As soldiers in battle lose an arm or a nei ves, but to have as much of both as leg without receiving any information of possible. Hence Mr. Matthew Browne bas the fact except from the mechanical diffi- been somewhat unjust to the stupid world culty of using wbat is no longer there to he criticizes, by underrating iis nerve, be u:ed, so in a hundred operations of ordi- which is often very much in excess of that nary life the tension which a man puts upon of the nervous class he eulogizes. No doubt his active or intellectual faculties will actu- it is less credit to bave good nerve if you ally render him almost sensation-proof and have obtuse nerves, but it is a real misiorperception-proof till the tension is voluntari- tune to have power of nerves in great exly relaxed. Indeed many men exbibit cess over your power of nerve. nervoụsness in the ordinary sense only when women, who bave no sympathy with this sort of tension, and are scarcely aware when it is going on, break in upon it with little irruptions from practical lite, - solicitations to alterd to the bills and admire the

ESPARTO GRASS. children, or, it may be, mere indications, as irritating as anything else, that a suspense The important position which the lately of attention at a criiical point is no effort discovered article of petroleum has rapidly or annoyance to themselves, by whispered taken in commerce is very interesting in inquiries after a finer kind of darning silk itself, as suggesting how quickly the distovin the


crisis of a discussion, or volun- ery of any new principle of notion would tary exits in the middle of a passage read exercise an important influence on the aloud from a book to win their syn, patły. piesent state of our industry. Another dis“ Nervous” men are frequently nen rather covery has lately been made, which, though of nerve than of nerves, who concentrate of less importance than that of petioli um, their mind strongly on one task at a time, is still so interesting in character, and so and cannot bear to relax the reips till it is useful as regards an important article of accomplished. But Mr. Matthew Browne manufacture, that we ihink our readers is certainly mistaken in supposing, that will be glad to receive the following in“ nerves are necessarily lavourable to foi mation on the subject. • nerve." Women have more nerves than We allude the discovery lately men, so far as a much readier perception of made of the applicability of the Atocha, the multiplicity of things happening before or as it is called in Spain "(sparto," their eyes, and imagination of much which to the manufacture of paper. Mr. Lloyd, does not happen except in their own minds, of the Walthamstow Paper Mills, is siaied is concerned, but their nerves usually to bave had a great share in the merit of lead to want of nerve. On the other hand, this discovery; and Mr. Mark, the British men like Governor Eyre, with nerve enough Consul at Mali ga, has drawn up an interestfor a martyrdom, – the martyrs, by the ing report on the subject, wbich bas lately way, had probably much more concentrative been made public in the commercial reports. nerve than delicacy of nerves, can not This grass is the produce of waste lands, bave very fine nerves, or he would have - it requires no expense in cultivation and died under the suffering of bis 700-mile little in collecting. It is best propagated desert walk, could not have endured to let from the roots and not from seed. It is loose the wild Marcons even on negroes, perennial and propagates of itself, and imand would have been horror-struck instead roves by a regular yearly gathering if of gratified with Colonel Hobbs's account plucked with sufficient care. Mr. Mark of his pleasant ways of investigating guilt has devoted great care in his endeavours to by holding a pistol io the head of an inform- ascertain the climate and soil which are

In short Mr. Matthew Browne, while favourable to the development of the plant; a little more than just to nerves, has been and it appears that the Atocha requires a decidedly less than just to nerve. The decidedly hot and dry climate, that it power to react upon life certainly does not grows equally well in the plains and in the vary at all in proportion to the delicacy mountains to a moderate elevation, — and and variety of the reports received from that as regards soil it flourishes both in life. Great literary men may bave been calcareous and argilaceous soils, or when usually men of nerves, but the greatest these soils are blended in the form of marl

. practical men have been men of nerve. The greatest quantity is shipped from the The bighest nervous constitution is to have provinces of Almeria and Marcia; but it is a slight preponderance of nerve over found, though in less abundance, in all the



Southern Provinces of Spain. It is also in that period ; and Mr. Mark estimates the said to be plentiful in some parts of the present rate of annual export at 50,000 opposite Coast of Africa, and shipments are tons. made from Oran to England.

Mr. Mark anticipates that even at its Prior to the discovery of its being avail- present enhanced price the Spanish grass able for the manufacture of paper the will take a place with cotton, hemp, and esparto had been used in Spain as fuel, in wool as one of the staple and essential the manufacture of

ropes for mining bases of manufacturing industry, and if and rigging, and for making baskets and this anticipation should be realized, in admatting. But the discovery of the valua- dition to the valuable resource which it ble properties of the grass has made a com- seems likely to prove to our paper manufacplete revolution in the districts where it turers, it will form an important element grovs. Fortunes have been realized by in trade between this country and Spain, – individuals who were the proprietors of the indeed we already learn that our ship-ownland which produces it. The price has ers have largely profited by a discovery more than doubled, and is now estimated which has enabled them to find freights for by Mr. Mark at £4 2s. per English ton on their vessels employed in conveying coals board. The greater part of the exports and machinery to the mining districts in have as yet been directed to England, Spain, and which had hitherto, in the where in the brief space of three or four majority of cases, been under the necessity years the article has become a requisite of of returning to England in ballast. — Econthe highest importance, 160,000 tons having omist, Dec. 30. been, as it is said, imported into England


Shall that rich voice of praise,

Wide Ocean's anthem echoing to her Lord “ There shall be no more sea :

That hymn of ancient days, So spake the Prophet of the golden lips, A thousand parts all met in sweet accord –

Whose vision, clear and free, Saw the far depths of that Apocalypse.

Shall that be heard no more?

Shall all the beauty, all the glory flee?
From each cavernous deep,

Shall the new earth's rich store
Where storms come not, and tempest wave is Lack the bright marvels of th’ encircling sea ?


The forms of them that sleep
Shall rise undying when the Judge shall come !

No! Far as man may dream

The wondrous glory yet to be reveal’d,
And then, its history o'er,

Still on the eye shall gleam
The great wide sea shall flee and pass away,

The emerald waters as a crystal field;
And many a golden shore,
Long hidden, greet the bright, eternal day.

Still on the golden isles

The brightness of the Lord of light shall shine, “No sea !” And will the earth

And still the countless smiles
Lose his loved bride, with all her countless Illume the face of that clear hyaline.

smiles ?
Shall that diviner birth

Only the drear expanse
Destroy the beauty of her myriad isles ? Of waters barren, stormy, fathomless,

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COXSIDER. Shall leave the new-born earth our souls to bless.


The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:No more the treacherous wave

We are as they ; Shall whelm poor wanderers in the homeless

Like them we fade away,

As doth a leaf.
The dark and lonely grave
Where thousand shipwreck'd souls have slept

their sleep.

The sparrows of the air of small account:

Our God doth view
No more the billows wild

Whether they fall or mount, -
Shall hurl white breakers on the rock-bound He guards us too.

By mightest spell beguiled,

Slumbers each form of all the monster host. The lilies that do neither spin nor toil,

Yet are most fair:
Leviathan is tamed

What profits all this care
Who scorn'd the waters in their pride of And all this coil ?

And now no more is named

Consider Where once he measured all his monstrous The birds that have no barn nor harvestlength.


God gives them food :-
But still the ear shall greet

Much more our Father seeks
The music of the ever-rippling wave,

To do us good.
And where the waters meet,

CHRISTINA G Rossetti The crystal tide the palm-girt shore shall lave.

Macmillan's Magazine.
Crown'd high with amaranth grove,
The hills shall rise by man and angels trod;

The ocean of His love
Shall still make glad the city of our God.
When Eden's bowers were green

We knew not how the four great rivers wound

Those glorious fields between,
Or circling took their wide majestic round

In sky and wave the white clouds swam,
To lands renown'd of old -

And the blue hills of Nottingham
Cush, Asshur, Havilah, whence came the

Through gaps of leafy green

Across the lake were seen,

The onyx, and the gold -
Yet water'd still the groves of Paradise.

When, in the shadow of the ash

That dreams its dream in Attitash,
We know not how the light

In the warm summer weather,
Shall flow when neither sun nor moon shall

Two maidens sat together.
And yet no shade of night

They sat and watched in idle mood
Shall mar the glory of the blaze divine.

The gleam and shade of lake and wood,

The beach ihe keen light smote,
We know not how the streams

The white sail of a boat,
Of those great rivers shall flow wide and free,
And yet the Prophet's dreams

Swan flocks of lilies shoreward lying,
Proclaim aloud, “There shall be no more sea." In sweetness, not in musio, dying, -

Hardhack and virgin’s-bower,
We know not but the veil

And white-spiked clechra-flower.
Which hides it from our sight shall one day

With careless ears they heard the plash
And, where in vision pale

And breezy wash of Auitash,
As yet the darkness and the storm-clouds drift, The woud-bird's plaintive cry,

The locust's sharp reply.
God shall make all things new,
And shoreless sea shall join with sealess shore; And teased the while with playful hand,
And cleansed eyes shall view

The shaggy dog of Newfoundland,
Might, wisdom, mercy, met for evermore.

Whose uncouth frolic spilled Good Words.

Their baskets berry-filled.


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From the London Quarterly Review. tration ; but it has not, till now, obtained a Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds. fair and full expression. Malone's memoir By C. LESLIE, Esq. and Tom Taylor, was slight; Northcote's “pottering." and Esq. 1865.

illiterate; Allan Cunningham's - in the

estimation of Leslie - was malicious and “ EVERYTHING turned out fortunately untrue. Nevertheless, Allan Cunningham's for Sir Joshua, from the moment of his “ Lives of the British Painters, Sculptors, birth to the hour I saw him laid in the and Architects,” is an entertaining book, earth. Never was a funeral of ceremony at- giving a lively, and, on the whole, a truthtended with so much sincere concern by all ful impression of the men whom he delinesorts of people. The day was favourable – ates. He was a poet, and had strong and the order not broken or interrupted in the glowing sympathy with the various forms smallest degree. Your uncle, who was of art. He lived among artists, being for a back in the procession, was struck motion- quarter of a century foreman to Sir Franless at his entering the great west door. cis Chantrey, to whom he gave many a The body was just then entering the choir, poetic hint. It was he who suggested the and the organ began to open, and the long lovely idea of the snowdrop in the hand of black train before him produced an as- the sleeping child in Lichfield Cathedral. tonishing effect on bis sensibility, and, con- He met constantly with men who knew sidering how dear to him the object of that Reynolds. He could have, so far as we melancholy pomp had been, everything, know, no special reason for traducing his I think, was just as our deceased friend character. What he asserts is asserted dewould, if living, have wished it to be; for liberately, and in his short memoir of Reya he was, as you know, not altogether indif- nolds there is a note to the effect that his ferent to this kind of observance.”

damaging remarks were made after careful No; for though “the sufficiency of inquiry. It is true that he does not give his Christian immortality frustrates all earthly authorities. The impression he leaves on the glory, and the quality of either state after reader's mind is a mixed one. Reynolds is death makes a folly of posthumous memory, placed before us as a man of high genius

— yet man is a noble animal, splendid in and determined purpose; shrewd, philosoashes, and pompous in the grave; solemniz- phic, equable in temper, courtly in manners, ing nativities and deaths with equal lustre, making and keeping a large circle of friends nor omitting ceremonies of bravery even in among the best classes of his countrymen the infamy of his nature.”

for rank, learning and ability, among them Two mighty pens the one in the hand much beloved, but debarred of court favour of Edmund Burke, the other in that of Sir by his independence — all which agrees Thomas Browne – here supply a solemn with the record we are about to follow; and splendid image, and a profound and but he is exhibited as having another and most eloquent reflection. Both the image less pleasing side to his character, most and the reflection naturally, awaken a easily perceived by his dependants and strong curiosity to know the whole story of subordinates, some of whom reported him what we may name The Fortunate Life, to be exacting, penurious, and mean. Peoended and crowned by those dark honours ple “spoke of him,” says Allan Cunningof the sepulchre which he who received ham, " as they found him.” No explicit them did not hold to be “supervacuous,' contradiction or disproof of Cunningham's in this respect not resembling Horace, bc- statements is given by Leslie. The reader tween whose character and his there were is left to infer from the evidence before not a few other points of similarity. him of the high excellenee of the character

This remarkable career was not without of Reynolds — its inconsistency with the record previous to the publication of these charges brought against him. It is not in volumes. Malone, Northcote, Allan Cun- " The British Painters," "however, that we ningham, each have contributed to its illus- find the following quotation from North THIRD SERIES.




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