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Soon shall arrive the resening hour, ato sof he sees the wretched destroyer of his.
dying agonies. But no outline or ana; She shall recompense with cost
lysis can give our readers any idea of this sh For every lesson thou hast lost.
exquisite tale. The effect is the result, Then wandering up thy sire's lov'd hill, * of touches so minute, of colouring so Thou shalt take thy airy fill
i ethereal, and gleams of feeling so pro. Of health and pastime. Birds shall sing For thy delight each May morning.
found, yet so delicately harmonizing Mid new-yean'd lambkins thou shalt play,
with the general sentiment, that abridgHardly less a lamb than they.
ment or extract can avail but little. Then thy prison's lengthened bound
We know of nothing to which we can Shall be the horizon skirting round.
liken it, but the story of Ruth in the And, while thou fillest thy lap with flowers, To make amends for wintery hours,
Bible. One might almost fancy it, from The breeze, the sunshine, and the place, its style, a newly discovered piece of Sball from thy tender brow efface
Scripture history. The meeting of the Each restige of untimely care,
historian with Allan, who is represented That sour restraint had graren there; as the friend of his school-days, on the And on thy every look impress
scenes of their early joys, years after the A more excelling childishness.”
fate of Rosamond had crushed them, is There is also, in the same measure, depicted in colours of such sweet sada “Farewell to Tobacco,” which com ness, as makes the soul run over with bines the bumorous with the graceful, cordial sympathy. Never surely in a the mock-heroic with true majestical, in space so limited, has pensive imaginaa piece of the noblest harmony. But tion found a picture more lovely, or more we must hasten to say a few words of complete, on which it might repose. The “ Rosamond Gray," that sweetest of old lady, with her confident leaning on mournful stories.
Providence, her old-fashioned mainteThis delicious romance in miniature, nance of an authority rooted in love, is, like Mr. Lamb's tragedy, exceedingly and her little frailties of temper, which simple in its construction. A most her affection can afford so well, and beautiful and sweet-natured girl, who which so beautifully set off the submisbears meekly with the infirmities, and sions of her lovely favourite-the tituid supports the age of her blind grandmo- beauty of Rosamond, her charming ther in a little cottage, whither she had blushes and well-restrained joys-and retired from the pressure of misfortune, the young lover, so angelic in disposiis loved, by a youth of most noble and tion, so modest in his hopes, so delicate affectionate spirit. In the “very spring- in his raptures--form a group which time of their love," a ravisher meets the might for ever fix, in delight, that “insweet maiden as she wanders, in her ward eye, which is the bliss of solitude.” youthful enthusiasın, through the moon- The air of old simplicity pervading the light walks and glades, among which she whole, gives to it a certain venerablehad roamed with Elinor, the sister of him ness, which renders its griefs more genwhose heart was in hers. On the same tle, and its joys more holy. It is like sad night the old lady is found on her an ancient picture brought from some knees lifeless, with “ a smile on her face recess where it had been hidden for ages in death.” Rosamond can never hold up -with all its colours as fresh as at the her head after hearing of this last disas- first and with the beauty, looking as ter, but languishes for a time, and then for ever young, amidst the old foldings expires, uncomplaining, in the arms of of the drapery, and the antique magnifiElinor, “ quiet, gentle as she lived cence of the setting. thankful that she died not among stran “ Mr. H.” a farce produced at Drury gers and expressing, by signs rather Lane theatre, was, as the prefatory nothan by words, a gratitude for the most tice informs us, “ damned.” Its fate, trifling services, the common offices of with all its delicate pleasantry, can humanity.". Elinor soon after follows scarcely be regarded with surprise. her gentle friend to her rest ; and her Made out of the watery moonbeams of brother Allan, thus seemingly desolate, wit, it would not endure the glare of finds .a .“ wayward, pleasure, which he stage chandeliers. Founded solely on refuses to name a virtue,” in solacing the fantastical distress of a hideous apwith kind attentions the sufferers in hos- pellation which the hero seeks to disguise pitals. - In one of these visits of mercy, under his initial, it is necessarily deficis
ent in the interest which is elicited from * Hampstead.
the old and palpable sorrows of duns,
bailiffs, and double-locks, without any of the strengths and the weaknesses of great expense of invention or of humour.
our nature. There is one peculiarity in The distress, however, is diversified these, and in all other essays of this with singular skill, until the disclosure author, which distinguishes him from of the name, like the unveiling of the most popular writers of the present waxen figure in the Mysteries of Udol- time. It is the exceeding genuineness of pho, necessarily breaks the spell. This all that he has written. There are in piece inculcates more philosophically it no exotic metaphors--no rhetorical than is done elsewhere, the value of a fourishes—no mere pomp of language. good name. It makes the destiny of All is full of real feeling or thought ; a
seem to hang on a sound, and sentiment and a meaning is every where, tremble on a letter. It is the very apo- the ideas in proportion to the words are theosis of the alphabet. The public pressed down and running over. They thought this little world of letters too excite no astonishment at first, which airy for an afterpiece; but it will remain vanishes on a second perusal. New an exquisite proof what elegant fantasies gleams of sentiment seem to glimmer on genius inay construct from the most frail us tenderly at every reading; and the and slender materials.
beauties which enchanted us at first, The chief of Mr. Lamb's critical are better loved the longer they are dwelt essays have for their subjects, the trage- on. dies of Shakespear in relation to their Of the exquisite pieces of humour fitness for the stage, the works of Ho- which were inserted in the Reflector garth, and the old English dramatists. under assumed and characteristic signaIn the first of these, he aims at shewing tures, we have left ourselves no room to that the plays of Shakespear are render- expatiate. But we cannot pass over ed, by their excellencies, unfit for the without a word these sacred reminis. theatre. He has proved, doubtless, that cences, by the author, of his early days, these beauties for which we love them which are so naturally, and so sweetly most, are far too subtle and airy, or too breathed forth in his article on Christ's deep and internal, to be embodied by the Hospital. These young and precious aid of machinery and of actors. But it blossoms of hope and joy, on which scarcely follows that they are, therefore, time so often sheds a killing frost, are less calculated to afford gratification to with him as fresh and as fragrant as spectators than inferior works ; since ever. The affections of childhood have they may, and we think do, possess not withered while his deep-searching those lower qualities of incident, situa- intellect has expanded.
In his fresh re. tion, breadth of design, and rapidity of membrances of youthful gladness, and movement, which delight the most su his more serious ponderings on early perficial observer. Even, however, if it innocence and love, he ever awakens in be thought that Mr. Lamb has a little the soul “ thoughts that do often lie too too far extended his theory, we cannot deep for tears." And here we must help rejoicing that he has done so, since take leave to allude to a lady, the sister he thus, in his progress, sets in new yet of the author, who has contributed in clearest light, some of the sacredest several charming little pieces to the colbeauties of Shakespear. The passionate lected volumes of his works, and who, eulogy on Lear-imbued with some- if we mistake not, has a large claim on thing of the high intellectual earnestness the gratitude of children for the nourishwhich pervades that work---is the finest ment which, in other pieces, she has of all. It is the worthiest commentary prepared for the opening affections. All on the noblest of human texts. In the that she has written is full of genuine essay on Hogarth-where our author humanity rendered even gentler by the conibats the idea that this great and most delicate and feminine grace. Her truly English painter necessarily be- lessons are not those of a calculating longs to a class inferior to the historical morality or refined selfishness—they -he has opened to us the hidden soul teach the imagination to glow and the of beauty, and made us feel how inde- soul to kindle, and give that precious pendent the imagination is of external and undying boonpomp and circumstance, for its most
“ The first mild touch of sympathy and thought, genuine and exalted productions. The In which we feel our kindred with a world criticisms on the dramatic writers of Where want and sorrow are.” Shakespear's age, which were originally The world has, until lately, felt, far appended to the specimens, are full of more than it has acknowledged, the in profound views of the art of poetry and Auences of Mr. Lamb's genius. He is,
at length, beginning to enjoy a wider declining, by delighting us with glimpses fame. Even now, however, he has at of a new and fresh beauty, and disclosing tained some rare and indisputable suc- lovely nooks in the calmest regions of
cesses. His admiring remarks on the imagination, where hitherto none had } elder dramatists have been expanded by invited us to repose. There are those more ambitious writers, and have gra- to whom his happiest creations have dually led the people to these old springs long been “personal themes” most of delight which they had almost for- dear, and who have felt the benign ingotten. In an age where “ envy and fluences of his genius in their inmost all uncharitableness" have been active souls. They think of his works as the in our literature, he has been gently sweeteners of their moral and intelleccounteracting their tendencies, and tual natures they blend the idea of breathing a spirit of good-will and kind- him with their most genial trains of ness into criticism. He has deprived thought, and their sweetest rememwitty malice of its sting, and shaken brances, which he has awakened in their the seat of the scorner. In some mea- hearts and never can they become cold sure, has he stopped the progress of that to his merits or indifferent to his fame, love of mere strength in writing before until the inmost affections of the soul which the humanities of poetry were shall cease to warn them. T. N. T.
gant mansions, adorn its banks: at this Praise of the River Thames-Angling for mere allusion to them, I doubt not you Card--- Description of the Carp, &c. immediately picture to your imagination
. TO discourse on the subject of rivers
Oxford, Reading, Henley, Maidenhead, is as delightful to an Angler, as for a
Windsor, Richmond, Kew, and all their
rich attendants of varied and enchanting connoisseur to talk of a gallery of pictures, or a collector to commend a ca
scenery. How numerous the vessels binet of minerals. I shall however be
adapted both to business and to pleasure
that are continually gliding upon its gin our piscatory pleasantries, not with rehearsing the praises of the foreign
bosom! How grand are the bridges
that connect its shores, particularly those rivers of Europe, such as the Danube, the Rhine, the Loire, the Garonne, or
that have been lately constructed in the the Po, all renowned for excellent fish,
metropolis! And more than all, when but with one that in all respects is as
you consider the Thames in a commer
cial point of view, and observe the worthy to be celebrated, and that is the river l'hames. For that stream you must
forests of masts that extend from Lon
don bridge to Limehouse, and the ships of course suppose me to cherish the greatest partiality, as I was born and
that enliven the majestic and widening educated upon its banks; so that I can
stream as it Aows towards the ocean, not express myself in a manner more
bringing to our island the produce of
the most remote countries, your admiracongenial with my feelings of predilection for it, now like our favourite poet
tion must be raised to the highest pitch,
and you must pronounce the Thames Gray I revisit the scenes of my boyish
to be the noblest river, as London is the days, and contrast them with the cares
noblest metropolis, in the world. of my succeeding age, than by repeating part of his delightful Ode to Eton Col
_But we brothers of the angle owe to the
Thames a more than common tribute of lege:
· praise, for it produces most of the fresh« Ah happy hills, ah pleasing shade,
water finny race, and perhaps their exAh fields belov'd in vain,
cellent quality is owing to the excellent Where once my careless childhood stray'd,
nature of its water. Does it not appear A stranger yet to pain! I feel the gales that from ye blow,
as if Denham had written for the inforA momentary bliss bestow,
mation of us anglers, when he describes As waving fresh their gladsome wing, the Thames, My weary soul they seem to sooth,
“ Though deep yet clear, though gentle yet not And redolent of joy and youth,
dull, To breathe a second spring."
Strong without rage, without o'erflowing full." What beauties does the Thames dis- Yet there are many shallows in it that play as you pursue its winding course are equally conducive to our sport, as I from Lechlade to London! What noble shall one day inform you. towns, what pleasant villages, and ele. I shall now proceed to tell you, thai
I thought the Thames deserving all this more confirmed delicious, and, if I'mises praise, in consequence of having been gra.. take not, as nutritious also." options tified with very unexpected sport whilst Carp bred in ponds with sandy mude angling in it. Know that near Isle bottoms, supplied by running'' streams, worth myself and some friends caught are far better than those bred in standing some very fine carp. The evening was waters supplied only by rain. warm, the sky was cloudy, and the
Anglers maintain that carp will take Western wind gently fanned the surface all kinds of baits, such as pastes, green of the deep near the bank. This cir- peas, gentles, cad-baits, bees, grasshopcumstance suggested to me the subject pers, live minnows, gudgeons, and even of this letter: I shall therefore proceed artificial flies. I find, however, that nos to give you some account of the carp, baits are better than well-scoured worms. and to instruct you in the most likely Carp are fond of still deeps, and the methods to catch him.
most quiet parts of rivers and ponds.1 The common English carp (cyprinus They love to lie under roots of trees and carpio ) is thus described : the yellowish- hollow banks, and near great beds of olive carp, with a wide dorsal fin, with reeds, weeds, and rushes. The best the third ray serrated behind. When method of angling for them is to use in high season, and at his full growth, two or three strong rods with silk lines, he is a very noble fish, not less the de- and suitable hooks. Bait their favourite light of the angler than of the epicure. holes, the night before you intend to He is leather-mouthed, his teeth are in fish, with fresh grains, or bread chiphis throat; he is so subtle, shy, and pings, and plumb the exact depth of the strong, that the full exercise of an ang- water, that you may not scare the fish! ler's art and patience are necessary to by plumbing the depth when you come? catch him. On dissecting the head, you to angle. The next morning early, ac-> will find that a carp has a much larger cording to the season, proceed to the proportion of brains than other fresh- baited holes with all possible silence water fish; and this may account for his and caution, recollecting that you have superior sagacity, docility, and other one of the shyest and most subile of fish qualities.
to deal with. Have no lead upon your Carp, differ very considerably in size line; let your baits fall gently into the and colour according to the water in water, without making any, noise or which they are found. The lively deep circles on the surface, it possible. Place gold scales distinguish the river carp your rods at a proper distance from each i from those kept in ponds. In some other on the bank, and keep out of the ponds they do not exceed sixteen inches, fishes’ sight, so as just to command a but in warm climates they reach two, view of the floats. When the fish bite, three, or even' four feet in length, and restrain your impatience, creep to your weigh from twenty, thirty, to forty rods very cautiously without making a pounds. They are so wonderfully pro- noise, and strike your carp before he lific, and the quantity of roe is so great, runs out, and draws your line to a that it is said sometimes to exceed the stretch. Play him as long as you can weight of the emptied fish itself. in the deep water, and when you have
River carp are more delicious than fully exhausted his strength, have your those bred in ponds. They vary much landing-net ready to introduce him to in taste, according to the soil and water the shore. they have been accustomed to. There A very likely method to catch a is much the same difference between carp is thus described by the author of carp, and other fish bred in ponds, in “ The Innocent Epicure," a curious point of flavour, as there is between stall- old Poem, republished in the year 1713. fed deer, and those that have had the
“With a small float unleaded near the side, range of parks and forests. I
the observation of old R. Franck, in his Thy rolling bait, which on the ground must lie,
Near to the place he plays in, gently guide “ Northern Memoirs," a scarce, quaint, Not in the depths, but almost surface high; and curious work published in 1694, as Decoy'd he thus imagines it to crawl it confirms this remark. “River fish From neighbouring sods, or its too oozy hole : excel those bred in a pond: though per- And appetite betrays him not, but lust."
The float extended gives him no distrust, · adventure travel mitigates growth, yet it most generously compensates the In Polish Prussia and some parts of gusto, for every fish that coines cautious- Germany the sale of carp constituites aus ly by his commons, is by so much the part of the income of the nobility and 12
gentry of the methods practised there the Count de Maurepas, I saw, said he, a description was sent to the Royal in the moat of his castle of Ponchar, Society, and inserted in their Trans- train, some carp that were at least 150 actions for 1771, by Dr. Forster. He years old, as was well attested. They relates that he had seen carp, treated appeared as active and lively as common according to the German methods, carp.” above a yard, long, and of 25 pounds By being constantly fed, they may be weight, but had no method of ascer. made so familiar as to come for food to: taining their age. In the pond, how the side of the pond where they are erer, at Charlottenburg, a palace belong- kept, Dr. Smith, in his sketch of a ing to the King of Prussia, I saw, said Tour to the Continent, speaking of the Dr. Forster, more than two or three Prince of Condé's seat at Chantilly hundred carp between two and three says, “ The most pleasing thing about feet long; and I was told by the keeper it was ihe immense shoals of very large they were between fifty and sixty years carp, silvered over with age, like silver standing : they were tame, and came to fish, and perfectly tame, so that when the shore in order to be fed. - Dr. any passengers approached their watery Forster vouches also for another extra. habitation, they used to come to the ordinary fact. He relates that carp will shore in such numbers, as to heave not only live for a long time out of the each other out of the water, begging water, but will grow fat in their new for bread, of which a quantity was als element. He thus writes like a true ways kept at hand, on purpose to feed epicure : “I saw the experiment tried them. They would even allow them- . in a nobleman's house in Anhault Des- selves to be handled.” sau ; and during a fortnight I visited my- From what has been observed of the self every day the fish, which, after it quantity of roe, which a carp produces, had been kept in fresh wet moss spread it is evident that it is a very prolific upon a piece of net, and fed with bread breeder. From their rapid growth as and milk, was dressed and served up at well as their great increase, they are the dinner, and every one present found it most valuable of all fish for stocking excellent in its flavour."
ponds; and if the breeding and feeding Have you ever observed that the gills them were better understood, and more and bodies of carp are covered with an generally practised, the advantages and oily substance, a kind of mucus? This profits would be considerable. A pond prevents their external surface from be- stocked with them would be as valuable coming dry, and therefore they can bear to its owner as a garden. a longer exposure to the air when they. As an excellent method to fatten your are taken out of the water. May not pond carp, rake the mud round the outthis be one cause of their being able to side of the pond about the month of live so long out of their own element ? April, when the water is low, and sow,
The carp is with good reason called some hay-seeds thereon, because in the the river fox, as he exercises an in- winter when flooded, the produce will stinctive craft similar to that wily ani- afford excellent food for the carp, and mal. Sometimes he leaps over the nets, will make them grow very fat. Mr. and escapes; or, like the tench, he Cherry of Birmingham says, “ that a drives his head so deep into the mud, friend of his does this every year, and that the net is drawn over him. Of by that means obtains excellent fish.” whatever kind the net is that is used for 'Many persons are as fond of exaggetaking carp, you must let it rest at the rating the size and weight of fish, as bottom of the water for some time be- others are of romancing with regard to fore you draw it up, or you may labour ladies' fortunes, and ecclesiastical prein vain.
ferments: I shall report to you only Carp and all other fish taken out of what I have seen. The largest carp I ponds or pits that have muddy bottoms, ever saw caught was taken out of Blenmay be made more sweet and palatable heim lake by Beckley, the Duke's fisherby keeping them alive a few days in a man. It weighed 13 pounds. The large cistern, or other large vessel, in bigger the carp, the better; in this respect pure water, which ought to be changed they differ from other fish. The Roman twice a day.
epicures, who had the most refined taste As a confirmation of the great age for the luxuries of the table, esteemed that carp will reach, I give you the aus. the mouth the most delicious part of the thority of Buffon « When I was with carp: The moderns are equally partial