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theory of this department of architec- attention; but the consideration of ture, and a historical account of the these we must at present omit, and works either actually executed or pro- pass on to the learned and able disquijected, which appear to be the most sition on the Indian Castes. deserving of notice. The first head is The ingenious author, who has long branched out into three sections, re- been engaged in a history of the East lating, 1. To the resistance of mate- Indies, to which the public are now rials; 2. To the equilibrium of arches; looking forward with anxious expectaand, 3. To the effects of friction. The tion, proves, with a profusion of learnsecond likewise consists of three sec- ing, that the institution of castes was, tions, comprehending some details of in the early ages of society, very early history and literature, an account widely diffused among the Egyptians, of the discussions which have taken the Greeks, the Cretans, the Persians, place respecting the improvements of the Medes, (probably) the ancient. the port of London, and a description Saxons, and the ancient inhabitants of some of the most remarkable bridges of Peru and Mexico. He next gives which have been erected in modern a very philosophical view of the state times.
and conuition of the human mind to A very interesting account is given which this institution may be consiof the CalEDONIAN CANAL by Mr dered as owing its origin. He then enStevenson, Civil Engineer, In the tars into a detailed account of the Inconclusion of the article he gives the dian castes, and concludes with a gefollowing statement with regard to the neral view of the effects of this insti. probable advantages of this grand na- tution. These effects he proves to be tional object, which cannot fail to be decidedly unfavourable to the interests read with general interest and satis- of the human race, first, As they pre-, faction. “ The writer of this article sent an irresistible barrier to human has repeatedly visited the works of advancement in the two grand instruthe Caledonian Canal. With regard ments of progression,--the division of to the quality of the workmanship, labour and the practice of new arts, as he shall only mention, as a pretty invention inay suggest them, or the conclusive circumstance with regard multiplying desires of an improving to the masonry, that, from end to end society may create the deinand ; seof this great work, he has not seen a condly, As, by establishing a monopoly single set or shake in the whole of the even of the arts which are known, locks and walls. Upon the subject of they, in a manner, shut the door the navigation of a ship in the locks, against all competition, and thus he cannot speak professionally; but, cramp the exertions of genius ; thirdupon one occassion, he went over the ly, Since, by confining the prosecuwhole line in company with a captain tion of knowledge and literature to of the royal navy; and, although this one class of the community, it renders officer did not much relish the idea of it the interest of that class to perpehis ship putting about or tacking with tuate ignorance among the rest, that eddy winds in these narrous, nor of they may be able to turn and wind being draygel along by the power of them according to their own purhorses, or of steain, yet he had no poses; and, lastly, Since, by preventdoubt as to the fitness of the navigae ing the distribution of the supernution for smaller vessels. Indeed, since merary members of a caste through the discovery of the Dalswinton steam- the other departaments of industry and dragger, the practicability of this na- subsistence, it magnifies and multivigation is reduced to a certainty for plies, to an incalculable degree, the : all vessels which can pass the canal evils of a superfluous population. locks. And thus we have the firmest From this imperfect analysis of the conviction, that the Caledoniau Canal leading articles in the last published will, in the end, be universally view. Part of the Supplement, it will easily ed as a truly great and noble undere be perceived how rich it is in talent taking, issuing in the most solid be- and in science. The selection of connefits to the country.”
tributors must ever insure excellence, The articles CALENDERING and and does much credit to the editor's CARPENTRY would also demand our discernment.
THE MINSTREL's visiox. And happy genii seem to dwell
Along each cliff embattled dell-
Ilow sweet through fairy glades to walk
With thiee in softly " whisper'd talk," I.
What time the hermit nizlitingale O LIST, fair ladye! while I tell
dvakes the mazy moonlight vale ; Of visions rais'd by magic spell ;
Or from the mountain's cliffy steep And gentle were the sprites that shed View circling oceans round us swelling, Their influence o'er my slumbering head; Without a wish to cross the deep, Was waking mortal ne'er so blest
Or leave our lone and lovely dwelling! Then lovely Eyra,“ list, O list !"Methought a nymph of heavenly mien, Whose garb bespoke the Fairy Queen,
TIIS CELESTIALL VEST ALLIS, Sudden appear'd- and with a smile
[The following fragments have been sent Might well the variest heart beguile,
us as 6
Specimens-faithfully transcribed Way'd thrice on high her magic wand,
from the original MS.—of a very ancient And beckon'd me to Fairyland:
METRICAL ROMAUNT, lately discoverWho could resist the charming Elf ? ed in the ruins of Roxburgh Castle."--In She seem'd the while thy lovely self !
regard to their poetical merit, we do not II.
ourselves attempt at present to hazard Then seated in her silver car,
any opinion, nor do we profess to un. We lightly flew o'er realms afar,
derstand very clearly the drift of the leWhere rocky mountains bleak arose,
gend or allegory which they introduce to With Alpine lakes and endless snows;
us; but, as the interest of the story may Or sandy deserts scorch'd and dun,
be reasonably expected to increase as it Stretch'd boundless 'neath a fiery sun.
proceeds, and as the stanzas now given -Her fair hand guides the magic rein,
seem tolerably fair as to Rhyme, Euphony, While merrily o'er mount and plain, and Unintelligibility, it is humbly presumed And over Ocean's trackless tides,
(especially in an age when such qualities Our swift car like a comet glides;
have formed the chief or sole distinction of Till Phbus in the western wave
many famous works) that they may bespeak Saght sea-born Thetis' coral cave;
a favourable reception from the public And Hesper o'er the slumbering deep for the remainder of the “ POEME," with Aruse his silent watch to keep.
which our learned correspondent has obligIII.
ingly offered to furnish us, in such pora At length we reach her lonely grot
tions as we may require, and with as much Placed in enchanted isle remote;
celerity as the great difficulty of decyphers Where mountains rear their summits bold
ing the very cramp and decayed original From sombre shade of forests old ;
will permit.) And streamlets How with lulling sound
HEIR BEGINNIS Through shelter'd vallies opening round ;
ANE ALLEGORICALL & PROPUETICALL And vines and breathing myrtles spread Their verdant canopy o'erhead ;
Poeme, And zephyrs curl with sportive wing
IN FYVE HUNDRETH CANTOES; The silken tresses of the spring.
The Celestiall Ucstallis;
BE YAT FAMEOUS SEER AND ILLUSTER Might yet be traced in the western sky,
Merlin of Caledonia,
COMMOUNLIE CALLIT MERLYN Ye; And the eye might picture isles of bliss
ANXO DNI. Vc. lxv. (565.)
REVYSIT & TRANSLATIT INTO ye MAIR It seem'd, to live along with Thee,
By Thomas ze Rymour,
OF ERCILDOUNE, KNYT. The sandy beach and shelving caves ;
ANNO DNI (w. ije. lxxiij. (1273.)
The Translatour to ye Reidar, Quhen tasselit knycht strove yair coye
hertes to muve, Quhen we hade sene & considerit ye di. Or mynstrel moanyng wylde in som secluvers transcriptiounis of yis notabill Werke
dit set furth of auld amangis ourselfis, to laue
grove. bene altogider faultie ande corrupt ; and alsua yat ye originall style hath become Bot butes itt nocht iff pitye yai had felte, obsolite ande hard to be vnderstood be ye Sith suche to knycht or bard yai nere did ynlearnit ande sik as bee of slender capa.
showe; citie; wee haue thocht gude to collate ande recompyle ye haill treatise from ye mnist Yea, thoch for luve-lorne wyeht yair herte
mot melt, auncient copyis in the French Kingis librarie, in ye famous citie of Paris ; ande haue On him nathlessse yai gloumd lyke dedelye taken some peines and travellis to haue ye samyn correctlie translatit ande mair And aye wt angrye voice yai bade him Goe! commodiouslie set furth : to the intent yat Qahyle, hee (alack !) só piteously wolde
kneele ye benevolent Reidar may haue the mair delyte and plesure in reading, ande ye mair Vowing yair breste wes colde as Cheviotte frute in perusing yis pleasand ande delec- Yen gainst his herte wolde point his peirtable werke. Att Ercildoune,
And swere, iff still yair cruell toung said xij Maij Anno Dni. Im. ije. lxxiij.
His wanne and wailing spright solde
haunt yaim to and fro ! i. Quhylome by sylvane Tiviote's hauntittyde,
(Hiatus in MS.) Quhilk wendis translucentlye ye medes
Cantoe &cconde. alonge, Quhair dreming bardis ande drousye shep- “ Sa dulce, sa sweit, and sa melodious, herdis glyde
That euerie nycht yairwith mycht be joyous, Yo daisied feildis and shadowye hillis Bot I ane catiue dullit in dispair ; amonge,
For quhen a man is wraith or furious, Duellit ye Celestiall Maydenis of my songe ;
Melancholick for woe or tedious, Of loftye porte, I weene, zet presence Than till him is all plesance maist contrair, swete,
And semblablie than sa did wt zoung Hoel And swete ye sylvere accentis of thair fare." toung :
i i. Ah! quhile yai trode oure bankis wt hal. Farre ovir Eildoune clossit yc autumnall lowit feet,
daye, All gentill spirites smyllit ande happye Ande battis and bogyllis fro yair holes gan starres did greite.
crepe ; ij.
Quhyle Tiviott, thro ane ridge of vapouris Yai wer yo wonder of ye village tale :
greye, On sommer eves quhen toyle wes swetely Wt sadde ande sullyn sounde wes harde to o're,
sweepe, Or brymye nychtis quhen brathlye tem- Ande birdis ande beastis ande men wer pestis wayle,
sunk in sleepe Ye rustickis talkit of yem for evirmore; As haplesse Hoel sought ye riveris side, Quhairas of ghostis yai aye did talke before: And flung his famishit forine along ye Ne did yai view withouten mutterit prayre steepe, Yair fairye formis y-cladde in vestment Quhoise bosky cliftis bung tuftit owre ye hoare ;
tyde; Ne erfiye lystnit quhen from wodelande On former joys ande griefis his fancye fayre
roving wyde. Yair vespyr songe wes hymnit thro ye
ij. dewye ayre.
“ Ah! cruelle Rosalynde !" ye youthe beiij.
ganne, In yat lone place quhair wyndis ane deep “Quhoise rigour dryves mee to vntymelye ravine,
dome, Beduellit wt martyris in ye troublous dayes, “ Relentlesse Mayd . . vnhappye man! Yair is ane cave piercent ye mountaine,
watrye tombe !” grene
(Alter hiatus lachrymabilis.) Wi lyvelie birk and bourtries hallowit
Quhyle zitt hee spake ye moone in radiance Quħair latentlye yai wonne lyk desert fayes. brycht Ne will I saye yai never thocht of luve, Abone ye southland hillis her horne disNe unawares mot yield to soft upbrayes, playd,
Ande, halfe-emergent from ye cloude of AN ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING ageht,
QUESTION, Appearit ye mountaine hoare andeshadowye
What is Love? glade ;
[The following is printed from the original Ane swete ande solemne pause yo west- MS. of the notorious Thomas PAINE, winde maide ;
signed with his initials, and certified by Brycht in ye welkyn burnt ylk blessed starre; he subjoined note in the handwriting of Celestiall odouris breathit thro ye shade Mr HOLCROFT. Whatever may be Ye riviris murmur dyed alonge ye skaur ; thought of the intrinsic merit of the Quhyle midnychtis long long chyme tollit verses, they will probably be esteemed a fayntiye frome afarre.
curiosity, as the production of a man by liüj.
no means deficient in intellectual strength Yan on ye listenyng nycht wylde musicke
or acuteness, upon a subject more pleas
ing and innocent than those with which broke, Quhether in earthe or ayre hee mot nocht
his name is so darkly and inseparably as
TO SIR ROBERT SMYTH. Bot seemd as iff some blessed spirit woke Ane strayne to soothe ye herte ill passionis description of Love, I will retreat to senti
As I do not attempt to rival your witty presse ; Ande aye itt fell soe fraught w blessed- ment, and try if I can match you there ;
and, that I may start with a fair chance, I nesse, Yat Hoel
will begin with your own question,
What is Love? lix.
"Tis that delightsome transport we can “ Yai sate reposyng in yis fayre retreate, feel Fannd by so fragraunte zephyris as yai Which painters cannot paint, nor words flew ;
reveal, Ane chrystalle fountaine wellit att yair feete, Nor any art we know of can conceal. Ande juicey apples hung of golden hew. Canst thou describe the sun-beams to the Quhyle thro ye clusteryng boughis intraneit blind ? I viewe
Or make him feel a shadow with his mind ? Yai tune we touche amene yo organne So neither can we by description show deepe,
This first of all felicities below. Quhoise solemne straynes made all my sprite When happy Love pours magic o'er the to grue;
soul, Anon y harpe soe witchyngly yai sweepe, And all our thoughts in sweet delirium roll, Yat as yai lyste I style or we fonde rapture When contemplation spreads its rain-bow weepe.”
And every flutter some new rapture brings, Ixiij.
How sweetly then our moments glide away, Zitt mid yis luvelye bande I coulde espye And dreams repeat the transports of the day; Twoe dames yat seemd yair sisteris grace We live in ecstacy, to all things kind, to lacke :
For Love can teach a moral to the mind. Ye first, intend for faltis ande flaws to prye, But are there not some other marks that Turnit hir sharpe jetty eyn lyk watchfull prove hawke;
What is this wonder of the soul called Love? Hir lockis were lyk ye raven pinion blacke, O yes, there are, but of a different kind, Ande ruddye wes hir ripenit cheeke, I wis, The dreadful horrors of a dismal mind. But och ! hir venomà toungis eternall Some jealous Fury throws its poison'd dart, clacke
And rends in pieces the distracted heart. Wes dreadfull as ye atheris deadlye lóisse ; When Love's a tyrant, and the soul a slave, Ande seemd his skinnye lippes more framd No hope remains to thought, but in the to clippe yan kisse.
In that dark den, it sees an end to grief, liiij.
And what was once its dread, becomes " Ye nixt, lyke to ane graven image saté, relief. (Thoch not, I trow, of Greik or Romane What are the iron chains the hands have molde,
wrought ! Bot suche as Spanish monkis do beare in The hardest chain to break is made of state
thought. Of Goddesse-Virgin deckt in gemmes ande Think weil of this, ye lovers, and be kind, goide,)
Nor play with torture on a tortured mind." Hir cheeke lyke marble colourlesse ande
T. P. colde, Silent she sate we fixt ande glassye eye, The above lines are by Thomas Paine, Ande seernd y-wrapt in meditationis folde. and were given to me at Paris by himself
NIE BURKHARDT's Narrative of his Dis. had the advantage of a six weeks' study coveries in Africa has at length been put to the of the antiquities of Pompeia ; and remainpress. This gentleman has, for some years, ed nearly a year at Rome. He afterwards been travelling in the districts to the south completed his tour of Upper Italy, and has of Egypt, under the character of an Arab, just returned to England by way of Ger. and the appellation of Shekh Ibrahim. In many and Paris. He has brought with this character he was met by Mr Legh, in him the result of his researches during se· his travels above the cataracts, so completely ven years and a half, which are very condisguised, that he could not, unless by his siderable, and in due time is expected to conversation, have been distinguished from publish an account of his interesting traan Arab. This gentleman travels under vels and valuable discoveries. the auspices of the African Association. There is at present in Paris a map which He is now prosecuting his discoveries, and exbibits a curious specimen of Chinese Geoentertains sanguine hopes of being able to graphy.-It was engraved at Pekin during reaeli Tombrctoo.
the commencement of the last century, and Mr C. R. Cockerell having left England comprises a great part of northern Asia ; in 1810, to pursue his studies as an archi- namely, the countries situated between the tect in Greece, visited Constantinople, 35 and 55 degrees of latitude, and the 31 where he found the oriental architecture, and 33 degrees of longitude. It was sold used by the Turks, so interesting, as to en- among a collection of charts and astronogage him fully during three months. In mical calculations, after the death of the his way from Constantinople to Athens, he learned astronomer, M. Messier. visited the Troad, various islands of the Ar. It is 14 feet long and 6 wide; the chachipelago and Salonica ; and, on his arri- racters to the north of the great wall of val there, he had the fortune to meet a so- China are Tartar Mongol, and those with. ciety of travellers, Messrs Bron: tedt and in the wall and towards the south are ChiKoes, who died in Zante, and Messrs Ba.
The map was sent from Pekin by ron Stackelberg and Linckh. With one of some Jesuit missionaries, and in 1720 conthese he made a survey of all the monu- veyed to St Petersburgh by M. Lange. ments of Athens. They undertook to ex- Several members of the French Institute cavate the temple of Jupiter Parhellenius in have examined it with the greatest interest. Ægina ; and had the good fortune to dis- It is supposed to be the only specimen of cover the statues which formed the compo- the kind in Europe. sitions enriching the two frontispieces of At the suggestion of Mr Hoblyn of the school of Ægina. They afterwards suc- Sloane Street, a quantity of cocoa-nut oil ceeded in excavating the Temple of Apollo has recently been introduced into this counEpicurius, at Phigaleia, in Arcadia ; where try from the island of Ceylon. It has been they had the gratification of bringing to ascertained, that this oil may be very adliglit the frieze which enriched the interior vantageously employed as a substitute for of the cella, and which is not deposited in spermaceti oil, as it is considerably cheaper, BlBritish Museum. Mr Cockerell's a. burns with a clear bright flame, and is free vocations then led him into Asia Minor, from smell or smoke. It will be found usewhere he completed the tour of the seven ful also in the manufacture of soap, candles, churches, making many drawings and ob- and the finer articles of perfumery, and is servations on these remains, and collecting likely to become a source of great revenue many inscriptions. He visited Priene, Sa- in Ceylon, and of importance to this coun·mos, Miletus, and Crete, where he made try. Soap made with costs about 10 per plans of the labyrinth of Minos. From cent. more than tallow soap. Rhodes he crossed to Patara, and visited Dr D. White of Bombay having transthe numerous cities and remains on the mitted a packet, containing the seeds of coast of Lycia. He then returned with
some scarce and valuable plants, to the CaCaptain Beaufort to Malta, whence he visit- ledonian Horticultural Society, the thanks ed Sicily, and at Agrigentum made a pare of the Society were voted to him at a geticular examination of the Temple of Ju- neral meeting on the 10th of June. piter Olympius, or the Temple of the A stone, adapted to the purposes of liGiants, which was the most considerable of thography, has been lately discovered in all Grecian antiquity. In a second tour in East Lothian, on the property of the Righs Greece he visited Epirus, Thessaly, and Hon. the Earl of Wemyss and March, other provinces of continental Greece, and Various successful experiments have althe Ionian Islands. In February 1816, he ready been made with it by Mr Ruthven, passed into Apuleo and Naples, where he the ingenious inyentor of the patent printa