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She kissed his cheeks so downy,
So beautiful, so brown, And amid his locks so golden She wove a silver crown. Her breath was music round him, And her presence fancies fair That cradled the happy dreamer In a winged and rosy lair. She looked on the sleeping shepherd And her love with gazing grew, And the limbs of the lovely mortal She bathed in immortal dew. “O, happy shepherd of Latmos, What sleeping bliss divine ! I might close mine eyes for ever, To win one sleep like thine !” Thus sang the gentle Acis, And rose to pluck a bloom, With the hair of the lovely sea-nymph To mingle its sweet perfume. A noise was heard—a rumbling, A crushing sound.—“O stay! Oh, Acis, Acis "–Buried Beneath a rock he lay. The rock came fom the high cliffA huge and pointed stone— By the hand of the savage monster, The bloody Cyclops, thrown. He stood on the craggy summit, And laugh’d with a laughter wild; “I have slain at once, and buried, False goddess thy mortal child !” The lovely Galatea, She stood in speechless fear; On the rock that covered her Acis She dropt the streaming tear.
Within a still and darken'd room the last proud Tudor slept,
And England's noblest, bravest, best, as for a mother wept;
And she had known in death's lone hour, how vain even prayer must be
To win another lot for us than what is Heaven's decree
A SWISS MELODY.
Oh, sing of fair Lucerne,
Oh, sing of Pilatus,
Oh, sing of wild Burglen,
Oh, sing of the true hearts,
Who perish'd in battle,
Oh, theirs be the honor,
Whose deeds have ennobled
THE BEAUTIFUL AND THUE. - A BALLAD.
The Beautiful and True, dear love, The Beautiful and True, Oft they meet to part, but yet They never say, Adieu: The stars, how gloriously they greet ! But then, as morn comes on, Heaven's pavement to their glittering feet, Is echoeless and lone. Brightly they dance away, but still Such partings yield no pain; For ne'er they bid adieu, until They've sworn to meet again, Dear love, They've sworn to meet again I saw two birds, like Faith on wings, Meet o'er the waters blue ; O they could part like hopeful things, Nor breathe a last adieu. I saw a warrior, armed for fight, Quit his lady fond and true But their lips first held a meeting bright, And thus they bade adieu ! I saw two ships part company, O'er the ocean's sparkling foam, And the “Outward Bound,” a song of glee, And the “Homeward,” a song of home, Dear love, And the “Homeward,” a song of home ! O Minnie, thy words may breathe, “Farewell!” But thy voice hath a binding thrill, Whose latest sound shall wreathe a spell To keep thee present still. The touch of thy hand, when kind and fond, And thy smile, and thy waving hair, And thy soft deep eyes, with their hopes beyond The gloom of each passing care, Shall haunt me still, and when thou art gone I will live in a dream of thee, [on, And with thee will rove when the night comes Through the grove to our trysting tree, Dear î. Through the grove to our trysting tree. Banks of the Stour. J. B.
A PROSPECTIVE JUBILEE ON THE BANKS OF THE MERSEY.
“Was it a vision or a waking dream?”—Keats.
While stretched beside broad Mersey's stream
Seemed to surround my ear and eye,
At length arose a strong desire
I listened more and more perplext,
Yet he replied: “Can you behold
THE HARP OF MEMNON.
[On the Plains of Thebes there stood, in ancient times, a statue of Memnon, the Egyptian Apollo, bearing a harp. At sunrise a breeze passed through its strings, and called from them a wild music.]
Recall ye how, in distant clime,
The Babe within its sleep has smiled As o'er it streams that influence mild ; Nay, springs it up, with look of love As mounts that harmony above. 'Twere dangerous then should Cairo's Lord Claim tribute from those chieftains' sword; Yet were there peril round his throne, Resistless aid from them were known. But now that small band mingled there, Are kneeling towards the Sun in prayer, And hail the sign they deem is given From that bright watcher of their Heaven. O Harp of Memnon 'tis from thee Those glorious harmonies may be : Though feeble prototype, thy Lord, Of Him through Egypt's land adored, Yet influences on Him that wait An hour of life for thee create ;Enough of sympathy maintains
Between ye, that this desert ground Is vocal with responsive strains
Through Him, thou shedd'st around. The dream is past,-from childhood's hour, O'er me the .. holds charméd power, And ever hath its emblem shown Power waked by sympathy alone.
Old PAINTings.—A dozen of old paintings, on a small scale, are now exhibiting at the Egyptian Hall, and attributed (or at any rate eight or nine of them) to Giotto. Their o is, that they had lain two hundred years as lumber, in the house of an individual near Bristol, and were accidentally brought to light by a sale of his effects. They are on copper, and six represent the life of Christ from the annunciation to the crucifixion; the other six are scriptural and classical subjects. It is hardly possible to imagine the series to have been painted by one hand; nor can we think that either Giotto or Breughel (to one of whose names several are ascribed) have had aught to do with these productions. The Annunciation is a beautiful piece, finely drawn, and possessing a degree of elegancy quite inconsistent with the condition of the arts at the early period of Giotto; and its companions, though widely different in character, certainly neither pertain to that artist nor his age. As for the three Ho, “the old,” “the velvet,” and “the hellish,” there is no mark of the encil of one or another in any of these subjects. Whose they are, we cannot tell; but they are curious performances, and merit the inspection of amateurs. In some there are parts of admirable coloring; in others high talent of design; other portions, again, are ludicrous and grotesque, full of deformity in limb, and burlesque in feature. The costumes, oriental, Roman, &c., are strange and antique, and, in most, the general effects of an artist-like description.—Lit. Gaz.
Wollaston PILE —A Wollaston pile, with a concentrated solution of sulphate of zinc for the exciting liquid, and a little sulphate of copper and sulphuric acid added, maintained the same intensity for several days together; and not only required no cleaning, but the more it is used, the more regular its action becomes, the solution of zinc concentrating itself more and more at the expense of the elements which compose it. When the current begins to be weaker, it is sufficient to add again a small quantity of sulphate of copper
and sulphuric acid. This pile may be thus used up with renewing the exciting liquid.—Ibid.
THE DURHAM Monum ENT.-The monument to the memory of the late Lord Durham, a Grecian temple on the summit of Painshaw-hill, in the county of Durham, is to be commenced on the 28th, with great masonic ceremonies. The soundation-stone is to be laid by the Earl of Zetland; and the stone for the building has been generously given by the Marquis of Londonderry, from a neighboring quarry on his estate.—Ibid.
Electric Fluid.—M. Thilorier and M. Ch. Lafontaine have submitted for the opinion of a committee of the Academy of Sciences, Paris, experiments which appear to them to prove the existence of a new imponderable fluid analogous to electricity or to magnetism. The committee to examine and report are MM. Magendie, Chevreul, and Poncelet.—Paris Letter.
Mod E of PuTTING NEw Roots to Old TREEs. —It appears to consist in cutting off a tap root and grafting fibres all round the stem, which shoot out (like grafts in the ordinary manner on trees above), and draw the nutriment to the plant, as if they had formed its original parts.-Lit. Gaz.
LAch.—Several German journals give an account of an extraordinary phenomenon which took place a short time since in the lake near the convent of Lach. While the weather was perfectly serene, the waters of the lake rose in a few minutes, and overflowed the banks on all sides. They after a short space again subsided, and retired to a point far lower than their original level, exposing several extensive abysses which had been hitherto unknown. A loud subterraneous noise was at the same time heard; the trees on the banks were torn up by the roots, and large crevices formed in the banks. A sulphurous vapor arose, and a great number of fish were observed to float dead on the surface of the water. Many birds were also suf. focated by the odor.—Athenaeum.
Observations were made at the Observatory in Paris during the eclipse of the moon on the 31st ult. On this occasion the light of the moon, although under what is called a total eclipse, did not entirely disappear; but at the height of the eclipse gave forth a dull red light. This light used to be attributed to phosphorescent emanations from the moon, but the modern astronomers ascribe it to the solar rays refracted by the terrestial atmosphere. The light, however, at the eclipse of the 31st ult, presented too frequent and rapid variations of intensity to have any connexion with the changes that were possible at the same time in the earth's atmosphere. The wellknown but curious phenomenon of the appearance of two moons at one period of the eclipse added to its grandeur.—.]thenaeum.
Explosion of GUNPowd E.R.—M. Piobert has ascertained that gunpowder will not explode unless the grains be compact, and that if the interstices between them be filled up with finely-powdered charcoal, the gunpowder, if set fire to, will not explode, and will fuse slowly. When the powder is removed from the magazine for use, all that is necessary to restore the explosive property is to sift it. M. Piobert made a communication on this subject to the government, but it does not appear that his plan was put to the test. . In Russia, however, it has been tried, and there has been received from M. Fadeioff an account of the numerous essays made by the members of a commission, appointed to report on the discovery. M. Fadeioff states that the trials were successful. —Ibid.
Silicic Eth ERs.—M. Ebelmen, the discoverer of boric ether, has just succeeded in obtaining silicic ethers by the action of alcohol on chloride of silicium. He described the process, and announced farther interesting reactions of alcohol on the chlorides of titanium, tin, phosphorus, arsenic, and sulphur; the details will form the subjects of future communications.—Lit. Guz.
A GH RoNologic AL CHART of ANG 1.1 cAN Church-ARchit Ectur E.—Has just been published" on a small sheet of paper (stretched and folding up on canvass), about 22 inches by 14, and got up in the neatest style, so as to be quite a picture, as well as a o to the various periods of Anglican church-building. It is divided into the Anglo-Saxon, 600 to 1066—Anglo-Norman, to 1154—transition, to 1189—early English or lancet, to 1272—decorated, 1377—perpendicular, florid, or Plantagenet, 1485–Tudor, to 1547– and debased, to 1640–epochs as accurately fixed as the subject would admit, and with examples of each from existing specimens, well engraved, and running transversely across the page to printed descriptions of the various characteristics. To have so much in one point of view is a great desideratum, and the convenience of the plan is heightened by its gay antique and many-colored typography.—Ibid.
FALLING STARs Prog Nostics of WEATHER.— M. Coulvier Gravier thinks that all the changes which take place in the terrestial atmosphere have their origin in the upper regions. If, says says M. Gravier, we watch at night the direc
* Sunter. York, and various publishers in London, Oxford, and Cambridge.
tion, number, and changes of color of the falling stars, we shall be able to predict with certainty the wind that will prevail, and the rain, storms, &c., that will take place on the following day. M. Gravier declares that he has for several months passed entire nights in observing the falling stars, and that every morning at seven o'clock he delivered to M. Arago, at the Observatory, his prediction for the day, without having been once in error —.Athenaeum.
FRENch Antiqu ARIAN INTEllig Ence.—The visitors of Normandy may be glad to hear that a small work has been lately published on some curious Roman remains at Etretat. It is entitled L’Etretat Souterrain, and contains a description of the various objects and remains found there in 1835 and 1842, with views of the Roman buildings, vases, and tombs—the whole from the pen of the Abbe Cochet.—The Institut Catholique, an ecclesiastical and archaeological journal, published at Lyons, is becoming daily more esteemed in the French antiquarian world. All the mediaeval antiquities of that part of France are successively noticed in this periodical, and some valuable contributions are made by architects and professors of archaeology in the ancient primatial metropolis of Gaul. There is a project on foot for rebuilding, in one of the suburbs of Rheims, the celebrated abbatial church of St. Nicaise. The prefect of the department and the archbishop of the province take much interest in the undertaking, and funds are collecting for the purpose. The new edifice will be rather smaller than the old one; but the same plan, decorations, &c., will be ad hered to.—Ibid.
ANCIENT CHURCH-Music.—M. Jouannet, librarian of Bordeaux, has presented to the Comite Historique a facsimile copy of an ecclesiastical chant of the tenth century. The original forms the termination of a New Testament, a Ms. on parchment of that date, and coming originally from the abbey of La Suave. The notation and the lettering of this Ms. are exactly similar to those of the Mysterc des Vierges folles, from a celebrated Ms. once at Limoges, but now in the Bibliotheque Royale, and from which a facsimile extract has been published in the volume of instructions issued by the Comite on the subject of ecclesiastical music —The restoration of the Gregorian chant in many parochial churches of Paris has been attended with the best effects. None but male voices participate in them; and from seven to eight hundred men of the working classes may now be seen at vespers in some of the larger churches, joining in this solemn ancient spiritual exercise.—The Comite have authorized M. Bottee de Toulmon to publish three masses of music, chosen from among the most interesting of the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. The music is to be printed with movable types, not engraved, and the original notation is to be accompanied by a transport into modern notation. A short explanatory notice is to accompany each mass.-The learned Dom Guerauger is making rapid progress with his collection of ancient ecclesiastieal music, already mentioned as intended for publication. It will consist, when complete, of 6000 pieces of plain chant selected from all epochs down to the sixteenth century; the whole accompanied by the modern system of notation.—Ibid.