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ART. XV.--The Hermit of Eskdale- boar: about the chapel and hermi.
side, with other Poems. By T. tage of Eskdaleside, where there A. M. Whitby, l vol, Kirby, was a inonk of Whitby, who was a 1833.
hermit. The boar, being wounded
and pressed by his pursuers, rushed We deem this very neat volume to into the chapel, where he died, and be altogether a highly creditable the hermit closed the door; the work to Whitby, for it marks a hounds outside being thus kept at very exalted intellectual cultivation, bay. The lords came up and caused as well as of perfection in art, in the hermit to open the door, and the social condition of that town. were so enraged that their dogs We could wish that the example of were kept from their prey that they Whitby, in taking care to be the ran at the hermit with their boar. medium of bringing its own native staves, and wounded him mortally. genius before the world, was more They in vain sought a sanctuary generally adopted, because it would to secure themselves impunity, tend materially to abridge the diffi- and would have suffered for their culties which, under the present crime but that the hermit said he system of metropolitan monopoly, would be satisfied if they performed are calculated to check the aspira- a penance—the strange nature of tions of modest ability in the pro- which was thus set forth by the vinces.
hermit himself, on his death-bed, in The Hermit of Eskdaleside is a their presence. “ You and yours poem of considerable dimensions, shall hold your lands of the Abbot of evidently bearing the impress of Whitby, and his successors, in this that undefinable grace which an manner: that upon Ascension Ere, accomplished woman alone knows you, or some of you, shall come to how to give. As the poem has been the wood of the Stray-head, which already before the public, this being is in Eskdaleside, the same day at the second edition of it, we are sun-rising, and there shall the ofrestrained from entering at length ficer of the abbot blow his horn, to into the events of its story, which the intent that you may know how must be by this time pretty familiar to find him; and he shall deliver to most readers of poetry. The prin- unto you, William de Bruce, ten cipal plot, however, is of so inte- stakes, ten strout-stowers, and ten resting a nature as to admit of a yedders, to be cut by you, or those slight reminiscence. In the early that come for you, with a knife of a part of the reign of Henry the Se- penny price ; and you, Ralph de cond two lords, and a gentleman Percie, shall take one and twenty of named Allaston, of England, met each sort, to be cut in the same by appointment to hunt the wild boar manner; and you Allatson shall in a certain wood called Eskdale take nine of each sort, to be cut as side, which belonged to Sedman, the aforesaid ; and to be taken on your Abbot of Whitby. They ran the backs and carried to the town of
Whitby, and so to be there before she represented the worn-out theme
ing contributed, even in an humble The ground-work of this remark- way, to help the authoress to the able incident is very skilfully modi inspiration in which this beautiful fied in her poetical tale by the composition originated. The story, clever authoress, and it forms the she states in a note to the poem, is foundation for many striking and founded on an authenticated circumpicturesque descriptions. Indeed, stance, the account of which she description seems to be the forte of extracted from the Monthly Review. this lady, and the whole merits of (See Number for March, 1833, Art. the poem will be found to resolve “Hints to Medicine Takers;" in themselves into the excellence of which an example from Zimmerthe graphic power with which she man is related of sudden death from is endowed. With what freshness, joy.) for example, truth, and beauty, has it is not necessary that we should
augment our extracts to show the peculiar qualifications of the au. thoress as a pleasing and elegant poet. We recommend the reader to make a trial of the work itself, and we shall be much mistaken, provided he be a judicious critic, if he do not wish to bave “ more out of the quarter this book came from.”
mile, and four and a half English miles. The following particulars respecting the coin of foreign countries cannot but prove very serviceable to travellers. They are taken from Mr. Moore's notes, and as they are the result of actual observation, they must be regarded as of increased value :
Art. XVI.- A Journey from London
to Odessa, with Notices of New Russia, &c. By John Moore. Paris : Galignani. 1833.
FRANCE. 20 sols or 100 centimes=1 franc or 10d, sterling.
PRUSSIA. . 12 pfennings=1 silbergros. 30 silbergros=l thaler. 24 gudengros=1 thaler. 5 Thalers and 18 or 19 silbergros
are equal to 1 friederich's a'or. 5 thalers and 12 or 14 guden gras
(or bons gros) are equal to 1
friedirich's d'or. The thaler is worth about 3 francs
81 centimes of France, or say 3s. 2d. English.
SAXONY. Tre same as Prussia; excepting that
they count always in guden gros (bons gros); and, as the two frontiers are passed and repassed, the traveller is exposed to loss, unless he be prepared with a a stock of the small money of each state.
In this unpretending volume the author professes to do no more than contribute an itinerary of the road from London to Odessa, for the convenience of travellers, he himself having experienced the great disad. vantages of being without such a guide. The work is written cur. rente calamo, being addressed in the form of familiar epistles to a confidential friend, and on this account offers very little of interest to the reader. Perhaps we might except the description of Odessa itself, which is copious and minute, but yet destitute of any novelty.
The most valuable portion of the work consists of tables, giving the names of the towns on the route between Calais and Odessa, and then on a new route from Odessa to Calais, together with the distance of each from the other. These dis tances are expressed either in French postes, German miles, and Russian werstes, each of the foreign terms being resolved into English miles. It appears, that a French poste is, by a very minute fraction, more than a German mile: a German mile is equal to four and a half miles English : half an English mile is very nearly, but not quite, equal to a Russian werste, so that eight werstes are equal to one poste, one German
AUSTRIA. 60 guden kreutzers=1 guden florir, 4 guden florins and 30, 36, or 40
guden kreutzers are equal to 1
ducat. 11 paper florins and 30 to 34 kreut
zers are equal to 1 ducat. The paper-money is worth about
two-fifths of the gudengelt :thus, the silver (guden gelt) is worth about 2 francs 50 centimes of France, or 2s. to 2s. Id. English; and the value of the paper florin is about 1 franc of France or 10d. English: these differences occasion much confusion to the foreign traveller.
ART. XVIII.-The Voyage, a Poem,
By Henry CHRISTMAS. I vol.
The florin is divided into pieces called zwanzigers, or pieces of twenty guden kreutzers ; and these are subdivided into half and quarter zwanzigers; this is the most convenient change to take.' It is necessary to see that your ducats be of the full weight.
Russia. 100 kopeks=1 rouble. The silver rouble is equal to three
paper roubles and 70 kopeks, or 38. ld. English. The paper rouble is equal to 10d. English or 1 franc of France ;-the kopeks represent the centimes; thus 10 kopeks are equal to about 2 sols of France or a penny English.pp. 319, 320.
Art. XVII.-A Discourse on the
Sufferings of Our Saviour. By Charles DOYNE SILLERY. I vol. 12mo, Edinburgh: Waugh and
Innes. 1833. Mr. Sıllery is well known as the
be author of an essay on the great subject of The Creation of the Universe, and The Evidences of the Existence of God, and of two extensive poems entitled Vellery, or the Citadel of the Lake, and Eldred of Erin. The present discourse is not unworthy of the ardent and sentimental mind which characterises Mr. Sillery. He dwells with great feeling and beauty of language on the chief events of the Saviour's career, and earnestly directs his admonitions to all those who desire to lead pious and useful lives, to study those events as having so powerful a tendency to excite in the mind a due estimate of the benefits conferred on man by the mission of the Divine Messenger.
This is a collection of poems, purporting to be contributions made during a voyage in the Baltic sea, by a society of the passengers, who seem to have sojourned on board in a pretty harmonious way. One of the best of the poems is that entitled The Slave, which is stated to be founded on a real incident. The particulars are these :-During the long American war, two ships, the one a merchant-man, the other a man-of-war, sailed from Calcutta for Europe. The merchant ship had on board a family consisting of a gentleman, his wife, and two infant children, with a young negro for a servant, whose poetical name in the poem is Zarafah. It happened that the lady died on the passage, so that the care of the children devolved exclusively on Zarafah. Some time afterwards, the father one day left his ship on a visit to the man-of-war, and was unable to return at the moment he wished to do so, on acconut of a thunder storm which abruptly came on. The merchant vessel, in which his children were, he saw soon placed in imminent danger, and boats were sent off from the man-of-war to save the crew. When the whole of the party on board had been put into the boats, it was found that sufficient room could not be obtained for the negro and the children, so that either the former or the latter must be sacrificed. Zarafah did not hesitate about which the choice was to fall on, for he most nobly placed the children in the boat, exclaiming, " Go tell massa, Coffin do his duty." Coffin was the real name of this negro. The remainder of the volume consists of minor poems from the German and the Latin, as well as from the French and Italian.
Art. XIX.-Tales for an English
Home. By G. M. STERNE. I vol. 12mo. Bristol : G. Davey. London: Longman, Rees, and Co. 1833.
as far as our judgment goes, ir other respects its qualities are highly respectable.
In this small volume are contained Art. XX.- On the Human Mind six tales, chiefly calculated to excite and Nature of Human Knowledge ; feelings of sympathy with misfor. being the substance of a Paper tunes. Julia St. Orville is a very read to the Literary Society, impressive narrative which interests Bromley House. By GEORGE us for the perplexity into which a Cox, M.D. London: Simpkid sweet-tempered young woman is and Marshall. Nottingham : Sutthrown by the extreme difficulty she ton. 1833. experiences in indulging her love and discharging her filial duty. The The object of this learned pamphlet second tale, “ Elizabeth of York,” is to prove that the mind of man is is historical, and founded on a curious not a result produced by organizaepisode in the history of Queen tion, but that it is an acquisition Elizabeth, involving her acquaint- superinduced on an organized body, ance with the Earl de Montmorency and in fact that the brain has In the the third tale, entitled nothing to do with the formation of “ David,” we have an imitation of the mind. Anatomy and physiology the oriental style of narrative, are brought to the investigation, and which is very successful. It is the the anthor appears to possess the longest of the whole, and, in our degree of knowledge which would opinion, is the best, inasmuch as the enable him to determine questions manners and customs of the period of this nature with strong promises when King David lived are very of success. Mr. Cox forcibly conwell preserved. “The Sisters” is demns the tendencies of craniology, the name of the fourth tale. It is for he says, if the human disposition peculiarly worthy of perusal by is always the result of a compulsory young ladies, as affording an ex- state of every man's particular orample of considerable practical value ganization, then volition, education, in one of the most delicate transac. and religion would be of no manner tions in which they can be engaged. of use. So far, therefore, is he from By the fifth of the narratives called believing in the doctrines of craniothe “Lonely Tower," we are logy, that it is his firm opinion that brought back to the days of chi. the brain has nothing whatever to valry, when all Christendom could do with the formation of the mind. think of nothing else than the deten- The doctrine sought to be established tion of Richard the First by the by the author deserves the attention Duke of Austria. The last tale, of physiologists, inasmuch as it con“ The Condemned,” is one of deep tains nothing which can be regarded distress, and as containing a few as inconsistent with the spirit or such spices as murder and highway text of the sacred scriptures. robbery, will necessarily be welcomed by no inconsiderable number of readers. Thus we see that the work has claims to attraction, at least on the grounds of variety, and