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The following additional Pieces of Music may be placed either in the respective numbers with which they
No. 60." What is there that this earth can give." 62.--" When Wild War's deadly blast was blown."
Abdallah and Sabat, 105.
Accumulation, on 162.
Acrostics, 291, 380, 411.
Adelphi, the 409.
67.- O dark, dark is this midnight hour."
Beauty, the sleeping 108,-a portrait
Adventare, successful 123,-Sancho Beckford, Wm. memoir of 333.
Africa, Owen's expedition to 193
Alderman, court of 23.
Alehouse, the Yorkshire 216.
Alfonza and Ella, 296.
Alps, the 163,-Hannibal's passage
Amusements, Russian 106.
Anagrams, 60, 282, 356.
Antipathies, 346,- reply to 364.
Appearances, supernatural. 240, 320.
Beggar, the 234,-the literary 331,-
Bell, the vesper 409.
Belles, the Manchester, a quadrille,
Blin, Father 322.
Bonaparte, anecdotes of 75, 180.
Boys, apothecaries' 264.
Army, bivouack of an 196.
Burton's, the Rev. C. Bardiad, r 133.
Arundel, Earl, memoir of 302.
Astley, John, memoir of 314.
Australasia, a poem, 229.
Caloric, cold, electricity, and mag-
Chaucer, counsels of 193.
63." Angels ever bright and fair."
80." The Rose Bud of Cheetham."
Church-yard, the 144.
| Club, the 9, 29, 48, 61, 77, 93,
Coat, an old 186.
Colliers, the Staffordshire 330.
Crime, statement of 75.
Eliza, a fragment, 237.
England, the poets of 145,-remarks <
English actors and Scottish reviewers,
Epitaphs, 73, 89, 107, 135, 153,
Erskine, Lord, memoir of 397.
Evidences of Christianity, r 34.
Facetiæ, Coggeshall 136, 164.
Farewell, 91, 109-the chieftain's 304
Fashions, female 12, 49, 84, 115,
Dandy, the London 342.
Danvers, Sir J. anecdote of 92.
Deep, the treasures of the 260.
Dictionary, a new 408.
Diving-bell, 266, 292.
Dramaticus, letter of 34,
Duels, prevention of 219.
Editors, the comforts of 393.
Fatallist, the 178.
Fathers, fond 219,
Feelings, devotional 203...
Felicity, domestic 362.
Flowers, effluvia of 222.
Forks, introduction of 274.
Franklin's Journey to the Shores of
Future, an eye to the 371.
Gaming-houses, on 337,-French lines 、
Egypt, monuments of 31,-Slave Garnerin, M. Death of 294.
trade in 42.
Egypt, notes during a visit to, r 17
Gentleman, query relative to 43,- | Love and reason, 38.
definitions of 51, 76, 187.
George III. equestrian statue of 341.
Girardelli, the fire-eater, 378.
Gooseberry and currant trees, 418.
Guide, the Swiss 345.
Guiomar, the death of 123.
H. the petition of abused 193.
Hallowe'en, account of 126.
Loves of the Angels, r 1.
Lucy, a tale 286.
Luigi, the honest lacquey 248.
Pere la Chaise, 127.
Magnetism, on Clarke's theory of 51. Physic verses law, 196.
Manners, national 233,-Indian 265.
Mc. Quin, abbe, memoir of 250.
Hannibal and Alexander the Great, Melody, sacred 199,-Persian 306,314
characters of 303.
Happiness, essay on 221.
Hats and heads, remarks on 135.
Heroism, act of 194, 346.
Hindoos, burning of 345.
Hostess, the village 373.
Hurricane, a West Indian 141,-of
Husband, the justified 40,-the dissi-
Hutton, Dr. Charles, memoir of 45.
India, the daisy in 186,-black ants
Inquisition, dungeons of the 307.
Isoard, anecdote of 219.
Jam, rhubarb 188.
January, the first of 4.
Jenner, Dr. memoir of 45.
King of the Peak, r 173.
Lacon, extracts from 392.
Ladies, Creole 291.
Lady, satirical address to a 127.
Laurie, Andrew, the return of 255.
Lectures, public, letters on 302, 309,
Leeches, breeding of 395.
Lisbon in 1822, 290.
Memorandum-book, from my 200.
Merlin, the pupil of 262.
Meteorology, 32, 39, 67, 105, 139.
Mind and body, 319.
Minstrel, the Dutch 310.
Pictures, Garrick's 220.
Poetry, every number.
Society, sketches of 94,-Manchester
Soliloquy, the bachelor's 136.
Songs, 4, 43, 73, 75, 80, 91, 105,
Sonnets, 4, 80, 169, 274, 290, 312,
Poetry, beauties of English 3, 14,-- Sound, velocity of 323.
Southport, bathing at 259.
Miseries, more 56, 74,-French 298, Pyoneers, or the Sources of the Sus-
quehanna, r 182.
Quadrille and country dance, 208.
Quentin Durward, r 165.
Reptiles, benefits derived from 66.
28,- Perkins' 28, 149, 226.
Stevens, Miss, Liston, and Mrs. Da-
Suicide, remarks on 238.
Swaffham, the tinker of 335.
Taste and genius, essay on 119.
Thiers' Pyrenees and South of France,
Thieving, dexterity in 260.
Return, the 64,-the soldier's 189, Titles, antiquity of 161.
the wanderer's 272.
Newton, Sir I. anecdotes of 163,- Rhumatism, cure for 195.
birth-place of 179,
Gimel on latin 355.-S. X. on latin
Orthography, 16, 38, 71, 104.
Rhinoceros, manners of the 219.
Rogers' astronomical lectores, letter
Scales, the philosopher's 96,-philo-
School, Manchester free grammar 323
Seneca, translation from 328.
Treacle, Diana, letter of 33.
Turner, Mr T. vase presented to 268.
Uncle Trim, letter of 356.
Varieties: every number.
Veritas, on theatrical receipts, 73.
Virtue, the power of 205.
Voyage, the poet's aërial 414.
Window, inscription upon a 195.
Witchcraft, belief in 305.
Women, receipt for making 89,-
Wren, Sir. C. memoir of 86.
Writing, secret 21.
Writings and inks, 286.
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No. 49.-VOL. II.
FOR THE IRIS.
THE AUGUSTAN AGE.
PERHAPS no literary productions ever obtained so immediate and extensive a popularity as the Novels and Tales by the Author of WAVERLEY. For this many causes may be assigned. At the time of their first publication Novel writing was at its lowest ebb: the world was deluged and disgusted with a succession of Romances, and other works of fiction, of which it would be hard to say whether they were most strongly marked by dulness, absurdity, or frivolity. Enchanted castles had lost their attractions; ghosts and spectres were no longer viewed with terror and amazement; and errant knights wandered forth in quest of adventures without exciting the smallest degree of sympathy or admiration. But upon the appearance of Waverley,' it was discovered that a novel might be written, of which the plot should be laid in our own Island, no more than sixty years ago,'-the characters and incidents such as experience and history tell us, have had a real existence, which should be capable of affording amusement blended with instruction. The historical turn of Waverley,' and the other works of the same author, was one great cause of their success. With the desire of becoming, in some degree, acquainted with the history and manners of their ancestors, many have been induced to take up these volumes, who would turn disgusted from those highly seasoned, and unnatural productions which-as Dr. Johnson would have said,-" are fit only to amuse savages in the dawn of literature, and children in the spring of life." Another cause of the popularity of the Waverley' school of novels, is their nationality. The poems of Ossian and Burns had introduced a rage for the scenery, manners and language, of Scotland; and this was abundantly satisfied in the novels of which we speak.-By the way we beg to remark, that the fondness for the barbarous idiom of Scotland's rudest peasantry, argues strongly against the good taste of the present age. Our own much-abused Lancashire dialect is in no respect its inferior; and as being, with little alteration, the language of our early poets, deserves more attention. Yet, whilst the former is carefully sought after, and introduced at every turn, the latter is never spoken of but with ridicule or contempt. We are no advocates for the use of the uncouth idiom of Lancashire, but we do think that its merits are at least equal to those of the barbarous Scotch dialect now so much adinired.
The real merits of Walter Scott (we presume he is the author of Waverley) are not amongst the smallest causes of his extensive popularity. He is, without dispute, amongst the best of British Novelists. In particular he possesses, in an enviable degree, the talent of what in the vocabulary of Doctor Spurzheim, would be
knew the value of a good idea too well to wast e its strength by dilation. He is therefore replete with profound remark, pure wit, and beautiful illustrations. These are easily committed to memory; they have been adopted into common life, and of themselves would preserve the remembrance of their author, though every written memorial of him perished.
termed descriptiveness. With a stroke of his
It has been observed by a profound writer, that great minds, in general, go before the genius of the age in which they live, and consequently are neglected by contemporaries. In the lapse of years, when the popular mind has come up to their standard, their true worth is discovered. Shakespeare and Milton may be mentioned, amongst a multitude of others, as proving the truth of this position. Walter Scott has not been forced to share in their neglect; and will not be permitted to enjoy their lasting triumph. He is a meteor bursting into effulgence and then immerging into darkness: they are orbs of dazzling radiance gradually dispelling the mists of darkness, and still increasing in splendour as they increase in years.-But we need not carry the comparison any further. A few years will do more in deciding on the comparative merits of these writers, than volumes of controversy. Opinionum commenta delet dies, naturæ judicia confirmat. Liverpool.
J. B. M.
THE LOVES OF THE ANGELS, a Poem. By
Much as we admire these productions, we are of opinion-and this opinion is by no means an uncommon one-that their merits have been vastly overrated. Nothing can be more disgusting than the untempered panegyric which has been heaped upon them from all quarters. A comparison has been invited between Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott. This is the very quintessence of flattery-disgusting to every candid and impartial mind, and we should think, to none more than the individual whom it is designed to honour. Shakespeare was a mighty genius. With little of that knowledge which is derived from the experience of other men, he possessed, perhaps intuitively, a profound acquaintance with the human character. His IT is not direct attacks, however plausibly susmind was never emptied, his stock of ideas tained, that will cause the Sacred Writings to never worn out. We never discover him dress-be generally slighted; the blasphemous daring ing up an old actor in new apparel to strut his hour once more before the world.' His masterly hand sketched a character, and when it was finished he laid aside, and never returned to the subject. He is ever new. He has but one Falstaff, one Lear, one Macbeth. On the contrary, our "second, better Shakespeare" -as he is somewhere styled-has a round of As objections may be made, by persons whose characters that serve with some little variety opinions I respect, to the selection of a subject of this for every occasion. His witches, for instance, nature from the scripture, I think it right to remark all bear a family likeness to Meg Merrilies, that, in point of fact, the subject is not scripturalfrom whom they are lineally descended. Many the notion upon which it is founded (that of the love other characters may be detected, differing in of Angels for women) having originated in an erroneLabiliments indeed, but wearing a concealed ous translation by the LXX. of that verse in the sixth identity. We look in vain in these works for chapter of Genesis, upon which the sole authority of those bursts of sentiment which indicate the the fable rests. The foundation of my story, therepresence of genius in its purest character. fore, has as little to do with Holy Writ, as have the There is scarcely a passage which is worth re-ish divines; and, in appropriating the notion thus to membering for any strong, condensed sentiment the uses of poetry, I have done no more than establish it conveys. Good ideas there are in abundance, it in that region of fiction, to which the opinions of but they are spun out and hunted down until the most rational fathers, and of all other Christian the reader is weary of them. Shakespeare theologians, have long ago consigned it.'
of a Liberal, the impious eccentricity of a Manfred, can never influence more than a very insignificant minority of intelligent readers. The seductive labyrinth is alone formidable; and this is, unhappily, the track which Mr. Moore has chosen. The apology of Mr. M shall be given in his own words;
dreams of the later Platonists, or the reveries of Jew