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to me, ' Come Judy, my dear, put on your things I ilized man. They frequently had snowstorms of and go along with me.' An' where is it ye great violence, and disease thinned their ranks. are going?' said I. • Never mind that,' said he, November 1st he states :-"Several had been en
come along. So I went with him, and we tirely destitute of meat or bread for many days. both signed the pledge, and niver a drop of the These chiefly consisted of those who devoured critter has he tasted since.”—Dew Drop. their provisions immediately, and a number who
were in the boats. The voracious disposition DR. SENTER'S JOURNAL.
many of us had now arrived at, rendered almost
anything admissible. Clean and unclean were The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has forms now little in use. In company was a poor lately done itself credit by the publication of this dog who had hitherto lived through all the tribuwork from the original manuscript. Dr. Senter, lations, who became a prey for the sustenance of a native of New Hampshire, was pursuing the the assassinators. This poor animal was instudy of medicine at Newport, R. I., when the stantly devoured, without leaving any vestige of battle of Lexington opened ihe revolutionary war. the sacrifice.* Nor did the shaving soap, pomaHe immediately joined a body of Rhode Island tum, and even the lip-salve, leather of their shoes, troops as surgeon, and having reached Cambridge, cartridge-boxes, &c., share a better fate.” On the where the American army was encamped, he was 8th of November they reached Point Levi, opposhortly after appointed to the detachment entrusted site Quebec. “ The confusion in Quebec was to General Arnold for the invasion of Canada, by very great. But if we had been in a situation to way of the Kennebec river. This little work is a have crossed the river immediately upon our arriplain but graphic narrative of the difficulties, dan- val, they would have fallen an easy prey." Five gers and sufferings, of that memorable expedition. British vessels sailed down the river, supposed to A large part of the forces abandoned the enter-be laden with valuable effects. On the night of prise in despair; the undaunted remainder pushed the 13th they crossed the river without discovery on and reached Quebec, after the most dreadful from the British fleet, and without the loss of a sufferings from hunger, cold and want of every necessary of life. Ai Quebec they were joined by
The bad condition of their arms, and a deficienGeneral Montgomery, who had previously taken cy of ammunition compelled them on the 18th of Montreal. It is evident from this joumal that, November to raise the siege and proceed eight had the American General had double the number leagues up the St. Lawrence, whence they deof men, Quebec must have fallen into his hands, spatched messengers to Montreal to apprize Gen. and the province of Canada might now constitute Montgomery of their position and condition. On a portion of our union.
the 1st of December Montgomery joined them with The party left Cambridge in September, 1775, part of his forces, and in a few days Quebec was and passed through Newburyport and Salem to again besieged. The doctor details some of their Newbury, where they embarked in transports for transactions in language altogether medical, thus : the mouth of the Kennebec, up which river they Monday 11th-Agreeable to prescription, fiftysailed to a short distance above Gardiner's town, five more of the fire-pills were given to the Carlenow called Gardiner. Here they took to their bat- tonians last evening. Operated with manifest perteaux, and after sundry accidents by water, and turbation, as they were [as usual) alarmed. Bells having to carry their boats across a number of beating, dogs barking, &c. Their cannonade still portages, around rapids and waterfalls, they continued on the battery, but to no advantage. reached, on the 24th of October, a part of the Forty-five more pills as cathartic last nighi.” river where they found it impossible to proceed Among other works the Americans built a battery any further with the remainder of their boats, ex- of ice, but were obliged to abandon it. A most cept by hauling them from the shore by towing interesting account of the attack upon Quebec and lines. Their provisions had fallen short, and on the death of Montgomery is next given, but it is too that day the doctor joined “ Colonel Greene's divi- long to transcribe. sion, waiting for the remainder of the army to Arnold was severely wounded in this assault, come up, that they might get some provisions ere and displayed great courage on the occasion. they advanced any further.” They were “ almost “ We entreated," says Dr. Senter, “ Col. Arnold destitute of any eatable whatever, except a few for his own safety, 10 be carried back into the candles, which were used for supper and breakfast country where they would not readily find him the next morning by boiling them in water gruel," when out, but to no purpose. He would neither &c.
be removed nor suffer a man from the hospital 10 “ A council being here held whether all or part
retreat. He ordered his pistols loaded, with a only should proceed, it was decided by a majority sword in his bed, &c., adding that he was deterof one vote ihat all should proceed. Lieut. Col. mined to kill as many as possible if they came into Enos, however, who had been in the majority, the room. We were now all soldiers, even to the shortly after changed his mind and joined the re- wounded in their beds were ordered a gun by their turners. The party that resolved to proceed were side.” In June, the army evacuated Canada. The now one hundred and fifty-four miles from the Ca- doctor describes their "unaccountable misfortunes" nadian inhabitants, with a howling wilderness be- either to the neglect in the generals' not apprizing tween them. On the 27th of October, the doctor congress of the state of the army from time to says :-"Our bill of fare for last night and this time; or to the neglect of congress to provide for morning consisted of the jawbonc of a swine, des- their necessities.- Pennsylvanian. titute of any covering.-This we boiled in a quantity of water, that, with a little thickening, consti * This dog belonged to Mr. Steele, of Pennsylvania, tuted our sumptuous eating.” Their way led brother of the late Gen. John Steele, of the Philadelphia them over mountains and through swamps and custom-house. We shed tears for his loss, whilst his thickets, previously untrodden by the foot of civ-comrades were eating him.
From the Athenæum. ful constitution-mix up with the vulgarities of a MR. JAMES, THE NOVELIST.
genteel writer, (for Mr. James is a very genteel The Step-Mother. By G. P. R. JAMES, Esq. 3 writer,) into a farrago whose flatness has one only vols. Smith, Elder & Co.
redeeming circumstance. An air of easy self
esteem presides over the delivery of all these There is in rapidity of production a suggestion platitudes which, out of the very heart of weariof power, which leads the mind, ex mero motu, to ness, will raise an occasional smile; and this is now look for the qualities by which the rapidity and its and then exalted into an absolute enjoyment by the inference are to be alike justified. It is true that ludicrous effects which the writer's utter carelessthis rapidity is quite as likely to have another ness of manner produces, and his perfect unconsource--that a consciousness of power and an un- sciousness of any such effect. consciousness of weakness may have a common Mr. James' dedications we have always thought expression, as temerity affects to speak the lan- models in their kind. Much may be learned of a guage of strength-that a great moral authority man by his dedications. Something of the charachas described the fool as being often more for- ter will peep out in these treacherous reporters, ward than the angel on the same ground—and where a writer commits himself to them freely. finally, that it is entirely illogical to accept quan- The preface and the dedication are, of course, tity as in any degree a measure of quality :-still carefully written parts of a book. Standing as lhe prejudice exists-mere accumulation has its each does prominent and detached-having no own dynamic value-and extent is assumed, on its support for its weakness from the other portions of first suggestion, to imply depth. When we see the volume-it has to make its impression by its issue after issue from the same intellectual trea- own particular merits, and is usually put into atiisury, our first inference is of its wealth ; and we tude with sufficient care. Nowhere, then, do recur for illustration rather to the multiplied crea- this author's feebleness of manner and smirking tions of Scott and the sudden marvels of Michael intention show more conspicuously than in his Angelo, than to the garrulity of the gossip or the dedications. His highest key-note is here touched ; manufactured ingenuities of the merchant of delf. and it falls after this flat and unvarying fashion on
The author before us abounds in this sort of the expectant ear:-" My dear a few words imputed strength. The acreage of his literary will be sufficient for the dedication of this book to estate is now very considerable—and fast increas- one for whom I have so great a regard, and who, I ing: but a strong suspicion of its want of value am proud to believe, has so great a regard for is spreading amongst readers. Each new addition me. This is the very style of the “Complete is purchased by him, there is too much reason to Letter-Writer.” The comfortable reciprocity, think, at less and less of intellectual cost—and yet too, which it announces, runs through all Mr. was less worth the purchase than the last. In fact, James' compositions in this kind, in forms of it is believed, in many quarters, that Mr. James about equal ingenuity and with a fine monotony of started in life with but a slender literary capital ; tone and intention. All his dedicatees are very and early invested it in a particular form of fiction distinguished men, as he assures them-giving which yielded him an excellent return: and that them, at the same time, to understand that a this return he has been unwisely expending since leading proof of their title to distinction consists in in barren additions to his literary seigniory-whose the manner in which they have distinguished himplashy waters, flavorless fruits, and colorless flow- self. On his own showing, this writer would ers are, in each new instance, less and less of seem to have the uncommon friendship of a larger temptations to generous and discerning public.” number of gifted persons than fall as friends to -But leaving the language of metaphor—which most men's share ; and his design appears to be has caught our critical garment in walking over to reward (or perhaps secure) each with a separthis last of Mr. James' enclosures we have, in ate dedication. It is pleasant work enough, this fact, been curious to inquire into the disagreement dedication-writing, as Mr. James manages it ; bebetween the promise of this author's abundant pro- cause he never fails to make it render tribute, in duction and the very unsatisfactory result which the shape we have mentioned, or some other, to continually remains as its fulfilment;-to trace, if himself. In the present instance, we do not think possible, the secret of those devices by which the he has been fortunate in his treatment of this delifacility is made to grow, as the force is declining cate instrument–because while he assures, -whereby the complement, menaced by the fail- usual, the gentleman who is the object of his deure of means, is kept up by the substitution of dication, that he (the dedicatee) possesses uncomtheir appearances ; and we think we have made mon powers, it is incautiously added that he has soine discoveries, the communication of which given little proof of it. may be useful to novel writers of Mr. James' To return, however, to Mr. James' contrivances class.
for getting three volumes out of small materials The first and most obvious contrivance for the and then three more out of the same by turning attainment of quantity is, of course, dilution ; but them. For this purpose, Mr. James has found this resource has practically its limit, and Mr. great resource in description. Every man, woman, James had reached it long ago. Commonplace in and child, town, village, house, tree, brook, and its best day, anything more feeble, vapid - sloppy, field that comes in his way is largely described in fact (for we know not how to characterize this and most of them re-described. Then, the compowriter's style but by some of its own inelegancies) nent parts of such of them as have component ---than Mr. James' manner has become, it were parts susceptible of description, are separately dedifficult to imagine. Every literary grace has been scribed—and this, of course, is ticklish work swamped in the spreading marasmus of his style. which leads to mistakes. Next, Mr. James will Gossipry of the quality which proverb has assigned find out that something is beyond description, and to the tea-table-sentimentalities such as are be- therefore cannot be described; and having taken a loved of ladies' maids, &c.-faded moralities, that somewhat unfair advantage of the reader by winlook wan from their great age and originally doubt-| ning his ear to the explanation of this impossibility
-he then proceeds to describe it! We will con- the book for the author they shorten it for the fess that this has more than once tried the imper-reader-because he skips them. It is not in hufection of our tempers sorely ; because our imme- man strength to read them. We dare not offer diate feeling was that we had been imposed on: one of the heavier passages to our own readers ; but we have usually restored our good humor to but will give the most cheerful we can find-made the author at the second thought, which brought cheerful by the fact that it is intended as at once the sense of his ingenuity.--All these devices, a specimen of the reflections in question and of the however, Mr. James has found far from sufficient author's liveliness. We do earnestly hope that the to eke out the paucity of narrative material; and reader will not find the very liveliness a heavier before we proceed to relate the author's grand and thing than the heaviness which we have avoided paramount discovery, we must point out a few of for his sake : but if happily he can float upon this the many supplementary means which the neces- example as we just can ourselves, we ask him to sity of the case suggested to his invention as feed- think what effect pages upon pages of moralitiesers. They form curious examples of adaptation. intruding themselves everywhere, incumbering all Our readers are to understand that the gain of a the incidents, keeping up a regular chorus-not single word is of importance in our author's sys- Greek—and beside the most cheerful of which this tem; and like a man who has a sum to make up looks lively-must have upon the spirits :by a given day, with difficulty in doing so, he will “Intense selfishness is a very excellent thingnot reject the smallest coin. Hence iteration, re- in some respects—for those who possess it ; for dundancy, and tautology, are brought to bear on although they may be very sensitive upon the one the demand; and a page or two perhaps obtained central spot, yet, at every other point, where all by the appearance of such epithets as “exact" and the rest of the world are vulnerable, they are "precise," repeating and confirming each other, guarded with triple steel. I wonder when Lord in the same sentence. To this class of helps, too, Bacon wrote his essay upon the wisdom of the belong expletives—which are very abundant; and ancients, he did not show that the character of interjections--a favorite example of which insinu Achilles was a mere allegory of the blind Greek to ates itself under the guise of a fond and confiden- represent a perfectly selfish man ; for there cannot tial intercourse with the public; and, in the affec- be the slightest doubt that such was the case. tionate form of “ dear reader," makes altogether a Take his whole history, and it is evident ; first, he not inconsiderable amount of contribution to these was dipped in Styx, that hellish stream which volumes. It is, also, one of the writer's most suc- rendered him invulnerable to all the slings and cessful pleasantries. Paraphrase and circumlo- arrows of the general enemy. There was but onc cution next do something for him. For example, point in which he could be wounded, and that was if he wishes to inform the reader that it is half the lowest point of his whole frame, his right heel. past one o'clock, he gives it in the form of a pro- What could this mean but that he could not be blem. The former is told that it was that time of reached through the head or the heart? This the day which is represented by the hour finger on gave him very great advantages over all his comthe dial pointing between the figures 1 and 2, panions, and he was able to overcome, and even while the minute finger was passing, or would kill, a great many much better men than himself ; shortly pass, over the figure 6. And the purpose but still it did not secure him happiness, nor for which this paraphrase is adopted is skilfully obtain for him ultimate success. What a fine concealed under the pretence that it is offered as a moral to the allegory !-and at length a Phrygian grace of language.-An affectation of minuteness boy, in a night-cap, found out the weak point, and in matters indifferent is less successful in hiding its despatched him with a missile !" purpose-though the gain for which this exposure Let us, while we are on the article of liveliness, is incurred is, after all, but trifling. It is a very illustrate the author's manner of being lively in his frequent device, however. “It was about four general style, by a simple and accidental example o'clock in the afternoon," Mr. James will say, but one of an endless family :-" Oh, promises, speaking simply this time, but recovering his loss promises ! pie-crust is adamant to you, and pufffrom doing so as follows" or it might even be a paste is not more fragile."—With reference to the few minutes earlier." Of course, the reader will philosophical portions of Mr. James' volumes to suppose, as we did till we became accustomed which we have alluded, we may observe, too, that to the sort of thing, that the words have some sig- there are many parts of them, as well as the opennificance-do service of some kind that a careful ings of his descriptions and some other parts of his marking of the time is important to the incidents works, which are probably kept stereotyped.
-that ihe addition, in fact, is not a mere redun-" There are moments in the life of every man": dancy. Absolutely and positively, as Mr. James alone yields no inconsiderable supply of text to would say, nothing else! The words are utterly these volumes ; most of the chapters begin with without purpose, mere loungers-filling conspicu- some little ornamental bit-and frequently the same ous situations, but enjoying them as sinecures ; 1-like an initial letter; and we scarcely remember though the writer would perhaps again offer them any novel of Mr. James' before this, in which as style-conveying the impression of reality. If " iwo horsemen might not be seen riding up (or Mr. James can give no reality to his incidents down) a hill”-the one being always young and from within, he will scarcely animate them by cheerful, and the other older, stouter, and more sich tricks as this. In the present volume Mr. thoughtful-but the two obviously contrived by the Timothy Quatterly had passed his meridian, author to fit into any landscape. " being fifty-eight, if not fifty-nine :'—and so on, But we are not yet at the end of Mr. James' to an amount that makes an appreciable figure in devices for filling up the prescribed amount of the account. From moral reflections the author paper; and the next is a clumsy one indeed gains important assistance; and this resource is clumsy in itself, and looking clumsier beside the accordingly worked, we are bound to say, alto- neatness of some of the others. It affects the congether beyond the limits of conscientiousness. duct of bis incidents, and may be called RepeCuriously enough, however, while these lengthen tition. The course of those, as in most other
stories, carries the writer backwards and forwards. With the accustomed economy of his entire sysfrom place to place; and compels him to deal with tem of prose-spinning, too, he applies this invena set of actors in one who are necessarily ignorant tion in minute, as well as large, instances-inof what is doing, at the same moment, in another. fusing its genius throughout his style. The very These separate links of the tale have, of course, to first sentence, in the very first description in these be afterwards connected; and this is done in the volumes informs us that “a certain county in works of others, either by assuming the necessary England cannot exactly be called a midland county, communication-or by letting us know that it was because at one point it comes within a few miles made, without going into the terms. Mr. James of the sea.” It is in a spirit somewhat akin to will not throw away matter in any such manner. that of this last contrivance, that effects are occaAfter having gone through a series of events with sionally produced which strike us with the sense ourseives, supposed to be lookers-on, he repeats of an imposition practised, already mentioned as them in our hearing for those who were not. Men generated by another of the author's ingenuities. recapitulate to each other what we already know After giving some pages at the very outset of his to have passed, instead of being supposed to do so volumes—when our attention is particularly en-knit together their separate threads of narrative gaged, because we desire to know the parties and before our eyes-and, so far as this particular book positions with which we are about to deal to an is concerned, in as coarse and bungling a manner elaborate description of a certain nobleman, he has as we remember to have seen such workmanship no remorse in presenting us with the following performed. Thus, we have the same portion of non sequitur :- Now, doubtless, the reader may the narrative two, and occasionally three, times imagine" (doubtless, indeed,) “ that, because we over. Nothing but the very productive character have introduced this noble lord before any one else of this contrivance could, we should think, have to his notice, and have spoken of himself and his reconciled the author to its awkwardness; but in dwelling somewhat at large, we intend to make his system that becomes a most important element, him one of the principal characters in the story, whatever its defects, which adds a third or fourth and introduce him frequently upon the stage. But to the raw material of his volumes.
such is not at all the case. You have seen him, The last and greatest of Mr. James' discoveries dear reader, and you will never see him again." in the way of resource, however, returns to the Dr. Kitchiner's prescription for dressing a salad original field of Description—and throws all such suggests itself at once :- very particular directious minor contrivances into shade. When Mr. Pitt are given as to the preparation of the ingredients discovered the window tax, he was considered to followed up by the final one to throw the prehave carried taxation to its most transcendental pared mixture out of the window ! point; because, however all other forms of impo- | Such is the loose, rambling, incoherent, unsition might be crippled by man's evasion or self- meaning style in which a popular novelist thinks denial, a certain portion of light and the air which fit to entertain (we dare say Mr. James would is its accompaniment, is essential to the mere even call it instruct) the public! Anything that existence of the human plant; and it was a tri- can fall from his pen is supposed to be, by virtue umph of the financial imagination to intercept the of its origin, good enough for the purpose ; and elemental provision as it came direct from heaven, Art is held altogether below the necessities of a and “excise" a nourishment which is indis- writer of so many books as Mr. James. We will pensable. A new world of resource was opened not dwell, in the presence of these more serious up to Chancellors of the Exchequer. Pitt was charges, on mere grammatical slovenliness ; such the Columbus of taxation, and the window tax his schoolboy errors were sure to follow in the train America. Expatiating in a region less sublime, of a literary truancy like this. Nor will we dwell Mr. James' discovery is as boundless for his por much upon the story itself-far more reprehensible poses ; and we see no reason why, by its means, than all the rest. “We have led the gentle he should not complete his project in favor of his reader by the hand,” says Mr. James, “ all about distinguished friends by a book per man. His new the little town of Mallington, and the paths in that and most ingenious application deals with objects, neighborhood. If we had been the surveyor of alike sensible and speculative, no longer by their the roads for that district, we could not have laid positive, but by their negative qualities-describes them out with greater accuracy.” Perhaps so ; them not by properties but by the absence of them. nay, it is too true ; their tracing is laborious Now, whatever any particular object may be, enough: but we fancy the surveyor of the district there are so many things which it is not, that we must have laid them out with greater clearness, or see scarcely a limit to this mode of dealing with a lost his place. The issue of Mr. James' multisubject. The hint appears to have been taken, no plied and minute descriptions is, to create, at doubt, from an Irish form of direction to a party length, a maze, in which the reader can by no inquiring out some place or abode-whose elabo- effort see his whereabout, and wanders vainly ration has often been quoted as having a whimsi- about, like the babes in the wood, till he gives it cal relation to the negative result. The formula, up, like them, from very hopelessness. So, also, as our readers are aware, is something like this: with the incidents of the tale. Situations are com-“You know the house that stands somewhat plicated and events return upon themselves, in the forward in the middle of the street, with a bow attempt to get the effect out of their number which window, three chimneys-one with a pot on-athe author cannot communicate to their kind; till brass knocker on the door, and a crack in the we lose the sense of where we are in the storycentre pane of the middle first floor window ?” and, in a fit of indifference, at last give up the "Yes! I know it perfectly."-"Well, that 's attempt, and let the author lead us about where he not it!" Accordingly, Mr. James gives long will. We know not if he will think it a compliaccounts of what happens in some cases, for the ment to be told that he has thus obtained involunpurpose of informing the reader that it does not tarily another mystery to add to the many which happen in the one before him-doing so, be it he has sought. Be that as it may, however, this observed, in pare and gratuitous speculation...confusion of situation and incident, mixed up with
these commonplaces of sentiment, will be full of All weave on high a verdant roof, attraction for circulating-library readers ; and yet That keeps the very sun aloof, This writer has not a chance at an entanglement Making a twilight soft and green, against the literary parent of “ Susan Hopley.” Within the columned vaulted scene. of the less exceptionable characters we shall say Sweet forest odors have their birth nothing, (which is just what they demand,) beyond From the clothed boughs and teeming earth ; earnestly recommending Mr. James never to be
Where pine cones dropped, leaves piled and seduced into trying his hand at the facetious again.
dead, It is inconceivable how a man of sense, as Mr. James is, can have been betrayed into folly so like Long tufts of grass, and stars of fern,
With many a wild flower's fairy urn, a schoolboy's as the production of Lawyer Quatterly. But the worst remains behind. On the Here with its mossy pall, the trunk
A thick elastic carpet spread; present occasion Mr. James has descended into the Resolving into soil, is sunk; vicious school of “ Jack Sheppard';" and nowhere have its immoralities seemed grosser than in his There, wrenched but lately from its throne, page—from the coarseness, yet feebleness, of the
By some fierce whirlwind circling past,
huge roots massed with earth and drawing Ņever did slang sound so vulgar as in these volumes, because so impressive and un
One of the woodland kings is cast. characteristic : never has the face of ruffianism Above, the forest tops are bright looked so dirty, because never so pale. Murder, With the broad blaze of sunny light: robbery, and seduction are the staple of the book ; | But now a fitful air-gust parts and look only the more hideous in their masques The screening branches, and a glow because Mr. James has not succeeded in making Of dazzling, startling, radiance darts any one of them speak its natural language. Down the dark stems and breaks below;
How long are the public to feed on garbage like The mingled shadows off are rolled, this? How long are the growing thirst for what The sylvan flower is bathed in gold : is knowledge, and taste for what is beautiful to Low sprouts and herbs, before unseen, have no better representative than such works in a Display their shades of brown and green ; favorite branch of our literature? How long are Tints brighten o'er the velvet moss, we to appear before the stranger by such literary Gleams twinkle o'er the laurel's gloss ; ambassadors as these? How long are such things The robin, brooding in her nest, to be called literature at all? While the popular Chirps as the quick ray strikes her breast; mind is awakening to hear, never was the popular And, as my shadow prints the ground, teaching which speaks by fiction at so low an ebb. I see the rabbit upward bound, The passion for literary fame has yielded to the With pointed ears an instant look, mere love of literary reputation (which is not the Then scamper to the darkest nook, same thing ;) the self-respect of genius to a cold Where with crouched limb, and staring eye, calculation of gain. The taste for the high and He watches while I saunter by. pure is exchanged for a sordid ministry to what is
A narrow vista, carpeted corrupt in feeling and vicious in instinct. It is of the class, not the individual, that we are speaking Here showers the light in golden dots,
With rich green grass, invites my tread; now. Is the literary conscience extinct amongst There sleeps the shade in ebon spots, our novel-writers? Have they deposed Art? But
So blended, that the very air the principle of redemption lies finally in that under-current of improvement which we have
Seems network, as I enter there. described as going on; and which, if it did not
The partridge, whose deep-rolling drum
Afar has sounded on my ear, finally purify the literary atmosphere to which it is exposed, must itself perish. The two con
Ceasing his beatings as I come, ditions cannot much longer coëxist ; and we have
Whirrs to the sheltering branches near ; faith in the latter, because it is the healthy one. The brindled marmot dives from day;
The little milk-snake glides away, An idle, vulgar, unmeaning literature like ours of to-day must give place to something higher and And now, between the boughs, a space nobler, before the better sympathies and purer On each side shrinks the bowery shade;
Of the blue laughing sky I trace: cravings that are abroad :--and such a work as Mr. James' “Step-Mother” is, we think, calcu- Before me spreads an emerald glade ;
The sunshine steeps its grass and moss, lated to help on the welcome change.
That much my footsteps as I cross ;
The glittering humming-bird I see ;
Floats the bright butterfly along,
A spot of life and light it seems
A fairy haunt for fancy dreams. A wind that breathes of birds and flowers, O'er hill, through dale my steps have won, Here stretched, the pleasant turf I press, To the cool forest's shadowy bowers :
In luxury of idleness ; One of the paths all round that wind,
Sun-streaks, and glancing wings and sky, Traced by the browsing herds, I choose, Spotted with cloud-shapes, charm my eye; And sights and sounds of human kind
While murmuring grass and waving trees In nature's lone recesses lose :
Their leaf-harps sounding to the breeze, The beech displays its marbled bark,
And water-tones that tinkle near, The spruce its green tent stretches wide, Blend their sweet music to my ear; While scowls the hemlock, grim and dark, And by the changing shades alone The maple's scallopped dome beside :
The passage of the hours is known.
BY ALFRED B. STREET.