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one of the just may tell well. A father of humanity in only destroying half,—when one of the wives ; his son should be the love Noah threatens all with extermination. victim. A martyrdom also ;—some hero, At length-the doom voice was uttered,burnt offering to the god-tyrant,-a rank and the Lord God Almighty turned from Romish priesthood. Why not an Atheist mankind the eyes of his mercy. friend of Noah ? one who reasons from the The statue omen. They should fear Noah, wickedness of the world, a good man, but and attempt to destroy him so; but the blow not stiff-necked, who has never swallowed harms not the statue's head, it shivers the the poker of principle, nor laced on the mallet, and palsies the arm that struck. strait waistcoat of conscience, an incense- The peace-virtues of the holy family, viburner to the idols whom he derides. olet virtues more sweet than showy. The
Anguish of Noah when the sentence of young hopes and heat of Japhet may force the world is past. The spirit of Adam him into a livelier interest; he should be for might announce it, on his own grave. isocratizing
The chief tyrant? some beef-headed boo- The general embarkation must be kept by brute.
out of sight; it savours too much of the The universal iniquity will be difficultly ridiculous. made conceivable. There must be an universal monarchy to account for it, and focus it. How to heighten the crimes ? to bring
Mango CAPAC. about the crisis of guilt ? all must be bad, I have completely failed in attempting to even those who see the evil must seek to identify Madoc with Mango Capac. Hegoes remedy it by evil means ; some United Irish indeed to Peru, but this is all — The histoviolence.
rical circumstances totally differ, but he has The burnt offering the outstanding fi
a fleet of companions, and assumes no divine gure; a young man full of all good hopes authority ; – therefore will I remove the and arrogance, who would revolutionize the Welsh adventurers to Florida, and celeworld ; his error, the working with evil brate the Peruvian legislation in another means, and his ruin. The final wickedness; his death, after an Abbe Barruel-Bartholo
From whence was Mango Capac ? he mew-massacre.
could not have grown up in Peru, nor inIs language equal to describe the great deed in any part of America. There is no crash ? one line of comfort must be the ter- instance, no possibility of any such character minating one -- lo, yonder the ark on the growing up among savages; it is a miracle waters.
more unbelievable than his inspiration ; but The great temple-palace should be some whence or how came he to Peru. Europe Tower of Babel building, made in despite
was too barbarous to furnish a civilizer for of prophecy, and mockery of God's vengeAmerica ; and from Europe he must have ance. It should resist the water weight, and taken the impossible way up the Maragnon, overlive all things, till the vault of the earth where I had led Madoc. But a European bursts.
would have been a Christian. From the Arbathan the self-confident hero. Some East his opinions might have proceeded; but act of solitary goodness seen by Japhet the voyage from Persia! its impassable should win his affections, which the darkness of conspiracy had shocked. Arbathan would
| The reader is referred to the Commentarios act like Omniscience. He would dare do ill
Reales, escritos por el Ynca Garcilasso de la Vega. for the good event. Thus, too, he should
The copy before me was SOUTHEY's. Lisboa, argue, and assume to himself the praise of | Año de M.DCIX.-J. W. W.
length-and New Holland and all those islands just in the course! This could not
Images. have been ; the way from China is more Artek a battle-the bank weeds of the practicable—but how could Mango Capac
stream bloody. conceive such designs in that country? in.
Tameness of the birds where gunpowder spiration seems the solution most easy to is unknown. credit as well as to adopt.
The sound of a running brook like disReasoning as a necessarian, and so I tant voices. must reason, all effects proceed from the first cause. The belief of inspiration is as in the water like a green mist or fog.
There is a sort of vegetable that grows much produced by that first cause, as what
Christ Church, Oct. 8, 1799. I crossed the is acknowledged to be real; where then is bridge at night; the church and the ruins the difference; or does it result that he who
were before me, the marshes flooded, the believes himself inspired, is so? Crede quod sky was stormy and wild, the moon rolling habeas et habes ? this rather puzzles than
among clouds, and the rush of the waters satisfies me.
now mingling with the wind, now heard But in another light why should inspira- alone, in the pauses of the storm. tion be confined to Judea? Mohammed has
Perfect calmness—a spot so sheltered produced evil assuredly; but Zoroaster, that the broad banana-leaf was not broken but Confucius, above all Mango Capac? he by the wind. at least produced extensive good ; there is
Bubbles in rain—a watry dome. therefore a cause for divine revelation; or
Gilt weathercock-bright in the twilight. if it be deemed undeserving of such agency, Holly-its white bark. intermediate beings may have produced
Beech in autumn-its upmost branches the same effect. Their existence is every stript first and all pointed upwards. way probable, perhaps even their interpo
Moss on the cot thatch the greenest obsition.
ject. About A.D. 1150 Mango Capac and Mama
Redness of the hawthorn with its berries. Oella, his sister-wife, appeared by the Lake
Water, like polished steel, dark, or splenTitiaca. At that time the Mohammedan su
did. perstition had triumphed in the East; and
Ice-sheets hanging from the banks above the few followers of Zoroaster were perse
the level of the water, which had been cuted, or safe only in obscurity. Here then
frozen at flood. the poem roots itself well. The father of
Willows early leaved, and their young these children is a Guebre, rather a Sabean, leaves green. one driven into mountain seclusion; the
The distant hill always appears steep. children necessarily become enthusiasts ; if
As we were sailing out of Falmouth the they see other human beings they at least ships and the shore seemed to dance—like find none who can feel as they feel or com
a dream. prehend them-hence they love each other.
At sea I saw a hen eating the egg she The spirit of the sun, whom they adore, had just laid ! may drop them where he pleases. The rest
An old sailor described a marvellously is I doubt more philosophical than poetical fine snow-storm to Tom. The sun rising -the influence of intellect over docile and remarkably red, a heavy gale from the opawed ignorance.--Anno, 1799.
1 This is the late CAPTAIN Tuomas SOUTIEY, 1 See libro iii. de los Commentarios Reales, C. R.N. He was an acute observer of nature, and xxv. tom. i. f. 80.-J. W. W.
many references are made to his letters.
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posite point of the horizon driving the large rising to the surface. Trees, like men, grow flakes, which, tinged by the sun, looked like stiff with age; their brittle boughs break falling fire-s0 strikingly so that the men in the storm-a light breeze moves only remarked it, and thought it ominous. their leaves.
May 14, 1800. A singular and striking Glitter of water at the bottom of reeds. evening sky. The horizon is perfectly clear Storm from the south-east at the Cape. and blue; just in the west runs a ridge of The appearance of the heavenly bodies, as black clouds, heavy, and their outline as observed by the Abbé de la Caille, is strange strongly defined as a line of rock-a low and terrible, “ The stars look larger and ridge-the sky behind has the green tinge, seem to dance; the moon has an undulating the last green light. I well remember tremor; and the planets have a sort of when a six years' boy drawing such un- beard like comets."-BARROW. couth shapes, making blotches of ink in the Where the ship breaks its way, the white same jagged formlessness, and fancying dust of the water sinks at first, with a histhem into the precipices and desert rocks sing noise, and mingles with the dark blue; of faery romance.
soon they rise again in air-sparkles. The trunk of the palm seems made by the Sound of a river-a blind man would ruins of the leaves.
have loved the lovely spot.' The inside of the banana leaf feels like Waterfall, its wind and its shower, and satten.
its rainbow, where the shade and the sunA gentle wind waving only the summit shine met, and its echo from the rock, inof the cypress.
creasing the inseparable sound. At the bull fight I saw the sweat of Insects moving upon smooth water like death darken the dun hide of the animal ! rain.
The cypress trunk is usually fluted. The wind sweeping the stream showers
July 1. The chesnut tree, now beginning up sparkles of light. to push out its catkin, and in full leaf; has The mountains and the mountain-stream a radiant foliage. Whiter than other trees had a grey tinge, somewhat blue, like the from its young catkin, and perfectly starry last evening light. in shape.
At Mafra, the sound of the organ when The Indian corn flowers only at the top; it ceased—like thunder ; the rise of the the seed is in a sheath below, near the root; congregation-like the sea. from the point of the sheath hangs out a Finland. “The only noise the traveller lock of brown filaments, like hair, green in hears in this forest is the bursting of the its earlier stage. The flower is of light bark of the trees, from the effect of the brown, somewhat inclined to purple. frost, which has a loud but dull sound."
A thunder-storm burst over Cintra. Acerbi. Koster saw the eagles flying about their Trees seen from an eminence lie grouped nest, scared by the lightning from entering below in masses, like the swell of heavy to their young, and screaming with terror. clouds.
From the Peniña I saw the sea so dap- Flags. I saw the colours in a bright pled with clouds and slips of intermediate sky flowing like streams of colour with dazlight, as not to be distinguishable from the zling vividness. sky.
View from above of a wooded glen, after | The reader of SOUTHEY'B works will find describing the visible objects—the billowy many of these ideas worked up. These words wood that hides all-below is the sound
occur in Madoc without alteration, part ii. xxiii. that tells of water, &c.
and were quoted to me by SOUTHEY, 1829, in
one of the loveliest spots of all Cumberland. Water, only varied by the air bubble
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When the Marlbro' was wrecked, the alis flashing in bright columns behind large goats ran wildly about, and the cats came masses of black cloud. I look upon it the screaming upon deck, evidently aware of clouds we have here are only detached danger. Wind, not in gusts, but one con pieces, driven from the large mass that tinuous roar, like the perpetual bound of a constantly floats near the Arctic circle this cataract.
time of the year." The hut enough upon the rising to be above all winter floods, trees enough about The Boiling Well, near Bristol. GREYit; the alder and the willow by the brook; GREENISH bubbles rise sometimes by dozens, orchards, and the yew among the stones, a whole shower of them. Sometimes one and the ash, and the mountain ash, and the huge one; the large ones always bring up birch; but a little beyond and all was a trail of gravel soil. dreary — the nakedness of nature, the Little volcanos of gravel, where the soil mountain side all ruined, loose stones and is finer it rises like smoke. crags that waited but the next frost to thunder down; in the bottom, a few lines The Howk. A sound that echoed from the of those low stone walls, that you hardly rock aright, aleft, around—and from the suspect to be the works of man.
vault of rock, you felt the shaking war, and it made the senses shake.
From Tom's Letter. “ There were yesterday two fine waterspouts close to us. They appeared to descend from a heavy black cloud, not in a straight column, but with a round. When they reached the water they blew it about with great violence. One of them looked like the smoking of a vessel burnt to the water's-edge. The other seemed not to raise the water so high, but formed it very like the capital of a Corinthian pillar; the column was more transparent in the middle than at the sides. When it ceased to act upon the water, it reascended to the cloud, forming a circle with a still increasing radius as it drew directly up. The lower point at last formed the centre, it then was so wide. It was then interrupted by other clouds passing over."
" A puesta del Sol parescio la Luna, e comio poco a poco todas las nubes.”—Cron. del Conde D. Pero Nino.'
Grass under a gale, as if you saw the stream of wind flowing over it.
I have seen the yellow leaves of the ash and birch in Autumn give a sunshiny appearance to the trees—a hectic beauty.
Twinkling of the water-lilly leaves in a breeze.
Sept. 28. Crackling of the furze pods in a hot day.
A steady rain, so slow and in so still a day, that the leafless twigs of the birch were covered with rain-drops--no raindrop falling till with its own weight.
An Autumn day, when at noon the morning dew lies still upon the grass undried, yet the weather delicious.
“ We were most dreadfully annoyed by flies which swarm about the heaps of old forage and filth scattered over the camp.” This was near the camp in India which had been abandoned the day before.
Том. “ You should have been with us last cruise (Lat. 60 n.) to have seen the Aurora Bore
Similies. Anuncharitable man to the desert—which receives the sunbeams and the rain, and returns no increase.
“As the moon doth show her light in the
" See Second Series, p. 615.-J. W. W.
world which she receiveth from the sun, so The skylark,-rising as if he would soar we ought to bestow the benefits received of to heaven, and singing as sweetly and as God to the profit and commodity of our happily as if he were there. neighbour."— Wit's Commonwealth.
The wind hath a human voice. Meet adversity - like the cedar in the
July 1822. I was on the lake with The enchanted fountains to the sources Lightfoot, between the General's Island and of Whang-ho.
St. Herbert's, and nearly midway between Convulsions in eastern kingdoms – to a
the east and west sides. The water was perstone cast into a green-mantled pool; for fectly still, and not a breath of air to be a moment it is disturbed, but the green felt. We were in fine weather, but on the stagnation covers it again.
eastern side a heavy shower was falling, Sound of a trumpet-ti Virgil's statue by within a quarter of a mile of us, and the Naples.
sound which it made was louder than the Bitter resentment, revenge that requires loudest roaring of Lodore, so as to astonish blood—the sting of a scorpion, only to be us both. I thought that a burst had haphealed by crushing it and binding it on the pened upon Walla crag, and that the sound wound.
proceeded from the ravines bringing down White heat, tremulous, intense-like the their sudden torrents. But it was merely sun if steadily beheld.
the rain falling on the lake when every thing Look of love--to the intense affection in
was still. the eye of the ostrich when fixed on its egg. Sorrow, misfortunes.--I have seen a dark
BELL - RINGING, a music which nature cloud that threatened to hide the moon, adopts and makes her own, as the winds grow bright as it passed over her, and only play with it. make her more beautiful. August 7, Cin
“The olive will hardly admit of any graft, tra, eleven at night. Violet virtues-discovered by their sweet-by reason of its fatness, nor will the grafts
of it easily thrive in any other stock."-DR. ness, not their show.
JACKSON, vol. 2, p. 639. “Upon the lake lie the long shadows of thy towers.” — Shadows seem to sink deep in
It is remarkable that Reginald Heber dark water.
should never have noticed the 'pale transDesertion—weeds seeding in the garden lucent green' of an evening sky, till he saw or court-yard, or on the altar.
it on his voyage to India. - Journal, vol. 1,
Pine and fir groves said to form fine
TURNER'S Tour in the Levant, vol. 3, p. echoes.
175. “From the tomb of Orchan I vainly M. de la Hire after Leonardo da Vinci looked for the miraculous drum which was observes that any black body viewed through said to sound of itself every night, and on a thin white one gives the sensation of blue; and this he assigns as the reason of the blue: enquiry was informed that it was burnt in
the last great fire-at Brusa." ness of the sky, the immense depth of which being wholly devoid of light, is viewed
SUNSHINE in sheets and falls of light through the air illuminated and whitened by through the refts in a cloud. the sun. Chama Gigas — the name of those huge
| His old friend, the Rev. Nicholas Lightfoot. scallop shells which are placed about foun
See Life and Correspondence, vol. v. 118. tains.
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