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next general election will be a time of uncommon turbulence; violence and outrage.
Of literature no great product has appeared, or is expected; the attention of the people has for some years been otherwise employed.
I was told a day or two ago of a design which must excite some curiosity. Two ships are in preparation which are under the command of Captain Constantine Phillips, to explore the Northern Ocean ; not to seek the northeast or the northwest passage, but to sail directly north, as near the pole as they can go. They hope to find an open ocean, but I suspect it is one mass of perpetual congelation. I do not much wish well to discoveries, for I am always afraid they will end in conquest and robbery.
I have been out of order this winter, but am grown better.
London, March 4, 1773.
THE INDIAN GOD AND THE BAYADEER. (The readers of the Atheneum Magazine are not unacquainted with the merits of the German poet, Goethe. The following ballad is a monument of his friendship for his rival, Schiller. It was written in 1796, for the Almanack of the Muses, a periodical publication, edited by the younger poet. A tradition of the eastern religion, is here made the foundation of a sublime moral; and if we consider for a moment the nature of classic mythology, to which allusions are made without hesitation, we need not take offence at the introduction of superstitions which are incorporated into the faith of a large part of the human family. In France, no less than in Germany, but one opinion has been expressed respecting the value of the original poem. The judgment of Madame de Stael is given at length, in her admirable and interesting work on Germany. She also made an attempt to translate it into French. In this ballad, the eastern fiction is managed with great delicacy and care. No one need fear to approve what Schiller was willing to accept. Iu reading the poem, we are reminded of the honorable friendship of these two most illus, trious men.
Happy the nation, whose fine writers leave no sources of the beautiful undiscovered ; whose men of genius, free from narrow jealousies, unite in mutual affection and common patriotism, to lay the garlands which they may gather, on the altar of their country.]
Sevah, mighty God of earth,
Comes the sixth time from the skies, VOL. I.
And with those of mortal birth
Shares desire, and joy, and sighs.
Deigns to dwell with men below,
Mortals, as a mortal know.
When to the remotest streets
In his wanderings he had strayed,
Beauteous, though a ruined maid.
Wait and I'll be at thy side."
Love and joy with me abide.'
flowers in her dark tresses tied. Soft she draws him tow'rds her cell;
6 Youthful pilgrim, come with me;
Bright and blithe my cot shall be.
Sooth thee of thy weariness:
Slumber, pleasure, or caress.”
And the maid become his slave;
But she cheers and strives to please;
Change to nature by degrees.
Soon the ripened fruit will glow;
Love to follow ne'er is slow.
Pleasure, and horror, and heart-rending wo.
Kisses on her cheeks he heaps,
Till with love her heart runs o’er;
She who ne'er had wept before.
Ah, 'tis not the hope of gain-
Fails her, all her arts are vain.
Late in sleep she shuts her eyes,
Early wakes from transient rest,
Dead, her dearly cherished guest.
But no more shall he respire;
To the sacred funeral fire.
Frantic by the bier she falls,
Fills the air with sorrowing shriek; 66 Give me back
my spouse,” she calls,
Limbs, that shone with heavenly light?
Mine, though but for one short night."
Thou’rt not bound by nuptial tie,
Ask not as a bride to die.
Follow the departed frame;
This is duty, truth, and fame."
The sacred lament with the tabors they raise ; * Receive ye Gods! the young pride of our days, Receive to your mansion the youth from the flame.”
Thus the choir unpitying cried;
Rent with grief, she pants for breath,
Darts into the fiery death.
Rose the godlike youth once more ;
Up the rescued maiden bore.
Through flames to the skies the lost sinner may soar.
Mysteries. [This celebrated hymn, in which the Unity of the Deity is promulged, is preserved by Eusebius. The Hierophant, arrayed in the einblems of the Creator's attributes, clothed in a cærulean robe, and bearing a sceptre tipt with wings, came forward during the celebration of the mysteries, and sang this hymn to the initiated.]
HENCE ye profane!
And listen now
And thou, Musæus,* thou!
Attend the song,
O! let not evil, not dark error mar
Thy destiny,--and thy happy star
The bliss to the holy given.
* Musæus was the disciple of Orpheus, the supposed author of this hymn
O! take the virtuous part:
Of nature, and before her shrine,
Behold! the One Supreme,
The universe surveys ;
Lo! he exists alone,
Him, therefore, praise !
Breathe forth the holy hymn with awe,
Whom mortal eye may never see,
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