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called a delicate chicken, had evidently died of a consump- | window of the carriage, and their waiting-maid squalling tion. The macaroni was smoked. The beeisteak was | from the dickey, tough butlalo's liesh. There was what appeared to be a " Alderman Popkins felt all the ire of the parent and the dish of stewed eels, of which the Englishman ate with great || magistrate roused within him. He grasped his cane, and relish ; but had nearly refunded them when told that they was on the point of scrambling down the rocks, either to as, were viners, caught among the rocks of Terracina, and sault the robbers or to read the riot act, when he was sudesteemed a great delicacy.”

denly seized by the arm. It was by his friend the goatherd,

whose cloak falling open, discovered a belt stuck full of The Englishman disbelieves all the stories of robbers, pistols and stilettos. "In short, he found himself in the with an edifying obstinacy. The landlord's stories clutches of the captain of the band, who had stationed are treated with infinite contempt, although he gives the

himself on the rock to look out for travellers and to give

notice to his men. details of the last robbery of the “ Magnifico, Alder- | " A sad ransacking took place. Trunks were turned inmanno Popkin, and the Principessa Popkin, and the side out, and all the finery and frippery of the Popkins' Signorine Popkin." Some of the other travellers begin family scattered about the road. Such a chaos of Venice to relate their stories of marvellous achievements by the

beads, and Roman mosaics, and Paris bonnets of the young

s, mingled with the alderman's nightcaps and lambsbandits, till the Englishman's sturdy infidelity is a little

wool stockings, and the dandy's hair-brushes, stays, and shaken. These stories are a little heavy. They are starched crayats. founded on fact, and the best of them," The Painters' The gentlemen were eased of their purses and their watches,

Il the ladies of their jewels: and the whole party were on the Adventure," happened whilst we were at Rome. We

point of being carried up into the mountain, when, fortucan only afford room for some parts of the humorous

nately, the appearance of soldiery at a distance obliged the misfortune of Alderman Popkins and his family: robbers to make off with the spoils they had secured, and

leave the Popkins family to gather together the remnants of " It was but a few days before, that the carriage of Alder

their effects, and make the best of their way to Fondi.

" When safe arrived, the alderman made a terrible man Popkins had driver up to the inn of Terracina. Those who have seen an English family carriage on the continent |

blustering at the inn; threatened to complain to the am

bassador at Naples, and was ready to shake his cane at the must have remarked the sensation it produces. It is an epitome of England; a little morsel of tve old island rolling

whole country. The dandy had many stories to tell of his about the world. Every thing about it compact, snuy,

scuffles with the brigands, who overpowered him merely by finished, and fitting. The wheels, turning on patent axles

numbers. As to the Miss Popkins, they were quite dewithout rattling; the body, hanging so well on its springs,

lighted with the adventure, and were occupied the whole yielding to every motion, yet protecting from every shock;

evening in writing it in their journals. They declared the the ruddy laces gaping from the windows-sometimes of a

captain of the band to be a most roinantic-looking man, they portly old citizen, sometimes of a voluminous dowager, and

dared to say some unfortunate lover, or exiled nobleman; sometimes of a fine fresh hoyden just from boarding-school.

and several of the band to be very handsome young menAnd then the dickey's loaded with well-dressed servants,

• quite picturesque!!

** In verity,' said mine host of Terracina, they say beel-fed and biul; looking down from their heights with

the captain of the band is un gallant uomo.' contempt on all the world around; profoundly ignorant of the country and the people, and devoutly certain that every

6. Å gallant man!' said the Englishman, indignantly, thing not English must be wrong.

I'd have your gallant man hanged like a dog. " Such was the carriage of Alderman Popkins as it made

" . To dare to meddle with Englishmen!' said Mr. its appearance at Terracina. The courier who had pre

Hobbs. ceded it to order horses, and who was a Neapolitan, had

". And such a family as the Popkinses!' said Mr.

Dobbs. given a magnificent account of the riches and greatness of

56 • They ought to come upon the country for damages !' his master, blundering with an Italian's splendour of im

said Mr. Hobbs. azination about the aiderman's titles and dignities: the

666 Our ambassador shall make a complaint to the gohost had added his usual share of exaggeration; so that by the time the alderman drove up to the door, he was a

vernment of Naples,' said Mr. Dobbs. Milor-Magnifico-Principe-the Lord knows what!

56 • They should be obliged to drive these rascals out of the " The alderman was advised to take an escort to Fondi

country,' said Hobbs.

" . If they did not, we should declare war against then,' and Itra, but he refused. It was as much as a man's life

said Dobbs. was worth, he said, to stop him on the king's highway: hell am

666 Pish!-humbug !! muttered the Englishman to himwould complain of it to the ambassador of Naples; he would make a national affair of it. The Principessa Popkins, a

self, and walked away.fresh motherly dame, seemed perfectly secure in the pro

The party finally set out with an escort, for Naples; tection of her husband, so omnipotent a man in the city. The Signorine Popkins, two fine bouncing girls, Jooked to

but on their way are attacked by the banditti. The their brother Tom, who had taken lessons in boxing: and Englishman, of course, behaves very gallantly, and as to the dandy himsell, he swore no scaramouch of an works wonders. He discomfits the brigand-saves the Italian robber would dare to meddle with an Englishman.

ladies-and is looked upon as a brave, high-spirited, The landlord shrugged his shoulders, and turned out the palms of bis hands with a true Italian grimace, and the

and most disinterested person. carriage of Milor Popkins rolled on.”

In the fourth part, entitled “ The Money-diggers,"

we are transported to New York. It turns upon the 66 He ran to the edge of the rock, and, looking over, be superstitious notions which prevailed amongst the early beld his carriage surrounded by robbers. One held down settlers about the pirates, Kidd, Bluebeard, Bradish, &c. the fat footman, another had the dandy by his starched

-famous names in the history of Trans-Atlantic buc

for cravat, with a pistol to his head; one was runmaging a portmanteau, another rummaging the Principessa's pockets, ll caneering. These persons were believed to have depowhile the two Miss Popkins were screaming from each | sited their plunder in different spots near New York,

and Mr. Crayon has constructed several amusing stories | fluence of her taste was seen, also, in the family-garden, upon this popular belief. They are written in the same

| wbere the ornamental began to mingle with the useful; style with “Risp Van Winkle," the “ Legend of Sleepy l äered the cabbage-beds, and gigantic sun-flowers lolled their

whole rows of tiery marigolds and splendid hollyhocks borHollow," and « Dolph Hayliger,” and perhaps bear || broad jolly faces over the fences, seeming to ogle most altoo great a resemblance to their predecessors. Wolfert fectionately the passers by. Webber, an honest Dutch burgher of New York, is the

" Thus reigned and vegetated Wolfert Webber over his

paternal acres, peacefully and contentedly. Not but that, hero of the principal tale.

like all other sovereigns, he had his occasional cares and " He was descended from old Cobus Webber of the Brille vexations. The growth of his native city sometimes caused in Holland, one of the original settlers, famous for intro

him annoyance. His little territory gradually became ducing the cultivation of cabbages, and who came over to || bemmed in by streets and houses, which intercepted air the province during the protectorship of Oloffe Van Kort- and sunshine. He was now and then subjected to the ir. landt, otherwise called the Dreamer.

ruptions of the border population that infest the skirts of " The field in which Cobus Webber first planted himself a metropolie; who would sometimes make midnight forays and his cabbages, had remained ever since in the family' || into his dominions, and carry off captive whole platoons of who continued in the same line of husbandry, with that his noblest subjects. Vagrant swine would niake a depraiseworthy perseverance for which our Dutch burghers scent, too, now and then, when the gate was left open, are noted. The whole family-genius, during several gene- || and lay all waste before thein; and mischievous urchins rations, was devoted to the study and developement of this would often decapitate the illustrious sun-flowers, the one noble vegetable, and to this concentration of intellect | glory of the garden, as they lolled their heads so fondly may, doubtless, be ascribed the prodigious size and renown

over the walls. Still all these were petty grievances, to which the Webber cabbages attained.

which might now and then rutile the surface of his mind, as " The Webber dynasty continued in uninterrupted suc- || a summer breeze will ruffle the surlace of a mill-pond, but cession; and never did a line give more unquestionable they could not disturb the deep-seated quiet of his soul. proofs of legitimacy. The eldest son succeeded to the looks || He would but seize a trusty staff that stood behind the as well as the territory of his sire; and had the portraits of door, issue suddenly out, and anoint the back of the aggresthis line of tranquil potentates been taken, they would have || sor, whether pig or urchin, and then return within doors presented a row of heads marvellously resembling in shape | marvellously refreshed and tranquillized.” and magnitude the vegetables over which they reigned.

“ The seat of government continued unchanged in the This is easy and smart, and justifies the high reputafamily mansion, a Dutch-built house, with a front, or rather || tion of Mr. Irving, as a master of style. Webber is gable-end of yellow brick, tapering to a point, with the cus- || tomary iron weathercock at the top. Every thing about

Till haunted by dreams about the pirate treasures, and the building bore the air of long settled ease and security. || wastes his fortune in efforts to discover them. These Flights of martins peopled the little coops nailed against its | efforts are told with great humour, and are studded walls, and swallows built their nests under the eaves; and |

lover with sketches of character and manners of some of every one knows that these house-loving birds bring good luck to the dwelling where they take up their abode. In a

the leading families of New York. Mr. Irving in bright sunny morning in early summer, it was delectable several places strikes a loftier tone, and shews great to hear their cheerful notes, as they sported about in the l power in the management of sterner feelings and paspure sweet air, chirping forth, as it were, the greatness and

sions. Poor Webber, after being reduced to beggary, prosperity of the Webbers. “ Thus quietly and comfortably did this excellent family

and being regarded as a crazy fool, finally becomes a vegetate under the shade of a mighty button-wood tree, wealthy man, through the increase of the city, wbich which by little and little grew so great as entirely to over rendered his little hereditary farın very valuable as shadow their palace. The city gradually spread its suburbs

building spots; and thus ends the story and the round their domain. Houses sprang up to interrupt their prospects; the rural lanes in the vicinity began to grow

volume. into the bustle and populousness of streets; in short, with To the remarks already made we have nothing to all the habits of rustic life, they began to find themselves | add. Mr. Irving's book will be read with a certain the inhabitants of a city. Still, however, they maintained

degree of pleasure by all, and with much disappointtheir hereditary character and hereditary possessions with all the tenacity of petty German princes in the midst of the

ment by many. Parts of it are excellent, and parts are empire. Wolfert was the last of the line, and succeeded to utterly unworthy his talents. It will be less liked than the patriarchal bench at the door, under the family-tree, l) any of his former works, and we have only to hope and swayed the sceptre of his fathers, a kind of rural

that he may perceive the failure, and repair it as soon potentate in the midst of the metropolis. .“ To share the cares and sweets of sovereignty, he had || as possible, by the production of something vastly taken unto himself an helpmate, one of that excellent kind

better. called stirring women, that is to say, she was one of those notable little housewives who are always busy when there is nothing to do. Her activity, however, took one particular direction : her whole life seemed devoted to intense Poetical Sketches: the Profession; the Broken Heart, &c. knitting; whether at home or abroad, walking or sitting, her needles were continually in motion ; and it is even af

and other Poems. By ALARIC A. WATTS. London: firmed, that by her unwearied industry, she very nearly Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 1824. supplied her household with stockings throughout the year. This worthy couple were blessed with one daughter, who THESE poems have been for some time in private was brought up with great tenderness and care; uncommon ll circulation, and therefore, have not, until recently come pains had been taken with her education, so that she could stitch in every variety of way; make all kinds of pickles and

under our inspection. They strike us as being of a preserves, and mark her own name on a sampler. The in very sweet and amiable cast of sentiment, and written

in a very delicate and flowing style. Amongst many " Adrian 4th. A poor boy at St. Albans; dependant on other beautiful gems, we find the following:

the monks for charity; afterwards Pope, and the only

Englishman that ever sate in the Papal chair.
An Epicedium.

" Rienzi. Son of a vintner and Washerwoman:: rose to

the dignity of Tribune, and was solemnly crowned at “ He left his home with a bounding heart,

Rome. For the world was all before him ;

" Alexander 5th. Deserted in his infancy, and comAnd felt it scarce a pain to part,

pelled to beg his bread, afterwards Pope. Such sun-bright beams came o'er him.

“ Wolsey. Son of a Butcher: made Archbishop of He turned him to visions of future years,

York, Cardinal of Rome, Prime Minister of England, &c. &c. The rainbow's hues were round them;

“ Masaniello. A Fisherman: deliverer of Naples; and And a fatber's bodings-a mother's tears

made Duke of St. George, and Captain-General of the Might not weigh the hopes that crowned them.

People.
JI.

“Franklin. A journeyman Printer: afterwards a Legis

lator, a Philosopher, and a Moral Writer, known throughThat mother's cheek is far paler now,

out all the civilized world.” Than when she last caressed him; There's an added gloom on that father's brow,

This is not to be tolerated. Let the authorities look Since the hour when last he blessed him.

to it. For seven-and-sixpence the heads of all the naOh, that all human hopes should prove

tional and Lancasterial schools in the empire may be Like the flowers that will fade to-morrow; And the cankering lears of anxious love

turned upside-down. Beggar brats made Popes; Ever end in truth-and sorrow!

washerwomens' sons “ solemnly crowned at Rome;" III.

butchers' boys prime ministers ; journeymen printers He left his home with a swelling sail.

turned into-ohe! jam satis ! Of lame and fortune dreaming,

We have been so struck with the peril of such treaWith a spirit as free as the vernal gale,

tises, that some ten minutes ago, when the printer's Or the pennon above bim streaming. He hath reached his goal:--by a distant wave,

devil came," his custom always of an afternoon,” to 'Neath a sultry sun, they've laid him;

pester us for “copy," we hastily concealed the alarmAnd stranger-forms bent o'er his grave

ing manual under a pile of Mr. Lane's novels, (the When the last sad rites were paid him.

most innocent things in the world) lest he should catch . .

a glimpse of it, and become " a legislator, a philosoHe should have died in his own loved land,

pher, and a moral writer, known throughout all the With friends and kindred near him; Not have withered thus on a foreign strand,

civilized world !!!" Think of one of Messrs. Shackell With no thousht save of Heaven to cheer him.

and Arrowsmith's young and begrimed imps becomBut what recks it now? Is his sleep less sound

ing “a philosopher and a moral writer !” what would In the port where the wild winds swept him,

become of us and of our “ occupation ?" and yet this Than if home's green turf bis yrave had bound, Or the hearts he loved had wept him?

may be the case, in spite of all our attempts at conceal. v.

ment. Seven-and-sixpence is the price for admission Then why repine ? Can he feel the rays

to the grand secret of Self-Advancement, or the Art of That pestilent sun sheds o'er him;

rising * from Obscurity to Greatness." Or share the griefs that may cloud the days

Now, though this is not absolute seriousness on our Of the friends who now deplore liin? No: his bark's at anchor-its sails are jurled,

parts, yet we do, in honest truth, doubt a little as to It hath 'scaped the storm's deep chiding;

the utility of such works. They are written to flatter And, safe from the buffeting waves of the world,

the imaginations of the young, and may sometimes fill In a haven of Peace is riding.

their heads with wild and impossible dreams of future

greatness. Boyhood is naturally sanguine enough, and Self-Advancement ; or, Extraordinary Transitions from all artificial stimulants may as well as not be avoided.

Obscurity to Greatness. By the Author of " Pructical | Still the book is a good little book, neatly got up, well Wisdom,' &c.&c. &c. London: G. and W. B. Whit digested in its matter, and its personages are judiciously taker. 1824.

selected. The names and histories are sufficiently well If this volume be “ intended for the use of schools," known to the scholar and general reader of maturer life, we almost dread its effects. Now that every ragged but to the younger and less instructed classes, they will urchin in the streets (thanks to Bell and Lancaster) be entertaining and new. For extracts from the lives may learn to “ read, write, and cypher." at the rate of | we have no room; indeed they are not of a sort to be one penny or less per week, we hold it to be perfectly | extracted. The concluding chapter has some sensible dangerous to the common welfare of the state, that such || remarks: -books as this should be put into their hands.

“ We have now given biographical sketches, as complete Lord Bacon has a treatise on the art of self-advance- || as the nature and limits of our work would allow, of thirment, but it is happily so written as to be innocuous to teen individuals, whose original lot seemed cast in the the vulgar. His is a philosophical, not a practical essay. lowest obscurity; who yet by the mere force of native But let our readers just glance their eyes over the table

genius, aided by perseverance and propriety of conduct,

attained the highest situations in society, and became in of contents prefixed to this publication :

| many instances the most signal blessings to it. Let us in

comtemplating their characters learn to imitate all that l'unto whom all hearts are open, and from whom no secrets was excellent in them, and avoid all that may be deemed llare hid.' blameable.

" In Franklin we have the loveliest example of all that * In Adrian the Fourth we see the fruits of docility and is most valuable, yet least showy in the human character. meekness joined with a spirit which was not to be discou- || He has drawn his own portrait with a fidelity and impartiraged by adverse fortunc.or unjust severity.

ality that requires no finishing touches from any other hand. " In the Emperor Basil are displayed the advantages of To temperance he attributes his long continued health; to a pleasing exterior, aided by personal strength, and adorned || industry and frugality the early easiness of his circumwith the sterner virtues which take root in adversity, but || stances, and his opportunities of acquiring knowledge. To which in him were destined finally to adorn prosperity. sincerity and justice the confidence of his country, and the Let us whilst we acknowledge the excellence of his general || honourable employments it conferred on him; and to the character, deplore that the peculiar circumstances of the joint influence and consciousness of them all, the cheerfultimes in which he lived should have led him into the com- liness which made his youth happy to himself, and bis old mission of two acts which have sullind the brishtness age delightful to others. of his name, and which most probably imbirtered the l “It is only justice however to his parents to say, that all possession of the throne he gained by the perpetration of those virtues he had an early opportunity of studying from then.

their example. His father was in the habit of repeating "In Rienzi we see depicted the force of an ardent ima- || before him, whilst yet a boy, the words of Solomon, which gination constantly bent on one object; the charm of elo- li we have affixed to the account of his life:quence and personal graces of deportment-how much an 1 6. Seest thou a man diligent in his business; he shall individual may achieve so long as he sets an example of stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men.' virtuc, how soon it may all be lost wlien he departs from " These words thus early impressed on Franklin's youththe standard of excellence which he has taught his adhe ful memory, were never forgotten by him in his succeeding rents to expect in him.

years: they were his rule of action, and their truth was * In Alexander.ith we have a delightful picture of help literally fulfilled in his person. He stood before five crownless, deserted infancy protected by Heaven, favoured by ed heads, in the course of his political life, and stood before man, and retaining in his highest elevation the same gaiety them upright in the independence of bonest principle, and and good humour, which would have rendered even bey- ll unabashed in the pride of native endov gary, such as he was snatched from, more enviable than " In Bernadotte we see the possibility of joining different riches with a gloomy and unsocial disposition.

excellencies which have generally been deemed incompati. In Ximenes we see the advantages of a well-grounded ble-we see one of the most warlike of soldiers become one

ation for the virtues peculiarly belonging to the con- ! of the most pacific of kingre. In times of tum dition of life be had chosen, and of an intrepid and in fare he made himself as beloved for his clemency, as he was flexible spirit sustained in its purposes by the consciousness respected for his valor. His virtues called him to a throne of integrity of intention.

-his talents sustain him there, and we trust the eyes of “ In Hadrian 6th we see perseverance triumph overall rational and candid persons may long be turned with poverty, honesty over artifice, and the highest dignities at- ll pleasure and admiration towards a living instance, so contained by the simple recommendation of A GOOD CHARACTER. I vincing and so encouraging, of the power which every man " In V

olacy we behold the fruits of early attainments, of | possesses over his own fortunes, by exerting his talents to penetration into character, punctuality in business, and the utmost, and regulating his conduct by such strict rules liberality of expenditure proportioned to the ample means of integrity and goodness, that success shall appear at once of supplying it, which his rarc talents and active habits pro- | its inevitable consequence, and its just reward. cured him.

" Let us from these examples learn to turn the full force “ In Lord Cromwell are exemplified steady and noiseless I of whatever talents or favoring circumstances we may be perseverance aiding the most laudable ambition, and joined blessed with to some good and honorable object. It has to the most unassuming deportment-humble without | been said, that any man may be whatever he wishes to bemeanness; dignified without pride.

come: it is certain that we may all be useful to society in "In Sixtus 5th we have one of the most extraordinary some way if we endeavour to be so; and let us constantly instances that the history of the human race presents of bearinn

human race presents of bear in mind, that in proportion as we minister to the happithe power of man over his own character. Naturally so ness of others, we take the most effectual means to augment vivacious and impetuous, that in early life he embroiled our own.'' himself with every one around him, he yet attained so complete a mastery over himself, that for fourteen years he never suffered a single action, or word, or look to escape Translations, Imitations, &c. &c. By the Author of " Irehim, that could lead the most attentive observer of his con

land," a Satire. London: Published by J. and H. L. duct to imagine otherwise than that he was one of the mildest and humblest of men. It will be said by his enemies

Hunt, Tavistock-street, that this sell-subjugation was wrought in him from motives of ambition; but in the ambition itself there was nothing

The author of this volume we understand is a very unworthy; on the contrary, he showed by the admirable young man, the son of a Cornish Baronet, and an use he made, when he did at last attain it, of the power for officer in the army, who by a recent satire, entitled which he had so long in secret panted, that he was well-de

“ Ireland," acquired much popularity in that country. serving of it, and only rightly construed in himself the longing after that sovereignty which he made a noble in

Indeed, his exertions in behalf of Ireland were such as strument of public good. One most important lesson we

to create a feeling of affectionate gratitude in the breast may learn at any rate from his example; that there are no of a fair countess, who rewarded his generous intrefaults belonging to our physical nature, or, as we idly term

pidity with her title, fortune, hand and heart. it, born with us, but what may be corrected by religious principle and moral enerxy. What Sixtus did for ambition

“ So should desert be crowned.” let us do “ for conscience' sake;'' let us maintain as rigid The present publication is the production of an elea watch over ourselves from purer motives, and we shall be

gant and cultivated mind. It consists of translations, enabled really to become that which we would seem to others, and which we may venture to appear before Him or rather versifications, of pretty pieces of poety from

nearly all the spoken and written languages. They are Still on my lips thy scented breath, very well rendered when meant to be faithful, and very

Seem pure and sweet, yet I no more

May be what I have been before ; spirited when merely imitations. This is uncom

No second spring for me may shed monly easy :

It's freshness on my withered heart,

Or bring, to crown my aching head, “I stood beneath the silver moon,

The hopes that I have seen depart:
And look'd upon the sea,

Yet still, alas! the same sweet scene
Whose waves, beneath the midnight noon,

'Tells of the joys that once have been, Swiftly and silently rollid on

And not the less the scene is fair,
Their path of destiny,

And not the less these hopes were dear!
And thought of one who far away

Alas! alas !--and thus can fleet Was looking on that moonlight ray,

The love that seems so pure and sweet, Because the beam it's radiance gave

As if its life of hope and joy Lighted my pathway on the wave !

No ills could blight, possession cloy! The summer breeze was light and fair,

'Twere better, then, if life might fly The summer waves asleep,

Without one beam to waken love, Nor was the death-like silence there

The sleeping snake might harmless lie,
Profaned by even the gentle air

Nor teach our hearts his sting to prove.
That bore us through the deep.

"Twere better, having once been blest, I thought not how those breezes bore

To die, nor sicken o'er the rest The wanderer to a dearer shore;

Of life's and love's satiety; I thought but how that gentle wind

To taste of beauty's rosy kiss, Bore him from one he left behind !

To drink her faint, fond, fluttering breath,
Those summer waves are past and gone

And sink, from beauty's clasp of bliss,
Before a louder gale;

Into the silent arms of death,
And in these heavens a colder moon

Before long years can thus dispel,
Sheddeth her stormy light upon

The visions we once loved so well!
Tbe bosom of my sail !

We may not, o'er the waste of years,
And soon a rougher breath shall sweep

Look back on scenes that love endears, The storm-waves of the whitening deep,

And dream of one whose memory still, But they shall bear me on the main

When grief and sorrow cloud our way, Returning to that one again !".

Flings brightly through the shades of ill

The beams of youth's enchanting day And this from Guarini is freed from the conceits of ||

And joys, that, if their reign is o'er,

Seem sweetest-when they come no more!” the original, and touched with a deeper hue of feel

The volume is in every respect creditable to its au

thor. It manifests a delicate taste and considerable 66 Welcome to thee, thou lovely spring ! Earth's annual youth, so soon to fleet,

mastery over the instruments by which things and Who in thy blooming train dost bring

thoughts are shaped into poetry.
Fresh verdure, scenes renewed and sweet;
And, if my heart again might rove,
Another hope, another love.

TO THE
Sweet spring, upon whose lovely breast
The rosy flowers all smiling lie,

EDITOR OF THE SOMERSET HOUSE GAZETTE.
And on their mother's bosom rest
Each blushing head and deep blue eye,

Sir, Welcome thou art!-though not with thee

The following account of Ibbetson may perhaps prove Return the hours that wont to flee, On wings of peace and happiness,

acceptable to your readers :In other days, when life was young,

Dayes inform us, that he was a native of Scarborough, in

Yorkshire, at which place he carried on the occupation of And youth's warm heart too lightly sprung To welcome joys that cease to bless

ship painter; that he asterwards accompanied Col. Cath

cart on a mission to China, but in consequence of that genThe heart whose pulse is cold and slow,

tleman's death, he returned with the rest of the embassy. To what it was long years ago!

Though his works possessed considerable merit, he freYes!-thou returnest pure and sweet,

quently found it difficult to obtain a market for them. He Decked in the self-same blushing flowers,

was much employed in copying Berghem, in which he was The same bright hues that wont to meet

very successful; and to whose manner, Dayes says, “his My gaze in youth's enraptured hours;

style much approximates." But not with thee returns the bliss

I am informed that he was christened Julius Cæsar, from That gave its charm to scenes like this;

his being brought into the world by the Cæsarian operaAnd whose long-loved remembrance seems

tion. In 1803, was published a book, in thin quarto, by Amid life's sorrows to remain,

Messrs. Darton and Harvey, of Gracechurch Street, “An And fresh and bright to shed its beams,

Accidence, or Gamut of Painting in Oil and Water Colours, In mockery of the sense of pain,

by Julius Ibbetson, Part 1.On the title page of this Recalling joys that long have fled.

work is a design, in aqua tinta, of the Bull's Head of St. Hopes perished,-passions cold and dead!

e, surrounded by implements of art, over which is reIn earlier days I saw thee come

presented the torch and flame of genius. There are also With hues as bright, the same pure bloom;

two humorous tail pieces to this work: the first an etching Still on my head thy flowery wreath,

of two monkeys as picture cleaners, one employed on a

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