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ally performed the faithful creature's ser on a large circular picture for a ceiling, vices himself, going his rounds every the subject Cupid and Psycbe, bis imevening, and barking as well and as perial majesty entered the room, surloud as he could, in imitation of bis rounded by his family, and followed by deceased friend.

a numerous iraio of courtiers of both “ Note.--Such is occasionally the sexes. He began rallying the painter eccentricity of character, that I am cor on the seeming ease with wbich he rect in adding, this man either lent or painted ; and, laugbing, told bim any subscribed a million of rubles to assist body could do that: upon which Doythe empress in the beginning of the en begged bis majesty would make the Swedish war, or on some other great essay, giving him his pallet and brushes. national emergency."

The emperor filled a brush with black “ Introduction.-Wit admits of be- paint, and made a long black stroke ing related ; bumour is better seen than over tbe eye, on the face of Psyche, described : the following scrap par- wbich he was then paipting, and asked takes of both:

Doyeo, with a smile, whether it was not Scrap.-—By marriage Admiral a spirited touch,' and what it meant. Greig was brother-in-law to a Mr.Cook, The painter agreed the touch was viga ropemaker at Cronstadt, a very wor orous, and said it was the eye-brow of thy, but rather a formal and ecceotric Psyche. In that case, fair ladies, said

character, He had bad a few friends the emperor, significanily, and bowing ... to pass the day with him from Peters- to the company, .On puit juger du

burgh; and for one of them a bed was reste,' one may guess at the rest.' made up on a sofa, in the same room “ The emperor one day, puffing and where he bimself slept. The old gen- blowing out his cheeks, (as was his custleman bad taken a glass or two more tom,) strutted up to Doyeo, who was

than usual, and the conversation, in the painting a large picture of Cupid and si course of the evening, had turned on a Psyche, and told him he would set to

court-mourning the ordered for the biin for the head of Psyche, which was stadtholder of Holland. Cook bad then wanting. The painter, though been loudly reprobating the idea, that taken by surprise, was not thrown off because a great personage chose to slip bis guard ; but, making a very low bow, his cables, and run for the other world, replied, that bad he wanted the head of every body should be obliged to put on an emperor, he would not have wanted black. They went to bed; and, a few a better model, but for a Psyche he minutes after, bis friend was ready to must beg to be excused. The sprightly burst with laughter, to see the little man monarch, patting him on the shoulder, still sitting up in bed tottering with the told bim he had acquitted himself betextinguisher in bis hand, ready to putter than he expected, arrd had come off out the candle, when, on seeing a black like a true courtier, with flying colours.” beetle running along the floor, he ex We now copy more miscellaneous claimed in half drupken accents, “So matter :you! so you! so you litled--d black Introduction. Though the Russon of a bitch, so you must go in mourn- sians had great reason to rejoice when ing too for the Dutch king, must ye ?” the reign of the Emperor Paul was over,

Doyen, a French artist at Peters- (indeed it was necessary to the wellburgh, seems to have possessed the rea- doing of the empire,) yet much is to dy wit and happy talent (which is never be said in his favour. He was an aftaken by surprise) so essential to pro- fectionate husband and father, a gene

The following anec- rous friend, and a liberal sovereign ; dotes illustrate this :

often extremely amiable, always polite “In the reign of the Emperor Paul, and witty ; and though certainly not a when Doyen and myself occupied the handsome man, yet ihere was in his same apartment in the Hermitage, and looks an air of wholesome health and were pursuing our respective operations, cheerfulness, that impressed every one one day, when Doyen was employed much in his favour. 'I think he could

motion at court.

not control bis errors; as there was ev. And the remainder into her plate, and idently a slight approach to insanity in over her rich dress. Horrible! borrithe organization of his miod; in fact, ble! borrible! It was too much for he was not master of bimself, or, as a the patience of any woman, The hosScotchman would say, be had a bee in tess, frowning and biting her lips, was bis bonnet."

about to open upon the unfortunate "A little, modest, diffident clergy- Clericus, for his blundering unhandiman, who was chaplain at Cronstadt, ness, when be, all embarrassment, and was dining one day at Mr. R-'s, a hot from top to toe, stammered out, merchant al St. Petersburg, whose lady How lucky it was it had not bappened was somewhat fastidious, formal, and at Mrs. -, a lady well known in their ceremonious, in the arrangement, clean- circle to be much more straight-laced liness, and etiquette of her table. In and particular in these things. This · endeavouring to help some one to fish- well-timed remark smoothed the brom sauce, in bis fidgetty trembling way, he of the lady ; dimples and smiles sucactually let the butter-boat slip out of ceeded to angry looks; bis wit was ad. his hand, and its contents fell in part on mired, and the dreadful hole in his manthe table. Bad ! A part into a lady's pers darned in a miuute.” wine that sat next to him. Worse !

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Sung by the Pirate. " Farewell ! Farewell ! the voice you hear, « The timid eye I dared not raise,

Has left its last soft tone with you, The hand that shook when press 'd to Its next must join the seaward cheer,

thine, And shout among the shouting crew. Must point the guns upon the chase,

Must bid the deadly cutlass sbine. " The accents which I scarce could form Beneath your frown's controuling check,

i To all I love, or hope, or fear Must give the word, above the storm,

Honour, or own, a long adieu !

To all that life has soft and dear, To cut the mast, and clear the wreck.

Farewell ! save memory of you!"

ANCIENT CONJURING RHIME.
" Saint Magnus, control thee, that martyr of treason ;
Saint Ronan, rebuke thee, with rhyme and with reason ;
By the mass of Saint Martin, the might of Saint Mary,
Be thou gone, or thy weird shall be worse if thou tarry!

If of good, go hence and hallow thee,
If of ill, let the earth swallow thee,
If thou’rt of air, let the grey mist fold thee,
If of earth, let the swart mine hold thee,-
If a Pixie, seek thy ring,
If a Nixie, seek thy spring :
If on middle earth thou'st been
Slave of sorrow, shame, and sin,
Hast eat the bread of toil and strife,
And dree'd the lot which men call life,
Begone to thy stone! for thy coffin is scant of thee,
The worm, thy play-fellow, wails for the want of thee;-
Hence, houseless ghost ! let the earth hide thee,
Till Michael shall blow the blast, see that there thou bide thee!
Phantom, fly hence ! take the Cross for a token,
Hence pass till Hallowmass !--my spell is spoken."

THE SYBIL'S SONG, « Champion, famed for warlike toil, When point and edge were glittering near ; Art thou silent, Ribolt Troil ?

See, the cearments now I severSand, and dust, and pebbly stones,

Waken now, or sleep for ever! Are leaving bare thy giant bones.

Thou wilt not wake-the deed is done, Who dared touch the wild bear's skin The prize I sought is fairly won. Ye slumber'd on, while life was in ?

“ Thanks, Ribolt, thanks,-for this the sea A woman now, or babe, may come

Shall smooth its ruffled crest for thee, And cast the covering from thy tomb. And while afar its billows foam, " Yet be not wrathful, Chief, nor blight Subside to peace near Ribolt's tomb. Mine eyes or ears with sound or sight! Thanks, Ribolt, thanks—for this the might I come not, with uphallow'd tread,

Of wild winds raging at their height, To wake the slumbers of the dead,

When to thy place of slumber nigh, Or lay thy giant reliques bare;

Shall soften to a lullaby. But what I seek thou well can'st spare.

“ She, the dame of doubt and dread, Be it to my hand allow'd

Norna of the Fitful-head,
To shear a merk's weight from thy shroud ;
Yet leave thee sheeted lead enough

Mighty in her own despite

Miserable in her might; To shield thy bones from weather rough.

In despair and frenzy great, " See, I draw my magic knife

In her greatness desolate ; Never while thou wert in life

Wisest, wickedest who lives, Laid'st thou still for sloth or fear,

Well cau keep the word she gives,"

NORWEGIAN FISHING SONG,
" Farewell, merry maidens, to dance, song, and laugh,
For the brave lads of Westra are bound to the Haaf;
And we must have labour, and hunger, and pain,
Ere we dance with the maids of Dunrossness again.
" For now, in our trim boats of Noroway deal,
We must dance on the waves, with the porpuss and seal.
The breeze it shall pipe, so it pipe not too high,
And the gull be our songstress whene'er she fits by.
« Sing on, my brave bird, while we follow, like thee,
By bank, shoal, and quicksand, the swarm's of the sea;
And when twenty-score fishes are straining my line,
Sing louder, brave bird, for their spoils shall be thine.
* We'll sing while we bait, and we'll sing when we haul,
For the deeps of the Haaf have enough for us all :
There is torsk for the gentle, and skate for the carle,
And there's wealth for bold Magnus, the son of the earl.
ti Huzza ! my brașe comrades, give way for the Haaf,
We shall sooner come back to the dance and the laugh!
For life without mirth is a lamp without oil ;
Then mirth and long life to the bold Magnus Troll!"
ATHENEUM VOL. 10.

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SCENES IN CANADA,*

A Selection from the contents of this that the waters of the rivers and lakes

work will exemplify its qualities. which he navigated underwent consid. On Lake Ontario the author says, erable variation in their beight, the in

“ The most remarkable phenomenon crease and decrease sometimes amountwhich this and the other lakes exhibit, ing to two or three feet; which proves is that increase and rise of their waters that this phenomenon is not confined to which is said to take place at regular the lower lakes. If this augmeotation periods. It occurs, in a moderate de- of the waters took place only at irregugree, every seven years, and to a very lar periods, we might suppose tbal it great extent once in thirty or forty. To proceeded from the occasional melting the year 1816, the waters of Lake On- of those immense quantities of ice and tario were seven feet and a balf perpen- snow which are accumulated in the dicular above their average height, and northern regions ; but even ibis would Lake Erie was affected in a similar way. scarcely be adequate to produce the efI have visited the sbores of Lake Onta- fect which cannot at present be rationalrio several times, accompanied by a ly accounted for.” person who resides upon them, whose Near Lake Erie we have a natural intelligence and indisputable veracity exhibition of another sort :made me put full confidence in the in “Here, (says Mr. H.) for the first formation he gave, and from whom I time, I was gratified with an opportu. received proofs of the accuracy of what nity of listening to a frog concert, as I I have now stated. I likewise saw the passed a mill-pond which swarmed with remains of a large storehouse which had bull-frogs. The noise which these anbeeo built a few years before, in a situa- imals make is so disproportioned to their tion that seemed quite inaccessible to size, that it startles the ear bot a liule. the lake, although the waters have sur.. At first, several of them utter their potes rounded and nearly demolished it. at intervals, like the performers in an

“ This singular phenomenon affords orchestra tuning their instruments; then a problem very difficult to solve. The they all join, as if by one impulse, io a quantity of water that must be required chorus, deep, loud, and discordant, beto increase the depth of Lake Ontario, yond any sound I ever heard produced and all the other lakes, seven aod a half by animals.” feet perpendicular, is so vast, that it is The following, however, relates to a impossible to conceive where its source more remarkable animal phenomenon, can lie.— The height of the waters of which we do not remember to have seen the lakes, indeed, varies a few inches al- so explicitly noticed before. most daily; but this is occasioned by “ Being fatigued with riding," our changes in the direction of the wind. author begios, “ I dismounted, and sealWhen it is east or north-east, the waters ed myself at the foot of a large tree are driven back, or at least impeded in that overbung a small stream, in which their course, and consequently as accu- little trout sported incessantly. Every mulation takes place, which makes the breeze was loaded with vegetable (ralakes rise ; but if it blows from the south grance ; but at intervals I felt a most or south-west, the direction in which intoxicating perfume, the source of they flow, their waters are burried 10- wbich I was for sone time unable to wards the St. Lawrence, and, of course, discover. At last I saw two small decrease in height in proportion to the snakes creep from under a decayed tree strength of the wind.

ibat lay dear me, and found, from the “Sir Alexander Mackenzie, during momentary increase of the odour, and bis voyage to the north-west, observed its diminution as they retired, that it

* Sketches of Upper Canada, domestic, local, and characteristic, &c. &c. By Johu Howison. Edinburgh, Nov. 1821.

proceeded from them. These animals bis eyes to wander from his prey, other(as I was afterwards informed,) while wise the charm would have been instapbasking in the sun, emit a delightful taneously dissolved. But I determined fragrance; but they are destitute of this to effect this, and accordingly threw a peculiarity when dead. I followed the large chip of wood into the pood. It snakes for a little way, and for the first fell between the two animals—the snake time learned that such animals had the started back, wbile the frog darted unpower of fuscinating men. Whenever der water, and concealed itself among I advanced within a certain distance of the mud. them, they turned round and coiled “ It is asserted by some that snakes up,

occasionally exert their powers of fasand heavenly fragrance fillid cination upon human beings, and I see The circuit wide."

no reason to doubt the truth of this. He proceeds to state instances of the An old Dutch woman, who lives at the fascinations of these creatures, (attribu- Twelve Mile Creek in the Niagara distable to fear, as be thinks,) and certain- trict, sometimes gives a minute account ly goes farther than we can well credit of the manner in which she was charmon bearsay testimony.

ed by a serpent; and a farmer told me “Upper Canada is not infested with that a similar circumstance once occurany snakes of a dangerous kiod, except red to his daughter. It was on a warm the rattlesnake, which, however, is very summer day, that she was sent to spread rare in the cultivated parts of the coun wet clothes upon some shrubbery near try. Garter snakes and black snakes the house. Her mother conceived that are to be met with every where, but they she remained longer than was necessaseem quite harmless.

ry, and seeing her standing upoccupied “ Io Upper Canada, it is almost uni- at some distance, she called to her sevversally believed, that snakes possess eral times, but no answer was returned. that power of fascination which bas so On approaching, she found her daughoften been denied to them by natural- ter pale, motionless, and fixed in an ists. Many people bave had the fact erect posture. The sweat rolled down demonstrated to them by being witness- her brow, and ber hands were clenched es of it, and this was the case with me. convulsively. A large rattlesnake lay One summer day,when strolling through on a log opposite the girl, waving his the woods, I came to the edge of a bead from side to side, and kept his eyes small pood of water, on the surface of stedfastly fastened upon her. The mowhich floated a frog in a state of mo- ther instantly struck' him with a stick, tionless repose, as if basking in the sun. and the moment he made off, the girl I carelessly touched bis back with a recovered berself and burst into tears, stick, but cootrary to my expectation, but was for some time so weak and he did not move ; and, on viewing him agitated, that she could not walk bome." more closely, I perceived that be gasp Without looking for connexion, we ed in a convulsive manner, and was af- will now copy a pathetic Indian story fected with a tremor in bis hind legs. from the shores of Lake Erie :I soon discovered a black snake coiled “ Ao Indian woman, and her child, up, lying near the edge of the pond, who was about seven years old, were and holding the frog in thraldom by travelling along the beach to a camp a the magic of his eyes. Whenever he few miles distant. The boy observed moved his head from one side to the some wild grapes growing upon the top other, his destined victiın followed it, as of the bank, and expressed such a strong is under the influence of magnetic at- desire to obtain them, that bis mother, traction; sometimes, however, recoiling seeing a ravine at a little distance, by feebly, but soon springing forward again, which she thought she could gain the as if he felt

edge of the precipice, resolved to grati. “ A strong desire with Joathing mixed.” fy him. Having desired bim to remain The snake lay with his mouth halfwbere he was, she ascended the steep, open, and never for a moment allowed and was allured much farther into the

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