limb is pain, or deadlier yet,
Whenthose chill'd limbs the sense of pain forget;

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Awful it is to gaze on shoreless seas,
But more to view those restless billows freeze
One solid plain, or when like mountains piled,
Whole leagues in length, or when like mountains piled,
In dreadful war the floating icebergs rush,
Horrent with trees that kindle as they crush;
The flickering compass points with fitful force,
And not a star in heaven directs your course,
But the broad sun through all the endless day,
Wheels changeless round, sole beacon of your way;
Or through a night more dreadful, doomed to roam
Unknowing where, and hopeless of a home.
Dense fogs, dark floating on the frozen tide,
Veil the clear stars that yet might be your guide ;
And vainly conscious that for weeks on high,
The moon shines glorious in a cloudless sky;
For you she shines not, doom'd to wait in fear
Some glacier, fatal in its wild career,
That comes immense in shadowy whiteness, known
By the damp chill that wraps your heart, alone;
Or deadlier still, in silence hemm'd around
By gathering ice, in firmer fetters bound:
Darkling you ply your saws with fruitless toil,
Yourselves the nucleus of a mighty isle;
While the red meteors, quivering through the sky,
Disclose the dangers now too late to fly,
And light the bears that urge their dangerous way,
And famish'd growl, impatient of their prey.

* Yet Britons ! Conquerors on the subject deep,
Where'er its islands rise, its waters sweep,
Fired by your father's deathless deeds, defy
The frozen ocean, and the flaming sky;
Secure, though not one vessel speck the wave,
One Eye beholds you, and One Arm shall save;
That He, who gives those mighty agents force,
Can guard his creatures and can stay their course ;
And as, when parted on those lonely realms,
To different stars you turn your faithful helms,
On to your several quests undaunted press,
While courage seeks, but prudence wins, success :
Then should that Power, whose smile your daring crown'd
Again unite you on the vast profound,
Yourselves sole sovereigns of that awful zone,
Sole frįends, sole rivals, on those seas unknown;
How shall your tongues on past deliverance dwell,
What joy, what praise, in every heart shall swell!


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