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cipated by his comrades, when they have been transferred to its inland witnessed the picture. Several of the situation. officers accompanied Captain Parry to Another natural curiosity was, the their huts, where they saw their wo-head of the musk ox, which seemed to men and children. The former, in-exbibit a model of strength. The structed by their husbands, who had bases of the horns were so broad, as to learnt from the sailors on their visit to cover all the upper portion of the skull the ships the day before, ran out and above the eyes, and in thickness they shook hands with the strangers. There were several inches, having slight was one pretty looking girl of twelve grooves to the bend of the horn. Of or thirteen years of age. The children these animals, only three males were were horribly frightened, and roared shot. These, when the spring had a lastily in spite of beads and toys. The little advanced, accompanied by some wbole number of natives was about females and calves, appeared in small twenty. They had probably seen or droves on Melville Island, which they beard of Europeans before. No arms reached on the ice from the American were observed among them ; but one continent. The calves and the females of the little boys had a miniature bow were too shy to come within gunshot ; and arrow, which showed their ac- and it was to their superior courage quaintance with this weapon.

that the males fell victims. They conTaking leave of them about the end tinued to face the human strangers, of the first week in September, the ex- with whose deadly weapons they were pedition steered homeward. The ships unacquainted, until they found themwere separated by a tempest, and the selves unable to retreat. The carcase Griper waited seven days for the Hecla of the largest weighed about seven at the rendezvous in Shetland; but the hundred pounds, including skin and latter suffered so much damage, as to entrails ! be compelled to steer directly for Leith. Of the mineral productions, many The Griper also was nearly lost off varieties were obtained from granite Sheerness. They are now both at and gneiss, of the primitive, to sandDeptford.

stone and iron-stone of the second Among the curiosities which were order. Several specimens of slate are imported by these adventurers from the among the number; also a reddish Arctic regions, was the upper bone of granite like that of Egypt, mica, grey a whale's head, which, on its arrival, limestone, marble, quartz, stinkstone, being assessed by the custom-house madrepores, and a sort of bituminous officers, was for some time under sen- slaty coal, which burns with a flame tence of being thrown into the Thames, like cannel coal when put to the canin order to avoid the impost which had dle. Of this latter substance, the been levied on it. This singular curi- voyagers found an abundance ; but osity derives its principal importance from its being mixed with slate, it from the distance whence it was was not calculated to burn alone, and brought, and the manner in which it therefore was of little use to them. was found. It was taken by the Hecla The mouse of Barrow Sound, was from Melville Island, having been not the common mouse of Europe, but discovered about a mile from the a distinct species. It was of a dun shore, and about 50 feet above the colour in summer, but in winter it belevel of the sea; when first seen, it was came white. This animal abounds on nearly imbedded in earth, where in all Melville Island, and it is supposed to probability it had lain for several cen- form the principal part of the food of turies. How it could have been convey- the wolf, during the severest season ed to this strange situation, exhibits of the year, when all other provisions a problem that is not easily solved, are scarce. The skin of the rein deer unless we imagine that the island was is clothed in winter with a for nearly originally under water, when it receiv- three inches in length. The colour ed this deposite, and that it was after- | is white, with a tawny tinge in some wards thrown up by some violent con- parts on the extremities. vulsion of nature. Its weight was so We have already noticed, that great, as to require seven men to con- among the fowls and birds, the most vey it to the ship, and in the quarter beautiful was the king-duck. This bird where it was discovered, no human is not only the pride of the Arctic means existed, through which it could regions, but decidedly the finest of 87

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the species to which it belongs, of any

With equal joy.-bis round of labour done,

He hails the setting-hopes the rising sun. portion of the globe. The colours which variegate the head are equally With weary footsteps through the neighbouring

While long and lone the dewy path he treads, superb and uncommon. The figures

meads ; which they present, seem cut out of Till wreaths of smoke announce the village the most elegant velvet, which the fea

near, thers resembles, both in form and sub- And rustic ev’ning sounds salute his ear,

Go, honest swain! though poverty denied stance. A skinny membrane of a delicate lemon tint, ornaments the bill Art thou not born in the Eternal's plan!

Birthright of Fame, or heritage of Pride; above; and all around, it is decorated Heir of both worlds—a saint-an honest man! with hues as brilliant as fancy can con

To thee life's true nobility is giv’n, ceive in a painted bird.

The heraldry of worth, the smile of hear'n. Among the vegetable productions,

O ye who press the silken couch of ease, they found about thirty genera, which Till ever pleasures lose their power to please;

Who drug refinement till the cloying cup chiefly consisted of mosses, grasses, Turns poison on the lips that drink it up: and flowers. Among the latter was O turn, and view the cottage of the poor, the poppy, which grows to the height Where wealth nor luxury ever pass'd the door ; of seven or eight inches, and blossoms Yet there contentment with serene caress, above the whitened surface, thus af- Mingle the draught of human happiness ;

There, to your medial see the bliss allied, fording a criterion by which to judge which gold and luxury to his lord denied. of the general depth of the snow, and Not that the cottage life always prepares shedding a lonely enamel over the Unmingled sweets, nor knows disturbing cares ; uniform desert. Another of the flowers Not that the tranquil reign and smile of peace resembles the cowslip, but its leaf is Mark certain empire in retreats like these : different. The lichens are various and Hopes thwarted—reinless passions--marriage

strifebeautiful. One of the grasses pro- And all the train of ills that cling to life, duces a seed containing a cotton-like Wait on the peasant, as the titled lord, substance.

The rich man's table, and the cotter's board; At the period when the sun had its Dissensions sown with fallen nature's seeds, greatest southern declination, from Spring 'midst life's fairest flowers as noxious

weeds : about half past 11. A. M. until near

These left uncheck’d, or suffer'd to increase, ly 1. P. M. there was a glimmering Will choak domestic happiness and peace. — light, which indicated distant day in O if good angels, with supreme delight, the south. By this glimmering light, Behold on earth, one sweeter-lovelier sight! they could read the small print in a

Why not the home where wedded love is giv'n, prayer book. The moon was visible Why not where thou enjoy'st the clement smile

To typify the blessedness of heav’n ? through the 24 hours, and shone with or love and beauty in thy native isle ? a degree of splendour resembling that

On thy dear lap, O Britain! first I drew which we enjoy in England, during a The vital air, and life's warm transports knew : clear frosty night.

An English mother's tenderest arts caress'd; Another expedition will be fitted I drew the fount of life upon her breast; out in the ensuing summer, and san

And drew with it, the passion, still that reigns,

Pure as the flood from those” maternal veins, guine expectations are already enter- The patriot-love of home !-though from my tained of its success. Should this be birth, fortunate in the attainment of its ob- I've own'd no narrower heritage than earth : ject, the age in which we live will be --Cradled in tenderness, and nurs'd in love,rendered memorable in the records of Forgive this tribute, ye who can't approve :

What filial duty owes, my genius pays, science; and even if the obstacles to And only thanks, whom I might justly praisebe encountered should ultimately prove

Ah, sweet endearment of a Mother's name! insurmountable, the attempt will be of woman born, who hath not felt the same ? remembered as a noble effort of mari- Cold is the heart contemptible the mantime enterprise, and of British daring. With po fiue feelings interwove, his plan ;

The thought of feeble infancy, who spurns,

And for solicitude contempt returns ;
THE VILLAGER'S LAY. When pain assail'd, how oft her eye might

CANTO IX.
BY PALEMON.

Unreckon'd—thankless-unreturn'd by him!

Nurs'd in a mother's arms, who hath not felt, Now day declines in majesty serene,

At childhood's sweet review, his manhood The setting sun imbues the ev'ning scene;

melt? Attendant clouds imbibe the glorious dyes, When partial fondness once upon him smil'd, Or drest in liveried gold adorn the skies :

And saw all beauty centre in her child ? Welcome sweet hour, and day's expiring smile! 'Tis Nature's voice-and if perfections crown Welcome sweet respite to the labourer's toil ! One loveliest child—'tis ev'ry mother's own!

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I was a timid one, when life was green, The gewgaws of the present scene,
Of proffer'd parley shy, or stranger's mien; Reject with rational disdain,
And it grew with me, feelings long represt,

And seize on happiness.
Confide reluctantly in Friendship's breast. Oh! grasp with ardent, fierce desire,
Secluded long, my converse late began, And to your native skies aspire,
As slow my confidence-with faithless man.

And take all heav'n by storm ;
Perhaps I read him wrong :-when understood, With manful strength resolve and fight,
He less may cleave to ill, and more to good— And loudly claim your purchas'd right,
Hear'n all my joys to pensiveness inclind,

Secure your promis'd home. Myself alone, companion of my mind ;

Believe 'gainst hope, by faith, unseen, I saw in all, unseen by the profane,

O'erlook the clouds which lie between, Much to delight me-much to give me pain;

Direct your wishful eyes Mankind and nature-providence and grace-- To hidden scenes divinely bright, These wore a smiling-those a heav'nly face.

Tho'now obscur'd by cheerless night, I saw their charms--thence inspiration sprung-

Wbich are beyond the skies. I felt the power--and what I felt, I sung.

Tho' cares and troubles now assail, Who hath not realiz'd the Poet's dream,

Let faith but draw aside the veil, Love's first illusion--Fancy's first-born theme?

We see our promis'd rest, Who hath not hop'd, whate'er the mind Thro' boist 'rous seas, thro' troubled waves,

imbued, The love of fame-wine-wealth-a solitude Thro' fearful glnom, and cheerless graves;

We finally are blest. When buoyant youth should sink to calmer bliss,

Wherefore let time, its toils and pain, That happiness might seal the naptial kiss;

Inspire the hope of future gain, And life, its stock of joy or knowledge share,

I'll count the world as dross; With some lov'd partner in domestic care;

Can I but keep that land in view, Content with peace, remote from noisy strife,

I'll on ward press, rejoicing too, To seek retirement in the noon of life;

And glory in my loss! There nurse to virtue (if such boon be giv’n)

MENTOR. Yoang bending minds, and point their path to

VERSION bear'n?

OF AN ADDRESS TO THE EVENING STAR, Thas Fancy pictur'd the delightful day,

From the Songs of Selma, in the second volume Which led the group to exercise and play;

of Ossian's Poems. Exchang'd awhile the ornamented room, For garden, walks, and nature's greensward HAIL! fairest star of the descending night! loom,

Now from the west thou shew'st thy beaming While on the hour with summer sunbeams gilt, From "pitchy clouds thou wav'st thy radiant The cup of care was innocently spilt;: When seated 'midst the cool veranda's screen,

head; Of odoriferous flow'rs and foliage green;

Thy march majestic o'er the hills is led. On pleasure's side refinement to engage,

Say! what behold'st thou on the sombre plain.? Somie lav'rite poet lent his sweetest page;

The stormy winds are in their caverns laid. While still within the Mother's view remain'd, The torrents murmur from their mountain-shore: The infant labourers, playfully detain'd;

Up distant rooks the waves tempestrogs roar : Some round her knees with fond endearments The flies of eve are on their feeble wings; twine,

And with their hum the dusky region rings. As youthful suckers clasp the parent vine;

Say! what beholdest thou, fair light of love ?

! Some climb aloft with agile hand and limb,

Thou smil'st upon us, quickly to remove. Proud the veranda's trellis'd sides to trim, With eager joy to meet thee heaves each wave; To train the boughs, or, in directer noon,

And swelling asks thy lovely hair to bathe. Hang the sweet honeysuckle's rich festoon.

Thou silent beam! translucent light! farewell! Sone clip the straggliog shrubs to neater grace,

Now let the soul of Ossian wake the spell, Or dress the fragrant tendril-crested vase.

J. R. Thas Fancy pictur'd the connubial day,

Priestgate, Peterborough.
Thus hope endear'd—thus did it pass away?-
Or hast thou realiz'd the Poet's dream,

SONNET.
Love's first illusion, Fancy's first-born theme?
Then, I this sketch of wedded life resign,

WHILST on the verdant bank, I sad reclin'd, Glad if the fair original be thine.

The sun shone bright adown the westeru sky,

And musing zephyrs, as they passed by,
End of Canto Ninth.

Deep sigh'd responsive to my troubled iniud.
The fair enameli'd flow'rs seem'd laughing gay,
Whilst from them sprung a fragrance doubly

sweet,
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That with a pleasing scent perfum'd my seat, On the First Epistle of St.John, Chap. ii. And contemplation stole the hour away, 15th Verse.

'Tis thus, thought I, that virtue scents the song

Of Poets, to a thoughtful reader's mind,

When they infuse the lovely theme among " Love not the world-neither the things that Their rising numbers, glowing and refin'd. are in the world."

Ev’n thus it doth their troubled cares allay, Love not the world, nor yet its toys,

And, for a while, chase sorrow far away, Bat seek for sure, substantial joys

Stepney, near Newcastle-upon- W.V. Which lie in future bliss;

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And the once sparking eyes can perceive but To an accomplished and pious young Friend, who

faint twinkles, had seen Affliction, and benefited by il-on part- Then 'tis certain that cold Dissolution is

ing with her after a social visit. AUGUSTA! pleasantly the days have worn Their sober hours, yet not unblest with song,

When the loud thrilling blast of the trumpet is Tho' seldom mirthful, since our shades among

sounding;

And the roar of the drum; and the glitter of Thy friendly steps have tarried—we have borne Burden of sympathy to many a strain, That told of darker' days—seasons forlorn,

In the hands of soldiers, is daily abounding,

Then 'tis certain-approaching are War's When ev'ry voice of comfort spoke in vain

dire alarms. And the world frown'd, and we could fancy scorn In ev'ry glance the prosp'rous voyager

When the reason and judgment of man are perCast on our drifting barks. We too have told verted, Of faith restoring mercies, sent to stir

And grov'ling in sin all his days he expends, Our hearts to praise :--and now we can behold And, when death has upon him his influence A God in all!-Augusta, it is thus

exerted, Friendship's firm zone is clasp'd-and it encir

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SONNET TO PATIENCE. Down, stormy passions, down; no more Review.-The Miller's Guide, &c. By Let your rude waves invade the shore,

John Miller, 12mo. pp. 80. Dublin, Where blushing reason sits, and hides

Nolan, Suffolk-street, 1820.
Her from the fury of the tides.
Fall, easy Patience, fall like rest,

It is scarcely possible for any person Whose soft spells charm a troubled breast, unacquainted with the subjects of And where those rebels you espy,

which this volume treats, fully to ap0! in your silken cordage tie Their malice up! so shall I raise

preciate its merits, or to do justice to Altars to thank your power, and praise

its author. Written by an experienced The sov'reign virtue of your balm,

miller, and addressed to men engaged Which cures a tempest by a calm. R. in the same profession, it abounds

with names and expressions, which THE DEPARTED YEAR.

must be as unintelligible to common Now winter reigns. The year at last, With all its storms is gone and past.

readers, as they are to ourselves. We The Sun's refreshing beams by day,

are not, however, disposed to insinuate And Moon's by night, are fled away.

any thing that wears the appearance The ills I've suffer'd, good I've done,

of censure, because we happen to be Are ended with the setting sun.

ignorant of the manner in which a mill But soon, alas! must re-appear The deeds of each revolving year;

should be constructed, and how the For time and all its blessings giv’n,

various branches of its

apparatus Are known and register'd in heav'n.

should be arranged, so as to produce Tarporley, Dec. 31, 1820. J. Bowker. the most beneficial results. Those

parts, which to us appear obscure, MR. EDITOR,

may to others be perfectly luminous; Sir,-By inserting the following, you and calculated to convey information, will oblige

M. G.

at once valuable and perspicuous, to Liverpool, Nov. 12, 1820.

“the Gentlemen Millers of England CERTAINTIES.

and Ireland,” to whom the work is When the red-curtain'd chambers o'th' west dedicated, and for whose use it is eriare receiving,

dently intended. Shining Phoebus resplendent, the god of the On some parts of this work, how

day, And all nature in dusky-ting'd garments is ever, which treat of the qualities of grieving,

wheat, the manner of drying it, and Then 'tis certain—Night gloomy is not far of cleaning the grain previously to away.

its being ground, no such obscurity When the eye-charming landscape's bright ver- can be said to rest. On these and

dure is fading, And the songs of the warblers are ceasing the terms of art to be introduced, Mr.

other subjects, which do not require арасе, When short days do approach, and long nights Miller has shown himself to be a man are invading,

of much observation; and a friend to Then 'tis certainm-white Winter will soon experiment in his own department of

shew his face. When the once blooming count'nance is cover a philosophy: On the quality of wheat with wrinkles,

necessary for a miller to purchase, for And all feeble and weaken’d man's frame does making good flour, Mr. M. speaks as appear,

follows:

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“White wheat, called lammas in Ireland, | in which party zeal is permitted to when full and even, and grown on lined or triumph over Christian charity, without marled soil, is decidedly the best of all others, being 'tempered with moderation, or for produce and quality of flour. Fallow redpolled wheat, if grown on limestone ground, regulated either by common prudence comes next to white in quality. This species or common sense. can be easily distinguished, by the roundness, The author's political opinions seem plampness, and bright gold-colour of its grain. to have so completely supplanted his Wheat, grown on limed or clayey soil, after theological creed, that, forgetting the potatoes, (onless the soil contain a great quanr respect which was due to bis own chatity of calcareons earth,) neither plump nor good-coloured; but mixed with sinall and sickly racter, and the sanctity of his office, grains, that have not filled, and are literally no- he mounted the pulpit to scatter thing but bran. This wheat is also deficient in around him firebrands, arrou's, and many qualities necessary for producing good death. Unhappily this discourse, inbread, "Spring wheat is also had for producing a

stead of deriving dignity from the aplarge quantity of prime flour. It does not con

pellation which it bears, confers degratain as much starch as winter wheat, but more dation on the title which itassumes,and macilage. Buck or cone wheat, recently brought is better calculated to bring public worfrom America, is the worst of all kinds, for fine ship into contempt, than to make proor white flour. It contains less starch or tine floar than any of the former, and more mucilage selytes, or to allay public ferment. than some may think. This wheat was some

We may give to Mr. Blacow credit years ago much grown in the southern parts of for the sincerity of his intentions; but Ireland, and near Liverpool, in England; but from the envy, hatred, malice, and is now almost entirely exploded, the Millers uncharitableness, which his discourse finding, to their serious loss, that it was not fit contains, we must be as much infor making fine four. Notwithstanding this disadvantage to the Miller, the produce it debted to charity, if we compliment gives the Farmer is certainly great: some as- him on the purity of his motives, as if sert, sixteen barrels per acre. It is easily we were to congratulate him on the bekuown by its round back, quite prominent be- neficial tendency of bis pamphlet. yond any other wheat, and has more bur on the Mr. Blacow's text is Gal. v. verse 1. end of the grain."-Pp. 7, 8.

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty Remarks and observations, equally wherewith Christ hath made us free.discriminative with the preceding, run We have perused several exposithrough the chapter. On the drying of tions of this passage ; but until the the grain, in the following chapter, his Rev. gentleman's discourse appeared, observations appear to be equally in- we had no conception that it sanctioned structive and judicious; and in those a liberty in ministers, either to traduce which succeed, he traces the whole pro-1 others, or to turn their pulpits into vecess of cleaning and grinding the wheat, bicles of abuse. dressing the fine fiour, managing the To deter those who denominate manufacture of what are called whole themselves Radicals, from demolishing meal and sharps, and the making of oat constituted authorities, and unhinging meal; concluding with Remarks on the the state, Mr. B. does not hesitate to baking business, and the best method bear false witness against his neighbours ; of bringing starch to perfection. without reflecting, that if those into

To those who are engaged in any of whose hands his discourse may fall the numerous branches connected were to copy his example, they would with the corn or flour trade, we have violate those sacred commands, the no doubt that the Author's Remarks observance of which he officially recomwill prove advantageous: but we can- mends, and introduce that anarchy not avoid thinking, that a volume of and those convulsions, which be foolthis description, might be put into ishly imagines he has been endeavourtheir hands at a much lower price ing to avert. than ten shillings.

Although the vindictive spirit by

which this angry divine appears to Review.-The Substance of a Dis

have been actuated, is professedly dicourse preached in St. Mark's Church, litics, the earlier sallies of its ven

rected against his antagonists in poLiverpool, on Sunday Evening, Nor. 26th, 1820. By the Rev. Rd. Blacow, geance are poured out on those whom A. M. On the Aspect of the T'imes, and whom on this account he views as

he is pleased to denominate Dissenters, pp. 21. Liverpool booksellers.

enemies of both church and state. This is a most virulent performance, “ They are not satisfied,” he tells

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