from the Literary Gazette.


Fear not to die ! fear not to die !

Fear rather on to live,
Where time must still that rest deny

Only the grave can give;
Fear not oblivion's shadow there-

The glad rest promised thee,
Is that which souls with God shall share

Throughout eternity!

Amid the starry systems, beyond earth's furthest

reach, I see a Godhead's greatness surpassing human

speech. I see ā vast eternity in all, even in my heart; And every cloud dissolves in light as this world's

shores depart. Now for the first time can I read my brother's heart

aright; We all of us are poor and weak, but none are evil


Fear not to die! to rend on earth

T'he ties that made earth dear;
Believe whate'er life holds of worth

Has least of worth whilst here :
Like those rare dreams that through the night

Our souls with beauty fill,
The past shall have rich floods of light

Whereby to shrine it still.
Fear not to die! the great have died,

The good, the true, the brave;
The loved have early left our side,

And quench'd each joy they gave; Why weakly wish to linger on,

Where such deep shades are thrown, Till, love, and light, and beauty gone,

We tread earth's wastes alone ?

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Fear not to die! fear mortal sin;

Fear guilt and shame, for those May work that direst death within

Whose night no dawning knows;
Fear so to mar the beautiful

That thou no more may'st see
How near heaven's light-by earth made dull-

Has ever been to thee.

“AMEN," said the clerk, as he closed his book,

With a heavy sigh and groan,
" In Nature's sweet pages I'll try to look

For feelings like my own.
The mavis sings to his young on the bough,
The linnet to its gentle mate I trow,

But I seem alone.

Fear not to die! the perfect love

That casteth out all fear
Shall brightly bear thy soul above

The clouds that fold it here!
The binding chain is wrought in dust

“ Ah! dear my child, in the merry greenwood

That seeks thy hope to stay;
Let night come on with changeless trust

And wake, and find it day.

Thy form was fair to see;
Full many a prayer in its solitude

Have I offered up for thee.
Full many a prayer, for thou wert so young,
Such a halo of beauty o'er thee hung:-

Yet, 'tis all—all vanity!


Howitt's Journal.



My life seems parted from all gentle things,

No joys to me will come,
The thought that ever to my old heart clings,

Is my lone vacant home.
It is as though all kindly natures fed

With the dim shadow of that lovely dead-
Translated by Mary Howitt.

So wearily I roam. Wenn die unbekannte Hand den letzten Pfeil an das Haupt “Sweet music have these aged oaks, sweet lays des Menschen sendet, so bückt er vorher das Haupt, und der Pfeil hebt bloss die Dornen-krone von seinen Wunden ab.

Are filling earth and air; JEAN Paul.

Sweet meetings in these pleasant leafy ways,

Sweet thoughts for love to share.

Ah ! all too beautiful, ye flowers that seem What can it be that shines so ? it purifies my sight; As mocking to my sense as some new dream I feel my eyes are opened in the glory of this light;

That wakes me to my care. Before the strength within my soul my head bows like a reed,

Unclasp, old book, I may not see those trees; And from each bound of meaner kind my heart is I may not list again gently freed.

The rich-toned melodies that swell the breeze, In death wings plume our shoulders, so did our For aye it gives me pain. youth believe;

Still, all' is

nity, the Preacher saith, Yes, then the wings which lift from change our Even that gentle life, that saint-like death, panting souls receive.

The grave where she is lain.”

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QUEEN ISABELLA AND HER MINISTER.-A SCENE. The Queen looked at the woe-begone countenance - The following scene is reported by the Madrid of her faithful Minister. I am not aware that his correspondent of the Times, to have taken place at Excellency is a desperate performer on any musical the Palace betwixt the Queen of Spain and her instrument, but at ihat moment he looked as if he Minister Benavides, on the 25th ultimo, when he had passed whole days in playing on the Pandean waited upon her Majesty to announce to her the re- pipes, and with such energy and perseverance as to fusal of the King to return to the Palace.

have blown his face to a single point. On his (Benavides) arrival from the Prado, he “What news, Benavides ? Hombre ! what ails proceeded with a heavy heart to the Palace of the you? has anything happened ! Narvaez come Queen. He gave his name to the majordomo on back,- Carlists in Madrid, -mamma returned, duty, a gentleman bearing a striking resemblance, my líule brothers and sisters got the measles ? Well, in solid stateliness, to those mute but expressive what has happened ?". Chinese or Hebrew figures in the windows of large " Your Majesty-oh, your Majesty !-" grocery establishments, who nod, respectfully fami- "Well, man, what is it? Speak." liar, to the passers-by, and invite to the aromatic "Your Majesty—his Majesty the King"luxuries within.

Oh, the King! I see. Well, how are the rab“ I am Benavides, Minister of Gobernacion, and bits ?” I pray an audience of her Majesty," said the Minis. May it please your Majesty I have not inquired: ter, lifting his spectacles with his thumb and finger, Had I thought—" in order that the full blaze of his intellectual beauty "Well, never mind the rabbits. What does the should produce its effect on the beholder. The silent King say ?” official nodded and disappeared.

"It is my most painful duty to communicate to Her Gracious Majesty is a child of nature, a de- your Majesty that his Majesty bas refused to return tester of puerile ceremony; she does not at all re- to the palace-until-four-months-shall have semble her solemn predecessor, who allowed his elapsed. After that time—perhaps-- tmay-under face and hands to be scorched because the proper certain circumstances--consent" officer was not near to remove him from the fire, or A flush of indignation passed over the brow of the fire from him; and still less that other ethereal the descendant of Charles III., but it was only for a Queen of Castile, who punished the audacity of the moment. Barcelona manufacturer for having presented her Cunque, Paquo-1 mean, his Majesty refuses with a pair of silk stockings, thereby presuming to return to the Palace. Excellent! "Lock you, that a Queen of Spain could have legs like a mere Senor Benavides, I told you, your chief, and your mortal! Queen Isabella will never allow herself colleagues, what was to happen when you made me to be reduced to charcoal, -it she can help it; and, come here from La Granja before the heat of sumalas for the decay of queenly pride, she well knows mer had yet passed away. I know the King better that she has these useful, though commonplace, than you do; I knew he would not come back; and members, and rejoices in the robustness and solidity you might, if you had listened to me, have spared of her understanding. She was at that moment me this additional insult, which if I forget, may, rioting in the freshness of a substantial mutton cut-but, never mind,- your intentions were perhaps let, and laughing heartily, from time to time, at one good. But what fools Pacheco and all of you must of her unwieldy and dignified attendants, giving have been to suppose that I was mistaken in my vain ehase to a favorite and saucy dog that had idea of his Majesty. No one knows Paquo better made too free with the Royal table.

than I do,”—and she laughed so heartily, so earnest“The Minister of Gobernacion," said the lord in ly, that, in spite of etiquette, and the Marquis of waiting, "to demand an audience of your Majes. Miraflores' rigid rules against coughing, swearing, ty."

or laughing, when Royalty is present, poor Bena“Let the Minister of Gobernacion enter; he vides unfolded his countenance, and smoothed it incomes from Paquo," Royalty is reported to have to a ghastly smile. "Any more business ?" answered.

“No, please your Majesty, I return to my colSenor Benavides advanced, solemn and sad as leagues, to consult, deliberate, and ponder on—" the messenger "who drew Priam's curtains at the "Oh, I see; Í understand. Very well, very dead of night and told him Troy was lost"


The Queen, though evidently with the trace of faring Sketches among the Greeks and Turks, by a anger and insulted pride on her countenance, Seven years' Resident in Greece. laughed again as the Minister retired, at the failure of the Ambassador of the Prado, and more so at the A New HEROINE.-A lady one day complained outrage offered her in the reasons insinuated for that of the state of her health. Even the newspapers failure. She, however, returned to her ordinary had lost their excitement-"She could not relish occupations, and that evening was on the Prado and her murders as usual !” This is not a jeu d'esprit, in the theatre as usual.

but an actual speech ; and it is enough to make one Such is the scene, more or less exactly reported, fear that the publicity of the journals is not an unsaid to have taken place vetween the Queen and her mixed good. But as the bad parts of human nature Minister of the Home Department,

must continue to be exhibited in the thousand mir

rors of the press, those who would neutralize the THE INTERIOR OF A HAREM.-"The women evil should take every opportunity of calling into made me sit down; and when I placed myself in action the higher and purer sympathies of the heart. the usual European manner, they begged me in a And not rarely does the daily news itself supply us deprecating tone not to remain in that constrained with the means of so doing, and present in the very position, but to put myself quite at my ease, as same page an antidote to the poison, although we if I were in my own house. How far I was at are only too liable to pass over the former in favor of my ease, installed à la Turque, on an immense pile the chalice which offers a coarser intoxication. ot cushions, I leave to be imagined by any one That the details of crime, as given daily in the who ever tried to remain five minutes in that pos- newspapers, indurate the sensibilities,just as freture.

quent public executions used to breed felons at the "I was determined to omit nothing that should foot of the gallows—cannot be denied; but they give them a high idea of my savoir vivre,' accord present likewise, and not unfrequently, details of ing to their own notions, and began by once more virtue, which require only to be brought promigravely accepting a pipe. At the pacha’s I had nently' forward to counteract the former influence, managed merely to hold it in my hand, occasionally and maintain a healthy tone in the mind. Among touching it with my lips, without really using it; the latter we have just observed, in a provincial but I soon saw that, with some twenty pairs of eyes journal, an anecdote of female heroism which merfixed jealously upon me, I must smoke bere -posi- its record much more than the most splendid deeds tively and actually smoke-or be considered a vio- of valor in the field, and we are proud to afford it a lator of all the laws of good breeding. The tobacco wider circulation and a more permanent page. An was so mild and fragrant that the penance was not obliging correspondent, who resides near the place so great as might have been expected ; but I could in question, not only vouches for the truth of the scarcely help laughing at the lúdicrous position I facts, but enables us to give the incident with some was placed in, seated in state on a large square completeness. cushion, smoking a long pipe, the other end of In a house in Morden Street, Troy-town, Rocheswhich was supported by a kneeling slave, and bow-ter, a young girl called Sarah Rogers, about fifteen ing solemnly to the sultana between almost every years of age, was in charge of a child ten months whiff. Coffee, sweetmeats, and sherbet (the most old. She had laid down the infant for a time, and delightful of all pleasant draughts), were brought to missing it on turning round, ran out in the garden me in constant succession by the two little negroes, to look for it. The child was not to be seen; and and a pretty young girl, whose duty it was to present the poor little nurse, in obedience to a terrible preme the richly embroidered napkin, the corner of sentiment, rushed to the well. Her fears were only which I was expected to make use of as it lay on too just. The covering of the well was out of reher shoulder, as she knelt before me. These re- pair; and on dragging away the broken boards, she freshments were offered to me in beautiful crystal saw the object of her search in the water at the botvases, little gold cups, and silver trays, of which, for tom-a distance of about sixty-three feet. A wild my misfortune, they seemed to possess a large sup- scream broke from the girl at the sight; but she did ply, as I was obliged to go through a never-ending not content herself with screaming, and she knew course of dainties, in order that they might have an that if she ran for aid, it would, in all probability, opportunity of displaying them all.

come too late. Sarah 'Rogers, therefore this girl "My bonnet sadly puzzled them; and when, to of fifteen-lowered the bucket to the bottom, and please them, I took it off, they were most dreadfully grasping the rope in her hands, descended after it

. scandalized, to see me with my hair uncovered, and in thus descending, without any one above to steady could scarcely believe that I was not ashamed to sit her, she swayed against the rough stones of the well

, all day without a veil or handkerchief; they could and mangled her hands to such an extent, that the not conceive, either, why I should wear gloves un- flesh is described as having been actually torn from less it was to hide the want of hepna, with which the bones. they offered to supply me. They then proceeded to She reached the bottom nevertheless; and alask me the most extraordinary questions-many of though standing in three feet water, contrived to get which I really found it hard to answer. My whole hold of the drowning child with her lacerated hands, existence was as incomprehensible to this poor and raise it above the surface. She then emptied princess, vegetating from day to day within her four the bucket, which had filled, and placing her prewalls, as that of a bird in the air must be to a mole cious charge in it, awaited the result. That result burrowing in the earth. Her life consisted, as she was fortunate and speedy, for her scream providentold me, of sleeping, eating, dressing, and bathing. tially had drawn several persons to the spot, and She never walked further than from one room to Sarah Rogers had presently the delight to see the another; and I can answer for her not having an bucket ascending with the infant. Still the brave idea beyond the narrow limits of her prison. It is and generous girl was unsatisfied; and when the a strange and most unnatural state to which these bucket was lowered for herself, she could not be poor women are brought; nor do I wonder that the prevailed upon to enter it till they had assured her Turks, whose own detestable egotism alone causes of the safety of the child. it, should declare that they have no souls." - Way- The infant was found to be severely, but not dan

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gerously hurt; while it was feared that its preserver SAILORS' PRANKS.-During the night, some ot would lose for ever the use of her hands. But this, those on deck would éome below to light a pipe or we are happy to say, is now not likely to be the case. take a mouthful of beef and biscuit. Sometimes The wounds will in all probability, yield to the they fell asleep; and, being missed directly that influence of care and skill, and Sarah Rogers will anything was to be done, their shipmates often be able, as heretofore, to earn her bread by the work amused themselves by running them aloft with a of her hands. But she is a poor, solitary girl, with pulley dropped down the scuttle from the fore-top. no relations able to assist her, and even no home One night, when all was perfectly still, I lay awake upon earth but that of the grateful parents of the in the forecastle. The lamp was burning low and child. These, unfortunately, are not in a condition thick, and swinging from its blackened beam; and to render their aid of much importance. They have with ihe uniform motion of the ship the men in the declared, it is true, that for the future Sarah Rogers bunks rolled slowly from side to side, the hammocks shall be like one of their own family; but the hus- swaying in unison. Presently I heard a toot upon band is nothing more than a clerk on board her ma- the ladder, and, looking up, saw a wide trousers leg. jesty's ship Poictiers, and is probably but ill pre- Immediately Navy Bob, a stout old Triton, stealpared to sustain such an addition to the number of thily descended, and at once went to groping in the his household. Would it not be well, in a case locker after something to eat. Supper ended, he like this, in which governments are necessarily pas- proceeded to load his pipe. Now, for a good, comsive, for such private individuals as have not more fortable smoke at sea, there never was a better place pressing claims upon their liberality, to come forward, than the Julia's forecastle at midnight. To enjoy and do honor publicly to fidelity and intrepidity, the luxury, one wants to fall into a kind of dreamy even when found in a poor, little, friendless servant- reverie, known only to the children of the weed. girl ?—Chambers.

And the very atmosphere of the place, laden as it

was with the snores of the sleepers, was inducive of DEATH OF DR. ANDREW COMBE.—"We an- this. No wonder, then, that after a while Bol's nounce with great regret,” says the Times, "the head sank upon his breast. Presently his hat fell death of Dr. Andrew Combe, which occurred at off, the extinguished pipe dropped from his mouth, Georgie Mill, near Edinburgh, on the night of Mon- and the next moment he lay out on the chest as tranday last. Dr. Combe was only forty-nine years of quil as an infant. Suddenly an order was heard on age, and, although he had long been afflicted by deck, followed by the tramping of feet and the hauldisease of the lungs, no expectations were enter- ing of rigging. The yards were being braced, and tained of his dissolution until within a week of that soon after the sleeper was missed, for there was a event. His immediate illness was a sudden attack whispered conference over the scuitle. Directly a of bowel complaint, under the weakening influence shadow glided across the forecastle, and noiselessly of which he sank without pain. Dr. Combe was approached the unsuspecting Bob. It was one of one of the physicians in ordinary to the Queen, and the watch, with the end of a rope leading out of sight corresponding member of the Imperial and Royal up the scuttle. Pausing an instant, the sailor presSociety of Physicians of Vienna, and his works, the sed sofily the chest of his victim, sounding his slumchief of which were— The Principles of Physiology bers, and then, hitching the cord to his ankle, reapplied to the Preservation of Health,' ' A Treatise turned to the deck. Hardly was his back turned on the Physiological and Moral Management of when a long limb was thrust from a bammock opInfancy,' and 'The Physiology of Digestion,' had posite, and Doctor Long Ghost, leaping forth wari, passed through a number of editions, and attained a ly, whipped the rope from Bob's ankle, and fastened celebrity rarely equalled both in Europe and Ame- it like lightning to a great lumbering chest, the prorica. Just before his last attack of illness he was perty of the man who had just disappeared.' Scarceactively engaged in the preparation of a communi- ly was the thing done, when, lo! with a thundering cation intended for insertion in the Times, on a sub- bound, the clumsy box was torn from its fastenings, ject of the greatest moment within his peculiar and, banging from side to side, flew towards the branches of philanthropic inquiry--namely, the na- scutile. Here it jammed; and, thinking that Bob, ture and causes of the ship fever, which has swept who was as strong as a windlass, was grappling a off, within the last few months, so many hundreds beam and trying to cut the line, the jokers on deck of the unfortunate Irish in their emigration to the strained away furiously On a sudden the chest United States."

went aloft, and, striking against the mast, flew open,

raining down on the heads of the party a merciless INTERESTING ANTIQUARIAN DISCOVERIES shower of things too numerous to mention. Of MALTA.-We understand that Mr. William Win-1 course the uproar roused all hands, and when we throp, United States Consul at this city, and Mr. hurried on deck, there was the owner of the box, Walter Lock of the royal artillery, have been en looking aghast at its scattered contents, and with gaged during the past month in excavating a temple one wandering hand taking the altitude of a bump at Citta Vecchia, which, doubtless, owes its origin on his head.-- Adventures in the South Seas. to the earliest inhabitants of the island, and may be considered a most remarkable relic. This curious SHAKSPEARE's House. The present proprietors Phænician relic, or “Church of the Saracens," as of the place of our great poet's birth are, it appears, the country people have already begun to call it

, is compelled to sell it, by the terms of the will of a forsituated in a pretty valley, not far from the small mer owner. The house is a freehold, and is valued church of Virtu, and can easily be found by those at something like £2,000. This valuation has been who, as antiquarians, in search of tombs, have formed on the number of visitors. In 1846 it was made themselves acquainted with that part of the calculated that something like 3,000 people had island. Travellers and others, who take an interest | visited the house, though not more than 2,500 bad in antiquarian researches, will be amply repaid for entered their names in the book kept for the purtheir trouble in visiting this temple, which will car-pose. The house will be sold by auction in the ry their speculations back to the earliest ages, and course of the summer, and one or two enthusiastic be found wholly unlike any other place in Malta or Jonathans have already arrived from America, deGozo now known to exist.--7'imes,

termined to see what dollars can do in taking it

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away. The timbers, it is said, are all sound, and rable serfs; so that a people progresses or retroit would be no very difficult matter to set it on grades in the same direction, pari passu, with the wheels and make an exhibition of it. We hope and laws under which they live. If they be martial, trust that no such desecration awaits it. Wholly like those of Lycurgus, the people will become solirrespective of Shakspeare, as one of the few exist diers; if they be commercial, like those of Cartha. ing examples of an English yeoman's residence of gena, they will become a trading, instead of a warlike the reign of Queen Elizabeth, it merits to be pre- people. If the well-being of a nation is not consulted served and retained among us.-Globe.

by the lawgivers, the people are often inclined to

follow the same example, and neglect themselves. THE INFLUENCE OF LEGISLATION ON THE HABITS While industry is not encouraged and protected AND Morals OF THE PEOPLE.—To a person who by legislative enactments, as is the case in Ireland, may take the trouble of looking on the laws of any the people become idle, and oftentimes depraved : country, and the position of its inhabitants, both in a where sanitary enactments, are not passed, the pecmoral and physical view, with the eye of a good ple become filthy, and a total disregard for all cleanlistatesman and a sound philosopher, it will obviously ness marks their customs and habits. There are, to appear that their social habits, national impulses, be sure, many exceptions to this view of the subject; feelings, and sympathies, are in a great degree en- but as a general rule, it usually holds good; from the gendered, controlled, and created by the spirit of the social, moral, and physical condition of a people, we constitutional code under which they live. Where may justly infer what is the nature of the laws, and the principles of human freedom are recognised in the principles of the government under which they the legislative enactments of a country, the people live. There is scarcely any country without capabibecome imbued with the same sentiments, and the lities peculiar to itselt, and calculated to render its national mind takes its caste accordingly ; but people happy; there no land or clime without its wherever despotism reigns--where the rights of the resources, adapted to the necessities of its inhabitsubject are invaded by the power of the laws, rather ants, and fit to supply them with everything that than protected by their sacred authority—there the nature requires, it properly developed. So that soil is congenial to serfdom, and slavery becomes when we see a nation poor, and the humbler porfashionable.

vion of the community in a state of wretched misery, This proposition cannot be better proved than by we will unquestionably find, on due inspection, that referring to the southern states of America, which there is a screw somewhere loose in the legislative form a portion of the Great Western Republic. In machinery. If we wish to elevate the people, we those states, there is what may be termed a species must first begin by elevating the laws-we must of moral freedom recognised in their laws and in- commence this noble task by reforming legislative stitutions. While they claim the proud privilege of abuses, and the improvement of the people's condibeing free of all the world beside, and hoist the star- tion will follow as a natural consequence.- People's spangled banner in the name of liberty—they legal- Journal. ize slavery in its darkest shape. That divine attribute--the gift of the Creator-free-will, they have Mr. VERNON'S GIFT TO

THE NATION.-The the temerity to destroy, and the audacious effiontery rumor which has prevailed for some time, that Mr. to advocate their right of doing so. While the laws Vernon intended to present his fine collection of teach the free subjects of those slave states to assume pictures to the nation, is now a certainty, that gen. a tone of independence with respect to foreigners, it tleman having placed it at the immediate disposal of also makes them the advocates of that human traffic the trustees to the National Gallery. For this noble which has shorn the American eagle of half its act, the public is most deeply indebted to Mr. Verplumes, and sullied her boasted flag, impressing on non, and it is to be hoped that some public acknowthe stripes and the stars an indelible stain at which ledgment of it will be made. Consisting, for the tyrant man should hang his head and blush. The most part, of modern works, this collection will Irish emigrant goes over to South America, filled form the nucleus of a really national gallery of with the enthusiasm of the Celt—hatred of oppres- British art, which the trustees will now feel comsion, and declaiming against every species of slave-pelled to increase. Fear of the imputation of favorry; but, in too many cases, he soon feels the magic itism and jobbing has hitherto prevented the trustouch of those boasted liberal institutions, which tees from purchasing modern works; but this must makes the Yankee the most self-important man in be overcome. One other advantage'likely to result the world-he conforms, after a short residence, to from this important gift is an early alteration at the the customs of the country; and it is ten chances National Gallery. Its enlargement has been comout of eleven, but he becomes a slave owner himself, menced; but it seems clear that a fresh building for and a most invincible advocate for the expediency the national collection must be found, sufficiently of that infernal jurisprudence, which excludes the large to encourage constant donations, or that the man of color from the circle of the great human fa- Royal Academy must be provided for elsewhere, mily, and reduces him to the level of the brute crea- with the same end in view. Our opinions as to the tion. I have conversed with an Irish slave owner necessity of this have been hitherto expressed. - The from the state of Alabama, and vainly endeavored Builder. to show him the injustice of American slavery. He told me that he was once as great an advocate for its ReinhaRT'S DEMISE.-This venerable Nestor of abolition as I was—that previous to his going out to European artists died lately, aged eighty-six years, America he was an abolitionist and a high conser- of which he passed fifty in the Roman capital

. vative in Irish politics.

Having been acquainted with all the notorieties of Under the laws of the Roman Republic, Rome be- the age, none who came to Rome neglected to see came mistress of the world; and her sons, imbibing Reinhart. His works are scattered over Europe, their principles, the stern supporters of liberty. But from Stockholm to Sicily, amongst which his enin after times, when the laws of the tyrant predomi- gravings are not to be forgotten. He was a great nated, the ancient Roman race became, as it were, ex- friend of the open air and the chase, which latter he tinct, and the sons of Italy, no longer able to bear her practised up to a few years before his demise. — The proud eagle, degenerated into an bject race of mise Builder.

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