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The Landscape Annual, view, beautifully embellished with trees, and
wearing an antique, cloistered aspect. Here The itinerary of the present year lies in are situated the governor's residence, the France, or, rather in its loveliest portion, the post-office, and other official houses. The sunny south. The Illustrations, twenty-six Place des Tauraux, with the Hotel de Ville, in number, are from the accomplished pencil rank next in importance. The Hotel Dieu, of Mr. J. D. Harding : among them are founded above 1,200 years ago, by Childebert, Clermont-Ferrand, Royat, Thiers, Mont St. was considered one of the most admirable, as Michael, Montpellier, Nismes, Avignon, well as magnificent, hospitals in Europe. Villeneuve, and Lyons. They are accompa- The churches of Lyons have, in general, few nied by letter-press of historical and anec- claims upon the attention of the stranger; dotical details of each district: there are the cathedral, and that of the Chartreux, with three superb views of Lyons, one of which St. Nizier, as it appears in the annexed plate, we have transfered to the annexed page. The are, however, among the first entitled to his few descriptive details of the city are as fol- notice. St. Nizier, in particular, is remarkalow : “ Nothing can exceed in beauty and ble for having been compared with, and even variety of aspect, the scenery through which rivalling, the metropolitan church itself, as the tourist passes, in approaching this ancient well as for its admirable gates, the workmancity,-once the centre of the Roman con- ship of the ingenious Philibert Delorme. quests in the north. Green plains and sunny “During the Revolution, Lyons withstood hills, clothed with the purple vine,-towns, a siege of two months, without fortifications, castles, and convents, stretching in the dis- and a garrison, against an army of 100,000 tance,—the village spires glittering through men. Such were the subsequent horrors it the stately trees,- villas, hamlets, and farms, endured, that it was almost depopulated, and —with the picturesque region of Mont d'Or, reduced to the utmost verge of wretchedness. —its sloping hills, and its antique-looking While in this desolate condition, the Empedwellings, mark his progress from the French ror Napoleon, on his return from Egypt, is capital, through the more fertile and luxuriant recorded to have shed tears over its fate, and districts, conducting him towards the land of expressed the greatest solicitude to relieve its the south.” Approaching the town, the
He infused spirit into the disheartgeneral view of Lyons and its cathedral, ened population ; gave orders for the recunoffers a scene of animation, which has no
struction of public
works, in particular of the parallel in any other part of France. The Place du Belle Cour, and gave permission to quay is, perhaps, one of the finest in Europe. the Lyonnais to place his statue in the It is frequented as a promenade by people of square.” all ranks; and, in short, has been termed the
Besides furnishing a picturesque view of Boulevard Italien of Lyons. Another strik- the church of St. Nizier, the plate conveys a ing feature of the landscape is the superb good idea of the street architecture of Lyons. stone bridge of the Soane, recently constructed near the archiepiscopal palace, and called
The Amulet. Le Pont de Tilsitt. The immediate entrance into the city conveys no adequate idea, in the eye of the stranger, of the superior character [The same excellent purpose is evident in the of many of its edifices. The road into it, literature of The Amulet of this as of former which has been formed by the passage of á years. The papers take higher aim than river, resembles a quarry rather than a street. merely playing with the passions; and, as It continues through a street of houses six respects the prose, there is not a page of un or seven stories high, and built against the profitable reading throughout the volume. solid rock.” From this gloomy approach, Our favourites are Ellen Ray, an Irish tale, the traveller beholds with singular advan- by Mrs. Hall, written with that intense feel tage the numerous bridges of the place, and ing which made her Grace Huntley the pearl the opposite banks of the Soane. At length, of last year's Amulet. Ellen Ray is a touchas he reaches the prison, and the courts of ing story of sisterly affection: we have not ustice, the continual gloom begins to dis- space for its abridgment, but a page or two appear; and just beyond, he beholds the will induce the reader to obtain the whole. grand cathedral of St. John. The splendid The following is Ellen's success in aiding the new bridge of Tilsitt stretches across the escape of her brother condemned for murder.] river, ahutting in a fine square, one of the A few weeks—long, heavy, and awful noblest portions of the city. Crossing Pont weeks—went by, and the faint hopes of para St. Vincent, you behold, opposite the cathe- don, in which the prisoner and his afflicted dral, on the low side of the Soane, the sister had indulged, grew fainter from day to church D’Ainey, forming part of the old day. A sad topic engrossed the thoughts town of Lyons. But some of the finest parts and occupied the tongues, of all the serious of this extraordinary city lie beyond the and all the thoughtless in the town of bridge; and there the great square opens to yet were they not so engrossing as to procure
the postponement of the annual ball, so long what he had heard—astounded with the sudlooked forward to as a scene of unmixed de- den hope that burst upon him, at the very light, worth a whole year of labour or seclusion. time when utter despair had taken the place
The ball-room was opposite the jail; and of every other feeling, that Ellen was comwhile the sounds of music and revelry pealed pelled to make the necessary arrangements through the open casements, two men were herself; and never on any occasion, did she occupied in rendering secure the scaffold- evince more presence of mind, or appear more on which an execution was to take place with collected. Who can describe her sensations, the early morrow. 'Twas a sad contrast: the when, at the appointed hour, the jailer summusic echoed by the feet of the merry dancers, moned her forth, and she saw Michael deand interrupted only an occasional burst of part under his unconscious guidance ? Deep song, from some "highly accomplished” min. and fervent were her prayers during that strel; the heavy sound of the carpenter's gloomy night; and great the amazement hammer, as he pursued his gloomy task, was which pervaded the jail and town when the broken but by some grumbling observation of deception was discovered. Officers were dishis companion, who held a dim and dirty patched in pursuit of the fugitive, but he was lantern, so as to enable him to finish his work no where to be found. Ellen's reply to all before the midnight! And such are life's interrogatories was simply this: “Had I I not contrasts ;-yet half the world pass on, and believed him innocent of the crime for which heed them not.
he was about to suffer, I would not have saved Within the prison was the quiet of ap- him.” Wonderfully was the love of justice proaching death. Ellen had asked and re- blended in her character with the more tender ceived permission to remain in her brother's and gentle affections. cell until the latest hour his jailer could allow. [Dr. Walsh's contribution, (always looked No other shared the solitude: no other com- for with anxiety by the Amulet readers,) is a forted or advised with the condemned.
most interesting account of the] “My own, own sister,” he said, "a word might have saved me; but you acted accord- Earthquake at Zante, in 1820. ing to the spirit of uprightness within your When the servant led me to my room he own pure heart, and I blame it not now. I left a large brass lamp, lighting on a ponam rejoiced that my boy did not come with derous carved table, on the opposite side to you; the remembrance of this horrid place, that on which I slept. My bed, as is usual of his father in such a state, might have in this island, was without a canopy, and open remained when I am gone. I have heard above. As soon as I got into it, I lay for say that people think of what happens when some time gazing on the ceiling, with many they were young-mere infants, in fact— pleasing ideas of persons and things floating when they grow old. Do you remember on my mind; even the grotesque figures saving me from drowning in the Lee ? I above were a source of amusement to me : could not have been more than two years old and I remember falling into a delightful then! Oh, that it had not so been! My sleep while I was yet making out fancied sand is run :-pray for me again, Ellen." resemblances to many persons I was ac
“ Seven--eight-nine," repeated Ellen Ray, quainted with. The next sensation I recollect without heeding his request, as the clock was one indescribably tremendous. The lamp chimed the hour. “The jailer has been merci- was still burning, but the whole room was in ful, and promised to permit me to remain till motion. The figures on the ceiling seemed eleven; but I shall continue longer than that,” to be animated, and were changing places : she added. “Michael, I promised to save you, presently they were detached from above, and and I will redeem my pledge.” He raised with large fragments of the cornice, fell upon his dim and hollow eyes. “ Listen, Michael: me, and about the room. An indefinable, I would before have communicated my plan, melancholy, humming sound seemed to issue which, fraught as it is with danger, will suc- from the earth, and run along the outside of ceed if you are innocent, and put your trust the house, with a sense of vibration that comfaithfully in the Almighty; but I thought municated an intolerable nervous feeling; and your soul would become purified by calm re- I experienced a fluctuating motion, which flection, and the absence of all hope of earthly threw me from side to side as if I were still Pardon. I trust that so it is - and that in a on board the frigate, and overtaken by a strange land you will not forget the God who storm. The house now seemed rent asunder permitted to you time for repentance. Behold, with a violent crash. A large portion of the we are the same height, and, by exchanging wall fell in, split into splinters the oak table, clothes, the jailer can be deceived. I will extinguished the lamp, and left me in total remain here until the morning, when, by the darkness; while, at the same instant, the assistance of Corney, you will be far on your thick walls opened about me, and the blue way towards the strange country I had hoped sky, with a bright star, became, for a moment, to have traversed with you."
visible through one of the chasms. I now Michael was so completely bewildered by threw off the bed-clothes, and attempted to escape from the tottering house; but the and proceeded to remove the rubbish, and ruins of the wall and ceiling had so choked lift the bed clothes. I was lying unhurt, buried up the passage that I could not open the in thought; but the dust caused me to sneeze, door; and I again ran back to my bed, and and relieved the apprehensions of the good instinctively pulled over my face the thick people. coverlid, to protect it from the falling frag- I immediately rose, and dressed myself, ments.
and proceeded with them about the Palazzo, Up to this period I had not the most distant to see the damage it had sustained. The conception of the cause of this commotion. massive outside walls were all separated from The whole had passed in a few seconds, yet each other, and from the partition walls, and such was the effect of each circumstance that left chasms between, through which the light they left on my mind as distinct an impres. appeared. Providentially, the room in which sion as if the succession of my ideas had I slept had the bed against a partition wall, been slow and regular. Still I could assign and nothing fell on me but pieces of the ceil. no reason for it, but that the house was going ing and cornice; had it been on the other to fall, till an incident occured which caused side, next the main wall, I could not have the truth at once to flash on my mind. There escaped, for it was entirely covered with stood, in the square opposite the Palazzo, a masses of masonry, which had smashed and tall, slender steeple of a Greek church, con- buried under them every thing on which they taining a ring of bells, which I had remarked fell. I had repined that I had not been able in the day; these now began to jangle with to escape by the door when I attempted it, a wild unearthly sound, as if some powerful but to this circumstance also I now found I hand had seized the edifice below, and was was indebted, under Providence, for my preringing the bells by shaking the steeple. servation. A wing of the house had fallen Then it was that I had the first distinct con- into the courtyard, through which I had inception of my situation. I found that the tended to make my way; and, no doubt, had earthquake we had talked so lightly of was I done so at the moment I tried, would have actually come; I felt that I was in the midst buried me under it. of one of those awful visitations which de- It was now past four in the morning, and stroys thousands in a moment—where the we proceeded, with intense anxiety, to the superintending hand of God seems for a sea- Government-house, to see if any of our friends, son to withdraw itself, and the frame of the whom we had left so well and cheerful a few earth is suffered to tumble into ruins by its hours before, had escaped. The weather had own convulsions. O God! I cannot describe totally changed. The sky seemed to partake in my sensations when I thus saw and felt the convulsions of the earth: it blew a storm, around me the wreck of nature, and that with driving the dark clouds along with vast rapia deep and firm conviction on my mind, that dity. The streets were full of people, hurrying to me that moment was the end of the world. in different directions, but all in profound siI had before looked death in the face in many lence, as if under some awful impression, and ways, and had reason more than once to fami- crowding into the churches, which were every liarize me to his appearance; but this was where lighted up, and full of people. The nothing like the ordinary thoughts or appre- priests were in their vestments singing solemn hensions of dying in the common way; the dirges, and the congregations on their faces, sensations were as different as an earthquake prostrated in the profoundest reverence.
We and a fever.
found our friends all assembled, with Lord But this horrible convulsion ceased in a and Lady Strangford, in the dining hall of moment, as suddenly as it began, and a dead the palace. To this room they had run in and solemn silence ensued. This was soon their night dresses, as to a place of more broken by the sound of lamentations, which security, being a ground floor detached from came from below; and I afterwards found it the rest of the edifice, and having no build. proceeded from the inhabitants of an adjoin. ing over it. Here we sat till it was light, ing house, which had been shaken down,
and telling our several escapes ; and then I went crushed to death some, and half buried others out into the town, to see the state in which it who were trying to escape, in the ruins. Pre- was left. Nearly the whole of the 4,000 houses sently I saw a light through the crevice of of which it consisted were split open in dif.. the door of my chamber, and heard the sound ferent places, and many from the foundation of voices outside. It proceeded from the to the roof. About forty were lying prostrate, servants, who came to look for me among the and obstructing the passage of the streets. ruins. As they could not enter by the usual The front walls of many were separated from door-way, which was choked up, they pro- the sides, and hanging over the way, seeming ceeded round to another; but when they saw ready to fall every moment upon the passenthe room filled with the wrecks of the wall ger. This tendency of the walls to fall out and ceiling, some of which were lying on the saved many lives; but there was another cirbed, one of them said, “Sacraméntoeccolo cumstance to which their safety was attrischiaccato. There he is, crushed to death !” buted by the Zantiotes themselves. The night
had been the vigil of their great patron-saint, valley of the nymph, ere yet he learned how Dionysius, and almost the whole population her youth could fade; now he was at the were watching in the streets or churches, and source of the little stream, and gazing on the so out of their houses, when the shock came face of Azraaph by the light of the earliest on. The churches were of immense strength, star: whatever of these scenes he wished to and, though all shaken and shattered, none live over again, reflected itself vividly in the of them fell; which the pious people univer- magic mirror. Surrounded by pomp and lux. sally attributed to the interference of the saint, ury in the present, his only solace was in the whose rites they were celebrating. Not more past. than forty dead bodies were found in the ruins. “You see that I was right,” said he to the It appears, by the concurrent testimony of sage; "I was much happier in those days; several, that the whole duration of the earth's else why so anxious to renew them ?" motion was not longer than fifty seconds or a " Because, O great King !" said the sage, minute; yet if the time were marked by the with a bitter smile, "you see them without passing sensations of different people, that recalling the feelings you then experienced as brief space appeared to be hours.
well as the scenes; you gaze on the past with [Another gem is a brilliant allegory, by
the feelings you now possess, and all that Mr. E. L. Bulwer, M.P.-" Arasmanes, or
then made the prospect clouded is softened the Seeker,” a young Chaldæan, who sets out away by time. Judge for yourself if I speak in quest of the garden of Aden, for which he true.” So saying, the sage breathed over the mistakes many scenes. Two of the chapters, mirror, and bade Arasmanes look into it once representing him a king, are as follow :)
He did so. He beheld the same
scenes; but the illusion was gone from them. The Chaldæan was no longer young; the He was a boy once more; but restlessness, hardships he had undergone in the desert had and anxiety, and a thousand petty cares at combined with the anxieties that had preyed his heart: he was again in the cave with upon him during his residence in the city of Azraaph, but secretly pining at the wearisome the Golden Palaces, to plant upon his brow monotony of his life: in all those scenes he and in his heart the furrows of untimely age. now imagined the happiest, he perceived that
He was in the possession of all the sources he had not enjoyed the present; he had been of enjoyment at that period when we can no looking forward to the future, and the dream longer enjoy. Howbeit, he endeavoured to of the unattainable Aden was at his heart. amuse himself by his divan of justice, from “Alas !” said he, dashing the mirror into which every body went away dissatisfied, and pieces, " I was deceived ! and thou hast dehis banquets, at which the courtiers com- stroyed for me, O sage, even the pleasure of plained of his want of magnificence, and the the past !” people of his profligate expense. Grown wise by experience, he maintained his crown by
[The embellishments of The Amulet are, flattering his army; and, surrounded by lux
we think, the finest set of “Annual” plates. ury, felt himself supported by power.
Among the most striking subjects are the There came to the court of Arasmanes a frontispiece portrait of Donna Maria, after strange traveller: he was a little, old man, of Lawrence; the Duenna, after Newton; Sir plain appearance, but great wisdom ; in fact, Roger de Coverley, and the Gipsies, from he was one of the most noted sages of the Leslie; and the Sea Shore, after BonningEast. His conversation, though melancholy, ton; the latter one of the most exquisite prohad the greatest attraction for Arasmanes, ductions of modern art.] who loved to complain to him of the business of royalty, and the tediousness of his life. “Ah! how much happier are those in a
The Comic Annual. humbler station !" said the King. " How much happier was I in the desert cave, tend- [MR. Hood is “ himself again.” His merry ing my heards, and listening to the sweet budget (would that all budgets were voice of Azraaph! would I could recall those welcome) is full of fun and what comic songdays !"
writers call patter. The cuts are rich in “I can enable thee to do so, great King!” humour, and, unlike most comicalities, they
“Behold this mirror; gaze will bear looking into. Laughter-moving as on it whenever you desire to recall the past; they are at first sight, the point is not by one and whatever portion of the past you wish to glance. You can return to them again and summon to your eyes, shall appear before again, and each time re-enjoy them: they you.”
are really such quaint little bits of conceit The sage did not deceive Arasmanes. The
as to come like lucky stars at this dolorous mirror reflected all the scenes through which
We quote two specimens, and, by the Chaldæan had passed : now he was at the the indulgence of the publisher, two of the feet of Chosphor, a happy boy; now with cuts. First is a sort of patter chant, quite elastic hopes entering into the enchanted Hoodish :}
said the sage.