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length—and New Holland and all those islands just in the course! This could not

Images. have been ; the way from China is more

| AFTER 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.

to must reason, all effects proceed from the

There is a sort of vegetable that grows first cause. The belief of inspiration is as

in the water like a green mist or fog. 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, l 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- Loidi 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, I had

pre, 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.

| This is the late Captain Thomas SOUTHEY, i 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.

J. W. W.

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—so 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 1 The reader of SOUTHEY's 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,

and were quoted to me by SOUTHEY, 1829, in that tells of water, &c.

one of the loveliest spots of all Cumberland. Water, only varied by the air bubble

J. W. W.

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.

Grass under a gale, as if you saw the

stream of wind flowing over it. " THERE were yesterday two fine water

I have seen the yellow leaves of the ash spouts close to us. They appeared to de

and birch in Autumn give a sunshiny apscend from a heavy black cloud, not in a

pearance to the trees—a hectic beauty. straight column, but with a round. When

Twinkling of the water-lilly leaves in a they reached the water they blew it about

breeze. with great violence. One of them looked

Sept. 28. Crackling of the furze pods in like the smoking of a vessel burnt to the

a hot day. water's-edge. The other seemed not to

A steady rain, so slow and in so still a raise the water so high, but formed it very

day, that the leafless twigs of the birch like the capital of a Corinthian pillar; the

were covered with rain-drops- no raincolumn was more transparent in the middle

drop falling till with its own weight. than at the sides. When it ceased to act

| An Autumn day, when at noon the mornupon the water, it reascended to the cloud,

ing dew lies still upon the grass undried, forming a circle with a still increasing ra

1 yet the weather delicious. dius as it drew directly up. The lower point at last formed the centre, it then was

“ We were most dreadfully annoyed by

flies which swarm about the heaps of old so wide. It was then interrupted by other

forage and filth scattered over the camp." clouds passing over.”

This was near the camp in India which had “ A puesta del Sol parescio la Luna, e been abandoned the day before. comio poco a poco todas las nubes."-Cron. del Conde D. Pero Nuno.

Similies. “ You should have been with us last cruise Anuncharitable man to the desert-which (Lat. 60 n.) to have seen the Aurora Bore- | receives the sunbeams and the rain, and re

turns no increase. I See Second Series, p. 615.-J. W. W. 1 “As the moon doth show her light in the


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 snow.

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-tu 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 sup 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, I

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.

by reason of its fatness, nor will the grafts Violet virtues-discovered by their sweet

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 Ir 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,

p. lvii. 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;

enquiry was informed that it was burnt in and this he assigns as the reason of the blue

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.

J. W. W.

At the edge of the frozen lake, opposite to Lord's Island, the frost had formed little crystalline blossoms on the ice wherever there was the point of a rush to form a nucleus. These frost flowers were about the size of the little blue flower with the orange eye, (O) and exceedingly beautiful, bright as silver.

3 March, 1829. The lake perfectly still in a mild clear day; but at once a motion began upon it between the Crag and Stable hill, as if an infinite number of the smallest conceivable fish were lashing it with their tails. What could possibly occasion this, neither I, nor Bertha and Kate, who were with me, could discover or imagine. It abated gradually.

"Where the rainbow toucheth the tree, no caterpillar will hang on the leaves."— Lilly.

In the Secchia Rapita the hammer of the bell is spoken of

"II martcllo de la maggior campana."

Canto 1. x.

and the fire-flies—but in a way worthy of such a writer.

"E le lucciole uscian con cul de foco, Stelle di questa nostra ultima sfera."

8. i.

I Noticed a very pretty image by the side of a little and clear runlet, the large buttercups on its margin moved when there was no wind, rocked by the rapid motion of its stream.

The horse-chestnut in the way in which its boughs incline to rest upon the ground, resembles the fig-tree.

"Achilles' shield being lost on the seas by Ulysses, was tossed by the sea to the tomb of Ajax, as a manifest token of his right."—Ei'PiU!E8.

Flies in a bed room when the window curtain is drawn appear in a glance of light, like fire-flies, where they flit across the sunbeam, that beam not being otherwise visible except where it falls upon the wall.

Fibst Rochelle expedition. "Men fell a-rubbing of armour which a great while had lain oyled."—Sib H. Wottom, p. 222.

"Sol la cicala col nojoso metro

Fra i densi rami del fronzuto stelo

Le valli e i monti assorda, e'l mare, e'l cielo."

Abiosto, c. 8. st. 20.

Grass twinkling with the morning dew.

Ferran Gonzalez, Count of Castille.

Ferran Gonzalez had slain in battle Sancho Abarea, King of Navarre, with his own hand. He had not provoked the war: Sancho had often infested Castille, and answered the Count's remonstrances and demands of restitution by defying him. He sent home the body honourably.

Teresa, Queen dowager of Leon, was daughter of Sancho and sister to Garcia Abarea, then reigning in Navarre. There exists a jealousy between Sancho of Leon and the Count, whom his victories and renown made too formidable for a vassal. At a Cortes which he attended, Sancho had asked of him his horse and his hawk. These the Count would have given, but the King would only receive them as a purchase—and contracted for 1000 marks, to be paid on a certain day, if not, the debt was daily to double ; it was his own contract. The writings were drawn out " partidas por A.B.C." and sealed and witnessed in all form. At this same Cortes, Teresa proposed to the Count, her niece Sancha of Navarre for wife. This was concerted with Garcia, that so he might entrap Ferran, and imprison or slay him in revenge of his father's death.

A meeting was appointed to conclude the marriage, each party to be accompanied by

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