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While the weird sisters weave the horrid While the frolick zephyrs stir,
song:

Playing with the gossamer,
Or when along the liquid sky

And, on ruder pinions born,
Serenely chaunt the orbs on high, Shake the dew drops from the thorn.
Dost love to sit in musing trance

There as o'er the fields we pass, And mark the northern meteor's Brushing with hasty feet the grass, dance

We will startle from her nest, (While far below the fitful oar

The lively lark with speckled breast, Flings its faint pauses on the steepy And hear the floating clouds among shore)

Her gale-transported matin song, And list the musick of the breeze, Or on the upland stile embowered, That sweeps by fits the bending seas With fragrant hawthorn snowy flower And often bears with sudden swell

ed, The shipwreck'd sailor's funeral Will sauntering sit, and listen still, knell;

To the herdsman's oaten quill; By the spirits sung who keep

Wafted from the plain below; Their night watch on the treacherous Or the heifer's frequent low; deep,

Or the milkmaid in the grove, And guide the wakeful helms-man's Singing of one that died for love, eye

Or when the noon-tide heats oppress, To Helice in northern sky;

We will seek the dark recess, And there upon the rock inclined Where, in the embowered translucent With mighty visions fill'st the mind,

stream, Such as bound in magick spell

The cattle shun the sultry beam, Him who grasped the gates of hell, And o'er us, on the marge reclined, And bursting Pluto's dark domain

The drowsy fly her horn shall wind, Held to the day the terrours of his While echo, from her ancient oak, reign.

Shall answer to the woodman's stroke; "Genius of Horrour and romantick awe,

Or the little peasant's song, Whose eye explores the secrets of Wandering lone the glens among, the deep,

His artless lips with berries died, Whose power can bid the rebel fluids And feet through ragged shoes de. creep,

scried." Can force the inmost soul to own its law;

Our account of these volumes Who shall now, sublimest spirit, Who shall now thy wand inherit,

ought not to be closed without our From him thy darling child who best stating, that, from the variety of their Thy shuddering images exprest? contents, the perusal of them is ex. Sullen of soul and stern and proud, tremely interesting and agreeable; His gloomy spirit spurned the croud, and we observe, with sincere plea

And now he lays his aching head In the dark mansion of the silent dead.” by their having already passed

sure, that their popularity is evinced We cannot refrain from inserting racter of melancholy, so strongly im

through several editions. The chaone more extract, from an address to pressed on the features of the au

. Contemplation, which very happily thor's face, in the portrait which is imitates the style of Milton's Alle prefixed to his works, will be congro,

templated with corresponding emo“ I will meet thee on the hill,

tions by such readers as are able to Where, with printless footsteps still

appreciate his merits, and can feel The morning in her buskin gray, for his untimely fate. Springs upon her eastern way;

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FROM THE MONTHLY REVIEW. Description du Pachalik, &c. i. e. A Description of the Pachalik of Bagdad, followed

by a historical Notice of the Wahabees, and by some other Pieces relative to the History and Literature of the East. By M. • 8vo. pp. 260. Paris, 1809. Price 98. sewed.

THE pieces which compose this of the English ambassadour at Consmall, oriental collection are four in stantinople." number. After the description of the

We extract the passages in the Pachalik of Bagdad, and an account

account of the Pachalik, which apof the origin and progress of the

pear to us to contain the most useful Wahabees, we are presented with information. translations of detached pieces of Persian poetry, and with a series of

"The climate of Bagdad, though very observations on the Yezidees, a sect healthy, is subject to excessive heat in in some degree Mohammedan, and summer; during which the inhabitants established several centuries ago in find it necessary to pass à considerable Mesopotamia by a sheik of the name

part of the day in their cellars, and to sleep of Yezid. The account of the Pa- often spoken of the Sam-yeli, a burning

at night on their roofs. Travellers have chalik, and the history of the Wa.

southwest wind, which brings with it a habees, are the parts of the book sulphureous smell, and prevails at Bagdad, which are most deserving of atten- as well as throughout Mesopotamia, from tion, being written with considerable the beginning of July to the middle of knowledge of the subject, though in August. It is not, however, quite so fatal a. loose and ill digested manner.

as it has been reported to be by those tra

vellers who assert that it suffocates all who The author's name is not mention

are exposed to it on elevated ground; since ed, but he is described as having its effects may be avoided by falling pros. long resided in those countries, and trate, or by wrapping up the face very as having composed these tracts for tightly with a cloak. It is preceded by the purpose of their being read to a squalls, and by a hot whirlwind obscuring literary society of which he is a bly arises from passing over the sulphu

the horizon. Its pestilential nature proba. member.

rious and bituminous grounds near the Amid all the writer's professions Euphrates and the Tigris. for the advancement of literature,

*“The inhabitants of Bagdad, so far from however, it is amusing to observe being abject slaves, are active, enterpris. that commercial arrangements are ing, and jealous of control. The better the real object of his labours. He is ranks are civil, well informed, and obli. much enraged with our envoy, sir ging to strangers. Luxury is confined to the Harford Jones, who, he pretends, pacha and the great families. The dress

is similar to that which prevails in the rest has rendered himself not less odious of Turkey. Many Persians reside here, to the government of Bagdad than who carry on the traffick of the place and to the Europeans settled there. After are protected by the government, and who having enlarged on the commercial are in general intelligent and respectable advantages of the situation of Bag, people. Unfortunately, neither libraries dad, he adds, with some naïveté, " I

nor publick schools are to be found here:

but we meet with a few seminaries inhabit. will just remark that it would be ed by dervices, and two or three mausoproper to establish in that city a leums, magnificently decorated, in which French factory, or at least to obtain their sheiks and prophets are interred, and a firman from the porte, to allot to

a kind of asylum is afforded to beggars. bis imperial majesty's consul a house

A number of small chapels also are erect. suitable to his rank; in the same ed, to which the people resort to perform

their ablutions, at the accustomed hours of way in which it was granted to the prayer. The publick markets are well English resident, on the application stocked; provisions and fruit being brought

thither from all quarters, and sold at moderate prices.

"The pachas of Bagdad have been considered at all times as the most powerful in the Ottoman dominions, and are supposed to possess a right to the title of caliph from inhabiting the capital in which the ancient Arabian pontiffs resided. Placed at the extremity of Turkey, they exercise an authority which is almost independent of the porte; and great delicacy is observed towards them on the part of the Ottoman court, that they may not be tempted to revolt. They assume to themselves, whenever they please, the right of declining to send their forces to cooperate with those of the grand seignor; and no objection is made to the reasons which they allege, provided that they be accompanied by a sum of money. During more than a century, all the pachas of Bagdad have been originally Georgian slaves, raised by intrigue and accident from that humble station to the hazardous post of vizir. The forces of the government of Bagdad may be increased in a time of urgency to 30,000 men, infantry and cavalry; and this number would be still greater if several Arab tribes had not withdrawn themselves to join the Wahabees, while others have set up the standard of independence. The Curds, of whom a great proportion have revolted, are the best horsemen; their arms consist of a pistol, a lance, a sabre, and sometimes a carabine. The Arabs have only a lance: but, being robust and intrepid, they make a dexterous use of it. The Bagdad infantry are armed with a musket and sabre, and a small part of them are disciplined on the European plan. The revenue is between seven and eight millions of piastres, and would be more, were it not for the decline of the trade of Bussorah. The population of Bussorah is now reduced to 50,000, a diminution which is caused by the desolation that has been spread around by the Wahabees, and by the insalubrity which has arisen from the neglect of the neighbourhood of the city.

afterwards twist and hold it very tight. After this preparation, they strip them. selves naked, form a package of their clothes, and, tying it on their shoulders, lay themselves flat on the goat skin; on which they float very much at their ease, paddling with their hands and feet, and smoking their pipe all the time. Not only men, but women and girls, adopt this me. thod of crossing the river, and make the air re-echo with their songs while they are passing,

"The banks of both the Euphrates and the Tigris are infested with robbers, who are accustomed to swim aboard of the

boats on the water, and to carry off what ever they can seize. Travellers have often been surprised at the length of the distances which the Arabs will pass, floating on the water. They accomplish these voy ages by means of a goat skin, of which they sow very compactly the different openings, with the exception of the skin of one of the legs, which they use as a pipe to blow up the rest of the skin, and

"After the junction of the Tigris and the Euphrates at the beautifully situated town of Korna, their waters roil on for several miles without mixing. Those of the Euphrate clear, in consequence of its tranquil current; while those of the Tigris are turbid from its rapidity. Not far from Hilla, or Hela, in a northerly direction, and towards the Euphrates, are to be seen the relicks of the once mighty Babylon. They are interesting only from the recollections which they excite, and have not beauty in themselves like the remains of Palmyra, Balbec, or Persepolis, among which we meet at every step with traces of magnificent architecture. The remains of Babylon consist in a shapeless mass of ruins, and are more calculated to inspire melancholy than admiration. Like all cities that have been built of brick, it has no striking monument left standing. The Arabs make a trade of digging the ground for the purpose of finding medals of bronze, silver, and sometimes of gold; as well as vases, metal images, and utensils: even the bricks they carry off by water for the purpose of sale. These bricks are all of a square form, five inches thick, and bearing on one of their sides a hieroglyphick inscription, the characters of which are still very plain. The ruins of Nineveh are on the Tigris, opposite to the city of Mosul, about three hundred miles above Bagdad. Mosul appears to have been built out of these ruins. The remains of the ancient Nisibis consist, in like manner, of mere ruins, and are worth visiting chiefly for the beauty of the situa tion."

The account of the origin and progress of the Wahabees is given in the same crude and ill-arranged method as that of Bagdad. In consequence of the Wahabees having been known in Europe only of late years, the publick in general are not aware that the origin of this sect took place so far back as the middle of the last century. Their tenets

differ from the Mohammedan, not possession of the whole property. in respect of their idea of the Su. In case of voluntary submission, a preme Being or of the sacred vo

Wahabee governour is put over the lume, the Koran, which they believe subjugated tribe, and a tenth of the to have been written in heaven by property exacted, as well as a tenth the hand of angels: but in regard of the male population levied for thes to the power and character of Mo- military service. By these means, hammed, whom they consider to the Wahabee leaders have found ! have been a mere human being, the themselves in possession of large messenger indeed of God on earth, treasures, and at the head of formi. but not worthy to have his name dable armies. Animated by religious joined with that of the Deity in the enthusiasm, these fanaticks rush foradorations of men. The Wahabees wards to danger with incredible are therefore not so much the pro- courage, and attack their enemies in pagators of a new faith, as the re- the firm belief that, by dying in the formers of the Mohammedan reli- field, they will receive the crown of: gion. Like others of this sect they martyrdom. Were they possessed of are circumcised; and they observe the advantages of discipline, and similar forms of prayer, the same commanded by able leaders, they ablutions, the same abstinences, the might become the conquerors of same yearly fast (that of Ramadan) Asia. and the same solemnities. Their In the preface to this book, a hope mosques, however, are devoid of is expressed that the publick will ornament; and the name of Moham- extend encouragement to the author, med is not mentioned in their reli. and induce him to undertake more gious exercises. They reject in the laborious researches. With such same manner the divine mission of encouragement, however, we can Jesus Christ. They imitate the early scarcely venture to flatter him, till Mohammedans most effectually in he has learned to condense his mátthe vigour with which they spread ter into a smaller compass, and has their doctrine by force of arms; and accustomed himself to a clearer arthey have been accustomed to pre- rangement. The account of the sent it to the neighbouring tribes at Yezidees is short, and is not the prothe point of the sword, calling on duction of the same author, but of a them in decisive language to be missionary named Garzoni; from lieve or die.” When they encounter whom the writer of the preceding resistance, their practice has been to tracts might have taken some hints sacrifice the males and

spare

the on the score of composition. females, but to confiscate and take

FROM THE QUARTERLY REVIEW. The Battles of Talavera. A Poem, 8vo. pp. 40. Dublin, London, Edinburgh. 1810.

THERE is no point in which our ry, than the pens of contemporary age differs more from those which bards. St. James's had then its odes, preceded it, than in the apparent and Grub-street poured forth its apathy of our poets and rhymers to ballads upon every fresh theme of the events which are passing over nacional exultation. Some of these them. From the days of Marlbo- productions, being fortunately wedrough to those of Wolfe and Hawke, ded to popular tunes, have warped the tower and park guns were not themselves so closely with our cha. more certain proclaimers of a visto- racter, that, to love liberty and roaşi

Beef, is not more natural to an En glishman, than to beat tune

to

Steady boys, Steady," and, "Rule Britannia." Our modern authors are of a different cast; some of them roam back to distant and dark ages; others wander to remote countries, instead of seeking a theme in the exploits of a Nelson, an Abercromby, or a Wellesley; others amuse themselves with luscious sonnets to Bessies and Jessies; and all seem so little to regard the crisis in which we are placed, that we cannot help thinking they would keep fiddling their allegros and adagios, even if London were on fire, or Buonaparte landed at Dover.

We are old-fashioned men, and are perhaps inclined to see, in the loss and decay of ancient customs, more than can reasonably be traced from them: to regard, in short, that as a mark of apathy and indifference to national safety and glory, which may only arise from a change in the manner of expressing popular feeling. Be that as it may, we think that the sullen silence observed by our present race of poets, upon all themes of immediate national conGern, argues little confidence in their own powers, small trust in the liberal indulgence of the publick to extemporaneous compositions, and above all, a want of that warm interest in such themes as might well render them indifferent to both considerations. Lord Wellington, more fortunate than any contemporary English general, whether we regard the success or the scale of his achievements, has been also unusually distinguished by poetical commemoration; and as his exploits form an exception to the train of evil fortune which has generally attended our foreign expeditions, the hearts of those capable of celebrating them, seem to have been peculiarly awakened and warmed at the recital. Probably, many of our readers have seen the superb Indian war-song, which celebrated his con

quest over the Mahrattas: beginning "Shout Britain for the battle of Assay, For that was a day

When we stood in our array, Like the lion turned to bay, And the battle-word was conquer or die!

We are now happy to find, that another bard has advanced with a contribution to adorn the most recent and most glorious wreath won by the same gallant general. The promptitude as well as the patriotism of the tribute might claim indulgence as well as praise: but it is with pleasure we observe, that although this volunteer has rushed forward without waiting to arm himself in that panoply which is often, after all, found too slight to repel the assaults of modern criticism, neither his adventurous courage nor the goodness of his cause, is his sole or his principal merit.

The battle of Talavera is written in that irregular, Pindarick measure first applied to serious composition by Mr. Walter Scott, and it is doing no injustice to the ingenious author to say, that in many passages, we were, from the similarity of the stanza and of the subject, involuntarily reminded of the battle of Flodden, in the sixth book of Marmion. The feeling, however, went no farther than the perception of that kindred resemblance between those of the same family which is usually most striking at first sight, and becomes less remarkable, and at length invisible, as we increase in intimacy with those in whom it exists. In one respect, the choice of the measure is more judicious on the part of the nameless bard, than on that of Mr. Scott. The latter had a long narrative to compose, and was necessarily forced upon passages in which the looseness and irregularity of his versification has an extravagant and slovenly appearance. It is where the tone of passion is low, that the reader demands a new interest from regularity of versification, and beauty

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