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his hold of the bough and drops. This is, / way, and the poor penitent is dashed to however, the introduction only to the disci- pieces at the bottom of the precipice. Such pline they are to undergo; for in the sequel, as escape through a sincere confession, proafter incredible fatigue and a thousand dan- | ceed farther to pay their tribute of divine gers undergone, they arrive at a plain sur- adoration to the deity of the place. After rounded with lofty mountains, where they they have gratified their father confessor's spend a whole day and night with their arms trouble, they resort to another pagod, where across, and their face declined upon their they complete their devotions, and spend seknees. This is another act of penance, un- veral days in public shows and other amuseder which, if they show the least symptoms ments.”—PICART. Acosta. De Bry. Purchas. of pain, or endeavour to shift their uneasy posture, the unmerciful hermits whose province it is to overlook them, never fail with

Priest of Manipa. some hearty bastinadoes to reduce them to

“MANIPA, the goddess of the people (Tartheir appointed situation. In this attitude

tars) of Tanchuth (called Lassa, or Boratai, the pilgrims are to examine their consci

or Barantola), has nine heads, which form ences, and recollect the whole catalogue of

| a kind of pyramid. A bold resolute young their sins committed the year past, in order

fellow, prompted by an enthusiastic rage, to confess them. After this strict exami

| like him who cries Amoc amongst the Innation, they march again till they come to a

dians, and drest in armour, flies round about steep rock, which is the place set apart by

| the city, upon some certain days in the year, these savage monks to take the general con

like a madman, and kills every one he meets fession of their penitents; on the summit of

in honour of the goddess. This young enthis rock there is a thick iron bar, about three

thusiast is called Phut or Buth."—Picart. ells in length, which projects over the belly of the rock, but is so contrived, as to be drawn back again, whenever it is thought

Fountain of the Fairies. convenient. At the end of this bar hangs a large pair of scales, into one of which these

“In the journal of Paris in the reigns of monks put the pilgrim, and in the other a

Charles VI. and VII., it is asserted that the counterpoise, which keeps him in equilibrio;

Maid of Orleans, in answer to an interroafter this, by the help of a spring, they push

| gatory of the doctors whether she had ever the scales off the rock, quite over the pre

assisted at the assemblies held at the founcipice. Thus hanging in the air, the pilgrim

tain of the fairies near Domprein, round is obliged to make a full and ample confes

which the evil spirits dance? confessed that sion of all his sins, which must be spoken so

she had, at the age of twenty-seven, often distinctly, as to be heard by all the assist

repaired to a beautiful fountain in the counants at this ceremony; and he must take

try of Lorraine, which she named the good particular care not to omit or conceal one

fountain of the fairies of our Lord.”—Fasingle sin, to be stedfast in his confession, | bliaux, by Ellis and Way. Le Grand. and not to make the least variation in his account: for the least diminution or conceal

Identity. ment, though the misfortune should prove more the result of fear than any evil inten “Chaque individu, considéré separément, tion, is sufficient to ruin the penitent to all differe encore de lui-même par l'effet du intents and purposes ; for if these inexor. | tems; il devient un autre, en quelque maniable hermits discern the least prevarication, ère, aux diverses époques de sa vic. L'enhe who holds the scales gives the bar a sud- fant, l'homme fait, la vieillard sont comme den jerk, by which percussion the scale gives autant d'étrangers unis dans une seule personne par le lien mysterieux du souvenir.” | Trees are grey by torch light. -Necker. Sur lEgalité.

A sea-mew sailed slowly by me; the sun edged his wings with silver.

The richest peacock green-blue is under Awkwardness at Court.

the bend of the cliff. “A man unaccustomed to converse with the masters of the world, enters their magnificent palaces with slow and distrustful

Sentences. steps. Wisdom and virtue are unequal to I INTEND to be a hedge-hog and roll mythe task of walking with elegance and ease

self up in my own prickles : all I regret is through the unstudied road of imperial eti

that I am not a porcupine, and endowed with quette. Want of familiarity with surround

the property of shooting them to annoy the ing objects forbids ease; while prejudices,

beasts who come near enough to annoy me. like nurses' midnight tales, are at the same time recollected, despised, and yet feared." -Robinson's Ecclesiastical Researches. The French legislators have done as much

as the nature of the people would permit. Images for Poetry.

Who can carve a Venus de Medicis in free

stone ? Wuen we were within half a mile of the sea in a very clear day, it appeared as if the

When the cable of happiness is cut, surely water was flowing rapidly along the shore

it is better that the vessel should sink at once, in the same direction as the wind; a kind

than be tost about on the dreary ocean of of quick dizzy motion, which I should have

existence, hopeless of a haven. thought the effect of having dazzled my eyes by looking at the sun, if we bad not both observed it at once.

IF Momus had made a window in my The river in a very hot day has the same

breast, I would have made a shutter to it.” appearance.

The sudden wrinkling of the water when the wind sweeps it, as it were sparkling up

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb. a shower. Where the river is visible at its windings,

Time may heal the anguish of the wound, it forms little islands of light.

but the loss cannot be repaired. In a day half clear half cloudy, I observe streaks of a rainbow green upon the sea. The cormorant is a large black bird, and

MYSTERIES. He who dives into thick Aies with his long neck protruded; when

water will find mud at the bottom; no stream

is clearer than that which rolls over golden full, he stands upon the beach or some sand

sands. bank, spreading his wings to dry them, very quaintly.! It is pleasant to see the white-breasted

| A Man is a fool if he be enraged with an swallows dart under a bridge.

ill that he cannot remedy, or if he endures The bark of the birch is much striped one that he can. He must bear the gout, across with a grey-white moss.

but there is no occasion to let a fly tickle

his nose. 1 « The cormorant stands upon its shoals, His black and dripping wings

. The reader is referred to Tristram Shandy's Half opened to the wind." "Thalaba, xi. remarks on this head. Vol. i. p. 129, c. xxiii. J. W. W.

J. W, W.



“ To best and dearest parents filial grief |I felt thy visitation. Blessed power, Hallows this stone: the last of duties this; I have obeyed, and from the many cares But memory dies not, but the love that now That chain me to this sordid selfish world Sleeps in the grave, shall wake again in hea

Winning brief respites, hallowed tha reven."-Jan. 18, 1798.

To thee, and pour'd the song of bettert things.
Nor vainly may the song of better things

Live to the unborn days; so shall my soul

In the hour of death feel comfort, and reWEDNESDAY Feb. 22, 1797. Prospect joice." Place, Newington Butts. This morning I began the study of the law : this evening I

Images for Poetry. began Madoc. These lines must conclude the poem. I

The white foam left by the wave on the wrote them for the commencement.

shore trembles in the wind with rainbow

hues. “ SPIRIT of Song! it is no worthless breast

The clouds spot the sea with purple. That thou hast filled, with husht and holy

The white road trembling on the aching eye.

The water spider forms a shadow of six " It may be as well to give here, at length,

spots at the bottom of the stream, edged such information as is in my hands relative to Madoc. On the fly-leaf to the First Fragment | with light brown yellow; the legs four, and of Madoc (in my possession), Southey has writ. two from the head. The reflection of the ten, “This portion of Madoc was written in the

body is a thin line only, uniting the rest. summer of 1794, after Joan of Arc had been transcribed, and some months before this poem

In a hot cloudy day the sea was pale grey, was sent to press and recomposed.” At the greener at a distance, and bounded by a end of the precious little volume he has added, darker line. “ Thus far in 1794. I began to revise Feb. 22, Half shadowed by a cloud, beyond the 1797, and finished the revisal March 9.” The extract next following is from a MS.

line of shadow light grey, like another sky. letter of Southey's to his friend C. Danvers. | The ripe redness of the grass. It is without date, but the post-mark is Oct. 24, Sunday, July 16, 1797. I saw the light1803.

ning hang in visible duration over the road. “ The poem has hung long upon my hands, and during so many ups and downs of life, that

1 Shadows of light roll over the shallow I had almost become superstitious about it, and sands of a stream wrinkled by the wind. could hurry through it with a sort of fear. An overhanging bough reflects this prettily. Projected in 1789, and begun in prose at that I

The flags sword leaves. time-tben it slept till 1794, when I wrote a

Up the Stour, the swallows cavern their book and a half-another interval till 1797, 1 when it was corrected and carried on to the be. nests in the sand cliff. ginning of the fourth book,--and then a gap I saw a dick-duck-drake leaping fish. again till the autumn of 1798, from which time The reed-rustling breeze. it went fairly on, till it was finished in your poor

The sea like burnished silver. Morning. mother's parlour on her little table. Book by book I had read it to her, and passage by passage as they were written to my mother and to Peggy. This was done in July 1799—four

Triad. years! I will not trust it longer, lest more changes befall, and I should learn to dislike it as “Three things restored will prolong a man's a melancholy memento!”

life : The above, with the preface to the last edi.

| The country where in childhood he was tion of Madoc, contains the whole history of that poern's composition. The lines here referred to I brought up; were not inserted.-J. W. W.

| The food that in childhood nourished him;

And the train of thoughts that in childhood “The Amethyst drives away drunkenness; amused him."

| for being bound on the navel it restrains G. WILLIAMS, note, v. 2, p. 36. the vapour of the wine, and so dissolves the


“ Alectoria is a stone of a christalline coThe three Names of this Island.

lour, a little darkish, somewhat resembling · The first-Before it was inhabited it limpid water; and sometimes it has veins was called the water-guarded green spot; / of the colour of flesh. Some call it Galliafter it was inhabited, it was called the naceus, from the place of its generation, the honey-island; and after its subjection to intestines of capons, which were castrated Prydain, the son of Aedd Mawr, he gave it at three years' old and had lived seven ; bethe name of the Isle of Prydain."-Cam. fore which time the stone ought not to be Register, v. I. p. 22.

taken out; for the older it is so much the better. When the stone is become perfect

in the capon, he do'nt drink. However, 'tis Sonnet by B. W. H.

never found bigger than a large bean. The “Why tell ye me of heaven, and of that bliss

virtue of this stone is to render him that Which much-enduring saints will some carries it invisible; being held in the mouth time know!

it allays thirst, and therefore is proper for I'll own no heaven beyond my Harriet's kiss,

wrestlers; (so will any stone by stimulatNo joys but what from her sweet converse ing the glands, but what if the wrestler flow.

should swallow it?) makes a woman agreeYe talk to those whom poverty's stern power

able to her husband; bestows honours, and Loads with the weight of soul-subduing preserves those already acquired; it frees care,

such as are bewitched; it renders a man Bid them expect that lingering distant hour

eloquent, constant, agreeable, and amiable ; When the bright flash of hope shall blind it helps to regain a lost kingdom, and acdespair.

quire a foreign one. For me, if youth eternal crown my joys;

“ Borax, Nosa, Crapondinus, are names If love attend me through the paths of life, of the same stone, which is extracted from And affluence guarding well from worldly a toad. There are two species, the which is strife,

the best is rarely found; the other is black I'll quaff the cup of pleasure till it cloys; or dun with a cerulean glow, having in the Blessing the auspicious hour that gave me | middle the similitude of an eye, and must birth,

be taken out while the dead toad is yet pantThen sink to nothing in my native earth." ing, and these are better than those which

B. W. H.

are extracted from it after a long continu

ance in the ground. They have a wonderful Virtues of Gems.

efficacy in poisons. For whoever has taken From the Mirror of Stones, by CAMILLUS

poison let him swallow this; which being LEONARDUS, Physician at Pisaro. Dedi- |

down, rolls about the bowels, and drives out cated to Cæsar Borgia, Eng. Trans. Lon

every poisonous quality that is lodged in don, 1750.

the intestines, and then passes through the

fundament and is preserved. It is an ex“Tue Diamond helps those who are trou

cellent remedy for the bites of reptiles, and bled with phantasms or the Night Mair. takes away fevers. If it be made into a lo

tion and taken, it is a great help in disor'I can assign no reason why such a sonnet was transcribed by Southey, neither do I know

ders of the stomach and reins, and some say whom the initials represent.-J. W.W. it has the same effect if carried about one.

“ The carbuncle is male and female. The “Fingites is of a white colour, hard as females throw out their brightness, the stars marble, and transparent like alabaster; it appear burning within the males.

is brought from Cappadocia. Some report "Some imagine that the crystal is snow that a certain king built a temple of this turned to ice which has been hardening stone without windows; and from its transthirty years, and is turned to a rock by age.parency the day was admitted into it in so (AFFONSO AFRICANO, C. 2, p. 43).

clear a manner as if it had been all open. “ Chemites is a stone that has the appear-! “Galatides or Galactica is a white lucid ance of ivory; not heavy, and in hardness stone, in form of an acorn, hard as the adalike marble. It is said to preserve the bodies mant, and so cold that it can hardly be of the dead a long time from being hurt by warmed by fire; which proceeds from the the worms and from putrefaction.

exceeding closeness of its pores which will “Corvia or Corvina is a stone of a red- | not suffer the heat of the fire to penetrate. dish colour, and accounted artificial. On the “Kinocetus is a stone not wholly useless, calends of April boil the eggs taken out of a since it will cast out devils. crow's nest till they are hard ; and being “Sarcophagus, the stone of which the ancold, let them be placed in the nest as they cients built their monuments, so called from were before. When the crow knows this, its effects, for it consumes a human body she flies a long way to find this stone; and that is placed in it, insomuch that in forty having found it returns to the nest, and the days the very teeth are gone, so that noeggs being touched with it, they become thing appears ; nay, farther, if this stone be fresh and prolific. The stone must imme- bound to a man while he is alive, it has the diately be snatched out of the nest. Its vir- | force of eating away his flesh. tue is to increase riches, to bestow honours, “ The asbestas is a stone of an iron colour, and to foretell many future events. produced in Arcadia and Arabia ; being set

“ Draconites,-Dentrites,-Draconius, is on fire it retains a perpetual flame, strong a stone lucid and transparent of a cristalline and unquenchable, not to be extinguished colour. Albertus Magnus says it is of a by showers or storms. It is of a woolly texblack colour, and that its figure is pyrami- ture, and many call it the salamander's feadal and not lucid. Some say it shines like a ther. Its fire is nourished by an inseparalooking glass, with a blackness; that many ble unctuous humid Aowing from its subseek after but never find it. It is brought stance." from the east, where there are great dragons; for it is taken out of the head of dra

Turkish Idea of Thunder. gons, cut off while the beast is yet panting.

mung: 1 “When the Turkish ambassador, Esseid

«w It loses its virtue if it remains in the head

Ali Effendi, saw some electrical experiments any time after the death of the dragon.

at Lyons (Messidor 14th) (July 2, 1797) and Some bold fellows in those eastern parts

heard the analogy between electricity and search out the dens of the dragons, and in

lightning explained, he seemed astonished these they strew grass mixed with sopori

at the ignorance of the Europeans, who did ferous medicaments, which the dragons when

not attribute lightning to the breath of an they return to their dens eat, and are thrown

angel, and the noise of thunder to the clapinto a sleep ; and in that condition they cut off their heads and extract the stone. It

ping of his wings.”—Star, Thurs. July 20. has a rare virtue in subduing all sorts of poison, especially that of serpents. It also renders the possessor of it bold and invin

Novogorod God of Thunder. cible; for which reason the kings of the | “When Wolodemir introduced Christianeast boast they have such a stone.

| ity into Russia (A. D. 990) to prove the sin

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