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remembrance might be. She might have ure of knowing she could be of any possible suggested various causes of sorrow such as, service to him in his future career. quitting an agreeable neighborhood fine “She might - indeed, she might!" Onsscenery — losing, perhaps, pleasant acquaint- low warmly assured her. ances in the town – all with an indifferent, Finishing the profile, and putting an elaborlightsome air, like that with which many an ate beard to it, she asked bim, 56 would he object of adoration loves to survey her parting show her how?"! worshipper as he wallows in the mud of his • By saying," he replied, " that, in any own embarrassmient; rather poking him deeper struggles — any misfortune or any •gleam in, than stretching a helping hand, while all of success that may fall to my lot, I may be the time she is, perhaps, longing to see the assured of your sympathy." struggling mortal extricate himself and come · Yes,” she said, yes — of her warmest foundering to her feet. But Orelia's nature sympathy; but,” she added, " the aid she being too ingenuous for that sort of dissein- alluded to was of a more real and practical bling, she made no inquiry on the subject, kind.” but merely hoped, in a low voice, " that his The ex-dragoon smiled. 6. When I rode regret was not caused by his future appear- that race," he said, “ the prize that allured ing less hopeful than his past had been;" me, and which I should have valued more and, considering her somewhat fluttered state than ever Olympic victor esteemed his crown, at the time, the question was cleverly enough was your glove. I lost the prize then - may put, for it gave him a good opening to talk I now carry it with me as a solace ?" about himself, if he were so disposed.

During this speech Orelia had made as He paused, as if considering whether he many profiles as the space of ground at her should his tale unfold ; but, looking up, said feet admitted of— finishing off by the great

“ For my future, I must trust only to For- straggling initials “0, P.," with a fourish tune and myself, for I have no better securi- beneath them, as was her custom in making ties. But I am most unwilling to leave you her autograph. Then she drew off her glove, with the idea that one whom you honored and, the act being quite in character with her with more notice and kindness than he de- usual queenly demeanor, she presented it to served, was beneath it; and will therefore hiin, with the native loftiness of her air quite confide as much to you as Cesario did to the restored to her. Countess Olivia, saying, that my parentage He took it — and, with it, he clasped the is above my fortunes — I am å gentle- ends of the fiugers that gare it. Lifting them

to his lips, he kissed her hand — once Orelia, if she had followed her impulse, twice — thrice; and, before she had quite might have answered in the words of the made up her mind to snatch it away, he was Countess - “ Fear not, Cesario, take thy for- half-way down the road. Then, with tunes up;” but pride would not let her give dushed cheek, she turned away from the shade 60 much encouragement to one who had been of the beech beneath which they had been 80 little explicit. She only murmured (uncon- standing, and, forgetting Rosa, parsonage, sciously sketching the while a gigantic classi- and all, in the more interesting thoughts that cal profile in the gravel with the point of her had intervened, went slowly back to the Herparasul) that “ she wished she had the pleas- onry.

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THE Waists OF AMERICAN LADIES. - The un- | worthy the contemplation of the ethnologist. natural length and ridiculous smallness of their How comes it to pass that the English type — waists bafile description. A waist that could be which I presume has not, in every cise, been so spanned is an English metaphorical expression affected by the admixture of others as to lose its used in a novel, but it is an American fact; and own identity - how comes it to pass, I say, that 80 alarming does it appear to an Englishman, the English type is so strangely altered in a few that my first sentiment, on viewing the phenom- generations? I have heard various hypotheses ; enon, was one of pity for unfortunate beings who amongst others, the habits of the people — the might possibly break off in the middle, like dry climate. The effect of the latter on a Euroflowers from the stalk, before the evening con- pean constitution would have appeared to mo cluded. No less extraordinary is the size of the sufficient to account for the singulur conformaladies' arms. I saw many which were scarce tion if I had not been persuaded by natives of thicker than moderate-sized walking-sticks. Yet, the country, that the small waist is mainly owing strange to say, when these ladies pass the age to tight-lacing. This practice, it is said, is perseof forty, they frequently attain an enormous size. vered in to an alarming extent; and, if report be The whole economy of their structure is then true, it is to be feared that the effects will be felt reversed, their waists and arms becoming the by future generations to a greater degree than thickest parts of the body. Here is a subject they are at present. — Dub. U. Mag.

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THE BLISS OF SORROW,

From the Examiner. flavor of a delicate fruit. By difficulties of The Poems of Goethe : translated in the Orig. suffered himself to be daunted; and he has

this kind Mr. Bowring has nevertheless not inal Metres. With a Sketch of Goethe's done well, in spite of them, to persevere, for Life. By Edgar ALFRED BOWRING. Par- thus he has placed within the reach of Engker and Son.

lish readers what is perhaps in its kind the NONE who are in any degree acquainted utmost that will ever be provided. with German literature will be prepared to

We opened the translation before us quite receive otherwise than with very great respect prepared to make extremely large allowance the first effort that has been made to translate for the difficulties of the enterprise, and we Goethe's songs, ballads, and minor poems

have been surprised and gratified to find how into English. Mr. Edgar Bowring is distin- very small was the demand really made on guished already by the success with which our patience and good-humor. The skill and lie has rendered the same section of the works taste with which the poems have been renof Schiller into an English version both dered, without change of metre elegant and faithful. He has now attempted of Mr. Bowring's verse - and the readable to put English draperies upon the lyric muse

form into which even the most untranslatablo of Goethe also. Hitherto, nobody has ever of Goethe's lyrics (as the “ Ileath-Rose,” the dared so far; and this is a case in which we

Swiss-Song,' and others) have been put — may pretty safely, we think, answer for the cannot be praised too heartily. We add a future, and say that nobody able to translate few brief specimens. Each of the two sucthese poems better than Mr. Bowring has ceeding stanzas is in itself a complete poem :translated them is ever likely to devote his time to so laborious a task. The public, therefore, who inust read Goethe in English Never dry, never dry, or not at all, owes very hearty thanks to Mr. Tears that eternal love sheddeth ! Bowring for his courage in having under- How dreary, how dead must the world still taken and achieved a work of very difficult

appear, accomplishment — and at the best of very When only half-dried on the eye is the tear ! doubtful issue — for the love of literature, if Never dry, never dry, not for the love of fame.

Tears that unhappy love sheddeth ! For assuredly a work like this, however well

1789. it may

be done, is one with which every tyro, if it so please him, can find fault. The only

THIE WANDERER'S NIGHT SONG. men really likely to praise will be those who

Hushed on the hill know Goethe well. But a student who has

Is the breeze ; spent on Goethe's poems all the pains and

Scarce by the zephyr thought of which this volume contains evi

The trees dence, must be in fact more thoroughly aware

Softly are pressed ; than any other man of the peculiar difficulties

The woodbird 's asleep on the bough. of the task he has undertaken. To translate

Wait, then, and thou

Soon wilt find rest. Schiller's lesser poems was a work to be held

1783. light by comparison. Schiller appealed commonly to feelings of a broad and universal kind. He was a man appealing to his fel

The following very graceful poem will very lows, heart to heart. To be an artist was the fairly display Mr. Bowring's skilful manageaccident of his humanity. Most of his poems,

ment of unrhymed metres : – therefore, have stuff in them that would come home to us even in a prose translation. But Goethe was an artist above all things ; his

; Fain hnd I to-day surprised my mistress, manhood (we do not say it as a censure) was

But soon found I that her door was fastened, with him the secondary matter; and he could

Yet I had the key safe in my pocket, write better songs than Schiller. With a

And the darling door I opened softly! wonderful skill he could arrange words dex

In the parlor found I not the maiden, terously into music, and suggest through

Found the maiden not within her closet, them as a musician would express through

Then her chamber-door I gently opened, notes - - more than they literally say.

When I found her wrapped in pleasing slum

bers, lurge proportion of his songs, taken prosaic

Fully dressed, and lying on the sofa. ally and in English, according to the exact sense of their sentences, would be found to

While at work, had slumber stolen o'er her ; contain very nearly nothing ; whereas, taken

For her knitting and her needle found I in their own words, metrically, they raise Resting in her folded hands so tender ; emotions of pleasure as distinct as those And I placed myself beside her softly, awakened by the scent of the violet or the And held counsel, whether I should wake her.

THE VISIT.

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Then I looked upon the beauteous quiet The whole of Goethe's minor poems could That on her sweet eyelids was reposing ; not have been published in a single volume On her lips was silent truth depicted, within reasonable limits, but Mr. Bouring has On her cheeks had loveliness its dwelling, been careful to omit only those which it was And the pureness of a heart unsullied

most advisable to exclude from the collection. In her bosom evermore wis heaving.

The collection, as it stands, is large ; embracAll her limbs were gracefully reclining,

ing not only the songs and ballads as they are Set at rest by sweet and godlike balsam.

commonly arranged, but many of the poems Gladly sat I, and the contemplation Held the strong desire I felt to wake her

contained in plays and prose works, and a Firm and firmer down, with mystic fetters.

few specimens of the Proverbs and Zahme

Kenien — which latter, by the hye, were “0, thou love," methought, “I see that tame indeed, for the great German poets sluniber,

lagged far behind the English standard of Slumber that betrayeth each false feature,

terseness and point as wits. Mr. Bowring Cannot injure thee, can naught discover That could serve to harm thy friend's soft translation of no less than sixty of the poems

has also liberally presented to his readers a feelipgs.

that make up the beautiful West-Oestlicher Now thy beauteous eyes are firmly closed, Divan. He goes even so far in his enthusiThit, when open, form mine only rapture, asm as to lament that he could not add to his And thy sweet lips are devoid of motion, volume Hermann und Dorothea and Reineke Motionless for speaking or for kissing ;

Fuchs, a pair that wouid till certainly a volLoosened are the soft and magic fetters

ume by themselves. Of thine arms, so wont to twine around me,

Enthusiasm is a good fault, however, in a And the hand, the ravishing companion Of thy sweet caresses, lies unmoving.

case like this, and it is the only fault we are Were my thoughts of thee but based on error, disposed to find with any part of the contents Were the love I bear thee self-deception, of Mr. Bowring's work. Nor does our objecI must now have found it out, since Amor,

tion extend further than to the preliminary Is, without his bandage, placed beside me.” sketch of Goethe's life, of which we cannot

refrain from observing that it is a panegyrio Long I sat thus, full of heartfelt pleasure

rather than a biography. The wisest man At my love, and at her matchless merit; She had so delighted me while slumbering,

may be allowed to be enthusiastic in discusThat I could not venture to awake her.

sion of a philosopher and poet so large-minded

and many-sided as Goethe ; but whether we Then I on the little table near her

look at his life or at his works, we surely err Softly placed two oranges, two roses ; when we can see, in either, greatness only. Gently, gently stole I from her chamber.

There were, in our humble judgment, some When her eyes the darling one shall open, She will straightway spy these colored presents, capital defects on the side of vanity in Goe

the's character. And the friendly gift will view with wonder,

He was a Jupiter Olympus For the door will still remain unopened.

to himself, as well as to his worshippers ; and If perchance I see to-night the angel, the very preponderance of his artistic qualities How will she rejoice — reward me doubly

caused great occasional disfigurement in many For this sacrifice of fond affection !

of his writings. Following some ästhetic 1795. purpose, he often (more especially in his

novels) outran the ever necessary and welcome We close our extracts with a single son

commonplaces of good, wholesome, every-day pet;

humanity. Wilhelm Meister was indeed a

truly great work ; but the Sorrows of Werter, On Petrarch's heart, all other days before,

though intensely clever, were intensely false In flaming letters written, was impressed in tone ; and Werter again was really sensi

Good Friduy. And on mine, be it confessed, ble and healthy, in comparison to that reIs this year's Advent, as it passeth o'er. markably æsthetic affair of "the mysterious I do not now begin — I still adore

analogy between the laws of attraction, in Her whom I early cherished in my breast,

the case of the natural substances and in that Then once again with prudence dispossessed, of the human affections” the (with all its And to whose art I'm driven back once more. cleverness we must say) abominable Wahlver

wandschaften. Of this romance Mr. Bowring The love of Petrarch, that all-glorious love, says that “ many people consider it as only Was unrequited, and, alas, full sad ;

inferior to Faust." Yet we would not recomOne long Good-Friday 'twas, one heart-mend him to translate it, and obtain the ache drear ;

verdict of the real “ many" thereupon, if he But may my mistress' Advent ever prove, With its palm-jubilee, so sweet and glad,

truly desires to set up Goethe's altar in this One endless Mayday, through the live-long country.

But we need not tread upon disputed year.

1807. ground. That Goethe's minor poems are

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ENGLISH LAW ON RAILWAY DEATHS.- -A DOG OUT OF PLACE. 125 among the most charming - very many of called in by the defendants to attend him after them absolutely the most charming - in the the accident, he was not examined ; but Dr: German language, and that Mr. Edgar Bow- Elliotson, whom the deceased had consulted, dering has in this book translated them into posed that in his opinion he might have lived for English faithfully and delicately, are matters many years, and read a report to that effect, which we think beyond dispute, and those which he had written to Dr. Engledue after the only which are under judyment here. Mr. deceased had consulted bim. Mr. Tuke, a surBowring's volum

should proniptly find its seon at Arundel, and Mr. Garringtou, a surgeon way into a second and third edition if it ob- found him after the accident. The latter, who

at Portsea, deposed to the state in which they tains the success which it well merits.

made a post-mortem examination, stated that bo

found the lungs congested from recent inflammilENGLISH LAW ON RAILWAY DEATHS. tion, inflammation in the pleura, upoplectic cyst (Cut from the Morning Chronicle of Dec. last.]

in the brain, an enlarged heart with a thickened

ventricle, a little water in the abdomen, the COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, Dec. 15, 1852.

ankles slightly swelled and dropsical, and the Nisi Prius Sittings at Guildhall, before Lord Chief kidneys small and affected with cystic disease. Justice Jervis and a Special Jury.

This gentleman also deposed that he thought inAND OTHERS (EXECUTORS) v. THE LONDON, flammation and congestion were the causes of the BRIGHTON, AND SOUTH-COAST RAILWAY COMPANY. death, and that most probably they resulted from

This was an action, under Lord Campbell's the accident. Mr. Adams, surgeon to the LonAct, by the plaintiffs, as executors of Mr. Josiah don Hospital, and Dr. Billing, author of a treatise Groves, a tailor, at Portsca, against the defend-on diseases of the heart, deposed that, in their ants, to recover for Mr. Groves' family compen- opinion, the enlargement of the heart and other sation in damages for his death, which was occa- ailments of the deceased neither caused his death sioned by an accident on the defendants' railway, nor were inconsistent with a long life, though through the negligence of the defendants' ser- they were of such a nature as an invalid insurvants.

ance office would have required a higher premium Mr. Sergeant Byles and Mr. Lush were counsel for than usual. It was further deposed that the for the plaintiffs ; and the Attorney-General and profits of his business were worth 8001. ; but it Mr. Bovill for the defendants.

appeared that the deceased's late foreman had It appeared that in November, 1851, Mr. succeeded him upon paying 8001. for the stock, Groves, who was a widower with a family of four and without giving anything for the good-will children, came to London on business, and at the of the business. same time visited a Miss Richards, to whom he The Lord Chief Justice told the jury they must was about to be married, and also Dr. Elliotson, confine their verdict to such damages as would whom he consulted for a complaint attended by compensate the children of the deceased for the spitting of blood, under which he was suffering. pecuniary loss they had sustained by the death On the evening of the 25th November he left of their father, and that they must further apLondon for Portsea by the defendants' railway, portion that loss between the children. and proceeded safely as far as Arundel, when, on The jury retired, and then returned with a pilssing over a bridge near that town, where verdict for the plaintiff's for 2,0001., which the there is only one line of rails, in consequence of counsel on each side agreed should be equally the driver's neglecting a sigual, the train ran divided between the children. into a luggige train, and the carriage in which Mr. Groves was, was overturned and thrown A DOG OUT OF PLACE. - On the evening of a down a bank. The consequence was that Mr. recent Sunday, as the inhabitants of YstradganGrorcs, who was asleep in the carriage at the lais, South Wales, were crowding to the chapel time the accident happened, was severely injured to hear a somewhat famous itinerant preacher, a on the right temple and on the right side, and, huge dog made his way into the building, bolted having previously lost his eye-sight, died in great, up the pulpit stairs, and took possession of the suffering at the end of a fortnight. To prove the place assigned to the pastor. The unsuspecting previous state of his health, Miss Richards, to itinerant walked up to the pulpit in a short time, whoin he was about to be married, was called, but, assailed with fierce growls and a row of teeth and she deposed that he was a fine-looking man, like an alligator's, be was glad to get to the botthirty-seven years of age ; that he had been a tom of the steps. A second ventured, but only widower for two years, and had four children, elicited some additional growls. A third snge, whose ages were respectively eleven, eight, five, thinking discretion the better part of valor, next and three years. She also produced his portrait ascended to make an amicable settlement with in confirmation of her statement as to his healthy Tyke. He did not dispute the dog's right of poslooks, and, after some opposition from the de- session, but endeavored to charm him from his fendants' counsel, it was handed to the jury for elevated position with a piece of candle. At this inspection. On cross-examination, however, she Tyke waxed more furious than ever, deeming the stated that he had suffered from spitting of blood candle an insult; and at length the pastor took in the month of June previous to his death, and his place in the small reading-desk, in which he another illness after a subsequent visit to the preached, Tyke all the while remaining perched Great Exhibition, and that in the following month aloft listening to the discourse with a gravity and of October he had an attack of apoplexy. His decorum worthy of a class-leader. The scene regular medical attendant was Dr. Eogledue, of may be “ more easily imagined than described.” Portsmouth, but as this gentleman had been I- Liverpool Slandard.

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126 DE QUINCEY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHIC SKETCHES.—CELESTIAL LOVE. From the New Monthly Magazine. superlative fun, its mirthful originalities of mood and manner. There are

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magnificent prose that stand alone for SKETCHES.

splendor of diction and passion of sentiment Way, gifted with such powers to send abroad in the English language. We have no His spirit, must it lodge in shrines so frailt space for quotation at this late period – no

opportunity to show how the future Opiumas fugitive periodical and magazine? has too eater was initiated, yet an infant, in premaoften, too long, been our question in respect ture spiritual conflict, and in the stern habit to the writings of the English Opium-eater. of thoughts that lie too deep for tears At length he appears in a more fitting form how an elder brother ruled the nursery with - not, indeed, until twelve volumes of his

a sway of which the present chronicle gives scattered essays have been published in Amer- the most ludicrous record iinaginable — or ica — but in the first volume of what we trust how the autobiographer was introduced to may be a series most prolonged (in issue, as the warfare of a public school, how he it has been in espectation) and most success- entered the world, how he bivouacked in the ful. The appearance of this volume being nation of London," and pilgrimized amid alunost synchronous with this of our own June the beauties and strifes of Ireland. But we puinber, we have neither time nor room could not forbear the utterance of a most albeit mighty inclination - to dilate on its cordial welcome to this volume, thrice-welcome advent. The general title, “ Selections, Grave and Gay,” is appropriate

A parti-colored show of grave and gay,

Solid and light, and significant for in pathos and humor both the author excels : to adopt Words- which we trust the “ Jeafy month of June" worth's language,

will cause to be known and read of all inen.

On a future occasion we hope to indite a Caverns there are within his mind which sun

paper on the Pathos and Passion, as already Can never penetrate, yet wants there not

we have on the Hunor, of Thomas de Quincey, Rich store of leafy arbors where the light May enter in at will.

and for such an essay the present tome will

present ample scope and verge enough, and In part these miscellanies are to be viewed as to spare. entirely new; “large sections have been intercalated in the present edition, and other changes made, which, even to the old parts,

CELESTIAL LOVE. by giving very great expansion, give some

In the Celestial Empire love-matters are times a character of absolute novelty.”, Mr; managed by a confidant, or go-between, and de Quincey proposes to group the collected the billets-doux written to one another by the articles under three general heads — first, a

papas. At Amoy a marriage was recently class “ which proposes primarily to amuse concluded between the respectable houses of the reader, but which, in doing so, may, or Tan and 0; on which occusion the following inay not happen occasionally to reach a higher epistles, copied from the Panama Herald, station, at which the amusement passes into passed between the two old gentlemen :an impassioned interest ;" secondly, “ those

From Papa Tan :

.66 The ashamed younger papers which address themselves purely to brother, surnamed Tan, named Su, with the understanding as an insulated faculty, or washed' head makes obeisance, and writes do so primarily” (including, ex. gr., the this letter to the greatly virtuous and honoraessays on the Essenes, the Cæsars, Cicero, ble gentleman whose surname is 0, old &c.) ; and, thirdly, a far higher class of com- teacher, great man, and presents it at the positions in virtue of their aim,“ modes of foot of the gallery. At this season of the impassioned prose ranging, under no prece- year the satin curtains are enveloped in mist, deats” in any literature, viz., the Confes- reflecting the beauty of the river and hills ; in sions,” and the Suspiria de Profundis. the fields of the blue gem are planted rows of

The present volume is autobiographical, willows close together, arranging and diffusing dating from the “ Afliction of Childhood” the commencement of genial influences, and in its earliest gerin, onwards to the experi- consequently adding to the good of the old ences of fervid youth. Nothing can surpass year. the touching power, the profound grandeur,

“I duly reverence your lofty door. The the psychological interest of this extraordi

guest of the Sue country descends from a nary narrative — unless it be its sallies of good stock, the origin of the female of the

Hui country likewise (is so too). You have * Selections, Grave and Gay. From Writings received their transforming influences, republished and unpublishod, by Thomas de Quincoy: sembling the great effects produced by rain; (Vol. I. Autobiographic Sketches.) Groombridge and Sons. 1853

much more you, my honorable nearly-related + Prelude.

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