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scarcely get a single individual to sym- going so far as my own country for an pathise with the feelings of indignation object of comparison, nothing more il which I endeavoured to express ;-on
liberal and intolerant can be found in the contrary, flogging seemed to be in any code in Europe ;—and he devoted in their eyes a right merry sort of pro- his life in vain. Almost all that Sir ceeding; and Ensign Northington, Samuel Romilly was allowed to effect with the stereotyped marks of his in the amelioration of the criminal law, “ Homo," was quoted and cheered by was the alteration of the sentence for those on the opposite side of the ques. high treason; and even this solitary tion ; as if a good story were a suffi- victory was not achieved without a cient answer to a solid argument.
hard contest. There were found, even It is really edifying, after witnessing in the walls of the House of Commons, their own practices, to hear the Eng persons to speak and vote for the relish scoff at the obliquities of other na- tention of the established usage, though tions, and put themselves forward as the barbarous indecency of the senthe leaders and enlighteners of Chris tence (which would scarcely be betendom. The fact is, there is no coun- lieved by those who have not turned to try where improvement wins its way the State Trials) is such as a nation of with slower progress against the invet- savages might well be ashamed to exerate opposition of ignorance and pre- ecute. Nay, at last, when the alterajudice. They seem yet to be scarcely tion could no longer be entirely resistconvinced, in spite of the example of ed, the opposing party contrived, in other nations, that the discipline of an the very moment of triumph, to throw army can be maintained without the in some changes of vexation, that it constant flaying alive of certain por- might lose some colour ;" so that, tion of the soldiers, “ pour encoura- though the “ bloody bones" part of ger les autres." It is but the other the ceremony was abolished, the “ raw day that they ventured to repeal the head” was, by their efforts, retained. established law which subjected wo- Mr. Wilberforce enjoys the rare good MEN (horresco referens) to be naked- fortune of living to witness the success ly and publicly whipped in the open of his efforts against the slave-trade; market-place by the common execu- but before the English indulge in such tioner. Whatever progress they have bitter vituperations against us for sancmade in civilization and improvement, tioning the use of negro slaves, a pracis due to the persevering efforts of en- tice which we do not attempt to defend, terprising individuals, who have pur- but seek only to excuse on the plea of sued their object through all obstacles “res dura et regni novitas,"—let them with enthusiastic and unabating ardour. remember the relentless opposition And yet how often have the benevo- which was made in their own parlialent designs of such men been defeat- ment to its abolition in their colonies, ed! Mr. Grattan devoted the latter and let them not forget till how very Lalf of his life to the emancipation of late in the day the same practice existthe Catholics from the oppression of a ed even in their own island. set of statutes, than which, without
THE COT IN THE GLEN.
OH! 'tis not the star of the evening o'ertopping
With fairy bright radiance the dim azure hill,
The gleam of the lake, or the sound of the rill,
So far from the din and bustle of men ;
Surrounds with its halo yon cot in the glen!
How sweet, far remote from all tumult and danger,
It were, in this valley to pass the long year,
And chase off the anguish of pale sorrow's tear!
When birds are awake, and flocks bleat in the pen;
In the bower, by the side of yon cot in the glen.
In crowds thy soft image hath given to my heart!
My steps ever lead to the spot where thou art :
The brightest and best in futurity's ken,
Sweet girl of my heart, from the cot in the glen!
THE CORONATION. I HAVE seen the Coronation, and was a court-day in heaven, and that all
never did I witness a sight so mag- its nobility were present, sparkling in nificent—so august—so sublime. If their stars, and coronets and girdles of ever the exclamation of "hac olim me- light; while imagination easily conminisse juvabit” can be applicable, it verted the milky way into a cluster of must be to a spectacle like this, which, radiant courtiers gathering around the by eclipsing the future as well as the throne from which their splendours past, has condensed the wonders of a derived. Morning began to whole life in one absorbing moment, dawn with a calm loveliness, which and given me reason to be thankful rather confirmed than dissipated these that my existence was made contempo- floating delusions of the mind. From raneous with such a surpassing display the gallery where I had procured a seat of glory and splendour. So far from I saw the stars gradually “ 'gin to pale seeking to aggrandise what I have seen, their ineflectual fires," until none reeven if that were possible, by any in- mained visible but Dian's crescent, slov. flation of language, I have purposely ly changing its hue from gold to silver, abstained, during several days, from and the sparkling son of Jupiter and any attempt at description, in order Aurora, Lucifer, who, by his reluctant that some portion of my enthusiasm twinklings, seemed struycling for a litmight be suifered to evaporate ; and tle longer existence, that he might catch yet even now, I feel the necessity of one glimpse of the approaching magperpetually keeping my pen below the nificence. Already were the eastern level of my feelings, lest I should be skies sieeped in a faint grey light, insuspected of intemperate exaggeration. terspersed with streaks of pale green, In all sincerity of heart I may say, that while fresh flushes of a rosier hue came I unaffectedly pity those who, from any every moment flooding up from beneath inexcuseable considerations of interest, the horizon, and a breeze, sent forward or the more justifiable causes of com as the herald of the sun, presently pulsory absence, have been debarred wasted around me such a gush of crimfrom sharing the intense gratification son radiance, that I felt (to use the onwhich I have experienced. Exbibi- ly poetical expression of Sternhold tions of this nature are rare, and a and Hopkins) as if the morning “ on concurrence of circumstances united the wings of winds came flying all to give interest and magnificence to the abroad.” Behold, I exclaimed, present, which may never be again
"the jocund day combined. The previous night, by its Stands tiptoe on the misty mountains' top ;" serene splendour, seemed anxious to do and I was endeavouring to recollect honour to the approaching gorgeous- Tasso's beautiful description of sun
One would have thought that it rise, when the increasing charms of the
day-break compelled me to concentrate fumed them with his breath, and Flora all my faculties in the contemplation scattered them spontaneously from her of the scene with which I was sur- lap as she walked along the valleys. rounded.
By the same mighty hand was perThe gallery where I had taken my formed the ceremony of the anointing; station was a terrace which overhangs and as I saw the dews of heaven glitthe Lake of Chède, opposite to Mont tering in the dawning light, while they Blanc; and he who from this point fell upon the head of the mountain, I has seen the sun rise, and shower its exclaimed, “ Here, indeed, is a moglories upon the romantic and stupen- narch who may, without impiety, be dous wonders with which he is encom- termed the Lord's anointed.” Burstpassed, will not marvel that I shrink ing forth from a pavilion of crimson from the hopeless attempt of its des- and gold clouds, the sun now threw his cription. It is a spectacle to be felt, full effulgence upon the lofty forehead not painted. Amid the solitude of of Mont Blanc; and the Glaciers, and those gigantic and sublime regions the rocks of red porphyry and granite, there is something peculiarly impres- and the valley of Chamouni, and that sive in witnessing the magnificence of sea of diamonds, the Mer de Glace, Nature, as she silently performs her gradually became clothed in gorgeous unerring evolutions; and the heart of robes of light. As I contemplated the man, feeling itself in the immediate pre-sea-green pyramids of ice that sursence of omnipotence, turns with in- rounded Mont Blanc, each, as it bestinctive reverence to its Creator. But came tipped with sun-light, appearing let me resume my narrative of the to put on its coronet of sparkling silver, Coronation—not of a poor fleeting mor- methought there never had been so tal like ourselves, but of that glorious grand a potentate, encircled with such King coeval with the world, and to en- splendid nobility and courtiers. Nor dure till the great globe itself shall did the great Hall in which they were crumble and dissolve ; of that truly assembled appear unworthy of its tenlegitimate Sovereign, who alone can ants; for as it had not been built by plead divine right for his enthrone- hands, so neither was it limited by hument, since the Almighty has planted man powers, possessing only the walls his feet deep in the bowels of the earth, of the horizon for its boundaries, and and lifted his head above the clouds ; having for its roof the azure vault of of that Monarch of the mountains, who heaven, painted with vari-coloured indeed deserves the appellation of Ha- clouds, and illuminated by the glorious jesty- Mont Blanc. If I cannot say, and tlaming sun. From the tops of in newspaper phraseology, that the the surrounding heights, various siripes morning was ushered in with the ring- of purple clouds, laced with light, asing of bells, I may affirm, that ten sumed the appearance of flags and banthousand were waving to and fro in the ners floating in the air in honour of the breezes of Heaven, for the lilies of the joyous day; but my attention was more Valley, and the hyacinths, and the blue particularly directed to two hovering bells, and the wild flowers, were all masses of darker hue, which majestinodding their down-looking cups at the cally descending from heaven towards Earth ; and who shall say that they the summit of Mont Blanc, at length were not melodious with a music in- deposited their burtlien upon its head audible to human ears, although traught in the form of a cre wn of snow, which with harmonious vibrations for the in- an electric flash instantly lighted up mumerable insects who were recreating with intolerable splendour, while a loud themselves beneath their pendent bel- peal of thunder gaye notice to all the fries ? No daughter of earth, however world that the ceremony of Coronation fair or noble, would have been pre- had been accomplished.
Alps and sumptuous enough to aspire to the Apennines “ rebellow'd to the roar;" honour of strewing flowers on this au- every mountain opening its deep-toned gust occasion, for a heavenly florist had throat, and shouting out the joyful infashioned them with his hand, and per- telligence to its neigiabour, until after
countless hollow and more hollow re Since witnessing this most impresverberations, the sound died away in sive scene, I have read an account of the distance of immeasurable space.
the Coronation of 6 an island-monarch Nor was the banquet wanting to throned in the west,” with all its circomplete this august festival, for as cumstantial detail of Dukes, Marquesmy eye roamed over the fertile plains ses, Earls, Viscounts, and Knights in and valleys commanded by the emi- their ermine robes, Kings at Arms, and nence on which I stood, I found that Heralds in their gewgaw coats, and He who owns the cattle on a thousand Bishops in the pomp of pontificals, with hills had covered them with corn, and the parade of gold spurs, ewers, maces, fruits, and wine, and oil, and honey, swords, sceptres, crowns, balls, and spreading out a perpetually renewed crosses ; but when I compared it with feast for whole nations, diffusing, at the stupendous exhihition of nature the same time, odours and perfumes on which I had so lately beheld, the whole every side, and recreating the ears of sunk into insignificance ; nor could I the guests with the mingled harmony of suppress a smile of pity as I shared the piping birds, melodious winds, rustling feeling with which Xerxes contemwoods, the gushing of cascades, and plated his mighty armament, and rethe tinkling of innumerable rills.- fiected that, in a few fleeting years, the Again I turned my looks towards Mont whole of all this human pride, with the Blanc, and lo! a huge avalanche, de- soldiers and horses that paraded around taching itself from its summit, came it, and the multitude that huzzaed withthundering down into the valley below, out, would be converted into dust; the making earth shake with the concus- haughtiest of the nobles lying an outsion. “ Behold," I exclaimed, “ He stretched corpse in a dark and silent who overthroweth the horse and his vault, with nothing of his earthly splenrider, hath sent his Champion to chal- dour left but the empty trappings and lenge all the world;" and at this mo- escutcheons which, in mockery of the ment a smaller portion, which had lofty titles with which it is inscribed, broken away from the falling mass,
will hang mouldering upon his coffin. came leaping towards me, and shivered The ceremony will not, however, have itself into a cloud of snow beneath, as been unavailing, if it shall have awakif the tremendous Champion had ened reflections of this nature in the thrown down his gauntlet at my feet. minds of those who contributed to it, Overcome with awe and wonder, I and have impressed upon their hearts shrunk into myself, and as the rocks, the truth of Shirley's noble lines, in the and caverns, and mountains round contention of Ajax and Ulysses :echoed to the roar of the falling ava
“ The glories of our earthly state lanche, methought they hailed the Cor
Are shadows, nt substantial things; onation of their monarch, and shouting There is no armour against fate, with a thousand voices, made the whole
Death lays his icy hand on kings :welkin ring to their acclamations of
Sceptre and crown
Must tumble down, Mont Blanc ! Mont Blanc ! Mont And in the dust be equal made Blanc!
With the poor crooked scythe and spade."
THE secretary Sellner had begun to of their attachment.
Time and expetaste the first spring of happiness rience, without diminishing the ardour, with bis youthful bride. Their union bad confirmed the permanence, of their was not founded on that vague and mutual sentiments. It was long since evanescept passion which often lives they discovered that they were formed and dies almost in the same moment for each other, but want of fortune imsympathy and esteem formed the basis posed the necessity of a tedious proba.
• Addressed to such as believe in the agency of Spirits.
tion ; till Selloer, by obtaining the pa- slumber, from which she awoke no lent for a place, tound himself in pos- more ; and when tho clock was striking session of an easy competence, and on nine, it was observed that she had tbe following Sunday brought home in breathed her last. The agonies of triumph his long-beirothed bride. A Sellner may be more easily conceived succession of ceremonious visits for than described : during some days it some weeks engrossed many of those appeared doubtful whether he would hours that the young couple would survive ; and when, after a coufinehave devoted to each other. But no ment of some weeks, he was at leogth sooner was this onerous duty fulfilled, permitted to leave bis chamber, the than they eagerly escaped from the in- powers of youth seemed paralysed, trusion of society to their delicious bis limbs were enfeebled, his frame solitude; and the tine summer evenings emaciated, and he sunk into a state of were but too short for plans and antic. stupor, from which he was only to be ipations of future felicity. Seliner's roused by the bitterness of grief
. To fluie and Josepbiue's harp filled up the this poignant anguish succeeded a fixed intervals of conversation, and with melancholy; a deep sorrow consecratheir harmonious unison seemed to ted the memory of his beloved : her sound the prelude to many succeeding apartment remained precisely in the years of bliss and concord. One eveo- state in which it had been left previous jug when Josephine bad played longer to her death ;-on the work-lable lay than usual, sbe suddenly complained of her uofinished task; the harp stood head-ache: shu bad, in reality, rised in its accustomed oook, untouched and witb this symptom of indisposition, silent; every night Sellner went in a but concealed it from her anxious hus- sort of pilgrimage to the sanctuary of band; naturally susceptible of ner- his love, and taking his flute, breathed vous complaints, the attention which forth, in deep plaintive tones, his fershe had lent to music, and the emotions veut aspirations for the cherished shade. it excited in her delicate frame, had He was thus standing in Josephine's increased a slight indisposition to fever, apartment, lost 'io thought, when a and she was now evidently ill. A broad gleam of moonlight fell on the physician was called in, who so little open window, and from the neighbouranticipated danger that he promised a ing tower the watchman proclaimed the cure on the morrow, But after a night ninth bour; at this moinent, as if spent in delirium, her disorder was touched by some invisible spirit, the propounced a nervous fever, which barp was heard to respoud to bis Aute completely baffled the efforts of med. in perfect unison. Thunderstruck at ical skill, and on the ninth day was tbis prodigy, S-liner suspended his fluie, confessed mortal. Josepbine herself and the harp became silent; he then was perfectly sensible of her approach- began, with deep emotion, Josephine's ing dissolution, and with mild resigoa- favourite air, when the harp resumed tion submitted to ber fate.
its melodious vibrations, thrilling with Addressing her husband, for the last ecstasy. At this confirmation of his time, she exclaimed :-" My dear Ed- hopes he zuok on the ground, no longer ward, Heaved can witness it is with doubting the presence of the beloved unutterable regret that I depart from spirit; and whilst be opened his arms ibis fair world, where I have found to clasp ber to bis brea-i, he seemed to with thee a state of supreme felicity; drink in the breath of spring, and a but though I am no longer permitted to pale glimmering light flitted before bis. live in those arms, doubt not that thy eyes. “ I koow tber, blussed spirit," faithful Josephine sball still hover round exclaimed the bewildered Selloer, thee, and as a guardian-angel encircle "thou didst proinise to hover round my thte till we meet again." She had steps, to encircle ine with ihy inmortal scarcely uttered these words when she love.. Thou hast redeemed thy word; sunk on her pillow, and soon fell into a it is thy breath ibat glor's on my lips ; K
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