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And gives unto the world's slight view
Some few unwilling took their stand ;
O'er the lost ruler of their land.
Transport me where the golden sun,
And bis bright race is never donc.-
My frozen limbs with Iceland snows;
And if thou wilt but hear my cry,
Oh! let not this keen agony
Now through my brain,
And yet I mourn in vain!
But that return
Oh God I burn!
My guards there,-Ho!
I will be so !-
A pale yet fearful light on me?
Thcir cold blue eyes appear to be.
Of him, the Wise, who stands beside
Red flames burst out his couch around;
And frantic grew each dying sound.
Where once he lived, where thus he died,
The Sable Bow expanded wide!
That from the Palace ye descry;
Are call'd into Eternity !
NOTES. The Death of Charles the Bul. Charles the Second of Navarre died on the 1st of January, 1387, aged 56, after a disti rbed and evil reign of 38 years. Towards the latter end of his life, according to Froissart, he was accustomed to liave his bed warmed with heated air, when once the sheets suddenly caught fire, and he was burned. Other historians give a different account of Charles's death. The appearance of the Black Rainbow is very rare in England, and the superstition connected with it in the text is almost equally so.
-Charles of France, the crowned heir Of him the Wise. Two of the many criines charge! to Charles the Bad, were the attempts to destroy the Kings Charles V. and Vi. of France, surnamed the Well-Beloved and the Wise, by slow poison.
CRANIOLOGY. Now what my love is proof hath made you know. Hamlet. THOUGH the doctrine of Cra- the allusion to my once favourite niology has gradually sunk into dis- hobbyhorse in the following position. repute, and I might almost add into Nature, in the arrangement of the decay, which a modern cynic pro- animal economy, has equally comclaimed as another ology for the Blue manded and incited the sexos to enStocking Fair to rack their brains, crease their kind, and multiply themand talk nonsense upon, yet po system selves upon earth:- She lias, moreof philosophy of the present time ever over, consistent with her bounteous offered wider extent for speculative providence, endowed them with that research, or produced more converts fond love and affection, which induces on it's first promulgation. Enrolled them to support, and watch over their originally under it's banners, and still offspring with anxious care and proretaining some lurking predilection tecting tenderness. It is true, the for it's theories, disarmed of the dan- exercise of them seems heightened gerous fallacies of Materialism and or diminished in proportion to the Fatalism, I trust I shall be excused p!ıysical strength and power of their possessors : but, in reality, the dif- able to the state and the individual, that ference exists in the means of sap- laws were instituted for it's greater port and defence with which Nature encouragement. The severity, inhas respectively furnished them : for deed, of the Spartan enactments topo one can possibly imagine, that a wards bachelors of a certain age was less affection is experienced by the remarkable :-He who had exceeded
nightingale, who mourns in plaintive the limited time granted by their law· noie the loss of her uafledged off- giver, was compelled once every winter
spring, than by the lioness, who fights to run stark naked round the Forum, with savage ferocity in behalf of her singiug a ridiculous song, wbosc tenb+lpless whelps. This natural aslec- dency heightened the shame, and aption, moreover, exists, whether called parently encreased the crime: they into active exertion, or compelled to were likewise excluded, and forbidlie dormant for want of an object to den to be present at those exercises, employ it on. From this instinctive where young virgins contended naked. impulse of nature may be traced that Another penalty was, that at a certain false allection so generally manifested feast the women were allowed to buflet for dumb animals, by those persons and bruise them with their fists, and who have no family of children upon otherwise maltreat them at their diswhom they may lavish it, or no relative cretion. Thank hearen! this age of from whom at a future period they barbarism has long since passed away. may expect a grateful retorn. Thouce and with it the exercisc of such inthat care and solicitude to their wants, human practices. Our ears are now which from the aversion of some ani- safe from the heavy blows of dismals to receive, would, it might have 'appointed dames, or the more torbeen supposed, have convinced them menting pinches of amorous damsels. they were acting in violation to all We can now look with perverse inprinciples of nature, and that the sensibility alike on the youtbfnl Great Parent of all never designed glow of seventeen, or the sallow comthat their aflections should be so un- plexion of forty-five. Love need to profitably bestowed. Many and great jonger be dwelling on our lips, or names, both in ancient and modern forcing it's way by compulsion to the times, I am well aware can be quoted heart. Deliberation may guide our in defence of the praetice. The fond choice, and frec will sanction the elecindulgence displayed by the learned tion. But then, as every good has Joboson in the treatment of his favour- it's relative evil, so we find this advanite cat, Hodge, is well known; for tage counterbalanced by the too numewhom, if Boswell's account be true, rous females of “single blessedness," he was in the habit himself of buying who, from the want of a family to paroysters, apprehensive that the ser- take their love, and occupy their attenvants having that trouble should take tion, are encircled by crowds of dumb a dislike to the poor inoflensive ani- pet favourites, in whom their sole mal. The pampered horse of Cali- affection seems centered. This I know gula, who was stabled in the most by dear-hought experience, having costly apartments of marble, and one surviving maiden aunt, who, decked with the most valuable trap- though verging fast on the respectpings and jewels the Roman empire able age of fifty-five, has never yet could produce, is another instance of participated in the joys of matrimony, the same character. Bnt these exam- and to whom every ycar I dedicate six ples farnish no argument in support of wecks of my life; not from any intenthe habit:-Folly becomes not wisdom tion of legacy-hunting, but from a pure by the numerical strength, or proud desire of contributing to her happiattainments, of it's votaries; and the ness, and breaking the dull monocustom, doubtless, were “more ho- tony of her life. Her house, though noured in the breach, than in the ob- not large, is adapted for comfort, servance." Bat my purport in this pas which has long since been disregardper is, more particularly, to shew the bed, by the introduction into her family existence of this idle passion among of three favourite spaniels as her conthat portion of my fair countrywomen, stant companions. At every corner, şeleped old maids. Among the ancients, therefore, some obstruction presents bat more especially the Grecians,matri- itself, which is designed for the use Ebony was considered so bighly honour- of these dumb creatures ; either mats Eur. Mag. Vol. 81. Jan. 1822.
for their repose in the day-time, or land manners is destroyed, by the ne-
THE PRISONERS OF MOUNT ST. MICHAEL.
summit an abbey within a fortress, which is still a secret state-prison.
LINGER, brief winter-sun, awhile,
Have happier slaves or wiser met;-
Are they falser than those the courtier treads ?
Is it darker than those his treason spreads?
If Fame and Fortune are in our debt,
Why should we fight with the angry wave,
When soon it will waft us safe to shore ? Our ship from the rock we could not save,
But we feel the blow of that rock no more: We are still the same gay gallant crew
That joyous fellowship held on board,
And the riches of hope were with us stored-
Where Fate has lodged us without a care:
Will sleep less sweetly and safely there. Shall we deplore the dreary void,
And see the last of Life's roses fall ?
We know we have gather'd and worn them all,
Welcome this dark eve of the year ;-
Ever the last should be most dear.
That our last hour is arriving here;
The latest moment was always near ;
Oh! when we look on the friends that live,
And think how early their light may close, Shall we not every shade forgive,
And bless the sunshine that round them glows ! It is the last,- for though days return,
The touch of that glow will return no more ; We may new joys from new moments learn,
But never the same we have felt before :We may tread on the spot where first we met, But shall we not wish we could forget? Lovely Garonne !—in the deep blue sky,
When the moon bends down as if fond of earth, I shape, while her snow-white clouds roll by,
The bills of the land that gave me birth : And her floating light is like the joy
That over my youth's sweet stillness sprcad,-
On hours of loneliness brighter shed :-