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The Author acknowledges, that the If the reader wishes to be instructed main and principal event is only an am in the secret of railing up fpirits from plification of the Santon Barkisa in the the vally deep, various specimens of that Guardian :

: he might have added, that reconduse lore may be collected from this his gbojl, in one of the episodes, appears singular performance ; and one hy a rein circumstances too similar to be the teran and experienced artist, no le's a effect of accident, to a spectre exhibited personage than the Wandering Yew bioin all the horrors of corruption and mar. jelf. We shall, however, select an exromless bones, by the inventive authoress ample froin the second Volume, which is of “ The Knights of the Swan." rather more highly finished, and is no

Neither morats nor religion will ac unfavourable fample of our Author's knowledge themselves benefited by a work adroitness in this science of darkness and whose great scope and purport it is to devils. Thew, that the taireit face and semblance “ The light of the xeturning lamps of virtue is coinmonly a cloak to the gilded the walls, and in a few moments moit horrible crimes ; and unless all the after Matilda stood beside him.

She other sources of improbability and avonder had quitted her religious habit ; she was must be considered as coinpletely ex now clothed in a long fable robe, on hausted, it is difficult to align a realon which was traced in gold embroidery a for the revival of the exploded myiteries variety of unknown characters; it was of forcery, and the spirits of darkness. fattened by a girdle of precious tones, in If it was our Author's intention, which which was fixed a poniard : her neck we would not willingly suppose, to at and arms were uncovered ; in her hand tack religious orders, and, of course, se bore a golden wand; her hair was religion itself, by exhibiting the extreme loose, and flowed wildly upon her shoulddepravity of its molt eminent difciples, ers; her eyes sparkled with terrific exhe will, in the opinion of all found pression, and her whole demeanour was judges, be considered not only as having calculated to inspire the beholder with failed of his intention, but as having awe and admiration. paid an honourable tribute, the more “ Follow me," said she to the Monk valuable for being undefigned, to eccle. in a low and solemn voice ; 's all is Justical ejiableibmenis. The Monk yields ready!” not to the first, nor to the second efforts “His limbs trembled while he obeyed even of belliß aljailants; he retiits her. She led him through various narblandishments which no mortals unlup: row paffages ; and on every side as they ported could have been able to repel; and passed along the beams of the lamp disbecomes at lait the unhappy victim of played none but the most revolting obluit from excess of gratitude and attach- jacts ; skulls, bones, graves, and inagts ment. His progreis afterwards into the whose eyes feenied to glare on them with abyss of crimes is rapid and inexcuseable; horror and surprize. At length they and in this part of his work, our author reached a spacious cavern, whole lotty has Mewn confiderable till and dexte- roof the eye fought in vain to discuter. rity ; but even here, to inflame the A profound obscurity hovered through atrocity of his character, the culprit the void ; damp vapours ftruck cold to fometimes is made to commit gratuitous the Friar's heart, and he listened fadly and improbable en rmities.

to the blast while it howled along the The poetry inter iperted through this lonely vaults. Here Matilda itapad. work would have given popularity to She turned to Ambrolio. His checks composition much interior to this both and lips were pale with apprehenlun. in matter and in itile. Where Mr. L. By a glance of mingled scorn and anger has attempted to imitate the manner of me reproved his pukllaniinity, but it the ancient ballad, lie is eininently fuc- spoke not. She placed the lamp upon cessful ; retaining all its fimplicity and the ground near the basket. She motrored pathos, without the vulgarity or the in- that Ambrosio should be filent, and began correctness; and there are few modern 'the mystericus rites. She drew a circie elegies that surpats the Exile either in round him; another round herielf; and elegance cr imagery: Indeed, the chief then taking a fmall phial from the baket, excellence of Mr. Li's profi confits in poured a few drops upon the ground this latter attribute of the unuse; all the before her. She bent over the place, Scenes on which any care has been be- muttered soine indistinct sentences, aní stowed exhibiting both the truth et na- iinmediately a pale sulphureous flain: ture and the animation of genius. aroie from the grcund. It increased by

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, and at length spread its waves beautiful than fancy's pencil over drew : Dver the whole surface, the circles alone it was a youth, seemingly fcarce eighteen, excepted in which stood Matilda and the perfection of whole ferm and face the Monk. It then ascended the huge was unrivalled. He was perfectly naked ; columns of unhewn (tone, glided along , a bright ftar sparkled upon his forehead ; the roof, and formed the cavern into an two crimfon wings extended themselves immenfe chamber totally covered with from his shoulders ; and his filken locks blue trembling fire. It einitted no heat; were confined by a band of many coloured on the contrary, the extreme chillness of fires, which played round his head, formthe place seemed to auginent with every ed themselves into a variety of figures, noinent. Matilda continued her incan- and shone with a brilliance tar furpaffing tations ; at intervals the took varicus that of precious stones : circlets of diaarticles from the basket, the nature and monds were faltened round his arms and rame of most of which were unknown to ankles; and in his right hand he bore the Friar; but among the few which he a liver branch imitating myrtle. His diftinguithed, he particularly observed form shone with dazzling glory; he was three human fingers, and an Agnus Dei, furrounded by clouds of role-coloured which the broke in pieces : The threw light; and at the moment that he appearthemi all into the flames which burned ed, a refrething air breathed perfumes before her, and they were instantly con through the cavern. Enchanted at a fumed.

vition fo contrary to his expectations, “ The Monk beheld her with anxious Ambrofio gazed upon the spirit with curiosity. Suddenly the uttered a loud delight and wonder ; yet, however beauand piercing thrick. She appeared to be tiful the figure, he could not but releized with an access of delirium ; ne mark a wildness in the dæmon's eyes, tore her hair, beat her bofom, used the and a mysterious melancholy impressed molt frantic gestures ; and drawing the upon his features, betraying the fallen poniard from her girdle, plunged it into angel, and inspiring the spectators with her left arm. The blood gushed out secret awe. plentifully; and as fhe stood on the brink " The music ceased. Matilda addressed of the circle, she took care that it should herself to the spirit: the {poke in a lantail on the outside. The flames retired guage unintelligible to the Mork, and from the spot on which the blood was was answered in the same. She seemed pouring. A volume of dark clouds role to infift upon something which the delowly from the ensanguined earth, and mon was unwilling to grant. He freaicended gradually till it reached the quently darted upon Ambrosio angry vault of the cavern. At the same time glances, and at such times the Friar's a clap of thunder was heard, the echo heart funk within him. pealed fearfully along the fubterraneous peared to grow incensed : she spoke in a pallages

, and the ground hook beneath loud and commanding tone, and her gefthe feet of the enchantress.

tures declared that the was threatening " It was now that Ambrofio repented him with her vengeance. Her menaces of his rashness. The folemn fingularity had the desired effect. The spirit funk of the charm had prepared him for some upon his knee, and with a submissive thing itrange and horrible. He waited air presented to her the branch of myrtle. with fear for the Spirit's appearance, No sooner had the received it than the whose coming was announced by thun- music was again heard; a thick cloud der and earthquakes. He looked wildly spread itself over the apparition; the around him, expecting that some dread- blue flames disappeared; and total obful apparition would meet his eyes, the scurity reigned through the cave. The sight of which would drive him mad! Abbot moved not from his place ; his A cold shivering leized his body, and he faculties were all bound up in pleasure, funk upon one knee, unable to support anxiety, and furprize. At length, the himself.

darkness disperling, he perceived Ma" He comes !exclaimed Matilda in a tilda standing near him in her religious joyful accent.

habit, with the myrtle in her hand. No ** Ambrosio started, and expected the traces remained of the incantation, and dzmon with terror. What was his sur the vaults were only illuminated by the prize when, the thunder ceafirg to roll, faint rays of the fepulchral lamp." a full frain of melndious music founded That our readers may not be too in the air! At the same time the cloud much fascinated with this angelic apdilappeared, and he beheld a figure inore pearance of the Spirit of Durkness, it is

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proper to inform them, that the arch. The Priest their hands together joins ; enemy appears again to the apostate They dance while clear the moon-beam Monk, towards the close of the story, in shines ; all his genuine ugliness and malignity, And little thinks the maiden bright and according to the true cojiume, with Her partner is the Water-Spright. borns and talons.

Oh! had some Spirit deign'd to fing, As a specimen of the poetry in this “ Your bridegroom is the Water-King !" work, we thall select Tbe Water-King, The maid had fear and hate confess’d, an imaginary potentate of the Danith And curs'd the hand which then the press 'd. Mythology, whole province it is to agitate the deep, occasion shipwrecks, and But nothing giving cause to think drag the drowning tailors beneath the How near The Atray'd to danger's brink,

Mr. L. informs us, in a short Still on the went, and, hand in hand, Preface, that from the third to the twelfth The lovers reached the yellow fand. Itanza it is the fragment of an original « Ascend this steed with me, my dear, Danish Ballad. We have not yet seen We needs must cross the streamlet here: it cxtracted into any periodical publica- Ride boldly in, it is not deep, tion.

The winds are hush'd, the billow's Reep." THE WATER-KING.

Thus spoke the Water-King. The Maid A DANISH BALLAD.

Her traitor-bridegroom's wish obey'd:

And soon the saw the courser laye " WITH gentle murmur flow'd the tide, Delighted in his parent wave. While by the flagrant fiowery side

" Stop, top! my love ! the waters blue The lovely maid, with carols gay,

E'en now my shrinking foot bedew !" To Mary's church pursued her way.

“ Oh, lay alide your fears, sweet-heart, The Water-Fiend's malignant eye

We now have reach'd the deepest part." Along the banks beheld her bie,

“ Stop, hop, my love! for now I fee Straight to his notlier-witch he sped,

The waters rise above my knee!” And thus in suppliant accent said:

« Oh, lay afide your fears, sweet heart, « Oh! Mother, Mother ! now advise, We now have reach'd the deepest part." How I may yonder maid surprize;

“Stop, stop! for God's fake stop! for, ob, Oh! mother, mother! now expiain,

The waters o'er my borom flow !!* How I may yonder maid obtain."

Scarce was the word pronounc'd, when The Witch Me gave him armour white,

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She formed him like a gallan: Knight; And courler vaninh'd from her fight.
Of w.ter clear next made her hand

She shrieks, but Mrieks in vain; for high A teed, whole houdings were of sand.

The wild wirds rising dull the cry ; . The Water-King then swift he went, The fiend exults; the hillows dalh, To Mary's church his steps he bent ; And o'er :heir hapless viciim wah. He bound his courser to the door,

Three times, while struggling with the stream, And pac'd the church-yard three time four. The lovely maid was heard to scream, His courser to the door tound he,

But when the tempeft's rage was o'er, And pac'd the church.yard four times three ; The lovely Maid was seen no more. Then hastened up;he aisle, where all

Warn'd by this tale, ye damsels fair, The people Nocked both great and Imall.

To whom you give your love beware ; The Priest raid, as the Kinight drew near, Believe not ev'ry handsome Knight, " And where fore comes the white chief And dance not with the Water-Spright."

heie?" The lovely maid me smil'd aside,

Though we readily acknowledge the poh! would I were the white chief's bride."' genius and talents manifefted in various He stepp'd o'er benches one and two

parts of this unequal production, yet “ Oli, lovely maid, i die for you!"

is to be answered by

an obl. que allack upon venerable eflab. He stepped o'er benches two and three

lishmenis, we are at a loss to coniecture. " Oh, lovely maiden, go with me!''

We know that the presles of the ContiThen sweet the mild, the lovely inaid,

nent tecmed with compoiitions of this And while she gave her hand, the said, character while the Revolution was pre" Beride me joy, betide me woe,

paring in France ; yet what have the O'er hill, o'er cæle, with thee 1 go." infidels who produced it fubstituted in

what good

the place of the religion they have ba- whelmed nations, has fallen, and will rited? The quettion agitated by the continue to fall, upon themselves; and philosophic Bayle on the comparative the few who may possibly eicape in their zu lebeefi of superstition and atheism must perfons, mankind shall punish in their now rejl tor ever; for surely there is no memory: The Temple they have so fuc. page in the history of bigotry to parallel cessfully laboured to link in alhes, shall the enormities that have been perpetrated indeed confer on them immortality, but in the present day by democratic entbu- it will be an immortality of reproach and kafts and arbeijiical devotees. The infamy. mighty ruin, with which they have over

R. R.

A Charge given at the Visitations of the Archdeaconry of Salop, in the Diocese of Herrtord, hoiden at Ludlow and Stretton, the zift and 220 Days of June

1796. By Joleph Plymley, M. A. Archdeacon. Rivington. THIS Charge relates particularly to construction of ordinary habitations beau

the care that should be taken to ren ty of appearance, elegance of shape, and der Churches better suited to the dignity useful contrivance are highly esteemed and of that Being to whole service they are fought after, how much more important dedicated, and contains many useful and it is that the House of God should be pertinent obfervations, which may, with formed upon the same principles." great propriety, be recommended to those The mind will be always impresed

who have the charge of those sacred edi. more or less by outward objeéts; and, in. fices. " Nothing, indeed,” says the deed, not only association of ideas, but

learned Archdeacon, “ can be called even bodily health, is much concerned in trivial that is connected with the wor- ' this object. thip of our Great Creator; and if in the

A Sermon preached at Knaresborough, O&tober 3, 1796, on Occasion of a Pormi of Thankígiving being read for the late abundant Harvelt. By the Rev. Samuel Clapton, M. A. Johnson.

WHEN thou hast eaten and art full; the two Bills, which, though misrepre

then thalt thou bless the Lord sented by the united powers of artifice thy God for the good land which He and clamour, were opposed by numbers "bach given thee. Beware that thou as few as their arguments were feeble." "forget not the Lord thy God, in not Our Divine, with great propriety, " kaping his Commandments and his quotes the following passage from the "Judgments and his Statutes, which I posthumous work of Mr. Gibbon, rela" cuinmand you this day." -Deut. viii. tive to the subject of Parliamentary Re1.10, II.

forin This is an excellent practical Sermon, “ If you do not," says he in a Letter acompanied with Notes to illustrate to his noble Editor," relift the spirit rests of it. Speaking of the two cele of innovation in the first attempt, if you brated Bills that palled last Session of admit the smallest and most specious Parliament for the regulating allemblies, change in our Parliamentary fyftem, you Nr. Clapton fays, i Since those Bills are lot. You will be driven from one have palled into Laws, the emula. Itep to another, from principles just in tion of excelling in harangues has sub- theory

to confequences moft pernicious ided; the ardour of propoling measures, in pra&tice, and your first concessions will of obviating objections, and of forming be productive of every subsequent misresolutions, have cooled ; and, instead of chief, for which you will be answerable confulting the welfare and promoting the to your country and to pofterity." happiness of the State, thote self-created The whole composition of Mr. ClapLegillators now confine themselves within ton merits the moit attentive and serious the narrow circle of their own duties. perufal of all ranks of people at the Such are the social blessings arising from present time.

Narrative

Narrative of a Five Years Expedition againft the revolted Negroes of Surinam, in

Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America, from the Year 1772 to 1777, elucidating the History of that Country, and describing its Productions, viz. Quadrupedes, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, 'Trees, Shrubs, Fruits, and Roots: with an Account of the Indians of Guiana, and Negrces of Guinea. By Captain J. G. Stedman ; illuftrated with Eighty elegant Engravings, from Drawings made by the Author. 2 Vols. 4to. London. Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's ChurchYard, and J. Edwards, Pall Mall. 1796.

Continued from Page 25.] THE following account of Capt. Sted ahove twenty yards through mud and

man's killing an Abcma Inake is water, the pegro looking every way with very entertaining, and characteriftic of

an uncemmen degree of vivacity and atthe manners and resources of the ne- tention, when, fiarting behind me, he called groes :

out, “me fee snakee ;" and, in effect, “ As I was resting in my hanimock, there lay the animal, rolled up under the hetween the paroxysins of my fever, fallen leaves and rubbish of the trets, about half way between Cormodtibo and and 10 well covered, that it was some time Barbacoeba, while the Charon was float- before I diftin&tly perceived the head of ing down, the sentinel called to me that this inonster, diftant from me not abore he had seen and challenged something fixteen feet, moving its forked tongue, black, and moving in the brush wood on while its eyes, from their uncominon the beach, which gave no answer ; but brightness, appeared to emit fparks of which, from its size, he concluded muitfire. I now, resting my piece upon a he a man. I immediately dropped an bravch for the purpose of taking a surer chor, and, having nunned the canoe, ill aim, fired, but missing the head, the as I was, I stepped into it, ard rowed up ball went through the body, when the to the place mentioned by the sentinel. animal struck round, and with such aftoHere we all stepped afhere to reconnoitre, mithing force as to cut away all the unas I suspected it to be no cther than a re derwcod around him with the facility of helfpy, or a straggling party detached by a lcythe mowing grafs; and, by flounc. the enemy; but one of my slaves, of the ing his tail, cauled the mud and dirt to name of David, declared it was no negro, fly over our heads to a considerable difbut a large amphibious snake, which tance. Of this proceeding, however, we could not be far from the beach, and I were not torpid fpectators, but took to might have an opportunity of shooting it our heels, and crouded into the canoe. if I pleased. To this however I had not The negro now intreated me to renew the the least inclination, from the uncommon charge, assuring me the snake would be lize of the creature, from my weakness, quiet in a few minutes, and at any rate and e!re difficulty of getting through the pertiiting in the afertion, that he was thicket, which seemed impenetrable to neither able nor inclined to pursue us, the water's edge ; and, therefcre ordered which opinion he supported by walking all of them to return on board. The before me till I fhould be ready to fire; negro then aiked me liberty to ttep for- and thus I again undertook to make the ward and shoot it himself, alluring me it trial, especially as he said that his first could not be at any great distance, and ftarting backwards had only proceeded warranting me againk all danger. This from a desire to make room for me. I declaration inspired me with so much now found the snake a little removed pride and cinulation, that I determined to from his former ftation, but very quiet, take his firit advice, and kill it mytelt, with his head as before, lying out among provided he would point it ouş to me, and the fallen leaves, rotten bark, and old be responsible for the bazard by itanding at mofs. I fired at it immediately, but my side ; from which I swore, that if he with no better success than the other time; dared. to move, I Mould level the piece at, and now, being but flightly wounded, he himself, and blow out his own brains. fent up such a cloud of dust and dirt as

To this the negro cheerfully agreed; I never saw but in a whirlwind, and ard, having loaded my gun with a ball made us once more suddenly retreat to cartridge, we proceeded ; David cutting our canoe, where, now being heartily a path with a bill-hook, and a marine tired of the exploit, I gave orders to row fullowing with three more loaded firelocks towards the barge; but David till into kecp in readiness. We had not gone treating me to permit him to kill the ani

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