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The gentlemen who placed this inscrip- and, had his health continued, there is no tion over the grave of this intrepid 'and doubt' he would have succeeded. Mr. enterprizing traveller, hope that every Belzoni passed at Benin as an inhabitant, European visiting this spot will cause the. or rather native of the interior, who had ground to be cleared, and the fence rouod come to England when a youth, and was the grave repaired, if necessary."

now trying to returo to his couutry. The - Mr. Belzoni had been landed by Captain King and Emegrands (or nobles) gave cre. Filmore, R. N. at Benin; (whose polite at dit to this, Mr. Belzoni being in a Moortention to Mr. Belzoni, and to the interests ish dress, with his beard nearly a foot ia of science, forms such a contrast to the length. There was, however, some little treatment of Mr. Belzoni in another quarter jealousy amongst them, which was re. by English agents.) Captain Filmore ex moved by a present or two well applied ; erted himself assiduously in assisting the in-' and the King of Benin's messenger was trepid traveller, and discharged a man from to accompany Mr. Belzoni with the King's his vessel who was a native of Houssa, cane, and as many men as were considered that he might accompany Mr. B on his necessary for a guard and baggage carriers. route. The following extract of a letter The King's name is respected as far as contains most of the late particulars re. Houssa, and he has a messenger, or amspecting this enterprising and scientific in- bassador, stationary there. On Mr. Beldividual. It is, dated from British Acera, zoni's arrival at Houssa, he was to leave January 7.

his guard there, and proceed to Timbuctoo, « On the night of the 24th of November, the King not guaranteeing his safety farther he, Mr. Belzoni, left us with Mr. Houtson than Houssa, and Timbuctoo not being for Gato. Oo parting with us, he seemed known at Benin. On bis return to Houssa a little agitated, particularly when the crew he would make the necessary preparations (of the brig which brought him,) to each of for going down the Niger, and despatch whom he had inade a present, gave him his messenger and guard back with letters three loud chcers on leaving the vessel. to his agents and to Mr. John Houston ; . God bless you, my fine fellows, and send the messenger to be rewarded according to you a happy sight of your country and the account the letters gave of his befriends !' was his answer. On the 3d of haviour, and the King to receive a valuable December I received a letter from Mr. stated present. This was the plan, and Houtson, requesting me to come to Benin, I think it would have proved fortunate had as Mr. B. was lying dangerously ill, and, Mr. B. lived. Mr B. began to wayer in in case of death, wishing a second person his opinion of the Niger being a branch of to be present. I was prevented going, not the Nile, after having seen one or two of only by business, but a severe fever, which these rivers in the bight of Benin." bad then hold of me On the 5th, I had Mr. Belzoni was a native of Padua, and a second letter from Mr. H. with the par. had known England many years. He first ticulars of Mr. B.'s end, and one from visited Egypt with a view of erecting hyo himsçir, almost illegible, dated Dec. 2, draulic engines for the Pacha, to assist ja requesting me to assist in the disposal of irrigating the country. In stature he was his effects, and to remit the proceeds home about six feet and a half, and possessed to his agents, Messrs. Briggs, Brothers, of great bodily strength. His manners and Co. America-square, London, together and deportment were marked by great with a beautiful amethyst ring he wore, suavity and mildness, and he had a genuina which he seemed particularly anxious love for science in all its branches. He should be delivered to his wife, with the was brave, ardent, and persevering in put. assurance he died in the fullest affection suit of his objects; and his decease at the for her, as he found himself too weak to moment of a strong hope of success must write his last wishes and adieus.

be deeply felt by all who estimate the true " At the time of Mr. Belzoni's death, interests if science and the light of discos. Mr. Houtson had everything arranged ery at their due value. with the King of Benin for his departure,

(New Mon.) FORGET ME NOT.

Addressed to a young Lady, who, on the Author banding her into a carriage, held out at the window a

Nosegay which he had presented to her, in which Myosotis Scorpioides, or Forget me Not, made a principal figure. I CULL'D each floweret for my fair,

We roam'd the mead, we climb'd the hill, The wild thyme and the heather bell,

We rambled o'er the breckan braer,
And round them twined a tendril rare :-

The trees that crown'd the mossy rill
Sbe said the posy pleased ber well,

They screen'd us from the glare of day. But of the flowers that deck the field

She said she loved the sylvan bower,
Or grace the garden of the cot,

Was charm’d with every rural spot ;
Though others richer perfumes yield,

And, when arrived the parting hour,
The sweetest is “ Forget me pot."

Her last words were, " Forget me not

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(Some of the Brazilians pay great veneration to a certain bird that sings mournfully in the nighttime. They say it is a messenger which their deceased friends and relations bave sent, and that it brings them news from the other world.)

THOU art come from the Spirits' land, thou bird!

Thou art come from the Spirits' land ! Through the dark pine-grove let thy voice be heard,

And tell of the shadowy band !

We know that the bowers are green and fair

In the light of that distant shore, And we know that the friends we have lost are

there, They are there and they weep no more. And we know they have quench'd their fever's thirst

From the Fountain of Youth ere now,
For there must the stream in its gladness burst,

Which none may find below!
And we know that they will not be lured to earth

From the land of deathless flowers,
By the feast, or dance, or song of mirth,

Tboogh their hearts were once with ours.

Though they sat with us by the night-fire's blaze,

And bent with us the bow,
And heard the tales of our Fathers' days,

Which are told to others now!
Then tell us, thou bird of the solemn strain

Can those who bave loved forget ? we call, and they answer not again

Do they love-do they love us yet?
Doth the warrior think of his brother there,

And the father, of his child?
And the chief, of those that were wont to share

His wanderings o'er the wild?
We call them far through the silent night,

And they speak not from cave or hill;
We know, thou bird ! that their land is bright,

But say, do they love there still?

(Lon. Mag.)
THE PIRATE'S SONG.

O LADY, come to the Indies with me,
And reign and rule on the sunny sea ;
My ship's a palace, my deck's a throne
And all shall be thine the sun shines on.

2.
A gallant ship and a boundless sea,
A piping wind and the foe on our lee,
My pennon streaming so gay from the mast,
My cannon flashing all bright and fast.

3.
The Bourbon lilies wax wan as I sail,
America's stars I strike them pale ;
Let kings rule earth by a right divine,
Thou shalt be queen of the fathomless brine.

Thy shining locks are worth Java's isle,
Can the spices of Saba buy thy smile ?
The glories of sea, and the grandeur of land,

All shall be thine for the wave of thy hand. 42 ATHENEUM VOL. 1. new series.

THE ECONOMY OF THE EYES.

W HO stands so much in need of theatre. They render the objects dis

an Economy of the Eyes* as tinct, show them in their real proporthe writer of “ Sights of Books ?” Dr. tions and relative positions, and (above Kitchiner, thou shalt be our Magnus all) do not girdle them with prismatic Apollo ; and surely hadst thou lived in colours, which is done by nine tenths of ancient times, statues, at least, would the instruments commonly made. have been decreed to thee by a grate. The contents of the volume before ful world, as the true son of that divini- us are so miscellaneous, that we should ty-inheriting from him a special presi- find it impossible, were we to try, to dency over the various arts of Medicine, give any thing like an epitome of it: of Music, and of Song ; teaching us besides, as it is already in almost every how to live and to prolong life; to body's hands, the task would be unneenjoy the delights of harmony and cessary. We shall, however, make the verse; and now, last of all, to make the Doctor illuminate his own good work; best use of thy mighty parent's beams. and leave the rest to the good sense of

But setting aside the demigodship, the public. which modern ideas do not authorize, “I do not think (says he) it is my we can equally admire the worthy au. Business-I am sure it is not my Pleasthor as a man. The impress of benev. ure

leve ure, to register the various pretended olence and kindly feelings is so strong imórovements in Spectacles which have on every thing he publishes, that it is from time to time been proposed to the impossible to mistake his character. Public.-such as the Sympathetic PebThere the humorist too appears; and

bles—which as the Sight alters, they the humorist so good natured, so utterly will alter also to the Sight, by which without gall, that we smile and laugh one pair will last the wearer for Life, at his pleasantries without a fear that

&c. &c. &c.!!! This would be irkthey will cause one moment's uneasi- some to the Writer. and useless to the ness, far less give serious pain to a Reader.... single human being. Thus, the Pre- " When persons who have long pacepts for the Sight are as worthy of the tronized One Eve and slighted the writer as his « Cook’s Oracle ;” and Other

and Other, take to Spectacles, they will we may justly say that, after having Toe

ing (generally) require Glasses of a differcontributed to the gratification of those ent focus for each Eve. senses which depend upon the organs « When You go to an Optician's to of Mouth and Ears, it is but following choose Spectacles, the first thing to ale up the same generous design, that he

tend to, is to look at a Book with each advises us how to taste and continue eve alternately, and carefully ascerthose pleasures which are addressed to tain, if You see equally well, with both the Eyes.

Eyes, with the same Glass, at exactly But, to speak seriously ; with an the same distance. - ... amusing degree of quaintness, this is a 66 After a certain Age, the relative very useful little book. It is the result sharpness of the sight of the Eyes, vaof long experience, which is much bet- ries as much as does the quickness of ter than ingenious theory for improving the Ears--the Senses of Hearing, and preserving short sight. Spectacles, and of Seeing, begin to fail about the opera glasses, telescopes, &c. are seve same time; there are few people pas! erally discussed, and excellent remarks 40 who cannot hear better with One offered upon each : and as one fact in Ear, than they can with the Other. such cases is worth a whole page of "The Eye least used, soon becomes criticism, we will merely state that the weak, and in the course of a little time opera glasses made on the Doctor's almost useless. The fact, is so little plan are the best we ever tried in a known, that I have frequently heard

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* * The Economy of the Eres: Precepts for the Improvement and Preservation of the Sight.” By W. Kitchider, M. D. &c. 12no. London 1624.

worked their Right Eye-and findiog

it begin to fail, say, they must begin to All coloured Glasses increase the teach their Left Eye to See-however, labour of the Eyes, and soon bring as I told them, they found on trial, that them into such an irritable state as unthe Eye which had been Idle, was fits them for the ordinary purposes of much more impaired than that which Life :- there is scarcely an external or had been active.

internal Sense, but may be brought by “By ceaseless action all that is, subsists." extreme indulgence, to such a degree of

* Cowper. morbid delicacy and acuteness, as to Spectacles are always preferable, render those organs which nature inbecause both Eyes by being kept in tended as sources of gratification-the action, are kept in health-Vision is frequent sources of Disappointment and brighter and easier, and the labour of Pain.” each Eye is considerably lessened. --.' These miscellaneous observations,

« Forcing the Eyes to Work at taken almost casually from opening the Night, even for a few moments after pages, will show that, with a peculiarity they are tired,—will often put them out of style and manner, there is much of humour for the whole of the following sound sense in the author's remarks, Day, and is of all Eye-spoiling Acts and much information to be obtained the most mischievous ;-want of Mercy from them. He proves clearly that in this respect, has prematurely ruined indulgence in glasses too convex is very the Eyes of thousands !

injurious to the sight: but we do not “Several Young Ladies, of only about agree with him that silver-mounted 25 years of Age, have complained to spectacles are preferable to the light me that they could not work without and close-fitting steel. Spectacles of 30 Inches focus—who I We have more than once hinted at sound, on inquiry, very justly attributed the Doctor's good humour and quaintthis premature failure of their Sight to ness; and it would be injustice not to having been obliged frequently to sit up exemplify these qualities, which we at Needle-work half the Night during shall, however, do very briefly. Thus, the time they were with Dress-makers." talking of glasses which magnify too

[Ah, dear Doctor, beware! These much, he says“young ladies---dress-makers,” are dangerous patients to look into the “Whenever your Tongue cries out eyes of and be consulted by: remem- for more dainties, than your Stomach ber my Uncle Toby and the Widow bas previously plainly told you is agreeWadman.]

able to it-to settle all the difference of “ Nothing can be more detrimental their demands to their mutual satisfacto the organ of sight than the clumsy tion, you have nothing to do, but topractice of holding a glass by squeezing put on your Spectacles, and you the orbicularis muscle,-this cannot be may set to at Calipash and Calidone without distorting, and distressing, pee with impunity ; for, they will and much injuring the mechanism of make " A LITTLE LARK' look like the Eye.--.'

A LARGE FOWL,' “Green, or any Coloured Glasses, and A PENNY-ROLL' as big as veil objects with a gloomy obscurity, A QUARTERN LOAF!!! and can never be recommended, ex- 66 Some Philosophers have said, that cept to those who have to travel over a Pair is only imaginary,--we may as white sand, or are much exposed to justly believe the same of Hunger ; any bright glare, which cannot be and if a Gentleman who eats only an otherwise moderated. --.

Ounce of Mutton, imagines, by the aid “Some more nice than wise folks, of these magnifiers, that he has eaten among other ridiculous refinements have a Pound-his Hunger, ought to be as recommended thin Green-Gauze, or fully satisfied. Crape, instead of Green Glass-under “Mem. The Addition to your Opthe pretence, that while it moderates tician's Bill will soon be overpaid by the light, that it still admits the Air, the subtraction from your Butcher's and is, therefore, cooler to the Eyes. and Baker's --

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“A part of the paraphernalia of an “ It was ascertained that her Eye Optician's counter, is a Book* of rather was able to define a certain class of a small print, (about the size of the very minute objects with abundant acNote at the foot of this page) - which curacy, such as the Eye of a needle, for is presented to those who come to example, which she could thread as choose Spectacles." ...

well as ever ; but on presenting her The Doctor's recommendations for with a Book, it was evident that she the study of Astronomy are equally could not distinguish a single letter, but entertaining.

complained that she could see nothing " If a Planet comes to the Meridian but a heap of odd marks. at Midnight, at 9 or 10 o'Clock lie « These facts, no less strange than down in a quiet darkened room, and true, naturally excited an intense interrest your eye by getting a nap previous-est among the Medical Professors and ly. A litile Horizontal Refreshment, Students ; every one was anxious to you will find a proper and renovating distinguish himself by affording a satispreparative for such Contemplation,” factory elucidation of these inexplicable

After which, with a Beauclerc teles- phenomena. cope, you may see “the stars as stark “A hundred theories were framedneat as ever Nature presented them to every one more ingenious than the be seen."

other. The Professors Von KracbraThe Doctor also tells us of a curious ner and Puzzledorf, favoured their punew glass, by which you can sce per- pils with most excellent lectures on the sons without directing your eyes to- subject, with which they were greatly wards them : this he calls a circum- edified. However, none of the dispuspector, (it is also a circumventer) and tants succeeded in establishing a Theodescribes

ry which met with universal approba“ The CIRCUMPECTOR, or Diagonal tion. Many of the vulgar still chose to Eve-glass,' is a convenient assistant to think that all the said Theories might a Portrait Painter, who wishes to catch be liable to the old objection (however a likeness unobserved, and which is satisfactory and plausible they might apperhaps the only way of obtaining the pear,)viz.— That they were not True.' true natural expression of a Counte- “ Matters were in this state, when a nance and is also an invaluable Ora. mischievous rogue of an Irish student, cle for a fair Lady to refer to, to adjust who took a singular delight in ridiculing the irresistible artillery of ber Eves and every thing learned and philosophical, Smiles."

contrived to insinuate himself into the But, agreeable as the author's com- confidence of a younger brother of the pany is, we must bid him good by. patient's by a present of an extra porwhich we shall do by repeating two of tion of Double-gilt Gingerbread, which the facetious anecdotes with which he so entirely won the Youngster's heart, enlivens his ocular philosophy.

that he confessed (though with some 66 In the city of Leyden, in Holland. difficulty) that to the best of his beliet, a young woman lost her sight from á his Sister Sarah had never learned to cataract : the operation of couching was read, but unwilling to acknowledge her successfully performed upon her eyes. ignorance, had made him and all the and she recovered the use of them: Family-promise not to tell.” but it appeared that the Visual Organ “ Whatever Glasses you use-take (as is usual in such cases) was not com- care to keep them perfectly clean : pletely restored to its primitive condi- this is as important, as the choice of tion. Some very singular and unac. the Figure or the Colour of them. corintable anomalies in her Vision pre- “ Every time you wipe your Specta. sented themselves, which not a little cles you scratch them a little, and puzzled the curious in Physiology and many a little makes a mickle’-thereOptics.

fore, when you have done using them, put them away carefully in their case,

T) or will be sally disappointed if in future this work is not the Vola ne chosen for tha:

purpose."

as a Naughty Boy did his Grand Pa's

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