The humming-bird hath ceas'd her song, neral form of a globe flattened at either Nor longer sips the nectar dew,

axis. These singular changes may be And zephyrs waft the breeze along

attributed to the refraction produced by O'er spicy dells for love and you.

the different layers of atmosphere through Yes, nature will with love unite,

which the sun was viewed in its progress. Collecting ev'ry joy for me, And from each source I'll call delight, The same cause made our ship in the bay

And e'er be bless'd in blessing thee. look as if it had been lifted out of the Thy conch is deck'd with nicest care ;

water, and her bare masts seemed to be Roses of Sharon shade the seat,

crowded with sail ; a low rock also apAnd choicest fruit in vases rare,

peared to rise up like a vessel, and a proBoxoma lays at Selim's feet.

jecting point of land to rest on no other I'll steal the serpent's power to charm,

foundation than the air ; the space beHis emerald neck and burnish'd crest Shall wave, nor have the will to harm, tween these objects and the horizon having My lute shall lull bis eye to rest.

a grey, pellucid tinge, very distant from He hears me not, my soul! my king !

the darker colour of the sea. This de And I was once belov'd the best ;

ception of the atmosphere, as far as it In vain the bul-bul now may sing

affects the relative positions of the heaI heed her not, I know not rest,

venly bodies with regard to the eye, is a And art thou then for ever gone!

subject which has been much attended to My lamp of life, and must I die!

by astronomers, and tables have been conTis worse than death to wander lone;

Why was I dight to meet thine eye? structed to obviate the errors it occasions, These pearls of Ormuz giv'n by thee,

which are, perhaps, as accurate as the And shawls of Cashmire they were thine ; difficulties in which the subject is inAlas! they yield no charms for me,

volved, will permit; but as the deception If yet thy treasur'd heart's not mine.

affects the visible horizon, and other obEach good reflected from thine eye

jects on the earth's surface, it seems to I only felt, all else was naught, From music, and from joy I fly,

merit a still more strict investigation, as To think of thee one only thought.

it produces a great incorrectness, particuTHEODOTIA. larly in warm latitudes, with respect to

all observations taken by means of the PHENOMENA OF THE

visible horizon, as well as those geomeATMOSPHERE.

trical admeasurements which depend on

a distant object, and are to be ascertained (For the Mirror.)

with a theodolite, or other instrument, onMR. Salt, in his Voyage to Abyssinia, shore. On this account, an artificial hori. and Travels into the interior of that coun. zon possesses decided advantages over the try, executed under the orders of the Bri: visible one in point of accuracy, and is, tish Government, in the years 1809 and whenever it can be used, to be greatly 1810, has noticed the curious and ex- preferred.” traordinary phenomena, which form the It was but a short time before, and in subject of an article, or rather history of a latitude not very distant, that this gentheir cause and formation, in the 28th tleman had made observations of much Number of the MIRROR, accompanied the same nature, and proper to be conwith an engraving illustrative of the pic. nected with these. He says, turesque appearance of these peculiarly “ In the evening we observed the sun formed “ Fairy Castles,” the title under before it set put on a very unusual apwhich that account is inserted. The pearance. At the moment of emerging following extracts are, however, of much from a dark cloud, when its disc touched later date, and, being singularly different the horizon, it seemed to expand beyond from those already mentioned, furnish some its natural dimensions, became of a paleish, particulars not commonly duly appreciated red hue, and assumed a form greatly rein reference to the lower regions of th sembling a portion of a column. This is atmosphere, even by those whom they one of the many singular effects produced most intimately concern.

by the refraction of the atmosphere in this " At day-break we continued our route part of the world.” for Aden. As we approached the Penin- Mr. Salt takes occasion, by this “desula, we were much struck with the sin. ception of the atmosphere,” to illustrate gular appearances which the sun put on a passage in Agatharcides, who mentions as it rose. When it had risen about half extraordinary appearances of the heavenly way above the horizon, its form somewhat bodies, which occurred at the mouth of resembled a castellated dome : when three the Red Sea ; an account “ too hastily parts above the horizon, its shape ap. discredited by succeeding writers." Si. peared like that of a balloon; and at milar remarks are also made by Dr. length the lower limb suddenly starting Chandler, on his entrance into the Medi. up from the horizon, it assumed the ge- terranean, for he too vindicates the an

cients; and these instances would almost

ON DANCING. justify the opinion, that they were much “ CHEERFULNESS,” says Addison," is better observers, and had better authority the best promoter of health.” Cheerful. for what they affirmed, than some among ness also rouses man from that selfish the moderns have thought proper to al slumber which would (were it not checked low. The following passage from Dr. by the occasional interposition of Psyche) Chandler's Travels into Asia Minor, throw such a melancholy cast over him, as under the patronage of the Dilettanti to be not only derogatory to that high Society, are equally curious with the pre- character which man ought to maintain, ceding, and afford much interesting in- but injurious to health. formation :

The dispositions of men are just as “ To complete this wonderful day, the various as their faces. There are some sun before its setting was exceedingly big, persons who consider it almost an offence and assumed a variety of fantastic shapes. to allow a smile to play upon their counIt was surrounded first with a golden tenances, while there are others, on the glory, of great extent, and flamed upon contrary, equally extravagant, who in. the surface of the sea in a long column of dulge in pleasure until it becomes a vice fire. The lower half of the orb soon after indeed, it is those characters who so freemerged in the horizon, the other portion quently furnish materials for the opporemaining very large and red, with half rents of pleasure. of a smaller orb beneath it, and separate, It is not a little singular that those inbut in the same direction, the circular dividuals who wear the

garb of melancholy rim approaching the lines of its diameter.

are so eager to point out the little vices These two by degrees united, and then that have, and ever will creep into our changed rapidly into different figures, various pleasures, while the same evils, until the resemblance was that of a capa- equally prominent, that exist in the more cious punch-bowl inverted. The rim of sombre institutions, are left unnoticed. If the bottom extending upward, and the such seriously disposed individuals would body lengthening below, it became a think for one moment of what they must mushroom on a stalk, with a round head. know to be the fact, that to find perfecIt was next metamorphosed into a flaming tion in any form whatever is seldom or cauldron, of which the lid, rising up, never met with in any congregated body, swelled nearly into an orb, and vanished. whether assembled for the purposes of The other portion put on several uncir- pleasure or business, or to perform a more cular forms, and, after many twinkling sacred task, they would not so eagerly, atand faint glimmerings, slowly disap- tempt to grasp the straw, which, when peared, quite red, leaving the clouds, gained, is blown from them by the wind. hanging over the dark rocks on the Bar. For my own part, I have always endeabary shore finely tinged of a vivid, bloody voured to maintain that pleasure, when hue.

properly used, (and the man convinced of “ And here we may recollect, that the his own importance will never use it ancients had various stories concerning otherwise,) is essential in a degree, and the setting of the sun in the Atlantic that the ingredients requisite to form a ocean ; as, for instance, that it was ac- religious and virtuous life, are not im. companied with a noise, as of the sea paired by an occasional engagement with hissing, and that night immediately fol- national amusement. lowed. That its magnitude in going Many persons have taken up the pen down apparently increased was a popular of censure against that highly-accomremark, but had been contradicted by an plished and pleasing amusement, Dancing, author, who observed thirty evenings at as being both destructive to morals and Gades, and never perceived any augmen- health;—others have laboured to prove tation. One writer had affirmed, that its effect of an opposite tendency: and, the orb became a hundred times bigger indeed, it has been attempted to establish, than its common size.

that Dancing is wise by the following de“ This phenomenon will vary, as it duction :depends on the state of the atmosphere. First_Dancing is exercise. It is likely to be most remarkable when Second-Exercise is serviceable to life. westerly, winds have prevailed for some Ergo-Dancing is serviceable to life. time; these coming over the Atlantic First_Dancing is serviceable to life. ocean, and bringing with them the gross Second - Whatever is serviceable to life vapours, which arise continually, or are

is wise. exhaled, from that immense body of Hesiod is a great admirer of Dancing, water."

F. R-Y.

bi that the Gods havc bestowed fortitude on some men, and on others a

disposition for Dancing.”

and says,

Of all amusements at present known Wherever vice exists it is impossible to in this country, Dancing is the most an- be hidden, for any period, from the concient, and of itself both innocent and re- tempt of discerning, men by any false fined-practised as it has been by the means; and when discovered, no longer Egyptians, the Grecians, and the Romans. engrosses their patronage. Men, too, celebrated in every respect for

“ Vice is a monster of such odious mien, their virtues, so far from being averse to

That to be hated needs but to be seen." the art, have always been ready to cultivate this pleasing accomplishment. Socrates, But is Dancing of this nature ? or Homer, Plato, and Professor Porson, does it not receive nourishment from a were all its advocates ; indeed Socrates very great number of individuals, whose admired Dancing so highly, that he learnt lives are regulated by the rules of religion it when an old man. The man also to and morality ?

A. B. C. whose words we look with reverence and respect, and which are allowed to hold a lofty station in the sacred volume, has

THE MADAGASCAR BAT. distinctly told us—“ that there is a time to mourn and a time to dance."

This Bat is called by the French “ Ron. In the first place how is Dancing in sette,” and is common in the islands of jurious to morals or health ?, The only Madagascar, Bourbon, and Mauritius,argument urged in support of this position also in many parts of the East Indies, is, that some few persons who have in- where it is called by the Europeans, from dulged in this art have been not only im- its great resemblance to a fox, “ the moral, but unhealthy individuals. While Flying Fox,” and by the natives, (in I am willing to admit that some few Hindoostan) “ Chumguddal.” This anipersons have gone beyond the boundary mal resembles the fox in the colour of its of prudence, I cannot ascribe such to the hair, shape of the head, ears, and teeth, evils of Dancing. Were I disposed to which are perfectly of a canine or vulpine use such a weapon, I might apply it to form. The female has two teats, and under the most sacred and valuable institutions, each wing a bag to carry her young in. The existence of a Johanna Southcott, The male, in several respects, much reor a Judge Jefferies, does not bring reli- sembles a dog or a fox. The wings are mem. gion or law into disrepute, but only shows braneous, like those of the common batthe natural disposition of the individuals. have several joints in them, and generally Abuse is certainly evident in this art, and measure, when extended, from one extreis equally so in other arts and institutions. mity to the other, from 4 feet to 5 feet. But to be brief, every virtue has its evil, The flesh of these animals (who live prin. and gold has its dross, and before we dis- cipally on fruit, guavres, mangoes, plan. claim against such a polite art, it would tains, &c. &c.) is said to be delicious; and not prove unprofitable were we to minutely some of the lower casts of people in India, examine our own inclinations. I have hunt for them with the same eagerness already admitted, that abuse will force and avidity that we do for partridges, or itself into the Dancing Academy, (“the other game. world's a school of wrong”), but in no other degree than this, that dissipated and evil-disposed persons, who occasionally intrude themselves, manifest a disposition

WOMAN'S TEARS, which is, in themselves, already created. Since I have become capable of regula

(For the Mirror.) ting my reasoning faculties, I have stu- HARD is the heart that never felt for woman

in distress, diously endeavoured, as near as the infir.

And cold the breast that never throbb'd to make mities of man will permit, to adhere to her sorrows less : the laws of my God and my king, and, For man's caress, and man's delight, was lovely like the venerable vicar, admire a throw woman born, at chess, and seldom refuse

to water the And curst be, he, where'er he moves, can treat

her worth with scorn. rugged paths of life, with a refreshing draught from the springs of innocent plea- The tear that start from virtue's eye, like heasure. Where is the sordid stoic, or the The breath that breathes in virtue's sigh, for grave philosopher—the lofty king, or the

man's protection calls ; lowly peasant—the busy citizen, or the And he who can those tears withstand, that sigh retired merchant, who does not, some

unmou'd can hear, times, feel a healthy enjoyment in the Should ne'er be blest with woman's smiles, to

woman ne'er be dear. amusement of Dancing, or pleasures of an

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ADVANTAGES OF TEMPER. numbers of mankind shall press in any ANCE.

country on the means of their subsistence,

they will be driven to discover new modes (For the Mirror.)


economy in the preparation and use of THE physicians of ancient Egypt, as- food; and will be surprised to find that cribed all diseases to the burthen of the one half the substances they have been stomach; and their prescriptions were li- accustoined to waste in their solid and mited to emetics, cathartics, and absti- liquid diet, are sufficient to afford more

The sure way to preserve consti- strength of body, and vigour of intellect, tutional health and vigour, is to eat less than the plethora of eating, with which than we are able to digest with ease. their fathers “ offuscated” all their facul. Cheyne said well, that we must keep our ties, plagued themselves with bile, and stomachs clean, if we wish to keep our “ clothed melancholy ”.--in the lap of heads clear. A boy found in a forest, where ease, luxury, and security. his diet had been very simple, and his ex

T. A. C. ercise strong, had a most acute sense of smell, by which he could distinguish all herbs and plants; this delicacy soon wore

FEMALE COURTSHIP, off, when he lived and fed like other men.

TWO or three looks when your swain wants a A blind man is said to have distinguished

kiss, colours by the touch, but could do this Two or three noes when he bids you say only when fasting. The ancient philoso- Two or three frowns if he offers to go, phers, from Pythagoras, all agreed to Two or three laughs when astray for small chat, relieve the stomach by a careful abstemi. Two or three tears, tho’ you can't tell for what,

Two or three letters when your vows are begun, ousness, when they wished to call on rea

Two or three quarrels before you have done, son, or the imagination, for the exercise

Two or three dances to make you jocose, of all their force. Mr. Pitt's dinner was Two or three hours in a corner sit close, cold mutton, before he went to the House

Two or three starts when he bids you elope,

Two or three glances to intimate hope, to make his great orations. Mr. Burke Two or three pauses before you are won, was abstemious in eating. Law, the Two or three swoonings to let him press on,

Two or three sighs when you've wasted your founder of paper credit, and a deep cal

tears, culating financier, was remarkable for his Two or three hums when the chaplain appears, temperance in eating ; he carried his ab. Two or three squeezes when the hand's given

away, stemiousness to a great pitch, when he

Two or three coughs when you come to "s obey." wished to be clear and acute for the com- Two or three lasses may have by these rhymes, binations of deep play. In this he is said Two or three little ones.-two or three times. to have been imitated in more recent

Newton confined himself to the slightest diet while he was composing his My Common Place Book. optics and dissertations on colours. Boer.

No. II. haave remarked, that the oppression of food on the stomach, almost extinguishes

POETRY._WORDSWORTH. the active powers of the mind. A mathematician will find that he can resolve I Am fond of poetry—“ it is like the air a problem before dinner, which, after a I breathe, if I have it not”_why, I am full repast, he would be too dull and in- obliged to go without it—for in good and active to study, or demonstrate. Habi- sober truth, it is not, even in this poetitual over-eating causes dyspepsy, nausea, cal age, always a commodity easily to be bile, head-ache, cholic, and surfeit; in procured. There is such an unspeakable some cases, sudden death. La Mitre fell charm in fairly escaping from this matdead at Lord Tyrconnel's, after gorging ter-of-fact world, and the common place voraciously off a high-seasoned venison bodies continually buzzing about one pasty. The quality of food and its pre- therein, that if it were practicable, I would paration, are of as much influence, as its evermore live in the “ land of faery,” ex quantity ; in this we err in using too much cept that I should feel disposed somegrcase, pepper, cayenne, essences, rich times to descend from my eminence to gravies, and other poisonous and oppres- spend an odd evening or so with some sive grossnesses. About fifty years since, kind hearts and congenial souls whom I a Hanoverian physician, Zimmerman, could name, and will never cease to republished a sensible treatise on the habit member. There are some sensible people of our feeding, considered as the principal in this sublunary scene, who think difcause of diseases. Temperance and sim. ferently. “There is in every deed” (say plicity in food, are health and vigour they) - nothing poetical-it is all a fanalike for the physical and mental frame; tasy-all raving—the idea is mischievous ; when, as Mr. Malthus fears so much, the death to common sense, -- to suber


thinking." Now I do from the very my ear privately, the results of his inspi. kernel of my soul pity such worthy jog- ration, of which the first verse is altotrot individuals. They may be said only gether too rich to descend into oblivion, half to live. In the name of the common and can never be erased from my mesense which they so continually invoke, moryis not the world, and “all that is there

Oh, ye dark orbs, how bright ye shine, in," poetical. The glorious sun—the And know this world to be mild, effulgent moon—the everlasting

A world inhabited by men,

And none can set them free! hiils—the smiling vale—the magnificent, the beautiful ocean—are not these never- Resplendent genius !—I have never been ceasing and legitimate sources for the workings of lofty thought ? And what yet able to ascertain, whether the talent

was cultivated as it should have been; is the thought that soars beyond the but certainly, nothing equal to it has giound we trample upon and burns as it since fallen under my observation-no, flies upwards, but poetry? We need

not that burst of rapturous feeling, which not go a star-gazing—the flowers of poesy an excellent friend of mine, once upon a are always springing up about and around

time, gave utterance to us: the themes to which man's immortal mind should most frequently recur, and

O!’tis sweet while life doth last,

A radical to be!... upon which, it should most uninterruptedly dwell, are essentially poetic. We Enough of rhymesters — let us have a have many names in this, our day and ge- little genuine poetry. Wordsworth is the neration, which stand high among the man that can furnish us with it.— Yes, class of writers called poets. It is not Wordsworth—the man whose works have my intention at present to run over them, been grinned at, and written down at no nor dotch down my own very unimpor- allowance,who, although he has sent tant sentiments as to their respective 66 Peter Bell” and “ Benjamin the Wagmerits ; but there can be ro harm in as- goner” into the world, is nevertheless serting that we have also a tremendous always and exclusively a poet ; or to use host of verse-makers. Because it is a his own words solemn fact, every gentleman who fan.

“ Thanks to the human heart by which we lives cies himself in love, and can count his Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears ; fingers, speedily discovers, for want of To me the meanest flower that blows, can give something better to do, that he was born Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears." a poet-he scribbles accordingly,—makes a palpable hit,-gets, by some mischance,

Every one must admire the imagination into print, and then it's all over with the and harmony of the following lines :public. I can well remember in my “ Withered leaves..-one..-two---and three... academy days, astounding the worthy From the lofty elder-tree! Dr. I. and our redoubtable Knights of

Through the calm and frosty air
Of this

morning bright and fair,
the Round Table, by actually writing a Eddying round and round they sink
volume of " original poems,” (the name Softly, slowly; one might think,
I modestly affixed to them) in the space

From the motions that are made, of one week! They were caught up and

Every little leaf conveyed

Sylph or Faery hither tending,--read, pro bono publico, and after the first To this lower world descending, stanza

Each invisible and mute

In his wavering parachute." 0, sweet Europa, thou no more art blest

With peace more lovely than the smiling morn; Nor do the following yield to them :-
Thy lands which fertile were, are now laid waste,
And by a mighty tyrant thou art torn! “ Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,

The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Convulsions of laughter resounded on all Hath had elsewhere its setting,
sides—the table was literally in a roar :-

And cometh from afar; but, as the reader proceeded, the shouts Not in entire forgetfulness,

And not in utter nakedness; were not to be endured, and indeed there

But trailing clouds of glory do we come was no alternative, I put the best of all From God who is our home : possible faces on the affair, and joined in

Heaven lies about us in our infancy! the humour of the joke as well as could

Shades of the prison-house begin to close

Upon the growing boy, be expected, under all the circumstances But he beholds the light and whence it flows, of the case, and quietly resolved thence- He sees it in his joy ; forth to confine myself to humble prose.

The youth who daily further from the east

Must travel, still is nature's priest, The example was not, however, totally And by the vision splendid lost upon some of our confraternity, who

Is on his way attended ; (as became afterwards abundantly appa

At length the man perceives it die away, rent,) regarded me as an actual phenix.

And fade into the common light of day.' One especially came and whispered into Now this, although it may not be

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