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VARIETIES LITERARY AND PHILO

SOPHICAL.

ticularly becoming, and universally is a melancholy exception to this re. admired.

mark. Phidias, who made the famous

statue of Jupiter, which was consecra. The Ladies Percys.- White satin ted in the temple of Olympia, experienpeticoats, with puckerings of purple ced the most unfortunate consequences crape, rich vandyke embroidery in of superior talents. The people of E. silver relief, with white laine tas- lis, for whom Phidias had executed this sels a l’Egyptienne ; train purple future exertions and when the Athen

admirable statue, became jealous of his crape, richly ornamented to corres- jans demanded his return, the Eleans pond. 'Head-dresses, purple tiaris suffered not the artist to go back, till embroidered, and elegant plumes to they had deprived liim of both his match. The peculiar elegance of hands. these dresses attracted general ad-be taken notice of, that Danishi litera.

It is a circumstance that requires to miration.

ture considerably increases every year; Miss Emily Smith..Body and and indeed so rapidly, that we inust train blush-colour sarsnet, trimmed suppose the taste for reading to have with blond, and a wreathing of doubled for the last twenty years, to small roses ; petticoat' white crape, purchasers for so many books in a coun.

account for the possibility of finding a Grecian drapery elegantly diawn' try, the population of which does not up and interspread with bunches of much exceed two millions of souls; and blush roses.

This dress displayed if Russian literature should continue superior taste, and was more ad- to increase in the same ratio as since

the accession of the present Fmperor, mired than any one at court.

it will in a few years rise to a distin. guished rank.

The Catalogue of the last Michael. mas Leipzig Fair, announced the pub.

lication of about 80 novels and roman. "An Address" from Dr. LABATT, ces, 30 plays, and 70 musical composi. “to the Medical Practitioners of Ire- tions ; from 800 to 900 scientific books land,” is a work, in the production of of various kinds, in the German and which the Doctor has been extremely Latin languages ; besides 80 works diligent. It presents a body of evi- written in foreign languages, particu. dence in favor of vaccination, more cu- larly in the French : for this language rious, satisfactory, and complete, than is gaining ground in Germany, and, is to be found in any other publication. in particular, French Grammars and

The communication of fresh papers other elementary books have been es. from one of Cowper's early and most ceedingly multiplied. We find in the esteemed correspondents, has led Mr. catalogue very few English or Italito Hayley to make various additions to his works, and none in other languages. life of the Poet, while it was reprinting The minds of men seem to have be. in octavo ; and to accommodate the come so much enamoured of worllly possessors of the quarto work, he has interests, that those of the heavets, published a thin volume of supplemen- even in a plıysical point of view, apo tary Pages. The additional letters, pear to be less attended to. Only two which form the bulk of this last publica- astronomical works of any importance tion, were principally written between made their appearance at the last the years 1785 and 1793, to the Rev. Leipzig fair : viz. a new edition, with Walter Bagot, of Blithfield in Stafford. many corrections and seven additional shire, who was once numbered among 'plates' of " Allgemein-falsliche Bez the poet's favorite schoul-fellows at trachanngen iiber das Waltegebaude;" Westminster.

by Geipke, containing reflexions, in a The fate of Phidi 29; the Grecian Statu- generally intelligible 'style, on the uni; ary.--" It is in general true, that lovers verse, and the latest discoveries made of virtue are themselves beloved, and by Herschel and Selroter; and the that men merit gain esteem from fifth and last volume of BURIA'S " Astheir excellence. The following story i tronomie.”

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POETRY.

For the Emerald.

PALMYRA.

now

FRIENDSHIP.

' A Tale..........Concluded. LET holy friendship be my theme, AND now with mingled faith, and doubt, O muse, its purest pleasures sing.

and hope, Where the breast burns with mutual All the uncertainties of love and youth, flame,

The hours go by; the shouts of triumph What joys from such connexions pierce spring.

• The vaulted sky, and England's colours Yet thro' life's dubious maze we find

float, But few who real friendship know,

High o'er the captive walls : Palmyra Whom sympathy and passions bind, Whose 'hearts with mutual ardour Seeks her brave parent, and in his emglow.

brace

Loses a moment every fonder care ; Friendship illib'ral acts disdain, But from his neck arose, with rapid Unmixt and pure are all its joys

glance For flattery is its surest bane,

She darts her wild eye thro’the crowd. And base ingratitude destroys.

ed youths bgratitude (the blackest crime,)

Who in gay scarlet's pomp, and looks

that beam D'er Love and Friendship holds her reign

Valour's true soul, surround their gen

eral's form ; And damps the real joys sublime, Which few do feel, but all can feign. Alas! she marks not there her soldier's

faceCelestial Friendship! thee we find, Cold shudderings seize her frame ; a The earliest passion of our youth:

moment lost, To improve the heart, “and win the mind Stupid and blank she stands, then rushTo ways of sentiment and truth.”

ing forth, When fell misfortune darks the hour,

Distracted, breathless, o'er the sanFriendship her lenient smiles bestow, Flies with unsteady step; where'er she

guine plain 'Tis then her sympatlietic power

goes Will share and mitigate the woe.

Death's latest groan, and fond affecWhere friendship's undisguis'd & free,

tion's sigh, And bound by honor, virtue, love

Startle her maddening ear-she stops And link'd by mutual sympathy

o'erpower'd, We emulate the joys above.

Bewilder'd, pitying, agoniz'd, and faint;

Then gwister rushes forward, and with The heart with tenderness still glows

eyes United by thy generous bands Fearless, and scorch'd, she searches Participates our joys and woes

for her love. And with philanthropy expands. Ah! who is he, amid yon slaughter'd How blest is he in whom we find

heap. A heart where social virtues move,

Fair as the gracefullily, that the winds, And in whose fervid, generous mind,

The rude, rude winds of heav'n have

fallen low? Dwells kindness and fraternal love!

On his young breast the fatal wound

,

And in his hair aisheveli'd, which so late EPIGRAM.

Like wreaths of mist around the ev'ning Love and Hope.

star, None without Hope, e'er lov'd the Blew o'er his eyes, love-darting ; nerve. . brightest fair ;

less lies But Love can hope where Reason would That hand which held the sword. O, despair.

kapless girl!

POLLIO.

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ful eye,

He who so lovely sleeps in death, is now Cast frantic, I lamented; and when safe,
What was Pyrocles; on his bosom,flung Here in this scene, I prayed fur, and
With frenzied energy, Palmyra's heart still lov'd
Rains down its bursting torrent. With fonder, purer passion-0! if e'er
Lost in woe, a shiv'ring sigh awakes This charmless frame should fill thy
her

gentle heart, Fix'd awhile, with anxious eye, and if e'er my ceaseless love could merit speechless,

thine, She beholds his breast slow-heaving, Or e'er possess it!--But that thought and his lip

is vain By fita convulsive starting : joy of joy !! vain indeed Alas! some other maid Once more the deep sigh bursts upon in proud Augusta's towers awaits his the air

arms, “He lives! he lives ! yes, my Pyrocles While I!-.0 foolish ! O unhappy lives ;"

girl! That name arrests the pious soldier's Here the sad words amid her tears foot,

were lost, And borne assiduous to the conquer'd While eager starting from his couch, town,

the youth Pyrocles lives to hail the gates he won ; Caught her white hands, and press'd Yet not of young Palmyra's care he them to his lips. knows;

“O! dearest, best! He dreams not, that for him, throʻpiles Most lovely, and most lov'd!" at length of slain

he cried She rov'd undaunted; yet, with grate. Too long this heart, to one as false, as

thou He sees her watching by his painful Ar: fond and precious, has remain'd couch.

devoteO! ye who love, and love the martial But now, be banish'd both ber name youth

and thought; Whon glory fires, and danger robes in Long has my soul been softer*d by the blood,

worth, If ye have ever watch'd beside the bed Where lay that youth most valued, and Long have I ardent gaz'd thy beauties

o'er, have heard

And sigh’d impassion'd at each tende! His deep groans echo thro' the dead

act.; of night

But not till now has the impetuous flame O! ye can tell what thrilling tortures Burst from my lips, and told thaee that went,

I love What icy pangs, to sad Palmyra's sou!: Yes, my Palmyrat could I at thy feet As from the morn till eve, from eve till Fall swift, and ferveut, thou shouldst

morn, She sat unwearied by her soldier's side, Prostrate before thee; but, alas ! still

see me now Wept when he sigh'd, and madden'd

weak, when he groan'd.

These arms alone can catch thee to my Ah! many a dreary hour, she sat and

heart, shed The tears of anxious fear and hopeless Thy falze complaint ?"

And thus with fondlest energy upbrail love. Once, while he lay ia slumber deep in. He ceas'd, and eager to his glowing voly'd,

breast Thus, in a whisper'a murmur to herself, Snatch'd the fair maid, who trembling, She breath'd the sorrows of her tender

wrapt, amaz'd, breast :

Blush'd, gasp'd, and sigh'd within his "O thou best lor'd! for whose adored

faithful arms. sake

ANNA MARIA I watch and weep, and know no peaceful hour

Bostoni, (Mass.) Published Thou on whose form upon the dreadful

BY BELCHER & ARMSTRONG. field,

No. 70, State Street,

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FOR THE EMERALD

“ Patience, ORIGINAL PAPERS.

“ Hier white arms folded on her modest

breast, “ In meek submission lifts th' adoring

eye

Even to the storin that wrecks her." THE WANDERER,

The whole personification is

beautiful and the rules of criticism No. 56.

invariably observed. The entierty

is perfect. Not an epithet or parti-, Patience, on a monument

cle is superfluous. Every thing is Smiling at Grief. .....

significant; every thing apt, “ Her

white arms folded.What approPATIENCE.

priate attitude for the figure of Pa. The striking elegance of the mot- tience, that would sit with folded to to this day's paper, has brought arms “amid the war of elements, it into that extreme and universal the wreck of matter, and the crush familiarity, that has fairly given it of worlds?” rank among the proverbs of poetry. “Her white arms folded on her modest

breast, “She sits like Patience on monument

“In meek submission." Smiling at GrIer"

The outline is bold, but well drawn. is perhaps, for one of its brevity, The folded arms, the modest breast, the most prominently fortunate pas- the meek submission, all mark the sage in dramatic verse. It presents identity of the object, and show it to the imagination an image most to be none other, than what it is.. beautifully tender, and, while it suf- It is a picture, that needs no explafuses the eye by the truth of pathos, natory aid of subscription. He, it expands the mind by the contem- that runs, may read. In meek subplation of that rational stoicism mission lifting the adoring eye, to the that can reprove the throbs of tu- very storn, that wrecks her, is a conmultuous regret, or can, in the exception wonderful for its strength. treme precision of the poet's para- It seems to be hyperbole hyperbodoxical antithesis, “ sinile at grief.” lized, and is yet admirably within

There is one passage however, the bounds of strict propriety. At of I know not what bard, attempt- first in gentle radiance the image ing to prosonify the same object, gradually rises into view, till it that is, if possible, more admirable bursts into the fulness of the glory for strength of conception, for feli- of patience, lifting the eye of adcity and glow of expression, than oration to the object of her own, even this chef d'ouvre of SHAKE- immediate, inevitable destruction. SPEARE. It is this.

The bard has indeed fairly deline

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ated the calm collectedness of that all premises, and dash at conclubeing who can “outface the browsions. Patience they denounce as of bragging horror."

written in obsolete characters on We are so in the habit of decry- the scroll of virtue, which they caning everything common-place, that not decypher and shall not pretend even Patience has not escaped the to understand. It ought forerer to general depreciation. A cardinal moulder on the stielves of explol. virtue, second only to Justiee, she ed” stupidity, or mokish recluseis still about to be driven into exile ness. It is incompatible with Cho by popular madness, and every man pacity for business.

But impa seems eager to sign her ostracism, tience, they assert, is die life of while matronly Patience absolutely enterprise. It is essential to that forgets herself in laste to provide ardur animi, which constantly starts each with a shell. The era of ex new projects, and finds means to travagance is over us, the age of all complete them. It produces that "monstrous and prodigious things.” spirit, which is nerve to business ; In the moral world, '* gorgons and that unintermittent irritation, which hydras and thimeras dire” seem to never lets a man rest ; which makes Ise the only objects contemplated him, when idle, wish to be busy, kedy with any delight. Everything and when buey to be idle. It lead's must be strange, every thing un- to that idea of the immensity of common. We must rebel against fortune, a something, 4 never end fate, though fate be itnmoreable : Jing, still beginning," so serviceable con we must make bare the arm against to the prirposes of cointiérce: 'It destiriy, though destiny be the same, inakes inen bustle and get rich yesterday, to-day, and forever. We Patience is the dray-horse, that may must attempt to alter purposes in-drag; but enterprise is the buditer alterable, to resist force irresistible, that leaps. As for contentnerit, ku to change what we know to be they scout the idea of liappiness withoirt variableness or shadow of ever being united with contentment, change. We must eternally fret, Conventment is poverty. And who though fretfulness can produce ne ever heard of a man's being happy possible good ; we must never sub- that was poor? mit, though submission be the only These are the reasonings of zea: expedient to lessen the evils of life. lots, but their zeal is * not accordThese are doctrines of a new school, ing to knowledge!". Patiente and the peripatetics of the system vinces that worth, wlrich fike pure crowd, the streets daily. They are gold; seven times tried, tocan lose not the followers of ARISTOTLE, nothing by the fiery ordeal. i Aflic They know no master, but Mam- tions cotile up ont of the ground; mon, the colossus, " that bestrides but shall # man therefore refuse to this narrow world.". Considering step? The philosopher knows that the depthis and mysteries of this in the world he must have tribulanost profound philosophy of absurtion and is patient under trouble. șlity and the universal i fulness of The sure heir of pain, he attempts cach individual disciple, it is unac- not to decline the viheritance. A countable the proficiency, he makes, candidate by nature for the final Each is a law to himself; of course election of death, , he waits with they are lawless all together. They firmness the time of his choice, have neither discipline at school, Who has not heard of TAEMIS: nor method in study. They reject ( TOCLES ? A: man of , impetuous

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